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Republicans have a Primary Problem~

Date posted: January 15, 2013

It is true.

Think about this for a moment. Weston Hicks stated in the article

Texas Conservative Responsibility ~ AgendaWise.com

“……if transparency and accountability are good things, running a speaker race, regardless of the outcome, is excellent for the state of Texas.

This is because normal order in politics is to have a small band of unapologetic bad guys in the legislature, a small band of unapologetic good guys in the legislature, and a huge ambiguous middle who are relatively unsorted.

The speaker’s race changes all of that. It basically provides Texans rankings for the entire House. Who has guts, and did they have it early, middle, or late?” 

What is interesting about what has transpired on the ground as the speakers race unfoldeded is the the huge ambiguous middle has been exposed. With the networking and coordination of Tea Party/Grassroots/Conservative Republican/Conservative Libertarians the political establishment is going to be hearing from folks at home. Get ready for the primary because it is time to clean the Texas House! 

What I witnessed today during the rule amendment hearings was a mocking of the people through a coordinated effort of Straus his followers and the Democrats.

Here is what Texans want to see. Elected Representatives fighting for Texas- Win or lose stand up and expose the corruption in Politics. 

Here is an article from the New American discussing the Keep Texas Strong Speaker Showdown. The comment at the bottom of the article says it best. 

It is extremely disheartening to see the continuation of the “politics as usual”. With continued pressure from the citizens of Texas and of the United States of America, at some point in the future we may see a return to the Republic(s) as they were founded.

We may also see individuals in our legislature and in the US Congress who actually have the courage that our founder found within themselves. Here we have “fear” of losing power within our legislature, how truly sad this is when you consider the men who feared losing freedom over losing power in a legislative body.

We no longer have any representatives with the convictions and courage to stand for the individual rights of their countrymen. What we have is a powerful coffee clutch who are so fearful of losing their place amongst the powerful that they would continue to allow unprincipled individuals to dictate to them how things will be done. 

The argument is one that tries to defy the logic of our founding documents. Our founding documents created a country that was free of the fear of the powerful. Instead we have come full circle back to little dictators, all concerned that they will lose their place among the privileged.

I am tired of the games, I am amazed that so many of my fellow activists will not call out the cowards when we see them. Our Republic was set up to survive zealous, hot, emotional debates, sadly we no longer have them. 

Why is there such a fear? Have all our representatives forgotten that “We, The People” have your back? Find your courage, We, The People are no longer sleeping and we demand your loyalty. We will no longer sit back while you play games with our lives.

I hear Strauss is a betting man, is he really betting against the people of Texas? 

The Lawmaker Explorer is an interactive tool Now while the Texas Tribune is a left leaning organization they are amazing (well like the left is) with technology so if you want to know who is paying your State Reps way in Austin check this out. 

The Lawmaker Explorer is an interactive tool to help educate citizens on the degree to which legislators’ personal interests conflict with the public interest when passing bills and setting policy.

“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”  –  Samuel Adams  

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Texas Needs and Deserves a New Speaker of the House

Date posted: January 4, 2013

By Bob Hall

This is the fourth in a series of articles on why Texas needs a new Speaker of the House in the state legislature. Your Rep is counting on you not taking the time to understand why Joe Straus must not be re-elected Speaker, not paying attention to the facts and not remembering how they vote when it is time for their re-election. Let’s prove them wrong on all three counts.

It will take Republican state Reps with integrity, courage and a commitment to “service before self” to stand firmly on principle and replace Joe Straus.

Questions to ponder:

Do you really know who your Texas State Rep really is or do you just know them by the rhetoric of their campaign?

Did you vote for your Rep because he/she campaigned as a Texas conservative?

Do you know that the single most important vote your Rep will make while serving in the 83rd Texas legislative session is the one he/she will cast for Speaker of the House? (This will be the first vote they cast on 8 January when the session begins)

 Did you know that only one of the two candidates for Speaker is has a true conservative record and he is David Simpson?

 Did you know that at the Texas State Republican Convention conservative Republicans expressed theirlack of confidence in and disgust with the moderate/liberal Joe Straus in several ways? Here are just three of them:

  1. Just like with David Dewhurst, every time the name “Joe Straus” was mentioned during the Texas State convention the attendees booed his name loudly.
  2. Because of the concern that most Reps count on their constituents being ignorant of their misdeed on important votes, (like the Speaker selection) the convention delegates included a resolution in the Texas platform calling on all Reps to hold town-hall meetings to discuss the their vote for House Speaker with their constituents before the 83rd session begins.
  3. Joe Straus chose to withdraw his name from the “special guests” list rather than face the humiliation David Dewhurst received when the at-large-delegate committee refused to make him a delegate to the National Republican Convention.

 The list of actual anti-conservative actions of Joe Straus is well documented and true conservative throughout the state do not even want him in the Texas House, much less to be the Speaker.

So the big question is, how is your state Rep going to vote in the Speaker’s race on 8 Jan 13? Are they Texas Bold or Texas Weak?

If your Rep has said any of the following statements, it is good indication that he/she has “drank the Straus kool-aid” , is willingly sitting at the foot of the Straus throne and will vote for him instead of the true conservative David Simpson:

  1. “The 82nd (2011) legislative session was the (or one of the) most conservative sessions ever (sometimes they will include: because of Joe Straus).” This is a misrepresentation of the truth. Most of the conservative legislation was killed by the Straus controlled committee chairs.
  2. “We balanced the budget without raising taxes”. Not an accurate claim. They called it balanced because they got to define balanced. They used smoke and mirrors.
  3. “Joe Straus has been a Republican all his life”. So what. Wearing a Republican label does make make him a conservative. His documented performance has been anything but conservative.
  4. “Joe Straus is pro-life.” Just not a true statement. NARAL, the rabid pro-abortion at any time for any reason group gave Straus a legislative rating of 100%; Deep family ties and support to Planned Parenthood, including large contributions by family members and his wife serving on the Board of Directors of PP of San Antonio; He received commendation from Planned Parenthood of San Antonio after the disastrous 2009 session, citing his “tireless efforts” on their behalf.
  5. “David Simpson is a nice guy and I like him but he does not have the experience to be Speaker.”Again, so what. Conservatives have had enough of the Joe Straus brand of conservatism. And, they hope you don’t remember that Joe Straus was elected speaker after only one term in the House.
  6. Joe Straus is responsible for the strong Tea Party victories in the last election.” This is so false that it is laughable.
  1. “The Speaker is not all that important. He doesn’t really control anything. The Speaker is just a figure-head to open and close meetings.” Any Rep saying this one is showing his/her contempt for your intelligence.

So, what can you do to help stop the tragedy of Joe Straus being re-elected Speaker of the Texas House?

1. Call your State Representative’s offices today and demand they comply with the State Republican Resolution and hold a town hall meeting to discuss this very important vote. If you do not their phone numbers, you can find it with this link:

Texas House Speaker Showdown

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2. Plan to attend the Speaker’s Showdown in Austin, Tx on 7 & 8 January. For more information see the following link:

Keep Texas Strong Banner

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MAKE THAT CALL TODAY AND HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE MAY HAVE GIVEN OVER OUR COUNTRY TO OBAMA, BUT WE DO NOT HAVE TO GIVE TEXAS TO HIS SURROGATE, JOE STRAUS.

Let your Rep know that you know that a vote for Joe Straus is a vote for PERSONAL GAIN

(Power, Money and/or Special Favors)

A REAL CONSERVATIVE WITH INTEGRITY COULD NOT, WOULD NOT, VOTE FOR JOE STRAUS EVEN IF JOE WAS THE ONLY ONE IN THE RACE.

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Texas Conservative State Reps. ~ Stand up straight and accept the burden.

Date posted: December 30, 2012

As I was reading this article by Dr. Jack Wheeler “You Have Two Years to Live” – An Open Letter to the Incoming Republican House Members of the 113th Congress -Hat Tip to the Lone Star Tea Party for posting Dr. Wheeler’s article

Dr. Jack Wheeler, Trevor LoudonI was struck by this call to action to the US House by Wheeler.

You must understand that America now has a government run by gangsters – by crooks, thieves, looters, and thugs who will be utterly ruthless in ruining you if you try to be in their way. Putin’s Russia, Chavez’s Venezuela, has come to America.

So if you don’t have the courage to band together and stand up to them, quit now. They can’t spend money you don’t give them. They will do whatever it takes, legal or illegal, to force you to give it to them.

If you can’t say No to raising the debt ceiling, if you can’t Defund Obamacare and the EPA and Obama’s Executive Orders, if you can’t refuse to appropriate money for more Food Stamps and Obama’s crony capitalist subsidies, quit now.

But if you can say No, if you can Defund, then you will be heroes to at least half of America, the half that stands for honesty, decency, and protecting our children’s future. Make us proud or be gone. This is your chance to be heroes – or to be schmucks. Make these next two years the time you live up to the character and courage of America’s Founders.

Right now, history has chosen you to be America’s only hope to avoid her falling into destitution and tyranny. Live up to it. It will take more courage than you ever thought it possible for you to have. Reach inside for the best within you. America’s future depends on it. The weight of history is on your shoulders. Stand up straight and accept the burden.

The Opposition to Joe Straus Grows and Some Republicans are Caught~Through out history time and again there have been men and women called for a greater purpose. Those who understand that and answer the call have been remembered for their greatness. I wrote an article last week called Betrayal~ When it feels better to betray than to serve. I was trying to figure out why some of our great Conservative legislators have said they are voting for Joe Straus as Speaker of the house. I believe there are some Conservative men and women who are Texas State Representatives who have not realized they have been called to greatness. They have been called to Stand up straight and accept the burden. 

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” Quote by: Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator
Source: Attributed. 58 BC, Speech in the Roman Senate 

If you are a Conservative Texas State Rep. I highly recommend that you read this article. 

Texas conservative responsibility before deciding who to vote for as Speaker of the Texas House. 

Conservatives must stand strong in the race for Speaker of the Texas HouseI wake up everyday ready to fight the good fight for my children because they are the future of this nation. That is exactly what we are fighting for.  The future of this nation. If I do not do what I can to take out weak Conservatives who have become a tool for evil than I am not doing my job as a Mom to protect them and their future.

I pray that these weak Conservatives will see the light and leave the darkness in the halls of the Texas Capital. I also have faith, faith in knowing the end of the story. Just as my children’s favorite Veggie Tails song says…… “God is Bigger the the Boogie Man”.

To all of those Freshman Conservatives who have been put in office by “We The People” ~ “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” 

Do not listen to weak Conservatives ~ STAND! 

Speaker Joe Straus

To reinforce the message that electing a significant margin of conservative House representatives signals voter expectations of conservative House leadership, WomenOnTheWall.org has released Texas Speaker Showdown II – WE’RE BACK! video follow-up to the 2010 Speaker Showdown theme. “Conservative House Speaker Or Your Seat.”

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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Questions to ask Texas State Reps when you call them about Speaker Joe Straus ~

Date posted: November 29, 2012

What is the real suicide mission? 

Conservative Legislation Killed by Straus’ Committee Chairs:

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Texans are tired of the inside deals being made for key chairmanships; for example public safety or financial services in exchange for a vote for Speaker of the House.  There is the perception out there that the people we elect to actually make laws are the very people who think they are above the law. Remember perception is everything in politics.

Please take the time to read…..

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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Below is an analogy one State Rep. used to describe the vote for Joe Straus.

 “…a compass may show you true north – and you can go north – but it will not tell you of the dangers, the deep rivers, high mountains, thick forests or other things to avoid. You might go straight north but killed in the process – would it not be better to take a better route and get to the destination faster and more safely.” 

My suggestion for this State Rep.  follow the compass and your core convictions. We are not sailing we are trying to save our state and our nation. Truth matters and corruption in politics is what got us in this mess. 

So when you are calling State Reps. across the state of Texas and especially in Houston please ask them……

What key positions have you been promised from Speaker Joe Straus,  his political consultants, financial backers or key lieutenants?

Remind them that is is against the law for them to vote for Joe Straus in exchange for these key chairmanships or committee assignments?

Remind them that they represent the people who elected them. If they feel threatened or that it is a suicide mission to vote against Joe Straus for Speaker as some have characterized it as, then they are a part of the inside corruption of Texas politics and the voters of Texas are becoming informed and engaged and will do everything within our power to remove them from office in the primary. So as I see it, it is a suicide mission to vote for Joe Straus for Speaker of the house. That is if “Suicide” means losing your job as Texas State Representative.

Here are a few names and contacts that you can start with on your quest for taking Joe Straus out of office. 11.28.12 Updated State Rep Contact List.xlsx

I have also included links to their Chief of Staff if they have one named and their e-mail as well as the Austin office number. I believe we need to let the their Chief of Staff know we mean business and we are not going away after the election of speaker no matter who is named as Speaker of the House.

 

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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Are you ready to take a stand for Texas?

Date posted: November 13, 2012

 

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We all understand the frustration we feel watching Speaker Boehner fail to stand up against the liberal agenda being forced on our nation, an agenda that goes completely against the American and especially “Texas Values” we hold dear.

In Texas we have the same situation. We currently have a Speaker of the House who in October of last year was quoted as saying: ‘…I think at some point you can’’t cut your way to prosperity.;”

Really Joe Staus? I agree with Americans for Prosperity who asked these question. 

That leaves us with three questions:
1. Can we spend ourselves to prosperity?
2. Can we drink ourselves sober?
3. Why is TX (Republican) Speaker of the House Straus channeling what liberal democrats are saying?

In addition to the liberal economic agenda the Speaker and his staff have proved to have a complete disdain for authentic Conservatives and grassroots Tea Party people alike. Which has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt by the e-mails reported on by Erik Erikson over at Red State. 

“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.”

That is why there is a grassroots movement developing in Texas to remove Speaker Straus from his position and replace him with a true Texas Conservative~ Bryan Hughes.

Just listen to this audio of Bryan Hughes addressing Texans at the Freedom Rally at the Alamo back in July 2012. He took the time to  thank Grassroots Texans for our service and sacrifice. No hint of disdain but complete admiration and respect.

I have called my State Rep. Tan Parker and voiced my opinion on the Speakers race and I hope you will do your part and call your Representative today and voices your opinion.  Here is a list of them.

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