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“Ignorance Never Takes A Break”: Conservatives Launch Pre-Emptive Attacks On Sec. Julian Castro

One year ago, Julian Castro (former Mayor of San Antonio, TX) was sworn in as the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Many people (including this writer) assume that he is the most likely prospect to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016. Apparently a lot of conservatives share that assumption because lately they have launched some interesting attacks on Castro.

First of all, there was Samuel Rosado writing in the National Review that Julian Castro was never a “real” mayor.

Julian Castro is often introduced as the former mayor of San Antonio, Texas. Presumably, journalists and the general public think of this as a major accomplishment and a useful dose of executive experience — it is, after all, a city of 1.4 million people. But San Antonio doesn’t work like most high-profile American cities, such as New York and Chicago, which are largely run by their mayors. It runs under the council-manager form of government, meaning the city council appoints a city manager who actually handles the day-to-day operations of government.

It is true that cities around the country vary in terms of the organizational structure of their government. But working with a city manager (who usually handles administrative tasks) in no way strips a mayor of his/her title – much less most of the associated responsibilities.

I would also point out that Sec. Castro served on the San Antonio City Council for four years and is rightly credited with some significant accomplishments as Mayor.

In 2010 Castro created SA2020, a community-wide visioning effort. It generated a list of goals created by the people of San Antonio based on their collective vision for San Antonio in the year 2020. SA2020 then became a nonprofit organization tasked with turning that vision into a reality.

In 2010 he established Cafe College, which offers college guidance to San Antonio area students. In 2012 he led a voter referendum to expand pre-kindergarten education.

But when it comes to ridiculous critiques, it will likely come as no surprise to anyone that Rep. Steve King tops the charts.

As I have often said, there are times when the only appropriate response to nonsense like that is to point and laugh. Apparently someone at Wikipedia had the same reaction. Mediaite caught the screen grab with King’s name changed to Esteban Arnaldo “Steba” Rey.

So far the criticism of Castro has been pretty laughable. If he gets the nod as the VP nominee, I’m sure it will only escalate.

 

By: Nancy LeTourneau, Political Animal Blog, The Washington Monthly, July 19, 2015

August 2, 2015 Posted by | Hillary Clinton, Julian Castro, Steve King | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Martial Law Now A Reality In Michigan:The Voter’s Voice Doesn’t Really Matter Anymore

Last week saw the layoff of every public school teacher in Detroit, and the initial fruition of the highly-contested bill that allows emergency financial managers to have unconditional control over a city in a financial emergency. The city of Benton Harbor, Michigan, declared to be in a financial emergency by Governor Rick Snyder, now knows that, according to Snyder, the voter’s voice doesn’t really matter anymore.
 
Joseph Harris, the city’s new Emergency Financial Manager (EFM), dismantled the entire government, only allowing city boards and commissions to call a meeting to order, approve of meeting minutes and adjourn a meeting.
 
The law that allows Harris to “exercise any power or authority of any office, employee, department, board, commission, or similar entity of the City, whether elected or appointed,” was passed in March after the urging of Gov. Snyder, and despite thousands of protesters who came to the Lansing capitol throughout February and March.
 
Michigan AFL-CIO released a press release in response to Benton Harbor: “This is sad news for democracy in Michigan. It comes after the announcement of Robert Bobb in Detroit ordering layoff of every single public school teacher in the Detroit Public School system,” says Mark Gaffney, President of Michigan AFL-CIO. “With the stripping of all power of duly elected officials in Benton harbor and the attack on Detroit school teachers, we can now see the true nature of the Emergency Manager system.”
 
Earlier in the week, TMP Muckraker reported that the Detroit Public Schools’ EFM, Robert Bobb, sent 5,466 unionized teachers layoff notices “in anticipation of a workforce reduction to match the district’s declining student enrollment.” The notices are a part of the Detroit Teachers Federation collective-bargaining contract. TPM also reported that “Non-Renewal notices have also been sent to 248 administrators, and the layoffs would go into effect by July 29.”

By: Jennifer Page, Center for Media and Democracy, April 18, 2011

April 18, 2011 Posted by | Collective Bargaining, Conservatives, Democracy, Education, Elections, GOP, Government, Governors, Ideology, Jobs, Lawmakers, Middle Class, Politics, Public Employees, Republicans, Right Wing, State Legislatures, States, Union Busting, Unions, Voters | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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