Endorsements for November 6, 2018


U. S. Senator
REP Ted Cruz
DEM Beto O’Rourke
LIB Neal M. Dikeman
U. S. Representative District 1
REP Louie Gohmert
DEM Shirley J. McKellar
LIB Jeff Callaway
U. S. Representative District 4
REP John Ratcliffe
DEM Catherine Krantz
LIB Ken Ashby
REP Greg Abbott
DEM Lupe Valdez
LIB Mark Jay Tippetts
Lieutenant Governor
REP Dan Patrick
DEM Mike Collier
LIB Kerry Douglas McKennon
Attorney General
REP Ken Paxton
DEM Justin Nelson
LIB Michael Ray Harris
Comptroller of Public Accounts
REP Glenn Hegar
DEM Joi Chevalier
LIB Ben Sanders
Commissioner of the General Land Office
REP George P. Bush
DEM Miguel Suazo
LIB Matt Pina
Commissioner of Agriculture
REP Sid Miller
DEM Kim Olson
LIB Richard Carpenter
Railroad Commissioner
REP Christi Craddick
DEM Roman McAllen
LIB Mike Wright
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2
REP Jimmy Blacklock
DEM Steven Kirkland
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4
REP John Devine
DEM R.K. Sandill
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6
REP Jeff Brown
DEM Kathy Cheng
Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
REP Sharon Keller
DEM Maria T. (Terri) Jackson
LIB William Bryan Strange III
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7
REP Barbara Parker Hervey
DEM Ramona Franklin
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8
REP Michelle Slaughter
LIB Mark Ash

State Senator
REP. Bob Hall – District 2
State House Representative
REP Cole Hefner – District 5
REP Matt Schaefer – District 6


Caddo Lake National Heritage Act bill dies after opposition

JEFFERSON — The Caddo Lake National Heritage Act bill, proposed by law makers on both the Texas and Louisiana sides of the Caddo Lake area, has had its congressional support pulled after opposition from residents.

Louisiana legislators, U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, first announced their withdrawal of support of Senate Bill 2947 and House Bill 5957 on Tuesday, prompting Texas legislator, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, to announcement his disappointment and withdrawal later that same day.

Gohmert said the majority of the affected land would have been in Louisiana, since that side of Caddo Lake is larger than the Texas side, so without those lawmakers’ support, the bills couldn’t move forward. The bills had just recently been referred to committee in May.

“People living in the potential (Caddo National) Heritage area in Louisiana have been particularly vociferous in opposition to the proposal, and it seems they have not given fair consideration to the possible benefits,” Gohmert said on Tuesday. “As a result, both Louisiana’s U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy and U.S. Representative Mike Johnson are pulling their effort to examine further the possible benefits.”

Gohmert said Texas’ residents seemed more in favor of the bill that would have covered about 900 sq. miles of Caddo Lake land that would have been deemed a National Heritage Area under the bill.

“The people of Harrison County were willing to engage in a productive dialogue about the pros and cons of a potential designation,” Gohmert said. “While many constituents raised concerns with the idea, I cannot adequately convey how much it means to me to have so many people have enough faith in me that they were willing to wait and hear the whole story, cordially discuss their concerns with my office, and offer suggested amendments, before deciding whether to pursue it or not.”

Collins Academy Director Gary Endsley and academy founder Richard Collins had been hosting several meetings over the past weeks to inform residents about what the National Heritage Area designation from the federal government would mean for Caddo Lake, as well as to dispose of any fears concerned residents might have about the proposal. Endsley said the area’s tourism industry would have greatly benefited from the NHA designation.

“Of course we are disappointed, Richard Collins and the staff of Collins Academy have worked very hard to promote this region and try to bring opportunities to our community to help with economic and tourism development. It benefits all of us,” Endsley said on Wednesday.

“I think the timing of the release of the bill was possibly ill-conceived in that the public had little or no information in advance of the bill being rolled out, and frankly, as our public meetings showed, there was a great deal of governmental mistrust,” Endsley said. “That was a recurring theme. This is unfortunate. Due to the mistrust of some very vocal individuals, we all have lost out on an opportunity that would have benefited the region. No one wins in a situation like this, and it is my hope that if people will actually read the bill, they will realize that the benefits far outweigh the suspicion and that the elected officials will bring it up again for consideration in a timely manner, and in a manner that will better address individual concerns.”

Gohmert said in response to some residents’ mistrust, he had added language to the bill.

“We had continued to work on language that would have further ensured that the federal government could never use the Heritage Area designation to do anything the actual landowners, private and public, did not want done,” Gohmert said. “We could be certain that such a proposed law did not allow any strings and included that language in what we drafted. However, it could not be said with 100% certainty that some future Congress might not try to add strings, so I prepared language to allow unilateral withdrawal from the Heritage area, without needing the federal government’s permission, if the federal government or Heritage Area Commission ever did anything that had an undesirable effect on the land, the landowners, or any aspect of the local enjoyment or use. That would have been enforceable if anything unwanted had ever been attempted.”

Gohmert said they were also willing to cut the size of the NHA to only include land that owners wanted included, but the Louisiana lawmakers still pulled their support.

“This matter will be closed until or unless the people I represent who would be affected tell me that they want the issue of a National Heritage Area designation pursued again,” Gohmert said.

A Facebook group representing those opposing the bills called “Caddo Lake’s Last Stand” posted a message to its followers Tuesday after the announcements that read, “We are thankful for the decision of U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy to listen to our voices and act on our behalf. We also must understand as a community that this is a small victory, amidst a big battle. We cannot let our guard down. We were already told today that there is a good chance the bill will be re-introduced next year.”

The group is hosting a meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in Hosston, LA. It will be held at 14095 Oak Street in Hosston, LA. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/CaddoLakesLastStandcaclnha/

By Bridget Ortigo bortigo@marshallnewsmessenger.com


Attorney General Paxton: Wins Obamacare lawsuit – will recover over $300M for Texas


“Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended a U.S. District Court decision ordering the Internal Revenue Service to repay Texas and five other states more than $839 million because of an unlawful Obamacare tax on state Medicaid programs. Of that total amount, Texas stands to be repaid $304,730,608.

“Obamacare is unconstitutional, plain and simple,” Attorney General Paxton said. “We all know that the feds cannot tax the states, and we’re proud to return this illegally collected money to the people of Texas.”

In October 2015, Attorney General Paxton led a multistate lawsuit against the federal government over the Obama-era regulation that threatened to choke off Medicaid funds for the health needs of millions of Texas citizens unless Texas taxpayers paid a portion of the Health Insurance Providers Fee to help fund Obamacare.

The court’s decision also means that five other states stand to be repaid Obamacare fees by the IRS: Indiana ($94,801,483), Kansas ($142,121,776), Louisiana ($172,493,095), Wisconsin ($88,938,850) and Nebraska ($36,238,918).

Texas and Wisconsin will argue at a hearing on September 5 that Obamacare, as amended by the recent tax bill, is unconstitutional in its entirety.

View a copy of the ruling here: https://bit.ly/2Bz1U6Z

AG Paxton Wins Multistate Obamacare Tax Lawsuit, Recoups Over $839 Million, Including Nearly $305 Million for Texas Taxpayers


Accountability comes to Texas Public Education

Texas unveiled a new rating system for public school districts and campuses. Essentially a report card for schools, the system aims to inform parents and educators how schools and districts perform on measures such as achievement and growth.

Improving the performance of public schools is a task fraught with many pitfalls, and while some stakeholders are understandably resisting stricter accountability, the moral and economic imperatives of a competitive world do not simply vanish because of disagreement.

In Texas, 55 percent of third-graders are reading below grade level, and 52 percent are below grade level in math proficiency. Fifty-one percent of eighth-graders in the state also read below grade level, according to the Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, and those figures are declining.

Additionally, a 2018 national assessment ranked Texas 46th in fourth-grade reading (declining), and 42nd in eighth-grade reading (also declining). Furthermore, 84% of Texas high school students fail to obtain a college-ready score on the SAT/ACT.

Passed by the legislature under two house bills, HB 2804 and HB 22, the A-F system assigns letter grades, ‘A’ for exemplary performance, through ‘F’ for unacceptable performance. Campus ratings are based on three factors:

  • Student Achievement: For elementary and middle school students, achievement is solely determined on the basis of STAAR scores. High school achievement will be a composite of STAAR, college/career/military readiness, and graduation rate
  • School Progress: Utilizes the higher score between academic growth (maintaining or improving STAAR proficiency) and relative performance (to other similarly situated schools)
  • Closing the Gaps: Measures various student groups (race, economically disadvantaged, English learners, special education, etc.) via varied components and achievement targets to satisfy federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements

detailed explanation of each aspect of the A-F Accountability System is available from the Texas Education Agency.

On a fundamental level, it is critically important that lawmakers craft a system of public education that allows all Texas students to learn and grow at grade level or above, but it unsurprisingly has met pushback from educrats more interested in keeping their own jobs than educating our children.

The Texas Association of School Administrators, staunch defenders of the status quo, dedicated webspace to fighting against the system, calling it a “mistake,” and arguing instead for community standards over state scrutiny.

While arguments against a single standardized state test are worth consideration, a patchwork of different community standards robs parents of meaningful comparisons. Additionally, STAAR has undergone recent revisions that give parents more tools, improvement incentives, and teacher input. Fears over the system treating high poverty schools unfairly are also circulating, although those concerns are addressed by the revised system.

This year, only school districts will receive official grades. Individual campus grades will be released in one year; however, interested parties will be able to view each school’s raw score and calculate a letter grade on that basis.

In addition to campus and district ratings, Texans may also view reports on the financial health of their local school district, including the outstanding debt-per-student, as well as the ratio of teachers to administrators and the average teacher salary.

For results and information about school district and campus scores, visit TXschools.org.”

TX Attorney General: Texans’ Second Amendment rights


See Texas Attorney General’s message regarding Texan’s Second Amendment rights and unlawful signs prohibiting concealed weapons on property where concealed handgun license holders are legally permitted to carry.

“When uncooperative governments post signs to ban Texas citizens from carrying where it is legal, they are breaking the law and infringing on Texans’ Second Amendment rights. Pursuant to Senate Bill 273 passed by the 84th Legislature, citizens may file complaints against these political subdivisions that unlawfully post signs prohibiting concealed weapons on property where concealed handgun license holders are legally permitted to carry.

Individuals who observe violations must first file a complaint with the government that appears to be in violation. If the entity does not remove the sign within three (3) days, citizens may file a complaint with the Texas Attorney General’s Office to investigate the matter and enforce the law. If you believe a political subdivision is unlawfully posting 30.06 signs and you have already filed a complaint with that entity, you may call The Texas Attorney General’s 30.06 Hotline at 1-844-584-3006, or fill out the form below: https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/apps/3006/index.php


Asche attack “Grossly misrepresented”


AUSTIN – Earlier today, Cindy Crocker Asche and her campaign leveled an attack on RPT Chair James Dickey in his campaign for re-election citing a decade-plus old civil lawsuit which was settled. Asche is running against Dickey for RPT Chair.
Amy E. Davis, an experienced commercial litigation attorney and published author practicing in Dallas, is the attorney who represented Dickey in the lawsuit and made the following statement:
“Almost 15 years ago, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil lawsuit to recoup losses sustained by investors in three related hedge funds. The suit targeted Conrad Seghers, the funds’ founder and individual responsible for soliciting investors and managing the funds’ investments. The civil suit also named James Dickey, who primarily performed marketing and bookkeeping for the hedge funds. Contrary to his opponent’s allegations, the SEC never filed criminal charges against Dickey nor did Dickey enter any kind of plea. Dickey settled the civil lawsuit against him as businesses do every day.
“Far from shirk responsibility, Dickey fully cooperated with the SEC. Dickey and the SEC agreed the terms of the settlement would remain confidential, which is standard for settlements of civil matters.
“Dickey maintained his position as a top executive in a multi-billion dollar insurance company after the settlement with no change in authority or duties.
“Dickey’s opponent has grossly misrepresented nearly every aspect of the claims against Dickey—knowing all the while he is unable to address the misstatements because of the confidentiality agreement. If I were his opponent, I would fire the lawyer who wrote the so-called breaking news release and remind them that this type of defamation is actionable.”
Chairman James Dickey released the following statement:
“So far in this campaign for State Party Chairman much has been said about integrity and the desire for truth and transparency to win out. I could not agree more with those sentiments and I have worked hard in the last 10 months to bring the highest level of transparency to the Party in all we do – finances, convention, primaries, meetings, and the day-to-day operations. We have passed every audit, raised record-breaking funds for the Party, and have found ways to be the best stewards of those funds, and we will continue to do so.
“Over the course of my life, I have been deeply committed and involved with the Republican Party – its ideals, values and principles. I have worked hard at all levels of engagement to prove to the grassroots that they can take me at my word. The faith our donors have placed in me as they give and sacrifice their hard-earned money has been enough to prove to the Party’s faithful that they can trust me with their time and treasure as well. I am confident that the growth our Party has seen in the last few months will continue, and, together we will keep producing winning results for the grassroots and for our Republican nominees in November.”

Paddie vs. Boersma



Before you go to the polls next Tuesday, March 6, I respectfully request the voters in House District 9 (Harrison, Panola, Shelby, Cass, and Marion) to consider the following:

Do you agree with?

  • On Budget night, voting with Democrats to give tax dollars to state-funded art projects;
  • Voting against protections for whistleblowers who expose sanctuary city policies;
  • Voting for a taxpayer handout for Nascar that is not available to small businesses across the state;
  • Voting to impose a so-called “granny tax” on nursing home residents, that would allow nursing homes to raise revenue without their residents and caregivers knowing about it;
  • Voting to raid the states Rainy Day Fund for ongoing expenses, despite Governor Abbott’s protest;
  • Voting with the Democrats to kill a bill that would have established a strong state spending limit — a priority backed by over 90% of Texas Republican voters;
  • When Governor Abbott called the legislature back for a Special Session in order to pass property tax reform and other conservative priorities, fighting against the Governor’s conservative agenda, in particular, voting to kill the property tax reform and relief proposal; and
  • Voting with taxpayers 42% of the time.

The above is Chris Paddie’s record. It is time for Chris Paddie to be relieved of his duties.

Garrett Boersma cares about House District 9.  Check out the following issues Garrett Boersma stands firm on:

  • Property tax relief
  • Protect the Texas border
  • Promote free enterprise
  • Limit government spending
  • Improve outcomes for children in our public schools
  • Protect Texas’ little girls and boys in public restrooms, locker rooms, and showers
  • Is 100% pro-life
  • Supports the 2nd Amendment and is opposed to gun control

As a conservative activist in Senate District 1, I respectfully request the voters in House District 9 to vote for GARRETT BOERSMA FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE.




Let’s Chat

I posted this on Facebook the other day.  It’s a “dumping my purse” so-to-speak post that I truly felt needed to be aired.

By the Facebook comments, Facebook messages, and text messages I received from friends, family, elected officials, candidates for election, and voters, that are fed up and agree, I thought I should post this on my blog as well.

Ok, let’s chat!

Politics in Upshur is a bloodbath. It does not need to be if we focus on experience and the record. We are grown-ups. It’s time we act like it. It’s not personal or click-ish for me. My endorsements are my own. Surprise, I have a brain and I use it. I vet and each endorsement is based on extensive research.

I’m not afraid of moderates, democrats, or jealous haters. I am a grassroots tea party constitutional conservative and I wish for the betterment of the county, district, and/or state in which myself and my family reside. It’s not personal. We all wear big britches. Pull them up!

I don’t really get why I am asked, though I have come to learn, through many years, that many know my history of not including rumors, personalities, or innuendo in my decisions. I also look at capability. I truly vet and take my vote very seriously.

I do admit that I have heard a lot about this or that on a lot of folks. Since I have moved to Upshur many can attest that I would and still do not pick a side until I personally have seen x, y, or z. In four years, I’ve witnessed a lot of x, y, and z. Some were right and some were wrong in my view.

If a candidate didn’t get my endorsement, it’s because they didn’t prove to be the better candidate based on my interview and/or the record. Let’s face reality. It doesn’t mean they are horrible people, their momma wears army boots, or they are incapable.

In other words, if one works their rear off for the county, district, and/or state, their record will blink in neon. I don’t vote based on how long someone has lived in town, district, state, or their last name. Texas is the best state ever and our senate district is the most conservative. Upshur is my home and where my heart is. I only want the best in my vetting. My heart is always to help.

I do not vote or endorse one way or the other because so-in-so has been a major pain in my personal life. Actually, someone that seeks the betterment of the county, district, or state gains a great deal of my respect.

Look at Jay Dean and me. We knew within 20 minutes of our first conversation for House District 7 that we were on opposite sides of the fence. However, in my multiple conversations with him in the Regular and Special Session, I have come to learn that Jay is willing to listen and he works hard. He also knows that when he listens to the bologna spewers I am not afraid to call it out. He has grown a lot in his first session. We don’t agree on everything, but he at least is willing to communicate, listen, and consider. Heck, Harry and I don’t agree on everything. What married man or woman does? I believe Jay understands that his voting record speaks volumes, and he fully understands that is my concern.

If your school bond is too high and the tax rate will make the county seat or wherever unsustainable, I will speak out. I live here. Deal with it. Prove to me why harming our county tax wise is worth it. I’ve done a walk-thru at the high school. I also have family members that recently graduated from the school. Not to mention many friends who are teachers and parents that have children currently under your roof. A 20% tax increase and a $91 million debt for 700 students in the building you wish to demolish and rebuild is nuts — straight up.

Also, if some seek a kingdom that will usurp the will of the voters, it won’t go unnoticed by me at all. Upshur is rural and yes, we love that appeal, but try and usurp the voters, and I will not be quiet. Don’t get lost in who you think you are.

I never expect all to agree with me. I am not full of myself enough to demand that. Take it or leave it. I’m cool with that. I am not this conniving individual, democratic operative, looney libertarian, or foreign control freak that some still seek to label me as. Like it or lump it, I will work with anyone that has a true conservative solution heart. Ask Marty RhymesKeith Rothra, JoAnn Fleming, Dana Waller HodgesTrayce BradfordThomas WoodDon RadcliffeMary Anne Scott FarrowBrenda Gilbert EvansSue EvenwelCole HefnerCeCelia SquiresCindy SchwartzCarol MeyerRay MyersMelady ThompsonLacey LowryMike LeeJoe HarrisonMelody SprayLee LesterLori GranadosIrene MayJerl J May Jr.Becky Dean BoyerToby Marie WalkerMichael Anthony FluscheCarol Waddell, or the others in the original CruzCrew, Jeremiah Hunter or Wes Brumit — recently. They will tell you I work my tail off. I’m not competing. We all strongly seek to work together and they know my focus has always been on giving Senate District 1 a voice in Austin from the get-go. Please try and negate that.

I’m not perfect. He has shown me that, and I seek His guidance daily.

A good friend, Toby Marie Walker, sent me this video on haters, which gave me such a chuckle. It’s short and one I think you may enjoy as well.





God Bless you and yours!  ~ Stace

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Stacy McMahan is the President and Executive Director of East Texans for Liberty. Be sure to check out this conservative organization that serves Upshur County, Texas, and Senate District 1 at the following:    


2018 Texas Republican Ballot Propositions

Here is the full list of ballot propositions submitted by the SREC for inclusion on the 2018 Republican General Primary Election ballot:

  1. Texas should replace the property tax system with an appropriate consumption tax equivalent. Yes/No
  2. No governmental entity should ever construct or fund construction of toll roads without voter approval. Yes/No
  3. Republicans in the Texas House should select their Speaker nominee by secret ballot in a binding caucus without Democrat influence. Yes/No
  4. Texas should require employers to screen new hires through the free E-Verify system to protect jobs for legal workers. Yes/No
  5. Texas families should be empowered to choose from public, private, charter, or homeschool options for their children’s education, using tax credits or exemptions without government constraints or intrusion. Yes/No
  6. Texas should protect the privacy and safety of women and children in spaces such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers in all Texas schools and government buildings. Yes/No
  7. I believe abortion should be abolished in Texas. Yes/No
  8. Vote fraud should be a felony in Texas to help ensure fair elections. Yes/No
  9. Texas demands that Congress completely repeal Obamacare. Yes/No
  10. To slow the growth of property taxes, yearly revenue increases should be capped at 4%, with increases in excess of 4% requiring voter approval. Yes/No
  11. Tax dollars should not be used to fund the building of stadiums for professional or semi-professional sports teams. Yes/No

2018 Endorsements


My focus is on challenged races. This list is a work in progress.  Check back for updates.

Office Sought Ballot Name
U. S. Senator Ted Cruz
U. S. Representative District 1 Louie Gohmert
U. S. Representative District 4 John Ratcliffe
U. S. Representative District 5 Jason Wright
Governor Greg Abbott
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick
Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller
Railroad Commissioner Weston Martinez
Judge, Criminal Court of Appeals, Place 8 Michelle Slaughter
State Senate SD 2 Bob Hall
State Senate SD 7 Paul Bettencourt
State Senator SD 8 Angela Paxton
State Senate SD 9 Kelly Hanock
State Senate SD 10 Konni Burton
State Senate SD 16 Don Huffines
State Senate SD 30 Pat Fallon
State Representative HD 2 Bryan Slayton
State Representative HD 4 Stuart Spitzer
State Representative HD 5 Cole Hefner
State Representative HD 6 Matt Schaefer
State Representative HD 8 Thomas McNutt
State Representative HD 9 Garrett Boersma
State Representative HD 11 Danny Ward
State Representative HD 15 Steve Toth
State Representative HD 18 Emily Kebodeaux Cook
State Representative HD 23 Mayes Middleton
State Representative HD 25 Damon Rambo
State Representative HD 45 Naomi Narvaiz
State Representative HD 55 CJ Grisham
State Representative HD 60 Mike Lang
State Representative HD 66 Matt Shaheen
State Representative HD 67 Jeff Leach
State Representative HD 73 Kyle Biedermann
State Representative HD 92 Jonathan Stickland
State Representative HD 93 Matt Krause
State Representative HD 94 Tony Tinderholt
State Representative HD 96 Bill Zedler
State Representative HD 98 Armin Mizani
State Representative HD 99 Bo French
State Representative HD 114 Lisa Luby Ryan
State Representative HD 115 Matt Rinaldi
State Representative HD 121 Matt Beebe
State Representative HD 122 Chris Fails
State Representative HD 126 Kevin Fulton
State Representative HD 128 Briscoe Cain
State Representative HD 150 Valoree Swanson
Titus County Commissioner, Pct. 4 Judy Kent
Upshur County District Clerk Nicole Hernandez
Upshur County Commissioner Pct. 2 Dustin Nicholson
Upshur Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Wyone Manes
Upshur Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Anthony Betterton

Stacy McMahan
President & Executive Director
East Texans for Liberty