1) What is your position on abortion - under what circumstances should abortion be made illegal/legal? When does life begin and how should it be protected at the state and federal levels? Do you agree or disagree with the Roe v Wade decision? Do you support the Human Life Amendment?
2) What is your interpretation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause? Do you support public religious expressions such as 10 commandment displays at courthouses and prayers at legislative sessions, football games, schools, etc.? Do you support school vouchers that can be for religious schools? 2b) What is your position on the McCain-Fiengold Campaign Finance Reform law? What is the best policy regarding campaign finance?
3) Do you support the right to keep and bear arms? What is the purpose(or intent) of the 2nd Amendment? what policies do you support to preserve RKBA?
4) Do you support the war on terror? What specific things should be done to win the war on terror? How do you define victory in this war?
4b) Are there any sections of the Patriot Act or the proposed Patriot Act II that you oppose?
5) What is your view of Federalism and the rights of states under the 9th and 10th amendments? What areas should the Federal govt leave to the states?
6) What role should the Federal judiciary play and how would you ensure judges stay within that role? What would you do to rein in excessive judicial activism? Are there specific court decisions you oppose, and what do you propose to correct them?
7) What role should the United Nations play in US foreign policy? in US domestic policy?
8) What specific changes or refoms should be made to:
U.S. Tax System
Defense and Military
Health Care System (including Medicare, Medicaid)
Legal System (lawsuits)
Crime and Criminal Justice
9) What policies do you support to enhance Economic Growth and increase standard of living and create jobs? 9b) What is your position on trade (free trade versus trade barriers)? How should American policy respond to the outsourcing of jobs? 9c) Do you support or oppose the Bush guest worker program? Do you support or oppose amnesty for illegal aliens? Do you support increased immigration law enforcement (eg CLEAR Act)? Do you support or oppose immigration reforms to reduce immigration levels and the cost of immigration?
10) What policies do you support to protect the traditional family and the traditional definition of marriage? 10b) Do you oppose or support state laws recognizing homosexual/same-sex marriage and civil unions? How should the Federal govt handle this? What is your position concerning hate crimes? Do you support a Constitutional Amendment that declares marriage to be between a man and woman?
11) Do you support Term Limits? If so, in what form?
12) What is your position on affirmative action and racial preferences, and quotas? Should Texas Colleges and Universities use race as a factor in admissions?
13) Do you oppose Socialism? Why is Socialism wrong? How would you work to expose it and defeat it in our country? 13b) What will you do as a candidate and in office to advance Conservative causes and make the case for limited Government?
14) What are your important qualifications and qualities that you bring as a candidate to this office?
15) What will your top priorities be in this position? To what extent does your faith and family affect your priorities and viewpoints?
16) Why are you the best person for this office?
17) What parts of the Texas Republican Principles and Platform do you agree with? Disagree with?
Are there any ways in which the Heart of Texas(Central TX) and Houston Area Texans Chapters of FreeRepublic.com can help you in your campaign in addition to making an endorsement?
Here is what I know so far:
I have had extended conversations with McCaul and Streusand. And a couple of short ones with Devine and Phillips. I have only seen one piece of mail from Tashenberg and nothing from Elliott, Kelley or Taylor.
McCaul and Streusand were both out early courting Precinct chairs and Republican groups.
Streusand and Phillips are self-financing to avoid spending time on fund-raising.
I'd rate the one's I know something about in this order:
Best Candidates: McCaul and Streusand
OK Candidates: Devine and Phillips
Poor Candidates: Tashenberg
It appears that McCaul and Streusand are the only ones campaigning hard. I have seen signs for Devine and Phillips but little else. The rest appear to have given up or don't know how to run a campaign.
One of my hot buttons is Tax Reform. On this issue McCaul and Streusand are the only ones to state they support fundamental tax reform including eliminating the IRS. McCaul has publicly endorsed the FairTax (HR25) but I have not seen it mentioned by name in his campaign materials. He also has a consultant on staff who worked on the FairTax. Streusand describes the FairTax in his campaign materials but has not mentioned it by name.
McCaul's Biography explains his positions at the Justice Department.
I have had an email dialog with McCaul (& his wife Linda). Email sent to Marc Cowart for Streusand was not answered. Even after I mentioned it to both of them at the Harris County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting. Email sent to Phillips and Devine was also not answered. That did not impress me.
In the end I feel McCaul and Streusand are both worthy candidates but support McCaul because he has been more responsive to me.
Here is the article from the Katy Times:
By Jeremy Moreno Times Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 2, 2004 3:56 PM CST
The eight Republican candidates who are vying for the new Congressional District 10 seat, argued their case for the position Monday night at a congressional district forum sponsored by the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce.
Approximately 180 people including area constituents and elected officials attended the event held at Falcon Point Country Club.
Each candidate gave two-minute opening statements, which introduced themselves and their political platforms. They then responded to questions posed from a trio of panelists, which included Carol Adams, president of the Katy Heritage Society, Thomas Adams, managing partner of the Adams Law Firm, and Ron Kapche, president and CEO of International partners Incorporated.
Each candidate was asked if they supported religious expression in public places such as football games and even legislative sessions, and all shared a similar sentiment that today the importance of religion in American society has been suppressed and depreciated.
"I'm all for prayer, and the 10 commandments on public display. What is so wrong with that? Because of the moral decline of our society we need religious principles taught in schools, not necessarily religion. We were founded as a Christian nation, and this is not taught in schools," said candidate Pat Elliot.
Elliot's statement reiterated candidate John Devine's declaration that today America is experiencing a culture clash of values.
"Religion is the very foundation of civil government and this nation. I believe we are facing a culture war," Devine said.
The commonality of the candidates was further evident in their responses to the question about President Bush's immigration policy.
"I'm very disappointed with the immigration proposal. They would receive the same workplace rights as American workers and I will not support it if elected," said candidate Ben Streusand.
"Will not this give illegal immigrants American jobs, American benefits and an American education," asked candidate Dave Phillips.
The candidates began to diverge when they expressed what their first act would be if elected to office.
McCaul said his first order of business would be to push a House bill Fair Tax Plan and eliminate all taxes except retail sales tax, while Phillips said he would pursue the energy bill to create more jobs in this area. Elliot said he would like to see Congress eliminate taxes on businesses and the retail tax lowered.
Devine said his first priority would be to replace the income tax with a national retail sales tax and Streusand said he would first support the president's proposal to define marriage as an institution and stop activist judges from redefining the social fabric of our country.
Candidate John Kelly said he would ensure that the government takes care of teachers better including salary raises, while Taylor said it is the veterans that need more funding for healthcare.
Tashenberg proclaimed himself to be the economic candidate and said his first priority is the economy and to make Bush's tax cuts permanent.
Other issues discussed during the forum included free and fair trade and social security.
Under the new redistricting map, the Katy area falls within the new U.S. Congressional Districts of 10, 14 and 7 after the bill was enacted by the Texas Legislature Oct. 12 and signed by Gov. Rick Perry Oct. 13
Which means that the Katy area's congressional representatives are John Culberson of District 7, Ron Paul of District 14 and the yet to be elected official in a district 10
District 10, the new congressional district formed under the new legislation, encompasses most of the Katy area and gives constituents within that district the opportunity to vote for a new U.S. representative.
The congressman will be elected in the Republican primary March 9 since there is no Democratic opponent. Early voting began Feb. 23 and runs until March 5.
My Dear Fellow Republican;
As you probably know, I am running for U.S. Congress in the 10th District. All I can say is this run has been very enlightening, inspiring and yet quite grueling.
For example, in four months, I have put about 25,000 miles on my truck and sometimes covered the length of this entire district from Austin to Northwest Houston, twice in one day.
Hey what a workout this has been! Yet, I love it. I love meeting and listening to people, and being challenged. I believe that being a public servant in Congress is my assignment in life.
Based on conversations with constituents from around this district, they believe, in this 21st Century of Congressional redistricting change, our District needs a strong, Can Do Republican candidate for U.S. Representative.
We also need a person who is a team player, yet has and uses her own mind, and is a strong supporter of President George W. Bush. I believe that my long-term commitment to our congressional district residents, my previous hard fought campaign battles with unwanted liberals like the dreaded Lloyd Doggett and my extensive business background in commercial banking, international trade and tax law, my Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and all the insights I have gained from my extensive world travel and negotiations, qualifies me to immediately step-in to serve as our Districts newest Republican Congresswoman.
Honestly, I welcome the challenge and the accompanying responsibility. Im told that, once in office, as an African-American woman, I will be a great counteracting force to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
That will be a real privilege and an honor.
Im a third generation Republican, Im use to fighting hard for what is right, God has given me plenty of energy and common sense and Im ready to do this job. I want to bring more jobs and better transportation channels back home, work to create a workable healthcare and social security system, take better care of our veterans, active duty military and teachers and help to unify this Nation.
I have been called a female warrior, spunky and determined. In the Dallas Morning News, April 27,1996, Majority Leader, Dick Armey said, I dont think we have anywhere the candidate who is such a shining star as (Teresa).
Business Week, June 10, 1996, had this to say, A successful Austin businesswoman, shes smart, well versed on the issues, quick on her feet, and telegenic.
I want to help this country get back to the basics (like our grandparents taught us) hard work, respect for life and authority, love for our neighbors, common sense approaches to problem solving and love for our country.
I want to help us all think, dream and achieve more and strive for Bigger. We must strive to reach beyond ourselves and, in doing so, be an example to the next child and the next person.
I can do this with your help, therefore, I, respectfully, ask for your vote on March 9th. Thank you so much for your support now and previously.
Also, thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter and for your consideration. If you have friends within the 10th District, please forward this message to them.
And may I encourage you by saying whatever it is you do or are doing, push on because whether you know it or not, you are somebodys hero. Please always feel free to call me at my campaign headquarters: (512) 206-0191, I will be glad to speak with you.
Teresa Doggett Taylor
Again, the attack is on:
Streusand for "buying" the election with $2.4 Million of his own money, for donating to Democrats in past elections, and for not voting in the 2000 primary.
McCaul for allowing Johnny Chung to get away without jail time and being his friend. McCaul is also criticized for working as a prosecutor under Deomcrats including Texas AG Jim Mattox, and US AG Janet Reno/Bill Clinton. Finally he is criticized for being "responsible for implementing the Hate Crimes Act".
McCaul worked as a career prosecutor, not a political appointee, in the Justice Department under five AG's. One of these was a Democrat (Reno).
I particularly like the accusation that he was "responsible for implementing" a law passed by the Texas Legislature. Perhaps they would prefer that all Republicans in the Texas AG office quit when the Legislature passes a bill they don't like rather than stay on the job and implement and enforce the rest of the laws on the books.
(disclaimer: I am an unpaid volunteer supporting Michael McCaul. I had extended interviews with McCaul and Streusand, and several direct conversations with Devine and Phillips before supporting McCaul.)
Congressman Tom Feeney (24-Florida) has joined The Liberty Caucus making Congressman Ron Paul's freedom bloc 23 members strong. We are thrilled to have Mr. Feeney as a new member and look forward to working with him and his staff.
Congressman Paul's caucus has two other prospective members. JUDGE JOHN DEVINE and Wes Riddle have committed to joining The Liberty Caucus if they are elected to the U.S. House. Judge Devine is a leading candidate in Texas' new 10th congressional district. Wes Riddle is running against John Carter in Texas' 31st district.
As word of The Liberty Committee spreads, candidates come forward to express their devotion to constitutional principle and pledge to work with The Liberty Committee if elected to Congress. Current caucus members Marilyn Musgrave and Scott Garrett first came to our attention that way. Rep. Musgrave was a state senator in Colorado, and Rep. Garrett was an assemblyman in New Jersey.
Working together, we are making a difference. The Liberty Caucus will continue to grow as word of The Liberty Committee's activities spreads. Despite retirements and term-limits pledges, we have more caucus members than ever before, with the potential to add even more. Right now, we're pleased to welcome Mr. Feeney to The Liberty Caucus.
Kent Snyder The Liberty Committee www.thelibertycommittee.org