Monday Oct. 14
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
conversation. The program will start at 7:00pm.
Journalist Bill Moyers says the fight to fix big money in politics "is the fight of our lives, because the Republic is fighting for its life."
Learn about the corrosive influence on our democracy of big money - from individuals, corporations, unions and special interests – and why we need a 28th Amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
Our speaker is Ann Drumm, a volunteer with the national nonpartisan group American Promise, who is building support for the amendment in North Texas.
Texans will vote on following proposed amendments:
Texas Constitution Amendments
Last Day to Register to Vote is Oct. 7th
See this PDF file link for
explanation of the proposed amendments
with pros and cons.
Proposition 1 (HJR 72)
“The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”
Proposition 2 (SJR 79)
“The constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $200 million to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.”
Proposition 3 (HJR 34)
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.”
Proposition 4 (HJR 38)
“The constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax, including a tax on an individual’s share of partnership and unincorporated association income.”
Proposition 5 (SJR 24)
“The constitutional amendment dedicating the revenue received from the existing state sales and use taxes that are imposed on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to protect Texas’ natural areas, water quality, and history by acquiring, managing, and improving state and local parks and historic sites while not increasing the rate of the state sales and use taxes.”
Proposition 6 (HJR 12)
"The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to increase by $3 billion the maximum bond amount authorized for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas."
Proposition 7 (HJR 151)
“The constitutional amendment allowing increased distributions to the available school fund.”
Proposition 8 (HJR 4)
“The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.”
Proposition 9 (HJR 95)
“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metal held in a precious metal depository located in this state.”
Proposition 10 (SJR 32)
“The constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of a law enforcement animal to a qualified caretaker in certain circumstances.”
2019 Dallas County
New Voting Process
See demo videos below:
New check-in (pollbook) system
New voting machines
Learn about Countywide Vote Centers.
Starting this Nov. 5, 2019 Election Day,
Dallas County residents can vote at any Polling Place
within Dallas County to solve the confusion of
voting at the precinct locations.
This will offer the convenience of Early Voting
location to Election Day as well.
Interesting Articles & more
The Atlantic, October, 2018 issue
Why Technology Favors Tyranny
Artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages
of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality.
It will further concentrate power among a small elite
if we don’t take steps to stop it.
By: Yuval Noah Harari
Excerpts from article:
".... if we want to prevent the concentration of all wealth and power in the hands of a small elite, we must regulate the ownership of data."
"The race to accumulate data is already on, and is currently headed by giants such as Google and Facebook and, in China, Baidu and Tencent. So far, many of these companies have acted as “attention merchants”—they capture our attention by providing us with free information, services, and entertainment, and then they resell our attention to advertisers. Yet their true business isn’t merely selling ads. Rather, by capturing our attention they manage to accumulate immense amounts of data about us, which are worth more than any advertising revenue. We aren’t their customers—we are their product."
"Currently, humans risk becoming similar to domesticated animals. .... We are now creating tame humans who produce enormous amounts of data ....we will end up with downgraded humans misusing upgraded computers to wreak havoc on themselves and on the world.
....the idea of living in a digital dictatorship or some similarly degraded form of society — then the most important contribution you can make is to find ways to prevent
too much data from being concentrated in too few hands"
New York Times, September 8, 2018
The Republican Approach to Voter Fraud: Lie
They use the fallacy of rampant cheating at the polls to make it harder for people to vote.
By: Carol Anderson,
Dr. Anderson is a professor of African-American studies at Emory University.
The Atlantic, March 17, 2018 issue
Is America on the Verge of a
As the Trump presidency approaches a troubling tipping point, it’s time to find the right term for what’s happening to democracy.
By:Quinta Jurecic and Ben Jamin Wittes
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
Please Don't Forget
To Renew Your Membership
Membership Runs For The Calendar Year
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The mission of the Metrocrest Democrats is to advance the success of the Democratic Party throughout suburban northwest Dallas and
southeast Denton Counties by promoting
active civic participation, educating on values
and issues, and supporting candidates
for elective office.
for questions and comments.
Last Day to Register to Vote is Oct. 7th
For more information and resources for
2019 Early Voting
Mon. Oct. 21 thru Sat. Oct. 26
8:00am to 5:00pm
Sun. Oct. 27 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Mon. Oct. 28 thru Wed. Oct. 30
8:00am to 5:00pm
Thur. Oct. 31 & Fri. Nov. 1
7:00am to 7:00pm
2019 Election Day
Tuesday Nov. 5
7:00am to 7:00pm
voting in Texas, visit VoteTexas.gov.
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
County Election Contacts
Dallas County: 214-819-6300
Collin County: 1-800-687-8546
Denton County: 940-349-3200
Kaufman County: 972-932-0298 www.kaufmancounty.org/elections
Tarrant County: 817-831-8683
For more help, including how to check your registration status, contact the
Texas secretary of state at
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
The Pew Charitable Trusts/ Research & Analysis
For full article click here
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