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Paul Coggins Speaks About Current Trump Legal Troubles on April 10, 2023

Metrocrest Democrats meeting, Monday April 10th

  Our speaker Paul Coggins

Former US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, 1993-2001.  He will discuss  the various charges against former president Trump in his indictment in NYC.
 Paul is the Co-Chair of the national White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice for Locke and Lord, LLP and a nationally recognized criminal defense attorney, whose clients have included high-ranking politicians, Fortune 500 executives, professional athletes, nonprofit organizations, and government bodies.
During time at the US Attorney's Office, he twice served on the US Attorney General's Advisory Council and in 1998 became it's Vice-Chair


Metrocrest Meeting March 13th,  2023

With guest speakers

Jaime Rivas, Candidate for Farmers Branch Mayor

Wes Nute,  Candidate for Carrollton Farmers Branch  ISD

Mike Dooling, Candiddate for Carrollton City Council Place 6

Adam Polter, Candidate for Carrollton Mayor

John Love,  Candidate for the US Senate against Cancun Cruz.


Metrocrest Meeting January 16th,  2023

Our speaker will be
SMU Professor Matthew Wilson

Professor Wilson will talk about the last election in Texas, and discuss why results were far less positive than in many other states across the country.  He specializes in political psychology, the voting behavior of different groups, including young voters and  religious voters and is currently working on a book that deals with how citizens decide whom to hold accountable for social and political outcomes.  A commentator on political affairs for local, national and international media outlets and a regular contributor to  the Dallas Morning News  `'Texas Faith" blog on religion in public life,  his most recent works include Understanding American Politics and Religion and Politics in American Life.


Metrocrest Meeting September 9th,  2022

With speaker Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot

First elected as District Attorney in 2018, John is currently running for reelection.  We have asked him to speak about the challenges to local officials from state oversight, as in Florida, where Governor DeSantis removed the County State Attorney in Hillsborough County because  he had allegedly signed letters saying he would not enforce laws prohibiting gender-affirming care for minors or laws limiting abortion. 
John Creuzot served more than 21 years as a Felony District Court Judge, and his background also includes seven years of service as a Dallas County Assistant District Attorney and Chief Felony Prosecutor as well as a criminal defense lawyer while in private practice.
In addition to serving on both sides of the bench, Creuzot has a national reputation for his innovative work on drug courts, criminal justice reform and evidence-based sentencing.  At the suggestion of Ann Richards he began the use of diversion courts which provides an alternative to incarceration for nonviolent drug  offenders.  After retiring from the judiciary, Dallas County recognized his contribution  by  renaming its drug treatment facility the Judge John C Creuzot Treatment  Center  in May 2013.
The facility is coordinated with the Dallas Community Supervision and Corrections Department and the Dallas County Courts. The center works to ensure successful substance abuse treatment and reintegration into the community. It also offers education and skills training and job search assistance to probationers, and education and counseling for family members.  The facility is coordinated with the Dallas Community Supervision  and  Corrections Department and the Dallas County Courts.


Metrocrest Meeting August 8th, 2022

Jason P. Steed, Counsel, discusses the 2022 SCOTUS session and what it means,

and a look towards next year. BA Brigham Young, M FA, U of Idaho, PhD, U of Nevada, Las Vegas, JD UT, with many honors; and has been recognized for excellence by his peers....

 "Jason Steed is an appellate attorney with extensive experience in both state and federal appellate courts across the nation, including the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Texas, the Supreme Court of California, and the Supreme Court of Alaska. His two greatest strengths are his creative legal thinking and his incisive legal writing. Jason has represented clients in a variety of practice areas, including complex commercial litigation, class actions, employment litigation, qui tam/FCA litigation, product liability, and constitutional law.



Metrocrest Meeting June 20th, 222 9th, 2022

Texas State Democratic Party Chair Race, 2022 -- Hear from the Candidates

We invited candidates for the Chair of the Texas Democratic Party, who will be chosen by delegates to the Democratic Party State Convention.

 They discuss their vision for the Party going forward and answer questions.



Metrocrest Meeting May 9th, 2022

Meet the Candidates

This meeting is devoted to candidates in the Democratic Party Primary runoff,

 including statewide seats, US House races, and several county offices.



Metrocrest Meeting April 18th, 2022

This meeting is devoted to candidates in the May 7th  joint election (municipal and school board).

  There are some Democrats running and it's important to support them especially in an election with traditionally very low turnout.  A few votes can make all the difference.  



Metrocrest Meeting March 14th, 2022

Professor Cal Jilsson of SMU speaks, one of the nations's foremost political experts.

Cal regularly provides journalists thoughtful insights on US and Texas politics, and is a frequent commentator on various network programs. He is also the author of Lone Star Tarnished: A Critical Look at Texas Politics and Public Policy. Professor Jilsson to speaks about the prospects for Democrats post-Primary and to discuss the role progressives in the Texas Democratic Party will play.



Meet the Midterm Candidates February 7th, 2022

 Meet the Midterm Candidates in contested primary races to attend our meeting for our members and friends to meet them and ask any questions they may have of the candidates before voting in the primary.



Metrocrest Democrats January 11th, 2022

 Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins speaks about the role  government in large, urban, largely Democratic counties will play going forward in the face of Republican efforts at the state level to limit the powers and authority of local officials at all levels.

 First elected in 2010 Judge Jenkins has weathered many crises, including an outbreak of West Nile Virus in 2012 when he declared a state of emergency for the county and led efforts to spray for mosquitoes. In 2014 during the child migrant crisis, Jenkins offered refuge in Dallas County to almost 2000 migrant children who crossed the US border with Mexico.  This move led to a meeting between President Obama and Governor Rick Perry regarding the issue.

When in 2014, Dallas County became the first county in the US to have a confirmed Ebola virus case, Jenkins led the local response.  His actions won national praise for destigmatizing the disease by showing that it couldn't be transmitted between asymptomatic persons by entering the home of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first victim of Ebola in the US, without personal protective equipment in order to help Duncan's family move into temporary housing while their house was decontaminated.

During the current Covid-19 outbreak, Jenkins was the first Texas official to declare a stay-at-home order, a week before Governor Abbott issued a similar statewide measure.  Jenkins' continuing cautious approach in the face of a public health crisis has brought him into direct conflict with Republican officials at the state level and in particular with Governor Abbott.

 As Dallas and Texas have experienced huge economic and population expansion in the last 12 years, In the current pandemic environment he sees Covid as the most challenging issue going forward economically and socially as well as from an educational standpoint.  Dealing with it is his biggest priority as he supports policies to make Dallas County more healthy, equitable, affordable, and prosperous.

After Judge Jenkin's presentation, there were opportunities for candidates for local office and judiciary positions to introduce themselves.



Metrocrest Democrats Meeting November 8th, 2021

Joe Jaworski candidate for Texas Attorney General speaks. Joe Jaworski is a third-generation Texas trial attorney and former Mayor of Galveston, Texas. Joe’s term as mayor was defined by his unwavering support for and success in rebuilding Galveston’s storm-devastated public housing; a political choice that made a positive difference for thousands of Island residents.

In 2021, he began his thirtieth year of practice, a career that began as law clerk to United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit Judge John R. Brown, followed by a robust Admiralty defense trial practice representing Gulf Coast maritime interests and then, a rewarding plaintiff’s trial practice representing injured maritime workers. From these various career experiences, he finally found his niche.

Joe owns The Jaworski Law Firm, headquartered in Galveston, and his practice is 100% mediation. He specializes in mediating Defense Base Act claims, mediating hundreds of claims annually domestically and abroad; these are the claims brought by military contractors for personal injuries arising from the War on Terror.



Metrocrest Democrats Meeting September 13th, 2021

Rene Martinez speaks about Critical Race Theory.  Rene is a major voice in the Dallas area Latin American community.  He is an educational consultant,President of LULAC Council 100 and the District Director of the LULAC Northeast Texas Region.



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