January 17, 2012
Texans from all across the state will be convening in Austin, TX February 3-4, 2012 for the premier conservative grassroots event in the state, CTxPAC. Liberty Institute is a founding sponsor of CTxPAC and our President and CEO Kelly Shackelford will be addressing the conference on Saturday, February 4th as well as leading a workshop. Other founding sponsor’s of the event include Americans for Prosperity – Texas, FreedomWorks, New Revolution Now, and numerous Tea Party groups from across the state. Just a few highlights of the event will include:
Great Speakers and Empowering Workshops: Hear from leading conservative leaders and have opportunities to meet conservative grassroots leaders from around Texas, get advice, and get up-to-date on the latest grassroots strategies and technologies. Workshops will be conducted by Liberty Institute, Americans for Prosperity – Texas, FreedomWorks, Common Ground America, and others.
Presidential Town Hall and Texas Conservative Caucus: The conservative grassroots will make a historic pre-primary statement by conducting a caucus to choose a nominee for President. All registrants will be eligible to vote except discounted student registrants. Invited Presidential Candidates and Campaigns include Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, and Ron Paul. This will be an exciting, interactive event – so don’t miss your opportunity to join conservative Texans in voting.
Patriot Reception: Join us for this exceptional private reception that includes food, drink and entertainment. CTxPAC is over-flowing with opportunities to network and build relationships with other state and national activists and conservative candidates. A highlight of the Patriot Reception will be the announcement of the Texas Top Ten Conservative Challenger Candidates. Nominate your top 5 candidates here.
As we move into this all important 2012 election year, it is vitally important that we stay actively engaged and informed. Be sure to check out all the event details on the CTxPAC website and you can register for the Friday night and all day Saturday events here. Attendance is limited so please register today!
December 21, 2011
This past Saturday, an estimated 5,000 Texans rallied to support the Nativity Scene at the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens, Tx. The Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation, who has a history of attacking religious freedom around the country, had sent a letter to county officials stating that the religious display on the courthouse lawn should be removed from county property. On Saturday, with law and history on their side, 5,000 Texans stood for true religious freedom and sent the clear message: “Don’t Mess with Christmas in Texas.”
The rally was filled with moving music and speech as Pastors from all around the area united in support of the Nativity scene. Pastor Nathan Lorick of First Baptist Church of Malakoff, encouraged the crowd to no longer stand as the silent majority and challenged everyone to recognize that “the truth of the Bible was not a mere afterthought but instead a foundational basis on which we live.”
Please check out some great pictures and video from the rally below:
*Special thanks to our local conservative and tea party friends for proving the pictures and video
November 29, 2011
Texans from all across the state will be convening in Austin this coming February 3-4, 2012 for the premier conservative grassroots event in the state, CTxPAC. Just a few highlights of the event include:
Texas Conservative Caucus: The conservative grassroots will make a historic pre-primary statement by conducting a caucus to choose a nominee for President. All registrants will be eligible to vote except discounted student registrants.
Presidential Town Hall: With the primaries in Texas right around the corner from CTxPAC, the conference expects to draw presentations from top Presidential hopefuls. Invited Presidential Candidates and Campaigns include Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum.
Empowering Workshops: Opportunities to meet conservative grassroots leaders from around Texas, get advice, and get up-to-date on the latest grassroots strategies and technologies.
Liberty Institute is a founding sponsor of CTxPAC, along with several other conservative organizations and tea party groups, and our President and CEO Kelly Shackelford will be addressing the conference on Saturday, February 4th as well as leading a workshop. Be sure to check out all the details on the CTxPAC website and be sure to register here. Attendance is limited so please register today!
August 12, 2011
On Saturday, Liberty Institute will be teaching a class at the Grassroots Survivor School being put on by the Waco Tea Party. Many other great conservative organizations will be present and teaching classes as well. If you are in the Central Texas area and have an interest in building your grassroots activism skills, there is still time to sign up. Here are the basic details:
Grassroots Survival School
Saturday, August 13th
Classes begin at 9:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM
At the Waco Hilton in downtown Waco
For full details and to register visit the registration page here. The U.S. Senate Candidate forum will begin after the school at 7:00 PM at the Hilton as well. Attendees of the Grassroots Survivor School will get preferred seating for the forum.
August 1, 2011
On Saturday, Liberty Institute participated in the Tour of Texas Senate Candidate Forum in Austin. Our own Jonathan Saenz was 1 of 3 panelists asking questions to the candidates and we were able to provide our free Texas Legislative Guides to all in attendence (download the guide at http://legislativeguide.libertyinstitute.org/). The event was held at the Capitol in the extension auditorium and was packed with conservative activists, tea party supporters, 9-12 groups, and others who where very interested in learning about the candidates. While all candidates of both parties where invited, only Republican candidates Ted Cruz, Tom Leppert, Glenn Addison, and Lela Pitttenger participated in the event. Newly announced candidate, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, did not attend the event which clearly upset some of the grassroots activists in attendance.
The panelists did a great job of delivering hard hitting questions that the audience was cleary interested in hearing the candidates’ responses to. Questions hit on key topics of free markets, limited government, the Constitution, social conservative values, immigration, and more. All the candidates performed well as evidenced by the standing ovation the candidates received at the end of the forum. Check out some pictures from the forum:
After each Forum, a straw poll of the attendees has been conducted. In a surprise, Glenn Addison lead the Austin poll with 50% support, followed by Ted Cruz in 2nd place at 33%, Lela Pittenger with 12%, and Tom Leppert with 5%. In the previous 2 forums in Houston and San Antonio, Ted Cruz had lead the staw poll. With 2012 less than a year and a half away and the primaries closer than that, we encourage everyone to continue to be engaged in the political process, paying close attention to the candidates that are jumping into races and incumbents looking for reelection. These candidates forums are a great way to get to know the candidates running for U.S. Senate and we encourage you to attend one in your area.
Here are the dates for the remaining forums:
Waco – August 13
Plano – October 1
Tyler – October 15
For more details and to register, visit New Revolution Now’s website here.
July 28, 2011
I will be a panelist for the upcoming Tour of Texas U.S. Senate Candidate Forum event in Austin this Saturday. I look forward to asking some tough questions to the candidates running for U.S. Senate in Texas. The format of the event will be fast paced and challenging. Topics of discussion will focus on the following six founding principals:
- Free Markets
- Limited Government
- Personal Responsibility
- Constitutional Constructionism
- A Virtuous America
- Strong National Defense
If you are in the Austin area, this might be one of your best opportunities to hear the candidates in this important race on these vital principals.
Here are the details for the forum:
Saturday, July 30th
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Texas Capitol Extension Auditorium
1100 N Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
For more details, including details on how to submit a question you would like to see discussed by the Senate candidates, visit the event’s website here.
The event is free to attend, you just need to register here.
Thanks to New Revolution Now, Austin Tea Party, and the Llano Tea Party for putting together and hosting this event.
June 15, 2011
This Saturday, Liberty Institute will be speaking and handing out information at a Johnson County Tea Party event in Burleson. Guest speakers include Congressman Bill Flores, State Senator Brian Birdwell, State Representative Bill Zedler, and many others. If you are in the area, please stop by to hear some great speakers, to get some great information, and to just have some fun with fellow patriots! Here are the details:
“United We Stand” Tea Party
Saturday, June 18 · 1:00pm – 4:00pm
1501 County Road 913
Click here for an event flyer with further details.
April 15, 2011
Liberty Institute has announced a favorable settlement in a lawsuit brought by Chris Howe, a tea partier who was arrested and thrown in jail for exercising his First Amendment right to free speech on city property on Texas’ primary election day last year. Because of Howe’s lawsuit, the City of Watauga, near Fort Worth, changed its unconstitutional ordinances criminalizing free speech!
Howe was arrested in Watauga and imprisoned for five hours on March 2, 2010, for holding a campaign sign for his favorite candidate over 100 feet away from a polling location. Outrageously, he was then charged with a misdemeanor of violating Watauga city ordinances that ban political signs from public property. During the criminal proceedings, the city attorney admitted to the judge that Watauga’s political sign ordinance could actually be applied to any political speech on public property, even cars with political bumper stickers driving on city roads and citizens wearing political lapel pins while standing or walking on a sidewalk.
April 14, 2011
Tomorrow, April 15th, is Tax Day and Tea Party groups all over the state will be rallying. It is so important now that everyday citizens continue to get involved in politics and take a stand for what’s right. The time for us to work to rein in out-of-control government spending and advocate for the principles that made our nation exceptional is now! As such, we encourage you to attend a Tea Party event in your area and connect with local activists to make a difference in your community. Liberty Institute will be participating in events tomorrow in Sugar Land and Waco. If you’re in the Sugar Land or Waco areas, we’d love to meet you. Please stop by to hear some great speakers, to get get some great information, and to just have some fun with fellow patriots! Here is the details of the Sugar Land and Waco events:
Fort Bend County Tea Party
American Freedom Rally
Sugar Land Town Center Square/Plaza
2711 Town Center Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas
Friday, April 15th, 6-8 pm
Waco Tea Party
3rd Annual Tax Day Tea Party
Indian Springs Park, Downtown Waco
100 South University Parks Drive, Waco, Texas
Friday, April 15th, 6-8 PM
October 25, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas, October 25, 2010 – Catherine Engelbrecht and King Street Patriots, a group of citizen-volunteers, file d an answer in court today in a baseless defamation lawsuit brought by Texans Together Education Fund, parent company of Houston Votes, which has been accused of possible voter registration fraud by the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector. King Street Patriots has also been attacked by a lawsuit from the Texas Democratic Party and a coordinated ethics complaint filed by Texans for Public Justice. Both Texans Together and Texans for Public Justice receive funding from Open Society Institute, of which liberal supporter George Soros is founder and chairman. “As a matter of law, corporations cannot sue individuals for defamation; this attack is baseless,” said Kelly Shackelford, president/CEO of Liberty Institute, which represents Catherine Engelbrecht and King Street Patriots.
“All these attacks are clearly an attempt to bully and silence a group of volunteer citizens who are just trying to keep the election process honest. This is pure desperation by a Democratic Party everyone knows is not doing so well.” Only a week into early voting, volunteer poll-watchers also are being verbally and physically harassed by people loitering at the polls with no intention to vote at the time, including a man identified as a reverend and Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee who was seen inside the polling location electioneering and threatening to turn a poll-watcher’s name to the Department of Justice for voter intimidation.
Additionally, poll watchers have filed written descriptions of election judges and clerks attempting to influence citizens’ votes telling them how to vote, shadowing voters as they cast ballots, and by even voting for people who did not know for whom they wanted to vote. “Although I’m disgusted by these attacks, I am not deterred. Our work in Houston and our vision for a fair and free election in every county of the nation continues,” said Catherine Engelbrecht, volunteer leader of King Street Patriots. “These lawsuits are exactly the kind of abusive disrespect for citizens that got our political leaders into trouble. We will not be intimidated by partisan attacks, by the Democratic Party, or by anyone.” For more information, visit www.truethevote.org <http://www.mmsend3.com/link.cfm?r=310828187&sid=11135637&m=1144176&u=FREEMARKET&s=http://www.truethevote.org/> and www.libertyinstitute.org <http://www.mmsend3.com/link.cfm?r=310828187&sid=11135638&m=1144176&u=FREEMARKET&s=http://www.libertyinstitute.org/> .
Editor’s Note: Video of project director of Houston Votes admitting possible voter fraud on YouTube athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIboqi_khV8 <http://www.mmsend3.com/link.cfm?r=310828187&sid=11135639&m=1144176&u=FREEMARKET&s=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIboqi_khV8> .
Video of Sheila Jackson Lee electioneering within 100 feet of polling location at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2skCRGjPeOw <http://www.mmsend3.com/link.cfm?r=310828187&sid=11135640&m=1144176&u=FREEMARKET&s=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2skCRGjPeOw> . More to come.