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Election Integrity and the RPT Platform

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The Republican Party of Texas State Convention is upon us. This is the party’s opportunity to decide where they stand on issues across the board, including election integrity.

In the past few election cycles, our elections have been revealed to be far less secure than we would hope. From vote harvesting, to attempted voter fraud, to foreign nations admitting they’ve tried to interfere in our elections, threats are at an all-time high. Read More

Another Judicial Candidate in Hot Water, Again

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The spotlight is on Kimberly Fitzpatrick, candidate for District Judge, once again, for violating the law. This time it is for illegally accepting $2,000 in campaign contributions from a corporation.

Last month Direct Action Texas filed a complaint on Fitzpatrick with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct concerning an illegal endorsement. We also filed a complaint on Probate Court Judge candidate Catherine Goodman, this time with the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC). Our complaint was affirmed, Goodman took an improper donation of $10,000 from a husband and wife. Then, just yesterday, we called attention to Patricia Cole, candidate for Probate Court Judge, for her reporting of a campaign contribution from a corporation. Now we have found that Kimberly Fitzpatrick has violated Texas Election Code 253.091 as well.

On her May 15 filing, Fitzpatrick lists an in-kind Contribution of $2,000 from Chamas Do Brazil, otherwise known as HLQ, Inc., a corporation. Section 253.094 of the Election Code lists this offense as a third-degree felony. Punishment for a felony of this type is 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

Former Mayor and Attorney Kimberly Fitzpatrick did not know the law or ignored it. Either way, is this someone that should be the next Tarrant County District Court Judge for District 342? The District 342 Court handles civil cases with judgements that can reach up into the millions and higher. The judge for that court must be someone with integrity and an attention to detail, not someone who has come under legal scrutiny twice during her campaign.

We must hold our judges and judicial candidates to a higher standard. We must know that our judges have the utmost integrity and would not violate the law for financial gain, to win an election, or for any other reason. We must also know that our judges are knowledgeable. There is no room for error when people’s lives and livelihoods are on the line. Tarrant County deserves judges that take the time to study the law and not make potentially criminal mistakes. Tarrant County has a chance to choose on May 22nd. Choose wisely.

Dallas Mail In Ballot Arrest – What Happened?

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Last year Dallas made tons of headlines and nightly news reports with voter fraud stories tied to their city council races. At one point Dallas elections claimed they were investigating over 1,200 ballots – in a city council race! Dallas District Attorney, Faith Johnson, came out and promised to prosecute these crimes aggressively.  The stories were great, with undercover audio recordings, leading to a man being arrested.

The man arrested is Miguel Hernandez, who allegedly forged ballots under the fake name of Jose Rodriguez. Dallas arrested him for having forged 766 ballots. Faith Johnson and Ken Paxton even held a press conference to tell us how serious Dallas was about the issue.

YET HERE WE ARE and year later and nothing has happened.

Faith Johnson put an assistant district attorney by the name of Andy Chatham in charge of the voter fraud cases. From the beginning Chatham has been hostile and non communicative to anyone involved or anyone offering help. If you attempted to get an update on the case…nothing.

At one point a different law enforcement agency offered to assist, pointing out that given the current DA race in Dallas, that office is conflicted in the case. Chatham stated it would be a cold day in hell before he allowed any other agency in to help.

That made me think – why is Chatham not acting? Why is Chatham hostile to help? I decided to do some digging. You see Chatham ran for judge as a democrat in 2014.

Immediately upon review of Chatham finance reports I find he hired none other than Terri Hodge as his consultant!! He paid her a hefty $2,500…now everyone knows Hodge’s only expertise is harvesting mail in ballots. Several other names on Chatham’s report pop out as known harvesters to DAT. It immediately became clear to me why the Dallas case, one of the most clean cut cases we’ve seen, has gone no where. Where is Faith on this issue? In just the last few days it appears the case was assigned away from Chatham…after more than a year.

Dallas voters should be asking Faith Johnson for accountability on this case. Why did she assign the case to a man clearly conflicted in this matter? Why has she let this case sit stagnant? What is she doing to ensure the integrity of our elections?

Lack of prosecution is why election fraud continues to occur. Where are you Faith?

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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