Kansas Voter Citizenship Ruling Actually Good News

July 7, 2018

Realize this is only a lower court ruling on the Kansas citizenship check law, but it is less bad news than good news for those wanting to assure that voters in Texas are indeed citizens
“The court referenced the emerging practice of comparing statewide voter lists to other official databases like drivers license customers and the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program. Expanding the practice of sharing data from jury clerks with written claims of noncitizenship to election officials also receives mention.”
These are techniques that the State of Texas actually has the data to utilize. Considering the fact we now have non-citizens getting CONVICTED for voting illegally (Here & this one pending), the next legislative session is the time to consider this and get it in place.
There were 36 different bills last session addressing components of this issue. Not much got done, but maybe, with different House leadership- hopefully not overly beholden to Democrats- something CAN be don to assure a voter IS a citizen- or, at least, has not been designated a non-citizen in government records elsewhere.

Texas Lege Considerations for November

July 1, 2018

You all are welcome to post whatever comments below.

 


Primary Runoff Early Voting has Started.

May 15, 2018

Voting times vary somewhat by county but larger counties are generally 7am-7pm. Here are the latest multi-group recommendations for GOP runoff candidates with statewide reach.

Definitely need EVERY conservative vote in this.


Runoff Guides- working on 2 styles

March 21, 2018

We’ve completed guides for 3 counties so far and put tem in 2 styles. The ones with the -s on the end only lists the actual races in the county, as opposed to including all the statewide/regionals in a grayed-out form.  The shorter versions make for easy handouts, but looks too minimalistic is there only say 2 races as in Collin county.  Check them out one the top right of the page here. We’ll add additional counties as we can.


The Runoffs are Coming!

March 17, 2018

These runoffs are CRITICAL to the conservative legislative efforts: 6 U.S. representative, 7 State Representative and two key Court of Appeals nominees will be determined on the May 22nd runoff (early voting May 14th-18th). IF the conservatives are nominated for nearly all of these seats, it will make a HUGE difference. So, it’s time for another set of voter guides.

Here is the link to a ‘first cut ‘ of the state and regional runoffs, with the current endorsements of the same groups as from the primary. More endorsements likely will follow.

https://txlegewatch.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/runoff_gop_primary_voter_guide_316.xls

You’ll note that each race is in gray text color.  The goal here is to allow their download, select the races relevant to the area where the flyer will be distributed, and change the font color to black. Below is an example of doing this for Texas State Representative District 107 (Dallas County)

https://txlegewatch.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/runoff_gop_primary_voter_guide_hd107_317.xls


A Successful Primary; Voter Guides can make the Difference

March 14, 2018

The voter guides certainly made the difference where the people were most familiar with them; Collin County. Over 1,200 downloaded and- more importantly, 8-10,000 printed copies voluntarily taken by voters. Of the 12 local races, 11 were won outright and the last one, the recommended person is the top votegetter going into the runoff. They were the talk of the meeting in the McKinney Tea Party meeting tonight. But that level of success only came because of the unbeatable grassroots of Collin County, mainly in over 20 volunteers choosing to hand out the guides at candidate forums, community events, and polling places. These guides are a tool of the grassroots and success cannot be had without them.

Smaller successes elsewhere, with hundreds downloaded in Tarrant, Denton, Dallas, and Montgomery counties. 40 counties proved a bit excessive and I will later post the full counts. Hopefully, next time we will expand further. One of the surest signs of the success is the number of imitations of our style of guide that arose, as well as efforts to discount our guides (laughably calling them ‘pay for play’, while pitching a TRUE ‘pay-for-play’ list as a ‘better alternative’).


The Thursday – Saturday Garbage Dump is Coming!

February 10, 2018

OK: folks. Time to talk about something I first warned about in 20110 before it happened- and have been proven justified with the warning EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Early voting Starts on Monday February 20th, which means this next week we will see the most detestable campaign tactic that generally is deployed; the last-minute garbage dump, normally starting to show up in your mailbox about Thursday. What is will be some horrifying expose of a candidate- often personal in nature, usually not discussed at all before this hits your mailbox.  It’s content is normally quite contestable by the attacked candidate as provable falsehoods, ridiculously out-of-context statements, insinuations, and massively cherry-picked data.  It is saved for the last because the explanations that easily counter it cannot be deliver in time. (Mind you, don’t discount ALL last minute mailers; often a candidate has to answer the mailers you’ve gotten in the 7-10 days before; but look to the content).

These smear pieces are a specialty of certain consultants; Murphy-Nasica is most notorious for this slimeball tactic.  Their clients opponent can pretty well be assured of some garbage coming their way. For example, Bob Hall opponent Cindy Burkett has dropped a HUGE amount of money on Murphy; he’s GUARANTEED to see a dump.

Here’s a good rule of thumb; any attack ads that seem the least bit scurrilous or personal in that time frame, especially on an issue you’ve never seen before or discussing anything or event over 6 month old,  don’t dump them straight in the recycle bin. Take note of the name of the ‘accused’- and plan to vote for that person to help bring an end to this sleaziness. This tactic has backfired SO many times, it’s amazing people are dumb enough to still use it.  But that last minute mailer is income in the pockets of the mud merchants, so they’ll continue pitching its use.