Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Please join us at the swearing in cermonies for our local officials!

January 1st, 2011 - Swearing In Ceremony Schedule

Commissioner's Courtroom (located on the 3rd Floor)

9am - Nueces County Judge Loyd Neal
followed by
Commissioner Joe McComb sworn in by Josie Herro

 Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, Place 1, Judge Amanda Torres

319th District Court Judge Tom Greenwell
Nueces County Court - Central Jury Room
10:30am - 105th District Court Judge Angelica Hernandez
11:00am - Justice 13th Court of Appeal Judge Greg Perkes
2pm - County Court at Law 5 Judge Brent Chesney
3pm - 148th District Court Judge Guy Williams

You're Invited to witness history as ALL THREE OF OUR TEXAS STATE REPRESENTIVES are sworn into office!

On November 2nd, the Nueces County Republican Party accomplished an unprecedented feat by electing the most Republicans in Nueces County history. You are invited to witness history again on January 11th at our Texas Capitol as our THREE State Representatives are sworn into office.
Texas State Representative District 32 - Todd Hunter
Texas State Representative District 33 - Raul Torres
Texas State Representative District 34 - Connie Scott
Swearing in ceremony of the 82nd Legislate begins at noon. You may also watch the ceremony via closed circuit television at the Doubletree Hotel 303 West 15th Street. Light refreshments available at the Doubletree.
Travel Option
We have chartered a bus for your convenience and fellowship. Travel in style and on a budget for this important event.
Cost Only: $35.00/per person
Depart Corpus Christi - January 11th at 6:30am from the Nueces County Republican Party Headquarters -4639 Corona, Suite 5
Arrive in Austin - Doubletree Hotel at 10:30am
Depart Austin - at 3:30pm
Arrive in Corpus Christi - at the Nueces County Republican Party Headquarters, 8:00pm
Price also includes one  breakfast taco and an orange juice.
Space is limited, reserve your seat today!
To reserve your seat call 767-8332

New NW Tea Party Facebook Group Page!


We are working on updating our website and Facebook pages. For starters, we have made a new Facebook group page here: Please join this new Facebook group as we will delete this old one in the new future! Be sure to check out the events page. We are ...planning our next meeting for January 25 and we have some exciting things going on. We will post the new agenda as soon as we confirm it!

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and wish you all a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wastebook 2010: A Guide to Some of the Most Wasteful Government Spending of 2010

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today released a new oversight report, “Wastebook 2010” that highlights some of the most egregious examples of government waste in 2010.
“As 2010 ends, millions of Americans are still struggling to find work. Even those lucky enough to have jobs have had to tighten their belts. Yet, Congress continues to find new and extravagant ways to waste tax dollars. In today’s economy, we can’t afford to spend nearly $2 million to showcase neon signs no longer in use at Las Vegas Casinos, nor can Congress and federal agencies afford to spend nearly $1 billion a year on unnecessary printing costs,” Dr. Coburn said.
“Our national debt is the greatest threat to our national security according to our own military leaders,” Dr. Coburn added. “Well-intentioned people across the political spectrum will argue about the best way to get us back on track. But we can all agree that cutting wasteful and low priority spending from the budget is not only sensible, but essential.”
“I hope this report will give taxpayers and concerned citizens the information they need to hold Washington accountable. As dysfunctional as our politics can seem, our system still works when ordinary citizens get informed and engaged,” Dr. Coburn said.
Examples of wasteful spending highlighted in “Wastebook 2010” include:
• The city of Las Vegas has received a $5.2 million federal grant to build the Neon Boneyard Park and Museum, including $1.8 million in 2010. For over the last decade, Museum supporters have gathered and displayed over 150 old Las Vegas neon signs, such as the Golden Nugget and Silver Slipper casinos.
• The National Science Foundation provided more than to $200,000 to study of why political candidates make vague statements.
• The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spends $175 million every year to maintain hundreds of buildings it does not use, including a pink, octagonal monkey house in Dayton, Ohio.
• Medicare paid out over $35 million to a vast network of 118 “phantom” medical clinics, allegedly established by members of a criminal gang to submit phony reimbursement claims.
• The Government Printing Office (GPO) is using a “video game space mouse” (and nearly $60,000 in taxpayer funds) to teach children the history of printing.
• In July, nearly half a million taxpayer dollars went to the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, where wine tasting and castle tours were among the events planned for the conference participants.
• The Internal Revenue Service paid out $112 million in undeserved tax refunds to prisoners who filed fraudulent returns, according to the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
• The National Science Foundation directed nearly a quarter million dollars to a Stanford University professor’s study of how Americans use the Internet to find love.
• The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) took the term “cold case” to a new level in 2010. The agency spent over $20,000 in taxpayer money “to unravel the anonymity of a 2,500-year-old mummy.”
• The National Institutes of Health (NIH) spent nearly $442,340 million to study the number of male prostitutes in Vietnam and their social setting.
• This year, taxpayers forked over $60,000 for the “first-of-its kind” promotion of the Vidalia onion in conjunction with the movie, Shrek Forever After. ”
• The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded over $600,000 to the Minnesota Zoo to create a wolf “avatar” video game called “WolfQuest.”
• A $700,000 federal grant paid for researchers to examine “greenhouse gas emission from organic dairies, which are cause by cow burps, among other things.”
Click here for the full report.
Click here for a video clip of "Wastebook 2010" exclusively covered on Good Morning America.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Please join the Northwest Corpus Christi Tea Party in honoring US Marine Pfc. Colton Rusk

Dear Fellow Americans and Tea Party Members,

Please join us tomorrow, on Saturday December 18 no later than 11 AM along FM 624 between Riverhills Baptist Church and Orange Grove.  Drape your American Flags, stand outside your vehicle in silence and give thanks to this brave man who gave his life for our country.

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.  Rather we should thank God that such men lived"
                                                                  General George S. Patton

Visitation will be on Friday, December 17th from 2pm-8pm at Sawyer George Funeral Home 12497 Leopard Street.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 18th, 10am at the Riverhills Baptist Church  16318 FM Rd 624.

Please email or 361-232-0484 for more information.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

In Honor of PFC Colton Wesley Rusk 3rd Batallion 5th Marines

I drove through Orange Grove last night and was touched by what I saw.  I noticed Berry and H&S both provided cranes and light plants to fly at half staff the giant flags in honor of PFC Colton Rusk.  These giant, lighted flags could be seen for miles and miles at night!   It was very awesome and moving to see.
Many thanks to these companies and the others who supported this effort.  What a fitting tribute to this brave young man who gave his life for our freedom!  I could imagine the pride his family and friends would feel upon seeing this and the outpouring of support from Orange Grove and surrounding communities. God bless you, PFC Rusk, and thank you H&S and Berry!

Credit to Trey Cranford for these pics.. I couldn't get any last night...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2010 Photos from the NW Tea Party!

Click on the following link to download and view a powerpoint presentation of some of the photos we have taken over the 2010 election season!

House May Block Food Safety Bill Over Senate Error

 House May Block Food Safety Bill Over Senate Error

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A food safety bill that has burned up precious days of the Senate’s lame-duck session appears headed back to the chamber because Democrats violated a constitutional provision requiring that tax provisions originate in the House.
By pre-empting the House’s tax-writing authority, Senate Democrats appear to have touched off a power struggle with members of their own party in the House. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday, sending it to the House, but House Democrats are expected to use a procedure known as “blue slipping” to block the bill, according to House and Senate GOP aides.
The debacle could prove to be a major embarrassment for Senate Democrats, who sought Tuesday to make the relatively unknown bill a major political issue by sending out numerous news releases trumpeting its passage.
Section 107 of the bill includes a set of fees that are classified as revenue raisers, which are technically taxes under the Constitution. According to a House GOP leadership aide, that section has ruffled the feathers of Ways and Means Committee Democrats, who are expected to use the blue slip process to block completion of the bill.
“We understand there is a blue slip problem, and we expect the House to assert its rights under the Constitution to be the place where revenue bills begin,” the GOP aide said.
The blue slip could lead to one of two likely outcomes. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could simply drop the issue and let the next session of Congress start from scratch, a strategy that would allow him time in the lame-duck session to tackle other last-minute priorities, such as the expiring 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, a long-term continuing resolution, an immigration bill and a repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service members.
Or he could try to force the issue in the Senate after the House passes a new version of the bill. But in order to do that and still tackle the other issues, he would need a unanimous consent agreement to limit debate.
According to Senate GOP aides, a unanimous consent agreement is all but certain to be a nonstarter because the bill’s chief opponent, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), will not agree to such a deal.
Coburn “will object and demand changes as [he has] from the get-go,” a GOP aide familiar with the situation said.
This is not the first time that Reid has run afoul of the Constitution’s tax origination provisions. His efforts to pass a tourism promotion bill that was key to his re-election hopes was temporarily stymied earlier this year because the Senate passed a version with revenue raisers similar to those in the food safety bill.
Spokesmen for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Ways and Means Democrats and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), a co-sponsor of the food safety bill who authored its language, did not immediately return requests for comment. Aides for Ways and Means Democrats also did not immediately return requests for comment.


While this snuck up on us yesterday, there is still time to defeat it! The House must either approve the Senate version of this bill, or they must work with the Senate to compromise between the related House Bill, which was passed last year,  and this Senate Bill.  Call your lame-duck Congressmen and ask them to vote no on this bill!

& OPPOSE S.510 

On Monday, November 29 the Senate will take up for consideration the "manager's package" of S.510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

First the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture, which takes a three-fifths majority (i.e., 60 votes) to pass.
If the cloture motion passes, the Senate will take up a list of specified amendments (repeal of the 1099 requirements from the health care bill, a moratorium on earmarks, and a substitute bill by Senator Coburn). The Senate will then proceed to a final vote on S.510.
We continue to believe that S.510 is NOT in the best interests of small farmers, and especially raw milk farmers. Even though the Tester-Hagan Amendment makes important improvements in the bill, S.510 remains fundamentally flawed.
The core problem is that S.510 will significantly increase the power of the FDA. In response to our suit challenging the ban on raw milk in interstate commerce, the FDA stated on public record that the American people have no ''fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health" and "do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish". This agency should not be given any increased power!
STEP 1. Call your Senators and tell them to VOTE "NO" on CLOTURE and OPPOSE S.510

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121; ask to be connected to your Senator's office.
Go to; enter your zip code on the right side under "Get Involved" and click "Go". Click on your Senators' names then click the "Contact" tab to get office phone number(s).

Clearly state you are calling about S.510, the Food Safety bill; ask your Senator to VOTE "NO" on CLOTURE & OPPOSE S.510 and give your zip code.

If you get voicemail, leave a brief message with your zip code.
STEP 2. Send a live message to your Local Newspaper through the online petition to Reject S.510 at
1. FDA does not respect individuals' rights to obtain healthy, quality foods of their choice: 
"There is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular food."
"Plaintiffs' assertion of a 'fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families' is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish."
FDA has even participated in armed raids on small-scale co-ops and membership organizations. This agency should not be given any additional power.
2. FDA has adequate powers under existing law to ensure food safety and effectively deal with foodborne illness outbreaks. FDA has power to inspect, power to detain product and can readily obtain court orders to seize adulterated or misbranded food products or enjoin them from being sold. The problem isn't that FDA needs more power; it's that FDA does not effectively use the power it currently has. The agency has power to inspect imported food yet inspects only 1% of food coming into this country from outside our borders.
3. FDA has used its existing power to benefit the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries at the expense of public health (e.g., allowing the overuse of antibiotics in confined animal feeding operations and refusing to require labeling for genetically-modified foods). This bill does not address the fundamental problems at this agency in order to truly protect public health.
4. S.510 will hurt our ability as a nation to be self-sufficient in food production because it has more lenient inspection requirements for foreign than domestic producers creating an unfair advantage for food imports. Giving an advantage to foreign producers will only increase the amount of food imported into this country that does not meet our domestic standards. S.510 does not address food security--the ability of a country to produce enough food to meet its own needs.
5. S.510 does nothing to address many significant food safety problems in this country, such as those resulting from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and various contaminants (e.g., BPA, pesticides, herbicides, etc.).

Senate Passes Overhaul of Food Safety Regulations

Senate Passes Overhaul of Food Safety Regulations
Published: November 30, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food safety system on Tuesday, after tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach sickened thousands of people in the last few years and led major food makers to join consumer advocates in demanding stronger government oversight.

The legislation, which passed by a vote of 73 to 25, would greatly strengthen the Food and Drug Administration, an agency that in recent decades focused more on policing medical products than ensuring the safety of food. The bill is intended to keep unsafe foods from reaching markets and restaurants, where they can make people sick — a change from the current practice, which mainly involves cracking down after outbreaks occur.

Despite unusual bipartisan support on Capitol Hill and a strong push from the Obama administration, the bill could still die because there might not be enough time for the usual haggling between the Senate and the House, which passed its own version last year. Top House Democrats said Tuesday that they were considering simply passing the Senate version to speed approval but that no decision had been made.

“With the Senate’s passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, we are one step closer to having critically important new tools to protect our nation’s food supply and keep consumers safe,” said President Obama, who made improving the safety of the nation’s food supply an early priority of his administration. He urged the House to act quickly.

Both versions of the bill would grant the F.D.A. new powers to recall tainted foods, increase inspections, demand accountability from food companies and oversee farming. But neither would consolidate overlapping functions at the Department of Agriculture and nearly a dozen other federal agencies that oversee various aspects of food safety, leaving coordination among the agencies a continuing challenge.

While food safety advocates and many industry groups prefer the House version because it includes more money for inspections and fewer exceptions from the rules it sets out, most said the Senate bill was far better than nothing.

“This is a historic moment,” said Erik Olson, deputy director of the Pew Health Group, an advocacy organization. “For the first time in over 70 years, the Senate has approved an overhaul of F.D.A.’s food safety law that will help ensure that the food we put on our kitchen tables will be safer.”

Among the Senate bill’s last major sticking points was how it would affect small farmers and food producers. Some advocates for small farms and organic food producers said the legislation would destroy their industry under a mountain of paperwork. Senator Jon Tester, Democrat of Montana, pushed for a recent addition to the bill that exempts producers with less than $500,000 in annual sales who sell most of their food locally.

That provision led the United Fresh Produce Association, a trade group, to announce recently that it would oppose the legislation since small food operations have been the source of some food recalls in recent years.

But Randy Napier of Medina, Ohio, said the Senate bill was much needed. Mr. Napier’s 80-year-old mother, Nellie Napier, died in January 2009 after the nursing home where she lived continued to give her contaminated peanut butter even after she got sick. “I am appalled at what I have found out since my mother’s death about how poorly food is regulated and how these companies cut corners to save money,” Mr. Napier said.

The legislation greatly increases the number of inspections of food processing plants that the F.D.A. must conduct, with an emphasis on foods that are considered most high risk — although figuring out which those are is an uncertain science. Until recently, peanut butter would not have made the list.

Staunch opposition to the bill by Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, forced months of delay and eventually required the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, to call a series of time-consuming procedural votes to end debate. Mr. Coburn offered his own version of the legislation. It eliminated many of the bill’s requirements because he said that more government rules would be deleterious and that the free market was working. That version was rejected.

Despite Mr. Coburn’s opposition, the bill is one of the few major pieces of bipartisan legislation to emerge from this Congress. Some Republican and Democratic Senate staff members — who in previous terms would have seen one another routinely — met for the first time during the food bill negotiations. The group bonded over snacks: Starburst candies from a staff member of Senator Michael B. Enzi, Republican of Wyoming, and jelly beans from a staff member of Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois.

“This legislation means that parents who tell their kids to eat their spinach can be assured that it won’t make them sick,” said Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, who, as chairman of the Senate health committee, shepherded the legislation through months of negotiations.

Health advocates are hoping the legislation will rekindle the progress — now stalled — that the nation once enjoyed in reducing the tens of millions of food-contamination illnesses and thousands of deaths estimated to occur each year. In the case of toxic salmonella, infections may be creeping up, according to government figures.

Part of the problem is the growing industrialization and globalization of the nation’s food supply. Nearly one-fifth of it, including as much as three-quarters of its seafood, is imported, but the Food and Drug Administration inspects less than one pound in a million of imported foods. The bill gives the agency more control over food imports, including increased inspection of foreign processing plants and the ability to set standards for how fruits and vegetables are grown abroad.

As food suppliers grow in size, problems at one facility can sicken thousands of people all over the country: The Peanut Corporation of America’s contaminated paste, which was recalled in 2009, was in scores of brands of cookies and snacks made by big and small companies. The new legislation would raise standards at such plants by demanding that food companies write plans to manufacture foods safely and conduct routine tests to ensure that those plans are adequate.

The bill would give the F.D.A. the power to demand immediate food recalls. For years, the George W. Bush administration opposed such powers, saying that food manufacturers invariably complied when asked by the government to undertake a recall. But last year, the agency asked a distributor of pistachios to recall its entire 2008 crop after tests showed salmonella contamination at its processing plant. Days passed before the company complied.

Consumer advocates were jubilant over the Senate’s action.

“Everyone who eats will benefit,” said Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, an advocacy group.