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May Happy Hour + Early Voting for Municipal Runoff Elections

Hey folks, just a reminder. We are having our first in-person Happy Hour on Tuesday May 25th at 5PM. We'll meet at PhD, out on the covered patio to chat! For those who don't know, PhD is the sports bar at the intersection of N. Clinton and W. Davis. See you there!

 

Another reminder, for those of you in City Council districts 2, 4, 7, 11, 13 or 14 early voting has started for the runoff. As you are probably aware, in Dallas County you can vote at any polling place in the county. Since only a couple of the districts include parts of Oak Cliff, this probably won't concern most of you. If you don't know which district you are registered in, check the Dallas County Elections web page.

No Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day + happy hour

So for those who are not aware (Mexi-woke), Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. That is September 16th, between my birthday and my sister's, so naturally that's when mamacita would celebrate both events. Just sayin, it's a no brainer. Anyway for those who didn't follow Mexican history (a convoluted and sordid tale), the holiday celebrates the Battle of Puebla in 1862 where the Mexican Army (such as it was) won a battle against the French, who subsequently won the war and occupied Mexico for the next 5 years. And supported the Confederacy, mostly by buying smuggled cotton produced by Texas slaves. So many layers to Mexican history...

Anyway, with all of that said, May is upon us, and it's time to get back to in-person happy hours. This month will be held on May 25th from 5-6PM at the PhD on Davis at Clinton. Lots of room on the porch, good ventilation. Unfortunately I will have to depart early as I have some volunteer training to do at 6. Please wear a mask as not everyone is vaccinated yet, just sayin.

So for those who are not aware, Municipal elections are pretty much over in Oak Cliff, so no runoffs for most of the districts. Chad West (1), Omar Narvaez (6) and Casey Thomas (3) were re-elected outright. Carolyn King Arnold (4) will be in a runoff in June against Maxie Johnson.

Oh, and just to cap it off, the Texas House passed SB 7, the voter oppression bill that will make voting significantly more difficult and perhaps dangerous for Texas Democrats. No doubt Governor Abbott will sign it. We'll have a lot to discuss, and certainly this will be fought in the courts.


 

April showers and May flowers

Municipal Election

We have a municipal election coming up on May 1st (Workers of the World Unite!). Here's some info for those who are uncertain about where to vote in this election and when. Remember that due to lower expected turnout, the number and locations of polling places is likely to change. If you can do it, vote early just in case you have some sort of issue on election day.

Early Voting Starts: Next week Monday, April 19

Early Voting Ends: Tuesday, April 27

Election Day: Saturday, May 1

For more information on the upcoming election, ballots, voting locations, and to confirm your registration see the Dallas County Elections Department web page.

Next Zoom Meeting

Our next virtual meeting (Online Pints & Politics) will be Tuesday, April 27th, the last Tuesday of the month. If you are not on our mailing list, sign up on the web site so that you can get the Zoom information. Last month we had our neighbor and County Commissioner, Elba Garcia DDS join us. I'm going to ask State Representative Jessica Gonzalez staff to join and give us an update on the current legislative session.

May Happy Hour

We are going to shoot for an in-person happy hour, May 25th from 5:00-6:00ish at PhD, 1300 W. Davis St at N. Clinton by the Kessler Theater. Nice covered porch, good ventilation, get back together face to face again.

 

Is Dallas QAnon curious?

For those who have been reading the news recently, you found out that apparently the God and Country Patriot Roundup (apparently QAnon is all about God and Country) will be held at the city owned Omni Hotel. Nothing surprising so far, no mask no worry! Open carry and open hate!

Oh, and to make it better, Gilley's is also holding events. Good times for all, walking down Botham Jean Blvd. from the Omni to Gilley's. Drinking, carrying guns and listening to the words of wisdom from Mike "Guilty as Sin" Flynn and Sidney "You're Kraken me up" Powell. Let the sedition begin!

We the people have a voice in all of this. Let our elected officials know that this is not what we want in our town. This is a clear and present danger to public safety. We don't want Dallas to be used for promoting violent organizations that are, as the FBI describes them, "domestic extremists". Since so many seditionists went to Washington from Frisco, maybe it should be held there.

Contact by email and phone the mayor Eric Johnson 214-670-3301 as well as all of the City Council members at this link: https://dallascityhall.com/government/Pages/contacts.aspx

Call the Omni Hotel at 214-744-6664

Call Gilley's Dallas at 214-421-2021

Talking points:

1. Danger to public safety from the same crew that stormed the Capitol.

2. Demand that the public be kept safe from armed, violent extremists.

3. Ask what the plan is to protect the immigrant children we are hosting in the convention center next door.

Tell your friends and neighbors. We need to shut this one down now.

#nohateindallas, #nodallasQcon

 

 

Property Insurance Clinic Saturday March 13th

"State Rep. Jessica Gonzalez is hosting a free property insurance clinic on Saturday, March 13 at the District Office--400 S Zang Blvd.
Because of the damage done by February's winter storm, Rep. Gonzalez is bringing the community together to host a free event for folks that may need help filing insurance claims. Volunteers will be present to help navigate the claim filing system, including bilingual volunteers. Please consider attending and please spread the word!
Here's the link to the Facebook event that includes a pre-registration form in Spanish and English: https://fb.me/e/3iJJFrqJd
Special thanks to Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos, the Mexican American Bar Association of Dallas and Councilman Omar Narváez for co-hosting this event with us!"

State Legislature--Winter Storm Blackout Hearings

The Texas House is planning on holding hearings on the winter storm blackouts starting on Thursday, February 25th at 9 AM. Hearing notice information and a link to the comment form are below.

Hearing notice

Comment form

Chrysta Castaneda's editorial in the Dallas Morning News is an interesting read.

 

Municipal elections--candidates for Oak Cliff districts

It's election season again, this time for local elections on May 1st 2021. The filing deadline for the Dallas City Council races was last week and here are the candidates for districts representing parts of Oak Cliff:

From the City Secretary's page:

District 1 (north part of Oak Cliff)

Chad West (incumbent)

Giovanni Valderas

Stephani Kyle

Gerardo Sanchez Corona

District 3 (south and west part of Oak Cliff)

Casey Thomas (incumbent)

Irby Foster

District 4 (east part of Oak Cliff, zoo, parts of Wynnewood)

Carolyn King Arnold (incumbent)

Maxie Johnson

Johnny Aguinaga

Matt Canto

Lelani Russell

District 6 (West Dallas, Arcadia Park, and far west parts of Oak Cliff)

Omar Narvaez (incumbent)

Monica Alonzo

Wendi Leigh Macon

Earl D. Thomas

Tony Carillo

Dallas ISD Trustee elections are for Districts 1, 3, and 9. None of those districts cover Oak Cliff.

So far no bond or other issues for the election have been announced, but anything is possible.

February 23rd virtual happy hour

Hey folks, I know it's freezing out there, so let's get together for our monthly Pints & Politics virtual happy hour! Last Tuesday of the month, February 23rd from 5:30 to 6:30. As usual, I will put the Zoom info in the email I blast out. If you aren't on the list, please use the contact link to get on it.

 

See you then!

January 26th Virtual Happy Hour

So far, none of our elected state officials is available, unfortunately. However this is a great opportunity to discuss how to lobby this year's legislative session, participate in committee testimony, etc. Also a good time to reflect on how Biden should approach managing the Pandemic, patching the holes that Trump put in the ship of state, and move a progressive agenda forward.

Now is a time to participate in and engage with elected officials at all levels of government. For example, local government is struggling with financial issues due to the pandemic, drop in sales taxes, need to fund testing/vaccination sites, etc. At the state level we have in addition, the post-census redistricting, struggles over school funding, the ever popular attempts by the right to ban abortion/birth control/LGBT.

We also have both a Dallas municipal and DISD election in May. Filing has begun and the deadline is February 12th. DISD is electing trustees for Districts 1(far north Dallas), 3(northeast Dallas), and 9(southeast Dallas). Most of us Oak Cliff folks live in DISD District 7 (Ben Mackey) who is not up for re-election until May 2022.

Next virtual Pints and Politics Happy Hour: Tuesday January 26th 5:30-6:30 PM. Zoom invite will be sent out to the email list, so make sure you are signed up!

 

 

Last Virtual Happy Hour for 2020 on December 29th

It's our last virtual happy hour for 2020, coming up on Tuesday December 29th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Zoom information will be emailed out to the list as usual. If you are not on our email list, please sign up to get the updates!

So, our topic for discussion: should Ken Paxton lose his law license, be thrown under the bus/bar/whatever for filing a seditious lawsuit? If elected officials use the courts to prevent the voters' will should they be charged with sedition?

 

Hey if you didn't catch us in person, Gene recorded part of the Zoom session for his Saturday Workers Beat program on KNON.

https://soundcloud.com/user-628006192/workers-beat-extra-oak-cliff-democrats?in=user-628006192/sets/workers-beat-extra

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