Episode 9- “Voting Blue Makes A Difference” Come and Hear It!

Podcast Summary

In this episode, we interview Mark Phariss, who is our candidate for Texas Senate District 8. He tells us all about his campaign’s progress as well as his stance on important issues facing Texans. He brings a lot to the table and we are very excited to have him as our guest. After, we talk about the ultra-conservative lobbying group Empower Texans and the work they are doing to undermine local governments. We talk about the great work that Beto is doing as well as the fear that he is igniting in the GOP. Additionally, we talk about the discrimination that is going on in the Department of State and finally, we close out with the issue of Republicans stacking the federal courts with ultra-conservative judges and what that means for every Texan.

For more information about the events mentioned or articles cited, please see below:

Plano Balloon Festival Volunteer Signup

Articles about Empower Texans:

The foundation Empower Texans generally supports political causes and candidates that work to lower tax rates, and privatize education through school choice programs, and works alongside right-wing, State Policy Network and Koch brothers affiliated groups like Texas Public Policy Foundation, Philanthropy Roundtable, and Americans for Prosperity.

Plano Chamber President: Our Members Want Higher Taxes

City of Plano Works on Budget

Articles about Beto O’Rourke:

Beto O’Rourke yard signs are everywhere. Where are Ted Cruz’s?

Beto O’Rourke says he isn’t debating Ted Cruz this Friday

Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton won’t debate their Democratic challengers. Is that unusual?

Donald Trump says he’ll campaign for Ted Cruz at “biggest stadium in Texas we can find”

Why so many people are coming to see Beto O’Rourke: A revolt against Trump and a demand for compassion

Articles about the Department of State denying Passports to US Citizens:

Pre-Existing Condition Protection Tops the Agenda at Second Ever Texas Disabilities Issues Forum

U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question

Castro Calls For Congressional Investigation Into Texans Denied Passport Requests

Articles about Preventing Documentation:

Texas panel rejects proposal to close 87 driver’s license offices. For now.

Articles about Federal Judge Appointments:

Trump-appointed judges are shifting the country’s most politically conservative circuit court further to the right

Importance of voting:

After loss at Supreme Court, groups continue push for federal oversight of Texas redistricting

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