PRESS RELEASE: ET4L Executive Board votes to approve and endorse Senator Bob Hall's (SD 2) Resolution for the State of Texas to Secure its Electric Grid from EMP


East Texans for Liberty’s Executive board votes to approve and endorse senator Bob Hall’s (SD 2) Resolution for the State of Texas to secure its Electric Grid from EMP 

GILMER, TX, OCTOBER 8, 2016: East Texans for Liberty’s Executive board votes to approve and endorse Senator Bob Hall’s (SD 2) Resolution for the State of Texas to Secure its Electric Grid from EMP.  

”A Resolution of the State of Texas to Secure its Electric Grid from EMP

WHEREAS, An Electromagnetic pulse (EMP), created from the detonation of a small “low yield” nuclear warhead at high altitude or a solar storm event, is capable of creating a nationwide blackout that could last up to a year with lasting devastation lasting decades; and

WHEREAS, Other states actors such as Israel, China, Russia, and the United Kingdom, have recognized the EMP threat and taken action to harden their infrastructure and protect their citizens from the consequences on an EMP event.

WHEREAS, A congressional commission identified several nation states that have or are developing the capability to attack the United States with a high-altitude nuclear weapon – generated EMP; and

WHEREAS, The White House has publicly acknowledged the validity of a natural EMP threat to electric based infrastructure from Space weather such as solar flares, solar energetic particles , and coronal mass ejections; and

WHEREAS, The technology to protect or “harden” critical electric power grid component from the EMP threats exists, but is not being implemented in the United States by the electric industry; and

WHEREAS, The Federal Government first began to protect selected military sector assets from the nuclear EMP in the 1960’s.  However, since the military has no jurisdiction over the civilian electrical grid, it has been left vulnerable to the EMP threat; and

WHEREAS, Such inaction from the Federal Government to protect the civilian based electric power grid has left the United States and the citizens of Texas vulnerable to the consequences of an EMP event; and

WHEREAS, The Texas grid is contained within our borders, the State of Texas has the unique opportunity of protecting our electric grid infrastructure from the EMP threat; and

RESOLVED, Be it resolved we call on the Governor of Texas, Lt. Governor of Texas, Speaker of the House, and all members of the Legislature, realizing Texas is in a unique situation to take care of their own, to take necessary actions to harden the Texas electric power grid against EMP and protect Texans’, our safety, and the next generation."


I have personally written Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Straus, and House District 7’s Representative Elect Dean requesting each of them take the necessary actions to harden the Texas electric power grid against an EMP and protect Texans’, our safety, and the next generation,” said ET4L President, Stacy McMahan. “And I encourage others to do so as well." 

We have received several supportive comments regarding Senator Bob Hall’s EMP threat presentation, in Gilmer, at ET4L’s regular monthly meeting in September.  The very detailed and compelling video, including PowerPoint presentation slides, may be viewed on our website at www.easttexansforliberty.com/media,” McMahan said further.

“I’ve seen Bob’s presentation numerous times but Monday’s was the best.  … Texas has an opportunity to save itself and our nation if an EMP disables unhardened electrical grids nationwide Hardening the Texas grid would be a huge inducement for corporation to invest in Texas in order to avoid an EMP calamity in unhardened states,” said Smith County resident, Bob Brewer, attendee of ET4L’s September meeting with Senator Bob Hall.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact S. McMahan at (903) 500-2292 or email at info@easttexansforliberty.com.


Texas pulls out of federal refugee resettlement program

Texas has formally stopped helping the U.S. government provide aid and services to refugees, citing alleged safety concerns.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said last week that Texas would withdraw from the federally funded refugee resettlement program unless the state's demands for stricter refugee vetting were met.

Abbott said Friday that federal authorities failed to meet those demands, and he announced Texas' official withdrawal. The move follows withdrawals by Kansas and New Jersey.

Gov. Abbott released the following statement:

Texas has repeatedly requested that the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence provide assurances that refugees resettled in Texas will not pose a security threat, and that the number of refugees resettled in Texas would not exceed the State's original allocation in fiscal year 2016 - both of which have been denied by the federal government. As a result, Texas will withdraw from the refugee resettlement program. As governor, I will continue to prioritize the safety of all Texans and urge the federal government to overhaul this severely broken system.

The announcement may mean an end to Texas agencies' involvement, but Simone Talma Flowers with Interfaith Action of Central Texas says it is not the end of the refugee program.

"Refugees are still going to come and we are going to continue to keep working with refugees no matter what," Talma Flowers said.

Interfaith Action of Central Texas provides English classes to newly arrived refugees.

"We know that they have a certain amount of time to be versed in English so they can go get a job so they can take care of themselves and their families," she said.

The program is federally-funded and helps as many as 800 refugees resettled in the Austin area each year.

"It has taken a long long time to get this smooth operation we have today," she said.

The decision by Texas leaders to pull out of the resettlement program could mean a disruption in service because federal funding helps pay English teachers.

"If we are not able to provide employment for them, they will go somewhere else," she said.

This is not the first attempt by Texas leaders to block Syrian refugees from resettling in Texas.

A judge rejected Texas' efforts to halt the arrival of new refugees from Syria after last year's deadly attacks in Paris. Friday's move means Texas will stop facilitating refugee services and benefits covered by federal funding.

The White House recently announced the U.S. will strive to take in 110,000 refugees from around the world next year.

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by Nadia Galindo & AP - Friday, September 30th 2016


Ensuring Election Integrity

 

Election Integrity Legal Case Pending
in Texas Third Court of Appeals

Computerized voting machines have been operating for over a decade and Texans don't trust them--and now we know why.  Dr. Laura Pressley's historic election contest has uncovered electronic voting machine corruption errors, security breaches, missing back up tapes and no ballot images exist for a legal recount in Texas. 

Pressley's landmark election integrity legal case is currently pending in the Third Court of Appeals and a ruling could come any day.   Thank you to our supporters and contributors for investing their time and support so that honest and fair elections, that follow the letter of the law, happen in Travis County.  

 
November 2016 Election Integrity in Texas
 
We have been working hard to ensure that Texas election results in November are honest, fair and accurately represent voters' intent. 
 
We ARE keeping our paper backup records for the November Election--Latest Updates
  • Texas Secretary of State's Election Division Director, Keith Ingram, proposed last minute electronic voting machine rule changes that would have eliminated three paper backup records for the November elections.  Details are reported here by Family Security Matters.
  • Senator Don Huffines issued a press release outlining his opposition to the proposed rule changes.  See below. 
  • Hundreds of grass roots activists from all over Texas contacted Governor Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, Speaker Straus, Representative Jodie Laubenberg (Chair of Election Committee), the Secretary of State's office, and others.  Texans emailed and called and registered their strong opposition to the elimination of paper backup records and requested a public hearing. 
  • The calls were successful!  The proposed rule changes to eliminate paper backup records for electronic voting in November were officially postponed and a public hearing is to be held in December.  More to come on the exact date and location for the public hearing.
  • To register your opposition to the proposed rule changes, contact the state officers noted at the end of this article.
 
What are the paper backup records for electronic voting inTexas?
Poll Watchers are entitled by Texas law to monitor the printing of these records
  • Zero Tapes printed directly before the polls open to ensure no advanced votes are stored on equipment,
  • Paper Results Tapes and Tally Lists printed when the polls close for Early Voting andElection Day before the electronic voting equipment leaves the polling location,
  • Paper Audit Logs printed at the main tabulation computer at the county election office,and
  • Printed Ballot Images for Recounts
 

State Senator Huffines Speaks Out

The Honorable State Senator Don Huffines issued a powerful press statement that highlights his strong support for paper backup records for electronic voting in Texas.  He opposes any changes that would eliminate those crucial records:

"[The Texas Secretary of State's Election Division] Proposed updates, to the way elections are run in Texas, would wrongly reduce paper records and backups when we ought to be tightening security by making sure we keep proper records."

"The state's chief election officers must reconsider and redraft their proposed election rules to pursue more real-time paper records and backups, not fewer...The comfort & convenience of election administrators should not take priority over voters' confidence and election integrity."
 
State Senator Huffines  responds to a last minute rule change that was proposed by the Texas Office of the Secretary of State's Election Division (SoS), the chief elections officer in Texas.  

Senator Don Huffines has demanded that the SoS either significantly rewrite, or do away with the proposal to end the practice of printing real-time paper records for electronic voting. 

We need "more real-time paper paper backup records, not fewer," he says.

 
 

New Electronic Voting Machines for Texas
Are Being Evaluated Now 
  • Public hearings on new electronic voting machines from two vendors, Hart InterCivic and ES&S, were held in Austin on 8/31/16.  
  • Attendees included representatives from 13 Texas counties to discuss the certification for the new systems. 
  • Four hours of public testimonyensued.  None of the speakers supported the certification of the new Hart InterCivic and ES&S systems. 
  • State Examiner reports can be found here for Hart InterCivic and ES&S.
 

We Need You!!!
Contribute and demand adherence to Texas election laws
to restore balance and truth in our elections.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE UPSHUR COUNTY TEXAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

We understand this hearing is regarding the damage by the storms from last spring. 

Upshur County will hold a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. on September 19, 2016, at the Upshur County Courthouse 3 rd Floor Courtroom, located at 100 West Tyler St., Gilmer, TX regarding the submission of an application to the Texas Department of Agriculture for a Texas Community Development Block Grant Program (TxCDBG) - Disaster Relief Fund grant. The purpose of this meeting is to allow citizens an opportunity to discuss the citizen participation plan, the development of local housing and community development needs, the amount of TxCDBG funding available, all eligible TxCDBG activities, and the use of past TxCDBG funds. The County encourages citizens to participate in the development of this TxCDBG application and to make their views known at this public hearing. Citizens unable to attend this meeting may submit their views and proposals to the County Judge, Dean Fowler, at P.O. Box 730, Gilmer, TX 75644. Persons with disabilities that wish to attend this meeting should contact the County at (903) 843-4003 to arrange for assistance. Individuals who require auxiliary aids or services for this meeting should contact the County at least two days before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Para mds informaciOn en espatiol, comuniquese con Kristin Culberson al (903) 843-4003.

County Notice



Paxton: Read what the Austin American-Statesman refused to

Recently, the Editorial Board of the Austin American-Statesman published a lengthy unfounded editorial attack on my staunch defense of the Constitution and my tenure as the Attorney General of Texas. I asked for the opportunity to respond and correct the record but the Editorial Page refused to publish my response. Please see below what the Austin American-Statesman didn’t want you to read. Help me push back on the liberal media by forwarding my response to your friends.


For Texas,


 



Defending the Constitution, So Help Me God

By Attorney General Ken Paxton

I learned a long time ago that politics can be a tough business. But if your opponents are forced to concoct misleading attacks, you’re probably doing something right. It’s obvious from the Editorial Board’s most recent opinion piece they are still seething that the people of Texas elected a conservative as Attorney General. They’re even more upset that I’m actually fulfilling my campaign promise to protect our constitutional rights and liberties, however untrendy that may be with the Austin press corps. 

When I took my oath of office, I swore to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, so help me God.” I take this oath seriously and work diligently to uphold this pact between myself and the people of Texas, no matter the sentiment among those critical of my leadership. 

As the paper pointed out, there are allegations against me. These unfounded charges are, at their core, politically motivated. Even the Editorial Board grudgingly concedes the allegations don’t equate to guilt and I deserve my day in court – where I will prevail. I’ll be sure to put their note on top of the stacks of news clips generated by the paper against former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and former Governor Rick Perry. The innocence of these two honorable public servants didn’t preclude the paper from its decade-long journalistic campaign as the propaganda arm of the political left. Sadly, the complete exoneration of these Republican leaders didn’t seem to generate the same level of coverage as the politically motivated attacks and endless news coverage against them. 

I will not let these absurd charges, however, distract me from my responsibilities to the people of Texas. As Attorney General, I am fighting to protect our constitutional rights and liberties at every turn. I’m working diligently to prevent infringement on those rights in all our communities across Texas. 

The Statesman Editorial Board criticizes my defense of the 2nd Amendment rights of Texans and enforcement of the laws passed by the Texas Legislature. The Editorial Board’s position is outrageous and, in fact, dangerous. They are not saying that the open carry laws passed by the Texas Legislature are somehow legally invalid. Instead, they contend that because they do not like a law that was enacted by an overwhelming majority of the elected representatives of the people of Texas, that law should not be enforced. Not overturned, not protested, but ignored. You don’t often see an American newspaper speak out against democracy, but the Statesmen is doing so here.

The Editorial Board also attempts to hoodwink its readers by suggesting that enforcing state law somehow depletes precious legal resources from state coffers. In setting their objectivity aside, the paper hides a key fact. Under my leadership, the Office of Attorney General has generated tens of millions of dollars in new revenue to the state’s coffers. They don’t want you to know this information because they would have to concede that I have been and continue to be an effective Attorney General on behalf of Texas. 

The paper also chose to omit the most significant defeat handed to the Obama Administration by the United States Supreme Court, a defeat secured by my office. We led a coalition of 26 states in a legal challenge to President Obama’s executive amnesty on illegal immigration. We went to the highest court in the land to force the Obama Administration to recognize that Congress, not the President, makes our laws. 

This was one of the most important cases to come before the Supreme Court in recent history because the fundamental issues in question are at the core of the Constitution. If the Supreme Court had allowed President Obama to prevail, think about what could happen with a future president? What if he or she decides to take away our gun rights through executive action, or tells churches they can no longer be tax exempt because their conscience is at odds with the federal government, or punishes liberty minded individuals for speaking the truth? Thankfully, we prevailed on this landmark legal case and I will continue to fight for our liberty and the constitutional principles upon which our Founding Fathers stood. 

In another critical legal battle omitted by the paper, the Obama Administration is threatening the Medicaid programs of the states if they refuse to pay an unconstitutional tax that would cost Texas over $120 million annually. I’m fighting back against this legal extortion and have no intention of allowing it to happen on my watch. My office also won a unanimous decision in the Texas Supreme Court in a tax dispute that will save the people of Texas over $4 billion.

My office has also set records with regard to online predator sting operations, human-trafficking arrests and fugitive apprehensions. I am very proud that our Child Support Division remains the top performing child support program in the country and leads the nation in cost effectiveness, collecting almost $4 billion last year.

There are dozens of other actions and initiatives brought by the Office of Attorney General under my leadership to preserve constitutional rights, push back against federal government overreach and protect the lives of Texans. Since the Statesmen won’t give you all the facts, you can read about them on my website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov. It is my highest honor to serve as your Attorney General and I will continue to defend our constitutional rights and liberties … “So help me God.” 


Texas AG: I'm willing to go as far as we need to go to stop Obama's

URGENT: Sign the petition demanding that Obama withdraw his transgender school mandate. Click here.

May 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told LifeSiteNews on Thursday that Texas will “fight back in every way we can” if the state loses federal funding for refusing to adopt the Obama administration’s new transgender mandate.

Last week, the Obama administration issued a “guidance” to all public schools advising them that they risk the loss of federal funding if they do not allow biological males to shower and use the restroom and locker rooms with girls and vice versa.  Those of the opposite biological sex must also be allowed to share hotel rooms on school trips, the administration warned.  No medical treatment or diagnosis is required for students to access intimate facilities designated for the opposite sex.

“We consider this an extremely risky policy,” Paxton told LifeSiteNews.  “It’s unconstitutional and it’s outside of the authority of the president to do this from his position.”

Paxton called the push to allow males in female intimate facilities and vice versa “a solution in search of a problem.”

“I don’t think this is resolving any particular problem,” said Paxton.  “If there are issues with transgender children, then those need to be dealt with.  But this policy doesn’t help anybody, it only puts our children at risk.”

“We will likely see some school districts in our state adopt policies that are…in direct opposition,” to the Obama administration’s new transgender bathroom edict, Paxton predicted.  “And those school districts have the right to ask the Attorney General’s office to represent them in any litigation with the Administration…I would expect that at least one school district in the state, probably many, will adopt policies and some of them will ask us to help them.  And if they ask, we will help, and we will be actively involved in litigation against the Obama administration.”

Paxton said the people of Texas are “pleased that we’re actually standing up.”  At a recent press conference in Fort Worth about the school district’s new policy allowing males in female bathrooms, Paxton said he felt from a diverse group of parents and grandparents “a strong sense that they weren’t being listened to and that their kids were at risk unnecessarily from the superintendent and from the Obama administration.”

On May 3, Paxton wrote a letter to the CEO of Target asking the company to provide its safety policies to protect women and children from “those who would use the cover of Target’s restroom policy for nefarious purposes.”  

He told LifeSiteNews that he has not yet received any response.

“I think my citizens have a right to know what their policies are as it relates to safety,” he said.

Paxton said ordinary people can make their voices heard by speaking to their elected officials and “with how you spend your money.”

“If there are businesses that are adopting policies that [people] are concerned about, they don’t have to take their families into those stores,” said Paxton.

Read more here


ICYMI: ET4L's Dinner with the Runoff Candidates


by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
04.19.16 - 09:42 am

Some 11 candidates for state or Upshur County offices in the May 24 Republican runoff addressed a “Dinner with the Runoff Candidates” hosted by East Texans for Liberty in Gilmer on Monday night, April 11.

About 70 persons attended the gathering at the Assembly of God despite rainstorms before and during the dinner, said ET4L President Stacy McMahan.

Many of the sharpest remarks came from several candidates for two places as judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, most of whom criticized their opponents. The 11 overall candidates, who did not take questions from the audience, spoke for periods ranging from four to 12 minutes each after American Legion official Jerry Holsworth addressed the gathering concerning veterans’ issues.

Gary Gates, candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, explained that it no longer regulates railroads, but instead deals with the oil and gas industry. He cited his investments in that industry, as well as his current work as a cattle rancher and owner of 4,900 apartments, and said, “I believe the railroad commission needs a successful business owner.”

Gates said the commission’s budget is $180 million for two years, 85 percent of it funded by the oil and gas industry, so he believed the commission needed someone with a business background.

He pledged to fight governmental overreach by such agencies as the Environmental Protection Agency.

Cliff Todd, representing Gates’ opponent, Wayne Christian, said Christian is the “conservative candidate” who is “endorsed by virtually every conservative group in the state of Texas.” He said Christian will “promote responsible oil and gas production,” and that Christian was on the Texas House of Representatives committee which oversaw the commission.

Todd said the commission does not need “another regularator that is hostile to fossil fuels,” but instead needs someone “who understands the oil and gas industry.”

Mary Lou Keel, seeking Place 2 on the Court of Criminal Appeals, said she “far outstrip(s)” her opponent, Ray Wheless, in being qualified for the court since she is a “criminal law specialist” with certain experience.

Citing her 21 years as a current Harris County trial court judge in Houston, and background as a prosecutor there, she said Wheless had been mostly a misdemeanor court judge and that she had represented the state in 279 criminal appeals, compared to six for him.

“My opponent has no experience in any death penalty litigation,” and failed the test to become board certified in criminal law, she added. She also won a statewide bar poll in the race by 2-1, Keel said.

Wheless responded that Keel “didn’t say a word about conservatism” and that she was married to a Democrat who argued that “conservatives had destroyed the criminal justice system.” Wheless also cited his 15 years as a judge, which he said followed 20 years in private law practice.

He also said most judges are not board certified, and that the proper certification for the appeals coulrt would be in criminal appellate law. Neither he nor Keel is certified in that, Wheless noted.

He charged that her argument over board certification was a “red herring” to detract from the “real issue,” which “is Judge Keel is not a conservative.” He cited his endorsements from conservative groups and State Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola.)

Brent Webster, candidate for Place 5 on the appellate court, cited his experience as a Williamson County prosecutor and said he had the “broadest background in my race.”

He said he had been concerned about rulings from criminal appellate courts on constitutional rights, saying it was the Court of Criminal Appeals’ job to protect such rights. I”m very pro-First Amendment and Second Amendment,” Webster added.

Terming himself a “constitutional conservative,” he said “I have been tough on crime.” He also said he was the only candidate with any statewide endorsements and that a former opponent endorsed him.

Webster’s opponent, Scott Walker, said he practices law in Dallas and Fort Worth, but formerly did so for five years in Longview. Citing his 18 years in law practice, he said he had written more than 100 appellate briefs and “you didn’t hear Mr. Webster tell you how many appellate briefs he’s written, one at most. “That’s not being qualified,” Walker argued.

In addition, Walker said, Williamson County records do not show Webster as the attorney of record in a single criminal matter. In the meantime, Walker termed himself a “constitutional conservative” who believed in the Second and Fourth amendments, saying police officers should not stop someone or search homes without probable cause.

In contrast to most of the judicial candidates, the two candidates for the Texas Senate’s District One seat, State Reps. David Simpson (R-Longview) and Hughes, did not criticize each other.

Simpson argued for “limited government,” saying he wanted to “get government out of the way unless you harm your neighbor. Punish the wrongdoer and then get out of the way.”

He also advocated stopping illegal immigration and securing the border, stopping sanctuary city policies and “handouts” to illegal aliens, ceasing “the one-size-fits-all” testing which the state resquires for school students, halting “corporate welfare” and protecting religious liberty.

Simpson also advocated protecting East Texas water and property rights.

Hughes, discussing border security, said he had been “proud to support” appropriating money in the last two legislative sessions for more boats, more aircraft and 250 new state troopers. “If the feds refuse to act (on border security), we have to do something,” he said.

He decried the Obama Administration’s “war on coal,” saying the president’s “so-called Clean Power Plant” plan would shut down numerous current plants and drive up electricity costs. As an attorney, Hughes added, he is representing companies and ratepayers in suing the EPA over the war on coal, which he said is clean and plentiful.

Hughes also said he is “strongly pro-life,” that he “led the fight to defund Planned Parenthood in Texas,” and pledged to “push back against the feds” on the religious freedom issue. He noted the legislature has enacted legislation protecting pastors from having to perform same-sex weddings.

Mary Lou Bruner, candidate for Place 9 on the State Board of Education, cited her 36 years in teaching before retirement and faulted her opponent, Keven M. Ellis, for saying that “subject matter specialists” rather than “partisan radicals” (parents) should determine what will be in textbooks. (Ellis was reportedly unable to attend the dinner because of a prior engagement.)

Bruner said schools should teach phonics, grammar rules and multiplication tables. When she asked the audience “are you OK” with high school graduates being unable to write their names in cursive, many in the crowd said “no.”

Bruner also said she was the conservative in the race and that Ellis was using language in the Democratic Party platform.

Larry Webb, candidate for Upshur County sheriff, cited his 25 years in law enforcement, including the last 20 in numerous capacities with the Longview Police Department. He proposed programs to “educate the citizens we serve so they don’t become victims of crime.”

Webb said his opponent, four-term incumbent Anthony Betterton, contended that “we don’t have time for that. We don’t have the budget for that.” However, Webb said, the programs he proposes will not raise the budget and he will have time for them.

Webb, who said he received 49.1 percent of the vote in the primary, said he had helped put on citizens’ police academies, women’s handgun programs and church safety programs.

Betterton was reportedly unable to attend due to a prior engagement.

Mary Anne Farrow, candidate for Upshur County tax assessor-collector, said that while her opponent (Luana Howell) had worked in the tax office longer than she has, Farrow is “the most knowledgeable of every aspect of the tax office.” She said she had worked in each aspect, and can make the transition from the current tax assessor-collector (Sherron Laminack) without a “learning curve.” 

She accused Howell of “feel-good sound bites,” but charged Howell’s proposals are “going to cost you a fortune.” For example, Howell’s proposal to re-open the old drive-through window at the tax office (which once housed Gilmer National Bank) would reportedly trigger $250,000 in electrical costs, Farrow argued.

If county commissioners reject Howell’s proposals, they will be blamed although they have managed to get the county back in the black financially, Farrow charged.

Howell was reportedly unable to attend due to a prior engagement.

Cole Hefner, a former Upshur County commissioner who now lives in Mount Pleasant and is running for Hughes’ District 5 state representative seat (which does not include Upshur County), said the state needs to “beef up” border security and “tell the federal government to get back in its place.”

He stressed the “right to life” and said families should be making the decisions on life-ending issues.

His opponent, Jay Misenheimer, was reportedly unable to attend.

Holsworth, District 3 commander of the Legion, said he was aiming his remarks at the politicians in the audience. He urged they “recognize that there are a lot of veterans out there,” and that funding for their programs are “attacked very frequently when the budget runs short.”

“These are things that we (veterans) have earned that they mess with,” Holsworth complained. He said the state’s Hazelwood Act, which allows children of veterans to use educational benefits that veterans do not themselves use, is dear to veterans.

Understanding Texas' Open Carry


Terry Holcomb is well known as the "open carry preacher". In 2013 after seeing the failure of the Legislature to protect second amendment rights, Terry became one of the strongest gun rights activists in the state. With the lack of a strong gun rights group to lobby, litigate, and educate for all aspects of the second amendment, Texas Carry was born to advocate for those rights. Terry grew up in Texas and has a beautiful family with his wife, Gina. He also serves the community as Pastor of CrossRoads Baptist church in Oakhurst Texas, president of the San Jacinto County Republican club and played an integral role in making expanding gun rights a priority of the platform.

WHEN
May 02, 2016 at 7pm - 8:30pm
WHERE
Disabled American Veteran Bldg
1924 N Wood St
Hwy 271 N (across from Walmart)
Gilmer, TX 75644
United States
Google map and directions
CONTACT
Stacy McMahan · 903.500.2292

Hope Restored!

Dear Friend,

Last week our EMT class deployed to Bossier City, Louisiana, to work alongside the Samaritan’s Purse Ministry in the continuing efforts to help people recover from recent flooding. I continue to stand in awe of God’s hand of blessing upon our men as they diligently work to meet the needs of others, both physically and spiritually.

While working there, our men displayed the character and discipline that God fashioned in them during their time at ALERT. Throughout the years we have heard many testimonies from people who regained a new hope in the young people of America as our men diligently served them and met their needs.

This past week, one man spoke of the hope that was restored in the lives of him and his wife. The husband said he had, “…given up on today’s Christians; I didn’t think true Christianity and neighborly love existed. I mow the church yard weekly…yet no one is reaching out. We were youth leaders at one time. We had lost faith in that generation as well. ALERT changed that during the last couple of days.”

Tomorrow (Thursday) our Basic Training Unit 55 will be facing the challenge of their 12-hour hike between Lake Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend Reservoir on the “Between the Lakes Trail,” in East Texas. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated as they undertake this grueling hike.

Please pray for all of us as we prepare for the Family Conference next week; that we would have renewed energy and be thoroughly prepared to serve the families attending so that they receive God’s blessing together.

Colonel John Tanner
Executive Director/Commander
International ALERT Academy
One Academy Blvd, Big Sandy, TX 75755



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