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Commentary: You Guys Stopped Listening

Texas Scorecard June 19, 2019 Commentary by JoAnn Fleming -Executive Director, Grassroots America – We the People PAC.

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In a Sunday, June 16 interview with Jason Whitely of WFAA-Dallas, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he does not know why there’s criticism coming from some conservative groups in Texas over the results of the 86th regular legislative session.

“I don’t know why they’re disappointed,” Patrick said on WFAA’s Inside Texas Politics“That’s for them to answer. We consider it a very successful session.”

Well, this is tiresome. From the governor, lieutenant governor, and most Republican legislators, it’s as if a collective amnesia has set in, or a case of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Speaker Bonnen is the exception. He doesn’t even pretend not to understand. Bonnen declared he doesn’t give a tinker’s about conservatives, warned Republicans not to challenge each other or Democrats for House seats, and openly supports Democrat Joe Moody for speaker next session should Democrats take the nine seats they need to take control. Meanwhile, Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey has nothing to say about the Republican speaker’s open support of Democrats.

Governor Abbott and Lt. Dan know exactly why conservative leaders and activists are not happy with the results of the session. They simply do not care. They worked very hard with Speaker Bonnen to make sure Republican legislators stopped caring about the conservatives back home. Getting along with Democrats and divesting themselves of conservative principles were far more important. 

There is no Republican Plan for Legislative Success or for Fiscal Sanity. None. As a result, Texas Republicans are following the path of their counterparts in Washington, D.C. The only difference is geography. Just like D.C. Republicans, Texas Republican legislators repeatedly squander legislative sessions, not using their majority to get long-promised reforms passed. Many of these issues have been talked about for at least the last FIVE legislative sessions (and have appeared longer than that as TX GOP Platform planks), which leads us to conclude that Republican leadership no longer values the grassroots or the values they claimed when running for office. They will continue to lose seats because they fail to do what they promise.

We had a purple legislative session because too many Republican elected officials have turned purple. Now, they are putting Texas at risk in 2020.

For those who cannot seem to grasp the reason behind our discontent, conservative grassroots leaders and activists across Texas are not happy because…

  • State Government – run by Republicans – is on an unsustainable spending spree. AGAIN – failed to pass spending limits on state government. Republicans grew state spending 12 percent, spending a $10 billion surplus above and beyond Hurricane Harvey disaster funds. Democrats cheered.
  • State Government – run by Republicans – supports election fraud. AGAIN – failed to pass paper ballot backup audit trails so that electronic voting can be verified in an election contest. Republicans have controlled all branches of state government since 2003; yet, voter rolls have NEVER been verified! According to numerous news reports and AG cases, illegal aliens, felons, and dead people can and do vote. 2020 is around the corner. Republican leaders are doing nothing to protect legal voters.
  • State Government – run by Republicans – supports public labor unions. AGAIN – failed to stop state assistance in the collection of union dues by automatically deducting them from government employee paychecks. This colossally stupid failure means union dues will once again show up in 2020 campaigns against Republicans. 
  • State Government – run by Republicans – supports taxpayer-funded lobbying. AGAIN – failed to stop the use of tax dollars to fund lobbyists hired by local governments to fight pro-taxpayer reforms. This failure helps drown out the voice of the people – the unheard little guys.
  • State Government – run by Republicans – refuses to recognize the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns without a government permission slip. AGAIN – failed to return gun rights that are recognized in 16 other states (Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming). This once again proves Texas does not lead on liberty.
  • State Government – run by Republicans – failed to advance legislation to save the life of pre-born babies. Meanwhile, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, and Ohio passed heartbeat bills. Kentucky and Mississippi heartbeat laws, temporarily blocked by a federal court injunction, are headed to a U.S. Appeals Court. Protecting lemonade stands is a noble gesture, but how about fighting for human life? It is shameful that Texas does not lead on life.
  • State Government – run by Republicans – supports the Left’s attacks on historic monuments. They failed to do anything to protect the Alamo, the Alamo Cenotaph, and other historical monuments from being “reimagined” or removed. We now understand that Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, and Speaker Bonnen – along with 95 percent of the GOP legislators – do not care one thing about these monuments. They like to invoke the names of our Heroes for Texas Independence as they draw rhetorical lines in the sand, but when it came down to honoring the bravery and sacrifice of our heroes, Republican leaders wouldn’t lift a finger to protect monuments from the rabid Left.
  • State Government – run by Republicans – passed a Democratic Party Platform initiative – taxpayer funded, all day pre-K (day care) for low income children, including those here illegally. Never mind that multiple studies show no lasting academic results for such programs. Texas Republicans were always opposed to growing government at the expense of parental responsibility – until they weren’t.  Democrats cheered.
  • State Government – run by Republicans – passed another Democratic Party Platform item – Big Nanny-State Mental Health legislation. A $100 million psychiatric consortium with connections to the pharmaceutical industry deployed to our community schools puts Texas children at risk of dangerous psychotropic drugging, data mining, and profiling based on family values, religious beliefs, and economic circumstances. Perfectly normal children will be at risk for subjective mental health labels or viewed as potential threats, which can destroy their rights and the rights of their parents. Too much liberty is being risked in the name of preventing school shootings. In the hands of Democrats who hate gun rights, we fear this is the camel’s nose under the tent.

While we wish these legislative results were not true, ignoring the failures changes nothing and endangers Texas. Republicans have energized the Democrats and given them wins to run on!

While Republicans passed some “good intention” bills, far too many bills important to preserving and advancing Texas-style liberty were either killed by Republicans or not filed at all this session. That is how we ended up with a purple session. That is why conservatives are not happy, Lt. Dan and Company.

 

 “What you permit, you promote. 
What you allow, you encourage. 
What you condone, you own. 
What you tolerate, you deserve.” 
Michelle Malkin

Grassroots America has never supported purple, progressive Republicans who love Big Government if they can be in charge of it. We don’t intend to start now. Texas is at stake.

Waskom, TX – Sanctuary City for Pre-Born

“Here is another report on the Waskom, Texas (in Harrison County on I-20 next to the Louisiana line) sanctuary city for the unborn statement regarding the usurpation by the federal judiciary on abortion laws.
This is not the first Texas city to declare acts of the federal government unconstitutional. League City in Galveston County has declared new federal firearms laws to be unconstitutional and null and void in their city. https://pearlandteaparty.com/?s=city+of+league+city
(That could be called making it a sanctuary city for firearms rights.) It also passed a nullification of the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act. Heidi Hansing and Geri Bentley lead on that.” – Tom Glass

WASKOM, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) –  The Waskom City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night declaring themselves a “sanctuary city of the unborn” to prevent an abortion clinic from ever opening in the city.

Waskom is the first city in Texas to do this. There are no abortion services in Waskom, so supporters call it a preventive measure.

It was an abnormally packed house inside Tuesday’s city council meeting as community and church members came out to show their support for declaring Waskom a sanctuary city for the unborn.

“We decided to take things into our own hands, and we’ve got to do something to protect our cities and to protect the unborn children,” said Right To Life with East Texas Director Mark Lee Dickson.

Before the council unanimously passed the ordinance, Mayor Jesse Moore warned citizens they will face a lawsuit that the city cannot afford to lose. But it’s all in an effort to make it to the Supreme Court and win.

“Most likely we will end up getting sued if this passes. It could go to the Supreme Court,” said Moore.

“We don’t have the possibility of millions of dollars to take it to that level. We can’t pay those types of attorney fees,” said Alderman Jimmy Dale Moore.

The ordinance includes exceptions for rape, incest and if the woman’s life is in danger, which they said they needed to include in order to make it to the Supreme Court in an effort to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“If we go to the Supreme Court, we’ll have to pay the other side of the attorney fees so you was it, Mr. Jacob there, ya’ll save your nickel and pennies. We may need them,” Moore said.

The final vote approving the move was met with cheers from the public.

In response to a possible lawsuit, the people of Waskom said they still support moving forward because they say God will take care of them.

Advocates of the ordinance say they got the idea for this ordinance from Rosewell, New Mexico, which passed a similar one earlier this year.

Speaker Bonnen Must Go

by Tom Glass

Intellectually, I can easily list the rational reasons why any conservative has to work to remove Dennis Bonnen from office. But, I have realized that I have an intense emotional desire to see him gone, as well. And I started wondering where that intensity came from.

I have realized that it is because Dennis Bonnen has an utter disdain for someone like me and most of the voters in the GOP primary in his district. And I am offended to the core by that.

If you listen to a politician long enough, they will tell you what they think of you. Obama described me as bitterly clinging to my God and my guns. Hillary put me in a basket of deplorables. And Dennis Bonnen has described me as “Someone living in the woods in a cave somewhere.”

What is even worse, is that at least Obama and Hillary were describing those who opposed them politically. With Bonnen, the ultimate irony and outrage is that this guy is insulting the people on whose side he is supposed to be. He clearly has disdain for and is insulting his OWN voters and his OWN party!

For me, the, “Oh, HELL no!” moment was Bonnen’s interview to an Austin reporter complaining about people asking him to push through the GOP’s top legislative priority, describing those who did so as “living in the woods in a cave somewhere.”

He has doubled, tripled, and quadrupled down since, insulting life proponents, praising anti-gun Democrats, and threatened House members not to engage in their right to campaign for who they support.

Simply put, Dennis Bonnen has made it clear that the good opinion he seeks is that of liberal reporters and the Democrats in the House. And that he despises constitutionalists and members of his own party.

I am offended. And I am triggered. And rather than scream helplessly about that, I intend to do something effective about it – removing Dennis Bonnen from any position of power over the good people of Texas.

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Public Servants Serving for Life

Public Servants Serving for Life

By Dale Huls

On May 24, 2019, the Pregnancy & Parenting Support Centers of Galveston County held its annual fundraising dinner.  As the President of the Clear Lake Tea Party, myself and several members of our board attended to lend our support to the pro-life movement in our community.  The large crowd was thoroughly captivated by the keynote speaker, ChristyAnne Collins Dickenson, the Executive Director of the crisis pregnancy center.  This was a woman who had been arrested over 80 times and had served a cumulative total of over two years in jail for her street advocacy for the preborn at abortion centers across the country.  She had been sentenced to maximum jail terms and forced to undergo psychiatric evaluations simply for trying to talk women out of killing their unborn children.  Her testimony was moving and powerful.

At the start of our evening, the Master of Ceremonies indicated that all the servers were either elected officials or candidates for public office.  They ranged from county commissioners, district and county clerks, constables, judges, school board members, a State Republican Executive Committeewoman and the Texas National Republican Committeeman.  As I watched these public servants scurrying through the tables serving food and beverages, I finally noticed the small sign on our table which read “Public Servants Serving for Life – Table 26.”  That struck me as especially profound.  Here we had those that we are entrusting our government choosing to give their time and resources towards supporting the pro-life movement by actions and deeds instead of only words.  While it may seem like a small thing, it did my heart good to see our leaders become servants, if only for a few hours.

Yet, this display of service evoked another thought within me.  How different the politicians in Austin were compared to the fine men and women in Texas City that night.  I suspect that “Serving for Life” has a totally different meaning for the Austin brand of politician.  While the public servants in Texas City were serving us Chicken Alfredo, the politicians in Austin are serving us something else!

Slavery is often called “America’s original sin.”  However, growing the pro-life movement in America considers abortion as “America’s greatest sin.”  The right-to-life movement has been winning many victories that incrementally restrict abortion and have started to sway the court of public opinion.  In 2019, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia have all seen “heartbeat legislation” filed in their state legislatures.  The state legislature and Governor of Alabama has directly challenged Roe v. Wade by outlawing virtually all abortions in that state.  Indeed, abortions in America are at a historic low.  While this decline in abortions is reflected across all age groups, the biggest drop is among young girls aged 15 to 19 years old.  Undeniably, the culture in America seems to be swinging to the pro-life arguments.

Unfortunately, the question today is “Who does our Texas Republican legislature serve?”  Do they serve the grassroots who overwhelmingly support pro-life and the severe restriction if not outright banning of abortion?  Do they support the Republican Party of Texas 2018 platform that declares [Principle #2] “The sanctity of innocent human life, created in the image of God, which should be protected from fertilization to natural death.”?  Or do they support shadowed special interests or political consultants advising them to run away from the issue?  Who do our state Republicans serve?

Speaker Bonnen, a supposedly pro-life champion, has seen to it that almost every pro-life bill filed in the Texas legislature has died without a floor vote.  From Representative Tinderholt’s House Bill HB 896 prohibiting abortion and protecting the rights of an unborn child to Representative Cain’s Texas Heartbeat Bill HB 1500 which would empower the tiny beating heart of an unborn child to save its own life, Speaker Bonnen has aborted this legislation before it could ever be voted on the floor.  I can guarantee that all Texas House Republicans save one would say they would have voted for this legislation if only it had come up for a vote.  Welcome to the Texas two-step!  Consequently, all we are left with is SB 22, the No Taxpayer Funding for the Abortion Industry Act as a crumb to be thrown to conservatives.  Apparently, the new Republican House leadership is the same as the old Republican House leadership.

And while much of the fault for failed pro-life legislation lies directly upon Speaker Bonnen’s shoulders, we must not forget the gross inaction on the part of Governor Abbott and Lt. Governor Patrick.  Why did they not fight just as hard for pro-life legislation as they did for making psychiatry part of the Texas education system?  They and their allies used every trick in the book to save their sacred “mental health” bill (SB10) at the cost of $100 million a biennium.  So one doesn’t really have to wonder what was truly more important in their minds – saving the lives of the unborn or throwing millions of dollars at the mental health and pharmaceutical industry.  Actions do speak louder than words.

Finally, we have seen who the public servants in Galveston County serve, we know who the politicians in Austin are not serving, and the next question for the future is who will the conservative base of Texas serve?  Will they continue to support a Republican incumbent political class who offer nothing but words and excuses or will they seek out true public servants who mean what they say and then will actually act on those beliefs and principles?  I guess the answer to that will be found in the 2020 Texas Primary election results.

Dale Huls is a long-time Republican activist and is the President of the Clear Lake Tea Party

 

Equal Protection

https://abolishabortiontx.org/hb896-setting-the-record-straight/?fbclid=IwAR0EP9O1NcpMesXalZ8IgEwI80L5fOh5PapXLKN3yRmkE67f-_tO7JcmdXg

Why HB896 For Texas?

Our desire is to protect all innocent life. HB 896 is a culmination of the work of many Christians across the state of Texas that share one desire – to repent of abortion and make it unthinkable in our state.  We believe that every life is made in the image of God and is precious, which is why we are calling on our elected officeholders to be the first in the nation to protect the unborn like they deserve and equal protection demands. Roe v. Wade began in Texas; it can and should end here. This legislation is supported by a myriad of individuals who believe that through peaceful civic engagement we can do what many deem impossible.

We hope the information below is helpful and equips you with a better understanding of this bill and the process.  We also hope that it inspires you to help us enlist more Texans in arguably the most important civic calling of our age: to give equal protection to the most innocent and vulnerable among us–the preborn children of Texas.

 

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Q2

How would the bill be enforced if it passed?

A.    Ultimately, there should be little enforcement needed. All of the law-abiding citizens who currently get or do abortions would stop once it became illegal, and the bill does not apply to abortions done before the bill becomes law. The bill also would not apply to anyone who is forced into an abortion, to someone who had a reasonable mistaken belief about what they were doing, or to situations involving necessity, such as physicians trying to save the lives of both mother and child but prioritizing care based on triage.3

For the few abortions that might continue, the job of enforcing the law would be handled by our justice system, which would look something like this:

Law enforcement would decide whom to investigate and, if necessary, whom to arrest, if anyone.

If law enforcement arrested someone, prosecutors would decide whether or not to prosecute, whom to prosecute, whether to take the case to a grand jury, what to charge someone with, and whether or not to give someone immunity. For example, the bill would motivate a mother to testify against the abortionist and she would be given immunity for doing that.

If prosecutors did bring charges, judges and juries would then decide whether someone is guilty or not, what they are guilty of, if anything, and what the penalty should be.

From there, appellate courts would decide whether the law was applied correctly.

Finally, the governor of Texas would decide whether or not to grant a pardon, a reprieve, or to commute the sentence.

In this entire process, the idea that all of these members and institutions of our justice system would unite to unanimously agree to order the death penalty for an abortive mother is so unlikely as to be absurd. HB 896 certainly would not require that result. All that the bill would do is remove discriminatory provisions and apply the same equal protections to people before they are born as they get after they are born. If unborn children are equally valuable, they should receive equal protection. The bill does not single out mothers. It applies to anyone who promotes or assists with the abortion, including a boyfriend, husband, parent, or anyone else who solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid in committing the abortion.4 If abortion is wrong for anyone, it should be wrong for everyone.

Q1

What does the bill do?

A.    Life begins at conception. In fact, Texas law already defines an individual human person to include an unborn child from the moment of conception.1 HB 896 takes that fact to its logical conclusion to protect all unborn children.

As President Trump said in his State of the Union speech, “All children–born and unborn–are made in the holy image of God.” HB 896 would treat all human life, born and unborn, as equally valuable and sacred by ensuring equal protection for all.*

Our Republican party principles2 state, “We believe in the sanctity of innocent human life, created in the image of God, which should be protected from fertilization to natural death.” HB 896 would apply that principle and the Republican priority to abolish abortion by refusing to enforce Roe v. Wade because it deprives an unborn child of the right to life.

* A recent misconception and scare-tactic used by some is that the bill would “sentence women who have abortions to death,” but that is not true, as discussed below.

A.    No. The committee has until May 6 to vote to favorably report the bill to the Texas House of Representatives.6  Chairman Leach can call a vote and members can vote anytime the committee meets until after May 6.

Q4

Is the bill already dead?

A.    No. The committee has until May 6 to vote to favorably report the bill to the Texas House of Representatives.6  Chairman Leach can call a vote and members can vote anytime the committee meets until after May 6.

Q4

Is the bill already dead?

Q3

I heard that if the bill author just changed the bill on one point that it could still pass. Is that true?

A.    Those who do not want the blame for stopping the bill that would stop abortion in Texas this year want everyone to believe that if the bill author just changed the bill on one point that it could still pass, but that’s not true.

If the chairman and other committee members were truly committed to passing the bill except for one point, they have the power to submit amendments or even to adopt an entire committee substitute without the consent of the bill author.5 In other words, if the committee were interested in outlawing even most abortions this session, they could amend the bill to take out the part they do not like and then approve it. That kind of amendment could also happen on the House floor, where it would be expected to pass easily. The bill author is not preventing the committee or the rest of the House from doing any of that if their sincere desire were really to abolish most abortion in Texas this session, even without equal protection.

The real story is that Republican leadership does not want a bill that would end even most abortions to get a vote either in this committee or on the House floor.  If they did want that, the committee would have already just changed the bill themselves.

5. Tex. H.R. Rule 4, §§ 39 and 40, Tex. H.R. 4, 86th Leg., R.S., 2019 H.J. of Tex. 27, 153. See also Id. § 42.

Q5

What can we be doing?

A.    Spread the word. The only way that we can save lives and impact this legislation is to get our friends, family, churches, and neighbors involved. If Chairman Leach continues to lead the charge to block this bill from being voted on it will effectively be a death sentence for 110,000 preborn children in the State of Texas over the next two years.  Please encourage people to sign the petition and contact their elected officeholders. Thank you!

To Chairman Leach and committee members:

Please give HB 896 a vote and vote to approve it.

WHEREAS, abortion in Texas kills 150 children every day, a clear violation of God’s law and the moral foundations of Texas and all of America; and

WHEREAS, the abominable practice of abortion is directly contrary to the principles of both the Constitution of the State of Texas and the U.S. Constitution; and

WHEREAS, Texans can no longer stand by and allow the killing of babies for profit by such organizations as Planned Parenthood; and

WHEREAS, the most compassionate thing Texans can do is to end the slaughter, provide help for those hurting, and mend the evil of abortion.

THEREFORE, I urge you to publicly support HB 896, the bill to end abortion in Texas by scheduling a committee vote, publicly pledging to vote for the bill, and voting for it.

HB 896, the bill to end abortion in Texas, has had a hearing in the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee.

But it will die soon unless Chairman Jeff Leach schedules the bill for a vote and the committee members vote to approve it.

Sign your petition now urging Chairman Leach to schedule the bill for a vote, and for all the committee members to vote to approve HB 896!

 

 

Public Servants Serving for Life

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Pregnancy & Parenting Support Centers of Galveston County

The Pregnancy Center is now taking reservations for our annual dinner.

To make a reservation call the office and leave a message with your contact information, or text your name and email to 409-945-2888.

 

Most who know ChristyAnne Dickson know she has spent over 40 years as a voice for the voiceless and an advocate for women in crisis.

BUT 
Did you know ChristyAnne was introduced to the abortion industry 3 years before Roe v. Wade, when she was recruited through Girls Clubs to be a volunteer peer counselor for Planned Parenthood?
Do you know that not once, but twice, ChristyAnne engaged in a 40-day fast as she sought to understand God’s will and Word in response to what she believes is an “Abortion Holocaust”?
Do you know she has been arrested over 80 times, and has spent more than 18 months in jail for protecting pre-born babies and offering hope to their moms?
Do you know the abortion industry filed a suit against her for $1,120,000.00 for “lost business”?
If recent events have challenged you, you will not want to miss her insightful perspectives on abortion in America.
Join us on May 23. You’ll hear and meet ChristyAnne, meet and be served  dinner by federal,  and local elected officials, have a chance to bid in our silent auction. Don’t miss it. Register today!

Rachel Malone – Constitutional Carry Texas and Speaker Bonnen

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Friends, we began the 86th legislative session excited to advance constitutional carry.

In light of what we now know, it appears obvious that Speaker Bonnen, Chairman Nevarez, and others in House leadership were looking for a scapegoat on which to pin failure of constitutional carry from the start of the legislative session.

Let’s be clear: no actions of this past week killed HB 357. It was already being stalled to death due to inaction. Although the session isn’t over, with looming deadlines, the only paths to passage were (1) leadership (particularly Speaker Bonnen) prioritizing it and wanting it to pass or (2) the majority of the representatives vocally jumping on board and pushing for its passage. We’d already seen the failure of (2). Now we’ve seen the failure of (1).

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THE BONNEN FACTOR

Speaker Bonnen’s strong statements this week in opposition to Constitutional Carry reflect a gross misunderstanding of what it even is — and blow out of proportion the activism that is actually occurring.

In a statement relayed by the Austin-American Statesman, he said:

— “I could no longer watch as legislators and their families are incessantly harassed by fanatical gun-rights activists who think laws preventing criminals from carrying a gun should be repealed.”

— “Their goal is to eradicate sensible gun policies by allowing anyone to carry a gun without a license and proper training — making it impossible for law enforcement to distinguish between law-abiding gun owners and criminals.”

— “The fear and terror used to push this agenda has made it clear this is bad public policy.”

Mr. Speaker, if you’re calling this bad policy, are you saying that it doesn’t work in the 16 states that have already passed it — some years ago? Name the 16 most dangerous states that come to you off the top of your head. I’d bet that none of them are Constitutional Carry states. What about the 31 most dangerous states off the top of your head? I bet it’s not going to line up with the list of 31 states that currently allow open carry of guns without a permit.

Bad policy is not determined by subjectively-determined “fear and terror” used to push it. Although there are many emotional issues with passionate activism on both sides, policy should be determined on its actual merits. But if you’re going to try to prove policy’s soundness based on its activism, you do Texans a great disservice by ignoring the thousands who showed up to district and state conventions, eloquently presented their cases, lobbied their legislators, spoke to their neighbors, and presented a reasonable and rational case for constitutional carry in so many ways.

Mr. Speaker, you do our entire state’s law enforcement a great disservice by claiming that they can’t distinguish between a law-abiding citizen and a criminal or that the passage of constitutional carry legislation would somehow create this problem. Do you think the 31 states that allow permitless carry have smarter and better law enforcement than Texas does? Because I have never heard them complaining that they don’t know who’s the criminal and who’s not.

Mr. Speaker, your statements reflect a misunderstanding of the purpose of a gun. In previous statements you’ve mentioned being a gun owner. That’s great — but being a gun person is different from respecting liberty and understanding the purpose of an armed citizenry. Using guns for sporting purposes is not the same as understanding their use as defensive tools.

I am saddened that you do not realize that the purpose of upholding the right to keep and bear arms is ultimately to be a defense against a tyrannical government and that the license requirement and other restrictions defeat this purpose and are repugnant examples of holding us guilty until proven innocent — contrary to our standards of justice. I am disheartened that you believe “sound policy” means keeping current restrictions and infringements on Texans carrying their guns. A license and state-mandated training do not make one law-abiding and should never be required in order to prove one’s worthiness to carry a legally-owned handgun.

Mr. Speaker, your statement echoes several actual police departments and law enforcement organizations that have come out erroneously referring Constitutional Carry as “criminal carry.” This is bizarre, ridiculous, and reflects a terrible understanding of law and criminals. First, to the extent that any law can make it harder for a criminal to carry, HB 357 actually makes it harder for a criminal to carry: it specifically says you may not carry under its provisions if you are engaged in criminal activity other than a class C traffic misdemeanor or if you are prohibited from possessing a gun. If you think that criminals don’t obey the law — you’re right; which is why this doesn’t actually make this easier or harder for criminals to carry. They can and do already break the laws in order to carry. It does reduce barriers for law-abiding citizens to carry guns and be able to defend themselves to mitigate harm and save lives when criminals attack.

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ACTIVISM

In any movement — life, school choice, gun rights, desegregation — there are a few advocates who act in a way that the rest wouldn’t. That’s expected. It’s normal. The legislature and the media need to stop acting like gun rights is the only arena in which this happens.

Throughout history, we have seen examples of zealous activism that was first repudiated but eventually found success at the hands of those in power. Consider the actual breaking of laws by those in the civil rights movement, or Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses to the door of the church. Activists have used atypical behavior to bring about changes in policy. Today we praise those who stood out from the crowd and championed for basic human rights affirmed in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

Our founding fathers pushed the limits a lot more than anyone is doing right now. Even before it came to actual war, they were writing pamphlets and drawing caricatures that would surpass some of the most edgy and shocking memes out there today. They were staging protest demonstrations that would raise the eyebrows of some of today’s most forward activists. And in doing so, they were standing up for what they believed in: the principles that would become foundation of our country.

If a piece of legislation could be killed by one activist going to a legislator’s door, I think we would see a lot more of that being done, and a lot more bills dying because of it. Don’t fall for this rhetoric. It’s a lie.

I cannot condone going specifically to a legislator’s door when it was known that only his family was there. However, the media has blown reality far out of proportion in the way they have portrayed this activism. I fail to see evidence of actual threats.

If you’re in politics you’d better have thick skin. If you’re an elected official, you should NEVER complain publicly that some activist stepped over the line because your feelings are hurt or because you got called out on bad actions. Be convinced that you’re doing the right thing and own up to it. Don’t cry “unfair” and put the blame on someone else.

To allow one’s decisions on matters of policy affecting millions of people to be influenced by feelings is a sign of weakness. True leadership casts aside temptations that would allow emotional, ego-driven impulse to affect matters of law, particularly those at the heart of personal liberty.

Politics is dirty and revolting and gross and disgusting. Backroom deals are made all the time. Legislators are forced to water down their bills or pull their bills and mostly they do it because they’re afraid of retribution if they don’t comply. I find this repulsive and I would honestly just like to see ideas discussed on their merits. If HB 357 had gotten to the floor, perhaps it would have failed. But it should have had the opportunity to get there, be debated, and die honestly if it was going to die, instead of getting stalled and the blame pinned elsewhere.

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SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

Although we can correctly pin a lot of blame on Speaker Bonnen for the blockage of HB 357, let’s not forget the 130 or so representatives and 31 Senators who also failed to take action. The Senate could have filed a bill — they didn’t. The House members could have at least signed onto HB 357 (a very easy, simple, and effective way to show early support) — over 130 didn’t.

I’ve been told repeatedly that Republican legislators want cover and don’t want to have to take “hard” votes. First, that’s not acceptable; second, it shouldn’t be a “hard” vote to vote for your party’s legislative priority. Providing cover by opposing this legislation and keeping it from being brought to the floor is not an appropriate thing for the Speaker to do. We will not forget to hold accountable all of those who failed to show support.

Let’s also not forget to thank those who DID sign on, who did stand up because they know this is good policy. I sincerely appreciate them. I wish more of their colleagues had been as brave.

Mr. Speaker, you said on January 26, “I’ll bet my critics an AR-15 that their gun rights won’t be infringed” this session. Based on the caving I’m seeing this session I think we’re going to need some AR-15’s.

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MOVING FORWARD

We may now see some legislators trying to say that they actually do support Constitutional Carry (now that they feel sure they won’t have to take a vote on HB 357). We may see some say, “Oh, it would have gotten a committee hearing.” I’ll need more evidence than words.

Friends, don’t stop engaging in good activism. Good activism means we’re standing up for what we believe in. We’re speaking the truth — like I’m doing here, and like many of you do every day. We’re not reacting out of anger, we’re acting out of love for the truth and passion for liberty. We’re not acting out of vengeance against individuals — even those who have gravely wronged us — we’re acting out of an indomitable spirit because we’re never going to give in, because this fight is worth it. We love our enemies — which includes calling out bad actions but ultimately hoping and working toward bringing them in to work with us in the fight for liberty.

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ACTION ITEMS

So what can you do now?

1.) Be vocal about holding the correct people responsible for the death of HB 357. Don’t forget that this is a Republican-controlled legislature and if they had collectively wanted to pass constitutional carry they could have and would have. The responsibility goes not only to leadership which failed to prioritize the issue but also to every single one of the legislators who failed to take action. Don’t let them point the finger elsewhere.

2.) Continue to call leadership (see below) and express your disappointment in their failure to prioritize Constitutional Carry. Please maintain the utmost integrity. Be respectful but firm. I encourage you to not speculate as to someone’s motives if they haven’t stated them. Simply state the facts — and we have plenty of incriminating facts.

Speaker Bonnen (512-463-1000)
Lt. Governor Patrick (512-463-0001)
Gov. Abbott (512-463-2000)

3.) Call your state rep and your state senator’s office. If you live close to Austin (or can travel for a meeting) call their Capitol Office. If you can’t travel to Austin, call their District Office. If you don’t know the number, google “who represents me” or go to https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov

Tell the person who answers the phone that you are a constituent and you’d like a meeting with your legislator. If they absolutely won’t give you a meeting with the legislator, ask for a meeting with the chief of staff or the legislative director.

At the meeting, let them know that you support Constitutional Carry. Explain what it is. Tell them why it’s important to you. Be rational and professional, but do not accept excuses.

If your state rep is on this list, please simply call them and tell them thank you for their support of Constitutional Carry. These are the representatives who signed on to HB 357 (constitutional carry) before the end of March.

Biedermann 02/06/2019
Burns 03/13/2019
Cain 02/19/2019
Hefner 02/19/2019
Krause 02/19/2019
Lang 02/06/2019
Metcalf 02/19/2019
Middleton 02/06/2019
Oliverson 02/19/2019
Patterson 02/19/2019
Schaefer 02/19/2019
Stickland 11/14/2018
Swanson 03/19/2019
Tinderholt 02/19/2019
Toth 02/19/2019
White 02/19/2019
Zedler 02/19/2019

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TX Lawmakers Move to Save Red Light Cameras

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Texas Lawmakers Move To Save Red Light Cameras
Newly filed legislation would protect Texas red light cameras in defiance of the campaign promises of Governor Greg Abbott.
 

Ed Thompson and Bob Hall

Texas lawmakers are taking steps to keep newly re-elected Governor Greg Abbott (R) from fulfilling a major campaign promise. Abbott, formerly the state’s attorney general, made outlawing red light cameras a priority — even going so far as to specify that the contracts used by local jurisdictions must be legislatively preempted (view pledge). Two of the state legislature’s leaders last week prefiled legislation that would protect the ability of local jurisdictions to continue using red light cameras for as long as they wish.

State Representative Ed Thompson (R-Pearland) and Senator Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) came up with their own approaches to legislation that uses the language of “banning” cameras while at the same time giving cities plenty of time to lock in long-term contracts with private photo ticketing companies. Byron Schirmbeck, the Texas coordinator for Campaign for Liberty, pointed out that this is not the first time that lawmakers like Hall have moved to increase the use of cameras while styling the effort as a prohibition on camera use.

“Once again we see the same tricks and games coming from Austin,” Schirmbeck told TheNewspaper. “Representative Thompson and Senator Hall’s bills give the photo radar industry everything they want and saddles Texans with red light cameras for decades and an increase in photo enforcement. Texans won’t stand for another attempt to pull the wool over our eyes.”

Although House Bill 262, introduced by Thompson, does say that a local authority may not use red light cameras, it would only prevent new installation in cities that do not have them as of June 2019. Any city that would like to continue using existing red light cameras would be allowed to do so under Thompson’s grandfather clause.

“If before the effective date of this act a local authority enacted an ordinance under those provisions to implement an automated traffic control system and entered into a contract for the administration and enforcement of the [red light camera] system, the local authority may continue to operate the system under that ordinance and under the terms of that contract until the expiration date specified in the contract as the contract existed on the effective date of this act,” Thompson’s bill states.

Most of the localities using red light cameras signed twenty-year or thirty-year contracts in 2009 in response to a previous legislative attempt to ban cameras. Those that do not have a long-term deal, or those with easy termination clauses, would still have until June 1, 2019, to revise existing deals with private photo ticketing contractors. Senator Hall’s bill likewise sounds very tough.

“A governmental entity may not use information from traffic surveillance technology for any purpose, including the issuance of a civil or criminal charge or citation for an offense or violation based on a recorded image or reading produced by traffic surveillance technology,” Senate Bill 77 states.

Hall’s bill contains an identical grandfather clause allowing an unlimited continuation of existing red light camera programs, while adding a permanent exception allowing new cities to sign up to use school bus cameras.

“[The ban] does not apply to the use of information from traffic surveillance technology that captures images of vehicles that pass a school bus if… the person who is cited for the offense is authorized to contest the citation in court,” Senate Bill 77 states.

Prefiling is particularly important in Texas as the legislature is only in session for 140 days every two years, leaving lawmakers with little time to debate new ideas. The 2019 session begins January 8.

A copy of the prefiled legislation is available in a 130k PDF file at the source link below.

 

Source: PDF File Senate Bill 77 and House Bill 262 (Texas Legislature, 11/12/2018)