Mental Health Faith & Family Day Handout

“We as Texans and parents are deeply concerned about mental health legislation such as HB10, SB10, SB11, SB1893, HB822, HB1536, HB 1069, HB198, HB204. The addition of 150 mental health bills in the 86th Texas Legislature is very concerning, both from a cost and liberty perspective. We know there are people who need help, but this answer must not come at making it prescriptive for everyone, expanding government control and mandates via adding school mental health clinics and services, mental health curriculum, student assessments, a state-wide mental health consortium that establishes a new government bureaucracy, grants and programs to research nebulous behavioral health, expanded authority for CPS and added new burdens for foster parents. These are only some of the many measures seeking to be legislated…”


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The Top 5 – March 18, 2019

This week is popping with bills getting hearings and many are coming up TODAY.  You are still needed even when you can’t make it down to Austin.  Please reach out to let your legislator know that you support or don’t support the legislation making its way through the process. Our voice is our strongest tool we have for making a difference. PLEASE be sure and read through to the end as there is a lot of information this week.  Also, please, keep an eye out as you may be getting updated action Items during the week since we are at the half way mark of session.

Our top 5 for this week. Please make some calls and join the action. 

Important Bills to make your voice heard on – 

1.   De-Funding Planned Parenthood

First SB22 (House companion HB1929) to Defund Planned Parenthood –  it will stop taxpayers and at the state and local level from funding the abortion industry.  Take a look at the actions you can take at the Texas Values action page on this issue. This is one I know we all care about deeply. 

2. Property Tax Reform

Here is a note from our friend Vance Ginn. 
Here’s an update on the budget picture for the House Approps Committee hearing today at 10 am. There is no change to the amount for property tax relief.I’ve put the CSSB500 (House) details from the attached PDFs (from the Approps Committee) into the attached spreadsheet. It is a massive supplemental bill with a total amount of $9.1 billion for the 2018-19 and 2020-21 budget periods. For just the 2018-19 biennium, excluding $1.17 B for Harvey recovery, to compare with the 2018-19 Conservative Texas Budget limits based on 4.5% in pop+inf of $3.6 B in state funds and $4.44 B in all funds, CSSB500 (House) includes:

  • $1.94 B in state funds
  • $4.26 B in all funds.

Both are below the CTB limits.For just the 2020-21 biennium, excluding $664 M for Harvey recovery, the amounts that will go towards the 2020-21 CTB limits based on 8% in pop+inf of $156.5 B in state funds and $234.1 billion in all funds, CSSB500 (House) includes:·         $3.03 B in state funds·         $3.03 B in all funds.Therefore, $3.03 billion will be added to HB 1, which looks to already be above the CTB limits.Recommendations:·         From the data provided for CSSB500, it is below the 2018-19 CTB limits and could be supported while noting that making a $658.2 million expense for a 13th payment to retired teachers is poor policy when TRS is already in a major crisis.·         From the data provided for CSSHB1 and the amounts from CSSB500, there is not enough information (can’t calculate total state funds or all funds) to completely compare with the 2020-21 CTB limits, but the introduced HB1 was above the CTB limits in both state funds and all funds and is increased from CSSB500 by $3 B. HB 1 should not be supported unless new information for the substitute indicates the totals for state funds and all funds, excluding Harvey recovery, are below the limits above.

Also read this article from Texas Public Policy Foundation to get educated on this issue. 

3. Ending Taxpayer Funded Lobbying – SB19 (CSSB29) Ending Taxpayer Funded Lobbying (Plank 217 in the party platform) will have a hearing on Monday.  Contact your Senators to let them know you support SB29.  Check out the FAQ page from our Friends at Grassroots America – We the People here.

4. Election Security – This bill (SB9) also has a hearing on Monday.  Please see the important material below from Grassroots America – We the People: 

Breaking News!
Hearing called for Monday 9 AM

Call to action to support

Senate Bill 9: Election Security
Relating to election integrity;
increasing criminal penalties;
creating a criminal offense;
creating civil penalties
By Senator Bryan Hughes, SD 1

Plain Language of the Bill

  • Requires that all voting systems have a voter verifiable paper audit trail and helps counties that have recently purchased systems without that component pay to retrofit their machines.
  • Uses the paper trail to conduct ongoing, randomized audits statewide to confirm that electronic systems are recording votes as voted. This program would begin as a pilot program for audits but go statewide once all paper systems are in place.
  • Allows law enforcement to conduct operations and investigations during elections to check for vulnerabilities in the electoral system or process.
  • Prohibits pre-checking boxes to affirm eligibility to register, like citizenship, on mass-mailed voter registration cards.
  • Requires those assisting curbside voters to provide more information about the nature of their relationship to the voter and the reason for assistance.
  • Requires those assisting other voters in the polling place to provide basic information including their name and relationship to the voter.
  • Requires those who seek to vote by an absentee ballot by mail due to a disability to affirmatively indicate that they meet the definition of “disabled” under the code, not merely check a box that makes a conclusory statement that they are disabled. Provides avenue for redress and civil penalties for election fraud that can be enforced by a candidate who has been harmed by the fraud.
  • Makes sure we are actually participating in the interstate crosscheck system to clean and maintain our voters rolls as previously directed by the legislature.
  • Requires an automatic recount if/when the total number of votes cast in a precinct exceeds the number of registered voters in that precinct.
  • ACTION #1: Testify in support of the bill on Monday, using points from above.

Public testimony will be limited to 2 minutes. If submitting written testimony, please provide 20 copies to the committee clerk with your name on each.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

  • COMMITTEE: Senate State Affairs
  • TIME & DATE: 9:00 AM, Monday, March 18, 2019
  • PLACE: Senate Chamber

ACTION #2: Contact these Senators and tell them you support SB 9, using some of the points from above to say why you support it! Contact them by phone and on social media!

We’ve been working with Senator Hughes
and his staff for several months.
Please help support the bill by letting your voice be heard!

We must clean up election law & close loop holes
for corruption BEFORE the 2020 Elections!

5. Texas Faith and Family Day  – Updates

Thank you all who drove down to Austin last Wednesday to joined us for Faith and Family Day. For those of you who didn’t, you can watch our part here on Facebook where Cindy Asmussen and I talk about the disturbing mental health bills that are working their way through the legislature. Watch it here.


The Torch – March 2019

Texas can make a border wall happen. Many worry that courts will block President Donald Trump from building a border wall with funds reprogrammed from other projects under a declaration of an emergency. However, Texas is in the more conservative Fifth Circuit, not the Ninth…

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March 2019 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

The 86th Legislative Session is in full swing, and Texas Eagle Forum has a team in Austin meeting with legislators and their staffs on a variety of issues from life to property and tax relief. This session, several new faces are volunteering their time and talents: Cindy Castilla, Bethany Jarrell, and Tammy Morgan, among others, are doing a great job of representing TEF in a well-informed, gracious, and engaging manner. We encourage you to visit Austin and personally share your concerns and suggestions with your legislators and let them know you are paying attention to their bills and votes…

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The Top 5 – February 25, 2019

Lt. Col. Allen West will be with us at Faith & Family Day. SB2 (Property Tax Reform) gets a hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Mayes Middleton leads charge to get rid of Taxpayer Funded Lobbying, and Gun Rights and the Pro-life issue should continue to be watched by all.

Our top 5 for this week. Please make some calls and join the action.

I am going to start today with comments from Michael Openshaw, one of the most reliable front line citizen activists that we have in our state and who just happens to be spending time in Austin this legislative session. Thank you, Michael.
 

“Beleaguered Property Owners! We need your voices IN Austin Wednesday, Feb 27th 8am! This is when the taxpayer-funded lobbyists and many of YOUR local officials will show up to say the voters should NOT be in control of rising tax bills! If you aren’t there, your voice won’t be heard!

SHARE! SHARE! SHARE!”

1.   SB2 (Property Tax Reform) hearing this Wednesday in Austin. 

Here is what you can do:

  • Go to Austin as a citizen and testify.
  • Go to Austin and sign in for SB2, but do not testify just be there in support and visit offices of legislators to share your concerns.

2. Support HB281 – the Taxpayer Funded Lobbyist Ban Bill

While you are in Austin on Wednesday or making calls on #1, please tell your representatives to support HB281 to stop taxpayer funded lobbying. Thank you to former Senator Konni Burton for all her work on this last session. Now new State Representative Mayes Middleton who is wasting no time getting down to business is leading the charge. It will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday as well. Here is an article about the bill. 

3. Gun Rights – HB238 and HB357

If you are interested in Gun Rights, there are several we are keeping an eye on during this session and specifically this week.  Rep. Matt Krause has HB238, which will be heard in the Homeland Security and Public Safety bill on Wednesday! HB 238 relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition with in the State of Texas.

Here is some helpful information regarding HB238 and what you can do from: 
Rachel Malone from Gun Owners of America. 

“Hey Texas, ever wish our state and local governments could be kept from enforcing federal gun regulations that aren’t anywhere in our state laws?

HB 238 by Rep. Matt Krause would take care of that, and it’s up for a hearing in the Texas House next Wednesday (2/27).

Want to help?

1. Ask your state rep to co-author HB 238 (call their Capitol office; you’ll talk with their staff)

2. Attend the hearing in Austin Wednesday morning

3. Watch the livestream

LINKS:

Bill info: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB238

Bill text: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB238

Hearing info:https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/schedules/html/C4202019022708001.HTM

Texas House livestream page: https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/

Find your rep’s Capitol office number: https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home”

Also keep an eye out for movement on HB357 – Constitutional Carry.  No Hearing date as of yet, but word is it could come sooner rather than later.  If you would like to be updated by those working closely on this issue check out this public Facebook page, Testify for Constitutional Carry (HB 357).

Bill information can be found on Texas Legislative Online TLO (I know most of you are becoming proficient at the TLO site 🙂  I again encourage you to sign up at: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB357

I am sharing this for those of you who want to follow the progress of the bill and who authors or co-authors the legislation.You are able to read the language of the bill as well as follow who testifies for or against it when it has a hearing.  That is why I keep encouraging you to get signed up and rolling on the TLO. We may hold a quick training on some of these tools via a facebook live or call/webinar soon. 

Bunni Pounds, former Congressional candidate and TEF consultant, wrote a blog this last week called A Time to Weep on how our hearts get callous toward this issue and how we need to seek God to give us fresh eyes in our fight for the unborn.  I encourage you to read it here.

4. Life – Waiting but Staying Educated

Life – As we wait for the pro-life legislation to be moved in the 86th session, let us be clear what we are fighting for and what has been happening in our nation.   If we, as a nation, have so seared our hearts, minds and souls to the heinousness of killing a child than we, as a nation, will reap the consequences.  We must be a voice and be vigilant on life.

Check out the January addition of the Torch here on the Life issue here.

Here are also some incredible articles by Lifenews.

Article #1 – Senator Tim Kaine may oppose bill to stop infanticide because it protects a fetus who survives abortion. 

Article #2 – Planned Parenthood President: We Kill Babies because we “believe in life. We are being pro-life.”


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Article #3 – Vermont House Approves Bill to Legalize Abortion Up to Birth “Baby shall not have Independent Rights under Law.” 

Article #4 – 12,000 Viable Unborn Babies are killed in Late Term Abortions Every Year

Article #5 – Watch: Activist Defends Infanticide: No Different than Abortion Because “Nothing Changes During Birth

5. Lt. Col. Allen West will be speaking at Faith and Family Day on March 13th

Come to Faith & Family Day this year with us. WE will be standing up together for our Christian values together in Austin. It is a fun, informative, and rewarding day as Texas Eagle Forum joins together with other organizations to lobby our legislators. Check out the schedule here on the website and register today. Here is the Facebook event to join and share as well.

Please consider financially supporting us at Texas Eagle Forum during this important legislative session. We know what we are doing together will make a difference for our state and our nation. 

Trayce Bradford, President of Texas Eagle Forum

The Top 5 – February 18, 2019

Beto O’Rourke FINALLY declares what we all knew before – He is for OPEN BORDERS. Congressman Michael Cloud has a bill that really highlights the national debt and Property Tax Reform has an opponent.

Our top 5 for this week. Please make some calls and join the action. 

I may have crossed over into complete session nerd-dom.  I am now signed up on Texas Legislative Online (remember that was one of the assignments from the last several weeks) and I am receiving all the updates for every committee hearing and a really LONG list of bills moving in the Senate. So much going on, but it is so rewarding to help track it for you.

Meetings are starting in House committees this week. Some of these committees have bills in front of them, others are organizational hearings, and others are invited testimony. We are keeping an eye on these and when we see bills moving that we care about, we will alert you (or you, please, keep me informed on bills you think we should be paying attention to). 

We do have a few “study” items and action items this week. Some of these issues are items we as conservatives agree on, but we may not always agree on the best way forward. The action items are hopefully helpful suggestions and beneficial information.

Thank you for stepping up and being engaged. Every day during this session so far, we have heard something that makes us shake our heads; but also every day there are brave men and women like yourself standing up for life, virtue, and truth.

1.   Let’s continue to track what is going on with the Texas border. 

Congressman Dan Crenshaw issued a challenge to Beto O’Rourke this last week and Beto responded. It went viral as former Congressman Beto O’Rourke finally told the world what we always knew all along during the last campaign – He is for open borders, period. Watch this!

Action Alert: State Reps. Briscoe Cain (512-463-0733) and Kyle Biedermann

(512-463-0325) are proposing legislation to allocate $2.5 billion  from the Texas Rainy Day Fund (current balance of $11 billion) to fund construction of border wall on the Texas  border using Texas companies. If you support this, please call the offices of these two Freedom Caucus members and thank them.

2. Property Tax Reform (SB2) passed out of committee, but…..

Read this article about Senator Kel Seliger’s opposition to this bill and then let’s all call his office today. Big, BIG ACTION ALERT!

Time to let Sen. Kel Seliger’s HEAR from you!

Austin: (512) 463-0131 or his District office in Amarillo (806) 374-8994

Please share this action alert with friends. 

3. Federal Action Alert – Cost Estimates Improvement Act (H.R. 638) by Michael Cloud 

Along with our friends at Freedom Works, we want to urge you to support the Cost Estimates Improvement Act introduced by Rep. Michael Cloud (Republican – TX-27). The Cost Estimates Improvement Act would require the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation to provide the costs of servicing the public debt when producing cost-estimates of legislation and a list of any duplicative activities covered by a bill. We talk about the national debt but this a practical step to do something about it. Read the blog by Freedom Works here.

Congressman Michael Cloud’s op-ed on the bill is here. 


Call your U.S. Congressman or Congresswoman now and ask them to co-sponsor this bill TODAY.

4. The Fight for Life – It never stops

Senator Bob Hall (SD-2) had a great run down on the Fight For Life in his weekly update that he emails out to his district. I wanted to share it with you because it gives you information on pro-life legislation.  There are more bills coming and we will get you that information asap!  

5. Join us at Faith and Family Day in Austin on March 13th

Please Join us at Faith and Family Day this year!  You will be glad you did as WE stand up for our Christian values together in Austin. It is a fun, informative, and rewarding day as Texas Eagle Forum joins together with other organizations to lobby our legislators. Check out the schedule here on the website and register today. Here is the Facebook event to join and share as well. 

This is how we make a difference. Please consider financially supporting us at Texas Eagle Forum during this important legislative session. We know what we are doing together will make a difference for our state and our nation. 

Trayce Bradford, President of Texas Eagle Forum

The Top 5 – February 11, 2019

The New Green Deal, the State of the Union, the State of the State and why we need to dig into what is really going on… Our top 5 for this week.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) were joined by Democratic lawmakers from both the House and Senate on February 7, 2019, to introduce Green New Deal legislation.

The Top 5 – February 11, 2019
This last week brought us a number of presentations from the State of the Union (SOTU) by President Trump to the State of the State (SOTS) by Governor Abbott, and lest we forget the unforgettable debut of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from NY presenting her New Green Deal. Each of these items are important not just for what they say but also what is missing. We have to listen closely and look closely.

Committees are up and running in Austin. The big news from last week was the hearings in the Senate by the first ever Property Tax Committee regarding that very thing – property tax reform. (SB2 and HB2 are identical bills). Citizens want to see relief above and beyond just reform. As home values go up, tax rates NEED to go down, not the other way around. The turnout by citizens’ participating last week was better than year’s past. I heard from one source that these hearings usually consist of tax-funded lobbyists and a few, if any citizens. This is a good sign that people are paying attention, caring about the issue, and showing up. We will need your voice when this comes up in the Texas House as well!

Bills are being filed and we want to keep an eye out on all the mental health bills. This is a an emergency issue on the Governor’s list and one we must be diligent to monitor. We are working with a team of folks to comb through this legislation. We will keep you all informed on next steps.

Here are some preparations and activities for this week of February 11th. From my family to yours – Happy Valentines Day!

1. Get your bills and issues on your alert list now.

The pace this session will pick up so please take some time now to get bills on the issues you are following on your alert list here.

2. Items to review – SOTU, SOTS, and AOC’s NGP

Please take a few minutes to look over the following items.

President Trump’s SOTU transcript
Governor Abbott’s SOTS transcript
Here is what the Governor listed as emergency items:

School finance
Teachers pay
Mental health
Property tax reform
Disaster relief

We agree with Governor Abbott listing school finance and property taxes as emergency items as well the other items, but what about the life issue. With states like NY and NM passing laws that allow the killing of babies that have been born alive, we hope we will hear from our governor on what Texas is doing to make sure this does not happen here. We also are not hearing from him on our broken immigration system. We know that focusing on caravans are the media’s way of controlling a narrative, but for those of us following what happens to daily along the border, are already familiar with the number of illegals crossing into our state.

Also please read about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s new green deal that she put forth this week. This is extremely troubling from one of the women in white at the State of the Union.

I am including the article on this Congresswoman’s ludicrous blathering because lately, I have been more than stunned at what people will support. Just as soon as it came out every Democrat Presidential Candidate came out in support of it. I had to wonder – have they read this thing? Some of our own Democrats in the Texas Legislature are supporting her as well, which is troubling. When you put her NGD together with her behavior, I have to wonder, how does anyone support this woman? Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez sat through the President’s speech where he is lauding our officers that had captured human traffickers and didn’t even clap. When he talked about our lowest unemployment in decades, nothing from her. And she sat on her hands as the President spoke of protecting the most vulnerable of us all, babies, and being a culture of life. Isn’t that what this New Green Deal of hers is all about – making life better for everybody? I guess not.

3. Updates on Property Tax Relief

If you want to get an idea of what was happening at the property tax hearing, listed below are several clips and analysis of the bills. If you are a homeowner, be sure and add SB2/HB2 to your Texas Legislative Online (TLO)list to follow the bills. We need you to weigh in when the House committee meets soon. Be sure and follow some sources that are focusing on this and school finance – be sure and follow some sources that are focusing on this, Appraisal Districts and school finance – reforming Robin Hood.”

Chairman Bettencourt opens SB2 Hearings

HB1333 by Rep. Matt Krause – Appraisal District Reform

SB689 by Senator Angela Paxton – Relating to the repeal of provisions requiring school districts to reduce their wealth per student to the equalized wealth level.

Texas Public Policy on Robin Hood

Vance Ginn and team – State of the State recap and SB2 recap

Conservative Texas Budget

4. A Response to Governor Ralph Northam

This is a wonderful response to the Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam by Benjamin Watson. The Governor was whining about people calling him out for his support of a heinous bill filed that would allow abortion even when a mother is in labor. Unbelievable.

5. Continued Prayer for our Legislators

Remember to PRAY for all of the families of legislators, state leaders and staff. They make a sacrifice during session and it is important that we can keep these families in our prayers. Pray for health, provision, mercy, rest, protection, joy and support.

Thank you for your support of TEXAS EAGLE FORUM.

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Trayce Bradford – President of Texas Eagle Forum


The Top 5 – February 4, 2019

Time for the Top 5 action steps for this week. Property Tax relief and more…

I was in Austin again last week accompanied by Cindi Castilla, Dallas Eagle Forum President. We were able to meet with several legislators and their staff. It was a blessing to have Cindi along. Thank you for those praying for us. 

Here is our list for the week. 

1. PRAY for all committee chairs in the House and the Senate

At this point, things look better than they have in the last few sessions.  The early committee assignments bode well for a session that is on time and hopefully one that gives legislation the opportunity to go through the process. We shall see.

Please, as always, be praying for our legislators, statewide leaders, their staffs and most importantly their families.  This week we are asking for prayer to be focused on all committee chairs. 

Here is the list of the Texas House Committee Chairs.

Here is the list of the Texas Senate Committee Chairs with one change that Senator Bob Hall has replaced Senator Seliger as AG Chair. 

2.  Be Educated on the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) in New York

I am sure many of you, like me, were devastated and disgusted by the glee with which New York and its governor celebrated the passing of a law that now allows abortions up to birth.  Read that again, up to birth.  

Did you know that the RHA removes legal protections that once ensured that viable babies who survived abortion would be given medical treatment?

The RHA says that certain non-physicians can now commit abortions in New York. What happened to giving women the very best medical care for their abortions?  Are we seeing a return to those back alley abortions that we heard about so many years ago? Wasn’t the pro-death (they have earned this title as far as I am concerned) side always blaming those that are pro-life for putting women at risk?

For more information on that law that is actually legal in several other states, they just decided not to celebrate it, please see the information below.  This matters because their eyes are set on Texas and we need to know how to engage in discussions with both our legislators and our circle of influence.  

Some facts about the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) here
Pro-Life Essentials Facts You Should Know Regarding Abortion 
  
3. Property Tax Relief

Please pay attention to the Property Tax relief debate going on in Austin and call your legislators with your opinions. Here are some tools and resources that we find helpful. We have to work together to find real solutions. 

HB 2 was filed on 1/31 in the Texas House but has not yet been assigned to a committee.

The Texas Senate will have a hearing this Wednesday 2/6 in the Property Tax Committee with Chairman Bettencourt. Here is the alert on the hearing with all the information. Get educated and consider coming down to testify. We are here to help you. 

Frisco Mayor Calls Property Tax Reform Nonsense
Vance Ginn Economics Blog or Facebook page
Texas Public Policy Statement on the bills
SB2 Bill
HB2 Bill
Conservative Texas Budget
TPPF on the Conservative Texas Budget

4. Prepping for the Session. Are you a Prepper?

Please make sure you sign up on Texas Legislative Online.
 
You can search and track the pieces of legislation you are most interested in! 

Have you asked others to sign up for the Top Five?  Have you signed up for our newsletter, The Torch, that is mailed each month? You can do that at: 
www.texaseagle.org

You may want to read or engage with one the pages or groups we recommend on this Top Five, such as Vance Ginn Economics FB page.  TEF receives nothing from referring you to any of these groups except the satisfaction of knowing we are connecting people to the information and groups they will benefit from. We want you to be able to be comfortable in engaging at all levels of the governmental process.

5. Texas Faith and Family Day – March 13, 2019

Many of you may have already heard of the “Ban the Bible” legislation that has been filed. Texas Values has listed the bills to be watching and what concerns there are with those pieces of legislation here.

Please don’t just read these articles but get engaged!  Join us and be a voice for life, liberty and property!  We hope to see each of you down in Austin. Bring some friends! Let’s show the leaders in Austin that people of faith are voters with a voice and the convictions to work hard to make sure Texas is a place that welcomes diversity and cherishes faith and family! 

Here is the Facebook event to join.  and the website with all of the information. See you then. 
Thanks for joining with us. 

Trayce Bradford – President of Texas Eagle Forum


The Torch – February 2019

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” (Equal Rights Amendment, Section I) True to history, unprecedented violence and perversion has replaced God in our defiled land. Once a shining city on a hill, the land of the free and home of the brave has increasingly resorted back to the brutal darkness of paganism…

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February 2019 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

This month, Bunni Pounds, TEF consultant, and I are writing this letter for our president, Trayce Bradford, whose Mom passed away suddenly a few weeks ago. Please pray for the Bradford family and the comfort of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Representing Texas Eagle Forum, Bunni and I went down for the swearing in of the Texas legislators and the inauguration of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. What a full and exciting two weeks it was!

On January 7th, again representing Texas Eagle Forum, we joined with the Texas Apostolic Prayer Network in a time of prayer…

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The Top 5 – January 28, 2019

This week, I made a trip down to Austin and met with our legislators around their offices – meeting about the issues where we all want to see change this session. I love looking at the Texas Capitol and realizing that we are making a difference in this place together. Our team has been down to Austin every week – th last three weeks. 

Here are the items that we want you to pay attention to this week.

1. Attacks on Religious Freedom and Free Speech

Keep your eyes and ears open for attacks on religious freedom and free speech. There are several bills filed in the Texas Legislature that we are watching closely concerning religious freedom for small business owners, charitable organizations, and contractors with the state. Here is a great video by CBN on this issue.

2. Conservative Texas Budget Priorities

Texas Eagle Forum signed on to a press release from the Conservative Texas Budget Coalition back last September and we will be speaking up about the budget all during this session.

The statement says – “Today at the Texas Capitol, the Conservative Texas Budget Coalition announced its top priorities including limiting any spending growth to population growth plus inflation. For the 2020-21 budget year that would be an all funds appropriation of $234.1 billion.
 
Other budget priorities include: approve conservative spending limits, provide local property tax relief, abolish the business margins tax, adopt a tax relief fund, and secure budget transparency and accountability.”

My comment was this: “We understand that one of the hallmarks of liberty is the freedom to steward our finances, which we expect elected officials to pass a budget that vigilantly manages our resources. The Texas Eagle Forum is a group based on faith and strong families that is encouraging legislators to practically spend on essential items while boldly cutting expenses on ineffective programs.”

You can read the full statement here. 

Call your legislators and tell them that you want your property taxes lowered and that you want them to consider the Texas Public Policy Foundation Plan. You can read about it here and calculate your savings. 

3. Texas House Committee Assignments

Committees were assigned this week on the House side which means the real work now begins. Check out the House committees here and see how you can speak into your legislators’ lives on the issues that they will be focused on every day in their committees. Remember that your legislators and their staff only have so many hours in the day so when there is an issue where you can bring your wisdom or ideas beside them, it is so helpful to push our great state forward. 

4. Prayer for our Statewide Officials

We are always going to ask you to pray for our elected officials, but today let’s focus on our statewide elected officials, like our Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, and our Railroad Commissioners – Wayne Christian, Christi Craddick, and Ryan Sitton. 

Here is a beautiful story of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick visiting a young high school senior in McKinney, TX who is battling brain cancer. Let’s continue to pray that our statewide elected officials represent us and our values well. 

5. New York’s Latest Pro-Abortion Legislation

In closing, I wanted to share a response from my dear friend and prayer partner, Rebecca Berry, to the horrible vote taken by New York legislators last week to allow abortions up til birth. For a full view of what this law allows in New York, read this. It was devastating to watch people cheering, clapping and even lighting up the Freedom Tower to honor this soul-less vote. This response by my friend, Rebecca, is worth your time to read and please stand with us in prayer and action.“So here are my thoughts on New York’s latest abortion legislation: I see a massive opening for the church to set up houses for women and baby rescue centers. I see people holding signs in Time Square and mass advertising on jumbo screens of where these women can find love and support. Where sin abounds; grace abounds even more. This promise will be capitalized and decreed. I see dispatched angels rerouting the oppressed toward deliverance. I see churches upping their level of engagement. Squads of believers taking to the streets offering hope. Going back to creation, God said – let there be… and it was so, and life abounded, I now decree “let there be life” over New York. The abortion industry has awakened a sleeping giant. The odds are against them because in our kingdom, one can put a 1000 to flight and two can put 10,000.”We continue to stand for LIFE and Liberty. 

Trayce Bradford – President of Texas Eagle Forum


The Top 5 – January 21, 2019

Greetings Eagles!

First of all – Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Let’s pause for a moment to remember what a great man of God he was and how he impacted our country for good. Thankful for his life. 

Well, the Texas Legislative Session is underway. Senate committees have been assigned and it looks like the House committees will be close behind. 

This session will have a strong focus on property tax reform and school finance reform – including an increase in teacher’s pay according to the statements made by Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick last week at their inaugurations. We are hopeful we will also see the security grid issue addressed, as well as a several other items that liberty loving patriots are interested in. 

Each Monday we will bring you at least five action items for that week.  As the session progresses these items will become much more specific and more time sensitive.

Let’s get started for the week of January 21st:

1.   Contact your State Senator and State Representative

If you have not already done so, it’s a great idea to reach out to both your state senator and your state representative.  If you don’t know who represents you in Austin, click here.  Introduce yourself via email, personal card, phone call or office visit locally or if you are in Austin stop by their office there. Introduce yourself to their staff. Texas Eagle Forum suggests doing this even if you are on different sides of issues or even parties. This helps them know they are being held accountable but also gives them an idea of those that are engaged and care about what happens in their district and their state.

2.   Pray for your Legislators

The Texas Legislature only meets bi-annually, so they have a lot to get done and accomplish. Pray for each of them, their families and their staff.  Here is a place to get scripture and ideas for praying for your leaders.

3. Get Set Up on Texas Legislature Online

This is the most important website for the legislative session: 
 https://capitol.texas.gov/MnuHouse.aspx

You can find information you need regarding the legislators that represent you, what legislation they are authoring or working on, and the legislation you want to learn more about. You can also sign up to follow bills as they progress (or not). There are maps of the capitol which can be quite helpful for visitors to the capitol as well as information on the process of a bill through the Texas legislature.  I love the feature that alerts me to any new movement of bills I am watching. Create an account and join us for the fun. 

4. Look Over Legislation that Interests You

This is so important – please take the time to look over the legislation that interests you, that you want to follow, work on, and share.  It is so important for you to know what is in that bill and not look to the media or others on social media to provide that information.  Many times misinformation gets spread and we end up fighting a fight over an issue that never needed to happen.  Sometimes this is intentional by those trying to kill legislation but sometimes it comes from “friends” that are passing along information that is incorrect.  If you have questions. ask someone in your legislator’s office or look to some credible sources that are focused on that issues. One example is the budget – you can check out www.conservativetexasbudget.com on that subject. 

The Senate is already starting budget hearings in the finance committee and they are sending the protocol for those hearings as well.  (This gets back to action item 3, if you are interested in the budget get signed up today on the TLO website and add that issue to your bills to follow or receive alerts.)

5. Share Texas Eagle Forum with your Friends

Tell everybody (okay maybe not everybody), but please spread the word to your circle of influence to sign up for our Monday emails and to be ready to take action on the behalf of this great state of TEXAS! 

Forward this email to your family and friends and they can sign up HERE for our action alert emails, the Torch (our printed newsletter) and our inspirational content. 

Thank you again for being faithful to read our updates, get engaged, and serve together on these important issues. Let’s have a great session together. 

Trayce Bradford – President of Texas Eagle Forum


January 2019 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

It’s here! The 86th Texas Legislature is in session, and your Texas Eagle Forum has been working behind the scenes to defend our God-honoring principles. We will be working on an agenda that includes property tax reform, stiffer penalties for sex traffickers, religious liberties, immigration and the border issue, ERA, our electrical grid, and protecting the unborn. There will be opportunities to rally people in your circles of influence to call or visit their legislators, testify on issues of concern…

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The Torch – January 2019

For over a century, America has been on a slippery slope “slouching towards Gomorrah.” It has been primarily the Supreme Court that set this deceitful course. Through a series of iniquities decrees, our federal judicial branch handed Almighty God His eviction notice. One nation under God is now in name only. The substance has been removed by judicial fiat…

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December 2018 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

One of my favorite Christmas songs is a relatively new song by Joy Williams entitled, Here With Us. I cannot listen to that song without being deeply moved and reminded of Who we celebrate and what this holiday season truly signifies. We are so blessed as individuals, as a nation, and, most assuredly, as believers in Jesus Christ…

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The Torch – November 2018

The title of this year’s Eagle Council, held in Washington, D.C. September 27–30, was “Proud to be an American: Embracing Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Sixteen Texans were among Eagles from all over the country who attended the conference. Washington was abuzz with the Kavanaugh hearings on Capitol Hill, and the Eagle Council meetings reflected the culture and spiritual war we are in today…

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November 2018 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving! After what seemed like a never-ending election season, it is good to finally know the outcome. We had some hard losses—too many in fact—but we at Texas Eagle Forum will continue our mission to stand strong, hold the line for conservative values, and work to ensure hope and liberty in Texas. We can now say farewell to months of debate, social media temper tantrums, and even physical attacks on conservatives, and look to the future. We need leaders of industry, education, media, and especially the church, who are willing to speak truth…

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Early Voting Is Oct. 22 – Nov. 2

VOTE VOTE VOTE 

Today starts early voting in one of the most critical election cycles we have seen.  You know this matters and you know that you have a voice through your vote.  What a privilege to live in a nation that though she may have her faults, America is still the longest running successful experiment of a constitutional republic in history! Not to mention we have the blessing of living in the great STATE OF TEXAS! 

Get out and vote to keep this country and this state solid and strong!

PRAY: Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Ask God to protect all those working on campaigns and volunteering, for the candidates and their families on both sides.

Take 10 to Win:

Please reach out to at least ten friends or family to make sure they vote, someone may need a ride or may need your input.  If all of us took that opportunity we would see a significant increase in voter turnout.

Who represents you?

https://gis1.tlc.texas.gov/mobile/fyi/

Location Location Location

Not sure where to vote, go to your county website and they should have an entire section or page with all the information you will need.  During early voting you may vote in a number of locations, however, on election day you do have an assigned voting location that corresponds with your precinct number located on your voter i.d.

Other sources:

http://www.votetexas.gov/voting/when.html#when-to-vote

https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/index.shtml

Voting Dates & Times:
Early Voting
Monday, October 22, 2018 – Friday, November 2, 2018
*7:00 A.M. – 7:00 p.m.
Election Day
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
*7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
DISCLAIMER
*PLEASE CHECK POLLING TIMES WITH YOUR INDIVIDUAL COUNTY AS TIMES WILL VARY COUNTY BY COUNTY

https://ivoterguide.com:

This is an excellent resource for those that want to look at all candidates in particular races and see where they stand on the issues.


Recommendations:

U.S. Senate:

Ted Cruz

Congress:

CD1: Louie Gohmert

CD3: Van Taylor

CD6: Ron Wright

CD14: Randy Weber

CD16: Rick Seeberger

CD21: Chip Roy

CD24: Kenny Marchant

CD25: Roger Williams

CD26: Michael Burgess

CD27: Michael Cloud

CD33: Willie Billups

State Wide Offices:

Governor: Greg Abbott

Lt. Governor:  Dan Patrick

Attorney General:  Ken Paxton

Comptroller: Glenn Heger

Railroad Commissioner: Cristy Craddock

Agriculture Commissioner: Sid Miller

Texas Senate:

SD 2: Bob Hall

SD 5: Charles Schwertner

SD 7: Paul Bettencourt

SD 8:  Angela Paxton

SD 9: Kelly Hancock

SD10: Konni Burton

SD 16: Don Huffines

SD 17: Joan Huffman

SD 25: Donna Campbell

SD 30: Pat Fallon

Texas House:

HD 5: Cole Hefner

HD 6: Matt Schaefer

HD 15: Steve Toth

HD 21: Dade Phelan

HD 23: Mayes Middleton

HD 60: Mike Lang

HD 61: Phil King

HD 65: Ron Simmons

HD 66: Matt Shaheen

HD 67: Jeff Leach

HD 70: Scott Sanford

HD 73: Kyle Biedermann

HD 83: Dustin Burrows

HD 89: Candy Noble

HD 91: Stephanie Klick

HD 92: Jonathan Stickland

HD 93: Matt Krause

HD 94: Tony Tinderholt

HD 96: Bill Zedler

HD 97: Craig Goldman

HD 106: Jared Patterson

HD 107: Deanna Metzger

HD 108: Morgan Meyer

HD 113: Jonathan Boos

HD 114: Lisa Luby Ryan

HD115: Matt Rinaldi

HD128: Briscoe Cain

HD130: Tom Oliverson

HD132: Mike Schofield

HD 150: Valoree Swanson

Judicial Seats:

Supreme Court of Texas, Position 2: Jimmy Blacklock

Supreme Court of Texas Position 4:- John Devine

Supreme Court of Texas Position 6: Jeff Brown

Court of Criminals Appeals, Place 8: Michelle Slaughter

1st Court of Appeals, Place 8: Michael Massengale

2nd Court of Appeals, Place 5: Dabney Bassel

3rd Court of Appeals, Place 6: Mike Toth

5th Court of Appeals, Place 11: John Browning

5th Court of Appeals, Place 12: Jim Pikl

14th Court of Appeals, Place 3: Brett Busby

219th District Court: Jennifer Edgeworth

323rd District Court: Alex Kim

Local:

Collin County Judge: Chris Hill

Dallas District 2: J.J. Koch

Harris County Civil Court at Law #2: Erin Swanson

Tarrant County District Attorney: Sharen Wilson

Dallas County District Attorney: Faith Johnson

Dallas County Judge: Brian Hutcheson

Dallas Sheriff – Aaron Meeks

CHECK OUT

For a list of candidates in your county:

https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/ballot-cert/report.aspx

It is best to vote straight ticket if you are unsure or unfamiliar with the candidate. Chances are you align more with the candidate you may not have had time to research. While leaving that box blank is giving that vote away.

Voting Dates & Times:
Early Voting
Monday, October 22, 2018 – Friday, November 2, 2018
*7:00 A.M. – 7:00 p.m.
Election Day
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
*7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
DISCLAIMER
*PLEASE CHECK POLLING TIMES WITH YOUR INDIVIDUAL COUNTY AS TIMES WILL VARY COUNTY BY COUNTY

October 2018 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

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September 2018 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

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The Torch – Summer 2018

Texas ranks second in the nation for human trafficking; California is first. Texas alone has over 300,000 human trafficking victims; nearly 80,000 of them are children, and 80 percent are targeted in the foster care system. To raise awareness about this modern-day slavery, Texas Eagle Forum held an event in Irving on June 28th, entitled, “Be the One.” We invited organizations who are raising awareness about those who are enslaved, as well as groups concerned about this issue…

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Summer 2018 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

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The Torch – May 2018

A powerful new movie, “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” depicts the horrific persecution to which the early Christians were subjected. It closes with a dedication to those who are currently suffering for their faith. It almost certainly would come as a shock to most in the audience that—according to Open Doors USA, one of the leading organizations working to reduce such suffering…

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