Kleinschmidt Lies about Role in TTC Defeat

News Release

Independent Texans IndyTexans.org

For Immediate Release                   Contact:  Linda Curtis

October 19, 2010                            512-535-0989


Anti-Corridor Leaders Say:  Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt Lying About Role in Trans-Texas Corridor Defeat

          Two key anti-Trans-Texas Corridor leaders, Terri Hall of Texas TURF and Linda Curtis of Independent Texans, said today that State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt in District 17 (Bastrop, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Lee and Brazos counties) is lying about introducing legislation that led to the defeat of the Trans-Texas Corridor. His claim, in a live debate with opponent Pati Jacobs held on Bastrop Access Television last Thursday was, “I was a co-author of the bill that did away with the Trans-Texas Corridor.”(At 13:17 minutes) A mass mailer distributed from his campaign claims, “I co-authored legislation to abolish the TTC and soon after the Texas Department of Transportation announced it was ending all plans to proceed with the project.” The Bill, HB 1253, not only failed to pass, it didn’t even get a hearing.  The real TTC repeal bill was introduced by Rep. David Leibowitz (D-San Antonio) and was supported by key anti-Corridor Republicans, including Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham).

Linda Curtis is a founder of Independent Texans, which helped to coordinate efforts of the anti-Corridor movement, and assisted Carole Strayhorn in bringing the Corridor issue to light in her independent candidacy aimed at Rick Perry in 2006.  Curtis said, “’Tim Kleinschmidt might as well take credit for the sun coming up in the morning just because his rooster crowed. The bill he filed never got a vote of a single legislator.  And he’s trying the same kind of trickery now in the dispute over our groundwater by calling on the six Perry appointees on the Texas Water Development Board to ‘mediate’ the dispute, after Perry received a $251,000 contribution from the Vice-Chair of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.  What this tells me is that Mr. Kleinschmidt must be in deep trouble to put out such scurrilous claims.  Independent voters, who will likely decide this race, are sickened by the dangerous games these people are playing on something so vital as water.”

Terri Hall, who led much of the citizen’s lobbying on the Corridor in the 2007 and 2009 Texas legislative sessions said, “There is no way that Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt can make any serious claim whatsoever to stopping the Trans-Texas Corridor.  The bill he’s talking about, HB 1253, was authored by Bohac and introduced on February 12. Kleinschmidt didn’t even sign on to it until April 23rd, and if he really supported a repeal, he signed on to the wrong bill! This one was all but dead by the time he signed on.  It never had a hearing.  He could have signed on to the onto Leibowitz’ repeal bill, HB 11 — the one that was moving — as many other Republicans did like Lois Kolkhorst, Wayne Christian, and others. Leibowitz, Kolkhorst and others, eventually HB 11 attached to a bill (despite being stuck in committee) that passed the House, but that ultimately failed final passage in both chambers.”

The Kleinschmidt mailers referred to in this release are scanned and and can be accessed by following the links below.

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The Water War Begins!

Nearly 100 folks attended the Cost of Growth Forum held by Independent Texans in Bastrop recently.

Pati Jacobs wowed the crowd, throwing down the gauntlet to stop the pipeline to send water out of our region!


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2010 Texas Governor’s Dialogue

To start off the dialogue on why we urge Texas voters to boot Perry, here’s a letter to someone who contacted us for clarification on why they should vote for Bill White (Democrat) or Kathie Glass (Libertarian).  Please comment at the end of this article.

Hello Mr. _________:

We appreciate you contacting us and sharing your sentiments.  You have to hand it to Rick Perry.  The Governor is a magnificent magician.  Somehow he has made a $21-25 billion deficit disappear.  But don’t worry, it will reappear right after the election when legislature will have to deal with this crushing reality.

Both parties and, yes, we the people, are responsible for the mess we’re in.  For us independents, it’s a tactical question of how to use our votes to create some openings these next few years for the independent movement of ordinary citizens to get in on the conversation of what we’re going to do about our problems.
Giving either party total control over all branches of state government is, in our view, a big mistake. It’s an invitation for more corruption — and the corruption tax in this state is the tax to really watch.  It will be hidden in energy and water costs and the costs of undermining independent family farms.
The Governor and those who demonize Obama are just the reflection of those who demonized George Bush.  That game has   us, ordinary citizens, fighting amongst ourselves while they split up the spoils of their war.
There is a better way and the future is ours.
Independently yours,
Linda Curtis
Independent Texans



Great weekend success for Hands Across the Corridor

Check out the account on the San Antonio Toll Party blog of this weekend’s showing at the SA Alamo!

Here is the Collin County coverage from Fox news. I tried to search for other tv coverage but have not had much success. If anyone has a link, be sure to let us know. This week, everyone is gearing up towards Saturday’s Summit (see post below) and Molina’s documentary ‘Truth Be Tolled’. (post below that). Check in early and make reservations if you’d like to attend..A few more weeks until early voting begins, Monday October 23rd and ends Friday November 3rd. Election Day is Tuesday November 7.



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