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Hank Gilbert For Texas Commissioner Of Agriculture—Why You Should Support Hank Gilbert

I support Hank Gilbert in the Democratic primary for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.

(Above—A Texas Longhorn. The leading agricultural exports of Texas are live animals and red meat. Here are facts about Texas Longhorns.)

Here is the web home for Mr. Gilbert’s campaign.

The primary is March 2.  Early voting begins February 16. Here are facts about early voting in Texas.

Why do I support Mr. Gilbert?

Here is why—

1. Mr. Gilbert has extensive education and experience in agriculture. Here are some facts about Mr. Gilbert

“Hank earned his bachelors degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M, where he was the Student Council representative for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and was also a recruiter for the Agricultural Education Department. Upon graduation, Hank was hired to teach high school agriculture in East Texas where he worked for 13 years. Since leaving the teaching profession, Hank has continued to work with agricultural youth, both as a volunteer 4-H leader in his community and with the local FFA chapter. In 2005, Hank created the East Texas Jr. Invitational Livestock Expo in Smith County, Texas. To date, this show has awarded over $75,000 in scholarships to its participants to support their educational pursuits.2. Mr. Gilbert is committed to making the Texas Department of Agriculture a friend of the small Texas farmer. He will be aggressive in promoting Texas  agriculture to ever wider markets and he will advocate for organic and sustainable farming methods in our state.”

(Below–Watermelon is an important Texas crop. Here are facts about watermelon production in Texas from Texas A & M. A & M has an entire program about the growing and the study of watermelons.)

2. Mr. Gilbert will advocate for small Texas farmers. Mr. Gilbert will work hard to promote Texas agriculture to ever wider markets and he will support organic and sustainable farming methods in Texas.

Here is the link to Mr. Gilbert’s plan for Texas agriculture.

3. Mr. Gilbert is an energetic campaigner who will work to help elect Democrats throughout Texas.

Please consider voting for Mr. Gilbert in the 2010 Texas Democratic primary.

Here is a brief description of all the candidates running for Agriculture Commissioner from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Here is the Texas Farm Bureau.

Here are facts about Texas agriculture from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

( Aquaculture is a part of Texas Agriculture. Below you see the Channel Catfish. This fish is farmed in Texas. Here is the Texas Aquaculture Association. )

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

When Must One Register To Be Eligible To Vote In 2010 Texas Primary?—I Will Tell You

What is the last day one can register to vote for the 2010 Texas Primary?

I will tell you.

The last day you can register  for the primary is February 1, 2010.

(Above—A ballot box in Italy.)

Here is information about voting in the primary and voting in Texas from the office of the Texas Secretary of State.

Often one can register to vote at a library or when renewing a driver’s license.

Please vote in the Texas Primary and please vote in every election.

Your vote is needed as a counterweight to the big corporations and to the crazy Tea Party people who want to hand this state and nation over to the big money and to far right-wing Christians.

(Note—This is the Texas Liberal Texas Primary 2010 post of the day.)

January 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Farouk Shami—Jerusalem Is Not In Texas

Farouk Shami is a wealthy businessperson who is spending a lot of money to run as a Democratic primary candidate for Governor of Texas.

The primary will be this upcoming March 2nd.

Here is the web home of the Shami campaign.

Above is a picture of Mr. Shami and myself. This picture was taken a few hours ago.

I heard Mr. Shami speak at Martin Luther King Day festivities here in Houston.

He struck an economically populist tone in his remarks.

He was clear that he viewed himself as a racially inclusive candidate.

These are things that I want to hear.

Unfortunately, Mr. Shami was not disciplined in his remarks and I feel this absence of discipline will make it difficult for him to win the primary or move the agenda in Texas to the left.

For example, Mr. Shami said this afternoon that people will not have to pay electricity bills in two years because of his policies on solar power.

This does not seem likely.

Mr. Shami made reference to a gimmick he has going that if 100,000 Texas jobs are not created in his first two years as Governor, he’ll resign and give the State of Texas 10 million dollars.

What is that all about? How is that serious stuff?

Please look at the picture at the top of this post.

Mr. Shami is wearing a scarf.

That is fine. You don’t have to be Audrey Hepburn to pull off a scarf.

The problem is what the scarf says. On one side it says “Palestine” and on the other side it says “Jerusalem is ours.”

I read that scarf and I thought to myself—“Isn’t this race difficult enough for you already?”

You’re a guy named Farouk Shami running for Governor of Texas against a strong primary opponent.

So in addition to all that, you offer your views on an emotional issue that has nothing to do with Texas?

I wish Mr. Shami would run a focused campaign that would productively discuss issues that maybe an establishment candidate like former Houston Mayor Bill White will not likely discuss.

Mr. White is the leading contender in the primary.

There is a room for economic populism and for a strong challenge to Mr. White in the March primary.

Regretfully, Mr. Shami does not yet seem the right person to fill these roles.

Bill White appears to be the best option for positive change in Texas in 2010 and beyond.

(Blogger’s Note—This is the first in my “*Texas Primary Post Of The Day” series. ( *Posts will not appear each day.) If you have an idea for a post or a candidate you would like me to support, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail. Thanks for reading Texas Liberal.)

Below—Not part of Texas. Though at one point there was a Jerusalem, Texas.

January 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments