Author: LPBexar

Why is this off-year election important to bringing liberty to Bexar County and Texas?

Check out the Libertarian Party of Texas’ guidance on the 8 Constitutional Amendments below outlining why  YOUR vote can bring Liberty to Texas.  

But first, some voting guidance:

  • Early voting takes place Oct 18 through Oct 29.
    • Early voting can happen in ANY polling place in the county in which you are registered to vote
  • Mail in ballot applications must be RECEIVED BY Oct 22
    • For eligible voters who are 65+, sick/disabled, out of the county or incarcerated for entire voting period
    • Application may be emailed or faxed, but a printed copy MUST ALSO be mailed
    • Early voting clerk must RECEIVE your mail-in ballot before 7 pm on Nov 2\
  • Texas requires 1 of 7 forms of acceptable ID to vote 

Make your voting plan now! Figure out where and when you’re going to vote and put it on your calendar. Encourage friends, family, and neighbors to exercise their right (and responsibility) to be heard in this election. Do what you can to spread accurate information. Consider what resources you have to offer – transportation, child care, access to a printer, etc – that might help someone else be heard.

If you have other questions about how to make your vote count in November or become more active here in Bexar County, PLEASE REACH OUT to us via email. We can help you find the answers you need.

Proposition 1 (HJR143)

Text: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the professional sports team charitable foundations of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to conduct charitable raffles at rodeo venues.”

Impact: Current law authorizes qualifying professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct raffles to raise money for the foundation’s charitable purposes. This Amendment includes the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to be included as a professional sports team, allowing them to conduct charitable raffles at rodeo events. 

LPTexas Recommendation: The legislature is already empowered to permit charitable raffles at other professional sporting events. Proposition 1 would extend that same allowance to Rodeo events. As Libertarians we are against government welfare and would much rather help our fellow citizens through private charity. We advocate in favor of any opportunity to increase private and voluntary giving. LPTexas suggests a “YES” vote on Proposition 1. LPTexas Platform I.1.g

Proposition 2 (HJR 99)

Text: “The constitutional amendment authorizing a county to finance the development or redevelopment of transportation or infrastructure in unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted areas in the county.”

Impact: The Texas Constitution gives the legislature the power to authorize, by general law, an incorporated city or town to issue bonds and to pledge increases in property tax revenues for the repayment of those bonds but does not expressly give the legislature the power to grant that same authority to counties. The bill proposes an amendment to the Texas Constitution to authorize the legislature to authorize a county to issue bonds or notes to finance the development or redevelopment areas within the county and to pledge for repayment of those bonds or notes increases in property tax revenues imposed on property in the area by the county. This bill will increase the scope of taxing authorities on Texas citizens and provides the ability for counties to accumulate additional debt without the revenue to repay said debts. 

LPTexas Recommendation: LPTexas does not support government borrowing, and does not support increasing debt in the form of bonds or notes. Proposition 2 is especially egregious

because it subjectively allows county governments to pick and choose winners and losers by labeling certain areas as unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted. LPTexas suggests a “NO” vote on Proposition 2. LPTexas Platform II.1.e

Proposition 3 (SJR 27)

Text: “The constitutional amendment to prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations.”

Impact: Proposition 3 would amend the Texas Constitution to prohibit the state or a political subdivision of the state from enacting, adopting, or issuing a statute, order, proclamation, decision, or rule that prohibited or limited religious services, including services conducted in churches, congregations, and places of worship, in the state by a religious organization established to support and serve the propagation of a sincerely held religious belief. 

LPTexas Recommendation: LPTexas respects the right of all individuals to freely practice any religion or no religion at all. Proposition 3 affirms what should already be an obvious right, and specifically prohibits any political actor from imposing their will on another’s free exercise of religious freedom. LPTexas suggests a “YES” vote on Proposition 3. LPTexas Platform I.1.a

Proposition 4 (SJR 47)

Text: “The constitutional amendment changing the eligibility requirements for a justice of the supreme court, a judge of the court of criminal appeals, a justice of a court of appeals, and a district judge.”

Impact: Proposition 4 would amend the Texas Constitution to change the eligibility requirements to serve on the Texas Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, Courts of Appeals, and State District Courts. A candidate for the Texas Supreme

Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals, or any Court of Appeals would have to have been a lawyer licensed in Texas for at least 10 years prior to running. For District Court judges the current requisite would increase from four to eight the number of years preceding a district judge’s election that the judge would have to have been a practicing lawyer, a judge of a Texas court, or both combined. The proposition also would require that during these requisite years the person’s license to practice law could not have been revoked, suspended, or subject to a probated suspension. rejected. 

LPTexas Recommendation: LPTexas opposes any measure that would limit voter choice. Proposition 4 would add extra requirements that could preclude certain individuals from taking office. Ultimately, it is the voters who should decide who is or is not qualified from holding any particular office. LPTexas suggests a “NO” vote on Proposition 4. LPTexas Platform I.5.c

Proposition 5 (HJR 165)

Text: “The constitutional amendment providing additional powers to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct with respect to candidates for judicial office.”

Impact: Proposition 5 would amend the Texas Constitution to allow the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to accept complaints or reports, conduct investigations, and take any other authorized action with respect to a candidate for state judicial office in the same manner the commission may take those actions with respect to a person holding such office. 

LPTexas Recommendation: LPTexas opposes any measure that would limit voter choice. Proposition 5 would grant a state commission additional authority to police candidates, and likely require additional funding to match. Increasing the scope of government power is almost always a bad idea, and ultimately it is the voters who should decide who is or is not qualified from holding any particular office. LPTexas suggests a “NO” vote on Proposition 5. LPTexas Platform I.5.c

Proposition 6 (SJR 19)

Text: “The constitutional amendment establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.”

Impact: Proposition 6 would amend the Texas Constitution to grant residents of certain long-term care facilities the right to designate an essential caregiver with whom the facility could not prohibit in-person visitation. The proposition would apply to a resident in a nursing facility, assisted living facility, intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability, residence providing home and community-based services, or state supported living center. 

LPTexas Recommendation: LPTexas strongly supports the rights of all individuals to freely associate with whomever they chose. Proposition 6 could potentially inject government into the role of defining relationships or it could potentially enshrine a desirable right that all individuals should have. LPTexas takes “NO POSITION” on Proposition 6  LPTexas Platform I.1.c

Proposition 7 (HJR 125)

Text: “The constitutional amendment to allow the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on the school district ad valorem taxes on the spouse’s residence homestead if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person’s death.”

Impact: Proposition 7 would amend the Texas Constitution to provide that the surviving spouse of an individual who was already receiving a limitation on the school district property taxes for their residence homestead on the basis of disability, will continue to receive that dispensation while the property remains the spouse’s residence homestead so long as the spouse was at least 55 years old at the time the disabled person’s death.

LPTexas Recommendation: LPTexas supports the elimination of all property taxes. Proposition 7 does move incrementally towards that goal, however there are concerns that this tax relief is being doled out in a discriminatory manner by carving out exemptions to a select few instead of all. This amendment would effectively create special classes of people for something we believe should apply to all Texans. LPTexas takes “NO POSITION” on Proposition 7 LPTexas Platform II.1.b

Proposition 8 (SJR 35)

Text: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”

Impact: Proposition 8 would amend the Texas Constitution to expand eligibility for the residence homestead tax exemption currently provided to the surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. armed services who was killed in action. With the amendment, the surviving spouse would be entitled to the same exemption if the service member was killed or fatally injured in the line of duty. LPTexas Recommendation: LPTexas supports the elimination of all property taxes. Proposition 8 does move incrementally towards that goal, however there are concerns that this tax relief is being doled out in a discriminatory manner by carving out exemptions to a select few instead of all. This amendment would effectively create special classes of people for something we believe should apply to all Texans.  LPTexas takes “NO POSITION” on Proposition 8.  LPTexas Platform II.1.b

The 2020 Election Season Has Come To An End

We want to thank all of our hardworking candidates for their efforts in the 2020 election. A detailed breakdown of Bexar county election results is available, but for the sake of simplicity, we will provide some notable results below.

President: Jo Jorgensen / Spike Cohen: 1,707,324 votes (Full results pending)

Railroad Commissioner: Matt Sterett: 245,933 votes (2.2%)

Texas Supreme Court, Chief Justice: Mark Ash: 309,218 votes (2.8%)

U.S. Senate: Kerry McKennon: 208,528 votes (1.9%)

State Board of Education 5: Stephanie Berlin: 38,982 votes (3.9%)

Justice of the Peace – Precinct 2 Pl 1: Rhett R Smith: 27,440 votes (19.86%)

U.S. House District 20: Jeffrey Blunt: 5,900 votes (2.2%)

U.S. House District 21: Arthur DiBianca: 8,585 votes (1.9%)

U.S. House District 23: Beto Villela: 8,247 votes (2.8%)

U.S. House District 28: Bekah Congdon: 6,338 votes (2.7%)

U.S. House District 35: Mark Loewe: 7,331 votes (2.7%)

State Senate 19: JoAnne Valdivia: 11,218 votes (3.6%)

State House 117: Tony Quinones: 3,426 votes (3.8%)

State House 118: Eric Velasquez: 1,905 votes (3.3%)

State House 119: Arthur M Thomas IV: 1,329 votes (2.2%)

State House 120: Shawn Huckabay: 1,896 votes (3.2%)

State House 125: Tony Valdivia: 11,333 votes (20.1%)

Come meet Spike, your next Vice President!

Spike Cohen will be coming to San Antonio on October 19th! For details and to RSVP, please visit the Eventbrite or Facebook pages for the event.

Other upcoming events:

Virtual Happy Hour
October 20th, 7pm – 8pm
Join us for a Saturday picnic at Woodlawn Lake Park! Bring your own lunch and beverages and talk with local libertarians and Jo Jorgensen supporters.

This event will be hosted on Google Meet.

Saturday Picnic at Woodlawn Lake Park
October 31st, 12pm – 2pm
Join us for a Saturday picnic at Woodlawn Lake Park! Bring your own lunch and beverages and talk with local libertarians and Jo Jorgensen supporters.

Woodlawn Lake Park
221 Alexander Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78201

LPTexas Campaign Night Cap with Jo Jorgensen
November 7th, 7pm – Midnight
Raise a glass with the woman who carried the torch of liberty to the finish line. Wind down and soak in stories from the campaign trail with your host, Matt Kibbe.

This is a fundraising event for LPTexas, so a ticket must be purchased to attend. Seating is limited to act soon!

Sidecar
295 E San Antonio St
New Braunfels, TX 78130


Upcoming Events

Saturday Picnic at Woodlawn Lake Park
September 26th, 12pm – 2pm
Join us for a Saturday picnic at Woodlawn Lake Park! Bring your own lunch and beverages and talk with local libertarians and Jo Jorgensen supporters.

Woodlawn Lake Park
221 Alexander Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78201

End Two Party Rule Demonstration / Event
October 7th, 1:30pm
Spend an afternoon spreading awareness for Jo Jorgensen and Libertarian candidates up and down the ballot to the drivers of I-35!

Yes, this is a weekday. We need to be out there when the most people will see us. It’s a sacrifice for sure – but please make it! Take a half day off for liberty. 

Join us for a protest and sign waving at the O’Connor Rd. overpass on I-35 in San Antonio. We will park in the Lowe’s parking lot and walk over to the overpass. 

Please RSVP, invite your friends (even from out of town!), make this event a priority and lets spread some liberty in San Antonio.

Saturday Picnic at Woodlawn Lake Park

Join us for a Saturday picnic (12 PM – 4 PM on August 29th) at Woodlawn Lake Park, our first in-person event since convention! Bring your own lunch and beverages and talk with local libertarians and Jo Jorgensen supporters.

Saturday, August 29th, 12 PM – 4 PM
Woodlawn Lake Park
221 Alexander Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78201

Business Meeting on August 27th

The Libertarian Party of Bexar County will be holding a business meeting on August 27th at 7PM Central Time at the following location:

7113 Avery Rd
Live Oak, TX 78233-5465

Anyone is free to attend, but only voting members can participate and vote on business. A voting member is defined in our bylaws by Article III, Section 2. If you affiliated with the party at our convention this year, you are very likely a voting member.

The agenda of the business meeting is as follows:

  • Fill the currently vacant position of Secretary.
  • Fill the currently vacant position of Treasurer.
  • Consider a Bylaws amendment to determine how our county votes to fill empty SLEC seats.
  • Consider a Bylaws amendment to allow for online participation of LPBexar business meetings and conventions when circumstances make it appropriate to do so. 

Please note that the wording of the above bylaws amendments may change slightly between now and August 27th, so we advise reviewing them again the night before the meeting if you plan to attend.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

COVID-19 Update – June 2020

We’ve had party members and interested parties contact us regularly regarding COVID-19 and what this means for party activities for LPBexar. We’re now 4 months into the pandemic, so now seems like a good time to provide an update as well as some context for our decision making.

San Antonio, and Texas more broadly, has unfortunately seen a surge in cases of COVID-19, resulting in the reopening of Texas being “paused” and several businesses, services, etc. choosing to resume restrictions voluntarily in the hopes of slowing the spread. This has put an unexpected and unfortunate damper on things for Texas.

What this means for LPBexar is that we will be hosting online events, and not in-person events, for the foreseeable future, despite our hopes that we would be able to resume in-person events in July. We will be revisiting this question during our operations meeting at the end of every month to determine if we can go back to our usual in-person meeting schedule, as we have been during the pandemic thus far.

Since I know this decision will be disappointing to many, and disagreed with by some, I wanted to provide some context for it. I first want to make it clear that those of us running the show here at LPBexar are equally frustrated and disappointed by the COVID-19 situation. We depend on our in-person meetings and events to find new volunteers and new donors, engage in activism, and just generally maintain the social cohesion of the party and the libertarian movement in Bexar County more broadly. The last 4 months have been difficult for us, and these certainly have been trying times for me to begin my tenure as Chair.

That being said, there are two major considerations that have to go into making this kind of decision. The first and most straight forward is whether there will be venues in which we can hold in-person meetings or events. With capacity restrictions in place more or less across the board, it’s simply not feasible for us to reach out to a restaurant, bar, or other venue and arrange to have a meeting where we don’t know how many participants there will be. At this time, it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for us to actually arrange a proper meeting in a proper venue.

The second major consideration is the safety of our members. Even if we were able to secure a venue, we are still in the middle of a pandemic. Many of our members are elderly, and some have medical conditions that make them vulnerable, and moving to in-person meetings and events at this time puts them in a position of either having to put themselves at risk or not participate at all.

I realize that we have a wide range of opinions on COVID-19 within our membership, including those who believe fears of the virus are overblown and have found the various restrictions and measures over the last few months frustrating. If you find yourself in this camp, I would ask you to put yourselves in the shoes of those who do not share your point of view, and consider the fact that party leadership has to make decisions for the benefit of the entire membership, including those members that don’t agree with your point of view. I have my own views, of course, but party leadership’s job is to make decisions for the party as a whole, rather than to simply push down our own views on the party more broadly.

We will of course make every effort to keep our membership informed as situations developed, and I personally look forward to when we can resume in-person meetings. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out by emailing shawn@lpbexar.org.

Yours in Liberty,
Shawn Huckabay
Chair, Libertarian Party of Bexar County