Food and Farm Leadership Conference in San Marcos — join LIV there! Aug. 11-13

Every year we do all we can to make it to the best conference for anyone who cares about food in Texas. That’s the annual Food and Farm Leadership Conference put on by Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance event. It’s always WELL DONE, no pun intended. Early bird conference fees end on Friday, July 19th. Look for LIV’s table there and join us to invite others to join the independent movement. Lots more here! and here!

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Let the Games Begin

Let the Games Begin, Mark Miller

Let the Games Begin When it came to ballot access for independent and minor party candidates, the 86th Texas Legislature’s hypocrisy, ignorance, and gamesmanship were clearly on display. This is not surprising. Our elections statutes that apply to anyone who is not a Democrat or Republican is of little concern to those who represent us – except when they impact their chances of gaining or retaining power. Our esteemed legislators were clearly looking over their shoulders at the 2018 election[…]

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Perot Memoriam

Ross Perot Memoriam from his grassroots: The Imperfect Insurgency

Ross Perot Memoriam from his grassroots: The Imperfect Insurgency Much has been said about Ross Perot’s passing but little from his grassroots. That’s us at the League of Independent Voters who got up close enough to find long-lasting appreciation and love for Ross Perot. They – the insurgents – never are perfect. But the timing of his death was so like him. It was right on the money with new independent leadership (Amash, Cuban and others still working within the[…]

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Governor turns The Hose (Vista Ridge) on SAWS — Vetoes HB 1806!

Governor turns The Hose (Vista Ridge) on SAWS — Vetoes HB 1806! Governor Greg Abbott gave Texans a wonderful gift Saturday when he vetoed House Bill 1806 and turned The Hose (Vista Ridge) on SAWS, San Antonio’s public water utility. Read the Governor’s official statement here. The Governor’s veto sent a clear message to SAWS’ publicly-funded lobby team that they need to give their shenanigans with other people’s water and wallets a rest. Abbott is no fool. The Governor locked[…]

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Ron Nirenberg and Steve Adler have joined forces. Watch your water and wallet.

Before we tell you the story of why we think San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Austin Mayor Steve Adler have joined forces, we have some urgently important business to attend to. That would be convincing the Governor to VETO HB 1806 to put a public water utility on notice that he will not tolerate reckless water policy involving billions in public dollars and our most precious resource…groundwater. Call Governor Abbott’s hotline NOW, during business hours — 512-463-2000. Urge him[…]

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It Ain't Over Until the Governor Sings!

It ain’t really over until the Governor sings!

The session might be over, but it ain’t really over until the Governor sings! The Governor received this letter today from Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape who urged a veto of HB 1806, the SAWS water and wallet grab bill: “As the County Judge of one of the counties where this water is coming from, I plead with you to veto this bad legislation and require that the ultimate use of any exported water be defined and vetted in the[…]

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Bit water coalition move on Vista Ridge!

“Private Letter” from Austin Mayor Steve Adler

Did you get the “Private Letter” from Austin Mayor Steve Adler urging you to contribute to another public official — San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg? Nirenberg is facing a tough reelection and what Adler simply calls a “special interest” group with no identification. LIV does not endorse candidates. But, we do support real and full disclosure in elections. So, we’d like you to know the identity of the “special interest” Adler fails to identify. The San Antonio Firefighters Association! They[…]

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NEW Veto HB 1806! Call the Governor now!

New Veto HB 1806! Call Gov. to Veto HB 1806 – save the aquifers, rural Texas
 and all ratepayers! We just sent this letter urging Governor Abbott veto HB 1806 passed at the 11th hour by the Senate on Wednesday night. This egregious “water” legislation aggressively drummed up by San Antonio Water System (SAWS – a public water utility) adversely affects millions of Texans, our aquifers and our wallets. Of equal concern is that SAWS, without San Antonio City Council[…]

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