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Paul, Cruz, Lee to Block Gun Control Legislation

Posted March 26, 2013

Sens. Paul, Cruz and Lee have signaled that they will block the Senate from moving to any consideration of gun control legislation. On Monday, the three Senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Reid which read in part, “We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.” It is further confirmation that the three are providing the only opposition to Obama's big-government agenda. 

Majority Leader Reid has orchestrated the gun legislation to provide maximum benefit to vulnerable Dem Senators in red states. He has stripped most meaningful measures out of the underlying bill, providing Democrats on opportunity to vote against amendments that contain the most sweeping gun control legislation. 

The action by Sens. Paul, Cruz and Lee call out the lie on this legislative sleight-of-hand. They have chosen to block any consideration of any gun control legislation. If the GOP caucus follows them, the Senate will never proceed to consideration of gun control legislation. 

If the action of Paul, Cruz and Lee prevails, the Senate will never proceed to consideration of the bill or the underlying amendments. The action of these three provides a real opposition. Senators like McCain and Graham should move to the sidelines. New leaders are ready to fight for liberty. 

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/25/paul-cruz-lee-vow-to-block-gun-control-legislation


Office of Congressional Ethics investigating Bachmann for presidential campaign finance violations

Posted March 26, 2013

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is being investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics for potential campaign finance violations during her unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

The Daily Beast first reported the investigation.

William McGinley, a lawyer with the firm Patton Boggs who represents Bachmann, confirmed the investigation to The Daily Beast, but suggested that the congresswoman herself was not the subject of suspicion.

“There are no allegations that the Congresswoman engaged in any wrongdoing. We are constructively engaged with the OCE and are confident that at the end of their Review the OCE Board will conclude that Congresswoman Bachmann did not do anything inappropriate,” he said.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/25/bachmann-faces-ethics-investigation/#ixzz2OeK3S53L


Glenn Beck on Common Core

Posted March 26, 2013

Glenn Beck will again have another show dedicated to Common Core.  The show will air this Wednesday at 5pm.  If you don't have DISH and you are not registered with the Blaze via internet you can sign up for a free 2 week subscription.

www.theblaze.com/tv


Ed Braddy: Fighting for acountability in Gainesville, Florida

Posted March 26, 2013

The citizens of Gainesville, Fla., are in a battle against the forces of the left to hold our city government accountable to its citizens. We have long been under the rule of progressive ideologues that function much like the Obama administration in Washington — complete control of its citizens.

Holding our elected officials accountable must begin at the local level.

For those unfamiliar with Ed Braddy, he is the founder of the American Dream Coalition and candidate for mayor of Gainesville. He will meet incumbent Mayor Craig Lowe in a run-off election on April 16 because none of the six candidates running garnered a majority of the votes in Tuesday’s election.

Braddy has been a leader in the fight against the insidious sustainability and smart-growth policies being implemented across the country and here locally.

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/03/23/fighting-for-acountability-in-gainesville-fla-57248


Gohmert’s Statement on the Tyler Air Traffic Control Tower Closure

Posted March 26, 2013

Washington -  Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today after learning about the decision to close the air traffic control tower at the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport:

“This decision made by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to close the air traffic control tower at the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport is an unnecessary and dangerous move decided by political hacks. Rather than looking at the wasteful spending within the FAA itself, lavish over-expenditures in other areas, this administration has decided to endanger American lives by shutting down 40 percent of this nation’s towers for a ‘budget cutting measure.’

It’s more than disturbing that the Obama Administration is willingly deciding to punish Americans by first, cancelling White House tours and now shutting down 149 air towers countrywide – all masked as a sequestration measure. It is evident that their priorities do not align on the side of the hardworking American people. While countless people will now be out of work in a debt laden economy and the President originally projected doom and gloom, the House of Representatives has cut its own budget over 11 percent in the last two years and is now cutting an additional 8 percent under the sequester without cutting any constituent services.

It should also be understood that the President has grown government in four years by about 20 percent so the sequester meant that government should only be 18 percent larger. There is certainly no evidence from the President that he is cutting anything that affects him personally, but only cutting things that adversely affect other Americans. There is something wrong with this picture. It’s time to cut true government waste like Obamacare – and stop putting everyone else at risk.”

Earlier this month, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) fired off a letter to the FAA seeking answers as to why the FAA would take action to put Americans at risk when there is no need to make such sweeping airport cuts across the nation. To read his letter, click here.

Congressman Louie Gohmert is the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. He also served as Chief Justice of Texas'12th Court of Appeals.

More from Congressman Louie Gohmert


Roll Call on Senator Ted Cruz Amendments

Posted March 26, 2013

Last Friday night the US Senate engaged in a so called all night "vote-a-rama" taking 70 votes on amendments attached to the Senate Democrats spending plan.

Senator Cruz played an active roll laying out three amendments there were voted on, please see them below along with the accompany roll call of the vote.

Cruz Amdt #202: “… to provide for the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 and to encourage patient-centered reforms to improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs, promoting economic growth.” Roll Call

Cruz Amdt #471: “… reducing foreign assistance to Egypt and increasing funding for the Missile Defense Agency to establish a land-based missile defense capability on the east coast of the United States … provided that such legislation would not increase the deficit …” Roll Call

Cruz Amdt #702:  “Purpose: To Create a point of order against any legislation that would provide taxpayer funds to the United Nations while any member nation forces citizens or residents of the nation to undergo involuntary abortions.” Roll Call


Obama’s Energy nominee: We need carbon tax to double or triple energy cost

Posted March 26, 2013

President Obama’s Energy secretary nominee regards a carbon  tax as one of the simplest ways to move the energy industry towards clean technologies, though he notes that government would have to come up with a plan to mitigate the burden this tax places on poor people, who would pay the most.

“Ultimately, it has to be cheaper to capture and store it than to release it and pay a price,” MIT professor and Energy nominee Ernest Moniz told the Switch Energy Project in an interview last year. “If we start really squeezing down on carbon dioxide over the next few decades, well, that could double; it could eventually triple. I think inevitably if we squeeze down on carbon, we squeeze up on the cost, it brings along with it a push toward efficiency; it brings along with it a push towards clean technologies in a conventional pollution sense; it brings along with it a push towards security. Because after all, the security issues revolve around carbon bearing fuels.”

http://washingtonexaminer.com/obamas-energy-nominee-we-need-carbon-tax-to-double-or-triple-energy-cost/article/2525310?custom_click=rss


U.S. Border Patrol Uniforms Manufactured in Mexico

Posted March 26, 2013

(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has granted uniform contracts to VF Imagewear, Inc., an apparel company that relies on manufacturing sites in Mexico for a “significant percentage” of its occupational garments.

The latest contract with the company was awarded on Dec. 20, 2012, to make “uniform and insignia items” for the CBP at an estimated cost of $6,157,997.57, and a ceiling of $8 million.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/us-border-patrol-uniforms-manufactured-mexico


AP: SD Sen. Johnson Won't Seek Re-Election

Posted March 26, 2013

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota plans to retire at the end of his term, Democratic officials said Monday _ a departure that gives Republicans a prime opportunity to pick up a seat as they attempt to win back control of the chamber in 2014.

Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2006 and later returned to the Senate and won re-election in 2008 while sometimes using a motorized scooter.

The officials who described Johnson's plans spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to pre-empt a formal announcement expected Tuesday in South Dakota.

Johnson, 66, is the fifth Democrat to decide to step aside at the end of the term in 2014, joining Carl Levin of Michigan, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey. Two Republicans also have said they plan to retire, and the GOP must gain six seats to win a majority.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/25/AP-sources--SD-Sen-Johnson-wont-seek-re-election


Senate votes 53-46 to stop US from joining UN Arms Trade Treaty

Posted March 25, 2013

In the last batch of amendment votes to the budget, the Senate voted on several foreign policy proposals.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53-46 vote.

Republicans have been critical of President Obama’s decision to consider the treaty, although Obama has said he would not vote for anything that would violate the Second Amendment. 

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/290001-senate-votes-to-stop-us-from-joining-un-arms-treaty#ixzz2OYCBHbud


McCain emerges as key senator in expanding background checks

Posted March 25, 2013

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has emerged as a key player if Senate Democrats are to have any chance of passing legislation to expand background checks for private sales of firearms.

McCain and Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) are at the top of a list of Republicans considered most likely to sign on to legislation expanding background checks after talks with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) stalled earlier this month.

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has signaled he will likely support the yet-to-be-finalized proposal he negotiated with Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to expand background checks to cover private gun sales, according to Senate sources.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/289971-mccain-emerges-as-key-republican-in-expanding-background-checks-#ixzz2OVmIsLLz


26 Republicans Vote for Internet Sales Tax

Posted March 25, 2013

On the Republican side, perhaps the most egregious vote was the Enzi amendment to allow states to form a cartel and collect internet sales taxes for other states.  The so-called Market Fairness Act passed in the form of a second degree amendment by 75-24, with the support of 26 Republicans.  This will send the message to Harry Reid that he has more than 60 votes to pass this as a standalone bill.  In doing so, they have voted to grow government all over the country, hurt low-tax states, impose taxation without representation, saddle small businesses with collecting taxes for 10,000 distinct tax jurisdictions, and adulterate the freest most successful entity known to man.  You can read more about it here.

Here are the 26 Republicans:

http://www.redstate.com/2013/03/24/26-republicans-vote-for-internet-sales-tax


US quietly frees up frozen $500 million to Palestinian Authority

Posted March 25, 2013

While Congress froze funding to the Palestinian Authority late last year, the State Department has quietly announced that nearly $500 million in aid has now been unblocked.

“To date, we have moved $295.7 million in fiscal year 2012 money… and $200 million in fiscal year 2013 assistance,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters, according to YnetNews.
The report breaks down the payments here:

The first sum comprises some $195.7 million, allocated under the 2012 fiscal year budget for USAID economic, development and humanitarian assistance, as well as a further $100 million earmarked specifically for narcotics control.

The second sum of $200 million unblocked and available to the Palestinian Authority will come under the 2013 budget and be spent for direct budget support.

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/03/24/us-quietly-frees-up-frozen-500-million-to-palestinian-authority-57445


Ancient History and Modern Constitutional Powers of American Sheriffs (Part 1/2)

Posted March 25, 2013

In the Colonies, the Crown established sheriffs, as done in Britain by royal decree. But, before long, the democratic process was employed to elect them. Today, they are the last bastion of popular representation in law enforcement. Ironically, it now appears that the ancient sheriff, the last representative of popular, local federalism—might be the last chance for America to retain our civil liberties before the onslaught of Leviathan—the colossus of government tyranny. This hope is best represented by the Oath Keepers, a group educating and supporting local sheriffs as defenders of our Constitution against creeping federal insurgency. Add to this the doctrine of Nullification, or refusal to apply unconstitutional laws, which sheriffs are now applying across America on various topics, such as gun regulations, and refusing federal demand for control.

This article is composed in two parts to better describe the history, function and constitutional warrant of the local, county American sheriff.

I. What is a Sheriff

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/54006


What Sequester? Federal Jobs Website Lists Thousands of Openings

Posted March 25, 2013

For all the talk about the dramatic spending cuts to hit the federal government under the bipartisan sequestration, the federal government isn’t exactly tightening its belt. According to USAJobs.gov, the job posting site for the feds, approximately 2,200 jobs listings became available during one week in March. As Eileen Ambrose reports, “Add in new postings open only to current or former federal workers, including those laid off, and the number of new openings jumps to more than 4,600.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/23/USA-Jobs-postings-thousands


 
   

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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (Democrat National Convention Keynote Speaker) Investigated for Accepting Illegal Campaign Money along with 8 other San Antonio Texas Democrats

Posted March 26, 2013

Texas Ethics Advisory Board
HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS, 22 Mar 2013

Mayor, eight City Council members Investigated for Over 1000 Violations of Texas Election Law

In an official response to nine Sworn Complaints, the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) has notified most members of the San Antonio City Council they are being investigated for multiple campaign finance violations.

Mayor Julian Castro, Council members Cris Medina and Diego Bernal had the most alleged violations at over 200 each.

The Sworn Complaints allege 41 instances of accepting donations from corporations. Corporate donations are, if done knowingly, a 3rd degree felony offense. All nine complaints alleged these offenses. Well known names include MacDonalds, Inc., Holiday Inns, Inc. and Texas Associaton of Realtors.

The Texas Ethics Advisory Board (TEAB) reports that more than fifteen more Sworn Complaints will be initiated on the corporations who contributed to the council members campaigns. Pending the results of the TEC investigations, the TEAB will refer any felonies to Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed.

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Texas Faith & Family Briefing & Rally

Tuesday, March 26

Put on your red, white and blue and join defenders of Faith & Family at the Capitol in Austin. Boy Scouts should wear their uniforms. Hear from Gov. Perry and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst at the Rally at noon on the Capitol steps.

Find details here: http://texasfaithandfamily.com/


PRIVACY, 4th Amendment Legislative Update

Public Hearing Tuesday, March 26

HB 1608 would require a district judge to issue a warrant to track cell phones with certain safety exceptions.

Bill authors include Reps. Bryan Hughes, Lois Kolkhorst, Jonathan Stickland, Lon Burnam and Senfronia Thompson. Coauthors include Alonzo | Anderson | Ashby | Bell | Bohac | Burkett | Callegari | Canales | Capriglione | Clardy | Coleman | Cook | Cortez | Creighton | Davis, John | Davis, Sarah | Deshotel | Dutton | Eiland | Elkins | Fallon | Farney | Flynn | Frank | Frullo | Geren | Giddings | Gonzales, Larry | Gonzalez, Naomi | Gooden | Guerra | Guillen | Gutierrez | Harper-Brown | Hernandez Luna | Hilderbran | Howard | Huberty | Isaac | Johnson | Kacal | Keffer | King, Ken | King, Phil | Klick | Krause | Kuempel | Larson | Laubenberg | Leach | Lozano | Lucio III | Márquez | McClendon | Miles | Morrison | Muñoz, Jr. | Murphy | Nevárez | Orr | Otto | Paddie | Parker | Perez | Perry | Pickett | Pitts | Raney | Raymond | Reynolds | Ritter | Rodriguez, Eddie | Rodriguez, Justin | Sanford | Simmons | Simpson | Smithee | Springer | Strama | Taylor, Van | Toth | Turner, Scott | Turner, Sylvester | White | Workman | Zedler | Zerwas.

Please ask the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee members to SUPPORT HB 1608.
Chair:
Rep. Abel Herrero
Vice Chair:
Rep. Stefani Carter
Members:
Rep. Lon Burnam
Rep. Terry Canales
Rep. Bryan Hughes
Rep. Jeff Leach
Rep. Joe Moody
Rep. Matt Schaefer
Rep. Steve Toth

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa has filed the companion bill SB 786. Please ask your Senator to SUPPORT SB 786.

Contact your Representative here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx


TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee of Texas Sends a Strong Message to the Legislators

Posted March 26, 2013 ~ JoAnn Fleming

The legislature's TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee is sending a strong, commonsense, liberty-advancing message this session that should apply to all legislation:

  1. Stop adding more state debt.  Why? Today, Texas state government has more debt than the US Postal Service ($16 billion). "Borrow and spend" is just as bad as "tax and spend" because it threatens liberty for future generations. According to the Legislative Budget Board, the amount of state debt outstanding is $40.99 billion, which is an increase of $22.81 billion, or 125% over the amount of state debt outstanding 10 years ago in fiscal year 2003.   Sounds like Washington, DC.
  2. Stop digging holes and fill in the ones you've already created.  Why?  On top of the state debt, the Texas Tomorrow Fund has a $644 million hole (parents pay into a fund to secure their child's college education at today's prices). The Teachers Retirement System is underfunded, creating a $27 billion hole.  Our state government is incurring costs today, without setting aside the money needed to meet obligations.  Sounds like Washington, DC.
  3. Stop the diversions.  Why?  Our legislature uses millions of dollars in taxes and fees created for one purpose and diverts them to another purpose. One big example is the gas tax diverted from road construction to non-road uses. There are too many examples to list!  Sounds like Washington, DC.
  4. Stop the accounting gimmicks and deferrals to balance the budget.  Why?  We need truth in budgeting!  Since sales tax collections for the 2012-2013 budget exceeded the Comptroller's revenue projections, the $7.1 billion planned shortfall from last session is being paid for out of the "surplus" revenue and not out of the Rainy Day Fund, but our legislature, governor, lt. governor, and speaker need to stop just balancing the budget on paper and actually practice truth in budgeting. Anything lesssounds like Washington, DC!
  5. Don't raid the Rainy Day Fund. Why?  The Rainy Day Fund should always maintain a balance that will ensure our AAA credit rating AND provide funds to endure a natural disaster or a terrorist attack (made possible with open borders & sanctuary cities) without having to depend on the federal government.  Frankly, our elected officials need to prepare for getting less federal dollars since the financial collapse of the federal government will surely come.  Texas is no longer a donor state.  For the last 8 years, Texas has received more federal dollars than were paid into the federal treasury by taxpayers.  Texas is helping to build the federal debt.  Here is the history of federal dollars in our state budget for the last 3 biennial periods:

2008 – 2009 Biennium: federal funds were $55.1 billion or 32% of state budget revenue
2010 – 2011 Biennium: federal funds were $72.6 billion or 38.7% of state budget revenue

2012—2013 Biennium: federal funds were $54.7 billion or 31.5% of state budget revenue

To ignore these facts and do anything less than prepare for tough times ahead, our state officials will be acting like Washington, DC!


Right to Life Legislative Update

Posted March 26, 2013

Take Right to Life ActionSB 303 by Senator Bob Deuell would allow doctors and hospitals to withdraw food, water and medical treatment with only 14 days notice, even against an advance directive, against patient's expressed wishes and against a surrogate's decision. SB 303 would add criteria under which treatment could be removed. Cathie Adams signed an affidavit to OPPOSE SB 303 at last week's Public Hearing.

SB 303 is pending in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee. Please ask committee members to NOT vote SB 303 out of committee:

Chair:
Sen. Jane Nelson
Vice Chair:
Sen. Bob Deuell
Members:
Sen. Joan Huffman
Sen. Robert Nichols
Sen. Charles Schwertner
Sen. Larry Taylor
Sen. Carlos Uresti
Sen. Royce West
Sen. Judith Zaffirini

An identical bill, HB 1444, by Reps. Susan King, Tom Craddick, Geanie Morrison, Garnet Coleman and Coauthors Reps. Tony Dale, John Davis, Larry Gonzales and Ken Kingwas referred to the House Public Health Committee on February 26. Please also ask your Representative to OPPOSE HB 1444.

Contact your Representative here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx


CSCOPE Update

Posted March 26, 2013

Take Action Against CSCOPETo help please contact CWA (Concerned Women for America) leader Michelle Smith cwaoftexas@gmail.com

SB 1406 by Senators Dan Patrick and Donna Campbell and HB 760 by Reps. Steve Toth | Debbie Riddle | Dwayne Bohac | Linda Harper-Brown | Lois Kolkhorst and Coauthors Reps. Ashby | Bell | Bonnen, Greg | Burkett | Capriglione | Clardy | Creighton | Fallon | Fletcher | Frank | Huberty | Hughes | Isaac | King, Phil | Klick | Laubenberg | Leach | Lozano | Miller, Rick | Murphy | Paddie | Parker | Perry | Raney | Sanford | Simmons | Springer | Stephenson | Turner, Scott | White | Zedler would insert State Board of Education oversight and direction of the activities of regional education service centers concerning student curriculum.

Please ask your Representative and Senator to support SB 1406 & HB 760.

Contact your Representative here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx


Immigration Update

Posted March 26, 2013

Take Action on ImmigrationTo help contact TEF leader Maria Espinoza maria@theremembranceproject.org

HB 2187 by Rep. Matt Krause would require police to check the immigration status within 48 hours of a person arrested. Please ask your Representative to SUPPORT HB 2187.

Contact your Representative here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx


Smart Meters

Posted March 26, 2013

Take Action Against Smart MetersTo help contact TEF leaders Beth Biesel ncriver@me.com and Pam Colquitt pamcolquitt@sbcglobal.net

Ask your Senator and Representative to SUPPORT HB 1171 by Rep. David Simpson, HB 3590 by Rep. Dennis Bonnen and SB 241 by Sen. John Carona.

Homeowners should have an “opt out” at NO EXTRA COST, no cost for removing the “smart meter” and replacing it with an old meter. And no cost for monthly meter reading. None of the bills have pending Public Hearings.

"Smart Meter" talking points:

  • Homeowners were PROMISED energy cost savings, but NONE have been realized.
  • Privacy and security are dangerously compromised and vulnerable to hackers.
  • Texas is the ONLY state with our own electric grid, but “Grid 2030” July 2003 reveals that the U.S. Dept. of Energy wants Texas’ grid merged with the national grid so that it can MANDATE our energy sources to be UNDEPENDABLE solar and wind. And to LIMIT our energy use as is now done in Switzerland where smart meters control times when washing machines can be operated.
  • A Smart Meter is a powerful computer and homeowners should know WHAT the government has planned for their future use.
  • Billions of federal grant and stimulus dollars subsidized Smart Meters which could be used in the federal government’s plan to Cap & Trade greenhouse gases that would devastate the American economy.

TEXAS GRASSROOTS ACTION ALERT

Posted March 25, 2013

Rep. Larry Phillips' bill, HB 3391, is up for a hearing Tuesday in the House Transportation Committee (Rm. E2.012 @ 8 AM) that would give TxDOT and toll authorities a BLANK CHECK to enter into TRANS TEXAS CORRIDOR-style toll roads that hand control of at least 26 Texas roads every two years until 2017 (and expand it to any or all RAIL projects) to private, even foreign, corporations in sweetheart deals for a HALF CENTURY. 

More info on these controversial contracts here.

We need Texans to do one of the following:

1) Attend the House Transportation Committee hearing Tuesday, March 26 (Rm. E2.012 - starts at 8 AM, but likely won't be heard until the afternoon) to testify against this horrible bill that will cost Texas commuters 75 cents a mile to use our public roads; OR

2) If you can't stay to testify, register against the bill at the Capitol (register AGAINST the bill on the i-Pad looking kiosks outside committee rooms); OR

3) Call the House Transportation Committee member (Capitol Switchboard is 512-463-4630) closest to your city and tell them to vote 'No on HB 3391' (more talking points below)

Rep. Larry Phillips (Sherman-Denison/Grayson Cty area) (Phillips says his constituents LOVE toll roads) - 512-463-0297
Rep. George Lavender (East Texas) - 512-463-0692
Rep. Allen Fletcher (Houston) - 512-463-0661
Rep. Debbie Riddle (Houston) - 512-463-0572
Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (Irving/North Texas) - 512-463-0641
Rep. Yvonne Davis (Dallas) - 512-463-0598
Rep. Cindy Burkett (Mesquite/North Texas) - 512-463-0464
Rep. Ruth McClendon (San Antonio) - 512-463-0708
Rep. Joe Pickett (El Paso) - 512-463-0596
Rep. Mando Martinez (Hidalgo County/the Rio Grande Valley) - 512-463-0530
Rep. Robert Guerra (Hidalgo County/the Rio Grande Valley) - 512-463-0578

; AND EMAIL the entire House Transportation Committee in one click here: house_hc@texasturf.org

Tell them "Vote 'No' on HB 3391. We do not want you to hand Texas roads to private corporations who extract exorbitant toll rates (75 cents/mile) from commuters just to get to work. Texas roads belong to Texans. It's anti-liberty and un-Texan to hand our state sovereignty over public infrastructure to private, even foreign, entities for a HALF CENTURY in sweetheart deals that guarantee profits. We don't want this authority to extend to RAIL boondoggles either!"

MORE BAD BILLS
There are also bills to give toll authorities their OWN COURTS to be the judge & jury in cases disputing toll fines/fees that would grant them authority to block your car registration. It's the fox guarding the henhouse and eliminates any REAL due process afforded Texans in traditional courts where an unbiased third party hears the case.

HB 3048 - Also to be heard in House Transportation Committee Tuesday, Rm E2.012 @ 8 AM.

GOOD BILLS TO BE HEARD THIS WEEK
HB 1054 - (Lavender) To prohibit the conversion of a FREEway into a tollway. Removes loopholes that have plagued our state since 2003! (Will be heard in House Transportation Committee Tuesday, Rm E2.012 @ 8 AM)
SB 1029 - (Campbell) To prohibit the conversion of a FREEway into a tollway. Removes loopholes that have plagued our state since 2003! (Will be heard in Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday, Rm E1.016 @ 8 AM)
SB 1253 - (Zaffirini) To prohibit TxDOT or toll agencies from downgrading/slowing the free routes adjacent to toll lanes/toll roads. (Read why this bill is necessary here. TxDOT increased the speed limit on SH 130, the first foreign-owned toll road in TX, to 85 MPH and lowered the speed limit on adjacent Hwy 183 from 65 MPH down to 55 MPH). (Will be heard in Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday, Rm E1.016 @ 8 AM) 


 
   

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