Your VOICE NOW will be the future of Texas Education.   Contact Dan Patrick and tell him "NO" to Common Core and National Based Curriculums.  

Growing Rejection of Common Core

by Phyllis Schlafly
President & Founder of Eagle Forum

The most controversial issue in education today is clearly Common Core. It's being more hotly debated than bullying, zero tolerance, sex ed, abortion or even school lunches.

Common Core is the title of a new set of standards the Obama administration has been trying to force the states to use. Even before the standards were written, 45 states and the District of Columbia signed on, encouraged by inducements of federal funds. The principal outliers are Texas, Alaska, Nebraska and Virginia.

Now that parents and teachers are finding out what is commanded by Common Core State Standards and what is being taught by "Common Core-aligned" materials, moms and teachers are raising a ruckus, trying to get their respective states to repeal their involvement. Many are demanding that their state withdraw altogether from Common Core, principally because they believe it is a takeover by the Obama administration of all that kids are taught and not taught.

The backlash against Common Core has developed into a potent political force. About 100 bills have been introduced into various state legislatures to cancel, stop or slow down Common Core requirements.

Indiana broke the ice on March 23, becoming the first state to pass an anti-Common Core bill. It strikes out references to Common Core in the law and requires the state board of education to maintain Indiana's sovereignty while complying with federal standards.

When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed this legislation that opted his state out of Common Core, he said, "I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level."

The Indiana bill was introduced as a straight repeal of Common Core, but it ended up keeping so many Common Core requirements that its original sponsor, Sen. Scott Schneider, pulled his name off of it.

The game of some people, obviously, is to pass standards that are nearly identical to Common Core but under a different name, because the name itself has become toxic. And states are always solicitous to maintain their flow of federal funds, which the Obama administration uses as bribes or threats.

The second state that went public against Common Core was South Carolina. On May 30, Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill abolishing Common Core standards in her state beginning in 2015.

Legislators were responding to constituent complaints that Common Core introduces frivolous and illogical teaching techniques to no apparent purpose while imposing new standards that are not meaningful improvements.
Common Core ends up being a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach.

Parents won a remarkable victory when the Oklahoma legislature repealed use of Common Core by the overwhelming bipartisan vote of 71-18 in the House and 31-10 in the Senate, and replaced it with academic standards written by state government officials. After receiving an estimated 20,000 phone calls in support of the repeal, Gov. Mary Fallin signed the repeal into law on June 5.

This law directs the Oklahoma State Board of Education to create new and more rigorous standards by August of 2015. The State Regents for Higher Education, the State Board of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will evaluate the newly written standards to make sure they truly make students "college- and career-ready."

Fallin's message in signing the repeal of Common Core was blunt in explaining what is wrong with the standards. She wrote: "President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards. 

Common Core is now widely regarded as the President's plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies."

Fallin's message reminded us, "Citizens, parents, educators and legislators ... have expressed fear that adopting Common Core gives up local control of Oklahoma's public schools." We congratulate Oklahoma's governor for having the courage to stop the well-financed plan to railroad Oklahoma's public schools into kowtowing to federal control.

From the start, Common Core has been ballyhooed as a state-led (not federal) initiative each state could voluntarily choose to adopt. But, as the governor wrote, "The words 'Common Core' in Oklahoma are now so divisive that they have become a distraction that interferes with our mission of providing the best education possible for our children."

Like most left-wingers, Education Secretary Arne Duncan played the race card (for which he later had to apologize) when was besieged on all sides by Common Core critics. He accused opponents of the program of just being "white suburban moms."

Duncan should have read The New York Times, which published a picture of both white and African-American moms protesting Common Core wearing signs that read, "My child is not common." Parents nationwide are saying no to Common Core.

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Section 1. Policy. The Federal Government must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to carry out its most critical and time sensitive missions. Survivable, resilient, enduring, and effective communications, both domestic and international, are essential to enable the executive branch to communicate within itself and with: the legislative and judicial branches; State, local, territorial, and tribal governments; private sector entities; and the public, allies, and other nations. Such communications must be possible under all circumstances to ensure national security, effectively manage emergencies, and improve national resilience. The views of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the public must inform the development of national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications policies, programs, and capabilities. 
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Smart Meters

Information in this section has been taken from newsletters from the We the People Are the 9-12 Association in Houston. This group was founded by Thelma Taormina and she and her husband Nick have been fighting the installation of  Smart Meters on Texas homes for years.  

"Opting out does not require a meter reader, and need not be a financial burden. As has been done in many other cases, the TDUs could transmit electric consumption over existing phone lines or power lines, which would also be much more secure than wireless transmissions and much safer by eliminating RF exposure. In fact, in many cases this landline technology is what was removed from a house when the Smart Meter was installed. Additionally, many remote or rural customers are self reporting. This method could be offered to those who choose to opt out, as well as potentially an option to go online and input one’s meter readings onto a webpage would be easy to set up and run. "
http://www.bantexassmartmeters.com/

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

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

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

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

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In The News (you might have missed)!

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

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

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UPDATE    Read the History of the Fight Against Smart Meters

Read more here: Austin Smart Meters 
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MOVING AHEAD:
THE APPEAL, OUR BRIEF, THE ROADBLOCKS,
THE COURT DATE...

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

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

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

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"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.

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

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

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

  Read more here

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

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

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

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

 4. Support groups like “texansagainsthsr.com”

 Dan Agan, Landowner in Grimes County


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

 Issues:  Local Government Huntsville and Walker County   
Interium Reports on Water Resources,    Maps for Roads and Rails
  I-45, State Highway 190 to Interstate 14, High Speed Rail
         Blowing The Whistle On 
HIGH SPEED RAIL
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Sample of Precinct Voting    
Last Election: May 24, 2016 Primary Runoff 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock

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

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

House Committee on Natural Resources

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

- the integration of HB 4 (83R);

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

- the structure and operation of the regional planning groups;

-  the interaction between the planning process and groundwater management;

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas 85th Legislative Session 
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2017 Legislative Priorities
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    City of Huntsville  
     Four Council Positions Were Up for Election 11/7/2017
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        Ward 2           Tish Humphrey    Elected 2011      ReElected 2017
        Ward 3           Ronnie Allen        Elected 2011      ReElected 2017
        Ward 4           Jose Rodriquez    Elected 2013      ReElected 2017
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Democratic & Republican Primary Runoffs, if necessary 5/22/18
2018 General Election(s) November 6, 2018

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

Walker County Judge *4            Walker County Court of Law Judge  *4
Walker County Clerk  *4            District Clerk *4       
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Criminal District Attorney *4     278th District Court  Judge *4    
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Texas Highways and High Speed Rail 
Huntsville Independent School District  
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School Board meets 3rd Thursday 6pm,   Hawkins Admin. Bldg. 
441 F.M. 2821 East , Huntsville, Tx 77320
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The HISD website has many resources for parents, students and the community to look into the school's programs and commitment to the children of our community. Visit the site regularly for updates.

Election of School Board Members

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

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

Contact Info    512-43-9007
Email   [email protected]
Website: Barbara Cargill for State Board of Education
Facebook: Barbara Cargill, Chair, Texas State Board of Education

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, appeared at a “thank you” rally in Grand Rapids, MI last Friday with Trump. At the rally both Trump and DeVos said it was time to end Common Core. DeVos specifically said, “This means letting states set their own high standards and finally putting an end to the federalized Common Core.”
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Three Positions Will Be Elected Nov. 6, 2018

Two Positions Were Elected  Nov. 7, 2017
           Elected Dr.Walter Toronjo and Judy Emmett

Meetings are the Fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm
      Huntsville Memorial Hospital    
      Second Floor Meeting Room A (Park near ER, stairs into North end)

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

 To contact them or to submit a comment, please email   [email protected]

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  IMPORTANT UPCOMING 2018 ELECTION DATES:
2018 General Election(s) November 6, 2018
Link: Walker County Voter Information
What is the relationship between the Walker County Hospital District and the Walker County Hospital Corporation?

  The Walker County Hospital District is a political subdivision of the State of Texas and its boundaries are Walker County. The "District" has been in operation for 39 years and has the authority to collect taxes to be sure that medical care is available to the citizens of Walker County. Walker County Hospital Corporation dba as Huntsville Memorial Hospital ,"HMH," is a not for profit corporation that has operated the hospital for 88 years with experienced, appointed board members including educators, doctors, lawyers, bankers and other business leaders of the community. The relationship between the District and the Corporation is a Tenant/Landlord relationship governed by a Lease Agreement and Operating Agreement. These agreements require the corporation to operate the hospital in a manner which will meet all regulatory and accreditation requirements.

How does this relationship benefit Walker County residents?

  Walker County residents have benefited because we were able to build the present hospital and make expansions and improvements without issuing tax bonds. The debt to build and operate this hospital is paid from patient revenues and we have been fortunate to be able to lower our tax rates over the years when medical costs and insurance rates are skyrocketing. Our residents benefit from having a local hospital with a proven record and that is committed to improving health care by identifying and implementing services which allow us to receive quality care at home in a cost effective manner. The present relationship relieves the District from having huge overhead costs and the tax to fund such overhead.









ACTION ALERT: WE NEED YOUR ATTENDANCE!
Meetings along the Route Jan, 29 through Feb. 6th

Dear friends,

We have been busy working on your behalf to create an action plan for responding to both the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and the US Army Corps of Engineers Public Notices from the Fort Worth District and the Galveston District regarding permitting to discharge dredged or fill material into waters of the United States.

While these are necessary steps for Texas Central's project to proceed, FRA's publication of the DEIS and the request for permitting through the Corps of Engineers doesn't give the green light for this project. Don't be alarmed. These actions provide us, our elected officials and other interested parties the opportunity to provide feedback about the many inconsistencies and flaws within the DEIS and the individual impacts of allowing any changes to watersheds or water sources. 


What are we doing on your behalf? 

Texans Against HSR has engaged a DC-based environmental law firm to help us review the DEIS and ensure that our official response is procedurally accurate and impactful.

In addition to the law firm, we have a landowner-based team reviewing the DEIS to identify the many gaps in the study and the inconsistencies between what Texas Central has been saying publicly and what is now included in this official federal document (Ie- TCR has been saying they will need 3000 acres for this project while the DEIS now states it will need 8000 acres). We also are employing a team of experts and scientists to review the DEIS to identify technical insufficiencies within the DEIS.

We are also continuing efforts to ensure that the FRA fully reviews each survey and source of information to certify that illegally obtained information is not allowed to be included.

We are continuing our coordination with elected officials and lobbyists in Austin and DC to maximize our impact within the appropriate state and federal government agencies. 

What do you need to do? 


​The Huntsville Item   Wed. Jan. 10, 2018   Cody Stark 

Hospital District sends notice to HMH
Board of Managers claims hospital officials have breeched lease agreement, termination possible 

http://www.itemonline.com/news/local_news/hospital-district-sends-notice-to-hmh/article_ca6a4dc7-b369-52a0-be62-0134969c1bf1.html

Walker County Hospital District
January 2018
Walker County Hospital Board of Managers reviews the status of the Hospital. The Walker County Hospital Corporation (doing business as Huntsville Memorial Hospital) currently has the Lease and Operating Agreement.  Due to the current state of the hospital this agreement may be terminated.  
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Justice of the Peace Pct.3 
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Justice of the Peace Pct.4
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County Precinct Chairman
    D    Terry Presley
    R    Linda McKenzie  



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THE HUNTSVILLE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IS IN CRISIS AS CHAOS REIGNS AT THE WCHD AND HMH CORPORATION


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WALKER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT BOARD
GIVE YOUR CITIZEN SUPPORT BY VOTING

Meet the Candidates
Chad Byrd, Tina Wagamon Felder, Loren Burns
Thurs. Oct. 18th    6:30 to 8:30 pm
Walker Ed. Center, 1402 19th Street
SHTP  VOTER'S GUIDE   NOV. 6, 2018
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Sam Houston Tea Party Is Hosting An Event To Meet Three Candidates  for the 2018 Election Walker County Hospital Board Members

   CHAD BYRD,      TINA WAGAMON FELDER 
 DR. LOREN BURNS

Thursday, October 18th        6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Katy and E. Don Walker Education Center Auditorium
1402 19th Street

Our Huntsville Memorial Hospital is in a state of chaos. New representation is needed on the Walker County Hospital District Board as the next few months and upcoming years will make or break our community hospital. On November 6th, citizen shave an opportunity to be actively represented at the table with three WCHD Board position up for election.  

WCHD Board Member, Dr. David Toronjo will open the program with an update on the state of the WCHD Board. He will share the depth of the current financial and management crisis at the HMH Corporation.

 The remaining program is not a debate, but an opportunity for you to meet the three candidates who desire to represent you. WCHD Board Members are needed who will represent the community with an understanding of the concerns of the citizens while being active, respectful participants in their duties.  

The five WCHD Board Members serve a two-year term. This year, three positions are up for election. On the Nov. 6th ballot, citizens will vote for THREE names from the six names on the ballot. The three candidates with the most votes will serve on the board during the next two years.

NEW MANAGEMENT CAN SAVE OUR HOSPITAL

Tues. Oct.16, 2018, Letter to the EIditor,  Huntsville Item
Doing things the same, doesn't yield different results  Link to Read More  Rich Heiland, Huntsville

"I would suggest voters might want to look at reality as opposed to scare tactics.  The Walker County Hospital District, a state-created taxing entity that provides, among other things, indigent care, has long been one of the most secretive and anti-public boards in Walker County.  It has violated open meeting laws and refused to share public record documents. In spite of a recent Texas Attorney General order to release certain records it has continued to throw up roadblocks."

"We are in this mess because of a combination of poor decisions or no decisions, and lack of oversight pertaining to the management of the hospital.  Negotiations will continue regardless of who is on the WCHD board of managers.  Both the hospital corporation and WCHD have co-hired a capable firm to oversee transition and it is that firm, not lay people, that will provide guidance to both boards."

"Rather, it is to suggest that it is a time for a break from the past and a look to the future."
Click the links below to READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE

Sun., Oct. 14, 2018, Commentary, Huntsville Item 
Addressing Concerns With HospitalLink to Read More

Sally Nelson, 2013 Retired as CEO of HMH after six years

(Note from SHTP Webmaster.  In Sally Nelson's commentary, she listed prior honors for Huntsville Memorial Hospital which are listed below)

     "Top 100 Workplace)  Houston Chronicle, 2011
     "A" Hospital Safety Score by Leapfrog Group 
     "Top Performer on Key Quality Measure"  A Joint Commission
*First of its kind Physician Co-Management Model with Health Care providers, SHSU and Huntsville ISD.
**Expanded local Medical Clinics, provided community education programs and screenings.            

Sally Nelson Comments
"I stand firm in urging the citizens of Walker County to understand how vital this period of negotiation is to the future of our local health care system.  This is not the time to change the players around the negotiating table.  A change in elected officials representing the WCHD would absolutely delay a partnership discussion with a bigger Healthcare System and that would effectively close of doors of our beloved HMH"

Red Flags Through Out 2018
Did the Walker County Hospital Board See This Coming?

Thurs. Sept.   , 2018  Huntsville, Item, Josh Criswell
STAYING AFLOAT  District supplies $2.9 million in subsidies to struggling hospital  - Link to Read More

"This amount has been projected as a worsst-case scenario, with any expenditures required to be specified in detail.  If the (HMH) corporation requires more than the alloted $2.9 million, it will need to return to the (WCHD) board for approval.  

The (HMH) corporation is reportedly nbehand millions in payments to vendors. 

The hospital has not paid rent since July, totaling approximately $1.2 million in missed payments.  Another issue is a highly profitable outpatient area of the hospital has suffered a volume loss, which has amounted to the hospital being short roughly $500,00 per month in revenue."

Fri. Sept. 20, 2018  Huntsville Item, Joseph Brown 
HOSPITAL IN TURMOIL  Link to Read More
Sep 20, 2018 - The future of Huntsville Memorial Hospital remains unknown and its parent corporation is in serious financial distress

"The district and the hospital corporation have made many attempts to find a system partner, but to date secured a new partner,"

"The Walker County Hospital Corporation recently announced that they are behind millions in payments to vendors, while also owing
the hospital district $657,268.58 in rental payments.  Despite all the subsidies and incentives the corporation continues to be in debt and failed to "sufficiently improve their financial situation to make it a viable operation."

"They (hospital corporation) ran unto difficulties over the last three months and needed additional capital.  We facilitated that, Hospital district chairman Anne Karr-Woodard said.  They are talking with us about more subsidies and we are helping them in every way we can.  We can't just hand out money to a non-profit, they are required to meet certain guidelines set by law and the district"
 
Sept 19, 2018  Huntsville Item, Joseph Brown 
HOSPITAL DISTRICT CALL EMERGENCY MEETING   BOARD CITES UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES WITH HOSPITAL OPERATOR - Link to Read More
       Executive Session on Sept 30, 2018  

Aug 25, 2018 - HUNTSVILLE, Tex. (KBTX) - https://www.kbtx.com
Huntsville Memorial Hospital facing financial challenges 
Huntsville Memorial Hospital says it's facing financial challenges and is actively looking to identify a potential ..


Aug 22, 2018 -The Huntsville Item
Hospital CEO: We are behind millions in payments
Huntsville Memorial Hospital could be weeks from a financial meltdown. Hospital interim CEO Michael Morgan announced Wednesday that the ..


​See Additional Articles about HMH in 2018 in the Right Hand Column
May 31, 2018  Walker County News Today
HUNTSVILLE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ASSETS      Walker County News Today
Where did the assets go?

 "For perspective on how HMH’s financial position appears to have changed, below are numbers taken from filings by HMH for 2013, 2014, and 2015 compared to the numbers released by Michael Morgan of Healthcare Management Partners, who arrived at HMH approximately 2 months ago as a chief restructuring officer."

Year        2012                 2013                 2014                  2015                    April 2018

Assets      65,047,220.00    74,377,425.00   73,984,378.00     65,583,277.00      22,880,000.00

Liabilities  -28,824,182.00   -34,196,388.00   -31,339,829.00   -29,637,398.00     -30,860,000.00

TotaL         36,223,038.00   40,186,037.00    42,644,549.00    39,945,879.00    -7,980,000.00


While the total liabilities remained rather consistent, the reported value of the assets has plummeted. If HMH’s surplus assets over liabilities has gone from roughly $40 million to a negative $7.9 million in just over two years, there arises a question of financial solvency. This is especially true if HMH continues losing more than a million dollars per month.


Click the link below foro the 2017 WCHD budget.

http://walkercountyhospitaldistrict.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2017-WCHD-Budget-2.pdf

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I am Tina Wagamon Felder, candidate for Walker County Hospital District Board of Managers.

Huntsville has been my home for the past fifty years. I am a Huntsville High School graduate, Sam Houston State University alum, and graduate of Louisiana State University. I have two children and three grandchildren. Although I have never run for elected office myself, my interest in civic involvement began in earnest when my father Charles Wagamon was elected to the HISD school board in the late ’80s and subsequently served two terms as Walker County Judge. My brother Jack also served a term on City Council a few years back. Now it is time for me to step up and offer to serve my beloved community as well.

Our hospital is on life support. The current board is trying to stop the bleeding, but time is running out. A lot of time, money, and effort have been spent attempting to keep the next of kin, the citizens of Walker County, in the dark -- time, money, and effort that would have been better spent healing the patient rather than covering up the diagnosis.

I am running on a platform of TRANSPARENCY. The next of kin (Walker County citizens) have a right to know what the caregivers (The Hospital District Board) are doing for the patient (HMH).

Huntsville Memorial Hospital Assets
WALKER COUNTY VOTER’S GUIDE
Early Voting October 22 – November 2, 2018
All Early Voting at the Walker County Annex

ELECTION DAY NOVEMBER 6, 2018
Vote at your assigned Precinct location

United States Senator: TED CRUZ
United States Representative, District 8: KEVIN BRADY

Governor: GREG ABBOTT
Lieutenant Governor: DAN PATRICK
Attorney General: KEN PAXTON
Comptroller of Public Accounts: GLENN HEGAR
Commissioner of the General Land Office: GEORGE P. BUSH
Commissioner of Agriculture: SID MILLER
Railroad Commissioner: CHRISTI CRADDICK
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2: JIMMY BLACKLOCK
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4: JOHN DEVINE
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6: JEFF BROWN
Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals: SHARON KELLER
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7: BARBARA PARKER HERVEY
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8: MICHELLE SLAUGHTER

State Senator, District 5: CHARLES SCHWERTNER
State Representative, District 18: NO RECOMMENDATION

Walker County Judge: NO RECOMMENDATION
Walker County Hospital District General Election: VOTE for 3
1.CHAD BYRD
2.TINA WAGAMON FELDER
3.LOREN T. BURNS

Additional Articles in 2018 about  HMH and WCHD  

Aug. 22, 2018 The Huntsville item
Future uncertain for Huntsville hospital 
The Huntsville Memorial Hospital could soon be under new management.

Members of the Board of Managers of the Walker County Hospital District are expected to go into executive session tonight with the potential sale of the hospital facility on the docket.

The Huntsville Memorial Hospital, which is managed by the private firm of Walker County Hospital Corporation, has been rumored to be under financial distress. Last month the Board of Managers voted to hire the same investment banking and bankruptcy firm that was being used by the Hospital Corporation, Hammond Hanlon Camp, LLC. The reason for the hiring of the firm was to help the Hospital District find a new owner or operator for the hospital.  

 June 22, 2018 by New Waverly Community News and Events
Fate of Huntsville Memorial Hospital Uncertain after latest WCHD Meeting
Walker County Hospital District hires consultant specializing in healthcare reorganizations, sales & bankruptcies. Hospital Board says sale of hospital contemplated, private contractor managing HMH denies rumors of imminent bankruptcy.

Dependent upon whom you listen to, Huntsville Memorial Hospital is either on the brink of bankruptcy or subject to sale, but in any case, major changes are on the horizon. 


Jun 22, 2018 -www.ksam1017.com
 HUNTSVILLE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TO CLOSE HOSPITAL LVN SCHOOL IN JANUARY 2019
In a press release, Huntsville Memorial Hospital has informed us that they have decided to close the Joe G. Davis School of Nursing in January 2019, after the current class of 21 LVN students graduate. 

Jun 01 The HMH Corporation Site www.hmhforward.org
 Huntsville Memorial Hospital Operating Board Announces Plans to Explore Future by Mac Woodward, chair of the Operating Board
The Board of Directors of Walker County Hospital Corporation, which is the operator of Huntsville Memorial Hospital through a lease arrangement with the Walker County Hospital District, announced today it has begun a process to explore options for the future of the community hospital that has served Walker County and its surrounding areas for more than 90 years.

“The residents of Huntsville, Texas deserve the best healthcare future possible,” said Mac Woodward, Chair of the Operating Board. “By initiating a thorough and thoughtful process to explore what’s next, we’ll be able to protect that future by ensuring the long-term sustainability of the hospital.”

Woodward said while no decisions have been made today, all options are being considered including finding a health system partner.

Like many community hospitals in Texas and across the country, Huntsville Memorial has been facing some difficult challenges in recent years, including the need for capital to invest in the future of healthcare for the growing Huntsville community. 


May 31,2018 walker.countynewstoday.com › Business
HMH Closing Madisonville, Willis Clinics - 
Morgan reported that Huntsville Memorial Hospital lost almost $1.2 Million during the month of April 2018 alone. An even larger negative number was the on the HMH balance sheet: with assets of just $22.8 million and liabilities of more than $30 million, the hospital’s operator is almost $8 million in the red.


Apr 9, 2018 The Madisonville Meteor
HMH To Close Emergency Clinic
 The Huntsville Memorial Hospital Board of Directors has decided to close the Madisonville emergency department, which happened on .


Feb. 28, 2018 Walker County News Today
Huntsville Memorial Hospital CEO is Out
At Wednesday night’s Walker County Hospital District meeting, board chair Anne Woodard announced that Shannon Brown had just completed his final day as CEO of Huntsville Memorial Hospital.

She also announced that HMH would be bringing in a Chief Restructuring Officer which hints that the hospital may be facing substantial financial issues.

Woodard gave an update on the District’s 90-Day Termination Letter that was issued previously to Huntsville Memorial Hospital: Brenda Strama, the district’s health care attorney, is still reviewing all of the documents. The 90 day time period runs until April 9.

Four hundred and seventy seats in the U.S. Congress (35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) are up for election on November 6, 2018.


NOVEMBER 6, 2018    US SENATE
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    The Republican Party holds 51 seats in the Senate. Democrats hold 47 seats, and the remaining two are held by independents who caucus with the Democratic Party.
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Indiana             Democratic Party Joe Donnelly
Minnesota        (special) Democratic Party Tina Smith
Mississippi      (special) Republican Party Cindy Hyde-Smith
Missouri            Democratic Party Claire McCaskill
Montana            Democratic Party Jon Tester
Nevada             Republican Party Dean Heller
New Jersey      Democratic Party Bob Menendez
New Mexico      Democratic Party Martin Heinrich
North Dakota   Democratic Party Heidi Heitkamp
Ohio                   Democratic Party Sherrod Brown
Tennessee       Republican Party Bob Corker
Texas                 Republican Party Ted Cruz
West Virginia    Democratic Party Joe Manchin

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Arizona's 1st             Democratic Party Tom O'Halleran
Arizona's 2nd            Republican Party Martha McSally
California's 8th         Republican Party Paul Cook
California's 10th       Republican Party Jeff Denham
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California's 39th       Republican Party Edward Royce
California's 45th       Republican Party Mimi Walters
California's 48th       Republican Party Dana Rohrabacher
California's 49th       Republican Party Darrell Issa
California's 50th       Republican Party Duncan Hunter
Colorado's 6th         Republican Party Mike Coffman
Florida's 16th            Republican Party Vern Buchanan
Florida's 25th            Republican Party Mario Diaz-Balart
Florida's 26th            Republican Party Carlos Curbelo
Florida's 27th            Republican Party Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Georgia's 6th             Republican Party Karen Handel
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Illinois' 6th                 Republican Party Peter Roskam
Illinois' 12th               Republican Party Mike Bost
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Iowa's 1st                   Republican Party Rod Blum
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Kansas' 2nd              Republican Party Lynn Jenkins
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Kentucky's 6th           Republican Party Andy Barr
Maine's 2nd               Republican Party Bruce Poliquin
Michigan's 8th           Republican Party Mike Bishop
Michigan's 11th         Republican Party David Trott
Minnesota's 1st         Democratic Party Tim Walz
Minnesota's 2nd       Republican Party Jason Lewis
Minnesota's 3rd        Republican Party Erik Paulsen
Minnesota's 8th         Democratic Party Rick Nolan
Montana's at-large    Republican Party Greg Gianforte
Nebraska's 2nd        Republican Party Don Bacon
Nevada's 3rd            Democratic Party Jacky Rosen
Nevada's 4th             Democratic Party Ruben Kihuen
New Hampshire's 1st    Democratic Party Carol Shea-Porter
New Jersey's 2nd           Republican Party Frank LoBiondo
New Jersey's 3rd         Republican Party Tom MacArthur
New Jersey's 7th         Republican Party Leonard Lance
New Jersey's 11th        Republican Party Rodney Frelinghuysen
New Mexico's 2nd        Republican Party Steve Pearce
New York's 11th            Republican Party Dan Donovan
New York's 19th            Republican Party John Faso
New York's 22nd           Republican Party Claudia Tenney
New York's 27th           Republican Party Chris Collins
North Carolina's 2nd   Republican Party George Holding
North Carolina's 9th     Republican Party Robert Pittenger
North Carolina's 13th  Republican Party Ted Budd
Ohio's 1st                     Republican Party Steve Chabot
Ohio's 7th                      Republican Party Bob Gibbs
Ohio's 12th                    Republican Party Troy Balderson
Pennsylvania's 1st     Republican Party Brian Fitzpatrick
Pennsylvania's 5th     Republican Party Vacant
Pennsylvania's 6th     Republican Party Ryan Costello
Pennsylvania's 7th     Republican Party Vacant
Pennsylvania's 14th     Democratic Party Conor Lamb
Pennsylvania's 17th     Republican Party Keith Rothfus
South Carolina's 1st     Republican Party Mark Sanford
Texas' 7th                         Republican Party John Culberson
Texas' 23rd                       Republican Party Will Hurd
Texas' 32nd                      Republican Party Pete Sessions
Utah's 4th                         Republican Party Mia Love
Virginia's 2nd                     Republican Party Scott Taylor
Virginia's 5th                     Republican Party Thomas Garrett
Virginia's 7th                 Republican Party David Brat
Virginia's 10th             Republican Party Barbara Comstock
Washington's 3rd             Republican Party Jaime Herrera Beutler
Washington's 5th             Republican Party Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Washington's 8th         Republican Party Dave Reichert
Washington's 9th         Democratic Party Adam Smith
West Virginia's 3rd     Republican Party Evan Jenkins
Wisconsin's 1st         Republican Party Paul Ryan




Year-to-date fundraising for the national committees

Organization Total Receipts ('18 YTD)     Total Disbursements ('18 YTD)     Cash on hand     Debts Owed

National party committees (as of June 2018)
DNC         $43,332,467                         $40,988,015                             $8,957,260         $6,334,266
RNC         $80,544,188                         $68,675,206                             $50,687,610         $0

House campaign committees (as of June 2018)
DCCC     $71,960,133                          $42,741,760                             $68,118,870           $0
NRCC     $49,418,622                         $28,719,812                             $64,343,448           $0

Senate campaign committees (as of June 2018)
DSCC     $32,793,035                         $15,103,599                             $36,711,048         $4,179,524
NRSC     $33,093,988                           $29,557,562                             $18,805,589         $0 

Outgoing members of Congress, 2016-2018
Year   Chamber





2018    
         U.S. Senate             0              3                3                 1                  2                   3
         U.S. House             18            38               56                 3                 12                  15
         Total                        18            41               59                 4                 14                 18

2016    
        U.S. Senate               3             2                  5                 0                  0                   0
        U.S. House                8             20               28                  2                  5                   7
        Total                          11             22                33                  2                 5                  7
Democrats 
not seeking
 re-election
​Republicans not seeking re-election
Total not seeking re-election
Democrats leaving office early
Republicans leaving office early
Total leaving office early
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