Thanks to the Freedom of Information Foundation and the League of Independent Voters, citizens were able to get in to the water lobby schmoozefest, aka the “Water for Texas Conference” on January 23-25, a privatized event sponsored by a state agency, the Texas Water Development Board. It was at this event that Patrick and his water lieutenant, State Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), made plain that they fully intend to roll right over rural Texans’ property rights (groundwater) and a united urban/rural citizen call to “conserve first, convey later.”
Here you can listen to Evan Smith, Texas Tribune CEO one of best interviewers in the country, trying to moderate a panel with Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) running roughshod over him. (Hear Larson’s ceaseless rant about how landowners are “balkanizing” their water by refusing to “share” it). At the end, I called Sen. Perry out for holding closed interim hearings on water. His response? He did that politician dance otherwise known as refusal to answer the question.
Here you can listen to Dan Patrick’s luncheon speech He began with defending his decision to appoint then freshman, Sen. Perry, to chair the committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs in 2016. At the end Patrick declares:
“I’m a big believer in property rights, if it’s on your land, it’s yours. But we’re going to have to work together to find a way to ensure that all of Texans have the water they need for whatever their needs are.”
Of course, Patrick didn’t define what he meant by water they “need”. Does he think San Antonio needs the massive Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose? They don’t.
We have been taking some very needed time off while doing some work to understand how this presidential election impacts on the development of independent politics in Texas — not to mention peace on earth.
We hope to have some important news for you over the coming weeks, especially with the legislative session starting on January 10th.
Meanwhile, we wish to announce some very exciting news!
The Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund (SAWDF) — just received news from the IRS that they are now a tax-exempt non-profit organization. Remember, the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer is the most sought after groundwater in Texas over which the growth industry is salivating. If developers who want to build out areas without long term water supply get their wishes, the Simsboro will be paying the price…along with current landowners and our incoming generation. Read this and please consider giving a tax-deductible contribution to SAWDF before the end of the year.
We also wish to thank each and everyone of you who touched our lives in 2016 — donors and volunteers alike.
Enjoy the rest of the holidays, y’all! See you in 2017.
If independents score a triple play tomorrow — in Austin, Hays and Bastrop — it will be because you agree that democracy is not a spectator sport.
Big turnout tomorrow can easily work for us — the grassroots. Our very simple plan is to hand voters a flier to read while standing in line. Join us anytime between 7 am and 7 pm — more details below, including things you can do from home. You can even print out your own fliers.
Ask Bastrop city voters to vote FOR all city propositions (Props 1 thru 5), on the back of their ballot. County and city voters can read our endorsements page for an urgent emergency management issue and some good people running for local office that we support.
Ask Austinites to vote No on Prop 1. This massive $720 million “transportation” bond is really a big giveway to the Austin Growth Machine that is wreaking havoc in our region. The flier linked on this page can be printed out. We also have plenty of extras for you to pick up and take to your poll. Like and share away! (And y’all Austinites know you can vote at any poll tomorrow, right?)
Ask Hays Countians to vote No on Props 1&2 — the $106 million unneccessary jail expansion and $131 million roads to nowhere bonds. We need more hands to give this fliers out to voters at the polls. We have a few paid positions still open for tomorrow. Send your friends to SaveHays.com for some well-researched information. Call or text the cell below if you can help.
As always, contact us anytime!
Have fun tomorrow — this election will soon be over — yippee! 🙂
Independents — now 42% of America — will decide this election. This is especially 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!
Independents — now 42% of America — will decide this election. In Austin — the so-called “Millennial City” — this is especially true since the majority of Millennials identify as independent.
WARNING: Guess who is trying to saddle this generation with massive debt for a transportation scheme that does not address mobility through roads or mass transit?
$1 million has been spent promoting Prop 1, largely by the Austin real estate lobby as Mayor Steve Adler and his key staffers have led this campaign. Opponents have spent 1/10th of that amount. The unbought and unbossed Councilmember Ora Houston sounded the alarm for Prop 1’s defeat.
Independent Texans PAC has already given Prop 1 two thumbs down but its defeat requires all hands on deck! Help us spread this message: The main purpose of Prop 1 is to serve big real estate interests’ push for downtown density and high-end real estate development. Save Austin from this extravagant giveaway, harming the next generation the most and the affordability of all. NO on Prop 1!
Please do this for Austin today, tomorrow and Tuesday, Election Day!
- Read and share online “The Five Reasons to Vote No on Prop 1, The Go-Big — with your money — transportation bond“. You can even do something very old fashioned. Print it. There are two per page. Take it to your neighbors and to your election poll. (Be sure to catch people outside the 100 foot marker.)
- Join us at this event at noon tomorrow — Monday. Pick up fliers and some hard signs! (If you can’t make it, reply or call us for a delivery right away.)
- Use the share buttons on this page to urge your friends to vote No on Prop 1 and to share it too.
Apologies for the late notice!
Monday — tomorrow — rally held by Honest Transportation Solutions at City Hall (302 W. 2nd) at Noon. Come pick up a Vote No sign and our fliers from Independent Texans!
(Note: Please call or text 512-657-2089 or email us at email@example.com if you can’t make this event but want to help.)
Have you signed our petition yet? Please do and do share! Following this election, we hope you will join us in a unified effort to insist that Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board and that the city refrain from any and all growth subsidies.
We cannot stop growth, nor should we. We can and we should stop the Growth Machine!
Thank you, Austin.
512-535-0989 office * 512-657-2089 cell
PS We would simply remind you that Austinites passed 10-1 by doing lots of things but most important was the 200,000 fliers that many of you helped get into people’s hands.