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Tax Our Children’s Future, or Not. #AllPoliticsIsLocal VOTE May 6, 2017


Local Election Day is here!

Remember that city and ISD elections will be held in different locations. To be safe, check their website for current polling locations.

If you live in the purple area below, Clear Creek ISD, there are two Trustee elections along with a $487 MILLION dollar Bond on the ballot. Did you receive your new appraisal values? Do we really want to full fill a temporary want at the cost of our children’s future?

Clear Creek ISD District Boundaries (CCISD) Purple Shade

 

See below for more information:

This is what our Republican Party of Texas Platform says about Bond Elections, along with our state party mission statement. 

 

  1. Check out the Citizens for CCISD PAC website and their Facebook page.
  2.  Polling locations for May 6th Election.

 

 

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SREC 4th Quarter Meeting Highlights (Updates)


First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the healing prayers said while I was recovering from my neck surgery. They worked and I am well on my way to building up my stamina. God is good all the time and He answers our prayers!
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This SREC meeting was greeted by wet, cold weather but it always brightens my day when I see concerned grassroot Republicans from all over Texas, and especially from #TeamSD11! (Newly elected Galveston County SD11 District Chair, & representative on the 2016 RPT Platform Committee, H Scott Apley was in attendance, as well as Jeff Larson, our representative on the 2016 RPT State Convention Rules Committee.)
(Congratulations to Bianca Gracia, HCRP Pct Chair & part of #TeamSD11, on her new job as RPT Latino Engagement Director!)
Friday’s SREC Committee Meetings:
The Resolutions Committee took up the task of recommending the SREC’s 3 Legislative Priorities for this upcoming session. Quite a few were submitted but after much discussion, the committee agreed to these three:
1) Working to advocate for comprehensive school choice in a manner consistent with the RPT Platform. (Plank 147) 
2) We support denial and/or withdrawal of public funds for entities public and/or private, not in compliance with immigration laws, including sanctuary cities.
3) Protect the citizens of Texas from unlawful encroachments on their First Amendment rights, including Constitutional religious liberty and freedom of speech, and as specified in the RPT Platform plank 153.
When they moved on to Resolutions submitted to consider, time was very limited. The Election Integrity Resolutions were tabled until the next SREC March meeting, with more information being gathered. A Resolution in Favor of Protecting Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Association was passed to consider on the floor at our Saturday general meeting, as was a Resolution for the State of Texas to Secure its Electric Grid.
Then I was on to the committee that I serve on, the Volunteerism Committee. Every two years, the RPT hosts a banquet for the 31 Volunteers of the Year, selected by each senate district SREC members. (If you remember, our beautiful friend from Brazoria County, Joy Weiner, was SD11’s Volunteer of the Year in 2015.) This event involves a lot of planning, coordinating, fundraising, data gathering/entry, and communicating ….. it’s so worth it to honor these hard working Texans.
Fortunately, I was able to sit in on the Legislative Committee meeting for a bit. They are in the process of figuring out what types of resources and training they will create, on top of advocating for our RPT Legislative Priorities.
Because our committee meetings are double booked, SREC members don’t get to see or hear what happens in the meetings we are unable to attend. I am so thankful for the patriots who live stream, and report on, them so we know what to expect to vote on Saturday.
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After our meetings, we were shuttled off to a Christmas gathering graciously hosted by Lt Gov Patrick at the gorgeous Caswell House.
Saturday general meeting: 
During our worship service, we were treated with lovely Christmas carols by Pastor Rex Johnson’s family, followed by a short message and prayer.
A motion was made, and approved, to move committee reports to the beginning of the meeting due to the meeting ending early.
Replacement of our RPT Secretary.
Reports on Victory 2016 and our 2017 Budget were given.
Chair of the Rules Committee, Melinda Fredricks, presented her request for a ruling from Chairman Mechler on Rule 18, voted on and adopted by over 8,000 delegates to the Republican Party of Texas State Convention. Here is Chairman Mechler’s reply letter to her, provided to SREC members in our packet Saturday morning. A video of the questioned amendment to Rule 18 from the RPT State Convention Rules Chair giving his report was played for the body.
Why is this one issue so important, you may ask?
If you went to our state convention, did you take the time to read the rules packet? Do you pay attention to amendments being presented from the floor and vote on them?  Of course you do!!! The SREC debated, and voted, on whether your vote at the state convention was relevant or not, period.
READ the statement signed by MOST of the RPT State Convention Rules Committee members standing for the voice of the delegates.
* Added 12/13/16 Very thorough, easy to understand, write up on the accounts during the by-law ruling debate: Did they know what they were doing?
The debate on Chairman Mechler’s ruling on Rule 18 continued…… and numerous roll call votes.
See how all SREC members voted and read reports, as witnessed, from around the state:
Last, but not least, Candy Noble, Chair of the SREC Resolutions Committee, gave her report. We first took up the 3 SREC Legislative Priorities …. listed above under Friday committee meetings. All passed with an addition of campuses to #2.
Two Resolutions came to the floor for a roll call vote and passed:
These Resolutions were important to pass ahead of the legislative session due to the submission of the Ethics Bill filed last session, that was deemed unconstitutional by our TX AG along with Gov Abbott, and due to the lack of traction the Electric Grid legislation made in the House last session.
Gov Abbott, and his wife Cecilia, hosted a lovely Christmas Party after the meeting.
Should new information come to light after this is posted, I’ll add it to the bottom of this post.
It’s an honor to represnt #TeamSD11!
For God and For Texas,
Tanya Robertson, SD11 SREC

#CLCWA $88 Million dollar Bond on our Nov 2016 ballot: Op-Ed


Why I am voting NO.

A few days ago, a voter asked what this Clear Lake City Water Authority (CLCWA) Bond at the bottom of our ballot was all about…. after my initial loss for words, I remembered hearing about this possibility a few years ago and went directly to the CLCWA website for more information.

Bond info: http://www.clcwa.org/elections.htm

Here is what the CLWA is wanting us to pay for:

  1. $13.9 million for water line rehabilitation and replacements including a nearly 50 year old 20” water main that serves parts of Camino South and Meadowgreen, water tank recoatings, a large generator replacement, and a joint venture with the City of Houston and other co-participants of the Southeast Water Treatment Plant to replace a water supply main on Hwy. 3;
  2.  $16.8 million for wastewater rehabilitation and replacement including numerous lift station rehabilitations and upgrades, TV inspections and rehabilitation of the sanitary sewer lines, and a zinc and copper treatment system to meet state and federal mandated regulations;
  3. $33.3 million for rehabilitation and TV inspections of the storm sewer system, detention facility expansions and construction for flood control purposes (includes Exploration Green area, former golf course) and expansion of the reuse water system;
  4. $24 million for engineering, construction contingency, and fees.

 

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I could almost see numbers 1 & 2 being viable ‘needs’ but these are expected upgrade costs that should have been worked into the budget and savings put aside to carry them out as needed, not proposed as an added property tax for property owners. Kind of like a ‘rainy day’ fund.

As for item number 3 … speaking as a tax payer in this district, I don’t believe my family should HAVE to fund a CLCWA real estate investment. We’ve seen their plans, before the property was even purchased, and completely disagreed with it, along with many residents in that community.

Item number 4 seems to be nothing more than a $24 Million dollar slush fund.

If you notice, CLCWA states that the financial adviser says that this $88 Million dollar Bond would not increase your tax responsibility. So …. I am supposed to trust an unnamed adviser that most likely doesn’t live in our community or pay these taxes? Umm… okay? And since when doesn’t borrowing money cost anything?

The bottom line is, there are so many taxing entities that a property owner must keep up with now, it’s ridiculous for any one of them to ask for more when we are all tightening our budgets to make ends meet. Why is it wrong to ask them to do the same?

I’m not going to pretend to know all the details behind this bond because frankly, it flew in under my radar but what I do know is this type of behavior by taxing authorities is pushing a lot of families out of their homes, or at the very least, causing some hardships that they should not have to worry about. It’s bad enough that our water/sewer bill has steadily increased over the past few years (some of this is thanks to the new smart water meters) ….. has your household income kept up? I will tell you that ours has not.

Make no mistake about it…This is another PROPERTY TAX!

When, and if, more information surfaces, I will update this blog post. Until then, please share that we are voting on a tax increase with other voters in your neighborhood…. it’s at the BOTTOM of the ballot.

A CLCWA tax payer VOTING NO,

Tanya Robertson

 

Clarifying TX Voter ID Ruling, Part 2: Sue Evenwel, SREC SD1


More discussion about the TX Voter ID ruling and our November election. Thank you for taking the time to go through this and work so hard to clarify it for all Texans Sue!

“August 12, 2016

Dear friends and colleagues, Part 2

Who would have guessed that my email to clarify some misinformation over the Texas photo ID requirements for the November election, would take on a ‘life of its own’?  However, the debate over the ‘Reasonable Impediment Declaration’ has engaged so many people and brought greater understanding.  That is good for everyone.

My letter to you the other day did not go far enough to explain what happens with a voter who has no photo ID to present at the polling place.  I appreciate Eric’s summary of the “Reasonable Impediment Declaration”, but I feel the gravity of this procedure is being overlooked, it is not a simple waiver.  This is critical to understand and I am going to expand that.

Additionally, the provisional ballot process is still in place for November.  Some Facebook/Email comments have implied that this procedure will no longer be used.  That is not correct.  The provisional ballot process is for the voter who cannot present their photo ID at the polling place, but can bring it to the voter registrar within 6 days.  That voter can vote a provisional ballot, and it will be kept sealed, not counted, until a valid photo ID is produced to prove who they claim to be.  The the Late Ballot Board will process the ballot.  So if you left your driver’s license at home, you can still vote a provisional ballot, and show your ID to the registrar later.  Here is a link on the S.O.S. site for clarification.  VoteTexas.gov (http://www.votetexas.gov/faq/?wpmp_switcher=mobile).

The new procedure which has everyone concerned deals with the ‘Reasonable Impediment Declaration”.  This is not just a simple wavier that allows anyone with a utility bill to vote. The court-ordered impediment affidavit is a very serious document, and carries severe penalties.  It is not something to be taken lightly, or that gives a ‘pass’ to someone who cannot present a photo ID.  It will be used to let someone cast a regular ballot if (AND ONLY IF) there is an impediment to the voter getting a photo ID.  There is no reason to offer this type of voter a provisional ballot because he must declare that he doesn’t have a valid photo ID to present within the required 6 days.

With the impediment affidavit, you prove your identity by swearing under penalty of perjury (that’s a felony conviction and time in jail) that you don’t have a photo ID AND can’t reasonably obtain one.  There’s nothing left to prove.  So, if you lost your driver’s license, you bring a secondary form of ID, sign the affidavit under penalty of perjury saying you have no way of getting another driver’s license, or any other of the 6 photo ID options, and cast a regular ballot. Obviously that voter got a ride to the poll.

 The big question is, what happens if someone lies on the affidavit and casts a ballot, when they aren’t who they say they are.  That’s the concern voter ID is meant to fix. The interim Texas impediment affidavit says it can be rejected if there is conclusive evidence the person isn’t who they say they are.  So you can stop the process before the ballot is cast with conclusive evidence on identity. What about after the fact?  In theory, there could be three ways to cope with the ballot cast through a lie, and Texas law already has two of them:

  1. Strike the ballot.
  2. Throw them in jail.
  3. Contest the election.

Election Law junkies….I am going to give you all the links so you can look these up for yourself. LOL

On #1, Texas has no procedure I know of to challenge an individual, regular ballot after it is cast.  The Legislature could create one.  The North Carolina legislature did when it passed their voter ID law (which the Fourth Circuit just struck down).  The fact that Texas doesn’t have an after-the-fact procedure isn’t the end of the story, because I think #2 and #3 should still apply and have more force anyway.

On #2, you can commit perjury in Texas even if there is no judge or notary to swear you in, thanks to the “unsworn declaration statute”.

(http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/CP/htm/CP.132.htm)

I’m not sure if the offense is perjury (a misdemeanor) or “tampering with a governmental record” (could be a felony).

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.37.htm.

If it’s a felony, you lose the right to vote during your punishment.

(http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/effects.shtml).  If I lied to cast a ballot, I would fear that a lot more than a challenge to cancel my vote.

On #3, you can still contest an election.

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/EL/htm/EL.232.htm  If I lost an election by fewer votes than impediment affidavits that were cast, I’d challenge it!  And if votes through false affidavits did not swing an election, that individual harm could still be solved by throwing them in jail.

So overall, yes, there is a difference between provisional and regular ballots, but not one that matters here if voters that lie on affidavits can still be jailed and elections can still be contested.

Warmest regards and have a nice weekend,

Sue Evenwel”

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