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August 7, 2017 Monthly Meeting
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location:  Longview First Church of The Nazarene
2601 H.G. Mosley Pkwy., Longview

GUEST SPEAKER:
CATHIE ADAMS

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Cathie Adams has been following United Nations meetings dealing with “climate change” since 1997. She was in Marrakech, Morocco, when President Donald Trump was elected and witnessed firsthand the response of the radical environmentalists who’d all supported Hillary Clinton because she promised to continue Obama’s radical green agenda. You won’t want to miss her informative critique of that historic election’s impact on the global green agenda. Cathie will also provide an update on President Trump’s campaign promise to remove the U.S. from the 2015 Paris Agreement dealing with “climate change” as it will tremendously impact our economy and our American liberties. 

Our meetings are free and open to the public!

MAY MONTHLY MEETING

Monday, May 1, 2017
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Location:
Longview First Church of The Nazarene
2601 H. G. Mosley Pkwy., Longview
(Directions here)

GUEST SPEAKER:

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South Central Regional Coordinator
Heritage Action For America
Heritage Action

Wade Miller, a U.S. Marine and Heritage Action’s South Central Coordinator (Dallas) will introduce the Heritage Sentinel program and give the inside scoop on what’s really going on in the U.S. House and Senate with the big reforms they promised us – tax and regulatory reform, repeal of ObamaCare, balancing the budget, funding the wall, cutting federal debt, rebuilding military readiness and reforming welfare.

Heritage Action for America is the “action arm” of The Heritage Foundation. Heritage Action, through its grassroots education and Congressional Scorecard, seeks to hold Congress accountable to limited government principles.

Note: Jeremiah Hunter, Chairman of We The People-Longview, is a Heritage Action Sentinel member and encourages everyone to do the same. Why? Because Heritage Action gets results and produces reliable information. In other words, Heritage Action’s first priority isn’t constant fundraising with no visible results!

All Meetings are free and open to the public.

RINO-Care: A more insolvent version of Obamacare … except this time GOP owns it!

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By: Daniel Horowitz
Conservative Review

The first thing to understand about the GOP healthcare bill is that it is not merely Obamacare-lite or a bad “replacement” bill. It doesn’t repeal the core of Obamacare in the first place. In fact, the few parts that it repeals or tweaks within a few years will actually intensify the death spiral of Obamacare when mixed with the core regulatory structure, exacerbated by the subsidies that they do keep. And this time, the GOP will own it politically. All of it.

The most dangerous myth about the GOP plan is that it repeals Obamacare. At least if GOP leadership would be honest and say they are too scared to repeal the ACA and are just tweaking it a few years from now (after the death spiral is made worse), then we can blame the Democrats for voting for it. Now that a bill codifying Obamacare in the worst possible form is being sold as “repeal and replace,” Republicans have bailed out Democrats from their most toxic political issue without securing a single concession.

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From The Office Of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2017

www.texasattorneygeneral.gov

PRESS OFFICE: (512) 463-2050

Kayleigh Lovvorn: Kayleigh.Lovvorn@oag.texas.gov

AG Paxton Leads Multi-State Coalition for Final Judgment in Lawsuit to 

Protect Texans and Physicians from Obamacare Mandate 

 

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked a federal judge for summary judgment in a case against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over a regulation that redefines “sex” to include “gender identity” and “termination of pregnancy” under Title IX. The Affordable Care Act expressly adopted Title IX’s protection against “sex” discrimination. The motion requests a permanent injunction against the rule and a final judgment in the lawsuit.

 

Last December, Attorney General Paxton won a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking new federal health rules from forcing doctors to perform controversial operations and abortions, even if they believed the procedures were not in the best interests of their patients, or violated their deeply held religious or conscientious beliefs. Judge Reed O’Connor of the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Texas ruled that the State of Texas and the other the plaintiffs in Franciscan Alliance v. Sylvia Burwell were likely to prevail in court on their claim that HHS enacted the new rule without legal authority under the Administrative Procedure Act, and that it infringes on the rights of health care providers under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

 

“Doctors’ best medical judgment and deeply held religious beliefs should not be voided by political agendas in Washington,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The doctor/patient relationship should remain between doctors and their patients, and the government has no business telling doctors what their patients need. We’re asking the court for a permanent injunction against the rule based on a pure legal question that the court has already answered: the Obamacare rule is unlawful.”

 

The new rule would have significant impact on Texas, other states and health care providers. It requires taxpayers to fund all treatments designed for one to transition to a different sex. Physicians could be in violation of the rule if they believe certain treatments are not in a patient’s best interests, or, if they cannot perform a particular procedure for religious or conscientious reasons and refer a patient to another health care provider. In addition, the rule would force the Employee Retirement System of Texas and others to amend its insurance coverage for some 500,000 participants to provide for gender reassignment and abortion.

 

Texas is joined in the motion for summary judgment by the states of Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Wisconsin and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as well as Franciscan Alliance, Inc., Specialty Physicians of Illinois, LLC, and Christian Medical and Dental Associations.

 

View the motion for summary judgment here.

View the appendix ISO of the motion here.

View the brief ISO the motion here.

 

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In 2017 women and minorities are buying guns – here’s why…

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During the 8 years he was president, Barack Obama’s administration experienced an explosion in gun sales, with annual background checks more than doubling between 2008 and 2016.  In the eighteen months leading up to the 2016 election, gun sales set one new record after another.

So when a pro-Second Amendment candidate won the election most observers figured that gun sales would at last begin to drop. But it hasn’t worked out that way.

Conventional wisdom held that the sharp rise in gun sales over the course of Obama’s presidency was supposedly driven, at least in part, by the threat of gun control. That’s why everyone expected gun sales to decline after Trump’s victory.  Yet, the average monthly gun sales from November through February are up from the already very high level in October.

In fact, there was a large increase in gun sales immediately following the election.  November had a record-setting month for FBI background checks. On Black Friday, there was a single day record of 185,713 checks.  While December sales were not quite at record levels, they were still the second highest monthly total ever.  January’s and February’s sales data slipped below last January’s and February’s, but they were still the second highest January and February sales on record.

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Protests at Texas Capitol against SB 4, Sanctuary Cities Ban.

Protests happening today, March 15, 2017…

Protesters gathering in the star rotunda at the State Capitol showing their support for immigrants and dislike of Senate Bill 4

Watch video here…

We Fight For Freedom

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We Fight For Freedom (1776)
By:  James Still

Following the American losses in the fall of 1776 and prior to the victory at Trenton, several States issued addresses in an effort to encourage their citizens.  Among the addresses given was one to the citizens of New York written by John Jay.  (John Jay became the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1789.)  After reading a copy of this address, Congress “earnestly recommended” it to all American citizens and ordered it “printed at the expense of the continent.”

“You and all men were created free, and authorized to establish civil government, for the preservation of your rights against oppression, and the security of that freedom which God hath given you…  It is, therefore, not only necessary to the well-being of Society, but the duty of every man, to oppose and repel all those… who prostitute the powers of Government to destroy the happiness and freedom of the people over whom they may be appointed to rule…

But you are told that their armies are numerous, their fleet strong, their soldiers valiant, their resources great; [and] that you will be conquered…  It is true that some [of our] forts have been taken, that our country hath been ravaged, and that our Maker is displeased with us.  But it is also true that the King of Heaven is not like the King of Britain…   If His assistance be sincerely implored, it will surely be obtained.  If we turn from our sins, He will turn from His anger.

… [Therefore] let universal charity, public spirit and private virtue be inculcated [taught], encouraged and practiced; unite in preparing for a vigorous defense of your country, as if all depended on your own exertions; and when you have done these things, then rely upon the good Providence of Almighty God for success, in full confidence, that without His blessing all our efforts will evidently fail.”  John Jay, Address of the Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York to their Constituents, December 23, 1776

James Still (Mar 2017), RetraceOurSteps.com

“… we do not fight for a few acres of land, but for freedom — for the freedom and happiness of millions yet unborn.”  John Jay, Address of the Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York to their Constituents, December 23, 1776

County and City Meeting Schedules

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GREGG COUNTY JUDGE BILL STOUDT

Gregg County Commissioner Court 2017 Meeting Schedule

Gregg County Commissioner Court Meeting Agendas**

**ITEMS FOR THE AGENDA ARE DUE IN THE COUNTY JUDGE’S OFFICE AT NOON ON THE WEDNESDAY PRIOR TO THE DESIRED MEETING – IN THE EVENT OF THURSDAY MEETING, DEADLINE WILL BE WEDNESDAY OF THE PREVIOUS WEEK.
BILLS ARE DUE IN THE AUDITOR’S OFFICE EVERY MONDAY AT NOON

Video of Commissioners Court meetings are shown on cable Channel 10 on Mondays at 6:30pm.

 


 

City of Longview
CITY OF LONGVIEW MAYOR ANDY MACK

City Council Meetings
Regularly scheduled City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise scheduled. Meetings are held at the city Hall, Jo Ann Metcalf Municipal Building, 300 W. Cotton St.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE & AGENDAS

 


 

 

3/14/2017 U.S. House/Senate Votes & Upcoming Bills

March 14, 2017

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior
  • Senate: Confirmation of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Senate: Confirmation of Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy
  • Senate: Disapprove Labor Law Rule
  • Senate: Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule
  • Senate: Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule
  • Senate: Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule
  • Senate: Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • House: Review Federal Regulations for Repeal
  • House: OMB Regulatory Oversight
  • House: Disapprove OSHA Record-Keeping Rule
  • House: Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations
  • House: Class Action Litigation
  • House: Civil Litigation Jurisdiction
  • House: Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Nomination of Dan Coats to be the Director of National Intelligence
  • Senate: Nomination of Herbert R. McMaster Jr. to be a Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army
  • House: Mentally Disabled Veterans and Guns
  • House: VA Personnel Accountability
  • House: VA Medical Professional Staffing

Recent Senate Votes
Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior – Vote Confirmed (68-31, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke to be secretary of the Interior.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES
 


Confirmation of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Vote Confirmed (58-41, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Ben Carson to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Confirmation of Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy – Vote Confirmed (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Rick Perry to be secretary of Energy.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Disapprove Labor Law Rule – Vote Passed (49-48, 3 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove, under the Congressional Review Act, a Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA rule that requires federal contractors to self-certify violations of 14 specified federal labor laws and equivalent state laws. The laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, among others.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule – Vote Passed (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec. 12, 2016, which modified the process under which BLM develops plans for the use of the public lands it manages, including by considering a wider variety of issues and possible impacts.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule – Vote Passed (59-40, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Oct. 31, 2016, relating to teacher preparation programs that require states to annually evaluate the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education and to publicly report this information, including the job placement and retention rates of graduates.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule – Vote Passed (50-49, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Nov. 29, 2016 which addresses implementation of a state’s accountability systems when receiving federal education funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA). Among other things, the rule requires states to identify low-performing schools for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement, and requires that each state’s statewide plan use multiple indicators of student success that are the same for all public schools (including charter schools).

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – Vote Confirmed (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Seema Verma to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES

 


Recent House Votes
Review Federal Regulations for Repeal – Vote Passed (240-185, 4 Not Voting)

The measure would establish a commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be repealed in order to reduce costs on the U.S. economy — including those that should be repealed immediately and those that should be repealed over time through a new regulatory “cut-go” system under which agencies could not issue new rules unless the cost of a new rule was offset by repealing existing rules identified by the commission.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted NO
 


OMB Regulatory Oversight – Vote Passed (241-184, 4 Not Voting)

The bill would require proposed rules by federal departments and agencies, including independent agencies, to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget?s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and it would direct OIRA to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of significant regulatory actions and to ensure that proposed rules are consistent with applicable law and that regulations do not conflict.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disapprove OSHA Record-Keeping Rule – Vote Passed (231-191, 7 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Dec. 19, 2016, that extends to five years the period for which OSHA can cite an employer for failing to officially record a workplace injury or illness.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications – Vote Passed (246-176, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would require each federal agency to maintain an online searchable list of its regulatory actions and all public communications it makes regarding those regulatory actions. It also would prohibit agencies from soliciting support for, or promoting, its regulatory actions.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Vote Passed (371-48, 10 Not Voting)

The legislation would provide full-year appropriations for Defense Department programs and activities for fiscal 2017, providing $577.9 billion in discretionary spending, $5.2 billion more than fiscal 2016. It would include $516.1 billion subject to spending caps for fiscal 2017 and $61.8 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations war and anti-terror funding.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Class Action Litigation – Vote Passed (220-201, 1 Present, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would prohibit federal courts from certifying proposed classes of individuals for a class-action lawsuit unless each member of the class has suffered the same type and degree of injury, and it would require quarterly reports by asbestos trusts of claims made against the trusts and any payouts made by the trusts for asbestos-related injuries.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Civil Litigation Jurisdiction – Vote Passed (224-194, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would establish national standards under which federal courts, when considering whether to remand back to state court a lawsuit against an out-of-state entity, must deny that motion and have the case decided in federal court because it determines that an in-state co-defendant should not have been joined to the case.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits – Vote Passed (230-188, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would modify federal rules governing civil lawsuits to require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that violate the existing prohibition on the filing of frivolous lawsuits, with such sanctions to include monetary penalties to cover the other party’s attorneys’ fees and other costs.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 


Upcoming Votes
Nomination of Dan Coats to be the Director of National Intelligence – PN41

The Senate will take up the nomination of Dan Coats to be the director of National Intelligence.
 


Nomination of Herbert R. McMaster Jr. to be a Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army – PN87

The Senate will take up the nomination of Herbert R. McMaster Jr. to be a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army.

 


Mentally Disabled Veterans and Guns – HR1181

The bill would clarify the conditions under which individuals who receive federal benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) may be declared mentally incompetent for purposes of being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and thereby prevented from purchasing guns or ammunition ? requiring that an affirmative declaration be made by a judge that the person is dangerous.

 


VA Personnel Accountability – HR1259

The bill would provide the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) with additional tools to fire or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct, and would modify the appeals process to provide for the appeals of decisions by administrative law judges. It also would include provisions to protect VA whistleblowers against retaliation by supervisors, authorize the department to recoup employee bonuses and relocation expenses, and allow the pensions of VA employees to be reduced if convicted of certain felonies.

 


VA Medical Professional Staffing – HR1367

The measure would establish new staffing, recruitment and retention programs at the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to enable the VA to help recruit and retain a strong medical professional workforce. It would create a recruiting database to make high-quality potential employees aware of positions at the VA, provide for additional opportunities for career training and advancement for current VA employees through fellowship positions and establish a promotional track for technical experts. It also would require the department to train human resources employees in recruitment and retention methods.