Inside This Issue:
- HCDP Chair Calls Out Texas Republican Leaders for ‘Overreach of Authority’
- Countdown to the JRR, Just 2 Weeks Away!
- 'Inflation Reduction Act' Will Create Jobs in Harris County While Investing in the Environment
- Quarterly CEC Meeting Set for Sept. 29
- Is Your Voter Registration Current?
- 'Bet on Beto' Shirts Available Now!
- Join HCDP in Action: Volunteer Today!
- Precinct Chair Corner
- Help Support HCDP Through Our Membership Program
- Meet the Candidates Who are Part of HCDP's Coordinated Campaign
HCDP Chair Calls Out Texas Republican Leaders for ‘Overreach of Authority’
Harris County Democratic Party Chair Odus Evbagharu this week called out Gov. Greg Abbott and State Comptroller Glenn Hegar for “overreach of authority” after Hegar announced Harris County leaders cannot spend new revenue as a result of GOP-championed Senate Bill 23.
Under the language of SB23, any resident can challenge a local funding decision with a claim that the intent of the decision is to withdraw funding for law enforcement.
The governor’s announcement “demonstrates a coordinated attack on the jurisdiction of local governments to determine how to spend local funds,” Evbagharu said.
“The funds in question are from roll-over accounts, surpluses that go back into a general fund to be reallocated.”
“The irony is that state leaders are attacking local government in the name of public safety for applying leftover funds to public safety initiatives,” he said.
Countdown to the JRR, Just 2 Weeks Away!
The annual Johnson Rayburn Richards dinner is just two weeks away. Have you gotten your tickets yet?
Join us on September 10 at the Marriot Marquis as we rally together to support Democratic progress in a post-Roe Lone Star State.
Tickets and sponsorship levels are available here.
Candidates and Democratic Clubs and Orgs are also encouraged to attend.
At this year's Johnson Rayburn Richards (JRR) dinner, we will honor incredible leaders for their contributions and courage in our fight for democracy!
The Steve Mostyn, Person in the Arena, Award will go to the Harris County Delegation of the Texas House of Representatives for their courageous quorum break to fight back against Republican efforts to curtail voting rights in Texas.
Our newest award, the Social Media Recognition Award, will be going to Olivia Julianna and Isaiah Martin. Olivia turned a vile attack by a sitting Congressman into a social media effort to raise over $2 million for abortion funds in Texas. Isaiah is the former UH For the Students president. He strategically uses social media platforms to promote the Democratic Party's mission of turning Texas blue.
'Inflation Reduction Act' Will Create Jobs in Harris County While Investing in the Environment
President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) on August 16, a huge step forward toward economic recovery following a hot and financially tumultuous Summer.
The bill will, amongst other things, invest heavily in climate recovery, enact a 15 percent corporate minimum tax on corporations making over $1 billion in revenue, and reduce drug costs for millions of Americans by allowing Medicare to negotiate prices. Locally, the IRA will provide massive tax incentives and an estimated 130,000 clean energy sector jobs in Harris County for clean energy transition. Statewide, the Lone Star State stands to benefit from incentives for wind and solar.
Despite some Republican pushback, the Inflation Reduction Act is a massive win for Democrats and President Biden that will bring jobs to Harris County and help protect our environment.
Quarterly CEC Meeting Set for Sept. 29
Save the date!
The 3rd quarterly County Executive Committee (CEC) meeting will be held on Thursday, September 29 at the Jersey Village Civic Center. Precinct chairs and other members of the County Executive Committee should plan to join us to discuss important party business.
The election is around the corner, and Democrats win when we come together!
Is Your Voter Registration Current?
We have just 73 days until this crucial Election Day.
As you know, Republicans like Greg Abbott and the indicted Ken Paxton are working hard to suppress Democratic votes with new laws and practices, like those stemming from SB1.
The absolute best way to fight this is to ensure that your voter registration is up to date and that you are registered to the correct address in preparation to VOTE!
Check your registration here and make sure to update any out-of-date information.
'Bet on Beto' Shirts Available Now!
Have you ordered your shirt yet?
‘Bet on Beto’ shirts are available at the HCDP store!
The shirts are available in unisex blue or white and are a wonderfully stylish addition to your wardrobe.
Volunteers Needed to Keep Harris County Blue
Get involved today! Join one of our upcoming volunteer opportunities.
HD 132 Roadshow - 9/3 at 11am
Priority Precinct Canvass in Eastex/Jensen - Sunday 9/4 at 3pm
Priority Precinct Canvass in South Houston - Sunday 9/4 at 3pm
GOTV Virtual Phone Bank with HCDP! - Monday, Tues, Thursday, and Friday at 5pm until Early Voting starts
Bilingual Spanish Phone Bank - Wednesdays at 4pm
HCDP In-Person Phone Bank - Wednesdays at 6pm
Josh Tutt Tuesdays - Make calls in SD 18! Every Tuesday at 7pm
Precinct Chair Corner
Did you know?
There are rules in Texas and the City of Houston regarding where you can place campaign signs. For most of the residential streets in the City of Houston, the right-of-way extends about 16 feet from the back of the curb, and campaign signs are prohibited from being placed within this area. The resident may get a notice or citation if the sign's placement is in the right of way.
Click here for guidance from Texas DOT.
Precinct chairs should spread the word to neighbors and community members about these rules. Let’s get those signs out there and make sure everybody knows how blue Harris County really is!
Help Support HCDP Through Our Membership Program
Work by the Harris County Democratic Party is supported through our membership program.
- Friend of HCDP - $10 a month
- Ally of HCDP - $15 a month
- Activist of HCDP - $30 a month
- Advocate of HCDP - $60 a month
- Champion of HCDP - $125 a month
Sustaining members who donate a regular monthly or annual amount allow us to underwrite our day-to-day operations. This is how we pay our staff. This is how we support Democratic candidates. This is how we fund our voter outreach.
This is how we help elect more Democrats to office.
Meet the Candidates Who are Part of HCDP's Coordinated Campaign
The 2022 HCDP Coordinated Campaign is fully underway for the general election season!
The coordinated campaign this year consists of judicial candidates all throughout Harris County who believe in a unified Democratic Party working together to fight Republican suppression and help elect Democrats up and down the ballot.
We are so grateful to all the wonderful candidates participating in the Coordinated Campaign and helping keep Harris County decidedly blue!
Go blue or go home!