Grassroots Texans News Digest for December 19

Texas GOP and Democrats Cut Deal on Primary Calendar

“Under the agreement, which was approved by a panel of federal judges overseeing some of the redistricting fight, there would be a second filing period of candidates that would open as soon as the maps are finalized and close Feb. 1. County election officials would draw for positions on the primary ballots Feb. 3, the primary elections would be held April 3 and the runoffs would take place June 5.”

Split Primaries in Texas Would Favor Tea Party Candidates

“Tea party members and their favored candidates say the political upheaval that resulted from the ever-changing redistricting landscape has provided them with a chance to concentrate their limited power. If the upcoming primaries are split — that is, holding a presidential primary in March and congressional, legislative and other races at a later date — then tea party-backed candidates could have an advantage, they say.”




Thousands Rally for Religious Freedom in East Texas


A crowd estimated in the thousands rallied on the square in Athens, Texas to show their support for the nativity scene being challenged by the Wisconsin atheist group Freedom from Religion Foundation.  A video of the crowd is posted to the right.  More coverage at



“Our message to the atheists is don’t mess with Texas and our Nativity scenes or the Ten Commandments,” Attorney General Greg Abbott told Fox News & Commentary. “I want the Freedom From Religion Foundation to know that our office has a history of defending religious displays in this state.”



Tea Party Grassroots Army Readies for Battle


“Interviews with activists across 20 U.S. states indicate that Tea Party groups, far from fading, have evolved into an increasingly sophisticated and effective network of activists. They are working to unseat establishment Republicans who they believe have betrayed the principles of lower taxes, limited government, and free markets.”




Texans Rally Against Eric Holder in Austin

“The rally was sponsored by the Houston-based True The Vote, a grass roots voter integrity project staffed by volunteers. True The Vote is a nation-wide organization that has affiliates across the country, every day citizens interested in the integrity of the elections in their home district.”

“Despite a record seemingly tailor-made for an election about the economy and an ideological disposition that was Tea Party before Tea Party was cool, Perry has vastly underperformed the expectations of even his most ardent critics, who gritted their teeth while admitting, back in August, that he could be the one. Thursday night’s debate in Iowa is one of the last of his seemingly endless clichéd moments of truth—do or die, make or break, etc. The climb back into the top tier will be seriously uphill.”


Allen West : Joseph Goebbels Would be Proud of the Democrat Party 

“If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat Party because they have an incredible propaganda machine,” West said on Capitol Hill Thursday, quoted by Politico. “I think that you have, and let’s be honest, you know, some of the people in the media are complicit in this, in enabling them to get that type of message out.”



 Nikki Haley Endorses Mitt Romney

“Haley and Romney will campaign together over the weekend throughout South Carolina, which holds its primary on Jan. 21. Romney is about 20 points behind Newt Gingrich in South Carolina public opinion polls, but the outcome of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary will no doubt help tighten the race in the Palmetto State.”



South Carolina Tea Partiers Deny Bachmann Accusations of Bribery

“Over 75 percent of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party voted to endorse Gingrich; McDaniel says each member spent three weeks studying each of the candidates, many whom they had met, and had decided that they would only endorse a candidate of which there was majority support. McDaniel, who has met all the candidates except Ron Paul (and only because she couldn’t make the logistics of seeing him work) and is the only Myrtle Beach member paid by the Gingrich campaign, said the accusations lodged by Bachmann’s South Carolina operation is damaging to the Tea Party movement as a whole.”

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