North Texas Asian Democrats

North Texas Asian Democrats The purpose of N.T.A.D. is to encourage Asian-American participation in the campaigns of Democratic

Proudly representing our   and congratulations on receiving the 2023 Dallas County Outstanding Court Staff Award!!
11/30/2023

Proudly representing our and congratulations on receiving the 2023 Dallas County Outstanding Court Staff Award!!

This weekend, in conjunction with APEC, where POTUS and China’s President Xi met to discuss US/China economic futures, o...
11/20/2023

This weekend, in conjunction with APEC, where POTUS and China’s President Xi met to discuss US/China economic futures, our delegation proudly represented Texas at Civic Leadership USA and API Coalition inaugural National API Elected Officials Summit.

Thanks to Rep Gene Wu, Houston Councilman Andrew Chan, Alice Yi of Asian Texans for Justice, Victoria Li - Regional Director of .


Today, 11/7/23 is Election Day.What is on the ballot? 14 Constitutional Amendments are on the ballot along with issues r...
11/07/2023

Today, 11/7/23 is Election Day.

What is on the ballot? 14 Constitutional Amendments are on the ballot along with issues relevant to your city and/or district, such as school bonds, special elections to fill vacancies, etc.


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Early voting, General Election (Texas Constitutional Amendment), BEGINS on Monday, October 23, at 7 a.m. and ENDS on Fri...
10/21/2023

Early voting, General Election (Texas Constitutional Amendment), BEGINS on Monday, October 23, at 7 a.m. and ENDS on Friday, November 3, at 7 p.m.

Election Day voting is on Tuesday, November 7, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"WE THE PEOPLE" are on the ballot each election. We'll be voting to create safer, stronger, and thriving communities.

For additional election information:
Contact Collin County Elections Administration at McKinney: (972) 548-4100 / Metro: (972) 424-1460. Website: https://www.collincountytx.gov/Elections

Contact Dallas County Elections Administration at (469) 627-VOTE (8683). Website: https://www.dallascountyvotes.org

Contact Denton County Elections Administration at (940) 349-3200. Website: https://www.votedenton.gov

Contact Tarrant County Elections Administration at (817) 831-8683
Website: https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.html

About Us Mission Statement: The mission of the elections department is to provide and administer secure, accurate and efficient elections in a convenient manner for voters in Denton County, insuring that every eligible voter has the opportunity to vote.

Did you know … you have the right to remain silent and do not have to discuss your immigration or citizenship status wit...
10/07/2023

Did you know … you have the right to remain silent and do not have to discuss your immigration or citizenship status with police, immigration agents, or other officials.

Why is the U.S. doing better than Japan? Immigrations.

Want more? Come join us on 10/20 to hear more from our panelists at this important free Immigration Town Hall.

Again this is a free event but RSVP is required. http://Secure.ActBlue.com/donate/immigrationtownhall


09/12/2023

The State Democratic Executive Committee met in Fort Worth on Saturday, August 26th. We were honored to have some of our SD 16 activists in attendance.

This meeting was dominated by rule change proposals - fourteen in all. The Rules Subcommittee of the Convention Committee spent a great deal of time developing updates to the Conventions article. This effort went past the mandated thirty-day threshold prior to the meeting, so their product was considered under the emergency provision laid out in the TDP Rules and passed by the full SDEC. Reforms include:

Giving each county the option to conduct precinct conventions prior to the County/Congressional District conventions

Mandating in-person or virtual preconvention caucuses prior to the State Convention for training/organizing purposes and to hear from candidates for convention offices

Subsequently conducting elections utilizing electronic voting for the Credentials, Platform, Resolutions and Rules Committees so that their work product will be available to delegates prior to the State Convention

Elimination of the Nominations Committee at the State Convention during gubernatorial years since its function is purely administrative

Shortening the deadline to add State Delegates after the County/CD Conventions from 30 to 23 days

Providing general session proxies for delegates in attendance but unable to sit with their delegation

Developing a system to check delegates in and out for the purpose of calculating quorum

I chair the Rules Committee, which had been hard at work since the last SDEC meeting in early May. Many of our recommendations fell under the category of housekeeping and were approved on the consent calendar. Three were discussed at length:

I appointed a subcommittee of the Rules Committee to propose reforms to the Grievance Commission process. Their proposal was approved by the full Rules Committee and adopted with one minor amendment by the SDEC.

I introduced a proposal to align the rules governing the removal of CEC officers with those that apply to TDP officers, specifically adding the option to remove a CEC officer for good cause. This failed to garner the necessary supermajority to pass but the new disciplinary process should accomplish my goal.

Another change I authored related to the process of filling mid-term County Chair vacancies. My proposal would codify the historical precedents that a Chair's resignation need not be approved by the CEC and that the vacancy may be anticipated due to a stated intent to resign on a future date or upon the election of a successor, thus eliminating gaps in the office when possible. A request was made for review by TDP's General Counsel and this was deferred until the December meeting.

We also passed two resolutions - one to endorse Proposition 9 on the November ballot in support of cost-of-living adjustments for retired teachers and the other emphasizing the TDP platform position in unequivocal opposition to school voucher schemes and stating in no uncertain terms that elected officials will be held accountable if they ignore it.

The next meeting will be a virtual one on Saturday, December 2nd. As always, contact me with questions or concerns.

Susan Bradley
State Democratic Executive Committeewoman
Senate District 16
[email protected]
Cell: (214) 718-5808

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08/13/2023

North Texas APAPA is hosting weekly information session weekly on Friday nights at 7pm on Electrical Vehicle (EV) Charging Readiness for the communities.

WISE Power is a private company with years of experience working with government entities to support public/private partnerships.

Please join us for this informative EV Charging Readiness for Communities as we work to implement the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program in North Texas.

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/electric-vehicle-charging-readiness-tickets-696433018907?aff=oddtdtcreator.

Get charged up for Electric Vehicle Charging Readiness, an online event that will equip you with all the knowledge and tools you need to emb

07/16/2023

If November 2022 is any indication, money cannot beat the ground game. Join Francine Ly for Congress and together we will .

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06/10/2023

Join us on Wednesday, June 21st from 7:00 to 9:00pm for our first ever meet and greet. This is the first opportunity of many to learn and engage with our campaign to represent TX’s 24th Congressional District. Our conversation for the event will focus on the debt ceiling crisis and how this issue has affect us in our own backyard. We hope that you can join us to ensure that your voice is heard!

See you there!!

- Francine Ly


Join us on June 21st from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for an opportunity to meet and greet with Francine Ly who is running to represent Texas Congressional District 24. Event Location will be provided upon Registration for event. This is a chance to get to know the candidate and learn about her platform and vis...

The Anti-Asian Hate in Texas is really. Guess who has asked TX Senate to consider SB147 in a special session … MAGA Patr...
05/29/2023

The Anti-Asian Hate in Texas is really. Guess who has asked TX Senate to consider SB147 in a special session … MAGA Patrick.

Renaming it to add “hostile” will NOT make it any less discriminatory, unlawful nor unconstitutional.



05/26/2023

The State Democratic Executive Committee met via ZOOM on the evening of Tuesday, May 2nd for the primary purpose of ratifying the Delegate Selection Plan governing the process of electing delegates to the 2024 Democratic National Convention after the conclusion of the public review and comment period. Some of the details of that plan were outlined in our last report.

The other major agenda item that night was Susan's presentation of three rule change proposals approved by the Rules Committee which she chairs. A housekeeping amendment to remove the details of the Delegate Selection Plan from the TDP Rules (since it is a separate document that is approved quadrennially) passed unanimously. A proposal authored by Susan to require candidates for all elections conducted in congressional district caucuses at the State Convention (such as permanent convention committees and statutory SDEC members) to be delegates received overwhelming majority support (40-11 with two abstentions) but less than the required 75% of statutory members, whether in attendance or not (47) as some were absent and not represented by proxy and others did not cast a vote or abstain. She will resubmit this proposal through the convention process next year where only a simple majority vote will be required.

Unanimous approval of the third proposal represented the culmination of Susan's years-long effort to adopt a conflict of interest policy that will apply to all Democratic executive committees in Texas. As some of you are precinct chairs, we want to share the new rule here:

"Article VI. Executive Committees

D. Conflict of Interest

Prior to making any comments or voting on a motion before an executive committee, any member who has received or will receive compensation or remuneration of any kind for advocating or opposing the adoption of such motion shall disclose this information to said executive committee. This rule also applies when compensation or remuneration has been received or will be received by the close family (spouse, domestic partner, parent, child or sibling) of a member. For the purposes of this section, "compensation or remuneration" would include if the member or their previously defined close family:

(1) is a candidate for a public office under consideration for nomination or endorsement;

(2) is a paid employee or independent contractor of a political committee or owner, paid employee or independent contractor of a consulting firm which is taking a position for or against an item under consideration;

(3) is an employee who serves or works in paid employment at the pleasure of a person standing for election to an office under consideration for nomination or endorsement;

(4) is an employee for a company under consideration for hire or contract; or

(5) otherwise receives monetary compensation for the purposes of taking a position for or against an item under consideration.

Such disclosures shall be included in the executive committee's minutes of the meeting.

If this rule is violated, the presiding officer shall inform the executive committee of the violation and, if the concerned member's vote changes the outcome of the decision, declare the vote of the concerned member was improper and the vote was invalid. The vote must then be retaken."

Our next meeting will be in Tarrant County on Saturday, August 26th. We will share venue details when we have them. All are welcome to attend. As always, contact us with any questions or concerns.

Susan Bradley
State Democratic Executive Committeewoman
Senate District 16
[email protected]
Cell: (214) 718-5808

Michael McPhail
State Democratic Executive Committeeman
Senate District 16
[email protected]
Cell: (972) 922-6295

I hope all of you are having a very Happy Mother’s Day.Please share and join us for a North Texas Community Vigil in Dal...
05/15/2023

I hope all of you are having a very Happy Mother’s Day.

Please share and join us for a North Texas Community Vigil in Dallas hosted by Dallas Asian Historical Society, Asian Texans for Justice, and many more extraordinary advocacy groups. Keynote speaker will be from the White House, Deputy Director Erika Moritsugu.

Addressing systemic racism, fighting hate Crimes, and collaborating with diverse organizations is a pathway we MUST emba...
05/10/2023

Addressing systemic racism, fighting hate Crimes, and collaborating with diverse organizations is a pathway we MUST embark upon together as Americans- in order to bring about the change to help our communities prosper.

The time to act is NOW!! We must ask ourselves what is needed - NOT what is comfortable — to make OUR communities a bett...
05/10/2023

The time to act is NOW!!

We must ask ourselves what is needed - NOT what is comfortable — to make OUR communities a better and safer place for everyone.

We can prevent gun violence and fund mental health resources by voting in democratic leadership, locally, statewide and nationally.

04/13/2023

The State Democratic Executive Committee convened its first quarterly meeting of 2023 on Saturday, April 1st in San Marcos. Ironically, both of us experienced tire issues on the way down the night before. Unfortunately, Michael's were sufficiently severe to require that he begin the journey home before the meeting began on Saturday morning. Accordingly, he assigned his proxy to Susan.

Hospitality displayed by our hosts with the Hays County Democratic Party was in abundant supply on a day with a very full agenda. We bade farewell to Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Jamarr Brown and welcomed former TDP staffer Birk Wilkison as the interim ED.

Jamarr's last task was the presentation of the Party's Quadrennial Strategic Plan, which was approved unanimously. A declassified version of the Plan is being developed for distribution to Democratic Party stakeholders beyond the SDEC and county chairs.

The annual TDP budget (April 2023 - March 2024) was presented by the Chair of the Finance Committee and was unanimously adopted.

We next considered the Delegate Selection Plan developed by the SDEC Conventions Committee and TDP staff governing the process of electing delegates to the 2024 Democratic National Convention, including an affirmative action plan. This was also approved unanimously. It is now available for review and public comment at texasdemocraticconvention.com until 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 2nd. The SDEC will meet that night to ratify the plan, as it is due to the Democratic National Committee the next day for their approval. As you may be aware, we voted at last year's State Convention to reorganize TDP by Congressional districts rather than State Senate districts beginning next year. Under the proposed plan, Congressional districts with a footprint in Dallas County would be entitled to the following number of national delegates (delegate gender was randomized in districts with an odd number of delegates):

CD 5: 3 (two male; one female)
CD 6: 3 (one male; two female)
CD 24: 5 (two male; three female)
CD 30: 7 (three male; four female)
CD 32: 5 (two male; two female; one either)
CD 33: 4 (two male; two female)

Outside of the Delegate Selection Plan, we now also know the number of delegates to the TDP Convention in El Paso in June of 2024 that Dallas County's portion of each Congressional district will be entitled to elect:

CD 5: 173
CD 6: 52
CD 24: 174
CD 30: 433
CD 32: 330
CD 33: 147

As previously mentioned, our next meeting will be virtual on the evening of Tuesday, May 2nd.

As always, contact us with any questions or concerns. It is our honor to represent you on the SDEC.

Susan Bradley
State Democratic Executive Committeewoman
Senate District 16
[email protected]
Cell: (214) 718-5808

Michael McPhail
State Democratic Executive Committeeman
Senate District 16
[email protected]
Cell: (972) 922-6295

VOTE NO on ALL Props if you live in IRVING!
04/12/2023

VOTE NO on ALL Props if you live in IRVING!

Please share so we can sign up for testimonials on these bills:AAPI Community Letter Against SB147 Sign On Here: bit.ly/...
02/19/2023

Please share so we can sign up for testimonials on these bills:

AAPI Community Letter Against SB147 Sign On Here: bit.ly/ATJSignOn (http://bit.ly/ATJSignOn)
AAPI Community Letter Against SB147 - https://bit.ly/SB147Letter (https://bit.ly/SB147Letter)
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How to Take Action Against SB147 Toolkit What’s Happening? Senate Bill 147, authored by Senator Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham and parts of Houston, that would prohibit citizens, businesses or entities from China, Iran, North Korea and Russia from making land purchases in Texas. In its current form,...

Under the Biden Administration, unemployment is the lowest since 1969!
02/03/2023

Under the Biden Administration, unemployment is the lowest since 1969!

U.S. employers added 517,000 jobs in January, as the unemployment rate fell to 3.4% . The job market remains tight, despite signs of a slowing economy.

01/29/2023

NTAD (Michele Wong Krause for Justice of the Peace, Francine Ly for Texas, Katherine Chan Goodwin for Plano ISD 7), joined North Texas APAPA, DFW Chinese Alliance (Host), Councilwoman Maria Tu, State Reps Rafael Anchia, Rhetta Bower & Carl Sherman, Asian Real Estate Association of America, ADL - Anti-Defamation League, United Chinese Americans, ACP Foundation, Asian American Leadership Center, Mfini Inc, Dr. Leo Yu, in the rally and march against SB147 (sponsored by Kolhorst ) and SB552 (co-sponsored by Tan Parker ) both bills are highly discriminatory anf targeting the AAPI community. If we are not careful, history will repeat itself taken Diaspora communities to the era of Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which was extended 6 times at 10 years each.

01/26/2023

"It's time to recognize and amplify AAPI LGBTQIA+ Voices!" 🏳️‍🌈

As part of our initiative, APAPA is hosting a community forum TODAY to highlight the intersection of AAPI and LGBTQIA+ voices. Our keynote speakers will include Sacramento District Attorney Thien Ho and LGBTQ+ community advocate Marsha Aizumi.

01/20/2023

GOP pushes 30% Consumer Tax on all Americans which will DEFUND IRS! This TAX will bankrupt the Lower and Middle Classes! Share and Hashtag

01/18/2023

Why don’t the Republicans read the Constitution? Why doesn’t the GOP respect American values and principles?

01/17/2023

“Why are House Republicans not reading the Constitution on the House Floor?”

Want to hear more  AAPI voices in Texas? I’m voting for  for the  ! Voting is so easy, you can vote for ATJ and 2 other ...
09/26/2022

Want to hear more AAPI voices in Texas? I’m voting for for the ! Voting is so easy, you can vote for ATJ and 2 other orgs here: goldfutureschallenge.org/vote. Help AAPI Texans win $100k!!

As one of ten finalists out of 130 applicants, Asian Texans for Justice is eligible to win a grant up to $100k, which will be determined by a community voting period that begins today through September 27th. Please share widely and vote at goldfutureschallenge.org/vote

This year, you vote for your top 3 organizations and I hope you’ll vote for ATJ as one of them.

As a supporter of the work ATJ does, [say a bit about what it means to you]. Your vote gets us closer to building the critical infrastructure our state needs to uplift and amplify AAPI voices in Texas.

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09/24/2022

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09/24/2022

Last Saturday, September 17th, marked the first State Democratic Executive Committee meeting of the new term in San Antonio. Unfortunately, Susan is battling a severe case of bronchitis and was unable to participate for the first time in over twelve years on the SDEC, which she regretted greatly. Fortunately for us, Becky Arredondo was available to pick up the mantle on very short notice and carry Susan's proxy, for which we are most grateful. TDP Chair Gilberto Hinojosa has reappointed Susan as Chair of the Rules Committee. She will also serve on the Grievance Review Commission. Michael will serve on the Campaigns and Rural Messaging Committees. If any of you are interested in becoming TDP Sustaining Members, please let us know.

Michael provided the following report of the meeting:

"Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa invited local SDEC members and elected officials to welcome the SDEC to San Antonio. Vice Chairwoman Shay Wyrick Cathey spoke about the responsibilities of being an SDEC member.

During officer opening remarks, Vice Chairman of Finance Kendall Scudder claimed to have traveled 3062 miles across 15 counties and nine Senate Districts to promote donating to the Party and recruited over 150 new sustaining donors.

Since the Convention, the staff has organized two big fundraisers, one sponsored by Chris Hollins in Houston and a donor briefing. Some dates are yet to be determined but the following fundraisers are currently being planned:

On September 29th, we have a Houston event with the Texas Democratic Lawyers Association.

The TDP Jefferson Jackson fundraising reception is on Saturday, October 8th in Austin.

An East Dallas fundraising event hosted by Congressman Colin Allred, former Congressman John Bryant, State Representatives Julie Johnson and Jessica Gonzales, Dallas County Democratic Party Chairwoman Kristi Noble and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins will be on the same day as a fundraiser with the new Democratic Lawyers Association in Dallas.

A joint fundraising event with the California Democratic Party in Los Angeles with the proceeds divided between the two parties.

Scudder decided unilaterally that he is ordering each SDEC member to recruit 25 sustaining members during their term, claiming state Party rules gave him the authority to do so. They do not. SD 16 Committeeman Michael McPhail wrote the SDEC member job description in the state Party rules while he previously served on the SDEC. The wording he drafted is still in state Party rules and clearly states under Article III.A.2.h among the list of suggested duties: “Assist TDP fundraising efforts to the greatest extent possible.” However, the Vice Chairman for Finance appears to have missed under subsection 2 the following: “It is requested that all SDEC members voluntarily perform as many of the duties listed below as possible, as well as other such activities not enumerated; this is not a mandate.”

Scudder said the state Party staff would send custom web links to each of us to give to folks to sign up so he can track who recruited the donors. Door prizes will be given at each SDEC meeting to the member recruiting the highest number of new donors in the previous quarter. The lapel pins traditionally given to sustaining donors are difficult to ship and are being replaced by stickers that can be ‘compounded’ to show how long one has been a sustaining donor. Pins will be given for some of the other fundraising programs the staff is debuting. He later continued his presentation during the staff report section of the meeting and tried to outline ‘perks’ of being a sustaining donor including lapel stickers and a 10% discount in the TDP merchandise store, as well as free admission to Happy Hour events soon to be held across the state. He is also creating something called the Foundation Club, where sustaining donors who recruit other sustaining donors will get prizes. At one point, he stopped and laughingly admitted it sounded like a “MLM” or multi-level marketing aka pyramid scheme. It’s worth noting the Dallas County Democratic Party started a similar program after Kendall managed current Chairwoman Kristi Noble’s election and it soon vanished from public mention after failing to gain traction. Indeed, many of the perks listed above were attempted over the last decade with little to show for the effort. We shall see how this progresses.

Treasurer Odus Evbagharu gave a stump speech about the importance of not getting overconfident and getting out to campaign for our candidates.

Secretary Lee Forbes announced SD 22 Committeewoman Tammie Hartgroves resigned due to health issues. The SDEC voted unanimously to accept her resignation.

Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa announced that he was not going to give a Chairman’s report. He then spoke at great length about how he has seen the SDEC stepping up to help organize their Senate districts more than ever before during his term in office. He spoke as well about how our ticket is gaining support across the state in ways he has never seen, not even in 2018. He believes if we all turn out to help Democratic candidates then we can exceed our 2018 successes by sweeping the statewide offices and possibly advance our numbers in the Legislature. His main point: “We’re almost there. Let’s not f**k it up.”

The Chairman then brought a Special Rule of Order on Debate Limits. The proposal as submitted stated: “Debate on an item or motion shall be limited to six speakers: three in the affirmative and three in the negative. The first speaker, or their designee, shall be the maker of the motion speaking in the affirmative for adoption. The second speaker shall be recognized to speak in the negative and alternated afterwards. The floor debate on amendments shall be limited to two speakers, including the proposer of the amendment. All speeches shall be limited to 1 minute unless time is extended by a majority vote of the assembly. This will apply to the SDEC at all levels.”

Upon debate, SD 30 Committeeman Glenn Melancon moved to extend the one minute to two minutes. SD 12 Committeeman David Griggs offered a friendly amendment to clarify you could go ‘up to’ 2 minutes. Parliamentarian Deana Tollerton claimed it was unnecessary because you are never required to speak for the full time limit you are given. The vote on the initial amendment was unanimously in favor. I was the only member to vote against the measure on final vote. I do not believe in these artificial debate limits. The ability to waive the limit puts the right of the minority up to a vote—this gives the majority the power simply to shut down the minority. In every practical sense, debate limits like this result in a rubber stamp approval or denial of measures. We have always had the ability to call the question in order to cut off debate and move forward with a vote. This was simply a solution in search of a problem.

Committees and their Chairs and Vice Chairs were then appointed without objection.

The SDEC then voted to approve the following new county chairs:

County Executive Committee Appointments:

Mary Wolf for Fayette County
Chuck Anderson for Burleson County

State Chair Appointments (for counties without a County Executive Committee):

Jeffrey Dixon for Wharton County
Jeannette Jacoby for Milam County
Vincent Irwin for Dawson County
Christopher Mack for Cass County
Vicente Barrera for Bee County

Marco Orrantia delivered the first staff report. The review committee of the last term did not complete any code of conduct or ethics proposal or any confidentiality agreements. I am not certain why any of this is actually necessary. Simply behaving like an adult usually takes care of this problem. Generally speaking, these sorts of restrictions are often used by those in an organization trying to seize power from other members by stifling their voices. Organizations that head down that particular road typically do not fare well.

Executive Director Jamarr Brown delivered his report next. He introduced the staff, which now includes 36 full timers and 5 paid interns. Our senior Vote By Mail program has mailed nearly 500 thousand applications across the state. So far it costs about $20 per vote actually cast. In the 2022 Democratic primary, it resulted in about 11 thousand new voters and staffers anticipate 12,500 new voters in general from it. Since the SB1 voting rights restrictions law caused higher ballot rejection rates, the staff carefully built a model to target a universe to “Maximize Democrats who vote by mail who otherwise wouldn’t have voted” while trying to “[m]inimize Democrats who vote by mail who would otherwise vote in person.” We don’t want to send regular in person voters to mail voting in the post-SB 1 era. The resulting universe thus pays close attention to medium turnout, regular mail voters and rural voters.

Many complaints in the primary emerged about the structure of the newly redesigned application form. Staff re-designed it to make it easier to read, in part by using step-by-step, color-coded instructions. The form is also now fully bilingual. It cannot be used by voters needing help or assistance filling out the form, though. TDP is having to distance itself from that in the post-SB 1 era. A link is on our website where folks can request a form with those signature fields.

The Beto O’Rourke campaign agreed to partner with the Texas Democratic Party for a statewide Coordinated Campaign. You’ll recall, of course, Congressman O’Rourke decided against coordinating with anyone before his narrow 2018 loss. The staff has been helping various county parties develop field plans and offering logistical support, turf cutting, and help getting canvassers onboarded via regional political managers. The Beto campaign has been providing funding to some counties. The data team has created a dashboard to display reports to help track progress and worked with the Beto campaign to build joint targets to use with county parties. TDP is also coordinating with the House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC) in its targeted state House races like Collin County’s Mihaela Plesa in HD 70 and District 54’s Jonathan Hildner in Bell County.

Voter registration push is being led by our new director of voter registration, Hannah Howell, who is from the Pacific Northwest and has done voter registration work for c3 and c4 organizations. Our program is centered around counties, campaigns, and our partners. The party is trying to “build scalable infrastructure for 2024…improve data collection and data quality [and] increase turnout among new registrants.” The party is focusing its efforts on face-to-face voter registration through relational organizing (“Volunteers and activists within our network reaching out to their friends and family to register them to vote with Connect Texas”) and targeted canvassing (“Highly targeted door-to-door canvassing with Connect Texas”). This year we added data scientists to work with the voter registration team to build an in-house model of unregistered voters who are likely to be Democrats to help target would-be voters. We, of course, are then trying to turn them out to vote. So far, we have registered 175,156 new voters (23,156 registered by county parties and clubs and 152,000 registered by campaigns through direct mail). We anticipate another 115,000 new voters to be added by direct mail voter registration before the registration deadline. Test programs for registering voters in apartments in-person have not turned out well. We’ve been in talks with Texas Future Project (https://www.texasfutureproject.com/) which is a gathering of 40 groups in the liberal sphere (like Planned Parenthood) to draw state and national resources to register voters in Texas.

We are one of the few state parties in the country that has a full-time voter protection department. It is trying to make sure all eligible Democratic voters are able to vote. We have created the 844-TX-VOTES hotline which will be answered 8-29-22 through 11-14-2022. It is bilingual. Volunteers staff it with backup from the Texas Democratic Lawyers Association. Social media app and text support will launch in October. We are spreading awareness of it in the faith community to share with their congregations. We are working with the DNC to provide printed voter protection materials, as well. TDP will also send “hundreds of Voter Education Ambassadors going door to door and making calls.” We have hired a poll watcher team manager to recruit over a thousand poll watchers covering early voting locations & election day polling places, especially in rural areas. We are, of course, working with local Dems and election officials to head off problems and fix them as they arise. Our mail ballot support project helped 3,349 voters with problems in the primary and runoff. Our efforts to make the general election better include a redesigned VBM application, ballot board member training, and round-the-clock support.

The communications staff launched a Democrats Deliver for Texas Tour, an 11 city press tour touting Biden’s successes and how Texas Democratic candidates will continue that success after they win in November. They continue to come up with weekly talking points and daily news clips, help surrogates prepare for media appearances, and spread information to reporters across the state. The staff successfully got hundreds of earned media placements on national and state press stories. TDP continues to have a larger social media presence than any other state party (on either side of the aisle): 214k Facebook followers, 108k Twitter followers, and 19.6k TikTok followers. The communications shop shares lots of graphics and videos in English and Spanish, as well as maintaining the merchandise shop.

The Data and Analytics team created the CAR Dashboard (txdem.co/report) which contains precinct maps, election results, and summaries of voter contact by that VAN Committee as well as those by partner organizations working those precincts. Scores and targets as well as the Dashboard automatically update overnight. TDP has taken in over 50 million data points including daily new field IDs. The Secretary of State has screwed up the voter file royally. Hundreds of thousands of voters were assigned to the wrong precincts this year and their website often provides the wrong polling place. We have developed a process for error detection and correction in VAN. Our information at mytexasvotes.com is now more accurate than the info at the Secretary of State’s website. VAN has over one thousand active committees this cycle. Staffers have responded to over 900 help requests in the last two months. Over 11 million contact attempts have been recorded in VAN since the convention.

Staff then reviewed all financial reports line by line, which they have repeatedly asked members not to discuss in public.

The meeting was then moved to adjourn and did."


Susan Bradley
State Democratic Executive Committeewoman
Senate District 16
[email protected]
Cell: (214) 718-5808

Michael McPhail
State Democratic Executive Committeeman
Senate District 16
[email protected]
Cell: (972) 922-6295

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