Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Read the FACTS, then VOTE today!

Bastrop County voters!
Today is Election Day.

Be sure to read our blog for the documented truth before voting.

Polls are open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

It's All About Me

This is not #fakenews but rather truth, right out of the horse's mouth:

We couldn't have said it better ourselves.  Former Chair Albert Ellison has never been about uniting Republicans or building the Republican Party in Bastrop County.  Ellison used the Party for his own personal soapbox.  He wanted to make the Party more like him? How egotistical and self-serving!

The result was complete failure.  Republican turnout numbers were lower election over election during his nine year reign (2007-2016).  The women's Republican club disbanded (December 2014).  His last fundraiser was held in  October 2014.   He bled the bank account by paying for a Party office as a sublease to his boss, and with portions only accessible through his law office.

Albert Ellison and the precinct chairs he controls want to return to those days, a truly scary proposition for the Republican Party in Bastrop County.

Ellison says it's Chair Jeanne Raley who is destroying the Republican Party.  Really?

FACT:  The Republican Party has grown exponentially in just the two years Jeanne Raley has been chair.  Voter turnout numbers are up.  Opportunities to participate have expanded.  There is money in the bank to foster additional growth and to elect Republicans in general elections.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Attacks Appear Again

(Saul Alinsky Rules For Radicals: #7)

The following was submitted for publication here by Carol A. Spencer.

You called it, Combating Fake News With Facts!  In your post about Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals as applied by the Bastrop County Young Republicans, you said you expected the attacks to start up again (Rule #7).  Well, they have, and just a few days before an election.

Jarrett Namkin, on his Bastrop County Young Republican's Facebook, posted this FAKE NEWS, this false statement. He then urged people to vote for my opponent. 
"Previously, Ms Spencer had been appointed by Chairman Raley to become Vice Chairman. She was serving as the party webmaster but resigned the position. Ms Spencer claims Chairman Raley has to authorize the action to transfer website even when majority will prevailed. The CEC created a new process to update and manage party communications. Website still cannot be managed by the public relations committee."
  1. I was never appointed webmaster, thus I have never resigned that position. Stating I have resigned as webmaster is a bold-faced lie meant to deceive you.
  2. Janet Jackson, chair of the Texas Republican County Chairs Association, in an email dated April 2017, told Dianna Greenwood "Please understand that the elected County Chairman by law is the spokesperson for the County Party through any medium."
  3. In that same email, Greenwood was directed to make Chair Jeanne Raley an admin on the Party's Facebook page.  Greenwood refuses to comply.
  4. These precinct chairs, who repeatedly and illegally demand the website, have never demanded Greenwood comply with the law as she was directed to do.
  5. In a newspaper article dated February 27, 2018, Jackson confirms that. "According to rules set by the Texas Republican County Chairmen’s Association, a local party leader typically acts as the party’s spokesperson, unless that person delegates responsibility to another member, said the association’s president Janet Jackson."
  6. The website is in the hands of the Chair, the legal spokesperson for the Republican Party.
  7. This group of precinct chairs pass motion after motion demanding people violate the law. Motions passed by these precinct chairs do not supersede the rule of law.
  8. Their objective is to fight and to cause dissent.If it were anything else, they would create their own website as has been recommended to them.  One of the PR Committee members says he knows how to do so.
  9. Just as the Democrats do not want to find a solution to the immigration issue so they can continue to pound the issue, these precinct chairs do not want to put up their own website because the issue is more important to them than the website
  10. If they were interested in obeying the law, they'd be demanding Dianna Greenwood make Chair Jeanne Raley an admin on Facebook.
  11. They are using Saul Alinsky "Rules for Radicals" (Rules #11 & #13) tactics to falsely accuse others for their own gain.
 I am very proud of the work I've done for the Republican Party during my 30+ years of involvement. Anyone who would like to discuss this in detail should email me at RepublicanCarol@gmail.com.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

If it's not your idea, kill it

On February 24 at 1:10PM on The Bastrop County Young Republicans Facebook page, this post appeared (highlighting added):

FAKE NEWS!  The truth is that Jarrett Namken has rejected any opportunities not of his own making.  

Jarrett Namken has blocked posting any comments from these Republican leaders on his BCYR page (and these are only the ones Combating Fake News is aware of. We're sure there are more...):  
  • the Bastrop County Republican Chair
  • the Bastrop County Republican Vice-chair
  • the Bastrop County Tea Party Chair
  • the Lost Pines Republican Women president
  • the Bastrop County Republican Club president
  • duly-elected Republican precinct chairs he doesn't like
When challenged on blocking these people, he blocks those commenters.

He claims he's done this because "those that write long winded rants to harass, intimidate and bully will not be tolerated".

Jarrett lies.  You decide if these are "long winded rants".  These are the only two comments posted by Russ Tepper before Jarrett Namken blocked him.

Jarrett Namken and the Bastrop County Young Republicans block anyone they disagree with so their attacks cannot be challenged with the truth. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

What's it all about?

Did you know there was both a start and end date for filing applications for a place on the ballot?  Unless you're a political junkie or a candidate for office, most people don't.

Even though he had been Republican chair for eight years and run four primaries, apparently former chair Albert Ellison couldn't get it right.

He filled out his application, dated it and had it notarized. Since applications for a place on the ballot are accepted by county chairs, he then accepted his own application. But he did so two days before legally being allowed to do so

As a result, according to the Stateman, Ellison was deemed ineligible to run by the Texas Secretary of State's office.  The article goes on to point out that he cost Texas taxpayers more than $10,000. "Destroying and reprinting the 20,000 Republican party ballots will cost the county’s election office at least $12,400, which will be reimbursed by the state, said Bridgette Escobedo, county elections administrator", the article explains.

He told people Raley could agree to keep him on the ballot.  Apparently, he also didn't know that a county chair doesn't have the authority to waive Texas law.

This is why Ellison wants current Chair Jeanne Raley defeated at all costs.

In this same article, Ellison called Raley and two precinct chair candidates "divisive leadership". He started calling names before the election had taken place or one meeting had been held.

It doesn't matter how successful Chair Raley is, Ellison wants her out.  And, he's willing to sow the seeds of discord, engage in negative attack politics, and assassinate her character to do so.

He wants her out so badly that he supports a candidate who curses at meetings in front of the public and her own 12 year old daughter.
(Warning if you follow the link: the language is shocking.)

Friday, February 23, 2018

When Less is Really More

Judge Pape's recent mailing highlights in red this very worst misleading statement: “Through Pape’s leadership, The County tax rate has been lowered 4 out of the last 5 years.”

Here is the rest of the story:
He had to lower the rate! 
He had no choice

The tax rate went down because the appraised property values went up!  In fact, they went so high that the rate had to go down so as not to trigger “roll back,” which would have mandated a drastic tax reduction.

If the tax rate had not been lowered, the 8% “greed” ceiling would have been broken, thus triggering a roll back petition for a vote by you, the citizens of Bastrop County.

Did your property taxes go down as the rate went down?  

FACT: A lower tax rate is no benefit to the property taxpayers if appraised values climb at a higher rate, resulting in much higher property tax bills.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Say WHAT, Ms. Greenwood?!?!

As a result of  the "no" vote on supporting the Blue Santa programs in Bastrop County, people were outraged at Republican Chair candidate Dianna Greenwood and her supporters.  The comments on Facebook showed how outraged members of the public were when they watched the 9-minute meeting video.  We'd show the comments to you, but they were removed from Facebook so you couldn't see them.

Feeling the heat, at the CEC meeting just two weeks later, November 18, Ms Greenwood's behavior was out of control.

View it for yourself, and decide if someone who acts like this at a duly called public meeting should be the Republican Party Chair in Bastrop County.

Response to being asked to get herself under control:
Followed by this (warning: vulgar language):

Dianna Greenwood & Jarrett Namken:

The Facebook blocking continues, but no buildings are being built with these blocks.  In fact, the foundation for growth of the Republican Party in Bastrop County is being destroyed by them.

Dianna Greenwood & Jarrett Namken:

Combating Fake News with Facts demands you condemn these actions and as Young Republican board members, open the YR Facebook page so that no one is blocked from commenting and defending themselves from your spurious accusations.

Blocking people who have expressed disagreement, without others knowing that's been done, is manipulative.  It allows the perpetrator to continue ruthlessly attacking.  It allows for lies to go unanswered. It contradicts American, Texan and Republican values.

Dianna Greenwood & Jarrett Namken:

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Young Republicans Can Endorse and Fund Democrats. What?!?!

The Bastrop County Young Republicans have launched a takeover attempt of the Bastrop County Republican Party by running 6 of their 14 board members for party offices.

They are running a candidate for Republican chair and five different precinct chairs.

Do you know what they stand for?

Bastrop County Young Republican bylaws actually allow them to endorse Democrats and to give Democrats money.

This couldn't happen, you say! But it has!!

In 2014, they endorsed a Democrat for Justice of the Peace.

And, nothing stops them from doing it again.

They have 11 voting board members. Their bylaws require only 6 people to call for a vote.  Only 2/3 of those 6 need vote "yes" to give money to Democrats.

It takes only four votes for the Bastrop County Young Republicans to endorse and fund Democrat candidates.

Here are the sections of their current bylaws:

  • The club should always endorse Republicans, however, if a candidate does not represent our party in the way the political action committee board deems fit, they can endorse a Democrat in dire situations.
  • ARTICLE 7, Section 2.  If the PAC wants to give money to a democrat. A 2/3 majority is required.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Vote Against the Blue Santas? Yes, they did.

Can a person believe anything this woman says? 

In an October 20 newspaper article,  Dianna Greenwood [now Candidate for Republican Chair] said "the party is 'committed to future help in Bastrop County, whether monetary or otherwise, should the need arise.'"

But on November 4, Greenwood and her pack of precinct chair supporters voted NO on participating in the Blue Santa programs for Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville. As a result, the Bastrop County Republican Party could not participate in the Blue Santa programs.

Members voting 'no' were: Dianna Greenwood, Precinct 1001; Dawn Thompson, Precinct 2007; Faithe Evans, Precinct 2008; Marc Mulkey, Precinct 3016; Reed Lewis, Precinct 3012; Shari Wyatt, Precinct 2009; Damon Doss, Precinct 4020; Sue Beck, Precinct 3013. All others presented voted "yes".

Shocked? Don't believe it? Watch the 9 minute meeting video.  It's shocking and disgusting.

FACT: Dianna Greenwood voted against Bastrop County needy children and the Bastrop, Elgin & Smithville PDs. She voted "NO" to participating in the Blue Santa programs.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Rules for Radicals Tactics as Applied by Bastrop County YRs

These 13 "Rules for Radicals" include many of the tactics being used by the Bastrop County Young Republicans (BCYR) and its club president, Jarrett Namken, against those with whom they disagree.

The rules:
  1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
    FACT: The Bastrop County YRs are only 14 board members. There are more than 10,000 Republicans in Bastrop County.
  2. Never go outside the expertise of your people.
    FACT: The Bastrop County YRs have used social media and email to attack their opponents. Many young people believe they're social media experts.
  3. Whenever possible go outside the expertise of the enemy.
    FACT: The Bastrop County YRs believe their opponents have no social media expertise and so cannot address the Fake News they are disseminating there.
  4. Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.
    FACT: Their posts cite alleged laws (some actually no longer in force) and bylaws.
  5. Ridicule is man's most potent weapon.
    FACT: By using social media, email, and open attacks at public meetings, these people want Republicans to believe they're a large organization. And, they use every medium they can to embarrass their opponents in public.
  6. A good tactic is one your people enjoy.
    FACT: It's obvious they think it's okay to call people names and hurl accusations without having to answer for those charges. That's proven by their continuous blocking of anyone who questions their accusations or tactics.
  7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
    FACT: Multiple emails, Facebook posts and tweets went out over a week-long period.  Then it stopped.  It's likely to start up again.
  8. Keep the pressure on.
    FACT: The Bastrop County YRs sent out three different attack emails in 5 days. They posted these same emails on Facebook and Twitter.
  9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
    FACT: Repeated threatening emails have been sent to the Republican chair and to volunteers. Examples: "heed(sic) the direction of the CEC in this matter. You only have until the 28th to do so".  And, "Go somewhere else. We don't need you"
  10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
    FACT: The specific attack tactics have been designed, using social media, with the goal of remaining visible forever.
  11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.
    FACT: The emails and social media posts repeat the same attacks and use the same terminology: anarchy, hijacking communication, going rogue.
  12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
    FACT: The goal of the Bastrop County Young Republicans, including grassroots coordinator Dianna Greenwood and president Jarrett Namken, is to take over the Republican Party Executive Committee in Bastrop County.  Their goal is power, pure and simple.
  13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
    FACT: The targets are the current Republican chair, the president of the Women's Republican Club, the president of the Bastrop Republican Club, and a candidate for County Judge.  Note that the targets are those in leadership or with the potential to hold a leadership position.

Blatant Fake News Easily Refuted

In a recent Facebook post, Young Republicans Chair Jarrett Namken says Republican Chair Jeanne Raley was at the Monday, January 22 Commissioners Court hearing where election issues were discussed.

FAKE NEWS. Jeanne Raley was not at this meeting.

And, Namken may not have used a "secondhand source", but he did use one that was outdated.

In his post, Namken cites Texas Election Code 31.092, Section (b).  The old law held that political party executive committees could contract with the county election officer.  The actual, current code is below.  Note (b) is EXPIRED.

FAKE NEWS. This section of law Mr. Namken repeatedly cites has been retired and no longer exists. As a former law student, he should know where to find current sources. But those sources wouldn't fit his takeover agenda.

(Source: Texas Election Code, 01/22/2018)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Avoiding Criticism by Blocking Critics

On Monday, January 29, the Bastrop County Young Republicans posted this:

Aristotle was wrong.  There is a second way to avoid criticism in today's world: block your critics on social media.

The Bastrop County Young Republicans block their critics on social media all the time. 

They have blocked your Republican Chair, the president of the Republican Club, the president of the Tea Party, the president of the women's Republican Club, candidates they don't like and several duly elected precinct chairs. 

They have blocked people they don't even know who have posed challenging questions to them on Facebook.

FACT: The BCYRs block critics on social media, then launch false attacks thinking they are safe from being exposed.

Dangerous Silencing of the Opposition

There are many ways to silence the opposition. The question isn’t how.

The questions is why would anyone in the United States of America silence the opposition. 

Dictators silence the opposition. Totalitarian regimes silence the opposition. Fascists silence the opposition. The Bastrop County Young Republicans silence the opposition.

FACT: On their Facebook page, the Bastrop County Young Republicans have blocked the Republican chair, the president of the Tea Party, the president of the women's Republican club, every precinct chair they don’t like, critics they don't agree with, and candidates they want defeated.

On her campaign website, under "Social Media Outreach", Candidate Dianna Greenwood says she is "truly passionate about this issue, as it is vital to growing our party and easily communicating with our members."

But, as a Bastrop County Young Republican Board member and Grassroots Coordinator, she leads an organization that does just the opposite.

FACT: Dianna Greenwood supports blocking her opposition. She knows it is happening and remains silent.