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House panel passes driver license for illegal alien bill

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“State Affairs panel votes for driver’s permit legislation” – interesting how even the Rio Grande Guardian took the Dallas Morning News path on this headline and left out the most important words from the headline: illegal alien.

Yes the Republican dominated Texas House State Affairs Committee which is chaired by Speaker Straus ally Byron Cook of Corsicana, passed a driver license for illegal aliens bill by a vote of seven to three. Worse yet the …….. read more here.

By Pratt on Texas

Is There Too Much Jesus in Republican Politics?

Photo: www.politicususa.com

Does Christian salvation rest upon American public policy?

As Republican presidential candidates, both announced and presumed, begin to woo social conservatives in Iowa, the role of religion in politics has once again become the subject of debate. Mark V. Kormes, an Objectvist and therefore non-believer, took to social media expressing his frustration.

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It didn’t take long for such a provocative decree to attract condemnation. Read more here.……

by Walter Hudson

The Brief: On Border Security, What a Difference A Week Makes

Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, speaks his concerns about law enforcement agencies working together on the border surge during a discussion at the Legislative Budget Board meeting on Dec. 1, 2014.

The Big Conversation

Gone are accusations of gamesmanship as lawmakers get to work finding common ground on the session’s border security bill. An update from the Tribune’s Julián Aguilar points to pay and schedules for Department of Public Safety troopers as the big remaining sticking point.

That’s according to state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, the lone border lawmaker on the conference committee that is hashing out the differences between the House and Senate approaches to bolstering the state’s commitment to border security.

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PATRIOTS PAC TO HOST EMPEROR OF EMINENT DOMAIN

Photo: (Screen shot) Montgomery County Citizen Local News

PAC CORE VALUES of Constitutionalism, Free Markets, Limited Government & Fiscal Responsibility to take back seat to $50K per table Gala.

Texas Patriots PAC based here in Montgomery County has announced a political shin dig with a rank and file patriot price tag of only $5000.00 per table? The MAIN EVENT is touted as “CELEBRATING THE AMERICAN DREAM! An evening with Donald Trump and Mattress Mack”  What are they thinking?  On one hand the extol the virtues of free markets – “The Founders believed that personal and economic freedom go together, as do we. Our current government’s interference distorts the free market and inhibits the pursuit of individual and economic liberty; therefore, we demand limited government.”  and have recently squared off against “wasteful spending” in the proposed $350 Million bond election to be decided next month, specifically decrying the Woodlands parkway extension as “a gift, funded by the taxpayers, for developers”!

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Montgomery County Citizen Local News

Lobbyists protecting TEC

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Conservatives are bad for lobbyists, something proved again last week when lobbyists defended the Texas Ethics Commission.

Though it was created to police the dangerous relationship between special interest lobbyists and elected officials, the TEC has been captured by lobbyists, and is now used by them to decrease their already-too-low accountability level. The TEC is now a taxpayer funded attack dog against conservatives.

Last week, the Professional Advocacy Association of Texas (PAAT) urged ……… read more here

By Daniel Greer

RERop-ed: The Thin Brown Line

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As long as I remain Sheriff of Collin County, I will not participate in the actions of misguided politicians who seek to impede our citizen’s right to all of the privileges afforded by our Constitution.  Neither I, nor any of my deputies, will participate in the enforcement of laws that violate our precious constitutional rights, including our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. – Terry Box, Sheriff of Collin County Texas

Sheriff Box, of McKinney Texas, is in good company.  In Oregon, where Bloomberg-funded Democrat legislators have introduce Senate Bill SB 941, more than 20 of the State’s 36 county sheriffs have declared they will refuse to enforce the law if Governor Kate Brown signs it.  SB 941 is a 23-page assault on the Second Amendment that contains such ludicrous restrictions on personal freedom as a requirement that you obtain a criminal background check before loaning your shotgun to your son.

SB 941, which passed the Oregon Senate Tuesday 21 April, is designed not so much to make it more difficult to transfer firearms, as to make it easier to disarm firearms owners.  The bill stipulates that failure to comply with the impossible terms of the law can result in loss of Second Amendment “privileges” and consequent confiscation of all your guns.  And Oregon’s sheriffs are having none of it.

A similar situation pertains in Colorado, where 45 of the State’s 62 sheriffs have refused to enforce Governor John Hickenlooper’s 2013 un-Constitutional assault on the Second Amendment.  That the sheriffs are in alignment with the will of the People is evidenced by the fact that the first recall elections in Colorado State history deposed three State Senators – Senate President John Morse, Senator Angela Giron, and Senator Evie Hudak – for their contributions to the passage of Hickenlooper’s anti-gun law.

And in Maryland, Wicomico Country Sheriff Mike Lewis sent a clear message to Obama that, “I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip citizens of their right to bear arms.  If they attempt to do that, it will be an all-out civil war.  No question about it.”

And everyone is familiar with Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke who admonishes the citizens of Milwaukee County and greater Wisconsin to take responsibility for their own safety and well being by arming themselves.

And America’s Sheriff, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, said in a 2013 radio interview, “Now if they’re going to tell the sheriff that he’s going to go around picking up guns from everybody, they’re going to have a problem. … I’m going to arm all my deputies with automatic weapons and semi-automatic weapons.  We’re going to be able to fight back. … I don’t care what they say from Washington.”

And thousands of less famous but no less dedicated sheriffs in Texas, Kansas, Oregon, Missouri, California and other states across America have voiced their determination to hold the thin brown line against attempts at public disarmament by a totalitarian, tyrannical, and rightfully fearful-of-the-public federal government.

We applaud the sheriffs of Texas and America for their courage, and we unreservedly support them in their efforts to protect and defend both the Constitution and the People of the United States.  The thin brown line, the County Sheriff, is the last line of public defense against the socialist self-servants of the federal empire.

And the last line of personal defense is what these brave guardians of our rights are defending – our guns.

 

Update: The Oregonian reports that two separate recall petitions have been filed with the Oregon State Elections Office for the recall of SB 941 sponsor State Senator Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro), House Minority Leader Val Hoyl (D-Eugene), and State Representative Susan McLain (D-Forest Grove) for their support of Oregon Senate Bill SB 941.  Under Oregon law, the petitioners have up to 90 days to secure signatures representing 15% of the voters who voted in that district in the general election to trigger a recall election, to be held 35 days following signature verification.

G. E. Kruckeberg

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Angela Box RERop-ed: Rep. Charlie Geren: Mean Girl

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Oh, Charlie Geren (R—Ft. Worth, RER score 56.2).

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(Charlie Geren R–Ft. Worth)

First you decide to rip down Jon Stickland’s (R—Bedford RER score 99.25) and other pro-life supporters “Former Fetus” signs they had individually placed out on their own Texas House and Senate office doors when the loathsome Planned Parenthood came to lobby in Austin, but last Friday you cemented your bizarre obsession with Rep. Stickland in a truly desperate, juvenile fashion.

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Jonathan Stickland (R–Bedford)

The Texas House of Representatives finally—FINALLY!—was able to pass HB 910, or Open Carry, for Texans who have a concealed carry permit to publicly carry their weapon in a holster. Read more about HB910 here.

Several amendments were brought to the floor, most notably by Rep. Stickland, who pushed for so-called Constitutional Carry—the language of which is displayed in the official Texas GOP platform, which essentially would allow anyone with a lawful gun permit to open carry, regardless if the person first obtained a concealed handgun license (CHL).

Sounds innocuous right? Sounds like Stickland is merely attempting to follow the official GOP platform, right? Sounds like Stickland is seeking to follow the will of the majority of his constituents, and the majority of Republicans in the state, right?

Yes—and that’s why Charlie Geren came after him.

You see, like Ted Cruz nationally, Rep. Stickland is a perpetual thorn in the side to our RINO counterparts in Austin. Many men and women enjoy the power party, and enjoy the “show” of being a Texas representative, but not so much standing on the principles they claim to support.

Now here’s where Cookiegate comes into play.

As Stickland attempted to offer his amendment to the Open Carry bill, Geren took an oatmeal and raisin cookie, wrapped a string around it, and dragged it across the floor of the Texas House of Representatives in a feeble and mean-spirited attempt to “lure” Stickland away from the podium. Of course his Democrat and fellow RINO counterparts, in addition to the Austin media class, found this just hilarious. To men like Geren, whose votes speak for themselves, hence his abysmal RER Liberty Score,  poking fun at someone’s weight and appearance is fair game. It’s Mean Girls—Austin Style. Note: Stickland was not deterred, and finished his comments—much to the chagrin of Geren.

Haven’t we all been taught–rightfully–that attacking or mocking someone’s appearance, weight, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc., in order to deflect from legitimate issues is wrong and just terribly lame? I guess the Joe Strauss adherents on both sides of the aisle didn’t get the memo.

What’s clear to me, and anyone else in the Liberty Movement, is that men like Jon Stickland and a handful of other Patriots are truly fighting for the values the voters of Texas have placed them in Austin to champion. They climb a proverbial mountain every day dealing with the phony conservatives and money-changer plutocrats in Austin. They are to be uplifted, supported, and promoted. Men like Charlie Geren and his lackeys embody everything that is wrong with the Republican Party–not only in Texas but nationally.

It’s truly us vs. them.

War, baby. #WAR.

Oh—have I mentioned that Geren will be facing a primary challenge next cycle? It’s time for this fraud to be booted out of office and let the adults take charge.

Step up, Patriots. Support Jon Stickland. I certainly do.

Rep. Stickland Twitter @RepStickland

Austin office:  (512) 463-0522

 

by Angela Box

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Judge sides with city in equal rights case

Photo By Melissa Phillip/Chronicle  – Jared Woodfill, left, David Welch, right, and others with a group seeking to repeal Houston’s equal rights ordinance delivered boxes of signatures to the office of the Houston city secretary on July 3.

Opponents of Houston’s non-discrimination ordinance failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a repeal referendum, a state district judge ruled Friday, validating city officials’ decision to toss out the petition foes submitted last summer.

After separate rulings from both a jury and state District Judge Robert Schaffer, attorneys for both sides entered dueling counts of the valid signatures, adding and subtracting voters as Schaffer responded to ………. read more here.

By Katherine Driessen

 

Border Patrol union: Agents aren’t at fault for Sunday’s boat crash

Photo:  Action 4 News –  An unidentified man started throwing rocks at Border Patrol agents after the boat crash.  

Many Border Patrol agents aren’t happy about a statement released Wednesday by a local Mexican Consulate, which demanded  “a thorough investigation and full accountability, as well as that proper sanctions are applied to the Border Patrol agents involved” after Sunday’s boat crash near Anzalduas Park.

Two Border Patrol agents were hospitalized and a Mexican child was “gravely injured” during the crash.

National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 responded ……… read more here.

by Action 4 News Staff

Evergreen: The new world

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The Texas conservative grassroots must now enter a new phase in the takeover of Texas government to match the major ruling class shift happening right now. The ruling class are winding down the phase of ignoring and discrediting conservative politicians and are entering a phase of trying to manage them.

The first step, an ongoing step, and the most important step for the ruling class’ conservative management project is recruitment of conservatives to their side, either openly or secretly. The ruling class has money, power, and public honor with which to wear down the will of conservatives. Anyone with a decent understanding of human nature must take this threat seriously no matter how good the people subject to these forces are.

Before now most of these politicians were not particularly ……….. read more here

By Daniel Greer