December 14th 2012

I was going to write about the election date being set for the Special Election in SD06, but I can’t.

I was going to write about the Rodeo buying Astroworld and the implications it has for the dome, but I can’t.

I was going to write about the Federal Government’s decision to not go after pot states, but I can’t.

I was going to write about Avigdor Lieberman resigning in Israel, but I can’t.

I was going to write an impassioned plea for gun control, but I can’t.

I was just going to write about my condolences and such, but I still can’t.

I can’t bring myself to write about anything, I can’t bring myself to even watch the news, it literally churns my stomach. Kindergardeners, 5 years old. I am in Logan Airport right now, and almost without a warning, the Christmas Carols have stopped. The scene went from “the happiest time of the year” to absolute, total, utter gloom and despondence.


So I have not been posting very much recently and this is for two reasons. First, I have quite a few papers due soon, so I may not be back until around Thanksgiving. Second, there really is not much local political news right now. If and when either of these situations change, I’ll be back. Rest assured, I was not a fluke for just the 2012 elections.

Tomorrow night

I am going to attempt to livestream on youtube my thoughts during the election returns. I will be giving live updates on the Presidential election, Senate elections, House elections, Texas legislature elections, and Harris County elections until they stop counting for the night. Look for me under either “Noah Horwitz” or “Texpatriate”.

I apologize for the lack of activity recently. I have been engrossed within the Presidential election but could not bring myself to vote for it. It will be a long night tomorrow. But after that, I will immediately start discussing the 2013 elections.

New Contributor

I have had some reflection over the weekend and have decided something: I am going to move Texpatriate in a bit of a different direction. Before, I wanted to have a Houston Progressive blog, like the dozens of other ones. However, I have decided to make Texpatriate a tad more diverse. I am welcoming an old City Hall buddy of mine, Andrew Romo, as a Contributing Writer.

Andy is a fellow Texpatriate, sojourning in New Orleans. Andy was a moderate in High School, but I think he has taken a slight turn to the left since starting College. However, he is probably more professional than I and writes from a non-partisan point of view rather than my unabashedly liberal point of view. He has some very interesting perspectives that I hope he can share with everyone soon.

Lack of activity

I apologize for the lack of activity. My computer died and I am desperately trying to resuscitate it because I want to wait until Windows 8 is coming out next month. I am working on getting my desktop from junior high shipped up here in the meantime.


Let me introduce myself, well not really. I grew up in Houston and took a special interest in politics from an early age. I blogged a little bit, starting in the 10th grade, mainly about local politics. I worked my last three years of High School for Mayor Parker, and so I have (or at least had) a good insight into Bagby Street Politics. Early this summer, right after graduating from High School, I worked with Judge Gilberto Hinojosa at the Texas Democratic Convention as he made his ultimately successful campaign for Chair. Now I am a freshman in college in Boston, Massachusetts. Obviously, I am a somewhat left-leaning person, so it would seem that Massachusetts is the optimal place for me, and heck I might stay up here forever, but I still have a unique place in my heart for Texas politics. There is something special about it. That being said, I decided the best way to stay up on it was to write about it, so here I go.