The Top 5 – April 3, 2017

This last week in Austin was a bit hectic and full of surprises, some good – some not so good. There are so many pieces moving and so many opportunities for good things to happen, but we need to continue to be engaged and active.

This week the top 5 action items are going to be a little different. Since we are in April and the session ends in May, you can imagine how many times we will need your willingness to pray, contact your representative, and pass the word along.

This week we are asking you to:

1) Pray for your legislator and their families – This is the time in the legislative session when days get longer and it gets harder to keep all the plates spinning. Several legislators have lost family members, been injured in an traffic accident and the list goes on and on. Please take time each day this week to pray for safety, peace, wisdom and protection over them. Trayce Bradford was at a private meeting this last week with Senator Ted Cruz. She asked how we could be praying and he said, “Please pray for wisdom and peace”. We believe this applies to all our state leaders as well Let’s keep the prayers coming.

2) Feedback on Issues – Would you take a moment and give us some feedback? Please send us the issue you are most concerned with as you are watching this session. Let us know what you have done to support or fight for an issue. TEF fights for faith and family values and that includes marriage, life, good stewardship, education, service, and so much more.

3) Social Media – Please make sure to read the Women Wednesday blogs and Freedom Friday quotes that we are posting on social media. Here is the latest blog by Marnie Freeman. It is so helpful to get TEF’s message out to more people if you considering liking these posts and sharing those that you think are important. We are on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here is a challenge. I would like to ask you to send in a quote that sums up why you fight for freedom. We will pick some to share as we finish out the session. Citizens Voice of Freedom will be posted on the Monday Top 5. You could be a Star for Liberty.

4) We also do an update on social media each week with Concerned Women of America and SBTC. This update is known as the Mom Caucus. We will be posting those to our TEF FB page in the future. They are usually more light hearted but we do give you updates on bill movements and other action items. We also have a Champion of the Week. We try to find someone doing good just because its the right thing to do.

5) There have been some bills moving through the Senate and the House. Next week we will have more information. Senator Bob Hall’s protecting our grid bill SB83 has a hearing in the Senate Business and Commerce Committee on April 11th. Please be praying and calling your senators to tell them that this is a critical bill. Co-Authors now on the bill include Sen. Bettencourt, Creighton, Whitmire, Nelson and Sen. Larry Taylor!

There is another bill that matters a great deal to Trayce personally. Senator Van Taylor’s SB256 which passed out of the Senate Justice Committee 8-0 and then passed the full Senate floor vote and is on its way to the House. This bill pertains to an issue that Trayce worked on during college. Here is what she says, “As someone that had been stalked and physically assaulted, I had found no recourse to keep my personal information from my attacker. God opened a door for me to try to do something about this and I actually earned 6 college credits for work on this issues and victims rights. I worked as the first Victim’s Assistance Coordinator with the County DA my senior year at Texas A&M. There have been changes over the year to protect victims but not enough and this bill seeks to further protect abuse victims, trafficked victims and those in my situation giving more protection to private information. Please pray it passes through the House as quickly! Thank you for letting me share this with you and hopefully see an exclamation point on the end of the three decade long battle!”

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The Top 5 – March 20, 2017 – Special on SB 6 – The Texas Privacy Act

Thank you to everyone who journeyed to Austin this week for our Texas Faith and Family Day. It is so important for us to go to Austin and make our voices heard and we did that this last week. We did a few Facebook Live videos which was fun! We shared Trayce speaking on ALAC (American Laws for American Courts), sharing before the rally, and we captured the full rally with Rafael Cruz speaking at the very end. You can find all of those videos on our Facebook page and we encourage you to watch them and share them.

Trayce testified for Senate Bill 6 (The Texas Privacy Act or known in the media as the “bathroom bill”) two weeks ago and it passed the Senate State Affairs committee and then the full Texas Senate. We are continuing to work for the passage of this bill to protect every woman and every child – it is now going to the Texas House which is a greater challenge. This week’s Top 5 is focused on what we need to do to get this important bill passed for the women and children of the State of Texas.

Here is our Top 5 for this week to help us on SB 6 –
#1 Get educated on SB 6 and the TRUE facts. Here is a good fact sheet from Texas Values. Also read Trayce’s open letter against the Texas Business Association numbers from January here on our blog.

#2 Call every member in the House and ask them to sign the letter of support for SB 6 that Representative Matt Schaefer prepared for them. You can download the letter here! Make sure to call your own House Member at the very least. We need them to sign on today – before Tuesday! Find the phone numbers of the House Members here.

#3 Instead of being sent to the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee where it should go, this bill will most likely be sent to Rep. Byron Cook’s State Affairs Committee. Conservative bills many times die there at the hand of Byron Cook. We need to keep that from happening. Please call the Members of both committees – and tell them wherever this bill lands this week, we need them to support it for the sake of our families here in Texas.

#4 Thank Senators Kelly Hancock, Paul Bettencourt, and especially Lois Kolkhorst (the main sponsor of the bill) for standing up for truth – If you didn’t last week – please thank Senator Kelly Hancock for standing up to the Texas Association of Business and being really clear on this issue for everyone to see. You can see an video of them in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTeZiVIu2QM. Call Senator Hancock’s office at 512-463-0109. Senator Paul Bettencourt also did a fabulous job defending truth on this issue. Please call and thank him at 512-463-0107. Call Senator Lois Kolkhorst and THANK HER – this woman has laid it all on the line – 512-463-0118.

#5 Follow what the Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is saying on SB 6 – He has been a hero, unafraid to stand up against all odds. Let’s thank him as well. Here are some of this thoughts on the issue. And here is his statement after it passed the Senate. Please call Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s office and thank him for standing strong on this issue. 512-463-5342.

Other Items:
Join us for Texas Eagle Forum Family Fun Night (April 12th) with Brad Stine & Crystal Yates in Dripping Springs– You can become an underwriter or get your tickets here. Thank you for your support of Texas Eagle Forum.

Our latest #WomenWednesday blog post is here, Trayce’s latest TEF letter, and our latest March Torch Newsletter is here that just hit mailboxes. Check out our website weekly for new content that will keep you informed.

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Texas Eagle Forum is Excited to Partner with the New Texas Freedom Caucus in the Texas House.

Yesterday, it was announced that the Texas Freedom Caucus was launched in the Texas House of Representatives. Texas Eagle Forum is ecstatic about working with these lawmakers to help “amplify the voice of liberty-minded grassroots Texans”. Here is their announcement from February 14, 2017. – President Trayce Bradford

 

Freedom Caucus Formed in the Texas House to Empower Grassroots Texans


The Texas Freedom Caucus was launched today in the Texas House of Representatives.  The Texas Freedom Caucus’ mission is to amplify the voice of liberty-minded grassroots Texans who want bold action to protect life, strengthen families, defend the bill of rights, restrain government and revitalize personal and economic freedoms in Texas.

The Texas Freedom Caucus (TFC) will be focused on first principles that are the hallmark of liberty-minded Texans.  The policies supported by the TFC will be developed thru collaboration with grassroots leaders to identify priorities that are often dismissed in Austin.

“Go five blocks in any direction from the Texas Capitol, and you will see what interests are hard wired into the Austin establishment,” Caucus Chairman Rep. Matt Schaefer (Tyler) said. “The mission of the Texas Freedom Caucus will be to hard wire liberty-minded grassroots into policy making in Austin.”

The TFC will engage grassroots Texans on matters before session, during session, and long after session when policies are implemented at the agency level. The caucus is committed to restoring first principles – the right to life, liberty and property that are at the core of the freedom of America and the exceptionalism of Texas. The caucus will outline a set of legislative priorities after it holds a series of discussions with grassroots representatives from all across Texas. Thereafter, the TFC will support or oppose legislation in accordance with those principles.

“We don’t want our priorities to be determined from Austin down, but from the grassroots up. That includes taking things like the Texas Republican Party platform seriously,” said Schaefer. “There are thousands of people too busy working and raising their families to embed themselves in the legislative process. Their voices matter too, and we want to make sure they are heard, and their efforts are multiplied.”

The Texas Freedom Caucus will share many policy goals with other existing conservative organizations and caucuses, and it will buttress and complement rather than compete with those groups.  The TFC will distinguish itself by providing a specific focal point for grassroots Texans interested in conservative policy-making in Austin.

The Vice Chair of the Caucus will be Rep. Bill Zedler (Arlington). The Policy Director will be Rep. Jeff Leach (Plano), caucus Grassroots Liaison will be Rep. Matt Shaheen (Plano) and the Secretary-Treasurer will be Rep. Tony Tinderholt (Arlington). Other members include representatives Kyle Biedermann (New Braunfels), Briscoe Cain (Houston), Matt Krause (Fort Worth), Mike Lang (Granbury), Rep. Matt Rinaldi (Irving), Jonathan Stickland (Bedford) and Valoree Swanson (Spring).

James Bernsen will serve as Executive Director for the Texas Freedom Caucus.

www.freedomfortexas.com


How Are You NOT for Women?

By Audrea Taylor, President of im2moro (Guest Writer)

I remember the look on my professor’s face when she asked, “How are you not for women?” The question was the culmination of a forty-five minute heated discussion we had in front of the class a few days before, and another forty-five minute or so conversation we had sitting in the middle of a busy Starbucks with college students buzzing around us.

My professor had asked me to coffee after our classroom exchange. She was one of the most loved professors on my small Christian college campus. She was young, charming, smart and had a deep love for students. The discussion we had was about women’s rights. We had disagreed on what “women’s rights” actually meant.

Fast forward to just this past week in Washington D.C – I thought back to this conversation I had with my professor as I sat next to a group of women who had traveled from Austin, Texas, not to attend the Inauguration, but to join the Women’s March protest that would take place the next day.

I knew why I had spent valuable resources, time and money, to make the trip to Washington.

I was in D.C. for the historic Inauguration of the 45th president of the United States – to witness the founder’s grand experiment performed for the 45th time in American history with a new president.

Ronald Reagan said in his 1981 Inauguration Address, “To a few of us here today this is a solemn and most momentous occasion, and yet in the history of our nation it is a commonplace occurrence. The orderly transfer of authority as called for in the Constitution routinely takes place, as it has for almost two centuries, and few of us stop to think how unique we really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every-four-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle.”

President Reagan spelled it out – the transfer of power is something special and unique. I wanted to see it happen.

But why had these ladies traveled to D.C.? I know, for the women’s march – but really why had they come? What rights were they deprived of? What rights did they desire?

When you ask people who supported or attended the women’s march this question, you will receive a variety of answers. But I believe there was really only one right they gathered to defend – the right to an abortion.

Ironically, this is a right they already have based on the Supreme Court decision, Roe vs. Wade. But it’s a right they are afraid of losing under a new administration.

You see, the march was not about promoting women, feminism, respect or equality. Many Christian women tried to join the march but were removed from the sponsor list because they believe in the rights of baby girls in the womb. Instead the march was about an ideology that does not value life. It was a platform for planned parenthood’s biggest supporters to publicly display their hate (Madonna saying she thought about “blowing up the White House”) and it was about planned parenthood telling the world they are frightened their business empire based on terminating life will come crashing down when congress defunds them and the Supreme Court upholds a different ideology.

As I sat next to these ladies from Austin who had traveled to Washington D.C. it hit me – I do not believe these hundreds of thousands of women who marched around the country and the world truly understand what is at stake. Edifying a culture of death over life…the damage will stifle generations from now.

I remember explaining to my professor my beliefs on women’s rights – she looked at me genuinely puzzled and asked, “How are you not for women?” I laughed and said, “How could I not be for myself? I’m all for women.” But contemplating her statement in D.C. this past week, a couple years now since I sat in that Starbucks with her, I’m reminded why she said it.

For so long there has only been one side presented in the “women rights narrative.” There have been a few bold women who have dared to swim upstream against this rushing current, Lila Rose for example. But overall, my generation, the women in the millennial generation have bought in to the propaganda on their university campuses and they are perplexed and shocked as my professor was – how a woman can be both pro-life and pro-women?

I truly believe we are at a crossroads in America today. The millennial generation is deciding what they will believe. You could feel the divide in the city of D.C. – those who believed in life and those who gathered for abortion rights.

I want to remind us, we can win on the issue of life for the next four years, as Vice President Pence said, “Life is winning in America.” Yet, if we do not win the narrative with the next generation, we lose the war for our nation’s soul. As quickly as President Trump and Republicans are changing policies to defend life – a new political cycle can reverse the progress.

The pro-abortion advocates know the millennial generation is their key. Obama said this in his Presidential farewell address, “This generation coming up — unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic — I’ve seen you in every corner of the country.” He continued to say, “You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands.”

Reagan understood the importance of reaching the next generation when he said his now famous words, “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

We will truly win on the issue of life when we begin to win the narrative and effectively explain how we are actually for women. Political victories are sweet, but let’s not forget the difficult work that lies ahead. Reaching and engaging the hearts of the largest generation in American history – millennials.

Andrea Taylor is a featured Texas Eagle Forum Speaker – see her bio and information here.

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The Top 5 – January 30, 2017

Last week we started our Top 5 – a way to keep you informed on a weekly basis during the Texas legislative session We want you to know what is going on, what we are working on, and how you can be involved. We are all so busy – we get that, so we are trying to make it easier for you to think about engaging in the political process. We don’t have to be political experts to be concerned citizens. We just have to be willing to learn and willing to engage. Here is our TOP 5 for this week.

#1 Pray with us daily – Set your alarm on your phone with us at 7 pm each evening for the month of February and spend just ONE MINUTE in prayer for your state legislators, our Members of Congress, and our new President and Vice President. Michele Bachmann said this week in a speech that we heard that the most critical action that we could take is to step up our prayer lives and be in serious intercession for our leaders! We couldn’t agree more.

#2 We would like to know if you are planning to attend the TEXAS FAITH AND FAMILY DAY down in Austin on March 16th and to find out which legislation you would like to follow or learn about. Would you be willing to talk to legislators about one of these topics – such as protecting our electric grid in Texas, the dismemberment abortion ban, the Texas privacy act and a bill on abortion coercion? Can you sign up and then let us know that you are coming? Email Trayce Bradford at trayce.bradford@gmail.com. Check out all of the details here and register: http://texasfaithandfamily.com/

#3 Reach out to 5 friends today about an issue that you care about. If Texas Eagle Forum is helping you get connected and educated – feel free to share one of our articles or blogs. Encourage 5 friends to bill watch with you by signing up to follow a top bill that you care about. Just go to www.legis.state.tx.us

#4 The U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee is voting this Tuesday, January 31st at 10 am on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education. There have been a number of disconcerting reports about her stance on issues especially in the areas of Common Core and Student Data Mining. Dr. Karen R Effrem, MD – President of Education LIberty Watch gives a run down on those concerns about Mrs. DeVos. You can read some of the articles at http://edlibertywatch.org. Please make the HELP Committee and your own Senator aware of this concerning information and urge a NO vote! Here are the Members on that committee. Also the U.S. Senate Switchboard is at 202-224-3121 to call Senator Cruz and Senator Cornyn.

#5 Want a response to share on the Women’s March and the protests? Check out Bunni Pounds’ Your Revolutionary Leader is Here from our blog. We would love for you to share our blog posts on your social media or through your email lists.

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Your Revolutionary Leader is Here – A Response to the Women’s March in Washington DC

Written by Bunni Pounds (Guest Writer & Consultant for Texas Eagle Forum)

Over 10 years ago, I launched into the world of professional politics because of many things – I had a man who believed in me, U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), I was inspired by the lives of Karen Hughes, Special Counselor to President George W. Bush and Peter Robinson, speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, and I was addicted to West Wing (Yes, the liberal TV show) – but most of all I wanted to serve Jesus. I wanted to be a missionary to America and to make a difference in our culture and I had a vision for how my life could make a difference in this field.

You could have never convinced me a decade ago that I would still be serving Congressman Hensarling as his campaign manager and Texas fundraiser or that I would launch my own campaign consulting and fundraising firm and to be able to serve Members of Congress, State Senators, State Representatives, organizations like Texas Eagle Forum, or even our brilliant Fifth Court of Appeals Justices.

I am living my dream right now. I am a successful woman in politics who has “broken the glass ceiling” and every day I get to wake up and encourage my clients to serve the people of America or Texas with integrity and believe in the call of God on their lives.

The women in Washington DC this week that were marching after the inauguration would tell us here that we are oppressed as women and that we can’t reach the potential of our male counterparts in this country.

They are angry at our new President Donald Trump for words he spoke over a decade ago and they are deceived to think that he will treat them – the American women- with the same disrespect that he demonstrated that one day on the set of NBC.

The truth is that these women marching are looking high and low for significance. They want someone to believe in them and tell them that they can be all that they hope and dream. They want to turn off the voices of the people in their lives who have spoken rejection over them, the fathers who have not loved them in the way that they should have been loved, or the culture that screams at them every day that if they want to “make it” they are going to have to claw their way to the top with all their might.

This is my message for these women – your revolutionary leader is here. Jesus has the ultimate life-giving message for women all over this country.

He says – You are free! Free to be yourselves. Free to be who I created you to be. Free to share the story of your life and my gospel. I love you just as you are. If you want to do something – do it. If you want to follow your dreams – follow them. Believe in yourself and who I have created you to be.

In Matthew 28 in the story of the resurrection, these beautiful women came to the tomb looking for Jesus, wanting to be near Him. They were seeking Him and wanting to show Him their affection. He had changed their lives. He had accepted them as equals. He had received them as followers and disciples.

In the moment that changed all of history, Jesus appeared to them in His resurrected body. He loved them, He believed in them and He commissioned them to be the first evangelists of the greatest story ever told.  He sent them to tell the men that He was alive. Mind-blowing thought for the day in time that they lived!

Jesus today loves the seeking hearts of women who love Him passionately and fervently.

Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

My response to these women who are marching and women who are looking for significance – if you want to meet the ultimate revolutionary, the only one who really accepts you and loves you – let me introduce you to Jesus. He is the ultimate freedom fighter for His women. He absolutely thinks you are amazing! He just wants you to see yourself the way He sees you.

I am who I am today because Congressman Hensarling thought, “I think this woman who sold pest control for a living can do this. I think I believe in her enough to give her a chance. If she sold bugs – she can sell me.”

I am who I am today because I had a father who always thought I was a world-changer and told me I could do whatever I wanted in life – preach the Word of God to thousands of people or stand next to elected officials.

In the end, I get to live my dream today because the Man, Christ Jesus, believes in me. He stands beside me every day and speaks significance and identity into my heart. He is the one who laid down all His power to come to earth as a humble man and die on a rugged cross to redeem my life.

In the moments that he was dying He thought of me and He thought of you.

Hebrews 12:2 says – “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

The moment I became free was the moment I realized that I was the JOY in His heart. I was the thought that helped Him endure that torment and pain. He believed so strongly in me that He gave it all.

Jesus is my revolutionary and He is the ultimate freedom for women all over America and all over the world.

I am loved by Jesus and commissioned by Him. I am already free. Join me in the revolution of ultimate freedom.

Bunni Pounds

#womensmarch #ultimatefreedom #iamalreadyfree

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The Top 5 – January 23, 2017

Our desire is to keep you informed during this legislative session on a weekly basis. We want you to know what is going on, what we are working on, and how you can be involved. Many people don’t get involved with politics because they don’t know what to do – the world of politics seem so massive and big. “Where do we start?”, they ask. We want to attempt to break it down for each of us at the beginning of each week and we are going to call this the TOP 5. This is the top 5 ways you and your friends can be involved this week in the work of Texas Eagle Forum and make an impact on your state.

#1 Now that our new President Donald J. Trump and our new Vice President Mike Pence has been sworn in along with our State Legislature the week before – keep praying for our leaders. As Minister Franklin Graham highlighted in his inaugural prayer- he quoted 1 Timothy 2 – “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. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.”

#2 Plan to attend and bring a group to join us for the TEXAS FAITH AND FAMILY DAY down in Austin on March 16th. 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. We would love to you to bring a car of 4 people or a bus load of people. Whatever you can do to bring your family and friends down to participate in this incredible day is so important. We want TEF to be well represented in Austin that day. We are even having a dinner the night before along with our conservative partners. Check out all of the details here: http://texasfaithandfamily.com/

#3 Do you know who your legislators are? Know who your State Senator and State Representative are and know their office numbers. Go to www.legis.state.tx.us and on the right hand side – put in your address where it says “Who Represents Me?” Once you have the information of who your legislators are, print off that page and put the numbers in your cellphone or on your refrigerator. You will need them.

#4 Go to www.legis.state.tx.us and sign up to follow the top bills that interest you whether that is on education, life, border security, etc. When you do that you will know where they are in the process and can reach out to your legislators. Create a Login so that you can follow bills. After you have an account – go to “Search Legislation” on the home page. When you see a bill you want to follow, click on it and then click “Add to Alert List” so that you get alerts when something changes on this bill. You can read about our whole legislative agenda for the 2017 85th Session here on our blog. We would love for you to participate and help us communicate the value of these bills to our state legislators.

#5 Check out the Eagle Forum Report – Successor to the Phyllis Schlafly Report. It is a great source of information.

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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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