Show Announcement: Monday July 30 thru Friday August 3

This week (and part of next) from 9-9:25am (CDT), I will be sitting in for the vacationing KPFT general manager Duane Bradley to host “Open Journal – Community Conversation”. This program is a listener call-in format.

Program details forthcoming.

You can listen in Houston on 90.1 FM, or online here.

The shows will also be added to the Thinkwing Radio blog on the archive page shortly after they become available.

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Show Announcement (Monday, July 30): Harris County Dispute Resolution Center Spokesperson April Tone

On Monday (7/30) from 9-9:30am (CDT), I will be sitting in for the KPFT general manager Duane Bradley to host “Open Journal – Community Conversation”. This program is a listener call-in format, and you can call with questions or comments during the show.

My guest will be April Tone of the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center (DRC).

The DRC is a free service available to all Harris County residents. It handles disputes between neighbors, families and friends, among other things.

Their web site is drchouston.org. All services are FREE to residents of Harris County (TX). They can be reached during their normal business hours at 713–755–8274

You can listen in Houston on 90.1 FM, or online here.

The show will also be added to the Thinkwing Radio blog on the archive page shortly after they become available.

Show Announcement: Harris Cty Democratic Chair Lane Lewis Will Join Me, Thursday July 26

On Thursday, July 26th from 9:30-9:55am (CDT), I will have the pleasure of interviewing Lane Lewis, the recently-elected Chair of the Harris County (TX) Democratic Party.  This will be the “Thinkwing Radio” edition of “Open Journal – Community Spotlight”. Among the topics I intend to discuss are the current primary runoff elections and Obama’s assertion that Texas can become a ‘toss-up’ state for the Democrats.

I hope to take some phone calls with Lane during the second half of the show.

You will be able to listen live in Houston on 90.1 FM, or online here.

The show will also be added to the Thinkwing Radio blog on the archive page shortly after it becomes available.

Join us!

Texas Primary Runoff Election: July 31, 2012 (Early Voting 7/23-27)

There are still some runoff elections as a result of undecided primary races. To vote in the runoffs, you must have voted in that party’s primary. [8/1/2012: This is apparently only partially accurate. Please see the CORRECTION at the bottom of this post. – Mike]

For early voting and ballot information in Harris County (my home area, encompassing most of Houston) you can visit this site: http://harrisvotes.org/.

(Non-Texas voters may find some useful info for their localities here: http://gottavote.org/en/?choose-state=true)

I try to maintain some general voting and political reference material here: https://thinkwingradio.com/political-information-and-resources/

Your state may vary, but the information in Texas is as follows:

The early voting period for the July 31st Runoff Election is July 23 – 27, 2012.

From VoteTexas.org: Any registered voter may vote early by personal appearance (in person). Early voting by personal appearance for the July 31, 2012, Primary Runoff Election begins on July 23, 2012, and ends on July 27, 2012. You may vote at any early voting location in your county of registration.

July 31, 2012 – Primary Runoff Election

You can see a list of runoffs for Texas Statewide positions (US Senator, etc.)  here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/,  and here: http://votetexas.gov/voting/what.

You can contact the Texas Secretary of State (SoS) about election-related questions or complaints here: http://votetexas.gov/contact/

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CORRECTION: Thanks for this submission by J J Smith, on 2012/08/01 at 6:28 AM | In reply to ThinkWingRadio.

New News for all of us….. From http://votetexas.gov/faq/registration#1120:
Q. Does a voter have to vote in the primary election in order to vote in a runoff-election or on November 6, 2012?

A. A voter does not have to vote in the May 29, 2012 primary election in order to qualify to vote in a primary run-off election on July 31, 2012, OR in the general election on November 6, 2012. If you voted in one party’s primary on May 29, 2012, then you may not vote in the other party’s runoff on July 31, 2012. Remember if you signed a petition in lieu of filing fee for a candidate for one party, you many not vote in another party’s primary or primary runoff that voting year (2012). Whether you voted or not in the primary, you may vote for whomever you choose in November. Party affiliations expire on December 31.

Stop-action Animation to “The Line”, by Noah and the Whale [VIDEO]

Grace S. Sun, my step-daughter, created this really lovely stop-action animated video to the song, “The Line”, by Noah and the Whale.

All the artwork is her original work, as is the animation itself.

Enjoy!

Florida Government Complicit in Negligent Homicide?: Worst TB outbreak in 20 years kept secret

Worst TB outbreak in 20 years kept secret

State rushes closure of its only TB hospital in Lantana

Updated: 6:10 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2012 | Posted: 10:52 a.m. Sunday, July 8, 2012

By Stacey Singer

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

JACKSONVILLE — The CDC officer had a serious warning for Florida health officials in April: A tuberculosis outbreak in Jacksonville was one of the worst his group had investigated in 20 years. Linked to 13 deaths and 99 illnesses, including six children, it would require concerted action to stop.

That report had been penned on April 5, exactly nine days after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill that shrank the Department of Health and required the closure of the A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana, where tough tuberculosis cases have been treated for more than 60 years.

(See full article here)