Dallas County Democratic Party Weekly Roundup: August 4

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Happy Birthday to President Obama
Today, August 4, in 1961, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Unless you are Donald Trump, who still was questioning that at least as late as February of this year.) Congratulations to our 44th President.

Republican Debate Bingo Cards
GOP bingo card
The first Republican presidential debate is Thursday, August 6. Make it more bearable by playing our bingo game! Five different bingo cards in this downloadable PDF.

Dallas Democrats Echo Calls Across Texas for AG Ken Paxton to Resign
Three felony indictments were unsealed against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday.

Also Monday, finally, the Texas GOP broke its radio silence about his multiple felony charges by insulting the Texas Rangers and citizens of Collin County.

Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan issued the following statement:

“I am concerned by the statement issued today by the Texas GOP, accusing the Collin County Grand Jury of being unfair and partisan, especially when the majority of Collin County voters are Republican. To now belittle the indictments by criticizing the Grand Jury is an affront to the entire Texas legal system, which Ken Paxton, as the Texas AG, is supposed to uphold.

“Paxton has admitted breaking the law. With three felony indictments hanging over his head, Ken Paxton cannot effectively or credibly enforce the laws of Texas or otherwise perform the duties of his office as Texas Attorney General.”
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More photos from Monday’s rally at our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DallasDemocrats

August Club of the Month: Dallas County East Democrats
Dallas County East Democrats (DACED) is a group of like-minded individuals in the Eastern and Southeastern parts of the county, with a hunger to take action in their community and their government.

DACED meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m., at Martinez Restaurant, 901 Gross Rd., and every Saturday morning from 8 – 10:00 a.m., at Panera Bread, 18641 LBJ Frwy, for their Democratic Social.

Their next big event is Casino Night on September 19, at Courtyard by Marriott from 7 – 10:00 p.m. Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/132922530377119/

For more information, visit their website:

or join their Facebook group:

Election This November 3, 2015
On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, we can all vote on seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. You can find the ballot language and explanations at http://votetexas.gov/november-3-2015-constitutional-amendment-election-explanatory-statements

As always, we need more election clerks to help hold this election, especially bilingual ones, as well as some Alternate Election Judges and a few Election Judges. You can read more about the tasks and requirements, and find a link to the application, at http://www.dallasdemocrats.org/elections/election-worker-registry.html

Filing for the 2016 Primary
Candidates for Precinct Chair can’t file for the 2016 Democratic Primary until Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Candidates for public office can’t file until Saturday, November 14, 2014. Filing ends for candidates for both Precinct Chair and for public office on Monday, December 14, 2015, and is set by law to end at 6 PM.

Find more information about running for public office and links to forms for filing for the primary, filing of campaign treasurers, filing fees, and to the petition forms that candidates for JP and Judge have to get voters to sign to get on the primary ballot (or that other candidates can use to avoid paying filing fees), at http://www.dallasdemocrats.org/elections/election-facts.html

How to be a Delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention
Read this memo from the Texas Democratic Party to learn the steps to becoming a delegate and how many delegates are allotted to your senate district. Senate District Conventions (March), the Texas State Convention (June), and the National Convention (July) are listed on the calendar below.

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, August 4:
Irving Texas Democratic Women — (6:30 pm, East China Buffet, 4023 W. Airport Fwy., Irving 75062)

Wednesday, August 5:
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Judicial Campaign Kickoff for Chika Anyiam — For Criminal District Court No. 2. Complimentary Appetizers, Beverages & Valet Parking. Please RSVP by email to chikaforjudge AT gmail.com. (5:30 to 7:30 pm, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, 3520 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas 75219)

Thursday, August 6:
Republican Presidential debate watch parties:
Plano Drinking Liberally Group and WOW Dems — (7 PM, the Rugby House, 8604 Preston Rd #100, Plano 75024

Dallas Drinking Liberally Group — (7:30 PM, Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas)

Mid-Cities Democrats Republican Clown Car Debate Night — (8 pm, Los Jimadores Tex-Mex Tequila Factory, 3314 Harwood Road, Bedford 76021)

Saturday, August 8:
Fort Worth Chorizo and Menudo Community Breakfast — (9:00 am, Nuevo Leon Restaurant, 1544 Ellis Ave., Fort Worth 76164)

Kaufman County Democratic Party — (10:00 am, Office of Dan Wood, Jr., Attorney at Law, Brin Opera House Bldg., 102 E. Moore Ave., Suite 212, Terrell 75160)

Mexican American Democrats of Texas — Dallas CAUSA Chapter. Guests are welcome but must RSVP by calling Sylvana Alonzo 972-900-0882. (11:00 am, 2223 W. Jefferson, Dallas 75208)

Liberal Ladies Who Lunch Rockwall — Please RSVP by August 6, 2015 because we have limited seating. RSVP by email to Susie Stansel email: fairesrfun AT yahoo.com. (12:00 – 2 PM, Tatiano’s Italian Restaurant, 9401 Lakeview Parkway, Rowlett 75088)

Muslim Democratic Caucus of Dallas County — (2:30 pm, Kasbah Grill, 2851 Esters Rd., Irving 75062)

Monday, August 10:
Metrocrest Democrats — (7 PM, NewNew Buffet, 3822 Belt Line Rd. at Marsh Lane)

Tuesday, August 11:
Drinking Liberally Addison — (5:30 pm, The Londoner 14930 Midway Rd, Addison)

Dallas County Young Democrats — (6:30 pm, Sue Ellens, 3903 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas 75219)

Drinking Liberally Lewisville — (6:30 PM, Tierneys Cafe and Tavern, 208 E Main St., Lewisville 75077)

Irving Democratic Club — Please join Irving Democrats as we host Dallas County Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Donovan. Chairwoman Donovan will ask for input from grass roots Democrats and discuss the Party’s plans for the upcoming cycle. (7 – 8 pm, Senter Park East, 228 Chamberlain, Irving)

Dallas Drinking Liberally — (7:30 pm, Uptown Pub, 3605 McKinney Ave, Dallas)

Thursday, August 13:
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Preston Hollow Democrats — Join us to celebrate the 7th anniversary of The Preston Hollow Democrats. Nominations are open for officers. The election will be held at our September General Meeting. (6 – 8 PM, NOTE CHANGED LOCATION FOR THIS MEETING: The Preston Hollow Grill, at the northeast corner of Northwest Highway and Midway Road, Dallas)

Coppell Drinking Liberally — (6:30 pm, Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano, 817 S. MacArthur Blvd. #125, Coppell)

WOW Dems Meeting and Blood Drive — “Here Comes the Judge – Why We Need Progressive Judges in the Texas Judiciary System.” A panel of 3 distinguished judges, Dennise Garcia, Gena Slaughter, and Elizabeth Frizell will speak about their backgrounds, perspectives and roles in civil, family and criminal court. WOW Dems will also hold an Annual Day of Service with a Blood Drive to honor those WOW Dems who have passed away in recent years. Please come to the meeting on August 13 to donate blood before or during the meeting. 1 pint saves 3 lives. Our goal is 15 pints! If you cannot donate, please bring someone who can! (5:30 – 8:30 PM Plano Environmental Education Center 4116 W Plano Parkway Plano TX 75093)

Garland Area Democratic Club — (7:00 pm, Garland Women’s Activities Building, 713 Austin St. [at Glenbrook], downtown Garland)

Saturday, August 15:
North Oak Cliff Democrats — (8:30 am, Norma’s Cafe, 1123 W. Davis St., Dallas 75208)

Rockwall County Democratic Party Meeting — (9:00 am, Harry Myers Community Center, 815 E. Washington, Rockwall 75087)

Lake Highlands White Rock Democrats — We are paying a fee for the room, so we are asking members to contribute $5 to cover room and coffee and donuts. (10:00 am, The Pointe Center for the Arts and Education on campus of CC Young Retirement Community, 4847 W. Lawther Dr, Dallas 75214)

Southwest Dallas County Democrats — (10:00 am, Southwest Center Mall, Community Room (near Macy’s), 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas)

Religious Liberty vs. Religious Refusal — Rebecca Robertson (Legal and Policy Director, ACLU of Texas) will discuss how lawmakers are making blatant attempts to expand the protections for religious practice to include acts of discrimination. Speaking at College of Complexes meeting. $3 plus $5 food or drink purchase. (6 PM, Barbec’s Restaurant, 8948 Garland Road, Dallas 75218)

Monday, August 17:
Hillary For Texas Rockwall Area Grassroots Organizing Meeting — RSVP to Susie Stansel by email to fairesrfun AT yahoo.com. (Registration 6:30 pm, Meeting 7:00 pm, Harry Myers Community Center 815 East Washington, Rockwall 75087)

North Texas Asian Democrats — (7:30 pm, Jeng Chi Restaurant, 400 N. Greenville Ave. Suite 11, Richardson 75081)

Tuesday, August 18:
Collin County Young Democrats — (6:30 PM, Mexigo, 6205 Coit Road Ste 396, Plano 75024)

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

Thursday, August 20:
Last day to submit applications to fill Precinct Chair vacancies.

Monday, August 24:
DCDP Executive Committee Meeting — Quarterly meeting of the Dallas County Democratic Party County Executive Committee, consisting of the County Chair, County Secretary, and Precinct Chairs. (6:30 PM, CWA Hall, 1408 N. Washington at Bryan, Dallas 75204)

Sunday, August 30th:
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Stonewall Democrats Annual Fundraiser — Test your knowledge of all things political With your Host Edna Jean Robinson. Sponsorship levels ($100 – $1000) get you entry into the game and to the pre-Trivia reception. $20 suggested donation at the door. $20 to play trivia. Order online at stonewalldemocratsofdallas.org/donate. (3 – 6 p.m., at Round Up Saloon, Dallas)

Monday, September 7:
DCDP Labor Day Picnic — Details later.

Tuesday, September 15:
Filing begins for Precinct Chairs for 2016 Primary. (9 AM – 5:30 PM, DCDP office, 4209 Parry at Fletcher, Dallas 75223)

Saturday, September 19:
NAACP Garland 25th Freedom Fund Brunch — And Silent Auction. Keynote Speaker: Niambi Tillman FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge. Brunch table: $450.00. Individual tickets: $45.00. For more information please contact Gwendolyn Daniels, Corporate Sponsorships Chairperson 972-381-5044 Box #5. (Silent Auction 9 AM, Brunch 10 AM, Hyatt Place Garland, 5101 George Bush Highway, Garland 75040)

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Dallas County East Democrats 5th Annual Casino Night — $25 Tickets (or sponsorships) on-line at https://sites.google.com/a/daced.org/daced/programs.
Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Shannon Long 214-586-5856 or Barbara Rojas 214-718-9605. (7 PM, Courtyard by Marriott, 2300 I-30, Mesquite 75150)

Saturday, October 3:
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Collin County Democrats Ann Richards Gala — Joaquin Castro, US Congressman for the 20th District of Texas and Chief Deputy Whip for the House Democratic Leadership, will deliver the keynote speech. He will be joined on the podium by Mike Collier, Finance Co-Chair for the Texas Democratic Party. All proceeds go to support the Democratic Party of Collin County. For more information see http://www.collindemocrats.org/2015-ann-richards-dinner/ For tickets ($75) and sponsorships ($250 – $5000) see https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/annrichards (6:30 pm, Hilton Garden Inn, 705 Central Expressway S. [at Bethany], Allen 75013)

Tuesday, November 3:
Constitutional Amendment Election — Seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. See ballot language and explanatory statements at http://votetexas.gov/november-3-2015-constitutional-amendment-election-explanatory-statements (7 AM – 7 PM, local precinct polling places)

Saturday, November 14:
Filing begins for public office for 2016 Primary. (9 AM, DCDP office, 4209 Parry at Fletcher, Dallas 75223)

Monday, December 14:
Filing ends for 2016 Primary for public office and Precinct Chairs. The deadline is set by law for 6 PM. (9 AM – 6 PM, DCDP office, 4209 Parry at Fletcher, Dallas 75223)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016:
Democratic Primary — (7 AM – 7 PM, Local precinct polling places)

Saturday, March 19, 2016:
Senate District Conventions — (Various locations and times)

Thursday, June 16 through Saturday, June 18, 2016:
Texas Democratic Party State Convention — San Antonio

Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28, 2016:
Democratic National Convention — Philadelphia


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