Introducing Bethany Jarrell – Our New TEF Intern

From Trayce Bradford– Texas Eagle Forum President: I have known Bethany Jarrell for over a decade and have watched her go from a bubbly pre-teen to a lovely, wise young woman.  We connected very quickly because of our love for God and government.  Bethany is a go-getter with a sharp mind and a smile for everyone.  I have seen her pursue her passion for government through Patriot Academy, getting involved at her church, and she has excelled in speech, theatre, and debate.  What I am most impressed with about Bethany is her willingness to wait on God’s direction.  I am so excited to work with her this session and I am thrilled for each of you to get to know her as well.  

Here are Bethany’s thoughts from the first day of the session:

I first found myself on the steps of our great Capitol in Austin at a young and certainly impressionable age. The awe that impacted me at age 9 has not diminished in the last decade and a half. After all these years and countless ventures to the Capitol Building, this was my first opportunity to experience the swearing in of the House and Senate. There was a hovering sense of expectation and optimism as people rushed about their duties. It seemed as though everyone knew they stood on the precipice of a new beginning, hopeful in their belief that this was not a day for politicking but one of celebration. The collection of legislators gathered to be sworn in, regardless of party lines or alliances forged over time, were in this day united in their resolute forward focus. As the families sat with their elected loved ones, I was reminded that this great state of ours, Texas, is only great because of the dedicated and steadfast spirit that brought each person to that room. The determination we Texans have to succeed in our attempts to fight for our beliefs, our families, and our friends was encapsulated in the moment the right hands were raised and the oath of office taken. Tomorrow will bring the healthy debates, the mind melting tension, as well as the subtle and not-so-subtle attempts to align oneself in a manner that will bring about the desired results, but for today, we are one. Today, we are Texas.


Conservative agenda for the 2017 85th Session of the Texas Legislature

Here are the groups within the State of Texas that have committed to join together on this conservative agenda for the Texas Legislature – Concerned Women for America, Conservative Republicans of Texas, Direct Action Texas, Empower Texans, Grassroots America We the People, NE Tarrant County Tea Party, Texas Eagle Forum, Texas Home School Coalition Association, Texas Right to Life, and Texas Values Action.

The majority of elected state legislators believes in and has committed to the principles of limited government, ethical standards, individual liberty, economic freedom, and transparent, high-quality, efficient, and effective services for taxpayers. With a majority-Republican legislature and all-Republican statewide leadership, the success of the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature is dependent on the passage of ALL the following protections for all Texans—born and unborn.  (Most of these measures are specified in the 2016 party platform of the Republican Party of Texas.)

First Amendment Rights: Definitively protect the religious liberties of individuals, government employees, counselors, business owners (including, but not limited to, faith-based care facilities), and adoption agencies; and protect and preserve First Amendment rights, including freedom of speech (including political speech), freedom of assembly, freedom of association, and the requisite due process for all who exercise these constitutional rights (SB 14, SB 107).

Property Owner and Taxpayer Protections: Limit the growth of government (Article VIII, Section 22) to the lower rate of either population growth combined with inflation or change in the gross state product (for the two fiscal years immediately preceding a regular session of the Texas Legislature) (SB 9); require voter approval when local governments and/or local taxing entities seek to increase the tax rate by more than 3% (SB 2); eliminate the franchise tax (SB 72, SB 112); eliminate the “Robinhood” pyramid from public school finance (SB 286); require a supermajority vote in the legislature for taxes to be raised; enact zero-based, program-based budgeting (SB 272, HB 114); and eliminate all forms of corporate subsidies and welfare in favor of free market principles (SB 105), (including, but not limited to, the Texas Enterprise Fund (SB 100, SB 393), Events Trust Fund (SB 389, SB 390, & 392), and the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentives (SB 99, SB 244, HB 779).

Protect Life: Ban abortion by dismemberment to end the trafficking of the body parts of victims of abortion (SB 415 & HB 844); close the loopholes in state laws that do not protect unborn children with disabilities from abortion; enact an overarching budget patch to render Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers ineligible for one cent of state money; and repeal the Texas Advance Directives Act of 1999 to safeguard vulnerable patients from hospital death panels and quality of value judgments imposed by hospital personnel.

Transparency at ALL Levels of Government: Ban taxpayer-funded lobbying (SB 137); mandate disclosure of government contracts and possible conflicts of interest by all public and elected officials and their family members; restrict elected and public officials from registered lobbying until two years after leaving office (HB 444); end collusion between governments and unions by prohibiting all state and local government entities from deducting union dues from the paychecks of employees; separate legislative salaries/pensions from judicial salaries/pensions; end pensions for all current and former elected officials five years after leaving the last office held; and ban the practice known as double-dipping—the practice of elected officials of retiring on paper, while still in office, in order to draw early pension benefits.

Texas Privacy Protection Act: Protect privacy, safety, and dignity in restrooms, showers, and locker rooms of government and school buildings; prevent men from using women’s facilities; and protect the decisions of private businesses regarding the use of certain facilities (SB 6).

Education Equitability: Apply free market principles to education; empower parents with more options for the education of their children; improve transparency in schools (SB 242) and districts; eliminate the “Robinhood” pyramid from public school finance (HB 286); protect private schools from government regulation; require parental notification/opt-out regarding curriculum; and remove federal curriculum influence from Texas public schools.

Parental Rights: Increase evidentiary standards that must be met before a child can be removed from his/her fit parents, and, in doing so, stop the disruptive, unnecessary, and harmful investigations of families; mandate that CPS agents meet statutory deadlines or face sanctions; ensure that families and parents are assumed innocent until proven guilty; expedite family court proceedings to avoid years of divisive litigation; and nullify courts’ use of indefinite “temporary orders” to remove children from their homes for years without cause.

American Law for American Courts: Clarify that a state court may not apply foreign law that would violate fundamental, constitutional rights (HB 45).

Ensure the Integrity of Elections: Empower the Office of the Attorney General to enforce laws against the commission of election fraud (SB 245); mandate that county election administrators meet the statutory requirement to make ballot data available on the day following the election; reform the application process and use of ballot by mail (HB 531); pass a court-proof photo identification mandate for all voters (SB 153); require preservation of ballot images and paper backups to electronic voting; make election dates uniform (SB 363, HB 151); end rolling polling so that voting locations cannot be moved during an election (HB 675); and close Texas primary elections.

Secure the Texas Power Grid: Buttress Texas’ electrical grid against natural disasters as well as manmade attacks to shield the lives and economic livelihood of Texans (SB 83).

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It’s Time to Push Back, Texas!

As a wife and a mother of seven children and the President of Texas Eagle Forum, one of the leading organizations defending families and religious liberties in Texas, I believe that our state must lead the way and protect the privacy of women and children here in Texas.

I believe that the recent report “The Economic Impact of Discriminatory Legislation on the State of Texas” put out by the Texas Association of Business to “encourage” the Texas legislature to take a back seat on these issues should be seen for what it is.

As I said in my previous statement “The report gives an estimate of proposed losses (with quite a variance) – $964 million to $8.5 billion, however, there is no mention of the impact on women and children when their privacy and safety is violated, or the losses to those healthy businesses, careers and churches when they are targeted because of their faith.”

I wanted to share a statement from our good friends, the Benham Brothers, who are in the middle of their own fight in North Carolina. This statement is concerning this recent TAB report. I encourage you to hear them and hear them well.  

“To those that seek to take away religious freedom and threaten the privacy of women and children in the state of Texas we have one message, ‘Don’t mess with Texas!’

The great people in the state where we grew up aren’t afraid of speculative, threatening economic reports, and they refuse to be told what they can and can’t believe. The recent report from the Texas Association of Business is the nothing less than a manipulated intimidation tactic meant to force Texans to submit to the radical, sexual revolution. These are the same tactics that were used in our state of North Carolina.

Yet despite them all NC not only withstood the attacks but surged economically. Click here for a few simple facts. 

It’s time to push back, Texas. It’s time we stop letting ourselves get bullied by manipulated reports and overinflated sound bites from the left. The facts are the facts: women and children deserve privacy and safety in restrooms and locker rooms–and Texans should be free to believe and live out their beliefs in every area of their lives.”

Also our own Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick put out this courageous statement on December 22nd.

“I congratulate the conservative legislators in North Carolina and the leadership of my good friend, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, for standing firm on principle and public safety. Legislation like this is essential to protect the safety and privacy of women and girls, and is simple common sense and common decency.

“Legislation to protect women’s privacy and business is essential to assure that sexual predators, like those who exploit the internet, will not be able to freely enter women’s restrooms, locker rooms or showers and that businesses are not forced by local ordinances to allow men in women’s restrooms and locker rooms. The left and the liberal media who oppose this legislation don’t understand it, but the people do. This is not discrimination against any individual or the targeting of any group. It is supported by the overwhelming majority of both political parties and every racial and ethnic group in Texas.”

North Carolina had been pressured by groups advocating that they abandon House Bill 2 in favor of the politically correct position advocated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and others which demand no restrictions regarding public restrooms, locker rooms and showers. The North Carolina Senate voted down a bill to repeal House Bill 2 and the House adjourned without acting.”

From my heart of hearts – I want to say a big “THANK YOU” to these courageous men for taking the narrow road and not compromising on that is right. The TAB will hear us this next legislative session when we say together – Don’t mess with Texas!

Trayce Bradford

Texas Eagle Forum, President

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Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace Is. 9:6 NIV

There is no better way to communicate a Christmas greeting than through the greatest story ever told and the most lavish gift ever given! We at Texas Eagle Forum want to wish you and your family a Blessed and Merry CHRISTmas and a Joy-filled New Year!

The Birth of Jesus

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.”

Luke 2: 1- 21 NIV Int. Version
Let it Be!


Texas Faith & Family Day

March 16, 2017

Texas Faith & Family Day at the Capitol

Austin, TX

 

Join us for a day where we make a difference together in Austin. We will share information about the legislation currently on the table during the 85th Texas Legislative Session important to our family values community. Come share your thoughts and hearts with your elected officials as we hit offices together.

For more information, email Trayce Bradford at trayce.bradford@gmail.com  

 

 


Merry Christmas & Pressing Onward Into 2017

Dear Friends,

During this joyous Christmas season, we give thanks to God for the blessings of family, friends and freedom. And we thank you for your activism, prayers and financial support of Texas Eagle Forum during the past year.

What a year it has been! With the stunning election night victory of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, God has stirred up our nation in hope for the future, and we, as citizens, must make the most of this opportunity and continue to be faithful to pray without ceasing.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Tim. 2:1-2

As the scripture says above, we are called to pray for our leaders, so let’s be diligent and faithful both to pray and to be engaged in the governmental process. We, here at Texas Eagle Forum, will begin the new year with thanksgiving and hope – hope for our children and grandchildren, hope for America, and hope that our nation will once again be that shining city on a hill, a true beacon of freedom in the world.

When the 85th Legislative Session opens in Austin on January 10, 2017, Texas Eagle Forum will be there to be your voice to keep Texas conservative and our families safe. We are thrilled to work alongside several other strong, liberty-minded grassroots organizations, and as a completely volunteer grassroots army, Texas Eagle Forum is uniquely positioned to make a difference in Austin.

Partner with Texas Eagle Forum by clicking this link to donate now!

We believe that our political and cultural agenda is your agenda and worth fighting for.

  • Working for the passage of American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) – to safeguard our constitutional rights against foreign law that would encroach on those rights in our courts. Similar bills have already passed in ten states; it is time to add Texas to that growing list.
  • Protecting religious liberties in the state of Texas and our nation. We support the “Privacy for Women and Children” legislation which protects our most vulnerable. Everyone’s rights should be considered not just a few. Already girls are losing positions in sporting competitions to boys identifying as females and some sexual predators are using the opportunities given through these “bathroom bills” to prey on young women. This nonsense must be stopped!
  • Continuing to stand strong on the LIFE issue. There are a number of important pieces of legislation being put forward this session that deal with life from conception to the grave.
  • Fighting back against the horrendous human trafficking here in our state. We will do everything in our power to find answers for these women being used and abused, their children, and redemption for the people involved. We will be working with other effective para-church and activist groups that are making a difference and do what we can to help with this growing tragedy.
  • Securing the Texas electrical grid from a cyber or physical terrorist activity or from a natural catastrophic Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) event. Texas has a tremendous advantage here to lead the nation since we are the ONLY state with its own electrical grid!
  • Remaining vigilant to protect our borders, the Second Amendment and ending Texas sanctuary cities that are allowing illegal aliens a haven from the enforcement of immigration laws.
  • Working to expose and push back against educational and environmental fads pushed on our public-school students. Our TEF Vice-President MerryLynn Gerstenschlager, who just returned from another UN Climate Change meeting in Morocco, has kept this her number one focus throughout the years.

In 2017, Texas Eagle Forum will continue to offer a powerful and compelling, pro-family VOICE that can make a decisive difference in Austin… but we need your help.

I must be honest and say this is the hardest part for me, but it is necessary. We have many hopes and ideas to reach this state with our pro-life, pro-family and pro-liberty values and action plans but we need your voices and we need the finances to do it.

Educating activists, communicating our message, and encouraging others to get involved in this fight all cost money. Would you consider helping us with a generous year-end gift of $1,000, $500, $250, $100, or $50 online? You can also set up recurring monthly donations online as well to help us throughout 2017.

As I stated at the beginning, we have a small window of opportunity to make an impact. I am committed. Will you join us? This year has proven one thing, prayer and citizen action, produces victory…and the impact of this victory will affect generations of Americans. There was a lot at stake during 2016 and 2017 will not be any different. We are counting on you to stand strong with us.

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Pressing onward into 2017,

Trayce Bradford
TEF President


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Texas Eagle Forum on the Road

dallas-webDuring the month of October – we took Texas Eagle Forum on the road with three events in three cities – Dallas, Flower mound, and Midland, inviting new people and introducing them to the vision and purpose of our cause. Trayce Bradford, the new President, with the help of our hosts, Cindi & David Castilla, Debbie & Steve Watts, and Duryn & Brandon Hodges and our special guests State Representative Matt Rinaldi and img_5280State Senator Konni Burton shared how important Texas Eagle Forum is to the State of Texas and our legislators in Austin. It is never easy to build a grassroots army across the state but we are commissioned to do it and are so greatly appreciated by the legislators that we work with and stand shoulder to shoulder with.

 

img_5282Our goals for the these evenings were to build support on the fundraising side of this organization, finding willing volunteers to join us down in Austin during the legislative session, giving people the tools to communicate with their family and friends about our issues, and working together to keep the State of Texas the beacon of freedom in our nation. We came away so blessed to meet and connect with so many – signing up monthly partners with TEF and connecting them to us in preparation for 2017.

 

img_5292If you would like to host Texas Eagle Forum in your home, church, or business, we would love to come and share what we are doing around the State. Contact Trayce and get moving.

 

Join us as we take Austin by storm in January 2017. If you can’t go, please send us as willing volunteers to get this important work done. You can donate one time or monthly re-occurring donations here.

 

Thank you for partnering with us.

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Blessed Thanksgiving!

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7


As we take time today to reflect on all we have been given in this nation, I am thanking God for faith, family and friends like you. Thankful that though many of us have never met, you are an encouragement us at Texas Eagle Forum to keep on the front lines. I hope we do that for you as well. God has blessed us with an incredible gift in this nation and the honor of working together to see that it is a place were liberty remains and hope is the basis for our next steps.

I am blessed beyond words to be an Eagle, a Texan an American, a wife, a mother, daughter, sister and above all a child of the King.

My family and I pray a blessing over each of you and your families today for peace, provision and wisdom that comes from above. There is much to do in the coming year, I look forward to this journey with you.

Thanking God for America and praying for her future!

Trayce


“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7


Overview of Recent Activities in 2016

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14479660_10154682647459309_7547747253640600999_nA variety of opportunities, like the training we held with Lt. Col. Allen West, in September are happening around the states. By working in a coalition of conservatives, we are doubling even tripling our effectiveness and learning so much more about many pertinent issues. Texas Eagle Forum wants to be a good partner in the conservative movement. We don’t have to have out fingerprints on something, we are going to work with wisdom, and when we can partner with others that have expertise in an area, it is a win win for us all.

Texas Eagle Forum has had the opportunity to sit on panels both at Tea Party meetings, Republican Club meetings, and policy think tanks alongside some fabulous patriots – for example recently Trayce was on a panel with National Center for Policy Analysis speaking to collegiate scholars about Obligations of Citizenship.

As many of you know every other year – we have a bi-annual banquet at the Republican State Convention and this year’s banquet was incredible. There were days we wondered how it would ever come together, but with prayer, planning and people that had committed to do this job with excellence, it turned out to be a delightful and inspiring evening!

Eddie Dean’s Ranch in downtown Dallas was packed, the BBQ was delish and our speakers -The Benham Brothers, Chief Justice Roy Moore, and former Governor Rick Perry really brought the passion and the truth we all needed to hear. Our state of Texas is a haven of conservative values that will be used to turn this nation around.

We closed out the evening with a blessing over the attendees from State Representative Scott Turner. We wanted to give back to each of them the encouragement needed to continue the fight and an excitement to take our stand together. We really appreciated all the support to help Texas Eagle Forum grow and prosper.

Here are a few pictures from that incredible night.

 

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Congratulations President Elect Donald Trump & Vice President Mike Pence

We here at Texas Eagle Forum want to congratulate President Elect Donald Trump and Vice President Elect Mike Pence, for the history making victory and becoming our 45th President of the United States of America. We look forward to the upcoming transition and watch with hope-filled expectations that President Trump, along with the Senate and the House of Representatives, will work to repair, unify and lead our nation back to greatness.

We are called to pray for our leaders, and we will not shrink back in our duties both to pray and to be engaged in our governmental process. Let’s continue to work to defy the odds and the pundits with results that will move our nation forward united in liberty and justice for all.

“He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” Daniel 2:21

Praying wisdom and knowledge for President-Elect Trump and Vice President-Elect Pence and all our newly elected officials.