Dallas County Democratic Party Weekly Roundup, October 20, 2015

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Early Voting Is Underway NOW
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Every voter in Dallas County gets to vote in this election. Your ballot will include seven state constitutional amendments and, depending on your location, may include municipal or school district bond issues, city charter amendments, and more.

When you all vote this week or next (because we know you will be voting), please Tweet us a selfie outside your polling location’s electioneering marker with your I Voted! sticker and say: .@DallasDemocrats, I early voted! Have you?

To learn more about the proposed Constitutional Amendments, the League of Women Voters guides are at these pdfs:
In English: http://www.lwvtexas.org/files/cavg2015_english.pdf
In Spanish: http://www.lwvtexas.org/files/cavg2015_spanish.pdf

For more analysis of each proposed amendment, their backgrounds, and positions taken by those in favor of or opposed to each see this Texas Legislative Council pdf:
http://www.tlc.state.tx.us/pubsconamend/analyses15/analyses15.pdf

For more pointed opinions that don’t try to be officially neutral (and their own warnings against Amendments 3 and 7), see a guide from Progress Texas at this pdf:
http://progresstexas.org/sites/default/files/2015-ProgressTX-Texas-Constitutional-Amendment-Ballot-Guide.pdf

What about the bond Issue for the Dallas Independent School District? Read the DISD’s specifics at this pdf:
http://www.dallasisd.org/cms/lib/TX01001475/Centricity/Domain/13988/ProposedBondProgram2015rev4.pdf
They say it will NOT increase taxes at this page:
http://www.dallasisd.org/bond2015

Know what’s on your own local ballot! Find the Sample Ballot for Dallas County at this pdf:
http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/wp-content/uploads/SampleBallot.pdf

Early Voting is from October 19 through October 30. Find locations, dates, and time for Early Voting at this pdf:
http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/wp-content/uploads/EVLocations.pdf

If you don’t vote early, find your Tuesday, November 3, voting locations at this pdf:
http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/wp-content/uploads/DayLocations.pdf

Want To Work in This Election?
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

Fish Fry Fun Last Friday
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At least 37 elected officials and candidates for next year joined many other Democrats last Friday at the DCDP Fish Fry Fundraiser. Above Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson speaks to the group. (At the table at right is Myrtis Evans, the longest-serving current DCDP Precinct Chair.) Thanks again to our wonderful Sponsors! (See the full list in last week’s Roundup and Bulletin).

Among the other officials present were: Judges Eric Moyé, Ken Molberg, Dale Tillery, Ingrid Warren, Gracie Lewis, Carter Thompson, Martin Hoffman, Dennise Garcia (who will also be a candidate for Court of Appeals), Bonnie Goldstein, Tonya Parker, Carl Ginsberg, Don Adams, Jeffrey Rosenfield, Dan Patterson, Ernest White, Angela King, Brandon Birmingham, and Tina Yoo Clinton, Tax Assessor John Ames, County Clerk John Warren, District Clerk Felicia Pitre, Sheriff Lupe Valdez, County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel, JP Katy Hubener, Constable Roy Williams, and Dallas County Schools President Larry Duncan.

Other candidates present included: Darlene Ewing (for Judge 254th), Marilyn Mayse and Chika Anyiam (both for Judge CDC2, where Don Adams is retiring), Steve Love and Bryan Heal (for Congress 32), Dwaine Caraway (for County Commissioner District 3), Laura Irvin (for HD102), and Tracey Gulley and Mae Jackson (both for Constable).

Crowds and Media At Debate Watch
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Thanks to broadcast and print media who came to talk to hundreds of Dallas Democrats at our Democratic Debate Watch Party at the Angelika Film Center Dallas last week. (Above is a cameraman filming in one of the two theaters. At lower left are Precinct Chair and Advisory Council Alternate Gary Foster, and behind him are former State Representative Terri Hodge and Precinct Chair and Advisory Council Member Jean Ball.)

2nd Democratic Debate Watch Party On November 14
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Come join Dallas County Democrats for the second debate between the 2016 Democratic Contenders.

Hosted by:
State Representative Roberto Alonzo
Honorable Thomas G. Jones

Thanks to our hosts, the event is free to attend. Registration is required to help us track attendee count. See our Facebook event page (with a link to RSVP) at this page: https://www.facebook.com/events/537360999762853/

The second debate is in Des Moines, Iowa and we will watch at the historical Texas Theatre.

Saturday, November 14, 7 – 9 PM, Texas Theatre, 231 W Jefferson Blvd., Dallas 75208

Filing for the 2016 Primary
Filing for candidates for Precinct Chair for the 2016 Democratic Primary began on 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.

Note to Precinct Chairs and candidates for Precinct Chair:
the current term will end twenty days after the 2016 Primary Runoff. If you want to be elected to the next two-year term, you will need to file for the Primary ballot. You can find a link to the form and more information about Precinct Chairs at this page:

http://www.dallasdemocrats.org/about/precinct-chairs.html

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

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

Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 30: — Early Voting for November 3, 2015 Election for Constitutional Amendments — See dates, times, and locations at this pdf: http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/wp-content/uploads/EVLocations.pdf

Tuesday, October 20:
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas — Our Guest Speaker this month is Dr. John Carlo, CEO of AIDSArms. (6:30 – 8:30 pm, Ojeda’s Restaurant, 4617 Maple Ave., Dallas)

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

Wednesday, October 21:
Garland Democratic Woman’s Club —
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7 propositions on November 3, 2015 ballot? We would like to help you understand the concept of each constitutional amendment. Please visit Dallascountyvotes.org or votetexas.gov and print out a copy of a sample ballot and bring it to our meeting. Oct 21, we are discussing the 7 propositions on Nov 3, 2016 ballot. The program will be led by Katherine McGovern. (11:30 AM – 1 PM, Siciliano’s Italian Restaurant , 2210 W Buckingham, Garland)

Fundraiser for Victoria Neave for State Representative —
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for House District 107. To RSVP and/or Co-Sponsor: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-5379566678191306752 NOTE: date moved from Oct. 14th. (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, 6711 Velasco Ave., Dallas 75214)

North Texas Asian Democrats Fall Festival and Beer Tasting — To benefit our 2016 voter outreach efforts. You can download our event flyer here for more information: http://tinyurl.com/NTADFallFest2015 Email questions about our event to mwong AT airmail.net. (6 – 8 pm, Braindead Brewing, 2625 Main St, Dallas 75226)

NW Dallas County Democratic Club — (7:30 pm, at Taco Cabana on Webb Chapel, just south of LBJ 635)

Thursday, October 22:
Reelection Rally For Judge Phyllis Lister Brown —
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162nd Civil District Court. RSVP to jackie AT pettitfirm.com. (5:30 – 7:30 PM, Parlor at the Ritz-Carlton, 2525 North Pearl, Dallas 75201)

Stonewall Democrats of Denton County Beer & Brats Potluck — No donation required other than please sign up to bring a dish. An easy to use online signup is at: http://is.gd/HbErW6 You can also sign up to bring a dish or receive more info by emailing us at: info AT stonewalldemocratsofdentoncounty.com or by calling Sandy at 940-206-9215. (6:30 – 9 PM, Joy’s, 2309 Georgetown, Denton)

North Dallas Texas Democratic Women’s Club —
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Mike Collier, our candidate for Texas Comptroller in 2014, he has traveled the state on his “Listening tour” and presented his 2014 Election Report to TDP Chairman Hinojosa. He will lay out his findings to the women of NDTDW. (6:45 pm, Northaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston Rd., Dallas)

Town Hall Meeting with Senator Royce West —
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District 23. With Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Erik Wilson, DISD Trustee Dr. Lew Blackburn, and representatives from the Sheriff’s office, Dallas Police Dept., Dallas Housing Authority, and Parkland Health and Hospital System. (6:45 – 8 PM, Paul Quinn College, Grand Lounge – Student Union Building, 3837 Simpson Stuart Road, Dallas 75241)

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

Saturday, October 24:
Coppell Valley Ranch Democrats Breakfast Get-together — (10 am – 11:30 am, Siena Cafe, 780 S. MacArthur Blvd. at Belt Line, Coppell 75019)

North Texans for Bernie Sanders Organizing Meeting —
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Special Guest – Meet the new North Texas Director for the Bernie campaign. Organizing and networking for all groups and people in DFW/Metroplex and North Texas in support of Bernie 2016. Discussion of signature gathering campaign to get Bernie on the Texas Primary ballot, upcoming events, ways to promote Bernie. Please bring all petitions with you even if the page is not full. A notary will be present to notarize for us. If you have a laptop and can stay from 12:30 to 2:00, we’ll also be doing signature verification. Facebook event page: https://go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/volunteermeetingtogetorganizedorlearnmore/4vhkh (10:50 am to 12:30 pm, CWA Hall, 1408 N Washington at Bryan, Dallas 75204)

Tuesday, October 27:
Re-Election Reception for Judge Dominique Collins —
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Criminal District Court No. 4. Beverages & Appetizers. Valet Parking. (5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Dallas Chop House, 1717 Main Street, Suite 100, Dallas 75201)

Wednesday, October 28:
Metrocrest Democrats GOP Presidential Primary Debate Watch Party — We will have prizes for Debate Watch Bingo! Suggested $10 donation. (6 – 11 PM, The Londoner, 14930 Midway Rd., Addison 75001)

Thursday, October 29:
Hats off to Helen —
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Reception honoring State Representative Helen Giddings, House District 109. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Debra Jones at 214.943.4120 or email monihobbs1 AT gmail.com. Contribution levels: $5000 Top Hat, $2,500 Derby, $1,000 Fedora, $500 Cowboy, $250 Beret, $100 Baseball Cap. Individual contributions accepted at the door. (5:30 to 7:30 pm, The African American Museum, 3536 Grand Avenue, Dallas 75210)

Reception for Dr. Theresa Daniel —
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Commissioner, Dallas County District 1. Complimentary appetizers and beverages. Drive to the top of the driveway for valet. To be recognized as a sponsor, RSVP to the campaign by Wednesday, October 28, and give at one of the following levels: $5000 Platinum, $2500 Gold, $1000 Silver, $500 Bronze, $250 Copper. Donate online at https://plasso.co/s/Fecf3ROySe (6 – 7:30 p.m., 5110 Southbrook Drive, Dallas 75209)

Saturday, October 31:
Incarceration Nation: Mass Incarceration & The New Jim Crow —
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Community Discussion with featured panelist State Representative Roberto Alonzo, District 104. Hosted by Justice League of Texas. (11 AM – 1 PM, Light of the World Family Life Center, 7408 S. Hampton Road, Dallas 75232)

Rowlett Democratic Club — Guest Speaker Kelly Hart, Senior Directory of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Greater Dallas. Also discussion of Proposed Amendments to the Texas Constitution – Voting November 3. (3 PM, First Christian Church, Fellowship Hall, 7301 Miller Rd., Rowlett)

Monday, November 2:
Campaign Reception for Darlene Ewing —
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For Judge, 254th Family District Court. Complimentary Beverages & Appetizers. Valet Parking. To sponsor, RSVP with pledge by Friday, October 30th by emai to darleneewingforjudge AT gmail.com. Sponsor levels: $5000 Platinum, $2500 Gold, $1000 Silver, $500 Bronze, $250. Online at https://plasso.co/s/zfAbszDstR (5:30 to 7:30 pm, Wild Salsa, 1800 Main St., Ste. 100, Dallas 75201)

Tuesday, November 3:
Constitutional Amendment Election — Seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, and various local bond issues, charter amendments, special elections, etd. See ballot language and more information in the article above. (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)

Tuesday, November 17:
Re-election Reception for Judge Eric V. Moyé —
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14th Civil District Court. To be recognized as a sponsor, please RSVP to the campaign by Monday, November 16, and give at one of the following levels: $5000 Platinum, $2500 Gold, $1000 Silver, $500 Bronze, $250 Copper. RSVP: judgemoye AT gmail.com. Contributions & Sponsorships Donate online at www.JudgeMoye.com (6 – 7:30 PM, 3820 Southwestern Blvd., Dallas 75225)

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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