Video of Runoff Candidate Forum

Posted April 23rd, 2014 by Julie

Sen. Dan Patrick being interviewed by NETTP for Lt Gov.

By all measures, the forum held for the runoff candidates on Monday night was a great success.  We had a smaller than expected crowd of 125, yet we learned afterwards that it played on 127 computers and cell phones via our live feed!  And you know some of those were watching with spouses, so we are very pleased with the turnout.  Not sure what other political groups in Texas could pull in that large of an audience, so we have reason to feel good about educating the voters.

If you missed the event, or if you’d like to watch it again, you may do so by clicking here.

The event was 2 hours long, but one of our great members (Russell Clements) took the time to provide you with a timeline so you can jump right to the parts that interest you:

  • 0:00 – 5:15  Introduction, Pledge of Allegiance, Texas Pledge, National Anthem
  • 5:16  – 9:15  Konni Burton for Senate District 10
  • 9:36 – 13:54  Mark Shelton for Senate District 10
  • 14:14 -19:00  Jonathan Stickland (Introduces Joel Downs running for Hurst City Council and Darl Easton running for Mayor of Euless)
  • 19:00 – 20:30  Joel Downs for Hurst City Council
  • 21:10 – 27:00  Pat Hardy for School Board Of Education
  • 27:30 – 31:00  Eric Mahroum for School Board of Education
  • 31:30 – 35:22  Giovanni Capriglione for JoLynn Haussman candidate for Keller ISD
  • 36:00 – 40:30  Lenny Lopez for Justice of the Peace 3
  • 40:45 – 45:00  Russ Casey for Justice of the Peace 3
  • 45:15 – 51:00  Carey Walker for Tarrant County Criminal Court 2
  • 51:30 – 55:00  Atticus Gill  for Tarrant County Criminal Court 2
  • 55:20 – 1:00:15  Bob McCoy for Tarrant County Criminal Court 3
  • 01:01:30 – 01:05:40  Alexander Kim for Tarrant County Criminal Court 3
  • Local Representatives… can’t really hear that well clapping and happiness
  • 1:07:40 -1:09:20  Ryan Sitton for Railroad Commissioner
  • 1:09:25 -1:10:50  Wayne Christian for Railroad Commissioner (Giovanni Capriglione speaking)
  • 1:11:25 – 1:16:35  Tommy Merritt for Agriculture Commissioner
  • 1:16:50 – 1:22:00  Sid Miller for Agriculture Commissioner
  • 1:23:00 – 1:38:00  Dan Branch for Attorney General
  • 1:39: 45 – 1:42:00  Ken Paxton for Attorney General represented by Jonathan Stickland
  • 1:42:30 -1:44:00  David Dewhurst for Lt. Governor  (questions that would have been asked)
  • 1:44:15 – 2:02:00  Dan Patrick for Lt. Governor

Remember, early voting for the MUNICIPAL elections starts on Monday!  It runs from April 28-May 6, and Election Day is May 10.

Early voting for the RUNOFF elections runs from May 19-23, and Election Day is May 27.

Jul 14: Peggy Venable at NETTP

Posted April 15th, 2014 by Rick H


NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting

Guest Speaker:  Peggy M. Venable

 July 14, 2014, 6:30-8pm

$5 dinner served at 5:45pm

Location:  TBD

About Peggy Venable:

Peggy M. Venable
Texas Policy Director – Americans for Prosperity

Peggy Venable has worked in public policy in the government, the political and the private sector arenas for over 35 years.

In 2010, Campaigns and Elections named Venable as one of the top 25 “Texas influencers.”  In 2011, she was named to the University Star Hall of Fame at Texas State University.  In 2012, she was identified as one of the most influential third parties on Twitter during the legislative session.

A native Texan, Peggy spent a total of 15 years in Washington, D.C., working at various times for three Administrations.  During that time, she worked in the areas of education, natural resources, energy and transportation.

Peggy was White House Liaison for two cabinet secretaries: The US Department of Education when “A Nation At Risk” was conceived and the US Department of the Interior where she directed the “Take Pride in America” grassroots campaign which encompassed eight federal agencies and national spokesmen were Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson and Lou Gossett, Jr.

Peggy served as executive director of the Republican National Convention for President Reagan’s re-nomination in 1984.

For 10 years, Peggy directed the Texas chapter of Americans for Prosperity and now serves as the Texas Policy Director and Senior States Policy Advisor for the national organization which has a membership of over 2.1 million nationwide. The Texas chapter has 120,000 Texas activists.

She has guest hosted for syndicated talk shows across Texas, appears regularly as a guest on radio and TV, and has written over 100 pieces that have appeared in leading Texas newspapers, and speaks to groups around the state on tax, budget and regulator issues.  Her opinion pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Houston Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News, the Austin American Statesman, Budget and Tax News, Heritage Insider, and numerous other publications.   She currently co-hosts a TV show:  Eyes on Texas which airs on Cable Austin.

She is mother to a 26 year-old daughter, Amanda.

Peggy served as a contributing editor to the Lone Star Report, she was on the board of the Texas Center for Education Research as well as Austin CEO Foundation, a board member of the Reagan Conservative Society and is past President of the Texas Women’s Alliance as well as a past President of the Texas State University Foundation Board.


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Apr 24: Grapevine/Colleyville Local Election Forum

Posted April 7th, 2014 by Julie

Grapevine Focus, a subgroup of NE Tarrant Tea Party, is excited to host a candidate forum for Grapevine and Colleyville municipal and ISD candidates.  All are invited to attend!

Grapevine/Colleyville Candidate Forum

Thursday, April 24 – 6:00pm-8:00pm

Spring Creek BBQ – 315 Hwy 114, Grapevine

ALL candidates on the ballot have confirmed attendance!

for Colleyville City Council – Chris Putnam and Stan Hall

for Grapevine City Council, Place 5:  Chris Coy (unopposed)

for Grapevine City Council, Place 6: Marc Blum, Deverick Jordan, Duff O’Dell, LuAnn Gatts

for GCISD, Place 5:  Troy Greisen, Jesse Rodriguez

for GCISD, Place 6:  Leon Leal (unopposed)

for GCISD, Place 7:  Mark Assaad, Jorge Rodriguez

Questions will be based around the core beliefs of NETTP, which are:

  • Fiscal Sanity
  • Rule of Law
  • National Sovereignty
  • Limited Government
  • Personal Responsibility

After questions from NETTP for all candidates are over, audience questions will be taken for any of the candidates until no later than 9pm for anyone who wants to stay and ask/listen.


Apr 21: Runoff Election Forum

Posted March 27th, 2014 by Julie
NETTP Runoff Forum 2012... Can you believe this picture is two years old?

Ted Cruz in our 2012 NETTP Runoff Forum… Can you believe this picture is 2 yrs old?

Two years ago NE Tarrant Tea Party made waves at our runoff forum.  We wanted facts and explanations for the various rumors and accusations swirling around about the different candidates, and we wanted to hear them straight from the horses’ mouths.  So we hosted a forum and did what most others would not:  we asked about them, point blank!  I remember being worried our moderator would walk out when he saw some of the questions we were asking him to address…  ;-)

Well, NETTP is at it again.  Another runoff election is upon us, and we are determined to sift out the truth from the lies, innuendos and assumptions.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Grand Hall of the NRH Centre

6000 Hawk Ave, North Richland Hills 76180


All runoff candidates on the Tarrant County ballots are invited!

Runoff races include the candidates listed below.  Those highlighted have already confirmed attendance.

  • Lt Governor:  Dan Patrick, David Dewhurst (has other engagement)
  • Attorney General:  Ken Paxton, Dan Branch
  • Agricultural Commissioner:  Sid Miller, Tommy Merritt
  • Railroad Commissioner:  Wayne Christian (surrogate), Ryan Sitton (said he would respond and never did)
  • State Board of Education District 11:  Eric Mahroum, Pat Hardy
  • State Senate District 10:  Konni Burton, Mark Shelton
  • Cty Criminal Court 2:  Atticus Gill, Carey Walker
  • Cty Criminal Court 3:  Alex Kim, Bob McCoy
  • Justice of the Peace 3:  Lenny Lopez, Russ Casey

This event will be live streamed!  For those who cannot attend in person, watch it live at this link:

KrisAnne Hall at NETTP — Best Speaker Ever?

Posted February 23rd, 2014 by Julie



“Soo many more should hear what we heard.”

“She was absolutely fabulous! Hard to say much more than that about her.”

“Bet she did step on some toes but she surely woke people up and made us think.”

“Awesome Lady.”

That’s what people were saying about our last guest speaker, KrisAnne Hall. Here’s a link; see for yourself. We are going to bring her back for a full-day presentation.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Oct 13: What’s Happening in the War on Terror and How You and Your Family Will Be Affected

Posted February 12th, 2014 by Rick H

What’s Happening in the War on Terror and How You and Your Family Will Be Affected…
While everyone may know that America is “at war” with terrorists, what exactly does that mean? Come to our October meeting and hear from one of our country’s foremost authorities on the role radical Islam continues to play in the spread of terrorism throughout our world.

NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting

 Speaker:  Jeffrey Addicott

October 13 from 6:30-8:00pm

$5 dinner served at 5:45pm

Location:  TBD

About Jeffrey Addicott

Professor Jeffrey F. Addicott is the Director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. An active duty Army officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps for twenty years (he retired in 2000 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel), Professor Addicott spent a quarter of his career as a senior legal advisor to the United States Army’s Special Forces. As an internationally recognized authority on national security law, terrorism law and human rights law, Professor Addicott not only lectures and participates in professional and academic organizations both in the United States and abroad, but he is also a frequent contributor to national and international news shows, including FOX News Channel and MSNBC. Professor Addicott has published over 20 books, articles, and monographs on a variety of legal topics. Addicott’s most recent book (2007) is entitled: Terrorism Law: Cases, Materials, Comments, 4th edition.

Categories:  Events | NETTP Meetings

Nov 10: Preparing for the 84th Session

Posted February 12th, 2014 by Rick H

NE Tarrant Tea Party is gearing up to help tackle the big issues that will face the Texas legislators during the 2014 session.  We want to be educated about what’s coming so that we have a ready answer to support and/or re-direct our State Representatives and Senators!

NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting

 Speaker:  John Griffing on CSCOPE, plus some local State Reps share their plans

November 10 from 6:30-8:00pm

$5 dinner served at 5:45pm

Location:  TBD

About John Griffing

John Griffing is a frequent contributor to American Thinker and is published across an array of conservative media, both in the realm of commentary and research. John has also written groundbreaking stories for established newspapers Canyon News and San Francisco News.

Griffing will talk about CSCOPE and how to fight it during the session.

Categories:  Events | NETTP Meetings

Jan 12: Strategy for the 84th Session of the TX House

Posted February 12th, 2014 by Rick H

NE Tarrant Tea Party is gearing up to help tackle the big issues that will face the Texas legislators during the 2015 session.  We want to be educated about what’s coming so that we have a ready answer to support and/or re-direct our State Representatives and Senators!


NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting

 Speaker:  Michael Quinn Sullivan

January 12 from 6:30-8:00pm

$5 dinner served at 5:45pm

Location:  TBD

About Michael Quinn Sullivan:

Michael Quinn Sullivan is president and CEO of Empower Texans, and its premier project, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. The Fort Worth Star Telegram said Sullivan “slays taxpayer dragons in Austin… When the heat is on in Austin, Michael Quinn Sullivan knows how to make it even hotter.” Texas Monthly recently dubbed him “the enforcer,” on their list of the 25 most influential Texans. A former newspaper reporter, Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president and Eagle Scout, Sullivan is an avid runner who lives in Austin with his family.

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May 12: Hispanics and Immigration

Posted January 2nd, 2014 by Julie

Certain Republicans seem convinced that in order to woo the Hispanic vote, we must offer amnesty.  Is that true?  Or is it hogwash?  Come hear what one Hispanic man has to say…

NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting

Guest Speaker:  George Rodriguez

 May 12, 2014, 6:30-8pm

$5 dinner served at 5:45pm

Location:  Brookside Center, 1244 Brookside Dr, Hurst

About George Rodriguez:

George Portrait

George Rodriguez is the South Texas state coordinator for the national Tea Party Patriots and co-host of an internet webcast program for Raging Elephants Radio in September 2013. He has spoken around the nation at many rallies and events, and does a weekly show which covers news and commentary about south Texas issues and politics. George also writes a weekly column for several south Texas newspapers, and has a blog at and a Facebook page at “El Conservador”.

George Rodriguez was born in Laredo, Texas, and raised in San Antonio. He has dedicated his life to sharing conservative values with Hispanics and all Americans. As a Ronald Reagan and George H. Bush appointee, George worked with the Department of Justice in community relations and immigration outreach. He also worked with the White House Office of Public Liaison on community outreach, with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on judiciary legislation including civil rights and immigration, and with Congressman Tom Delay on Hispanic outreach. George was part of the 1988 Bush Presidential Campaign, and then worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a special assistant and later as an office director. George also worked with the Katrina Recovery Program as an anti-fraud compliance officer, and then worked for the City of San Antonio as a real estate director before retiring in 2010.

George served as the Harris County GOP Chairman of Outreach from 1999 through 2000 and continues his active leadership. George made national history in March, 2011 when he was named President of the San Antonio Tea Party and became the first Hispanic to be president of a major Tea Party group in the nation.  In May 2012, he stepped down to become president of the South Texas Political Alliance, a political action group that concentrated on state and local issues.

George graduated with a degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University, and has certificates in Community Planning from DePaul University and Harvard University, as well as a certificate in Public Administration from West Virginia University.

Categories:  Events | Immigration | NETTP Meetings

Mar 10: Update on the Middle East

Posted December 31st, 2013 by Julie

Such a small area to have such a huge impact on the whole world!  Come hear an update on news in the Middle East from an expert.  Our speaker educates law enforcement personnel on this topic, and he’s ready to share with NE Tarrant Tea Party as well.

NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting

Guest Speaker:  Hamid Kantara

 March 10, 2014, 6:30-8pm

$5 dinner served at 5:45pm

Location:  Brookside Center, 1244 Brookside Dr, Hurst

About Hamid Kantara:


Born and raised in Lebanon during the civil war of 1975.

Immigrated to the US in 1985.

Served as a council member and Mayor Pro-Tem in the City of League City;

Co-founded the Galveston County Young Republican club.

Served as board member and Chair-Elect on the City of Houston Mayor International Affairs and Development Council – Middle East North Africa Region (2006-2010).

Co-founded the American Lebanese National Mission in 2005

Led a delegation to Lebanon in 2005  and 2006 to meet with the Prime Minister, members of parliament, cabinet members, clergy and party leaders to establish and strengthen Pro US relations.

In 2009,  was selected to participate in the Houston FBI Citizen’s Academy.

Combining  personal experience of the Middle East with the knowledge gained at the FBI Citizen’s Academy, began educating grassroots organizations on threat of Hezbollah.

In the past two years,  began hosting 16-hour TCLEOSE credited National Security Intelligence Seminars for Law enforcement covering the threat against and within the United States. Topics include Hezbollah, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Sharia Law, Iran, Israel,  the Middle East and the Texas borders.

Spoke before the leaders of the Texas Homeland Security on Hezbollah.

Featured Speaker on Lebanon and the Middle East for over 15 years.

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