SG Questionnaire

SG Candidates: please fill out our Questionnaire and send it to Maliha Mazhar by 8 PM on Tuesday the 24th with the subject line “Your Name – UDems Questionnaire.”

We will be basing our endorsements on the responses provided at our next general meeting, which will take place on Wednesday the 25th. This will be a closed-door meeting for our members only, and we will post our official endorsements by Thursday at the latest.


Thank you to everyone who applied for the UDems Scholarship! We are no longer accepting applications at this time.

UDems Updates

UDems Scholarship Application is now open!


Fellow Dems,

Welcome back to campus! I hope you all had a restful break and that you are ready to get back to promoting progressive ideals on campus!

Come join us this Wednesday, January 28th at 7pm for our internship fair. We’re hosting some really great organizations so don’t forget your resume!

At 8pm join us for the first meeting with the Texas Tribune’s Executive Editor and Co-Founder Ross Ramsey! Mr. Ramsey is one of the preeminent Texas political reporters who covers the Texas legislature. He’ll be sharing his insights about the 84th legislature and offering up a preview of what we can expect to see from our elected officials at the capitol.

Afterwards we’ll be heading to Posse East (2900 Duval Street) to eat and socialize!

UDems Superbowl Party

A week from today come join the University Democrats for some good ol’ American sports watching (or commercial watching), junk food, and general merriment.

See everyone Wednesday!

Democratically Yours,

Michelle Willoughby
University Democrats | President




UDems: Democratic Party 

Fellow Dems,

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone that volunteered or worked on a campaign this year; your contribution to the Democratic Party and our state will not soon be forgotten. Instead of having a speaker this week, UDems will be meeting at Players tonight at 8pm in celebration of the hard work everyone has put into this election cycle and to relax, if only briefly, before the local runoffs get under way.

Last night was rough and though it may seem disheartening at the moment, the time and effort you and thousands of other Texans put into fighting for Wendy Davis, Leticia Van de Putte, and the Democratic ticket sent a resounding message across this state that there are those willing to fight for a better Texas and those willing to continue that fight until opportunity, equality, and justice are made available to all its citizens. What we can learn from last night is that even more will be required of us. We are not called upon to do great things individually, but to do all things with great care and together we can affect change. The fight doesn’t stop. The fight can’t stop, because we are fighting for our home – whether you’ve come to UT from out of state or lived here your whole life.

Locally, UDems will continue working to help those of our endorsed candidates moving into runoffs for Austin Mayor and City Council. Below is a list of our candidates moving on to the next round:

Mayor: Steve Adler
District 1: Dwayne Lofton
District 3: Pio Renteria
District 6: Jimmy Flannigan
District 7: Jeb Boyt
District 8: Ed Scruggs
District 9: Chris Reilly
District 10: Mandy Dealy

There were some bright moments last night and good wins for Travis County Democrats. Congratulations to Delia Garza and Ann Kitchen for being the first elected City Council Members in Austin’s new 10-1 system! Congratulations to Randal Slagle on becoming the newest Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2! Rep. Celia Israel won by a huge margin and will be working her first legislative session this spring as a champion for progressive causes and all Texans. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Sen. Kirk Watson, and Rep. Elliott Naishtat all won re-election last night and will continue to represent the Austin and UT community with honor.

See you all at Players tonight and thank you again for your hard work this election!

Democratically Yours,

Max Patterson
University Democrats | President

UDems Presents: Endorsement Palooza!

Fellow Dems,

We’d like to invite you to attend Endorsement Palooza: Part II, where we’ll caucus and officially endorse a slate of candidates for November’s election!

Caucusing will be held Wednesday at 8pm and in our regularly scheduled meeting room (GAR 0.102). We will be caucusing separate from Central Austin Democrats, who will be meeting earlier in the evening at NeWorlDeli at 6pm. They’ll keep their endorsements secret until we officially caucus and select our candidates for endorsement. Ballots will include mayor, city council races from all ten districts, and Proposition 1.

Remember, candidates that receive BOTH UDems and CAD endorsements are officially endorsed by the Austin Progressive Coalition! We’ll continue to support APC-endorsed candidates throughout the election cycle.

If you wish to participate in the caucus and are a new UDem, you must have paid your dues by last meeting! Returning members can pay dues next Wednesday.

And as always, join us at Players after for burgers and fried things.

Upcoming Events

Phone Bank for Steve Brown

UDems will be holding a phone bank this Thursday at 6pm in SSB G1.106 for Steve Brown, the Democratic candidate for Railroad Commissioner. This is a great opportunity for UDems to help out a member of our fantastic statewide ticket so please come help make calls. There will be FREE PIZZA at 6pm and we’ll start making calls around 6:30pm. Make sure to check Facebook for the event page.

That’s it for now. See everyone Wednesday!

Democratically Yours,

Max Patterson
University Democrats | President

TFN President Kathy Miller and a Couple Castros

Fellow Dems,

It’s been two weeks and we’ve seen Leticia Van de Putte twice and Wendy Davis once. Not a bad stretch. With only three meetings remaining, let’s finish out this semester strong with some of our best meetings and volunteer efforts yet!


Debate Watch: Julian Castro vs. Dan Patrick

Burnt Orange Report and the Travis County Democratic Party are hosting a watch party for tonight’s debate with Julian Castro and Dan Patrick over immigration policy. The watch party will be at Scholz Garten and should be a lot of fun. The debate will air from 6-7 PM. Scholz Garten is a pretty easy walk from campus so please join us!

UDems Presents: Kathy Miller, President of TFN

Join us on Wednesday for a conversation with Kathy Miller, President of the Texas Freedom Network, for an update on the battle over our Social Studies curriculum at the State Board of Education. Much of the controversy surrounds the proposal for a Mexican American Studies program. This might not seem controversial, but considering this is a group who has slashed figures like Caesar Chavez from our textbooks, we must remember who we are dealing with.

TFN is a nonprofit that was founded to fight the radical religious right in Texas. Their efforts are instrumental in ensuring that Texas school children are given scientifically and historically accurate educations.

As usual, we will be in Mezes 1.306 at 8 PM! See you then.

Austin Fundraiser for Congressman Joaquin Castro

Before Wednesday’s meeting, Congressman Joaquin Castro is returning to Austin for a fundraiser and UDems are invited to attend for free! Don’t miss a chance to meet one of Texas’ newest progressive leaders this Wednesday at 5. If you are interested in attending, but don’t have a ride, please email and we will try to carpool.

Telling Texans Stories: Texas College Democrats 2014 Convention

Join Texas students from around the state on April 19th, this Saturday, to prepare for the 2014 elections and elect the new leadership of Texas College Democrats. There will be exciting speakers and it will take place on our campus! TCD Conventions are a great chance to meet our Democratic friends from around the state. Let’s make sure we all come out and welcome our Democratic friends! There will be evening festivities we can discuss there as well.

Rally Against Shared Services! 

Next Wednesday, join staff, faculty, students, and community members against the devastating Shared Services plan! We are going to make our voices heard by delivering the 1,000+ petitions to President Powers and UT Administration.

The rally will include staff, student, and faculty representatives speaking about this plan and how it will, and already is, hurting our university. We will be meeting at Noon on the main mall, marching over to the Union patio outside Wendy’s to hear from community members, and returning to the tower to deliver our petitions.

Shared Services will result in a less efficient university, with people doing the jobs of five people, and with many longtime employees losing their job. Faculty and students were never consulted and our voices have been ignored. Please join us next Wednesday stand in solidarity with the workers whose jobs are being taken by corporate interests. These cuts effect all of us. Make sure your voice is heard.


Apply to the Texas Leadership Fund summer program! The summer program is a paid grassroots fellowship for young Texas leaders with one of our select candidates that is fast-paced, high-impact, and focused on social justice values. Fellows receive training from experienced organizers and a $2,000 summer stipend for an eight week summer fellowship with important state and local campaigns. If you are interested, apply here. Application deadline: April 15 (extended to April 20 with the keyword “UDems Member”)

Democratically Yours,

David Feigen
University Democrats | President