Saturday, January 31, 2015

Don Zimmerman: Austin City Council Changes Coming

"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,"
Ephesians 6:14

Sherlock's Pub -- This past Monday, Austin City Councilman Don Zimmerman spoke to Texans for Accountable Government's monthly meeting about how the council will operate in the future:


  • Has asked for the city manager to be taken off the dias.
    • Idea originally had broad support, but no other council member has said a word since Don challenged members to put their money where their mouth is.
  • "I'm just planting seeds for what I think is going to happen in the future."
  • "I'm going to predict that there's going to be a change in city [manager], but it's not going to happen right away."
  • "The city is now a Leviathan."
  • Re New Committee System: "The devil is in the details."
  • Has asked to be assigned to CAMPO.
  • Don will keep us informed of new developments.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Konni Burton endorses repeal of Tuition "Deregulation"

"If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation."
John 11:48

She just keeps getting better:
Konni Burton Commends Senator Schwertner on Tuition Deregulation Legislation: “We must address the skyrocketing cost of higher education”

(Austin, TX) Friday, Konni Burton announced her support of S.B. 233, legislation Senator Schwertner filed to address the negative effects of tuition deregulation and the skyrocketing increase in tuition that has resulted.

“I’m grateful for Senator Schwertner’s leadership on this incredibly important issue,” commented Burton. “As a Senator that represents excellent higher education institutions, such as the University of Texas at Arlington, higher education and the rising cost of tuition are of incredible concern to myself and my constituents. I strongly support S.B. 233 and believe it should be a priority to pass this session.”

Konni Burton represents District 10 in the Texas Senate. Her district includes portions of Tarrant County including the cities of Ft. Worth, Colleyville, Arlington, Bedford, Euless, Hurst, Southlake, Burleson, Mansfield, Kennedale, Crowley, Aledo and Forest Hill. More information regarding Senator Burton can be found at
 Love you Konni!!!

Thousands Rally for School Choice at Capitol

"Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life."
Proverbs 4:13

Texas State Capitol -- Earlier today, 2500 people marched on Texas' capitol to demand the 84th #TXLEGE illustrate that "it is time for school choice in Texas."  Because all children learn differently, a one-size-fits-all government school system is doomed to fail.  The joyus celebration featured children, parents, and elected officials.

Senator Donna Campbell:

  • Thank you Texas for supporting School Choice.
  • "With school choice every child gets a voice."
  • "No child should be trapped in a failing, chronically under performing, school."
  • The status quo "is a tragedy, created by government."
  • "We can not allow status quo to dictate who attends the best schools in our state."
  • "The time for the change is NOW!!!"
  • "School choice will make our bad schools better and our good schools GREAT!!!"

Sterling Griffith speaks on behalf of Virtual Education:

  • She has ADD.
  • She was bullied in the government schools.
  • The government schools forced her to choose between her education and her acting career.
  • In her virtual school, she talks to her teacher "way more than ever before."
  • Virtual school gives her more freedom and flexibility.

Ellecia Knoelle speaks on behalf of choice within the Government schools:

  • Naively assumed her neighborhood school was ok.
  • Resented friends who sent kids to private schools.
  • After giving up on government schools: "Thank God for school choice.
    • Eventually sends her kids to a magnet school.
  • Do not assume good ZIP codes ensure good schools.
  • Construction does not equal instruction.

Joni Mitchell (Houston Gateway Academy):

Daniel Serralde (The LIBRE Initiative):

  • Texas school districts employ 642,000 employees, only half of whom are teachers.
  • Texas leads the nation in growth of administrators.
  • Not all children have the same educational needs.

Margaret Ruff speaks on behalf of Private Schools:

  • By teaching in a private school she has flexibility to do her job.
  • I can make learning fun.
Joe Ten Brook speaks on Behalf of Charter Schools:

  • Too many students are stuck in destructive situations.
  • In the past, when the old system stopped working, people did something new.
  • Had a student who only learned English in a charter school.
Here's more of the flavor of the event:

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ken Paxton makes Rosemary Lehmberg cry uncle

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Galatians 6:9

Not surprising but still good to hear:
New Attorney General Ken Paxton, who in 2014 was found to have violated the Texas Securities Act, will not be prosecuted by the state's office that investigates public corruption, officials said Thursday.

Paxton, a former state senator from McKinney, violated the Securities Act by soliciting investment clients without being registered, as required by law, according to a disciplinary order last year from the State Securities Board. Under the order, Paxton was "reprimanded" and fined $1,000. But Thursday's announcement signals that the case may be closed.

"Our investigation did not find any additional criminal activity over which our office has venue, so we are concluding Travis County's involvement in this matter," said Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose office includes the state's public integrity unit.

Representatives for Paxton have said the issue was related to an "administrative oversight" and was resolved after he paid the fine.

Lehmberg's office said it had forwarded a portion of its investigation to prosecutors in Collin and Dallas counties, which could investigate the securities board's findings further.
[Author's note: The last paragraph is a hilarious way of admitting that, since the alleged underlying "crime" didn't pertain to Ken's state service, the Travis County DA never had jurisdiction in the first place.]

These charges were always desperate and silly; it's good to see the Travis County DA admit that (after the election).

Travis County Republicans promote Parental educational choice

"Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life."
Proverbs 4:13

Travis County Republican Party vice chair Matt Mackowiak discussed school choice with the editor of the Burnt Orange Report last night:

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  • Rich people already have school choice; if you're poor, you're confined by ZIP code.
  • Deshotel rattles the tin cup
  • Republicans want the dollars to follow the child, Democrats want the dollars to follow the bureaucrats.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Travis County Republicans promote Hispanic Educational Opportunity

"Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life."
Proverbs 4:13

East Austin College Prep Academy -- Last Saturday, the Travis County Republican Party co-sponsored an event promoting educational choice and opportunity in East Austin.  Hundreds of parents, the overwhelming majority of whom were Hispanic, learned about new options within the current system and during the current legislative session.  Highlights can be seen below:

TCRP Chairman James Dickey:


  • "No one cares more about your child's education than you."
  • You have a lot of choices right now.
    • eg. Charters vs. government schools.
  • "As you make these choices, we here at the Travis County Republican Party ... will work to make sure you have even more choices."
Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty (R -- Precinct 3):


  • Too often we like to separate communities.
  • The most important component of education is parents.
  • It's the parents who really make the difference.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Burnt Orange Report Praises Abbott's U.T. Nominations

"In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.” So it was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew there were valiant men. Then the men of the city came out and fought with Joab. And some of the people of the servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also."
2 Samuel 11:14-17

Well THIS speaks for itself:
The beginning of this session also marked an inauguration of little consequence but lots of barbecue, and a sound policy appointment from Governor Abbott to the UT System Board of Regents. 
[Author's Note: Emphasis added.]
 [Quick History Lesson: This Burnt Orange Report.]

With all due respect, Governor Abbott, when the most prominent leftist blog in this state is praising you while the base of your own party is livid, you might want to take a Mulligan....