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How Democratic Socialists differ from plain old Democrats to be topic at January BAND meeting

Bay Area New Democrats will resume the monthly meeting schedule on the second Wednesday of the month on Jan. 9. The guest speaker will be Bryan Lavergne, outreach coordinator for the Houston chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. He will discuss how Democratic socialists are different from plain old Democrats. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Harris County Freeman Branch Library Children’s Activity Room, 16616 Diana Ln., Houston 77062.

Local Democrats to celebrate the election, holidays together

Mark your calendars for the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 11 as we celebrate the holidays and the 2018 election with the local Democratic clubs. Hosts for the party are Bay Area New Democrats (BAND), Bay Area Democratic Movement (BADM) and Bay Area Associaton of Democratic (BAAD) Women. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Krist Law Firm at 17100 El Camino Real, Houston 77058. Attire is holiday festive. Further details are to be announced.

Why you should vote for Democratic candidates

This year is your last opportunity to vote a straight Democratic ticket, because that option will not be on subsequent ballots. This is also the most important year ever to vote for all the Democrats, not only because of the turmoil in our state and federal governments, but also because we have a full slate of remarkably qualified candidates. Below are the candidates in the order they appear on the ballot for Clear Lake area residents, along with some good reasons to vote for them.   U.S. Senator Congressman Beto O’Rourke has represented the El Paso area since 2012 and, unlike his opponent, is known as a consensus builder, working across the aisle to secure bipartisan support for legislation. Top issues for him are ensuring that everyone has a chance to succeed with the proper education and training; access to health care; and immigration policy that views immigrants as a critical source of strength and security in our communities.

October BAND meeting to be GOTV day

Bay Area New Democrats (BAND) normally meets on the second Wednesday of the month, but the usual meeting place is not available at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 10. Instead, BAND will meet at the Bay Area Call Center at 926 Gemini, Houston 77058, for a work day to get out the vote by block walking (weather permitting) and phone banking. Watch this space for more information.

How you can register to vote by Oct. 9!

If you are not yet registered to vote, you are running out of time. The deadline for registration in time to vote in the Nov. 6 election is Tuesday, Oct. 9, and you have multiple options to do so. No excuses! One of the newer options available online is the website There, you fill out the voter information online, and the organization will mail you a form with your information printed on it. All you have to do is sign and date your application and put it back in the envelope and then into the mailbox! The most traditional way to register is to pick up a registration form at a library, government office or a high school. Fill out the form legibly, fold it over and tape it shut, and then put it in the mail at least several days before the deadline. If someone you know is a volunteer deputy voter registrar, he or she will have a supply of the forms as well, and the volunteer registrars will be happy to turn in the form for you. You can also...

Blogger Kuffner to speak at BAND meeting

Charles Kuffner, who writes the Off the Kuff blog, will be the guest speaker at this month’s Bay Area New Democrats (BAND) meeting. BAND meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Freeman Branch Library Children’s Activity Room, 16616 Diana Ln., Houston 77062. The next meeting will be on Sept. 12.

Catch the wave Sunday, Sept 9!

Tickets are available for the Bay Area Democratic Blue Wave Party on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Villa Capri Restaurant at 3713 NASA Pkwy. in Seabrook. The Harris County Democratic Party is sponsoring the event to raise funds for the get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort coordinated by three area clubs: Bay Area New Democrats (BAND), Bay Area Associaton of Democratic (BAAD) Women and Bay Area Democratic Movement (BADM). Tickets are $75 and include a light supper and live music by the Cecil Shaw Trio, who performed at the Obama inauguration party. A cash bar will be available. Many big-name candidates will be in attendance seeking your support. Participating candidates, and the office they seek, so far include:Lupe Valdez – governorMike Collier – lieutenant governorJustin Nelson – attorney generalDayna Steele – Congressional District 36Sri Preston Kulkarni – Congressional District 14Miguel Suazo – Texas land commissionerLina Hidalgo – Harris County judgeAdrian Garcia – Harris County commissioner, precinct 2Alex Karjeker – state representative, District 129Marilyn Burgess – Harris County district clerkDiane Trautman – Harris County clerkHarris County judicial candidates Attendance is limited, so purchase your tickets now...