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!


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.


Feb 9: Know Your Rights

Posted April 26th, 2014 by Rick

Our rights cannot be denied, right?  Well, wrong if nobody stands up for them.  And if nobody even knows what their rights are, how can they protect and preserve them?  Most of the time when our rights are being stepped on, it’s an unexpected situation and we are totally unprepared with how to respond.  Do you have to answers the questions a police officer asks?  Do you have to hand over any personal possessions he asks for?  What happens if you say no to a Breathalyzer test?  Do you have to allow them to search your body or your vehicle?  If they ask you to get into the police car, must you?  Under what circumstances can law enforcement enter your home — and what are they allowed to do once they get inside?  Maybe we have the right to remain silent, but when is it best to do so and when is it best to speak up?  Can CPS really come and take your kids away just based on an accusation from an outsider?  What are my free speech rights in the public square?  Can they be limited?  And how about election sites?  What free speech is allowed there?  Can they relegate me to a back corner of the far parking lot?  There are more and more examples every day of rights being ignored.  Come learn what you have the right to!

But that’s not all!  Following Tony McDonald’s discussion on our rights, we have a special guest joining us.  Alexandra Goode survived a German labor camp.  She’ll share her story — an extreme example of what happens when our rights are stolen from us.

NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting

 Speaker:  Tony McDonald
Special Guest: Alexandra Goode

Monday, February 9, from 5:45-8:00pm

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

Brookside Center, 1244 Brookside Dr, Hurst, TX 76053



Tony McDonald

Tony McDonald serves as General Counsel to Empower Texans.

A licensed and practicing attorney, Tony graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with his J.D. and passed the Texas bar exam in 2012. Before attending law school, Tony graduated in 2008 from The University of Texas with a degree in Economics and Government. He then went to work during the 81st Texas Legislature as a Legislative Aide for State Representative Wayne Christian. In his role as Legislative Aide, Tony specialized in parliamentary procedure and identifying points-of-order on targeted legislation. After law school, Tony returned to the Capitol to serve as Chief of Staff to State Representative Jonathan Stickland during the 83rd Texas Legislature. In that role, he helped propel Representative Stickland to prominence as one of the boldest conservative voices in the Texas Capitol.

Tony got involved in politics in 2005 as a freshman at the University of Texas when he joined Young Conservatives of Texas. As a sophomore he led the YCT chapter at UT as Chapter Chairman, growing the chapter’s membership while conducting national headline grabbing activism. After serving his term as Chapter Chairman, Tony was appointed to YCT’s state board, first serving as Vice Chairman for Chapter Development and then as Senior Vice Chairman for Legislative Affairs. In that role, he helped organize YCT’s candidate interviews and endorsements and led YCT in creating its legislative agenda and carrying out its lobbying efforts for the 81st and 82nd Texas Legislatures. Following each session he led a team of members in developing YCT’s legislative ratings. Through his years with Young Conservatives of Texas, Tony has volunteered on numerous campaigns and served as a delegate to three Republican state conventions.

While attending UT, Tony proudly helped cohost a local political talk radio show, Down Ballot Radio, along with two liberal and moderate friends. The show specialized in hard-hitting coverage of local and state politics and lampooning Austin mayoral twitter feeds.

Tony resides in Austin and attends St. Paul Lutheran Church. In his spare time he enjoys mixology and smoking meats on his Big Green Egg. Tony can be followed on Twitter through his handle, @tweettonymac.

Short Bio
Tony McDonald serves as General Counsel to Empower Texans. A licensed and practicing attorney, Tony received his J.D. in 2012 from UT Law School. While in school, Tony served as Senior Vice Chairman for Young Conservatives of Texas and helped manage its legislative affairs. After law school he served during the 83rd session as Chief of Staff for Rep. Jonathan Stickland. Tony resides in Austin and attends St. Paul Lutheran Church. In his spare time he enjoys mixology and smoking meats on his Big Green Egg.

Special Guest :  Alexandra Goode
Alex13              Alex
(Alex at age 13)                                                              (Alex Fully Grown)

Alexandra Goode was born in Yugoslavia to Russian parents. Orphaned after the loss of her family during World War II, she was interned in German concentration/labor camps at age 14. After surviving the inhumane experiences of the Holocaust, Alexandra immigrated to the U.S. in 1948 where she married, raised a family, and is now a great-grandmother. In her retirement, she and her husband, George, founded an international adoption agency. They have helped facilitate the adoption of over 200 children.

Categories:  Call to Action | Events | NETTP Meetings

Sep 8: Drug wars and the cartel

Posted April 26th, 2014 by Rick

A powerful story sharing a scary truth!  Law enforcement and ISD personnel are encouraged to attend, and NETTP will be sending invitations to those in the area.  Don’t miss this presentation on drug wars and the cartel.

NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting

 Speaker:  Rusty Fleming

September 8th from 6:30-8:00pm

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

Brookside Center, 1244 Brookside Dr, Hurst, TX 76053

 NEW AT NETTP…50/50 Raffle!  Buy a raffle ticket for $1 (or 6 for $5).  At the end of the evening, we’ll draw for a winner.  The prize is HALF of the money we collected!  NETTP keeps the other half.  This is a fun new fundraiser we’ll be doing at all our meetings going forward.  Everyone wins at NE Tarrant Tea Party!

Rusty Fleming

Rusty Fleming

Speaker, Award Winning Producer, Author

Seen on CNN, FOX


Award winning producer, director, author and consultant for 25 years, Rusty Fleming’s entire life has been about the war on drugs. He knows it because he’s lived it, beginning as a recovering addict. By 1996, Rusty’s addiction to drugs and alcohol reduced him to living in a dumpster and eating out of trash cans. Emerging from his last rehab in 1997, Rusty radically changed his life and was clearly a man on a mission. At the same time Rusty was building a new life in recovery as a counselor to other addicts and their families, he was also building a multi-media company producing corporate industrial films, commercials and news segments. The idea for the explosive, award winning documentary, Drug Wars; Silver or Lead was conceived in 2005, while working on a story about meth-amphetamines. Rusty came upon information relating to the origin of vast amounts of the drug in north Texas and two weeks later he was in Mexico getting an inside look into the most powerful drug cartels in the world.

Rusty has spent the majority of the past four years traveling the southwest border and across Mexico developing credible sources and confidential informants from both sides of the border, on both sides of the law. Rusty’s reporting has been aired on hundreds of national television and radio broadcasts across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  He has made multiple appearances with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs, as well as Fox’s, Geraldo Rivera and Glenn Beck.

Rusty is recognized by national media and law enforcement agencies as an expert on border security and the Mexican drug cartels. In addition to producing news documentaries for U.S. networks, he has produced multiple episodes of Gangland for The History Channel and is Executive Producer for a new reality series entitled “Embedded” filming federal and military forces from the U.S. and Mexico as they go head-to-head against the most powerful drug lords in the Western Hemisphere.  The series, is set to begin shooting in the fall of 2009.

Categories:  Call to Action | Events | NETTP Meetings

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

If you are involved in politics, especially in TX but also nationwide, you have likely heard of Peggy Venable of Americans for Prosperity.   Well, she’s joining NE Tarrant Tea Party in July, and it’s a great honor to be hosting her!  She’s a policy guru, and she’ll share her wisdom and expertise with us.  Come prepared to learn!

NE Tarrant Tea Party meeting

Guest Speaker:  Peggy M. Venable, Americans for Prosperity

Also:  Ryan Sitton, Republican candidate for RR Commissioner

Also:  updates on the border invasion at the local, county, state and federal levels

 July 14, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm

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

Location:  Brookside Center, 1244 Brookside Dr, Hurst, TX 76053

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.


Categories:  Call to Action | Events | NETTP Meetings

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

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

Also:  State Rep Giovanni Capriglione explains Prop 1

October 13 from 6:30-8:00pm

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

Brookside Center, 1244 Brookside Dr, Hurst, TX 76053


About Jeffrey Addicott

Addicott_SAfile_309 304
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


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


  John Griffing on CSCOPE

State Rep Bill Zedler on the Speaker’s race

State Rep Pat Fallon on Texas education

Open Mic Q&A panel with our local State Reps – Capriglione, Stickland, Krause, Klick

Information on our Citizen Lobbyist program

Monday, November 10, 6:30-8:00pm

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

Brookside Center, 1244 Brookside Dr, Hurst, TX 76053

 This is our last meeting of the year!  Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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 | State Politics