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2014 Williamson County Convention a Big Success

Williamson County Libertarians continued to see growth in 2014, with a tripling of participation in our March 11th Precinct Convention, and a doubling of delegate participation at our County Convention on March 15th. This years County Convention, held at the Round Rock Public Library, nominated the following candidates:

  • Justin Billiot for Texas House of Representatives, District 136
  • Meta Lyons-Bates for County Commissioner, Precinct 2
  • Robert Frische for County Commissioner, Precinct 4
  • Erwin “Danny” Michael for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2
  • Irene Johnson for Texas House of Representatives, District 52

County Officers for the upcoming two-year term were also unanimously elected, including our new Chairman, Robert Butler.  Joining him are Bo Zimmerman as Vice-Chair, Irene Johnson as Secretary, and Matt Whittington as Treasurer.  The Williamson County LP Executive Committee is made up of up to two representatives from each of the county’s four JP precincts. The executive committee for 2014-2016 includes Erik Ellison from Precinct 1, Matt Whittington and Daniel Michael from Precinct 2, James Andrews and Jason Kute from Precinct 3, and Mark Aspenweiter from Precinct 4.

Delegates to District and State Conventions were also selected.  To the April 2014 Libertarian Party of Texas State Convention go: Matt Whittington, Mark Aspenweiter, Bo Zimmerman, Robert Butler, Jaclyn Finkel, Daniel Michael, and Heather Fazio.    A motion was also approved to allow all remaining delegates who expressed interest to be considered alternate delegates, should the state party alter its rules to accommodate them.

Lastly, in addition to voicing it’s approval for our 3 District Convention Candidates, the convention delegates unanimously approved two resolutions for the State Convention.

Round Rock Residents Should Say “No” to New Debt.

According to the April/May “Community Impact”, Round Rock residents may get an opportunity to say “No” to more city debt, “No” to wasteful city spending, and “No” to debt without representation.

The last time the city issued new debt was in 2002, about 10 years ago.  Ironically, the city is still paying on that debt.  Debt service currently constitutes about 10% of the 2012 city budget.   That means that, if the city had not issued all that debt, it would have had 10% more money to spend on essential city services today.

According to Fitch Ratings, “overall debt levels remain elevated” for the city of Round Rock.

The city says it needs this new debt because tax income from Dell Corp is lower.  This is a bad reason to take on new debt.  When normal people see a drop in their income, they normally look to cutting back their expenses.  The City of Round Rock, however, wants to take out new loans, making our city fathers seem very unlike normal people.

Also troubling is that it’s not the current residents who will vote in the bond election who will necessarily be paying back these loans.  The city council cites the cities growth in the last 10 years, nearly 40,000 new residents, as the reason it needs to max out the credit cards.   It is those new residents whose money is paying the debt taken on before they even moved here.  It will be residents new and old who will bear the burden of new debt in the future.

The city says it needs this money for parks and outdoor sports facilities.  If so, I’m sure users of those facilities would be excited to pay fees to enjoy such things.  Alas, we’ll never know.  The city proposes to take the money from all of us, if a bit over 5% of Round Rock residents give them the go ahead (turnout in city elections is around 10%).  Don’t be one of them.  Vote NO on any new bond elections for Round Rock.

Fondling suspect accused of trying to stab Weslaco officer – KGBT

A man accused of fondling two women in a Weslaco supermarket is behind bars after he allegedly tried to stab a police officer.

It all happened at the HEB supermarket off North Texas Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators told Action 4 News that Michael Alfredo Dominguez is accused of inappropriately touching two women inside the store.

Weslaco police officers arrived at the scene where they found store employees chasing Dominguez.

Police tried to arrest Dominguez on North Kansas Street but he allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and tried to stab an officer.

The officer was not injured and Dominguez was arrested under aggravated assault of a public servant and assault by contact charges.

The 31-year-old man appeared before a Weslaco municipal judge who issued $75,000 dollars in bonds.

Dominguez remains in custody at the Hidalgo County Jail.

Court records show that Dominguez went by the nickname “Casper” and is no stranger to the law.

The records show that Dominguez was serving 10 years probation for a 1998 aggravated robbery at the time of his arrest on Tuesday.

Dominguez also has a criminal history with Wesalco police going back to 1998 for charges including hit and run accident, criminal trespass, evading arrest, brass knuckles, and shoplifting.

The Weslaco man was also recently released from jail after serving 140 days for a deadly conduct charge filed by the Round Rock Police Department in Williamson County, Texas.

High school attrition continues downward trend

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1:00 am

High school attrition continues downward trend


High schools in Williamson County lost 23 percent of their
2010-11 class to attrition. This is down from the 2009-10 rate of
25 percent.

The Texas high school attrition rate is below 30 percent for the
second year in a row, with 27 percent of the freshman class of
2007-08 leaving school prior to graduating in the 2010-11 school
year. Yet, this means Texas public schools are failing to graduate
one out of every four students.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1:00 am.