Breaking: TML & High Ranks of Republican Party Fail Urban & Rural Texans, say Independents

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This release was just sent to over 1000 media outlets across the state:

Urban and Rural Texans Asked to Boot Senate Bills 533 and 1172
Texas Municipal League and High Ranks of the Republican Party Fail Them

To be honest with you, we know it is near impossible to defeat bills once they’ve gone through conference committees. These are “agreed upon” supposedly by both houses, but we know for sure, this is a very flawed process that comes from on high.

We know some of you were told by legislative offices yesterday that the SAWS amendment had been stripped from SB 533, but alas the Republican “high command” had not yet spoken, and it remains in the bill.

So, if you are so moved and you get this in time today (Saturday) or Sunday morning, you can call your own Senator and House Member – to urge them to do the right thing and vote down these bills.

Find your legislators here.

We will end by acknowledging that though Texans know how to die with our boots on we not only remember the Alamo. We remember what came later when Sam Houston’s army swelled with volunteers. The rest was history.

We love you, Texas for whatever you want to do now and for OUR future!


  1. I am so disappointed in these people. Water is a right to the people and should not belong to the government. I guess this swamp needs draining too.

    1. What is taking place on water is not a “government takeover”, so much as an opening of the floodgates to private profiteering by government. The Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose is a dangerous precedent in this regard. That is why the refusal to remove Amendment 6 in SB 533, is one more opening for this and doing harm to landowners (and private property) and the environment.

      On SB 1173, the “seed bill”, we hope to see a full analysis on the impact of this on rural agriculture — small farmers and ranchers. By the way, it was not only Monsanto, DOW and Dupont’s legislation, but also the Farm Bureau’s.

      The only way out, so it seems, is independent. Bigger voices are starting to repeat that refrain but we’re convinced independent politics in Texas must start from the local communities most left out. That is small rural ag and the urban middle and lower income folks who got mowed over in this session. We’ll be reporting more about this following this “Alamo Session”.

      1. I agree, LIV, landowners should come together in our communities and work on the things we have in common to make us better and stronger. The local communities have a big voice that needs to be heard.

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