As early voting starts this past Tuesday for the 2018 primary election, the electrifying news in the political arena is the case of Texas Senator Carlos Uresti, Don of the San Antonio-based Uresti Family. On Thursday the jury found Uresti guilty on multiple felony counts.
While Uresti’s term extends to 2020, if the felony charges hold up, he could be facing millions in fines, the loss of his state senate seat, and prison time which could spill into the next century. Lt. Gov. Patrick, president of the Texas Senate has stripped Uresti of his committee assignments.
— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) February 22, 2018
Additionally the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus and Republican Party have called for his resignation.
On his talk show, Rush Limbaugh recently brought up the issue of socialist billionaire George Soros quietly funding grassroots races and helping the liberal Democrats win local and state elections including Bexar County! While the muddled media is apoplectic, droning on about alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections, Soros and others like LGBT champion Tim Gill and his foundation are stepping up funding to the tune of millions of dollars and winning races across America.
Here’s an excerpt from Rush’s February 14th show about Bexar County:
“Bexar County is Texas’s fourth most populous county and includes San Antonio, so unseating [incumbent DA Nicholas] LaHood would be a key victory for [George] Soros, who has been quietly investing in district attorney’s races all around the country, as a way to reshape the country’s criminal justice policies from the ground up. Soros spent more than $9 million on local [district attorney] races around the country in 2015-2017 alone … Soros has already spent just under $70,000 backing a primary challenge to Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood…
“LaHood is a Democrat, don’t misunderstand, ‘but opposes sanctuary cities and said he supports Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s crackdown on cities that defy federal immigration law.’ So even though he’s a Democrat, he’s gotta go! George Soros is targeting any elected official that is opposed to immigration reform, opposed to sanctuary cities, and he’s funding their opponents. ‘One of the mailers attacked [the incumbent DA Nicholas] LaHood as ‘bigoted,’ ‘racist’ and ‘Islamophobic’ in both English and Spanish. LaHood fought back by displaying the mailer in one of his own campaign ads and accused Soros of trying to [buy] his seat.”
While the threats to Texas liberties are real in the fight to defend traditional conservative values in protecting the sanctity of life and the nuclear family, in reining in the growth of government, securing state borders, restraining taxing authorities, protecting the privacy and safety of all citizens, promoting free markets and limiting government regulations from powerful big spending, liberal social change organizations, unions, and their allies, there are other dangers posed by enemies within, that is, establishment-type elitists and RINOs (Republican in Name Only) within the network of organizations that identity with the dominant Republican Party.
JoAnn Fleming, the outspoken, often blunt, fearless, and “take no prisoners” executive director of Grassroots America published an amusing yet serious newsletter recently titled “Please Stop Feeding the RINOs”.
She explains, “The Primary Election is where conservatives get to vote for the most conservative Republican… Some of the candidates in your Republican Primary races are Democrats because they cannot win election any other way. They are Republicans in Name Only or Rinos. Around here, JoAnn calls them Rinocrats. These are Republicans who, when elected, will vote like Democrats for more Big Government and against liberty.”
Fleming goes on to say, “If elected, these Rinocrats will be the first ones to say you need to give up some of your Second Amendment rights – which by the way pre-date the Bill of Rights. The right to defend your person and your property dates back to the Bible! Most of the races on your ballot will be decided in the Primary. So you’d better make sure the most conservative candidate wins in the Primary.”
I hope conservative voters are seriously reading this Primary Election 101 instruction intently. The voter turnout the first week of early voting has been abysmal. Sure, the weather wasn’t the best but San Antonio wasn’t under water or attacked by a killer hailstorm last week.
Another email note raised the issue of fake Republican organizations. Beware of such RINO alphabet soup named organizations who may be producing voter guides using the Republican or “conservative” brand. For example, take note:
The Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC), the Texas Association of Business (TAC), Texas Lawsuit Reform (TLR), Texas Association of Realtors (TAR), the Associated Republicans of Texas (ART), altruistically named organizations like the Texas Medical Association (TMA), the Texas Parent PAC, Texas Alliance for Life (TAL)
The Texas Association of Business worked against Governor Abbott’s priority bill, the Texas Privacy Act to protect the privacy and safety of women and children in public accommodations; the Associated Republicans of Texas endorse and fund pro-abortion Republicans like Houston Area’s Sarah Davis; the Texas Parent PAC is an anti-educational choice organization funded by HEB CEO Charles Butt to oppose educational reform legislation; the Texas Medical Association lobbies for legislation to protect the rights of medical centers and practitioners opposing and watering down patient rights as in the Senate Bill 303 (2013) and House Bill 3074 (2015). Texas Alliance for Life for political power and clout aligned with censured Speaker of the House Joe Straus to water down, compromised pro-life bills and gave Straus and his surrogates political cover causing confusion and turmoil in the pro-life movement in Texas.
So, get out there, voters, and help a conservative candidate win his/her primary! Block walk, get on the phones, engage voters at the polling places.
To assist you in separating the sheep from the goats, the conservatives from the RINOs, I recommend the following voter guides. They may not have identical endorsements 100% of the time but they’re very close especially in cases where two conservative candidates are running in the same race.
The views expressed in this article are those of the editor of the Alamo Torch, Phil Sevilla, who is also the President of TLIPA.