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City Council Candidate Endorsement Forums

posted Aug 25, 2014, 7:44 AM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Aug 25, 2014, 3:06 PM ]

This November marks the first time the Austin City Council will be elected by district instead of citywide. The new 10-1 Council will consist of 10 members elected by district and the Mayor elected at-large.

The Stonewall Democrats of Austin will be holding two Candidate Forums and Endorsement meetings to allow our members to hear from those candidates who filled out our candidate questionnaire.

The forums will be held in the Smith Auditorium of the Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd) on Wednesday, August 27th and Thursday, September 4th. Doors will open at 5:30 pm and the meetings will begin at 6:00 pm. Below is the schedule for both meetings.

August 27th (18 candidates)
6:00 pm - Meeting begins
6:10 - 6:15 pm - District 6
6:15 - 6:30 pm - District 8
6:35 - 6:50 pm - District 10
6:55 - 7:10 pm - District 5
7:15 - 7:35 pm - District 4
7:40 - 7:55 pm - District 1
8:00 - 8:30 pm - Discussion and voting

September 4th (18 candidates)
6:00 pm - Meeting begins
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Mayor
6:30 - 6:35 pm - District 2
6:40 - 6:50 pm - District 9
6:55 - 7:25 pm - District 3
7:30 - 7:50 pm - District 7
7:55 - 8:30 pm - Discussion and voting

To view the candidate responses click here.

Candidates will give 1-2 minute opening remarks, followed by 2-3 minutes Q&A with our members, then 1 minute for closing remarks for a total of 5 minutes per candidate. 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 will be able to vote provided they renew their membership, which can be done at the meeting or by clicking the "Join SDA" link on the left.

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. Should no candidate receive 60% of the votes cast in a particular race, a motion may be made to approve a dual endorsement in that race. Such motion shall name the candidates proposed for multiple endorsement and such motion shall require a 60% vote of eligible to be successful.

To find out which district you live in click here.

Happy Hour & Business Meeting August 13th at The Brass House

posted Aug 6, 2014, 2:58 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 3:00 PM ]

Happy Hour with John Cook
6:30 pm, Wednesday, August 13th
The Brass House, 115 San Jacinto Blvd
(with convenient parking across the street at the Convention Center garage)
 
Next Wednesday, we are delighted to host John Cook, former "Singing Mayor" of El Paso and Democratic Candidate for Texas Land Commissioner.  Meet John and learn about his distinguished career as Mayor of El Paso and his plans as Land Commissioner.

Short business meeting to follow.  We will consider a change in our endorsement procedures.  Download the proposed change here.
Current endorsement procedures are available at:
http://www.stonewallaustin.org/elections/endorsement-procedures

Happy Hour & Business Meeting July 9 at The Brass House

posted Jul 7, 2014, 1:44 PM by Rich Bailey

As expected due to the recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling the Religious Right has mounted a new assault on LGBTQ progress.  That is why the Stonewall Democrats of Austin are inviting you to attend our July Happy Hour and Business meeting at The Brass House (115 San Jacinto Blvd) beginning at 6:30 pm.

We are fighting back. Come hear the latest at our next Happy Hour and business meeting, this Wednesday July 9th. Details and RSVP here.

This meeting will cover:

LGBTQ Community Roundtable results
TDP Platform first-ever LGBTQ section
10-1 Candidate Questionnaire and Interview/Endorsement Dates
 
In the meantime:

Do you know your 10-1 Council District? (Precincts can be split between Districts).  Verify it here.
Want to Impress your friends with an up-to-date City Council Candidate list and related information? It's here.

Keep Austin Queered Roundtable on May 31st

posted May 14, 2014, 2:48 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated May 25, 2014, 2:30 PM ]

The way we elect our Austin City Council is changing so the Stonewall Democrats of Austin (SDA) is hosting an LGBTQ Community Roundtable. The Roundtable will bring together subject-matter experts from the City of Austin and from LGBTQ advocate and allied organizations. The purpose of The Roundtable is to identify the most pressing LGBTQ issues facing our community so that we can shape our City Council Candidate questionnaire and make informed decisions about who to support in the upcoming City Council elections.

“Keep Austin Queered” Roundtable
Saturday May 31, 2014
1:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Willie Mae Kirk Branch Library
3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Austin, Texas 78702
Professionally facilitated by: Betsy Aylin, PhD

Precinct & County Conventions on March 22

posted Mar 6, 2014, 9:14 AM by Rich Bailey

This year, Democratic Precinct Conventions were not held after the polls closed on March 4th. Instead, the Democratic Precinct Conventions will be held during the first part of the Democratic County Convention on Saturday, March 22, at the Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., in Austin.

The County Convention is a great time to meet your Democratic neighbors, hear from our terrific Democratic nominees, sign up to get involved in the Coordinated Campaign to ensure our victory in November, discuss important party business, develop our party's positions on various issues, and elect delegates to go on to the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas on June 27-28. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the convention will be called to order at 10 a.m. on March 22. You may preregister now here.

We are still recruiting County Convention committee members from all four Senate Districts that cover parts of Travis County, and we particularly need more women as well as more people from Senate Districts 21 and 24.  If you would like to serve, please contact our office at 512-477-7500, and indicate on which of the following committees you are willing to serve: Nominations, Credentials, Rules and Procedures, or Resolutions.

Monthly Happy Hour on March 12 beginning at 6:30 pm.

posted Mar 3, 2014, 11:28 AM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Mar 3, 2014, 11:30 AM ]

Join the Stonewall Democrats of Austin on Wednesday, March 12 at our monthly Happy Hour at The Third Base Sports Bar - 9600 S. IH-35 in the South Park Meadows shopping center. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and we will hear from Nicole Dimetman and Cleo DeLeon, plaintiffs in the successful court case striking down Texas' anti-gay marriage law. Come hear them talk about their experience and celebrate their victory!

Early Voting for March 4 Democratic Primaries

posted Feb 17, 2014, 11:03 AM by Rich Bailey

Early voting for the March 4th Democratic Primaries begins Tuesday, February 18th and ends on Friday, February 28th. The Stonewall Democrats of Austin endorsed the following candidates:

U.S. Senate - Maxey Scherr
US Congress (CD-25) - Marco Montoya
US Congress (CD-31) - Louie Minor
US Congress (CD-35) - Lloyd Doggett
Governor - Wendy Davis
Agriculture Commissioner - Hugh Asa Fitzsimons
Comptroller - Mike Collier
Land Commissioner - John Cook
Texas House District 50 - Celia Israel
Texas House District 51 - Eddie Rodriguez

Travis County District Clerk - Velva Price
Travis County Treasurer - Ramey Ko
Travis County Judge - Andy Brown
Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 2 - Garry Brown

Chief Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals - Diane Henson
Judge, 250th District Court - Karin Crump
Judge, 403rd District Court - Brenda Kennedy
Judge, County Court at Law #1 - Todd Wong
Judge, County Court at Law #2 - Eric Shepperd
Judge, County Court at Law #3 - John Lipscombe
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 - Randall Slagle
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 - Susan Steeg
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5 - Herb Evans

To find out where to vote click on this link: Polling Locations or download the locations in the files section (below).

Do not forget the new Texas Voter ID laws are now in effect. Some voters may face extra scrutiny at their polling location. Make sure to bring one of the following forms of Identification with you to cast your vote:  TX Driver’s License, TX Personal ID Card, TX concealed handgun license, US military ID card, US citizenship with  your photo, US passport book or card, or Election ID Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS.

Your name on your ID must match your name on the voter ID list or be "substantially similar". If you are not permitted to vote, to learn more about the Voter ID laws, or to report any issues at the polls, please visit Empower the Vote Texas, by clicking here or call the Travis County Democratic Party at 512-477-7500.

February Happy Hour at Sheraton Hotel Lobby Bar (updated)

posted Feb 4, 2014, 1:29 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Feb 11, 2014, 8:51 AM ]

Due to the sudden closure of The Third Base Sports Bar, the SDA February Happy Hour has moved to the Sheraton Hotel Lobby Bar.

Socialize with LGBT Austinites and learn all the current political gossip!

What: SDA Political Happy Hour
When: Wednesday, February 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Sheraton Hotel Lobby Bar - 701 E. 11th St

Network and learn how to get involved with Stonewall Democrats of Austin and/or local campaigns for 2014 to support LGBT issues and candidates who support us.

November monthly meeting - Nov 6 at Brava House

posted Oct 30, 2013, 12:48 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Oct 30, 2013, 1:28 PM ]

Please join the Stonewall Democrats of Austin at our November 6th monthly meeting. We are still in the process of trying new locations and a slightly earlier start time in order to appeal to more members and potential members.

This month's meeting will be at the Brava House beginning at 6:00 pm. The agenda is below.

What: SDA Monthly Meeting
Where: The Brava House, 1108 Blanco St
When: 6:00 PM

Agenda

Announce and Welcome New Members, Introductions
New FB group members
❏ New Yahoo members
❏ New Dues and Renewals

Last Meeting Follow-Up
Approval of Proposed Minutes of July 3rd meeting
❏ Report on SDA booth and Voter Registration at PRIDE
❏ Report on House District 50 Endorsement Meeting of August 28th and Nov 5 Election Results

New Business
Consider By-Laws Change That Would Raise Vote Threshold Required for Candidate Endorsement
❏ Decision on Endorsement in House District 50 for Regular Primary
❏ Treasurer Report and Decision on Possible Contribution in District 50 Runoff (if Runoff Required)
❏ Plan for volunteer recruitment and SDA member/voter id for Runoff/Primary

Early Voting runs Oct 21 - Nov 1 for Nov 5 Election

posted Oct 22, 2013, 1:48 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Oct 22, 2013, 1:56 PM ]

Early voting has begun and runs through November 1st. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th. Citizens will be voting on 9 Constitutional Amendments, 1 City of Austin Bond item, and if you live in Texas House District 50 you have the opportunity to elect our endorsed candidate, Celia Israel to replace Mark Strama.

Stonewall Democrats of Austin have also endorsed the City of Austin Affordable Housing Bonds proposition. Go to http://keepatxaffordable.org/ for more information on this effort. The organization also recommends a vote "FOR" the Texas Constitutional Amendments #1, #2, #4, #6, #7, #8 and #9. We recommend a "NO" vote on Amendments #3 and #5.

To find out where to vote click on this link: Polling Locations or download the locations in the files section (below).

Do not forget the new Texas Voter ID laws are now in effect. Some voters may face extra scrutiny at their polling location. Make sure to bring one of the following forms of Identification with you to cast your vote:  TX Driver’s License, TX Personal ID Card, TX concealed handgun license, US military ID card, US citizenship with  your photo, US passport book or card, or Election ID Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS.

Your name on your ID must match your name on the voter ID list or be "substantially similar". If you are not permitted to vote, to learn more about the Voter ID laws, or to report any issues at the polls, please visit Empower the Vote Texas, by clicking here or call the Travis County Democratic Party at 512-477-7500.

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