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Happy Hour Meeting ~ October 2021

This month we’re pleased to welcome the family of Garrett Foster as our special guests on Monday, October 18, 2021 at Mister Tramps Sports Pub & Café (note new date & place).

Garrett loved & defended liberty, publicly supported & stated his intention to vote for the Jo Jorgensen / Spike Cohen presidential ticket (and his mother credits him as the reason she did vote for them), and passed tragically in Austin, Texas last year. What followed has been a travesty.

Garrett & Whitney

With the love of her life killed in cold blood before her eyes, Whitney’s nightmares persist having witnessed the horror playing out in front of her.

It’s been hard on her and his families, too, especially as it appears the deck is stacked against justice, with media and a faction of the population having already convicted the victim, and even the president of the local police union standing by their loved one’s killer.

We hope you’ll join us this month to warmly welcome Garrett’s mother Sheila, sister Katie, and fiancé Whitney.


July 26, 2020
August 24, 2021

Congressman Half Right

Rep. Chip Roy (R) represents part of Travis County in D. C., including downtown Austin. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. In this case, Roy promises to vote against the monstrous National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) unless the leadership removes the new military draft registration requirements for young women.

Libertarians oppose the Selective Service System and believe that young men shouldn’t have to register either. Roy hasn’t gone that far, but at least he doesn’t want women to share the pain. I hope he succeeds, but I serious doubt it when up against the Military-Industrial Complex juggernaut that says this is a “must pass” bill.

ATX at the SCOTUS

Read more in the Cato Institute article.

“The Supreme Court has long held that content‐based government regulation of speech is presumptively unconstitutional under the First Amendment.”

The U. S. Supreme Court will be hearing a free speech case from Austin. Libertarians oppose government sign ordinances as violations of free speech, and we hope the high court will agree.

Gerrymandering: Politicians Choose Voters

What a Mess

The Texas Legislature has posted new proposed congressional district lines. The 17th District will change a bit, losing most of the Travis County portion and picking up part of Williamson County and some additional rural counties in East Texas. Waco and Bryan will still be in the district. Incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Waco) is losing the residences of his two 2020 opponents, myself and Democrat Rick Kennedy. Coincidence… I think not!

My precinct (and Rick Kennedy’s precinct) in Wells Branch/Austin have been moved into District 10, another awkwardly shaped district held by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Austin), the richest member of Congress (because his father-in-law is owner of the Clear Channel Radio Network). I haven’t decided yet what to run for in 2022. It could be the District 10 congressional race, or maybe State House. We will see. But what is clear is that politicians choose the voters, rather than voters choosing the politicians.

TCLP Votes No on Prop A

The Travis County Libertarian Party has voted to oppose Proposition A (Prop A) on the Austin city ballot in November. This proposal would increase the number of police officers by as many as 500 to tie the number of officers to the city’s growing population. The cost could be as high as $54.3 to $119.8 million per year. The proposal requires 40 hours of additional officer training, but not for anything like de-escalation of tense situations instead of using massive violence. Prop A was placed on the ballot by a the citizen initiative Austinites for Prop A sponsored by Save Austin Now (SAN), a group co-founded by the chair of the Travis County Republican Party. The president of the Austin Police Association is on the group’s Board of Directors.

Libertarians believe in the need for police officers to investigate crimes with victims, such as murder, rape, robbery, fraud, etc. There is no evidence, however, that the new officers would be deployed any more effectively than the current officers, but they certainly would cost a lot of tax dollars to train and employ. The city budget is bloated already. Although all but one Austin City Council Member opposes Prop A, it would be amazing if the free-spending city council cuts out anything if it passes. More likely, it will just keep raising taxes as it does every year.

The Travis County Libertarian Party has endorsed the position held by Equity PAC’s No Way on Prop A. Please vote No on A and urge your friends and family to do the same. #NoWayPropA

#NoWayPropA

Read more: Austin Monitor, Austin Chronicle, and more