Follow Up on Wednesday 10/21 Meeting

Greetings All!!!

The first meeting since Oct. 2019 was a fantastic success! We had great speakers and a very concerned audience with serious questions and some suggestions for involvement. Here are some highlights starting with the last discussion of the evening.

Constitutional Amendments. I did not type out the actual amendment, to read them go to: http://hro.house.texas.gov

Since 1876 there have been proposed 690; rejected by voters 180; 507 approved by we the voters! So 507 times the Texas Constitution has been changed. Now 8 more want to be added to the TX Constitution!


Amendment 1 – Consenses …. NO! Why does the TX Legislature need to determine what is a “sport” and then give permission to do a charitable raffle for their sport? In the 2nd paragraph of the background info the TX Legislature names the sports allowed to have charitable raffles….this amendment now wants to add Professional Rodeo! Maybe, in 2023 they will want to add soccer, cause that’s not on the list of sports yet? The critics of this amendment are afraid this will be an expansion of gambling!!

Amendment 2 – NO! Debt leads to more debt! Higher taxes for everyone else. There are other ways to solve this problem.

Amendment 3 – NO! But with some thought … This is already a Constitutional Right, listed in both Constitutions. However, the point was made it would send a message to representatives that we really don’t want this right messed with. But isn’t that like a stop sign that drivers run? To make a point we want drivers to stop, so we put up another stop sign in front of it + a red light!? We need to first know the Constitutions, put people in offices that will obey those Constitutions…..and then remember we are the “term limiters” and have them voted out…..not continue to keep them in office so we can keep our colored square.

Amendment 4 – NO … Already have provisions is place that voters can make qualified choices. (Let’s get the voters informed)

Amendment 6 – Yes/No … folks were split on this due to the covid debacle. This should never be a government decision!

Amendment 7 – Basically No … this seems to appear on the amendment list every other year. This legislation not an amendment.

Amendment 8 – No/Yes … This is a clean up of a previous oversight on a past amendment. This should be legislation not an amendment.

Get out and VOTE! For election info in Bastrop County: http://www.bastropvotes.org Other counties contact your elections administrators.


Outline of our Speaker Kathy Haigler on Election Integrity

The main take away for election integrity —- IS to be involved!

Start browsing the TX Secretary of States website on elections. Get familiar the site is broken down very nicely into segment and covers anything you want to know. Secretary of State – Elections – https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/index.shtml

Get to know your Elections Administrator, what they do, sometimes they need helpers. Bastrop is: http://www.bastropvotes.org

Let your GOP County Chair and or your Precinct chairs know you are available to help/volunteer.

Start by going to the GOP meetings, become a precinct chair, go to the Precinct, County & State conventions. Become a poll watcher, election clerk/judge, ballot board, just to mention a few things! Be aware of what’s going on when you just go to vote. What is going on outside the polling place, make sure things are only happening outside the 100 ft. marker, if they are not, report that to the election judge.

Being involved, knowing what to look for are the best ways to prevent fraud!!

Texas Changes in thinking and law:

In 2020 “if it’s not illegal, then it’s legal:

ZuckBucks * 24 hour voting * drive thru polling places * mass mailing of non requested ballots * 3rd party vendors * inconsistent curing of mail ballots * and the Governors order of extended early voting & allowed in-person of delivery during early voting

2021 Legislature – If it’s not legal and in the Election Code, it’s illegal:

to name a few …. no entity can contribute more than $1000.00 per election cycle * cleaning deaths & felons from voter roll – penalties * better training * clarified residency * Sept 1, 2026 all new voting systems purchased must have a verifiable paper trail

The best way to eliminate most fraud and criminal activities is to GET INVOLVED! No thief wants to take a chance of “eyes seeing or ears hearing”!

There is a lot of work that goes into an election, the Primary is the time to choose the person for the party. Republican in the Republican party, Democrat in the Democrat party. That’s why here in TX you need to choose which line to get in…….Please choose wisely and responsibly for your party!! Make sure that person is Constitutional and will follow the party platform! Otherwise, they won’t keep us coded red cause they are really blue.

The General Election is choosing whoever won in the Primary. Now it is between a Republican, Democrat, etc.


Candidates to date:

Filing does not official start until Nov. 5, however, candidates can obtain their treasurer and begin raising $’s for their campaign’s

Jennifer Bezner — will be running against incumbent John Cyrier HD 17 For more information and to contribute contact : Jenbezner.com

Don Loucks – against incumbent County Judge Pape For more info contact : 512 718 8094


Open Discussion from the Audience:

Get Involved: Commissioner’s Court Meeting – October 25, 2021 9 AM to 12 PM @ the Bastrop Court House: One of the audience members mentioned the Court House antiquities being removed. It is # 30 on the agenda, this is not and open discussion, but any citizen can fill out the participation form before the Court starts @ 9 am and speak your mind for 3 minutes. A special session of this discussion was held on Oct. 18, so I am guessing this is just a clean up/verification that will take place on the 25th. Full agenda https://www.co.bastrop.tx.us/upload/page/0072/docs/10%2025%2021%20Agenda%20and%20Packet.pdf
Commissioners Public participation form. https://www.co.bastrop.tx.us/upload/page/0075/docs/Public%20Participation%20Form.pdf


Texit –

A member of the audience brought up the Texit petition. For those that are not informed about this project here are some links to check it out. Remember this is just to see how many folks would be interested in becoming our own independent Republic.

Explained https://tnm.me/texit/ Representative page : https://kylebiedermann.com/texit-faq/ Petition https://tnm.me/news/tnm-news/the-texit-petition-what-you-need-to-know-and-do-right-now/

 Dr. Jon Spiers candidate for Land Commissioner Will be the GOP’s featured speaker on Monday, October 25.
The meet and greet is at 6:30.  The meeting will start at 7PM.  We are meeting in the Community Room at First National Bank in Bastrop. ( Incumbent George P Bush)


The oldest state agency in Texas, the GLO was formed to determine who owned what and where after the Texians and Tejanos won independence. Today the General Land Office manages state lands, operates the Alamo, helps Texans recovering from natural disasters, helps fund Texas public education through the Permanent School Fund, provides benefits to Texas Veterans, and manages the vast Texas coast.

Based on the Senate District maps that just passed, Williamson County and Bastrop County will be the largest 2 counties in SD-5.  ****According to this map Bastrop will no longer be SD-14, but changed to SD-5.


Hope I covered everything! Remember you can blog on this site.

Also this will be posted to other social media platforms besides fb, feel free to go to any of those sites.


Terry Wareham – Bastrop County TEA Party

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