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 Donations are not tax deductible.

For more information, call (903) 500-2292 or e-mail 

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.

ET4L event draws big crowd, officials (Photos)



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. 

Stars of Texas Gala – 2018 Photographs - Available until January 1, 2019

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


PRESS RELEASE - Stars of Texas Gala - Oct 27



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 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.




President Trump & Senator Cruz Rally in Texas next Monday!


President Trump & Senator Cruz Rally

Houston - Monday, October 22, 2018  

Rally information and transportation access, from Tyler, can be found below. 

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Register Now 
Grassroots America’s Charter Buses 
to MAGA Rally with President Trump 
and US Senator Ted Cruz
If you plan to attend the rally and/or reserve a bus seat,
read carefully & 
keep this information.

Monday, October 22, 2018
Arrive at 7:30 AM to check in & board. Departure is 8 AM.  Do NOT be late! 
ONLY location to board: Brookshire’s, Loop East Shopping Ctr, 2734 E 5th St, Tyler

Cost is $50 per person. You must register & pay online.  We cannot hold seats to pay the morning of departure!  Don’t delay.  This is first come, first served!
You MUST provide an email address when you sign up.  That is where your seat reservation confirmation will be sent!  You must fill out all the information required to reserve a seat.  This information is required by law, not because we like asking questions!
Rally with President Trump & Senator Ted Cruz: 
Mon, October 22, 2018 in Houston, TX
Time rally starts:  06:30 PM
Rally location:  NRG Arena, 1 NRG Parkway, Houston, TX 77054

This event is hosted by the Trump campaign and will be secured by the Secret Service.  Expect to go through security screening to enter the event.
We do not know when the rally will end.  Why?  The President talks as long as he wants to, and the start time could be delayed due to the President’s schedule and/or Secret Service clearance for the area.  We estimate the end to be around 9:30 PM.  The Tri-City Charter buses will not leave the event until our bus coordinators give them the signal to leave.
Registration is required for this event. Your bus reservation DOES NOT reserve your entrance into the rally.  You must register for the rally yourself!
Step 1: Register for rally by clicking here and include your cell phone number.
Step 2: A confirmation text message will be sent to your phone. Please follow the instructions to confirm your ticket(s). 
You will not be registered until you verify by phone. The confirmation text message could take up to 2 hours to arrive.
Step 3: Show up early for President Trump and Ted!

General Information: No posters, banners, or signs may be brought into the event. There is no dress code, but please dress responsibly. No professional cameras with a detachable lens are permitted. No tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, or GoPros.

For further questions, please email
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Reserve Your Bus Seat Here!!!


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


Click HERE to be directed to the Upshur Elections Administrators Website


Upshur County Election Administrator reports the SAMPLE BALLOTS will be posted soon! 

East Texans for Liberty's Voter Resource will be posted on our website SOON!

Ted Cruz Yard Signs Available Saturday - Gilmer

Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate
Yard Signs Available
THIS Saturday!

10:00 AM - until we run out.

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Ted Cruz - Get Out the Vote

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.

Read more:The Gilmer Mirror - Speaker at ET4L meeting calls for elimination of out of control school property taxes

Constitution Day

A message from our friends at Wallbuilders...


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.)

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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.