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It's my pleasure to announce that teknohed and papa monzano have found a venue for our Lone Star Spring Meet-Up, the first statewide meet-up of Texas kossacks and honorary TX kossacks! teknohed has reserved a party room for us at Opal Divine's Penn Field restaurant and bar, located at 3601 S. Congress Ave. in Austin, from 2:00-5:00 pm on Saturday, March 2nd.

Since we first began posting planning diaries on December 13th, 30 kossacks and guests have confirmed that they are planning to attend, and several more are hoping to be able to do so. If you'd like to come, please post a comment or send me a kosmail (private message) and indicate whether you plan to bring any guests.

Lone Star Spring Meet-up at Opal Divine's Penn Field in Austin

RSVPs for March 2nd, 2:00-5:00pm:
 1. nomandates                    
 2. teknohed
 3. papa monzano
 4. Chrislove
 5. Chrislove's BF
 6. glorificus
 7. politik
 8. mr pea
 9. anotherdemocrat
10. Odysseus
11. suesue
12. mr sue sue
13. blue armadillo
14. texasmom
15. texasdad
16. htowngenie
17. navajo (honorary TX Kossack!)
18. afisher
19. manoffire
20. Wino
21. Mrs. Wino
22. VinaMist
23. doraphasia
24. Urban Owl
25. Texdude50
26. icelus
27. entrelac
28. Mr. entrelac
29. JayRaye
30. cosette
31. belinda ridgewood (honorary TX Kossack!)
32. Carol in San Antonio
33. krwheaton
34. +1 from Harris County
35. KTinTX
36. TexMex
37. Musicman (honorary kossack)

 Mosquito Pilot
 Over the Edge
 yoduuuh do or do not
 Libby Shaw
 Mr. Libby Shaw

Thanks again to navajo, who is planning to fly in for our meet-up! I can't thank her enough for helping to set up regional groups and making it easier for Texas kossacks to find one another. Some of our regional groups have already been sharing information and strategizing at meet-ups, and now we're going to build an effort that reaches across our great state!
Speaking of strategizing, krwheaton told the Houston Area Kossacks at last Saturday's meet-up that the Texas Democratic Party has scheduled its next SDEC meeting in Austin on March 2nd beginning at 8:00am. Some details are at the link. We are all invited to attend!
In addition, earlier today papa monzano posted Just Austin, surrounded by...Blue?, which points out that many major cities in Texas are already blue and also discusses the newly launched "Battleground Texas":
National Democrats are taking steps to create a large-scale independent group aimed at turning traditionally conservative Texas into a prime electoral battleground, crafting a new initiative to identify and mobilize progressive voters in the rapidly-changing state, strategists familiar with the plans told POLITICO.
At the center of the effort is Jeremy Bird, formerly the national field director for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, who was in Austin last week to confer with local Democrats about the project.
Read more:

I cannot begin to describe how elated I was to read this! Jeremy Bird!

NN13 Texas Kossacks Table


Several Texas Kossacks are planning to attend the 2013 Netroots Nation Convention, and we will be able to sit together at a reserved table to listen to speakers. Here's navajo's explanation regarding reserved tables:

Now, here's an incentive for the groups we've recently jump-started here. I always reserve some tables in the main ballroom where the plenary sessions are held. My SFKossacks and Native American Netroots attendees then have a point place to gather. Netroots Nation is going to extend that privilege to all the groups here at New Day. I'll make a reserved sign for each regional group and you can have a place to represent at the big speeches. So, organizers, please register to attend and encourage your members to register. The SFKossacks can attest to how convenient it is to have a chair reserved and waiting for you.

I had a blast at NN12 in Providence. I went to lots of sessions, including the Texas caucus, and picked up ideas for organizing and GOTV. It was so much fun being able to head over to the SF Kossacks' tables to hang out with folks from DKos and listen to amazing speakers like Elizabeth Warren and Van Jones.

So I have reserved a table at NN13 for Texas Kossacks in hopes that y'all would want to go and hang out together. Please let me know!

Texas Kossacks Table
1. nomandates
2. texasmom
3. texasdad
4. doraphasia
5. krwheaton
1. politik
2. mr pea

Click here to register for the 2013 Netroots Nation convention in San Jose, June 20-23.


Regional Groups in Texas

The TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans group, which formed in Feb. 2011, has 35 members. It helps us to meet one another, though, if folks see a more local group to join and/or to follow:


Houston Area Kossacks
This group is for Kossacks living in the Houston metro area. It will be used to post and repost Houston-related diaries, organize meet-ups, and just keep in touch in general.
  • 25 members


CenTex Kossacks
A kossack group for Travis County and surrounding areas dedicated to keeping Austin weird, blue and orange.
  • 11 members

Dallas Kossacks

A group for Kossacks living in the DFW region to get together and support each other!
  • Organizer: chancew
  • Founded on Nov. 21st
  • 28 members
Not that this is about bragging rights or anything, but our combined group membership is already greater than that of TexKos, which does still beat us with their 130 followers.

Our state isn't done organizing! shesaid is forming a group for the CapRock / Amarillo / Lubbock / Panhandle area (group name still being considered).

And Yo Bubba has contacted navajo and will be starting a West Texas Kossacks group (El Paso and Big Bend)!

Please consider stepping up to organize if there isn't a group in your area.

If you want to join a group, kosmail the organizer. And be sure to follow your group by clicking on the ♥ beside the group name so that you'll get group diaries in your stream. (Unfortunately, being a group member won't make that happen.)

Originally posted to nomandates on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 05:02 PM PST.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans, Houston Area Kossacks, and CenTex Kossacks.

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