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Former LISD Trustee Amber Fulton to Run for State Rep.

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2011/8/30 10:10:00 (3966 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowFormer Lewisville ISD Trustee Amber Fulton (R, The Colony) has announced publicly that she is seeking the Republican nomination for the newly created Texas House District 106, which covers the Eastern section of Denton County.

Open in new windowThe new district, created after the 2010 Census to account for population movements in the state, covers many cities formerly in Rep Myra Crownover's district 64, such as Pilot Point, Aubrey, Krugerville, Cross Roads, Lincoln Park, Oak Point, Little Elm, and The Colony, as well as the Denton County portion of Frisco.

Frisco City Councilman Pat Fallon has also announced his intent to run for the seat, though he doesn't currently live in the district.

Here is the text of Fulton's initial press release:

With the support of education, business and conservative leaders, Republican Amber Fulton today officially announced her campaign for Texas State Representative for Denton County’s new House District 106.

“In this tough economy, Denton County taxpayers need a fiscal conservative fighting for them in Austin,” said Amber Fulton. “As your State Representative for the new House District 106, I will bring a businesswoman’s approach to Texas government. That means cutting wasteful spending and keeping taxes low for the families and small businesses in our community.”

With deep roots in Denton County, Amber is the only candidate in the race who lives in the district. Amber and her husband Donny have resided in HD 106 for 21 years where they have raised four children and currently attend Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco.




“With her leadership and hard work, Amber Fulton has made our community a better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Hon. Libby Maus, former Frisco ISD Trustee. “We need more leaders like Amber working for us in Austin, representing our families, schools and businesses. She is the choice of conservatives in Denton County.” In addition to community, business and education leaders endorsing her campaign, Amber also has received the support of Republican Representatives Charlie Geren and Dr. Diane Patrick.

Amber has a long history of community leadership including her service on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees. She also served as a member of the Texas PTA Board of Directors, President of the Communities in Schools of North Texas and a member of the UNT College of Education Development Board. Amber earned a Bachelors of Arts & Science degree from the University of North Texas where she also earned certificates in Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Volunteer/Community Resource Management. She is the owner of Amber Fulton & Associates, a consulting business specializing in leadership development, mediation and non-profit management. For more information, please visit www.AmberForTexas.com.

Fulton is on Facebook and Twitter.

Living in Lewisville, I don't have a pony in this race. And since I'm not a Republican, I don't have a vote in their primary anyway. But I will say that Republicans could do (and have done) a lot worse than to elect someone like Fulton, who is intimately familiar with the educational funding system. It's the number one job of the Texas Legislature, and it's a topic of willful ignorance by too many legislators. This past legislative session has been disastrous to public education, and the effects will be felt here in our district where we lose $22 million in state funding.

I can't help but think that the state's parents will see how budget cuts affect their children this year, and that it will come back to haunt Republicans who have protected tax loopholes for big business at the expense of Texas children. Republicans who show that they "get it" should have a better chance with moderates. Fulton's record shows that she gets it, she is intelligent, and she is in it for the right reasons.

Denton County Democratic Party Chairwoman Phyllis Wolper says she is not aware of any Democrats who intend to file for the seat.


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Anonymous
Posted: 2011/8/30 20:41  Updated: 2011/8/30 23:15
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Granted, Amber should have a good understanding concerning education. The only thing that still bothers me to this day is the trips to Austin while on the school board to have the ability to raise our school taxes without an election. To me that was underhanded. I may be wrong, but trust is a big factor in an elected official and I am not sure how I can trust her to use the same tactics at the State level?
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Anonymous
Posted: 2011/8/31 8:01  Updated: 2011/8/31 9:26
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Couldn't agree more. As someone who has voted Republican all my life, there are a lot of Repubs in Denton county not acting very conservative. Trying to raise taxes via back room methods, not protecting individual property rights, etc. Having said that, in the bottom feeding that is all politicians these days, I also agree with Steve that we could easily do worse.
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Posted: 2011/12/8 11:50  Updated: 2014/1/18 22:36
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I hope Denton County voters wake up
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Posted: 2011/8/30 22:59  Updated: 2011/8/30 22:59
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http://www.colonyleader.com/articles/ ... rier-leader/news/9838.txt" rel="external" title="">The Colony Leader has more on this race. But I note that their article says the election is in March. That is the Republican Primary. There could still be a Democratic or Independent challenger, and the general election is in November.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2011/8/31 9:53  Updated: 2011/8/31 13:52
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I think it's ironic that Amber would try to assume the mantle of a "fiscal conservative" after having done everything she could to increase tax rates in The Colony by more than the law allowed, just to pay for the bloated school system on whose board she sits.

A fiscal conservative, Amber, is someone who realizes that tax money is taken from the pockets of citizens and who tries to do the best job with the least taxation, not someone who takes the lazy approach of simply increasing taxes.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2011/8/31 15:35  Updated: 2011/8/31 20:38
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I just hope Denton County voters are not fooled by Pat Fallon. Another Collin County stooge trying to buy a seat in the legislature.

Vote Amber Fulton!
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Posted: 2011/9/1 14:23  Updated: 2011/9/1 20:50
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With all due respect, Ms. Fulton voted to raise taxes on her consituents and then lobbied to deny the taxpayers the direct right to approve those same increases. She did nothing for 5 years to alleviate the voter disenfranchisment of 5,000 Frisco resident who are in the LISD. Also, for her entire 6 year tenure LISD board meetings were not streamed live on the internet.

The other candidate, the dreaded 'Collin County Stooge', Pat Fallon, voted against increased taxation on the Frisco City Council, after only 6 months in office led efforts to solve the voter disenfranchisement for the 5,000 citizens and succeeded (to be fair Ms. Fulton did vote to do the same...just didn't act on it for 5 whole years and followed Fallon's lead)in co-locating polling places so the voters no longer had to travel ten miles to vote in two different places during the same election cycle, got the city to put their checkbook online as well as all campaign finance reports and finally Fallon led the effort to allow voters to revoke a wasteful bond package/program that saved taxpayers tens of millions.

He's been in the area for 20 years and he's moving a few hundred yards up the street. How dare he! Gimme this conservative 'stooge' please! This is a GOP primary folks.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2011/9/2 10:54  Updated: 2011/9/2 15:10
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What is Pat Fallon afraid of? Why can't he run in the newly created district 33 that HE ALREADY LIVES IN? Why is someone moving out of 106 to run in 33 and why is he moving out of 33 to run in 106? It all looks a bit contrived and underhanded. Just moving down the street sounds innocent enough, but I don't buy it. If he wants to serve the whole state why doesn't he run for a statewide race or run for US Senate?!? Many of these new house races will come down to candidates who have been committed long term to the district versus interloper candidates who move around to suit their political ambitions.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2011/12/8 12:20  Updated: 2011/12/8 12:32
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The Collin County stooge still does not live in the district, has not filed for the seat he claims to be running for, held a farce of a fundraiser with a guy he played football with at Notre Dame, completely abandoned citizens in Frisco on the Exide issue, continues to portray himself as inevitable, voted to tax small business goods in transit, uses bully tactics against opponents in Frisco to gain endorsements, and I could go on. This guy is WRONG WRONG WRONG for this or any elected position.
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Posted: 2012/1/9 20:56  Updated: 2014/1/18 22:36
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Not the kind of behavior I want
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Anonymous
Posted: 2011/9/1 14:26  Updated: 2011/9/1 20:51
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Gimme me the 'stooge'!

--Fallon lived 100 yards away from what is now district 106. As of Sept he now lives in the district.

--Fallon's the only candidate who is currently holding public office that represents Denton County residents....50,000 folks to be precise

--Amber Fulton is the only candidate in District 106 who voted to RAISE TAXES on her constituents

--Fallon is the Mayor Pro Tem of Frisco and received 65% of the Denton County vote in a four person race and the four candidates for city council he backed all won and received 2-1 majorities of Denton County votes....he's in tune with County Voters

--Fulton lost her last race in May 2011 and four of the last five ISD board members she backed lost as well. She's clearly out of touch with Denton County voters

--Fallon fought tooth and nail to get a wasteful publically funding Arts project back on the ballot because he trusts the people to make an informed decision. The project was successfully put on the ballot and the voters revoked its funding. Again....in tune with Denton County voters who back the revokation with 64%.

--Ms. Fulton lobbied the legislature to remove/repeal the State law that comples ISD's to hold election when they propose tax increases over a certain threshold. The Lewisville ISD voters rejected her proposed tax increase 2-1 with only 33% in favor...proving again she's out of touch with the Denton County electorate.

--Fulton claims that she will 'bring a businesswoman's approach to Austin'. But she has personally created zero jobs. Not a track record or approach to crow about. Fallon on the other hand started his business once he left the Air Force with $80 and now employs nearly 100 people. That's a journey that prepares a person to 'bring a business person's approach' to Austin.

--Fallon is backed by State Rep Ken Paxton who has a stellar conservative voting record by ALL measures and Fulton is backed by State Rep Charlie Geren who is considered by objective followers of the State Legislature to be a Liberal Republican. People can look up conservative organizations rankings and see that this is true in EVERY ranking
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Anonymous
Posted: 2011/9/2 9:22  Updated: 2011/9/2 15:07
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Unfortunately, despite what We Are Frisco thinks, District 106 does not belong to Frisco. And last time I checked this is America. No one, Pat Fallon,or otherwise is entitled to this seat. Spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to give to political candidates, PACs, illegal PACs and shell companies is not a track record that makes me want to support any candidate. Greasing the party wheels up real good is a little too "old boy" and hopefully voters will see through this charade as well as the "Im more conservative than you are" schoolyard rants.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2011/9/9 10:50  Updated: 2011/9/9 11:10
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If you consider yourself a conservative and are thinking about supporting Ms Fulton, you probably want to know what Empower Texas is saying about this race http://empowertexans.com/Issues/records_on_display_106

I agree with the previous poster. Give me the stooge!
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Anonymous
Posted: 2011/9/16 9:01  Updated: 2011/9/16 10:15
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It is NO surprise empower Texas endorses Mr Fallon. They are well known as a my way or the highway organization who asks candidates to sign all kind of ridiculous pledges about their agenda.
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Posted: 2012/5/4 16:07  Updated: 2012/5/4 16:07
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Fallon hasn't even spent the 1st $100,000 (finance reports listed below)

Illegal pacs?

You mean like Frisco Firefighter's PAC, Frisco Police PACs?

Ironic considering the PAC donating 1/5 of ALL the money Ms Fulton has raised is based in Austin

In fact $13,000+ of the last $16,600 comes from outside the district.

Shell companies?

Please name one and while you are at it (see the campaign reports below if you don't actually know any of them) name the illegal pacs as well.

And if by "greasing the wheels", you mean Pat has worked tirelessly, meeting with the people and the leaders of the county.

In fact what does it tell us that even in the city she has lived in for 22 years, her Mayor doesn't endorse her, her police association doesn't endorse her.

In fact I cannot find a SINGLE elected leader in the district who endorses Amber Fulton.

OTOH, I find every Mayor in the district but 1. The county commissioner. The bulk of the city councilmen, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE PRECINCT CHAIRS (including Ms Fulton's)
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Posted: 2012/5/4 21:19  Updated: 2012/5/4 21:19
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I wouldn't put too much weight on the endorsements of precinct chairs. They're going to be more radical than most primary voters, and way more radical than the general population. It is unfortunate that most elections across the country are decided in partisan primary elections rather than by the vast middle who want no part of the major parties.

Greasing the wheels generally means insincerely racking up favors or promises in exchange for future consideration. I just don't buy that Pat gives a crap about much more than his own ambition. He cared so much about his own community that he ditched them to come carpetbagging to Denton County? Sorry, I just don't buy it. It's too formulaic and too blatant.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2012/5/5 8:06  Updated: 2012/5/5 10:09
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Speaking of blind ambition, what ever happened to Lathan Watts?
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Posted: 2012/5/5 10:18  Updated: 2012/5/5 10:18
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I had expected that he would move to one of the new open seats and try to run for the State House, but that didn't happen. I heard that he had a career setback, but he's apparently now a campus director for a new charter school in Lewisville: Founders Classical Academy.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2012/5/5 12:57  Updated: 2012/5/5 18:54
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What a bizarre turn of events!
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Interesting
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Anonymous
Posted: 2011/9/7 14:11  Updated: 2011/9/7 14:28
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Actually, Ken Paxton IS NOT endorsing or backing Pat Fallon. He has said so publicly. He is staying neutral in this race.
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Posted: 2011/9/17 23:14  Updated: 2011/9/18 8:20
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If Paxton does endorse Fallon that would speak volumes. Paxton's been a great rep and a true conservative in the house since '03. And he never endorses in Republican primaries. If he does, that would make it rather clear that we've got one real conservative and a pretender. Another RINO in North Texas. No shock there. Be interesting to see if he sits on the sidelines or not.
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Posted: 2012/5/1 17:30  Updated: 2012/5/1 17:30
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Ken Paxton has in fact endorsed Pat Fallon
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Posted: 2011/10/14 20:59  Updated: 2014/1/18 22:37
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? voted to raise taxes
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Posted: 2011/10/15 1:29  Updated: 2011/10/15 1:29
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But that narrative fits their simplistic view so well, doesn't it? "Taxes bad."

BTW, here's a video snippet that is Ms. Fulton describing her efforts with the Texas Legislature on behalf of the school board.
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nice
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Posted: 2012/2/23 22:30  Updated: 2012/2/24 0:06
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WhosPlayin
Posted: 2011/8/31 20:57  Updated: 2011/8/31 20:57
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What you're saying here is just not correct.

First, you describe the tax rate increase as "by more than the law allowed". Not true. LISD was facing a huge deficit due to state under-funding. The administration proposed a 13 cent increase - the maximum allowed under state law for the M&O rate. Fulton and the others instead voted 6 - 1 to put a 2 cent increase on the ballot. Only by making some tough personnel cuts and receiving some unexpected federal dollars was LISD able to balance the budget and end the year without dipping into reserves.

State law used to allow districts like LISD to tax up to $1.50 for the M&O rate. Back in 2006, our "conservative" Governor and State Legislature took away the local control from school districts and their elected officials, and reduced taxing authority to $1.04, or up to $1.17 with voter approval. Unfortunately, most voters don't understand school finance, or just how badly the state has failed to provide the funding it promised, and that is required under state law. It is the State of Texas breaking the law here.

The district is not "bloated". It's an easy and popular viewpoint to have, but the facts do not bear that out. LISD is an excellent district that spends money on educating kids. LISD was below average in administrative expenses, and continues to get leaner, but without adequate administrative support to keep teachers focused on the classroom instead of paperwork and personnel, it could begin to affect the classroom if the trend keeps up.

I've seen Fulton go to bat to save the taxpayers money. I've seen the service that she has voluntarily donated. She is also a taxpayer. She has no incentive to raise taxes for the hell of it. She was doing what every good parent would do, which is to try to provide the best for the children. She knows the district intimately, and knows how the money is spent, and the consequences of cutting programs. This is why we elect representatives in our democracy: we need people who can dive in, examine the situation in detail, and make decisions. God help us all if tax rates for everything else were ever set by popular vote.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2011/9/1 21:23  Updated: 2011/9/1 22:27
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Teachers are drowning in paperwork and the like now. More support staff for teachers and less adminstrators would reduce that problem.
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Posted: 2011/9/8 21:41  Updated: 2011/9/8 21:41
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How about we get the legislature to get rid of some of this needless paperwork?

For a party that is supposed to stay out of our way, they sure are making lots of needless rules to follow...
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Anonymous
Posted: 2011/10/13 12:45  Updated: 2011/10/13 13:02
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this might not be approved since I am not "registered" but I am the Precinct Chair in Denton 119 (which has changed with the new numbering but basically the Trails of Frisco).

It was bad enough that Ms Fulton voted to raise taxes but after the voters turned it down, she went behind the voters backs to Austin to try and force through an unwanted tax increase anyway. I thought in America, we decided things by vote not by the opinion of the elitiest? Who knew?

I know Pat Fallon well, he has served the people of Frisco very well. He has not gone to groups to solicit their support only to turn his back on them once elected. He has fought to cut spending.

It is interesting after being beaten as an LISD board member (think that means the people she "served" in fact offered their opinion) she is now somehow more qualified to hold a higher office?

PS, school boards should NEVER have the right to increase taxation without voter approval, frankly I don't think any body should.

Don't think (per his campaign manager) Ken Paxton is endorsing any races at this point but I can tell you who the majority of precinct chairs in 106 are backing.

Another thing, Pat Fallon has 2 kids in FISD schools, he is VERY PASSIONATE about their education.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2011/10/13 15:54  Updated: 2011/10/13 22:19
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I am glad the voters of District 106 will be the final decision makers because you and your group of Fallon cronies do not determine who is and is not qualified to run and or serve in elected office. I have no doubt he is passionate about his children and their education. That's like running on a platform that he loves his wife. He can not run from the idea that he is an interloper from Highland Park who moved to Frisco because it was politically expedient and furthermore that he is moving across County lines into a District that he thinks he "deserves" because of all the political dollars he has donated.
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Posted: 2011/10/13 16:52  Updated: 2012/5/23 16:28
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Ms. Fulton won the precincts in both LISD and District 106 by a margin of 55% to 45%.
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Posted: 2012/4/29 12:44  Updated: 2012/4/29 16:46
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Pat DOES NOT have kids in FISD schools. They are not old enough.
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Posted: 2012/2/24 18:15  Updated: 2012/2/24 18:52
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Steve,
Usually agree with you but not entirely here.
Administrative support in our district does not lead to helping teachers focus on teaching. Ask most teachers in our district and they will tell you that. And I am not talking about the hand picked "rubber stampers" on the committees. If I send down a student for discipline at our school, nothing happens. There is very little support from the administration at our school.
Our district is so top heavy with so many layers justifying somebody's fat paycheck. All this talk about budget cuts and they added these 3 district zone leaders this year???? Now heres the kicker, LISD is indeed doing a better job than almost any other district the area. I hear real horror stories from the other districts. But LISD still needs to cut down on administration instead of trying to rid itself of the experienced teachers in whom it invested.
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Posted: 2012/2/25 10:18  Updated: 2012/2/25 11:21
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If you want to gage the type and level of support Amber Fulton has in her bid to become a Texas State Representative, check out her campaign kickoff video, which you can find by simply Googling: amber fulton campaign kickoff
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Posted: 2012/2/26 13:08  Updated: 2012/2/26 15:30
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Why won't Pat Fallon address the unethical campaign contribution he accepted from a Denton attorney. He voted for a legal contract for this attorney to defend the City of Frisco over Exide after this attorney had donated $250.00 to Mr. Fallon's campaign. All Mr. Fallon had to do was recuse himself. The amount of the contribution is irrelevant. It does not matter that it would not have changed the outcome of the vote. It does not matter that the city attorney recommended the legal contract. It does not matter that the vote was unanimous. Furthermore it does not matter that he broke no laws. What matters is that Pat Fallon acted in an unethical manner and refuses to address this issue other than to say he did nothing wrong. He can remedy this situation by returning the contribution, but he has not addressed this.

Check out Amber Fulton's plan for ethics reform at

www.amberfortexas.com
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Posted: 2012/3/3 11:31  Updated: 2012/3/4 11:35
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Amber Fulton adding ethics reform to her campaign platform is laughable considering she ignored the will of her constituents going behind their backs seeking unchecked taxation power from the legislature after they said no to an unnecessary tax increase in the fall of 2010. Losing her LISD “Trustee” Board seat the following May, in part, because she can’t be trusted, speaks volumes. A review of her LISD voting record reveals she is neither ethical nor conservative.
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Posted: 2012/3/4 11:40  Updated: 2012/3/4 11:40
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Amazing how people keep spewing that meme, in spite of it being untrue. I know it's awful convenient to keep saying that, since it's easy for simpletons to wrap their heads around.

You know what ethics is, right?

Also, have you ever actually looked at a school district budget? You say unnecessary as if you know what you're talking about, but it's obvious you don't.
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Posted: 2012/3/5 15:42  Updated: 2012/3/5 17:54
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"Simpletons" - really Steve?? Your response surprises me since there are many people who do not believe in Amber Fulton as apparent by the last School Board election. I, for one, am glad she was voted out of office. It’s obvious you support Amber Fulton, as is your right, but not everyone feels the same.

Just because people do not agree does makes them a simpleton, defined by the New Oxford American Dictionary as a foolish or gullible person. I realize this is your blog, but don’t you think that calling people “Simpletons” is a bit derogatory?
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Posted: 2012/3/5 18:05  Updated: 2012/3/5 18:05
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Elections don't necessarily indicate whether the electorate does or doesn't believe in a candidate. They indicate whether one candidate had more voters than the other.

I'm just wondering why anyone would support any candidate courting the Tea Party vote, as every Republican seems to do. That's the exact thing that led to Republicans cutting $4 billion from schools during the last session without considering any other options. It seems like no one likes the fact that Fulton fought to increase funding for LISD to make up for funding gaps, but nobody seems interested in what led to those gaps in the first place.
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Posted: 2012/3/5 23:29  Updated: 2014/1/18 22:39
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that is ALL old news.
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Posted: 2012/3/6 1:23  Updated: 2012/3/6 1:23
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What I was talking about is how the issue is targeted. You can support someone besides Amber Fulton and not be a simpleton. I'm talking about the "she tried to raise our taxes" meme. She went to bat for the district and for Texas schools. Knowing the budget and the revenue situation, and the programs that would have to be cut without adequate funding, she did exactly what she should have done, and took the board's legislative agenda to Austin on behalf of the board. Don't forget, the legislature is who snatched away local control in 2006 under the guise of property tax "relief", taking 1/3rd of our revenue away, then promising to replace it, but failing to do so. When I incur a bill in my household, I don't get to just decide to pay less and tell my creditors "I'm tightening my belt". If something is a necessity and an obligation, I have to do what I have to do to pay it. Failure to do so is bankruptcy - which is exactly where the state was and is.

In my view, the situation is a good bit more complex than the Fallon camp is making it out to be. But politics - especially on the far right - is not about complexity; it's about talking points. "She wanted to raise your taxes." That's why I said it appeals to simpletons. You don't have to have any background, read any history, or hear any explanations. It just fits into a simplified world view that "I pay too much in taxes. If I didn't have to pay tax, I could keep the money, and I'd have more for myself." It totally ignores that the district has been running lean for multiple years, and that there's no fat to cut, or that there is diminishing return from any fat you could find. It ignores the premise that you have to pay for good things.

So far what I've heard from the anti-tax crowd is vague ideas about "we need to cut taxes and spend less" but we seldom hear exactly what they would cut. On the rare occasion that we do, you scratch the surface a bit and find out they really don't have a clue of the implications. For example, last year we had someone running for the Board that said they would balance the budget by going after spending on things like ketchup packets and toilet paper. It sounds absurd, but these were actual things that were said. The truth is that even if we cut the entire administration of the schools, and made teachers fend for themselves with curriculum, compliance, testing, HR, payroll and benefits, and all the other necessary functions, you STILL wouldn't cover the hole in the budget. So we lay off teachers, and class sizes get bigger, and kids get less personal attention, which means that learning suffers and kids will fall through the cracks.

By all means, lets hear the ideas, but if I hear one more grandstanding politician running at the mouth about "we just need to tighten our belts", and trying to gloss over the implications, my head just might explode.
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Posted: 2012/3/5 17:35  Updated: 2012/3/5 17:55
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Interesting that people like Dudley and Chuck Wright attack Amber on ethics even though their past two candidates have had major ethics issues (Fallon and Smith). Even worse, Wright seemed to enjoy himself writing rude comments on Amber's sign in sheet at the debate this past weekend. Its a shame that a small minority of residents would stoop to such juvenile tactics.
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Posted: 2012/4/17 15:54  Updated: 2012/4/17 17:18
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Now even more ethics and campaign finance trouble for Pat Fallon.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8lynv ... VFLZnBiSVUwcUE/edit?pli=1
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Posted: 2012/4/18 10:06  Updated: 2012/4/18 10:06
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Are there any links with details of official charges (or investigations) of ethics violations and/or finance troubles regarding Fallon??? While this is somewhat interesting, it is just a PDF put together by an anonymous source.

Not trying to be confrontational, just looking for information. Thanks.
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Posted: 2012/4/18 11:00  Updated: 2012/4/18 13:27
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From Fulton facebook:

There are very clear differences between me and my opponent. I am the only candidate to propose tough ethics reform while my opponent is involved in yet another ethics scandal.

My opponent has been caught in a “Cash For Coverage” scheme after paying for a positive article in a community news magazine.

He paid 380 Guide, a Denton County community magazine, to provide coverage of his campaign by w...riting a positive news article that appeared in the magazine’s February/March 2012 issue.

This “Cash For Coverage” scandal comes on the heels of two other ethics headaches for his campaign. As a Frisco City Councilman, he voted to award a lucrative city contract to a campaign contributor without disclosing the conflict of interest. And he was the target of a multi-point ethics complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission after it was discovered he used a loophole in the law to not disclose the names of financial contributors to his Texas House campaign.

This really is an arrogant disregard for ethics and integrity. While he may be desperate to establish an identity in a community he only moved to in the past few months, it is dishonest and narcissistic for my opponent to pay a news magazine to write and publish a positive news article about himself.
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Posted: 2012/4/18 13:52  Updated: 2012/4/18 13:52
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What's the evidence that Fallon paid for the article?

Full disclosure: In rare cases, Lewisville Texan Journal will accept compensation for an article, but it's always noted in the post. This is not one. As far as I can recall, we've never accepted pay for a political piece.
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Posted: 2012/4/18 21:15  Updated: 2012/4/19 9:02
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In one spot near the picture there is a small disclaimer about a paid pol ad but not on the website or on the cover or the article

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8lynv ... VFLZnBiSVUwcUE/edit?pli=1
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Posted: 2012/4/18 11:02  Updated: 2012/4/18 13:27
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Posted: 2012/4/20 8:07  Updated: 2012/4/20 8:07
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What was the outcome of this complaint?????
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Posted: 2012/4/18 11:43  Updated: 2012/4/18 13:27
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the 380guide magazine states that it is one-stop portal for news and information. most news magazines do not put their paid advertisements on the cover. so if this is "news" and not paid advertising, we should expect equal coverage to Fulton's campaign. In regard to Fallon's campaign...it's just drip, drip, drip...
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Posted: 2012/4/19 9:29  Updated: 2012/4/19 17:23
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I am Chuck Wright notice I don't hide behind "anonymous" when I post. I'd like to see the comments I supposedly wrote. Considering the fact I wrote NOTHING about anyone at the forum, the accusation is interesting. I don't stoop to such childish displays though it is ironic you would post as "anonymous".

BTW, it might be worth pointing out, I am a decorated Marine officer who takes such things as honesty and integrity seriously.


tom smith had ZERO ethics problems. That claim was fabricated by one of Frisco's most divisive residents and complete refuted.

Nor has the Texas Ethics committee found merit to any of the complaints lodged by Amber Fulton or her lackies against Pat. The TEC has already rejected those claims.


It's the politics of smear, if you cannot best your oppoenent, throw as much mud against the wall as you can and pray some sticks.

Frankly, not the type of candidate we need in Austin.
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Posted: 2012/4/20 8:13  Updated: 2012/4/20 8:55
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Funny since you did post under an "anonymous" account which, by the way, isn't a bad thing. It is allowed by TexanJournal and most other blogs. I personally am not hiding by using an anonymous account. Plus, as you probably know, you write that you are Chuck Wright and in another posting you created an account with the name Chuck Wright but either of those can be used by someone. It doesn't mean you are who you say you are so basically you are still anonymous even if you create an account. However, Steve is pretty good about making sure the accounts trace back to the person they say they are and he will ban people that misrepresent themselves.

BTW, I'm not a decorated Marine but I and most posters on here hold honesty and integrity pretty highly as well.
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Posted: 2012/4/19 12:33  Updated: 2012/4/19 16:23
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I'm not big on hiding by anonymous internet keyboards. I am Chuck Wright and your claim is a lie. I never wrote anything in any book for Amber or anyone else at that event.


If you can produce the page, I will be happy to provide handwritting analysis to prove it wasn't me.

As a decorated Marine officer I take your false accusations and smears very seriously.


When I wrote Ms Fulton about this, she sent my a long return which failed to address this lie but found time to bring tom smith and Pat fallon into the discussion. Not certain what either had to do with one of her lackies lyinga bout me.

Ironically it does reminded me of another politian who blames someone else for their political failings.
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Posted: 2012/4/20 7:32  Updated: 2012/4/20 7:34
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What was written that is creating such a fuss?
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Posted: 2012/4/20 8:18  Updated: 2012/4/20 8:55
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An anonymous poster accused Mr. Wright of writing tacky comments on a sign-in sheet at an Amber Fulton meeting. He says that he didn't do it. Ain't politics in Texas grand? It certainly keeps blogs like this busy and then, when election season is over, everything calms down again until the next election or until someone brings up the 2nd 9th/10th grade campus in Lewsiville.
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Posted: 2012/4/20 12:12  Updated: 2012/4/20 13:41
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Does anyone know what the tacky comment was? Amber, what was it?
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Posted: 2012/4/20 17:29  Updated: 2012/4/20 17:34
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What does it matter? Let it die.
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Posted: 2012/4/20 10:13  Updated: 2012/4/20 10:13
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Quote:
Ironically it does reminded me of another politian who blames someone else for their political failings.

Right there with you. I'm tired of Rick Perry blaming the President for everything too.
-BC
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Posted: 2012/4/20 12:38  Updated: 2012/5/23 16:29
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Spot on. There should be much more talk about solutions than finger pointing and blame assignment.
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Posted: 2012/4/20 12:30  Updated: 2012/4/20 13:42
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IDK about Cwright or anon but I have met the "real" Chuck Wright at a Denton County PCT Chair executive comm meeting. He spent the entire social hour not talking about why Pat Fallon is the right candidate, but criticizing and throwing mud at Amber Fulton. He has no place to claim the high ground on this one. And I thank all members of our military for their service including both Mr Fallon and Mr Wright.
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Posted: 2012/4/20 17:21  Updated: 2012/4/20 17:30
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LOL,

You comment is a complete fabrication though seems to be a pattern. I doubt I have discussed Ms Fulton for that long in my entire life and you will usually find me listening not talking at our social hours as I don't know many people. I do disagree with some of Ms Fulton's policy positions and spoke with her directly about that last night. We had a very nice chat.

I'm curious if you will "out" yourself or at least tell us what meeting this occurred at (I do recall chatting with a lady I didn't know in March, was that you?) so we can see if you have any actual credibility or if you are another internet BS artists making unsubstantiated claims.

Sadly, your claim is "he said/she said" and noone can prove or disprove it occurred. However, I offer anyone and everyone to review the history of the Denton GOP Facebook page. YOu will find that I REGULARLY ask people to make the case for their guy, not to attack others. Though I will say, positions of policy (vote for/against a tax increase for example, vote for/against a particular bill) are fair game for any political discussion and I can make a LONG and compelling case why I support Pat Fallon which has nothing to do with Ms Fulton.


What I will do (and Ms Fulton cleared this) is post her response to me where she assured me she does not think I was the one who posted such a comment. And I would discourage anyone from behaving like such a child. And think about the stupidity of telling a candidate they weren't welcome at a candidate forum.

Frankly I had a nice chat with Ken Paxton's Dem opponent this Nov. An interesting gentleman despite the fact we are on opposite sides of most issues.


Mr. Wright--I'm glad we talked this evening and were able to discuss your concern in more detail. I don't know who might have anonymously suggested that you were the author of the rude comment written at the recent forum. I do know you to be a forthcoming person and also know that if you have something to say to me you will not do it in such a childish fashion. As I said, the accusation did not come from me. Sadly, someone, from somewhere, believed for some reason that I was not welcome at the forum and chose that manner of expressing their opinion.

Please feel free to post this message on the blog in question in order to clear up this matter.While I appreciate your offer of completing a handwriting analysis, I hope you will agree that is not necessary.


My thanks to Ms Fulton for setting the record straight.
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Posted: 2012/5/1 9:23  Updated: 2012/5/1 9:23
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Neither Pat Fallon nor Tom Smith had ethics issues.


the ethics complaint against Pat was rejected by the TEC.

the facts are simple. The CITY STAFF of Frisco recommended Richard Hayes not Pat Fallon and the item was passed as a consent agenda motion thus Mr Fallon had zero to do with with Mr Hayes' recommendation.

When you are losing badly, the only tact is to sling mud. It's tiresome but typical of the small town thinking of such candidates.

I have yet to hear a credible case FOR Amber Fulton as the better candidate.



OTOH

We look at the endorsement lists of each and we see a pretty clear pattern. Those who know Pat and Amber best are OVERWHELMINGLY choosing Pat.

PS,

The supposed ethics issue against Tom Smith was a complete joke. I'm only sorry Tom didn't sue for slander one of the vilest, most divisive residents of Frisco nor does it surprise me those who hide behind keyboards use such tactics.

And yes, I am an elected GOP official, which is a party position not a govt position but my mistake as technically I am a candidate in this primary.
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Posted: 2012/4/20 17:39  Updated: 2012/4/20 17:44
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I just want to take a minute to remind commenters about Rule #4: Don't post personal attacks on non-public people.

Also, please watch Rule #5: Stand behind your words...

I realize that emotions are high, and people want their candidate to win, but lets try to think things through before posting, and make sure that facts are straight.

Not directed at any particular poster, but just wanted to keep things on track.

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Posted: 2012/4/20 20:14  Updated: 2012/4/20 21:50
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Have you ever considered doing away with anonymous posters and making everyone have an account? While I have no problem with anonymous posters other than attacks [I have problems with those even if it is a registered account], the fact that someone posts anonymously is used as an attack by some, suggesting that anonymous posters are cowards [it's been said here in the past]. Just do away with the problem by making everyone that posts have an account. As to whether everyone will be civil, I suspect not since politics and school issues are so heated and divisive but you can ban an account if it is a registered user and they are habitual attackers/rule breakers.
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Posted: 2012/4/23 21:37  Updated: 2012/4/23 21:37
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When I ran for school board a couple of years ago, I would get worked up by anon posters. Someone (an anon poster most likely) pointed out 'if you are going to run for public office better get used to it.'

Some of the very best advice I had received in a long time.
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Posted: 2012/4/25 17:01  Updated: 2012/4/25 18:05
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In one of his very first interviews about this race, Pat Fallon made comments critical of Amber.

Yet, when Amber points out her concerns with Fallon and his ethics, Fallon and Wright screech and moan like 12 year old girls.

Certainly not the behavior of Marine and Air Force veterans -- time to put on your big boy pants and quite acting like spoiled little children.

You would think that Pat had thicker skin considering how much he has attacked political opponents in the past. No surprise in the word on the street that Fallon had trouble keeping his composure during the Morning News editorial board meeting yesterday.
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Posted: 2012/4/25 23:05  Updated: 2012/4/25 23:05
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As someone who coaches 12 year old girls, I can very confidently say that's not a fair comparison. They are far better behaved than most of the anonymous posters on this site.
-BC
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Posted: 2012/4/26 7:37  Updated: 2012/4/26 7:39
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Is Mr. Wright running for a public position, like Fulton?? Or is he a backer/supporter of Mr. Fallon??

Brandon - I agree wholeheartedly .......
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Posted: 2012/4/26 9:48  Updated: 2012/4/26 12:52
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Mr Wright a Republican precinct chair, which is an elected position. In addition he is a very vocal supporter of Mr. Fallon.
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Thanks!! I appreciate the info.
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Posted: 2012/4/29 18:00  Updated: 2012/4/29 18:00
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No Texas Mama,

I am not a candidate.

I am an unabashedly proud supporter of Pat Fallon, why shouldn't I be as a Reagan Republican?

Thanks to him, Frisco dumped the awful/wasteful Arts project, created some real transperancy and ushered in years of better civic leadership. He's helped elect some true civil servants who are not beholding to special interest groups.

Had he run for re-election, he would have run unopposed, he is that well respected in Frisco. It is no accident he has the endorsement of every Mayor save one, most city councilmen including all 6 in Frisco, Ken Paxton and EVERY precinct chair in District 106. I haven't looked lately, is Ms Fulton endorsed by a single elected official in the district?

I was proud to host a packed meet and greet for Pat Sat night. BBQ was good too.

As far as "big boy" pants, you will excuse me if I don't like lies being spewed by anon internet posters though it is ironic that comment came from another who hides behind his/her keyboard.

As Ms Fulton confirmed, it wasn't me who wrote that comment, not my style. Nor am I afraid to post under my own name. I will defend my reputation against such repugnant and childish attacks.
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Posted: 2012/4/30 8:02  Updated: 2012/4/30 8:27
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Appreciate your passion, but as a pct chair you know good and well you do run and you are an elected official. Unless you are appointed after the fact or not running , your name will be on the repub primary ballot in PCT 119. Please correct me if I am mistaken. That is a campaign even if you are unopposed.
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Posted: 2012/4/30 9:24  Updated: 2012/4/30 9:24
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I am chagrined. You are 100% correct. I am in fact an elected official. I'd blame running unopposed but that is no excuse. Good catch and correction.
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Posted: 2012/4/30 16:47  Updated: 2012/4/30 22:25
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Mr. Wright, this is one reason people don't trust elected officials. You knew you were on the ballot. You knew you served in an elected position but you claimed not to be an elected official. I doubt you are chagrined but you should be when you misrepresent the facts. Sad!
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Posted: 2012/5/1 6:55  Updated: 2012/5/1 6:55
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It's unfortunate that when someone admits a mistake they are still accused of malfeasance or some sort of underhandedness. What would happen if Councilman Gorena had an epiphany about debt? Would he be allowed to reorganize his thoughts and adjust or would he be accused of some kind of subversive tactic?

It's no wonder elected officials on all sides will turn themselves inside out to try and make the world fit their view instead of the other way around.
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Posted: 2012/5/1 8:00  Updated: 2012/5/1 8:16
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Oh come on Patrick! You don't think his misrepresentation was on purpose? Knowing whether you are an elected official or not is not like misunderstanding the debt issue as you use in your example. Cry me a river over how abused politicians are. If they would tell the simple truth about a simple item, I'd trust them more on the bigger things. Lie or misrepresent the truth on the little things and I will think that you will do it on the bigger things.
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I didn't see where CWright denied being an elected official, only a candidate - which, given that it's not contested this year, is a forgivable error. And if he did, is a party precinct chair an "elected official"? I guess it depends on what you mean by "official". To me "official" dennotes a role in government, not just a political party.
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Posted: 2012/5/1 9:08  Updated: 2012/5/1 9:51
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We are now to the third level of hair splitting here. Anyone who is on a ballot for election is an elected official. Whether they are a party official or not, they are still elected. Certainly a matter of semantics no doubt.
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Well, let's not stop at three levels when we can split a hair down to 4! With all due respect to Mr. Wright, I will direct you to Hanlon's Razor. One of my favorites - second only to Occam's.

'Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.'

I'm not a fan of the word stupid in this context, and would prefer something like 'not knowing' or 'simple oversight' or such - but the razor is what it is. We have all probably had it applied to us many times more than we would like to count.

I also think being elected for a party position is not the same as being elected as a public official. I'm not even sure I endorse using public elections for party positions. Party officials are held to party standards. Public officials are held to public standards.
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Posted: 2012/5/1 12:22  Updated: 2012/5/1 12:22
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For what it's worth, I was a precinct chair for 4 years, and I suppose I didn't think of it as an elected position so much. Maybe quasi-elected. My name was never on a ballot, because I ran unopposed the second time, and was appointed by the EC the first time.

For the purposes of defining a "Public Person" as it relates to media law, I do consider precinct chairs to be fair game when it comes to campaigns, political activity, and public statements.

Still, this whole argument has gone off the rails and we need to stop.
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Agreed!
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Anonymous
Posted: 2012/5/1 14:47  Updated: 2012/5/1 16:01
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Mr. Wright reminds me of several local politicians like Keith Self and Tom Smith. Throw out all kinds of critical comments about political opponents and then fake a high level of righteous indignation when proved wrong on an issue.
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Posted: 2012/5/1 17:11  Updated: 2012/5/1 17:34
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 Re: Former LISD Trustee Amber Fulton to Run for State Rep.
Hmmm,

Reading comprehension is clearly not a strong suit.

Someone lied about me, perhaps it was you, who knows, all you anonymous posters look alike :)

To Ms Fulton's satisfaction, she has assured the world (or at least the Lewisville Texas Journal's slice of the pie) it was not me.

Not sure how that makes me wrong though your comment is ironic since you are guilty of what you accuse others of doing.


In breaking news, yet another round of endorsements for Pat Fallon, Mayor Charles Platt and the ENTIRE Little Elm city council has now endorsed him.


BTW, Keith Self is a decorated Army officer and one of the finest people I know. I am proud to consider him and Tom and Pat friends. they are men of character and moral courage.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2012/5/1 17:22  Updated: 2012/5/1 17:46
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I am really tired of aspersions being cast at anonymous posters. Steve allows anonymous posters so, whether people like that or not, we are here to stay. As I have said before, anyone can post under any name. I, for example, don't know who TexasMama is. I also don't know for a fact that the person posting as CWright is actually C. Wright. Anonymous or not, all of our comments carry the same weight and whether someone is a decorated Army officer or the Pope doesn't make that person any better than anyone else. I am of good character and moral courage but never served in the military. There are plenty that have served in the military who are not of good character and moral courage.
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I served in the military, but I was pretty much a raging self-centered right-wing asshole back then.

Your comment about registered users like CWright is noted. Unless the account is marked "Verified", that means I've not personally verified their identity to make sure they are who they say they are. It's more of a problem with elected officials, so if I recognize a name, I'll usually contact them to verify.

Now we're way off topic.
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Posted: 2012/5/1 17:56  Updated: 2012/5/1 17:56
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FIREPIT!
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Posted: 2012/5/1 20:09  Updated: 2012/5/1 20:09
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WOW - well Anon I don't know you either but a lot of people do know me. Someone actually guessed who I was at KLB and I told him he was correct. But my identity has even verified by Steve. I'm not anyone running for office. I'm just a mom who has devoted years (many years) to LISD and my community and I feel passionate about these topics.
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Posted: 2012/5/1 21:14  Updated: 2012/5/1 23:22
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No offense was meant to you TexasMama. The point is that the anonymous postings [really, with the "anonymous" guest account tag] aren't any less important than those posted by you [by virtue of the fact that you use TexasMama, you are identifiable and therefore not anonymous] or CWright [who could be C. Wright and might not be, who knows]. I certainly wasn't implying that you were an elected official or anything else. You chose to read that into what I posted and totally missed the point of my post.
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Posted: 2012/5/2 8:04  Updated: 2012/5/2 8:04
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Honestly ANON there was no offense taken. I posted what I did because me being an elected official, school board member, etc has come up before I just wanted this clarified since the subject usually comes up during school board elections. I am just like my name says - a mama.

And no, I did not miss the point of your post. The problem with blogs is that no one can detect tone unless you use caps, sarcasm etc. I had just worked a 14 hour day and if my 'tone' was short, I do apologize.

I believe you can post under any name you want. Heck, I could post under Steve Southwell and that sure doesn't make me Steve. (Steve you know no slam was meant using your name) And just because you are posting under ANON does not make your point or your post any less important that anyone else's post. But I do believe Steve makes every effort - as much as he can - to ensure that people who post under "real" names are actually that person.

Back to the grindstone. Have a good day.

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Posted: 2012/5/2 9:28  Updated: 2012/5/2 9:28
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Hey, here's an idea if you'd like to confirm who I am, ask Amber if she in fact sent me the email I posted and if she sent it to anyone else.

Or you can head to the Denton GOP site under precinct chairs (119 or 1030, not sure if they changed the number yet) and fire me an email there.

And I'm sorry to tell you but there is a huge difference to me in credibility of someone posting as who they actually are and those who hide behind their keyboards spewing any garbage they wish.

Since you are anonymous and we can't tell you apart, how do we know you are not the person who was lying about me before? Perhaps you have no moral character at all. Or perhaps you are a saint which I doubt given you attacks. The wisdom of having an account.

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Posted: 2012/5/2 14:11  Updated: 2012/5/2 14:13
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A) You are paranoid.

B) Because of people like you badgering anonymous users, I will not have an account until that stops.

C) Amber can verify that she sent C. Wright and e-mail but that doesn't mean that is who you are. She cannot verify your account as being who you say you are. Only Steve can do that and he hasn't to date or your account would state "verified". [As an example, see TexasMama, PKelly, and many others]. So, in actuality, you are just as anonymous as anyone that posts as a guest. And, by the way, you didn't post an e-mail. You posted what you said were the contents of the e-mail. Forward the e-mail to Steve and he can verify that it came from Amber and states what you say it states.

D) I didn't attack anyone but I did take debate classes. One of the primary ways to win a debate is to attack people that aren't attacking you and say that they are attacking you to put them on the defensive. Very common in political circles if you watch the news. I won't play along. If you have anything else to say to me or any of the other anonymous posters, I suggest you take it to the flame pit.
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Posted: 2012/5/2 14:51  Updated: 2012/5/2 14:56
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 Re: Former LISD Trustee Amber Fulton to Run for State Rep.
Actually Amber only sent the email to one person thus the only person who could have posted the email (which I did) would be the real Chuck Wright. Perhaps if we had Krayola font here?

The reality is that your entire "line of thinking" was an attack to the person, a logical fallacy referred to as an ad hominem since you cannot address the point. You do that by claiming I am not who I say I am. You do that by claiming I am paranoid and you do that by lying about me. Of course since you are "anonymous", you can't prove you didn't post the lies about me. Why having an account is smart.

My email is posted on the Denton GOP site under party officials. that way you can't argue I created a gmail account to "fool" an anonymous poster. (think about it for a second and you might see the absurdity of your "logic")

Paranoid? It is funny that someone who's critical thinking skills are so inept would 1st claim someone else as being paranoid(clearly an attack) then try to claim they hadn't attacked them. Logic not a strong suit either. :)

PS, I hate to break this to you but you are badly losing your "debate" I do enjoying teeing up people who's sole debate style is personal attack.

FORE!!!!!!!!!!!!



Oops, now I am verified. cool beans.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2012/5/2 14:17  Updated: 2012/5/2 19:16
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Chuck, you might want to rest up. From what I hear, you will be doing a lot of defending of Pat over the next few days.
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Posted: 2012/4/30 8:09  Updated: 2012/4/30 8:09
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Thank you Mr. Wright. I appreciate your reply.
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Posted: 2012/4/30 14:03  Updated: 2012/5/4 21:21
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Mr. Wright was equally supportive of Tom Smith in last year's race for Mayor. How did his negative drivel work out for you Chuck?

Word on the street is that Mr. Fallon did not perform well in The Dallas Morning News editorial board. What happened?

I read a lot of your comments in other blogs and to say you are a hypocrite would be an understatement. You enjoy being critical of candidates you do not support but when others bring up legitimate points about your candidates, you act like a petulant child.

So really, put on your big boy pants. The fake indignation is getting stale.
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Posted: 2012/4/26 13:24  Updated: 2012/4/26 19:37
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i heard that, too. never a good idea to lose your cool with the press. especially the DMN! wonder what set him off. guess i'll find out when the editorial board publishes it's recommendations.
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Posted: 2012/4/27 7:11  Updated: 2012/4/27 7:40
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i do find it strange that "We Are Frisco" has yet to endorse Pat Fallon on their website. Do you know if there has been a falling out?
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Posted: 2012/5/2 17:24  Updated: 2012/5/2 17:24
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 More endorsements and an odd comment
More endorsements.

Ms Fulton appears to have landed her first organizational endorsement, from the Dallas Police Association. Very nice though not in the district and after all, you can see above, these seems to be a big deal of Ms Fulton and her followers.

OTOH, her opponent scores the police association endorsements of:

The Colony (isn't that where she lives? Ouch)

Plano Police

Little Elm, Police and Fire

Frisco Police and Fire

I've been known to peruse the face book pages of candidates to see what they are saying, here is a quote from Ms Fulton:

"Republican Representatives Jim Keffer and Vickie Truitt, two of Texas’ most respected conservatives"

Now Ms Fulton talks about ethics a great deal (not a bad thing) but it is curious she thinks Ms Truitt is "respected" when in fact she's the target of a serious ethics investigation.

http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2012/04/ ... ontracts/1333991347.story


Seems Ms Truitt has awarded her own company over $350,000 in no bid tax payer funded contracts since she took office.

So Mr Fallon getting a $250 donation is an "ethics" violation in Ms Fulton's eyes but $350,000 in questionable contracts makes someone a "respected conservative"???????

It is a toss up whether Sen Craig Estes or Rep Vicki Truitt is the most embarrassing/corrupt elected leader in North Texas.


Mr Fallon enjoys the endorsements of not only Ms Fallon's hometown police force but also EXTREMELY respected elected officials like Ken Paxton but the VAST MAJORITY of the elected officials in 106.
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Posted: 2012/5/2 17:40  Updated: 2012/5/2 19:17
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What is this big story everyone is talking about in Frisco regarding Fallon's residency? Does he still live in Collin County?
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Posted: 2012/5/2 18:51  Updated: 2012/5/2 19:17
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Welcome to being a verified user...you weren't one earlier today. What I can draw from that is that Steve has verified who you are. What I can draw from your recent posts is that you are rude and sour. Therefore, weighing "verified" against "rude and sour", I will discount what you post because of your nastiness CWright.
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Posted: 2012/5/2 19:46  Updated: 2012/5/2 19:46
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More personal attacks.

Ironic, it's ok to lie about me and when you get caught launching personal attacks against me somehow you think I am "nasty" because I point out your poor manners?



That has all the credibility of Obama's "transparency"


BTW, Mr Fallon in fact lives in the district and has so since well before the filing deadline.


As far as needing to defend Mr Fallon, I'm not real worried.

It's not like he bragged on his facebook page that Vicki Truitt (who might be the most corrupt elected official in North Texas) was a "respected friend".

Yeah somehow $350,000 in no bid contracts awarded to Ms Truitt make her a "respected Republican" weird.
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Posted: 2012/5/2 23:28  Updated: 2012/5/2 23:39
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Chuckie -- So you want to criticize Amber because she respects Vickie Truitt.

Will you also criticize Pat Fallon for his support by, and friendship with, Ken Paxton. As you may recall, Rep. Paxton invested in a company that provided patrol cameras to police then voted for spending bills that gave state business to their company. Then Paxton did not disclose his ownership in WatchGuard on his 2008 personal financial statement filed with the Texas Ethics Commission.

If not, the following will refresh your selective memory;

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-10-16-3189557582_x.htm
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Posted: 2012/5/3 14:59  Updated: 2012/5/3 15:55
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Chuckie? Hello? Are you there? Any response about Ken Paxton? Any thoughts on why Pat Fallon seems so concerned about a brewing media story on his residency?
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Posted: 2012/5/3 19:02  Updated: 2012/5/3 19:02
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I'm sorry, I didn't realize you were serious.


Ken Paxton voted for money to be spent by state agencies and had no control over which companies were funded by the agencies. You sound like Obama claiming we should be more worried about how Mitt Romney spends his money than with how Obama wastes tax dolllars.

More than a bit different than Ms Truitt who awarded no bid contracts DIRECTLY to her firm.

Ken Paxton was completely exonerated by the TEC.


There is ZERO scandal coming about Pat. Now his opponent might file yet another complaint that will be tossed out about as fast as it is filed (like the last 2 or 3).

Perhaps if she spent more time touting her position on the issues and less time with desperate attempts to smear good people. . . . . . . .
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Posted: 2012/5/3 20:09  Updated: 2012/5/3 20:09
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The TEC investigates complaints regarding a very small part of the Texas Election Code. It does not investigate conflicts of interest or anything that you or the anonymous poster are bickering about. You can see the list of sworn complaint orders here. Both Paxton and Truitt had sworn complaints filed against them in 2006, and both agreed to pay fees. Neither of those had anything to do with contracts or anything of the sort. Whatever the heck you two are referring to, it has nothing to do with the TEC.
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Posted: 2012/5/4 8:58  Updated: 2012/5/4 8:58
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Excuse me,

Let me say it another way. the accusations of state wrong doing against Ken Paxton referenced above were found to be baseless.

Ms Truitt will not fair so well.

You are trying to distract with minutia.

But then that is exactly what is being done to Pat Fallon, a series of baseless ethics complaints being filed trying to create the appearance of impropriety where none exists.
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Posted: 2012/5/4 9:20  Updated: 2012/5/4 11:26
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Chuckie,

Where was Pat Fallon living on October 17, 2011? He told people he already was living in the district at that time. So, where was he living? Please provide an address that can be verified.
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Posted: 2012/5/4 11:28  Updated: 2012/5/4 11:28
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 Allegations of fact
We're getting into territory here where people are starting to allege facts, or allude to them. I ask that you email me: editor@lewisvilletexan.com and send the evidence or allegations so we can substantiate them first. I've also heard things about what you're alluding to, but we need to make sure we can make the case before putting them out publicly here.
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Posted: 2012/5/4 12:02  Updated: 2012/5/4 20:01
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Here are SOME facts

Fact 1 Pat Fallon moved across county lines when there was an open seat where he already lived.

Fact 2 Pat Fallon and his wife registered and voted in the 2011 Constitutional amendment election from an address in Denton County in order to establish Denton County residency

Fact 3 If the change in primary date had not changed the residency requirement, Mr. Fallon would not have established appropriate residency to even run for ANY office in Denton County

There are other whispers which I am sure are the same ones you have heard Steve. The real question remains, why would you move across county lines within the same city when a perfectly available state house seat was available where you already lived? Makes no sense?!?!
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Posted: 2012/5/4 13:49  Updated: 2012/5/5 7:48
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What is the legal significance of 17 Oct? (rhetorical,the answer is none) BTW, since we had to deal with re-districting, that entire argument has been legally rendered moot. Was Pat Fallon a resident of 106 on the date set by state law?

Emphatically yes.

Where did Pat Fallon make this supposed claim? Link or some verification please.



More distractions and minutia obscuring the records and the facts.

BTW, Ms Fulton claimed in the DMN she has raised over $50,000 This over six weeks ago


http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/dallas12/index.do

Her April 30th campaign report only shows her with $16,596 to go with the less than $9000 she reported last year.

http://204.65.203.5/public/526921.pdf



Makes one wonder where close the $25,000 + went. We don't think Ms Fulton "embellished" the truth do we????


It is funny she and her band of synchopants were quick to denounce a $250 donation. $25,000 "error" by Ms Fulton, $350,000 in "funny money" to Vicki Truitt. Birds of a feather anyone????
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Posted: 2012/5/4 14:22  Updated: 2012/5/4 14:22
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Looking at the campaign finance reports, it appears she had raised $8,677 by the January report, and another $16,596. That totals $25,273.

As of April 30th, there was $5,258.77 on hand.
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Posted: 2012/5/4 14:41  Updated: 2012/5/4 14:41
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As I linked, half what she told the DMN.


Sorry, I thought I had posted the campaign finance report before, my bad.

It's there now.
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Posted: 2012/5/4 15:04  Updated: 2012/5/4 15:04
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I'm not sure Ms Fulton should keep barking up the "Where does fallon live" pole.

Not only is it complete nonsense but upon further review,

She reported just under $16,600 in donations since 1 Jan.

Of that, over $13,000 comes from people residing OUTSIDE district 106.

Mr Fallon's donations are dominated by citizens and groups in the district.


http://204.65.203.5/public/526703.pdf
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Posted: 2012/5/5 0:34  Updated: 2012/5/5 0:34
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If that's really important to you (and I'm not being sarcastic when I say I understand why), I have - to quote one of the great lyricisits of our time - "stuff" that'll shock your eyelids. Ten of Rep. Myra Crownover's top 15 donors from 7/1/2011 to 12/31/2011 were PACs outside Denton County, and she has accepted over $80,000 in PAC money from outside Denton County since reelection in 2010. Here's a map to see where it's coming from.

He isn't even in a contested race, but Tan Parker's biggest individual donor during the last reporting period ($5000) was from Irving. His biggest corporate donor (Cardiovascular Specialists PA, also at $5000) is in Lewisville, but it's currently located in District 65.

Heck, even Burt Solomons, who announced his retirement in November, still accepted $4,500 in out of state PAC money that very month.

Of course, the Denton County GOP itself has accepted more than $60,000 in corporate funds since February 2010.

I don't mind a principled stand on this issue, but I hope you apply it to every campaign. If this really bothers you, you shouldn't support any other Denton GOP candidates.
-BC

P.S. Fallon's registration date in Denton county was effective as of 10/9/2011.
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Posted: 2012/5/5 7:41  Updated: 2012/5/5 7:46
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I am not a fan of either Myra (she is a big Joe Strauss supporter) or Burt but thanks, that's just more ammo as to why. Don't know much about Tan.

though you have completely missed my point.

Ms Fulton and her campaign keep trying to make being in the district the longest as an issue. I'm simply point out that her financial and endorsement support DOES NOT come from inside her district.


Pat Fallon on the other hand enjoys huge support, even from the Mayor and Police Assoc of The Colony, Ms Fulton's home town. Not to mention Ms Fulton has ZERO endorsements from precinct chairs in 106, the grassroots volunteers. What does it say when the people who are closest too you, who have seen you over those 22 years choose to endorse someone else?

But, candidates can get money from anywhere they wish. I will always check to see who is trying to curry favor. There are literally hundreds of Pat Fallon donors are I proud to align myself with. Ms Fulton? The old adage is that you are known by the company you keep.

And as far as Denton GOP goes, if they would listen, I would DOUBLE that $60,000 figure.
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Posted: 2012/5/6 9:24  Updated: 2012/5/6 10:39
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Chuckie wrote: "The old adage is that you are known by the company you keep."

Pat Fallon is a close friend of Rudy Ruettiger -- yes, the same Rudy who played football and was the topic of a popular movie.

Pat had him attend as the draw for two campaign fundraisers. Called him a "great American" at one of the events.

Rudy was recently arrested and charged in investment scheme.

http://www.abc57.com/home/top-stories ... ent-scheme-135774868.html


So Chuckie, based on your rule, we should judge Pat Fallon by the actions of Rudy?
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Posted: 2012/5/6 10:40  Updated: 2012/5/6 10:40
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Wait... Didn't Fallon claim to be Rudy's "business manager"?
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Posted: 2012/5/6 11:26  Updated: 2012/5/6 18:46
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Fallon is/was the business manager of a federal SEC criminal, now that's some news!
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 Fulton Stands By Finance Numbers
I contacted Amber Fulton to ask about the seeming discrepancy between claimed funds and raised funds. Here's what Fulton said:

Quote:
I want to address the piece of misinformation posted on your website by my opponent’s supporter. I’ve made the decision not to respond directly to the angry rhetoric that seems to dominate the web these days, but since I respect your work as a journalist and know you must be equally frustrated by those who try to spread misinformation, I wanted to respond to you personally.

My answer to the Dallas Morning News questionnaire is accurate. The amount includes the money I have raised from family, friends, elected officials, small business owners, educators and my own personal funds since the beginning of my campaign.

I appreciate you bringing this matter to my attention and asking for clarification. As I mentioned earlier, I’m going to resist the urge to respond directly to accusations made on blogs. You have my permission to post my response in its entirety if you so desire.

Thanks again!

Amber


To which I replied:
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"OK, so on the reports it had about $25k. You probably picked up some more since the end of that period, but is it accurate to say that the remainder of that would have to be personal funds that you've committed?"


Fulton then answered:
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"Yes, that is accurate. Personal funds account for the difference."
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Posted: 2012/5/5 12:29  Updated: 2012/5/5 18:54
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Bravo to Amber for not responding directly to the nonsense coming from Wright. He is a typical blog bully. Never meant him but I know many blog bullies like him -- probably around 45-50 years of age, beer belly, always angry and convinced that HE alone can clean up City Hall, Congress, etc.

His nonsense didn't work against Maher Maso and I don't think it will work against Amber.

Voters are smart. They will see through the manufactured indignation of Wright and Fallon.
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Posted: 2012/5/5 23:43  Updated: 2012/5/5 23:43
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Manufactured indignation?

Ironic considering Ms Fulton herself stated the claim about me that started much of this was a lie.

you are welcome to refute any of my "bullying" with facts.

But hey, don't worry, I realize you are like many liberals, don't bother me with the truth when I an hide behind my anonymous keyboard, be a hypocrite and smear at will.

BTW, given the injection of the Frisco mayor's race, you are likely a surrogate for one of the weakest political advisors in the state.

ironically, thanks to that race, the Arts project was defeated and Mr maso's "slate" of candidates was sent to the woodshed so tom's race actually help seriously change the political landscape of Frisco for the better.

Sun Tzu talks about not winning the battle only to lose the war.
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Posted: 2012/5/6 10:44  Updated: 2012/5/6 10:47
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"weakest political advisors in the state"? Really, CWright.

I assume you are talking about Rob Allyn who shows up on her finance reports.

You do know his firm has represented the last 7 winning mayoral races in Dallas, the current Mayor of Fort Worth, Mayor Maso, etc., right?

And, according to their website, they recently won 3 Pollie Awards for excellence in political advertising. Its the 3rd year in a row they have earned this honor.
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Posted: 2012/5/5 23:35  Updated: 2012/5/5 23:35
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OK,

That makes sense.

Since it's clear very few in her district are giving/supporting MsFulton (only about $3K of the last $16K she reported came from inside the district), having to self fund is logical.

As far as misinformation goes, how about a facebook accusation that your opponent ducked a forum to attend an out of state fund raiser. Oh yeah, got plenty more. Sure you want to play this game?

You remember, the one where I asked you to document that claim, you didn't reply, you simply deleted my post and let your "misinformation" claim stand. Still there right now for anyone to see. Reality was your opponent was at a business meeting but didn't stop you from removing the annoying post pointing out your attempt to smear with "misinformation". And yep, I printed a copy of it for further review.

Here's an idea Amber, if you don't like "angry rhetoric", why don't you advise your anonymous supporters to stop lying about the opposition and taking the type of sniping shots this thread is littered with.


Here's an idea, why don't you make the case why you are the best candidate?
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Posted: 2012/5/6 8:04  Updated: 2012/5/6 10:37
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In this post and a previous post, you've made statements that this is a "game", that you love to "tee up people", that a race or position belongs to one person, etc. Conservative or liberal, this is the type of thinking that gets nothing done! Political races are not "games". There outcomes affect the way we live and how we are governed...not "game" material to me. No one person owns a seat, a race, etc. either. We the people own any government seat, race, etc. Those elected operate at our whim and can be just as easily voted out the next time they run. I can tell, Cwright, by your comments that you enjoy the "game". You quote The Art of War to show, I guess, your military background and use its techniques to win your "game". Very sad that you put everything in a win/lose, conservative/liberal categories. My friend, if we keep dividing ourselves, categorizing ourselves, pitting ourselves against each other and thinking everything is either a win or a loss, we ALL lose the "game".
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Anonymous
Posted: 2012/5/6 8:05  Updated: 2012/5/6 10:50
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Duplicate comment removed. -Ed.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2012/5/6 9:57  Updated: 2012/5/6 10:47
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Is the business meeting you refer to CPAC?
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Posted: 2012/5/6 22:35  Updated: 2012/5/6 22:35
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Is self funding inherently bad? Go the TEC reports for Mr. Fallon and download his latest report. Skip down to page 17. That's where Schedule G, "Political expenditures made from personal funds", begins. It ends on page 62.

Once again, if you believe local support is so important, and you feel that financial contributions from within the district are a good indication of that support, you shouldn't support any Republicans in Denton County. For example, Mike Brucia, Rep. Crownover's primary opponent who has hired the same firm Fallon did, has received $20,627.25 in itemized contributions so far in this race. Of those contributions, $12,969 (62.8%) are from outside District 64. Does that deter you from supporting his candidacy, or is your threshold at 63%? Or are you going off of local support and endorsements, of which Mr. Brucia has very few?

Or perhaps your support is based on your principles and stances on the issues, which I'm sure it is (as it should be). If that's the case, all of this is just a straw man argument. If you don't agree with her stance, that's fine, but there's really no point in this conversation if it's full of arbitrary arguments against Ms. Fulton.

The massive amounts of corporate funds being funneled to Republicans in Denton County is eventually going to bite them in the rear, but for my part, my support of properly funding public education (something that no Texas Republican stood up for during the last legislative session) prevents me from voting for any Republican at the state level.

It's about the issues. The sooner folks like you figure that out, the sooner we can fix the massive disaster that is the Texas Legislature.
-BC
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Posted: 2012/5/6 23:44  Updated: 2012/5/7 0:36
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Hallelujah! I am so sick of people trying to find some side argument to deflect attention from the real issues at hand. I stopped reading CWright several posts back for that reason. It was repetitive smoke, mirror, spin, and little to nothing of the real issues we face. That got very old very quickly.

I did not have an opinion about Fallon vs. Fulton at the start. But as this thread went on, I concluded one thing: if those were the best arguments that could be presented for Fallon, my vote goes to Fulton. Fallon would have done himself a huge favor by finding someone who could seriously defend his position on issues, rather than think voters aren’t smart enough to recognize a curve ball when they see one.

BC, you are right on target. Amen.
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Anonymous
Posted: 2012/5/7 8:26  Updated: 2012/5/7 11:16
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I agree. CWright is an angry divisive political bomb thrower. If I hear about Fallon's endorsement by Republican Precinct chairs one more time, I think I will hurl.
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CWright
Posted: 2012/5/8 9:15  Updated: 2012/5/8 9:15
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Wow.

Perhaps one of the most illogical arguments I've ever heard.

Ms Fulton is the one who made her 22 years here the issue. She raised around $16K in the last period but only 3K came from insider her district which begs the question you try to obscure, "why does she have so little support from those who know her best"? Again, if you want to make time in the district an issue, be careful it doesn't backfire on you.


"Massive corporate funds"??????????????


I only wish we could get the Denton corporations (or any corporations) to fund at the county level. Mr Fallon's contributions are DOMINATED by contributions from private citizens who live in the district.

Why you keep brining up other people (Bruccia/Crownder etc etc) or groups like the Denton GOP which Ms Fulton is a member of and advertises herself as the "conservative" candidate? These are actually examples of strawman arguments (I have to ask, do they not teach logic at UNT? Dude, you might want to retake the course). Clearly you have no clue what a strawman argument is.


Ironically, you squeal about "issues" yet you have not brought up a single issue. I'll be happy to debate results while in office.

It was Ms Fulton's campaign that tried to fabricate a "conflict of interest" complaint

It was Ms Fulton's campaign (or her supports) who filed an ethics complaint that was dismissed out of hand.

It was Ms Fulton's supporters who lied about me (thank you again Amber for setting the record straight)

It was Ms Fulton who made time in the district an issue



All of these arguments presented in this thread, none of them introduced by me.


If you want to debate policy, would love to but been too busy dealing with the lies being spun by the anonymous posters, the personal attacks and the desperation.
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Posted: 2012/5/8 10:15  Updated: 2012/5/23 16:31
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Your devotion to Pat is admirable. Here is a policy question. I am curious what Pat's plan is going to be to help close the state's budget gap.

Thanks!
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CWright
Posted: 2012/5/8 13:14  Updated: 2012/5/8 13:14
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there is no one magic bullet to fix the "funding gap".

The solution will come in several areas (going to focus on how this relates to education first). One of them will be to get the school districts themselves to start focusing more money in the classroom instead of building bloated Admin driven fiefdoms, that would provide a HUGE fix immediately.

I'd wager you could cut admin spending 20% statewide while increasing teacher pay and have money left over for the classroom. Now this is my idea, not 100% sure on Pat's stance but we need to start measuring teacher performance (not just union thinking longevity) and providing some basis of merit pay.

Parent's PAC is a clever name for a group of big admin spenders that has NOTHING to do with parents and everything to do with the TEA/Admin driven machine. Guess which candidate has donations from Parent's PAC?

You also introduce competition to the schools, the best way to create more efficiencies is let the free market work.

We saved $500K a year simply moving school start times 15 minutes. Many cheered, I question why we haven't done this for years.

Another fix is growing the state economy. Pat has built business, he helped Frisco grow. Grow business in Texas, grow tax revenues without raising one thin dime of taxes. Raising taxes simply adds another brake to the economy.


Pat also has a track record of ending wasteful spending projects (see the special interest Arts project).


Thanks eagle eye, we seem to be the only ones who care about the issues.

:)
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Posted: 2012/5/8 17:19  Updated: 2012/5/8 18:57
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Those are your suggestions. What are Mr. Fallon's suggestions?
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Anonymous
Posted: 2012/5/9 11:05  Updated: 2012/5/9 19:10
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Here is how misinformed Fallon is about our education system:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_ee52az8ZU
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Anonymous
Posted: 2012/5/7 9:54  Updated: 2012/5/7 11:17
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CWright claims that Fallon attended a "business meeting" when he skipped a candidate forum.

That is NOT true. He attended the Conservative Political Action Conference which also served as a fundraiser.

When someone posted on HIS facebook complaining about Amber's supposed "misinformation", Fallon removed it because he knew Amber was correct.

So many questions for CWright to answer -- especially his hypocrisy about Fallon's association with someone arrested for securities fraud.

CWright, where are you?

When the questions get tough, you take a vacation.........
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CWright
Posted: 2012/5/7 17:33  Updated: 2012/5/7 17:33
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If Mr Fallon was at CPAC, it's the first I heard of it.

He was at the AAFES center in SC which is his biggest customer.

If Ms Futon was correct, why did she not simply respond to my question with her proof that Pat was at CPAC on her facebook page instead of deleting my post/question? It would seem she would have been anxious to document her claim. She certainly wasn't shy about admitting the claim I wrote in her guest book was a lie. (and I thank her for that)

Seems the pattern on this thread is that anonymous posters lie often.

I have no clue who is "associated" with Pat who has been arrested for securities fraud. That would be a matter of public record and easy enough to link. I am not surprised there isn't one.

Another unsubstantiated accusation by another anonymous poster.

And just so you hurl, I'll move on from all the Precinct Chairs in 106 and point out that all the Mayors (save one) endorse Pat as well.
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Posted: 2012/5/10 21:37  Updated: 2012/5/10 22:55
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The Dallas Morning News endorsed Amber Fulton!

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/edi ... s-house-district-1061.ece

Now cue CWright to rail about the liberals at the DMN (which is widely regarded as a moderately conservative publication)!
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Posted: 2012/5/11 7:39  Updated: 2012/5/11 7:50
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That rant has already been all over that " the Dallas Morning News only endorses liberals", but I guarantee that any candidate would rather have their endorsement than not. Also cue the precinct chairs, elected officials, and great Americans endorsement music...
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Posted: 2012/5/7 17:40  Updated: 2012/5/7 17:40
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First these questions are weak softballs and consist largely of personal attacks and not issues of the race or policy. OTOH, if I am not responding fast enough, feel free to email. The 'teeing up game" isn't about the politics, it's about a bunch of whiney internet people who hide behind their keyboards, no nothing really about the people involved but feel better about themselves by attacking others.

If you really are an Amber fan, get out and do some door knocking for her.

In fact if you bother reading my posts, I've asked why noone seems to want to discuss actual policy.

Now If Mr Fallon was at CPAC, it's the first I heard of it.

He was at the AAFES center in SC which is his biggest customer.

If Ms Futon was correct, why did she not simply respond to my question with her proof that Pat was at CPAC on her facebook page instead of deleting my post/question? (and yes, I did print a copy of it for anyone to see) It would seem she would have been anxious to document her claim. She certainly wasn't shy about admitting the claim I wrote in her guest book was a lie. (and I thank her for that)

Seems the pattern on this thread is that anonymous posters lie often.

I have no clue who is "associated" with Pat who has been arrested for securities fraud. That would be a matter of public record and easy enough to link. I am not surprised there isn't one.

Another unsubstantiated accusation by another anonymous poster.

And just so you hurl, I'll move on from all the Precinct Chairs in 106 and point out that all the Mayors (save one) endorse Pat as well.

I don't like good people being smeared by internet cowards that hide behind their keyboards.
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Posted: 2012/5/7 22:16  Updated: 2012/5/8 7:43
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Wow Steve! You let these two posts stand??? Can we please put an end to this nonsense and take down comments that attack people like this?
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CWright
Posted: 2012/5/8 8:56  Updated: 2012/5/8 8:56
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Truth hurts doesn't it?

It takes character to stand up to the lies of the facelesss/nameless anonymous souls.

As I said, I applaud Amber for publicly stating I was not the source of the remark someone dishonestly attributed to me.

If you really are one of her supporters, get off the internet and do some work for her. She needs it (so does every candidate)

She is the one though that made her time in the district an issue in this race so it is more than fair to measure the responses of those who have seen her the most. Why if she has been here so long, does she enjoy so little support from elected leaders in the district, from Police and fire associations in her district?

She made issue on her facebook page of Mr Fallon missing a candidate forum (frankly in and of itself, not a big deal they are largely a waste of time with few undecideds ever attending). If there is documentation to support the claim Fallon only missed it to attend a fundraiser, is it not fair to see it?

In the process, I have been repeatedly attacked yet when I tell the truth in my defense, you demand I am censored. Sounds like a good liberal towing the company line.

Our nation stands at a cross roads. I support leaders who can effect change. Pat Fallon proved that in his years on the Frisco city council. He defeated a big govt arts project, he fought to roll back unneeded taxes he fought for the people of Frisco.

Ironically, I'll bet less than half the anonymous posters (I'll wager the reality is there are actually only 1 or 2 commenting) would or even can even vote for Ms Fulton/Mr Fallon (not a shot at amber but at the keyboard lurkers)
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Posted: 2012/5/2 22:56  Updated: 2012/5/2 22:56
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 How this thread makes most of us feel.
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Posted: 2012/5/4 21:45  Updated: 2012/5/4 21:45
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Yup.
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Like
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Posted: 2012/5/5 7:58  Updated: 2012/5/5 7:58
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PS,

Let me re-state. I give Ms Fulton complete credit for stepping up and renouncing the shameless lie being perpetuated about me on this board.

She didn't have to and I think that speaks to her character.

Intelligent people can disagree politically without disrespecting each other.
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Posted: 2012/5/5 8:09  Updated: 2012/5/5 10:19
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Wow! You just opened yourself up to a doozie of a comment but, in the interest of Brandon, I won't make it. Have a great weekend CWright.
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