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 – 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


Election Day Precinct Conventions

CAIR Resolution:

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TADA Repeal Resolution:

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PreNDA Resolution:

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Fiscal Risk Commission Resolution:

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LIFT America Gathering, July 30th

HEY EAGLES!  Take a moment and check out this event coming to the metroplex area July 30th.  Our own Eagle Forum member, Tammy Morgan, is coordinating this opportunity for us to give back to educators.  Thank you Tammy Morgan for you and your team putting this event together!
PLEASE pass the word about an upcoming LIFT event in the metroplex area.  Lift – Lasting Impactful Fellowship for Teachers, is a time of encouraging and uplifting our educators and their families.  We encourage you all to share the word and take a teacher you know to this event!  Please see the registration link below for more information.  Thank you for supporting our educators.

 

Trayce Bradford
President of Texas Eagle Forum


Congrats New RPT Chairman & Special Session

There sure has been a whole lot of news going on in the last several days.

Texas Eagle Forum wants to say congratulations to the new interim Chair for the RPT – James Dickey!  It’s time that we all rally together and get the work done!

We are proud of Chairman Dickey for right out of the gate emphasizing the Texas GOP platform and calling for Gov. Abbott to do everything he can to work with Texans on these issues.

Here is the list that Chairman Dickey sent out. Governor Abbott included in his call several items which relate to planks from the 2016 RPT Platform as noted:

  • Municipal annexation reform– Plank 37: Property Rights
  • Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud– Plank 59: Fair Election Procedures
  • Privacy– Plank 87: Gender Identity
  • Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers– Plank 91: Funding
  • School choice for special needs students– Plank 147: School Choice
  • Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders– Plank 100: Patient Protection
  • Property tax reform– Plank 175: Tax Burden
  • Prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues– Plank 197: Right to Work
  • School finance reform commission– Plank 120: Funding
  • Caps on state and local spending– Plank 167: Spending Limitations

Speaking of work, looks like the special session will be happening as announced yesterday by Governor Abbott.

The list of Governor Abbott’s items on the call for special session to begin July 18th per Texas Tribune Patrick Svitek.

  1. Sunset legislation
  2. Teacher pay increase of $1,000
  3. Administrative flexibility in teacher hiring and retention practices
  4. School finance reform commisssion
  5. Shool choice for special needs students
  6. Property tax reform
  7. Caps on state and local spending
  8. Preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land
  9. Preventing local governments from changing rules midway through construction projects
  10. Speeding up local government permitting process
  11. Municipal annexation reform
  12. Texting while driving preemption
  13. Privacy
  14. Prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues
  15. Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers
  16. Pro-life insurance reform
  17. Strengthening abortion reportingrequirements when health complications arise
  18. Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not -resuscitate orders
  19. Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud
  20. Extending maternal mortality task force

Know that Texas Eagle Forum is already working with our friends and coalition members and we will be there in Austin, July 18th.

Please pray for us.

Trayce Bradford
President of Texas Eagle Forum


After Session

Dear Eagles & Friends,

I am going to jump right in and say there is so much on my heart to share, some good news as well as “lessons learned” from this Texas legislative session. In order to do that justice, I am taking some time to sort through all my notes and videos to put together a letter to share the overarching theme of the session as well as inform you on a number of bills we had pass.

We will be compiling a scorecard and hoping to keep it in the spirit of those done before. Even when I was in the “pre-eagle” period of my life (many small children and homeschooling up to my eyeballs), I always looked forward to the TEF scorecard! It was very thorough and gave a great cross section list of legislation.

You all can be praying for our team of Marilyn, Bethany, Bunni, and myself as we wade through the journals, find the votes and get this all together. Cathie will be on our speed dial as well. 🙂

I went to Austin with the heart and hope to represent Texas Eagle Forum well and to represent those that support us and stand with us on so many issues. I learned a great deal, some through victories, but a number through defeats or mistakes. I am so grateful for all the backup and encouragement you all provided with emails, texts, and calls constantly. You kept me on my toes and at times filled an empty tank with your prayers.

I look forward to sharing more in the next several weeks, but for right now I am going to go celebrate 5 birthdays, a couple of anniversaries, ballet recitals, and graduations. It is good to be home.

Bless you and keep an eye out for that letter, we have some fun and exciting news to include.

Thankful for you all! It is time now to rejoice.

Trayce Bradford

President of Texas Eagle Forum

 

 


PRAY FOR OUR LEGISLATORS

The battle of a patriot never ceases. However, the reward is reaped for generations. Therefore, do not lose your zeal for freedom or the passion for our cornerstone values. Rather, draw from the hope and knowledge that our legislature was strategically selected but it is the Lord that will safeguard our liberties.

Today, we call upon you to pray for our legislature as we approach these final days.

2 Chronicles 15:7 But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is a reward for your work.

Pray that they will have strength to keep fighting and clarity of mind as they continue to discern how to best protect our families and faith.

Do not be discouraged by the media or outside voices. Our fight is for a Higher power that says it is always a season of prayer and to always commit our works to Him.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Victory cannot be won without warriors to lift up our battles.

Trayce Bradford