Missouri City Among Safest Cities in Texas

BY FBCStaff-Missouri City is again rated one of the safest cities to live in Texas. Must be the new motor cycle officers.
Missouri City


HBJ Editor Candace Beeke to Present at Missouri City’s Aug. 14 Leadership Luncheon

At 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, Missouri City will host B. Candace Beeke, Editor-In-Chief of the Houston Business Journal, for a presentation on the changing face of media at the City’s next Leadership Luncheon at the City Centre at Quail Valley, 2880 La Quinta Dr.
Since Beeke joined the HBJ in 2010, the publication has won numerous Lone Star Awards, including Texas Print Journalist of the Year in 2013. In her presentation, Beeke will explain how the HBJ has managed to remain successful in the face of a rapidly changing industry.
“I’m going to tell you a little bit about the revolution that has happened in American media in the last several years and what those changes have meant to the Houston Business Journal,” Beeke said. “We’re telling stories differently today because you’re reading them differently. I’m going to tell you about the changes in how you consume news.”
Prior to taking the helm of the HBJ, Beeke became the editor of the weekly Business Review West Michigan in May 2008, and began her career in journalism at Business Direct Weekly, a predecessor of the Business Review, as a reporter in 2001.
Beeke graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and a Minor in Journalism. She taught advanced and basic journalism as adjunct faculty at WMU from 2003 through 2010.
“I’m also going to talk to you about what we look for in a news story, what makes news at the Houston Business Journal. You’ve probably, some of you, pitched stories to editors and reporters here, and I’m going to help you understand the process we go through in deciding what our readers want every day from us,” Beeke said. “I’m excited to see you there. Bring your tough questions.”
The Houston Business Journal is one of the nation’s oldest business-to-business news publications. HBJ is owned by American City Business Journals and represents the largest market of the 40 cities in which ACBJ owns publications.
Since 2012, Missouri City has brought together executives, entrepreneurs and innovators from throughout the region and the country to discuss the trends and challenges facing business leaders today. Open to the public at the cost of $15 a session, the Leadership Luncheon Series is held on the second Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m.
Contact Missouri City Communications Director Stacie Walker at swalker@missouricitytx.gov or 281.403.8530 for more information on how to become a sponsor or featured presenter.
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like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter—@MissouriCityTX, and watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast).

How Progressive Conservatives Hurt the Republican Party

By FBCStaff-Some of our readers may not be familiar with the term progressive conservatives so I define it. Some may be familiar with term “compassionate conservative,” as defined by President Bush:

 “a political conservative who is motivated by concern for the needy but supports policies based on personal responsibility and limited government.”

The problem is with those profess to be fiscal conservatives but defer to the federal government to solve social issues. They are progressive conservatives and not compassionate conservatives.

President Bush surrounded himself with staffers who fit the progressive conservative mode. One was Johnny Sutton known for the prosecution of United States Border Patrol agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos. Another was Karen Hughes who served as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the U.S. Department of State and as a counselor to United States President George W. Bush.

Karen Hughes is involved in the Joe Strauss/Bill Powers fiasco at UT:

“There exists a similar connection explaining why House Speaker Joe Straus and his team are going to such lengths, including abusing their offices, to protect embattled UT President Bill Powers.

According to campaign finance reports, since July of 2009, following the 81st legislative session, Straus has paid $391,686.94 to the firm of Burson Marsteller for “communications consulting.”

The firm’s Austin office is managed by Jenifer Sarver, who also serves as Chief of Staff to the firm’s worldwide Vice Chair Karen Hughes. Hughes is widely viewed as the ring leader in the creation of the “Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education,” an on-paper coalition of business leaders associated with The University of Texas at Austin that was created to fight pro-student reforms at the University and to protect Bill Powers’ job.

Sarver has served as the spokesman for the coalition and the contact point on the organization’s press releases. Interestingly, following Powers’ decision to resign earlier this month in face of rampant controversy, the coalition’s website has appeared to have gone off-line.

Burson Marsteller has also represented Accenture on a number of contracts. Accenture was the beneficiary of a more than $1,000,000 contract that resulted in a 16 page report recommending higher student fees at UT. The contract drew scrutiny because it was doled out by Powers without regent approval, as is typically required for a contract of that magnitude.

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Hughes a world wide Vice Chair of Burson Marstellar reports to Mark Penn the “worldwide president and CEO,” who’s better known for being a longtime adviser to and strategist for Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Hughes, US Rep Shelia Jackson Lee and TX Sen. Van de Putte join together to support Harmony Public Schools:
watch video Harmony Public Schools




Where is the Republican Agenda?

By FBCStaff-We know what the democrat agenda is it is to grow government. Progressives believe you have alienable rights granted by man or government and they must grow government to meet your needs.
Therefore doesn’t it stand to reason the republican agenda should be the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution? The Declaration of Independence plainly states:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The key word in this statement is “unalienable.”  It means these rights, Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” are given to us by a Higher Power and not man.

This statement coupled with the US Constitution is all we need to govern ourselves.  Progressives believe different, they believe rights are alienable and therefore can be transferred like property.  So they believe we need plethora of man made laws and a large government to administer them.

George Will refutes this principle in a lecture that may be the most important in our lifetime:


If we are to defeat progressives and their agenda we must understand what our fore fathers meant when they wrote the phrase “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

These unalienable rights, our liberties are being eroded daily by the progressives and their agenda to grow government, to restrict and to redefine your rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

It is time to stand up and fight for your liberties before you have them taken away by man.

Will Citizens Stand for Nullification of Our Laws?

By FBCStaff-Sen Sessions broached the subject on the floor of the senate:

“Saying America faces a “perilous hour,” and members of Congress are entering a “momentous week” when it comes to the future of the separation of powers, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) urged his colleagues on Monday to “be counted” and “stand up” to Obama’s “lawless actions, and sponsor legislation that will block him” from granting amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants.”

Watch Sen Sessions’ speech from Brietbart

Too late Sen Sessions the time to stand up was in 2012 at the polls.    Elections have consequences.

The progressives won and we have to suffer the consequences.

DC Court Again Strikes Down DC’s Gun Ban

By FBCStaff-Again the courts upheld that DC’s ban of guns was unconstitutional:

“In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.”

In the Heller Vs. DC case, Dick Heller a licensed special police officer for the District of Columbia. For his job, Heller carried a gun in federal office buildings, but was not allowed to have one in his home. SCOTUS correctly ruled Heller under the second amendment he could possess a weapon in his home.

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The progressive agenda is blocked and our liberties are protected when we follow the US Constitution.

US Constitution Obstructs Progressive’s Agenda

BY FBCStaff-Once again progressives find their agenda blocked by the US Constition:

“In other words, the U.S. constitutional system is functioning normally.
Rather, the very existence of this case, Halbig v. Burwell, illustrates basic aspects of the U.S. political system about which progressives are in deep denial: Specifically, the Constitution is designed to inhibit comprehensive national legislation like Obamacare.”

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The US Constitution is a well thought out document designed to keep power from being centralized in the federal government.  Our system works if used in the proper context  and not circumvented by activist judges or executive orders.  When the US Constitution is followed our liberties are protected and the progressive agenda is blocked.  FDR tried to add two more justices and stack the Supreme Court, that is why our constitution has term limits on the president.  By stacking the Supreme Court progressives were able to gain favorable rulings such as separation of church and state in 1947, in the case Everson v. Board of Education.  The court simply ignored the previous rulings and changed the law.

Elections have consequences and the person in the White House has the authority to appoint judges and the US Senate has the oversight to approve or block these judiciary appointments.  By allowing progressives to bypass the US Constitution, as Sen Majority Leader Reid is doing, by changing the rules from 60 votes to a simple majority of the senate judiciary committee.  A simple majority vote on judicial nominees allows the democrat controlled senate to stack the federal courts with liberal judges, especially the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

Vote to take back the US Senate in 2014 and change the judiciary committee rules back to 60 votes approval on all federal judges.


For Immediate Release Contact: Courtney Hjaltman
Thursday, July 24, 2014 512-463-0710


Austin, TX — Today, Representative Rick Miller was appointed to the Legislative Committee to Review the Texas Lottery Commission by the Honorable Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. The committee was created last year by the passage of House Bill 2197 which specified that the committee was to include five members of the House and five members of the Texas Senate.

“I am delighted and honored to be named by Speaker Straus to serve on the Legislative Committee to review the Texas Lottery and Texas Lottery Commission”, stated Rep. Miller. “I look forward to serving with my House and Senate colleagues in this capacity.”

The committee is charged to study charitable bingo and the distribution of charitable bingo revenue. Additionally, the committee will study the elimination of the state lottery, including a proposed schedule and potential effects. The committee will report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than December 1, 2014.

“The House had a healthy and productive discussion about the Texas Lottery last year, and this committee will continue that discussion”, said Speaker Straus. Rep. Miller joins fellow Representatives Rep. Giovanni Capriglione of Southlake, Rep. Garnet Coleman of Houston, Rep. John Kuempel of Seguin and Rep. Senfronia Thompson of Houston as the appointed members of this committee.


Rep Miller Texas Border Update

Dear friends and constituents,

The purpose of this email is to provide you an update on the Texas border crisis along with the latest information on the health issues related to the illegal immigrant children in custody by Federal agencies.

With the influx of immigrants across our borders in recent months, law enforcement officials are clearly overburdened. Without question, U.S. Border Security lacks the personnel and security resources to adequately handle both the immigrant influx and additional criminal activity near the border areas. This creates heightened homeland security concerns and threats to Texas and the safety of Texans.

Recently, Governor Perry, Lt. Governor Dewhurst, and House Speaker Straus directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to augment activity by increasing funding up to $1.3 million each week to focus on security operations between border crossings. This effort has been effective, but much more is needed.

Just this week, Governor Perry deployed 1,000 members of the Texas National guard to help address the ongoing crisis along the Texas-Mexico border. These troops will support the Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) ongoing law enforcement surge, Operation Strong Safety. The cost to the state of Texas is an additional $23M per month. I applaud this decision as I had co-signed a letter to the Governor last week that asked for this action.

At the beginning of August, I am planning a first-hand visit down to the border as a guest of DPS. While I maintain that border security should remain an obligation of the federal government, I believe that we can no longer wait for federal agencies to take action. I applaud our state leadership’s efforts to increase border security, and I remain focused on this continuing crisis.

Our state will soon reach a breaking point with the entry of unaccompanied minor immigrants across our borders. The immigrants are not entering our state lawfully, and this surge of people creates several significant burdens for our state.

New public health concerns arise as individuals arrive in south Texas. Immigrants held in detention centers are showing weakened health due to travel, nutritional deficiencies, and close-quartered housing conditions. The Texas Department of State Health Services continues to monitor the situation for outbreaks of infectious disease and has offered vaccine assistance where needed. DSHS has seen the following diseases in the unaccompanied children population:

Three cases of tuberculosis
One confirmed case of H1N1 flu
Two cases of Type A presumptive H1N1 flu
Minimal chicken pox cases
Cases of scabies, lice, rashes
There is currently no evidence to suggest that the above cases caused any secondary illness; there are currently no outbreaks evident in Texas. However, the concern that shelter situations breed outbreaks of diseases remains. We must ensure that every federal detainee released into the public receives a full health screening, just like anyone else immigrating into the country.

DSHS has provided advice and education to the federal government. The challenges are:

Overcrowding in facilities;
Minimal standards of care being observed;
Inadequate isolation for sick children who are contagious; and
Insubstantial public health precautions, such as hand washing, water, separation of toilet and eating areas.
DSHS has made the following recommendations to federal agency staff/leadership:

Ensure full screening of any child in U.S. Border Patrol detention more than 72 hours and of any individual released into the country.
Continue involvement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in U.S. Border Patrol stations to ensure protection of public health.
Implement mass standards of care in U.S. Border Patrol facilities to the extent possible. At a minimum ensure adequate showers, water, toilets, trash receptacles, and adherence to hand washing protocols.
Provide the state better visibility on the locations of new facilities in Texas used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to shelter the UACs.
Provide visibility on how children are being placed after their immigration proceedings are complete, including where they end up, with whom, and how sponsors for these children are screened.
Following my trip to the border in early August, I will provide a report of my observations and the briefings provided by the Texas Department of Safety (DPS – Texas Rangers).

There is no question that we are facing an ongoing serious issue with this critical illegal immigration situation. The long-term effect on our people and state is not clearly known at this time. But we must continue to implore and demand the Federal government to ACT and secure the border while we must act as necessary to do what we can to stop the illegal crossings of the border.

Very best to all,

Rick Miller
District 26

Pol. adv. paid for by the Rick Miller Campaign

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 17102
Sugar Land, TX 77496

Olson Proposes Bill for More Local Input on Hosting Immigrant Children

FBCStaff-Rep Olson hosted a work shop and proposed a bill on hosting immigrant children.

“Flanked by six Fort Bend County’s mayors at Meadows Place City Hall Friday, July 18, Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) announced his introduction of the “Our Communities, Our Choice Act” in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Sugar Land congressman’s legislation is designed to give local officials a larger say on whether their communities are equipped to resettle any of the large numbers of unaccompanied children coming to the U.S. from Central America.

H.R. 5138, introduced to the House on July 17, requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to inform municipalities if they’re being considered as a location for the young immigrants to stay, then allow a period of at least 90 days for cities to assess if they could meet the needs of the child population.”

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I support this approach to hosting immigrant children in your city, instead of a city installing a policy that will likely make them a target.  Give the cities 90 days to study the matter and determine if they can handle them.  Then the city can decide if they want to take them in and not the federal government.