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Will Democrats Win the House? Ask Texas.
New York Times

Donations Flow to Colin Allred after First Place Finish in Democratic Primary
Dallas Morning News

Dems’ Chances May Rest on Flipping GOP Strongholds in Cities
The Virginian Pilot

Colin on MSNBC’s AM Joy with Joy Reid

Colin Allred joined MSNBC’s AM Joy with Joy Reid on October 15, 2017 to discuss the NFL protests and the President’s reactions.

Colin on MSNBC Live

Colin joined MSNBC on October 9th to talk about the Vice President’s taxpayer-funded political stunt and the rights of players, and all Americans, to protest.


Trump is No Team Player
U.S. News and World Report | Colin Allred

“I played five years in the NFL, and I can tell you one thing for certain – Donald Trump would never have made it in the league.” Read More


Colin on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell

Colin Allred joined MSNBC’s the Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on September 27th to discuss his campaign, the NFL protests and the Trump Administration’s reactions.


DMN: Former NFL player Colin Allred launches campaign to unseat Pete Session
Dallas Morning News | Gromer Jeffers

Civil Rights attorney Colin Allred has launched a campaign to unseat incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas. But first the former NFL player will have to run in a potentially crowded Democratic primary for Congressional District 32. A former Hillcrest High School standout, he hopes his connection to the North Dallas district attracts him to voters. Read More 


The right to vote is a fundamental political right
Texas Tribune | Colin Allred

President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order to create a commission to investigate his own baseless claims of voter fraud in the 2016 election. This order was signed despite the failure of the Trump administration to provide evidence of any abnormalities; numerous media outlets have rated such claims false. Read More 


How the Texas GOP ‘packed and cracked’ districts to dilute minorities’ voting rights
Dallas Morning News | Colin Allred

With a Texas federal court reviewing the state’s voting maps, all Texans should take a moment to consider the effects of racial gerrymandering in our state. Make no mistake, current voting maps erode minority voters’ right to choose who they want to represent them — and threaten our democracy more broadly. Read More 


Democrats field a glut of House candidates in 2018 but remain divided on how to win
The Washington Post | Ed O’Keefe, David Weigel

The largest number of Democratic congressional candidates in decades is putting into play dozens of House districts across the country, raising the possibility of a bitterly contested midterm election cycle next year as the party and its activists try to take advantage of President Trump’s unpopularity to win a majority in the House. Here in Dallas, first-time candidate Colin Allred, a former NFL linebacker for the Tennessee Titans and civil rights attorney, is running against Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) in a district where Clinton narrowly won last year and Sessions faced just token opposition. Allred has spent the past six weeks hosting “Coffee with Colin” at local coffee shops on Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons, which he says draw as many as 60 people. Read More 


Former NFL Linebackers’s Congressional Bid
Fox Business

Colin Allred, Texas congressional candidate and former NFL linebacker, joined Mornings with Maria to discuss his campaign, Texas’ 32nd congressional district, and the news of the day. Watch Here 


House Bill Makes Health Care a Swing Factor for Midterms 
Wall Street Journal | Reid Epstein 

By passing the American Health Care Act to replace Obamacare on Thursday, Republicans ensured that health care could determine the fate of their House majority in the 2018 midterm elections. Colin Allred, a Dallas civil-rights attorney who is challenging Texas Rep. Pete Sessions in a district Mrs. Clinton won, said there has been more interest in his Democratic campaign as the GOP health-care bill vote drew near. Mr. Sessions voted for the bill Thursday. “This is being followed more closely than just about anything I’ve seen,” Mr. Allred said Thursday. “People are plugged into this. They know what’s going on. Read More 


Former NFL Player Colin Allred to Challenge Pete Sessions
Roll Call | Eric Garcia 

Former NFL linebacker Colin Allred announced Wednesday he would challenge Texas Rep. Pete Sessions in 2018. Allred, now a civil rights attorney, told the Dallas Morning News that he was inspired by the grassroots energy he saw after the election of President Donald Trump last year. “I know this community,” he told the Morning News. “I know what it needs. I know who the people are. Read More 


Swarm of Texas Democrats vying for two Republican seats in U.S. House
Texas Tribune | Abby Livingston

Something strange is happening in Texas: Ambitious Democrats are coming out of the woodwork to run for Congress in places few in the party paid attention to even just a year ago. Up north in Dallas, former Hillary Clinton staffer Ed Meier also announced he would join former NFL player Colin Allred in running for the Democratic nomination to take on U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions. Several others – including Awbrey Tyler Hughlett, Stephen Leroy Love, Ronald William Marshall, Danielle Pellett and Darrell Allen Rodriguez – have also filed to run for the seat. Read More 


Is healthcare vote the tipping point for liberals regaining control of the House?
The Guardian | Lauren Gambino

In Texas, Colin Allred, a civil rights attorney and former linebacker with the Tennessee Titans who recently announced a Democratic run to unseat the Republican congressman Pete Sessions, said constituents in the north Dallas district he hopes to represent were reacting “in a visceral way” to the healthcare vote. Read More 


Former NFL player Colin Allred launches campaign to unseat Pete Sessions in Dallas
Sports Illustrated

Former NFL player and current civil rights attorney Colin Allred has launched his campaign to unseat Rep. Pete Sessions (R) of the 32nd Congressional District in Dallas. “I was born and raised in this district by a single mother who taught in Dallas public schools for 27 years,” Allred said. “This community—my mom, my teachers, and my coaches—gave me the opportunity to succeed, play in the NFL, become a civil rights attorney, and work for President Obama. I want to make sure future generations have the same opportunities and to make sure those values are being represented in D.C.” Read More 


Former NFL Player to Challenge Vulnerable Texas GOP Congressman
New York Magazine | Eric Levitz

On November 8, Texas’s 32nd congressional district voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a margin of 48.5 to 46.6 percent. And yet, the district’s incumbent Republican congressman Pete Sessions won reelection by over 50 points — because no Democrat ran against him. The donkey party won’t be letting Sessions off that easy in 2018. This week, Colin Allred, a former NFL player and current civil-rights lawyer, announced that he plans to paint the Dallas suburbs blue next year. Read More 


Dems aim to take out longtime GOP incumbent in Texas
The Hill | Ben Kamisar and Lisa Hagen

Two former Democratic administration officials are jockeying for the chance to take on Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), setting up a race that Democrats hope will help the party expand its footprint in the red state. Read More


Pete Sessions’ Democratic challengers Ed Meier, Colin Allred raise big cash in short time
Dallas Morning News | Gromer Jeffers

Democratic Party candidates for the 32nd Congressional District aren’t having any problems raising campaign cash. Dallas civil rights lawyer Colin Allred raised $200,000 during the second-quarter fundraising period. His campaign aides say 71 percent of the money came from Texans. Read More 


Civil rights attorney, former NFL linebacker running for congress
Mesquite News

With the 2018 midterm elections around the corner, activists and pundits around the country are zeroing in on a handful of key congressional districts that could reset the power center on Capitol Hill — and Texas 32 has quickly risen to the top of the list as one of the races to watch. Read More