60 Percent of Texas County Sheriffs Sign Letter Condemning O’Rourke’s Divisive Rhetoric Against Law Enforcement

Twelve counties, in Senate District 1, signed on to a letter condemning Congressman O'Rourke's divisive rhetoric against law enforcement and endorse Senator Ted Cruz for re-election. 

"HOUSTON, Texas – A total of 153 Texas County Sheriffs––including six *Democrats––signed on to a letter condemning Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s divisive rhetoric against law enforcement and endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz for re-election. This is an increase of 57 Sheriffs from less than a week ago. This new total means a clear majority (60%) of the Sheriffs across Texas have endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz.

“As law enforcement officers, we put our lives on the line each day to protect and serve the Texas communities where we live, work and raise our families,” the sheriffs write. “We know first-hand that being in law enforcement is more challenging in today’s times than at almost any point in history. And sadly, Beto O’Rourke has gone even further than the all-too-familiar rhetoric that inflames anger towards peace officers.”

The letter continues, “As experienced law enforcement professionals, we believe that nothing is more important than to serve and protect the communities we live in. Ted Cruz understands this – and he is the right choice for our law enforcement community, and we believe, for Texans at large.”

The original letter may be viewed here and text of the letter may be found below.

The letter has now been signed on to by the following county sheriffs:

Sheriff Greg Taylor, Anderson County
Sheriff Charles R. Stewart, Andrews County
Sheriff Gregory A. Sanches, Angelina County
Sheriff William A. Mills, Aransas County
Sheriff Staci Williams Beesinger, Archer County
Sheriff Fleta Barnett, Armstrong County
Sheriff David A. Soward, Atascosa County
Sheriff Richard Wills, Bailey County
Sheriff Daniel Raymond Butts, Bandera County
Sheriff Don Jackson, Blanco County
Sheriff Benny Ray Allison, Borden County
Sheriff Charles S. Wagner, Brazoria County
Sheriff Christopher Kirk, Brazos County
Sheriff Ronny D. Dodson, Brewster County*
Sheriff Thomas L. Norsworthy, Burleson County
Sheriff Bobbie Vickery, Calhoun County
Sheriff Larry Rowe, Cass County
Sheriff Salvador S. Rivera, Jr, Castro County
Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne, Chambers County
Sheriff Michael “Mike” Pigg, Childress County
Sheriff K. R. “Kenny” Lemons, Jr, Clay County
Sheriff James O. Skinner, Collin County
Sheriff R.H. “Curly” Wied, Colorado County
Sheriff Mark W. Reynolds, Comal County
Sheriff Chad Miller, Concho County
Sheriff Terry Gilbert, Cooke County
Sheriff Scott A. Williams, Coryell County
Sheriff Andrew R. Aguilar, Crane County
Sheriff Shane C. Stevenson, Dallam County
Sheriff J. Dale Butler, Jr., Deaf Smith County
Sheriff Ricky Smith, Delta County
Sheriff Tracy Murphree, Denton County
Sheriff Carl R. Bowen, DeWitt County
Sheriff Robert Wayne Bradford, Eastland County
Sheriff Michael W. Griffis, Ector County
Sheriff Chuck Edge, Ellis County
Sheriff Matt Coates, Erath County
Sheriff Ricky Scaman, Falls County
Sheriff Troy E. Nehls, Fort Bend County
Sheriff Ricky S. Jones, Franklin County
Sheriff Albert De Leon, Frio County*
Sheriff Henry Trochesset, Galveston County
Sheriff Terry L. Morgan, Garza County
Sheriff Buddy Mills, Gillespie County
Sheriff Kirby Brumby, Goliad County
Sheriff Matthew J. Atkinson, Gonzales County
Sheriff Thomas E. Watt, Grayson County
Sheriff Maxey Cerliano, Gregg County
Sheriff Donald G, Sowell, Grimes County
Sheriff Arnold S. Zwicke, Guadalupe County
Sheriff Timothy J. Glass, Hansford County
Sheriff Patrick Laughery, Hardeman County
Sheriff William T. McCool, Harrison County
Sheriff Franky Scott, Hartley County
Sheriff Nathan Lewis, Hemphill County
Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, Henderson County
Sheriff Rodney B. Watson, Hill County
Sheriff Roger Deeds, Hood County
Sheriff Lewis Tatum, Hopkins County
Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt, Houston County
Sheriff Stan Parker, Howard County
Sheriff Arvin West, Hudspeth County*
Sheriff Randy Meeks, Hunt County
Sheriff Kirk Coker, Hutchinson County
Sheriff Thomas Spurlock, Jack County
Sheriff A. J. “Andy” Louderback, Jackson County
Sheriff Mitchel Newman, Jasper County
Sheriff Adam R. King, Johnson County
Sheriff Greg Arnwine, Jones County
Sheriff Bryan W. Beavers, Kaufman County
Sheriff Al Auxier, Kendall County
Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer, Kerr County
Sheriff Hilario Cantu, Kimble County
Sheriff Mike McWhirter, King County
Sheriff Richard C. Kirkpatrick, Kleberg County
Sheriff Dean W. Homstad, Knox County*
Sheriff Scott C. Cass, Lamar County
Sheriff Micah C. Harmon, Lavaca County
Sheriff Rodney Meyer, Lee County
Sheriff Robert J. Rader, Jr., Liberty County
Sheriff Dennis D. Wilson, Limestone County
Sheriff Kenneth M. Eggleston, Lipscomb County
Sheriff Larry R. Busby, Live Oak County
Sheriff Chris H. Busse, Loving County*
Sheriff Morgan David McKnight, Marion County
Sheriff Brad Ingram, Martin County
Sheriff Buster Nixon, Mason County
Sheriff Frank Skipper Osborne, Matagorda County
Sheriff John L. Dagen, McCulloch County
Sheriff Pamell McNamara, McLennan County
Sheriff Emmett L. Shelton, McMullen County
Sheriff Randy R. Brown, Medina County
Sheriff Gary Painter, Midland County
Sheriff Chris White, Milam County
Sheriff Clint Royce Hammonds, Mills County
Sheriff Patrick Toombs, Mitchell County
Sheriff Marshall W. Thomas, Montague County
Sheriff Rand Henderson, Montgomery County
Sheriff J E “Bo” DeArmond, Moore County
Sheriff Jason Bridges, Nacogdoches County
Sheriff Billy E. Rowles, Newton County
Sheriff David Warren, Nolan County
Sheriff Jim Kaelin, Nueces County
Sheriff Terry L. Bouchard, Ochiltree County
Sheriff Brent Warden, Oldham County
Sheriff Brett McGuire, Palo Pinto County
Sheriff Michael Kevin Lake, Panola County
Sheriff Larry L. Fowler, Parker County
Sheriff Randy Genies, Parmer County
Sheriff Donald Kenneth Hammack, Polk County
Sheriff Brian Thomas, Potter County
Sheriff Danny C. Dominguez, Presidio County*
Sheriff Joel W. Richardson, Randall County
Sheriff Jeff Garner, Reagan County
Sheriff Nathan T. Johnson, Real County
Sheriff Jim Caldwell, Red River County
Sheriff Raul Pinky Gonzales, Refugio County
Sheriff Gerald Yezak, Robertson County
Sheriff Harold Eavenson, Rockwall County
Sheriff Carl L. Squyres, Runnels County
Sheriff Jeff Price, Rusk County
Sheriff Robert Cartwright, San Augustine County
Sheriff Greg Capers, San Jacinto County
Sheriff Charles Leroy Moody, San Patricio County
Sheriff Matt Boswell, San Saba County
Sheriff David R. Doran, Schleicher County
Sheriff James P. Wilson, Ill, Scurry County
Sheriff Willis Blackwell, Shelby County
Sheriff Ted Allen, Sherman County
Sheriff Larry R. Smith, Smith County
Sheriff Will Holt, Stephens County
Sheriff Tim A. Sanders, Sterling County
Sheriff Oscar G. Chavez, Sutton County
Sheriff Jim McCaslin, Swisher County
Sheriff Bill E. Waybourn, Tarrant County
Sheriff Keith Hughes, Terrell County
Sheriff Larry Gilbreath, Terry County
Sheriff J. K. “Doc” Wigington, Throckmorton County
Sheriff Timothy C. Ingram, Titus County
Sheriff David Jones, Tom Green County
Sheriff W. A. Estes, Trion County
Sheriff Lawrence Webb, Upshur County
Sheriff Dan W. Brown, Upton County
Sheriff T Michael O’Connor, Victoria County
Sheriff Royce Glenn Smith, Waller County
Sheriff Otto H. Hanak, Washington County
Sheriff Shannon Srubar, Wharton County
Sheriff Wes Crites, Wheeler County
Sheriff Bill Price, Wilbarger County
Sheriff James D. Mitchell, Winkler County
Sheriff Lane Akin, Wise County
Sheriff Tom A. Castloo, Wood County
Sheriff David Bryant, Yoakum County
*Notes Democratic Party County Sheriff

To the People of Texas,

We write to express our grave reservations regarding Congressman and current U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke recently made disparaging and offensive comments against the brave men and women who comprise Texas’ law enforcement community, and his voting record as a U.S. Representative is equally as troubling to those of us who protect and serve every day.

As law enforcement officers, we put our lives on the line each day to protect and serve the Texas communities where we live, work and raise our families. We know first hand that being in law enforcement is more challenging in today’s times than at almost any point in history. And sadly, Beto O’Rourke has gone even further than the all-too-familiar rhetoric that inflames anger towards peace officers.

He most recently made comments suggesting that the system our officers abide by is “the new Jim Crow,” and that we have an ingrained and systematic practice of targeting and suspecting persons based on the color of their skin. This is O’Rourke’s full comment:

“That system of suspecting somebody solely based on the color of their skin, searching that person solely based on the color of their skin, stopping that person solely based on the color of their skin, shooting that person solely based on the color of their skin, throwing the book at that person and letting them rot behind bars solely based on the color of their skin. It is why some have called this–I think it is an apt description–the new Jim Crow.”

That is disgusting, offensive and entirely unacceptable for anyone who wants to represent each of us, and our fellow 28 million Texans.

These harmful comments also make it much more difficult for us to maintain the public’s trust and to safely and effectively carry out our duty.

As if these terrible statements were not enough, Beto O’Rourke has also taken votes against law enforcement – he voted against legislation that would have stopped President Obama from ignoring federal laws on criminal justice and immigration. He also inexplicably voted in favor of a bill that would have prevented federal funding to provide law enforcement with over $9 million in life-saving equipment.

In sharp contrast, Ted Cruz has stood up for our peace officers as our United States Senator. As experienced law enforcement professionals, we believe that nothing is more important than to serve and protect the communities we live in. Ted Cruz understands this – and he is the right choice for our law enforcement community, and we believe, for Texans at large.

We are urging all Texans to stand up for law enforcement and vote for Ted Cruz on November 6."

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Upshur Voting Information - 2018



  • Last day to register to vote:  Tuesday, October 9, 2018
  • First day of early voting:  Monday, October 22, 2018
  • Last day to apply for ballot by mail:  Friday, October 26, 2018
  • Last day of early voting:  Friday, November 2, 2018
  • Election day:  Tuesday, November 6, 2018


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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?

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What: America's Hidden History

When: TODAY, September 17th @ 7pm CST

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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!


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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

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Texas Attorney General

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Dinner with Grassroots Powerhouse JoAnn Fleming

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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. 

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