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LSGCD Special Board Meeting November 16, 2018



We at the Side of Reason will continue to track the actions of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District. The board met Friday for a Special Session to certify the results of the recent election, swear in the new board and elect the new officers. State Representative Metcalf was present to do the swearing-in as was an aid for State Senator Brandon Creighton. The details of the meeting follow.

Just before the results of the election were certified, any present, outgoing board member had a chance to say a few words.

Scott Weisinger complemented GM Kathy Turner and her staff, praised the working relationships on the board, and indicated that the biggest challenge the board faces going forward is that ‘folks outside of the county have control over groundwater and Montgomery County needs its own voice.’ I assume but do not know for sure that he meant that the GMA14 sets desired future conditions for the aquifer that Montgomery County must support.

John Bleyl indicated that he enjoyed working with the board and he thanked the staff and warned the new board that they face a learning curve. Webb Melder said that the Groundwater Conservation District is an ‘ongoing chapter in his life’ and that we will ask each board member to ‘talk to the Lord’ and that there is much work to do. He praised Representative Metcalf who he said, “gave the district back to the people and took it out of the hands of appointed directors.” Gregg Hope thanked the staff and indicated that he loves Montgomery County very much.

The candidates were then sworn in by Rep. Will Metcalf and took their places at the front of the room for the next part of the meeting.

First, the board selected its officers. Each position only had a single nomination, and all were unanimous votes. Webb Melder was named president, Harry Hardman as Vice President, Stuart Traylor as Secretary and Jim Spigener as treasurer.

No decisions were permitted to be made at the meeting because no agenda items were previously set for today’s meeting. So, the board did what it could do: set future agenda items. The floor was opened up for comments for future agenda items. Melder asked many present by name to offer thoughts. He called on the new board members, LSGCD GM Kathy Jones, Representative Metcalf and Bob Harden, a water engineer who has been in the business for decades.

Rep. Metcalf declined to offer suggestions but indicated that he has ‘an open-door policy for the board.’ Kathy Jones, GM, suggested that the board be open to hearing presentation(s) about groundwater and indicated that the board will need to adopt a budget for 2019 as the previous board did not close on one. Jones also suggested an executive session for a briefing on the ongoing lawsuits. Hardman asked that they discuss an audit before closing on a budget. Larry Rogers and Melder want to review the bylaws. Larry Rogers suggested they do some sort of communication to the employees [editorial comment: presumably many believe their jobs are in peril]. Melder indicated that they will need to review the management plan, regulatory plan, and rules.

Melder then called on Bob Harden. Who is Bob Harden? As previously mentioned, he is an engineer who participated in a summit put on by Quadvest on September 11, 2018 entitled “Are We Really Out of Water? A Summit on the Future of Groundwater in Montgomery County.” He has testified in Austin for Senate Bill 1392 which seeks to amend the Texas Water Code to change the way aquifers are managed. The bill, among other things, eliminates 36.101c(3) which says that groundwater districts may make and enforce rules that “consider the public interest in conservation, preservation, protection, recharging, and prevention of waste of groundwater, and of groundwater reservoirs or their subdivisions, and in controlling subsidence caused by withdrawal of groundwater from those groundwater reservoirs or their subdivisions, consistent with the objectives of Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution.” He is also on the board, which Webb Melder chairs, of the Texas Association of Groundwater Owners and Producers who offer the following services:

  • To increase the availability of professional expertise and information regarding groundwater production and associated private property rights
  • To promote substantive, non-partisan input on the impact of the groundwater production industry on the both the state’s future economic development and the ability to meet projected water needs
  • To facilitate the development of a groundwater policy that will address Texas’ water needs for the 21st Century
  • To facilitate development of infrastructure to move groundwater from point of source to point of need
  • To facilitate the creation of groundwater markets

Numbers four and five should jump off the page: moving groundwater from point of source to point of need and the creation of groundwater markets.

In his comments to the board, Bob called it a “remarkable day” in that replacing an entire board in one go hasn’t happened before, especially in a place like Montgomery County with a “mature groundwater condition.” He described some of his personal history in working with The Hickory Underground Water District and the city of San Angelo in 1992 (now I believe the Irion County Water Conservation District), and in the mid 1990s with the city of Amarillo. Then he mentioned that in the early 2000s he worked with Post Oak Savannah and Gonzalez Counties which were groundwater districts that had just formed and they had to create rules. Bob provided professional services to assist in the creation of their rules and specifically mentioned, ‘they have export programs [established] in those districts without litigation.’ He told the board that they are getting put into a frying pan with controversy and challenges. Other districts have worked through ‘stuff that allows districts to regulate without lawsuits’ as long as you are doing things fairly and impartially with science and monitoring.

It is interesting that Bob would mention a) exporting specifically and b) that he offers professional services to help right groundwater rules. We’ll have to wait and see if this current board hires Bob for this purpose. In the meantime, we did some cursory checking on the export programs in the rules of Post Oak and Gonzalez.

Post Oak: (from Section 8.1 “General Provisions for Transport”, ):

The District may not impose more restrictive permit conditions on the owner of a transport permit than the District imposes on existing in-district users of water. The District may impose a reasonable fee for processing an application under this Rule. The fee may not exceed similar fees that the District imposes for processing other permit applications.

The Post Oak Savannah fee schedule for production and transport of water is zero-point-eight-five cents per 1,000 gallons.

Gonzalez County Groundwater Conservation District (from Rule 15 “Exportation of Groundwater from the District” Sections B & F):

An export permit, as provided for herein, is not required if the export of water commenced prior to the November 26, 1997, the registered pumping capacity of the facility as of November 26, 1997 is not increased, and annual aggregate amount of water to be exported does not exceed 5,000-acre feet.

Permittees shall pay a fee to the District equal to 2.5 cents per one thousand gallons for the water exported from the District in the preceding month.

And what is the export and transport language from the Lone Star Rules (rule 9.3 “Groundwater Transport Fee”)?

The District shall impose a reasonable fee or surcharge, established by Board resolution, for transportation of groundwater out of the District using one of the following methods: (a) a fee negotiated between the District and the transporter; or (b) a fifty percent (50%) export surcharge in addition to the District’s water use fee for in District use.

50% is heavy relative to these two other districts. The baseline fee for water use is 10.5 cents per one thousand gallons and the export surcharge of 50% brings that to 15.75 cents per 1,000 gallons.

So at least we know that the rules that Mr. Harden apparently wrote for two conservation districts for export / transfer fees and restrictions that are significantly lower than those of the Lone Star GCD. In addition, we know that the extraction limits (64,000 Acre Feet per Year) forced a move to surface water for the GRP. Neither condition is conducive to creating a mining and transport business for groundwater in Montgomery County. If you want to monetize the aquifer, you must in a practical manner eliminate extraction limits and remove margin hits like transport fees. We speculated on this in our “Wargames” article.

Melder then closed by indicating that he wanted to look at “well spacing” and “well monitoring.”

As always we will continue to watch the actions of the board so that you have an opportunity to stay current should you choose to do so.

Update: The post link contains the month of “April” when it should have said “November.” The article does refer to the meeting on November 16th. 

Update December 11, 2018: Bob Harden approached me after the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Board Meeting and offered a correction to this story. Bob indicated that he played no role in writing the district rules of exportation (or any other rules) as referenced above. He indicated that he merely acted as an advisor to the boards.


Let’s Wargame: Growing a Private Water Utility When Constrained by Aquifer Regulations



In our podcast episode 4, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Our Local Water Wackiness,” we gamed out how you might grow your revenues if you were a private water utility in a groundwater district that limits groundwater extraction. This is a hypothetical “wargaming” exercise but has been tested with people that definitely understand the landscape.

1. Own a significant matrix of wells over the largest aquifer in the state of Texas.

2. Lobby for legislation to move to an elected, rather than appointed, board for the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District.

3. Start a 501(c)4 and work with the Tea Parties to promote candidates running on personal property rights, transparency, elimination of waste, and lower water bills – things right in the wheelhouse. Highlight the ineptitude, waste and incestuous relationships of the current board with a monopolistic surface water supplier.

4. Succeed in electing a new board that will elminate, reduce or fundamentally redefine extraction limits in the aquifer. Perhaps the board reduces or eliminates export fees. Ideally the board will drop its appeal in Conroe et al vs. LSGCD and effectively acknowledge that it cannot regulate “large-volume groundwater users to reduce how much groundwater they use annually.

5. Use the new extraction limits as proof that the SJRA surface water treatment plant was not necessary and that $400M of public bonds to build the plant were improperly issued.

6. Private operators withdraw from or reduce payments to the surface water GRP which goes, in part, to pay the principal and interest on the bonds.

7. SJRA sues the entities that exit the GRP and raises rates to those who remain to make up for the lost revenue and increased litigation costs. The Woodlands would likely take the brunt. This further agitates the voter base. Letters to state representatives are written.

8. Win a decision in the Supreme Court that the SJRA bonds were improperly issued. Create a a $400M public debt crisis for the Texas Legislature.

9. An investment group appears and offers to take over payments to the SJRA for the bond debt in exchange for water extraction rights. The Texas Legislature, behind a demanding voter base, passes legislation to reduce groundwater regulation in some meaningful way.

10. Create a groundwater supply footprint capable of supporting new developments and the exportation of water monetizing billions of dollars of water in the aquifer.

The President of Quadvest, a private water utility, is also the Chairman of Restore Affordable Water. Since it is a 501(c)4 and not a PAC, its contributors (investors?) will never be made public. Wouldn’t it be nice to know who, exactly, is supporting the efforts to elect candidates that may very well believe that the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District uses “Junk Science” to set water policy (Hardman shared article on campaign page); used a massively incorrect recharge rate to set policy (Bouche comment); along with the SJRA is running a “fear and propaganda campaign” (Prykryl share on campain page)? Or a candidate that believes the SJRA is scaring “people into thinking we will fall into the ocean if we keep pumping groundwater” (Spigener on his campaign page)? And candidates that flat-out oppose regulations (Melder share on campaign page, Rogers in a MCTP vetting video)?

Restore Affordable Water has purchased airtime on Lone Star Radio. On October 9th, Simon had as his guest Mike Stoecker who is a “water ultility provider in the Montgomery County Area.” He has Simon’s confidence. In response to Simon’s question, “if you were on the board, what is the first thing you would do?” Mike responds, “I don’t know if I want to tell you that on the air because it would give away the gameplan.” To which Simon answers, “yep.” Here is the video but you have to slide to 47:45 to hear the exchange.

As president of Quadvest, Simon Sequeira owns (among other things) their corporate growth strategy. In addition, Quadvest’s corporate Vision Statement states the following:

By the year 2025, we will be serving no less than 100,000 customers with operational excellence. By the year 2035, we will be the First Choice wholesale and retail utility provider in Texas. First Choice means: First in employee and customer satisfaction; First Choice Partner for Developers, Engineers, and Lawyers.

It is safe to assume that Quadvest cannot achieve a vision like this without access to groundwater.

Vote as you wish… of course! No one in Texas will fault anyone for voting for personal property rights or economic growth. Just do it with your eyes wide open and know that you are not voting for your water bill to go down (we tackle that one in podcast episode 3).

You may want to stop and consider candidates that believe in local groundwater management, managing subsidence, protecting small well owners, regulating aquifer levels, controlling the cost of well development, and enabling the development of viable groundwater alternatives in the face of signficant population growth. Or not. But make it about that. Again, not your water bill.

Incidentally, Side of Reason believes that no matter what, phases 2, 3 and 4 of the SJRA surface water treatment plant must be delayed until a prudent time according to the water demands of the county. This action does not require a RAW slate.

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Episode 4: Hitchhiker’s Guide to Our Local Water Wackiness



Your water bill can’t go down measurably with a new LSGCD board, but could it go up? We explore that and analyze bigger issues that could be in play while a 501(c)4 organization, Restore Affordable Water, advocates for more limited water regulation in a Tea Party-driven county.


Episode 3: Water 101 – Raw Truth



Can an elected board for the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District lower your water bill? We describe the components of cost in your water bill and show that the board itself can do very little to directly lower yours.


In Our Defense



We had an interesting exchange this week with a candidate for Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District in which our character was called into question. After we responded, the entire post was deleted. Since the disparaging comments were available to the public for hours and our response was only available for a few minutes, we offer them here.

The following transcript is derived from screen captures of the discussion. We note the two locations below where the screen captures were not complete. The screen captures are provided for substantiation and any errors are not intentional.

Jon began by shared an article from The Golden Hammer with the comment, “Great information here.”

Side of Reason 

As a person running for public office, we take articles that you share as a window into your point of view unless you state otherwise. Two Questions:

1) Are there any elements of this article you do not agree with or find misleading? If so, which elements?

2) Would we expect your policy choices in office to match the last sentence of the article? “Citizens will have the direct ability to turn the spigots of junk science and needless regulations of private water property rights off forever.” (note: the words in italics were not captured in the screen caputre)

Jon Paul Bouche for Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Place 3 
I said there was some great information. If you take exception to some part of that article, let’s discuss it. The recharge rate as stated by the USGS is, in fact, six times greater than the recharge rate used by the LSGCD when they were putting together their models. (note: the words in italics were not captured in the screen capture)
Side of Reason 

The study that you and Mr. Yollick cite was published in 1996 and did in fact yield a recharge rate of 6 inches per year but for limited parts of the Chicot and Evangeline aquifers. The deep Jasper aquifer, which is a major source of groundwater for the district was not included (over 500 ft deep – http://bit.ly/2EbTJib).

The Study used tritium as a ground-water tracer in outcrops in a 2,000 square mile area in Harris, Montgomery and Walker counties. The depth of the study was limited to the water table at a depth of 10 – 75 feet because, “the seismic-refraction method was applied in the study area is not reliable for detecting water tables deeper than about 75 ft.” The entire study can be read here: https://on.doi.gov/2R10afl.

Mr. Yollick indicates in his article that “The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is the foremost geological survey in the world. It has remained non-political and operates almost entirely as an independent organization within the United States Department of the Interior.”

If we can agree that the USGS is an important source, then it is certainly worth looking at other studies that they may have published.

One is the 2004 report entitled, “Hydrogeology and Simulation of GroundWater Flow and Land-Surface Subsidence in the Norther Part of the Gulf Coast Aquifer System, Texas” (http://bit.ly/2yt8FIZ). Another is the 2013 report entitled, “Estimated Rates of Groundwater Recharge to the Chicot, Evangeline, and Jasper Aquifers by Using Environment Tracer in Montgomery and Adjacent Counties, Texas, 2008 and 2011” (https://on.doi.gov/2pPGjy5). These yield a wide variety of results with a wide variety of sizing and location conditions:

  • Chicot and Evangeline in aggregate: 7in/yr and 0.4 in/yr
  • Evangeline and Jasper in aggregate: 2 in/yr and 1.2 in/yr
  • Chicot: 1.3 in/yr and .2 to 7.2 in/yr
  • Evangeline: 1.2 in/yr, 1.5 in/yr, 0.5 in/yr and 0.1in/yr
  • Entire Gulf Coast Aquifer in aggregate: 0-1 in/yr, 0.12 in/yr, 0.25 in/yr, 1-2 in/yr

The article you share cherry picks a high recharge rate and excludes a major aquifer. Using a 6 in/yr recharge rate to set extraction limits effectively deregulates the use of groundwater. It is important for voters to know now – not after entering office – what mindset each candidate will us in setting policy especially given the volumes of information available right now.

Jon Paul Bouche for Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Place 3 

As I state above… “I plan to look at all of the information that is available and consult with hydro-geologists to ensure that the best decisions are made.”

Jon Paul Bouche for Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Place 3 

I understand there is competing science here and people want to pick and choose which report says whatever they agree with. It would be senseless to get into a debate with you about which report has more weight in this discussion. Ultimately, the board will have to sit down and discuss all of these reports and make the best decision and this what I plan to do if elected.

John Paul Bouche for Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Place 3 

Scott. You and your wife Andrea did a webcast about the new Montgomery County Republican Party bylaws a few weeks ago and there was just a lot of misinformation in that webcast. Even though we are FB friends and my phone number is easily accessible, prior to that webcast you did [not, sic] bother to reach out to me before calling me out in your webcast. Then after doing a bit of research into who you and your wife associate with, it all made sense. It just seems to me that if you were really interested in getting the information right, you would have spoken with someone who was involved in the process before doing your webcast. That is why I sent you a message after I saw your webcast. If you are going to put yourself out there and do a webcast, I think it is important that you at least make an honest effort to get the information right.

Subsequently, when the SREC voted 64-0 against your position on the new bylaws, instead of having the character to accept the truth and desist in your approach, you simply did another webcast and imputed motives on the people who were instrumental in adoption the new bylaws. Gotta say…… not cool.

Here is what I think that people need to understand about this situation… … The new bylaws were passed to modernize the party, energize the party and unify a party that has been divided for many years. That’s it. There are no ulterior motives and I will have you know that I voted for Chairman Wilkerson and removing him from office was never discussed.

Over the past 20-30 years, the demographics of Montgomery County have changed considerably and yet the MCRP has not evolved much at all, that is until these new bylaws were adopted. The changes were needed and we have made great progress even though we continually have to deal with people who have dispensed with logic and reason and continue to make specious emotional arguments to try and further divide the party. I would welcome your efforts to help unify the party but thus far, I have not seen that from you.

In closing, I will say that your interest in my race for the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District is certainly not coincidental. Of all of the races going on in November, you have suddenly taken a keen interest in mine. I have sent you an hour long video explaining pretty much everything you would want to know about why I am in this race. I have told you that I will look at whatever information is put forth and be objective in my evaluation of that information and in the decisions that I will make if elected. So people will have a choice on Election Day. They can vote for more of the same and elect the incumbent which will most certainly maintain the status quo if that is what they want. Or… they can vote for the other guy in the race who has a criminal record (it’s public information so you can do your own research on this.). But if they don’t like those candidates, then they can vote for me. I have over 20 years of training and experience in doing complex audits and investigations all over the United States and abroad. I take pride in the community service that I do and I hope that everyone will do their research before they cast their vote.

We will talk after the election.

Side of Reason 

The Side of Reason is brand new. We released our first podcast, our website and our Facebook page on September 19th. We exist to research topics where we believe that there is missing information in the public view. As you must know, my wife Andrea has been involved in MoCo politics since the road bond in 2015 and she was an instrumental part of the fight to convert the Township seats. The husband side of this operation (me) has literally been active in issues since August 17th of this year.

It was on that day that I saw your Facebook post describing the new committees in the MCRP. I examined the document you provided and I noticed that there were quite a few precinct chairs that were not assigned to committees and I thought that was a bit odd. I wrote to many of them to try & find out why. At the same time I wrote to you on Facebook to ask for a copy of the new MCRP bylaws. I proceeded to study the old and new bylaws and couldn’t believe they could change so drastically and so I started researching. I read the rules of the RPT, the Texas Election Code, Robert’s Rules of Order, statements from Mr. Dickey, legal positions, posts from you, Reagan Reed, and others. I read the bylaws of other counties in Texas. I even read the bylaws from other states! I’ve watched and re-watched the June 26th CEC meeting, attended the August 28th CEC meeting in person and listened to the two SREC hearings involving Dr. Wilkerson.

And so we launched our first podcast with a passionately held point of view and jumped into the fray.

You state in your post that “when the SREC voted 64-0 against your position on the new bylaws, instead of having the character to accept the truth and desist in your approach, you simply did another webcast and imputed motives…”

When the SREC voted, we literally issued a post THAT DAY entitled, “Today’s SREC Meeting Changed the Validity of the New MCRP Bylaws. Here’s How.” In it we said, “We suggest the following: 1) Chairman Wilkerson accept the ruling and abide by the new bylaws. 2) We suggest that the SREC amend the RPT Rule 8e to provide extreme clarity for the process for a CEC to adopt new bylaws (IE match the text in 8C and 8d).” This was to the great disappointment of many supporting Dr. Wilkerson.

Yes, we mentioned you in our podcast… because you are actually literally in the center of this issue and weren’t the only one we mentioned by name.

We knew when we started Side of Reason that the water issue would be our second issue. Why? I noticed the Restore Affordable Water 501(c)4 materials and like anyone I was drawn in because I would like a lower water bill. I read their presentation, “We have a Government Problem, Not A Water Problem.” On page nine, it shows a chart stating that the Gulf Coast Aquifer in Montgomery County has 180 MILLION acre-feet of water and the LSGCD only allows MoCo to pump 64,000 acre-feet of water per year. When I read something like that I think ‘there must be more to this – what kind of entity would allow MoCo to extract only 0.036% of the available water each year?’

So I found out over the last two weeks. I have read USGS reports, SJRA and LSGCD annual reports, the 2003 Groundwater Plan, strategic summaries, the MODFLOW modeling process, LSGCD minutes, GMA14 minutes, subsidence reports, LSGCD bylaws, summaries of lawsuits and appeals. Our filebox grows daily. I watched Simon interview RAW candidates on Lone Star Radio. I watched Erick Yollick’s “Hammer Time” with Mr. Hardman and Larry Rogers. Yes, I even watched your Tea Party vetting interview (I encourage everyone to watch – it is eye opening). I reached out to folks that have served on a MUD. I attended the Chamber of Commerce candidate’s forum. I reached out and met with SJRA and the GM of the Harris-Galveston Subsidence district. I’ve learned how the LSGCD budgets and their sources of income. I learned the nature of the SJRA surface water conversion plan (and its financing) and the SJRA fee on our water bills. I learned about proportional and historic groundwater reduction. I studied the impact of the 64,000 acre-feet rule and why the number was changed to 100,000 (pending adoption of the GMA14). I wrote the GM of the WJPA (he did not respond). I wrote to RAW and literally asked for a meeting with Simon Sequiera (which was ignored). I have other emails queued. And as you very well know, I wrote to you (after hearing your view that I should reach out to those involved before assuming motive). Until you cancelled our meeting today, we were going to meet tomorrow [Friday, Oct 12] at 3pm. It’s in my calendar.

In tomorrow’s discussion, I was going to attempt to understand your policy view and share my concern with you that if the board acts in the way I believe RAW would like for it to and drops the legal appeals process, increases (or abandons) the extraction limit or any number of other *possibilities* that rates could actually GO UP in The Woodlands because of the public debt associated with the surface water treatment plant. In fact, I think that’s what this election is all about: the debt and its repayment through fees to the GRP. As a candidate attempting to represent Precinct 3 (MY precinct) I thought you might want to know this. I was honestly looking forward to hearing where I might be wrong BEFORE we do our first podcast.

Yes – you are in the middle of this one too. You are running for a seat and are endorsed by RAW.

I would have waited to discuss anything on this until our meeting tomorrow but then you shared on this campaign page the very sort of article that got us fighting misinformation in the first place from the Golden Hammer. It states among other things that the recharge rate is really 6 in/yr and not 1.1 in/yr as assumed by the LSGCD. I asked you if you share the view in the article and I gave you a chance to walk yourself back from it and clarify your policy view. Instead you doubled down stating, “The recharge rate as stated by the USGS is, in fact, six times greater than the recharge rate used by the LSGCD when they were putting together their models.” These then became YOUR words which I refuted. You dismissed my post and effectively said, “I will conduct research once I’m in office and make the best decision.’ Voters like me aren’t voting for ‘investigation, audit or research capability.’ We want to know what you’ll do in office. By the way, I actually looked at all of the other RAW candidates to see if anyone else shared the article. If they had, I’d have engaged them as well because I found the article to be so terribly misleading and I honestly couldn’t believe you or anyone else running for office would share it.

After all of this you resorted to a very personal attack on our integrity and character.

You have misjudged our motives in the most severe way. You assume things about us that are false. You believe we have it out for you personally – that you are somehow in our crosshairs. You imply that our associates drive our behavior or points of view. You insult our intelligence and most importantly the essence of who we are. We work in concert with no one but each other. We research the heck out of our topics and present our opinions. We WELCOME being challenged and in fact invite it. We absolutely admit when we’re wrong (we even did so once on September 28th).

We are not who you think we are. Your post is ugly, unwarranted, and unbecoming of a public official.

Update 10/12 – we missed the share of the same article on Harry Hardman’s page. It was also discovered on Richard Rankel’s page who is not a RAW-endorsed candidate. We have since inquired with them – this was an honest oversight

Update 10/18 – since this post, Simon Sequeira and Jim Stinson have reached out to us. It was not our intention to disparage them for not having done so – we were merely trying to represent the scale of our attempted conversations. We are grateful to both.


#AllTheFomentz



In today’s espisode, we discuss the latest developments in the dispute over the MCRP bylaws and control of the Republican Party. Specifically we talk about the 8K Rule filing against Dr. Wally,  whether such a ruling has teeth, and that the SREC is partially to blame for getting us here. We also talk about the new bylaws, we compare them versus the old and re-live June 26, 2018 when arguments for and against the new bylaws were made in the CEC.

God bless!


Podcast Correction



As we state in our podcast, we are willing to be wrong and/or corrected meanwhile we continue to immerse ourselves in the study of the MCRP bylaws (old and new), the SREC bylaws, the RPT rules and the Texas Election Code. In this case, we are correcting ourselves after further reading:

We mention in the podcast that the new bylaws do not have a provision requiring the CEC to vote on new bylaws every two years at its organizational meeting and we suggested this was an intentional mechanism to “lock in the bylaws.” While it is true that such language was removed in the new bylaws, it does not exempt the CEC from the RPT rules which do require all CECs to vote on new bylaws at the start of every organizational meeting.

As you see in our posts above, we still assert that the mechanism to vote in bylaws at an organizational meeting can be legitimately disputed and the SREC should address this in a more definitive manner than they have (even in the events of the last 6 days).


The Splintering of the MCRP



In our inaugural podcast, we discuss the division of the Montgomery County Republican Party into two entities driven by the adoption of new bylaws on June 26, 2018 by the County Executive Committee (CEC). We discuss the validity of their implementation and things about them that you might want to know when considering the role they may play in the future of the MCRP.

Spoiler alert: we think the bylaws were adopted improperly and while there are certainly some great things in the new bylaws and in the actions that the “MCRP New” is taking, there are also some real head-scratchy things in them.

To be clear, this is not a podcast that attempts to preserve power for Dr. Wally Wilkerson, Chairperson of the MCRP… we have no affiliation or allegiance, we’re just a couple of conservatives attempting to understand this situation without all the propaganda. In fact, given that Dr. Wilkerson and his allegiance had a three week heads-up, it’s stunning that he (they) didn’t have a better understanding of their own bylaws and action plan for that June 26th meeting. We attempt to stick to the facts by looking at: 1) the manner in which the bylaws were changed and 2) the actual text of the new bylaws. Toward the end we do add conjecture while exploring possible motives for the group that drove the changes.

It is our hope that people on both sides of the issue will find value here.

Andrea and I are new to the creation of podcasts. This one goes a bit long and probably jumps around a bit. I promise we will get better at doing them. I have new found respect for the preparation that radio and podcast hosts must take on to drive a pithy presentation.

In episode 2, we’ll introduce ourselves in greater detail before we move to other topics in episode 3. We welcome your encouragement, constructive feedback and corrections.

God bless!

Scott & Andrea Custer, “Side of Reason”