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Quick Runoff Election Report

Read this quick piece on election results from last week:

Ernest Bailes in East Texas (HD 18) won handily at 67%. As a rural Texan, we believe Mr. Bailes gets it on water protection and eminent domain reform. Future candidates for elective office need to take notice that Bailes’ opponent, Keith Strahan, simply refused to answer phone calls in the midst of a contest primary. Not a winning strategy. We look forward to working with Ernest Bailes.

We lost a good friend in the Texas House, David Simpson (R-Longview) – for now anyway. Rep. Simpson was trying to move up into the Texas Senate (Senate District 1 – NE Texas). But, alas, both Republican Party warring factions united behind Brian Hughes, who successfully stepped up from the House. Simpson was, simply put, too independent and by attempting to reform seized asset forfeiture laws and medical marijuana, bucked the law enforcement establishment. . We will miss his leadership not only on water issues and, perhaps most importantly, his willingness to challenge the process in the House. His office was always willing to look into potential rules violations. Good luck to Brian Hughes, who has been a supporter of protecting NE Texas from Dallas’ plan to flood 70,000 acres of prime timberland for the Marvin Nichols Reservoir.

Abilene’s Susan King who, like Simpson, was attempting to move up to the Texas Senate from the House, and failed too. That meant forfeiting her Texas House seat in the Abilene area. Good luck to Dawn Buckingham will be Troy Fraser’s replacement for Senate District 24.

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SAWS buzz saw gets no R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

When SAWS CEO, Robert “what-me-worry?” Puente, was asked about the possibility of an open meetings violation this week, he suggested that we — the folks living over the aquifer he plans to raid – might be living in a “cave”. (It’s on the last page of this article).

Also, take note on that same page of the $1.25 million SAWS is giving to a number of organizations to make themselves look like the great benevolent conservation organization that they are NOT. (We say to those organizations, good for you and take the money and run. But please, realize SAWS wants to alienate you from other environmental organizations opposing Vista Ridge. Instead — consider using those funds to help us beat the SAWS buzz saw and save your city from being ridiculed as the water grabbing baron of Texas.)

Now, we take these SAWS people very seriously.

San Antonio Water Systems May 18, 2016 deliberations on Vista Ridge Water Project "the San Antone Hose"

SAWS Buzz Saw Gets No R.E.S.P.E.C.T

Watch this 1-minute video to see our very statesmanlike response to SAWS Chairman Berto Guerra who shares his conviction that SAWS has channeled divine intervention in the Vista Ridge deal to benefit San Antonians. (Berto’s rapture simply overtook him just before he leaves on his most recent junket to Spain.)

Sincere thanks to Terry Burns, Alamo Sierra Club Chair, for the best testimony yet on Vista Ridge. We, on the other side of the pipeline, appreciate you so much.

Please share this video and get your Texas friends to sign the petition right here.

NOW, WE HAVE VERY IMPORTANT WORK FOR YOU TO DO. Please do this!

Today, Friday, May 20th, is the last day to early vote in the small turnout runoff elections. Every WILL count.
Election Day is next Tuesday, May 24th.
Independent Texans proudly endorses these three fine candidates below.

Do you know someone who lives in their district? Click on the link below and look at the 35 counties they collectively represent: then, contact your friends now, please

David Simpson for Texas Senate District 1
Susan King for Texas Senate District 24
Ernest Bailes for Texas House District 18

THANK YOU, TEXAS.

PS Did you see the Conservation Scorecard that was released yesterday? SAWS, once a leader in conservation in the nation, is now ranked 14th in Texas. Great work, Texas Living Waters Project: http://www.texaswaterconservationscorecard.org/

PPS Did we forget to beg you for money again? We’re shameless: http://indytexans.org/donate/

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SAWS: Don’t Violate the Open Meetings Act

Keep those “Flush Vista Ridge” petition signatures coming in – we’re lovin’ those comments too. Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 9.36.25 AM(If you haven’t signed yet, click here and do it!).

Here’s why your taking action is so important.

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) called a special meeting for tomorrow at 9 am, which is certainly their right to do. What they don’t have a right to do is violate the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA).

A few hours ago, this letter from Save Our Springs Alliance and the League of Independent Voters was sent to the SAWS board (copied to their bosses — the San Antonio City Council). The letter lays out why SAWS did not give the proper 72 hours notice to the public as required by TOMA. Only one of their agenda items, Item 6, had no ‘back up’ (a detailed description) until 24 hours after the deadline. Guess what Item 6 is about? Changing control of Vista Ridge – no minor issue.

Again, sign the petition right here. We’re going to share with you soon some ideas we have about how we’re going to use it and will be asking for your feedback.

Able to donate? Keep it coming! Nothing is too small.
Donate here

We’re watching you SAWS — literally — watch tomorrow’s meeting online right here.

Hopefuly, SAWS will be smart enough to reschedule this meeting, so you won’t see anything! 🙂

PS Our friend, David Simpson is in the runoff for Senate District 1 and needs your help. Call him to lend a hand at 903-371-0963. Reminder: Simpson led our water battles in last session.

PPS We just endorsed Susan King in the Senate District 24 runoff. Please share this!

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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:

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

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose

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