U.S. Democratic Party Politics

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    October 13, 2014

    George Clayton's Hilariously Terrible Campaign for the Texas House

    You heard it here first: Former Dallas City Council member Linda Koop next month will waltz to victory in her Texas House race. We know this not because Koop is running as a Republican in a North Dallas district that, aside from an anomalous Democratic victory in the pre-Tea Party days of 2008, has ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    As Dallas Courts the Republican Convention, the City's Secret Weapon May Be Texas Demographics

    The Republican National Convention committee on Tuesday kicked off a week of host city-searching with a trip to Cleveland, the first of four stops. After Cleveland, committee members will make stops in Kansas City and Denver before rounding out the trip in Dallas late next week. Dallas city offici ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    Watkins and Price: Democrats or Blackocrats?

    Not that the office of district attorney isn't political anyway. In the old days when the Republican old guard dangled the local district attorney on puppet strings, the office functioned as a kind of collection agency for the well connected. Walk away from a deal with one of those guys, and the dis ... More >>

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    June 4, 2013

    A Dallas Tea Party Leader Says the Republican Party Doesn't Want Black People to Vote

    First, a bit of background. For the past several months, Battleground Texas has been laying the groundwork for a Democratic takeover of Texas. It will be a long process, requiring the development of the on-the-ground political infrastructure needed to reliably turn out Democrats to vote, Latino ones ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    By Holding Craig Watkins in Contempt, Judge Lena Levario Shows She's a Good Democrat. Some Dallas Democrats May Disagree.

    So who is this Democrat judge, Lena Levario, who not only stands up to Democratic Party golden boy Craig Watkins, our embattled district attorney, but holds him in contempt of court? Does she not understand the most basic tenet of Dallas County Democratic Party philosophy -- that Dr. King died so th ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    There's a New National Effort to Turn Texas Blue

    It's clear and has been for a while that, barring a wholesale shift in the worldview of both Republicans and Latino voters, demographic shifts will turn Texas into a Democratic state. Eventually. That's what San Antonio's political wonderkinder Joaquin and Julian Castro were talking about on Sunday ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Ron Kirk Could Come Home and Teach Texas Dems how to Win, but Don't Bet On It

    What will Ron Kirk do when he returns to Dallas after leaving the Obama cabinet next month? If I had to bet, I'd say he won't return to Dallas, which will be a shame. If he did come home, maybe he could do something about these local Democrats. Former Dallas mayor Kirk is getting high marks from bo ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Meet Naomi Aberly, the Dallas Woman Who's Raised $1 Million For Obama

    Uber-Republican billionaire Harold Simmons is Dallas' biggest player in the presidential money game, having pledged to pump $36 million into the election by November. But Dallas has a well-heeled partisan on the other side of the aisle in Naomi Aberly, and she's doing her part to make this the most ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    Texas Democrats Make Fun of Republicans with Weird Animated Video, Santorum Jokes

    Someone has shown the Texas Democratic Party the video creator apps on YouTube, and the results are Lego George W. Bush, a joke about santorum (the frothy kind), a version of Rick Perry that looks like a rotund funeral home director and some jabs at sweater vests. Politicians, please start making ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    U.S. Supreme Court Rules Dallas County's Appeal in Fight Over Voting Machines is "Moot"

    ​This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a very confusing ruling in the case involving Dallas County's voting machines -- a case, you'll recall, that stemmed from Linda Harper-Brown's 19-vote victory over Democrat Bob Romano in 1998. Long story short: The Texas Democratic Party (represent ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008
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    November 1, 2008

    Dems See Bigger Blowout Than ’06 Based on Early Voting Numbers

    Brian Harkin Thanks to Obama, local Democrats aren’t expecting to relinquish any power on Tuesday.With early voting wrapping up yesterday, we contacted Kirk McPike, Sheriff Lupe Valdez’s campaign manager and number-cruncher for local Democrats, for the latest on what the party is forecasting. H ... More >>

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    October 24, 2008
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    August 27, 2008

    Did Local Rockers Greater Good Play The Democratic Convention? Like Just Now?

    Is Greater Good performing for...the greater good? (Matt Cooper) According to the band’s Myspace site, local retro rockers Greater Good (whose new CD, Shake Till I Let You Go, was reviewed in this past week's paper) supposedly played an event today that's associated with the Democratic Convention ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    What Texas Delegation?

    Two notes this a.m. concerning the Texas delegation's afterthought treatment at the Democratic National Convention. First, from KERA-FM (90.1) via Capital News Connection, this report in which Dallas City Plan Commissioner and Cesar Chavez Tollway fan Neil Emmons explains why the Texans are stuck 45 ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008

    Obama's Counsel Wants DOJ to See if Harold Simmons Broke Election Law

    On the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Barack Obama's campaign is busying itself with the handiwork of Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons, who, as we noted yesterday, financed an ad linking the Democratic presidential candidate with former Weather Underground-er William Aye ... More >>

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    August 11, 2008

    Harris County GOP Boss Says Fred Baron's Money is "Tainted"

    Mark Graham Fred Baron Moments ago, the Houston Chronicle reported that John Edwards has decided to, like, pass on delivering his speech to the Harris County Democratic Party during its September 20 fund-raising gala. Cannot imagine why. Also noted in the story: Harris County Republican Chairman Ja ... More >>

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    March 26, 2008
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    March 26, 2008
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    February 25, 2008
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    February 10, 2008

    Dallas County Trio Goes Obama

    Gary Fitzsimmons and two Dallas County colleagues have come out for Obama. In case you were waiting to choose a presidential candidate till you found out who Dallas County District Clerk Gary Fitzsimmons, Dallas County Treasurer Joe Wells and Dallas County Clerk John Warren were voting for, well, th ... More >>

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    December 19, 2007

    Kirk Beams to Austin for Obama

    Barack Obama officially added his name to the roster of Democratic presidential candidates taking part in the March 4 Texas primary, which may or may not mean something that late in the ball game. Well, he didn't do it. Obama had former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk filing his paperwork today, as Kirk and o ... More >>

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    November 16, 2007
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    October 12, 2007

    Get to Know Cappy McGarr!

    Dallas' powerful Democratic fund-raiser Cappy McGarr, at left, with a couple of other dudes Amazing the things you learn on the Interwebs. Like, before I read this Fortune story this morning, I don't know if I'd ever heard the name Cappy McGarr -- sounds like an Irish pirate, y'ask me. But, nope, tu ... More >>

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    July 18, 2007

    Job Seeker

    Pete Schulte is running against Lupe Valdez -- a fellow Democrat. Whuh-oh. Well, we just got off the phone with Pete Schulte, who plans to run against Sheriff Lupe Valdez in the Democratic primary next March. Only 29, Schulte works as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office and is a former ... More >>

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    June 6, 2007

    They Might Be Illegal or a Bald Eagle, But Not a Kegle Nor Spread Eagle

    Well, the immigration bill the Senate’s been haggling over for what seems like 10 painful years has narrowly avoided a potential pitfall -- or a redeeming change, depending how you view the amendment proposed by Senator John Cornyn. The former Texas Attorney General's bid to bar felons -- includin ... More >>

  • News

    March 15, 2007

    Go West

    With Dallas Democrats' return from the dead, state Senator Royce West is poised for bigger things, like maybe paychecks

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    November 16, 2006

    Accidental Victors

    Wait...we voted for who?

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    November 13, 2006

    Houston: A Donkey Move

    Guess if you live in Houston, there's always hope you'll be like Dallas; what else ya got, right? At least, that's what some Democrats are figuring: They're looking to their neighbor in the north--at least, the Houston Chronicle is--and figuring that last week's lean to the left might some day tilt ... More >>

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    November 8, 2006

    Watkins: Not Entirely Shook Up?

    Toby Shook isn't gonna be Dallas County District Attorney, but that doesn't mean Craig Watkins is ready to get rid of his former opponent. Dallas County District Attorney-elect Craig Watkins didn't exactly ease concerns that he wasn't quite up for the job during the Dallas County Democratic Party v ... More >>

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    November 8, 2006

    Night of the Living Dead

    Mark Graham Craig Watkins is the new Dallas County District Attorney. You think you're shocked, imagine how Toby Shook feels. People are walking around like zombies at Dallas County courthouses today as incumbent judges who looked invincible last week began contemplating the prospect of looking ... More >>

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    November 7, 2006

    Getting Polled

    Till, oh, two weeks ago folks living in Precinct 1117 had no idea they were supposed to vote at F.P. Caillet Elementary--where I went to school! Wee. Really, God bless the Democratic Party. Even when they do their best, it ends up shooting 'em right in the ass, then they spend forever pulling lead ... More >>

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    October 27, 2006

    That Wiley Commish

    Dallas County Judge Margaret Keliher's got a good friend in John Wiley Price. Power to the people and all that. Margaret Keliher and John Wiley Price have made quite the political odd couple over the last four years. She's a demure Republican county judge from Highland Park; he's a brash, confrontat ... More >>

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    August 31, 2006

    Party Poop

    With Dems likes these, who needs the GOP?

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    March 8, 2006

    Throw The Shook at 'Em

    Last month, the League of United Latin American Citizens invited several folks running for political office to breakfast at El Ranchito in Oak Cliff, where a crowd of eager politicos seemed surprisingly awake for a Saturday morning. The featured performers of the event were the Democratic and Republ ... More >>

  • News

    March 2, 2006

    Bad Judgment

    That's the problem with the Democratic Party--anyone can join

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    September 2, 2004

    Groundswell, Sort Of

    Richardson stylist mixes politics and hair

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    September 4, 2003

    Deanie Babies

    It's Howard's party; buy if you want to

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    July 31, 2003

    Oklahoma Snubbed

    Dems bolt for Albuquerque

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    May 16, 2002

    Inhale With Hale

    Itinerant pro-pot candidate Steven Hale is down again, but not out

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    January 31, 2002

    The Christmas Coronation

    These candidates don't need your vote; they have each other

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    December 13, 2001

    War and Peace

    John WorldPeace thinks he can take the governor's office, one poison phone call at a time

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    August 30, 2001

    The Lazarus Effect

    Moribund Dallas County Democrats set their sights on judgeships

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    February 22, 2001


    Paging Mr. Gerry Mander:

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    September 7, 2000

    Swing Vote

    Think all politics is local? In the 5th District, think again.

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    March 2, 2000

    Impossible dreamer

    Fearless reformer or legal terrorist? Bobby Wightman-Cervantes makes a run for the Senate. The Texas Bar says he should have his head examined.

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    January 6, 2000

    PAC men

    Down but not out, local Democrats
    show feeble signs of life

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    December 31, 1998

    The man who would be judge

    U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins is no longer seeking a federal bench, but his days of public service are far from over

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    August 27, 1998

    Wizard of os

    Candidate R.D. Rucker explains the joy of sex and the problems of an elected judiciary

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    June 22, 1995

    Breathing life into the party

    State Democrats rebuild from the grassroots up

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