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Pastor Protection Act passed with push from local leaders

Attorney General Ken Paxton and State Rep. Scott Sanford (on left) support Gov. Greg Abbott on the Pastor Protection Act.
Attorney General Ken Paxton and State Rep. Scott Sanford (on left) support Gov. Greg Abbott on the Pastor Protection Act.

By Brian Bearden
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and State. Rep. Scott Sanford of McKinney (left) joined Gov. Greg Abbott (center) as he signed the Pastor Protection Act in Austin.

AG Ken Paxton (on left next to Pastor Scott Sanford) stated: “Texas took a small but important step to further protect the religious freedom of clergy in the face of increasing hostility toward people of faith in all walks of life. No Pastor, Priest, Rabbi or other religious leader should be forced to perform or recognize a marriage that contradicts his or her sincere religious belief.”

Pastor Scott Sanford is encouraged as Gov. Greg Abbott is about to sign the Pastor Protection Act.
Pastor Scott Sanford is encouraged as Gov. Greg Abbott is about to sign the Pastor Protection Act.

Gov. Greg Abbott said: “Freedom of religion is the most sacred of our rights and our freedom to worship is secured by the Constitution. Religious leaders in the State of Texas must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that religious freedom is beyond the reach of government or coercion by the courts. Today I am proud to sign into law SB 2065 – the Pastor Protection Act – to ensure that clergy in Texas cannot be forced to violate their religious beliefs.”

Pastor Protection Act signed

State Rep. Sanford said: “Thank you to Gov. Abbott for signing ‪#‎SB2065‬ this morning, and thank you to the pastors, grassroots organizations, and dedicated Texans who testified in committee hearings and made phone calls to your elected officials – your support made this bill possible. — with Ken Paxton.”

Photos courtesy of Scott Sanford.

What’s happening in Collin County?

By Brian Bearden

Name that star: Who had six touchdowns? Who had 484 yards? Who has yet to pick his college? Who has an awesome line? Plano West’s Soso Jamabo scores six touchdowns and rushed for 484 yards against Sachse … Allen’s Kyler Murray scored five TDs … Murray passed for 381 yards and ran for 183 yards against Dutch Fork, S.C. … McKinney Boyd’s Dedrick Scrivens topped the school record for yards rushing in a game with 371 yards vs. Coppell.

Looking for fun things to do this weekend: Start by hopping over to Collin County Animal Services to adopt a pet this weekend. The shelter is having a Birthday “Pawty.”

Farmersville will honor First Responders with Public Safety Sunday at First United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. … Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano is having a successful fish fry during “Fish Tales.” …

Coffee: Mark your calendar for coffee with Mayor Maher Maso at Frisco City Hall on the fifth floor … 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday.

The Plano Bridal Show at the Plano Centre is a busy place thanks to  Bridal Shows Inc. Be there from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. Brides can speak with more than 110 wedding businesses to help plan the perfect wedding. As you know, Plano Centre is making changes under new general manager Mark Jarrell.

Arts: The Frisco Association for the Arts is offering Sculptechular at Frisco Discovery Center at 8004 North Dallas Parkway. http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/sculptechular-2014/http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/sculptechular-2014/

Update: Congrats to Gregory Beck, Kyle Mitchell and Jason Mellard for taking first through third at Sculptechular on Sunday.

Dining: Try the Grilled Swordfish, Fava Bean Risotto, Sautéed Yellow Wax Beans, Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce at Jasper’s at The Shops at Legacy in Plano. … When at Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper, try the pan-seared red fish or the sea bass.

Ladies! The Frisco Chamber of Commerce WEB-Women Enhancing Business (Frisco) September Networking/Mixer sponsored by Functional Health Centers will be Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Chamber Event Room. What you get: Free chair massages, door prizes, networking with successful like-minded women, and connecting with new clients and service providers. … Sci-Tech will have football starting Sept. 12 in Frisco. …

Speaking of football players Scott Turner contributes this quote of the week from Dr. Seuss: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Ringo’s Pub in Plano popped out the chicken-fried bacon for football watching this weekend.

Roads: Ann Lieber sounds off – “The Regional Transportation Council proposing 28 million spent on bike lanes in the region all while the Metroplex is being choked with gridlock and officials telling you toll taxes are the only way out of congestion and funding problems. Please attend a transportation meeting at Monday, September 8th @ 6:30pm, Pharr Library in Plano, Texas, to make your voice heard!” Location: 6200 Windhaven at Communications in West Plano.

Free concert: The Eric Gales Band and Andy Timmons will be playing at the Guitar Sanctuary at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in McKinney. The Guitar Sanctuary will be offering 10 tables with seating for four (4) for purchase at $80 per table. See the staff in the store at Adriatica to purchase a table at 6633 Virginia Parkway. The concert will be presented by Two-Rock Guitar Amplification, Xotic/EMS guitar Effects, and The Guitar Sanctuary. … David Grissom, The Maylee Thomas Band and Paul Reed Smith will play there Friday, Sept. 19.

Frisco RoughRiders

The Frisco RoughRiders‘ baseball season came to end with a hard-fought loss to the Midland RockHounds.

Sci-Tech will have football starting Sept. 12 in Frisco. … Greg Abbott has football friendly shirts ready for Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and more fans.

Shopping: The cardigans are in at Cotton Hearts on the McKinney downtown square. Pick from berry, grey, mocha, black and brown.

Spa: Book two or more services per person at Cooper Spa McKinney at Craig Ranch and you will receive a guest pass to the fitness center in McKinney.

Successful start: The Junior League of Collin County kicked off the fall with its mentoring program.

Bowling: Allen Bowl reports they have several leagues in need of individual bowlers to fill teams. Call 972-727-9108.

Dinosaurs Live! will be returning to the Heard Natural Science Museum and Nature Sanctuary.

Hockey: The 2014-15 Allen Americans are offering a deal for groups of 15-plus, which could receive discounted tickets and can add unique group experiences that make for a night to remember. As an added bonus, book your group by Sept. 19 and you’ll receive free tickets to our Opening Night game vs Tulsa.

Top Golf Allen will be giving away a new Blu-ray DVD player, Bacardi golf bags, Topgolf swag, Callaway golf equipment and a grill. Sign up for Top Golf’s last tournament of the season, the TGC Challenge, on Sunday Sept. 21st at 10 a.m. Registration $40 per person at http://www.topgolf.com/tgc

Jobs: Bonnie Ruth’s Bistro at Watters Creek is hiring staff members in Allen. If you are hungry, ask for Bonnie Ruth’s oven-roasted take-out special on Tuesday. … Fireball Run is looking for a Production Assistant in Frisco. Fireball Run wants someone such as a student with some ENG experience. Candidate will travel with the production beginning Sept 25th in Frisco and finishing Oct. 5 in Independence, Mo. All travel, accommodations and meal expenses paid. Applicants should submit resume and link to demo reel via email to FBRjobs@gmail.com

Movies: Scarface will be playing at Cinemark Frisco Square during the Classic Series at 2 p.m. Sunday. 


Music: Tickets are on sale for October’s Courtyard Texas Music Series show featuring Zane Williams at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Courtyard Theater in Plano. Visit http://bit.ly/1CxSZK6. … Because of the threat of inclement weather, the concert in Allen on Saturday by the Rob Holbert Band has been canceled. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date. Watters Creek is always a fun place for a Saturday evening stroll.

Politics: Ken and Angela Paxton wrote a piece entitled “A Family for Educational Choice” for RedState.com http://www.redstate.com/diary/ameliahamilton/2014/09/02/ken-angela-paxton-family-educational-choice/?preview=true

Rain: Pete Delkus predicts rain today.

Balloons: The Celina Balloon Fest is next weekend. Look for balloons to lift off Sept. 12-14 at Old Celina Park, 12670 Farm-to-Market Road 428. http://www.celinaballoonfestival.com/ … Then, the Plano Balloon Festival will be Sept. 19-21 at Oak Point Park at 2801 East Spring Creek Parkway. http://www.planoballoonfest.org/

Quote:I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. ” — Walt Disney

Chris Hill: Runoff Election Conservative Victory for Texas

Chris Hill
Chris Hill

By Chris Hill, County Commissioner

Yesterday’s primary runoff election results hold great promise for Texas and for Texans!

Congratulations to our Republican nominees for statewide offices:

  • Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor
  • Ken Paxton for Attorney General
  • Sid Miller for Agriculture Commissioner
  • Ryan Sitton for Railroad Commissioner

Here in Collin County, congratulations to Matt Shaheen for his victory in the Texas House District 66 Republican runoff, and congratulations to Susan Fletcher for her runoff victory for Precinct 1 commissioner.

Regardless of which candidate(s) you supported in the primary election, these are our Republican candidates for office, they are all my candidates for the general election, and I hope they will be your candidates as well! We are certainly blessed to have such fine folks to represent us here in North Texas.

I would also like to express my heartfelt appreciation to Mark Reid, who has served with excellence and integrity as the commissioner of Precinct 1 since his appointment last November. Mark will continue to serve with passion and with honor until his term expires in December.

Thank you also to Glenn Callison for his willingness to run for Texas House District 66. I commend Glenn (and all candidates) for being willing to make the sacrifices necessary to run for public office and serve our community.

Lastly, but most importantly, thank you to everyone who voted, and especially to everyone who volunteered their time and energy helping their favorite candidates.

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Chris Hill, County Commissioner

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Collin County Primary Run-off Election results

COLLIN COUNTY TEXAS RESULTS

Matt Shaheen won the Republican Primary Run-off
Team Matt Shaheen won the Republican Primary Run-off

COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1

Run-off

SUSAN FLETCHER 54.0, Mark Reid 46.0

“I would like to take this time to thank the voters of Collin County for their vote and ultimately the trust they have placed in me to be the next elected Commissioner for Precinct 1,” Susan Hayes Fletcher said. “I am honored to have earned this trust and do not take it lightly. From day one, I was focused on running a positive issue-oriented campaign and that resonated with the citizens of Collin County. I would like to also thank my opponent, Mark Reid, for his service to the county. We need to honor those who are willing to step up and serve their community and encourage citizen participation. I would also like to thank the volunteers who gave of their time and treasure to make this campaign successful. They put their trust in me and I am proud of the campaign we ran. I look forward to the challenge ahead and ask for everyone to come together and keep making Collin County the Jewel of North Texas.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 4

Republican Run-off

JOHN RATCLIFFE 54.93, Ralph Hall 45.07

U.S. SENATOR

Democrat Run-off

DAVID ALAMEEL 76.63, Kesha Rogers 23.37

TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL

Republican Run-off

 KEN PAXTON 69.91, Dan Branch 30.09

STATE REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 66

Republican Run-off

MATT SHAHEEN 53.8, Glenn Callison 46.2

“Robyn and I feel truly blessed for the victory tonight and are thankful to God,” Matt Shaheen said. “I want to thank the many volunteers, statewide organizations and State Representatives who stood with me in my fight for liberty. I am grateful for the outcome tonight and what’s to come!”

TEXAS  LT. GOVERNOR

Republican Run-off

 DAN PATRICK 68.95, David Dewhurst 31.05

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSIONER

Republican Run-off

 RYAN SITTON 51.33, Wayne Christian 48.67

“With your support, we were able to win the runoff election for Railroad Commissioner,” Ryan Sitton said. “I can’t thank you enough for all your efforts on my behalf.

“We have a lot of work to do between now and the general election,” Sitton said. “I’m committed to working as hard as ever to earn every Texans’ vote. After all, it is important that every Texan is confident and proud of our energy industry and the Railroad Commission must be out in front representing you every day in a responsible way.

“I also want to thank Wayne Christian and his supporters for a spirited race,” Sitton said. “Wayne should be proud of his campaign and past service to our state. Thank you again for supporting me. Together we will make sure Texas leads America to becoming the global leader in energy.”

TEXAS AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER

Democrat

RICHARD FRIEDMAN 56.3, Jim Hogan 43.7

Republican

SID MILLER 62.28, Tommy Merritt 37.72

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Sen. Paxton: Importance of Transparency in Local Government

Providing transparency regarding use of public tax dollars and debt entered into by local and state governing entities is essential to ensure accountability of government in a democratic society.

One of my ongoing goals throughout my time in the Legislature has been to help provide taxpayers more information about their local and state government and about how their money is spent. In order to enable citizens to make informed decisions about their government, we must make sure there is adequate information available about where and how government spends money.

Monitoring how your tax dollars are being spent is currently difficult to do. The average Texan lives in at least two taxing districts (the county and the local school district). It is almost more common however, that a person lives in as many as five taxing districts. For example, a person may be simultaneously subject to taxation in a county, a school district, a municipal utility district, an emergency service district, and a hospital district. 
I have filed several bills that address the issue of transparency and provide citizens with more accessible information about their government and taxing districts.
One bill that addresses this issue is Senate Bill 843.

This bill recognizes the need for more transparency and creates a streamlined process to access financial information about local governments. SB 843 requires the Comptroller to aggregate tax information, financial reports, debt information, and contact information for all local governing bodies with taxing authority and to develop a searchable database for individuals to find that information. Currently, there is no state agency that aggregates this financial information.

SB 843 was drafted in conjunction with the Comptroller’s office and will create a one-stop-shop for local government financial information.

Last year, Comptroller Susan Combs published the report Your Money and the Taxing Facts and produced an internet site that has interactive maps of all 254 counties, listing the number of taxing districts in each county and the per capita tax burden for the average taxpayer. This website is http://texastransparency.org/yourmoney/localtax/levies.php

I filed this bill because many individuals are interested in being able to easily search for their local government financial information. Improving access to this information will enable citizens to more easily keep track of how their tax dollars are spent and will promote additional local government transparency.

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Sen. Paxton on Career, Job training

Providing Career Education and Job Training
 Opportunities for Texas High School Students
Current law provides for three public high school graduation plans: minimum, recommended, and distinguished.  All students are required to satisfy four credits each in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  To opt out of this default program, students and their parents must sign a permission form.  As a result, most students have very limited options to pursue coursework relating to career and technology programs.

SB 3 transforms the current structure by creating a single diploma, the foundation program, with endorsements in business and industry, academic achievement in arts and humanities or STEM, and distinguished.  Each endorsement enables students to focus on their own academic goals and prepares them for higher education and the workforce.
SB 3 also provides for weighted career and technology education funding in the eighth grade in order to provide students with a course in career explorations.  This one-semester course will provide students with an overview of the different endorsement options and the possible career paths available to them.  All students will begin an individual graduation plan to help prepare them and their parents for high school.
We have heard from parents and students about the need for more flexibility in school curriculum requirements so that students can tailor coursework to better meet their long-term academic and career objectives.  SB 3 responds to those needs by creating more flexibility in the state’s current high school required curriculum structure to enable students to choose an individualized graduation plan with added focus in business and technology or academic achievement in arts and humanities.   I will continue to closely monitor its progress to help ensure that what is finally passed helps ensure that students are graduating with the skills they need to help them achieve their long-term goals.

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Sen. Paxton on Texas Parental Control Accountability Act



Texas Parental Control Accountability Act
This week, I filed Senate Bill 521, the Texas Parental Control Accountability Act, which would prohibit abortion providers and their affiliates from teaching sex education and / or providing family planning instruction in Texas schools. Additionally, this legislation empowers parents by requiring parental consent fourteen days before a student can take part in any sex education and /or family planning instruction which is not taught by school faculty of staff.
State Representative Jeff Leach authored a companion bill (House Bill 1057) in the Texas House of Representatives, which includes joint authors State Representatives Jodie Laubenberg, Geanie Morrison, Scott Turner and James White.

 Senator Eddie Lucio. Jr. and Senator Donna Campbell, M.D. are joint-authors for SB 521.  The list of support in both the Texas Senate and Texas House continues to grow.
Parents should know with whom their children interact at public schools, who is influencing their decision making and what information is provided.  This legislation strengthens the role of parents and allows them to control the sensitive and personal information provided by a third party to their children.

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