A Primer on CSCOPE  
Open the Curtains

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

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

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

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

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

CSCOPE What is behind the curtain Part I

CSCOPE What is behind the Curtain Part II

Colleen Vera Trash Talk 

Date: August 14, 2013
Subject: VOLT PAC Opposes SHSU Threat to Seize Private Property

The Voters for Lower Taxes Political Action Committee (VOLT PAC), a recently formed General Purpose Political Action Committee to provide a voice for the voters and taxpayers of Huntsville and Walker County, strongly opposes the threat by Sam Houston State University to condemn and seize by power of Eminent Domain  any property surrounding or property located within Walker County.  

The City of Huntsville and Walker County should  sell property to the highest competitive bidder. By so doing the taxpayers of Huntsville will benefit from the sales proceeds and the taxpayers of Huntsville, Walker County, HISD and the Hospital District will benefit from future property and sales taxes generated by this prime commercial property.

We urge all citizens of Huntsville and Walker County to join with us and other citizen groups that are coming together to oppose any unjustified property grab by the University. If they succeed in this action, no private property, residential or commercial, in the City or County will be safe from future seizure. Sam Houston Tea Party agrees that if one property is taken by eminent domain, other homeowners or businesses will be in jeopardy. 

Donna Pinon   
Chairman, VOLT PAC                                               
Property Rights Organization
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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. "

As you know, Nick and I were in Austin Monday, February 10, 2014. I sadly report that Nick and I were the only ones to speak at the public hearing for project number 42029, which relates directly to the rule they will write relating to who the Transmission and Distribution Companies, not to mention the Retail Electric Provider (your billing company) can share your personal information with.

If we cannot find a way to get more people to attend these public hearings and actually speak up to stop the theft of our freedom by these bureaucrats, then we only have ourselves to blame when we no longer have access to the electricity produced by our own state and country. They have finally figured out how they can reduce your energy use without them even having to contact you or let you know they are reducing it. They will have their CONTROL whether you like it or not!


I know there was an article on Breitbart this week about the meeting with Lt. Governor Dewhurst, the PUCT and Texans Against Smart Meters. From that meeting, the Lt. Governor has called for interim charges and a health study on the meters. This is great news, but studies are simply opinions of whoever is doing the study and we will have no control over who is picked for the study. I will leave it at that.

What I do know is that David Dewhurst is actually on OUR SIDE. I personally spoke with him last year at a meeting with other grassroots leaders and in front of all of them I outright asked him about us being charged to opt-out, and at that time he said that as far as he was concerned we would not be charged. But the truth is, he is only one man in Austin. You can and should send thanks to several Democrat AND Republican State Senators for NOT getting a bill passed this last session (yes, a bit of sarcasm)! A bill was written and passed out of committee that would prevent the power companies for charging the fees, BUT the Senators would not bring it to the floor for a vote. The House Reps did NOTHING.

In The News (you might have missed)!

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

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

UPDATE    Read the History of the Fight Against Smart Meters

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


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

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

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

Click here for Letters to Greg Abbott and the Greg Abbott Campaign
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   Texas Landowner's Bill of Rights -TLBOR

"Furthermore, pipeline companies are under no obligation to tell landowners what is being transported, much less to disclose the risks of these substances to their land, their homes and their water.

We believe that holding public hearings would underscore the importance of amending the TLBOR – which not only demands legislative leadership but citizen action
THE EPA AND WATER ISSUES       Maps were kept hidden......
Texas Water Fights by Individuals and Groups
(see articles below)

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Senate Bill 1406

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

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

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

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

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Update from Ginger Russell

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Texas Education Service Centers ... Milking Texas Taxpayers

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

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

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

For the complete article CLICK HERE
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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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”.
Lone Star Rail in existential crisis after Union Pacific breakup 
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               Donald Trump's Contract with the    American Voter 2016
Issues: State and Local Government  
Huntsville  and Walker County,
               Roads and Rails
 Eminent Domain and Water Resources 
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!

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.

 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
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.

Top Reasons to Close the Border    Brietbart 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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.

Resources Fighting Common Core below: 
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We Will Not Conform Action Plan

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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.
Ports to Forts - Gulf Coast Strategic Highway
County gets update on I-45 project                          (Huntsville Item)
By Cody Stark cstark@itemonline.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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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

What follows is President Trump's 100-day action plan to
 Make America Great Again

It is a contract between myself and the American voter — and begins with restoring honesty and accountability, and bringing change to Washington. On the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following: 

Six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:

★ FIRST, propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.
★ SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health).
★ THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.
★ FOURTH, a five-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.
★ FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
★ SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

Seven actions to protect American workers:
★ FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205.     Day 1
★ SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
★ THIRD, I will direct the Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator.
★ FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately.
★ FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves,including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
★ SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward.
★ SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.

Five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
★ FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.
★ SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.

★ THIRD, cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities.

★ FOURTH, begin removing the more than two million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back.
★ FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered “extreme vetting.”

I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration

Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act  
An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with two children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from seven to three, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35% to 15%, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10% rate.

End the Off Shoring Act
Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.  

American Energy and Infrastructure Act
Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over ten years. It is revenue neutral.

School Choice and Education Opportunity Act
Redirects education dollars to give parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends Common Core and brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and makes two- and four-year college more affordable.

Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act
Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.

Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act
Allows Americans to deduct childcare and eldercare from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-site childcare services and creates tax-free dependent care savings accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.

End Illegal Immigration Act
Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country of Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a two-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a five-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.

Restoring Community Safety Act
Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a task force on violent crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.

Restoring National Security Act
Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values.

Clean Up Corruption in Washington Act
Enacts new ethics reforms to drain the swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.

On November 8th, Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our economy, security to our communities and honesty to our government.

This is my pledge to you.
And if we follow these steps, we will once more have a government of, by and for the people

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85th Texas Legislature 
Regular Session Opens January 10, 2017
Texas Senator Charles Schwertner
Senate District 5 is a ten-county region of Central and East Texas that includes Brazos, Freestone, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson, Walker and Williamson Counties  Click Here Senate District 5 Map

84th Session Committee Membership    
(85th Session Committee Not Assigned Yet)
​    Health & Human Services — Chair
      Business & Commerce
      State Affairs
      HHS Transition Legislative Oversight Committee

85th Session, Schwertner: Bills Authored or Co Sponsored
Texas House of Representative Ernest Bailes
Texas House District 18 is a three-county region in East Texas that includes Walker, San Jacinto and Liberty Counties,      Click Here for District 18 Map

To Contact Representative Bailes:
Cell:  936-433-0192
Email:  Ernest.Bailes@House.Texas.Gov
Mail:  P.O. Box 2910, Austin, Tx.  78768-2910
Austin: (512) 463-0570 Fax: (512) 463-0315 

District Office Address: 10501 Hwy. 150, Shepherd, Tx. 77371
District Office Mail:  P.O. Box 1116 , Shepherd, Tx 77371

Contact Person at Office: Sadie McLaughlin
Email: sadie.mclaughlin@house.texas

To Contact Senator Schwertner:
Austin (512) 463-0105
Bryan  (979) 776-0222
Georgetown   (512) 863-8456  or
(512) 863-8436

85th Session House Bills Filed  543 Bills
85th Session Senate Bills Filed   283 Bills
85th Legislative Session 
Type Bicameral (Every other year) 

Dates of the 85th Legislative Session: The legislature meets in regular session on the second Tuesday in January of each odd-numbered year.[2] The Texas Constitution limits the regular session to 140 calendar days. 

85th Session: January 10th to May 29th, 2017

January Activities
•Governor delivers State of the State Address
•Comptroller issues revenue estimate for 2018-2019
•Lt. Governor and Speaker organize committees
•Hearings on base appropriations bill

Houses: Senate & House of Representatives
President of the Senate
Dan Patrick (R)
Since January 20, 2015

                        Speaker of the House
                        Joe Straus (R)
                        Since January 13, 2009
Seats 181 voting members:
31 Senators
150 Representatives
Last Election:  November 8, 2016

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Senate political groups
Seats 181 voting members:
31 Senators
150 Representatives

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(Editing in Process for 2017 Data
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  Republican (20)
  Democratic (11)
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House political groups

  Republican (99) Democratic (48)
  Vacant (2)
85th Texas Legislative Session  2017
Interim Reports -  Water

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).

The process is continuing that moves the President's Cabinet to confirmation.  It is expected that all of President Trump's candidates will be confirmed.  Click on the "President's Cabinet" button for more......
The 85th Texas Legislature
2017 Legislative Priorities
Legislators have no excuses for failing to pass
 conservative reforms called for by the grassroots. 
Consistent with our guiding principles, Empower Texans has identified 15 key legislative priorities for the 85th Legislative Session. Republicans make up nearly two-thirds of the Texas House and Texas Senate — there are no excuses for lawmakers to be derelict in their duty to pass commonsense reforms called for by the grassroots.

Legislation in line with these priorities will be considered in the 2017 Fiscal Responsibility Index. (Legislators and the public are notified in advance when pending votes are subject for consideration.) Legislators will receive extra credit for authoring or sponsoring legislation that advances these priorities and that receives an up-or-down vote on the floor of their respective chamber.

(View our list of priorities in PDF form here.)
Fifteen Key Legislative Priorities outlined in the 18 page PDF

Budget and Tax Reform..............pg  2
   Program-Based Budgeting
   Zero-Based Budgeting
   Eliminate the Franchise Tax
   Taxpayer Protection
   Repeal of Revenue Generating Fees

Corporate Welfare & Cronyism....pg  4
   End Tax Abatements
   Abolish Hotel Occupancy Tax
   End Corporate Handout Programs
   Reform Economic Development Corporation Spending

Election Integrity....................... pg  5
​   Ballot Transparency
   Uniform Election Dates
   Uniform Polling Locations, Eliminate Rolling Polling
   Ballot by Mail Reform 
   Closed Primaries

First Amendment Protections.......pg 6
   Restore Due Process at the Texas Ethics Commission
   Election Code Reform 
   Regulating Public Officials, Not Citizens

Higher Education ....................... pg 7
   Freezing Tuition 
   Repealing Tuition Set-Asides
   Repealing In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants
      Protecting student's rights to free speech
      Shore up campus carry law passed last session 

K-12 Education Reform,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, pg 8
   Eliminate Overlapping County School Boards
   Expand Educational Freedom
   Eliminate "Passing the Trash"
   Abolish Robin Hood

Local Government Reform.......... pg  9
   Local Accountability for Government Pensions
   Forced Annexation Reform 
   Citizen Petition and Initiative Reform 
   Transparency for Local Official's Voting Records

Pro-Citizen Ethics Reform .............pg 10
   Ban Public Officials From Lobbying While in Office 
   Cap Undisclosed Gifts from Lobbyist 
   Require Disclosure of Bond Counsel and Legal Referral Fees
   Abolish Legislative Pensions

Promoting Free Markets.............. pg 11
   Promote Consumer Reform 
   Occupational Licensing Reform 
   Rollback Burdensome Regulations 

Property Rights......................... 12
   Eminent Domain Reform
  Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform 

Property Tax Reform.................. 13  
   Rollback Rate Reduction 
   Automatic Votes for Tax Increases
   Lower Appraisal Caps
   Citizen-Led Appraisal Boards
   Repeal the Business Personal Property Tax

State Government Reform,,,,,,,,,, 15
   Design-Build Contracting
   Union Dues Collection 
   Defined Contribution Pensions 

State Sovereignty...................... 16 
   Convention of States
   Protect Local Liberty 
   Sanctuary Cities Ban 

Tax-Funded Lobbying.................. 17
   Abolish Tax-Funded Lobbying 
   Disclosed Tax-Funded Lobbying Expenditures

Taxing and Expenditure Limits...... 18
   Local Government Spending Limits
   Local Government Revenue Caps
   Strong Constitutional Spending Limit
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