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Kathy Haigler Under Fire for Sticking to Her Principles~Joe Straus was removed from the national delegate list.

Date posted: June 12, 2012

By Donna Garner

Grassroots activists, please see the ACTION STEP at the end of this article.

Kathy Haigler has been a grassroots activist in the Republican Party since 1992.   When the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) changed its method of selecting at-large delegates and alternatives and gave that responsibility to a National Nominations Committee, Kathy Haigler was chosen in 2000 at the Texas State Convention in Houston to serve on the very first committee under the new rule.

As that 2000 Convention,  when the National Nominations Committee began to take nominations, one member started by naming several popular Republican Senators.  Haigler called a point of order and said that if they continued to put State Senators and other elected officials on the list, there would be no room for the grassroots delegates, which that Committee had been organized to elect.

For her efforts to protect the delegate spots for grassroots activists, Haigler was called down and told that these State Senators had “earned their right to go to the national convention.”  However, Haigler’s taking exception to the practice ended up stopping the automatic selection of popular Legislators to be chosen as National delegates.  Haigler’s principled stance ended up allowing more grassroots activists to be named as national delegates.

Four years later in 2004 when the National Nominations Committee met, Haigler’s good friend, then-State Representative Robert Talton, asked how he could become a delegate to the National Convention.  Once again, Haigler stuck by her principles and refused to make an exception even though Rep. Talton was a personal friend of hers.

Now this year’s state convention last week — Haigler moved to Caldwell County a couple of years ago and was redistricted into Congressional District 27 along with the “big dog majority” in the district, Nueces County. These folks were all new to each other; and Michael Bergsma, a leader in the Nueces delegation, nominated Kathy Haigler as their delegate to the National Nominations Committee. Mrs. Haigler was elected unanimously.

At last Saturday’s National Nominations Committee (6.9.12), Republican Party leaders asked Haigler to nominate some of the RPT officers and some of the big donors to the national delegate list.

Another Party leader handed Haigler the “Statewides” Delegate Slate and asked her to nominate 9 people: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Attorney General Greg Abbott, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Comptroller Susan Combs, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, House Speaker Joe Straus, and the three Railroad Commissioners. Haigler handed the list back and told the person “I’m not your girl.” When asked to explain, Haigler, sticking to her principles, said that in her opinion only 8 of those people are considered to be Statewide officials (i.e., on the statewide elections ballot) and that State Rep. Joe Straus was not one of them since as a State Representative, he was only on the ballot in his own district.

The list was then given to another committee member, Eric Opiela; and Haigler, operating in an honest and straight-forward manner, immediately notified Opiela that she was going to be making a motion to strike Rep. Joe Straus from the group of Statewides. Haigler and Opiela went around the room and briefed most of the committee members during the break to make them aware of the discussion that would be upcoming.

When the Committee reconvened, Eric Opiela nominated the list of 9 Statewides; and Haigler made the motion to strike the name of Rep. Joe Straus.  Haigler argued that since Straus is not on the statewide ballot, he should not be given preferential treatment by being automatically selected as a national delegate. Haigler stated that Straus is 1 of 150 House members. She added that if all the Republican State Senators and State Representatives were entitled to be national delegates at-large, there would be no room for grassroots activists to be chosen.

Opiela then argued that the Attorney General had ruled that the Speaker of the House is a Statewide Office. Committee member Bill Eastland of CD7 supported the Haigler amendment by saying that if the National Nominations Committee submitted the final at-large lists to the convention for an up-or-down vote with Speaker Straus’ name included, the convention attendees were very likely to vote the list down and would then send the list back to the Committee for editing.  Other people testified; and when the final vote was taken, the Haigler amendment passed by a vote of 18 to 12; and Rep. Joe Straus was removed from the national delegate list.  

The arguments Haigler made were never political nor personal; they were based on principle and personal conviction.  We owe her a debt of gratitude for bringing the issue of House Speaker, State Senators, and State Representatives to the forefront so that in future conventions, there will be spots left on the national delegate list for grassroots activists.

To some, Kathy Haigler is a champion who may have saved the convention another tortuous hour (or more) of waiting on further deliberations of the National Nominations Committee.

To some, Haigler is a heroine for preserving the precious delegate at-large slots for the grassroots.

To my way of thinking, Haigler should be commended for her 100% consistency in applying her philosophy over the years where this Committee and its purpose are concerned.

The sad thing is that now Kathy Haigler is under attack from several leaders of the CD27 caucus who are circulating very hateful e-mails about her.

On Monday, Michael Bergsma (who nominated Haigler), sent out an email accusing her of ambushing him, hurting him personally, hurting the CD27 Caucus, and hurting the State Republican Party. He said he has “egg on his face” and now suffers from reduced credibility.  He attacked Haigler for striking Straus from the national delegate list and repeatedly stated his embarrassment.  Bergsma said Haigler cannot be trusted and will never be given a position of trust again.

An hour later, SREC Committeewoman Becky Berger piggy-backed on Bergsma’s e-mail, expressing the same sentiment.

SREC Committeeman Bob Jones also jumped on the bandwagon in a reply to the distribution list.

Lee Brandon, a CD27 state delegate, told Haigler she will forever wear a scarlet letter of betrayal.

To Grassroots Activists:  Kathy Haigler really needs our support right now for sticking to her principles. After all, she protected national delegate slots so that more grassroots activists could be chosen.

Please take a few minutes to send Haigler your words of encouragement and to let the other people (names and e-mail addresses listed below) know that you support Haigler’s stance.

It is not right that Haigler should be subjected to an e-mail lynchmob for doing the courageous thing.

I have seen copies of some of the e-mails sent to Haigler that are circulating around the state, and they are extremely harsh and accusative.

This is not fair and does not honor the hard work of the many grassroots activists who have worked so hard to help elect conservative candidates to office. These conservative activists deserve the right to go to the national convention, and Kathy Haigler is trying her best to preserve that right.

Kathy Haigler gopkat@sbcglobal.net

Michael Bergsma bergsmaconsulting@davlin.net

Becky Berger surebeck@hotmail.com

Bob Jones pbjfx@yahoo.com

Lee Brandon lee_brandon_3@yahoo.com

Todd Hunter todd@hunterhandel.com

Angie Flores angieflores@stx.rr.com

Richard Bianchi bianchi@bianchilaw.com

Kimberly Curtis futurefocusMD@yahoo.com

Kelly Harlan kelly@kellyharlan.com

Jim Mixon ibrealtor@msn.com

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The Texas Republican State Convention~ It is all a show, and You are being Played

Date posted: June 9, 2012

From the Right to Life groups that support Pro-Choice candidates because that is who is paying their bills to an  Immigration platform that opens the door to Amnesty and of course the Texas Speaker of the House who uses the stage for complete propaganda. I would say Texas Tax payers who are paying these peoples bills are indeed being played!

I will follow up this afternoon with more interesting information.

Actually it makes me sick to my stomach!!

But I will keep fighting because ours kids future is a stake!

This is what the media is not reporting! 

The only way Speaker Straus could face the GOP Convention voters was by bringing the entire House onstage behind him.

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Ever wonder how incumbents build their campaign war chests?

Date posted: May 19, 2012

I received the below information from Shirley Spellerberg that I thought was very important information to get out.  

The Texas House Leadership Fund is a PAC directly attached to Speaker Joe Straus.  The PAC is used to fund pro-Straus candidates.

This is how candidates continue to fund their successful campaigns and then owe Straus their allegiance.

Who’s received some of Straus’ donations?

Vicki Truitt          $14,500    3/18/12

Allan Ritter         $14,500     3/18/12

Lance Gooden     $9,190.92   4/3/12

Sid Miller            $14,500     4/11/12

Lance Gooden     $5,200       4/12/12

Ralph Sheffield    $10,000     4/16/12

Myra Crownover  $5,000       4/16/12

Barbara Nash      $25,000     4/17/12

John Raney         $5,000      4/19/12

Source: Texas Ethics Commission

Straus the weak

Fourteen points of unusual Speaker weakness for Joe Straus

  1. Tea Parties, the most powerful force in Texas politics right now, uniformly oppose Joe Straus.
  2. Straus is on the wrong side of the other most powerful force in Texas politics, the Governor, by opposing the Texas Budget Compact, the Governor’s signature off-season policy initiative. Gov. Perry has endorsed legislators who voted against Joe Straus for Speaker in the 83rd Lege.
  3. In the first possible year, Straus attracted a speaker challenge, and will again if he can get past his primary.
  4. Several Speaker team incumbents are in primary fights, and it is largely because of their association with the Speaker.
  5. Speaker team candidates are faring poorly in the many open seats in play this cycle.
  6. Straus will forever be the Texas Speaker who squandered the hugely advantageous pledge card system due to inability to secure pledges.
  7. In a state where pro-choice Republicans are teetering on extinction, Straus was pro-choice until his post speaker challenge “conversion”. Though wishing to avoid the accountability of the proper label, in his Evan Smith interview days after being elected speaker, Straus articulated his pro-choice position when he said he was not in favor of changing the current abortion laws.  In addition, Straus has personal and spousal ties to Planned Parenthood.
  8. Straus was brought to power by the trial lawyer party, the Texas Democrats, and has proudly advertised his uncommon “fairness” with “all sides” ever since, angering all Republican party quarters accept his own Republican-only-because-they’re-in-Texas cardinals.
  9. Straus is the only Texas Speaker to attract a primary challenge since 1989 according to Secretary of State website.
  10. To the embarrassment (on several levels) of the entire establishment, Speaker Straus’s primary battle is very serious. The average margin of victory of challenged Republicans in 2010, none of whom had anywhere near the Speaker’s considerable advantages, was 23 points.
  11. Speaker Straus was easily knocked off of his off-season message about needing new revenues, now the Governor has buried it.
  12. Speaker Straus has specially targeted extremely popular Republican incumbent James White after previously claiming to never oppose incumbents. He’s helped fund raise for White’s opponent Tuffy Hamilton.
  13. Straus managed his way through an entire session with 101 Republicans without any reform of bloated and arcane bureaucracies, public education, or budgeting practices, and helped kill a popular TSA anti-groping bill.
  14. The friendly San Antonio Express-News Editorial Board (they endorsed Obama in 2008) had to resort to a particularly shameless brand of campaigning, desperately defending Straus’s credentials as conservative in the pages of their newspaper this week.

Texans should be thinking about which Straus clones will run for Speaker as conservatives, something almost sure to happen ahead of the 83rd Lege.

–San Antonio Express-News campaign piece

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TEXAS HOUSE PLEDGE CARDS 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.

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Please join the movement, sign the petition, and Rise Up for Life.

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Agenda Wise~ Straus the weak

Date posted: May 10, 2012

RIP the Rino - No Pledge to Joe Straus

More great work from the Agenda Wise Team!

Straus the weak

Fourteen points of unusual Speaker weakness for Joe Straus

  1. Tea Parties, the most powerful force in Texas politics right now, uniformly oppose Joe Straus.
  2. Straus is on the wrong side of the other most powerful force in Texas politics, the Governor, by opposing the Texas Budget Compact, the Governor’s signature off-season policy initiative. Gov. Perry has endorsed legislators who voted against Joe Straus for Speaker in the 83rd Lege.
  3. In the first possible year, Straus attracted a speaker challenge, and will again if he can get past his primary.
  4. Several Speaker team incumbents are in primary fights, and it is largely because of their association with the Speaker.
  5. Speaker team candidates are faring poorly in the many open seats in play this cycle.
  6. Straus will forever be the Texas Speaker who squandered the hugely advantageous pledge card system due to inability to secure pledges.
  7. In a state where pro-choice Republicans are teetering on extinction, Straus was pro-choice until his post speaker challenge “conversion”. Though wishing to avoid the accountability of the proper label, in his Evan Smith interview days after being elected speaker, Straus articulated his pro-choice position when he said he was not in favor of changing the current abortion laws.  In addition, Straus has personal and spousal ties to Planned Parenthood.
  8. Straus was brought to power by the trial lawyer party, the Texas Democrats, and has proudly advertised his uncommon “fairness” with “all sides” ever since, angering all Republican party quarters accept his own Republican-only-because-they’re-in-Texas cardinals.
  9. Straus is the only Texas Speaker to attract a primary challenge since 1989 according to Secretary of State website.
  10. To the embarrassment (on several levels) of the entire establishment, Speaker Straus’s primary battle is very serious. The average margin of victory of challenged Republicans in 2010, none of whom had anywhere near the Speaker’s considerable advantages, was 23 points.
  11. Speaker Straus was easily knocked off of his off-season message about needing new revenues, now the Governor has buried it.
  12. Speaker Straus has specially targeted extremely popular Republican incumbent James White after previously claiming to never oppose incumbents. He’s helped fund raise for White’s opponent Tuffy Hamilton.
  13. Straus managed his way through an entire session with 101 Republicans without any reform of bloated and arcane bureaucracies, public education, or budgeting practices, and helped kill a popular TSA anti-groping bill.
  14. The friendly San Antonio Express-News Editorial Board (they endorsed Obama in 2008) had to resort to a particularly shameless brand of campaigning, desperately defending Straus’s credentials as conservative in the pages of their newspaper this week.

Texans should be thinking about which Straus clones will run for Speaker as conservatives, something almost sure to happen ahead of the 83rd Lege.

–San Antonio Express-News campaign piece

———————————————————————————————————————

TEXAS HOUSE PLEDGE CARDS 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.

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Obama, the TX lottery, and the racetrack industry- AgendaWise.com

Date posted: January 19, 2012

Once again great work by the Agenda Wise Team.  

 legalized-gambling-in-texas

The Obama Administration is trying to drive major Texas policy again, this time with their legalizing of internet gambling.

The DOJ decision dovetails with some very bad behavior by the Texas Lottery Commission, and with the racetrack industry, who have tried and failed to get slot machines using repeated deceptive strategies that Attorney General Greg Abbott has shut down. The details get messy fast, so we’ll keep it simple.

The Texas racetrack industry, a constitutionally protected oligarchy at odds with free market principles, has tried to get slot machines legislatively and failed. They have also tried unsuccessfully to get it by designing two very creative ways to stretch the definition of existing games in order to include slot machines.

The Texas Lottery Commission has assisted them again (they’ve done it before) by quietly introducing scratch off games last fall that include a “second chance drawing” on the internet (they use the term “second chance drawing” because they can’t call them what they are, “sweepstakes”, because sweepstakes are illegal for the Texas Lottery to offer).

This gives the racetrack industry a chance to get slot machines through the side door. The Texas gambling industry is a cluster of separate gambling oligarchies. If one group gets something, the rest have a claim to get the same. Sparing the wonkish details, if the lottery can do internet second chance drawings the racetrack industry will claim the right to provide a version of the same thing that would, suspiciously, look exactly like a slot machine, something they’ve been unable to get the democratic way.

This fall the DOJ quietly released their pro-internet gambling opinion, of very questionable legality, in an attempt to legitimize these illegal games. It is not the first time the Obama Administration has tried to drive major culture-altering policy in Texas.

There is a way to beat them all. The Texas Lottery Commission is up for sunset review in the next legislature. We should call the entire lottery experiment just what it is: a mistake and sunset it.

Joe Straus, would personally gain HUGE financially if Gambling is approved in Texas.

The Texas lottery was only passed because they convinced Texans the lottery would substantially pay for public education in Texas. Even the Austin American-Statesman admits the poor performance. In a story from 2010, the Statesman reported that in 1996 the lottery covered two weeks of public education. As of 2010, it was good for 3 days and dropping.

Texas sunsetting the lottery would checkmate three bad actors here: The Obama Administration, the Texas Lottery Commission, and the racetrack industry.

–Austin American Statesman article on Texas Lottery failure

Weston Hicks

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@agendawise.com.

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