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RERhotclip — DANIEL MILLER EXPLAINS WHY TEXIT HASN’T HAPPENED (VIDEO)

Polling by the Texas National Movement shows that if a referendum on Texas independence was held today it would pass by 15%-20%.  Plank #65 of the 2020 Texas GOP platform includes a plank that calls for secession under certain conditions.  The hottest floor debate during the 2016 TexasGOP State Convention was dealing with a binding referendum on independence to be included within the platform.

If there is so much desire for a vote based on the right of self-determination, why hasn’t it happened?

Daniel Miller is a candidate for Texas Lt. Governor and is the founder of the TEXIT movement.  Appearing on the Josh Tolley Show, Miller gives a direct answer to why HB1369 from the 2021 Texas Legislative Session was not addressed.

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RERfirst – NEW ERCOT BOARD CHAIR IS $353,000 DONOR TO DAN PATRICK

This article is the second in a series that will expose the quid pro quo tactics of Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and how he awards his high-dollar donors.  In this series you will learn how Dan Patrick is not a Republican or conservative but a PLUTOCRAT with the interest of Texas citizens as the least of his concerns. 

In a press release posted on his campaign website, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick proudly announced record fundraising totals pushing his political bank account to $23.7 million dollars.  Patrick also brags that he hauled in $5 million dollars for the July 2021 reporting period and that his fundraising efforts are the most successful for any Lt. Governor in the history of Texas. 

The question that must be asked is how does Dan Patrick raise so much money? 

Dan Patrick’s first priority is to raise money to chase away any potential challengers to his office. 

The Texas power grid reform legislation of the 87th session, known as SB 2 passed in the aftermath of the Great Texas Freeze of 2021, is emerging as a mechanism for at least two of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s big donors to secure influential roles over the future of the Texas power grid. More disturbing the bill is being used by Patrick to raise copious sums of campaign donations.

SB 2 added language in Section 39.1513 enabling the Governor, Lt. Governor and the Speaker of the House to appoint one person each to an ERCOT Board Selection Committee. The Selection Committee would then be responsible for who would sit on the ERCOT Board of Directors.  The Selection Committee now becomes a firewall of accountability and responsibility for Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, and Speaker of the House Dade Phelan.

As first reported by RagingElephantsRadio.com, Dan Patrick’s pick for the Selection Committee is Brint Ryan – a wealth tax consultant from the Metroplex with a long history of five- and six-figure campaign contributions to Patrick.  As of the last reporting period, Mr. Ryan has contributed nearly $900,000 to the political ambitions of the Lt. Governor.

In researching Mr. Ryan what raised our eyebrows was a $100,000 donation to Patrick on June 30, 2021 just days before being placed on the Selection Committee by Patrick. This is a vitally key date for this second story within the series.

RER has just learned the ERCOT board selection committee formed by passage of SB 2 comprised, in part of a six-figure donor pal to Dan Patrick, chose a SECOND prolific big bucks DP donor, this time to serve as Chairman of the Board of ERCOT.

Obviously, the next action to watch would be who the ERCOT Board Selection Committee would place on the board. On October 10th, KBTX reported that Paul Foster was named as Chairman of the Board for ERCOT. Here’s Mr. Foster’s biography as published on the ERCOT website:

“Paul Foster is the President of Franklin Management, LLC and the founder and former Executive Chairman of Western Refining, Inc. He has previously served as Chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents as well as a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the University of Texas System Lands Advisory Board, and the El Paso Branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank. Mr. Foster holds a degree in accounting from Baylor University.”

An impressive curriculum vitae to be sure, although there’s no indication he has any experience in electric power generation.  However, the pertinent information for Texas citizens to know is that Mr. Foster is another high-dollar donor to Dan Patrick. Between 2008 and 2021, Foster has donated $352,500 to the Friends of Dan Patrick candidate committee.

As illustrated in the table below, before Patrick became Lt. Governor, Foster only made a relatively meager donation of $2,500 in 2008.  But immediately upon being elected Lt. Governor, Foster’s campaign contributions increased by a multiple of ten! As reported by Patrick’s campaign finance report, after a seven-year lapse in contributions Foster became more generous on New Year’s Day 2015 to the tune of $25,000.

Foster consistently made campaign donations to Patrick of $25,000 or $50,000 while he’s been the President of the Texas Senate.  Yet, suddenly a six-figure $100,000 contribution hit the Friends of Dan Patrick bank account on June 30, 2021 – the same day as Brint Ryan’s $100,000 “atta boy”.  The exact same amount on the exact same day.  What a glorious day for Saint Danny Boy.

Even for a government high school graduate the math is easy: $835,000 from Brint Ryan + $352,500 from Paul Foster = $1,187,500 from just two donors connected with ERCOT.

To be clear: every bit of information presented within this article serues is sourced from public records. We scoured open sources: the Texas Ethics Commission, Texas Legislature and the Texas Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) own websites. We present the timeline of events, follow the money, provide transparency on the campaign contributions, and even use Dan Patrick’s own words to form the substance of this report series.

There are several ERCOT Board of Directors seats still unfilled. RER will be watching to see who will be selected by the firewall Selection Committee next.

The next scheduled meeting of the ERCOT Board of Directors is December 9th.

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Houston ISD ordered to pay nearly $300,000 in legal fees of activist banned from district premises

A federal judge has ordered Houston ISD to pay nearly $300,000 in legal fees for violating the First Amendment rights of a community activist who was banned from district premises.

Gerry Monroe, who recently ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the district’s board, sued the district in 2019 after administrators banned him for purportedly violating policies about proper decorum in district buildings and threatening employees’ safety. The ban expired at the end of 2019, court records show, and Monroe has attended board meetings this school year.

U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. ruled Nov. 3 Monroe should be awarded $299,200 for compensation of his attorneys. The court found a fee of $500 per hour was “well within the range of attorneys’ fees customarily charged in this community in this kind of litigation by lawyers of comparable experience and skill” as Monroe’s lead lawyer, Scott Newar, who logged 525.75 hours on the case, Werlein wrote.

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RERhotclip – TIPPED-OFF FRAUD PROVES REAL IN HISD ELECTION (AUDIO)

Two days before the November 2, 2021 Houston Independent School Board elections, Gerry Monroe, a candidate for HISD District 9, received a tip that incumbent trustee Myrna Guidry had somehow already garnered 2,800 votes.  After an extended and suspicious delay in reporting vote totals on election night, the first votes reported totaled 2,862 for Guidry.

For a low-turnout, less than 10,000 vote election, a mere 2,800 votes can secure victory for a candidate as it allegedly did for Myrna Guidry.

The victimized candidate Gerry Monroe spoke to RER’s Angela Box about the timeline of events, how he was tipped off, and his subsequent heated conversation with Guidry’s campaign manager.

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RERfirst – NEARLY $900,000 GIVEN TO PATRICK FOR ERCOT COMMITTEE SEAT

This article is the first in a series that will expose the quid pro quo tactics of Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and how he rewards his high-dollar donors. In this series you will learn how Dan Patrick is not a Republican or conservative but a PLUTOCRAT with the interest of Texas citizens as the least of his concerns.

In a press release posted on his campaign website, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick proudly announced record fundraising totals pushing his political bank account to $23.7 million dollars. Patrick also brags that he hauled in $5 million dollars for the July 2021 reporting period and that his fundraising efforts are the most successful for any Lt. Governor in the history of Texas.

The question that must be asked is how does Dan Patrick raise so much money?

Dan Patrick’s first priority is to raise money to chase away any potential challengers to his office.

A bill purporting to address Texas power grid governance turned out to be a perfect opportunity for Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to appoint a long-time prolific donor to a key position with influence over the lives of every Texan when they turn on a light switch.

Every bit of information presented below is sourced from public records. Texas Ethics Commission filings, Texas Legislature documents and the Lt. Governor’s own taxpayer-funded website formed the basis of this report. We followed the legislative process, followed the money, disclose who made the contributions and when, and in Dan Patrick’s own words reveal the context and timing surrounding the event.

But first some history.

Shortly after winning the Lt. Governor race in 2014, the Texas Tribune reported Lt. Governor-elect Dan Patrick appointed a 55-member special advisory board. Comprised of private sector business and industry leaders the board was to provide recommendations on the 2015 legislative agenda to Texas lawmakers. The Texas Tribune report published a list containing the names of these 55 special advisors. Chief among them was Brint Ryan, the owner of a Dallas-based tax firm. Ryan was to chair the Tax Policy committee.

RagingElephantsRadio.com’s Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani labeled the advisory board Patrick’s College of Cardinals. They were to meet in secret like Catholic Cardinals within a deliberative conclave. No oversight. No reports to the public on what they would be recommending to the new Lt. Governor and the Texas Senate and how those recommendations would impact legislation to be passed. Who would benefit financially or otherwise from the recommendations?

In advance of that January 15, 2015 advisory board appointment, what many Texans were probably unaware of was Brint Ryan’s personal financial support in addition to financial support from the Ryan Texas PAC to Dan Patrick’s political action committee, Texans for Dan Patrick (TFDP).

Public records available through the Texas Ethics Commission reveal in the years leading up to that January 15 appointment, as well as Dan Patrick’s election to the Lt. Governor spot, Brint Ryan’s PAC and personal in-kind contributions totaled over $145,000. (Highlighted donation are prior to Dan Patrick’s swearing in)

The table above reveals Ryan Texas PAC money flowed into TFDP PAC over the ensuing years.

By the time the 2021 87th regular legislative session was underway a horrendous winter storm left millions of Texans to freeze in the dark via a statewide, crippled power grid. Millions of Texans experienced homes with frozen, broken water pipes, flooding and millions of residential, commercial and industrial insurance damage claims. And there were deaths.

The Texas Tribune would report ” As the updated death toll from the February storm reached 111 deaths last week, the severity of its full force has continued to come into focus. The damage the storm wreaked could make it the costliest disaster in Texas history.”

By being labeled potentially the costliest disaster in Texas history would mean the Great Freeze of 2021 would surpass any natural disaster including Hurricane Harvey. The primary difference between a hurricane and the Great Freeze is that the latter was man-made and avoidable.

Fingers were pointed everywhere; ERCOT, the Public Utility Commission, legislators and state agencies. Voters threw them all under the bus. Some members of the ERCOT board were not Texas residents and did not personally feel the effects of the statewide power outage.

Former ERCOT CEO and President Bill Magness was fired and refused the $800,000 severance pay his contract entitled him to..

The bill intended to solve the governance problem of the state power grid was quickly filed on March 12, 2021.

The Texas power grid oversight bill known as SB 2 was designed in part to improve governance of ERCOT, the agency that oversees the main Texas power grid. According to the Enrolled Bill Summary on the Legislature’s website , a key provision of the bill was the formation of an ERCOT Board Selection Committee. By creating such a committee the Texas Legislature was essentially creating a firewall of responsibility and accountability for the power triad of the Pink Dome – Abbott, Patrick, and Phelan.

Little did the majority of Texans know that reading the bill text itself (and not relying on the Enrolled Summary) would reveal one small detail about who would control and what public records would later reveal influenced the makeup of the ERCOT Board Selection Committee.

SB 2 added language in Section 39.1513 enabling the Governor, Lt. Governor and the Speaker of the House to appoint one person each to an ERCOT Board Selection Committee. The Selection Committee would then be responsible for who would sit on the ERCOT Board of Directors.

Who did Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appoint to the ERCOT Board Selection Committee?  G. Brint Ryan — Dan Patrick’s Special Advisory Board (College of Cardinals) member since January 2015, and through his PAC, now almost a $1 million long-time financial benefactor of Dan Patrick.

What sealed the deal was a June 30th $100,000 contribution from of all places, the Ryan Texas PAC to Texans for Dan Patrick. The announcement was posted on the Texas Lt. Governors own website:

July 20, 2021 

AUSTIN – In addition to restructuring the board of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), one of the provisions of Senate Bill 2, signed into law following the 87th Legislative Session, requires the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House of Representatives to each appoint one member to the ERCOT Board Selection Committee. Today, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has selected G. Brint Ryan, of Dallas, as his appointee to the 3-member selection committee. Upon making the appointment, Lt. Gov. Patrick issued the following statement:

“Brint Ryan is one of the most successful business leaders in Texas and the nation. He has significant experience working with search firms and directly hiring high-level staff around the world. He is perfect for this crucial appointment to select members of the ERCOT Board.”

  1. Brint Ryan, of Dallas, is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Ryan, LLC, a global tax consulting firm based in Dallas. Ryan is the chairman of the Texas Association of Business and served on the University of North Texas Board of Regents. Ryan is a member of the Lt. Governor’s Business Advisory Board and he chaired the Lt. Governor’s Back to Work Task Force in 2020. Ryan and his wife Amanda have 5 daughters and reside in Dallas. 

This is how seeding and feeding Dan Patrick’s 2014 Lt. Governor election effort and a 2021 bill purporting to address Texas power grid governance turned out to be a perfect opportunity for the Lt. Governor to appoint a long-time, six-figure prolific financial supporter to a key position with influence over the lives of every Texan when they turn on a light switch.

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