Fighting for Transparency & Fiscal Responsibility in Local Government

We’ve Come a Long Way Baby! — On Voter Fraud

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Direct Action Texas went public with it’s Tarrant County vote harvesting investigation last October – a mere 8 months ago – and we’ve come a long way since then.

At the time, voter fraud was a thing of conspiracies, crazy talk. The main stream, respectable folk did not speak of such things. Fast forward to last Monday. I sat at Texas Public Policy Foundation’s policy orientation for the special session, and as I opened their handbook I found multiple pages dedicated to mail in ballot fraud policy. This is huge because TPPF has had a longstanding policy of not discussing or engaging in election law or reform. Now they have a published stance. Yesterday I watched as Chuck DeVore, Vice President of TPPF, testified on behalf of SB5, the voter fraud bill before the Senate. This is simply unprecedented.

At that same special session policy orientation, Governor Abbott gave the opening comments and mail in ballot fraud was a major part of his message. Out of all the issues facing Texas, Governor Abbott included mail in voter fraud among the 20 he felt deserved to be included in the special session. In a few short months this issue went from outside the mainstream to a priority of the Governor of Texas.

You see policies have a process they go thru. It looks something like this:

From Radical to Acceptable to Sensible to Popular to POLICY.

This process usually takes years. I sat in the Senate yesterday, a Sunday, on the threshold of this issue becoming policy and realized we went from Radical to Popular in a short 8 months. This is a reality because of voters in Dallas who came forward and said their votes were stolen just this last May. This is a reality because of hard work by folks at the Office of the Attorney General. This is a reality because voters and activists made it a priority to their elected officials. Politicians don’t act on issues unless they believe there is enough pressure to use their political capital and receive a return on that capital.

We are almost there. SB5 passed the senate committee and will most assuredly be passed out of the chamber tomorrow. Meanwhile, watch HB184 as it proceeds thru the Texas House.

Texans made this issue a priority. For that I say – Well Done. Lets continue to the finish line.

The Ritchie Scandal – There’s an Audit

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Another Tarrant County official is under fire from county auditors for alleged violations of state law. But unlike Democrat Constable Ruben Garcia’s recent scandal, it appears the local District Attorney’s office is taking action to prosecute either a judge, his staffer, or both.

Last week we unveiled Garcia’s scandal, which involved several possible violations of state law, including failure to document drugs and other property seized, along with cash collected by field deputies. Shockingly, Ritchie’s audit revealed alleged offenses similar to the Garcia scandal. while the laundry list of offenses documented in Garcia’s audit was lengthy, Ritchie’s is even longer.

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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.

Phony Republicans Need Not Apply

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Elections in Texas aren’t won in November, they are decided in March, and this March will see some fierce competition. Conservatives continue to escalate the war on liberals that run as Republicans in Texas simply to get elected, and conservatives continue to win big.

March may seem distant, but most 2018 Primary Election battle plans are already underway. Potential candidates are launching exploratory efforts, reaching out to donors and supporters to judge their strength. Read More

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