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Kaufman’s Costly and Illegal Scandal – Part 2

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For Part 1, click HERE.

County Judge Bruce Wood led Kaufman County into a costly contract with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) for traffic cameras. The contract resulted in illegal overreaches of authority in addition to costs over $180,000.

Traffic Cameras Were Unnecessary

Kaufman, like most other rural counties, has five law enforcement agencies to patrol its roads and enforce traffic laws. Each school zone is protected by local school police, city police, constables, deputy sheriffs, and the highway patrol. Not only was the ticketing contract with ATS unlawful, it would have added a redundant sixth layer of law enforcement.

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Kaufman’s Costly and Illegal Scandal – Part 1

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Following the public pushback over red light cameras across Texas, camera companies, such as American Traffic Solutions (ATS), have turned their attention to counties, rather than cities. Shockingly, several counties engaged these firms in clear violation of state law.

The problem with ATS’s strategy was that the governments they sought to engage do not have the authority to issue civil penalties to enforce local ordinances. Cities are given that authority in the Local Government Code (LGC); that power does not extend to counties. Every civil citation issued to local residents by Kaufman County under the ATS contract was illegal. (LGC 54.012 & 54.044)

ATS targeted rural counties such as Kaufman, Smith, and Hays, appealing to money-hungry County Judges who would support traffic-camera contracts designed to help bolster their revenue. As is often the case in local government, they relied upon complicit District Attorneys and incompetent county lawyers to rubber stamp unlawful contracts.

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Drivers Beware: New Cameras Spreading in Texas

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Texans do not want their tax dollars paying for traffic cameras that are a revenue stream disguised as a public safety measure. While state lawmakers have failed to act, citizens across Texas are fighting to ban red light cameras, and winning.

Red-light cameras are voted out in almost every city that puts them on the ballot. A statewide ban passed in the Texas Senate, but stalled in the House, and now thousands of citizens have signed a petition, recently delivered to Governor Abbott, to add a state-wide ban to the Governor’s Special Session call.

Meanwhile, cities are fighting to hold onto their cash-cow cameras. In recent years, even counties have tried to get into the game, which they don’t have the legal authority to do. With red-light cameras on the chopping block, the new ploy is cameras set to catch cars speeding in school zones and passing school buses while the stop arm is deployed.

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Voters Beware – Arlington Election

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Here are the facts of the Arlington runoff election – VOTERS BEWARE – Roxanne lost in person voting 52/48 – you know when actual human bodies show up and vote. She allegedly won mail in ballots by a massive percentage – 70/30. Now why would the mail in voters be so different from in person voters? Well her campaign finance reports will explain that. All her money went to Murphy Nasica, a firm closely tied to “questionable” local elections. Her largest donor was Linebarger – a firm with ties to almost every major public corruption scandal in Texas and tied to both Dallas and Tarrant County election fraud investigations. Mario Perez, who is Linebarger’s ground guy and a close associate of Craig Murphy, also contributed money and helped on the ground. This isn’t legitimate help folks. Aside from her reports, well known harvesters were working the ground game for Roxanne. They do not appear on her reports, so they either worked directly for Murphy, or were “loaned” by Linebarger/Mario. Marvin WON the in person votes, lost the overall by 3 votes, allegedly.

DAT, nor anyone else, will not have access to the applications and carrier envelopes to review this election until later this year. They count on this. Thankfully this is the last election in which we will not have access to the applications and carriers immediately. HB2559 has been signed into law changing that.

Until then, Arlington gets another election in which voters should have NO confidence the person sitting in the seat actually earned it.

When one lays with dogs they get fleas.

Marvin Sutton – on behalf of the concept of free and fair elections, I apologize to you that we do not have that in Tarrant County.

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