Scholfield State Rep Race Won by Old Fashion Shoe Leather

KATY, Texas–Republican Texas State Representative candidate Schofield was like the mailman, out walking, rain, sleet, or shine. It paid off because he won by 68% of the vote in a district where 5,100 voters voted in the run-off. He did so against a candidate who has been the President/CEO of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce since 1999.

His attitude is that “if you want to win the hearts and minds of the voters, you have to go to the grassroots and actually talk with them. They want to know what you believe.”  He says that you go out and talk to the voters “not just because it helps you win, but because it makes you a better representative, you hear the issues.”

Schofield told those who he talked to on their doorsteps that “if I just wanted you to know what I thought, I could mail you this brochure. I want to know what you think.”

Scholfield told Breibart Texas that he is a grassroots candidate and believes that a “race is about getting to know people – not about attacking your opponent.” He said it is like applying for a job – “you do not attack the other applicants, you try to convince the employer that you are the right candidate for the job.” 

He covered 1000 homes a month between October 15th and Memorial Day. He knocked on 7,880 doors, just shy of the 8,000 he thought he would get to by the primary run-off date. He had knocked on 3000 doors by the time of the primary vote on March 4th. He hit the pavement on all but 9 days during that 7 1/2 month period. Schofield knows the power of the grassroots. He has been working for candidates for over two decades in West Houston and Harris County.

The Republican nominee for House District 132 is a lawyer who has worked at the prestigious law firm of Baker Botts, and as in-house counsel of a joint venture between Shell and Texaco. Schofield has served as advisor to Governor Rick Perry since 2003 – 6 sessions of the Texas Legislature.

While serving Governor Perry, Schofield worked on getting tort reform passed in 2003. At that time, Texas was losing doctors because they were facing double-digit malpractice insurance premium increases in the valley and in high risk specialties. High risk health care was limited for some of the most vulnerable Texans.

In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court case of Kelo v. City of New London sparked a nationwide property owner movement. The case expanded eminent domain powers beyond public use, to the power to take private land for the public benefit. It allowed an economic development authority to take homes for a corporation on the theory that it would increase the tax base and be good for the community. This U.S. Supreme Court decision enraged Democrats, Republicans, Southerners, and Northerners. Schofield went to work and helped pass a law, and later a constitutional amendment, that operated to limit eminent domain powers in Texas. 

He is also an expert on election law and worked on the Voter ID law during 3 sessions. He has assisted the Governor and Texas legislators with a whole host of legal issues as they relate to legislation, and he has experience with a wide range of policy issues. Schofield was entrusted with any question that involved lawsuits and potential lawsuits in legislation. The object – not to make suing the remedy in legislation. In-between sessions, he took time off to help candidates and to help get out the vote.

Schofield says he learned by knocking on doors that the issues facing the voters in his district are pretty much the same as those facing all Texans. He says “Texans are concerned about government that can’t be bothered to protect its borders, but has plenty of energy to get into their family’s business and tell them what health insurance to buy. Texans are very concerned that under Barack Obama the government is trying to enter into a permanent state of dictating more and more from Washington about how people have to live.”

He says that “government no longer suggests that smoking is bad and that you should eat more vegetables, they want to tell you to stop smoking and to eat more vegetables. There is no reason to believe that dictating that you must buy health insurance is anything but the first step in Washington’s attempts to tell you how to live.” 

If elected in the November general election, he pledges to stay out in the community. The district is very fast-growing and more and more people are added to the area every day. He says he will stay out in the community in order to see how the community is affected by the constant growth.

The fiscally conservative candidate attended a Katy Area Economic Development Corporation meeting a few months ago. Twenty minutes of slides were shown setting out commercial projects that were going to employ from 500 to 1000 people each. He says that the amount of housing and road mile increases, and increases on water infrastructure, is going to be enormous. Schofield is concerned that if the state keeps spending tens of billions of dollars on projects that are outside of Republicans’ core mission, the state is never going to be able to pay for things it is supposed to pay for like roads, schools, and water.

During the past 6 sessions of the legislature, Schofield spent his time helping the passage of good bills, keeping bad amendments off bills, and getting amendments on bills. He says “that if elected, I have no illusions that I will be anything other than a freshman legislator” but adds that “I have had a lot of experience working bills through the process.” 

Anyone desiring to run for state representative, city council, school board, or any local race, would be wise to emulate Mike Schofield when running for office. As the Republican nominee, he is now turning his attention to November 2nd. His plan is to turn out the voters for the judges and for all of the Republican ticket. He faces Democrat Luis Lopez in November.

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After Climate Change Speech, Obama Jets to Palm Springs for Golf

President Barack Obama arrived in Palm Springs, California on Saturday via Air Force One to spend Father’s Day playing golf. Hours earlier, he had lectured graduating students at University of California, Irvine, about the need to “do something” about climate change, mocking those who questioned that policy goal.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages reducing unnecessary air travel to minimize carbon dioxide emissions. Golf courses are also frequent targets of environmentalists–especially in southern California, where a severe drought has placed a spotlight on golf courses’ use of scarce water resources.

In his address, Obama told graduates they had a personal obligation to act on climate change: “You need to invest in what helps, and divest from what harms.  And you’ve got to remind everyone who represents you, at every level of government, that doing something about climate change is a prerequisite for your vote.”

The golfing trip to Palm Springs is Obama’s second so far this year. In February, he golfed in Palm Springs after delivering a speech in the drought-stricken Central Valley about his efforts to help affected farmers. He moved a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah to Palm Springs instead of Washington, D.C. to facilitate his golfing trip.




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Moving Hollywood to Coastal Georgia Could Mean Record Profits

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Due to soaring labor costs and a weak tax credit structure, more movie producers and studios are flocking east to produce feature films. “Over the past several years, Hollywood has become very expensive to produce movies,” says Jake Shapiro, CEO of Medient Studios. “In my opinion, Georgia will be the new Hollywood.” According to Georgia.org, in 2013 alone, television networks, Hollywood studios, production companies and independent producers invested more than $3.3 billion in the state’s film industry. One of the most ambitious film projects in the state, let alone the nation, is Medient Studios, a 12-year-old production company that has leased a 1,560 acre property in Effingham County, Georgia, to build a “Studioplex.” Medient Studios (OTC: MDNT) is building what many consider to be the most ambitious public/private partnership to date — the property is approximately the same size as Central Park and will be home to over 2 million square feet of sound stages and post-production facilities. Leading the way is Medient Studios’ newly appointed CEO Shapiro. As an honors graduate of Rutgers University, the financier was critical in negotiating the original public/private partnership with Georgia, and he has a long history of capital formation for small- and mid-cap-sized companies. “We are in the process of building an intellectual property factory,” says Shapiro. “A factory serves two primary purposes — to increase production and reduce costs. The Medient Studioplex in Georgia is disruptive to conventional Hollywood wisdom, whereby there is little to no alignment between the film investors and the producers who actually spend the money. By focusing on producing great content, with factory efficiencies, our team believes it can generate profit margins unheard of in the entertainment business.” For more information, visit www.medient.com.

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President Obama Talks Climate Change, Optimism at UC Irvine Commencement Speech

President Obama delivered the commencement speech at UC Irvine on Saturday afternoon, telling graduates they “have a right to be optimistic” and urging them to get involved in the fight against climate change.

According to NBC Los Angeles, the President said he could not wait to see what this generation of college graduates will do, calling them “super underrated” and crediting his own administration with much of the progress the graduates have seen in the country.

“Consider this: since the time most of you graduated from high school, fewer Americans are at war,” Obama told the 8,000 graduates at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. “More have health insurance. More are graduating from college. Our businesses have added more than nine million jobs. And the number of states where you’re free to marry who you love has more than doubled. That’s just some of the progress you’ve seen over your four years at UC Irvine.”

Obama’s speech marks the second time a president has given the commencement speech at UC Irvine, according to the Los Angeles Times; Lyndon B. Johnson spoke there in 1964, and Michelle Obama spoke to graduates there in 2009.

Obama also announced the creation of a $1 billion fund for states affected by extreme weather, for rebuilding and security purposes. The president said the fund “should not be a partisan issue,” before taking a jab at Republicans.

“After all, it was Republicans who used to lead the way on new ideas on how to improve the environment,” he said, referencing President Nixon’s passage of the Clean Air Act and President Theodore Roosevelt’s development of national parks.

The Times reports that UC Irvine spent $2 million on the ceremony. Campus officials and students spent about a year sending postcards and video invitations in an effort to persuade the president to speak at the school’s 50th anniversary and commencement speech.

“I’m here for a simple reason,” Obama said. “You asked.”

President Obama was at a $32,000-a-plate fundraiser in Laguna Beach on Saturday morning for donors to the Democratic National Committee. After the speech, Obama flew to Palm Springs, where he’ll stay until Monday morning.




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Giant Squirrel Stalks Hillary on Campaign Book Tour

Fox News has reported that a giant squirrel has been stalking former first lady Hillary Clinton during her national book tour, where she has been touting Hard Choices and, some say, initiating her campaign to run for President in 2016.

The feisty creature, unlike other squirrels, is wearing a T-shirt saying, “Another Clinton in the White House is Nuts.” 

In fact, the squirrel is a Republican National Committee intern dressed in a furry suit, who followed Clinton to a book signing at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The squirrel/intern has been handing out leaflets and ridiculing the former secretary of state.

Even though the book tour has afforded Clinton millions of dollars in free media attention, according to a new Gallup poll, her popularity has been dwindling in the polls. Moreover, a new Bloomberg poll reveals that Hillary is down four points in popularity just since March and is down a whopping 18% since December 2012. 




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