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The Score on Eckhardt v. Brown: from inside the Democratic Party

Here’s a letter from Democratic precinct chairs, a comparison from Reuben Leslie (a 20+ year Democratic Precinct and and party activist), and a fundraising report — all very instructive, in our view, on why Andy Brown should not be our next Travis County Judge:
Letter Pct Chairs Signed
FROM REUBEN LESLIE, Democratic Precinct Chair #259:

Sarah’s record

  • 14 years of public service experience, 6 years as County Commissioner for Precinct 2 and 8 years as a prosecutor and civil attorney in the Travis County Attorney’s Office.
  • Leadership roles in regional intergovernmental bodies. Adjunct professor at the UT LBJ School. Named outstanding elected public official by the American Society for Public Administration in 2013.
  • A true progressive good-government-practicing and liberal democrat with the ideas, passion and skills to engage all stakeholders and work out solutions in the public interest.
  • She is the daughter of Bob Eckhardt who was my Congressman when I was a student at Rice University in Houston.
  • Sarah, like her father, is one of those amazing public servants who take on the most difficult work and make it look not only easy but also a lot of fun. She was recognized early this year by the American Society for Public Adminstration for epitomizing ASPA’s principles, which are (in reverse order of importance):

Advance Professional Excellence; Promote Ethical Organizations; Demonstrate personal integrity; Fully Inform and Advise; Strengthen social equity; Promote democratic participation; Uphold the Constitution and the Law; and Finally, the most important principle, not only for public administrators but for elected officials and citizens too, is Advance the Public Interest:  promote the interests of the public and put service to the public above service to oneself. I know of no one else who better epitomizes these values, especially putting the public interest first.

Andy Brown’s record

  • No elected public office experience.
  • Record of ineptitude, resulting in unprecedented dissension and dysfunction during his 2 and a half terms, in conducting party business meetings in compliance with the law, something a county judge must do well.
  • Outrageous record of putting donors’ and his own personal interests above democratic process and community interests.
  • Dishonesty and delay disclosing party finance information to the governing body of the party.
  • Deliberate sabotage of democratic reform efforts. Failure to follow through on commitments and basic unfairness in committee appointments. Exclusionary cronyism, bullying, and bossism in running the party.
Travis County Democratic Party Fundraising Reports
TCDP Cash on Hand Spend Contribs
Nov-10  $130,113.00  $104,612.00  $75,392.00
Dec-10  $59,770.00  $98,919.00  $24,907.00
Jan-11  $45,307.00  $22,436.00  $7,710.00
Feb-11  $33,544.00  $25,377.00  $6,674.00
Mar-11  $36,557.00  $19,645.00  $22,299.00
Jan-12  $57,812.00  $12,984.00  $52,754.00
Feb-12  $106,666.00  $54,378.00  $66,702.00
Mar-12  $120,304.00  $12,805.00  $9,602.00
Apr-12  $114,346.00  $13,816.00  $7,298.00
May-12  $114,914.00  $21,611.00  $16,220.00
Jun-12  $127,322.00  $24,921.00  $27,755.00
Jul-12  $114,466.00  $21,417.00  $11,260.00
Aug-12  $114,549.00  $21,212.00  $17,912.00
Sep-12  $94,370.00  $38,881.00  $22,293.00
Oct-12  $127,163.00  $46,910.00  $80,679.00
Nov-12  $122,352.00  $91,599.00  $84,525.00
Dec-12  $45,052.00  $122,900.00  $48,658.00
Jan-13  $30,349.00  $25,453.00  $8,500.00
Feb-13  $25,271.00  $8,615.00  $8,778.00
Mar-13  $29,135.00  $8,273.00  $12,023.00
Apr-13  $23,858  $9,385  $3,530
May-13  $14,870  $9,797  $6,337
Jun-13  $25,086  $10,500  $20,260
Raised for TCDP Thru June 2013  $30,668.00
Raised for Andy Brown thru June 2013  $178,413.00
TCDP Spend 2012  $495,903.00
TCDP Raise 2012  $401,404.00
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The Fight for Geographic Representation: Mark Your Calendars!

TheAustinBulldog.org constructed maps that pinpoint the residential location of every mayor and council member elected over the last four decades. It will tell you all you need to know about why citizen organizations, from across the spectrum, are coming together to push for a public vote on geographic representation. Read it here, share it, and consider a matching fund donation to the feisty (and hungry!) Bulldog to help counter the Statesman’s on-going efforts to stop us.

Meanwhile…please plan to join us at our next meeting of ChangeAustin.org.

What Citizens Must Do As the City Budget Hearings Begin Soon!

Come Find out!
Monday, August 15th, 6:30 to 8 pm
Manchaca Library, 5500 Manchaca (@Stassney)

Guest Speaker:  Bill Oakey

Bill is one of the most effective citizen activists in Texas who got the Texas legislature to enact two bills into law.  One was the over-65 freeze on school property taxes.  The other was a “truth in taxation” law, which reformed the guidelines for public hearing notices on property taxes published by all statewide taxing entities.  Currently, Bill is working on plans to address out-of-control property tax and utility rate increases in the Austin area.

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Sign the Petition/Voter Pledge – No Abusive Formula 1 Subsidies!

School $ vs Formula 1 $ . There's no money for Austin schools, yet Formula 1 is after your tax dollars. Tell Randi Shade NO! Vote for Kathie Tovo.Sign the Petition/Voter Pledge to Abusive F1 Subsidies!

The Austin City Council vote on the F1 subsidy was postponed to next Wednesday! Even if the Austin City Council manages to keep city money out of the deal (we doubt it), their vote will still trigger STATE tax dollars — at least $250 million.  Please call the Council at 974-2000 on Monday or Tuesday and simply ask them to vote NO on F1.  Or you can email them all here:  http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/council/groupemail.htm.  And, don’t forget to ask friends and family to do the same.  Thank you Austin!

PS  You might watch this video to learn how the Comptroller cooked the books on F1.

Whereas, Austin residents continue to face rising property taxes, utility rate hikes and job cuts, despite community opposition to city spending on costly, unnecessary projects and abusive taxpayer giveaways, such as the $250+ million taxpayer subsidy for Formula 1 racing owned by billionaires,

Therefore, I hereby pledge to vote to replace any Austin City Council member in the next election who votes to enable the expenditure of Austin or Texas taxpayer dollars on Formula 1 racing.

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Whereas, Austin residents continue to face rising property taxes, utility rate hikes and job cuts, despite community opposition to city spending on costly, unnecessary projects and abusive taxpayer giveaways, such as the $250+ million taxpayer subsidy for Formula 1 racing owned by billionaires,

Therefore, I hereby pledge to vote to replace any Austin City Council member in the next election who votes to enable the expenditure of Austin or Texas taxpayer dollars on Formula 1 racing.

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