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.

Happy Meal Economics

Holly Hansen over at Williamson County Conservative has a great post on “Happy Meal Economics.”  A proponent of raising city taxes in Round Rock exclaimed that the proposed tax increase would come out to ONLY the equivalent of one McDonald’s Happy Meal per month.  Who in their right mind could not spare that from their monthly budget, right…..?

Holly explains how many “Happy Meals” are all ready being taken out of peoples budgets due to local, state and federal taxes.

In the recent debate over adopting the effective tax rate raising taxes in Williamson County, one proponent of distributing more taxpayer income to county employees sniffed that the estimated increase was roughly equal to the price of one McDonald’s Happy Meal per month ($3.43).

Oh! Well, if you put it that way. Just a Happy Meal, okay, well, go ahead then.

Wait a minute, just how many Happy Meals are Williamson County residents already providing? If the median home value is $188,860, and the county rate is $0.468324 per $100 valuation, then the median tax bill is about $884.48; roughly 257 Happy Meals. You also pay property taxes on a median priced home to:

  • Your City-in Round Rock @ $.39661, annually $749.04, or 218 Happy Meals
  • Your ISD-in Round Rock ISD @ $1.3324, annually $2,516.37,  or 733 Happy Meals
  • Austin Community College @ $.0946, annually $178.6, or 52 Happy Meals

This brings your total property tax bill to 1,260 Happy Meals each year!

But wait, we also provide Happy Meals pay income taxes to the Federal Government. According to 2008 Census estimates, the average household income is $69,745. If you are married, filing jointly, with two dependents, and you take deductions for state sales tax, your income tax bill would be only $3,499, but since the Bush tax cuts expire this year, the bill will increase to $5,637, or 1,643 Happy Meals.

Other discernable direct taxes include those in your Electricity, water and gas bills, about $16 a month on mine, about $5 each month on our basic cable/internet service, and taxes, fees, and surcharges make up about 45% of our phone bill at $21 each month. These various taxes equal $42 a month, $504 a year, or another 147 Happy Meals.

More difficult to decipher are gas taxes; in Texas we pay $0.384 per gallon. According to the EPA, the average vehicle travels 11,720 miles each year and gets 20.4 miles per gallon, so if our family of 4 uses two vehicles, they likely purchase 1,149 gallons of gas each year and pay $441.22 in taxes, or another 129 Happy Meals.

So far we are up to 3,179 Happy Meals per year.  But wait, there’s more…

These are only the direct taxes; we all pay indirect taxes on just about everything we purchase or use since the U.S. corporate tax rate of 38% is one of the world’s highest. Next year indirect taxes will dramatically increase via new federal laws on health care, the banking industry, and possibly cap and trade, and analysts are predicting a 2011 Tax Tsunami. Those taxes are passed on to us as increased cost for the goods and services we purchase, and will amount to thousands more Happy Meals each year.

Rather than adding more, we need to find ways to give fewer Happy Meals to our ever-growing government.  As noted economist Arthur Laffer demonstrates, lower taxes and less government spending make for a strong economy.  Budget planners for both Williamson County and cities like Round Rock need to do what most American families are doing, cutting their respective budgets to cope with reduced income.  No new projects or spending should be added this year.

That would make taxpayers happy…

HD-52 Candidate Preview, Stephen Casey

Yesterday we looked at Larry Gonzales who is running the in the Republican primary for HD-52.  Today we will take a look at another Republican HD-52 candidate, Stephen Casey.

The four Republican candidates are,

Larry Gonzales
Stephen Casey
John Gordon
Alyssa Eacono (If anyone knows what Alyssa’s campaign website is please pass it along)

The Williamson County Republican Assembly is having an HD-52 GOP Candidates forum on Jan. 19th.  Go hear from the candidates yourself and make up your own mind.  For more information on the forum visit the WilCoRA website.

STEPHEN CASEY FILES FOR STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 52

Round Rock, TX – Stephen Casey today filed for the Republican nomination for Texas House District 52.  Casey has been campaigning for the nomination since March of 2009 and has talked with thousands of voters throughout the district from Round Rock to Taylor and everywhere in between.  He is running on a platform of servant leadership that is caring, conservative and common sense.

“We have many conservatives in Texas, yet a shortage of servant leaders,” Casey said.  “Asking voters ‘How can I serve you?’ and then listening to their responses, with an eye to dealing with the issues in the legislature, forms the heart of servant leadership.”

It’s most clearly seen on Casey’s website (www.stephencasey.net) on the “Issues” page, which Casey wrote himself.  “It goes ‘beyond bullet points,’ he adds, “and contains the links and data to guide the policies the voters have told him they need.  I didn’t pay someone to write it because voters need a window into what I believe rather than what someone can write about me.”

Casey continues, “This campaign’s unique approach is breathing new life into people tired of the current political scene that tends to be focused on the surface qualities of candidate—‘electability’ or ‘total fundraising’—rather than where it should be: serving people.”

Stephen Casey served 8 years in the Navy and received his Bachelor of Arts (Double Major-Biblical Studies and History/Political Science) from LeTourneau University, followed by seminary and then law school.  He later clerked for Justice Scott Brister of the Supreme Court of Texas. He currently runs his law practice out of his home. He is married and has 5 children.

***For Press Inquiries please contact Santiago Betancourt at 512.731.5958***

Take Back HD-52, Williamson County

There is an interesting Republican primary taking shape for HD-52 in Williamson County.  Four people are in the Republican primary all vying to be the general election nominee to take on vulnerable first term incumbent Rep. Diana Maldonado.

The four Republican candidates are,

Larry Gonzales
Stephen Casey
John Gordon
Alyssa Eacono

The Williamson County Republican Assembly is having an HD-52 GOP Candidates forum on Jan. 19th.  Go hear from the candidates yourself and make up your own mind.

YOUR INVITED TO ATTEND THE
TEXAS HD-52 CANDIDATE FORUM
(Hosted by the Williamson County Republican Assembly)

There is a cost of $5.00 per person to attend.
Please RSVP to David L. MacEwan at davidmacewan@wilcora.org.

(Seating will accommodate 100 people, so please bring a friend.)

“TAKE BACK 52″

DATE:  January 19th, 2010
LOCATION:  Wingate and Williamson Conference Center
1209 N I 35, Round Rock, Tx‎, 78664
ROOM #:  High Tech Hall
DIRECTIONS:  (View full map)
MEET AND GREET:  6:30 -7:00 pm.
(All Candidates are welcome to attend and update us on their respective campaigns.)
CANDIDATE FORUM:  7:15 – 8:30 pm.
8:45 pm.:  STRAW POLL/HD-52

INVITED CANDIDATES

Larry Gonzales
Stephen Casey
John Gordon
Alyssa Eacono

( As of January 4th, 2010, all four candidates have filed and have confirmed their participation at the Forum.)

There will be a small charge of $5.00 per person for this event and registration is required.
To register, please click on the following link:  http://wilcora.org/EventRegistration.aspx

Click on the “Event Registration” button located in the menu at the top of the page.
Fill out the registration form and submit. Upon submitting the registration form, you will be redirected to an online payment page whereby you can pay by credit card.

To pay by mail, please rsvp to me at davidmacewan@wilcora.org. Let me know the number of people attending and mail check or cash to:

Mailing address:
13403 Perthshsire St
Austin, TX. 78729
(Please make check payable to the WilCoRA.)

You may also pay in person at the door although we ask that you please rsvp with the amount of people attending.
CASH, (exact amount), and CHECKS only. No credit cards at the door.

Here is Larry Gonzales PR announcing his candidacy.  I am profiling him first because he used to work for my old boss State Representative Wayne Christian (R HD-9) years before I did.  Stay tuned for Bios of the other candidates.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2010
Contact: Larry Gonzales at (512) 423-4959

Republican Businessman files for Texas House, District 52
- Larry Gonzales brings wealth of experience in small business, legislative issues -

ROUND ROCK – Republican businessman, Larry Gonzales, officially launched his
campaign today for State Representative, District 52. He filed with Williamson County GOP
Chairman, Bill Fairbrother.

In addition to being a long-time small businessman in Round Rock, Gonzales is a 13-year
resident of HD 52 and a seasoned veteran of the Texas Legislature, having worked nine
regular legislative sessions and 4 special legislative sessions for members of the House, the
Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and the Texas State University System.

“I am an unapologetic conservative who will go to Austin to protect property rights, lower
property taxes, control spending and protect life,” said Gonzales. “Williamson County is
home for me. I have lived here for thirteen years, started my business here, and raised my
family here.”

“I will chart a conservative course to control property taxes, improve classroom instruction
and expand opportunities at our community colleges, career and technical schools, and
university settings,” said Gonzales. “We will draw a strong tie between educational
opportunities, and creating jobs and economic development.”

Gonzales announced Mrs. Judy McCleod, a former RRISD Board Member, will serve as his
campaign treasurer and Mrs. Holly Hansen, who most recently served as President of the
Williamson County Republican Women, will serve as Campaign Chairperson.

“Larry Gonzales is the obvious candidate for Texas House District 52,” said Mrs. Hansen.
“An active member of the Williamson County community, Larry is not only hard-working,
ethical, and conservative, his working knowledge of the issues and Texas government is
second-to-none.  I enthusiastically endorse Larry Gonzales for State Representative.”

Also supporting his efforts are former Round Rock Mayors Charlie Culpepper and Nyle
Maxwell, as well as his childhood friend from Alvin, Texas, Reid Ryan, owner of the Round
Rock Express baseball team.

Gonzales enjoys strong support from elected leaders, civic leaders, and GOP leaders from
across the state and House District, including several Republican precinct chairmen, county
party officers, and statewide party officers. Earlier this fall, two candidates who were also
seeking the Republican nomination in House District 52, James Bernsen and Ralph Pina,
suspended their campaigns and endorsed Gonzales.

“Larry has the experience not just to win, but to govern,” said Bernsen. “He is ideally suited
for this job, and I’m excited to be supporting him.” Pina added, “Larry possesses the
experience and resolve to pursue needed solutions to the problems facing Texas today. I full-
heartedly support Larry.”

Gonzales says it’s his broad base of experience — as a legislative staffer, a small business
owner, husband and a father — combined with his long-time residency in the district and
knowledge of the issues facing Texas, makes him the most qualified candidate to win this
seat in November 2010.

“I am the only candidate in this race who can say they have a long history of being an active
member of this community and who also has extensive legislative experience,” said
Gonzales. “Those are two very important points because it will take both to be successful
from day one in the Legislature.”

Gonzales earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas at
Austin in 1993, is scheduled to complete his Master’s degree in Public Administration from
Texas State University – San Marcos in 2010, and is a certified mediator. He is married to
Marie, a Round Rock High School graduate, his wife of 15 years. She serves the RRISD as
Department Chair of Special Education at McNeil High School. Together they have two
children – Leah, 9 and Alexander, 7 – both are enrolled in the RRISD.