Elected in November 2014, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is a vigilant steward of Texas tax dollars and a strong advocate for job growth in our economy. As a staunch supporter of government transparency, Hegar believes all levels of government should be open and accountable to those who pay the bills — Texas taxpayers.
Hegar serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. He has a proven track record of fighting for conservative principles and ensuring taxpayer voices are heard in Texas state government.
In the Texas Senate, Hegar oversaw all state and local revenue matters, during the 83rd legislative session, and he was instrumental in cutting $1 billion in taxes for Texas taxpayers and businesses. As a business owner, Comptroller Hegar knows first hand that individuals, not government, will make better decisions with their hard-earned tax dollars and in turn help boost the economy.
Monday, September 14th Guest Speaker: Texas House Representative David Simpson (HD7)
Topic: 84th Texas Legislative Update
Monday, October 5th
Guest Speaker: Justice Greg Neeley
12th Court of Appeals, Tyler, Texas
Topic: History of Texas Appellate Courts & the 12th Court of Appeals
Monday, November 2nd
Guest Speaker: Joseph Wade Miller
Heritage Action for America www.heritageaction.com
Topic: Import/Export Bank & other important issues facing America
Monday, December 7th
Guest Speaker:Mr. Dennis Avi Lipkin
Topic: Iran and the ISIS rivalry and how it affects the world.
The Fiscal Responsibility Index is a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues. Texans for Fiscal Responsibility uses exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators’ governing philosophy.
The public — including lawmakers — are notified in advance of TFR’s position on the issues to be rated, and prior to votes taken on the floor.
In the legislative process, it used to be the Senate obstructing conservative reforms. In 2015, it was the Texas House.
The 2015 FiscalResponsibility Index will be released tomorrow (Monday, June 22) at 11:45 a.m. Then, you’ll find out how every lawmaker rated on the 2015 Index. Here are a few top-lines:
Of the 181 members of the House and Senate, 70 earned a passing grade (70% or better).
Not a single Republican in the Texas Senate earned a failing grade.
There are 24 lawmakers who have this year earned an “A” rating to qualify as Taxpayer Champions. In 2013, 22 lawmakers qualified for that distinction.
Some averages for your consideration…
The Texas House 2015 average is 58% (F), with GOP members averaging a 73% (C) and Democrats a 30% (F). That compares to the 2013 ratings of a 47% for the chamber, 63% for the GOP, and 30% for the Democrats.
The Texas Senate 2015 average is 70% (C), with GOP members averaging an 86% (B) and Democrats a 42% (F). That compares to the 2013 ratings of a 58% for the chamber, 69% for the GOP, and 41% for the Democrats.
Let me reiterate what we often say: our Fiscal Responsibility Index – despite being one of the most comprehensive measures of votes rated – is a snapshot. A moving picture of your lawmakers’ performance is found in comparing the members’ actions, statements and activities by looking at several groups’ rating systems, and even more so by watching them over time.
What becomes abundantly clear when examining the results is that the quality of leadership matters in the legislative process.
In the Texas Senate, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick let conservatives advance landmark reforms. In the Texas House, conservatives were shut out and reforms were left to idle.
The coalition of Democrats and liberal Republicans leading the House performed – sadly – just as we all expected. They stalled most of the reforms, gutted what they could, and killed what was left.
Don’t be fooled when your House member comes home and brags about passing spending limits.
The House gutted an issue favored by 94 percent of GOP primary voters (according to the 2012 primary ballot). It was the Senate that passed strict spending limits; the House leadership flipped themeasure upside-down in a last-minute hearing closed to public testimony. They turned the simple, effective restraint on government growth passed by the Senate into a complex floor that would allow state government to grow unchecked.
It was like that all session, on issue after issue. The TexasSenate started with tax relief, the Texas House passed a budget that didn’tinclude a single penny of relief. The Senate wanted to address the burden of property taxes, the House leadership delayed any discussion.
Despite 98 Republicans who campaign as conservatives back home, conservative leadership is sorely lacking in the Texas House. And while the Senate has long been known as the body where conservative ideas go to die, 2015 saw the Senate re-write their chamber’s culture for the benefit of all Texans.
If pro-taxpayer reforms are to gain traction in the legislature, it will take citizens stepping up to hold House members accountable for their chamber’s inaction.
It is our responsibility as citizens to not just rate lawmakers’ performance, but to take actions that improve results.
We The People-Longview Tea Party Group
Monday June 1, 2015 Monthly Meeting
Guest Speaker: Dr. Keith Rothra
TOPIC: The Power of The Precinct Convention
Dr. Rothra, former Gregg County Chairman, will provide training on how to become involved in the Precinct Convention process. We will also conduct a mock Precinct Convention during the meeting.WATCH BELOW:
BELOW IS MIKE’S CORNER WITH UPCOMING MEETING/EVENT INFORMATION:
Precinct Conventions are held the night of each primary election day.
PURPOSE OF PRECINCT CONVENTION:
>Delegates and Alternates are nominated and elected to represent the Precinct at the County or SD Convention.
>Platform Resolutions are proposed and those adopted are forwarded to the County Convention.
Many have said that as few as 2-3 people participate in their Precinct Conventions! These people have the power to propose and vote on resolutions which are then sent to the County Convention. And then if passed at the County Convention will go to the State Convention. These resolutions, if passed at the State Convention, will become a part of the Republican platform that we must all abide by.
Do YOU want to give this much power to only a few people who may not share your conservative values?
It is up to We The People to keep Texas conservative. We can start at the Precinct Conventions and build from there!
The 2016 elections are right around the corner. NOW is the time to become more involved in the political process.
“I agree with you 110%, but what’s the solution? What policy do we put in place to fix everything that’s going wrong? When are we going to have another Ronald Reagan ride in on a white horse and fix what’s wrong?”
Here’s the problem with that: It’s the wrong mentality. It’s sort of like a guy who decides he wants to do more dating; so he starts trying to find the perfect pick-up line because he knows that’s the answer to all of his troubles.
So, then what is the solution to our problems? Well, let me explain it in a way that will help drive the point home.
Imagine that you get your hot little hands on a time machine and the first thing you want to do is go back and visit your favorite president, Ronald Reagan, when he was a young man. Now personally, I’d want to talk to Jesus and then I’d want to go back and invest money in Google and Microsoft while they were cheap, then I’d buy a bunch of Hitler’s paintings while he was still an artist to prevent World War 2, but to each his own. You want to go see Ronald Reagan. So you go back to see Reagan and you point at him, start talking to someone nearby and say, “See that guy? That guy is the key to revitalizing America’s military, getting our economy back on the right track and putting an end to the Soviet Union. That man will revolutionize conservatism and become one of the most important men of the 20th century!” Then he’d say, “You mean Ronald Reagan? The B movie actor? The one who just did the movie with the chimp? ‘Bedtime for Bonzo?’” Next thing you know, he’d be telling you, “Wait right there.” Twenty minutes later you’d be on your way to an insane asylum where you’d be telling everyone that there will be gay marriage in 2015 and people will carry phones around in their pockets – as if anyone would believe that way back then.
After you sneak out of the insane asylum, let’s say you decide to go back in time to see your favorite talk radio host Rush Limbaugh!
So, you show up at a Kansas City Royals home office because Rush used to work in sales there. And you tell someone, “Hey, you see that guy in promotions? That guy? He’s going to revolutionize AM radio and build the biggest talk radio audience in America. He’ll convert millions of people to conservatism and will be such a force that the President of the United States will court his favor if he’s a Republican or attack him if he’s Democratic.” Then, that guy would look at you and say, “Wait, you’re talking about Rusty? The guy who’s working a menial office job for the Royals?” You say, “Yeah!” Next thing you know, he’s telling you, “Wait right there,” and you’re headed back to the insane asylum in 20 minutes.
How about Andrew Breitbart? Did you know he was one of the four people who helped found the biggest hardcore liberal website in America, the Huffington Post? Also, for the record, let me note that he wasn’t a particularly good speaker, he didn’t shave half the time and when he was alive, there were plenty of RINOs who hated his guts. David Frum even wrote a really nasty obituary after Breitbart died, which gives you an idea of how the squishier corners of the Republican Party looked at Breitbart.
Now, some of you are probably thinking, “Thanks for the history lesson on Reagan, Limbaugh and Breitbart, but what does that have to do with finding a solution for the problems in the conservative movement?”
It has everything to do with it because YOU are the solution. You and people like you all across the country are the men on white horses who are going to make a difference. If not you, then who? I mean, you’re the ones who care enough to show up. You think some guy who spends all his nights at home eating popcorn while he watches Matlock reruns is going to change the world? Come on, it’s you or nobody.
A RESPONSE FROM LOCAL DOCTOR ON THE ADVERSE EFFECT OF MARIJUANA USE… (This is why the We The People-Longview Tea Party Executive Board opposes HB2165, Legalization of Marijuana Bill introduced by State Representative David Simpson. Our Press Release on this issue is posted below.)
To Whom It May Concern:
There has been a lot of discussion and testimonials from Representative David Simpson advocating the introduction of Marijuana in Texas.
As a Christian physician and engrafted Texan (got here as soon as possible) I felt my fellow citizens deserved factual information concerning this issue. A physician friend who has been in addiction medicine for over 20 years and who practiced in Colorado and California provided insights and direction to the American Cancer Society and California Societies of Addiction Medicine thru which a great amount of scientific research has been carried out on marijuana.
The following is taken from the website of the California Addiction Society.
Dr. Jim Farr
MARIJUANA has been studied and the research done by doctors and scientists has shown the following consequences:
BRAIN FUNCTIONS: Short Term…
Marijuana intoxication causes well defined impairments of *memory, *sense of time, *sensory perception, *attention span, *problem solving, *verbal fluency, *reaction time, and psychomotor control. Therefore, impairment of intellectual activities as well as activities that require bodily control such as driving. These effects last 1-4 hours depending on the potency of the marijuana, the route of administration and the tolerance of the user.
Heavy marijuana use can cause subtle but persisting impairments in brain function that impact memory, attention, learning and information processing. Compared to adults, children and adolescents have a much greater vulnerability to the toxic effects of marijuana on the Brain, especially when alcohol and marijuana are used together.
PSYCHO SOCIAL HEALTH: Mental Health…
Heavy use can lead to addiction.
Marijuana can cause psychosis a state of mind characterized by an inability to distinguish between what is real and what is not.
Marijuana increases the risk of developing schizophrenia.
Marijuana has been strongly associated with panic, anxiety and depression disorders. Social Function…
Marijuana use is strongly associated with poor school performance.
Among adolescents with pre-existing educational difficulties, marijuana may lead to school failure, an event with lifelong consequences or occupational opportunity.
Among adults, marijuana is associated with lower occupational status and higher unemployment.
PHYSICAL HEALTH: Health Effects…
Marijuana smoke contains much of the same tar and chemicals found in tobacco smoke, leading to inflammation of the lungs and chronic lung disease.
Marijuana harms cells lining the respiratory tract, leading to precancerous changes associated with lung cancer, as well as head and neck cancer.
Marijuana stimulates the heart rate and blood pressure which increases the risk of heart attack among individuals with pre-existing heart disease.
The compounds found in marijuana readily cross the placenta where the growing fetus absorbs them and passes them into breast milk where the nursing infant ingests them.
Marijuana used during pregnancy and early development has been linked to low birth weight, developmental delay and behavioral problems including addiction.
Marijuana affects many aspects of reproductive physiology in both men and women, though the long-term consequences of these effects remain unclear.
The numerous claims of pain control, seizure control, treatment of multiple sclerosis, and other neurologic disease have not been valid when studied scientifically and amount to testimonials not science.
Below please find closing comments from Dr. Jim Farr…
Dr. Watson has first-hand experience with the Colorado experiment which he states “has failed miserably economically and socially.” There is no way to track sales. All business is cash (banks will not handle Marijuana funds). Therefore, no tracking, tax revenue or accountability exists.
Representative Simpson has declared this is a plant God made and should not be regulated by the government. Since it is highly addictive (#1 in the world) who else but the government can regulate. Scripture clearly establishes in Romans 13 that government is established by God and under His authority…a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
In Chapter 14 it points out that all of our actions are to honor God and uplift our weaker brother and avoid participation in and contributing to activities which might cause him to stumble.
Marijuana is a harmful substance physically, mentally, socially and economically. It decreases the ability to become all for which we are created and numbs the mind and body even more than alcohol or tobacco with no clear medical use proven and reproduced by scientific research.
We need to make wise decisions concerning laws we allow on our children and community as we properly divide and discern the Word of Truth into each aspect of our lives. Texans beware of another attempt to dumb you down and make you subject to “One” other than your Maker.
Many of you may have already received information on House Bill 2165 authored by State Representative David Simpson, “To End the Prohibition of Marijuana”.
Since this is such a highly controversial matter, we found it necessary to send out a Press Release from We The People-Longview’s Executive Board. This was sent to the Longview News Journal on March 5th. It reads as follows:
March 5, 2015
We The People-Longview Press Release
This press release is in reference to Texas State District 7 Representative David Simpson’s House Bill 2165 which was filed on March 2, 2015. This bill would ‘End Marijuana Prohibition in Texas’.
We The People-Longview would like to clarify that in the past, the majority of our group has been in agreement with Representative Simpson on his conservative approach to legislative issues.
HOWEVER, the We The People-Longview Executive Board DOES NOT support HB 2165 nor did we have any knowledge of this bill prior to its filing.
Longview residents encouraged to serve on city boards
(Longview, TX) The City of Longview is encouraging residents to apply to serve on a variety of council-appointed boards, commissions, and committees. Volunteer members advise the City Council on issues ranging from parks to community development. Residents are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is March 1, 2015.
Council appointed committees include the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, Certified Retirement City Committee, Construction Advisory and Appeals Board, Cultural Activities Advisory Commission, Emergency Medical Service Advisory Board, Housing and Community Development Advisory Commission, Longview Historic Preservation Commission, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Partners in Prevention Steering Committee, Planning and Zoning Commission, Public Transportation Advisory Board, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
It should be noted that not all who apply will be appointed. Some restrictions apply. Residents are encouraged to apply online at LongviewTexas.gov. Applications are also available at City Hall, 300 W. Cotton St. For more information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 903-237-1021.