Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military

Trump announces ban on transgender people in U.S. military

Read more at WashingtonPost.com.

Yesterday was a heart-wrenching day for me, and I cannot imagine how much harder it was for my transgender friends, allies, and families with trans children. My heart aches for them.

In addition to the small-minded discriminatory ban on transgender service members announced by Trump yesterday, the Texas Senate passed SB3 (“the bathroom bill”) late last night. To understate it, it was a horrible day.

But I have hope. Yesterday, while the Senate voted in favor of discrimination and fear, I was sitting at the Hays County Women’s Political Caucus, listening to the group work through bylaws incorporating a PAC. And in that discussion was the insistence that “woman” be defined inclusively in recognition of gender-identity. If you identify as a woman, you are one, and the Caucus recognizes that.

While our current government is on the wrong side of history, I am confident our future one will not be. Change is in the air.

#2018midterms #BryantForTexas #DiversityMakesUsStronger

Kickoff Party II in San Marcos

Kickoff Party II in San Marcos

Missed our first kickoff party in Driftwood? Do you live near San Marcos? Ready for a State Representative who represents our values?

Come join us at AquaBrew on August 12 from 7-9pm to meet me, hear from a few friends, and enjoy our host’s world-famous bacon jam fries (or queso for the vegetarians!) in downtown San Marcos. This event is free to the public, but donations are appreciated and accepted.

What A Great Kickoff!

What a great Kickoff! Thank you to everyone who came and a huge thank you to our musicians, Tracy Weinberg and Blue Texas!

If you missed this event, don’t worry – we are planning several more in San Marcos, Kyle and Buda.

Stay tuned for announcements about those soon!

Abbott adds school finance, retired teacher benefits to special session

Read the full story at TexasTribune.org.

While I would like to think that this is a genuine change of heart based on hearing the voices of passionate teachers and educator groups that rallied on Monday, somehow I am skeptical.

While on the surface, this appears to possibly benefit our teachers, these currents run deeper – Gov. Abbott still has not proposed how to pay for these his plans, and the proposal laid out by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is nothing more than a plan to rob Peter to pay Paul.

Short-term, the money being promised ($1000 raises and aid for rural schools) will come from “deferred payments to managed care organizations” – basically someone’s health insurance company won’t get paid.

Long-term, the money is supposed to come from the Texas Lottery… but the $700 million needed to fund these programs will not be an ADDITIONAL $700 million from the lottery, but will be taken from the $1.3 billion already assigned to public education.

If Republicans truly wanted sustainable funding for our schools and property tax relief for weary homeowners, they wouldn’t keep using accounting gimmicks to make these unfunded mandates look legitimate.

Isaac is trying to silence our teachers.

Isaac is trying to silence our teachers.

My friend, David, is a public school teacher. He is just one of many whom I am lucky to count as my friends from my time as a high school science teacher, and now as a mother of two elementary school children. David very eloquently states all that is wrong with this bill that Jason Isaac is proposing.

As he mentions, teachers have no collective bargaining rights, so the only purpose of this bill is to prevent teacher advocacy organizations from speaking for the people they represent.

Isaac is trying to silence our teachers.

I will always support our public school teachers and educators. These are the people we entrust our children’s futures in. It’s time for them to be able trust their Legislators. #BryantForTexas #HD45


Featured image credit: David Doerr, Facebook.

First Responder Elizabeth Bryant Launches Campaign For State Representative In District 45

First Responder Elizabeth Bryant Launches Campaign For State Representative In District 45

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DRIFTWOOD, TEXAS – Bryant for Texas is pleased to announce the launch of our campaign for State Representative in District 45, covering Blanco and Hays Counties, supporting First Responder Elizabeth Bryant.

“This is a community where everyone is a neighbor, even if they’re a stranger,” Bryant said. “We may bicker, but when it comes down to it, we pull together in times of crisis to care for and protect each other. That is what my campaign will be all about, and I cannot wait to talk to as many of my neighbors as possible about how I can best serve them in the Texas Legislature.”

Bryant, a former science teacher and mother of two with a degree in marine biology, has lived in the district for nearly a decade and serves her neighbors as a first responder who trains search and rescue dogs. As a result of her work, Bryant was personally involved in the effort to recover our communities’ lost loved ones after the flooding disasters that struck the Hill Country in 2015.

“I believe that our current leadership has forgotten the true Texas values that our community is based on, and I plan on reclaiming those values,” Bryant said. “I commit to protecting our water resources, defending public education, strengthening healthcare, and fortifying our towns and economies by encouraging organic, sustainable growth rather than wildfire development.”
The Bryant for Texas kickoff event will be held at 1410 Hawthorne Loop, Driftwood, Texas 78619, starting 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017. It is a free event open to the public, but donations are encouraged.

For media inquiries and interview availability, contact Bryant for Texas Campaign Manager Elisabeth D. Webster at edw@bryantfortexas.com, or call 512-828-7790 ext. 804. For more information, visit BryantForTexas.com.

Join us for a Campaign Kickoff Party in Driftwood!

Join us for a Campaign Kickoff Party in Driftwood!

Hey folks! We are less than a week away and I am really excited about getting this campaign going. I would love to see you all at the kickoff this weekend so I can learn more about you and how I can help. See you Saturday!

(Please RSVP on the Facebook event or below so we know how many to expect. Thanks!)

Meet Jude, My Search And Rescue K9 Partner

Because she is such a huge part of my life, I would like to introduce you to my K9 partner, Jude. She is a 7-year old smooth-coat border collie trained to work off leash to find missing people in wilderness and rural environments. She lives with me and my family and is so much more to me than I can ever really convey.

When we are on a search, the two of us together are considered one resource. She is half of my identify out in the field and trying to search without her feels like someone took my eyes.

She also happens to be the happiest and most photogenic dog I know . Love this girl! ❤️❤️❤️

Elizabeth Bryant with Search & Rescue K9 Jude