Metrocrest Democrats Meeting
Please join us for our next meeting at:
"New New Buffet",
3822 Belt Line Rd., Addison, TX 75001.
(South East corner of Marsh Lane and Belt Line Rd.)
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.
2020 Primary Election dates
Early Voting: Feb. 18 to 28
Election day: March 3rd
To find YOUR sample ballot, you should go to:
Dallascountyvotes.org then put in your voter information (your name and birthdate) and then you can see (and print if desired) a sample ballot.
Democratic Primary Election
Although Metrocrest hasn't endorsed in these races, other groups have. We've assembled a list below of candidates endorsed by
Stonewall Democrats -- http://www.stonewalldemocratsofdallas.org/
and Susan Bradley, State Democratic Executive Committeewoman.
Court / Candidate
Chief Justice Supreme Court -- Amy Clark Meachum (Stonewall Dems/Susan Bradley)
Supreme Court Place 6 -- Larry Praeger (Stonewall Dems/Susan Bradley)
Supreme Court Place 7 -- Staci Williams (Stonewall Dems)
Supreme Court Place 8 -- Gisela Triana (Stonewall Dems)
Supreme Court Place 8 -- Peter Kelly (Susan Bradley)
Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3 -- Elizabeth Davis Frizell (Stonewall Dems)
Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3 -- Dan Wood (Susan Bradley)
Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4 -- Tina Clinton (Stonewall Dems/Susan Bradley)
Court of Criminal Appeals Place 9 -- Brandon Birmingham (Stonewall Dems)
5th District Court of Appeals Place 3 -- Bonnie Goldstein (Stonewall Dems)
5th District Court of Appeals Place 6 -- Craig Smith (Stonewall Dems)
14th Civil District Court -- Eric Moye (Stonewall Dems)
95th Civil District Court -- Monica Purdy (Stonewall Dems)
162nd Civil District Court -- Maricela Moore (Stonewall Dems)
254th District Court -- Sandre Moncriffe (Stonewall Dems)
Criminal District Court #2 -- Nancy Kennedy (Stonewall Dems)
Criminal District Court #4 -- Dominique Collins (Stonewall Dems)
Listed below is the top polling Democrats from the State Bar's statewide races with the top pick for Dallas county races from the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary list.
Court / Candidate / State Bar poll numbers
Chief Justice Supreme Court -- Amy Clark Meachum 1,779, Gerald Zimmerer 326
Supreme Court Place 6 -- Kathy Cheng 1,440, Larry Praeger 742
Supreme Court Place 7 -- Brandy Voss 1,408, Staci Williams 901
Supreme Court Place 8 -- Gisela Triana 1,555, Peter Kelly, 868
Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3 -- Elizabeth Davis Frizell 785, William Pieratt Demond 588, Dan Wood 416
Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4 -- Tina Clinton 1,447, Steven Miears 591
Court of Criminal Appeals Place 9 -- Brandon Birmingham 1,618
5th District Court of Appeals Place 3 -- Bonnie Goldstein (Committee for Qualified Judiciary)
5th District Court of Appeals Place 6 -- Craig Smith (Committee for Qualified Judiciary)
5th District Court of Appeals Place 8 -- Dennise Garcia (Committee for Qualified Judiciary)
14th Civil District Court -- Eric Moye (Committee for Qualified Judiciary)
95th Civil District Court -- Monica Purdy (Committee for Qualified Judiciary)
162nd Civil District Court -- Maricela Moore (Committee for Qualified Judiciary)
254th District Court -- Sandre Moncriffe (Committee for Qualified Judiciary)
Criminal Court District #3 -- Allison Grinter (Committee for Qualified Judiciary)
Criminal District Court #3 -- Audra Riley (Committee for Qualified Judiciary)
New Voting Process
See demo videos below:
New check-in (pollbook) system
New voting machines
Learn about Countywide Vote Centers.
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