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Kingwood Area Democrats

KAD MEMBERSHIP MEETING
June 2 @ 7 p.m.
Social Hour 6:00-7 p.m.

Please join us for our Membership Meeting!

Social hour begins at 6 p.m., candidates will be introduced at 6:30 p.m., and our business meeting will begin at 7 p.m. After the meeting, stay and talk current events, politics, or whatever during KAD After Dark!

We are using Zoom until further notice.

BE A KAD MEMBER IN 2021

It's easier than ever to join KAD or renew your membership. Just follow this link to ActBlue.

For more membership information, please see our "About" page.

BOOK CLUB
June 9 @ 7 p.m.

Just in time for our June meeting, we will read On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed, a native of Texas, award-winning author, and currently professor of History and Law at Harvard University. The book encompasses the history of slavery in Texas through the Civil War, and its aftermath into Reconstruction and Jim Crow, including her own family's stories.

New members are welcome. For more information or to sign up, please email us here.  We are using the Webex app for meetings until further notice.

KAD ALERT  
MAY NEWSLETTER

by Jane Leckey, KAD VP

HARRIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEWS

New Voting Machines for Harris County

Harris County is introducing new voting machines for the May 1 Election and Early Voting, April 19 - 27. The County has, so far, purchased 12,000 of the new model, which has a touch screen for making selections but also produces a paper ballot for additional verification.

How to use the new voting machines. 

Watch this Facebook video.

Editorial:

Stop the steal of Texans' election rights

The “election integrity” legislation that Republicans are pushing this session is voter suppression plain and simple. The only thing that makes their efforts somewhat peculiar is that the bills have been deemed “emergency” legislation by top officials in a state that already has the most restrictive voting laws in the country — a state that wrote the book other states are now following on how to block access to the ballot box.

Will Mike Run For Office?

Mike Collier is keeping us in suspense a little longer. He's considering a run for office again in 2022 but has not declared his final intention. 

In 2018, Mike ran an aggressive  campaign against Dan Patrick for Texas lieutenant governor, but Texas wasn't quite ready to turn blue. Will 2022 be the year?

Mike was our guest speaker at the March 3 KAD Membership Meeting, where he shared his outrage over the latest follies of the Abbott government: the rescinding of the COVID mask mandate and the lack of leadership in the chaos of power outages during the February winter storm. 

As a longtime Kingwood resident and KAD member, Mike is a familiar face. We know he's a smart and impressive candidate. In 2018, he received endorsements from around the state, including many like the following:

“Unlike incumbent Dan Patrick, Collier, 57, is a facts-and-figures guy who deep-dives into complex policy in ways that command the respect of intelligent voters, regardless of party inclination.”

Mike earned an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and he's had a career that includes being an auditor and, later, partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, one of the world's largest accounting firms. In addition, he helped establish a successful oil company and served as its chief financial officer. 

To keep up with Mike, his public statements, and, possibly, his announcement to run for political office, be sure to watch his Facebook page and his Twitter account.

Joe Jaworski, Candidate for Texas AG

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February Members' Meeting

Visit the Jaworski For Texas website

to read more about Joe's campaign. 

Joe Jaworski has a plan: first, unseat TX Attorney General Ken Paxton; second, introduce a more progressive legal agenda for Texas. He was our guest at the February KAD Members' Meeting.

Jaworski outlined a plan that includes an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to bring tax dollars home to Texans, legalization of recreational cannabis to allow a greater focus on jailing violent criminals, and greater support of local government officials to innovate. He cites the current State administration's attempts to suppress voter turnout last fall while local officials were working to give voters an option to vote by mail during a pandemic. 

As the first Democrat to declare his 2022 candidacy for Texas AG, he may yet be challenged in a primary. In the meantime, Jaworski is doing his best to confront Ken Paxton on the current AG's political record and personal legal battles.

KAD Members On Air and Online

Steve Davis, professor of History at Lone Star College-Kingwood and KAD member, says "a virus of racism" is partly to blame for the discontent that led to the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. He appeared as a guest on the radio program and podcast, Politics Done Right with host Egberto Willies, a former KAD president (2011-2015).

Steve went on to talk about many topics, including the appeal of Trump, his own upbringing here in Texas, and his political views as a "New" Social Democrat.

Politics Done Right website 

New Social Democrats website

The Capitol Takeover That Wasn’t

In 1861, a pro-Southern mob wanted to block the tallying of electoral votes for Lincoln. So did some congressmen.

From the New York Times, Opinion Section, January 8, 2021

By Ted Widmer

Dr. Widmer, who worked as a speechwriter in the Clinton White House, has long been a student of the Civil War period.

In the confusion that followed [ January 6th's ] desecration of the Capitol, it was widely reported that the last time the building was stormed was in 1814. That overlooked a desperate day in 1861, nearly as lethal to democracy. On Feb. 13, a mob gathered outside the Capitol and tried to force its way in to disrupt the counting of the electoral certificates that would confirm Abraham Lincoln’s election three months earlier.

Continued in the New York Times.

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A view of Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861, when a replacement dome for the Capitol was under construction.

Big Tent Event a Success

Saturday morning, Sept. 19, was a cool, sunny day, perfect for KAD's Big Tent Event. Democrats from across Kingwood and the surrounding area came to pick up candidate signs and other political swag. Adding to the morning's fun was having several candidates join us to answer questions and chat with voters.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez (right), running for re-election as Harris County Sheriff, with KAD member Ken Aucoin

Jay Stittleburg (right), candidate for State Senator, District 4, with Tony Morales of KAD.

Kathy Cheng, candidate for Justice, Texas Supreme Court, Place 6

Area Democrats were happy to take away lawn signs and other campaign materials. KAD board members Ellie Porras, Robin Pearce, and Jack Alexander helped each person find the items to match their needs. 

Judge Julia Maldonado (right), standing for re-election to District Court, with KAD board member Elizabeth Stern. 

Judge Veronica Rivas-Molloy (center) candidate for Justice, First Court of Appeals, with KAD members Kevin and Katrin McManis.

Left to right: Eartha Johnson, mother of Te'iva Bell, candidate for judge, Criminal District Court; Paula Miller; Clarence Miller, 2022 candidate for County Commissioner, Precinct 4; and Jeff McGowen, candidate for Harris County Constable, Precinct 4.