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Midland’s Unconstitutional Recall Restrictions

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The bar for a recall election should be reasonably high, but the Midland City Charter requires the violation of constitutional rights. It violates the secret ballot by requiring petition signers to reveal their choice at the ballot box.

Article VI of the Midland City Charter states:

This means that the recall petition must have been signed by 20% of qualified voters in the City of Midland and half of those signatures must belong to people who signed an affidavit stating they voted for the person who is being recalled. There are several problems with these requirements, the most egregious being the violation of civil rights.

First of all, American citizens have the right to a secret ballot. These voters should not have to reveal their choice at the ballot box. If a mayor or city council member’s offenses have risen to the level of recall in the eyes of the citizens, why do the signatures, and therefore voices, of the people who voted for the offending individual get to carry more weight? 

For example, in November of 2019 Midland elected two city council members, one of which was in District 4. At the time there were 18,417 eligible voters in the district. Therefore, a recall petition would require 3,683 signatures and 1,842 of those voters must have signed affidavits that they voted for the victor. That candidate may have won 56% of the vote, but only 15% of the electorate cast a vote for her. That leaves 85% of Midland with only half a voice because the 15% have the other half by statute.

Second, this statue results in one individual’s vote carrying more weight and necessarily power. This is true of ballots cast by citizens for the target of a recall effort compared to citizen’s cast ballots and Midlanders who may not have voted but are negatively impacted to the degree that they would sign a recall petition.

The Midland recall process is not only unconstitutional, but it is virtually insurmountable. It is merely an illusion of safeguarding the public trust. It may as well not be there at all. That would at least be a more honest and transparent approach. Citizens of Midland should demand more from their representatives.

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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Bipartisan Support for HB 2139

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Due to the magnitude of the fraud Direct Action Texas has uncovered over the last 2 years, we have been calling for sensible reforms to come out of Austin. One of these is a bill authored by Representative Mike Schofield (R-Katy). House Bill 2139 would allow prosecutors to treat organized election fraud activity the same way it would treat other forms of organized crime, raising each penalty level one degree. Testimonies given in the House Committee on Elections revealed overwhelming bipartisan support.

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Local Elected Official Meet to Discuss Property Taxes and Budgeting

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Last Friday, June 10th, Direct Action Texas, along with Empower Texans, sponsored their second Lean Local event at the Plano Marriott at Legacy. The attendees represented over 30 municipalities and 6 counties.

Carrollton’s Mayor Pro Tem  Anthony Wilder kicked off the half day event with Budgeting Best Practices. Wilders background as an actuarial analyst brings particular insight into how to analyze and breakdown the real numbers, the liabilities to the city and think of alternative ways to approach some of them. Collin County Judge Keith Self described why and how the appraisal value is not to blame for your increased property taxes, rather the tax rates set by your local governments. The effective tax rate was a hot topic of the day. Here is a simple overview of the effective tax rate issue:

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Nobody Is Above An Ethics Policy

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Councilman Armin Mizani

Armin Mizani was first elected to the Keller City Council in 2014

When I first ran for Keller City Council in November 2014, I was motivated by what I felt was a lack of communication, transparency, and accountability from Town Hall. Effective representation at any level of government requires our elected officials to conduct themselves at the highest possible standard. Read More

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