Monthly Archives: October 2010

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SENDS A TWEET SUNDAY MORNING!

Here’s that tweet from the President of the United States of America:

 Barack Obama 

I need you to help get out the voteā€”if everybody who fought for change in ’08 shows up in ’10, we’ll win this election.
TUESDAY NOV 2
8388 W Sam Houston Parkway, S
Suite 271
Houston TX 77072
This is the LAST day to get voters to the poll – it’s ELECTION DAY! Come and help us push those last few to the polls so we can make sure Bill White, Kristi Thibaut, and other local Democrats get the positions they are seeking….

BILL WHITE SAYS PERRY MAY NOT STAY GOVERNOR IF ELECTED!

Here’s am email from former Houston Mayor Bill White’s campaign manager:

Fellow Texan,

Last night, while the Rangers were fighting to bring a championship to Texas, Rick Perry was planning his exit from Texas. Rick Perry just admitted he is launching a nationwide book tour soon after the November election. Then he refused to commit to serve a full four-year term as governor and said, “I don’t ever take anything off the table.”

Rick Perry is finally coming clean about his big plans…for Rick Perry. We need your help to let Texans know Rick Perry’s in it for himself. Help us pay for our final ad, “A New Governor,” to play during the remaining World Series home games.

Contribute $5 right now. Rick Perry is busy trying to launch himself nationally just a few months before the most important legislative session in decades –where Texas will take on Rick Perry’s $25 billion budget hole.

We need a governor who’s in it for Texas and not just his own political career.

Thanks to supporters like you who chipped in over $32,000, we were able to run an ad last night highlighting the choice voters have in this election.

Help us pay for our final ad, “A New Governor,” to play again during tonight’s game –and Monday’s.

Contribute $5 before midnight tonight! We can reach hundreds of thousands of undecided Texans every time we run an ad during the World Series. That’s enough to make all the difference in a race as close as ours.

I know we’ve asked a lot of you over the past several months, and we’re grateful for any support you can lend in these final 40 hours before Election Day. Thank you for everything.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Moore

Campaign Manager

Bill White for Texas

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WILL FORGIVENESS COME IN TIME FOR BILL WHITE?

There was a time when people would not tell you who they voted for in a political race.  But now politics is like a lifestyle for some.

That leads me to my brief encounter last week.  I was chatting with a an African American man who’s part of a union and very politically active here in Houston.  He identifies himself as a committed Democrat.

However, what the voter told me was surprising.  He says when he went to the polls to vote early last week he left one column on the ballot blank.  He said he decided not to vote in the Governor’s race in Texas.

That contest puts former Houston Mayor Bill White against incumbent Rick Perry.

I asked the man why he didn’t vote for White if he’s a committed Democrat.  That man says in simple terms he could never forgive White for snubbing President Barack Obama when he came to Texas a few months.

That man is essentially saying he’s willing to sacrifice the top seat in Texas government because of his perceived disrespect of the President.

That is the tone I’m hearing from lots of African Americans who in some cases are pinching their nose for that bad smell as they reluctantly vote for Bill White in the Governor’s race.

The political consultants I’ve talked with say White made the right move by avoiding Mr. Obama.  They say if he would’ve appeared with the President it would’ve been ammunition for Perry to tie the former Mayor to Washington and big government.  Rick Perry did that anyway.

But the end result is the possibility that White will loose a crucial part of the Democratic base – African  American voters who just have not been able to forgive him for avoiding the first African American president.

White currently trails Perry in all current polls in the gubernatorial race.

By full disclosure White has said he simply had another commitment when the President was in Texas.

What do you think?

Meanwhile, White spent Saturday going from door to door in various neighborhoods.  He’s trying to seal the deal for the big election on Tuesday.

Thanks to Torrey ‘T-Dub’ Walker for snapping these photos!

HALLOWEEN AT THE OFFICE!

Timothy Nelson
Tawana Monroe
Adela Rodriguez
Carla Montez

The Insite asked some Facebook and Twitter friends to send in some of the costumes they wore to work on Friday.  We scored.  Here are some of the interesting pictures we received.  Way to go guys and happy Halloween!

THE NAACP HOUSTON BRANCH FREEDOM FUND BANQUET!

The NAACP Houston Branch Freedom Fund Gala was held this weekend and the Insite was there.  The annual fundraiser took place Friday night at the Hilton of Americas in downtown Houston.  Dozens of people turned out for the event where none other than George Foreman was the keynote speaker.  And no he did not give out grills.  Foreman was just one of the many honorees at the event that paid tribute to doctors and executives in our community who have been committed to equality.  I had the honor of serving as the emcee at the black tie event.  Thanks to Yolanda Smith, Carolyn Scantlebury, Carol Mims Galloway, and a host of others who were on hand and had a role in such a great event.  Here are some of the photos the Insite had a chance to snap in between duties!

2010 NAACP HONOREES:

Dr. Charleta Guillory
Dr. Joe Agris
Mr. Mark Wallace
Mr. Milton Carroll

DID EVERYONE WHO WANTED TO VOTE GET TO IN HARRIS COUNTY?

The Insite received a call around 9pm Friday night.  It was from a worker at a statewide campaign.  That person said as of 9 there were still people in a long line at the Powers Center still waiting to vote.  I attempted to call the Harris County Clerk’s office late tonight in hopes that someone would be there.  Unfortunately, after a long and busy week no one answered the phone.  I’m not quite sure what happens to those who were left in the line hoping to vote.  But I’m sure they will eventually exercise their civic duty by voting on election day November 2!

DID YOU JUST SAY YOU WANTED HELP FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?

One thing has been clear in 2010, it’s the frustration and anger Conservative groups like the Tea Party and King Street Patriots have when it comes to the federal government.

There are signs in the Houston offices of the King Street Patriots indicating government is too big and too intrusive.  There are books lining shelves indicating a severe distrust of the feds.

So, why is the King Street Patriots asking for help from the federal government now?

The attorney representing the Conservative Houston organization says he’s sending a letter asking the federal government for help.  What?

They’re asking the U.S. Justice Department to come from Washington, D.C. and investigate allegations of voter intimidation and irregularities at the polls in Harris County for these hotly contested midterm elections in Texas.

Members of the Patriots say some of their poll watchers in Houston have been victimized by those who were upset the volunteers were in their precincts.

Calling in the federal government makes complete sense for voter irregularities by those who trust the government.  But wouldn’t it be a complete contradiction to the facts we know about the Conservative position?  They want less government involvement, less intrusion, states’ rights, and the ability to control their destiny on a local level.

So with that in mind – why aren’t members of the Patriots asking the State Police or Texas Attorney General to investigate?

Patriots attorney Jonathan Saenz was quoted as saying, “we realize it’s time for the federal Department of Justice to step in.”  That’s what Conservatives said they were against or am I imagining things?

I’d love to hear your opinion on this issue!

THURSDAY OCTOBER 27, 2010 THE BIGGEST EARLY VOTING DAY SO FAR!

An examination by the Insite of early voting records in Harris County show Thursday was the day not to be at the polls.  Why?  It was when the most people turned out in our community to cast their ballots before the big day on November 2.  It appears 44,324 people showed up at the polls in person (Thursday) yesterday.  The only day to come close since early voting began on October 18 is Wednesday – October 25 when just over 35,000 people carried out their civic duty.  This has been one of the hottest election seasons in Harris County since the 2008 Presidential election.  So far, more than 332,000 people have voted (in person) early in Harris County…keep going to the polls.  The last day of early voting is today – Friday – October 29!