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Thursday, March 10, 2016

DCDP Runoff Ballot Drawing



(Harper drawing for her mother, Nancy Kennedy, for Judge, Criminal Dist. Court No. 2, in the DCDP Runoff Ballot Drawing, Thursday, March 10, 2016.)

The Runoff Ballot Drawing was held this morning at the DCDP office. Results for local races:

Criminal Dist. Judge, Court No. 2:

Chika Anyiam 1
Nancy Kennedy 2

County Tax Assessor-Collector:

John R. Ames 1
Bennie Elenora Brown 2

Constable Pct. 1, Unexpired Term:

Mae Jackson 1
Tracey Gulley 2

(Chika Anyiam gets ballot number one at the March 10 runofff drawing.)


Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Happy International Women's Day from your Dallas Democrats!


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Endorsements In the 2016 Democratic Primary in Dallas County Texas


UPDATE: ADDED Communications Workers of America Local 6215
AND Dallas AFL-CIO FRIDAY FEB. 19


UPDATE: ADDED Dallas County Tejano Democrats FRIDAY FEB. 12

The Dallas County Democratic Party does not make endorsements in contested primaries. Several local Democratic organizations do in some races. Just for information, I have collected lists of these here (just as I listed here the candidates applying for the ballot before they were officially filed). So far, I have received six UPDATE: nine lists:

Communications Workers of America Local 6215
Dallas AFL-CIO
Dallas County Tejano Democrats
Far North Dallas Richardson Democrats
Lake Highlands/White Rock Democrats
Metrocrest Democrats
Preston Hollow Democrats
Progressive Voters League (A New Era)
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas

Not all groups even consider endorsements in every contest. For instance, only three endorsed for President (all for the same person). The only three races where all six seven groups supported candidates were Railroad Commissioner, District Judge of the 254th Judicial District, and County Tax Assessor-Collector (all six seven groups voted for the same candidate in each of those contests). Other candidates did win all four, all three, both, or even the only endorsement made in various races.

UPDATE FRIDAY FEB. 12: There are now THREE splits in endorsements, for three positions: Congress Dist. 30 (between two of the three candidates), Criminal District Judge of Court No. 2 (between all three candidates), and County Commissioner Precinct No. 3 (between two three of four). [And note that some groups also endorse in non-contested races as well.]

There are still other group endorsements that have been made (and more to come). Please send me lists of any other primary endorsements your own group has made this year, by email to BillHowellDCDP AT yahoo.com, and I'll add them to this collection.

As always, don't just blindly take any group's word for who to vote for in the primary -- judge for yourself and make up your own mind. You can find the candidates' own websites and contact info at this page:
http://dallasdemocrats.org/elections/380.html

Communications Workers of America Local 6215: (ADDED FRIDAY FEB. 19)

Marc Veasey -- Congress 33
Lon Burnam -- Railroad Commission
Darlene Ewing -- Judge 254th Dist. Ct.
Theresa Daniel -- County Commissioner Pct. 1
John Wiley Price -- County Commissioner Pct. 3
John R. Ames -- Tax Assessor/Collector
Nancy Kennedy -- Judge, Criminal Dist. Ct. 2
Tracey Gulley -- Constable Pct. 1

Dallas AFL-CIO: (ADDED FRIDAY FEB. 19)

Sheriff : Lupe Valdez
Constable Pct 1: Tracey Gulley
Dallas County Commissioner PCT 1: Theresa Daniel
Dallas County Commissioner PCT 3: John Wiley Price
Criminal District Judge, Dallas County Number 2: Nancy Kennedy
District Judge, 14th Judicial District: Eric Moye
District Judge, 162nd Judicial District: Phyllis Lister Brown
District Judge, 254th Judicial District: Darlene Ewing
District Judge, 95th Judicial District: Ken Molberg
Justice of the Peace Pct 2 Place 1: Bruce Parrott
Tax Assessor: John R. Ames

Dallas County Tejano Democrats: [ADDED FRIDAY FEB. 12]

Hillary Clinton - President
Brandon Vance -- US Representative Dist. 30
Marc Veasey -- US Representative Dist. 33
Toni Rose -- State Representative Dist. 110
Darlene Ewing -- Judge, 254th Judicial District
Chika Anyiam -- Judge, Criminal Dist. Court 2
John Ames -- Tax Assessor/Collector
Theresa Daniel -- County Commissioner Pct. 1
Cedric Davis Sr. -- County Commissioner Pct. 3
Bruce Parrott -- Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 - 1
Tracy Gulley -- Constable Pct. 1
Our delegates to the State Tejano Democrat Convention this weekend are instructed to endorse Hillary Clinton for President and Lon Burnam for RR Commissioner.
The DCTD have also voted to unanimously endorse the Democratic candidates who are running unopposed.


The Far North Dallas Richardson Democrats:

President: Hillary Clinton
Railroad Commissioner: Lon Burnham
Dallas County 254th Family Court: Darlene Ewing
Dallas County Criminal Court #2: Chika Anyiam
Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector: John Ames
Dallas County Commissioner District 1: Dr. Theresa Daniel

Lake Highlands/White Rock Democrats:

Railroad Commissioner Lon Burnam
254 District Family Court Judge Darlene Ewing
Tax Assessor/Collector John R. Ames (incumbent)
County Commissioner, District 1 Dr.Theresa Daniel (incumbent)
Justice of the Peace, 2-1 Bruce Parrott

Metrocrest Democrats:

RAILROAD COMMISSIONER: LON BURNAM
TAX ASSESSOR/COLLECTOR: JOHN R AMES
JUDGE, 254TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT: DARLENE EWING
JUDGE, CRIMINAL DIST. COURT 2: CHIKA ANYIAM

Preston Hollow Democrats:

President Hillary Clinton
Railroad Commissioner Lon Burnam
Justice Crim Appeals 6 Robert Burns
Justice, 5th Court of Appeals Dennise Garcia
Justice, 5th Court of Appeals Gena Slaughter
State Rep 114 Jim Burke
Judge 14th Jud. Dist. Eric Moye
Judge 95th Jud. Dist. Ken Molberg
Judge 162nd Jud. Dist. Phyllis Lister Brown
Judge 254th Dist. Darlene Ewing
Sheriff Lupe Valdez
Tax Assessor/Collector John Ames
DCDP County Chair Carol Donovan
Judge, Crim. Dist. Crt. 2 Chika Anyiam


Progressive Voters League (A New Era):

Congress Dist. 30: Eddie Bernice Johnson (incumbent)
Congress Dist. 33: Marc Veasey (incumbent)
Railroad Commissoner: Lon Burnam
State Representative Dist. 110 - Toni Rose (incumbent)
Judge 254th Dist. - Darlene Ewing
Judge, Dallas County Criminal Court #2: - Nancy Kennedy
Tax Assessor/Collector - John Ames (incumbent)
Commissioner Pct. 1 - Dr. Theresa Daniel (incumbent)
Commissioner Pct. 3 - John Wiley Price (incumbent)
Justice of the Peace Pct 2, Place 1 - Bruce Parrott
Constable Pct. 1 - Tracy Gulley

Stonewall Democrats of Dallas:

President - HILLARY CLINTON
Congressional District 24 - JAN MC DOWELL
Congressional District 30 - EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON
Congressional District 33 - MARC VEASEY
Railroad Commissioner - LON BURNAM
Justice, Supreme Ct. Pl. 5 - DORI CONTRERAS GARZA
Court of Criminal Appeals Pl. 6 - ROBERT BURNS
Justice, 5th Court of Appeals - DENNISE GARCIA
State Rep. 102 - LAURA IRVIN
State Rep. 104 - ROBERTO ALONZO
State Rep. 105 - TERRY MEZA
State Rep. 107 - VICTORIA NEAVE
State Rep. 109 - HELEN GIDDINGS
State Rep. 112 - JACK BLACKSHEAR
State Rep. 113 - RHETTA BOWERS
State Rep. 115 - DOROTHA OCKER
14th Jud. Dist. Ct. - ERIC MOYE
95th Jud. Dist. Ct. - KEN MOLBERG
162nd Jud. Dist. Ct. - PHYLLIS LISTER BROWN
254th Jud. Dist. Ct. - DARLENE EWING
Criminal District Court 2 - MARILYNN MAYSE
Criminal District Court 4 - DOMINIQUE COLLINS
Dallas County Sheriff - LUPE VALDEZ
Tax Assessor/Collector - JOHN AMES
County Commissioner 1 - DR. THERESA DANIEL
County Commissioner 3 - DWAINE CARAWAY
Justice of the Peace 2-1 - BRUCE PARROTT
Constable Precinct 1 - TRACY GULLEY
Dallas Co. Democratic Party Chair - CAROL DONOVAN

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Texas blog roundup for the week of January 25

The Texas Progressive Alliance hopes everyone stays safe in the snow as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff interviewed Harris County Sheriff candidates Ed Gonzalez and Jeff Stauber.

SocraticGadfly questions the mainstream media narrative that the GOP presidential race is down to a Trump-Cruz two person event with this analysis and has a follow-up skewering of the Trump-Palin fun coming.

State Sen. Rodney Ellis, state Rep. Garnet Coleman, three current and one former Houston city councilmen all want to take the place of the recently-departed Harris County Commissioner El Franco Lee on the November ballot. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs has the latest on the most highly contested 2016 race that you won’t be eligible to vote for.

Of course the frackers are big GOP donors. CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme knows that the Texas Republicans don’t work for you. They work for their rich buddies.

Neil at All People Have Value took a Martin Luther King Day picture of two different types of birds sharing space in peace. We could learn from these birds


And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.

Keep Austin Wonky interviews Texas House candidate Huey Rey Fischer.

The Current advertises a movie screening to raise money for the Texas Civil Rights Project.

Texans for Public Justice filed a complaint with the FEC against Ted Cruz for his failure to report those Goldman Sachs and Citibank loans from 2012.

Anastasia Hansen tells you things you may not have known about Houston’s bus system.

Progress Texas documents four decades of Texas abortion laws.

  • Texas Progressive Alliance taps Denton’s “fracktivists” Texans of the Year

  • Wendy Davis is our Texan of the Year

  • Tar Sands Protesters Are Texas Progressive Alliance 2012 Texans Of The Year
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015

    Applications Submitted For the 2016 Democratic Primary


    The drawing for ballot order in contested races in the 2016 Democratic primary was held December 16. Those numbers are now posted on the DCDP website and the candidates in primary contests are listed in primary ballot order on the Secretary of State's website.


    Marilynn Mayse having just drawn ballot position number 1 in her three-way race for Judge, Criminal Dist. Court No. 2 (the seat Judge Don Adams is not seeking reelection for).

    NOTE: For the first time in decades (perhaps since all State Representatives in Dallas County were elected at-large before single-member districts started in 1972) the Dallas County Democratic Party has filed candidates in EVERY STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT IN DALLAS COUNTY.

    Filing ended at 6 PM on Monday, December 14. The final list is posted at http://dallasdemocrats.org/elections/380.html

    The applications listed below have now all been signed as officially filed by the Dallas County Chair, Carol Donovan. The candidates listed below are now on the 2016 Primary ballot. The order people file in does not matter to their order on the primary ballot -- that is determined by a drawing held on December 16 after filing ends.


    (Rhetta Andrews Bowers filing on Monday for State Representative District 113.)

    The applications below were turned in on Monday, December 14:

    As of 5:58 PM:

    Dominique Collins -- Judge, Criminal Dist. Court 4 (Incumbent)


    (Judge Dominique Collins filing for reelection Monday.)


    Sandra Crenshaw -- State Representative District 110

    Brandon J. Vance -- U.S. House of Representatives, District 30


    (Brandon Vance filing Monday for US House District 30.)



    Jim Burke -- State Representative Disstrict 114

    As of 5:30 PM:

    Terry Meza -- State Representative District 105

    Ryan Minyard -- County Commissioner, Precinct 1

    Hector Wilson -- Constable, Precinct 1 (Unexpired term of Cleophas R. Steele Jr.)

    Carol Donovan -- Dallas County Democratic Party County Chair



    As of 1:00 PM, Monday, December 14:

    Nancy Kennedy -- Judge, Criminal Dist. Court No. 2 (the seat Judge Don Adams is not seeking reelection for)


    (Nancy Kennedy files for Judge Monday in Criminal District Court 2.)

    Joe Farkus -- State Representative District 108

    Jack Blackshear -- State Representative District 112

    Norma Jean Scarso -- Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector

    Kristen Smith -- Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector



    As of 12:20 PM, Monday, December 14:

    Bruce Parrott -- Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2, Place 1 (Unexpired term)



    As of 10:10 AM, Monday, December 14:

    Rhetta Andrews Bowers -- State Representative District 113




    The applications below were turned in on Saturday, December 12:

    As of 4:50 PM, Saturday, December 12, 2015:

    Regoberto Cortez -- County Commissioner, Precinct 1


    (Regoberto Cortez with family filing for County Commissioner Pct. 1 on Saturday.)



    As of 3:30 PM, Saturday, December 12, 2015:

    Latonya D. Shavers -- Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2, Place 1 (Unexpired term)


    (Latonya Shavers filing Saturday for Justice of the Peace 2 - 1.)



    As of 2:12 PM, Saturday, December 12, 2015:

    Marilynn Mayse -- Judge, Criminal Dist. Court No. 2 (the seat Judge Don Adams is not seeking reelection for)



    The applications below were turned in on Wednesday, December 9:

    As of 12:30 PM, Wednesday, December 9, 2015:

    John R. Ames -- Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector (Incumbent)


    (Tax Assessor/Collector John R. Ames files for re-election Wednesday.)


    As of 10:20 AM, Wednesday, December 9, 2015:

    Curtis E. Traylor -- Constable, Precinct 1 (Unexpired term of Cleophas R. Steele Jr.)



    The application below was turned in on Tuesday, December 8:

    As of 1 PM, Tuesday, December 8, 2015:

    Dorotha M. Ocker -- State Representative District 115


    (Dorotha Ocker filing for State Representative 115 Tuesday.)



    The application below was turned in on Monday, December 7:

    As of 10:40 AM, Monday, December 7, 2015:

    Eric Johnson -- State Representative District 100 (Incumbent)


    (State Representative Eric Johnson of district 100 filing for re-election Monday.)



    The application below was turned in on Tuesday, December 1:

    As of 12:20 PM, Tuesday, December 1, 2015:

    Darlene Ewing -- Judge, 254th Dist. Court (Unexpired term of James Martin)


    (Former Dallas County Democratic Chair Darlene Ewing filing Tuesday for Judge of the 254th Family District Court.)



    The application below was turned in on Monday, November 30:

    As of 3 PM, Monday, November 30, 2015:

    Victoria Neave -- State Representative, District 107


    (Victoria Neave with her parents at her filing for State Representative 107 on Monday.)



    The applications below were turned in on Tuesday, November 24:


    As of 3:50 PM, Tuesday, November 24, 2015:

    Toni Rose -- State Representative, District 110 (Incumbent)


    As of 2:45 PM, Tuesday, November 24, 2015:

    Yvonne Davis -- State Representative, District 111 (Incumbent)


    As of 12:15 PM, Tuesday, November 24, 2015:

    Helen Giddings -- State Representative, District 109 (Incumbent)



    The applications below were turned in on Monday, November 23:

    As of 2:10 PM, Monday, November 23, 2015:

    Gracie Lewis -- Judge, Criminal Dist. Court No. 3 (Incumbent)


    As of 12:10 PM, Monday, November 23, 2015:

    Cedric W. Davis Sr. -- County Commissioner, Precinct 3


    (Cedric Davis filing on November 23, with the DCDP donkey pinata.)


    The application below was turned in on Friday, November 20:

    As of 11:00 AM, Friday, November 20, 2015:

    Laura Irvin -- State Representative, District 102


    (Laura Irvin files for HD 102.)


    The application below was turned in on Thursday, November 19:

    As of 4:20 PM, Thursday, November 19, 2015:

    Lupe Valdez -- Sheriff (Incumbent)


    (Above, Sheriff Lupe Valdez filing for re-election Thursday, November 19.)


    The application below was turned in on Tuesday, November 17:

    As of 2 PM, Tuesday, November 17, 2015:

    Micah B. Phillips -- County Commissioner, Precinct 3


    The application below was turned in on Monday, November 16:

    As of 7 PM, Monday, November 16, 2015:

    Dr. Theresa Daniel -- County Commissioner, Precinct 1 (Incumbent)

    (Above, Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel filing for re-election at the DCDP EC meeting Monday, November 16, with DCDP County Chair Carol Donovan and others.)


    The application below was turned in on Monday, November 16:

    As of 10:30 AM, Monday, November 16:

    Rafael M. Anchia -- State Representative, District 103 (Incumbent)



    The applications below were turned in on Saturday, November 14:

    As of 9:50 AM, Saturday, November 14, 2015:

    John Wiley Price -- County Commissioner, Precinct 3 (Incumbent)

    Roberto Alonzo -- State Representative, District 104 (Incumbent)

    Mae Jackson -- Constable, Precinct 1 (Unexpired term of Cleophas R. Steele Jr.)

    Chika Anyiam -- Judge, Criminal Dist. Court No. 2 (the seat Judge Don Adams is not seeking reelection for)

    Dwaine R. Caraway -- County Commissioner, Precinct 3


    As of 10:30 AM, Saturday, November 14, 2015:

    Tracey Gulley -- Constable, Precinct 1 (Unexpired term of Cleophas R. Steele Jr.)


    As of 1:05 PM, Saturday, November 14, 2015:

    Eddie Bernice Johnson -- U.S. House of Representatives, District 30 (Incumbent)


    As of 1:27 PM, Saturday, November 14, 2015:

    Eric V. Moye -- Judge, 14th Dist. Court (Incumbent)

    Ken Molberg -- Judge, 95th Dist. Court (Incumbent)


    As of 2:04 PM, Saturday, November 14, 2015:

    Phyllis Lister Brown -- Judge, 162nd Dist. Court (Incumbent)

    (Above: Judges Ken Molberg, Phyllis Lister Brown, and Eric Moye filing Nov. 14, 2015.)


    As of 2:30 PM, Saturday, November 14, 2015:

    Bennie Elenora Brown -- Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector

    Marty Jo Taylor -- Judge, 254th Dist. Court (Unexpired term of James Martin)

    (Above, Bennie Elenora Brown and Marty Jo Taylor filing Nov. 14, 2015.)


    As of 2:58 PM, Saturday, November 14, 2015:

    Barbara Mallory Caraway -- U.S. House of Representatives, District 30

    Friday, November 13, 2015

    Some Small Comfort


    As the attacks go on in Paris, there is this:
    Harriet Alida Lye has written to the Guardian about being trapped inside a bookshop on the rue de la Bucherie:

    We are safe in the Shakespeare & Co bookshop, with the windows blacked out. There are about 20 customers with us who’ve been sat here for hours calling home
    If one just has to be trapped somewhere in Paris, this would have definitely been very high on my list.

    Live Blogging Filing For the 2016 Primary Saturday Nov. 14


    Tomorrow, Saturday, November 14, 2015, filing begins for public office for the 2016 Democratic Primary. I'll be there at the Dallas County Democratic Primary office at 4209 Parry at Fletcher before 9 AM, ready to notarize and receive applications. Internet willing, I'll post here on this blog the names of those who come in with their forms.

    Please note that the filing does not become official until the County Chair signs them (which does not always happen the same day), since the Chair has to judge their facial validity. When several candidates turn in petitions to get on the ballot (as all the judicial candidates have to in Dallas County), those may take hours or even days to count. But to see who arrived on the first day of filing and turned their stuff in, check here starting tomorrow morning.

    Saturday, November 07, 2015

    Very Old Grass Roots


    Infrared Scans Show Possible Hidden Chamber in King Tut’s Tomb

    Foolishly, they say this may be "the burial chamber of Queen Nefertiti", but the truth is obvious: this is where Joseph stored all that extra grain in the years of plenty. Ben Carson told us so!