Fighting for Transparency & Fiscal Responsibility in Local Government

Dirty Tricks: The Residency Game

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Jay Harris is the Republican Precinct Chair of Precinct 4006 in Denton County. However, Mr. Harris doesn’t actually live in Precinct 4006.

Harris owns a property in 4006, where he is also registered to vote, but he actually lives in Precinct 1015. Precinct Chair is not a government position, and is certainly low on the totem pole of party officials, but the precinct chair is supposed to represent their neighbors in the area where they live.

Why should Jay Harris “represent” his precinct, when he lives on the other side of the city?

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If Only Fort Worth had a Doctor

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If Fort Worth only had a Doctor.

The City of Fort Worth is sick and has been for quite some time.  Unfortunately, we haven’t had anyone on the City Council that could address its illness.  It’s an illness that’s gone on for years, with the perpetual promise to fix it in the future, and yet here we are.  If only Fort Worth had a Doctor that knew how to treat and cure this disease.

Like most illnesses, you can take two paths when providing treatment.  The first is to just address the symptoms, usually making the outward appearance seem better.  Doing this only ends up masking the problem, ignoring the actual underlying issue.  Every illness must be addressed at some point, wouldn’t it be far better to cure the illness rather than mask it?

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Charlie Geren’s Dirty Tactics On Display in New Lawsuit

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Last year Charlie Geren had his most credible primary challenge to date from Bo French for the TX House District 99 Republican Primary. It was well known that Charlie was nervous and campaigned harder than he ever had – and with good reason. Now it appears he and his campaign may have used some good ‘ol fashioned tomfoolery in order to pull off a win.

Today Bo and Sheridan French filed suit against Charlie’s campaign staffer and well known democrat, David Sorensen, in a story that is very disturbing and challenges our sense of decency.

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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

Dear Rep. Capriglione, Your Promises Ring Hollow.

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OPEN LETTER TO REP. GIOVANNI CAPRIGLIONE

“Dear Representative Capriglione,

In your campaign for reelection announcement this week, you state, “If reelected, I promise to continue to fight for limited and efficient government while working tirelessly to ensure the voices of those living in House District 98 are heard.”   Furthermore, your campaign literature states, “As your State Representative, I am fighting to secure the border, reign in state spending, and provide more transparency and accountability of elected officials.

I am a constituent of District 98 and have attempted to have my voice heard and I’ve sought explanations for votes that you took in the Texas Legislature that don’t jive with your promise above.  However, you are doing your best to ensure that MY voice as a constituent is NOT heard. Like you claim in your campaign literature, I also value more transparency and accountability from my elected officials, yet you have demonstrated neither qualities to me, the person that you represent. Read More

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