Political And Other Miscellany From A Stout Democrat In Dallas Texas.
"Politics is the only game for adults." --from Robert A. Heinlein's Double Star

Thursday, April 14, 2005

THE 1040 PARTY: On April 13, the Dallas County Democratic Party held their Third Annual Tax Relief for Working Americans Burger Bash, in the parking lot outside the party office. For a picture of some of the candidates who attended, see THIS PAGE.

This event was hastily put together to continue a recent tradition, when no signs were found of preparation to hold it. As a result, there was very little notice. It still drew over 100 people (112 signed in, but several others, including some elected officials, did not; the estimates range up to a total of 150), and raised a profit after expenses (including a small mailing to Precinct Chairs and others) of over $1200.00. The main purposes were to give some active Democrats a chance to have fun, meet candidates for public office (about 15 of them, mostly for judge), sign their petitions to get on the primary ballot, and hear the three candidates for County Chair. The optimistic good feeling manifested at the April meeting that elected Theresa Daniel as Interim County Chair continues to prevail.

It was unfortunate that this wound up being on a Wednesday, since that is a church night for many people (including some ministers who are Precinct Chairs), and no doubt hurt attendance. The idea was to have it close to the dreaded income tax deadline day itself, but this weekend the State Democratic Executive Committee was meeting in Austin, along with a state convention of the Young Democrats, and a teacher's conference there. All of these would draw away many wishing to attend on Friday. On Thursday, the Garland area Democrats were meeting, so Wednesday would up as the least evil date available with time for preparation.

Those who would like notices of the hopefully much more frequent events the DCDP will be having in the near future can write me at a new email address set up just to cover this: BILLHOWELLDCDP at YAHOO dot COM. You can also call me at the party office at 214-821-8331.


  • At 8:30 PM, Blogger Lori F said…

    Bill wouldn't it better to ask people to sign up for the DCDP Weekly Round-up to learn of upcoming events, so that we have a consistent source of information and grow the party's database.

  • At 6:39 AM, Blogger Amy Hunt said…

    If you want to sign up for the Weekly Roundup, go to and there's a link on the upper right-hand side of the page to sign up for the roundup. It comes out every Monday and includes DCDP party news, upcoming events, and a listing of all the club/group meetings for the next two weeks.

    If you've signed up for it in the last month (when we moved the database to an electronic server) and aren't getting it, check your spam filter and make sure to add DCDP to your address book.

    If you tried to sign up for it before, say, a month ago and you're still not getting it, sign up again. Before this new server, addresses had to be manually added to the database, so lots and lots of subscription requests fell through the cracks.

    If you have an idea or a suggestion for Roundup, send it to me, Amy Hunt, at The deadline for the next week's roundup is the previous Thursday at noon.


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