Wednesday, November 1 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Preamble Lounge and Craft House
20801 Gulf Freeway #12, Webster, Texas 77598
Looking forward to another night of Socializing and Politics
ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7th!
Early voting for the November Election begins today, Monday October 23 and continues through Friday November 3.
Election day is Tuesday November 7, 2017. Check out our last email blast for more information HERE.
Clear Lake Tea Party presents
Friday, December 8 6 PM – 8 PM
Spring Creek BBQ
2710 Gulf Fwy S, League City, TX 77573
Davey is very involved with the Protect our Alamo movement as well.
Join us as we get to know him and his candidacy.
We will be voting to amend our Texas Constitution plus some of you will be voting on whether to raise your property taxes, or not, and for numerous local races.
Early voting: Monday, Oct 23rd thru Friday, Nov 3rd
Election Day: Tuesday, Nov 7th
EVERYONE is voting on 7 TX Constitutional Amendments…. read them HERE.
PLEASE check to see what is on your ballot ahead of time.
Links for ballot lookup:
Galveston County (Lots of BONDS = Tax Increases)
Harris County (City of Houston – Lots of BONDS = Tax Increases)
Also, check with your local ISD, City, MUD, Water District’s website to see if they are proposing any Bonds or having a Board/Trustee Election. These entities don’t advertise usually because ‘low turnout = they win’ & you lose.
Clear Lake Tea Party’s Lunch & Learn is baaaaack!
Tom Glass is a brilliant attorney who will present his case for Jury Nullification and its benefits toward pushing back a bloated, intrusive government.
As a bonus, Kathy Glass will give a post-85th Legislative update, focusing on Gov Abbott.
When: Friday October 13th
Where: Spring Creek BBQ, 2710 Gulf Freeway, League City, TX 77573 (map)
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tickets on sale now!
VIP ticket purchase deadline is Monday, Aug 21st at 10:00 p.m.
General admission will be available at the door, pending availability.
Watch for Special Guest announcements!!
Who is the Texas Freedom Caucus?
Aaron Harris | May 26, 2017
They are at it again!
Who is they? Those who provide cover to lazy, squish politicians, such as the Republican Party of Texas’ legal counsel – Eric Opiela.
What are they up to again? Opiela would have you believe state lawmakers accomplished their mission of “meaningful” election reform. Those alleged reforms are the following four bills: SB 1666, HB 1735, HB 2691, HB 4034.
What are the facts?
SB1666 is a 28-page bill. All but two items simply perfecting and or codify how we already do things…in other words it’s house cleaning. There is an increased penalty tag on the bill, which would makes someone who votes in both the Dem and Rep Primary in the same cycle a 2nd degree felon. It’s a solution in search of a problem. This bill also has wording to make organized election fraud a crime, something we desperately need. But the bill is nothing but smoke. It is not paired with wording creating the crime. What is the offense? They conveniently left that out.
HB2691 targets nursing homes. Interestingly, I’m not aware of a single documented case of verifiable nursing home voter fraud. When these bills were heard in committee, no one showed up with testimony about this being a problem. Mostly this bill creates a lot of work for the county and accomplishes nothing. Then again, lawmakers often hang their hats on bills with nice titles that accomplish nothing; it’s the TXLege way.
HB1735 is not a reform bill. This bill codifies how to run primary elections, who pays for what…oh, and what oath the election judge should recite. While these things are needed in the code, they hardly classify as “meaningful” reform addressing election our current integrity issues.
HB4034 – this is a good bill. But doesn’t materially solve any of our challenges right now. It simply allows the Secretary of State to take very limited steps to eliminate certain duplicate registered voters. Again, I’ve seen no instance or data suggesting this has ever been a problem.
What proposals should have passed? How did the #TXLege fail Texans? Let us count the ways.
SB136 by Van Taylor and HB3474 by Fallon both would have required the Secretary of State (SoS) to use various tools, like the existing DPS database, to verify citizenship for those registering to vote. For those seeking voter-roll integrity, it doesn’t get much more simple than making sure all voters are citizens. Both bills died.
HB4131 and HB4133, both by Fallon, would have increased penalties for voter fraud crimes from simple misdemeanors to State Jail Felonies or above. You want to end vote harvesting like we’ve seen in The Valley, Tarrant County, and Dallas? We need to give law enforcement tools to prosecute. These bills would have done that. Both of these bills died in Calendars in the House.
HB4134 by Fallon is an organized crime election fraud bill, which would have given prosecutors the tools they need, but ONLY if coupled with the increased penalties in HB4131. Not surprisingly, this also died in House Calendars and is not the language Huffman picked up in the Senate.
Other bills the Republicans killed:
Republican Controlled Senate State Affairs, chaired by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston)
- SB’s 405, 1125, 1142, 1144, 1717, 2090– comprehensive election reform – Republican State Affairs never heard bills
- SB 829– Paper ballot backup for electronic voting– Republican controlled State Affairs Com never heard bill
- HB2691– On Senate floor, Republicans voted against paper ballot options for counties using vote centers. Republican Senators ignored Texas Republican Party Platform, #59 related to paper ballot options.
Republican Controlled House Election & Calendars Committees, Chaired by Rep. Jody Laubenberg (R-Collin County) and Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi)
- HB 521– Cancel Voter Registration upon admission of non-citizen – Died in Calendars
- HB 1462– Repeal Rolling Polling for Early Voting – Died in Calendars
- HB 1711– Paper ballot backup for electronic voting – No hearing in Elections Committee
As Aaron Harris, Direct Action says, “The record of ‘meaningful’ election reforms from this session is non-existent. Shame on those who work to blow smoke and expect reform-minded Texans to believe their spin. Don’t.”
Dr. Laura Pressley, founder of Save Our Texas Vote Coalition, says, “Both the Texas House and Senate left bills on the table that would 1) Secure paper ballot backups for electronic voting, 2) Increase penalties for election fraud and vote harvesting, 3) Provide crosschecks for voter registrations, and 4) Enhance ballot security.”
Grassroots America’s JoAnn Fleming says, “Make no mistake – this is not a scheme that can be attributed to Democrats alone. We’ve seen enough evidence from Laura and Aaron to believe there are GOP officials up to their eyeballs in election tampering. This is how they defeat primary challengers. When anti-voter fraud bills can’t even get a hearing in a committee chaired by a Republican, something is rotten in Denmark. If Texans cannot trust election results, then we are no better than a banana republic. Every Texan should question why the legislature’s committee chairs failed to move bills that would have strengthened election integrity and ballot security. They had 140 days to get the job done. Could it be that the voting machine lobby’s voices ring louder in Austin than those of the People?”
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(Thank you to JoAnn Fleming & Aaron Harris for keeping us ‘in the know’ along with providing action items!)
Calling the Texas Grassroots Army: All hands on deck, today! This cannot wait!
The State Budget Conference Committee is still meeting to resolve the budget differences before the budget goes back to both the House and the Senate to be voted on. Agreement has not yet been reached.
Gov. Abbott has insisted the Conferees add back to the budget these items, which are opposed by a majority of the conservative grassroots groups:
$236 million for Abbott’s “high quality” prekindergarten initiative, taken out of schools’ basic funding
$16 million for Abbott’s university scholar recruitment program
$86 million for Abbott’s Texas Enterprise Fund & $22 million for Film & Music Industry incentives (Corporate Welfare)
Total: $360 million!
Our pro-life wins in the House are also in jeopardy of being removed!
Please weigh in right now by telling the Budget Conferees you want the following:
1) Eliminate state funding for abortion providers & affiliates (i.e. Planned Parenthood)
2) Fund alternatives to abortion at the full $38.3 million for two years
3) No raid on the Rainy Day Fund or Transportation funds!
4) Fully defund the Enterprise Fund (Corporate Welfare)
5) Fully defund Film & Music subsidies (Corporate Welfare)
6) Ensure 24 full payments to the Permanent School Fund – no budget gimmick here!
7) Don’t rob basic school funding for new Pre-K programs.
Even if you don’t agree with all of these points, pick those you do and contact the Budget Conference Committee members ASAP! If you wait, it may be too late & then we’ll be faced with trying to defeat the budget – which is MORE difficult!
Take Action – Step 1: Contact the Conference Committee members below
Take Action – Step 2: Contact your own State Rep & State Senator with this same message! Let them know exactly what you think about these budget items! If they get enough calls, they will weigh in with the Conference Committee too!
Thank you, Mighty Texas Grassroots Army!