The special election last Tuesday, Feb. 12, was the latest in a troubling track record in special elections for San Antonio Democrats. Republican Fred Rangel took 38% of the total vote beating out four Democrats in a race for Texas House District 125. Rangel will now face Democrat Ray Lopez, a former SA city councilman, in a runoff in the heavy Hispanic district.
The Texas Democratic Party still feels confident it will keep the seat after the runoff because over 60 percent of the total vote on Tuesday night went to the Democratic candidates. However, the Republicans’ strong performance was the latest in a trend that has San Antonio Democrats worried, particularly in Hispanic neighborhoods.
Rangel was publicly endorsed by two top Texas Republicans, Gov. Greg Abbott and then U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. The high-level GOP support was similar to Pete Flores, the Pleasanton Republican who won the state Senate seat last year in the runoff of a special election.
Many feel that state GOP support for south Texas candidates was lacking in the past because former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus would not allow it. Straus was elected Speaker with 100% support from Democrats in the state House, and therefore he would not oppose south Texas Democrats or support their Republican challengers.
But it is a new day with Straus gone, and while the good news is that Rangel won, the bad news is that voter turnout continues to be very low. Overall, there were only 6,122 votes cast during early voting and on Election Day, for a 5.4 percent turnout.
Voter turnout for runoffs is usually even worst, and the challenge for Rangel will be to get Republicans and conservatives to the polls on election day. Lopez’ problem will be to consolidate the Democrats’ support behind him, as well as get them to the polls.
However, citizens and voters in House D-125 should remember how Lopez behaved like a local dictator when he was on the SA city council in the renaming of Old Highway 90. As his final act on the city council, Lopez pushed an ordinance through city council placing a five-year moratorium to prohibit the citizens from petitioning to restore the name of Old Highway 90.
Lopez’ ordinance was an extreme overreached of city government power by abridging the citizens’ right to petition their government for redress of grievances as per the Bill of Rights. If Lopez doesn’t respect the Bill of Rights at the city level, what will he do at the state level?
Republican and conservative voters in Texas House Dist. 125 need to go to the polls and defend their freedom and liberty from local and state tyrant.
The Green Plan by New York Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is not dangerous just on its own merits which limit American growth and development under oppressive government rule. It’s dangerous because it will be embraced by local and state liberals, AND because so few conservatives vote in those elections.
Local and state elected officials will influence the debate and challenges to the Green Plan. If more liberals support it at the local and state level, the Green Plan will become acceptable, and even the law of the land eventually.
Conservatives must educate and inform themselves about the devastating consequences of this liberal/leftist Green Plan on local and state economies, as well as the nation. They must vote in more significant numbers than liberals in those local and state elections.
Wake up conservatives. Remember that the defense of freedom and liberty starts at the local and state level. Vote for individual political and economic freedom and against the Green Plan.
San Antonio Mayoral candidate Bert Cecconi is using billboards to tell voters about his idea for a tuition-free college program. However, Cecconi proposes to “force” builders and citizens to pay for the program through a city ordinance that will impact negatively on the building industry.
Cecconi has 300 billboards around San Antonio that preach his tuition-free junior college idea. However, the devil is in the details, and his ads don’t explain how to fund this program.
"The way I propose doing it (funding the program) is passing a city ordinance that says all new construction, homes, and buildings in San Antonio, will have solar panels," Cecconi, an 83-year-old retired dentist said. "CPS would install the panels, and CPS will own them."
CPS is the City’s biggest moneymaker, so all the money would go to the city government, and they would administer the new program. It would create more city bureaucracy.
The Supreme Court on Thursday, Feb. 8, blocked a Louisiana law that would require a doctor to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility where the abortion is performed. While Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts disappointed conservatives by voting with the liberals in the 5-4 decision. Chief Justice Roberts voted with the liberals to keep Obama Care alive, and here he goes again. Now he has voted with the liberals to stop a state from regulating itself.
The liberal national Hispanic organization LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) has filed a lawsuit against Texas Secretary of State David Whitley and Attorney General Ken Paxton, over their claim last week that nearly 100,000 voters in Texas may not be U.S. citizens. Rather than seeking voter integrity and clean up the voter rolls, LULAC and Democrat Party leaders want to prevent efforts to address or stop voter fraud by claiming racism and voter suppression.
LULAC’s general counsel Luis Vera is demanding that the court force state officials to release the data used in support of Paxton’s claim last week that nearly 100,000 voters may not be U.S. citizens. They claim Paxton’s announcement last week (Jan.25, 2019) is a method of voter suppression, meant to instill fear in Hispanic voters.