JOHN DEAN WARNS THAT AMERICA IS IN GREAT DANGER
John Dean was once a conservative but now views the Republican Party as creeping dangerously close to authoritarianism. His newest book, Authoritarian Nightmare, relies on social science data to examine the Trump phenomenon.
Dean appeared as a guest speaker with the Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association on Sept. 3, in a recorded webinar, available to view here.
Dean's co-author is Bob Altemeyer, a professor of psychology whose area of expertise is authoritarianism. Together they explore the personality traits of the "social dominators," "followers," and those they call the "double highs," people like Mike Pence, William Barr and Mike Pompeo, who can be subservient to the leader while consolidating their own powers.
Dean said there is no effective way to deal with the followers of the Trump phenomenon. Most cannot be persuaded to change their views. He added, "The only thing they will understand is a tsunami election" defeating Trump to demonstrate that the majority of society disagrees with them.
To win the election, he believes young people must get out to vote.
Dean was disbarred for his activities in connection with the Watergate scandal, although he did cooperate with Congress in its investigation.
Sima for Texas Campaign
brings in more endorsements
Tim Kaine, US Senator from Virginia and Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016. He served as Governor of Virginia, 2006-2010.
"I really want to see Sima in Congress," said Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia in a videoconference with Sima on Aug. 31. He was there to endorse the Texas Democrat, along with Bill White, former mayor of Houston, and Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson.
Kaine talked about the importance of having a team in Congress to protect the Affordable Care Act, which was almost overturned by the Senate in 2017. Sen. John McCain's vote saved it.
The Number 1 issue in Sima's campaign is healthcare. "I believe health care is a human right, and I will work to ensure everyone has access to high quality affordable care."
Sima Ladjevardian, Democratic candidate for Texas' 2nd Congressional District, was a senior advisor and finance chair with Beto O'Rourke's 2018 Senate campaign.
John Dean, former White House Counsel and Watergate witness, spoke to Harris County Democratic lawyers in a webinar.
SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Clarence Miller, 2022 candidate for County Commissioner, Precinct 4, was our guest speaker at the September Membership Meeting. As a retiree from the US Postal Service after a 29-year career, he talked about the history and challenges of the Postal Service, especially under the current administration
Sherrie Matula, founder and president of Sisters United Alliance, a Houston-based organization, discussed the progress her group is making in bringing women out to vote. She said they are achieving good results with their data-driven campaign to find and encourage non-voting women to claim their voting power. SUA is now extending its reach to the most populous counties in Texas.
KAD has been raising money for the Sisters United Alliance through the President's Challenge Fundraiser.
Our friend and neighbor, Jay Stittleburg, gave us an update on his campaign for State Senator in Senate District 4. His main campaign issues are health care, flood mitigation, education, and jobs and the economy. He wants to unseat Brandon Creighton (R), who has held the seat since 2014.
JULY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Texas State Senator Royce West made a stop at KAD’s July meeting, taking time from his busy campaign schedule for the primary runoff election. He was running against M.J. Hegar for the Democratic nomination to oppose US Senator John Cornyn. Hegar declined our invitation. She later won the Democratic nomination.
Royce West, state senator and runoff candidate for US Senate
Mary Graham, SURJ Houston Chapter
KAD members learned about systemic racism and how it has hurt the Black population throughout the past century: economically, in education, and through the criminal justice system. Our guest speaker in July was Mary Graham, Houston Chapter of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), a national organization that aims to educate and mobilize White people for racial justice.
Kingwood Area Democrats welcomed four judicial candidates to our July meeting. Three were in the runoff primary elections, while the fourth, Veronica Rivas-Molloy, was already on the November ballot.
Veronica Rivas-Molloy, Democratic candidate for justice in the 1st Court of Appeals.
Cheryl Elliott Thornton, candidate for judge in the Civil District Court
AUGUST MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Alex Schroller, HCDP candidate coordinator, was guest speaker at KAD's August meeting.
It was an evening full of election campaign information! Guest speaker at KAD’s August 5th meeting was Alex Schroller, candidate coordinator at HCDP (Harris County Democratic Party), who talked about the various ways that club members can spread the word about local candidates and encourage community members to vote this election season.
Texas is considered a swing state in 2020, so it’s important that people are registered to vote and make the effort to vote.
Several candidates or their representatives also made visits to the meeting:
Clarence Miller, 2022 candidate for County Commissioner, Precinct 4, talked about his business and political background and why he wants to sit on the Harris County Commissioners Court. The seat is currently occupied by Jack Cagle (R).
Jeffery McGowen, 2020 candidate for Harris County Constable, Precinct 4.
Sima for Texas Campaign was represented by Noah Schwartz, field organizer. Sima Ladjevardian is the Democratic candidate running against Dan Crenshaw (R) in Congressional District 2.
Julia Maldonado is running for re-election to Texas 507th Family District Court.
Te’iva Bell, candidate for judge in the Criminal District Court
"NO AGENDA" SOCIAL HOUR
An after-dinner, virtual social hour on June 25, turned into a stimulating conversation with Teneshia Hudspeth, Chief Deputy in the Harris County Clerk's Office. We talked about the Primary Runoff Election, plans for the November Election, and a range of other topics that affect Harris County and Texas voters. Hudspeth is Democratic candidate in the race for Harris County Clerk.
Teneshia Hudspeth, Chief Deputy,
Harris County Clerk's Office, and Democratic candidate for Harris County Clerk.