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Wednesday June 26

1st Democratic Candidate Debate Watch


"Addison Point Sports Grill",
 
4578 Belt Line Rd., Addison 75001
(It is on Belt Line Rd, one block east of Midway, between Beltway Dr. and Beltwood Pkwy.)

Debates begin at 8pm CT and end at 10pm

Candidates who have met the DNC's funding and polling requirements will take to the stage and podium positions will reflect their standing in the polls as of June 12, 2019, with leading candidates in the center positions and trailing candidates at the edges, according to NBC.

The candidates in 1st debate are:
Senator Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts and Former Representative Beto O'Rourke, Texas, at center stage, along with Senator Cory Booker, New Jersey, Former US Housing Secretary Julian Castro, Former Representative John Delaney, Maryland, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota, Representative Tim Ryan, Ohio

Thursday June 27

2nd Democratic Candidate Debate Watch


"The Londoner",
 
14930 Midway Rd., Addison 75001

Debates begin at 8pm CT and end at 10pm

Candidates who have met the DNC's funding and polling requirements will take to the stage and podium positions will reflect their standing in the polls as of June 12, 2019, with leading candidates in the center positions and trailing candidates at the edges, according to NBC.

The candidates in 2nd debate are:
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, Vermont, at center stage, Senator Michael Bennet, Colorado, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Indiana, Senator Kamal Harris, California, Senator Kirsten Gillebrand, New York, Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Representative Eric Swalwell, California Author Marianne Williamson, Entrepreneur Andrew Yang


Monday July 8

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.


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


2019
Dallas County
New Voting Process
See demo videos below:

New check-in (pollbook) system
New voting machines


Learn about Countywide Vote Centers.


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
Constitutional Crisis?


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


www.msn.com
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 New York Times, Jan. 27, 2018
How Wobbly Is Our Democracy?

If partisan polarization continues to intensify,
checks and balances will not save us.

By Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt


YouTube Video
Presented by Harvard Business School
Sept. 2017

Why Competition in the Politics Industry
is Failing America

Proposed solutions are also discussed.


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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
southeast Denton Counties by promoting
active civic participation, educating on values
and issues, and supporting candidates
for elective office
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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


County Election Contacts

Dallas County: 214-819-6300
www.dallascountyvotes.org

Collin County: 1-800-687-8546
www.collincountytx.gov

Denton County: 940-349-3200
www.votedenton.com

Kaufman County: 972-932-0298 www.kaufmancounty.org/elections

Tarrant County: 817-831-8683
access.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.html

For more help, including how to check your registration status, contact the
Texas secretary of state at
1-800-252-8683 or
visit votetexas.gov


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


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




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