June 27, 2019
Your Weekly News from the CCDP and Political Clubs
Ignore the Media Frenzy – Let’s GOTV and Win in 2020
Communications Director CCDP
 
Have you noticed when there is a big event, every news channel covers the event in the same way?  This results in a common narrative emerging while opposing points of view are suppressed through lack of media attention. 
Let me give you a non-political example.  When there is a birth or marriage in the British royal family, it gets wall-to-wall coverage in the US media.  Very little else is reported for hours or sometimes days.  This occurs even though the British royal family has no policy or political authority in the US.  
 
Consider the fact that Spain, Thailand, Japan, and other countries still have royal families.  Do we ever hear about their marriages or babies in the US press? No. 
The excessive coverage of the British royal family is an example of the herd mentality that the US media exhibits which I call a ‘media frenzy.’

Now let’s go back to politics.

Let me give you a more dangerous example of media frenzy.  The Iraq War.  Many of you may remember how the Bush administration’s claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was covered non-stop. At the same time, opposing viewpoints were rarely covered.   The Bush administration was able to use the surge in patriotism after the 9/11 attack and the resulting media frenzy to convince the Congress that attacking a country that had nothing do with 9/11 was the right thing to do.   This media frenzy was partly responsible for the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and a trillion taxpayer dollars.

So, what is the media frenzy today?

Today’s media frenzy is all about Trump and the Trump base.  A typical new story goes like this: Trump says something outrageous, then the news talk is all about why his base still supports him.  The media ignores the fact that the Trump base by the highest estimates is 40% or less. By constantly talking about the Trump base, the media makes it seem like the base is bigger than it really is.  And by extension, the media makes it seem that a Democrat winning in 2020 is a long shot.  
   
So, let’s look at some facts that the media is ignoring or under-reporting.

Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election by three million votes.  Despite Comey’s statement, despite Russian interference, despite not visiting Wisconsin often enough, despite of all the criticism of her campaign, she won. Period.

Trump won fewer votes, as a percentage, than Mitt Romney. Romney won 47.2% of the vote. Trump won 46.1% - a full percentage point less. But the media’s relentless coverage of the Trump base makes it seem like he won by a landslide.

The reality is that Trump is president because he drew the electoral equivalent of a royal flush in stud poker.  The media is under-reporting how lucky Trump was.  Could it happen again? Sure.  But is it statistically probable? Not likely. And certainly not if we get to work and get out the vote.

Here’s another fact. There is no better indication of behavior than how people vote with their wallets.  So many people were shocked by the Trump’s electoral victory that Jill Stein was able to raise $7.3M in a few weeks to pay for a recount.

That same voter shock and continued abhorrent behavior by President Trump resulted in 48.7% voter turnout in the 2018 midterms.  This was the highest midterm turnout since 1913! This resulted in Democrats gaining a net of 40 seats in the House and 5 governors in mid-western ‘Trump’ states.

So, what do all these stats say about 2020 that the media is not reporting?  Well before I get to that, let me digress.

I am friends with a couple who would have voted for Hillary in 2018 but neither one bothered to vote.  I asked them why. They answered that the media had them convinced that Hillary was going to win and Texas would go red. Of course, the media was only half right.

That’s the kind of media narrative we must overcome in 2020.

We must inform the voters that Texas can go blue in 2020 and it’s up to us to make it happen. Consider these facts.   Hillary lost Texas by 9% in 2016. But just two years later, Beto lost Texas by only 2.5%. With another two years of demographic shift in Democrats favor, Texas will be the biggest battleground state 2020.

The media frenzy wants to magnify every little quirk of the 23 Democratic candidate and then ask, ‘can this person beat Trump’ with this flaw.  They want us Democrats to start fighting among ourselves about these flaws resulting in some people voting 3 rd party or some people staying home.  

We must convince the voter that not voting is a vote for Trump. We must convince the voters that voting third party is a vote for Trump. 

The debates and primaries will take care of themselves. A winner will emerge. We must convince our base that Texas can go blue, that their vote matters, and to VOTE BLUE NO MATTER WHO! 

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Get Ready for 2020 Election by Attending Training:
Blue in the Heart of Collin County
Show your true colors when you register for Blue in the Heart of Collin County (BITHOC), the all-day training session to help Democrats prepare for the 2020 election.

The countdown has started. We only have 16 months until the 2020 election. While that may sound like plenty of time, we know the GOP is already working on keeping control of the senate as well as the White House. Together, we can change the face of Collin County to reflect all the people who live here and not just the goals of a few people from other parts of Texas and even other states. In order to win in 2020, we all need to get trained, fired up, and ready to win.

BITHOC’s all-day training brings you the tools to change your neighborhood, connect with others making a difference for Collin County, and train in the best ways to make your home a bluer, better place to live.

Sign up here to get involved and active: BITHOC 2020 .
Register (yes, you need to do both) here to reserve your spot and/or sponsor BITHOC. Tickets are $20 per person and include lunch, all snacks and all handout materials.

  • Who: Anyone who wants to make a difference locally by turning their neighborhood and city Blue.
  • What: The BITHOC workshop includes training, ideas and inspiration to help participants inform non-voters of the issues and the importance of voting in 2020. We will have both large and small group training.
  • When: Saturday, June 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Training starts at 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: Collin College McKinney Campus, 2200 W University Dr McKinney, TX 75093 (map)
Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate Watch Parties
Night Two - June 27  
Last night was the first Debate Night Watch Party. Tonight is the second. CCDP has more locations around Collin County where you can watch the debate and learn more about this talented and active group of presidential hopefuls.

You can choose to attend the debates in the following locations:

  • Allen at Cafe Del Rio [401 Central Expy S, Allen, TX 75013]
  • Rugby House [8604 Preston Road, Plano, TX 75024]
  • Tino's Too [2205 K Ave, Plano, TX 75074]

The debates begin at 8:00 p.m. CDT on Thursday, June 27. Tonight's candidates will be:

  • Joe Biden
  • Michael Bennet
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Kamala Harris
  • John Hickenlooper
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Eric Swalwell
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Andrew Yang

The evening starts with the NBC/MSNBC pre-debate commentary. The debates are organized by the Democratic National Committee and will be televised from Miami on NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo.

Previous debate watch events have been very popular, so please plan to arrive early, have dinner during the NBC-MSNBC pre-debate commentary to assure you have a seat. So that we can give the venues an estimate of headcount, please RSVP here .

A second series of debates are planned for July 30 and 31 in Detroit on CNN and CCDP will notify you of those plans at a later date.
Presidential Town Hall with Sec. Julian Castro
(Moderated by Jason Whitely)
Frisco Democratic Club presents a Presidential Town Hall on Monday, July 1st at 12:30 p.m. with Secretary Julian Castro of Texas. The event will be moderated by Jason Whitely of WFAA's "Inside Texas Politics". The event will be held at Collin County Community College-Conference Center Building ( map ). This is going to be a statement about Frisco & Collin County turning out.... ADMISSION IS FREE but you must register on the link to attend. Register NOW!
Should I Run?
SAVE THE DATE!

Have you considered running for office?

Do you want to know what it takes to run?

What are the questions you need to ask in order to make this important decision?

Whether you are thinking about running in 2020 or in the more distant future or have an interest in being an integral part of a campaign, please join us in a discussion of campaign components you’ll need to consider.
Money-in-Politics Collin County Training Part 1
Let's Get Big Money Out of Politics! This is the first of a two-part nonpartisan training for Collin County volunteers (part 2 is July 27).

Learn about the Supreme Court decisions, including Citizens United, that opened the floodgates for big money in politics; American Promise's national strategy for a #28thAmendment to #GetMoneyOut and our plans for North Texas, and skills that will help you become an effective citizen advocate. The training is free with lunch included, but space is limited, so please RSVP in the Facebook event .

When: Saturday, July 20, 10:30 a.m.
Where: ArtCentre of Plano 902 East 16th Street (Enter at H Ave gate), Plano, TX, 75074
Frisco Democratic Club-General Meeting
Featuring Annie's List Exec Director
Angie's List Executive Director
Join the Frisco Democratic Club on Sunday, July 21st at 5:00 p.m. at Rudy's Country Store & BBQ ( map ) where we'll have our own private room to hear Royce Brooks, Executive Director of Angie's List . Annie's List's vision is to achieve equity for women by changing the face of power in Texas. They recruit, train, support and elect progressive women who are dedicated to advancing the self-determination, health, safety and financial security of Texas women and their families. We work with candidates who are passionate about these pillars of progress, women who work hard to make them policy realities. Please R.S.V.P. For more information, please contact Ira Bershad at (972) 979-0670.
You Can Make the Difference. Become a Sustaining Donor
Your Collin County Democratic Party office provides a wide range of resources throughout the year to our candidates and communities. Your contributions allow us to have a central location for candidates and voters during elections. Strengthen the Democratic Party in your city by becoming a sustaining donor to the Collin County Democratic Party. Donate with FastAction or with automatic payments from your bank to the Collin County Democratic Party 1915 Central Expy #150, Plano, TX 75075.
Yes, We Can Talk Politics
Drinking Liberally and Living Liberally provide progressive people an opportunity to meet like-minded people and speak freely. You can converse, joke, and vent to your heart's content. If listening is more your style, that's cool too. Your politics are welcomed here.

Allen - Cafe Del Rio
When: Friday, July 5, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 401 Central Expy S, Allen ( map )

Plano - Rugby House Pub
When: Friday, July 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 8604 Preston Rd #100, Plano ( map )

When: Friday, July 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 2600 W, FM 544, Wylie ( map )

McKinney -  New location: Tupps Brewery
When:  Friday, July 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 721 Anderson St., McKinney ( map )