Yes, friends, I am actually running for the Senate seat currently occupied by Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is retiring from that august body at the end of this year. I am not the official Texas Green Party nominee yet, pending the vote at the state convention on 9 June 2012.
When my Dad came to Austin in 1957, as a teenage immigrant from Cuba bound for the University of Texas, he spoke no English and had $100 sewn into his underwear. He worked his way through school as a dishwasher making 50 cents an hour, just as my Mom - the first person in her family ever to go to college - earned her math degree at Rice in the 1950s, working summers at Foley's and Shell. From them, I learned that America has always been the land of opportunity, a beacon of freedom and hope for the world. They taught me the value of education and hard work and the importance of an environment that allows every American the opportunity to achieve the American dream.
This nation is a miracle of opportunity. Founded by men and women fleeing religious persecution, America has prospered for two centuries under a Constitution that constrains government and a culture that rewards entrepreneurship and free enterprise. To solve our many challenges, we need to harness the frontier mentality that defines Texans, and work tirelessly to ensure that our children enjoy the same freedom and opportunity -- built on individual responsibility -- that has formed the foundation of our country.
I do not believe that the Democrats are single handedly destroying this country. I know that they, like the Republicans, are using both hands.
Most of the problems that we face as Americans are caused by unjust manipulation of government. The warfare state, terrorism, outrageous health care and energy costs, ineffective education, and even corruption in government are all prime examples of how our government's attempts to do good for some, backfire on us all.
Then our government uses the problems it creates to justify taking even more control out of our hands, which leads to even more people who only see government as the answer. Wrong answer.
The Constitution exists to guarantee that no one can exploit the government to further their own profit at the expense of the people.
Well at least that is why it is supposed to exist. It seems to exist now so that the left and right can both destroy the parts they don't like and pretend to stand for the parts they do.
I only believe in one "conspiracy". I believe that people with money and power use it to influence politicians, who follow along either through misplaced philanthropy or outright greed, at the expense of everyone else. I realize this is not going to sound shocking to 95% of America, which is probably the saddest part about our current situation.
"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." ~Ayn Rand
I want us to be problem solvers committed to the principles of this great country. Those principles are larger than a label - they live inside each of us. They are what made this country great. Join me as we return to that heritage, help me restore dignity and respect to our public institutions. One election at a time we can restore our faith in each other - it begins here and now, with the election of your next United States Senator
Born in Stillwater OK, USA, 13 November 1962. Divorced, with one son, Paxton Aubrey Collins, who currently studies theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Throughout his entire life, Ted Cruz has proven to be a passionate and effective fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution.
Ted’s calling to public service has been inspired by his first-hand observation of the pursuit of freedom and opportunity in America. Ted’s mother, Eleanor, was born in Delaware to an Irish and Italian working-class family. She became the first in her family to go to college, graduated from Rice University with a degree in mathematics, and became a pioneering computer programmer in the 1950s.
After being and tortured and imprisoned in Cuba, Ted’s father, Rafael, fled to the United States to attend the University of Texas at Austin in 1957. He then started a small business in the oil and gas industry. Today, Ted’s father is a pastor in Dallas.
Ted, his wife Heidi, their two daughters Caroline and Catherine, and his entire family have been blessed to live the American Dream — the idea that anyone, through hard work and determination, can achieve anything. And he is committed to ensuring every family has that same opportunity.
. John Jay and his wife Chenin have two daughters, Ella and Dagny.
Paul was born in Freer, Texas. Throughout his childhood and adult life he has lived in every region of the state. He and his wife, Sherri, settled in Henderson, Texas, where they raised five children: Erin, Brandon, Lee, Joel and Sam.
Graduate of Rice University (BA, Classics), 1984.
Cruz went on to study at Princeton where, in college debate, he was named the U.S. National Speaker of the Year and the U.S. National Team of the Year (with his partner). He also won the First Place Speaker award at both the 1992 U.S. National Debating Championship and the 1992 North American Debate Championships.
He graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude and served as a Primary Editor of the Harvard Law Review, an Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and a Founding Editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review.
Paul is a graduate from Baylor University in 1977 and Baylor Law School in 1979
Worked as a high school teacher, airline customer service agent, taxi driver, résumé writer, computer applications trainer, Visual Basic programming trainer, and service desk analyst, among other jobs.
Published web-only novel "Eastern Daylight" (1997, currently unavailable); print novel "A Small Town for Its Size" (2000, available from iuniverse.com).
Ted currently serves as a Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Houston, where he leads the firm's U.S. Supreme Court and national Appellate Litigation practice. In addition, from 2004-09, he taught U.S. Supreme Court Litigation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to serving as Solicitor General, Ted served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Domestic Policy Advisor on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign. In addition, Ted clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was the first Hispanic ever to have clerked for the Chief Justice of the United States.
John Jay Myers owns and operates ClearSky24, a screen printing and promotions business, and he recently opened The Free Man Cajun Cafe & Lounge in the Deep Ellum music district of Dallas.
Paul is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas and Louisiana, board certified in Texas Civil Appellate Law and Personal Injury Trial Law, a graduate from Baylor University in 1977 and Baylor Law School in 1979 and is an active member of the State Bar of Texas and admitted and qualified in numerous federal courts including the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Member of Harris County Green Party since its founding in 2000, but active as a Green since 1995.
. Mr. Myers has been active in the Libertarian Party, having served on the Dallas County and Texas executive committees. He currently serves on the Libertarian National Committee. And whether speaking to high school and college liberty groups, or marching against the Fed and marijuana prohibition, John Jay spends his free time bringing a contagious enthusiasm for a peaceful and honest government wherever he goes.
* 1995-2003 Chairman of the Public Education Committee
* 1997 Chairman of the Select Committee on State Revenue and Public School Finance
* 2001 Chairman of the Select Committee on Public School Employee Health Insurance
* Legislative Budget Board Member
Member of First Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston, since 1997.
Currently represent First UU Church on the Board of Trustees of the Houston Peace & Justice Center.
From 2003-08, Ted served as the Solicitor General of Texas, the chief lawyer for the State before the U.S. Supreme Court and all the state and federal appellate courts. Cruz was the youngest Solicitor General in the nation, the longest serving Solicitor General in Texas, and the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas.
Ted has authored over 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and personally argued 40 oral arguments, including 9 before the U.S. Supreme Court.
He is currently a United States Senator from Texas.
Served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1991 - 2003. During his tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, he served on numerous committees including Education, Judiciary, Pensions and Investments, Health and Human Services, Calendars and was one of eight members designated to the Legislative Budget Board. His most significant committee work, however, was in the area of Education. Sadler served on the House Public Education Committee from 1993 - 2003 (serving as Chairman of the committee from 1995 - 2003). Chairman of the Select Committee on State Revenue and Public School Finance in 1997; and Chairman of the Select Committee on Public School Employee Health Insurance in 2001. Paul was the only house member to serve as Chairman of more than one committee in the same session. He had dual chairmanships in two sessions in 1999 & 2001.
During Ted's service as Solicitor General, Texas achieved an unprecedented series of landmark national victories, including successfully defending:
* U.S. sovereignty against the World Court in Medellin v. Texas.
* The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms;
* The constitutionality of the Texas Ten Commandments monument;
* The constitutionality of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance;
* The constitutionality of Texas Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment law; and
* The Texas congressional redistricting plan.
The National Law Journal called him "a key voice" to whom "the [U.S. Supreme Court] Justices listen." He was named by American Lawyer magazine as one of the 50 Best Litigators under 45 in America, by the National Law Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America, and Texas Lawyer as one of the 25 Greatest Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century.
*Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association Special Recognition "for outstanding efforts to further the wind industry of the State of Texas" (2011)
*Businessweek's Premier Lawyers of America (2008)
*"Ten Best List" by Texas Monthly (2001, 1999, 1997, 1995)
*Texas School Public Relations Association Key Communicator (2001)
*East Texas Chapter of Texas Association of School Honorary Membership (2000)
*Sabine Independent School District Appreciation for Leadership (1999)
*Region IV Education Service Center Leadership & Commitment (1997)
*Texas Association of Rural Schools Excellence in Leadership Award (1998)
*Texas Association of Community Schools Honorary Life Member (1998)
*One of six "Stellar Legislators" by the Dallas Morning News (1997)
*Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Service Award (1996)
*Texas Association of School Psychologists Appreciation Award (1995)
The controversy surrounding domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) is expected to divide hawks from libertarians in the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the National Journal.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, both staking out a libertarian/tea party position, are strong opponents of the NSA vacuuming up phone records of Americans in search of terrorist or espionage threats.
Paul would dismantle the NSA; Cruz would reform the agency.
Cruz backed the USA Freedom Act sponsored by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont which — had it passed — would have reformed but not gutted the Patriot Act.
Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/nsa-surveillance-phone-data-patriot-act (07/01/2015)
End Obama's illegal amnesty via Congress' checks & balances
Defund amnesty; and refuse any nominees until rescinded
No path to citizenship for 1.65 million illegals in Texas
Give police more power to ask about immigration status
Boots on the ground, plus a wall
Triple the size of the Border Patrol
Strengthen border security and increase enforcement
Source: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/ted-cruz/statements/ (05/31/2015)
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/International/Ted_Cruz_Immigration.htm (07/01/2015)
I do not support the DREAM Act and categorically oppose amnesty. I categorically oppose amnesty, and I strongly support legal immigration for those that have followed the rules and come here to pursue the American dream.
Source: http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2012/feb/21/texas-democratic-party/ (06/02/2015)
Border wall: James and Leppert oppose a wall, Dewhurst and Cruz tout "boots on the ground" and a wall in some places.
Cruz on immigration: Wants to triple size of Border Patrol. Says Dewhurst supported in-state tuition for kids of illegal immigrants.
Dewhurst: I have always been against an amnesty program. "If they want to be a citizen, they ought to go home and reapply."
Dewhurst says he was against tuition for children of illegal immigrants.
Strengthen border security and increase enforcement\
Ted Cruz has worked to strengthen border security and help ensure that America remains a nation of laws. Among other efforts, he has worked on efforts to increase penalties for felons who enter the country illegally.
Ted authored a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of 10 states in Lopez v. Gonzales, urging the strictest enforcement of laws punishing those with prior felony convictions who entered the country illegally.
When discussing what to do about the 1.65 million illegal immigrants living in Texas, Cruz weaved into the Second Amendment, alleging his opponent didn't support gun rights. "What does this have to do with the question?" Sadler asked before fiercely denying his opponent's allegation. Cruz again said he didn't support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants living in America, while Sadler said the opposite, as expected.
Q: How to respond to the split within your party on immigration? What you're saying is that the Republicans should vote to fund the governments for all departments except one: no funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which handles immigration, rescinding President Obama's executive action, and if he vetoes that, he's responsible for shutting down the department. The problem is that's almost exactly what you did with the government shutdown across the entire government in 2013 with ObamaCare, and it backfired badly on your party.
CRUZ: All across this country, Republicans campaigned, saying: if you elect a Republican Senate, we will stop President Obama's illegal amnesty. We need to honor what we said. We should use the constitutional checks and balances that we have to rein in the abuse of power of the executive. Step #1 is if the president implements this lawless amnesty, that the Senate will not confirm any executive or judicial nominees.
Q: How would you rescind President Obama's executive action on immigration?
CRUZ: We should use the constitutional checks and balances that we have to rein in the abuse of power of the executive. Step #1 that I have called for is the incoming majority leader should announce if the president implements this lawless amnesty, that the Senate will not confirm any executive or judicial nominees, other than vital national security positions, for the next two years, unless and until the president ends this lawless amnesty. That is an explicit authority given to the Senate.
Q: Are you saying the Senate should refuse to confirm the president's new nominee for attorney general?
CRUZ: We have to rein in the executive. In the Federalist Papers, our Framers talked about a president who would behave like a monarch. And step #2, we've got is the power of the purse, and we should fund one at a time the critical priorities of the federal government, but also use the power of the purse to attach riders.
There is no place for gays or atheists in my America. None. Our Constitution makes that clear.
Cruz Said Liberals Were Obsessed With “Mandatory Gay Marriage In All 50 States” And Touted Support For Bill Stripping Court Jurisdiction Of Same-Sex Marriage Litigation. At Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Coalition In Waukee, IA, Politico reported that, “Cruz said he is concerned that women like the owner of an Indiana pizzeria will suffer because they oppose gay marriage. ‘The Scripture commands us to love everyone, and that ought to be a standard that applies across the board,’ he said. During his speech to the group, Cruz said liberals are obsessed with ‘mandatory gay marriage in all 50 states.’ Like King, he asked the audience to join him in prayer on the day of the oral arguments. He told the story of an Iowa couple who stopped putting on weddings after a court ordered them to perform services for gays. He touted his support for the constitutional amendment that would let states choose, and he said he has introduced a bill similar to King’s that strips the federal courts of any jurisdiction over gay marriage-related litigation.”
Cruz Said Between Now And Supreme Court Arguments On Marriage Equality Conservatives Should “Fall To Our Knees And Pray.” According to Fox News Latino, “Sen. Ted Cruz and other GOP declared and prospective 2016 candidates wooed evangelical Christians in Iowa with remarks that emphasized religious freedom and opposition to gay marriage. The Texas senator noted that the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in four states’ same-sex marriage cases this week and said that between now and then, conservatives must ‘fall to our knees and pray.’ ‘We need leaders who will stand unapologetically in defense of marriage and life,” Cruz said in his remarks that drew a huge applause.”
Cruz Said Court Ruling Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide Would Be “Fundamentally Illegitimate.” Bloomberg reported that “In his first trip to Iowa as a presidential candidate earlier this month, Cruz stayed laser focused on social issues, including a potential court ruling to legalize gay marriage nationwide that he said would be ‘fundamentally illegitimate.’”
Source: http://www.hrc.org/2016RepublicanFacts/ted-cruz (07/01/2015)
While there may have been an age difference, Josh Duggar’s transgressions are far less an affront to God than what gays do to each other.
Sen. Ted Cruz is again putting down a marker in defense of traditional marriage, introducing a bill aimed at protecting states' rights in the same-sex marriage debate.
On Tuesday, Cruz re-introduced the State Marriage Defense Act, which would prevent the federal government from asserting its own definition of marriage on the states.
Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/11/politics/ted-cruz-2016-gay-marriage-bill/ (07/01/2015)
Paul Sadler knows real economic development means growing jobs that provide fair pay for an honest day's work, and retirement security for middle class families. Our state needs a United States Senator who cares about delivering real results for our economy -- not just scoring cheap political points. Paul believes new energy solutions, an educated workforce and investing in infrastructure are the keys to securing our nation's economic future.
Source: sadlerforsenate.com/where-i-stand (05/24/2012)
Today the top 1 percent earn a higher share of our national income than any year since 1928.
Paul believes new energy solutions, an educated workforce and investing in infrastructure are the keys to securing our nation's economic future.
Every year we spend roughly $500 billion on tax compliance. That is roughly the budget of our entire military, entirely wasted on tax compliance.
Paul Sadler served the people of East Texas as a member of the state legislature from 1991 to 2002. He led the Texas House's Committee on Public Education, and passed legislation to raise teacher pay three times and to create the teacher health insurance program. Paul knows what it takes to recruit and retain the best and brightest young people into our students' classrooms. He also knows that he federal government should return much of its influence over Texas public schools to local school boards and Texas parents. The federal government should support our public schools, not run them.
He knows that he federal government should return much of its influence over Texas public schools to local school boards and Texas parents. The federal government should support our public schools, not run them.
He led the Texas House's Committee on Public Education, and passed legislation to raise teacher pay three times and to create the teacher health insurance program. Paul knows what it takes to recruit and retain the best and brightest young people into our students' classrooms. He also knows that he federal government should return much of its influence over Texas public schools to local school boards and Texas parents. The federal government should support our public schools, not run them.
The federal government should support our public schools, not run them.
Paul Sadler served the people of East Texas as a member of the state legislature from 1991 to 2002. He led the Texas House's Committee on Public Education, and passed legislation to raise teacher pay three times and to create the teacher health insurance program. Paul knows what it takes to recruit and retain the best and brightest young people into our students' classrooms.
I was just bribed by the Kochs to introduce a bill that would give them and their allies America’s national forests, parks, and other public lands and open them for mining, drilling, fracking and logging.
Many of the alarmists on global warming, they’ve got a problem because the science doesn’t back them up. In particular, satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years, there’s been zero warming.
The soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving our country -- many of them Texans -- deserve a United States Senator who honors their service and sacrifice. Paul will fight to make sure the United States armed forces remain the best trained and most well-equipped in the world.
ISIS is right now crucifying Christians in Iraq, literally nailing Christians to trees.
In particular, the Texas Republican criticized what he calls Obama’s refusal to label the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Egypt and the burning of 45 people in Iraq this week as “radical Islamic terrorism.” Cruz also complained that the White House did not explicitly acknowledge that those beheaded in Egypt were Christian.
Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/ (07/01/2015)
Net neutrality puts the government in charge of determining Internet pricing, terms of service and what types of products and services can be delivered."
Paul believes access to quality, affordable healthcare is a fundamental American value. Unlike his Republican opponents, Paul will oppose efforts to allow insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and to drop policy-holders who get sick. And he'll fight to protect the right of parents to keep their children insured until age 26.
In the 2014 elections, "the American people overwhelmingly said we don't want Obamacare
Paul will oppose efforts to allow insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions and to drop policy-holders who get sick.
Paul Sadler will never play politics with women's health care.
Let's face it -- from Austin to Washington, our political system is broken. The people of Texas deserve a government that works. Paul Sadler is running for the U.S. Senate because he knows our seat in that hallowed chamber doesn't belong to one political party or to the other -- it belongs to the people of Texas. It's time to return fierce independence and Texas integrity to the United States Senate.
Since leaving the legislature, Paul has worked as a bipartisan advocate for clean, affordable and abundant wind energy in Texas and the surrounding states. Paul is a nationally recognized expert on alternative energy sources, and knows that America can -- and must -- reduce its dependence on Middle Eastern oil through clean, safe and affordable American energy solutions. Paul supports energy conservation, investment in alternative forms of energy, and getting the most out of American sources of energy -- while protecting our environment.
Paul is a nationally recognized expert on alternative energy sources, and knows that America can -- and must -- reduce its dependence on Middle Eastern oil through clean, safe and affordable American energy solutions.
Today roughly half of born-again Christians aren’t voting. They’re staying home.
He supports increased funding for the Veteran's Administration, and job training to help our youngest veterans transition to the civilian workforce.
He supports job training to help our youngest veterans transition to the civilian workforce.
He supports increased funding for the Veteran's Administration.