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LSCS: No Discussions on Replacing Chris Daniel on Trustee Board

While it is still three days away, I figured I might as well play devil’s advocate and asked Ray Laughter, Vice Chancellor for External Affairs for the Lone Star College System, what plans, if any, had been made should Trustee Chris Daniel win his election for Harris County District Clerk.

In short, Laughter said, there were no plans considered as of yet.

“Not wanting to get ahead of anything, I don’t believe there has been any discussion about the process to replace Chris Daniel if he were to resign from our board,” Laughter said.

“In the past the board has appointed a committee to review candidates and make recommendations for appointment, in this case for the year and a half remaining on his term.”

Daniel will face Democratic incumbent Loren Jackson for the Clerk’s Office on Tuesday.


Bill Henderson: Elder Attacks “A Personal Vendetta”

This morning, TL was in receipt of an open letter from CFISD Board candidate Bill Henderson, addressed to Harris County Republican Precinct Chair Ramsay Elder, who is accused of dirty politics in Henderson’s race against incumbent board president, Dr. John Ogletree, Jr.

The letter addresses Elder’s talking points, and calls the attack on his character “a personal vendetta.”  The letter is presented herein in its entirety, sans addresses:

October 24, 2010
Dear Mr. Elder:

I am disappointed that you would wait until 10 days before the election to disclose your negative comments about me; hardly allowing me the time to address your concerns. It is apparent that your motives have nothing to do with the well being of the 100,000 students in the CyFair district but is more about a personal vendetta you have against me.  The beneficiary of your comments is a Democrat that has supported President Obama and who believes that a property tax increase is necessary for the District.

Nevertheless, I will address the issues you have raised about my personal background.  The events that occurred in 1997-98 were a result of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy filed in 1992 and a divorce that was filed in 1993.  I am not proud of either event; however, there were several financial circumstances that influenced my decisions and I feel I have learned valuable lessons as a result.
I truly believe that the felony bankruptcy fraud charges were politically motivated because when I agreed not to seek reelection, the charges were dismissed and I plead guilty to a contempt of court charge.  Even the final findings by the State Judicial Conduct Commission did not prohibit me from serving as a district court judge in the future.

I am particularly proud of the job I did as a Family Court Judge and the fact that the Chronicle would label me “one of the worst” judges based upon the evaluation of the attorneys totally disregards the condition of the family courts in 1994 when I was elected.  If you will recall, 1994 was the year Republicans swept to victory in 53 of 55 judicial races.  The family courts were infested with the “good old boy network” of attorneys and  the other Republican judges and I instituted a number of procedural changes, including new scheduling orders and greater use of mediation, to move our dockets more expeditiously.

Lastly, the incident in 2003 involved a deputy constable who was trying to arrest my stepson and several of his buddies in my front yard.  When I tried to intervene and prevent the arrest, I was charged with interfering with a public servant.  No charges were ever filed against any of the boys and, upon the completion of several requirements, including writing a letter of apology, all charges against me were dismissed.  I did not believe the incident justified the expenditure of attorney’s fees to take the case to trial.

My sincere opinion, Mr. Elder, is that my experience advocating for families, and sitting as a family court judge, has equipped me to make the tough decisions that face public school trustees.  For the last 12 years, since returning to private practice, I have limited my practice to family law matters, representing parents and their children and mediating over 500 family law disputes.

Furthermore, for the last two years I have served as President of the Downtown Pachyderm Club and worked tirelessly to help Republican candidates from the Courthouse to the Congress to take back our country.  I truly believe that our school districts need the same kind of conservative leadership.

There are many in this community who are able to speak about my abilities, including Jared Woodfill, Ed Hubbard and Paul Simpson.  And if you want more information about me, please feel free to contact Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison or Judge Paul Pressler, both of whom have known me since 1972.

I have the demeanor and intellect to be a strong advocate for our public education system and I look forward to the opportunity to support with the wonderful teachers and staff of the CyFair School District.  I also believe that my faith has helped me deal with the challenges I have faced and has made me a better person.  I think I will be an excellent role model for the over 100,000 students of our district.

–Bill Henderson

Blogger Cries Intimidation, Can’t Point to Single Poll Watcher Violation

While there is a lot of talk about poll watchers in Harris County this election, Dos Centavos’ Stace Medellin couldn’t cite a single violation by a poll watcher in chronicling his voting experience Saturday, yet chose to observe the event as if he’d been victimized.  You know, classic liberal stuff.

Reader’s Digest version: Stace was watched… by poll watchers.

After a few seconds, one of them stands up and hovers behind the staff who is checking the voters in[…] I picked my E-Slate (#3 on the pink side) and got to doing my duty, but I kept an eye on what they were doing as a few folks had walked in and the other intimidation team member stood up. So, being the avid voter that I am, I easily click Straight Democratic Ticket…but instead of clicking “next” to get to the last page faster, I used the dial and toggled over and and over and over again. It was loud enough to make one of the intimidation team members lose concentration and not hover as much.

So, let’s tally the score card, based on Stace’s assessment of the big, bad poll watchers:

  • The poll watchers stood to observe Stace checking in
  • The poll watchers were watching voting taking place
  • Stace was so paranoid, he decided to toggle the eSlate click wheel

What Stace fails to mention is all of those things, as described, are not in violation of any Texas Election Laws.  (Although, the click wheel toggling might have been a violation of sanity, as we’ve seen by many Democrats at polling places lately.)

According to a guide published by the Texas Secretary of State‘s office (PDF, Read Here), poll watchers are permitted to observe all early voting and election day activities, including when a poll worker assists a voter at the eSlate.

Meanwhile, here is what poll watchers are not permitted to do, according to state election laws:

  1. Talk with an election officer regarding the election except to call attention to an irregularity or violation. [Sec. 33.058(a)(1)].
  2. Converse with a voter. [Sec. 33.058(a)(2)].
  3. Converse with other watchers.
  4. Communicate in any manner with a voter regarding the election. [Sec. 33.058(a)(3)].
  5. A watcher may not leave the polling place without first serving for five continuous hours. If the watcher leaves without first serving five hours, the presiding judge may not readmit the watcher. [Sec. 33.052(b)].
  6. Reveal before the polls close how a voter has voted, the number of votes received, electioneer inside the polling place, so on and so forth.

And yet, despite this poll worker performing within his authority as defined by state law, he still was labeled a member of the “voter intimidation team,” “Teabagger,” supporter of waterboarding, and “intimidator.”

A few things to take away from this:

  • Not every poll watcher has always observed the laws. I get that.  But, when they do operate within the letter of the law, they don’t deserve to be demeaned or called names based on the action of another.
  • Second, Stace Medellin must not understand that the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates are able to appoint their own poll watchers, as illustrated in another blog he wrote about  these “evil” poll watchers. If they don’t, they chose not to, guy. Take it up with Gerry Birnberg.
  • This liberal blogger cries over getting watched. By a poll watcher. Unless they are brandishing night sticks and acting like a bunch of lawless thugs like another group of “poll watchers” we’ve seen recently, crying is trivial.

Go vote, readers.  This is the mindset we are up against.

Updated, 5:51 p.m.

By the way, I went back and checked the good ‘ol Dos Centavos archives. This same blogger who just wants to protect voters from intimidation never renounced the New Black Panther members in Pennsylvania for their corrupt (and clearly illegal) violations in 2008. In fact, two years before, the blog was “proud” to unite with the New Black Panthers in a meeting with then Houston City Councilwoman Carol Alvarado.


Ramsay Elder Speaks About Bill Henderson Attacks



As noted yesterday, the race for Cy-Fair ISD’s School Board Position 5 between incumbent Dr. John Ogletree, Jr. and challenger Bill Henderson has become unusually ugly with Republican precinct chair Ramsay Elder’s funding of a website attacking Henderson.

In an email to TL last night, Elder defended his actions:

My goal is publicize Bill Henderson’s poor business and personal history, which should embarrass any voter.  I have never met with or spoken to Henderson’s opponent or anyone associated with his campaign. As the website says, “Vote for someone else if you want to — just don’t vote for Bill Henderson”.
TL reminds its readers that while Henderson is considered the conservative in the Cy-Fair ISD Board race, these elections are non-partisan.  Henderson did not return our message for comment.