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FRIDAY: Mike Collier for Comptroller Watchdog Tour Kick Off

I want to invite you to meet our candidate for Texas Comptroller Mike Collier at Nueces County Democrats Unity Headquarters on his 36 city Texas Watchdog Tour! We need a watchdog to hold Texas politicians accountable, not just another ambitious legislator looking for a higher office.
 
Mike is traveling all across the state to speak directly to voters and set the record straight on our state’s finances and how we must reform the comptroller’s office. A strong Comptroller independent of the Republican power structure can hold the legislature accountable and tell taxpayers the truth about how their money is being spent—or wasted—without fear of political reprisal. Come meet Mike to hear more…

WHAT: The Watchdog Tour Kick Off
WHEN: Friday, July 25th 2:30pm-3:30pm
WHERE: Nueces Democrats Unity Headquarters
823 N Tancahua Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

To learn more about Mike Collier visit: www.collierfortexas.com

 

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2014 Night of Appreciation

Join the Nueces County Democratic Party on Friday August 1, from 6p-10p for its annual fundraiser at the Richard M. Borchard Fairgrounds! Join us as we celebrate some great democrats and kickoff the 2014 season!

Adrian Garcia HatThis year’s headliner is Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. Prior to being elected Harris County Sheriff in 2008, Adrian Garcia spent 23 years with the Houston Police Department gaining valuable law enforcement experience. His dedication was recognized by former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier who appointed Adrian to the position of HPD’s liaison to the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office.  In 1999, Adrian was named Director of this anti-gang effort. After leaving HPD, Adrian served six years as a Houston City Councilman eventually becoming Mayor Pro-Tempore under Mayor Bill White.

Your generous contribution will help fund this fall’s combined campaign. Every ticket purchased will buy 3 hours of block walkers to to help elect more Democrats to office in Nueces County.

Individual Tickets $35 ea.
Tables for Democratic Groups $600 ea.
Tables for others $1,000 ea.

Buy your tickets here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ncdp2014

Or stop by Nueces County Democratic Party HQ at 823 N Tancahua Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 to pick up your tickets.

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MAP Shrimp Boil! With Special Guests Wendy & Leticia!

We are excited to announce our Annual Shrimp Boil benefiting (MAP) The Minority Advancement Project of Texas! Special guests will be Texas Senator Wendy Davis (Fort Worth) and Senator Leticia Van De Putte (San Antonio)!

We are delighted to have such great state leaders join us at our event to help champion MAP. As you know we always have great food, live music, and a great time with old and new friends! So we hope you will join us.

$20 per ticket (RSVP here)
Thursday, July 24, 2014
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Galvan House Courtyard – Heritage Park
1581 N. Chaparral, Corpus Christi, TX

As always, we are sincerely grateful for your support and sponsorship of events that benefit MAP’s mission to educate, empower, and advocate on behalf of those most in need.

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Delegate’s Guide to the Texas Democratic Convention

All final information and schedules are at www.texasdemocraticconvention.com.

THURSDAY

1:00 pm The SDEC meets at the Omni Hotel. Following this meeting, the Chair will call the Convention to order for the purposes of holding Senate District Caucuses on Friday at 3:00pm.

6:00 pm Convention Kick-Off Reception – Buy tickets here or at the door.

8:00 pm Welcome Parties by various groups – Invitations will come from these groups by email

FRIDAY

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Delegates and Alternates may pick up credentials. They will be at the booth located in the Dallas Convention Center assigned to your Senate District.
  • You may then proceed to any of the dozens of interest group caucuses. All are open to all delegates and alternates and guests. Some of these groups will be making recommendations of convention business and some will be electing officers of organizations. Most will be educational and informational. The full list of issue caucuses is on website and in the convention program.

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • All credentialing will move to the Senate District caucus meeting. District 20 (Nueces County outside Port Aransas) will meet in room D223 in the Convention Center. District 18 (Port Aransas) will meet in room C174 in the Convention Center.
  • Chairs of delegations will announce if delegates are absent and alternates (if available) will be moved into delegate slots. Only alternates from the same county may replace a missing delegate.
  • Election of Committee persons and SDEC members

CAUCUS PROCEDURE

After all delegate spots are filled, the meeting can be called to order. Your business at this caucus is electing one member for each of the five Permanent Convention Committees and recommendations for two members of the State Democratic Executive Committee (please let us know your intention to serve by RSVPing here). These positions are:

    • Permanent Credentials Committee
    • Permanent Rules Committee
    • Permanent Nominations Committee of Party Officers
    • Permanent Platform Committee
    • Permanent Resolutions Committee
    • Nominee for SDEC Committee Woman
    • Nominee for SDEC Committee Man

Eligibility Although many persons will have announced and have been campaigning for positions prior to the caucus, there cannot be a limitation to those who wish to run at the time of the election. There is no required filing in advance for any position to be voted upon by the caucus. Although a Senate caucus may have occurred prior to the convention to discuss allocation of these positions between counties or similar agreements, all elections must be held at the caucus and all delegates shall be eligible to run. No “agreements” are binding upon the caucus.

Election Process Each election for each position is held separately. In each case you will call for nominations. Persons may self nominate by coming to the front of the caucus room. The caucus may set its own process on whether these nominees speak and for how long. When all nominations have been made, the caucus chair will call for the vote. If no person gets a majority, you shall hold a run-off election between the top two persons with the highest votes.

Voting Each County within a SD caucus casts its full delegate strength. This means that if delegates are missing, and no alternate is present to take their spots, then those delegate votes are apportioned across those delegates voting. For example, if a county has 10 votes and five persons are present, then each delegate casts two votes. If only two are persons are present, they each would cast five votes. On each vote, the Caucus Chair will count each county’s vote at full delegate strength. Each county should count and allocate their voting strength during the vote. The Caucus Chair will call the roll of counties in the district and add the allocated votes to determine winners.

Order of business in caucus The Caucus must elect the Permanent Credentials Committee person as its first item of business. This person will need to report to the Credentials Committee meeting room as soon as the Convention is called to order at 6:00pm. All other positions may be elected in any order. It is recommended that the Chair draw for order of these elections in advance randomly. If one county wins a position, then it influences who might win subsequent elections. This will preclude accusations of “stacking the deck” by holding certain position elections before or after others. A person who is unsuccessful in one race is not precluded from running in a subsequent race.

5:00 pm Cocktails with the Lt. Colonel

Please join our next member of Congress Lt. Col. Wesley Reed for “Cocktails with the Lt. Colonel” at the Omni in Suite 2302. Please RSVP here.

6:00 pm Convention General Session

  • Opening ceremonies and election of convention officers
  • Key note speeches

8:00 pm After Parties

  • Dallas Got Talent! After Party in Omni Trinity Ballroom.
  • Trey Martinez-Fischer Convention After Party in Omni Dallas Ballroom.  RSVP here.

SATURDAY

8:00am to 10am Lady Bird Johnson Breakfast Fundraiser. Buy tickets here.

9:00am to 11:00am Trainings (schedule here). RSVP for your training here.

11:00am General Session

5:00pm Bus leaves to return to Corpus Christi (ETA 2am).

8:00pm If you are driving yourself then please join Burnt Orange Report, Progress Texas, and Texas Blue Pages Saturday night for a Left Wing Cocktail Conspiracy! at ALOFT Dallas 1033 Young Street. RSVP and get a free drink ticket here.

FLOOR VOTES

If a roll call vote is held on the floor at any point, each county delegation chair shall count the votes of their delegates in attendance on the floor at that point and then allocate those votes to full delegate strength for the county. The county votes shall be reported to the SDEC persons who will then allocate that vote to the full Senate district strength of the entire Senate district. Roll call votes from each SD are reported to the Convention Chairs to be tallied   A print friendly version of the guide, including Appointment of Alternate for Absent Delegate can be found here. A print friendly version of the Caucus Schedule can be found here. A print friendly version of the Training Schedule can be found here.

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2014 Texas State Democratic Convention

The 2014 Texas State Democratic Convention will be held at the Dallas Convention Center from Thursday June 26-28, 2014. Thousands of Texas Democrats will join us in Dallas, hosted by our Convention Chair Senator Royce West, for the biggest Texas Democratic State Convention yet. You’ll hear from some of the brightest stars in the Lone Star state and help determine the future of our Party.

Join the top of our ticket, Senator Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte, as well as all our fantastic statewide and down ballot candidates for office. Together, we celebrate our Texas Promise — the fundamental value that where you start has nothing to do with how far you can go. It is our promise that Texas’ best days have yet to come, and everything we do today is in service of the next generation.

Delegates may attend free by registering here. Non-delegates may attend by purchasing a ticket for $20 here.

The Nueces County Democratic Party will be sponsoring a bus to take delegates from Nueces and all surrounding counties to the Convention and we have sealed off a block of rooms for our delegates at the Omni Dallas Hotel (555 S Lamar St). If you do not wish to stay with us then please see your alternatives here.

DEPARTURE: The Nueces County Democratic Party bus will leave Friday, June 27th at 4:00a.m. from the old Coliseum parking lot on Shoreline across from Magee Beach in downtown Corpus Christi. Plan to be there no later than 3:45 a.m. to load. The bus will leave promptly at 4:00a.m. Be there on time or drive on your own.

ARRIVAL: The bus will arrive around noon at the Omni Downtown Hotel in Dallas. We will check in; however, the rooms may.not be ready. The luggage can stay on the bus, to be unloaded Friday night after the Convention. The bus will take us to the Convention Center. Delegate Badges will be picked up at the Convention Center. We must have our badges for the 20th Senatorial Caucus by 2:30p.m.

WHAT TO TAKE: Pillow, coffee thermos, snacks, camera, six-pack beer, wine coolers or booze for party on way home. Please save back a small amount of cash to tip the bus driver for putting up with us for two days.

BUS WILL FURNISH: Ice, cold drinks and water, fruit juice and sweet rolls for breakfast and limited snacks.

WHAT TO WEAR: Something comfortable. We will not have time to change when we get to Dallas. At the Convention, anything goes.

FRIDAY NIGHT after Convention closes, bus will pick us up and return to the Omni.

SATURDAY MORNING Check out of Hotel and load luggage on bus before Convention reconvenes. Bus will leave the Omni at 9:30a.m. to take us to Convention Center. If you wish to attend the Lady Bird Johnson Breakfast, then please buy your tickets here.

SATURDAY EVENING bus will pick us up when the Convention is over (probably between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00p.m.) We will stop at a cafeteria for one good meal before leaving for home. (Each person pays for own.) Estimated time of arrival back in Corpus Christi is about 2:00a.m. on Sunday, June 29th.

COST: $75.00, check payable to Nueces County Democratic Party, P.O. Box 8396, Corpus Christi, TX 78468.

If you have any questions, you may call Barbara Cline at 361-992-1634.

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MAY 28: Sam Houston, Democratic Candidate for Attorney General, in Corpus Christi

Come meet the next Attorney General: Sam Houston as he visits the Coastal Bend.

Mr. Houston will be visiting Victoria, Nueces, San Patricio and Kleberg Counties.

On Wednesday May 28th at 5:45pm he will be here in Corpus Christi.

Come meet the next Attorney General of Texas and help him know the needs of the people in Nueces County and the Coastal Bend.

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Early Voting Has Begun!

Early voting has begun in the 2014 Democratic Primary Run-off. Early voting is available from Monday May 19 through Friday May 23. Click here for locations.

The run-off will be held Tuesday May 27 from 7am-7pm. Click here for a list of local precinct locations.

The candidates are:
U.S. Senate: David Alameel vs LaRouchie whack job Keesha Rogers (she is not a Democrat, her platform includes impeaching Obama, please do NOT vote for her). The Nueces County Democratic Party wholeheartedly endorses David Alameel.

Agriculture Commissioner: Jim Hogan vs Kinky Friedman

County Court At Law 5: Judge Martha Huerta Quintanilla vs Mel Madrigal

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Nueces County Democrats Invite you to participate in our Campaign Kick-off for the 2014 November Election

Help us elect these fine candidates and win back Nueces County!

Wesley Reed is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and has served the U.S. Military for 24 years. He has been a pilot for FedEx since 2000.

Mary Helen Berlanga served for 30 years as member of the State board of Education and is running for Nueces County Judge.

Diana Barrera is our Nueces County Clerk with over 33 years experience in the County Clerk office and has served as our County Clerk for 10 years.

We will blockwalk portions of Corpus Christi to get the vote out for our candidates, and to raise awareness about the opportunity to vote by mail.

RSVP

Meet up Saturday, April 26, 2014 for preparation at 11:00 a.m., we will hit the road at 11:30 a.m., at Unity HQ, 823 N. Tancahua St., Corpus Christi, TX 78401.

2014 Democratic Run-off Is Set

The 2014 Democratic Primary field is set. The run-off is Tuesday May 27 (early voting May 19-23).

The candidates are:
U.S. Senate: David Alameel vs LaRouchie whack job Keesha Rogers (she is not a Democrat, her platform includes impeaching Obama, please do NOT vote for her)

AgCommisioner: Jim Hogan vs Kinky Friedman

County Court At Law 5: Judge Martha Huerta Quintanilla vs Mel Madrigal