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Stand with Wendy: Poster to Benefit the Texas Democratic Party
Nakatomi's Tim Doyle prints a powerful portrait of Sen. Wendy Davis
DAILY Arts  July 2, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...powerhouse of original art and silkscreening. Those who know the man's passionate (he doesn't quite foam at the mouth) championing of rational thought and equality for all are unsurprised to see him pausing production on his forthcoming "Unreal Estate III" project to create this gorgeous image of Wendy Davis, commissioned by the Texas Democratic Party – thank you, Glen Maxey – to help support women's reproductive rights here in the Lone Star state...."

Latino Groups Sue Texas Democratic Party
Suit charges that Dems' dual primary/caucus system discriminates against Hispanics
DAILY News  May 10, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Eight plaintiffs, including the Texas branch of the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, have filed suit against the Texas Democratic Party, charging that its dual primary/caucus system for selecting presidential delegates discriminates against Hispanics. The suit seeks an injunction preventing the TDP from using the system at its June 6-7 state convention in Austin...."

Follow the Excitement of the Texas Democratic Party Convention!
Donkeys from around the state converge on the blue island.
DAILY News  June 6, 2008, by Lee Nichols


Now What Does This Say About the Texas Democratic Party?
CD 10 candidates line up some, um … powerhouse endorsements.
DAILY News  January 15, 2008, by Lee Nichols


Rick Noriega's Speech to the Texas Democratic Convention
Blasts Cornyn, calls for end to Iraq War.
DAILY News  June 6, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...After the jump is the speech Rick Noriega just gave to the Texas Democratic Party Convention. (No, I didn't type it in as he spoke; his campaign e-mailed it to me.)..."

Gene Kelly: The Democratic Party's Version of Herpes
No, not THAT ONE!
DAILY News  December 24, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...If you're new to Texas politics, we're not talking about the dancer. This Gene Kelly is an annoying thorn in the side of the Democratic Party for years..."

Democratic Party Kick-Off
PHOTO GALLERY  July 21, 2014
"...Travis County Democratic Party Chair Jan Soifer..."

Texas Dems Get King Street Financial Records
No hearing scheduled for today
DAILY News  October 25, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...The Texas Democratic Party announced this morning that they have obtained the financial records of the King Street Patriots, a Tea Party group that the Dems accuse of not properly reporting election-related donations and harrassing minority and other Dem-leaning voters. (See "Texas Democrats File Suit Against Tea Party Group")..."

A Tale of Two Party Chairs
Democrat Richie asks for unity, GOP chief Benkiser asks for cash
DAILY News  January 20, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Texas Democratic Party Chair Boyd Richie is unsurprisingly ebullient, but rather than just doing a victory dance, he echoed the new president's call to arms and unity. "Together, we can find solutions to the problems that touch every American, without regard to political affiliation," he wrote...."

Time for Party Lines
Dems condemn voter ID debate, Republicans turn it into Austin-bashing, fund-raising opportunity
DAILY News  March 11, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...While the debate was still roiling, the Republican Party of Texas railed against the Democrats' "childish rants ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT LONG!" (because using bold is so very, very mature.) They then pleaded that supporters watch "brief video from a handful of our Republican activists." But before that, any chance of a campaign contribution?..."

Republican Judge Becomes a Party Flipper
San Antonio judge, Carlo Key, says he'll run as a Democrat
DAILY The Gay Place  October 21, 2013, by Sarah Marloff
"...Carlo Key did not leave the Republican Party, he says, the party left him. The Bexar County judge will run for re-election under the Democratic Party...."

Texas Dems to DNC: Pick a Castro, Any Castro
State party suggests Joaquin, Julián to replace Wasserman Schultz
DAILY News  July 26, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...After Monday's announcement that DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was resigning over the content of leaked emails, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued a brief statement thanking her for service, and suggesting a pair of candidates for her replacement: “In our humble opinion, Texas Democrats believe that both Julián and Joaquin Castro have what it takes to pick up the reins and move the party forward. It would be remarkable to have the first Hispanic Chair of the Democratic National Committee.”..."

UPDATED: Travis County Allows First Texas Gay Marriage
Travis County clerk issues marriage license to gay couple this morning
DAILY News  February 19, 2015, by Mary Tuma
"...Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May, Goodfriend was rushed into emergency surgery; the life-threatening event pushed her to see her 30-year relationship with Bryant recognized by law. “We’re disappointed that Republicans like Attorney General Ken Paxton and Governor Greg Abbott oppose the marriage of this loving and dedicated Travis County couple, and that they continue to tell Texans who they can or cannot marry,” said Texas Democratic Party Spokesperson Javier Gamboa in a statement...."

Texas and the Congressional Suicide Caucus
Lone Star GOP on the losing side of shutdown fight
DAILY News  October 17, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...The passage of most Congressional House Resolutions goes blissfully ignored: Not when House Resolution 2775 – the continuing resolution ending the shutdown – passed. However, as always, the Texas Congressional delegation split resolutely along party lines, with Lone Star Republicans sticking with the suicide caucus...."

Court Rules: Texas Voter ID Still Racist
Second ruling finds GOP deliberately suppressed minority vote
DAILY News  April 11, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Similarly, Texas Democratic Party chair Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement that "it is disgusting and shameful that Republicans have worked so hard to keep Texas’ diverse new majority away from the polls."..."

Texas Democrats File Suit Against Tea Party Group
Claims King Street Patriots are engaging in voter harassment
DAILY News  October 19, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...The Tea Party has been hitting hard this election cycle, and this week, the Texas Democratic Party hit back. On Monday, the TDP expanded its lawsuit against alleged collusion between the Green Party and Republican operatives to include the King Street Patriots, as well...."

Four New Congressional Seats for Texas
Democrats demand better representation for minorities
DAILY News  December 21, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...In a statement of his own, Texas Democratic Party leader Boyd Richie recalled that the last round of Republican-led redistricting – two rounds, actually, including the sleazy re-redistricting of Texas’ Congressional seats in 2003 – was an ugly, divisive affair...."

Perry Rejects Health Care for Texas
Governor throws away $13 billion in funds
DAILY News  July 9, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Also, he will not expand Medicaid to cover families earning below 133% of the Federal poverty level. That leaves an estimated 1.5 million Texans eligible for expanded Medicaid coverage without healthcare and leaving an estimated $13 billion in Federal funds to be distributed to other states.) Perry wrote, "I will not be party to socializing healthcare and bankrupting my state in direct contradiction to our Constitution and our founding principles of limited government."..."

Texas Senators Skip Stimulus Votes
Cornyn misses cloture vote to attend fundraiser Monday after Hutchison absent for Friday votes
DAILY News  February 10, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Hutchison was back in Texas attending the Richardson Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. Texas Democratic Party Chair Boyd Richie savaged her for going AWOL..."

Fate of the Texas Two-Step
Texas Dems held the final hearing last week gathering testimony opposed and in favor of the Texas Two-Step
News Story  November 21, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...If the panel of Texas Democratic Party leaders gathered at the AFL-CIO hall last Friday wasn't clear on what's wrong with the party's dual primary/caucus system, Amy Wright gave them a good visual to work with. It was a chair..."

Tea Party Versus Black Voters
Right wing activist claims GOP doesn't want minority voters
DAILY News  June 5, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...The Republican Party of Texas is in trouble when it comes to minority support. So it doesn't help when one of their leading Tea Party activists says the GOP doesn't want more black Texans at the ballot box...."

Democratic Block Party Tonight
Mark Strama speaking at Travis Co. Dems' party tonight
DAILY News  July 22, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...As part of their efforts to turn Texas blue, the Travis County Dems are hosting a party at their East Austin digs. The throwdown is tonight, 7–9pm, at Democratic Campaign Headquarters (1107 North IH-35, on the corner of 12th street & IH-35, next to CVS pharmacy)..."

DNC Does the Texas Waltz
National Dems have high hopes for Texas ... one of these days
News Story  September 18, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...How long has it been since the Demo­crat­ic National Committee met in Texas? Longer than most of its members could recall. So having the national party's principal organizing and fundraising body hold its fall meeting in Austin last week sent a clear message to state Dems, and a warning to Republicans, that Texas may become a battleground state...."

'It All Leads Back to Texas'
Robert Bryce on the Texas-Washington-international crony network
News Story  June 18, 2004, by Michael King
"...AC: The book works as a history, as an analysis of an historical phenomenon, and also as a polemic about Texas business and politics. Its roots are really in Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic Party, and it ends obviously with the Bushes and the Republicans..."

Tea Party Wins Big in Run-Offs
Patrick, Paxton beat establishment candidates
News Story  May 29, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...In Texas at least, rumors of the death of the Tea Party have been greatly exaggerated. In the May 27 run-offs, Tea Party-affiliated challengers handily beat establishment GOP candidates..."

Republican Party Platform
News Story  October 30, 1998
"...Economy Local Control --The Party supports the concept of choice in education and believes that quality education is best achieved by encouraging parental involvement and maximizing local control of public schools. The Party calls upon Gov..."

Party Leaders Pin Hopes on Harris
Houston, we have a chance to take back the Texas House.
News Story  August 22, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's no secret Harris County is key to Texas Democratic Party hopes to take back the state House. Party Chair Boyd Richie telling the State Convention on April 22, "By the way, Harris County? You're next!" was a clue..."

Dems Hopping Away From the Texas Two-Step
TDP starts reviewing the two-step presidential delegate system.
DAILY News  July 7, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...Seems like the Texas Democratic Party might be thinking about severing one foot of the Texas two step. Today saw the first public meeting of the Advisory Committee on the Texas Democratic Party Convention/Caucus System, which seems to be heading towards ending the complicated presidential nomination system that's currently in place...."

It's Party Time at the State Convention
There's still plenty of fun to be had …
News Story  June 6, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...While Democrats' eyes are still fixed on the National Convention, the Texas Democratic Party still has to get through its 2008 state gathering, June 5-7 at the Austin Convention Cen­ter. Excitement over gains the Democrats hope to make in November has the party expecting one of its most significant conventions in decades..."

The Texas Five Minus Four
The Congressional races perform almost as the GOP designed
News Story  November 5, 2004, by Kimberly Reeves
"...In the end, the Texas Democratic Party lost the man who was both its senior statesman and its senior heckler. And in the end only one of the five – Edwards – was able to overcome the structural disadvantage created by mid-decade redistricting and win his new district...."

Tea Party Group To Release Financial Records
Texas Dems wrangle with Houston's King Street Patriots
News Story  October 29, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...On Monday, the Texas Democratic Party announced it will be receiving the financial records of the King Street Patriots, as demanded in a lawsuit filed against the Houston tea party group last week (see "Tea Partiers Party to Ethics Violations?," Oct. 22)..."

Taking On the Texas Two-Step
Remember that confusing dual primary/caucus thing last March? Now's your chance to get rid of it!
News Story  November 14, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...If you were a Clinton or Obama supporter this year – and if you live in Travis Co., you were most likely one or the other – you no doubt remember the craziness and confusion around the Texas Democratic Party's dual primary/caucus system back in March. Some people loved it..."

Obama Takes Convention and Texas
For now, anyway ...
News Story  April 4, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...Travis County Democratic Party Convention Caucus Results..."

Could the Texas House Turn Blue?
News Story  November 9, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Kirk England, formerly R-Grand Prairie, having switched parties in September, Democrats approach next November needing to pick up six seats for a state House majority – that is, matching the gain they made in 2006. "Six seats in one cycle is a lot," says Texas Democratic Party spokeswoman Amber Moon, "but it's not out of reach."..."

Texas House: GOP Hangs On to a Whisker-Thin Majority
Dems come oh so close to rocking the House
News Story  November 7, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...While most of the results-watchers at the Texas Democratic Party's election night bash at the Driskill Hotel were tracking presidential results, Travis County state House representatives and their campaign staff were waiting on returns from local boxes. Their jobs were simple: Don't lose, so the party keeps its bedrock..."

Texas and the Numbers Game
How the Democratic presidential nomination could still come back to Texas
DAILY News  May 30, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...While the eyes of the politerati are set on next week's primary states for settling the Democratic presidential nomination, there's a statistical possibility (read "long-shot") that the whole shooting match could come down to the Texas Democratic Party Convention next weekend...."

Nader Raiders Target Texas Ballot
The indie campaign goes to court to get into state's presidential race
News Story  July 30, 2004, by Michael King
"...Arguing that there is "no compelling state interest" to justify Texas' onerous ballot-access requirements, lawyers for Ralph Nader's Texas presidential campaign made the case in federal court in Austin last week that Nader's name should appear on the November ballot alongside those of major party nominees John Kerry and George W. Bush..."

Tea Partiers Party to Ethics Violations?
Texas Democract Party expands lawsuit to include King Street Patriots
News Story  October 22, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...The tea party folks have been hitting hard this election cycle, and this week, the Texas Demo­cratic Party hit back...."

The State of Texas: "Pro-life, Pro-guns, Anti-Obama"
News Story  November 6, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...In 2014, it was déjà vu all over again, just with a smaller crowd. The mezzanine level was empty enough that District 10 City Council candidate Mandy Dealey was able to rent the Cattle Baron's suite for her own watch party, and not cramp their style...."

R.I.P. Mark White, Former Texas Governor
Last surviving Democratic governor dead at 77
News Story  August 10, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Praising the former governor, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said White "had the political courage to invest in our children and teachers. He did right by Texans and our great state." Gov..."

Texas AG Faces Ethics Complaint
Maxey attacks Paxton over marriage equality opinion
DAILY News  July 3, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Now long-time Travis County Democratic mainstay Glen Maxey has savaged that opinion as nothing more than political cant, and filed a complaint with the Texas State Bar Association against Paxton. In it, the Texas Democratic Party county affairs director alleges multiple violations by Paxton of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, including that Paxton made a false statement of law that is "flatly inconsistent with the United States Constitution", as well as violating the statutes defining his official duties, the oath of office as attorney general, and the terms of his license to practice law in the state of Texas...."

Texas Rollergirls: The 2012 Outlook
Before this weekend's bout, what did we learn from the season opener?
DAILY Sports  April 20, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Gone are the two 20-minutes periods, replaced by Women's Flat Track Derby Association regulation bouts of two 30-minutes periods. The Austin Convention Center was pretty damn close to capacity, so if the Travis County Democratic Party, which holds its party convention down the hall this weekend, feels like a break from policy wonkery, better get your tickets now...."

Don't Let Up, Texas Obama Director Says
"This race is going to tighten up," Sepúlveda warns
DAILY News  October 20, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Don’t let those poll numbers lull you into letting your guard down. That’s the message that Juan Sepúlveda, Texas state director of the Barack Obama campaign, had for party activists at the Central Texas Democratic Forum luncheon today..."

DOJ Says No to Texas Maps
Feds reject GOP end run around courts for redistricting
DAILY News  September 19, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Texas Democratic Party spokesperson Rebecca Acuña just issued this statement:..."

Texas Dems Sue Over Vote-Counting Method
Recount gives incumbent Linda Harper-Brown the victory, but Democrats aren't ready to throw in the towel
News Story  December 12, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...Chad Dunn, attorney for the Texas Demo­cratic Party, says the federal suit isn't just about HD 105. Instead, the party wants to resolve how electronic voting machines handle so-called "emphasis" votes, which occur when voters vote straight ticket and then press a candidate name to add emphasis, which actually deselects the name..."

Texas House: Establishment Rules
Hinojosa and Workman fend off challengers
News Story  March 3, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...At her victory party at Scholz Garten (the historic home of establishment Dem gatherings), surrounded by a coterie of local union chiefs and activists, and with her father, Texas Democratic Party chair Gilberto Hino­josa, working the crowd, Hinojosa put her success down to education: more particularly, that school finance reform will be the top priority in the next legislative session. "I think people in this town understand how dire the situation is for our public schools."..."

Texas House: Balance of Power Hangs in the Balance
There's a 50-50 chance of seeing a 75-75 split in the House
News Story  December 5, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...That argument failed on Nov. 25, when Judge Jim Jordan determined he didn't have jurisdiction on the case, so the Texas Democratic Party went to federal court seeking a temporary restraining order against the Dallas Co..."

Texas Ordered To Redraw Maps
D.C. Courts: Don't gerrymander Texas
News Story  November 11, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...Democrats cheered the possibility of new maps. Texas Democratic Party Chair Boyd Ritchie said in a statement: "The courts said what we've been saying all along..."

SCHIP Veto - Texas Dems Respond
The deluge of anti-SCHIP veto statements from elected officials starts here.
DAILY News  October 3, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Reaction on the State Children's Health Insurance Program veto:"If there is one thing that should be placed above partisan politics and extreme ideology, it is America's children. But with one cruel stroke of his veto pen, President Bush has written off 3.8 million children who would have gained access much-needed health insurance under bipartisan legislation expanding CHIP." – Boyd Richie, chair of the Texas Democratic Party. "CHIP has been enormously successful in Texas, as our state ranks dead last in the nation when it comes to the percentage of our population without health care coverage..."

The Hottest Race in Texas
The David Fisher-Todd Staples Senate Contest in East Texas Will Decide the Fate of the State Senate -- and the U.S. House
News Story  October 27, 2000, by Michael King
"...The Texas congressional delegation is currently made up of 17 Democrats and 13 Republicans. Redistricting could shift a half dozen or more seats toward the Democrats or Republicans, so the party that controls the redistricting process in Texas will have a lot to say about who controls U.S..."

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