Independent Texans

Guess who will decide this election, including Hays County Props 1 & 2

Independents — now 42% of America — will decide this election. This is screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-2-06-21-pmespecially true in Hays County as more and more Millennials (the majority of whom now identify as independents) have moved to Hays County seeking the affordability that would allow them to raise a family.

QUESTION:  Guess who is trying to saddle this generation with the $237.8 million additional debt for an unnecessary jail expansion and roads to nowhere — Props 1&2? 

Answer: The Hays County Commissioners Court – led by Commissioner Will Conley.

Conley even had the nerve to defend Hays County’s official Facebook page deleting posts from citizens raising questions about their taxes AND Props 1 & 2.

Conley just said in open court that for the county to answer these questions, “would be a waste of taxpayer money.” (Click on the 40 second video and see for yourself).

Vote No on Props 1 & 2 and help us reach voters with this half-page handy flier.

You can print it out and take it to the polls or we can get you some.

Of course, lots of great information has been gathered for you to share from the SaveHays.com website.

Those little fliers can make a huge difference if you hand ’em out right there at your poll site as folks will be standing in line. Just make sure you stay outside of the 100 foot marker.

Thank you, Hays Countians!

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COME TONIGHT — we’re not going away…far from it!

The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District meeting tonight at 6 pm at Bastrop City

The goose that laid the golden egg -- the Simsboro

The goose that laid the golden egg — the Simsboro

Hall (1311 Chestnut) is one of the most important meetings you’ll ever attend.

There has been much confusion about End Op, Forestar, Vista Ridge (the San Antone Hose) and so many other water deals for a reason. The Simsboro is under siege.

We live in an area of the state where the goose that laid the golden egg — our groundwater — is about to get choked to death. Others of you who live along the I-35 growth corridor are also about to get choked to death with mounting debt for infrastructure to make sure that we keep bringing masses of people here as quicklly as possible to feed the growth lobby. Simsboro water is integral to this “growth machine.”

Lost Pines GCD has also been under siege as well, and they are buckling. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. What is surprising is that we — residents and landowners — are not only still standing, we’re still fighting for the incoming and next generation — not to mention our property rights, ecosystems and local economies.

Details fom Enviromental Stewardship

Bring donations small or large for the new non-profit Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund
and get ready for a whole new ballgame in the courts!

Quick note about the Bastrop City Council meeting last night: The petition games have started with lots of silliness to go around. Councilwoman Deborah Jones acted like she knew nothing about the “filers” of the petition — Independent Texans — or who I am. If memory serves us…here she is speaking at our candidate forum on April 18th sitting not 5 feet from me, the moderator.

Yes, we made a big mistake not endorsing Kelly Gilleland in that race. Bastrop is now paying for it but don’t worry, we will make amends in November and beyond with a whole new crop of people who are starting to pay attention.

Looking forward to seeing you tonight!

P.S. If you live in the city of Bastrop, please make plans to attend the next city council meeting — next Tuesday at 6:30 pm. More soon.

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City of Bastrop Descends Into Deeper Crisis

Mike Talbot, longtime Bastrop City Manager, Statesman photoThe city of Bastrop has descended ever deeper into crisis with its two top management officials resigning. Longtime City Manager, Mike Talbot resigned for the second time in June. Tuesday night, longtime City Attorney Jo-Christy Brown tendered her resignation stating,

“This negativism, which I believe is entirely unwarranted, has now escalated to an extent that I simply no longer have the energy or desire to continue to subject my good name and hard-earned reputation to it any further”.

Not three hours after Brown’s resignation came Interim City Manager Steve Adcock’s. Adcock is also respected and an honest guy in law enforcement.

Frankly, what we fear most is what’s coming next. That would be the appointment of a new city manager and city attorney on Tuesday. You can bet they will be part of the good ol’ boy network in Bastrop. How do we know this? Here’s Mayor Ken Kesselus’ response to Adcock’s departure in today’s Austin American-Statesman:

“I don’t know what to make of it except that my mother used to work in a funeral home and said that death always comes in three,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s an old wives’ tale or what, but it seems to be true.”

Seriously? This is the guy who is leading the city of Bastrop?

Listen up people. Kesselus and his clan are trying to shift the blame for their own mismanagement and misplaced priorities onto their employees. It’s really that simple.

We have put out a warning to all. Bastrop’s high growth, if not managed properly, spells for a new and unfamiliar kind of disaster. We cannot afford to make the mistakes that Austin’s “growth machine” has made, leading to an affordability collapse. Bastrop is far more vulnerable than Austin. We all know it. So let’s not treat this like a crazy aunt in the basement that no one is willing to talk about.

Only the voters can do anything about this now. Here’s what can YOU do.
Note:  Last call Monday for petitions!

Go to our Petition page here and get our petitions signed by city voters.
Click here to see a map of the Bastrop City Limits
You can also call us and we’ll do home visits.

We deeply appreciate your financial contributions and your participation so very much!

All three photo credits are to the Austin American-Statesman.

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SAWS buzz saw gets no R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

When SAWS CEO, Robert “what-me-worry?” Puente, was asked about the possibility of an open meetings violation this week, he suggested that we — the folks living over the aquifer he plans to raid – might be living in a “cave”. (It’s on the last page of this article).

Also, take note on that same page of the $1.25 million SAWS is giving to a number of organizations to make themselves look like the great benevolent conservation organization that they are NOT. (We say to those organizations, good for you and take the money and run. But please, realize SAWS wants to alienate you from other environmental organizations opposing Vista Ridge. Instead — consider using those funds to help us beat the SAWS buzz saw and save your city from being ridiculed as the water grabbing baron of Texas.)

Now, we take these SAWS people very seriously.

San Antonio Water Systems May 18, 2016 deliberations on Vista Ridge Water Project "the San Antone Hose"

SAWS Buzz Saw Gets No R.E.S.P.E.C.T

Watch this 1-minute video to see our very statesmanlike response to SAWS Chairman Berto Guerra who shares his conviction that SAWS has channeled divine intervention in the Vista Ridge deal to benefit San Antonians. (Berto’s rapture simply overtook him just before he leaves on his most recent junket to Spain.)

Sincere thanks to Terry Burns, Alamo Sierra Club Chair, for the best testimony yet on Vista Ridge. We, on the other side of the pipeline, appreciate you so much.

Please share this video and get your Texas friends to sign the petition right here.

NOW, WE HAVE VERY IMPORTANT WORK FOR YOU TO DO. Please do this!

Today, Friday, May 20th, is the last day to early vote in the small turnout runoff elections. Every WILL count.
Election Day is next Tuesday, May 24th.
Independent Texans proudly endorses these three fine candidates below.

Do you know someone who lives in their district? Click on the link below and look at the 35 counties they collectively represent: then, contact your friends now, please

David Simpson for Texas Senate District 1
Susan King for Texas Senate District 24
Ernest Bailes for Texas House District 18

THANK YOU, TEXAS.

PS Did you see the Conservation Scorecard that was released yesterday? SAWS, once a leader in conservation in the nation, is now ranked 14th in Texas. Great work, Texas Living Waters Project: http://www.texaswaterconservationscorecard.org/

PPS Did we forget to beg you for money again? We’re shameless: http://indytexans.org/donate/

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Independent Texans PAC Endorses Ernest Bailes

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

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CONTACT: Linda Curtis, Director of Independent Texans, (512) 657-2089, ljcurtis@indytexans.org

HEAD:  Independent Texans PAC Endorses Ernest Bailes for Texas House of Representatives District 18 (for details about the HD 18, click here)

(Dayton, Texas) Independent Texans proudly endorses Ernest Bailes in the Republican Party primary runoff for State Representative House District 18. HD 18 covers Liberty, San Jacinto and Walker counties. Independent Texans PAC, founded in 2001, is the only political action committee for non-aligned independent voters, of which there are millions in Texas.

Arlan Foster of Liberty County served as President of the Correctional Employees Union AFSCME Council 7 in 2006 when Council 7 bolted from the Texas AFL-CIO union establishment by endorsing Carole Strayhorn in her independent run for Governor. Foster said, “Mr. Bailes made it clear to us that he gets what is most important to rural Texans — defending our property rights against eminent domain abuse and protecting our water resources. His opponent didn’t even return our many calls to reach him. The job description is in the job title, State ‘Representative’. Independents want office holders that will at least return our call.”

Linda Curtis, the Director of Independent Texans and a resident of House District 17 (Lee, Bastrop, Gonzales, Caldwell and Karnes counties), remarked, “Non-aligned independents are the change agents in the national election. What does it say to HD 18 voters when one of the candidates snubs us? Strahan is a Trojan horse for the minority faction within the Republican Party – funded by Empower Texans — that has an axe to grind against the powerful Speaker of the Texas House, Joe Straus. Electing Strahan will get HD 18 voters exactly what he gave us – zip.”

The contest in this race is only in the Republican primary runoff. There is no Democrat running in November. The runoff is expected to be close. Those who voted in the Democratic primary may not vote in this runoff, but those who either voted in the Republican primary or did not vote in either party primary in March are now eligible to vote in this runoff.

Foster is building an affiliate of Independent Texans in Liberty County. Curtis and Independent Texans recently helped settle a heated primary for House District 17. They hope to make the margin of difference in HD 18 as well.

Early voting in the upcoming runoff elections is May 16th through May 20th. Election Day is Tuesday, May 24th.

More information can be found in the News section at IndyTexans.org.

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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:

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

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose

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