Author: Wayne Caswell

Political Investments with High ROI

By Wayne Caswell, Vice Chairman, Alliance of Progressive Voters

After Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last month, articles everywhere quoted analysts who called it a trillion-dollar giveaway to wealthy Republican donors. That caused me to dig up and re-watch a whiteboard video by Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. In “The Koch Machine,” he shows us how the Koch brothers strategically spent hundreds of millions of dollars on:

  • showy political front groups,
  • deceitful ad campaigns,
  • Think Tanks that reinforce their beliefs,
  • voter suppression schemes,
  • anti-unions efforts, and
  • a long-term strategy to unravel America’s campaign finance laws.

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Why American Health Care is So Expensive

By Wayne Caswell, Founding Editor, Modern Health Talk

This video by Vox and Ezra Klein explains why American health care is so expensive, and it does so simply and effectively. It mentions each of the top issues I write about at Modern Health Talk, including the political influence of a medical cartel that profits from treating illness and injury with a fee-for-service business model. (more…)

Texas Democrats are Staging a Comeback

While most Texans are still Republican, Democrats are enjoying a comeback after a year of Trump politics that is dividing the nation, pitting neighbor against neighbor, souring family relationships, and breaking up friendships. This has many long-time Republicans turning away from the party.

These Are Exciting Times

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“PADDLE” To Catch the Blue Wave

A Blue Wave swept across the Virginia Legislature last year, and it’s making its way to Texas, giving us the best chance since Ann Richards of flipping Texas politics. But to catch the wave, we must all do our part — paddle if you will. For me, that means stepping up to run for public office in Texas House District 106 to represent you.

The Virginia Wave was clearly an Anti-Trump rejection of hatred, misogyny, racism, bigotry and the divisiveness that has spread across the nation.  (more…)

GOP Against Local Control

By Wayne Caswell, Vice Chairman, Alliance of Progressive Voters

The GOP-controlled Texas Legislature has been attacking local control with the same fierceness that once was reserved for criminals, and Governor Greg Abbott has been leading a national trend that must stop. He even suggests that states should ban cities from having regulatory powers at all.

Abbott apparently believes in The Goldilocks Rule: “Federal control is big and bad. Local control is bad. State control is just right.” It’s all about power.

According to the Houston Chronicle, he wants lawmakers to “set spending caps on local governments, reform property taxes in a way that could force budget cuts, and limit the ability of cities to control annexation, tree-cutting, texting while driving, [ride-sharing services, business regulation, plastic grocery bags,] construction permits, bathroom access, even the collection of union dues in government paychecks.”

Over a dozen other states with Republican control have joined in this attack with limits on minimum wage rates, local gun controls, multibillion-dollar transportation projects, and even  issues such as allowing the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

State officials point to regulatory uniformity, but political scientists insist that party politics is a factor, because cities are more liberal at heart. That’s why Ramona Thompson picked Local Control as one of the top issues of her campaign.

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School Finance is Not a Game

When I get to Austin my number one priority will be to end the shell game that the legislature is playing with our taxes. ALL our school tax money should be going to public education, but it isn’t.

Texas only gets a C- in Education

Every child should have access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve the American dream. Public schools must be fully funded to achieve the goal of providing children with the tools they need to succeed. (more…)

Saving Capitalism From Corruption

A guest article by Wayne Caswell, Vice Chairman, Alliance of Progressive Voters

If Wealth and Power Corrupts, then Extreme Wealth and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely. That’s my extension of a quote by British historian Lord Acton, and it’s why I worry so much about our current President and write so much about the relationship between income inequality, opportunity, and political influence. (more…)

Don’t Gut Net Neutrality

By Wayne Caswell, Vice Chairman, Alliance of Progressive Voters

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to gut Net Neutrality consumer protections and kill open Internet competition as a result. That’s not surprising since he formerly worked as an attorney for Verizon Communications, but there are many issues that are not well understood, and not being discussed.

I am so bothered by this that I sent personal notes to the five FCC Commissioners, shared my Net Neutrality perspectives, and urge them NOT to gut Net Neutrality. Here’s what I said.

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Q&A with Ramona

Frisco Water Tower

House, Ramona Thompson announced her run for Texas House District 106, a seat currently held by Pat Fallon (R-Frisco).

District 106 is a gerrymandered shape that includes the cities of Aubrey, The Colony, Cross Roads, Hackberry, Krugerville, Lakewood Village, Lincoln Park, Little Elm, Oak Point, Pilot Point, Sanger, and portions of Frisco, Hebron, Prosper and Plano.

Below are Ramona’s answers to questions asked by The Dallas Morning News, Community Impact Newspaper, and others.

Why are you running for this office?

Texas Democrats have been under represented in Austin politics for too long.

As I watched the last year unfold with horror, I realized that too many of us abdicated our power by not donating and voting, and not being informed, involved, and politically active. It’s clear that we need more Democrats willing to run for office and represent all Texans. (more…)

The Virginia Wave

“What are the top lessons from the recent Virginia House of Delegates elections for candidates running for Texas House? And, if you are elected how would you use that momentum to strengthen the Democratic Party in the state?”

That line of questioning was posed by Groundswell Denton, to several Democrat candidates for Texas House Districts in the Dallas are. What follows is the quick response I submitted.

The Virginia Wave is poised to sweep the nation

The Virginia results are inspiring, and provide a spark of hope that we can reference to get our constituents motivated to donate and vote. It is more proof that the tide is turning. (more…)

Ramona announces candidacy (News)

Press Release

Ramona Thompson announces candidacy

Texas House District 106

Frisco, TX November 16, 2017: With the slogan “Ramona, in the House,” Democrat Ramona Thompson of Frisco, launched her political campaign this week for Texas House District 106, a seat currently held by Republican Pat Fallon.

The event was held at the Frisco Lakes Golf Club on Monday, November 13 with over 100 guests attending. Its resounding success shows that there is a large progressive community in the area that is looking for a strong candidate who understands and can represent their issues in Austin. (more…)