Call to Action: Dump Perry and His Snake Oil


Dear Members & Friends:

Did you see that Rick Perry is trying– again– to sell us a bunch of snake oil? The Governor was in front of the cameras today calling for a constitutional amendment to place the same eminent domain law the legislature passed in 2005, into the Texas Constitution. But wait, you say, didn’t he veto the REAL REFORM eminent domain bill (HB 2006) back in 2007? Sure did! And he did this on the heels of making false claims that the Trans-Texas Corridor was “dead”!

What’s the Governor really up to? Well, of course, he’s running for Governor again. What’s more Perry’s playing us with his shell game as he continues efforts to grab Texans’ land — by the hundreds of thousands of acres — for the Trans-Texas Corridor — something we universally oppose. That’s a funny way of showing his “support” for reforming eminent domain, eh?!

What is Kay Bailey Hutchison going to do about this? It sure looks to us like a shot by Perry over her bow!

She needs to step up and take this guy on. Texans, of all persuasions, are really sick and tired of Rick Perry and his snakey, sneaky ways. He keeps leaving us all at the alter — knocked around!

So, here’s what you can do. Call or write to Kay Bailey Hutchison. Ask her to take Perry on. Tell her that you, and thousands of Texans, know that Perry couldn’t care less about Texans property rights. If he did, he wouldn’t have vetoed the real eminent domain reform bill in the last session, nor our moratorium bill on the Corridor and freeway tollways. Tell her she can stand up for Texans property rights, for a real transportation plan and for REAL TxDOT reform. Tell her that if she will start calling the Governor on his slithery and dishonest ways, you’ll be there for her.

Here’s how you can contact her:

Email Senator Hutchison here: http://hutchison.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Or call her at any of her offices listed below my signature.

If you hear back from her, please let us know how it goes. Thanks y’all. Let’s keep in close touch as the Texas Legislative Session heats up.

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

284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-4304
202-224-0776 (FAX)
202-224-5903 (TDD)
961 Federal Building
300 East 8th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
512-916-5839 (FAX)

10440 N. Central Expressway
Suite 1160
Dallas, Texas 75231
214-361-3502 (FAX)

1919 Smith Street
Suite 800
Houston, Texas 77002
713-209-3459 (FAX)

3133 General Hudnell Drive
Suite 120
San Antonio, Texas 78226
210-349-6753 (FAX)
500 Chestnut Street
Suite 1570
Abilene, Texas 79602
325-676-2937 (FAX)

1906 G East Tyler St
Harlingen, Texas 78550
956-412-1468 (FAX)


4 thoughts on “Call to Action: Dump Perry and His Snake Oil

  1. No thanks, Ms. Curtis. I have emailed both our senators on other subjects. I got back a form letter having absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the subject I wrote them about, bragging about the wonderful things they were doing for us, had done for us, and were gonna do for us.

    While they were voting for the banker bailout and to give $500 billion to Mexico because, uh, because they want them to like us, I guess.

    I also was put on their email campaign solicitation list.

    No, these are the guys I’m voting against. These are the sorts of people I don’t want to see in office. Any office. I won’t write them again because evidently the only input they want is from big donors or people who agree with them. It doesn’t matter how many contacts they get begging them to vote our way, they only vote for the money and monied interests.

    So, no thanks. I’ll just continue to vote other than Democrat and Republican, no matter who the other candidate is, and I will try to convince everyone else to do the same. Maybe, sometime, enough people will realize those two parties are the same, that they have more in common with each other than they ever will have with any of us.

  2. This is the cookie cutter response I got from KBH. I would be willing to bet that what ever you click on the drop down bar for the subject you will get a cookie cutter response. Maybe the answer is to hound them with faxes and phone calls. The autoresponder makes it to easy for them to kick us to the curb. I too am tired of being kicked to the curb. We must unite and unseat these crooks! Has anybody else heard that Perry was at a Bilderburg meeting? Isn’t that an impeachable act according to the Logan Act? I heard that and don’t know if it is true or not as I have not checked it out yet. Does anybody know?

    Sharon Sellers

    Dear Ms. Sellers:

    Thank you for contacting me with your views and concerns on the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC). I welcome your thoughts and comments on this issue.

    Since the TTC is not under the jurisdiction of the Federal government, I recommend you contact your state senator or representative in Austin, as your concerns would be addressed at the state level. You can find their information, along with the Governor’s, at http://www.texas.gov/.

    In general, I oppose widespread tolling because it is contrary to Texas’ tradition of free, clear and well-maintained roads. I believe using tolls to raise revenues for new roads should be determined at the state and local levels, and only after specific approval from voters. I strongly believe Texas should not impose tolls on existing roads built with taxpayer money. On roads where planning or construction is funded publicly, citizens should not be taxed again through tolls.

    Since I came to the Senate, I have consistently worked to increase Texas’ share of highway money, and have fought for a more equitable federal highway funding formula. In my 15 years in the Senate, we have raised the rate of return to Texas from 76 percent to 90.5 percent on formula funding to the federal government in federal fuel taxes. Based on legislation passed in 2005, Texas received a rate of return of 91.5 percent in 2007 and 92 percent in 2008.

    I appreciate hearing from you and hope you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue of concern to you.

    Kay Bailey Hutchison
    United States Senator

  3. Ditto for me times twelve, Sharon! If our only choice is between the Predator and the Prima Donna, I’ll cast my vote elsewhere! Over the years, I had written her a dozen letters. After all, she was on the Senate Transportation Committee and she should have had some sway with the U.S. DOT. I got back twelve carbon copy answers. They were all exactly like yours-same wording-same everything. The only difference was the different date on each twelve responses to my letters. I have an awful temper! I gathered up all twelve letters and returned them all to her by certified mail. My cover letter told her that as long as she ran for an elected office in which she would be representing the people of Texas, I would work against her to the best of my ability. Perhaps only good thing she ever did is explained in the Letter to the Obama Transition Team as quoted here:
    Interference from Federal Highway Administration

    Concerns regarding public-private partnership toll roads, including the Trans-Texas Corridor, dominated the last Texas legislative session in 2007. A super majority of Texas legislators, in both chambers, attempted to pass a 2 year moratorium on these projects in order to sort out the dispute. FWHA Chief Counsel James D. Ray wrote a four-page letter to Michael Behrens, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, threatening the loss of federal highway funds if the legislature were to pass a two-year moratorium on public-private partnership toll facilities. Although the FWHA retracted its threat when confronted by US SENATOR KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON and US Rep. Nick Lampson, who heavily questioned FHA Mary Peters in a Committee hearing in May 2007, the damage during the fast-moving Texas legislative session was already done. The Governor vetoed critical legislation, without the threat of a veto override, we believe, due to this interference.

    Kay Bailey Hutchison voted with the Republican Party 88% of the time so there cannot be that much difference between Perry & Hutchison. http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/legislative/a_three_sections_with_teasers/votes.htm -if you want to see how she voted in everything. At the bottom right corner is a link to her other votes. I don’t know, but maybe before we begin showering KBH with our praise, we should wait to see who else will be on the ballot.

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