Are you an educator or parent worried about school safety? Do your children’s neighborhood schools fail to meet their needs and do not offer the best education? Do you think our society can do better toward those struggling with poverty and/or health issues? Then please join me in voting for Adrienne Bell for Congress.

I have been fortunate to meet Adrienne Bell and consider her the best candidate for Congress in Texas District 14. This heavily gerrymandered district stretches from Beaumont to Freeport and includes all of Galveston Island. Adrienne Bell is a second-grade schoolteacher who understands what our teachers need and how to best serve our children.

She will fight to keep and expand social programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. She understands that a living wage in these difficult times is an achievable goal that can help to lift up those currently living in poverty. She realizes that our port cities need revitalization to continue to serve an ever-expanding population and can create jobs for our district.

Voting for Adrienne Bell is a vote toward progress and a brighter future for all. 

Teresa Kumelski

League City

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(34) comments

Kelly Naschke

Democrats have been promising the same thing and not delivering for over five decades now. The same bait and switch lies have gotten democrats elected for half a century, with no results and worsening social problems. Ask a Sheila Jackson Lee constituent what's been done in her district. They will tell you "nothing other than being made fools of".

Diane Turski

I also support Adrienne Bell! I agree that she is the change we need to represent our interests instead of the incumbent who votes lockstep on every issue with the tea party/freedom caucus or whatever else they are calling themselves now as they try to stay relevant.

Carlos Ponce

Adrienne Bell's platform:
https://bell2018.com/platform
Not for me but if she represents your views it's your vote.

Gary Miller

Lock step voting? Democrats aren't permitted to vote indepenendly. Pelosi issues her decree and every Dem house member copys it, or else. Luckily after every election cycle there are fewer of them. Tea party and freedom caucus votes are examples of independent voting.

Diane Turski

Ha! Ha! Tea party/freedom caucus block voting is certainly independent of common sense!

Carlos Ponce

Agreed Gary! During the State of the Union message one Democratic started to clap but stopped when Nancy Pelosi gave him - THE LOOK.[ohmy]

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, the tone has been set for many years, and may never get better until we have a changed out the people in D.C.
To try and say it is a Democrat or Republican thing, is not being truthful.
January 13, 2016
"That hostile Congress was out in full colors last night, displaying a shocking level of disrespect for the Commander in Chief, and Speaker Ryan, who remained largely inert on the rostrum behind the president, given he is was first in line — while even the most reluctant of his Republican fellows got up to applaud for lines supporting veterans, the "cancer moonshot," and American military strength, Ryan at one point actually twiddled his thumbs. His continual anxious shifting, on display to the nation, also included moves like crossing his legs, adjusting his jacket, fiddling with his ear, and wringing his hands. Perhaps he just really needed to tinkle."
"Similarly, large swaths of the GOP chose to remain seated with increasingly bored expressions — some even appeared to nod off — during the speech, including during segments that would have provoked thunderous GOP applause had they come from a Republican president. Instead, they evidently so greatly feared appearing supportive of anything coming out of the president's mouth that they opted to sit still through the president's commentary on issues like better benefits and support for military and veterans, bootstrapping recommendations to work harder in order to achieve dreams, and improving conditions for business, all popular GOP topics."

Carlos Ponce

"To try and say it is a Democrat or Republican thing, is not being truthful."
There were times when Republicans did not clap but generally they gave polite applause. WATCH THE VIDEO! Wherever you got that article is misleading. FAKE NEWS!
https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-mozilla-004&hsimp=yhs-004&hspart=mozilla&p=2016+state+of+the+union+full+video#id=1&vid=7c8fc61a1940cf8de687bec4875e44e3&action=click
The Democratic Party has moved FAR to the Left. Dianne Feinstein, far from moderate, has been rejected by her party. Any farther to the left and you're in Communist territory.

Jim Forsythe

This is how you want you elected officials to act.
Very seldom did "they gave polite applause" and when they did ,it was not a lot of them. Speaker Ryan did not clap until the end. The article is not misleading, unless you want it to be.
"Large swaths of the GOP chose to remain seated with increasingly bored expressions" is true.
Until we hold all of them responsible for no action, on thing that need to change, we will continue to have a logjam in DC
What has changed for our children protection at school, since sandy Hook? Just a lot of hot air, and no action that amount to our children being safer.

The Democratic Party has moved FAR to the Left.is not true if you are talking about all Democrats.
It is no more true that all Republicans belong to the Tea party. Below is the 3 major groups of Democrats. There is also sub sets.
Fully one third of the Democratic Senators in 2006 could be considered Conservative Democrats or what we would consider Blue Dogs. That is Democrats who tended to be more conservative socially, economically and/or on foreign affairs.
The second group of Senators make up another third more or less. They fall into a group who would likely be more aligned with New Democrats (Formerly the DLC Democrats) than Blue Dog Democrats. These tended to be more socially liberal but economically conservative (or neo liberal in some cases) and many were war hawks when it came to foreign policy.
Finally the third group of Dems were those who would likely be called Progressives. These are Dems who scored 90% or higher on crucial progressive votes over their lifetime (as per ProgressivePunch.org) and stuck with the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party on key votes.

Carlos Ponce

"Speaker Ryan did not clap until the end."
Not true! JIM, NOT true! Speaker Ryan is CLEARLY shown clapping at 0:59 (just under a minute) into the speech. Before then it is unclear whether he was clapping or not. And Ryan does not clap for himself when Obama thanks him for his budget work. Note that Biden doesn't clap for everything either although the Democrats in the audience do. And it's hard to tell if Ryan was clapping or not since the cameras focused on the audience. At 8:38 when clapping occurred cameras were on Marco Rubio but you can see Ryan's hands coming down when the camera switched to the podium. Whether he was clapping or scratching his nose it's hard to tell. Biden scratched his nose and eyes a lot too. At 13:30 when the the Demos gave Obama a standing ovation, Biden did not clap, did not stand. He did stand at 14:00 and 16:00, though.

Carlos Ponce

"Large swaths of the GOP chose to remain seated with increasingly bored expressions" IT WAS A BORING SPEECH! IT WAS FULL OF BS (Barack Stuff).[wink]

Jim Forsythe

You are excited because Speaker Ryan clapped, when the President said, it was going to be a short speech?
You speculate that he may have clapped when this happened "Whether he was clapping or scratching".
You agreed that Large swaths of the GOP chose to remain seated, was a good thing.
It may have been boring to some, but not all.
All this taken together, sums up politics today.

Emphasis on dividing the country, seems to be the norm.
Is this the true state of the union, a divided us.
Is it just part of a cycle of change? Or a true, one side against the other.
Will the midterm elections be a purge of the old guard, or more of the same?
Are we going to bifurcate more than we already are?
If the answer is yes, to the questions of doing it the same old way, we may be headed for a third party, that shapes the way we elect our politicians.

If the early vote totals in Texas are any indication, people are going to vote in record numbers in November, which is a good thing.
Will the children show us the way, starting with the March on the 24th?
I feel like a change is on the way.

Carlos Ponce

"Speaker Ryan clapped" 'nuff said. It contradicts what Jim posted earlier.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, I liked Barack Obama's 2016 State of the Union Address. I play it when I can't fall asleep.[beam]

Jim Forsythe

That is the only commit you want to make about my Mar 4, 2018 9:24am and Mar 3, 2018 7:55pm post?
That we are better than you, because we clapped once!
This we, is what is driving a wedge between the people of the USA
Maybe I was expecting to much from you .
For some reason, you are obsessed with the amount of clapping.
You are excited because Speaker Ryan clapped, when the President said, it was going to be a short speech?
That he may have clapped, when his arm was in the clip, you all most lost it..
You went so far as put time stamps in your reply's.
Is clapping more import than the content of the speech, or other issues that the USA is facing?

Carlos Ponce

Jim, look at the reasons there was clapping. While Barack Obama was mostly congratulating himself (and there was some of that in Trump's speech), Trump's speech initiated clapping for:
Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger of Staub Manufacturing, for handing out raises, hiring an additional 14 people, and expanding into the building next door.
Corey Adams, who supported himself through high school, lost his job during the 2008 recession, and was later hired by Staub, where he trained to become a welder.
Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from Redding, California, who started a movement, which has now placed 40,000 flags at the graves of our great heroes.
Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens who lost their daughters to MS-13 gang activity.
Homeland Security Investigation special agent Celestino Martinez whose team arrested nearly 400, including nearly 220 MS-13 gang members.
Albuquerque police department officer Ryan and his wife Rebecca who adopted the daughter of a drug user.
Army Staff Sergeant Justin Peck who saved the life of Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy.
Student Otto Warmbier who died after released by the North Koreans. His parents Fred and Cindy and siblings Austin and Greta were applauded but not by Democrats.
Secretary Mattis who Trump said "is doing a great job".
Amputee G Sung Ho who escaped North Korea. He traveled thousands of miles on crutches all across China and Southeast Asia to freedom.
Not applauding Trump's accomplishments is understandable. Not applauding those mentioned above is LOW, even for a Democrat.

Jim Forsythe

You still going on about clapping. Just as before, it's not the clapping or non clapping that matter, but what a President says at the State of the Union speech. Since you are a clapping type of person, I will include what some said about the clapping thing.

"If there's one thing Donald Trump proved at the State of the Union last night, it's that he is an expert at clapping for himself, directly into the microphone"

"No one expected President Trump to win over his skeptics in one speech. And judging by some of the congressional reaction to his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, it’s possible he exacerbated the divisions"
". Democrats largely sat stone-faced as Trump called for unity, then pushed a sharply conservative wish list for 2018, which included curbing legal immigration and welfare programs."

"The first lady, who is reportedly displeased with the president after last week's reports of his infidelity with and subsequent $130,000 payout to the porn star Stormy Daniels, did not look particularly excited to be in attendance last night. Like Haley, Mrs. Trump is also a traditional clapper when it comes to form: hands upright, lightly tapping of her palms against each other. Her applause, however, appeared to be as reluctant as the Democrats'. She seldom suspended her grimace with any sort of smile, only giving her husband a standing O when she was required to."

'A load of clap': Social media responds to Donald Trump's State of the Union address"

"But Ryan didn't clap when Obama talked about initiatives that, really, it's hard to be against. Isn't curing cancer the sort of thing everyone, but especially politicians on national television, tend to be at least outwardly in favor of? "

Ryan couldn't put his hands together for
"Last year, Vice President Biden said that ... America can cure cancer ... Tonight, I’m announcing a new national effort to get it done ... For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the family we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all."

Jim Forsythe

You still going on about clapping. Just as before, it's not the clapping or non clapping that matter, but what a President says at the State of the Union speech. Since you are a clapping type of person, I will include what some of what was said about the clapping thing.

"If there's one thing Donald Trump proved at the State of the Union last night, it's that he is an expert at clapping for himself, directly into the microphone"

"No one expected President Trump to win over his skeptics in one speech. And judging by some of the congressional reaction to his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, it’s possible he exacerbated the divisions"
". Democrats largely sat stone-faced as Trump called for unity, then pushed a sharply conservative wish list for 2018, which included curbing legal immigration and welfare programs."

"The first lady, who is reportedly displeased with the president after last week's reports of his infidelity with and subsequent $130,000 payout to the porn star Stormy Daniels, did not look particularly excited to be in attendance last night. Like Haley, Mrs. Trump is also a traditional clapper when it comes to form: hands upright, lightly tapping of her palms against each other. Her applause, however, appeared to be as reluctant as the Democrats'. She seldom suspended her grimace with any sort of smile, only giving her husband a standing O when she was required to."

'A load of clap': Social media responds to Donald Trump's State of the Union address"

"But Ryan didn't clap when Obama talked about initiatives that, really, it's hard to be against. Isn't curing cancer the sort of thing everyone, but especially politicians on national television, tend to be at least outwardly in favor of? "

Ryan couldn't put his hands together for
"Last year, Vice President Biden said that ... America can cure cancer ... Tonight, I’m announcing a new national effort to get it done ... For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the family we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all."

Carlos Ponce

Jim, read VERY carefully. Not applauding Trump's accomplishments is understandable. Not applauding those mentioned is LOW, even for a Democrat.How low will they go. VERY low.

Jim Forsythe

I do not tune in the State of the Union speech to see people clap. Trumps speech was 51 minutes long ,with the rest spent on clapping and other actives ( total time was 1hour and 51 minutes long).
If it does not change, it will become more of a event , instead of a report to the nation . Maybe clapping is why you tune in, but that is not the reason I do. Hope you clapped for all, when you were watching, as you seem to think that is important.
Of all the meetings I was at with CEO's, Plant Mangers and such, no one clapped at every turn in their speeches'.

Carlos Ponce

You don't get it Jim. It's not the clapping, it's who the clapping is FOR.
Not clapping for either president by the opposing party is expected. Not clapping for members of the armed forces, the families of those killed, working people, a 12 year old boy, a North Korean escapee amputee, etc. is pretty darn LOW. But if you still don't get it, that would be keeping in character.

Carlos Ponce

"total time was 1hour and 51 minutes long"
C-Span's video only runs 1:42 and covers the entire speech.
According to the C-span time graphic the speech started at 8:10 pm CT and ended at 9:30 pm CT. That speech, clapping included lasted 1 hour 20 minutes. Now if you say the speech minus the clapping was 51 minutes I'll take your word for it. I did not take a stopwatch to it.[beam]

Carlos Ponce

According the American President Project, Trump's January 30, 2018 State of the Union speech length was 1:20:31
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/sou_minutes.php
Not the longest, President William Jefferson Clinton's speech in 1996 was longer.

Jim Forsythe

You and I look at this different. Trump had about 12 special guest , that he stopped the speech to get applause for.
Obama had special guest that the camera showed , but did not stop his speech to introduce them. Obamas total time was 59 Minutes,Trumps total time was 1hour and 51 minutes . You enjoy all that stopping for the clapping, I think it gets in the way of the State of the Union speech. It has become a reality show, and not what it should be.

Carlos Ponce

"Trumps total time was 1hour and 51 minutes"
WRONG, JIM, WRONG! The C-Span video was ONLY 1:42. and from the first word to the last at the podium a total of 1:20:31 elapsed. And that includes the time he introduced audience members and people clapped for them.
You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts. Even the American President project says you are WRONG. Where are you getting that 1:51 figure from. Definitely not from any video of the speech.

Carlos Ponce

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/sou_minutes.php
Obama's 2016 speech was 58:44
Trump's 2018 speech was 1:20:31

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATFwMO9CebA
C-Span's Youtube video of Trump State of the union Speech timeline
Time 7:54 pm CT 0:00 on video counter to 8:10 pm CT 15:46 on video counter
Camera takes in pre-speech activities

8:10 pm CT 15:46 on video counter to 9:30 pm CT 1:36:17 on video counter
Trump's actual speech a total of 1 hour 20 minutes 31 seconds.

9:30 pm CT 1:36:17 on video counter to 9:37 pm CT 1:42:59 on video counter
Trump talks to several on way out of the Capital
Trump has left the building.
New York Times: "One hour and 20 minutes long, it was the third-longest State of the Union in the past 50 years."
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/us/politics/trump-state-of-the-union-long.html
CNN: "President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address clocked in at a whopping 1 hour and 20 minutes."
https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/31/politics/longest-state-of-the-union/index.html
Washington Post: "President Trump spoke for one hour, 20 minutes and 31 seconds (including applause) to deliver his first State of the Union address Tuesday night."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/01/31/the-one-thing-trump-said-about-education-policy-in-state-of-the-union-address/?utm_term=.fccda6e038e3

Jim Forsythe

Sorry, the one I was looking at had some added things .You sure are upset by 9 minutes. Still a lot of clapping.

Carlos Ponce

"You sure are upset by 9 minutes."
9 minutes? Do the math, Jim. You stated it was one hour 51 minutes when it was one hour 20 minutes 31 seconds. That's more than "9 minutes" in difference.

Carlos Ponce

"Still a lot of clapping." Yes and those that received the clapping deserved it: members of the armed forces, working men and women, a police officer, a 12-year old patriot, a North Korean escapee amputee, relatives who lost loved ones, etc..

Jim Forsythe

Clapping is what you like, great.

The number of minutes came from you post.
"Where are you getting that 1:51 figure from."
"The C-Span video was ONLY 1:42."
"That's more than "9 minutes" in difference."
My math may be wrong, 1:51 subtrct 1:42 equals ?

Carlos Ponce

Was 1 hour 42 minutes the length of Trump's speech?
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Jim Forsythe

You said it was

Carlos Ponce

I'm enjoying my sizable take home increase on my TRS annuity due to the tax reform package passed by Congress. I will thank my Congressman and senators by voting for them in the primary and in the November general election. If you like the increase in your paycheck remember who voted for the tax reform and who voted lockstep against it. I like my crumbs.[beam]

Keith Gray

Carlos, I too am enjoying the increase in the money that I earned that I get to keep. And, like our President and trying to keep my promise of "spending the crap out of it" to stimulate the economy. The new Tractor Supply in Santa Fe stock should have just hit a new high when I finished my purchases this morning...

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