What Does the County Tax Assessor-Collector Do?

November 20, 2019 Unlike many of our county elected officials, nearly all of us have had some interaction with the County Tax Assessor-Collector. Whether we have renewed motor vehicle registrations or paid property taxes, we have had the duty of writing a check to this person. So, most of us have at least a general idea of what this office does. According …

What is a County Commissioner?

Map Credit: Collin County Government Geographic Information System Sadly, most people pay less attention to county government than city government (and they generally pay very little attention to the latter!) A few people know that a County Commissioner is a member of the Commissioner’s Court, presided over by the County Judge, and that it has something to do with county …

What’s a Constable?

Map Credit: Collin County Government Geological Information System by Mike Rawlins, Collin County Chair, Plano TX – 11/8/19 As the filing period for a place on the primary ballot approaches, we’re still looking for people willing to run for some of these offices. And to help identify good prospects, we’re going to tell you a bit about each of these …

Samantha Powell speaking at the Collin County Democratic Party's Ann Richards Dinner in October 2019

2019 Ann Richards Dinner a Smashing Success

October 31, 2011 “The best Ann Richards Dinner I’ve ever attended.” “Ambassador Power was amazing.” “Had a great time. Very inspiring.” These are just a few of the things people said to me the other evening. If you weren’t at our annual Ann Richards Dinner last Friday night you really missed out! The proceeds from this event will give us …

What is “Money in Politics?”

What is “Money in Politics?”

We hear lots of folks say, “LET’S GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS!” But rarely do we hear them say, “WHY is there money in politics?” Until you “follow the money,” that question will remain elusive and we will still need (yes, NEED) tons of “money in politics.” If you have ever run for office, then you know it takes a …

Editorial Article

Why This Immigrant is a Democrat

October 17, 2019 In the ’40s, our mother had insisted we put on our plate only what we thought we could eat, adding that we shouldn’t waste food when so many children go hungry in the world. Our Dad (google Radjef) had dedicated his life to end the colonial oppression of his people. Classmates would chase the darker-skinned kid on …

Why Your Out-of-County College Kids Should Vote This Fall

THIS fall?? Huh? Yes, the constitutional amendments proposed by the Texas Legislature earlier this year are up for your approval this November. Q: Why should my kids who are away at college vote on these amendments? A: As a practice run for voting absentee in 2020! And because informed voting in EVERY election is an important practice for citizens. Encourage them to start good …

The Biggest Issue

This past August marked the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of enslaved persons in America. Some have claimed that this date is the true beginning of the real America and that the official beginning of America on 4 July 1776, which will have its quarter-millennial in six years, is a fraud meant to disguise the reality that America is …

Now Hiring Assistant Primary Administrator for 2020 Election

Position: Primary Election Administrator Location: Party Headquarters in Plano Salary Range:  To be determined by Texas Secretary of State’s office (SoS) Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt Term:  From November 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020, if there is no runoff, or June 30, 2020, if there is. SUMMARY: This position will assist the Primary Administrator with the planning, preparation, and conduct of the …

Why Be a Democrat

Everyone who wasn’t born a Democrat has their own story about how they became a Democrat. For many, it’s a story of the “other” party leaving them. For others, it’s a story about waking up to an unthinkable nightmare in November 2016 and deciding they needed to get involved. Personally, I like to tell people that while I grew up …

Unite the Democratic Party

Post Primaries Unity: Plan Now!

by Tarek Lucien Radjef Last month, we attended the Jefferson County Fair in the state of Washington. To our surprise, there were three booths representing the Democrats. One said ‘Democratic Party’, the other two, ‘Bernie Sanders’ and ‘Elizabeth Warren’. After talking to the volunteers at each location, it sadly appeared that there was at a minimum, friction between all three. …

Volunteer at the Plano Balloon Festival!

The Collin County Democratic Party is sponsoring a booth at the Plano Balloon Festival, which is a fun family event held yearly. The dates and times and location are listed below. We need several volunteers who get a free ticket to the Festival, in return for staffing our CCDP Booth. Staff can wear Democratic gear and/or you can promote your …

Let’s Talk About Feminism

by Jeff Quiggle I am a man and a feminist — and not just because feminism is important to a woman in my life. I am a feminist — not because I have a mother, or a sister, or a wife, or a daughter, or women colleagues and friends — and I do have all of those. I am a feminist because I support full rights …

Labels and Definitions

By Maury Marcus In recent years, traditional labels or political or economic ideology have been used inaccurately and recklessly without regard for their accepted meanings or historical context. We were told that President Barack Obama was a socialist, Marxist, Mau-Mau, Muslim, Fascist, Communist and [anti-white] racist fanatic. Each of these separately was false. Together, they were ridiculous. One term that has been bandied about …

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 …

Editorial Article

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 …

Editorial Article

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, …

Editorial Article

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 …