Volunteer For Collin County

By: Donna Buesing, Staff Writer In this time of crazy ineptitude and irrational “thinking,” we can, in so many little ways, restore sanity and focus.  “How?” you might ask. It is deceptively easy.  VOLUNTEER!!  You don’t need to commit to 40 hours.  Not even 10 hours. If you have two or three hours while the kids are at school or …

Episode 10- “I’m Sorry, Does Your Party Have Solutions on Healthcare?” – Come and Hear It!

In this episode, we interview Laura Gunn, who is our candidate for Texas House District 33. She tells us all about her campaign and what she will bring to Austin once elected. After, we discuss the composition of a typical Republican Attack Ad, focusing on four main themes: Strong Borders, Too Liberal for Texas, Socialism, and Walkway Memes. Articles about …

GERRYMANDERING

By: Donna Buesing Staff Writer So, who the heck is Jerry and why does he meander? I know, bad pun. Actually, the phrase is not one that came into being within the last 50 or so years. The term was coined via Elbridge Gerry, our fifth vice president and former governor of Massachusetts in 1812. I thought for years that …

Episode 9- “Voting Blue Makes A Difference” Come and Hear It!

Podcast Summary In this episode, we interview Mark Phariss, who is our candidate for Texas Senate District 8. He tells us all about his campaign’s progress as well as his stance on important issues facing Texans. He brings a lot to the table and we are very excited to have him as our guest. After, we talk about the ultra-conservative …

Episode 8- “We Run on the Issues, Not Attack Ads” Come and Hear It!

In this episode, we talk with Sharon Hirsch, our candidate for HD66, about her views on the education system in Texas. In our roundtable discussion, we talk about Trump’s tariffs, the importance of the State Attorney General office, Trump’s re-election campaign’s donations to two North Texas Republican incumbents, and of course, Beto’s campaign progress. For more information about the events …

All About that Bass (Base)

Focus on the base!

I’m all about the bass (base), no treble. I was watching the June 1 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher  and noticed an interesting exchange that I think is worth commenting on. The panel began to discuss the recent Georgia Democratic primary race for Governor. Paul Begala, Political Consultant and Commentator, pointed out that Stacy Abrams, the winner, focused …

No Debt

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 …

Vote for the Real Plano – Democratic Voices, Debbie O’Reilly

“Plano Candidates Use Apartment Concerns as a Smokescreen to Rescind Plano’s Equal Rights Ordinance and Introduce Bathroom Bill” Which candidate’s version is the real Plano? The Plano that was voted “The Best City to Live In Texas” by Money and “The Safest City to Live In America” by Forbes as touted by Mayor Harry LaRosiliere? Or candidate Lily Bao’s version, …

Do you know where all of your raised property tax money goes?

Do you know where all of your raised property tax money goes to?   Not public education – a tax cut for businesses or a subsidy to private schools.  – by Debbie O’Reilly This year, as you pay your much higher property tax bill, you’re probably wondering where the extra money goes.  Not all of the additional school tax you …

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 …

Encore! Encore! Plano City Council Recognizes CCDWD President Kate Garrison

Encore! Encore! Plano City Council Recognizes CCDWD Pres., Kate Garrison Plano City Council became the latest civic group to honor Kate Garrison for her service to the community on behalf of people with disabilities. Plano City Mayor Harry La Rosiliere recognized Kate Tuesday evening at the regular Council meeting, citing her advocacy for Universal Design in city planning and for …

Karen Jacobs Attends Senate Hearing on Property Tax Reform

State Senator Van Taylor of Collin County recently held the Texas Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief hearing at Collin College – Spring Creek Campus.  Karen Jacobs, candidate for House District 33, attended and spoke at the hearing.  This is her testimony from the hearing: “My name is Karen Jacobs from Heath Texas.  I am running for …

Update from your SDEC 8 Representatives – Sharon Hirsch and Zack Bullard

Greetings SD 8 Democrats! We want to thank you for electing us as your representatives in Austin. The first SDEC meeting took place on September 17. It was filled with updates from the state party and a surprise appearance from Governor Martin O’Malley. The Texas Democratic Party is currently focused on the 2016 Campaign. Cliff Walker and Birk Wilkinson, the …

Collin County – A Swing County

Last Saturday evening, voters made the journey from Kaufman County, Dallas County, Denton County and Tarrant County to stand with voters from Collin County at a special Town Hall on Texas Education Policy, held in Plano. Our own Ramona Brumfield, Adam Bell and Scott Coleman were joined by Libertarian candidates Shawn Jones and Ray Brewer. Voters heard about the full …

Collin County Democrats with Disabilities Endorses Local Candidates

Collin County Democrats With Disabilities is pleased to announce the endorsement of the following candidates: Adam Bell, U.S. House of Representatives, District 3 Karen Jacobs, Texas House District 33 Scott Coleman, Texas House District 67 Denise Hamilton, Texas House District 89 In February of 2016, Democratic candidates for Texas House District 33, 66, 67, 70, and 89 and U.S. House …

Volunteers needed: Collin College Debate Watch Parties

What a great opportunity for Collin County Democrats!  We have been invited to participate during Debate Watch Parties at all three Collin College campuses.  These are not open to the public at large – these are events for campus students. That’s a total of nine events.  We need as many of our candidates as possible to attend.  We also must …

Congratulations, CCDWD President Kate Garrison!

Kate was recently honored by the National Council on Independent Living Region 6 for being an advocate for the local disabled community. Here is the text read at the NCIL Awards Ceremony, Washington D.C., July, 28th: Kate Garrison has advocated for the City of Plano to incorporate Universal Design in City Planning and for more accessible affordable housing.  To help …

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 …

President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address

President Obama’s State of the Union Address — As Prepared for Delivery — Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our …

Mary Linhart, Party Secretary

Open Letter to Union Members

From DPCC Secretary, Mary Linhart Fellow Union Members, The purpose of Union Political Action Funds (PAF, formerly known as COPE) is to evaluate, endorse, and support candidates whom it judges, with input from our AFL-CIO and affiliated Union legislative advisers, would be advocates for working members and their families in the legislature. By identifying and vetting candidates, Union PAFs engage …