Summer Meeting

West Austin / Central Austin Democrats Summer Party

at the home of

Hon. Brandy and Aaron Mueller

Saturday    July 29    4-7PM

Pot Luck - Ham & Brisket Provided, Tea & Drinks Provided

Bring New Members  -  Get Current on Dues


 

June Meeting

West Austin Democrats -- June Meeting

Wednesday June 7, 6:45pm Howson Branch

Legislative Staff Discuss the Session

We’ve Invited our Panel of Staffers to Discuss the Results of the Session 

 

 

Bruce Elfant's 25th Ice Cream Social

Sunday  May 21   Starts 1-pm

This is the last Ice Cream Social!

Sunday May 21st

at the Moose Lodge    2103 E M. Franklin Ave, Austin, TX 78723

Then there's a follow-up social at Scholtz's  

with the    Austin Lounge Lizards 

Details and tickets at this link

https://www.facebook.com/events/1351180151592565/

 

May Meeting

West Austin Democrats -- May Meeting

Wednesday May 3, 6:45pm Howson Branch

Election of Officers for 2017-2018

The following Officers were elected

President:  Nancy Nicolas

Vice President:  Sue Berkel

Secretary:  Joe Reynolds

Treasurer:  Ruben Valdez

Candidates for 21st Congressional District

Presentation by OneVoice

A coalition of nonprofit health and human service organizations

Potential Social Impact of State and Federal Policies

Social following meeting at Beer Plant, 3110 Windsor Rd, just across Exposition

April Meeting

West Austin Democrats

Thursday April 13

[Different Day]

6:45pm Howson Branch Library

Legislative Staffers and Capitol Watchers

Give Us Update on Session

The meeting date has been changed from the normal 'First Wednesday' because construction at another branch moved those events to the meeting room.  In May we return to normal scheduling.

March Meeting

 

West Austin Democrats

March Meeting – Different Date

6:45pm Thursday March 9th Howson Branch Library

How to Meet and Influence Your Texas Legislator

Sara Speights
Joe Reynolds

Discussion and Vote on Appointment Candidates for JP5 

February Meeting

6:45pm    Wednesday     February 1st

Howson Branch Library

1. Criminal Justice: Travis County's New Leadership
with Sheriff
Sally Hernandez and District Attorney Margaret Moore

2. The Making of the March: Reflections from Women's March in Austin Co-Organizer Sylvia Holmes

3. Discussion of Indivisible: A Practical Guide to Resisting the Trump Agenda; and follow-up steps and action planning
 

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January Meeting

Council Member Leslie Pool

City Issues

Search for City Manager, APD Chief, and Police Monitor

Other Topics with Question - Answer

Howson Branch Library

6:45pm  Wednesday January 4th

December - Holiday Party

Holiday Party

West Austin Democrats & Central Austin Democrats

December 8th 5:30 to 7:30

The Home of Liz and Sen. Kirk Watson

See your invitation and RSVP

 

November Meeting - Not Regular Day

November Meeting

6:45pm Thursday November 10th

Howson Branch Library

CapMetro Route Resolution & Election Initial Insight and Discussion

 

October Meeting

Voting Rights Update

Mimi Marziani

Executive Director - Texas Civil Rights Project

Discussion of Endorsements

AISD District 2, AISD at-large Position 8, and ACC Place 4,5,6,& 9

Wednesday Oct 5, 6:45   Howson Branch Library  2500 Exposition

 

Endorsements - Wednesday October 5

AISD District 2 - Jayme Mathias

AISD Position 8 - David Quintanilla

ACC 4 - Sean Hassan

ACC 5 - Thomas Miranda

ACC 6 - Nora de Hoyos Comstock

ACC9 - Guadalupe "Lupe" Sosa

Endorsement Meeting - Wednesday September 7

Wednesday September 7th   6:45 at Howson Branch Library

Voting endorsements for the November Election

Council District – 2                        Delia Garza

Council District – 4                        Greg Casar

Council District – 6                        Jimmy Flannigan

Council District – 7                        Leslie Pool

Council District – 10                        Alison Alter

Austin Transportation Bonds            YES

 

. . . for new members, dues must be paid 25 days before any voting privileges come into effect. Continuing members (i.e., those who were current in their dues the previous year) may renew by the beginning of the meeting for full voting privileges to continue.

Club Endorsements: Sole endorsements of candidates or propositions require at least 60% support from members who vote in that race at the endorsement meeting. Dual endorsements result when two alternatives receive more than 40% support and there are more than two alternatives. 

 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016  – Presidential Joint General and Special Elections

Last Day to Register to VoteTuesday, October 11, 2016 *

First Day of Early VotingMonday, October 24, 2016 

Last Day to Accept Ballot by Mail Applications (received, not postmarked)Friday, October 28, 2016 

Last Day of Early VotingFriday, November 4, 2016

July Summer Party

West Austin Democrats

Annual Summer Pot-Luck Party

Saturday July 9th       Starts at 4:00pm

At the home of

Judge Brandy and Aaron Mueller

Main course and drinks provided.  

Please bring a side or dessert to share

Kid's Activities & Treats ---  Membership Renewal

 

Meeting June 2016

6:45pmWednesday   June 1st

Howson Branch Library

Meet The National Delegate Candidates

We’ve invited the candidates to make a short statement

Then, there will be questions from members

July meeting is the Summer Picnic

Bruce Elfant Ice Ceam Social

See you all Sunday at the party!

http://elfantfortaxassessor.com/ice-cream-social/

 

May 2016

Elections - Elections - Elections

Dana DeBeauvoir

Business: Election of Officers

Wednesday May 4th    6:45pm

Olive & June Restaurant

Located 3411 Glenview  [Near Kerbey Ln and 35th St]

[Howson Branch is unavailable due to Early Voting]

Complementary Valet Parking

Elevator to 3rd Floor

Free Beer, Cash Bar for Wine, Seating for Program

MARCH 2016

What Happened

Mark Littlefield Speaking on the election results

6:45pm March 2nd

Howson Branch Library

February 2016

West Austin Democrats

February Meeting

6:45pm  Wednesday February 3rd

Howson Branch Library


Candidate Endorsements

The endorsement committees Reported their conclusions, and current members voted to endorse the Following

State Representative District 49 - Gina Hinojosa

District Court 345 - Jan Soifer

District Court 427 - Jim Coronado

District Court 450 - Brad Urrutia

Travis County District Attorney - Gary Cobb

Travis County Sheriff - No Endorsement

In addition, the following races were endorsed by acclamation:

Congress D-10            Scot Gallaher

Congress D-17            William Matta

Congress D-21            Tom Wakely

Congress D-25            Kathi Thomas

Congress D-35            Lloyd Doggett

State Senator D-21            Judith Zaffirini

State Senator D-21            Virginia Leeder

State Rep D-46            Dwanna Dukes

State Rep D-47            Ana Jordan

State Rep D-48            Donna Howard

State Rep D-50            Celia Israel

State Rep D-51            Eddie Rodriguez

District Judge D-53            Scott Jenkins

District Judge D-98            Rhonda Hurley

District Judge D-126            Darlene Byrne

District Judge D-167            David Wahlberg

District Judge D200            Gisela Triana

District judge D353            Tim Sulak

District Judge D390            Julie Kocurek

County Criminal Court #8            Carlos Barrera

County Criminal Court #9            Kim Williams

County Attorney            David Escamilla

County Tax Assessor                Bruce Elfant

Precinct #5 Constable            Carlos Lopez

In contested races, West Austin Democrats By-Laws require a 60% vote to gain an endorsement.  A joint endorsement requires the top two candidates to both receive at least a 40% vote in races with more than two candidates.

 

January 2016

West Austin Democrats

January Meeting

Candidate's Free for All

Wednesday January 6th  6:45pm

Howson Branch Library

Candidates make short presentations in order they sign-in at the meeting.

Separate interview reports will be made at the February meeting with endorsement votes.

December 2015

West Austin Democrats

Holiday Pot-Luck Party 

Wednesday December 16

Starting 6 pm 

AFL – CIO Hall     1106 Lavaca

Parking Available

November 2015

Meet Him and Greet Him

 Come meet the new

Travis County Democratic Chairman

Vincent Harding

Meet candidate for Congressional District 21

Tom Wakely

election returns and the plan forward

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Wednesday November 4, 2015      6:45pm

Howson Library     2500 Exposition

Save the Date:  Dec 16  is the Winter Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2015

 

New Courthouse

There will be Endorsement Presentations and a Vote

Presentation on the Constitutional Amendments on the November Ballot

6:45pm Wednesday October 7th

Howson Branch Library 2500 Exposition

September 2015

New Courthouse

To be or not to be. That is the question.

Genevieve Van Cleve and Roger Cauvin
the for and against regarding the new courthouse.

6:45pm Wednesday September 2

Howson Branch Library

 

August 2015

No Program in August

See you September 2nd

July 2015

Annual Summer Pot-Luck Party

Saturday July 25th      Starts at 5pm

At the home of Judge Brandy and Aaron Mueller

Main course and drinks will be provided

Please bring a side or dessert to share

 

June 2015

Eric Hartman
The Legislative Session

Elections for the next year

6:45pm Wednesday June 3

Howson Branch Library 2500 Exposition

May 2015

Margret Frain Wallace
Chief of Staff for
Roland Garza (d) San Antonio

The Bills are in!
How does it go down from here?

6:45pm    Wednesday May 6
Howson Branch Library

April 2015  -  No meeting

The regular April Meeting of West Austin Democrats conflicts with the 

Johnson Bentsen Richards Dinner, and speaker

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Register for the dinner at:

http://www.traviscountydemocrats.org

Our previously scheduled April program will be rescheduled for May

 

March 2015

Gina Hinojosa

AISD Board President 

New Changes New Challenges

 Wednesday March 4, 2015    6:45

Howson Library     2500 Exposition


February 2015

Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Sylvester

Travis County Sheriff's Department

 February 4th at 6:45

Howson Branch Library

2500 Exposition

January 2015

Analysis of Austin City Elections

With

David Butts

Wednesday January 14

Howson Branch Library   6:45pm


December 2014

City Council Place-10 Endorsement

Mandy Dealey 

Holiday Pot Luck Party

Wednesday December 10, 2013

Starting at 6:00pm

Home of Kelly and Judge Kocurek

 

We will have a short discussion and vote endorsements

 for Mayor and District 10

 

Please bring a prospective member as a guest.

Also bring item for Capital Area Food Bank.

Turkey, Ham and soft drinks provided.

Members may bring side dishes, bread,

desserts, and preferred beverages.

 


November 2014

West Austin Democrats

November 2014 Meeting

The State of Family Violence in Travis County

with  Dana Nelson

Author of The Family Violence Resource Notebook

17 Year Family Violence Prosecutor.

 and

City Election Breakdown

with Rick Cofer

Wednesday  Nov. 5th    6:45pm

Howson Branch  2500 Exposition

Save the date: Christmas Party Dec 10

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October 2014

Where the Bodies Are Buried 

Jordan Smith 

Former Austin Chronicle Political Beat Writer 

Wednesday October 1, 2014      6:45PM

Howson Library    2500 Exposition    Austin, TX 78703

 

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September 2014

10:1 Here We Come 

District 9-10 Candidate Forum

and

Rail Affordability

with Bill Oakey

 

Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014          6:45 pm

Howson Branch Library       2500 Exposition

 

The meeting was well attended, and filled the room into the hallway.

Candidates signed-in on arrival and were given about 7 minutes to speak in that order.  They fielded questions from the floor.  No endorsement votes were taken since the by-laws, based on the percentages required in contested races, would have caused a series on "no-endorse" results.  But, the candidates present and their presentations gave members a good basis for selection.  The candidates were not screened on Democrat/Republican/ or other party association.

The forum ended about 8:25 and Bill Oakey spoke about the upcoming Rail Bonds. We managed to exit the room before the Library was upset.

Some West Austin Democrats at September Candidate Forum

Some West Austin Democrats at September Candidate Forum




August 2014

There is no meeting in August

The next meeting is

Wednesday, September 3rd

6:45pm

Howson Branch Library




Annual Summer Pot-Luck Party

Saturday July 26  Starts at 5:00pm

At the Home of

Judge Brandy and Aaron Mueller

Main Course and Drinks are Provided

Bring a Side Dish or Desert to Share

Renew Annual Dues

Questions?  Use the 'CONTACT'  Link Above


June 2014 Meeting

I’M MAD AS HELL….AND I’M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANY MORE

Join the Property Tax Revolution with
BRIGID SHEA
County Commissioner Precinct 2 elect
WEDNESDAY JUNE 4, 2014
6:45pm
The Howson Library
2500 Exposition


Property Tax Forum

May 20, 2014    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave, Austin, TX 78756

Guest speakers will address concerns on the increase in recent property tax appraisals. The speakers are TCAD Chief Appraiser-Marya Crigler, Travis County Tax Assessor/Collector-Bruce Elfant, and Brigid Shea, as well as an organizer with Real Values for Texas, a statewide group that is working to fix the broken appraisal system. Representatives from property tax protest firms will be available as a resource.

NOTE: Please RSVP here so we can have an accurate head count

For continuing updates on this issue, please visit www.voteforbrigid.com and sign up at "Stay In Touch".


May 2014 Meeting

Enroll America

Ian Davis

Discussion of Runoff Races

Discussion of Nominations

Wednesday May 7, 2014   6:45pm

Howson Branch Library

2500 Exposition



April 2014 Meeting

What is Happening at Seton Hospital

Geronimo Rodriguez

Vice President of Diversity and Community Outreach

Wednesday April 2, 2014   6:45pm

Howson Branch Library

2500 Exposition

Presentation about Seton and New Medical School

Presentation about Seton and New Medical School

Geronimo Rodriguez Discusses the New Medical School  

Geronimo Rodriguez Discusses the New Medical School

 

Travis Democratic Party County /SD Convention

When      Sat, March 22, 9am – 6pm

Where     Palmer Events Center, Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX, United States (map)

Description      Please sign up to attend the County Convention

In 2014, the Convention process of the Texas Democratic Party begins at the County and Senate District Convention to be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014.   Precinct conventions will not happen of the Primary night, but instead as the first step of the March 22nd meeting.   Register at this link to get information on time and place and to learn about the convention process:  http://register.txdemocrats.org

 

March 2014 Meeting

Election Results  with  Jason Stanford of Stanford Campaigns, MSNBC, Austin American Statesman, & KTBC

Wednesday March 5, 2014

6:45pm at Howson Branch Library  2500 Exposition

 

February 2014 Meeting

Endorsements for Primary Races

Wednesday, February 5, 6:45pm

Howson Branch of Austin Public Library

From the by-laws:  Membership entitles each member to receive the WAD newsletter and to vote on all issues presented at the meetings.  However, for new members, dues must be paid 25 days before any voting privileges come into effect.  Continuing members (i.e., those who were current in their dues the previous year) may renew by the beginning of the meeting for full voting privileges to continue.

Endorsement Results From The Vote Feb. 5

United States Senator - Maxey Marie Scherr

District 25, United States Representative - Marco Montoya

Governor of Texas - Wendy R. Davis

Commissioner of Agriculture - Hugh Asa Fitzsimons III

Railroad Commissioner - Steve Brown

Travis County Judge - No Endorsement

County Court at Law 3, Judge - John Lipscombe

Precinct 2, Travis County Commissioner - No Endorsement

Travis County Treasurer - No Endorsement

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5 Travis County - Herb Evans

From the ByLaws:  Article 5

Club Endorsements:  Sole endorsements of candidates or propositions require at least 60% support from members who vote in that race at the endorsement meeting.  Dual endorsements result when two alternatives receive more than 40% support and there are more than two alternatives.

We used all the chairs at Howson Library; presentations by candidates, committee reports on candidates, vote for candidates.

We used all the chairs at Howson Library; presentations by candidates, committee reports on candidates, vote for candidates.

 

January 2014 Meeting

Judge Mike Denton

Veteran's Court

Wednesday January 8, 6:45pm

Howson Branch of Austin Public Library

 

December:   Holiday Party 

Thursday  Dec 12 starting at 6:00 p.m.

Home of Kelly and Judge Julie Kocurek.  

Expect Details such as maps in member e-mail and print invitations

Club supplies main course; turkey, ham, rolls, soft drinks, and Judge Kocurek is preparing her delicious brisket, if people remember from last year - yum!.  Members bring sides and desserts.  

Guests Welcome, each member bring an interesting friend!

 

November Meeting

Topic:     Education in Texas

Speaker:  Judge John Dietz

6:45 pm  November 6  Howson Library 2500 Exposition

Seeking members for the Endorsement Committee

 

October Meeting

Topic: The Environment, Women's Issues, Democratic Politics

Speaker:   Lize Burr  -  Recent Honoree at the Trio of Stars Brunch

6:45 pm  Wednesday October 2, 2013 at the Howson Library 2500 Exposition

And:  Endorsement Meeting for the State Constitutional Amendments on the ballot in November.

 

September Meeting

Topic:  Let's Get Ready to Rumble!

Speaker:   Cliff Walker  -  Battleground Texas Political Director

6:45 pm  Wednesday September 4, 2013  Howson Library  2500 Exposition Blvd.

Also:  Presidents report from TDCP leadership retreat