Category Archives: Williamson County

New Year, Same Story: Ducking Dewhurst Strikes Again

Happy New Years!  Hopefully y’all have not already broken your New Year Resolutions.  One would hope that Lt. Governor David Dewhurst made a resolution to face the voters of Texas and start attending some candidates forums, but it appears that Dewhurst is up to his old 2011 ways.  Below is a release from the Ted Cruz campaign highlight that Ducking Dewhurst is back in action in 2012.*

It’s a new year — some things have changed, and some things stay the same.  In 2012, Ducking Dewhurst is continuing his pattern from 2011.  In 2011, David Dewhurst skipped 18 candidate forums all over Texas, essentially ignoring grassroots voters, Tea Party activists, and Republican Women.

In 2012, Dewhurst had theoretically “accepted” a debate invitation for tomorrow’s Williamson County GOP Senate Forum, hosted by the Williamson County Republican Women and the Georgetown Area Republican Women.  But then he cancelled, saying that, alas, “Governor Perry has requested his presence in Iowa.”

But the Iowa caucuses are tonight, Tuesday.  The forum is tomorrow, Wednesday.  Why would Dewhurst cancel a Wednesday forum because of a Tuesday conflict, unless he really didn’t want to go in the first place?

And, thanks to the marvels of modern technology, there are two commercial flights that can take him from Des Moines to Austin, arriving at 10:45 AM on Wednesday — with time to spare before the forum.

Indeed, if his real reason for skipping is to be in Iowa tonight, then the Ted Cruz for Senate campaign will gladly offer to in-kind contribute the cost of the airline ticket to allow Dewhurst to attend, if he lacks the financial resources to purchase his own ticket.

Dewhurst’s refusal to answer hard questions from Texas voters isn’t sitting well with the grassroots in Texas.  One recent comment on Twitter observed, “By the end of today, Dewhurst will have made more campaign stops for Perry than in his own race for #txsen.”

As of tomorrow, Dewhurst will have skipped 19 candidates forums all across Texas since he entered the Senate race.   It’s a new year, but Ducking Dewhurst continues the same.

* Yes I work for the Cruz campaign and I am biased….but really, missing a forum since you are in Iowa campaigning the day after the Iowa Caucus?

More Republican SD & HD Primary Shakeups

Not to be out done by yesterdays news… more Republican primary election news breaks today.  Following Senator Shapiro’s announcement yesterday that she will not be running for reelection State Representative Ken Paxton and veteran Scott O’Grady announced they will seek the open Senate District 8 seat.

SD 8 makes up parts of Dallas and Collin Counties and is one of the fastest growing areas of the state.  Now the question is who will run for Paxton’s House Seat, HD 70, and who will jump into the open Texas House District 33 race that O’Grady is leaving to run for the Texas Senate.  HD 33 makes up all of Rockwall County and parts of Collin County

In Central Texas 15 year incumbent State Senator Steve Ogden announced that he will not be seeking reelection and freshman State Representative Larry Gonzales immediately announced that he will not be seeking Senator Ogden’s open seat and will be seeking reelection to his Texas House Seat in HD 52.

“I am blessed to represent Williamson County in House District 52, and my focus remains on serving our area in the Texas House while being the best father and husband I can be in my own house. I am making it clear that I will seek re-election in the new HD 52, and will serve the values of Williamson County voters as long as they allow me to represent them.”

While Gonzales closed the door to a Texas Senate bid, his fellow freshman Texas House colleague from the other side of Williamson County, Dr. Charles Schwertner jumped into the race with a large cash advantage over any potential challengers.

Campaign spokesman Keats Norfleet noted that Schwertner’s recent reelection kickoff for the Texas House was a resounding success, with over 500 attendees from around the district and over $100,000 raised for his campaign. “Rep. Schwertner will kick‐off this State Senate campaign with a broad base of popular support and over $300,000 cash on hand,” added Norfleet.

Will former State Representative Dan Gattis jump into the race like he was rumored to be planning on doing in 2010 when Senator Ogden was first expected to not run for reelection?

Rep. Gattis did not run for reelection in 2010 in HD 20 to prepare for his race for Senator Ogden’s soon to be open seat.  This allowed Dr. Schwertner to run for the open seat in HD 20 created by Rep. Gattis not running for reelection.  Now Schwertner maybe facing off with his predecessor for the open SD 5 seat.  You got to love local politics.

Senate District 5 includes Brazos, Freestone, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson, Walker and Williamson Counties.

Following Dr. Schwertner’s announcement freshman State Board of Education Member Marsha Farney announced she will enter the now open HD-20 race along with former Texas House candidate Jeff Fleece.

All in a days news in Texas politics, what dominoes will fall next?

Who Is Running for New Williamson County #TxLege House Seat?

Williamson County will have a new Texas House seat in 2012, District 149.  The seat is in the southwest Williamson County, including parts of Austin, Leander, Georgetown and most of Cedar Park.  This is a heavily Republican district.

The next question of course is who is running for this new Texas House seat?  Holly Hansen at Williamson County Conservative rounds up the potential candidates for the new HD 149.

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Governor Perry’s Fed Up! Book Tour

As I am sure you heard Texas Governor Rick Perry has released a new book titled Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington. In the book Governor Perry passionately speaks out against an over bearing federal government and even takes on some scared cows like social security and medicare.

President Bush recently said while publicizing his new book that some folks on the left must be in shock he learn he knows how to read, much less write a book.  The same liberals will be in shock that a coyote killing governor from the south that they have been mocking for all of these years can write a thought provoking book about state’s rights and an overbearing federal government.

Governor Perry has this to say about his new book,

“Our fight is clear. We must step up and retake the reins of our government from a Washington establishment that has abused our trust. We must empower states to fight for our beliefs, elect only leaders who are on our team, set out to remind our fellow Americans why liberty is guaranteed in the Constitution, and take concrete steps to take back our country. The American people have never sat idle when liberty’s trumpet sounds the call to battle-and today that battle is for the soul of America.”

You can pick up your copy of Fed Up! at one of the following book tour stops!

San Antonio, TX – Tuesday, Nov. 9, 12:30 p.m
Augie’s Barbed Wire Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
3709 N. St. Mary’s – San Antonio, TX 78212.
Register for this event: https://secure.lexi.net/tppf/registration.php?id=418

Houston, TX – Tuesday, Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m.
Minute Maid Park – Club Level,
First Base Corner of Hamilton St. and Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
Register for this event: https://secure.lexi.net/tppf/registration.php?id=419

Dallas, TX – Wednesday, Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m.
Eddie Deen’s Ranch
944 South Lamar –
Dallas, TX 75202
Register for this event: https://secure.lexi.net/tppf/registration.php?id=420

Fort Worth, TX – Thursday, Nov. 11,12:00 p.m.
Barnes and Noble with special guest Newt Gingrich
4801 Overton Ridge Blvd –
Fort Worth, TX 76132
*Registration is not required to attend!

Round Rock, TX – Thursday, Nov. 11, 6:00 p.m.
Dell Diamond – United Heritage Center
Corner of 3400 East Palm Valley Blvd and Hwy 79
Round Rock, TX 78664
Register for this event: https://secure.lexi.net/tppf/registration.php?id=421

Tyler, TX – Friday, Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Grassroots America-We The People
Lone Star Event Center 4036 FM 2767 –
Tyler, TX 75705
Register for this event: https://secure.lexi.net/tppf/registration.php?id=422

Nacogdoches, TX – Friday, Nov. 12, 1:30 p.m.
Stephen F. Austin State University
Sponsored by the Young Conservatives of Texas, Stephen F. Austin State University Chapter
Baker Patillo Student Center, 222 Vista Drive
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
*Registration is not required to attend!

All of the author’s proceeds from Fed Up! book sales benefit the research and outreach activities of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Tenth Amendment Studies so that the Foundation can continue to ensure that Texas is a national leader in the cause of liberty and respect for a limited government.

Governor Perry Coming to Round Rock on October 14th

Governor Perry is coming to Round Rock for a free grassroots event on October 14th at Juniors Icehouse.

Come learn how you can help keep Texas Open for Business!

Date: Thursday, October 14th
Time: 2:45 p.m.
Location: Juniors Icehouse 119 East Main Street, Round Rock, TX, 78664
Free parking located at the City Hall Parking Garage on the corner of Lampasas St. and Bagdad Ave.

Please contact the Central Texas Field Director to RSVP! Jon McClellan -Central Texas Field Director 512-478-3276 JonMcClellan at RickPerry dot org.

PolitiFact Confirms Maldonado Has No Grassroots

PolitiFact is a project of the Austin American-Statesman that tests the truthfulness of politician’s and public official’s statements.  Recently they put Larry Gonzales statement to the test that was covered in a previous post.

“We are not soliciting paid walkers on Craig’s List like my opponent is, who is offering to pay complete strangers by the hour to carry her message.”

PolitiFact rated Gonzales statement as true, with the Maldonado campaign admitting they are seeking paid block walkers through Craigslist.

Maldonado’s campaign confirmed using Craigslist to hire block walkers. We rate Gonzales’ statement True.

It is nice to see the main stream media picking up on stories that bloggers in their pajamas in mom’s basement break in between playing WOW and Halo all night.

Unlike Maldonado, Larry Gonzales has no problem getting his motivated grassroots supporters volunteering for him for free.  His campaign hosted a block walk last weekend that had almost 40 volunteers attend.  Check out Larry’s facebook page for more photos of the event.

You can join Larry and his unpaid volunteers on Monday night at his campaign headquarters grand opening party.

Central and North Texas Dove Season Opens Today

Today the dove season opens for the Central and North Texas zones.  For those of you stuck in the office like I am on opening day here is a picture of the doves friends of mine took this morning off of Lake Granger, east of Huntsville.

Here are the Texas dove season from the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

North Zone
Regular Season September 1-October 24, 2010 and December 25-January 9, 2011
Central Zone
Regular Season September 1-October 24, 2010 and December 25-January 9, 2011
South Zone
Regular Season September 17-October 31, 2010 and December 25-January 18, 2011

For those of you in the Central Texas area looking for a place to hunt I would suggest the Granger Lake public land in Williamson County.  You have to get a public land permit from TPWD and of course a Texas hunting license.

You may see Governor Perry out in the field, but you sure won’t see his opponent Bill White since he does not have a hunting license.