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 …

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 …

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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. …

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 …

On Faith and Politics

Pandering with piety This past week several of our candidates participated in a candidate forum at Prestonwood Baptist Church. We greatly appreciate them being invited and applaud those who decided to participate. I could not attend due to travel but I understand that they represented the values of the Democratic Party well. I will add that this event and the …

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

In 21st Century America, and here in Collin County, Christmas means different things to different people. Some celebrate it as the actual anniversary of the birth of the Christ. Others understand December 25 as a date of convenience chosen by the early Roman church and regard many of the stories and religious traditions around Christmas to be myth, yet still …

We’re Moving

I am happy to tell you that after an extensive search, thorough deliberations, and lengthy negotiations, our County Executive Committee at its November meeting approved a lease for a new office for the CCDP. We’ll be moving later this month. The new location helps our missions of electing Democrats and building a stronger party by giving us more room, better …

How will you seize the moment in 2016?

Political analysts and historians have increasingly been coming to a consensus that elections are shaped more by overall trends in society and the economy than by individual candidates and campaigns. In normal circumstances a President of the opposite party would be elected after a two term incumbent. However, 2016 is shaping up to be an exception and represents a unique …

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Same old same old?

OK, so let me get this out of the way – I’m sure you are as disappointed as I am with the election results. Acknowledging that, it’s important to look at things from a long term perspective.   As disappointing as the losses are, the most significant result last night wasn’t that Republican voters in Collin County outnumbered Democratic voters …

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Why Vote Democratic in 2014?

A friend recently posted on Facebook one of those pieces from the Republicans comparing what they say Democrats are against with what they say they are for. I’ve also seen way too many Republican comments on Facebook lately that are not merely hateful, they’re just plain stupid – sometimes comically stupid. I feel moved to write about why it is …

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Everyday Miracles

The editors asked me to write something this week that would “miraculously get people to poll greet and phone bank”, and do everything else needed to help our candidates win. I am not a miracle worker, but the good news is that we don’t need extraordinary miracles. All we need are the small, everyday kind of miracles that happen when …

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Let’s Use our Voices!

Some of you have been hearing me say this for quite a while, but others may not, and still others may need a reminder. Collin County is not a red county. Just as Texas isn’t a red state, it’s a non-voting state, Collin County is a non-voting county. We’re a bit better than the rest of Texas, but we’re still …