New Independent Citizens Lobby Responds to Times Square “Come to Texas” San Marcos Ad Campaign

Lee and Bastrop Countians issued this tongue-in-cheek warning to the central Texas growth lobby in February. Ads in Times Square began running this week luring more people to Hays County.             Simultaneously with an ad campaign in Times Square intended to lure more people to Hays County and partially paid for with public money, a new non-profit, non-partisan citizens lobby – the League of Independent Voters of Texas — is throwing down in Bastrop, Texas. Citizens from throughout central Texas[…]

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Tea Party Takeover or Makeover

The 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[…]

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

Many 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[…]

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Release: Marvin Nichols a fight for all Texans’ local control.

The following release was sent to over 1500 news outlets throughout Texas today. Texas Water Development Board Seeks to Overturn Local Control in Water Planning for the Marvin Nichols Reservoir, Caring Less for Farm and Timber Jobs in NE Texas During the campaign for Proposition 6, Texas independents warned voters that the new Texas Water Development Board had become a political tool for Governor Perry and his special interest allies in their efforts to promote uncontrolled population growth. Now, a[…]

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Marvin Nichols Moves Forward, Texans Move Independent

We formed the new League of Independent Voters last fall because mama told us there’d be days like this. Remember Mayflower, Arkansas, the little town that suffered a tar sands pipeline breach? Yesterday, they were hit by a deadly tornado and our hearts go out to them. Follow their recovery efforts here. The Texas Water Development Board is kicking up another deadly storm on all local communities as they seek to assert the state’s perceived power over local control. If[…]

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Breaking! Holland Case Has an OPEN Hearing tomorrow – come to Beaumont!

Breaking News! Landowner, David Holland’s history making case (aka “Denbury Green”) is having an OPEN hearing tomorrow at 1:30 pm in Beaumont at the 172nd Civil District Court, 1001 Pearl Street map here. Remember that a question arising in this case went to the Texas Supreme Court. The Supremes ruled that you cannot give someone the power of eminent domain simply allowing them to check a box on a form. (This “common carrier” check box is on the T4 form[…]

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Release: Attorney General Urged to Use “Broad Powers” to Protect Public Safety and end Eminent Domain Aubse

Attorney General Gregg Abbott Urged to Use of “Broad Powers” to Protect Public Safety and end Eminent Domain Abuse Texans, especially across East Texas, are being contacted to reach Attorney General Greg Abbott before the startup of the Keystone XL pipeline on January 22. They are urging his involvement in protecting NE Texans’ property rights and waterways, and prodding the federal pipeline agency – the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) – on conducting due diligence in inspecting the[…]

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Hearings Report! Don’t be sad, get mad…after the holidays. But reply now!

Thanks to the many hundreds of people who came out to 9 East Texas hearings in Roans Prairie, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Cleveland, Big Sandy, Fairfield, Bryan, Tyler and ending in Beaumont, Texas! (l to r) Bryan Hearing Speakers: Kathleen Hubbard, Brazos River Bottom Alliance, Linda Curtis (League), Tom “Smitty” Smith, Public Citizen, Mike Hathorn, Cherokee County Landowner; Roans Prairie Hearing audience. (l to r) Beaumont Hearing Speakers: Dewayne Layfield, eminent domain attorney, Isom Ramsey; Beaumont resident, Linda Curtis, Jim Williams, retired[…]

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