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Early, spirited race for lieutenant governor pleases tea party crowd

CONROE —

With the start of the filing period still weeks away and the spring primary election even more distant, the four candidates who want to be Texas’ next lieutenant governor queued up Wednesday night in the latest, lively tea party debate forum, in a tea party stronghold north of Houston.

The incumbent conservative, Lt. David Dewhurst. A consistent conservative, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. An authentic conservative, state Sen. Dan Patrick. And a self-described “Larry the Cable Guy Conservative,” Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.

As they have at five previous forums together — the most early campaign appearances in one of the hottest lieutenant governor’s race in decades — the four candidates took verbal swings at each other on tax cuts, school choice, border security, in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.

Once again, the crowd loved it.

In a race that the candidates predict could cost well over $6 million to win, a king’s ransom compared with past races, both the candidates and the more than 300 prospective voters who showed up insisted the months-early campaigning is a refreshing change.

“Not in my lifetime have I ever seen any campaigning like this for lieutenant governor — but I think it’s a great,” said Ted Duffner, 71, a self-described “tea party patriot” from Houston who showed up wearing two anti-Obama buttons.

“We need to hold our government more accountable — both federal and state. The more forums there are, the more people can know.”

Echoing that sentiment was Rosemary Roe, of The Woodlands, a State Republican Executive Committee member: “I don’t think all this early campaigning is too much. It helps voters make better decisions.”

The candidates, though perhaps somewhat weary after criss-crossing the state to attend more than a dozen of the forums in communities from Clear Lake to Fort Worth and Tyler to San Antonio, agreed. Two additional debate forums are coming up in Amarillo and San Antonio.

“Three elected officials who are running against the incumbent lieutenant governor is a big sign that there’s a lot of interest in this campaign,” said Staples.

It is unusual to have three sitting office holders challenging an incumbent in the Republican primary, but Dewhurst, who presides over the Texas Senate, was weakened politically by his 2012 loss to Ted Cruz in a primary for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Patterson, who like the other candidates has attended almost every forum, said they are “a good use of my time” because so many likely GOP primary voters are showing up at them. Plus, he added, the candidates are interesting.

“You’ve got a radio talk show host, you got a structured guy, a guy who stutters — and then you got me,” Patterson said. “People have a real choice among four conservatives in this race — four different kinds of conservatives.”

Patrick said this fall’s campaigning is not as early as it might seem. “The race is basically down to 12 weeks. It’s five weeks between now and Thanksgiving, and six-seven weeks after the holidays until the early vote starts,” he said.

The candidate filing period doesn’t open until Nov. 9 for the March 4 primary.

“Twenty years ago, there were one or two ladies clubs that you might appear before and some other clubs. Now, there are eight or nine or 10 clubs alone in Tarrant County that you will want to visit,” Patterson said. “People come to see you when you’re in their area, and these forums are bringing people out — so these forums have been really healthy.”

Ryan Hecker, Dewhurst’s campaign manager and tea party activist, said that the tea party forums are energizing voters across the state. “Politics is no longer just about large rallies,” he said. “It’s about elections, and about turning out voters in the primary.”

Highlights of the Wednesday forum:

Dewhurst: “This primary next March is not about me, it’s about you and the future of your children. Past performance is the best indicator of future performance.”

Patrick, who proposed banning lawmakers from becoming lobbyists for four years after they leave office: “If you are leaving the Legislature, you should not go from being a chairman and becoming a lobbyist with the same people you were dealing with before. This must stop.”

Staples: I don’t want Texas of the future looking like California or New York.”

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/jury-convicts-avery-ranch-homeowner-of-murder/nbXNk/

FBI: Mom tore boy's genitals, used super glue

SAN ANTONIO — A civilian at Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston was arrested Wednesday for nearly pulling off her 6-year-old son's genitals because she was angry with him, and then using super glue to try to repair them, court records said.

The FBI charged Jennifer Marie Vargas, 34, with assault within maritime and territorial jurisdiction resulting in serious bodily injury. She faces up to 10 years in prison.

A criminal complaint affidavit said the child's father, an Army enlistee, returned to his home from work on Sept. 27 and found his son crying in an upstairs bedroom.

The father saw bloody tissue in the boy's underwear and a severe injury to his scrotum, and took him to the San Antonio Military Medical Center, the affidavit said. There, he was found to have a laceration to his scrotum that was 4 centimeters long and he had bruising to his penis area, the affidavit said.

“Due to the child's extreme physical pain, the medical staff had to administer medication,” the affidavit said. “The child was taken into surgery to repair the damage to his scrotum.”

More at http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/FBI-Mom-tore-boy-s-genitals-used-super-glue-4920668.php .

BREAKING: Joel Burns won’t seek Wendy Davis’ Senate seat

Openly gay Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns will not be seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate District 10, the seat currently held by gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

Burns announced his decision in an email Wednesday afternoon, citing his desire to continue his work on the Fort Worth City Council and family among his reasons.

“After many weeks of thought and consideration, my next steps have became very clear to me,” Burns announcement reads in part. “And I want to share with you — my many friends, neighbors and supporters — my decision: Quite simply, the job I most want is the one I already have.

“The mere prospect of serving in the Texas Senate is an incredible honor. And I am humbled that so many of you have entertained the prospect with me. But in evaluating what I want to do next, I have come to the realization that I have the job I want — to serve the people of Fort Worth and Council District 9.”

More at http://www.dallasvoice.com/breaking-joel-burns-wont-seek-wendy-davis-senate-seat-10159901.html .

Cross-posted in LGBT Group.

BREAKING: Joel Burns won’t seek Wendy Davis’ Senate seat

Openly gay Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns will not be seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate District 10, the seat currently held by gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

Burns announced his decision in an email Wednesday afternoon, citing his desire to continue his work on the Fort Worth City Council and family among his reasons.

“After many weeks of thought and consideration, my next steps have became very clear to me,” Burns announcement reads in part. “And I want to share with you — my many friends, neighbors and supporters — my decision: Quite simply, the job I most want is the one I already have.

“The mere prospect of serving in the Texas Senate is an incredible honor. And I am humbled that so many of you have entertained the prospect with me. But in evaluating what I want to do next, I have come to the realization that I have the job I want — to serve the people of Fort Worth and Council District 9.”

More at http://www.dallasvoice.com/breaking-joel-burns-wont-seek-wendy-davis-senate-seat-10159901.html .

Cross-posted in Texas Group.

Ted Cruz: The Tree, The Apple and a Lot of Questions

By Carol Morgan

History isn’t merely a series of random events; it’s created by individuals. The key to understanding is the examination of the biographies of its key players. Knowing an individual’s past is the best predictor of future behavior. The motivations, fears and passions of historical and political icons unlock the door to explain why they behave as they do.

If you don’t believe that a leader’s biography is important, then you should read Nassir Ghaemi’s book, A First Rate Madness. Dr. Ghaemi, a professor of psychiatry at Tufts, examines the link between history’s leaders and mental illness. I highly recommend it.

I wish I had a dollar for each time I’ve heard, “There’s so much we don’t know about Barack Obama.” I feel the same way about Ted Cruz. Just for the record, I don’t care about his birth certificate; I’d rather study his biography.

What I do care about is that Ted Cruz was indoctrinated early. Look up Houston’s Faith West Academy and Second Baptist High School and you’ll see the religious garbage he was fed when he was young and malleable. As a former-Baptist-in-recovery, I know how damaging those religious doctrines are. Worse yet, at age thirteen, he was turned over to an extreme political grooming factory run by a former Vaudevillian named Rolland Storey. Yes, the same badda-boom-badda-bing entertainment genre that conjures up plate spinners and bawdy jokes.

Fast forward to his college years and his college roommates have precious few fond memories of him. Abrasive, arrogant, and creepy were the adjectives used to describe him. Who knows you better than your college roommates? From an article in the Daily Beast, his former roommate Craig Mazin remarked, “I would rather have anybody else be the president of the United States…anyone…I would rather pick somebody from the phone book."

That's pretty damning.

Check out the GQ article by Jason Zengerle and you’ll see nothing has changed. His arrogance and narcissism knows no bounds: the giant oil painting on the wall of his office showing four views of himself, the fact that he refused to study with students that were not Harvard graduates. He was highly disliked by those in the GWB circle because of his regular emails on his accomplishments. From that article, one recipient likened to “the cards people send about their families at Christmas, except Ted’s were only about him and more frequent.”

There’s a psychological condition called megalomania. It’s a condition which causes thoughts of unlimited power and importance; feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur. I’ll leave you to make the connection.

Ted Cruz is a liar, plain and simple. Go to Politifact and you’ll see Ted Cruz lies more than he tells the truth. Read his statements over the past two years; only 4% are true; a whopping 68% are "mostly false", "false", or "pants on fire" and that doesn't count the 16% of which were labeled "half truths". Why don't the Cruz worshippers see this?

Ted Cruz says his father is his ultimate hero. The old saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” applies here. Considering Rafael Cruz and his tall tales, an oft-repeated dime-novel hero story topped off by the $100 bill sewn into his underwear. It fits perfectly with the carefully fashioned patriot image; stranger than fiction and more like the myth of Odysseus, Jason, or Perseus than a truthful biography.

Rafael Cruz, Sr. is a demagogue holy roller with the Purifying Fire ministry, founded by Suzanne Hinn. Yes, it’s that “Hinn”, as in Benny Hinn, the crook-liar-televangelist. Check out his cheesy late night performances; see him in his colorfully adorned costumes that are a humorous hybrid of Nehru and Star Trek. It's a carny atmosphere. Since 1983, he’s scammed millions from faithful viewers who believe in his faith healing techniques. Think about it; these are Senor Cruz’ compadres.

In a sermon last year, Cruz' father claimed that his son was “anointed as a king” to take control of all the sectors of society, a part of the "Seven Mountains" mandate, that would "bring the spoils of war to the priests", to bring about a prophesied "great transfer of wealth", from the "wicked" to righteous gentile believers.

Oh, Senor Cruz, congratulations, you’ve learned well from your mentor, Benny Hinn.

You know…Pastor Cruz’ life raises a lot of questions. If he couldn’t speak English how did he get into UT? He came illegally to America as a political refugee and magically received a student visa and then obtained a green card by marrying Eleanor Darragh. It sounds a lot like the sham marriages for green cards and cash that go on today. He talks about how much he loves America, yet he didn’t become an American citizen until 2005, forty-eight years after he left Cuba. And poor Eleanor Darragh. She remains conspicuously absent from this mythical hoopla; not a media quote or a digital image anywhere. I’d be embarrassed too, madam.

Ted Cruz and his delusional father share a common trait; it’s called hucksterism: Using aggressive, showy, and devious methods to promote or sell a product. Hucksters, especially the religious ones, employ their theatrical skills to scam money, obtain power, and obtain the unflinching adoration from the non-thinking and naïve.

Just a reminder to Senator Cruz: Political extremists have short careers that end badly.

If you don’t believe it, look back at the controversial careers of Father Coughlin, Gerald L.K. Smith, Ralph Easley, Merwin Hart, Gerald Winrod, Joseph McCarthy, or George Wallace.

You’re headed in that direction, buddy.

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Carol Morgan is a career counselor, writer, speaker, former Democratic candidate for the Texas House and the award-winning author of Of Tapestry, Time and Tears, a historical fiction about the 1947 Partition of India. You may email her at elizabethcmorgan@sbcglobal.net follow her on Twitter @CounselorCarol1, on Facebook: CarolMorgan1 and her writer’s blog at www.carolmorgan.org

http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/carol-morgan/2013-10-23/ted-cruz-tree-apple-and-lot-questions

Cross-posted in Good Reads forum.

Ted Cruz: The Tree, The Apple and a Lot of Questions

By Carol Morgan

History isn’t merely a series of random events; it’s created by individuals. The key to understanding is the examination of the biographies of its key players. Knowing an individual’s past is the best predictor of future behavior. The motivations, fears and passions of historical and political icons unlock the door to explain why they behave as they do.

If you don’t believe that a leader’s biography is important, then you should read Nassir Ghaemi’s book, A First Rate Madness. Dr. Ghaemi, a professor of psychiatry at Tufts, examines the link between history’s leaders and mental illness. I highly recommend it.

I wish I had a dollar for each time I’ve heard, “There’s so much we don’t know about Barack Obama.” I feel the same way about Ted Cruz. Just for the record, I don’t care about his birth certificate; I’d rather study his biography.

What I do care about is that Ted Cruz was indoctrinated early. Look up Houston’s Faith West Academy and Second Baptist High School and you’ll see the religious garbage he was fed when he was young and malleable. As a former-Baptist-in-recovery, I know how damaging those religious doctrines are. Worse yet, at age thirteen, he was turned over to an extreme political grooming factory run by a former Vaudevillian named Rolland Storey. Yes, the same badda-boom-badda-bing entertainment genre that conjures up plate spinners and bawdy jokes.

Fast forward to his college years and his college roommates have precious few fond memories of him. Abrasive, arrogant, and creepy were the adjectives used to describe him. Who knows you better than your college roommates? From an article in the Daily Beast, his former roommate Craig Mazin remarked, “I would rather have anybody else be the president of the United States…anyone…I would rather pick somebody from the phone book."

That's pretty damning.

Check out the GQ article by Jason Zengerle and you’ll see nothing has changed. His arrogance and narcissism knows no bounds: the giant oil painting on the wall of his office showing four views of himself, the fact that he refused to study with students that were not Harvard graduates. He was highly disliked by those in the GWB circle because of his regular emails on his accomplishments. From that article, one recipient likened to “the cards people send about their families at Christmas, except Ted’s were only about him and more frequent.”

There’s a psychological condition called megalomania. It’s a condition which causes thoughts of unlimited power and importance; feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur. I’ll leave you to make the connection.

Ted Cruz is a liar, plain and simple. Go to Politifact and you’ll see Ted Cruz lies more than he tells the truth. Read his statements over the past two years; only 4% are true; a whopping 68% are "mostly false", "false", or "pants on fire" and that doesn't count the 16% of which were labeled "half truths". Why don't the Cruz worshippers see this?

Ted Cruz says his father is his ultimate hero. The old saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” applies here. Considering Rafael Cruz and his tall tales, an oft-repeated dime-novel hero story topped off by the $100 bill sewn into his underwear. It fits perfectly with the carefully fashioned patriot image; stranger than fiction and more like the myth of Odysseus, Jason, or Perseus than a truthful biography.

Rafael Cruz, Sr. is a demagogue holy roller with the Purifying Fire ministry, founded by Suzanne Hinn. Yes, it’s that “Hinn”, as in Benny Hinn, the crook-liar-televangelist. Check out his cheesy late night performances; see him in his colorfully adorned costumes that are a humorous hybrid of Nehru and Star Trek. It's a carny atmosphere. Since 1983, he’s scammed millions from faithful viewers who believe in his faith healing techniques. Think about it; these are Senor Cruz’ compadres.

In a sermon last year, Cruz' father claimed that his son was “anointed as a king” to take control of all the sectors of society, a part of the "Seven Mountains" mandate, that would "bring the spoils of war to the priests", to bring about a prophesied "great transfer of wealth", from the "wicked" to righteous gentile believers.

Oh, Senor Cruz, congratulations, you’ve learned well from your mentor, Benny Hinn.

You know…Pastor Cruz’ life raises a lot of questions. If he couldn’t speak English how did he get into UT? He came illegally to America as a political refugee and magically received a student visa and then obtained a green card by marrying Eleanor Darragh. It sounds a lot like the sham marriages for green cards and cash that go on today. He talks about how much he loves America, yet he didn’t become an American citizen until 2005, forty-eight years after he left Cuba. And poor Eleanor Darragh. She remains conspicuously absent from this mythical hoopla; not a media quote or a digital image anywhere. I’d be embarrassed too, madam.

Ted Cruz and his delusional father share a common trait; it’s called hucksterism: Using aggressive, showy, and devious methods to promote or sell a product. Hucksters, especially the religious ones, employ their theatrical skills to scam money, obtain power, and obtain the unflinching adoration from the non-thinking and naïve.

Just a reminder to Senator Cruz: Political extremists have short careers that end badly.

If you don’t believe it, look back at the controversial careers of Father Coughlin, Gerald L.K. Smith, Ralph Easley, Merwin Hart, Gerald Winrod, Joseph McCarthy, or George Wallace.

You’re headed in that direction, buddy.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Carol Morgan is a career counselor, writer, speaker, former Democratic candidate for the Texas House and the award-winning author of Of Tapestry, Time and Tears, a historical fiction about the 1947 Partition of India. You may email her at elizabethcmorgan@sbcglobal.net follow her on Twitter @CounselorCarol1, on Facebook: CarolMorgan1 and her writer’s blog at www.carolmorgan.org

http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/carol-morgan/2013-10-23/ted-cruz-tree-apple-and-lot-questions

Cross-posted in Texas Group.

Rick Perry is Quietly Encouraging Texans to Sign up for Obamacare

Governor Rick Perry has always been one of the Affordable Care Act's most vocal opponents. He's called it a "monstrosity", a "stomach punch to the economy," and a "felony." But that hasn't stopped him from telling Texans to sign up for health coverage from the law.

That's right--Rick Perry's administration is encouraging Texans to enroll in the ACA's health insurance exchanges.

As the Texas Tribune reported last week, Texas will soon be shutting down its high-risk insurance pool for residents with pre-existing conditions, pushing them to seek coverage in the federal insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. According to the Tribune, "the state has deemed the high-risk pool obsolete, as the Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies participating in the federal marketplace...from denying coverage to Texans with pre-existing conditions." Governor Perry signed the bill abolishing the high-risk pool into law in June, and it will be shut down by the end of the year.

This is just the latest in a series of hypocritical moves by Governor Perry regarding the Affordable Care Act. Though he's called the law a "criminal act," Perry certainly has no problem accepting money from it. As we reported last month, Perry has accepted over $100 million in ACA grants, and was asking for even more to help expand a state program providing insurance to those with disabilities.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14274/rick-perry-is-quietly-encouraging-texans-to-sign-up-for-obamacare .

Perry in Israel to sign deal for A&M campus there

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign an agreement creating a Texas A&M branch campus in Israel.

Perry and Israeli President Shimon Peres are scheduled to hold a signing ceremony Wednesday at Peres' residence in Jerusalem.

Perry is an Aggie graduate traveling Israel this week with Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp, who announced on Tuesday that A&M would open a "peace university" in Nazareth, Israel's largest city.

Sharp says the university will foster "understanding and education and unity in Israel."

More at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Perry-in-Israel-to-sign-deal-for-A-M-campus-there-4918477.php?cmpid=hpbn .

LBJ library among 6 UT sites painted with A&M graffiti

Six sites on the University of Texas at Austin campus, including the LBJ Library, were defaced over the weekend with graffiti in maroon and white, school police said.

Slogans painted on the five buildings and one sculpture were "anti-UT and pro-Texas A&M," said Cindy Posey, spokeswoman for the University of Texas Police Department in Austin.

-snip-

In addition to the LBJ Presidential Library at 2313 Red River St., other tagged buildings included the Thompson Conference Center at 2405 Robert Dedman Dr., the Doty Fine Arts Building at 23rd and Trinity streets, and two spots at the Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin (previously Performing Arts Center) at 23rd and Trinity streets.

In addition, a public sculpture across the street from Texas Memorial Museum at 2400 Trinity St., was also marked with graffiti, probably by spray paint, Posey said.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/LBJ-library-among-6-UT-sites-painted-with-A-M-4917297.php?cmpid=hpts .

Ted Nugent signs on to Texas GOP campaign team

AUSTIN — Former state Rep. Sid Miller signed Detroit rocker and self-proclaimed “Madman” Ted Nugent onto his campaign for agriculture commissioner Tuesday, hoping to put a stranglehold on a relatively low-profile statewide seat.

Miller, looking to boost his visibility in the race that also includes Texas musician and humorist Kinky Friedman as a Democratic candidate, reached an agreement to designate the outspoken and controversial Nugent as his campaign's treasurer and co-chair Tuesday afternoon.

A spokesman said the two are in the process of filing the necessary paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission. Miller did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday.

Nugent claimed Miller, R-Stephenville, as an “American blood brother” in a letter prior to being signed on, according to a media report. Nugent's role may be largely ceremonial, but his name recognition alone could be a boost for the candidate.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Ted-Nugent-signs-on-to-Texas-GOP-campaign-team-4917940.php?cmpid=hpts .
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