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Mayor Culbertson’s Presentations – April 5

Town Update – Heritage Ranch – April 5

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Immigration

Our March 2, 2016 speaker was Dr. Mike Palou, a Heritage Ranch resident who spoke on the subject of Immigration. With Dr Palou’s permission, we are sharing his notes below. This document answers may question regarding the history of immigration and many interesting facts and data. A recommended reading for anyone interested in this subject.

Mike Palou on Immigration

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Austerity 101 Video by Robert Reich

For Robert Reich’s interesting views on austerity, please click the link below:

Please watch and share my latest MoveOn video—Austerity 101

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Check this out. Very informative

Click below to read article and watch videos.

Barack Obama is officially one of the most consequential presidents in American history

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The Great American Brainwash: Half a Billion Dollars to Turn the Public against Hillary

Click below to read full article by #HillaryMen.

http://www.hillarymen.com/latest/great-american-brainwash?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=email_this&utm_source=email

#HillaryMen are fathers, brothers, husbands and sons working to elect Hillary Clinton as America’s first woman president.

Peter Daou and Tom Watson founded #HillaryMen to provide actionable analysis of the 2016 campaign focusing on the gender barrier in U.S. politics. Peter is a former senior digital adviser to Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is a veteran of two presidential campaigns (Kerry ’04 and Clinton ’08). Tom is an author and Columbia University lecturer who advises companies and non-profits on social activism.

The #HillaryMen project is unaffiliated with Hillary for America.We encourage fact based advocacy and do not condone personal attacks against Hillary’s political opponents or the media.

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Nick Hanauer: Beware fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming

Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France.

Click below to watch his video and hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle class, deliver economic prosperity … and prevent a revolution.

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A few accomplishments

Click below for a short video of progress made during President Obama’s tenure as President.

https://youtu.be/u9VCm-xb2jw

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Who should you vote for in 2016

Regardless of you being Republican or Democrat, this is an interesting short quiz, it is safe and non-partisan. It is very well done and worth your time. Check out “other stances” for other choices.

http://www.isidewith.com/political-quiz?from=VDZtMDkVR

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Is our democracy corrupted?

Click below to watch Atlanta TV Station Expose ALEC’s Influence On Local Legislators .

http://mediamatters.org/video/2015/05/22/watch-this-atlanta-tv-station-expose-alecs-infl/203745

ALEC is a behind-the-scenes ‘non-profit’ organization that has become the conservative tool to shifting the legislative movement away from our Federal government to the states.  An excellent introduction to ALEC to watch is the piece Bill Moyers did in 2012 (recently updated):

http://video.pbs.org/video/2365030339/

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Obama Discusses Supreme court Decision on “Obamacare”

Click below to watch video.

This is health care in America.

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Letter to Editor

Click below to read Juley Welch’s letter published April 21, 2015 in the Dallas Morning News

Letter to Editor by Juley Welch.

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Definition of “liberal” as per Webster’s Dictionary

2014 Definition of Liberal cropped

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Dave Lieber writes a Dallas Morning News column called ‘The Watchdog’.  He recently recommended [in two columns found in the Metro section, dated 1/16/15 and 1/18/15] five TX State issues that he believes our TX legislature needs to address. Please click below to read his recommendations.

ACTION ALERT-THE WATCHDOG RECOMMENDATIONS

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BITHOC :  BLUE IN THE HEART OF COLLIN COUNTY

Click below for details and meeting date:

BITHOC FLYER FOR HR DEM CLUB

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Exciting News. Save the date October 16.

Lt. Gov. candidate Leticia Van de Putte is coming to town.  Originally scheduled to speak at our clubhouse, the only availability of Leticia on Thursday Oct. 16 at noontime turned out to be a conflict at HR.  There is a golf tournament scheduled and there will be insufficient room in the Ball Room available to us for Leticia’s event.

 The Collin County Spring Creek Campus Conference Center  (2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano) has been made available for our use that day and plans for Leticia to speak there are well underway.  Because the venue is larger and will attract young voters, we have expanded our invitation to both the student body there and other area Democratic groups.

In order for this event to be successful, we need help from our HR Democratic Club membership. To see how you can help with this event, please go to the Members Only page or contact Cathy Mangarelli  at gmang@grandecom.net , 972 363 2319 .

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N. Y. Time Op-ed on Obamacare

Check below to read interesting article by Paul Klugman.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/opinion/paul-krugman-obamacare-fails-to-fail.html?emc=edit_th_20140714&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=21082370&_r=0

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Update on Social Security Disability Benefits

Go to the Social Security page for new posting.

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Click below for the essential guide  to thinking and talking Democratic.

THE LITTLE BLUE BOOK

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Mark your Calendar for 4:15 pm on August 13

The guest speaker at our Club meting on August 13 is Michael Messer,  President of the Collin County Young Democrats, Vice Chair of the DPCC Coordinated Campaign Strategy Committee, and DFW Regional Organizer for Save Texas Schools. He is an accountant by day, inventor by night, active member of Mensa and an Eagle Scout. He lives with his wife in Plano, and they are expecting their first child in January of next year.

A brief message from Michael:

“The Collin County Young Democrats’ primary focus is base building through various social and political events. Our membership includes people between the ages of 14 and 40, but we also welcome those more ‘experienced’ individuals who are forever young at heart. We had a highly successful first year and have an ambitious plan leading up to November’s election.”

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Leticia Van de Putte Convention Video

 Get to know Leticia’s family. To watch the under 3 minutes video, click below.

http://bit.ly/1iFA7SU

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To see ways to tell your friends about Leticia, click the link below.

http://leticiavandeputte.com/tell-a-friend/

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Supreme Court Judge Ginburg’s dissent

Click below to see the full 35 page dissent written by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

http://www.scribd.com/doc/231974154/Ginsburg-Dissent

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Don’t forget our roots

Click below to read the “Letter to the Editor” by Cathy Mangarelli

http://letterstotheeditorblog.dallasnews.com/2014/06/on-immigration-the-border-must-be-secured-dont-forget-our-roots.html/

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Click below to find out what is wrong with FOX News

http://www.turnofffox.org/static/uploads/content/case_against_fox_news_3.pdf

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The U.S. Has The Most Expensive And Least Effective Health Care In The Developed World

Hard to believe. Click on link below to read article.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/06/16/3449242/us-health-system-ranking/

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DFA-Democracy For America has endorsed Sameena Karmally, candidate for TX HD89

Click below to read article.

DFA-SUPPORT FOR KARMALLY

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Sameena Karmally for Texas

Sameena Karmally, a Democrat, is running for Texas State Representative, House District 89, which is our District. Click below to see a comparison of her views and her Republican  opponent on important issues. To see the slide show, you must have the Power Point software in your computer.

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Karmeena’s Position Contrast Slideshow- 053014

Anyone wishing to help her campaign please contact Elizabeth Pancotti at:

elizabethpancotti@gmail.com

phone: 469-383-4785

online: http://tinyurl.com/jvhfup3

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Sameena’s interview

Please check out the recent interview Sameena gave to the Burnt Orange Report blog’s reporter:

http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/15155/democrat-sameena-karmally-hd-89-voters-will-choose-change-over-jodie-laubenberg-in-2014

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What is ALEC ? Watch the video and decide for yourself

ALEC is a behind-the-scenes ‘non-profit’ organization that has become the conservative tool to shifting the legislative movement away from our Federal government to the states.  An excellent introduction to ALEC to watch is the piece Bill Moyers did in 2012 (recently updated):

http://video.pbs.org/video/2365030339/

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 More about ALEC

Chris Taylor, a state assembly woman from Wisconsin, attended the ALEC conference in May. Click below to read her report. It is an eye opener regarding the intentions of ALEC.

http://billmoyers.com/2014/05/15/i-attended-an-alec-conference-and-found-an-alternative-universe/#.U4s-pRoLo-k.facebook

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Supreme Court upholds Obama EPA rules on cross state pollution

Click below to read article

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Latest-News-Wires/2014/0429/Supreme-Court-upholds-Obama-EPA-rules-on-cross-state-pollution?cmpid=addthis_email#.U1_i-hLjEns.email

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U. S. middle class falls behind

Great front page article on 4-23-2014 Dallas Morning News. Click below to read.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20140422-american-middle-class-no-longer-worlds-richest.ece

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Worried About Oligarchy? You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Click below for article and video of this interview of Paul Kurgman by Bill Moyers. Also posted under Education.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/04/18-8

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YOUR FEDERAL TAXPAYER RECEIPT

CLICK BELOW TO UNDERSTAND HOW AND WHERE YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT

http://www.whitehouse.gov/embed-2013-taxreceipt’;

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Republican women’s PAC opposes Lilly Ledbetter Act

At issue: Equal Pay for Women

Go to Education page for article and video.

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Progressive Accomplishments

Click below to see major accomplishments as a result of progressive thinking in the history of the US. Also posted in the “Education” page for future reference.

Progressive Accomplishments

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Wendy Davis Spring Fellow

Friend —

I can’t wait for 2014.

With Battleground Texas bringing more new voters into the fold and Wendy Davis
running an exciting campaign for governor, it promises to be an action-packed
election year.

And listen, I think you should be part of it.

If you’re interested in setting the
stage for victory next year, apply for the Wendy Davis Spring Fellowship today.

As a Fellow, you’ll be responsible for organizing your own little corner of
Texas. That means coordinating volunteers, printing out call sheets,
supervising voter registration drives, collecting data, and so much more.

With Fellows working hard all across the state, your impact will be multiplied.
And don’t worry — you’ll be fully trained by some of the best organizers in
the state.

Democrats are coming together to make Texas competitive like it should be. And
in 2014, your dedication could be rewarded with these three words:

Governor Wendy Davis.

Help her make it happen.
Apply for the Wendy Davis Spring Fellows program, or forward this link to
someone you know who’d be great:

http://join.battlegroundtx.com/Wendy-Davis-Spring-Fellows

Thanks,

Joaquin Castro

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Vote using Absentee Ballot

If you are 65 or older, this is the most convenient way to vote and it works for ALL elections, primaries and runoffs included. Read the ballot at your own pace from the convenience of your home. If you are a registered voter, you can request a yearly absentee/by-mail ballot. Go to:

http://www.collincountytx.gov/elections/election_information/Pages/absentee_bymail_voting.aspx

to read the instructions and download the application  or  call the Collin County Board of Election at: 972-547-1990 for more information.

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Guns to Surpass Car Accidents as Leading Cause of Deaths Among Young People

By Chelsea Parsons, ThinkProgress

23 February 14

Guns kill a lot of young people in the United States. Not just in school shootings or horrific “accidents” between toddlers that tend to garner the most media attention, but in every day shootings in communities around the country that result in the deaths of thousands of children and teenagers.

In 2010, 6,201 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 died by gunfire. Guns were a close second to the leading cause of death among this age group, car accidents, which took the lives of 7,024 young people that year. But, while car accident deaths among young people have been steadily declining over the past decade, gun deaths have remained relatively unchanged. And, as described in a new Center for American Progress report released Friday, if current trends continue, gun deaths will surpass car accident deaths among young people sometime in 2015:

How can we explain these numbers? For car accident deaths, these numbers represent a significant victory. Deaths of young people as a result of car accidents have dropped dramatically in the last two decades, from a high of more than 12,000 deaths among this age group in 1990. This decline is not an accident: billions of dollars have been spent on public health and safety research to understand motor vehicle accidents and how to prevent them from becoming fatal. This research has resulted in design innovation, changes to cars and roadways, and new laws that have led to a significant and steady decline in such fatalities among all age groups, including young people. There was no silver bullet for reducing vehicular death: airbags, seatbelt laws, anti-lock brakes, better signage, and tough drunk driving laws all contributed to it. But, in combination these measures have saved tens of thousands of American lives.

For guns, these numbers represent an enormous failure. The United States has experienced a dramatic decline in violent crime over the last two decades, yet the rate of gun violence, particularly among young people, has barely moved. Why? We don’t know.

Unfortunately, since the early 1990s, very few public health researchers have been trying to find out. Restrictions on such research imposed by Congress have had a substantial chilling effect, which has resulted in the almost total abandonment of this issue by our nation’s public health research institutions. Without this research, policymakers, legislators, community leaders, and parents are left without much direction regarding how to best protect children and teenagers from gun violence.

As we approach that morbid milestone next year when gun violence kills more American children and teenagers than car accidents, it’s time to start approaching this problem in the same manner as we addressed car accident deaths. We know how to do this –-through a combination of public health research, technological innovation, legislative change, enhanced enforcement, and transforming cultural norms we were able to make motor vehicle transportation safer while at the same time preserving American’s unique car culture. We can do the same thing with gun violence by adopting laws and policies designed to prevent gun deaths while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

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Click below for a comprehensive list of websites w/ political info..

Reference list of Organizations and websites

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Watch Leticia Van De Putte’s Interview

Click below to watch Leticia Van De Putte’s recent interview with the Texas Tribune. Ms. Van De Putt is the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor of Texas.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/06/leticia-van-de-putte-governor_n_4739726.html

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