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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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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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Private Emails From Texas Speaker Joe Straus’s Office Reveal War Against Conservatives

Date posted: November 18, 2012

Slot Machine Joe StrausPrivate Emails from Texas Speaker Joe Straus’s Office Reveal War against Conservatives

These e-mails from the redistricting process shed new light on just how dismissive the Straus team was of Republican Party and conservative efforts to draw more fair districts – and should serve as a warning bell to the new House that it is time for Straus to go.”

Ray Myers Response:

Many conservatives were named in hot mails sent by the Straus crew. It continues to astound me that the Straus magic spell has captivated —Reps like Dan Flynn, Cindy Burkett and Phil King. These Reps seem shaky at best as allies for the grass roots. They stood strong in Speaker Showdown 1—but seemed to have fallen off the wagon. Money talks BS walks—the bad news is they have compromised their principles and have started downing the cool-aid.—I have stated in the past—

“Politics is,  Money and PowerStraus has concocted an intoxicating potion with the promise of Committee power and his lure of Lobby money.  God knows that I hope that I am wrong—but—they have not pledged their support for Conservative candidate for Speaker, Bryan Hughes.  

Word is—they are tired of being “Back Benchers!” 

Well —DUH—who put you on the back of the bench?

Tea Party TexGuess it is time to kiss up to Slot Machine Joe, Boss Joe, or God Father Joe.  Just remember how the Straus Team trashed the Grass Roots. Check out the emails in the article below. I have the honor of being one of the idiots.  I am in great company—Ken Paxton-Wayne Christian and a host of other nut-jobs are highlighted by the Straus Team. I can’t wait for them to trash Tea Party Tex—Maybe Joe can get his buddy “Big Jolly” to trash Tea Party Tex. Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In closing the Straus team called us stupid, idiots and MF’s – The grass roots teams will not forget this and it makes our resolve even stronger. Even some of the fore mentioned Reps have stated that we (the grassroots) are messing up their inside the park ball game and we were not welcome in the Capitol Ball Park. Guess they forgot that we have the legal right to step up to the plate.  

It is time to play ball!!

Speaker Showdown 2.—Strap on your game face—Tea Party Tex is hitting clean-up!

See Red State and the Straus War against Conservatives: 

Excerpts from the Red State article:

RedState has uncovered never-before-seen, profanity-laden e-mails between senior staff and legislative lieutenants of Texas’ liberal GOP House Speaker Joe Straus demonstrating disrespect for, and even hostility towards, grassroots activists and conservative lawmakers.

Tea party activists are called “idiots,” allies of U.S. Rep. Joe Barton are called “mother f***ers,” and decorated U.S. Marine and State Rep. Van Taylor is dismissed as “stupid,” by a top Straus political strategist. 

The problem was that legislators clearly knew supporting Joe Straus was politically dangerous leaving the 2011 legislative session and preparing for 2012’s elections. (As noted, record numbers of Straus allies lost re-election bids, while others — like Mr. Solomons — chose to retire rather than lose primaries.) As a result, House members refused to sign the traditional “pledge cards” to the incumbent speaker for the next session.

Similarly, when Straus adviser Eric Opiela forwarded along information from a Tea Party activist,Straus consultant and close friend Gordon Johnson wrote that they were “doing battle with idiots.”

Apparently one such “idiot” was Kaufman County Tea Party chairman Ray Myers who called Straus’ office upset by the previously mentioned pairing of Mr. Flynn and Mr. Cain. An email describing the call by Straus aide Tyler Rutherford inconveniently noted that Myers said House Speaker Joe Straus “promised through a surrogate not to do this.”

Reminding Mr. Straus and his allies of their promises clearly wasn’t welcome.”
For the full article please go here.   

If you ready to take a stand please with Tea Party Tex then help us spread the word about the Texas Speaker Showdown II January 7th and 8th at the Texas Capital.  

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Breaking; The First Vote – Setting the Tone for the Texas Legislative Session

Date posted: November 14, 2012

Texas Defenders of Freedom, this is your first post-election call to action!

By JoAnn Fleming 
Executive Director (volunteer), Grassroots America – We the People  www.gawtp.com

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We must pull together to hold our state officials accountable for their number one responsibility – to protect the life, liberty, and property of the citizens of Texas. We cannot survive what is coming to our nation if Texas is not principled and its legislative decisions are not strongly rooted in liberty-based values of limited, fiscally responsible government and the rule of law.

The First Vote – Setting the Tone for the Texas Legislative Session
The Texas Legislative Budget Board meets tomorrow (Thursday, November 15) at 10 AM in the Senate Finance Committee Hearing Room, Capitol Extension, Room E1.036. The LBB will vote to set the spending limit on part of the 2014-2015 budget for the 2013 legislative session. This vote will set the tone and direction for the legislative session, which begins January 8, 2013. For those who live in the Austin area, this is a posted public meeting, which means you have every right to show up and observe the vote.
 
What is the Legislative Budget Board and who is on the Board?
The LBB isa legislative service agency whose statutory purpose is fiscal and policy analysis for members of the legislature. It is similar to the federal Congressional Budget Office (CBO). By law, the Legislative Budget Board is made up of the Lt. Governor (David Dewhurst – Rep.), the Speaker of the TX House (currently, Joe Straus – Rep.), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee (Senator Tommy Williams – Rep.), the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee (State Rep. Jim Pitts – Rep.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee (State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran – Rep.), and three members appointed by the Lt. Governor (Sen. Robert Duncan – Rep.; Senator Judith Zaffirini – Dem.; Senator Juan Hinojosa – Dem.) and two other members of the House, appointed by the Speaker (State Rep. Dan Branch – Rep. and State Rep. Sylvester Turner – Dem.).
 
WarningThe average conservative ratings of the LBB’s members over the past THREE legislative sessions are Sen. Williams = D; Sen. Duncan = F; Sen. Hinojosa = F; Sen. Zaffirini = F; Rep. Pitts = D; Rep. Hillderbran = C; Rep. Branch = C+; Rep. Turner = F. Speaker Straus has already come out strongly in favor of more spending.
 
Why is this first vote for the upcoming 83rd legislative session so important?
Historically, the spending limit set by the LBB has not been a real limit on government growth. Our state constitution allows the legislature to decide what measuring stick the LBB can use to set the limit; they currently use projected personal income growth. As a result, the state government has set budgets based on available cash and Washington DC-like budget gimmicks such as fund diversions, accounting tricks/deferrals, tax speed-ups, a Medicaid ‘credit card’ and inflation of property values). This practice must end this session!
 
Your Call to Action – Texas Needs YOU!
Reasons to set a conservative spending limit:1)National economic uncertainty demands fiscal discipline for the State of Texas; 2) the current state budget contains spending outside the core constitutional functions of state government, wasteful practices in the administration of social services (Medicaid) and many overlapping, duplicated depts/agencies/programs (38 in Natural Resource management); 3) higher spending and debt drive higher taxes and fees, which Texans cannot afford – especially with higher federal taxes are on the way and a $16+ trillion federal debt.
Please call the LBB members today and before 9:30 AM tomorrow. In your best professional, firm, statesman-like voice (no yelling, name-calling, swearing or threats), ask them to set the spending limit at what families and small businesses can afford – not what special interests want. Ask the Legislative Budget Board members to set a spending limit at or below the sum of population growth plus inflation for the 2014-15 budget cycle – no more than 4.2% per year. Tell them setting a spending rate above 4.2% is completely unjustifiable and unacceptable. The legislature can find spending cuts to live within this limit and still properly fund the core constitutional functions of state government. [Source:Analysts at Empower Texans say population growth in Texas has been at about 1.7% per year, while inflation has averaged 2.5% during the last decade, for a combined rate of 4.2%.]
 
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (R)
Send e-mail to Dewhurst’s Chief of Staff:Blaine.Brunson@ltgov.state.tx.us
Austin Office:  512 463-0001
Fax: 512-463-0677
House Speaker (current) Joe Straus (R)
Austin Office:  (512) 463-1000
Fax:   (512) 463-0675
Senator Tommy Williams (R) (average fiscal responsibility rating last 3 sessions = D)
Austin Office:
 (512) 463-0104
(512) 463-6373 fax
Beaumont District Office:
 (409) 896-2350
(409) 896-2454 fax
The Woodlands District Office
 (281) 364-9426
(281) 364-9473 fax
Senator Robert Duncan (R) (average fiscal responsibility rating last 3 sessions = F)
Austin Office:
 (512) 463-0128
Fax: (512) 463-2424
Lubbock Office:
 (806) 762-1122
Fax: (806) 749-2828
San Angelo Office:
 (325) 481-0028
Fax: (325) 655-2541
Childress Office:
 (940) 937-0909
Fax: (940) 937-6994
Senator Juan Hinojosa (D) (average fiscal responsibility rating last 3 sessions = F)
Austin Office:
 (512) 463-0120
(512) 463-0229 Fax
McAllen Office:
 (956) 972-1841
(956) 664-0602 Fax
Corpus Christi Office:
(361) 225-1200
(361) 225-3576
(361) 225-0119 Fax
 
Senator Judith Zaffirini (D) (average fiscal responsibility rating last 3 sessions = F)
Austin Office:
(512) 463-0121
Laredo Office:
(956) 722-2293
(956) 722-8586 (fax)
San Antonio Office:
(210) 657-0095
State Rep. Jim Pitts (R) (avg fiscal responsibility rating last 3 sessions = D)
Austin Office:
 (512) 463-0516
(512) 463-1051 Fax
Waxahachie Office:
(972) 938-9392
(972) 937-2842 Fax
State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (R) (avg fiscal responsibility rating last 3 sessions = C)
Austin Office
(512) 463-0536
(512) 463-1449 Fax
Kerrville Office:
(830) 257-2333
(830) 792-4289 Fax
State Rep. Dan Branch (R) (avg fiscal responsibility rating last 3 sessions = C+)
Austin Office:
(512) 463-0367
(512) 322-9935 Fax
Dallas Office:
 (214) 745-5768
(214) 745-5883 Fax
State Rep. Sylvester Turner (D) (avg fiscal responsibility rating last 3 sessions = F)
Austin Office:
(512) 463-0554
(512) 463-8380 Fax
Houston Office:
(713) 683-6363
(713) 957-0718 Fax
Joe Straus Speaker Showdown

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Knowledge is Power ~ Speaker of the House Candidate Bryan Hughes will join the team from Argyle Victory 2012 and Beyond on Mon. Oct. 8th

Date posted: October 2, 2012

Argyle Victory 2012 and Beyond

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You are  invited to join us Monday Oct. 8th for an important opportunity to be an educated constituent. The Argyle Victory 2012 and Beyond Team is excited to announce the Texas Speaker of the House Candidate Bryan Hughes will be joining us  at Papis Grill 421 U.S. 377 Argyle, Tx 76226 6:30 pm

As a group our primary goal is to educate, motivate and inspire our fellow citizens to actively participate in the political process. We would like to provide the opportunity for our group and anyone who would like to join us to be more informed on what  qualifies Representative Bryan Hughes to be the Texas Speaker of the House. We have also invited Speaker Straus but he declined the invitation.  While we understand that the Speaker is elected by the State Representatives we would like to provide our State Rep. a clear voice from the people on who he should be voting for. In order to be informed constituents we believe this information should come straight from the candidates. We are looking forward to a great night. Come Join us!! 
The speakers race was opened to the public after a lawsuit represented by the Liberty Institute. The 2011 Speaker Showdown was the first in which Texans have participated in over 35 years. 
We hire people through elections to represent us. Our job is to be an educated constituent. 

Texas Speaker of the House Candidate Bryan Hughes

Bryan Hughes was born and raised in East Texas. He worked his way through college, becoming the first member of his family to receive a Bachelor’s degree. From there he went on to Baylor University, where he earned his law degree. As a small business owner, he knows about hard work and the value of a dollar.

Elected to the Texas House in 2002 in his first run for office, he unseated a twelve-year  incumbent Democrat. Since then, he has been reelected by increasing margins.

RECOGNIZED CONSERVATIVE LEADER

 • Three time Recipient of Taxpayer Champion Award – Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

• 2011 Pro-Life Whip – Texas Right to Life

• Conservative Ratings Honor Roll – Young Conservatives of Texas

• “A” Rated – National Rifle Association & Texas State Rifle Association

• Fighter for Free Enterprise – Texas Association of Business

• Defender of the American Dream – Americans for Prosperity

• 2005 Horizon Award – Texas Right to Life

• Board of Directors – Texas Conservative Coalition

BOLD AGENDA FOR TEXAS AND THE TEXAS HOUSE –

• The majority of Texans want real spending and budget reforms, strong pro-life legislation, effective border security and illegal immigration measures, and local control and efficiency in our public schools.

• Your Republican super-majority in the Texas House shares these goals.  With decisive, conservative leadership in the House, we can deliver for the people of Texas.

• Bryan Hughes. A Conservative Speaker for a Conservative Texas House.

 PROVEN CONSERVATIVE RECORD

FISCAl RESPONSIBILITY

 

2006 – Voted against creation of the Margins Tax (HB 3, Third Called Session).

2007 – Authored and passed legislation requiring all state spending to be posted online in a searchable database (House Bill 3430). 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011 – Filed or co-authored legislation to limit the growth of government to population growth plus inflation (HB 133, HJR 53, HB 994, HB 380, HJR 42, HJR 70).

PRO-lIFE 2003 – Co-Authored the Woman’s Right to Know Act, giving women all the facts and a 24 hour waitingperiod before they choose an abortion (HB 15). 2003 – Co-Authored the Prenatal Protection Act, recognizing there are two victims when a pregnant woman and her unborn child are killed (HB 246).2005 – Voted to strengthen Texas’s ban on third-trimester abortions (SB 419). 2011 – Co-Authored the Sonogram Bill (HB 15). 2011 – Led the fight to de-fund Planned Parenthood and to keep Texans’ tax dollars from paying for abortions (HB 1, SB 7).
 
LAWSUIT REFORM 2003 – Voted for the most comprehensive tort reform in Texas history (HB 4). 2005 – Joint-Authored legislation to prevent frivolous lawsuits against food providers (HB 107). 2011 – Voted to reform the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (HB 3, First Called Session).
 
 
PRO-FAMILY & LIBERTY 2003 – Co-Authored the bill that put prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance back in our schools (HB 793).2003 – Co-Authored the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as between one man and one woman (HB 38). 2003 – Filed and passed legislation requiring the study of the Declaration of Independence and theConstitution in our public schools (HB 1776). 2005 – Co-Authored the Amendment that put the Defense of Marriage Act in our Texas Constitution (HJR 6). 2007 – Co-Authored the bill putting Bible study back in our schools (HB 1287).
 
 
SECOND AMENDMENT

 

2003 – Co-Authored the bill giving Texas Concealed Handgun License holders reciprocal rights in more states (HB 3447). 2005 – Co-Authored the bill making it clear that law abiding Texans can carry handguns in their cars (HB 823).

2007 – Co-Authored the bill protecting the privacy of Concealed Handgun License holders (HB 991). 2009 – Joint-Authored the bill making it easier for law-abiding Texans to buy firearms from other states (HB 267).

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