When You Can’t Win, Cheat!

“Justice delayed is justice denied.” ~ William E. Gladstone by Mike Rawlins, CCDP Chair Most of you are familiar with our Collin County Commissioner’s Court unique twist on this with the long-delayed prosecution of Attorney General Ken Paxton on charges of securities fraud. But there is another recent and much less well-known case where it seems our Commissioner’s Court may …

Our New Executive Director – John Shanks

Winning in Collin County requires that we ramp up our expertise and efforts. We are excited to announce that due to some very generous donors we are finally able to realize a long-held dream – hiring a full time, paid Executive Director. John Shanks comes to us with an impressive resume, detailed knowledge of the political situation in the county, …

Beyond Green, Brown, Red and Blue | Real Local Input

by Myriem Le Ferrand-Radjef | socialfieldwork.net No one holds the reins, folks. “We the people” could set the course of our better futures. Yes, representatives hold a theoretical legitimacy to govern. However, legitimacy is a poor substitute for actuality – the facts – in the decisions that affect us. Authority to govern or legislate draws solely from our approval whether …

How Can I Make a Difference in My City?

Many cities and towns in Collin County are in the process of filling positions on local boards and commissions. Some of these positions require special training but many are filled by local residents like you. Yes, YOU! Applying for these boards and commissions is as easy as filling out a form and submitting it to the city for consideration. The …

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We condemn President Trump’s racist comments

We condemn President Trump’s racist comments directed at Congressmembers Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, and Tlaib. He told these four American women of color to go back to their own country because they disagreed with him.  Three of these women have lived in the United State their entire lives.  All were elected by the majority of the popular vote in their respective …

Medicare: Our Single-Payer Health Insurance

By Tarek Lucien Radjef. Medicare is not a government-run healthcare system like the Veterans Health Administration. Medicare is a single-payer primary health insurance coverage like the French system, but restricted to age 62 and older. All care and drug providers are independent, unlike the Veterans healthcare system where the government pays salaries to care providers and owns the hospitals, like it does in Great Britain. One has to wonder how many of our Republican senior friends refuse …

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American Values and the American Dream

By Manu Lail, CCDP Chair Candidate.  While we celebrate Independence Day, it’s important to remind ourselves that the American Dream consists of the opportunity to work hard and achieve your dreams. My parents and sister came to this country in 1977 with less than $20 in their pockets. I would be born two years later. In those first few years, …

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Ignore the Media Frenzy – Let’s GOTV and Win in 2020

By Sudhir Joshi, Communications Director CCDP. Have you noticed when there is a big event, every news channel covers the event in the same way?  This results in a common narrative emerging while opposing points of view are suppressed through lack of media attention. Let me give you a non-political example.  When there is a birth or marriage in the British royal family, it …

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On Saturday’s Runoffs …

Observations from Another Municipal Runoff By Mike Rawlins, CCDP Chair. There were high visibility runoffs in Dallas, Plano, and Richardson Saturday. Things turned out okay in one city with two Democrats to choose from for mayor, but not so great elsewhere. We congratulate State Representative Eric Johnson for his win as Dallas Mayor. A progressive candidate opposed by the establishment Richardson …

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Four Reasons Why Healthcare Should be the Focus of Democratic Campaigns in 2020

By Sudhir Joshi, CCDP Communications Director. In my opinion, healthcare is the most important problem facing America today.   The cost of medical care, including prescription drugs is dramatically higher in the US as compared to other developed countries.  Millions of American cling to corporate jobs they despise just because they are scared to lose their health insurance.  Many are forced to …

The Three Questions All Candidates Must Answer

by Maury Marcus May 26, 2019 Next year (2020), all candidates in all parties, for any office at any level, must be confronted with three definitive choices.  Republican statements on these three issues show contradictions, but office-seekers in all parties need to come clear on these three controversies. The first is between two interpretations of the Second Amendment.  Wayne LaPierre …

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Is It a Flaw in the Constitution? Fifty Senators Represent Less Than 17% of Total U.S. Population

By Tarek Lucien Radjef. The smallest state, Wyoming has 600,000 people. Kentucky is the 25th smallest with 4.5 million Kentuckians. The total population from 1-25 is 53 million. These states are listed at the bottom of the article. The total U.S. population, including territories is about 330 million. Senators have equal power in their Chamber. This means that when Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris of California vote,representing 40 million people, it can be nullified by Mike …

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What Happened to the 40‐Hour Workweek?

By Dru Murray Americans are witnessing the demise of the 40-­hour workweek. The 40-­hour workweek was instituted in 1940 when Congress amended the Fair Labor Standards Act to protect employees from exploitation. Later, Baby Boomers were told Americans would soon work less due to the introduction of computers into the workplace. That promise has died a terrible death. Young Americans …

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Democrats Hold the Keys to the City of Plano

By Debbie O’Reilly, Women Organizing Women Democrats President  Collin County Democrats, Plano is in a fight for its future. The runoff for Plano City Council Place 7 is not just about one seat. It’s not about Ann Bacchus. In Ann’s own words, “It is about protecting Plano’s brand of excellence. It is about keeping control local. It is about honoring …

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Tolerance and the First and Second Amendments

By Tarek Lucien Radjef Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the Press Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Amendment …

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Our Politics Are Local

Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill, famously said over thirty years ago that all politics are local. That is especially true as voting begins for the May 4 general election. With city councils, schools boards, and Collin College Board of Trustees on the ballot, these elections are as local as we get. And you need to vote! With extreme reactionary candidates running for several of …

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WHAT’S SO?

By Barb Walters, Vice Chair, CCDP. Collin County Democrats turned out in record numbers in November 2018; and although we didn’t turn the county blue, we had some significant wins: Colin Allred is now our Democratic Congressman in CD23; and eight of the thirteen Justices on the 5th District Court of Appeals are Democrats! We registered more voters than even before …

Become a Texas Legislative Activist!

The 86th Texas Legislature or TX Lege 2019 is in session and the Democrats are appalled at the bills being filed. For example, there are over 40 anti-abortion bills alone. The Republicans need to be held accountable. It starts with your education on how the Legislature works and then helping defeat these bills and continues with taking back our County, …