Speaker at ET4L meeting calls for elimination of 'out of control' school property taxes

JoAnn Fleming

By Phillip Williams 

Former Smith County Commissioner JoAnn Fleming, a longtime leader of the “constitutional conservative movement,” told a meeting of East Texans for Liberty last week that the state should abolish “out of control” school property taxes and replace them with a consumption-based tax.

Fleming, executive director of “Grassroots America-We The People,” outlined what she considers the legislative priorities for the upcoming 2019 session of the Texas legislature. About 50-55 attended the Sept. 10 event at the Lantana Activity Center outside Gilmer.

After the meeting, she said she proposed, in part, to “swap property taxes with a reformed sales tax that includes the broadest base and lowest rate.”

Fleming told the audience that virtually no voters in Republican primaries vote in school board or school bond issue elections, “and you wonder why your property taxes are high?”

She said unborn generations will pay the bond debt back, which is “bondage.”

Also concerning education, Fleming said “good teachers need to be paid better,” but the administrative costs in many public schools fund so many administrators that “they get in the way of teachers.” She lamented that “brainy people in administration have decided they know better than the teacher does.”

While citing school taxes, the speaker said that “constitutional carry (of firearms) is the number one issue” in the upcoming legislative session. Fleming elaborated that she is for “maintaining licensing,” and that favoring constitutional carry is part of the state Republican Party’s platform.

Noting that all the legislators she has spoken with say “the governor (Republican Greg Abbott) doesn’t want that bill,” she said her response is “What do we need you (legislators) for (if lawmakers are always going to go along with the governor?)”

Other priorities Fleming cited were “pro-life” legislation, religious freedom and privacy, and restoring “some teeth in” the requirement that employers use “E-verify” to make sure a worker is not an illegal alien. 

She said conservatives also want E-verify enforced.

Fleming said some employers want “cheap labor (from such aliens) for their bottom line,” but that, “I am not for lawless” businesses which hire them.

The speaker also said that the solution to Texas’ problems is a “strong, well-informed, grassroots army,” and that the Texas Grassroots Conservative Coalition has grown 85 percent in one year. It got some bad proposed legislation killed, and some good bills, such as anti-sanctuary cities legislation and anti-voter fraud legislation, passed in the state legislature, Fleming said.

“We want to widen and deepen” the conservative movement to get the Republican platform passed in the legislature, she added.

“We (the state government) spend way too much money,” Fleming asserted, arguing the budget has “way too much corporate welfare.”

For example, she said, the state pays the film industry to come to the state when it would come anyway. In addition, state officials committed millions “in handouts” for Formula One racing in Austin, and “Until the grassroots started talking about it, nobody knew about it.

“It’s time to re-prioritize the way we spend money in the state of Texas,” Fleming argued, saying “some of our retirement funds are underwater.” She further complained that 32 percent of the state budget is funded by the federal government, which “can’t balance its own books” and is “stealing” from the future.

Fleming also said that while “Texans pay a lot of money into the federal treasury,” the state had received more back than it has paid in since 2008.

Meantime, she accused state legislators of claiming “they passed the most conservative budget,” only to then say they had to additionally fund some items. She said they do not know what is in the budget by the time they vote on it.

Fleming also argued, “We need to rein in spending at the local level,” saying county governmental spending has gone up 256 percent, and that spending by both cities and schools has increased more than 200 percent, in 20 years. She criticized schools for spending money on “goofy things” like water parks, saying voters “need to be able to reject that.”

Asked about local officials’ complaints about the state saddling them with unfunded mandates, Fleming suggested citizens ask them for a list of such mandates and tell them they (citizens) will talk to state officials about it.

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Constitution Day

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Test Your Knowledge

Today, September 17th, we celebrate Constitution Day--the day the Founding Fathers signed the US Constitution in 1789. Significantly, many of the delegates directly involved in writing the Constitution credit God for that document. For example, Alexander Hamilton said:

For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the finger of God could never have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.

So as we celebrate the Constitution and acknowledge God for His goodness in helping America become the longest on-going constitutional republic in the world, take time to: 1) read the Constitution and 2) learn more about this document and the people who were involved in its creation.

Take this quiz and test your knowledge!

1. What state was the first to ratify the Constitution?

2. What are the five rights guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution?

3. When was the Constitution ratified by the ninth state, meaning that it officially became the governing document of the US?

4. How many delegates signed the Constitution?

5. Six Founding Fathers signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Can you name them?

6. Who was the oldest delegate at the Constitutional Convention? Who was the youngest?

Don't Miss David Barton Tonight in a Constitution Day Special TV Episode!

What: America's Hidden History

When: TODAY, September 17th @ 7pm CST

Where: TBN (Watch on your local channel or stream live, more details here.)

How did you do? Check your answers below!

1. Delaware. With a vote of 30-0, Delaware was the first to ratify the Constitution in December 1787.

2. The First Amendment prohibits Congress from making laws restricting religion, speech, the press, assembly, and the right of petition.

3. On June 21, 1788 New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution.

4. 39 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention actually signed the Constitution.

5. George Clymer, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, George Read, Roger Sherman, and James Wilson signed both the Declaration and the Constitution.

6. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest delegate to the Constitution Convention at 81 years old. Jonathan Dayton was the youngest at 26.


Texas is cracking down on voter fraud.

Check out the campaign news release from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on voter fraud. 



Campaign News Release

"Texas is cracking down on voter fraud." - Attorney General Ken Paxton

My fellow Texans, 
As Attorney General of Texas, I’m fighting every day to protect the integrity of our electoral process and prosecute voter fraud.  Without confidence in our democratic process of self-governance, our public trust will gradually erode and become a serious threat to our way of life.  I want you to know that we are working tirelessly to protect that trust between the voters and the ballot box.  This week, my office will be requesting additional funding from the Texas Legislature for expanded voter fraud investigations and prosecutions because we need more resources and manpower to fully tackle this growing problem.  

News headlines and media reports of illegal voting and the widespread practice of seeding and harvesting mail ballots, together with recent prosecutions and investigations conducted by this office, have confirmed that the threat to election integrity in Texas is real, and the need to provide intentional safeguards is increasing.  
I recently wrote to the Senate Select Committee on Election Integrity, seeking legislative authority to partner with state and federal agencies to purge noncitizens from voter rolls, to require Texas counties to notify the state when they remove someone from the voter rolls for not being citizens and to partner with other states to make sure people aren't voting in multiple jurisdictions each year.  I’m also seeking stiffer penalties for lying on voter registration applications and a lengthening of the statute of limitations on the same crime.  

In addition to seeking Legislative authority to purge the voter rolls, I’m also asking the Texas Legislature to consider requiring that any person requesting an absentee ballot have photo identification on file with the state.  I also want seniors and others harmed by mail-in ballot harvesters to be able to sue the people trying to manipulate their ballots, creating a low-cost no-governmental enforcement alternative for costly vote harvesting investigations.
My office's recent investigative survey revealed 165 non-citizens had been removed from voter rolls in just four counties over the last two years. These individuals had cast more than 100 votes in Texas elections before having their names removed from the rolls when they identified themselves as non-citizens when selected for jury duty.  We are unable to determine the entire scope of non-citizen voting across Texas from the non-citizen jury duty numbers alone but it appears to be a significant problem nonetheless.
My office continues to aggressively investigate and prosecute cases of voter fraud. So far this year, we have obtained a number of arrests and convictions including:

It is my highest honor to serve as your Attorney General and you have my solemn commitment that I will do everything within my power and authority to ensure that voter fraud is prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows and will continue to make ballot integrity a focal point of my office.  

May God continue to bless the Great State of Texas!


Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas
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Attorney General Paxton: Wins Obamacare lawsuit - will recover over $300M for Texas


"Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended a U.S. District Court decision ordering the Internal Revenue Service to repay Texas and five other states more than $839 million because of an unlawful Obamacare tax on state Medicaid programs. Of that total amount, Texas stands to be repaid $304,730,608.

“Obamacare is unconstitutional, plain and simple,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We all know that the feds cannot tax the states, and we’re proud to return this illegally collected money to the people of Texas.”

In October 2015, Attorney General Paxton led a multistate lawsuit against the federal government over the Obama-era regulation that threatened to choke off Medicaid funds for the health needs of millions of Texas citizens unless Texas taxpayers paid a portion of the Health Insurance Providers Fee to help fund Obamacare.

The court’s decision also means that five other states stand to be repaid Obamacare fees by the IRS: Indiana ($94,801,483), Kansas ($142,121,776), Louisiana ($172,493,095), Wisconsin ($88,938,850) and Nebraska ($36,238,918).

Texas and Wisconsin will argue at a hearing on September 5 that Obamacare, as amended by the recent tax bill, is unconstitutional in its entirety.

View a copy of the ruling here: https://bit.ly/2Bz1U6Z

AG Paxton Wins Multistate Obamacare Tax Lawsuit, Recoups Over $839 Million, Including Nearly $305 Million for Texas Taxpayers



SAVE THE DATE: 4th Annual Stars of Texas Fall Celebration - October 27


October 27, 2018

4th Annual

Stars of Texas Fall Celebration

Special Guests

Ken Paxton
Texas Attorney General

Matt Schaefer
State Representative & Freedom Caucus Chairman

David Barton

and MORE!  

Gilmer Civic Center
1218 U.S. Hwy 271 North
Gilmer, Texas 75644

Table sponsorships & general admission
reservations will open soon.

  Save the date 
   October 27th   
For more information, call (903) 500-2292

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Dinner with Grassroots Powerhouse JoAnn Fleming

Join us September 10th at 6:30 PM for...

Dinner with Grassroots Powerhouse JoAnn Fleming!

JoAnn Fleming is a compelling speaker who will touch on GAWTP, the Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition, and the 2019 Texas Legislative Session. 

To ensure your spot in the free dinner line, RSVP HERE!

Catered dinner by Nan Fowler.

This is a free event, open to the public, and child-friendly.




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Jennifer Audet, PAC Treasurer. 
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TX Attorney General: Texans' Second Amendment rights


See Texas Attorney General's message regarding Texan's Second Amendment rights and unlawful signs prohibiting concealed weapons on property where concealed handgun license holders are legally permitted to carry.  


"When uncooperative governments post signs to ban Texas citizens from carrying where it is legal, they are breaking the law and infringing on Texans' Second Amendment rights. Pursuant to Senate Bill 273 passed by the 84th Legislature, citizens may file complaints against these political subdivisions that unlawfully post signs prohibiting concealed weapons on property where concealed handgun license holders are legally permitted to carry.

Individuals who observe violations must first file a complaint with the government that appears to be in violation. If the entity does not remove the sign within three (3) days, citizens may file a complaint with the Texas Attorney General's Office to investigate the matter and enforce the law. If you believe a political subdivision is unlawfully posting 30.06 signs and you have already filed a complaint with that entity, you may call The Texas Attorney General's 30.06 Hotline at 1-844-584-3006, or fill out the form below: https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/apps/3006/index.php 

Join the #CruzCrew Days of Action!

We need your help!

On this Saturday and Sunday (August, 25th & 26th), #TeamCruz is holding a Days of Action across the Lone Star State to help us get ready to #KeepTexasRed in November, and we want you to join us!

The Days of Action will take place across Texas, so we hope to see you there!

Bexar County — San Antonio
900 NE Loop 410 #d124
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Shane Birdwell

Nueces County — Corpus Christi
Nueces County GOP HQ
5151 Flynn Parkway, Suite 103
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Cierra Medina

Travis County — Austin
Travis County GOP HQ
807 Brazos St. #408
Austin, TX 78701
Shane Birdwell

Harris County — Houston
#TeamCruz Campaign HQ
Pheonix Tower
3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 1220
Houston, TX 77027
Rachel Edwards

Dallas County — Dallas
Dallas County GOP HQ
11617 N Central Expy Suite 240
Dallas, TX 75243
Cooper Mohr

Smith County — Tyler
Smith County Republican Party HQ
3923 S Broadway Ave
Tyler, TX 75701
Josh Siegel

Gregg County — Longview
Gregg County Republican HQ
220 N. Fredonia St.
Longview, TX 75601
Josh Siegel

Lubbock County — Lubbock
Lubbock County GOP HQ
2542 34th St.
Lubbock, TX 79410
Shane Birdwell

Amarillo County — Amarillo
Amarillo County GOP HQ
4217 SW 21st Ave.
Amarillo, TX 79106
Shane Birdwell

If you aren’t able to join us at one of the locations above, please contact the #TeamCruz staffer closest to you who would be happy to get you plugged in on the day of action from wherever you are!

Ted Cruz signs are coming to Upshur County!

In the meantime, join the phone banking 
and sign placement opportunities by calling 
Desiree Watts at (903) 500-2292,
emailing info@easttexansforliberty.com, or Facebook messenger. 



TCGC LETTER: Requesting Immediate Executive Action: Mandate Citizenship Verification for Voter Registration by the Texas Secretary of State

Requesting Immediate Executive Action: 
Mandate Citizenship Verification for Voter Registration
by the Texas Secretary of State



Voter Integrity Press Conference - August 16, 2018

JoAnn Fleming, GAWTP 
on behalf of the
Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition


Aaron Harris, Direct Action of Texas

Click the link below to watch:

Voter Integrity Press Conference