by Tammie Hartgroves, President-elect
As I write this, the weather is not the only thing that has begun to sizzle in Texas. A THIRD special session has been called to repair Texas’ transportation infrastructure after two heated special sessions for blatantly partisan agendas, speculation as to whether Rick Perry is going to humiliate Texas with another presidential bid, Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz and redistricting. Good grief, enough already.
We, as Democrats, have to be prepared and ready to sizzle! Texas Democratic Women , once again is leading the way. Several chapters across the state participated in Blue Ribbon Lobby Day and have either sponsored or facilitated Deputy Voter Registration trainings in cooperation with Battleground Texas. By the way, Battleground Texas is also heating up the political climate in Texas to the chagrin of many Republican and Tea Party constituents.
Texas Democratic Women – Pride, Power and Purpose is the theme of our 2014 convention. I chose this as our theme because we need to be proud of ourselves as women and have pride in our nation, our state, our party, and our organization. Secondly, never underestimate the power of a woman-as united facilitators and voices for change; we are a mighty force to be reckoned with when we stand together. Thirdly, our purpose is to promote the increased political activity and influence of Democratic women in Texas politics and government. We need every chapter and member to be involved and participate in the convention. The dates are February 21-23, 2014 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin.
As you are aware, 2014 is an election year and the convention is TDW’s major fundraiser for the year. I have sent all the chapter presidents a letter with important information for them to make available and share with their respective chapters. Also, we will have a candidate’s forum on Saturday, February 22, 2014 and any candidate present will be allowed to speak to the convetion. Additionally, I am asking for input as to topics of interest for the afternoon workshops and speakers.
Yours with Pride, Power and Purpose,