Oct 102015

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WOW Dems members gathered on Thursday evening, October 8, 2015 for the regularly scheduled meeting and were treated to an educational and interesting talk from Kristen Houle, Executive Director of Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP).


Kristen gave a passionate and fact-filled presentation highlighting especially the four factors responsible for the decline in death penalty sentences nationwide with a particular focus on Texas sentencing. These factors are: adoption of the sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole in 2005, the exorbitant cost of death penalty trials that cannot be borne by many counties, improvements in the quality of legal counsel, especially for indigent defendants and a growing awareness by society of the risk of wrongful conviction. Kristen also emphasized the arbitrary nature of death penalty cases and sentences – in Texas, 60% of the death sentences come from just five counties: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Travis and McLennan!

TCADP is the only statewide organization dedicated solely to abolishing the death penalty. They do this work by speaking at forums such as WOW Dems for education and awareness, reaching out to elected officials (District Attorneys, County Commissioners, State District Judges, etc.), engaging faith leaders and working for grassroots mobilization of the citizens of Texas. Kristen asked that anyone interested sign up to receive their newsletter at: http://tcadp.org/get-informed/receive-email-updates/.


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We were also very fortunate to have four candidates for 2016 attend and introduce themselves.

  • Gnanse Nelson – Candidate for Texas HD 66
  • Karen Jacobs – Candidate for Texas HD 33
  • Denise Hamilton – Candidate for Texas HD 89
  • Michael Filak – Candidate for US Congressional District 3

Planning is underway for next year’s general meetings, so stay tuned for the interesting and informative topics coming your way!


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Oct 042015

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WOW Dems members had a great time attending the Collin County Democratic Party’s annual Ann Richards dinner on Saturday, October 3, 2015! This wonderful evening started with a social hour and the chance to bid on a wide variety of Silent Auction items followed by dinner. Gloria Campos engaged and inspired everyone as emcee throughout the evening. The largest number of Democratic candidates in many years were introduced and greeted enthusiastically. As guest speaker, Mike Collier further energized the crowd with his message for all Texas Democrats. Congressman Joaquin Castro was the keynote speaker for the evening and he was awesome. He reminded all of us how our country and Texas can and should be as well as what is important to us as Democrats.

The evening concluded with dancing as well as time to meet new friends and enjoy the company of old friends. What a wonderful fundraiser for the Collin County Democratic Party!!

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Sep 232015




WOW Dems and the Collin County Democratic Party had a great time at the Plano Balloon Fest last weekend! Loads of people stopped by our booth, and took pictures with Hillary! We registered voters and got people to sign up for info on WOW Dems, the Democratic Party and our candidates! Thanks to Becky Arrendondo for organizing our participation and bringing the Hillary cutout! Thanks to all our great volunteers!

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Sep 192015

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty


WOW Dems General Meeting – Thursday, October 8, 2015 –Kristin Houle from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will present a very interesting talk. If you have any questions or concerns about the death penalty you won’t want to miss this program! Here are a few of the questions she will answer:

  • Have wrongful convictions resulted in the execution of innocent people?
  • Has Texas executed children or the mentally ill?
  • Are a significantly higher percentage of minorities sentenced to death?
  • Are the current lethal injections “cruel and unusual punishment”?
  • What about recent legislation and court decisions?
  • Is the landscape shifting regarding the Death penalty?

Meeting is held at the Plano Environmental Education Center 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano TX 75093. Meet and Greet 6:30 p.m. Program at 6:45 p.m.

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Sep 192015

Broads PhotoB.R.O.A.D.S. (Book Readers of a Democratic Slant) Book Club. BROADS Book Club meets the 4th Wednesday of every other month, and we always have meaningful discussions, as well as a great time!

Our next meeting is Wednesday September 23. We will be reading Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. For more details and to RSVP, click here.

Please feel free to bring wine, or an appetizer to share but don’t feel obligated. It’ll be fun to get together to talk about the latest debate and election shenanigans!

NOVEMBER : Assassination Vacation Pub: 2006 by Sarah Vowell. (NOTE: Earlier meeting date November 18th)

Suggestions for January: 1) Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil (written by an environmentalist who’s inheriting N. Dakota oil wells) 2) Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.



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Sep 182015

Too Hot to Cook FB1What a GREAT opportunity to share food, fun and fund-raising with WOW Women! Dignitaries included:

  • Two candidates for House District 33
    • Cristen Padgett
    • Karen Jacobs
  • Darlene Ewing – former Dallas County Democratic Party Chair and candidate for Family Court Judge in Dallas
  • Denise Hamilton – former candidate for Collin County Justice of the Peace
  • Sharon Hirsch – former candidate for Plano ISD Board
  • James White – SD8 Committeeman and previous candidate for Dallas City Council District 10

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Sep 082015

Christin Padgett PhotoWOW Dems Member Christin Padgett to Run for HD 33!

WOW Dems member Cristin Padgett is running for Texas State Representative House District 33! She is young, has great ideas and the passion and energy to bring about change! Her key issues are improving education, economic stability and civil liberties. She is a Precinct Chair, runs PR for the Collin County Young Democrats, and works on Communications for the Democratic Party of Collin County. To find out more and to volunteer or donate to her campaign, go to www.padgett4texas.com. She will be running in the primary against Democratic candidate Karen Jacobs from Heath, TX. Find out more about Karen at www.jacobsfortexas.com.

Note: WOW Dems does not formally endorse a candidate until after the primary.

Victorie Neave #2WOW Dems Member Victoria Neave to Run for HD107!

WOW Dems member Victoria Neave is running for Texas State Representative House District 107 (which includes parts of East Dallas, Garland and Mesquite). She needs your help to win in one of the few real swing districts in Texas! Come to Victoria’s Campaign Kickoff and Fundraiser Tuesday Sept 8, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Times Ten Cellars Too 2018 Kidwell St Dallas TX 75218 (in Lakewood). Click here for more info. Or to block walk this coming weekend, click here.

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Aug 172015

From Laurie #1WOW Dems Annual Day of Service

Many thanks to all who participated in WOW Dems Day of Service – Blood Drive with Carter BloodCare. It was very successful!

Thirteen people came to donate and 9 donations were collected. Others donated on behalf of WOW Dems near their places of work the day of or day after! We got very close to our donation goal of 15 pints! We really appreciate all of you who donated, tried to donate, sent someone else to donate or will donate in the near future! Many thanks! It’s wonderful to help others in need and a great way to honor our 3 late great volunteers: Lori Dodds, Kelley Van Auken and Janice Bowling.

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WOW Dems members and their guests were honored to have 3 prominent Dallas County judges participate on a panel and discuss their background, judicial area, and the importance of women in judicial positions. The three guests were: Judge Dennise Garcia, 303rd Family District Court, Judge Gena Slaughter, 191st Judicial District Court, and Judge Elizabeth Frizell, (WOW Dems member), Criminal District Court 7. These 3 judges represent a broad cross-section of the judicial system covering family, civil, and criminal courts.

Each judge shared her story of how she became interested in seeking a judicial position and the efforts that it took to win her position.

FullSizeRender (7)Judge Dennise Garcia, a family court judge, shared that she deals with family disputes, divorces, and child custody. Many of her witnesses are emotional and she must keeping everyone calm and civil. She was one of the first Democrats to break the Republican stranglehold on the courthouse, being elected in 2004. She has recently decided to run for Justice, Place 7, of the Fifth District Court of Appeals. This is the primary appeals court for cases in Dallas, Collin, Hunt, Grayson, Kaufman and Rockwall counties in North Texas.

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Judge Gena Slaughter, a civil court judge, told how she stresses the importance of having a woman’s perspective on the bench, and also having a life outside of her job. She shared how she once had to decide whether to postpone a trial or bring her sick child to court with her. She chose the latter, and the lawyers, all male, were surprised to see her daughter coloring on the floor beside her that day. However, they were also very grateful that the court date was not postponed. Judge Slaughter has also decided to run for the Fifth District Court of Appeals.

FullSizeRender (8)Judge Elizabeth Frizell, a criminal court judge, shared that as young as age 12, she had wanted to become a lawyer and try cases in court. She sees cases ranging from misdemeanor to death penalty cases in her court. She shared that she believes that diversion programs can help many break the cycle of violence and drugs. Judge Frizell was elected to the court in 2006.



After each judge spoke about their backgrounds and their particular courts, they took questions from the audience. Some of the questions included concerns about the continued violence against women, the rising fear of extreme restrictions on women and their medical choices, and the grand jury process.

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Aug 162015

Join your friends and bring your family to WOW Dems “dinner out” fundraising event.

Aboca’s Italian Grill
Richardson Heights Village
100 S. Central Expy. #63Too Hot to Cook Picture
Richardson, TX 75080
(SW corner of Beltline & 75)

Wednesday, September 16
6:00 p.m.

Menu includes:

  • Bread and Olive Oil
  • House or Caesar Salad
  • Main course choice of Chicken Piccata, Tilapia, Pasta Trio or Pasta Primavera. Includes pasta and veggies for chicken and fish dishes.
  • Dessert
  • Soft drink/Tea/Coffee
  • BYOB

Tickets are $30.00 and can be purchased on ActBlue at http://bit.ly/wowdemsabocas

**Price includes meal, tax, and gratuity.**

 Join us for food, fun, and friendship.

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