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I feel it necessary to issue you an apology (both publicly and privately) for the attribution to you, made completely in my own error in the blog titled: “The Best Thing I Saw All Day Yesterday”. I probably should have corrected the blog when I found out the following day that they were not your words, but considering the timing and everything, I thought it best just to let the proverbial sleeping dogs lie. It was, after all, a blog, and I don’t consider my writings to carry that much weight. Apparently, I was very much mistaken on that.
I will strive to be more vigilant in attributions to you (or anyone else) in the future, because I do understand the value of what you do and how hard it is to maintain your invaluable wealth of information that you forward on daily. I also strive, even though this is a “blog” to release accurate information that is clearly reputably sourced.
For most of us embroiled in the CD7 Congressional Race, we completely understand that this run-off is not something you are following (at least other than to repost reputable and newsworthy items you are asked to), for reasons you have stated at a minimum of two times publicly on your list. We have even requested that we keep the tit-for-tat away from your list, for that very reason.
We do appreciate and hope that you keep the issues based news releases and items on your list, because there are people on your list that do need to be informed between the distinctions between the two candidates. I hope you believe me when I say I never wanted my blogs about the current CD7 race to appear on your list, especially with what has perpetrated their release. They were meant merely to be an answer to the ongoing onslaught of misinformation being perpetrated elsewhere and I felt that we were accomplishing that through other methods. Speaking in retrospect, apparently we were.
Your list is so vital to the Democratic Community and not appreciated as often as it should be, sir. Again, I apologize for whatever grief my misquotation provided to you at 1:30 a.m. on a very early Sunday morning. (For anyone in the Houston / Harris County area that is a Democrat, you should be following and appreciating this man’s list and you may do so by contacting him at email@example.com.)
With much respect -
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I have met Judge Steve Kirkland a few times in the course of the past month. A little while ago, the man delivered a just verdict, and just like in a bad Hollywood movie, he paid for it with not only having his past mistakes circulated, but by having a primary candidate financed by the very person whose verdict was impacted the most and negatively so by Judge Kirkland.
They say justice isn’t for sale or shouldn’t be in this country. Yet, just as in almost every single instance where people tell you to vote for the person who judged correctly, did the right thing, people came out for an opponent who will likely judge a situation based on the way that is beneficial for the people with the most money. It’s more than a little disheartening.
Steve Kirkland admitted he was arrested for two DUIs over 25 years ago. He has been sober for 28 years, a date he celebrates on May 17th. As he said so on a Facebook statement, he was lucky that he did not cause physical damage to anyone during these acts, and he has attempted to repair, and been successful at repairing the emotional damage that he caused in that same time frame to those that suffered it the most. People like him, who have kept a promise for 28 years, are the best of us, not the worst of us. People like him, that have known the depths of hell are the people that are capable of judging situations and people more equitably, more fairly, and more justly. Having lived through such a hard time, made him a better judge, not a worse one.
It is my hope that after this defeat, he will consider running again. It is my hope that, like in a good Hollywood movie, the events of this campaign will not go unnoticed, that Harris County will realize what they did and that a good man and a good judge will find himself back in the courts, where he belongs.
Unfortunately, I don’t write Hollywood scripts, but if I did, I’d give Judge Steve Kirkland the justice he so richly deserves, so that he could impart his wisdom and truly make this world a better place, like he did for 11 years… like he was trying to, all along. Well, at least for the last 28 years, anyway.
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“The Justice Department announced today that it will monitor primary elections on May 29, 2012, in Fort Bend, Harris and Jefferson Counties in Texas, to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other federal voting rights statutes. The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group. In addition, the act requires certain covered jurisdictions to provide language assistance during the election process.
Under the Voting Rights Act, the Justice Department is authorized to ask the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to send federal observers to jurisdictions that are certified by the attorney general or by a federal court order. Federal observers will be assigned to monitor polling place activities in Fort Bend and Jefferson Counties based on the attorney general’s certification. In addition, Fort Bend is subject to a court order entered in 2009, which requires the jurisdiction to comply with the minority language and assistor of choice requirements of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the requirements of the Help America Vote Act. The observers will watch and record activities during voting hours at polling locations in these counties, and Civil Rights Division attorneys will coordinate the federal activities and maintain contact with local election officials.
In addition, Justice Department personnel will monitor polling place activities in Harris County. A Civil Rights Division attorney will coordinate federal activities and maintain contact with local election officials.
Each year, the Justice Department deploys hundreds of federal observers from OPM, as well as departmental staff, to monitor elections across the country. To file complaints about discriminatory voting practices, including acts of harassment or intimidation, voters may call the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division at 1-800-253-3931.
Visit www.justice.gov/crt/voting/index.php for more information about the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting laws.”
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