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Here’s What Happened: Empower Texans, Soros, Twitter, NPR, and AgendaWise

By Weston Hicks Agenda Wise Reports

The Empower Texans/AgendaWise/Twitter saga has a back story.

All Twitter accounts at Empower Texans and AgendaWise were suspended after Daniel Greer, an original Empower Texans employee and current Executive Director of AgendaWise, acquired Twitter handles George Soros likely feels entitled to. The handles were related to StateImpact, a Soros project coming toTexas soon, and already up in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.

With $4 million of George Soros seed money, StateImpact is a tool to move state governments to the left. In Texas, collaborators of NPR and Soros’s Open Society are teaming with the University of Texas, and Austin NPR affiliate KUT.

Daniel acquired these Twitter handles in early July. At the time, Twitter reviewed and approved them.

A few days ago, Twitter suspended every Twitter account on our server, including handles belonging to Empower Texas, Michael Sullivan, Daniel Greer, Weston Hicks, Andrew Kerr, and Dustin Matocha.  Twitter’s about-face was odd, as was their near-radio silence for a few days afterwards.

Last night, the conservative blogosphere went to work. Erick Erickson of RedState.com posted a story calling attention to the suspensions. Several other posts began popping up on the blogosphere. Finally, the Drudge Report posted a headline around noon, which read, “Is Twitter Silencing Austin Conservatives?”. At almost the same time, Twitter reinstated our accounts.

We appreciate the help. Conservative non-profits are scrappy by nature because we oppose special interests –people like George Soros – people who use government to become richer, more powerful, and more firmly entrenched. We fight with websites and email lists and Twitter handles.

The big activism money is all in helping special interest types, since it’s not hard to use a large sum of money to affect laws that will bring a much larger sum right back.

We’re funded by donations, not investments, so we ‘re resourceful.

AgendaWise intends to keep a close eye on Soros, NPR, and UT’s StateImpact Texas project. StateImpact Texas may be journalists, a label that means less every day, but they’re rooted in a liberal activist agenda.

We thank Erick Erickson and Matt Drudge for their attention. We’re all lucky the new media is picking up the slack on stories like this, stories liberal journalists usually ignore.


Weston Hicks researches and writes about associations in the Texas political realm, media choices, and political strategy. Over the past year he has advised on grassroots and voter initiatives. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at El Paso and a J.D. from University of Texas School of Law. He enjoys spending time with wife and three children, reading theology and political theory, and watching FC Barcelona. You can reach him at whicks@nullagendawise.com.
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