By Bev Carter
Vote cheating already…..Last week the “Star” had a vote in its online edition for sheriff. Often we poll current questions to see how local people feel about various questions. This week, we decided to do it for the sheriff’s race.
It soon became apparent that some department or departments at the county were voting during office hours and seemed to be trying to skew the vote for Craig Brady. We checked the address of the computer and all the votes came back on one computer–1150 votes in only a couple of hours.
We felt we had to close the vote and start over, enabling IP addresses to be tracked in order to assure that all the votes didn’t come from one computer. The new votes seemed to be skewed to Troy Nehls, but we checked IP addresses and they didn’t come from any of the same computers. Maybe “Team Brady” just isn’t voting since their cheating was caught.
Should know better…..I received two mail outs from candidates this time without nary a disclaimer. One was from Sheriff Milton Wright, who should know better. This isn’t his first rodeo. My entire neighborhood received a letter from the high sheriff which broke the law, according to the Texas Ethic Commission.
Then some nasty-looking thing calling itself Conservative Republican Review
Official Sample Ballot. It is neither an official sample ballot, nor does it have a political disclaimer which is required by law. Again, it appears to have been mailed out by the sheriff candidate as it is much larger than the other candidates listed. Again, whoever did the mailing should have known better. It is breaking the law.
Now define conservative for me………Many days I go to my mail box and I find it loaded with political flyers, and not just colorful political flyers but GIGANTIC political flyers, all from candidates calling themselves “conservative.”
Both Sonal Bhucher and Pete Olson sent out political flyers that were the largest in square inch size the post office will allow. Not only did I receive one very large one from both of them, in addition to several others, I received TWO very large ones from them.
Now I know flyers and I know you can hardly send one out for less than $10,000.
How political advertising has changed. Ten years ago only someone like Charlie Howard with his almost half million dollars in his campaign account, could afford to send out large, colorful flyers.
Now everyone does it, even school board candidates which means you almost have to have a sugar daddy to run a little local race.
Don’t let them tell you they are “conservative.”
Conservative is smallish black and white ads in the newspaper, maybe a larger color ad right before the election.