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Texas gubernatorial debate to open to 4 hopefuls

September 28th, 2010 . by TexasFred

Texas gubernatorial debate to open to 4 hopefuls

Unlikely to get a one-on-one exchange between Republican Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic challenger Bill White, the state’s largest newspapers today will invite two minor-party candidates to a planned debate next month.

Last month, the newspapers and Austin television station KLRU invited Perry and White to an Oct. 19 debate at KLRU’s Austin studios. White quickly said he would attend, but Perry has not accepted the invitation and has said he won’t debate White unless the challenger releases some of his tax returns from the 1990s.

The media organizations at first said they would give the stage entirely to one candidate if his opponent refused to participate. But they soon concluded that doing so would allow candidates from the Libertarian and Green parties to demand an equal amount of time — one hour — on television stations that broadcast the one-candidate interview, thus decreasing the chances that anyone would broadcast it.

In an effort to produce some form of a debate, the media organizations, including the American-Statesman, today will issue renewed invitations to Perry and White and will invite Libertarian Kathie Glass and Green Party candidate Deb Shafto. Glass and Shafto will be allowed to participate regardless of whether Perry and White accept.

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Texas gubernatorial debate to open to 4 hopefuls

Deb WHO?? Seriously.

Kathie Glass may not be a household name here in Texas, but she should be.

Yesterday, Sept. 27, 2010, The TexasFred Blog made it’s endorsement for Texas gubernatorial candidate Kathie Glass. That endorsement was not made because Glass is a Libertarian. It was not made because I am a Libertarian, because I am NOT. I endorsed Kathie Glass because she is simply the very best candidate in this race. Bar NONE! The TexasFred Blog endorses Kathie Glass.

I have liked everything I have heard Kathie Glass say, everything I have read about her and last Saturday I had the opportunity to meet her in person, and I am even MORE impressed. She stole the show at the Rowlett TEA Party Candidates Forum.

Former Houston Mayor Bill White was invited to that same event and he did attended.

Mr. White spoke to the TEA Party and all the citizens in attendance, he worked the crowd, he gave a news interview in the lobby of the facility. He represented himself well and his capable staff represented White and themselves in a very professional manner.

Then Mr. White took to the stage where he gave what was described by several candidates as his ‘Uh-Oh, I’m in a crowd of Conservatives’ speech. White sounded like a hard core GOP member in everything he said. I was surprised. I had expected White to stick to a Democratic message but he went full-tilt conservative. He sounded like every RINO in the GOP.

Rick ‘Gov. Goodhair’ Perry was invited too. Perry didn’t attend over his difference of opinion with Bill White regarding what White needed to release regarding his financial reports.

Rick ‘Gov. Goodhair’ Perry is an egotistical ASS and a RINO of the 1st order.

I am certain that Green Party candidate Deb Shafto would have been invited to the Rowlett event if anyone in Rowlett had ever heard of her.

“The better option we still believe would have been Perry-White going head-to-head,” American-Statesman Editor Fred Zipp said. “But this is the next-best thing and, we think, still an important public service.”

The Rowlett event was an important public service too. Perry didn’t attend and I seriously doubt that he will attend the one the American-Statesman is sponsoring.

As I said, Rick Perry is an egotistical ASS.

Rick Perry has been Governor of Texas for 9 years now. He wants another 4 years of being Governor. So, I want to make two statements, each followed by a question for Texas voters;

1. Texas is suffering, at this moment, approximately a $21Billion shortfall in the upcoming budget;

1(a). Don’t you think we’ve had enough of Rick Perry and his brand of Fiscal Responsibility?

2. Rick Perry has been Governor of Texas for 9 years.

2(a). Are our borders secure? Does Texas have a new law on the books similar to AZ HB 1070 that would give officers a tool with which to fight ILLEGALS?

Rick Perry doesn’t care about border security, his actions, or lack thereof, speaks volumes.

Bill White won’t do any better. Let’s be honest, deserved or not, White bears the blame for the City of Houston being looked upon as a sanctuary city.

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Poll finds most Texas voters are angry at Obama

September 27th, 2010 . by TexasFred

Poll finds most Texas voters are angry at Obama

57% disapprove of his job, and the GOP could ride that wave of angst to a big November

COLLEGE STATION — Voter anger, which sparked the tea party movement and could result in a tidal wave of Republican turnout in November, surfaces in a new poll of Texas’ likely voters.

The poll, commissioned by the Houston Chronicle and four other Texas newspapers, found that 57 percent of all Texas likely voters surveyed disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing. Disapproval is rampant among self-identified Republicans, more than 80 percent of whom disapprove of the job being done by Obama.

Obama’s disapproval was highest among people who had attended college, earn more than $30,000 a year and live in non-urban areas. The Texas newspaper consortium poll also found Republicans are substantially more likely to vote this fall than Texas Democrats.

A substantial racial divide was also apparent in the results. More than 90 percent of African-Americans and two-thirds of Hispanics surveyed had a positive opinion of Obama. Seventy percent of the white respondents did not. The majority of tea party members have been white Republicans.

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Poll finds most Texas voters are angry at Obama

To be totally honest with you, I am shocked that only 57% of Texans that are considered to be likely voters disapprove of the job that Hussein Obama is doing for America. I would have thought that Texans were a lot smarter people than that over all.

Likely voters…I really HATE that terminology. What determines exactly who is a likely voter?

If 57% of likely voters is ANY indication, the vote count in my home town of Rowlett, TX will be some ridiculously low number, maybe 750 – 800 people. That’s out of 33K registered voters in a city of 60K people. We only had 1,500 or so turn out in the last election. Apathy abounds.

And the majority of OUR voters are NOT a part of the TEA Party, even though Rowlett is predominantly white and Republican. I guess that blows a big part of the Houston Chronicles story away.

The survey of 629 likely voters was conducted Sept. 15-22 by Blum & Weprin Associates and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points. The poll was done for the Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, the Austin American-Statesman, The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The 5 biggest newspapers in the state commission a poll and that poll questions 629 likely voters and they can write a story and make a prediction based on those numbers? Seriously?

The population of Texas is approximately 23,904,380 SOURCE and they surveyed 629 likely voters? And the MSM (mainstream media) wonders WHY bloggers are kicking them to the curb and have so much more credibility…

The question remains whether the tea party movement remains a citizen uprising or whether voter angst has been co-opted by the GOP and right-wing organizations.

And NOW we get to the heart of the matter.

The GOP has vowed to co-opt the TEA Party as soon as elections are over in November. Trent Lott is leading the charge.

Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), now a D.C. lobbyist, warned that a robust bloc of rabble-rousers spells further Senate dysfunction. “We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples,? Lott said in an interview. “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.? SOURCE

Some TEA Party organizations are nothing more than extensions OF the GOP. The Rockwall Republican Men’s Club is the founder of the Rockwall TEA Party and that TEA Party is anything BUT a non-partisan Core Values group. They ARE an extension of the Rockwall GOP. That is why I have personally cut ALL ties to the Rockwall TEA Party.

The TEA Party is terribly misunderstood by some people. I honestly believe that there are those that have already co-opted the TEA Party into a political arm of the GOP, and that is NOT what the TEA Party is all about. The TEA Party was founded to bring America back from the evils of Hussein Obama and his band of ne’er do wells, but even more so, the TEA Party was, at least at one time, intended to hammer the GOP and the RINOs that have killed the Party of Reagan, not kiss their asses and do their bidding.

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The TexasFred Blog endorses Kathie Glass

September 27th, 2010 . by TexasFred

The TexasFred Blog endorses Kathie Glass

I have read everything I can find about Kathie Glass. I can’t find anything about this lady I dislike! What follows is from the Kathie Glass for Governor site, and I believe that if you’ll read Kathie’s platform and ideas, you’ll support her too!

WHO AM I AND WHY AM I RUNNING?

I am Katherine Youngblood Glass, a Houston lawyer who has worked in the liberty movement for 30 years. I want to be the next governor of Texas because America and Texas are at a pivotal crossroads.

Our liberty and economic well-being will be lost if we do not act swiftly to maintain our sovereignty. I am the only person running who appears to appreciate this danger, much less have a plan to resist it and the will to do so.

I believe in American exceptionalism. America is exceptional because we believe in freedom. Our country was founded on it, and our Constitution guarantees it. And, the most exceptional part of America is TEXAS! No other place on earth has our unique history and culture of liberty.

Our freedom is under assault like never before, with the most critical attacks coming from our out-of-control federal government. The recent federal takeover of our health care is just the most recent and — to date — most dangerous act of aggression on our individual sovereignty and our Texas state sovereignty.

We have suffered a long train of abuses — absurd and unconstitutional EPA regulations on our citizens and businesses, equally unconstitutional attacks on our individual right to keep and bear arms, interference with our schools and other institutions that lead to higher taxes. And the usurpations on the horizon not only by our federal government but the United Nations such as the Law of the Sea and Small Arms Disarmament treaties are, if possible, even more alarming.

We must fight for our rights as individuals and as a State and indeed for America itself. For, if America fails, where can we run to and live in freedom? This is freedom’s last stand.

We cannot fail. We must not fail. We will not fail.

Texas must lead this fight. We must be a beacon to other states, to America, and to the world to show them the way back to liberty. We must be a fortress for freedom. Through aggressive use of nullification and interposition, we must reclaim our Ninth and Tenth Amendment sovereignty by rejecting the unconstitutional laws passed by, and powers usurped by, our federal government and international bodies.

As realists, we know that we face many serious challenges. But our belief in the indomitable spirit of the individual makes us optimistic that we can solve any problem if we can make our own decisions about the problems that confront us.

Winston Churchill described four stages of a fight for the right: 1) you can easily win without cost, 2) victory is sure and not too costly, 3) the odds are against you and the costs huge, and 4) there is no chance of victory but it is better to perish than live as slaves. As I see it, our fight is between the second and third stages.

So, let’s get started.

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Kathie Glass for Texas Governor

It was my privilege to spend the better part of Saturday evening with Katie Glass and her great husband Tom. They were guests and Katie was a featured speaker at The Rowlett TEA Party Candidates Forum.

Tom and I have been friends on Facebook for a long time, long before I knew that Kathie was going to run for Texas Governor, long before I knew who Kathie Glass was. Tom and I just sort of connected I suppose.

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Rick Perry, Bill White clash in separate interviews

September 24th, 2010 . by TexasFred

Rick Perry, Bill White clash in separate interviews

Texas voters may not have a face-to-face governor’s debate between Rick Perry and Bill White this fall. But they got the next best thing Thursday.

In consecutive but separate TV interviews in Dallas, the two rivals scuffled over how best to tackle Texas’ budget hole, immigration, insurance regulation and other hot topics.

They appeared two hours apart on Inside Texas Politics on WFAA-TV (Channel 8), giving the best glimpse yet of potential conflicts as the campaign enters its crucial stretch – especially over ways to close a state budget shortfall that could be as large as $21 billion.

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Rick Perry, Bill White clash in separate interviews

Texas voters may not have a face-to-face governor’s debate between Rick Perry and Bill White this fall but it’s not because people in Texas didn’t try to bring the 2 together.

All of my readers know about The Rowlett TEA Party Candidates Forum that is coming up on Saturday afternoon, if not, click the link and get informed, attend, be a part of the elections process and get involved.

We tried to get Rick Perry to attend. We invited him, on several occasions. Perry’s staff refused to accept our invitation for this meet and greet because Rick Perry is an ASS!

from: Dwayne Horner
to: TexasFred

date: Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 2:09 PM
subject: RE: The Rowlett Candidates Forum

Fred,

Bill White refuses to release the documents that contain this financial information. Bill White refuses to release his taxes from 1993-1998, years he held public service positions that required him by law to complete annual personal financial disclosures. While Bill White was Deputy Secretary of Energy (1993-95) and Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party (1995-98), he was required by law to complete annual personal financial disclosures which have not all been made public to the people of Texas.

As a result we will not be participating.

Dwayne Horner
Regional Field Director – Greater Dallas
Texans for Rick Perry

We even offered the Perry campaign the option of having Perry and Bill White appear at different times, much like the event in the Dallas Morning News story, but that just wasn’t good enough for Gov. *Goodhair*.

You know what Perry, and his buddy Dwayne Horner have done with their hard headed and childish refusals? They have guaranteed that there are at least TWO Texans that will NOT be voting for Rick Perry and his ego.

White, a Democrat and former Houston mayor, for the first time ruled out an increase in the state’s sales tax. But he said he would be open to broadening the tax to include certain exempted items.

Perry, the Republican incumbent, said flatly that he would oppose any increase or broadening of the tax.

“No tax increases; you reduce spending,” he said. “We don’t have a revenue problem in this state.”

Perry actually said, “We don’t have a revenue problem in this state.”

I have to ask; Mr. Perry, are you on DRUGS or have you just gone STUPID?

We have a $21 BILLION shortfall predicted in the upcoming Texas budget, but we don’t have a revenue problem in this state? That $21B is a conservative estimate according to some financial wizards. The budget could be several BILLION more short of needed money in all fact and actuality.

First it was $11 billion. Then it was $18 billion. Now, it might be $21 billion. Does the amount of the estimated 2012-13 state budget shortfall matter? Especially when the numbers are all unofficial? And how does it play on the campaign trail? The Statesman’s Jason Embry and KUT’s Ian Crawford discuss the issue in this week’s podcast. SOURCE

But hey, what’s a few BILLIONS among friends? A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon we are talking some serious money! That seems to be the way Perry looks at it if he thinks we don’t have a revenue problem in this state. The above source is the Austin American-Statesman. Austin is libber heaven in Texas, figure out where they are going to fall into this…

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