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Why Can’t Tarrant Judicial Candidates Follow the Law?

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Will our Tarrant County 2018 Probate Judge candidates please quit breaking the law?

If you remember the story about Catherine Goodman, candidate for Probate Judge, she took an improper donation of $10,000 from a husband and wife.   This was a violation of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act.  The Texas Ethics Commission called her out, Goodman returned the amount in violation, and while she is still exposed to civil liability, it is over.

Now we have something different.  We have Republican Probate Court Runoff candidate, Patricia Cole who has broken a much more serious law.  Cole has accepted contributions from corporations.  This is not an ethics violation, but a criminal violation! Read More

CITIZENS AREN’T TIRED OF WINNING IN COLLEYVILLE – An Open Letter by Steve Waltens

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All across our great nation for the last year and a half, legions of sore-loser liberal elites have been pitching a non-stop fit, refusing to accept the fact that our country has soundly rejected their tired narrative and policies that are just plain bad for Americans.

An interesting (and more relevant) observation is that very same pattern of behavior is going on right here in our very own Colleyville.  The last seven elections for Mayor and the six City Council seats have been very spirited races, to say the least.  Every one of the candidates in these seven races have been supported by the same passionate group of volunteers and the opposing issues have basically remained the same in each race.  And that leads me to the puzzling part of this story.

Since every one of these seven races was decided by landslide victories during record voter turnouts, why on earth does the Protect Colleyville crew cling tightly to their seven-times failed campaign strategy?

Is everything in Colleyville rainbows and unicorns? Of course not. But in the two years since the new Mayor and majority citizen-advocates took office, this list of positive citizen-requested changes have become reality:

  • Lowered the tax rate TWICE.
  • Made up the unbelievable $600,000 shortfall of pay to our first responders.
  • Stopped the practice of price gouging and profiting off water sales.
  • Saved over 400 trees along Glade Road that were destined for demolition.
  • Established a plan to improve Glade Road with engineered drainage, turn lanes, and sidewalks saving taxpayers millions of dollars as compared to the previous plan.
  • Negotiated land purchase deals along Glade Road, instead of stealing land for trails.
  • Instituted a new, more transparent bidding processes to ensure taxpayer money was being spent in the best possible way.
  • Asked the citizens to adopt term limits for elected officials, which we passed with an overwhelming 82% of voters voting in favor.
  • Stopped the race towards transforming Colleyville into a high-density urban jungle by setting the land development code straight.
  • Asked the citizens to adopt more stringent disclosure and transparency rules for both elected officials and staff heads which passed by an overwhelming majority.
  • Passed a long overdue resolution to move forward with a new storm water master plan.
  • Beautifying and enhancing our medians and roundabouts.
  • Repairing major streets that were crumbling due to a decade of neglect.
  • Established a record number of citizen committees to leverage the knowledge, expertise, and input of our citizens
  • Created community events such as the farmers market, live bands, and movie nights.
  • Established a second ambulance service to eliminate high out-of-city ambulance fees and save taxpayers money.
  • Repealed the anti-free speech policy that prohibited citizens from criticizing City Council members when addressing the council.

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Opportunity to Oust Another Corrupt Tarrant County JP

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“All free men, when they form a social compact, have equal rights, and no man, or set of men, is entitled to exclusive separate public emoluments, or privileges, but in consideration of public services”. – Texas Constitution Article 1, Section 3.

Are we all equal or do different citizens enjoy special privileges and benefits?  Our Constitution tells us that we are equal, but are we? Here is a story about how one person, an elected official, gets special privileges above and beyond the normal citizens and blatantly and obscenely abuses her power.  To make things worse, this person is a sitting Judge in Tarrant County.

Judge Jacquelyn Wright, one of Tarrant County’s Justices of the Peace, is actively campaigning from her courtroom, which is a clear violation of ethics.  She has campaign literature in her courtroom as well as inside her jury room. We have pictures of the flyers and nail files with her messaging (See them HERE, HERE, and HERE.), but there is no telling what she is saying from the bench.

As a taxpayer, YOU are paying for her campaign by paying for the facilities to distribute her materials.  It is wholly improper for government buildings to be used to assist a campaign. Imagine walking up to a courthouse and seeing a big banner with the Judge’s name on it right as you go to vote, having county employees make campaign calls during work hours, or even using tax dollars to pay the postage for campaign mailers.  It is a slippery slope when we allow government employees to engage in political activity.

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An Open Letter to Brian Byrd

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Fort Worth Council Member Byrd,

As a strong supporter of your campaign, I am frustrated with how you have governed in your short time on the Fort Worth City Council.  I supported you because you promised to fight for conservative principles, especially in the area of fiscal responsibility and budgeting.

Fort Worth still has one of the highest property tax rates in DFW. Just last year, you voted to reduce the tax rate, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Due to skyrocketing appraisal values, your vote still raised property taxes on existing residents by $19.6 million. The budget you voted for increased property tax revenue by 8 percent in total, and now you’re supporting two massive bond packages, which will raise property taxes even more. Excessive local debt is something you specifically campaigned against. Read More

DAT Files New Complaints: Kaufman County

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Direct Action Texas has just filed new complaints with the Secretary of State detailing 47 counts of election fraud in Kaufman County. Our filing comes shortly after a District Judge called for a new election for the Republican nomination for County Court at Law 1. Judge Marty Lowy nullified the original results where Judge Jones had won his race by only one vote, citing voter fraud as well as violations of Federal Law, according to a recent Federal Court ruling.

Several voters took the stand in the Election Contest. One elderly couple, who could not read nor write, said that they don’t recall ever filling out or signing an application for a ballot by mail. They believe that their “voting papers” just arrive in their mailbox. A woman took the stand and said she doesn’t remember voting since JFK, and if she had voted it would have been in the Democrat Primary. Her vote was actually cast in the Republican Primary. Some recognized their signatures, some did not. In one case a voter said, “it looks like someone tried to write like me.” The details of their testimony varied, but all of them had one thing in common. None of them knew for whom they voted. None of them could name a single person on their ballot. Someone else had voted in their name.

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