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Support Williamson County Candidates!

Support Williamson County Candidates!

Are you fired up and ready to go?  Our progressive candidates need your help!

Election day is May 6 (early voting starts April 24).  That gives us three weeks to knock on doors, stuff envelopes, and donate $5-$10 to the candidate(s) of your choice.

March On! Texas will get as many posts out as possible between now and then with links to each candidate’s website so you can contact them directly to volunteer.  To make it easier to manage, we will divide candidates into regions.  You can also check out our nifty map to find who’s running in your neck of the woods.

Today’s focus is…Williamson County!

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What’s It Like to Lobby Your Reps?

What’s It Like to Lobby Your Reps?

Say what you will about Donald Trump, but he sure did motivate a bunch of Progressives to get involved!  Like a lot of people, I did my civic duty by voting and even gave some donations to Hillary Clinton, but would hardly call myself an activist.

Until election night.  Well, scratch that.  I was crying on election night.  I didn’t become an activist until I saw images of sea of people in pink hats holding protest signs at the Women’s March, standing up for our country and all its values.  Seeing those women gave me hope that we could change things, if only we organized, made our voices heard and committed to getting Progressive candidates elected.

That’s what Blue Ribbon Lobby Day was about.  Sponsored by the Texas Democratic Women, Texas Democratic Party, Travis County Democratic Party, March On! Texas, Annie’s List, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats and The AFL-CIO, this was a day to bring like-minded women together to fight for our rights and the rights of our families.

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Turn Texas Blue? It Begins with You!

Turn Texas Blue? It Begins with You!

November 6, 2016. Two days before the presidential election. Hillary Clinton is a shoo in to be the first female President of the United States. Yeah! Chill the champagne, it’s about time!

Flash forward to election day. Hillary is…wait, what?? Donald Trump is President of the United States? But, what happened? Some stayed home (remember the shoo in?), some voted for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein as a protest vote, and some voted for Trump to make a change.

Now, six months later, America really is a different place! I don’t even need to list the ways. You know. We have marched, we have protested, we have cried. But now it is time to look forward and effect some real change. Some positive change. May 6. Six months into this new reality. It’s election time again.

Change can start in Texas. With you. And dozens of progressive candidates who have stepped forward to say “I will fight for you.” And we must fight for them. For change begins at home; and school board members run for Governor one day. And maybe even President. One. Day.

Here’s how…

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Mamas of Gen Z

Mamas of Gen Z

Move over Millenials, there’s a new generation in town and they’ve got serious potential.  Gen Z (born between 1995-2009) is the most ethnically diverse generation in US history at 49% and they already account for 25% of the population.  Their lives have been completely influenced by technology (Snapchat anyone?) and they can’t remember a time without terrorism.  Many of them came of age during the Great Recession and, perhaps as a result, tend to be more financially conservative and pragmatic.

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Run Beto Run!

Run Beto Run!

In the midst of his tour around Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke announced that he is running for Ted Cruz’s spot in the U.S. Senate. He kicked off his campaign on April 1st in Austin. We went to his meet and greet at Scholz Garten with the same question everyone had, can he do it?

The outdoor beer garten at Scholz was absolutely packed on Saturday afternoon with energetic  Texans, still fired up from the Women’s March and eager to hear what Beto had to offer for the future of our state and our country. I personally left with three take aways about Beto:

  1. He will make immigration a priority.
  2. He could be a uniting force in a very divided political climate.
  3. He is listening to the people.

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There’s Something Very Wrong with this Picture

There’s Something Very Wrong with this Picture

Every day we turn on the news it seems there’s yet another picture full of middle aged white men sitting at a table writing legislation against women:

  • Proposed defunding of Planned Parenthood
  • New anti-choice bills introduced under the charade as being for the health of the woman
  • The proposed AHCA even tried to take away coverage for birth control, pregnant moms and babies

Are you tired of not seeing a single woman at the table?  Literally…

Mike Pence/Twitter

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Top 10 Reasons to Register to Vote

Top 10 Reasons to Register to Vote

The deadline for new voter registration for the May elections is Thursday, April 6.

10.  It’s easy.  Just click here:  VOTE TEXAS

9.  Protect women’s reproductive rights

8.  Because climate change is real and needs to be addressed

7.  It would be great to elect an American not under FBI investigation for collusion with Russia.  Just sayin’

6.  The head of the Department of Education should actually want to promote public schools.

5.  Obamacare survived and needs to be fixed, not left to “explode” and hurt everyday Americans

4.  Let’s have our tax dollars pay for building bridges not walls.

3.  How many tax cuts do billionaires really need?

2.  We believe in freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion.  You know, the US Constitution.

  1.  Noting will change unless you vote!!!  The deadline for new voter registration for the May elections is Thursday, April 6. Register here:  VOTE TEXAS

Please share this with anyone you know who needs to register to vote.

#HearOurVoice

Lisa 🙂

I Want Us to Win

I Want Us to Win

If you go to the last youth baseball game of the season you will notice that every single kid gets a trophy.  Every.  Single.  Kid.

While an argument can be made that rewarding very young children for making an effort (win-lose-or-draw) will help their self-esteem, there are no prizes for making a good effort in politics.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a consolation prize, I want us to win the next election!  That’s why we, as people who believe in Progressive values, must, we must deliver results at each election.  That includes midterm elections, local school board elections and special run-off elections.

We must vote.

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I Can See Russia From My President’s House

I Can See Russia From My President’s House

Back in the 1980s, when many of us were kids, it was easy to know who the good guys and bad guys were.  Americans?  Good.  Russia?  Bad.  Or to coin the phrase of Ronald Reagan, Russia was “The Evil Empire”.

Today, it seems we have woken up in an alternative universe.  Republicans (Republicans!?!) are saying that Russian interference into the election wasn’t that big a deal.  The “real” issue is that people are leaking information about all the alleged relationships between Moscow and Trump associates.

Don’t get us wrong, leaking confidential information isn’t right and should be dealt with, but isn’t that kind of like shooting the messenger?  Let’s first find out what, if anything, is going on between Team Trump and Vladimir Putin.

March On Texas strongly believes we really need an independent investigation to a) figure out if the Russians worked with anyone from Trump’s team to meddle with our election and b) if it did happen, make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Because this isn’t about Hillary Clinton losing the presidency.  This is about our long-time enemy messing with our democracy and possibly American citizens helping them!  This is something that should absolutely horrify all Americans.

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Your Actions are Creating Change!

Your Actions are Creating Change!

My Friday just got a little bit brighter when I saw the GOP healthcare bill got tabled. Yay!

The AHCA would have increased premiums, eliminated essential coverage for maternity care (?!?), kicked 24 million people off of their healthcare plans, given a huge tax credit to millionaires and billionaires (who don’t need it), and added an age tax to our senior citizens.  Thank God the Republicans couldn’t pull in the votes!

A big chunk of the reason the repeal and replace bill couldn’t be done was because 25 or so members of the Freedom Caucus felt the bill didn’t go far enough towards eliminating costs and benefits.

But it wasn’t just the extreme right who was against this bill; moderate Republicans were against it too. Why?

Because we are making an impact.

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