Our country is on the brink of losing it’s freedom and its constitutional rights due to the progressive /Marxist ideology of the Obama Administration and those that support his leftist (government knows best, collectivist) ideology.
Unbeknownst to many who voted for Texas State Board of Education members Thomas Ratliff and Pat Hardy, who ran as republicans and stand by a Marxist Curriculum that is in a majority of Texas Schools. This so-called curriculum is called CSCOPE. If you have not heard about it before don’t be surprised a majority of the parents whose kids are being indoctrinated with it haven’t heard of it either. Why?
Parents have not been allowed to view it. Teachers had to sign a non disclosure statement that they would not release the contents of it or say anything negative about it. Homework is discouraged and most schools who have purchased it have no text books for children to bring home. Surely this isn’t happening in Texas you may say. Sadly it is! Here is a list of Texas Schools that have purchased and implemented CSCOPE.
Texas has 20 Education Service Centers that were originally set up to help local schools. The directors of nineteen of the 20 (excluding 4) formed a non-profit called Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative , TESCCC which owns CSCOPE. ESC 4 is now a part of TESCCC.
Follow me here for a minute, state employees, use tax money to form a non-profit which operates in state buildings and use state employees to sell their product. You can read more about the formation and lack of transparency in regard to TESCCC at the following links.
Subject: VOLT PAC Opposes SHSU Threat to Seize Private Property
The Voters for Lower Taxes Political Action Committee (VOLT PAC), a recently formed General Purpose Political Action Committee to provide a voice for the voters and taxpayers of Huntsville and Walker County, strongly opposes the threat by Sam Houston State University to condemn and seize by power of Eminent Domain any property surrounding or property located within Walker County.
The City of Huntsville and Walker County should sell property to the highest competitive bidder. By so doing the taxpayers of Huntsville will benefit from the sales proceeds and the taxpayers of Huntsville, Walker County, HISD and the Hospital District will benefit from future property and sales taxes generated by this prime commercial property.
We urge all citizens of Huntsville and Walker County to join with us and other citizen groups that are coming together to oppose any unjustified property grab by the University. If they succeed in this action, no private property, residential or commercial, in the City or County will be safe from future seizure. Sam Houston Tea Party agrees that if one property is taken by eminent domain, other homeowners or businesses will be in jeopardy.
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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.
Executive Order 13618 - Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions (July 6, 2012)
Section 1. Policy. The Federal Government must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to carry out its most critical and time sensitive missions. Survivable, resilient, enduring, and effective communications, both domestic and international, are essential to enable the executive branch to communicate within itself and with: the legislative and judicial branches; State, local, territorial, and tribal governments; private sector entities; and the public, allies, and other nations. Such communications must be possible under all circumstances to ensure national security, effectively manage emergencies, and improve national resilience. The views of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the public must inform the development of national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications policies, programs, and capabilities.
Read the complete Executive Order 13618 here....
Information in this section has been taken from newsletters from the We the People Are the 9-12 Association in Houston. This group was founded by Thelma Taormina and she and her husband Nick have been fighting the installation of Smart Meters on Texas homes for years.
"Opting out does not require a meter reader, and need not be a financial burden. As has been done in many other cases, the TDUs could transmit electric consumption over existing phone lines or power lines, which would also be much more secure than wireless transmissions and much safer by eliminating RF exposure. In fact, in many cases this landline technology is what was removed from a house when the Smart Meter was installed. Additionally, many remote or rural customers are self reporting. This method could be offered to those who choose to opt out, as well as potentially an option to go online and input one’s meter readings onto a webpage would be easy to set up and run. "
As you know, Nick and I were in Austin Monday, February 10, 2014. I sadly report that Nick and I were the only ones to speak at the public hearing for project number 42029, which relates directly to the rule they will write relating to who the Transmission and Distribution Companies, not to mention the Retail Electric Provider (your billing company) can share your personal information with.
If we cannot find a way to get more people to attend these public hearings and actually speak up to stop the theft of our freedom by these bureaucrats, then we only have ourselves to blame when we no longer have access to the electricity produced by our own state and country. They have finally figured out how they can reduce your energy use without them even having to contact you or let you know they are reducing it. They will have their CONTROL whether you like it or not!
I know there was an article on Breitbart this week about the meeting with Lt. Governor Dewhurst, the PUCT and Texans Against Smart Meters. From that meeting, the Lt. Governor has called for interim charges and a health study on the meters. This is great news, but studies are simply opinions of whoever is doing the study and we will have no control over who is picked for the study. I will leave it at that.
What I do know is that David Dewhurst is actually on OUR SIDE. I personally spoke with him last year at a meeting with other grassroots leaders and in front of all of them I outright asked him about us being charged to opt-out, and at that time he said that as far as he was concerned we would not be charged. But the truth is, he is only one man in Austin. You can and should send thanks to several Democrat AND Republican State Senators for NOT getting a bill passed this last session (yes, a bit of sarcasm)! A bill was written and passed out of committee that would prevent the power companies for charging the fees, BUT the Senators would not bring it to the floor for a vote. The House Reps did NOTHING.
San Antonio, TX - Jan. 25-30, 2014 there was a convention held called "DistribuTECH" and it all revolved around the Energy Sector, specifically focusing on the smart grid, meters and of course "Climate Change". All the major players were there! One specific article really concerns me about a report that just came out.
The report was put out by an organization called "The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC)". The name of this organization is deceptive because it is made up of industry personnel. What is even worse is, Christine Wright (a lead staffer at the Texas Public Utility Commission) sits on the Board of Directors for this organization. Here is the main staff person who is drafting all of the rules surrounding the Smart Grid and Smart Meters sitting on a Board with industry personnel and creating reports skewed to make it seem as if consumers are totally on board with what is happening within the electric industry
UPDATE Read the History of the Fight Against Smart Meters
Read more here: Austin Smart Meters
Austin Energy is the first electric utility company in Texas to offer an Opt Out Program
See links for Opt Out letters for Electric and Gas Smart Meters
Read key issues:
Health, Privacy, Electrical Safety Problems, Electric Grid Security
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.
A Bill to be Entitled An Act related to the State Board of Education oversite of regional education service center services and products concerning student curriculum.
Signed by Gov. Perry June 14, 2013 Read the complete bill HERE
Some School Districts were encouraged to download the CSCOPE LESSON before they were pulled off line.
What did Huntsville ISD do ?
Huntsville Schools, We Still Have a Problem
Parent and community input is needed in Huntsville schools to assure Quality Instructional Programs,Successful
Teachers and Students
Third Session - State Sen. Dan Patrick files bill to end CSCOPE lesson plans July 24, 2013
Austin - On Wednesday, State Sen. Dan Patrick filed Senate Bill 41 that prohits the use of CSCOPE lesson plans. Senator Patrick has asked Governor Perry to add this important issue to the call of the special session.
During the 2013 legislative session, Senator Patrick led the charge to put an end to CSCOPE lesson plans. He passed legislation (SB1406) that gave the State Board of Education the authority to review the CSCOPE lesson plans. Before the bill passed, the Texas Education Service Centers Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC) decided to stop producing CSCOPE lesson plans. With this agreement and bill enacted into law, he believed the issue was settled.
Recently, Texas Education Agency attorneys have stated that the CSCOPE lesson plans are public domain and potentiallly available to anyone despite the fact that they are a licensed product. Senator Patrick disagrees with that analysis and is pursuing that legal argument.
Another concern of Senator Patrick related to the operation of TESCCC. As a result, Senator Patrick has asked the State Auditor to perform an audit of the contracting practices of the governing board.
Among the concerns outlined in his letter to State Auditor John Kell are the facts that the Education Service Centers failed to comply with state law requiring a bidding process and the adoption of formal contracts with state government vendors.
"Texans deserve an open and transparent state government and that is particularly true of our public education system," said Patrick. "The curriculum in our classrooms must be open to public scrutiny as well as the contracts to publish them."
"The vast majority of parents, teachers, and legislators have mde it clear they want CSCOPE out of their schools. I stand with them and intend to make sure no one tries to slide CSCOPE lesson plans under the classroom door." said Patrick.
July 22, 2013
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst's
letter to Barbara Cargill,
Chair of the State Board of Education
Dear Chair Cargill,
I am deeply troubled by recent reports of public school districts planning to use CSCOPE lesson plans in the coming school year. As you know, I have serious issues with reported factual error and bias in CSCOPE's lesson plans, and my intent, and that of the Legislature in passing SB 1406, was to end this controvery once and for all. We were told our CSCOPE problems were behind us. Over the past few weeks, I have learned that this could not be further from the truth.
It is my understanding the State Board of Education (SBOE) will have an agenda item at the September Board meeting to discuss the review and adoption of CSCOPE lesson plans, which is the subject of Senate Bill 1406. In addition, with the school year rapidly approaching, am requesting the SBOE to convene a panel to hear questions, comments and concerns from school districts, parents and citizens on not only the CSCOPE lesson plans but also the SCOPE, Sequence and Assessment components. By providing this forum, I believe the SBOE can help districts find other lesson plan options, or at least provide transparency for parents and local voters to know what their local districts are using to educate their children.
It is my intent to pass legislation as soon as possible to prevent districts from using CSCOPE lesson plans, as well as possibly the Scope, Sequence and Assessment components and to move the Sunset date for the Regional Education Service Centers (ESCs) from 2019 to 2017. Additionally, I have requested the State Auditor perform an audit on the ESCs money flow related to the financial and contractual matters involving CSCOPE.
David Dewhurst, Texas Lieutenant Governor
Sam Houston Tea Party has many opportunities for you to be active from sharing your ideas for activities and speakers; working at community events such as GET OUT THE VOTE and registering voters at Fair on the Square; attending meetings with guest speakers; joining others in studying the Constitution or woking on a "watch dog "committee by attending County and City meetings.
Texas Education Service Centers ... Milking Texas Taxpayers
Texas has 20 Education Service Centers located throughout the state. Texas education service centers were initially set up to assist rural district with services. The ESC’s are funded with some state money as well as your local school district through service contracts and professional development and conferences. The ESC’s have become retirement homes for superintendents who have funded them through ISD’s with your tax money.
On TEA’s website states that the guiding principles for the ESC’s are…..
Accountable - ESCs are responsible and answerable to TEA and the commissioner, the Texas Legislature, the ESC Board of Directors, stakeholders, customers, and the general public. Accountability comes in many forms and is used in all aspects of ESCs’ daily business. I am laughing in my seat at this statement. The ESC’s are the ones who started their own non-profit company, Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC) and leased a secretive online curriculum management company to 900+ school districts called Cscope. They requested teachers to sign a non-disclosure statement that saying the contents of the curriculum would not be released or they would not say anything negative about it the product.
Texas Counties under the rails: Dallas, Ellis, Freestone, Grimes, Harris, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Montgomery, Navarro and Waller Counties. These Texans will not allow a private company using governmental authority of eminent domain to take land for their profit.
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Andy Brauninger Wins the Huntsville Mayoral Run-Off
Click hereto read Mr. Brauninger's written response re: Proposition B.
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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
Who Has Been Representing Walker County and the
City of Huntsville During This Planning Process?
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.
Where is Texas Farm Bureau?
A private company, Texas Central Partners, (along with their Japanese corporate partners) is proposing to build a high speed rail line between Houston and Dallas. Texas Farm Bureau opposed the Trans Texas Corridor in 2008 and opposed a high speed rail line in 2009.
Today Texas Farm Bureau is silent.
These four organizations have publically voiced their opposition to the proposed high speed rail;
1. Texas Forestry Association
2. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
3. Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts
4. Texas A&M University Student Senate
The California Farm Bureau joined California residents in filing a lawsuit to stop the high speed rail in California.
Where is Texas Farm Bureau?
The 2015 State Policies of the Texas Farm Bureau include the following; “We oppose using the power of eminent domain for recreational, environmental or private business purposes.”
Texas Farm Bureau claims to be
“The Voice of Texas Agriculture”
TFB has abandoned their members and their mission statement in regards to the proposed high speed rail. With TFB’s silence they have in effect become “The Voice of Japan Corporations”.
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Kevin Brady 53% K. Brady 53.41%
Craig McMichael 6.34% McMichael 4.96%
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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.
We will continue to fight Texas Central at every turn. Here is a link to our filing: CLICK HERE.
If you would like to continue the fight against eminent domain abide, taxpayer subsidies and crony capitalism, please make sure you donate to TAHSR at https://secure.piryx.com/donate/T2f6hujw/Texans-Against-High-Speed-Rail/.
Please remember TAHSR volunteer leadership is entirely unpaid so your dollars go directly to where it makes the most impact in this fight. Thank you for your support!
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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.
Petitions before the "Surface Transportation Board"
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Gulf Coast Strategic Highway, I-14
Where will it come through Huntsville?
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The following is a summary of a 60 page document. It is easy to read and follow the history of Common Core and where the Presidential Candidate's stand.
Four years ago, Common Core was considered a "done deal", uncontroversial and approved by Democrats and Republican leaders alike. It had been pushed into 45 states without notice to legislators and parents alike. Today, Common Core and related educational issues of local control of schools and family privacy have emerged as significant campaign issues for candidates and for a motivated network of grassroots citizens turned activists. The Pulse 2016.com (a project of American Principles in Action and the New Hampshire's Cornerstone Action are releasing our first formal report card to voters
on how GOP candidates are doing in responding to the concerns of Common Core parents and the experts who have validated their concerns.
1. The Pulse 2016 Report Card
Go to the link below for a 60 page report on where Presidential Candidates stand on the issue of Education. See a Report Card, a chart with issues and candidate scores, read candidates statements on Education.
2. The Public-Private Partnership: How Private Entities Developed the Common Core and Enlisted the Federal Government to Drive it into the States.
$150 Million to write the standards (Gates Foundation dollars)
$363 Million Stimulus Bill authorization in funding "to a consortia of states to
develop assessments and measure student achievement against standards
$4.35 Billion Race to the Top Funds - to be competitive for a share of the funds,
applicant states had to adopt the Common Core with, at two summer months to evaluate the final commitment to the product, compare it to their current standards, discuss the matter with their citizens and commit to replace their standards with the Common Core.
3. The Common Core System/Standards do not exist in isolation
Assessments required by No Child Left Behind would align with the Common Core and that teachers and school districts would be evaluated. The data from the assessments (and from other sources) would be and is fed into these databases. The goal is to track teacher-student connections for purposes of performance evaluation and to track all students from early education into the workforce.
4. The Common Core Standards Lock Children Into an Inferior Education
In fact, the Common Core developers have admitted that Common Core will not produce students who are ready for STEM studies ( science, technology, engineering and math).
5. The Common Core Pushback
Participants in the pushback movement initially became engaged for multiple reasons: the qualitative defects of the Standards themselves and the aligned curricula, concerns with the assessments aligned with the Common Core or concerns with the connected intrusion into student and family privacy. But many quickly became alarmed by the broader picture: The Comnon Core scheme is designed to influence other subjects in K-12, to transform education in America "out-based" training (not education, to feed into elitist economic policy whereby children are reduced to "human capital" and establish a sweeping and intrusive system of data collection and student -tracking.
6. Making Big Ideas Into Small Ideas: The GOP tendency
At the heart of the report card is a parent and citizen movement to take control over education decisions - making versus the GOP tendency to make big issues into small issues. Activists recognize a strong connection between on one hand, the poor qualify of the Common Core and the intrusive data collection and, on the other hand, the federal government's dominant role in these policies. They understand that the failure to address the big idea, restoring federalism (returning power to the states), will negate the success of any small ideas suggested to weak failed policies.
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.
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
In 2010, the Texas Commissioner of Education, Robert Scott and the governor, Rick Perry, were particularly attunded to the federal influence on education policy. In rejecting Race to the Top application Gov. Perry stated "We would be foolish and irresponsible to place our children's future in the hands of unelected bueacrats and special interest groups thousands of miles away in Washington, virtually eliminating parent's participation in their children's education. If Washington were truly concerned about funding education with solutions that match local challenges they would make the money available to state with no strings attached.
Through Race to the Top funding, the U S Department of Education seems to be coercing states like Texas to suddenly abandon their own locally established curriculum standards in favor or adopting national standards spearheaded by organizations in Washington,D.C.
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County gets update on I-45 project (Huntsville Item)
•By Cody Stark email@example.com
•Jul 26, 2016
A consultant with the Texas Association of Counties filled in Walker County officials on the status of a new interstate project which will link military bases in Texas and Louisiana with strategic deployment seaports.
Gary Bushell, the executive director of the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition presented a short presentation to the Commissioners Court on Monday about progress being made on the construction of Interstate 14, which would pass through Walker County and Huntsville. 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.
The route is generally designed to follow U.S. Highway 190. There has already been 25 miles of that highway between Copperas Cove and Belton designated as I-14.
“We are finally at a point where we can start planning real projects with real funding,” Bushell said. “We just want to thank Walker County for being on board since the beginning.”
A committee made up of Walker County and city of Huntsville officials will be appointed to work with the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition to map out a route through the area. Currently, the plan is for I-14 to follow State Highway 21 through College Station to Madisonville, then merge with Interstate 45 until reaching Huntsville.
As it stands, the interstate would then follow along FM 2821 to State Highway 19 where it would connect to Highway 190 and head toward Livingston. Bushell told the Commissioners Court the new interstate would be a rural interstate just like I-45.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Glen Reader asked if they would try to build the interstate on land owned by the state and federal government in Walker County so it would not take any property off the tax roll. Bushell said that engineers would try to come up with a route that would best benefit the area.
The project will be built in segments and Bushell said it could be a decade before it is completed. There still needs to be environmental studies conducted and segment committees appointed throughout the projected path before the exact route will be determined.
“We have been a part of this since it was called the 190 coalition and trying to move it forward for a many number of years,” County Judge Danny Pierce said. “It has come a long way. We could have used this a long time ago, linking up the military bases in Texas.”
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Three manager positions are up for election. There are 7 candidates. The 3 candidates with the most votes will be
seated in the three manager positions on the Hospital Board.
Chad J. Byrd
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Tyler McCaffety Matt Hannes
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Clyde Loll Mader Hedspeth
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Keith Olson Scott Hornung
Sam Houston Tea Party Candidate Debates will be held Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Walker Education Center, 1402 19th Street. Meet the candidates in the lobby at 5:30 pm and then join other citizens in the Auditorium for the questions and candidate answers. Candidates who are in contested races have been invited to take advantage of this time to clarify their positions on issues of interest to the public. All citizens are invited to attend.
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