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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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

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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.

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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
         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

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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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           Ward 2           Tish Humphrey    Elected 2011
           Ward 3           Ronnie Allen        Elected 2011
           Ward 4           Jose Rodriquez    Elected 2013

​    As of 10/10/17 Citizens who filed for the Nov. 7 Ballot
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          Ward 2  Tish Humphrey
          Ward 3  Ronald Allen, Mader Hedspeth
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School Board meets 3rd Thursday 6pm,   Hawkins Admin. Bldg. 
441 F.M. 2821 East , Huntsville, Tx 77320
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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)

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

Two Positions Up for Election November 7, 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

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Aug. 
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ELECTION DAY NOV. 7, 2017
7 Proposed Constitutional Amendments
Huntsville ISD Tax Ratification Election

Walker Co. Hospital District  2 Managers
City of Huntsville Mayor and City Council Positions
Ward1,  Ward 2,  Ward 3 , Ward 4

SHTP Has 3 Questions for Candidates
Walker County Elections  Results     
Election Day   November  7, 2017    
On the Ballot:
County Wide Voting for Walker County Hospital District Managers
Two WCHD positions are up for election for a two year term.
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Voters may vote for up to 2 candidates in this section of the ballot.
Walker County Hospital District Is Composed 
of Five Elected Board Positions

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.

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.

The Act 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 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. 
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.
Candidates for City Council

Councilmember Ward 1

​               Joseph Emmett

                Timothy Davis

Councilmember Ward 2

​                 Tish Humphrey

Councilmember Ward 3 

                  Ronald Allen

                  Mader Hedspeth

Councilmember Ward 4

                   Joe Rodriquez

                    Michelle Bright   
On the Ballot:
Only City of Huntsville Residents Vote for City Council Positions
SHTP Question 1  Why did you decide at this time to run for this non-paid City of Huntsville position?
Mayor      
Andy Brauninger   
 I decided to run in order to follow thru on the three bond proposals and fulfill the promises made to our citizens. 

George Russell

I have lived in Huntsville since 1950 and have worked diligently since I returned to Huntsville from overseas military service in 1974 to promote ethics and fiscal responsibility in government at all levels. In my opinion Huntsville has sunk to the lowest level of corruption, fraud, promoting higher taxes, and waste that I have ever seen in the past. The current Mayor, who we helped elect has zero backbone to confront the City Manager who told me that he takes orders only from Mac "Gibbs" Woodward. and who is insubordinate to Andy and orders Andy around to promote whatever nefarious scheme the City Manager is ordered to concoct such as extorting money from SHSU students with paid parking and then forcing them into "Russellville" and then harassing and intimidating college student residents with ugly yellow curbs and then fining them for parking them in front of their homes. 
The City Manager runs Huntsville like some kind of petty dictatorship and only Ronnie Allen REPRESENTS THE TAXPAYING CITIZENS and has had the guts to confront the City Manager, while the other members of Council cater to the ELITE and the OLIGARCHY that has ruled Huntsville since December 31, 1879. It is far past time to elect a Mayor with guts, integrity, ethics, and who is not afraid to confront waste of millions of tax dollars, like the $12 million in documented FEMA FRAUD to save the Farmhouse Cafe that was built right over Town Creek on Gibbs private property and was flooded due to the Gibbs having clearcut an ancient forest on Sycamore according to the TCEQ, that has penalized the Gibbs contractor. Of course the oligarchy controlled Huntsville ITEM refuses to print stories about documented facts about unethical acts and actions of our City Government and about corruption in the Central Appraisal Districts that I have documented.
Please forgive me for quoting Donald Trump and perhaps seeming trite, but Huntsville was in the past the educational, political, and cultural capital of the State of Texas and has been turned into a virtual ugly slum by taking our tax dollars and subsidizing multi-national corporations on the west side of the freeway to damage and even destroy local businesses in favor of purchasing slave labor made Chinese junk and abandoning American jobs. It is past time to "Drain the Swamp" and "Make Huntsvulle Great Again."  
There are some really fine public servants in our local government and I told the Chief of Police that he was NOT on my "Swamp Creature" list and he was very happy to hear that. Same goes for the Fire Chief and many other dedicated city workers but tragically there are a few "SWAMP CREATURES" that give Huntsville a black eye and need to either REPENT and REFORM or RESIGN.  
It is time to give the taxpayers refunds of some of the millions of surplus money that has been raised with obscene and unfair property taxes and insane water and sewer rates, said money being unethically used to bribe multi-national money exporting companies to locate on elitist's lands on the west side of the freeway, in order to unfairly compete with local businesses.
I am running for Mayor to represent our taxpaying citizens and to stop the ever escalating water and sewer rates and to stop giving pay raises to the already overpaid City Manager who has proved that he cares ZERO about Huntsville and already takes home with benefits over a QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!!!!
Our current Mayor is a pathetic puppet of the elitists and the ruling oligarchy. It is far past time to give Huntsville back to the people and not allow a handful of elitists to continue to suck money out of their pockets of the average citizens for wasteful self-serving nonsense.

Ward 1   
Joe Emmett  
His answer will be posted at www.samhoustonteaparty.com when available  

Timothy Davis
I decided to run because I believe it is the responsibility and duty of the younger generation, my generation to protect and preserve the local Huntsville that we know and love. The local businesses, neighborhoods, parks and especially the citizens. I want to be apart of the decisiom making that represents the citizens in Ward 1 and the whole of the city.!

Ward 2    
Tish Humphrey
Her answer will be posted at www.samhoustonteaparty.com when available  


Ward 3    
Ronnie Allen 
The simple answer is that I care about Ward 3 and want to continue to speak up for Ward 3. I 
have said on several occasions that I believe what is good for Ward 3 is good for the City. I want
to speak up for the basic needs - neighborhood patrol, good streets, paving, maintenance of road
and utility improvements that were long overdue because of being pushed back on the projects 
lists, getting sidewalks, clean and safe parks, fire hydrants maintained, ditches cleaned, litter 
control and trash pickup, and addressing drainage issues. I believe we need to not lose sight of our responsibilities related to core services due to the citizens and businesses

 Mader Hedspetch

His answer will be posted at www.samhoustonteaparty.com when available  



Ward 4   
Joe Rodriquez
I have had the privilege of representing the citizens of Huntsville, in particular Ward 4, for the past 4 years. I enjoy doing public service. I was a "paid" public servant for 33 years of my working career by serving on the Dallas Police Department for 12 years and 21 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Being a member of the city council gives me an opportunity to give back. In addition, there is so very much happening in this city at present time that I want to see projects move a little further toward completion before I leave the council. I am writing about the 3 propositions that were approved by the people of Huntsville last year which authorized the council and city staff to upgrade two waste water treatment plants, remodel city hall, build a new police and fire station, a new water pumping system and a new service center. In addition, construction is just starting on an addition to the Sam Houston statue visitor's center. These projects are just being initiated and I want to see them progress further before I leave the council.

 Michelle Bright
I love Huntsville and I care about the future of our beautiful city.  I am running for City Council to be a voice for the people of Ward 4 and to do my part as a citizen of 
Huntsville. 



SHTP Question 2  What do you believe are the City of Huntsville residents' main concern about the city?
                                                        Mayor  
Andy Brauninger
I believe our voter's main concerns are:
1. Keeping our tax rates at a rate that is reasonable yet keeps our infrastructure modern and functional. 
2. Improving our cultural and environmental beauty. 
3. Working with HISD to improve our public schools.
4. Making sure our growth is done in a responsible manner. 
5. Attracting new higher paying industrial development. 

George Russell
I believe that the voters are sick and tired of being overtaxed to benefit a tiny elite group of self-serving people. I believe that our water and sewer rates are obscene and the surplus millions go into "slush funds" to be used to benefit only the elite who have ruled Huntsville behind the scenes, in far too many secret "Executive Sessions", and even in violation of Texas Open Meetings laws. The hospital has been ruled by one elite family for decades and it is not operated in the best interests of the citizens of Huntsville. There is far too many reports of sub-standard service and persons needing critical care having to travel to Conroe for urgent medical attention. I am personally aware of some of these problems and of one of Huntsville's best third generation physicians being kicked out of the hospital for zero legitimate reason other than the fact that he demanded quality medical care for all citizens regardless of wealth or color.
Every citizen should be fairly and equally represented and the average citizen feels victimized by being taxed into the poor house and not being able to count on our local hospital in time of crisis. I have long hoped that the Tea Party, not only in Huntsville, but nationwide would take the bull by the horns and demand that so-called "property taxes" be abolished as they are COMMUNISTIC - not Socialistic, but COMMUNISTIC since there is no such thing as private property ownership in Communist America where ALL PROPERTY IS OWNED BY OUR COMMUNIST GOVERNMENTS and "We the People" have the right to pay banks and mortgage companies for 30 years thinking that we would someday own our homes and farms and businesses but NO!!! We are forced to RENT our properties from our COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT or the government will take our properties away from us and sell them on the Courthouse steps.
The ONLY fair taxes are net income taxes and consumption taxes. The poor should pay low income tax rates and the billionaires should pay rates on an escalating scale. In 1997 I paid $1 million in income taxes and it was one of the happiest days of my life. I would have been happy to pay $100 million in income taxes if the government would let me keep say $10 million which would be more than enough to feed my family and keep poor people from losing their homes and farms due to being forced by our Communist Government to pay extortionistic property taxes, aka RENT TO THE GOVERNMENT for the right to reside in their homes.

Ward 1  
Joe Emmett

His answer will be posted at www.samhoustonteaparty.com when available  

Timothy Davis
I believe the voters main concern are with in their neighborhoods. The upkeep, the taxes, the traffic, the parking and the zoning. As well as the growth of the city and hoping it does not hinder and destroy our neighborhoods and downtown.

Ward 2  
Tish Humphrey
Her answer will be posted at www.samhoustonteaparty.com when available  

Ward 3  
Ronnie Allen 
 I believe our voters main concerns center around basic services including streets, drainage, 
police and fire protection, neighborhood patrols, utilities, parks, a clean and well maintained city 
and the other basic services. Another concern, I believe the voters have is about how the city is 
managing THEIR money. I believe there is concern that we need more transparency and open 
communication with the voters. In my opinion this would include televising more of the 
meetings that take place outside of the formal city council meeting including the Finance 
Committee meetings and other committee meetings. I believe the voters are very interested in 
the projects that were approved in the bond issues and want to be kept advised of the good and 
the not so good throughout the whole process of getting the projects accomplished. I believe the 
voters want the city to not lose focus on everyday business and core services even as bond issue
projects and economic development discussions take center stage. 

 Mader Hedspeth 
Her answer will be posted at www.samhoustonteaparty.com when available  

Ward 4  
Joe Rodriquez
Many citizens have voiced their concerns to me about the growth that is occurring. The great majority want Huntsville to grow, but are concerned that growth will bring problems, such as increased traffic, more crime, etc. Growth is coming whether we want it or not. We, the council and city staff, have the responsibility to plan for the coming growth so that it will be managed growth and will keep Huntsville a city that its residents will continue to be proud of. The approval of the propositions will greatly help in future development and growth of this city. I am grateful to the voters who approved those propositions and will work to the best of my ability to make sure that all the propositions will make successful and efficient progress during the next two years.

 Michelle Bright
I think that varies a great deal depending on where you live and which end of the economic spectrum you are on.  If you live anywhere near the University then you are concerned about the parking.  If you are a parent, you worry about the education you children are getting. It is very difficult to lump it into one main concern.  Taxes are a concern to most of the citizens and most do not want to pay more than is necessary.


SHTP Question 3  If elected to the city position, what are your top three objectives to accomplish for the residents of the City of Huntsville?

Mayor  
Andy Brauninger
My top three objectives are:
1. Deliver in the bond proposals. 
2. Attract new industrial businesses. 
3. Work with HISD to improve our public education.

George Russell
My top three objectives if elected Mayor of the City of Huntsville are as follows:

1. Return our local government to an ultra fiscally conservative representative government OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE, rather than OF THE ELITISTS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS, BY THE ELITISTS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS AND FOR THE ELITISTS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS.
2. Stop the insane escalation of property taxes and utility rates that provide multi-million dollar SLUSH FUNDS to be used by the elitists and special interests without taxpayer oversight or approval and also to REFUND much of the money in those SLUSH FUNDS to the tax-paying citizens in the form of REFUND CHECKS.
3. Work to make Huntsville into a City that has the best schools, the best hospital, and creative industries that export products and import money into our community while paying decent living wages to the employees while at the same time making Huntsville pedestrian friendly with bike paths, more green spaces, more FREE museums and a higher quality of life that will make Huntsville the ideal place to raise families and also to be able to live a happy, peaceful and productive life in retirement.

Ward 1  
Joe Emmett
His answer will be posted at www.samhoustonteaparty.com when available  


Timothy Davis
I would like to organize a meeting with heads of departments, The County, The University, HISD, and the Walker County Hospital District, if that is not something that is already in place, and unify everybody. We are all in this together. Simply I would like to strengthen and solidify the relationship between the city and those departments.

Vote in accordance with what the Wards needs are, bring to the agenda that which will continually protect our neighborhoods and the zoning within them.

Vote accordingly and bring to the agenda that which can help with the parking and traffic issues in our neighborhoods

Ward 2  
Tish Humphrey
Her answer will be posted at www.samhoustonteaparty.com when available  


Ward 3  
Ronnie Allen 
If elected, my primary objective is to continue to ask questions, speak out on the various issues, 
continue to recognize that the money the city is spending is the citizens’ money and a vote to 
spend it is not a vote to be taken lightly, to vote for what I think is right, continue to be an 
independent thinker, as do the best I can as a council member to address the concerns of our 
citizens. 
A second objective is to ask and encourage staff and projects managers to present detailed reports
about the bond issue projects at formal council meetings in a format that helps to ensure the 
public that there is accountability by staff for the funds and for the managing of these projects.
A third objective is to continue to address the services provided to our citizens, bring to staff’s 
attention specific areas where service needs to be addressed, and to follow up on concerns 
brought to me. 

 Mader Hedspeth 
Her answer will be posted at www.samhoustonteaparty.com when available  

Ward 4  
Joe Rodriquez
My personal top 3 objectives to accomplish for the citizens of Huntsville are: to plan so that we can insure that the projects that were approved by the voters with their approval of the 3 propositions will be initiated in a successful and efficient manner. I doubt that any of those projects will be completed in the next two years, but I want to make sure that everything is done to initiate them in a successful and efficient manner so that those can be completed as planned and within budget.  
Second, because traffic is getting worse in our city, fiscal year 2017-2018 has budgeted transportation study of Huntsville. That study will provide the council and city staff with recommendations for street changes/additions that will improve the flow of traffic throughout our city. We may not have the money to do all things that will be recommended, but we can start planning for a way to obtain/save funds for changes/additions to our streets to make traffic flow more efficient. 
 Third, I want to keep property taxes as low as possible. There are people in this community that believe that our property taxes are too high and I, personally, would like to have a zero property tax rate, but that is not possible. The city must have funds to provide the services that it provides and if you will survey the surrounding cities, you will find that the city of Huntsville's tax rate is one of the lowest in this area. I have been on the city council since 2013 and property taxes have not been raised in the last 4 years. I will work to try to keep our property tax rate as low as possible.

 Michelle Bright
A.Taxes are always a concern, most of us do not want to see our taxes raised.
I know taxes are necessary, but I do not want to see an increase if there is not an absolute
 need for it. 
B.Parking is a nightmare anywhere around the University largely due to the reduced permitted parking. I want to find a compromise to this growing concern.
C.There is always need for improvement when it comes to our children’s education. We need to ensure that HISD is getting the support necessary to successfully educate our future generation. 


SHTP Question 1  Why did you decide at this time to run for this non-paid Walker County Hospital District Manager's position?

Robert Mahaffey 
The reason I have chosen to run again for hospital district board is that I am concerned about the viability of our local hospital. Our hospital like most others its size is suffering financial constraints. Particularly as a hospital district, the hospital is responsible for what is called uncompensated care. This is care rendered to people that do not have the ability to pay. The amount reimbursed from state and federal governments for this care is decreasing as the amount of care required is increasing and therefore the hospital is suffering financially. I believe it is imperative for the hospital district board of managers to ensure that the citizens of Walker County and the hospital are both being served and treated fairly.  

Robert Hardy 
  We are at a critical time for our hospital. It is important to have someone with my knowledge and experience on the Hospital District Board to give continuity to negotiations with the Huntsville Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and with other potential partners. Two healthcare consulting companies have recently confirmed that HMH must improve its financials to continue operations for the long term. I want to be a part of long term hospital success for our community.

W. David Toronjo 
 After watching our hospital deteriorate over the last 10 years and the failure of multiple attempts to get the two boards to acknowledge the presence of these problems, I felt that the only possible solution where I might be able to help, was to run for the district seat.

Don Johnson 
I am completing 2-Terms (10-years) on the Huntsville Memorial Hospital (HMH) Board, including over 6 years on the board’s Finance Committee. My term of continuous service is limited to two terms by hospital by-laws and ends in 2017. Additionally, for the past 4-years, I have been a board member of the Texas Hospital Trustees (THT), which exists to educate hospital boards throughout Texas. In 2016, I also ended 3-terms (6-years) on Huntsville’s City Council. An engineer by degree, my business background led me to progressive leadership roles in several technical and manufacturing “for profit” businesses, and also included a number of years in two “not for profit” higher education institutions.
Since my HMH service is coming to an end, given the expressed public concerns about the future of our local healthcare services, I decided to offer my experiences in healthcare, business and non-profit organizations for service on the WCHD Board to represent the citizens’ concerns. I bring a unique combination of training, experience, and success to the challenge of serving on the WCHD Board at this time. Those who know and have worked with me know my interest in people, solving problems, and my ability to get things done in a civil manner that has marked my past assignments with success. In short, I believe I can help, but need the voters’ agreement to engage in the challenge.

Judy Emmett
 I decided to run for the Hospital Dist. because Huntsville residents deserve a great hospital. We have very good Doctors and we want them to continue practicing here. Huntsville is growing and the medical card need to grow also.

SHTP Question 2  What do you believe are Walker County citizens' main concerns about the hospital?

Robert Mahaffey
I believe the voters main concern about the hospital is that they have a quality community hospital to serve their healthcare needs. I feel they would want state-of-the-art technology for the services that our hospital offers. I do not feel that they want our hospital to be a regional medical facility. I have always felt that our hospital should focus on what a good community hospital should offer and do it to the very best of our ability. 

Robert Hardy 
The voters are mainly concerned that we may lose our hospital like other small communities have. I pledge to continue to see that this doesn't happen and and that we actually improve health options for all of our citizens.

W. David Toronjo 
 I feel the citizens of Walker County are concerned about losing their hospital all together. When the hospital opened in 1981 it had 122 beds available and now with a much larger county population, it has 45 beds available for the citizens. Many patients have to be transferred because there are no beds available or they wait in the emergency room on stretchers for hours before a room becomes available. Citizens are also worried about the ability of this 40 year old facility and its aging equipment to provide for its needs going forward. Let's face it, the hospital doesn't have the best reputation!

Don Johnson 
I believe the main concerns of citizens are for the availability and affordability of healthcare in Walker County, and if excellent healthcare will be both available and affordable locally in the future.

Judy Emmett
 I think the citizens of Huntsville would like to reduce the number of inmates that are now occupying our hospital and intensive care beds. Keeping the hospital up to date. Providing good care to the indigent care of our county. Our Hospital was built in 1970. I would like to work to getting a new hospital to provide great care to the community. 

SHTP Question 3  If elected as a WCHD Manager, what are your top three objectives to accomplish for the citizens of Walker County?

Robert Mahaffey 
 The objectives that I would like to see accomplished would be first to upgrade the current hospital facilities. I do not feel a new hospital is needed and I feel the current facilities can be upgraded in a cost-effective manner.
 I also believe in the long term, it would benefit our community for the hospital to become associated in some fashion with a larger and more financially stable healthcare entity and if elected I will work in a constructive manner with all parties involved to achieve this goal.
 And finally, I wish to ensure that all citizens of Walker County continue to have access to primary healthcare through our rural health clinics in Walker County. 

Robert Hardy 
 My top three objectives if elected are as follows:
 1. Make our hospital financially secure. To do this HMH must go through the painful task of reducing expenses.
 2. Our hospital needs to immediately increase its Intensive Care Unit capacity to provide more care for the sickest people at our hospital.
 3. I think we should focus on exploring long term solutions to having a good local hospital well into the future. We should be open minded about having an arrangement with a large successful hospital system who would be willing to invest cash to upgrade and provide new facilities and equipment to our hospital.

W. David Toronjo
 First order of business is to stabilize the physical and financial aspects of the current hospital because it will take a minimum of 3 years to build a new hospital and get it opened. 
Second, immediately start the process of building a new hospital by researching and implementing the best possible financial solutions to accomplish the goal. Hospitals generate revenue and ultimately pay for themselves. 
My third goal is to make all of the financial operations of the Walker County Hospital District transparent, so that the citizens will have full disclosure on how their tax dollars are being spent. I want to be sure that the taxpayer dollars from our citizens in this county are being allocated appropriately.

Don Johnson 
1. Seek to increase (in word and deed) the cooperation and understanding between the WCHD Board and the HMH Board, with a clear understanding of the roles of both in our unique arrangement of organizations. Regularly, keep the citizens informed of progress and what to expect from future trends in healthcare; locally, statewide and nationally.
2. Encourage improvement initiatives already underway in HMH operations, and celebrate improvements and successful initiatives that benefit every citizen. Encourage WCHD actions to be more transparent by encouraging general information flow as positive events happen.
3. After an interim period of improving performance as measured by results, make a sound decision on how to assure great healthcare for the future in Walker County, gain agreement on decisions, and pursue aggressively. This 3rd point cannot be fully or clearly identified at this point in time, but close cooperation between the WCDH and HMH Boards and the Doctors, nurses and administrative Staff of the hospital will allow the best choice to be made. To “go it alone”, “seek a partner”, or “sell to a qualified buyer” are the basic options that are before us.


Judy Emmett
 I would very much like to continue working toward increased transparency and accountability, shoring up the District's finances, and increasing public input into what we want our hospital to become.  



  Seven State-wide Propositions for Amendments to 
the Texas Constitution
For                 Against
Prop. 1 Ad Valorem Taxation - surviving spouse partially disabled veteran 

Prop. 2 Home Equity Loan 

Prop. 3 Limiting Service of Office Holders

Prop. 4 Challenge to the Constitution 

Prop. 5 Charitable Sports Foundations

Prop. 6 Ad Valorem Taxation - survivng spouse first responder

Prop. 7 Prizes by Financial Institutions

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Ward 3
  Oct 22  Ronnie Allen
   Oct 22  Mader Hedspetch
Ward 4
  Oct 22  Joe Rodriquez
  Oct 22  Michelle Bright
For    2,627         Against   990

Huntsville Independent School District
Proposition A
Approving the ad valorem tax rate of $1.10 per $100 valuation in Huntsville Independent School District for the current year, a rate that is $0.06 higher per $100 valuation than the school district rollback tax rate, for the purpose of generating additional local and state revenue for district maintenance and operations.

HISD Tax Ratification Election (TRE) "Penny Exchange" 
The Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees has called for a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) to ask voters to consider a change on how we collect school district taxes to maximize our state funding. The proposed change would bring the district an estimated $750,000, or more, in additional state revenue annually without increasing the overall total tax rate for the school district. 


?  ?  ?     CANDIDATE  QUESTIONS / ANSWERS   ?  ?  ?
Only in this section of the ballot, citizens could vote for 
none
       one 
           or two candidates.  


The two candidates with the most votes will become members of the Walker County Hospital District Board. 

1,964    Elected

   446
1,278

   993

2,042     Elected

   574

1476      Elected 
3,583              509

2,945            1,004

3,417               553

2,843            1,048

2,342            1,493

3,563               540

2,477            1,461
364  Elected

265


190  Elected


176  Elected

93


879   Elected

258
On the Ballot:
Walker County Hospital 
District
Two Positions