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Voter ID Bill “Imminent”

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

According to the latest Quorum Report:
“With Voter ID language “imminent” House GOP caucus restates core principles.”

52 Republicans say there are four key principles they consider acceptable in Voter ID language:

1. Ensure a valid photo identification is needed to vote
2. Take effect at the next possible uniform election date
3. Be free of any registration requirements such as same day voter registration that dilutes the intent of the bill, which is ensuring fair and accurate elections.
4. Increase criminal penalties for voter fraud and registration.

The Republicans draw the line at any effort to expand participation by moving registration closer to early voting or election day.

The Republican Party of Texas press release and current list of signators can be found here.

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On the Ground Report of KSKY’s “Obama’s 100 Days”

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Notes from last night’s KSKY’s “Obama’s 100 Days” Kickoff tour featuring national figures:

Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt and Michael Medved; Gov. Rick Perry was the moderator. The Austin Statesman had an earlier podcast and other news sources covered; here’s my on-the-ground report (edited version!):

Newstalk KSKY’s kickoff of Obama First 100 Days tour with:
Mike Gallagher, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt; Texas Governor Rick Perry served as panel moderator.

Life and Liberty Coalition, Investors Business Daily, and Salem Communications hosted the event in Garland, Texas.

Gov. Perry led off the evening with an:
Objective assessment of Obama’s 1st 100 days – these are not partisan measurements of the first 100 days of policy decisions.

Are we ready for DC to take over country? Business owner, to fire you or wreck your biz?
New area of bipartisanship?

If youu live in Texas, these have to be important questions.

Founders principles are just as important and just as sound as ever.
Our recent Teaparties are a good example we are exercising our First Amendment rights!

Panelists and hosts honor us by being here
Michael Medved (MM)
Hugh Hewitt (HH)
Mike Gallagher (MG)

1st ?
BHO promised xparency and ethics; have we seen this so far?
MG: Least transparent administration yet; daily calls to control news; Rahm keeps score,
controlling agenda; natl chain of command on swine flu
MM goal-cap n trade, fed education, natl health care are all attempts to erase differences;
HH – daily Bush bashing; tax cuts used for health care to be passed w/ only 50 votes

Has BHO done anything you can support?
MG: Rescue of sea capt; principled govs who said no
MM: he actually said Tax on pirates, not attack pirates.
Changing college bowl sys
HH – follow Petreus; Michelle following good example set by Laura Bush??

Assessing Homeland’s Napolitano? called all terrorists who support states rights, guns, prolife
MG: train wreck; last thing she wants to do is close the border; confused on Canada border
.MM – outrageous memo to law enforcement; antagonist to admin – criiminalizing disareement w admin;
HH: Governor Perry, what was she like in the govs club? – RP:surprising after having worked w her; she has trbl managing the dept

What about BHO disclosing top-secret docs in spite of all advice?; seeming vendetta of Bush; is
he playing to radical left;
MG; mikeonline.com. Evolving positions; Patriots have been demonized
MM: what would jesus do (what would Barrack do?) Or what would Bush or anyone do – The question to ask when dealing w/ natl security – does it make America safer? He is passing the buck on this and every other decision
HH: was formerly w/ DOJ – suggests we read Legacy of Ashes
It is imp that we get info out on intelligence

Obama called “Arrogant” our past intl relations?
HH – BHO reflects philosophy because he isn’t comfortable w love of America; but will Cuba fix swine flu?
MM – how do we win again? Only Dems are not on board
MG: consider how he bowed to King Abdulla; now trying to explain it away. Cannot mistake photo evidence of his very low bow to King.

Tea Parties:
HH: what do we need to do next? More and organized to be effective in 2010 campaigns; but we will see more attacks on talk radio; join TalkPac
MM: reminded of our history and the Patriots; revolution series; both VA and NJ have gov races they need a revolution! If we win those races we change much
MG: about championing liberty; despite the millions at the Tea Parties, nothing went wrong and
there were no riots; there were young people and that is exciting; Predict July 4 will be huge

Big spending and more govt; do you want BHO’s plan to fail?
MM: bigger givt means less liberty. Medved believes Bush did right thing to prevent banking system by govt loan vs permanent ownership of banking; Restructuring of health care and morality will be economic collapse
MG: freemarket is good for america- failure is part of the process but BHO thinks big govt is answer; he chooses partial birth abortiion; so in that respect, I don’t want his policies to win
HH: As Gov. Jindahl says: it depends on what he’s doing. Desroying healthcare system cannot be easily undone. And doctors will not stay in the field; we need 10 Democrats in senate who want to save healthcare.

New or higher taxes and cap-n-trade – which is worse?
MM: Cap-n-trade on cost of electricity is very damaging; sin taxes are least obnoxious; working and saving are good for people; punishing success destroys it; we want something to pass on to our families; most vicious tax is inheritance tax; it is evil!
HH: taxes will be good for Texas; taxes change behavior; people will come and bring productivity and jobs; no corp. Tax; if Michigan adopted TX policies they would prosper
MG: penalizing success and taxing the fat cats by BHO is unAmerican

?s from audience:
What about Term limits?
MG: iF you have term limits bureaucrats run the show; if they don’t do a good job vote them ouT; HH: whatever CA does, do the opposite!

Question from AZ physician – flu syndrome; excuse to make an issue and is it a smokescreen?
HH: believes it is much worse than we are hearing from Mex
MG: never let a crisis go to waste; use this for natl health care
MM: we have a bad news biz in America

JudeoChristian foundation of our country: what can we do to encourage?
HH: churches are afraid of politics; they should equip generation to be good citizens;
MM: this has been a secular govt and deeply Christian nation; best place in world for Jewish people;
MG: loss of wife Denise in June, prayers from all over; because of power of prayer that was expressed on the air; we need to pray for America

Gay marriage in Iowa; how can we stop it?
MG: It is not about gay marriage we have allowed the left to set the agenda; it is about changing one man and one woman in marriage;
HH: there needs to be defense of 10th Amendment-build the wall thru legal means;
MM: as this continues, there will not be a unanimous religious ruling; it is banning interracial unions and there will be attempts to get churches to perdform same sex marriages; it is a question
of religious liberty

Jean McIver – Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

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Report from State Republican Executive Committee Meetings

Posted on March 13, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

State Republican Executive Committee Report for March 2009:

Legislative Day at the Capitol for the State Republican Executive Committee focused on Voter ID legislation. The day began with breakfast and a members-only briefing with our Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Sen. Bob Duell and House Republican Caucus Chairman Rep. Larry Taylor.

Along with 150 County Chairmen and Republican Women, we attended Citizen Lobbyist Training presented by the Texas Federation of Republican Women, Texas Republican County Chairmen Association and the Republican Party of Texas. Check out the great Lobbying Tips and Republican Web Links we received.

SREC members had lunch in the House Members Lounge with Attorney General Greg Abbott. We had several hours to visit various legislators to encourage their support of the Voter ID bill. The Bill passed its first vote on March 11th and will pass in the Senate. It will be assigned to the House Elections Committee which is chaired by Rep. Todd Smith. We need to contact his office as well as the committee members to get passage. Also, if the bill is assigned to Calendars or State Affairs, those also will have to be lobbied.

We learned that even if we may not wish to testify on a measure, signing a “yellow” card in the Senate before entering the Gallery “In Favor Of” [or “in opposition to”] a measure helps show widespread “support” or “opposition” to their bills. Names on these cards are entered into the Record “in favor of” or “in opposition to” a measure. [The House has a similar process, but rather than Yellow Cards, the House uses paper slips which those “in favor of” or “in opposition to” sign upon entry.]

Our SREC members were very well received in most offices, although some Democrat legislators would not meet with non-constituents. Capitol hallways were crowded with some 300 Acorn members wearing “Stop Foreclosure” tee shirts.

We encourage you to review the Voter ID Facts and Talking Points provided by Senator Nelson. Share these facts and talking points with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to contact their legislators to urge support of Voter ID legislation.

Passing Voter ID legislation is probably the single most important action we can take to ensure our Republican future in the State of Texas.

Late in the afternoon, we had a tour of the Speaker’s apartment and time to visit personally with Speaker Straus. He seemed eager to hear from the SREC. We next went to a reception hosted by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and he took time to visit with each of us. The evening’s dinner was provided by Governor Rick Perry (although he was not with us because he was touring Texas cities.)

Fridays are reserved for Committee meetings when the State Republican Executive Committee meets each quarter, and on Saturdays, we convene at 9 AM to hear reports from each Committee, budget briefing and consider old and new party business.

The Resolutions Committee presented the following resolutions which were adopted:

Resolution Opposing Local Option Transportation Fund Legislation
Resolution Supporting Republican Legislative Priorities
Resolution Opposing Expansion of Gaming in Texas
Resolution Supporting Rigorous Educational Standards for Science in Texas
Resolution in Appreciation of Speaker Tom Craddick
Resolution in Appreciation of President George Walker Bush
Resolution Congratulating Speaker Joe Straus

We hope you find this report informative and will welcome additional reports from SREC members. It is our desire to represent the voice of Senate District 12 with the Republican Party of Texas. Please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can best serve you.

Jean McIver and Tom Quinones
State Republican Executive Committee for Senate District 12

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Do You Want Obama, Reid and Pelosi Running Texas?

Posted on March 13, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Accepting federal stimulus dollars for unemployment involves long-term funding and a big expansion of government – including new classes of government coverage.

The strings of the Stimulus $$ cost more than the benefit to be derived. Bottom line: it mandates extending, expanding, long-term taxes on employers.

The last thing we need is the federal government coming to Texas and making demands before they send our hard-earned dollars back to us!

What our legislators assigned with the task of deciphering the 1100+ pages of ambiguity in the stimulus bill are finding is that accepting the unemployment stimulus would give us a $75 million per year liability which would continue long after the stimulus runs out. When Texas legislators phone DC to ask questions, they are told that the “rules are still being written!”

An example of excess in the bill is the “weatherization” program: Texas already has funding for weatherizing homes for impoverished Texans. But the Stimulus calls for $260 million for weatherizing Texas homes — 20% ($5.2 million!!!) of which is to be used for training people to “weatherize” – (Is that not idiotic?)

The government has no money of its own, only what it takes from the taxpayers.

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Texas Action Alert for March 10th

Posted on March 5, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

ACTION ALERT!

Senate Bill 362, requiring Photo Identification to Vote, will be heard before the Committee of the Whole Senate on Tuesday, March 10. This is one of the best chances we will have to let our voices be heard concerning the issue of voter identification.

Here’s what we can do:

1 – Show up on the South Side of the Texas Capitol at 7:45am on Tuesday.

2 – Wear RED!! 

3 – Show up early in order to go through security for the gallery in the Senate chamber.


4 – Be prepared to testify in favor of SB 362. If you are willing to testify in front of the committee, contact Eric Opiela at eopiela@texasgop.org. You can also sign in at the committee hearing as “in favor” of SB 362 without having to actually testify.

5 – If you cannot attend on Tuesday, you can submit written testimony that will be handed in to the committee. Please forward it to Eric Opiela at eopiela@texasgop.org

6 – Call your state senator and urge him or her to support SB 362. Contact information can be found here: http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/Members.htm.

This is an issue that many citizens of Texas, regardless of ideology, very strongly support.

Even if you have never testified before a legislative committee, please come out and support Voter ID by joining your fellow Texans at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:45am. 


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It may be more than I’m willing to pay

Posted on March 3, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

What is happening to our freedoms? Not only have we the taxpayers been burdened with the largest spending bill in the history of the U.S., apparently we’re going to be nickled and dimed by retailers for what’s left in our pockets.

“Paper or plastic?” Sounds familiar. But a couple of shopping bag regulations would remove that option and sock it to  consumers.  You can read the full story here.

You’ll find me in the grocery line marked “10 items or less” which is the maximum number of items I can carry out of the store, in my hot little hands – without a bag (plastic or otherwise!)

One of those items will be a large box of tea bags for my next Teaparty.  I’ll send you an invitation a few days before April 15th (when the Tax Man Cometh).

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Take the #TCOT Challenge

Posted on February 8, 2009. Filed under: Economy, Limited Government, Republican Party, Senate, TCOT, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Senators quaked when OOO-oval office occupant threatened that failure to act and act now would turn crisis into catastrophe. All of us could see real concern on his face.

#TCOT took him at his word. Catastrophe was imminent and we had to stop it! Phones melted at the Capitol and District offices all over the country. When phones were unanswered or busy, and mailboxes were full, we turned to fax machines. When those shut down, someone provided the private emails for senate offices.

Well, now it’s up to three Republican Turncoats, I mean Senators (Maine’s Collins and Snowe and Pennsylvania’s Specter.) Ever heard that old saying, the Devil’s in the details? Well, as of mid-afternoon today, the latest version of the “stimulus” is $805B and includes facts which may obscure the real pork. (NumbersUSA says it provides jobs for illegal aliens.)

Senator Collins was standing way too close to the Dem chow line when she said that Porkulus “will really help create jobs and turn our economy around.” Wonder if the folks from Maine believed her?

I doubt it. My hubby’s from Maine and pretty savvy and very thrifty. Talk about tight purse strings – this guy scours parking lots for pennies or dimes folks may have dropped! (Hey, they add up.)

Well, back to task: Don’t say we didn’t warn you, Senator Collins. Your own constituents in Maine, at this very moment, are taking The #TCOT Challenge. But don’t fret – we’ll let you know what they tell us (and probably the media too.)

The #TCOT Plan to cut all income taxes in half for all of 2009 will create jobs and turn the economy around. What would your family do with the $$?  Think about it. I think almost everyone will say they know Porkulus won’t create jobs or help them pay off debts.

Senator, I urge you, while you still have loyal supporters in Maine, promise to VOTE NO on PORKULUS Monday.

Disclaimer: #TCOT Challenge is not limited to folks in Maine or Pennsylvania; anyone can take it. But if you have family or friends in those states, ask them what they’d do with the $$.

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What’s in that Porkulus Package?

Posted on February 5, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

While the “Pessimist in Chief” tries to instill fear in the hearts and minds of America, folks better take a good look at what is included in this ridiculous legislation. Get the real scoop here at my favorite report (better than Drudge!)

Surely you’re not still depending on the big box and the talking heads for your news. The Heritage Foundation and Rasmussen reports have details.

That’s the national nightmare!

Here in Texas, we’ve tightened our belts and need to remind our Legislators that they need to cut and not inflate budgets.  Thanks to my good friend Michael Sullivan at Texans for Fiscal Responsibiblity for pointing this one out to me:

“Texas is historically a red state but we’re in danger of becoming a state in the red if Republicans don’t govern with the conservative principles on which they were elected…’Representative Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie has co-authored a H.C.R 29 with two Democrats from El Paso that would expand the reach of government by allowing Texas to apply for aid from the federal government through the U.S. House passed stimulus package.”

We need to be asking questions and demanding accountability from all levels of government, or there will be nothing but poverty in our grandkids’ futures.

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