WHO CAN A LIBERAL OR PROGRESSIVE VOTE FOR IN TEXAS IN 2014?---OR AT LEAST WHO IS NOT A CRAZY RIGHT-WING EXTREMIST?
With early voting underway in Texas, who can a liberal or progressive support in 2014?
And given how low our expectations are here in Texas, who can we vote for who isn't a far right wing extremist?
I'll also be focusing on a small number of races in Harris County, Texas. I live in Houston.
Early voting in Texas ends on Friday, October 31. General Election Day is Tuesday, November 4.
Here is my ballot----
Governor of Texas: Wendy Davis
I wish Ms. Davis had run a campaign more focused on economic issues and the refusal of the State of Texas to accept the expansion of health care from the Affordable Care Act. We need to expand turnout in Texas. But Ms.Davis is who we have for the top spot on the ballot. She could be worse.
Lt. Governor of Texas: Leticia Van De Putte
Ms. Van De Putte has run a hopeful and energetic campaign against far right-wing extremist Dan Patrick.
Given the power of the Lt. Governor over the Texas State Senate, I'd ask that people consider looking at Dan Patrick's record and discussing this race with fellow Texans.
United States Senator from Texas: Emily Sanchez
With Democratic U.S. Senate nominee David Almaeel headed nowhere, Texas Green Party nominee Emily Sanchez is the best pick. Ms. Sanchez is the U.S. Senate candidate talking about climate change and fair wages for all.
Texas Attorney General: Sam Houston
Mr. Houston is a strong competent candidate running against a Republican nominee--Ken Paxton--who may soon face criminal charges.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner: Kenneth Kendrick
This is another race where the Democrat is not running a credible campaign. Green Party nominee Kendrick is well-informed about Texas agriculture and has a history of taking on big corporate interests.
Texas Court Of Appeals: Jim Sharp
Judge Sharp is the only Democrat on the Texas Court of Appeals and he is a kind and decent man.
Harris County District Attorney: Kim Ogg
This is likely the most important race on the Harris County ballot. Ms. Ogg offers a hopeful and more humane course of justice in Harris County after years of Republican control in this position.
Harris County Judge Executive: David Collins
There is no Democrat in this race. Why not cast a ballot for thoughtful and progressive Green for the highest office in Harris County?
Harris County Board of Education: Melissa Noriega
I know Melissa and she is all right.
Make sure you vote all the way down the ballot on Election Day. The judgeships are important.
Here is my post from a few days ago of things I intend to do to be of at least some impact in this election.
Taking part in traditional politics does not mean that we should ignore things like the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong or the recent climate change march in New York City.
The work of freedom is up to each of us. We've got to make use of every opportunity and avenue we can to make progress in our nation and the world.
Here is a list of ideas for everyday resistance to our often greedy and violent society.
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