Running for Office?

 

 

Dear Friend,

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your community but you just weren’t sure how?

Texas needs your help in the fight to preserve our model of liberty and limited government. We need Republicans on the ballot in 2018--in every race possible. From Mayor, to City Council, to Sheriff, to your local County Court at Law, to the Texas House and Senate, positions on the ballot all across Texas are ripe for Republican wins.

We need conservative leaders like YOU to pick up the baton for liberty and run for office. And we’d love to show you how!

Yes, I want to know how to run for office


The process to run for office in Texas can be confusing so we outlined process step-by-step on how to run for office. Do you have a friend who you think would make a great elected official? Share the URL -- it’s easy to remember: www.texasgop.org/candidate

The candidate filing deadline is November 11 – December 11, 2017.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Best,
Kyle Whatley
Executive Director
Republican Party of Texas

>>>  OPPORTUNITY TO REACH VOTERS IN UPSHUR  <<<


Candidates and incumbents are welcome to address voters at each of ET4L monthly meetings. Candidates will have three to five minutes. No prior registration is needed.

Call us at (903) 500-2292 on other opportunities.

REMINDER

ET4L meets the 2nd Monday of the month
DAV located at 1924 Hwy 271 N - across from Walmart - Gilmer
7:00 PM
The public is welcome! No membership fees or dues.
No December meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Important 2018 Election Dates

March 6, 2018 - Primary Election
Note: This calendar reflects state law as it exists prior to the end of the 2017 special legislative session. This calendar will be subsequently updated, if necessary, to reflect any changes made by the state legislature.

First day to file for a place on the Primary ballot for precinct chair candidates.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

First day to file for all other candidates for offices that are regularly scheduled to be on the Primary ballot.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Filing deadline for candidates; filing deadline for independent candidates to file declaration of intent.

Monday, December 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM

First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).

Monday, January 1, 2018*

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2018 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

Last Day to Register to Vote

Monday, February 5, 2018*

*Actual deadline falls on Sunday but moves to the next business day.

First Day of Early Voting

Tuesday, February 20, 2018*

*First business day after Presidents' Day

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(Received, not Postmarked)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Last Day of Early Voting

Friday, March 2, 2018

Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)⁴
May 5, 2018 - Uniform Election Date

Authority Conducting Elections

Local Political Subdivisions

(County-ordered elections may not be held on this date. County Election Official may, but is not required to, contract to provide election services to political subdivisions.)

Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline (Local Political Subdivisions Only)¹

Monday, December 18, 2017 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates¹

First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

Monday, January 1, 2018*  

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday.  An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2018 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)¹

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a Measure

Friday, February 16, 2018

Last Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)²

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

See note below relating to four-year terms³

Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (Local Political Subdivisions Only)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Last Day to Register to Vote

Thursday, April 5, 2018

First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

Monday, April 23, 2018
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked) Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Saturday, May 5, 2018 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is notpostmarked, OR Monday, May 7, 2018 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)⁴
May 22, 2018 – Primary Runoff Election

First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Postcard Application (FPCA)

Monday, January 1, 2018*

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2018 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

Last Day to Register to Vote

Monday, April 23, 2018

First Day of Early Voting

Monday, May 14, 2018

Last Day to Apply by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Last Day of Early Voting

Friday, May 18, 2018

Last Day to Receive Ballot by Mail

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is notpostmarked, OR Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)⁴

November 6, 2018 - Uniform Election Date

Authority Conducting Elections

County Election Officers and Local Political Subdivisions

Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline (Local Political Subdivisions Only)¹

Thursday, June 21, 2018 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates¹

First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

Monday, January 1, 2018*  

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday.  An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2018 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.
First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)¹

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a Measure

Monday, August 20, 2018

Last Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)²

Monday, August 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

See note below relating to four-year terms³
Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (Local Political Subdivisions Only) Friday, August 24, 2018
Last Day to Register to Vote

Tuesday, October 9, 2018*

*First business day after Columbus Day

First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Monday, October 22, 2018

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

(Received, not Postmarked)
Friday, October 26, 2018
Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance Friday, November 2, 2018
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)⁴


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Upshur Judge Dean & Nan Fowler
Grassroots America We The People, JoAnn Fleming
Upshur County Commissioner Mike & Debi Spencer
Upshur County Commissioner Don & Joy Gross
Michael Cichowicz & Brandon Reynolds
Mark & Barbara Vogl
Cherokee County Republican Party Chair Tammy & Jim Blair
Dr. Dwayne Collins & Michele Riddle
Judy Kent & Tony Gesino
Anonymous
Titus Morris Camp Upshur Realtors Association
Kathy Duskey, Harrison County Precinct Chair & Early McWhorter
Kaufman County Tea Party Ray and Sonia Myers
Gregg County Justice of the Peace Tim & Tina Bryan
Scott Stevens, Attorney at Law, for 6th Court of Appeals
Frank Dobrovolny, Attorney at Law, for 369th Judicial District Court

 

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Pete Craig
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Texas House District 5 Representative Cole Hefner
Texas Senate District 1 Senator Bryan Hughes
Judge Michelle Slaughter, 405th District Court & for Texas Criminal Court of Appeals Place 8
Judge LeAnn Rafferty, 123rd Judicial Court

 

 

 

Other Contributors

Justice John Devine, Texas Supreme Court Place 4
Judge Sharon Keller, the Presiding Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Judge Barbara Parker Hervey, Criminal Court of Appeals Place 7
Texas Eagle Forum
Upshur County Sheriff Larry & Tracy Webb
Upshur County Commissioner Frank Berka
Upshur County Commissioner Paula Gentry
Upshur County District Clerk Karen Bunn
Upshur County Clerk Terri Ross
Upshur County Constables
Ore City Police Department
Big Sandy Police Department
Robert Perry, BL.Uprepared
 Camp County Judge AJ & Mitzie Mason
 Titus County Republican Party Chair & SREC Sue & Jerry Evenwel
 State Republican Executive Committee Chairman Dennis Cable
Gregg County Republican Party Chair Tracy & Donna Vincent
Gregg County Republican Party Vice-Chair Marty Rhymes
 Wood County Republican Party Chair Janna & Sheriff Tom Castloo 
Harrison County Republican Party Chair Debra Hatfield
Harrison County Commissioner William Hatfield
Morris County Republican Party Chair Deborah Ramsey
Cass County Republican Party Chair Eileen & Jerry Collins
Red River County Republican Party Chair Vernon & Peggy Eastepp
Smith County Republican Party Chair Brent & Julie Thompson
Danny Ward for Texas House Representative District 11
Anonymous
Char Doonan Photography
Gregg County Composite Squadron - Civil Air Patrol
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's #TexasCruzer & CruzCrew
Jeff Rash
Special Tee's
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Election Integrity - Another Coalition Success

 

Last June, Dr. Laura Pressley, with Save our Texas Vote, and Aaron Harris, with Direct Action, joined ET4L in Upshur County on the topic of  Election Integrity.  These two folks provided a wealth of information.  

Please see the following post from JoAnn Fleming with Grassroots America We The People, regarding another Coalition success on Election Integrity:  

 
 
Twitter
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I'm excited to share some good news with all of our Grassroots America members and supporters and to say to my colleagues in the Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition, "Well done!" 
 
On July 17 as we were about to start the legislature's special session, the Coalition sent a powerful letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton thanking him for efforts he had made to stand against voter fraud and asking him to look into issues regarding the constitutionality of voting machines in use in Texas. [See the Coalition letter here.]
 
The Texas Constitution is very clear.  Article VI, Sec. 4 reads:  “in all elections by the people, the vote shall be by ballot, and the Legislature shall provide for the numbering of tickets and make such other regulations as may be necessary to detect and punish fraud and preserve the purity of the ballot box.”  This simply means that every ballot must be numbered.
 
The problem? Some voting machines currently in use in Texas, and new ones available for sale (using our tax dollars), specifically DRE machines, DO NOT number ballots. In fact, many simply are not capable of sequentially numbered paper trail back ups, but rather only “cast vote records”. 
 
Election integrity and ballot security are not trite political matters.  We simply must stand against operatives in both the Democratic and Republican parties and vendors who may try to stand in the way of cleaning up this big voter fraud mess in Texas. 
 
After what happened during the regular session, it is clear that we have Republican obstructionists in the legislature who will do whatever it takes to thwart election integrity reforms. So, for the operatives and shills for the vendors who read this, let me be clear. There will be no compromise and no acceptance of excuses for a situation in which the Secretary of State's Office seemingly has rogue employees who can just ignore the state constitution and all controlling legal authorities.
 
Since I'm not used to asking permission to do the right thing, there will be NO retreat. Period. It matters not to me if folks post tacky little remarks on social media and get all spun up about the issues being raised by the two folks I consider to be subject matter experts on ballot security and election integrity. In fact, the more push back we get, the more determined we are!  
 
Aaron Harris, Executive Director of Direct Action Texas, worked his heart out during the special session to get improvements in mail-in ballot security. He was successful. Aaron has four criminal cases on voter fraud, and this bulldog is just getting warmed up.
 
Dr. Laura Pressley, Save our Texas Vote, continues to tear up and down the highways of Texas, speaking to any group that will listen about the deficiencies in our election processes and the lack of transparency and accountability in how elections are carried out. She has bled for this and deserves respect.
 
As a result of the Coalition's letter to General Paxton, we had a meeting with the AG's Office in August.  I am confident the Attorney General understands our concerns and has reviewed all of the evidence brought forward. 
 
Now, Laura has some great news. Please share this with your friends and organizations.
 
[See Laura's message here]




Who wants to fire Straus?

By Grassroots America We The People, Joann Fleming 
 
CENSURE STRAUS RESOLUTION
BY MEMBERS OF THE BEXAR COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


Members of the Bexar County Executive Committee and Fellow Republican Precinct Chairs,

The Bexar County Republican Party will vote on an official “Rule 44” Censure resolution of Speaker of the House Joseph R. Straus III at its upcoming County Executive Committee meeting on October 9th. If successful, this resolution will be forwarded to the State Republican Party Executive Committee to be adopted as a statewide rebuke of the Speaker. Fifty GOP county party organizations have already passed resolutions disapproving of Speaker Straus in just the last two months.
The censure resolution and background information are linked below, including several videos of parliamentary rulings by the Speaker that are part of the body of evidence supporting the need for this Censure. Please review these documents carefully, be informed, and make your mind up openly. (click on links below to read content)

Rule 44 Resolution to Censure Joe Straus

Resolution Overview

Addendum with Evidential Information Regarding Speaker Straus

Resolution Cover Letter

Press Release, September 15, 2017: Bexar County GOP to Vote on Censure of Speaker Straus

Exchange between State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (Dist. 94) and Speaker Straus, Regular Session (video) 

Exchange between State Rep. Tony Tinderholt and Speaker Straus, Special Session, July 2017 (video)  

Exchange between State Rep. Tony Tinderholt and Speaker Straus, Special Session, July 2017
(video)

Exchange between State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (Dist. 92) and Speaker Straus, Special Session (video) 

Exchange between State Rep. Tony Tinderholt (Dist. 94) and Speaker Straus, Special Session (Video)

Background, Current Status, and Next Steps

We want you to know that Bexar County Republican officials are doing everything they can to block any vote on this censure resolution. Republican Party of Bexar County, Robert Stovall, sent an e-letter on Friday announcing that a new Resolutions Committee is being formed which will overhaul how the county party will accept new resolutions. The onerous and cumbersome requirements for precinct chairs to follow when submitting resolutions is outrageous and a blatant attempt to thwart, actually kill our efforts to even bring up a resolution to be discussed openly and voted upon by the members of the Bexar County Executive committee regarding a Rule 44 Censure of Speaker Joe Straus.

These tactics adopted by Chairman Robert Stovall are similar to the tactics used by Speaker Straus and his surrogates in the Texas House of Representatives to kill conservative legislation even priority legislation called by the Governor and passed by the state Senate.

You should know that the Bexar office staff refused to accept and sign for the resolution documents we submitted in person last Friday which we are required to do on a timely basis. Actually we submitted the resolution early. Only a call to Chairman Stovall forced the staff member present, the Director of Operations, to accept and sign for the resolution package. We are following up with a certified mail copy.  It is outrageous that a staff member reporting to Chairman Robert Stovall would treat members of the county party committee with such contempt and disrespect.

Be aware that the RPT Rule on Censuring Republican officials requires the county represented by the Republican public or party office holder to initiate the censure process. Joe Straus, as you well know, represents District 121 in Bexar County.

The resolution identifies a series of abuses by Speaker Joe Straus in opposition to core principles of the Republican Party of Texas. During the recent 85th regular and special legislative session, the divide in the party between Joe Straus and the rest of the state Republican elected leadership and voters was clearly demonstrated.  

Speaker Straus is openly in opposition to the broad agenda of the Party, as reflected in its platform.  But he is also publicly in opposition to Governor Abbott, to Lt. Governor Patrick, to Attorney General Paxton, and hence, to the very core and direction of the entire Republican Party and its leadership. As carefully documented in the censure resolution, Straus and his hand-picked committee chairs have consistently thwarted the consideration and passage of core Republican issues, including property tax reform, pro-life legislation, school choice, property rights, privacy protections and protections of the natural family, and reasonable limitations on government spending. Many of these issues were blocked from consideration on the floor of the House, or were never even heard in committee.  However, the Speaker, through his rulings from the chair, personally thwarted the very operations of the Texas House and blocked elected representatives from representing their constituents by prohibiting legislation from being considered in the full House.

Robert Stovall is behaving in the same way with the members of the Bexar County Executive Committee by blocking our ability to present a resolution before the full body of precinct chairs!

We are working with our legal team to ensure this resolution will be voted on at the next CEC meeting without the obstructive and tyrannical tactics favored by liberals when confronted by conservatives. We are Republicans. Let's act like it!

Our resolution committee of precinct chairs working together to develop this Rule 44 Censure resolution have been called divisive, extremist, shameful, unappreciative of Joe Straus's financial support he doles out to the Bexar County office to ensure their obeisance and subservience.

Our response is simply for all people of goodwill and common sense to look at the facts with an open mind and heart. It is Speaker Straus who has sowed division and conflict at the State legislature working against the priorities of the Governor and Lt. Governor and conservative members of the Texas House. While it is understandable that Chairman Stovall is ashamed that members of the county party he chairs will not be silenced or submit to the shameful behavior of Speaker Straus who represents our district thereby incurring the scorn of the liberal media, we can only say, don't shoot the messenger. As members of the Republican Party of Texas who ratified the Rule 44 Censure at the state convention in 2016, we have every right to invoke this rule and address the abuses of Speaker Straus.

We deserve to be treated with respect as committee members and demand we be given the freedom and opportunity to present the censure case against Speaker Joe Straus at the next county executive committee meeting. We are extremist in the same way conservative Republican icon, Barry Goldwater called out "moderate" RINO Republicans and liberals when he ran for President. He said, "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue." Texas is the bastion of freedom and tenacious defender of religious and personal liberties. We expect justice to prevail in our determination to put forth this censure resolution. Our freedoms do not come cheap and sadly, at times, fellow Republicans are the agents of injustice and repression of the freedoms we hold dear.

Bexar County Chair Stovall, let the committee vote on the Censure Straus resolution!     

/signed/
Joe Bissett, PCT 1065
Charlotte Folson, PCT 4046
Paula Moore, PCT 3058
Michael O'Donnell, PCT 2087
Philip Sevilla, PCT 2115
Don Varella, PCT 2040      

NOTE: Texas Leadership Institute for Public Advocacy is a political action committee. Phil Sevilla is the President.
Copyright © 2015, Texas Leadership Institute for Public Advocacy, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
8454 Buckhorn Parke, San Antonio, TX 78254
 
Republican County Executive Committees in these 50 counties have passed resolutions in opposition to Speaker Joe Straus and/or “No Confidence in Straus” Resolutions and/or resolutions in favor of a change in Speaker. Thank you to Coalition members Stacy McMahan (East Texans for Liberty) and Ray Myers (Kaufman County TEA Party) for keeping this list current.
 
 

 


Great local and state updates

 

   


Upshur County Clean-Up Day is set for Saturday, October 7th.  The location is on Cottonwood just off of Farm to Market 1404.  The hours are 8:00 a.m to 3:30 pm per UC Commissioner Paula Gentry. 


The Texas House Republican Caucus is meeting on this Thursday and Friday regarding a Texas House Speaker procedure. Thursday is a recreational day. Friday is the big day! 

Senate District 1 Representatives attending/noncommittal:

(HD 1) Gary VanDeaver - noncommittal
(HD 5) Cole Hefner - attending **
(HD 6) Matt Schaefer - attending **
(HD 7) Jay Dean - attending 
(HD 9) Chris Paddie - noncommittal
(HD 11) Travis Clardy - noncommittal

**Those attending Representatives that have committed to vote by a secret ballot on electing a Texas House Speaker. 


The Republican Party of Texas 3rd Quarterly SREC meeting is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Wyndham Garden Austin.  A Director of the ET4L Executive Board will be attending this important SREC meeting.  We will keep you updated! 


'No confidence' resolutions in Texas House Speaker Joe Straus: 

Texas is up to 51 counties that have passed a 'no confidence' resolution in Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. 

All of House District 7 passed a 'no confidence' resolution.  Senate District 1:  12 out of 16 counties have passed a similar resolution to date.  All tea party/conservative groups in Senate District 1 have passed a similar resolution. 

These are the 51 counties that have passed a 'no confidence' in Straus resolution: Atascosa; Bexar; Caldwell; Camp; Cass; Cherokee; Collin; Comal; Dallas; Denton; Dewitt; Dimmit; Eastland; Erath; Galveston; Gillespie; Gregg; Guadalupe; Harrison; Hidalgo; Hood; Hopkins; Jim Wells; Kaufman; Kerr; Lamar; Liberty; Llano; Maverick; Mitchell; Montgomery; Morris; Nolan; Panola; Pecos; Real; Red River; Reeves; Rockwall; Smith; Stephens; Tarrant; Terrell; Titus; Tom Green; Travis; Upshur; Uvalde; Val Verde; Van Zandt; Wood.


The Senate District Volunteer of the Year Banquet is scheduled for Friday at 6:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza in Austin.  The Senate District 1 Volunteer of the Year is ET4L's, Stacy McMahan. 


Saturday, October 7:  Be sure to get your tickets early for the Stars of Texas Fall Celebration with keynote speakers U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert and Lt. Col. Allen West. Other speakers joining us are the Republican Party of Texas Chairman James R. Dickey, Michael Quinn Sullivan with Empower Texans, and Upshur County Judge Dean Fowler.  Also with us will be Representative Cole Hefner, Senator Bryan Hughes, and Gregg County Justice of the Peace Tim Bryan. 

SURPRISE GUEST:  The U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's #TexasCruzer will be joining us here in Upshur County! 

Seating is limited. 

For more details, click here! 


 THREAT TO THE CENOTAPH - Save the Alamo




There has been an anonymous tip about a San Antonio City Council member "talking about the removal of the Alamo Cenotaph due to racial tension." It appears that since they were successful at Travis Park the Alamo is now target zero. We will keep you apprised of any imminent developments.


Republican House Speaker pushes for removing Confederate plaque from Texas Capitol


BEXAR GOP LOOKS TO OFFICIALLY CENSURE STRAUS UNDER RULE 44  If successful, the resolution will be passed on to the State Republican Party Executive Committee for a statewide censure of the Speaker.


Straus tells business leaders to keep up fight after "bathroom bill" failure  Speaker Straus continues to go against YOU, the Republican voter.  Last primary, 80% of Republican voters, statewide, voted in favor of doing something to protect our women and children in public restrooms, locker rooms, and showers. 

This issue is happening here at home, folks.  Longview ISD recently had a male walk into the females locker room. What did your Representative do to protect your daughters in public restrooms, locker rooms, and showers? 


 


Upshur: Election Day and Early Voting locations

Provided by Lory Harle, Upshur County Elections Administrator
 

 


Gov. Abbott calls property tax reform his top priority in special session

 

 

Senator Bettencourt: Governor Abbott stated that his "top priority" for the special session, which got underway today, is property taxes. Property taxes throughout Texas are growing 2 1/3 times faster than Texan's income. This is unsustainable. That is why I plan to introduce legislation (Senate Bill 1) in the special session for property tax reform and relief. As appraised values go up, tax rates should come down. This is why Lt. Governor named it one of his top priorities in the regular session and why it is such a critical issue for the special session.

Texans expect us to take a vote on the property tax reform and relief provisions in Senate Bill 1. Share and call your Representative, if you agree. 

House District 7: Jay Dean (512) 463-0750
House District 6: Matt Schaefer (512) 463-3217
House District 5: Cole Hefner (512) 463-0271
House District 9: Chris Paddie (512) 463-0556 
House District 11: Travis Clardy (512) 463-0592 
House District 1: Gary VanDeaver (512) 463-0692

Gov. Abbott: I'm keeping a list of lawmakers who oppose me during special session

Gov. Greg Abbott says he's going to keep a list of lawmakers who oppose his agenda during the special legislative session, and that property tax reform is his top priority. 

Gov. Greg Abbott said that he would publicly call out lawmakers who didn’t support his 20-item legislative agenda while Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick came out swinging against House leadership during Monday appearances on the eve of Texas' special legislative session.

Abbott said he would aggressively hold lawmakers accountable for their positions on his legislative agenda and encouraged others to do the same. 

“I’m going to be establishing a list,” he said in remarks before the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank. “We all need to establish lists that we publish on a daily basis to call people out — who is for this, who is against this, who has not taken a position yet. No one gets to hide.”

Read more here. 

 

 


Resolution for New Texas House Speaker

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE - JULY 13, 2017
Contact:  S. McMahan
Telephone:  (903) 500-2292
E-mail:  info@easttexansforliberty.com

 


 

GILMER, TX, July 13, 2017:  East Texans for Liberty’s Executive Board votes unanimously to pass the following Resolution:

 

Resolution for a new Texas House Speaker

WHEREAS, House District 121 Representative and Speaker of the House Joe Straus has been one of the more controversial figures in Texas politics due to his well-documented anathema to the conservative reforms that have been repeatedly placed in the RPT platform. 

WHEREAS, Just this past session, Straus conspired with Democrats and liberal Republicans to kill property tax reform, higher ethical standards for elected officials, and the majority of the Republican Party’s legislative priorities.

WHEREAS, We the Executive Board members of East Texans for Liberty of Upshur County, join the Bexar County GOP & DeWitt County GOP in their resolve that there should be a change in leadership in the Texas House speakership due to fact that Texas House Speaker Joe Straus does not support the RPT platform.

RESOLVED, Be it resolved we call on all conservative and county GOP’s, statewide, to join us.

 

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"Joe Straus has attempted to destroy the conservative solutions that Texans are demanding. It is time House Leadership be replaced with an authentic conservative that will stand with a constitutionally conservative Republican Party Platform," said East Texans for Liberty Executive Board member, David Watts.


PROJECT: Active Shooter Vests for Upshur County Law Enforcement

 

 

Earlier this year, BL.Uprepared and East Texans for Liberty joined efforts to raise funds to outfit the men and women in Upshur County law enforcement with Active Shooter Vests.  

Through gracious donations by area businesses the Upshur County Sheriff's Department, Ore City Police Department, and Upshur County Constables have all received their vests.  An Active Shooter Vest was obtained for the East Mountain Police Department, however, upon shipment of the vests, the East Mountain Police officer resigned. 

Last Friday, before Upshur County Commissioners Court convened, East Texans for Liberty learned Big Sandy Police Department had not outfitted their officers with Active Shooter Vests, as the Gilmer Police Department. 

"We are very appreciative to Brandy Lee, the Upshur County Auditor, and Big Sandy Police Sgt. Ryan Kuhn for their assistance in clarifying the misunderstanding concerning Big Sandy's Police Department," said ET4L President Stacy McMahan. 

Today, BL.Uprepared and East Texans for Liberty received approval from Big Sandy's Chief of Police Tim Scott and Big Sandy Mayor Sonny Parsons. 

"ET4L will begin raising funds for six (6) needed Active Shooter Vests for the Big Sandy Police Department," McMahan said.

 

 

 

 



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