Border Info You Should See

Thursday, September 11, 2014
On September 11th the TX Department of Public Safety released important border security information. DPS said in part:“Mexican cartels are the most significant organized crime threat to Texas, with seven of the eight cartels operating command and control networks in the state, moving drugs and people into the United States, and transporting cash, weapons and stolen vehicles back to Mexico. In short, an unsecure U.S.-Mexico border is a state and national security problem. DPS personnel, as well as the brave men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol, local law enforcement agencies, state partners and members of the Texas National Guard, are working around-the-clock to keep the local communities safe through Operation Strong Safety.”... Read More

Seeking Applicants for Fall Internship

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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Rep. Schaefer: Texans’ ‘independent spirit’ blamed for low healthcare sign-ups

Tuesday, April 01, 2014
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -Nearly one in four Texans does not have health insurance. Still, the number enrolled in government healthcare is far less than projected.Some government leaders have pointed to Texas politicians and their criticism of the Affordable Care Act as one reason for the low turnout. Two East Texas leaders explain why they think so many uninsured Texans might be missing the March 31 deadline.It’s a Texas attitude, not a political one, according to Republican State Representative Matt Schaefer.... Read More

Simpson weighs in on pharmacy bill vote

Monday, February 24, 2014
Tyler Paper- When Dr. Rodney Mabry and Mr. Howard Patterson met with me to share their vision for a privately funded pharmacy school at the University of Texas at Tyler, I immediately expressed my support for the proposal. The idea was good for Texas (hundreds of Texans were having to obtain that training out of state); it was good for East Texas as a growing center of healthcare services; and it was a model for higher education.... Read More

Early Voting Times and Locations

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Early voting has begun and with it the chance to talk to voters just before they make their decision. What a race this has been! We are in the home stretch and want to make sure you all know where to go and what times you can vote.If you are able to help us at the polls it is all hands on deck for the next two weeks. Volunteer with our campaign and let us know the times you are available to stand for Matt!... Read More

My Response to a Serious Accusation

Thursday, January 30, 2014
It was with sadness and dismay that I opened my mail to see Skip Ogle published a campaign piece accusing me of being soft on sexual predators who victimize children. Nothing could be further from the truth. It pains me even to repeat his false accusation in this response.... Read More

True author of these “Issues”?

Thursday, January 02, 2014
Candidates’ beliefs are the indispensable foundation upon which voters decide. Straight talk is required, not canned convictions. So why are Skip Ogle’s positions virtually identical to the content published by two other men running for office? We are scratching our heads… careless, or copied? You decide. (right click to download image below)... Read More

Seat belt sound off: Do belts make school buses safer?

Friday, December 13, 2013
TYLER, TX (KLTV) – With multiple school bus wrecks this week, East Texans are speaking up about installing seat belts on buses.Wednesday, two Athens Independent School District buses collided, sending 79 students to the hospital.  On Friday morning, a Tatum ISD bus wreck delayed traffic; school officials say there were no injuries.Parents are calling for seat belts on their children’s buses. Even the kids on the bus, like 8-year-old Leela Coleman who fractured her collarbone in the Athens wreck, say they’re not boarding again “We need to make changes. We need seat belts on buses,” says Leela.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says public school buses carry 24 million children every year. East Texas school district officials say seat belts won’t make the bus more safe.... Read More

Bell Students Honor Veterans

Monday, November 11, 2013
With songs, speeches and praise, the Bell Elementary Global Communications Academy students celebrated veterans and the freedoms they have fought to keep for this country during a school-wide program on Monday.“Veterans are very important to our lives,” one student said. “If it wasn’t for them, our country wouldn’t be free.”The program included musical performances by the Bell Singers, a third- through fifth-grade choir, and the first-graders. Fourth-graders read letters they had written describing what a veteran is and what Veterans Day celebrates.... Read More

9 Constitutional Amendments to be Decided in Nov. Election

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Tyler Paper- Texans will decide the fate of nine state constitutional amendments on Nov. 5. Early voting begins Monday.Constitutional amendment elections draw historically low voter turnouts. In 2011, 5 percent of the state’s 13 million registered voters cast ballots.Of the nine propositions, few have garnered media coverage. Two provisions, Proposition 1 and Proposition 4, would affect spouses of veterans disabled or killed in action.Proposition 1 would exempt a surviving spouse all or part of homestead property taxes. Proposition 4 would exempt portions of the homestead taxes for partially disabled veterans and their spouses.... Read More