Urgent TX House Speaker Project


On Monday 11/27/17, our latest Coalition Project made clear our
strong stand on the Texas House Speaker Selection Process.
102 individuals signed our Coalition statement, with
81 leaders of unique groups and voting districts.

These leaders stand in support of
TX State GOP Chairman Dickey’s 
line in the sand and
issued its own message to the
 

Read, download, and share the Coalition statement with your group to let them know what you are doing to hold the Texas House Republican Caucus accountable. 

House Rep. Dist Y/N Dec 1 Yes/No on Bylaws Yes/No on Candidate
Charles "Doc" Anderson (R) 56      
Rodney Anderson (R) 105 Yes Unknown Unknown
Trent Ashby (R) 57 Yes Unknown Unknown
Ernest Bailes (R) 18      
Cecil Bell (R) 3      
Kyle Biedermann (R) 73 Yes Yes Yes
Dwayne Bohac (R) 138      
Dennis H. Bonnen (R) 25      
Greg Bonnen (R) 24      
Cindy Burkett (R) 113      
DeWayne Burns (R) 58      
Dustin Burrows (R) 83 Yes  Yes  Yes
Angie Chen Button (R) 112      
Briscoe Cain (R) 128 Yes Yes Yes
Giovanni Capriglione (R) 98      
Travis Clardy (R) 11 Yes Yes Yes
Byron C. Cook (R) 8      
Scott Cosper (R) 54      
Tom Craddick (R) 82 Yes Yes Yes
John Cyrier (R) 17      
Tony Dale (R) 136      
Drew Darby (R) 72      
Sarah Davis (R) 134      
Jay Dean (R) 7 No Unknown Unknown
Gary Elkins (R) 135      
Wayne Faircloth (R) 23      
Pat Fallon (R) 106 Yes Yes Running for Senate
Dan Flynn (R) 2 Yes Yes Yes
James Frank (R) 69 Yes Yes Yes
John Frullo (R) 84      
Charlie L. Geren (R) 99      
Craig Goldman (R) 97      
Larry Gonzales (R) 52      
Lance Gooden (R) 4      
Cole Hefner (R) 5 Yes Yes Yes
Justin Holland (R) 33      
Dan Huberty (R) 127      
Todd Hunter (R) 32 Yes  Yes Yes 
Jason A. Isaac (R) 45 Yes Yes Yes
Kyle J. Kacal (R) 12      
Mark Keough (R) 15 Yes Yes Yes
Ken King (R) 88      
Phil S. King (R) 61 Yes Yes Yes
Stephanie Klick (R) 91 Yes Yes Yes
Linda Koop (R) 102      
Matt Krause (R) 93 Yes Yes Yes
John Kuempel (R) 44      
Stan Lambert (R) 71      
Brooks Landgraf (R) 81      
Mike Lang (R) 60 Yes Yes Yes
Lyle Larson (R) 122      
Jodie Laubenberg (R) 89      
Jeff Leach (R) 67 Yes Yes Yes
J.M. Lozano (R) 43      
Will Metcalf (R) 16      
Morgan Meyer (R) 108      
Rick Miller (R) 26      
Geanie W. Morrison (R) 30      
Jim Murphy (R) 133      
Andrew Murr (R) 53      
Tom Oliverson (R) 130      
Chris Paddie (R) 9 Yes Unknown Unknown
Tan Parker (R) 63 Yes    
Dennis Paul (R) 129      
Dade Phelan (R) 21      
Larry Phillips (R) 62      
Four Price (R) 87      
John Raney (R) 14      
Matt Rinaldi (R) 115 Yes Yes Yes
Kevin Roberts (R) 126      
Scott Sanford (R) 70      
Matt Schaefer (R) 6 Yes Yes Yes
Mike Schofield (R) 132      
Leighton Schubert (R) 13      
Matt Shaheen (R) 66 Yes Yes Yes
J. D. Sheffield (R) 59 Yes Yes Yes
Hugh D. Shine (R) 55 Yes Yes Yes
Ron Simmons (R) 65 Yes Yes Yes
John T. Smithee (R) 86      
Drew Springer (R) 68      
Phil Stephenson (R) 85      
Jonathan Stickland (R) 92 Yes Yes Yes
Joe Straus (R) 121      
Lynn Stucky (R) 64      
Valoree Swanson (R) 150 Yes Yes Yes
Ed Thompson (R) 29      
Tony Tinderholt (R) 94 Yes Yes Yes
Gary VanDeaver (R) 1      
Jason Villalba (R) 114      
James White (R) 19 Yes Yes Yes
Terry Wilson (R) 20      
Paul D. Workman (R) 47 Yes Yes Yes
John Wray (R) 10      
William "Bill" Zedler (R) 96 Yes Yes Yes
John Zerwas (R) 28      

 

  Has YOUR Representative responded? If not, see below.

 

List of Texas House Representatives and contact information may be accessed here.

Your Urgent Call to Action:

  1. If your State Representative is a Republican, call him/her and let them know you expect them to show up at the House Republican Caucus meeting on December 1st to vote on the bylaw changes that support our position!
  2. Please email mcmahan147@gmail.com whether YOUR Republican Representative will be attending the THRC meeting this Friday and will vote on the bylaw changes that support our position!

Don’t leave this to chance.  Call, Email, Tweet, and Facebook message

your State Rep. now!

 


ET4L Honors Veterans with Dinner

Honoring our Veterans Dinner.  Photo is courtesy of David Watts

GILMER, TX: Upshur County’s East Texans for Liberty (ET4L) held the organizations first Honoring our Veterans Dinner at the Disabled American Veterans building last Monday, November 13, 2017.  Dinner of smoked pulled pork, chicken spaghetti with a wealth of scrumptious side dishes and desserts were served to the seventy-three in attendance.

The first speaker was ET4L’s Founding Father’s Series with Gilmer Historian James Still.  Still covered the Newburgh Veterans of 1783.

“During the Revolutionary War, Washington often wrote Congress requesting funds.  Congress, however, had no authority to tax and was at the mercy of the states to send money when or if they could.  Since Congress was mostly broke, it sent the army what it could -- mostly promises,” said Still.  However, with the assistance of George Washington and his aid General David Cobb, within days, Congress reached a settlement with the army.

 
  Mark Vogl by David Watts 

The keynote speaker was retired Army Capitan, Mark Vogl.  Vogl is a U.S. Army designated Distinguished Military Graduate of THE CITADEL, THE MILITARY COLLEGE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. He served as an infantry officer from 1977 to 1986, commanding two companies in the Third Armored Division and serving as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Fordham University.

 “The glory of an American soldier is found in the eternal battle of good versus evil, defending home, and helping others.  The glory is not in conquest, but in freedom preserved, sustaining the light of Christ.  The glory of the American soldier is best revealed in the histories of scores of nations that saw an American soldier with hope, not fear, in their hearts, and hungry children around the world who tasted a Hershey chocolate bar,” said Vogl.

“People who regained their nation because we came when called.”

Vogl covered all veterans and the wars fought to protect our freedoms in America, while highlighting World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Confederate States of America.

“As we celebrate our Veterans, I pray it is a time when we consider the world as it is, and that we realize radical Islam is as much a threat to the world as communism was at the height of the Cold War,” said Vogl.

Vogl closed with a national prayer for peace given by President Thomas Jefferson on March 4, 1808.

“Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners.

Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.  Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.

Endow with Thy spirit of Wisdom those to whom in Thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth.

In the time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail, all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”

 

 
Veteran Jimmy Sanders by David Watts

ET4L’s President, Stacy McMahan reminded all that the organization does not meet in the month of December, and briefly covered informational and educational programs in next year’s line-up. McMahan highlighted a “Candidate Introduction” to be held on Monday, January 8, 2018, and Constitutional Attorney, Veteran, Author, Radio Host, and powerhouse KrisAnne Hall on Monday, March 12, 2018.

ET4L’s Caring for Texas Director, Jennifer Audet, was the evenings master of ceremonies. “It has been such an honor to recognize the talent, sacrifice, and courage of our veterans,” said Audet.

Several elected officials and potential candidates were in attendance. 

When asked if candidates would address the filled to capacity room, McMahan said, “Tonight is to honor our men and women in the military. Beginning on January 8 through the election on November 6, 2018, all candidates will have many opportunities to reach the voters during ET4L’s monthly meetings.” For more information, McMahan asked all interested parties to call ET4L at (903) 500-2292 and watch ET4L's events tab, on the website, at www.easttexansforliberty.com.

 

ET4L's Desiree Watts by David Watts

 

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PUBLIC HEARING: Countywide Polling Place Program

 

Notice of Public Hearing on Application for Successful Status of a “Countywide Polling Place Program” for Upshur County

Upshur County successfully utilized the Countywide Polling Place Program during the November 7, 2017, Constitutional Amendment Election. This program allowed eligible voters to vote at any designated polling location on Election Day instead of being required to vote only at his or her home precinct polling location.

The Upshur County Commissioners Court will conduct a public hearing to provide additional information and solicit comments for the public concerning Upshur County’s possible application to the Texas Secretary of State to be designated as “successful” for purposes of continuing participation in the “Countywide Polling Place Program” as allowed by Texas Election Code 43.007 (k). If the application were granted, Upshur County would be authorized to use the “Countywide Polling Place Program” when approved by Commissioner Court.

The hearing will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 9:00 am in the Upshur County Courtroom, 3rd floor, 100 W. Tyler St., Gilmer, TX 75644.

Please pass this on to any contacts you have that might be interested in attending the public hearing.

Lory Harle
Elections Administrator
Upshur County
100 W. Tyler, 2nd floor
Gilmer, Texas 75644
 

Running for Office?

 

 

Dear Friend,

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your community but you just weren’t sure how?

Texas needs your help in the fight to preserve our model of liberty and limited government. We need Republicans on the ballot in 2018--in every race possible. From Mayor, to City Council, to Sheriff, to your local County Court at Law, to the Texas House and Senate, positions on the ballot all across Texas are ripe for Republican wins.

We need conservative leaders like YOU to pick up the baton for liberty and run for office. And we’d love to show you how!

Yes, I want to know how to run for office


The process to run for office in Texas can be confusing so we outlined process step-by-step on how to run for office. Do you have a friend who you think would make a great elected official? Share the URL -- it’s easy to remember: www.texasgop.org/candidate

The candidate filing deadline is November 11 – December 11, 2017.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Best,
Kyle Whatley
Executive Director
Republican Party of Texas

>>>  OPPORTUNITY TO REACH VOTERS IN UPSHUR  <<<


Candidates and incumbents are welcome to address voters at each of ET4L monthly meetings. Candidates will have three to five minutes. No prior registration is needed.

Call us at (903) 500-2292 on other opportunities.

REMINDER

ET4L meets the 2nd Monday of the month
DAV located at 1924 Hwy 271 N - across from Walmart - Gilmer
7:00 PM
The public is welcome! No membership fees or dues.
No December meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


East Texans Shine Beacon for Liberty

 

 

GILMER, TX – Upshur County’s East Texans for Liberty’s (ET4L) 3rd Annual Stars of Texas Fall Celebration was held last Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the First Assembly of God Church on Hwy 271 North and included keynote speakers, Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) and Lt. Col. Allen West. Other speakers were the Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey, Empower Texans Michael Quinn Sullivan, and Upshur County Judge Dean Fowler. These east Texans shine the beacon for liberty, as challenged.

Judge Fowler started off the evening speaking about his decision to not run for re-election, after this term, for Upshur County Judge. At the end of his term, Fowler will have served Upshur as County Judge for sixteen years. Fowler continued by thanking the many elected officials and guests for visiting Upshur County and announced that Stacy McMahan, President of East Texans for Liberty, was selected as the RPT’s Volunteer of the Year for Senate District 1.

RPT Chairman James Dickey, during his first visit to Upshur County, was presented with a plaque by ET4L and acknowledged as the first grassroots conservative chairman. Dickey spoke of his plans for the Republican Party of Texas and emphasized the importance of people over party.

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Photo by Char Doonan - U.S. District 1 Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler),
Michael Quinn Sullivan with Empower Texans, and Lt. Col. Allen West

Empower Texans Michael Quinn Sullivan spoke on the importance of being an engaged voter, protecting liberty, the conservative movement across Texas, the impact of property taxes, and how in reality, you do not own your home.

U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert spoke on the rules of engagement differences under Bush, Obama, and Trump. Gohmert went further to state there were 629 precious military lives lost under Bush; over 1,700 under Obama; and to date, 7 under Trump. Gohmert also spoke on healthcare reform, the Veteran’s Administration, and read part of a proclamation by Abraham Lincoln, written on March 30, 1863.

Lt. Col. Allen West spoke on the importance of preserving liberty and the stark differences in the definitions of liberty and tyranny. “For one man, liberty means, for him to do what he pleases with himself, with the product of his labor. For another man liberty means to do what he pleases with himself, with the product of someone else’s labor,” said West.

West also spoke of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses post on October 31, 1517, and how Luther had realized that liberty is not an institutional thing. Individual’s rights are free, over the institution.

“Sitting in section 8 housing waiting on the government to give you a check is not liberty,” said West.

West went further and asked the RPT Chairman Dickey to not talk about party. “Chairman, ask the individual if they stand on the side of liberty or do they stand on the side of tyranny.”

West added that in 1825 tyranny showed up in Gonzalez, Texas. But Texans knew the difference between liberty and tyranny.  “They stood up in Gonzalez and said: “Come and Take It,” West continued.

He then asked, “Why do we need East Texans for Liberty? Because they understand the difference between liberty and tyranny. Tyranny is winning in Dallas, Harris, El Paso, San Antonio, Bexar, and Austin.” West went on further to challenge ET4L to be that beacon and march. “Make sure you are heard in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, El Paso, San Antonio, and Austin,” said West. “Because if Texas falls, so does the Nation.”

West closed by challenging the parents with children in attendance and others, in the sold-out crowd of over 220, to “teach your children about what Martin Luther said about liberty 500 years ago. Teach them about John Locke and Thomas Jefferson. Teach them their God-given rights and the difference between liberty and tyranny.”

Also, a surprise speaker, Omar Navarro from California. Navarro energized the crowd with his announcement that he is running against Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA 43rd District).

ET4L’s Liberty Award recipient for 2017 was the Honorable U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert (Tyler, TX-01) and same was presented by Texas House District 5 Representative Cole Hefner (Mt. Pleasant, TX). ET4L’s Liberty Award is reserved for the individual or group that makes an unwavering and self-sacrificing impact on the God-given rights of Liberty and Freedom for the people of Texas, the United States, and thereby the world. Previous Liberty Award recipients were Lt. Col. Allen West in 2015, at ET4L’s kickoff, and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (Houston, TX) in 2016.

  
Photo by Char Doonan - The ET4L team with Lt. Col. Allen West:  (back row – from the left) 
John Rappazzo, Stacy McMahan, Jim Strader, Mary Anne Farrow, David Watts. 
(front row – from the left)Brenda Evans, Jennifer Audit, Darlene Rappazzo, and Desiree Watts

East Texans for Liberty’s Stacy McMahan and Mary Anne Farrow were recognized for their countless hours contributed to protecting the law enforcement in Upshur County with a plaque presented by Robert Perry of BL.Uprepared, Upshur County Sheriff Larry Webb, Upshur County Constables, Ore City Police Department and Big Sandy Police Department. ET4L raised funds to supply the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Upshur County Constables, and both Ore City and Big Sandy Police Departments with Active Shooter Vests.

There were over thirty elected officials in attendance and guests from Upshur, Wood, Harrison, Panola, Cass, Morris, Titus, Red River, Camp, Smith, Gregg, Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Cherokee, Henderson, and Travis counties.

Other contributors to the program were Texas House District 5, Representative Cole Hefner, Texas Senator Bryan Hughes of Senate District 1, Gregg County Justice of the Peace Tim Bryan, the Gregg County Composite Squadron – Civil Air Patrol, and the Master of Ceremonies was Jeff Rash.

The program was under STFC Program Director, Stacy McMahan; catering Director was Brenda Evans; Silent Auction Director was Mary Ann Farrow; Setup Director was Jim Strader, and the Decorating Director was Darlene Rappazzo.

For a full list of sponsors, elected officials, candidates for office, and silent auction contributors, please see the organizations website at East Texans for Liberty.

Stacy McMahan is an Executive Director and President of East Texans for Liberty.

ET4L's 3rd Annual Stars of Texas Fall Celebration - 2017 was highlighted in the following publications: 


Important 2018 Election Dates

March 6, 2018 - Primary Election
Note: This calendar reflects state law as it exists prior to the end of the 2017 special legislative session. This calendar will be subsequently updated, if necessary, to reflect any changes made by the state legislature.

First day to file for a place on the Primary ballot for precinct chair candidates.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

First day to file for all other candidates for offices that are regularly scheduled to be on the Primary ballot.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Filing deadline for candidates; filing deadline for independent candidates to file declaration of intent.

Monday, December 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM

First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).

Monday, January 1, 2018*

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2018 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

Last Day to Register to Vote

Monday, February 5, 2018*

*Actual deadline falls on Sunday but moves to the next business day.

First Day of Early Voting

Tuesday, February 20, 2018*

*First business day after Presidents' Day

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(Received, not Postmarked)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Last Day of Early Voting

Friday, March 2, 2018

Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)⁴
May 5, 2018 - Uniform Election Date

Authority Conducting Elections

Local Political Subdivisions

(County-ordered elections may not be held on this date. County Election Official may, but is not required to, contract to provide election services to political subdivisions.)

Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline (Local Political Subdivisions Only)¹

Monday, December 18, 2017 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates¹

First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

Monday, January 1, 2018*  

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday.  An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2018 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)¹

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a Measure

Friday, February 16, 2018

Last Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)²

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

See note below relating to four-year terms³

Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (Local Political Subdivisions Only)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Last Day to Register to Vote

Thursday, April 5, 2018

First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

Monday, April 23, 2018
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked) Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Saturday, May 5, 2018 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is notpostmarked, OR Monday, May 7, 2018 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)⁴
May 22, 2018 – Primary Runoff Election

First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Postcard Application (FPCA)

Monday, January 1, 2018*

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2018 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

Last Day to Register to Vote

Monday, April 23, 2018

First Day of Early Voting

Monday, May 14, 2018

Last Day to Apply by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Last Day of Early Voting

Friday, May 18, 2018

Last Day to Receive Ballot by Mail

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is notpostmarked, OR Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)⁴

November 6, 2018 - Uniform Election Date

Authority Conducting Elections

County Election Officers and Local Political Subdivisions

Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline (Local Political Subdivisions Only)¹

Thursday, June 21, 2018 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates¹

First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

Monday, January 1, 2018*  

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday.  An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2018 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.
First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)¹

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a Measure

Monday, August 20, 2018

Last Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)²

Monday, August 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

See note below relating to four-year terms³
Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (Local Political Subdivisions Only) Friday, August 24, 2018
Last Day to Register to Vote

Tuesday, October 9, 2018*

*First business day after Columbus Day

First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Monday, October 22, 2018

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

(Received, not Postmarked)
Friday, October 26, 2018
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Friday, November 2, 2018
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)⁴


Stars of Texas Success | Thank you Sponsors!

 

    

 

To our

Stars of Texas Fall Celebration - 2017

VIP Sponsors

 

Sam Houston

Ladyfingers Cakes and Catering
Empower Texans
Whataburger, Inc.  – East Texas

 

William Travis

Texas Right to Life
Customs Commodities, David Stevenson

 

James Bowie

Upshur Judge Dean & Nan Fowler
Grassroots America We The People, JoAnn Fleming
Upshur County Commissioner Mike & Debi Spencer
Upshur County Commissioner Don & Joy Gross
Michael Cichowicz & Brandon Reynolds
Mark & Barbara Vogl
Cherokee County Republican Party Chair Tammy & Jim Blair
Dr. Dwayne Collins & Michele Riddle
Judy Kent & Tony Gesino
Anonymous
Titus Morris Camp Upshur Realtors Association
Kathy Duskey, Harrison County Precinct Chair & Early McWhorter
Kaufman County Tea Party Ray and Sonia Myers
Gregg County Justice of the Peace Tim & Tina Bryan
Scott Stevens, Attorney at Law, for 6th Court of Appeals
Frank Dobrovolny, Attorney at Law, for 369th Judicial District Court

 

Stephen F.  Austin

Pete Craig
Tesla in Texas
Texas House District 5 Representative Cole Hefner
Texas Senate District 1 Senator Bryan Hughes
Judge Michelle Slaughter, 405th District Court & for Texas Criminal Court of Appeals Place 8
Judge LeAnn Rafferty, 123rd Judicial Court

 

 

 

Other Contributors

Justice John Devine, Texas Supreme Court Place 4
Judge Sharon Keller, the Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Judge Barbara Parker Hervey, Criminal Court of Appeals Place 7
Texas Eagle Forum
Upshur County Sheriff Larry & Tracy Webb
Upshur County Commissioner Frank Berka
Upshur County Commissioner Paula Gentry
Upshur County District Clerk Karen Bunn
Upshur County Clerk Terri Ross
Upshur County Constables
Ore City Police Department
Big Sandy Police Department
Robert Perry, BL.Uprepared
 Camp County Judge AJ & Mitzie Mason
 Titus County Republican Party Chair & SREC Sue & Jerry Evenwel
 State Republican Executive Committee Chairman Dennis Cable
Gregg County Republican Party Chair Tracy & Donna Vincent
Gregg County Republican Party Vice-Chair Marty Rhymes
 Wood County Republican Party Chair Janna & Sheriff Tom Castloo 
Harrison County Republican Party Chair Debra Hatfield
Harrison County Commissioner William Hatfield
Morris County Republican Party Chair Deborah Ramsey
Cass County Republican Party Chair Eileen & Jerry Collins
Red River County Republican Party Chair Vernon & Peggy Eastepp
Smith County Republican Party Chair Brent & Julie Thompson
Danny Ward for Texas House Representative District 11
Anonymous
Char Doonan Photography
Gregg County Composite Squadron - Civil Air Patrol
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's #TexasCruzer & CruzCrew
Jeff Rash
Special Tee's
THE COFFEEMILL
Lori’s Eats & Sweets 
and to our loyal friends from across Texas, thank you for a wildly
successful “sold out” Stars of Texas Fall Celebration - 2017 

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Election Integrity - Another Coalition Success

 

Last June, Dr. Laura Pressley, with Save our Texas Vote, and Aaron Harris, with Direct Action, joined ET4L in Upshur County on the topic of  Election Integrity.  These two folks provided a wealth of information.  

Please see the following post from JoAnn Fleming with Grassroots America We The People, regarding another Coalition success on Election Integrity:  

 
 
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I'm excited to share some good news with all of our Grassroots America members and supporters and to say to my colleagues in the Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition, "Well done!" 
 
On July 17 as we were about to start the legislature's special session, the Coalition sent a powerful letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton thanking him for efforts he had made to stand against voter fraud and asking him to look into issues regarding the constitutionality of voting machines in use in Texas. [See the Coalition letter here.]
 
The Texas Constitution is very clear.  Article VI, Sec. 4 reads:  “in all elections by the people, the vote shall be by ballot, and the Legislature shall provide for the numbering of tickets and make such other regulations as may be necessary to detect and punish fraud and preserve the purity of the ballot box.”  This simply means that every ballot must be numbered.
 
The problem? Some voting machines currently in use in Texas, and new ones available for sale (using our tax dollars), specifically DRE machines, DO NOT number ballots. In fact, many simply are not capable of sequentially numbered paper trail back ups, but rather only “cast vote records”. 
 
Election integrity and ballot security are not trite political matters.  We simply must stand against operatives in both the Democratic and Republican parties and vendors who may try to stand in the way of cleaning up this big voter fraud mess in Texas. 
 
After what happened during the regular session, it is clear that we have Republican obstructionists in the legislature who will do whatever it takes to thwart election integrity reforms. So, for the operatives and shills for the vendors who read this, let me be clear. There will be no compromise and no acceptance of excuses for a situation in which the Secretary of State's Office seemingly has rogue employees who can just ignore the state constitution and all controlling legal authorities.
 
Since I'm not used to asking permission to do the right thing, there will be NO retreat. Period. It matters not to me if folks post tacky little remarks on social media and get all spun up about the issues being raised by the two folks I consider to be subject matter experts on ballot security and election integrity. In fact, the more push back we get, the more determined we are!  
 
Aaron Harris, Executive Director of Direct Action Texas, worked his heart out during the special session to get improvements in mail-in ballot security. He was successful. Aaron has four criminal cases on voter fraud, and this bulldog is just getting warmed up.
 
Dr. Laura Pressley, Save our Texas Vote, continues to tear up and down the highways of Texas, speaking to any group that will listen about the deficiencies in our election processes and the lack of transparency and accountability in how elections are carried out. She has bled for this and deserves respect.
 
As a result of the Coalition's letter to General Paxton, we had a meeting with the AG's Office in August.  I am confident the Attorney General understands our concerns and has reviewed all of the evidence brought forward. 
 
Now, Laura has some great news. Please share this with your friends and organizations.
 
[See Laura's message here]




Who wants to fire Straus?

By Grassroots America We The People, Joann Fleming 
 
CENSURE STRAUS RESOLUTION
BY MEMBERS OF THE BEXAR COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


Members of the Bexar County Executive Committee and Fellow Republican Precinct Chairs,

The Bexar County Republican Party will vote on an official “Rule 44” Censure resolution of Speaker of the House Joseph R. Straus III at its upcoming County Executive Committee meeting on October 9th. If successful, this resolution will be forwarded to the State Republican Party Executive Committee to be adopted as a statewide rebuke of the Speaker. Fifty GOP county party organizations have already passed resolutions disapproving of Speaker Straus in just the last two months.
The censure resolution and background information are linked below, including several videos of parliamentary rulings by the Speaker that are part of the body of evidence supporting the need for this Censure. Please review these documents carefully, be informed, and make your mind up openly. (click on links below to read content)

Rule 44 Resolution to Censure Joe Straus

Resolution Overview

Addendum with Evidential Information Regarding Speaker Straus

Resolution Cover Letter

Press Release, September 15, 2017: Bexar County GOP to Vote on Censure of Speaker Straus

Exchange between State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (Dist. 94) and Speaker Straus, Regular Session (video) 

Exchange between State Rep. Tony Tinderholt and Speaker Straus, Special Session, July 2017 (video)  

Exchange between State Rep. Tony Tinderholt and Speaker Straus, Special Session, July 2017
(video)

Exchange between State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (Dist. 92) and Speaker Straus, Special Session (video) 

Exchange between State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (Dist. 94) and Speaker Straus, Special Session (Video)

Background, Current Status, and Next Steps

We want you to know that Bexar County Republican officials are doing everything they can to block any vote on this censure resolution. Republican Party of Bexar County, Robert Stovall, sent an e-letter on Friday announcing that a new Resolutions Committee is being formed which will overhaul how the county party will accept new resolutions. The onerous and cumbersome requirements for precinct chairs to follow when submitting resolutions is outrageous and a blatant attempt to thwart, actually kill our efforts to even bring up a resolution to be discussed openly and voted upon by the members of the Bexar County Executive committee regarding a Rule 44 Censure of Speaker Joe Straus.

These tactics adopted by Chairman Robert Stovall are similar to the tactics used by Speaker Straus and his surrogates in the Texas House of Representatives to kill conservative legislation even priority legislation called by the Governor and passed by the state Senate.

You should know that the Bexar office staff refused to accept and sign for the resolution documents we submitted in person last Friday which we are required to do on a timely basis. Actually we submitted the resolution early. Only a call to Chairman Stovall forced the staff member present, the Director of Operations, to accept and sign for the resolution package. We are following up with a certified mail copy.  It is outrageous that a staff member reporting to Chairman Robert Stovall would treat members of the county party committee with such contempt and disrespect.

Be aware that the RPT Rule on Censuring Republican officials requires the county represented by the Republican public or party office holder to initiate the censure process. Joe Straus, as you well know, represents District 121 in Bexar County.

The resolution identifies a series of abuses by Speaker Joe Straus in opposition to core principles of the Republican Party of Texas. During the recent 85th regular and special legislative session, the divide in the party between Joe Straus and the rest of the state Republican elected leadership and voters was clearly demonstrated.  

Speaker Straus is openly in opposition to the broad agenda of the Party, as reflected in its platform.  But he is also publicly in opposition to Governor Abbott, to Lt. Governor Patrick, to Attorney General Paxton, and hence, to the very core and direction of the entire Republican Party and its leadership. As carefully documented in the censure resolution, Straus and his hand-picked committee chairs have consistently thwarted the consideration and passage of core Republican issues, including property tax reform, pro-life legislation, school choice, property rights, privacy protections and protections of the natural family, and reasonable limitations on government spending. Many of these issues were blocked from consideration on the floor of the House, or were never even heard in committee.  However, the Speaker, through his rulings from the chair, personally thwarted the very operations of the Texas House and blocked elected representatives from representing their constituents by prohibiting legislation from being considered in the full House.

Robert Stovall is behaving in the same way with the members of the Bexar County Executive Committee by blocking our ability to present a resolution before the full body of precinct chairs!

We are working with our legal team to ensure this resolution will be voted on at the next CEC meeting without the obstructive and tyrannical tactics favored by liberals when confronted by conservatives. We are Republicans. Let's act like it!

Our resolution committee of precinct chairs working together to develop this Rule 44 Censure resolution have been called divisive, extremist, shameful, unappreciative of Joe Straus's financial support he doles out to the Bexar County office to ensure their obeisance and subservience.

Our response is simply for all people of goodwill and common sense to look at the facts with an open mind and heart. It is Speaker Straus who has sowed division and conflict at the State legislature working against the priorities of the Governor and Lt. Governor and conservative members of the Texas House. While it is understandable that Chairman Stovall is ashamed that members of the county party he chairs will not be silenced or submit to the shameful behavior of Speaker Straus who represents our district thereby incurring the scorn of the liberal media, we can only say, don't shoot the messenger. As members of the Republican Party of Texas who ratified the Rule 44 Censure at the state convention in 2016, we have every right to invoke this rule and address the abuses of Speaker Straus.

We deserve to be treated with respect as committee members and demand we be given the freedom and opportunity to present the censure case against Speaker Joe Straus at the next county executive committee meeting. We are extremist in the same way conservative Republican icon, Barry Goldwater called out "moderate" RINO Republicans and liberals when he ran for President. He said, "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue." Texas is the bastion of freedom and tenacious defender of religious and personal liberties. We expect justice to prevail in our determination to put forth this censure resolution. Our freedoms do not come cheap and sadly, at times, fellow Republicans are the agents of injustice and repression of the freedoms we hold dear.

Bexar County Chair Stovall, let the committee vote on the Censure Straus resolution!     

/signed/
Joe Bissett, PCT 1065
Charlotte Folson, PCT 4046
Paula Moore, PCT 3058
Michael O'Donnell, PCT 2087
Philip Sevilla, PCT 2115
Don Varella, PCT 2040      

NOTE: Texas Leadership Institute for Public Advocacy is a political action committee. Phil Sevilla is the President.
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Republican County Executive Committees in these 50 counties have passed resolutions in opposition to Speaker Joe Straus and/or “No Confidence in Straus” Resolutions and/or resolutions in favor of a change in Speaker. Thank you to Coalition members Stacy McMahan (East Texans for Liberty) and Ray Myers (Kaufman County TEA Party) for keeping this list current.
 
 

 



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