Book Banning Is a Slippery Slope to Fascism

Texas Republicans, having worked up hysteria around so-called “critical race theory” being taught in schools (it’s not), have moved on to the next culture-wars issue: banning books from schools that they claim are pornographic or present history or society in ways that makes them feel uncomfortable. This is nothing new; Americans have been banning books since before there was a …

What Black History Month Means To Me

By Frederick L. Nickens IV Vice-Chair Collin County Democratic PartyBlack History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role they have played in the building and shaping of U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event was originally called “Negro History Week,” created in February 1926 by …

Democrats Deliver: Broadband For All

Here in Collin County, we take it for granted that we have high-speed broadband. And for good reason: nearly everyone in the county, 97.6%, have access to at least 100 mbps (megabits per second) wired broadband at home. Besides giving us the opportunity to “Netflix and chill” on Friday nights, fast internet access enables access to telemedicine, allows students to …

Don’t Believe Their Lies About the Filibuster

Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Ted Cruz (Q-TX) Republican Senators and pundits – and now Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) –  are trying hard to convince Americans that the “filibuster” is somehow a sacrosanct aspect of our Senatorial governance. But it’s not. They are worried that President Biden is now taking aim at the filibuster to stop Republican …

Volunteer for Boards and Commissions

City of Plano Planning and Zoning Commission Meets At City HallNational news can be so overwhelming, making us feel helpless under the weight of all of it. But remember the famous words of former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill: All politics is local. If we are to effect real change in our country, we have to create change …

No To Extremists Visiting Collin County

We here with the Collin County Democratic Party disagree with our counterparts in the Collin County Republican Party on just about everything, but at least they are not sponsoring two of the most extremist members of Congress to visit our County. That grim distinction goes to the Frisco Conservatives, which hosted Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia in Frisco on …

The Reauthorization Of The Violence Against Women Act Languishes In The House. One Vital Provision Is Needed.

According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, there is virtually a 1:1 correlation between domestic abuse and financial abuse. Survivors often name financial constraints as the one of top reasons for their decision as to whether to leave an abusive partner. What’s more, financial abuse is often the first sign of domestic abuse and is used as a …

REPUBLICAN GERRYMANDERING CONTINUES

Texas Republicans have gone all-in with partisan gerrymandering to both protect incumbents and preserve their mostly white minority rule in this round of redistricting. Their redrawing of districts in Collin County is particularly bad.  The Legislature’s first map (click the image for a larger view) for Texas House of Representative districts was made public only on September 30, and this …

Register Collin: An Interim Report

Register Collin (RC) is a Collin County Democratic Party (CCDP) program to register likely Democratic voters in Collin County. The program began in mid-June, 2021 and runs through the second weekend of October 2021. RC uses volunteers to directly canvass precincts across Collin County using the “Map the Vote” web app to identify homes and apartments with unregistered potential voters …

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Bring Back Postal Banking

By Jeff Williams, MBA PROGRESSIVES WANT TO BRING BACK POSTAL BANKING. HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT IT TOO In today’s digital economy, the working poor, in both urban and rural areas alike, is finding our banking system less and less accessible. As of 2019, according to an FDIC survey, approximately 7 million households had no bank accounts. Roughly 25% of …

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Texas Republicans Enact Nation’s Strictest Anti-Abortion Law

By Sarah Mitchell, President, Women Organizing Women Democrats. In May, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law one of the nation’s strictest abortion measures, SB8, banning abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy with the law effective September 1, 2021. His Facebook Livestream said the Legislature “worked together on a bipartisan basis to pass a bill that I’m about …

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I’m Asking You to Care About Me

Hi, my name is Katie.  I am your neighbor in Celina.  I’m asking you to wear a mask for me.  It’s 2021, and at forty years old I am reviewing my will because I don’t know if I will make it to forty-one.  I am one of the immunocompromised.  I spend many nights wondering if tomorrow will be the day …

Stand in Solidarity

In June 2020, faculty at Collin College were informed that we were expected to continue teaching primarily in-person through the rest of the year. Traditionally in higher ed, faculty are considered a body worthy of consultation in important matters, but not so at Collin. The college president and his allies have cemented a culture of fear, mutual mistrust, and depressed …

Trump supporters demonstrated at the corner of Preston and Parker roads in Plano on Dec. 12, 2020.

Are Collin County, Dallas suburbs spawning ‘domestic extremists’?

A Washington Post story says yes, citing 19 people who stormed the U.S. Capitol in January after former President Donald Trump’s allegations of election fraud. Hopes that former President Donald Trump will one day return to power are still running high north of Dallas in Collin County, where the the population continues to increase and grow more diverse, according to …

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Statement on Death of Marvin David Scott III

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2021 Our local media has generally given only scant attention to the death Sunday night of McKinney resident Marvin David Scott III while being held at the Collin County Detention Center. However, details have been emerging in recent days that this death of yet another Black man at the hands of law enforcement deserves not …

Raise Up

Raise Up Collin County Voices of Democracy Read the heartwarming story told by –Noah Skocilich a Resident of Plano —- A week or so ago, when the extreme weather down here was just subsiding, I posted something on NextDoor asking if anyone just needed help with anything at all. A few days after I posted it, a woman named Lisa …

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CCDP Statement on the Capitol Riot

January 6, 2021 Like all Americans, the Collin County Democratic Party is horrified and appalled by the illegal and out of control take-over of the US Capitol today by hundreds of people carrying Trump flags and other items identifying them as Trump supporters. That this violence occurred today was no accident; the President himself had encouraged a pro-Trump protest in …

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County Chair’s Statement on Collin County 2020 Election Results

November 4, 2020 Mike Rawlins, County Chair As I write this Wednesday morning, I suspect a lot of you are feeling what I do – an odd mix of exhaustion, sleep deprivation, anxiety over the uncertainty of the Presidential outcome, disgust, disbelief (“not again?” for Texas,  “WTF?” for Collin County) and gratitude where we can find positive things. So what …