From: Donna Garner
Date: Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 5:46 PM
Subject: TEXAS RINOS' SHUT OUT STATE BD. OF ED. CONSERVATIVES -- 4.29.11
[4.29.11, 3:46 P. M. -- This Facebook account of what happened in the Texas Senate today was sent to me a few minutes ago. The Solomons' Texas State Board of Education map E120 was passed 28-3, and Senator Dan Patrick was ruthlessly kept from even presenting the map that the majority of the Texas State Board of Education members preferred -- E118 map. -- Donna Garner]
I've been told for some time that the "fix" has been in on this and on the House redistricting-- didn't get to watch Sen. Seliger's venom at Senator Dan Patrick, as reported by those who did; they just passed the SBOE map E120, by 28-3 The libs [RINO's and Democrats] are not too pleased at our exposure of their underhanded doublecross tactics. Let's watch to see if their unbalanced redistricting, obviously punitive to conservative members and their now-gerrymandered districts, will pass legal muster. Who stands to gain by gutting a conservative State Board of Education? This has been as ugly as it gets. They would not even permit Senator Patrick's open debate on E118 [the map the majority of the SBOE members wanted], with Seliger moving to table it almost immediately. Watch the Archives of the session - then ask Governor Perry to veto E120! At the very least we have been able to watch the players...important for 2012!
[Sen. Kel Seliger, a Republican from Amarillo, was evidently ruthless in the Senate meeting today. Seliger represents the following counties: Bailey, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts and Sherman. I hope some authentic, conservative candidates are planning to run against Seliger in 2012. -- Donna Garner]
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Since Gov. Perry has the power to pass or veto the House and/or the Texas State Board of Education redistricting maps, we need to contact his office and ask him to veto these maps that are deliberately targeting conservatives who are presently in the Texas Legislature and on the Texas State Board of Education.
Gov. Perry's Office:
4.28.11 -- Posted on TexasGOPVote.com (Mark Ramsey blog) -- http://texasgopvote.com/
SBOE Conservatives Double-crossed in Senate Committee
[editor's note: This came from another site, www.TexasGOPVote.com, but explicitly deals with the Texas State Board of Education, so we thought you would be very interested.]
Urgent: Please go to: http://austinreteaparty.com/Signthepetition.aspx sign the petition, and encourage your friends and email loops to do the same, and then PHONE CALL and FAX your Texas Senators. TODAY. NOW.
This is why:
[Tells what happened at the Senate Redistricting Committee meeting on Wednesday, 4.27.11]
Texas Senators failed to honor the "deal" struck two weeks ago in the House.
As late as Tuesday night [4.26.11], word was being spread that stealth attempts at harming SBOE conservatives via redistricting were being dropped, and the preferred-by-conservatives and preferred-by-SBOE plan "E118" was going to be adopted, as the gentleman's deal called for.
The committee meeting [Senate Redistricting Committee, 4.27.11] started a little later than its 8 am posting. All appeared normal.
Then Sen. Seliger of the Panhandle dropped a bomb--a political improvised explosive device with the power to wreck the Texas GOP for years to come. He pretended to not know of the vast support for both the SBOE conservatives and their plan (E118), and submitted a rogue plan (E120), that had not been vetted or discussed or even visible to the public. The fix was in. Conservatives had been had. While E118 had been open and transparently available to the public for nearly two weeks, E120 was not even available online until 8:15 yesterday morning, after the committee starting time! Analytical details of E120, produced by the Legislative Council on all such plans, were not available until after the committee meeting adjourned. The public, and even then committee members themselves, had zero input. The SBOE members, with two possible exceptions, both freshmen rinos, did not either. So much for transparent Government. Texas, Lt. Governor Dewhurst, and Gov. Perry should be ashamed of the committee-if not outraged.
To add insult, just before press it has been discovered that the rogue E120 was finalized Tuesday morning, a full day before the committee meeting, but was intentionally hidden from public view!
Senator Dan Patrick of SD7 was the lone "hero" of the day, ably questioning the rogue plan, asking why Midland and Ector counties were flipped, (the unspoken but well-known reason is that Bob Craig does not want an opponent who happens to live in Ector County), its effects on rising GOP star Charlie Garza of El Paso, and importantly, the lack of time to study it. Sen. Patrick was as surprised as everyone else, yet still went to battle for conservatives.
It was later discovered that the rogue stealth and hidden Seliger plan actually violates Federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) law guidelines, where the E118 had been crafted specifically to comply with this and no concerns about this with E118 had surfaced in two weeks! Nonetheless, Sen. Seliger's non-answer to nearly every issue raised by Sen. Patrick was an un-supported "we had to due to VRA issues" type response, which is patently false as E118 is at least one other plan compliant with the VRA. When unsupported, this is the redistricting equivalent of "playing the race card."
In short, one political insider described it as the "worse thing I've ever seen happen in my political career."
Please take action today-now-sign the petition AND CALL AND FAX your Senators.
Additional info: See "Radioactive Results" article here.
TO VIEW THE REDISTRICTING MAP:
Please read Donna Garner's article posted on 4.27.11 entitled "Every Parent's Alamo: Update on Texas State Board of Ed. Redistricting Maps" -- http://libertylinked.com/posts/7200/every-parents-alamo-update/View.aspx