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, September 22, 2008

Have A Debate Watch House Party Next Month

The final Presidential debate is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, October 15. If you would be interested in hosting a house party, opening your home to friends, family, and neighbors to watch, and to participate in a coordinated campaign briefing by DCDP County Chair Darlene Ewing, contact Amy Cowan by email to amywallacecowan AT gmail DOT com.

Help Sponsor The DCDP FIsh Fry This Week

Usually the most productive fundraising events of the year for the Dallas County Democratic Party is the annual Fish Fry. It helps pay for the operation of the party thoughout the political season and beyond. This year's fun fest will be on Friday evening, October 17th, at the Sokol Hall, 7448 Greenville, Dallas.

That's less than a month away, so this week we need to get the invitations typeset and off to be printed. That means we need our many generous Sponsors of the event to sign up by this Thursday if you want to be listed on the invitation. (Yes, late-comers will still be listed at the dinner, but it's more gratifying to see your name in print too.) [Regular tickets won't go on sale until the invitations are done.] For more information about the many different levels of Sponsorship (would you rather be a Piranha or a Barracuda?), call the party office at 214-821-8331.


It's Monday, and that means it is time for another edition of the Texas Progressive Alliance's weekly roundup. This week's roundup is compiled by Vince from Capitol Annex.

Gary at Easter Lemming Liberal News urges all to contact your Congress people now about this bad, very bad $700 billion taxpayer funded bailout of the financial industry. Otherwise, for the next three months, and then an additional six months after that, the Treasury Secretary can do anything "appropriate" with your money without anybody anywhere looking it over.

McBlogger takes a moment to demystify what's going on in financial markets. And call some people really bad names.

WhosPlayin took a moment to pin that pesky "redistribution of wealth" meme back on the Republicans, where it originated and operates today.

BossKitty at TruthHugger still expects the Bush Administration to pull a fast one, because the Pakistan Meltdown Offers Bush More Opportunities To Create Crisis, the dogs of war are still salivating ...

jobsanger points out the blatant racism at the "Values Voters Summit" sponsored by the Family Research Council, and wonders if John McCain's "senior moments" are indicative of a more serious psychological problem.

nytexan at BlueBloggin wonders how John McCain cleans up Washington and Wall Street of the lobbyist when 177 Lobbyists Work For John McCain “The Reformer”

North Texas Liberal unveils the second installment of their Sarah Palin series.

Mike Thomas on an ad blasting all Congressional earmarks as wasteful "pork".

Off the Kuff takes a look at the lawsuit filed by Libertarian Presidential candidate Bob Barr to force John McCain and Barack Obama off the ballot in Texas.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme notices cronies are number #1 in Texas from insurance companies to power companies.

The Texas Cloverleaf spots State Senator Kim Brimer at a union hall. Unfortunately as they say, you can't put lipstick on a pig.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson posts on the real world effects of the TRCC in Williamson County, Builder protection agency "hits home" in Williamson County

Neither the authorities nor the media have found any bodies hanging from the trees in Galveston or on Bolivar Peninsula -- mostly because there aren't any trees high enough to catch one -- but that didn't stop PDiddie from posting the rumors at Brains and Eggs.

Vince at Capitol Annex tells us that State Rep. John Davis is up to his same old tricks down in HD 129. This time, he's holding a fundraiser in Austin while his district is without power, and his constituents are without water. He's clearly addicted to campaign cash. Someone throw this guy a roll of quarters before he has a stroke.

Help Walk And Phone For Our Candidates

The key to winning is VOTER TURNOUT, and the secret to that is repeated direct contact with the voters in person and by phone. This Saturday, September 27, we will be doing a Mega-Walk for the entire Democratic ticket, from Obama and Biden all the way down the ballot to Constable. We've got the best Obama/Vote Democratic literature in town, and we're putting together realistic walk lists focused on reaching friendly Democrats and Democratic leaning voters. We'll also have a big lunch celebration featuring lemonade and pizza.

Training starts at 9 AM, with the first shift going out at 10 AM, and the second one after lunch at 2:30 PM. We'll be walking out of the Coordinated Campaign Headquarters at the Centrum Building, Suite 470, at 3102 Oak Lawn Avenue (at Cedar Springs), Dallas.

Building Access: Park in the underground parking accessible on Welborn Street, on the southeast side of the building. Use the garage elevator to go to Level 1. Find the Office Tower/Diesel Fitness lobby and use the elevators there to go to the fourth floor. Call 214.523.8080 if you need assistance accessing the space. We will have spotters to greet you.

We're also phoning voters from the same location during regular phone banking hours: Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 PM. Come on by: it's fun as part of a team effort.

Individual candidates are also doing still more walks of their own. For instance, State Representative Roberto Alonzo is having a Voter Registration walk for his House District 104 also on this Saturday, starting at 8:30 AM at Morelia's Restaurant, 2707 W. Jefferson in Dallas. To RSVP or for more information call (214) 943-8683 or email to alonzopc2003 AT yahoo DOT com. (He'll be doing a get-out-the-vote walk on Saturday, October 18th, also starting from Morelia's at 8:30 AM.)

State Representative Allen Vaught is also hiring walkers. The campaign writes "We pay $7.50 an hour, and walk EVERY DAY including weekends. Walkers don't need experience, just dedication and commitment. Those interested should contact Charlie Taylor at 214-826-7179, or email to charlie AT allenvaught DOT com."

Several other local campaigns are hitting the streets and phones. You can find a list of them all with links and contact information at this page. Volunteering to help any of them helps the entire slate as we reclaim the country, state, and county for the American people

In Memory: Barefoot Sanders

U.S. District Judge Harold BarefootSanders Jr. died Sunday at 83. He had been a Democratic State Representative, U.S.Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, legislative counsel to President LyndonJohnson, and a federal Judge from 1979 until retirement in 2006. He was also the Democratic candidate for a U.S. House seat in 1958 and for U.S. Senator in 1972, but lost both races.

You can read more about his fascinating life and the many good things he helped do for his community and country in his obit at the Dallas News, which also has a separate chronology with little-known items like his being named State Fair Freckle Champion at 11.

There will be funeral services this Wednesday, September 24, at 4 PM at Northaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston Road (between Royal & Forest Lanes), Dallas, Texas 75230. He is survived by his wife Jan (a longtime Democratic Precinct Chair and peace activist), four children (one of whom is now a Massachusetts Superior Court judge herself), and ten grandchildren.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Also On The Web

And More Fun On The Web

Do You Hear The People Sing?

A Los Angeles improv troupe has posted to YouTube an hilarious video of Obama Campaign Headquarters the night before this November's election. Everyone bursts into song from the musical Les Miserables. The funniest part is when the actors playing McCain and Palin enter. Enjoy it at Les Misbarack.

Precinct Chair Training This Saturday

Training for new precinct chairs (and veterans too!) This will cover:

* Precinct Chair responsibilities
* Organizing, developing and canvassing your precinct
* Building and managing your precinct team
* Holding your precinct convention
* Getting out the vote

Saturday, September 20, 1 to 4 PM at DCDP's Coordinated Campaign Office, 3102 Oak Lawn Ave (Southeast corner of Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs), Suite 400, Fourth Floor, Dallas, Texas , 75219.

Park in the FREE underground parking area, accessible on Welborn Street , which runs along the southeast side of the building. Take the elevator to the Lobby Level 1. Find the "Office Tower/Diesel Fitness" lobby elevators (be aware there are two elevator towers, so be sure to use the right one) and go to the Fourth Floor. Follow the signs to the training.

RSVP to Tom Harris 214-769-1696 or email to tsh DOT web7 AT sbcglobal DOT net.

Monday, September 08, 2008

DCDP Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee of the Dallas County Democratic Party will hold its 3rd quarterly meeting this Thursday, September 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at the CWA Union Hall, 1408 N. Washington at Bryan, in Dallas. County Chair Darlene Ewing, the County Secretary, and all Democratic Precinct Chairs in the county are members of this committee. (Others are free to attend to watch, but seating is limited.) Several new Precinct Chairs will be elected to fill vacancies. Other matters include a financial report and discussion of the upcoming elections. For more information call the party office at 214-821-8331.

Coordinated Campaign Office Open House Wednesday

You are invited to attend the Dallas County Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaign Office Open House this Wednesday, September 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM, in the Centrum Building, at Suite 400, on the Fourth Floor, at 3102 Oak Lawn Ave [the southeast corner of Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs], Dallas, Texas, 75219.

We have a fabulous new space for the campaign and we want YOU to see it. Come out, meet some of your local candidates, pick up yard signs and bumper stickers, and enjoy some pizza and politics on us. We'll let you know about volunteer opportunities as well.

Parking and Building Access Instructions:

Park in the FREE underground parking area, accessible on Welborn Street, which runs along the southeast side of the building. Take the elevator to the Lobby Level 1. Find the "Office Tower/Diesel Fitness" lobby elevators (be aware there are two elevator towers, so be sure to use the right one) and go to the Fourth Floor. Follow the "Call
Center" signs and look for two glass doors that say "Silber Pearlman".

If you arrive after 6 PM, you may need to call the office at 214-523-8080 so we can come and meet you in the lobby area, as the elevator code is required. We will have spotters looking for you until 6:30 to help you get into the space.

There will be pizza courtesy of: Rick Noriega for U.S. Senate, Judge Lorraine Raggio, Ken Molberg for Judge, Eric Moye for Judge, Judge David Hanschen for Justice, Judge Tina Yoo for Justice, Don Chae for Justice, Judge John Creuzot, Judge Don Adams, Gracie Lewis for Judge, Sheriff Lupe Valdez, John R. Ames for Tax Assessor/Collector, Emil Reichstadt for State Rep., Rep. Allen Vaught, Eric Roberson for U.S. Congress, Rain Minns for State Senate, Robert Miklos for State Rep., Carol Kent for State Rep., and Sandra VuLe for State Rep.

We hope to see you Wednesday!