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.
Chairman, VOLT PAC
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Your VOICE NOW will be the future of Texas Education. Contact Dan Patrick and tell him "NO" to Common Core and National Based Curriculums.
Growing Rejection of Common Core
by Phyllis Schlafly
President & Founder of Eagle Forum
The most controversial issue in education today is clearly Common Core. It's being more hotly debated than bullying, zero tolerance, sex ed, abortion or even school lunches.
Common Core is the title of a new set of standards the Obama administration has been trying to force the states to use. Even before the standards were written, 45 states and the District of Columbia signed on, encouraged by inducements of federal funds. The principal outliers are Texas, Alaska, Nebraska and Virginia.
Now that parents and teachers are finding out what is commanded by Common Core State Standards and what is being taught by "Common Core-aligned" materials, moms and teachers are raising a ruckus, trying to get their respective states to repeal their involvement. Many are demanding that their state withdraw altogether from Common Core, principally because they believe it is a takeover by the Obama administration of all that kids are taught and not taught.
The backlash against Common Core has developed into a potent political force. About 100 bills have been introduced into various state legislatures to cancel, stop or slow down Common Core requirements.
Indiana broke the ice on March 23, becoming the first state to pass an anti-Common Core bill. It strikes out references to Common Core in the law and requires the state board of education to maintain Indiana's sovereignty while complying with federal standards.
When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed this legislation that opted his state out of Common Core, he said, "I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level."
The Indiana bill was introduced as a straight repeal of Common Core, but it ended up keeping so many Common Core requirements that its original sponsor, Sen. Scott Schneider, pulled his name off of it.
The game of some people, obviously, is to pass standards that are nearly identical to Common Core but under a different name, because the name itself has become toxic. And states are always solicitous to maintain their flow of federal funds, which the Obama administration uses as bribes or threats.
The second state that went public against Common Core was South Carolina. On May 30, Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill abolishing Common Core standards in her state beginning in 2015.
Legislators were responding to constituent complaints that Common Core introduces frivolous and illogical teaching techniques to no apparent purpose while imposing new standards that are not meaningful improvements.
Common Core ends up being a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach.
Parents won a remarkable victory when the Oklahoma legislature repealed use of Common Core by the overwhelming bipartisan vote of 71-18 in the House and 31-10 in the Senate, and replaced it with academic standards written by state government officials. After receiving an estimated 20,000 phone calls in support of the repeal, Gov. Mary Fallin signed the repeal into law on June 5.
This law directs the Oklahoma State Board of Education to create new and more rigorous standards by August of 2015. The State Regents for Higher Education, the State Board of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will evaluate the newly written standards to make sure they truly make students "college- and career-ready."
Fallin's message in signing the repeal of Common Core was blunt in explaining what is wrong with the standards. She wrote: "President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards.
Common Core is now widely regarded as the President's plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies."
Fallin's message reminded us, "Citizens, parents, educators and legislators ... have expressed fear that adopting Common Core gives up local control of Oklahoma's public schools." We congratulate Oklahoma's governor for having the courage to stop the well-financed plan to railroad Oklahoma's public schools into kowtowing to federal control.
From the start, Common Core has been ballyhooed as a state-led (not federal) initiative each state could voluntarily choose to adopt. But, as the governor wrote, "The words 'Common Core' in Oklahoma are now so divisive that they have become a distraction that interferes with our mission of providing the best education possible for our children."
Like most left-wingers, Education Secretary Arne Duncan played the race card (for which he later had to apologize) when was besieged on all sides by Common Core critics. He accused opponents of the program of just being "white suburban moms."
Duncan should have read The New York Times, which published a picture of both white and African-American moms protesting Common Core wearing signs that read, "My child is not common." Parents nationwide are saying no to Common Core.
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This site reports on the National impact of the Common Core curriculum and focus on changing the heritage and history of our country.
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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Incumbent Office Holders
Challenging candidate's names will be in blue boxes
See photos and biographies
Walker County Judge: Danny Pierce
County Court and Clerk
County Judge: Tracy Sorenson
District Court and Clerk
12th District Court Don Kraemer
278th District Court Hal Ridley
District Clerk Robyn Flowers
County Tax Assessor/Collector: Diana McRae
County Clerk Kari French
County Treasurer Amy Klawinsky
County Auditor Patrica Alle
Criminal District Attorney: David Weeks
Sheriff Clint McRae
Commissioner: Ronnie White
Justice of the Peace: Mike Countz
Constable: Reed Prehoda
Commissioner: Glen Reader (Appointed)
Justice of the Peace: Mark Holt
Constable: Steve Hill
Commissioner: Jimmy Henry
Justice of the Peace: Stephen P. Cole
Constable: Gene Bartee
Candidate: Bill Daugette
Candidate: Bill Tutor
Candidate: Paul Webb
Candidate: G.A. Creagor
Candidate: Glen Ray Reader
Candidate: Richard Harrison
Republican Party Chair -
Incumbent Linda McKenzie
Election for Huntsville City Mayor
The mayor is an at-large position that may be voted on by any qualified voter of the city of Huntsville.
In the City of Huntsville, there are about 14,000 registered voters. For the Run-Off Election only 1780 citizens voted. Andy Brauninger was elected with 55% of the vote total - 992 votes.
Texas Primary Election is March 1, 2016 Election is November 1, 2016
Positions Up for Election Are Listed Below in Order on the Ballot
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Lt. Colonel Andre Dean
Issues and Answers https://www.coloneldeantocongress.org/pages/hot-issues
I love Texas. When my son was born, I was serving in the Marines and was stationed outside our beautiful State, so I had my mom send me a bag of dirt from outside her house. I placed it under the hospital bed where my son was born so he could be born over Texas soil.
I served three combat tours and more than ten years of service, during which time I realized the incredible privilege it is to be an American.
After I left the Marine Corps, I realized that my State needed someone to stand for the Republican values of smaller government and freedom as it was given to us by God. Too many in Washington, DC, cave to influences outside of the US and they pander to monied interests inside the US. We need people who won't buckle.
I aim to earn your trust and your vote. I hope to meet you as I travel throughout central Texas.
The federal government has lost all common sense. Washington's problems seem too big to solve but not for Texans! It is time we the people Reclaim our Republic and enforce our Constitution on the government.
Candidates for March 1, 2016 Primary Elections
Texas House of Representatives, District 18 Counties: Liberty, San Jacinto and Walker
Debate Held Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Sam Houston Tea Party thanks all six candidates for their cooperation in submitting information, biographies and photographs.
We have conducted a number of Meet the Candidate events over the years from 2010 to 2016. None has been more successful and better attended by the
voting public - over 125 came to the event. The candidates were forthcoming with their responses to questions, expressing their sincere desire to serve
the three counties that make up Texas House of Representatives, District 18. We thank you each for being strong conservative voices.
On Oct. 8th Mr. Brauninger spoke at a SHTP event and spoke to the positive about economic development for Huntsville.
Congressman Kevin Brady, 20+ years
1/29 "Congressman Brady is booked for the day"
U.S. Congress, Texas District 8, Chairman Ways and Means (Content from Brady website)
Kevin holds key leadership posts including Deputy Whip and Vice Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee. He is a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee-considered by many to be the most powerful committee in Congress with jurisdiction over taxes, health care, Social Security, Medicare, international trade and welfare.
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Second only to the Holy Bible, I believe that the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are priceless gifts of wisdom from God and that a righteous and loving Father in Heaven gave us all three of these sacred documents to bless our lives and establish freedom in this Heaven-blessed land, America.
I stand with Ted Cruz for a better America. As Senator Cruz said; "My touchstone for every question is the Constitution." I believe that America needs to redisvcover it's Godly, self-sufficient roots and belong again to We The People, NOT to the Washington "Cartel" of Dems and Republicans who are pawns of the elite special interests and big dollars in D.C.
We MUST live within our means as a nation and end this fiscal, financial train wreck which we know as the rapidly exploding $18.3 Trillion DEBT. I fully support passing Congressman Connie Mack's (R-Florida) "Penny Plan" which will save taxpayers $7.6 Trillion in debt over the next 10 years by freezing all federal bureaucracy budgets and then cutting them 1% (one PENNY of every dollar they currently receive). Our children must not be left to pay the terrible price of our current reckless, willfully-destructive national spending of money we borrow to pay for so-called "entitlements" and criminal, taxpayer bought 3-4 generational dependency votes.
I believe Congress must protect the second amendment right to bear arms from predatory and pernicious Presidents like the current one. As Senator Cruz says, "I don't think the federal government has any business even having a list of law abiding citizens who choose to exercise their right to keep and bear arms." We must protect and preserve the right of the American people to defend themselves from rogue governments, criminals, thieves and over-reaching, unlawful Presidents.
Mail: Col. Dean To Congress, P.O. Box 905, Madisonville, Tx. 77864
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The Pulse 2016 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.
1.) Have they spoken out and acted against Common Core?
2.) Do they understand and have they made a specific commitment to protect state and local control of education from further federal intrusion?
3.) What efforts has the candidate made to protect student and family privacy interests against the rising demands of industry and central planners for more personal student data?
Explanation of Grading:
For an A
Fighting Common Core, Protecting state/local decision making, Protecting child/family privacy making, Champions the issue e.g.,offers legislation, makes it a centerpiece issue
For a B
Professes support, but has not provided leadership or otherwise championed
For a C
Has neither helped nor hurt the cause
For a D
Has an overall negative record on the issue
For a F
Has an overall negative record on the issue, obtustly and consistently work against the issue
In 2010, What Was Texas Doing about Common Core ?
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.
Issues to Vet for US Congressional Candidates
Constitution- State's Rights vs. Federal Over Reach
Taxes and changes in Taxation
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
U.S. House of Representative, District 8 Noon to 1:00 pm
A champion of free enterprise and American-made energy, Kevin’s focus is creating jobs, reducing Washington spending and sunsetting obsolete federal agencies. Kevin is the chairman of the influential Health Subcommittee for the House Ways and Means Committee. As chairman, he will focus on ensuring a strong, free market in the nation's health care industry and look for ways to increase the quality of health care, while keeping costs low.
And as the lead House member of the Joint Economic Committee, Kevin has been a GOP leader on economic issues – opposing the President’s stimulus and fighting White House efforts to raise taxes on families, small businesses and American energy producers. Until 2013, Kevin was the leader of the Trade Subcommittee and led the successful effort to pass new sales agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia – and he served as the White House point man on the successful passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. On the Social Security Subcommittee, Kevin fought to preserve this important program for future generations once and for all.
Prior to his election to Congress, Kevin worked as a chamber of commerce executive for 18 years and served six years in the Texas House of Representatives where he was named one of the Ten Best Legislators for Families & Children. In 1994 he was named one of Five Outstanding Young Texans. In order to stay close to the people he represents, Kevin never moved to Washington. He lives in Montgomery County with his wife Cathy and his two sons Will (16) and Sean (13) – and has logged nearly two million miles on Continental Airlines commuting to Congress each week. Kevin is an original Hometown Hero of The Woodlands, a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary and a Distinguished Alumni of the University of South Dakota. He and his family attend Saints Simons and Jude Catholic Church.
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November 16, 2015
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas—Montgomery County small businessman Steve Toth announced today his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Texas Congressional District 8.
In announcing his candidacy Toth said, “Over the past several weeks, my family and I have been meeting with local citizens, seeking their input and direction concerning this important decision. The message has been overwhelmingly clear: voters want new leadership for this district. My candidacy will flow from deeply held conservative principles and a belief that government is overreaching, inefficient, and all too involved in our affairs. In Congress, I am committed to being a citizen legislator who is passionate about serving the constituents instead of being consumed with running for re-election.” Steve Toth is a local entrepreneur who owns Acclaim Pools, a local design and build firm, as well as My PoolXpert, both Montgomery County businesses he launched.
In the Texas House, Representative Toth was a contributor to CNN, FOX News as well as Fox Business News and gained a reputation as a firebrand conservative by authoring and passing out of the Texas House the Federal Firearms Protection Act, which effectively would make it a Class A Misdemeanor to interfere with a law abiding Texan’s right to exercise their second amendment right. Additionally, Toth authored and passed the CSCOPE Transparency Act (Common Core) which brought this rogue curriculum under the oversight of the State Board of Education. Toth was named a “Taxpayer Champion,” earning an ‘A’ score from Texans For Fiscal Responsibility and obtained the 2nd highest score in the Texas legislature from Young Conservative of Texas. Steve also received high marks from Texas Right to Life, Texas Eagle Forum and Concerned Women of America.
Steve resides in Montgomery County with his wife of 31 years, Babette, and their three children. Steve is an ordained minister who has served as a teaching pastor and elder at WoodsEdge Community Church for 10 years.
Toth concluded , “We live in a great nation and I strongly believe that our best days are not behind us. Our country desperately needs to be restored to the values that made us great. We’ve got a lot of work before us to move Congress in a more conservative direction. All too often, candidates for public office offer up conservative rhetoric in the district only to succumb to the pressures of politics in Washington, and their actual voting record often reflects vastly different actions from their pre-election promises. This era of bait and switch politics is coming to an end. Our district deserves better."
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(RRC is made up of three seats. Incumbent David Porter is not running for re-election. The two seats not up for election are held by Christi Craddick and Ryan Sitton)
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With an eye for “proper oversight,” Trump said, Obama and top congressional Republicans “should work together to make a program which the public can support.” Trump added:
"I support legislation which allows the NSA to hold the bulk metadata. For oversight, I propose that a court, which is available any time on any day, is created to issue individual rulings on when this metadata can be accessed."
The controversy surrounding domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) is expected to divide hawks from libertarians in the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the National Journal.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, both staking out a libertarian/tea party position, are strong opponents of the NSA vacuuming up phone records of Americans in search of terrorist or espionage threats.
Paul would dismantle the NSA; Cruz would reform the agency.
Cruz backed the USA Freedom Act sponsored by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont which — had it passed — would have reformed but not gutted the Patriot Act.
Rubio, invoking 9/11 and recent activities of the Islamic State, called on his colleagues on Capitol Hill to permanently extend Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, one of the law’s most controversial provisions.
Rand Paul plans to force the expiration of the PATRIOT Act Sunday by refusing to allow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to expedite debate on a key surveillance bill.
In a statement to POLITICO Saturday, Paul warned that he would not consent to any efforts to pass either an extension of current law or the USA Freedom Act, a reform bill passed overwhelmingly by the House earlier this month.
“So tomorrow, I will force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program,” Paul said.
Because of the nature of the Senate rules, Paul can force the expiration of the PATRIOT Act, which he has vowed on the campaign trail to repeal as president because he contends it invades Americans’ privacy rights.
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[Speech at the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shootout, April 4, 2009]: Unless you want a government that can enter your house at will, check to see if you have trigger locks, measure the length of your guns and rapidity of their ability to fire, you must oppose violations of the Fourth Amendment like the PATRIOT Act.
“The first duty of our national government,” he said, “is to protect the homeland. And this has been an effective tool, along with many others, and the Patriot Act ought to be reauthorized, as is.”
Bush then brought the discussion to national security issues, saying that the Patriot Act contained vital defense measures against ISIS spies and terrorists.
"I think some aspects of the Patriot Act are wise, so you don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but certainly in terms of the Fourth Amendment, the unwarranted mining of data from citizens is a violation," Carson told The Hill.
Hillary Clinton voted for the original USA PATRIOT Act in 2001, as well as the revised version in 2006. While she has criticized the Bush administration for violations of civil liberties, she has not stood out as a civil liberties candidate in this regard.
I voted against the Patriot Act every time, and it still needs major reform.
I welcome a federal appeals court ruling that the National Security Agency does not have the legal authority to collect and store data on all U.S. telephone calls. Now Congress should rewrite the expiring eavesdropping provision in the so-called USA Patriot Act and include strong new limits to protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American people.
Let me be clear: We must do everything we can to protect our country from the serious potential of another terrorist attack. We can and must do so, however, in a way that also protects the constitutional rights of the American people and maintains our free society.
Do we really want to live in a country where the NSA gathers data on virtually every single phone call in the United States—including as many as 5 billion cellphone records per day? I don’t. Do we really want our government to collect our emails, see our text messages, know everyone’s Internet browsing history, monitor bank and credit card transactions, keep tabs on people’s social networks? I don’t.
Unfortunately, this sort of Orwellian surveillance, conducted under provisions of the Patriot Act, invades the privacy of millions of law-abiding Americans.
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