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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ted Cruz beats Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in runoff for Senate

Republican Ted Cruz is the victor in the Republican Primary for Texas Senate over Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. Cruz will face Democratic nominee Paul Sadler in November.

Republican Stephani Walsh wins her runoff with Kim Pettit

Republican Stephani Walsh won her runoff with Kim Pettit for 166th District Judge. Her Democratic opponent is former County Judge Laura Salinas.

Pct. 2 Constable Val Flores wins his runoff vs. Sam Talamentez

Constable Pct. 2 Val Flores won his runoff with challenger Sam Talamantez. He faces off with Republican  & former Democratic Pct. 2 Constable Jimmy Willburn in the November election.

Constable Pct. 1 Ruben Tejeda wins his runoff with Ray Lopez

Democratic Pct. 1 Constable Ruben Tejeda won his runoff with Ray Lopez. He is unopposed in the General election.

Democrat Constable Mike Blount wins his runoff for Pct. 4

Democratic Constable Pct. 4 Mike Blount won his runoff. He will face Republican Mano Valente in the November election.

Robbie Vasquez wins his runoff for Justice of the Peace, #2

Robbie Vazquez beat his opponent for the Democratic nomination for Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2. He will face off with Republican Bob Ray.

Dem. Albert Uresti wins his runoff against Ernesto Castro

Albert Uresti won his runoff versus Ernesto Castro for Tax Assessor Collector. He will face Republican Robert Stovall in the November election.

Former Judge Michael Mery wins his runoff for Dist. Judge

Former County Judge Michael Mery won his runoff race versus Nicole Elizalde Henning for District Judge. He faces off with Republican Art Rossi.

BC Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz wins runoff vs. Andy Lopez

Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz won his runoff bid against challenger Andy Lopez. He will face Republican Ret. AF General Susan Pamerlau in the November election.

Former City Councilman wins runoff for State Rep. 117

Former Councilman Philip Cortez won the Democratic runoff for State Rep. District 117 against Tina Torres. Cortez will face Republican State Rep. John Garza in the November election.

Campbell declared winner of Republican runoff, Dist. 25

Dr. Donna Campbell Republican nominee for State Senate District 25 will face off with Democrat John Courage.

RG Griffing-Solidarity for the Citizens-"Farewell Reception" 8-2

RG Griffing Farewell Reception
"Fare thee well in your travels, and may by fate we meet again."

R.G. Griffing, Publisher of the San Antonio Lightning Newspaper, passed away July 24. Friends are invited to attend a
“Farewell Reception”
RG Griffing
Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of
 San Antonio Lightning
where “Truth” championed the People.

The Woodward House(Home of the Woman’s Club of San Antonio)
1717 San Pedro Avenue(corner of San Pedro and French)
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
CA Stubbs - Emcee

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Heidi Search Center,
to a local animal shelter with a “no kill” policy,
or to your favorite charity.

* * *
SAL, San Antonio Lightning Newspaper, SanAntonioLightning

President Bill Clinton endorses Ciro Rodriguez for 23rd

Dear Friend,

Since the Primary, we have not let up. I am proud of the momentum and broad support that our issue-based campaign has built. I am honored to have the endorsement of my friend, and former opponent in this race, John Bustamante.

Now, I am excited to share with you an important development in our race. President Bill Clinton has endorsed our campaign. President Clinton and I have worked together from many years and his endorsement means a great deal to me. He knows, like I do, that this district needs a fighter that will carry our Democratic values to Washington and who will stand up to the special interests that put themselves before working families.

PS: Please join us for a victory party tonight between 6 and 10 at the Harlandale Civic Center, 115 W. Southcross!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Texas Democratic Party Gilberto Hinojosa to visit SA, 8-9

Newly elected Chair of the Texas Democratic Party, Gilberto Hinojosa, will be making a public appearance in San Antonio just after being elected to his state-wide post in Houston earlier this month. Chairman Hinojosa will be delivering opening comments at an event honoring Rebeca Martinez, nominee for Justice of the 4th Court of Appeals, Place 7. A large crowd is expected to be on hand for the address.

Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa is the first Hispanic to be elected as State Party Chair of the Texas Democratic Party. His historical win has fueled excitement about his upcoming appearance, where he will not doubt reveal key aspects of his plan to lead Democrats to victory in the upcoming November General Elections.

Rebeca Martinez feels honored that Chairman Hinojosa will be on hand at the event. “The word of Chairman Hinojosa’s visit has been spreading quickly. Democrats are energized by his victory and are eager to support his efforts to elect every Democrat in November.”

Gilberto Hinojosa, Newly Elected Chair of Texas Democratic Party, Thursday, August 9th. Event begins at 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Remarks at 6 p.m. @ Blue Star Brewing,
1414 S Alamo St.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Re-Election Fundraiser for Judge Noll @ Giraud Club, 8-15

5-7 p.m. @ the Giraud Club, 707 N. St. Mary's

"Ask the Judge" column continues in La Prensa, 7-29

Ask the Judge: Tales from the courtroom
By Judge Steve Walker

For the past two weeks I have shared real life tales that have happened in my court involving plaintiffs and defendants who have either behaved badly a success story of a 5-year-old who received her diploma from Pre-K after her parent was cited for failure to take her to school in the mornings.

In the past I shared the story of the elderly woman who requested I dismiss her traffic ticket for a medical reason because she admitted that she was driving while dizzy!

This week I will share stories about defendants who come to court to plead their case on what they perceive is a case of illegal towing of their vehicle from various properties.

Over the past year the media has focused on towing companies who appear to be running scams on unsuspecting motorists who leave their vehicle unattended in various parking lots around the city. The news stations show hidden video of the vehicles being booted and towed away at owner’s expense.

In Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Court we have many scenarios to include towing cases that we hear that either make you say, “huh?” or “what the?”

Week after week I hear those towing case stories from defendants that make you scratch your head and want to say, “what the?”

First of all, unfortunately the majority of defendants that come in my court on towing cases are unable to prove that they were “illegally” towed.

As any case, it is the plaintiff’s burden to prove that the towing company knowingly towed their vehicle, “illegally.”

Numerous defendants will present photos of the area where their vehicle was parked and some even show videos of the area. Normally those photos are taken after the fact on a different day. Many people who come in my court take the photos in the day time although their cars were towed at night which is legitimate but doesn’t always help their cause.

They complain there were no signs on the property at the time and then show me a photo that proves the towing companies case that there were indeed signs. The towing companies that come to my Court routinely take photos at the time of the towing. Documentation is the key to winning your case. The adage that a picture is worth a thousand words is just that. Pictures tell the tale.

One defendant actually handed me a letter from his apartment complex manager stating he was parked in a non parking slot. His car overlapped the painted lines of the slot which meant he was parked in two lanes, not one, which is illegal. He was towed away.

He kept repeating, “But where my car was parked was not a parking slot!” I answered, “that is why you car was illegally parked, because it was a NO parking zone!” Makes you want to say, “what the?”

Next week some more towing stories.

Lastly as always, if you are due in court, be sure to show up to court on time. It is in everyone’s best interest.

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Steve Walker is a Vietnam Veteran and a former Journalist.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Northwest Democrats host Pat Maloney Jr. Public Awards, 8-9

Northwest Democrats cordially invites you to join us in honoring the four Democratic State Representatives who represent our community at the Pat Maloney Sr. Public Awards Dinner, Thursday, August 9th from 6-9 p.m. @ the Omni Hotel @ the Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Boulevard.

Reception from 6-7 p.m. RSVP: 210-867-6338. $50 donation.

San Fernando "Labor" Mass service, Labor Day, September 3rd

Bob Comeaux, Retired Teacher is helping the CLC with participation for the San Fernando "Labor" Mass service. The goal is to have a minimum of 50 union members attend.
Next week the CLC offices will fax the form to all of our affiliated locals.

We thank you for your participation and support.
Terri Ramos

District 1 Councilman Back to School Wellness Fundraiser

Tina Torres endorsed by the San Antonio Express-News

Fido Olympics: Let the Games begin-July 27th-Aug. 10th

Watch out London, here comes the Fido Olympics!
Ok, so you didn't get that first class ticket to London to watch the 2012 Summer Olympic games, don't worry! We've got a front row seat for you to partake in a whole new competitive sporting event, the first ever Fido Olympics!

While you are less likely to see Princess Kate at these prestigious games, you are much more likely to have a smile on your face as you watch some of the San Antonio Humane Society pets strut their stuff in three competitive athletic events.

Bexar Republicans out vote Democrats in Early Voting

Bexar County Republicans outvoted Bexar County Democrats in early voting as of Friday, July 27th.
Republicans: 28, 487
Democrats: 11, 709
Election Day: July 31st

Bexar County Tejano Democrats support candidates

Friday, July 27, 2012

Vote for Republican State Senator Jeff Wentworth-runoff

Thursday, July 26, 2012

NW Democrats invites you Pat Maloney Sr. Public Awards, 8-9

State Rep. Jose Menendez
State Rep. Mike Villarreal
State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer
State Rep. Joaquin Castro
Northwest Democrats cordially invites you to join us in honoring the four Democratic State Representatives who represent our community at the Pat Maloney Sr. Public Awards Dinner, Thursday, August 9th from 6-9 p.m. @ the Omni Hotel @ the Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Boulevard.

Reception from 6-7 p.m. RSVP: 210-867-6338. $50 donation.

Kim Pettit for 166th District Court in Republican runoff, 7-31

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Philip Cortez for State Representative District 117 run-off

NSide 6th Anniversary Mixer-July Networking Event

Texas needs CPR-Dr. Donna Campbell for State Senator

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

San Antonio Lightning Publisher passes away, July 24th

R.G. Griffing with Rhett Smith
Richard "R.G" Griffing
San Antonio Publisher R.G. Griffing passed away, Tuesday morning, July 24th. Recently he lapsed into a coma. More details to come.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cruz to debate Dewhurst, 7-23 on Houston/Austin Fox News

Final Debate: Tonight at 6 p.m. King Street Patriots will be hosting a final debate between Ted Cruz & Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. The Debate will air on Fox 26 (in Houston) & KTBC Fox 7. (in Austin)

Texas Democrat Paul Sadler for U.S. Senate-Election-7-31

Greg Parker for Railroad Commissioner, Election-7-31

Early Voting continues through 7-27, Election, 7-31

Sunday, July 22, 2012

"Ask the Judge" Column continues in La Prensa SA, 7-22

Ask the Judge: Another Judge Judy moment!
By Judge Steve Walker

Last week “Ask the Judge” informed you about little “Jayzee” the five year old Pre-K student who stood in front of the bench crossing her arms and blurting out, “I graduated from Pre-K yesterday and I have a diploma, and I can prove it!” Indeed an inspiring success story to say the least. A day I won’t forget.

Some time back I related the story about the woman who received a traffic ticket and asked that it be dismissed on a medical excuse. (Which we can do if legitimate) Her excuse was she was driving while dizzy! Needless to say she did not get her ticket dismissed on those grounds after she admitted speeding five miles over the speed limit. Careful what you admit to when you are in a courtroom setting.

In Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Court we have many scenarios over time that occur in the court that either makes you say, “huh?” or “what the?”

With that in mind, “Ask the Judge” has another interesting story to relate that occurred in Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Court last year.

Two attorneys come into court and immediately engage in a heated discussion over some information that was to be presented to the court by one of the lawyers. In an excited moment the opposing lawyer grabbed the other attorney’s file that was lying on the bench.

He began waving the file in front of the other attorney’s face. Not a good thing to do. Protocol prohibits the opposing attorney from handling the other attorney’s file unless the first attorney hands it to him or her. Before we knew it, the offended attorney made a fist and drew back and threatened to strike the other attorney.

Without thinking and reverting to my classroom days as an elementary teacher, I responded, “Time Out, you guys are not 3rd graders, but officers of the law, and you (pointing to the one who grabbed the file) give him his file back and you (the aggressive attorney) don’t hit him!!” Sound like an elementary squabble?

I have always maintained since I became a Judge that the only difference between third graders and my Judge Judy Court (Small Claims) is that I am able to have adult conversations with third graders!

It is never dull in my Small Claims Court. As an aside, the two attorneys’ did apologize and shake hands before leaving the court, before I cited them for contempt for behaving unprofessionally.

Lastly as always, if you are due in court, be sure to show up to court on time. It is in everyone’s best interest.

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Steve Walker is a Vietnam Veteran and a former Journalist.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

5th & final posting on SAAHJ Gala @ Grand Hyatt, 7-20

MC & KSAT-12 Anchor Isis Romero
Judge Steve Walker & KTSA Reporter Elizabeth Ruiz
Delia Guajardo
Former News-4 Meteorologist MacClovio Perez
Father David Garcia
KSAT-12 Gen. Mgr. Jim Boyle
Erica & Mayor Julian Castro
SAEN Reporter Ed Tijerina
SAAHJ Prez. Elaine Ayala
KSAT-12 Reporter Stephanie Cerna
Honoree Jessie Degollado
Ken Slavin
Lindsay Medina
MC Isis Romero & Melissa Aguillon
SA 1st Mother Rosie Castro

KTSA Reporter Elizabeth Ruiz & Fox 29
Reporter Sylvia Rincon
Javier Flores, SAAHJ Prez Elaine Ayala, Carol Schliesinger
Jolene Almendarez, Bria Webb
Honoree Jessie Degollado & News-4 Reporter Laurie Salazar