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Early Voting Underway for May 7 Elections

posted Apr 28, 2016, 2:50 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Apr 28, 2016, 2:53 PM ]

Early voting for the May 7 Elections runs from Monday, April 25th to Tuesday, May 3rd. The only item on the City of Austin ballot is Proposition 1, which deals with an ordinance addressing Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). At the April 13 monthly meeting the membership of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin voted to oppose the ordinance change. We encourage all our members and supports to vote AGAINST Prop 1.

Prop 1 is an attempt by out of town billion dollar corporations, to lessen our public safety rules in exchange for money. Our City Council voted to institute fingerprint background checks on Uber and Lyft drivers as recommended by the Austin Police Association and the Texas Department of Public Safety. These background checks are currently required by both taxi companies and pedicabs.

Now Uber and Lyft have forced this election and is attempting to go around our city council and has already spent millions in an attempt to buy their own rules. Unfortunately, taxpayers are already on the hook for this election to a tune of $800,000.

Do not forget the Texas Voter ID laws are still 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 or to report any issues at the polls, call the Travis County Democratic Party at 512-477-7500.

Early Voting locations can be found here

Mobile Voting locations can be found here

Election Day Voting locations can be found here

Monthly SDA meeting April 13th at Cafe Express

posted Apr 13, 2016, 12:23 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Apr 13, 2016, 12:24 PM ]

Please join the members of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin at our April 13th monthly meeting to be held at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar Blvd) beginning at 6:30 pm.

The proposed agenda is below:
 
  • Call to Order
  • Introductions
  • Treasurer’s Report - $5696.90
  • Officer Elections (President & Treasurer)
  • Candidate Endorsements for May 27th Run-offs
  • Prop 1 (TNC) Endorsement for May 7th Election
  • New Business
  • Old Business
  • Announcements
  • Adjourn

We hope to see you there.

Monthly SDA meeting March 9th at Cafe Express

posted Mar 7, 2016, 11:05 AM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Mar 8, 2016, 8:04 AM ]

Please join the members of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin at our March 9th monthly meeting to be held at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar Blvd) beginning at 6:30 pm.

Democratic activist extraordinaire Glen Maxey will be giving us an overview of what to expect at the March 19th Democratic County and Senate District Conventions.

Texas Democratic Party rules will specify a certain number of LGBTQ delegates must be allocated and attending the County/Senate Conventions is the first step in that process. If you are interested in being a State and/or National Delegate you must attend the County/Senate Conventions. Signup is easy. https://register.txdemocrats.org/countyconvention/signup

We hope to see you there.

SDA Endorses Candidates for March 1 Democratic Primary

posted Jan 30, 2016, 3:18 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Jan 30, 2016, 3:51 PM ]

On Thursday, January 28th the membership of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin heard from more than 35 candidates for the March 1 Democratic Primary elections. In order to be eligible to be considered for the club endorsement candidates were required to respond to a questionnaire addressing a number of LGBT issues (see 2016 Elections for those responses). Endorsements were made based on who the membership felt would best represent the interests of the LGBT community. In order to receive an endorsement a candidate needed to obtain at least 60% of the votes of those present and voting. In several races no candidate was able to achieve the 60% threshold and in some of those races motions were made to issue dual endorsements as both candidates were deemed to be equally strong advocates for the LGBT community.

After 3 1/2 hours of candidate speeches and questions from the membership, the Stonewall Democrats of Austin made the following endorsements:

U.S. Representative, CD10            Scot Gallaher
U.S. Representative, CD17            Bill Matta
U.S. Representative, CD35            Lloyd Doggett
Railroad Commissioner                  Lon Burnam
State Board of Education 5            Rebecca Bell-Metereau
State Board of Education 10          Judy Jennings
State Representative, HD49          Huey Rey Fischer
State Representative, HD50          Celia Israel
167th District Court                        David Wahlberg
345th District Court                        Jan Soifer
427th District Court                        Jim Coronado & Tamara Needles (dual endorsement)
450th District Court                        Brad Urrutia
District Attorney                              Gary Cobb
Sheriff                                             Sally Hernandez & John Sisson (dual endorsement)
County Tax Assessor-Collector      Bruce Elfant
Commissioner, Precinct 1              James Nortey
Constable, Precinct 1                    Rick Schumacher
Constable, Precinct 3                    Anthony "AJ" Johnson & Stacy Suits (dual endorsement)
Constable, Precinct 4                    Manuel Jimenez & George Morales (dual endorsement)
Constable, Precinct 5                    Carlos Lopez


Early voting runs from February 16 to February 26. Below are lists for early, mobile, and Election Day voting locations. 

SDA Candidate Endorsement Forum January 28

posted Jan 7, 2016, 1:44 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Jan 27, 2016, 9:27 AM ]

The Stonewall Democrats of Austin will be holding a Candidate Endorsement Forum on Thursday, January 28th in the Smith Auditorium of the Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd). Doors will open at 5:30 pm and the meeting will begin at 6:00 pm.

In order to be considered for endorsement a candidate must have filled out our questionnaire (we will have copies of the candidates’ responses to our questionnaire available at the meeting). 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 within the past 2 years will be able to vote provided they renew their membership, which can be done at the meeting or by clicking here.

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.

Candidate responses to our questionnaires can be found here.

TCDP / Democratic Clubs Holiday Party Dec. 8th

posted Nov 30, 2015, 3:17 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Nov 30, 2015, 3:21 PM ]

The Stonewall Democrats of Austin invite you to join us at our holiday party, co-hosted with the Travis County Democratic Party, Austin Young Democrats, Capital Area Progressive Democrats, Central Austin Democrats, Liberal Austin Democrats, and South Austin Democrats.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 8th from 5:30PM-8PM
Where: The North Door, 502 Brushy St., Austin, TX 78702

See more here

There will be no Stonewall Democrats of Austin December monthly membership meeting; instead please come to the holiday party.
 
In lieu of donations, please bring canned goods for the Capital Area Food Bank.

Hope to see you there and Happy Holidays!

Monthly SDA meeting November 11th at Cafe Express

posted Nov 9, 2015, 8:31 AM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Nov 9, 2015, 8:33 AM ]

We hope you will join the Stonewall Democrats of Austin at our monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 11th at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar Blvd). The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. Our main speaker will be JD Gins, Executive Director of the Travis County Democratic Party.


We hope to see you there.

Early Voting begins for Nov. 3 Constitutional and Bond Elections

posted Oct 19, 2015, 12:40 PM by Rich Bailey

Early voting for the November 3 Constitutional and Bond Elections runs from Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 30.

The membership of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin did not make any endorsements in the 7 Constitutional Amendments but did endorse in the Travis County Bond Election and encourage our members and supporters to vote "FOR" the new Civil and Family Courts Facilities.

Progress Texas take on the Constitutional Amendments can be found here

Do not forget the Texas Voter ID laws are still 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 or to report any issues at the polls, call the Travis County Democratic Party at 512-477-7500.

Early Voting locations can be found here

Mobile Voting locations can be found here

Election Day Voting locations can be found here

No October meeting

posted Oct 13, 2015, 10:09 AM by Rich Bailey

We will not be having a membership meeting in October. Instead we are encouraging our members to attend the October 14th Re-Election Fundraiser being hosted by Rep. Celia Israel. Click this link for more details.

Monthly SDA meeting September 9th at Cafe Express

posted Sep 8, 2015, 10:44 AM by Rich Bailey

The Stonewall Democrats of Austin will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 9th at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar Blvd). The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.The proposed agenda is below.

1.         Discussion of Executive Committee meeting at Lake LBJ.

2.         Discussion and possible vote on Climate Change Resolution sponsored by the Texas Drought Project.

            Statement - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BymItdi3JMBAeUZseTl1UHYwTUU/view

            Resolution - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BymItdi3JMBAZXJJalBMQnNjV1E/view

3.         Courtesy visit by attorney Olivia Ruiz (part-time Municipal Court Judge seeking full-time appointment to this position by the Austin City Council).

4.         Visit and briefing by Tyler Buckingham representing New Courts for Families, the bond campaign to build a new Civil and Family Courthouse for Travis County.  More here: www.newcourtsforfamilies.com

5.         Report on the Glen Maxey Roast/Chris Riley Fundraiser.

6.         Report on Pride Parade & Festival.

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