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GOP Immigration Bill Calls for Removal of Border Fence

The new border bills drafted by Republican leaders require the actual removal of at least 66 miles of anti-pedestrian border fencing between laborers in Mexico and employers in the United States.

The border bills also require the construction of only 27 miles of effective double-layer fencing along the 2,000-mile border.

 “It is a remarkable that the direction of our progress is going backwards, from a goal of building 700 miles of double-layer border fencing [in 2006] to only 27 miles [in 2015],” said a Hill staffer who opposes the leaders’ bills.  Extra fencing would be a waste of money, according to Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.  Continue reading here…

The Heritage Foundation: Saving Congress from itself: Emancipating the States and Empowering their People

Published on Jan 23, 2015

“Saving Congress from Itself” proposes a single reform: eliminate all federal grants-in-aid to state and local governments. This action would reduce federal spending by over $600 billion a year and have a profound effect on how we govern ourselves. The proliferation of federal grants-in-aid programs is of recent vintage: only about 100 such grants existed before Lyndon Johnson took office, and now they number more than 1,100. Eliminating grants to the states will result in enormous savings in federal and state administrative costs; free states to set their own priorities; and improve the design and implementation of programs now subsidized by Washington by eliminating federal regulations that attend the grants.

 

The News with Sen. Cruz – January 23, 2015

Sen. Cruz Introduces Bills to Protect National Security,
Support Men and Women in Uniform

On Thursday, Sen. Cruz introduced two bills to protect our national security and support our men and women in uniform. First, the Expatriate Terrorist Act (ETA), will prevent Americans who are fighting alongside a terrorist organization overseas from reentering the United States and recognizes such actions as a renunciation of U.S. citizenship. Second, the Operation United Assistance Tax Exclusion Act, cosponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, provides that members of our military deployed to combat the spread of Ebola be entitled to the same tax benefits as those serving in a combat zone.

“America continues to suffer the consequences of the failed Obama-Clinton-Kerry foreign policy,” said Sen. Cruz. “From Syria to Iraq to Yemen, it is clear that when America withdraws from the world, the world becomes a more dangerous place. We must take bold action to protect our homeland by declaring that Americans who have traveled abroad to fight with radical Islamic terrorists have renounced their citizenship, and we must preempt any of their efforts to re-enter the country and launch further attacks on Americans.”

Sen. Cruz continued, “While we take steps to protect Americans at home, we must never forget that once our Armed Forces are deployed in harm’s way, Congress and the Commander-in-Chief have a responsibility to support them and their families who remain behind. That’s why I am also reintroducing the Operation United Assistance Tax Exclusion Act, to give our troops the appropriate recognition for their service in the fight against Ebola.” Read the full release here.

CLICK HERE to read more on Sen. Cruz Commends 2015 March for Life, & Response to Obama’s State of the Union Address…

Upcoming Meeting Info

WE THE PEOPLE-LONGVIEW UPCOMING MEETINGS
All meetings are held at:
Longview First Church of The Nazarene
2601 H.G. Mosley Pkwy., Longview
7:00 p.m.

FEBRUARY 2, 2015

GUEST SPEAKERS:
Keith Bonds, Assistant City Manager &
Richard Manley, City Councilman District 5
TOPIC: Longview Comprehensive Plan

The Longview Comprehensive Plan is a long-term strategic plan that will serve as our city’s roadmap to the future on issues such as transportation, parks, public safety, development, and much more. The purpose is to create a long-term vision that will help guide growth and change for the next 15 – 20 years. Beginning in November 2013, a diverse committee of community leaders and residents was formed to help guide the process. Read Longview’s Comprehensive Plan Draft Here.

These are YOUR tax dollars…know where you $$ is being spent!!!

AND

Kimberly Fish, Founder of Go West Longview

Go West Longview is an economic development movement targeting west and northwest Longview. The revitalization of Go West Longview is timed with completion and fine-tuning of Longview’s Comprehensive Plan, a roadmap for development in all parts of the city for coming decades.
“We’re making sure west Longview is getting the attention it deserves as they do these long-range plans for the city,” said Kimberly Fish, Go West founder. “We represent three major gateways to the city, and all of them are in desperate need of attention.”


 MARCH 2, 2015

GUEST SPEAKER: JULIE B. COSGROVE
TOPIC: HUMAN TRAFFICKING
If you think this is not a local problem…think again.

Ms. Cosgrove is Christian freelance writer, author, workshop and retreat leader. She will be speaking to us at this meeting on HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

Please visit her website, www.juliebcosgrove.com for a complete listing of her books, topics and more info on Human Trafficking.


April 6, 2015
SPECIAL TOWNHALL MEETING WITH U.S. HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE LOUIE GOHMERT

Gohmert Upcoming Meeting Info


Grassroots Proposal for Immigration Reform 2015

Grassroots Proposal for Immigration Enforcement/Border Security Interstate Compacts

This is Texas Liberty Grassroots email to approximately 300 activists across the State of Texas. If you agree with the material provided, please distribute through your individual email lists, social media, and websites.

A lot has happened since the grassroots developed and pushed the Texas Border Crisis Plan. We have seen the DPS surge to the RGV border (currently being scaled back). We have seen the Texas National Guard sent to the border (also scaled back and due to end next month). We have seen Obama’s executive actions grant amnesty to millions of illegals. We have seen Congress fail to stop or even slow down illegal migration across our border. What we have not yet seen is ANY significant action by the Texas State Legislature to address the ongoing border invasion.

Consequently, the grassroots is offering our elected “leaders” yet another solution to address this problem. The Clear Lake Tea Party (CLTP) in close association with Grassroots America – We the People (GAWTP) and Texans for Immigration Reduction and Enforcement (TFIRE) have developed a high level white paper that outlines a state-led solution regarding immigration issues via “Interstate Compacts.”

Highlights of the attached document are as follows: (Read Complete Immigration Proposal Here)

1. Interstate compacts are constitutional with approximately 200 currently in effect today.
2. Interstate compacts that encroach upon the constitutional authority of the federal government requires Congressional approval.
3. A Republican Congress would be required to approve an interstate compact addressing immigration by a simple majority of both chambers. This means no filibuster allowed and excludes the President from the process. In other words, a Republican Congress can go around Obama and let the states solve the problems.
4. Once Congress approves an interstate compact, it becomes “federal law” and is supreme over existing federal law and regulations.
5.Congress cannot revoke its approval once given.

Consequently, the grassroots have found a way to utilize a common constitutional tool to break through the partisan gridlock of divided federal government. All that is required is for Republican lawmakers to act. If you agree with this approach, please forward this document to all your Texas friends, all your friends in other States, local media (letters to the editor, press releases, etc.) and to every Republican politician you can think of. Texas and the other states must lead. We can no longer sit by and watch our supposed allies and representatives throw down their weapons (power of the purse, impeachment, etc.) and tell us they are really trying to defeat the liberal left’s agenda.

JoAnn Fleming and Larry Korkmas have sent this document to some of our leading political leaders in Texas and national conservative organizations and think tanks over the last week. It is time for the grassroots to rise up and demand action.

Consequently, the grassroots have found a way to utilize a common constitutional tool to break through the partisan gridlock of divided federal government. All that is required is for Republican lawmakers to act. If you agree with this approach, please forward this document to all your Texas friends, all your friends in other States, local media (letters to the editor, press releases, etc.) and to every Republican politician you can think of. Texas and the other states must lead. We can no longer sit by and watch our supposed allies and representatives throw down their weapons (power of the purse, impeachment, etc.) and tell us they are really trying to defeat the liberal left’s agenda.

JoAnn Fleming and Larry Korkmas have sent this document to some of our leading political leaders in Texas and national conservative organizations and think tanks over the last week. It is time for the grassroots to rise up and demand action.

Dale Huls

The Minute Men (1775)

By:  James Still

Tensions were high as the Colonists awaited a response from England.  Minute Men, hand-selected within the militia, were prepared to respond to an emergency given only a moment’s notice.

“… General Gage, whether from his own Motives or the Instructions of the Minister, thought proper to assemble all the Kings Troops then on the Continent, in this Town [Boston] and has declared to the Selectmen & others his Resolution to put the [Intolerable] Acts in Execution. The People on the other hand resolve that they will not submit to them and the Continent applauds them…  Thus we appear to be in a state of Hostility…  Regiments with a very few Adherents on one side & all the rest of the Inhabitants of the Province backed by all the Colonies on the other!

The People are universally disposed to wait ‘till they can hear what Effect the Applications [Articles of Association] of the Continental Congress will have, in hopes that the new Parliament will reverse the Laws & measures of the old, abolish that System of Tyranny which was planned in 1763 (perhaps before), confirm the just Rights of the colonies and restore Harmony to the British Empire.  God grant they may not be disappointed!

Lest they should be, they have been, & are still exercising themselves in military Discipline and providing the necessary Means of Defense.  I am well informed that in every Part of the Province there are selected Men, called Minute Men– that they are well disciplined & well provided – and that upon a very short Notice they will be able to assemble a formidable Army.  They are resolved however not to be the Aggressors in an open Quarrel with the Troops; but animated with an unquenchable Love of Liberty they will support their righteous Claim to it, to the utmost Extremity.”  Samuel Adams, Letter to Arthur Lee, January 29, 1775

James Still (Jan 2015), JamesStill@RetraceOurSteps.com

“The People are recollecting the Achievements of their Ancestors and whenever it shall be necessary for them to draw their Swords in the Defense of their Liberties, they will show themselves to be worthy of such Ancestors.”  Samuel Adams, Letter to Arthur Lee, Jan 29, 1775

“Went to see a Company of Men exercising upon the Hill, under the Command of a green coated Man, lately a Regular.  A Company of very likely stout men.”  John Adams, Entry in Diary, November 5, 1774

Results For Texas House Speaker Race

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


 

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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…


 




 

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GUEST SPEAKER: TX STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID SIMPSON, DISTRICT 7
TOPIC:  84TH TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION

7:25 Mike’s Corner Pt. 2

7:27 Tx State Rep. David Simpson

7:33 Tx State Rep. David Simpson

7:43 Tx State Rep. David Simpson

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8:24 Q&A with David Simpson

We The People- Longview January 2015 Meeting

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
GUEST SPEAKER: 
STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID SIMPSON

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TOPIC:  Upcoming 2015 Texas Legislative Session

 

TEXAS 2013 LEGISLATIVE CONSERVATIVE INDEX

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).***
Brief review:

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

 TEXAS 2013 LEGISLATIVE CONSERVATIVE INDEX