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May 24th marked the conclusion of a grueling Texas GOP primary season.  The nominees for the Texas Republicans that will advance to the November 8th general election have been decided.  And, in this Republican-dominated state, for many GOP candidates a primary election victory means a clear path to a desk under the Pink Dome in Austin come January, 2017.

At the top of the statewide ballot was the race for Railroad Commissioner.  Wayne Christian of Center, Texas, completed a remarkable political comeback by winning the seat with a 51%-49% margin.  The difference was a mere 6,712 votes.

Following the redistricting process led by a Joe Straus Texas House, Christian was one of several proven conservatives that were targeted for defeat because of their opposition to the Straus-ian agenda.  His house district was radically redrawn to be foreign territory for Christian, and in the 2012 primary, he was defeated by Straus recruit Chris Paddie (R-Marshall RER61).  He then made a comeback attempt by running for the Railroad Commission in the 2014 cycle, but was defeated by political newcomer Ryan Sitton in the runoff round.

Christian’s return to public office and Austin is a major poke in the eye to the plutocratic status quo of Texas that have found him to be unpalatable because of his staunch stances on fiscal and social conservative issues.  Plus, he’s loudly vocal about his positions, without apology.  What could be more interesting to watch for in the future, for those who are Texas political gamblers, is to watch what Christian could possibly do next.  Railroad Commission seats are famous for being launching pads for higher statewide office campaigns.

The most heartbreaking race of the night has to be the Senate District 1 contest between State Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola RER88) and State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview RER93).  Hughes prevailed by a crushing 61%-39% margin. Both with high RER Liberty Scores, the history of the two candidates would have shown Simpson to have the pedigree to head to the senate and be more effective in fighting for liberty issues.

With the TSA prominently back in the news, it’s worth remembering that it was David Simpson, as a freshman legislator, that turned this state and nation on its ear when he introduced the “TSA groping” bill in 2011.  It was Simpson that first introduced the “bring our gold back to Texas” bill in that same year before it was achieved in the 2015 session.  And, it was Hughes that stepped aside for Simpson to challenge Straus for Speaker of the Texas House going into the 2013 session.

In the 2011 race for Speaker, it was Simpson that was considered one of the 15 Heroes of that session for “red lighting” Straus on the vote for Speaker when he had no ballot opponent.  Hughes voted “present”.

But, now, it’s Simpson that is totally out of Texas politics when his term expires in January, 2017.  For passionate, liberty movement purist, this has to be the disappointment of the evening.  Not simply because Simpson was defeated.  But, because these two guys had no business running against each other in the first place.  Both are needed under the Pink Dome.  Simpson is gone.  (Hopefully, not for long).

The runoff in Senate District 24 leaves huge question marks.  Political newcomer Dawn Buckingham wiped the floor with Straus-ian State Rep. Susan King (R-Abilene RER63) by running away with the contest 61%-39%.  While King was a completely known quantity having served several terms as a state rep that proved willing to do the bidding of her financial sponsors and political superiors without a fuss, Buckingham enters Texas politics by going directly to the upper chamber of the Pink Dome.  One thing is for sure, with only 31 members, Buckingham will have no place to hide and her true political genetics will be on demonstration, immediately.  She is well-deserving of very close scrutiny going into her freshman session.

The folly of Hughes and Simpson vying against each other was that it put two reliable conservative seats in the Texas House potentially up for grabs for the Straus-ian faction of the .party.  It became a 50-50 split when a Straus-ian won the seat to be vacated by Simpson. Howver, LM candidate Cole Hefner soundly vanquished the Straus-ian candidate Jay Misenheimer in the HD5 race to fill the seat of Bryan Hughes.  Hefner’s victory was crushing, 60%-40%.  This was also a major defeat for H.E.B.’s Charles Butt, whose anti school choice PAC, Texas Parent PAC got behind Misenheimer, hard.

House Appropriations Chair, John Otto from the Huntsville area, announced his retirement shortly after the conclusion of the 2015 session.  It was almost like a jungle primary in HD18 with six candidates filing.  There was a distinct difference in the field of those that were pro status quo and those that were for total reformation under the Pink Dome.  The runoff produced one candidate from each faction.

Status quo candidate Earnest Bailes took out LM candidate Keith Strahan with ease, 67%-33%.

Chalk up another LM disappointment with the defeat of John Keating by Justin Holland in the suburban Metroplex House District 33.  This race had particular interests because it was to fill the seat of retiring LM champion State Rep. Scott Turner (R-McKinney RER97)  that unsuccessfully challenged Joe Straus for Speaker in the 2015 session.

Keating was the chosen successor of Turner and his supporters.  He led the vote tally throughout the night.  Keating lost the lead with only one precinct left to report.  When all 45 precincts were in, Keating was surprising turned back 51%-49%, and 99 votes.  That seat that was occupied by Turner that so many had high hopes of climbing up the Texas political ladder, is now going to be filled by a big question mark with Straus fingerprints all over him in Holland.

In the House District 54 race, the LM candidate Larry Smith never made it to the runoff in a field of three.  The Straus-H.E.B. candidate, Scott Cosper defeated Austin Ruiz by a slim 43 votes.

Another extremely heartbreaking defeat for the LM Tuesday night was the drubbing LM candidate Read King took from Straus-H.E.B. candidate Lynn Stuckey.  This is King’s second defeat for the seat.  In 2014 he directly challenged the incumbent State Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton RER58), unsuccessfully.  With Crownover’s announcement that she was retiring from the Pink Dome, it was assumed King would have an easier time winning the seat this cycle with anti-Establishment attitude overflowing in the Denton County area.  But, the plutocratic money came in strong for Stuckey as the Straus-ian faction was unwilling to lose any seat anywhere, and fighting with a determination to lose no ground to the liberty movement.

The final two state rep runoffs Tuesday night were just beauties.  The races took place in House Districts 73 and 128 and featured the nastiest, most vile campaigns that Texans can remember for quite some time.

In the HD73 race, a district on the lower I-35 corridor, the Straus-ian committee chair Doug Miller (R-New Braunfels RER54) literally dredged up old divorce documents from LM candidate and challenger Kyle Biedermann’s past.  The Miller campaign went so far as to interpret the court papers to mean Biedermann  ex-wife was charging him with the molestation of his daughters.

The attacks were so disgusting and insulting, it backfired against the Straus “gambling committee” chair, big time.  Biedermann struck back, masterfully.

Biedermann rounded up his wife, ex-wife, all his children, his lawyer during the divorce, and his ex-wife’s lawyer during the divorce to smack the Miller forces and his dark-side consultant Craig Murphy right in the face.  After the votes were counted it was over early.  Biedermann had bounced a Straus committee chair 55%-45% and earned front page headlines of his local newspaper for the unlikely upset.

Perhaps the most beautiful victory of the night for the LM was the 23-vote conquest of State Rep. Wayne Smith Briscoe Cain(R-Baytown RER50) by young, aggressive liberty lawyer Briscoe Cain in the southern Harris County area.  The victory is super sweet after Smith and his notoriously nasty consultant Allen Blakemore attempted to literally destroy the 31-year-old’s life by claiming he is a closet homosexual.  The backlash against Smith and Blakemore, especially on social media, has been blistering and withering.  Reports to RER say that Blakemore is seriously concerned about his consulting career after this diabolical move.

Those close to Cain campaign were anticipating a recount to come.  But, just moments after 100% of the precincts reported, Smith issued a concession statement:

“I want to thank the voters for the opportunity to serve. It has been my distinct honor and high privilege to have served the hard working men and women of District 128. Mr. Cain will now enjoy that same honor. For the past 14 years, I have worked on the issues that really impact the voters most. I leave with no regrets,” Smith concluded.

In this RERhotclip, Aposlte Claver does a rundown of the judicial and State Board of Education runoffs, too.

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The final days of a contentious campaign, no matter what the office being contested, can result in acts of desperation that can destroy the reputation of every candidate involved and members of their inner circle.

With runoff elections ending Tuesday, May 24 at 7pm, incumbent state rep RINOs, Doug Miller (R-New Braunfels RER56) and Wayne Smith (R-Baytown RER50) have perhaps reached new lows of mudslinging and sleaze in last-ditch efforts to retain their seats under the Pink Dome.

A story whose seed popped last week in Houston has mushroomed into the possible destruction of one of the most powerful, if not dirtiest, political consultants in Texas – Allen Blakemore, along with his wife and business partner Elizabeth Blakemore.  Having played what appears to be the leading role in a sleaze tactic that has most of the Texas political ecosystem ready to regurgitate, Blakemore and his candidate Wayne Smith are suffering a scathing backlash from multiple quarters for producing an alleged attack mailer against his runoff opponent and LM (liberty movement) slate candidate, Briscoe Cain.  The “mailer” claims that Cain is homosexual and is filled with salacious photos and accusations that flirt with Texas liable laws.

The story, first reported by, contains numerous twists and turns that will take quite some effort for RER to unravel.  The plan hatched by Blakemore is complicated in its diabolical nature with several layers to the onion.  The article published by does layout the facts of the story, competently.  However, the backstory, background, and history of how such tactics could come to reality in this race is lost on the corporate, Pravda DNA of the Chronicle and their lack of knowing the intimate relationships of the players involved.

The bottom line is simple.  Candidate Briscoe Cain is not homosexual, is 31 years old, married with children, and has been a staunch warrior against the homosexual movement in Houston, including doing yeomen’s work on the petition drive to stop the Houston bathroom ordinance of 2015.  He’s now involved in the case to represent the wrongfully indicted citizen journalists that revealed the atrocities of Planned Parenthood through a video sting in Houston and other U.S. cities.

In the March 1 primary, Cain bested Smith 48% to 43%.  And, with the final votes for the runoff to be cast on Tuesday, May 24, Smith and his consultant Blakemore are shredding all thoughts of ethics and decency to win.

Smith, who was elected to the Pink Dome in 2002, has been a reliable RINO and since the election of Joe Straus as Speaker, has been a reliable agent of the Texas plutocracy.

Smith is a vital component to the Straus agenda.  He serves as the Chair of the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Commitee.  This is the committee that handles all licensing and expansion issues dealing with gambling – Straus’ profession.  Straus appoints his most obedient subjects to this post.

Straus doubled down with his second Smith committee appointment by assigning him a post on the Culture, Recreation, and Tourism Committee.

The social media backlash against Smith and the Blakemore’s have been blistering and RER will be sharing those threads in follow-up stories.Wayne Smith Sleaze Piece

The other runoff campaign involving a sitting Straus-ian committee chair that has become vile in its content is for Texas House District Seat 73 at the bottom of the I-35 corridor.  Undoubtedly orchestrated by his dark side consultant Craig Murphy of Murphy Turner & Associates fame, State Rep. Miller’s campaign viciously and maliciously attacked the family of LM candidate Kyle Biedermann, an Ace Hardware operator from Fredericksburg.  In the March 1 primary, Biedermann finished second in a field of three to Miller, 43.5% to 40%.

The Miller campaign accused Biedermann of molesting his daughters, and dredged up old divorce papers from years ago in an attempt to make the accusations stick.  But, with Biedermann’s current wife, ex-wife, all of his daughters and the lawyers for both his ex-wife and himself declaring Miller’s charges to be lies, misleading, and deliberate mischaracterizations of the case, and  current relationship between Biedermann and his ex-wife, the dirty tactics of Miller and Murphy seem to be backfiring in the last few hours of that race, as well.

Read the Kyle Biedermann Blistering Campaign Response

Craig Murphy, Miller’s consultant, is renowned for despicable campaign strategies and tactics.  In 2014, Craig Murphy’s firm, Murphy Turner & Associates was ordered to pay a $41,000 in discovery costs in a trademark infringement case by a Bexar County state district judge. The lawsuit results from alleged trademark infringement on the Empower Texans name “Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.”  Murphy Turner & Associates was caught setting up phony TEA Party orgs for the purpose of laying endorsements on Straus-ian candidates.  TEC report tracking shows that Murphy Turner has received hundreds of thousands of dollars of fees from Speaker Joe Straus, directly, and from his political allies and interests.

Reliable sources tell RER that Craig Murphy, was specifically assigned to work the Miller campaign by the Straus powers after his attacks on LM champions Jonathan Stickland and Matt Schaeffer, in previous cycles.

These two stories once again underscore the lack of decency, ethics and integrity that the status quo of Texas plutocratic government is willing to display to maintain their plundering grip on the Texas government treasury and policies.  RER will have more to come on Murphy Turner and Associates in future articles.

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Earlier reported that RERresearch discovered that during the 2012 general election cycle, the Republican Party of Texas made a campaign contribution of $19,884.75 to State Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston RER42).  Steve Munisteri was the Chairman.  Tom Mechler, current interim Chair and a candidate for a full term at this month’s convention, was the Treasurer.

This was repeated in 2014 with donations totaling $18,900.54. 

As a reminder from our first report on this violation of the RPT platform, here’s the actual language of the 2012 and 2014 RPT platforms:



Party Candidates and the Platform on Protecting Innocent Human Life – We implore our Party to support, financially or with in-kind contributions, only those candidates who support protecting innocent human life. Further, we strongly encourage the State Republican Executive Committee to hear and recognize the longstanding and overwhelmingly consistent voice of the grass roots and revise its by-laws to make this action binding on our Party.


Candidate Support– The Republican Party of Texas should provide financial support only to those candidates who support the right to life planks.


Sarah Davis is the very visible, vocal, and feisty pro-abortion and pro-homosexual movement state rep from Houston.  She is endorsed by Planned Parenthood and the pro-homosexual movement PAC, Equality Texas.  These endorsements were gyms for the national corporate media.

According to Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) Reports provided to us by Larry Korkmas of TFIRE (Texans for Immigration Reduction and Enforcement), Republican Party of Texas made three separate donations to Davis in the 2014 general election cycle.

  • August 11, 2014 – Under the name Republican Party of Texas, $881.72 for postage for direct mail.
  • August 14, 2014 – Under the name Texas Republican Representatives Campaign, $16,500 for a survey.
  • October 6, 2014 – Under the name of Republican Party of Texas, $1518.82 for printing of direct mail.

In the very same TEC campaign report of Sarah Davis, are contributions from Planned Parenthood and other neo-morality organizations. In this particular report, Davis received a total of $4,177.29.

The Republican Party of Texas gave more money to Davis than Planned Parenthood.

On October 3, 2014, Planned Parenthood donated $285.16 for staff time.  Three days later, on October 6, the Texas GOP donation of $1518.82 for printing of direct mail is reported to have been made.

Mechler was the treasurer.  He sees all the checks that go out of the party office.  He sees the accounts and party ledgers.  His signature most likely was on the check that was sent to Davis.

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Coppell ISD Seeks to Double Its Debt in May

Apr 28, 2016 by Ross Kecseg

According to the district’s own website, Coppell ISD taxpayers currently owe more in interest payments than what has been borrowed to build new schools, athletic facilities, and other projects. Their borrowing history suggests May’s $249,000,000 bond proposition—if approved—may end up costing more than half a billion dollars alone, and will more than double the district’s total debt on the books. Below is the existing debt liability for taxpayers according to the Texas Bond Review Board. It shows taxpayers owe more in interest payments ($221 million) than in principal ($212 million), or $36,000 per student in total. – See more

This circumstance is a direct result of decisions made by CISD school board members who ultimately vote on how new debt is structured after voters approve bond propositions. Unfortunately, “interest” is a sunk cost for taxpayers, resources that aren’t used to buy anything. Interest is simply the cost of borrowing. And it’s an enormous cost the board won’t disclose to voters until after the 2016 bond election is over. Local voters aren’t told the interest cost on the ballot, in part, because state law doesn’t require it to be disclosed. Even worse, school districts adamantly lobby the legislature against reforming the election process. Regardless, all debt payments are repaid with property taxes. The higher the debt, and the more costly the interest payments, the higher the property taxes will rise to repay it –

Uber, Lyft spend big, lose big in Texas vote on driver fingerprinting


On-demand ride companies Uber and Lyft suffered an embarrassing defeat in a Saturday election in Austin as voters backed a measure requiring fingerprint background checks for drivers.

The two companies spent more than $8 million to repeal a city ordinance requiring the fingerprint-based criminal checks and launched what turned into the most expensive race in the Texas capital’s history. Voters said by a margin of 56 to 44 percent they wanted the fingerprint checks to stay.

The companies outspent their opponents by 80-to-1 and when the votes were tallied their campaign contributions broke down to being more than $200 for each vote in favor of their position.

“Disappointment does not begin to describe how we feel about shutting down operations in Austin,” Uber’s Austin general manager Chris Nakutis said in a statement.

The stakes were high for the privately held Uber [UBER.UL] and Lyft, which say their background checks are already rigorous and ensure safety.

“Unfortunately, the rules passed by City Council don’t allow true ridesharing to operate,” Lyft said, adding it will suspend operations in Austin as of Monday.

The loss could prod other cities to require fingerprint criminal background checks, encouraged that they can survive a bruising electoral battle with the ride-hailing services, analysts said.

The costly municipal election in Austin came as other cities consider imposing fingerprint-based background checks on drivers. The Austin election marked the first time a major U.S. city put the regulations to a vote, which happened after a petition drive by Ridesharing Works for Austin, the political action group underwritten by Uber and Lyft.




The election for Republican Party of Texas Chairman will be held during the state convention in Dallas, May 12 through 14.  The candidates are the current interim chair, Tom Mechler of Amarillo, and the former 6-term Harris County GOP Chair, Jared Woodfill of Houston.

If voters have complained about a lack of a choice in elections, this is one where that complaint should fall of deaf ears.  Woodfill and Mechler couldn’t be more different in personalities, styles, experiences, ideologies and philosophies.  While Woodfill has the posture of a fire-breathing social conservative with a steel grip on the ideas of the platform and a determination to protect and advance the planks into Texas law, Mechler feels the party should be more of a PR operation for whomever the candidates and officeholders are, and the platform should be abridged.

Mechler is anti-confrontational and operates under the belief that if you “carry the water” for the elected, that’s the best way to get the results the Liberty Movement (LM) are seeking.  Mechler, elected by the State Executive Republican Committee (SREC) during the second quarter meeting of 2015 to replace the resigned chair Steve Munisteri, has admonished LM activists that a confrontational attitude toward the elected will only result in the opposite of what the activists want.

Heading toward the 2014 general election Mechler was still Treasurer of the TxGOP.  He accepted an invitation to be a guest on “The Amazing” Doc Greene’s program that summer. The interview lasted for nearly an hour and a half.

For the first 60 minutes of the interview it seemed to be relatively pedestrian in nature with no real news-making comments.  But, then the last half hour turned explosive.  The real Mechler began to show himself – and, it was jaw-dropping shocking. Who knew Mechler was so RINOCIOUS!

This is the CAN’T MISS interview for any Texan that cares about the direction and management of the Texas Republican Party.  If you are a delegate to this year’s state convention, these last 20 minutes of the interview should be considered mandatory to listen to before you cast your votes.

Interview highlights:

  • The current Texas leadership has taken a “tremendous” amount of action to thwart the national governments intrusion into Texas sovereignty.
  • Mechler does not know the Texas State Constitution and Bill of Rights, and opposes several sections of the Texas State Constitution.
  • Mechler does not believe in tax revolts – the very action that launched the American Revolution. He feels it’s mandatory to fund the national government.
  • Objective number one for Mechler is to beat the Democrats. But, here in Texas, Democrats should be no threat and have no power.  It’s controlled by Republicans.
  • Does not believe in a peoples’ right of self-determination.
  • All problems will be reversed with the election of a Republican president to go along with Republican majorities in Congress.
  • Staunchly believes that U.S. Senator John Cornyn is a strong conservative. Additionally, Mechler approved of Cornyn’s support of the communist former Mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, for HUD Secretary. Cornyn, also from San Antonio, gave an endorsement speech for Castro in the Senate.
  • Vehemently opposes criticizing any Republican in public office. Should focus party efforts on defeating Democratic representatives in Texas – virtually impossible with gerrymandering.  Republican officeholders should not have to endure any opposition from the GOP base.
  • Does not believe that corruption exist within the U.S. Supreme Court and is full of good justices.
  • “Don’t throw rocks” at Republicans, just help “pull the sled” and get more elected. Currently, the GOP holds 98 out of 150 seats in the Texas House, and 20 out of 31 seats in the Texas Senate – in 2011, a super majority existed for the GOP with 101 seats in the House.  How many more Republicans must be elected to get liberty legislation enacted into law?

RER highly recommends you take the 20 minutes to hear the interview for yourself.  You will be a more informed Texas voter, to be sure.

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RERresearch has discovered that during the 2012 general election cycle, the Republican Party of Texas made a campaign contribution $19,884.75 to State Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston RER42).  Steve Munisteri was the Chairman.  Tom Mechler, current interim Chair and a candidate for a full term at this month’s convention, was the Treasurer.

State Rep. Davis is pro-abortion and pro-homosexual movement.  She is endorsed by Planned Parenthood and the pro-homosexual movement PAC, Equality Texas.

Munisteri was elected Chairman at the 2010 RPT State Convention in Dallas.  His opponents were the interim Chair, Cathie Adams, and Tom Mechler from Amarillo.

When the votes were counted at the convention, Mechler was in third place.  A deal was cut between Mechler and Munisteri to put Munisteri over the top.  Mechler would throw his support behind Munisteri, Mechler would become party treasurer, and Mechler’s running mate for Vice-Chair, Melinda Fredricks would get that position.  Additionally, the skids would be greased during Munisteri’s administration for Mechler to be his successor.

Here’s a cut and paste from the 2012 RPT Platform:


Party Candidates and the Platform on Protecting Innocent Human Life – We implore our Party to support, financially or with in-kind contributions, only those candidates who support protecting innocent human life. Further, we strongly encourage the State Republican Executive Committee to hear and recognize the longstanding and overwhelmingly consistent voice of the grass roots and revise its by-laws to make this action binding on our Party.


The language is clear and the delegation “implored” the party leadership to adjust the bylaws of the party to follow the instructions of the plank.  The contribution was made to Davis after this platform was passed.

The plank was significantly watered down in the 2014 platform.  But, the intent of the convention delegation is still apparent.


Candidate Support– The Republican Party of Texas should provide financial support only to those candidates who support the right to life planks.


Mechler was the treasurer.  He sees all the checks that go out of the party office.  He sees the accounts and party ledgers.  His signature most likely was on the check that was sent to Davis. That’s speculation.

But, there’s no speculation about Mechler’s pro-life public declarations. A contribution to Sarah Davis is contradictory to those declarations and a violation of the spirit of the party as expressed in at least two successive platforms while Mechler served on the brain trust of the RPT.  He was in charge of the money.

How bad is Sarah Davis?

  • Voted against the Sonogram Bill in the 2011 session. Her freshman session.
  • Voted against the 20-week abortion ban. Compared the bill to Obamacare.
  • Voted against the defunding of Planned Parenthood in Texas and parroted the talking points of Wendy Davis. Appeared on MSNBC to support the continued funding of Planned Parenthood.
  • Was heralded by nationally media as being the first Republican in Texas to be endorsed by the pro-homosexual movement PAC, Equality Texas.
  • Published an op-ed posted on lashing the GOP for its pro-life positions. Read it here.
  • Was placed on the powerful Texas House Calendars Committee for the express purpose of killing pro-life legislation by Speaker of the House Joe Straus. Straus contributed $30,000 to her campaign through his PAC in the 2014 cycle and was featured at a Houston fundraiser for Davis.

You may have missed the story back in 2013 when it was discovered by a couple of good citizen journalists. David Bellows wrote about the outrage and outcry that occurred at the time.

While the Texas GOP base, and most Republicans of all stripes, are fighting to protect the lives of baby Texans, and attempting to at least stop the government funding of the leading abortion provider in the nation, the Treasure of the Republican Party of Texas, Tom Mechler, was participating in the contributing to a pro-abortion, Planned Parenthood-endorsed candidate.
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Being interviewed on, State Sen. Bob Hall (R-Canton RER93) reported that 5,000 illegal invaders are entering Texas per week from south of the Rio Grande. Currently, apprehension is futile with the mass application of the “catch-and-release” policies of the Obama Administration and a weak effort by Texas government.

“The current conditions are as bad, or worse, than they’ve ever been. The numbers that are coming across are exceeding 5,000 a week”, said State Sen. Hall.  “It’s not being publicized. And, the federal government is basically in a full catch-and-release mode.”

With essentially no coverage being provided by national and state corporate media, Hall sounded frustrated about the lack of information available to the public. “The last input I had that was unofficial, they (law enforcement) are not even issuing notifications or citations for court appearances for folks coming across the border.  It’s basically out of control.  Approaching totally out of control.”

Years before being elected to the Texas Senate in 2014, Hall has been keeping a watchful eye on the border situation.  His contacts in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) were being developed when he was a Tea Party activists from northeast Texas.

“The issue is a federal law issue. And, we don’t have the authority to handle and enforce federal law.  That’s why we have an interstate compact for border security and refugee relocation management that we’ll be introducing in the next session, is so that Texas can take charge of the border and stop this invasion”, said Hall.

According to Hall’s RGV sources in law enforcement and other agencies, drug seizures, human trafficking interventions, and gang activities are up. A statistical breakdown of what percentage of the border invaders belong to the category of “criminal element” was not available to the state senator.

Current Texas officeholders, including Gov. Greg Abbott, are quick to point out how much money is being appropriated for border security.  In a press gaggle during a summer 2015 political rally in Houston following the 84th Texas Legislative Session, Abbott told RER’s Doc Greene that “Texas is spending a billion dollars for border security”.  That’s .5% of total Texas government on-the-book expenditures.

Continuing within the interview, Hall stated, “It’s (the border) wide open.”

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On Monday, May 2, 2016, received word via email from Republican Party of Texas Communications Coordinator, Michael Joyce, that our application for media credentials to cover the 2016 state convention in Dallas had been denied.

Here is the Joyce response in its entirety:

Hi Keanu-
Denied. You can contact if you’d like to secure a booth or you can buy a guest pass here:
Michael Joyce
Republican Party of Texas

Statement from

In 2014, took the unprecedented and historical step of covering the Republican Party of Texas State Convention in Fort Worth, wall to wall.  RER was the first media organization to provide live, audio-streamed coverage of the platform floor debate, literally blanketing the convention floor with reporters.  Perhaps for the first time in Texas GOP history, full entry was given to any citizen of Texas that wanted to observe the RPT political process.

RER was able to provide this service to the citizens of Texas in 2014 because we were granted media credentials.  We weren’t one year old, yet.

Now, as we approach our third anniversary, we are denied an application that requested 15 passes for RER team members.

The pettiness of this denial shows clearly the animosity that the current RPT leadership has for liberty media, the liberty movement, and any organization that doesn’t “carry the water” for the Establishment. has produced interviews with Lt. Governors of Texas, numerous U.S. Congressmen, state senators and representatives, Texas Land and Ag Commissioners, county judges, mayors and city council members, too many candidates to tally, and LM activists of all stripes.  We’ve even interviewed current Texas GOP Chair Tom Mechler.  Yet, somehow, the RPT doesn’t consider RER media.

How odd, that the party of “personal responsibility” (as Assoc. Legal Counsel Eric Opiela has put it) doesn’t believe in freedom of the press – especially if its coverage is unfavorable to the incumbent administration.   We wonder if the Republican National Committee will deny national convention media credentials to the staff of MSNBC?  We wonder if the Democratic National Committee will deny national convention media credentials to the staff of Fox News?

Chairman Tom Mechler rivals Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, when it comes to despicable values and stirring up the passions and determination of the GOP base to see him run out of office.  Perhaps only one officeholder in the Texas GOP, besides Mechler, has created such disdain for their very existence so quickly – in less than a year of holding office.  That would be Straus, himself.

This is political persecution, not retribution. Plain and simple.  Attempted retribution against the press rarely results in anything productive for the persecutor, and usually results in deeper pain for that, or those, individual(s) that aspire to control the creation of content and free-flow of journalistic information.

Once again, you see the face and actions of the Texas plutocracy.  It is not hidden.

Once again, you see who’s most feared by the Texas plutocracy.  A liberty-driven press, and

RER will not be muscled.  RER will not be intimidated.  RER will NOT be “denied”.

En garde, Chairman Mechler.

Apostle Claver T. Kamau-Imani
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