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Texas AG Paxton Unveils New Training Video to Mobilize Texans in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today introduced a new comprehensive training video to educate and mobilize all Texans in the fight against human trafficking. The nearly hour-long video was developed over the last year by the attorney general’s Human Trafficking/Transnational Organized Crime (HTTOC) section and debuted during a public screening at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center.

“This remarkable training video represents my deep conviction to inform, educate and empower Texans to prevent, recognize and report human trafficking,” Attorney General Paxton said. “‘Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking’ was created to enlist citizens from every walk of life to help Texas in its nationwide leadership role to combat and ultimately eliminate this horrific and dehumanizing crime.”

Texas is responsible for the nation’s second highest number of calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, and recent research indicates that at any given time there are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in the state.

At the screening, Attorney General Paxton announced that his office is providing the human trafficking training video to all Texas state agencies, with the potential of reaching 315,000 state employees. The video is mandatory viewing for the 4,000 employees of the attorney general’s office. “I am challenging my fellow state agency heads to follow suit,” he said. Attorney General Paxton applauded the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for being the first state agency to use the video in the training of all 8,000 of its front-line caseworkers.

“Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking” shares the compelling and often deeply emotional stories of human trafficking from the perspective of survivors, experts, law enforcement, and good Samaritans, including a Texan who helped authorities shut down a major human trafficking operation in his own neighborhood of The Woodlands. The training video is available for anyone to watch at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/human-trafficking.

Launched in January 2016, Attorney General Paxton’s HTTOC section has assisted or consulted on dozens of cases, such as the arrest of the CEO of Backpage.com, whose online “adult” ads were linked to sex trafficking of women and children. It also partners with Truckers Against Trafficking and the Texas Trucking Association on an innovative public-private-program to put more eyes and ears on the road to catch human trafficking. Since its inception, HTTOC has provided human trafficking awareness training to more than 15,000 people across the state of Texas. 


Oil and Gas Market Update

Randall Kenworthy of Coachman Energy Operating has released the Oil & Gas Market Update for the 4th Quarter of 2017.


Year One List: 81 major Trump achievements, 11 Obama legacy items repealed

by Paul Bedard | Dec 21, 2017, 1:04 PM on Washington Examiner

With the passage of the GOP tax bill this week, the Trump administration has scored 81 major achievements in its first year, making good on campaign promises to provide significant tax cuts, boost U.S. energy production, and restore respect to the United States, according to the White House.

And along the way, President Trump even outdid his own expectations and slashed at least 11 major legacy items of former President Barack Obama, including cracking down on the open border, slowing recognition of communist Cuba and effectively killing Obamacare by ending the mandate that everyone have health insurance or face a tax.

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Trump’s top 10 accomplishments of 2017

By Brandon Conradis - 12/25/17 02:27 PM EST on The Hill

President Trump's first year in office had its stumbles, but it also had a number of successes that had the White House and congressional Republicans crowing at the end of the year.

While Trump has seen his approval ratings fall, he's also gone a long way toward meeting a number of his campaign promises, including a pledge to reduce taxes.

The tax-cut bill approved by Congress days before Christmas was sweeping in scope and a major victory for a White House that hopes to build on it in Trump's second year in office.

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No place for 'snowflakes': Conservative Christian college poised to open in 2018

A new conservative Christian college – free from "safe spaces" and students screaming helplessly at the sky – is set to open in 2018.

Sattler College will, instead, focus on three c's: core academics, Christian character and keeping education costs down.

Boston-area businessman Finny Kuruvilla, who founded Sattler, appeared on "Fox & Friends" on  Wednesday to preview the new school.

"The modern educational system is too expensive, it’s academically weak and it’s hostile to faith," Kuruvilla said. "These institutions are very resistant to change, and so we decided to create our own college in Boston, Massachusetts."

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Grassroots America Endorsements for 2018

State Representative Matt Schaefer HD 6 (Tyler), Chairman

State Representative Bill Zedler HD 96 (Arlington), Vice-Chairman

State Representative Tony Tinderholt HD 94 (Arlington), Sec-Treasurer

State Representative Jeff Leach HD 67 (Plano), Policy Director

State Representative Matt Shaheen HD 66 (Plano), Grassroots Liaison

State Representative Kyle Biedermann HD 73 (Fredericksburg)

State Representative Briscoe Cain HD 128 (Deer Park)

State Representative Matt Krause HD 93 (Fort Worth)

State Representative Mike Lang HD 60 (Granbury)

State Representative Matt Rinaldi HD 115 (Irving)

State Representative Jonathan Stickland HD 92 (Bedford)

State Representative Valoree Swanson HD 150 (Spring)

 

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NE Tarrant Tea Party Recommendations

The Board of NE Tarrant Tea Party has indicated below how each member would choose to vote on every contested race in Tarrant County (does not include Precinct Chair races nor races with only one candidate).  These are recommendations NOT ENDORSEMENTS.  Each race has a possible 6 votes (two board members did not vote due to illness).

US Senate:  Ted Cruz - 6 votes

US Congress:
District 6 - Ron Wright 4 votes; no indication 2 votes
District 24 - Johnathan Davidson 2 votes; Kenny Marchant 1 vote; no indication 3 votes
District  26 - Veronica Birkenstock 4 votes; Michael Burgess 2 votes

Governor:  Greg Abbott - 6 votes

Lt Governor:  Dan Patrick - 6 votes

Land Commissioner:  Jerry Patterson 2 votes; Davey Edwards 4 votes

Ag Commissioner:  Sid Miller 6 votes

RR Commissioner:  Christi Craddick 4 votes; Weston Martinez 1 vote; no indication 1 vote

Criminal Court of Appeals Presiding Judge:  Sharon Keller 1 vote; David Bridges 4 votes; no indication 1 vote

Criminal Court of Appeals Place 8:  Michelle Slaughter 6 votes

State Board of Education District 11:  Feyi Obamehinti 5 votes; no indication 1 vote

State Representative:
District 98 -  Armin Mizani 6 votes
District 99 -  Bo French 6 votes

District Judge 233rd:  Kenneth Newell 6 votes

District Judge 342nd:  Pat Gallagher 6 votes

Family Judge 322nd:  James Munford 6 votes

Family Judge 323rd:  Alex Kim 6 votes

Family Judge 325:  Cynthia Terry 6 votes

Criminal Court 4:  Deborah Nekhom 6 votes

Probate Court 1:  Patricia Cole 6 votes

District Clerk:  Tom Wilder 6 votes

Tax Assessor:  Trasa Cobern 1 vote, Rick Barnes 5 votes

Justice of the Peace 3:  Lenny Lopez 5 votes, Bill Brandt 1 vote

Justice of the Peace 4:  Chris Gregory 1 vote, Charity DeVille 3 votes, no indication 2 votes

Justice of the Peace 6:  Chris Garcia 5 votes, no indication 1 vote

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TEAParty911.com Endorses Bryan Slaton for Texas HD2

Bryan Slaton for Texas HD-2Born in Mineola, Texas, Bryan Slaton is a proud East Texan with values and principles that resemble(represent) the great people of East Texas. These values were formed as he grew up regularly participating in church and family gatherings. Bryan attended Ouachita Baptist University, where he earned a double major in Youth Ministry / Speech Communication. He then attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages. He served in the ministry as a Youth and Family Minister for 13 years.

Continuing his education, Bryan graduated from The University of North Texas, where he earned a Bachelor degree in Business Administration Accounting. Bryan now works at his family-owned company, Slaton Financial Services. He understands what it takes to balance a budget and cut wasteful spending, no matter the scale.

Bryan currently attends Fellowship Church with his wife in Royse City. Bryan's commitment to limited government and his ability to be an advocate for citizens was demonstrated during the Blacklands Corridor/ Northeast Gateway project. He opposed taxes being raised and land being taken away from private citizens in order to build toll roads. Bryan Slaton is passionate to help the people in East Texas obtain and maintain a Government that they not only deserve but for which they are calling.

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