Posts by Aaron Harris

Political Repression – Alive and Well in Paxton’s Trial

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Texas has a long tradition of political persecution prosecutions. We’re nationally known for them, as seen in the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial back in August. From Rick Perry to Tom Delay, and now Ken Paxton. Political prosecutions eventually lose, but their real goal is to ruin careers, and as to their success in that venture, the results are mixed.

What makes General Paxton’s case stand out is the degree to which the judges and prosecutors played an active role in abusing their power in the case – it has been a study in judicial activism. This author has filed not one, but three, judicial complaints against the actions of Judge Oldner, whose behavior in this case is beyond rational. You can read those here: complaint 1, 2, and 3.

In the Wall Street Journal piece in August, the editorial board makes reference to a document the board had seen which lays out how the case is nothing more than a political witch hunt. That document, AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME HERE is a Motion to Dismiss which Judge Gallagher denied and blocked the public from seeing. This document leaves the reader with a complete understanding of exactly how and why this case is nothing more than a political inquisition. Read More

Texas AG Releases Opinion on Definition of DRE

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There is a struggle for election integrity ongoing in Texas. On one side are those who want to open up the market and include better systems with both paper and electronic trails. On the other is Harris County and certain equipment vendors who want to monopolize the industry and continue using 1980’s insecure technology.

Recently there has been several new systems come on the market which have both paper and electronic. In Texas we have Hart’s on demand paper ballots system, like Denton County has adopted. By ES&S they have their electronic ballot assist system which fills out a paper ballot based upon your selections. Both systems provide both a paper ballot and MBB hard drive with the results. There are multiple trails this way and much better accountability than a traditional DRE system. DRE is Direct Recording Electronic voting system. These are quite possibly the most distrusted systems in use today. Ironically enough this is one point with bi-partisan support – neither democrats nor republicans trust DRE’s, and with reason.

With the advent of the paper ballot on demand and the ballot assist systems beginning to take hold in Texas, a vendor began putting up obstacles in order to protect their market share. Oddly enough, the vendor, Hart, also sells the very systems they were suing to stop from being used. Their fear was loosing their contracts with counties that have countywide polling centers, to their competitor. The Texas Election code states county polling centers must use DRE’s. Representative Lyle Larson asked the OAG for an opinion and today the OAG released their opinion and they have cleared the way for this new technology to be used across the state. (You can read the AG’s Opinion HERE.)

This opens up the doors for new technology, much better technology to begin to be used across the state. This is a good thing for Texans and this is a good thing for Texas’ election integrity.

Thank you Gen. Paxton.

Citizen Files to Have Dallas Elections Administrator Removed from Office.

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Earlier today Dallas attorney, J.J. Koch, filed a petition to have a jury hear the case on the removal of Dallas County Elections Administrator from her elected office. This comes on the heels of  WFAA breaking a story last week that Toni Pippins-Poole, the Dallas Elections Administrator, was shaking down the county’s vendors for cash. In that story, they share various communications where Pippins-Poole is pressuring vendors to “sponsor” various activities she is involved in. One vendor replied asking where to send the cash, in the past they simply gave it to Toni. Read More

The Democrats Are Coming! Oh No!

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I’m told the Democrats are coming.

I hear of fancy groups like InDivisible, BLM, and others targeting Tarrant County and Texas to turn them blue.

I see that every Tarrant County elected Republican has an announced Democrat opponent (except Glen Whitley and one might argue he is their candidate).

The bell has been rung. Indeed they are coming for each and every red county and state they can get, just as we should be going after each and every blue county we can….but we aren’t.

The prize for democrats is to take back SD10, currently held by rockstar Republican Konni Burton. That’s their crowning achievement goal, but they are running candidates in all the lower ballot races as well. We might lose some of those.

Make no mistake, however, if we lose SD10 or any of the lower ballot seats it is NOT because the Democrats are coming.

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In Kaufman – It Pays To Be A Crony

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Property taxes are the largest and most onerous taxes Texans pay. But in Kaufman County, it pays to be well-connected.

Donald Trump’s election victory has been broadly viewed as retaliation by hard-working Americans to frustration with today’s political establishment and its close companion—cronyism. The politically connected receive special treatment, while the average taxpayer foots the bill for both the taxes and special interest handouts.

While we often consider cronyism to be relegated to the federal level in Washington D.C., it’s not. Cronyism is alive and well in Texas, particularly at the local level. Kaufman County provides an egregious example with inequities found in the state property tax system.

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