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Losers & Winners Unite!

Chuck Young (left), Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Wes Benedict

Thank you Carole for running.  Had you not, Lee and Brewster would not have been forced to explain their votes on the outrageous no bid $2.3 billion biomass deal, show serious support for local businesses or acknowledge the need for a more open City Hall.

Thank you to all our friends who worked on this campaign.  A very special thanks are due to Chuck Young (who came to us from the Ron Paul movement), longtime Libertarian Wes Benedict, Democratic activist Kathleen Green, Republican activist Dan McDonald, our data base guru Chris Hauboltd and the many Carole supporters from across Austin’s political spectrum.

We all knew that Leffingwell was likely to win this race.  We wish him and the new Council well.  His increasing commitment to locally owned business in the final weeks of the campaign was encouraging, and we know there remains much to be done.  

Thank you to Perla Cavazos & Sam Osemene for taking forward our cause.  Congrats to the winners we supported – Martinez and Spellman.  Congrats to Chris Riley & Sheryl Cole.  We look forward to working with you all.

We will be watching and participating!  (The Statesman piece yesterday made clear that Brewster will have to drop out or lose the runoff, but we’ll leave that decision to him and his supporters.)

We would be remiss if we didn’t thank the Austin Chronicle who has taken to repeatedly attacking us in their pages and not printing our responses.  Below is a letter to the editor that they failed to print last week from our own Brian Rodgers.  

PS Contrary to what you’re reading in the Chronicle, three of the founders of (Brian Rodgers, Linda Curtis and Albert Marino) are not Libertarians.  We are all longtime independent minded progressives.  Brian and Linda supported President Obama, much to the consternation of our libertarian friends.

LOSERS and WINNERS UNITE! It’s better to be attacked than to be ignored.

Watch for a meeting soon or chat with us at the end of this article.

Dear Editor:

Wells Dunbar’s May 1st Hustle wrongly claims Carole Strayhorn as the mayor who “bought Austin into that mother of all boondoggles, the South Texas Nuclear Project”. But it was Austin voters who approved the STNP in 1973 during Mayor Roy Butler’s term and Austin voters who approved the issuance of additional nuke bonds in 1979 during Carole’s term. 

Dunbar belittles ChangeAustin’s struggle against RECA and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce at the Texas legislature to keep petition signature requirements accessible, not just for Austinites, but for all 346 Home Rule Texas cities who enjoy that same right to petition their government that Dunbar dismisses. Dunbar’s fictional account of a Capitol rally and his no-nothing accounting that “the bill has already died an ignominious death in committee” lays bare reckless reporting and lazy sourcing reminiscent of the fictional Baltimore Sun character Scott Templeton on HBO’s ‘The Wire’ who concocted news stories and faked phones messages because he was too lazy and dim to do the serious work of investigation. 

Perhaps most pathetically, Dunbar characterizes Texans for Accountable Government (TAG) as a “faux” organization despite TAG’s raucous and righteous fight against Police Chief Acevedo’s Orwellian plan to collect and compile DNA from anyone arrested for a Class B misdemeanor or higher – such crimes as obstructing a sidewalk or stealing $1 worth of cable TV. TAG sponsored the overflow public forum on forced blood withdrawal by Austin police held on March 30th at City Hall and attended by over 200 civil rights advocates.

At ChangeAustin, we’re tackling serious issues affecting all citizens, and our members believe Carole is the best pick for mayor to address them. Calling our group ‘increasingly loony-libertarian’ is a feeble hustle exposed by Dunbar’s faux and flimsy reporting.

Brian Rodgers,

The Unite to Fight City Hall Rock & Roll Hip Hop Extravaganza!

Featuring Hip Hop Master:  MC Overlord
Rock Up & Comer:  Kittinger

Saturday, April 25, 4 to 7:30 pm
The Historic Victory Grill on E. 11th Street.
For more info:  383-8484 or email us at

This event is 2 days before early voting starts and is to help the candidate slate — Carole for Mayor, Perla – Pl. 2, Mike – Pl. 2, Bill – Pl. 5 and Sam – Pl. 6.

Volunteers are needed!

Why Fight City Hall? (just a few many reasons)
*  The Council passed a NO BID $2.3 billion (yes, billion) deal to purchase biomass electricity from East Texas, by-passing renewable companies right here in Austin.
*  Current Councilmembers running for Mayor have made no promises for a more open City Hall, and have stuck their heads in the sand to the problem.
*  The Austin police have begun forced blood withdrawals on DWI suspects, when the public does not support such expanded powers by the police. 

What Can You Do?
1.   some time to this event.
2.  Contribute some money to help us reach more voters.
3.  Watch our videos and pass ’em on.

Volunteers Are Most Wanted to Make This Event a Huge Success!

Endorsements! A Little Pandering please.

ChangeAustin.orgformerly Stop Domain Subsidies (Prop 2) in last November’s election, proudly endorses:

Carole Keeton Strayhorn for Mayor
Perla Cavazos, Place 1
Mike Martinez, Place 2
Bill Spelman, Place 5
Sam Osemene, Place 6

Watch the Videos on our front page:
Brian Rodgers video on why Carole.
Carole Acceptance video.
Brian on Places 1, 2, 5 & 6. is working to reach 30,000 voters before the election in May, just a portion of the 123,209 voters who supported Prop 2, to get them to the polls. 

Help us get the word out — contribute whatever you like!  Since is a registered PAC, we can accept as little or as much as you like — just no corporate or labor money.

To Pander = To cater to the lower tastes and desires of others or exploit their weaknesses.

We’ve been told that some opposing candidate camps are explaining our endorsements as for those “willing to pander” to us.  Is that because they see open government, fiscal prudence, and putting an end to the gravy train for special interests as “lower tastes and desires” of the people of this City?

Mark your calendars!  Pre-early voting day Party!!!  
Saturday, April 25, 6 to 10 pm, Victory Grill – E. 11th St.
Live music but of course!

Volunteer from home or our office!  Call us or  right away!

Pass this email on and get involved y’all.

Beating Grandma aka Carole Strayhorn

Beating Grandma

It’s not nice to beat up on Grandma.  That said, if the other Mayoral candidates want to beat her  — have at it.  The “it” are the issues in this race.  What are the issues?  So far as is concerned, the issues loosely fit under the heading of  “populism”, uniting people from all political persuasions like:

1. Transparency and greater public oversight of decisions with far reaching fiscal implications.
2. Championing locally owned businesses and fighting to keep our dollars from leaving the community.
3. Requiring that development growth pays for itself and make those who benefit bear the costs.
4. Developing a publicly supported plan for our region’s transportation needs.
5. Protecting the rights of citizens to petition city government, guaranteed by our City Charter and state constitution. grew out of the effort to pass Prop 2 last November, to stop the Domain luxury shopping mall subsidies and others like it.    Though we lost by only 4 percentage points, we have begun to build a significant movement to “change” Austin politics in, we hope, a positive way.

Will we have a fair election in May?  Will the press (including the blogging community) deal with the issues — the actual record of all the candidates, including Strayhorn’s — in an objective manner?  Or will they attempt to demonize the candidates who have had a mixed relationship to the Democratic Party?  We’re not talking bad about Democratic voters here — we’re talking about party insiders and partisanship at its worst.

Prop 2’s proponents (aka Stop Domain Subsidies) have been “burned” by the Democratic Party operatives who worked behind the scenes to ditch Prop 2, while the rank-and-file Precinct Leaders overwhelmingly supported and endorsed Prop 2.  (You can read the details under our “Who Killed Prop 2” section.)  What’s more, Mayor Will Wynn appeared in non-stop ads against Prop 2 paid for by Simon Malls who owns the Domain.

While the press beats up on Carole Strayhorn (and, God knows, Carole’s got her short-comings – which have nothing to do with her height, thank you very much!), where was their outrage about the Mayor’s behavior?

Beat Grandma fair and square.  Her record is fair game.  Her height, number of husbands, and her party status (or now lack thereof) isn’t.  That’s the new Austin way.

Note:  In the interests of full disclosure, one of our founders, Linda Curtis, worked on the Strayhorn for Governor campaign in 2006.