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Upcoming November 2017 Election

You can see the amendments on the ballot in November
which includes the pros and cons on each item.
This can help you in advance of the election to make your
choices. The info comes from The Texas Legislative Council
which is non-partisan.

Please see this pdf file link:
http://www.tlc.state.tx.us/docs/amendments/analyses17_condensed.pdf

Voter Registration Deadline for this Nov. 7 Election was
Tuesday Oct. 10, 2017.

To be prepared for future elections get your friends and family to
have their voter registration be up to date!

For registration status
click here


Upcoming Events

Mon. Oct. 23 to Fri. Nov. 3  

Early Voting - Constitutional Amendments Election
"Josey Ranch Library",
 
1700 Keller Springs Rd., Carrollton, TX 75006.

Monday through Saturday (Oct. 23-28) 8AM - 5PM
Sunday (Oct. 29) 1PM - 6PM
Monday through Wednesday (Oct. 30-31/Nov. 1) 8AM - 5PM
Thursday & Friday (Nov. 2-3) 7AM - 7PM

Tuesday Nov. 7  

Election Day Voting - Constitutional Amendments Election
"Josey Ranch Library",
 
1700 Keller Springs Rd., Carrollton, TX 75006.

Tuesday (Nov. 7) 7AM - 7PM


Monday Nov. 13  

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting
Please join us for our next meeting at:


"New New Buffet",
 
3822 Belt Line Rd., Addison, TX 75001.
(Southeast corner of Marsh Lane and Beltline Rd. at
the east end of the shopping area that includes Kroger.)


Come anytime after 6:00pm for a dutch treat supper and lively conversation. The program will start at 7:00pm.

Our speaker and program will be announced soon.  
Please check back.


Voter Registration Drive

Why Are Millions of Citizens
Not Registered to Vote?

A survey of the civically unengaged finds
they lack interest, but
outreach opportunities exist

Article by:
The Pew Charitable Trusts/ Research & Analysis


For full article click here

"More than 40% of the unregistered cared who would
win the presidency in 2016, and some indicated that
they could be motivated to register in the future,
though many also feel that the voting process does
not affect the way governing decisions are made.
These findings suggest that opportunities exist to
engage segments of the unregistered population,
including through consistent outreach at motor vehicle agencies as required under the NVRA and
public education campaigns designed to highlight
the significance of individual voter participation to
election outcomes and the connection between
local policies and issues these citizens care about,
such as those for which they volunteer
in their communities.
Less than 20 percent of this group has been asked
to register by a state agency, and a substantial
increase in that figure could help to improve
registration rates and electoral participation among
these disconnected citizens."


Interesting Articles

A History of why the US is the only
rich country without universal health care

By: Annalisa Merelli
www.msn.com

"Currently, the US spends two to three times as much
per capita on health care as most industrialized countries.

Of this burden, an estimated two thirds falls on the government’s shoulders, when one accounts for
entitlements (Medicare and Medicaid), the cost of health insurance for government workers, and tax credits that subsidize private insurance plans for other people.
“Most Americans have publicly funded health care,”
either in full or in part,says David Himmelstein,
professor of public health at CUNY and author of the
estimate. “The government spends much more than
other countries, but it’s an opaque system.”
The government’s role is mostly to subsidize the
astronomical costs set by the for-profit market.

Many Americans think their system is expensive because
it’s very good. They are wrong: The US ranks 28th,
below almost all other rich countries, when it comes to
the quality of its healthcare assessed by UN parameters ...
"
Read full article


The Atlantic, July/August 2017 issue

What’s Wrong With the Democrats?
If the party cares about winning, it needs to learn how to appeal to the white working class.

By: Franklin Foer

How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration
In the past decade, liberals have avoided inconvenient truths about the issue.

By: Peter Beinart


Mike Collier for
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
2018
Mike Collier photo
Texas needs a leader who will hold the politicians
accountable and stand up for every single one of us.

www.collierfortexas.com


Kim Olson for
Texas Commissioner of Agriculture 2018


Kim Olson for Agriculture Commissioner

Kim Olson, Colonel, USAF, Retired
Protect our most precious resources:
land, water, and people;
one grain, drop, and Texan at a time.


Kim Olson farmer, veteran, pilot and champion of education,
is dedicated to influencing the future of sustainable food
production through her Community Supported Agriculture
at the 4K River Ranch, Mineral Wells, Texas.
www.kimolson4txag.com


Ed Meier Democrat for Congress
Running against Pete Sessions 2018
Ed Meier photo https://www.edfortexas.com/

Ed Meier wrote on Facebook, July 12:
"So far Sessions has used his Committee to ram through Trumpcare, stall the Russia sanctions bill, and make sure Trump can have his "big, beautiful wall."
https://www.facebook.com/edfortexas

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Mission Statement
The mission of the Metrocrest Democrats is to advance the success of the Democratic Party throughout suburban Northwest Dallas and South Eastern Denton Counties by promoting
active civic participation, educating on values
and issues, and supporting candidates
for elective office
.
Contact info@metrocrestdemocrats.org
for questions and comments.


For Election-Related Information in
Dallas County these are the websites:

www.DallasDemocrats.org

  www.DallasCountyVotes.org

Make sure you are registered to vote at
your Current Address and that
all your friends are too.

To check your voter registration status
click here


Update on
DART Cotton Belt
Rail Line in Coppell


by: Terry Barker (Precinct Chair 2806)
Sept. 19, 2017

"To all Coppell Friends,

Tonight I attended the DART Cotton Belt Rail Line community meeting in Carrollton. In a similar one I attended in May, DART presented 2 possibilities of (1) going straight through Coppell on the existing rail tracts to DFW Airport or (2) detouring South into Cypress Waters.

I talked with John Hoppie, DART’s Project Manager, who lives at 709 Cresthaven Road in Coppell, to get specific information as it affects Coppell.


The meeting tonight presented an update to DART’s plan.

1. The Cotton Belt line will be a 24 mile line from Plano to DFW Airport following the existing Cotton Belt railroad tracts with 4 exceptions. They are at DFW Airport, in Coppell, downtown Carrollton, and on the extreme East end in Plano.

2. From Carrollton West into Coppell, the existing tracts run parallel to Belt Line.

3. The DART line will follow the existing tracks at grade level across Fairway and MacArthur. The grade level crossings through Coppell will probably be designated “Quite Zones” meaning the train horn will not sound when approaching. DART will upgrade the crossing arms to ensure traffic cannot drive around them when the train is coming.

4.In Coppell at Belt Line and Moore Road, new tracts will be laid to go Southwest across Belt Line into Cypress Waters which is City of Dallas.

5.A new DART Rail Station will be built in Cypress Waters just South of Belt Line. There will be a new street from Belt Line to the DART station.

6.The new tracks will continue from the DART Station West essentially parallel to Belt Line crossing Sanders Loop just North of Chase Bank.

7.The new tracks will cross Belt Line after it turns South at Southwestern where the old NAPA Auto Parts store is. I think it was last a taco shop.

8. The portion of the tracks across Sanders Loop and Belt Line will be elevated above grade so as not to degrade heavy traffic on Belt Line.

9. The new tracks will continue West and cross Southwestern at Soto’s Auto Repair Shop.

10. The new tracks will rejoin the existing tracks at South Coppell Road.

11. The old tracts from Moore Road to South Coppell Road will continue to be used by freight trains.

12. DART will follow the old tracts into DFW Airport.

13. The NAPA building and Soto’s are being acquired by DART under Eminent Domain as well as some other property for the new tracks.

14. There will generally be a 100 foot Right of Way for the DART rail line.

15.The NCTCOG (North Central Texas Council of Governments) is considering adding a trail (walking, running, biking, etc.) along the Cotton Belt Line. The City of Coppell would connect its current trail system in Brown Park to Irving’s Champion Trail system.

16. Since the City of Coppell has never been a DART member, it will not support the DART line with a DART sales tax, however, Coppell City Council will make a significant contribution to DART for the rail line. Part of that contribution will be property the City of Coppell owns in Cypress Waters and property CISD owns there.

17. DART is planning for the new rail line to be in operation at the end of 2020."


ResistX
ResistX, is a non-profit that facilitates
awareness of upcoming
political demonstrations via
texts and emails


Know Your Rights:
What To Do If Your Rights Are Violated
at a Demonstration or Protest

See this ACLU link


As part of the Indivisible Project
which resists and highlights the flawed policies emanating from the federal and state government activists are encouraged to make calls of protest to elected officials. Here are some recommendations to consider if you make or are planning to make calls.

Guidelines for activists making phone calls to elected officials *

From Mark Jahnke, who used to work on Capitol Hill as the person in charge of all the incoming phone calls to his Senator's office. He has some insider tips to make calling your reps easier and quicker:

1. Give your name, city, and zip code, and say "I don't need a response." That way, they can quickly confirm you are a constituent, and that they can tally you down without taking the time to input you into a response database.

2. PLEASE ONLY CALL YOUR OWN REPRESENTATIVES! Your tally will not be marked down unless you can rattle off a city and zip from the state, or are calling from an in-state area code. I know you really want to give Mitch McConnell a piece of your mind, but your call will be ignored unless you can provide a zip from Kentucky. And don't try to make this up; I could often tell who was lying before I even picked up the phone from the caller ID. Exceptions to this are things like Paul Ryan's ACA poll.

3. State the issue, state your position. "I am opposed to a ban on Muslims entering the US." "I am in favor of stricter gun control legislation including background checks." "I am in favor of the Affordable Care Act." That's it. That's all we write down so we can get a tally of who is in favor, who is against. It doesn't matter WHY you hold that opinion. The more people calling, the less detail they write down. Help them out by being simple and direct.

4. Please be nice! The people answering the phones on Capitol Hill already had the hardest job in DC and some of the lowest pay as well, and for a month now their jobs have become absolute murder, with nonstop calls for 9 hours every day. Thank them for their hard work answering the phones, because without them our Senators could not represent us.

What does this sound like?

"Hi, my name is _____, I'm a constituent from _____, zip code _____, I don't need a response. I am opposed to any ban on Muslims entering the United States and I encourage the Senator to please oppose implementation of any such ban. Thanks for your hard work answering the phones!"

This is how I wish every caller had phrased their message. It makes it easier for the people answering the phones and takes less time and emotion than a long script. I know that you want to say why, but keeping it short and sweet helps the office answer more calls per hour, meaning more people get heard. The bigger the tally, the more powerful our voice.

Also, when you're reading off the same script as 100 other callers that day... well...they can tell.

Pick one issue each day, use this format (I am in favor of _____ or I oppose ______), and call your 2 Senators and 1 Representative on their DC and State Office lines, and you'll be on your way to being heard.

*
Guidelines originally appeared in from North Dallas Texas Democratic Women announcement.




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