Dallas County Democratic Party Weekly Roundup, January 22, 2016

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DCDP Float At The Dallas MLK Parade
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Dallas County Democrats, officials, and candidates took part inMonday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. Above is the DCDP float.

DCDP is looking for a new ED
The Dallas County Democratic Party has posted a job notice for the position of Executive Director (ED). The Executive Director will manage the staff at the DCDP office, direct day-to-day operations of the Party, and will report directly to DCDP Chair Carol Donovan.

Click the link for a job description for the ED position. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to distribute the job description to those they know who might be interested in applying. For questions, contact the DCDP Office at 214-821-8331.

To apply, candidates should email a cover letter, expressing their interest, with salary expectations, a resume, a writing sample, and at least 3 professional references to ED Search Committee Chairwoman Barbara Rosenberg at barbara ATdallasdemocrats.org. All documents must be received on or before February, 4, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. CST.

DCDP Debate Watch Party
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Texas Railroad Commissioner candidate Lon Burnam speaking to Dallas Democrats at the DCDP Presidential Debate Watch Party at Dave And Buster’s Sunday, January 17, 2016. To his left, stand-ups of two of the Democratic candidates for President.

How to be a Delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention
Because the DNC did not allow Texas to have another waiver, we’ve seen our last Texas Two-Step of primary and caucus. That means there will be no precinct conventions on the evening of the Texas Primary, March 1 (Super Tuesday). Instead of attending Precinct Conventions on Primary night, you go to your District Convention March 19 to caucus by precincts there.

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 will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016. The State Convention will be held June 16-18, in San Antonio. Philadelphia hosts the Democratic National Convention the week of July 25.

To those running to be a national delegate, good luck!

Senate District Convention Temporary Chairs Elected
At the County Executive Committee meeting Monday night, the Precinct Chairs present from each State Senate District caucused and elected Temporary Chairs or Co-Chairs for each of their Senate District Conventions. Those will be held this year on Saturday, March 19 at locations in each district.

This year there will be no Precinct Conventions on Primary Election Day. Instead, Democratic voters from each precinct will gather at their Senate District Conventions to caucus and choose delegates to the State Convention this summer.

These Temporary Chairs and Co-Chairs will find and confirm locations for their Senate District Conventions, and make all the other arrangements for those. That includes designating members and Chairs of the various Convention Committees. This is an enormous task and they will be glad to have any help you can give. Contact them at:

Senate District 2 —
Barbara Rosenberg 214-923-8067 email berosenberg AT sbcglobal.net
Sally White 214-808-7784 email sallywht AT att.net

Senate District 8 —
Donna Bullard 214-664-3935 email terrybullard AT hotmail.com

Senate District 9 —
Michael McPhail 972-922-6295 email mmcphail1974 AT gmail.com

Senate District 16 —
David Griggs 214-244-5979 email wdgriggs ATyahoo.com
Janice Schwarz 214-460-7283 email tamsterbath AT gmail.com
Katherine McGovern 214-755-2762 email ksm51711 AT gmail.com

Senate District 23 —
Jeff Strater 214-893-1336 email jeffstrater ATgmail.com
Shay Wyrick-Cathey 214-850-9285 email shaycathey AT gmail.com

Sample Ballots For The Primary And Early Voting Info Now Posted
The Dallas County Elections Department has now posted online the Sample Ballot for the 2016 Democratic Primary. It is a pdf at:

They have also now posted a list of days, times, and locations for Early Voting for the 2016 Primary. This will run from Tuesday, February 16 through Friday, February 26. The list is a pdf at http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/wp-content/uploads/EVLocationsP.pdf

The locations for voting on Primary day, Tuesday, March 1, will be posted very soon, when all the locations sign their contracts to hold the election. (We believe we already have more of them than usual completed at this point.)

The County Elections Department has also now posted the Training Schedule for Election Judges. It is a pdf at http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/wp-content/uploads/TRAININGSCHEDULE.pdf

Help Make It A Democratic New Year!
Start (Or Renew) Your Sustaining Membership In the Dallas County Democratic Party

The Sustaining Membership is an opportunity for Democrats to show their support for the party. As you know, the party operates to serve the party membership, elected officials, candidates and other activists and voters throughout the county. The members are the backbone of the party. Their continuous activities keep Democrats in office, and keep our values alive in a sea of RED.

The challenges to our issues and candidates always need support. That support comes from a viable party office. As you can imagine, it costs plenty to keep us running and keep us BLUE. The only way to make sure the office is fully funded is through Sustaining Member contributions. Your regular donation of as little as $10 a month is an investment in the future of the local Democratic Party. Thank you for your contributions and concern for DCDP.

We have several levels of Sustaining Memberships, each with its own category name and benefits. Read about them all and choose your level to get (or renew) your Sustaining Membership at this page.

UPDATE: We will shortly be starting a phone bank to ask people to begin (or renew) Sustaining Memberships in the DCDP. If you can help phoning, call Carmen at 214-821-8331 or email Chris At DallasDemocrats.org.

Become A Deputy Voter Registrar
“Volunteer Deputy Registrars are entrusted with the responsibility of officially registering voters in the State of Texas. They are appointed by county voter registrars and charged with helping increase voter registration in the state. Acceptance of the duties of volunteer deputy registrar places you in a position of trust and responsibility to the citizens you will register to vote.”

So says the Dallas County Elections Department. Find more at:

The Elections Department will holding trainings for Volunteer Deputy Registrars through the year, starting January 3. These are from 11 AM to Noon on Saturdays, and from 7 to 8 PM on Thursdays. The full schedule for training is here: http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/DeputySchedule.pdf

DCDP Office Wish List
There are so many things we need to run the DCDP headquarters. If you’d like to help us out in 2016, please donate one of the following items:
Banners for Community Events
Back Drop
Wide exterior DCDP door mat
Stage Flag
Gift cards for sodas/snacks
Banner for outside
Ceiling Tiles
Mop Bucket
Tripod for Camera
If you can help, see our JotForm at this page:

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, January 19:
Collin County Young Democrats — (6:30 PM, Mexigo, 6205 Coit Road Ste 396, Plano 75024)

Stonewall Democrats of Dallas — (An informal social half hour beings at 6 and the meeting begins at 6:30 PM; NOTE NEW LOCATION FOR 2016: Sue Ellen’s, 3014 Throckmorton at Cedar Springs, Dallas)
Wednesday, January 20:

Garland Democratic Woman’s Club — Our speaker is Ricky Bradley of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Sicilano’s, Italian Restaurant , 2210 W. Buckingham, Garland)

The Donkey Show — Fifth annual event by the Far North Dallas Richardson Democrats. There will be music, comedy, magic, good food and drink and friendly Democrats. Plus we will honor Representative Rafael Anchia with our Darlene Ewing Award for Democratic Leadership. More info and links to pay online at http://farnorthdallasdemocrats.org/?page_id=43%A0 (7 PM, Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 5400 East Mockingbird, Dallas 75206)

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

Thursday, January 21:
Far North Dallas Richardson Democrats — (6:00 pm, Sonny Bryan’s, 1252 W. Campbell Road, Suite 240, Richardson 75080)

Friday, January 22:
Our Bodies Our Lives — Join Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas and other reproductive rights and justice organizations to honor Roe v Wade, the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Connect with local organizations and learn how you can help protect access to abortion and preventive healthcare and stop the devastating erosion of family planning programs. The event is free to attend but you must RSVP in advance at this page. (6 – 8 pm: Drinks, appetizers and Dale Hansen, the indomitable WFAA Ch. 8 sportscaster renowned for his outspoken “Unplugged” commentaries. Former Good Morning Texas anchor Amy Vanderoef will MC. 8 – 10 pm: Dance Party with DJ Jonathan Graham; at Seven for Parties, 150 Turtle Creek Blvd. Suite 107, Dallas 75207)

Saturday, January 23:
Dallas County East Democrats Coffee Social — (8 am – 10 am, Every Saturday at Panera Bread, 18641 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Mesquite 75150)

Election Judge/Clerk Presentation and Precinct Chair Training — An invitation from County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia and the Coalition of Dallas County Latino Precinct Chairs. The Election Judge/Clerk Presentation will be presented by the Dallas County Elections Department. The Elections Department will discuss the roles of the Election Judges and Clerks and the various equipment that is used during elections. (This presentation will not replace election training to be held in February). Carmen Ayala, Operations Director of the Dallas County Democratic Party, will speak on the role of the Precinct Chair. This is also a great opportunity to meet other Latino Precinct Chairs. Please RSVP by email to cdclpc2015 AT gmail.com. (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Oak Room, Oak Cliff Bank Tower, 400 S. Zang Blvd., Dallas 75208)

Garland Area Democratic Club Saturday Morning Coffee — (9:00 am, Generator Coffee House, 107 N. 6th St. on the Square in Downtown Garland)

Sunday, January 24:
Meet and Greet Laura Irvin — Candidate for HD 102. (2 – 4 pm at the home of Sheri and Robert Kunovich, 6410 Rising Hill Drive, Dallas Texas 75248)

Voter Registration And Meet the Candidates — Live band for meet and greet. (3 – 7 PM, Irving Bazaar, 2800 W. Irving Blvd., Irving 75061)

Tuesday, January 26:
Reception for Lon Burnam for Railroad Commissioner — Wine and cheese. Suggested donation $25. Sponsorships $50 up to $10,000. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1051234424942254/ (5:00 to 7:00 pm, At the home of Harryette Ehrhardt, 5731 Swiss Ave., Dallas 75241)

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

Wednesday, January 27:
Dallas Democratic Forum — “A Tour of Dismal Swamp: What to Expect from the 2016 Election Cycle” with Dr. Cal Jillson, SMU. 2016 Patron & Sustaining Members of the Forum — Free, 2016 Regular Members — $25, Non Members — $40. RSVP by Monday, January 25th by email to wdgriggs AT yahoo.com. (11:30 am Registration /Buffet, 12:00 Noon Program, The Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue at Olive, Dallas 75201)

Campaign Reception for Darlene Ewing –Democrat for Judge, 254th Family District Court. Complimentary Beverages & Appetizers. $20 minimum suggested contribution to attend. Sponsorships from $100 to $5000. To be recognized as a sponsor, RSVP to the campaign by Tuesday, January 26, to DarleneEwingForJudge AT gmail.com. Donate online at https://plasso.co/s/zfAbszDstR (6:00 to 8:00 p.m., home of Pauline Bourqui, 4111 High Summit Drive, Dallas 75244)

Thursday, January 28:
Dallas County Tejano Democrats ENDORSEMENT MEETING –(6:00 pm, La Calle Doce Oak Cliff, 415 W 12th St., Dallas 75208)

North Dallas Texas Democratic Women — With DCDP Chair Carol Donovan sharing her 2016 resolutions for the Dallas County Party. (6:45 PM, Northhaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston Road, Dallas)

Sunday, January 31:
Far North Dallas Richardson Democrats — Candidate Forum (1:30 PM, Campbell Green Recreation Center, 16600 Park Hill Dr. Dallas 75248)

Monday, February 1:
Deadline to register to vote in the March 1 Primary.

Wednesday, February 3:
Meet and Greet Laura Irvin — Candidate for HD 102. (6:30 – 8:00 pm, at the home of Barbara Glazer, 5423 Bent Tree Drive, Dallas Texas 75248)

Wednesday, February 10:
Reception for Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel — Dallas County District 1. Complimentary Beverages & Appetizers. $20 suggested minimum to attend. Sponsorships from $100 to $5000. Donate online https://plasso.co/s/Fecf3ROySe. (5:30 to 7:30 p.m., The Lot Dallas, 7530 E Grand Avenue, Dallas 75214)

Thursday, February 11:
Coppell Valley Ranch Democrats Community Meeting — Instead of a January meeting, to get out the vote for Democratic candidates. (6:45 pm to 8:45 pm, at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving 75063)

Tuesday, February 16 through Friday, February 26:
Early Voting for the Democratic Primary — See a pdf of the dates, times, and locations at http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/wp-content/uploads/EVLocationsP.pdf

Friday, February 19:
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail for March 1 Primary — (Must be received, not just postmarked.)

Tarrant County Democratic Party 2016 Unity Ball — Special Guest: Bob Ray Sanders, Retired, Fort Worth Star Telegram. Dinner and Cash Bar. RSVP to comptroller AT tarrantdemocrats.org. Individual ticket $125. Sponsorships $250 to $10,000. Pay online at
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/2016unityball (6 – 10 PM, Masonic Temple, 1100 Henderson Street, Fort Worth 76102)

Saturday, February 27:
Power of the Purse — Women Organizing Women Democrats major 2016 fundraising event. Proceeds from this event will be dedicated to supporting women candidates in the upcoming election cycle. Power of the Purse will feature a luncheon, keynote speaker and silent auction. We are delighted that Regina Montoya has agreed to be our keynote speaker. In 1993, Ms. Montoya served in the White House as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Individual tickets $60. Sponsorships available from $100 to $1000. Questions? Contact Lori Kleinfield at president AT wowdems.org. Tickets and sponsorships online at ActBlue: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/powerofpurse/
(11 AM – 1 PM, Rooftop Event Spot Upper level at The Ice House 1000 E. 14th St. Plano, TX 75074)

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

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

Tuesday, May 24:
Democratic Primary Runoff — [If needed.] (7 AM – 7 PM, Local precinct polling places)

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

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


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