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Prop 6 Proponents Refusing to Debate, What Are They Afraid Of?

Linda Curtis, leader of Independent Texans, the state’s only association for independent voters, has yet to hear from any proponents of Proposition 6 willing to join the debate on Constitutional Amendment 6 this Saturday, September 21 at 11:30 am.  The debate is planned as a featured event at the first-ever Independent Texans Convention.  Independent Texans, founded in 2001, is a part of a “cross-partisan” coalition working to unite fiscal conservatives, independents and conservationists to come out against the measure.

Rumors are Prop 6 backers are planning to blow off the debate by claiming there is no credible opposition to Prop 6.  This comes on the heels of the release by Independent Texans of a provocative and well researched white paper opposing Prop 6 found here:

Curtis said, “The Governor, Texas House Speaker Straus and 127 House members are pushing Prop 6. Straus is about to fund up his PAC to push this amendment on Texans likely counting on voters not having enough information to understand its implications.  Another pro-Prop 6 group, H2o4Texas Coalition, has a boatload of some of the world’s biggest businesses as sponsors.  We can spell DOW – but can the proponents spell “cow”, as in Rick Perry’s new water cash cow for his cronies? Maybe the Governor is too busy job poaching in other states to get one of his water bandits to debate Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview), coming all the way from Longview for it. We’ve heard through the grapevine the pro-Prop 6 lobby is saying that we have no coalition.  So what are they afraid of?”

Prop 6, by far the biggest and most controversial constitutional amendment on the November ballot, will move $2B in funding from the Texas Rainy Day Fund into a water fund that, over time, is expected to grow to $30B, for use by the Governor’s hand-picked Texas Water Development Board to help build “priority” water projects. “The way we figure it, that’s probably one or two projects each, for the special interests supporting Prop 6”, said Curtis..

The convention, sponsored by Independent Texans, is being held at the Bastrop Convention Center this Saturday, with the debate set to start at 11:30 a.m.  Bastrop has become a symbol of the Texas Water Wars, being fought over plans by the Governor’s allies to move groundwater from aquifers in rural Texas to the growth corridors – without regard for the impact on land, aquifers and food growers. Other ground-zeros in this same war are found all over Texas, including parts of North Texas and East Texas that are squarely in the sights of the Metroplex and its thirst for new land to flood with reservoirs.

Who’s backing Prop 6?  Look here: (Water Texas PAC) and here: (H2O4Texas).

For more information contact us at 512-535-0989 or email Linda Curtis at



Independents No on 6! Calls for Full Debate in Bastrop

Independent Texans, a citizen’s political action committee seeking representation for the state’s millions of independent, non-aligned voters, released a white paper that comes out squarely against Constitutional Amendment 6 — the water amendment — on the November ballot.  The first page offers its own alternative ballot language in stark contrast to the ambiguous ballot language voters will see:

Official Ballot Language for Prop 6:  “Creating funds to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan.”

Alternative Language offered by Independent Texans:  “Providing an endowment for an estimated $30 billion of cash subsidies for water borrowers, by diverting an initial $2 billion from the State’s Rainy Day Fund into the State’s already generous water lending program, to offset the cost of up to 526 state water plan projects, which will be prioritized by the Governor-appointed employees on the Texas Water Development Board and financed without constitutional debt limitations.”

The full text of “Stop the Urban v. Rural Water Wars” can be found here: (and attached)

Linda Curtis, founder of Independent Texans, called for a “full and vigorous” debate on Proposition 6 to take place at their state convention being held in Bastrop this Saturday at the Bastrop Convention Center. Curtis said, “This is another David v. Goliath skirmish — literally. Rep. David Simpson, who is no stranger to fighting Goliath (the Speaker of the House, Joe Straus), will speak on the “opposed” side of the debate on Prop 6. Now all we need are some of the proponents.  We’ve asked the Speaker’s Water Texas PAC and H2O4Texas to provide one or more people to take the ‘in favor’ side. We’ll hold a fair and square debate in Bastrop, since most folks attending will not have heard much about this, then take a straw poll.  Media is most welcome to join us in Bastrop, home of the Texas Water Wars.”  See convention agenda here:

The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District was created by the Legislature to protect the water supply of Bastrop and Lee counties as its sole mission. In 2013, the District made a decision to protect the local aquifers, by reducing permit applications for two large-volume users, one of which was an application for 45,000 acre feet per year by real estate titan, Forestar Real Estate Group (an offshoot of Temple Inland). The District reduced Forestar’s permit to 12,000 AFY (one acre foot is equal to 326,000 gallons).  Forestar, and at least one other large-volume user (EndOp LC, owned by former Williamson County Commissioner, Frankie Limmer) whose permit is still pending, are positioning to sue the District in potential landmark cases on groundwater districts’ powers to prevent depletion of Texas aquifers.  State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington) sold or leased his Lee County water rights several years ago.  They are now controlled by Forestar. Kleinschmidt has received over $250,000 from Speaker Straus for his reelection campaigns and, like all state representatives, is up for reelection in November 2014:

Scores of Bastrop and Lee County residents and landowners testimony at recent Lost Pines GCD hearings can be watched here:


Scores of Bastrop and Lee County residents and landowners testimony at recent Lost Pines GCD hearings can be watched here:



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