Category Archives: Texas Issues

State Rep. Pat Fallon says he’s challenging state Sen. Craig Estes

State Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Frisco, confirmed he is challenging state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls in next year’s Republican primaries.

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*Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout.

State Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Frisco, is making it official: He is challenging state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls.

“They just desperately want somebody new,” Fallon said of voters in Senate District 30, which Estes has represented since 2001. “It’s been 16 years — it’s going to be 18 years. They want a change. They don’t see him around.”

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Fallon to oppose ‘absentee landlord’ Estes

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State House Rep. Pat Fallon officially announced his candidacy for Texas Senate District 30 Tuesday in an interview with Weatherford Democrat news staff and criticized his opponent, incumbent Craig Estes, as “an absentee landlord.”

“Where have you been? You’ve been an absentee landlord. You’ve been asleep at the switch,” Fallon said of Estes’s 17 years in the Senate. “If you haven’t been around for years and you suddenly start showing up because you’re in a contested primary, people are going to see through it. It’s very transparent. He has squandered his incumbency because he has not been anywhere. At forums, I’m going to look him right in the eye and ask him: ‘Where have you been?’”

During the interview at the Democrat office, Fallon confirmed for the first time that he will challenge Estes in next March’s Republican primary after saying for weeks in appearances during appearances in the senate district, which includes Parker County, that he “probably” will do so.

Messages to Estes requesting comment were not returned by deadline Tuesday.

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Message From Hurricane Harvey: Americans Helping Each Other

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After three days of Hurricane Harvey, the message emerging from Houston and the Texas coast is not one of chaos and destruction, but of collective strength, as Americans help each other survive through the worst of circumstances.

For once, cable news is not dominated by talking heads shouting at each other, but by images of volunteers, black and white, arriving in flat-bottomed boats to rescue neighbors from flooded buildings. Journalists are helping to direct emergency crews to save stranded drivers rather than encouraging enraged mobs to riot against the police.

And President Donald Trump, attacked for weeks for allegedly dividing the nation, is drawing attention to its unity.

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Gov. Abbott: I’m keeping a list of lawmakers who oppose me during special session

Gov. Greg Abbott says he’s going to keep a list of lawmakers who oppose his agenda during the special legislative session, and that property tax reform is his top priority.

The Texas Tribune, by Morgan Smith July 17, 2017 Updated: 5 PM

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Gov. Greg Abbott lays out items for a special session at a press conference on June 6, 2017.

Gov. Greg Abbott said that he would publicly call out lawmakers who didn’t support his 20-item legislative agenda while Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick came out swinging against House leadership during Monday appearances on the eve of Texas’ special legislative session.

Abbott said he would aggressively hold lawmakers accountable for their positions on his legislative agenda and encouraged others to do the same.

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TPPF’s Vance Ginn to testify on eliminating property taxes in Texas

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August 2, 2017

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TODAY: TPPF’s Vance Ginn to testify on eliminating property taxes in Texas

Swapping property taxes with a reformed sales tax encourages growth

AUSTIN – Today, Dr. Vance Ginn, economist with the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation will testify before the House Ways & Means Committee on House Bill 285 which would eliminate school district maintenance and operations property taxes and replace them with higher state sales tax rate.

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Governor Abbott Applauds Sen. Larry Taylor, Rep. Phil King’s Intention To Author School Finance Reform Legislation

June 30, 2017 | Austin, Texas | Press Release |

In the upcoming special legislative session, Sen. Larry Taylor and Rep. Phil King will author legislation to create a school finance commission. This issue was one of the 20 items Governor Abbott previously announced will be added to the special session agenda. Governor Abbott thanked Sen. Taylor and Rep. King for authoring legislation that will be begin to overhaul our outdated school finance system.

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We Hear You: ‘I Never Knew the Wall Made That Much Difference’

Dear Daily Signal: Kelsey Harkness did a really good job covering the border wall in San Diego (“Underreported: How Building a Border Wall Changed San Diego”). I sent her video report to my congressman, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas.  (This after a letter saying that with them doing a continuing resolution the day before, I should have just voted for the Democrats.)

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Judge keeps guns out of Waller County courthouse

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Texas schools pass debt on to the next generation

bond-debt-300x300Has anything relative to bond debt improved since the article below was published?

Sadly, the answer to that question is NO…

If you really care about the debt we are leaving our kids and grand kids, you should read the article below and start asking school board members some serious questions about bond debt and how it is structured.

If you look at our debt 20+ years from now, should the question be:

What are we doing for our kids?

OR

What are we doing to our kids?

After doing your own research you may come away with the satisfaction of knowing all is well, or, after learning more about Capitol Appreciation Bonds(CAB) you may be deeply troubled.

What questions should you be asking? After you read this article, I think you will know.

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Texans Demand Paper Backup Records for Early Voting

Texas Election Integrity at Risk

Early Voting Must Be Backed-up with Paper Tapes

Call to Action

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Texans Demand Paper Backup Records for Early Voting

Austin, Texas – October 24, 2016 – Early Voting results in Texas are at risk.  Texas laws require Early Voting paper backup records to prevent electronic  hacking of elections.  To the surprise of Texans, a bureaucrat in the Texas Secretary of State’s office has issued instructions to counties to ignore state election laws that require the printing of paper backup records for Early Voting.

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