May 192016

Thank you to everyone who came out to our May General Meeting. Kelly Hart gave a thorough and riveting review of Planned Parenthood in Texas, the history, the fantastic work they do, the challenges they face now and in the future – details below.  Also, our local candidates were presented with a WOW Dems endorsement ceremony. We hope you will consider supporting one or more of these great candidates.


WOW Dems endorsement of local Democratic candidates and presentation of donation check.

Kelly Hart, Senior Director of Government Relations for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, updated our group about the current state of access to women’s healthcare in Texas. At present, there are 20 Planned Parenthood health centers throughout North Texas that provide services to women and men ranging from pap smears, birth control, testing for high blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, STD’s, mammograms, and other cancer screenings.  Some also perform vasectomies, colposcopies, and abortions.  In addition, Planned Parenthood provides sex education for young people with professional health educators that are trained to provide age-appropriate, medically accurate information.  In Dallas, there is a Teen Theatre group that performs interactive theater on relevant topics important to adolescents.  Kelly noted that the Texas Legislature first started cutting the budget for Planned Parenthood in 2011, and described how the subsequent cuts in funding and attacks have continued and increased dramatically. She also outlined how some areas in Texas have no access for health care services for uninsured women in need of financial support.  Currently, there is a shortage of providers serving this uninsured population, in spite of repeated assurances from the Texas Legislature that they would provide agencies to perform these services.  Planned Parenthood has been in Texas for 80 years and does not plan to leave.  Anyone that is interested in getting more information or that would like to volunteer can contact  or call 1-800-230-PLAN.

Kelly Hart, Sr. Dir. of Govt. Relations, PPGT

Kelly Hart, Sr. Dir. of Govt. Relations, PPGT

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 Posted by at 11:35 am
Apr 142016

Join us Saturday, April 16! We will be out and about in District 107 talking to the community about the Victoria Neave for Texas State Representative campaign and listening to our neighbors. Volunteers can help in several ways including:

-Block walking (talk to voters in person);Victoria Neave
-Phone-Banking (talk to voters over the phone);
-Driving (Drive our Block-Walkers);
-Voter Registration (Volunteer Deputy Registrars);
-Data Entry; and

Never been involved in a campaign before? Don’t worry! It’s easy and fun!

For more information about our campaign, please

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 Posted by at 3:30 pm
Apr 102016

Access to Women’s Healthcare

Kelly Hart, Senior Director of Public Affairs Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas

The Supreme Court will be ruling on the Texas Law that severely restricts a woman’s access to safe, legal abortion.  Republicans are trying to complete their defunding of Planned Parenthood in Texas.

 Learn how Planned Parenthood has stood strong despite the attacks and how you can work to ensure access to healthcare and reproductive justice for all Texans.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Meet and Greet 6:30 p.m.  Program 6:45 p.m.

Note new location: Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) Rm 200
3452 TX-399 Spur, McKinney TX  75069

We also invite our candidates to come for an endorsement ceremony, celebration, and photo op!


 Posted by at 10:29 pm
Mar 302016


In addition to endorsing Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States, Women Organizing Women Democrats (WOW Dems) has formally endorsed the following Democratic Women Candidates:

Judge Dennise Garcia   Texas 5th District Court of Appeals Place 7
Jan McDowell                 U.S. Representative, District 24
Karen Jacobs                   Texas Representative House District 33
Gnanse Nelson               Texas Representative House District 66
Denise Hamilton            Texas Representative House District 89
Laura Irvin                      Texas Representative House District 102
Victoria Neave                Texas Representative House District 107
Dorotha Ocker               Texas Representative House District 115
Ramona Brumfield        Collin County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 1

We also have endorsed 3 Democratic men running for office:

Adam Bell                       U.S. Representative, District 3
Scott Coleman                Texas Representative House District 67
John Bryant                    Texas Representative House District 70

Click  here to read the Press Release.


 Posted by at 11:29 am
Mar 192016


BROADS (Book Readers of a Democratic Slant) Book Club is a value-added segment of WOW Dems membership and is open to interested members.

The last book and book club discussion was excellent and timely: Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman.

The next gathering will be on May 25th, 2016 and the book is Turning Texas Blue: What It Will Take to Break the GOP Grip on America’s Reddest State by Mary Beth Rogers.

Social time from 6:30 to 7:15(ish). Please feel free to bring wine or an appetizer to share but don’t feel obligated. Book Discussion from 7:15 – 8:45(ish).
***Please email Diane Groves at to RSVP for May 25th BROADS***

If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2016, go to the Join tab to join WOW Dems. Contact if you’re not sure!

We look forward to seeing you at BROADS!

 Posted by at 6:37 pm
Mar 172016


Candidate Forum #2 Candidate Forum #4

The WOW Dems Candidate Forum, moderated by Donna Wood Martin, was a great success. Everyone was riveted as they listened to the candidates speak on a variety of topics. They spoke eloquently about the need for more public education funding, equal pay for equal work, Medicaid expansion, the environment, common sense gun laws, immigration and the need to stop government from intruding into women’s decisions about their own bodies. One candidate pointed out how the Republican-controlled Texas legislature wants to waste money on increasing border patrol; money that would be better spent on education and raising teacher’s pay.

The candidates present were: WOW Dems own Denise Hamilton, Karen Jacobs, Victoria Neave, Gnanse Nelson, Dorotha Ocker, Ramona Portlock-Brumfield and Laura Irvin. Also present were: Adam Bell, Jan McDowell, Dennise Garcia, Scott Coleman and John Bryant (husband of WOW Dem Nancy Bryant).

An information booklet was handed out to all in attendance and at the end of the forum, WOW Dems members voted to endorse all 12 Democratic candidates!


Candidate Forum #5


Check their websites for more information and volunteer to help their campaigns! We need these great candidates to represent us locally, in Austin and in Washington, DC!

 Posted by at 11:04 am
Mar 032016

Congratulations to the following WOW Dems candidates who won their primary contests (though still not yet official) and kudos to Cristin Padgett, who may have lost the primary but won our hearts! She was so courageous in standing up for being a secular humanist, an atheist in this land of religion. She inspired millennials to get involved in politics and government, and for that she has made her mark! We hope to see you run again Cristin!

Please get involved in one or more of these campaigns. You can block walk, donate to their campaign or do whatever you can to help these fine Democrats get elected in November! Click on their names for more info.

Karen JacobsKaren Jacobs from Heath, Texas won the Democratic nomination for Texas House District 33. She is a business leader and retired engineer, and has been active in the Democratic party of Rockwall. She believes in the importance of public education, investing in roads, water and renewable energy. She has practical solutions for the problems we face.


Gnanse NelsonGnanse Nelson won the Democratic nomination for Texas House District 66. She works for Star Local Media in Plano and is active in the community. She is a Public Relations and Communications professional and studied political science and history at LSU. Her focus is on affordable higher education, federal funding to expand healthcare to low-income Texans. With her great intelligence and ability to work across the aisle, she will make a great Representative to the State House!

Denise HamiltonDenise Hamilton won the Democratic nomination for Texas House District 89. She is a self-employed realtor, a civic award winner, active in the Plano multicultural Outreach Roundtable, AVID, CASA, Big Brothers and Big Sisters. She is an experienced leader who goes above and beyond to standing up for the rights of all.


Victoria NeaveVictoria Neave won the Democratic nomination for Texas House District 107 (which includes parts of East Dallas, Garland and Mesquite). She is an attorney who has been endorsed by Annies List! She has boundless energy to campaign, and to work for the people she represents once she gets into office!


Dorotha OckerDorotha Ocker won the Democratic nomination for Texas House District 115, which covers Northwest Dallas County. She is a Stanford-trained trial lawyer and a partner in her own law firm in Carrolton. She is running on a platform of higher wages, equal pay and affordable college for Texans.


We would also like to congratulate WOW Dems member Nancy Bryant, whose husband John Bryant has won the Democratic nomination for Texas House District 70. Check out his website for a great event on March 18th!

Also, Mike Rawlins has won a second term as Chairman of the Collin County Democratic Party. He and his wife Diana are WOW Dems!

Unfortunately, Michael Filak, husband of WOW Dems member Carolyn Filak, did not win the primary to become the Democratic nominee for US Congress, District 3. He put on a wonderful campaign full of issues and ideas. He asks us to get behind primary winner Adam Bell to beat the Republicans and take Sam Johnson’s spot in Congress!

We would also like to get behind Ramona Brumfield who won the Democratic nomination for Justice of the Peace District 3-1. She recently became a WOW Dems member! To Michael Messer, friend to many WOW Dems members, we hope you run again. You make a fine candidate!

Here are some other winning local candidates:

Dennise Garcia Court of Appeals #7 District 5
Gena Slaughter Court of Appeals #4 District 5
Scott Coleman Texas House District 67
Laura Irvin Texas House District 102
Jan McDowell US House of Representatives CD 24

 Posted by at 2:59 pm
Feb 272016


WOW Dems members and guests filled the Rooftop Event Spot in Plano on Saturday, February 27, 2016 for the Power of the Purse fundraiser. Attendees were treated to a delicious made-to-order pasta lunch and had an opportunity to preview and bid on an assortment of fantastic purses, handbags, and tote bags in the silent auction.

After lunch, Regina Montoya delivered an inspirational, informative, and motivational keynote address highlighting the consequential issues facing us today, such as poverty and education, as well as the importance of this election cycle. Ms. Montoya related stories of her work with Judge Sarah Hughes to make the point that we are the ones who have to make our voices heard by running for office and supporting those who do. This is critical because “if we don’t do it, who will”? Her message of “One person can make a difference” resonated with the crowd. After the keynote, the Irma Rangel Women’s Leadership High School choir (under the direction of Arkette Baptiste) provided the afternoon’s entertainment. These young women wowed the audience with their vocal talents and received a standing ovation.

Regina Montoya

Irma Rangel Choir #2



WOW Dems would like to thank Ms. Montoya, The Irma Rangel choir, our generous sponsors, the event committee and all attendees for a wonderful and profitable event which will provide support for local women candidates in this year’s elections!

POP VenueSharon and Robin

 Posted by at 8:35 pm
Feb 222016


Early voting for the March 1, 2016 primary is going on now and continuing through Friday, February 26. Please vote in the Democratic primary for President as well as for congressional, state and local candidates.

We have 6 WOW Dems members running for office plus 2 spouses of WOW Dems members. Scroll down for bios of each WOW Dems member candidate.

 Posted by at 8:38 pm
Feb 222016

Would you like to be a poll greeter for Hillary this week during early voting or on Election Day, Tuesday, March 1? It’s easy and fun! We will train you and give you a sign to wave. You can have your pick of times and places.

Contact to sign up. Let’s get this highly qualified woman elected!

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We also have Hillary yard signs for purchase. Click here to request.

 Posted by at 8:23 pm