For over a year, I have worked tirelessly to persuade Republican Judge Larry Meyers to become the first statewide Republican to switch parties. I was so convinced he would run against Presiding Judge Sharon Keller as a Democrat, I decided to run in an open seat to ensure we had a Democratic candidate in each race. But after weeks of meetings at Texas Democratic Party offices, it recently became clear that Judge Meyers would remain a Republican. Under these circumstances, I have decided to run against the incumbent most deserving a challenger, Presiding Judge Keller.
As a Democrat who cares about justice, you are likely familiar with Judge Keller: she is the judge who shut the courthouse doors promptly at 5PM to a death-sentenced inmate and agreed that poor people aren’t entitled to lawyers who remain awake during trial. My candidacy is a stark contrast to her governance. But I now urgently need your help.
I thank each of you who has worked to collect signatures. I must now collect those same signatures more quickly than ever to be on the ballot for Place 1 against Judge Keller. In my efforts to switch a Republican-to-Democrat I lost weeks of time, leaving me only 60 days to file the petitions necessary for me to be the only Democrat on the ballot for a statwide judicial race. Please sign up now to help collect petitions.
I thank you again for helping my campaign for this judicial office, and I thank you for caring about the state of justice in Texas. It matters.Read more →
This evening, GNI Strategies cofounder and former partner Matt Glazer appeared on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton to discuss Governor Rick Perry’s defense of a controversial proposed Texas license plate displaying the Confederate flag. Glazer is now the Executive Director of Progress Texas.
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Austin attorney Keith Hampton has announced he will run for Place 8 on the Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA), against Rick Perry appointee Elsa Alcala. Hampton was the Democratic nominee for Place 6 on the CCA in 2010. As we did last cycle, GNI Strategies will manage his campaign. His new 2012 website will be launching soon. In the meantime, check out Hampton’s campaign Facebook page and Twitter account. Here is his campaign press release:
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Today GNI client and Texas State Senator Kirk Watson (D-Austin) was selected by the Texas League of Conservation Voters (TLCV) as one of the five best legislators for environmental issues during the 2011 Legislative Session. TLCV had this to say about Watson:
Once again, Sen. Kirk Watson was an environmental champ at the Legislature. This session, Sen. Watson successfully shepherded two important bills through the Legislative process: a landmark bill on water stewardship and another to implement a television recycling program in Texas. Sen. Watson also played a vital role in floor debate on TCEQ Sunset and limiting the damage of Senate Bill 875, and he earned another perfect 100% voting record on this year’s Scorecard.
Read the full 2011 edition of TLCV’s annual scorecard here.Read more →
It really is interesting to take a step back and think about the profound impact social media has on society. The ability to provide an instant stream of information and commentary has changed the way we consume, stay informed and even protest.
Tripl, a start up from Stockholm, Sweden is dedicated to illustrating the relationship between social media and global travel. The company recently released an incredibly intriguing infographic that details these effects. I’m not shocked to find that more Americans are on Facebook than have a passport.Read more →