On Friday, I drove to College Station — don’t worry! as a good Longhorn I didn’t drink the water and held my breath as long as I could — to speak at the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Annual Conference. This important meeting of small and urban farmers from around the state is an opportunity to share ideas on new agricultural trends and discuss food policies.
Food should not be a partisan issue. As the chair of the Farm-to-Table Caucus, I joined Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) for a luncheon discussion of ag issues taken up in the 84th Legislature. We stressed the point that, while our politics are on opposite ends of the spectrum, we had a mutual interest in helping Texas farmers flourish in their local and regional economies.
Thank You, Jan
I want to express a heartfelt thank you to Jan Soifer, who just stepped down as chair of the Travis County Democratic Party. In her short tenure, she raised over $1.1 million for the organization and helped turn our county even bluer. She hired on an all-star team that is committed to advancing the progressive banner in our community.
Congratulations to her successor, Vincent Harding, who was elected by the county executive committee of precinct chairs last night at Scholz Garten. I look forward to working with him in the coming months to elect more Democrats!
I stand with Planned Parenthood, and politicians need to stop playing games with women’s health care. That’s all I really have to say about this at the moment.