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Public records reveal truth

Judge Lynn Marie Johnson

Lynn Marie Johnson

Weatherford Democrat, May 15, 2016 – 

Dear Editor:

Either our Republican Chair and her friend are ignorant or they are intentionally deceptive.

The Republican Chair and a lawyer should know statistics for each court are reported to the State.  They could easily determine whether information is true or false.   Court activities and budget are audited.  Likewise, attorney court appearances are recorded.  Obviously, they know the truth but the truth would not promote their agenda.

Lynn Marie Johnson resolved over 20,000 criminal and civil cases, presided at 1690 trials, held over 11,570 hearings and magistrated 2,850 defendants.  She was UNDER budget each year, cleared a huge backlog of cases and increased the efficiency by over 30% through efficiency, organization and hard work.

Prior to being elected,  Lynn Marie Johnson handled hundreds of contested civil, family and criminal matters across Texas and across the United States.  Public records do not lie.

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Jenkins worked for the insiders

Weatherford Democrat, May 12, 2016 –

Dear Editor:

In the race for the County Court at Law 2 position, one candidate was appointed by a small group of political insiders as a reward for his loyal and obedient service to the insiders.

Whether spearheading the Dewhurst campaign against Ted Cruz or manning the phones when that same small group of insiders tried to defeat an incumbent Republican County Commissioner, Curtis Jenkins worked hard for the insiders.

Not every lawyer is qualified to be a judge.

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More on Powers’ Resignation

This image of Bill Powers is courtesy of the Texas Tribune.

Image of Bill Powers is courtesy of the Texas Tribune.

More about Bill Powers –agendawise.com


By AgendaWiseReports, July 11, 2014 – This week we looked into the saga of Bill Powers resigning from UT, how the Tribune has protected Powers, and why grassroots can consistently outlast the ruling class cronies. For those of you unfamiliar with Bill Powers, he is the embattled President of UT who has for several years fought against growing demand for higher education accountability and reform. Emails proved that Powers has been anything but a neutral liaison between the Board of Regents and the anti-transparent University.

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Election Administrator Appointment; wisdom or cronyism

 Update: Don Markum chosen as the Parker County Elections Administrator.

Votes were cast by County Judge Mark Riley, County Clerk Jeane Brunson, GOP Chair Zan Prince, County Tax Assessor Collector Marjorie King and Democrat Party Chair Penny McCool.

Those in opposition to this appointment were given an opportunity to express their dissention. Duly elected officials acted within the scope of their authority and voted. It is time to move on…but we should never let  elected officials forget that we are watching.


by Lenny Leatherman

Parker County Courthouse

Parker County Government

Are we seeing cronyism at work again right here in Parker County? As you may know, the Elections Commission is scheduled to vote Monday to appoint the next County Elections Administrator.

The Elections Commission is made up of Judge Mark Riley, County Clerk Jeane Brunson, Tax Assessor Collector Marjorie King, the Democrat Party Chair Penny McCool and the Republican Party Chair Zan Prince.

Riley and Prince are trying to slip Don Markum into that position. Don Markum’s wife is Evon Markum who works for Zan Prince! Markum has absolutely ZERO experience that would qualify him for that position. What makes this attempted appointment even more troubling is that one of the applicants for this position is the acting Elections Administrator – a highly qualified person with six years of experience as Deputy Elections Administrator.


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Time to wake up voters!

By Frank Williford – The budget is being impacted by a bloated county payroll and in some areas an inefficient workforce and work structure. One department head, when asked, did not even know how many employees their department had. It is long past time to start contracting out some of the mundane tasks presently handled by county employees. Doing this would increase the enthusiasm and job performance of the remaining employees who would then be performing more interesting work. The Sheriff’s department took steps in this direction a year or so ago. It is long past time for other departments to do likewise while consolidating overlapping activities. Continue reading →