Dallas County Democratic Party Weekly Roundup: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Democrats At St. Patrick's Day Parade

Some of the Dallas County Young Democrats and others taking part in the 2014 Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday March 15th.

Register Now for Your March 22 Senate District Convention

The first step of the Convention process of the Texas Democratic Party for 2014 is the Senate District Convention coming up on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Register with the Texas Democratic Party to get information on time and place and to learn about the convention process at http://register.txdemocrats.org

Dallas County Senate District Conventions:

Senate District 2 Convention

Location: CWA Union Hall (1408 N. Washington, Dallas 75204)

Temporary Chair: Steve A. Tillery    214.534.7973    Email satillery AT gmail.com

Senate District 8 Convention

10 AM

Location: Kasra Persian Cuisine (525 West Arapaho # 21, Richardson, Texas 75080)

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Temporary Chair: James White     214.244.7814     Email txsdec8 AT gmail.com

Senate District 9 Convention

Registration 9 AM, Convention 10 AM

Location: DFW Airport Hotel & Conference Center (4440 W Airport Freeway, Irving, Texas 75062)

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Temporary Chairs: Michael McPhail     972.513.9522    Email mmcphail1974 AT gmail.com AND Sunja Smith    469-735-7370    Email sunja1 AT aol.com

Senate District 16 Convention

9 AM

Location: E.D. Walker Middle School (12532 Nuestra Dr, Dallas, Texas 75230)

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Temporary Chairs: David Griggs    214.244.5979    Email texvol AT aol.com AND

   Janice Schwarz    214.460.7283    Email tamsterbath AT gmail.com

Senate District 23 Convention

9 AM

Location: Lancaster High School (200 E Wintergreen Rd, Lancaster, TX 75134)

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Temporary Chairs: Jeff Strater    214.893.1336    Email jeffstrater AT gmail.com AND

   Shay Wyrick-Cathey    214.850.9285    Email shaycathey AT gmail.com

Helpful resources:

Texas Democratic Party document: Become a Delegate to the 2014 Democratic State Convention

Texas Democratic Party document: Delegate Allocation to the 2014 Democratic State Convention

Texas Democratic Party document: The Rules of the Texas Democratic Party 2014-2015  

The 2014 Texas Democratic Party State Convention will be held here at the Dallas Convention Center on June 28 and 28. For more information see this page.

Club of the Month: Drinking Liberally Addison

They're an informal, inclusive progressive social group. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher.

Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club – just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics.

Bars are democratic spaces – you talk to strangers, you share booths, you feel the bond of common ground. Bring democratic discourse to your local democratic space – build democracy one drink at a time.

Drinking Liberally's Addison chapter is the longest continuously running chapter in the DFW Metroplex since 2005.

Website: http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/TX/addison

Meetup Website: www.meetup.com/Drinking-Liberally-Addison

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrinkingLiberallyAddison


In Texas candidates must get a majority of the votes in the primary or the top two have to be in a runoff. This year that will be on May 27. Barring changes due to recounts or to those outstanding overseas ballots, these will be the runoffs we will see in Dallas County:

US Senator: David M. Alameel and Kesha Rogers

Commissioner of Agriculture: Jim Hogan and Richard “Kinky” Friedman

State Board of Education, Dist 13: Erika Beltran and Andrea Hilburn

State Representative, Dist 105: Susan Motley and Terry Meza

Judge, Co Criminal Court No. 5: Lisa Green and Etta J. Mullin

District Clerk: Tarsha Hardy and Felicia Pitre

County Treasurer: Pauline Medrano and Bennie Elnora Brown

JP, Pct No. 4, Pl 1: Norris 'Stretch' Rideaux and Mary Abeyta

JP, Pct No. 4, Pl 2: Katy Hubener and Fred Jackson

JP, Pct No. 5, Pl 1: Sara Martinez and Melissa J. Bellan

Constable, Pct No. 5: Beth Villarreal and Michael Orozco

You can find links to the websites and the contact information for these candidates at our primary candidate filings page. NOTE: That list does not show websites, Facebooks, or other contact information for some of these because they have none or have not given them to us. But for US Senate, see the next article about Kesha Rogers (her opponent, David Alameel, does have his own site). For Agriculture Commissioner, Jim Hogan has not raised or spent any money and says he will continue not doing so if he wins the runoff, according to this article (his opponent, Richard “Kinky” Friedman, does have his own site). For State Board of Education, Andrea Hilburn has no sites but answered questions at this page (her opponent, Erika Beltran, also has a page there, in addition to her own site). For County Criminal Court 5, Etta Mullin has no sites but her bio was posted at this page by the Metrocrest Democrats (her opponent, Lisa Green, also has a page there, besides her own site). For Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 2, Fred Jackson has no sites (his opponent, Katy Hubener, does have her own site).

Be Aware

One candidate in the runoff for US Senator is Kesha Rogers, a follower of convicted felon Lyndon LaRouche. Our Texas Democratic Party State Chair Gilberto Hinojosa has sent out this notice:

“Kesha Rogers is one of the candidates on the ballot for U.S. Senator in the Democratic primary — but do not be fooled. Kesha Rogers is not a Democrat.

Ms. Rogers is part of the “LaRouche Movement,” which has a history of violent rhetoric. The focus of her campaign is impeaching President Obama. Rogers has even paraded around Texas with a poster of the President with a Hitler mustache.

Rogers believes that the U.S. economy is secretly controlled by London financial institutions and she has advocated for colonizing Mars.  That's not what real Democrats stand for.

The Texas Democratic Party does not support the candidacy of Kesha Rogers or anyone that aligns themselves with the LaRouche Movement. Our State Democratic Executive Committee even issued a resolution against her campaign. Do not vote for Kesha Rogers in the primary. Rogers' candidacy is a insult to our Party, our President, our state, our Democratic values, and to all the work you are doing to move our state forward. Do not vote for Kesha Rogers.

All my best –Gilberto Hinojosa”

Read the Texas Democratic Party's State Executive Committee Resolution on Kesha Rogers as a pdf at this page.

Upcoming Events and Meetings

(For the latest updates on local events, and links to more info about these, check out the DallasDemocrats on Facebook and Twitter, and the DCDP website Calendar. To add an event or make a change or correction, contact the party office or email the editor: BillHowellDCDP AT Yahoo.com.)

Tuesday, March 18:

Stonewall Democrats of Dallas A recap of the Democratic Primary election results. Our speakers will be: Darlene Ewing, Dallas County Democratic Party Chair; Janice Schwartz and David Griggs, SDEC Committee members Senate District 16; Patti Fink, DGLA – on City of Dallas Equality Resolution. (6:30 pm, Ojeda's Restaurant, 4617 Maple Ave, Dallas)

Wednesday, March 19:

Garland Democratic Woman's Club (11:30 am, Siciliano's Italian Restaurant, 2210 W. Buckingham, Garland)

Northwest Dallas Democrats (7:30 pm, Taco Cabana, 11824 Webb Chapel Road, Farmers Branch)

Thursday, March 20:

Far North Dallas Richardson Democrats County Chair Darlene Ewing will discuss the election results. We will definitely discuss the Senatorial District Conventions to be held on March 22 though! VERY important if you want to be a delegate to the TDP Convention in Dallas in June (6:00 pm, Kasra Restaurant, 525 West Arapaho Rd #21, Richardson)

Coppell Valley Ranch Democrats Dr. Patrick McGehearty candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives is the main speaker. (7:00 pm, Siena Pasta and Pizza, 780 S. MacArthr Blvd., Coppell)

Saturday, March 22:

Democratic Party Senatorial District Conventions With Precinct Caucuses (In each State Senate district in Dallas County; Locations pending and will be posted and announced later)

Campaign Kick-Off Fundraiser for Milton Whitley Candidate for Texas State Representative House District 113. Tickets are $50.00 and will be available at the door or online through ww.whitleyfortexas.com. For information or to RSVP, please contact Jeff by email to jcasper AT whitleyfortexas.com. (6 PM, Mt. Hebron Christian Academy, 901 Dairy Road, Garland, TX 75040)

Monday, March 24:

Dallas Democratic Forum presents Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlins to discuss his major new Dallas poverty initiative “Working Together to Reduce Poverty in Dallas”. 2013, 2014 Patron & Sustaining Members of the Forum — Free; 2013, 2014 Regular Members — $25; Non Members — $40. RSVP by Friday, March 21, by email to wdgriggs AT yahoo.com. (11:30 am Registration/Buffet, 12:00 Noon Program, The Belo Mansion — Ross and Olive, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas)

Tuesday, March 25:

Dallas County Texas Democratic Women Enter parking garage at corner of Hi Line & Edison. Park on the second floor and take elevator to the first floor to check-in with staff. Meeting is held in the sixth floor Club House. (6:30 pm, 1400 Hi Line Drive at 35E)

Thursday, March 27:

North Dallas Texas Democratic Women (6:45 pm, Northaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston Rd, Dallas)

Tuesday, April 1:

Irving Texas Democratic Women (6:30 pm, East China Buffet, 4023 W. Airport Fwy., Irving TX 75062)

Wednesday, April 2:

Reception for Bonnie Goldstein Judge-Elect – 44th Civil District Court. Complimentary Beverages & Appetizers. (5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Fish & Richardson, 1717 Main St, Ste 5000, Dallas, Texas 75201)

Thursday, April 3:

Annie's List Spring Reception with Leticia Van de Putte Tickets: $100.00. Sponsorships available. More information, RSVP and contribute online here.  (6:00 – 7:30 p.m., The Home of Tricia Miller [Address Provided Upon RSVP])

Saturday, April 26:

Joe Wells 66th Birthday Joe Wells is retiring as Dallas County Treasurer at the end of the year, but Joe is not retiring from the Democratic Party. Help support the 2014 Democratic ticket. Donations to the Dallas County Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign are welcomed. In 2006 We Turned Dallas County Blue. In 2014 working together We Can TURN TEXAS BLUE TOO. Hot dogs and all the fixins & birthday cake. RSVP 972-978-1440 or email to Joe.Wells AT sbcglobal.net. (3:30 PM – 6 PM, At Joe and Beth and Bob's House, 4243 Hill Top Ln. Grand Prairie 75052)

Monday, May 19 through Friday, May 23:

Early Voting for the 2014 Democratic Primary Runoff Hours and locations will be posted later at http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/

Tuesday, May 27:

2014 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF (7 AM – 7 PM, local precinct polling places)

Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28:

Texas Democratic Party State Convention

Dallas Convention Center. Sign up for more information at this page.

Tuesday, November 4:

General Election for 2014. (Local polling places.)


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