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Unsavory and awkward practice of demanding campaign contributions

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Caution: The letter below contains information that should sound an alarm to every Parker County citizen! We believe ANY elected official who uses coercion or intimidation to elicit support, including campaign funds should be looked upon with distrust and disgust. Do we really want those of questionable ethics to preside as judge over the good citizens in our community? 

While assertions in this letter have not been verified, we urge you to look beneath the robe and assess the character of the person within.

It’s not what they say, it’s what they do that matters. – Rush Limbaugh

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From the Weatherford Star-Telegram, May 18, 2016 –

Virtually every endorsement by a lawyer or an elected official for one candidate over another is motivated by something other than qualifications of the candidates. It is probably not well known but the County Court at Law No. 2 Judge has a quarter of a million dollars in his budget to be paid to lawyers who he appoints to cases in his Court. That quarter of a million dollars is taxpayer money to be doled out to the lawyers of the Judge’s choice. When the Judge calls these very same lawyers and asks for political donations, it is unsavory and awkward. When this same Judge calls these lawyers and asks for their endorsement, these lawyers are put into an impossible position. In addition to appearing before that Judge regularly and in addition to receiving taxpayer dollars from that Judge, it is simply awkward for a lawyer to tell a sitting Judge that they cannot or will not endorse him.

The Judge in the County Court at Law No. 2 has personally called virtually every lawyer in town and asked for a donation to his campaign demanding that they “max out” at $1,000.00 each. One of his supporters, a well known political insider, has called virtually every lawyer, every elected official and many business owners and demanded an endorsement. Any endorsements for Curtis Jenkins should be viewed through the prism of reality. When a Judge or his representative asks for money or endorsements, it is difficult to decline.

Larry Bracken,

Weatherford

Parker County Conservatives to host Dr. Laura Pressley

Commishes amp up audio, add visual for meetings

Thanks to County Judge Mark Riley for taking steps to expand the court’s capability and accessibility by enabling residents to watch court proceedings on the county website… another huge step toward total transparency in county government.

Citizens will also benefit from ‘sound proofing’ the courtroom in order to keep outside noise at a minimum.

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From the Weatherford Democrat, by Judy L Sheridan, 12/10/14 –

The audiovisual system for the commissioners’ courtroom in Parker County’s historic courthouse should undergo some big improvements soon due to the court’s approval of $102,460 in upgrades Monday.

Commissioners have sealed a deal with Communication Concepts, a Fort Worth-based company, to tackle problems with sound volume and intelligibility and expand capability, allowing residents to watch court proceedings on the county website, for example.

Included are a new recording system, tablet-like laptops for commissioners, a brightly lit LED display screen, a high-resolution document camera at the podium as well as a camera in the back of the room, acoustic panels, plug-ins for the media and an assisted listening system for the hearing impaired.

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Open Letter to Parker County Government Officials

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By John E. (Jack) Cavenah Sr.

Sirs,

As the acting governmental body for all of Parker County, your small group has a tremendous amount of responsibility for, and influence over, every County Agency in this county. I am asking you to use that influence and responsibility to have an independent, outside audit done on the questionable actions of the Parker County Tax Appraisal District.

Rampant abuse of the awarding of agricultural exemptions to people who raise no crops, run no livestock, or produce a saleable ag. product for a profit seems to be standard operating procedure for PCAD.

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County opts not to pave new ground over roads funding

commissioners courtKudos to Weatherford Democrat reporter Judy Sheridan, for the work she did on this “I voted for it before I voted against it” story.  If you are expecting progress, look elsewhere! If you are comfortable with a tomorrow that looks like yesterday, stay tuned.

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Survey lists Parker among top growth counties in U.S.

The Weatherford Democrat, From Staff Reports, Fri Sep 06, 2013 –

A study of 750 counties across the U.S. listed Parker County as one of the fastest growing counties in the nation.

The results of a survey by the website NerdWallet were released earlier this week. Parker County was listed 11th, narrowly missing the listing’s top 10 by just seven-tenths of a point. Three other Texas counties – Guadalupe, Fort Bend and Williamson – each made the list’s top 10. Topping the ranking was Orleans Parish in Louisiana.

NerdWallet, a website dedicated to helping consumers make smart and informed spending and living choices, analyzed specific U.S. Census Data of 750 counties for the period 2007-2011.

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Huckabee Endorses Phil King’s Bid for Re-election

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Little Rock, AR – The following statement may be attributed to Governor Mike Huckabee:

“Huck PAC and I are proud to endorse Phil King for re-election as Texas State Representative in District 61.

“Since his election in 1998, Phil has made a lasting impact on Texas public policy; serving as the Chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee, one of the key committees in the Texas House, for three legislative sessions.

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County to study employee salaries

From the Weatherford Democrat, by Judy Sheridan, April 10,2012

WEATHERFORD — All salary increases for Parker County employees must comply with the county’s step and grade policy and can only be granted if previously approved in the budget process, according to a motion made by Judge Mark Riley, seconded by Commissioner George Conley and passed 4-0 by commissioners Monday.

The court also voted to have the judge appoint a committee to study the salary structure for the county and bring the committee back to the court for approval.

In a second motion, made by Riley and seconded by Commissioner Craig Peacock, the court appointed assistant county auditor Ron Stokes to chair and recommend members for a committee that will develop a policy for vehicle replacement.

Riley and commissioners Conley, Peacock and Dusty Renfro voted in favor of the measures. Commissioner John Roth was absent.

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Meet Jim Carroll – Republican Candidate for Parker County Commissioner, Pct 3

I am Jim Carroll and I am announcing my candidacy for Parker County Commissioner Precinct 3.  A lifelong Republican, I was raised by my grandparents in Smackover, AR.  I later attended college at Kilgore Junior College in Kilgore, TX. and completed by BA degree in Criminal Justice at Northeast Louisiana University.  After Graduation I spent a brief period as a municipal police officer and as an Agent with the U.S. Border Patrol before taking a position as a Trooper with the Arkansas State Police.

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Jon Moffett announces candidacy for County Commissioner, Pct #1

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Today I am announcing my intention to seek the Republican nomination for Parker County Commissioner Precinct 1, to reflect the conservative values of Parker County, and respectfully represent the people of Parker County.

Over the past year, numerous residents of our county have encouraged me to run for County Commissioner and after prayerful consideration I have decided to enter the race. Continue reading →