April 6, 2015
SPECIAL TOWNHALL MEETING WITH U.S. HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE LOUIE GOHMERT
LOCATION FOR TOWNHALL:
THE RESERVE EVENT CENTER
Located at 7725 U.S. Highway 259 North, Longview, Texas 75605
(Click here for map and directions)
LONGVIEW MAYORAL DEBATE
SPONSORED BY: WE THE PEOPLE-LONGVIEW TEA PARTY
TUESDAY, MARCH 24TH
LOCATION: LONGVIEW FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
2601 H.G. MOSLEY PKWY., LONGVIEW
RICHARD MANLEY, Current City Councilman District 5
DR. ANDY MACK
February 17, 2015
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.
Boards and Commissions
CITY OF LONGVIEW ELECTION INFORMATION
The May 9 General Election will include Mayor, City Council Districts 1 and 2 &
City Council District 5 (for Unexpired Term)
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Monday, May 4 – Tuesday, May 5 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
All early voting is conducted in the lobby of City Hall located at 300 W. Cotton St.
ELECTION DAY POLLING LOCATIONS:
District 1: Pine Tree Community Center, 1701 Pine Tree Road
District 2: Stamper Park Resource Center, 502 S. Center Street
District 3: Broughton Recreation Center, 801 S. M.L. King Blvd.
District 4: Forest Park Magnet School Library, 1644 N. Eastman Rd.
District 5: 3101 Spring Hill Rd. – Spring Hill School, L.L.Williamson Auditorium Lobby
Auditorium is located around the corner on Spring Hill Cut-Off Rd.
District 6: 300 W. Cotton St. – City Hall Lobby
Polling locations are open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on date of election.
CITY OF LONGVIEW CANDIDATES
(Please note: Filing deadline is February 27th – below are candidates that have filed to date.)
(Longview, TX) A general election for City of Longview Mayor and City Council Districts 1 and 2 and special election for the unexpired term of District 5 will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Candidates may file an application for a place on the ballot for Mayor and District 1 and 2 between January 28 and February 27.
ELECTION DAY, SATURDAY MAY 9, 2015
EARLY VOTING: APRIL 27 – MAY 5, 2015
CANDIDATE INFO FOR MAYOR
Occupation: Business Owner
Mailing Address: 3201 Crenshaw Street, Longview, TX 75605
Occupation: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Mailing Address: 9 Thorntree, Longview, TX 75601
Occupation: Minister of the Gospel/Small Business Entrepreneur/Airhandler/Eng. Tech/Educator/Contractor
Mailing Address: 2109 S. Eastman, Longview 75602
CANDIDATE INFO FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
Mailing Address: 707 Willowood Street, Longview, TX 75604
Jearl P. Morris
Occupation: Professional Engineer
Mailing Address: 502 Lakewood Drive, Longview, TX 75604
CANDIDATE INFO FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2
Occupation: Longview ISD Teacher
Mailing Address: 117 W. Edgefield Avenue, Longview, Texas 75602
Current Councilman for District 2, Gary Smith, will not seek re-election.
CANDIDATE INFO FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5 (FOR UNEXPIRED TERM)
Occupation: Director of Operations Pathway Church
Mailing Address: 3204 Oakleigh Street, Longview, TX 75605
Occupation: Business Owner
Mailing Address: 3700 Holly Trail, Longview 75605
RESULTS FOR TEXAS
HOUSE SPEAKER RACE
Joe Straus received 127 YES votes and 19 NO votes.
Below please find the true CONSERVATIVES who stood up against the Republican Establishment and voted for Scott Turner for Texas House Speaker.
CLICK HERE to view recorded vote.
Rep. Rodney Anderson, Dist 105
Rep. Dustin Burrows, Dist 83
Rep. Pat Fallon, Dist 106
Rep. Bryan Hughes, Dist 5
Rep. Mark Keough, Dist 15
Rep. Stephanie Klick, Dist 91
Rep. Matt Krause, Dist 93
Rep. Jeff Leach, Dist 67
Rep. Matt Rinaldi, Dist 115
Rep. Scott Sanford, Dist 70
Rep. Matt Schaefer, Dist 6
Rep. Matt Shaheen, Dist 66
Rep. David Simpson, Dist 7
Rep. Stuart Spitzer, Dist 4
Rep. Jonathan Stickland, Dist 92
Rep. Tony Tinderholt, Dist 94
Rep. Scott Turner, Dist 33
Rep. Molly White, District 55
Rep. Bill Zedler, Dist 96
Please take a moment to call our local representatives and thank them for standing up and voting for Rep. Scott Turner. Click on each for contact information:
State Representative David Simpson, District 7
State Representative Bryan Hughes, District 5
State Representative Matt Schaefer, District 6
It’s Opening Day for the 84th Legislature
It takes a few weeks to get a legislative session rolling at full speed, but with Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s first official act out of the way, the 84th Legislature is ready to roll.
Tuesday, the official start of the 84th Legislature, starts with oaths — the kind the kids can listen to — as members of the House and Senate are sworn into office. (The oaths the kids can’t listen to usually come later in the 20-week session.) That is the second set piece, with families and friends in attendance and in the galleries above the House and Senate floors.
The comptroller has delivered the biennial revenue estimate that tells lawmakers how much money they will have to spend during the two years starting next September. That’s the outer limit for the lawmakers who will write a budget during the legislative session.
Continue reading from The Texas Tribune…
We The People-Longview January Monthly Meeting
Monday, January 5, 2015
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Longview First Church of The Nazarene
2601 H.G. Mosley Pkwy., Longview
STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID SIMPSON
TOPIC: Upcoming 2015 Texas Legislative Session
83RD (2013) TEXAS LEGISLATURE COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS CONSERVATIVE INDEX
(Many thanks to Don Shipe & David Wylie from Common Sense Citizens for their hard work in compiling this report)
CLICK HERE for the complete 2013 Conservative Index for the Texas House Committee Appointments 2009 – 2014. Scroll down to page 3 in this document to review Texas Senate Conservative Index (Committee Appointments).***
Under Speaker Joe Straus** the overall conservative ratings are as follows for Committee Appointees:
> 2009 – 61%
> 2011 – 65%
> 2013 – 39%
**The Speaker of the Texas House is responsible for all Committee Appointments
***The Lt. Governor of Texas is responsible for all Committee Appointments
Top 2013 20 Conservative All Stars:
1. Jonathan Strickland, District 92 Conservative Rating: 99
2. Matt Krause, District 93 Conservative Rating: 98
3. Matt Schaefer, District 6 Conservative Rating: 98
4. Scott Turner, District 33 Conservative Rating: 97**
5. Bill Zedler, District 96 Conservative Rating: 95
6. Pat Fallon, District 106 Conservative Rating: 95
7. Stephanie Klick, District 91 Conservative Rating: 93
8. Scott Sanford, District 70 Conservative Rating: 93
9. David Simpson, District 7 Conservative Rating: 92
10. Jeff Leach, District 67 Conservative Rating: 92
11. Bryan Hughes, District 5 Conservative Rating: 87
12. Jason Isaac, District 45 Conservative Rating: 82
13. Jodie Laubenberg, District 89 Conservative Rating: 80
14. Craig Goldman, District 97 Conservative Rating: 78
15. Giovanni Capriglione, District 98 Conservative Rating: 78
16. Drew Springer, District 68 Conservative Rating: 77
17. Dan Flynn, District 2 Conservative Rating: 74
18. Tim Kleinschmidt, District 17 Conservative Rating: 73
19. Phil King, District 61 Conservative Rating: 73
10. James White, District 19 Conservative Rating: 72
Other ratings for local Representatives:
Chris Paddie, District 9 (Marshall area) Conservative Rating: 53
Travis Clardy, District 11 (Nacogdoches area) Conservative Rating: 46
**Scott Turner is currently challenging Joe Straus for Texas House Speaker.
Read more at www.ScottTurnerForSpeaker.com
WHY NOT JOE STRAUS FOR SPEAKER?
Here is some good information from Empower Texans,
The Straus Record
Help Clean Up Austin!
Grassroots America is Leading the Texas Conservative Revolution!
Executive Director JoAnn Fleming is a Founding Member of Clean Up Austin
The Clean Up Austin Legislative Action Plan is the creation of a coalition of grassroots activists and non-partisan organizations, promoting the crowd-sourced views of thousands of Texans around the state. The mission of our Action Plan is to eliminate special favors found in the tax code and in government spending and to diminish special interests in the hallways of power. In other words, we intend to rip the “For Sale” sign off our state Capitol and put state government back on the side of We the People.
Our Action Plan:
- Defund the Slush Funds: Immediately defund the Enterprise Fund, Emerging Technology Fund, and the Major Events Trust Funds (includes millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for sports venues and Formula One racing).
- Eliminate the Chapter 313 Property Tax Rebate Program: Eliminate this $3 billion-plus property tax rebate program that provides 95% tax exemptions for only a handful of entities.
- Sunset Tax Preferences: Identify each state and local tax preference authorized by state law and create a schedule under which they will be reviewed every six years.
- Strengthen Disclosure Requirements: Require lawmakers to report all contracts they, their spouses, or their close relatives have with any government entities, and require lawmakers to report if they or any close family members have more than 50% ownership in a business that has a contract with such a government entity.
- Increase Pension Transparency: Decouple pensions of lawmakers and statewide officeholders from the salaries of state district court judges.
The Clean Up Austin Legislative Action Plan will expose cronyism and press for final passage this upcoming legislative session for each of the items in the plan. To succeed, we must build the largest coalition possible and get the support of as many elected House members and Senators as we can. You can help us succeed!
What you can do:
2. Share the Clean Up Austin website with your friends, colleagues, and family members who want to clean up government. The cronies in the State Capitol oppose good government, and they will use their power, money, and influence to do whatever it takes to stop the Clean Up Austin initiative! With your help, we can build the largest and most powerful coalition possible to expose and defeat such entrenched and powerful interests.
3. Finally, please make a donation today to Grassroots America.
We need to raise $7,000 right away to help our Executive Director JoAnn Fleming cover her travel to Austin and her hotel costs Austin from January through the end of May when the regular legislative session ends. She will fight tirelessly again this session to pass conservative reforms and kill bad bills. JoAnn is recognized across the state as a strong champion for liberty. She is a full-time volunteer and gets no salary to do this valuable work. Please send what you can today to help us help her stay in the fight! Click here to find how you can make a secure donation online or where you can mail your check: http://gawtp.com/donate/.
U.S. House Representative Louie Gohmert votes “NO” on bill HR5759 which he co-sponsored
WATCH VIDEO BELOW of Rep. Louie Gohmert on the House Floor explaining why he had to vote against HR5759.
The immigration bill that the House passed yesterday would nullify Obama’s executive action on immigration, but it was criticized by many Republicans because it’s a bill the Senate doesn’t have to take up, and in fact, the Senate will not consider it. Many Republicans are still hoping that the House takes up a must-pass spending bill next week that prevents the administration from implementing Obama’s immigration plan.
But Republicans like Gohmert were also critical of the substance of the bill. Gohmert noted that the bill was re-written in the House Rules Committee to say the president cannot exempt whole classes of people from immigration laws, except if there are “humanitarian purposes where the aliens are at imminent risk of serious bodily harm or death.”
Gohmert said he cosponsored the original bill, but that he could not support this change. He said the exception language might even be used by Obama to justify Obama’s recent action if it ever became law.
“The bill that I was willing to cosponsor completely changed in the addition of that exception,” he said.
Louie Gohmert says GOP leaders abused House procedures to quickly pass flawed defense, immigration bills
Read more here…