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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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Bastop Needs to Get this Election Right

April 25th Bastrop City Council Debate sponsored by Independent Texans PAC

April 25th Bastrop City Council Debate sponsored by Independent Texans PAC

As we see it, this election is about how the city of Bastrop is going to handle growth from the folks fleeing Austin’s affordability crisis. We don’t have to repeat Austin’s mistakes. Bastrop — the city and county — are also far more vulnerable to an affordability crisis, which is why it’s so important that everyone plays fair and by the same set of rules.

We thank the four candidates running in two contested Bastrop city council seat elections for their participation in our candidate forum on Monday night.

They are Place 1 candidates, Bill Peterson and Herb Goldsmith and Place 5 candidates, Kelly Gilleland and Deborah Jones.

Early voting is underway and continues through next Tuesday, May 3rd, Election Day is Saturday, May 7th.

To watch the forum click on the video window above, then scroll down to the second forum — April 25th.

Here’s a short article in the Statesman about the Place 5 race (Gilleland v. Jones).

Here’s a short articles in the Statesman about the Place 1 race (Goldsmith v. Peterson).

Please share this with your Bastrop voting friends by forwarding this message or through our Facebook page here.

We at Independent Texans are not endorsing in this race as we think the process for this election — so far — has been open and fair.

Moreover, we think you can figure this one out for yourselves, but DO watch the tape and talk to your neighbors.

Gracias, y’all.

PS We wish to sincerely thank the City of Bastrop for allowing us to use City Hall and their streaming facilities (BTXN.TV) for this event.

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ABC — A Better Council in Bastrop

A group of interested & engaged citizens have joined to form an informal group in Bastrop. What the city of Bastrop decides affects many of us who live just in the County, so Bastrop countians, please come on out to this on Wednesday.

ABC – A Better Council

We have invited Bastrop City Council Candidate

Kelly Gilleland

City Council Candidate, Place 5

To join us in an informal gathering for informal conversation

On the Patio at Baxter’s on Main

919 Main Street

Wednesday, April 6

5:30 – 7:30 pm

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Calling YOU — the troops!

A LOT of things are developing that we are calling you — the troops — out for.

Please reply for details to join our statewide conference call at 5 pm tomorrow — Sunday, March 13th.

As the parties continue to spur our differences, the independent movement continues to unite us across party and ideological lines.

Today (Saturday), starting at 10 am, we’ll be in San Antonio and it’s outskirts working with independent for Texas House, Laura Thompson and the San Antonio water ratepayer petition — don’t gouge us for the Vista Ridge San Antone Hose! (We’ll be at Poncho & Gringos Restaurant at 900 Nolan at 10 am today or call 512-657-2089 to catch us out in the field).

There are very hot runoff elections in May developing in Senate District 24 (a huge swath of Texas from Bandera to Abilene) and in Senate District 1 in NE Texas. There’s also hot local runoffs for Commissioner Precincts 1 and 3 in Bastrop County and a city of Bastrop election. And there appears on the horizon an uprising developing in the City of Austin, a city in a deep affordability crisis due to the no-holds-barred in-migration growth policies of Austin city management. (If you live in Austin, be sure to sign up to get the ChangeAustin.org email alerts and stay tuned.)

If that ain’t enough for you, I don’t know what is. Get involved folks. Your water, your land and your affordability is on the line, so get on tomorrow’s conference call line!

Send a note to info@indytexans.org or call us at 512-535-0989 for the conference call line.

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Golemon Kicks Puppies — HD 17 voters, that is

You only really get to know people when you work with them. Our work with both John Cyrier and Brent Golemon caused us to switch horses to John Cyrier. We urge Republican primary voters to give Cyrier his first full term in the Texas House. There is no Democrat running in November. Read the rest of this entry »

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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