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Spread the Word – 2014 is Coming!

Date posted: March 27, 2013

JoAnn Fleming

By JoAnn Fleming 

Fellow Texas Constitutional Conservatives: 

In 2010, we worked together to send conservatives to the state legislature. In 2011, the Austin ruling class worked against our conservative legislators and ignored our cries for reform. In 2012, we rose up to fight again and sent a larger contingent of conservatives to the legislature. We sent Ted Cruz to the US Senate. In 2013, the establishment is working overtime to silence the reformers, and they are working harder than ever to hold their fairy tale together. But, fellow Texans, 2014 is coming…

We want you to know that grassroots conservatives from across the state are in the trenches in Austin. We want you to know what we are fighting for, and we ask you to spread the following unified message because 2014 is coming.

We are sending a strong, commonsense, liberty-advancing message in Austin that must apply to all legislation:

  • Stop the “borrow and spend” practices. Why? Today, Texas state government has more debt than the US Postal Service ($16 billion). “Borrow and spend” is just as bad as “tax and spend” because it threatens liberty for future generations. According to the Legislative Budget Board, the amount of state debt outstanding is $40.99 billion, an increase of $22.81 billion, or 125% over the amount of state debt outstanding 10 years ago in fiscal year 2003. Sounds like Washington, DC.

 

  • Stop digging holes and fill in the ones you’ve already created. Why? On top of the state debt, the Texas Tomorrow Fund has a $644 million hole (parents pay into a fund to secure their child’s college education at today’s prices). The Teachers Retirement System is underfunded, creating a $27 billion hole. Our state government is incurring costs today, without setting aside the money needed to meet tomorrow’s obligations. Sounds like Washington, DC.

 

  • Stop the diversions. Why? Our legislature uses millions of dollars in taxes and fees created for one purpose and diverts them to another purpose. One big example is the gas tax diverted from road construction to non-road uses. There are too many examples to list! Sounds like Washington, DC.

 

  • Stop the accounting gimmicks and deferrals to balance the budget. Why? We need truth in budgeting! Since sales tax collections for the 2012-2013 budget exceeded the Comptroller’s revenue projections, the $7.1 billion planned shortfall from last session is being paid from the “surplus” revenue and from the Rainy Day Fund; however, our legislature, governor, lt. governor, and house speaker need to stop just balancing the budget on paper and actually practice truth in budgeting. Anything less sounds like Washington, DC!

 

  • Don’t raid the Rainy Day Fund. Why? The Rainy Day Fund should always maintain a balance large enough to ensure our AAA credit rating AND provide funds to endure a natural disaster or a terrorist attack (made possible with open borders and sanctuary cities) without having to depend on the federal government. Frankly, our elected officials need to prepare for getting less federal dollars since the financial collapse of the federal government may be coming. Texas is no longer a donor state. For the last 8 years, Texas has received more federal dollars than were paid into the federal treasury by taxpayers. Texas is helping to build the federal debt. This is the history of federal dollars in our state budget for the last 3 biennial periods: 

2008 – 2009: federal funds were $55.1 billion or 32% of state budget revenue

2010 – 2011: federal funds were $72.6 billion or 38.7% of state budget revenue

2012—2013: federal funds were $54.7 billion or 31.5% of state budget revenue

If they ignore these facts and do anything less than prepare for tough times ahead, our state officials will be acting like Washington, DC!

  • Stop gazing lovingly at our wallets. According to the Legislative Budget Board, Texas state spending rose 310% between 1990 and 2012, while population growth plus inflation totaled only 132%. This is why we don’t support adding new taxes and fees to fund the core constitutional functions of state government, and we won’t until the legislature actually practices real budget transparency and truth in budgeting. After all, “TEA” stands for Taxed Enough Already! Stop acting like Washington DC, telling us you need new revenue. We the people didn’t make the mess, but we will stand with those of you who work to clean it up.

 

If you agree – and we hope you do – please circulate this information. “We the People” of Texas must understand that although our state is stronger than most, we can and must do better. 
cracksThe cracks in the foundation are showing…

 

Texas is not the Land of Oz…

The fairy tales coming out of Austin must be debunked. That responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the Texas Constitutional Conservative Grassroots. Since we aren’t funded by special interests, we are free to tell it like it is – the pure, unvarnished truth. Why? The elections of 2014 are coming.

 

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Grassroots coalition calls on Perry, Dewhurst, & Straus to lead the way on a new vision for roads

Date posted: March 13, 2013

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Texans want leadership to implement new vision for roads

TURF – Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom

TURF

Sensible bills should not be held hostage to promote special interests, more road debt, tax hikes, and budget-busting tolls that will only burden small businesses, families, seniors, and young adults on limited income!
(Austin, TX, March 12, 2013) – On Tuesday morning, Texans from across the state converged at the capitol to stress the need for Texas Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Speaker Joe Straus, and House and Senate budget writers to prevent the most fiscally sound, long-term road funding solutions from being held hostage to more tolls, debt, and tax hikes. Activist leaders Terri Hall (TURF) and JoAnn Fleming (TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee Chair and Grassroots America director) sounded the alarm to Texans that soon every major road will be tolled, and foreign corporations can take over our  roadways, driving up the cost of daily travel with unfettered tolling. 

“Texans don’t take kindly to unelected boards and commissions raising taxes on them, and that is just what these toll agencies can and will do if we don’t change course now,” warned TURF’s founder and director, Terri Hall.

Hall says the word around the capitol is that the bills that would solve the road-funding shortfall by dedicating the existing vehicle sales tax (SB 287/HB 782) to roads — have been sent to the budget committees to die. 

“They don’t want to prioritize spending in order to get the money we already pay in taxes over to roads,” fumed Hall.  “Instead, the Governor (in support of SB 1632) wants Texans to pay back their own tax money with interest through tolls or local tax hikes for all these toll projects that can’t pay for themselves without taxpayer bail outs.”

“If our leaders insist on dealing with the problem with more tax hikes, more tolls, and more debt, there will be a voter revolt. People are already saddled with higher payroll and income taxes from Washington, DC, and property taxes and local debt are rising around most of the state. Just as we cannot afford more tax and spend from government, we cannot afford more borrow and spend for roads,” insists JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director of Grassroots America.  

“Some of the folks inside this building are the architects of this debt cliff with their fairy tale, smoke and mirrors budgeting and creative financing – they’ve maxed out the credit card. We can get out of it, but it will take leadership and somebody standing up for the taxpayers,” Fleming said. 

She added, “If our wallets are the first solution they will be the only solution that survives the session. We aren’t going to give anybody a green light for raising the gas tax or vehicle registration fees until our leaders clear the debris they put in the road, out of the road.” 

Proposals the Coalition Opposes
Governor Perry’s endorsed solution is to redirect federal highway funds into the State Infrastructure Bank (SB 1632) to be used to guarantee toxic local toll road debt and even mass transit projects, (which these funds currently cannot be used to do). Perry’s proposal also encourages local taxes and tax hikes to bailout toll projects that can’t pay for themselves.

Terri Hall says this won’t solve the funding problem in a fiscally-sound, transparent way. “If this is the solution, Texans will not be able to get to work or get their kids to school without paying $10 or more a day to get across town. It’s insane, especially when gas prices are going through the roof! How is this not a tax hike?” asks Hall.

Senate Finance Committee Chair Tommy Williams proposes (SJR 38) a similar loan guarantee program for economic development toll road and mass transit projects using the Rainy Day Fund as well as a separate proposal (SJR 39) to increase vehicle registration fees to build new road capacity. Neither solve the long-term road funding shortfalls nor get the state back to pay-as-you-go. 

Unsustainable Debt Spiral
Securing a reliable, long-term source of revenue, coupled with operational reforms, are necessary for cost-effective highway planning and the avoidance of more debt; however, the state has no sustainable policy for funding roads. The Grant Thornton audit of 2010 states that our debt path is unsustainable. According to an April 24, 2012, Associated Press account (citing federal data), Texas leads the nation in road debt ($31 billion, principle and interest). This is supported by documents provided by Senator Robert Nichols, which show debt (principle only) to be $23 billion.

Incurring more road debt, whether at the state or local level, is not fiscally responsible, conservative, nor sustainable. Several sources have also indicated that there are no more viable toll projects in the state — where the tolls could ever hope to pay for the expense of the road without considerable taxpayer subsidies.We must return to pay-as-you-go.

Raising Taxes Not the Answer
“Any tax collected from road users should be going to fund roads first, especially before any politician asks us to dig deeper into our pockets to fund roads with tax hikes and more tolls,” contends Hall. “Tolls are taxes the way they’re being done in Texas today, since $10 billion in public funds are going to build toll roads, yet they’re still charging us a toll to drive on them.”

Conservatives feel the state leadership is behaving as politicians in Washington do – holding out for tax increases so they don’t have to cut spending and reform TxDOT.

“Texans are fed-up with out-of-control government that never gets its priorities straight, and keeps asking us to pay more when the taxes already collected aren’t going for their intended purpose,” reiterated Fleming. 

Gas tax a source of diminishing funding
The state gas tax, the primary source of revenue for TxDOT, has been unchanged for 20 years. This has caused a reliance on toll roads to bridge the funding gap, which costs Texans prohibitively more than a tax-funded road (1-2 cents a mile vs. 15 – 75 cents a mile for tolls). 

We cannot expect to build today’s roads with a 20-year-old revenue source. This structural shortfall must be addressed without more tolls, more debt, and more taxes. 

Between 1990 – 2012, Texas state spending rose 310%, while population growth plus inflation totaled only 132%. [Source:  Texas Public Policy Foundation analysis of Legislative Budget Board documents]. Lawmakers should refocus on the core constitutional functions of state government.

Comprehensive transportation package needed
The proper pay-as-you-go funding of road construction can be done with a comprehensive transportation package, which should include:

– State government restructuring to eliminate overlapping, duplicated effort;
– Phase-out of funding for budget items beyond the core constitutional responsibilities of state government;
– TxDOT operational reforms;
– Reigning in flagrant waste (documented) via “local control” RMAs, MPOs and COGs spending millions on “enhancements”;
– Refocus on building highways to relieve traffic congestion – not funding light rail, street cars, biking/hiking trails, parks and roads for economic development (the “build it and they will come” scenario); 
– Ending diversions;  
– Dedicating vehicle sales and use tax revenue to highway construction (the Nichols Plan – SB 287);
– Early debt retirement, if approved by the people (the Eltife Plan – Constitutional Amendment via SJR 47)

State leaders should work together on this commonsense, taxpayer-friendly transportation package by first actively supporting Nichols’ bill (SB 287) which phases in the dedication of vehicles sales/use tax to roads. A dedicated vehicle sales tax revenue stream will keep pace with inflation on its own and help meet the growing transportation needs of Texas. 

The vehicle sales tax currently represents $3.3 billion a year (and growing), and coupled with ending gas tax diversions, which the Governor estimates is $650 million a year, it gets the State very close to the $4 billion it needs to build and maintain our state highway system. The Nichols’ phase-in facilitates long-range TxDOT construction planning, and it does not provide a sudden shock to general revenues, since the vehicle sales tax is growing so rapidly.

Summary of solutions
The conservative activist leaders admit their recommendations are not easy, but insist they are workable, sustainable solutions a majority of voters will support to end the current “borrow and spend” cycle:

Reforms:
 – Return to pay-as-you-go; no more public road debt (state or local). 
 – No more Public Private Partnerships (P3s), handing control of our Texas infrastructure to private, even foreign, corporations. This applies to roads and other public facilities such as the Capitol Complex. No more use of eminent domain for private gain.
 – No more public subsidies, credit enhancements, or loan guarantees for any type of toll project.
– Comprehensive financial audit of TxDOT prior to the agency’s next   sunset review in 2015 to gain efficiencies and end practices that drive-up costs, e. g., Design-Build CDAs, P3s, and multi-million dollar “enhancements” that have nothing to do with moving traffic.

New Revenues:
– End diversions of all road user fees (motor fuel tax, vehicle sales tax, tire sales, auto parts sales tax) to non-transportation uses.
– Phase-in motor vehicle sales/use tax revenues to the Highway Fund, consistent with Nichols’ SB 287.

Constitutional restrictions on the use of New Revenues
– No diversions: May only be used for planning, design, construction of new state highway system road capacity and the maintenance of this new capacity once built.
– Not Used for Toll Roads:  May not be used on comprehensive development agreements or projects involving the construction of toll lanes.
– No Debt:  Shall be used for pay-as-you go projects and may not be used as backing for new debt financing (whether at the state or local level).
– No non-road expenditures:  None of these funds may be used for any expense related to bike trails, transit or pedestrian walkways.

Hall emphasized, “Implementing these reforms, securing all existing transportation-related taxes, and dedicating these taxes to a ‘roads-only priority plan’ will restore an affordable, pay-as-you-go, pro-taxpayer, pro-freedom transportation policy for all Texans.”

“Since we believe the people are taxed enough already, and we know other solutions exist to fund needed road construction, we promise two things:  1) we will work with the leaders on the transportation package; and 2) we will make ending the ‘innovative financing’ gimmicks, waste, and debt spiral a campaign issue in the next election cycle,” concludes Fleming.

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The Grassroots “How To” of the 83rd Legislative Session ~ Get ready Troops!

Date posted: January 22, 2013

Hat Tip to Donna Garner for the great information!! 

This is the main website for the Texas Legislature from which you can link to much important information:  http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/

The 83rd Legislative Session Live   The Texas Tribune

Watch Live 83RD LEGISLATIVE SESSION LIVESTREAM

You can watch the floor proceedings of the Texas House and Senate live, whenever they’re in session, via our direct feed. Watch one chamber or both, or expand a single stream to full screen mode. 

A great online source is the Texas State Directory.  It requires a subscription to gain access to  some of the information; but if you click on “Online Directory” in the middle of the page, you can gain get free access to a surprisingly large amount of data:  http://www.txdirectory.com/online/

 

The Texas House Committee assignments have not yet been made by Speaker Joe Straus, but Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has made his.  

 

TEXAS SENATE COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS – 83RD LEGISLATIVE SESSION – SPRING 2013

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/CommitteesMbrs.aspx?Chamber=S

As the Lt. Governor, David Dewhurst appoints the Senate committee chairs and members. He also gives them their charges for the Session.

 

This link contains information about the Texas Senate Committees:http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/Commit.htm

 

Texas’ 31 Senators serve for four-year terms.

 

The Texas Senate has 18 standing committees, 3 subcommittees, and 2 select committees. 

 

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Kevin Eltife
Vice Chair: Sen. Carlos Uresti
Members: Sen. John Carona
Sen. Kelly Hancock
Sen. John Whitmire
Sen. Tommy Williams
Sen. Judith Zaffirini

 

AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Craig Estes
Vice Chair: Sen. Carlos Uresti
Members: Sen. Glenn Hegar
Sen. Juan Hinojosa
Sen. Charles Schwertner

 

BUSINESS AND COMMERCE – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. John Carona
Vice Chair: Sen. Larry Taylor
Members: Sen. Kevin Eltife
Sen. Craig Estes
Sen. Kelly Hancock
Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte
Sen. Kirk Watson
Sen. John Whitmire

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE – STANDING

Position Member
Chair: Sen. John Whitmire
Vice Chair: Sen. Joan Huffman
Members: Sen. John Carona
Sen. Juan Hinojosa
Sen. Dan Patrick
Sen. José R. Rodríguez
Sen. Charles Schwertner

 

 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Bob Deuell
Vice Chair: Sen. Kelly Hancock
Members: Sen. Brian Birdwell
Sen. Wendy Davis
Sen. Kevin Eltife
Sen. Troy Fraser
Sen. Kirk Watson

 

 EDUCATION – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Dan Patrick
Vice Chair: Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Members: Sen. Donna Campbell
Sen. Robert Duncan
Sen. Ken Paxton
Sen. Kel Seliger
Sen. Larry Taylor
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte
Sen. Royce West

 

 FINANCE – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Tommy Williams
Vice Chair: Sen. Juan Hinojosa
Members: Sen. Bob Deuell
Sen. Robert Duncan
Sen. Kevin Eltife
Sen. Craig Estes
Sen. Glenn Hegar
Sen. Joan Huffman
Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Sen. Jane Nelson
Sen. Dan Patrick
Sen. Kel Seliger

Sen. Royce West

Sen. John Whitmire
Sen. Judith Zaffirini

 

 GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Judith Zaffirini
Vice Chair: Sen. Charles Schwertner
Members: Sen. Brian Birdwell
Sen. Ken Paxton
Sen. José R. Rodríguez
Sen. Larry Taylor

 

 HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Jane Nelson
Vice Chair: Sen. Bob Deuell
Members: Sen. Joan Huffman
Sen. Robert Nichols
Sen. Charles Schwertner
Sen. Larry Taylor
Sen. Carlos Uresti
Sen. Royce West
Sen. Judith Zaffirini

 

 HIGHER EDUCATION – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Kel Seliger
Vice Chair: Sen. Kirk Watson
Members: Sen. Brian Birdwell
Sen. Robert Duncan
Sen. Dan Patrick
Sen. Royce West
Sen. Judith Zaffirini

  

INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Juan Hinojosa
Vice Chair: Sen. Robert Nichols
Members: Sen. Ken Paxton
Sen. Larry Taylor

 

 JURISPRUDENCE – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Royce West
Vice Chair: Sen. José R. Rodríguez
Members: Sen. Donna Campbell
Sen. John Carona
Sen. Kelly Hancock
Sen. Ken Paxton

 

 NATURAL RESOURCES – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Troy Fraser
Vice Chair: Sen. Craig Estes
Members: Sen. Bob Deuell
Sen. Robert Duncan
Sen. Rodney Ellis
Sen. Kevin Eltife
Sen. Glenn Hegar
Sen. Juan Hinojosa
Sen. Robert Nichols
Sen. Kel Seliger
Sen. Carlos Uresti

 

 NOMINATIONS – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Glenn Hegar
Vice Chair: Sen. Donna Campbell
Members: Sen. John Carona
Sen. Troy Fraser
Sen. Jane Nelson
Sen. Kirk Watson

 

OPEN GOVERNMENT – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Rodney Ellis
Vice Chair: Sen. Wendy Davis
Members: Sen. Jane Nelson
Sen. Kel Seliger
Sen. Tommy Williams

 

STATE AFFAIRS – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Robert Duncan
Vice Chair: Sen. Bob Deuell
Members: Sen. Rodney Ellis
Sen. Troy Fraser
Sen. Joan Huffman
Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Sen. Robert Nichols
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte
Sen. Tommy Williams

 

TRANSPORTATION AND HOMELAND SECURITY – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Robert Nichols
Vice Chair: Sen. Ken Paxton
Members: Sen. Donna Campbell
Sen. Wendy Davis
Sen. Rodney Ellis
Sen. Kelly Hancock
Sen. Dan Patrick
Sen. Carlos Uresti
Sen. Kirk Watson

 

VETERAN AFFAIRS AND MILITARY INSTALLATIONS – STANDING

 

Position Member
Chair: Sen. Leticia Van de Putte
Vice Chair: Sen. Brian Birdwell
Members: Sen. Donna Campbell
Sen. Wendy Davis
Sen. José R. Rodríguez

 

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An Unconvincing Start for the Texas Legislative Budget Board

Date posted: November 16, 2012

By JoAnn Fleming 

The vote by the Legislative Budget Board to set the state spending limit was really the first vote for the upcoming legislative session and will be scored as such by those who size up voting records. The LBB’s action sends voters a signal and sets the tone for the upcoming legislative session. They are off to an unconvincing start. 
LBB Straus and Dewhurst
It is important to remember that “all funds” state spending has grown at more than twice the rate of population and inflation since 1990. Our state’s practice of maximizing the pull down of federal dollars helped fuel the increased spending. Now that Texas is no longer a “donor state,” (Texans paying in more federal taxes than the state receives back) the excuses for chasing federal dollars fall a bit flat. In the past eight years, Texas got more out of the federal Treasury than Texans paid in.[Source: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20120805-texas-can-no-longer-complain-that-it-gives-more-than-it-gets-from-federal-government.ece
 
The LBB vote for a state spending limit greater than population growth and inflation opens the door to a budget that increases the cost of government on every Texan. Texas families and small businesses can ill afford more government spending as new federal health care taxes kick in on top of the payroll tax, investment tax, estate tax and income tax increases looming from the federal government on January 1, 2013.
 
 
The LBB was told during the meeting that a population-plus-inflation limit would be9.85% for the biennium; the board then adopted the growth rate of 10.71%provided by the Office of Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.
 
 
The LBB’s staff presented five forecasts of 2014-15 Texas personal income growth ranging from 8.71% by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development to 12.21% by Moody’s Analytics. The LBB voted unanimously to choose the 10.71% estimate from the comptroller’s office, which was the second-lowest forecast, but still higher than the 9.85% population-plus-inflation limit.
 
 
We appreciate the verbal commitments made by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Senate Finance Chairman Tommy Williams that the Senate’s budget will not exceed the rate of population growth and inflation, but we urge the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker, and Comptroller to strengthen the Lt. Governor’s position when they finally set the state spending limit during the next 10 days.
 
 
While the commitments from the Lt. Governor and Senate Finance Chairman Williams sound at least promising, comments from the House side of the LBB sent up red flags – especially those from the Republicans who engaged in verbal backslapping about their sterling records of fiscal restraint. Truth is – the highest conservative rating from the House side of the LBB is a C+ average from the past three years. The others are all C, D, and F-rated. Their poor fiscal conservative records, added to Speaker Straus’s stance that “you can’t cut your way to prosperity,” mean we will be counting on the House’s senior fiscal hawks and the conservative freshmen to curtail spending in the House version of the state budget. [Straus quote from http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_19211497]
 
 
We are pleased to have a commitment from the Lt. Governor that he will work to end the series of gimmicks used in the past to help balance the budget. That’s good news, since Texans don’t expect their state leaders to use Washington DC-styled tricks to balance the state’s budget in the first place. We expect our state officials to do what small businesses and families are doing – bracing for higher costs and the impact of a $16 trillion and growing federal debt.
 
 
Texas must get its fiscal house in order, while properly funding the core functions of state government. To do that, our state must 1) stop handing out tax dollars to big business and crazy, non-essential spending on things like Formula One racing for Austin; 2) end fraud, waste and abuse in Medicaid and other social services, and 3) cut wasteful duplicative state departments, agencies and programs. There’s more – many more ways to reduce spending, but serious attention to these three items would be a much more convincing start to the legislative session by our statewide officials and state legislators. 
 
JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director (volunteer), Grassroots America – We the People www.gawtp.com   

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Desperate Move By Dewhurst; China ~ VS ~ Ted Cruz

Date posted: May 1, 2012

By Donna Garner

Texas solicitor general Ted Cruz, left, responds to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, during a debate, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 in Austin, Texas. Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz repeatedly challenged Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's conservative credentials Thursday night in the first formal debate of the five Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate. Photo: AP / SA

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In what appears to me to be a desperation move, David Dewhurst has gone negative. I heard his “China vs. Ted Cruz” ad on the radio today, and you may have heard it also.  Below are the actual facts provided by Ted Cruz. Please feel free to share this with your Texas friends and family members so that they do not fall for the untruths that Dewhurst has carefully contrived to put in his ad.

To read about the part that David Dewhurst played in helping to stifle the conservative agenda during the 82nd Legislative Session, please go to “Dilemma for Texas Voters” written on 8.8.11 and republished on 4.27.12:

These are some of the respected individuals (and organizations) who have endorsed Ted Cruz:

Cathie Adams (President of TX Eagle Forum) is very much against the Communist agenda, the U.N. and Agenda 2), and she has personally endorsed Ted Cruz.  Other notable endorsements are David Barton (founder of WallBuilders), Dr. James Dobson (founder of Focus on the Family), Tim Lambert (founder Texas Home School Coalition), Kelly Shackelford (founder Liberty Institute), Michael Farris (Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Assn.), Senator Rand Paul, Judge Paul Pressler III, Young Conservatives of TX, Family Research Council, Concerned Women of America PAC & many more.  http://www.tedcruz.org/endorsements/

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The following is provided by the Ted Cruz campaign to correct the record. 

TED CRUZ – THE FACTS ON THE CHINA LIES 

David Dewhurst’s China Lies – The Facts

David Dewhurst is spending millions of dollars lying about Ted Cruz in a desperate attempt to distract voters from Dewhurst’s record of pushing a “wage tax” on Texans and increasing spending $72 billion.

Dewhurst Lie #1:

Ted is a “trial lawyer.”

Truth:

Ted is not a trial lawyer, a term that typically applies to plaintiffs’ lawyers who try cases to juries. Ted is an appellate lawyer-a lawyer who argues to courts of appeals and helps ensure that U.S. law is properly applied-and Morgan Lewis is representing the defendant, not the plaintiff, in this lawsuit.

Dewhurst Lie #2:

The defendants “hired Ted.”

Truth:

Ted works for a large law firm, with over 1,200 lawyers all over the world. The firm represents thousands of clients in tens of thousands of matters. One of those cases is a private civil lawsuit among several commercial tire companies, one of which is based in China. After that company was hit with a $26 million judgment, it hired the firm where Ted works to handle the appeal.

Dewhurst Lie #3:

Ted is “the lead lawyer” in the case.

Truth:

Ted had nothing whatsoever to do with the trial. Neither Ted nor Morgan Lewis represented anyone at trial. Ted was one of many lawyers working for multiple parties on both sides of the appeal. Ted helped edit the appellate briefs. Ted did not even argue the appeal-three other lawyers argued the appeal before the 4th Circuit.

Dewhurst Lie #4:

The plaintiff prevailed on “every single count.”

Truth:

The district court threw out several of the plaintiff’s claims, both before and after trial. Specifically, the district court dismissed the registered-trademark claim, nine of the eleven unregistered-trademarks claims, and Plaintiff’s claim under the Virginia Business Conspiracy Act. Together, those dismissed claims represented nearly half of the substantive counts submitted to the jury.

Dewhurst Lie #5:

The defendants were found “guilty.”

Truth:

Nobody was found “guilty” of anything; a guilty verdict occurs in a criminal proceeding, and this was a civil lawsuit. Furthermore, Ted did not represent anyone in any capacity at trial.

Dewhurst Lie #6:

“What does Cruz do? Delay the case.”

Truth:

An appeal is an ordinary part of civil litigation, and all three tire companies (including the Plaintiff) appealed the decision-so Morgan Lewis’ work on the appeal has not delayed the litigation even a single day.

Dewhurst Lie #7:

The defendants are simply “waiting for the plaintiff to die.”

Truth:

Plaintiff is quoting a statement made by another company-one that Morgan Lewis does not represent. Morgan Lewis has done nothing to delay the proceedings, and, in the course of litigation, Plaintiff himself has filed three motions for extension of time to delay the proceedings.

Dewhurst Lie #8:

Ted supports and profits from “Chinese counterfeiting.”

Truth:

Again, Ted did not argue this appeal. He did however, argue, before the U.S. Supreme Court, a major case involving a stolen U.S. patent. Global Tech v. SEB. Ted represented a large manufacturer before the U.S. Supreme Court against a Chinese company that had stolen a U.S. patent. At Ted’s urging, the Court, 8-1, upheld a $5 million verdict against the Chinese counterfeiter and adopted a strict legal standard against those who misappropriate U.S. intellectual property.

Best,

Jon McClellan

Political Director

Ted Cruz for Senate

 “Know the truth and the truth shall set you free”

Voters are sick and tired of the political circus. 

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Heidi Thiess for State Rep. Voices Empower Proudly endorses Heidi Thiess for Texas State Rep.

The Texas Republican convention process is now underway. Please do not let this opportunity pass you by. Some counties are holding precinct conventions and others are not.  Attending the precinct convention is the first step in the convention process so it is important for you to attend.

Most counties are bypassing the precinct conventions and holding either the Senatorial District Convention (larger urban areas) or County Convention either on Saturday, April 21.

It is important that many of you become delegates to the Republican Party of Texas Convention in Fort Worth, June 7-9, 2012, so you must participate in the earlier processes in order to qualify to become a delegate.

Bring a neighbor or friend and GET INVOLVED!! 
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Bill Zedler State Rep. District 96

Voices Empower proudly endorses State Rep. House District 96

Bill Zedler 

Grab your Tea and Follow me! It’s a Peaceful Revolution!

Join The Fight! Be A Part Of The Solution! 

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