David Mauro who writes on Burnt Orange Report is a leading candidate for a $10,000 blogger scholarship. PLEASE click here to vote for David Mauro.
David has a very slight lead over David Cameron who writes a blog about the Seattle Mariners. As a true Kossack and an Oakland A's fan I can't allow our David to lose.
In case you need more than pure loyalty. Here's some more info about David. He's a student athlete. Here are his statistics from this year's football season.
RUSHING GP Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
David Mauro 4 18 69 11 58 3.2 0 13 14.5
RECEIVING GP No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
David Mauro 4 6 102 17.0 1 48 25.5
David is 2nd row third from the right. #12
The contest ends this Thursday and David only has a slight lead over David Cameron.
I was fifteen years old when I first read the Burnt Orange Report. The year was 2003. The war in Iraq was six months old, George W. Bush's approval rating was above 50%, and Todd Baxter, Jack Stick and Terry Keel were all Republican state representatives from Travis County.
A lot has changed since then.
Burnt Orange Report, which was then written exclusively by college students, has changed too.
It has become an important player in Texas Democratic politics and its community is growing by the day. BOR is something I have long wanted to be a part of and I am honored that Karl-Thomas, Matt and Phillip have allowed me to join.
I was first introduced to public policy and politics by my father, Garry Mauro, a four-term Texas State Land Commissioner who ran against George W. Bush in 1998.
The days I spent driving from small town to small town and going door-to-door in the Texas summer heat with my Dad and his staff are remembered fondly by me.
Over the years, the towns and the years have blurred together, but I still remember the feeling, even as a young boy, that what we were doing was greater than ourselves. The feeling that, if we can win this election, we can do some truly great things.
To feel like what you are doing matters; that it is really making a difference. There's no better feeling than that.
And here's David's blog after Hillary was defeated in the primary.
Disclosure: I have worked as a field organizer for the Clinton campaign in Texas and Montana.
After five long months, this primary has ended. We finally have our Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, for whom I will proudly volunteer for in the coming months and vote for in November.
But at this weekend's State Democratic Convention, as a delegate from SD14, I will cast my vote for Hillary Clinton.
Other Clinton delegates will make different decisions. Barack Obama is our nominee and he deserves our support. I expect that all the Clinton delegates elected this weekend will vote for Obama in Denver: he is the nominee and, on Saturday, he will receive the full embrace and support of Clinton.
I will cast my vote for Hillary Clinton to support the many Clinton delegate candidates who have worked so hard in the past for Hillary and will continue to work hard this fall for Democrats.
I will cast my vote for Hillary Clinton to support a universal health care system and a sensible energy policy. But while I will cast my vote tomorrow for Hillary, I will devote my time, energy and (a little) money to Barack Obama this fall.
To Obama supporters, do not interpret those of us who vote for Hillary as anti-Obama voters. This has been a long primary process and while the healing process has begun, it has not completed. Bullying the most loyal of Clinton supporters to cast a vote for Obama at the convention will be counter-productive. Encourage and welcome them to the Obama campaign but do not disparage them for standing up for the candidate that they believe has been standing up for them is the campaign. If the tables were reversed, I hope we would be respecting your right to stand by Obama as well.
Let me end with a definitive statement: a vote for anyone other than Barack Obama in November is a vote against everything that Hillary Clinton stands for.
If you allow your personal resentment to manifest itself in a vote for John McCain, you are doing your party and, more importantly, your country a great disservice.
This has been a great campaign. Democrats in Texas and across the nation are poised to win big this fall because of this historic race not in spite of it.
Regardless of who you cast your vote for this weekend, volunteer and vote for Barack Obama this fall to ensure that many of the ideas Hillary has advocated can finally be implemented.
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Please comment with the # of your vote. I was pre-5000 so I'm old school. :) Go David Go!