We hope you had a Happy New Year’s Day! It is finally 2012, and it is time to buckle down and get our hands dirty.  There will be many notices on local, state, and national items in  which you must educate yourselves and engage!  Getting involved starts by attending your local governmental or political meetings.  Here is a list of places to start:

January 5th:  The monthly Austin County GOP meeting at 7:00 p.m. at Tony’s Restaurant in Sealy.  Here is some more information:

Gayle Turner with the Lone Star Council, Girl Scouts of America will be our guest speaker at the next meeting of the Republican Party of Austin County, this Thursday at 7pm at Tony’s Family Restaurant in Sealy. The Girl Scouts are celebrating their first 100 years in 2012.


From our friend and fellow patriot, Greg Stuessel; you are welcome to join Noe and Debra Medina for potluck and politics.  Here is the link to the Facebook page:

Greg Stuessel invited you to “First Friday “We Texans” Pot Luck Dinner and Discussion
First Friday “We Texans” Pot Luck Dinner and Discussion
Friday, January 6 at 6:30pm
Location: The home of Noe & Debra Medina

January 9th:  Commissioners’ Court Meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the Austin County Courthouse. Agenda to follow.

January 12th: The CenterPoint Energy Transmission Line has not gone away.  We must continue to fight to keep this monstrosity from ruining private property!

Every Now and Then

There is a Moment of Truth…

That Time is NOW!


Act now to help us STOP the proposed installation of HUGE power lines that would slash through pristine rural property from the Fayetteville power plant all the way to northwest Houston, destroying heritage oaks, homes, property values, and irreplaceable ecological systems in its path.




Help us make clear to the Public Utilities Commission that we do not want these power lines cutting through our treasured Texas woodlands and pastures. Join Us in Saving our Communities from these unwanted and UNNEEDED Power Lines. Your presence at this meeting will make a difference!


We Need You Now


On January 12th, 2012, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) will meet and make a final decision about rules that will effect how the PUCT decides if utility companies can construct new transmission lines, both now and in the future. Their decision on January 12th will DIRECTLY impact Centerpoint Energy and its currently proposed transmission line from the Fayetteville power plant to northwest Houston. Their decision will also impact future attempts by utility companies to grab your land for power lines. Your presence at this hearing will make a statement.


Ride With Your Neighbors (Lunch Provided)

Leave: Thursday, January 12th, at 7am AM

Location: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Shelby, Texas

Return from Austin: Same day after the hearing


Go on Your Own

Public Utility Commission of Texas

9:30 AM, January 12th, 2012

1701 N. Congress, William B. Travis Building

Commissioners Hearing Room – 7th Floor



Call Mike Corte at (979) 353-0256

for more information and to make a reservation.

Stop the Power Lines!


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Texans have a very important responsibility in choosing the right person to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate.  Here is an opportunity to see and hear the candidates that are vying for your vote!

First US Senate Debate of 2012!

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7pm, January 12, 2012
Downtown Austin Hilton

On Thursday, January 12, Empower Texans and the Texas Public Policy Foundation will co-host the first debate of the Republican US Senate candidates of 2012!

Confirmed participants are: Glenn Addison, Ted Cruz, David Dewhurst, Craig James and Tom Leppert!

Send In Your Debate Questions!
We neesd you to help define the issues in the debate! A segment of the debate will feature questions submitted on a special Facebook page we have established.

Visit  http://www.facebook.com/First.Tx.Senate.Debate today and let us know what question you want posed to the candidates!

Get Your Debate Tickets!
So, you would like to attend the debate? We have a limited number of seats available right now. So, the first 25 people to register will receive a ticket for themselves and a guest.

Register here: http://www.empowertexans.com/us-senate-debate-tickets/

Act fast — we have just a limited number of tickets available right now, and you have to try to claim yours before 5pm today (Friday, Dec. 30)!

The debate will be held at 7 p.m. on January 12, 2012, at the Downtown Austin Hilton.

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January 19th: Bellville ISD School Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building

Make sure you keep an eye on national politics as well.  We will post information on everything from legislation to the GOP Presidential candidates in future e-mails.  In the meantime…




It appears that our Commissioners’ Court wants to spread a little Christmas cheer in the form of a Commissioners’ Court meeting on Thursday, December 22nd at 9:00 a.m. in the Austin County Courthouse.  Will they be giving you gifts, like Santa, or taking your tax dollars like the Grinch? Here is a link to the agenda:


Best wishes from
The TEA Party Patriots
for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Get ready for a busy 2012!


While we may have put CenterPoint Energy on hold for awhile, there are still some distressing environmental and property rights issues going on in Austin County.  Can anyone help or put this fellow patriot in touch with someone who can help him.  This issue involves the Enterprise Pipeline and the easement running through Mr. Goddard’s property.  Is anyone else in the area experiencing the same problem?  All of your assistance and guidance would be appreciated.  The contact number is at the bottom of his e-mail

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Pipeline update and help request.
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:00:21 -0600
From: David Goddard <dgoddard@industryinet.com>
To: Bellville Tea Party Patriots <bellvilleteaparty@sbcglobal.net>
Just an FYI, it appears I am going to loose a lot of trees due to this 
pipeline easement clearing. Instead of a 30ft easement. They claim I 
have an undefined easement, which brings it to 50 ft. It is really 
changing the landscape of my property. This is property that goes back 
to the San Deleon land grant. For now I have been able to stop them at 
the springs on our land.
All the "old timers" are dead now, so proving this could be difficult. 
But if I can shed some possible light on the history of these springs, 
the pipeline company may leave it completely un touched, they may have 
to re-route around the springs. Otherwise they have to clear it all out 
and probably permenetly destroy the environment around the springs. I am 
already quite upset with the loss of trees and what it looks like now.
The history as I grew up hearing was that the hunter that killed a 
BobCat near a springs, happened on my land, my springs. Hence the name 
Cat Springs. Like i mentioned the old timers that stated this are gone, 
Schultz and Prouser. I did find some written info in the 1956 book The 
Cat Spring story and, in a program guide of the 100 years of Cat Spring. 
But that is all I have going for me. Do you know of other possible 
Do you know of how I could start to get maybe a historical marker?
I appreciate your help.
David Goddard

GREETINGS PATRIOTS! The holidays are fast approaching and the politics never stops. It’s wilder than getting “upsotted” in a one horse open sleigh! Here are event dates, sites, and information to keep up “upright” in the ever-changing political-palooza: In case you have not heard, the Supreme Court of the United States has issued a stay on all three of the Texas interim redistricting maps. Attorney General Greg Abbott will present his case to the court on January 9, 2012. Here is the link to the full story: http://txredistricting.org/post/13992226087/breaking-scotus-stays-interim-maps The ruling could have serious implications on representation in new and existing districts. Stay tuned. The battle has just begun! Another day; another GOP Presidential debate. The next one is this Thursday, December 15th and will be hosted by FOX. Here is the schedule for this and future GOP debates: http://www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com/2012-debate-schedule/2011-2012-primary-debate-schedule/ It looks like Joe Straus will have a challenger in the upcoming election. Please encourage your friends and relatives in HD 121 to check Matt Beebe out as a possible replacement for RINO Joe Straus! Here is the link to Beebe’s press release: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102478510852-76/matt+beebe+declares+candidacy.pdf …and a video that gives you additional information: http://www.voicesempower.com/texas-speaker-showdown-matt-beebe-vs-joe-straus-game-on/ Here’s a little treat for your stocking; Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will recuse herself from the Arizona immigration law case. Will she also recuse herself from the Obamacare case? Here is the story on the immigration case: http://patriotupdate.com/15712/supreme-court-will-hear-arizona-immigration-law-case The Tenth Amendment has been trampled on in the last 100 years. Learn about states’ rights and become active in empowering states and reducing the size and power of the federal government! Here is a site that will help: Tenth Amendment Center The Founders’ Advice… How to Read the Constitution When the Constitution was written, there were specific legal rules about how one goes about interpreting constitutional phrases. Over the course of time, however, judges and commentators gradually forgot them. Learn – and educate others – on how the Founders themselves told us to read the founding document. Read and Comment here The Imperial Presidency Presidential Power. Explained. Under the Constitution, the Executive Branch has 13 delegated powers. That’s all. Here’s a straightforward list that you can reference vis-a-vis Presidential actions today. Learn more Here The Founders’ Vision Politicians Blow in the Wind. Principles are Timeless. The principles enshrined in the Constitution do not change. If anything, today’s more complex world cries out for the moral clarity provided by holding true to these principles from the Founding Fathers. Read, Comment and Share at this link Tenther 101 Course Tenther101: The Tools You Need! Do you want to understand the constitution – AND – what to do about it when it’s violated? Then you’ve come to the right place! Info and Registration Here Join us! Join the TAC! If you support the work of the Tenth Amendment Center and want to be an important part of our continued mission and growth, please consider becoming a member. Get all the info here Help Needed! Please Help… Our success is dependent on you sharing our commitment to freedom. Help us by investing in the Constitution and freedom today! Help us Here Copyright © 2011 Tenth Amendment Center, All rights reserved. …and speaking of making government smaller, Americans for Limited Government is a great place to start! Here is the link: http://getliberty.org/ Here is a petition that you may want to consider signing. It asks your Governor (in our case Perry) to prevent illegal aliens from getting benefits at taxpayer expense (that would be you and me). http://www.numbersusa.com/dfax?series=nm07DECtx …and another interesting petition from the Conservative Leaders Project: http://www.conservativeleadersproject.com/ Here’s another great site for interesting opinion pieces: http://godfatherpolitics.com/ We need all of the help and education that we can muster. It is also important to educate your family, friends, and neighbors. We have seen that all elections have consequences, and we can no longer sit on the sidelines and have others do our voting for us. STAY VIGILANT! STAY ACTIVE!


You asked, and now you are receiving!  Because of pressure from the taxpaying public, the Austin County Commissioners’ Court is holding one of two evening sessions (the second one in March 2012) this Monday, December 12th at 5:30 p.m.  Here is a chance for all of us who have day jobs to participate in our government process.  Leave the Christmas wrapping for another evening and, make plans to attend and “spare a quarter” (attend one government meeting or political event each quarter)!

Here is the agenda:


Remember, if you cannot directly link to the above agenda, cut and paste it to your web browser!

There sure seems to be a lot of requests for your tax dollars.  Like dining in a cafeteria, all the “little” things you put on your tray add up!  We need you to be there to make sure that this spending is prudent and will not result in future tax increases for Austin County residents!  As we have all seen over the years, It’s very easy to spend someone else’s money, especially when it is a (theoretically) bottomless wallet!  In addition, our county has experienced incidents of embezzlement, incompetence, and announcements of future retirements; not to mention 2012 elections for two county commissioners (Precincts 1 and 3) seats.  If this is not enough to make you throw your hat into the ring or at least become more involved, nothing will.  We were all new at something once.  Trial by fire can be the best education there is! Remember, ALL politics start at the local level.  If we can’t fix it here, how do we expect to fix our national woes?



“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”
Thomas Jefferson


You may have noticed that there was no Commissioners’ Court meeting today, but take heart; there will be one on December 12th at 5:30 p.m.! From the mouth of the court itself, here is the heads up on this evening meeting and the other evening meeting in March 2012:

“The meetings that will be held on December 12, 2011 and March 12, 2012 will be held at 5:30 PM instead of 9:00 AM.”

You asked for evening meetings, so we encourage you to attend in large numbers!  We will keep you posted and send an attachment for the agenda as soon as its published.

Now for the rest of our regularly scheduled programming:

December 7th:  Empower Texans will be making a special presentation to District 13 State Representative Lois Kolkhorst. Here are the details:

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 Special Event

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Join us in recognizing Lois Kolkhorst’s leadership in fighting for a stronger Texas!

WHEN: 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
WHERE: 2000 S. Market St.
Brenham, TX 77833
COST: Free!

We’ll be presenting State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst with the Taxpayer Advocate Award, based on her strong performance on the Fiscal Responsibility Index during the legislative session. We’ll also be presenting a very special award for her outstanding leadership in passing the Health Care Compact.

Please join us at 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Rep. Kolkhorst’s office: 2000 S. Market, Brenham, TX 77833.

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From the folks at the Bellville Economic Development Corporation, here is the information for their upcoming December 8th meeting:

Greetings All:
Attached please find documents related to next Thursday’s regular meeting of the BEDC.  Any board member who is unable to attend should contact Monte Byrd to assure that a quorum is present.  Mr. Bob DeForest will be meeting with the board to have a discussion about the planned improvements for the Parking Lot and mini-park area.  Please review the attached minutes from the last meeting which will be presented for approval at this next meeting.
Delwin Rettig

BEDC Secy.

There is no BISD School Board meeting scheduled for December, and there is currently no posting of a December City Council meeting.

Even though the Texas Attorney General wants to put it before the Supreme Court, here is some current information on the Texas Redistricting Map.  Whether it remains in its current lines remains to be seen.


In America there has been a noticeable power shift from representatives of the people to unelected bureaucrats.  Americans for Prosperity wants to “REIN in the bureaucrats!” Here is all the information for you to take action:

The Constitution entrusts our elected representatives in Congress with legislative power, but in recent years much of that power has been delegated away to unelected, unaccountable federal bureaucrats.

This week the House of Representatives has an opportunity to fix this. On Wednesday, the House will vote on H.R. 10, the REINS Act, to make it clear that Congress makes the laws in this country, not agency bureaucrats.

Click here to urge your Member of Congress to support the REINS Act and restore the proper balance of power in the legislative process!

The Small Business Administration reported recently that it cost American businesses $1.75 trillion to comply with federal regulations in 2008, more than individual and corporate income taxes combined. With such significant costs, clearly something has gone awry in the process.

The REINS Act helps correct this problem. Whenever an agency seeks to finalize a new “major” regulation – one with an economic impact of $100 million or more – the House and Senate must first vote to approve it, and the President must sign it before it can take effect. Sound familiar? This is how the Framers intended the legislative process to work!

The REINS Act won’t stop every costly federal regulation or solve our existing regulatory problems, but it will ensure that when a new regulation takes effect every citizen will know exactly who voted for it and will be able to hold them accountable. We’ll soon find out how many Members of Congress are willing to accept that responsibility.

Congress should make the laws in our country, not unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats. Click here to take action!


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You can expect that there will be more local, state, and federal surprises during the holiday season.  Keep your eyes and ears opened!  Watch the GOP debates, monitor the actions of your elected officials, and make a commitment to “spare a quarter” and attend a government meeting or political event once a quarter!

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”
Thomas Jefferson


Before we begin with our E-Blast, let’s take a moment to honor our Veterans, past and present, and thank these brave patriots for their service and our freedom.  Keep them in your prayers.


Here is your reading and activism assignment for the week:

November 14:  Commissioners’ Court Meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the Austin County Courthouse.  Your link to the agenda:


November 15:  Bellville City Council Meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the City Hall.  Your link to the agenda:



Washington County Republican Club

Meeting will be Tuesday, November 15,   6 p.m. @ Blinn College Banquet Room

the speaker will be Borah VanDormolen, Texas Republican National Committeewoman

Dinner reservations need to be made by Sunday, November 13th by calling 277-0712.  The public is invited

November 17:  Bellville ISD School Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m.in the Administration Building.  As of today, there is no agenda posted, but you can get on the BISD website next week and pull one up.  http://www.bellvilleisd.org/home

In addition, here is the link that shows all of the school board meetings for the 2011-2012 school year.  Even if you do not currently have children attending school, you do pay school taxes and your presence at the meetings is important.


November 18:  The Austin County Pachyderm Club will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the New Ulm Lion’s community Building at 1722 FM 109 in New Ulm.

The guest speaker will be Texas State Representative Lois Kolkhorst.

If you did not get a chance to see last Saturday’s Cain-Gingrich Lincoln-Douglas debate, here is the YouTube link in its entirety:


Great website and campaign/candidate analysis:


From our friends at the Heritage Foundation; it’s all about the spending!

The Heritage Foundation
The answer is: Spend less. Period.
Today Politico published an op-ed written by leaders from Heritage Action for America, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, American Conservative Union, National Taxpayers Union, and the Cato Institute. The piece echoes many of the same themes of Ed Feulner’s Morning Bell blog post published on November 7.


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The answer is: Spend less, Period.
By: Grover Norquist, Mike Needham, Phil Kerpen, Al Cardenas, Duane Parde, & Daniel J. Mitchell
November 10, 2011

The federal government is spending too much money. Our nation has made more than $63 trillion in unfunded promises, to be paid for by future generations. It poses an existential threat to America ’s dynamic, pro-growth economy. The solution to this problem is to reduce federal spending.

This is a fairly straight-forward point – but one that is lost in our nation’s capital, where tough choices are avoided on a daily basis.

A mechanism for dealing with our nation’s fiscal problems was set-up this summer: the supercommittee. Some are now suggesting that instead of addressing the real problems our nation faces — by reducing government spending — the supercommittee should recommend tax increases to meet its deficit reduction targets.

Tax increases are what politicians always do when they are not willing to govern—that is, to cut and reform government spending. The problem, of course, is that tax hikes crowd out and displace spending reform.

In the 2010 midterm elections, Americans rose up in opposition to runaway spending and elected a majority in the House who were publicly committed to opposing any and all tax increases and determined to cut the deficit by reining in federal spending. This new majority is now being put to the test.

Advocates of the supercommittee raising taxes instead of reducing spending by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years (their deficit reduction mandate) have put forward several unserious arguments.

First, they say, “let’s compromise.” Let’s be balanced, they insist, and promise to cut some spending and raise some taxes. Having pushed spending way up, they now want to pretend this spending is normal or, at least, inevitable. It isn’t.

The solution isn’t to pay for the spending with tax hikes, but to spend much less. Why should anyone be asked to pay more taxes just so Washington can continue to overspend? The tax hike crowd has no answer.

What’s more, there are good reasons to be wary – we’ve been down this road before. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan was promised three dollars of spending cuts for every dollar of tax hikes. The tax hikes were real. But spending — in real dollar terms — went up, not down.

In 1990, the same trick was played out — this time at the expense of President George H.W. Bush and the American people. A two-to-one promise brought higher taxes and higher spending. When tax hikes are on the table, the talk about spending cuts evaporates. Oddly enough, the tax hikes remain.

The second argument is: “We won’t raise tax rates – we will just reduce deductions and credits.” Nonsense. Closing tax loopholes is all well and good. But doing so to raise revenues is just as much a tax hike as raising tax rates.

The tax hike crowd is trying to confuse tax hikes with tax reform. In fact, closing tax loopholes to raise revenue is ultimately antithetical to tax reform — there would then be less revenue available to use to cut tax rates.

The third argument is that we must raise taxes to avoid sequestration if the supercommittee fails. This argument demonstrates how misguided it is to legislate in a climate of hysteria. Politicians should not acquiesce, out of fear, to bad public policy.

Taxes, domestic spending and defense spending should be debated on their merits. Members of Congress should do their jobs and set them each appropriately.

Any congressman who wants to keep his promise to voters to oppose tax increases; to fight for lower spending, and to keep the hope alive for meaningful tax reform in the future must vote “no” on any supercommittee deal that contains a tax increase.

This tells Washington that the only way to get our country back on track is to rein in out-of-control spending.

Grover Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform. Mike Needham is the chief executive officer of Heritage Action for America . Phil Kerpen is vice president for policy of Americans for Prosperity. Al Cardenas is chairman of American Conservative Union . Duane Parde is the president of National Taxpayers Union . Daniel J. Mitchell is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

Tip of the tri corner hat to a fellow patriot for a great article; Christians and small government are logically compatible.  Read all about it in the attachment.


The Senate Fails to Stop Excessive Regulation

Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has the power to “disapprove” of federal regulations under special fast track procedures, an important tool to rein in overzealous federal regulators.  On Thursday the Senate failed to stop two job-killing regulations using CRA procedures, a big disappointment for free-market advocates.  Americans for Prosperity had key voted in support of both measures.

S.J.Res. 6, introduced by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) to disapprove of the FCC’s so-called “net neutrality” regulations, failed by a vote of 46-52 with all Republicans present in the chamber voting in support.  As AFP’s Vice President for Policy Phil Kerpen explained in a statement, this is “the first government regulation of broadband internet access in a decade[,]…undermining investment and job creation and setting the stage for more pervasive Internet regulation in the future.”  The FCC’s final rule is currently being challenged, and may be overturned, in federal court.  The new rules take effect on November 20.

S.J.Res. 27, introduced by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to disapprove of the EPA’s cross-state air pollution (CSAPR) rules, failed by a vote of 41-56, with six Republicans joining all but one Democrat voting in opposition.  The rule requires 27 states to reduce power plant emissions that can cross state lines.  Some have estimated that as many as 18 coal-fired power plants will have to close as a result of the stringent new standards, taking off the grid enough electricity to power over a million homes.  The rule was originally scheduled to take effect on October 7, but is currently undergoing revisions at the EPA.

The Congressional Review Act is an important tool to find out which Senators want to be legislators and which just want to let Obama’s agencies write whatever rules they please.  We need to fundamentally change the relationship between regulators and Congress.  The REINS Act will do just that; click to show your support.


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