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SDA Membership Meeting Rescheduled for November 28

posted Nov 13, 2018, 7:29 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Nov 13, 2018, 7:34 PM ]

Due to scheduling and logistical issues the Stonewall Democrats of Austin will be holding their November membership meeting on Wednesday, November 28th instead of November 14th. The meeting will be held at the Cafe Mueller restaurant located in the HEB (1801 E. 51st St, ATX 78723). The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. An agenda will be sent shortly before the meeting.

We will be conducting a block walk for Natasha Harper-Madison, our endorsed candidate in the City Council District 1 run-off, on November 17th from 1 to 5 pm. Details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1112683885566074/ 

We hope to see you on the 28th.

Early Voting for November General Elections - October 22 to November 2

posted Oct 21, 2018, 3:56 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Oct 21, 2018, 4:27 PM ]

On November 6th the country will vote in perhaps the most important mid-term election in recent memory. It is abundantly clear that the Republican Administration at both the national and state level are more concerned with enacting a partisan, ideological agenda and not what is in the best interests of the country and state, therefore the Stonewall Democrats of Austin encourages everyone to vote a straight Democratic ticket.

Early Voting runs from October 22nd to November 2nd. Early, Mobile, and Election Day voting locations can be found in the files section below.

In addition to the partisan races there are also a number of down-ballot non partisan elections, including City Council, Austin Community College (ACC) Board of Trustees, Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees, and the City of Austin Ballot Propositions. Below are the Stonewall Democrats of Austin endorsements in those elections:

City of Austin
District 8 - Bobby Levinski
District 9 - Danielle Skidmore

Austin Community College

Austin Independent School District
AISD District 1 - Edmund "Ted" Gordon
AISD District 4 - Zachary Price
AISD District 9 - Arati Singh

City of Austin Propositions
Proposition A - G - For
Proposition J - Against
Proposition K - Against

Candidate Forum & Endorsement Meeting October 9th at 6:30 pm

posted Sep 26, 2018, 6:48 AM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Oct 7, 2018, 6:31 PM ]

The Stonewall Democrats of Austin will be holding the 2018 City Council, ACC, and AISD Candidate Endorsement Forum on Tuesday, October 9th in the Smith Auditorium of the Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd). The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

In addition to the candidate elections, except for Mayor, which was done at the September 12th forum with the Liberal Austin Democrats, we will also be considering the City of Austin Propositions at this meeting.

In order to be considered for endorsement a candidate must have filled out our questionnaire - see files below (we will have copies of the candidates’ responses to our questionnaire available at the meeting). Candidates will have 3 minutes to address the membership. After we hear from all the candidates that evening the membership will discuss each race then cast ballots.

In order to be able to vote in the endorsement meetings you must have been a member in good standing of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin for at least 30 days prior to the endorsement meeting. Those whose membership has lapsed within the past 3 years will be able to vote provided they renew their membership, which can be done at the meeting or by clicking here. If you are unsure of your membership status email rich@stonewallaustin.org

The entire membership may participate in the candidate forum and the discussion of the candidate's positions but only those members eligible to vote as defined above may cast ballots. A 60% vote of eligible members present and voting shall be required for the endorsement of any candidate.

Austin Mayoral Forum Hosted by Stonewall & Liberal Austin Dems - Sept 12

posted Aug 14, 2018, 9:09 AM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Sep 9, 2018, 3:46 AM ]

Be sure to join the Liberal Austin Democrats and Stonewall Democrats at our first ever joint Austin Mayoral Forum and Endorsement Meeting on Wednesday, September 12th from 7-9PM at Scholz Garten at 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin.

Mayor Steve Adler, Laura Morrison and Travis Duncan have all committed to attend!

The candidates for Austin Mayor will be answering questions provided by each club. This will be followed by time for each of the candidates for Austin City Council, AISD and ACC to introduce themselves prior to individual club endorsement voting according to their by-laws (more details to come).

We invite all candidates for Austin City Council, Austin ISD Trustee and Austin Community College Trustee to join us for this large gathering of progressive Democrats!

In order to be eligible for consideration for endorsement, our Endorsement Rules require a candidate to submit a completed questionnaire. This questionnaire was sent to all the Mayoral candidates with Democratic voting history.
Below is a compilation of the responses we received from Steve Adler, Travis Duncan, Laura Morrison, and Alex Strenger to the Stonewall Democrats of Austin Candidate Questionnaire.

August 8 Monthly Membership Meeting - New Location

posted Aug 5, 2018, 7:06 PM by Rich Bailey

Please join the Stonewall Democrats of Austin on Wednesday, August 8th at 6:30 pm as we welcome candidate for Attorney General of Texas, Justin Nelson, to our first meeting at our new monthly meeting location - Hank's Austin, in East Austin (5811 Berkman Drive, #100, ATX 78723).

We will have an opportunity to learn more about Justin Nelson, his campaign to replace Ken Paxton with a Texas Attorney General who has integrity, and his belief that the law should protect ALL Texans!

We will also hear from David Butts from the Austin Together PAC, about the seven City of Austin Bond Propositions that will be on the November ballot.

The proposed agenda is below:

Call to Order

Introductions

Treasurer's Report 

Featured Speaker - Justin Nelson, Democratic Nominee for Texas Attorney General

City of Austin Bond Propositions - David Butts, Austin Together PAC

Old Business

New Business

Announcements

Adjourn 

We hope to see you there.

No July Membership Meeting - Next Meeting: August 8

posted Jul 5, 2018, 3:20 PM by Rich Bailey

As with most of the local Travis County Democratic clubs, the Stonewall Democrats of Austin will not have a membership meeting in July. Our next scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, August 8th at 6:30 pm at our new location, Hank's Austin (5811 Berkman Dr. Austin, TX 78723).

We hope to see you there!

June 13 Monthly Membership Meeting

posted Jun 11, 2018, 1:16 PM by Rich Bailey

Join the Stonewall Democrats of Austin at our monthly membership meeting on June 13th at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar Blvd) beginning at 6:30 pm. Our guest speaker will be Senate District 14 Committeeman Andre Treiber, who will provide an update on the State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) and the upcoming State Democratic Convention in Fort Worth.

The proposed agenda is below:

Call to Order

Introductions

Treasurer's Report

Featured Speaker - SD14 Committeeman Andre Treiber

Old Business

New Business

Announcements

Adjourn 


We hope to see you there.

May 16 Monthly Membership Meeting

posted May 7, 2018, 7:29 PM by Rich Bailey

Apologies for the late notice but due to a scheduling conflict the May Stonewall Democrats of Austin membership meeting will be held on May 16th at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar Blvd) beginning at 6:30 pm instead of the usual 2nd Wednesday.

Our guest speaker this month will be Chuck Smith, CEO of Equality Texas, who will speak about the "gay panic" defense that was recently successfully used in a trail here in Travis County.

We hope to see you on May 16th at Cafe Express.

April 11 Monthly Membership Meeting

posted Apr 7, 2018, 5:54 PM by Rich Bailey

Join the Stonewall Democrats of Austin at our monthly membership meeting on Wednesday, April 11th at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar Blvd) beginning at 6:30 pm. Our main order of business is to conduct officer elections for the positions of Vice President and Secretary.

County/Senate District Conventions on March 24

posted Mar 20, 2018, 7:56 AM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Mar 22, 2018, 7:02 PM ]

The County/Senate District Democratic Conventions will be held this Saturday, March 24th. Travis County will be at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Barton Springs. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the convention will begin at 10:00 am. For more information:

http://www.traviscountydemocrats.org/county-convention/

There will be interest group caucuses throughout the day. The Stonewall caucus will at 9:00 am in Texas Ballroom 5. Precinct caucuses are scheduled for 11:30 am.

Williamson County will be at Leander High School, 3301 S. Bagdad Rd, Leander. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the convention will begin at 10:00 am. For more information:

http://www.wilcodemocrats.org/news/2100/2018-County-Convention

Below are a number of resolutions that will be offered at Conventions across the state.

If you want to go to the State Convention in Ft. Worth (June 21-22), you must sign up as a delegate in your precinct.

http://signmeup.tdpvotes.com/


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