Thursday, June 22, 2006
Baytown Sun covers DVO Chambers Co. Courthouse tour stop
ANAHUAC -- Labor lawyer David Van Os said if he's elected attorney general in November, he is "coming after" large oil and insurance companies.
"I'm sending the big oil companies a message," Van Os said Tuesday in Anahuac. "They better spend every penny that they possibly can to try to defeat me in my run for Attorney General of Texas because when I get sworn in January 2007, I'm coming after you.
Van Os said he has the same message for insurance monopolists "who are robbing the people of Texas blind."
"Texas consumers are paying the highest price for homeowners insurance of anybody else in the country," he said. "You try to do comparison shopping and you find it's all the same, outrageously high premiums."
The Democratic candidate for Texas Attorney General said he will combat rising gas prices and skyrocketing homeowners insurance by issuing subpoenas to companies, which will allow him to investigate their practices.
The Sun reporter, Lori Rodriguez, contacted Greg Abbott's office for a reaction and here's what they said:
Abbott's campaign director Daniel Hodge said he did not have any comment on what Van Os had to say. "Attorney General Abbott is running for re-election so he can continue to arrest child sex predators, protect consumers, preserve tax payers' dollars and defending Texas values."
posted by PDiddie at 4:57 AM
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Dos Centavos: at the SE TX Courthouse Tour
Stace Medellin made a couple of Tour stops with David and entourage yesterday.
Here's his account.
posted by PDiddie at 4:19 PM
Monday, June 19, 2006
Photos from the Juneteenth Filibuster
"Caspar", a homeless man who found our Filibuster and stayed through much of the night. He made the palm frond rose Lyn is holding for all the women present.
posted by PDiddie at 1:24 PM
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Dusk on the island
We're pleasantly situated under two large oaks on the west side of city hall. The trolley has been clanging past us every so often, the church bells sound on the hour, it's warm but not hot, and there hasn't been any rain since I got here at 11 this morning.
David pointed out earlier that African-American people have been suffering for centuries what we Caucasian progressives have only recently been aghast at: disenfranchisement of our votes, fighting and dying for the rich men's wars, serving as the mules for the corporations, and so on.
A nice crowd of a dozen appears ready to take us into the night.
posted by PDiddie at 5:24 PM
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Bay Area Houston: Hey Big Oil: He's coming after you!
Bay Area Houston: Hey Big Oil: He's coming after you!: "In the speech by David Van Os, Candidate for Texas Attorney General at the Texas Democratic Convention, David made it very clear:
I have a message for the big oil companys, the insurance monopolist, utility barons, and the other robber barons preying and pillaging on the people of this state. You better spend every penny out of your billions of dollars because when I get sworn in as Attorney General of Texas, I am coming after you!
When was the last time you heard an AG of Texas fighting for the consumers of the state? Has the current AG, Greg 'I got mine' Abbott fought the insurance industry, or fought for our rights to a trial by jury in a civil trial, or began an investigation into gas price gouging? When was the last time Greg 'I got mine' Abbott fought for the working man of Texas?
Many are not aware, but Greg Abbott was paralyzed when he ran under a tree being cut down. Abbott who supported limits on lawsuits, and medical malpractice awards, and restricting our access to the court, received $10Million for his injuries."
posted by snarko! at 5:30 PM
Monday, June 12, 2006
Southeast Texas Courthouse-to-Courthouse Tour, June 20-22 *REVISED*
David carries the momentum of his barn-burning convention speech through Southeast Texas, following the Citizens' Filibuster for Freedom in Galveston this Juneteenth weekend. Hear what democracy sounds like by catching David speak at one of these county courthouses:
June 20, Tuesday
9:00 a.m. Galveston County Courthouse, Galveston
11:15 a.m. Chambers County Courthouse, Anahuac
1:30 p.m. Liberty County Courthouse, Liberty
3:15 p.m. Hardin County Courthouse, Kountze
4:30 p.m. Jefferson County Courthouse, Beaumont
June 21, Wednesday
9:00 a.m. Orange County Courthouse, Orange
10:45 a.m. Newton County Courthouse, Newton
11:45 a.m. Jasper County Courthouse, Jasper
2:15 p.m. Sabine County Courthouse, Hemphill
3:30 p.m. San Augustine County Courthouse, San Augustine
June 22, Thursday
9:00 a.m. Angelina County Courthouse, Lufkin
10:30 a.m. Trinity County Courthouse, Groveton
1:00 p.m. Polk County Courthouse, Livingston
2:15 p.m. San Jacinto County Courthouse, Cold Spring
4:00 p.m. Montgomery County Courthouse, Conroe
posted by PDiddie at 4:34 AM
Saturday, June 10, 2006
David's speaking right now at the Texas Dem Convention!
Jim Mattox introduced David, making the comparisons to Harry Truman.
He's raising the roof. Simply on fire. And so is the crowd. (Tomtech from Daily Kos is taking some pictures I'll post later on.)
Some of the best excerpts:
"I got a message for the robber barons: You better spend your millions to try to deeat me now, because when I am sworn in as your Attorney General, I'm coming after you."
"The Republican thugs who have taken over Washington left their junior partners in charge in Austin, and we're taking it ALL back."
"Ralph Yarborough said, 'Put the jam on the lower shelf so the little guy can reach it.' Well, the jam is so high up now that the little guy can't even SEE it. We've got to get it within reach."
There's no question in my mind now that David is the titular leader of not only Texas progressives but all Democrats in The Lone Star. He's long been the leader of the progressive movement, but his influence has spread up-ballot as well as down. Candidates everywhere are asking for his help and support and the power of his grassroots organization.
The power of this movement that he's leading is going to take back Texas for ALL OF US (well, not the corporations, but they've owned it for too long anyway).
David will be conducting his next marathon speaking event, a Filibuster for Freedom, on Juneteenth (Sunday 6/18 and Monday 6/19) in Galveston. From there he'll launch a Southeast Texas Courthouse Tour, swinging through Liberty and Kountze and Beaumont and Newton and Lufkin and Conroe and many others. I'll be posting details on both of these events shortly.
posted by PDiddie at 9:46 AM
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Juneteenth Filibuster for Freedom
June 19, 2006, will be the 141st anniversary of the arrival of the news of the Emancipation Proclamation to the shores of Texas through Galveston on June 19, 1865.
David Van Os will mark the occasion by conducting a marathon Citizens'
Filibuster for Freedom in Galveston on June 18 and 19.
"One of America's greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln, struck an everlasting blow against tyranny when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation to liberate America from the scourge of human slavery. Today another president, disgracing the Republican Party name under which Lincoln got elected, and even worse, disgracing the Texas legacy that he claims, is establishing tyranny as governmental policy through actions such as unconstitutional wiretapping, prisoner torture, lying the nation into war, and helping corporate robber barons prey on the people.
Here in Texas, the junior partners that he left in charge in Austin follow their leader by looking the other way in response to these depredations. We the people of Texas are a strong people who demand respect for our rights and liberties. Let your defiance of tyranny be heard. Join me in the Citizens' Filibuster for Freedom on June 18 and 19 in Galveston." ~David Van Os
12:00 Noon, Sunday, June 18
Filibuster begins at Galveston City Hall, 823 Rosenberg Street, Galveston
8:30 a.m., Monday, June 19
Attend the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation at Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway Street
11:00 a.m., Monday, June 19
Join the Juneteenth Parade, beginning at 26th Street, two blocks from City Hall
posted by snarko! at 1:06 PM
Monday, June 05, 2006
Happy Birthday, Rachel!
The campaign rested during the week after Memorial Day, but moves back into high gear in June with the Texas Democratic Party convention this weekend and the Juneteenth Filibuster for Freedom in Galveston the following weekend. More details to come on both events.
Yesterday was Rachel Van Os' birthday. She spent it in a quite unusual fashion: relaxing with her family at home in San Antonio.
Please post happy birthday wishes in the comments!
posted by PDiddie at 5:50 AM