10 June 2006 at 7:32:17 AM
Lots to write about. First off, went to the 1st Annual Blogger's Party at the Flying Saucer, which was a hoot! The party was held on the second floor and was so packed with people that when we arrived, we could barely squeeze in. We got there a little late because we were still yammering with a candidate back at the convention center, to hear each candidate in the room being introduced to loud cheering. Met a number of people, including Glenn Melancon (district goes from Grayson Co all the way to Texarkana) and is making work and family his prime concerns, Annatopia, and 2 guys who write for The LoneStar Iconoclast who had me in stitches. Justin and Nathan (Like, did you know the Crawford football team is actually made up of kids imported from other schools? Sort of like select soccer).
Progressive Populist Caucus: First shot out of the box, the guy running it made a resolution that the Caucus should endorse Boyd Ritchie for Chair. It isn't that I don't think people should vote for Ritchie or whoever they want, but the guy announced it before ANY candidates had an opportunity to speak. Proceedings were suspended while Glen and Charlie came up to speak-with passion and energy, both of them, and then back to trying to railroad through the resolution to endorse Ritchie. A number of people protested this obvious action, but the person running the caucus was having none of it, he *would* have the vote. Here's what also floored me about it. Right after the vote, a large proportion of the attendees left, including, for example, one man with a "Democrats for Life" button. My assumption is that they had only attended the caucus in order to vote for this Ritchie resolution and then... they left. Seems to me that, while the PPC might have ultimately had a Ritchie endorsement, the way it was gotten didn't represent the best in democratic actions.
Van Os also spoke at the PPC about voting machines. He said the Texas Constitution wsa the best in the country for protecting Texas citizens, and included a provision to protect the purity of the ballot box. If he becomes AG, we will go back to paper ballots. I had a chance to talk to him briefly at the Blogger party later and asked, why not voter verified paper ballots WITH the machines. He said that the voting machines had been pushed for a media eager to immediately report winners in a race... makes sense. I'm tired of worrying that my vote can be hacked.
The speeches at night were great, and I'm looking forward to this afternoon for more. One of the best things about conventions is how many terrific people you get to meet and share ideas with. I got pumped up for more grassroots activity-time's a wastin!
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