We can't let the parties keep us deaf, dumb and blind

LIV Newsletter, July 2019

If you think it’s time for an independent political movement, outside the parties of war, cronyism and corruption, join us already, y’all! Become an LIV Member Today. ►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 the imperfect Ross Perot. They – the insurgents – never are perfect. But the timing of his death was so[…]

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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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Chinatown (the movie) or The Shining, San Antonio election reels in uncivil discouse

San Antonio election like Chinatown (the movie) without the sex BUT with the mayhem.

New LIV Board Member, San Antonio architect, Ellen Berky, is hilarious. This is what she said about the debate going on in San Antonio on citizen propositions A, B and C: “The real estate lobby and its henchmen in the public realm have the city so thoroughly divided it’s like Chinatown (the movie) except without the sex and mayhem. Actually, strike half of that. We have got the mayhem – just not intelligent and informed debate.” What is happening in[…]

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Our Land, Our Water, Our Elections

The Quest to End Two-Party Rule: Part 3

The Quest to End Two-Party Rule: Part 3 “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” – Sir Isaac Newton In a Part 1 of this blog, I suggested that there were three aspects that should be considered as we engage in our quest to end two-party political rule: 1) an elaboration on the nature of the Opportunity (Part 2) that lies before us, 2) an identification of the Barriers to change that stand in our way, and 3)[…]

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Quest to End Two-party Rule

The Quest to End Two-Party Rule: Part 2

The Quest to End Two-Party Rule: Part 2 “The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower In a previous blog, I suggested that there were three aspects that should be considered as we engage in our quest to end two-party political rule: 1) an elaboration on the nature of the Opportunity that lies before us, 2) an identification of the Barriers to change that[…]

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Let the Games Begin

The Quest to End Two-Party Rule: Part 1, Mark Miller

The Quest to End Two-Party Rule: Part 1 “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other.” – John Adams Unfortunately, John Adams’ dread was all too prescient. But even as we lament the culmination of Adams’ prophecy, we may take heart in the fact that the country may be in the midst of a significant realignment of[…]

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Let the Games Begin

Our Legislature Fails (Again) The Texas Railroad Commission … couldn’t they at least get the name fixed?

The Texas Railroad Commission is perhaps the most important, and yet least transparent, agency in Texas government. Its dishonest and misleading name has nothing to do with its actual duties (which is to regulate the state’s ever so important oil and gas industry). And even though at least one Commissioner seat is on the ballot every two years, fewer than 5% of Texas voters are aware of its duties.

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