Next meeting May 9, 2017
Ruth York, The Grateful Texan
"ALL POLITICAL POWER IS INHERENT IN THE PEOPLE, AND ALL FREE GOVERNMENTS ARE FOUNDED ON THEIR AUTHORITY, AND INSTITUTED FOR THEIR BENEFIT."
(Texas Constitution Article 1, Section 2)
Please join us. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at 6:30 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the West Texas Training Center (Howard College), 3501 N. US Highway 67, San Angelo 76905
West Texans for Constitutionally-Limited Government
Hillsdale College Online Courses
American Heritage–From Colonial Settlement to the Current Day
On July 4, 1776, America—acting under the authority of “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”—declared its independence from Great Britain. The new nation, founded on the principle that “all Men are created equal,” eventually grew to become the most prosperous and powerful nation in the world. This course will consider the history of America from the colonial era to the present, including major challenges to the Founders’ principles.
April 27, 2017by Cary Cheshire
CATEGORY: UNDER THE DOME
After more than 16 hours of debate, the Texas House voted in the early hours of the morning to approve legislation to ban sanctuary cities and remove officials that refuse to cooperate in the enforcement of immigration laws. The legislation passed by a vote of 93-54 after conservatives strengthened it significantly through amendments.
Ending sanctuary cities has been a major goal of conservatives for more than a decade, but reform efforts have fallen short in the Lone Star State as liberal Republicans repeatedly joined with Democrats to oppose the measure. This session, however, the Republican grassroots and Gov. Greg Abbott elevated the issue such that lawmakers would be forced to pass a ban on sanctuary cities with efforts quickly coalescing around State Sen. Charles Perry (R–Lubbock), whose Senate Bill 4 was a robust piece of legislation to do just that.
Perry’s bill not only barred local entities from prohibiting inquiries about individuals’ immigration status by law enforcement officials, but also compelled them to honor detainment requests from federal authorities. Should they refuse to comply, elected law enforcement officers would be subject to criminal charges and their jurisdictions could be fined by the state.
The legislation passed the Texas Senate in the beginning of February but was delayed in the House for months before being handed to State Rep. Charlie Geren (R–Fort Worth), a top lieutenant of House Speaker Joe Straus, and referred to the State Affairs Committee.
There, Geren worked with the committee’s chairman, Byron Cook (R–Corsicana), and Democrats to dilute and weaken the legislation before sending it on to the floor. The damage was so significant that conservatives argued they would need to make significant repairs before passing the bill could be called a victory.
Shortly into the debate on the legislation they moved to do so.
Led by State Reps. Matt Rinaldi (R–Irving) and Matt Schaefer (R–Tyler), conservatives moved to shore up SB 4 by offering an amendment to ensure all local peace officers in the state can ask about the immigration status of anyone who has been detained, a distinction that includes routine traffic stops.
Geren actively opposed Schaefer’s amendment. Saying it went against a deal he’d struck with Democrats behind closed doors, Geren stoically walked the plank to pay them a favor they would never return. Cook did as well, begging Republican lawmakers to vote against the stronger enforcement mechanisms contained in Schaefer’s amendment.
“Vote against the Schaefer amendment. It will not benefit this state,” Cook pleaded with his colleagues.
A few of them listened, but an overwhelming majority of them did not. Instead, 81 House Republicans bucked Straus’ top two lieutenants and voted with conservatives to strengthen SB 4.
The Republican lawmakers who joined Cook, Geren, and the Democrats?
Gary Elkins (Houston), Dan Huberty (Kingwood), Linda Koop (Dallas), Lyle Larson (San Antonio), Four Price (Amarillo), JD Sheffield (Stephenville), and Jason Villalba (Dallas).
But even worse than Republican lawmakers who voted with Democrats were those who lacked the courage to do so and ducked the vote: Trent Ashby (Lufkin), Sarah Davis (Houston), Larry Gonzales (Round Rock), and John Zerwas (Simonton).
Each of these four lawmakers were in a committee meeting, skipping the potentially perilous vote on SB 4. Yet the one Democrat on the committee, State Rep. Oscar Longoria (Mission), managed to record opposition to the legislation and amendments.
SB 4 will now go back to the Texas Senate where lawmakers can either send the legislation to Abbott’s desk by concurring with the amendments made by the Texas House or form a conference committee to hash out the differences between both versions. Should they follow the latter route, SB 4 would need to receive another vote in each chamber before being passed.
Conservatives should view the passage of legislation to ban sanctuary cities as a major political win, but should also remember that victories such as these shouldn’t be so few and far between. If the Texas House weren’t governed by a rogue’s gallery of sell-out Republicans who side with Democrats over their own voters, conservatives would be able to celebrate victories such as this significantly more often.
The San Angelo Tea Party’s goal is to educate, motivate, and inspire our fellow citizens to actively participate in the political process. There are three basic principles that the San Angelo Tea Party believe. They are limited government, sovereignty of Texas and the United States of America, adhering to the original United States Constitution as written.
All meetings are open to the general public, everyone is welcome to attend. Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6:30 pm at the West Texas Training Center, Howard College, 3501 US Hwy 67, San Angelo, Tx
Local Government Meetings
Tom Green County Commissioners Meetings
Every Tuesday, open to the public
8:30 A.M. in the Edd B. Keyes Building, 113 West Beauregard
San Angelo City Council Meetings
The City Council meets twice a month, meetings are open to the public and are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive
Pre-agenda work sessions are normally held on the second Monday of each month, and regular meetings are normally held on the third Monday of each month. All meetings normally begin at 5:30 p.m in the Administrative Building Boardroom, 1621 University Avenue.
Wall ISD School Board Meetings - Regular School Board Meetings are held the second Tuesday or Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 pm, in the Wall ISD Administration Building, 8065 Loop 570, Wall.
Grape Creek ISD Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the community room at the Administration Building, 8207 U.S. Hwy. 87 North.