Early voting in runoff election off to slow start

For those who missed it, there is an election happening in Houston right now. Four City Council races wound up in run-offs after the November 8 municipal elections and Houstonians have until December 10 to decide the fate of these crucial races.  So far fewer than 2,000 people have voted. Without a “big ticket” item like the mayor’s race at the top of the ballot turnout in the runoff is expected to be very low. The upshot of which is that every ballot cast carries more weight than ever.

Two of the races are at-large seats, so every citizen of Houston gets to vote on this races:

  • In At-large position 2 former State Representative Kristi Thibaut faces Andrew C. Burks Jr. Pastor of Bailey Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
  • In At-large position 5 incumbent council member Jolanda Jones faces Jack Christie, former State Board of Education member .

Two of the races are for district seats, so only people who live in those districts get to vote on these races:

  • In District A incumbent council member Brenda Stardig faces republican activist Helena Brown.
  • In District B local restauranteur and education advocate Jerry Davis faces Alvin Byrd, current staffer for council member Jarvis Johnson.

Early voting continues through December 6th, election day is November 8. Voters may cast their ballot at any early voting location. Visit harrisvotes.org to find your election day polling location (it may be different than your November polling place) and to view a sample ballot.

—  admin

Do straight guys usually share the same headphones on flights, while watching ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ together?

There’s been a lot of talk about gay Republicans lately. We’re to believe that the party is becoming more welcoming. So, I thought I’d share this email from a longtime, and trusted, AMERICAblog reader:

Last night I flew back to National Airport taking a direct Alaska Airlines flight from LAX. It was a packed flight with no seat to spare. As I was walking towards my seat I was highly amused when I saw Republican Congressman and the House Rules Committee Ranking Member David Dreier sitting in the same area.

Rep. Dreier was not traveling alone. He was traveling together with who appeared to be a very close friend. I guess the first class was all booked so he was slumming it on coach, although stretching it out in the emergency row. It seemed that the flight attendants knew Dreier and this other guy as regular passengers. They knew who they were and were coming up to them and specially attending to them all flight. One of the flight attendant told Dreier to “kick some behind” when they were wrapping up their services.

This other dude and Rep. Dreier appeared to be close and very comfortable with each other. They were so comfortable that Rep. Dreier shared his headphones with him just like any other couple would when he got his “Digiplayer” (the Alaska Airlines in flight entertainment system) during the flight. In case anyone is wondering they were watching the movie version of “Alvin And The Chipmunks” (no, I am not making this up).

This is where it gets even weirder. When the flight landed at National, Dreier walked out all alone as if he was traveling by himself. The other guy waited for a while and then left the plane by himself. For some reason they didn’t want to be seen together when coming out of the flight.

Something didn’t seem right. It all seemed really bizarre and weird.

It’s called the closet. It’s a really bizarre and weird place.




AMERICAblog Gay

—  John Wright

Barista Alvin Cited By Newsweek

Call our very smart Barista Alvin a full-fledged pudit now, as his Pam’s House Blend diary Dear Proposition 8 supporters – You lost because you lied was quoted on Newsweek‘s California Judge Overturns Prop 8:

Jubilant

Don’t take this as gloating, gay blogger Alvin McEwen writes, but it’s pretty clear that Prop 8 was overturned because the claims of supporters, though effective in scaring paranoid voters, simply don’t withstand the scrutiny of the judicial system.

Alvin McEwen:

“In the courts, you must defend your position … Your leaders spun false images of avenging hordes for their reluctance to be questioned in the courts about the unprovoked lies they said in pulpits, in speeches, and on commercials. This time, it didn’t work. The court saw through the phony claims and realized something, which I hope that many of you now do-you have no logical reason to either deny us the right to love or to deny us the ability to protect the ones whom we love.”

Alvin McEwen, Pam’s House Blend

Alvin’s quote was immediately followed by a Maggie Gallagher — of the National Organization For Marriage (NOM) — quote:

Furious

Maggie Gallagher:

Not only was Judge Walker needlessly inflammatory for imputing bigotry to opponents of gay marriage, his opinion was wrong and will be overturned, says Maggie Gallagher, head of the activist group the National Organization for Marriage. She rehashes the arguments NOM has made all along and vows to continue the fight.

Maggie Gallagher, San Francisco Chronicle

Being cited in an Newsweek article ahead of Maggie…just priceless!

So, so seriously, congrats to Alvin on being a PHB pundit of Newsweek notability!

But more importantly than that, congrats to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community; congrats for the values of human rights, freedom, equality, and justice!
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—  John Wright