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

Monday, October 02, 2006


Candidate Events This Week

(Details on all of these are below in Upcoming Meetings & Events.)
  • Several of our candidates are likely to be present TONIGHT (Monday) to mingle and hear four bands play at the Dallas County Young Democrats third Texas Democratic Revolution event.
  • The Dallas County Democratic Victory Fund will be holding two receptions for our judicial candidates this week, for Civil and Family Judge nominees on Tuesday, and for nominees for Criminal courts on Thursday.
  • Also on Thursday are a celebration for Will Pryor for Congress, and fundraisers for Katy Hubener for State Representative District 106, and for Martin Hoffman for Judge, 68th Civil District Court.
  • Sunday will be the big October Bash with bands for Mary Abeyta for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 1.
  • Friday is the date of the TV debates with Chris Bell for Governor, for which the Texas Democratic Party is helping people hold debate-watching house parties. Bell will also be speaking Wednesday to the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, and is scheduled to meet Grand Prairie voters with Katy Hubener Wednesday afternoon.
In Memory: Malcolm Dade

On September 26, Malcolm Dade passed away. The Dallas attorney had been a Democratic Precinct Chair, and twice was our candidate for State Representative in District 108. He ran in 2002, then again in 2004. Demonstrating the effectiveness of his strong belief in grass-roots precinct walking, he increased his total in the second campaign by over 8,000 votes and four whole percentage points. Only a serious illness last year prevented him from running again.

Malcolm was also a retired Army Reservist and a Mason. He is survived by two daughters, three grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and several other family members. Memorial services will be at 4 PM, Wednesday, October 4, at Restland Memorial Chapel (972-238-7111). In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent in his name to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, TX 75219-3993.

What Happened To Air America Radio?

If you've tried listening to KXEB 910AM for sane radio political talk, you now hear only religious music and commentary. That's because the station was bought by a religious media company which cancelled Air America's local broadcast. The show's local supporters are already working on finding a new station for AAR, and have an active site on the web, with a link to a petition you can sign to bring back the show. You can also hear it by live streaming on line, by podcasts or rss feeds, or by subscribing to satellite radio; details on all those options are here.

Suffixes Matter

Just to show what very bad company the misusers of our party name are in, here is an item sent in by Bruce Priddy, our candidate for Judge of the 116th Civil District Court, which he got from King Fifer, our candidate for Judge of Dallas County Court at Law No. 2. According to The Columbia Guide to Standard American English (1993) [quoted online here]:
Democrat (adj., n.), Democratic (adj.):

The proper noun is the name of a member of a major American political party; the adjective Democratic is used in its official name, the Democratic party. Democrat as an adjective is still sometimes used by some twentieth-century Republicans as a campaign tool but was used with particular virulence by the late Senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin, a Republican who sought by repeatedly calling it the Democrat party to deny it any possible benefit of the suggestion that it might also be democratic.
Needed: Poll Watchers And Clerks

Early Voting starts Monday, October 23. We need extra eyes to watch the dirty tricks and illegal intimidation. BECOME A POLL WATCHER OR A CLERK ON ELECTION DAY, so that we can catch and stop them when they violate the rights of our voters. Call the party office at 214-821-8331 if you can help or for more details. Give us some time now, so you can have a future to look forward to.

Lots Of Chances To Walk For Democrats

Volunteers are still canvassing Democratic voters in two shifts on Saturdays and one on Sunday from the north Dallas coordinated campaign office. If you can walk (or drive teams of walkers) put on some comfortable shoes and join the fun. We walk on Saturday at 9 AM and again at 2 PM, then we'll do an afternoon shift on Sunday at 2 PM.

The north Dallas office is also open weekdays from 9 AM to 8 PM, and volunteers are doing phone banking during those hours. It is at 5930 LBJ Freeway, Suite #200. That's the blue four-story office building southwest of the intersection of LBJ and Preston Road. We're on the second floor, but you can drive up the ramp on the west side rear to park in the 2nd floor garage and enter there. For directions or details, call 972-701-VOTE(8683) and speak to Kirk McPike.

Meanwhile other walks are going on in Irving every weekend through October 29th. Meet at Lee Park Recreation Center at 3000 Pamela in Irving at 9 AM on Saturdays and at 2 PM on Sundays. Contact Kim Limberg at (972)570-4783.

Also, the campaign for Allen Vaught for State Representative in District 107 (east Dallas) is also hiring paid canvassers. They will be walking every weekday evening from 5 - 8 PM, two shifts Saturday from 10 PM - 6 PM, and Sundays from 12 noon - 5 PM. Call Sarah Hauser at 214-826-7179.

The Missing Republican Signs....

There are a lot fewer than usual Republican yard signs out, and all but one or two of their candidates for Judge seem to have forgotten to list their party on the sign. What are they afraid of? Could it be the polls showing support for Republicans, from Bush on down, is cratering this year? As each week another Republican Congressman resigns or gets implicated in yet another scandal, and new reports and books show how incompetent and corrupt they are, most of their local judicial candidates seem to have decided to "cut and run" from links to their party.

Democrats, though, are running with heads high. Show your neighbors you are proud of them all. We've got both small and big (4 feet by 4 feet) signs reading "Had Enough? Vote Democratic". We'd like to get the big ones up around the county, preferably on private property that faces busy streets, schools that are voting locations and other high traffic areas. Please email sarahannduncan AT yahoo DOT com or call her at 214-821-8331. We will take care of getting them out and up; we need to know if it should be freestanding, go on a wood fence, chain link, etc.

We've also got individual candidate signs. Spread the word and help build name ID for our 42 candidates for Judge and our other office-seekers. Come on by and get them at one of our three offices: the main one downtown near Fair Park (214-821-8331), the north office near LBJ and Preston (972-701-VOTE(8683)), or the south office near Camp Wisdom and IH20 (972-780-7162).

Upcoming Meetings & Events:

(For the latest updates on local events, and links to more info about these, always check the DCDP website Calendar.)

Monday, October 2:
  • Dallas County Young Democrats Third Texas Democratic Revolution event. With four great bands and a chance to have your voice heard in the evening's "political mug shot" art installation
    piece, it's an all ages show you won't want to miss. Tickets are only $8 at the door. Bands include: Peter Schmidt and His Gentlemen Scholars, PPT, Blackheart Society, and Travis Hopper. Local artists Sarah Jane Semrad, Hal Samples, and Carissa Byers will create a multi-media visual art piece on the spot. (6:30 to 9:30 PM, The Gypsy Tea Room at 2548 Elm, in Deep Ellum, downtown Dallas)
Tuesday, October 3:
  • Dallas County Democratic Victory Fund reception for Civil and Family Judge Nominees [and all Democratic candidates] (5:30 to 7:30 PM, The Stoneleigh P, 2926 Maple, Dallas)
Wednesday, October 4:
  • Democratic candidate for Governor Chris Bell is the speaker at the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce lunch for $20 -- if you want to sit at one of Katy Hubener's tables call 972.296.9400 for reservations (11:30 AM, Hilton Garden Inn Duncanville, at the corner of IH-20 and Main Street)
  • Chris Bell is also scheduled to be at a meet-and-greet with Katy
    from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the Ruthe Jackson Center, 3113 S. Carrier Pkwy., Grand Prairie.
Thursday, October 5:
  • Texas OU rally fundraiser for Katy Hubener for State Representative District 106; free and all Dallas County candidates present will be introduced (4:30 to 6:30 PM, the Stoneleigh P., 2926 Maple, Dallas)
  • Celebrate Democratic candidate for Congress Will Pryor ringing his 10,000th doorbell in this campaign at a free Event, with snacks, drinks and live music, from 5 to 7 PM, at 10460 Heather Lane, Dallas 75229. For more information call 972-392-1135.
  • Dallas County Democratic Victory Fund reception for Criminal Judge nominees [and all Democratic candidates] (5:30 to 7:30 PM, Louie's, 1839 N. Henderson, Dallas)
  • Fundraiser "Merlot With Martin Hoffman" for Judge, 68th Civil District Court (6:30 to 8:30 PM, 4800 Victor St., Dallas; email to martin AT
Friday, October 6:
  • Scheduled televised debate for Governor between Democrat Chris Bell and three Republicans. The Texas Democratic Party is seeking people to host Road to Victory House Parties at their homes; find out more and sign up at this page.
Saturday, October 7:
  • Grand Prairie Democrats Breakfast at 8 AM, followed by our Adopt-A-Street clean up at 9 AM (Theos Grill, 107 N. W. 8th, Grand Prairie)
  • Precinct Walks in Dallas and suburbs; see details in article above.
  • Park Cities / Central Dallas Democrats (10:30 AM, Oak Lawn Branch, Dallas Public Library)
Sunday, October 8:
  • Precinct Walks in Dallas and suburbs; see details in article above.
  • October Bash entertainment and car show fundraiser for Mary Abeyta for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 1; come hear Socorro (who was invited to perform at the State Fair of Texas this year), and BG (Bentley Green) an up and coming rapper who is only 5 years old (and who is incredible to see) Everyone is invited. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs and have a good time! (2 to 5:30 PM, Glenn Heights Community Park, 400 East Bear Creek Road between Hampton Road and I-35, Glenn Heights)
Thursday, October 19:
  • Sheriff Lupe Valdez's 2nd Annual Taco Feast Fundraiser; cash bar and live music from the Ackermans (5:30 to 7:30 PM, IceHouse Banquet Hall, 1000 W. Page St. [or 1011 W. Brooklyn Ave., between Polk and Tyler], Dallas; $35 or higher sponsorship levels; RSVP to Amy at 214-942-2378 or email to amy AT
Saturday, October 21:
  • Dallas County Democratic Party's Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser (the party's big fundraising event of the year -- Food, Friends, and Fun; details later -- Mark your calendars now! Become a sponsor or buy a ticket now online at this page.
Monday, October 23 through Friday, November 3:
  • Early Voting for this years election (list of dates, times, and places here)
Saturday, October 28:
  • Lake Highlands/ White Rock Dems Annual Chili Supper (6:30 to 9:30 PM, DanceMasters, 10675 E. NW Hwy., Dallas; $10 admission)
Tuesday, November 7:
  • Election Day (polls open 7 AM to 7 PM, voting locations here; find your precinct here), followed by:
  • VICTORY PARTY after 7 PM, details later; this will be a HUGE celebration


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