“I’m running to serve the people of Texas, and I want to make sure that we have a governor that serves everyone, helps to bring this state together to do the really big things before us and get past the small, divisive politics and policies of Greg Abbott,” O’Rourke said in an interview with The Texas Tribune. “It is time for change.”
Yes, I am among those who are relieved, too. We knew it was coming, but I’m glad he did it early in the filing period. Also, while he’s running to win, it is my hope that his candidacy will drive up participation and excitement, particularly in Democratic strongholds and areas affected by Republican redistricting in which many are losing representation.
Greg Abbott’s response was to parade around his newest minion, Ryan Guillen, a state rep who represents South Texas’s HD31 and who switched to the GOP after being squeezed by right-wingers during redistricting. The Trib calls it a blow to Democrats, but I see it as finally getting rid of an ineffective member who has always been part of the republican’s bigoted culture war. New representation has been needed for a long time. Dems in the Lege stated that Guillen chose to buckle after his district was made tougher for a Dem to win. Pobrecito el chaquetero. Good riddance. And that should be the Dems’ attitude while recruiting a good candidate.
Meanwhile, the Harris County Democratic Party began taking candidate filing applications this last Saturday. The filing deadline is December 13. Hopefully, the party will have a running list of filings on their website soon. They do have some admin work to do while folks file. Of course, there’s also the Erik Manning list of folks with campaign treasurer appointments.
Prospective judicial candidates have been hard at work for months collecting signatures that will allow them to forgo the filing application and become part of the coordinated campaign which pools resources for countywide GOTV. Thus far, I haven’t signed any petitions, but that is because I’m keeping myself safe from unmasked events. Anyway…
Some are expecting surprise announcements as the deadline nears. We shall see what happens.
Here’s the video of Beto O’Rourke’s announcement, while Kuff expands on the story.
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Posted onOctober 21, 2021|Comments Off on Pro-Migrant Groups Demand Action From Harris Dems
Six local pro-migrant action groups protested at Harris County Democratic Party HQ demanding that President Biden and Congressional Dems take action on immigration reform as promised during the 2020 campaign.
CRECEN, FIEL, Houston Rebel Alliance, Woori Juntos, Workers Defense Action Fund, and United We DREAM marched and protested loudly outside of the HQ demanding the local Democratic Party leadership make a statement calling on their own leadership, specifically VP Kamala Harris, to disregard the parliamentarian’s advisory opinion and to enable a pathway to citizenship through reconciliation.
Pointing to the fact that Democrats hold the White House and a Congressional majority, the groups stated that an unelected parliamentarian should be ignored and action taken on legislation supported by 70% of Americans.
More than 1.6 million immigrants and 70,000 refugees call the Houston region home and 63% of them are non-citizens; more than 500,000 Houston-region residents are undocumented. This is a crucial moment. Our communities need democrats to take action reforming our broken immigration system, lifting the constant fear of deportation for them and their family members and finally offering an opportunity to fully integrate into our society.
FIEL posted video of the protest. Apparently, there was no response (or even a simple offer of support) from the local Party leadership. In fact, according to one activist, HCDP pulled a Joel Osteen and locked the doors. The protesters peacefully chanted, “Shame on you” and “We’ll be back,” as they marched away from the headquarters on Lyons Ave.
Meanwhile, Democrats in DC are still spending time playing “Gotcha!” with Trump, and getting embarrassed by sell-outs Manchin and Synema. Action needs to be taken as time is running out before Congress starts spending more time on re-election.
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Posted onFebruary 10, 2015|Comments Off on Luis Lopez is the new Finance Chair for HCDP
Recently, Democrats received an e-mail from outgoing Democratic Finance Chair Bill Baldwin who stepped down to take on some campaign duties on a 2015 campaign. Today, Democrats received an e-mail from HCDP’s new Finance Chair, Luis Lopez.
I’m sure you’ve seen him mentioned here on the DC, since I had the honor of helping Luis out as he repped Dems in the race for Texas House District 132. Luis ran a great campaign in a very red year, did some respectable fundraising in a year when Dems were mostly funding the top of the ballot, and, although the result wasn’t in his favor, Luis recommitted to serving his political party and his community. I’m always boasting that Luis is a force of nature, and he will not disappoint in his new role with the Party.
Here’s his e-mail, if you didn’t receive it. Let’s support Luis’ efforts!
I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you.
My name is LuisLopez and I was recently appointed as the new Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party’s Finance Committee.
I could not be more excited to take on the role and the task of helping increase the financial security of our county party.
Election after election we see that when we invest our time, our energy and our financial resources into the Harris County Democratic Party, we get real results. So, yes, I will be asking you to open your wallet and make a contribution in this email.
The backbone of our Party is our sustaining membership program.
What if I told you that it would take an additional 1,292 Harris County Democratic Party Sustaining Members just to match the MINIMUM donation of at least $5000.00 that 31 people have made to the Harris County Republican Party to become members of the Republican Party Cornerstone Club.