Monday, August 14, 2006

Follow Up Meetings

Independent Texans is part of the growing movement across the state
called "Triple R - Rout Rick's Route, aka the Trans-Texas Corridor".
We helped bring out thousands of people to the recent hearings on the
TTC-35 proposed Corridor. The papers, accurately, reported
"widespread opposition". Now, we're helping the movement organize
followup meetings in each area, to get the real answers to their
questions about the Corridor from CorridorWatch.org founder, David
Stall. Our contribution to the meeting is to talk about why Carole
Keeton "Grandma" Strayhorn is the answer in November!

Today we received complaints from two active Democrats in Colin
County who were upset that we might be turning the Corridor fight in
to an "opportunity" for Carole, by holding follow up meetings in the
towns where the 54 hearings were held. Guess the Dems still don't
get that they're supposed to be wooing us indies! Instead, they
insult Carole for "changing parties as much as she changes her
name." Nasty! Here's our response to these partisan Democrats:

"Independent Texans, the San Antonio Toll Party, the Blackland
Coalition and Citizens for a Better Waller County -- some of the
leading anti-Corridor groups, have endorsed Mrs. Strayhorn. It
wasn't even a contest. This came on the heals of working with her
for over two years on these issues. We have tested her well and she
has gotten straight A's. She has stated quite publicly, her
commitment to opening up the secret contract with CINTRA signed by
Perry over 16 months ago. She has stated, also quite publicly, that
she will refuse to sign a full development agreement with CINTRA.
What's more, she, as Comptroller, did a review of the new layer of
government implemented by HB 3588 (the same legislation that
implemented the Corridor) -- the Regional Mobility Authority, or, in
plain language the Toll Authority. She helped expose their special
interest conflicts, lack of accountability (they are unelected),
their self-enrichment schemes and even demanded that several CTRMA
members step down.

We at Independent Texans think Carole's experience in both parties
well prepares her to work with legislators on both sides of the
aisle, and, even more important, to help cure the state's partisan
ills created by two entrenched political parties. This includes what
is most important to independent voters -- cleaning up and opening up
elections. If we had more competitive elections, it would be more
difficult to shove special interest boondoggles like the Corridor,
down everyone's (regardless of our party!) throats. That the
Corridor is, by far, the largest boondoggle in the state's history,
tells us how critical the call for political reform is. You can
learn more about our "Fair Elections For Every Texan" reform package
(I&R, a non-partisan redistricting commission, and fair ballot access
for independents) that Carole is supporting in our "Endorsement"
section of our web site listed below.

As for Kinky and Bell. They both spoke at the Blackland Coalition
meeting last April, as did Carole. Blackland is a vibrant
organization of blackland farmers who are fighting to hold on to
their land and to stop the Corridor. You can watch the video of all
their talks and decide for yourself (in the "Multi-Media" section of
our web site, on the bottom). But, it was clear to those in attendance that neither
Kinky nor Bell had a grasp of the issue, and now that it's become a
major issue in this campaign, they and others are rushing to declare
their opposition. That's great -- but you have do to more than state
your opposition. Bell's position is, for us, also very problematic.
He says he wants to "take it back to the legislature". Problem is,
that's where the problem started! How about taking it back to the
people? How about refusing to sign a full development agreement with
CINTRA? How about coming out against the RMA's, or at least telling
those who have conflicts of interests, to step down? How 'bout at
least showing up at one of the hearings? Kinky nor Bell have done
any of these things. Carole has done them all.

It's become apparent to many that, due to the fact that there is no
runoff in November, it would behoove the people of Texas to unite
behind one candidate to remove Rick Perry. Let's get real. Carole
is the only candidate who has a shot of defeating Perry. That is why
every Democrat I know is voting for her. If we do what you suggest,
we run the risk of a Perry reelection and no one -- not even your
party -- wins.

Independent Texans is made up of independents and split ticket voters
seeking recognition for the growing 35% plurality of people who do
not identify with a political party. We hope you will respect our
right to support whomever we so choose. If you want to join our
cause -- we welcome you with open arms. If not, we respect your
right to do the same -- at your own meeting.
Independently yours,
Linda Curtis, founder, Independent Texans

UPDATE:
Agnes Voges of the Blackland Coalition just sent me a message to remind me that the Blackland Coalition is not made up of only blackland farmers, but other folks in suburban and urban settings.

1 Comments:

Blogger linda curtis said...

Agnes Voges of the Blackland Coalition just sent me a message to remind me that the Blackland Coalition is not made up of only blackland farmers, but other folks in suburban and urban settings. Thanks for the correction!

Linda Curtis

3:34 PM  

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