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QUESTION: What would you do if you were walking down the street and someone started following you? PICTURED RIGHT: Pastor Robert Thomas: “I would put some distance between us, or prepare to defend myself.”
y now I’m sure you’ve heard the media reports about the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida; and the subsequent indictment of George Zimmerman for what State Attorney Angela B. Corey is callQ&A ing Murder in the Second degree. I’m not here to stir up a racial debate; criticize law enforcement officials; or anyone seeking justice for Trayvon or George Zimmerman. However, I do feel that we need to know exactly what we should do if we’re walking down the street and someone starts to follow us. So, over the next couple editions of
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YOURTHOUGHTMATTERS.COM we’re going to be continuing the topic we’ve already started discussing with my facebook network. The answers we received from my facebook network participants ranged from the very spiritual; to the not so spiritual; and even to the threat of violence by some: #1: I would pray and call 911 (I would not stop drop and roll): Adrian Cornelius, Andrea’ Porter, Annette Marie Campbell, Anysia Archibald, Barbara Dee Langham, Bernadine Franklin,
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Pastor Robert Thomas -- #8. I would put some distance between us, or prepare to defend myself.
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The Secret She Kept: By ReShonda Tate Billingsley -- This edition: Trade Paperback, 368 pages -Availability: Ships on or around July 3, 2012 ABOUT THIS BOOK: Successful magazine exec Lance Kingston craves a committed romantic relationship, and when Tia, a driven lawyer on the cusp of a major promotion, finds herself attracted to Lance, the two begin an exclusive relationship. Seemingly destined for an ideal life together, their relationship takes a turn when Tia begins acting erratically shortly after their wedding. Despite his meddling in-laws and stubborn resistance from Tia, Lance urges her to seek medical attention. Her symptoms ease after making a drastic career decision, but when she becomes pregnant signs of further instability arise. Lance finds himself deeply conflicted—and wondering if he can ever help his wife if she refuses to help herself. The Secret She Kept delivers the emotionally compelling novel that ReShonda’s readers have come to know and enjoy. ReShonda Tate Billingsley is a #1 national bestselling author of several novels, including The Secret She Kept; Holy Rollers; and Say Amen, Again, winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. She is also the author of the Good Girlz teen series, while her short fiction appears in the anthology Have a Little Faith. Visit her at ReShondaTateBillingsley.com.
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ON PAGE 4:
THE 2012 REPUBLICAN PARTY PRIMARY CANDIDATES: Governor Mitt Romney is slated to be the candidate representing the Republican party in the 2012 Presidential Election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6th. Other information on this page includes: How the primary process works; Important dates and deadlines; and a few things you should know about Gov. Mitt Romney.
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ATTORNEY KEVIN FULTON IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE: Attorney Kevin Fulton is running in the 2012 Republican Primary in the race for Harris County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 Place 1. Attorney Fulton has a message on this page for voters participating in the 2012 Republican primary to be held Tuesday, May 29th.
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ATTORNEY JAIME TELLEZ, JR IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE: Attorney Tellez is running for Harris County Constable for Precinct 1 in the 2012 Democratic Primary to be held on Tuesday, May 29th.
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SERGEANT DELORES JONES IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE: Sergeant Jones is running for Harris County Sheriff in the 2012 Democratic Primary to be held on Tuesday, May 29th.
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COMMISSIONER GREG PARKER IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE: Commissioner Parker was elected to the Comal County Commissioners Court on November 2, 2004 and again in November 2008. He’s also the first African American and the youngest person to win election as a county commissioner in Comal County. Now Commissioner Parker needs your vote in the 2012 Republican Primary to become a Texas Railroad Commissioner.
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THE 2012 DEMOCRATIC PARTY CANDIDATES: President Barack Obama has a big lead with women over Gov. Mitt Romney according to a recent national poll. Also on this page are the 2012 Republican Primary Ballot Proposition; and President Barack Obama’s offical short biography.
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THE OWEN REPORT FOR MISSIOUR CITY: Mayor Allen Owen has called Missouri City home for him and his family for 35 plus years; and has been involved in every aspect
of the city’s progress in recent years as well. He recently made his desire to continue his service as the Mayor of Missouri City official; and received no challengers in his bid to be re-elected as the Mayor of “The Show Me City” as Missouri City is affectionally called by people throughout the region. However, in an attempt to keep residents informed on a monthly basis we will be publishing “The Owen Report” inside each issue of this newspaper.
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TESTIMONY, RECOGNITIONS, INFORMATION, AND COMMENTS: Gospel star Donald Lawrence recently made an announcement that he was battling cancer while performing at a post-game concert for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies; Akraya CEO, Amar Panchal was recently named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Ernst & Young LLP announced that Amar Panchal, CEO of Akraya, Inc, an award-winning IT staffing & consulting company, was named a semifinalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 program in the Northern California region; Congratulations to Edberto Willies on being named Chairman of the HCDP Communications Committee; American Voters Say Happy Days Aren't Quite Here, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Approve Of Detroit Bailout; Susan G. Komen for the Cure has announced that it plans to fund at least seventeen Planned Parenthood affiliates in 2012; Statement of State Rep. Ron Reynolds on his arrest on Tuesday, April 24th; Republican Launching Effort to Loosen Democratic Grip On African American Voters.
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Governor Mitt Romney is slated to be the candidate representing the Republican party in the 2012 Presidential Election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6th.
REPUBLICANS RULE THE LONE STAR STATE
On Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 you must choose to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary. In Texas, if you’re a registered voters, may vote in either primary; however, a you may only vote in only one during this election cycle. Keep in mind that you can’t vote straight tickets in your party primary so, it is important that you learn a little about the candidates before Election Day to ensure that your party is putting forth the best slate of candidates for the 2012 Presidential Election to be held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012. If you choose to vote in one party’s primary, you will not be able to vote in the other party’s run-off election during that same year. However, if you chose to not vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary you may vote in either runoff election this year.
exas is widely considered the strongest Republican state in the United States — there’s no question about that. Texans have entrusted Republican leaders with the stewardship of every statewide elected office in the state and majorities in the Texas state senate, Texas state house IMPORTANT DATES and on the Texas board of AND DEADLINES education as well. According If you’re not already on the (2012 Demoto information published on cratic or Republican Primary) ballot you’ve missed your opportunity. If you want to apply the Republican Party of for a ballot by mail you may do now. But reTexas website: Republicans member that your ballot must be (Received, not Postmarked) by May 22nd, 2012. The currently have majorities in early voting period for the 2012 Democratic 107 Texas counties that con- and Republican primaries is May 14th, 2012 through May 25th, 2012. tain nearly two-thirds of the state’s population. President of the United States HERE’S HOW THE PARTY PRIMARY ELECTION PROCESS WORKS
Traditionally political party primary elections are held in March of even numbered years. But the 2012 Democratic and Republican primaries are being held on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 this year.
2012 Republican Primary Ron Paul
Newt Gingrich John Davis
Charles ‘Buddy’ Jon Huntsman Mitt Romney
A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GOV. MITT ROMNEY
Mitt Romney is the front-runner in the race to claim the Republican nomination in the race for President of the United States. Romney was born in Detroit on March 12, 1947. His mother, Lenore, gave up an acting career when she met and married his father. Romney married his wife, Ann, in 1969. They first met in elementary school when he was a Cub Scout; he remembers tossing pebbles at her when she rode by on a horse. When they met again years later at a friend’s house, he was smitten. Between them, they have five sons and sixteen grandchildren, who are the center of their lives. Like any family, the Romneys have faced hardship: Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998, and more recently fought a battle with breast cancer. She credits her husband’s unwavering care and devotion to her for helping her through these ordeals. Romney has spent most of his life in the private sector, giving him intimate knowledge of how our economy works. But he has also been an outstanding public servant. In one chapter of his distinguished career, he reversed the decline of a state mired in recession. In another chapter, he salvaged the 2002 Winter Olympic Games from certain disaster. When Romney was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, the state was in severe disarray, its budget was out of balance, spending was soaring, and taxpayers were being required to pay more and more in taxes for diminishing services. The state economy was in a tailspin, with businesses cutting back on investment or even closing and unemployment ticking up. Mitt made hard decisions that brought state spending under control. He restructured and consolidated government programs, paring back where necessary and finding efficiencies throughout.
Facing a state legislature dominated by Democrats, Romney cast more than 800 vetoes as he brought conservative principles to state government. He cut red tape for small businesses, signed into law job-creating incentives, and fought hard to bring new businesses to the state. He eliminated a $3 billion deficit without borrowing or raising taxes. By 2007, at the end of Romney’s term, the state had accumulated a $2 billion rainy day fund in its coffers. This stringent fiscal discipline provided an essential backdrop for economic recovery. When Romney came into office, the state was losing jobs every month. When he left office, the economy was generating new jobs by the thousands according to information posted on his website. United States Senate 2012 Republican Primary Tom Leppert
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David Dewhurst is a native Texan, proud veteran, businessman and rancher, Dewhurst has served as Lieutenant Governor since 2003. In that time, he has championed and helped pass some of the most fiscally and socially conservative laws in the nation. As a businessman, Dewhurst worked
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“My Official Conservative Thank You Tour”
MESSAGE TO CONSERVATIVE VOTERS
his year Obama sadly went on a worldwide apology tour on behalf of this country. Since the President and I are polar opposites I embarked on my campaign for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 1 as the official Conservative Thank You Tour. The reason I started this campaign is to put conservative values back on the bench in my community; and at the same time lift the spirits of a segment of our great country that is always under attack… Conservatives. The following letter is to all of you who fight every day to uphold the values that make this country great; and although you have been beaten down with inflammatory words like racist, sexist, greedy, etc., please know that it is your fight that helped me escape the chains of poverty and put me on a path to salvation.
You may not know me personally; but I am one of the millions of people in this country that you helped escape poverty through your prayer, sacrifice, and refusal to give into the godless, victimization attitudes that are gaining a foothold in this country. See, fellow Conservative, I was born in the inner-city to a father who decided that he wanted nothing to do with raising a child. My mother Pearl immediately took control of the household and worked her way out of poverty. She never made excuses or blamed the government, corporations, race, or her sex on our position in life. In fact, she did the opposite, she taught me the importance of prayer, self-accountability and hard work to conquer poverty. This was my introduction to the conservative
values that would shape the rest of my life. Even when I went to fight for my country in Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Provide Comfort, you welcomed me home like I was some kind of hero. I never told you, but I did not feel like a hero, I felt like I was doing something to pay my country back for all that has been done for me. It has been over two decades since I put on my battle green uniform; and yet, when I walk amongst you I always smile as you thank me for serving; and feel proud to have served my country. After the military I became a lawyer and I am now a candidate for Judge; and you are right next to me fighting to return the bench to the values that we share. You do not look at me different because of my background. You treat me no different than the man who grew up with more finances than my mom ever dreamed of having. You give me strength by reminding me that in this country everyone has the opportunity to do great things; I need this reminder as the media and some on the left try to make victims of us so that we may cower under their protection. Another thing that I love is your willingness to hold career politicians to the values that they claim to have. One example of this was on March 28, 2012, when my opponent was admonished by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for the following violations: Judge J. Kent Adams: failed to comply with the law and demonstrated a lack of professional competence Judge J. Kent Adams was sighted as: Demonstrating a lack of patience, dignity and courtesy expected of a judge Judge J. Kent Adams created a perception of bias and prejudice
Judge J. Kent Adams acted in a manner that does not promote public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary
The media went to great lengths to focus on racial remarks made by him; but you focused on the other complaints also that were much more troubling. Instead of circling the wagons, you showed as
a true Conservative that you refuse to stand by a Judge who could not follow his oath even if he carried the same party designation. We both understand that you recognize a Conservative by actions and deeds, not by incumbency and endorsements. I look forward to election day when I hope to be elected Justice of the Peace and take another step towards contributing to the community that has given so much to me. My fellow Republican I hope that you embrace my journey as a Conservative because it is because of you that I am who I am today, so please accept this heartfelt thanks and never stop fighting!
Attorney Kevin Fulton Candidate for Justice of the Peace Precinct 4-Place 1 www.fultonforjudge.com
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hard to make Texas a national leader in job creation and the best place in America to do business.
Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz is the former Solicitor General of Texas, a position he held from 2003 to May 2008. Cruz was appointed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. He was the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in America and the longest to hold the position in Texas. He is currently a partner at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he leads the firm’s U.S. Supreme Court and national Appellate Litigation practice. He is also a candidate for the 2012 Republican Party nomination for the United States Senate.
Tom Leppert is a businessman and former Mayor of Dallas. Leppert led major national and international companies in the areas of construction, financial services and real estate, including serving as CEO of The Turner Corporation, the nation’s largest general building company. U.S. Representative District 7 2012 Republican Primary Bill Tofte
John Culberson (i)
TOFT CHALLENGING REP. CULBERSON ON MAY 29, 2012
Congressman Culberson is a native Houstonian and a lifelong resident of Congressional District Seven. He currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee, and is a member of the House Republican Whip team. Culberson currently serves on the Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee and the Homeland Security
Subcommittee, where he works to secure our borders and win the War on Terror. Congressman Culberson is being challenged in the 2012 Republican Primary for United States Congress for District 7 by fellow Republican Bill Tofte a businessman, and University of Texas graduate. Currently Tofte is the Vice President of a manufacturing business in Texas. U.S. Representative District 8 2012 Republican Primary Larry Youngblood Kevin Brady (i)
YOUNGBLOOD SEEKING TO UNSEAT REP. BRADY ON MAY 29, 2012
Congressman Kevin Brady is a pro-family, pro-small business conservative representing the 8th District of Texas in the U.S House of Representatives. Brady holds key leadership posts in Congress including Deputy Whip and top Republican on the Joint Economic Committee. He is a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee - - considered by many to be the most powerful committee in Congress with jurisdiction over taxes, health care, Social Security, Medicare, international trade and welfare. Congressman Brady is being challenged in the 2012 Republican Primary by fellow Republican Larry Youngblood, a fifth generation Texan who grew up in Alvin before moving to Cypress. Youngblood started out as a teacher/coach at St. Thomas High School before embarking on a career with an Offshore Exploration Company. U.S. Representative District 10 2012 Republican Primary Michael McCaul (i) Eddie Traylor
TO UNSEAT REP. McCAUL ON MAY 29, 2012
Congressman Michael T. McCaul is currently serving his fourth term representing Texas’ 10th District in the United States Congress. The 10th Congressional District of Texas stretches across 8 counties from Austin to the Houston suburbs, and includes Austin, Bastrop, Burleson, Harris, Lee, Travis, Washington and Waller Counties. Prior to coming to Congress, McCaul served as Chief of Terrorism and National Security in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Texas, and led the Joint Terrorism Task Force charged with detecting, deterring and preventing terrorist activity. Congressman McCaul also served as Texas Deputy Attorney General under current U.S. Senator John Cornyn, and served as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section in Washington, D.C. In the 2012 Republican primary Congressman McCaul is being challenged by fellow Republican Eddie Traylor a United States Air force pilot and instructor for more than 20 years who retired in 1991 with an Honoarble Discharge, as a Lt. Col. serving at the Pentagon. According to his website, Traylor was charged with determining what classified access and weapons systems our allies could obtain. He’s also a Top Secret clearance holder. U.S. Representative District 22 2012 Republican Primary Barbara J. Carlson Pete Olson (i)
CARLSON SEEKING TO UNSEAT REP. OLSON ON MAY 29, 2012
Congressman Pete Olson has a long history of protecting America. Following his graduation from law school, Congressman Olson moved to Pensacola, FL to
report for Aviation Officer Candidate School and began a highly decorated, nine-year career as a Naval Aviator. He’s flown missions over the Persian Gulf to enforce the international sanctions levied upon Iraq after the first Gulf War, the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea, the Sea of Okhotsk, and across much of the Pacific. In 1994, Olson’s combat aircrew was named Pacific Fleet’s best in anti-submarine warfare. Congressman Olson was transferred to serve on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1994 and a year later was assigned to be a Naval Liaison Officer to the U.S. Senate. His military awards include: Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal; and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge. Olson is committed to serving the interest of Texas: While Pete was a Senate Liaison Officer, he assisted Texas’ then senior Senator, Phil Gramm, on several trips overseas to inspect military installations. Senator Gramm asked Pete to join his staff in 1998 to head up the Senator’s work protecting and improving critical military facilities in Texas – including the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Ellington Field, the Army truck manufacturing facility in Sealy, and other installations. In 2008, with the support of thousands of volunteers and activists across the area, Pete defeated Democrat incumbent Nick Lampson and was elected as the new Congressman for the 22nd Congressional District. Congressman Olson and Nancy have been married for eighteen years and are the proud parents of Kate and Grant. They are active members of the United Methodist Church and reside in Sugar Land, Texas. In the 2012 Republican primary Congressman Olson is being challenged by fellow Republican Barbara J. Carlson. Carlson, per her website is
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Attention All Democrats:
EARLY VOTING BEGINS ON MONDAY, MAY 14TH
“I need you to help me restore integrity to the Precinct 1 Constable’s office.” M
y name is Jaime Tellez, and I am running for Harris County Constable Precinct 1. Unfortunately, recent events have brought shame to the Precinct 1 Constable’s office. When elected, I will reestablish integrity to the office and restore employee morale. Mismanagement, wastefulness and wrongdoings no longer will be tolerated. We will move forward to make Precinct 1 a better and safer place to live and to work. I will use my professional experience, education and leadership qualities to ensure an in depth full departmental evaluation. I will restructure the department using current and new deputies and administrators. We will seek input from Precinct 1 citizens, businesses, schools and religious organizations to excel in professionalism and service. Together, with a little hard work, we will provide Precinct 1 top quality police service regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, familial status or national origin. I will expand current divisions, as well as create new ones that focus on victims’ rights and family violence, proactive real-time patrol and DWI enforcement, environmental issues and animal cruelty.
ABOUT JAIME TELLEZ, JR.
Jaime Tellez, Jr., has lived in Precinct 1 for 37 years. His family first resided in the Montrose/West Gray area before moving to the Aldine area where he attended elementary and middle school and graduated Cum Laude from MacArthur High School in 1990. He currently resides in Lindale Park. In 1993, Tellez graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown Law Enforcement Academy. Since then, Jaime has worked for the Offices of Harris County Constable Precinct 6 and Precinct 4, as well as the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. During his law
enforcement career, he was assigned to the Contract/District Patrol, DWI and Traffic Enforcement Task Forces, Parole Violator Task Force, Civil Process, Truancy/School Security and Jail divisions. In 2002, Tellez earned a Master Peace Officer License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education. Tellez earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Spanish from Sam Houston State University in 1996. In 2005, he earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Michigan State University College of Law. While attending law school, he interned at the Michigan Secretary of State and Catholic
I realize keeping within the budget is a great concern. Therefore, we will use all available resources, including existing full-time and reserve deputies, other agencies, state and federal grants and technology. I will educate and train deputies and supervisors in diverse areas of law enforcement to reduce waste, improve service, and utilize effective and efficient deployment of those resources. Because I live and work in Precinct 1, I also want safer neighborhoods, schools and parks. As a business owner, I want my employees and clients to feel safe. I want help to be there when we need it. I want professional and knowledgeable officers. Finally, like you, I want improved quality of life and safer communities. Let’s move forward together to accomplish these goals. In the next couple of months, you will hear the word integrity used quite often. It is a term not to be applied loosely and is a core characteristic that should apply to all candidates, as well as the elected constable. I ask that you do your research and then vote for the candidate with qualities you seek and admire and who will run this office effectively and efficiently. I look forward to serving you as your next Constable of Precinct 1. Thank you for taking the time to read my Web site.
Jaime Tellez, Jr.
Jaime Tellez, Jr. CANDIDATE FOR PRECINCT 1 CONSTABLE 2012 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY Charities, often working more hours than his classes required. He continues to give back to the community in the form of Pro Bono legal assistance. He also attended law school summer programs in Montreal, Canada and Curacao, Netherland Antilles. During his professional and academic careers, he has held positions of leadership and received many accolades. For example, he was employed by the U.S. Department of Commerce-Bureau of the Census as a supervisor. As a law student, he earned several honor awards and was the co-founder of the Hispanic Law Society. He also had the privilege as a law student of being selected as part of the se-
curity detail for Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, alongside US Secret Service and the Mexican equivalent, Guardia Presidencial. Tellez is licensed to practice law in all State of Texas courts and the Federal District Courts in the Southern District of Texas. Since 2006, he has operated and managed a successful law practice. His interests include travel, community service and raising horses. Tellez owns 10 horses, including three rescue horses that he adopted from the Houston SPCA, an organization he supports. --------------------------------------------------------
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a God-centered woman, mother of two outstanding young men, a leader who comes from a family dedicated to community and hard work. As a widow since 1996, she has picked herself up by her bootstraps and never looked back. She’s lived in the Houston area since 1983, proudly making Texas her home. Carlson has lived in and been a part of Sugar Land since 1994 and has owned and operated two successful small businesses.
State Representative Dist. 127 2012 Republican Primary Dan Huberty (i)
State Representative Dist. 129 2012 Republican Primary John E. Davis (i)
U.S. Representative District 36 2012 Republican Primary
Ky D. Griffin
HULS SEEKING TO UNSEAT REP. DAVIS ON MAY 29, 2012
Jerry L. Doyle
Lois Dickson Myers
Stephen Takach Keith Casey
Charles B ‘Chuck’ Meyer Steve Stockman Jim Engstrand
Daniel Whitton Mike Jackson Kim Morrell
Railroad Commissioner 2012 Republican Primary Christi Craddick Beryl Burgess
Warren Chisum Roland Sledge Joe Cotten
Railroad Commissioner Unexpired Term 2012 Republican Primary Elizabeth Murray-Kolb Greg Parker
Barry Smitherman (i)
COMMISSIONER PARKER WANTS YOUR VOTE ON TUESDAY, MAY 29TH
A former technology professional and U.S. Army veteran, Commissioner Gregory Parker was elected to the Comal County Commissioners Court on November 2, 2004 and again in November 2008, where he became the first African American and the youngest person to win election as a county commissioner in Comal County. In 2008 Commissioner Parker was appointed to the State Commission on Emergency Communications where he traveled across the state, speaking and leading the states initative for Next Generation 9-1-1. Commissioner Parker is a member of the International Associaton for Energy Economics, the United States Association for Energy Economics, the Texas Oil & Gas Association, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and the American Society of Public Administration, Section on Environmental and Natural Resource Administration. He is an adjunct professor of government at Concordia University and the author of the book “Global Warming...Really?” which
was chosen “Book of the Week” by the Conservative Monitor. For more information on Greg Parker’s campaign, please see page (10) of this issue. And don’t forget to support candidates who support you. Justice Supreme Court Place 2 2012 Republican Primary Steve Smith
Don Willett (i)
Justice Supreme Court Place 4 2012 Republican Primary John Devine
David Medina (i) Joe Pool Jr.
State Board of Education Dist. 8 2012 Republican Primary Barbara Cargill (i) Linda Ellis
State Senator District 4 2012 Republican Primary Tommy Williams (i) Michael Galloway
John E. Davis was elected to the Texas Legislature to represent House District 129 in November of 1998. Representative Davis serves as Chair for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and as Chairman of Budget and Oversight for the House Human Services Committee. A native of Houston and a fifth generation Texan, Rep. Davis graduated from Baylor University in 1982 and University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1987. He is the past President of Oates Industries, an industrial roofing company; he now serves as an indeREP. DAVIS pendent manufacturer representative for RPM, a roof and wall restoration company. An active member of the community, Rep. Davis belongs to the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Pasadena Rotary Club, University Baptist Church in Clear Lake, and the Pasadena Salvation Army Advisory Board.
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“MAKING HISTORY TOGETHER” ELECT SERGEANT DELORES
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF 2012
SERGEANT DELORES JONES is an Honest 27 Year Veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office who wants to work with and for the citizens of Harris County.
SERGEANT JONES is also a Master Peace Officer and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education Certified Instructor.. ATTENTION ALL DEMOCRATS:
EARLY VOTING BEGINS MAY 14TH
SERGEANT JONES CANDIDATE FOR SHERRIF
Great Leadership Ability. Lead staff crew of 30+ personnel. Mentored troubled teenage boys from group home. Leader of Social Organization
“LET’S MAKE HISTORY BY ELECTING THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN SHERIFF IN HARRIS COUNTY”
SERGEANT JONES IS A BRIDGE BUILDER! Establish a good working relationship with Commissioners’ Court one which will return staffing levels to an acceptable and safe standard.
Combine the principles of Community Oriented Policing and Proactive Police Patrols to make
Harris County one of the safest counties in the United States.
Target high Gang Activity Areas with a re-established B.A.R.S. Unit (Burglary Apprehension Response Squad) and a Gang Task Force) to reduce Home Invasions and Burglaries.
Establish a Central Processing Center capable of meeting the needs of all Harris County Police Agencies.
Re-Establish communication with the Employees Groups regarding the signing of an agreed upon Police Bill of Rights.
Provide training for Certified Personnel in all areas of Law Enforcement.
Re-Establish Basic Peace Offer Certification Courses at the Harris County Sheriff’s Academy
Vote for Sergeant Delores Jones
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State Representative Dist. 133 2012 Republican Primary Jim Murphy (i)
State Representative Dist. 138 2012 Republican Primary Whet Smith
Dwayne Bohac (i)
SMITH SEEKING TO UNSEAT REP. BOHAC ON MAY 29, 2012
State Representative Dwayne Bohac is a lifelong resident of Texas House District 138. Bohac was born in Oak Forest and now lives in the Spring Branch area with his wife Dawn and their four children. Before being elected to the Texas House of Representatives, Bohac was active in the local community having founded “Save Our Neighborhoods,” Northwest Coalition, and is a long time member of the White Oaks Bayou Association and a part of the Spring Branch Revitalization Association. As State Representative, Dwayne has focused on protecting local neighborhoods and improving local quality of life according to his website. In the Texas House, Bohac has worked to improve local flood control efforts through the use of retention ponds, given municipalities greater authority to enforce apartment standards, increased local police patrols, passed tougher laws against graffiti, and secured funds for local traffic mobility and esplanade beautification projects. Additionally, Bohac has led the effort in the Texas House to cap property tax appraisals at 5% or less, increased funding for border security to curb illegal immigration,
and worked with local teachers and school board members to improve local schools and provide fair teacher pay. For his leadership on issues important to the state and local community, Dwayne has received numerous awards including the “Taxpayers Best Friend” from his colleagues in the Texas House; the statewide “Honor Roll” from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA); and “Best of the House” by the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas (CLEAT). Bohac has also been honored by the Spring Branch ISD, Houston ISD, and the West Houston Chamber of Commerce for his leadership on public education issues. Additionally, he is co-founder of the Texas House of Representative’s “Air Quality Caucus,” a bi-partisan group committed to finding clean air solutions for Houston and the rest of the state. A graduate of Scarborough High School, Bohac earned Bachelors Degrees in Political Science and Marketing from Texas A&M University. After graduating with honors, Bohac returned home to start the small retail business that he operates today. Dwayne and his wife, Dawn, are both active members of Second Baptist Church, along with their four children, Foster, Faith, Sterling and Reagan. State Representative Dist. 143 2012 Republican Primary Frank Salazar
State Representative Dist. 144 2012 Republican Primary David Pineda
Gilbert Pena State Representative Dist. 149 2012 Republican Primary Jack Lee
Dianne Williams Don Mullins
State Representative Dist. 150 2012 Republican Primary Debbie Riddle (i) James Wilson
WILSON SEEKING TO UNSEAT REP. RIDDLE ON MAY 29, 2012
State Representative Debbie Riddele was born and reared in Houston. She graduated from Waltrip High School and has lived in the area for most of her life. She and her husband, Mike, have lived in the FM 1960/Spring/Tomball area for 30 years and reared three children there. In that time, Riddle has served her community as a realtor, volunteer fireREP. RIDDLE fighter, volunteer EMT, Cub Scout den mother, and preschool Sunday School teacher at Champion Forest Baptist Church. A lifelong Republican, Riddle has served the Republican Party as the vice-chairman of the finance committee of the Harris County Republican Party and as chairman of the building committee for the Texas Federation of Republican Women. Riddle is also past president of the Texas Tea Party of Republican Women and has served on the board of the Spring ISD Education Foundation and Klein ISD Education Foundation. At the national level, Debbie serves on the board of the Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs out of Washington, D.C. She is an ardent supporter of Israel and organizations supporting Israel. In the state legislature, Riddle presently serves as the Committee Budget Officer of the Criminal Jurisprudence committee, where she was previously the vicechair for four years. She is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Committee on House Administration, and the Joint Select Committee on the Operation and Management of the Texas Youth Commission. She has previously served on the State Affairs, Ways and Means, Financial Institutions, and Border and International Affairs committees. During the interim period between sessions in 2004, she was also named as the Chair of the Joint Interim Committee on Long Term Care. One of the most quoted elected officials in the state, she has been a regular guest on several programs featured on Fox
National News as well as numerous other national, statewide, and local television and radio programs. She is a frequent speaker at local chambers, charity events, and Republican party events throughout the county and state. Riddle has an A.A. Degree from South Texas Junior College and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Riddle is being challenged in the 2012 Republican Primary by James Wilson, a lifelong Reagan Republican, Wilson is a conservative leader who has been very active in the Spring Klein community. Locally, he has served on the board of the Wimbledon Country Homeowner’s Association as Treasurer, as well as a Vice President and President of of the assocication. According to his website, he is a home room parent and credentialed volunteer at Metzler Elementary and licensed insurance agent. Wilson has served on several industry committees for local insurance organizations and associations as well.
A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CANDIDATE WILSON
James Wilson has a great deal of experience working in both state and federal government. He served as a Regional Director for United States Senator Phil Gramm (R - TX), managing operations and outreach in both South and Central Texas. He served as a Chief of Staff during the 75th Legislative Session, and as a Legislative Assistant during the 74th and 73rd Sessions. While at the Legislature, James assisted in eliminating wasteful and redundant state agencies and commissions, helped pass new laws, and prevented many wasteful and harmful bills from being enacted. Wilson is a strong advocate for business and both public and higher education. He is the proud single father of James Andrew Wilson, 5th grade, and Savannah Grace Wilson, 4th grade, both of whom attend public schools in the Klein school district. A graduate of South Garland High School, James received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.
THIS NEXT EDITION OF THIS NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY AUBREY R. TAYLOR COMMUNICATIONS WILL BE RELEASED ON FRIDAY, MAY 18TH CALL TODAY FOR INCLUSION. District Judge 11th District 2012 Republican Primary Bruce Bain
District Judge 61st District 2012 Republican Primary Jeff Hastings
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George May District Judge 127th District 2012 Republican Primary Sonya Aston
District Judge 129th District 2012 Republican Primary Edward Casanova Michael Landrum Frank Pierce Chris Gillett
District Judge 133rd District 2012 Republican Primary Sharon J. Hemphill Lamar McCorkle
District Judge 151st District 2012 Republican Primary Leif Olson
District Judge 152nd District 2012 Republican Primary
County Tax Assessor-Collector 2012 Republican Primary Mike Sullivan
Don Sumners (i)
County School Trustee, Position 3, At-Lrg 2012 Republican Primary Richard Johnson III
Mike Wolfe (i) County School Trustee, Position 4, Pct 3 2012 Republican Primary Raymond T. Garcia Kay Smith
County Commissioner Pct. 4 Unexpired Term 2012 Republican Primary Robert M. Cadena Buck Buchanan
R. Jack Cagle (i)
Justice of the Peace Pct. 4, Place 1 2012 Republican Primary J. Kent Adams (i) Kevin Fulton
ATTORNEY KEVIN FULTON WANTS YOUR VOTE ON TUESDAY, MAY 29TH
District Judge 164th District 2012 Republican Primary
Harris County Constable, Pct 2 2012 Republican Primary
Edward P. Rios
District Judge 174th District 2012 Republican Primary
Harris County Constable, Pct 3 2012 Republican Primary
District Judge 177th District 2012 Republican Primary Ryan Patrick
District Judge 179th District 2012 Republican Primary Kristin M. Guiney Lana Shadwick
District Judge 337th District 2012 Republican Primary Jim Barr
Harris County District Attorney 2012 Republican Primary Mike Anderson Pat Lykos (i)
County Civil Court at Law #2 Unexpired Term 2012 Republican Primary Donna Detamore
Theresa Chang (i) Harris County Attorney 2012 Republican Primary Robert Talton
Harris County Sheriff 2012 Republican Primary Brian Steinocher Ruben Monzon Paul Day
Daniel J. Lemkuil Harold Heuszel Louis Guthrie Guy Clark
lege while continuing his service to the community by devoting his time on the Board of Directors for a youth counseling organization, helping victims of domestic violence, and training at risk students in conflict resolution. Kevin also used his legal skills as an extern for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Community Legal Aid. This focus and dedication earned him a Juris Doctor Degree with a notation for Distinguished Public Service. After graduating from law school in 2001, Kevin became a legal consultant for a major development agency that specialized in multifamily housing and homeownership. Kevin then worked as In-House Counsel for a large property management company and handled employment law issues, landlord/tenant law, and business litigation and formation issues. As an attorney, Kevin believes that all people, regardless of income level, should be afforded competent legal representation. To help those that cannot afford representation, Kevin has incorporated the frequent use of his legal skills to go into the community to provide pro bono legal services. Kevin also takes the time to visit subsidized housing communities to encourage disadvantaged youth to enter the legal profession and to return the knowledge they gain back to their community. Kevin Fulton is a member of the Houston Bar Association; Houston Northwest Bar Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; The Federalist Society; Harris County Republican Party; Cherry Tree Republicans ; and the College of the State Bar of Texas (“an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas”- College of the State Bar of Texas website). For more information on Kevin Fulton’s campaign, please see page (10) of this issue. And don’t forget to support candidates who support you.
KEVIN FULTON Kevin Fulton is a shining example of the American Dream. Born in the gritty, gang infested streets of South Central Los Angeles, Kevin never had the opportunity to meet his biological father who abandoned the household when he was only a few months old. His mother Pearl immediately took control of the household and worked her way out of poverty. Kevin watched as his mother worked long hours to provide her kids with the opportunity to escape their surroundings. Pearl never blamed her race or society for her position in life, instead she taught him the importance of prayer, self-accountability and hard work to conquer poverty. This was Kevin’s first introduction to the conservative values that would shape the rest of his life. Eventually Pearl married a State Trooper who taught Kevin the importance of following the law and to appreciate the sacrifice that our law enforcement officers make on a daily basis.
ATTORNEY KEVIN FULTON IS WITH VALUES AND IS COMMITTED TO SERVING THE COMMUNITY
Kevin took those values and lessons and demonstrated a strong sense of community service as a child. Immediately upon graduating from high school, Kevin joined the Army and served this great nation with distinction as a reconnaissance soldier and received various honors for service during combat. This service included guarding the borders of Europe, functioning as a liberator in the Persian Gulf War and acting as a humanitarian in Operation Provide Comfort for Kurdish Refugees in Turkey and Iraq. After being Honorably Discharged from the Army, Kevin immediately enrolled in col-
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Harris County Constable, Pct 4 2012 Republican Primary Rolf Nelson
Ron Hickman (i) Robert Lozano Dale Bible
Harris County Constable, Pct 5 2012 Republican Primary Al Florido
Robert ‘Bob’ Van Pelt Phil Camus (i)
Harris County Constable, Pct 8 2012 Republican Primary Phil Sandlin (i) Richard Goff
The 2012 Race for Harris County Republican Party Chairman Jared Woodfill (i) Paul Simpson
SIMPSON SEEKING TO UNSEAT CHAIRMAN JARED WOODFILL ON TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012
Jared Woodfill, a life-long resident of Harris County, knows that dedication and commitment equal achievement. Jared learned the meaning of hard work at a very young age. His mother, an instructor at San Jacinto College, taught him the importance of a solid education, and his father, an employee of NASA who helped bring the Apollo 13 crew home, instilled in him the desire to serve his community. Faith and family have always been important to Jared. He and his
wife, the former Celeste Ponce, have been married for almost thirteen years. Jared and Celeste attend Lakewood Church. A graduate of Clear Lake High School, the University of Texas at Austin, and a cum laude graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, Jared practices law in partnership with the distinguished Republican and former jurist Paul Pressler. Together they have defended conservative principles through their law practice. The Woodfill & Pressler law firm has offices in Houston and WOODFILL Warsaw, Poland. Jared was first elected Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party in 2002 and subsequently re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. He is currently running for his sixth term. During his tenure, Republicans in Harris County have witnessed four Republican county-wide sweeps and the last cycle produced the best results in HCRP’s 61 year history. Prior to being elected Chairman, Jared served as Chairman of the HCRP Finance Committee, and Judicial Screening Committee. He has also served as Legal Counsel to the Harris County Republican Party. Jared also served as vicechairman for Senate District 17’s District Convention and has been a delegate to numerous national, state and senatorial conventions. Additionally, Jared served as Secretary for the Texas Republican County Chairman’s Association. Jared has received numerous awards related to his conservative beliefs, including the Texas Right to Life Horizon Award, Vision America Hero of the Faith Award, Justice Foundation Defender of Life Award, JR Harris Best Supporting Role Award, and the Texas Tea Party Republican Women Appreciation Award. Jared has articulated his conservative principles in numerous periodicals and television shows, including: Houston Chronicle, New York Times, Fox News, Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman, KSEV Radio, KTRH Radio, Los Angeles Times, Local stations channel 2, 8, 11, 13, 26 and 39. He has also appeared on the O’Reilly Factor.
A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CANDIDATE SIMPSON
Paul Simpson is challenging GOP Chair Jared Woodfill in the 2012 Republican primary. A lifelong pro-life conservative, Simpson has been a Republican political leader since high school. Joining the Louisiana Teen-Age Republicans at age thirteen, he was elected state chair by the time he was sixteen. After being named National Outstanding Teen-Age Republican, Paul attended Rice University where he chaired the Young Republicans. Before graduating from Rice SIMPSON with degrees in history and engineering, Paul’s summer jobs (besides construction and offshore oil field work) included working for a national conservative organization in recruiting and mobilizing young people for conservative Republican political campaigns across the country. While working full-time in the oil and gas business as an engineer, project manager, then supervisor, Paul put himself through law school, graduating with honors from the University of Houston law school. A licensed engineer and patent lawyer, Paul’s law practice primarily involves oil and gas disputes and transactions. He has been a partner with the law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore since 2001. Paul has been an adult Scout leader since the 1990s and Chair of Boy Scout Troop 505 since 2006.
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PROTECTING TEXAS EN
GREG PA A Few Words About Me
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My story is only possible here in America. I was born in an inner city and raised by a dedicated single mother to understand the meaning of love and strength through family. I was taught the value of hard work, of getting an education and the honor of serving my country. As a U.S. Army veteran, I understand the cost exacted on those who serve and their families. I know the pain and the uncertainty our veterans and their families endure. It is their love of country, their unending pursuit of freedom, and their selfless sacrifices that continue to inspire me. I am honored to call them my brothers- and sisters-in-arms. My story is not a rags to riches story, but it is a story that proudly wears the label "Made in America." As a father, I am concerned about the future I am forging for my son and for his children after him. My passion concerning energy in Texas comes from the principles that drove my mother. She wanted to leave something better for her children, a future that was brighter, a future filled with promise and exciting possibilities. My goal is to work hard to ensure that my son and his children, as well as YOUR children, are left with something better in a world that is driven and defined by the principle of paying it forward. We can do this together. We can deliver on the promises made to us by our parents by committing to an even higher standard in creating a better future for the coming generations.
I’m Ready To Serve
After several years as a technology professional, I was elected to the Comal County Commissioners Court on November 2, 2004 and again in November 2008. I was the first African American and the youngest person to win election as a county commissioner in Comal County. I have tirelessly worked to protect our tax dollars by exposing financial mismanagement in local agencies. I have a proven record of working alongside my colleagues to keep Comal County's tax policy fair, and I am proud that our rate is one of the lowest in the state. I have worked to offer new educational benefits for county employees and to preserve land for future generations and to protect private property rights. I have spoken out frequently on a variety of national issues including: eminent domain, DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, transportation, and cap-n-trade, to name a few. In 2008 Governor Rick Perry appointed me to the State Commission on Emergency Communications. In this position I travel across the state, speaking and leading the states initiative for Next Generation 911. Since taking office, I have fought tirelessly to protect children from abuse and violence, not only in my county, but in others as well. I was proud to initiate the annual "Guardian Angel Award" which honors volunteers, non-profit agency partners, as well as law enforcement and child protective services workers who assist in preventing child abuse and neglect and who work to strengthen families.
I’m The Best Candidate
I supported our county's clean fleet strategy and electricity reduction pilot plans. As a result of our commissioners court efforts, electricity usage is down by 11% in some of our buildings. I have worked diligently to assure that we remain competitive when it comes to energy, but at the same time I recognize the importance of conservation. Our efforts in conservation were rewarded when the "State Energy Conservation Office" recognized Comal County in 2005, 2006 and then again in 2009. Energy is a passion of mine, and I have authored many articles on a variety of energy subjects, some of which are featured on this website. In 2010 I authored the book "Global Warming…Really?" which was picked as the "book of the week" by the Conservative Monitor. I am a member of the International Association for Energy Economics, the United States Association for Energy Economics, the American Society for Public Administration, Section on Environmental and Natural Resource Administration and the Texas Oil & Gas Association. I am also an adjunct professor of government at Concordia University.
I’m Asking For Your Vote
I hold a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University, a Masters of Public Administration from Walden University, and I am currently all but dissertation on my Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. My dissertation research is on "The Correlation between Urban Natural Gas Exploration and Economic Growth In the Texas Barnet Shale Play" I have also completed open courseware from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Energy Economics, Econometrics, Public Economics, Environmental Economics and Government Responses to Market Failure, Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy, Sustainable Energy. In 2009 I was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honors Society for Public Administration.
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2012 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY BALLOT PROPOSITIONS
SCHOOL CHOICE - The state should fund education by allowing dollars to follow the child instead of the bureaucracy, through a program which allows parents the freedom to choose their child’s school, public or private, while also saving significant taxpayer dollars.
YES or NO
REPEALING OBAMACARE - Congress should immediately repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) and reject the rationing of healthcare by government or the intrusion by government into the doctor - patient relationship.
YES or NO
PUBLIC PRAYER - Government should be prohibited from restricting the content of public prayer.
YES or NO
BALANCED BUDGET / CONTROLLING GOVERNMENT GROWTH - Out of control spending should be stopped at all levels of federal and state government through constitutional amendments limiting any increase in government spending to the combined increase of population and inflation, requiring voter approval.
YES or NO
REDISTRICTING - The Texas Legislature should redraw the court-imposed lines for Congress and State legislative districts in its upcoming session in order to remedy inequities. YES or NO
Big Lead With Women Gives Obama An Edge On Romney, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Christie, Rubio, Ryan Top GOP Running Mate List
President Barack Obama holds a thin 46 - 42 percent lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released resently. New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan lead the guess list for possible Romney running mates. Looking at personal characteristics, 81 percent of American voters think the president is likable, compared to 63 percent for Romney. Obama cares about their needs and problems, 57 percent say, compared to 44 percent for Romney. The Republican has strong leadership qualities, 61 percent say, compared to 60 percent for the president, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll of 2,577 American voters finds. Romney is seen as better on the economy 47 - 43 percent, better on creating jobs 45 - 42 percent, better on gas prices 44 - 31 percent and better on immigration 43 - 39 percent. The president is viewed 52 - 32 percent as better on women’s issues and 46 40 percent on foreign policy. The two men are seen equally on taxes and health care. “The presidential race remains tight. With Gov. Mitt Romney now the de facto Republican nominee, a look at how the two men are perceived by the electorate reflects much of the historic differences between the two parties in close elections, which this seems likely to be,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “President Barack Obama has a big lead among women and is seen as the candidate most in tune with their needs. He is seen as more in touch with average Americans. Republican Romney seems to hold an edge on the economy - the top issue of the campaign
- and holds his own against the incumbent on being a strong leader. His opening is that by 56 - 38 percent voters disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy.” “The gender gap remains, with Obama leading among women 49 - 39 percent and trailing slightly among men 46 - 43 percent,” said Brown. “The racial gap is even wider: Romney leads 52 - 36 percent among whites, while the president is ahead among blacks 94 - 3 percent and among Hispanics 64 - 24 percent.” Obama leads among Democrats 88 - 6 percent, while Romney leads 83 - 8 percent among Republicans and 46 - 39 percent among independent voters. More voters have an unfavorable opinion of the president, 49 percent, compared to the 45 percent who view him favorably. Romney is viewed favorably by 33 percent and unfavorably by 38 percent. First Lady Michelle Obama gets a 60 22 percent favorability rating. Ann Romney gets a 25 - 9 percent favorability with 64 percent who don’t know enough about her to form an opinion. Obama gets split 47 - 48 percent overall job approval and American voters say 49 46 percent that he does not deserve a second term in the Oval Office. Asked about potential Romney running mates, Christie, by far the best known of the potential picks, runs best with 31 percent calling him a good choice compared to 18 percent saying he would be a bad choice and 49 percent with no opinion yet. Independent voters, the key voting bloc, see Christie as a good choice 33 - 18 percent. Rubio was labeled a good choice 24 14 percent overall and 27 - 14 percent among independents, while Ryan has similar numbers, 23 - 17 percent good choice overall and 25 - 17 percent among independents. For other possible running mates, the “no opinion” count is 64 percent or higher. “Even Gov. Christopher Christie evokes a ‘no opinion’ from half the electorate, with Ryan and Rubio even more so. Other potential running mates who did not rate as highly as the three leaders are quite unknown. At this point Christie, who recently said he would not rule out running with Romney, has an edge with the public, but the vice presidency goes to the winner of an election with
one voter - Mitt Romney,” said Brown. From April 11 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,577 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feedhttp://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.
United States President 2012 Democratic Primary John Wolfe
Darcy G. Richardson
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America
President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961, to a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas. Growing up, he was also raised by his grandfather, who served in Patton’s army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to become middle management at a local bank. After working his way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, President Obama moved to Chicago, where he worked as an organizer to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants. He went on to Harvard Law School, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, he took a job teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago. He also remained active in his community, leading a drive that registered more than 150,000 voters in Illinois leading up to the 1992 election. Barack Obama was first elected to the
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Illinois State Senate in 1996. During his time in Springfield, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, he reached across the aisle to pass the farthest-reaching lobbyist reform in a generation, lock up the world’s most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by tracking federal spending online. As President, Barack Obama has dedicated himself to putting Americans back to work and restoring economic security to middle-class families. He’s been driven by the basic values that make our country great: America prospers when we’re all in it together, when hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded, and when everyone—from Main Street to Wall Street—does their fair share and plays by the same rules. United States Senate 2012 Democratic Primary Paul Sadler
Addie Dainell Allen
U.S. Representative, District 7 2012 Democratic Primary Lissa Squiers
U.S. Representative District 10 2012 Democratic Primary William E. Miller, Jr.
Tawana L. Cadien
U.S. Representative, District 22 2012 Democratic Primary Kesha Rogers K.P. George
State Representative, District 131 2012 Democratic Primary Alma A. Allen
State Representative, District 137 2012 Democratic Primary Joseph Carlos Madden Gene Wu
State Representative, District 144 2012 Democratic Primary Ornaldo Ybarra
Mary Ann Perez Kevin J. Risner
State Representative, District 146 2012 Demcratic Primary Al Edwards
Borris L. Miles
FORMER REP. EDWARDS IS SEEKING TO TAKE BACK THE HD - 146 SEAT FROM REP. MILES ON TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012
Borris L. Miles was first elected to serve as the Texas State Representative for District 146 in the House of Representatives in November of 2006. He was elected to a second term in 2010. During the 82nd Legislative Session, Representative Miles fought against Republican attempts to balance the state’s budget deficit on the backs of Texas children, the elderly and its most vulnerable citizens. He also authored legislation to expand urban farming and crack down on police brutality, and was named a Star of the Session by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association for defeating legislation to increase class sizes and erode teacher employment rights. Representative Miles is a lifelong resi-
dent of Houston; growing up in Sunnyside where he attended Jack Yates High School, “Home of the Mighty LIONS”! After high school, he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Criminal Science from Sam Houston State University. A former law enforcement officer, Miles is a successful entrepreneur and businessman, owning and operating the third largest (and most successful) African-American independent insurance agency in the United States and the #1 African-American owned agency in Texas according to his website. Started as a one-man operation in his garage apartment, today his company – Borris L. Miles Insurance — writes more than $56 million dollars in insurance premiums annually. Representative Miles is being challenged in the 2012 Democratic primary by former State Representative for House District 146 Albert “Al” Edwards. As a senior member of the State Legislature, Al Edwards served on three of the most influential Committees. He was the Chairman of the Rules and Resolutions Committee, Chairman of Budget and Oversight of the Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Appropriations Committee. State Representative, District 147 2012 Democratic Primary Ray Hill
Garnet F. Coleman
HILL IS SEEKING TO UNSEAT REP. COLEMAN ON MAY 29, 2012
Garnet F. Coleman has served the people of District 147 in the Texas House of Representatives continuously since 1991. Throughout his years of service, Representative Coleman has earned a reputation as a diligent leader in the areas of health care, economic development and education according to his website. He is currently the Senior ranking member of the Public Health Committee as well as the Chairman of the County Affairs Committee. Representative
STATE REP. COLEMAN
Coleman also serves as a member of the Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding, which is charged with ensuring that the state maximize its share of funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Representative Coleman and his wife, Angelique, reside in Houston's University Oaks neighborhood. They have two children, Austin and Evan.
Member, State Board of Education, District 6 2012 Democratic Primary David Scott
Member, State Board of Education, District 8 2012 Democratic Primary Dexter Smith
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Steven E. Kirkland
A MESSAGE FROM JUDGE STEVEN KIRKLAND FOR DEMOCRATIC VOTERS I’M QUALIFIED
I earned my Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston’s Law Center. The son of a truckdriver, I am the first of my family to graduate college. I worked my way through law school as a paralegal at Texaco, graduated cum laude from the University of Houston’s Law Center, and earned a position as an environmental litigator for the Company. After leaving Texaco, I helped the citizens of East Houston and Harris County fight air pollution by suing the plants that regularly released toxic pollutants into the air. In addition KIRKLAND to extensive environmental experience, my legal background includes commercial, bankruptcy, transactional and non-profit law. I’M EXPERIENCED
I am currently the judge of this court which has over 1700 civil cases pending. The cases range from complicated commercial contract disputes to personal injuries in an auto accident to tax delinquencies. I began my judicial career in 2001, as Municipal Judge for the City of Houston where I served until 2008 when I was elected to this bench. “Houston is a microcosm of the world, and that fact is proven to us every day in municipal courts. My favorite part of the job is meeting the people. Every day, I get to look at the world through someone else’s eyes and that is truly exciting.” I’M FAIR
In the May 2011 Houston Bar Association poll, 73% of the lawyers responding had a favorable view of my Courtroom. In December 2006, the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County recognized my work in making our Courts accessible. The Coalition named me their Government Friend of the Homeless Award for developing and implementing Houston’s Homeless Recovery Court, the first such Court in the State of Texas. The Homeless Court allows people who are working through programs at various homeless shelters to clear up delinquent traffic tickets and other Class C misdemeanor warrants by performing community service at their shelters. This allows people to move forward into productive lives. This is a win-win for us all. OFF THE BENCH
Off the bench, I am an advocate for responsible redevelopment of near town neighborhoods by participating in projects and groups that promote the inclusion of affordable housing in redevelopment plans, the preservation of historic architecture, and the provision of public infrastructure and amenities that improve the quality of life for inner city Houstonians. In 1991, I joined with like minded neighbors as a founding board member of Avenue Community Development Corporation. For ten years, I served on the board and my life partner Mark Parthie continues serving today. Avenue has grown over the years and built or restored over 350 units of affordable housing in the Near Northside and Washington Avenue Corridors. Just prior to my full time appointment to the Municipal Courts, I served as Director of Rental Housing at Avenue. My historic preservation efforts have been recognized by the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. In 1996, my business partners and I received the Good
Brick Award for Neighborhood Revitalization for a block face of properties we restored in the Old Sixth Ward. Two of my projects at Avenue CDC were also recognized: the Summer Street Rentals and the Elder Street Lofts (formerly the Jefferson Davis Hospital). I am an advocate for human rights, including participating in the election campaign of Annise Parker, Houston’s first openly gay or lesbian officeholder as Campaign Chair and Treasurer, serving on the board of Stonewall Lawyers (formerly Bar Association of Houston Rights), serving as Secretary and Councilmember for the State Bar of Texas Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues and numerous Houston based political campaigns. I have served the citizens of Houston and Texas in a number of ways including: Vice Chair, Old Sixth Ward Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board; Secretary, Houston Buyers Club; Chair, Abandoned & Contaminated Sites Subcommittee, Houston Foresight II Committee; Member - Houston’s Committee for Sustainable Community Redevelopment; Founding Board Member & Past President - Avenue Community Development Corporation. Judge Kirkland is being challenged by fellow Democrat Elaine H. Palmer a native Houstonian, and practicing attorney for more than 14 years in the 2012 Democratic Primary.
Harris County District Attorney 2012 Democratic Primary Lloyd Wayne Oliver Zack Fertitta
Harris County Sheriff 2012 Democratic Primary Adrian Garcia
Delores Ann Jones Charles El Massey
SERGEANT DELORES ANN JONES IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE
“I am a 26 1/2 year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and I am the right women for the Office of Harris County Sheriff. I am hardworking, dedicated to my community, and capable of effecting change for the betterment of Harris County citizens. Believing “It takes A Village To Raise A Child”, I also believe it takes law enforcement of all entities and our community to make Harris County a better and safer place to live and work. Let’s work together to “Build Bridges.” First African American Female to run for the Office of Harris County Sheriff. I have over 26 Years of Law Enforcement Experience with the Harris County JONES Sheriff office. I am currently a Sergeant; certified Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officor Standards and Education Certified Instructor; a Master Peace Officer and in charged with leading a large staff in my capacity as Sergeant with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.” For more information on Sergeant Delores Jones, please see her advertiement on page (10) of this issue. And don’t forget to support the candidates who support you!
County Commissioner, Precinct 3 2012 Democratic Primary A. Robert Hassan
County Commissioner, -- Precinct 4, -- Unexpired Term 2012 Democratic Primary Sean Hammerle Dave Wilson
County Justice of the Peace, -- Precinct 3, Place 1 2012 Democratic Primary Latonya Marie Allen Mike Parrott
County Constable, Precinct 1 2012 Democratic Primary Richard Talamantez Quincy Whitaker
Grady Castleberry Cindy Vara-Leija Jaime Tellez, Jr.
JAIME TELLEZ, JR. IS ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE ON ELECTION DAY
JAIME TELLEZ, JR. IS THE RIGHT DEMOCRAT!!!!
For more information on Attorney Jaime Tellez, Jr., please see his advertiement on page (10) of this issue. And don’t forget to support the candidates who support you!
County Constable, Precinct 2 2012 Democratic Primary Lee Hernandez Joe Martinez
Christopher “Chris” Diaz Danny Avalos Daniel Vela
Victor L. Archer, Sr. Ruben Loreto
Jeff L. Freeman
County Constable, Precinct 3 2012 Democratic Primary Ken Jones Eric Reed
County Constable, Precinct 6 2012 Democratic Primary Richard “Rick” Gonzales Victor Trevino, Jr. Gilbert Reyna
County Constable, Precinct 7 2012 Democratic Primary Sam Hayes
H.B. “Rickey” Spivey, Jr.
County School Board Trustee, Position 3, At-Large 2012 Democratic Primary David Rosen
County School Board Trustee, Position 6, Precinct 1 2012 Democratic Primary Jarvis Johnson
Reagan Flowers Erica S. Lee
The 2012 Race for Harris County Democratic Party Chairman Lane Lewis
Keryl Burgess Douglas
DOUGLAS SEEKING TO UNSEAT CHAIRMAN LANE LEWIS ON TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012
Lane Lewis is the current Harris County Democratic Party Chairman. He was elected unanimously in December 2011. Lewis has dedicated his life to serving the people of Houston. The proud son of a teacher and factory supervisor in Pasadena, Texas, Lane understood from an early LEWIS age the value of hard work and helping others. Lewis began his career of service as a licensed Social Worker in Houston. He discovered a passion for helping others during his first job in the field, working with adolescents. The youth he worked with struggled with poverty, abuse, abandonment, drugs and alcohol. In 2009, after serving as elementary school teacher, Lewis unsuccessfully ran for Houston City Council in District A. During this race, Lane was able to use his grassroots organizing experience, his ability to fundraise, and his willingness to work longer and harder than his opponents to make it out of a crowded primary and into a runoff in the most conservative council district in the city. Lewis began serving as the Chair for Senate District 15 in 2009. In that capacity he led his Senate District in implementing a program called “24 15.” This field intensive program relied on paid and volunteer phone banks over many weeks, aimed at talking to potential Democratic voters. This program was a huge success and is a testament to Lane’s experience as a grassroots organizer and someone that is willing to go the extra mile to see Democrats elected. Lewis has a compelling vision for the Harris County Democratic Party. But to implement his full vision he must get past Kerly Burgess Douglas his Democratic primary challenger on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CANDIDATE DOUGLAS
Attorney Keryl Douglas graduated summa cum laude, with a standing of #5 out of her class of 202 students, from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in May 2008. She passed the Bar upon first attempt, qualifying to petition into the D.C. Bar without examination, and was admitted to State of Texas Bar in Nov. 2008, and to the Federal Bar in 2010. In addition to being founder and owner of Optimum Solutions Consulting, Keryl Douglas currently practices law in the City of Houston. She has also served in capacities wherein she was responsible for implementing public affairs strategies, lobbying, and fund development. An accomplished mediator and Attorney, she is also a legal journalist and analyst, writing a weekly legal column for the Houston Sun DOUGLAS Newspaper; and frequent legal/political analyst for a local radio program. She is an appointed ad litem for local family and probate courts, as well as a frequent moderator and panelist/educator for diverse legal seminars. She heads legal education/advocacy for Friends of Emancipation Park Board of Directors. A prolific public speaker and speech writer, she has also served as a licensed insurance agent and structured settlement consultant. Her business acumen has also assisted many other entrepreneurs achieve success and opportunity. Her personal entrepreneurial endeavors have most recently expanded to include motivational fitness, writing, and publishing.
------------------------------------------------------Don’t forget that early voting will be taking place from Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 25, 2012.
THE OWEN REPORT YOURTHOUGHTMATTERS.COM -- SPECIAL (MAY 11 - 18, 2012) POLITICAL EDITION OF PEOPLE ON THE MOVE NEWSPAPER
PUBLISHED BY MAYOR ALLEN OWEN Mayor Allen Owen Has Served Missouri City, Texas For Over 35 years
- MAY 2012 - EDITION #1
“The Show Me City” is the Region’s Most Diverse City
ecent U.S. Census figures show “The Show Me City” as having more than 68,447 residents with 37% being black, 36% being white, 17% being Hispanic and 15% being Asian.
“Middle class Americans looking to purchase homes find Missouri City an appealing choice because of its immediate proximity to Houston, its strong economic and job growth, low crime rate, excellent schools, affordable housing and plentiful green space for recreation,” said Mayor Allen Owen. The mayor’s remarks are in response to the recently released Rice University study showing that Missouri City has surpassed Houston as the region’s most diverse cities. He says that families looking for an overall quality of life for their families may find affordable home choices
limited in Houston. The median home value in Missouri such as Ben E. Keith, Warren Alloy, Lufkin Automation City is $152,800, according to the 2010 US Census. and Global Geophysical. And, in the past six years, the Missouri City’s ranking by Rice University, adds to prior City’s commercial tax base has grown from 15 to 24 perdistinctions as one of “America’s Best Places to Live” by cent, leading to the creation of 800 new jobs. “New comMoney Magazine, “One of the Safest Cities in America” by panies coming here will add an additional one-thousand Congressional Quarterly and “Best Value” plus positions,” Owen said. for golfers by Avid Magazine. “We’re proud Community and business partthat we are a community of choice, and apnerships make a difference in Missouri MISSOURI CITY parently so are those who have chosen to City’s overall appeal. Planned commumake Missouri City their home,” Owen said. nity developments offer beautiful suburUS Census figures also break down “The Show Me ban housing options, funding from the Texas Department City’s” 68,447-resident population as 37 percent of Transportation has greatly improved mobility citywide black, 36 percent white, 17 percent Hispanic origin with improvements on most major arterials and Houston and 15 percent Asian. Community College has expanded its former City campus “We are known as a family community, and 86 percent of to a new location off State Highway 6 in Missouri City. our residents represent family households; 51 percent have “Our citizens, business owners and City staff have associate or higher degrees, and 90 percent are high school worked hard to create a balance of work and play in our graduates,” Owen noted. “Of residents who work outside the community,” Owen said. “With 20 parks, representing 393 home, the Census shows 75 percent of those who are 16 acres and 566 acres of undeveloped land, two champiand older are employed in white-collar positions.” onship golf courses at Quail Valley Golf Course, exciting Just as it is a draw for families, Missouri City is also annual family-oriented events and rich historical traditions, attracting the attention of many prominent companies we encourage everyone to discover Missouri City.”
No Mayoral Election for Missouri City This Year:
FROM MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS MAYOR ALLEN OWEN -- MAY 2012
ayor Allen Owen has called Missouri City home for him and his family for 35 plus years; and has been involved in every aspect of the city’s progress in recent years as well. He recently made his desire to continue his service as the Mayor of Missouri City official by filing the necessary paperwork; and received no challengers in his bid to be re-elected as the Mayor of “The Show Me City” as Missouri City is affectionally called by people throughout the region.
MAYOR ALLEN OWEN HAS DONE A GREAT JOB
“In the last two years the current city council and I have worked successfully to bring thousands of new jobs and more businesses, police and fire personnel, parks and hike and bike trails, traffic and mobility improvements than this city has ever experienced before,” says Mayor Owen. “I love every part of this city. There are critical projects and issues ahead for us all. Together we can continue to make this one of America’s most exciting suburban cities to raise a family, build a business, retire, enjoy and grow; but sensible growth with the least taxes possible is what we’re trying to achieve,” Owen proclaims.
ily Counseling Center. Mayor Allen Owen and his wife Jane are active members of First United Methodist Church. They have three grown children and 2 granddaughters. He is a graduate of SMU’s Graduate School of Finance and Banking, as well as the Stephen F. Austin State University. His daughter teaches in local public schools; and he’s proud to say that he’s been active in public education all his life.
MAYOR ALLEN OWEN
Before becoming Mayor in 1994, Mayor Owen served eight years on Missouri City’s City Council including his tenure as Mayor Pro-Tem; and before that He served five years as Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the city. Mayor Allen Owen also serves as Wells Fargo Bank’s Senior VP - Texas Government Liaison; and has been with his wife Jane for 45 years. He’s active at the local YMCA, United Way, March of Dimes and other civic and business efforts including his service with the Fort Bend Chamber, Fort Bend Women’s Center, Fort Bend Literacy Council, Fort Bend Fair Association, and the Fort Bend Community Justice Council as well. Mayor Owen knows what it means to serve. And his commitment to serving others can be felt not only in Missouri City; but also in Harris and Fort Bend counties as well. He’s proud of his many decades of service as a Lifetime Vice President/Director of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. He’s also proud to be a past President of the Texas 4H Foundation; a Board Member on the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council; an Honorary Chairman of the Missouri City Area NAACP Annual Gala; and of his service as President of the Asian American Fam-
MISSOURI CITY HAS BEEN EXPERIENCING COMMERCIAL GROWTH
From 2005 to 2011 Missouri City’s overall property tax base increased from 15% to 25% thanks to the hard work of Mayor Allen Owen and others. The development of (2) two business parks – Beltway Crossing (just off S. Gessner) and the Lakeview Business Park (just off Buffalo run at Fondren) are part of the reason for the 25% increase in Missouri City’s tax base according to Mayor Owen.
What’s going on at Beltway Crossing (S. Gessner area) of Missouri City:
1): Ben E Keith – Nov. 2007 bought 82 acres; and started construction on their 450,000+ square foot office/distribution facility on July 14th this past year. They plan to be open by the end of January of 2013. They will employ about 350 initially and will be Missouri City’s largest private employer. 2): Stream Realty (a major developer) initially bought 32 acres and built 2 buildings on it, The first building (Charming Charles) has over 116,000 square of floor space; and the other spans more than 166,000 square foot and is for Professional Packaging. Stream Realty also recently announced
Missouri City Is A Great Place To Live, Work & Play
they would be starting construction on (2) two more specs totaling over 200,000 square foot of space. 3): Star Precision Fabricating, bought 10 acres on S. Gessner and within a couple of years will construct a 100,000 square foot building; completed construction of a 30,000 square foot facility on that property, for Royalty Metal Finishing — one of their suppliers, who employs about 25 workers. 4): Last December, Mayor Allen Owen announced that CookieBaker LLC bought 22 acres at the corner of S. Gessner & Cravens Rd. and has plans to construct a 267,000 square foot bakery production/warehouse at that location. The total investment will be over $40M and initially employ 110 and increase to over 300 as production increases.
What’s going on at Lakeview Business Park (Buffalo Run at Fondren) area of Missouri City:
1): Southwest Electronic Energy purchased 5 acres and started construction on their 52,000 square foot office/manufacturing facility for their new headquarters. Southwest Electronic Energy is a company that designs and assembles Lithium-ion batteries. This company is relocating from Stafford and will initially employ about 75 employees. 2): Warren Alloy & Fittings recently purchased a 152,000 square foot building along with 5 acres and will relocate their stainless steel pipe, fittings and flange business from Houston. They’re bringing about 120 new jobs to Missouri City. Warren Alloy & Fittings’ inventory alone is valued at more than $65 million dollars. 3): Allied Fittings, the sister company of Warren Alloy & Fittings, also purchased 31 acres next door to the location that was purchased by Warren Allow & Fittings and within a couple of years will start construction on a 350,000 square foot office/distribution facility. Allied Fittings is a distributor of carbon steel pipes, fittings and flanges. They will be bringing about 200 jobs to Missouri City when construction is completed. Allied Fittings’ inventory is valued at more than $70 million dollars. 4): Mayor Allen Owen is currently working with a prospect that has 41 acres under contract and has plans to construct a 320,000 square foot office/warehouse facility at that location. This prospect would employ over 200 workers when their construction is completed. The Inventory of this particular prospect is valued at more than $109 million dollars. 5): The city of Missouri City currently has a new “City Community Center” under construction. This two-story 25,000 square foot facility with a 2nd floor ballroom that will seat over 300 persons is expected to be completed very soon. 6): The city of Missouri City also has a new “Tennis and Recreation Center” under construction at the Old Quail Valley Tennis Center is being designed by community input; and will have 12 tennis courts. This fine facility will also some equipped with a gym, fitness rooms, batting cages, meeting rooms, basketball courts, and much more. The new Missouri City “Tennis and Recreation Center is expected to be completed over the next few months.
NEW RESTAURANTS PLANNED OR CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION
1): Polo Campero is coming Missouri City at the corner of Hwy 6 and Glenn Lakes. Polo Campero is a Latin flavored chicken restaurant that will be free standing. 2): Don Julio’s Mexican Restaurant is coming to Missouri City. Don Julio’s will be located behind CVS off Sienna Parkway and Hwy 6. 3): Denis Homestyle Kitchen is coming to Missouri City and will be located next to the Spec’s in the LA Fitness center on Hwy 6.
Nazism’s Kitchen which opened at 5211 Hwy 6; Einstein Bros Bakery which opened in front of Lowe’s on Hwy 6; and Blu Water Fish Market which opened in the location where the old Arby’s was located.
MISSOURI CITY IS A GREAT PLACE TO OPEN YOUR RETAIL BUSINESS
NEW RETAIL OPENINGS: Missouri City became the new home for a brand new 55 room La Quinta, which opened next to the current Wal-Mart on Hwy 6 at the end of December; a new 9 screen Star Cinema Grill which opened at Hwy 6 at Dulles; a new Petco which opened in the Ft. Bend Town Center; a new Valero and Car Wash which opened at Sienna Ranch and Hwy 6; and a brand new Warehouse Pool Supply last year.
MISSOURI CITY IS A AN AWESOME PLACE TO DO BUSINESS
NEW COMPANIES OPENING: Missouri City is the place where Flair Flexible Packaging, is opening a 49,000 square foot building in Lakeview Business Park. Flair Flexible Packaging is bringing 25 new jobs to Missouri City. 2): Missouri City is the place where Kusha Foods is opening up shop in a 38,000 square foot building in Lakeview Business Park. Kusha Foods is expected to bring 20
new jobs to Missouri City. 3): Missouri City is the place where Royalty Metal Finishing is opening in a 30,000 square foot building on S. Gessner. Royalty Metal Finishing is expected bring 25 new jobs to Missouri City.
*MORE COMPANIES OPENING: Missouri City is the place where Fluroseal Valves is opening up shop in a 7,000 square foot building on S. Gessner; HIS Mechanical is opening up shop in a 20,000 square foot building adjacent to Charming Charlie’s; GBI Partners is opening up shop in a 6,000 square foot facility at 13340 S. Gessner; Cemex is opening up shop in a 20,000 square foot facility next to Charming Charlies; Oyster Creek Manor has chosen to open a new location; and Senior Living apartments will open at Trammel Fresno and 6.
MISSOURI CITY IS REALLY GROWING/DEVELOPING
NEW PROJECTS UNDER DEVELOPMENT: The new Missouri City Wal-Mart is right on schedule at Hwy 6 and Lake Shore Harbour — 8 pad sites are planned as part of this development; and is expected to be completed by the 4th Quarter of this year. 2): Missouri City will also be the home of 2 new buildings planned to be located across Hwy 6 at Sienna Parkway. One of the buildings will be home to a mattress company and other an Emergency Clinic. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------POLITICAL AD PAID FOR BY THE ALLEN OWEN CAMPAIGN FOR MAYOR, 2022 MASTERS LANE, MISSOURI CITY, TX 77459
Ben E. Keith Groundbreaking Brings Prestigious Growth to Missouri City, Texas
he turning of dirt at the groundbreaking for a is the wedding. It’s a huge day for the City. We waited four half-million-square-foot Ben E. Keith Distrilong years and it was well worth the wait because we did it bution Facility in Missouri City last March right. I cannot express in words how important this is for Misbrings with it hundreds of new jobs, other ecosouri City—to the tax base, to an employment base and to nomic development what it means to the community. And my projects and a prestigious company that next promise is to bring commuter rail to MISSOURI CITY chose the “Show Me” City for its 82-acre this location in the future.” site with the future opportunity to expand Ben E. Keith Foods is now the to more than 1 million square feet. eighth largest broad-line distributor in the Mayor Allen Owen likened the groundbreaking cerenation, with six distribution centers serving South Central mony, held inside a large white tent set up at the site of the fuUSA –Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, ture distribution headquarters on Cravens Road near South Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, Tennessee, and Missouri. Gessner Road, to a wedding. The company’s warehouse and other buildings will serve “First you have the dating period, then the engagement southeast Texas and Louisiana and create about 300 jobs. It experiod, then you set the date for the wedding and finally today pects to start operations in Fall of 2012 or Winter of 2013.
NEW RESTAURANTS OPENED IN MISSOURI CITY
New Restaurants Opened in 2011
Missouri City became the new home for the new Red Oak Grill which opened at the corner of Hwy 6 and Colonial Lakes, next to Goodwill store; Carl’s Jr. which opened off Hwy 6 in front of Lowes; 5 Guys Hamburgers which opened in the strip center with AT&T — in front of Lowes; Bogies Pub & Grill which opened at Cartwright & Dulles; 7 Spice Cajun Kitchen which opened on Texas Parkway next to Wing Stop; Fuzzy’s Taco Shop which opened in the strip center in front of Star Cinema Grill next to Springcreek BBQ; Subway which opened a new location at 4225 Sienna Parkway; Great Kahn Mongolian BBQ which opened up in the retail space where Panera Bread was located; Chipotle Mexican Grill which opened on Hwy 6 in front of Lowe’s; Hogg’s ‘N Chicks which relocated to a larger facility at 8818 Hwy 6;
MISSOURI CITY IS GROWING: Joining forces to celebrate the ceremonial groundbreaking for a half-million-squarefoot Ben E. Keith Distribution Facility in Missouri City on March 22, are from left: Robbie Fish, General Manager, Ben E. Keith Foods-Houston Division, City Manager Frank Simpson, Councilman Danny Nguyen, Councilman Bobby Marshall, Mayor Allen Owen, Councilman Don Smith, Councilman Robin Elackatt, Councilman Brett Kolaja and Mike Roach, President Ben E. Keith Foods.Photo courtesy of Missouri City.
Let’s keep Donald Lawrence Lifted Up In Prayer
Gospel star Donald Lawrence recently made an announcement that he was battling cancer while performing at a post-game concert for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. According to a report on the Yolanda Adams morning show, during the concert, Lawrence introduced the audience to some of his singer as he sang the song 'Not Making Sense, Making Faith,' he revealed his battle with cancer. According to the report, Lawrence explained that this was the first time in 3 months that he had performed, because he is currently seeking cancer treatment in Los Angeles. Lawrence said that he disconnected from everybody, and put his faith in God testifying that today there is no sign of cancer in his body. It isn't known what type of cancer Lawrence is battling. “Let’s keep Donald Lawrence lifted up in prayer.” - AUBREY RECOGNITION
Congratulations to Businessman Amar Panchal on recently being named Entrepreneur of the year
Akraya CEO, Amar Panchal was recently named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Ernst & Young LLP announced that Amar Panchal, CEO of Akraya, Inc, an awardwinning IT staffing & PANCHAL consulting company, was named a semifinalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 program in the Northern California region. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Finalists will be named in May, with awards being presented at a special gala on June 2nd at the Fairmont San Francisco. RECOGNITION
Congratulations to Jenard S. Jenkins on being named Press Secretary of the HCDP
Jenard S. Jenkins was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas. After graduation from South Grand Prairie High School, he attended Ranger College in Ranger, Texas, where he was an Honors graduate, JENKINS before moving to Houston to complete his education at Texas Southern University. After a 12-year career in law, Jenard
moved into the Oil, Gas & Energy industry, joining Devon Energy Corporation in 2007. Before rising to HCDP Press Secretary, Jenard served 3 years as Chairman of Communications. He has long worked in Democratic politics and his last position prior to joining HCDP was as a Campaign Staffer for then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in Jefferson County, Colorado. RECOGNITION
Congratulations to Edberto Willies on being named Chairman of the HCDP Communications Committee
Egberto Willies is a political activist, author, business owner, software developer, web designer, and mechanical engineer in Kingwood, TX. He is an ardent Liberal that believes tolerance is essential. His WILLIES favorite phrase is “political involvement should be a requirement for citizenship” and believes that we must get away from the current policies that reward those who simply move money/capital and produce nothing tangible for our society. If a change in policy does not occur, America will be no different than many oligarchic societies where a few are able to accumulate wealth while the rest are left out because it is mathematically impossible to catch up. Egberto is currently President of the Kingwood Area Democrats and a CNN iReporter. INFORMATION
American Voters Say Happy Days Aren't Quite Here, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Approve Of Detroit Bailout
The surge of economic optimism may have stalled as American voters say 41 - 35 percent they are worse off financially than four years ago, and 51 percent don't expect their personal financial situation to change in the next 12 months, while 32 percent expect it to get better and 13 percent expect it to get worse, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters say 68 - 27 percent the economy is in a recession, but say 53 - 43 percent it has begun to recover, the independent Quinnipiac (KWINuh-pe-ack) University poll finds. The U.S. Supreme Court should overturn the 2010 health care law, voters say 49 - 38 percent. And voters say 62 - 27 percent the Supreme Court should uphold Arizona's immigration law. By 53 - 41 percent voters approve of the government bailout of the auto industry and believe the bailout has been a success 50 - 38 percent. Democrats approve of the bailout 78 - 17 percent while Republicans disapprove 59 - 34 percent. Independent voters split 49 - 46 percent. "A small majority of American voters think the economy is improving, but the groundswell of optimism we saw in recent months seems to have
hit a wall," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Last October, voters said 77 - 20 percent the country was in recession. By February public opinion was rosier with voters saying 66 - 30 percent the country was in recession, a solid positive move. "But now, voters say 68 - 27 percent, we are in a recession. The momentum has slowed if not reversed. Similarly, in September voters said 68 28 percent the economy was NOT beginning to recover which turned to 54 - 43 percent in February that it WAS beginning to recover. But now that number has stalled with voters saying 53 43 the economy has begun to recover." Democrats, who tend to have lower incomes than Republicans, say 51 - 23 percent they are better off than four years ago. They are worse off, Republicans say 55 - 24 percent and independent voters say 46 - 32 percent. African-Americans, who as a group have lower incomes than whites, say 55 - 21 percent they are better off. Hispanics also say they are better off 40 - 35 percent, while whites say worse off 46 - 31 percent. "It is symbolic of the yawning political divide in this country that even when asked about their financial situation many voters seem to see the answer through a political prism involving their views about Barack Obama's presidency," said Brown. "It is a reasonable presumption that folks for the president see a need to say they have done better to show support for the president - no matter what they have in their wallet. Those who are anti-Obama feel a need to say he has hurt them financially - even if they're on the upper side of the income scale." Asked about the next 12 months, Democrats say 40 - 7 percent, Republicans 23 - 17 percent and independents 32 - 14 percent that things will get better for them in the next year. Optimistic are black voters 59 - 6 percent, whites 27 - 14 percent and Hispanics 41 - 8 percent. American voters give the Supreme Court a 52 - 31 percent job approval rating, higher than approval ratings for President Obama or for Democrats or Republicans in Congress. Democrats want the high court to uphold the health care law 70 - 16 percent. The court should overturn it, Republicans say 80 - 9 percent and independent voters say 55 - 33 percent. On immigration, there is a smaller partisan divide and Hispanic voters are divided as 45 percent want the court to uphold the Arizona law while 43 percent want the law overturned. From April 11 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,577 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. ----------------------------------------------------------The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data, call (203) 582-5201. INFORMATION
Komen Will Fund Planned Parenthood Affiliates Susan G. Komen for the Cure has announced that it plans to fund at least seventeen Planned Parenthood affiliates in 2012, roughly the same number that received grants from Komen last year, the LESLIE AUN Washington Post reports. The announcement comes at a time when the two women's health organizations are working to repair their relationship, which was badly damaged after Komen said it would defund Planned Parenthood affiliates amid an inquiry launched by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) to determine whether the reproductive health care provider was using public funds to pay for abortion services. Although Komen quickly reversed its decision following a torrent of criticism from women and Planned Parenthood supporters, the backlash resulted in fundraising losses and a number of high-profile resignations at Komen affiliates around the country. The total amount to be awarded by Komen has not been announced, but Planned Parenthood has said that nineteen of its seventy-nine affiliates received a total of about $680,000 from the breast cancer charity in 2011. Because not all Komen affiliates begin their fiscal year
on April 1, additional grants may be announced over the next few months. "We know that people have been upset and concerned about recent events," Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun told the Post. "We've acknowledged our missteps and apologized. People need to know that we have not and never will walk away from women in need. There is no one filling the gap in services the way that Komen is." COMMENTS
Statement of State Rep. Ron Reynolds on his arrest on Tuesday, April 24th
HOUSTON, Texas -- "In the early evening of Tuesday, April 24, 2012, I was arrested for the alleged violation of a law known as barratry, or the unlawful solicitation of clients by lawyers. While the facts of the case have yet to be disREYNOLDS closed to me, it is my intent to fully cooperate with the prosecutors who are pursuing the charges," said Rep. Reynolds.
"I maintain my innocence and plan to vigorously defend myself against all allegations. Although it appears that the charges filed against me are politicized, I do not take the matter lightly. In fact, since becoming an elected official, I have voted for new laws holding lawyers guilty of barratry more accountable to their victims. It is my hope that the truth regarding the allegations will soon be made clear. I have full confidence in our judicial system and look forward to a prompt resolution." ANNOUNCEMENT
Republican Launching Effort to Loosen Democratic Grip On African American Voters
According to a recently released poll by Quinnipiac University President Barack Obama has a stunning 94-3 lead over Mitt Romney among blacks. However, the Republican National Committee is launching a "black Americans" outreach program as part of their "strategic partnerships" initiative aimed at courting groups that have traditionally leaned Democratic according to a recent CNN report by Peter Hamby. The RNC has already launched similar efforts aimed at women and Hispanics. You can find out more about those efforts by visiting GOP.COM. This new website is slated to feature testimonials from some of the party's most prominent black elected officials, including Florida Rep. Allen West, South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott and Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. "We highlight our elected officials so people understand that we do have Republicans that are elected that are black," said RNC co-chair Sharon Day, the committee's coalitions director. "I don't care if they are a mosquito sprayer or a dog catcher in Arizona, or Jennifer Carroll or Allen West. We have black conservative leaders who stand for their principles." She said the concerns of African American voters are chiefly economic. "We need to explain our values to them," Day told CNN. "To be honest with you, their values and our values are more similar than dissimilar. They are not Democratic values, they are Republican values." "Whether it's African Americans or Caribbean blacks or Asian Americans, the issues are the same," she said. "They want a job, a strong economy, a good education for their children. Those are the things that matter. As Republicans we can bring those things to the table." According to Day this special website will be earmarked for African American outreach and recuiting black candidates. "It would be great if Texas would follow the RNC's lead," says Aubrey R. Taylor, founder of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. "African Americans in Texas need to also be made aware of the history of the Republican Party of Texas. Most folks in Texas don't even know that
THIS NEXT EDITION OF THIS NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY AUBREY R. TAYLOR COMMUNICATIONS WILL BE RELEASED ON FRIDAY, MAY 18TH CALL TODAY FOR INCLUSION. throughout Reconstruction African Americans comprised about 90% of GOP membership.
THE TEXAS REPUBLICAN PARTY
Today’s Texas Republican Party was founded in 1854 by a group of Mid-Western abolitionists opposed to the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, which allowed a choice of slavery in the new territories of Kansas and Nebraska. Texas, which had become a state in 1845, was right in the middle of the heated slavery controversy. Most state leaders were Democrats prior to the Civil War, and thus supported the pro-slavery Confederacy. But President Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, gained the support of Texas Republicans and several prominent state leaders, like Sam Houston, Texas’ first Governor. However, most of those who decided to support Lincoln’s decision to defend the Union were forced from office, and Democrats succeeded in allying Texas with the Confederacy. The effects of the Civil War and its aftermath would be felt for more than a century throughout the South, and especially in Texas. For its first two generations, Texas had known only honor, victory and valor. Though Texans never lost a battle at home during the Civil War, the Union army under orders from a Republican President marched in and occupied the Lone Star State after the Confederacy surrendered. For the first time, Texas would not be victorious. The next four generations of Texans would not forgive the Republican Party. ANNOUNCEMENT
African American were the Major Supporters of the Republican Party of Texas in the beginning
African Americans were one group of Texans that would consistently support the Republican Party in Texas in those early years. In fact, throughout Reconstruction, African Americans comprised about 90% of GOP membership, and 44 African Americans served in the Texas legislature as Republicans. It was through the hard work of a number of dedicated African American men and women that the earliest foundations of the Republican Party of Texas were laid. The first ever state Republican convention that met in Houston on July 4, 1867 was predominantly African American in composition, with about 150 African American Texans attending, and 20 Anglos. The second State GOP Chairman, Norris Wright Cuney, an African-American from Galveston who led the Republican Party from 1883 to 1897, is said by State historians to have held “the most important political position given to a black man of the South in the nineteenth century.” ANNOUNCEMENT
The RNC Leadership Chairman Reince Priebus
Reince Priebus was elected Chairman of the Republican National Committee on January 14, 2011. In his first year as Chairman, Reince oversaw a dramatic turnaround of the RNC, building it into a strong and effective organization for electing Republicans in 2012. Under Reince’s leadership, the RNC raised more major donor money in an off year than in the history of the RNC. At the same time, the RNC has broken new ground, deploying new communication strategies and innovative technology for voter outreach. PRIEBUS Reince is committed to uniting the Republican Party to reach our common goal – electing Republicans. With sound fiscal stewardship, a dedication to conservative principles, and a message of freedom and prosperity, Reince continues to lead the party toward victory in 2012. A successful chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Reince created the framework that brought about one of the most historic election cycles Wisconsin has ever experienced. During Reince’s tenure, Republicans in Wisconsin not only defeated Russ Feingold by electing citizen legislator Ron Johnson to the Senate, but they gained two additional U.S. House seats, won the Governor’s office, took back both the state Assembly and the state Senate and defeated the leaders of both of those chambers. Reince has a long history in Republican pol-
itics, having served on his first campaign at the age of 16. Since then, he worked his way up through the ranks of the Republican Party of Wisconsin as 1st Congressional District Chairman, State Party Treasurer, First Vice Chair, and eventually State Party Chairman. In 2009 Reince served as General Counsel to the RNC, a role in which he volunteered his time to help manage the RNC’s most difficult challenges. A proud native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Reince is happily married to his wife, Sally. They have two young children, Jack and Grace. ANNOUNCEMENT
The RNC Leadership Co-Chairman Sharon Day
Sharon Day was elected Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee on January 14, 2011. From 2009-2011, she served as RNC Secretary. She has served the Republican Party at the local, state and national level for more than 20 years. Sharon has built several businesses in the insurance and marketing industry, creating jobs for hundreds of individuals and families. She has used that private sector success in the political arena working for candidates, committees and groups that believe in the power of small businesses and the free market system. Sharon has been a member of the Broward County, Florida Republican Executive committee since 1994 and State SHARON DAY Committeewoman from Broward County since 1996. She has served as Florida’s National Committeewoman since 2004 before her election as Secretary of the RNC. During the election recount of 2000 Sharon played an important role by identifying and deploying Republican ballot counters in Broward County to ensure a balanced and transparent review occurred. Following that effort, she was appointed to serve on the Committee for Election Reform for the State of Florida by Governor Jeb Bush. In 2006, Sharon was elected one of eight members on the site selection committee for the 2008 RNC Convention, where she was also selected as Chairman of the Convention’s Special Events. She was appointed to the Committee on Arrangements for 2008 and has received a similar appointment for the 2012 Convention in her home state of Florida. Among other areas of her community service, Sharon was appointed by both Governor Bush and Governor Crist to the Broward County Housing Authority where she previously served as the Chair. Additionally, Sharon serves as a Commissioner on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. During her service to the Republican Party, Sharon has recruited numerous successful candidates and worked closely with party activists and supporters to spread the Republican message of less taxes, less spending and more freedom. In addition she looks to continuing GOP success in the future through the use of the latest technology. Sharon was born in Texas, but resides in Ft. Lauderdale with husband, Larry. They earlier counted Indiana as home. Two sons and five grandchildren are a great source of pride. ANNOUNCEMENT
The RNC Leadership Treasurer Tony Parker
On January 14th, 2011, Anthony W. Parker was elected Treasurer of the Republican National Committee. Mr. Parker is a successful small business owner who founded Parker Tide, a solutions based contracting company with projects in 12 states. Additionally, Mr. Parker has spent over 35 years in law, finance and human resources, giving him the experience to be a strong financial steward for the Republican National Committee. Mr. Parker is a Vietnam Veteran – PARKER U.S. Navy received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, and his J.D. and Masters in Tax Law from Georgetown Law Center. He also served on President George W. Bush’s national finance team and has been the District of Columbia’s Republican National Committeeman since 2004.
The RNC Leadership Secretary Demetra DeMonte
On January 14th, 2011, Demetra DeMonte, Republican National Committeewoman for Illinois, was elected Secretary of the Republican National Committee. Demetra is a strong leader who has worked in nearly every position in state party leadership, including Precinct Committeeman, County Vice-Chair, County Chair, State Central Committee- DeMONTE man, and National Committeewoman. Her last Lincoln Day Dinner as County Chairman in February of 2008 was a sellout with 1,200 people attending. She chaired the 2000 Peoria “W Stands for Women” rally attended by over 1,000 women. This widely heralded event helped drive turnout for George W. Bush’s candidacy in Central Illinois. In 2004, she was elected as a Bush Delegate to the National Convention in New York City for Illinois’ 18th Congressional District. In 2008, she was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. In 2008, Demetra was elected to serve as Illinois’ Republican National Committeewoman and shortly after was elected Secretary of the Midwest Region of the Republican National Committee. Demetra has devoted much of her energy and passion to grassroots initiatives and building the Republican Party from the bottom-up. Demetra graduated from Loyola University of Chicago and is married to Dr. Anthony DeMonte. They have two adult children, Alexandra and Elizabeth. Demetra and Anthony reside in Pekin, Illinois. ANNOUNCEMENT
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Awards $4 Million for Childhood Obesity Prevention Efforts
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, has announced grants and technical assistance totaling $4 million to organizations working to combat childhood obesity and health disparities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Through its Growing Up Healthy initiative, the foundation awarded three-year, $1.5 million grants to ChildObesity180 in Boston and MaineHealth in Portland to expand campaigns that promote healthier environments and lifestyles for young people. ChildObesity180, which is led by researchers at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition SCHULTZ Science and Policy, will use its grant for an outof-school time nutrition and physical activity initiative, while MaineHealth will use the funds to expand a childhood obesity prevention initiative to more than one hundred and ninety primary care physicians and fourteen hospitals. The foundation also contributed $1 million in technical assistance and consultation services over three years through its Culture InSight program, which supports healthcare organizations and professionals working to improve care for populations and communities affected by health disparities. The recipients are the NH Health & Equity Partnership, which is coordinated by the Concord-based Foundation for Healthy Communities; Health Resources in Action and Neighborhood Health Plan in Boston; Advocates, Inc. in Framingham, Massachusetts; and the Hanley Center in Portland. "Childhood obesity and healthcare disparities not only impact those operating within the healthcare industry but, more importantly, are issues which families across our region and country struggle with every day," said Harvard Pilgrim Health Care president and CEO Eric Schultz. "At Harvard Pilgrim, we recognize our responsibility to support and expand innovative initiatives that inform, educate, and engage children, their families, those on the front lines of health care, and the broader community, and help change behaviors and improve people's lives."
Former Utah Governor and United States Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman to Join Caterpillar Board of Directors
PEORIA, Ill. Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) has announced that Jon M. Huntsman Jr. has been elected to the Caterpillar Board of Directors effective immediately. Huntsman, 51, is the former United States Ambassador to China (2009-2011) and the former governor of Utah (2005-2009). Huntsman’s extensive foreign policy experience also includes an appointment as the United States Ambassador to Singapore (1992-1993) and service as the United States Trade Ambassador (2001-2003). Huntsman also has significant leadership experience in the private sector where he has served in numerous executive roles, including as CEO with the Huntsman HUNTSMAN Corporation, a global chemical company. He is currently the Chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which provides funding for cancer research, improved treatment and cancer education and awareness. Governor Huntsman is also a director of the Ford Motor Company and serves on the boards of the Huntsman Corporation, the Naval Academy Foundation and the National Committee on USChina Relations. “With his extensive global experience in the business world and as a senior statesman for the United States, Jon brings a unique global perspective and experience to our OBERHELMAN board that will provide strategic guidance on critical trade and policy issues that are important to Caterpillar,” said Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman. ----------------------------------------------------------About Caterpillar: For more than 85 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2011 sales and revenues of $60.138 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company also is a leading services provider through Caterpillar Financial Services, Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services, Caterpillar Logistics Services and Progress Rail Services. More information is available at: http://www.caterpillar.com. ----------------------------------------------------------ANNOUNCEMENT
Candidates running for the 25th Congressional District in the 2012 Republican Primary in Texas
Ernie Beltz, Jr. -- Austin, Texas Filed: December 19, 2011
Bill Burch -- Grand Prairie, Texas Filed: December 19, 2011
Dianne Costa -- Highland Village, Texas Filed: December 15, 2011 James Dillon -- Liberty Hill, Texas Filed: March 9, 2012 Dave Garrison -- Austin, Texas Filed: December 15, 2011
Justin Hewlett -- Cleburne, Texas Filed: December 19, 2011
Charlie Holcomb -- Wimberley, Texas Filed: March 8, 2012 Brian Matthews -- Austin, Texas Filed: December 19, 2011 Wes Riddle -- Gatesville, Texas Filed: December 14, 2011
Chad Wilbanks -- Austin, Texas Filed: December 19, 2011
Michael Williams -- Austin, Texas Filed: December 19, 2011
Roger Williams -- Weatherford, Texas Filed: March 8, 2012
Al Hanks #10
Bishop Hector #20
Annette Marie Campbell -- #1: I would pray and call 911 (I would not stop drop and roll) is how Annette answered this question
What Do You Think? Noel Pinnock and his family -- #1: I would pray and call 911 (I would not stop drop and roll).
Carl Pittman and his wife -- #17: I would have my friends Smith & Wesson walking with me, so I would enjoy my walk.
QUESTION: What would you do if you were walking down the street and someone started following you? What Do You Think?
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Betty Gibson, Beverly Gill, Bishop K J Brown, Bobbie Campbell, Brenda Barnett, Carol Justice, Catrina Adair, Charline E. King-Sowemimo, Cheress Shonuff Corbitt, Cheri Mitchell, Dedra Nelson, Dee Dee Winfrey, Desiree Carter Jackson, Destini Davis, Devine Destiny, Donna St Julian-Phillips, Eraka Watson, Heather Newhouse, Jenny Bennett, Jerusalem White, Johnie Emofor, Karen Washington-Howard, Kelly Williams, Kimberly KayJay Smith, Larie Young, LaShundra Davis, LaToya Matthews, Linda Mayes Ihejirika, M. Linda Benjamin, Marisa Farrington, Michael Haynes, Millie White, Monica Moore, Noel Pinnock Mpa, Princess McgeeRena Montgomery, Rozzy Shorter, Tashiba Miller, Terrie Brown, Troy Chambers, TwinkleToes DancingDiva, Tyrone, Veronica Green, Veronica PoseyBarnes, Yolanda Kane, and Zuriel Gibson.
#2. I would go to where ever a crowd was, quick fast and in a hurry: Amber RountreeNeal, Beverly Gill, Carol Crockett, Debra Kerner, Diedra Michelle Todd-Shackleford, Felisha MzFee Ener, Freda Davis, Jacqueline Patton, Jacqueline Wright, Jenny Bennett, Jessie Jones, Johnie Emofor, Lacrystal Stylezz, Lizette Burnett, Maranda McCoy, Michelle Copeland, Monnah Travers, Princess Mcgee, Tyrone Taylor, Regina Baker, Rena Montgomery.
#3. I would ask them what they needed: Catherine Pivonka. Jacqueline Hustling ManleyMack, Jolié Veronique Tillman, Luis M Chen,
Michelle Copeland, Morgan Alexander, Robert Poppy Lampkin, Thee Bishop, and Tyron Farr. #4. I know I would immediately start pleading the blood of Jesus: Betty Walters-Weekley, Janice Jackson, Linda Warren Staves Greer, Marion Myers Hollins, Nikki Hamilton Johnson, Rena Montgomery, and Sharon Kirkland.
#5. I would call somebody I knew: Admired Dime, Durrel K. Douglas, and Beverly Gill. #6. I would pray for protection from the Lord and my angels and show no fear: Lacrystal Stylezz, Kay Gibbons, and Jacqueline Williams. #7. I would start screaming and hollering: Cheron K. Griffin, Natalie Stewart, and Regina Daniel-Holley. #8. I would put some distance between us, or prepare to defend myself: Aaron Dockery, Bobby Stanton, Jerome Ewing, Jessie Jones, Lizette Burnett, Magdalene Freeman Johnson, Reginald Robinson, Rena Montgomery, Robert Thomas, and Tyron Farr. #9. I think I would run: Cassandra Robertson, Chelsey Box, Diedra Michelle Todd-Shackleford, and Jerome Ewing. #10. I think I would stop and call the police: Al Hanks, Roycenett Poonie Gilbert, and Wayne Davis. #11. I think I would confront them: Jolié Veronique Tillman and Morgan Alexander. #12. I would stop walking until that person went about their business: Linda Warren Staves Greer and Valerie Demus. #13. I would walk abruptly and try not to show attention while calling 911: Lizette Burnett. #14: There is no one
correct answer - it would depend on if you feared for your life: Thomas C. Moulder. #15: I would shoot them: Veda Evanell Brown. #16: If I have access to a phone I would call 911 and hopefully someone would be around: Paula Moore. #17: I would have my friends Smith & Wesson walking with me, so I would enjoy my walk: Adam Mayfield II and Carl Pittman. #18: I would call 911, look for an escape route and prepare for combat if necessary: Ola Joseph. #19: I would turn around and say, “What’s Up!”: Eric Grigsby. #20: I would turn and ask if he knew Jesus Christ as his Saviour: Bishop Frank Dean Hector. #21: I don’t know what I would do: Harold Huff.
THIS QUESTION WAS INSPIRED IN PART BY THIS CASE
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE EIGHTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT AND FOR SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA
STATE OF FLORIDA ISSUE CAPIAS VS. CASE NUMBER:SA NO: 1712F04573 GEORGE ZIMMERMAN COUNT I: MURDER IN THE SECOND DEGREE
IN THE NAME AND BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, ANGELA B.
COREY, STATE ATTORNEY for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida, pursuant to Executive Order of the Governor 1272, and as such Prosecuting Attorney for this Court, throughthe undersigned designated Assistant State Attorney, charges that:COUNT I: IN THE COUNTY OF SEMINOLE, STATE OF FLORIDA, on February 26, 2012,GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, did unlawfully and by an act imminently dangerous to another, and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual, kill TRAYVON MARTIN, a human being under the age of eighteen, by shooting the said victim, and during the commission of the aforementioned Second Degree Murder, the said GEORGE ZIMMERMAN did carry, display, use, threaten to use or attempt to use a firearm and did actually possess and discharge a firearm and as a result of the discharge, death or great bodily harm was inflicted upon any person, contrary to the provisions of Sections 782.04(2), 775.087(1) and 775.087(2), Florida Statutes.ANGELA B. COREY STATE ATTORNEY I hereby state under oath that I am instituting this prosecution in good faith, and I certify that I have received testimony under oath from the material witness or witnesses for the offense(s). -----------------------------------------------------------------
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Robert Poppy Lampkin #3
Kimberly KayJay Smith #1
Andrea’ Porter #1
Amber Roundree-Neal #2
Debra Kerner #2
Beverly Gill #5: I would call somebody I knew.
Catrina Adair #1
Eric Grigsby #19
Luis M. Chen #19
Desiree Scott #1
Eraka Watson #1
Dee Dee Winfrey #1
Dedra Nelson #1
Donna St. Julian-Phillips -- #1: I would pray and call 911
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