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Tea Party Takeover or Makeover

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Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 10.11.10 PMThe pundits are busy telling you what the “tea party takeover” in the Texas primaries means. These range from making being Hispanic illegal to saving us from crony capitalism. It’s likely that neither is true. But more to the point, the Tea Party, now the new boss, will quickly become "same as the old boss", unless it finds its own independence.

Think about it. What if Tea Party leaders decided to bust the unsavory deal between the two parties that currently threatens Texans’ economic independence and the further destruction of our land, water and the very air we breathe?

Today, once again, the state of Texas hid its head in the sand with an unsurprisingly inability to tie water contamination to fracking. Be sure to read the hilarious comments.

It’s no surprise that the Texas Republican establishment, which had its head handed to it in the primary runoff on Tuesday, has been locked in an embrace with the King and Queen lobbies for a long time. The King is real estate and the Queen is oil and gas. What is generally not known is that the Republican establishment has also enjoyed a sweet deal with the establishment Democrats in their mutual embrace of the King and Queen.

Don’t tell me you haven’t noticed that the leading lights in the Texas Democratic Party rarely ever peep a bad word about the King and Queen? Always a good example is Senator Kirk Watson (D-Austin). Watson is a leader of the “growth lobby” that recently made Austin the fastest growing city in the United States. Of course, Perry had a hand in that too. Neither Perry nor Watson wants the world to know that while the King and Queen focus on huge profits in real estate and oil and gas, they are risking the destruction of our local economies.

Using central Texas as an example, the Austin area is experiencing a net growth of 110 people per day. Meanwhile, current residents must deal with unsolvable traffic nightmares, a thoroughly gamed property tax system for million dollar mansion owners (they get 25% under-appraisals), large-scale commercial developers and land speculators (who, together, get 40% under-appraisals), and the offloading of the costs of growth by developers. Did you catch that last one? Current residents are forced to pay for most all of the costs for infrastructure (roads, safety, schools, etc.) for the newcomers. For more, click here.

Top it off with the news that hit nationally this week -- Texas is beginning to run out of water. Meanwhile, no one on either side of the aisle will raise a voice to stop the oil and gas lobby from using potable water for fracking and likely contaminating our groundwater. For more, click here.

The frightening prospects for Texas water policy is not even our biggest problem. Try this one on for size. Texas local governments (taxpayers) are mostly powerless to stop water grabs, eminent domain abuse for increasingly dangerous pipelines, landfills, toxic waste dumps and contamination of our groundwater, to name a few. Any semblance of local control is slated for extinction in the 2015 legislative session. Is the Tea Party going to go along with this madness or are they going to fight for Texas?  (Go to our "Beefs" section to read about all of these issues.)

Our biggest problem may turn out to become our saving grace. Millions of Texans -- including many tea partiers and progressives -- are waking up and beginning to work together to topple the King and Queen. Our demand is as it must be – to have the power to protect ourselves where we live. We want local control.

Though politics is not now, nor will it ever be, a true science, there is one scientific law that applies well to politics. That would be Newton’s discovery that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Our (the independents') question is how do we orchestrate the reaction. One thing is for sure. We won’t find the answer to that without YOU.

Come to the first Regional Round Up of the new League of Independent Voters of Texas, to be held in Bastrop on Saturday, June 7th from 6 to 8 pm at the American Legion Hall, next to Bastrop State Park. Click here for more information and bring your friends or forever hold your peace!


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Isn’t it time to topple the King and Queen Lobbies?

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FlierFinalJune7Many folks are asking why we have formed another organization -- the League of Independent Voters of Texas. One reason is because the "growth lobby", arguably the King of all lobbies in Texas, can't lure people here fast enough. In the midst of a historic drought and growing unaffordability, Texas is in trouble.

Unparalleled growth has brought us profiteers. Water speculators are roosting in our towns preparing to swoop in to take our water to the growth corridors of this state. One such real estate vulture, Forestar Real Estate Group, has even sued not only the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District (for Lee and Bastrop counties), but each board member individually for simply doing their job to protect the aquifer.

Who pays for the new roads, new water hook-ups, new schools and everything else needed for the newcomers? YOU, not the developers who continue to build in areas without enough water. Don't believe us? Read here.

Add to this the interference by the Lobby Queen -- oil and gas. Irresponsible frackers are risking contamination of aquifers that everyone wants to tap, including Bastrop and Lee counties'. Don’t believe us? Read here.

Isn't it high time for Texans to topple the King and Queen? They should be in the same line as everyone else. That is why we're building a new statewide citizens lobby to unite voters across party lines -- the League of Independent Voters of Texas.

The new League is holding our first and FREE to the public Regional Round Up entitled, "Protecting Our Land, Our Water and our Homes through Local Control” on Saturday, June 7th, 6 to 8 pm, at the American Legion Hall next to Bastrop State Park. League Board Member, Calvin Tillman, a former Mayor from North Texas, will be our guest speaker.

If you cannot make it, help us hold a Round Up in your community. Click here for the 36 districts of the new League.

Don't forget to join the League if you haven't already, or just come on the 7th!

Thank you so much to those of you who signed up this week and for your generosity.

Saddle up, y'all! We need to ride 'em high -- the growth lobby, that is.

There will be "Stop the Water Grab" yard signs at the Round Up!

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