Yellow stripes and dead armadillos

Author, political commentator Jim Hightower to speak Saturday at Old Martina's Hall

By Darien Fernandez and AnJanette Brush
Posted 7/19/19

Some of you might have had the chance to stop by the Taos County Democratic Party Headquarters for events we’ve hosted over the past year. We’ve organized community forums with a variety …

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Yellow stripes and dead armadillos

Author, political commentator Jim Hightower to speak Saturday at Old Martina's Hall

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Some of you might have had the chance to stop by the Taos County Democratic Party Headquarters for events we’ve hosted over the past year. We’ve organized community forums with a variety of New Mexico figures, from the Secretaries of Higher Education and CYFD, to the Land Commissioner, our Secretary of State, and lieutenant governor.

These events are free, non-partisan, and open to all. We arrange them because we believe that opportunities to share information and have meaningful conversation are crucial to the health of our community. We want everyone to have the chance to ask their questions about important policy points that impact us all – education, child and family well-being, the climate crisis, how elections are run, and more.

Our next guest is coming to Taos as part of a July 22 fundraiser for the Taos County Democratic Party and the Democratic Party of New Mexico. We’ll be welcoming Jim Hightower, who served as elected commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture from 1983 to 1991 and ran political campaigns including Fred Harris’s campaign for president in 1976.

Hightower is a columnist, national radio commentator, political activist, and author. He has spent three decades advocating on behalf of consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and regular people. He’s an all-around populist agitator who believes that the true political spectrum is not right to left, but top to bottom. The late political columnist Molly Ivins said, “If Will Rogers and Mother Jones had a baby, Jim Hightower would be that rambunctious child – mad as hell, with a sense of humor.” You can find his writing at hightowerlowdown.org.

What do we find so interesting and valuable about Hightower? He has a gift for making policy issues understandable to all of us regular, everyday people. His fans and his peers in journalism say that he’s a rare kind of public speaker – the kind who can serve up the substance around the issues, but who does that in a way that makes listening to him a whole lot of fun. The topic of his talk in Taos is “There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos.”

Don’t miss this opportunity for an in-person evening with an engaging political figure. Join us on Monday, (July 22)at 6 p.m. at Old Martina’s Hall for a night of conversation, ideas, snacks, music, and fun. Tickets are $20 in advance at taosvotesblue.com and $25 at the door until sold out.

 Darien Fernandez was Chair of the Taos County Democratic Party until recently when he stepped down to run for the New Mexico state senate seat representing District 6. AnJanette Brush is the Vice Chair of the Taos County Democratic Party.

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