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Volume VIII Number 9 - July 1, 2009     RSS Feed
A Periodic Newsletter for Committed Texas Conservatives

In This Issue

Thoughts This Fortnight

Israel Pressured While Bad Guys Coddled

Double Standard For Harris County Republican Office Holders

Barbara Jackson - RIP

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Thoughts This Fortnight


How to steal an election? The fiction of a free election in Iran has been burst when the results were announced prior to the counting being completed. The U.S. should support truly democratic elections and not be ashamed to do so as President Obama seems to be.

North Korea

Will President Obama put his money where his mouth is? The Obama Administration and the U.N. have put new sanctions into place for North Korean arms shipments. A U.S. destroyer is following one such suspected ship, will the U.S. do anything besides follow? TCR says we should. It would send an important message to not mess with the new guy in town.

Texas Legislature 2009 - A mixed bag for Conservatives:

Good News: The rainy day fund of about $9 billion was untapped.
Bad News: We needed an almost $16 billion dollar federal bailout to balance the budget.

Good News: Passed eminent domain protection.
Bad News: The bill that was passed last time and vetoed by Governor Perry was a lot better.

Bad News: HB429 was not vetoed by Governor Perry and it takes away authority regarding textbook selection from the conservative SBOE.

Bills That Failed For Conservatives

  • Voter ID - RIP
  • Property Tax Reform - RIP
  • Sonogram Pre-Abortion - RIP

Good News: There will be a special session so Governor Perry can put all the important conservatives issues on the call. But wait, none are on the call, instead we are being given CDA's (private toll roads) and Trans-Texas Corridor.

Israel Pressured While Bad Guys Coddled

In the classic film, The Mouse That Roared, the message was if you are hostile to America, you get treated right. Israeli "settlements" are suburbs, not an obstacle to peace. It has been the Palestinians who over and over again have turned down peace and still refuse to accept Israel as a Jewish state. All Israel has asked for is to be left alone in peace, within secure borders, without anti-Semitic incitement by the teaching of hate to their people. Israel is and has been ready for peace, but not surrender.

Double Standard For Harris County
Republican Office Holders

In the media it's déjà vu all over again with the 2010 elections coming soon, we now have an attempt to replay the themes of the 2008 election cycle. The Houston major media never misses an opportunity to rip Republicans, while Democrats operating similarly are left alone. The recent story of alleged voter registration irregularities continues and now an assistant to Tax-Assessor Collector Leo Vasquez is attacked because on his own time he sells voter lists, while at the same time one county-wide Democratic office holder employs a well known Democratic consultant, and another one has an experienced political operative on the payroll. So do we have a double standard? Seems so.

TCR Comment: What's the big deal? One thing's for sure, don't criticize one side and let the other off the hook.

Barbara Jackson - RIP

Barbara Jackson, former executive director of the Republican Party of Texas under Chairman Tom Pauken, died June 23rd after a brief illness. The older sister of former State Senator Mike Richards, Barbara was a proud political warrior and true patriot. I was honored to have worked with her and will cherish the memory of hearing her reflect on the early days of the Texas GOP during the Tower/Goldwater era. Barbara was a formidable soldier for conservativism, especially through her dedicated service as a member of the State Republican Executive Committee. Those of us who are fortunate to have known her are inspired by her example and owe Barbara a debt of gratitude for her part in making the Republican Party the majority party of Texas. Let us try to repay that debt by continuing to fight the good fight in her memory. To her husband Harold and the rest of her family, I send my prayers and condolences.

Ed Check
former HCRP Executive Director

TCR Back on the Air

Red, White & Blue, featuring TCR Editor Gary Polland and liberal commentator David Jones has returned after a four-month hiatus. The co-hosts want to thank you, our loyal viewers, past guests, and the leadership of the University of Houston and its great Board of Regents who have been very supportive. Upcoming guests: Mayor of Houston Bill White, Democratic candidate for Governor Tom Scheiffer, Roundtable with former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector and KSEV Radio personality Paul Bettencourt and former State Representative Sue Schecter, Lt Governor David Dewhurst. As a new fun feature, visit Red, White & Blue on the Houston PBS website, where you can see commentary about the show and its guests by Gary and David.

About Your Editor

Gary Polland is a long-time conservative and Republican spokesman, fund-raiser, and leader who completed three terms as the Harris County Republican Chairman. During his three terms, Gary was described as the most successful county Chairman in America by Human Events - The National Conservative Weekly. He is in his twelfth year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last seven years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant. He can be reached at (713) 621-6335.

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