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Meet the Candidates

April 17, 2014   
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room at Valley View Mall
13331 Preston Rd (NW corner of Preston and I-635)
Dallas, TX  75240


Co-hosted by:
Far North Dallas Tea Party, Addison Tea Party, Allen Area Patriots, Casa Linda Tea Party, Garland Tea Party, North Texas Tea Party, Richardson Tea Party  and Rowlett Tea Party
You are invited to come and meet and interact with the candidates involved in the May 27 runoff election.
This major event will feature Master of Ceremonies, Barry Curtis, host of the Curtis Report on 660 AM The Answer.

All runoff candidates, state-wide and local, have been invited to participate and have a table with representatives, campaign literature, and yard signs. Runoff candidates who are present will be given 3 minutes each to talk about their candidacy, after which candidates can socialize with attendees, answer questions, distribute materials and visit with people.

The parking lot at Valley View Center is large and very brightly lit. Even better, plenty of parking is available. We recommend entering on the 635 side of the mall at the entrance with the American and Texas flags, between the old Foley's and Sears. Walk toward the center of the mall and bear left.The Community Room has a large sign and will be directly in front of you, near Kids Foot Locker. The food court is just below the Community Room and offers a large variety of casual dining.
This event is being promoted widely across North Texas, and we expect attendees from all over the area. Please invite your friends and neighbors.
Check-in is at 6:30 and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 and end by 8:30.
We'd appreciate a minimum donation of $5 to help defray the cost of the room. 

Over 300 people braved the very cold temperatures last night and joined us at the Garland Atrium for a four race candidate forum, sponsored by the Garland and Richardson Tea Parties.  Voters had the opportunity to hear from seven candidates running in four very important races in Dallas County.  If you were not able to attend, you can watch the entire forum here:


The four races featured in the forum were:


Congressional District 32:   

Pete Sessions (Incumbent) & Katrina Pierson

 NOTE: Congessman Sessions was the only candidate who chose not to participate. 

State Senate District 16:  

John Carona (Incumbent) & Don Huffines

State Representative District 112:  

Angie Chen Button (Incumbent) & Jared Patterson

Dallas County District Attorney: 

Susan Hawk & Tom Nowak



Begins : Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Location: Atrium @ Granville Arts Center
Address: 300 N. Fifth St. Garland, TX 75040 Map it
RSVP: Add to your personal calendar.


The Atrium @ Granville Arts Center

300 N Fifth St. (Downtown Garland)

Garland, TX  75040

Accessible via DART Rail Blue Line

Downtown Garland Station is adjacent to the Granville Arts Center


The Garland Tea Party and the Richardson Tea Party have joined together to conduct a Four Race Candidate Forum to help inform voters about the candidates on the Dallas County Republican Party Ballot.  The forum will be moderated by WBAP's morning talk show host, Ben Ferguson.  




Candidates from the following four races have been invited to participate in this informative event:

Congressional District 32:   

Pete Sessions (Incumbent) & Katrina Pierson

State Senate District 16:  

John Carona (Incumbent) & Don Huffines

State Representative District 112:  

Angie Chen Button (Incumbent) & Jared Patterson

Dallas County District Attorney: 

Susan Hawk & Tom Nowak



Don't miss this opportunity to educate yourself on the issues and know who is running to represent you and spend your tax money!

There will be tables in in the foyer of The Atrium where any candidate, organization or business may reserve a table for $50.00  to distribute yard signs, materials or products.

Table Reservation Information - contact Bonnie Wells at 972-699-8020 or email



Begins : Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Location: Garland Central Library (Downtown Garland)
Address: 625 Austin St. Garland, TX 75040 Map it
RSVP: Add to your personal calendar.


Have you ever complained about the way your political party is run? 

Have you been unhappy with Party leaders who try to

shut out those who don't agree with the "Party line?"


Come and hear how you can help change that. 


We will have two great presentations.
Guest Speaker:  Virginia Prodan
Newly elected SREC for the 16th Senatorial District





Ken Emanuelson will be updating us on grassroots efforts

and how our ground game is going. 

Find out how we can impact the Primary Election coming up on March 4.



Begins : Tuesday, December 10 2013 at 7:00 pm
Location: Holiday Inn Garland
Address: 5110 N George Bush Freeway Garland, , TX 75040 Map it
RSVP: Add to your personal calendar


Garland Tea Party Presents



Guest Speaker:  Dr. Carole Hornsby Haynes



What has happened to our once great American public schools?  Why are so many students continuing to underperform academically in spite of the much acclaimed education reforms? 

What is Common Core and is it the same as CSCOPE?  Did you know that Common Core is a $500 billion business?  Who’s reaping this giant windfall? 


Dr. Carole Haynes will join us to answer these questions and discuss how left wing radicals are using Texas schools as a battleground to ensure long term implementation of their Marxist agenda.  Texas said “NO” to Common Core.  But that didn’t stop D.C. politicians or even our own Texas educrats.  Learn how these tax paid educators are quietly selling out our great state to radicals and turning our children against America and our Christian faith.  Dr. Haynes will expose how big business favorites have partnered with big government to put more billions into their coffers while using our children as pawns.


Carole Haynes is a curriculum specialist, speaker, commentator, and writer about education and public policy.  Her recent articles include “Common Core: the $500 Billion Scandal,”


“Common Core’s Data Mining Trojan Horse,” and “Common Core:  What’s in it for Bill Gates?”


Carole H. Haynes, Ph.D. Financial Advisor

Education and Public Policy Consultant

Begins : Tuesday, October 22 2013 at 7:00 pm
Location: Holiday Inn Garland
Address: 5110 N George Bush Freeway Garland, TX 75040 Map it
RSVP: Add to your personal calendar.
Holiday Inn Garland North




Come and hear a discussion on the TX Constitutional Amendments and the City of Garland property tax increase proposal that will be on the ballot next month.  



Candy Noble, SREC for Senate District 8


Candy will be presenting the pros and cons of the Constitutional Amendments.

And  we be discussing the Garland property tax increase.


Pete Sessions Latest Texan to Run Scared From Funding Government Without Obamacare

Pete Sessions

Congressman Pete Sessions – steadfastly avoiding serious town halls where he may face conservatives / tea party activists in Dallas – recently was caught on camera arrogantly claiming 1) that he was unable to get Obamacare defunding language from Senator Cruz (false), and 2) that this language supposedly does not work (language he co-sponsors).

See below for an example of establishment-gone-unhinged:

Now, this isn’t the first time he’s been bad-mouthing Senator Cruz and those committed to defunding. He has been going to his country club buddies in Dallas telling everyone that the defund Obamacare plan is crazy. He calls a few supporters and gets them to do his bidding to try to gin up Republicans in Dallas against the defund effort. For example, this email is floating around Texas circles (and it is hardly isolated – as Mr. Sessions has been saying this at forums around DFW) from a guy in the Dallas area:

“I just got off a 15 minute phone call from United States Congressman Pete Sessions… He also serves as the Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Rules. He called to get my opinion and ideas on defunding Obamacare. He also mentioned his frustration with Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Michelle Bachman who are out talking about defunding Obama, but as of yet, has not submitted their ideas to him. He stressed that he has tried and tried to get their reports, but with no success. His hands are practically tied until they submit their ideas.”


GTP Monthly Meeting



5110 North George Bush Freeway


Come and hear from your Texas legislators. 

They will provide us with an assessment of the recent legislative session

and the three special sessions.

After their updates, you will have an opportunity to ask them questions.





  Senator John Carona             Representative Cindy Burkett 




    Representative Angie Button     Representative Kenneth Sheets





As you may know, we the people of Texas pay Senator John Cornyn a salary of $174,000.00 per year.  Over the course of a six-year term, that's over a million dollars.


Given that we pay the man much more than most of us make, it's understandable that we would expect that Senator Cornyn would be so kind as to make himself available to us on a periodic basis, to discuss the critical issues facing our Republic and how he plans to address them.


Apparently, Senator Cornyn disagrees.


Despite repeated requests from constituents, Senator John Cornyn has not seen fit to host any in-person townhalls during the August Recess to hear from the people of Texas.


Being Texans, we're not inclined to let that stand.  In order to provide every opportunity, WE'RE holding a townhall for him this Saturday.


We are inviting Senator Cornyn to join us for this conversation.  While we have not received a confirmation of attendance we are hopeful he will ultimately decide to participate.


Following the townhall, we are holding a strategy session for the Come and Take It campaign to stop the Obama Machine's Progressive takeover of Texas. 


Dinner will be provided between the town hall and strategy session.

Saturday August, 17 2013

Embassy Suites - Mesquite Ballroom
13131 N. Central Expy
Dallas, TX  75243




4:30 - 5:30 PM Central - John Cornyn Townhall Meeting


5:30 - 6:00 PM Central - Dinner


6:00 - 7:30 PM Central - Come and Take It Strategy




**Due to the overwhelming response, the location was moved from the Studio Movie Grill to the ballroom**



GTP Monthly Meeting 

Tuesday August 13, 2013 at 7:00PM


Holiday Inn - Firewheel
5110 N George Bush Hwy
Garland, TX  75040
7:00 PM

Join us for popcorn and a special showing of Dennis Michael Lynch new film:


They Come to America II


(click to view trailer)


Introduced by Jean Swan with Texas Border Volunteers with a short presentation.

From: Janie Brittain 
Sent: Thursday, August 1, 2013 4:49 PM
Subject: Re: Constituent meeting at Senator Cornyn's Dallas office on 7/31/13

Mr. Wood, Mr. McLochlin:
Thank you for spending time discussing the defunding of Obamacare with some of your constituents yesterday at Senator Cornyn's Dallas office.   It was nice meeting you.  
I was the person who challenged one of your points against the defunding of Obamacare in the Continuing Resolution.  This was before most of the other people arrived.  You stated that only 1-2% of the funding could really be cut, since the vast majority is mandatory spending and it is not possible to cut out mandatory spending in the CR.   I mentioned that I had just heard someone counter your argument on the radio that morning (Wednesday) but could not remember the person's name. 
I have since tracked down who that person is.  He is James Capretta, Senior Fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center.   His biography (see link below) is impressive as an expert in Health and Entitlement Reform, and he also knows the legislative process, having "served in senior positions in the executive and legislative branches of the federal government for sixteen years".   I also tracked down the podcast where he discussed this issue, and stated unequivocally that it is possible to fund all of government except Obamacare in the CR, such that ALL discretionary as well as mandatory funding of Obamacare is removed.  Mr. Capretta stated that it would be an unusual move, and would take very precise language, but it could be done.  There is nothing unlawful or unconstitutional in doing so.   
I have provided the link to the podcast below for your listening pleasure.  Begin listening at the 20:00 mark.  That particular discussion only takes a couple of minutes.
Link to podcast (Mark Davis Show 660 am): 
I also provided you the following information debunking another argument against the defunding of Obamacare related to military and security issues should the government shut down:
I hope you detected the sense of urgency Senator Cornyn's constituents have about this and other pressing issues.  We do not detect that urgency in Senator Cornyn.   Doing things the same way we have always done them is not working.  The country is going down the tubes.  Our liberties are being taken away daily.  Senator Cornyn's constituents understand this, but we are not in the least convinced that Senator Cornyn understands it.
Janie Brittain
Garland, TX

Texas Patriots,

Gregg Cummings and Matt Frate of Tea Party Patriots will be in Texas Wednesday July 24 and Thursday July 25 to assist with street protests and visits to Representative Pete Sessions office.

Obamacare set the standard that is now being used to craft the amnesty bill. In DC it’s acceptable to create bloated bills, include vague and ambiguous language, abdicate congressional power to unelected bureaucrats, hide details from public view, and pass bills in the dead of night. Then they expect the American people to swallow it whole!

Our government is out of control and in need of an intervention. Please join us for these events next week:

Wednesday July 24, there will be sign waiving events at the following times and locations:

9:30 am to 10:30 am - Sign waiving and deliver letters at Representative Pete Sessions office
Sessions Office
Park Central VII
12750 Merite Drive Suite 1434 (Map Available)
P: (972) 392-0505
F: (972) 392-0615

11:00 to 1:00 pm Sign Wave then Lunch paid for by TPP
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla Street
Dallas, TX 75201

4:30 to 6:00 pm Sign Waving  
Victory Park
North Houstion and Olive Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Thursday, July 25th, there will be sign waiving events at the following times and locations:

9:30 to 10:30 am - Sign waiving 
Beltline Road and South Plano Road
Richardson Tx 75081
12:00 to 1:00 pm - Sign waving and Lunch paid for by TPP
Firewheel Mall
Town Center Blvd and Lavon Drive
Garland Tx 75044

4:30 to 6:00pm Sign Wave 
Greenville Ave and Forest Street
Dallas Tx, 75243
Encouragement of some best practices to help with this are:
1. Send your local papers press releases and or letter to the editor about our events and the issue.
2. Print out talking points to help you for your letters, social network postings, and general knowledge for street debates.
3. Don't assume that "others" will send out information to group membership and friends and family to help, please do so yourself and send this on as well :) 

For assistance on materials for engagement, visit No More Train Wrecks and download your toolkit. You can also call any of Representative Sessions' offices using the following numbers:
Washington DC office P: (202) 225-2231   F: (202) 225-5878
Dallas office  P: (972) 392-0505   F: (972) 392-0615
HD 113 State Representative Cindy Burkett 
(512) 463-0464
94% of Republican primary voters are NOT in favor of this unprecedented spending. We have surpassed $100B in one biennium and is not only unConservative, it is fiscally irresponsible. 
A vote for SB1 and HB1025, which is the supplemental bill to SB1, will be considered is a vote AGAINST tax payers for these reasons:
·        The $1.8 billion in tax relief called for by the Governor is slashed because a majority of the legislature went on a spending spree. The Legislature includes about half of the Governor’s request (about $900 million) and wants to count $631 million in a one-time electrical ratepayer fee rebate for about 80% of Texans as a tax cut—which it isn’t.
·        The budget will exceed the state’s constitutional spending limit. They will bust the spending cap! The big spenders seek to circumvent the spending limit through SJR 1, the constitutional amendment to be approved by voters in November. They are changing the definition of “busting the cap” so they can say they didn’t…sounds just like Washington, DC!
·        Though they had more than $13 billion in new general revenue (GR) on hand for the 2014-15 budget, House & Senate budget appropriators did not include money in the budget for “pay as you go” highway funding or provide taxpayers with a meaningful tax cut. Instead, they spent it all and want to raid the Rainy Day Fund too!
·        The Legislature has decided to raid the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day Fund) for almost $4 billion. The ESF was intended to protect against the pressure for a tax increase during an economic downturn. Instead, this budget uses the Rainy Day Fund to explode spending during a time of plenty, cutting the fund balance in half—from $8 billion to $4 billion. This leaves Texas vulnerable if the national economy continues to falter or we have a natural or manmade disaster.
·        The Legislature will appropriate approximately $106 billion in General Revenue and Rainy Day funds. This is an increase of $22 billion, or 26%, over last session! (This is a session to session, not a budget to budget, comparison.)
·        The total of all funds (including federal funds) in the new budget looks to be about$214 billion, an increase of about $38 billion, or 21%, over what was appropriated in 2011. (This is a session to session, not a budget to budget, comparison.)
·        This level of spending is proof most legislators are tone deaf (94% of 2012 Republican primary voters signaled they wanted spending cut). They willingly ignore the unstable national and global economies. This is a threat to a strong Texas and should be treated as an assault on liberty.
·        This spending repeats the mistake of the 79th TX Legislature (2005). After the 78thLegislature (2003) held the line on spending, the 79th Legislature went on a spending spree that led to the 2011 $15 billion budget shortfall. It could happen again. Are the big spenders setting the stage for gambling and/or and income tax next session?
·        This spending rejects principles of fiscal conservatism in exchange for a big-gov’t approach like those of the other big-five states: CA, NY, IL, FL.
·       This budget is a threat to the economic prosperity of Texas citizens, families, and communities. It is a threat to Texas – the best hope for enduring freedom in these United States.  

From the Grassroots Texans Network:



Stand Up for Liberty!


Fellow Patriots:


In 2014, Dallas County will be one of the KEY BATTLEGROUNDS in the fight over the future of Texas.


We are aware that the local tea parties, the Republican Party and the Democratic Party already have active efforts underway for 2014.  We expect the Libertarian Party and Green Party have activities, as well.  Now is the time to SIGN UP!




If you are a TEA PARTY or INDEPENDENT activist, and you want to get involved in non-partisan get-out-the-vote activities in your area, CLICK HERE to sign up:



If you are a REPUBLICAN, you can sign up for the Republicans' 2014 efforts here:





If you're a LIBERTARIAN PARTY supporter, click here:





If you're a DEMOCRAT, you can join the Democrats' 2014 efforts here:




If you support the GREEN PARTY, click here:




Whatever you choose to do, please get involved.

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