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Welcome to my community-building diary series, Houston, Texas News You Can Use. As always, opinions are my own. Links, re-posts, comments etc., not necessarily endorsements. I'm an out loud and proud liberal, card-carrying LGBT community member, nonprofit professional, and DKos Trusted User. I appreciate any/all feedback.

5 races to watch as Texans go to polls today
In the nation's first primary of the season, Texans going to the polls Tuesday will come one step closer to filling a slate of open seats from the governor's office on down - the first time in a dozen years that so many races are competitive at the same time. And while U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz isn't on the ballot, candidates are hoping to replicate his tea party-fueled win two years ago and knock off more established Republican officials, including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. Spirited insurgencies inspired by the tea party movement have fueled internal debates about the direction of the Republican Party, particularly in Texas, which is undergoing dramatic demographic changes.
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Welcome to my community-building diary series, Houston, Texas News You Can Use. As always, opinions are my own. Links, re-posts, comments etc., not necessarily endorsements. I'm an out loud and proud liberal, card-carrying LGBT community member, nonprofit professional, and DKos Trusted User. I appreciate any/all feedback.

This may be my last "Houston, Texas" diary for a few weeks. I'm taking some much needed time off, but I look forward to writing some travel and West Coast political diaries. I'll be heading out to San Francisco for the 42 annual PRIDE celebration and parade this weekend. Once I'm back in Texas, I'll be driving over to San Antonio for the July 4th weekend.

For today, I want to start with important updates from the Texas Legislature.

Liveblog: Abortion, Protests, Redistricting as Special Session Nears End
After nine hours of debate, the House tentatively approved Senate Bill 5 — the omnibus abortion restriction bill — early Monday morning. The approval came after contentious debate while opponents of the legislation observed from the gallery. They erupted in applause and jeers several times during the back-and-forth. Now, lawmakers are in a race with the clock to approve — or stymie — the legislation before the special session ends on Tuesday.
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Welcome to my community-building diary series, Houston, Texas News You Can Use. As always, opinions are my own. Links, re-posts, comments etc., not necessarily endorsements. I'm an out loud and proud liberal, card-carrying LGBT community member, nonprofit professional, and DKos Trusted User. I appreciate any/all feedback.

Today I want to start with an update on the Oklahoma tornados: The following organizations are accepting donations for relief efforts in Moore, Oklahoma:
http://www.khou.com/...

The weather that brought devastating tornados to Oklahoma Monday sags south into Texas today. Houston is likely to get rain and storms late tonight, according to Eric Berger: SciGuy on his new weather blog.

 

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Welcome to my community-building diary series, "Houston, Texas news you can use." As always, opinions are my own. Links, re-posts, comments etc., not necessarily endorsements. I'm an out loud and proud liberal, card-carrying LGBT community member, nonprofit professional, and DKos Trusted User. I appreciate any/all feedback.

Today I want to recommend my good friend Mark Morford's column "Nine amazing truths you already suspected" which includes musings on last week's 2013 NRA Convention in Houston's George R. Brown Convention center.

Did you see the photos from the big convention in Houston? Glenn Beck holding up a rifle? Wayne LaPierre’s mouth contorting in manic anguish? This is the army of the insane and the paranoid, the least compassionate the country has to offer.
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Welcome to my community-building diary series, "Houston, Texas news you can use." As always, opinions are my own. Links, re-posts, comments etc., not necessarily endorsements. I'm an out loud and proud liberal, card-carrying LGBT community member, nonprofit professional, and DKos Trusted User. I appreciate any/all feedback.

Today's very special guest is the 2013 NRA Convention in Houston's George R. Brown Convention center. When carrying your firearm, remember to follow all federal, state and local laws.

So come on y'all! Let's join Wayne LaPierre, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, and our nation's top Second Amendment leaders in government, the media, and the entertainment industry as we chart the course for defeating Barack Obama's gun ban agenda!

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Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 07:16 AM PDT

Htown & Texas news you can you use

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Welcome to my community-building diary series, "Houston, Texas news you can use." As always, opinions are my own. Links, re-posts, comments etc., not necessarily endorsements.

I'm an out loud and proud liberal, card-carrying LGBT community member, nonprofit professional, and DKos Trusted User. I appreciate any/all feedback.

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Via twitter Jayme Fraser‏ @JaymeKFraser2m shows us protesters outside Gov. Perry's reception room call for him to support Medicaid expansion as media looks on. #txlege https://twitter.com/...

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Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 06:39 AM PST

Htown news you can use - 12/12/12 edition

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Welcome to my community-building diary series, "Houston, Texas news you can use." As always, opinions are my own. Links, re-posts, comments etc., not necessarily endorsements.

I'm an out loud and proud liberal, card-carrying LGBT community member, nonprofit professional, and DKos Trusted User. I appreciate any/all feedback.

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Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 03:08 PM PST

Videos for Kossacks

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Below are four of my favorite Romney videos for the 2012 Presidential election. Please share yours.

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Back from a brief hiatus. Recently returned from much needed R&R in San Francisco, California. This is community building video diary inspired by a few things from my trip, as well the recent 2012 Presidential debate, and tonight's upcoming Vice Presidential debate.

As always, please rate it, even if you hate it. And feel free to post your favorite video clip to keep the mojo going.

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Today I posted the following on my facebook page. It started a flame war with an old high school friend who is a GOP/TeaParty/WingNut/Romney supporter. Follow me below the fold for the fun and please add you comments.

Romney's tax returns matter: we have someone running for President who, rather than investing his money in making the US work, has instead squirreled it away in offshore accounts. And there is more than a fair question as to whether those tax returns show that he's avoided paying tax on that wealth by doing so. We may have someone running for President who wants to be in charge of the US tax apparatus, who has himself worked to avoid paying those taxes. He wants to apply rules to us that he himself may have flouted. John McCain saw his returns, and chose Sarah Palin.

Why Mitt's tax returns matter | The People's View
www.thepeoplesview.net.

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In today's special edidtion of my ongoing community-building diary series, "Houston, Texas news you can use," I highlight reactions from Mayor Annise Parker, Houston's first openly lesbian mayor to be elected to the highest office in the nation's fourth largest city.

From her personal facebook page she said this:

Putting all the day-after politics aside, the President's announcement yesterday is a major step for equality for all Americans.
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