Tuesday, March 10, 2015

First Amendment Tuesday: Week 8

"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 held the most interesting First Amendment Tuesday of the session so far this morning:

Tony McDonald (Empower Texans):

  • Texas is a one party consent state when it comes to recording conversations.
  • House and Senate have different rules.
  • Campaign restrictions on using legislatively produced video are unconstitutional.

  • #TXLEGE guide out.
  • Best to show up in person.
  • "Government goes to those who show up."
  • Simple, one-page, handout.
  • Just a few minutes of focused activism can make a huge difference.
  • It's an easy excuse for legislators if our side fails to show up.
  • SJR 10 -- Religious Liberty Amendment.
Mary-Lynn Gerstenschlager (Texas Eagle Forum):

  • SB 344 (Hall) -- Restricts Eminent Domain abuse by toll road authorities; hearing at 8AM tomorrow.
  • Opposition to Sarah Martinez Tucker
    • U.T. can set up Common Core compliant charter school in any county they hold a campus.

  • Against all the bad pre-K bills.
  • Pre-K adds (at least) $1.4 BILLION to budget every year.
  • Kids don't need to be in a government school setting at 4 years old.
  • Possibility of children as young as TWO being taught sex ed.
  • Why are we giving failing schools more children?!?

  • Not much has changed since last week.
  • Parental rights bill -- Family law Foundation has filed bills to expand loopholes.

  • Zerwas and Schwertner attempting to bring in Obamacare via backdoor.
  • Four corner strategy -- Slow walk everything and create manufactured crises at the end of the session.
  • "I'm proud to have two RINO Senators heads on my wall."
  • Texas has "to show the rest of the nation we can defeat the RINO establishment."

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