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For Dallas County Judicial Candidates
in contested races

we have send each candidate a questionnaire and as we get their responses they are posted here for
anyone interested.

    See the incumbent Judicial Evaluation Poll by Dallas Bar (PDF file) See pages 20 through 34.

Upcoming Events

Monday Jan. 22  

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting-
Final Candidate Forum

Please join us for this 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.

Join us at this meeting of final Candidate Forum for candidates in the 2018 Democratic Primary, including
the races for Dallas County Sheriff, for
Chair of the Denton County Democratic Party, and
for Justice of the Peace #2 in the Carrollton area of
Denton County.

The reason we are including these two races in Denton
County is that in accord with our bylaws, we include the
part of southeastern Denton County which includes
northern part of Carrollton, and these are contested
races that are relevant to our geographic area.

Thursday Jan. 25  

Metrocrest Democrats
Social / Informal meeting

Please join us at:

"The Londoner",
14830 Midway Rd., Addison
We have reserved a non-smoking room which is to
the left of the entrance, from about 6:00 pm.

Please join us to talk about all of the candidates we have
met as we as a party try to harness the political energy
in the air and turn it to strengthening the role of Democrats
in government at all levels.
We have a wealth of candidates. Now we need to
support them and get out the vote.

During the gathering members who plan to vote in the endorsement meeting can eat, have an adult beverage
and discuss which candidates interest them.  If they are undecided, they have a chance to chat with other people
in the group.   Basically, it's a social with a chance to talk some politics. There will be no formal meeting agenda, no program and no particular structure.
It is not particularly intended for candidates, though some
of them are members, and of course they can vote as well,
but candidates who are there will not be introduced to
the room.

As a club we vote to endorse candidates in the Democratic primaries and the next one is in March, 2018.
We will vote on endorsements at our February 12 meeting.
We are holding series of forums before the start of the Democratic Primaries to allow our members to make
informed choices.

PLEASE NOTE:  You must be a member 28 DAYS
BEFORE the endorsement vote is taken in our Feb. 12 meeting, although you can join the club anytime during the year. 

Interesting Articles

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

By: Annalisa Merelli

"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, January/February 2018 issue

This article gives you an interesting insight into how Russian
intelligence train their talented future generation hackers

What Putin Really Wants

Russia's strongman president has many Americans
convinced of his manipulative genius. He's really just
a gambler who won big.

By: Julia Ioffe

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.

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.

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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
for questions and comments.

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

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."

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."

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

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