The election season for local campaigns is almost over. Have you done all you can to help conservative candidates win? Will you have any regrets if the Establishment candidates win?
- Remind others to vote. (All voting info is found here. http://www.netarrantteaparty.com/2013/03/2013-city-council-school-board-elections/) PLEASE DO NOT VOTE AT A SCHOOL THOUGH UNTIL YOU GET FURTHER INFORMATION!! At this time the State Justice Dept will be most likely voiding all votes received at schools due the improper setting up of the locations. I will inform you as soon as I get more information.
- Share with others via email, facebook and twitter our recommended candidates (found by clicking here http://www.netarrantteaparty.com/2013/04/nettp-leadership-picks-for-local-elections/).
- Help out at a polling location. (See details below).
All candidates are looking for volunteers to help man a polling location during early voting and on Election Day. Can you help? It’s a lot of hours to fill, so we need lots of volunteers! All you need to do is be at a booth at a polling location and hand out push cards for the candidate.
If you can help in the WATAUGA area, please leave a comment below.
Jo Lynn Haussmann to victory!
(And by the way, if you’ve not had a chance to interact with Jo Lynn yet, please call her at 817-637-9009 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No experience necessary! Help is desperately needed. How ’bout an hour before or after work, or during your lunch break? Regular voting day is on a Saturday, maybe you and your family can all pitch in and help out for a little while.
PS. I know we’re all focused on local elections right now, but we’ve got a BIG meeting coming up on May 13 in Southlake with the North East Tarrant Tea Party. The Producer from The Blaze and The Beck Show is our guest speaker! Check now to make sure it’s on your calendar.
1) AGAINST – Deletion of Section 3.08(e) Prohibitions
My position on this is that we hate to lose a perfectly good person just because they may not win the spot for which they are attempting to gain. Most municipalities are won by popularity and not by “knowing” who the person is or what they believe or anything else. Unless a candidate gets out and “actively” campaigns such as myself and Robert Daniels who is running for Mayor, you most likely have no opportunity to know anything about them.
2) AGAINST – Deletion of Section 3.08(f) Prohibitions
This proposition would require another election be held should the elected official win an election as discussed in #1. The election would cost the City approximately $8,000.
3) AGAINST – Meetings & Rules of Procedure Section 3.09(a)
This would allow for the special meetings to held outside the City. The problem with this is if it was passed, there would be an allotment to also, at the City’s expense, to support the cost on meetings such as Retreats, etc.
4) FOR – Mayor & Mayor Pro Tem Section 3.06(a)
If passed, this would limit the VETO power of the Mayor & Mayor Pro Tem.
5) FOR – City Secretary Section 7.02
Currently the City Secretary is under the exclusive direction and supervision of the City Manager. This created difficulty recently as investigations were conducted on the City Manager as the Secretary was in a very awkward position. If she is under the exclusive direction and supervision of the City Council, she would most likely feel more dedicated to better work with issues.
The abortion industry has an extremely powerful ally.
Today, President Obama will become the first sitting president in American history to address Planned Parenthood at its annual conference.
That’s right; the President of the United States is addressing the nation’s largest abortion provider, the leader of the death industry, just weeks after it argued for the right to kill a child born after a botched abortion.
He is addressing Planned Parenthood even as it attempts to profit off abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s trial for murdering babies born alive, arguing for even less regulation of abortion clinics.
President Obama is sending a message.
Let’s send our own.
Stand against infanticide. Stand against an abortion industry that will permit no limits on its reach and influence. Stand with us as we fight Planned Parenthood in court and in Congress.
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Birdville ISD claims that a bond is ESSENTIAL to continue to operate and maintain our schools. Many citizens believe that a bond which raises taxes on the residents and places the district in $679 million dollars of long-term debt is not the answer. There IS a better way to provide the quality education our students need to achieve academic excellence.
Their claim – Eliminate more than 50 portable classrooms across the district. We believe – The 1996 and 2006 bonds promised to eliminate the district’s portable buildings .There were 136 portables in 1996, we have 138 portables today. Why should we believe they will actually keep their word THIS time around? We should not – Vote AGAINST the bond.
Their claim- Consolidate four of the oldest and smallest elementary schools into two new schools, which would save approximately $15 million in operating costs over the next 10 years. Another claim – Replace facilities that are between 50 and 65 years old with modern facilities that require less money to operate and maintain. We believe – According to the District’s own cost analysis, refurbishing the four elementary schools would cost approximately $7.2 million dollars. The proposed construction of 2 mega schools would cost $33.6 million dollars. It is $26.4 million dollars less expensive to refurbish the existing 4 schools. Why should we pay $26.4 million dollars now in order to only save $15 million dollars over the next 10 years? We should not – Vote AGAINST the bond.
Their claim– Major renovations such as replacing aging roofs, HVAC systems and plumbing as well as adding energy management systems throughout the district. We Believe – These projects should be planned and managed as ongoing maintenance. Most of these maintenance issues could be funded from the unrestricted $50,000,000 dollar reserve fund. This is a strategic management and long-term policy issue. Why should our students and teachers have to wait for, and depend upon, the passage of a bond in order to have well-maintained and functional structures? They should not – Vote AGAINST the bond.
Their claim – New computers and mobile devices, internet connectivity for wireless devices and provide all students access to technology used in the classroom. We believe – The 2006 bond funded $12 million dollars for computer and Infrastructure upgrades recently completed in 2010. Birdville’s network installer claims it is, “…the fastest education network in Texas”. The district’s goal is to have one IPad for every 3 students, replacing textbooks and other educational materials. Which student will be able to use the IPad? Which one will be able to take it home to study and do homework? WILL they be able to take them home at all?
Why raise taxes to replace the $12M dollars of recently installed first-class technology and buy quickly- outdated shared IPads with 25 year bond funds?
We should not – Vote AGAINST the bond.
Their claim– Additional safety and security measures throughout the district We believe – This urgent $2.8M dollar need should already have been funded from the excessive reserves. Security is a priority – the Trustees should have already addressed this critical need. Why should we pay for security with a bond, these upgrades should be installed now? We should not – Vote AGAINST the bond.
Their claim– New or upgraded science labs throughout the district We believe – The bond should not have been presented as an “all or nothing” proposal. The district should be upgrading the laboratories through responsible short-term financing. Why should we accept the “all or nothing” format of this proposed bond? We should not – Vote AGAINST the bond.
Their claim – Relocate the Horticulture and Animal Science program from Richland High School to the Birdville Center of Technology and Advanced Learning to serve students from all three high schools in the district. We believe –Although a fancy new Horticulture and Animal Science building is a nice luxury, is it worth the expense when students and teachers from all 3 high schools will still have to spend time traveling to an off-site location? Why should we have to pay for a new and fancy facility when students and staff will STILL have to travel off-site to attend? We should not – Vote AGAINST the bond.
Birdville ISD claims the proposed bond will enable the district to continue a quality education for our students. We believe the district must provide a quality education from available funding through prudent fiscally responsible financing.
Their claim – A quality environment contributes to enhanced student performance We believe – A quality education is dependent upon the teachers and the educational programs within a school, not simply the school structure itself. Student performance is dependent on a low teacher/student ratio, staff/student ratio, parental involvement, enhanced early childhood education and experiences, curriculum targeted toward established educational outcomes, and caring teachers that are committed to educating each and every student. The State scores in Birdville ISD show no correlation between age of the school and the academic achievement of the students.
Their claim – Quality facilities help attract and retain top educators. We believe – Although teacher pay increases with years of experience, most teachers choose their teaching locations based on where they live, travel time and distance, and job satisfaction. A teacher’s job satisfaction generally is dependent upon the level of support from the administration, their perceived freedom to teach to their best ability, and the satisfaction of knowing they have had a positive influence on a young person and was able to help that child achieve to their maximum potential.
Their claim– Creating cost savings will allow more money to be available to educate students district- wide. We believe – Prudent financial management on a daily basis with a focus on the real educational needs of students will eliminate the need for a bond.
Their claim – Quality facilities are safe facilities We believe – Solid, well-built buildings can be upgraded with modern security devices. There is no need to build a new school building for it to be safe.
Birdville ISD claims there is no better investment.
We believe it is a long-term tax burden on the residents
Their claim – If BISD voters approve this bond package, it will increase property taxes approximately $4.35 per month on a house valued at one hundred thousand dollars. We believe – There simply is no NEED for this bond package!
Their claim – Quality schools protect our property values and improve our communities We believe – It is the quality EDUCATION within the school structures, not the structures themselves that are an asset to a community and protect property values.
Their claim – Citizens 65 years of age and older will see no increase above their capped level as a result of this bond We believe – The children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will be the ones paying off this proposed bond for many years into the future.
A little background:
� Aviv predicted the London subway bombing on the Bill O’Reilly show on ‘Fox News’, stating publicly that it would happen within a week. At the time, O’Reilly laughed and mocked him, saying that in a week he wanted Aviv back on the show. Unfortunately, within a week the terrorist attack had occurred.
WATAUGA POLITICAL FORUM 2013 ~ SPONSORED BY SERTOMA
Thursday, April 25th
6-6:30 p.m. Meet & Greet
6:30 – 8 p.m. Forum
Watauga Middle School
6300 Maurie Drive (corner of Watauga Rd)
This is an opportunity to come out and meet your
Watauga City Council & Mayoral 2013 Candidates
Hear from each one
WATAUGA POLITICAL FORUM 2013
WATAUGA MIDDLE SCHOOL
6300 Maurie Drive ~ Watauga
Meet & Greet 6-6:30 p.m.
Forum 6:30 – 8 p.m.
VVe are pleased to give the mayoral and council candidates an opportunity to answer
selected questions and tell a little about themselves. We all look forward to a great evening
and hope that many of our Citizens will attend.