House Bill 610- “The beginning of the end of public education??”

Friends,

I know that I have not posted in a while as I have been really busy with several projects and school work etc. But, the bill that has been introduced by two Republican members of Congress or, House Bill 610 in my opinion is the beginning of the end of public education. Now, I would like each member of Congress to know that in my personal opinion any elected official in Congress who has the idea that somehow beginning to defund public schools and not allowing each and every child in our country have an equal and fair chance at a good public education should not be re-elected. For, this issue is greater than any issue that is Democratic or Republican. This issue is about the Children of our great nation and their ability and opportunity to receive a good education regardless of where they live or if they are rich or poor. For, I have many family members that have taught or are currently teaching in the public school system and it is very discouraging that the leaders of our great nation have now in front of them not only the opportunity to keep the future leaders and minds of our country from their chance to get a quality public education. But, all we ever hear from the Republican party is how moral they are and Ted Cruz is a prime example of how he waves the fact that his father is a minister around like it is a battle flag when in fact I do not feel that God appreciates Senator Cruz using his father’s calling to be a man of God as a way to win votes. For, how christian like is it to not answer your phone when public school teacher in Texas call your office and then when they appear at your office to speak to you. The people who put you in office Senator Cruz what do you do? Do you act in a Christian like manner?? I guess if you consider having the teachers escorted off of your property and away from your office Christian like then I guess you are living and walking in the light like you claim. But, I beg to differ. I do believe that Jesus would have listened to their concerns and would of had a little more respect for the people who elected him to public office. Did you forget that Senator Cruz? Did you think that perhaps the teacher vote just might be your downfall or have you already grown such a big head that you feel that just because you are a Republican you will automatically be re-elected. Well, Senator I really do not care your political affiliation because when you disrespected those public school teachers. You insulted their families and all of the other teachers in Texas who work tirelessly for hardly any pay to try and educate the children of Texas with less and less resources every year. Shame on you!! I urge everyone that sees this blog to read the information below and call as many people in Washington as you can. It is time that Democrats and Republicans take back our government It is time to put party politics aside and fix these issues and the only way to do that is to clean house!!! Because their actions have not shown us that they even care about the ordinary people who trusted their judgement when they were elected. It is time to take action and stand united and stand up for our children. For, we know that the Education Secretary has about as much experience as I do at Bull Riding so, if we do not take back our Government and show how we feel and let our voices be heard. Nothing will ever be done!! That is why I am announcing that I will be organizing a day of action on behalf of the Public School Teachers of Texas in the next few months. Please if you would like to help feel free to contact me for it is time that we take it to every capitol building and show our elected officials on the state and local level that we will not stand of this anymore and they can either vote in a manner that represents the will of the people. Or, they will no longer have a job!! Please join me!!!! It is time!!! You can reach me at: jdawsonhicks@gmail.com. I will respond as fast as I can as I get a lot of emails a day. But, I will respond!! I am with you and I hope you will join the cause!!! But, we must do this together as Americans. Putting party politics aside!! Read the information below!! Thanks, Dawson

 

House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves.
This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17, and starts the defunding process of public schools.
In addition the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education.
It would repeal ESSA (Every Students Succeeds Act):
ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.
The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch.
The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, no mention of IDEA and FAPE.
Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities
-Ensures access to the general education curriculum.
-Ensures access to accommodations on assessments.
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups.
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).
Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps.

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Inauguration Day/Six Activist Wanted

Friends,
Today is the day that we see the transition of power from a former President to the newly elected Donald J. Trump as he will be sworn into the highest office in the land and officially become President of the United States. Now, I did not support Trump. I was a Hillary Clinton supporter. I was a Delegate for Hillary in Texas. I volunteered for her campaign. I was a Hillraiser and I also did other things to try and get a person who I know still will fight for me in the White House. But, as we have seen our country is divided. That is why I am writing this note. Recently, I have gone through some tough setbacks in my private life. After Hillary lost the election I got mad at the Democratic Party and the leaders at the State level. I blamed others for the loss of a candidate that I supported. As, time when on and more weight fell off of my body I saw friends who were passionate about the cause continue to protest as it was peaceful and they were just expressing who they are and what they believe. But, it was the violent protests that upset me because I did not spend over a year and a half fighting hard for someone who didn’t even vote to destroy property, danger lives and then have the gaul to carry a Clinton/Kane Sign. So, I disconnected for a while and prayed and asked God to allow me to find peace because I am Hispanic and LGBT and I am the one of three Democrats in my family that I know of and I know how some not all , but some of the Republicans feel about certain minority groups and my friends around the state became fearful for my safety. But, I woke up one day and realized that regardless if I voted for Hillary and my neighbor voted for Trump. Hillary won the popular vote , but our system is set up with the electoral college so Trump won enough delegates to win the election. Hard pill to swallow since Hillary had around three million more votes cast in her favor. Three million more people trusted her over Trump , yet he still calls it a movement. That is in the eye of the beholder. But, I realized that if I did not try and work with my friends and other people that are elected Republicans. I am never going to make a difference and on top of that I am a strong christian and I do not feel that Americans should be attacking other Americans. I know that Trump is not perfect. Hillary was not perfect either. Now, that we have established that not just they are not perfect, lets remember that no one in history except for or, at least the way I believe Jesus Christ was perfect. So basically one person who has ever walked this earth has been perfect. So, lets keep that in mind and Democrats. Let’s try please to act with a little more respect for the other side and quit acting so hateful towards your fellow countrymen. Republicans you are just as much to blame. The election is over. It is time to move on and unite our country and Texas. Now, there is an issue that needs to be worked on in Texas and I have been thinking about this for a few weeks and so I am officially announcing that I am going to begin a bi-partisan group on Facebook. The first issue that I want us to work on is public education. I have some groups that some friends who are in politics have told me would help and help us. But, on this commission which I have not named yet. I want three Republicans and Three Democrats. Now, anyone is welcome to let me know if they are interested and you can live in any state across the US. But, the one stipulation is that you must not be a current serving public official on either side of the aisle or work for anyone who is an elected official. I know what I am looking for and I know what we need to do and what needs to be done so if you are willing to work and are passionate please like the page or send me a message and just include your education level, age, reason for wanting to join and your party affiliation. Also, include any past volunteer work that you might have done. This is not a paid position and there are only six positions open. But, I promise you that if you decide you want to get involved. Once you learn everything I have planned. Your will be excited if you are a political junkie like me. But, we will work together and everything discussed will remain a secret until we are completed and ready to take action that will be effective and make a difference. So if anyone is up for the challenge let me know. I will take names until the end of February. You can also email me at: jdawsonhicks@gmail.com please leave contact information as if I call you. Your in!! Let’s make a difference!!
God Bless,
Dawson Hicks

Clinton Campaign Joins Recount….Trump Calls it a “Scam.” Original Article by: Eugene Scott (CNN)

 Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton’s campaign said Saturday it will take part in efforts to push for recounts in several key states, joining with Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who has raised millions of dollars to have votes counted again in Wisconsin.

But, in a post on Medium, Marc Elias, the campaign’s counsel, said the campaign’s own investigation has not uncovered any evidence of hacking of voting systems.
In the campaign’s most detailed comments to date on the recount, Elias wrote that while the campaign was not going to contest the results itself, it has decided now to take part in the effort to “ensure that it is fair to all sides.”
But President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday dismissed the recount and said that “the election is over.”
“The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, ‘We must accept this result and look to the future,'” Trump said in a statement, which called the recount “ridiculous” in a headline.
The President-elect blasted the Green Party’s effort as a “scam” and accused the party’s nominee, Jill Stein, of trying to reel in donations that she won’t actually spend on a recount.
“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount,” Trump said. “This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.”
Stein dismissed Trump’s suggestion that the funds wouldn’t be spent on the recount.
“For his information, this is all going into a dedicated and segregated account so that it can only be spent on the recount,” she told CNN’s Pamela Brown on “Newsroom.”
“He may be creating his own facts here as he’s been known to do some times in the past,” Stein added. “He himself said it was rigged election unless he won it.”Green Party officials filed Friday for a recount in Wisconsin after reports of voting discrepancies.
Wisconsin Green Party co-chairman George Martin said that the party was seeking a “reconciliation of paper records” — a request that would go one step further than a simple recount, which is expected to begin next week, and that he hopes will spur an investigation into the integrity of the state’s voting system.
“This is a process, a first step to examine whether our electoral democracy is working,” Martin said.
Stein tweeted Saturday that she’s willing to expand the recount to other states.”I will do a recount in any state where the deadline has not passed. Help my staff find state deadlines … #Recount2016,” she said.

 

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A letter….

Friends,

I do not know about you , but aren’t we all glad that this year’s political season is almost over. We are not too far from the general election and I just wanted to remind people to exercise their constitutional right to vote. I know that many of us find it easy to complain about the politicians we have in office and it is easy to get caught up in the fault’s that each of them may or may not have. I do realize that we are all sick and tired of the ads and the phone calls and the emails. (I am totally over the emails.) But, this is the political process and what it has evolved into in today’s modern times. Yes, I am sure that many people do not agree with my point of view. I might not see things the way that you see them either. But, at the end of the day we are trying to achieve the same goal. We are trying to do what is best for the country that we both love and at the end of the day. After the dust clears and the election is over. We are all Americans and we are still the United States and we must not forget that we live in the GREATEST nation on earth. Regardless of what you have been told America is still great in my eyes. Because we still have men and women who are willing to die so that I may live in a free country. We still have veterans living like both of my grandfathers who fought during World War II and have stories about how America along with a few other countries defeated one of the worst enemies the world has ever known. We still today have the cities and the small towns that make up the great melting pot we call America. Let us never forget that our founding fathers were immigrants who took the chance and went up against the King of England to fight for a dream a vision they had of a free land where we all are created equal. Regardless, if you are black, white, brown, red or blue we all are Americans. We need to remember that yes our country is faced with enemies around the world and sometimes the enemies are in our very backyards. But, we as Americans should never turn our backs on each other because of our differences in beliefs. Instead, we should embrace the simple fact that we have the freedom to have our own beliefs and voice our opinions. So, regardless if you are voting for Trump or Clinton or writing in Mickey Mouse for President of the United States this November in the voting booth. I ask you to take the time and take part in the process that so many people so many years ago fought and died for so that we may have this simple, but powerful right.

Mis amigos hispanos satisfacer si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre cómo o dónde se encuentre a votar . O desea registrarse para votar, puede ponerse en contacto conmigo en cualquier momento . Usted también tiene el derecho legal de voto y sus derechos sean protegidos . Habrá gente de habla hispana en las urnas en el condado de Comanche y habrá materiales en español para que pueda votar tu voz también cuenta! ¡Estoy con usted!

Much Love,

 

Dawson

Donald Trump’s poll numbers collapse as general election looms ( Re-Post by: Benjy Sarlin)

The bottom is dropping out for Donald Trump.

While Trump was never popular outside of his loyal slice of GOP voters, a raft of new polls show his national position hitting new lows, including with groups that are supposed to form his base.

A collection of recent surveys by Real Clear Politics finds, on average, 30 percent of respondents hold a favorable view of Trump versus 63 percent who hold a negative one. Those numbers are roughly parallel to former President George W. Bush’s approval ratings during his final months in office, which set the stage for President Barack Obama’s landslide victory.

America’s widespread loathing for Trump puts further pressure on Republican delegates to deny him the nomination in July if he falls short of a majority, a move that would set off an ugly civil war — but one that some in the party believe would be necessary to stave off generational damage.

Trump’s worsening position comes after a tumultuous period in which he has faced widespread criticism within his party over his violent rhetoric and, more recently, his attack on Sen. Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz. The news has not improved much in recent days, which featured the arrest of Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandoski and Trump’s flip flop over “punishment” for women who terminate their pregnancy.

RELATED: Donald Trump holds surprise meeting with RNC in DC

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton leads Trump by double digits in at least six national polls in March, even as her own favorability ratings appear weak. Using 2008 as a reference point again, Obama’s popular vote margin against Sen. John McCain was just more than 7 percent.

Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a nonpartisan election forecaster affiliated with the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, handicapped the general election based on the latest numbers and the results were not pretty for the GOP. According to their best guess, Democrats would begin a race against Trump with states totaling 347 electoral votes already solidly in their camp or leaning that way. They need 270 to win.

Joe: The past few days have been bad for Trump

Top Democratic strategists have warned that Trump could be a tougher out than he appears. His campaign has emphasized its strength with blue collar white voters, and some Clinton allies and labor officials have expressed concern that Rust Belt states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin might flip under the right circumstances.

Recent polls, however, strongly undermine the idea Trump has the kind of popularity needed to make that approach work. A Washington Post/ABC News poll early this month found a majority of non-college whites (52 percent) and white men (51 percent) disapproved of Trump — a shocking find given their importance to his coalition.

There are red flags at the state level as well. A Marquette University poll of Wisconsin voters this week found 70 percent of respondents disapproved of Trump. Clinton led Trump by 10 points, despite only tying Sen. Ted Cruz in the same poll.

Trump’s numbers are horrific among black and Hispanic voters — two groups that the RNC argued the party needed to aggressively court in its autopsy of the 2012 election. Some Republican strategists have argued, however, that the GOP could still squeak by in 2016 by improving their margins with white votersalone.

That second option looks a lot harder, however, the more Trump exacerbates his already weak position with women.

The Post/ABC News survey found three-quarters of women held an unfavorable view of Trump — and that was before his Lewandoski was charged with battery against a female reporter and Trump proposed “some form of punishment” for women who terminate a pregnancy should abortion be outlawed. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll the same month found 70 percent of women nationally held an unfavorable opinion of Trump.

For a worst case scenario, look no further than former Senate candidate Todd Akin who won just 39 percent of the total vote in red-leaning Missouri in 2012 after claiming women rarely get pregnant from“legitimate rape.”

Trump’s remarks on abortion Wednesday infuriated Republicans and pro-life activists who have spent years trying to train candidates to avoid inflammatory rhetoric and positions around the issue. Trumpwalked back his comments the same day, but his frequent blow-ups are heightening fears within the GOP that Republicans down the ballot will spend the entire election reacting to his stumbles.

RELATED: Why Trump’s controversies matter for all Republicans

For the first time this cycle, some analysts are suggesting the Republican House majority — commonly thought to be impregnable until at least 2022 thanks to GOP-friendly maps — could come into play if Trump’s numbers were to hold and the party fractured over his candidacy. As for the Senate, Democrats started the year on offense thanks to an outsize number of vulnerable GOP seats and it’s hard to imagine the majority not changing hands in a crushing Trump defeat.

Adding to Republican woes, Obama’s approval rating has been perking up and is now consistently in positive territory for the first time since early in his second term. With unemployment at less than 5 percent, gas prices low, and the economy growing at a steady pace, the environment looks more favorable for Democrats than might have been expected even a few months ago.

There’s still a decent chance Trump will not be the nominee. He’s unlikely to win a contested convention thanks to his weak support among party leaders and a complicated set of delegate rules that make it hard for him to pack the room with loyal supporters.

Such a move would come with its own downsides, however. Trump has predicted “riots” from his supporters if he loses, and it seems highly likely he would direct his voters to not support the Republican nominee in November. That would likely do fatal damage to someone like Cruz, whose path to victory is difficult enough without Trump undermining him.

This would normally be the point in an article where all the caveats are listed: It’s early, maybe Trump can improve his standing with voters, perhaps he can heal rifts within the GOP by November, etc.

Unlike past candidates, however, Trump is almost universally well known at this point and respondents to polls indicate strong feelings about his candidacy. He’s also yet to weather any attacks from the left, whereDemocrats are preparing a massive campaign to drag him down in ways that his Republican rivals cannot. Unless something big changes, Trump could cross a point of no return well before the Republican convention takes place.

Latest Presidential Polls…..

So, I am reposting these poll numbers taken directly from: http://www.realclearpolitics.com. 

Although, it is a tight race as we enter into July and the National Conventions will official nominate their candidates for President of the United States. The polls right now are in Hillary Clinton’s favor. Trump is clearly the Republican’s nominee for President and Clinton is the Democratic nominee. But, you can bet that this year both the Republican and Democratic conventions will be more interesting that watching  Kim Kardashian. By, that I mean that what you see on television at the conventions will be actually be reality television with a meaning behind the actions and speeches made by the speakers and votes cast by the Delegates. This unlike the K’s is important for the entire country. With that being said, Bernie Sanders has not dropped out of the race. I personally think that he his hoping that he can switch the minds of delegates at the national convention or make a scene to try and prove a point. Who knows…..But, without anymore of my opinions here are the latest polls…..enjoy!!

Battle for the White House
RCP Poll Averages
Election 2016 Clinton Trump RCP Average

RCP Poll Average Clinton  46.1 Trump  39.4   Clinton +6.7

4-Way RCP Average Clinton 42.3 Trump 36.7 Clinton +5.6

RCP Electoral Map Clinton  211  Trump  164

Battlegrounds Clinton Trump RCP Average

Pennsylvania        Clinton 43.0 Trump  42.5   Clinton +0.5
Florida                     Clinton 45.2   Trump 41.8   Clinton +3.4
Ohio                        Clinton 43.0  Trump  40.3 Clinton +2.7
Virginia                  Clinton  43.8  Trump  39.8    Clinton +4.0
North Carolina            Clinton 42.7  Trump 44.0  Trump +1.3
Georgia                    Clinton  40.8  Trump  45.0   Trump +4.2
New Hampshire           Clinton  43.0 Trump  36.5 Clinton +6.5

Dem Delegates: Clinton 2220  Sanders 1831 Clinton +389
Popular Vote  Clinton   16.2m Sanders   12.4m   Clinton +3.8m

GOP Delegates Trump   1542  Cruz   559 Trump +983
Popular Vote Trump  13.3m Cruz  7.6m Trump +5.7m

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The Head Start Program and my personal observations in Rural Texas

I was shocked to see that in a small central Texas town at a local head start program I found the most well behaved kids who at their young age can grow strawberries, lettuce and other things that one does not usually see a five year old grow. Oh and they are organic and they have a green house and a compost heap. Yes I am not a big fan of children as many will will testify to but, these kids do not bother me at all.  They are so intelligent and even teachers are trying to get their kids in so that they can get this foundation of education from this particular program in Deleon, Texas. I was not suprised when I was told that their funds had beem cut short and their grant is up in the air.  Resulting in the lack of job security in this certain region. We owe it to our children to find a way to fund education at all levels as long as they remain productive.  For our children our the future!