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Representative Stickland Files Unfunded Mandate Repeal

Austin, TX - Today (January 28, 2019), State Representative Jonathan Stickland (Bedford) filed HB 1133. This bill would allow local ISDs a campus-wide classroom average of 22 students, instead of requiring 22 students per class, repealing a burdensome and unfunded mandate.

Representative Stickland commented, "We've got to allow our local ISDs to use dollars and resources as they see fit. Placing unfunded mandates on ISDs ties the hands of our schools and sends the message that legislators in Austin know how to use their resources better than they do."

We must return to trusting our local educators on the best way to use their resources. That is why we have filed HB 1133.

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Orders for America First DVD with Dinesh D'Souza

Here's an exclusive opportunity to get your professionally recorded DVD of the America First event filmed in Jacksonville.  Hall of Fame celebrity Little Anthony and Congressman Ted Yoho joined Dinesh D'Souza for the First Coast's 6th Annual Tribute to remember Benghazi.  Dinesh D'Souza's presentation was superb with noteworthy remarks that he plans to include information presented at this event in his discussions with the President and in his next movie. 

In addition to D’Souza, speakers included Charles Woods, father of the late Benghazi Battle Hero Tyrone Woods; along with commentary by Kevin Shipp, Former CIA Officer, Whistleblower, and anti-terrorism expert; Stephanie Jason, expert on Libya, and personal friend of Ambassador Stevens; and Ian Escalante, teenage member of Turning Point USA.  Fans of the military historian and celebrity Little Anthony were treated to a surprised Skype visit at the tribute.    

The tribute featured K-9s for Warriors, Trail Life USA Troop FL-316, Sandalwood Air Force JROTC and recording artist Ann Wolf in the memorial ceremony with military honors.  

The DVD will be shipped to you or your Christmas List recipient in December well before your Christmas gifting.  Go to https://www.benghazitribute.org/shop to order for $20 or 2 for $35  including the tax, shipping, and packaging.  You can also order on attached mail in order form.  

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Work of AG Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit Results in Arrests of 4 Members of Organized Voter Fraud Ring in North Fort Worth 

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that four individuals were indicted on 30 felony counts of voter fraud and arrested following a lengthy investigation by the Election Fraud Unit of his office. The defendants – all members of an organized voter fraud ring – were paid to target elderly voters in certain north-side Fort Worth precincts in a scheme to generate a large number of mail ballots, and then harvest those ballots for specific candidates in 2016.

“Ballots by mail are intended to make it easier for Texas seniors to vote. The unfortunate downside is their extreme vulnerability to fraud,” Attorney General Paxton said. “My office is committed to ensuring that paid vote harvesters who fraudulently generate mail ballots, stealing votes from seniors, are held accountable for their despicable actions and for the damage they inflict on the electoral process.”

Leticia Sanchez was indicted on one count of illegal voting, a second-degree felony punishable by a prison term of two to 20 years, if convicted. All defendants in the case face state jail felony charges of providing false information on an application for a mail ballot – Sanchez (16 counts), Leticia Sanchez Tepichin (10 counts), Maria Solis (two counts) and Laura Parra (one count).

Vote harvesting is accomplished generally in two phases: seeding and harvesting.  In the seeding phase, applications for mail ballot are proliferated in order to blanket targeted precincts with mail ballots.  Then, when ballots are mailed out by the election offices, harvesters attempt either to intercept the ballots outright, or to “assist” elderly voters in voting their ballots while ensuring that the votes are cast for the candidates of the harvesters’ choice. In most cases, the voters do not even know their votes have been stolen.

An investigation into the Fort Worth voter fraud ring by the attorney general’s office determined that fraudulent applications were generated through forged signatures and by altering historical applications and resubmitting them without the knowledge of the voters. Harvesters also used deception to obtain signatures from voters. Many of the voters were forced to cancel their ballots in order to be able to vote in person, and some were forced into receiving primary ballots for the political party supported by the harvesters, though it was not the party the voters wanted to vote for.

From 2005-2017, the attorney general’s office prosecuted 97 defendants for numerous voter fraud violations. This year alone, Attorney General Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit – with assistance from a criminal justice grant from the governor’s office – has prosecuted 33 defendants for a total of 97 election fraud violations. In February, the attorney general announced a significant voter fraud initiative and addressed key problems and policy areas related to election law. 

 
   

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AG Paxton: Texas Secretary of State’s Office Discovers Nearly 95,000 People
Identified by DPS as Non-U.S. Citizens are Registered to Vote in Texas

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement after the Secretary of State’s office discovered that about 95,000 individuals identified by the Department of Public Safety as non-U.S. citizens have a matching voter registration record in Texas, and roughly 58,000 of them have voted in one or more Texas elections:

“Every single instance of illegal voting threatens democracy in our state and deprives individual Texans of their voice. We’re honored to have partnered with the Texas Secretary of State’s office in the past on voter initiatives and we will spare no effort in assisting with these troubling cases. My Election Fraud Unit stands ready to investigate and prosecute crimes against the democratic process when needed. We have obtained a number of successful non-citizen voter fraud convictions, including prison sentences for Rosa Ortega in Tarrant County and Laura Garza in Montgomery County. And earlier this month, investigators from our office arrested Marites Curry, a non-citizen charged with illegal voting in Navarro County. Nothing is more vital to preserving our Constitution than the integrity of our voting process, and my office will do everything within its abilities to solidify trust in every election in the state of Texas. I applaud Secretary of State Whitley for his proactive work in safeguarding our elections.”

Texas law allows lawfully present noncitizens to obtain driver’s licenses by showing proof of lawful presence to DPS. However, only citizens are eligible to vote. And Texas law currently does not require verification of a voter’s statement that they are a citizen. The Texas Secretary of State provided the information to the Office of the Attorney General this week, which has concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute election crimes.

From 2005-2017, the attorney general’s office prosecuted 97 defendants for numerous voter fraud violations. In 2018, Attorney General Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit – with assistance from a criminal justice grant from the governor’s office – prosecuted 33 defendants for a total of 97 election fraud violations. Last February, the attorney general announced a significant voter fraud initiative and addressed key problems and policy areas related to election law.
   

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AG Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit Arrests Nine Alleged Participants of an Organized Illegal Voting Scheme in Edinburg

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Election Fraud Unit of his office arrested nine individuals accused of participating in an organized illegal voting scheme in Edinburg. The arrests follow an ongoing investigation into a coordinated effort by political workers to recruit people who agreed to fraudulently claim residential addresses so they could vote in specific city of Edinburg municipal races.

Attorney General Paxton’s office arrested Hidalgo County residents Guadalupe Sanchez Garza, Araceli Gutierrez, Brenda Rodriguez, Rosendo Rodriguez, Cynthia Tamez, Ruby Tamez, Belinda Rodriguez, Felisha Yolanda Rodriguez and Jerry Gonzalez, Jr. The nine individuals will be prosecuted by the Hidalgo County district attorney’s office.

According to Texas law, it is a second-degree felony to vote in an election using a fraudulent residence address and, under a new law, it is a first-degree felony for organizers to engage in organized election fraud activity to commit illegal voting.

“Illegal voting, particularly an organized illegal voting scheme orchestrated by political operatives, is an affront to democracy and results in corruption at the highest level,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Each illegal vote silences the voice of a law-abiding registered voter. My office will continue to do everything in its power to uncover illegal voting schemes and bring to justice those who try to manipulate the outcome of elections in Texas.”

More arrests are expected in connection with the organized illegal voting scheme in Edinburg. Individuals with information about the case are encouraged to come forward and cooperate with the attorney general’s Election Fraud Unit and the Texas Rangers, who are assisting with the investigation. In May, four people were charged with voter fraud stemming from last year’s Edinburg municipal election and, subsequently, a fifth arrest occurred.

From 2005-2017, the attorney general’s office prosecuted 97 defendants for numerous voter fraud violations. This year alone, Attorney General Paxton’s Election Fraud Unit – with assistance from a criminal justice grant from the governor’s office – has prosecuted 33 defendants for a total of 97 election fraud violations. In February, the attorney general announced a significant voter fraud initiative and addressed key problems and policy areas related to election law.
   

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