We want to get as many people as we can telling Eric Cantor and House Republicans to stop trying to dismantle Obamacare. ADD YOUR NAME: http://dccc.org/ObamacareContinue Reading "Show your support for Obamacare"
This TED talk wasn’t posted on the TED website. Apparently they felt it too politically controversial. Nick Hanauer talks for six minutes on why the rich aren’t the job creators — and as someone worth $1 billion USD, he knows a bit about the rich. To view the video, scroll down after clicking this link: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/05/11/banned-ted-talk-job-creator-myth/ Or [...]Continue Reading "This TED Talk Was Banned For Attacking The Job Creator Myth"
Maine legislature votes to overturn Citizens United http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/05/06/1207338/-Maine-legislature-votes-to-overturn-Citizens-nbsp-United Maine became the 13th state in the nation to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Twenty-five House Republicans (in the state House) and five Senate Republicans joined Democrats to “call upon each Member [...]Continue Reading "Maine legislature votes to overturn Citizens United"
We can’t solve our country’s budget problems with a meat-ax. Sequestration isn’t just dumb, it’s dangerous and irresponsible. Blunt, across the board cuts are hurting our children, our seniors, our veterans – the people who need our help the most. Last week, Congress stepped in to restore full funding for air traffic controllers to keep [...]Continue Reading "A sequester solution from Elizabeth Warren"
Saturday, April 27, 2013 Weekly Address: Time to Replace the Sequester with a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction. President Obama says that because Republicans in Congress allowed a series of harmful, automatic budget cuts—called the sequester—to take effect, important programs like Head Start are now forced to reduce their services. After travelers were stuck for hours in airports and on planes [...]Continue Reading "Weekly Address: Time to Replace the Sequester with a Balanced Approach"
Congressmen Joaquin Castro and Lloyd Doggett, Mayor Julian Castro and nearly two dozen state and local lawmakers joined together to tell Governor Perry to do the right thing and expand Medicaid. Stand behind our Democratic leadership and sign this petition of support. Medicaid expansion is the right thing to do — it will not only provide healthcare [...]Continue Reading "Stand with our Democratic leaders, a message from Battleground Texas"
TEXAS Empower the Vote Texas: http://www.empowerthevotetx.org, especially http://www.empowerthevotetx.org/txlege.html Grayson County Democrats for Progress: http://www.graysondemocrats.org Grayson, Fannin, and Delta County Democrats: http://www.facebook.com/groups/220372521378622/ Texas Democratic Party: http://www.txdemocrats.org Battleground Texas, The fight to make Texas count: http://www.battlegroundtexas.com Progress Texas, Communicating Progressive Values in Texas: http://progresstexas.org NATIONAL Get informed, get involved: http://www.congress.org Organizing for Action: http://www.barackobama.com The Whitehouse: http://www.whitehouse.gov, [...]Continue Reading "Essential Websites You Should Know"
Today Gov. Perry and Senators Cruz and Cornyn stood up before Texans and said that they don’t give a damn if your grandmother, or if your child, has access to health insurance. They said that they want to keep 6.2 million Texans uninsured, and that they want to turn down nearly $100 billion in funding. [...]Continue Reading "Gov. Rick Perry plans to keep 6.2 million Texans uninsured"
Texas is at a crossroads. The Lone Star State is changing – and with its size and diversity, our state should be a place where all elections – from local elections all the way up to the President of United States are hotly contested. To do that, we need Texans in every corner of the [...]Continue Reading "Battleground Texas"
U.S. Senators: John Cornyn, Ted Cruz Senator Cornyn 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 PH: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Senator Cornyn 5001 Spring Valley Road, Suite 1125 E Dallas, TX 75244 PH: 972-239-1310 Fax: 972-239-2110 Senator Cruz Dirksen Senate Office Building, Suite SDB-40B Washington, DC 20510 Ph: 202-224-5922 http://www.cruz.senate.gov Senator [...]Continue Reading "How to Contact Your Representatives"
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst recently declared that in his opinion expanding Medicaid is “off the table.” That is unacceptable. Expanding Medicaid would help over 1 million Texans gain insurance, allow hospital districts and counties to experience new financial and social benefits, and bring billions of dollars into Texas communities. Texas researchers projected that expanding Medicaid [...]Continue Reading "Tell Larry Phillips we need his support to expand Medicaid!"
As we approach the self-immolation known as “The Sequester,” I find myself thinking about a woman in West Africa, asking people, “Would you like to buy a pen?” She was a middle-aged woman, wearing a bright-colored dress. Judging by wear and tear, it may have been the only dress she owned. She was standing on [...]Continue Reading "The Sequester, thoughts from Rep. Alan Grayson"
All women must be protected from violence, and supported in their brave decisions to leave violent relationships. Texas’ two Republican Senators do not agree. Both Senator Cruz and Senator Cornyn voted against protecting the women we care about. Every single Senator who voted against protecting women is a man, and a Republican. The Violence Against Women [...]Continue Reading "22 Republican Senators voted AGAINST the Violence Against Women Act"
If you missed President Obama’s State of the Union address — or even if you heard every word — you should check out the White House’s interactive version of the speech with facts, charts, graphics, and more: http://my.barackobama.com/Watch-the-Interactive-Speech As I watched the speech last night, I was incredibly proud of my president — and not [...]Continue Reading "White House interactive version of SOTU with facts, charts, graphics"
The Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, is the signature legislation that helped to restore the right to vote guaranteed by the 14th and 15th Amendments. The Voting Rights Act has been called the single most effective piece of civil rights legislation ever passed by Congress. In recent years, the [...]Continue Reading "Empower The Vote Texas"
This petition is for Texas residents to ask the state to opt IN to the Medicaid Expansion Provision of the Affordable Care Act. The effort is lead by Dallas Area Interfaith, a member organization of the Texas Industrial Areas Foundation. Sign the petition here: http://www.dallasareainterfaith.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=90Continue Reading "Petition to Opt Texas in to Medicaid Expansion"
Election returns are trickling in, but there’s one thing we know for sure. Thanks to your support, we just ended the destructive Republican super-majority in the Texas House. Tonight, we flipped more Texas House seats from Republican to Democratic control than in any other election year in recent memory. And to be clear – You [...]Continue Reading "From Jessica Farrar, Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee"
November 7, 2012- Dear Democrat, You have a lot to be proud of today. I know you share my great joy and excitement around the re-election of President Obama and the Democratic control of the Senate. And in Texas, we added three new Democratic seats to our Congressional delegation in DC, and seven more Democrats [...]Continue Reading "From Gilberto Hinojosa, Chair of the Texas Democratic Party"
http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/wed-november-7-2012-nate-silverContinue Reading "Watch the Post-Election Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
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-President Barack Obama. Over the next month, the President and Congress face a tough road toward positive resolve for the fiscal cliff, sequestration, the deficit, and other budget challenges. Your voice matters today just as much as it did on Tuesday — and NPP has all the information you need to understand and participate in [...]Continue Reading "“The role of citizen in our democracy does not end with your vote.”"
http://www.electcarolshea.com/Continue Reading "Carol Shea for Commissioner Precinct 3"
Great news! The San Antonio Express-News endorsed Paul Sadler! In their statement, the editorial board remarked that “Texans would be well served by sending Sadler to Washington. Sadler is a serious candidate who is prepared to address the serious problems facing our nation in a sober, clear-headed fashion.” Now, some important dates to remember: Friday, October [...]Continue Reading "Paul Sadler for U.S. Senate, Debate Ted Cruz, Watch Online"
Or read the transcripts. Check schedule for upcoming debates: http://www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com/2012-debate-schedule/2012-presidential-debate-schedule/Continue Reading "Watch Video Streams of Debates"
Watch Paul Sadler debate Ted Cruz, Oct 2, 2012. Videos are in four parts. The first part is labeled: The Belo Debate: Cruz vs. Sadler (Part One) http://www.wfaa.com/video?sec=601157&ref=rcvidmodContinue Reading "Watch Video of Paul Sadler / Ted Cruz Debate"
For a list of all candidates on the Nov 6, 2012 ballot, go to http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/Elections/2012_Sample_Ballot.pdfContinue Reading "Nov 6 Sample Ballot"
Joseph Stiglitz, “The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future” Watch Charlie Rose interview Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz: http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/12589Continue Reading "If we had an efficient health care system, we would have no deficit."
Fact Sheet #1, compiled by the Grayson County Democrats for Progress Club Accomplishments of the Obama Administration: The Economy Action: Facing the greatest recession since the Great Depression, including the near-collapse of the banking industry (which had been ‘bailed out’ under the previous administration), the Obama administration worked to pass the 2009 Stimulus Bill. [...]Continue Reading "Accomplishments of the Obama Administration:"
Carol Shea Former Grayson County Commissioner Carol Shea has decided she wants back on the county’s Commissioner’s Court. Shea filed for a spot in the March primary to run for Commissioner Precinct 3. That spot is currently held by one of her former employees, Jackie Crisp. She said, “After consulting with my friends, family and [...]Continue Reading "Carol Shea for Grayson County Commissioner Precinct #3"
Don’t you just love Hillary Clinton watch the video. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/10/clinton-women-must-be-fearless.htmlContinue Reading "Hillary Clinton Speaks out on Women’s Rights."
By Cynthia Manley I SENT THIS MESSAGE TO LARRY PHILLIPS TODAY Dear Larry: Hazardous nuclear waste will soon [in April] be transported across Texas to be dumped near the NM border. Currently there is no legislation to alert communities along the route of the planned route of the trucks. “…we don’t know whether local emergency [...]Continue Reading "HAZARDOUS NUCLEAR WASTE TRANSPORTATION"
By Alexander M. Clark That’s my State Representative, Larry Phillips (R-Sherman). After voting to cut education by $5 billion, for the sonogram mandate, for Voter I.D., gerrymandering minority districts, and having ethics charges brought against him I bet he was tired. Checkout Alex’s Facebook page for more articles Like · · ShareContinue Reading "My State Representative, Larry Phillips (R-Sherman)"
Today, March 2nd, we celebrate the birth of Texas, and our shared history of the independent spirit that has been passed down to all Texans for generations. Today, I also invite you to be among the first to see our new campaign website. While many Republican politicians continue to ignore our children and our schools, we can [...]Continue Reading "Sadler for Senate"
The San Antonio federal court today issued an election schedule order for a May 29, 2012 Primary. Below are some of the key dates: Important Dates March 2, 2012 Filing period re-opens. March 9, 2012 Filing period closes at 6 PM. April 9, 2012 For the elections for the Texas House and the Texas Senate, a person [...]Continue Reading "Election Schedule & Delegate Selection Plan"
Date Change to next Tuesday, March 6th @ 5:30pm at Lupe’s. (no thursday meeting). Please plan to attend a very important meeting for plans of County Convention, Precinct Conventions, plans for delegates to the State Democratic Convention. Please make every effort to attend this meeting. This is all due to the new Primary Election Date being moved [...]Continue Reading "New Primary Election Date"
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A growing number of Fort Hood soldiers, particularly those with children, are turning up at area food pantries because they’re unable to make ends meet on their military salaries, according to a newspaper study. A review of Defense Commissary Agency reports for Fort Hood and the nation’s military installations show [...]Continue Reading "More Fort Hood soldiers with children needing food assistance"
https://www.facebook.com/PerezforStateHouse Perez for State House Donate Eristeo Perez Contribute Now Eristeo Perez has raised $330 from 8 SupportersJoin the movement! Contribute to Eristeo Perez with ActBlue. Contribute Now Vote Larry Phillips out! support Eristeo Perez for the Texas Statehouse District #62Continue Reading "Perez for State House Please Donate"
Voter registration cards for Grayson County citizens might have expired in December, but their registration didn’t expire. Grayson County Tax Assessor Collector John Ramsey said that as a result of on-going redistricting litigation, the mailing of new voter registration certificates has been delayed. Voters who are currently registered but do not have any changes to [...]Continue Reading "Voter registration cards delayed but registration still intact"
Photo by Gage Skidmore By Alex Clark, Contributing Writer Republicans seem to have finally settled on their anti-Romney: Rick Santorum. Santorum is the dream candidate for both conservatives and liberals, but for different reasons. Let me explain. For conservatives, Santorum is the answer to everything fake and cold about Romney. His favorable ratings are much [...]Continue Reading "Support for Santorum is Spreading During Surge"
Current Precinct Number Current Voting Site New Precinct Number New Voting Site 1 Texoma Council of Governments, Sherman 301 same 2 First United Methodist Church, Sherman 302 same 3 Grayson County Courthouse, Sherman 302 First United Methodist Church, Sherman 4 St. Stephens Episcopal Church , Sherman 101 East Sherman Baptist Church, Sherman 5 United Way [...]Continue Reading "Voting Precinct Changes for 2012"
Join our ‘Friendship’ Supper at 5:30 pm @ Grandy’s on Texoma Pkwy (just north of intersection Texoma Pkwy and Hwy 82). On – Feb. 23rd at Grandy Meeting of the GCD for Progress at 6 PM. Then the Co. Exec. Committee members (Precinct Chairs) meeting at 6:30pm but ALL are invited to attend both meetings. note: [...]Continue Reading "2012 Primary Elections"
Robert Shannon, County Chair, has resigned the post of County Chair along with Carolyn Spencer, Sec. as of Feb. 6th, 2012 at a called County Executive Committee made up off all precinct chairs for the Grayson County Democratic Party. The County Executive Committee moved to elect an interim County Chair who will preside over the Primary [...]Continue Reading "Notice to All Democrats in Grayson County"
ThinkProgress has compiled the top outlandish beliefs from pastors associated with Perry’s prayer rally: – Oprah is a sign of the Apocalypse: In his channel on GOD TV, Mike Bickle called Oprah a “forerunner to the harlot movement.” Bickle also warned that traditional “marriage will be…defiled” as the “gay marriage agenda, which is rooted in the [...]Continue Reading "Perry’s Prayer Rally Propaganda"
By Dorothy N. Fowler It’s 2:34 p.m. in New York City right now, Tuesday, August 02, 2011. The stock market has another 26 minutes to go before it closes for the day with a loss of about 154 points unless a miracle occurs before 3 p.m. The tea partiers and other “experts” assured us all [...]Continue Reading "Dot’s Dashes"
After the President’s speech last evening we sent the following members of congress this FAX. Please support the Administration in a balanced approach to solving the debt ceiling. You can help. Just cut and paste this example or add your own statement and FAX. FAX To: Member of Congress, FAX # From: Your name, address and zip code We must compromise on the debt ceiling & pass a balanced approach [...]Continue Reading "FAX to Members of Congress"
New York (CNN) — Let me get this straight. The people who have been preaching the most about the dangers of American decline are right now helping to hasten American decline. Because if America defaults on its debt, not only will we find ourselves in a far deeper fiscal hole, but the full faith and [...]Continue Reading "Our stupid self-inflicted debt crisis"
But of course, get ready for this argument to make it across the ocean even faster than the next resignation and/or arrest of a Murdoch employee. Telegraph columnist Janet Daly opines that the left is just going after Murdoch to make conservatives shut up “The Left does not want a debate or an open market in [...]Continue Reading "Murdoch’s hacking and bribing — IT’S ALL THE LIBERALS FAULT!"
By: Christina Johnstone Where are the jobs Mr. Boehner? After all, jobs are what your party ran on in 2010. What we got was the old bait and switch. Not one jobs bill to date, in fact your party voted down legislation that would make it more difficult for the real welfare queens(big greedy corporate [...]Continue Reading "JOBS, JOBS, JOBS WHERE ARE THE JOBS?"
Under the current system of electing the President, a candidate may win a majority of the Electoral College without having a majority of the nationwide popular vote. The National Popular Vote bill would reform the Electoral College by guaranteeing the Presidency to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states [...]Continue Reading "NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE, GET RID OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE"
In case you missed it our friend Kathy Williams is leaving the Herald Democrat. Please take the time to wish her the best of luck & thank her for all the great stories and articles she has written over the years. Go to http://www.heralddemocrat.com/hd/Commentary/GoodMorning/Good-Morning-and-goodbye and leave a comment. Send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Good morning and [...]Continue Reading "To: Kathy Williams Thanks for Being There, Don’t Stop Writing."
By MATT TAIBBI The Tea Party contender may seem like a goofball, but be warned: Her presidential campaign is no laughing matter Illustration by Victor Juhasz Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and, as you consider the career and future presidential prospects of an incredible American phenomenon named Michele Bachmann, do one [...]Continue Reading "Michele Bachmann’s Holy War"
The real greed lies with those who call us “greedy geezers.”The Greed Over Principle” (GOP) crowd & a corporate run government with unprecedented economic greed, fueled by corruption in politics. The Greedy Geezer story line is really a smokescreen to obscure the role of the really greedy elites who championed unsustainable tax breaks for the rich. Nest [...]Continue Reading "I may be a Geezer but I am not Greedy"
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT OF AMERICA’S WORST GOVERNORS LIST Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) Gov. Donald Carcieri (R-RI) Gov. Jim Gibbons (R-NV) Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) Gov. Sonny Perdue (R-GA) Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) Gov. Mike Rounds (R-SD) Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) How [...]Continue Reading "CITIZENS for RESPONSIBILITY & ETHIC in WASHINGTON REPORT"
Forty years ago on Friday, President Richard Nixon launched America’s war on drugs, calling illegal drug abuse “Public Enemy No. 1.” Last week, an international commission issued an authoritative report declaring what we’ve pretty much known all along: The global war on drugs has been a complete failure. Not only has consumption of opiates, cocaine [...]Continue Reading "The Longest War"
Rick Perry is a hypocrite. Nothing could be clearer than the following verses: Matthew 6:5 – 7 5. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto [...]Continue Reading "The Praying Rick"
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry has 1,170 pieces of legislation either awaiting his signature or a veto stamp, and just three days left to make the choice. The Sunday deadline will cap a week of will-he-or-won’t-he run for president questions for Perry, as well as a full schedule of nationwide appearances, including a keynote [...]Continue Reading "Perry flirts with White House run as bills pile up"
Remember the TTC (Trans Texas Corridor) the Rick Perry boondoggle that he tried to ram through in Texas a few years back. Now that he is rumored to be a Presidential candidate in 2o12 folks need to remember what a corrupt politician he is. An adept devotee of cronyism government, he will bring to the Federal government if elected president. Trans-Texas Corridor In [...]Continue Reading "Toll Road Privatization"
You may have seen the Herald Democrat ‘s article today 6/16/2011 “Phillips on Texas Monthly list.” Here is the actual article from Texas Monthly. Phillips had no Democratic opponent in 2010. Grayson and Fannin counties need a competent State Rep. Is there no one who will challenge Phillips in 2012? LARRY PHILLIPS R–Sherman A legislative accident waiting for a place to happen. Larry Phillips [...]Continue Reading "The Worst Legislators 2011 from Texas Monthly Magazine"
BY KATHY WILLIAMS Educating children is the most noble profession anywhere, Texas Classroom Teachers Association’s president-elect told Democratic Women of Grayson County at their annual meeting Tuesday. And although the Legislature’s debate on funding Texas schools is filled with proposals that directly affect teachers, what results will direct the future and welfare of Texas’ children [...]Continue Reading "GC Democratic Women hold annual meeting"
By: Thomas W. Nuckols , Sherman, TX Governor Perry has asked his fellow governors to join religious leaders at a rally in Reliant Stadium in Houston to fast and pray to get our country back on the right path. In Matthew 6 Jesus warns us not to be as the hypocrites who love to pray [...]Continue Reading "Politicians and Religion"
Impacts of Republican Medicaid Cuts in Texas’s 4th Congressional District Committee on Energy and Commerce
Medicaid provides health care coverage for almost 60 million Americans of all ages, including 16 million seniors and people with disabilities and over 30 million children. Under Medicaid, the cost of this coverage is a combined responsibility of federal and state governments, with the federal government paying for over half of Medicaid’s costs nationwide. Under [...]Continue Reading "Impacts of Republican Medicaid Cuts in Texas’s 4th Congressional District Committee on Energy and Commerce"
As Americans continue to struggle with outrageous, unstable gas prices, big oil continues to benefit from them. The five biggest oil companies reported a massive $30 billion in first-quarter profits, a 38% increase from last year.1 Despite these astronomical profits, House Republicans voted earlier this month to block consideration of a Democratic proposal to end [...]Continue Reading "End government handouts to oil companies"
The president’s mix of audacity and caution brought bin Laden down By Judith Miller Tuesday, May 3, 2011 There were several terrible moments for President Obama as he sat in the White House situation room on Sunday monitoring in real time the audacious raid by Navy SEALs on a compound in Abbottabad, a wealthy Pakistani [...]Continue Reading "Obama’s Triumph"
By Dorothy N. Fowler Attention Donald Trump and all other “birthers” who are illiterate or idiots or some combination of the above. The information below is available to anyone who can turn on a computer and run a Google search or find a public library. This settles the issue. Let it go! Concentrate on a [...]Continue Reading "Dot’s Dashes"
By Eddie Self Write Larry Phillips and ask him to stop the assault on the education of Texas children. >> http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=62 On the House side of the capitol rotunda, this week could bring a vote on HB 400, by Republican Rep. Rob Eissler of The Woodlands, which is quite simply the most comprehensively bad bill [...]Continue Reading "Classroom Size. How High?"
Thank you Mel. It’s a great cartoon.Continue Reading "Rick Perry’s Legacy"
Washington (CNN) — The first major official candidate for president in 2012 is … Barack Obama? Republicans are still waiting for a prominent GOP contender to formally announce a run for the White House. The slow rollout isn’t lost on Democrats. “The first question I have is: what are they waiting for?” said former Democratic [...]Continue Reading "Dems on GOP: What are they waiting for?"
Texoma Earth Day Festival 2011 Thinking Green - Living Green April 16, 2010 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sherman Municipal Grounds 405 N. Rusk, Sherman Texas 75090 Come and have fun Learn about Living Green Volunteer Here “Thank You” ~ The EarthContinue Reading "PLEASE HELP – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED"
The Democratic Women urge you to call Rep. Larry Phillips & State Senator Craig Estes. Please call ASAP the bill is being considered now. Tell them not to destroy the future of our children and grand children a chance to achieve the American Dream. Draconian budget cuts to education in Texas will only stop economic [...]Continue Reading "Democratic Women are the Life of the Party"
272,000 jobs lost in 2012, with another 335,000 lost in 2013 without $3.2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund
By: Dr. Eddie Self Next week is going to be a big week. All three of the major budget bills will be brought up for consideration on the House floor. House Bill (HB) 4, the supplemental spending bill, and HB 275, the bill that draws $3.2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund, will be [...]Continue Reading "272,000 jobs lost in 2012, with another 335,000 lost in 2013 without $3.2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund"
PAY NOW OR PAY LATER: INVESTING IN PUBLIC EDUCATION A NONPARTISAN FORUM EXAMINING THE IMPACT OF FUNDING REFORMS AND CHALLENGES FACED BY TEXAS SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES § FEATURING PANELISTS REPRESENTING DENISON, GUNTER, POTTSBORO, AND SHERMAN ISDS AND GRAYSON COUNTY COLLEGE QUESTION-ANSWER SESSION FOLLOWING PRESENTATIONS § THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 7 P.M. GRAYSON COUNTY COLLEGE [...]Continue Reading "PAY NOW OR PAY LATER: INVESTING IN PUBLIC EDUCATION"
For the elderly, state budget cuts could mean no more daily hot meals and exercise classes to help prevent falls. At worst, some could even lose their beds at the nursing home.
These and other lifelines for seniors may disappear as governors and lawmakers slash spending to close an estimated $112 billion in budget shortfalls, advocates say.Continue Reading "States kick grandma to the curb"
A proposal working its way through the House Appropriations committee this week would cut state Medicaid spending by 33 percent. The elderly and disabled take up 59 percent of Medicaid spending in Texas and much of it goes to nursing homes. Other Medicaid programs that help the elderly stay at home would be cut 40 percent.Continue Reading "GOP proposal to cut 40 percent of the state’s nursing homes"
Save Texas Schools will hold a rally and march at the State Capitol on March 12, 2011. We are expecting thousands of parents, teachers, students, community members, business owners, and faith organizations to attend. And we need YOU there with us!Continue Reading "Get ready Texas Teachers Rick’s coming after you"
The stalemate in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states between Republican governors and organized labor is about much more than pay, benefits and collective bargaining.Continue Reading "Union Battles: A ‘National Campaign’ Against Labor?"
By the CNN Wire Staff February 24, 2011 2:13 p.m. EST (CNN) — The fight over public union benefits and collective bargaining is spreading across the United States. Here is a state-by-state breakdown: Wisconsin Thousands of people have protested a proposal in Wisconsin that would eliminate collective-bargaining rights for everything but wages. Fourteen Democratic state [...]Continue Reading "Public union battles spread across U.S."
Governor Walker’s attacks on hard-working, devoted teachers like my mom are outrageous, teachers’ salaries are not the reason the state of Wisconsin has a budget crisis. And his actions have driven teachers’ morale to the lowest it’s been since my mom’s been working with Milwaukee Public Schools.Continue Reading "SUPPORT THE UNIONS AND ASSOCIATION OF OUR PUBLIC EMPLOYEE’S"
DETROIT — Less than two years after entering bankruptcy, General Motors Co. will extend millions of dollars in bonuses to most of its 48,000 hourly workers as a reward for the company’s rapid turnaround after it was rescued by the government.Continue Reading "Obama’s Bailout of Auto Makers Working"
Watch PCCC member Wanda Moser tell her story on MSNBC. Then share your Social Security story! WATCH Video: Representatives read PCCC member stories. When the Republicans tried to cut health care last month, bold members of Congress used the real stories of real people to fight back. Over half the stories read on the House [...]Continue Reading "Progressive Change Campaign Committee"
Rather than focus on creating jobs, House Republicans have begun a comprehensive and radical assault on a woman’s right to choose.
One bill would punish women and businesses with a massive tax increase for insurance that covers the full range of reproductive health care. Another would cut off federal dollars to woman’s health care clinics that offer reproductive health services. Plus, Republicans are refusing to drop their attempt to redefine rape.
WASHINGTON — A planned trip by former President George W. Bush to Switzerland this week has been canceled in the face of threatened large-scale protests and calls for an investigation into whether his administration committed human rights abuses in the fight against terrorism.
A spokesman for Mr. Bush said Saturday that the trip was canceled after the United Israel Appeal, an international Jewish charity organizing the Geneva event where he had been scheduled to speak next Saturday, told him on Friday that it was canceling the speech because of security concerns.
Help to stop the GOP plan to redefine rapeContinue Reading "Stop the GOP plan to redefine rape"
The billionaire conservatives hold a gathering of elected officials, political donors and strategists. Outside, liberals hold signs condemning ‘corporate greed.’ 25 are arrested for trespassing.Continue Reading "Hundreds march outside Koch brothers’ retreat"
Not to interrupt any punch-ups, but the call has gone out across America for a toning down of violent and/or harsh political rhetoric. This is easier said than done.
Still, thanks must go to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., for setting a fine example.
Appearing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he was asked about the “birther” movement, which seeks President Barack Obama’s birth certificate as the knights of Camelot sought the Holy Grail — except the birthers have a more medieval defiance of logic.Continue Reading "It’s time to play nice, but it’s hard work"
AUSTIN — Hundreds of nursing homes, including dozens in Dallas-Fort Worth, may close if lawmakers cut Medicaid as leaders propose, industry officials said Thursday.
Since last week, GOP leaders have introduced budgets in both chambers that would reduce by one-third the state’s budget for its 56,000 nursing home residents on Medicaid. Two-year spending would sink to $2.8 billion, from $4.2 billion.
“We are not crying wolf. Pieces of the sky are falling,” said Tim Graves, head of the Texas Health Care Association, a trade group that represents 500 nursing homes, most of them for-profit operations. He said the cuts would jeopardize about half of the state’s 1,100 nursing homes: those with 70 percent or more of patients on the Medicaid rolls.
Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, though, said he was “expecting that kind of input” and it’s why he’s opening budget hearings next week with a look at social services.
“The worst news is already out there,” said Ogden, head of the Senate Finance Committee. “Over the next few months, we’re going to try to improve it so at the end of the day, these cuts are not fatal.”
In 2009, the elderly and disabled made up only 30 percent of the enrollment in Texas Medicaid, a state-federal health program for the poor. But they consumed nearly 60 percent of the $24.5 billion spent that year.
Some advocates say Texas spends too much on institutional care of enfeebled Medicaid recipients, and should do more to keep them at home. Graves responded that Texas’ Medicaid payment levels for skilled nursing homes rank 49th in the nation.
He said 551 Texas nursing homes, 85 of them in Dallas and surrounding counties, are at serious risk. That’s because Medicaid covers 70 percent or more of their residents, he said.
Graves said the cuts could trigger a wave of bankruptcies and closures, especially combined with coming cuts in Medicare to help pay for the federal health care overhaul.
Mike Gavin, president of Plano-based Preferred Care Partners Management Group, which owns nine North Texas nursing homes and 26 others across the state, agreed the outlook is scary for the industry.
Currently, Texas Medicaid pays the company about $130 per patient per day, he said. Under the leaders’ budget, that would drop to $88.
Gavin said Preferred Care would have to lay off nurses and assistants, especially at its two Dallas County homes, DeSoto Nursing and Rehabilitation and Lancaster Nursing and Rehabilitation. At each, 80 percent of patients are on Medicaid.
Layoffs jeopardize the quality of care, which Gavin said can set off “a death spiral” of citations from the state, damage to a home’s reputation and relatives’ removing their loved ones.Continue Reading "State budget cuts may mean hundreds of nursing homes close, industry warns"
Tonight I addressed the American people on the future we face together. Though at times it may seem uncertain, it is a future that is ours to decide, ours to define, and ours to win. I know we will. Because, after the worst recession in decades, we see an economy growing again. Because, after two years of job losses, we’ve added private-sector jobs for 12 straight months — more than 1 million in all. Because, time after time, when our resolve has been tested, we, as a nation, have always prevailed.Continue Reading "“Will you stand with me as we strive to win the future?” President Barack Obama."
Sunday 01/23/2011 brought America more tragic news about senseless shootings. A gunman walked into a Detroit police station and opened fire, wounding four officers, including a commander, before he was shot and killed by police. In Washington state, a shootout in front of a Walmart left two more people dead and two sheriff’s deputies wounded.
In fact, 34 people are murdered with firearms every day in America.
State of the Union Address a Preview A VideoContinue Reading "State of the Union Address a Preview"
When Gov. Rick Perry talked about Texas seceding from the United States at one of the tea party rallies, there were cheers and smiles all about him. Jefferson would have calmly said, “If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union to change its Republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated and reason is left free to combat it.”
Recently, I e-mailed an old friend from Sachse and asked her about her thoughts on the tea party victories. She was my neighbor and the Republican precinct chair. I was the Democratic chair. We got along well, and elections were fun, with me assisting her as alternate election judge. I don’t know what I said exactly that offended her, but she has not replied (probably not to offend me). I’m planning an apology in hopes of renewing discussions with her. I will remind her that Thomas Jefferson once said, “I have never considered the difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as a cause from withdrawing from a friend.” Then I will tell her that she and her family are still in my prayers, as I know I am in theirs.
We need to be more Jeffersonian today — we need to find wisdom, get active, use reason and stay friendly.Continue Reading "What would Jefferson do?"
Widespread media reports indicate that President Obama is considering announcing at the State of the Union speech on Tuesday that he is willing to cut, or to accept cuts to, Social Security.Continue Reading "Tell President Obama:Don’t cut Social Security, Defend it!"
The Grayson County Democrats will meet Tuesday, Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m. at Grandy’s Chicken, Sherman, Texas. Be prepared to nominate & vote to elect party officer & prepare for the 2012 Elections.Continue Reading "The GCDP to Meet Tuesday 01/18/2011 5:30 PM"
Texoma Earth Day Festival 2011 Thinking Green - Living Green April 16, 2010 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sherman Municipal Grounds 405 N. Rusk, Sherman Texas 75090 Come and have fun Learn about Living Green Bring your children!Continue Reading "Earth Day Event in Sherman, TX"
Austin, Texas (CNN) — Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will serve three years in prison on his November conviction on money laundering and conspiracy charges, a Texas judge ruled Monday. Judge Pat Priest sentenced DeLay to three years on the conspiracy charge and five years on the money-laundering charge. But the judge will allow [...]Continue Reading "The Hammer’s going to the Slamer"
IS ARIZONA HEADED TO ANARCHY BY THE ANTI- GOVERNMENT TEA PARTY?
IS TEXAS ON IT’S WAY TO A SIMILAR FATE?Continue Reading "YES OR NO QUESTIONS"
Remember when Jimmy Stewart takes the Senate floor in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and refuses to cede it until he’s made his point? That’s how filibusters are supposed to work: A principled senator would stand up in the light of day to stop the majority from doing something bad.Continue Reading "Move On.org — Make A Call to Change the Rules of the Senate"
From buubalama comments on dead birds and dead fish in Arkansas. Dick Cheney is a fly fisherman-and all of the sudden thousands of innocent fish are murdered. Dick Cheney is a bird hunter-and all of the sudden birds fall to horrible deaths. George Bush, Sarah Palin AND Rand Paul eat fish. THIS IS A CONSPIRACY [...]Continue Reading "Dead Birds and Dead Fish in Arkansas? The Answer."
Hall described the BP explosion that killed eleven men, injured dozens, and led to the despoilment of the Gulf of Mexico as a “tremendous,” “blossoming” flower of energy:Continue Reading "Greed Over Principal- Ralph Hall A “tremendous,” “blossoming” Flower of Energy"
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! FROM THE GRAYSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTYContinue Reading "President Obama and the First Lady wish Americans a Merry Christmas"
The Obama administration plans to reverse a Bush-era policy and make millions of undeveloped acres of land once again eligible for federal wilderness protection, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday.Continue Reading "America the Beautiful a Christmas Gift from President Obama"
It’s quick and simple click here Many thanks to Jim McNair for giving us the heads up on this. Happy Holiday’sContinue Reading "Support the Troops – Let’s Say Thanks"
was outraged last week about Republican efforts to block a bill that would provide more medical care to first responders to the World Trade Center terrorist attack in 2001. He called the Republican filibuster “an outrageous abdication of our responsibility to those who were most heroic on 9/11.”Continue Reading "GOP (Greed Over Principle) & the 911 FIRST RESPONDERS"
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/45755883/ns/msnbc-the_last_word/vp/51500632#51500824Continue Reading "Watch Lawrence O’Donnell honor Frances Perkins, founder of Social Security"
Contact Info: For information about Grayson Democrats, email Nancy Knapp: GraysonDemocrats at yahoo.com Webmaster and Precinct 306 Chair, email Barb Rush: Barb at rushconsulting . com (Email addresses are not “hot” so as to prevent scam and spam, phishing and various other malicious activities).Continue Reading "Contact Grayson Democrats"
Grayson Democrats for Progress will host the Sherman School Board Place 4 candidates at the April 25th meeting at Grandy’s. Everyone is invited to dine with us from around 5:30 to 6:00, with the meeting beginning at 6:00. The GDP will have questions for the candidates. If you are a resident of Sherman, this will be an opportunity to hear from [...]Continue Reading "Grayson Democrats host Sherman School Board candidates April 25, 2013"