Candidates for Texas Senate District 1

Representative Bryan Hughes

Bryan Hughes represents District Five in the Texas House of Representatives, where he works for the folks of Camp, Morris, Rains, Smith, Titus, and Wood Counties. Rep. Hughes currently sits on the House Committee on Appropriations, as well as the House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues.

Born and raised in East Texas, he attended Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler, receiving his BBA in Economics, cum laude, in 1992. From there he went on to Baylor University School of Law, where he received his law degree in 1995.

He was honored to be chosen by US District Judge William Steger of Tyler to serve as his Law Clerk, a position he held from 1995-1997.

In his first run for office in 2002, Bryan was elected with 52% of the vote against a long-time incumbent. In 2004, he was reelected by a 62% margin and in 2006 with 82% of the vote. He was unopposed for reelection in 2008 and 2010. Facing his first ever opposition in the Republican Primary in 2012, Bryan was honored to be elected by a 77% margin. In 2014, Bryan won with his highest margin ever – 92%.

In 2007, Tyler Junior College honored Bryan with its Valuable Young Alumnus award. Additionally, in 2008 he was chosen by his law school as the Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year. The University of Texas at Tyler in 2013 named him a Distinguished Alumni.

He has received numerous awards for his work in the Legislature, including the Taxpayer Champion Award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, the Horizon Award from Texas Right to Life, and “Defender of the American Dream” from Americans for Prosperity. In 2011, Texas Right to Life named Bryan Hughes the Pro-Life Whip of the Texas House.

Bryan was the first member of his family to receive a Bachelor’s degree. As a small businessman, he knows about hard work and the value of a dollar. Bryan is a leader in his church, a Red Cross disaster relief volunteer, and active in civic and community organizations.

Republican State Representative for East Texas:

Representative Simpson has consistently been ranked as one of the ten most conservative State Representatives for all 3 sessions he has served the people of East Texas.

David Simpson was grateful to be elected State Representative of House District Seven in 2010 after defeating a seven-term incumbent in the March Republican primary and then a general election challenge that November. He was then re-elected to a second term by a large margin in 2012 and without opposition in 2014. District Seven is presently comprised of Gregg and Upshur Counties and includes the cities of Longview, Gilmer, Kilgore, Gladewater, Liberty City, White Oak and Clarksville City.

Deep Roots in Texas:
David is a seventh generation Texan. He was born in Lubbock and grew up in Dallas, spending summers and weekends in East Texas at the family’s home place in Avinger, where his family settled in the mid 1800s. David and his family have lived in Longview since 2000.

David and Susan Simpson have been married for 30 years. They have been blessed with seven children, ranging in age from eleven to twenty-eight. All are independent now except for the youngest two that are still at home. They also have two grandsons. David and his family enjoy hiking, target shooting, and four-wheeling together.

Faith and Church:
David is an active member of Grace Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, where he has led its prayer meeting and occasionally taught. For a summary statement of his Christian faith click here.

Public Service:
David served several terms as Mayor of the City of Avinger, Texas, from 1993 to 1998. During this time he led several revitalization projects to renew and restore downtown Avinger. He also led the city council to establish a municipal court and law enforcement department. President George W. Bush, when he was Governor of Texas, commissioned David to serve as a member of the Ark-Tex Regional Review Committee in 1996. David then resigned as Mayor in August 1998 when he moved to Hutchinson, Kansas, due to his employment with Republic Group.

David is a 1979 graduate of Highland Park High School, a 1983 graduate of Vanderbilt University, receiving a B.A. in philosophy, and a 1988 graduate of Trinity Ministerial Academy of Montville, New Jersey.

Business Experience:
David is President and Chief Executive Officer of Avinger Timber LLC, which owns and manages timberlands in several counties in northeast Texas. He also manages other small businesses, including Simpson Publishing Company, which he founded. Previously he was employed by Republic Group Inc. (formerly NYSE: RGC) as Manager of Mill Operations (1998 – 2000) and Executive Vice President-Paperboard (2000). He was a director of the company from 1994 to 1998 and again in 2000 until it was sold.


Nov. 2015 Ballot Propositions For Texas Constitional Amendment Election

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November 3, 2015
Constitutional Amendment Election

Below please find the 7 Propositions that will be on the Texas November Ballot:

Proposition 1
Changes the homestead exemption amount for school district property taxes from $15,000 to $25,000.
Proposition 2
Exempts property from taxation for surviving spouses of totally disabled veterans.
Proposition 3
Repeals the requirement that certain executive officials reside in the state capital, Austin, while in office.
Proposition 4
Allows professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.
Proposition 5
Authorizes counties with 7,500 people or less to perform private road construction and maintenance.
Proposition 6
Provides for a right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.
Proposition 7
Allocates a portion of sales and use tax revenue to the state highway fund through 2032.

Texas Lt. Governor Looking For Conservative Voices!

Dan Patrick

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is looking for conservative voices!

Below is a list of the boards and commissions the Lieutenant Governor makes appointments and nominations to:

2036 Commission, Texas
Adult Offender Supervision, Texas State Council for Interstate
Adult Stem Cell Research Coordinating Board, Texas
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, Texas Council on
Assessments and Accountability, Texas Commission on Next Generation
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Oversight Committee
Cemetery Committee, State (lieutenant governor submits list to governor)
Charitable Campaign Policy Committee, State Employee
Communities in Schools Advisory Committee
Demographer, Office of State (lieutenant governor submits list to governor)
Developmental Disabilities, Executive Committee of the Office for the Prevention of
Economic Development Stakeholders, Advisory Board of
Economic Incentive Oversight Board
Elections Advisory Committee
Emergency Communications, Commission on State
Emissions Reduction Plan Advisory Board, Texas
Ethics Commission, Texas (selected from lists submitted by senate political parties)
Facilities Commission, Texas
High School Completion and Success Initiative Council (lieutenant governor submits list to education commissioner)
Holocaust and Genocide Commission, Texas
Homeless, Texas Interagency Council for the
Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant Program Advisory Board
Oil and Gas Regulation and Cleanup Fund Advisory Committee
Penal Laws, Commission to Study Non-Criminal
Poet Laureate, State Musician, and State Artists Committee, Texas
Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board
Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Board, Texas
Primary Care Residency Advisory Committee
Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force, Office of
Small Business Compliance Assistance Advisory Panel
Sunset Advisory Commission
Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee
Transportation Advisory Committee, Public

If interested, please complete Appointment Application.

Phone # for Lt. Governor’s office 512-463-0001

Court says Texas Voter ID law is only slightly unconstitutional

From: HOT AIR – August 6, 2015

A decision by a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel to call the Texas Voter ID law unconstitutional isn’t as big of a win as some are making it out to be. It’s true the panel upheld a previous judge’s ruling the law violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, but it’s important to look at what the panel said. They noted the law was basically unintentionally discriminatory.

As such, we conclude that the district court did not clearly err in determining that SB 14 has a discriminatory effect on minorities’ voting rights in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. As discussed below, we remand for a consideration of the appropriate remedy in light of this finding in the event that the discriminatory purpose finding is different.

One thing which is really interesting is how the panel agreed with Texas on the problem of the previous voting system.

Simply reverting to the system in place before SB 14’s passage would not fully respect these policy choices—it would allow voters to cast ballots after presenting less secure forms of identification like utility bills, bank statements, or paychecks.

One thing which is really interesting is how the panel agreed with Texas on the problem of the previous voting system.

Simply reverting to the system in place before SB 14’s passage would not fully respect these policy choices—it would allow voters to cast ballots after presenting less secure forms of identification like utility bills, bank statements, or paychecks.

The justices then makes a couple suggestions on what ID’s should be acceptable.

One possibility would be to reinstate voter registration cards as documents that qualify as acceptable identification under the Texas Election Code….However, we recognize that the district court must assess this potential solution in light of other solutions posited by the parties, including other forms of photo identification.

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A Field Guide To The Taxes of Texas

State taxes make up almost half of Texas’ revenue, with major taxes currently generating $50 billion annually. So that taxpayers and legislators can better understand the major taxes, the Comptroller’s office has published A Field Guide to the Taxes of Texas (available for download below).  It’s a graphic-rich look at the history and rates of the taxes, estimates of future revenue and allocations.

The tablet-friendly design links to in-depth state financial publications, offers an overview of the budget process and outlines the basics of local taxes. Readers can:

>Learn how major taxes have contributed to state revenue during the past 10 years
>See on one page the future revenue estimates, exemption forecasts and tax allocations
>Connect to other in-depth resources about state taxes and finances

This is just one of the many reports the Comptroller’s office publishes to assist state government planning and decision-making, and to account for state spending to Texas taxpayers.

Click Here for PDF of this booklet

Go to the Field Guide to the Taxes of Texas
More information HERE on Texas Transparency from Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

Texas Biennial Revenue Estimates 2016-2017

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the Biennial Review Estimate 2016-2017 booklet

Eltife votes against taxpayer protection


Once again, it was your state senator, Kevin Eltife, who was the lone Republican joining with Democrats to block a conservative reform.

A couple weeks ago, it was Eltife and the Democrats (unsuccessfully) opposing property tax relief.

Yesterday, Sen. Eltife was the only Republican to vote against strengthening the state’s spending limit (Senate Bill 9).

Yes, you read that correctly. While 94 percent of Republican primary voters on the May 2012 ballot supported stronger limitations on the growth of government, Kevin Eltife joined the Democrats in opposing legislation to do just that.

Eltife recently went on a rant in the Senate Finance Committee, where he chided his colleagues for voting for tax relief.

“I think our problem has been over the last 10 years that we haven’t spent enough.”

Actually, Texas’ problem has been too many spendoholics like Kevin Eltife in the legislature, people view the public coffers as their personal mad-money account.

Fortunately, the rest of the Republican caucus disagrees with Eltife. The spending limitation, like property tax relief, passed despite the ineffective ramblings from the grow-government crowd.

It’s time for Kevin Eltife to leave the Senate, where he is clearly way out of touch with his Republican colleagues and the people of Texas.

Respectfully Yours,
Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan
President, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility /
PO Box 200248 | Austin, TX  78720
Main: (512) 236-0201

Texas Voter Turnout: Lowest in the Nation!

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As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Nonprofit VOTE is pleased to release its biennial voter turnout report, America Goes to the Polls 2014, based on final data certified by state election offices. The report ranks voter turnout in all 50 states to look at major factors underlying voter participation in this historically low-turnout election.

While just 36.6% of eligible citizens voted, the lowest in a midterm since World War II, turnout varied widely across states by as much as 30 percentage points. Maine led the nation with 58.5% turnout among eligible voters, follow by Wisconsin at 56.8%, and Colorado at 54.5%. Nevada, Tennessee, New York, Texas and Indiana made up the bottom five all with less than 30% of their eligible voters participating.

Texas Senate District 1 Debate

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7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: The Reserve, 7725 U.S. 259 North, Longview

Co-Hosted by: East Texans For Liberty and We The People-Longview Tea Party

Candidates Scheduled: Bryan Hughes, David Simpson, James K. “Red” Brown and Mike Lee

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…