Stars of Texas Fall Celebration - 2017
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East Texans for Liberty services Upshur & Senate District 1
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:
Upshur County Clean-Up Day is set for Saturday, October 7th. The location is on Cottonwood just off of Farm to Market 1404. The hours are 8:00 a.m to 3:30 pm per UC Commissioner Paula Gentry.
The Texas House Republican Caucus is meeting on this Thursday and Friday regarding a Texas House Speaker procedure. Thursday is a recreational day. Friday is the big day!
(HD 1) Gary VanDeaver - noncommittal
(HD 5) Cole Hefner - attending **
(HD 6) Matt Schaefer - attending **
(HD 7) Jay Dean - attending
(HD 9) Chris Paddie - noncommittal
(HD 11) Travis Clardy - noncommittal
**Those attending Representatives that have committed to vote by a secret ballot on electing a Texas House Speaker.
The Republican Party of Texas 3rd Quarterly SREC meeting is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Wyndham Garden Austin. A Director of the ET4L Executive Board will be attending this important SREC meeting. We will keep you updated!
'No confidence' resolutions in Texas House Speaker Joe Straus:
Texas is up to 51 counties that have passed a 'no confidence' resolution in Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.
All of House District 7 passed a 'no confidence' resolution. Senate District 1: 12 out of 16 counties have passed a similar resolution to date. All tea party/conservative groups in Senate District 1 have passed a similar resolution.
These are the 51 counties that have passed a 'no confidence' in Straus resolution: Atascosa; Bexar; Caldwell; Camp; Cass; Cherokee; Collin; Comal; Dallas; Denton; Dewitt; Dimmit; Eastland; Erath; Galveston; Gillespie; Gregg; Guadalupe; Harrison; Hidalgo; Hood; Hopkins; Jim Wells; Kaufman; Kerr; Lamar; Liberty; Llano; Maverick; Mitchell; Montgomery; Morris; Nolan; Panola; Pecos; Real; Red River; Reeves; Rockwall; Smith; Stephens; Tarrant; Terrell; Titus; Tom Green; Travis; Upshur; Uvalde; Val Verde; Van Zandt; Wood.
The Senate District Volunteer of the Year Banquet is scheduled for Friday at 6:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza in Austin. The Senate District 1 Volunteer of the Year is ET4L's, Stacy McMahan.
Saturday, October 7: Be sure to get your tickets early for the Stars of Texas Fall Celebration with keynote speakers U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert and Lt. Col. Allen West. Other speakers joining us are the Republican Party of Texas Chairman James R. Dickey, Michael Quinn Sullivan with Empower Texans, and Upshur County Judge Dean Fowler. Also with us will be Representative Cole Hefner, Senator Bryan Hughes, and Gregg County Justice of the Peace Tim Bryan.
SURPRISE GUEST: The U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's #TexasCruzer will be joining us here in Upshur County!
Seating is limited.
THREAT TO THE CENOTAPH - Save the Alamo
There has been an anonymous tip about a San Antonio City Council member "talking about the removal of the Alamo Cenotaph due to racial tension." It appears that since they were successful at Travis Park the Alamo is now target zero. We will keep you apprised of any imminent developments.
BEXAR GOP LOOKS TO OFFICIALLY CENSURE STRAUS UNDER RULE 44 If successful, the resolution will be passed on to the State Republican Party Executive Committee for a statewide censure of the Speaker.
Straus tells business leaders to keep up fight after "bathroom bill" failure Speaker Straus continues to go against YOU, the Republican voter. Last primary, 80% of Republican voters, statewide, voted in favor of doing something to protect our women and children in public restrooms, locker rooms, and showers.
This issue is happening here at home, folks. Longview ISD recently had a male walk into the females locker room. What did your Representative do to protect your daughters in public restrooms, locker rooms, and showers?
Provided by Lory Harle, Upshur County Elections Administrator
BL.Uprepared and East Texans for Liberty have completed the active shooter vest project for Upshur County law enforcement for a total of thirty-five (35) active shooter vests. The grand total for the vests raised was $13,125.00.
- 20 for Upshur County Sheriff's Office
- 4 for Ore City Police Department
- 4 for Upshur County Constables
- 1 for East Mountain (officer resigned after the 1 vest was ordered)
- 6 for Big Sandy Police Department
All Star Insurance
Commissioner Frank Berka
Commissioner Mike Spencer
Computer Tech of East Tx
Darin & Mischell Lindsey
Dr. Cherie Nazzal Animal Med & Surg Hosp
Dwight Brannon, Attorney at Law
First National Bank
Gilmer Computer Tech
Gilmer Lumber Co
Gilmer National Bank
HillTx Insurance Group
John Dean CPA
Lloyds Body Shop
Matthew Patton Atty
Peggy Garmon, Attorney at Law
Phillips 66 West
State Farm Insurance
Strike Free Bail Bonds
Super Burger Grill
Turner Brothers Mortuary
TWS Drilling & Construction
- The Texas Special Session began Tuesday, July 18th.
- Senator Ted Cruz: Support Senator Ted Cruz for re-election? Wish to endorse him? Click here for endorsement form.
- Upshur County Sheriff’s Office is holding a Citizen Police Academy with classes starting September 7, 2017. Click here for an enrollment form.
- UPSHUR COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT active shooter vests: ET4L is out again raising funds for the last 6 active shooter vests to complete Upshur County. Will you donate to this worthy cause? Make checks payable to BL.Uprepared and call (903) 500-2292 or (903) 746-1044 for pickup.
- AUGUST: This is a reminder that ET4L will not meet in August. We will kick back up again in September with Representative Jay Dean. If you missed him in Gilmer last month, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear about the 85th Legislative Session and the Special Session.
- AUGUST 7, 2017: WE THE PEOPLE - LONGVIEW - Monthly Meeting. 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Longview First Church of The Nazarene, 2601 H.G. Mosley Pkwy., Longview. GUEST SPEAKER: CATHIE ADAMS
- SEPTEMBER 11, 2017: HD 7 Representative Jay Dean and Concerned Women for America Texas Director, Dana Hodges on the 85th Legislative Session and Special Session. If you missed Dean last month in Gilmer, this is a great opportunity to hear firsthand about his actions in both sessions.
- OCTOBER 7, 2017: Stars of Texas Fall Celebration with
- Congressman Louie Gohmert
- Lt. Col. Allen B. West [2015 Liberty Award Recipent]
- James Dickey, Texas Republican Party Chair
- Michael Quinn Sullivan, CEO & President of Empower Texans
- Upshur County Judge Dean Fowler
Stars of Texas' HOST COMMITTEE opportunities will open soon! HOST COMMITTEE opportunities can include VIP Reception, 1 signed copy of Lt. Col. Allen West’s book, preferred seating with speakers, advertising and more!
If you would like an opportunity to be on the HOST COMMITTEE list for Congressman Louie Gohmert, Lt. Col. Allen West & Texas Republican Party Chair, James Dickey in Upshur, please contact us at email@example.com.
- For more local events, please see our EVENTS tab on our website at www.easttexansforlibery.com.
Donations to ET4L are not tax deductible
Senator Bettencourt: Governor Abbott stated that his "top priority" for the special session, which got underway today, is property taxes. Property taxes throughout Texas are growing 2 1/3 times faster than Texan's income. This is unsustainable. That is why I plan to introduce legislation (Senate Bill 1) in the special session for property tax reform and relief. As appraised values go up, tax rates should come down. This is why Lt. Governor named it one of his top priorities in the regular session and why it is such a critical issue for the special session.
Texans expect us to take a vote on the property tax reform and relief provisions in Senate Bill 1. Share and call your Representative, if you agree.
Gov. Abbott: I'm keeping a list of lawmakers who oppose me during special session
Gov. Greg Abbott says he's going to keep a list of lawmakers who oppose his agenda during the special legislative session, and that property tax reform is his top priority.
GILMER, TX, July 13, 2017: East Texans for Liberty’s Executive Board votes unanimously to pass the following Resolution:
Resolution for a new Texas House Speaker
WHEREAS, House District 121 Representative and Speaker of the House Joe Straus has been one of the more controversial figures in Texas politics due to his well-documented anathema to the conservative reforms that have been repeatedly placed in the RPT platform.
WHEREAS, Just this past session, Straus conspired with Democrats and liberal Republicans to kill property tax reform, higher ethical standards for elected officials, and the majority of the Republican Party’s legislative priorities.
WHEREAS, We the Executive Board members of East Texans for Liberty of Upshur County, join the Bexar County GOP & DeWitt County GOP in their resolve that there should be a change in leadership in the Texas House speakership due to fact that Texas House Speaker Joe Straus does not support the RPT platform.
RESOLVED, Be it resolved we call on all conservative and county GOP’s, statewide, to join us.
"Joe Straus has attempted to destroy the conservative solutions that Texans are demanding. It is time House Leadership be replaced with an authentic conservative that will stand with a constitutionally conservative Republican Party Platform," said East Texans for Liberty Executive Board member, David Watts.
Earlier this year, BL.Uprepared and East Texans for Liberty joined efforts to raise funds to outfit the men and women in Upshur County law enforcement with Active Shooter Vests.
Through gracious donations by area businesses the Upshur County Sheriff's Department, Ore City Police Department, and Upshur County Constables have all received their vests. An Active Shooter Vest was obtained for the East Mountain Police Department, however, upon shipment of the vests, the East Mountain Police officer resigned.
Last Friday, before Upshur County Commissioners Court convened, East Texans for Liberty learned Big Sandy Police Department had not outfitted their officers with Active Shooter Vests, as the Gilmer Police Department.
"We are very appreciative to Brandy Lee, the Upshur County Auditor, and Big Sandy Police Sgt. Ryan Kuhn for their assistance in clarifying the misunderstanding concerning Big Sandy's Police Department," said ET4L President Stacy McMahan.
Today, BL.Uprepared and East Texans for Liberty received approval from Big Sandy's Chief of Police Tim Scott and Big Sandy Mayor Sonny Parsons.
"ET4L will begin raising funds for six (6) needed Active Shooter Vests for the Big Sandy Police Department," McMahan said.