Metrocrest Democrats Meeting
Monday May, 15
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 at 6:00 pm for a dutch treat supper, lively
conversation, and the meeting will start at 7:00 pm.
The program and speaker will be announced soon.
Please check back.
WHO TO VOTE FOR?
Progressive Candidate List
------- See link --------
Democracy cannot succeed unless the people become informed and involved.
By voting they become a force for justice.
Metrocrest Democrats encourages support for the
candidates who have a progressive and inclusive vision
for the city and the schools.
Some of the opponents have strong support from
Tea Party Republicans, whom we believe pursue
policies at odds with what is best for our
community and schools.
These elections are often decided by a handful of
votes and the turnout is painfully low.
PLEASE VOTE. The individuals elected will have
a direct impact on your children and the quality
and future of your community.
LIST OF CANDIDATES
Plano, Frisco, Allen, Melissa,
Dallas, Carrollton, Addison,
Denton, Lewisville, Coppel
Richardson, Irving, and more ...
See Link (PDF file)
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement as the Texas Democratic Party accepted Mike Collier's resignation as finance chair to mount a campaign for lieutenant governor of Texas:
“Over the past year, Mike Collier has dedicated his time and talent to help build the permanent party infrastructure necessary to win. In no small part due to his efforts, Texas Democrats had the resources and vision to earn the best election cycle in two decades.
“Mike is passionate about independence in fact and appearance. That is why I am accepting his resignation though there is no explicit prohibition against Mike’s service as finance chair.
“Mike, thank you for your service to the Texas Democratic Party and the people of Texas. I was proud to have called you Finance Chair and even prouder to call you my friend.
“Dan Patrick has proven he is unworthy of leading this great state. I am proud to see a courageous Texan like Mike Collier put his name forward to serve.”
How to Build an Autocracy
By: David Frum
The Atlantic, March 2017 issue
The preconditions are present in the U.S. today.
Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.
Read the Full Article
Listen to the Audio Version
Please Don't Forget
To Renew Your Membership
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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.
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--- ELECTION DATES ---
If you received a "Vote by Mail Ballot", but
now prefer to vote in person,
you MUST bring the unused ballot with you
to the voting location.
|Last Day to Register
|Thur. April 6
||Mon. April 24 to
||Sat. May 6
|BALLOT by MAIL
|Last day to Apply & Received (Not post marked) the Application for
Ballot by Mail
|Tue. April 25
|Last day to receive the Ballot by Mail
|Sat. May 6 at 7PM
(Unless overseas deadline applies.)
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all your friends are too.
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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.