Local Dems to lobby State

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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The Wise County Democratic Party will send a delegation of 15 people to Austin next week to lobby state lawmakers on issues affecting local residents.

They will join other groups from around the state in Austin Tuesday, April 9, for Blue Ribbon Lobby Day. The event will focus on three main issues:

  • restoring the $5 billion in funding cut from public education during the last legislative session,
  • accepting federal funds to expand the state’s Medicaid program, and
  • restoring the $72 million in funding cut from the Women’s Health Program.

“As Wise County Democrats, our decision … is only the first step in not allowing Republicans in the Texas Legislature to claim they have the best interest of Texans at heart,” the local Democratic Party said in a press release. “Wise County Democrats share with local residents a tremendous love for our state and have committed to work with other Texas groups and party leaders to express that love in Austin on April 9.”

For more information, call County Chair Mark York at 817-489-1924 or local organizer Tracy Smith at 940-231-0278. For more information on the statewide effort, visit

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