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Race for San Antonio Mayor is ON!

l to r: Ron Nirenberg, Ivy Taylor, Manuel Medina. The race is on for San Antonio Mayor! Photo Credit: The Rivard Report

We are more than thrilled that there is now a three-way race for San Antonio Mayor, now that Manuel Medina jumped in. Medina is positioning clearly against Vista Ridge. Watch the debate tomorrow night online here at the Rivard Report. (Note: Rivard has already been bashing independent-minded Medina, so don’t be surprised if the debate isn’t as fair as it should be.)

You can watch the debate here on The Rivard Report Facebook page.

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Report on Water Development Board “Schmoozefest”

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Thanks to the Freedom of Information Foundation and the League of Independent Voters, citizens were able to get in to the water lobby schmoozefest, aka the “Water for Texas Conference” on January 23-25, a privatized event sponsored by a state agency, the Texas Water Development Board. It was at this event that Patrick and his water lieutenant, State Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), made plain that they fully intend to roll right over rural Texans’ property rights (groundwater) and a united urban/rural citizen call to “conserve first, convey later.”

Here you can listen to Evan Smith, Texas Tribune CEO one of best interviewers in the country, trying to moderate a panel with Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) running roughshod over him. (Hear Larson’s ceaseless rant about how landowners are “balkanizing” their water by refusing to “share” it). At the end, I called Sen. Perry out for holding closed interim hearings on water. His response? He did that politician dance otherwise known as refusal to answer the question.

Here you can listen to Dan Patrick’s luncheon speech He began with defending his decision to appoint then freshman, Sen. Perry, to chair the committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs in 2016. At the end Patrick declares:

“I’m a big believer in property rights, if it’s on your land, it’s yours. But we’re going to have to work together to find a way to ensure that all of Texans have the water they need for whatever their needs are.”

Of course, Patrick didn’t define what he meant by water they “need”. Does he think San Antonio needs the massive Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose? They don’t.

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Peace on Earth Begins at Home

We have been taking some very needed time off while doing some work to understand how this presidential election impacts on the development of independent politics in Texas — not to mention peace on earth.

We hope to have some important news for you over the coming weeks, especially with the legislative session starting on January 10th.

Meanwhile, we wish to announce some very exciting news!

The Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund (SAWDF) — just received news from the IRS that they are now a tax-exempt non-profit organization. Remember, the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer is the most sought after groundwater in Texas over which the growth industry is salivating. If developers who want to build out areas without long term water supply get their wishes, the Simsboro will be paying the price…along with current landowners and our incoming generation. Read this and please consider giving a tax-deductible contribution to SAWDF before the end of the year.

We also wish to thank each and everyone of you who touched our lives in 2016 — donors and volunteers alike.

Enjoy the rest of the holidays, y’all! See you in 2017.

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Can Indy Texans Score a Triple Play in this Election?

If independents score a triple play tomorrow — in Austin, Hays and Bastrop — it will be because you agree that teeth_cigar_smoking_lg_clrdemocracy is not a spectator sport.

1 No on Prop 1 in Austin, 2 No on Props 1&2 in Hays County
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3 FOR all five Props 1-5 in the City of Bastrop

Big turnout tomorrow can easily work for us — the grassroots. Our very simple plan is to hand voters a flier to read while standing in line. Join us anytime between 7 am and 7 pm — more details below, including things you can do from home. You can even print out your own fliers.

Ahand_thumbs_up_ty_clrsk Bastrop city voters to vote FOR all city propositions (Props 1 thru 5), on the back of their ballot. County and city voters can read our endorsements page for an urgent emergency management issue and some good people running for local office that we support.

hand_thumbs_down_ty_clrAsk Austinites to vote No on Prop 1. This massive $720 million “transportation” bond is really a big giveway to the Austin Growth Machine that is wreaking havoc in our region. The flier linked on this page can be printed out. We also have plenty of extras for you to pick up and take to your poll. Like and share away! (And y’all Austinites know you can vote at any poll tomorrow, right?)

hand_thumbs_down_ty_clrAsk Hays Countians to vote No on Props 1&2 — the $106 million unneccessary jail expansion and  $131 million roads to nowhere bonds. We need more hands to give this fliers out to voters at the polls.  We have a few paid positions still open for tomorrow. Send your friends to SaveHays.com for some well-researched information. Call or text the cell below if you can help.

As always, contact us anytime!

Have fun tomorrow — this election will soon be over — yippee! 🙂

 

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Guess who will decide this election, including Hays County Props 1 & 2

Independents — now 42% of America — will decide this election. This is screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-2-06-21-pmespecially true in Hays County as more and more Millennials (the majority of whom now identify as independents) have moved to Hays County seeking the affordability that would allow them to raise a family.

QUESTION:  Guess who is trying to saddle this generation with the $237.8 million additional debt for an unnecessary jail expansion and roads to nowhere — Props 1&2? 

Answer: The Hays County Commissioners Court – led by Commissioner Will Conley.

Conley even had the nerve to defend Hays County’s official Facebook page deleting posts from citizens raising questions about their taxes AND Props 1 & 2.

Conley just said in open court that for the county to answer these questions, “would be a waste of taxpayer money.” (Click on the 40 second video and see for yourself).

Vote No on Props 1 & 2 and help us reach voters with this half-page handy flier.

You can print it out and take it to the polls or we can get you some.

Of course, lots of great information has been gathered for you to share from the SaveHays.com website.

Those little fliers can make a huge difference if you hand ’em out right there at your poll site as folks will be standing in line. Just make sure you stay outside of the 100 foot marker.

Thank you, Hays Countians!

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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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