Dallas County Democratic Party Weekly Roundup, August 25

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Dallas Democrats Tell DA to Do Her Job or Resign
Just months after being sworn in, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk has been inexplicably away from her job for three weeks, going on four. [Dallas Morning News, August 23, 2015]

Hawk has missed or cancelled a number of public appearances and is not answering media inquiries about her whereabouts.

Before her unexplained absence, she admitted to previous prescription drug abuse, and fired or forced the resignations of several key employees who have publicly called her behavior “paranoid”.

Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan issued the following statement:
“Our district attorney needs to do her job or resign.

“If she is struggling with personal problems, we wish her the best, but Dallas County’s top law enforcement official should not be a distraction to Crowley Courthouse employees, who need to focus on justice rather than their boss’s erratic personal and professional conduct.”

(Carol has done several media interviews about this. Below she is talking today with 33.)

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See also:
WFAA-TV Channel 8: “Dallas DA disappears without explanation

KXAS NBC 5: “Absence of Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk raises questions

Dallas Morning News: “Dallas Democrats: DA Susan Hawk ‘needs to do her job or resign‘”

Dallas Morning News: “If Susan Hawk still wants the DA’s job, isn’t it about time she gets back to it?

Join Our Team as a Fall Fellow
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The Dallas County Democratic Party is looking for fellows/volunteers for the DCDP Fall Fellowship Program. If you are an enthusiastic and open-minded individual who wants to learn how to get involved in the grassroots movement of the 2016 Elections to make a direct impact in the community, we look forward to hearing from you.

The Dallas County Democratic Party Fellowship Program is designed to provide prospective organizers with training and experience in grassroots campaigning.

DCDP Fellows will be directly involved in dynamic local, statewide and national campaigns, and they will learn first-hand how to use voter contact methods and online organizing to increase community engagement, mobilize supporters, and communicate with voters countywide.The program is a 15-20 hour per week commitment, and Fellows will be directly responsible for organizing events, managing volunteers, and talking to voters about the issues at stake this election.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through September 7. Please answer the following questions and provide a resume and cover letter for consideration. If you want to learn how make a difference in the Primary and Presidential election, apply today and join our family! Apply online here.

DCDP Labor Day Picnic
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Celebrate Labor Day at the 18th Annual Dallas County Democratic Party Labor Day Picnic on Monday, September 7, 2015. From noon to 4 PM, join your fellow Democrats, including elected officials and candidates. We will meet again at the usual place, 4930 Military Parkway [the former Catholic Czech Club], Dallas 75227.

This event is FREE, and it’s the best kind of Texas picnic: It’s inside with air-conditioning! Fried chicken, hot dogs and iced tea will be provided at no cost. Just bring your favorite casserole, side dish, salad or dessert.

Take advantage of this well-attended event by advertising your club, business and/or campaign in one or more of the following ways:

· For $20 per slide, your information will be included in a continuous slideshow at the Picnic;
· For $30, you can display information on half of a table at the Picnic;
· For $50, you can display information on a full table at the Picnic; or
· For $150, you can be listed as a sponsor of the Picnic. Sponsorship includes a slideshow slide, a display table, and your listing on marketing, event signage and the DCDP website.

To sponsor the Picnic or reserve a table, half-table or slide, contact Carmen Ayala at the DCDP office at 214-821-8331 or email to laborday AT dallasdemocrats.org. Your advertising and/or sponsorship will support the ongoing work of the Party.

Garland Labor Day Parade Float
Notice to All 2016 Candidates for Dallas County Positions: Every Labor Day the Garland Area Democratic Club has a float in the Garland Labor Day Parade. Our float displays candidate posters. If you would like your posters to be on our float please contact Jack Blackshear, 214-679-7175 or email to blackshear.jack AT yahoo.com. You will need 2 posters, one for each side. Posters must be received by Sunday, September 6th.

Congratulations New Precinct Chairs
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At the County Executive Committee Meeting Monday night, thirty-five new Precinct Chairs were elected to fill vacancies. See more pictures of some of them who were sworn in at our DCDP Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DallasDemocrats/posts/10153685139909391 There are still more seats to fill. See the next article to help.

WANTED: Phone Volunteers
WANTED: Phone Volunteers
WHEN: Now!
WHERE: at the DCDP office or at your home, your choice
PURPOSE: to call potential Precinct Chairs for precincts with vacancies

The DCDP needs phone volunteers who can call designated lists of potential Precinct Chairs with strong Democratic voting histories. So far, this method has proven successful in recruiting new Precinct Chairs, but we still have lots of precinct chair vacancies to fill.

If you are willing to help us make calls, at the DCDP office or at home, please call DCDP Operations Director Carmen Ayala at the DCDP office at 214-821-8331. Let us know when you are available, and we will have your list ready for you.

Thank you!

–Carol Donovan, Chair, Dallas County Democratic Party

First Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party October 13
Hosted by:
Tax Assessor/Collector John R. Ames
Judge Phyllis Lister Brown
Judge Dominique Collins
Judge Ken Molberg
Judge Eric V. Moyé
Victoria Neave for State Representative, District 107
Democracy Toolbox

No matter which Democratic candidate you’re rooting for, join hundreds of Dallas Democrats as we watch the first debate of the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential contenders.

The first debate takes place in Nevada, and we’ll watch from the Angelika Film Center Dallas, conveniently located at Mockingbird Station, with plenty of public parking and on the DART line.
Thanks to our hosts, the event is free to attend. Registration is required to help us track attendee count, in case we need to rent a larger or additional theater. Click here to register.

Set out your Democratic T-shirts and flare, and make plans to join us:

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Angelika Film Center, 5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas 75206

If you’re on Facebook, here’s our Facebook event to share.

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 25:
Dallas County Texas Democratic Women — (6:30 pm, Sixth floor clubhouse, 1400 Hi Line Drive at 35E, Dallas 75207)

Wednesday, August 26:
Dallas County East Democrats — (6 PM networking, 7 PM meeting, Martinez Restaurant, 901 Gross Rd., Mesquite)

Thursday, August 27:
Reception for Judge Ken Molberg — Hosted by The Matthews Law Firm, The Law Offices of Ben C. Martin, Jeff Tillotson. RSVP by email to judgemolberg AT gmail.com. Donate online at www.JudgeKenMolberg.com (5:00 -7:00 PM, at Smith & Wollensky, Highland Village, 4007 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77027)

Re-election Campaign Reception for Congressman Marc Veasey:
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Suggested Contributions: $2,700 – Sponsor, $1,000 – Host, $500 – Supporter, $250 – Friend. PAC Sponsorships: $5,000 – Sponsor, $2,500 – Co-Sponsor, $1,000 – Supporter. Contact us by email to RSVP at MarcVeasey.com or by phone at (817) 446-8222. (5:30 – 7:30 pm, 1903 Mayflower Drive, Dallas 75208)

DCDP Precinct Chair Training — (6:30 PM, DCDP Office, 4209 Parry at Fletcher, Dallas 75223)

North Dallas Texas Democratic Women — To get a better understanding of how we can get our ideas and values heard by the Dallas Morning News, our speaker is Mike Drago, assistant editorial page editor. He oversees content selection of Viewpoints and the Sunday Points section. (6:45 PM, Northaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston Rd., Dallas)

The Future of Peace and Justice Activism in Dallas — Benefit for Dallas Peace & Justice Center. With Alia Salem, Council on American Islamic Relations, on Countering profiling and Islamophobia. Joe Swanson, American Civil Liberties Union, on Civil Liberties and Police Brutality. Maria Robles, Reform Immigration of Texas, on Rights of Immigrants. Chantel L. Jones, Dallas Faces Race, on Advancing Racial Equity. Moderated by Emmy Award Winning CBS 11 Reporter Steve Pickett. Tickets: $20, includes dinner and program. For more info call 214.683.2493 or email to dallaspeaceandjusticecenter AT gmail.com. (7 – 9 PM, Bridge Bistro, 921 N Riverfront Blvd., Dallas 75207)

Grassroots Democratic Coalition — Price: $2.00 per person. (7:30, Black Eyed Pea Restaurant, 7979 Belt LIne Rd at Coit Rd., Dallas 75287)

Saturday, August 29:
Rowlett Democratic Club — We will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Club’s formation. Come and enjoy cake and ice cream as we discuss the importance of the coming primaries and the elections in ’16. (3 PM, First Christian Church, Chiesa and Miller Road)

Sunday, August 30:
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)

Tuesday, September 1:
Reception for Carol Donovan —
Chair, Dallas County Democratic Party. RSVP by email to carolfordcdp AT gmail.com. Facebook event page and sponsors at https://www.facebook.com/events/807605609353889/ Donate online at https://plasso.co/s/dc59NXAadg (6:00 – 8:00 PM, Home of Regina Montoya & Paul Coggins, 5230 Lobello Drive, Dallas 75229)

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

Saturday, September 5:
State Representative Yvonne Davis Salute to the Stars of District 111 — RSVP to 972-274-1627. (9 AM – 11 AM, Methodist Charlton Medical Center – Auditorium, 3500 W. Wheatland Road, Dallas 75237)

Dallas Chorizo and Menudo Community Breakfast — (9 AM, El Ranchito Restaurant, 610 W Jefferson Blvd., Dallas 75208)

Park Cities Central Dallas Dems — (10:30 AM, University Park Library, 8383 Preston Center Plaza, Suite 200, University Park 75225)

Labor Day, Past, Present and Future — With Gene Lantz, President Texas Alliance for Retired Americans. Speaking at College of Complexes meeting. $3 plus $5 food or drink purchase. (6 PM, Barbec’s Restaurant, 8948 Garland Road, Dallas 75218)

Monday, September 7:
AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast — Order tickets ($30 individual, $300 table) through Pam Resendiz at 214-826-4808. (8:30 AM, 1700 Rodeo Dr., Mesquite 75149)

DCDP Annual Labor Day Picnic — See article above. Free. Sponsorships and tables available for candidates and Democratic organizations. (Noon to 4 PM, 4930 Military Pkwy. [formerly the Catholic Czech Club], Dallas 75227)

Tuesday, September 8:
Drinking Liberally Addison — (5:30 pm, The Londoner, 14930 Midway Rd, Addison)

Dallas County Young Democrats — (6:30 pm, Sue Ellen’s, 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 — (7 PM, Senter Park East, 228 Chamberlain, Irving)

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

Thursday, September 10:
Re-election Reception for Judge Ken Molberg
95th Civil District Court. Beverages & Appetizers. Complimentary Valet Parking. Sponsor Levels: Platinum $5000, Gold $2500, Silver $1000, Bronze $500, Copper $250. To be recognized, RSVP with your pledge by Wednesday September 9. Donate online at https://plasso.co/s/3gCqpDRWf2 or bring your donation to the event. RSVP by email to JudgeMolberg AT gmail.com. (6 – 8 PM, Home of Carmen Mitchell, 3865 W. Bay Circle, Dallas 75214)

Saturday, September 12:
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Community Appreciation Day —
Health Screenings, Live Music, Food, Special Recognitions. To celebrate all the people who make District 30 great. (11 AM – 2 PM, Virginia Weaver Park, 631 Somerset Dr., Cedar Hill

Sunday, September 13:
Texas Style Democratic Meet And Greet — Elected officials and 2016 candidates. Join Dallas County Democratic Precinct Chairs and friends. RSVP via email to vwalton77 AT yahoo.com or send text to 972-365-4669. (1 – 5 PM, Selena’s Event House, 2734 E. Ledbetter, Dallas 75216)

Monday, September 14:
Dallas Democratic Forum: Criminal Justice Reform in Texas with Sen. Royce West —
RSVP by Thursday, September 10, by email to wdgriggs AT yahoo.com. Voicemail line: 214-855-7151. (11:30 am Registration/Buffet, 12:00 Noon Program, The Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue at Olive, Dallas 75201)

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)

Dallas County East Democrats 5th Annual Casino Night —
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$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)

Tuesday, September 22:
A Conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton in support of Hillary for America — Contribution levels: $1,000, $2,700 (includes picture with Hillary). To contribute or RSVP go to: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/ticketed-events/conversation-hillary-sep-22-1/?raiser=112322 (Time [morning]to be determined, at the home of Marc and Wendy Stanley, Dallas, Address provided upon RSVP)

Saturday, October 3:
Collin County Democrats Ann Richards Gala —
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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)

Monday, October 5:
Re-election Campaign Reception for Marc Veasey — Suggested Contributions: $2,700 – Sponsor, $1,000 – Host, $500 – Supporter, $250 – Friend. PAC Sponsorships: $5,000 – Sponsor, $2,500 – Co-Sponsor, $1,000 – Supporter. Contact us by email to RSVP at MarcVeasey.com or by phone at (817) 446-8222. (5:30 – 7:30 pm, Joe T. Garcia’s Restaurant, 2201 N. Commerce St., Fort Worth 76164)

Thursday, October 8:
State Representative Yvonne Davis Annual Fundraiser & Fashion Show —
For more information call 972.274.1627. (6:30 PM, Edison’s, 1724 Cockrell Ave., Dallas 75215)

Tuesday, October 13:
First Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party — Hosted by: Tax Assessor/Collector John R. Ames, Judge Phyllis Lister Brown, Judge Dominique Collins, Judge Ken Molberg, Judge Eric V. Moyé, Victoria Neave for State Representative District 107, and Democracy Toolbox. Thanks to our hosts, the event is free to attend. Registration is required to help us track attendee count, in case we need to rent a larger or additional theater. Register online at https://dallasdemsdebatewatch.eventbrite.com Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/301469453310704 (7:30 PM to 10:00 PM, Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station, 5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas 75206)

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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