On the Heels of Legislative Success, with an Eye on the Special Session, Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition Leadership Surges by 78% Over First Quarter

June 26, 2017

Media Release - For Immediate Release

On the Heels of Legislative Success, with an Eye on the Special Session, Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition Leadership Surges by 78% Over First Quarter

Temple, Texas – On Saturday, June 24, the Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition Leadership Summit convened its Second Summit for 2017 with 121 leaders, representing 59 distinct organizations. Conservative opinion leaders from Texas TEA parties, community groups, local GOP clubs, statewide conservative organizations, the Republican State Executive Committee and the Texas House Freedom Caucus traveled from across the state to attend the 85th Legislative Session Wrap-Up Summit to prepare for the special session and the 2018 Primary Elections.

The Summit included legislative session analyses by Dana Hodges, State Director for Concerned Women for America-Texas; Trayce Bradford, President, Texas Eagle Forum; Terri Hall, Director, Texans for Toll Free Highways; Dr. Laura Pressley, Director, Save Our Texas Vote; and Teresa Beckmeyer, Founder of Lone Star Voice. Coalition successes were revisited as well as special session legislative priorities. The day also included training by JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director, Grassroots America; Ken Emanuelson, Founder, Grassroots Texans; Dale Huls, Executive Committee Member, Clear Lake TEA Party, and Robert Shulter, Operations Director, Grassroots Public Relations, on the topics of coalition-building, leadership skills, social media, and office holder accountability based on the Republican Party of Texas censure rule.

Stacy McMahan, President of East Texans for Liberty said, “As President of an active conservative group, I am exceptionally grateful for the Coalition Summit. Not only was it great to catch up with over one hundred of my conservative friends across Texas, but each speaker presented new information concerning important issues to our members. Activists work very hard behind the scenes before, during, and after a Texas legislative term. There is no doubt we are increasingly effective as a conservative coalition of activist leaders.”

JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director of Grassroots America and an organizer of the Summit, emphasized, “The Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition has seen a 78% increase just since January.Successful coalition projects during the legislative session that helped pass good reform bills and kill bad bills got the attention of other activists and elected officials. We’re just getting started. This is no longer solely a “TEA Party” effort. I’m thrilled to see so many conservative Republican County Chairs and State Executive Committee members participating. We don’t need to agree on every issue in order to work together. We are united around conservative principles and freedom, and that’s a winning combination.”

Lt Gov Dan Patrick on California's travel ban to Texas


On Friday
, California announced a ban on travel to Texas for all state employees. Here are my thoughts on the ban and the real story behind it, in case you missed my post earlier this weekend.

California vs Texas – The Real Story 

The real story behind California's recently announced ban on travel to Texas goes beyond the temporary prohibition of state employees being allowed to attend conferences and other events in our state.  I say temporary because no one really believes that California state employees will never be allowed to travel to Texas again.

And no one believes that we in Texas are going to change our laws to suit liberal California and Governor Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown.  Instead, the travel ban is the latest chapter in a much bigger story.

Freedom to Serve Children Act 
California announced the travel ban in response to the passage of the Freedom to Serve Children Act which expands the number of organizations in Texas that are recruiting foster care parents to include those who believe placing children with gay or lesbian couples violates their religious beliefs.  It does not exclude any one or any group.  

Finding high quality foster homes is an urgent need in Texas and has been a personal priority for me and for many others in the Legislature.  The bottom line is that this law will expand the pool of potential foster parents.

Some may agree and others may not, but the point is, in Texas, we decide what our laws will be.  We don't buckle under to the radical extremist left, even if they are flying the official flag of the state of California.

I predicted this earlier this year  
The same radical left that pushed the travel ban on the foster care legislation has also threatened to retaliate against Texas because of our passage of the Ban on Sanctuary Cities.  And, of course, retaliation and boycotts have been a theme of the opposition against the Texas Privacy Act — dismissively called the "bathroom bill" by the left-wing media.

When it comes to protecting our conservative principles and values, the strategy of the radical left appears to be saying — we know the people of Texas agree with you so we will get the left-wing liberals who live in other states to come out against you.  

I have said repeatedly that if we cave on the issue of privacy and back off, the threats of boycotts won't stop. California's action on the foster care bill proves I was right.  We can only guess what the left-wing liberals would target Texas for next — our pro-life policies, oil production, support for gun rights and the Second Amendment?  

There is no question that there is broad support for these conservative issues.  Just one quick example.  If you look closely at a poll released last week by the liberal Texas Tribune, you will find that, despite hundreds of negative news stories about the privacy bill, the percentage of people who believe it is important to pass legislation that requires men and women to have separate designated restrooms has increased dramatically — over 30 points among core Republicans.  Opposition is low and about the same as it was months ago when the debate began

Assault on Texas Values 
We must stand strong against this assault on our liberty and our Texas values. These threats have had near zero impact on any city or state that fought back. We've added 9 million people to Texas since 2000 and they are still coming including many conservatives and business owners from California.

Texas is ranked #1 as the best state to do business by CEO magazine.

One last point. Despite what they say in the liberal media, the Foster Care Bill and the Texas Privacy Act do not discriminate against anyone. Every Texan is free to live their life as they choose.  We are simply standing up for religious freedom and the common sense values held by the overwhelming majority of Texans. As your Lt Governor I can assure you I have no intention of kowtowing to the radical left and I will never quit fighting for our conservative values and principles. 

May God continue to bless the greatest place on earth – Texas,

Dan Patrick

Dan Patrick
Lieutenant Governor of Texas

Ore City Receives Active Shooter Vests



Robert Perry, owner of BL.Uprepared, 


Stacy McMahan, Executive Director & President of East Texans for Liberty,

delivered Active Shooter Vests to the

Ore City Police Department

on June 16, 2017.


The vests were purchased through

donations by the great citizens of Upshur County!




The final 4 Active Shooter Vests will be delivered to the Upshur County Constables, 

during Commissioners Court, on June 30, 2017. 



Local Primary Races for 2018


Local Primary Races for 2018

  • Filing dates will be Nov. 11 - Dec 11, 2017
  • The first day to file for a place on the Primary ballot for party chair and precinct chair candidates:  Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Texas House Representative #HD7   2 year term
District Judge       4 year term
District Attorney        4 year term
District Clerk        4 year term
County Judge       4 year term
County Clerk        4 year term
Commissioner Pct 2       4 year term
Commissioner Pct 4       4 year term
JP 1         4 year term
JP 2         4 year term
JP 3         4 year term
JP 4          4 year term
Treasurer         4 year term
Republican Party Chair     2 year term
Democrat Party Chair     2 year term
Precinct Chair       2 year term



November 7, 2017 - Uniform Election Date 
These dates are subject to changes from the 2017 legislative session.

Authority conducting elections

County Elections Officer/Local political subdivisions

First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

Sunday, January 1, 2017*  

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday.  An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2017 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

Deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline

Thursday, June 22, 2017 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates 1

First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for cities and schools ONLY) 2

Saturday, July 22, 2017 (“first day” does not move)

Last Day to Order General Election

Monday, August 21, 2017

Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY) 2

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

See note below relating to four-year terms 3

Last Day to Register to Vote

Tuesday, October 10, 2017*

*First business day after Columbus Day

First Day of Early Voting

Monday, October 23, 2017 (17th day before election day falls on a Saturday, first day moves to next business day)

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

Friday, October 27, 2017

Last Day of Early Voting

Friday, November 3, 2017

Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)

Gov. Greg Abbott Announces Special Session


A couple of weeks ago, ET4L polled members and county officials to learn what YOU, the voter, want a Special Session to address.  Gov. Abbott listened! 

Yesterday, to the joy of grassroots conservatives and tea party groups across Texas, Governor Greg Abbott announced a Special Session. 

Governor Greg Abbott's robust list of nineteen special session items he says should pass in a legislative special session, which will convene on July 18; however, he also stated that the Medical Board Sunset Bill must pass the Senate before he issues the official call on the nineteen priorities.
The Governor's list of Special Session legislative priorities: 

  1. Teacher pay increase of $1,000 paid for by the State
  2. Administrative flexibility in teacher hiring and retention practices
  3. School Finance Reform Commission
  4. School Choice (Educational Freedom) for special needs students
  5. Property tax reform; passage of SB 2 or "better"
  6. Caps on state and local spending
  7. Preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land
  8. Preventing local governments from changing rules midway through construction projects
  9. Speeding up local government permitting process
  10. Municipal annexation reform – private property rights
  11. Talking/Texting while driving local government preemption
  12. Privacy Act
  13. Prohibition of the use of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues
  14. Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers
  15. Pro-life insurance reform
  16. Strengthening abortion reporting requirements when health complications arise
  17. Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders
  18. Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud
  19. Extending maternal mortality task force

ET4L is looking forward to witnessing our Texas Legislators go on the record on important issues set forth in the Republican Party Platform and in the hearts and minds of Texas voters. 

Texas Republican Party Chair James Dickey sent the statement below after the Governor's announcement.  

My Fellow Texas Republicans,

On behalf of Republicans across Texas, I thank Governor Greg Abbott for calling a special session to provide another opportunity to advance some of the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Platform items left unfinished in the regular session.

Governor Abbott included in his call several items which relate to planks from the 2016 RPT Platform as noted:

  • Municipal annexation reformPlank 37: Property Rights

  • Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraudPlank 59: Fair Election Procedures

  • PrivacyPlank 87: Gender Identity

  • Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providersPlank 91: Funding

  • School choice for special needs studentsPlank 147: School Choice

  • Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate ordersPlank 100: Patient Protection

  • Property tax reformPlank 175: Tax Burden

  • Prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union duesPlank 197: Right to Work

  • School finance reform commissionPlank 120: Funding

  • Caps on state and local spendingPlank 167: Spending Limitations

To view each platform plank in its entirety, click here.

We need your help to make sure these items are passed into law in a manner consistent with our Platform during this very brief special session. We encourage you to call your representatives right now and engage with them on these issues - find their contact info here. Also, plan to attend hearings and testify on bills during the 30-day session that begins on July 18. Check out the Lege Info section of the RPT website to learn how you can make a difference in the legislative process. Finally, stay tuned for updates, including our next webinar, “A Special Session Primer,” scheduled for June 13 at 7 PM.

I am delivering the message of our Platform to our legislators, and I am committed to working with you so your voice is heard. But I need the resources to ensure our victory, and time is short. Can you show us that you’re “all in” by joining the Grassroots Club today?

I will continue to be a strong voice for our Republican Party of Texas Platform and Priorities throughout the special session and encourage you to stay engaged with us for its duration.


James Dickey
Republican Party of Texas

Wish to be included in future ET4L polling?  Send your name (first & last) and telephone number to info@easttexansforliberty.com.  ET4L does not share members information. 


Congressman Louie Gohmert Update

May 29 - June 4

Dear Fellow East Texans,

This week started off a little differently than most weeks when we have a home district work period. When I learned that the Brookshire Grocery Company was bringing another Honor Flight of World War II veterans, and that at the same time, the Whitehouse High School Band with over 300 students was coming, we got it on the calendar, so I could fly back to Washington to have the exciting privilege of meeting up with them. Veterans from Texas came to honor their fallen brothers and sisters in arms on Memorial Day.  And as an extra treat, the Whitehouse High School Band came all the way from Whitehouse, Texas to play at the World War II Memorial for our veterans and joined a special night tour of the Capitol Building I was honored to host on Monday night. After joining these great Americans in our nation's capital, I came back to the district to meet with groups all over East Texas.

Defeating Obama’s Pen and Phone Agenda

The big news this week out of Washington was President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. President Trump is entirely correct in his decision to withdraw. In doing so, he has done what is best for the American people.

I had gotten an invitation to be at the White House Press Conference in the Rose Garden on Thursdayafternoon, when President Trump was announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord. However, when I got the invitation it was Thursday morning and I was scheduled to be in Timpson at the time of the Press Conference. Had a great time at Timpson High School and visiting with leaders of the School District, but sure was proud of what President Trump did.

Earlier this week, I made this statement regarding the President's decision and why I support the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord: 

"Nothing is stopping any nation or business from voluntary participation in the standards agreed to by the previous administration that would have crippled our economy. Scores of nations around the world are again demanding that the U.S. must be part of this agreement for one main reason: the U.S. will be paying the rest of the world because we’ve been successful.  If people in America want to continue to be the most generous and charitable country in history, the crippling standards should remain voluntary. This agreement would not affect the environment in any significant way as the biggest polluters in the world would continue to pollute. Whether we are part of this Accord or not, Americans will continue to make our environment better . 

So it is grossly unfair to American citizens and businesses to sign an agreement that intentionally makes Americans far less competitive. In other words, it is the typical leftist agenda of mandating punishment for the most innovative and productive to benefit those who are not. It would be cheaper just to send all of the signatories a participation trophy and stay out of the self-punishing agreement. If we put America first, we can continue to be the most charitable nation in history. If we continue to hurt ourselves economically, there will be no nation left to be so kind and charitable. That is why I say sincerely, 'Thank you, President Trump.'"


The Blaze TV - "Dana"

This week, I sat down with Dana Loesch from The Blaze TV to discuss Immigration issues in the United States and how we can fix them.  

Watch the VIDEO, here.

Fox News - "Fox & Friends"

This week, I joined Fox & Friends and discussed a bill presented by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) that takes aims at fixing an immigration system flaw. I noted on the show, "They [Obama Administration] took a good program started under George H.W. Bush for humanitarian purposes, and they turned it in to a program that could be a way to hurt our country - so it needs to stop."

Watch the VIDEO, here

WWDB - "Tone and Tenor"

It was great to talk with Randall Jefferson and Maurice Goodman from 'Tone and Tenor' this week and explain a little more why I support President Trump's decision this week to withdraw from the Paris Accord. 

Listen to the AUDIO, here.

Fox News - "America's News HQ"

Sunday afternoon, I talked to Fox News regarding President Trump’s tweets calling out political correctness in the aftermath of the terror attacks in the United Kingdom. I also discussed the upcoming hearing on Russia where former FBI Director Comey has been asked to testify.

Watch the VIDEO, here.

Great news for Grassroots!

James Dickey, Texas Republican Party Chair
June 3, 2017

Today, the SREC (State Republican Executive Committee) voted, by secret ballot, 32-31 for James Dickey to be the new Texas Republican Party Chair! 

Tom Mechler, the previous Republican Party of Texas Chairman, stepped down on May 20th. 

ET4L is aware that both of our SREC's, Sue Evenwel & Dennis Cable, voted for James! #SD1!

We chatted with James directly, prior to the vote, and confirmed James' dedication to the grassroots, conservative issues, as well as his support for the Texas Republican Party's platform.  

James appointed Trey Trainor as Assistant General Counsel to the Party.  Eric Opelia is OUT! 

Check James out on: 

Facebook:  James Dickey   James Dickey for Republican Party Chair 
Twitter:     James Dickey 

This is FANTASTIC news for the Grassroots movement across Texas.  The FIRST grassroots Texas Republican Party Chair! 

Follow us & check for updates 


CALL TO ACTION: Taxpayers Want Real Property Tax Reform


Do you want real property tax reformThen SIGN and SHARE this petition. Empower Texans will print and physically hand deliver each petition to the Governor's office. It's time to take action!  

Governor Abbott is to announce on this issue soon. So, please don't wait. Click below. 

Tell Gov. Abbott: Taxpayers Want Real Property Tax Reform!

Republican Party of Texas Senate District 1 Volunteer of the Year

Stacy McMahan
Republican Party of Texas
Senate District 1 Volunteer of the Year

Please join me in congratulating one of my dearest friends, a great patriot and President of our group, East Texans for Liberty (ET4L), Stacy McMahan, in being named the Republican Party of Texas Senate District 1 Volunteer of the Year!!

Stacy puts in countless hours promoting conservative principles and helping candidates and elected officials on local, state and national levels who share those same ideals. She's good at holding them accountable too!

We are so proud of her, and so fortunate to have her energy and knowledge as the driving force of our group! No one deserves this great recognition more!

Stacy will be recognized, along with other Senate District Volunteers throughout Texas, at the Governor's Mansion on Friday, September 22, 2017.  

Stacy McMahan BIO: 

Stacy McMahan is a lifelong Republican.  Because of professional and family obligations, Stacy watched from the sidelines for many years.  In 2009, that changed and she jumped into the public policy world with a full court press.

Early on, Stacy used her writing and research skills to vet and report on local and statewide issues.  Many followers came to know “StaceinTexas” as a no-nonsense, conservative Republican on her ‘blog’, and a trusted source of information for the grassroots.

As opportunities to work for Republican candidates arose, Stacy embraced them.  Working as part of Ted Cruz’s “Kitchen Cabinet”, and the East Texas liaison for Governor Perry in 2012, along with volunteering on campaigns for Ken Paxton, Matt Rinaldi, Matt Schaefer, and Bob Hall from 2010 to present.

In 2012, Stacy was named Director of the GOTV for the Gregg County Republican Party.  She was honored to be nominated, by the Republican Women of Gregg County, for the Texas Federation of Republican Women Tribute to Women Award in 2014.  She is a member of Republican Women of Gregg County, and an associate member of Republican Women of Northeast Texas and Upshur County Republican Women.  She is a member of the Republican Party of Gregg County and associated with the Republican Party of Upshur County.  She is also President of East Texans for Liberty, a conservative grassroots coalition in Upshur County.

Stacy is a retired paralegal who enjoys raising Nubian goats, with her husband, in Upshur.  They have 3 children.


Gov Abbott says lawmakers must pass "bathroom bill" & property tax reform

AUSTIN -- Gov. Greg Abbott told Hispanic Texans not to fear the state's new "sanctuary city" ban on Tuesday and warned lawmakers at the Capitol that they have more work to finish in the final days of the legislative session.

With less than two weeks remaining in the 140-day legislative session, Abbott said he wants to see legislators approve a law that would ban transgender Texans from using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. He also wants them to pass a law providing tax relief to Texas homeowners.

"We are on a pathway where those priorities can be addressed during the regular session," he said, adding that he has been meeting with legislative leaders to "hammer out" the details. "It's just a matter of getting everybody on the same page."

Abbott spoke to reporters after addressing the Texas Department of Public Safety's annual memorial service for fallen officers. At the service, he paid tribute to Trooper Bill Davidson, who was killed by a motorist in a 1992 traffic stop. (A lawmaker this year accidentally filed two bills that would have named a section of highway after the man who killed Davidson.)

In response to a Univision Austin reporter's questions regarding the so-called sanctuary cities ban that Abbott signed earlier this month, the governor urged Hispanic Texans not to "fall for all the fear mongering."

The measure will punish local governments that prohibit law enforcement from asking people about their immigration status. It will also allow officers to ask anyone they detain about their status and has been called the "papers please" law, in reference to a similar controversial Arizona approved in 2010.

Critics of the bill, including most big-city police chiefs, worry it will promote racial profiling and cause widespread fear among immigrant communities. Abbott and other supporters say those fears are overblown and that the measure is simply designed to ensure that criminals who are in the country illegally get deported.

"It does not pose any concern for anybody who is not a criminal," Abbott said. "Everything that's being said about it being a quote show-me-your-papers bill is flat-out false."

During a Facebook Live interview with Univision reporter Edgar Camargo, Abbott said as the husband of the first Hispanic first lady of Texas he wanted to reassure others that no one who is Hispanic will be "detained inappropriately."

"There are laws against racial profiling," he said. "Those laws will be strictly enforced."

The sanctuary cities ban is the most controversial law that legislators have approved since the legislative session began in January, but there are other divisive measures that have yet to pass.

Amid swirling talk at the Capitol about the possibility lawmakers will need an overtime session - a special session - to complete their work, Abbott said he wanted to see lawmakers approve the so-called "bathroom bill" before they adjourn on May 29. Abbott is the only one who can call lawmakers back for 30-day special legislative session. If he did so, the governor would also get to choose which issues lawmakers could address during their overtime at the Capitol.

The measure has been approved in the Senate but not in the House, where Speaker Joe Straus has said the issue is not a priority. A Straus spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this story.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has made the bathroom bill his top priority. He says it is intended to protect women and girls in public restrooms from predators.

House Democrats have fought hard to keep the bathroom bill from coming up for debate in the chamber. They say the measure not only discriminates against LGBT Texans but it would cost the state's economy billions of dollars.

"It's sad that Governor Abbott is allowing Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to dictate his agenda by pushing a discriminatory measure that will harm the Texas economy," said Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, chairman of the House Democrats.

Abbott also said he wants lawmakers to pass a property tax relief bill that has been stuck in the Texas House. The Senate approved a bill that would trigger automatic tax rate rollback elections if taxes get to a certain level. City and county officials, however, say the measure will strangle their governments' ability to provide critical services like public safety. They have fought in the House to weaken the bill, and that chamber is debating a watered down version of the the proposal that would require more transparency about how cities and counties tax their residents.

The House last week made a tactical error on a critical deadline night. It failed to pass a bill that would keep open some agencies that are set to close before the next legislative session in 2019. A version of that measure, which must pass, is stuck in the Senate, giving Patrick and his far-right supporters a major bargaining chip with the House's moderate Republicans like Straus. Patrick could simply threaten not to pass the agency sunseting bill and force lawmakers to return for a special session, giving him another opportunity to pass the bathroom bill.

Abbott only weighed in on the bathroom debate last month, staying mum on the issue for months before finally saying he wanted to sign the bill. He said he wanted to give lawmakers time to work through the issues before he weighed in.

"They are the elected officials who are closest to the people," Abbott said.