Have fun with the release below about my WONDERFUL and quite entertaining endorsements from all persuasions sent to the media on December 23.
As I write today on Christmas eve, I am asking for your help after Christmas to make this specially called election in the middle of the Christmas holiday Rick Perry’s worst blunder since the Trans-Texas Corridor. He opened the door for voters to unite to put an independent in the Texas House (HD 17) — that’s me, Linda Curtis.
I most need your help to reach voters before and during early voting, which starts on Monday, December 29th!
Come to my Bastrop event on Sunday, Dec. 28, 4 to 6 pm* at Neighbor’s (formerly Bastrop Brewhouse, 601 Chestnut — on the Colorado River next to Wells Fargo Bank.) Can’t make it? Call me at 512-535-0989. (*Note: Our apologies if this conflicts with other events. We tried to rearrange, but couldn’t — so come when you can.)
If you want to donate to my campaign, Linda Curtis for Texas House District 17, I prefer that you give securely online here: (if not check instructions below)
Mail a check to: “Linda Curtis for Texas House District 17“, PO Box 651, Bastrop, TX 78602. Donations to political campaigns are NOT tax deductible. (Note: I will need your employer and occupation if you give $500 or more.)
If you send a check in the mail, due to slow mail, please call or email me to let me know it’s on the way. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch your email — more fun stuff coming after Christmas! Did I mention that you should have a merry one?
Independently yours, Linda
Linda Curtis for State Representative District 17
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Early voting starts in the middle of the holidays, Monday, December 29 and continues until December 31, and picks up again on January 2. Election Day is Tuesday, January 6.
Dec 23, 2014
Longtime Independent Voice Files for House District 17
“If you can’t join em, beat em!”
(Bastrop) Linda Curtis, a longtime community activist and staunch, independent political voice filed to run for the Texas House of Representatives, District 17 recently vacated by Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt. House District 17 includes Lee, Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales and Karnes Counties.
Linda has cut her political teeth on the grassroots level and has stayed true to her roots for 30 years.
Linda helped found Independent Texans, a political action committee for independent and non-aligned voters. Independent Texans has endorsed candidates running on all party lines, but has been urging – for years – that candidates run as unaffiliated independents in order to reach out to voters of all persuasions. Lately, Linda has been leading the charge against central Texas water grabs and property rights and calls herself an independent populist.
So true to form, Linda is stepping up to the plate: “Let’s make this the last time Rick Perry makes a grab for our property — our land and our water. Rick Perry is sneaking an election during the Christmas holiday. Lets not make this The Grinch That Stole An Election. The citizens of Lee, Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales and Karnes Counties will be stuck with the same old tired representation that we can’t possibly regift! Everyone talks about Texas and independence all the time. How’s this for a New Years Eve resolution we can keep: Put a true independent in the Texas House in 2015.”
Linda has begun to assemble an impressive array of supporters from across the partisan divide: Debra Medina, Pati Jacobs, Judith McGeary, Julia Trigg Crawford and Calvin Tillman.
Debra Medina, Republican mover and shaker, said this about her endorsement, “Linda Curtis has proven herself a rare gem – principled and tenacious, often the underdog, but always committed to protecting individuals from the overreach of government. I am proud to offer my support for her independent candidacy. It’s time both parties get a wake up call with someone who shoots straight against cronyism and sweetheart deals.”
Pati Jacobs, former Democratic candidate for HD 17 and owner of Bastrop Cattle Company, said: “I am supporting Linda Curtis because she is the only candidate in this race that really knows the issues that matter. She has spent many years fighting to defend our water and to protect it from those who would move it for their own profit and benefit – to the detriment of the rest of us. She fought successfully to stop the Trans-Texas Corridor scheme, and she is committed to stop the overreach of government abusing both eminent domain and property taxes. I hope you all join me in offering Linda Curtis your enthusiastic support!”
Judith McGeary, founder of the Farm Ranch Freedom Alliance (for organizational purposes only) says: “Linda speaks truth to power on behalf of people from all walks of life. For farmers, she’s been a powerful voice for property rights, fighting against the land grab by the Trans-Texas Corridor years ago and the water grab by big money interests now. Without water, local agriculture is dead. As a farmer and local food advocate, I endorse Linda wholeheartedly.”
Julia Trigg Crawford, NE Texas farmer leading the fight for eminent domain reform and against TransCanada/Keystone XL’s land grabs says: “There’s no one more qualified for this position than independent Linda Curtis. For years she’s led her community’s efforts to protect precious water resources, and campaign for eminent domain reform. It is time her voice and representation has a bigger stage.”
Calvin Tillman, former Mayor of DISH, Texas: “I left the Republican Party not long ago, to become an independent like Linda. I am endorsing her because she knows what is best for Texas is for us to get out of the parties, stop straight ticket voting and to create a new political culture for us all to stand up to the big lobbies. That would be the real estate and oil and gas lobbies that are running rough shod over Texans and our property rights.”
Martha Estes, grassroots leader to stop the Trans-Texas Corridor: “STEPPED ON one time too many…
Voting is the best revenge!!” Always willing to have fun with Perry’s political charades, check out Martha’s rendition of “These Boots are made for walking.”
Brian Rodgers, Austin civic activist, whistle-blower on the real estate industry: “Linda and I share this bond — a passion for economic populism – that our government shouldn’t favor certain powerful economic interests over prosperity for all of us. Linda understands how special interests, like the real estate industry, control the levers of local and state government and the allocation of public resources to further their own economic gain while the rest of us pay the costs in the form of higher taxes, fees, and utilities while endangering our self reliance as our water is pumped from beneath our feet. Few elected officials of either party bother to push back but Linda has been pushing back successfully for her entire life. Only an independent like Linda Curtis has the freedom to operate unshackled by the party doctrine. Please join me in supporting Linda as State Rep for 17.”
Texans for Accountable Government (TAG) members are concerned with government overreach and business as usual in Austin. Linda Curtis brings authenticity to the race for House District 17. With demonstrably leadership, we can count on her to empower property owners, ensured fair representation, and represent the interests of the people, rather than the powerful. We proudly endorse Linda Curtis for Texas House District 17. When it comes to the status quo, we say NO THANKS. We want independents!”
Ms. Curtis has a long history working in the independent movement; from her early efforts gaining ballot access for the first woman and African-American to get on the ballot for President in all 50 states (Lenora Fulani in 1988) to the Ross Perot founded Reform Party in the 1990s.
“If you’re a Texan, you’re independent. And if you’re independent, you should support our campaign for HD 17,” says Curtis.
Linda Curtis resides with her two dogs, Miss Penny and Mr. Boo, in the piney woods of Bastrop County. Her neighborhood, just outside the city of Bastrop on the doorstep of Bastrop State Park, was spared from the 2011 Bastrop fire simply because the wind was blowing the other way.
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The League of Independent Voters of Texas is holding a statewide conference call next Saturday (January 25 at 10 am) to discuss efforts to bring the issues of eminent domain abuse, public safety and protection of waterways into the 2014 state election cycle debates.
If you want to join the call, please reply to this message — we’ll send you details.
REMEMBER PLEASE! — TEXAS residents, if you haven’t yet, SIGN THIS ONLINE LETTER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL GREG ABBOTT:
Letter to Attorney General Greg Abbott:
Public Citizen just sent out a similar online letter to their supporters AND this letter to the Attorney General. The letter explains more precisely what the safety inspection (or lack thereof) issues are.
In addition, TransCanada is telling emergency response personnel in rural areas that it’s just “crude” coming through the line. This is deceptive and dangerous. Go to this site: http://www.tarsandsprotectionleague.org/ to see why.
The online letters are flying into the AG’s office but we NEED MORE! PLEASE HELP!
Hope to “see” you all next Saturday at 10 am via conference call.
This release was sent to statewide media. Please consider writing a letter to the editor about this of your local newspaper.
This Letter to Attorney General Greg Abbott from Public Citizen provides more details as to the safety issues.
Lots of background information and maps about how East Texas is affected are here: TexasPipelineWatch.org.
Even the bovines and equines get it –
No Eminent Domain for Private Gain!
This media release just went out to over 1,000 media outlets throughout Texas about Julia Trigg Crawford’s important appeal to the Texas Supreme Court. Please share this as you wish by sharing this from our web blog or just copy it and paste it into an email.
We will be back in touch real soon with our plans for the new year!
For Immediate Release: Jan. 8, 2014
Contact: Julia Trigg Crawford, 713-443-8789
Texas’s Highest Court Favors Texas Landowner
Over Foreign Pipeline Giant TransCanada
AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of landowner Julia Trigg Crawford, ordering TransCanada to submit information by Feb. 6 as the justices weigh arguments to hear the case regarding eminent domain abuse.
Texas’s highest court delivered a clear victory for pipeline opponents and landowners fighting TransCanada’s overreach on property rights. At the heart of Crawford’s case is the ability of TransCanada, a foreign corporation, to use eminent domain under the state’s “common carrier” clause since their pipeline transports 90% Canadian tarsands and 10% North Dakota oil. There is no on ramp for Texas oil therefore violating the definition of a common carrier under Texas law.
Crawford said she looks forward to her family’s day in court, “As a landowner, property rights are key to my livelihood and family legacy. A foreign corporation pumping foreign oil simply does not qualify as a common carrier under Texas law. TransCanada does not get to write their own rules. I look forward to the Supreme Court hearing our case and our plea to protect the fundamental rights of property owners.”
The ruling on Wednesday from the Texas Supreme Court means that Crawford will be able to take the next step in the appeals process against TransCanada. The southern segment, also known as Gulf Coast Segment, stretches from Cushing, Oklahoma to Beaumont, Texas and carries tarsands or dilbit which is a combination of tarsands and chemicals that react very differently than conventional Texas oil when spills occur.
“We’re thrilled, because the a court has finally ruled in favor of us – the little guys – and against a foreign oil giant,” Julia Trigg Crawford continued. “Basically, TransCanada said that it wanted a waiver from responding to our petition, and the Supreme Court said, ‘No, you must respond’.”
Crawford says her case has broad implications, because if she wins, TransCanada and other foreign oil companies will no longer be able to use eminent domain to seize land for their private profit without direct proof their pipeline is carrying Texan oil.
TX Supreme Court Ruling: http://www.scribd.com/doc/197429631/Texas-Supreme-Court-Ruling-in-Favor-of-Landowner
Pictures of Julia Trigg Crawford: http://www.standtallwithjulia.com
Coming out of 9 East Texas hearings, the League of Independent Voters of Texas has prepared a report and is making a call to action in January!
On the weekend of January 11-12, in the small town of Paige (Bastrop County), the League is bringing in outside help to develop a revolutionary approach to regaining local control, in the anti-federalist spirit of Jefferson, Madison and Thomas Paine.
Click on this link, and come to Paige!
Texans are besieged with corporate interests using eminent domain for private gain, while state officials try to shift blame to the feds. That dog don’t hunt, guys, since you’re in charge in Texas.
* Forestar Real Estate Group’s rehearing last Monday for more groundwater from the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District resulted in no Board action until they review all the testimony. Wimberley’s Malcolm Harris, an expert attorney in water rights, turned a lot of heads with this testimony, as did Michele Gangnes’ (Neighbors for Neighbors) testimony here. Special thanks to Travis County residents, Roger Baker (Save Our Springs) and Dick Kallerman (Sierra Cub, Austin), for their supportive testimony. And, as always, Environmental Stewardship did the heavy lifting providing expert testimony for the record. ES received over $500 in donations at the hearing — thank y’all! If you still want to help, please send a tax-deductible donation to Environmental Stewardship, PO Box 1423, Bastrop, TX 78602.
* Terri Hall (Texas TURF) writes about private developers seizing Terrell Graham’s property in the Texas Hill Country to discharge treated sewage. Click here and take action for Mr. Graham, who also reached out to us.
Again, click on this link about the East Texas hearings and what the plan is for Jan. 11-12.
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!