Texas Tea Party Alliance folds
David Batson, chairman of the steering committee, announced Friday that the TTPA will turn over its assets to the McKinney Tea Party.
Mr. Batson announced recently:
We have a lot of questions out there and certainly one would be if we merge with another local Tea Party then it is very possible Jay could plug in with their web/email team where they seem to have good support. With Jay's ideas and knowledge and the video equipment we bought for him to do videos, he could be a valuable asset in a merger and would have support from technical people who are very active. We would then need to merge our constant contact list with theirs and then figure out what to do with TTPA web site? Do we keep it active and provide links off the other Tea Party web page to TTPA or do we eliminate our web page after the November elections and put a notice out that after a certain date that our page will move to a new web site? Obviously if we merge the new Tea Party will have a lot of input on these issues.
Mark and I had hoped to be able to come to a solution with everyone via email since it is so hard to schedule a meeting because of so many conflicts and personal issues like keeping jobs, health, having babies etc. It is hard to get timely email responses to address key issues or scheduled a meeting to discuss the direction to take.
It is easy to say lets just keep TTPA running and if that is the decision of everyone then we need folks to be active again by taking on certain responsibilities because honestly for the last year it has only been Jay and myself and we have basically only been able to keep the web site updated and provide voter guides for the recent elections. Mark has only recently been able to try and get plugged back in but we need more than three of us active and involved if we are to have any success at all.
I shared with Mark that if we can not get any more people involved then I suggested we merge with another local Tea Party and suggested the McKinney Tea Party because I have attended several of their meetings and really like how they are organized and how they approach issues. Their meetings are well attended and effective.
Since we are a PAC we have significant IRS responsibilities/reporting and I am not sure given our current condition that we meet all the requirements of a PAC. All that will need to be closed down and our money moved to the McKinney Tea Party, assuming you agree. I thank God that we did not get hit up by the IRS like a lot of tea parties did because I am not sure how we would have done and I am concerned about the power the IRS has for what they deem to be violations.
GOP run-off voting today;
Cole, Ramage get Tea Approval
Final voting in the Collin County run-off election begins at 7 a.m. at 202 poll sites around Collin County. CLICK HERE to see official locations and maps. Polls will be open until 7 p.m.
Jon Cole's race for Texas 67th legislative district has heated up. Cole was the front runner in the May primary. Cole is Tea Approved and supported by the Collin County Conservative Coalition (CCCC). His challenger is Jeff Leach.
Sharon Ramage, candidate for Collin County Court at Law No. 2 is running a very close race with Barnett Walker. Sharon has received the TTPA Tea Approval and the approval of the CCCC. Ms. Ramage was viciously bitten by a dog and spent some time in the hospital. Her injury sparked a sick joke in her opponent's camp.
Sample ballots for your precinct is available on-line by CLICKING HERE. To find the exact sample ballot, voters must know their precinct. Precinct is on the voter ID card. Match the precinct number with the ballot style.
Voters may take sample ballots or the TTPA voters guide into the voting booth. The only restriction is a voter must not show it to other voters.
Collin County Fact Check
clears up falsehoods
Go to Collin County Fact Check to determine what is true or false about your candidate. CLICK HERE.
Donna Garner blasts
Respected pundit Donna Garner issues a scathing rebuke of Jeff Leach, candidate in the HD 67 campaign. Read her blog at this link: CLICK HERE.
Donna has also endorsed Ted Cruz over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
"Dewhurst is in the July 31, 2012 run-off with Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz was mentored by highly respected Tex. Attorney General Gregg Abbott, and the two have successfully defended Texas values in landmark cases at the national level," Ms. Garner said in a recent blog on Tea Party Nation.
Cruz is an authority on U. S. Supreme Court litigation and is skilled in knowing how legally to defeat Obama and the overreaching laws that have been passed under his administration.
Cruz is exactly the type of skilled, conservative attorney that we need in the U. S. Senate to undo the wrongs that have been set in place under the Obama regime.
Dark forces harass
RAMPARTS -- I was asked by Jon Cole to endorse him for House District 67. After talking to various conservative friends in his district and after spending a long time on the telephone asking him very personal questions about his life, beliefs, spiritual experiences, etc., I endorsed him.
Later in the day, I began receiving calls and e-mails from other conservative friends who made various negative statements about him. Read more ...
Is Dewhurst running scared?
Gov. Rick Petty, Speaker Joe Straus, along with Dewhurst have announced a plan to reduce the backlog in benefits to Texas veterans. In some cases, the Texas Department of Veterans Affairs has called in retirees to head up a special task force, this blogger learned from a confidential source. In one case, the retiree was offered work for up to a year and be able to continue to draw his/her retirement at the same period.
It appears to be pure political posturing with Texas Vets in the middle. The Austin American-Statesman carried this report. Read more ...
Leading up to the July 31 Republican senatorial runoff, the latest financial reports show that conservative favorite Ted Cruz brought in $1.7 million between May 10 and June 30, far less than the $5.98 million raised in the same period by David Dewhurst, the GOP establishment'schoice. Read more ...
Suppose you stumbled upon the Constitution of an organization that was terrorizing the world. Would you ignore such a document, or would you read it? Read more ...
ATLANTA, Ga. — The president of Chick-fil-A says claims that his fast food chain is anti-gay are false and have been misrepresented in the media. At the same time, he vowed that the company, in keeping with the biblical underpinnings of its business mission, will continue to support programs that strengthen marriage.
Dan Cathy, president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, made the comments in a Jan. 29 statement he drafted in light of calls for a national boycott against his company. Several gay rights’ organizations initiated the boycott after discovering that one of Chick-fil-a’s Pennsylvania restaurants was providing meals for a marriage seminar sponsored by a group that advocates for traditional marriage.
In addition to the boycott, several online websites are promoting campaigns to remove shops from college campuses. via e-mail from Jan Shedd Read on ...
3,500 rural post offices to close
FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: While lawmakers continue to fight over how to fix the ailing U.S. Postal Service, the agency's money problems are only growing worse.
The Postal Service repeated on Wednesday that without congressional action, it will default—a first in its long history, a spokesman said—on a legally required annual $5.5 billion payment, due Aug. 1, into a health-benefits fund for future retirees. Action in Congress isn't likely, as the House prepares to leave for its August recess.
The agency said a default on the payment, for 2011, wouldn't directly affect service or its ability to pay employees and suppliers. But "these ongoing liquidity issues unnecessarily undermine confidence in the viability of the Postal Service among our customers," said spokesman David Partenheimer.
The agency says it will default on its 2012 retiree health payment as well—also roughly $5.5 billion, due Sept. 30—if there is no legislative action by then. Read more ...
“The unions created the middle class.”
That sentence is being echoed more and more lately. A retired firefighter in Fort Worth said it to me. The truck-driving brother of a good friend said it to him.
So the questions is: Did the unions really create the middle class?
Here are some reasons it did not. Read more ...
Atlas Shrugged II coming Oct. 12
Organized labor spends about four times as much on politics and lobbying as generally thought, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis, a finding that shines a light on an aspect of labor's political activity that has often been overlooked.
Previous estimates have focused on labor unions' filings with federal election officials, which chronicle contributions made directly to federal candidates and union spending in support of candidates for Congress and the White House.
But unions spend far more money on a wider range of political activities, including supporting state and local candidates and deploying what has long been seen as the unions' most potent political weapon: persuading members to vote as unions want them to. Read more
Presidential path to victory app
SCOTUS upholds ObamaCare
WASHINGTON—A divided Supreme Court largely upheld the Obama administration's health-care law, saying the law's penalty for those who ignore a mandate to carry health insurance counted as a tax and was justified by Congress's constitutional taxing power.
The court did find one part of the law unconstitutional, saying its expansion of the federal-state Medicaid program threatened states' existing funding. The court ruled that the federal government can't put sanctions on states' existing Medicaid funding if the states decline to go along with the Medicaid expansion. Read more