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Mike Kanin is the Publisher of the Austin Monitor. As such, he doesn't report on much--aside from the workings of the Monitor--any more. In his previous life as a freelance journalist, Kanin has written for the Washington City Paper, the Washington Post's Express, the Boston Herald, Boston's Weekly Dig, the Austin Chronicle, and the Texas Observer.
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Watson, candidate’s daughter rally University Democrats
It didn’t quite pack the same punch of the State of the Union crowd, but the
Both Watson, who was fiery at times, and White, who seemed comfortable in front of her collage-aged peers, stressed that it was important for Travis County Democrats to not become complacent.
“Let me tell you what happens…if we become complacent,” said Watson. “We take away a real advantage that we’re going to have in 2010…
Watson, who wore a Bill White campaign sticker on his lapel, went on to blame state Republicans for leaving college-aged Texans with something less than their parents had inherited. “You right now stand the chance–and I’m sorry to say it this way but it’s important because it’s why you need to be engaged,” he said, “(but) you are going to be part of the first generation of Texans that don’t inherit excess infrastructure as you look toward your future and build your economy.”
He went on to accuse his political opponents of “squandering” the collective inheritance of future Texans and further hammered the members of the status quo who, in his estimation, had eroded public education in the state and “chose to politicize college tuition.”
Watson closed by denying that his desire for change was equivalent with a lack of
Watson then introduced White, who he called a “rising sophomore” at
“(My father) found it ridiculous that when something goes missing from a store, police track it down in a matter of hours, yet when a student has dropped out of school we let that student go,” she said. “It’s not the fault of the educators…we need more resources.” Citing the qualities that she says she saw on display with the Education Graduation program that White instituted as Mayor of Houston, she added that “(this) is the sort of leadership that we need at the
She reminded her audience not to sleep through the March 2 primary. “This primary is important,” she said. “This primary is important for getting people registered…getting people in our systems, our databases so that we can keep contacting them for the general election making sure that all of the candidates down the line get…name recognition, get mobilized together so that we can have a winning team there in 2010.”
White then struck a hopeful demographic note, citing
“We need your help…this year,” she said.
Among the local Democrats who took advantage of the opportunity to meet students and hand out stickers were veteran Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gomez and her rival for the Precinct 4 seat Raul Alvarez; current ADA and would-be district judge Karen Sage and one of her opponents, Mindy Montford; U.S. House hopeful Lainey Melnick; and – judging by the applause – University Democrats’ favorite and County Court candidate John Lipscombe. Though none of these candidates addressed the group, most made themselves available after the event.
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