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Date posted: May 15, 2012

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Vote Early Started Yesterday! State Board of Ed Races’ Recommendations PLUS Links to Excellent Voter Guides Below 
(check with your county clerk for details) 

By Frank Mayo

Recently TBSE wrote about our research on voting records of the RINOs on the State Board of Education (SBOE) who voted with the Democrats up to 100% of the time. Readers are now clear that we need to take action to make sure we are voting for conservatives and not RINO imposters. Our list of solid conservative candidates is given below, and below the table are some great links for statewide and local race voter guides from organizations that we know and trust.

Due to redistricting some are still confused about the new districts. District boundaries have changed much so you cannot just assume that you are in the same district as before. For example SBOE representative Barbara Cargill’s new district boundaries now include the far west and the far east parts of Harris County as well as a group of counties north of Houston. (The new map has her district, previously not even including Harris county, with “earmuffs” on the sides of Harris county.) Things like that are definitely confusing! Similar situations exist near all major cities. So it is important to look up your district from your street address, districts by address here.

By the way, Mrs. Cargill is the current Chair of the SBOE and she has done an excellent job guiding the SBOE towards a consensus that results in action by the Board and not the gridlock that we have often seen in the US Congress. If only Congressional leaders would take lessons from Barbara Cargill! People in Harris County need to take careful notice to see which new district, 4, 6, or 8 now includes their address.

Special note to those of you in San Antonio:  The most important people in the legislature are the lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House because they choose who is assigned to the committees and appoints their chairs. Unfortunately current Speaker Joe Straus’ last YCT rating was a paltry 67%–he is not a pro-life conservative, (his wife was on the Board of Planned Parenthood and he was even given an award by them for his “tireless efforts”), and he has been supported by pro-gambling interests.  He even won the speaker’s race by joining with the left, not conservatives, and actively thwarted many conservative issues at the last session. Last, the redistricting he sent to the Governor rewarded his cronies and penalized conservative critics harshly.  That is why it was hard for conservatives to get much done in the 82ndlegislature even with a large majority. If that happens again all conservative efforts in the legislature are in trouble. Fortunately, in District 121 conservatives have an able challenger in Matt Beebe,  website, who would be a much more distinctly conservative choice that the unreliable Straus.  Make no mistake about it.  This primary election in district 121 is the chance that Tea Party and other conservatives have for stopping this speaker.  If he wins the primary he will win the general election in November and will be too powerful to not get the speakership again. Please actively encourage your friends, family and church family to campaign for and vote for Matt Beebe!

 

True conservative candidates for State Board of Education   

Dist.

NAME

AREA of TEXAS

Web Link

1

Charlie Garza SouthWest Texas

Website

2

Veronica Anzaldua Corpus to Brownsville

Website

3

David Williams S. San Antonio to the border

Website

5

Ken Mercer N.San Ant., S&W of Austin

Website

6

Donna Bahorich West Houston

Website

7

David Bradley E.TX Beaumont to S. Houston

Website

8

Barbara Cargill W. & E. Harris Co. & Counties to the North

Website

9

Randy Stevenson North East Texas

Website

10

Jeff Fleece Central Texas NW of Houston

Website

12

Gail Spurlock N. E. Dallas and Collins Co.

Website

14

Gail Lowe N., W., S. of Dallas/Ft.Worth

Website

15

Marty Rowley North West Texas

Website

Clip and save this table.  You may legally take it and those listed below into the voting booth with you!

Heritage Alliance (Statewide-complete):  http://ivoterguide.com/?partner=ha&type=s

Excellent guide – Candidate Answers AND Heritage Alliances “grade” on candidate (A+-F)

Texas Eagle Forum (Statewide-complete):  http://ivoterguide.com/?partner=txef&type=s (Voter Guide)

Young Conservatives of Texas (Statewide-selected races): http://www.yct.org/endorsements/ (Endorsements–Statewide & SBOE)

Liberty Institute:  http://www.freevotersguide.com  (Statewide Voter guide PLUS State Board of Education (SBOE) races. VG)

Additionally, note that many counties have local review groups, such as the ones listed below for Harris and Montgomery counties, that often include local judge and other local races.  If your county has a similar conservative group, please let us know about it!

Conservative Coalition of Harris County: “Candidate Interview” vetting, with panelists vote on endorsements, and candidate responses to questions.
http://www.conservativecoalitionhc.org/ (Harris county down ballot voters guide with panelists vote on endorsements – Very good!)

Conservative Coalition of Montgomery County “Candidate Interview” vetting, with panelists vote on endorsements, and candidate responses to questions.
http://www.conservativecoalitionmc.org/voterguide.pdf

Special note:  There is a real “David and Goliath” battle for the US Congress district 8 seat.  The incumbent Goliath is thought be many to have become too entrenched and too “big government”, though he remains conservative on some issues.  The solid conservative “David” challenger is Larry Youngblood, running on a lower taxes, smaller government, socially conservative platform.  Please seriously consider voting for new blood in Congress, Larry Youngblood, even if you do not personally know him well. http://www.larryyoungblood4congress.com/ 

PS:  Importantly, also note that due to the abysmally low turnout typical of primary elections, your one vote in the primary is as strong as 50 or more votes in the general election!  Please exercise it!   

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As we enter this important election year, our voices must unite in defense of preborn American citizens who cannot defend themselves.

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

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Heidi Thiess for State Rep.

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Bill Zedler State Rep. District 96

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So Joe Straus they say you are pro-life; Really?

Date posted: May 14, 2012

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It came out last week that a pro-life group endorsed Joe Straus. My question is does that group have much credibility when Joe Straus himself states he is not? The Texas Alliance for Life also shockingly endorsed David Medina over LONG-TIME pro-life Judge John Devine. Many times on the right we see wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Is that what we are seeing now? The most frustrating thing about Republican candidates like Joe Straus is that they say one thing to get elected and then we find out it is not true. At least with Democrats we know where they stand and we don’t agree, that is why we won’t vote for them in the general election. The primary is our only opportunity to clean house in the republican party.

As far as if Joe Straus is Pro-Life or not I would say when you receive a 100% rating from NARAL and your family donates to Planned Parenthood that pretty much tells the story. But let’s not just rely on that. Let’s listen to Joe Straus in his own words.

As a little reminder as to why many Conservatives are not thrilled with 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

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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.

As we enter this important election year, our voices must unite in defense of preborn American citizens who cannot defend themselves. Please join the movement, sign the petition, and Rise Up for Life.

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Heidi Thiess for State Rep.

 Voices Empower Proudly endorses Heidi Thiess for Texas State Rep.

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Bill Zedler State Rep. District 96

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Bill Zedler 

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Join The Fight! Be A Part Of The Solution! 

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TEXANS, NOW IS THE HOUR TO OUST STRAUS

Date posted: December 29, 2011

By Donna Garner

Texans, remember last year when so many of us battled to get the Texas House to choose a conservative Speaker of the House after we worked very hard to orchestrate the conservative tsunami at the ballot box on Nov. 2, 2010?  Instead, we ended up with left-leaning Joe Straus as Speaker because he managed to use his great wealth and the pledge card system to “buy” legislators’ votes for his Speakership.  

This is our chance to make sure that left-leaning Speaker Joe Straus never goes back to the Texas House again!  

Matt Beebe - Ready to Oust Straus

Matt Beebe has stepped forward to run against Joe Straus, and Beebe is a great candidate. (I have posted information about him further on down the page.)   

To oust Straus and elect Matt Beebe, it will take Texans throughout this state contributing their campaign donations; but working together, we can do it.

Please donate today at Vote Beebe Victory Fund  

 

STRAUS’ LIBERAL LEGACY  

Because Joe Straus as Speaker appointed all the committee chairs and the committees, he basically drove the agenda for the 82nd Legislative Session.  Out of 70 chair/co-chair positions in the House, not a single conservative member with a high conservative score (as per 2011 Texas Eagle Forum Scorecard) was appointed as a chair; and only one was appointed to a co-chair position.  


When we voters wonder why such bills as Sanctuary Cities, E-Verify, and  English as the official language of Texas were not passed, all we have to do is to look at the various committees appointed by Straus:   

(1)  Criminal Jurisprudence with a 47.2% rating and a Democrat Chair with a 16% rating – appointed by Straus

(2) Border & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee with an average score of 34.8% and a Straus-appointed chair with an 8% rating

(3)  State Affairs Committee with an average of 30.2% and a Straus-appointed chair with 40%  

If we conservatives are vitally concerned that the House Investigating Committee may not take its charge seriously, which is to investigate the Gulen/Cosmos Foundation/Harmony charter schools for alleged ties to Turkish/Muslim organizations and for possible misuse of public funds, all we have to do is to look at the score for the committee — 33.6% with a Straus-appointed chair (Rep. Chuck Hopson) who has a score of 29%.  

When we conservatives are upset because of the four redistricting maps that have set the conservative agenda back for ten years, all we have to do is to look at the House Redistricting Committee that has an average score of 27.2% with a Straus-appointed chair (Rep. Burt Solomons) who has a 33% rating.    

If we are concerned because so many bills put forth by conservative House members never got to the floor for a vote, all we need to do is to consider the average score of 30.3% for the House Calendars Committee.    

If we doubt the ruling passed down by Rep. Will Hartnett who was appointed by Straus to decide whether conservative Republican Dan Neil or left-wing Democrat Rep. Donna Howard  (TEF score of 4%) should have won the contested election in Travis County, all we have to do is to look at Hartnett’s 33% TEF average score.  Rep. Hartnett ruled that 222 military ballots cast overseas could not be counted but that 35 ballots upon which Travis County election workers had made mistakes should be counted.  Dan Neil lost by four votes.  

WHAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED  

o    With all the conservative House members that we sent to Austin:

o the Sonogram Bill should have passed easily in the first several weeks of the Session instead of experiencing months of backdoor deals;  

o    the four redistricting maps (Congressional, Senate, House, State Board of Education) should have been drawn up to help rather than hinder the elections of conservatives for the next ten years;  

o    a law should have been passed that forbids Texas public schools from participating in the personally intrusive national database;

o    open-source curriculum materials should have been placed under the oversight of the elected State Board of Education who could make sure that the materials written by liberal professors are not allowed to go straight to students’ desks;   

o    the public school funding mechanism should have been rewritten to force local school districts to practice fiscal responsibility.  Instead, the legislature used $4 Billion from the Rainy Day Fund which could put Texas in jeopardy during a time of great financial uncertainty and/or unexpected emergencies;

 o    the TSA anti-groping bill should have been passed;  

o    the House pledge card system should have been banned;  

o    Sanctuary Cities and e-verify legislation should have been passed;  

o    the budget bills (SB 1 and SB 2) should not have been loaded up with provisions that had nothing to do with balancing the budget;  

o    and the use of foreign or Sharia law in our Texas courts should have been banned.  

To read more details about the appointed committee chairs/members for the 82ndLegislative Session, please go to my article published on 8.8.11 entitled Dilemma for Texas Voters

 FOUR SCORECARD LINKS  

Young Conservatives of Texas scorecard – 82nd Legislative Session:   

Texas Eagle Forum scorecard – 82nd Legislative Session:  

Heritage Alliance scorecard – 82nd Legislative Session:  

Empower Texans scorecard – 82nd Legislative Session:   

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