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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.

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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. 
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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. "
http://www.bantexassmartmeters.com/

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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!

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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.

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In The News (you might have missed)!

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

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

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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
          Testimonials  
          See links for Opt Out letters for Electric and Gas Smart Meters
          Read key issues: 
                    Health, Privacy, Electrical Safety Problems, Electric Grid Security

MOVING AHEAD:
THE APPEAL, OUR BRIEF, THE ROADBLOCKS,
THE COURT DATE...

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:

For more information on the concerns related to the three pipelines see the following resources:  

www.facebook.com/texansforproperty rights 

 For information call: 936-395-0728 
 For Reading Research go to:   

http://www.texaspipelinewatch.org/

Click here:
   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
SMART METER       ANALOG METER
An acre-foot (AFY) is roughly equal to the amount of water three typical Texas households use in a year.
Huntsville, Texas 

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The following is a Jan. 29, 2016 news release from the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition:

BRYAN, TEXAS -- The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will continue to initiate planning efforts that will lead to future development of the various components of the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway System which connects U.S. Army facilities to strategic military ports at Corpus Christi and Beaumont.

That system includes the Central Texas Corridor, a federal high priority highway corridor recently designated by Congress and identified as future Interstate 14. That corridor generally follows the route of US 190 across the state running from I-10 in West Texas to Fort Hood at Killeen and east through Belton, Bryan/College Station, Huntsville, Livingston, Woodville and Jasper before terminating at the Sabine River near Fort Polk.      

  Read more here

If you don’t want this on your property, your neighbor’s property or in your community for the next six years (which is how long construction will take), here’s what you can do;

 1. Contact Texas Farm Bureau and insist that TFB support their current eminent domain policy, their members and rural families by opposing high speed rail. Be persistent. Don’t let them off the hook with vague assurances. Don’t relent until they have publicly opposed the high speed rail project.

 2. Tell Texas Farm Bureau you will consider cancelling your membership if they don’t support farmers, ranchers and rural families in opposition to the proposed high speed rail. 

3. Contact your local, state and national elected
 officials and tell them “no eminent domain for private gain”.

 4. Support groups like “texansagainsthsr.com”

 Dan Agan, Landowner in Grimes County


Lord, keep our servicemen and women safe, whether they serve at home or overseas. Hold them in your loving hands and protect them as they protect us.  Protect all the men and women who work for private contractors, giving of their lives and skills to support American and Allied troops.
THE GULF COAST STRATEGIC HIGHWAY
As promised, Texans Against High-Speed Rail filed its reply to Texas Central’s petition for “clarification” yesterday before the Surface Transportation Board. We want to thank Blake Beckham and Patrick McShan with The Beckham Group, and our Washington DC attorney Richard Streeter, who have spent countless hours preparing this comprehensive filing.

We included with our filing a verified statement from one of Texas’ most highly regarded eminent domain attorneys, confirming that Texas Central is making an “unprecedented and unconstitutional effort to rob landowners of the value of their property.” He goes on to say, “Never before have I seen the audacity of this type of premature condemnation proceeding, and this Board should be offended by the effort.”

Our reply also includes over 1,500 verified statements from YOU. We are proud to have strong, active members who want their voices heard. We appreciate your support and your donations, and have asked the Board to give your statements the full consideration they deserve.

Finally, through our coordinated efforts with the County Judges in Ellis, Freestone, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Navarro, and Waller County, ALL COUNTIES filed strong replies in opposition to Texas Central’s petition. We appreciate the time and effort of these County Judges and their willingness to stand up for their constituents.



Central Texas Corridor
Local cities want to turn U.S. Highway 190 into an interstate.

The designated Central Texas Corridor begins in West Texas and generally follows US Highway 190 through Killeen, Belton, Bryan-College Station, Huntsville, Livingston, Woodville and Jasper before terminating on State Highway 63 at the Sabine River.   

Federal Highway Administration 
The Central Texas Corridor commencing at the logical terminus of Interstate Route 10, generally following portions of United States Route 190 eastward, passing in the vicinity Fort Hood, Killeen, Belton, Temple, Bryan, College Station, Huntsville, Livingston, and Woodville, to the logical terminus of Texas Highway 63 at the Sabine River Bridge at Burrs Crossing. [I-14]

U.S. Highway to be renamed, designated as Interstate 14.
                             "Forts to Ports Highway"
The project would use new and existing highways to connect Fort Bliss near El Paso with Fort Hood near Killeen and Fort Polk near Leesville, Louisiana, with the ports of Beaumont and Corpus Christi, which would improve military transportation needs and allow for safer traveling for citizens.

 Issues:  Local Government Huntsville and Walker County   
Interium Reports on Water Resources,    Maps for Roads and Rails
  I-45, State Highway 190 to Interstate 14, High Speed Rail
Immigration             
 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.
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 

CLICK HERE FOR SAMPLE QUESTIONS

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE PDF FILE, QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSION

         Blowing The Whistle On 
HIGH SPEED RAIL
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Sample of Precinct Voting    
Last Election: May 24, 2016 Primary Runoff 

May 24th 2016     Primary Runoff Registered      Cast     Rep Dem Turnout
  Precinct 101         656                                          25      15    10      3.81% 7th North to Pine Hollow
  Precinct 102        3444                                        405     379   26     11.76%
  Precinct 103        1585                                        306     303     3     19.31%
  Precinct 104        1814                                         333    327     6     18.36%

  Precinct 201         2326                                         201   179    22       8.64 West of 45 75 N. 1347
  Precinct 203           566                                         83        8     12      14.66
  Precinct 204         2322                                        347     329    18      14.94
​ Precinct 205          2368                                         694     680    14       29.31 Elkins Lake
​ Precinct 206         1053                                         141     123    18       13.99

  Precinct 301           2675                                      161      146   15         6.02 S Houst 247 Bowers 
  Precinct 302            386                                         65        62     3        16.84
  Precinct 303            659                                         81        80     1         12.29
  Precinct 304          3616                                        480     460   20         13.27

  Precinct 401           2470                                       104       95     9           4.21 E of 45 S of Bowers
  Precinct 403            1497                                       147     138     9         9.82 S of 190 to 2929
  Precinct 404            3332                                       444       41    32        .33

President Trump's 100-day action plan to
 Make America Great Again
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This is a contract between myself and the American voter — and begins with restoring honesty and accountability, and bringing change to Washington. On the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following: 

Six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
★ Propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on Congress.
★ Hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health)
★ For every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.
★ Five-year ban on WH/Congress officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.
★ Lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
★ Complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

Seven actions to protect American workers:
★ Renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205.    
★ Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
★ Direct the Sec. of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator.
★ Direct the Sec. of Commerce and U.S. Trade Rep. to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately.
★ Lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves,including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
★ Lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.
★ Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.

Five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
★ Cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.
★ Select a replacement for on a vacancy on the Supreme Court with a judge  who will uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.
★ Cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities.
★ Remove the more than two million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.
★ Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered “extreme vetting.”

I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration
                              Click here for full text for the "Acts" below

                Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act  
                End the Off Shoring Act
                American Energy and Infrastructure Act
                School Choice and Education Opportunity Act
                Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act
                Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act
                End Illegal Immigration Ac
                Restoring Community Safety Act
                 Restoring National Security Act
                Clean Up Corruption in Washington Act



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          Make America Great Again
       Clean Up Corruption in D.C.
        Protect American Workers
                                                 Restore Security and the Constitutional Rule of Law

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       Signed by Governor Abbott 5/29/17  Effective: 9/1/17

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85th Texas Legislative Session  2017
Senate Interim Reports - 
 Water, Eminent Domain, Agriculture and Livestock, 
and Natural Resources​

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued charges in October 2015 to the Senate Committee on Agricultural, Water and Rural Affairs on water-related issues:

Senate Committee Interim Charges (3 pages)  
Eminent Domain
Gather and review data on the compensation provided to private property owners for property purchased or taken by entities with eminent domain authority. Examine the 
variance, if any, between the offers and the fair market values of properties taken through eminent domain. Make recommendations to ensure property owners are fairly compensated.

Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs
  Study and make recommendations regarding the ownership, production and transfer of surface water and groundwater in the state of Texas.

  Study and make recommendations on improving the process of developing and executing the State Water Plan

  Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs during the 84th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance and/or complete implementation. Specifically monitor the Texas Water Development Board’s process in the identification and designation of brackish groundwater zones.

In November 2015, House of Representatives Speaker Joe Straus issued numerous charges to various House committees. A few of the water-related charges are listed by the committee. 

House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock

  Evaluate policy challenges to the state’s agriculture and livestock industry, including long-term impacts of price declines in oil and natural gas; the availability of natural resources, including water, necessary to operate the industries; and the mitigation of and preparation for potential future hazards to the industries caused by natural disaster, drought or disease.

  Determine the sources of water used by Texans in the production of food and fiber, and examine current water delivery methods and water conservation goals for agricultural use. Evaluate whether there are more efficient and effective water-usage management practices that could be employed in the agricultural industry, and determine the impact of crop insurance requirements on producers (Joint charge with the House Committee on Natural Resources).

House Committee on Natural Resources

  Examine the regional and state water planning processes, with emphasis on the following:

- the integration of HB 4 (83R);

- the appropriate role of the state in ensuring that the process both supports regional goals and priorities and the water needs of the state as a whole, and how the state might encourage strategies to benefit multiple regions;

- the structure and operation of the regional planning groups;

-  the interaction between the planning process and groundwater management;

- whether the “drought of record” remains the appropriate benchmark for planning; and

- any impediments to meeting the conservation, agricultural and rural project goals set by HB 4 (83R), and possible new approaches to help meet these goals.

  Analyze the factors contributing to freshwater loss in the state, including evaporation, excess flows into the Gulf of Mexico and infrastructure inefficiencies, and examine techniques to prevent such losses, including aquifer storage and recovery, off-channel storage and infrastructure enhancements.

  Evaluate the progress of seawater desalination projects near the Texas coast as a means of increasing water supplies and reducing strain on existing supplies, building on the work of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Water Desalination (83rd session). Examine the viability of the use of public-private partnerships and of methods by which the state might facilitate such a project.

  Evaluate the status of legislation to encourage joint groundwater planning, including HB 200 (84R), and monitor ongoing legal developments concerning ownership and access to groundwater and the impact of these developments on property rights and groundwater management.

Determine if sufficient safety standards exist to protect groundwater contamination from disposal and injection wells (Joint charge with the House Committee on Energy Resources).

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     Four Council Positions up for Election   November 7, 2017
          Ward 1           Joe Emmett          Elected 2011
           Ward 2           Tish Humphrey    Elected 2011
           Ward 3           Ronnie Allen        Elected 2011
           Ward 4           Jose Rodriquez    Elected 2013

     Click here for City Council Candidate Packet
    Application Filing Dates July 22 to August 21, 2017
​    As of Aug. 7 Citizens who filed: 
         Ward 1 Joe Emmett, Timothy Davis
           Ward 2  Tish Humphrey
           Ward 3 
           Ward 4  Joe Rodriquez, Michelle Bright
Maps     
      Interactive Ward Map 
      Walker County Voting Precinct Map (PDF)

City Council Meetings: First and Third Monday at 6 PM
At City Hall 1212 Ave. M City Council Chamber 

Agendas & Minutes at http://www.huntsvilletx.gov
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval, from the City Secretary's office.
See how to find Agendas and a few examples of topics:

View Most Recent Agendas
Bond Funds at Work  - Proposition 3,
Non-Smoking Ordinance
Promoting Hunstville-Signage  
SHSU Area Parking Meters

Or Search  City Site by Topic (example) -  Animal Shelter
Click here for Agenda Item

    Walker County Government 
Applications for Filing for Election of County Positions  
SOS: Candidate's Guide to Elections
 Filing Schedules
Texas Ethics Commission

Election in November 7, 2017
Texas Constitutional Amendments

County Wide Elected Positions for Election in  2018  
    IMPORTANT UPCOMING 2018 ELECTION DATES:
Democratic & Republican Primary Election March 6, 2018
Democratic & Republican Primary Runoffs, if necessary 5/22/18
2018 General Election(s) November 6, 2018

(* years of term)
US Senator  *6                             US Representative, District 8  *2
Governor *4                                 Lt. Governor*4
Attorney General *4                    Comptroller of Public Accounts  *4
Commissioner of Agriculture *4       Commissioner of General Land *4
Railroad Commissioner  *6        Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2,4,6,7,8  *4
Member State Board of Education *4
State Senator District 5 *4        State Representative District 18  *2

Walker County Judge *4            Walker County Court of Law Judge  *4
Walker County Clerk  *4            District Clerk *4       
Walker County Treasurer*4       County Commissioner Precinct 2 and 4 *4
Criminal District Attorney *4     278th District Court  Judge *4    
(Elections in 2020 will be Constables, all Justice of the Peace and 
Commissioners for Precincts 1 and 3)

Walker County Commissioner's Court 
2nd and 4th Mondays of the Month 
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Place: Walker County Court House
Street: 1100 University Ave, Level 1 Court Room
    Commissioner's Court Agendas
Contact: Elizabeth Jan
 Secretary(936) 436-4910

Texas Highways and High Speed Rail 
Who Monitors and Scores Our State Representatives and Senators?
Scores Coming Soon !
Huntsville Independent School District  
Huntsville School Leadership   Dr. Howell Wright
School Board meets 3rd Thursday 6pm,   Hawkins Admin. Bldg. 
441 F.M. 2821 East , Huntsville, Tx 77320
Click here for the Board Meeting AGENDAS
Contact Secretary to the Superintendent  
(936) 435-6306
                      http://www.huntsville-isd.org/
The HISD website has many resources for parents, students and the community to look into the school's programs and commitment to the children of our community. Visit the site regularly for updates.

Election of School Board Members

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY and U.S. Dept of Education
Mike Morath, Texas Education Commissioner took office January 1, 2016. He will also be Head of the Texas Education Agency . 

Barbara Cargill, State Board of Education, is our representative
District 8 (R-The Woodlands)

Contact Info
Email: sboesupport@tea.state.tx.us
Website: Barbara Cargill for State Board of Education
Facebook: Barbara Cargill, Chair, Texas State Board of Education

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, appeared at a “thank you” rally in Grand Rapids, MI last Friday with Trump. At the rally both Trump and DeVos said it was time to end Common Core. DeVos specifically said, “This means letting states set their own high standards and finally putting an end to the federalized Common Core.”
Click here for EDUCATION WATCH GROUPS

City of Huntsville, Walker County, Huntsville ISD,  Hospital District Local, State & US Education,  Texas Highways and High Speed Rail
CONSTITUTIONAL STUDIES
Constitutional Studies      Education Is For All of Us 
     





    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  It's easy - sign up for KrisAnne's weekly emails to Join Liberty's First Brigade. Click below or copy/paste:
        http://krisannehall.com/defend-your-rights
Read more:

Additional Resources for Constitutional Studies: 


The Remembrance Project     Maria Espinoza (Houston)

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/


Walker County Hospital District
http://walkercountyhospitaldistrict.org/

Two Positions Up for Election November 3, 2017
currently held by Bob Hardy and Judy Emmett

Meetings are the Fourth Wednesday of the month at 12 noon 

Walker County Hospital District's Business Office at First
National Bank Building, 1300 11th Street, Suite #515, Huntsville, Tx 77340
Keli Molina is the administrative assistant 
(P) 936-295-0038 (Fax) 936-295-3114 

 To contact them or to submit a comment, please email   info@walkercountryhospitaldistrict.org

Click below for the Map. It will take to time to download to show the High Speed Rail route
High Speed Rail Map Dallas to Houston
Special Session begins July 18th
Regular Session Bills Passed and Passed Over:
 A look at what happened to major Texas bills
Over the 140-day regular session of the 85th Texas Legislature, lawmakers debated a wide range of issues, including abortion, public bathroom use and how to address a crisis in the foster care system. More than 6,600 bills were filed. Gov. Greg Abbott has signed more than 1,000 bills into law, and he has vetoed 50 bills. More than 150 bills have advanced without the governor’s signature. Here’s a look at the fate of some of the regular session’s most high-profile measures.
Thanks to the Texas Tribune for the site below
that helps citizens see the fate of bills.   
Texas Tribune
   https://apps.texastribune.org/85th-texas-legislature-major-bills/
Transportation    Roads and Rails
​Education  
Local and State Data
United States Dept. of Education
Status of Common Core 
Constitutional Studies

The Texas Tribune Texas Public Schools Explorer
  Your source for state public education data

Click Here to go to Texas Public School Explorer

Use the Texas Tribune public schools database to learn more about the state’s 1,219 districts and 8,646 public schools, including hundreds of charter schools and alternative campuses. You can easily navigate through information on demographics, academic performance, college readiness and average teacher salaries for each school or district.

info@TexansAgainstHSR.com 
P.O. Box 245
Jewett, Tx. 75846
1-866-319-7756

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. 
KrisAnne Hall
Is the Dallas to Houston High Speed Rail Only the First Step for Texas Central?
Senator Charles Schwertner, SB 977 author: “Despite their insistence that this high-speed rail will be built entirely with private funding, Texas Central nonetheless fought efforts to hold them to that promise at every turn. By prohibiting the state from spending public funds on a private high-speed rail project, SB 977 will finally require Texas Central to put their money where their mouth is and guarantee that state taxpayers are never asked to subsidize, bail out, or otherwise financially support this ill-conceived high-speed rail project.”
For Example, Water is one of the most important resources.  See Senate and House Committee charges for studies below...
Texas Water Boards     Ground Water Management    Vegetation Types


Empower Texans has identified 15 key legislative priorities for the 85th Legislative Session. Legislation in line with these priorities will be considered in the
                                              2017 Fiscal Responsibility Index. 
View EMPOWER TEXANS list of priorities in PDF form here.

Budget and Tax Reform,  Corporate Welfare & Cronyism,   Election Integrity 

First Amendment Protections,  Higher Education Reform,  K-12 Education Reform

Local Government Reform,  Pro-Citizen Ethics Reform,  Promoting Free Markets

Property Rights,  Property Tax Reform, State Government Reform,  State Sovereignty

Tax-Funded Lobbying,  Taxing and Expenditure Limits

July 11, 2017     To date, President Trump has nominated 197 people for cabinet/agency positions.   Only 49 have been confirmed.   President Trump has nominated 23 judges, only 2 have been confirmed.  

This is the slowest rate of confirmation for any President in history due to Democrats stalling hearings and voting for nominees.  

 Governor Abbott Call for Special Legislative Session
        Besides vetoing bills after the Legislature goes home, this is one of the areas where the governor really does have power - and Abbott is exercising that now in a way we haven't seen in some time.  For his part, Abbott has been clear that he wants all 20 items approved during the  special session July 18 to Aug. 17. He once went so far as to say lawmakers would be "lazy" if they didn't approve his agenda at the rate of about one bill per day.     
Governor Abbott's issues: The chances
Current handicapping of items on the Legislature's special session agenda
*Sunset legislation for five medical regulatory agencies: Will pass.
*Teacher pay increase of $1,000: Good chance to pass.
*Flexibility in teacher hiring and retention: Uncertain; some teacher           groups may oppose.
*Commission to study school finance reform: Likely to pass.
*Property tax reform: May pass; many cities and local taxing entities strongly oppose rollback election provisions.
*New caps on state and local spending: Likely to pass.
*Prevent cities from regulating tree-cutting on private land: Uncertain; strong opposition from cities expected.
*Prevent local governments from changing development rules midway through construction projects: May pass; strong opposition from cities expected.
*Speeding up local permitting processes: May pass; strong opposition from cities expected.
*Annexation reform that requires a public vote of the areas to be annexed: May pass; strong opposition from cities expected.
*Privacy/bathroom bill: Unlikely to pass; strong opposition from outside groups, including the Texas business lobby, could bring a thumbs-down again in the House.
*Prohibit union dues from being collected with government paychecks: Uncertain; Senate support is there, but opposition heavier in House.
*Prohibit local governments from funding abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood: May pass; opposition from pro-choice groups and local activists.
*Pro-life insurance reform: Likely to pass; opposition from anti-abortion groups and others.
*Stronger abortion reporting rules: Likely to pass.
*Strengthen patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders: Likely to pass.
*Crackdown on mail-in ballot fraud: Likely to pass.
*Extending the maternal mortality task force: Passage expected.
              Source: Houston Chronicle research

Texas Public Policy Foundation
Pro-Life Legislative Scoring Guide
 2017 Fiscal Responsibility Index. 
(Empower Texans)
Eagle Forum Scorecard
Trump's Border Wall Gets Full $1.6B Funding In 'Big Win'
July 3, 2017    The Daily Wire

A House spending bill that quietly moved forward on Tuesday funds all of Trump's initial $1.6 billion wall plan for the U.S.-Mexican border. The funding comes as part of the fiscal 2018 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesman David Lapan said that the new money will go a long way for starting the border wall. “On the DHS side it’s clear that we’ve gotten a direction to secure the southern border, that a wall and barrier is part of that process along with people and technology and that funding from Congress is required for us to move forward on that,” he said.

"In total, the bill allocates $13.8 billion to customs and border protection. That includes the $1.6 billion for the wall, $100 million to hire 500 more Border Patrol agents, $131 million for new border technology, $106 million for aircraft and sensors and $109 million for 'non-intrusive inspection equipment,' " The Hill reported.


White House Deregulation Push Clears Out Hundreds of Proposed Rules
July 20, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said Thursday it had withdrawn or removed from active consideration more than 800 proposed regulations that were never finalized during the Obama administration as it works to shrink the federal government's regulatory footprint.

In a report, the Trump administration said it had withdrawn 469 planned actions that had been part of the Obama administration's regulatory agenda published last fall. Officials also reconsidered 391 active regulatory proceedings by reclassifying them as long-term or inactive "allowing for further careful review," the White House said.

The steps to eliminate regulations makes good on a much-repeated Trump campaign promise to promote business-friendly policies. Investors have anticipated the action, helping to push share prices higher on hopes that fewer regulations will boost business growth and lead to higher corporate profits. 
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Aug. 
July
June
August 2017
 Wed. 9  US Rep. Kevin Brady
             City Cafe, Sam Houston Ave.
             3:00-4:00 pm 

 Mon. 21  Mayor Andy Brauninger 
              Economic Development
              Walker Education Center, Aud.
             1402 19th Street 
             6:30 pm 
    Walker County Republican Women