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CEC Meeting 

Tuesday, March 7 at 5:00 PM

Blanco Library, 1118 Main St, Blanco

And via Zoom

General Meeting

Tuesday, March 7 at 6:00 PM

Blanco Library, 1118 Main St, Blanco

And via Zoom

Special Guest: Representative Erin Zweiner

We are honored to have Representative Erin Zweiner come to our regular Blanco County Democrats meeting on Tuesday evening to give us an update on state legislation. Even though Erin is no longer our official state representative, she has always promised to unofficially represent the Democrats of Blanco County. Her knowledge of the facts about legislation that has passed, or is being considered, is always interesting and enlightening.

Join us to hear Erin’s legislative update.

Erin was elected to represent Blanco County in 2018 when we were in District 45. Due to redistricting during the 2020 session, Blanco County was moved into District 19.

Celebration of Life for Nelson Ellis Broyal

Friday, March 24 at 5:00 PM

Old Blanco County Courthouse, 300 Main St., Blanco

A celebration of Nelson Ellis Broyal, originator of the Friday night Pickers’ Circle at Liz On The Square, will be held at the Blanco County Courthouse at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 24. Entertainment includes the Pickers’ Circle and a video of Nelson accompanied by his music. Blanco County Democrats are invited to drop by the courthouse ballroom to remember Nelson and visit with family and friends. Appetizers and wine will be served.

Social On The Square  

Friday, March 24 at 6:30 PM

Tenuta Bianco, 312 Pecan St., Blanco

Please join us for our first event of 2023! Come sip and snack at Tenuta Bianco with other local Dems. It will be a fun evening and a chance to reconnect. First drink is on BCD. See you there on the square!  

Leadership Update

On January 20, 2023, Laura Freeman Smith submitted her resignation as chair of the Blanco County Democrats with deepest regrets. She accepted the position with great ambition and was working diligently with other Democratic organizations hoping to bring new energy and assets to our organization. 

January 20, 2023

To the Blanco County Democratic Party officers:

Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am resigning from my position as chair of the Blanco County Democrats effective immediately.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will be forced to relocate outside of Blanco County.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this truly impressive organization. It’s been an honor to work with each and every one of you this past year.


Laura Smith

The BCD County Executive Committee (CEC) acted with urgency to immediately recruit an interim chair. We are pleased and grateful to Maggie Goodman for accepting the position for 90 days while we are in search of a permanent county chair. 

Maggie has effectively kept up the pace necessary to move our county party forward with energy and acumen. We greatly appreciate her time and commitment to this position and her daily efforts to ensure we continue to take steps toward building a strong Democratic presence in Blanco County. Maggie keeps us busy! Thank you, Maggie.

Tuesday, March 7 the CEC will consider and vote on the nomination of Gloria Campos Brown as the chair of BCD for the remainder of the term that is open until June 2024.

From the Chair: What’s Important to You? 

On February 16, Governor Abbott delivered his State of the State Address. He came up with seven emergencies that lawmakers can vote on immediately. Maybe I don’t remember my civics class, but this seems to me to be interfering in the way laws are supposed to be passed, and why we have an elected legislature. Abbott’s seven things the legislature could vote on immediately included: cutting property taxes, making schools safer, and securing the state’s border with Mexico.

The property tax cut would come from the budget surplus. Never mind that there are several bills already on how that surplus should be spent. One of which is a nice pay raise for classroom teachers. Abbott’s not interested in that. He wants to greatly increase the amount of money for school vouchers. The vouchers would be used for private schools to the detriment of public schools, and to “root out woke agendas in the classroom.” This has been greatly criticized by both rural and large city schools alike, and isn’t supported by rural Republicans. Taking money from public schools would, hurt children in already underserved schools. 

His emergency of school safety calls for the “safest standard” and more mental health professionals. What’s missing? Any kind of gun restrictions. Since that terrible day, Uvalde parents have been begging Abbott to institute commonsense gun safety laws, like raising the age from 18 to 21 to be able to buy a weapon of war. What’s missing is any empathy for those families. In doing nothing, that tragedy will surely happen again.

Of course, Abbott included his favorite: protecting us from the invasion of migrants. To do this, he advocated spending 4.6 billion dollars in additional funds. This money would go to expand border protection; raise jail terms to ten years for people caught smuggling undocumented migrants; prosecute fentanyl deaths as murders; and increase the supply of Narcan, the life-saving overdose drug. Abbott has already spent billions on his crusade to “make the border safe.” Maybe he should put some money into solving the problem instead of fighting it. The amount of money he allotted for Narcan would not begin to touch the problem nor provide the longer care needed for those people using fentanyl.

If you haven’t watched the Democratic response, you can find it at They made a video with ordinary people talking about issues important to them. It’s a very powerful video in which state legislators promise to continue to fight for common people and democracy. And that’s what I want us to do as well. I’d like to see us continue to reach out to everyone in Blanco County. We can do this by having meetings with speakers on topics that are important to everyone — possibly ways to be more prepared for the next storm or how we can help lower income families in our area. What’s important to you?

It’s depressing to comprehend how much Abbott and Dan Patrick are enmeshed in hate and fear. The only way I know to not let them win is to find a cause that’s important to you and go to work! I propose this be a conversation at the BCD meeting on March 7. Let’s see what we can create!

I am so honored to have been asked to be the interim chair of the Blanco County Democratic Party. I will give my best to fulfill my duties.

- Maggie Goodman

Fiscal Responsibility Reckoning 

In a recent letter to the editor, a reader of the San Antonio Express-News criticized the editorial board for not offering any solution to balancing the budget, lowering the national debt, funding Social Security, Medicare, etc. So, Blanco County Democrat John Watson offers this solution: 

Stop electing Republican presidents who slash revenue by tax cuts to the ultra-wealthy and large corporations.

Since Ronald Reagan was president, the national debt has increased by $29.29 trillion, accounting for practically all the current debt. During that 42-year period the White House has been held by Republicans for 24 years and Democrats for 18. Increases in the debt under Republican presidents have totaled $17.71 trillion; under Democratic presidents (including Biden’s two years), the debt has increased $11.58 trillion. Most of the Democrats’ increase came during President Obama’s two terms, $8.34 trillion. Of course, he inherited a financial meltdown from President George W. Bush; the actions by the Obama administration are widely credited with averting a repeat of the Great Depression. 

According to data on Debt by President and the US Treasury website, the dollar volume added to the national debt during Mr. Trump’s presidency is the greatest sum ever added. And G.W. Bush oversaw the debt increasing by more than $6 trillion during just one of his terms. That’s more than $14 trillion of the $31 trillion in just those eight years. Reagan, G.W. Bush, and Trump all followed the same game plan: massive tax cuts for the very wealthy and corporations during the first year of their presidencies. 

All Republicans talk about being hawkish on spending but more often than not go on spending sprees when they hold majorities and the White House, leaving an economic mess for the incoming Democratic president to clean up. Reagan and G. W. Bush had the greatest percent increases in debt. The echoes of their imprudent tax cuts still reverberate today.

By objective standards the Democratic Party is more fiscally responsible. For House Republicans to try and use the need to increase the debt ceiling to extort President Biden and the Democrats would be laughable if it did not entail the real risk that such foolhardy actions could lead the US to default on its obligations for the first time in our history. Pass a clean debt ceiling increase to pay for the spending Congress approved.

- John Watson

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