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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.  …

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 …

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 …

Craig Ranch "Notice" to Residents

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Collin County Democrats Stand with Victims of Terrorism

In light of the recent heinous attacks by Daesh in Paris and Beirut and the Russian airline bombing, the County Executive Committee of the Collin County Democratic Party passed this resolution at its meeting Tuesday November 17: WHEREAS Collin County Democrats share the sorrow of victims of recent terrorism and grieve with them in the face of despicable tragedy inflicted …

Collin Democrats Speak out on TAPS

At its meeting on November 17, the County Executive Committee of the Collin County Democratic Party passed this resolution: RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE TEXOMA AREA PARATRANSIT SYSTEM Whereas the Texoma Area Paratransit System (TAPS) has been mismanaged and is in financial debt causing the elimination of much needed services to the working disabled and the elderly, and Whereas it is one …

Press Release on Paxton Indictment

Ken Paxton, Under Indictment for Securities, Should Resign Plano, TX Monday, August 3, 2015 – On Tuesday, July 28, a Collin County Grand Jury issued a sealed indictment for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Paxton, a Republican and Texas House District 70 Representative from 2003 to 2012 and Senate District 8 in 2013 and 2014, has been under investigation by …

Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Democrats Support People with Disabilities

The County Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Collin County at its meeting on July 28, 2015, unanimously passed this resolution in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Resolution to Recommit to Full Implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act WHEREAS the Democratic Party supports equal rights for all of our citizens and the …

Why I’m A Democrat – That’s What We Want to Hear from YOU!

When newcomers attend our events, we often hear them say, “I thought I was the only one.”  Well, you’re not!  Let’s show the world we’re here in Collin County, we are many, our voices matter and we demand to be heard! To accomplish this, the Collin County Democratic Party has created a YouTube Channel where you can share your personal …

Statement on the McKinney Pool Party Incident

The following was released as a media advisory on Monday, June 8. MEDIA ADVISORY June 8, 2015 Statement from the Democratic Party of Collin County Party Chair, Mike Rawlins: Today, news is spreading nationally about the incident Friday evening involving teens at a pool party and McKinney police responding to a complaint. While there still appears to be some confusion …

Resolution in Support of Plano’s Equal Rights Ordinance

Resolution in Support of Plano’s Equal Rights Ordinance WHEREAS the Democratic Party supports equal rights for all of our citizens and the concept that no one should face discrimination because of who they are; and WHEREAS the City of Plano revised its non-discrimination policy on December 8, 2014, creating a new Equal Rights Ordinance that extends the city’s non-discrimination policy …

We Applaud Plano’s Equal Rights Ordinance

We applaud the Plano City Council for its action last night to expand the city’s non-discrimination policy to support equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, United States military/veteran status, familial status, or genetic information. We commend their extending existing protections to prohibit discrimination in places of public accommodation, employment practices, housing transactions and city contracting practices. …

Your Vote Matters – Vote Democratic!

There are people who do not vote. They tell you “my vote doesn’t matter,” or “elected officials don’t listen to me,” or “my vote doesn’t count.” The reality is that VOTING MATTERS. The people elected to office have the ability to make opportunity available to all citizens or to make the American Dream available only to the privileged few. VOTING …

Proposition 1 On Texas Ballots

Proposition 1, on November 4th ballots, asks Texas voters to approve an amendment to the Texas Constitution, “providing for the use and dedication of certain money transferred to the state highway fund to assist in the completion of transportation construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads.” If Texas voters approve Prop 1 on November 4th, roughly $1.7 …

The Texas Democratic Party Platform: A Good Read and a Great Platform.

If you haven’t had a chance to review the Texas Democratic Party Platform on a host of topics, it is well worth reading. By the way, if you didn’t notice, “Education” is the very first topic covered. . . .that was by design.   THE TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY PLATFORM (Link to an external web page)      

EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW IS IMPORTANT

  News reports coming out late last evening, indicate that sixty-three Texas Republicans have signed an amicus brief that claims legalizing same-sex marriage could lead to the government to sanctioning incest, pedophilia, and polygamy. Signatures on the brief submitted to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals include Texas House Speaker Pro Tempore Dennis Bonnen and GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, state …

DPCC Statement on Collin County Commissioner Court’s Resolution Aimed at Migrant Kids Awaiting INS Processing

(McKinney, Texas)   Collin County Commissioners voted today, August 4, 2014, to outline a County policy towards the support of unaccompanied migrant children, by supporting a resolution aimed at not allowing any county agency or county resources to be used, to house or provide support for undocumented immigrants who might come to the County, while they await INS processing. The …

Collin County Democrats Take on US House of Representative Actions on 8/1/2014

(McKinney, Texas) The Democratic Party of Collin County believes the partisan vote by the US House of Representatives this evening was nothing but a shameful event, denying immigrant children the opportunity to realize their dreams. Likewise, the failure of the US House to fund the Compassionate Care Relief package to the amount requested by the President, is a further sign …

Collin County Democrats Oppose Collin County Commissioner Attempts to Limit County Support of Immigrant Refugee Children

(McKinney, Texas) – The Democratic Party of Collin County does not support the current version of County Commissioner Mark Reid’s proposed resolution, newly styled as “The Proper Role of County Government in Providing Temporary Housing and Care for Migrant Children.” The resolution states that the “federal government has failed to defend the sovereign borders of the United States and Texas…” …