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MAY 24TH PRIMARY RUN-OFF INFORMATION

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MARCH 24th, 2016 PRIMARY RUNOFF CANDIDATE INFO &
Important Election Dates

Last Day to Register to Vote

Monday, April 25, 2016
First Day of Early Voting Monday, May 16, 2016
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(Received, not Postmarked)
Friday, May 13, 2016

(NEW LAW: 11th day before election day; regular ABBM and FPCA)

Last Day of Early Voting Friday, May 20, 2016
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, May 24, 2016 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)
FOR MORE VOTING INFORMATION VISIT:
Texas Secretary of State – Elections Division
VoteTexas.gov
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES IN MAY 24th RUN-OFF ELECTION:
Click on each candidate to view websites…

RAILROAD COMMISSIONER
>Gary Gates
>Wayne Christian

JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 2
>Ray Wheless
>Mary Lou Keel


JUDGE, COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 5
>Scott Walker
>Brent Webster


MEMBER, STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT 9
>Mary Lou Bruner
>Keven Ellis


STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT 1
>David Simpson
>Bryan Hughes


MONDAY, JUNE 6th MONTHLY MEETING

Monday, June 6TH – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Longview First Church of The Nazarene,
2601 H.G. Mosley Pkwy., Longview

 This meeting’s topic will be concerning an alarming and real threat facing our country:

 EMP – ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE

With the rising nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran, this threat can no longer be ignored or put in the back your mind. At this meeting we will watch an interview with Mark Levin and Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, Executive Director, EMP Task Force on National & Homeland Security.

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Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and Director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both Congressional Advisory Boards, and served on the Congressional EMP Commission, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA. He is author of Apocalypse Unknown: The Struggle To Protect America From An Electromagnetic Pulse Catastrophe & Electric Armageddon, both available from CreateSpace.com and Amazon.com

 ALSO joining us for this meeting will be Texas Senator Bob Hall (SD2)

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TOPIC:  “Protecting the Texas Electrical Grid from Terrorist Threats”.

As you may already know, most of Texas has its own power grid.  Conservative Champion Senator Hall authored legislation to protect our Texas electrical grid.  It passed the Texas Senate; however, due to pressure from the power companies, it was killed in the House.

 Protecting our power grid should be a PRIORITY for the 2017 Texas Legislative Session.

Please join us for this very crucial issue facing our country
AND THE STATE OF TEXAS!


City of Longview Districts 5 & 6 Election Results

City_of_LongviewLongview City Council Elections Results
For Districts 5 & 6


City Coundil District 5 (Northwest Longview)
Bernd “Dutch” Deblouw: 21 votes with 84.83%
Gary D. Nice: 50 votes with 10.68%
David W. Wright: 397 votes with 84.83% – WINNER

City Council District 6 (Central Longview)
Karen K. Maines: 527 votes with 47.52%
Steven C. Pirtle Sr.: 470 votes with 42.38%

Patrick L. O’Rear: 112 votes with 10.10%


There will be a run-off election between Karen Maines and Steven Pirtle.


Early Voting for District 6 Run-Off Election
All early voting is conducted in the lobby of city Hall, located at 300 W. Cotton St.

May 31 – June 3, Tuesday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
June 4, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
June 6 & 7, Monday & Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Election Day Voting for District 6 Run-Off Election Saturday, June 11th, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
District 6  Election Day Voting Location:  Longview City Hall, 300 W. Cotton St.

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Thomas Paine
Common Sense: Independence (1776)
By: James Still
RetraceOurSteps.com

After reading Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, many citizens shared the pamphlet with friends.  George Washington described the general reaction to Common Sense: My countrymen I know, from their form of government, and steady attachment heretofore to royalty, will come reluctantly into the idea of independence, but time and persecution bring many wonderful things to pass; and by private letters, which I have lately received from Virginia, I find “Common Sense” is working a powerful change there in the minds of many men.”  George Washington, Letter to Joseph Reed, April 1, 1776

“… We ought to reflect, that there are three different ways by which an independency may hereafter be effected, and that one of those three, will, one day or other, be the fate of America…  [1] By the legal voice of the people in Congress; [2] by a military power, or [3] by a mob…  Should an independency be brought about by the first of those means, we have every opportunity and every encouragement before us, to form the noblest, purest constitution on the face of the earth. We have it in our power to begin the world over again.

… WHEREFORE, instead of gazing at each other with suspicious or doubtful curiosity, let each of us hold out to his neighbor the hearty hand of friendship, and unite in drawing a line, which, like an act of oblivion, shall bury in forgetfulness every former dissension. Let the names of Whig and Tory be extinct; and let none other be heard among us, than those of a good citizen, an open and resolute friend, and a virtuous supporter of the RIGHTS of MANKIND, and of the FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES OF AMERICA.”  Thomas Paine, Common Sense, January 10, 1776

James Still (May 2016), RetraceOurSteps.com

“… until an independence is declared, the Continent will feel itself like a man who continues putting off some unpleasant business from day to day, yet knows it must be done, hates to set about it, wishes it over, and is continually haunted with the thoughts of its necessity…”  Thomas Paine, Common Sense, January 10, 1776

“Its effects [Common Sense] were sudden and extensive upon the American mind.  It was read by public men, repeated in clubs, spouted in Schools, and in one instance, delivered from the pulpit instead of a sermon by a clergyman in Connecticut.”  Benjamin Rush, A Memorial, (Autobiography), 1905

“… should we wander from [The Founding Principles]… let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety.”  Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

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Current GOP Presidential Delegate County

As of Friday, 1:00 PM, CST, April 29, 2016:
 Donald Trump – 994
Ted Cruz – 566
John Kasich – 153
 (and FYI: Marco Rubio’s Delegates – 171)

 * The current delegate counts are now changing according to happenings at the different state conventions. The results that you see herein are from Real Clear Politics and may differ slightly from results being watched and published by other organizations.

 Needed to win nomination: 1237

 UP NEXT:

 Indiana, May 3rd, 57 Delegates

Primary, Winner Take All, Open

 Definitions:  Below you will find the general definitions of what the terms above mean. Please, do not ask me to explain the why’s and wherefore’s of the thinking of the GOP elite in figuring out the way their states conduct elections.

Open – Voters may vote in either party primary but can choose only one.

Closed – Only voters registered in their respective party may vote in the Party primary.

Mixed – A semi-open or semi-closed environment. Unaffiliated voters can choose to vote in either primary or can switch registration the day of voting.

Winner take all – All delegates given to the winner of the contest.

Proportional – Delegates are awarded based on the percentage of the vote received by candidates, or some formulation of dividing up the delegates.

Mixed (Delegates) – some delegates are reserved for the winner; some maybe divided proportionately. Sometimes each party has their own way of awarding the Delegates.

States with upcoming primaries:

# of   Primary/       Delegate                Open/

State            Date            Del.    Caucus        Allocation              Closed

Indiana        May 3          57      Primary        Winner Take All    Open

Nebraska     May 10        36      Primary        Winner Take All    Closed

W. Virginia  May 10        34      Primary        Direct Election       Open

Oregon        May 17        28      Primary        Proportional          Closed

Washington May 24        44      Primary        Proportional          Closed

California     June 7          172    Primary        Winner Take All    Closed

Montana      June 7          27      Primary        Winner Take All    Open

New Jersey  June 7          51      Primary        Winner Take All    Open

New Mex.    June 7          24      Primary        Proportional          Closed

S. Dakota    June 7          29      Primary        Winner Take All    Closed

Republican National Convention, Cleveland, Ohio – July 18-21, 2016

Texas A&M Pulls Trigger To Allow Campus Carry!

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AUSTIN – The generally permissive campus carry rules proposed for the Texas A&M University System’s schools received on Wednesday what amounts to a final OK, as the system’s Board of Regents took no action to amend the suggested policies.

Come August, the licensed concealed carrying of handguns will be allowed in all classes, nearly all dorms and likely most all faculty offices at Texas A&M and other schools. Guns will remain barred at sporting events, patient care facilities and some other areas.

“I know this was not an easy task,” board chairman Cliff Thomas said. “These rules, as submitted, strike an appropriate balance. They will serve our system well going forward.”

The decision means at least 17 state schools have final approval on their rules, according to The Dallas Morning News’ campus carry tracker. The process has been ongoing since the law was passed last year to allow licensed concealed carry in most college buildings.

Unlike private schools, state colleges and universities cannot completely opt out of campus carry. But public school officials can establish some “gun-free” zones, so long as they are “reasonable” and don’t have the effect of generally prohibiting guns on campus.

The contentious proposal, which goes into effect in August, generated little discussion among the A&M regents.

The only point to get any follow-up was the policy by some schools, including the flagship, to allow faculty to petition their campus presidents to ban guns in their offices if they can prove that the presence of a gun would lead to “significant risk of substantial harm.”

A task force at Texas A&M had originally recommended that faculty and staff have more leeway to declare their offices off-limits to guns. But President Michael K. Young ultimately settled on a more limited rule after seeking input from state Attorney General Ken Paxton.

A&M Chancellor John Sharp on Wednesday made sure that point was clear.

“You can’t simply say, ‘I don’t like guns, so I am going to ban them in my office,’” he said.

To take a closer look at the campus carry proposals for the A&M System schools and other public colleges and universities in Texas, see The News’ campus carry tracker.

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Common Sense: Tyranny (1776) – BY:  JAMES STILL

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According to some historians, Thomas Paine’s, Common Sense, was the most influential pamphlet in American history. Widely popular, it sold over 120,000 copies in the first three months of publication and 500,000 copies by the end of the Revolution.

“… Britain is the parent country, say some. Then the more shame upon her conduct. Even brutes do not devour their young, nor savages make war upon their families… Europe, and not England, is the parent country of America. This new World hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from EVERY PART of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still…

No man was a warmer wisher for reconciliation than myself, before the fatal nineteenth of April 1775 [Lexington], but the moment the event of that day was made known, I rejected the hardened, sullen tempered Pharaoh of England for ever; and disdain the wretch, that with the pretended title of FATHER OF HIS PEOPLE, can unfeelingly hear of their slaughter, and composedly sleep with their blood upon his soul…

A government of our own is our natural right: And when a man seriously reflects on the precariousness of human affairs, he will become convinced, that it is infinitely wiser and safer, to form a constitution of our own in a cool deliberate manner, while we have it in our power, than to trust such an interesting event to time and chance.” Thomas Paine, Common Sense, January 10, 1776

James Still (Apr 2016), RetraceOurSteps.com

“Men, who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent. Selected from the rest of mankind, their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs… from the world at large…” Thomas Paine, Common Sense, January 10, 1776

“But where says some is the King of America?  I’ll tell you Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain…”  Thomas Paine, Common Sense, January 10, 1776

“… should we wander from [The Founding Principles]… let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety.”  Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

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WATCH ON YOUTUBE: Monday April 4th Monthly Meeting

Monday, April 4th Meeting
GUEST SPEAKERS:
Longview City Council Candidates for Districts 5 & 6

WATCH LONGVIEW CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES HERE
Q&A with Candidates HERE

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The below candidates have all been confirmed to speak at our April 4th meeting:


For City Council District 5 (Northwest Longview):

Name: Bernd “Dutch” Deblouw
Age: 31
Occupation: Finance Manager
Mailing Address: 4811 Bacle Road, Longview, Texas 75604
Telephone (office) 903-757-7791 x 1400, (home) 903-556-1154

Name: Gary D. Nice
Age: 63
Occupation: Corporate CEO
Mailing Address: 5307 Greggtex Rd, Longview, Texas 75604
Telephone (office): 903-295-6717, (home) 480-421-8024

Name: David W. Wright
Age: 58
Occupation: Steel Sales
Mailing Address: 3700 Holly Trail, Longview, Texas 75605
Telephone: (office) 903-758-9498, (home) 903-291-1550

For City Council District 6 (Central Longview):

Name: Karen K. Maines
Age: 57
Occupation: Dental Hygienist
Mailing Address: 2108 Wainwright Court, Longview, Texas 75605
Telephone: (office) 903-759-4607, (home) 903-738-9442

Name: Patrick L. O’Rear
Age: 62
Occupation: Sales
Mailing Address: 1109 Windsong Ln, Longview, Texas 75604
Telephone (office) 903-544-6088, (home) 903-235-3850

Name: Steven C. Pirtle Sr.

Age: 61
Occupation: Builder
Mailing Address: 602 Regency Dr., Longview, Texas 75604
Telephone: (office) 903-759-8615, (home) 903-738-0161


CITY OF LONGVIEW ELECTION INFORMATION


Early Voting:

All early voting is conducted in the lobby of city Hall, located at 300 W. Cotton St.

April 25 – 29, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 30, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
May 2 & 3, Monday & Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Election Day Voting:

Election Day voting will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Election Day Polling Places
City election polling places on Election Day are located in each City Council Districts below. However, please note that all Early Voting will be at City Hall Lobby, 300 W. Cotton St.

District 5 – Northwest Longview – Spring Hill School., L.L. Williamson Auditorium Lobby, 3101 Spring Hill Rd., (Note: The auditorium is located around the corner on Spring Hill Cut-off Rd.)

District 6 – Central Longview – City Hall, 300 W. Cotton St.


Voter Registration

The last day for a person who is not registered to vote to register to vote and be eligible to vote in this election is April 7, 2016. Please see the links below regarding new Texas requirements for Voter ID.

More information can be found at City of Longview Elections.

City Council Districts 5 and 6 Candidates

City Council ElectionCandidate Filings for May 2016 city Election

For City Council District 5 (Northwest Longview):

Name:  Bernd “Dutch” Deblouw
Age: 31
Occupation: Finance Manager
Mailing Address:   4811 Bacle Road, Longview, Texas 75604
Telephone (office) 903-757-7791 x 1400, (home) 903-556-1154

Name: Gary D. Nice
Age: 63
Occupation: Corporate CEO
Mailing Address: 5307 Greggtex Rd, Longview, Texas 75604
Telephone (office): 903-295-6717, (home) 480-421-8024

Name: David W. Wright
Age: 58
Occupation: Steel Sales
Mailing Address: 3700 Holly Trail, Longview, Texas 75605
Telephone: (office) 903-758-9498, (home) 903-291-1550

For City Council District 6 (Central Longview):

Name: Karen K. Maines
Age: 57
Occupation: Dental Hygienist
Mailing Address: 2108 Wainwright Court, Longview, Texas 75605
Telephone: (office) 903-759-4607, (home) 903-738-9442

Name:  Patrick L. O’Rear
Age: 62
Occupation: Sales
Mailing Address: 1109 Windsong Ln, Longview, Texas 75604
Telephone (office) 903-544-6088, (home) 903-235-3850

Name: Steven C. Pirtle Sr.
Age: 61
Occupation: Builder
Mailing Address: 602 Regency Dr., Longview, Texas 75604
Telephone: (office) 903-759-8615, (home) 903-738-0161

WATCH ON YOUTUBE: March 7, 2016 Monthly Meeting

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MARCH 7th MONTHLY MEETING

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GUEST SPEAKER:
Mr. Jason Wright
State Field Director for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

WATCH JASON WRIGHT ON YOU-TUBE

TOPIC:  The 2015 year in review and what’s in store for 2016!

 Please note that Mr. Wright is NOT from the Presidential Campaign. He will be speaking on behalf of the United States Senate.