Wednesday, November 08, 2006

2006 election results

Results are in (mostly) for the 2006 mid-term election. Unlike some other states, Texas did not vote for much of a change. Most incumbents won re-election; the Republican Party retains control of most branches of state government and continues to dominate the Texas congressional delegation.

Detailed election results for state- and federal-level races are available from the Secretary of State.

In preparation for new congressional and legislative sessions, I have begun compiling contact information for our various representatives. I will be using Google Docs & Spreadsheets for this effort. The spreadsheets can be imported and exported in various formats so that you can download them to your own computer and sort them as you prefer. Good news, from my perspective, is that Google has set this service up so that authors can collaborate with others on both documents and spreadsheets. That means that you can volunteer to help in this effort!

The first spreadsheet that I have set up is "Texas Congressional Delegation: 2007-2008." When completed, this spreadsheet will include contact information for Texas members of the U. S. House of Representatives and Senate. If you want to help complete this set of data, drop me an email at cparker AT texasaids DOT net. I'll add you as a collaborator, and you can get right to work.

Other spreadsheets will be prepared for the Texas House, Senate, and State Board of Education. Again, if you want to help with this effort, send me an email and I will add you as a collaborator. (More collaborators, faster work.)

One other result of the election is that the 80th Texas Legislature, while it begins its regular session in January, will begin pre-filing legislation tomorrow. The capitol website will allow you to see these bills as they are filed and to set up your own tracking list for them. Expect this session to be an active one for HIV-related legislation.

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