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April 13: TX Public Policy Foundation

Posted December 18th, 2014 by Julie

NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting

 Speaker:  Texas Public Policy Foundation

April 13 from 6:30-8:00pm

$5 dinner served at 5:45pm (no rsvp necessary)

Brookside Center, 1244 Brookside Dr, Hurst, TX 76053

Our meetings are free of charge and open to all. 

Categories:  Events | NETTP Meetings

Feb 9: Evan Sayet: conservative political comedian

Posted December 18th, 2014 by Julie

Evan’s career is divided almost exactly down the middle, his time spent alternating between being what David Horowitz says is “Simply the best political comedian working in America today” and his more serious talks — most famously to the Heritage Foundation — the first of which Andrew Breitbart called “One of the five most important conservative speeches ever given and which is now — by far — the single most viewed talk in the Heritage Foundation’s history.

Evan will be giving what is now the third talk in what he calls his “Heritage Foundation series,” this one using his “Unified Field Theory of Liberalism” (which everyone from Rush Limbaugh to Dennis Miller has described as nothing less than “brilliant”) to explain how and why the media twists the English language and gets literally every major story not just wrong, but as wrong as wrong can be.

NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting

 Speaker:  Evan Sayet

Also:  Chris Putnam on TexRail

February 9, 6:30-8:00pm

$5 dinner served at 5:45pm (no rsvp necessary)

Brookside Center, 1244 Brookside Dr, Hurst, TX 76053

Our meetings are free of charge and open to all. 
About Evan Sayet:
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Evan was born in New York city and went to school in Rochester, New York. He would soon move out to Hollywood in order to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian, television writer, and eventually video producer as well. However, post 9-11, he rethought (or more accurately, thought about for the first time) his political and social beliefs. Evan recognized that he had been acting as a knee-jerk Liberal, but was, in reality, a conservative at heart. From that moment, he has dedicated himself to conserving and promoting the values of the America that has given him freedom and allowed him to pursue his life of liberty and happiness.

In the meantime, Evan has become the nation’s leading conservative, political comedian, an in-demand Master of Ceremony for Republican and conservative events, while at the same time writing the bestselling book The KinderGarden Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks. He’s given numerous lectures on the same subject as his book – including one to the Heritage Foundation, to which Andrew Breitbart call the lecture, “One of the five most important conservative speeches ever given,” – and another to the Conservative Forum, which has been recognized as the definitive explanation as to how and why the Mainstream Media has gotten, literally, every major story of the past six decades not just “wrong”, but as wrong as wrong can be.

Evan Sayet resides in Los Angeles, California, and can be reached at contactevansayet@gmail.com or via the contact page.

Categories:  Events | NETTP Meetings

This Is About A Movement, Not One Vote

Posted December 11th, 2014 by Julie

[This is an editorial that NETTP President Julie McCarty felt obligated to share.]

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It’s been over a month since Rep. Giovanni Capriglione dropped his bombshell on NE Tarrant Tea Party, telling us he would be supporting Joe Straus for Speaker of the House, but the outrage and questions have not died down.

Just today I received this email from one of our members.  He allowed me to share it but requested to remain anonymous:

Julie,
I am about to give up on the speaker of the house and all the others.
Why do I vote in the first place.
I do not see anything  we can do to change things. They are doing everything they desire and we get nothing.
NETTP Member

This email is not unique.  I get several like this every day.  I’ve been told that Gio claims he’s received less than 20 complaints about his decision.  I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I scrolled through my emails to see how many I’ve received… and I quit counting at about 150.

The email I shared above speaks volumes.  It explains why this situation is about  more than one vote Gio takes…  why the anger isn’t subsiding… why we must keep talking about this.  And the answer to all those “why” questions is because this one vote has revealed to us that even those we trust often betray us.  We’ve learned that no matter how hard we try, we continue to get slapped in the face.  This “one vote” has caused devoted patriots to lose hope, feel defeated, and give up.  The sentiment seems to be, “If even Gio can turn on us, who can we trust?  If every victory turns into a betrayal, why bother?”

Oh, if I could only speak to each of you one on one and tell you the stories that this one person’s decision has brought about…  The tension between State Reps who used to be one solid, cohesive group.  The activists who are now fighting because frankly, they just don’t know what to think about one of our own turning on us.  Some cannot bear to accept it and are fighting to support him, while others have decided we have no choice but to cut ties and move on.

I want so desperately for all of you to understand that this is about a movement, not a vote.  It’s about friendship, teamwork, encouragement, trust, and forward-moving momentum.Is it possible for one man’s vote on one issue to destroy all that?

The answer is an obvious yes.  Sadly, it is possible, and it is taking place as we speak.  But the answer is also no, and I’ll get to that later.  But first…

Gio has been busy meeting with Precinct Chairs and other activists to explain his decision.  He’s quite good at it.  You might walk into a meeting livid with Gio, and walk out saying, “Ok, I don’t like it, but he makes some sense.”  Here are my thoughts on why that doesn’t work with me…

 

“Gio is our friend, he’s on our side, and we should just trust him to do the right thing even if we don’t understand it.”

He’s smarter than we are,” I’ve even heard said.  Can I just say that I will never blindly trust ANY representative?  If I did, it wouldn’t make me much of an activist, would I? NETTP has spent nearly six years training our group to NOT blindly trust, so please don’t start now!

 

“It’s just one vote… let it go.” 

As I explained above, it’s about much more than just one vote.  First of all, the one vote determines the agenda for the entire rest of the session.  Second of all, the vote has far-reaching repercussions way beyond who the Speaker will be.

This is an effort we’ve been working on for 3 sessions now (6 years).  Each year, we grow our numbers and add momentum.  We knew it was a long-term game, not something we’d win right away.  But this year, we’ve lost numbers.  Instead of building momentum, we’re moving backward.  Instead of adding to our numbers, we are splintering — both as grassroots activists and within our coalition of conservative State Reps.

It is not about “one vote” — it is about our entire movement.

 

“He’s still Gio.  We still have a conservative legislator for District 98.”

Um, how selfish is that?  As activists, we must look at the statewide repercussions.  As citizens of Tarrant County — the most conservative county in Texas — we have a responsibility to set the pace for the entire state.

Gio knows this.  He knows he is a leader.  He knew when he defected from our efforts he would take large numbers of other, weaker Reps with him.  He denies all this, but Gio is not a naive man — he knew it would happen.  And I know he knew it because other State Reps warned him about it and pleaded with him not to go through with it.

 

“Gio will still vote conservatively.”

Well, I guess that’s easy to do when very little conservative legislation will be allowed to the floor for a vote!  How do we calculate the value of the conservative bills that Gio will now NOT get to vote on?

 

“Turner is not qualified.”  “Turner is only using this as a stepping stone.”  “Turner did not ask me if he could run.”

Gee, given those statements, Gio has no moral choice but to vote for Straus, right?  [That’s sarcasm.]

Let me put it this way…

If I ran a family business and needed to fill a management position, who would I hire?  Let’s say I have two options.

The first is an in-law.  He doesn’t really like the rest of the family.  He does have more experience with the job, but upon investigating that experience, it’s discovered that he is known to cheat, lie and manipulate to get his way.  He tends to run the business like a mafia boss.  He’s a bully.

The second option is the younger brother.  No, he doesn’t have much experience, and you’re not sure why he even wants the job.  He never told us he wanted the job, and when he put in his application, he didn’t ask Mom first.  You suspect he might be hoping to go out into the world on his own later.  But you do know he shares the company’s vision, and he’s also got a lot of integrity and a strong faith… plus the support of some of your most trusted friends!

The choice of who to promote is a no-brainer, isn’t it? Straus is the in-law; Turner is the younger brother.  I would go with the younger brother and commit heart and soul to working with him so he could be the best he could be.  I’d stay by his side, coach him when I could, encourage him, and help him build a solid team so that the whole family wins.

I certainly wouldn’t abandon him because he didn’t ask my permission first!

 

“But Gio says Straus isn’t really that bad after all.”

This is the one that shocks me the most.  I don’t even know what to say to this.  There are long lists of things Straus has done to hurt conservatives.  His go-to guys have vowed to kill all conservative legislation this session.  His lieutenants have sent emails literally cursing us behind our backs.  And now all of the sudden we’re to believe Straus is pro-life, very qualified, is not at fault for any of the conservative bills being blocked, and plays by the rules??? Oh, come on.  Any leader parroting this crap (and some in NE Tarrant are) needs to have his/her position revoked.

As for Straus being pro-life — don’t believe it.  There is a reason the #1 abortion group (NARAL) has given him a 100% rating!  Look at the facts, not the rhetoric.  Or as we say during campaigns, always look at the candidate’s record!

 

“There is no race.”

Hogwash!  There are two candidates — there IS a race.  And if Gio hadn’t defected from the conservative team, there’d be a pretty strong contest.  When Gio tells you there is no race, it’s because HE refused to participate, choosing to play with the enemy and deny his supporters instead of finding ways to help out and make the most of the ONE conservative that stepped up to run.

 

“Julie, you’re being too tough on Gio.”

I have heard this from 3 or 4 of you, and more of you might be thinking the same, who knows?  Please recognize that NE Tarrant Tea Party is one of the largest and most active tea parties in the state.  We are very well respected (feared) in Austin.  Our group is sought out by anyone wanting to run for office.  We’ve even gained national recognition for our efforts here and there.  And tea parties around the country come to us wanting to know how to replicate what we do.  In other words, we are setting a standard.  If we — the most conservative county in the most conservative state in the nation — give a pass to our own State Rep on a vote as key as this one, what message does that send to State Reps in other, less conservative areas?  “If Gio can get away with it in THAT district, so can I!  Why should I bear the burden if he’s not?”  Again, we must think outside of just our own district.  We have a responsibility to the whole state.  Remember, this is about a movement, not just about one vote.

 

So I said I would get back to the “no” answer to my first question…  Is it possible for one man’s vote to destroy all we’ve built?  NO!  Not if we don’t let it.

Folks, I know it’s discouraging.  We’ve been disillusioned.  We put our faith, time and money into someone we thought we could trust to fight for us, and he let us down.  Shoot — I even brought him into my church!  Who can we count on?  Who will let us down next?

You know what?  I don’t know!  Chances are, someone will!  But that does not change me or you, and it does not change what is right or what is wrong.

I was called to this fight.  I do not do it because I love politics or because I have nothing better to do.  I do it as a service to my God, to my family, to my state and to my country.  I hope your motivation is the same.  If it is, you must continue.

My family recently visited Boston and Philadelphia, and we studied about our Founding Fathers.  None of us have risked like they did.  None of us have suffered like they did.  None of us have faced the discouragement and fear they did.  If they could keep going, so can we.  We must, or they did all that for nothing.  And then shame on us.  We become no better than those who have let us down.

If you would like to contact Representative Giovanni Capriglione about his support for Joe Straus for Speaker of the House, you may do so by calling (817)431-5339 or by clicking here to send an email.

If you would like to learn more about the history of Joe Straus, please click here.  You can also click here to hear a short video on how a vote for Straus goes against a core tenet of NE Tarrant Tea Party, the Rule of Law.

The vote for Speaker is on January 13.  We may lose the vote, but we will fight until the very end.  And either way, we will continue after that vote to work closely with our State Reps (yes, including Gio) to get as much conservative legislation passed as possible.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same…

 

Pro-Straus Groups Spending Big To Back-Sell The 83rd Session

Posted December 9th, 2014 by Fred

If Bill Hammond with Texas Association of Business sends out a special mailer praising your State Rep (when there isn’t even an election going on), that can indicate a problem.  Add to that a small handful of other questionable groups doing the same thing, and you probably better start paying close attention.

Representative Giovanni Capriglione’s support of Joe Straus as Speaker gives cover for crony, corporate welfare lobbyists to come into his district and promote their groups.  Those lobbyists are desperately trying to shore up public support for another term for Straus as Speaker.

So who is the Texas Association of Business?

They endorse incumbents almost exclusively. Some of their past notable endorsements include:

  • David Dewhurst over Ted Cruz
  • David Dewhurst over Dan Patrick — in fact Bill Hammond even suggested that he would support the Democrat over Dan Patrick in the general election if Patrick won the nomination.
  • Dan Branch over Ken Paxton
  • John Corona over Don Huffines
  • Mark Shelton over Konni Burton
  • Joe Straus over Matt Beebe
  • Barbara Nash over Matt Krause
  • Bennett Ratliff over Matt Rinaldi
  • and yes, Vicki Truitt over Giovanni Capriglione

It’s also important to note that Texas Association of Business is a big proponent of the gimmicky, inefficient gross margins tax.

When you sell out the grassroots and get a seat at the Straus table, Bill Hammond is who you get to sit with. Before putting slavish faith into a politician, it is extremely important for conservatives to be educated regarding the various groups in Austin.

Here are some examples of other mailers that have come in, all since Gio endorsed Straus.  Again, these are mailers  AFTER the election…

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Don’t Be Manipulated!  Be Educated!

These mailers are simply propaganda pieces put out by cover groups for the liberal Speaker Straus.  The groups are trying to back sell their past legislation because they know the grassroots are on to them. The monies being spent are unprecedented.

Besides the Texas Association of Business discussed already, the flyers pictured also include ones from Texas Alliance for Life and the Texas House Republican Caucus.

We brought Texas Alliance for Life to your attention previously.  This group has also made every endorsement listed above and fights very hard against Texas conservatives.

On the Texas House Republican Caucus flyer, they list their achievements in the 83rd… but who is talking about what didn’t get accomplished?  Though they had an overwhelming majority and tons of grassroots support, take a look at the bills that were killed by Joe Straus in the last session.  It includes things like

  • HCR32 by Jonathan Stickland, urging Congress to cease imposing the Obamacare contraception mandate on businesses
  • HB960, 961, 962 by Scott Sanford, requiring counties, cities and school districts to list total outstanding debt and debt per capita on any ballot for a new bond election
  • HB1525 by Matt Krause, preventing school boards from discriminating against religious organizations seeking to use public school facilities during non-instructional time
  • HB98 by Charles Perry, adopting zero-based budgeting for all state agencies and institutions
  • HJR48 by James White, protecting Texans from the Obamacare individual mandate
  • HB872 by Jodie Laubenberg, protecting Texans from federal gun registrations
  • HB1560 by Stephanie Klick, outlawing “ballot harvesting” vote-by-mail fraud, authorizing penalties
  • HB607 by Scott Turner, phasing out the franchise tax

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Categories:  State Politics

Dubious Group Goes To Bat for Straus in D98

Posted November 25th, 2014 by Julie

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This flyer recently hit homes in District 98.  It comes from Texas Alliance for Life.  Sounds harmless enough, right?  Let’s take a look at their history…

  • They are almost completely supported by the Texas House Leadership Fund – a Joe Straus vehicle to promote or attack legislators at will.
  • This same flyer went into other districts across the state, except instead of promoting Rep. Capriglione, they support other Representatives who have committed to Joe Straus for Speaker.  If the Rep. has not committed to Straus, the flyers praise Straus instead.
  • Texas Alliance for Life has a history of endorsing and supporting those that conservatives are often against.  Here’s a small list…
    • David Dewhurst over Ted Cruz for US Senate
    • David Dewhurst over Dan Patrick for Lt. Gov.
    • Andy Cargile over Jonathan Stickland for State Representative
    • Bennett Ratliffe over Matt Rinaldi for State Representative
    • Joe Straus over Matt Beebe for State Representative
    • Dan Branch over Ken Paxton for Atty General
    • and… drum roll please…
    • Vicki Truitt over Giovanni Capriglione for State Representative
  • Notice anything in common regarding those endorsements?  Texas Alliance for Life fights against all our heroes… and loses.  The only exception is Joe Straus.
  • The pro-life measures listed in this flyer are IN SPITE OF Joe Straus, not because of him.

Texas Alliance for Life provides cover for moderate, establishment politicians.  Yes, they are a pro-life group, but only for beginning of life.  They fight conservatives on end of life issues.

It is extremely important for conservatives to be wise and educated regarding the various groups in Austin.  There are alternatives.

General Election 2014 Voting Information

Posted October 15th, 2014 by Julie

Early Voting

In Tarrant County, you can early vote at ANY Tarrant County early voting location.  It does NOT have to be in your area.  Click here for a list of locations.

Early voting is available at the following dates/times:

  • Monday, October 20, 8am-5pm
  • Tuesday, October 21, 8am-5pm
  • Wednesday, October 22, 8am-5pm
  • Thursday, October 23, 8am-5pm
  • Friday, October 24, 8am-5pm
  • Saturday, October 25, 7am-7pm
  • Sunday, October 26, 11am-4pm
  • Monday, October 27, 7am-7pm
  • Tuesday, October 28, 7am-7pm
  • Wednesday, October 29, 7am-7pm
  • Thursday, October 30, 7am-7pm
  • Friday, October 31, 7am-7pm

Election Day Voting

To vote on Election Day, you must vote at your own precinct’s voting location.  Click here to find your location.  After searching your name, click the button at the bottom of the screen to find your Election Day polling place.

Election Day voting goes from 7:00am-7:00pm on Tuesday, November 4.

Sample Ballot

Click here to view the sample ballot showing the races and candidates specific to YOUR precinct.  After searching your name, click the button at the top of the screen to see your sample ballot.

Some other Tarrant County entities are having elections at the same time as the General Election.  Sample ballots for those are found at these links:

 

 

Categories:  Call to Action

OCT 18 or 19: The best activist training you’ll ever get

Posted October 3rd, 2014 by Rick

Stickland-Jonathan_jpg_800x When tea party favorite Jonathan Stickland told us he’d just been to the best training on activism he’d ever received, we knew we need to get our members there!  The Texas legislative season is rapidly approaching, and we want YOU to be ready!

And guess what…

It just so happens that the very same training is in our area very soon!

The National Association for Gun Rights (the group that exploded with new members as the NRA started disappointing us more and more) is holding their training the following dates/times in our area:

  • Saturday, October 18, from 9am-5pm in Dallas
  • Sunday, October 19, from 11am-7pm in Ft Worth

The cost of the training is $40, but NETTP does not want the cost to keep anyone away.  We are offering $20 scholarships to up to ten folks who may need help covering the $40 fee.  Email heyjuliesue@gmail.com for more info on a scholarship.

We urge as many as possible to attend this training.  This is for every one of us who wants to know how to make an impact at all levels of government.  We especially want our Citizen Lobbyist team (and those who have interest in joining) to attend, because when the TX House and Senate gavel in come January, we need to be ready.

Details from NAGR are below…  Sign up NOW and go!  Just a few days notice, but please try to work it in.

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A gun without ammo is just a paperweight. And the 2nd Amendment without pro-gun legislators is just wallpaper.

Just like you need ammo, you also need to be effective in defending your rights against gun-grabbing politicians. That’s why you’re a supporter of the National Association for Gun Rights — right?

How would you like to take your commitment to the next level?

The National Association for Gun Rights is co-sponsoring two separate One-Day Political Leadership Schools in Dallas, TX on October 18 and in Fort Worth, TX on October 19.

I believe this school is one of the most important classes in politics. Each school is taught by activists who have been fighting and winning in the trenches for years.

The teachers are not political hacks who are shills for the establishment; these classes are taught by people who fight the establishment every day.

Please CLICK HERE to reserve your spot in Dallas, TX.

Or CLICK HERE to reserve your spot in Fort Worth, TX.

This is NOT going to be a day of learning about the importance of guns — heck you know that . . . this is strictly how to win political fights.

This is NOT a day of learning how to research a bill, or how to schmooze lawmakers — this is how to win by confronting those who want to take away your freedoms.

This school is for people who are serious about beating the gun-grabbers.

You will learn:

The REAL nature of politics
Why small groups of dedicated activists can and do win
How to put together a legislative project
How to hold politicians accountable for their actions (or lack of action)

Maybe more importantly are reasons you should not attend this class.

DO NOT ATTEND THIS CLASS IF:

1. You think you will never win.
2. You think politics is dirty and fixed.
3. You just want to make friends with politicians and be liked by the “players” in your legislature.
4. You think you have to compromise your principles to be effective.

This is not a class for whiners, losers and cry babies. This is a class for serious men and women who want to learn how to make a difference.

If you are serious about beating the gun-grabbers, then you won’t want to miss it.

When you are done with this class you will not be a victim of politicians and bureaucratic schemes — you will become their worst nightmare. Are you ready?

Please CLICK HERE to reserve your spot in Dallas, TX.

Or CLICK HERE to reserve your spot in Fort Worth, TX.

Be sure not to miss this. It is one of the most enlightening classes you will ever take. And it will help you learn how to take your country back.

For Freedom,
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Dudley Brown
Executive Vice President

P.S. This is the most important class you will ever take in politics. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn what matters and learn it from those who have been there and done it.

CLICK HERE now for a seat in the Dallas, TX class while there is still room available!

Or CLICK HERE to reserve your spot in Fort Worth, TX.

Please get your seat for this class TODAY!

Categories:  Call to Action | Events | Gun Rights

June 8: Why Liberty Matters ™ – Dr. Marlene McMillian

Posted September 25th, 2014 by Rick

The events team at NE Tarrant Tea Party works hard searching the nation for the excellent speakers we host.  And we get great feedback showing your appreciation for what we offer.  But look who has been right here under our noses the whole time!  We are proud to welcome local Tarrant County patriot and national speaker, Dr. Marlene McMillan, to NE Tarrant Tea Party for our June meeting!  Check out her bio below and you’ll be eager to hear more of what she has to say…

NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting

 Speaker:  Dr. Marlene McMillian

Monday, June 8, 6:30-8:00pm

$5 dinner served at 5:45pm (no rsvp necessary)

Brookside Center, 1244 Brookside Dr, Hurst, TX 76053

all patriots are welcome — no membership!

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Dr. Marlene McMillan

Marlene McMillan is a lover of liberty from a long line of lovers of liberty. She has spoken many times in her state capitol on education issues – especially those dealing with home education. She does town hall debates, media interviews and speaking on liberty and patriotism. She teaches how the Bible relates to the areas of law, government, history, economics and education, illustrating the consequences of ideas that don’t appear to matter or be related to one another.

“People who live in liberty think differently than people who live in bondage.”

Because you can win more elections by focusing on unchanging principles than on constantly-changing issues, Dr. Marlene teaches how to think from principle and to reason from cause to effect. Because you can win more people to Christ by correctly teaching Liberty than through traditional evangelism, Dr. Marlene teaches how the principles of liberty affect every single area of our daily lives.

You don’t have to agree with her, but you certainly cannot say she did not make you think.

She is a home school pioneer who home schooled all seven of her children through high school. She has an international teaching ministry, is the author of many books and materials, and does radio and television interviews as well as coaching and consulting about book publishing, public speaking, branding and marketing.

Dr. Marlene is a graduate of John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She has a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Tyndale Theological Seminary (in Church and State Relations). She has extensive additional training in marketing, communications, public speaking and business consulting.