January 22, 2008

Oh Really, TinaFish? You're this dumb?

The TXGOP sent out an email yesterday asserting that Rick Noriega 'accused Teachers of being in the cheap seats'. Seriously. What TinaFish didn't pick up on is that Lt. Col. Noriega was talking specifically about Ray McMurrey who has spent an inordinate amount of time in his campaign, and in his speech to the AFL-CIO convo on Saturday, basically trying (unsuccessfully) to tear down Noriega. Here's the quote which TinaFish included in VERY small print:

"It's easy to talk from the cheap seats when you haven't been in the trenches for a long time fighting for Texas families," Noriega said. (Kelly Shannon, “Noriega, McMurrey make cases to labor activists,” AP, January 19, 2008)

Go read the article and Vince's summary on Noriega's speech (which received a standing ovation, natch). The reality is that while Ray's been doing an admirable job teaching kids in his school, he hasn't been fighting some of the battles that Noriega's fought in the Texas House against Republicans like TinaFish. Battles to increase Teacher pay, for example.

All this brings to mind, though, just how bad Republicans like Noriega's eventual opponent Senator John Cornyn have been for Texas teachers. Here's one and here's another. Then there was this about Republicans trying to destroy the pensions that Teachers have been promised. Here's something about keeping Teachers from Social Security income they deserve. If memory serves, Senator John Cornyn actually voted for this along with the other Republicans in Congress from Texas.

I'd link more (there are eight pages of them over the last two years) but I think you understand as well as I do that the real people who want to keep Texas Teacher's in the 'cheap seats' are the Republicans. They've certainly been doing a good job of it so far.

Sorry to break this to you, TinaFish, but Cornyn's going to be running against Lt. Col. Noriega. And he's going to kick Senator John Cornyn's ass.

Posted by mcblogger at January 22, 2008 09:02 AM

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Glad to comment. First things first. Ray McMurrey
has many faults. Teaching at a charter school,however, is not one of them.
CORPUS CHRSTI - A new kind of high school began classes Monday. The Collegiate High School on Del Mar's East Campus is a result of a partnership between Del Mar and CCISD.


This new school compresses six years of education into four years to get high school students ready for college. It's not for everyone since it focuses on academics, not sports, band or cheerleaders.

"This is a really good opportunity and whoever can take it. Take a whack at it. See what they think," said Ashley McDermott.


So far there are 108 ninth grade students enrolled from all of the CCISD middle schools.


(It is a really good program.It is part of Corpus Christi Independent School District. Many of those
Middle School students (at least 30 of them) I wrote teacher recommendations for.)

Sorry about the form. Am having trouble editing.

Posted by: nuts101 [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2008 10:51 AM

Not a problem at all... Will correct the post.

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2008 11:37 AM

Great, Great, Great. Talk about instant gratification. I am gratified.

Posted by: nuts101 [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2008 12:35 PM

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