Fighting for Transparency & Fiscal Responsibility in Local Government

Commissioners Declare War on Legislature

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This week Tarrant County Judge Whitley declared war on the Texas legislature. Whitley is attempting to blame the legislature for the massive increases homeowners are experiencing in their local property taxes. In so doing, he declares the legislature the enemy. All 4 senators representing Tarrant County responded in one unified voice, you can read that response HERE.

Whitley is obviously in deflection mode attempting to draw attention away from his tax and spend ways and toward a way to blame others, typical politician. But he is not alone.

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Rep Swanson Pays Out of Her Own Pocket to Serve Constituents

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It’s primary season and Valoree Swanson’s (HD150) opponent has come out with a new ad with some creative accusations.

Not only are the accusations made against Swanson false, the facts show the opposite; the conservative lawmaker is actually taking money out of her own pocket to serve her constituents. Unlike many lawmakers who use their campaign accounts for personal benefit, and other non-campaign related costs, Swanson should lauded for her integrity and personal sacrifice, not scorned.

Swanson is a freshman from Spring Texas, and the only female member of the Texas Freedom Caucus in the House. The establishment and lobby are not happy with the Freedom Caucus and are coming after them as best they can.

To do so they scraped the bottom of the barrel and put up James Wilson to primary Swanson. (Similarly the lobby recruited Terry Sain against Briscoe Cain, only to have him drop out once he realized he was just their pawn.) Wilson and his posse have come out with an attack ad today claiming Swanson has enriched herself using campaign funds to reimburse herself for mileage and travel expenses which are in the tens of thousands of dollars. Outrageous!!!….or is it? Read More

All Four Tarrant County Senators Response to Glen Whitley’s Misinformation

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February 11, 2018

To the Editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley tells a bold-faced lie about the state budget and local property taxes and is hailed as a “truth teller” by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram?

Let’s set the record straight. Local property tax rates are set by locally elected officials. Period. They are not determined by an informational rider in the state budget as Judge Whitley dishonestly suggests. He well knows our school finance formula dictates that local property tax revenue go into the system first, with state funding added on top. This has been the case since the 1940s. Local property tax collections dictate the state’s share of education funding – not vice versa.

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The Gloves Come Off in Tax Assessor-Collector Race

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A Tax Assessor-Collector’s race doesn’t usually get much notice, but this year’s Tarrant County four-way match up is attracting a lot of attention as Election Day nears and the gloves come off.

Over the last few days a poll has been running asking voters who they might choose in that race. Those who selected “Mike Snyder” as their candidate were directed to the following question “Would you change your vote if you knew that Mike Snyder does not pay his taxes?” It’s not a new accusation, but who is making it via a push poll? What is the real story?

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How Many Strikes Does Jacqueline Wright Get?

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There seems to be something in the water this election cycle with Tarrant County Justices of the Peace. Tarrant has three troubled JPs, Russ Casey, Gary Ritchie, and Jacqueline Wright. Direct Action Texas broke the stories on Russ Casey and Gary Ritchie. Ritchie’s court coordinator was indicted on 7 counts and we expect criminal indictments against Russ Casey soon. Now Jacqueline Wright enters the spotlight.

Wright has a long history of problems, but Saturday February 3rd, her latest problem was caught on video. The video is from the surveillance of the very courthouse where she works. In the video you see Wright being dropped off at the courthouse by her husband, Ross Ladart. Later, Ladart returns to pick her up. He stops, gets out, and proceeds to rip out and discard two signs promoting Chris Gregory, Wright’s opponent. The actions of Ladart are brazen and shocking. He has no hesitation, committing his crime in clear daylight. It’s hard to catch, but in the lower right corner you can actually see Wright wait for Ladart to finish vandalizing the signs, then she comes out to the car and leaves with him. Outrageous!

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