Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Travis County Republicans promote Hispanic Educational Opportunity


"Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life."
Proverbs 4:13

East Austin College Prep Academy -- Last Saturday, the Travis County Republican Party co-sponsored an event promoting educational choice and opportunity in East Austin.  Hundreds of parents, the overwhelming majority of whom were Hispanic, learned about new options within the current system and during the current legislative session.  Highlights can be seen below:

TCRP Chairman James Dickey:



Highlights:

  • "No one cares more about your child's education than you."
  • You have a lot of choices right now.
    • eg. Charters vs. government schools.
  • "As you make these choices, we here at the Travis County Republican Party ... will work to make sure you have even more choices."
Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty (R -- Precinct 3):



Highlights:

  • Too often we like to separate communities.
  • The most important component of education is parents.
  • It's the parents who really make the difference.



























Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Burnt Orange Report Praises Abbott's U.T. Nominations


"In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.” So it was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew there were valiant men. Then the men of the city came out and fought with Joab. And some of the people of the servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also."
2 Samuel 11:14-17

Well THIS speaks for itself:
The beginning of this session also marked an inauguration of little consequence but lots of barbecue, and a sound policy appointment from Governor Abbott to the UT System Board of Regents. 
[Author's Note: Emphasis added.]
 [Quick History Lesson: This Burnt Orange Report.]

With all due respect, Governor Abbott, when the most prominent leftist blog in this state is praising you while the base of your own party is livid, you might want to take a Mulligan....

Your Pro-Life Video Update Week #2


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5

Texas Right to Life recaps pro-life activities in the Texas Capitol last week:

[Note: This video was filmed BEFORE the rally last Satuday.]




Highlights:
  • Inauguration of Dan Patrick and Greg Abbott.
  • Senate reforms 2/3rds rule.

First Amendment Tuesday: Week 2


"and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,"
Ephesians 6:19

Life, Liberty, and Property coalition held their second "First Amendment Tuesday" this morning:

Tony McDonald (Empower Texans) (Partial):



Highlights:
  • Review of "lobbying" rules.
  • Defeated attempt to expand the impeachment committee.
  • Good changes for conservatives in House rules.
  • Biggest change was 2/3rds rule in Senate.
  • Rumor mill says House committee assignments will come out at the end of this week.
  • Pressure the Lite Guv to refer Constitutional carry to state affairs committee rather than Criminal Jurisprudence.


Highlights:
  • No good piece of legislation passes automatically.
  • Members care more about what their constituents think than "advocates."
  • We can have a civil relationship with people with whom we disagree.
  • Staff is important.
  • Explain why you care about the issue.
  • Keep literature to ONE PAGE.
    • Don't trust staffers to take good notes.
  • Beware of delay tactics that offices use:
    • They don't want to commit on bills.
    • Office Tour
    • Life Stories: Theirs or Yours.
  • If legislators refuse to commit, ask them what they need then follow up.
Ann Hettinger (Concerned Women for America -- Texas):



Highlights:
  • CWA has prayer chapters all around the state.
  • Capitol Library on second floor will print out bills.
Cathie Adams (Texas Eagle Forum):



Highlights:
  • Reassembling a coalition has been the most effective thing we've done in a long time.
  • CleanupAustin.com
    • Legislators tie their retirements to district judges.
    • Slush funds.
  • HB 562 (Leach) - American Laws for American Courts.
  • HB 623 (Bell) - Marriage Bill
    • This has already been decided by the people of Texas.
David Walls (Texas Values):



Highlights:
  • Loosely related to Focus on the Family.
  • Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty.
  • Religious Liberty Amendment (SJR 10)
  • Our guys need encouragement.
Jeremy Newman (Texas Homeschool Coalition):



Highlights:
  • They deal closely with Parental Rights issues.
  • Tim Tebow bill.
  • "Child Possession" loophole.
  • Possible Parental rights amendment.
  • Aycock sat on Tebow bill last session.
Dustin Matocha (Empower Texans):



Highlights:
  • Constitutional Spending Limit.
  • Zero based budgeting.
  • Eliminate Margins Tax.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Central Texas Pro-Life Sidewalk Counseling Opportunities


"For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb."
Psalm 139:13

Thanks to HB 2, there is only one abortion clinic remaining in Travis County; that being said, one is still too many.

In her speech at the rally for Life on Saturday, Abby Johnson mentioned that the Planned Parenthood she used to work in would have a no-show rate of 75% when people would be outside praying and sidewalk counseling; that's an EXTREMELY effective way to protect babies.

Central Texas Coalition for Life is partnering with 40 days for life for the next campaign.  It begins on February 18th and runs through March 29th.  To sign up or receive more information, click here.

#NoRePete: Pete Sessions acts like Bush Crony


"Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables"
John 2:13-15

Pete Sessions appeared on WFAA yesterday; in addition to making several implausible statements about the border, he revealed his unsurprising 2016 preference:



Highlights:

  • "Looking at Jeb Bush as probably the person who stands the best chance; the question is, do we want to win?!?"
Because nothing says victory quite like the family that has destroyed the Republican party on two separate occasions.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The pro-Life Miracle You Need to Hear to Believe


"For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb."
Psalm 139:13

Texas State Capitol -- Earlier this afternoon, Claire Culwell shared her story about surviving an abortion; just listen, there's nothing we can say to add to it:



Highlights:

  • "Because I was adopted, I always knew that family was a gift; I didn't always know that life was a gift."
  • Birth mother was 13 at the time and had an abortion (at five months).
    • Thought the Abortion was "successful."
  • Turns out, she was pregnant with twins.
  • Delivered at 6 months and three pounds.
  • Survival required two years of intense medical treatment to fix what the abortion had done to her body.
  • "Life is a gift, not a given."
  • Abortion has a domino effect.