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Can Indy Texans Score a Triple Play in this Election?

If independents score a triple play tomorrow — in Austin, Hays and Bastrop — it will be because you agree that teeth_cigar_smoking_lg_clrdemocracy is not a spectator sport.

1 No on Prop 1 in Austin, 2 No on Props 1&2 in Hays County
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3 FOR all five Props 1-5 in the City of Bastrop

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.

Ahand_thumbs_up_ty_clrsk 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.

hand_thumbs_down_ty_clrAsk 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?)

hand_thumbs_down_ty_clrAsk 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! 🙂

 

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Guess who will decide this election, including Prop 1

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 hand_thumbs_down_md_clrhand_thumbs_down_md_clrtransportation 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!

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.)
  3. 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 info@indytexans.org 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.

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Breaking: Seen this letter going around?

Folks, this is about as bad as it gets when you have an official, Lisa Hines, a member of the city of Bastrop’s Ethics Commission, trying to influence an election along with some local politicians who don’t give a hoot about ethics. That would be Councilman Gary Schiff, who recently tried to access $100,000+ for his private development venture. He pulled it back when there was so much outcry he was having dreams of the tar and feather treatment.

Have you seen this letter circulating around Bastrop? (Click on Jefferson screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-6-29-37-pm& Madison to read it.)

This curious letter’s first complaint is that Props 1 thru 5 are the work of “a few individuals, led by a political operative” who doesn’t live in the city of Bastrop. It never mentions that hundreds of registered city of Bastrop voters signed petitions to place these measures on the ballot because they want the petition tools to rein in their city officials. Moreover, many of those who supposedly signed this letter against Props 1-5 petition rights don’t live in the city of Bastrop! (City Councilman Gary Schiff also signed this letter weeks after a clear attempt to violate the city’s ethics law by trying to access over $100K for his private development — More here!)

We have repeatedly warned that what is underlying all of this is the goose that laid the golden egg — the priceless water underlying Bastrop, Lee, Milam and Burleson counties — shared by hundreds of thousands throughout the region east of Austin. Over 100,000 acre-feet of groundwater has been permitted as the area’s water districts bowed to the demands of San Antonio (Vista Ridge), Forestar Real Estate Group and End Op, L.P.. Unless landowners get lucky in the courts and our communities gets behind them (including our elected officials), we all in central Texas face a bleak economic and ecological future. This is entirely brought to us by the IH-35 developer-lobby and the ‘good ol’ boys’ of Bastrop.

The goose that laid the golden egg -- the Simsboro

The goose that laid the golden egg — the Simsboro aquifer formation underlying Bastrop, Lee, Milam and Burleson counties.

Remember this. When the “water grabs” were underway, Bastrop city elected officials put a water marketer on the Bastrop Economic Development Board – Joe Beal, a paid consultant for End Op, L.P.. That’s one and the same Joe Beal who had the audacity to sign on to this letter.

Help us reach voters in the city of Bastrop (to vote FOR Props 1 thru 5), in Hays County (to vote NO on Props 1&2), and in the City of Austin (to vote NO on Prop 1).

Learn lots more about Prop1-5 here and all endorsements here with links to other websites.

We have every faith in the voters to get this right — once they have the information.

Step up and help us stop Jefferson and Madison from turning any further in their graves, y’all.

Got time to volunteer? Reply or call us right away at 512-535-0989.

PS If you use Facebook, be sure to help share posts on the ChangeAustin.org and IndyTexans.org pages. Thank you!

 

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Reading the Tea Leaves…Happy Mother’s Day

We will be discussing what follows or anything else you want to talk about tomorrow night at 8 pm Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 7.55.45 AMon our monthly conference call. Call us at 512-535-0989 or email us at info@indytexans.org for conference call instructions.

The BIG news is about Laura Thompson — see the report below.

Is a watershed – pun intended – moment upon we Texans of all political stripes? We think so, as politics-as-usual is imploding. This situation carries both opportunity and risks. One big risk is to the economic stability afforded us by a seemingly impenetrable two-party system. The opportunities are boundless, as new solutions to our many problems can move onto the main stage.

Those in power, one would think, must be trying like hell to read tea leaves – another pun intended. But the hogs at the public trough will likely continue their feeding frenzy risking economic collapse…the collapse that is intimately tied to how they continue squandering the public purse and our natural resources — particularly land and water.

Perhaps they haven’t figured out yet that there are no tea leaves. Conservatism and liberalism are both dead and populism (Trump’s right and Bernie’s left) is showing up at the wake. Could anyone keep a straight face when hearing that the very same Rick Perry who called Donald Trump a “cancer on conservatism”, is now willing to be Trump’s running mate?

Seriously folks, it’s getting rich out there – rich with absurdity and rich with opportunities that have broken out at the national level. It’s our job as Texas independents (notice the small “i”) to figure out how to use it at the local level.

Hoping to “see ya” on tomorrow night’s call at 8 pm.

Don’t give up…we just got started!

*  An extraordinary situation is developing in Texas House District 120 in San Antonio. Yesterday, local businesswoman, Laura Thompson, an unaffiliated independent, came out at the top of the heap of 4 candidates running to fill the unexpired term of Rep. Ruth McClendon who had to step down due to illness. Thompson received 33% and Lou Miller received 28%, (with a little over 2000 votes cast.) Thompson will soon move to complete her petition drive to be on the November ballot as an independent, as she heads into the runoff for this special election sometime in July. If she wins in July, she would then be the incumbent running in November against one of the two Democrats from the Democratic primary runoff on May 24th. Yes, it’s confusing! But this could be a history maker – the first independent elected to the Texas House! Prediction: Texas voters are ready to go independent. Wanna help? Contact us! More on Thompson here.

*  The entire Oppose the Hose (NoVistaRidge.org) coalition that continues to grow across central Texas awaits a May 11th deadline to see the application for $127 million that San Antonio Water System is expected to file with the Texas Water Development Board for state water funds (SWIFT) for Vista Ridge. We also await a May 27th deadline for SAWS to challenge the ratepayer petition asking the Public Utility Commission to review the rates associated with Vista Ridge. Watch your email closely for action you can take…very soon!

*  Ethics whistle-blowers and fiscal accountability watchdogs, Kelly Gilleland and Herb Goldsmith, lost their bids for the Bastrop City Council last night. Incumbent Gilleland lost by just 40 votes. We wish the incoming members – Deborah Jones and Bill Peterson – good luck as they are going to need it. We know for sure that tough times are ahead for Bastrop residents as Austin’s affordability crisis is overflowing into Bastrop. We call upon Bastrop residents to get involved with us and soon we can share some exciting plans.

*  We attended an impressive 17th annual meeting of the Medina County Environmental Action Association recently. The very good news is that the association is raising the funds to engage in the legal battles of landowners who are challenging what appears to be a clear abuse of eminent domain. Landowner Richard Fourier had a very strong hearing on Monday in which the review board increased the condemnation award from $30K to $80K. Still, Fournier is appealing because he believes that the company in question is not a common carrier and therefore has no right to exercise condemnation powers on his land. Like their Facebook page and follow this important effort. More here.

*  It should not go unnoticed that Proposition 1, Uber and Lyft’s ordinance they put on the Austin city ballot via petition, was soundly defeated yesterday by 12 points. Austin voters don’t much like the deep pockets trying to buy elections — to the tune of $8 million compared to $200K spent by their opponents. That’s our best guess anyway. Congrats Austin!

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