Gary Johnson and John Jay Myers head to Dallas for Texas Swing Tour

August 16th, 2012, Gary Johnson, Libertarian Candidate for U.S. President, has been in Dallas since last night as part of hisTexas Swing Tour with senatorial candidateJohn Jay Myers. His first stop in Dallas was at the Free Man Cajun Cafe in Deep Ellum for a party with other Libertarian's, and theirtour van Jack Gault.
Gary Johnson and John Jay Myers gave essentially the same speeches the following morning at the Park City Club, just north of University Park, were congressional candidates Ed Rankin and Seth Hollist were also in attendance. Gary talked about his desire to continue the message of liberty and freedom that Ron Paul had been touting earlier in the year, saying that once Ron Paul's campaign is officially over, he will be the only presidential candidate, on the ballot in all 50 states, that will continue to speak for freedom and liberty.

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John Jay talked about how many people in politics are distracted by social issues that the government should have no involvement in, while at the same time allowing politicians and others in power to steal from us for their pet projects. He also said that he does not see Libertarians as radical, but that our current government and the accepted status-quo are what is truly radical.
Be sure to watch the video on the left for Gary's full speech and Q&A session at the Park Cities Club. You can also find John Jay Myers speech here, and photos of those in attendance in the above slide show.
Gary Johnson's tour is planned to continue tonight at Joe T. Garcia's in the Fort Worth Stockyards, then tomorrow they will head to Waco and Austin. On the 18th, their will be two events in San Antonio, including a free event around lunch time, and a fundraiser The Hyatt Regency. The final stop will be in Huston on the 19th. John Jay plans to follow up the tour with some additional stops on his return trip to Dallas.

Contenders for Dallas, Texas congressional district 32 for 2012 elections

Authors note: While this article may seem biased as there is a clear conflict of interest, I have provided plenty of links to help readers do their own research so they can decide for themselves.

Seth Hollist for US Congress
Seth Hollist

With the primary elections over, it’s time to ramp up for general election happening on November 6th, 2012. One of the hotly contest races in the North-Eastern Dallas County area is for US Congressional district 32 for US House of Representatives. Here are the basics that you need to know about each candidate:
Pete Sessions is the incumbent seeking his 13th term in congress. According to, Rep. Sessions votes 95% of the time along party lines, and Abstains about 1% of the time. According to the John Birch Society, he has supported his oath of office to uphold the constitution about 50% of the time. He has also voted in favor of controversial, freedom limiting, big government bills including: HR 3523 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (give Federal Government policing powers and control over the internet); HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (includes indefinite detention violating the 4th amendment); HR 1904 Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011(continues unconstitutional federal control over land within state borders);HR 2017 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (Allowing continuation of overreaching government policing activities); S 990 Patriot Act Extension (violates bill of rights in many ways); H Con Res 34 2011-2012 Budget (authorizes continuation of out of control Federal Government spending spree); HR 1424 Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments (The 2008 Bank Bailouts); and many others.
Katherine McGovern is the Democrat candidate in the race. According to her web-site, she supports "ObamaCare", has been employed by a number of government bureaucracies as a lawyer, and has been involved with a number of political organizations were she “had an opportunity to learn a great deal about the inner workings of Congress”; of which she also says “a dysfunctional Congress does not serve our interests or the common good.” Can such an obvious “Washington DC” insider really change the underlying issues with the current government’s bloated and dysfunctional structure; especially when she supports overreaching government programs like ObamaCare?
Seth Hollist is the “Moderate” Libertarian candidate who claims to be helping to continue the “Liberty R[ƎVO˩]UTION!” started by Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, and even volunteered to help the Ron Paul Dallas Activists earlier in the year. While he may seem inexperienced within government participation, Seth Hollist is well versed in liberty issues while supporting ideals such as the Downsize DC Agenda. He also wants to see the Federal Government implement sunset legislation, similar to the Texas "Sunset Advisory Commission" program, - to cause all new and past laws to be scrutinized as to their effectiveness - and generally wants to see the Federal Government’s size greatly reduced. He also has some interesting ideas on how to force the government to stick to the original intents of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution as presented in his theoretical "The Clean Slate and Improving Representation Amendment".
Edit (10/1/2012): the below three candidates did not achieve ballot access.
Eric S. Smith is a disabled vet, who in a recent blog post said he had dropped out of the race. He does mention that, “The current congressional approval rating, at least on this site, is 14%. So at least 86% of you should be voting for anybody else this election.”
Michael Jeremy Piles is also on the list of independent candidate who have filed declarations of intent, but there appears to be very little information available on him to know what he stands for or what his intentions were for running.
Emma Elizabeth Berry is certainly an interesting independent candidate who claims to know how to win the race with very little resources. She seems to be interested in only one topic: “job creation”. An idea that all of the party affiliated candidates is certainly going to claim to also support. According to her web-site she is actively working on projects to stimulate job growth in the Garland, Texas area. Certainly running a campaign will help her garner some attention, but one is becoming a congresswoman really the best way for her to continue her efforts?

Texas primary run-off elections over as general election campaigns start up

The primary run-off elections are now over, and RepublicansDemocratsLibertarians, and also Green Party candidates have made their way on to the November ballot. There are even some independents that have been collecting signatures to get ballot status. Now it’s time to head off to the races as we start to see signs and advertisements for these candidates over the next few months.

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  • September 7th - First day to apply for a mail-in ballot
  • October 9th - Last day to register to vote
  • October 22nd - First day of early voting
  • October 30th - Last day to apply for a mail-in ballot
  • November 2nd - Last day of early voting
  • November 6th - National Election Day.
The contenders for the Northern Dallas areas November 6 races are:
  • President The GOP and DNC national conventions will happen later this month to officially nominate their candidates. The Libertarian party has already nominated Gary Johnson.
  •  Congressional District 3 Sam Johnson (R - Incumbent), Christopher J. "Chris" Claytor (L)
  • US Senator John Jay Myers (L), Ted Cruz (R), Paul Sadler (D), and a long list of other candidates.
  • Congressional District 4 Ralph M. Hall (R - Incumbent), VaLinda Hathcox (D), Thomas Griffing (L)
  • Congressional District 5 Jeb Hensarling (R), Ken Ashby (L); Linda S. Mrosko (D)
  • Congressional District 24 Kenny E. Marchant (R - Incumbent), John Stathas (L), Tim Rusk (D)
  • Congressional District 30 Eddie Bernice Johnson (D - Incumbent), Travis Washington Jr. (R), Ed Rankin (L)
  • Congressional District 32 Seth Hollist (L), Katherine Savers McGovern (D), Pete Sessions (R – Incumbent)
  • Congressional District 33 Tommy Alicea (L), Ed Lindsay (G), Chuck Bradley (R);Marc Veasey (D)
  • Rail Road Commissioner Place 1 Vivekananda (Vik) Wall (L), Dale Henry (D), Chris Kennedy (G); Christi Craddick (R)
  • Rail Road Commissioner Place 2 Jaime "JOP" Perez (L), Josh Wendel (G); Barry Smitherman (R – Incumbent).
  • Supreme Court, Place 2 Don Willett (R - Incumbent), RS Roberto Koelsch (L)
  • Supreme Court, Place 4 Charles E. Waterbury (G), Tom Oxford (L); John Devine (R)
  • Supreme Court, Place 6 Michele Petty (D), Nathan Hecht (R - Incumbent), Mark Ash (L), Jim Chisholm (G).
  • Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Keith Hampton (D), Sharon Keller (R - Incumbent)
  • Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7 Barbara Parker Hervey (R - Incumbent), Mark W. Bennett (L)
  • Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8 William Bryan Strage III (L), Elsa Alcala (R - Incumbent)
  • SBOE 9 Thomas Ratliff (R - Incumbent), Sherri L. Little (L)
  • SBOE 11 Jason Darr (L), Patricia "Pat" Hardy (R - Incumbent)
  • SBOE 12 Lois Parrott (D); Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R).
  • SBOE 13 S.T. Russell (R), Mavis Best Knight (D - Incumbent)
  • SBOE 14 Sue Melton (R), Stephen Hawkins (L)
  • State Senate District 2 Robert "Bob" Deuell (R), Uncontested.
  • State Senate District 8 Ed Kless (L), Ken Paxton (R - Incumbent), Jack G.B. Ternan Jr. (D)
  • State Senate District 12 Jane Nelson (R - Incumbent), John A Betz Jr. (L)
  • State Senate District 16 John Carona (R - Incumbent), Jared Leiman (L)
  • State Senate District 22 Brian Birdwell (R - Incumbent), Tom Kilbride (L), Lyndon Laird (D)
  • State Senate District 23 Royce West (D - Incumbent), Bishop John Lawson (R)
  • State Senate District 30 Craig Estes (R), Ricahrd Wells Forsythe Jr. (L)
  • State Rep District 33 Scott Turner (R), Michael A. Carrasco (L)
  • State Rep District 65 Ron Simmons (R), Alex Mendoza (G), Gary Brown (D)
  • State Rep District 66 Van Taylor (R - Incumbent), Uncontested
  • State Rep District 67 Jeff Leach (R), Uncontested
  • State Rep District 70 Scott Sanford (R), Uncontested
  • State Rep District 89 Jodie Laubenberg (R - Incumbent), Bob Worthington (L)
  • State Rep District 100 Eric Johnson (R - Incumbent), Uncontested.
  • State Rep District 102 Stefani Carter (R - Incumbent), Rich Hancock (D), Michael Joseph Spanos (G)
  • State Rep District 103 Rafael Anchia (D - Incumbent), Uncontested.
  • State Rep District 105 Linda Harper-Brown (R - Incumbent), Rosemary Robbins (D), Saul Arechar (G)
  • State Rep District 106 Pat Fallon (R), Rodney Caston (L)
  • State Rep District 107 Kenneth Sheets (R - Incumbent), Pactric Spreng (L), Robert Miklos (D)
  • State Rep District 108 Dan Branch (R - Incumbent), Jarrett Rab Woods (L)
  • State Rep District 112 Angie Chen Button (R - Incumbent)
  • State Rep District 113 Cindy Burkett (R - Incumbent), Angela Sarlay (G), Leighton Durham (D)
  • State Rep District 114 Carol Kent (D); Jason Villalba (R).
  • State Rep District 115 Preston Poulter (L), Mary Clare Fabishak (D); Bennett Ratliff (R).