West Texans for Constitutionally-Limited Government
Last Day to Register to Vote Tuesday, October 9, 2018*
*First business day after Columbus Day
1st Day of Early Voting Personal Appearance Monday, October 22, 2018
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail Friday, October 26, 2018
(Received, not Postmarked)
Last Day Early Voting Personal Appearance Friday, November 2, 2018
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, November 6, 2018
2018 Texas November General Election Candidates
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY INDEX
The Fiscal Responsibility Index is a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues. Texans for Fiscal Responsibility uses exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators’ governing philosophy.
The public — including lawmakers — are notified in advance of TFR’s position on the issues to be rated, and prior to votes taken on the floor.
See how your representatives scored: https://index.empowertexans.com/
This may not sound like a large number, but remember many local elections are won or lost on less than 50 votes. From Empower Texans:
NON-CITIZEN VOTING IS A “SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM” IN TEXAS, AG REPORTS
February 6, 2018 by Erin Anderson
Texas has a “significant problem” with non-citizens illegally voting in our elections, according to the office of Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Just-released information from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) confirms that non-citizens are registering to vote and voting in Texas elections. Worse, procedures for removing ineligible voters from voter rolls aren’t being followed correctly “or even at all” in some Texas counties.
It’s a violation of both state and federal law for non-citizens to vote or register to vote.
In a letter to State Sen. Bryan Hughes (R–Mineola), who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Election Integrity, the OAG said “the threat to election integrity in Texas is real, and the need to provide additional safeguards is increasing.”
Last year’s successful prosecution of Mexican national Rosa Ortega, who illegally voted in Texas for over 10 years, “highlighted the lack of safeguards in the system to detect ineligible voters, like non-citizens,” the OAG wrote to Hughes.
In response, the OAG conducted a “brief investigative survey” of four counties’ voter registration records. They found that in just the past two years, 165 unlawfully registered non-citizen voters were removed from those counties’ voter rolls – but only after they self-identified as non-citizens in the process of recusing themselves from jury duty:
“More concerning, this group of 165 non-citizens had cast 100 illegal votes in Texas elections prior to identifying themselves as non-citizens at jury duty and being removed from the voter rolls.
The OAG is unable to determine the scope of noncitizen voting across Texas, from the non-citizen jury duty numbers alone, but it appears to be a significant problem, nonetheless. The OAG has also found that the process for removing ineligible voters who self-report as non-citizens at jury duty is not being followed correctly, or even at all, in various counties. Investigations into the scope of ineligible voting across the State are ongoing.”
Thank you to all who helped place flags on the graves of veterans at Lawnhaven, to those who attended the service on Memorial Day and to those who helped pick up flags on the day following Memorial Day.
"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)
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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
Local Government Meetings
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.
Tom Green County Commissioners
The Commissioners meet every Tuesday, 8:30 am, 113 West Beauregard Blvd., 2nd floor of the Edd B. Keyes Building
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.
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.
The San Angelo TEA Party will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 10th, 6:30 pm at the West Texas Training Center, 3501 N. Hwy. 67 (Howard College Campus). Guest speaker will be Lauren Melear, West Texas Correspondent for Empower Texans. She will be recapping the Republican state convention, struggles within the party and how this all affects grassroots organizations such as the San Angelo TEA Party.
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TEXAS REPUBLICANS RALLY AROUND CONSERVATIVE PLATFORM
June 18, 2018by Cary Cheshire
CATEGORY: UNDER THE DOME
SAN ANTONIO– This past weekend, Texas Republicans completed their work on a conservative party platform, a 331 item document detailing their stance on issues across the board.
The culmination of a week-long process that involved hard work by members of the committee and long hours of testimony by members of the public, the platform was put before delegates on Saturday.
After a few amendments, delegates voted on each plank of the platform and approved them by an impressive margin. (The lowest-approved plank still passed with more than two-thirds support.)
Though the platform includes issues ranging from medical marijuana to the USS Texas, topping the list are the party’s five legislative priorities:
KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor, fired after teaching the Constitution to TEA Party groups – she would not sacrifice liberty for a paycheck. She is a disabled veteran of the US Army, a Russian linguist, a mother, pastor’s wife and a patriot. She now travels the country and teaches the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents. KrisAnne Hall does not just teach the Constitution, she lays the foundations that show how reliable and relevant our founding documents are today. She presents the “genealogy” of the Constitution – the 700 year history and five foundational documents that are the very roots of American Liberty.
Anatomy of a Surrender
March 29, 2018 by Michael Quinn Sullivan
CATEGORY: TEXANS IN DC
Despite being the senior senator from Texas, John Cornyn has been unwilling to stand tough for Republican priorities in the face of opposition from the Democrats. That was on full display in the recent spending bill debacle. Just as bad, he has been unwilling to enforce Senate rules to gain confirmation of President Trump’s nominees for important executive branch offices.
Sadly, most Republicans talk conservative, govern to the left, and fold when holding four aces. That’s been as true on spending bills as presidential nominees.
Envisioned as a bulwark of liberty in our constitutional republic, the US Senate has devolved into a comfortable club for the risk-averse. Most Senate Republicans are little more than the gilded relics of a bygone era. They are at best unwilling to fight the Democrats, and at worst actively colluding with them in opposition to the Trump Administration.
For example, despite Republican control of the House, Senate, and White House, NY’s liberal Sen. Chuck Schumer enacted more of Obama’s policy in the recent Omnibus Appropriations Act than Obama did in his last term. Upon final passage, Schumer said, “We feel good. We produced a darn good bill.”