Some of you might be old enough to remember the Stephen Sondheim song, “Send In the Clowns,” which was sung by Judy Collins – well, that is what the beginning of Texas’ 84th Legislative Session could be interpreted as, with Open Carry advocates threatening Rep. Poncho Nevarez in his office then posting a threat onYouTube; the Senate voting to eliminate the 2/3 rule; Sen. Donna Campbell’s bill against public education and Rep. Molly White’s vitriol aimed at Texas Muslims – and that is just a sampling. Yep, we don’t have to send in the clowns because they are already there! We need to have a presence at the capitol and encourage our Democratic electeds to keep fighting for our causes because it would be too easy to throw in the towel and say, “What’s the use of trying?” Just like that little ant trying to push that rubber tree plant we have to keep our hopes high that we will have some victories this legislative session.
Want to know how you can be an effective lobbyist both in your district and at the state capitol? Want to know how to get to know your legislator’s staffers and how to have your legislator’s ear regarding issues important to you? Make your plans to attend the Second Annual Blue Ribbon Lobby Day in Austin at the Capitol on April 14, 2015, which coincidentally is Texas Equal Pay Day, where you will have the opportunity to learn these tips and much more. Planning has already begun for this event and there will be more information at our convention and in forthcoming newsletters.
Speaking of our TDW convention…are you getting excited, planning your wardrobe, beginning to think about what to bring for your chapter’s silent auction contributions, or—for the over-achievers in our crowd—have you begun to pack? Well, our convention begins on February 20th with registration, a dynamite workshop related to public education and school funding, a silent auction, hospitality suite, and there is the optional excursion to Esther’s Follies. Then, beginning on Saturday morning, February 21, we have our annual business meeting with election of officers, continuing silent auction, Star Awards Luncheon, luncheon speaker (Judge Diane Henson), afternoon workshops, the cocktail reception with Congressman Joaquin Castro, and then culminating our evening will be the Gala Awards Dinner with keynote speaker, Democratic Political Analyst Harold Cook.
You need to bring your mad money (cash or credit card) to spend at the vendor’s booths and at the silent auction. Laura Allen, our President-Elect, has done a great job with planning this convention and you will not want to miss it. Plus, you have the extra bonus of visiting and partying with like-minded Texans. I know of a few surprises that I will not let of the bag – you’ll just have to come to find out!
Hope to see you in Austin on February 20-21, 2015.
With Pride, Power and Purpose,
President, Texas Democratic Women