Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement after the Secretary of State’s office discovered that about 95,000 individuals identified by the Department of Public Safety as non-U.S. citizens have a matching voter registration record in Texas, and roughly 58,000 of them have voted in one or more Texas elections:
“Every single instance of illegal voting threatens democracy in our state and deprives individual Texans of their voice. We’re honored to have partnered with the Texas Secretary of State’s office in the past on voter initiatives and we will spare no effort in assisting with these troubling cases. My Election Fraud Unit stands ready to investigate and prosecute crimes against the democratic process when needed. We have obtained a number of successful non-citizen voter fraud convictions, including prison sentences for Rosa Ortega in Tarrant County and Laura Garza in Montgomery County. And earlier this month, investigators from our office arrested Marites Curry, a non-citizen charged with illegal voting in Navarro County. Nothing is more vital to preserving our Constitution than the integrity of our voting process, and my office will do everything within its abilities to solidify trust in every election in the state of Texas. I applaud Secretary of State Whitley for his proactive work in safeguarding our elections.”
Texas law allows lawfully present noncitizens to obtain driver’s licenses by showing proof of lawful presence to DPS. However, only citizens are eligible to vote. And Texas law currently does not require verification of a voter’s statement that they are a citizen. The Texas Secretary of State provided the information to the Office of the Attorney General this week, which has concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute election crimes.
From 2005-2017, the attorney general’s office prosecuted 97 defendants for numerous voter fraud violations. In 2018, Attorney General Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit – with assistance from a criminal justice grant from the governor’s office – prosecuted 33 defendants for a total of 97 election fraud violations. Last February, the attorney general announced a significant voter fraud initiative and addressed key problems and policy areas related to election law.
To view the Texas Secretary of State press release, click here: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/about/newsreleases/2019/012519.shtml.
Third Biennial Upshur County Inaugural Reception
An estimated seventy-five elected and re-elected Upshur officials with family and friends attended the reception.
Special thanks to Judge Dean Fowler, Judge Todd Tefteller, Joyce Dolle, Drew & Matt of Gilmer Brewing Company, Lori Metcalf of Lori's Eats & Sweets, Lisa Sneed with Ladyfingers Cakes, the generous sponsors, and the ET4L team.
For more photos, see our Facebook page post on the reception.
Best wishes to all of the elected and re-elected Upshur County Officials!
Yesterday, Texas Scorecard covered Texas’ “Big 3” Announce Agreement on State’s Priority Issues with Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and new House Speaker Dennis Bonnen.
by Dustin Sensky
A top issue to East Texans for Liberty discussed in the article is teachers.
“Next to the parent, the teacher is the single most important person in the life of the student,” said Patrick. “Not enough money spent on education is spent on our teachers.”
Bonnen echoed that sentiment, mentioning that he has heard many teachers say the only way they could get increased pay was to take on an administrative role at the district level. “The path to more money in education should not be outside the classroom,” Bonnen said. “Teachers will be the focus.”
We could not agree more!
For years, teachers have been asked to accept lower pay, make significant cuts in their departments, and forced to cover the costs of supplies in their classrooms, while funding for education, allocated through the state, failed to funnel past ISD administrations.
ET4L will be watching this legislation closely in hopes that the “Big 3” can get it done for our Texas teachers during the 86th Legislative Session.
A federal judge in Texas on Friday struck down the Affordable Care Act, throwing a new round of uncertainty into the fate of the law just one day before the deadline to sign up for coverage for next year.
U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the law's individual mandate is unconstitutional, and that because the mandate cannot be separated from the rest of the law, the rest of the law is also invalid.
The ruling is certain to be appealed, and legal experts in both parties have said they ultimately expect the challenge to the health law will not succeed. ObamaCare will remain in effect while the case is appealed.
President Trump took to Twitter on Friday night to tout the judge's ruling while calling on congressional leaders to work on a new law, despite the chances of Congress passing a replacement law that both parties can agree being essentially zero.
"Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!" Trump tweeted, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and expected incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
O'Connor, an appointee of President George W. Bush, acknowledged in his ruling that health care is a "politically charged affair — inflaming emotions and testing civility."
But he added courts "are not tasked with, nor are they suited to, policymaking." Instead, he said they must determine what the Constitution requires. In this, case O'Connor said the Constitution does not allow the mandate to stand.
The reasoning of the ruling states that in 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the mandate to have coverage because of Congress's power to tax. But, last year, Congress removed the fine for failing to comply with the mandate, which, he argues, means the mandate is no longer a tax and therefore is unconstitutional.
In a controversial move, the judge added that because the mandate is "essential" to the rest of the law, without the mandate, the entire law is invalid.
Legal experts in both parties have denounced that argument, saying it is obvious that Congress wanted the rest of the Affordable Care Act to remain when it repealed only the mandate penalty last year.
Democrats accused the judge of waiting until after the election to issue the ruling, saying he knew striking down the law before the election would harm Republicans.
The court case, brought by 20 GOP-led states, was at the center of this year's campaign after Democrats attacked Republicans for supporting the lawsuit and seeking to overturn ObamaCare's protections for pre-existing conditions.
The Trump administration, in a rare move, declined to defend the law in court and instead argued the pre-existing condition protections should be overturned.
Nicholas Bagley, a law professor at the University of Michigan, wrote on Twitter Friday night that he thinks the ruling does not prevent the Affordable Care Act from remaining in effect while the appeals process plays out, because there is no injunction from the court.
"Everyone should remain calm," he wrote.
— Updated: 9:38 p.m.
TRADITION CONTINUED: UPSHUR COUNTY INAUGURAL RECEPTION SLATED FOR JANUARY 1, 2019
Friday, December 14, 2018
Contact: S. McMahan at (903) 500-2292
GILMER, TX: The third bi-annual Upshur County Inaugural Reception is slated for Tuesday, January 1, 2019, directly following the Swearing In, beginning at 1:30 PM, and will be held at the Gilmer Brewery, located at 101 W. Tyler Street, in Gilmer. The Gilmer Brewery, formerly Hadden’s, is across from the Upshur County Courthouse.
The Inaugural Reception will include hors-d'oeuvres, catered by Gilmer’s own Lori Metcalf of Lori’s Eats and Sweets and a congratulatory cake donated by Lisa Sneed of LadyFingers Cakes.
Per County Judge and District Judge Elect Dean Fowler and County Judge-Elect Todd Tefteller, Upshur County’s Swearing In, of elected and re-elected officials, is scheduled for Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at 1:30 PM, and will be held on the third floor of the Upshur County Courthouse located at 100 W. Tyler Street in Gilmer.
“ET4L is excited to continue the tradition of the Upshur County Inaugural Reception. It is our way of thanking those elected and re-elected officials, as well as their family members, for their committed service to our great county,”
said ET4L’s President Stacy McMahan. “Once the officials take their oath, they, as well as their family and friends, are invited to the Inaugural Reception, across the street, at the Gilmer Brewery for complimentary hors-d'oeuvres and scrumptious cake,” McMahan said further.
The Upshur County Inaugural Reception is paid for by East Texans for Liberty. If you wish to contribute to this event, please send your check, made out to ET4L PAC, to ET4L PAC PO Box 195, Gilmer, Texas 75644 or see our secured website at https://www.easttexansforliberty.com/donate_et4l. Donations are not tax deductible.
For more information, call (903) 500-2292 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Texans for Liberty PAC, PO Box 195, Gilmer, Texas 75644. Jennifer Audet, PAC Treasurer. Copyright © 2014–2018 East Texans for Liberty. All rights reserved. Not authorized by any candidate or candidates committee.
An article printed in the Gilmer Mirror, "ET4L event draws big crowd; officials" by Phillip Williams concerning East Texans for Liberty's 4th Annual Stars of Texas Fall Celebration.
"A crowd estimated at more than 180 attended East Texans for Liberty’s “Fourth Annual Stars of Texas Fall Celebration, at which Republican candidates Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, State Representative Matt Schaefer, and U.S. Louie Gohmert were among the many speakers at the Gilmer Civic Center on Saturday night.
Attendees also heard a video message from Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who is seeking re-election and whose father, Rafael Cruz spoke the benediction.
Paxton, who with Schaefer was listed as the keynote speakers, said he had sued then-President Obama 27 times in 27 months, and had sued the Trump Administration 11 times, 10 of those based on matters related to Obama.
While he has sued the federal Department of Education, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Labor, Paxton said, “one case tells everything” – an immigration case “indicative of everything Obama did” when the then-President allegedly changed the law on immigration.
Paxton said “Texas led the way” among 26 states contesting that and “We beat the Department of Justice at every step.
“Nobody was gonna stop it but Texas,” the attorney general said.
Addressing the Cruz race, Paxton alleged that supporters were sending $38 million to his Democratic opponent, Robert (Beto) O’Rourke because “if they take Texas, they take America.”
Gohmert, who was not on the program to speak but was asked to address the approximately 2-hour, 45-minute event, criticized the National Rifle Association, which he said had given him a “B plus” grade and not endorsed him because it “was wrong” on a certain bill.
While saying “thank God for the NRA” Gohmert said the problem with the proposal he opposed was that it would have combined “a good bill with a bad one.” He said the Senate would only have passed the part he objected to.
He also praised State Sen. Bryan Hughes (who led the invocation) and David Barton of the Wallbuilders organization, who also spoke.
Schaefer said life was the top issue in his office as “We kill over 55,000 babies in Texas every year” through abortion.
He also said the country does not have “the rule of law regarding immigration,” which has created “public health issues.”
In his video, Cruz said “We’ve been fighting side-by-side for conservative principles” and “now is not the time to give one inch to the lift,” which he said wants “to send a gun-grabbing liberal (O’Rourke) to the Senate to represent Texas” and impeach President Trump.
Another speaker, Republican Party of Texas Vice-Chairman Alma Perez Jackson, said that while there had been such division in the GOP that she once thought “y’all can all just go to hell,” the state Republican Party has “the best platform” inasmuch as it is pro-family and pro-God.
“I know this country’s so special “cause he (God) gave us Donald Trump,” said Jackson, confessing that, “I (once) thought who is this bozo with orange hair?” But “he’s just what we needed,” she declared, adding “We’ve gotta build that wall (Trump has proposed at the border with Mexico) and there’s more tax cuts coming from the middle class.”
Other speakers included attorney/author KrisAnne Hall, who defended the Second Amendment at length, and a representative of the Tea Party in Edom community.
Wayne Christian, a member of the Texas Railroad Commission (which he noted no longer actually regulates railroads, but instead oil, gas, and coal) was master of ceremonies. ET4L President Stacy McMahan opened the event."
A special note from East Texans for Liberty PAC’s President Stacy McMahan
"The East Texans for Liberty PAC’s Executive Board and team members are very grateful to everyone that attended our 4th Annual Stars of Texas Fall Celebration Gala on Saturday, October 27, 2018, held at the Gilmer Civic Center.
Also, our deepest appreciation to the two Liberty Award recipients: State Senator Bryan Hughes (Mineola, Texas) and JoAnn Fleming, the Executive Director of Grassroots America – We The People (Tyler, Texas).
Special thanks to Lisa Long with the Gilmer Civic Center, Char Doonan with Char Doonan Photography, Tonya Allen with Mama Tee’s Catering, and Upshur County Sheriff Larry Webb."
~ Stacy McMahan
Contact person: Stacy McMahan, ET4L Media & Public Relations Director
Contact number: (903) 500-2292
Gilmer, Texas: East Texans for Liberty’s 4th Annual Stars of Texas Fall Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Gilmer Civic Center located at 1218 U.S. Highway 271 North in Gilmer at 6:00 pm.
“Confirmed keynote speakers are the Honorable Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Honorable Freedom Caucus Chairman and House Representative Matt Schaefer (Tyler, District 6),” said ET4L President and Executive Director Stacy McMahan.
Ken Paxton is Texas’ 51st Attorney General. General Paxton has had multiple accomplishments with the most notable being his fight against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), enacted by Executive Order under Former Democratic President Barack Obama, creating the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, and saving Texas’ voter ID and anti-sanctuary cities laws in Federal Court.
Representative and Texas Freedom Caucus Chairman Matt Schaefer, a Navy serviceman, assumed office in 2013 and has been a leader in promoting the conservative grassroots voice, a voice largely ignored by the establishment, in East Texas. Schaefer’s most notable accomplishments, all signed into law, are legislation that allows electronic voting for military members in combat zones, co-sponsoring legislation that preserved the Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) by restoring it to financial solvency, and co-authoring the ban on late-term abortions after 20 weeks and requiring stronger health and safety standards for abortion clinics.
“The Freedom Caucus stands strong against toll roads, and they’re credited with helping the grassroots get 6-out-of-7 anti-toll reforms into law last year” said Terri Hall, is the founder of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) and a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis of the conservative-online-journalism center at the Washington-based Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research.
Also joining the Gala are David Barton, founder of Wallbuilders, KrisAnne Hall, Constitutional Educator, the Republican Party of Texas Vice-Chair Alma Perez Jackson, along with a surprise guest U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert, Rafael Cruz, father of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian.
ET4L is sponsoring KrisAnne Hall for two constitutional seminars on Friday, October 26. Hall will be meeting with area homeschoolers at the Longview Public Library and students at the Christian Heritage Classical School.
"It is exciting to have KrisAnne meeting with area youth," said organizer and ET4L Hospitality Chair Darlene Rappazzo.
Last May, ET4L sponsored KrisAnne Hall’s Peace Officer's Training with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.
A General Admission ticket is $25. General Ticket holders should arrive no later than 6:00 PM.
For access in the VIP Private Reception with Gala speakers and honorable elected officials such as Congressman Louie Gohmert (Tyler, TX), Senator Bryan Hughes (Mineola, TX), and Representative Jay Dean (Longview, TX), see www.easttexansforliberty.com or call (903) 500-2292. The VIP Private Reception begins at 5:15 pm.
The catered dinner includes a boneless stuffed chicken breast with sauce or brisket, fresh green beans garnished with bacon, roasted potatoes, four-cheese macaroni, salad, bread (including a Gluten-free choice), an elaborate fresh fruit and dessert display, and includes tea and gourmet coffee choices. Returning again this year is Mama Tee’s Catering. Tee Allen is the owner and proprietor.
The Stars of Texas Gala is the organization’s annual fundraiser.
ET4L utilizes donations for expenses relating to their monthly meeting venue, speaker fees, hotel accommodations, and their travel expenses, advertising, catering expenses, educational materials, Get Out the Vote expenses, website, operating expenses, and the like. Donations to ET4L are not tax deductible.
“ET4L receives no government funding – no tax dollars and is a volunteer-led organization. Our mission is to affect public policy at the local, state, and national levels consistent with the core values of constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets, to attract, educate, organize, and empower people in our community,” said ET4L PAC Treasurer Jennifer Audet.
ET4L meets monthly on the second Monday, with the exception of October and December, at the Lantana Activity Center in Gilmer. There is no cost for the organization’s monthly meetings, wherein a complimentary dinner is provided. The complimentary dinner begins at 6:30 pm with the program from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The organization does not meet in the month of December to celebrate the meaning of Christmas with family and friends.
ET4L has been recognized for collecting funds for active shooter vests for Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, four Upshur County Constables, and Big Sandy and Ore City Police Departments. The organization has also been recognized as being instrumental in the passage of ‘No Confidence’ Resolutions, in House Speaker Joe Straus, passed by 13 of the 16 counties in Senate District 1, as well as many of the other 52 GOP resolutions passed statewide. Leadership in ET4L have also been recognized, in 2017, as the Republican Party of Texas Volunteer of the Year for Senate District 1 and the Conservative Leadership Award by Empower Texans, and is a coalition partner with Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition and Senate District 1 Conservative Grassroots Coalition.
2017’s Stars of Texas Gala included U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert, Lt. Col. Allen West, Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey, Empower Texans Michael Quinn Sullivan, and Judge Dean Fowler.
ET4L is home-based in Gilmer, and services Upshur County and Senate District 1.