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It's practically Friday and the State Democratic Convention is underway in Ft. Worth. If you follow on Instagram @PinkGraniteTX check out our stories. I've got a savvy young politico named Tina taking over our stories for the convention and I can't wait to see what she shares.
And before you ask why I didn't do such for the GOP convention - honestly I just didn't think of it all until yesterday. That's called building the plane as you fly it - I'm not a professional blogger but I'm learning the tricks. So if you're a Republican (or another Dem) and want to share what your candidate's doing, how you volunteer or anything else that is CIVIL and related to #PinkGranite let me know and we'll get it lined up.
In the meantime here are some Thursday sounding things:
- I like how each year is becoming the "year of the woman" in politics.
- Welcome, Texas Democrats, beer or chardonnay? Fort Worth Star-Telegram
- Trump fuels anger, enthusiasm at Texas Democratic Convention Houston Chronicle
- The Texas GOP’s platform, by God Austin American Statesman
- Party hoping to build ‘blue wave’ Dallas Morning News
- Why Have a Baby? via the Cut
- Event to celebrate 5th anniversary of Davis filibuster Fort Worth Star-Telegram
- A webinar on how to ask for more flexibility in your job. Via Career Contessa.
- GOP smoke signals could point to marijuana legalization Lubbock Avalanche Journal
- ASOS is fighting Animal Cruelty and that means getting rid of some products. Via Bustle I'm not sure I was aware ASOS sold cashmere in the first place.
- A review of the Oprah's exhibit at the Smithsonian via the New York Times.
This weekend was a big one in the Whited household. Father's Day, our first trip to Chuck E. Cheese, we learned who Post Malone is, AND Saturday night was the grand finale gala of the Austin Man & Woman of the Year event benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am not your 2018 Woman of the Year (single tear) but my team raised about 5 times more than I ever expected so I thank everyone for their support! I'll write up a separate post soon about my thoughts on the experience and tips for others who may be tapped to run next year. It's a great event that often looks to the capital crowd for candidates and I'm happy to share my two cents.
But for now let's look at some more interesting headlines from the morning.
- Huge slow clap for Former First Lady Laura Bush and speaking out against the current administration's immigration policy that is separating children from their parents.
- Also from the Cut, Master of None's Lena Waithe talks about telling stories people finally want to listen to.
- We get it. The Carter's are rich and powerful enough to shut down the Louvre to shoot a rap video. I'm only half snarky about it all, though - I love them and they really did a great job letting the art remain much of the focus. Makes me want to go to Paris.
- Here at home, Senator Uresti is retiring this week and no one is surprised.
- Ruling on wedding cake a victory for business owners via the Austin American Statesman
- Why America should practice what the framers preached also via the Austin American Statesman.
- As more Dems reject corporate PAC money, a Texas Senate candidate's PAC-free campaign pays off. Via the Austin American Statesman.
- I definitely need to brush up on foreign affairs as I didn't even realized Spain still had a king and queen! But they visited San Antonio! Spain’s king, queen visit San Antonio, via the Dallas Morning News.
- More than a century ago, two determined women waged their own Battle of the Alamo via the Houston Chronicle.
- I've just learned of this women's club/co-working spot called "the Wing." I'm intrigued but no plans for Austin yet.
- In Texas Governor’s Race, Lupe Valdez Faces Resistance From Fellow Democrats.
Let's not forget to talk about the news from the GOP Convention this Week:
- Texas Republicans pen staunchly conservative platform, call for unity via the Austin American Statesman. Seriously... have you read this platform? Pour a glass of wine first, and I say that with love and as a (moderate) Republican myself.
- In more convention news, Dickey beats Asche, who says he can’t be trusted, for Texas GOP chair Austin American Statesman.
- 'Does your husband beat you?' Muslim couple invites Texas Republicans to ask them anything — and they do Dallas Morning News.
- Analysis: Are Texas political conventions necessary? Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
- Straus’ presence felt at convention despite his absence via San Antonio Express News.