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Welcome to my Lone Star corner. I belong to a new generation of principled, old-fashioned conservatives, who believe that liberty is fragile and must be protected, that government must be constrained by the Constitution, and that the majority cannot simply do whatever it wants. A passionate conservative, I am heavily involved in, as a director, member and/or a volunteer of: • Texas Grassroots Coalition • Grassroots Advisory Committee for TC Glenn Hegar • East Texans for Liberty • We The People – Longview • FreedomWorks Texas • Republican Women of Gregg County • Republican Club of Gregg County • Republican Women of North East Texas • VOCAL • Grassroots America – We The People Grassroot Experience: • Campaigned for Former Solicitor General Ted Cruz in his Texas U.S. Senate race • Senator Cruz's 'Kitchen Cabinet' • Director of the Gregg County ‘Get Out The Vote’ - 2012 • East Texas Liaison for Governor Rick Perry - 2013 • North East Texas Coordinator for FreedomWorks 'Come and Take It’ – 2013 • Volunteer social media primary support for Matt Rinaldi for State Representative in House District 115 - 2014 • Volunteer social media support for Bob Hall for State Senate District 2 - 2014 • Volunteer social media support for Matt Schaefer for re-election for House District 6 - 2014 • Volunteer for Ken Paxton for Texas Attorney General - 2014 • Stars of Texas Fall Celebration: Ken Paxton and Friends - 2014 An outspoken Marine mom seeking to connect with other God fearing, liberty seeking, and principled individuals in an effort to support one another in combating the progressive movement that seeks to stifle our U.S. Constitutional rights. An unapologetic supporter of the U.S. Constitution ROCKSTAR Senator Ted Cruz, my first political crush Representative Louie Gohmert, the ever so diplomatic State Representative David Simpson and the exceptional teachers of the great state of Texas. I hold close my family time, my beautiful Christian sisters, gardening, football, and mediating in the word of our Lord. Facebook: Twitter:" Blog: Thank you and God Bless, Stacy McMahan

My take on the 17-14 Senate vote to exclude rural communities on property tax reform

It is heartbreaking that 17 out of 31 Senators did not find it relevant to include rural communities in property tax reform. Granting roughly 50 counties out of 254 the right to vote and a cap is incorrigible!

I am grateful to Senator Bryan Hughes for voting against this measure.

My Representative is Jay Dean. Before his freshman term, Jay was the Mayor of Longview. For 10 years, while Mayor, Jay will tell you that he never raised taxes to even 3%. And, on particular projects that he and the City Council sought for Longview, those measures were sent to the taxpayers for a vote. We simply want the same thing!

My husband and I live in Upshur now. Our property appraisals are being raised closer to Gregg County every year. Though Upshur is a larger county mass wise, our population is roughly 40,600 compared to 124,000 in Gregg County (2015 numbers). Yes, we are rural, however, our County Judge and Sheriff both have someone to answer their phones.  Imagine that!

There is no industry in Upshur except a Rob Roy plant that no longer has evening shifts. The largest employers in Upshur are the county and schools. Otherwise, many go to surrounding cities/counties for work.

We have a Walmart. The City of Gilmer tried to pull in a Super Walmart. However, after an internal study, the Walmart home office elected to not locate a Super Walmart in Gilmer because our current store is “not making enough money”.  So, we have a little Walmart, like they had in Longview in early 2000, that is split to be like a Super Walmart. However, as one can imagine only a very selective choice of items. And you know what?  I am ok with that.  If the store does not have what I need, my husband, who works in Gregg, can pick it up on his way home. We live in the country. That’s just how it is.

Our County Sheriff, newly elected, is struggling to train his deputies, outfit them with proper protective gear, etc. on a shoe string budget.  In reality, our whole county is doing the same thing.  Our county officials, the top “dream job” of most have not had a raise in a decade. Actually, our Commissioners cut their pay and benefits by $11,000 each to make payroll to partially cover an $100,000 deficit.

Oh, and ETMC moved out of the county a little over a year after we moved here. There is not a hospital in Upshur.

As I understand it, this was due to severely poor management by inexperienced county officials over a decade ago.  As one can imagine, we are grateful to have the folks currently in office.

Many that I have spoken to have had to recently combat the county appraiser on excessively large tax increases. One couple had two acres of their 100 plus acre property raised because they repaired a portion of their barbed wire fence. This couple reports that this particular area is not utilized.

When my husband and I moved to Upshur, there was a water well and an unconnected electrical pole, that had been through a fire in 2011, on the other end of our 11 acres.  On the opposite end, we added a $5,000 pre-made barn, our paid off RV, a crushed iron ore driveway that cost us $4,500, fenced in a 100 x 100 ft. of cyclone fence for Gus and our chicken coop, and an unconnected electrical pole and box. That raised our appraisal by $12,000. We purchased our 11 acres at less than $3,000 per acre.

As many on Facebook know, we are building our home ourselves (I have a very talented husband).

When we moved out here there were less than a handful of homes. A ministry outfit purchased 13 acres down the road from us. Almost $7,000 an acre. For what? There are no improvements other than cutting down trees to put a used mobile home on each track, running electric to it, and room to park their vehicles.

There are two acres between our property and the 14-acre track next door. Those 2 acres are mostly creek. The owners, according to the appraisal district, live in Cass County. $10,000 for 2 acres of creek!

This area has one school for K through 12 (2 buildings).

In three years, acreage out here has risen to $5,000 an acre; all creek and $7,000 an acre with no creek.

I am told that Straus wants comprehensive property tax reform. But I have a sneaking suspicion that does not include a cap nor an automatic election/right to vote for us pesky peasants.

I gather the other 204 counties, unworthy in the eyes of 17 Texas Senators, only have our Representatives and the Freedom Caucus to protect us now.


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Special Vests Donated to Upshur County Sheriff’s Office.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 — The Upshur County Commissioners Court approved to accept special vests for the Sheriff’s Department. The vests were donated by Robert Berry with Blue Prepared.

Special thanks to those area businesses that covered the cost. Specifically, Tefteller Law All-star Insurance Stanley Ford Gilmer Stop-A-Minit West Phillips 66 Gilmer National Bank Goosehead Insurance.

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Dean blames Longview voters for $76.8 million debt


On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, conservative candidate David Watts pointed out that Tyler, the city, Jay Dean, during his 10 years as mayor of Longview, sought to out shine, had zero debt. However, Longview was left with $76.8 million dollars in debt following Dean’s tenure.

In response, Dean said the Longview voters wanted the debt. They voted for it! He didn’t.

As mayor, Dean told the Republican Women of Longview that he only voted if there was a tie.

As a former resident of Longview, during Dean’s term, I am offended by Dean’s assertion and lack of accountability.

Jay Dean repeatedly says he has a record. Which record is that, Dean? The $76.8 MILLION DOLLARS in debt left on the backs of the Longview tax payers?

Check out the graphic by Jay Dean’s opponent, David Watts. Apparently, Mr. Dean DID vote as Mayor.

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Candidate Comparison in Texas House District 7

CaptureThere are three large differences between House District 7 candidates David Watts and Jay Dean.

The first – and the most significant – difference is the candidate’s position on conservative legislation killer Joe Straus as the Texas House Speaker. Jay Dean has not only donated to Straus, he supports Straus as Speaker.  David Watts has quite adamantly repeated he does not support Joe Straus for Speaker.

Like Watts, Dean has been questioned on his position concerning Straus by leaders in both the Gregg and Upshur’s Republican and TEA party groups. At each Dean refused to acknowledge the seriousness of how Straus has not only gravely hindered Texas collectively, but specifically in Gregg and Upshur.  (House District 7 includes both Gregg and Upshur.)

The following are a very few conservative reforms killed by Straus in the most recent legislative session:

  • Urging Congress to cease imposing the Obamacare contraception mandate on businesses;
  • Requiring counties, cities, and school districts to list total outstanding debt and debt per capita on any ballot for a new bond election;
  • Protecting Texas from federal gun regulations;
  • Closing the “judicial bypass” loophole allowing minors to receive an abortion without parental notification; and
  • Protecting Texans from the Obamacare individual mandate.

The race between Watts and Dean is reminiscent of the one between David Simpson and moderate Tommy Merritt.  Merritt, one of the 11 Republicans, in 2009, voted with 68 Democrats to first seat moderate Joe Straus as Speaker.  Merritt was also afforded favorable media attention, mocked his opponent publicly and privately, and dismissed the concerns of the Republican and Conservative/TEA party groups district wide.

Engaged voters are fully aware of the dangers of Straus as Speaker.  Does Dean seek to reach only the ill-informed voter?

Dean has also said he will vote for the most conservative speaker and, in the same LNJ article, it was noted that David Simpson too utilized those same words.  What the paper failed to include is that Simpson: 1) unlike Dean, has not donated to Straus’ campaign; 2) has voted against Straus as Speaker; and 3) ran against Straus as Speaker in 2013.

Additionally, at the Gregg County GOP meeting on Oct. 15, Dean stated that House District 7 has not been represented well the past few years. Interesting.

There are a couple of things the men have in common. They both are Christians, with a beautiful families, and have been quite successful in business.  However, and the second difference I noticed is Dean’s 18 years in elected office places him squarely in the much frowned upon “career politician” box.

The third difference I noticed between the men is they both have attested to have been block walking the district quite heavily. When asked about their game plan, or a goal for the district, the first six months in office, Dean repeated the point that he plans to spend the next 5 months talking to the voters and learning their concerns.  Watts, on the other hand, has repeatedly attested that the voters are telling him they want less government and more liberty.

So, the voters are purposely telling Watts their concerns and not Dean? Is Dean asking the voters or, like Merritt, is this another career politician simply not concerned about the issues paramount to House District 7?

Dean and Watts purport to be staunchly pro-life.

Speaker Straus has publicly stated that he supports Roe v. Wade, does not believe it should be overturned, and received the highest praise for his first term as speaker by Planned Parenthood.  Even Straus’ wife served on the board of Planned Parenthood.

In 2013, Governor Perry had to call two special sessions just to get a pro-life bill through.  And, to add insult to injury, Straus stopped more than three pro-life bills in the last legislative (2015) term alone.

If Dean fails to “collaborate”, as Straus’ former chief lieutenant, Ralph Sheffield, proudly admitted to constituents in late 2011, Straus will punish him thereby punishing House District 7.  How will Dean’s plan to collaborate with Straus and his lieutenants succeed when Dean refuses to support the murder of innocent life?

Straus is not known to allocate to newly elected house representatives a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card walking in.

The district’s conservative stronghold is significantly at risk.  I respectfully ask each voter to thoroughly vet the candidates for House District 7.  The district has worked very hard to move away from the stance of the moderate Republican to a more principled, constitutional conservative Republican.

By Stacy McMahan

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