"Bienvenidos, Y'all," Says It All

Here's a way to show your Democratic and and independent friends why you support Leticia Van de Putte for lieutenant governor of Texas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pQ7rz98qNU. Here, she announces her candidacy and explains why "Mama's not happy."

Local Focus Is on Exploration Green in Second Week of April

Doug Peterson will make a presentation on Exploration Green at the next BAND meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. Exploration Green is the flood retention, conservation and recreation area planned for the land that was once the Clear Lake golf course. Clear Lake City Water Authority purchased that land and has come up with a plan based on public input. The meeting will be at the Harris County Courthouse Bay Area Annex, across the parking lot from the Freeman Branch Library.

The following Saturday, April 12, local elected officials, community leaders, residents and community groups will celebrate the groundbreaking of phase 1 of Exploration Green at 16205 Diane Ln., two blocks north of Bay Area Boulevard. The event will feature activities for the kids, prizes, giveaways and exploration of the park. Parking will be available.

Sen. Garcia to Speak at March BAND meeting

State Sen. Sylvia Garcia will be the featured speaker at the BAND meeting on Wednesday, March 12. She will discuss the recent primary results, possible strategies for November and her plans for the next legislative session. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Harris County Courthouse Bay Area Annex at 16603 Buccaneer.

Tuesday, March 4 Is Primary Election Day

Don't forget to vote in the Primary to help Democrats choose the best possible slate of candidates for the November election. You can locate your precinct polling place and the specific ballot for your precinct at www.harrisvotes.com. See the newsletter linked above for BAND recommendations on several races on the ballot. In particular, please note that the club also urges votes AGAINST the following candidates:

Kesha Rogers - a non-Democrat running for U.S. Senate. She regularly calls for President Obama's impeachment and draws Hitler-esque mustaches on posters of the President.

Lloyd Oliver - a perennial candidate running for Harris County District Attorney. He admits that he runs to make his name more recognizable to potential clients.

Lori C. Gray - the second candidate recruited to run for judge by a disgruntled losing litigant in Judge Steven Kirkland's prior court. With help from a PAC, she is spreading falsehoods about Kirkland related to his arrests for drunk driving three decades ago.

For more information on the candidates, go to http://lwvhouston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/VG14-Spring-English-WEB....

Senate District 11 Caucus and Convention Relocate

In past primary years, the Democratic caucus for each precinct occurred immediately after the closing of the primary polls that day. This year, the caucus for each precinct will take place within the Senate District 11 convention, which has been at a nearby union hall since 2008. The hall was unavailable on the date required, Saturday, March 22, so local Democrats in Senate District 11 are relocating to the Student Center Ballroom on the San Jacinto College Central Campus. The campus is at 8060 Spencer Hwy., Pasadena 77505.

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