<![CDATA[Joe Deshotel · Storify]]>https://storify.com/pollabearNodeJS RSS ModuleTue, 23 May 2017 12:45:47 GMT<![CDATA[With All Dew Respect: 5 Things David Dewhurst and President Obama Agree On]]>

Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst released a new ad attacking the President where he claims, "I can’t think of one thing I agree with him on."

Storified by Joe Deshotel · Fri, Nov 22 2013 22:19:43

TV AD: Stop Obamacare · teamdewhurst
Unless the Lt. Gov. has changed his mind, here are at least 5 things we suspect they still agree on...

5.) Appointing Democrats to positions of leadership

4.) Safety regulations and emergency response procedures must be reviewed in the wake of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion

3.) They worship the same God

2.) They both believe the 2nd Amendment exists and is Constitutionally protected

Even if not everyone thinks so...

1.) They both really enjoy working for the government

Dewhurst has worked for the CIA, and been a statewide elected official in Texas since 1999.
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<![CDATA[Texas Republicans Continue War on Women -- They Fight Back]]>

Follow unfolding events on twitter: @joethepleb #txlege #hb60 #sb5 These bills are attempts to ban abortion in Texas through the guise of "protecting women".

Storified by Joe Deshotel · Mon, Jun 24 2013 14:26:16

Texas again finds itself in the midst of a revolution of sorts. A recent poll found that a majority of Texans oppose the abortion legislation being pushed through the special session, but Texas Republicans spearheaded by Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and the Tea Party wing of the legislature continue a theme of silencing their voices.
We fought to pass SB5 thru the Senate last night, & this is why! #StandWithTXChildren #txlege pic.twitter.com/fJbQSJur7i · David Dewhurst
Last Thursday more than 700 Texans registered to testify against these bills and hundreds were told to go home because their testimony was likely, “repetitive”. What actually has become repetitive is a largely male contingency telling them to be respectful while they themselves continually disrespect procedure in order to regulate what procedures a woman must abide by. This adding of insult to injury has inspired a response that led to hundreds more showing up on Sunday in orange to show their outrage. They were again told to be respectful and sit down and stay quiet while the far right scored political points for their primary voters.
TODAY: Women from across Texas have gathered in · Facebook
Needless to say they did not. When the gallery erupted in discontent after the vote was announced they were met with threats of expulsion. Some were asked to leave but the vote was over and eventually everyone left to be briefed by members of the Democratic caucus.
Gallery erupts on passage of anti-abortion bills by Texas l · joethepleb
Texas Rep. Jessica Farrar briefs pro-choice advocates after · joethepleb
Because of the rampant bending and suspending of the rules Democrats have had to deal with over their span as a minority power they have become masters of process and procedure. In 2003 they were forced to break quorum, twice, and now Democrats are again forced to run out the clock. Should they choose a similar strategy a call could be placed on the House, meaning a warrant would be issued for each member not present and those who were would be locked in the chamber. This is what led to legislators of both chambers escaping to their respective states fleeing the Texas Rangers hunting them down.
A point well made as tea party members acted so eager to expand government's reach into private the lives of Texans and their physicians. The bills sponsor is not even sure what a rape kit is for let alone espousing any medical expertise.
Todd Akin, meet Jodie Laubenberg. #txlege #StandWithTXWomen #SB5 #HB60 pic.twitter.com/jXcpnvKspw · Dallas Democrats
This time the issue isn’t the inevitably passed and eventually struck down for “discriminatory intent” redistricting maps -- its women’s health. It’s perpetuating our 4th ranked teen pregnancy rate. It is boldly and intellectual insultingly claiming to be making a procedure safer for women without funding the “improvements” the clinics would need to keep operating. 
This is about scoring political points in a primary and assuming no one else is watching because Texas has the lowest rate turnout in the nation. Well Republicans are now being put on notice. Governor Perry put the abortion measures on the call halfway through the special session knowing that the clock was ticking. As both Rep. Sylvester Turner and Rep. Senfronia Thompson (Ms. T) made the point -- If this issue was so important this conversation could have started in January as an emergency item, or at least by day one of a special session. And furthermore Rick Perry is our Texas’ longest serving governor, and there hasn’t been a major change to our abortion law since 1985, when he was a Democratic state representative from Haskil.
This isn’t the first time in our modern history that Texas Republicans have sent the message that women aren't up to the task of making their own decisions and that since "it's inevitable, [they should] just relax and enjoy it". When "apologizing" for likening rape to bad weather at his ranch Republican Gubernatorial nominee Clayton Williams said, ''That's not a Republican women's club that we were having this morning,'' he said. ''It's a working cow camp, a tough world where you can get kicked in the testicles if you're not careful.''
Yes, that was supposed to excuse him. You get it right -- women don’t have testicles, so men control the herd. Well women are putting Rick Perry on notice,  -- they are taking names and there will be consequences. 
House passes anti-abortion bill #sb5 on 2nd reading. #hb60 #txlege pic.twitter.com/dB6oRS9OLR · Joe Deshotel
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<![CDATA[Associated Press Drops 'Illegal Immigrant' From Its Stylebook]]>

Note: (A stylebook is the definitive guide to usage, relied upon by writers and editors, for the purpose of consistency.)

Storified by Joe Deshotel · Tue, Apr 02 2013 22:46:26

AP's new style book now says, "'illegal' should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally." The move provides a great opportunity for Conservatives to alienate themselves even further from Hispanics by expressing their true feelings on Social Media.
Apparently the New York Times is also considering the change...
Conservatives react...
Some Tweeters acknowledged the progress... 
Others poked fun at Conservatives putting their foot in their mouth.
Me too...
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<![CDATA[Chick-Fil-A: A Waffle made of Freedom Fries ]]>

A timeline of Chick-Fil-A's dabble into the politics of gay marriage.

Storified by Joe Deshotel · Sun, Jul 29 2012 23:21:19

July 16, 2012 - Chick-Fil-A President tells Baptist Press: "Guilty as charged...We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit."
Chick-fil-A Chief 'Guilty as Charged' on Gay Marriage Stance · newsypolitics
July 19, 2012 - Chick-fil-A's gay marriage stance causing a social storm
July 19, 2012 - Chick-Fil-A releases statement: "Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena,"
July 19, 2012 - LGBTQA groups announce Aug 3rd as: "National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick Fil A" 
National Same-Sex Kiss Day : Aug 3rd (7pm central) at your local Chick-Fil-A. :D! · killingclipart
July 19, 2012 - Photo surfaces on Facebook stating Muppets toys recalled for "possible safety issues".
July 20, 2012 - The Jim Henson Co. releases its own statement: we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Donates payment of Muppets toys to GLAAD.
July 20, 2012 - Boston Mayor Thomas Menino sends angry letter to Chick-Fil-A: "There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it."
Mayor Thomas M. Menino · PDRosso
July 22, 2012 - Mike Huckabee Announces Aug. 1st 'Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day' in Response to 'Intolerant Bigotry from the Left'
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<![CDATA[W. Joe Deshotel ]]>

References / Resume 2005-2012

Storified by Joe Deshotel · Mon, Jul 02 2012 04:45:26

References: Jefferson County Party Chairs

Gilbert T. Adams - Jefferson County Democratic Party chairman
(409) 835-3000 / gta@gta-law.com

"He's a multi-talented young man with a bright future," the party chair said. 

- Beaumont Enterprise

J. Shane Howard - Jefferson County Republican Party chairman 
(409) 656-0370 / shane.howard@leapengineering.com

"I actually think very highly of him," Howard said. "We don't always agree. But he is in politics for the right reasons."

-Beaumont Enterprise

2005-2008 Executive Director Jefferson County Democratic Party

"Deshotel has been executive director of the Jefferson County Democratic Party since November 2005. Before then he held staff positions and internships with U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson.

While he was executive director, Jefferson County saw visits from two presidential candidates and both of their spouses."

-Beaumont Enterprise
"Deshotel increased the partys presence on local media and at events, and helped bring both Barack Obama and his wife to Jefferson County during the primary season."
-Fox 4
Barack Obama speech Introduced by Joe Deshotel Campaign 2008 · hellopolly2
November 4th, 2008 - Jefferson County just 1 of 28 counties President Obama won in Texas in 2008.
November 6th, 2008 - I accept Jeff. Co. Field Director position for Chris Bell for Texas Senate.
December 16th, 2008 - Bell lost the race but won Jefferson County 5-1.
January 3rd, 2010 - Beaumont Enterprise interview for article on SETX "Rising Stars". 
Joe Rising Star · Joe the Pleb
January 13th, 2009 - Texas Legislative Internship with Rep. Joe Deshotel

March 2010 - Formed BGP Strategies in preparation for the 82nd session.

January 11th, 2011 - Began advocating on behalf of clients for the 82nd session. We used various forms of communications including digital. Clients included Entergy Texas, and the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and Rep. Joe Deshotel.
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<![CDATA[Mayor Leffingwell Wins Re-election!]]>

After a long campaign of touting his record of job creation and protecting the environment, Austinites renew their confidence in Mayor Leffingwell. Mayor Leffingwell looks to another 3 years of moving Austin forward. This is the timeline of highlights from the campaign trail.

Storified by Joe Deshotel · Sun, May 13 2012 18:48:55

November 16, 2011 - Mayor Leffingwell announces his bid for reelection at his childhood school Becker Elementary.
IMG_6136 · Joe the Pleb
November 16, 2011 - Mayor Leffingwell pledges to move Austin beyond coal power!
January 4th, 2012 - Lee launches his new campaign website!
January 20th 2012 - Mayor Leffingwell announces his support for marriage equality.
January 30th, 2012 - Lee announces he is endorsed by Willie and Lance!
February 1st, 2012 - Brigid Shea announces she will be running for Mayor...
LeememeLIST · Joe the Pleb
Two days after Brigid announces the Willie ad hits the Chronicle stands.
LEEwillieAD · Joe the Pleb
February 6th 2012 - The Leffingwell for Mayor campaign opens its doors!
IMG_3521 · Joe the Pleb
February 16th, 2012 - Mayor Leffingwell announce campaign Kick-Off with an Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow.
Lee Leffingwell's Day Off · theleeteam2012
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<![CDATA[Obama still most likely to win in 2012]]>

Here are a few narratives that ultimately pain the picture that Obama will in fact, despite his "unpopularity" be reelected in 2012.

Storified by Joe Deshotel · Fri, Oct 28 2011 19:28:25

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