ISSUES & POLICY Where We Stand
By Robert E. McKnight, president, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day and I encourage every member of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) to vote. Whether by early voting, Election Day voting, or voting by mail ballot, your action is important and necessary.
The first Tuesday in November in Texas we will be voting for:
- U.S. Senate
- U.S. House of Representatives
- Texas House of Representatives
- Texas Senate
- Statewide elected officials
- Lieutenant Governor
- Attorney General
- General Land Office Commissioner
- Agricultural Commissioner
- Railroad Commissioners
- Texas Supreme Court
It is so important to vet the candidates who will represent you to ensure they share your values.
Some of the best ways to learn about your candidates are to study their websites and read their opinions on the issues important to you. Watch the calendar for local civic events at which the candidates will speak. Attend these events and ask questions if the time allows.
Keep up with the candidates in the news and ask respected friends and neighbors why they support a certain candidate.
When you are considering who you will support with your vote, I ask you to consider using the eminent domain issue as one of your deciding factors. We will continue to work on eminent domain reform in the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature.
One of the lessons we learned from the 2017 effort on eminent domain reform is that we need legislators to support additional protections to ensure that ranchers and landowners are not taken advantage of in the eminent domain process.
The TSCRA Political Action Committee has proposed a list of recommended candidates for TSCRA members to consider. These recommendations are available to members online. The website link is available in your daily issue of The Cattleman Update, our daily emailed newsletter, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the link.
Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, the recommendations have something to offer. TSCRA volunteer leaders and staff work on both sides of the aisle to accomplish what is necessary, and to protect ranchers and landowners.
This November election is important. It will determine, in large part, the issues that are discussed in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session and our ability as ranchers and landowners to influence the outcome of those issues, especially when it comes to eminent domain reform and other private property right issues. As ranchers and landowners, we need to take advantage of this valuable opportunity to ensure that our property rights and way of life are protected for future generations. I urge everyone to make your vote count in the general election next month.
Here are some online resources that may be helpful in your voting decisions.
Visit texastribune.com and search for “Texas General Election Candidates” for a list of the Texas candidates.
Download a printable list of TSCRA PAC General Election Recommendations here.
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