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Texas Voters Disenfranchised: Denny and Voters Robbed of Win in Appellate Race

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by EMMA JIMENEZ

 

The Bible Belt of West Texas may be known for many things, from their love of God and family, to their staunch adherence to conservative values, but currently the Republican Party Chairs of Cochran and Collingsworth Counties are known for an omission that created one heck of a pickle in the 7th Court of Appeals, Place 4 race. At the conclusion of the Republican Party Primary, Steven Denny emerged as the winner by a majority of the 91,649 voters who cast ballots in the election. The problem was, the two aforementioned Chairs, failed to add this election to the ballot in their counties.

Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Chairman, James Dickey, justifiably stated to both candidates that all counties were provided sample ballots to review and each had the opportunity to correct any errors or omissions prior to the onset of the election. Dickey told the candidates that any exclusions of candidates on the ballot were the fault of the Party Chairs. He further stated that whoever emerged as the winner upon submission of all the ballots in the District that were cast, would be declared the winner of the race – that candidate was Denny.

Denny, a criminal law attorney from Amarillo, would be the only sitting criminal law attorney on a court where a majority of the cases presented are criminal law cases. If the results of the actual election are retained – all other Jurists on the 7th Court of Appeals are civil law attorneys, including Doss. With 91,649 ballots cast, Denny won by a narrow 297 vote margin. The term of Governor Abbott’s appointment to the seat ends on 12/31/2020 so Larry Doss is trying to keep the seat appointed to him.

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Doss challenged the validity of the election stating that it was unfair to the 1,214 voters who were unable to participate in the election. What should have been considered is the fact that when the votes cast were voided and the election became a “do-over,” it unfairly disenfranchised the 91,649 voters in the 44 counties who did vote in counties that conducted their elections properly. There does not seem to be any logical reason to completely erase the entire election and move it to the ballot to be re-voted on in July. There also does not appear to be a logical reason for the Texas Republican Party Chair’s decision to be overturned by either the district or appellate court.

Voter turnout for run-off elections are traditionally very low. To further compound the likelihood of low voter turnout in the July run-off election is that judge races are down-ballot races which ride the coattails of higher profile races such as Sheriff, Senator, President, etc. – in other words, judge races are in and of themselves not a motivating factor to drive the average voter to the poll. In several of the counties this may only have this race on their ballot.

This being the case, in the effort to “do the right thing” for the voters who did not have the race on the ballot, tens of thousands more voters, who will be disenfranchised by this decision will have been cheated by the ruling of the court to void their votes in this race. This decision was upheld on appeal and creating a further disservice to the largest majority of the voters in this region. Dickey made the correct choice on behalf of the Republican Party of Texas. The courts dramatically failed tens of thousands more voters than the slightly more than 1,200 voters whose ballots did not contain this race.

In defense of Doss, he did what any candidate would have done in his position, which is request that those voters have the opportunity to participate in this election. That does not mean the election should be overturned, but Doss did have the right to ask. The courts should have said, no. That is not Doss’ fault, it is just a very bad ruling by two courts who should have deferred to the decision of the RPT Chairman. Once an election is over, the voters who participated have made their decision and the election should be decided by the will of the voters who participated.

Election campaigns are very expensive and time consuming. The candidates prepared a campaign, with themselves and their campaign staff and volunteers spending countless hours, money and efforts, purchasing and placing campaign signage, knocking on doors, marketing to each county, advertising and appearing at many events leading up to election day. For those efforts to be discarded by the courts takes the wind out of the sails of the winner who has to rinse and repeat an election he already won and it gives the loser an unfair advantage in that he gets a second wind and knows where he was weak and can focus solely in those areas.

The voters decided this race already, and the decision to the contrary does not bode well for anybody associated with this race because of all the effort involved being devalued from the money, to the endorsements, to the actual will of the voters, themselves – the decision of the courts was a dumpster fire. The Democrat Party did not field a candidate thus the winner of the Republican Party Primary will be the Jurist to occupy the seat.

It is the job of the Republican Party Chair of each county to prepare their ballots for each election. Each Party Chair is provided sample ballots from the Secretary of State. It is the responsibility of each Party Chair to review these sample ballots to assure that every race is included and that all candidates for each race are listed on the sample ballot prior to the election. It is at this stage that the Party Chairs can make changes to the ballot to correct any ballot errors that may occur. If they do not, then the election is not on their ballot.

According to Steven Denny, no voter from either of the two counties complained to the elections commission before or during the election. This was despite the fact that an error had already occurred and was corrected by the Party Chair of that county. Doss was aware this error occurred and was fixed; however, even after this, Doss failed to make sure the race was on the ballots of every county in his voting district, including the two omitted counties. This being the case, Doss benefitted from the mistake he easily could have prevented had he done his diligence.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and historic low turnout for runoffs, it is inconceivable that a turnout for a new election could come anywhere close to the number of voters from the original election. There are considerably less races in run-off elections than there were in primaries, thus voter apathy is inherently expected.

 

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

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by EMMA JIMENEZ

 

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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Meet TX Congressional Candidate: Fabian Cordova Vasquez

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by EMMA JIMENEZ

Fabian Cordova Vasquez is a Texas native and third generation Hispanic American. He is running for election to the U.S. House to represent Texas’ 33rd Congressional District. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020 and is running against incumbent Democrat Marc Veasey. Veasey’s current term ends on January 3, 2021. Vasquez identifies himself as a God fearing, conservative Christian not controlled by special interests, compelled by a higher calling to serve. He is running on a conservative platform of faith, family and freedom.

Vasquez has gained recognition for his charitable work with his local community through actively serving the homeless through his local church, Refuge Church Fort Worth, TX. The Vasquez campaign committee stands by their campaign motto, “We Get To Serve!”

Vasquez shared with Politifix news how government dependency is currently an issue plaguing Americans today. To him government dependency programs take away from an individual’s potential to thrive on their own merits.

“It is our responsibility as Christians to be generous and to want to help others. It is not the government’s responsibility to force us to be generous to help others. This is what liberals get wrong,” stated Vasquez.

Vasquez expressed with Politifix News how Christianity is currently under attack and that the very survival of Christianity today will depend on the spiritual strength of “true-believers.”

“We live in a hostile and chaotic culture that glorifies sin. Christians should fight as hard for religious liberty as they do for political expression” expressed Vasquez.

Abortion is a controversial topic amongst Republicans and Democrats. Vasquez stated that abortion itself is “diabolical,” and should not be encouraged.

 

“It’s murder! Plain and simple.” exclaimed Vasquez.

 

To Vasquez the life of an innocent child should be protected at all costs. Although, Vazquez is sympathetic to cases in which rape and incest are involved, he stated they make up approximately 1% of reasons listed for getting an abortion in the U.S. and should not be the to go argument to justify the “slaughter,” of the other 99% of abortion cases.

“Abortion is not the pathway to the healing process and it should not be encouraged. Rape survivors need compassion and support not abortion” stated Vasquez.

“As a country that stands for freedom for all, Christians should not have to continue to be told to keep their personal convictions silent. If you’re not willing to stand up and fight for what you believe in then you’re only inviting more persecution and amplifying evil,” expressed Vasquez.

Vasquez shared the following bible verse with Politifix News:

 

1 Timothy 6:12 ESV

 

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

 

For more information on Fabian Cordova Vasquez visit his webpage

 

www.fcv2020.com

 

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Meet Luke Negron: The Young Wolf of Politics Discusses BLM and Police Brutality

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 by EMMA JIMENEZ

 

Luke Negron is a conservative political activist and Air Force veteran, running for election to the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District against incumbent Democrat Michael Doyle. He is on the ballot for the general election on November 3, 2020. Negron identifies himself as a non-politician, one not controlled by special interests and who seeks to restore law and order if elected to congress.

Politifix News interviewed Negron on the latest riots in the wake of the death of George Floyd and how they have caused tensions amongst the black community and law enforcement. Negron expressed that he is sympathetic towards the emotions of the black community in regards to police brutality but he condemns the riots and looting being perpetrated by BLM supporters.

Negron stated the following with Politifix News:

“It is important to distinguish against the idea of “black lives matter,” and the black lives matter organization. The organization itself is a Marxist organization, who manipulate the emotions of minorities to advance their own politically motivated agenda. Of course black lives matter, no one is saying that they don’t.”

Negron argued how defunding law enforcement will only embolden criminals to target the most vulnerable. He mentioned how the most recent Gallup poll concluded that 81% of Black Americans & 83% of Hispanic Americans don’t want less police presence despite protesters, but instead want more police.

Negron expressed with Politifix News how police brutality is abhorrent and those that dishonor their oath to protect and serve should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. However, defunding police departments in cities with the highest crime rates will only hurt black and brown lives – not improve them. He proposes innovative police training which entails three policy ideas:

1) Universal body cams: The public is protected against abuses of power and the police are protected against false claims that could hurt their career. Negron wants universal body cams in every department.

2) Police chiefs should be elected not appointed: Negron claims that unlike a sheriff, a chief is appointed by a mayor and thus when their officers do wrong, the chief doesn’t suffer an immediate consequence from the public. If elected, the chief would have to answer to the public and if they aren’t doing a good job serving the public, they stand to lose their job.

Negron further added that many of the chiefs in cities with the highest crime rates are appointed by democrat mayors and tend to run the department with the mayor’s agenda. An elected chief would have to answer directly to the voting public instead of just the mayor that hired them.

3) Nationwide registry of police disciplinary records: Negron stated a data base should be established so that a law enforcement officer fired or forced to leave one city can’t simply move to another city and be back on the streets. Citizens and police departments would be made aware of a police officer’s disciplinary record regardless of new location.

Negron expressed how school choice can reduce the criminality issue that currently exists within most inner cities where minorities tend to reside the most.

“Parents should have the option of what school they wish their children to attend,” argued Negron. According to Negron school choice will not only increase parental satisfaction but it will ultimately benefit the child. Research has shown that school choice has been proven to lead to higher graduation rates which in return helps a child advance in life.

Politifix News questioned Negron on how politicians can strengthen the relationship with law enforcement and minority communities.

“Having police officers chosen who are specifically equipped to work with communities they are familiar with can help with building and strengthening relationships. Having police officers that are familiar with the community and having that same community familiar with the police officers patrolling their area is key. A police officer no longer becomes just a man or woman in a blue uniform but rather a trusted and known individual within the community,” expressed Negron. 

Negron agrees with the sentiment that black lives matter, those lives including unborn black children, black lives taken by other black lives, and black lives in blue uniforms. However, a movement that is selective on which black lives they choose to be outraged over is a movement he can’t and won’t support.

 

For more information on Luke Negron visit his webpage:

www.negron2020.com

 

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