2012 DFW and surrounding areas Libertarian Party district conventions

Earlier this afternoon the Libertarian Party of Texas held it's DFW area district conventions at the Love and War in Texas restaurant in Grapevine. A number of counties were represented by their district delegates, including Collin,DallasTarrantDenton, and Parker, to nominate candidates for the November 6th, 2012 general elections on the Libertarian Party ticket.
Those elected were:
  • Ken Ashby (e-mail) - U.S. House District 5
  • Hugh Chauvin - U.S. House District 6
  • Matthew Solodow (e-mail) - U.S. House District 12
  • John Stathas (e-mail) - U.S. House District 24
  • Mark Boler (e-mail) - U.S. House District 26
  • Seth Hollist - U.S. House District 32
  • Jason Darr (e-mail) - State Board of Education District 11
  • Stephen Hawkins (e-mail) - State Board of Education District 14
  • Ed Kless - State Senate District 8
  • Dave "Mac" McElwee - State Senate District 9
  • John A. Betz, Jr. (e-mail) - State Senate District 12
  • Richard Forsythe (e-mail)- State Senate District 30
The only nomination that failed was for the new U.S. House District 33, due to a lack of knowledge or information on the only registered potential nominee: Tommy Alicia. This lack of knowledge caused a debate between putting an unknown candidate on the ballot, and the potential for missing out of votes that may add creditability and members to the party. The Dallas and Tarrant county delegates finally voted to leave him off the ballot by 3 - 5; including 2 voting for "none of the above".
There was some debate over Dave "Mac" McElwee due to some questionability as to if some of his campaign issues were in-line with Libertarian ideals. The main issue was over a desire to use state funds to implement trade schools as a way to attract new businesses that were looking for skilled labor. McElwee latter commented that the education funding structure was already in place, and all he wanted to do was to put the funds to what he felt would be a better use.  His vote came out at 7 - 2 in his favor, with most delegates seeming to agree that most of the candidates have something that differs slightly for the official Libertarian Party Platform.
One other candidate, John Stathas, had some opposition, with a vote in his favor of 9 - 2, mainly due to him being absent; however, one of the delegates at the meeting was willing to vouch for him. Other candidates, like Jason Darr, were also not present, but were spoken of highly.  The candidates that were present, gave speeches about themselves and their plans for running campaigns.  One in particular, Hugh Chauvin, did quite well at presenting himself.
Hugh, is a Vietnam Vet with a college degree, and many years of experience working in the oil industry around the world; including Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Iraq, Mongolia, Kuwait, and Far East Russia. He commented on the lack of any real energy policy within the U.S. government, and said that we do have very real solutions to our energy problems but seem unwilling or unable to implement them; even mentioning South Africa's program of turning coal into oil, and coal being something we have a very large abundance of in North America. Hugh also mentioned he would personally match contributions to his campaign, up to ten thousand dollars.
Other districts were also mentioned, but it was determined that they were to be held in other locations. Districts fully within a single county were nominated at last Saturday's county conventions, and the party's state convention will be held on June 8-10th to nominate state wide candidates. After adjournment the candidates and delegates took the opportunity to talk and mingle, about different strategies for running effective campaigns, sharing ideas, and even a little friendly debate.

Wylie ISD May 12th, 2012 bond information

The Wylie ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $21.1 million bond package to be voted on by residents in the May 12th, 2012 election. It calls for new construction and renovation at both high school campuses, including:
At Wylie East:
  • Finish out 2nd floor classrooms
  • Additional career and technology classrooms
  • Cafeteria expansion
  • Band hall expansion
  • Dressing rooms and field house
  • Artificial turf for practice field
  • Additional gym space
  • Weight room
At Wylie High:
  • Science lab renovations
  • Dressing room space
The district claims to have done a detailed facilities needs assessments at both high schools and reduced the number of proposed items to those they felt met immediate needs that cannot wait. Since these are just the immediate needs, they likely will be asking for yet more bond initiative in the near future. They even stated on the ISD web-site that "this bond addresses the short range needs", and that they have a long range plan through 2020 that includes a new elementary, intermediate, and middle school. This will also be the fourth time in about as many years that they have had bond elections on the ballots.
Also stated by the Wylie ISD web-site, ""the Board of Trustees set a goal to manage growth in a way that provides functional equity, financial responsibility and assurance for all student needs", said Board President Stacie Gooch, “We believe this proposal meets these goals.”" The financial responsibility is actualy because of refinancing of current bonds, allowing them to make this proposal without raising school related property taxes for the people within the district. However, if it doesn't pass, this savings could be passed on to tax payers and lower property taxes during a time when many could use the relief, or even kept and saved up by the ISD to pay for the needed items, a little at a time, without going into further debt.
Most residents I've contact about this bond request seem to favor it. Lisa said that, "The state of Texas has exponentially increased the amount of time that students are required to spend in Science instruction, specifically lab instruction. Our schools do not have enough lab space to service our children according to the minimum standards. This bond will ensure that our students are receiving the REQUIRED time in lab instruction, instruction they CAN'T receive without this bond."
Combining bond refinancing and election simultaneously in May will save the district tens of thousands of dollars, but may also draw in fewer voters as many are more focused on primary and city elections. Typically many voters don't vote beyond the yearly November elections, which will also keep voter turnout low. The election will also be held separate from Wylie City elections, as the city has chosen to use Rockwall County to run its city elections, and Wylie ISD is using Collin County. Thus ISD bond election will be held in the Wylie ISD Educational Service Center (Administration Building), 951 S. Ballard Street., Wylie, TX. This may mean those with strong opinions about the bond will be the only ones to show up to vote, or those involved with the PTA that are encouraged to help get it passed.

Super Tuesday not so super with still no clear winner for GOP nomination

Despite Romney appearing to win most states, Santorum, Paul and Gingrich still won enough to keep the the contest going strong. While Romney still continues to pull ahead of the pack, his movement is not dramatic enough to paint him as the clear winner; especially with Gingrich still in the race, winning Georgia, and Santorum continuing to build momentum winning 3 states.

Ron Paul is also showing signs that his influence on the race will continue, finishing 2nd place in North Dakota, Virginia, Vermont and Idaho; however, for anyone to beat Romney, it's clear that at least one of the other three will need to put there support behind someone else. Unfortunately, none of the other three show any signs of giving up, yet.

Current Projected Delegate Count:
Another important fact to consider is that while these predictions are based on popular vote, what really matters are the delegates, and who they will ultimately stand behind. While Romney certainly has the most delegates at this point, he likely does not have as many as are currently predicted, and Ron Paul may actually be in second place. Unfortunately, this won't be clear until the GOP national convention, and by then it's likely the perception will out way the reality.
Some specific dates to look forward to are listed below:
  • March 17, Texas Libertarian Party County Conventions
  • March 19 Republican debate in Portland, Oregon
  • March 24, Texas Libertarian Party District Conventions
  • March 31, National Promote Ron Paul Day
  • April 3 District of Columbia, Maryland, and Wisconsin Primaries.
  • May 12, Texas, non-partisan, Local Elections
  • May 29 Texas Primaries
  • June 5 California, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, and New Jersey Primaries.
  • Aug. 27-30 Republican convention in Tampa, Florida
  • Sept. 3-6 Democratic convention, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Oct. 3 Presidential debate in Denver, Colorado
  • Oct. 11 Vice presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky
  • Oct. 16 Presidential debate in Hempstead, New York
  • Oct. 22 Presidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida
  • Nov. 6 Election Day