Posts Tagged ‘Texas Democrat’

Texas Attorney General’s Race

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Austin Bar Association

816 Congress Avenue, Suite 700

Program: Texas Attorney General’s Race

The scene: November 4th, a voter is in the voting booth (properly identified, of course, with packets of photo i.d.’s, birth certificate, driver’s license, concealed-carry permit, genealogy table, etc.).

The voter’s thought bubble: “Let’s see, now the Attorney General’s race. How should I vote?

“The Republican is Ken Paxton. I remember him. The Texas State Securities Board disciplined him in May. He admitted under oath that he violated the Texas Securities Act. And Texans for Public Justice filed a third-degree-felony criminal complaint against him based on that sworn admission. And The Texas Coalition on Lawyer Accountability filed a grievance against him because he allegedly took a secret kickback for referring clients to an investment advisor—and then the clients lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. So … he could be convicted of a felony and disbarred. I don’t know, but somehow having a disbarred lawyer who is a convicted felon as Attorney General—it just doesn’t sound right. Do many states have disbarred-lawyer felons as Attorneys General? I should have researched that before I got here. But of course Perry has been indicted. Maybe it’s a just Republican fad, sort of their new Fall fashions—stripes, I guess.

http://www.tpj.org/

http://www.txscla.org/texas-coalition-on-lawyer-accountability-tcla-files-grievance-against-attorney-general-candidate-ken-paxton/

“Okay now, this Libertarian candidate is Jamie “The DWI Dude” Balagia. That’s catchy. And the State Bar sued him in May, alleging that he misapplied client monies. So, I guess he could be disbarred, too. Man, that stuff’s spreading.

“All right, this last guy is the Democrat, Sam Houston. Now that’s a good name! I know I’ve heard that somewhere before. And everyone says he’s a serious and well-respected lawyer, really smart, with unimpeachable integrity. But can someone like that be Attorney General in Texas?

http://www.samhoustonfortexas.com

“So in this race I have a real choice. I can vote for lawyers who are potentially subject to disbarment and felony conviction, or I can vote for an honest, respected professional. Geez, this is tough! What the hell, I’ll take a chance on the honest, ethical guy—Sam Houston it is.”

Speakers:

Sam Houston – When Sam ran in 2008, he received more votes than any other Democrat on the ballot in Texas. Sam grew up in Colorado City in West Texas and worked in his family’s hardware store. He has been a successful, practicing attorney for 26 years. He is a graduate of UT and then Baylor Law School, he worked at the law firm of Andrews & Kurth, and he currently works at Shepherd, Scott, Clawater & Houston, LLP. He lives in Houston with his wife Jantha and their two children.

Erica Gammill – Erica is the Acting Executive Director of the non-profit Texas Coalition on Lawyer Accountability (TCLA). TCLA’s Coalition members include the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), Public Citizen, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP), the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP), and the Texas Housing Justice League (THJL). Erica filed the grievance against Ken Paxton and has researched his legal background extensively. (Yes, amazingly enough, Paxton well could be indicted and disbarred—but he was the Republican Tea Party choice over Representative Dan Branch in the run-off.)

Door Prizes:

1.     Rick Perry, The Rapidly Increasing Importance of the Presumption of Innocence In Modern Jurisprudence—and Why That Sucker Needs To Be Irrebuttable. And Like Really Quick!

2.     Ken Paxton, Modern Securities Laws, Criminal Laws, Ethical Rules, and Other Irrelevant Technicalities.

3.     Ken Paxton & Rick Perry, Maybe We Should Air-Condition Texas Prisons, After All.


“New (now Old) Reservation Policy Alert” – Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.

Cost:  lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.


Purchase Tickets Here

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Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage.  Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress.  Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665.  Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns.  PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers.  Membership is $120/yr.  Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.

Criminal Justice & Capital Punishment – Texas Style

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Austin Bar Association

816 Congress Avenue, Suite 700

Program: Criminal Justice & Capital Punishment – Texas Style

When the world considers humane, compassionate, spiritually evolved criminal justice and capital punishment procedures, Texas immediately comes to mind. But not for the right reasons. Whether it’s Sharon Keller’s closing the courthouse door to kill a man on a day he should have lived, Ken Anderson’s prosecutorial misconduct in hiding evidence from Michael Morton to wrongfully imprison him for 25 years, Todd Willingham’s execution based on arson junk science later covered up by Rick Perry’s lackeys, or 14 inmates dying from extreme heat in un-air-conditioned Texas prisons—Texas has so much to teach other states and countries. At this Forum, we’ll hear about the Texas hall of horrors—and what will happen or could happen to make things better. This program will depress you and then inspire you.

Speakers:

Rebecca Bernhardt – Rebecca is Policy Director of the Texas Defender Service, a non-profit established to establish “a fair and just criminal justice System in Texas.” That’s a tall order. Rebecca clerked for the legendary U.S. District Judge William Wayne Justice, then she practiced civil rights law and worked for the ACLU. She is a consummate policy advocate on these issues and a unique resource for criminal justice reform in Texas.

Brian McGivern – Brian litigates prison cases for the Texas Civil Rights Project—including the excessive-heat, inadequate medical care, disability accommodation, and excessive force cases. Name the abuse, Brian has seen it—including prison temperatures between 130 and 140 degrees. How do Texas prisoners live—and dies—in those conditions? Brian will tell us.

Bob Libal – Bob is Executive Director of Grass Roots Leadership, which works to end for-profit incarceration and reduce reliance on criminalization and detention, including through challenges to Travis County’s participation in the ICE detainer program.

Door Prizes:

1.  Dan Patrick, Personal Transformation—New Name, New Life, New Bank Account, New Lt. Gov.

2.  David Dewhurst, More Money, More Votes—Simple Math for Simplistic Republicans.

3.  Rick Perry, Impending Obsolescence—Texas Grand Juries—or Me—We’ll See.

“New (now Old) Reservation Policy Alert” – Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.
Cost:  lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.


Purchase Tickets Here

https://secure.piryx.com/donate/zT1O9Y4f/Central-Texas-Democratic-Forum/lunch

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage.  Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress.  Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665.  Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns.  PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, MAY 26, 2014.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers.  Membership is $120/yr.  Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.

Mayor Lee Leffingwell – Reflections on the Past, Suggestions for the Future

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Date: Monday, April 28, 2014

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Austin Bar Association

816 Congress Avenue, Suite 700

Program: Mayor Lee Leffingwell – Reflections on the Past, Suggestions for the Future

As a Navy officer, Delta pilot, Councilmember, and two-term Mayor, consistently Lee Leffingwell has been a steady, common-sense, trustworthy leader. He has presided over Austin’s record-setting economic and population growth, with resulting benefits and ongoing challenges. Mayor Leffingwell has generously agreed to share with the Forum his well-earned, in-depth perspective on Austin’s government and future. Whether running for mayor, for Council, or even if you’re just one of the few remaining non-candidate citizens in Austin, you can learn a lot from Lee’s lessons. This will be informative and fascinating!

Door Prizes:

1.   Rick Perry, Crime, Punishment, and Threats Against Public Integrity—I Know A Lot About Those Two.

2.   Greg Abbott, How to Achieve Equal Opportunity For Women Without Equal Pay.

3.   Ken Paxton, Defeat Voter Fraud—Vote for Dan Branch!

“New (now Old) Reservation Policy Alert” – Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.
Cost:  lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.


Purchase Tickets Here

https://secure.piryx.com/donate/zT1O9Y4f/Central-Texas-Democratic-Forum/lunch

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage.  Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress.  Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665.  Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns.  PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers.  Membership is $120/yr.  Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.

“Backwards and In High Heels” – Sexism In Media Coverage of Wendy Davis

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Date: Monday, March 24, 2014

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Austin Bar Association

816 Congress Avenue, Suite 700

Program: “Backwards and In High Heels” – Sexism In Media Coverage of Wendy Davis

You’ve read sexist stories on Wendy Davis, and you’ve probably read about some of the media criticism and self-examination that those stories have generated. The Dallas Morning News story by Wayne Slater began the controversy, and the Robert Draper cover story in the New York Times Magazine received criticism from the paper’s own public editor. But those are just two examples.

Why is this happening? Why do competent, experienced male reporters ask female candidates questions that they would never think to ask male candidates? Is it because those reporters grew up in a time of pervasive sexual stereotyping, and that background is just too engrained for them even to recognize it, much less resist it? Or do they have a defensible justification, given current, flawed social values? What’s the cure or fix? (Should the male reporters be “fixed”?) What standards should reporters follow before they ask such questions or run such stories? Is reporting by female reporters on these issues significantly different?

Below are links to the Slater and Draper articles and several critical commentaries on those articles. These are important questions—certainly now, for Wendy’s race, but also for the future prospects of female candidates, including Hillary Clinton. We have a wonderful panel to discuss these issues, and no doubt engage in a spirited exchange:

Wayne Slater – Wayne wrote the initial, high-profile article on Wendy Davis, linked below, which probably has become more controversial than he expected. He has generously agreed to share with the Forum his perspective on what he did and why.

Ed Espinoza – Ed is Executive Director of Progress Texas, and a communications expert with national credentials. He served as regular analyst for CNN’s “Fair Game” segment in 2012, focusing on the presidential race. He also served as Western States Director for the Democratic National Committee.

Andrea Grimes – Andrea is Senior Political Reporter for RH Reality Check, covering reproductive justice issues. She’s written for Dallas Observer, D magazine, Austin Chronicle, and many other media outlets.

Jessica Luther – Jessica has written for The Atlantic, Salon, Texas Observer, and many other media. Particularly relevant to this program, Jessica wrote a column for The Guardian, Painting Wendy Davis As A Bad Mother Is Political Sexism At Its Worst.

This program will be entertaining and important. Please join us.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140118-as-wendy-davis-touts-life-story-in-race-for-governor-key-facts-blurred.ece

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/magazine/wendy-davis.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/opinion/sunday/on-campaign-trail-missteps-on-gender.html?_r=0

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/26/wendy-davis-dallas-morning-news-inadequate-mother-false

http://www.thenation.com/blog/178375/new-york-times-cover-wendy-davis-draws-criticism

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/02/24/NYT-Public-Editor-Defends-Wendy-Davis-From-NYT-Profile-Implying-She-Is-Spinning-A-Big-Lie

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/26/painting-wendy-davis-as-a-bad-mother-is-political-sexism-at-its-worst/

http://www.xojane.com/issues/dallas-mor

Door Prizes:

1.   Texas Republican Party, How To Clone Wacko Birds For Fun and …

2.   Greg Abbott, Why Ted Nugent and I Think Women, Minorities, and Immigrants Are #&@^%!!!

3.   David Dewhurst, I Coulda Had Class, I Coulda Been A Contender, I Coulda Been Somebody …

“New (now Old) Reservation Policy Alert” – Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.
Cost:  lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.


Purchase Tickets Here

https://secure.piryx.com/donate/zT1O9Y4f/Central-Texas-Democratic-Forum/lunch

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage.  Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress.  Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665.  Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns.  PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers.  Membership is $120/yr.  Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches

Michael Collier, Democratic Candidate for Texas Comptroller

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Austin Bar Association

816 Congress Avenue, Suite 700

Program:  Michael Collier, Democratic Candidate for Texas Comptroller

With Wendy Davis at the top of the ticket, the statewide Democratic slate continues to grow. Kingswood businessman and accountant Mike Collier has announced his candidacy for Texas Comptroller. Mike is a serious candidate with serious financial and accounting credentials. He headed PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Houston division, overseeing diligence audits for mergers and acquisitions. He also served as CFO for a major energy company. Mike pledges to replace the failed Combs’s approach to budget estimation and fiscal gamesmanship with honest accounting and authentic fiscal management. He’ll also bring back the Texas Performance Reviews that John Sharp pioneered and that saved taxpayers $8.5 billion. Qualified, talented, and honest—come meet Mike Collier and hear straight talk about Republic nonsense in government finance in Texas.

Spectacular Door Prizes:

1.     Ted Cruz, How Destroying The Economy Will Save America.

2.     Ted Cruz, Health Care For All Americans—The Dr. Seuss Way.

3.     Ted Cruz, New Tea Party Diet: Green Eggs, Ham, and Fried-Brain Wacko Birds.


“New (now Old) Reservation Policy Alert” – Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.
Cost:  lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.


Purchase Tickets Here

https://secure.piryx.com/donate/zT1O9Y4f/Central-Texas-Democratic-Forum/lunch

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage.  Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress.  Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665.  Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns.  PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers.  Membership is $120/yr.  Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches

County Judge Candidates: Andy Brown & Sarah Eckhart

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Date: Friday, May 31st

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Austin Bar Association

816 Congress Avenue, Suite 700

Program:  County Judge Candidates: Andy Brown & Sarah Eckhart

Water shortages, wildfire risks, projections of massive regional growth from 1.2 million to 3 million by 2030, transportation gridlock, a decaying courthouse, environmental issues—Travis County and our region face massive challenges over the next several years. Democratic County Chair Andy Brown and County Commissioner Sarah Eckhart both have indicated that they are interested in running for the county judge seat now held by Sam Biscoe, who is retiring. These potential candidates are thoughtful, bright, and articulate. So why would they want to be county judge? We’ll find out. They have agreed to speak at the next Democratic Forum to share their visions and ideas for Travis County. The future is now—or at least pretty soon—at this next Forum meeting. This election contest promises to be spirited and informative. It begins now—with the Democratic Forum. Don’t miss it!

Spectacular Door Prizes:

1.     Rick Perry, Why Couldn’t Cruz Remain Just a Missile?

2.     Rick Perry, The Texas Miracle: Guns, Declining Education, Inadequate Health Care.

3.     Ted Cruz, Immigration Reform – I’m Here Now, So Ya’ll Go Away—And Take Perry With You.


“New (now Old) Reservation Policy Alert” – Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.
Cost:  lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.


Purchase Tickets Here

https://secure.piryx.com/donate/zT1O9Y4f/Central-Texas-Democratic-Forum/lunch

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage.  Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress.  Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665.  Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns.  PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers.  Membership is $120/yr.  Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches

Battleground Texas & HD 50 Race

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Austin Bar Association

816 Congress Avenue, Suite 700

Program:  (1) House District 50 – Round 2

(2) Jenn Brown – Report on Battleground Texas

The Forum has another great doubleheader program. First, we’ll hear from the remaining potential candidates to succeed Rep. Mark Strama in HD 50. Last month we heard excellent presentations from three speakers who are considering that race: Celia Israel, Ramey Ko, and Rico Reyes. This time we’ll hear from Ross Peavey, General Counsel to State Senator Jose Rodriguez, and Jade Chang Sheppard, a very successful local businesswoman.

Then we’ll hear a report on the highly touted Battleground Texas project from Jenn Brown, the project’s Executive Director, who served as the Obama campaign field director in Ohio.

Battleground Texas: http://www.battlegroundtexas.com/content/home

Spectacular Door Prizes:

1.     Rick Perry, My Winning Formula To Improve Texas Schools: Less Teachers, More Guns.

2.     Rick Perry, Battle Plan To Defeat Kim Jong-un: More Guns In Schools.

3.     Rep. Paul Workman, Beautify Austin Project: Less Trees, More Plastic Bags.

“New (now Old) Reservation Policy Alert” – Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.
Cost:  lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.


Purchase Tickets Here

https://secure.piryx.com/donate/zT1O9Y4f/Central-Texas-Democratic-Forum/lunch

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage.  Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress.  Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665.  Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns.  PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers.  Membership is $120/yr.  Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches

Gun Control Texas Style—Way Out of Control

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Since we originally set up this Forum program, the Lege has been busy churning out gun control proposals that can be described only as visionary in their wackiness. For example:

·        H.B. 553 – Otto – This bill would create the Texas “Second Amendment Preservation Act.” Premised in part on the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 and 1799 (we’re not kidding), the bill makes you nostalgic for those enlightened late-1700s. Otto’s bill would make it a crime for a Texas employee or peace officer to “intentionally enforce” various federal gun laws. (“Judge, my defense is I enforced federal law by accident. I had a momentary memory lapse and thought we Texans were living in . . . oh, like, the United States. It won’t happen again.”)

·        H.B. 1314 – Creighton –Apparently not wanting Rep. Otto to wander alone back there in the late 1700s, Rep. Creighton introduced this bill, which would make it a crime for any federal, state, or local employee to seize a gun as “permitted or required” by a federal law that does not exist “under” Texas law. (Not to be all hyper-technical, but don’t Creighton and Otto believe that all federal laws exist “under”—way, way under—Texas law (not to mention far beneath the revered Kentucky Resolutions)?)

·        H.B. 1298 – Strickland – This bill apparently would allow concealed handgun licensees to take guns on school “field trips”—except for students, teachers, administrators, or “chaperones.” Who does that leave? Hmm, bus drivers, non-chaperoning parents, uninvited stowaways, and armed hitchhikers?

·        H.B. 627 – Krause – This bill could be made only in Texas, literally. It would require that all guns manufactured and sold in Texas be stamped with the words “Made in Texas.” Why? Because the bill then would have the Lege declare that the Texas-made gun are “not [be] subject to federal law,” as long as they do not travel out of Texas (like on one of those unchaperoned school field trips we hear so much about). Strangely, the bill fails to mention the 1798 Kentucky resolution.

And many others. To learn more about these exciting proposals, and some that might even make sense, please come hear our outstanding panel of speakers. And please brush up on your Kentucky history.

To see these and other gun (control) bills, click here:  http://www.centraltxdemocraticforum.com/2013/02/important-gun-legislation/

Speakers:

John Woods – Virginia Tech alumnus, UT graduate student, and founder of Students for Gun-Free Schools Texas, John is an articulate national spokesperson for rational gun control. Strongly motivated by his personal gun violence tragedy, John is a compelling advocate.

Michael Cargill – Owner, Central Texas Gun Works. Mr. Cargill’s company provides thorough concealed handgun license classes and general firearms instruction to Austin and San Antonio.

Hilary Whitfield – Chair, Austin Chapter, Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America.

Spectacular Door Prizes:

1.     Rep. Otto, Peas In A Pod: 1798 Kentucky and 2013 Texas.

2.     Rep. Creighton, One Nation Under Texas.

3.     Rep. Stickland, Hitchhikers’ Guide to The Best Handguns for School Field Trips.

“New (now Old) Reservation Policy Alert” – Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.

Cost: lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage.  Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress.  Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665.  Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns.  PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.

2013 Legislative Session: Texas Dystopia, Tea Party Style?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

The 2011 Session was bad, but the new Lege will have an even larger Tea Party contingent. What could possibly go wrong? Could anything not go wrong? Is this what the Mayan calendar meant for the end of the world? Seriously, we’ll have some excellent Lege prognosticators to give us a preview — including Heather Busby from NARAL Texas, David Weinberg from the Texas League of Conservation Voters and more.

Speakers:

David Weinberg, Executive Director of the Texas League of Conservation Voters –David will focus on environmental legislation.

Heather Busby, Executive Director NARAL Texas – Heather will discuss women’s health care and reproductive rights.


Ryan Valentine, Deputy Director of the Texas Freedom Network – Ryan will discuss education issues and their legislative watch efforts.

Allen Weeks, Advisory Committee Chair for Save Texas Schools – Allen will discuss education funding and legislative issues.

Spectacular Door Prizes:

1. Obama victory memorabilia

2. Joe Strauss, Is Sine Die Here Yet?

3. Rick Perry, New Texas: $10,000 College Degrees & Free Guns For All.

“New (now Old) Reservation Policy Alert” – Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  We now offer the option to pay online in advance for your lunch.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.

Cost: lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage.  Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress.  Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665.  Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns.  PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.

Happy Holidays from the Forum!

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE FORUM!

We’ll see you in the New Year!!

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.