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Pipeline Safety 

Monday, Oct. 21
6:00 p.m.
 Roans Prairie Community Center 
Hwy. 30 and Hwy. 90

A group of Texas citizens is asking for Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Governor David Dewhurt to attend a Public Hearing where citizens will speak to their concerns regarding the transporting of diluted bitomen (Tar Sands) through 3 major pipelines near towns, major waterways and reservoirs. The focus of the concerns will be the preparedness training needed for public safety and water safety.

Excerpts from Pro=Team's letter to 
Straus & Dewhurst on June 17, 2013

"It is our understanding that when the Legislature is not in session, in order to secure these hearings, Lt. Governor Dewhurst and/or House Speaker Straus must call for an Interim Study."

"We urge that hearings for an Interim Study begin immediately in East Texas along the route of the TransCanada/Keystone XL Pipeline. This pipeline is due for completion sometime early next year. In addition to concerns about the use of eminent domain, the House Land & Resource Management,

Business & Industry, and Energy Resources committees have all heard additional concerns that Landowners, together with Towns, Cities and Counties along the route, may be inadequately prepared for emergency measures needed if there is a pipeline breach. The fact that the pipeline is carrying diluted bitumen under high pressure, which carries particular dangers to health, safety and our water supply, has somehow been lost in the eminent domain shuffle.

Moreover, given the high profile of Texas water availability, we believe that the protection of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, which serves 10-12 million people, and which is traversed by this pipeline, deserves a special look by the Legislature. Last, the recent anomalies in new pipeline being laid by TransCanada were in the press last week. This points to the immediate need for hearings and full public disclosure. These landowners and nearby residents deserve at least this much."

  D. Medina, J. Crawford, J. Hightower

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"Furthermore, pipeline companies are under no obligation to tell landowners what is being transported, much less to disclose the risks of these substances to their land, their homes and their water.

We believe that holding public hearings would underscore the importance of amending theTLBOR – which not only demands legislative leadership but citizen action"
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Subject: VOLT PAC Opposes SHSU Threat to Seize Private Property

The Voters for Lower Taxes Political Action Committee (VOLT PAC), a recently formed General Purpose Political Action Committee to provide a voice for the voters and taxpayers of Huntsville and Walker County, strongly opposes the threat by Sam Houston State University to condemn and seize by power of Eminent Domain  any property surrounding or property located within Walker County.  

The City of Huntsville and Walker County should  sell property to the highest competitive bidder. By so doing the taxpayers of Huntsville will benefit from the sales proceeds and the taxpayers of Huntsville, Walker County, HISD and the Hospital District will benefit from future property and sales taxes generated by this prime commercial property.

We urge all citizens of Huntsville and Walker County to join with us and other citizen groups that are coming together to oppose any unjustified property grab by the University. If they succeed in this action, no private property, residential or commercial, in the City or County will be safe from future seizure. Sam Houston Tea Party agrees that if one property is taken by eminent domain, other homeowners or businesses will be in jeopardy. 

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Information in this section has been taken from newsletters from the We the People Are the 9-12 Association in Houston. This group was founded by Thelma Taormina and she and her husband Nick have been fighting the installation of  Smart Meters on Texas homes for years.  

"Opting out does not require a meter reader, and need not be a financial burden. As has been done in many other cases, the TDUs could transmit electric consumption over existing phone lines or power lines, which would also be much more secure than wireless transmissions and much safer by eliminating RF exposure. In fact, in many cases this landline technology is what was removed from a house when the Smart Meter was installed. Additionally, many remote or rural customers are self reporting. This method could be offered to those who choose to opt out, as well as potentially an option to go online and input one’s meter readings onto a webpage would be easy to set up and run. "

As you know, Nick and I were in Austin Monday, February 10, 2014. I sadly report that Nick and I were the only ones to speak at the public hearing for project number 42029, which relates directly to the rule they will write relating to who the Transmission and Distribution Companies, not to mention the Retail Electric Provider (your billing company) can share your personal information with.

If we cannot find a way to get more people to attend these public hearings and actually speak up to stop the theft of our freedom by these bureaucrats, then we only have ourselves to blame when we no longer have access to the electricity produced by our own state and country. They have finally figured out how they can reduce your energy use without them even having to contact you or let you know they are reducing it. They will have their CONTROL whether you like it or not!


I know there was an article on Breitbart this week about the meeting with Lt. Governor Dewhurst, the PUCT and Texans Against Smart Meters. From that meeting, the Lt. Governor has called for interim charges and a health study on the meters. This is great news, but studies are simply opinions of whoever is doing the study and we will have no control over who is picked for the study. I will leave it at that.

What I do know is that David Dewhurst is actually on OUR SIDE. I personally spoke with him last year at a meeting with other grassroots leaders and in front of all of them I outright asked him about us being charged to opt-out, and at that time he said that as far as he was concerned we would not be charged. But the truth is, he is only one man in Austin. You can and should send thanks to several Democrat AND Republican State Senators for NOT getting a bill passed this last session (yes, a bit of sarcasm)! A bill was written and passed out of committee that would prevent the power companies for charging the fees, BUT the Senators would not bring it to the floor for a vote. The House Reps did NOTHING.

In The News (you might have missed)!

San Antonio, TX - Jan. 25-30, 2014 there was a convention held called "DistribuTECH" and it all revolved around the Energy Sector, specifically focusing on the smart grid, meters and of course "Climate Change". All the major players were there! One specific article really concerns me about a report that just came out.

The report was put out by an organization called "The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC)". The name of this organization is deceptive because it is made up of industry personnel. What is even worse is, Christine Wright (a lead staffer at the Texas Public Utility Commission) sits on the Board of Directors for this organization. Here is the main staff person who is drafting all of the rules surrounding the Smart Grid and Smart Meters sitting on a Board with industry personnel and creating reports skewed to make it seem as if consumers are totally on board with what is happening within the electric industry!

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Water Fight Ends In Ranchers' Favor
Property owners allowed to pump out 
as much as they want

By Matthew Tresaugue  Published in Houston Chronicle Jan. 23, 2014 

A Houston company has dropped its plans to tap an aquifer beneath mostly rural Austin and Waller counties for use in fast-growing Fort Bend County suburbs, ending one of Texas' nastiest water fights.

Electro Purification LLC's withdrawal this week, however, does not put to rest the primary reason for the conflict: the unique way Texas governs groundwater. State law allows property owners to pump as much water from beneath their land as they desire, for any purpose. 

Farmers, ranchers and others said the company's pumping request would rob them of water beneath their land and harm their livelihoods. Now they intend to press forward on policy changes to prevent "water grabs" in the future. 

"We are going to go on the offensive because there isn't anything (in state law) stopping the next water grab or the one after that," said Tom Sherman, an Austin County resident who organized Concerned Citizens for Texas Water Resources, a group that opposed the pumping plan. "This is a quasi-small victory."

Groundwater fights have become increasingly common across the drought-prone state as water marketers and utilities work feverishly to secure large volumes beneath rural areas to meet urban demands. In one of the higher-profile cases, a Central Texas groundwater district last week decided to limit the amount of water that could be pumped and moved across county lines - a ruling that appears headed to court.

Electro Purification had asked for the right to pump 22,500 acre-feet of water per year from an aquifer - essentially an underground reservoir - beneath some sparsely populated ranch and farming land and send it by pipeline about 25 miles to Richmond and Rosenberg. An acre-foot is roughly equal to the amount of water three typical Texas households use in a year.

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Water and the EPA  March 26, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency has come up with a way to execute one of the biggest land grabs by the federal government ever perpetrated on the American public. On Tuesday, the EPA proposed a change to the Clean Water Act so that the EPA would have the power to regulate temporary wetlands and waterways. 

The land grab engendered tremendous concern from members of the GOP trying to protect private property; they noted that the EPA would gain power over seasonal ponds, streams and ditches. 

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, charged, "The ... rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history." He stated that the EPA was "picking and choosing" its science while trying to "take another step toward outright permitting authority over virtually any wet area in the country." Vitter also noted that if the EPA gets its way, more environmental groups could sue private property owners. 

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was also furious, saying that the EPA grab "could result in serious collateral damage to our economy … [I]t appears that the EPA is seeking to dramatically expand its jurisdictional reach under the Clean Water Act." She added of her home state, "If EPA is not careful, this rule could effectively give the federal government control of nearly all of our state -- and prove to be a showstopper for both traditional access and new development." 

The EPA proposal to more widely implement pollution regulations would affect “intermittent and ephemeral streams and wetlands” whose water comes from wet seasons or rains but are temporary. 

The crux of the matter is what defines the "waters of the United States." The Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government could only touch waters that are "relatively" permanent or continuously flowing and large, such as "oceans, rivers, streams and lakes." The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers defended the new rules by asserting on Tuesday that determining Clean Water Act protection had become "confusing and complex." The agencies jointly stated, “For nearly a decade, members of Congress, state and local officials, industry, agriculture, environmental groups, and the public asked for a rulemaking to provide clarity." The agencies also insisted that the waters newly targeted "form the foundation of the nation's water resources" and protested that the federal government would not truly be extending their reach. 

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy stated, "To be clear, our proposal does not add to or expand the scope of the waters historically protected under the Clean Water Act." The EPA also asserted that roughly 60 percent of American "stream miles" may only flow seasonally or flow after a significant rain, but those “stream miles” do have a "considerable impact" on downstream waters. The EPA noted that roughly 117 million Americans, drink water that comes from such streams. 

The EPA proposal now faces a 90-day comment period; federal officials have pontificated that they will consult the public about their reaction to the proposed changes before they “shape a final rule." 
U.S. Senate (TX) - Sr, Republican Assistant Minority Leader (Minority Whip) 
First Elected:    11/05/2002
Last Elected:    11/04/2008

Primary Runoff Election
Tuesday May 27, 2014
Contact Craig McMichael at         -365-0416

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SHTP and other tea party group calls for a Censure for John Cornyn 

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Top 10 Bad Votes by Senator John Cornyn R-TX
SHTP    Monday, April 14 2014
The Rememberance Project 
with Maria Espinosa, Project Co-Founder
Hear about the hundreds of Stolen Lives        taken at the hands of illegal aliens.
7:00 -8:00 pm 
Doors open to the public at 6:15 pm
Veterans Conference Center
455 State Hwy. 75 North 
2014 Primary 

Financial Report  30 days before March 4, 2014:

John Otto's Campaign Expenses were  $98,369 with Cash on hand  of $591,675

Terry Holcomb's  Campaign Expenses were  $2,287 with   Cash on hand of  $   2,013

John Otto spent $11.63 /vote -                                why does he have $591,675 on hand?

T. Holcomb spent 42 cents /vote 

March 2016 Primary - TerryHolcomb 
for Texas House of Representatives,  District  18

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 Tri-County Texas Tea Party hosts
Ken Paxton for Attorney General
Coldsprings, Texas 


SHTP     Monday, May 19,  2014
Texas State RunOff Candidates
Wayne Christian for Railroad Commissioner, Pl. 2      and
Sid Miller for Agriculture Commissioner
7:00 -8:00 pm
 Veterans Conference Center
455 State Hwy. 75 North
      San Jacinto Republican Party 
Pastor Rafael Cruz
9:00 am to 11:00 am 
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Jones Auditorium 
125 FM 1514, Coldspring, Tx
contact: Sean Hanson 
 Know Your State Representative, Dist. 18 
John Otto
Cleveland, Liberty County

John Otto voted YES for term limits but after ten years he is still campaigning for his seat in the House.   

Primary Election Results      State Representative District 18
                                       Early Voting
 Terry Holcomb            REP      2,759      36.75%
John Otto - IncumbentREP      4,747       63.24%
                                        Total Votes 
Terry Holcomb              REP       5,275       38.16%
John Otto - Incumbent REP       8,547       61.83%

No more hitchin' a ride on Walker County while serving your big business donors !  

John Otto brags that he "received awards" for being a conservative leader from his DONORS, not his votes for conservative issues.

In-State $4,637.00                                                                          Out-Of-State $400.00  
Unknown State $379,379.00

    Otto's Bill Favor Fellow Legislators, Not Tax Payers

John Otto's bill got all legislators a pension raise. He voted on an pension increase for his fellow legislators - the increase was hidden in a bill that all legislators could safely vote for. Lawmakers serving eight years can collect $23,000 a year when they retire at age 60. 

  If they served 10 years, they’re eligible for $28,750 a year in pensions funded by your tax dollars. 

 Twenty years in the pink dome gets you up to $57,500 annually plus health care.

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A 2013 study by Rice University found that John Otto was the seventh-lowest ranked Republican in the Texas House. That should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with his voting record. 

Empower Texas's 2013  Fiscal Responsibility Scores 
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The citizens in Liberty, San Jacinto, and Walker Counties (House District 18) don’t have a voice in Austin either. Their representative (John Otto) has demonstrated that he is working for someone else. Considering our founders fought a war over taxation without representation, it may be high time for a revolution in District 18.  

 Also, Mr. Otto now owns a year round condominium in Austin and vacations (with wife) in Jackson Hole, Wy. and Canada at his lobby's expense. 

Maybe that is why John Otto, the Vice-Chairman of the tax-raising Ways and Means Committee and a powerful Appropriations subcommittee Chairman was instrumental in increasing session-to-session spending during the 83rd Texas Legislature by 26.9%. 

  M. Quinn, Founder Empower Texans
SHTP Monday, May 19, 2014            Texas State RunOff Candidates              7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Veterans Conference Center
455 State Hwy. 75 North

The Remembrance Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was created in 2009 to 
honor and remember Americans who have been killed by illegal aliens. 

Maria Espinoza, co-founder of the The Remembrance Project will share how the Project strives to educate, raise awareness, and conduct outreach in order to support and protect citizens and legal residents, and their families well-being and safety through upholding U.S. laws and following the Constitution.

The "Stolen Lives Quilt" initiative gives a voice to the thousands of Americans whose lives have been "stolen" and who no longer have a voice. The Quilt is made up of banners (3 feet x 6 feet) that display the faces, names, and short story of three victims. The Quilt is intended to be taken to and displayed at rallies, city council meetings, vigils, and state houses across America; anywhere where people need to be reminded of the continuing injustice and unspeakable loss and suffering of our families.

Maria will share their stories and the stunning Stolen Lives Quilt which continues to expose the truth about the magnitude of lives so often stolen from our families, our friends, our communities, and our nation. The Quilt brings a visual image showing the faces of our many precious stolen lives and is dedicated to remembering and honoring their lives. 

Doors open to the public at 6:15 p.m. at the Veterans Conference Center, 455 State Hwy. 75 North, Huntsville, Tx. 
Maria Espinoza shares the stories of three citizens depicted on one section of the "Stolen Lives Quilt". It is estimated that 25 Americans or legal residents die each day at the hands of illegal aliens. 
The Remembrance Project
Monday, April 14, 2014    7:00 -8:00 p.m.  
Maria Espinoza, Co-Founder 
Each of us should ask: “What is it about a government that neither cares about protecting its citizens, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, nor wants the public to know just how many of our citizens are being killed each day by these U.S. invaders?”  

Each of us should ask: “What is it about a government that neither cares about protecting its citizens, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, nor wants the public to know just how many of our citizens are being killed each day by these U.S. invaders?   We must demand justice for American citizens, not “social justice” for illegals.
Sid Miller for Agriculture Commissioner 
   Stephenville, Texas
   Six terms in the House of Representative

​Primary Elections:
Sid Miller (34.58%)  Tommy Merritt (20.95%) 
In May 27th Run Off with 
​        Tommy Merritt from Longview
Wayne Christian for 
Railroad Commissioner, Pl. 2
Center, Texas
Texas House 2007-2013 and 1997-2005
Primary Elections:
Wayne Christian 42.68%  Ryan Sitton 30.25%
In May 27th Run Off with
        Ryan Sitton from Corsicana
PRIMARY ELECTION   U. S. Representative District 8

                                         Early Voting 
Kevin Brady - IncumbentREP  23,185       67.58%
Craig McMichael              REP  11,122      32.41%
                                         Total Votes 
Kevin Brady - Incumbent REP  41,549         68.04%
Craig McMichael              REP 19,508          31.95

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Presidential Election
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Resolution:H.Res. 530: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2575) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 30-hour threshold for classification as a full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Afford...

Introduced by Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX26] on April 1, 2014 

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In 2009 Robert Scott, then Texas Commission of Education and Governor Rick Perry say no to Common Core because Common Core Standards were not written and Texas Law prohibits taking standards without input from Texas teachers, parents and businesses.