Notice of Ballot Order Drawing for Primary Runoff

AW3-2 Prescribed by Secretary of State Sections 52.094. 172.082. 172.084, Texas Election Code 03/2007 NOTICE OF DRAWING FOR PLACE ON BALLOT Notice is hereby given of a drawing to determine the order in which the names of candidates are to be printed on the ballot for the election to be held on May 22, 2018 in Collin County, Texas.  The …

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Party Finances: A Retrospective for Collin County Democrats

As the 2014 midterm results poured in, Democrats found themselves in a hard place. Having lost majorities in Congress, gubernatorial mansions, and even local city councils, no one would question that Democrats were in for a tough fight back, and none with a more shocking fight than the Collin County Democratic Party. The new Finance Committee chaired by Treasurer Bob …

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s the time of year when the days are getting shorter, the leaves are finally turning color in Texas, and we have a chance to follow nature’s cycles by slowing down a bit ourselves – at least before the mad rush of the year-end holidays. It’s a time when most of us gather …

Yes, there’s another election

I know y’all are crazy happy that it’s Mueller Time, but please do remember that there’s an election happening right now. And more to the point, if you’re reading this you’re probably not one of those who we need to reach the most. But I hope you’ll carry the message to those who need to hear it. Because I know …

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Rise Up, or Be Complicit

Since the events of last Friday evening in Charlottesville I’ve done a few short posts on our alarming national situation. But until yesterday I had some difficulty coming up with a longer statement that didn’t feel like a hackneyed rehash of what others have been saying. Outrage after outrage after outrage also made it hard to focus on a single …

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Why you need to vote for School Boards

In this, my last Chair’s message related to the May 6 non-partisan elections, I offer some reasons why you should vote for your local school board, the Collin College Board of Trustees, and related bond elections. And again, before we look at individual cities let’s take a look at what local school boards do. Again, most people aren’t real sure. …

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Why you need to vote for City Council

In my last Chair’s message I talked about the general importance of voting in the May 6 non-partisan elections. In this message I will tell you why you need to vote for City Council in particular. Before we look at individual cities, it’s important to understand just what city government does. A lot of people in Texas don’t really know.  …

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There’s an election May 6?

Yes, dear friends, there is another election on May 6, and you need to vote!  The first Saturday in May is a uniform election date set aside by the state legislature for city councils, school boards, and other entities to hold elections. In this and my next two messages I’ll talk about how this election is different, and why your …

Statement on Sam Johnson’s Social Security Bill

Congressman Sam Johnson, representing Texas’ Third Congressional District that covers most of Collin County, introduced a bill last Thursday to “reform” Social Security. County Chair Mike Rawlins issued this statement: With the Orwellian doublespeak that has become all too typical of the modern Republican Party, our own Congressman Sam Johnson has introduced his “Social Security Reform Act of 2016”. Johnson’s …

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Statement on “Notice” at Craig Ranch

We received word from some of our activists that the Craig Ranch Community Association in McKinney sent an email advising residents several copies of disturbing notice to “Residents” had been posted in one of the parks in the community. County Chair Mike Rawlins had this to say: “At this point we don’t know anything about who posted this “notice”. We …

Collin County Democrats Honor Veterans

At its most recent meeting on September 27 the County Executive Committee unanimously passed this resolution recognizing Veteran’s Day. WHEREAS, November the 11th is observed annually as a date to honor US military veterans; and, WHEREAS, a Congressional Act approved on May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday and “a day to be …

The Unthinkable has Happened

Fellow Democrats, “Shocked” doesn’t adequately describe how I feel right now about the outcome of this Presidential election. I confess I feel a bit of dread, loathing, and despair. Yet, it also feels self-indulgent to give into them. At times like this we are called upon to be strong for each other. The prospect of Republicans gaining complete control of …

A Time of Decision, a Time to Believe

We occasionally offer essays written by Precinct Chairs or other activists. Here’s one written by Mitch Sotelo, chair of Precinct 83.  Mitch was an ardent supporter of Bernie Sanders, and eloquently here offers his reasons for supporting Secretary Clinton. A Time of Decision, A Time to Believe How strange it is that so many don’t understand that lesser evils are …

HIspanic Heritage Month

Collin County Democrats Recognize Hispanic Heritage Month

At its meeting on September 27, the County Executive Committee passed the following resolution: Whereas 55 million people or 17% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin; Whereas Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service; Whereas Hispanic Heritage Week was first established …

Proclamation on Women’s Equality Day

At its meeting on August 23 the County Executive Committee unanimously passed this resolution recognizing Women’s Equality Day. WHEREAS, the U.S. Congress designated August 26th as Women’s Equality Day in 1971; and, WHEREAS, the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified on August 18, 1920, giving women the right to vote; and WHEREAS, The Democratic Party has taken the …

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Why we need Hillary Clinton right now

If you hang around me enough you’ll probably hear me say that the best indication of how someone will manage their political office is how they manage their campaign. In that regard everything we’ve seen so far about how Donald Trump has run versus how Hillary Clinton has run should make it very obvious who would be the better President. …

June is Immigrant Heritage Month!

Collin County communities are all set to mark the third annual Immigrant Heritage Month in June 2016. This is a nationwide event to gather and share inspirational stories of immigrants across the USA “as a source of pride”.  Activities during the month, from New York to DFW to LA, include engaging constituents, faith leaders, the arts, civic organizers, businesses and …

Enough yet?

My Facebook profile picture is a simple black square that says “Enough”. I set it to that sometime last year after another mass shooting – I forget which (and that in itself is a sad commentary on our society). I was going to change it but then the tragedy in Orlando happened. Details are still coming out so it’s hard …

Conservative is a Dirty Word

Classical conservatism is dead The name of the once proud and valued political philosophy has become an obscenity. “Conservative” used to mean “holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.”  It’s still defined that way in most dictionaries. The conservative luminary William F. Buckley once said “A conservative is …

Precinct and County Convention Information

Our County Convention will be held: Saturday, March 19 Convene at 10:00 AM Finish by 3:00 PM On site sign-in starts at 8:30 AM Convention Center at Collin College Central Park Campus 2200 W University Dr, McKinney, TX 75071 This is a great chance for you to learn about our local candidates, meet other local Democrats, and get ready for …

Early voting has started! Vote in the Democratic Primary now!

  Voting in the Democratic Primary runs Tuesday, February 16 through Friday, February 26. In addition to voting on the Presidential nominee, you’ll also be able to vote for nominees in these contested races, depending on which part of the county you live in: Texas Railroad Commission – regulates oil and gas US Congress, District 3 Texas House of Representatives, …