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David, "You have been warned."From: "Glen Maxey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: No Nonsense Newsletter #2: The dough is rising and snakes are biting
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2005 17:33:03 -0500
Since I last wrote you Ã‚â€¦ No Nonsense in November has picked up solid financial support, generated a lot of buzz in the media, and even picked up a few clues on what the opposition is planning.
Members of the Human Rights Campaign have committed to raise $120,000 to support the infrastructure of the campaign. This is a fantastic boost to our efforts!! Clear your calendars for the middle of September and watch our web site as we will soon be posting dates for major fundraising events in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Next week, you'll be able to donate towards one of those events on our web site, http://www.NoNonsenseInNovember.com!
We're glad our efforts are being noticed because we have been working hard to build a strong coalition to do what no other state has done Ã‚â€“ defeat a marriage constitutional amendment. It's going to take all the strength we can muster and then some.
Opposition Rears Its Ugly Head
If there was ever any doubt about where the right is going with this issue, consider what Rick Perry's political consultant, Dave Carney, says.
Carney, who is confident the amendment will pass, compares opposition to gay marriage to an aversion to communism, describing it as "something that would galvanize voters of all stripes."
Is he suggesting that the right's game plan will use the same hate-mongering tactics we saw during the McCarthy era?
Word on the street is that the "grand old party" will be deploying "strike teams" to churches to do Voter ID. As usual, they'll rally support for the amendment by portraying themselves as the party that's "for family values."
With your help, we'll be ready for them.
Volunteer to fight Ã‚â€¦ we need people to host House parties, volunteer in our field offices, and be part of our Speakers Bureau, which is in formation. Within days, you'll be able to download speeches and talking points from the web.
The Speakers Bureau will keep the focus where it belongs Ã‚â€“ on the Texas Legislature's failure to address real issues and on our zeal to Defend, not Amend, the Texas Bill of Rights.
While they may be able to afford television ads, showing people around a dinner table talking abut family values, we'll be organizing around our own dinner tables, and talking to Texans in churches and temples, in offices and at civic group meetings, letting them know that our families have value, too.
We'll counter their claim to be a party that supports limited government by pointing out that there is nothing more intrusive than government telling Texans who they can marry.
And we'll show them that the real power of the people is to defend a Constitution and a Bill of Rights that protects all people.
We'll stand up to them in the same way people stood up to McCarthy-ism.
We'll show them that Texas voters are like a snake that's been provoked by legislators who have advanced marriage at the polls while stalling on school finance. We'll show them this snake will bite and it will bite them all over the state.
We will galvanize our people to vote against this amendment. We will vote against the purveyors of this hate in 2006. And we will support those good legislators in 2006, who took the right stand and stood with us.
One thing "the buzz" isn't clear on is whether or not Governor Perry will actually campaign for the amendment. His smiling face and good hair are all over the opposition's web site, http://www.txmarriage.com, but inquiring minds want to know whether he'll get out in front of this, and use this wedge-issue to identify social conservatives to vote for him and not One Tough Grandma in the Republican primary?
Word has it that some GOP movers and shakers are afraid that all their GOTV efforts for the constitutional amendment election will be used to fuel Ã‚â€“ and finance Ã‚â€“ a "Re-Elect Rick Perry" campaign, and they're not happy campers.
The election will definitely come down to who can turn out the most voters.
Help us increase our numbers by sending the Pledge to Vote page to five of your friends and get them pledge to vote against the Nonsense Constitutional Amendment.
And help keep up us on "the buzz" by letting us know when your local paper or broadcast station covers the campaign. We want to post those stories on the web site, and keep all of you updated.
Thanks again for all you are doing!
No Nonsense in November
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