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Texas State Representative Fined $51,500 by TEC

By Staff- Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds fined $51,500 by Texas Ethics Commission for not filing his reports in a timely fashion.

https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/dfs/delinquent/coh/

I don’t think the representative is too concerned.

 

 

Candidates for Texas GOP Chairman

By FBCStaff-We have two candidates for Texas GOP Chair James Dickey and Rick Figueroa. It is crucial we choose a leader.
Rick Figueroa:
“MY VISION FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS
There is no state party in the country more important than the Republican Party of Texas. Our state dictates the national conversation on conservative governance, innovation, and job creation. Simply put, a strong America requires a strong Republican Party of Texas. After all, it is the efforts of grassroots leaders across our great state who work tirelessly to elect conservative leaders and push for conservative legislation that have helped make Texas a beacon of conservatism for the rest of the nation. And it is the job of the Republican Party of Texas to keep it that way.

If I am fortunate enough to be elected to be your next State Chairman, I promise to not only continue the great work of the past, but to help shepherd our Party to even greater potential in the future. To accomplish such, I present the following five-point plan as a map to help navigate the new areas of growth:”
https://www.rickfortexas.com/

and James Dickey:
“Earlier today I sent the following letter to the members of the State Republican Executive Committee announcing my candidacy for Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas:

Many were surprised by last week’s news that Tom Mechler was stepping down as our Chairman. He was absolutely right that it is a tough, demanding job. We cannot keep the GOP’s position as the guardian of our state’s conservative values without a vigorous and sustained effort.

This is a critical time for the Texas Republican Party, with the Democrats being energized and organized in a way we have not seen before. Make no mistake about it, we will need a lifelong conservative to help lead our Party to a brighter future, and someone who has earned the trust of the grassroots and base of our great party, as well as someone who can constructively work with all party leaders and elected officials.”
http://jamesrdickey.com/451-2/

 

Leadership is needed to keep Texas Red.  Get involved and informed.

FBCGOP Update

By FBCStaff-An update from the FBCGOP.

New Fort Bend County Republican Party Treasurer

On Monday, May 22, 2017, the Fort Bend County Republican Party Executive Committee voted to appoint Jingjing Clemence to be our new county party treasurer.

Jingjing Clemence has been very involved in the party over the last few years. She has served as vice president for the Texas Asian Republican Club and as the Asian American community liaison for Congressman Olson. Through her involvement in other civic organizations, she has invited and sponsored many of our republican elected officials to grow their exposure. In all of her endeavors, she has made it a point to be an advocate for the republican party and what we stand for.

Jingjing Clemence worked as the Lead Auditor and currently is the Financial Analysis and Reporting Account Manager at Spectra Energy. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Anhui University of Finance and Economics. She also received her Master of Business Administration from Baker University.

She is a huge asset to our party and will serve in this role extremely well.

Endorsement in Sugar Land City Council Race

On Monday, May 22, 2017, the Fort Bend County Republican Party Executive Committee voted to endorse Carol McCutcheon in her race for Sugar Land City Council, District 4.

Carol McCutcheon has a solid republican primary vote history and has lived in Sugar Land for over 24 years. She attained a Masters in Business Administration and in Chemical Engineering. She served on the Land Use Advisory Committee and the City Charter Review Commission in Sugar Land. She attended Sugar Land 101, Citizen’s Police, Fire, and Airport Academy. Her leadership training includes the Fort Bend Leadership Forum, Leadership Houston, Leadership Texas, and Leadership America.

Carol’s decades of hard work and experience in Sugar Land, along with her Republican foundation makes her a great candidate for this position.

Her opponent in the runoff has a solid democrat primary voting history, started the Sugar Land Democrat Club, served on the Fort Bend County Democrat Party as a Precinct Chair and on the Executive Committee for the Texas Democrat Party. The party affiliation of both candidates is crystal clear. Vote Republican in Sugar Land City Council, District 4.

Voting Information

Sugar Land Runoff Election | June 10, 2017 | 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Locations: http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=1099
Early Voting Period: May 30 – June 6, 2017
Locations and Schedule: http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=919

FBCGOP was forced into giving this endorsement by McCutcheon opponent’s campaign manager posing his candidate as a republican.  McCutcheon’s opponent’s has a long history of deceiving voters and working for democrats.

What is Cultural Appropriation?

By FBCStaff-George Will’s recent article titled The left’s obsession with ‘cultural appropriation’ demonstrates the left’s determination to stop other cultures from assimilating into our culture:

“The hysteria du jour, on campuses and elsewhere, against “appropriation” illustrates progressivism’s descent into authoritarianism leavened by philistinism. This “preening silliness” — the phrase is from the Federalist’s David Marcus — is by people oblivious to the fact that, as Marcus says, “culture blending is central to the development of, well, everything.””
It is essential that those who immigrate to our country assimilate into our way of life:

“Indignation about appropriation is a new frontier in the ever-expanding empire of cultivated victimhood: “Marginalized” persons from a particular culture supposedly are somehow wounded when “privileged” people — those who are unvictimized or less victimized — express or even just enjoy the culture of more pure victims without their permission.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-lefts-misguided-obsession-with-cultural-appropriation/2017/05/12/59e518bc-3672-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html?utm_term=.25d2303c82bc

The American culture celebrates success, and the left’s progressive perspective punishes success.

Embrace the American culture, success not cultivated victimhood.

 

 

Should One Be Able to Vote in a City’s Election Where One Doesn’t Reside?

By FBCStaff-We’re used to seeing different views on voting.  Some are for and some are adamantly opposed to voter ID.  Some believe that anyone should be able to vote; illegals, felons, the dead and some are opposed.  It is called having a different perspective.

I occasionally peek in on some of the zany comments posted at the Missouri City Concerns FB page to get a different perspective.  The comments range from the usual inane to the over the top absurd complete with juvenile name calling and some are hysterical. This one caught my eye:

Deirdre Gilbert-Dickson

Missouri City will not allow Sienna Plantation residents living in an ETJ to vote in municipal elections, but that’s going to change Greater Coalition for Justice, Department of Justice will be meeting on Monday May 15th. I requested their assistane on voting. Voting is a right. Don’t you think that everyone should have the right to vote regardless to where you live? Why would a city, place residents in an area, deny them the right to vote but make all decisions and tax residents in the process? A form of gerrymandering in its finest.”

Several posters tried to explain that you have to live with in a city’s boundaries to vote in their elections but she wasn’t listening.  While I’m not sure who in the city,”placed her in the area, taxed her and denied her the right to vote?”

But she wasn’t through, she then played the race card:

http://www.cedargroveinst.org/Urban_Geography.pdf

I’m mystified that anyone could believe if you do not live within a city’s boundaries they could vote in that city’s elections.  But I do acknowledge that many feel they have the right to vote in more than one state or vote more than once.

It isn’t rational but I supposed it is one’s perspective and how they view things.

Should be an interesting meeting Monday morning @ 10 am Missouri City City Hall email her @ nammv1988@gmail.com if you want to attend.

 

 

2017 Election Results Ft Bend County

By FBCStaff-With Missouri City muni elections moving to November voter turnout was apathetic for the Ft Bend County muni and school board elections. The turnout was down 47% when compared to 2016.
In 2015 election year in Ft Bend muni and school board elections 14842 votes were cast.In 2016, 20,820 votes were cast. In 2017 11,093 votes cast. This is 27% lower than 2015 and 47% lower than 2016. If that trend doesn’t concern you take a good look at FBISD Position 4 race, The incumbent received 2654 votes and the two democrats received 2724. If perennial candidate Rodrigo Carreon isn’t in the race to syphon off votes from democrat candidate Rose Gilliam democrats may have gained another seat. Democrat candidate Rose-Gilliam managed to make it a close race even without campaigning.

Those who were opposed to moving the muni elections cautioned moving the elections to November would cause low voter turnout.

In some other local contests Mayor Elect Republican William “Bill” Benton captured the mayor’s race in Rosenberg with 56.6% of the vote.
In Sugar Land District 4 Carol McCutcheon and Qaisar Q. Imam are in a runoff. Burnett ran a weak campaign and finished last.
The turn out was so low that Prop 1 for CAD 10 received 2 votes and Cad 11 received 1 vote.
Ft Bend County Election results:
http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=40679

Will the Progressives Trick the Voters in Ft Bend and Grab a Seat?

By FBCStaff-Yes if a few things happen:
First, if the FBCGOP sticks to the status quo and does not challenge the democrat’s game plan and continues to endorse progressives.
Second, if the democrats can deceive voters into voting for them.
Democrats are tired of losing in Texas and have a new focus, winning at the muni and school board elections. It is called Project Lift and has been active since January of this year.
“The training sessions are:
Dallas/Fort Worth: Saturday, February 18th
(RSVPs are full, but you can attend online.)
Fort Bend County: Saturday, February 25th
Bell County: Saturday, March 4th”
https://www.fbdemocrats.com/copy-of-webinar-training-2017

Muni and school board elections are supposed to be non-partisan so democrats hope to use that to their advantage.

Also democrats want to move our muni elections to November ensuring low voter turnout in the May elections. They hope this will give them an advantage.

The democrats have a political consultant who’s speciality is deceiving voters. Known for placing his candidates signs next to incumbents to fool the voters into thinking the incumbent supports his candidate, etc. With low turn out this type of deception may sway enough votes to make a difference. He used it in the 2016 Missouri City muni election and the race was decided by 9 votes. Why would any republican hire this guy?

Democrats must use deception as their agenda of higher taxes, anti school vouchers, sanctuary cities, and larger government doesn’t appeal to the majority of voters. As Seshadri Kumar Editor for Ft Bend Independent said in his article dated 4/26/2017 “School Board Candidates barely differ on issues.” Could it be because none of the candidates are conservative? One has to wonder why some republicans are running on higher taxes, anti school vouchers, and larger government? These are progressive values and one also has to wonder why the FBCGOP would endorse them?

Is It Time to change the Name of Our Political Parties?

By FBCStaff-If you are like most democrats or a member of the republican establishment, you may have convinced yourself you’re the smartest kid in the room. You may have passed into a new dimension known as an “enlightened” progressive.

Merriam-Webster defines enlightened as “freed from ignorance and misinformation.”

Merriam-Webster defines a progressive as a : of, relating to, or characterized by progress
b : making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities.

Webster defines liberalism as
1 the quality or state of being liberal
2 often capitalized : a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity
b a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard (see gold standard 1)
c a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy (see autonomy 2) of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties; specifically : such a philosophy that considers government as a crucial instrument for amelioration of social inequities (such as those involving race, gender, or class)
d capitalized the principles and policies of a Liberal

Most democrats and establishment republicans do not believe in self regulation; however they do look to government for social justice. Politicians often use the term progressive when speaking of social change. Hard core democrats keep the establishment republicans in line by labeling them as racist, misogynists and homophobes. Conservatives usually ignore their rhetoric and their lack of ability to hold a productive discussion of issues and chalk it up to their intellectual poverty. They are not liberal.
What is more likely is they are pedants confusing liberalism with intelligent and most likely view those who do not share their pc perspective as being less intelligent, especially conservatives. So stop calling them liberal, they are an enlightened big government progressives.

The Democrats and Republican Parties have been with us since our country was founded. The parties have gradually morphed into the Progressive and Conservative Parties. We should change the names so our politicians won’t be confused as to which party they belong to.
The party platforms would be simplified. Progressives stand for more regulation, bigger government and more taxes to run it. Conservatives stand for less regulation, smaller government and less taxes.

I’m betting we would find many republicans politicians in the progressive party and few if any democrats in the conservative party.

Missouri City Public Works Department

By: Patti Hendrix
How does your everyday (at times mundane) routine influence your life? What do you walk past every day and not give it a second thought? How many times do you notice that the light bulb in the street lamp on your street is burned out yet all you do is complain to those around you, “it sure is dark on this street.” How many times are you going to drive through that intersection because the STOP sign was knocked down from the last wind storm, it’s not visible, but you have stopped at this intersection every day for the past twenty years. We are under a hurricane warning and have been asked to evacuate the City and you think, “I wonder if the traffic signals on Highway 6 are going to be synchronized so we can drive through quickly?” Or one morning you are drinking your coffee, turn to your spouse and say “honey, did you hear that when elderly Mrs. Jones was going to her mailbox, she was bitten by that stray dog that is always roaming around and that same dog last week knocked down the Smith’s little two-year old grandson?”
How many times do you say to yourself “I’m sure someone else has already called to report this, I don’t want to get involved, it may inconvenience me, it won’t happen to me.” Shouldn’t your attitude be “I better call as this is a possible safety issue for me, my family, my friends, my neighbors and others.”
Who ya’ gonna call? The Missouri City Public Works Department, that’s who.
Stop signs, traffic lights, street lamps, sidewalks, potholes, drinking water and roaming animals – All items mentioned (and more) fall under the jurisdiction of the Public Works Department. All problems mentioned are solved by the Public Works Department.
This team of 37 employees is headed up by City Engineer and Director of Public Works, Shashi Kumar. Shashi and his team are responsible for 635 miles of streets (so if I walk Missouri City in its entirety every day, how many calories would I burn?); 9,000 street signs, 60(+) traffic signals (in 1998 Missouri City only had five) the upkeep and maintenance of 477 vehicles with only three mechanics, including police cars, fire trucks, street sweepers, and bucket trucks (we only have three vehicles and need to have stickers in the car windows as a reminder to get the oil changed!) This department is responsible for filtering and cleaning the 4.6 billion gallons of water that runs through and utilized by our City’s citizens and businesses every year. A team of four employees is responsible for 18 City buildings which total 290,000 square feet, from changing out the HVAC filters to stocking the medical supply cabinets at the Fire Department (and sometimes I forget to keep on hand a box of band-aids).
With a small operations budget of $6.5 million, these 37 employees do an outstanding job of keeping our City running. Just like the Fire and Police Departments, they too are exposed to dangerous situations, they too can work long hours with time spent away from their families. They work hard at keeping Missouri City a great City. However, don’t ever think they don’t need our help.
The Public Works Department needs you to call them when you see a stray or roaming animal so this animal can be taken to the City’s animal shelter in hopes of being reunited with its owner. Currently only 25% of the animals are reclaimed by their owners. If your animal goes missing, call them to see if they have it at the shelter. If you are thinking about adopting a pet, call them, they will be happy to help you add that new member to your family.

Don’t wait to call when a street sign or street lamp is broken; don’t assume that someone else has already called. Be proactive and call immediately, you may help save someone from a dangerous situation – and that someone could be you.
Missouri City is 60 years old! What does that tell you – we have necessities in our City that are the same age, and the City keeps growing. This is our community and it is our duty to help preserve and maintain its integrity. It costs money and lots of it to maintain a City (it doesn’t grow on trees). Everyone that lives in Missouri City should have a sense of pride of their neighborhoods, their safety, their homes, their parks and playgrounds; yes, even the STOP sign on their street.
SO – who ya’ gonna call?
A special thanks to everyone who has been volunteering and giving of their personal time!

Missouri City Public Works Department
http://www.missouricitytx.gov/index.aspx?nid=67

No Room To Negotiate?

By FBCStaff-Our system has always allowed for discussion and dissent. Today’s democrat party says there is no room for free speech unless you agree with their ideas. One of their favorite wedge issues is abortion and they are making it a litmus test for the party:
“According to Friday’s Huffington Post, DNC Chairman Thomas Perez stated, “Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health. That is not negotiable.””

 https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/april/democrats-party-chief-says-all-dems-must-be-pro-choice-that-is-not-negotiable

That brings up a good point. When can someone disagree with a party’s platform? Democrats say never, you must agree with them or you aren’t a democrat and shouldn’t be allowed to voice an opinion. I say someone can have a difference of opinion but the party doesn’t have to endorse their opinion.
Let’s agree to disagree without being disagreeable. Its our system and our system cannot work when threaten with violence or punitive action.