October 10, 2019
Your Weekly News from the CCDP and Political Clubs
Samantha Power doesn't mince words when she talks about Donald Trump. " That @realDonaldTrump thought it a good idea to release this transcript is a staggering testament to the endemic corruption of his administration. He and his close advisers have lost the ability to even see what’s incriminating."

In a recent interview with CNN host Ana Cabrera, Power stated, “Here is an example where the president is blatantly extorting a foreign leader, a foreign leader who is governing a country that has been invaded by Russia, a country that interfered in our election previously, and our president is trying to advance his own political welfare rather than look out for an ally.” 

Samantha Power will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Ann Richards Dinner Friday, October 25th , 7:00 p.m. at the Delta Marriott Allen Hotel. This annual dinner brings together hundreds of Democrats from across the DFW Metroplex to support our work to transform and improve Collin County, elect Democratic candidates, and turn Texas blue.

As the impeachment proceedings unfold, Power's insight into the Trump administration becomes even more important. Don't miss this opportunity to meet and hear Samantha Power.

Leading the list of her many accomplishments, Power was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. Called by Forbes "a powerful crusader for U.S foreign policy as well as human rights and democracy" when it named her one of the "World's 100 Most Powerful Women," Ambassador Power has also been named one of TIME's "100 Most Influential People" and one of Foreign Policy's "Top 100 Global Thinkers." A Pulitzer Prize winning author, Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the William D. Zabel '61 Professor of Practice in Human Rights, Harvard Law School.

As a known fighter for LGBT and women's rights, atrocity prevention, and combating human trafficking, Ambassador Power is set to provide sharp and powerful insight and inspiration for Democrats across the Metroplex at this year's Ann Richards Dinner. Don't miss the 2019 Ann Richards Dinner.

Delta Marriott Allen is located at 777 Watters Creek Blvd., Allen, TX 75013 [ Map ]
Sponsorship and tickets for the Ann Richards Dinner are available here .
Who is Samantha Power?
Why Your Out-of-County College Kids Should Vote This Fall
by Tracy Pursell
THIS fall?? Huh? Yes, the constitutional amendments proposed by the Texas Legislature earlier this year are up for your approval this November.
 
Q: Why should my kids who are away at college vote on these amendments? 
A: As a practice run for voting absentee in 2020! And because informed voting in EVERY election is an important practice for citizens. Encourage them to start good voting habits early.
 
Q: Why should my kids vote in Collin County in 2020 instead of where they are living for college?
A: If they are at college in a solidly blue or solidly red jurisdiction, then by voting in Collin County, they can have a greater impact in electing Democrats. If they do decide to vote at college, they need to register locally and find out the details of voting in their locale.
 
Q: Which college students can vote absentee?
A: Those who are registered to vote in Collin County and who are going to school outside of Collin County.
 
Q: Can my kid who is not a college student, but away on temporary work assignment vote absentee?
A: Yes! In fact, any of the following circumstance make one eligible to request an absentee ballot:

  1. Expected absence from the County during both the early voting period (October 25 through November 1) and election day (November 5).
  2. Disability
  3. 65 years of age or older
  4. Confinement in jail and not finally convicted of a felony
 
Q: How do my kids arrange to vote absentee?
A: Request an absentee ballot from Collin County Elections Department. The information that the Elections Department requires is outlined here .
 
Q: Can my kids request the absentee ballot by email?
 
Q: When should my kids request the ballot?
A: NOW!!  The request must be received by the Elections Department by Friday, October 25, 2019 .
 
Q: When should my kids vote?
A: Immediately upon receiving the ballot. Then he/she should mail it back immediately. If the ballot is not postmarked by 7:00 p.m. Election Day AND received at the Election Department by 5:00 p.m. the day after Election Day, their vote will not be counted.
 
Q: How do my relatives overseas in the Armed Services or visiting out of the US arrange to vote absentee?
A: Click here for overseas voting guidance, then scroll down.
 
Q: How should my college kids (and I) vote on these constitutional amendments? 
A: The Texas Democratic Party is expected to issue a stance on the amendments soon. In the meantime, The Rally has published a series explaining each amendment and how the Democratic Party representatives in Austin voted. Starting August 8th , one amendment has been examined each week.  https://www.collindemocrats.org/newsletter-archive/
 
One other thing – every Collin County Democrat who doesn’t qualify to vote absentee should vote in person. You will have your first chance to vote using the new voting equipment that Collin County Elections has acquired. It has a paper trail component that will ensure accurately auditable results.
 
Early voting starts in less than three weeks. Best not to wait till Election Day – if November 5 were to become one of those days in your life, you could lose your chance to vote.
 
Get more information about voting in Collin County here .

Texas Justice Tour
Collin County Edition Democratic Candidate Meet & Greet

It's time to bring real justice back to Texas and now is your opportunity to meet the Democratic candidate on the ballot. The Texas Justice Tour comes to Collin County on October 12th at 5:00 p.m. Join us at Nine Bands Brewery located at 9 Prestige Circle, Allen, 75002 [ Map ]

Join Master of Ceremonies Mike Collier and meet the sponsoring Democratic candidates.
Hon. Gisela Triana for TX Supreme Court
Hon. Amy Clark Meachum for TX Supreme Court
Hon. Tina Clinton for Court of Criminal Appeals
Hon. Mike Snipes for TX Court of Criminal Appeals
Hon. Brandon Birmingham for TX Court of Criminal Appeals
Hon. Craig Smith for 5th District Court of Appeals
Hon. Bonnie Goldstein for 5th District Court of Appeals
Hon. Dennise Garcia for 5th District Court of Appeals
Sam Johnson for 366th District Court
Penny Robe for 380th District Court
Tonya J. Holt 401st District Court
Theresa Bui Creevy 416th District Court
Christy Albano for 468th District Court
Michael Payma for 471st District Court

Join us and RSVP for the Justice Tour event.
November 2019 - Texas Constitutional Amendments
In our continuing series, we highlight the tenth of ten amendments that Texas voters will see on the November 5, 2019 statewide ballot.

Proposition 10 (SJR 32)
“The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”

This amendment would allow law enforcement animals to retire, and to be adopted by their former handlers or other qualified caretakers with no fee. Currently, law enforcement animals are considered as surplus property of the county, meaning the county can only auction, donate, or destroy them.

To further implement Proposition 10 , the Texas State Legislature passed Senate Bill 2100 (SB 2100) as legislation. SB 2100 would authorize a law enforcement agency’s highest-ranking officer to consider the most appropriate person to receive the animal in the following order: (a) a former handler who retired due to injuries sustained in the line of duty; (b) the family of a former handler who was killed in the line of duty; (c) any other former handler; (d) any other police officer, county jailer, or dispatcher; and (e) any other person.

How our Democratic Legislators Voted
Of the Democratic legislators voting on this amendment in the 86th Legislative Session,
  • 96% of the Texas House Democrats voted “yes/for”;
  • 100% of the Texas Senate Democrats voted “yes/for”.

Sources:

Rally that contained Amendment 1:  https://conta.cc/2yWHpNr
Rally that contained Amendment 2: https://conta.cc/31KLXTn
Rally that contained Amendment 3: https://conta.cc/31SHmOY
Rally that contained Amendment 4:   https://conta.cc/2zrJIYK
Rally that contained Amendment 5: https://conta.cc/32sshE3  
Rally that contained Amendment 6: https://conta.cc/30dfEuU  
Rally that contained Amendment 7: https://conta.cc/2AsC5C0  
Rally that contained Amendment 8: https://conta.cc/2nghH3B
Rally that contained Amendment 9: https://conta.cc/2puUig7

Research provided by Democratic Party of Collin County Messaging Team
Election Administration Volunteers Needed
Would you like to be engaged in the coming record-breaking Collin County Democratic Primary? We need volunteers who will work with party staff in administering the March 3 Primary and May 26 Runoff Elections . Activities will include recruiting election workers, processing candidate filing petitions, double-checking ballot proofs, scheduling training, answering questions from workers and voters, supporting the district or county conventions and a myriad of other tasks.

Please respond if you can contribute 2 or 20 hours per week (or anything in between). Particularly welcome will be people who can be “on call” for peak workloads, such as receipt of multiple candidate petitions or quick turnaround ballot proofing.

Work will begin this November and continue through June of 2020.

Election administration volunteers may also become paid polling place workers when voting is underway. Volunteers may get preference for some of the better 2020 polling place assignments as well as build qualifications for applying for paid administration work in the 2022 or future cycles.

If you can serve or have questions, please contact party elections administration at elections@collindemocrats.org .
Town Hall with Colin Allred
Join the Park Cities Democratic Women's Association and Flip Texas Blue for a Neighborhood Meeting with US Representative Colin Allred. If you have a question you would like to ask Rep. Allred, please feel free to email it to info@pcdwa.org in advance.

When: Saturday, October 12th at noon
Where: University Park Public Library, 8383 Preston Center Plaza, #Suite 200, Dallas [ Map]
RSVP: Click Here
Jenna Royal for HD 67 Meet and Greet
You’re invited to meet with Jenna Royal and get a campaign update.
Join us on Saturday, October 19 from 2-4 p.m. at the home of Vickie Parker.
Address provided upon registration .

(This event is free to attend, but registration required so as not to exceed capacity.)
Penny Robe for 380th District Court
Collin County Campaign Reception
Join us for a Campaign Reception hosted by Jeff Dalton for Penny Robe, District Judge. The event will take place on October 30th at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Jeff Dalton
8552 Royal County Down Drive McKinney, TX 75070 [ Map ]
October Plano Area Democrats
Join the Plano Area Democrats for their October meeting at El Noa Noa, 1915 Central Expy, #150 Plano 75075 [ Map ] on October 19th from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.. Erica Simon from Minnie's Food Pantry will be the guest speaker. They will be collecting donations for Minnie's at the meeting. Several local candidates for office will be attending as well. Don't miss your chance to see old friends, meet new ones, and network with local Democrats! RSVP here or visit our Facebook Event .
Minnie's Food Pantry Holiday Food Drive!
Minnie’s Food Pantry has an ambitious goal to feed 10,000 people in this year’s Thanksgiving Giveaway. The Collin County Democratic Party (CCDP) is leading an effort to support the Food Drive by collecting food and donations.
 
Choose what is right for your giving level!
  • $15 donation for Minnie’s Food Pantry to purchase a Turkey
  • $50 donation to Minnie’s Food Pantry to purchase a complete Thanksgiving meal for a family
Please make checks payable to “Minnie’s Food Pantry” & put “Thanksgiving” in the memo line.

While you are shopping, please consider adding the following items to your food cart (some families may want to involve children in the joy of giving to others by having them help shop):

  • 1 box of Instant Potatoes
  • 1 Box of Stuffing or Bagged Rice
  • 1 Can of Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 Cans of Vegetables (Corn, Green Beans, Mixed Vegetables)
  • 1 Can of Gravy
  • 1 Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Can of Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 Can of Canned/Cocktail Fruit
  • 1 Box of Cake Mix and Icing

CCDP will collect items and donations through Friday, November 8 th at the CCDP office during normal office hours. Drop off locations have also been established in Frisco (9818 Bell Rock Rd.), Plano (7209 Harvey Lane), and Richardson (2501 Honeysuckle Dr). 

This is a great way to give back to our local community, help those who may not have the means to provide a holiday sit-down dinner for their family and show our neighbors that Democrats care. Let's help Minnie's meet their 10,000 people goal. Let's do this!
CCDWD Monthly Meeting, October 21st 5:30 pm
COME ONE, COME ALL!
You don't have to live in Collin County to participate...
Click on this link to view the Meeting Materials

Light refreshments available.
We meet at the fully accessible office of REACH of Plano 720 E park Blvd, Suite 104
Plano 75074 [ Map ]

307-314-ABLE (2253)
The Un-Knocked Blue Door — Getting Your Base Out
North Texas Asian Democrats
Learn how to reach the traditionally unreached blue voter, analyze the 2018 blue wave in North Texas, get a 2020 Election preview and understand the political strategy of the 2020 census. Any democrat or candidate interested in turning out the base that you didn’t know you had in the 2020 election should attend.

When: October 26th at 9:30 AM
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Richardson, 1981 N Central Expy, Richardson [ Map]
Facebook: Link
RSVP Required: Click Here
Yes, We Can Talk Politics
Drinking Liberally and Living Liberally are informal, inclusive progressive social groups. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics.

Plano - Rugby House Pub
When: Friday, October 11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 8604 Preston Rd #100, Plano [ map]

When: Friday, October 11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 2600 W, FM 544, Wylie [ map]

McKinney -  Mellow Mushroom
When: Friday, October 18, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 218 E Louisiana St, McKinney [ map]

Allen - Cafe Del Rio
When: Friday, November 1, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 401 Central Expy S, Allen [ map]

Frisco/Little Elm - The British Lion Pub
When: Friday, November 1, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: 5454 Main St #123, Frisco [ map]

While drinking liberally, always remember to drink responsibly, and make liberal use of designated drivers. Drinking and driving is reckless and irresponsible, like a neocon war or corporatist tax cut. Liberals, don't do it!
A New Way to Vote
Collin County voters will be using a new voting system beginning with the November, 2019 election. This new system features touch-screen technology and produces a marked paper ballot for voter review and tabulation.

The new voting machine made its debut at BITHOC where many of the attendees where able to “test vote” the system. If you didn’t get to try the voting machines at BITHOC, you still have an opportunity to do so at the Collin County Democratic Party office (1915 N. Central Expy, Ste 150, Plano) during regular office hours.

Watch for our fall and winter hours soon. After Labor Day, the office will have occasional evening and weekend hours to try out the new voting machine.

The new voting machine will be in the CCDP office through the November 2020 election.