Act Now: A Trans-Texas Corridor Special Session

Dear Friends and Members:

The last thing Rick Perry wants to do is a special session on his privatized toll road scams, the Trans-Texas Corridor being the biggest one of all. Thank you, Governor, for your incompetent tomfoolery!

The Special Session starts next Wednesday, July 1st. The Governor and his minions are going to try — in the matter of a 3-4 day session — to pass legislation that will allow for the Corridor (through CDA’s, which stands for comprehensive development agreements) AND to extend TxDOT’s (not the employees — the big wigs at the top appointed by Perry) thieving ways until the 2013 session (4 years, not the two years you’ve seen in the press.)

What can you do? That’s easy — Do the Texas Two-Step:

1. Call today (or Monday or Tuesday) your State Representative and State Senator. Click here to find them. Then forward this email or give a round of calls to every Texan you know to do the same.

2. Help us reach thousands of Texans via phone calls to your area starting Monday. We will provide you a list. OR send money! For every dollar you give, we will reach 100 (that’s right, 100) people, via a simple automated call with a live volunteer operator to answer questions. (Note: If you cannot give online, reply to this message and let us know how much you are mailing to our PO Box below or call us.) Here’s where you can give online (our first preference!):


Note: If you live in the Austin area, come to our office on Monday,Tuesday or Wednesday (10 am to 9 pm) to help answer phones (just reply to this message or call us to let us know.) You can also email us at: ljcurtis@indytexans.org

Seize the moment before the Governor seizes our land and our rights.

Hold on to your hats folks, it’s going to be bumpy ride for us and the Governor!

Independently yours,

Linda Curtis
Independent Texans
PO Box 14294
Austin, TX 78761

PS Are you just hearing about this issue or want to understand it better? Click here for a letter sent to the new federal administration last January.


Dump the Corridor & Rick Perry – pass eminent domain reform!

While Rick Perry is bringing national ridicule (again) on Texas with his foolishness on secession, the bum still wants to grab Texans’ land for a project 99% of us oppose — the Trans-Texas Corridor.

What can we do? Help get the eminent domain reform bills out of committee! We need to hammer the Committee offices (don’t be mean, but be firm) now and next week!!

Three Easy Steps (4 if you’re really mad)!

1. No matter where you live in Texas, call the Committee offices below and urge them to get House Bill 1483 and Senate Bill 18 out of their respective committees right away!

Senate State Affairs Commitee: 512-463-0380 (Senate Bill 18)
House Land & Resource Committee: 512-463-1623 (House Bill 1483)

2. Below my signature are links to the full Committees. If you live in these districts, please call them too.

3. Forward this email to all you know in Texas.

4. Optional, but can be VERY helpful. Write a very brief letter to the editor of your favorite or local newspaper!

Get after it y’all!

Linda Curtis
Independent Texans
PO Box 14294
Austin, TX 78761
512-535-0989 home office
512-383-8484 Austin office
512-657-2089 cell

SENATE State Affairs Committee (C 640)

Clerk: Kelsey Erickson Tel: (512) 463-0067 Sam Houston Building – Room 445

Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, Chair (512) 463-0128 & Fax: (512) 463-2424, *call regardless of where you live Robert.Duncan@Senate.State.Tx.US,
Robert Deuell, R-Greenville, Vice-Chair (512) 463-0102 & Fax: (512) 463-*call regardless of where you live Robert.Deuell@Senate.State.Tx.US
John Carona, R-Dallas (512) 463-0116 & Fax: (512) 463-3135, Dallas, John.Carona@Senate.State.Tx.US
Rodney Ellis, D-Houston (512) 463-0113 & Fax: (512) 463-0006, Houston, Rodney.Ellis@Senate.State.Tx.US
Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay (512) 463-0124 & Fax: (325) 676-8060 Tony.Fraser@Senate.State.Tx.US
Chris Harris, R-Arlington (512) 463-0109 & Fax: (512) 463-7003 Chris.Harris@Senate.State.Tx.US
Mike Jackson, R-La Porte (512) 463-0111 & Fax: (512) 475-3727 Mike.Jackson@Senate.State.Tx.US
Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville (956) 968-9927 & Fax: (956) 447-0583 Eddie.Lucio@Senate.State.Tx.US
Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio (512) 463-0126 & Fax: (512) 463-2114 Leticia.VandePutte@Senate.State.Tx.US
House Land & Resource Management Cmte.(C360)
Clerk: Trey Burke Phone: (512) 463-1623 Room: EXT E2.136

Chair:Rep. Dennis Bonnen #25 (R)Dennis.Bonnen@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0564 & Fax (512) 463-8414, Brazoria County * call regardless of where you live)

Vice Chair:Rep. Jessica Farrar 148 (D) Jessica.Farrar@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0620 & Fax (512) 463-0894, Houston, * call regardless of where you live


Rep. Carol Alvarado 145 (D) Carol.Alvarado@house.state.tx.us new 512-463-0732 & Fax (512) 463-4781 – South Houston (city of Houston)

Rep. Valinda Bolton 47 (D)Valinda.Bolton@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0652 & Fax (512) 463-0565, Southwest Austin (city of Austin)

Rep. Mike Hamilton 19 (R)Mike.Hamilton@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0412 & Fax (512) 463-1915, Northeast Texas: Hardin, Newton and Orange (Counties),

Rep. Mark Homer 03 (D)Mark.Homer@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0650 & Fax (512) 463-0575, Far Northeast Texas: Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Red River & Titus Counties

Rep. Rob Orr 58 (R)Rob.Orr@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0538 & Fax (512) 463-0897 Area south of DFW, Bosque & Johnson Counties

Rep. Ken Paxton 70 (R) Ken.Paxton@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0356 & Fax (512) 463-0701 City of McKinney, some of Collin County

Rep. Kristi Thibaut 133 (D)Kristi.Thibaut@house.state.tx.us new 512-463-0514 & Fax (512) 463-8715, Houston & Harris County


Anti-Petition Bill Update – Good News!

Despite our confusion, it appears that the anti-petition bill is not going anywhere.

Rep. Dan Branch, who sponsored the House version of Sen. Wentworth’s anti-petition bill, just decided to postpone, indefinitely, the bill.

Thank you for your calls!

We will keep you updated if this nasty little bill comes up again for air. Those feeding off the public trough need to get a grip.


SB 690 Anti-Petition Bill Left Pending

Today’s hearing on Senate Bill 690, Senator Jeff Wentworth’s “Anti-Petition” bill, was a display of the Real Estate Council of Austin’s unbelievable temerity in stepping out in front of the train that’s been long overdue–that’s the citizen participation train. This is not a time to be trying to circumvent or stifle voter participation. This is what SB 690 is really about, though RECA’s new President, Craig Douglas, today tried to stress that RECA was all for the process of citizen initiatives. They were just so very concerned that there were “too many” citizen charter amendments coming up for a vote in Austin, this was “costing the City” too much money, and besides, they argued, these pesky petitions don’t really have much support anyway.

The only problem is that since 1997, there’s only been five citizens charter amendments on the ballot in Austin, and only two initiatives since 1992 (Save Our Springs and the recent anti-smoking ordinance). Since then petitioning access at local stores has been severely curtailed. The recent Prop 2 charter amendment (Stop Domain Subsidies) had widespread support, came in at 48% and even after it failed it led to some changes at City Hall (though much more is certainly needed).

Senator Wentworth was seemingly caught off guard when Brian Rodgers blew through RECA’s claim that charter amendments are costing the city money. Amendments are placed on the ballot only during regular elections and if there’s no city election happening, the City simply shares the cost with the County — so there’s no additional costs to the taxpayers!

Did RECA write the bill and the bill analysis for Wentworth? This was real tacky.

You democracy junkies might get some entertainment watching the actual testimony here (go to Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Part II, 56 minutes 12 seconds in to the tape). You’ll see a number of Wentworth’s fellow Republicans like Roger Borgelt, Green Party parttime lobbyist Bill Stout, and a gal who came in from Bryan, Texas, to beg Wentworth not to make this more difficult for citizen activists there and in 345 other Home Rule cities.

Special thanks to attorney Michael Miller who spent a full day of volunteering to research the legislative history of charter amendment petitioning. It was great to know that the legislature UNANIMOUSLY passed the 5%/20,000 signature cap requirement in 1973 because the 10% rule was too difficult for citizens groups.

My personal favorite was the testimony of Mike Ford of InitiativeforTexas.org, who urged for a reality check on RECA who was simply trying to make sure they have access to hundreds of millions of dollars in special interest subsidies! At 77, Mike not only looks great, he is great — a great defender of the people’s constitutional right to petition government for redress of grievances.

We will keep you informed as to what happens with SB 690, since it is now in the “pending” file. Is it dead? We have no idea. But we know some in the Senate are listening to us, but not yet Senator Wentworth. You might give him a call at 512-463-0125.


Rick Perry Really Cares

The Governor thinks he can justify taking $1.2 billion in stimulus funds, dedicating 70% of it to tolling Texans for roads to no where like the Grand Porkway in Houston, but can’t justify taking $500 million for unemployment benefits while Texans are losing their jobs. He says he doesn’t want the “strings” attached.

Well, you can read the rebuttals to that in the newspapers (this one in the Dallas News is as good as any), but it’s obvious what’s going on here.

Below is a message for the Governor. You might add your own and send them to the Governor yourself. Here’s where you can contact the Governor, though sending a letter to the editor and calling your state rep might not be a waste of your time.

Five Easy Ways for Governor Rick Perry to Prove to Texans He Really Cares:

1. Governor Perry, start by repenting your lobbyist-friendly ways, saving our highways and our homes from greedy corporate gangsters like home builder Bob Perry, who owns you.

2. Governor Perry, stop lying about the Trans-Texas Corridor. We know it is not dead, though your rein as Texans’ “longest standing Governor” is.

3. Governor Perry, you’re no fiscal conservative. You’re a penny pinching politician who could care less about elderly, disabled and poor Texans. When it comes to your big business buddies, money has never been an object.

4. Governor Perry, do you think you can trick Texans off their land by pushing a dummy eminent domain reform bill? If so, then you’re the real dummy.

5. Governor Perry, why don’t you vacate that $10,000 per month mansion we’re paying for, and while you’re at it, why don’t you vacate the Governor’s office now. Don’t wait until 2010. I know a real quick getaway on a toll road near you!


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