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Texas Blog Roundup - Week Ending 6/27/2010

Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/6/28 9:36:07 (847 reads)
Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups

The Texas Progressive Alliance is fired up and ready to go with its post-convention blog roundup.

Neil at Texas Liberal offered up four reasons Bill White will beat Rick Perry and, in so doing, become the next Governor of Texas.

John at Bay Area Houston says Before you run for Chair of the Texas Democratic Party get a clue.

As people across the nation react to GASLAND now showing on HBO, TXsharon @ Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS reminds us that the FRAC Act, Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2009, has no Texas co-sponsor.

Musings has a bloggers roundup from the convention.

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Senator Robert Byrd - R.I.P.

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/6/28 8:27:02 (752 reads)

Open in new windowSenator Robert Byrd (92), of West Virginia has died today. He was the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history, and was proof that people can change. Once a segregationist and KKK member, Byrd turned around and renounced hate, earning a 100% favorable congressional rating by the NAACP, and mentoring Barack Obama in his time in the Senate.

Rest in Peace, Senator Byrd.

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Mariachis At 2010 Texas Democratic Party Convention

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/6/27 9:57:32 (813 reads)

This music makes me want to dance. When these guys fired up, I grabbed my camera and had to get some video. Basically, it was just about time for delegates to get out of the exhibit hall and head for the auditorium. Perhaps the idea was to drive people out, but I just made a beeline for them.

Somehow, I just can't imagine the GOP having mariachis at their convention.


Mariachis at Texas Democratic Party Convention

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2010 Texas Democratic Party Platform

The Editor's Column
 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/6/26 22:30:00 (2757 reads)

Open in new windowThis weekend, we're in Corpus Christi, Texas for the 2010 Texas Democratic Party Convention. We'll post more thoughts, videos, and photographs later, but we wanted to pass along the Democratic Platform document, just adopted. It seems that so often, the other major party makes a big show of opposition to whatever it is that they suppose we believe - without ever really asking us or bothering to consult with what we believe. I think the majority of this is very reasonable.


"The Democratic Party is not a collection of diverse interests brought together only to win elections. We are united instead by a common heritage - by a respect for the deeds of the past and a recognition of the needs of the future."
John F. Kennedy, from a speech he was to deliver in Austin on November 22, 1963

Texas Democrats believe government can be as good as the people. We have faith that democracy, built on the sacred values of family, freedom and fairness, can afford every Texan, without exception, the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential.

We believe democratic government exists to achieve as a community, state, and nation what we cannot achieve as individuals; and that it must not serve only a powerful few.

We believe every Texan has inalienable rights that even a majority may not take away
…the right to vote
…the right to fair and open participation and representation in the democratic process
…the right to privacy.

We believe in freedom
…from government interference in our private lives and personal decisions
…to exercise civil and human rights
…of religion and individual conscience.

We believe in equal opportunity for all Texans
…to receive a quality public education, from childhood through college
…to have access to affordable, comprehensive health care
…to find a good job with dignity
…to buy or rent a good home in a safe community
…to breathe clean air and drink clean water.

We believe a growing economy should benefit all Texans
…that the people who work in a business are as important as those who invest in it
…that every person should be paid a living wage
…that good business offers a fair deal for customers
…that regulation of unfair practices and rates is necessary
…that the burden of taxes should be fairly distributed
…that government policy should not favor corporations that seek offshore tax shelters, exploit workers, pollute our environment, or spend corporate money to influence elections;

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Links on Friday Morning

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/6/25 7:45:55 (1096 reads)

This morning, we're in Corpus Christi for the Texas Democratic Party State Convention. We'll probably bring some updates tonight.

Here are a few links I've collected over the past few days:

New York times has another piece about lapses in oversight of the blowout preventer on the Deepwater Horizon. The sheer ram component of the blowout preventer did not have a backup. It was a single point of failure with a single point of failure. Most rigs have two sheers, just in case a pipe joint happens to be in the way of one.

“It found 11 cases where crews on deepwater rigs had lost control of their wells and then activated blowout preventers to prevent a spill. In only six of those cases were the wells brought under control, leading the researchers to conclude that in actual practice, blowout preventers used by deepwater rigs had a “failure” rate of 45 percent.”

Barbara Ann Radnofsky says your state can sue Wall Street. Greg Abbott, here's your written invitation.

Does it bother you that the new A-Train that DCTA is building is only planned to operate on weekdays?

Sadly, two construction workers were killed yesterday in Lewisville when a piece of equipment fell on them as they were building a DCTA facility.

Newsweek published America’s Best high Schools, and several LISD high schools were on the list:

788: Flower Mound
871: Hebron
1253: Marcus
1399: The Colony

Marcus is ranked #5 in Texas 5A schools in UIL’s Lone Star Cup

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Road Rage

Emails from Aunt Agnes
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/6/24 9:45:31 (1038 reads)
Emails from Aunt Agnes

The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.

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Lewisville Population Estimate at 105,169 - 10th Fastest Growing City in U.S.

Local News, Notes and Events
 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/6/23 16:00:00 (4391 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowPopulation estimates released Tuesday for U.S. Cities over 100,000 in population placed Lewisville, TX as the 10th fastest growing city in the nation, estimating our July 1, 2009 population at 105,169, adding 3,408 residents since 2008, and jumping by 3.3%.

Frisco, TX was number one on the list, and McKinney and Round Rock came in at #3 and #8, respectively. Fort Worth was just after Lewisville, coming in #11 for a 2009 population of 727,575.

These are population estimates only. The numbers from the 2010 official census are not yet released.

New Lewisville Residents: Welcome!

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Lewisville ISD Board Meeting Notes and Video - 6/21/2010

Lewisville ISD Notes
 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/6/23 11:00:00 (2142 reads)

Open in new windowAs we wrote before, this past Monday night, 6/21/2010, the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees met in open workshop to discuss the budget for the upcoming fiscal year - the 2010/2011 school year.

In a 4.5 hour workshop and meeting, Board members were presented with what appears to be a fairly lean budget based on a tax increase from $1.04 per $100 valuation to $1.17. There may be a few little areas that can still be trimmed without cutting jobs, but in order to achieve a balanced budget without a tax increase, there would have to be some massive cuts of personnel.

A rate of $1.06 would be a 2 cent raise that would bring the most bang for the buck, since the State of Texas would kick in additional money on top of what we collect. It would mean about $7 million in additional revenue. Additional cents beyond $1.06 actually net a bit less than the tax we collect, since some of that would go to the state under recapture rules. A tax rate of $1.12 would balance our budget.

In addition to the $1.06 - $1.17 the board might seek for maintenance and operations (M&O), the rate for interest and sinking fund (I&S) - basically bond payments, would be $0.3867.

Now, tonight on a 6 - 1 vote (Latham against), the board decided to publish the proposed $1.17 rate. This doesn't mean they'll vote for that, but they want to give notice of the highest possible rate they might choose. The rate they end up will likely be lower, if they want the voters to pass it.

Since the proposed rate would exceed what is called our "rollback rate" of $1.04 (this year's rate), a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) would be called - most likely for September. Voters could vote for the proposed rate, or against it, which would set the rate at $1.04 and cause the board to have to redo the budget and start making cuts or dipping into reserves.

You don't get to vote on the I&S fund rate, because you already voted for that tax increase when you approved the bond packages. (You knew those were tax increases, right?)

Videos are in the process of uploading, and will be available below when complete.

The presentation being discussed in the video is available in PDF format, so that you can follow along if you want. (258 pages - 5.6mb) The preliminary budget is also available in PDF format. (305 pages - 8.1mb) Note that the presentation and budget assumes that the tax rate will be $1.17 for M&O.

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Texas Blog Roundup - Week Ending 6/20/2010

Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/6/23 9:02:58 (958 reads)
Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups

The Texas Progressive Alliance welcomes the official start of summer with a cold beverage and the highlights from the week in blogging.

There is no way in hell I can pick just one post from this hellish week in the Barnett Shale, so I did a recap. TXsharon on Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS.

San Antonio hospitals are dumping seriously ill homeless patients at Haven for Hope. CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme sees republicans hating health care for the poor. How selfish and cruel can a group of people be?

Off the Kuff examined some data to get a handle on Rick Perry's performance with Latino voters in the 2002 election.

The update on the Green Party's bid for the ballot, including Perry campaign operative Dave Carney's latest lie, is at PDiddie's Brains and Eggs.

Bay Area Houston has More on Driving Ms Daisy-Harper-Brown and her scandal.

Over at TexasKaos, Libby Shaw reminds Smokin' Joe and Old Box turtle what their jobs are in Earth to Joe Barton and John Cornyn: You are not Lobbyists.

Neil at Texas Liberal offered up a post this week with two examples of folks voting across party lines. Neil says political parties provide a useful shorthand for voters and says people should support a slate that has the same general outlook and goals.

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Local Happenings for Lewisville Area - June 23 and later

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2010/6/23 8:40:00 (2232 reads)
Lewisville Area Calendar and Events

From submitted reports - email with your items

General Announcements

- Lewisville Residents can sign up for online utility billing.

- The Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main Street, has numerous classes and programs on tap for the month of June. For more information on any of these events, contact the Youth Services Desk at 972.219.3577 or visit

Summer Camp Options for Children and Teens
- LISD Adult and Community Education is offering a variety of Summer Enrichment Courses for children and teens.
- LLELA has a variety of one-day camps focused on environmental learning. (Ages 7 - 12)
- The City of Lewisville also has a variety of affordable summer camp offerings. (See Page 5 of the WOW Brochure.)
- Xtreme Response Camp is a camp for ages 12-15 where kids learn about various aspects of emergency response and public safety, including firefighting, police, EMS, and disaster preparedness.
- Dallas Morning News has more...

May 15th - Oct 30th - Lewisville Old Town Farmers Market
The Old Town Lewisville Farmers Market, a seasonal open-air forum for Denton County and North Texas-grown products, will be open Saturdays from May 15 through Oct. 30 starting at 8 a.m. at Wayne Ferguson Plaza in Old Town Lewisville.

Calendar of Events

Looking for more family activites? See Family eGuide

Note: We're still in the process of updating the calendar for this weekend. Please check back!

June 24th - DCTA Public Meeting about A-Train
6:30 PM at Lewisville Municipal Annex. DCTA will give the public a chance to hear their current A-train plans and provide feedback.

June 24th - 26th - Texas Democratic Convention
WhosPlayin will be in Corpus Christi for this event, so blog postings will be sparse until we get back.

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June 25th - Flower Mound Free Concert: All Funk Radio Show
Flower Mound Summmer Concerts in the Park, every Friday in June, 7:30 p.m. at Parker Square, 1500 Cross Timbers Rd.
"All Funk Radio Show" is a hip-hop, jazz, R&B, soul, dance, and funk act.
Series Information...

June 26th - Michael Burgess Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 10:00 a.m.

Keller ISD/Timber Creek High School
12350 Timberland Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76244

For more information...

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