Dallas County Democratic Party Weekly Roundup: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Last Day of Special Offer

Here you see Senator Wendy Davis, our candidate for Governor of Texas, and Senator Leticia Van de Putte, our candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas, with our DCDP Turning Texas Blue T-shirt. Join the Senator and our candidate for Governor Wendy Davis and lots of other Democrats in getting your very own to wear, and show everyone the plan for this election year.

Through today, April 15, everyone who signs up to become a new Sustaining Member of the Dallas County Democratic Party will get their very own “Turning Texas Blue” T-shirt. Become a new sustaining donor today at a $10 per month contribution level and get the T-shirt that tells everyone we are on a mission to Turn Texas Blue! (Yes, we have other levels all the way up to $100 per month. Join in!)

Every dollar we raise goes directly to keeping Dallas blue and electing Wendy Davis and the rest of the Democratic ticket.

THIS WEEK: Our Annual Burger Bash

Calling all Dallas Democrats:

Grab a friend or family member and stop by for food, drinks, and fun with the Dallas Democrats and our co-hosts, the Dallas County Young Democrats and the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas.

When: Thursday, April 17th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Where: The Dallas County Democratic Party headquarters (4209 Parry Ave. at Fletcher, Dallas, TX 75223 — parking across or down the street on Fletcher)

How: Bring $10.99 in cash to pay at the door, or pay online at this page, for some of the best Democratic-grilled burgers in all of Dallas County! Come join the fun!

Paul Stafford Issue Signs For HD115

Texas House District 115 volunteers are helping Democratic candidate Paul Stafford to place his 8 x 4 feet issues signs. They need people to find good locations for these signs. There are 3 different messages (the other two are about Texas women living in poverty and Texans uninsured). This is an exciting strategy that Paul has started as a way to remind not just Democrats but ALL voters to seriously consider what we want for the future of Texas.

HD 115 is the northwest corner of Dallas County and includes Coppell, Valley Ranch, Farmers Branch, Carrollton, and part of Addison. If you see a great location, find out if the owner is a Democrat and willing to help. Please contact Ernie Vasquez by email to ernie.vazquez AT gmail.com  or Beverly Wunderlin at wunderlin1 AT tx.rr.com.  There are 100 signs and only about 10 placed so far.

We Need Your Help Again In The Runoff

Once more, the Democratic Party will need lots of Election Judges and clerks for the May 27 Runoff. Not everyone who could help in the primary will be available to do it again. You can sign up on line to assist us at our Election Worker Registry page here.


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. 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

Precinct Chair 4035: John Tackaberry and Roberto Junior Alonzo

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. 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.

UPDATE 4/08: Hogan has now taken a position on one issue: “…vis a vis public school lunch programs, which are overseen by the Agriculture Commissioner. “He said what poor people need to do is plant gardens and that would solve a lot of problems with the lunch programs,””…., according to this article.

Warning: Spread The Word

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.

You can see a photo of one of her US Senate campaign posters with her call for impeaching Obama and her picture of him with a Hitler moustache here.

See links to more and a video of her attacks on Obama here.

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, April 15:

Immigration Debate Watch Party Join to watch as San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Texas Senator/extremist Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate Dan Patrick debate immigration policy. Hosted by Mid Cities Democrats and Drinking Liberally. More info on Facebook. (6 PM, Zushi Sushi, 1420 E. Southlake Blvd, Southlake Town Square, Southlake 76092)

Stonewall Democrats of Dallas (6:30 pm, Ojeda's Restaurant, 4617 Maple Ave, Dallas)

The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld Dallas Drinking Liberally Group (7:30 PM, Angelika Film Center and Cafe, 5321 E Mockingbird Ln., Dallas)

Wednesday, April 16:

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, April 17:

DCDP Burger Bash The Dallas County Democratic Party's annual Burger Bash. More details later. (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, DCDP HQ, 4209 Parry at Fletcher, Dallas 75223)

Friday, April 18:

Annual Good Friday Walk Sponsored by the Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance. More info and full list of events at this page. (10 AM – 11:15 AM, Gather at Young near Harwood, just outside the First Presbyterian Church, walk [with various stops for reflection and music]to Dallas City Hall Plaza)

Drinking Liberally for McKinney Collin County Liberally Groups (6:30 PM, Cafe Malaga, 107 South Church Street, McKinney, TX 75069)

Saturday, April 19:

North Oak Cliff Democrats Breakfast (9 AM, Norma's Cafe – Oak Cliff, 1123 W. Davis St., Dallas)

Lake Highlands White Rock Democrats (10 AM, The Point at C.C. Young, 4847 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas)

Southwest Dallas County Democrats (10 – 11:30 am, Southwest Center Mall – Community Room Suite 1027 [entrance near Golden Corral], 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas)

Is Changing Dallas ISD into a Home Rule District a Bad Idea? Hobie Hukill will discuss how a shadowy education “reform” group, ironically call “Support Our Public Schools”, has suddenly launched a petition drive to remove the “I” from Dallas ISD, by using an obscure state law passed in 1995. No school district in Texas has ever been turned into a so-called “home rule” district under the terms of the law. Many believe that should remain the case. Hukill will examine this unprecedented power grab and present a strong case for resisting it. Admission $3 and $5 food or drink purchase. (6 PM, Barbec's Restaurant, 8949 Garland Road, Dallas)

Monday, April 21:

North Texas Asian Democrats (7:30 PM, Jeng Chi Restaurant & Bakery, 400 N. Greenville Ave., Ste. 11, Richardson)

Tuesday, April 22:

NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Fundraiser Tickets $40 ea with a $20 sliding scale option available. Host levels: $150 and up. RSVP at www.prochoicetexas.org or call 512-462-1661. (5:30 – 7:30 PM, Conduit Gallery, 1626 Hi Line Drive, in the Dallas Design District)

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 @ 35E)

Wednesday, April 23:

NDTDW 2nd Women Warriors Award North Dallas Texas Democratic Women will present 0ur 2nd Women Warriors Award to State Senator and our next Lt. Governor, Leticia Van de Putte. Keynote Speaker: Texas Democratic Party State Chair Gilberto Hinojosa. Sponsorships are available now from $150 to $1000. Go to www.ndtdw.com to sponsor. (Check-in at 11:30 am, Luncheon at noon, Lakewood Country Club, 1912 Abrams Road, Dallas 75214)

Thursday, April 24:

Texans for Hilary Meet-up Rally No admission charge. Food and drinks for a small donation. Keynote Speaker: Libby Willis, Democratic Nominee for Texas Senate 10. Also featuring Gregory Perry, Democratic Nominee for Texas Senate 9; Cole Ballweg, Democratic Nominee for Texas House 94; Terry Meza (in run-off) for Texas House 105; David Cozad (for US Congress Dist. 6 against Joe Barton); and Mark Greene (for US Congress 12 against Kay Granger). More info at TarrantForHillary2016. [One block from the Cowboy Stadium. Turn off of Randoll Mill Road at the Summit Preparatory Sign across from the stadium parking lot 1 block west of Collins. Look for the Democratic campaign signs.] (5 – 8:30 PM, Ranch on Little Creek, 1004 Roosevelt St., Arlington, TX 76011)

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

Saturday, April 26:

Rowlett Democratic Club (3 PM, First Christian Church, 7301 Miller Rd. [at Chiesa Rd, northeast corner], Rowlett)

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)

TDP Ann Richards Dinner with Senator Amy Klobuchar RSVP to this site. (VIP reception 6 PM, Dinner 7 PM, Dallas World Aquarium, 1801 N. Griffin St., Dallas)

Monday, April 28 through Tuesday, May 6:

Early Voting for May 10 Local Elections for cities, school districts, and Dallas County Community College Dists. 5 and 6. (List of times and places at this pdf.)

Wednesday, April 30:

Reception for Staci Williams Judge-Elect, 101st District Court. Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. Valet parking provided. (5:30 – 7:30 PM, The Woolworth, 1520 Elm St., #201, Dallas)

Thursday, May 1:

Campaign reception for Judge D'Metria Benson Dallas County Court at Law 1. NOTE: She DOES have a Republican opponent this fall. More info at this page. (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Times Ten Cellars, Main Building, 6324 Prospect Avenue, Dallas)

Monday, May 5:

Dallas County Tejano Democrats (6:30 PM, La Calle Doce Oak Cliff, 415 W 12th St, Dallas)

Tuesday, May 6:

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

Saturday, May 10:

Local elections for various cities and school districts (NOT including Dallas or the Dallas ISD), and for Dallas County Community College Districts 5 and 6. Full list of entities holding elections is at this pdf. (7 AM – 7 PM, local precinct polling places. See list at this page.)

Monday, May 19 through Friday, May 23:

Early Voting for the 2014 Democratic Primary Runoff  Sample ballot is at this pdf. Hours and locations are posted at this pdf.)

Wednesday, May 21:

DCDP Annual Johnson – Jordan Dinner The photo is of President Lyndon Johnson and Congresswoman-elect Barbara Jordan in 1972 (with National Urban League President Vernon Jordan). Named to honor these two Texans, this is our biggest fundraising event of the year. Sponsorships will be available. More details to come. (6 PM, Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas)

Saturday, May 24:

Lake Highland/White Rock Democrats Annual Picnic Hot dogs, beans, chips, & drinks provided. Bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share. $5 (kids 12 and under no charge). (11 AM, Flag Pole Hill Pavilion, east Northwest Hwy. at Buckner Blvd., Dallas)

Tuesday, May 27:

2014 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF Sample ballot is at this pdf. (7 AM – 7 PM, Local precinct polling places will be posted later at this page.)

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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