Meet The Candidates For Governor of Texas
February 24, 2010

Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, you have plenty of opportunity to meet the candidates for Governor of  Texas over the next few days.

Today through the weekend all of the candidates will make a stop in Houston to campaign during early voting and before the March 2nd primary election day.

Democrat Bill White will have lunch and greet voters at the Breakfast Klub on Travis Street about Noon Today/ Wednesday.  You can meet him and hear his ideas about reforming education and boosting the state’s economy.  You can also find out if  White eat wings and waffles at the Breakfast Klub. 

Later this evening you can meet all three candidates running for the Republican Party nomination for Governor.

TX Candidates for Governor, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Rick Perry, Debra Medina

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Governor Rick Perry and former Wharton County GOP Chair Debra Medina will attend the 2010 Lincoln- Reagan Day Dinner.  It’s officially sold out, but maybe you can catch them going in?  The Harris County Republican Party is sponsoring the dinner at the J.W. Marriott Hotel across from the Galleria. It starts about 6:30.  There won’t be any wings and waffles on the menu. 

Finally, on Saturday, Houston Businessman Farouk Shami is holding a “Get Out The Vote” Super Rally.  The event will be held at 5445 Almeda, from 4-7 p.m.  That event is promising food, drinks, a Baptist church choir and a Greek Step Show.  I think it’s worth just showing up to see if Shami knows how to dance.

While Republicans Debate – Bill White Builds Momentum Across State
January 15, 2010

 (News Release From The Bill White for Texas Campaign)

Bill White, former Houston Mayor, just got back from a great day in Corpus Christi, speaking at a Rotary Club meeting, talking with a local editorial board, and listening to voters at a meet and greet event. See below for what he said about tonight’s debate.

As a reminder, all Democratic State Senators and 66 State Representatives endorsed Bill as the best choice for our next governor. Today we also announced fundraising numbers, with more than $2.5M raised in less than a month after Bill’s announcement for governor.

From Bill:

Governor Perry claimed: “I promised I would do everything I could to make this a state where people are proud to live and I think we’ve done that.” I was proud to be a Texan before he was Governor and many of us will be more proud of our state when he’s gone. We don’t need a Governor who takes credit for all that is good about Texans. His attitude just shows that Perry has been in office too long.

I agree with Senator Hutchison that Texas future is at risk because we are failing to educate so many Texans. Dropout rates are among the highest in the nation and college tuition has been skyrocketing. Education is the biggest job of state government and the largest part of the state’s budget. Education is an engine of economic growth and opportunity. How we invest in kids now will determine our economic future. And yet, in a one hour debate, Governor Perry never accepted accountability for the failures of public education or described how we could improve it and bring down skyrocketing college tuition rates. Our state deserves better than that.

Much of the debate consisted of complaints about the federal government, rather than solutions for Texas. I agree with some comments about federal intrusion, but under the Constitution the Governor of Texas does not control the federal government. Under Governor Perry, the State of Texas has time and time again imposed mandates cities and counties, and as Governor that is something I’d stop.

Senator Hutchison Attacks “Slick Rick Perry”
December 14, 2009

U.S. Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Kay Bailey Hutchison has released a new political ad that uses both  the images of  Houston Mayor Bill White and Texas Governor Rick Perry.

The ad starts out looking like an attack on Mayor White, but then turns into more of  an assault against Governor Perry’s record in office. 

It’s an interesting approach. 

The ad uses the same themes against Perry that were used against Mayor White by the Texas Republican Party. 

I don’t know if the political ad is only being used on the Senator’s campaign website and you tube, or whether she has any plans to air it on cable or network television.

Both Perry and Hutchison have launched TV and radio ads leading up to the March 2010 GOP primary.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post recently published an insightful story that examines the matchup.

Pictures From Mayor White’s Big Political Announcement
December 4, 2009

Freezing weather and snow flurries did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd that gathered at noon Friday to hear Mayor Bill White announce that he is running for Governor of  Texas. 

Dozens of  people, including city hall staffers, community leaders, elected officials and grassroots supporters packed into the Hilton of Americas Hotel Ballroom to hear the Mayor’s speech.

The term limited Mayor White leaves city hall at the end of  December.  He already has $4 Million in the bank to help him campaign for the Governor’s Mansion.