A new state law gives Texans additional time to renew their vehicle registration online. House Bill 2152 allows online registration renewals up to 12 months past the expiration date.
Previously, Texans could renew expired registrations online up to nine months past the expiration date. Customers who renew late will still be responsible for paying for a full year of registration.
Additionally, anyone renewing between 10 and 12 months after their registration expires will have the option to renew for both the current (past-due) registration year and the next registration year at the same time.
The month of expiration will not change for Texans using this option. Registration and local county fees will be doubled when registration is renewed for both years; however, only one Processing and Handling Fee will be charged.
Jake Ellzey (R) defeated Susan Wright (R) in a special runoff election in Texas’ 6th Congressional District.
With 98% of precincts reporting, Ellzey received 53% of the vote and Wright received 47% of the vote. Susan Wright is Ronald Wright’s widow.
The two advanced from a 23-candidate special election on May 1 where Wright received 19.2% of the vote while Ellzey received 13.8%.
Ellzey will fill the vacancy left when the previous incumbent, Ronald Wright (R), died from COVID-19 related complications on Feb. 7. The district is located in the northeastern portion of the state and includes Ellis and Navarro counties and an area of Tarrant County.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) endorsed Ellzey. Since both runoff candidates were Republicans, the seat did not change party hands as a result of the election.
This week we are traveling through the Texas Hill Country to the beautiful city of Granbury to see country singer Sonny Morgan Friday night.
Billed as The Most Intimate Venue in Texas, Granbury Live is located in the historic downtown Granbury Square. We hope to interview Morgan and perhaps a fan or two. If possible, we will be shooting footage for a future segment of “Songwriters Across Texas” television series.
Sonny Morgan was born and raised in Dallas Texas. From the early days of Sonny’s childhood, he was a music lover. From the time he was able, he sang in his church’s choir and played the trumpet all the way through high school. His other passion was the Automobile business.
Throughout the years he became extremely successful selling vehicles to clients such as Willie Nelson, Charlie Pride, Tom Landry and many others.
Just a few years ago, one of Sonny’s celebrity clients, George Strait challenged him to pursue his passion of singing. After meeting Ray Benson, Ray had Sonny on stage with Asleep at the Wheel at one of their performances for a duet. That’s all it took for performing on stage to get in Sonny’s blood.
Since that day with Asleep at the Wheel, Sonny has performed at numerous venues as well as his passion, to go sing to seniors who don’t have the opportunity to come to his shows.
Sonny has recorded two albums in Nashville and has had several songs on the Texas Country charts, including number one and number two song on the World Country Chart.
Sonny, his wife Karin and their rescued Greyhounds live in Granbury.
Of the 31 children recovered, officials said at least seven were critically missing children with ties to sex trafficking.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced Wednesday, 31 children from the Dallas-Fort Worth area have been located, recovered or rescued after a month-long operation led by the U.S. Marshals Service and Homeland Security Investigations.
Of the 31 children recovered, officials said at least seven were critically missing children with ties to sex trafficking. The cases include:
A 15-year-old girl recovered by Dallas police at a Dallas home following a tip by a confidential source.
A 17-year-old girl recovered by Dallas police from a vehicle.
A 16-year-old girl recovered by Arlington police inside a Kerens, Texas home following information from social media.
A 13-year-old girl recovered by Fort Worth police from an apartment.
A 15-year-old girl from Fort Worth recovered in an Uber in Houston during a prostitution sting.
A 16-year-old girl recovered by Fort Worth police at a “John’s” house in Fort Worth.
A 16-year-old girl recovered by Dallas police walking on Lancaster Boulevard.
Federal agencies partnered with four local police departments – Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth and Grand Prairie – to launch “Operation Missing in the Metroplex,” the attorney’s office said.
“To observe law enforcement partnerships and community concerns culminate into such a successful recovery outcome is rewarding,” Acting United States Marshal Quintella Downs-Bradshaw said. “Victims should know they are not forgotten, there is hope and a way to return home.”
Officials said the remaining 24 children were recovered from friends or relatives, and then were reunited with their legal guardians and removed from the missing children database.
“We are grateful to be a part of a coalition of extraordinary law enforcement agencies who were dedicated in reuniting these children with their loved ones. It is our hope that each of them will be able to put this traumatic experience behind them and move forward to have a happy and productive life,” said Dallas Police Department Chief of Police Eddie Garcia.
Homeland Security Investigations in Dallas said they will continue to work with local law enforcement and federal agencies to identify and recover missing children across North Texas.
“These kids and teens represent some of our most vulnerable populations where adults try to prey on their innocence. We will not rest until every child is located safe and someone is held accountable,” said Arlington Chief of Police Al Jones.
If you believe a child is missing, call local law enforcement. Provide authorities with your child’s name, height, weight, and any other key descriptor. Then, officials said consider calling the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.
A Fort Worth, Texas, physician who fraudulently billed insurers was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a $10 million healthcare fraud, the U.S. Justice Department announced Feb. 25.
Mark Kuper, DO, owner of the Texas Center for Orthopedic and Spinal Disorders, was sentenced about six months after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud.
He admitted to fraudulently billing insurers for services the clinic never provided and requiring patients to attend bogus appointments for physical therapy and psychotherapy to receive controlled substance prescriptions.
On several occasions, Dr. Kuper billed as though he had provided more than 100 hours of work in a 24-hour period. He admitted to conspiring with his wife, Melissa Kuper, and a physical therapist, Travis Couey, to defraud Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare.
Dr. Kuper attempted to cover up evidence by altering treatment notes in patient health records. His wife tried to destroy clinic documents in an outdoor fireplace at their home. The blaze destroyed the residence, but firefighters recovered some of the charred records, according to the Justice Department.
Kuper and Couey pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. They were sentenced to 18 months and 36 months in prison, respectively.
Many Texans are turning to dangerous heat sources amid widespread power outages caused by the winter storm, leading to more than 900 carbon monoxide poisoning cases in the state.
The Houston Fire Department reported over 300 calls related to carbon monoxide poisoning as of today. Across Memorial Hermann Health System hospitals, there’s been 100 such emergency room cases.
“With that number of patients going in, it’s turning into a mini mass casualty event,” Samuel Prater, MD, UTHealth emergency physician who works with Memorial Hermann, said.
More than half of the patients treated at Memorial Hermann’s emergency rooms were children.
Ben Taub Hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital and Baylor-St. Luke’s Medical Center, all based in Houston, have also treated a number of carbon monoxide poisoning cases since Feb. 15, according to the HoustonChronicle. Several deaths in the Houston area are also suspected to be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.
Many of the cases have been linked to unsafe use of heat sources such as grills and space heaters, Memorial Hermann Health System said in a Feb. 15 statement.
“If you’re using generators to supply power, the generator needs to remain outside,” Dr. Prater said. “Also, under no circumstances should barbeque pits be used inside the home to create warmth.”
The health system also warned against leaving a gas range or oven running, among other uses of unconventional heat sources.
“They’ve been going without heat for over 30 hours now and trying to protect their families by doing the best way they know how,” Rachel Netzler, a spokesperson for the Harris County Fire Marshal’s office, told the Chronicle. “Unfortunately, all these carbon monoxide poisonings are preventable.”
Christian and a conservative Texas State Representative Kyle Biedermann (R), serves the district covering Fredericksburg, New Braunfels and Boerne in Gillespie, Comal and Kendall counties.
Re-elected in Nov. 2020 by an astonishing 74.8% of votes in his race, Biedermann has been promoting the popular idea of Texas returning to its status as an independent republic.
On January 26, 2021, Biedermann filed House Bill 1359, also known as the Texas Independence Referendum Act, which would allow the citizens of Texas to vote on whether the Texas Legislature should create a joint interim committee to develop a plan for achieving Texas independence.
Below are questions and answers he and other legislature representatives have posted.
Should TIRA be passed by the Texas Legislature and approved by voters in the November 2021 Election, an interim joint committee will be established to study and make recommendations regarding the most effective method for Texas to return to its status as an independent republic.
The committee will be composed of four State Senators and four State Representatives appointed by the Lt. Gov and House Speaker, who will also respectively serve as co-chairs for the committee.
Not later than December 31st, 2022, the committee shall report any findings and recommendations to the Texas Legislature and the citizens of Texas.
Is this un-American and un-patriotic?
Supporters for Texas Independence love America, our flag and our Constitution. Our grievances are not with America but with an out-of-control Federal Government.
It would be un-American and unpatriotic to not make our voices heard and fail to preserve the liberty our Founding Fathers established with their lives, fortunes and sacred honor.
Can we use Article V Convention of States instead of leaving?
It will be the job of the interim joint committee to pursue all potential avenues that would return power back to the states and to the people, including Article V Convention of States.
How can we become citizens of the Republic of Texas?
Obtaining citizenship will be determined by the Texas Legislature’s joint interim committee as the plan for independence is formulated.
What would happen to Social Security dollars Texans have paid into the system?
Any Texan who has paid into the Social Security system and is currently receiving benefits should continue to receive them. This is an obligation of the federal government to those who paid into the system and should, therefore, be met without question, hesitation, or reservation.
The federal government allows Social Security recipients to move to a foreign country and still collect their benefits. Additionally, those who have paid in should be able to preserve their accrued benefits for exactly the same reason. This will be included as a topic of discussion for the joint interim committee.
What would happen to veteran benefits?
If you are a Veteran who lives abroad, you remain entitled to the benefits and services you earned through your military service. Most VA benefits are payable regardless of your place of residence or nationality.
Source: Veterans Administration
What would Texas do for national defense?
Using the NATO target average of 2 percent of GDP for military and defense spending would provide approximately $37.74 billion annually, making Texas 11th in the world in defense spending. Funding at this level would cover the costs of recruiting, training, equipping, and maintaining an active duty enlistment in excess of 125,000 troops. This would be in line with the number of Texans currently serving in the United States military in all branches.
For more FAQs on the Texas Independence Referendum Act, please visit TNM.me.
Disclaimer: These sentiments on forming the Independent Republic of Texas have been discussed and researched by experts on the subject, however, there is no guaranteed outcome to negotiations that would take place between Texas and the U.S. government.
After the Civil War, millions of cattle running wild in Texas were worth only $2 or less per head, but worth $15 to $25 per head in Kansas. The money from the sale of cattle was responsible for bringing Texas out of the economic depression caused by the war.
From the start of the trail drives in 1867 to 1871, millions of longhorns were taken to the Kansas Railhead. It is estimated that 10 million longhorns went up the Chisholm Trail and the Western Trail before new rail lines to Texas made the long trail drives no longer necessary.
The typical herd going up the trail included approximately 2,500 cattle, 10 to 12 cowboys, a remuda of extra horses, and a chuck wagon for food and gear.
The cattle taken along the Chisholm Trail came from south Texas toward San Antonio. A large ditch, just west of modern day Commercial Avenue, was dug in concert with nearby creeks feeding into the San Antonio River. The ditch and creeks were used to keep cattle contained and watered.
Today this is known as Six Mile Creek.
By 1889, railroads were making their way into more southern routes through Texas and 34 acres just southwest of downtown San Antonio became the site of the Stockyards.
J.W. Kothmann, went into the cattle business in 1893 and became the stockyard’s first tenant. The first cattle sold by Kothmann’s new company came from H.B. Zachry’s ranch in Webb County.
Note: When the San Antonio Union Stockyards closed down after 112 years–due to urban sprawl and changing times–it was in August 2011 that a final tribute occurred.
The last cattle auctioned were brought to sale by the Kothmann company for the U-Bar Ranch, which was owned by H.B. Zachry Co.
From San Antonio, cattle were herded straight north past Belton, Waco, Fort Worth and crossed the Red River.
Many of the trail drives came through downtown Fort Worth along what is referred to today as Commerce Street before bedding down the cattle north of downtown. The drover (cowboy) would purchase supplies in Fort Worth before heading on.
Sixteen longhorns and six drovers walk in the Fort Worth Herd cattle drive that can be seen daily in the Stockyards.
Jesse Chisholm (1805 – 1868) was an important trader and plainsman of Scots and Cherokee background. He was fluent in 14 Native American languages and played an important role in many treaties between tribes and the American government. The cattle drives were adapted from his trading routes hence where the name comes from.
Joseph McCoy (1837 – 1915), was a cattle trader and largely responsible for creating the Chisholm Trail. He conceived the idea for a railroad extension to Abilene, Kansas, where he then developed cattle pens needed to house the cattle on rail cars. He then promoted the appropriate route for cattle drovers to take.
According to the Texas Historical Commission, the Chisholm Trail had various other names, including the McCoy Trail, the Great Texas Trail, the Cattle Trail, the Eastern Trail, and the Kansas Trail.
Some people assert that the Chisholm Trail was not in Texas and that it instead began in Oklahoma. However, according to the Texas Historical Commission, in common usage, the name Chisholm Trail was applied to extensions of the original Jesse Chisholm Trail covering the length of Texas. The major books on the Chisholm Trail by Wayne Gard and Don Worcester as well as the federal legislation directing the study of the Chisholm Trail and Western Trail also take this view.
Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Allen West speaks about the Republican Party of Texas strategy. West in the Chairman.
“The next vital play comes with the redistricting of political office districts that only comes every 10 years. Since we maintained a strong majority in both the Texas House and Senate, we control this process. This will shape the political landscape of Texas, and other states, for the next 10 years. This was the main reason why Eric Holder, Michael Bloomberg, and Barack Obama dumped some $25 million into Texas.
Texas Republicans control this process and must realize this strategic opportunity, and not concern themselves with “fairness” to the progressive socialist left. I think we are getting a lesson right now in the ruthlessness of the left. We can ill afford to be Neville Chamberlains and believe that appeasement, compromise, and acquiescence to the leftists are viable courses of action.
That brings me to this final point, as I know there are still those doggone hot heads out there who want a “revolution.” Just remember, when you read the Declaration of Independence, that our Founding Fathers sought every possible manner of petition to King George. But our history, both as a state and a nation, evidences the one thing that we will not tolerate: disarmament.
In America, we have always recognized that an armed individual is a citizen, and an unarmed one is a subject. This is why another of the Republican Party of Texas Legislative Priorities is Constitutional Carry.
Remember these dates in our history: April 19, 1775, and October 2, 1835. These are two dates where the Sons of Liberty in Massachusetts and Texians in Gonzales responded to the threat and imminent objective of a tyrannical government to disarm them. In both cases, the actions on Lexington Green and the field of Gonzales spurred forth movements toward independence.
If the progressive socialist left — aka the Democrat Party — seeks to pursue a “mandatory gun buyback” initiative, then they will have followed suit with the previous tyrants who dared the same. They will have, indeed, doused themselves with gasoline and struck a match.
The way forward is not to conduct a frontal assault, but envelop the left, outmaneuver them, play chess, not checkers, and anticipate their next move and block it.
If the Bidenistas want open borders, we say no!
If the Bidenistas want the Green New Deal and decimation of our oil and gas industry, we say no!
If the leftists believe that they can mandate equality, we say no!
National lockdowns, the decimation of our small businesses, and mandated mask-wearing, no more, unless government officials want to stop being paid. The best stimulus for our economy is small business.
The government does not exist to protect our health, that is our responsibility. Government exists to protect our rights . . . and that is not defined as the ideological agenda of the progressive socialist left.
We must be resolute, forthright, and stand like an immovable rock. We must school the left on the concept of federalism. After all, they believed that they could declare themselves “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants. The left must be taught a firm lesson in the 10th Amendment.
However, what this will require is that Republicans can no longer be “Quislings.” One thing the left, like any bully, relies upon is the lack of intestinal fortitude from us, their political opposition. Their use of fear, intimidation, coercion, threats, and violence (to which they never admit) are the means to their end.
The left is playing a very dangerous game of duplicitous hypocrisy. It is evident and unacceptable. We can borrow a page from their Saul Alinsky rule book and let them see what principled American resistance looks like.
No, I am not scared. God did not give me, or you, a spirit of fear. What we do need are leaders who are calm, cool, and collected under fire, and who will not cower to the left.
Yes, I am gonna be talking to someone about communication platforms. But, what we currently see from the left is abject totalitarianism, targeting members of the Trump administration to undermine their future livelihood. They are censoring conservatives, which is true fascism. But, with all of this, we must keep a cool head as our planning and execution must be flawless, as we frustrate the left into making tactical, and strategic, errors . . . causing their implosion.
A final word to bolster your spirit:
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
Summer soldiers and sunshine patriots stay out of our way. We will let you know when it is safe to come outside. It is time to carpe diem!”
Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West discusses the upcoming GOP strategy in the Lone StarState:
“The real issue from the 2020 election cycle has less to do with mythical beasts — like the Kracken — and, more with the understanding as to how the left enveloped Republican State legislatures.
The left targeted and encircled key Republican State legislatures in places like Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Arizona, among others, and changed election law by way of governors, secretaries of state, and judicial activism. They relied on the belief that these State legislatures would be slow, or even reticent, to respond. They implemented such unconstitutional actions such as universal mail-in ballots and changing ballot signature verification standards.
Governors enacted emergency declarations to deal with a “pandemic” that has a 99.96 percent recovery rate. These executives made us believe that this “pandemic” suspended the rule of law, election law. As well, the left has been incredibly effective in preventing the review of voter rolls in states all over the country.
State legislatures need to reaffirm their enumerated legislative powers and erase dictates that say only a governor can call them back into session.
They need to refine the meaning of an emergency.
The number one Legislative Priority for the Republican Party of Texas is Election Integrity.
We need to tighten up our election laws, enforce voter registration roll reviews, disallow the registration and voting of illegal immigrants, ban the use of universal mail-in balloting — which is not the same as absentee ballots — and reduce the time for “early voting.” Heck, we even had the County Clerk in Harris County expand “curbside” voting into heavily Democrat precincts. But, not only here in Texas, this has to be a priority for Republican-held State legislatures across the nation. There was a reason why Eric Holder was targeting state legislatures.
Lastly, there have to be real penalties for enacting voter fraud and conducting illegal voting activities. It becomes rather Pavlovian if there are not.
Municipal Elections Focus
Next, on the first Tuesday in May of 2021, we will have municipal level elections in Texas. Let’s be honest, these elections are not “non-partisan.”
We must focus on winning elections for City Council, School Board, County Commissioner, County Clerk, heck, Water Management District elections. If we want better election activities in our respective counties, that means controlling more county commissions in the state of Texas.
I know, everyone says that it is too hard. Do you want to know what is hard? Try changing the engine out of a US Army M1 Abrams tank in the middle of winter in South Korea. I watched that back in 1995. Getting off your keister and finding good quality candidates that can run in local elections, where often the turnout is less than 10 percent ain’t hard . . . but it is vital.
I want you to think about who is making the decisions about elections at the local level, yet another way leftists have penetrated and infiltrated our cities, schools, and county-level administrations.”