Update and Open Letter to Dan Patrick


This Saturday in San Antonio, 10 am sharp meet us at the Molly Pruitt Library (5110 Walzem Rd) for Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 7.55.45 AM petitioning to get Laura Thompson on the ballot as an independent for Texas House. Petitioning not your thing or can’t make it? Use that “Donate” button up above.

Wed., June 15, 6 or 7 pm, Bastrop City Hall. Attend this VERY! important hearing by the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District on the End Op, L.P. mega-permit for 46,000 acre-feet of groundwater. Show up especially if you live in Bastrop, Lee, Milam or Burleson County…and neighboring friends, we always love seeing ya.

Updates, News and Recaps

♦We just sent an Open Letter to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to local papers across the state. It respectfully asks Mr. Patrick to turn his attention from the “bathroom crisis” to take very specific action on the crisis in water policy – quickly becoming a “treasure trove” for water and real estate special interests – to the detriment of all including most toilets. 🙂 Share this with blogs you visit or walk it in to your local paper and leave comment on it at the bottom of the page.

Are you following the debate about independent politics in this election? This Texas Tribune piece today explores why Texas isn’t the independent state you think it is. Clarification: we Texans are very independent, our ballot access laws aren’t. This is just one of the reasons we have long advocated for a “bottom up fusion” strategy, discussed in the paper we published in 2010 entitled, “Who Will Organize the Independents?” We’re working on an update for release soon.

A remarkable example of the imperative and value of self-governance is the response of local folks to the “Hidden Pines Fire” in Bastrop County in October of 2015, not 4 years after the massive Bastrop fire in 2011. A group of 20 citizens recently produced this outstanding report — and without pointing fingers — provided a clear path for the cooperation of local and state government to prevent future unnecessary fire disasters. Read “Too Little, Too Late: Lessons Learned from the Hidden Pines Fire“.

♦Brief election runoff recap — goodbye to our friend, David Simpson (for now, we expect), hello to Bailes and more — read this quick wrap up here.

PS Live in Austin, Buda, Kyle? Contact us to help set up local meetings of independent voters.


2 thoughts on “Update and Open Letter to Dan Patrick

  1. Linda – I am already committed on Saturday, June 11 with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Angler Education, at the Southside Lions Park, on Wednesday, June 15 with the Boy Scouts Troop 518 for the final touches of the boys earning the Fishing Merit Badge, and both Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 with the granddaughters visiting from Colorado.

    Now to the Lost Pines Fire – isn’t the problem not only a water issue, but my understanding (and I will stand corrected) is that lays with the Texas State Militia National Guard. From what I understand the whole idea was each state is actually a sovereign nation unto itself. At least this is what I thought the Founding Fathers had in mind and each state’s militia is suppose to take care of natural emergencies as well as repulse any invasion, that is until the Civil War occurred. No state according to the United States is to invade another state and only upon appeal from the state can another state help when in need. Sadly, much of the original ideas of our Founding Fathers are “swept” under the rug,” so to say.

    It is left to the county sheriff along with the county judge and the county commissioners to petition the state government for emergency help. Each state is suppose to provide through taxation an adequate militia to defend the state from invasion and to help with natural catastrophes. The federal government is to only intervene upon request and to make sure each state has the most up-to-date equipment for these situations – that’s all.

  2. Hello Bill. Sorry to miss you on Saturday. We’ll be back regularly and watch for a notice next week about an event we’re doing on Monday, June 27th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

    As for your questions about the Lost Pines Fire, they go through a detailed analysis in the report linked on that home page. One of them, for example, is that there could have been inter-local agreements to access bulldozers they needed — this is on page 10 of their excellent report. http://hiddenpinesfire.org/reports/Lost-Pines-Report-final.pdf

    PS You can always donate to our efforts — small donations from our supporters keeps us going!

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