Justice Respect Compassion Diversity
March 22, 2020
These are scary times for all of us. Please keep informed via City of Boerne and Office of Texas Governor .

Restaurants and bars state wide are prohibited from offering a "dine-in" option. Limit social gatherings to no more that 10 people. Follow CDC guidelines related to personal hygiene and social distancing.  

1. Wash your hands often, with soap and warm water
2. Clean and disinfect areas you touch often (door handles, tables, computers and phones etc..)
3. If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with other people
4. Cover your coughs and sneezes
5. Avoid close contact with people, while many people who contract this illness will be OK, our concern is how easily it can be passed on to some of the most vulnerable in our community

We all need to use our heads to prevent the spread of this disease. Use common sense and practice social distancing just as you would if your friend or relative had the flu or even the common cold. If you have any of the symptoms, please do not put your family, friends or anyone else at risk.

Notes from the Chair: Blocking, Tackling and Covid – 19
I cringe when I think about Grover Norquist’s irresponsible quote: "   I'm not in favor of abolishing the government I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub."    The conservative elements of our society have allowed the basic services and support systems of our government to atrophy. They decry the so-called deep state then give tax breaks to the rich. The stock market and business are now more important than protecting our citizens from disease, hunger and the basics that human beings require to thrive - the blocking and tackling of government.  During the transition, Obama staffers briefed the incoming Trump people on the risk of a viral pandemic. So what did Trump do, he abolished the White House pandemic prevention office that was put in place by Obama. This has had a direct impact on efforts to deal with our current crisis, the Covid–19 pandemic

According to a 2019 New York times article, “the Trump government has been shrinking our science capacity since coming into office.  In just three years, he has diminished the role of science in federal policy making while halting or disrupting research projects nationwide, marking a transformation of the federal government whose effects, experts say, could reverberate for years. Political appointees have shut down government studies, reduced the influence of scientists over regulatory decisions and in some cases pressured researchers not to speak publicly. The administration has particularly challenged scientific findings related to the environment and public health opposed by industries such as oil drilling and coal mining. It has also impeded research around human-caused climate change, which President Trump has dismissed despite a global scientific consensus.”

Trump’s irresponsible behavior has made this crisis worse than it needed to be. Will we survive, thanks to the folks who are taking decisive action, at the state level, in private industry and by those in the government who are finally allowed to speak the truth. Some Americans are in denial, and others are feeling despair. Both sentiments are understandable. We all have a choice to make. We can stick our head in the sand or we can work together to get through it. Our nation has faced massive threats before and risen to the challenge; we can do it again.

Here is the Kendall County Website Link  discussing the Kendall County Covid - 19 plan. It includes links to a number of sites with valuable information. Please stay informed, stay calm and do your part to control and defeat this horrible virus. Also, we must all work to finally turn Texas blue by implementing the KCDP GOTV (Get Out the Vote) plan now being developed.

Runoff Election Delayed
Pursuant to a  proclamation  issued Friday, Governor Greg Abbot has suspended certain provisions in the Texas Election Code, to move the primary runoff date to July 14, 2020.   
This is a very appropriate move given our current situation, although the date conflicts with the Democratic National Convention, interesting. You will now have more time to ponder our two critical runoffs. M.J. Hegar  and  Royce West  are running in a primary runoff for U.S. Senate. Both are strong candidates and we must choose the one who is best able to beat Senator Cornyn. The second race is for Railroad Commission which pits ‎ ‎ Chrysta Castaneda against Roberto Alonzo .

Let me close with a big thank you to Laura Bray for coordinating our County Convention which was completed in a pro-forma fashion on March 21. The format was a constantly moving target and Laura sure rolled with all the changes. I also want to thank Shawn Bonner, Steve Rogers and Luke Rosenberger who were the reduced staff for the event.

Please stay safe. We will be doing things virtually for a bit and will be posting upcoming virtual candidate events on our website.

  Kevin Henning
Kendall County Democratic Party Chair

We have temporarily closed the Office.
Please check back. We hope to reopen in April.

County Convention Results now onward to the State Convention

Kendall County Democratic Party County Convention completed in record time.
County Chair Henning Called convention to order at 3:30 p.m. and the staff completed the business at 3:35 p.m. The convention staff: Convention Chair Bray, Secretary Bonner and Credentials Committee Rogers and Rosenberger each received a gift of paper towels 😜 for their hard work. Laura who organized everything of course got two. Thanks to all.

National Census Day
April 1

You may have received your questionnaire in the mail you are legally obligated to participate in it.

But if you don’t want to do it over the phone, through the mail, or wait for the census takers to show up on your doorstep, we have good news for you.
The census is now online — or at least there’s an online option. 
Right around now, you should get something in the mail with a 12-digit census ID. That letter will instruct you to go to  www.my2020census.gov , click “start questionnaire,” enter your census ID, and then answer all the questions about your name, address, who lives in your household, etc. And no,  you will not be asked  about your citizenship status. You can also respond to your census letter by mail or phone.
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