Agriculture

Sign the Petition Letter for Texas Hearings on TransCanada/Keystone XL Pipeline!

There is a growing call for public hearings from  Texas landowners and residents in NE Texas who are facing potential eminent domain seizures of their land for the Keystone XL/TransCanada pipeline.  The following organizations are doing this together:  Independent Texans, We Texans, Texans for Accountable Government, Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom.

Please sign this petition/letter to State Representative and Chair of the Land and Resource Management Committee, Rene Oliveira, committee Vice-Chair, Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt and Texas House Speaker, Rep. Joe Straus.

[emailpetition id=”3″]

 

Share

Due Friday! Give Texas a BIG Christmas Present!

Please give Texas a BIG Christmas present this year — due this Friday!  That would be a comment on the plan by the USDA for an animal ID regulation that hurts small. local farming, when we all know the real offenders are large-scale corporate farms.  This is the last thing we need need in the midst of this historic drought!

Go here for the details sent from FARFA (Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance) on how to submit your comments.  Please do this NOW!

Question: (after you read this, please comment below or you can send a private email with your answer to Linda Curtis here)  We have been asked by property rights advocates, landowners and environmentalists alike, to help fight the TransCanada pipeline planned for NE Texas.  We are deeply concerned about the potential for a spill that could contaminate the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer.  The Governor of Nebraska, a Republican, stood up to TransCanada’s plan to traverse the great Ogallala Aquifer.  Meanwhile, our Governor, nor his people, have expressed any interest in standing up to TransCanada for Texas.

What do you think?  Should we help NE Texans fight the TransCanada pipeline?  Why or why not?  Submit your comments below — AFTER you send your comments to the USDA on animal ID.

We are still seeking candidates to run on any party line or as independent (non-affiliated).  The filing deadline is December 15. Please pass share this message.  Thank you!

Wanted - Citizens to fight the Water Robber Barons!

 

 

Share

Grassroots declare victory, issues warning!


Thank you to Terri Hall and Texas TURF, for issuing this joint press release with Independent Texans and We Texans about Tuesday’s election results on statewide propositions:

Release:  Grassroots declare victory, issues warning!

The Texas Water War is now officially on.  The filing deadline for candidates in all parties, or as independent/non-unaffiliated, is December 15th.  The courts are now drawing the lines, as the legislature made fatal errors.

The upcoming election is a great opportunity. Independent Texans is looking for candidates!

We will call a meeting real soon. Meanwhile, get this poster out across Texas land! Post it around town and email it, and Facebook it!

Wanted - Citizens to fight the Water Robber Barons!

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Ten proposed constitutional amendments appeared on the ballot in the November 8 election. Here is a summary of each. Results appear beside each proposition. For more details, head to www.votexas.org or www.sos.state.tx.us.

Proposition 1 — PASSED

Allows a full property tax homestead exemption for the surviving spouse of a totally disabled veteran if the spouse has not remarried and the property was the family’s homestead when the veteran died.

Proposition 2 — PASSED

Authorizes the Texas Water Development Board to issue additional general obligation bonds up to $6 billion.

Proposition 3 — PASSED

Authorizes the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to issue general obligation bonds on a continuing basis to finance student loans.

Proposition 4 — FAILED

Allows the Legislature to permit a county to issue bonds or notes to develop an “unproductive, underdeveloped or blighted” area.

Proposition 5 — PASSED

Permits cities and counties to enter into contracts with other cities and counties without having to assess property taxes to pay the contract costs.

Proposition 6 — PASSED

Increases the amount of principal available for withdrawal from the permanent school fund each year and clarifies some references to the fund in the state constitution.

Proposition 7 — FAILED

Adds El Paso County to the counties allowed to create conservation and reclamation districts to develop tax-financed parks and recreation areas.

Proposition 8 — FAILED

Provides for a lower property tax appraisal for land where the owner is engaging in good water stewardship, similar to the existing agriculture and wildlife exemptions.

Proposition 9 — PASSED

Allows the governor, upon recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, to grant a pardon, reprieve or commutation of a sentence for someone who has completed deferred adjudication community supervision.

Proposition 10 — PASSED

Extends the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of a local elected office holder if the official becomes a candidate for another office. The length of the remaining term is extended to one year and 30 days, instead of the previous one year.

For reports on each County click here.

Share

Announcements! Changes due to Bastrop Fires

Due to the fires throughout central Texas, we have delayed several events.  First, the San Antonio Event on Sept. 13th, is rescheduled for October 3, 6 to 8 pm at the John Igo Library in San Antonio.  We will have presentations about the statewide propositions — particularly Props 2, 4 and 8. We have also delayed the release of Perry Poop, focused on the Governor’s presidential run until next week.    
*******
I am writing to you more personally tonight as a Bastrop resident.  Thank you to the many people who have called and emailed your concerns.  My home and family are fine.  Unfortunately, this is not the case for many Bastropians who are really hurting.  If you can contribute time or funds to help, please do to your favorite organization.  Or, if you wish, please consider giving to the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund which provides gear to volunteer fire fighters that will surely be needed as wildfire conditions will likely continue throughout the state.  If you live in Bastrop County, here’s a lovely outdoor music event tomorrow evening, Saturday, September 10th, in McDade where can bring donations for fire relief.
*******
I will be attending the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Conference on Monday next week.  I hope you can join me there, or at the film viewing that evening of the first Texas showing of Farmaggedon.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all your offers to help me personally and your fellow Texans.  We’ll be back in touch next week.  Linda Curtis, Independent Texans
Share

Texans Gear Up to Kill Perry’s Trans-Texas Water Highway

Feral Hogs aren't the only hogs running wild in Texas.

            The people of Texas killed the grand scheme of the Trans-Texas Corridor.  But according to Independent Texans, the state's only voter association for non-aligned and independent voters, the tentacles of the TTC still need to be cut-off, namely:  the legislature's dangerous plan to move groundwater around the state. This Tuesday, the Natural Resources Committee in the Texas House will deliberate on the house version of SB 332, HB 1730 for "vested" water rights. They say that the bill is just part of an overall plan for groundwater transport that includes constitutional amendments that will make taxpayers pay for expensive pipelines and other projects, and to gain new taxing authority for the state — all to enrich private developers and water profiteers.  (See SJR 25HJR 137 and HJR 138.)

Share

Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

Sign it, if you live in Austin

Austin is Not Developers' Monopoly Board

Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:

[signature]

Why don't you share this with your friends, please:

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose

Archives
Share