Fighting for Transparency & Fiscal Responsibility in Local Government

Keller ISD – Swap and Drop or Bait and Switch?

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Keller ISD again is coming to voters asking to increase the tax rate above the max allowed. Apparently, the massive bond money, revenue increases from unprecedented home valuation increases, and long term budget deficits are not enough to cover an apparent inability to spend within their means. They are now planning a tax rate increase so large that it requires taxpayers to vote themselves a larger property tax bill than what we should have to pay. Remember when they did this a few years ago? Voters overwhelmingly said no and then the district punished the voters by limiting bus services.

Over the last several years, the taxpayers in Keller ISD have continued to realize ever increasing and over burdensome property tax increases due to a number of factors.

1. Bonds burdening the district with over $1 billion of debt
2. Long term budget deficits
3. Significant home valuation increases and,
4. Most significant, a school board unwilling to decrease the I&S tax rate so that taxpayers would see little to no increases in their tax bill.

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Election Fraud – See the Video!

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The media and others will tell you constantly, “There is no election fraud”. However to anyone paying attention, it is more like a headline a day of voter fraud investigations.

Today we learned from an article in the Dallas Morning News that the Dallas District Attorney is investigating 1,200 applications for ballot by mail for this month’s primary, but the applications, in many cases, were filled out last year. This is the same area where there is an ongoing criminal investigation into vote harvesting.

Now comes this: Direct Action Texas received a video of a worker harvesting a ballot for Harold Dutton in last week’s Democrat primary. The video (below) shows a worker approaching a voter with that voter’s ballot in hand. The worker appears to have a stack of ballots in her hand. She clearly identifies herself with the Harold Dutton campaign, and proceeds to instruct the voter to check the box for Dutton and sign, and then she leaves with the ballot.

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BREAKING NEWS: Indictments for Voter Fraud in Nueces County

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In a press release, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced his office’s participation in the prosecution of three Robstown residents indicted for voter fraud committed in the 2016 election cycle. Direct Action Texas (DAT) first reported on the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) active investigations into voter fraud in Robstown last August.  A few months later, after the November election, DAT began to research voter fraud in Robstown that took place in the 2017 municipal election. That research resulting in DAT filing 30 Election Fraud complaints. It was clear that Election Fraud was alive and well in Robstown, Texas and it continued through the Runoff Election in December of 2017. Now the harvesters may finally be brought to justice. Cynthia Kay Gonzalez, Rosita Torres Flores, and Robert Gonzalez have been indicted for nine counts of voter fraud, collectively.

View the indictment against Cynthia Kay Gonzalez here:

View the indictment against Rosita Torres Flores here:

View the indictment against Robert Gonzales here:

Gerald Haddock Pops Up – But Who Is He?

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The biggest myth in politics is that donors give money to candidates in order to “buy” their vote. The fact is conservative donors give money to conservative candidates because they are already conservative and like-minded. The same happens on the left. Annie’s List gives money to liberal candidates because they are already liberal, not to buy their vote.

Every now and then, however, someone comes along, breaks that mold, and spreads money around in order to purchase influence, or worse, expecting a quid pro quo. This year a certain Gerald Haddock has appeared on the scene… and where ever he shows up things get shady and bizarre quickly. Read More

Probate Court Candidate Goodman’s Fuzzy Math

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Catherine Goodman is using some fuzzy math to manipulate the results of the Tarrant County Bar Association (TCBA) Survey to declare herself the highest rated candidate. Goodman is the candidate for Judge, Probate Court 1 that almost didn’t make it on the ballot. She had to withdraw her application for a place on the ballot and reapply. Inside sources say this was due to problems with her petition signatures. Goodman has also struggled with her campaign finance compliance, as reported by Direct Action Texas. Now it looks like Goodman has chosen to manipulate the results of the TCBA Survey to boost her chances.

The Tarrant County Bar Association asked its members to rate each candidate as well qualified, qualified, or not qualified. If they didn’t know the candidate, they were instructed to answer, “No Opinion.” At first glance, Mark Sullivan has the highest rating with 25% well qualified versus Goodman’s 23.1% well qualified. If you look at the raw number of votes, Sullivan is still ahead with 151 well qualified to Goodman’s 139.

Goodman would like you to throw out the “No Opinion” votes and recalculate the percentages. That would skew the numbers in her favor, giving her 54% for well qualified to Sullivan’s 51%. However, that method is statistically insignificant. Remove the “No Opinion” vote and you are suddenly comparing apples to oranges. The results cannot be compared when there is now a different number of people voting in each candidate’s survey. If you wanted to properly discount the “No Opinion” voters you would have to compare the categories individually, as shown here. Those numbers still put Mark Sullivan on top.

Perhaps the more interesting numbers are not those of Goodman and Sullivan, but those of Patricia Cole. With 117 votes for “Not Qualified,” no matter which way you calculate it, she has the highest number in that category.

Catherine Goodman had difficulties following the law when applying for a position on the ballot, disregarded campaign finance laws, and is now manipulating results to show them in her favor. On the campaign trail she says she writes the law and that she knows the law, but can she follow the law?

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