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Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee

 
 

The Texas Legislative Tea Party Caucus, the Texas Conservative Coalition and the Texas Public Policy Foundation are hosting an Orientation of the Legislative Process. 

 

Sen. Dan Patrick,  Rep. Phil King, Rep. Wayne Christian, Rep. Brandon Creighton and other members of the Texas Legislative Tea Party Caucus have prepared a presentation to help Tea Party, 9-12 and liberty minded organizers become more effective at impacting legislation in Texas. 

  

When: Saturday, February 12, 1pm - 4pm

 

Where:  Capital Auditorium on E-1 in the extension

 

Who: For Tea Party organizers, 9-12 leaders and liberty minded activists

 

RSVP: Admission is free.  Send the name of your organization and attendance count to txteapartycaucus@gmail.com

 

Agenda:

 

1 p.m-1:15  Open, welcome, introduction by Tea Party Caucus Legislators

 

1:15-1:45  Members will explain how a bill evolves and the process of passing a bill all the way to the Governors desk.  Examples of how bills get killed, points of order, an inside look at the legislative process
 
1:45-2:20  TCC Budget Blueprint and TCC over view and pledge (TCC is Texas Conservative Coalition)
 
2:20 -2:30 break
 
2:30- 3 p.m.  Presentation on Resdistricting and how citizens can draw their own maps on line.
 
3 p.m.-3:10  New member view of their new job
 
3:10- 3:25  TCC  How the Tea Party can help us pass conservative legislation--best way to contact offices, make their voice heard and how to have an impact etc
 
3:25- 4   Q&A with legislators
 

 

Seating is limited to 200-300.  While we do not need you to send us names and emails, we do need a ballpark number.  Please send the name of your group and the number of attendees to txteapartycaucus@gmail.com

 

Who is promoting this?  Dan Patrick, Chairman of the Texas Legislative Tea Party Caucus (about the Caucus), has asked the Tea Party Advisory Committee (about the advisory committee) to promote this orientation to all Tea Party and 9-12 organizers.  We do not mean to exclude any group, so feel free to forward this to other groups. 

 

 

Please forward any questions concerning the Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee to txteapartycaucus@gmail.com

 

It was our intent to include all Texas liberty groups. If you are an organizer of a Texas Tea Party or 9-12 group and did not receive this original email, please send a request to txteapartycaucus@gmail.com

 

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Critical Update on Dan Neil HD48 Election Contest 


Dear Texas Republican,

While our Texas Legislature weighs an important bill addressing Voter ID and the laws and integrity of our state's election process, we are witnessing another election drama unfolding here in the capital city.

As you already know, Republican candidate for HD 48 Dan Neil has been locked into an important election contest - unwavering in his belief that the Democratic machine in Travis County has overlooked or created errors in a fair and legal election process surrounding his race.

Today we want to make you aware of the latest news - Dan is absolutely correct. Through the election contest, there has been discovered evidence making it apparent that Dan Neil won this race on Election Day.

This evidence has been steadily mounting. Since the recount, the discovery process has uncovered numerous illegal votes in the race, and the more we dig, the more we seem to find. There is clear evidence of at least 12 illegal votes: 10 people who voted in HD 48 even though they live outside the county, 1 person who was not registered in time to vote in this election, and 1 person who voted twice. It also appears that there may have been more illegal votes cast in this election, and those are being documented as well.

Furthermore, this election contest has highlighted one of the greater outrages that threaten our election process by uncovering a shocking amount of voter disenfranchisement from overseas voters. In this contest, evidence has shown that voters who are residents of HD 48 were not allowed to vote in any state or local race. Some of them have been registered in this district since 1992, but were not allowed to vote in this election.

Regarding this election contest, RPT Chairman Steve Munisteri has drawn a clear line in the sand.  "In the words of John Paul Jones - "We have not yet begun to fight!" I want to make it clear that the RPT will not sit by quietly and allow one of its candidates to have his election stolen away. Now that the state party is revitalized and refinanced, I have committed to Dan Neil that the RPT will provide financial and political resources to wage whatever battles are necessary to ensure that every eligible voter has their vote counted, and every illegal vote is stricken. We will also be calling on the Travis County DA to open an investigation of the Travis County Elections Office as a result of these numerous abuses. Today, we are calling upon all Republicans to join us in this effort by demanding that a full investigation into the race be conducted, and that at the end of the day - the true winner, Dan Neil, be seated in the legislature."

Texas Republican, this fight makes one thing clear - the Dan Neil election contest stands as a stark representation of the differences between the two parties of Texas. On one hand, the Democrats are waging an ongoing and clamorous fight against the integrity of the election process by steadfastly opposing voter identification laws. On the other hand, the Republican Party of Texas is pursuing a relentless effort to end significant and egregious voter disenfranchisement by exposing widespread and documentable evidence of these practices right here in our state's capital.

Elections have consequences. And so too, should voter disenfranchisement and illegalities in our election process. Dan needs financial support for this ongoing legal fight, so stand with him by going to his web site to make a contribution to this effort.  Thank you!


 


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Texas Senate Republicans Unite To Pass SB14 


Late Wednesday, after 2 days of intense testimony and debate, the Republican-controlled Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 14, legislation that would require a vote to present proof of identification when voting. The bill passed 20-12 with all 19 Republican Senators and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst voting to approve SB14, and we thank our Senators for standing united in passing this important legislation! Special thanks goes out again to Governor Rick Perry and David Dewhurst for making this a priority issue and allowing our legislators to take this debate up so early in the session. 

The Republican Party of Texas recognizes and congratulates each of our State Senators for their leadership on this issue, and particularly recognizes Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) for standing firm in the face of angry Democrats who fought bitterly against the integrity of our election process.

The Voter ID bill now moves on to the Texas House of Representatives, where our Republican super-majority is expected to approve the measure with little delay. However, we still encourage all Texans who are concerned about the integrity of our elections to contact their state representatives and urge them to support the passage of this legislation.

Read the bill »


 


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JOHN CORNYN
United States Senator - Texas
For Immediate Release


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

 

CORNYN, HATCH, 19 SENATORS INTRODUCE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION

Constitutional Amendment Requires Balanced Budgets; Supermajorities for Deficit Spending or Tax Increases

 

WASHINGTON – Today, 21 United States Senators led by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution.  The proposed amendment would bring down the nation’s skyrocketing national debt by requiring balanced budgets and prohibiting deficit spending or tax increases unless approved by two-thirds of the House and Senate.  

“Millions of working families across the country balance their checkbook every year, and their government should do the same. That is why passing a Balanced Budget Amendment must be the first priority of the 112th Congress,” Cornyn said. “We are facing a fiscal crisis, and everyone agrees that our nation is on an unsustainable path.  Unfortunately, Washington has a track record of failing to get its own books in order.  We must set effective limits on spending, taxes, and require a balanced budget.  I am proud to join Sen. Hatch, who has led the fight for a balanced budget amendment for years, in this effort.  It is my hope that the Majority will join us and make this a top priority for the 112th Congress.”

“Bringing down our sky-high debt is in the economic, national security and public interest of our nation.  Time after time, Washington has promised to bring down the debt, but then kept the spending going – increasing the mountain of debt our kids and grandkids will have to pay for.  A Balanced Budget Amendment is a sure fire way of making sure we end that dangerous cycle,” said Hatch.  “I’ve long fought for a Balanced Budget Amendment and hope that given the tremendous fiscal crisis facing our nation that its time has come.  This strong group of Senators backing this amendment demonstrates to the American people how serious we are about getting our fiscal house in order.”

The national debt is now more than $14 trillion and has increased by more than 25 percent in just the last two years.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the public debt is already nearly two-thirds the size of our economy and could equal an astonishing 90 percent in just 9 years.  The Senate came within one vote of approving a similar amendment put forward by Hatch in 1997. 

Cornyn and Hatch’s Balanced Budget Amendment has been cosponsored by Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia), John Ensign (R-Nevada), Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming), John McCain (R-Arizona), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska), Mark Kirk (R-Illinois), Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), Richard Lugar (R-Indiana), and John Hoeven (R-North Dakota). 

It has also garnered the support of the American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform, National Taxpayers Union, and Ken Blackwell, the National Chairman of Pass the Balanced Budget Amendment. 

Specifically, the Balanced Budget Amendment:

 

  • Mandates that total budgetary outlays for any fiscal year not exceed total revenues.
  • Caps federal spending at 20 percent of GDP.
  • Requires the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress every fiscal year.
  • Requires two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate on any measure that raises taxes.
  • Provisions can be waived if there is a formal declaration of war, if the U.S. is engaged in a military conflict constituting a threat to national security, or if two-thirds of both the House and Senate approve.

 Jonathan Huhn

South Central Deputy Regional Director

United States Senator John Cornyn

600 Navarro St., Suite 210

San Antonio, Texas 78205

Phone: (210) 224-7485

Fax: (210) 224-8569

Website: www.cornyn.senate.gov

Newsletter: www.cornyn.senate.gov/newsletter

 



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