Archive for February, 2012

Lake Jackson residents take pride in Ron Paul

Some call Ron Paul’s message radical, but regardless, Texans in his congressional district seem to love him.

Paul has served in and for the coastal stretch of Texas known as Lake Jackson. It’s a town with plenty of industry and small town values. Residents have trusted Paul to represent them well in Washington.

"He pretty much has the same family values. You know, most of the kids in Lake Jackson were born by him," resident Rex Hewitt said. "Of course we’ve given up a lot because he doesn’t take a lot of the pork that other congressmen will take. We haven’t received all of the benefits that the federal government could give us, but we’re independent. We really don’t want it."

Paul has made a life in Lake Jackson. He’s worked as an OB/GYN, state lawmaker, U.S. congressman and most recently as a GOP presidential contender.

"As a congressman, he was known as Mr. No. He was not real apt to go on with a lot of political bargaining, but he always did well for our area," resident Amy Payne said.

But long-time constituents, who’ve re-elected him nearly a dozen times, aren’t so sure his approach can be effective as president.

"Like getting rid of the Fed. That’s very radical for our nation and a lot of people want to keep some part of that,” Payne said. "I think they’ll be parties that won’t be as willing to work with him."

Lake Jackson residents say Americans may not be willing to embrace so much change right away, but they’re happy he’s running.

"He probably won’t win, but he’s showing the American people, hey, you need to take a look at these other ways to look at it," Hewitt said.

When Paul is not busy on the presidential campaign trail, people in Lake Jackson say it’s not unusual to see him riding his bike around town.

Another Democrat Drops Out of US Senate race

Jason Gibson is withdrawing from the U.S. Senate race, and endorsing fellow Democrat, and former state Rep. Paul Sadler.

Here’s Gibson’s statement:

"After careful consideration, I have decided to not seek the Democratic nomination for United States Senate. The extensive time and energy needed to raise funds and build name ID around the state in a very narrow time-frame mean too little time and energy left for my family, my law practice and my duties as President of HTLA. This is the right decision for me and my family at this time. This was my first time seeking elected office, and I knew that as an outsider, I’d be up against others with institutional advantages. My heart and my upbringing are with the labor movement and I did not want to move forward without their endorsement. It has been an honor to travel and talk to voters all over Texas, and I truly appreciate the supporters who embraced our message of a new direction for our great state. I still believe that Texas deserves a hardworking U.S. Senator who will challenge gridlock in Washington – that’s why I am endorsing fellow Democrat Paul Sadler. I remain a proud Texas Democrat and I will explore how I can be helpful in getting other Democrats elected to office in 2012 and beyond.”

The AFL-CIO endorsed Sadler on Wednesday.

Sadler responded to Gibson’s decision this afternoon. He said he respects Gibson’s decision.

Here’s Sadler’s full statement:

"I want to thank Jason Gibson for his willingness to sacrifice time away from his family and his law firm’s clients while exploring a run for the United States Senate. I respect his decision that now is not the right time for him to continue in this campaign, but I am sure he will never stop fighting for a better future for our state and our country. Jason’s future is surely a bright one. I will continue to work hard to earn the votes of Texans who want to return our U.S. Senate seat to its rightful owners — the working families and small businesses who make our state great."

Democrat Ricardo Sanchez dropped out of the US Senate race in December. Sanchez said he decided to "put family first." A fire damaged his home in San Antonio in November.

Paul Sadler will be a guest on Capital Tonight next Thursday, February 9.

Democrats losing hope for April primary

It’s looking less and less likely that Texans will head to the polls for an April 3 primary. Wednesday, a Washington, D.C. court announced that it would not have a decision on pre-clearance for at least a month.

Even if the court decides to uphold the original district lines drawn by the state legislature, that doesn’t leave much time for primary preparations.

While the D.C. court rules on pre-clearance, a San Antonio court is re-visiting interim maps.
Minority groups and the attorney general’s office are trying to work out a compromise to give the court by Monday.

The state Democratic issued an advisory, saying if there’s no agreement, it doesn’t believe maps will be ready in time for an April primary, at all. Party officials also said while they’d prefer a unified primary, the party "does not oppose holding the Presidential Election in April," as long as the state reimburses the cost of the split election.

You can read that advisory, below:

Perry finances faltered in 4th quarter

Gov. Rick Perry may have started off his presidential campaign with plenty of money in the bank, but he sure didn’t end it that way.

Perry raised more than $17 million in the first seven weeks of his campaign. But after some debate stumbles and a nose-dive in the polls, it seems donors decided to open their wallets, elsewhere.

According to his Federal Election Commission report released today, from October to January, Perry only raised about $2.9 million.

The report shows Perry spent more than $16 million during his six month campaign. He had about $3.8 million cash on hand at the end of 2011. It’s not clear how much he spent before quitting the race on Jan. 19.