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State Rep. Ron Reynolds fined $10k by ethics panel

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Lawmakers make the laws. The question is, do they follow them all to the letter?

State Rep. Ron Reynolds of Missouri City, who last month was named "Freshman of the Year" by his fellow Democrats, puts that question to the test.

A KXAN News investigation shows that as of June 1, Reynolds owed the Texas Ethics Commission nearly $10,260 in fines relating to failure to file the required financial disclosure reports required of candidates for public office and officeholders.

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No Room for Hate in Fort Bend Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 1, 20114 Stephen Brown

Fort Bend County Democratic Chair Steve Brown issued the following statement regarding hate mail recently sent to Sugar Land voters:

The City of Sugar Land has long been celebrated for its wonderfully diverse communities.  Such diversity is reflected in its schools, churches and local government.  As voters prepare for upcoming city council run-off elections, it's important that we not engage in the type of hate-baiting and fear mongering that will undoubtedly pull us apart.

 "As the Chair of the Fort Bend County Democratic Party, I'm appalled to see that hate has reared its ugly head in Sugar Land's run-off elections."

"We must all denounce the cowardly assertions of an anonymous author to associate a Sugar Land candidate with Al Qaeda."

"Let's hope the voters know better than to select their leaders based on any other criteria than the qualifications and experience that they would bring in serving Sugar Land.  I ask all leaders to join me in advocating for a more civil election."

Rep. Ron Reynolds Named "Freshman of the Year"

AUSTIN, Texas (June 1, 2011) -- In the largest freshman class in decades, Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Fort Bend County, District 27) was voted "Freshman of the Year" by the House Democratic Caucus. Rep. Reynolds worked tirelessly on many critical issues facing the state and fought hard to protect the most vulnerable citizens in Texas.Speaker Joe Straus presents Rep. Ron Reynolds with "Freshman of the Year" recognition

This session, Rep. Reynolds played a key leadership role in many debates including the state's budget crisis, funding public education, fighting for teachers and protecting the elderly. "I was proud to announce that Ron was our Freshman of the Year," said Jessica Farrar, House Democratic Leader. "Many members believe that a freshman's job is to be seen, but not heard.  Ron refused to take a back seat during this tough legislative session and his voice was important as we fought for teachers, financial aid for college students, and to keep nursing homes open."

Hateful Attack on Republican Fahra Ahmed

Shame on the Fort Bend Republican Chairman, Rick Miller, and every other elected official in Sugar Land or Fort Bend…  A scurrilous attack via e-mail and mailed flyer has been put out attacking Farha Ahmed who is in a run off for a seat on the Sugar Land City Council. The e-mail and flyer cleverly insinuates that Ahmed is a Muslim extremist...

...I've known her for many years and became familiar with her mostly through her work with the Fort Bend Republican Party. So the idea being promoted that she is a terrorist is not only laughable, it is unconscionable.

...It is amazing to me that a press release or even a Facebook entry has not been posted denouncing the people behind the hate campaign against Farha Ahmed by not only her political opponent, but her political party, or any other member of the Sugar Land City Council. What’s wrong with you people?

Republican Party Of Fort Bend Passes Resolution In Support Of Convicted Felon

Jail Bird Tom DeLayThe Republican Party of Fort Bend County Executive Committee has unanimously passed a resolution in support of convicted felon and disgraced former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay expressing "appreciation for his tireless service to our community, the State of Texas and the nation."

What have they been smoking?

Reminder! Pete Olson: not Gay

Juanita, over at the Beauty Shop reminds us about Republican Congressman Pete Olson's sexual orientation:

Reminder! Pete Olson: Not Gay

Now I know there are people who think that Republican Congressman Pete Olson, who also happens to be my own personal congressman, is gay.

He is not.

He is not gay.   Not.  Gay.

There are people who think that a straight man wouldn’t constantly be putting 20 year old pictures of himself in a little sailor suit on everything he mails to his constituents.  Those people do not know Pete Olson, a man who is, incidentally, not gay.

Did I mention that Pete Olson is many things, but none of them are gay?

Jolanda Jones at the Fort Bend County Democratic Party Grand Opening 2010

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Houston City Council Member Jolanda Jones made an appearance at the Fort Bend County Democratic Party Grand Opening party, and presented County Chair Steve Brown with a certificate congratulating him on this not so insignificant accomplishment.

Steve Brown's Swearing In Ceremony: May 6, 2010

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Fort Bend County has a new Democratic Party Chairman. Steve Brown was formally sworn in to office by Judge Joel Clouser in a 2nd floor courtroom in the historic Fort Bend County Courthouse on May 6, 2010

Singer/Songwriter Hank Woji Wows the Club With Song and Substance

Singer/Songwriter Hank Woji was on his way through town from his digs in Terlingua, Texas and volunteered to perform some of the songs from his repertoire to the delight of last Saturday's club meeting attendees.

What is true is that in Hank Woji progressives and liberals across the nation will continue to have a populist singer and musician in the tradition of the venerable Pete Seegar.

But don't just take my word for it.

Steve Brown Fundraiser

Steve Brown, candidate for Fort Bend County Party Chairman, is holding a fundraiser on Thursday, February 4th at Berryhill's Baja Grill, 13703 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Suggested donation for tickets is $25. each