LIV News, July 22, 2021

The elephant in the Texas voting booth that neither party wants to talk about is the suppression of a plurality of Texas voters.  Surprise! There are more non-aligned and independent Texans than Democrats or Republicans. We at LIV see the Texas GOP fighting the inevitable as Texas turns not blue but into a two-party competitive state. Competition is good, though we have big bones to pick with both parties. Read our main course in this LIV News feast from Linda[…]

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King Greg Abdicates: Energy and Water Cutoffs Soon

Let me tell you a little story about how we got to this place as energy and water cutoffs are in the air as King Greg Abdicates. In the late 90s, I called on Austin voters to vote to put me on the City Council using my tongue-in-cheek slogan, “Linda for A Little Less Corruption.” It got me plenty of laughs and some unexpected votes. I was making calls to get out the vote during early voting, and Greg Abbott,[…]

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Our Land, Our Water, Our Democracy LIV Lobby Day March 5th

Officials Were Warned

For years, officials have been warned about the consequences of pumping aquifers too hard and too fast and especially Vista Ridge (“the hose”) as the mistaken “California water model” for Texas. Still no action from state and local officials, even after the Big Freeze — about which the state was warned since 2011. Senator Charles Perry, as chair of the Senate Committee on Water, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, sat on any bills that he — and his corporate ag boosters[…]

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A Special Message to Fayette County

This is a special message to Fayette County because we think you live in Fayette County or very near the Fayette County line. Please correct us if we’re wrong. We hope you will attend a meeting on Monday and a public hearing in July. Read on. What we have to tell you concerns 10 counties east of I-35, where decisions affecting the future of our aquifers are in process by our groundwater districts. Please know that the pumping underway by[…]

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Big Freeze, not so fast Lege to bury

Don’t let the Lege rush past the Big Freeze crime scene.

Don’t let the Lege rush past the Big Freeze crime scene. We want to know just who walked off with billions of ratepayer dollars, and how are we really going to fix the grid? Then, there’s the story of repeated refusals to guard our most precious resource — water. This dereliction of duty leaves Texans to their own devices as neither party has called for the obvious – an investigation, a special commission and a special session. We – Texas[…]

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Alert! Vaccine and Water War Update

As you know, the League of Independent Voters is a non-partisan organization, but we appreciate Bastrop Democrats for providing this Vaccine and Water War Update to our entire community. We are rushing this notice to you today, hoping you get it in time for a Thursday evening 7 pm meeting via video conference or phone. At the top of this agenda is a report on the COVID Vaccine for our area as well as an update on the “water wars”[…]

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Texas wretched water war TURNS this Thursday night! Be on the line, y’all.

NOTICE: We urge you to be on the line this Thursday, January 28, from 6 to 9 pm for a final hearing by the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District Board, on the LCRA’s (Lower Colorado River Authority’s) mega-permit demand on the same aquifers permitted by Vista Ridge. LCRA, a quasi-governmental agency should know better. This hearing is held at the very same time that Vista Ridge is causing landowner wells to go dry. A temporary moratorium on permits is in[…]

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Here we were on January 6th

Here we were on January 6th, minding our own business just trying to get out this email alert and then this colossally stupid riot slaps us and the rest of the nation in the face. This incident revealed that we are pathetically vulnerable. We have multiple crises in the country that so need our attention. The war between the two parties is a big distraction and needs to desescalate now! We urge calm consideration provided by two respected independent voices[…]

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