Some of Metrocrest Democrats members were among
the first folks to arrive at Representative
Kenny Marchants office on
Wed. Feb 20 to ask for his support
of H.R. 1 (For the People Act)
The three pillars of H.R. I are:
1) making voting easier (same day voter registration),
2) pushing back on money in politics by bolstering the Federal Elections Commission, and providing small donor matching so more candidates can run without taking money from lobbyists and special interests, and
3) reforming ethics and accountability by tightening rules for lobbyists and foreign agents, requiring release of tax returns, and fortifying the Office of Government Ethics.
Monday March 11
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.
We will announce the program soon. Please check back.
Interesting Articles & more
Presented by Harvard Business School
Why Competition in the Politics Industry
is Failing America
Proposed solutions are also discussed.
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
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
Please Don't Forget
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We mourn the loss of our great friend and
a key member of our club Bill Deal.
Click here to read Bill's obituary presented to
us by his wife Marti Fox.
Bill had been battling with cancer through
most of 2018. He had multiple surgeries and treatments with many weeks in hospital.
He passed away morning of Monday Jan. 7th.
Bill Deal modeled for all of us a commitment to Democratic values not only in his words
but in his actions.
He block walked when able, phone banked and tirelessly supported our efforts as a
Democratic grass roots organization.
He served as Secretary for Metrocrest Democrats from January 2015 until his death on
January 7, 2018.
He will be missed by many who where
lucky to know him and we are blessed to
have had him in our lives.
Information regarding memorials will be emailed.
With much sorrow we have the news that
our great leader, judge, and friend
Hon. Darlene Ewing has died.
She passed shortly after noon on
Friday, November 16, 2018.
Please read more at this link.
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.
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
"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
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
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