Republicans, Paxton overcome negatives to win big in Texas

Election night photo by Matt Shaheen at Marriott Legacy Town Center in Plano, Texas.

By Brian Bearden

Newly-elected Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton rallied his supporters at a packed Marriott in Plano on Tuesday night as election results rolled in across the state and nationwide with upset victories by Republicans.

Paxton told the big crowd: “Tonight Texans made it clear they are ready to continue the fight against President Obama and his administration’s power grab. Voters were given two very different choices for the future of Texas: a state that cozies up to Obama, or one that relentlessly defends against Washington’s out-of-touch policies. Their voices resonated in ballot boxes from El Paso to Texarkana and McAllen to Amarillo. Republican candidates across the ticket were chosen to lead by the citizens of this great state. I am honored to be selected as Texas’ next Attorney General.”

Paxton, who has risen quickly recently from State Representative to State Senator, will take Greg Abbott’s position as Texas Attorney General. Abbott won the Governor’s race over Wendy Davis, who went from national rock star status to runner-up. Davis ran a negative campaign from the start and turned up the heat in the final week.

“Thank you Texas for electing me Governor,” Abbott said. “With honor and dignity I will fight for you and your future. God Bless Texas.”

The Marriott at Legacy Town Center was packed with local dignitaries … District Attorney Greg Willis … Congressman Sam Johnson … State Sen. Scott Turner … State Rep. Scott Sanford …  Commissioner Chris Hill … the Collin County Lincoln Society … and so on …

Collin County’s County Judge Keith Self won his seat again, telling voters: “Thank you, every one who voted for me during early voting or today, Election Day. Even though I had no opponent, I appreciate your vote to return me for a third term as your County Judge. I work for you, and will continue to provide transparency to county business in this new term. Thank you.”

Congressman Sam Johnson won too, saying: “What a distinct honor and true blessing to serve the great patriots of the Third Congressional District. I want to thank everyone for their belief in me and for their vote. It’s humbling and I vow to continue to fight for you.

Johnson said,”Ronald Reagan rekindled the faith in our nation with a profoundly simple phrase that seems especially appropriate for 2014: ‘Let’s make America great again.’

“With God’s providence and blessing, we will. God bless you and God bless America,” Rep. Johnson said.

Before voting started on Tuesday in the State Senate election, Van Taylor said Texans had a choice to make: “We can either continue to promote liberty and the limited government, pro-growth policies that have made Texas the leader in jobs and opportunity, or we can allow liberals to convince us to turn the way of California and New York. Today is our last chance to take a stand and make sure we keep Texas red, and I am asking that you stand with me for conservative leadership.”

Taylor captured his state senate race.

Newly-elected State Representative Matt Shaheen (District 66) has been busy taking on the Mayor of Houston.

Shaheen, who was a county commissioner, said: “Texans were shocked to learn that a group of Houston pastors were subpoenaed by Houston Mayor Annise Parker to turn over sermons and other church communications. … Over the past few days, I have talked with religious freedom organizations and legal counsel and have decided to introduce legislation during next session, that will impose criminal sanctions against city council members who subpoena religious leaders in a similar manner to that of the Houston Mayor. If found guilty, the elected official could serve time in jail, pay a fine and be removed from office.

Shaheen said, “I am also calling for the resignation of Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Her shameful actions were an abuse of power, trying to silence citizens who oppose her extreme views. This type of attitude in a public official is a threat to the freedoms of all Texans and it follows a troubling pattern by liberal politicians who want to impose their extreme views by abusing the power of government. This will not be tolerated in Texas.”

Election Summary Report
Collin County, TX
General Election
November 4, 2014
Summary For Jurisdiction Wide, All Counters, All Races
Early Voting and Election Day Combined Accumulated Totals.
67 of 67 Vote Centers Reporting

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Registered Voters 489032 – Cards Cast 177821 36.36% Num. Report Precinct 209 – Num. Reporting 209 100.00%
C Frisco Proposition
Total
Number of Precincts 11
Precincts Reporting 11 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 15781/46513 33.9 %
Total Votes 15111
Times Blank Voted 668
Times Over Voted 2
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 8903 58.92%
Against 6208 41.08%
C Josephine Mayor
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 221/536 41.2 %
Total Votes 130
Times Blank Voted 91
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Keith Koop 130 100.00%
C Josephine Alderman P3
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 221/536 41.2 %
Total Votes 185
Times Blank Voted 36
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Kenneth Lattig 57 30.81%
Joe Holt 128 69.19%
C Josephine Alderman P5
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 221/536 41.2 %
Total Votes 177
Times Blank Voted 44
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Pamela Koop 80 45.20%
William Skelton 97 54.80%
C Lavon Coucil P1
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 634/1630 38.9 %
Total Votes 347
Times Blank Voted 287
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Simon T. Abela 347 100.00%
C Lavon Coucil P3
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 634/1630 38.9 %
Total Votes 415
Times Blank Voted 219
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Vince Doyle Jr. 111 26.75%
Melissa Stroop 304 73.25%
C Lavon Coucil P5
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 634/1630 38.9 %
Total Votes 405
Times Blank Voted 229
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Mindi Serkland 250 61.73%
Sedric Thomas 155 38.27%
C Lavon Prop 1
Total
Number of Precincts 3
Precincts Reporting 3 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 634/1630 38.9 %
Total Votes 596
Times Blank Voted 38
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

FOR 391 65.60%
AGAINST 205 34.40%
C Lowry Crossing Council
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 3
Times Counted 532/1182 45.0 %
Total Votes 864
Times Blank Voted 125
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 357

Chuck Davis 148 17.13%
Peter Christian 133 15.39%
Lenny Lewis 181 20.95%
Laura Jones 254 29.40%
Patty Smith 148 17.13%
C Princeton P1
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 1099/3695 29.7 %
Total Votes 769
Times Blank Voted 330
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

David Kleiber 485 63.07%
Barbara W. Palmer 284 36.93%
C Princeton P3
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 1099/3695 29.7 %
Total Votes 585
Times Blank Voted 514
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

J.M. Caldwell 585 100.00%
C Princeton P4
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 1099/3695 29.7 %
Total Votes 526
Times Blank Voted 573
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Bruce Beauchamp 526 100.00%
C Princeton P5
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 1099/3695 29.7 %
Total Votes 585
Times Blank Voted 514
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Steve Deffibaugh 585 100.00%
C Princeton Proposition
Total
Number of Precincts 2
Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 1099/3695 29.7 %
Total Votes 1006
Times Blank Voted 93
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 779 77.44%
Against 227 22.56%
Princeton ISD
Total
Number of Precincts 8
Precincts Reporting 8 100.0 %
Vote For 2
Times Counted 2451/7720 31.7 %
Total Votes 2536
Times Blank Voted 748
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 870

Lisa D. Caldwell 924 36.44%
John G. Murray 647 25.51%
Tim Tidwell 965 38.05%
Van Alstyne ISD Proposition
Total
Number of Precincts 5
Precincts Reporting 5 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 130/269 48.3 %
Total Votes 124
Times Blank Voted 6
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 73 58.87%
Against 51 41.13%
Wylie ISD Proposition
Total
Number of Precincts 15
Precincts Reporting 15 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 12275/33300 36.9 %
Total Votes 11534
Times Blank Voted 740
Times Over Voted 1
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 8275 71.74%
Against 3259 28.26%
Verona Special Utility District
Total
Number of Precincts 6
Precincts Reporting 6 100.0 %
Vote For 2
Times Counted 479/1217 39.4 %
Total Votes 638
Times Blank Voted 74
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 172

Nathan McTee 244 38.24%
Ronnie Green 193 30.25%
Jim Hooks 201 31.50%
Constitutional Amendment
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 162690
Times Blank Voted 14525
Times Over Voted 3
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 137343 84.42%
Against 25347 15.58%
Straight Party
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 113782
Times Blank Voted 63428
Times Over Voted 8
Number Of Under Votes 0

Republican REP 80833 71.04%
Democrat DEM 31953 28.08%
Libertarian LIB 840 0.74%
Green GRN 156 0.14%
US Senator
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 174741
Times Blank Voted 2477
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

John Cornyn REP 119450 68.36%
David M. Alameel DEM 48876 27.97%
Rebecca Paddock LIB 5014 2.87%
Emily Sanchez GRN 1259 0.72%
Write-in Votes 142 0.08%
US Representative D3
Total
Number of Precincts 178
Precincts Reporting 178 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 159088/439126 36.2 %
Total Votes 137485
Times Blank Voted 21603
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Sam Johnson REP 112726 81.99%
Paul Blair GRN 24759 18.01%
US Representative D4
Total
Number of Precincts 22
Precincts Reporting 22 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 8265/22479 36.8 %
Total Votes 6646
Times Blank Voted 1619
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

John Ratcliffe REP 6646 100.00%
US Representative D32
Total
Number of Precincts 9
Precincts Reporting 9 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9865/27427 36.0 %
Total Votes 9574
Times Blank Voted 291
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Pete Sessions REP 6502 67.91%
Frank Perez DEM 2778 29.02%
Ed Rankin LIB 294 3.07%
Governor
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 176150
Times Blank Voted 1067
Times Over Voted 1
Number Of Under Votes 0

Greg Abbott REP 115647 65.65%
Wendy R. Davis DEM 57431 32.60%
Kathie Glass LIB 2470 1.40%
Brandon Parmer GRN 518 0.29%
Write-in Votes 84 0.05%
Lt. Governor
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 174709
Times Blank Voted 2507
Times Over Voted 2
Number Of Under Votes 0

Dan Patrick REP 113146 64.76%
Leticia Van de Putte DEM 56052 32.08%
Robert D. Butler LIB 4633 2.65%
C. Courtney GRN 878 0.50%
Attorney General
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 174478
Times Blank Voted 2737
Times Over Voted 3
Number Of Under Votes 0

Ken Paxton REP 115197 66.02%
Sam Houston DEM 54516 31.25%
Jamie Balagia LIB 3993 2.29%
Jamar Osborne GRN 772 0.44%
Comptroller Public Accounts
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 171799
Times Blank Voted 5416
Times Over Voted 3
Number Of Under Votes 0

Glenn Hegar REP 113074 65.82%
Mike Collier DEM 52189 30.38%
Ben Sanders LIB 5066 2.95%
Deb Shafto GRN 1470 0.86%
Commissioner General Land Office
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 173274
Times Blank Voted 3941
Times Over Voted 3
Number Of Under Votes 0

George P. Bush REP 117884 68.03%
John Cook DEM 48623 28.06%
Justin Knight LIB 4987 2.88%
Valerie Alessi GRN 1780 1.03%
Commissioner of Agriculture
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 171153
Times Blank Voted 6063
Times Over Voted 2
Number Of Under Votes 0

Sid Miller REP 113987 66.60%
Jim Hogan DEM 49763 29.08%
David Palmquist LIB 5010 2.93%
Kenneth Kendrick GRN 2393 1.40%
Railroad Commissioner
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 171012
Times Blank Voted 6204
Times Over Voted 2
Number Of Under Votes 0

Ryan Sitton REP 113723 66.50%
Steve Brown DEM 49458 28.92%
Mark A. Miller LIB 5636 3.30%
Martina Salinas GRN 2195 1.28%
Chief Justice Supreme Court
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 171789
Times Blank Voted 5426
Times Over Voted 3
Number Of Under Votes 0

Nathan Hecht REP 116055 67.56%
William Moody DEM 50284 29.27%
Tom Oxford LIB 5450 3.17%
Justice Supreme Court P6 Unexp
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 170898
Times Blank Voted 6319
Times Over Voted 1
Number Of Under Votes 0

Jeff Brown REP 115446 67.55%
Lawrence E. Meyers DEM 49788 29.13%
Mark Ash LIB 5664 3.31%
Justice Supreme Court P7
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 170996
Times Blank Voted 6219
Times Over Voted 3
Number Of Under Votes 0

Jeff Boyd REP 114025 66.68%
Gina Benavides DEM 50962 29.80%
Don Fulton LIB 5013 2.93%
Charles E. Waterbury GRN 996 0.58%
Justice Supreme Court P8
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 149433
Times Blank Voted 27784
Times Over Voted 1
Number Of Under Votes 0

Phil Johnson REP 120389 80.56%
RS Roberto Koelsch LIB 16602 11.11%
Jim Chisolm GRN 12442 8.33%
Criminal Appeals Judge P3
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 170125
Times Blank Voted 7091
Times Over Voted 2
Number Of Under Votes 0

Bert Richardson REP 114644 67.39%
John Granberg DEM 49507 29.10%
Mark W. Bennett LIB 5974 3.51%
Criminal Appeals Judge P4
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 151622
Times Blank Voted 25596
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Kevin Patrick Yeary REP 118124 77.91%
Quanah Parker LIB 19275 12.71%
Judith SandersCastro GRN 14223 9.38%
Criminal Appeals Judge P9
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 150041
Times Blank Voted 27176
Times Over Voted 1
Number Of Under Votes 0

David Newell REP 118976 79.30%
William Strange III LIB 19084 12.72%
George J. Altgelt GRN 11981 7.99%
State Board of Education D12
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 170545
Times Blank Voted 6673
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Geraldine Miller REP 113181 66.36%
Lois Parrott DEM 51241 30.05%
Mark Wester LIB 6123 3.59%
State Senator D8
Total
Number of Precincts 154
Precincts Reporting 154 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 150880/416091 36.3 %
Total Votes 124861
Times Blank Voted 26019
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Van Taylor REP 99148 79.41%
Scott Jameson LIB 25713 20.59%
State Senator D30
Total
Number of Precincts 55
Precincts Reporting 55 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 26338/72941 36.1 %
Total Votes 23005
Times Blank Voted 3333
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Craig Estes REP 20045 87.13%
Cory Lane LIB 2960 12.87%
State Representative D33
Total
Number of Precincts 30
Precincts Reporting 30 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 20366/59403 34.3 %
Total Votes 14920
Times Blank Voted 5446
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Scott Turner REP 14920 100.00%
State Representative D66
Total
Number of Precincts 41
Precincts Reporting 41 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 37087/104588 35.5 %
Total Votes 24631
Times Blank Voted 12456
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Matt Shaheen REP 24631 100.00%
State Representative D67
Total
Number of Precincts 41
Precincts Reporting 41 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 39549/105607 37.4 %
Total Votes 32122
Times Blank Voted 7427
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Jeff Leach REP 25223 78.52%
Patrick Peavy LIB 6899 21.48%
State Representative D70
Total
Number of Precincts 50
Precincts Reporting 50 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 39690/112662 35.2 %
Total Votes 29366
Times Blank Voted 10324
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Scott Sanford REP 29366 100.00%
State Representative D89
Total
Number of Precincts 47
Precincts Reporting 47 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 40526/106772 38.0 %
Total Votes 39097
Times Blank Voted 1429
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Jodie Laubenberg REP 27992 71.60%
Sameena Karmally DEM 11105 28.40%
Justice Court of Appeals D5 P3
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 122826
Times Blank Voted 54392
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Ada Brown REP 122826 100.00%
Justice Court of Appeals D5 P5 Unexp
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 167534
Times Blank Voted 9683
Times Over Voted 1
Number Of Under Votes 0

Craig Stoddart REP 115558 68.98%
Ken Molberg DEM 51976 31.02%
Justice Court of Appeals D5 P6
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 121947
Times Blank Voted 55271
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

David L. Bridges REP 121947 100.00%
Justice Court of Appeals D5 P8
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 121757
Times Blank Voted 55461
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Bill Whitehill REP 121757 100.00%
District Judge D219
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 121799
Times Blank Voted 55419
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Scott J. Becker REP 121799 100.00%
District Judge D296
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 122485
Times Blank Voted 54733
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

John R. Roach, Jr. REP 122485 100.00%
District Judge D366
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119842
Times Blank Voted 57376
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Ray Wheless REP 119842 100.00%
District Judge D417
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 120244
Times Blank Voted 56974
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

C. McCrann Wheless REP 120244 100.00%
District Judge D429
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119703
Times Blank Voted 57515
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Jill Willis REP 119703 100.00%
Criminal District Attorney
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 120031
Times Blank Voted 57187
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Greg Willis REP 120031 100.00%
County Judge
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119555
Times Blank Voted 57663
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Keith Self REP 119555 100.00%
County Court at Law 1
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119701
Times Blank Voted 57517
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Corinne A. Mason REP 119701 100.00%
County Court at Law 2
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119258
Times Blank Voted 57960
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Barnett Walker REP 119258 100.00%
County Court at Law 3
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119207
Times Blank Voted 58011
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Lance S. Baxter REP 119207 100.00%
County Court at Law 4
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 118959
Times Blank Voted 58259
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

David Rippel REP 118959 100.00%
County Court at Law 5
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119138
Times Blank Voted 58080
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Dan Wilson REP 119138 100.00%
County Court at Law 6
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 118909
Times Blank Voted 58309
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Jay Adam Bender REP 118909 100.00%
County Probate Judge
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119146
Times Blank Voted 58072
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Weldon S. Copeland REP 119146 100.00%
District Clerk
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 119900
Times Blank Voted 57318
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Andrea Thompson REP 119900 100.00%
County Clerk
Total
Number of Precincts 209
Precincts Reporting 209 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 177218/489032 36.2 %
Total Votes 120337
Times Blank Voted 56881
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Stacey Kemp REP 120337 100.00%
County Commissioner Pct 1 Unexp
Total
Number of Precincts 41
Precincts Reporting 41 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 47321/132386 35.7 %
Total Votes 33217
Times Blank Voted 14104
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Susan Fletcher REP 33217 100.00%
County Commissioner Pct 2
Total
Number of Precincts 51
Precincts Reporting 51 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 41339/113461 36.4 %
Total Votes 27338
Times Blank Voted 14001
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Cheryl Williams REP 27338 100.00%
County Commissioner Pct 4
Total
Number of Precincts 52
Precincts Reporting 52 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 43944/118395 37.1 %
Total Votes 27904
Times Blank Voted 16040
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Duncan Webb REP 27904 100.00%
Justice of the Peace Pct 1
Total
Number of Precincts 38
Precincts Reporting 38 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 23603/67244 35.1 %
Total Votes 16534
Times Blank Voted 7069
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Paul Raleeh REP 16534 100.00%
Justice of the Peace Pct 2
Total
Number of Precincts 33
Precincts Reporting 33 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 18580/51891 35.8 %
Total Votes 13348
Times Blank Voted 5232
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

Jerry Shaffer REP 13348 100.00%
Justice of the Peace Pct 3 P2
Total
Number of Precincts 89
Precincts Reporting 89 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 82829/223153 37.1 %
Total Votes 79531
Times Blank Voted 3298
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

John E. Payton REP 52508 66.02%
Denise Hamilton DEM 27023 33.98%
Justice of the Peace Pct 4
Total
Number of Precincts 49
Precincts Reporting 49 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 52206/146744 35.6 %
Total Votes 37107
Times Blank Voted 15099
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

W. M. Yarbrough REP 37107 100.00%
C Dallas Prop 1
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9663/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8665
Times Blank Voted 998
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 8090 93.36%
Against 575 6.64%
C Dallas Prop 2
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9663/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8460
Times Blank Voted 1203
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 4855 57.39%
Against 3605 42.61%
C Dallas Prop 3
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9662/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8346
Times Blank Voted 1316
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 3036 36.38%
Against 5310 63.62%
C Dallas Prop 4
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9653/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8717
Times Blank Voted 935
Times Over Voted 1
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 6165 70.72%
Against 2552 29.28%
C Dallas Prop 5
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9653/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8240
Times Blank Voted 1413
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 6671 80.96%
Against 1569 19.04%
C Dallas Prop 6
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9653/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8104
Times Blank Voted 1549
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 7003 86.41%
Against 1101 13.59%
C Dallas Prop 7
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9653/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8351
Times Blank Voted 1302
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 7271 87.07%
Against 1080 12.93%
C Dallas Prop 8
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9653/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8726
Times Blank Voted 927
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 4369 50.07%
Against 4357 49.93%
C Dallas Prop 9
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Vote For 1
Times Counted 9653/27283 35.4 %
Total Votes 8078
Times Blank Voted 1575
Times Over Voted 0
Number Of Under Votes 0

For 7479 92.58%
Against 599 7.42%

Collin County Magazine is an independent news source read by thousands in the Dallas-Fort Worth area every day. Follow on Facebook and Twitter @CollinCountyMag

WHO ARE OUR READERS? – Collin County Demographics:

County Seat: McKinney

Area: 848 sq. miles of land, 38 sq. miles of water

Towns and Cities: 27

Estimated Population (2013): 854,788

New residents moving in each day (2013: 55 Paved County Roads: 726 miles

Median Household Income (2012 estimate): $82,238

Median Family Income (2011 estimate): $96,008

Average Taxable Home Value (2013): $238,030

County Tax Rate (2014): $0.2375 per $100 assessed value

Independent School Districts: 21

Special Districts: 2

Hospital Districts: None

County-level Elected Officials: 35

Registered Voters (September 2013): 456,843

Voter Turnout (November 2012): 65.8%

 

Rep. Sam Johnson calls for ban on travelers from Ebola-affected countries

Washington, D.C. – In response to the recent Ebola case in Dallas, Texas, Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) sent the following letter to the Acting United States Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Lushniak:

“Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first case of Ebola had been diagnosed in Dallas, Texas. As a lifelong Texan who represents a district neighboring Dallas, this development is of grave concern to my constituents and me.

“Already, the U.S. State Department has issued travel warnings and advisories for the countries most affected by Ebola, and several African countries and airlines have implemented their own travel restrictions. And while the CDC has been screening travelers who fly out of those countries, the Dallas case proves that this is clearly not enough. A person can evade CDC detection and arrive in the United States if that individual is asymptomatic and intentionally lies about, or is unaware of, their exposure to Ebola.

“While I understand an asymptomatic individual is not contagious, the person is contagious once they begin to show symptoms. As a result, the CDC is monitoring upwards of fifty individuals who may have contracted Ebola from the Dallas patient once he arrived in the United States.

“The Dallas incident clearly shows that while the CDC can prevent infected individuals with Ebola symptoms from leaving these countries – screeners cannot identify all infected persons. Therefore, I am hereby requesting that you use the Surgeon General’s authority granted under 42 U.S.C. §265 and prohibit individuals from these countries which have had cases of Ebola from entering the United States. Without a cure or a vaccine for Ebola – which has a fatality rate of nearly 50 percent – we must do all that we can to protect American citizens from this horrific disease.”

Meet with Congressman Sam Johnson’s staff locally Oct. 1 during Mobile Office hours in Frisco, McKinney, Plano TX

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, Oct. 1, the staff of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) will host their monthly “Mobile Office Hours.” The Mobile Offices will be located in Plano East and West, McKinney, and Frisco. This is an effort to conveniently provide 3rd assistance by visiting different communities across North Texas. Appointments are not necessary.

Congressman Sam Johnson said: “It’s my privilege to serve the good folks of the Third District, and it is important to me that my staff and I be available to help constituents with their various needs whenever possible. I encourage people to visit on October 1, but if you are unable to make it, you are always welcome to contact my Plano office at 469-304-0382.”

Congressman Johnson’s staff can help with federal agency issues, such as:

Medicare;

Veterans Affairs (VA);

Home foreclosure;

Social Security; and

Internal Revenue Service.

In addition, Johnson’s staff can also:

Help with overseas adoptions;

Provide information regarding trips to Washington, D.C.;

Offer application guidance to a U.S. Service Academy;

Assist with Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) applications; and

Process requests to have American flags flown over the U.S. Capitol building.

Please be aware that Congressman Johnson is elected to serve in the legislative branch of our nation’s

federal government. He does not have jurisdiction to assist with the following:

• Agency decisions made in line with federal law or regulation;

• Problems with a state or local government agency – you must contact your state or local officials

for help regarding these issues;

• Judicial matters; and

• Private disputes. Examples of these issues are: Child Custody, Divorce, and Criminal Trials or

Imprisonment.

Please also be aware that, in order for Congressman Johnson’s staff to make inquiries on constituents’ behalf, the Privacy Act of 1974 requires a privacy release be signed before the agency is contacted. If District constituents with you are represented by counsel, their permission to assist with the case is also required. Make sure to bring all relevant documents so staff is able to help you as expediently as possible.

Mobile Office Times and Locations:

Plano East, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Plano Municipal Center
1520 K Avenue
Plano, Texas 75074

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McKinney, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Collin College- Central Park Campus
2200 West University Drive
McKinney, Texas 75071

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Plano West, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Christopher A. Parr Library

6200 Windhaven Parkway
Plano, Texas 75093

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Frisco, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
George A. Purefoy Municipal Center

6101 Frisco Square Boulevard
Frisco, Texas 75034

Q&A with Congressman Sam Johnson

http://youtu.be/wlgYcOJw7hM?list=UUmzL7gzMX6-bgS9HNt8a8TA

Sam Johnson takes on ‘Obamaquester’


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) released the following statement on President Obama’s devised plan of across-the-board spending cuts – known as sequester – set to kick in March 1.

Congressman Sam Johnson

Congressman Johnson said: “In spite of his rhetoric, President Obama is unwilling to work with us to really get our fiscal house in order. Instead, he continues pushing the same failed policies of his first four years as he campaigns for raising taxes on hard-working Americans. It’s time to lead Mr. President, your campaign is long over.”

Rep. Johnson also addressed the issue on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives:

“In just two days, President Obama’s devised plan of across-the-board spending cuts – known as sequester – will kick in. I voted for House legislation to replace the President’s plan with smarter and more responsible cuts. Unfortunately, the President and his friends in the Senate ignored it. Right now, America is over $16 trillion in debt. That means every American owes more than $52,000.

“Taxpayers all across this country know that Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Enough is enough,” he said.

“Now is the time to work together to stop spending money we do not have. We need to give the American people what they want, need and deserve. We must get our fiscal house in order by balancing our budget.

“It’s almost too late, let’s act now.”

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Congressman Johnson will Chair the Tax Reform Working Group on Real Estate

North Texas leader encourages Constituents 
and Stakeholders to Provide Comments
Washington, DC – As the recently named Chairman of the Tax Reform Working Group on Real Estate, Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) encourages constituents and stakeholders to share their comments about the tax laws affecting real estate.
The Tax Reform Working Group on Real Estate is one of 11 bipartisan groups that will review current law as well as identify and compile feedback as part of the committee’s tax reform effort.

Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) is serving as Vice-Chairman.
“I am pleased to be working with colleagues from both sides of the aisle as part of the committee’s effort to reform our broken and complicated tax code once and for all. I look forward to hearing directly from experts, stakeholders and constituents about their views on the tax treatment of this important sector of our economy,” Johnson said. The input is intended to help the Ways and Means Committee put together the best reform bill possible.  “It is important that those who have a stake in this issue have a say in the process.”
Congressman Johnson is also a member of the Pensions/Retirement working group. To submit comments or request a meeting with Congressman Johnson on the Tax Reform Working Group on Real Estate or Pensions/Retirement, please email: JohnsonTX03@mail.house.gov .

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Congressman Sam Johnson calls for reform, resignation of IRS commissioner

Inspector General report uncovers multi-billion dollar mismanagement
U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) called for the resignation of IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman in light of a shocking report revealing the IRS’s actions that put billions of taxpayer dollars at risk.  Johnson chairs the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee.
 The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s (TIGTA) July 16, 2012 report, “Substantial Changes Are Needed to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Program to Detect Fraudulent Applications” uncovered deeply troubling actions relating to the IRS’s management of the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) program.  
“I am deeply outraged by this report,” said Johnson.  “American taxpayers deserve better protection of their hard-earned money.  It’s time for new leadership.”   
In the report, TIGTA makes the following critical findings: 
“Management has created an environment which discourages employees from detecting fraudulent applications;”
“Management has eliminated processes used to identify questionable Individual Taxpayer Identification Number application patterns and schemes;” and
“The assignment of an ITIN based on questionable documentation enables individuals to then use this ITIN to file tax returns to commit tax refund fraud.”
The IRS issues ITIN numbers to individuals ineligible for Social Security Numbers, including illegal immigrants.
“The Commissioner and certain IRS officials are essentially aiding and abetting illegal immigrants, and others, in fraudulently receiving tax refunds courtesy of the American taxpayer by freely handing out ITINs,” said Johnson.  “That is just wrong.”
In May 2011, Johnson introduced a bill (H.R. 1956) to combat the rampant fraud and abuse of the popular refundable $1000 per child tax credit by simply requiring tax filers to provide a Social Security Number.  A version of this bill, saving the American $7.6 billion, was included in a budget savings bill (H.R. 5652) passed by the House on May 10, 2012.
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Notable ITIN Examples from IG Report
Same Addresses for ITIN Applications (Figure 5, page 17)
154 of the same mailing addresses were used 1000+ on an ITIN application.
Some of the same addresses were used 6,000+.
o 15,028 ITINs assigned to individuals using the same address in Dallas.
Same Addresses for ITIN Tax Refunds (Figure 6, page 18)
23,994 tax refunds in the amount of $46.3 million were issued to the same address in Atlanta.
Same Bank Accounts for ITIN Tax Refunds (Figure 7, page 18)
2,706 tax refunds totaling $7.3 million were issued to the same bank account.
Refunds and ITIN Applications for the Same Address (Figure 8, page 19)
627 ITINs and 183 tax returns with a total of $712,004 in refunds were issued to the same address in Frankford, Delaware.

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Congressman Sam Johnson: The White House vs. the Catholic Church

By U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson

When people all across the world envision the Statue of Liberty standing tall on Ellis Island, a few words come to mind: America and freedom. There are so many freedoms here we sometimes take for granted – or even forget how blessed we are to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Like freedom of the press. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to bear arms. The right to petition. The right to own property. The right to equal justice. In fact, our freedom is so central to our country’s DNA that our Founding Fathers permanently established that our government could not prohibit the free exercise of speech or religion, among other things.

Yet, a bold and brazen attack on our religious liberties from within has people of all faiths up in arms and rightfully so.

As you may know, the Administration recently announced a new rule as part of the sweeping government takeover of healthcare. The new policy would require faith-based employers – including Catholic charities, schools, universities, and hospitals – to provide services they believe are immoral. Sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs and devices, and contraception all violate the doctrine of the Catholic faith and the Administration was about to force faith-based organizations to make an impossible choice between doing their religious duty or violating their conscience.

Finally after an uproar from people of many faiths and political persuasions, the President retreated – in theory. He announced that the government would not force religiously-affiliated institutions to directly provide birth control coverage as part of their employees’ health care coverage. Instead, female employees of faith-based groups will have access to no-cost contraceptive coverage through the employee’s health insurer, which the government will force to offer the coverage for free.

Since there is no such thing as a free lunch, someone will have to pay for this somehow and this so-called “compromise” is smoke and mirrors. In addition, a Catholic entrepreneur and business owner now will have to violate a core religious belief to offer employees this government-mandated benefit. That’s just not right.

Charitable religious organizations are an integral part of our society. Catholic hospitals care for millions of Americans and Catholic universities educate countless students each year. There are many other religious organizations that provide meals, daycare, housing, and numerous other services. Again, these groups act out of a religious obligation. Essentially the government will be forcing an organization to decide which commandment to follow.

While I have vehemently opposed the President’s government takeover of healthcare and continue to fight for full repeal, even supporters of the law are shocked at the rule.

Certainly, for many Americans contraception is not controversial. Here in America, it is not the government’s role to determine doctrine for a particular religion. In fact, the opposite is true. The government has a responsibility to protect minority religious views.

This is not an attack on women’s health or on contraception. The federal government already spends billions of dollars to provide free or low cost contraceptives – much to my dismay. This is a question of whether the government has the power to force people to violate their convictions.

I am working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to eliminate these rules and provide strong protection for minority religious views. Better yet, we should get rid of the President’s government-run health law all together.

This is America. There should be no such thing as a government-takeover of healthcare – or religious doctrine.

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