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



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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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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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