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Stop Gambling Expansion in Texas

ACTION STEP: Please contact your Texas Legislators and tell them that we do not want any expansion of gambling in our state. Ask them to vote against both Rep. Hamilton’s HJR 147 and Rep. Hilderbran’s HB 254. Hilderbran’s bill is making rapid progress and is on the General State Calendar for this Tuesday, on 5.10.11.

Hilderbran’s bill makes Texas horse racing derbies possible; and, of course, the next small step would be a piece of legislation to open the way for racetrack casinos (“racinos”) at those horse racing derbies.

We do not want any expansion whatsoever of gambling in Texas because the net loss to communities outweighed the benefits 3 to 1!

Rep. Mike Hamilton (R – Mauriceville) is the chair of the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee and was appointed by Speaker Straus.

Monumental Attack Against Texas Conservatives

The House Redistricting Committee map plan (a.k.a., Solomons’ map) is a monumental attack that is meant to silence conservative voices in Texas for the next ten years to come.

The Solomons’ map eviscerates the conservatives, has nine pairings, and seven open seats. None of the House Redistricting Committee maps matches the message that conservative voters so clearly sent on Nov. 2010.

Even though Texans voted into office a supermajority of Republicans (mostly conservatives), the House Redistricting Committee map actually shapes some districts so that Democrats could more readily win rather than conservative Republicans who are in the Legislature right now.

Ironically enough, Rep. Burt Solomons (chair of the House Redistricting Committee) is a Republican appointed by Republican Speaker Joe Straus!

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Don’t Spend Our Children’s Future On Today’s Pleasures

We are all aware that our nation, as well as the great state of Texas, is in big trouble. Our elected leaders have a spending problem that they are having a hard time admitting to and breaking, but we need it to stop.

There are many groups in Austin lobbying to have their pet projects continued and we do not have the money to continue this. They are now putting pressure on our elected leaders to spend the rainy day fund. While this might solve the immediate problem, it does nothing for our future but digger a bigger hole.

“We the People” did our duty. We all worked hard to get conservative Republicans elected, but now we are all sitting at home while the lobbyists are in Austin massing pressure on the elected to continue to put our children’s future in jeopardy by continuing to spend our futures on the pleasures of today.

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Does Texas Senator Tommy Williams Want to Scrap the 4th Amendment?

In a bill being brought forward in the Texas Senate for testimony this week, The Woodlands State Senator Tommy WIlliams seeks to attack your 4th Amendment rights with a bill that calls for police checkpoints for proof of insurance. Sorry Senator, this is a bad idea. I am all for enforcement of the law. Especially the law requiring drivers to carry insurance on their motor vehicles and to provide proof of this insurance at appropriate times. However, police checkpoints for the purpose of making citizens prove they are not breaking the law is a bad idea and is unconstitutional.

SB 1700 will be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday, March 30 in Rm. E1.016.

The 4th Amendment states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue,

Securing Our US Border Is About Security, Not Racism

I am getting a little sick hearing the flat out lies we are told about Republicans and protecting our US borders. Every nation has the right, and the obligation, to protect its borders. One argument we hear often is that we need the workers.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics this month says that we have 8.9% unemployment. “The number of unemployed persons (13.7 million) and the unemployment rate (8.9 percent) changed little in February. “ 8.9% is only the number of those who the tax payers are supporting through unemployment benefits. It does not count those who are not getting anything at all. So ask yourself do we really need the workers?