On August 10, 2015  the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published on its website the FRA's "Dallas
to Houston High-Speed Rail Project Corridor Alternative Analysis Technical Report," (FRA Report)
which narrows the focus of the ongoing EIS to potential alignments associated with the Utility
Corridor. In the FRA Report, it cites a separate document prepared by us (the Step I Screening of
Corridor Alternatives Report) that is our suitability analysis of the four potential high-speed rail

Click here to read the 17 page: Final Federal Railroad Administration Corridor Alternative Analysis Technical Report

Click here to read the 161 page:  Step 1 Screening of Corridor Alternatives Report:


(Events are listed in decending order)
February 2    800 people (not a typo) attended a meeting in Montgomery (west of Conroe) Monday night to oppose HSR.

February 4   Neighborhoods deserve a better fate in high-speed rail proposal  (Houston Chronicle)

February 25   House Bill 1889  was filed  by Will Metcalf
Related to the construction of an electric railway......with overhead catenary wires for train...speeds greater than 100mph....will not authorize construction unless approved by the governing body of the county or municipality,,,,
"would require the elected officials of every city and county along the route to approve the project. That seems improbable, given the opposition in some rural areas" W. Metcalf

March 4  Let’s keep high-speed rails out of Texas 
by  Dan Agan      (Read the whole article by link)

A new Texas company, Texas Central Railway, has asked the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to approve a route between Houston and Dallas for a high-speed rail. There is no financial or practical justification for the Japanese high-speed rail. The vast majority of the citizens of Texas who are aware of this plan are opposed to it and the entire high-speed rail plan is highly suspect.

Texas Central Railway is a new company and has never owned, operated or built a rail line, much less a high-speed rail. Most of the company’s senior staff is comprised of former politicians and former bureaucrats. Among the top four officials on their website are a former Harris County (Houston) judge, a former mayor of Dallas and the former ambassador to Japan.

On their website, this is stated at the bottom of their home page: “TCR will not be the owner, developer, implementer nor operator of the railroad.”

If TCR is not going to build or operate the train, who is? Why isn’t the builder/operator applying for the approval directly? Why is the name of the builder/operator being kept secret? Does keeping the name of the builder/operator hidden, enhance the likelihood of FRA approval? Most likely the secret company that would build and operate the high-speed rail is Japan Railway Company (JRC), which is TCR’s partner company in the project. (Click the link above to read more)

SAT, MARCH 21 at 6:00 pm.  Madisonville, Texas  Kimbro Center Madisonville Tea Party  hosted an update on the High Speed Rail for the counties that are in the footpath of the railway and an update on the High Voltage Power Lines.  About 200 local residents attended this meeting, with some hearing details about the rail line and the power grid issues for the first time.  Madison County Commissioner Court is scheduled to pass a resolution against the Texas Central Railway High Speed Rail.  Madison County will be the eighth county of the nine counties in the proposed path of the HSR to pass such a resolution.   (Although not in the proposed path of the HSR, Walker County Commissioner Court has also signed a resolution against the HSR).

Presenters  HSR: Ben Leman, Grimes County Judge and Kyle Workman, Volunteer, Leon Co.
                  For more info. go to www.TexansAgainstHSR.com 

Presenter:  High Voltage Power Lines for Power Grid: Dave Tullus

Date: August 14, 2013
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. 

Donna Pinon   
Chairman, VOLT PAC                                               
Property Rights Organization
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With thousands of illegal immigrant minors continuing to pour over America’s southern border, the same politicians are singing the same songs: we can’t close the border, we must pursue comprehensive immigration reform, we can only reach political consensus if we compromise on border enforcement. It’s all nonsense. As I’ve explained in this space, we could easily close the border if we had the political will to do so.
The lack of political will springs from a fundamental misunderstanding of the risks of mass illegal immigration – to immigrants, both legal and illegal, and to American citizens. Here, then, are the top reasons to close the border, and to close it forthwith:

Disease. America is now coping with diseases it believed it had eradicated, at least in part thanks to unrestricted immigration. In early June, ABC 15 in Arizona reported, “US Border Patrol agents are worried that what’s coming over into the US could harm everyone… Agents are worried about a viral outbreak.” According to Border Patrol Agent and Rio Grande Valley Union representative Chris Cabrera, agents are experiencing contagious outbreaks – and so-called quarantine areas are nothing of the sort, often separated from the general population by mere caution tape. “There’s been an outbreak of scabies that’s been going on for the past month,” Cabrera said. And it’s not just scabies, it’s chicken pox, MRSA, staph infections. The Department of Homeland Security will not allow media to speak with doctors and medical staff treating illegal immigrants. A health official told The Blaze, “There is really no hard stop at the border, and we have no idea health-wise what diseases are coming across.”

The Safety of US Citizens. Crafting a system in which American authorities have no idea who is in the country is a recipe for public safety disaster. Immigration and Customs Enforcement admits that in 2013, it released 36,007 convicted criminal aliens awaiting deportation outcomes, including immigrants responsible for homicides, sexual assaults, kidnapping, and other serious crimes. The CIS breaks it down: “193 homicide convictions (including one willful killing of a public official with gun); 426 sexual assault convictions; 303 kidnapping convictions; 1,075 aggravated assault convictions; 1,160 stolen vehicle convictions; 9,187 dangerous drug convictions; 16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions; 303 flight escape convictions.” Meanwhile, ranchers along the southern border are victimized with impunity by drug cartels exploiting the open border.

The Safety of Illegal Immigrant Children. This new influx of illegal immigrant minors is unprecedented. Thousands of children, some as young as four years old, have been found crossing the border. Some have been found dead. Children are sometimes used by Mexican drug cartels, as well. While the Obama administration loudly proclaims that it doesn’t want children being sent through Mexico to the United States, they refuse to state that illegal immigrant minors will be deported. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused no less than six times on Sunday to say as much. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has already stated that it will not deport so-called DREAMers, illegal immigrants without felony records between the ages of 16 and 30.

The Threat of Terrorism. Both of our borders, northern and southern, are a source of anxiety with regard to terror. In 2011, a report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee found that the Canadian border gives “easy passage into America by extremists, terrorists and criminals whose purpose clearly is to harm the American people.” This month, Marine Corps General John Kelly, commander of US Southern Command, said that the southern border had become a “crime-terror convergence.” He explained, “All this corruption and violence is directly or indirectly due to the insatiable U.S. demand for drugs, particularly cocaine, heroin and now methamphetamines, all of which are produced in Latin America and smuggled into the U.S. along an incredibly efficient network along which anything — hundreds of tons of drugs, people, terrorists, potentially weapons of mass destruction or children — can travel, so long as they can pay the fare.”

Low-Wage US Workers Will Pay. Unions largely support illegal immigration, for three reasons: (1) they hope that illegal immigrants will one day vote, and vote for their political allies; (2) they understand that more illegal immigration means broader government, and government workers are more heavily unionized than private sector workers; and (3) they hope to legalize those illegal immigrants to force them into unions. Nonetheless, it is low-wage workers in the United States who pay the price for illegal immigration. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, virtually all of the net gain in jobs between 2000 and 2013 went to immigrants, either legal or illegal. Immigrants particularly made major strides in “building cleaning and maintenance and construction and extraction.”

The Taxpayers Will Pay. The illegal immigrants crossing America’s southern border are not villains. Most of them are likely looking for a place to work. But that doesn’t mean they’re not draws on public resources. Illegal immigrants have a poverty rate of 26 percent, twice that of the native-born. In Texas, CIS says that 58 percent of illegal households are on some form of welfare; that’s 55 percent in California. Taxpayers spend approximately $40 billion per year on education for illegal immigrants or their children. A huge majority of illegal immigrants don’t have health insurance, which means they take advantage of public services in some form or fashion. This isn’t about the intent of illegal immigrants, which may be great – they may be here to work, to contribute, to build a better life. But adding a huge pool of unskilled immigrants without legal working papers sets up a drain on the public dime.

Voter Fraud. The left dismisses the possibility of voter fraud while simultaneously declaring that voter ID is racist. But today’s decision from an Arizona court mandating that drivers’ licenses be distributed to illegal immigrants who will not be deported by the Obama administration puts us firmly on the road toward serious voter fraud.

American Culture Is Under Attack. This is not the fault of immigrants to America, who, like all previous generations of immigrants from a myriad of other countries (including my great-grandparents from Eastern Europe), would be willing to acculturate to the United States. This is the fault of the left, which has suggested that the melting pot ideal with unique American values is culturally imperialistic and patriarchal. The result is an increasingly fragmented nation.

Despite these grave threats to America, members of both parties continue to pretend that leaving the border open is a viable option – Republicans, because they are beholden to big businesses seeking cheap labor, and Democrats, because they wish to confiscate the wealth of citizens. But at this point, there is simply no excuse for not closing the border.

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Your VOICE NOW will be the future of Texas Education.   Contact Dan Patrick and tell him "NO" to Common Core and National Based Curriculums.  

Growing Rejection of Common Core

by Phyllis Schlafly
President & Founder of Eagle Forum

The most controversial issue in education today is clearly Common Core. It's being more hotly debated than bullying, zero tolerance, sex ed, abortion or even school lunches.

Common Core is the title of a new set of standards the Obama administration has been trying to force the states to use. Even before the standards were written, 45 states and the District of Columbia signed on, encouraged by inducements of federal funds. The principal outliers are Texas, Alaska, Nebraska and Virginia.

Now that parents and teachers are finding out what is commanded by Common Core State Standards and what is being taught by "Common Core-aligned" materials, moms and teachers are raising a ruckus, trying to get their respective states to repeal their involvement. Many are demanding that their state withdraw altogether from Common Core, principally because they believe it is a takeover by the Obama administration of all that kids are taught and not taught.

The backlash against Common Core has developed into a potent political force. About 100 bills have been introduced into various state legislatures to cancel, stop or slow down Common Core requirements.

Indiana broke the ice on March 23, becoming the first state to pass an anti-Common Core bill. It strikes out references to Common Core in the law and requires the state board of education to maintain Indiana's sovereignty while complying with federal standards.

When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed this legislation that opted his state out of Common Core, he said, "I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level."

The Indiana bill was introduced as a straight repeal of Common Core, but it ended up keeping so many Common Core requirements that its original sponsor, Sen. Scott Schneider, pulled his name off of it.

The game of some people, obviously, is to pass standards that are nearly identical to Common Core but under a different name, because the name itself has become toxic. And states are always solicitous to maintain their flow of federal funds, which the Obama administration uses as bribes or threats.

The second state that went public against Common Core was South Carolina. On May 30, Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill abolishing Common Core standards in her state beginning in 2015.

Legislators were responding to constituent complaints that Common Core introduces frivolous and illogical teaching techniques to no apparent purpose while imposing new standards that are not meaningful improvements.
Common Core ends up being a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach.

Parents won a remarkable victory when the Oklahoma legislature repealed use of Common Core by the overwhelming bipartisan vote of 71-18 in the House and 31-10 in the Senate, and replaced it with academic standards written by state government officials. After receiving an estimated 20,000 phone calls in support of the repeal, Gov. Mary Fallin signed the repeal into law on June 5.

This law directs the Oklahoma State Board of Education to create new and more rigorous standards by August of 2015. The State Regents for Higher Education, the State Board of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will evaluate the newly written standards to make sure they truly make students "college- and career-ready."

Fallin's message in signing the repeal of Common Core was blunt in explaining what is wrong with the standards. She wrote: "President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards. 

Common Core is now widely regarded as the President's plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies."

Fallin's message reminded us, "Citizens, parents, educators and legislators ... have expressed fear that adopting Common Core gives up local control of Oklahoma's public schools." We congratulate Oklahoma's governor for having the courage to stop the well-financed plan to railroad Oklahoma's public schools into kowtowing to federal control.

From the start, Common Core has been ballyhooed as a state-led (not federal) initiative each state could voluntarily choose to adopt. But, as the governor wrote, "The words 'Common Core' in Oklahoma are now so divisive that they have become a distraction that interferes with our mission of providing the best education possible for our children."

Like most left-wingers, Education Secretary Arne Duncan played the race card (for which he later had to apologize) when was besieged on all sides by Common Core critics. He accused opponents of the program of just being "white suburban moms."

Duncan should have read The New York Times, which published a picture of both white and African-American moms protesting Common Core wearing signs that read, "My child is not common." Parents nationwide are saying no to Common Core.

Who's Arriving on the NAFTA Train
by Phyllis Schlafly
Founder & President of Eagle Forum

Do you remember when President George W. Bush, in 2005, held a summit meeting with the "three amigos" to promote the free movement of people and goods across our borders with Canada and Mexico? The Council on Foreign Relations then spoke of "building a North American community" with a common "security perimeter" and "labor mobility" among our three countries.
Texas planned to build a massive North American Free Trade Agreement superhighway that would begin at its southern border with Mexico and eventually reach northern U.S. cities. The Kansas City Southern Railway bought a Mexican railroad and began branding it as the NAFTA railroad, with the goal of carrying Chinese products from Mexico's Pacific Port of Lazaro Cardenas all the way to Kansas City, Missouri.
The prospect of an economic union with Mexico, which could eventually become a North American Union modeled on the European Union, rightly alarmed many Americans. Texas Gov. Rick Perry was forced to abandon his NAFTA superhighway (TTC), and President Barack Obama quietly removed Bush's Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America from the White House website.
But the NAFTA railroad, now called the Kansas City Southern de Mexico, is up and running. Thanks to the exclusive reporting of Dr. Jerome Corsi at WorldNetDaily, we learn that this train is now playing a major role in bringing tens of thousands of young Central American immigrants into our country illegally.
Americans have been aghast at the sight of unending waves of people, ranging in age from babies in arms to tough, tattooed teenage men. The trip north is no joy ride: riding on the top of moving freight cars for hundreds of miles, preyed on by bandits. Those who take this harrowing trip call it "La Bestia" (the Beast) or the "Train of Death."
How were these desperately poor people able to travel the distance of more than a thousand miles from their homes in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to the U.S. border? The answer, apparently, is that they were allowed to hitch a ride on the NAFTA train that is owned and operated by an American company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, Kansas City Southern Rail Network.
Obama, predictably, is demanding that American taxpayers foot the monstrous bill. A mere billion dollars or two won't be enough. Obama's first demand is for $3.7 billion, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Considering all the entitlement programs these kids will eventually soak up, from public school education to medical care, this is easily a trillion-dollar problem.

American taxpayers will again be the ones left holding the bag. 
Illegal Immigrants in Texas

The unprecedented illegal immigration surge occurring at the Texas border has many grassroots activists and citizens concerned about the large influx of alien minors and adults flooding into our communities. Current holding facilities on the Texas border have been overwhelmed and this human tide is being shipped all over our State and across America. As we have seen, many other communities across America are rising up in protest as strangers without any ties to their cities, towns and neighborhoods are being dumped there by the Federal government. 
 Here in Texas, we have lived with this problem for decades. While we have had illegal alien minors in our schools since the 1980s, our Independent School Districts (ISDs) have never faced a strain on their resources like they are facing in the next school year and the one beyond. We have all seen the clusters of illegals queuing up for day labor jobs on street corners and quick markets. We have visited the crowded emergency rooms in our local hospitals as illegal aliens seek non-emergency medical treatment. And we have heard or experienced firsthand the horrors of the drug trade, crime and human sex trafficking resulting from unrestricted illegal aliens activity in our State.   However, all these problems pale with respect to the massive wave from Central America and China that is crashing upon our border. In other words, we haven’t seen anything yet!

Until the general public is made aware of the dangers facing our state and is sufficiently aroused to take action, the politicians will remain feckless and the crisis will continue to drag on until something vital in our culture and/or government breaks. Therefore, the answer is not with the politicians or even the activists who are pressing for real solutions.  

The answer is where it has always been…with the people!

Grassroots activists of all stripes SHOULD be attending every school board and PTA meeting, every city council and county commission meeting, and every State and Congressional town hall meeting to simply ask relevant questions and demand answers. 

However, before any activist stands up in a public meeting to address the Texas border crisis, they should take a minute before they begin asking questions to set a brief narrative that supports compassion yet frames the discussion in broader terms.  It is recommended that the following points be incorporated into a beginning narrative......

This document will provide a series of template questions that are loosely–based on the government entity for which they are expected to be asked. The government meetings the grassroots activists are encouraged to engage and ask questions related to the fallout resulting from the Texas border crisis are listed as follows:  

      1.City Councils and County Commissions
      2.ISD School Boards
      3.Congressional Town Halls (August Recess)

 Sam Houston Tea Party supports education that is built on sound theories of teaching methods, proven content that is developmental and accurate and classroom discipline that supports the student with sound teaching methods, proven content that is developmental and accurate and classroom discipline that supports the student with a positive environment for learning life skills.     We support public schools, private and faith-based education, home schooling and learning through on-line resources. School choice lies with informed parents and their children.

Sam Houston Tea Party shares the community's concerns about the Agenda 21 based funds from non-governmental agencies such as the Houston-Galveston Area Council (See LOCAL) and the Huntsville ISD's continued failure of our students due to the use of the TAKS curriculum (CSCOPE/ Common Core) that is ill founded and has not been approved by the Texas Education Agency (See EDUCATION).  
Crisis on the Border - What Can We Do?

The answer is where it has always been…with the people!

Grassroots activists of all stripes SHOULD be attending every school board and PTA meeting, every city council and county commission meeting, and every State and Congressional town hall meeting to simply ask relevant questions and demand answers.  They they should take a minute before they begin asking questions to set a brief narrative that supports compassion yet frames the discussion in broader terms.  

It is recommended that the following points be incorporated into a beginning narrative. This document will provide a series of template questions that are loosely–based on the government entity for which they are expected to be asked. For government meetings, the grassroots activists are encouraged to engage and ask questions related to the fallout resulting from the
 Texas border crisis are listed as follows:  

  1. City Councils and County Commissions
  2. ISD School Boards
  3. Congressional Town Halls 



Top Reasons to Close the Border    Brietbart 

With thousands of illegal immigrant minors continuing to pour over America’s southern border, the same politicians are singing the same songs: we can’t close the border, we must pursue comprehensive immigration reform, we can only reach political consensus if we compromise on border enforcement.             

 It's all nonsense.  

Disease, Safety of U.S. Citizens, Safety of Illegal Immigrant  children, Threat of Terrorism, Low-Wage US Workers Will Pay, The Taxpayers Will Pay, Voter Fraud, American Culture Is Under Attack. 

Click here for more detail discussion of top reasons......

​Despite these grave threats to America, members of both parties continue to pretend that leaving the border open is a viable option – Republicans, because they are beholden to big businesses seeking cheap labor, and Democrats, because they wish to confiscate the wealth of citizens. But at this point, there is simply no excuse for not closing the border.
The Remembrance Project

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.                                 http://www.theremembranceproject.org/

Education Is For All of Us          Sam Houston Tea Party supports the Constitution, the Foundations of Faith and the reality of American Exceptionalism and will not support any local or national governmental system, teaching method or curriculum that is not built on that base.     For our community and country to survive and thrive, our citizens and children must be educated with facts, not indoctrinated with incorrect and false concepts and the progressive "everyone deserves a trophy" theory of learning and living.  We encourage you to refresh or extend your understanding of the Constitution and the history behind each word and phrase. To help us all be better stewards of the Founding Documents, we have chosen an exceptional teacher:

KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor, fired after teaching the Constitution to TEA Party groups – she would not sacrifice liberty for a paycheck. She is a disabled veteran of the US Army, a Russian linguist, a mother, a pastor’s wife and a patriot. She now travels the country and teaches the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents.

 KrisAnne Hall does not just teach the Constitution, she lays the foundations that show how reliable and relevant our founding documents are today. She presents the “genealogy” of the Constitution – the 700 year history and five foundational documents that are the very roots of American Liberty. 
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Congress will vote on the $659 million supplemental border bill tomorrow before they leave town for their vacation.  (July 30, 2014)

Most of this money must be spent by September 30th 2014, which is the end of the fiscal year.

It will amend the 2008 human trafficking law, but
it does not cut off funds for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Daca the memorandum authored by the Obama administration in 2012. which a lot of people blame for the surge in illegal immigration. This is why your Congressman needs to vote no on this bill. 

Breakdown of where the money is going:
$405 million to the Department of Homeland Security-personnel costs and some to reimburse States for cost of illegal immigration.
$35 million for doubling the National Guard on the border.
$22 million for hiring temporary Immigration Judges.
$197 million for the Department of Health and Human Services to house illegal aliens
$40 million for the Governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to help with repatriation efforts as long as they help stem the flow of their citizens coming to the U.S.

Executive Order 13618 - Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions   (July 6, 2012)

Section 1. Policy. The Federal Government must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to carry out its most critical and time sensitive missions. Survivable, resilient, enduring, and effective communications, both domestic and international, are essential to enable the executive branch to communicate within itself and with: the legislative and judicial branches; State, local, territorial, and tribal governments; private sector entities; and the public, allies, and other nations. Such communications must be possible under all circumstances to ensure national security, effectively manage emergencies, and improve national resilience. The views of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the public must inform the development of national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications policies, programs, and capabilities. 
           Read the complete Executive Order 13618 here....
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Smart Meters

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 

UPDATE    Read the History of the Fight Against Smart Meters

Read more here: Austin Smart Meters 
    Austin Energy is the first electric utility company in Texas to offer an Opt Out Program
          See links for Opt Out letters for Electric and Gas Smart Meters
          Read key issues: 
                    Health, Privacy, Electrical Safety Problems, Electric Grid Security


There is always someone or something that manages to throw roadblocks to the rights we have to challenge Unconstitutional, and Illegal Infringements upon the average citizen.

As many already know, our appeal was filed with the court, our brief has been submitted to the court, and the court date had been set. What has happened now is the Attorney General's Office has filed a challenge to our appeal. They are trying to use a court decision that was made regarding a case involving the Public Utility Commission of Texas about an appeal about an actual rule submitted but not adopted by the PUCT. Now our attorney, Roger Borgelt, is working on the reply to this challenge. Due to the timing process, this challenge now will interfere with the schedule set for the court date of Dec. 2, 2014.

Something you all can and should do if you are so inclined, is to write to the Attorney General's Office expressing your dismay that they would try to block our right to appeal to the courts. Remember, your Attorney General is running for Governor...while Gregg Abbott is not actually handling this case himself, he is the "boss" in that office. Many of you have been attending speaking engagements by Gregg Abbott. Many of you are donating to his campaign. You might consider writing his campaign with your concerns, and you might want to ask Mr Abbott about the challenge being made against our day in court.

Click here for Letters to Greg Abbott and the Greg Abbott Campaign
Pipeline Resources:

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   Texas Landowner's Bill of Rights -TLBOR

"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 the TLBOR – which not only demands legislative leadership but citizen action
Water and the EPA  March 26, 2014
Proposal required 90 comment period until June 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."           

"This is a focused effort by the federal government to ultimately relieve us of our water and thereby control the population.

Ask yourself if Agenda 21 will follow this EPA water grab. 
​​​Are we ready to stand up and take on the responsibility that our founders left us with or shall we start participating in our own governance. "  
​Concerrned Citizens for Texas Water Resources
​Tom Sherman  
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Click here for the Waters of the United States Proposed Rule Clarifying protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. 

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 (3/26/14), 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.  
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."  

One More Reaction to the Proposed Change to the Clean Air Act  

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 (AFY) t is roughly equal to the amount of water three typical Texas households use in a year.
Read more...........
Is The EPA Preparing For A Massive Private Land Grab?
08/28/2014                                      Michael Bastasch

Republicans are accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of preparing to take control over vast swaths of land under the guise of protecting the country’s water resources. Lawmakers warn this could erode private property rights.

The EPA has consistently denied they are trying to use the Clean Water Act to expand their regulatory reach, but Republicans say they have a smoking gun that shows the agency is up to something.

Their proof? The EPA paid private contractors to assemble detailed maps of waterways and wetlands in all 50 states. The EPA maps were made in 2013, shortly after the agency proposed expanding its authority under the Clean Water Act. The maps were kept secret by the agency, but were obtained by Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

“These maps show the EPA’s plan: to control a huge amount of private property across the country,” Rep. Lamar Smith, the science committee’s chairman, wrote in a letter to the EPA demanding more answers on why they have a detailed map of U.S. waterways.

“Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps,” wrote Smith, a Texas Republican. “But the EPA’s posturing cannot explain away the alarming content of these documents.”

But the EPA has denied the maps were made in preparation for a massive regulatory expansion. The agency says the maps were in fact first created during the Bush administration to identify “waters that would be vulnerable” in the wake of a 2001 Supreme Court case. The agency said the maps were updated again after a 2006 Supreme Court decision on EPA water authority.

“Let us be very clear – these maps have nothing to do with EPA’s proposed rule or any other regulatory purpose,” an EPA spokeswoman told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “EPA’s proposed rulemaking was initiated as a result of these Supreme Court cases, and seeks to protect only those waters that significantly impact health and quality of downstream waters used by America’s communities, farms and businesses for drinking, recreation, and a healthy economy.”

But Smith says the EPA has not explained why it used taxpayer dollars to pay for maps they don’t plan to use in its regulatory scheme.

“The EPA’s job is to regulate. The maps must have been created with this purpose in mind,” Smith wrote to the agency.

The fight over EPA’s water authority began last year when the agency proposed to expand the definition of “waters of the United States” — thus expanding their regulatory jurisdiction. Environmentalists and the EPA said the rule was necessary to protect U.S. waters from pollution.
Republicans, on the other hand, saw it as a massive land grab waiting to happen based on cherry-picked science.

“The ‘waters of the U.S.’ rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history,” said Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter in a statement from March. “Today’s rule also shows EPA picking and choosing the science they use. Peer review of the agency’s connectivity report is far from complete, and yet they want to take another step toward outright permitting authority over virtually any wet area in the country, while at the same time providing a new tool for environmental groups to sue private property owners.”

In its draft water rule, the EPA says that bodies of water could be federally regulated if they have a “significant nexus” to a “traditional navigable water, interstate water, or the territorial seas” — a vague and unclear definition of its regulatory reach. The EPA has assured lawmakers it would define “significant nexus” in future proposals.

Republicans have been trying to pry more information regarding the proposed rule from the EPA, which culminated in Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe agreeing to release previously secret water maps when pressed about the issue during a House hearing in July.

“It’s time to give Americans a chance to make up their own minds about the EPA’s intentions,” Smith wrote to the EPA. “While the agency marches forward with a rule that could fundamentally re-define Americans’ private property rights, the EPA kept these maps hidden.”
THE EPA AND WATER ISSUES       Maps were kept hidden......
Texas Water Fights by Individuals and Groups
(see articles below)

09/25/14             San Antonio Water System & Simboro - 142 mile pipeline         
                                  A Call For Help From Central Texas Water Friends Just To the West of Walker County

08/28/14           Is The EPA Preparing For A Massive Private Land Grab?             

Water and the EPA March 26, 2014  Proposal required 
90 comment period until June 2014

          01/23/14       Water Fight Ends In Ranchers' Favor Property owners allowed to pump out as much as they want      

A Call For Help From Central Texas Water Friends Just To the West of Walker County

"I want to ask for your help in uniting our region to stop the $3.3 billion San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS) contract for Simsboro water east of Austin."
   Linda Curtis, Independent Texans

Click Here to read " Despite Successes, Water Still Vexes San Antonio" 

Click here for a brief history/timeline of SAWS and the Simsboro Aquifer

"We ALL have an interest in this (see the map in the attached article)-- for the sustainability of all Texas groundwater and our local economies. The "growth lobby" is getting ready to set a precedent to raid rural slow-recharge aquifers if they get away with this. It's clear they will use this water to build over the fast-recharge and sensitive Edwards Aquifer -- but we can expect a dance about that.

Is it not time for a firm rural-urban-regional non-partisan citizens alliance? "

Linda Curtis, League of Independent Voters of Texas,  

  PO Box 651 Bastrop, TX 78602 512-213-4511 office
​From: Barret Lyne 

It  understand that Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District is currently evaluating its conservation and emergency response measures to adverse aquifer draw downs by the San Antonio Water System consumption impact on the Simsboro if and when it happens. These measures may entail cutting back contracts, cancellation of permits, and cessation of issuing new permits.

It is my understanding that the pumping in the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District from the Simsboro and the Carrizo aquifers is approximately as follows:

TOTALS for District : Bryan, College Station, TAMU, Robertson Co, Brazos Co.
(In 2011) 70,000 AFY (in 2012) 53,000 AFY (In 2013) 64,000 AFY

TOTALS for Wickson Valley and Wellborn Water Districts used 42,000 to 43.000 AFY for each year above

ALCOA used 35 to 39 AFY from Post Oak Groundwater Conservation District but this consumption has ceased.

An acre-foot (AFY) t is roughly equal to the amount of water three typical Texas households use in a year.

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Your involvement is essential to your child’s education—and it starts with being well-informed. Like the official Texas Connections Academy @ Houston Facebook page now, and enjoy!

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An acre-foot (AFY) is roughly equal to the amount of water three typical Texas households use in a year.
Crisis on the Border  - What Can We Do?
The  following question sets have been developed to elicit a response based on the authoritative purview of each governmental entity. These questions may be modified or expanded depending on the local unique circumstances.

A. Example Question Set for City Council and County Commission Meetings 
 1) Does this Council/Commission have any advance information concerning any illegal immigrants coming to our city/County? 

Are there any coming here and, if so, how many?

 2) Where are these illegal aliens to be housed or detained? Will there be any public debate offered regarding the locations chosen for housing illegal aliens? 

3) Has the city/county enough financial resources to manage an influx of hundreds or thousands of non-English speaking, indigent people? Are the enough law enforcement resources, hospital and medical services, and other civic resources funded and available to manage illegal aliens re-located to our communities?

  4) Does the city/county have a contingency/emergency plan developed to cover this specific scenario?

 5) Will the care and services available to citizens in this city/county be affected by the sudden and large influx of illegal aliens.

B. Example Question Set for Independent School District School Board Meetings

 1) Do you know how many illegal alien minors will be attending the 2014-2015 school year? Has any Federal or State agency been in contact with the school board regarding the resettlement of school-age migrants in our school district?

 2) Since the overwhelming majority of these school-age minors do not speak English and most likely are not at an age appropriate grade level, does the school district have enough bi-lingual teachers and staff to address the educational needs of these “new” students, as well as, the children from our own communities?

 3) Since many of these school-age minors come from countries where violence is the norm or have been raped and brutalized on the trip to the US border, does the school district have enough mental health and counseling services to treat these illegal alien minors? Are there enough security services available in the district to protect our children should one or more of these brutalized minors become a threat to our kids?

 4) We are hearing many horror stories regarding diseases being brought into the US by these illegal alien minors. There have been reports of lice, scabies and drug-resistant TB in the detention camps. Texas vaccinations for public school admissions do not screen for those previously listed, as well as, HIV, chicken pox, dengue fever, chagas, and even leprosy. What actions is the school district taking to address these  unique health threats to our children? Are there sufficient medical resources and trained health-care staff in place to deal with any health threat to our kids that may arise?

 5) It has been a struggle over the last couple of legislative sessions to ensure that there is adequate funding for the Texas education system. Many school districts have had to pass bonds in order to meet the current needs of our children. With the influx of a hundred, a thousand, and in some cases even more, does the school district have enough facilities and space to include these minors and ensure that the kids from our community are being adequately served?

 6) Does our school district have a comprehensive plan to deal with the influx illegal alien minors into our school system with respect to budget, safety, health and security? 

C. Example Question Set for Congressional Town Halls during the August Recess

 1) Does Congress have a full understanding of the Administration’s response to the immigration crisis occurring on the southern border of Texas? Have you visited or attempted to visit any detention centers? Have you been barred or restricted in any way towards discovery of realities on the ground?

 2) Do you know where detainees are being shipped to in Texas? Do you know where and how many are being released in Texas communities? 

3) Has there been any sort of analysis of the massive surge in illegal immigration with respect to Federal, State and local governments? Will our taxes have to go up to support this new “entitlement” class that does not have jobs or speak English? Do you know what the expected drain on State and local resources in your district are? What are the impacts to local civic welfare functions, law enforcement, hospital and school districts?

 4) What is Congress doing to protect “whistleblowers” with respect to the border crisis situation? We note that agents, medical personnel, and care givers are being fired for speaking out about the border realities and conditions within the detention facilities.

 5) What are the Republican/Democratic plans for dealing with this on-going problem via legislative initiatives? Will Congress have the will to exercise the power of the purse during this year’s budget debates?  
​Superintendent Wright and the School Board worked to develop a Mission Statement  and Set of Beliefs

HISD Mission:

The Huntsville Independent School District will establish a family atmosphere with students, parents and community to provide comprehensive, equitable educational experiences based on national and state curriculum and testing standards, and innovative teaching, in a caring, safe environment. Student progress and personal development will be monitored and measured to assure that each student advances to his/her highest potential. The educators, parents, community members, churches and other agencies will provide the support for a comprehensive, rigorous, curriculum, other student development programs and facilities to assure the overall development of each student. Each student will experience the latest learning technologies, advanced math, science, communication skills and the appreciation of the arts in order to become a competitive player in a diverse, global environment.

HISD Goals:

  Maintain a professional learning community that meets the needs of all students, celebrates differences and creates a passion for excellence throughout the district.

  Provide a rigorous curriculum utilizing varied instructional strategies to differentiate instruction and ensure a high level of academic success for all students.

  Exchange timely and accurate information effectively among all stakeholders both internally and externally, with particular emphasis on instructional decision making that is assessment data-driven.

  Develop a climate supported by parents, community and staff which exemplifies Hornet Pride and fosters creativity, respect, and ownership for student success.

                    Walker County and Huntsville ISD Welcome
                   Dr. Howell Wright as Superintendent

Dec. 4, 2014 — Following a 21-day required waiting period, the lone finalist will become the permanent superintendent.

The Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees had officially laid out what qualifications and characteristics the district was seeking in a new superintendent .

 .An experienced educator from a district which corresponds to Huntsville ISD’s demographics and has teacher, campus administrator and central office experience who can provide direction to the district through a collaborative planning process.

• A strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills who can defend difficult decisions that are best for students and for the district.

• An experienced financial manager who understands how to maximize the district’s resources and tap alternative sources of funding.

• Is an effective delegator who empowers staff members to discharge their responsibilities independently while remaining knowledgeable and accountable for the district’s overall progress in accomplishing its mission.

• A strong leader who comprehends the role of the superintendent and the roles of the school board members.

• Is a motivational leader who is attentive to staff morale and has a proven ability in building an effective management team.

  ​Huntsville Item, Oct. 18 by Nancy Franklin
 Promoting our Positives (“POP”) is an effort that is taking root in Huntsville under the auspices of the Huntsville/Walker County Chamber of Commerce. This group of citizens, university and secondary educators, churches, and businesses is working to improve the perception and reality of our schools in order to benefit our students and our community. New partnerships are being formed and new awareness is seeping into our community about what is going on in our schools and with our students.

 I can report that every school has been adopted by a church in Huntsville! Each of these new partnerships will develop as the church volunteers and the principals work out what is best for each school but the seeds have been planted and are beginning to take root. The schools and churches who have partnered are as follows:

Northside Baptist Church - Huntsville High School and Huntsville Elementary

First United Methodist Church - Mance Park Middle School

University Heights Baptist Church - Huntsville Intermediate School

Elkins Lake Baptist Church - Stewart Elementary School

Covenant Fellowship Church - Scott Johnson Elementary School

Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church - Huntsville Elementary and Scott Johnson Elementary

First Christian Church - Gibbs Elementary

First Presbyterian Church - Gibbs Elementary

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Gibbs Elementary

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church - Gibbs Elementary

Huntsville Church of Christ - Sam Houston Elementary

That’s an impressive list to be sure! There will also be additional needs that will become known as the school year moves along which will allow other churches and individuals to become partners with our public schools and their students. The POP meeting in November will provide an update from churches about their activities with their adopted school. It will be interesting to hear how each partnership is developing. For more information you can reach Carol Smith at the Chamber of Commerce at 295-8113.

In the weeks to come there will be articles written by principals and/or teachers from each of our public schools sharing information about what is going on in our schools. This is in addition to the Wednesday “HIVE” section which appears in the Huntsville Item. There is plenty to be proud of in our students and our schools. Strong partnerships lead to success.

Huntsville School Leadership 
Huntsville Students and Community Involvement
Students in Mrs. Stewart’s broadcast journalism class take the responsibility of producing the news for Huntsville High School very seriously. We are so grateful for our new home on page 4A of The Huntsville Item every Wednesday.
Huntsville Independent School District
School Board meets 3rd Thursday 6pm 
Click here for the AGENDA
Contact: Sherry Odom, Secretary to the Superintendent  
(936) 435-6306
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Feb. 16th

​State Sovernity


Huntsville, Texas 

Texas Senate Bill 1406

A Bill to be Entitled An Act related to the State Board of Education oversite of regional education service center services and products concerning student curriculum.  

 Signed by Gov. Perry June 14, 2013 Read the complete bill HERE

Some School Districts were encouraged to download the CSCOPE LESSON before they were pulled off line.  

 What did Huntsville ISD do ?
Huntsville Schools, We Still Have a Problem
Parent and community input is needed in Huntsville schools to assure Quality Instructional Programs,Successful
Teachers and Students
Texas CSCOPE Review

For a guide of what is being taught in Texas Public Schools, see these websites:




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Third Session - State Sen. Dan Patrick files bill to end CSCOPE lesson plans July 24, 2013

Austin - On Wednesday, State Sen. Dan Patrick filed Senate Bill 41 that prohits the use of CSCOPE lesson plans. Senator Patrick has asked Governor Perry to add this important issue to the call of the special session. 

During the 2013 legislative session, Senator Patrick led the charge to put an end to CSCOPE lesson plans. He passed legislation (SB1406) that gave the State Board of Education the authority to review the CSCOPE lesson plans. Before the bill passed, the Texas Education Service Centers Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC) decided to stop producing CSCOPE lesson plans. With this agreement and bill enacted into law, he believed the issue was settled.  

Recently, Texas Education Agency attorneys have stated that the CSCOPE lesson plans are public domain and potentiallly available to anyone despite the fact that they are a licensed product. Senator Patrick disagrees with that analysis and is pursuing that legal argument.  

Another concern of Senator Patrick related to the operation of TESCCC. As a result, Senator Patrick has asked the State Auditor to perform an audit of the contracting practices of the governing board.  

Among the concerns outlined in his letter to State Auditor John Kell are the facts that the Education Service Centers failed to comply with state law requiring a bidding process and the adoption of formal contracts with state government vendors.

"Texans deserve an open and transparent state government and that is particularly true of our public education system," said Patrick. "The curriculum in our classrooms must be open to public scrutiny as well as the contracts to publish them." 

"The vast majority of parents, teachers, and legislators have mde it clear they want CSCOPE out of their schools. I stand with them and intend to make sure no one tries to slide CSCOPE lesson plans under the classroom door." said Patrick.
July 22, 2013
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst's 
letter to Barbara Cargill, 
Chair of the State Board of Education

Dear Chair Cargill, 

  I am deeply troubled by recent reports of public school districts planning to use CSCOPE lesson plans in the coming school year. As you know, I have serious issues with reported factual error and bias in CSCOPE's lesson plans, and my intent, and that of the Legislature in passing SB 1406, was to end this controvery once and for all. We were told our CSCOPE problems were behind us. Over the past few weeks, I have learned that this could not be further from the truth. 
  It is my understanding the State Board of Education (SBOE) will have an agenda item at the September Board meeting to discuss the review and adoption of CSCOPE lesson plans, which is the subject of Senate Bill 1406. In addition, with the school year rapidly approaching, am requesting the SBOE to convene a panel to hear questions, comments and concerns from school districts, parents and citizens on not only the CSCOPE lesson plans but also the SCOPE, Sequence and Assessment components. By providing this forum, I believe the SBOE can help districts find other lesson plan options, or at least provide transparency for parents and local voters to know what their local districts are using to educate their children. 
  It is my intent to pass legislation as soon as possible to prevent districts from using CSCOPE lesson plans, as well as possibly the Scope, Sequence and Assessment components and to move the Sunset date for the Regional Education Service Centers (ESCs) from 2019 to 2017. Additionally, I have requested the State Auditor perform an audit on the ESCs money flow related to the financial and contractual matters involving CSCOPE.

  David Dewhurst, Texas Lieutenant Governor
A Primer on CSCOPE  
Open the Curtains

Our country is on the brink of losing it’s freedom and its constitutional rights due to the progressive /Marxist ideology of the Obama Administration and those that support his leftist (government knows best, collectivist) ideology. 

Unbeknownst to many who voted for Texas State Board of Education members Thomas Ratliff and Pat Hardy, who ran as republicans and stand by a Marxist Curriculum that is in a majority of Texas Schools. This so-called curriculum is called CSCOPE. If you have not heard about it before don’t be surprised a majority of the parents whose kids are being indoctrinated with it haven’t heard of it either. Why? 

Parents have not been allowed to view it. Teachers had to sign a non disclosure statement that they would not release the contents of it or say anything negative about it. Homework is discouraged and most schools who have purchased it have no text books for children to bring home. Surely this isn’t happening in Texas you may say. Sadly it is! Here is a list of Texas Schools that have purchased and implemented CSCOPE.

Texas has 20 Education Service Centers that were originally set up to help local schools. The directors of nineteen of the 20 (excluding 4) formed a non-profit called Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative , TESCCC which owns CSCOPE. ESC 4 is now a part of TESCCC. 

Follow me here for a minute, state employees, use tax money to form a non-profit which operates in state buildings and use state employees to sell their product. You can read more about the formation and lack of transparency in regard to TESCCC at the following links.

CSCOPE What is behind the curtain Part I

CSCOPE What is behind the Curtain Part II

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​Texas Central Railway Plans to Bring High Speed Rail 
Service to Texas 
The Proposed Bullet Train Will Link Dallas and Houston
For more information go to                      dallashoustonhsr.com

The high speed train will provide an alternative for the estimated 50,000 Texans who travel between Dallas and Houston for work or leisure.  The train will travel in a loop, with four cars per train, leaving stations in Dallas and Houston every 30 minutes. The trip, at 200+ MPH, will take about 90 minutes.  The ticket for the trip will be comparable to an airline ticket between Dallas and Houston- and you still won't have a car at your destination..

But wait, where is the track for this train?  
     It will begin at a station in the  Southern  part of Dallas county moving to the South through Ellis, Navarro, Freestone, Leon, Madison, Grimes, Waller counties and then end/begin again in Harris county near 290 and Jersey Village.   

​What is the route?  Does it come through Huntsville, following  I-45?   
       No, at the bulletin train speed, I-45 has too many curves and development along the route.  So the plan is to follow an existing Utility easement  through the " open, flat, undeveloped" rural communities.  The train will need a 80-100 foot wide easement to move at the bullet speeds.  However, part of the plan is to have a station stop in Shiro in Grimes county.   This would allow for light rail service to come to the train for Texas A&M students and give Bryan/ College Station residents easier access to Dallas and Houston 
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The Hunstville ISD Board of Trustees selected Dr. Howell Wright, as the new Superintendent of Huntsville ISD

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Texas Education Service Centers ... Milking Texas Taxpayers

Texas has 20 Education Service Centers located throughout the state. Texas education service centers were initially set up to assist rural district with services. The ESC’s are funded with some state money as well as your local school district through service contracts and professional development and conferences. The ESC’s have become retirement homes for superintendents who have funded them through ISD’s with your tax money.

On TEA’s website states that the guiding principles for the ESC’s are…..

Accountable - ESCs are responsible and answerable to TEA and the commissioner, the Texas Legislature, the ESC Board of Directors, stakeholders, customers, and the general public. Accountability comes in many forms and is used in all aspects of ESCs’ daily business.  I am laughing in my seat at this statement. The ESC’s are the ones who started their own non-profit company, Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC) and leased a secretive online curriculum management company to 900+ school districts called Cscope. They requested teachers to sign a non-disclosure statement that saying the contents of the curriculum would not be released or they would not say anything negative about it the product.

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Texas Counties under the rails:  Dallas, Ellis, Freestone, Grimes, Harris, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Montgomery, Navarro and Waller Counties. These Texans will not allow a private company using governmental authority of eminent domain to take land for their profit. 

Run Off Candidates for Huntsville City Mayor
Andy Brauninger and Keith Olson
Response to Online Question 
4B Economic Development Proposal (Failed at Election)
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As you know, there will be a separate Proposition on the ballot that, if approved, would allow the City to create a separate Economic Development Corporation and to fund that corporation with property tax money ($625,000 in the first year, likely more each year after that). This money would normally go to the City's General Fund that pays for most essential city services (e.g., Fire, Police, Streets, Roads, Sidewalks, Drainage, Parks, Facilities Maintenance, Operations). 

A) Are you in favor of this proposition and why or why not? 

B) If this proposition is approved, how would you propose to replace the tax money lost to the General Fund? Would you vote to levy higher property taxes or would you prefer to lower the quality of the services provided for by the General Fund? 

 Alice Linahan
Founder Women on the Wall
September 21, 2015
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Walker Education Center
1402 19th Street
Huntsville, Texas 77340
3. The 4B Economic Development board that would be set up to govern the4B and the city council will review each money request for 4B spending, however the 4B allows the board and council to spend this money on parks, landscaping, water lines, etc. as long as they can tie the expenditure to some justification of Economic Development. Can you imagine the arguments and waste of time involved in members of the 4B board or city council trying to convince each other why we should spend 4B money on parks or landscaping? The city should debate parks and landscaping expenses without any 4B involvement. 

4. No one to date has submitted a plan as to how this 4B would operate. What are the rules; does the city have to hire a staff; can you limit the spending; who selects the board members. . . There are a myriad of questions that are unanswered. It appears to me that the idea is, just get the voters to approve the $625,000 and then we will figure out what the management plan and rules will be. Government is historically bad at managing these endeavors.

5. Since this 4B is only authorized by a vote of the citizens, it can only be unwound by a vote of the citizens. Once and if it is approved, and it fails to produce as intended, it is difficult to unwind and will take another ballot proposal to eliminate it.  
6. The 4B will have the authority to borrow money and obligate the city. Very bad idea!

7. Sales tax is the only real potential for strong revenue growth in the city. Why would we want to encumber this revenue source with a 4B proposal?

8. If the city wants to fund Economic Development there are other ways to do it without forming a 4B.

If this proposition is approved, how would you propose to replace the tax money lost to the General Fund? Would you vote to levy higher property taxes or would you prefer to lower the quality of the services provided for by the General Fund?

Those who favor the 4B will advise that with all the new business that will be created by the 4B Economic Development Corporation, the revenue will replace itself with new business. This may be true however, I believe we can still have the new business without the 4B proposal. The reality is that the only way to replace the money lost to the general fund is a tax rate increase or a reduction in services. I am not in favor of a tax rate increase or a reduction in services. My proposal is to go to a private company for Economic Development and have the expense funded by all the entities that benefit from Economic Development. The city, county, SHSU, and the hospital district all benefit from Economic Development and should have "skin in the game." By doing this, the city does not go it alone and all entities fund the endeavor because they will all benefit. It will also drastically reduce the contribution by the city and we can make the city's contribution a budget item.

What is the relationship between the Walker County Hospital District and the Walker County Hospital Corporation?

  The Walker County Hospital District is a political subdivision of the State of Texas and its boundaries are Walker County. The "District" has been in operation for 39 years and has the authority to collect taxes to be sure that medical care is available to the citizens of Walker County.

  Walker County Hospital Corporation dba as Huntsville Memorial Hospital ,"HMH," is a not for profit corporation that has operated the hospital for 88 years with experienced, appointed board members including educators, doctors, lawyers, bankers and other business leaders of the community.

  The relationship between the District and the Corporation is a Tenant/Landlord relationship governed by a Lease Agreement and Operating Agreement. These agreements require the corporation to operate the hospital in a manner which will meet all regulatory and accreditation requirements.

How does this relationship benefit Walker County residents?

  Walker County residents have benefited because we were able to build the present hospital and make expansions and improvements without issuing tax bonds. The debt to build and operate this hospital is paid from patient revenues and we have been fortunate to be able to lower our tax rates over the years when medical costs and insurance rates are skyrocketing.
  Our residents benefit from having a local hospital with a proven record and that is committed to improving health care by identifying and implementing services which allow us to receive quality care at home in a cost effective manner.  

  The present relationship relieves the District from having huge overhead costs and the tax to fund such overhead.
Reduced to a simpler form the Proposition might have been more clearly worded:

"Shall the City of Huntsville be allowed to spend up to $625,000 a year or more of property tax money for the indefinite future and possibly incur millions in new debt payable by property taxes on economic development projects that have not yet been defined and will not be referred to the voters for prior approval?"

Note: A $625,000 Property tax increase is equivalent to about a 10% property tax increase/year for the individual taxpayer. 

The Walker County Hospital District (“District”) of Walker County, Texas is a political subdivision of the State of Texas.

The District was authorized by an Enabling Act by the Texas Legislature under Senate Bill No. 1020 of the 62nd Legislature on June 9, 1971. On November 4, 1975 an election was held where a majority of the voters of the county approved the creation of the District. The District boundaries are the same as Walker County. The enabling act provided for a five member Board of Managers to conduct the business of the District. The term of office for this board is 2 years. A election is held each year to fill those terms expiring.  It also authorizes the Board of Managers to provide for the establishment of a hospital or hospital system within its boundaries, “to furnish Hospital care to persons residing in the District by the purchase, construction, acquisition, repair or renovation of buildings and improvements and the equipping of same and the administration thereof for hospital purposes. Such District shall assume the full responsibility for providing hospital care for its needy inhabitants.

The Act gave the District the authority to levy an annual tax at a rate not in excess of seventy-five cents ($0.75) per one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed value of all taxable property within the District to meet the costs of operating the district.   The Board of Managers of the District are committed to working with all the medical community to improve and expand health care right here in our community hospital and clinic.  The Act gave the District the authority to levy an annual tax at a rate not in excess of seventy-five cents ($0.75) per one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed value of all taxable property within the District to meet the costs of operating the district. The Board of Managers of the District are committed to working with all the medical community to improve and expand health care right here in our community hospital and clinic.                                                                                                                                                              (Provided by Walker County Hospital Board )

Walker County Hospital District                     Winning Candidates 
SHTP Congratulates Election Winners for the two seats on the Walker County Hospital District Board Robert R. Hardy and Judy Emmett 

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On  Nov. 3, 2015 the Proposition Failed      
(Unofficial Results)           Against 1429    For  1238

Before the Nov. 3rd election , SHTP asked Run Off Candidates, Andy Bruninger and Keith Olson, where they stood on Proposition B.


I am not in favor of the 4B Economic Development Proposal and I voted against placing this proposal on the November ballot at the city council meeting. I am against this proposal for the following reasons:

1. The $625,000 estimated revenue for this proposal will come from the 1/2% of the sales tax that the citizens voted to go towards property tax relief. This $625,000 is estimated to be 1/8 of the 1/2% of the property tax relief portion of the sales tax. Why take this money from property tax relief that is a direct benefit to the citizens.

2. Removing $625,000 from the city budget will leave less money for the city to operate and according to the city manager, the only way to cover this loss in revenue without raising the tax rate is to reduce employees. Now, one can argue that perhaps the city can survive with less employees but what I find such a paradox is that Economic Development is supposed to create jobs, yet this proposal could actually result in the elimination of jobs.
Keith Olson

No written answer was submitted. 

Mr. Olson supported the 4B Economic Development Proposal. He did participate in the Candidate Debate held on October 8th and did answer the question at that time. SHTP does not have a record of his oral response.  
Sam Houston Tea Party Next Meeting 
Monday, November 30, 2015
Candidate for Huntsville Mayor 
Andy Brauninger
Walker Education Center, 1402 19th Street
7:00 pm - 8 pm,  Doors open at 6:30

Keith Olson declined to participate in a Mayoral Forum
       SHTP Salutes Mayoral Candidates          Wayne Barrett and John Smither

Thank you Wayne and John for your steadfast commitment to the Sam Houston State University and the City of Huntsville.  

We also thank Joshua Slott for his work on the Walker County Hospital District Board and his commitment to EMS/Fire Fighting services for Walker County. 

We applaud you for your participation in the Sam Houston Tea Party's opportunities to provide  forums for candidates to voice their views and plans for our community.   
     Meet the Candidates  for Texas House   
 (John Otto  is retiring)  

           Seven Candidates for Texas House of Representatives, District 18
  Primary Elections, Tuesday, March 3, 2016
​See the candidates contact information, review their websites and facebook pages

Ernest Bailes
Shepherd, Tx. 
San Jacinto County



Wesley Hinch 
Liberty, Texas
Liberty County 
Liberty County Attorney 



Rick Smith 

November 20 at 9:32am ·

It is with a great amount of prayer, thought, and personal reflection, that today I announce my withdrawal from the 2016 race for Texas State Representative, District 18.

During the last nine months I have met and built friendships with some incredibly amazing people. Patriots who above all else, believe in the christian conservative values that's made us great in years gone by, and will continue to make us great as we move toward the future. 

J. Turner
Huntsville, Texas
Walker County



Van Brookshire
Cold Spring, Tx.
San Jacinto County 
Owner, Facilities
Services Contractor



Huntsville, Tx. 
Walker County
Manager of Walker County Special Utility District since 1969


Video at www.facebook.com/


Keith Strahan
Liberty County
Lawyer at Strahan Law Firm




U.S. Congress, House of Representatives,Texas District 8
Three Candidates
Congressman Kevin Brady  (20+ Years)

A champion of free enterprise and American-made energy, Kevin’s focus is creating jobs, reducing Washington spending and sunsetting obsolete federal agencies.

Kevin is the chairman of the influential Health Subcommittee for the House Ways and Means Committee. As chairman, he will focus on ensuring a strong, free market in the nation's health care industry and look for ways to increase the quality of health care, while keeping costs low.

And as the lead House member of the Joint Economic Committee, Kevin has been a GOP leader on economic issues – opposing the President’s stimulus and fighting White House efforts to raise taxes on families, small businesses and American energy producers.

Until 2013, Kevin was the leader of the Trade Subcommittee and led the successful effort to pass new sales agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia – and he served as the White House point man on the successful passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. On the Social Security Subcommittee, Kevin fought to preserve this important program for future generations once and for all.

Prior to his election to Congress, Kevin worked as a chamber of commerce executive for 18 years and served six years in the Texas House of Representatives where he was named one of the Ten Best Legislators for Families & Children. In 1994 he was named one of Five Outstanding Young Texans.

In order to stay close to the people he represents, Kevin never moved to Washington. He lives in Montgomery County with his wife Cathy and his two sons Will (16) and Sean (13) – and has logged nearly two million miles on Continental Airlines commuting to Congress each week.

Kevin is an original Hometown Hero of The Woodlands, a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary and a Distinguished Alumni of the University of South Dakota. He and his family attend Saints Simons and Jude Catholic Church.         

Second only to the Holy Bible, I believe that the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are priceless gifts of wisdom from God and that a righteous and loving Father in Heaven gave us all three of these sacred documents to bless our lives and establish freedom in this Heaven-blessed land, America.

I stand with Ted Cruz for a better America. As Senator Cruz said; "My touchstone for every question is the Constitution." I believe that America needs to redisvcover it's Godly, self-sufficient roots and belong again to We The People, NOT to the Washington "Cartel" of Dems and Republicans who are pawns of the elite special interests and big dollars in D.C.

We MUST live within our means as a nation and end this fiscal, financial train wreck which we know as the rapidly exploding $18.3 Trillion DEBT. I fully support passing Congressman Connie Mack's (R-Florida) "Penny Plan" which will save taxpayers $7.6 Trillion in debt over the next 10 years by freezing all federal bureaucracy budgets and then cutting them 1% (one PENNY of every dollar they currently receive). Our children must not be left to pay the terrible price of our current reckless, willfully-destructive national spending of money we borrow to pay for so-called "entitlements" and criminal, taxpayer bought 3-4 generational dependency votes.

I believe Congress must protect the second amendment right to bear arms from predatory and pernicious Presidents like the current one. As Senator Cruz says, "I don't think the federal government has any business even having a list of law abiding citizens who choose to exercise their right to keep and bear arms." We must protect and preserve the right of the American people to defend themselves from rogue governments, criminals, thieves and over-reaching, unlawful Presidents.

Email:  ColDeanToCongress@yahoo.com
Mail:    Col. Dean To Congress, P.O. Box 905, Madisonville, Tx. 77864

Craig McMichael 


Walker County Organization with Incumbent Office Holders 
Challenging candidate's names will be in blue boxes

Walker County Judge:                Danny Pierce

County Court and Clerk 
    County Judge:                      Tracy Sorenson 

District Court and Clerk 
    12th District Court                 Don Kraemer
     278th District Court              Hal Ridley
District Clerk                            Robyn Flowers

County Tax Assessor/Collector:  Diana McRae
and Elections

County Clerk                            Kari French 

County Treasurer                       Amy Klawinsky

County Auditor                          Patrica Alle

Criminal District Attorney:          David Weeks

Sheriff                                      Clint McRae

Precinct 2

Commissioner: Ronnie White

Justice of the Peace: Mike Countz

Constable: Reed Prehoda 

Precinct 1

Commissioner: B.J. Pierce - Retiring 

Justice of the Peace:  Janie Farris

Constable:  John Hooks

Precinct 3

Commissioner: Glen Reader (Appointed)

Justice of the Peace: Mark Holt

Constable:  Steve Hill

Precinct 4

Commissioner:     Jimmy Henry 

Justice of the Peace: Stephen P. Cole

Constable:  Gene Bartee

Candidate: Tom DeYoung
Candidate: George Williams
Candidate: Danny Kuykendall
Candidate: Jim Willet
Candidate:  Shane Loosier
Candidate:  John French 
Candidate:  Bill Daughette 
Candidate:  Bill Tutor
Republican Party Chair - Linda McKenzie
Republican Women Chair - Madeline Loosier 

Democratic Party Chair -
Election Dates for Run-Off for City Mayor 
Saturday, December 12, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Early Voting begins November 25, 2015

Mayoral Run Off Candidates: 
Andy Bruninger and Keith Olson 

Early voting and election day voting for all City voters will be conducted at the Walker County Annex from November 25 through December 8. There will be no early voting on Thanksgiving or the day after Thanksgiving.

The mayor is an at-large position that may be voted on by any qualified voter of the city of Huntsville. City voters whose registration is valid on the day they vote (early voting or election day) may vote in this election, regardless of whether they voted on November 3.

Questions about registration or requests for voting by mail should be directed to Diana McRae, the Walker County Tax Assessor/Collector and Voter Registrar, at 936-436-4950. 
State Wide Offices for Election 2016,                        Current Office Holder 

Justice, Court of Appeals, 3rd Court Place 4              Melissa Goodwin
Justice, Court of Appeals, 4th Court Place 6             Sandee Bryan Marion
Justice, Court of Appeals, 5th Court Place 4             Lana Myers
Justice, Court of Appeals, 5th Court Place 7             Michael J. (Mike) O’Neill
Justice, Court of Appeals, 7th Court Place 6             Jim Campbell
Justice, Court of Appeals, 8th Court Place 3             Steven Hines
Justice, Court of Appeals, 9th Court Place 2             Charles A. Kreger
Justice, Court of Appeals, 10th Court Place 3           Al Scoggins
Justice, Court of Appeals, 11th Court Place 2           Josh Morriss
Justice, Court of Appeals, 12th Court Place 2           Brian Hoyle
Justice, Court of Appeals, 13th Court Place 3           Greg Perks
Justice, Court of Appeals, 14th Court Place 2           Sharon McCaily
Justice, Court of Appeals, 14th Court Place 9           Tracy Elizabeth Christopher

       City Wide Event - Meet Run-Off Candidate for Mayor                               Monday, November 30, 2015                           Andy Brauninger
(Keith Olson declined to participate in a Mayoral Forum) 
Walker Education Center, 1402 19th Street 
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Doors Open to the Public at 6:30 pm 
​Primary is March 3, ​ Election is November 1, 2016

U.S. Congress, Texas District 18, Chairman Ways
and Means.

Kevin holds key leadership posts including Deputy Whip and Vice Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee. He is a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee-considered by many to be the most powerful committee in Congress with jurisdiction over taxes, health care, Social Security, Medicare, international trade and welfare.
James Morrison
Conroe Office
200 River Point, Ste 304
Conroe, TX 77304
T (936) 441-5700
F (936) 441-5757
Huntsville Office
1300 11th Street, Suite 400
Huntsville, TX 77340
T (936) 439-9532
F (936) 439-9546
Washington D.C. Office
301 CHOB
Washington, DC 20515
T (202) 225-4901
F (202) 225-5524
Lt.Col. Andre Dean 


Website   https://www.coloneldeantocongress.org/

Issues and Answers https://www.coloneldeantocongress.org/pages/hot-issues
SHTP Congratulates Election
Winners for the two seats on the
Walker County Hospital District 
    Robert R. Hardy 
    Judy Emmett 
I love Texas. When my son was born, I was serving in the Marines and was stationed outside our beautiful State, so I had my mom send me a bag of dirt from outside her house. I placed it under the hospital bed where my son was born so he could be born over Texas soil.

McMichael     Issues    http://www.mcmichaelforcongress.com/issues.php
I served three combat tours and more than ten years of service, during which time I realized the incredible privilege it is to be an American.

After I left the Marine Corps, I realized that my State needed someone to stand for the Republican values of smaller government and freedom as it was given to us by God. Too many in Washington, DC, cave to influences outside of the US and they pander to monied interests inside the US. We need people who won't buckle.

I aim to earn your trust and your vote. I hope to meet you as I travel throughout central Texas.
The federal government has lost all common sense. Washington's problems seem too big to solve but not for Texans!
It is time we the people Reclaim our Republic and enforce our Constitution on the government.
Texas State Wide Offices Up for Election