They let me know I need to paint my house and I must do this by February 2015. Not only must I paint my house, but I can only use this lovely set of pre-approved colors. I’m just wild about Terrazzo Tan. And some of the colors are no longer in regular use (hopefully Terrazzo Tan). So glad I get to pay someone to tell me when to paint my house and what color I can paint it.
So, I have a pet peeve about talking heads dissing “negative” ads (if you’re not going to tell voters about your opponent’s bad acts, why even bother running a race). The talking heads struck again while discussing Wendy Davis’ latest ad in Texas’ gubernatorial race. On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Dorian Warren said, “What we know about negative ads is that they almost always depress turnout” (Source). Actually, Dorian, we don’t know that; it’s just that you and others keep repeating this bs.
Starting this year, Austin will have single member districts with real representation (although the districts have been gerrymandered in such a way to benefit the downtown/central Austin crowd):
There are 10 single member districts, as well as the Mayor’s office, which will be chosen this November. I live in District 5, so I’m looking at the candidates there.
I have one major quality I’m looking for in any mayoral or city council candidate: that they haven’t previously served, or are not currently serving, on the council (they’re the problem, and the reason why we now have single member districts). Not too surprisingly, none of the candidates in my district have ever served on the council.
The Austin Chronicle has a list of all the candidates for mayor and city council. Please find your district and go vote. The people who have run this down for decades don’t want us to have real representation and expect us to stay home - they opposed single member districts and moving the elections to November.
It’s time for things to change in this town and for communities and neighborhoods to be truly represented.
If you live in Texas, we have several elections taking place: a US Senate race, Congressional races, statewide offices, some state senate seats, state house, as well as various county and city races. You can find a list of all the candidates here.
Election Day is November 4th, the first day of early voting is October 20th, and the last day to register in Texas is October 6th. Find out if you’re registered or what you need to do here.
In honor of that, I want to thank my parents (and I may have done this before on this blog, but it bears repeating) for not censoring my reading. I read lots of different books growing up, and I was never told I couldn’t read something because I wasn’t old enough or the book contained unsuitable material. I read Dracula and Frankenstein while I was in middle school (probably not appreciating all they had to offer), and I’m sure my parents’ curiosity and concern were piqued when they saw me reading Marx’s Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844. However, they didn’t tell me I couldn’t read them. I know I’m a better and more well rounded person because of this.