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October 6, 2014 Monthly Meeting – 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Longview First Church of The Nazarene, 2601 H.G. Mosley Pkwy., Longview

GUEST SPEAKER:  We are honored to have Ms. JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director/Chief Spokesman for Grassroots America We The People in Tyler.

A leader in the constitutional conservative movement for twenty-two years, JoAnn is the two-term Chair of the Texas Legislature’s TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee. In this unpaid role, she works directly with grassroots leaders from across the state and with legislators to develop and pass constitutionally conservative bills and to kill “big government” legislation. She is currently touring the state with leaders of Texas Right to Life, Texas Eagle Forum, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, and Texas Home School Coalition in the Life, Liberty, and Property Tour to get the truth out about the last two legislative sessions. Continue reading bio here…

TOPIC:   TEXAS MID-TERM ELECTION UPDATE & WILL ASK HER OPINION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FOR HIGHWAY FUNDING. 

At our September meeting, we had a presentation from TxDot Commissioner Jeff Austin, III and Texas Senator Robert Nichols on the Constitutional Amendment for Highway Funding which will be on the November ballot. This presentation was a “PRO” Amendment Presentation. Now we would like to present Ms. Fleming’s opinion of this Amendment. It is up to YOU to make an educated decision on voting after hearing both sides of the issue.

 

JoAnn Fleming Speaks On The Texas Border Crisis Action Plan

JoAnn Fleming speaks at GAWTP’s Friday September 12th meeting on the Texas Border Crisis Action Plan: A Plan to Secure the Border with Mexico and Protect the Health, Safety, and Economy of the State of Texas.  VIEW DOCUMENT HERE…

Grassroots TEA Party Leaders Agree with US Border Patrol Rep
about the Federal Government’s Deadly “Catch and Release” Program

Leaders say, “In spite of political rhetoric, the Texas National Guard’s mission won’t secure the border. Why? Because their orders are to participate in ‘catch and release’.

WATCH Q&A SESSION HERE

GREGG COUNTY EARLY VOTING INFORMATION

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GREGG COUNTY EARLY VOTING
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
GENERAL ELECTION

REVIEW SAMPLE BALLOT HERE

Early Voting for the November 4, 2014 General Election will begin on
Monday, October 20 and continue through Friday, October 31
at the following locations and times:

GREGG COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Monday, October 20 thru Friday, October 24 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 25 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 26 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, October 27 thru Friday, October 31 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

GREGGTON COMMUNITY CENTER
Monday, October 20 thru Friday, October 24 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 25 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 26 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, October 27 thru Friday, October 31 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

KILGORE COMMUNITY CENTER
Monday, October 20 thru Friday, October 24 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 25 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 26 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, October 27 thru Friday, October 31 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

BROUGHTON RECREATION CENTER
Monday, October 20 thru Friday, October 24 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 25 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 26 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, October 27 thru Friday, October 31 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

LIBERTY CITY COMMUNITY CENTER
Monday, October 20 thru Friday, October 24 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 25 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 26 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, October 27 thru Friday, October 31 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

The Continental Congress 1774

Cont. Congress The Continental Congress 1774
The Continental Congress – September 1774

By:  James Still, Jame...@RetraceOurSteps.com

Delegates, appointed by the “Several Colonies and Provinces”, met in Philadelphia at Carpenter’s Hall. What was their first order of business?

Monday “The Congress proceeded to the choice of a President… [and] Secretary. The gentlemen from the several Colonies produced their respective credentials, which were read and approved…” Journals of Congress, September 5, 1774

Tuesday “Resolved, That in determining questions in this Congress, each Colony or Province shall have one Vote… Resolved, That no person shall speak more than twice on the same point… Resolved, That the Revd. Mr. Duché be desired to open the Congress tomorrow morning with prayers…” Journals of Congress, September 6, 1774

Wednesday “Agreeable to the resolve of yesterday, the meeting was opened with prayers by the Revd. Mr. Duché.” Journals of Congress, September 7, 1774

“O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords… look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee…

Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish among the people… Amen.” Rev. Jacob Duché, First Prayer of Continental Congress, Sep 7, 1774

James Still, Jame...@RetraceOurSteps.com

“Voted, That the Thanks of the Congress be given to Mr. Duché… for performing divine Service, and for the excellent prayer, which he composed and delivered on the occasion.” Journals of Congress, September 7, 1774


“I must confess I never heard a better Prayer… for America, for the Congress, for the Province of Massachusetts Bay, and especially the town of Boston. It has had an excellent effect upon everybody here.” John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams, September 16, 1774

 

The Texas Solution – A Bipartisan Poison Pill

August 25, 2014 by Christopher Paxton – Empower Texans

What do the House Republican leadership and the liberal Democrat candidate for Lt. Governor have in common? Both take positions opposite that of the Texas Republican Party platform regarding Obamacare.

Late last week, State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte called for a “Texas Solution” to Medicaid expansion. This misleading phrase, “Texas Solution” has been a popular misnomer among liberal-leaning Republicans and Democrats who want to expand the size of the broken state-federal healthcare financing system.

According to the state’s Legislative Budget Board, nearly two-thirds of the roughly $70 billion of federal money received by the state last biennium goes to Health and Human Services—of which Medicaid is the largest program. Enticed by the prospect of even more of your tax-dollars, many liberal Republicans have displayed their budgetary myopia jonesing for the federal funds that would return a diminishing match with each budget cycle.

Currently, the federal government matches nearly $60 for every $40 Texas spends on most Medicaid services. Under Obamacare, the feds would chip-in 100% for expansion-eligible populations, but only for three years. After that, Texans would largely be at the mercy of the federal government in terms of paying for this massive new population of beneficiaries.

Under current funding rules for Medicaid, states are incentivized to spend as much as possible on the program, as there is no limit on the amount of federal funds a state can receive if it spends money to draw them down. No spending limits and the prospect of “free” federal money is a recipe for complete fiscal recklessness. It is no wonder that big-spending Speaker Joe Straus was quoted during the 83rd session that Texas “can’t just say ‘no’” to Medicaid expansion, only to be repudiated by nearly the entire House Republican caucus and Governor Perry.

Politicians favoring expansion with “conditions” or state rules dictating how the program would be expanded have floated their “Texas Solution”—meaning that the state would later opt-out if it found the expansion unfavorable to the state.

There is a reason this idea never received serious consideration during the 83rd Legislature.

This position ignores the plain reality of the Medicaid program. A March 2013 Wall Street Journal article explains why states that seek to opt-in to expanding medicaid will likely never opt-out, “[…] there’s no evidence in the original law [Obamacare] or the Supreme Court opinion [in NFIB v. Sebelius] that states can join or leave at their own whim.”

Just as Obamacare has proved a disaster for the federal government and many state governments that opted to expand Medicaid, there can be no doubt that Texas’ economic progress would be severely hindered by expanding this broken system.

Despite all of the repeated rejections of Obamacare by conservative leaders, liberal leaning Republican House members are still pushing for expansion. Ignoring the manifold fiscal and political dangers of this position, Straus Committee chair John Zerwas is in lock-step with liberal Democrats.

Texas taxpayers should ask their House members if they will support the conservative position on Obamacare or if they will side with Speaker Straus, his lieutenants, and liberal Democrats against the Republican Party platform.

 

GREGG COUNTY ELECTION DAY INFORMATION

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GREGG COUNTY ELECTION DAY POLLING LOCATIONS
POLLING LOCATIONS OPEN 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

REVIEW SAMPLE BALLOT HERE

VOTING PRECINCT       LOCATION

                                            COMMISSIONER PRECINCT 1

1                                Longview Community Center, 500 E. Whaley St., Longview 75601
2                                St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 2500 McCann Rd., Longview 75605
3                                New Forest Park Middle School, 1644 N. Eastman Rd., Longview 75601
4                                Alpine Presbyterian Church, 4104 Tryon Rd., Longview 75605
5                                Judson Community Center, 1129 FM 1844, Longview 75605
6                                Spring Hill Primary, 2700 Spring Hill Rd., Longview 75605 (change)
7                                Spring Hill Middle School, 3101 Spring Hill Rd., Longview 75605 (change)

                                             COMMISSIONER PRECINCT 2

8                               Pine Tree Community Center, 1701 Pine Tree Rd., Longview 75604
9                               Pine Tree High School, 1005 W. Marshall, Longview 75604 (change)
10                             Greggton Community Center, 3211 W. Marshall, Longview 75604
11                              Pine Tree Elementary, 815 Birch Drive, Longview 75604 (change)

                                        COMMISSIONER PRECINCT 3

12                             Citizens National Bk Civic Ctr., 1101 W. White Oak Road, White Oak 75693
13                             Gladewater City Hall, 519 E. Broadway, Gladewater 75647
14                             Liberty City Community Center, 5333 Old Hwy 135 N, Liberty City
15                             Kilgore Community Center, 622 Kay Street, Kilgore 75662
16                             Kilgore High School, 711 N. Longview St., Kilgore 75662 (change)

                                      COMMISSIONER PRECINCT 4

17                           Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Ctr., 1003 M L King Blvd. Kilgore
18                           Elderville Community Center, 10450 Hwy 349, Longview 75603
19                           Saint Mark CME Church, 1100 Sapphire, Longview, TX 75602
20                          Stamper Park Resource Center, 502 W. Center, Longview 75601
21                           Broughton Recreation Center, 801 S. MLK Blvd., Longview 75602

 

August 4, 2014 Monthly Meeting

Guest Speaker: Ms. Karen Watson, Author of
Being Black and Republican in the Age of Obama

GOPBuzz August 4, 2014 Monthly Meeting

Meet Karen Watson, author of Being Black and Republican in the Age of Obama, and founder of GOPBuzz, a website and blog committed to offering information about Republican-related events. For newcomers and political neophytes, GOPBuzz is a portal to find conservative events near them; and for candidates, it is one way to expand the audience for events beyond the party faithful. Karen also has her own mortgage company and is quite successful with all of her ventures. You can purchase her book (a fast and short 73 page read) on Amazon or on her GOPBuzz website. Read more on Ms. Watson here…

(Each segment is 13 to 15 minutes long)

PART ONE: http://youtu.be/3dihMY56i3U
PART TWO: http://youtu.be/D6ZSHY60a0c
PART THREE: http://youtu.be/ZbXwK2_3AJA
PART FOUR: http://youtu.be/OQ1LVdW6_nk

MIKE’ S CORNER
Info on current political issues and upcoming
We The People-Longview Events

PART ONE: http://youtu.be/Dah54QMOP10
PART TWO: http://youtu.be/azkq3YpaHrE

Constitutional Amendment on November Ballot

Constitutional Amendment on Highway Funding
on November 2014 Ballot

In the November 4, 2014, general election, Texas voters will be asked
to approve or reject an amendment to the Texas Constitution to dedicate
certain funds to transportation. The proposed amendment would direct the
comptroller to allocate to the State Highway Fund one-half of the amount
of general revenue derived from oil and gas production taxes that currently
is transferred to the rainy day fund. Revenue transferred in this way could
be used only for constructing, maintaining, and acquiring rights of way for
public roadways other than toll roads.
The 83rd Legislature proposed the measure, which will appear on the
ballot as Proposition 1, by adopting SJR 1 by Nichols during its Third
Called Session last summer. If approved by voters, the amendment would
take effect when the official vote canvass confirms statewide majority
approval. The governor must canvass statewide election results 15 to 30
days after the election.

To read more on the Pros & Cons of this Amendment, CLICK HERE.

 

David Simpson: Reasons for my Public Integrity Unit Vote

Many of you may have seen a recent newsletter from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility concerning the Travis County indictment against Governor Rick Perry.

Why the indictment? The governor vetoed funding going to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office after demanding that DA, Rosemary Lehmberg, resign. Governor Perry’s actions were the result of Travis County DA, Rosemary Lehmberg being arrested for drunk driving.

In this newsletter from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, it states that Conservative lawmakers tried legislatively to move the Public Integrity Unit (PIU) from Travis County to the office of the Attorney General. However, 18 Republicans joined forces with Democrats. Here is list of these Repulicans. You will notice State Representative David Simpson is listed.

?Read entire article here.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID SIMPSON HAS PROVIDED AN EXPLANATION FOR HIS VOTE.
PLEASE READ BELOW.

Never rush to judgement until you hear
“the rest of the story”…

David Simpson 300x111 David Simpson: Reasons for my Public Integrity Unit VoteRead online here

August 19, 2014

Since Governor Perry’s indictment by a Travis County grand jury, I have received inquiries as to why I voted against an amendment that was intended to move the Public Integrity Unit (PIU) from the Travis County District Attorney’s office to the Office of Attorney General. When I was first elected to the Legislature, I was advised to do the right thing and then explain it. Here is the explanation:

During the 83rd Legislature the District Attorney for Travis County was arrested for drunk driving and exhibited reprehensible behavior. In many cultures the public shame of such actions would result in an official’s voluntary resignation. There is however, no mechanism for the legislature to force the resignation of a locally elected official who has lost the public’s trust. That did not stop members of the legislature from trying.

Senate Bill 219, a bill which dealt with the Texas Ethics Commission and was vetoed by the Governor, presented the opportunity for a political statement through an amendment to “transfer the duties and responsibilities of the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County district attorney’s office to the office of the attorney general.”

The problem with the amendment was that the PIU is merely an organizational division within the office of the District Attorney. Travis County like the other 253 counties in the State, derive their authority to prosecute criminal violations from the Texas Constitution. The Attorney General has no such authority and the amendment would not have conferred it to him. Only a constitutional amendment can do so.

As written, the amendment would have charged the Texas Ethics Commission (currently accused of abusing its authority) with creating a plan to move the duties and responsibilities of the PIU from Travis County to the office of attorney general. It would have required implementation of the plan to be carried out in a matter of months without further statutory authority, thereby circumventing both the Texas Constitution and statutes. In other words, the amendment required the Commission to do what it has no authority to do.

I voted against the measure because: (1) it was unconstitutional and (2) fraught with unintended consequences.

It perplexes me that the same people who are decrying the actions of the Ethics Commission are also questioning the votes of members who opposed granting the Commission an unconstitutional task.

Beyond my vote on the amendment, although I believe the Governor’s public threats were imprudent, they alone do not appear to be a crime. He was threatening a legal and constitutional action, if the District Attorney did not take a legal action-resignation. If this is ruled a crime, it will certainly dampen political debate among lawmakers.

That being said, I disagree with the Governor’s decision to line-item veto the funding for the Public Integrity Unit based on the refusal of the District Attorney to resign. And while I do think that Governor Perry was completely within his authority to veto the funding, I believe the situation could have been handled differently.

The indictment of Governor Perry may appear to be vindictive and politically motivated based merely on public statements. If there is no more evidence than what is public, the indictment seems to me to be a misuse of the justice system for political purposes-much like the intent of the politically charged and unconstitutional amendment.

“[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” – Samuel Adams, Essay in The Public Advertiser, 1749

For Texas and Liberty,

David Simpson

 

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The following Immigration Resolution has not yet been submitted to the Gregg County Commissioners’ Court. To get this on their agenda for a vote, YOU must take action and contact your Commissioner.  Contact information and talking points listed below Resolution…

RESOLUTION NO. 2014-_______
A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNTY OF GREGG, TEXAS
TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND SECURITY OF OUR CITIZENS AND
COMMUNITY; AND PROVIDING FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE SUBJECT

On this the _____ day of ________, 2014, the Commissioners’ Court of the County of Gregg, Texas convened in a regularly scheduled meeting with the following members thereof present:

Bill Stoudt, County Judge;
Ronnie L. McKinney, Commissioner, Precinct 1;
Darryl Primo, Commissioner, Precinct 2;
Gary Boyd, Commissioner, Precinct 3;
John Mathis, Commissioner, Precinct 4; and
Connie Wade, County Clerk

When the following proceedings, among others, were had, to-wit:

WHEREAS the citizens of Gregg County, Texas recognize their duty as law-abiding citizens to act in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution, and are endowed with rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which our government has been instituted to secure; and

WHEREAS the federal government is failing to protect the borders of our country in accordance with Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution; and

WHEREAS it is estimated that more than 90,000 illegal alien minors will arrive in the United States during 2014 and an additional 145,000 illegal alien minors during 2015, with most expected to remain in Texas cities and communities; and

WHEREAS Texas Governor Rick Perry has concluded, based on his oversight of executive functions in the State of Texas and his communications with federal agencies in that capacity that the federal government is operating with “ulterior motives” in a manner that is “not in the best interest of American citizens” by permitting and encouraging the entry of large numbers of illegal immigrants into the State of Texas; and

WHEREAS Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole has accurately concluded that the federal government is “essentially incentivizing the flow of this population by not returning the unaccompanied juveniles to their countries of origins quickly”; and

WHEREAS incentivizing minors to enter the United States illegally puts those minors at risk of physical danger, including violence and sexual abuse, which has resulted in injury and death to multiple unaccompanied minors; and

WHEREAS the federal government is transporting and placing illegal alien minors into Texas towns and counties, including Gregg County, to accommodate the unprecedented overflow of illegal aliens and unaccompanied minors; and

WHEREAS the influx of school-age illegal minors will have an adverse effect on local school district educational funding, resources, campus security, public health, and safety; and

WHEREAS in recent years, persons brought into Gregg County as alien minors as part of the federal government’s unaccompanied minor program have remained in Gregg County illegally after reaching adulthood, and some such persons have been involved in alleged criminal activity; and

WHEREAS the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention require legal immigrants to receive a comprehensive medical exam and vaccination for a wide range of diseases, but these requirements are not being equally applied to illegal alien minors being admitted to the country; and

WHEREAS the Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons recently warned that by admitting large numbers of minors who come from countries where medical screenings are minimal and hygiene is poor, the United States is at risk for epidemics of serious diseases and viruses that the nation has not seen in years; and

WHEREAS the increasing volume of illegal aliens is financially crippling some cities and counties in the State of Texas by overwhelming the local medical, educational, law enforcement, and judicial systems; and WHEREAS Governor Rick Perry warns that members of dangerous transnational criminal organizations and terror groups continue to exploit the situation to infiltrate the State of Texas for the purpose of establishing criminal and terrorist activities; and

WHEREAS without a secure border, Texas cities and communities cannot protect the health and safety of their citizens; and

WHEREAS the citizens of Gregg County, Texas are rightly concerned about the impact of the ongoing, massive influx of illegal aliens on our community; and

WHEREAS the State of Texas has the right and obligation to protect its citizens in accordance with Article 1, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution:

Freedom and Sovereignty of State. Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States.

Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved that the Commissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby finds that the housing of illegal alien minors in Gregg County, Texas is not in the best interest of the public.

Be it Further Resolved that the Commissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby urges our state and federal legislators and elected officials to take prompt action to end the influx of illegal aliens across our national border and cease relocation of illegal aliens into communities across the State of Texas and other states.

Be it Further Resolved that the Commissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby encourages the federal government to provide additional resources for new and/or existing Border Patrol checkpoints and employ a contiguous physical barrier where strategically prudent.Be it Further Resolved that the Commissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby encourages the Texas State Legislature to enhance state smuggling and human trafficking laws and provide civil and criminal liability protections for Texan land owners against criminal trespassers.

Be it Further Resolved that copies of this Resolution be spread upon the minutes of this Court and provided to Gregg County’s state and federal elected legislative representatives.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, the above Resolution was passed on this ______ day of _______, 2014.
PASSED AND APPROVED on the _______ day of ____________, 2014.

Attest:

County of Gregg, Texas By:

Connie Wade, County Clerk

Ronnie L. McKinney, Comm., Pct. #1

Darryl Primo, Comm. Pct. #2

Bill Stoudt, County Judge

Gary Boyd, Comm., Pct. #3

John Mathis, Comm., Pct. #4