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I Found the $64,000 Question! ** UPDATED

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UPDATE: District Attorney Sharen Wilson and I just spoke. She was not aware of what her staff had done. I’ve been promised the data for $1. I have full confidence that Sharen will address this matter. We discussed the problem that it happened in the first place, she promised to address it and I believe she will. Thank you Sharen.

Over the last year Direct Action Texas has been doing a lot of research into elections in Tarrant County. In doing so we have ordered copies of Applications for Ballot by Mail and copies of ballot carrier envelopes many times. For example we started this journey looking into the TRWD race, which had 6,000 mail in ballots. I received all of them for $1.

This week I ordered the same thing I have in the past, except for the republican primary election in House District 99. This race had only 1,267 mail in ballots. I received a response, not from Tarrant Elections, but the District Attorney’s office. According to Sharen Wilson’s office that data is worth $64,815.66! I found the $64,815 Question!

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Sullivan: “Don’t mess with Texans’ constitutional rights.”

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donttargetmeConservatives are the bull’s-eye of weaponized government.  Nowhere was this more apparent than Lois Lerner’s deliberate attacks on Tea Party groups.  Until now, the full force of the so-called Texas Ethics Commission was a well-used weapon in that governmental arsenal.  Their latest misfire against Empower Texans will change that fact. The commissioners themselves are now targets of some serious scrutiny and legal action from the very group they tried to attack.

Michael Quinn Sullivan, founder of Empower Texans puts it this way, “Our lawsuit will hold these commissioners personally liable for their unconstitutional actions.  They tried to use us as an excuse to silence all Texans, and instead we will use them as a warning to anyone in power who tries to abuse the public trust. Don’t mess with Texans’ constitutional rights.”

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How Many Missing Voters Is Too Many?

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OnePersonOneVote

Earlier this summer Direct Action Texas looked into several of the March 1st Republican Primary races. Hill County’s election quickly garnered our attention.

We found that 19.29% of their official election results did NOT have voters to go along with the alleged votes. It is a basic principle that for every vote cast there must be one voter to match up with said vote. In the case of Hill County, they posted 9,038 votes having been cast, yet their official election file only had 7,518 voters marked as having voted, but it gets better. Read More

Scope Creep: Some “Needs” are more important than others.

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Carrollton Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Wilder

Carrollton Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Wilder

On Wednesday, April 27th, the State Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief met in Arlington to receive public testimony.  During the hearing, I had the opportunity to testify. The chairman, State Sen. Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), posed a question to me regarding the spending problem during my testimony.

Below is his question and my response. Read More

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