Thursday, December 11, 2014

I'M Back!

I want to apologize for being absent lately.  I was given a short term assignment out of state that took up a lot of my time.  So I am back and will try to post quite a bit over the next couple of weeks.  And it looks like I will have something to discuss - HD 13 and HD 17 are both on my radar. 

But before I start with those I saw this letter to the editor in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal.  I just thought it was interesting and wanted to share it with my readers.  It looks like people outside of Austin are starting to get what everyone inside Austin knows - Empower Texans is a special interest group, Just like Emily's List or Exon Mobile.  ET doesn't necessarily care about West Texas - they care about their power and individual issues.  And it has always been rumored that ET and Dunn require a candidate to make a commitment to vote against Joe Straus for their support.  This is just one more indicator that the rumor is true. 

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
Letter: Burrows should vote for Straus

Is state Rep.-elect Dustin Burrows making a bad bet against West Texas in order to serve his own political interests?

As of this writing, 76 of 98 House Republicans have already endorsed Rep. Joe Straus’s re-election as speaker of House, including West Texans like Ken King (Canadian), Four Price (Amarillo), Susan King (Abilene) and John Frullo (Lubbock). Straus, who’s been very good for West Texas, will win in a landslide.

And yet, at a time in which committee appointments and legislative priorities are being considered, Burrows is still uncommitted.

But why?

Surely he’s not afraid of special interests outside of our district — like Empower Texans, who’s trying to install a speaker they can control by claiming (despite leading the most conservative legislature in Texas history in 2013) Straus isn’t “conservative” enough. Could he be wagering against his district’s immediate interests to avoid a 2016 primary threat? Was voting against Straus a condition of his appointment?

Borden, Gaines, Lubbock, Lynn, Mitchell, Scurry and Terry counties presently face serious drought, under-funded schools (further threatened by voucher legislation), declining infrastructure and uncomfortable state-level consequences of the 2014 Farm Bill. We need influential representation in Austin for West Texas — not marginalized representation kowtowing to ideologues and outside interest groups.

Not long ago, then-Speaker Pete Laney (Hale Center) called House votes by stating, “Members, vote your districts.”

Burrows’s vote for the speaker — his first legislative vote — should indicate whether he’ll make a habit of voting for or against West Texas.


JAY LEESON/Lubbock

Friday, November 14, 2014

Immigration Amnesty - What's Up?




I have been thinking about amnesty a lot lately.  I just cannot believe the President is going to go forward with executive action and essentially pardon 5 to 12 million illegal aliens.  This is what I can’t figure out, why in the world would the African American community support the President and Democrats after this action.  They are going to be the ones who are hurt the most.  After these aliens become legal there will be more competition for low wage jobs, more competition for government services and it will eventually make Hispanics the largest minority group in the United States.  So what’s up with that?

According to the Heritage Foundation the cost of pardoning 33 million aliens will be 6 trillion dollars.  Most of the cost will be Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, education, welfare benefits and other social services.



Additionally,  amnesty will depress wages.  The majority of the new immigrants that would benefit from amnesty would be low-skilled labor.  The CBO stated that wages would decrease over 10 years.  And the US Commission on Civil Rights stated both legal and illegal immigration accounts for forty percent of the 18-point percent decline for African American employment levels. 

And we all know that if the President grants amnesty millions of new illegal immigrants will head North starting the cycle all over again.  This is exactly why Republicans say we MUST secure the border before we do anything with illegal aliens already here.  Again the CBO has stated that illegal immigration would continue at 75% the rate even after the Presidents amnesty.  So we can expect another crisis in 10 to 20 years.

While the President continually talks about the widening divide between the rich and poor, giving amnesty to millions of 3rd world poor will do nothing but make it worse. 

I cannot understand why African Americans support this amnesty.  I recently heard a Democrat say that he could not understand why poor white southern voters voted Republican – it was against their best interest since Democrats want to grow government and the safety net.  Well I have the same question for African Americans – why in the world would you support this disaster?

Google Amnesty Immigration and low income Americans,  I couldn’t find one article that said amnesty would be good for low wager earners…

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thoughts on SD 28 - Post Election




Well, another election has come and gone.  The candidate I hoped would win didn't but I don't live in the district so I am not too upset.  Senate District 28 will have to live with their decision. 

Turnout was about what everyone expected but the timeframe was just too short for a new comer, non-incumbent to win.  Charles Perry should be on a plane to Asia to kiss Governor Perry’s big old Texas A&M ring on bended knee. 

I want to point something out that I think might have consequences for future races.  Every election cycle Empower Texans sends out their questionnaire.  The consultants I talked to said it just shows up like dozens of other questionnaires from dozens of other special interest groups.  You have the NRA, TMA, Parent PAC, etc.  These groups use the questionnaires to figure out whether a candidate is one who they can support and more importantly it boxes a potential Member of the legislature in on an issue before they have ever thought about casting a vote. 

I am told the Jodey Arrington Campaign received the Empower Texans questionnaire like all the others and they decided to fill it out along with the others even though they knew that Empower was going to support/endorse Perry.  But they figured if they didn’t fill the questionnaire out and return it, Empower Texans would blast them for not being transparent and hiding their liberal tendencies. 

When the Arrington campaign found out that Empower Texans and it’s affiliates started dumping big money into the race on behalf of Charles Perry – six figures I am told – the Arrington Campaign aired a radio ad calling Charles Perry out on it.  Perry took money from an organization whose leader was just fined $10,000.00 for failure to register as a lobbyist and destroying thousands of emails during the investigation.  As Obama likes to say – bad optics.

How does Empower Texans react?  They attack Arrington for filling out their questionnaire!  Mike Sullivan wrote a scathing blog post (google it) and sent it to all his members in West Texas, I believe they sent out mail and they got their lackeys Robert Pratt and Chad Hasty to jump all over Arrington on the radio for filling out the questionnaire. (by the way Robert Pratt has written over 10 blog post that have been published by Empower Texans in 2014, kind of incestuous) Their line of attack was: Arrington sought our endorsement and once he found out he didn't get it he attacked us thus he is a flip flopper.  

My question is this:  will future candidates continue to fill out Empower Texans questionnaires if they might get attacked for doing it?  Why would they?   I brought this up to a couple of consultants last night and they said it would definitely play a part in deciding whether to fill it out.  They now have an excuse to not fill it out, we are afraid if we do fill it out and you decide to support our opponent you might attack us for filling it out, sorry we aren't going to take that chance.

Time to pay the bills but I might have another post on this race whose subject deals with the amount of money Empower Texans and their affiliates actually put into this race.  I am having all the mail overnighted to me because I am told mail was delivered to mailboxes but wasn't reported in ethics commission reports, which is against the law.  If true I will be filing an ethics complaint and forwarding my findings to the Public Integrity Unit in Austin.  Don’t worry I will keep the readers informed!


Have a nice week and til next time – Adios MOFOS!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Classy



I thought Greg Abbott's response to Wendy Davis' disclosure that she had two abortions in the early 1990's was very classy and sympathetic.  I have know Abbott since he was a Supreme Court Justice (although he probably couldn't pick me out of an empty room) and I like him.  He is ambitious but I think he is smart and always tries to do the correct thing for Texas.  I really like the fact that he has no ambition beyond the Governors Mansion.

“The Unspeakable pain of losing a child is beyond tragic for any parent.  As a father, I grieve for the Davis family and for the loss of life.”

Now, what about Wendy releasing a book 2 months before an election in which she is raising money from people all over the country?  If she doesn’t donate the proceeds to help deter abortions then she is as bad as I thought.  Because if she doesn’t then this is one of two things:  One, she is trying to get rich off running for office (like kinky) which is despicable when you are out asking single moms to contribute to your campaign. Two, this is a way to funnel money to her campaign.  For example a corporation, or nonprofit that wants her to win could buy thousands of books.  Then Wendy can use that money to loan to her campaign. We will see because if she loans herself money then we know. 

Questions of the week:

Anyone seen our Governor?

Who were the fathers of the aborted babies?

Is dove hunting better this year than last year?

When will UT fire Coach Strong?



Til Next Time – Adios Mofos! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Throw Back Thursday – SD 28

Screen Shot taken from KCBD website


I have been telling you that Charles Perry will do anything to get elected.  If you go to the website run by KCBD you will see a quote from Perry from his last legislative race.   It says:

"Lobbyists and special interests' monies have undermined the representative form of government that our founding fathers designed. I will have no paid endorsements from special interests or lobbyists. It is time to replace the status quo politician or a want-a-be politician with competent, energetic and principled individuals that desire to serve the constituent, not the biggest check writer.” 

AT&T PAC                                                                 $5,000
Blackridge                                                                 $1,000
Brazos Public Affairs                                             $250
Centerpoint Energy PAC                                      $1000
Empower Texans PAC                                           $40,000
Erben & Yarbrough                                               $500.00
Graydon Group                                                       $1,000
Hillco PAC                                                                $1,000
HomePAC of Texas                                                $2500.00
Carl Isett                                                                   $250
OxyPAC                                                                     $2500
Texans for Education Reform                            $40,000 (Anti-Public Schools, Pro Vouchers)
Tex HY-PAC                                                             $500
Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC                       $25000
Texas Air Conditioning Contractors PAC       $2000
Texas Farm Bureau Agfund PAC                      $2500
Texas Friends of Time Warner Cable PAC      $2500
Texas Optometric PAC                                          $5000


It looks like Mr. Perry isn't so principled after all.  The donations above are just a small sample of the Special Interest and Lobbyist money over the last 20 days. 


I don’t want to be dramatic but it looks like to me that Charles Perry is a fraud.  He says he won’t take money from lobbyist but changes his mind.  He says on his webpage that he was the Co-Autor of the State Water Plan but it turns out he tried to kill it and voted against it.  It goes on and on.  Pay attention folks – Charles Perry does not have West Texas’ best interest in mind. 

Til' Next Time - Adios My Friends!