Friday Open Thread | Meet Beto O’Rourke

If there’s a candidate that I sooooo want to be triumphant in November, it’s Beto O’Rourke.

Beto is a the man who has Ted Cruz running scared in Texas.

As always, Beto could use your help. Texas is an expensive place to run.

About Beto:

Beto O’Rourke is a fourth-generation Texan, born and raised in El Paso. After graduating from Columbia University, Beto worked in New York for a few years before deciding to move back to his hometown and start a small technology company. El Paso wasn’t the most likely place to start a company like this, but thanks to the work of some really talented El Pasoans, the company was a success. Over the years Stanton Street hired dozens of people in high skill, high-wage jobs that one might not expect to see in a border community.

Outside of work, Beto became deeply involved in the civic, business and community efforts in El Paso. He ran for El Paso City Council in 2005 and served for two terms before running for U.S. Congress in 2012, taking on an eight-term incumbent and winning. He knocked on thousands of doors and had real conversations, face-to-face, with the voters in El Paso.

In Congress, Beto serves on the House Committees for Armed Services and Veterans Affairs. He has made it a priority to work across the aisle to secure bipartisan support for his legislation, because Beto knows our country is at its best when we can put party aside to work together, build consensus and find common ground.

Much of Beto’s focus has been on improving the ability for veterans to get the health care — and other earned benefits — that they need. He’s also been focused on curbing the influence of corporate money in Congress. He helped introduce the “No PAC Act,” which would stop candidates for federal office from relying on PACs to bankroll their campaigns.


Accountability and responsiveness are critical to excellence in public service. Beto has made it a priority to host monthly town halls in El Paso to hear directly from his constituents. For nearly five years he hasn’t missed a single one. And that’s exactly how he’s running his campaign for U.S. Senate.

Beto is traveling to every part of Texas to meet with Texans in their communities. Whether they’re Democrats, Republicans, Independents or even non-voters, all Texans deserve an accountable, full-time, full-service Senator who’s committed to working tirelessly for our state. Now is the time for Texas to step up and lead.

Beto and his wife, Amy, are raising their three children, Ulysses, Molly and Henry, in El Paso.

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75 Responses to Friday Open Thread | Meet Beto O’Rourke

  1. Ametia says:



  2. Jeff Sessions: Lie to Congress during confirmation hearing….become Attorney General

    Alex van der Zwaan: Lie to the FBI….30 days in jail

    George Papadopoulos: Lie to the FBI…..14 days in jail

    Kalief Browder: held for three years in prison without trial for a back pack

  3. 14 days for lying to the FBI, y’all. THAT’S IT! My son is going to tell me….Mom, I told you so!

  4. rikyrah says:

    She made the discovery but a man got the Nobel. A half-century later, she’s won a $3 million prize.
    Antonia Farzan

    When Jocelyn Bell Burnell began her doctoral studies in physics at Cambridge University in 1965, she was convinced that they had made a mistake by admitting her. “I’m not bright enough for this place,” she now recalls thinking.

    It didn’t help that she was one of only two women in her graduate program. And Cambridge was far more affluent than anywhere she had lived before. Both factors likely contributed to her impostor syndrome, she told The Washington Post, “although of course we didn’t know that term then.”

    Bell Burnell’s response was to work as hard as she possibly could. If they threw her out anyway, she figured, she would know that she wasn’t smart enough to be at Cambridge.

    Her diligence ended up paying off. Two years after she arrived at Cambridge, Bell Burnell discovered the first pulsars — a groundbreaking revelation that on Thursday earned her the $3 million special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, which was previously awarded to Stephen Hawking, among others.

    It’s a recognition that many feel is long overdue. Bell Burnell’s male PhD supervisor won a Nobel Prize for the same discovery — in 1974.

  5. Ametia says:
  6. Ametia says:

    MOFO on drugs or what/ slurred speech. can’t pronounce words. My 6 year old grandson can

    PRONOUNCE >>>>>”ANONYMOUS”>>>>>>>>

  7. Perjury does not apply to white men. Look at Jeff Sessions. #ComplexionProtection

  8. rikyrah says:

    this is the result of those work requirements for Medicaid.
    Evil azz muthaphuckas.

    Over 4,500 #AR #Medicaid enrollees just lost coverage. This is first cohort from June. That month, about 26,000 subject to requirement, 15,500 exempted via state data, 2,400 reported exemption leaving about 8,000 to comply. Over half now losing coverage.

    — Judy Solomon (@JudyCBPP) September 6, 2018

  9. rikyrah says:

    Overlap in Kavanaugh nomination, Trump Russia probe becomes clear

    Rachel Maddow points out that between the selection of Brett Kavanaugh for his position on presidential prosecutions and the choice of a lawyer for witnesses in the Trump Russia investigation to process Kavanaugh documents, the Kavanaugh nomination and the Russia investigation are more related than they appear on the surface.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Swalwell: Kavanaugh ‘the wrong judge at the wrong time’

    Rep. Eric Swalwell talks with Rachel Maddow about why the Trump Russia investigation should not just preclude Donald Trump from naming a Supreme Court justice, but should also rule out Brett Kavanaugh.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Kavanaugh denies discussing Russia probe with Trump lawyer’s firm

    Senator Kamala Harris talks with Rachel Maddow about Brett Kavanaugh’s evasiveness on whether he discussed Robert Mueller’s Trump Russia investigation with anyone from the law firm of Marc Kasowitz, a lawyer retained by Donald Trump.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Democrats aim for potential cracks in GOP support for Kavanaugh

    Rachel Maddow outlines the strategy by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to highlight specific problems with Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court candidate that have the potential to turn some of their Republican colleagues to vote no.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Nixon’s White House counsel to testify against Kavanaugh Friday

    Rachel Maddow alerts viewers that among the witnesses to testify in the Brett Kavanaugh nomination hearing on Friday will be John Dean, Richard Nixon’s former White House counsel, who will speak against Kavanaugh’s views on investigating a president.

  14. Insane! Was she drunk? High? Cuz it makes no sense.

  15. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : September 7, 2018

    Schmooze: verb SHMOOZ

    1 : to converse informally : chat; also : to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections

    2 : to engage in informal conversation with

  16. My oldest boy and I watched the video of @KamalaHarris grilling #Kavanaugh and he says she’s so pretty. He walked in the house last night asked…what did my girl do today? LOL!

  17. rikyrah says:

    Obama speech to urge big Democratic turnout in November elections
    James Oliphant

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Barack Obama will warn Democratic voters in a speech on Friday that the stakes are too high to sit out November’s elections when the party is seeking to wrest control of Congress from President Donald Trump’s Republicans.

    Obama has largely avoided the spotlight since Trump succeeded him last year. But Friday’s speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will mark the start of a flurry of activity as he hits the campaign trail in coming weeks on behalf of Democratic candidates.

    On Saturday, Obama will appear at an event in Southern California for seven Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in Republican-held districts that backed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016, putting them high on the Democratic list of targets.

    Obama travels next week to Ohio to campaign for the Democratic candidate for governor, Richard Cordray, a former Obama administration official.

    Later in the month, he is expected to campaign in Illinois and Pennsylvania, the latter state being critical to Democratic hopes of picking up the 23 seats needed to win a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and put the brakes on Trump’s agenda.

    • Ametia says:

      LMAO That mediocre whiteness @ work

    • majiir says:

      Some Americans are always trying to take others’ accomplishments away from them and award them to others or belittle them by saying, “Oh, s/he got what s/he got because of affirmative action.” Hell to the no. When I was at UGA, there were only a few blacks on campus in 1971, and I never had another black student in my classes until my Junior year. I graduated in three years. Guess who some of my white classmates asked to help them? Me. They knew I had the brains to do it. The same thing happened in graduate school. I never refused to help them, but I could have. I always remember what my parents used to tell me and my brothers:”People can take a whole lot of things away from you, but they can’t take your knowledge.” All of PBO’s detractors know he’s wicked smart, ethical, a good husband and father, and is a major contributor to society to make it better. They want so badly to take these things away from him, but they can’t because his life shows every one of them every d@mn day. He lives his beliefs. They can’t rebut that no matter how hard they try.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Kavanaugh put Trump sycophancy ahead of defending the judiciary 😠😠

  19. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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