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District 45: Republicans Aim to Shake Controversy and Reclaim Seat



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Residents of Hays and Blanco Counties have a lot on their plate this election cycle and it begins with The Texas State Representative District 45 seat, headed to a run-off between long-time Hays County resident, Kent “Bud” Wymore IV, a local attorney, and Carrie Isaac, the wife of former Rep Jason Isaac.

The current Representative for District 45 is Democrat Erin Zwiener of Driftwood, who is completing her first term and seeking re-election and is awaiting the winner of this runoff. Zwiener won on the strength of the “Beto Wave,” thanks to Robert Frances O’Roark’s rise in popularity and run against Ted Cruz for United States Senator in 2018. It was Fortuitous for the Republican Party that “Beto” did not win that race because it was very close. The “Beto” movement lost momentum in Texas during the 2020 Presidential Campaign run. “Beto” and his gun-grabbing rhetoric were crushed in the Democrat Presidential Primary and as “Beto” watched his political relevancy fade away it appears as if the Democrat momentum faded with it. With the “Beto Wave” now a distant memory as it swirls down the draining swamp of Trump hating Democrats, the Republicans have a very good chance of recouping this seat provided they choose their candidate wisely.

The first candidate, Carrie Isaac, is an on-again off-again resident of District 45. The Isaac family moved to Hays County shortly before Jason’s run at State Representative and moved out of the District during his last term. The Isaacs then moved back into the District to qualify for Carrie’s campaign, however their residency is somewhat dubious.

Bud Wymore, when asked if he knew if the Isaac family had finally moved into the county, explained the dynamic of the Isaac’s “residency” in District 45. “In March 2019, Jason and Carrie accepted, through a special warranty deed, the transfer of a home in Woodcreek, Texas from longtime family friends of Carrie Isaac’s parents and political donor,” Wymore explained.

“The transfer of the house was on a five-year owner-financed deal with no down payment and no stated monthly payment.” said Wymore who added, “In December of 2019 they extended their lease in Austin on their single-family residential home for another year through December of 2020.” The question is, where is the Isaac family actually living?

Wymore said he knew at the time he launched his campaign that he would be facing Carrie Isaac. As a longtime resident of the district, Wymore said he knew the importance of having a State Representative who is deeply invested in the district. His goal is to take care of the families who live in the District, which includes his own family.

“My family moved here in the early 1980s my dad was a custom homebuilder and my mom was a stay-at-home mom. When the real estate market went belly up, my dad went out of business and took a job in the insurance industry, my mom went back to teaching. She was an elementary school teacher and eventually principle of the public schools in the Hays school district, said Wymore”

“I graduated from the public schools in the Hays School District and eventually I went to Texas State University and worked my way through law school (St. Mary’s University). After doing that, I built my law practice in this community and my wife and I are raising our four kids in the same public schools that I grew up in.” Wymore went on to say he has been “very intentional” about letting people know his home address because this draws a sharp distinction between him and his opponent.

Wymore ideologically has issues with politicians who are flippant about living somewhere other than the District that they are representing. He believes the Representative should have a vested interest along with the voters of the District and that involves actual residency. The arrangement the Isaac’s have with the homeowners and the lease in Austin certainly raises flags as to how vested Carrie Isaac is in District 45 — will she be serving the District or personal and business interests? Voters in Hays and Blanco Counties deserve an answer.

In stark contrast to his runoff opponent, Bud Wymore has lived in District 45 since the early 1980s. During his time in law school, Wymore also served as the Hays County Republican Party Chair, becoming one of the youngest to serve in that capacity in Hays County history. Wymore’s legacy when he stepped down as Party Chair is that he successfully pulled the county’s Republican Party out of the financial strife he walked into when he took over the role and brought it back to prosperity. Wymore, practices law out of The Wymore Law Firm in Hays County and is still involved heavily in the Hays County Republican Party and currently serves as its General Counsel.

If the Republicans are going to successfully regain this seat, they will need a candidate who is both transparent and vested in the community. Bud Wymore does not have character or logistical issues the jury is obviously out on Carrie Isaac. This gives Wymore the advantage by affording him the ability to speak only on the issues surrounding District 45 without personal attacks which appear to have some merit. The Democrats in Hays and Blanco Counties must be licking their proverbial chops hoping for Carrie Isaac to be the opponent in order to exploit the problematic personal, political and business interactions regarding her husband’s campaign, the family residency, and her non-profit organization and other non-profit organizations which, on the surface, seem to be extensions of her campaign.

Jason Isaac was Representative from 2011-2019, and instead of running for State Representative, again, he opted to run for Congress a race he did not win. While Jason served as State Rep, questions arose regarding his decision to spend his campaign resources on their Austin residence which was serving as their primary residence and located very near the private school their son attended at a time when the legislature was not in session.

Carrie Isaac is the head of the Digital Education and Work Initiative of Texas (aka DEWIT), a non-profit organization supposedly aimed at connecting disabled veterans among others to jobs. According to tax filings, DEWIT over $250,000 in 2018 but, of that amount, a stipend of $1,200 was given as a stipend to Veterans and $63,750 was spent on “Contractors” which turned out to be none other than its Executive Director, Carrie Isaac.

To further complicate matters, the 2018 Tax filing for DEWIT had “No” checked in the box with the question of whether any officer, director, trustee or key employee has a family relationship or business relationship with any other officer, director, trustee or key employee. Clearly, this was not true either, because two members of the Board are connected to Alegion, who by Carrie Isaac’s own admission DEWIT had partnered with, and was the only company listed that had actually hired a veteran, the others Isaac divulged could not be mentioned for confidentiality reasons according to Isaac.

One of the Board Members of DEWIT, who is also an investor in Alegion is Robert “Hank” Seale. He not only is reportedly responsible for donating the more than $250,000 to DEWIT, but he also is a substantial campaign donor to Isaac — Seale has given more than $20,000 to her campaign. Seale was also a substantial campaign donor to Jason Isaac for the eight (8) years Jason was Representative.

Daniel Borochoff, who serves as President of CharityWatch, a national charity watchdog organization. In an interview with the Austin American Statesman, Borochoff said he believes that this type of relationship puts board members in the position of being influenced by campaign donations.

“They ought to seek out more board members,” said Borochoff, “so they can have more impartial board members, so they can work toward the best interest of the organization rather than their own personal interest.”

This isn’t to say that there will be any preferential treatment given to Seale or Alegion, but to the average person these issues certainly do not pass the proverbial smell test, and Carrie Isaac has too many of these type relationships that are questionable if nothing else. The concerns over the questionable actions goes beyond DEWIT, or the mendacious answer on the DEWIT tax return, or the Isaac donors, the questionable decisions made by the Isaac’s goes even further back to Jason Isaac and his controversial use of campaign funds.

The question of misuse of campaign funds by Carrie Isaac’s husband Jason was raised in an article by Cyndy Barton & Anita Miller, Hays Free Press published on December 4, 2019. In the article, Attorney Eric Opiela, a Republican, seemed to question the legality of Isaac’s expenditures, though the Democrat attorney Buck Wood said he did not see a problem. Opiela, who also served for a time as the state Republican Party’s Executive Director, questioned the legality of the Isaacs’ use of campaign funds for Jason’s apartment home in southwest Austin, In Opiela’s opinion, it comes down to intent. Did Jason Isaac intend the apartment to support his official work as the representative, or was it for personal use? On March 29, 2018, Jason Isaac announced on his Twitter account that he had taken a new job in Austin as president of a public policy organization. Jason Isaac stated he was “eager to get to work expanding [the organization].”

It was only eight days after that tweet that Jason Isaac spent the campaign funds to purchase the apartment in Austin. “Just because you list something as an officeholder expense on a finance report doesn’t make it one. The facts here certainly have the appearance of using campaign funds for personal use rather than the performance of one’s duties as a public official,” Opiela told the Hays Free Press.

“Residency questions are difficult to prove as a matter of state law,” explained Opeila. “It’s easy to claim to reside in a district without actually living there. It’s not so easy to have a candidate disqualified from the ballot.”

“I think the conventional wisdom at the outset was that my opponent had name ID and would get more institutional money. But we had both raised about $150,000 total about a week before early voting started,” said Wymore, adding that based on their polling numbers, he was in the lead at that time. “At that point, there was a group called American Federation for Children based out of California, who in early January of 2020, created a new nonprofit corporation in Texas called Texas Federation for Children. One single individual out of California donated half a million dollars to that organization. Texas Federation for children then proceeded to spend several hundred thousand dollars in my race on behalf of Carrie Isaac. They ran daily TV ads, radio ads and sent out direct mail pieces and in the parts of the County that I had not vigorously walked you could see my lead begin to decimate.”

The influx of several hundred thousand dollars by one California based non-profit Organization with a Texas name, and a California donor was not enough to win Carrie Isaac the nomination, but it certainly has added another red flag to a campaign that had too many as it was. Wymore, is not the win at all cost type of candidate – but he is a winner, nonetheless, and as more voters familiarize themselves with this race, it is safe to say when the controversy is shaken from this election tree, it won’t be Wymore who falls.





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Lisa Michelle: Sexual Assault Survivor Turned Activist



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The trauma of being sexually assaulted can leave someone feeling scared, ashamed, and plagued with recurring and upsetting memories that can often last a lifetime. It is unfortunate that sexual violence continues to be prevalent in this country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that nearly one in five women in the U.S. have been sexually assaulted at some point in their lives, often by someone they know and trust.

Sexual assault is a dehumanizing act of violence perpetrated by one human being on another. After such a traumatic experience, it takes survivors years to regain their sense of control, rebuild their self-worth, and learn to heal. Although most survivors choose to stay silent, there are a few who choose to take a public stand, share their story, and challenge others to rise above the pain.


Lisa Michelle’s Story

Lisa Michelle is the social media entrepreneur behind the beauty brand Lily & Co., which provides funding to safe houses globally through the sale of products handcrafted by sexual assault survivors. She is the founder and executive director of No Strings Attached Ministries, a nonprofit that exists to guide sexually exploited women and children into healing through intervention, prevention, and outreach. No Strings Attached Ministries also offers aftercare to women and children on a consistent basis. Lisa Michelle is also an ordained minister under the Patricia King Ministries and has dedicated her life to healing the sexually exploited, bringing awareness to sexual assault and abuse, and opposing human trafficking.

Lisa Michelle is a survivor of sexual abuse and exploitation. She was sexually abused by her biological father and trafficked by a well-respected businessman who ran a funeral home in the neighborhood where she grew up. As a survivor, she knows firsthand how overwhelming it is for most survivors of sexual abuse to ask for help. Lisa Michelle ministers to young women in the sex industry (mostly strip clubs in the San Antonio area) to remind them of their self-worth and potential in the hope that they will voluntarily leave the sex industry. She also works with various other nonprofits dedicated to rescuing women and children from human trafficking.

As an advocate, Lisa Michelle encourages those who have been victimized to speak their truth to end the false sense of shame that many carry with them. She has dedicated her life to sharing her own story in the hope that it will help other survivors rise above the abuse they have endured. To Lisa Michelle, staying silent only reinforces and elevates victimhood. Ministering to young women in the sex industry about their self-worth and partnering with other nonprofit organizations fighting to combat human trafficking has allowed her to redirect the rage she once felt toward her abusers.


Facing Her Abuser

Lisa Michelle recalls standing by the side of her father’s hospital bed and no longer feeling afraid and helpless in front of the man who had once tormented her. She now saw a powerless man who she felt was still worthy of God’s grace and salvation.

“I’m often asked how can I choose to forgive someone who hurt me so deeply? The answer is simple; forgiving my father that day as he laid in the hospital bed was the only way I could continue to truly move forward with my life,” Lisa Michelle stated.

Lisa Michelle shared with Politifix News that she has not only chosen to forgive her two abusers, but she has also allowed herself to not be consumed by hate.

“I was once focused solely on survival and self-preservation. Learning to forgive the men who hurt me freed me from the rage that was once consuming me,” stated Lisa Michelle.

Forgiveness in no shape or form justifies the wrongdoing one human being does to another, but it can clear someone’s outlook in life. Lisa Michelle is living proof of that. Her story is one of hope, undying faith, and the power of forgiveness and redemption. Whereas some choose to let their pain consume them, others choose to let their pain transform them into something greater.





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Heath Barnes: As a Gay Republican Man the LGBT Community No Longer Represents Me



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Many Gay Americans are faced with rejection, abuse, and are often times disowned by their family members when they choose to come out “of the closet,” so to speak. Often times due to their sexual preferences they will find themselves being excluded from social gatherings. In the political spectrum coming out as a gay Republican can be just as equally as frightening and lonesome.

Heath Barnes, a gay Trump supporter claims that coming out as a Republican man was more difficult for him than coming out as gay man. Barnes claims that coming out as a Gay Republican Trump supporter has subjected him to being ostracized by members from his own community.

In 2019, Miss Gay America, a national pageant for female impersonators, removed Barnes from their organization due to his political stance and his outspoken support for president Trump. Barnes was not an impersonator but he owned several pre-preliminaries where he sponsored contestants to compete in nationals. He won pre-preliminary of the year in 2019 largely due to his contributions to the organization throughout the period of 4 years. Four months later Barnes was asked to resigned due to his outspoken support for president Trump via social media.

Barnes political beliefs have made him a prime subject of personal attacks from the side he claims is supposed to be advocating for inclusiveness and equality; yet deliver the complete opposite.

“The champions of tolerance have now become the intolerant,” exclaimed Barnes.

On social media alone he has been subjected to repeated online lynching, from members within his own LGBT community.

“I have been told I should kill myself and to jump off a bridge. I’ve been told I should lay on a train track and wait until I’m taken out by the train. The daily messages I receive from members of my own community are sickening,” exclaimed Barnes.

Barnes blames the mainstream news media for the hate filled rhetoric he’s been subjected to.

“The mainstream news media has deliberately provided misinformation about president Trump and has depicted him as someone that hates homosexuals. This isn’t true at all. What you’ll never hear from the mainstream news media is that he’s the first president to enter the White House already supporting gay marriage unlike Joe Biden and Barrack Obama who campaigned against it,” stated Barnes.

Barnes goes on to mention how President Trump is the most inclusive president that the Republican Party has ever had.  Earlier this year President Trump named Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, acting director of national intelligence which Barnes states, this should not have only been a historical moment for the LGBT community but it should’ve been celebrated. As of June of this year Grenell has resigned. Barnes also goes on to mention how President Trump is the first Republican to start an LGBT Coalition-and yet is still dumbfounded on how he can be considered “homophobic.”

“The left hates president Trump because he is giving the power back to the people. The problem with the left is that they will force you to believe (with the help of liberal media bias) that you are no more than your sexuality, your gender, your race, etc. They want you to live in a constant state of fear that someone is constantly coming for your rights. Especially if you’re within a minority group. That’s part of the Democrat propaganda:  Republicans are going to take away your rights and we’re the ones trying to protect you from them,” stated Barnes.

Barnes hopes that by sharing his story it will inspire others in the gay community to be more outspoken about their support for president Trump.




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Anna Paulina Luna: Discipline, Duty, and a Commitment to Country Before Politics



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Anna Paulina Luna, a conservative political activist and Air Force veteran, is running for US Congress in 2020 for Florida’s 13th Congressional district against incumbent Democrat Rep. Charlie Crist, whose current term ends on January 3, 2021. Luna is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. She advanced from the Republican primary on August 18, 2020.

Raised by a single mother of three in the low-income neighborhoods of Southern California, Luna grew up in a life of poverty as the daughter of an absentee father who struggled with drug addiction. The challenges Luna faced during her childhood did not stop her from wanting to aim high, fight, and win. At just nineteen years of age, she made the bold decision to enlist in the United States Air Force. Serving in the military helped Luna develop strength and courage. It also provided the structure she lacked in her early family life, and it enabled her to earn a steady income to support her family financially and to seek professional help for her father. Luna has spoken of the humility she gained while in the Air Force from working closely with people from all walks of life toward a common goal. She thanks her military experience for her success in life today.

Additionally, Luna was able to attend college through her military service and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of West Florida. She had always dreamed about becoming a doctor so she could help support her family and accomplish her ultimate goal of opening a clinic for low-income patients. When she was accepted into medical school, a doctor and mentor told Luna she could help more people in politics than as a doctor because she would have a bigger impact on people’s health care through legislation. As a result, Luna turned down the opportunity to attend medical school because she feared the direction the country was headed. She decided at that moment to put aside ten years of effort in becoming a doctor to instead serve her country by entering the ring in what could be the fight of her life—defeating an incumbent, entrenched democrat in the world of politics.

Sought out by PragerU and Turning Point USA, Anna Paulina Luna is a fast learner who has soaked in facts, statistics, and policies while quickly developing public speaking skills and amassing a large number of contacts, supporters, and channels to create her path to Washington.


If elected, Luna will do the following:

  • Solidify and expand conservative outreach to Hispanics and or/Latinos nationally
  • Advocate for the national reciprocity of concealed carry gun permits
  • Bring back school choice and return control of education to the states
  • Advocate for completing the border wall and securing America’s border


Luna’s commitment to her country is represented by the oath she took to defend the United States Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. She believes there is no greater honor than to serve your country- in fact, she shared with Politifix News that serving her country was an honor, not an obligation. She further stated that by serving her country, she was also serving humanity as a whole.

Luna is concerned that our country’s freedoms are slowly being dismantled by left-wing politicians who wish to strip Americans of their individual freedoms in their ultimate quest for greater power and control. She believes that government should be limited—not expanded. To Luna, limiting the power of government prevents excessive control over people’s freedoms, actions, and lives.

In Luna’s own words, “Our constitutional rights as Americans aren’t secure if they are continuously being violated by politicians who only wish to extend their political power over Americans’ individual freedoms.”

Luna sees herself as a non-politician—one not controlled by special interests but who cherishes the opportunity to serve her district as well as her country once more. She’s ready to fight for our “God-given rights,” as she boldly expressed. Overcoming significant obstacles during her early years made her want to keep fighting, not just for herself but also for others.

Luna is a fighter. She’s focused, committed, and resilient. She will not give up and will always fight for what is right.


For more information on Anna Paulina Luna and to support her run for Congress, please visit her official webpage.


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