Dallas County Democratic Party Weekly Roundup: Monday, May 19, 2014

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I Voted Early This Morning

On the way to the office I cast my ballot in the Democratic Runoff. There was no line, and it only took a few minutes to help decide who our candidates will be for this fall's election. The polls are open 7 AM to 7 PM today through Friday. Come on in and be part of making a better future for all of us. The list of Early Voting locations is at this pdf.


THIS WEEK: The DCDP's Annual Johnson Jordan Dinner

Honoring the Elected Officials of Dallas County.  

Benefiting the Dallas County Democratic Party.

Each year, the Johnson Jordan Dinner (formerly known as the Jefferson Jackson Dinner) honors the elected officials of Dallas County, including our civil, family, probate and criminal judges, county officials and administrators, and officials who represent the Dallas area on the state and federal level.

2014's Johnson Jordan Dinner will be one of the year's premier political events, attracting hundreds of citizens, attorneys, professionals, elected officials and members of the judiciary.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

5:30 pm VIP Reception for Event Sponsors and Elected Officials

6:30 pm Dinner and Program

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Dallas – Reunion Ballroom

300 Reunion Boulevard

Dallas, Texas 75207

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mark J. Geragos of Geragos & Geragos PC is a well known celebrity attorney who has represented clients such as Michael Jackson and Winona Ryder. He hosts the legal program Making the Case for CNN and has appeared as a legal commentator for the Today Show, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper 360 and Larry King Live.

This is traditionally our biggest fundraising event each year. Sponsorship details are on our website at this page. Individual tickets for $100 each are at this page.

RSVP questions? Email jjdinner AT dallasdemocrats.org

Mark your calendars today!


Dallas Demo Forum: David Alameel

The Dallas Democratic Forum presents Dr. David Alameel, candidate for United States Senate, as he shares his vision for representing Texas in Washington.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014  

The Belo Mansion — Ross and Olive

2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX  75201

11:30 am Registration/Buffet

12:00 Noon Program

2014 Patron & Sustaining Forum Members — Free

2014 Regular Forum Members — $25

Non Members — $40

Table of Up to Ten – $300 (Preferred seating and sponsorship recognition optional for full table purchases)

RSVP by Monday, May 19th by email to dallasdemforum AT sbcglobal.net


Early Voting Starts TODAY for Democratic Runoff

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: Don't Vote For Kesha Rogers

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.


Kesha's Latest Battles With Reality

Kesha Rogers continues her bizarre extremist crusade against the President, common sense, and science:

“Rogers' website features an image of President Barack Obama with a Hitler mustache and the candidate calls for his impeachment for crimes committed “in service of Wall Street fascism.”

The president has earned his Hitler mustache,” she said Thursday, adding that the comparison stems from supposed similarities between Obama's signature domestic legislation, the Affordable Care Act, and a Nazi euthanasia program.

The Monitor, May 8

“She sees Obama's suspension of the Constellation program, along with his support of the Affordable Care Act, which was passed by Congress, as impeachable offenses against the U.S. Constitution. …

There's no man-made climate change,” she said, instead suggesting other factors, like sunspots or changes in sun activity, could more easily explain the changes in weather being observed all over the globe.”

Brownsville Herald, May 11


What's The Alternative?: David Alameel For U.S. Senator

Fortunately there is a much better candidate in the runoff for the Democratic nomination than the LaRoucheite Rogers. David Alameel (shown here speaking to the Preston Hollow Democrats in Dallas — thanks to Tom Blackwell for the photo) almost won the primary without a runoff, but now he needs voters to give him the nod to challenge John Cornyn this fall.

Every paper I've seen is endorsing him, like this from the San Antonio Express:

“He would bring to the Senate solid positions on sensible budgeting, immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, bringing the troops home, holding banks and Wall Street accountable and protecting Social Security and Medicare. …

In the runoff, there is simply no question about the better choice: We recommend Alameel for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

You can hear him on these two recorded interviews on SoundCloud:

Senate Hopeful David Alameel Makes His Case to Win the Democratic Runoff

David Alameel Interview (longer, but recorded in a restaurant and noisy; with Houston Democratic blogger Charles Kuffner, who adds “He has my vote in the runoff and I hope he'll have yours.”)

Another blogger questionnaire about him: Texpatriate's Questions for David Alameel


Join Our Team

Now Hiring Communications Intern

The Dallas County Democratic Party, a model of repeat countywide election success statewide, has an immediate opening for a communications intern.

This paid, part-time position runs through November 2014. We will pay $150 weekly provided the intern works a minimum of 15 hours weekly. We will do whatever necessary to work with the intern's school to coordinate college credit, in addition to pay, if the intern maintains 15 hours weekly.

The intern will assist the Communications Director in scheduling broadcast, radio and print interviews, prepare press releases and media advisories, write for the Dallas County Democratic Party website and social media including, but not limited to Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

The intern candidate should be currently seeking a degree in Communications, English, History, Law or Political Science.

Experience with Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft Word is required. Experience with HTML is preferred. On the job training will be provided; intern candidates will gain marketable communications skills and will have fun!

Résumés with cover letter should be sent to kathleen AT dallasdemocrats.org by June 1, 2014.

The DCDP does not discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

Here's a PDF of the job description to share.

Other Internship Opportunities Available Now

The DCDP has an immediate opening for spring interns. We are hiring now through June 1, 2014. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, Democratic Primary Runoff Election work and field operations.

Summer interns will be hired from June 8 through August 15, 2014, and positions include field and get out the vote operations, communications and special projects.

Interns will:

  • Learn the ins and outs of campaigns
  • Organize their community for Democratic causes, candidates, and efforts
  • Gain valuable skills that will help on future campaigns

Résumés with cover letter should be sent by email to exec AT dallasdemocrats.org.

Volunteer

Volunteers are always welcome. If you're not an intern candidate, sign up here to volunteer with the DCDP. You can also volunteer to help at the State Convention here in Dallas June 26-28 at this page.

Become A Sustaining Member

If you can't give time, but can contribute $10 or more each month, become a Sustaining Member and help support all our local party activities. Sign up at this page.


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.


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.)

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.)

Monday, May 19:

Rockwall County Democratic Party Meeting — (7PM, Harry Myers Community Center, 815 E. Washington, Rockwall)

Tuesday, May 20:

Dallas Democratic Forum presents Dr. David Alameel — Candidate for United States Senate. 2014 Patron & Sustaining Forum Members — Free, 2014 Regular Forum Members — $25, Non Members — $40. RSVP by Monday, May 19th by email to dallasdemforum AT sbcglobal.net.  (11:30 am Registration/Buffet, 12:00 Noon Program, The Belo Mansion — Ross and Olive, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas 75201)

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

League of Women Voters Panel On Proposed Dallas ISD Home Rule Charter Plan — (7 to 9 p.m., Skyline High School, 7777 Forney Road, Dallas, Tx 75227)

Wednesday, May 21:

Garland Democratic Woman's Club — (11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Siciliano's Italian Restaurant, 2210 W. Buckingham, Garland)

DCDP Annual Johnson – Jordan Dinner Honoring the Elected Officials of Dallas County and Benefiting the Dallas County Democratic Party. 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. Keynote speaker: attorney Mark J. Geragos, host of the  legal program Making the Case for CNN. Sponsorships are available. Individual tickets will be available starting May 7. More details at this page. RSVP questions? Email jjdinner AT dallasdemocrats.org. (5:30 pm VIP Reception for Event Sponsors and Elected Officials; 6:30 pm Dinner and Program; Hyatt Regency Dallas – Reunion Ballroom, 300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas)

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

DCYD Johnson Jordan After Dark Party — Hosted by Dallas County Young Democrats. Join us after the JJ Dinner  for the “JJ After Dark” cocktail party. Tickets are available online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/jjafterdark for $25 or tickets will be available at the door for $30. Proceeds will benefit the 2014 Democratic party coordinated campaign. Each ticket includes two complimentary drinks. Join the ranks of our early bird donors and become a “JJ After Dark” sponsor by visiting us at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/jjafterdarksponsors. (? 8:30 or 9 PM? — following JJ Dinner earlier that evening, Sunset Lounge, 3030 Ross Avenue, Dallas; Valet Parking will be available on location.)

Thursday, May 22:

Reception for Shequitta Kelly — For Judge of County Criminal Court #11. (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Resto Gastro Bistro, 3011 Gulden Lane, Dallas 75212)

Dallas Drinking Liberally — (6 PM, Social House, 2708 Routh St., Dallas)

League of Women Voters Panel On Proposed Dallas ISD Home Rule Charter Plan — (6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Harry Stone Recreation Center, 2403 Millmar, Dallas, Tx 75228)

North Dallas Texas Democratic Women — A presentation from Emily's List by Laura Rose. (6:45 pm, Northaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston Rd, 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)

Rowlett Democratic Club — (5 PM, First Christian Church, 7301 Miller Rd. at Chiesa Rd., Rowlett)

Sunday, May 25:

International Children's Day and May Day Parade —  Free event with lots of activities for children and help carry your union's or organization's banner in the parade. The Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, the UFCW, and DFW International are sponsors. For program details and more information go to www.dfwinternational.org or e-mail jobswithjusticetexas AT gmail.com. (1 PM to 5 PM, Windspear/ATT Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora St., 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.)

Drinking Liberally Addison — (5:30 PM, The Londoner Addison, 14930 Midway Road, Addison, Texas 75001)

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, Dallas 75207)

Wednesday, May 28:

I Do Film Benefit for Equality Texas — Read more at this page. (6:30 pm, Angelika Plano, Shops at Legacy, 7205 Bishop Road, Plano 75024)

Dallas County East Democrats — (7 PM, Martinez Restaurant, 901 Gross Rd, Mesquite)

Friday, May 30:

Healing the Wounds of War —  Reception, dinner and program to benefit for Iraq Veterans Against the War and Under the Hood Café. Keynote speaker: Army Col. (ret.) Ann Wright, former US diplomat who resigned her State Department post in opposition to the Iraq War and author of “Dissent: Voices of Conscience”. Closing comments by Rev. Dr. Rita Brock, Founding Co-Director of the Soul Repair Center at Bright Divinity School at TCU and author of “Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War.” Hosted by Veterans For Peace Chapter 106. Co-sponsored by the First Unitarian Social Action Council; Code Pink Greater Dallas; Dallas MoveOn; Ft. Worth MoveOn Council; North Texas Light Brigade; DFW System Change Not Climate Change; Texas Action Coalition for the Environment; Dallas Peace Center; Pax Christi Dallas.  $25. Limited seating; get tickets here. (6 – 9 PM, First Unitarian Church of Dallas   4015 Normandy Avenue, Dallas)

Rockwall Democrats Braying Donkey Coffeehouse Benefit An Evening Of Fun And Entertainment Benefiting the Rockwall County Democratic Party.  (7:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Harry Myers Community Center, 815 E. Washington, Rockwall)

Saturday, June 7:

Park Cities Central Dallas Democrats — Citizen activist Raymond Crawford and former Dallas City Councilwoman Angela Hunt discuss transportation issues facing Dallas including the Trinity Toll Road and the proposed expansion of the Dallas Executive Airport. (10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, University Park Library, 8383 Preston Center Plaza, Suite 200, University Park) 

Monday, June 16:

Dallas County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting — This is the meeting at which newly elected and reelected Precinct Chairs can be sworn in, as well as others (including some incumbents) who may be elected to fill vacancies where no one filed in the Primary due to ice storms etc. If you need to verify your status, call Carmen at the DCDP office 214-821-8331. (6:30 PM, Communications Workers of America union hall, 1408 N. Washington at Bryan, Dallas 75204)

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. (7AM-7PM, local polling places.)

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