Aransas County Democratic Clubhouse

The official blog of the Aransas County Democratic Club.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Upcoming Events

There are a number of events coming up for October:

  • The Sea Fair will be October 6, 7 & 8. The Democratic club will have a booth and volunteers are needed to man it. Please send an email to Anita Orouke ( and advise her of the times you would like to be there.
  • The Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce will hold their Candidates Forum at noon on October 10th at the Saltwater Pavilion. Our local candites, Dale Loyd and Martin DeLeon, as well as Shane Sklar and Juan Garcia will be there.
  • South Rockport Neighbors Association will meetOctober 19 at 7:00pm at Anthonys Bed and Breakfast on South Pearl street. Dale Loyd and Martin DeLeonwill be present and Dan Pugh will introduce them.
  • Dale and Martin will also address the Oak Terrace Property Owners Association on Sunday, October 29, from 3 to 5 pm at the Masonic Lodge at Market and Hictory Streets.

I hope you have an opportunity to attend these events and show your support for some fine Democratic candidates.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Kinky Backers: What Is Wrong with You?

How much more evidence do you need to understand that Kinky is as crazy as a soup sandwich. Do you actually believe that our great state will be better off with governor who behaves like this:

That's not all that makes me wonder why a sensible person would waste an important vote on this clown. check out this audio from Burnt Orange Report:

"It's like what old Abraham Lincoln said once he sobered up, ya know... I freed the what?"

"Yeah, reminds me of old Jimmy Carter's Christmas card that he sent to Khomeini some time ago that said 'Ho Ho Ho, the Niggers were the spies."

And there's this:
Then I come down to Houston, I went to a bowling alley. I couldn't go bowling, there were no bowling balls. The people here throw 'em all in the sea, thought they were nigger eggs...thought they were nigger eggs.

And here he is speaking of Katrina survivors in Texas:
"The musicians and artists have mostly moved back to New Orleans now. The crackheads and the thugs have decided to stay. They want to stay here. I think they got their hustle on, and we need to get ours," Kinky said.

This man is a joke, and certainly not a serious candidate. There are people who think voting for Kinky will send a message. I got your message: You haven't got the inclination to give careful consideration to making your vote matter.

Now Kinky would say that I don't have a sense of humor or am too politically correct. I am still waiting for Kinky to say something that isn't a joke or a book plug. But this is an election for Governor, not State Jester.

Chris Bell is a shoe-in if the Democrats just vote for him. Kinky isn't even a decent third pary candidate offering any reform measures. He's just a racist windbag cracking jokes. Chris Bell has a couple of new commercials out on broadcast now. Please consider going to the link on the left and making a donation so he can purchase more air time.

And Make Your Vote Count

Friday, September 22, 2006

Media Note: Juan Garcia

The San Antonio Express-News had an article titled Garcia Touted as Rising Demo Star in last Tuesday's paper which is now available online.

Juan was modest while speaking to a group in San Antonio:

"This kind of turnout for a guy from out of town is a tribute to your leadership and standing in the community," Garcia said, standing under an elk's head in the lounge of the exclusive Club Giraud.

Garcia — who's challenging state Rep. Gene Seaman, 76, in Texas House District 32 on the Coastal Bend — was referring to his host, lobbyist and Democratic fundraiser Frank Burney.

Also at the meeting was billionaire and HEB CEO Charles Butt:

"I'm just interested in a new person on the political scene," Butt said shortly before meeting Garcia. "He seems to have quite a list of personal achievements."

The article notes that many of the attendees have personal and business ties to Corpus Christi and that Juan was recieved warmly.

"Part of the problem with the Democratic Party is they haven't been able to identify future leaders," Burney said. "Juan fits the mold of that future leader."

(Hat Tip to Joan Bounds)

There is also a very good article on Garcia in the Texas Observer, which is availble online here. The article has good pictures from Juan's event in Taft.

Bob Bezdek, a political science professor notes:

...the district is predominately white, and about 60 percent of the district usually leans Republican...

I personally think that race will be close given all the support from local republicans that we have seen and one of those is mentioned in the article:

When he talks to voters, Garcia offers up some familiar words about not wasting tax dollars and reforming how business is done in Austin. But it wasn’t so much the promises as the sincerity that converted Republican Rockport resident Lynn Lee, a 70-year-old retired member of the U.S. Foreign Service. “He’s honest,” Lee says of Garcia. “We believe he’ll do as he says.”


Thursday, September 21, 2006

Bell Is Within Striking Distance

The results of a SurveyUSA poll taken on Sept. 16-18 show Perry at 35%, Bell at 23%, Friedman at 23%, and Strayhorn at 15%. According to Paul Burka, Senior Executive Editor at Texas Monthy, "Strayhorn is dead." Burka says to look for Strayhorn to go negative because she has no message or constituency. Burka believes that that won't help Strayhorn but it will cost Perry.

The striking thing about the poll is that Perry has only 55% of Republicans. 44% of his own party won't vote for him.

As to Kinky, I wonder how hard his numbers really are. His strength seems to come from those who are disaffected and disgusted, the folks who hate government and don't vote. To me, that's a recipe for failure. As to those who say they will vote for Kinky and are likely to vote, again, are they really going to vote for him? I mean, his one liners are amusing but people who are serious about government aren't in it just for chuckles. It's one thing to laugh with Kinky in September, it's quite another thing to vote for him in November.

Bell's problem are the same ones they've always been: name recognition and money. Among those who know who he is, Bell outpolls everyone else. He will have another commercial on TV soon, but the other three candidates, especially Perry and Strayhorn, swamp him with their money.

Therefore, if you want good government and honest government, you'll have to work for it: walk your neighborhood, don't be afraid to tell your friends about Chris Bell, spend an hour at a phone bank, display a yard sign and a bumper sticker.

Otherwise, Perry and corporate money win again.

Dennis Carnes

Monday, September 18, 2006

Take Action for Human Rights

10 days ago, President Bush launched an all-out assault on justice, rule of law and human dignity. In the name of national security, the President proposed new legislation that would authorize indefinite detention, unfair trials and immunity for people who may have inflicted torture or cruel treatment on people in detention. This is not the America we believe in. The America we believe in should lead the world on human rights.

The Geneva Conventions insure that the United States has legal redress against those that would abuse our soldiers and citizens. To now pass laws that bypass the Geneva conventions puts our soldiers at great risk.

By supporting Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, the Supreme Court has upheld international law calling for fair trials and prohibiting torture and other cruel and degrading treatment. Our elected representatives need to maintain this ruling by rejecting any proposals that would weaken the Geneva Conventions, allowing for unfair trials and ill-treatment of people in detention.

If you have time, ask your Senator or Representative to vote AGAINST any proposal that would:
  1. Authorize unfair trials that would allow the accused to be convicted on the basis of secret or coerced evidence

  2. Allow for the use of interrogation techniques that amount to torture or ill-treatment

  3. Undermine the fundamental right of judicial review through habeas corpus proceedings for anyone in detention

  4. Codify a broad definition of "unlawful enemy combatant" that would grant expansive power to the Executive to detain people

  5. Establish retroactive immunity for individuals who may have committed torture and other war crimes

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Gene Seaman Pays Rent to Himself With Other People's Money

Did you see the September 9 issue of Corpus Christi Caller Times? According to a first page story, Gene Seaman, the member of the Texas House of Representatives from our district, has been using campaign funds, i.e. other people's money, to pay rent for a condo. in Austin. The principal problem with that is that he seems to be paying the rent to himself. The Caller Times reports that Mr. Seaman pays an entity called 'Austin Land Company' $1,000 in rent and $500 in condo. fees each month. Austin Land Company is solely owned by Mr. Seaman's wife, the article says. Austin Land Company owns no properties other than the Austin condo. It seems also that Mrs. Seaman failed to file the appropriate form with the Texas Secretary of State that would have disclosed that she is the sole owner of Austin Land Company

The Caller Times also says that the Seamans are claiming two homesteads for property tax purposes: one on a residence in Corpus and the other on the Austin condo. Therefore, they are getting two homestead exemptions from their property tax bill, which is illegal even if you are a Republican legislator. According to the article, Mr. Seaman's spokeman attributed all this to Mrs. Seaman.

When will all this stuff stop? Maybe when we elect different people. Let's elect Juan Garcia to this seat and stop all these shenanigans. Dennis Carnes

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Gene Seaman: Double Trouble

Seems Gene has, according to the Caller (Membership required), been paying his wife rent with campaign funds for a condo she owns in Austin. While it is legal for campaign to be used to pay rent, it seems that Seaman went out of his way to hide where the money was really going.

The rent checks, according to Seaman's finance reports, were made out to Austin Land Co., which is listed at the same address as the condo he is renting. Yet as of Friday afternoon, there was no Austin Land Co. with offices at that address, and the Texas Secretary of State did not have a record of a company by that name currently operating in the state.

Instead, the money has been going to Seaman's wife, Ellen, who is listed on Travis County tax rolls as the sole owner of the condo, Seaman's spokesman Mac McCall said.

It is against the law to use campaign donations for personal gain. That would be the case if Mrs. Seaman's real estate business is bogus. But there's more. Seems that homestead and over-65 exemptions were claimed for both properties.

Unless Gene and Ellen Seaman were divorced or legally separated, they could not legally have the two sets of exemptions, said Nueces County Assistant Chief Appraiser Michael Mantz.

Seaman spokesman, Mac McCall, says these problems are all just paperwork snafus. However:

To qualify for each of the exemptions, the property owner fills out a form and signs a sworn statement on the application. False statements are punishable as a Class A misdemeanor or state jail felony, depending on the circumstances, according to appraisal district officials and a disclaimer at the bottom of the exemption form.

It just seems clear, in my opinion, that the Seamans have made an effort to hide what they were really up to. But then again, they are Republicans.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Seaman: Class Act

In the Caller Political Pulse column there was a recent item titled Seaman: Campaign is about seniority

Republican state Rep. Gene Seaman explained to a crowd of supporters at Sam and Catherine Susser's house last week that he needs to be re-elected because there is a seniority drain in the local legislative delegation, after the loss of longtime Rep. Vilma Luna, D-Corpus Christi.

Seaman is the most senior legislator in the delegation, and because he is also a Republican, he says he has the ear of Gov. Rick Perry and House Speaker Tom Craddick.

Of course Mr. Seaman is just glossing over the real problem he has: who has his ear? It's well known in these parts about his support for the the Delmar College annexation plan which would have raised county taxes for a questionable benefit. The citizens in the area certainly didn't have his ear. Perhaps it's the the insurance companies that have his ear.

The item continues:

"It's important to save senior legislators, not me," he said. "Ellen and I can always do something else. For the $600 a month that I make, I could go back to selling insurance."

There you have it. Gene says he'll be perfectly happy to go back to his first love if he doesn't win. There's a real ringing endorsement for public sevice! Perhaps he could legislate a pay raise for himself in the next session. But that would go against the limited government talking point.

It's just too bad there's no next session for him.

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