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Larry Olivarez Invites Democratic Precincts Chairs to a Taco and Coffee Breakfast

Democratic Precinct Chairs and party supporters are invited to join once and future Sheriff Larry Olivarez for Tacos and Coffee at Kiko’s Mexican Food on Wednesday February 3rd 2016 @ 10:30am. Please RSVP to 361-488-4529 so you can reserve your seat! Look forward to seeing you all there! Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Let’s Make a Difference!!!

Kiko’s Mexican Food Restaurant & Cantina
Wednesday, February 3at 10:30 AM
5514 Everhart Rd
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411

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Meet & Greet for Jose Longoria and Leticia Hinojosa

Please join us for a fundraising reception for our friend JUDGE JOSÉ LONGORIA of the 214th District Court, TODAYJANUARY 21, from 5:15 till 8:00 pm, at BLEU BISTRO.

Next door at the same time at Club Havana will be a fundraising reception for JUDGE LETICIA HINOJOSA candidate for the 13th Court of Appeals at CLUB HAVANA.

Both events are at:
500 North Water Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

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6th Annual Funeral for Democracy

On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have a First Amendment right to spend as much money as they want to promote or defeat political candidates. This rally is part of a nationwide day of action to protest that decision. We must call on Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to state that corporations are not people and money is not speech.

We are fed up with the moneyed interests controlling politics and government. Join us as we take back our democracy!

We are encouraging everyone to attend and urge attendees to dress in funeral attire. The demonstration will feature a coffin, minister, pall bearers, music, and eulogists (consider eulogizing for a few minutes on democracy and what the Citizens United ruling did to it).

Sponsored locally by: Progressive Center for Studies and Culture, Drinking Liberally Corpus Christi, Move to Amend CC

For info contact Jim Klein at 361-334-3908 or jkelin64@yahoo.com.

To RSVP click here.

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SDEC-20 Committeewoman Not Seeking Re-election

Teresa Klein, our female representative for the District 20 Texas Democratic Party State Democratic Executive Committee will not be standing for re-election this year. The Nueces County Democratic Party thanks her for her years of service. She has released the following statement.

I want to thank Democrats from Senate District 20 for allowing me to serve on the State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) since 2010. I have served the entire time with my Committeeman, Eli Olivarez. At the Convention in San Antonio this summer, I do not plan on running for the office again. This is not because I am term limited or because I don’t think I can do any more to benefit the Party. I don’t plan on running again because I think that the Party gets stale if someone stays for too long. I want to allow someone else to represent SD20. Being a member of the SDEC has been an exciting experience and I’m both sad to be leaving it and excited that someone else can become involved in the process.

Under Party rules, I must be replaced by a woman. It is my understanding that the SD20 Committeeman, Eli Olivarez, plans on running for re-election. I think it is important that we have an SDEC representative at both ends of the Senate District. I hope that someone from Nueces County can be elected to the position in 2016.

The members of the SDEC do a lot behind the scenes, and it is important that the SDEC member is involved with local parties. As a Committeewoman, I attended as many of the club meetings as possible in Nueces County as well as the County Executive Committee meetings, and I attended meetings in each of the four counties included in the district. This helps with communication to Democrats who are active in the Party. Nueces County has the Texas Democratic Women, the Tejano Democrats, the Black Democrats, the Progressive-Populist Caucus, Environmental Democrats, and has had the Young Democrats active on and off throughout my tenure. I try to attend as many of these meetings as possible, and I hope whoever comes after me does the same. SDEC members work with the County Chairs to help get Democrats elected. These duties are varied and include everything from hosting trainings for activists, grassroots activism, deciding on rules changes, confirming new County Chairs, passing resolutions, raising money, and writing the first draft of the Platform that will eventually be voted on by the whole SDEC. The rules state that we “do the business of the Party between the conventions”.

Some of the rules changes we’ve seen since I’ve been on the SDEC influence how we appoint (or remove) people to Party positions, how delegates are selected and how we vote on things in the Convention. One of the biggest changes we’ve seen is the end of the ‘Texas Two-Step’. We ended this process largely due pressure from the DNC to change the way we select delegates. Texas was the only state in the country to select its delegates with both a primary and a caucus, and we were required to have an exemption from the DNC to continue this process. They were not inclined to do this. We are now more in line with the way the rest of the country selects its delegates. We made some big changes to the number of people we can send to the State Convention, as well. This summer we will get one delegate for every 175 votes in the last gubernatorial election. There will be no alternate delegates at the convention. To learn more about becoming a delegate, read more about the delegate selection plan at: http://www.txdemocrats.org/act/be-a-delegate Senate District 20 will have 5 delegates to the National Convention. Three will be males and two will be females.

I am proud to have served on a number of committees during my tenure on the SDEC. I am currently the Chair of the Campaigns committee. Subgroups of this committee have held trainings on how to develop a county plan and how to organize. We have also encouraged increased training on how to use the VAN through a Grassroots Committee I served on in the past. We also have helped with messaging and selection of the Convention sites. By the way, this year the State Convention will be in San Antonio in June and in 2018, the State Convention will be in Ft. Worth.

We’ve seen a huge shift in the Texas Democratic Party to embrace more progressive ideas since my tenure began in 2010. Part of this is because the culture of the state changed, part is because the SDEC better reflects the values of Democrats in the state. Examples of this shift include changes to the Platform. I have proudly served on the Platform Committee in 2012 and 2014. Some of the highlights of the changes included supporting same-sex marriage and other rights for our LGBTQ citizens. While we have always supported education, we re-emphasized our commitment to the education of Texans at all levels. We advocated for the decriminalization of marijuana. We opposed the death penalty. I could go on. My work on the Environmental Plank of the Platform is an area I am particularly proud to say I contributed.

As your Committeewoman, I’ve also been asked to help raise money for various projects. Most recently, I worked with the TDW to raise $6500 to send out applications for mail-in-ballots to seniors in Nueces County who typically vote Democratic. We are also recruiting folks to help us with a virtual phone bank to help ‘chase’ this mail out. If you are interested in helping out, we will be calling from Jan. 19th to Jan. 24th. Just let me know if you want to help out.

I could go on and on about all the things we do. I can’t emphasize enough the great people I’ve met.

Unfortunately, the cost of participation in the SDEC is up to the individual member. This includes hotel rooms, transportation, and meals when one is at the meetings. SDEC members are also encouraged, though not required to donate to the State Party to keep the operation going.

If someone is interested in running for Committeewoman, they will have to attend the Texas State Convention this June in San Antonio. We will have the election for the position when we meet as a Senate District.

Be sure to register to come to the County/Senatorial District Convention as well. You can do this at: http://register.txdemocrats.org/countyconvention/signup

Thanks,
Teresa Klein
SD20 Committeewoman
Texas Democratic Party

So far Cissi Whipple and Carolyn Moon have announced their intentions to run for this vacant seat. Other women, including some from Hidalgo, Jim Wells, or Brooks counties could also seek election to this position.

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MLK Holiday Celebration 2016

Please join CC AFT in attending the MLK Commemorative March hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. We hope to see you there! Please wear your AFT shirt if you have one.

Inter-Faith Prayer Service
Brooks AME Worship Center Sunday, 6pm 1/17/16
2101 N Port Ave, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Commemorative March
Nueces County Courthouse (Leopard Street Entrance) Monday, 12n 1/18/16
901 Leopard St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Please RSVP here.

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2016 Mumphord-Reeves-Morales Dinner

200 Democrats came out the 2016 Mumphord-Reeves-Morales Dinner to support the Nueces County Democratic Party and enjoy a hilarious speech by headliner Jim Hightower. Thank you for your support. If you couldn’t make it, but still want to support the party, click here to donate.

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2016 Nueces County Democratic Party Convention

The 2016 Nueces County Democratic Party Convention will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the convention begins at 1 p.m. It will be held at the West Oso Junior High School located at 5202 Bear Lane in Corpus Christi (map).

PRE REGISTER NOW to participate and make sure YOUR voice is heard in the process of electing the next President and Vice President: Click here to register for the convention.

If you would like to place an advertisement in the Nueces County Senatorial Convention Souvenir Book, please contact Carolyn Moon at (361) 815-4471. Advertisement prices are listed below.
County Convention Ad Prices

Candidates individuals, businesses, and organizations interested in placing an ad in the Program should submit the print-ready mock-up, with payment, by March 08, 2016.

Those wishing to participate in the convention, please join us in unity as we gather in this traditional experience to elect our delegates and engage in political discussion. If you wish to earn the opportunity to be a delegate representing Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or Martin O’Malley at the Texas State Democratic Convention (June 17-18 at the Alamodome in San Antonio) or the 2016 Democratic National Convention (July 25-28 in Philadelphia) then you must start by attending this convention.

To be eligible to participate at this convention you will need to vote in the March 1, 2016 Democratic Primary. Voters are to bring either a voter registration cards or photo identification acceptable as they would when voting (Texas State drivers’ license, passport, etc.). If a voter cannot provide an I.D. but appear on the voter participation list, two party officials may verify a voter’s identity.

During the convention, precincts will caucus with one another to elect their choice of delegate to the state convention as well as the opportunity to be nominated by the Nominations Committee at the close of the convention proceedings. Candidates and convention participants will also be able to address the congregation from the floor to discuss important issues that define and shape our party’s political platforms and democratic values.

If you have never attended our conventions or are interested in participating in this traditional Texas Democratic Party experience, the Nueces County Democratic Party invites you and your family to come out on April 21st at West Oso, Jr. High School to attend our Senatorial District Convention to advance our local democratic delegates to the Texas Democratic State Convention.

 

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2016 Nueces Democrats Night of Appreciation Fundraiser

The upcoming November election is quickly approaching and the Nueces County Democratic Party is preparing to work hard for our candidates. We have a lot of ground to cover as we prepare to once again mount a coordinated ground game for our party, and we need your help! The annual fundraising banquet is a great way for you to help us out in raising money. We are asking all candidates and groups to sponsor a table for the dinner. The table comes with 10 tickets to the dinner and 2 tickets to our VIP Reception. Please contact Joseph Ramirez or Jennifer Ellis at 361-229-1833 for information on special pricing.

Live Music * Silent Auction * Awards
Jim Hightower – Key Note Speaker

Thursday, January 7, 2016
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Richard M Borchard Fairgrounds
1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd.
Robstown, TX 78380

Tickets $50 – Table $1,000 – Host $1,500 – VIP Host $2,500 ←click link to buy