Archive for March, 2008


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Lubbock County Democratic Convention

Saturday, March 29, 2008
Lubbock High School Auditorium
2004 19th Street
Lubbock, TX
Registration begins: 10:30 AM
Start time: 1:00 PM

We are expecting roughly 1200 delegates and alternates, plus maybe another 200 media, observers, and people who are just curious what it’s all about. I suggest signing in early, eating lunch nearby, and returning at 12:30. No food or drink is allowed in LHS except bottled water. If everything goes smoothly, we should be out of there by 5:00pm.

Be there or be square!

Who are the big spenders?

Sometimes one picture says it all.

Lubbock City Council Website Roundup

Local candidates are getting more web-savvy these days, and most of our Lubbock City Council candidates have a basic website up by this point. Here’s what I’ve been able to find so far:

City Council District 2

Armando Gonzales

Floyd Price (incumbent)
City of Lubbock Website

Gilbert Salinas
no website

City Council District 4

Paul Beane

Jerry Bell

Tom Keisling
no website

City Council District 6

Jim Gilbreath (incumbent)
City of Lubbock Website


Tom Martin

David Miller (incumbent)
City of Lubbock Website

Roger Settler
no website

If I’ve left out a website, please let me know in the comments.

Obama’s speech on race

(a transcript of the speech is up at

Throw a cheap attack at Obama and get a profound speech about the big picture. I love it!

This is an amazing speech. If you have the time to read it or listen to it, I strongly urge you to do so. I think it will be one of the most important speeches of this campaign.

Freedom Boarding

It’s making the rounds:

Freedom Boarding

Obama: Above the Rove Strategy

“Silly Season” in the presidential election continues as the baser political animals among us try to adopt Karl Rove’s strategy of attacking your opponent’s strengths.

Ben Smith at The Politico writes that tomorrow Obama will address the larger issue of race in a speech. I look forward to a speech that addresses core concepts, not a reflex reaction. I suspect that Obama understands the politics of frames and is not foolish enough to step into the obvious trap of responding in his opponents’ terms.

Of course, Obama’s already busy using his diplomatic skills and showcasing his stance on human rights regarding the issue of Tibet:

The diplomatic condemnation was led by Barack Obama, the American Democratic presidential hopeful, who warned China’s leaders that the eyes of the world were upon them in an Olympic year.

Mr Obama said he was deeply disturbed by reports of a crackdown and arrests, and called on the Chinese government to respect the basic human rights of the people of Tibet.

“This is the year of the Beijing Olympics. It represents an opportunity for China to show the world what it has accomplished in the last several decades,” he said. “Those accomplishments have been extraordinary and China’s people have a right to be proud of them, but the events in Tibet these last few days unfortunately show a different face of China.”

Needless to say, I don’t think the Rove Strategy will work this time. Obama has walked the walk of fighting racism in America, and I imagine that he will talk circles around anyone who tries to trap him on race issues.

Good luck, Mr. Rove, but I don’t think the American People are falling for it this time.

Locally Made Obama Video

My friend Rex, one of the early-acting organizers of the grassroots campaign for Obama, has made a pro-Obama video:

I think it came out really well, and I like its laser focus on what is, for many people, the most important issue of this election: the Iraq War.

Regardless of candidate preference, I hope we see more locally made political movies online as time marches on.

What do we have in common?

Tonight I have been thinking about what I have in common with those who have positions opposite mine in certain issues. And really, I think this is something we need more of — focusing on our commonalities rather than our differences.

For example, the recent news that America has a high STD rate among teenage girls has me thinking about sex education and family planning. My position is that teenagers should be taught in school that abstinence is the best — and the only guaranteed — way of preventing unwanted pregnancy and STDs, but they should also be taught ways to have safer sexual relations in the event that they do decide to fool around or have sex. The conservative approach around these parts seems to advocate for abstinence-only sex education in the schools. I think it’s worth noticing that both approaches have the same goal: fewer STDs and fewer unwanted pregnancies; they differ in means but have the same end in mind.

Sometimes I can spot a similar principle at work across different issues, but in different ways. For instance, I think that 2nd Amendment advocates and GLBT Rights advocates have a common principle: government should not interfere with our civil liberties. Yet one is thought of as a “conservative” issue and the other as a “liberal” issue. Remove the liberal/conservative lens and what were once opposing ideas are now near each other on an ideological spectrum, the head and the tail of a political orouboros.

So, I challenge you, reader. Whether you identify as progressive or conservative or anywhere in between, can you find one of your issues where the opposing view has the same goal? Can you find an example of a common principle at work across seemingly unrelated issues?

I suspect that you can. That’s why I believe that we have a good reason to hope for a new kind of politics in America.

City Council 4: Who Are the Candidates?

The filing deadline for the May 10, 2008 City Election has passed, and the ballot is being finalized.

In the order they announced, they are:

Tom Keisling
Tom Keisling

Retired businessman Tom Keisling was the first to announce (last Wednesday at the Science Spectrum).

“I’m just the common sense, conservative guy,” Keisling told supporters at the Science Spectrum. “I’ve got 30 years of experience in businesses that I’m going to bring to the City Council.”

Keisling, 52, owned an automotive equipment business in Lubbock until he sold it last year. His wife, Debbie, recently retired after 20 years with the Lubbock Police Department.

Keisling said he wanted to focus on basic needs - safety, streets, water and sewer.

“We need to maintain what we have and fix what needs fixing,” he said.


Paul Beane
Paul Beane

Paul is a morning radio host on “The Rebel” 105.7 KRBL. My girlfriend enjoys listening to him on the way to work.

KRBL-FM General Manager Paul R. Beane is a long time Lubbock radio veteran with 43 years in the broadcasting business.

During his career he has owned several stations, and early in his career worked for the legendary Gordon McLendon, the father of modern Top 40 radio.

He delivers news, sports and commentary mornings, from 6 until 9 on the Rebel, 105.7 FM.

Jerry Bell
Jerry Bell

Jerry is the Current Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission. He’s an active member of the Lubbock Rotary Club. He is also a former candidate for LISD At-Large.

Word is that Jerry Bell is the choice of current District 4 Council Member Phyllis Jones, who is not seeking reelection.

Lubbock City Council District 4 is the highest-turnout Council District. In 2004, there were five candidates for the position. I’m not sure what having fewer candidates means this time around, but all three seem to be serious candidates. Jerry Bell is a seasoned campaigner already, Paul Beane is an established local media figure in his own right, and Tom Keisling got the drop on everybody with an early announcement and a flood of early signs all over South Lubbock (especially near Tom Martin signs).

No doubt about it — City Council 4 has the makings of an exciting race.

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