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  • posted about Oppose HB 464 on Facebook 2015-04-28 03:52:16 -0600
    Sign the petition: Oppose HB 464, a tax on independent and "third-party" candidates to get on the ballot

    Oppose HB 464

    HB 464 would impose a filing fee for the general election on state and county officers. If passed, this bill, sponsored by Rep. Drew Springer (R-HD-68), would seriously curtail the ability of the Green Party of Texas to field candidates for state and county offices.

    Currently, while the two major parties have their primary elections funded largely at tax payer expense (see pages 3 and 4 of the state budget report), the Green Party pays for all the expenses for our convention system though private funding.

    42 signatures

    Not only does this create an unconstitutional barrier to ballot access, there are not enough financial resources to bring a constitutional challenge, so if this passes, we are pretty much stuck with it.

    So Please call your legislators immediately.

    What follows is a combined message from Texans for Accountable Government (TAG), and the two-political parties that are part of the TAG coalition.

    Strong character and principle is about protecting the rights of the minority and the most vulnerable, and right now there is an overt attack on non-primary, aka. 'third' parties here in Texas. Non-primary parties, such as the Green & Libertarian Parties, could essentially be legislated out of existence from HB464, which is quickly moving through the Texas House.

    We need to kill this bill, and we need you to call the Calendars Committee and visit their offices - on behalf of yourself as a concerned citizen and constituent - and succinctly express why this bill violates the integrity of the electoral process. (Talking points below).

    Current Action Plan:

    We've included the calendars committee, their office numbers, and their phone numbers below. We need to treat them as allies at this point. Make your opinion known, but be very respectful, polite, and attempt to humanize with these members. You'll want to speak to the chief of staff or legislative director. The goal is to prevent this bill from hitting the floor, or at least delay it as much as possible.

    CALENDARS COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

    Chair: Rep Hunter GW.18 - 512-463-0672

    Vice Chair: Rep. Lucio III E1.320 - 512-463-0606

    Rep. Alonzo 1N.12 - 512-463-0408

    Rep. Cook GN.11 - 512-463-0730

    Rep. Davis E2.310 - (512) 463-0389

    Rep. Geren GW.17 - 512-463-0610

    Rep. Giddings GW.11 - 512-463-0953

    Rep. Harless E2.408 - 512-463-0496

    Rep. Huberty E2.722 - (512) 463-0520

    Rep. Johnson E1.204 - (512) 463-0586

    Rep. King E2.416 - (512) 463-0736

    Rep. Larson E2.406 - (512) 463-0646

    Rep. Price E2.610 - (512) 463-0470

    Rep. Riddle 4N.7 - 512-463-0572

    Rep Rodriguez E1.212 - (512) 463-0669


    Below is a message directly from Kurt Hildebrand, member of Texans for Accountable Government, and Chair of the Libertarian Party of Texas [tweaked by kat swift - cochair of GPTX]:

    ::::

    "Texas House Bill 464 (HB464) will change the rules for minor party and Independent candidates to require filing fees of hundreds or thousands of dollars per candidate.

    This is a new and unconstitutional TAX on the political process itself, and it must be stopped.

    I can't say this strongly enough. If this bill becomes law it will shut down the Libertarian[, Green, and all] other 3rd parties in our state - and that's exactly what the bill is designed to do.

    This bill is continuing to move toward a vote on the House floor and it could be scheduled any time, even within the next week. The bill is currently with the calendars committee for scheduling so we need to immediately call those members and let them know that this bill is a bad deal for voters, for democracy, and for Texas.

    In the name of liberty and fair elections, I need you to take immediate action TODAY.

    IF YOU LIVE IN THE AUSTIN AREA OR CAN GET THERE:

    Immediately contact [GPTexas CoChair kat swift at (210) 471-1791 or bexarkat @ gmail] and schedule a time with her to go lobbying at the capitol. We are scheduling lobbying in shifts Monday - Wednesday of next week.

    IF YOU KNOW ACTIVISTS IN THE AUSTIN AREA:

    Tell them to immediately contact [kat - see above] and schedule a time with her to go lobbying at the capitol. We are scheduling lobbying in shifts Monday - Wednesday of next week.
     
    IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE AREA OR CANNOT TRAVEL:

    Call your State Reps, Call members of the House Calendars Committee, and encourage others in your network to do the same. The Calendars committee members and their contacts are listed below. See the phone call script below to help you get started.

    Go to [http://gptx.nationbuilder.com/hb464] and use our tool to sign our petition and also go to [action.lptexas.org and] send a respectful message to your representative expressing your opposition to this bill. This only takes a few minutes but it really works and it's important.

    BASIC PHONE CALL SCRIPT:

    1. Get the number of your Texas State Representative from:http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us.

    2. Take that number and the number of all the members of the calendars committee and make a call list.

    3. Call the number.

    4. When the staffer answers, say "Hi, I'm a constituent (or concerned citizen), and I want to urge Representative [name] to vote against House Bill 464."

    5. The staffer might ask for a little more info, or the staffer may just say "Thank you, I'll pass that along." And you're done.



    HB 464 TALKING POINTS:


    HB 464 imposes a filing fee for convention-selected political candidates to appear on the general election ballot.  Though touted by Rep. Drew Springer (R-HD-68) as ["leveling the playing field,"*  (since primary-selected candidates pay the same fee to appear on the Primary Election ballot), HB 464 goes far off level.]

    Unlike primary political parties, non-primary parties use NO taxpayer money for their candidate-selection process. The general election filing fee for non-primary candidates thus imposes an [additional and unnecessary financial] burden on such candidates. Our opposition to HB 464 is based on the following.

    * There are already significant requirements in the Texas election code for convention-selection parties to appear on the general election ballot. HB 464 would unfairly impose additional requirements not imposed on primary-selection political parties.

    * The effect of HB 464 will undoubtedly be to limit voter choice and increase voter apathy and cynicism. Voter participation rates in Texas are already abysmal and this law would make the problem even worse.

    * HB 464 likely violates both the equal protection clause of the US Constitution (see for example Bullock v. Carter, 1972 US Supreme Court ruling) as well as various laws and court rulings against taxes used to manage the election process. Given that the proposed fees would be paid to the Secretary of State and not the Party, and that there is no obvious use for these funds in the absence of a primary, this fee looks very much like a ballot tax on non-primary candidacies.


    Though HB 464's intent is to level the playing field among political candidates, its effect is precisely the opposite. The Texas Legislature should make sure that our political processes be fairly applied to all who seek office in the State.  


    Thank you for your past and continued support of liberty and of the Green and Libertarian Parties of Texas. We will keep you up to date on this bill's progress and others that may threaten our electoral system or prevent freedom and choice in politics. We are counting on you, Liberty is counting on you, and the future of elections in Texas is counting on you.


    Sincerely,

    Kurt Hildebrand
    (512) 279-7860

    ::::


    For Liberty,
     
    Justin Arman
    Texans for Accountable Government

    And Justice,

    kat swift
    CoChair
    Green Party of Texas

    *See public Elections committee hearing closing statement on this bill.

     

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  • commented on How To Start A Local Group 2014-11-23 11:41:04 -0700
          The above text viewed by me early on 2014-11-23 is recommended
    to be corrected and enlarged as follows:
    1. The “I Name” section reads “The name of this organization is the
    Utopia County Green Party, and is the Utopia County affiliate of the
    Green Party of Texas.”  The grammatical error here is that the conditional
    verb “is” can apply only to the subject “name” and a name (as opposed
    to the intended subject “Utopia County” which is here used in as the
    description of the name, cannot in and of itself be an affiliate.  The
    sentence would be better-phrased simply by changing it to read “The
    name of this organization is the Utopia County Green Party, and the
    organization is Utopia County’s affiliate of the Green Party of Texas.”
    2. Under the “II Purpose” section, the sentence currently reads, “The
    purpose of the Utopia County Green Party is to build membership […]”
    which is vague.  A better, more-specific wording would say “The
    purpose of the Utopia County Green Party is to build Green Party
    membership […]” or at least “The purpose of the Utopia County Green
    Party is to build its membership […].”
    3. Another “enabling” technicality is following the final sentence
    under “IV Structure and Meetings,” first paragraph “IV-A”: “[…] but
    only those who have attended at least one prior meeting are entitled
    to vote.” which should be followed by the additional sentence “All
    attendees of the one-time initial-founding meeting are entitled to
    vote.”
    4. Under “IV-B,” there is an error caused by contradictory wording. 
    The current wording, “One Co-chair, the Treasurer, and the
    Secretary will be elected by the membership at a General
    Membership Meeting in May of each year.  One co-chair will be
    elected by the membership at a General Membership Meeting in
    November of each year.  The term of each office shall be one year.”
          If there are to be two Co-chairs, to be elected bi-annually at alternating
    elections in May and November, it precludes the second Co-chair from
    being elected at the first May meeting, and therefore the Party would
    have only one Chair until its first November election.  Likewise, if the
    Party’s first voting-meeting (its founding meeting) is held after May in
    the calendar-year, then this wording incorrectly precludes a first Co-
    chair until the next year!  A complete rewording is needed; I suggest
    the above-quoted text be replaced with “The Party will initially elect
    two Co-chairs, a Treasurer, and a Secretary at its first meeting, and
    between the two Co-chairs it will be decided which will serve individually
    for the remaining time until the next bi-annual elections of one of them
    to serve from the May election-meeting of the year until the May-election
    meeting of the following year, and the other to serve from the November-
    election meeting of the year until the November-election meeting of the
    following year.  Thereafter, the Co-chairs will serve full one-year terms
    beginning from their May and November elections each year.  Special
    elections must be held in the event of any administrative office-holder’s
    disqualification, resignation, or death, and the person elected will
    serve only until the present term expires with the next regular election.”
    5. Also under the “IV” section, in the sentence of “IV-C” the word “last”
    (implying “no more”) should be replaced by “latest” (implying an
    ongoing series). 
    6. Also under that section, all of “IV-E” currently says “E. The Steering
    Committee shall meet monthly, and additionally when called by a Co-
    chair, as necessary.  The Steering Committee shall set the agenda for
    each General Membership Meeting.  Steering Committee meetings
    shall be publicized, and every member is invited and encouraged to
    attend as a non-voting participant.”
          These words leave openings for two potential disputes, and should
    be re-worded to clarify who is being described.  There are two Co-chairs
    for the General Membership, and (as described in the bylaws) the Steering
    Committee will also elect its own Co-chairs, which may or may not be
    different individuals than the General Membership Co-chairs.  If any of
    the potentially four individuals can call a Steering Committee meeting,
    than it should say so.  Likewise, if the decision is limited just to either of
    the Steering Committee Co-chairs OR just to the General Membership
    Co-chairs, then that qualification should be made to avoid disputes.  The
    second potential confusion is the sentence “[…] every member is invited
    and encouraged to attend as a non-voting participant” which, as-worded,
    technically would also exclude members of the sub-set of General
    Members who are Steering Committee Members.  A less-ambiguous
    sentence would read “[…] all non-Steering Committee Members of
    Utopia County Green Party are also invited and encouraged to attend
    as non-voting participants.”
    7. The possessive of it is spelled “its” … “it’s” (as erroneously used in
    “IV-F”) is a contraction for “it is.”
    8. A final word, concerning spacing characters…  There are a number
    of places throughout the texts where there are one, two, or even three
    letterspaces separating sentences.  A search-and-replace should make
    two the standard … unless the text is written for HTML.  One of the poor
    coding designs of the Internet under hypertext markup language (HTML)
    is that a series of spaces is always condensed into one space.  But it
    reads more easily if there is that extra space between sentences. 
          Likewise HTML is ruining the style of people’s writing by putting line-
    skips between paragraphs, because the aforementioned condensation
    of letterspaces prevents indents with normal triple-letterspaces or word-
    processsor-initiated tools for indents at the beginning of a paragraph
    as seen in “hard-copy” journalism and literature.  The HTML coding-
    character that would enable these indents or extra space between
    sentences is called a “non-breaking space” and was originally designed
    to keep a pair of words or numbers from being “wrapped” to separate
    lines when space at the end of a line constrained both from being on
    the first line.  But the same character anywhere else can be inserted as
    many times as needed to space-out words or numbers or put an indent
    in a paragraph.  Unfortunately, most webmasters either are too lazy to
    take the time to do the extra coding to make it look nice (they don’t care),
    or they are ignorant of the character and its uses.  Same can be said for
    the “em-dash” — used for pause or emphasis, which is getting replaced
    by the double-hyphen — which can “wrap” to two lines if it comes at the
    end of a line!  The coding (if you do webscripting) is initated with an
    ampersand and ended with a semi-colon, and contains either the letters
    nbsp (for non-breaking space) or the numerical equivalent #160 … and
    for em-dashes, the coding between the & and ; containers is mdash. 
          It is difficult to tell (unless the webmaster is so courteous as to state
    so) whether or not text one enters into an online “form” input box will
    be interpreted as HTML or not.  The form on this page uses HTML
          Also, people who compose offline using Microsoft Word
    default character-coding often don’t know that they have to disable such
    coding in Word’s preferences before composing and then copy-pasting
    into a web page upload, else-wise HTML will generate spurious characters
    wherever there are “curly” (or “smart”) apostrophes, quote-marks, or other
    special characters. 

  • commented on Sample By-Laws for a County-level Party 2014-11-23 04:26:02 -0700
    The above text viewed by me early on 2014-11-23 is recommended to be corrected and enlarged as follows:

    1. The “I Name” section reads “The name of this organization is the Utopia County Green Party, and is the Utopia County affiliate of the Green Party of Texas.” The grammatical error here is that the conditional verb “is” can apply only to the subject “name” and a name (as opposed to the intended subject “Utopia County” which is here used in as the description of the name, cannot in and of itself be an affiliate. The sentence would be better-phrased simply by changing it to read “The name of this organization is the Utopia County Green Party, and the organization is Utopia County’s affiliate of the Green Party of Texas.”
    2. Under the “II Purpose” section, the sentence currently reads, “The purpose of the Utopia County Green Party is to build membership […]” which is vague. A better, more-specific wording would say “The purpose of the Utopia County Green Party is to build Green Party membership […]” or at least “The purpose of the Utopia County Green Party is to build its membership […].”
    3. Another “enabling” technicality is following the final sentence under “IV Structure and Meetings,” first paragraph “IV-A”: “[…] but only those who have attended at least one prior meeting are entitled to vote” which should be followed by the additional sentence “All attendees of the one-time initial-founding meeting are entitled to vote.”
    4. Under “IV-B,” there is an error caused by contradictory wording. The current wording, “One Co-chair, the Treasurer, and the Secretary will be elected by the membership at a General Membership Meeting in May of each year. One co-chair will be elected by the membership at a General Membership Meeting in November of each year. The term of each office shall be one year.”
    If there are to be two Co-chairs, to be elected bi-annually at alternating elections in May and November, it precludes the second Co-chair from being elected at the first May meeting, and therefore the Party would have only one Chair until its first November election. Likewise if the Party’s first voting-meeting (its founding meeting) is held after May in the calendar-year, then this wording incorrectly precludes a first Co-chair until the next year! A complete rewording is needed; I suggest the above-quoted text be replaced with "The Party will initially elect two Co-chairs at its first meeting, who it will be decided will serve individually the remaining time until the next bi-annual election of one of them to serve from the May election-meeting of the year until the May-election meeting of the following year, and the other to serve from the November-election meeting of the year until the November-election meeting of the following year. Thereafter, the Co-chairs will serve full one-year terms beginning from their May and November elections each year. Special elections may be called in the event of any administrative office-holder’s disqualification, resignation, or death, and the person elected will serve only until the present term expires with the next regular election.
    5. Also under the “IV” section, in the sentence of “IV-C” the word “last” (implying “no more”) should be replaced by “latest” (implying an ongoing series).
    6. Also under that section, all of “IV-E” currently says “E. The Steering Committee shall meet monthly, and additionally when called by a Co-chair, as necessary. The Steering Committee shall set the agenda for each General Membership Meeting. Steering Committee meetings shall be publicized, and every member is invited and encouraged to attend as a non-voting participant.”
    These words leave openings for two potential disputes, and should be re-worded to clarify who is being described. There are two Co-chairs for the General Membership, and (as described in the bylaws) the Steering Committee will also elect its own Co-chairs, which may or may not be different individuals than the General Membership Co-chairs. If any of the potentially four individuals can call a Steering Committee meeting, than it should say so. Likewise, if the decision is limited just to either of the Steering Committee Co-chairs OR just to the General Membership Co-chairs, then that qualification should be made to avoid disputes. The second potential confusion is the sentence “[…] every member is invited and encouraged to attend as a non-voting participant” which, as-worded, technically would also exclude members of the sub-set of General Members who are Steering Committee Members. A less-ambiguous sentence would read “[…] all non-Steering Committee Members of Utopia County Green Party are also invited and encouraged to attend as non-voting participants.”
    7. The possessive of it is spelled “its” … “it’s” (as erroneously used in “IV-F”) is a contraction for “it is.”
    8. A final word, concerning spacing characters… There are a number of places throughout the texts where there are one, two, or even three letterspaces separating sentences. A search-and-replace should make two the standard … unless the text is written for HTML. One of the poor coding designs of the Internet under hypertext markup language (HTML) is that a series of spaces is always condensed into one space. But it reads more easily if there is that extra space between sentences. Likewise HTML is ruining the style of people’s writing by putting line-skips between paragraphs, because the aforementioned condensation of letterspaces prevents indents with normal triple-letterspaces or word-processsor-initiated tools for indents at the beginning of a paragraph as seen in “hard-copy” journalism and literature. The HTML coding-character that would enable these indents or extra space between sentences is called a “non-breaking space” and was originally designed to keep a pair of words or numbers from being “wrapped” to separate lines when space at the end of a line constrained both from being on the first line. But the same character anywhere else can be inserted as many times as needed to space-out words or numbers or put an indent in a paragraph. Unfortunately, most webmasters either are too lazy to take the time to do the extra coding to make it look nice (they don’t care), or they are ignorant of the character and its uses. Same can be said for the “em-dash” — used for pause or emphasis, which is getting replaced by the double-hyphen — which can “wrap” to two lines if it comes at the end of a line! the coding (if you do webscripting) is initated with an ampersand and ended with a semi-colon, and contains either the letters nbsp
    (for non-breaking space) or the numerical equivalent #160 … and for em-dashes, the coding between the & and ; containers is #8212 or #151 (I’ve had success with the latter).
    It is difficult to tell (unless the webmaster is so courteous as to state so) whether or not text one enters into an online “form” input box will be interpreted as HTML or not. Also, people who compose offline using Microsoft Word default character-coding often don’t know that they have to disable such coding in Word’s preferences before composing and then copy-pasting into a web page upload, else-wise HTML will generate spurious characters wherever there are “curly” apostrophes, quote-marks, or other special characters.
    — Alán Alán Apurim, HCGP

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