Comptroller of Public Accounts
|Harvey Hilderbran — Has withdrawn from the runoff.|
| Harvey Hilderbran issued the following statement on his website. We would like to see all of our candidates show this much class and consideration for the citizens of Texas. Thanks.
Thank You for Your Support
I am proud of the campaign that we ran, and I will always be grateful to my tireless campaign team and the hundreds of contributors and thousands of supporters that we had from all over Texas. I ran for this office to enact a plan to improve the Comptroller’s office for taxpayers and I am excited that Glenn has agreed to work together to enact much of my platform, for the benefit of all taxpayers. I urge all Republicans to support Glenn Hegar as our nominee and help ensure that he is elected the next Comptroller in November. -Harvey Hilderbran-
Commissioner of Agriculture
March 4th is here and the election is being held around the great State of Texas. Be sure and vote for the candidates of your choice.
Election Returns for McLennan County can be found here:
The 2014 Primary is underway. Candidates are filed and campaigns have begun. If you would like more information about how you can get involved and help to take back our country, state, and county, contact the Republican Party of McLennan County at 254-772-6955.
Televised Lieutenant Governor Debate at TSTC hosted by Republican Party McLennan County!
Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Confirmed participants: Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Commissioner Todd Staples, and Senator Dan Patrick.
|David Dewhurst||Jerry Patterson||Todd Staples||Dan Patrick|
Governor of the Great State of Texas. Join us. Call for more information: 254-772-6955 or send an e-mail to arrange for tickets.
We had a nice crowd at the Headquarters on Saturday for the official first day of sign-up for a place on the March 4, 2014 Republican Primary Ballot. Almost all of our incumbent officials came by to apply for re-election. Good luck to all of our GOP Candidates. More to come soon. Pictures are available on the Pictures and Slideshow page.
Explanatory Statements for the November 5th, 2013 Constitutional Amendment Election (Text from SOS website)
Explanatory Statements for the November 5th, 2013 Constitutional Amendment Election (Text from SOS website)
Bold notes from Ralph Patterson (-RP-)
Proposition Number 1 (HJR 62)
HJR 62 proposes a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to provide by statute for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the United States armed services who is killed in action, as long as the surviving spouse has not remarried. An eligible spouse who later qualifies a different property as the surviving spouse’s residence homestead could be authorized by statute to receive an exemption from ad valorem taxation in the same amount received for the first qualifying homestead during the last year in which the surviving spouse received the exemption.
The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.” Vote “FOR” supports veterans’ and spouses’ exemption from taxes. -RP-
Proposition Number 2 (HJR 79)
HJR 79 proposes a constitutional amendment to repeal the constitutional provision requiring the creation of a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is in operation. No new loans have been made from the fund by the board in more than 25 years, and the board currently has no appointees and receives no program funding.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.” Vote “FOR” removes requirement to require a board that has not operated for 25 years. -RP-
Proposition Number 3 (HJR 133)
HJR 133 would authorize local political subdivisions to extend the length of time that aircraft parts could remain temporarily in this state before being subject to ad valorem taxation. Under current law, merchandise, wares, and goods (including aircraft parts) may remain in this state temporarily for up to 175 days before being subject to ad valorem taxation; the proposed amendment would permit taxing entities to extend the exemption up to 730 days after the date that a person acquired or imported aircraft parts in the state.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption.” Vote “FOR” allows taxing entities to extend exemption on the aviation industry inventory that remains in the state for more than the current 175 days. -RP-
Proposition Number 4 (HJR 24)
HJR 24 proposes a constitutional amendment that would allow the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran at no cost to the veteran by a charitable organization.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization.” Vote “FOR” exempts veterans from tax based on disability level on donated homestead. -RP-
Proposition Number 5 (SJR 18)
SJR 18 would amend the definition of “reverse mortgage” to authorize the making of reverse mortgage loans for the purchase of homestead property in addition to the current legal uses of those loans, and would give lenders recourse against borrowers who fail to timely occupy the homestead properties purchased with such loans. SJR 18 would also add to the definition of “reverse mortgage” an extension of credit that is not closed before the 12th day after the lender provides to the prospective borrower a written notice summarizing risks and conditions of a reverse mortgage. The language of the required notice is prescribed in the resolution.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan.” Vote “FOR” allows proceeds of a so-called “reverse mortgage to be used to purchase a homestead property and adds additional disclosure requirements. -RP-
Proposition Number 6 (SJR 1)
SJR 1 would create the State Water Implementation Fund as a special fund inside the state treasury and outside the General Revenue Fund. Money in the fund would be administered by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and would be used to implement the state water plan, as adopted by general law, by TWDB.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources.” Vote “FOR” moves $2 billion to the TWDB for loans to finance water plan projects. When borrowers pay back money it should be re-loaned to other organizations for other projects. Logic is that this will fund the $50 billion Texas Water Plan with $2 billion from “Rainy Day Fund”. -RP-
Proposition Number 7 (HJR 87)
HJR 87 proposes a constitutional amendment to allow home-rule municipalities to adopt charter provisions authorizing the filling of vacancies in the governing body by appointment, but only when the remainder of the vacant term is less than 12 months. Under current law, municipal voters may adopt terms of office for municipal officers longer than two years, but upon approving longer terms of office, any resulting vacancies in office must be filled by special election. The proposed amendment would provide an option for home-rule municipalities to fill short-term vacancies through appointment.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.” Vote “FOR” allows cities to decide if they will fill vacancies of less than 12 months by appointment rather than a special election. -RP-
Proposition Number 8 (HJR 147 and SJR 54)
HJR 147 would repeal the Texas Constitution’s maximum tax rate for a Hidalgo County hospital district; the maximum rate is currently set at 10 cents per $100 valuation. This rate is lower than the maximum tax rate allowable for hospital districts in all other counties in the State (75 cents per $100 valuation). The repeal of the constitutional cap would authorize hospital district tax rates in Hidalgo County equal to the hospital district tax rate laws applicable to all other Texas counties.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.” Vote “FOR” allows Hidalgo County to form a hospital district without a special limitation that restricts the tax rate to 10 cents rather than the state norm of 75 cents/$100. -RP-
Proposition Number 9 (SJR 42)
SJR 42 would expand the potential sanctions that the State Commission on Judicial Conduct (SCJC) can issue following a formal proceeding. This constitutional amendment would allow the Commission to issue an order of public admonition, warning, reprimand, or a requirement to obtain additional training or education in addition to the Commission’s current authority to issue a public censure or recommend removal or retirement of a judge.
The proposed amendment will appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.” Vote “FOR” allows SCJC to use additional options for sanctions of judges. -RP-
This Saturday, September 28th is the Veterans Welcome Home party taking place at Carl Levin Park, 400 Miller’s Creek, Harker Heights, TX. I have included the program schedule below. We are expecting more than 15,000 veterans and their families to attend the festivities. There will be live entertainment, a job fair, a prayer tent with Bible distribution, food, and so much more!
I ask that you take few hours this Saturday and volunteer at this event. We need to send 2,000 volunteers from Waco. Please show your appreciation to our soldiers and veterans. They have sacrificed so much for us in defending our country.
Please come and show them you care. We will be leaving from the Republican Headquarters (539 N. Valley Mills Dr., Waco, TX 76710) at 2:00 pm. You can also caravan at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm from the Appaloosa Trading Post in Robinson.
Come join us. Bring the whole family! It will be the best way you can enjoy a Saturday evening and it will be a blessing to you and to our veterans!
We are also in need of more dessert bakers. If you can bake cookies or other treats for the veterans and their families, please deliver them by 3:30 this Friday, September 27th to Republican Headquarters. Please place 2-3 cookies (or brownies) in a baggie for easy distribution.
If you can help, contact us at 254-772-6955 or e-mail Veterans@McLennanGOP.org. Show a veteran and their family that we are compassionate conservatives who really do care!
Things are already starting to “pop” in Texas Politics for the 2014 election cycle. We have had several announcements for candidates in the Governor Race, the Lieutenant Governor Race, Agriculture Commissioner Race, Railroad Commissioner Race, etc. We will have information, both of biographical and how you can help the candidate of your choice, available here as we move forward. If you are interested in helping the Republican Party of McLennan County in our many efforts for election time and throughout the year, please see the Contact Page. We have opportunities for Election Judges, Election Clerks, Precinct Chairman, Precinct Captains, Headquarter volunteers, and more. If you are interested but just don’t know what some of this means, give us a call or drop us an e-mail and we will be happy to talk to you about it. Being a good citizen is important and can be FUN! Join us as we work to make our county, state, and country better. God Bless Texas and the United States!
-Ralph Patterson — Chairman, Republican Party McLennan County-
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of those affected by the explosion in West, TX.
As we all struggle to express our feelings in the wake of the terrible tragedy that has happened in West we continue to pray and hope for the recovery of all those affected.
The Republican Party McLennan County has received notes and calls from concerned people around the state, country and world. We have seen people come from far and wide to assist. The outpouring of support is encouraging.
We ask that you continue to pray for the people of West, the first responders, the medical personnel, ambulance staff, air medevac pilots and support staff, law enforcement, firemen, and our elected officials. It will take us all working together to support the people of West. Let’s be the beacon to the rest of the world that we want to be.Ralph Patterson — Chairman Republican Party McLennan County