The retreat in Waco was wonderful! Central Texas TDW went all out! The hotel had red, white and blue balloons. Orange shirts were in abundance and even some pink tennis shoes. Unfortunately, Joanna Reagan was tripping down the hallway on the carpet and her new pink shoes took a big grip to the carpet and she went against the wall – fat lip, bruised face and broken wrist. The hotel and TDW came to the rescue and Sharon Davis was driving and after a trip to the hospital for a cast and drugs – they made it home. It was the left one and she can still type emails, albeit slowly.
Now, back to the retreat. We had more than 100 registered. I didn’t count, but the room was full. a lot of new faces, lots of enthusiasm, ideas, and interest in forming new chapters. Battleground Texas was there telling us what they have done, and their plans to get people registered. Alex Steele’s main push was for every TDW member to be a voter registrar and carry those voter registration cards with you all the time. The Texas Democratic Party was there with a report on what has been going on. They spent a lot of time at the Capitol, went home at 4 a.m., wrote press releases for the website, got some sleep, and back to the Capitol. Tanene Allison and Tessa Simmonds filled in for Will Hailer when Nyquil and sleep would not restore his voice and heal his cough. They also joined Joe Deshoel in another social media network session. Our members want more communication and TDW is stepping up to provide it.
Rep. Chris Turner, House Democratic Caucus Chair, was the keynote speaker and a hit with informing us exactly what has gone on during the special called sessions.The Democrats had a plan and worked together to stall the abortion bill in the House so that Wendy Davis could fillibuster in the Senate. If you watched it on television or computer, they asked a lot of questions and talked very slowly to delay, delay, delay. We are very proud of our Democratic Representatives and Senators because they are a smart bunch and work together. I would be totally embarrassed to have to admit I voted for the likes of those Republicans leading their team!
We have a lot of work, but we have the commitment and the enthusiasm to do it! I know that some of you in those red counties get discouraged, but here’s how we change – every position needs a candidate, especially local races. Get a candidate for those county offices, begin with local control. We are here to help. Texas is not really a red state – we are a non-voting state. When we get out there and vote, we will win!
Donna Beth McCormick