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Time for an Independent Break in Texas House

For Immediate Release

Independent Texans, a citizens PAC seeking recognition for approximately 5 million independent non-aligned Texas voters, announced its search for candidates to challenge Texas House incumbents. The group believes that the Governor’s poor performance in the presidential race, together with both parties’ refusal to address redistricting reform, have rendered the Texas Republican Party vulnerable to another exodus of independent voters, particularly in the Texas House of Representatives.

Linda Curtis, a co-founder of Independent Texans in 2001 following her stint as State Organizer for Ross Perot’s Reform Party said,

Rick Perry’s poor performance in the presidential race has been good for Texas independents in a funny sort of way. The Governor’s ‘crony capitalism’ record has been highly scrutinized, clarifying the dire need for electoral competition in Texas elections.  For years, Texas independents have challenged the early filing deadline – the earliest in the nation for independents – as it served to curb electoral competition. Now, thanks to the redistricting mess and the Governor, the new filing deadline for candidates on February 1 is very likely to be moved again.  We welcome community leaders who are agents of change to step up and run, run, run. Call us now!

Michele Gangnes, a Lee County volunteer and political independent, said,

One key district we’re looking at is the ‘new’ House District 17 which will continue to include Lee and Bastrop counties. Our Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt has failed to stand up to an attempted raid on our water, to feed the real estate lobby that feeds Rick Perry.  Ordinary citizens who are actively challenging the raid feel they are at the mercy of the water marketers, with no one to speak for them at the state level. When asked during the last election cycle to advocate against massive groundwater transfers to fuel development south of Austin, Rep. Kleinschmidt assured us that the Legislature wasn’t going to deal with water issues. Instead, we saw over 30 bills introduced and the passage of two constitutional amendments, all related to water.  One amendment widens state government’s already open door to funding a pipeline big enough to move 71 million gallons per day of our water to the I-35 growth corridor.  It’s time Texans wake up to the false assurance that growth and development are always for the greater good – and always worth the price.

Phil Cook, a Bastrop small business owner and environmental leader said,

There are other key areas of the state we need to watch for an independent outbreak.  One would be in northeast Texas where the Perry administration appears to be rolling over for a pipeline carrying tar sands – not your run of the mill oil, but highly toxic crude that must be piped at high pressure. The Trans-Canada/Keystone XL pipeline threatens the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer which serves almost 12 million Texans.  This project could help unite opposition groups and spur another independent outbreak, just like the Trans-Texas Corridor did in 2006.

Independent Texans is calling on citizens to step up to the plate across the state.  They can encourage candidates who are willing to resist the policies of the Perry administration. They can also contact the organization through its website at and sign a petition letter in the “news” section of the site urging public hearings on the Keystone XL Pipeline, or by calling 512-535-0989.


We Proudly Endorse Debra Medina for Governor

Dear Members & Friends:

Independent Texans, the only voter association seeking representation and political rights for approximately 5 million non-aligned Texas voters, proudly endorses Debra Medina for Texas Governor in the Republican primary. Early voting begins February 16th. Mrs. Medina met the 60% support threshold of Independent Texans’ members to receive our endorsement. Congratulations to Debra Medina and her supporters!

Details below. Wanna talk about it? Go here after you read about it below and please post a comment.

Linda Curtis, Independent Texans

Debra Medina for Governor

Independent Texans’ members are well aware of Governor Rick Perry’s record which is why he received not one vote of support from our members. Perry has become legendary for his abuses of power and the veto pen, his revolving door for lobbyists, and for poisoning the halls of the legislature with a redistricting gerrymander on steroids back in 2003. For Texas independents Perry is the embodiment of what is so wrong in government today. Rick Perry is such a problem for political independents that we have resorted to joking about it at to make our point.

Kay Bailey Hutchison, who received about 30% support from our members, grasps our concerns about the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC), but has not yet fully made the connection between such policy monstrosities as the TTC and political reform. Though the same might be said for Debra Medina, our endorsement of Mrs. Medina springs from the long-held desires of independent voters for citizen legislators. Debra is an ordinary person (a nurse to be exact) who has held her own in this race with two titans in Texas politics. She has demonstrated that she deserves our support.

What Independents Want – A United Front for Reform

Since 1992 when Ross Perot received the largest independent vote in US history, independent voters (now at 41% of the American electorate – Pew Research Center, May 2009) and our concerns, have grown. We are even sicker today of the partisan gamesmanship that keeps voters fighting amongst ourselves while the big shots in both parties have put the economy and our very livelihoods on the edge of a cliff.

We never liked Bush bashing and we don’t like Obama bashing either. We want the parties to either come together or get out of the way. We – Americans of all persuasions — want to be part of the conversation about fixing our problems before it is too late.

Once every ten years we, as a country, have an opportunity to damp down the partisan game immediately following the census. It is called redistricting. We can no longer afford to allow politicians to choose their own voters. We must take the gerrymandering weapon out of the hands of both parties, through a non-partisan independent redistricting commission. This is the single most important thing Texans need to bring any real policy solutions to the table. Is there a gubernatorial candidate out there who will stand up for a Texas Redistricting Commission? Rick Perry would never sign it. Would Kay? Debra Medina…our best hope. (Read more about political reform here.)


Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

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Austin is Not Developers' Monopoly Board

Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:


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Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose