Join your Dallas Democrats at the 2018 Cinco de Mayo Parade in Oak Cliff!
Airing on HBO later in May, THE FINAL YEAR is a unique insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their last year in office. Featuring unprecedented access inside the White House and State Department, THE FINAL YEAR offers an uncompromising view of the inner workings of the Obama Administration as they prepare to leave power after eight years.
We just heard today (Monday April 23) that we won the lawsuit filed against us by the Dallas Republican Party! See our press release below:
Dallas County Democratic Party Press Release
The Dallas County Republican Party lawsuit, seeking to disqualify Democratic candidates from the General Election in November, has been dismissed by the court as a frivolous lawsuit.
Despite the allegations of the Republicans, the attorneys for the Dallas County Democratic Party demonstrated to the court that the Democratic Party complied with all applicable law. It is the contention of the Democratic Party that "this baseless suit was an attempt by the Republican Party to suppress the rights of voters."
Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan said, "We are delighted to have this matter behind us. This decision insures that democracy has been protected. Democrats will not be divided or distracted. We will continue to defend the rights of voters to choose their elected officials at the ballot box."
Read more at the DMN: Judge dismisses GOP lawsuit
Progressive organizations across the nation are preparing contingency plans for the possibility that President Trump will provoke a constitutional crisis by firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Dallas organizer Liz Wally says "This is a protest we don't want to have", but we have to be prepared.
UPDATE: Now that the FBI has seized records from Trump's attorney Michael Cohen, Trump is practically exploding with wrath and no longer denying any consideration of firing Mueller -- or Sessions or Rosenstein just to get Mueller out. THIS MAY BLOW UP ANY DAY NOW! KEEP WATCHING!!
If this happens, then protests will begin at Dallas City Hall.
IF MUELLER IS FIRED BEFORE 2 PM, THEN PROTESTS WILL TAKE PLACE AT 5 PM.
IF MUELLER IS FIRED AFTER 2 PM, THEN THE PROTEST WILL TAKE PLACE AT NOON THE FOLLOWING DAY.
This is nationwide. See more at Nobody Is Above The Law.
March 19, 2018: Judge Christi Kennedy, a visiting Republican judge from Smith County, categorically rejected a lawsuit by the Dallas County Republican Party and GOP judicial candidate Michael Lee which sought to knock incumbent Democratic Judge Staci Williams off the ballot today as a result of alleged deficiencies in her nominating papers.
"We are delighted by the judge's ruling," said Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan. "This was a cynical political lawsuit filed by the Republicans to subvert the will of the electorate and achieve, through litigation, what the Republican Party could not hope to attain at the ballot box. The judge's decision ensures that the voters- and not a court - will decide the outcome of this election."
Chad Baruch, one of the lawyers for the Democratic Party commented, "This decision reinforces what we have been saying from the beginning, which is that Texas judges decide these cases based on the law and not on politics. Despite cynical suggestions to the contrary, our judges rise above partisan politics in discharging their duty to apply the law. We are delighted that the judge did so in this case, and we never doubted the outcome."
Judge Williams was represented in the case by George "Tex" Quesada, Anthony Farmer, and Thomas R. Phillips.The Dallas County Democratic Party was represented by Chad Baruch, Randy Johnston, and Sarah Duncan.
The 2018 Democratic Primary results from Dallas County are at:
For results in districts which cross county lines (including some for US Congress, State Senator, and State Board of Education), and for the statewide totals, see:
There will be several runoffs on Tuesday, May 22. That includes a statewide runoff for Governor between Lupe Valdez and Andrew White.
Here in Dallas County there will also be runoffs for:
U.S. Representative District 32 -- Colin Allred and Lillian Salerno
State Representative District 109 -- Deshaundra Lockhart Jones and Carl Sherman
District Judge, Judicial District 68 -- Kim Brown and Martin Hoffman
District Judge, Judicial District 193 -- Bridgett Whitmore and Carl Ginsberg
Judge Court At Law No. 4 -- Paula Rosales and Ken Tapscott
Judge Criminal Court of Appeals No. 2 -- Pamela Luther and Marilynn Mayse
Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 4 Place 2 -- Fred "Action" Jackson and Sasha Moreno
Constable Precinct No. 4 -- Sha Steger Knight and Edward Wright
Constable Precinct No. 5 -- Beth Villarreal and Michael Orozco
NOTE: For State Board of Education District 12, there would have been a runoff between Suzanne Smith and Laura Malone-Miller, but Malone-Miller withdrew, so Smith is the nominee.
In contests for party office, Carol Donovan was reelected Dallas County Democratic Party County Chair. There were some two dozen contests for Precinct Chair, with no runoffs.
Five incumbent elected officials were defeated by challengers:
State Representative Dist. 104 Roberto Alonzo lost to Jessica Gonzalez.
District Judge of Judicial District 160 Jim Jordan lost to Aiesha Redmond.
Judge of Criminal Court No. 10 Roberto Canas lost to Etta J. Mullin.
Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 4 Place 1 Norris "Stretch" Rideaux lost to Mike Jones.
Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 4 Place 2 Katy Hubener lost to Fred "Action" Jackson and Sasha Moreno (who will be in a runoff).
Canvass: The results of the primary were canvassed by the DCDP on Thursday, March 15, in a meeting at the DCDP office. This was a legally required formality. No recounts were requested.
According to Section 172.084 of the Election Code, passed in the most recent legislature, "The order of the candidates' names on the runoff primary election ballot for each county shall be in the same order as on the general primary election ballot." No drawing will be needed for runoff ballot order. For instance, this means in Dallas County Valdez will be first on the runoff ballot for Governor and White second.
DALLAS January 24, 2018 - The Dallas County Democratic Party (DCDP) will file an answer today to the lawsuit filed by the Dallas County Republican Party meant to remove 128 Democrats from the primary ballot. DCDP lead attorney Randy Johnston will assert that the Republican's case is completely baseless and should be dismissed as frivolous litigation. The answer will seek sanctions and legal fees and counter the falsehoods perpetuated by the Republican Party lawsuit.
The DCDP legal team is also evaluating whether the Republican Party lawsuit violates the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 because it appears calculated to deny minorities the right to vote for candidates of their own ethnicity and disproportionately harms minority Democratic candidates.
The first version of the Republican Party petition was apparently released to the press before it was even filed, and it contained the private information - including home addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and other private information - of elected officials and candidates that could lead to identity theft or other harm. Among the judges whose private information was released are several judges who have active stalkers and who have received death threats.
The Republican lawsuit includes numerous inaccuracies that have been repeated by the news media as if they were true. For example, Chair Carol Donovan did not improperly file ballot applications merely because she did not personally sign each application. The election code does not designate the Chair as the only person authorized to sign. This is simply misinformation. In addition, the Republican Party lawsuit alleges that Carol Donovan's signature was forged on ballot applications, and some news outlets have repeated this false information as if it were true. In fact, with the explicit instruction of the Texas Democratic Party, which also uses agents to sign applications, Chair Carol Donovan legally appointed the DCDP Executive Director, Carmen Ayala, as an additional agent authorized to sign ballot applications. The signatures that are being called dubious are in fact the signature of Carmen Ayala, acting in her appointed role as agent authorized to sign.
"The frivolous and disrespectful manner in which this lawsuit was distributed to the press before it was even filed has resulted in much of the resulting media attention misconstruing the facts. The facts will come out, and we will seek relief from this attempt to use a lawsuit as a press release," said Johnston. "The true intent of this lawsuit is to cause confusion among the voters. The Republican Party needs to accept the fact that elections are determined by the voters, not by lawsuits. We cannot tolerate this attempt to disenfranchise voters from this process."
"Many of the candidates the Republicans are trying to remove from the ballot do not even have Republican opponents, so it is hard to see how the Republican party has been hurt. The Republicans are desperate and fearful of the blue wave they know is coming. They cannot field candidates, so they resort to these tactics. We will stand together as Democrats, defeat this lawsuit, and move forward to victory in November," said Chair Carol Donovan.
A total of 219 candidates filed for the March 6, 2018 Democratic Primary ballot for Dallas County. Of these, 156 filed here in Dallas, and another 63 filed in Austin because they are running statewide or in districts which cross county lines.These huge numbers are all unprecedented, and include many candidates in districts where Democrats have often not run at all for years. Could it be lots of people are thinking 2018 looks like a great year for Democrats? Not just the polls, but the results in Alabama, Virginia, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and many other local and special elections this year are very promising.
A rough count shows these candidates filed for 115 offices, with 59 having no primary opponent, while there are 56 races with two or more candidates. There are some 160 people running for those 56 contested offices, with some races having as many as 10 candidates. Remember that in Texas if no one gets a majority in the primary, there will be a runoff between the top two finishers on May 22.
You can find a list of the filed candidates with their public mailing addresses on the Secretary of State's website at https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/candidate-filing/cf-report.aspx
We have a list with links to websites and Facebooks and email addresses on our website at our Meet The Candidates For 2018 page at http://dallasdemocrats.org/elections/candidates2018.html This page also lists the order number on the primary ballot for those candidates with primary opponents.
Candidates who filed here in Dallas were listed in chronological order as they did, and with filing pictures when they were received, on stoutdemblog.blogspot.com
See who represents Dallas County from the People’s House to the Court House. We’ve compiled elected officials’ websites, Facebook and Twitter accounts, so you don’t have to go looking.
The Leadership Council is a special group within the Dallas County Democratic Party of elected officials who provide financial and leadership support to the party. Our elected officials understand that a strong local party is key to their own success during their initial election and subsequent re-elections. This financial support allows the party to provide more comprehensive voter outreach for candidates and develop expansive “Get Out The Vote” efforts. See the list at this page.