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Since its inception, the Central Texas Democratic Forum has been at the forefront of issues and individuals impacting Texas politics. Like any vanguard organization, the forum is frequently mentioned across our state’s better publications. Click on the article’s title to read more.

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Democratic candidate for governor Tom Schieffer pressed about past votes for Bush at monthly luncheon
Dallas Morning News, Robert T. Garrett, August 10, 2009

Schieffer spoke to some 70 members of the Central Texas Democratic Forum, a group that meets monthly for lunch.

Although Schieffer insisted later that he got “a good reception from most people,” his 20-minute talk and responses to questions left several listeners dissatisfied. “This crowd didn’t need to hear a history of the Democratic Party,” said community college librarian Red Wassenich.

Schieffer defends service for Bush before Democratic group
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dave Montgomery, August 10, 2009

Schieffer touted his candidacy in a speech before the Central Texas Democratic Forum in Austin, the home town of State Sen. Kirk Watson and former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, both of whom are considering a run for governor.

U.S. Senate: Sharp on Sharp
Austin Chronicle, Lee Nichols, June 5, 2009

Former state Comptroller John Sharp made his pitch for his U.S. Senate candidacy to a group of local Democratic activists last week and got some surprising resistance – but not from anyone questioning his fitness for the office. Instead, it came from admirers. “You know more about state government than anybody that I know of,” one audience member at the Central Texas Democratic Forum’s monthly Downtown luncheon said. “Why do you want to go to [D.C.] when we need you here in the state government?”

City Counseling: Best Laid Plans
Austin Chronicle, Wells Dunbar, February 27, 2009

Candidate forums are all about staying on message. But Lee Leffingwell may have made news Monday in his first face-off against Brewster McCracken – at the Central Texas Democratic Forum – when he announced opposition to awarding the contract for designing a comprehensive plan at this week’s City Council meeting. McCracken agreed, calling the process flawed – suggesting a councilwide lack of will to proceed.

How to Turn Purple to Blue
Austin Chronicle, Lee Nichols, February 6, 2009

“I believe that in 2010, if you register a million Latinos in Texas, with another 400,000 African-Americans, at the top of the ticket a Democrat would win. It would be an Anglo Democrat with 1 million. With 1.5 million Latinos, at the top of the ticket any person of any color would win as a Democrat.”

So declared Lydia Camarillo, vice president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, at last week’s Central Texas Democratic Forum. Camarillo told the monthly gathering of local Democrats that 2 million Hispanics are not registered to vote in Texas, and it’s time to do something about it.

Don’t Let Up, Texas Obama Director Says
Austin Chronicle, Lee Nichols, October 20, 2008

Don’t let those poll numbers lull you into letting your guard down. That’s the message that Juan Sepúlveda, Texas state director of the Barack Obama campaign, had for party activists at the Central Texas Democratic Forum luncheon today. He detailed how the Texas campaign is both sending volunteers and staff to battleground states (such as neighboring New Mexico) and trying to help Dems here.

“I believe that in 2010, if you register a million Latinos in Texas, with another 400,000 African-Americans, at the top of the ticket a Democrat would win. It would be an Anglo Democrat with 1 million. With 1.5 million Latinos, at the top of the ticket any person of any color would win as a Democrat.”

So declared Lydia Camarillo, vice president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, at last week’s Central Texas Democratic Forum. Camarillo told the monthly gathering of local Democrats that 2 million Hispanics are not registered to vote in Texas, and it’s time to do something about it.

Election Notes
Austin Chronicle, Richard Whittaker, February 22, 2008

In their final meeting before early voting, rival Democratic House District 46 candidates Rep. Dawnna Dukes and challenger Brian Thompson sparred over lunch at the Central Texas Democratic Forum on Monday. In their opening speeches, the two laid out their platforms: Thompson again portrayed the primary as a fight against Speaker Tom Craddick, while Dukes laid out her family’s historic connection to the district.


Spies Wide Open
Houston Chronicle, R.G. Ratcliffe, January 10, 2008

When aides to Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn attended the Central Texas Democratic Forum on Thursday to hear three of the opposition candidates speak, state Rep. Rick Noriega turned David Beckwith and Kevin McLaughlin into props for his speech.

Tax Assessor Candidates Duke it Out
Austin Chronicle, Lee Nichols, September 28, 2007

One of the most entertaining political debates this reporter has ever seen happened on Wednesday at the Central Texas Democratic Forum, held at the Austin Bar Association’s Congress Avenue headquarters, between incumbent Nelda Wells Spears and challenger Glen Maxey, who represented southeast Travis County from 1991 to 2003 in the Texas House of Representatives.


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