They haven’t exactly burned up the charts, but make no mistake… the music industry has yet to give up its attempt at reviving Disco.
Some projects have been more successful than others. Daft Punk, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers struck disco gold with 2013’s Get Lucky, while DJ Cassidy’s attempts at a full-blown disco album seem to be stalled out.
Despite copious pitfalls, new artists still see value in this electrified genre. Bursting on to the scene comes Swedish Singer Erik Hassle, and his fresh mid-tempo jam No Words. To this point, Hassle hasn’t been well known outside of his native land or other parts of Continental Europe, but this latest tune could be the song that elevates the singer past his regional fan base. As Idolator notes, Disco is a significant departure from Hassle’s previous musical endeavors. But thankfully, the result is a sound that fits well for his voice and R&B vibe.
It’s kind of tough to describe, but have a listen to No Words by Erik Hassle. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section. If you’re a Neo-Disco fan, this is a tune not to miss, and it could be the one to break through.
Today marks another huge victory for the city of Houston and supporters of equality, as a Texas District court rules against petitioners of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Here’s the story from Katherine Driessen of the Houston Chronicle…
After separate rulings from both a jury and state District Judge Robert Schaffer, attorneys for both sides entered dueling counts of the valid signatures, adding and subtracting voters as Schaffer responded to motions. By early this week, the counts were closer together than ever before, fewer than 1,000 signatures apart.
Ultimately, Schaffer on Friday ruled the final count of valid signatures was 16,684, leaving opponents short of the threshold required in the city charter of 17,249 signatures, or 10 percent of the ballots cast in the last mayoral election.
The law, on hold during trial, is now in effect, according to a city spokeswoman. Mayor Annise Parker released a statement celebrating the verdict.
“I would hope that the plaintiffs would not appeal, they lost during a jury trial and today they also lost with the judge’s ruling,” Parker said. “Now all Houstonians have access to the same protections.”
The day’s news marks the end of a huge week for Houston Mayor Annise Parker as well, who just gave her final State of the City address on Thursday.
Though the District Court ruling may come as quite the surprise to many Texans, it should be of little surprise to those familiar with the shoddy work of Anti-HERO petitioners. When reviewing the signatures City of Houston officials, independent review groups, the jury and the judge were all able to uncover glaring errors and inconsistencies. Yet still, today’s decision is both a relief for supporters and a great victory, as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance can now take full effect.
Nonsequiteuse says it is time to wear orange and head to Austin (or the internet) to rally against HB 723 as the Texas House of Representatives Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence committee considers little word with constitutional consequences for minors who need access to safe, legal abortion services.
They may be just four little words, but saying them can make all the difference in the world… especially if you’re Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Some in American politics have been waiting to hear these words from former Senator, Former First Lady, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton since she suspended her campaign for the Presidency in 2008. Throngs of activists whom championed her cause across the country, and then begrudgingly voted for Clinton’s main rival of that fateful year. While it’s true that their votes made history in 2008, it wasn’t the history that many of them would have preferred.
But today, as the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (via AP), dreams for yet another historical election are deferred no longer, as the storied politician gave the nation those four pivotal words today… “I’m running for President”…
WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped back into presidential politics on Sunday, announcing her much-awaited second campaign for the White House. “Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion,” she said.
As she did in 2007, Clinton began her campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination with a video. But rather than follow it with a splashy rally, she instead plans to head to the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, looking to connect with voters directly at coffee shops, day care centers and some private homes.
“So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote. Because it’s your time. And I hope you’ll join me on this journey,” Clinton said at the end of a video, which features a series of men, women and children describing their aspirations.
This voter-centric approach was picked with a purpose, to show that Clinton is not taking the nomination for granted. Only after about a month of such events will Clinton will give a broader speech outlining more specifics about her rationale for running.
The former secretary of state, senator and first lady enters the race in a strong position to succeed her rival from the 2008 campaign, President Barack Obama.
As the front-runner, Clinton now faces a long and arduous road until election night. But today’s low-key roll out indicates that she and her apparatus are ready for the challenge. As the Republicans fight it out with copious debates and struggle to raise a national profile, Clinton has the benefit of dominating the national consciousness. It’s both a blessing and a curse though, as she also has no healthy competition to help sharpen her political skills towards the General Election. Hopefully there are at least a few brave national Democrats out there willing to vie with Clinton on the coming debate stage.
With her announcement, the organization Hillary for America is also born. This is by far the biggest difference for Clinton’s second go-round. In 2008 she had to work against the tech savvy behemoth that was Obama for America. In 2015 and 2016, that group and it’s winning strategy now belongs to her. This will likely prove to be the greatest challenge for any Republican seeking to upend Clinton’s hopes for the White House.
What lies ahead in the next 18 months is anyone’s guess at this point. But for today, all eyes in United States politics focus on Hillary Clinton.
Watch her campaign video below…
And get to know this ‘H’, as you’ll be seeing it for a while…
After months of intense preparation, debate and prayer, the big moment for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has finally arrived. Via the New York Times, he now joins the hunt for the White House…
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky declared himself a candidate for the Republican nomination for president on Tuesday, aiming to upset the political order in Washington and disprove those in his own party who doubt that a fiercely libertarian conservative can be a serious contender.
“I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government,” Mr. Paul wrote in a post on his website on Tuesday.
Mr. Paul, 52, becomes the second Republican to enter the 2016 campaign, following his colleague in the Senate, Ted Cruz of Texas.
It will not remain a small field for long. Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, is expected to announce his candidacy next week. Also waiting in the wings are Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, who are expected to declare soon, rounding out what Republicans say is perhaps their most competitive and robust slate of candidates since 1980, when Ronald Reagan faced competition from party heavyweights like George Bush and Howard Baker.
Carrying the torch from his father Ron Paul, son Rand is sure to stir up a lot of passion and dedication, especially from younger Libertarians (who have been noticeably absent from Party politics in recent years). But if Rand Paul is to be successful in his quest for the Presidency, he has a much bigger task to accomplish than his forbears. He must challenge GOP conventions enough the next generation of voters will stick with him, yet somehow appeal enough to the mainstream to run a credible race.
On this magnanimous goal, Paul isn’t exactly off to a great start. For one thing, if a founding principles for his campaign is to limit wasteful spending, then why would he want supporters to waste $1000.00 of their hard-earned money on a signed pocket copy of the US Constitution?? Bit of an oxymoron there.
For Liberals, the news of Rand Paul’s race is more of a wait and see proposition. He may not end up with many Left-leaning votes, but his opinions on issues like Criminal Justice Reform will certainly get noticed over the next several months. For good or ill, Rand Paul will be sticking around for a while. But it’s up to the GOP to determine just how far he can go.