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What I Am Looking for in a Speaker of the Texas House~ #PMA

Date posted: November 29, 2012

Today I had a Texas State Rep. tell me that I needed to change my tactics with regard to the Texas Speaker Showdown. He said it’s time to change your tactics of being ‘against’ someone. That didn’t work out for us conservatives in POTUS race.” #PMA

My comment back to him was….”The tactic of falling inline behind the moderate establishment & losing the Conservative base is what lost the POTUS race.”

But his comment got me thinking. Especially since he put #PMA at the end.  I had to look up what that meant. (Positive Mental Attitude). Since the last thing I want to be is an old cynical political activist, which is a real danger in politics. I needed to humbly say…. Is he right?  I think he may actually be right. With the POTUS race we were always on the attack of Obama and we failed to tell our stories. There is a great article out that my friend Chad sent me After the Crack-Up. Don’t miss the opportunity to read it. Here is an excerpt.

“….if there is one thing conservatives can agree on post-election, it’s this: The dominance of the Left in the storytelling arena is making a difference at the polls. It’s impossible to measure, but anyone who doesn’t think it skews outcomes is living in an alternative universe.

The fact is, it’s easier to sell a political narrative to America when it comports with the cultural narrative we see and hear every day.

“The universe is made up of stories, not atoms,” the poet Muriel Rukeyser once said. Stories, not facts, are the way people process information. Screenplays, plays, scripts, and stories are packed not with hard data but with something more powerful and human: emotional data. That’s why we remember stories long after we’ve forgotten facts. Stories stir our souls.” 

So here’s my story and why I fight.

I am a Texas Mom who is scared to death that my children will not have the same opportunities that my husband and I had to succeed. I have spent the last 4 years pushing out information on what is actually happening on the ground in Texas and in America and the indoctrination of the progressive left into our homes, our schools, our churches and every aspect of our lives. I have been called crazy by some, a hero by others and a right wing extremist by the political establishment. Honestly I may be a little of all three, but when my 13 yr. old daughter thanked me for fighting to raise funds and help produce a video on the threat of what the Muslim extremists are planning for America I knew these battles I fight are worth it. Her future is worth fighting for.  Here is a link to the short video if you have not seen it,  Avoidable.

Now what does any of this have to do with Joe Straus and the Speaker of the House race in Texas.

Well the women I know at WomenOnTheWall.org believe we must Seek the Truth ~ Share the Truth and Stand for the Truth.

The truth is, there is a dirty little secret in Austin. The Pledge Card System that we helped to expose is how incumbents stay in office.

The state rep referenced above told me I needed to change my tactics of being ‘against’ someone. 

Well here is what I am for….

A Republican Speaker of the house who does not attend fund raisers for Democrats running against Republicans. 

I am for a Speaker of the House who does not seek retribution and have discontent towards Conservatives. 

I am for a Speaker of the House whose family’s business is not banking on gambling legislation to be passed and who stands to make millions if it does. 

I am for a Speaker of the House who does not have a proven track record of close ties to the largest Democrat donor in the state of Texas, Steve Mostyn.

I am for a Speaker of the House who does not go on television and claim spending per capita has not grown in Texas. When in fact state spending has grown approximately 300% in the past 20 years, while population plus inflation has grown just above 150%.)

I am for a Speaker of the House who does not say. “‘…I think at some point you can’’t cut your way to prosperity.;”

I am for a Speaker of the house who is for giving power to State Representatives so they can represent the people they are elected to serve.

I am for a Speaker of the House how does not put Committee Chairs in place to Kill Conservative Legislation. 

So call me crazy but I want someone as Speaker of the House who will provide an economically sound, safe and secure Texas for my 3 children.



That is why I am for David Simpson for Speaker of the Texas House.

If you are a Texas State Rep. and can prove to me why Joe Straus is a better Speaker than State Rep. David Simpson please tell me why. Please do not say it is because it’s better to go with the Republican Establishment than to not stand on the “Texas Conservative Values” you ran on.  If that is your answer you do not deserve to be representing the state my children’s future depends on.

If you are ready to take a stand call your State Representative today  Here is a list of them. Tell them to vote for the most Conservative Candidate in the Race for Speaker; David Simpson and then join us in Austin Jan. 7th and 8th.

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Questions to ask Texas State Reps when you call them about Speaker Joe Straus ~

Date posted:

What is the real suicide mission? 

Conservative Legislation Killed by Straus’ Committee Chairs:

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Texans are tired of the inside deals being made for key chairmanships; for example public safety or financial services in exchange for a vote for Speaker of the House.  There is the perception out there that the people we elect to actually make laws are the very people who think they are above the law. Remember perception is everything in politics.

Please take the time to read…..

Sec. 302.032. LEGISLATIVE BRIBERY: PROMISES OR THREATS. A person commits an offense if, with the intent to influence a member of or candidate for the house of representatives in casting a vote for speaker of the house of representatives, the person:(1) promises or agrees to cause:(A) the appointment of a person to a chairmanship or vice-chairmanship of a house committee or subcommittee;(B) the appointment of a person to a particular house committee or subcommittee, the Legislative Budget Board, the Texas Legislative Council, the Legislative Library Board, the Legislative Audit Committee, or any other position the speaker appoints;(C) preferential treatment on any legislation or appropriation;(D) the employment of a person; or(E) economic benefit to a person; or(2) threatens to cause:(A) the failure to appoint a person to a chairmanship or vice-chairmanship of a house committee or subcommittee;(B) the failure to appoint a person to a particular house committee or subcommittee, the Legislative Budget Board, the Texas Legislative Council, the Legislative Library Board, the Legislative Audit Committee, or any other position the speaker appoints;(C) unfavorable treatment on any legislation or appropriation;(D) the refusal of or removal from employment of a person; or(E) the withholding of economic benefit from a person.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 479, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985.

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Below is an analogy one State Rep. used to describe the vote for Joe Straus.

 “…a compass may show you true north – and you can go north – but it will not tell you of the dangers, the deep rivers, high mountains, thick forests or other things to avoid. You might go straight north but killed in the process – would it not be better to take a better route and get to the destination faster and more safely.” 

My suggestion for this State Rep.  follow the compass and your core convictions. We are not sailing we are trying to save our state and our nation. Truth matters and corruption in politics is what got us in this mess. 

So when you are calling State Reps. across the state of Texas and especially in Houston please ask them……

What key positions have you been promised from Speaker Joe Straus,  his political consultants, financial backers or key lieutenants?

Remind them that is is against the law for them to vote for Joe Straus in exchange for these key chairmanships or committee assignments?

Remind them that they represent the people who elected them. If they feel threatened or that it is a suicide mission to vote against Joe Straus for Speaker as some have characterized it as, then they are a part of the inside corruption of Texas politics and the voters of Texas are becoming informed and engaged and will do everything within our power to remove them from office in the primary. So as I see it, it is a suicide mission to vote for Joe Straus for Speaker of the house. That is if “Suicide” means losing your job as Texas State Representative.

Here are a few names and contacts that you can start with on your quest for taking Joe Straus out of office. 11.28.12 Updated State Rep Contact List.xlsx

I have also included links to their Chief of Staff if they have one named and their e-mail as well as the Austin office number. I believe we need to let the their Chief of Staff know we mean business and we are not going away after the election of speaker no matter who is named as Speaker of the House.

 

Here is a little reminder of the corruption in Texas politics that Grassroots/Tea Party activists have been standing up against.

If you are ready to take a stand call your State Representative today  Here is a list of them. Tell them to vote for the most Conservative Candidate in the Race for Speaker; Bryan Hughes and then join us in Austin Jan. 7th and 8th.

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Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

Alice Linahan

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Destination Gaza: Israeli Satellites Spot Iranian Ships Stockpiling Weapons to Gaza

Date posted: November 27, 2012

By Lisa Benson

For 25 years as a development consultant to the Pro-Israel movement, I have witnessed firsthand the “shoot and scoot” diplomacy of the Palestinian people.

Shoot, retreat, and declare victory at the expense of millions of people, both Palestinian and Jewish.  Terrorists are a predictable lot and are aided by a mainstream media that seems to coddle them with tender loving care and an American electorate that easily loses focus on international crisis.

As Mark Steyn so eloquently states in “Jill Kelley for Secretary of State,” the post-Thanksgiving reality of “inflamed mobs clubbing holiday shoppers” took American front- page headlines over world headlines of the overarching authoritarian expansion that Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi – the new Pharaoh of the Middle East –  gave to himself as ruler of Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood. While some of us were watching the mobs of people in Cairo rioting, signaling an imminent NEW crisis and de-stabilization of the Middle East, much of America took to the malls with bellies full of turkey and stuffing.

Iran send Missiles to Gaza After all, it is more important to get a bargain at the mall, hear Jingle Bells by Santa Clause than it is to understand, fully, the implications of a full-blown war in the Middle East where, potentially, hundreds of thousands of innocent people will lose their lives.

Americans just don’t care?

I do.

I care and millions of people who take the time to understand that Israel sits on the front lines of Western Civilization.

Why should America Care?

The “Sunday Times of London” reported that Israel has captured on satellite surveillance this weekend the stockpiling of Fajr-5 weapons onto Iranian ships headed, no doubt, for Gaza.  The Fajr-5 rockets are the long-range missiles that were destroyed in Gaza by Israel’s “Operation Pillar of Defense/Cloud.”  These are the missiles which targeted neighborhoods in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as opposed to the short-range missiles that rain on Israel every day of the year.   Moreover, it is also reported that these Fajr-5 are also headed to the Sudan where they will be used by Al Qaeda operatives in the Sudan to target a broader landscape of Israeli cities.

Did you think that Hamas was not going to regroup and rearm?

Israel remains the only DEMOCRACY in the Middle East and it votes with the United States in the United Nations 100% of the time.  What is clear to me, and should be to you, is that the Muslim Brotherhood ( a worldwide umbrella organization of all the terrorist organizations) not only negotiated the Israeli-Gaza cease-fire, but they became greatly empowered by it.  Al Qaeda is on the rise throughout the Middle East and in Northern Africa as well.

In my podcast linked here, I ask that the American people arm themselves with knowledge. I hope you will take the time to listen and to share this newsletter with friends.

Please know that millions of Israeli lives were saved during “Operation Pillar of Defense” due to American support of the Iron Dome.  Those Americans who lobby Congress and our Congressional delegations who vote in support of Israel each year for this support should be commended; they are greatly appreciated by the Jewish people worldwide.

We must be relentless in our demand of our federal officials to continue its military support to Israel.

On behalf of Israel, I thank you for your continued concern for Israel.  It is not only the “Land of Milk and Honey,” but is the home of nearly six million who value democracy, freedom, and personal liberty. 

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Alice Linahan

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You’re darn right I want Conservative Trial Lawyer Bryan Hughes for Speaker of the House in Texas

Date posted: November 26, 2012

Yes Bryan Hughes is a trial lawyer, yes he is a Conservative Trial lawyer who has voted in favor of every major piece of tort reform.

Joe Straus, on the other hand, has as his speaker vote base the party of lawsuit abuse and open season on business. He even shared gambling interests with Steve Mostyn at the start of the 82nd legislature, when Mostyn had been let into the ultra-exclusive racetrack license-holding club.” 

Let’s take a look at Speaker Joe Straus, a business owner of bankrupt racetracks who has partnered with Vegas gambling interests. Retama strikes deal with Vegas company.

Retama Park opened in 1995 and has never made money. The track’s owner, Retama Development Corp., a municipal subdivision of Selma, filed for bankruptcy in 1996. It emerged from bankruptcy a year later, shedding some of its debt. 

Todd Eilers, a securities analyst who follows the gaming industry, views the deal as a “defensive move” for Pinnacle. It has three Louisiana casinos that draw Texas gamblers, so those properties could be hurt if Texas ever adds gaming.

“This should help soften the blow” if Texas gets gaming, said Eilers, a senior research analyst with Roth Capital Partners LLC in Newport Beach, Calif. He added, “I doubt (Pinnacle) would be lobbying all that hard for casinos in the state.”

State lawmakers would have to be persuaded to let voters decide whether to allow gaming at Texas racetracks or elsewhere.

Track officials previously have said they wanted to bring in a financial partner to fund the track’s losses while they pushed for legalized gaming at state racetracks.  

 

So, I ask Texas State Representatives are you going to stand with an “Establishment Republican” known for making deals; whose family stands to gain millions if gambling is passed in Texas or are you going to stand with the most Conservative candidate in the race for speaker who is known for standing up for what is right for Texas not what is right for his own personal gain.

 

 

Here is a little reminder of the corruption in Texas politics that  Grassroots/Tea Party activists have been standing up against.

If you are ready to take a stand call your State Representative today  Here is a list of them. Tell them to vote for the most Conservative Candidate in the Race for Speaker; Bryan Hughes and then join us in Austin Jan. 7th and 8th.

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Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

Alice Linahan

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Voices Empower has partnered the Freedom Trailer Teams to Educate, Inspire and Motivate.

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Joe Straus says he has votes to be re-elected Texas House speaker~

Date posted: November 21, 2012

RIP the Rino – No Pledge to Joe Straus

The question is what did he promise for that vote. We are hearing reports from State Reps. that Joe Straus has given them key Committee assignments. How could they vote against him? The challenge is that is against the law.  

Are you as tired as I am of elected officials ignoring the rules and the laws of the land? 

Pledging support to Speaker Straus based on an appointment of a committee chairmanship is a VIOLATION OF SECTION 302.032 
Sec. 302.032. LEGISLATIVE BRIBERY: PROMISES OR THREATS. A person commits an offense if, with the intent to influence a member of or candidate for the house of representatives in casting a vote for speaker of the house of representatives, the person:(1) promises or agrees to cause:(A) the appointment of a person to a chairmanship or vice-chairmanship of a house committee or subcommittee;(B) the appointment of a person to a particular house committee or subcommittee, the Legislative Budget Board, the Texas Legislative Council, the Legislative Library Board, the Legislative Audit Committee, or any other position the speaker appoints;(C) preferential treatment on any legislation or appropriation;(D) the employment of a person; or(E) economic benefit to a person; or(2) threatens to cause:(A) the failure to appoint a person to a chairmanship or vice-chairmanship of a house committee or subcommittee;(B) the failure to appoint a person to a particular house committee or subcommittee, the Legislative Budget Board, the Texas Legislative Council, the Legislative Library Board, the Legislative Audit Committee, or any other position the speaker appoints;(C) unfavorable treatment on any legislation or appropriation;(D) the refusal of or removal from employment of a person; or(E) the withholding of economic benefit from a person.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 479, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985.  

If you are ready to take a stand call your State Representative today  Here is a list of them. Tell them to vote for the most Conservative Candidate in the Race for Speaker; David Simpson and then join us in Austin Jan. 7th and 8th.

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Knowledge is Power and together we can make the difference!!

Alice Linahan

Follow @AliceLinahan on twitter and Facebook 

Voices Empower has partnered the Freedom Trailer Teams to Educate, Inspire and Motivate.

Women On The Wall.org

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Seek the Truth~
Share The Truth~
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Protect Our Nation for Future Generations
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