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  • Stormfront Founder Says White Supremacists Thought Ron Paul Was ‘One of Us’

    12/30/2011 1:35:03 PM PST · by mnehring · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Don Black, head racist of the hate site Stormfront, makes it clear that for many years Ron Paul appealed directly to the white supremacist subculture: Stormfront Founder Don Black Says White Supremacists Thought Ron Paul Was ‘One of Us’. Ron Paul posing with Don & Derek Black at the 2007 Values Voter debateRon Paul was a hot topic this week on the talk radio show hosted by prominent white supremacist Don Black and his son Derek. Mr. Black said he received Mr. Paul’s controversial newsletters when they were first published about two decades ago and described how the publications were...
  • Federal Judge Blocks Red Light Camera Removal in Houston, Texas (voters passed referendum)

    11/29/2010 12:03:55 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 77 replies
    The Newspaper ^ | 11/29/2010 | no byline
    Federal Judge Blocks Red Light Camera Removal in Houston, Texas Houston, Texas city attorneys attempt to preserve red light camera program by throwing lawsuit filed with vendor. A federal judge issued an order last Friday blocking the immediate removal of red light cameras from Houston, Texas intersections. On November 2, voters adopted an amendment to the city charter making photo tickets unenforceable, against the wishes of the Houston city council and the private vendor that operates the cameras, American Traffic Solutions (ATS). Over the Thanksgiving holiday, US District Court for the Southern District of Texas Judge Lynn N. Hughes worked...
  • ANALYSIS: In Texas, D meant defeat

    11/03/2010 10:21:12 AM PDT · by humblegunner · 42 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 3, 2010 | JOE HOLLEY
    Republican storm created too much headwind for most Dems From the moment the "Bill White for Texas" campaign moved from a U.S. Senate race to a governor's race, the Democratic candidate knew he was facing a long, hard, low-gear climb. Bill White, an inveterate bicyclist, needed every gear to mesh perfectly. He needed a clear path, however challenging. He got neither. A red-state race that all along was going to be daunting proved an impossible slog in a state full of restive Republicans determined to reverse their 2006 and 2008 losses and in an anti-Washington season that grew ever bleaker...
  • Awesome Rick Perry Campaign Ad

    10/27/2010 9:34:49 AM PDT · by Todd Kinsey · 26 replies
    Today's video is an awesome independent campaign ad for Texas Governor Rick Perry. The producers gave Bill White a swift kick in the @ss
  • Bill White campaign AWOL on open carry issue

    10/26/2010 6:12:00 PM PDT · by majstoll · 5 replies
    OpenCarry.org ^ | October 19, 2010 | John Pierce
    Press Release - Bill White campaign AWOL on open carry issue! OpenCarry.org (A pro-gun Internet community of over 22,000 registered members) For Immediate Release – October 19, 2010 --------- Bill White campaign AWOL on open carry issue Petition for Texas open carry continues to attract supporters --------- Texas is one of only 7 states still banning the open carry of properly holstered handguns, but apparently that doesn’t bother the Texas Democratic candidate for Governor, Bill White, or his campaign handlers. Over the last few weeks, White’s campaign staffers, including Communications Director Ali Smith, have stiff-armed repeated inquiries from OpenCarry.org regarding...
  • Texas: Gov. Rick Perry Takes Massive Money Lead over Bill White

    10/05/2010 5:54:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 5, 2010 | Bryan Preston
    People talk about wanting to get the money out of politics, but fundraising totals can tell us a lot about who's hitting their stride and who will soon be hitting the bench. We are now within striking distance of November 2, so much so that Muse’s “Uprising” is my ringtone. “Rise up and take the power back/It’s time the fat cats had a heart attack … .”As we get down to the wire, polls matter, block walks matter, enthusiasm matters — and money matters. In fact, money tells us a lot about the health of a candidate and where he...
  • Bill White: the Most Mysterious Liberal in the World

    10/02/2010 4:43:38 PM PDT · by nametrader · 19 replies
    Have you seen the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” ads? Well now check out "Bill White: the Most Mysterious Liberal in the World" ad!
  • Trial lawyers heavily support Bill White for governor

    09/21/2010 11:43:31 AM PDT · by wild74 · 16 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | By WAYNE SLATER
    AUSTIN – For the first time in more than a decade, trial lawyers – a key source of campaign cash for Democrats – are betting big on the party's candidate for governor. Plaintiffs attorneys gave more than $1.9 million through June, the most recent figures available, to Democrat Bill White's campaign. And a Houston lawyer is bankrolling a political committee with $3 million to help beat incumbent Republican Rick Perry.
  • On 7th annual walk, volunteers persuade 75 to go back to school

    09/12/2010 2:46:18 PM PDT · by humblegunner · 18 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 12, 2010 | SAFIYA RAVAT
    More than 1,000 Houston dropouts woke up Saturday morning to an unexpected knock on their door from some of the city's top dignitaries — including Mayor Annise Parker, Houson ISD Superintendent Terry Grier and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White — encouraging them to return to school. Hundreds of volunteers made morning house calls as part of the Houston Independent School District's seventh annual dropout recovery walk, now called Grads Within Reach. The walk, born in Houston in 2004, has expanded to 22 Texas school districts, as well as St. Louis and Des Moines, Iowa. "Our success as a city depends...
  • Texas Democrat Bill White

    08/13/2010 8:44:49 PM PDT · by outinyellowdogcountry · 26 replies · 2+ views
    self | me
    We got a phone call today from Bill White's campaign. They talked to my husband and invited him to a campaign stop in our county specifically because he is on the school board. I thought that was wierd because we don't vote anything but Republican. I guess they are targetting any aspect of education with their propaganda. Probably going to blame Perry for not taking more Obama money for the schools. I know the liberal media here in Texas are trying to whip up the teachers into a fury against Republicans. This is Perry's home county ironically.
  • New TV commercial criticizes Rick Perry over Trans-Texas Corridor

    08/11/2010 9:04:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | August 11, 2010 | Jason Embry
    Houston trial lawyer Steve Mostyn will open a new front in his election-year war against Gov. Rick Perry today by launching a television commercial that criticizes Perry's pursuit of the Trans-Texas Corridor. Mostyn is fast becoming the pre-eminent donor in Texas Democratic politics and a key player in the race for governor. He has put more than $2 million into Democratic causes and campaigns in this election cycle and appears poised to spend several million more. Much of that money has gone to the Back to Basics Political Action Committee, which has already aired two statewide television commercials critical of...
  • Gov. Rick Perry calls on Bill White to apologize for 'master' comment

    08/11/2010 5:19:18 PM PDT · by LA Woman3 · 35 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | August 11, 2010 | GROMER JEFFERS Jr.
    Rick Perry is calling on Bill White to apologize for telling a black audience in Dallas that he wanted to be a “servant” leader, while the incumbent governor wanted to be “treated as master.” Perry campaign aides contend the remarks, made Tuesday and reported by The Dallas Morning News, were racially motivated and designed to fire-up black voters who are sensitive to terms that hark back to slavery. “Today I am calling on Bill White to immediately apologize to the people of Texas for his insensitive remarks that are nothing more than an attempt to divide our state,” said Perry...
  • Reality Check: New ad for candidate White is misleading

    08/03/2010 6:07:06 PM PDT · by TribalPrincess2U · 13 replies · 40+ views
    wfaa ^ | August 3, 2010 at 7:14 PM Updated today at 7:38 | by BRAD WATSON
    With 75 days to go until early voting, Bill White, the Democratic candidate for governor, started airing his first TV ad in North Texas for the fall campaign. Most of the ad introduces White, the former Houston mayor, to voters in his race against Republican Gov. Rick Perry. But the commercial does make at least one claim that's misleading. White knows he must become better known among North Texas voters, and his ad tries to frame him as a person and public servant with a vision. ”We're a great state, but we need to invest in the future,” White says...
  • Bill White to President Obama: Call me

    07/30/2010 2:46:39 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 13 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 7-30-10 | JAY ROOT
    AUSTIN — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White has a message for President Barack Obama: Call me. Obama is scheduled to come to Texas for fundraisers on Aug. 9, but White has said he's too busy to meet with him. But the Democrat said he'd happily take a call from the president. "I'd be available to talk to the president, whoever the president of the United States is, at any time," White said on Friday. "I'm available to talk to anybody by telephone."
  • Bill White to filmmakers: Zoom in on Perry (casting look Perry-alike for webpisode advertising)

    08/03/2010 11:54:06 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 11 replies · 6+ views
    AP Via Houston Chronicle ^ | July 29, 2010, 5:28PM | KELLEY SHANNON
    Democrat Bill White's campaign is encouraging Texas' arts crowd to focus on Republican Gov. Rick Perry. A supporter of the former Houston mayor is organizing independent filmmakers to show the short films they are making on behalf of his campaign, White spokesman Katy Bacon said Thursday. The films will premiere at an as-yet unscheduled White campaign event in Austin. The initiative came into the spotlight after Perry's campaign noted that a filmmaker advertised on an actors' website for a look-alike for Perry, the state's longest-serving governor who is known for his thick mane of hair. The impersonator would be cast...
  • [Texas:]Fellow Democrat raises questions about White's stance on guns

    07/28/2010 10:51:38 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies
    WFAA ^ | July 27, 2010 | BRAD WATSON
    Exactly one year after it became an issue in his Senate campaign, Bill White — now the Democratic candidate for governor — is still explaining his past membership in a controversial group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The issue was not raised by his Republican opponent, Gov. Rick Perry, but by another Democrat who stands by his statements. White said he has a good record on guns. "I have a 'B-plus' rating from the NRA," he said. The Texas State Rifle Association confirms it gave White a "B" prior to the primary. But opponents claim White doesn't make the grade...
  • Democrat White won't appear with Obama on Texas trip

    07/21/2010 8:57:59 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 13 replies
    wfaa ^ | July 21, 2010 | Alan McKenzie
    When President Obama pays a visit to Texas next month, Democratic candidate for governor Bill White will not be there. "I don't appear with a lot of people who come through the State of Texas," White said. "I am running for Texas governor, and I make plans. I don't go where other people go." White said he is not avoiding the president; the candidate said he was already scheduled to appear at the Johnson County Fair on that date, his only stop in that county before Election Day.
  • Houston (trial lawyer) couple dig deep to oust GOP -already are top donors to White's campaign

    07/21/2010 2:42:07 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 13 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 20, 2010, 9:44PM | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    A Houston husband-and-wife lawyer team is planning to donate more than $3 million this year toward knocking Republican Gov. Rick Perry out of office and helping Democrats win control of the Texas House. Attorney Steve Mostyn said Tuesday he and his wife, Amber Anderson, are committed to putting a "substantial" amount of money that likely will exceed $3 million into ending hard-right Republican politics in Texas government. The pair already has put $1.3 million into committees that can help Democrat and former Houston Mayor Bill White win the governor's office, making them far and away his biggest benefactors in this...
  • Obama to campaign in Texas (Former Houston Mayor Bill White will not attend event)

    07/20/2010 4:53:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 2+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/20/10 | Philip Elliott and Jack R. Weber - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama plans fundraisers for fellow Democrats in Republican-controlled Texas, but his party's nominee for governor said Tuesday he would not join the event scheduled in the city that he used to run. Former Houston Mayor Bill White told The Associated Press that he couldn't block Obama from supporting his campaign .. also suggested that Obama's visit opens the door for Republican Gov. Rick Perry to continue running against Washington insiders — an unwelcomed distraction in the Democrats' best chance to win the governorship in years. ... White is hardly the first candidate to ditch an Obama...
  • (Bill) White has almost $3 million more than (Rick) Perry - Texas Gov race 2010

    07/15/2010 1:57:23 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 25 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 15, 2010 | R.G. Ratcliffe
    With the release of the campaign finance material from Gov. Rick Perry, we find that Democratic challenger Bill White is leading in the cash on hand amount by almost $3 million. Perry will report $5.8 million in cash, according to his campaign. White earlier today said he would report more than $9 million in the bank. "Texans for Rick Perry Raises Over $20 Million for '09-'10 Election Cycle Doubles Number of Contributors from 2006 Election More than $7 Million raised since Feb. 21; Reports almost $6 Million Cash On Hand" (from Rick Perry campaign press release)
  • Poll: (Rick) Perry, 50 percent; (Bill) White, 41 percent - Texas Gov race 2010

    07/15/2010 1:53:56 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 15, 2010 10:39 AM | R.G. Ratcliffe
    The latest Rasmussen Reports poll shows Gov. Rick Perry leading Democrat Bill White 50 percent to 41 percent.
  • [Texas: Bill] White: Cops aren't immigration agents

    07/13/2010 6:49:05 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 36 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 07/13/2010 | Gilbert Garcia
    Bill White tried to create some daylight between himself and Gov. Rick Perry on the hot-button issue of immigration Monday whiley denouncing Arizona's controversial new crackdown on undocumented immigrants. On Saturday, Perry told members of the National Council of La Raza that the Arizona law would be a poor fit for Texas, even while noting Arizona's frustration with a porous border. Speaking to the same group Monday, White, Perry's Democratic challenger, inched further, suggesting the law's central tenet — that local and state law-enforcement officials should verify the immigration status of people they detain — is fundamentally misguided. “It would...
  • Why The Hell Not? Kinky (Friedman) to Endorse Dog (Woodrow) for Guv (Texas Governor 2010 race)

    07/08/2010 12:00:22 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 13 replies
    Austinist ^ | July 1, 2010 11:30 AM | adam longley
    Infamous Texas humorist, Jewish cowboy, and recent candidate for both Texas Governor and Agriculture Commissioner , Kinky Friedman, plans to make an official endorsement in the Governor’s race, according to a number of sources. During his political career, Friedman has campaigned as a Republican, Democrat and Independent, so this endorsement could finally shed a little light on where his true political motivations lie. Turns out it does, sort of. Kinky is forgoing the two top candidates in the governor's race to endorse Woodrow, a once-homeless rescue dog. The Woodrow for Texas Governor Campaign, united behind the motto "How Ruff Could...
  • Democratic Party director files ethics complaints against (Texas Governor) Perry (dirty tricks 2010)

    07/07/2010 1:12:39 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 06, 2010 | Peggy Fikac
    The Texas Democratic Party's executive director, Ruben Hernandez, has filed ethics complaints against Gov. Rick Perry over a house he bought in College Station. ..."For three years, the Governor failed to report over $200,000 in debt he owed on a house in College Station, as well as over $11,000 in rental income he received from the property," Hernandez said in a statement. Perry spokesman Mark Miner responded, "This is nothing more than a desperate attempt by the Democrat Party to cover for Bill White's ethical scandals, failure to release his tax returns and profiteering during Hurricane Rita when he was...
  • Human smugglers showing violent upswing, ICE says

    07/06/2010 11:01:04 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies · 1+ views
    HOUSTON CHRONICLE ^ | July 5, 2010 | SUSAN CARROLL
    Houston raids reveal drug gangs' savage attacks on illegal immigrants The smuggler, nicknamed "El Pelon," Baldy, forced the 11 illegal immigrants to strip naked shortly after they arrived at the southwest Houston stash house, hoping to complicate any plans for escape. He and the other smugglers led the men up a staircase to a room on the second floor.And there, they lived in what one Honduran immigrant described as a "state of terror" for days while the smugglers attempted to extort more money from their relatives to secure their release. One man said a smuggler stepped on his chest until...
  • Bill White Gets His Texas History Wrong

    07/01/2010 9:02:15 AM PDT · by Sic Parvis Magna · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 7/1/2010 | Tom Benning
    The claim... In his speech at last weekend’s state Democratic convention, Bill White said: "They tell me that Rick Perry has served as governor longer than anybody except Sam Houston." The facts...
  • Dems win bid to block Green Party from (Texas) ballots (Democrats against democracy)

    06/25/2010 10:39:27 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 24, 2010 | GARY SCHARRER
    ...District Judge John Dietz, declaring the money used to collect signatures "an unauthorized, illegal contribution," granted the Democratic Party a temporary restraining order to block Green Party candidates from being certified for the November ballot. Democrats contended that a petition drive to put Green candidates on the ballot was actually an effort to help Perry, a Republican, by diverting votes from his Democratic challenger Bill White... It had struggled earlier to get the required 43,991 petition signatures for its candidates to make the ballot. At a hearing Thursday, Green Party member Garrett Mize testified that Perry's former chief of staff,...
  • Some GOP stalwarts plan to vote for (Democrat) Bill White (for Texas Governor)

    06/18/2010 1:40:31 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 64 replies · 887+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 18, 2010, 12:01AM | JOE HOLLEY
    ...When his candidate for governor, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, fell to Gov. Rick Perry, he switched his support to Democrat Bill White. Madden is one of a number of former Hutchison supporters who have crossed parties to support the former Houston mayor, including Houstonians Matt Simmons, CEO of Simmons & Co. International, and James Flores, CEO of Plains Exploration & Production Co. In a Republican-red state like Texas, White has to lure crossover voters, big-ticket and otherwise, if he is to have any chance at all of defeating the longest-serving governor in Texas history, although wooing Republicans and independents...
  • (Bill) White (D) releases tax returns, challenges (Rick) Perry (R-Texas) to debate

    06/09/2010 11:17:33 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies · 31+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 8, 2010, 9:21PM | PEGGY FIKAC
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White released his income tax returns Tuesday for the entire time he served as Houston mayor, disclosing $11.8 million in adjusted gross income over six years, largely related to his energy career, including investments, fees and sales of stock in companies on whose boards he served. ...White previously had released his 2009 return and said he released the 2004 to 2008 returns to “call his (Perry's) bluff.” ...“This partial release of some tax returns creates further questions about how Bill White profited while serving Houston as a part-time mayor,” Miner said, citing work by BTEC Turbines,...
  • Perry seeks to pin Houston transit problems on ex-Mayor White

    05/24/2010 6:30:17 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 19 replies · 359+ views
    AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN ^ | Sunday, May 23, 2010 | Jason Embry
    One of Houston Mayor Annise Parker's most visible goals since taking office in January has been to shake up the agency that oversees buses, rail and other forms of transit in and around the city. Parker's criticisms of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (known as Metro to those who speak Houston) have been music to the ears of Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who is trying to hold off a November challenge from Parker's predecessor, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White. Through press statements and Web videos and under the predictable mantra of "Metrogate," Perry's team has packaged Parker's criticisms with a series...
  • Bill White Plunges Further in Texas Governor’s Race

    05/17/2010 10:36:55 AM PDT · by Thurston_Howell_III · 37 replies · 809+ views
    The Democratic nominee for the Texas governor’s race, Bill White, continues his downward spiral in his campaign against Texas Governor Rick Perry, the Republican nominee. His sparsely-attended political gatherings are showing its effects on opinion polls. According to the Houston Chronicle, “a new Rasmussen Reports poll of Texans finds Texas Gov. Rick Perry with enough support to win the election for the first time this year. Former Houston Mayor Bill White in the meantime has lost ground, despite a round of television advertising.” Apparently, Mr. White is losing support in his home-base of Houston. The ‘Bill White Houston Political Machine’...
  • (Dallas suburb Grand Prairie) GOP mayor(England) backs Democrat White's (Texas) governor bid

    05/06/2010 10:59:08 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies · 378+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS via Houston Chronicle ^ | April 30, 2010, 3:44PM | no byline
    ...Grand Prairie Mayor Charles England said in prepared remarks that White, who is running against Republican Gov. Rick Perry, would bring Texans together to tackle the state's budget problems. In accepting the endorsement, White criticized Perry, portraying him as a divisive partisan. “We have a governor right now that divides the state into red teams and plays them off each other for the purposes of his political career,” White said. Perry spokesman Mark Miner dismissed the endorsement, saying it would not “hide the fact that Bill White is a liberal trial lawyer.” Miner also said Perry would unveil endorsements in...
  • Talking to Pastor Ricky (with 2010 Texas Governor candidate Bill White-D)

    04/23/2010 1:33:10 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies · 362+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 23, 2010 | Joe Holley
    ...I'm sitting in the lobby of a Holiday Inn listening to one side of a cell-phone conversation between Bill White and Ricky Pfeil, an Amarillo minister... White, sitting on a leather couch with a cell phone to his ear, is wearing a blue suit, a flamingo-pink tie and boots. Although I can't hear the minister's questions, I can tell that White is trying to keep the focus on education. He tells Pfeil (pronounced File) that Texas needs to cut its drop-out rate and make college more accessible. "I'm not saying we ought to have a big government program - everybody...
  • Pastors: Anti-Discrimination Order 'Attack On Decency' - Houston News Story

    04/07/2010 11:42:48 PM PDT · by Def Conservative · 9 replies · 387+ views
    HOUSTON -- A group of pastors wants Mayor Annise Parker to rescind her orders that expand the city's anti-discrimination policy to allow transgendered employees to use city facilities based on their gender identity. Wednesday, April 7, 2010
  • Which (Texas) governor candidate has D.C.'s ear? (on border security)

    04/01/2010 11:51:02 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies · 353+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 21, 2010, 10:03PM | PEGGY FIKAC
    How best to keep Texas' border secure will always cause political fights, but you've got to wonder when a Democratic candidate for governor touts readier access to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security than the GOP incumbent asking for help... ...SMU political scientist Cal Jillson... “I think he (White) was trying to demonstrate that he would have far superior access than Perry does to Washington. But . . . the idea of (White) trying to take over the relationship with Washington at this point is bound to cause him more grief than otherwise.” As for Perry, Jillson said, “He simply...
  • Report: Texas media favoring (Bill) White over (Rick) Perry at present (2010 TX Gov race)

    03/30/2010 10:45:16 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 29 replies · 960+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 29, 2010 | March 29, 2010
    Rasmussen Reports has a new feature tracking media reports on Republican Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic nominee former Houston Mayor Bill White... For the week ending Sunday, March 28, 2010, 79.5% of the media mentions for White were positive, and only 20.5% were negative. For Perry, during the same time frame, the coverage was far more mixed: 45.6% of the media mentions were positive, and 54.4% were negative. The details are not yet available, but Rasmussen plans next month to start breaking it down by reporting done by traditional media and by social networking. Since the left still dominates the...
  • (Bill) White enters SBOE controversy (Texas State Board of Ed., wants selected not elected review)

    03/23/2010 5:48:48 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies · 527+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 23, 2010 | Gary Scharrer
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White entered the State Board of Education controversy Tuesday, saying experts should review some 100 changes made by the GOP majority. History professors and social science teachers proposed new curriculum standards for Texas public schools. The board changes, many of them controversial, came from on overly political process, White says. "Individual school board members are no doubt sincere in their beliefs, and some of the changes can be debated by reasonable people. But, under the leadership of another extreme Rick Perry appointee, the amendment process injected politics into our school books and classrooms," said Bill White....
  • Katrina's impact on crime questioned

    02/15/2010 9:15:41 PM PST · by trumandogz · 17 replies · 519+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2.15.10 | JAMES PINKERTON
    A huge crime wave blamed on thousands of Katrina evacuees in Houston and other Southwest cities never happened, say criminologists who warned public officials and the media to be careful in attributing crime to the former New Orleans residents. Five criminologists who reviewed crime statistics published a study in the current issue of the Journal of Criminal Justice, and found only a “modest” increase in the murder rates of Houston and Phoenix, and none in San Antonio, three cities that took in thousands of evacuees from storm-ravaged New Orleans. The researchers did not find an accompanying rise in auto theft...
  • (Houston Chronicle endorsement) We recommend Bill White in the Democratic primary for governor

    02/16/2010 11:19:45 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 23 replies · 622+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 13, 2010, 8:21PM | no byline (unsigned editors)
    Fresh from completing three successful terms as Houston's mayor, Bill White is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. The Chronicle believes this accomplished attorney, businessman and public administrator is far and away the most qualified candidate to represent the party in seeking to crack the Republican lock on statewide offices. In his six years running City Hall, White presided over a financial reorganization that reduced unfunded employee pension liabilities, aggressively promoted toxic air pollution enforcement, crafted innovative public safety programs, and ably directed the city's response to an influx of Hurricane Katrina refugees from New Orleans and the subsequent threats...
  • (Texas Gov race) In debate with (Farouk) Shami, (Bill) White directs his attention at (Rick) Perry

    02/09/2010 10:42:49 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 18 replies · 397+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Feb. 8, 2010, 10:38PM | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    ...White criticized Perry by name or inference six times... ...(Shami) stumbled on the issue of voter identification, inaccurately saying the state requires a driver's license now to vote and he would not support changing the law. The issue that nearly shut down the Legislature last year was a battle over whether to require a photo identification to vote. White seized on the issue to make another attack on Perry, describing voter identification as a political wedge issue. “That is a classic illustration of where Governor Perry has brought the partisan politics of Washington to the statehouse,” White said. “Under both...
  • Medina Would Now Beat Bill White

    02/06/2010 9:31:47 AM PST · by willyd · 43 replies · 946+ views
    http://www.texasgopvote.com ^ | 02-02-2010 | Texas GOP
    Are you intentionally lying? Straight from your source: "The surprise, as in the new Rasmussen Reports survey of the GOP gubernatorial primary, is the growing strength of Debra Medina, a businesswoman active in the state’s Tea Party movement. Medina now edges White 41% to 38%."
  • Claiming SA(San Antonio) Birth Called 'Racist'

    02/05/2010 6:43:12 AM PST · by laotzu · 22 replies · 744+ views
    WOAI ^ | 2/5/10 | Jim Forsyth
    If you were born in San Antonio, you might not want to say so out loud. That might be 'racist.' In one of the more bizarre attacks yet in the 2010 race for governor, 1200 WOAI news reports Democrat Farouk Shami, a Houston hair care products millionaire is blasting claims in an ad being run by fellow Democrat Bill White. In his latest ads, designed to build statewide name recognition for the three term Houston mayor, White says he was 'born in San Antonio, the son of schoolteachers.' Shami, during a campaign event in McAllen Thursday night, said that comment...
  • White Stumps For Better Education and Proves He's A Big Part of the Problem

    01/25/2010 3:56:12 PM PST · by Patriot1259 · 226+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 01/25/2010 | John G. Winder
    Habla Ingles? Bill White, former Mayor of Houston and current front-runner for the Democratic Party heading into the Texas Governor's primary. was in Amarillo today. Education was the main topic. In doing some research I think I actually discovered what is wrong with the Texas education system, and I discovered, too that Bill White is already part of the problem, not part of the solution.
  • Long-shot Democratic candidates eye governor's seat [TxGov]

    01/19/2010 4:35:33 AM PST · by deport · 14 replies · 394+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1-18-10 | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    AUSTIN — One once ran for office on a promise to challenge Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to hand-to-hand combat while swimming in the Gulf of Sidra. Another is a flamboyant private investigator with an international reputation as the “real James Bond,” who participated in the exhumation of Lee Harvey Oswald. A third is a San Antonio doctor who paints and wants to teach Hispanics they need to learn to govern themselves. The fourth is a Prairie View A&M associate professor who says blacks need to stop thinking of themselves as victims and believe they can accomplish anything. The fifth...
  • Mayor White (D-Houston) appoints commission to study term limits (he's locked out of re-election)

    12/30/2009 12:50:50 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies · 620+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 29, 2009, 9:25PM | MIKE SNYDER
    ...Mayor Bill White on Tuesday announced a 21-member commission to study Houston's term limits and make recommendations by July 1. Any changes to the current limit of three, two-year terms for Houston's mayor, controller and 14 City Council members would be subject to approval by the council and by voters... In November 1991, after Kathy Whitmire had completed 10 years as mayor and some council members had served continuously for decades, 56.9 percent of Houston voters approved term limits that took effect in 1993. The panel appointed by White represents the first serious effort to change this system. “Houston has...
  • (Kinky) Friedman(D) will run for ag chief instead (of Texas Governor)

    12/15/2009 9:53:26 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 37 replies · 881+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 14, 2009, 10:24PM | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    ...Friedman's departure left outgoing Houston Mayor Bill White and hair-care millionaire Farouk Shami as the two main contenders for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and lessened the chances of the race going to a runoff. While it does not clear the field for White, it gives him the advantage over a less-known and less experienced opponent. White has a track record in office and proof he can win elections. Shami says he will spend $10 million of his own money to win the nomination with his rags-to-riches life story, but he still will have to answer the ultimate question: Is Texas...
  • Mayor Bill White makes campaign stop in San Antonio ::snore::

    12/08/2009 2:53:18 PM PST · by KatyLoraleyVidales · 2 replies · 419+ views
    The Tusk ^ | 12/08/2009 | Katy Loraley
    Texas gubernatorial candidate and San Antonio native Mayor Bill White made his first campaign visit in the Countdown City this week. White blasted Perry on a handful of issues including education. White states he's eager to work towards improving the education system in Texas with specific programs geared towards helping "Hispanics and other minorities." Additionally, White has a brilliant scheme for decreasing the drop out rate: "...Letting people know that by leaving school early they will cut their earning ability in half." With ideas as revolutionary as this one, White should have world hunger and world peace solved BEFORE he...
  • White, Perry lock down governor bids [Hutchison on Monday] Texas Governor

    12/04/2009 6:23:10 AM PST · by deport · 34 replies · 1,071+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12-03-09 | R.G. RATCLIFFE and BRADLEY OLSON
    Mayor Bill White will formally enter the race for governor today, instantly becoming the Democrats' best hope of winning a statewide office in seven years. White, a three-term mayor who is balding and known for something of a bland personality, is expected use self-deprecating humor to tell a Hilton Americas crowd of supporters that he knows he is not a “perfect candidate” but is someone who can get things done. White has said he wants to end “strident partisanship” in Austin. He will tell supporters he wants to improve high school graduation rates and slow the rising costs of...
  • Mexican cartels infiltrate Houston

    03/08/2009 11:30:00 PM PDT · by PureSolace · 50 replies · 2,805+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 7, 2009, 9:28PM | DANE SCHILLER
    Recent arrests in a mistaken killing point to the perilous presence of gangs The order was clear: Kill the guy in the Astros jersey. But in a case of mistaken identity, Jose Perez ended up dead. The intended target — the Houston-based head of a Mexican drug cartel cell pumping millions of dollars of cocaine into the city — walked away. Perez, 27, was just a working guy, out getting dinner late on a Friday with his wife and young children at Chilos, a seafood restaurant on the Gulf Freeway. His murder and the assassination gone awry point to the...
  • Video: Black Activists Outraged At Houston Mayor's Ad

    02/02/2009 10:11:44 AM PST · by careyb · 31 replies · 1,399+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2/2/09 | ABC News
    All of the other problems in the world, and they're complaining about this?