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County Government Slows to Honor Veterans

Miller County, AR- Many people let Veteran’s Day slide past last weekend without much notice, but the elected officials and staff at the Miller County Courthouse did not as they rose above their office duties to do more.  In the middle of fall decorations, pumpkin contest, preparations for the Christmas season, and the recent influx of taxpayers taking care of taxes, officials and staff paused last Friday to honor veterans. Each office decorated, put up signs, prepared food and snacks, and opened their doors wide to those who have stepped up to answer the call to defend our freedoms.  Everyone from the county judge down to the maintenance staff in the building knows that without veterans, there simply would be no national, state, city, or county government to run. Stephanie Harvin, Miller County Clerk, posted several pictures on the office Facebook account.  You can see staff decked out in red, white and blue, and flags, banners, and food all around.  The event was not to be dismissed as little.  Miller County Judge Roy John McNatt stated that it was a great event and that he was able to visit each office in the courthouse and see the decorations.   Veterans from across the area dropped in, had a snack and visited with local officials and staff. Continue Reading →

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State Senator Bryan Hughes Releases Statement Regarding Congressional Race

Texas-  This afternoon Texas Senator Bryan Hughes released the following statement regarding a potential run for Congressional District Five of Texas:

“The encouragement I’ve received to run for Congressman Hensarling’s seat has been moving.  This is a rare opportunity, and I’m honored that so many whom I trust and respect have offered their support. After much prayer and consultation with family and friends and supporters, I am confident that I can best serve in the Texas Senate.  Texas is setting the pace for America and the world, and our Texas Senate is at the vanguard of the battles to grow jobs, balance budgets, expand individual liberty, and protect innocent human life.  Now is not the time for me to leave.” Continue Reading →

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KATHIE GLASS LAUNCHES 2018 CAMPAIGN FOR GOVERNOR

Kathie Glass launched her Libertarian campaign for Texas Governor today, Monday, November 6, 2017, at the historic Driskill Hotel in Austin. “Greg Abbott is not the leader Texas needs, so today, I announce my candidacy for Texas governor as a Libertarian.  I want to be Texas governor to unite Texans to fight two threats to our freedom:  an unconstitutional federal behemoth and cronyism in Austin.” Kathie Glass said. “Texans have not yet reviewed Greg Abbott’s performance against their expectations or his promises.  I hope to help with that exercise over the next year.  When they do, they will find him lacking.” Glass continued. Continue Reading →

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President Trump signs Ratcliffe cybercrime-fighting bill into law

Provides critical training and resources to state and local law enforcement

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe’s (R-Texas) Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017(H.R. 1616) was signed into law today by President Trump. The law provides state and local law enforcement with the tools and training they need to combat cybercrime and protect our communities. It has been hailed as a major win for law enforcement and for America’s cybersecurity posture. “I’d like to thank President Trump for his strong support of my bill to ensure our state and local law enforcement officials are properly equipped to address and prosecute crimes in the 21st century – because we’re now in an era where almost every case involves some sort of digital evidence,” Ratcliffe said. “At the end of the day, getting the upper hand against cyber criminals will make our nation safer, and I’m glad that this critical piece of legislation has been signed into law to do just that.”

H.R. 1616 authorizes the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) in Hoover, Ala., which is widely recognized as the premier cybercrime training center for law enforcement officials from across the country. Continue Reading →

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Presidential Portrait Still Missing in Federal Courthouse Lobby

Update –  A good friend just contacted me after reading this article and shared an article from another publication stating that the President and Vice President have just released their official portraits.  Thank you for the feedback and thankful for friends taking time to point these things out to me!  
The Texarkana, USA Federal Courthouse is a unique building that sits in both Texas and Arkansas.  The building can be seen on post cards, is a frequent photoshoot site for tourist, and is the location where many U.S. Presidents have spoken going clear back to President Kennedy’s famous speech before his ill-fated trip to Dallas.  Walk inside the doors and, although security concerns have modified the entrance, you can not help but be in awe of the design, the ceilings, the doors, and other significant features leap out at you filled with history.  Walk around the main lobby of the Courthouse, also home to the post office, and you’ll notice the President and Vice-President’s pictures hanging just above the doors as you go out.  They hang there as a reminder that this is a federal building and that they are part of the decor requirements of our federal buildings.  As far as anyone can remember, the President and Vice President has had their portraits in the lobby of the famous Texarkana Courthouse always.  Well, at least until January 20, 2017, when the tradition apparently stopped for some unknown reason. On Inauguration Day 2009, George Bush walked out of the White House in our nation’s symbolic exchange of power and Barack Obama walked into it.  On that day it wasn’t about being Democrat or Republican, it was only about the fact that the President of the United States had served his term, and a new President was now taking office.  On that same day in Federal Courthouses across the land President Bush’s picture came down and President Obama’s was placed on the wall.  In Texarkana, the lobby of the U.S. Courthouse saw the same exchange.  President Obama would go on to serve two terms and on January 20, 2017, like Bush, President Obama would step down as President and hand over the reigns to the new President.  Across the land in Federal Courthouses the exchange of pictures started.  In Texarkana, President Obama’s picture came down, only this time, and perhaps for the first time in the courthouses’ history, no new President’s picture was hung from the old nail over the entrance to the courthouse lobby. Within a few months the Four States News noticed the lack of the President’s picture and an article was published.  Social media stirred with pictures and questions.  Some expressed anger that the picture was not there while others expressed relief as they did not support President Trump.  Through all the questions, nobody seemed to know why the new President’s picture was not hanging in the lobby. A few more months rolled by and rumors regarding there being no official portraits of the President seemed weak at best.  Postal workers stated that they had no control over the pictures.  They noted that the General Service Administration or GSA had oversight and was responsible to hang up all pictures and federal postings. A quick search of the Internet reveled a GSA number for information pertaining to the Federal Courthouse in Texarkana.  After several calls, and no answers, the Four States News opted for the online email site.  It requires a citizen to complete the form, press send and it goes off through the government’s email system.  A sender gets no copy of the email.  Despite sending the email through the government’s site a couple of months ago, there has been no response from the GSA to the Four States News’ inquiry regarding the President and Vice President’s portraits missing. Continue Reading →

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FORMER MARSHALL CITY COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR TEXAS HOUSE SEAT

Marshall, Texas – Garrett Boersma of Marshall, local businessman and former two-term City Commissioner, declared his candidacy for the Texas House of Representatives for House District 9 today. Boersma is running in the Republican primary. “It is a great honor to announce my candidacy for the Texas House of Representatives. As a sixth-generation resident of Harrison County, the welfare and prosperity of my friends and neighbors throughout the east Texas region is my first and greatest priority.”

“During the legislative session, Governor Abbott’s conservative agenda was derailed thanks to members of the Texas House.  A prime example of an opportunity lost was the failure to pass property tax reform, a top Abbott priority. We need property tax relief. Continue Reading →

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Orange County Republicans Join Others with Resolution of No Confidence

Orange, TX – Yesterday the Orange County Republican Executive Committee passed a resolution of “no confidence” in Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. “The speaker has proved by his actions that he does not whole-heartedly support the Republican platform”, said chairman David Covey. Covey Continued, “As Republicans, we demand house leadership who will actively support, pro-life, 2nd amendment, and property tax reform legislation. The speaker has not been that kind of leader.”

The executive committee passed the following resolution at their monthly meeting and will be sending a copy to their State Representative. Whereas many pieces of legislation were put forward in the 85th session that are in accord with the
Republican Party of Texas Platform; and

Whereas Speaker Joe Straus has failed to get them through the Texas House of Representatives;

Whereas in many instances the Speaker actively opposed Republican values;

Whereas we have no confidence going forward that he will adequately support the direction outlined by the platform; and

Whereas new leadership needs to be installed to effectively represent the will of the Republican Party of Texas voters and their platform. Continue Reading →

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Will The Alamo Fall Twice?

During the Presidential election of 1960, then-Senator John F. Kennedy while campaigning in Texas, made a brief visit to the Alamo. His speech, given in front of the historic mission yielded an iconic photo. Having completed his remarks and pressed for time, JFK reportedly asked San Antonio attorney Maury Maverick, Jr. if there was an exit in the back of the Alamo, to which Maverick replied, “there is no back door, that’s why they were all heroes.”

And so it is, that the Alamo and its remarkable history have been seared into the consciousness of our national character. It is the 19th century’s version of the Spartan 300, who stood defiantly against an overwhelming Persian army. The Alamo story is, in essence, our American Thermopylae, and the lodestar and standard of courage to which our fighting men and women aspire to till this day. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Republican Committee October Meeting

Miller County, AR – The Miller County Republican Committee will hold a monthly meeting Tuesday October 10 at 6:30 p.m.   The meeting will be held at the New Haven Golf Club on 2321 Line Ferry Road, Texarkana. An executive session will be held for officers from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the general meeting following after. The Miller County Republican Committee maintains a Facebook page and during elections seasons rents a headquarters in the Texarkana area.  The committee has a goal of assisting Republican candidates to obtain office.  All current Republican officer holders are encouraged to attend meetings, and provide updates regarding their offices. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Republican Committee September Meeting

Miller County, AR – The Miller County Republican Committee will hold a monthly meeting Tuesday September 12 at 6:30 p.m.   The meeting will be held at the New Haven Golf Club on 2321 Line Ferry Road, Texarkana. An executive session will be held for officers from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the general meeting following after. The Miller County Republican Committee maintains a Facebook page and during elections seasons rents a headquarters in the Texarkana area.  The committee has a goal of assisting Republican candidates to obtain office.  All current Republican officer holders are encouraged to attend meetings, and provide updates regarding their offices. Continue Reading →

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