Local Governance

National Debt Is Important, but Local Debt Is, Too


This commentary originally appeared in the Tyler Morning Telegraph on February 11, 2014.

Cities, counties, school districts, and special districts in Texas are drowning in debt.

According to newly-released data from the Texas Bond Review Board (BRB), Texas’ local governments had outstanding debts totaling more than $200 billion in fiscal year 2013. That marks an increase of more than $25 billion over the past five years.

On a per person basis, the amount of local debt that exists is equally concerning. In 2013, Texas’ local debt per capita — ranked as the 2nd highest among the top 10 most populous states in a September 2012 Texas Comptroller report — totaled more than $7,500 per Texan. That figure has also seen significant growth in recent years, when only ten years ago local debt per capita was just over $4,300 per person.

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Texas Drowning In School Bond Debt, $75B Before Interest

Texas law makers often deserve our criticism, but we have only ourselves to blame for the enormous school bond debt we continue to heap upon ourselves. How far into the future must we look to see relief this unconscionable trend that has become even worse since the printing of this article?

Supporters of this outrage will tell you, “It’s for the kids”. What is actually “for the kids” – is a brutal slave master called debt!

See the following Breitbart article:


From Breitbart.com, by Merrill Hope 17 Nov 2014 –

Already on the hook for $65 billion in outstanding school bond debt approved and issued between 2007-2013, Texans voted in more mega-school bond debt statewide in 2014 that will pile nearly $10 billion more onto the statewide property tax payer tab. For public school debt alone, Texans will owe almost $75 billion — before interest.

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Brandon Darby to speak at PARKER COUNTY CONSERVATIVE meeting

PCCJoin us on the evening of June 23 to hear Brandon Darby, the man who broke the story last June about the thousands of illegal immigrant children pouring across our southern border into Texas. Brandon has practically lived at the Texas/Mexican border the past two years where he has developed a good relationship with the Border Patrol. Currently the Managing Director for Breitbart Texas, Brandon has broken numerous stories about what is happening at the border that the mainstream media has refused to cover.

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PCRW to host Professor Jeffry Addicott

Parker County Republican Women

Presents – Professor Jeffry Addicott

Director of the Center for Terrorism Law

St. Mary’s University School of Law

August 13, 2015 at 11:30

At the Doss Heritage Center


Lt. C ol. – US Army Retired

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Texas State Senator Craig Estes

Texas State Senator Craig Estes

by Lenny Leatherman

Through the years I have noticed that it takes a significant amount of courage to stand solitarily against the collective will of a body.

Knowing he had absolutely nothing to gain by abstaining, and that it would probably cost him his Senate leadership role in the Agriculture, Rural Affairs, and Homeland Security Committee and the Committee on State Affairs, Senator Estes had the character and the courage to stand alone against the collective will of the Senate majority by not following the herd. He abstained from voting on a very popular bill among Senate Republicans; a bill I would have likely voted for.

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‘We will not honor any decision’ that violates 1-man, 1-woman design

Choose Marriage

 From WND.com, By Bob Unruh, 06/14/15 –

Prominent Christian and Jewish leaders are warning the U.S. Supreme Court justices in a full-page ad in major newspapers that they will not honor any decision that violates the “biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.”

The statement by the leaders — who include Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Frank Pavone, Don Wildmon, Jerry Boykin, Alveda King and Alan Keyes — appears in a full-page ad in the Washington Post, USA Today and other papers.

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Riley Elected Chair of Regional Transportation Council

June 12, 2015 (Arlington, Texas) – Parker County Judge Mark Riley was elected chair of the Regional Transportation Council on Thursday and will lead the 44-member transportation policymaking body for the next year.

Riley, who has served as vice chair for the past year, replaces Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell, whose one-year term has expired. Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen was named vice chair, and Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke is the new secretary.

Pastor Protection Act


Governor Greg Abbott signs the Pastor Protection Act (authored by Senator Craig Estes)  preventing pastors from being coerced into violating religious principles


This is extremely important. Please read and take action quickly!

Instructions on what you can do is at bottom of the page.

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Fast Track this coming Friday.

MerryLynn Gerstenschlager

Vice President

Texas Eagle Forum

Email: capitoldays140@hotmail.com

Cellular phone: 817-798-6204



House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has announced there will be a vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), H.R.1314, also called fast-track,THIS FRIDAY. Fast-track authority is essential for the future passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive international trade deal involving twelve countries.

Members of Congress are told that fast-track will allow them to influence what’s in the TPP, but the deal has already been in the works for six years. They can only read it by visiting a secure location in the Capitol, cannot take notes with them, and can only be accompanied by staffers with security clearances. Few Members have bothered to read the agreement, even as they prepare to give President Obama enormous power to finish it.

Two Members who have read it are Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), and they were alarmed by the contents. In a joint statement, Sen. Sessions and Rep. Hunter slam the Obama administration for its secrecy. They reveal that the TPP would create a new commission that could issue regulations binding member nations:

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Green groups’ deceptive con game

From the Washington Examiner, by Emily Zanotti • | June 10, 2015 | 5:00 am

Photo - Greenpeace protesters, not strangers to publicity stunts, hang with a banner from a construction crane on 23rd street near the State Department on April 27, 2009 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Greenpeace protesters, not strangers to publicity stunts, hang with a banner from a construction crane on 23rd street near the State Department on April 27, 2009 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


As several business owners in North Carolina recently found out, “green” nonprofits aren’t always forthcoming about their agendas. Despite receiving tens of millions of dollars from billionaires like Tom Steyer and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, many of these environmental groups have taken to desperate measures to attract support from the general public for their unpopular agendas.

Recently, investigative journalists at the Asheville Citizen-Times and National Review revealed that the Sierra Club had allegedly added signatories to a petition demanding that Duke Energy cease the operations of one of its coal-fired power plants in Asheville, North Carolina. Of the 80 businesses listed on the petition, at least six had never agreed to lend their support to the Sierra Club at all, several claimed to be victims of bait-and-switch, strong-arming tactics and one didn’t even exist.

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