Independent Texans

This con man can’t shoot straight and he ain’t got no home trainin’

The first attack mailing — surgically written with the skill of a con man’s training — in the hotly contested House District 17 race (John Cyrier v. Brent Golemon) hit the very night of the debate last Monday. It came from Goleman and, though clever, it lacked the precision that straight shooters have. Instead, it hit us and threatens to do real harm to our efforts to stop the “water grabs” and therefore, demands this response.

After you take a minute to take all this in, we ask for your help. Word travels fast in rural communities, so what we need most is for you to talk to your neighbors. If you want to donate funds, that information is at the bottom of this page.

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Rep. John Cyrier, hydrologist George Rice, landowners over the Simsboro at press conference called by League of Independent Voters, February 1, 2016

A funny thing happened when Golemon’s postcard was going out in the mail. While it proclaimed that he was the real water defender who “won’t sell you down the river” (not Cyrier or apparently us) Cyrier was actually down at the Capitol standing with the League of Independent Voters, Simsboro landowners and San Antonio hydrologist, George Rice covered in this Statesman piece here, sounding the alarm on the dangers of all three mega-permits to our water future. Golemon then took the Statesman piece and cut out our picture (similar to the one here) and sent it out with his quote promoting himself.

For months and behind our backs, Golemon had been dismissing the bill that the League of Independent Voters and my dear friend, Michele Gangnes of Lee County, asked Cyrier to introduce — HB 3163.

Surely Golemon, a lawyer by training, knows what HB 3163 is really about. It put an end to water marketer’s lawsuits against groundwater conservation district board members – as individuals — for simply for performing their duties. Their goal locally was to bully our volunteer public servants into granting huge permits that pose real risks to our aquifer and our property rights. Coercion of public servants should be scorned — if you don’t believe us, ask a sitting Lost Pines Board member how they feel about Cyrier’s support!

Linda Curtis

Linda Curtis

I have held back from publicly stating things I said privately in our endorsement session with Golemon, or I hadn’t quite fully investigated to my satisfaction by then. Golemon’s turn on us this week has changed all that for me. And, yes, I have to face the public humiliation that I had been conned by this man. So, I’m making this information public now and there is more to come. I hope you will share this with your neighbors in Lee, Bastrop, Caldwell, Karnes and Gonzales counties before Golemon does real harm to our efforts.

1.  Golemon failed to disclose approximately $28,000 in expenditures in his 8-day report for his last campaign in the special election last February (2015). It took him until June 3, 2015 to correct it!

(See Golemon’s 8-day report here.) Golemon should have been fined at least $100 per day for failure to report these expenditures but he was never fined because under Govt. Code 571.0771 if you check the box that says the following, the Ethics Commission takes no action: I swear, or affirm, that I am filing this corrected report not later than the 14th business day after the date I learned that the report as originally filed is inaccurate or incomplete. I swear, or affirm, that any error or omission in the report as originally filed was in good faith”.

Well, OK, but then in his explanation of the correction, Golemon wrote, “The political expenditures which were made from personal funds were not recorded.” I guess that means he had no idea what was coming out of his own personal bank account. Seriously?

2.  Golemon campaign reports on the Texas Ethics Commission website reveal that he hired John Higgins to work on his last and present campaigns. Higgins, formerly Chief of Staff to Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, is on probation for stealing $9000 from the District 17 office with fraudulent travel vouchers.

3.  At a recent debate, Golemon falsely accused Cyrier of voting for HB 37, who voted against it after it was loaded up and deformed with poison pill amendments by legislators under the thumb of the Austin lobby. Cyrier originally co-authored the bill, a good bill intended to pull the sheets off of “dark money” in Texas – the practice of hiding unlimited political contributions behind non-profit organizations and trade associations. Golemon utterly failed our questions about this and other open government questions, with confusing answers. Expect more of this from Golemon and don’t fall for it!  (See PS below for more.)

4.  At our endorsement session with Golemon, he pled poverty to fight Cyrier’s donors claiming he hadn’t the money to put out a mailing on water. Then, after he lost our endorsement, somehow he found the money to put out a mailing to belittle John Cyrier’s and our water efforts, crowing that he “won’t sell you down the river.” After all we did for Golemon last February, the ingratitude was stark.

Talk to your neighbors, share this message and call me if you want to help get Golemon some “home training”. As my mom used to say about people like this, ‘he ain’t got none’.

PS We gave equal opportunity to both candidates for our endorsement with a lengthy survey on the issues – on our website here for Cyrier and here for Golemon. Their answers are revealing.

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When you know they’ve gone too far.

FlierIndyTexans-1You know they’ve gone too far when they want to steal your water and your petition rights. Call your Texas House Member today — right now — and ask them to vote NO on House Bill 3298 (Gridzilla) and HB 2595 taking away 110-years of citizens’ petition rights in Texas.

Find your Texas House Representative here. Ask him or her to vote NO on House Bills 3298 and 2595. (Or, you can call the Capitol Switchboard and ask for your House Rep — 512-463-4630.)

Legislators will be hand delivered this flier today.

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We Proudly Endorse! Medina for Comptroller, Delasandro for House District 12, in the Republican primary!

Click here for the flier below announcing our support for Debra Medina.

Click here for the flier below announcing our support for Timothy Delasandro in House District 12.

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Very Important Updates! Water, land, eminent domain and corporate personhood! See you soon, we hope!

Expect a full report soon — with an action request — from the League of Independent Voters on 7 of the 9 recent East Texas hearings on eminent domain, public safety and protection of waterways. Meanwhile, please take a moment to read this release from NacStop.org, a group that’s been fighting for East Texas pipeline safety for three years.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

*  This is a quick note to ask you to mark your calendars and get to Giddings this Monday for a critical hearing about the attempted groundwater grab by Forestar Real Estate Group. The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District granted a last minute rehearing to Forestar.  Meanwhile, as you may know, Forestar and Hays County Commissioner’s Court have formed an unholy alliance that is urging for a favorable opinion from Attorney General Greg Abbott to aid their water raid on the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer mostly underlying Lee County. Come to this important hearing — wherever you live! No matter what happens, this is shaping up as ground zero for local water control and a issue in the Governor’s race.

Monday, December 16th, 6 pm Lost Pines Water Hearing!
American Legion, 1502 Hwy. 77, Giddings, TX map here.

*  January 11-12, the League of Independent Voters of Texas will hold a two day affair about local control.  There’s this national group, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, that has worked with 150 communities so far to begin to overturn the 100 years of case law supporting “corporate personhood.” Corporate personhood, in CELDF’s view, forms the foundation of the “crony capitalism” that has begun to bring folks together across the partisan divide to protect our land and water.  Can the CELDF model for local control help us continue to build a broad independent populist alliance in Texas? More details next week!

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Release: What Really Happaned Last Night!

Friends:

What really happened last night is this.  Over 300,000 Texans (27%) stood up to some of the largest corporations in the world, and the two most powerful lobbies in Texas, from oil and gas and real estate — and their bankroll of $2M.

They spent $2.39 per vote.  We spent .009 — less than 1 penny — per vote. In addition, they had some well-intended people with some bad politics (from a wing of the environmental movement) fronting for them!

Let it not go unnoticed that home of the Speaker’s efforts to move groundwater — Bastrop and Lee counties, and our neighbors in Austin County — (not to mention nearby Fayette, and Lavaca counties) Nixed Prop 6!

Lee County, the home of Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt (the do-nothing lap dog of Texas House Speaker, Joe Straus, who led the campaign for Prop 6), Nixed 6 by 62%!  Bastrop and Austin counties were close behind at 55%.

AND, several northeast counties, where farmers have been fighting the Marvin Nichols Reservoir for over a decade (Cass, Red River and Bowie) led the Nix 6 vote, with Cass County Nixing 6 with over 71%.

We also saw very strong showings throughout northeast Texas, thanks to the leadership of Rep. David Simpson.

A note received from Rep. Simpson this morning:  “I was grateful to work with Independent Texans in a trans-partisan and grassroots effort to inform voters about proposition 6. Where we were able to get the word out, it was well received.”

Congratulations are also in order to Linda Kaye Rogers, who handily won election to the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District!

We are deeply proud of the people in 18 counties that Nixed Prop 6!  http://www.texastribune.org/2013/11/05/constitutional-amendment-election-results/?c=156976

Get some rest and get ready for continued escalation of the Texas Water Wars!  This is THE issue in Texas, unless Mother Nature decides to settle the score herself.

Independently yours,
Linda Curtis
Independent Texans
IndyTexans.org
512-535-0989 office
512-657-2089 cell

PS  We will be calling meetings in the Lost Pines and Hays County in short order, as the filing period for candidates opens.  Please note that last Monday, the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District granted Forestar Real Estate Group a rehearing. We believe they are trying to protect the district from future potential litigation and we support their decision.

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Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

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Austin is Not Developers' Monopoly Board

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Make Growth Pay for Itself

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