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In this newsletter:
First Cruz/Beto Debate, Indy Scores!
Water War Heats up in “Simsboro counties”
Houston, THIS Sunday, Political Independents Conference at UH!
San Antonio & Austin Fights with the “Growth Machine!”

At First Debate Beto Scores Indy Points; Cruz Gets 0 -- Two More Chances!

Did you hear Beto O’Rourke say, in the debate with Ted Cruz last Friday night, “I could care less about either party at this moment, at this deeply polarized time in our history”?

Beto also referenced LIV’s “crazy aunt in the basement”– the $21 trillion federal debt. And he mentioned “us” – “independents” -- throughout the debate.

Cruz stuck to his core Republican script. But there are two more debates.

Will independent voters settle the score in this race? We shall soon see!

The next debate is this coming Sunday, September 30, from 6 to 7 pm at the University of Houston.

Join us for an Independents’ Debate Watch at the Hilton’s Flamingo Room on the University of Houston campus. Before that, join us at a Deficit Reduction Workshop put on for LIV by the Concord Coalition.

Details of these combined events called, “Alliance of Political Independents Summit”, is here on Facebook and here on our website.
 
Many thanks to “Unite Houston” for helping bring folks out to this event and for their guidance and participation!

More on the Federal Debt and Mounting Deficit:

Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Woodlands) just pushed out of the Ways and Means Committee "Tax Cuts 2.0".

This September 15th Washington Post piece - “The Deficit Hawks Are Dead”-discusses how the deficit hawks (like Paul Ryan) have abandoned this position.

Who is going to be saddled most with the federal debt? Most assuredly, the next generation. But who is warning Millennials? Neither party.

San Antonio Debate, Oct. 20:

We are elated that foreign policy will be part of the discussion at the San Antonio debate on October 16. In our discussions with independents, we hear many who want to get the US out of foreign wars -- Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. But neither major party’s candidates are even talking about non-interventionism. What do you think? Reply in our comments section.  

ACTION ITEMS:

o    Read: “The Quest to End Two-Party Rule, Part 1” and “The Quest to End Two-Party Rule, Part 2” by new LIV Advisory Board Member, Mark Miller!

o    If you didn’t read it from our previous email, read the 2018 LIV Mid-Term Elections policy paper.

o    “Like” the LIV Facebook page.
Extreme Water Grabs in the State of Texas

The siege on the Simsboro continues just 35 miles east of where Gov. Greg Abbott sleeps. The Simsboro portion of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer is a one of the most valuable assets in the state of Texas. Profiteering water marketers and big city utilities, especially San Antonio Water System (SAWS), are engaging in extreme water grabs from an aquifer that does not recharge in human life-span terms.
Now, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is expanding into selling groundwater and coming for yet another mega-permit on the Simsboro.

Both political parties have groundwater reform in their platforms, but this is a low priority and rarely mentioned in campaigns.

Therefore, it is up to us, the voters, to come together across all partisan divisions. And we are!

ACTION ITEMS:

o    SHOW UP IN BASTROP ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, September 26, at 7 pm at the Bastrop Convention Center. Flier here – thanks to Friends of Bastrop Water.

o    Read this wonderful article by Al Braden, “Bastrop Landowners Rally to Protect Their Wells.”

Austin and San Antonio Citizens Battle the Real Estate “Growth Machine”

AUSTIN: Austin Mayor Steve Adler and his majority Council are allowing hundreds of millions of dollars of property taxes to be forgone, and public land slated for affordable housing to be sacrificed, for a private soccer stadium. The deal is being negotiated and inked sometime after the election -- in the dark. It will not come back for a review and vote of the City Council.

At the very same time, Adler has the temerity to ask for a nearly $1 billion set of bonds, $250 million of which is for affordable housing somewhere else!

The Adler Majority’s efforts to defeat two measures placed on the ballot by citizens’ petitions, Props J and K, says all you need to know about what has happened to the Democratic Party establishment.

ACTION ITEMS:

•    Get on Indy Austin’s email list or “like” them on Facebook. Their election page will soon be posted for all ballot items, along with a scorecard for Mayor and City Council candidates.

•    Go here for information on Prop J, put on the ballot via petition.

•    Go here for information on Prop K, put on the ballot via petition.

SAN ANTONIO:  Mayor Ron Nirenberg is uniting the real estate lobby to defeat Props A, B and C with reportedly $2 million in PAC expenditures. Those measures, put on the ballot by the San Antonio Professional Firefighters, deserve full consideration; Prop A for petition reform, Prop B for city manager reform and Prop C  for binding arbitration. See San Antonio First here.

LIV is most concerned about passage of Prop A for fair petition rules for voter referendum -- the mother of all reform in our municipalities. The current rules in San Antonio for citizens to petition for a vote to repeal a Council decision (i.e. voter referendum) is 75,000 signatures in only 40 days.

It’s important to note, however, that the state sets the rules for petitions to amend city charters at NO MORE THAN 20,000 signatures in 180 days.

Had reasonable petition requirements been in place in 2015, San Antonio voters could have secured a public vote on the monstrous $3.4 billion, and growing, Vista Ridge water deal. This should explain to you why the real estate lobby is now fully engaged to stop all three propositions, with Prop A in the bullseye.

ACTION ITEMS!

o    October 16, LIV is holding community event and debate watch for independent voters in San Antonio around the last Beto/Cruz debate. Stay tuned for details.

o    Oct. 20 in San Antonio: The League of Independent Voters will be speaking at the Homeowner-Taxpayers Association of Bexar County at its meeting from 10-12 noon at the Downtown Lubys at 911 N. Main. Share this event from our Facebook event page here.

o    Sign up to get email from San Antonio First!

o    Watch the video (produced by LIV in 2015) “I Oppose the San Antone Hose.”

Folks, we can’t let the two major parties keep us all deaf, dumb and blind!

 



League of Independent Voters of Texas
PO Box 651 * Bastrop, TX 78602
512-213-4511 * 512-657-2089 cell

PS Political independents are the largest portion of American voters — a 46% plurality, according to a 2018 Gallup poll.