Kill the Trans-Texas Water Highway

Now that the grand scheme of the Trans-Texas Corridor is DOA, it appears that we the people are going to have to kill the not-dead-yet tentacles of the TTC one at a time.  One of those tentacles is a proposed massive water highway.

Water marketers are swooping in across the state to take advantage of the existing anarchy of Texas water policy. An important test case is underway right now in Bastrop & Lee counties.  Aqua Water, the nation’s largest water coop, has thrown down the gauntlet to stop EndOp, LLC, a private water marketer from pumping all the ground water out from these counties and sending it to Hays County.  Read this hilarious blog about EndOp principal Frankie “baby” Limmer, by Sal Costello, leader against the “double-tax” freeway-to-tollway conversion schemes of Gov. Rick Perry.  According to Aqua Water, The project is estimated to cost $330,782,000 and would be financed in part by bonds issued by the Texas Water Development Board.”
Here’s a very recent piece in the Austin paper about the status of the moves on central Texas water by water profiteers.  Join us in the fight!  Sign the petition to Kill the Trans-Texas Water Highway!

A Victory the Size of Texas! Get the Independent Story.

The people of Texas have killed the grand scheme of the Trans-Texas Corridor and, in so doing, won an 8-year war with Governor Rick Perry and his allies. We were told it was the done deal of the century, but we proved them wrong. Read the independent story here: http://www.indytexans.org/itblog/highway-robbery-texas-style/

Please note: We have a new section for announcements of events. Check out our event in Bastrop next Wed. (Aug. 18) and the next Farm and Freedom Ranch Alliance statewide conference scheduled for Austin on September 13th & 14th.

Congratulations to member David Schraub of Texas Pure Rain (Smithville), who scored this front page piece in the Austin Business Journal. Thank you, Dave and all your partners, for creating this innovative new business in rural Texas!:

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What's Next for Texas Independents?

As we approach the November election in Texas what do you think independent, non-aligned voters should do?

In my humble opinion, ordinary Texans and all Americans will continue to suffer the consequences of the powerful corporate lobbies unless and until we also give up our own special interest lobbies called the Democratic and Republican parties.

Do you think that this year independents should focus on local races? You can dialogue with me about this at the bottom of this post.

I think so. But to prove my point, I’m working with some great folks in my home town of Bastrop, Texas. We’ve started a local independent organization — Bastrop Independents. With hard work, independents here could well decide the outcome of two hotly contested local races for the Texas House District 17 currently held by Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt who has a serious challenger, local rancher Pati Jacobs. A local County Commission seat (Precinct 4) is also hotly contested because of a private airport that residents feel was foisted on them.

Please join us at a forum here in Bastrop on Wednesday, August 18 at 7 pm. If you can’t make it to Bastrop, we’ll be video-taping it and reporting on our local blog. If you know folks who live in District 17, invite them to come to this. District 17 encompasses all of Bastrop, Burleson, Colorado, Lee and Fayette counties and a tad of Brazos county.

Interested in organizing locally and independently wherever you are? Let us know and we’ll assist. Send us a note to ljcurtis@indytexans.org or call us at 512-535-0989.


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Where Do Indies Go Now that Rick Perry’s Party is Over

Riddle: What unites conservative and liberal Texas voters?

Answer: Booting Rick Perry and disarming both parties of the power to draw their own district lines, a practice called redistricting.

Many political pundits just don’t get it about Rick Perry and his relationship to independent voters who will likely decide the outcome of the hot Texas Governor’s race in November. In the view of Texas independents, Rick Perry did not do well on Tuesday, while securing his party’s nomination. The Governor was doing so badly he was forced to viciously attack one of his own, Kay Bailey Hutchison. Moreover, the all powerful Rick Perry was forced to pull a Glenn Beck on opponent Debra Medina, an unknown Republican insurgent over whom the Tea Party was split, and who was outspent by 30 to 1.

The real question is what did Rick Perry have to do in order to win his party’s 51%? The result that may well count the most is the continued exodus of voters out of the Republican Party who can no longer stand the political stench created by the Governor.

How do we know this? Four days prior to election day, volunteers from Independent Texans including yours truly, were on the phone calling independent voters in House District 92. These voters had backed Carole Keeton Strayhorn or Kinky Freidman as independents for Governor in 2006. We asked them to kindly vote in the Republican primary for Debra Medina and to help reelect their Texas House representative Todd Smith. On Saturday, I received a call from Smith’s opponent, Jeff Cason, who claimed he didn’t really know who Bob Perry was, though he had just taken $25,000 from him. Ironically, on Monday a jury awarded a Mansfield couple $51 million in a case against Perry Homes. Maybe now Cason knows who Bob Perry is.

Bob Perry’s connections to Rick Perry and the Governor’s appointees to the Texas Residential Construction Commission had been a big issue back in 2006 when Smith asked then State Comptroller, Carole Strayhorn, to review the agency. This investigation eventually led to the abolition of the agency by the Sunset Commission.

Mr. Cason seemed to think that, as an independent, I would be angered if I knew the ‘truth” about Smith’s failure to pass the Voter ID bill. I might have caught him off guard when I said that from the vantage point of Texas independents the real failing of Voter ID was its dominance of the last session. I further pointed out to Cason that about 4 million independent, non-aligned Texas voters have been disenfranchised for about 40 years. We were much hotter to trot on real reforms like Redistricting Reform” taking the redistricting weapon out of the hands of both parties.

I wouldn’t, for one minute, claim we saved Todd Smith, though we were happy to help. My point is the same as Will Lutz of the Lone Star Report. There is a growing lack of decency and honesty in Texas politics. Political honesty is a prerequisite for any true reform. Cason’s temerity in sending out a mailing implying that Todd Smith was soft on sexual predation deserved a smack down – which HD 92 voters likely figured out for themselves.

I got a note from a member of the Texas media (one of the few who likes Rick Perry) who wrote to me, “Why don’t you just get over it” referring to Perry’s penchant for privatized toll roads and the Trans-Texas Corridor. Our grudge against Rick Perry goes way deeper than the resentment Texans naturally feel for the Governor’s attempt to grab 500,000 acres of prime, private farmland for the TTC. It goes to the structural problems in our electoral system which breeds more and more polarization. This creates opportunities for likes of Rick Perry despite the fact that they actually enjoy minority (no pun intended) support. An example of my point is the defeat of Victor Carillo, Republican incumbent Railroad Commissioner. It appears that Mr. Carrillo’s only “sin” was his Hispanic last name.

One out every two of those voting in the Republican primary voted for Debra Medina (18.6%) or Kay Bailey Hutchison (33.3%). Kay’s concession speech came with less than 20% of the precincts having been counted. It was clear that regular Republicans, out of weakness in the face of the Medina insurgency, needed to circle the wagons. If we, at Independent Texans, have anything to say about it, the wagons will be re-routed somewhere else in November. We can start with the political reform that gets to the heart of partisan power over the next two years of redistricting.

Prediction: If Bill White figures out how to reach out to independents with real reform propositions on redistricting and more, he will beat Rick Perry. If he doesn’t, Rick Perry will keep fueling the rise of independent politics in Texas and some day we will win.

Message to Texas Tea Partiers: You have an important decision to make. Are you really independent, or will you patch things up like Kay did with Rick Perry and Sarah Palin, who are out to use and then crush you? It’s your choice.

Message to Bill White: Pledge to move redistricting to a special session and have the Governor’s Call contain this simple message “legislators should not be allowed to draw their own district lines”. This is an example of what it means to be a small independent (and, as you say, inclusive) Governor.

PS For to those wanting to be knowledgeable: The new online Texas Tribune newspaper is providing excellent followup coverage of Texas races, including a nifty tool to search for where candidates are getting their contributions:



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