October 13, 2020
Early Voting Starts Today
TEXAS IS THE BIG DOSA
How down-ballot candidates could help Democrats flip Texas

For 18 months, statewide polls showed 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is outperforming past nominees' margins in Texas. And a question that often elicits eyerolls is now a point of serious debate: Can Democrats flip Texas?


50 reasons to vote against John Cornyn in 2020

Consistently, Cornyn has shown he is anti-reproductive rights, anti-science, anti-civil rights, and anti-Texan. By contrast, Hegar has committed to progressive values that show she is ready to represent our diverse state in the U.S. Senate. Her stances on health care, LGBTQIA+ rights, immigration rights, and reproductive rights stand in stark contrast to Cornyn’s shameful record that is out-of-touch with everyday Texans.


The 10 Bellwether Counties That Show How Trump Is in Serious Trouble

Everything is bigger in Texas — including the suburban backlash against Mr. Trump — and the political metamorphosis underway in Dallas’s white-collar northern suburbs is happening at a dizzying pace. Since 2010, Collin’s population has boomed 32 percent and is now one-sixth Asian.


Texas has the U.S.'s second-largest Indian American community; Politicians are starting to take notice

Texas' fast-growing Indian American community is poised to play a decisive role in the 2020 election, reflecting a profound demographic shift that’s playing out in the emerging political battlegrounds of suburban Dallas and Houston.

EARLY VOTING INFORMATION
UNITED STATES CONGRESS
Rep. Colin Allred US Congress Texas Dist. 32
Lulu Seikaly for US Congress Texas Dist. 3
Russell Foster for US Congress Texas Dist. 4

Can Lulu Seikaly and Democrats Win in Collin County?

The story of Collin County is the story of Texas writ large, electorally: for years, it was so reliably conservative that Democrats saw no point in competing. But recently, there have been hints of a realignment. In 2018, Texas’s Thirty-second District, directly adjacent to TX-3 and similarly red since the Legislature redrew the congressional map in 2011, flipped blue—while the Third ended up closer than it had been in decades.

TEXAS STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Sharon Hirsch for State House Dist. 66
Lorenzo Sanchez for State House Dist. 67
Angie Bado for State House Dist. 70
Ray Ash for State House Dist. 89
Andy Rose for State House Dist. 33

Democrats raise big cash in push to take Texas House

Democrats are making a big push to take state house seats in North Texas -- and their fundraising efforts are reflecting that.

“We’ve got a very heightened interest in this election and that extra money going out to inform voters about Democratic candidates makes a big difference particularly in some of those suburban counties that have districts that are changing,” said Renee Cross, a political science professor at the University of Houston.

THE SUPREME COURT HAS SEATS TO FILL TOO
for Texas Supreme Court Justice

The power of the body has been felt more keenly during the pandemic, with rulings on mail-in voting, evictions, and emergency powers.

“They’re the ones who decide the rules with respect to divorces and family laws, looking at what the family code means, looking at the Texas Constitution,” said Charles “Rocky” Rhodes of South Texas College of Law in Houston. “They impact a lot of our daily lives.”

And even when it doesn’t make a ruling, the court has an impact.

Justices, for example, decided not to hear a case concerning Austin’s 2018 law requiring companies to let workers accrue paid sick time. (A lower court had struck down the mandate.) The Texas Supreme Court didn’t explain its decision, but the move effectively killed Austin’s law.

COLLIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
for Collin County District Court Judge

The "Magnificent Seven" are the seven Democratic candidates for District Judge in Collin County. These candidates are experienced attorneys committed to service and fairness. Seeking to bring balance to Collin County where Republicans sit on every judicial bench, the Seven will bring the perspectives, legal experience, and diversity that Collin County deserves.

Be sure to vote all the way down the ballot and for the all of the Magnificent Seven.
COLLIN COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Courtney Brooks for County Commissioner Pct. 1
Dianne Mayo for County Commissioner Pct. 3

COLLIN COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR
John Turner-McClelland for County Tax Assessor-Collector
What is a County Tax Assessor-Collector?
Texas homeowners are aware of the main function of a Tax Assessor-Collector (TAC), which is collecting property taxes. Each city, county and school district contracts with the county TAC office to collect taxes on their behalf. If they didn’t do this, you’d be writing up to 5 or more property tax checks to different entities.

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS MATTER
Hava Johnston for Frisco City Council, Place 5
Sadaf Haq for Frisco City Council, Place 6
Jess Herbst for New Hope Council, Alderman
Tom Ambrose for Wylie City Council, Place 2
Garrett Mize for Wylie City Council, Place 6
CAMPAIGN EVENTS
Tuesday, October 13, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 14, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 15, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (3 shifts)
Sunday, October 18, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (2 shifts)
Tuesday, October 20, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
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