Posted 04-07-2018 Who is going to help our kids? The State's 3-year study, essentially a political delay to not use the precious Rainy Day Fund, surely isn't. Perhaps Senator Ted Cruz and Senator John Cornyn can convince Donald J. Trump to allow the DoD to begin dredging to save lives north of the border. Dozens died and now we learn tens of thousands are suffering psychologically.
Posted 04-02-2018 Which of the 3 remaining candidates for US Congress would you say will do most to solve Houston's flooding? Look for the verbs in their plans: what will they actually DO once elected? Hint: planning meetings, "supporting" and campaign rhetoric is not doing. These guys will have zero seniority in Congress - so they will not be leading coalitions or sitting on important committees for the first decade. They should promise to vote (and solicit others in Congress) to withhold federal funding to the State of Texas in order to first get the State of Texas to stop flooding its own citizens. I encourage you to pin them down on what they will actually do about our flooding if elected. We need someone to play hardball and act. Todd Litton for Congress (D): Dan Crenshaw (R): Kevin Roberts (R): #cd2 #tx02
Posted 03-23-2018 Great work from our friend Houston City Council Member Dave Martin and Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce in getting Texas General Land Office to see the tragic situation here in Harris County. TCEQ needs to be held responsible for this sand pollution - less than $250k in fines last year. (I'll post another day about the unnoticed environmental catastrophe during Harvey on the south side of the San Jacinto River. Hint: TCEQ's fingerprints are all over that too.) Yes, I'm sure Dave is available for turnarounds at the federal level too, President Donald J. Trump .
Posted 03-19-2018 As a now non-politician, I want to post what many of them are thinking but shouldn't say publically. I have been a very big fan of the Governor. We witnessed Governor Abbott fly into the Lake Houston region last week on 2 Blackhawk helicopters for his purportedly grand announcement to save our communities and help the 16,000 homes that were destroyed months ago. As a community, we should be thankful that he visited the damage, but disappointed by 10 of his actions: 1. Gov. Abbott bypassed the nearly 100 residents (mostly friendly Moms and their kids, flood victims, holding positive signs) waiting for him at the entrance to the community center and instead entered through a back door. 2. Once inside, they made it clear that the publically-advertised meeting at the Kingwood Community Center was actually off-limits to the community. Only the invited guests and politicians entered the room. 3. The Governor brought the press inside to tell them to tell the crowd outside that he came "to bring them millions", instead of delivering the message himself. 4. The Governor's "millions" was actually less than 1% of the funds actually needed to solve Lake Houston's flooding and were not allocated to be spent on actual work. 5. The Governor has $11B in the Rainy Day fund and $40M+ in his personal campaign account, yet only brought $3M for studies, permitting and engineering instead of doing the actual work. 6. The Governor still has not instructed the SJRA to lower the Lake Conroe levels to 198 feet for this coming hurricane season. 7. Of the $1B the Feds allocated to Texas for Hazard Mitigation Funding over a month ago, specifically for dredging and adding gates across Texas, LESS THAN HALF OF ONE PERCENT has been allocated to the Lake Houston area. 8. The Governor has yet to sign an executive order expediting the permitting process to dredge and has yet to formally ask the President to do the same for the federal regulations. 9. Only 35% of Lake Houston's capacity is left, and the Governor has no public plans to expeditiously fix it, even though it is the primary water source for millions of Texans. Droughts can begin at any time and immediate dredging to increase our water storage is smart. Furthermore, all the sand miners were fined less than $300,000 last year, yet caused Billions in damage for which they will not be held responsible. 10. The Governor again escaped through the back entrance avoiding all the remaining flood victims, like mine, who by then had waited up to 2 hours to welcome him to our community. I estimate $2B is what is needed to dredge both the East and West Fork of the San Jacinto River, dredge Lake Houston and add 110,000 cubic feet per second of tainter gates to alleviate the bottleneck at Lake Houston. With TCEQ & EPA exclusions for the sand to be used in frac operations, I suspect the costs would be less than half if performed while there are still frac sand delays in the markets. Hurricane season is now 2 months away and it's clear real funding isn't headed our way anytime soon. I appreciate all the calls and emails about who to endorse - I take that seriously. I will continue discussing these issues with the congressional candidates and communicate my thoughts to you in the coming days. For now, I encourage us all to continue contacting the Governor's office asking for the level of Lake Conroe to be lowered to 198 feet during hurricane season and having him PUBLICALLY communicate that assurance for flood victims' sake. We won't feel good about rebuilding unless we know they won't flood us again. To contact the Governor, visit: Office of the Governor Greg Abbott Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Texas Texas General Land Office #recoverlakehouston Kevin Roberts Dan Crenshaw Dan Huberty Brandon Creighton President Donald J. Trump Ted Poe Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston
Posted 03-14-2018 Gov. Greg Abbott will attend a community meeting Thursday to discuss Hurricane Harvey recovery in Kingwood, his office announced Wednesday. The event, described in a news release as a "roundtable meeting," will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Drive. Please bring tasteful signs around 2:00pm showing your support for lowering the Lake Conroe levels to 198 feet, thanking him for coming, asking him to dredge immediately and asking him to harden TCEQ enforcement of the sand mining.
Posted 03-08-2018 A note of thanks and a behind-the-scenes debrief on our strategy that caused the run-off.
Posted 03-07-2018 Update: I received calls from both Kevin Roberts and Dan Crenshaw today asking for an endorsement. I told them I will make a decision by next week and let you know. Neither candidate has a permanent flood fix currently, so it's important we get whoever we support to articulate that plan before endorsing them. Let's use our voting block to get these guys to commit to fixing our flooding for good. (no, the Plea For Three is not a permanent plan) Please don't jump on a bandwagon yet. I'll report back to you by next week. Let's do this together!
Posted 03-07-2018 I have conceded the race. The past 2 weeks saw a radical shift in the polls, which surprisingly led to us not making the runoff. With a likely recount to determine whether the runoff will be Roberts/Crenshaw or Roberts/Wall, I plan on making a comprehensive statement when appropriate. Thank you to our supporters for the past months of hard work. I especially appreciate the support of my amazing wife, Shannon, and my three daughters. "Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose." - C. S. Lewis
Posted 03-06-2018 Thanks to everyone who voted and showed their support today! The polls close in 1 hour, so this is the last chance to cast your ballot. Make sure you get a spot in line! voting.rickwalker.com
Posted 03-06-2018 2 hours to go till the polls close here in Texas! Confirm your polling place and go after work: voting.rickwalker.com