Endorsements. Split Your Ticket! Watch your wallet and your water!

Mark Miller, Railroad CommissionWe know who you are — you’re cats not easily herded — but for what it’s worth:

Independent Texans Proudly Endorses —
Split Your Ticket, y’all!

Texans are going more and more independent — we vote for the person rather than party — and we’re looking for a way out of the two-party dualpoly.

We have some candidate endorsements, including our only statewide endorsement (Mark Miller for Rail Road Commission). And we are very concerned about ballot measures involving billions of tax dollars.

We are opposing Prop 1 in Austin and Props 1&2 in Hays County. In the City of Bastrop, we support More Reasonable Petition Requirements (Props 1 thru 5) as voters’ check and balance on local government.

See all of our on this Endorsements Page — you use the share buttons on this page to tell your friends on Facebook.

Thank you, independent-minded, split ticket voting Texans, wherever you are!

PS Why no presidential or federal endorsements? We are “localists” and don’t — yet — get involved in federal elections especially without redistricting reform. Though we do have one Congressional race with an honorable mention of longtime independent friend running on the Democratic ticket, Tom Wakeley in Congressional District 21.


Vote NO on Prop 1! Adler is Scaring the Crap Out of Us!

Adler Scaring the Crap out of Austin!We have heard far too many rumors not to share this with you. Austin Mayor Steve Adler and his henchmen are running about Austin trying to contain the damage they have only done to themselves by scaring people. Perhaps it was those repeated articles in the Statesman by transportation writer Ben Wear, duly warning Austin voters about the inadequacies of this purported $720 million (in reality, $1.7999 billion) bond proposition. In our view, Wear is just doing his job and likely going light on the soft-spoken, but nevertheless bullying ways of Steve Adler.

Thankfully, Austin has Roger Falk, running about too — trying to alert unsuspecting small business owners targeted for “beautification” along the proposed “corridors” that Prop 1 intends to “beautify” them right out of business. Special Thanks to Honest Transportation Solutions PAC for running this funny — because it’s oh-so-true! — TV ad.

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-10-17-11-pmBefore you go vote NO on Prop 1, be sure to sign the petition! ==>

Adler and his team are on notice, Austin is NOT Developers’ Monopoly Board or just one big real estate play!

In addition to Wear’s articles, you can read this helpful analysis of Prop 1 from Rob Walker, MBA Stanford in Finance; PhD University of Texas in Taxation and this top notch editorial by Councilwoman Ora Houston.

By the way, perhaps you read that the judge struck down the Pilot Knob development deal…but the developer-whistleblower Brian

As usual, we have our hand out.

As usual, we have our hand out.

Rodgers has only just begun to fight! The Mayor and his henchmen are the ones who really should be scared.

Do you live in Hays County or the City of Bastrop? Vote No on Props 1&2 in Hays, FOR all 5 propositions in the city of Bastrop and visit our Endorsement page for more!


Water Alert: Show up tomorrow night!

With early voting starting next Monday, we ask for your help to Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 9.06.36 AMget out the vote FOR all city of Bastrop Charter amendment Propositions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, for More Reasonable Petition Requirements. Click on the flier to the right for more information and come out tomorrow night to pick up some information to share with others.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, at 7 pm the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District meets at Bastrop City Hall, 1311 Chestnut. They will consider a Motion for Rehearing filed with the District in October by landowners seeking to reverse their denial of party status to protest the End Op 46,000 acre-feet mega-permit.

Also on the agenda is the expected appointment of Sheril Smith, a well-respected Lee County landowner with a record of public service as well as post-graduate work in hydrology and groundwater studies, to serve out the term of retiring Board member, Alice Darnell. Sheril recently retired from a career with the University of Texas and lives in Blue with her spouse, Clark.

Coming soon…some additional recommendations and information on contested election matters in Bastrop County. Stay tuned.


Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board: sign the petition, Vote NO!

Howdy, AuAdler Scaring the Crap Out of Austin!stin. Are you tired of your community being a monopoly board for the developer lobby? Do you agree that Austin should not be just one big real estate play…as you watch your affordability continue to tank? Is Prop 1 scaring the crap out of you? Watch this hilarious 30-sec video. Then, please:

  • Sign the petition below (OR on the right hand column of this page), share your own feelings with the Mayor and Council, then share it with others, AND
  • Please vote NO on the $720 million transportation bonds! (Early voting is Oct. 24 thru Nov. 4).  hand_thumbs_down_md_clr

Here’s the one argument for voting NO that you may not have heard yet, one that unites most voters. The Mayor could have led the 10-1 Council to implement road impact fees, totally allowable under state law and designed to make developers share in the costs of roads for new developments. Instead, Mr. Adler left $50-90 million in the pockets of developers in 2015 alone. Now he and the majority Council, want YOU to pay the full weight for this massive uncapped $1.799 billion bond!

Sign the petition and share it! For more reasons to vote no read this helpful explanation from Rob Walker, MBA Stanford in Finance; PhD University of Texas in Taxation and Councilwoman Disrict 1 Ora Houston’s op-ed here. And, just in case you think we’re doing younger people any favors through continued debt accumulation, we urge you to read this October 3 article in Investor’s Business Daily, “In Fast Growing Texas, Local Debt Has Soared“. Guess which state is only surpassed by New York in debt per capita?donate_to_relief_fund_lg_clr

By the way, we have a donor willing to match the first $600 we raise to help advertise this petition and Vote NO effort online, so please give what ya can to the can!

Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:

Stop talking about affordable housing and require home builders to construct homes in every project that working and middle class families can afford.

Stop giving away the $46 million dividend from the Austin Citizen Electric Utility to multinational corporations and use that money to reduce our property taxes.

Stop jeopardizing our homes with more plans to pack and stack more condos and in every established neighborhood.

Stop handling minority issues by gentrifying our neighborhoods to push us out of our town.

Start fixing our traffic mess with plans that we can afford and that actually address congestion -- not like this $720 million uncapped bond with no guarantees.

Start making growth pay for itself by imposing impact fees on new developments for roads as allowed for under Texas law.

I understand that Austin is not just one big “real estate play” or a developer's monopoly board.

I want my local officials to know this too -- and to act accordingly.


Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:


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


PS After this election, a new coalition in Austin is coming together to “reboot 10-1” — to continue pushing for structural reforms in Austin. Interested? Send a note to or call us at 512-535-0989. Thank you, Austin!

PPS We all know that Austin is leading the “Growth Machine” in Texas. Please share this with your Austin voting friends and enjoy this hilarious scary video from Honest Transportation Solutions:


Coffee Tomorrow, Bastrop’s Coffee Dog

Join us tomorrow at Coffee Dog for a Coffee Klatch! That’s German for Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 9.06.36 AMtalking or gossip at an informal gathering where coffee is served.

We’ll have the card (click on the graphic) => for you to help distribute in the city of Bastrop. We’ll also talk about what else is happening in the county affecting your wallet and water.

TOMORROW, SATURDAY, October 8, 9 to 11 am

Coffee Dog * 49 Loop 150 * more here

Can’t make it? Call or reply to this for a drop off of materials.

ALSO: We expect a discussion about the city’s water supply at Tuesday’s Council meeting (starting at 6:30 pm at City Hall) — in light of a Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District meeting on Wednesday at 6 pm at the Convention Center agenda here. We hope to see you at both meetings.

Propositions 1, 2, 3, 4, an 5 here. Got a location for a 4 x 4 sign near entrances to neighborhoods in the city of Bastrop?

Like to walk? We need help distributing this card in Hunter’s Crossing, Riverside Grove, downtown Bastrop, Piney Ridge and the part of Tahitian Village in the City of Bastrop.

Thank you, Bastrop!

PS Just case you haven’t yet noticed, early voting starts on Monday, October 24th. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.


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:


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

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose