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

Accountability comes to Texas Public Education


State Board of Education Member Keven Ellis told us this would come out today.  Check out how they did. 

Gilmer ISD     B;  

Union Grove ISD     A; 

Union Hill ISD     C; 

Big Sandy ISD     C; 

Harmony ISD     B; 

Gladewater ISD     C; 

Ore City ISD      B; 

New Diana ISD    C; 

Pittsburg  ISD   B; 

Gladewater ISD     C


"Today, Texas unveiled a new rating system for public school districts and campuses. Essentially a report card for schools, the system aims to inform parents and educators how schools and districts perform on measures such as achievement and growth.

Improving the performance of public schools is a task fraught with many pitfalls, and while some stakeholders are understandably resisting stricter accountability, the moral and economic imperatives of a competitive world do not simply vanish because of disagreement.

In Texas, 55 percent of third-graders are reading below grade level, and 52 percent are below grade level in math proficiency. Fifty-one percent of eighth-graders in the state also read below grade level, according to the Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, and those figures are declining.

Additionally, a 2018 national assessment ranked Texas 46th in fourth-grade reading (declining), and 42nd in eighth-grade reading (also declining). Furthermore, 84% of Texas high school students fail to obtain a college-ready score on the SAT/ACT.

Passed by the legislature under two house bills, HB 2804 and HB 22, the A-F system assigns letter grades, ‘A’ for exemplary performance, through ‘F’ for unacceptable performance. Campus ratings are based on three factors:

  • Student Achievement: For elementary and middle school students, achievement is solely determined on the basis of STAAR scores. High school achievement will be a composite of STAAR, college/career/military readiness, and graduation rate
  • School Progress: Utilizes the higher score between academic growth (maintaining or improving STAAR proficiency) and relative performance (to other similarly situated schools)
  • Closing the Gaps: Measures various student groups (race, economically disadvantaged, English learners, special education, etc.) via varied components and achievement targets to satisfy federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements

A detailed explanation of each aspect of the A-F Accountability System is available from the Texas Education Agency.

On a fundamental level, it is critically important that lawmakers craft a system of public education that allows all Texas students to learn and grow at grade level or above, but it unsurprisingly has met pushback from educrats more interested in keeping their own jobs than educating our children.

The Texas Association of School Administrators, staunch defenders of the status quo, dedicated webspace to fighting against the system, calling it a “mistake,” and arguing instead for community standards over state scrutiny.

While arguments against a single standardized state test are worth consideration, a patchwork of different community standards robs parents of meaningful comparisons. Additionally, STAAR has undergone recent revisions that give parents more tools, improvement incentives, and teacher input. Fears over the system treating high poverty schools unfairly are also circulating, although those concerns are addressed by the revised system.

This year, only school districts will receive official grades. Individual campus grades will be released in one year; however, interested parties will be able to view each school’s raw score and calculate a letter grade on that basis.

In addition to campus and district ratings, Texans may also view reports on the financial health of their local school district, including the outstanding debt-per-student, as well as the ratio of teachers to administrators and the average teacher salary.

For results and information about school district and campus scores, visit TXschools.org."

FBI agent Peter Strzok fired


"Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday — even though the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension. Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI’s repeated assurances that Strzok would be afforded the normal disciplinary process.

“This isn’t the normal process in any way more than name,” Goelman said, adding in a statement, “This decision should be deeply troubling to all Americans.”

The FBI declined to comment.

The termination marks a remarkable downfall for Strzok, a 22-year veteran of the bureau who investigated Russian spies, defense officials accused of selling secrets to China and myriad other important cases. In the twilight of his career, Strzok was integral to two of the bureau’s most high-profile investigations: the Russia case; and the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

But when a Justice Department inspector general investigation uncovered politically charged messages that Strzok had exchanged with another FBI official, he was relegated to a position in human resources. Conservatives soon made Strzok the face of their attacks against the special counsel investigation into the president’s campaign, and the FBI took steps to remove Strzok from its ranks.

President Trump on Monday used Strzok’s firing to suggest the Russia investigation should be dropped, and the Clinton case redone.

“Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI - finally. The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer. Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction - I just fight back!” he wrote

Minutes later, he added, “Just fired Agent Strzok, formerly of the FBI, was in charge of the Crooked Hillary Clinton sham investigation. It was a total fraud on the American public and should be properly redone!”

On Monday, Strzok’s team launched a GoFundMe page with a lengthy statement to raise money for his “legal costs and lost income,” and said on the site that his firing was “apparently driven by political pressure.” Because Strzok is a senior-level FBI employee, and because the FBI’s No. 2 official directed his firing, he has few realistic avenues left to get back his job. It’s unclear if he plans to pursue legal action against the bureau."

Upshur Sheriff Webb to host Citizen Police Academy


County Sheriff Larry Webb has announced that his office will host its second annual Citizen Academy on certain nights between September 6 and October 16. 

For more information, call his office at (903) 843-2541.



Sheriff Webb will be at ET4L's August 13th's meeting with applications for the Citizen Academy.  Location:  Lantana Activity Center, 80 Lantana Road, Gilmer, Texas.  The program begins at 7:00 pm.  

Cruz Campaign - Volunteers needed


Phone Bank and Sign Placement opportunities are organizing
in Upshur County for the
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz for re-election campaign. 

If you would like to volunteer, call (903) 500-2292
or email info@easttexansforliberty.com.

Study: patients thought to be in “vegetative state” can be aware and responsive but unable to move their bodies

TRL: What Dr. Owen’s astonishing research shows, Pro-Life advocates already know: disabled patients are still fully human and deserving of nutrition and hydration, ongoing care, and the Right to Life.

"Most people can imagine no more terrifying scenario than being trapped in their bodies, unable to move or communicate, but fully aware of everything that is happening around them.  How would people treat you?  Who would make life and death decisions about your care?  For some people, this is not merely a terrifying hypothetical; this is real life.  New research gives us incredible insights into their inner lives.

Dr. Adrian Owen, author of “Into the Gray Zone,” is a neuroscientist who used brain imaging technology to communicate with people thought to be in a “vegetative state.”  In a video shared on Facebook by the group Freethink, Dr. Owen explains how he was able to communicate with people thought to be totally unaware and unresponsive.

When a certain part of the brain is activated, the brain cells burn glucose, which is replenished by increased blood flow.  This increased blood flow can be seen on a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan of the patient’s brain.  Using this information, Dr. Owen and his team were able to perform a very rudimentary form of “mind reading.”

Using healthy subjects and patients with brain injuries, researchers compared brain activity.  First, they had people imagine playing tennis, which in almost all people activates the premotor cortex.  Next, they had people imagine moving from room to room in their homes.  This produces brain activity markedly different from imaging playing tennis, with significant blood flow to the parahippocampal gyrus and other parts of the brain.

Once these two very different patterns of brain activity are established, researchers can substitute one for “yes” and one for “no.”  Patients were instructed to think of playing tennis if the answer to a question was “yes” and think of walking around their homes if the answer was “no.”  The results were astonishing.  Patients described as “vegetative” were able to respond to questions with “yes” or “no”, revealing a level of consciousness that people previously thought impossible.

Dr. Owen explains that 20%, or one in five, of the patients studied demonstrated the ability to respond to questions using this thought technique.  He says, “They’re aware of the situation they’re in, they’re aware of conversations going on around them, they have thoughts, they have emotions, maybe even have feelings about their future, but is largely unable to move any part of their body.”

Dr. Owen describes the developing method of communication with brain-injured patients as a way of giving human dignity.  He says, “Communication is the thing that really makes us human.  If we can give these patients back the ability to make decisions, I think we can give them back a little piece of their humanity.”  However, the brain-injured people never lost their human dignity and they remain fully human whether or not we treat them as such.  The people for whom we care do not loose humanity; we degrade our own if we ignore or mistreat them.  The study shows that at least one in five severely brain-injured patients are aware and responsive, but we are only just beginning to understand what is possible.  Five out of five brain-injured patients deserves the Right to Life and respectful care.

This is not surprising to the many families who have helped a brain-injured family member.  For example, the family of Terri Schiavo outspokenly fought for her Right to Life when the state of Florida allowed her to be starved and dehydrated to death in 2005.  Terri Schiavo suffered a brain injury in 1990.  She breathed on her own, appeared to respond to her parents, and was expected to live for many years.  Nonetheless, her estranged husband fought to withhold basic sustenance.  After 14 days without nutrition and hydration, Terri died.

Terri’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, together with Terri’s brother, Bobby, and sister, Suzanne, have worked tirelessly to preserve her legacy.  The injustice and inhumanity of Terri’s imposed death inspired the grieving family to found the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.  The Life & Hope Network offers families with a medically vulnerable loved one a 24/7 hotline for assistance in fighting denial of treatment.  Through this hotline, the group has assisted thousands of patients.  The Life & Hope Network also works through advocacy on legislation including: the right to food and water, the presumption of the will to live, due process against denial of care, protection from euthanasia as a form of medicine, and access to rehabilitative care.

What Dr. Owen’s astonishing research shows, Pro-Life advocates already know: disabled patients are still fully human and deserving of nutrition and hydration, ongoing care, and the Right to Life.  Dr. Owen’s innovative process of communication may help patients receive the care they need and deserve."


TX Legislature must take control of the Alamo


Agree?  Tell your Representatives below.

The Alamo is a sacred shrine, made so by the blood of brave men who gave their lives for the cause of liberty. Texans believe the Alamo must be protected and preserved.

In the midst of a $450 million plan to renovate the Alamo battlefield and construct an Alamo museum, liberals on the San Antonio City Council appear hell bent on obstructing improvements while diminishing or destroying symbols honoring the Alamo’s defenders.

The Alamo belongs to all Texans, not just to the citizens of San Antonio or their representatives on the San Antonio City Council. While many Texans have differing perspectives on the proper way to protect and preserve the Alamo battlefield, they should all agree ultimate control over those decisions should be made by the entire State of Texas, not liberal bureaucrats in one city. City governments exist and operate at the pleasure of the State of Texas, not the other way around.

The Texas Legislature must pass legislation seizing control and authority over the entire Alamo battlefield, including existing structures and surrounding areas. With statewide control, oversight, and accountability of the Alamo, we can ensure that appropriate restoration work is done to the site and investments made while protecting historic symbols and preserving proper dignity and reverence for the heroes of the Alamo.

Sign the petition today. Tell your representatives to take control over the Alamo and preserve the cradle of Texas liberty.


By Tony McDonald