Dallas County Democratic Party Weekly Roundup, January 5, 2016

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Voter Registration Block Party/Rally January 9
block party
Come get registered to vote and hear from Dallas County elected officials at our Voter Registration Block Party/Rally. This event is free! We’ll have free food, drinks, and prizes, as well as live entertainment from three up-and-coming rappers.

Join us on Saturday, January 9, from 1 to 4 PM, in Oak Cliff. The location is the Texas Theatre/Bank of Texas parking lot, at 400 S. Madison St., Dallas 75208.

Precinct Chairs: If you can be a Deputy Voter Registrar at the Rally, please call Carmen at 214-821-8331.

Facebook Event Page:

Executive Committee Meeting Next Monday, January 11.

Precinct Chairs — Your Current Term Ends Monday, June 13.

This date is prescribed by law [Sec. 171.022(c)] for twenty days after the date set for the 2016 Primary Runoff (May 24). Even if you did not file in the Primary for another term, you still serve until June 13.

If you meant to file but missed the deadline (don’t feel alone — there are always a few who do), you are still a Precinct Chair until then. And if no one else filed in the Primary for your spot, then on June 13 your Precinct Chair position will become vacant, and the County Executive Committee meeting held that day can elect you to serve again for the next two-year term.

The DCDP does not remove Precinct Chairs from office because of their failure to file for another term; they serve out their current one until June 13. In fact, the DCDP has never removed any Precinct Chair from office for any reason except death or resignation. [We could also remove a Precinct Chair for openly supporting a Republican against a Democrat in a partisan election, but thankfully that hasn’t been an issue for several decades.]

The Texas Democratic Party did change their rules a few years back to allow county parties to remove Precinct Chairs for not attending Executive Committee meetings, but Dallas County has never done this. You are an elected official, and we hope you will attend our Executive Committee meetings, but if you miss them and the voters in your precinct re-elect you anyway that is their choice. Anyone who claims that the DCDP has ever removed a Precinct Chair for non-attendance is flatly wrong.

That said, please DO attend the next DCDP Executive Committee meeting on Monday, January 11, at 6:30 PM, at the usual place, the CWA Union Hall at 1408 N. Washington at Bryan, Dallas.
At this January meeting in even-numbered years, the Precinct Chairs from each Senate District will caucus and choose a Temporary Chair (or Temporary Co-Chairs) for each Senate District Convention. Those District Conventions will be held this year on Saturday, March 19. The Temporary Chair or Co-Chairs will locate and confirm locations for those Conventions and make arrangements for them. Choosing these persons is one of the most important things which Precinct Chairs do in their terms of office.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday


On Monday, January 18, the Dallas County Democratic Party will take part in the Dallas MLK Parade, from 10 AM to 1:30 PM.

Elected officials, candidates, and others who want to participate should call Carmen at the DCDP office at 214-821-8331 for details.

The party office will be CLOSED for the holiday.

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 place

Welcome To New Primary Staff
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Jacqueline Jones is our new second Deputy Primary Elections Coordinator. She is a retired IT professional with 20+ years in the Health and Telecom industries. A native Texan, born and raised in Dallas, she is an alumnus of S.O.C., S.M.U. and E.T.S.U. She is committed to supporting the democrats in our area in achieving their goals. As a retiree she is involved in her South Dallas community and various organizations. If you are not part of the process in solving our problems, you are part of the problem and have no say in the outcome.

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

January Club of the Month: Far North Dallas Richardson Democrats

The Far North Dallas Richardson Democrats are political activists who live in the North Dallas county, Richardson, and Collin county area.

FNDD meet the third Thursday of every month from 6:00-8:30 PM at Blue Mesa Grill in Addison. This month, they’re hosting their annual Donkey Show on January 20 and a 2016 Democratic Primary Forum on January 31.

To get involved, visit their website, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, or email them at FNDDCLUB@gmail.com.


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 5:

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

Saturday, January 9:

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

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

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

Mexican American Democrats of Texas – Dallas CAUSA Chapter — RSVP by calling Sylvana Alonzo 972-900-0882. (9:00 am, 2223 W. Jefferson, Dallas 75208)

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)

Fundraiser for Marty Jo Taylor — Candidate for 254th District Court. Light refreshments will be served. If you would like to be a sponsor, please call 214-659-3529. More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/947199612033918/ (11 AM – 12:30 PM, Gray Event Center, 3016 N I-35E, Lancaster 75134)

Voter Registration Rally — Free food, drinks, and prizes, as well as live entertainment from three up-and-coming rappers. With State Senator Royce West, State Representative Robert Alonzo, Judge Ken Molberg, Judge Tonya Parker, Commissioner Elba Garcia, and others! See article with link above. (From 1 to 4 PM, in the Texas Theatre/Bank of Texas parking lot, 400 S. Madison St., Oak Cliff, Dallas 75208)

Meet and Greet Laura Irvin — Candidate for HD 102. (2 – 4 PM, Home of Carol and Larry Tobias, 12919 Whispering Hills, Dallas Texas 75243)

Muslim Democratic Caucus of Dallas County — (2:30 p.m., Spicy Cuisine Restaurant,1800 Valley View Lane, ste. 104, Irving, TX 75061)

Monday, January 11:

Dallas County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting —

The DCDP Executive Committee will meet for the first quarter of 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at the usual place, the CWA Union Hall, at 1408 N. Washington at Bryan, Dallas. The main business will be caucuses of Precinct Chairs by Senatorial Districts to choose temporary chairs for their District Conventions (which will be on March 19 this year). We will also fill Precinct Chair vacancies and hear reports. The Executive Committee consists of the County Chair Carol Donovan, County Secretary Gary Garcia, and all of the county’s Precinct Chairs. Other Democrats are free to attend, but not to vote. Parking is usually limited.

Metrocrest Democrats — Metrocrest Democrats is sponsoring a Candidate forum for Democrats in contested primaries in our geographic area [Addison, Carrollton, Coppell, Farmers Branch and Valley Ranch] and in county-wide races. The forum will be held at our meeting January 11. At our following meeting on February 8 members of the club will vote to endorse specific candidates. IN ORDER TO VOTE TO ENDORSE, YOU MUST BE A MEMBER BY JANUARY 11, so please come to the forum on January 11 and be sure to join and pay your dues or join online at Metrocrestdemocrats.org. (7:00 pm, NewNew Buffet, 3822 Belt Line Rd. at Marsh Ln., Addison 75001)

Tuesday, January 12:

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, TX 75219)

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

Irving Democratic Club —
(7 PM, Midori’s, 4020 N MacArthur #114, Irving 75038)

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

State of the Union Address —
President Barack Obama will deliver his 2016 State of the Union Address at 8 PM Dallas time.

Thursday, January 14:

Preston Hollow Democrats — Our speaker will be Dallas Morning News Watchdog, Dave Lieber, who will show you how to protect yourself forever from unscrupulous businesses, as well as what to do if anyone ever takes advantage of you. (6:00 p.m. at the Preston Royal Library Auditorium, 5626 Royal Lane, Dallas 75229)

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

WOW Dems — Dr. Timothy Bray of UT Dallas on The Impact of Poverty in North Texas. Please bring a bag of rice, dried beans or pasta sauce to be donated to Minnie’s pantry. We will also hear from candidates for House District 33 Karen Jacobs and Cristin Padgett as they discuss why you should vote for them in this contested primary election. (Meeet and greet 6:30 PM, program 6:45 PM, Collin Higher Education Center Rm 200, 3452 Spur 399, McKinney TX 75069)

Garland Area Democratic Club — Judge Gracie Lewis, presiding judge of Criminal District Court #3 in Dallas and current candidate for reelection, will discuss the S.T.A.C. drug diversion program that she has been supervising the last 3 years, along with other exciting reforms at the Frank Crowley Criminal Courthouse. These drug diversion programs like the one Judge Lewis is implementing are drawing the attention of our national candidates. (7:00 pm, Garland Women’s Activities Building, 713 Austin St. [at Glenbrook], downtown Garland)

Friday, January 15:

Drinking Liberally for McKinney — (6:30 PM, Cafe Malaga, 107 South Church Street McKinney, 75069)

Sunday, January 17:

Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party — Dallas County Location pending. Save the date and watch here for details.

Monday, January 18:

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday — The DCDP will take part in the Dallas Parade, from 10 AM to 1:30 PM. Elected officials, candidates, and others who want to participate should call Carmen at the DCDP office at 214-821-8331 for details.
The party office will be CLOSED for the holiday.

Wednesday, January 20:

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
(7 PM, Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 5400 East Mockingbird, Dallas 75206)

Sunday, January 24th:

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)

Sunday, January 31:

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

Wednesday, February 3rd:

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)

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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