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    About Paul Bettencourt

    First elected to the Senate in 2014, Senator Paul Bettencourt represents Senate District 7, which encompasses most of West Harris County. He previously served 10 years, from 1998 – 2008, as the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector, where he introduced “Smart Government” at the Harris County Tax Office and developed a customer service-driven organization. His team created the first major county online property tax payment system and the first county tax office website with online vehicle registration in Texas. (His motto was “Get on-line, not in-line.”) He was well-known as the “Tax Man” for his outspoken efforts to cut property taxes.

    In the most recent Legislative Session, Senator Bettencourt successfully passed Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019, by a vote of 21-9 to bring meaningful property tax reform and relief to all Texas taxpayers. This was the first major property tax reform legislation in almost 40 years, and the culmination of two decades of advocacy.  He also continued his work on adult stem cell therapies in Texas by sponsoring HB 3148, building upon previous legislative sessions to get  government out of the way, allowing new therapies to flourish and give terminally and chronically ill patients hope for a better quality of life.  His work during the 86th Session earned him the distinction of “Senate MVP” by Capitol Inside, “Bull of the Brazos” by Texas Monthly, and he was given the “Citizen’s Choice Award” by Empower Texans.  He has also been called an “architect of tax relief” by Governor Greg Abbott.

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    2 days ago
    Paul Bettencourt

    I can always tell when I or other Republicans have been effective at what they do for passing conservative public in Texas, absoultely true when we show up in cartoons... Well, I haven't seen so many "Rs" in one place since I've been a Senator! LOL, Can you identify all these Republicans in Texas? This satirical but humorous depiction of Texas politics by the NY Times in this article clip art (nyti.ms/3y3oKwE). Not a bad portrait characterization of me as the guy with the glasses underneath the Texas Capitol building holding the sign that says "LIBERALISM FIND A CURE" amongst the crowd! Boy I should have thought of that long ago, especially in the leftist progressive days!!

    Who else can you spot in this NY Times cartoon? I can see Governor Abbott in the center but who is the guy behind him? Obviously Ag Commissioner Sid Miller is to the right on the horse but who do you think is the other gent in the cowboy hat? Of course my friend Lt Gov Dan Patrick is in the picture as well. Others are RTP chair Allen West holding the "OPEN TEXAS NOW", former speaker Dennis Bonnen, Dr Hotze holding bathroom placards? Salon Owner Shelly Luther with a hair dryer, but you'll have to guess everyone to "win"!

    Texas oil wells, and energy production, the Border wall, and maybe even President Trump are in the background. But one thing for sure is that Texas Republicans are in the foreground of the Nation's politics!

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    I can always tell when I or other Republicans have been effective at what they do for passing conservative public in Texas, absoultely true when we show up in cartoons... Well, I havent seen so many Rs in one place since Ive been a Senator! LOL, Can you identify all these Republicans in Texas? This satirical but humorous depiction of Texas politics by the NY Times in this article clip art (nyti.ms/3y3oKwE). Not a bad portrait characterization of me as the guy with the glasses underneath the Texas Capitol building holding the sign that says LIBERALISM FIND A CURE amongst the crowd! Boy I should have thought of that long ago, especially in the leftist progressive days!!

Who else can you spot in this NY Times cartoon? I can see Governor Abbott in the center but who is the guy behind him? Obviously Ag Commissioner Sid Miller is to the right on the horse but who do you think is the other gent in the cowboy hat? Of course my friend Lt Gov Dan Patrick is in the picture as well. Others are RTP chair Allen West holding the OPEN TEXAS NOW, former speaker Dennis Bonnen, Dr Hotze holding bathroom placards?  Salon Owner Shelly Luther with a hair dryer, but youll have to guess everyone to win!

Texas oil wells, and energy production, the Border wall, and maybe even President Trump are in the background. But one thing for sure is that Texas Republicans are in the foreground of the Nations politics!

See for yourself ...

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    I see Briscoe Cain in the cowboy hat!

    Are you working on doing something to make sure that all our energy in Texas doesn't fail us again when the weather gods make it cold in the winter again Paul? Try doing something worthwhile instead of attempting to make sure that DJT wins the next election by preventing legitimate votes from being cast. No evidence has been presented in any court of law that proves there was any significant voter fraud in any recent election Paul and you know that. Keep spreading lies and stoking the fears of gullible voters. You know what they want and expect to hear from you and other Kook-Aid drinkers in office. Good for you!

    Paul, if you haven’t already, you need to address the issue of critical race theory and whether or not it will be taught in Texas schools. And how about that “all words and no action” letter Ken Paxton wrote about the deplorable “protest” in Plano. I can always tell when Republicans are straddling a fence when they don’t mention crucial issues their constituents want them to take a stand on.

    Anyone notice the democrat in the bottom left corner 😆

    Love the snake in the foreground!

    Right. Start ruffling some feathers. You wind up on the wanted posters.

    The NY Times isn't what it use to be, no class now.

    They, democrats, like cockroaches scatter when the lights come on, and you have done a GREAT job of shining the light on their misdeeds. Thank you Senator for your effective service to all Texans.

    Who is inside the tornado?

    Florida is doing a lot too, in some ahead of Texas, like forcing all these lazy individuals off the unemployment back into the job market

    As far as I can tell NYT is not facing a suit over this use of Dice's words. Something about "FAIR USE" keeps cropping up.

    "Liberalism find a cure" is used by Mark Dice on T-shirts, hats, and as the title of a book. Not sure if he coined it or has a trademark or copyright on it, but if he does, then NYT can add another law suit to their portfoilio!! 😆

    Please help our children from horrible body changes. God wants us to protect our babies and our children.

    I am so great full to live in a red state.

    Somebody put a lot of work into that picture. I love it! I’m wondering who is in the tornado. I love my red Texas.

    New York should take a long soulful look in the mirror. We ain't perfect, but we is what we is.

    “The New York Lie” not a real newspaper.

    Trump flying in the tornado 😂😂

    Secede.

    I love Texas❤️

    The New York Times...is that a regular publication?

    Do you actually pay attention to the New Dork Pravda?

    I’ll take Texas over getting shot on the streets of NYC any day! Native Texan for life (unless we retire to Florida... haha) 🤷‍♂️😂

    Too bad it's missing "coyotes" dropping babies over the wall!!

    Smells like that longhorn dropped a pile in here.

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    6 days ago
    Paul Bettencourt

    Here's a story the media won't report because it destroys their narrative! My poll, just completed, shows the voting public isn't buying this leftist progressive pitch that corporations and business should oppose Republican led voter Integrity bills in the legislature.

    I have filed my Integrity-7 bills to keep the integrity of the voter roll intact for a functioning democracy. Senator Bryan Hughes has an omnibus (Senate Bill 7) along with House Election Chair Briscoe Cain's House Bill 6. Last night, the Texas House voted out Chairman Hughes bill 81-64.

    In an act of desperation, Judge Hildago, Mayor Turner, and the Houston Chronicle Editorial Board are pulling out all the stops to attack the three of us along with Governor Abbott and Lt. Governor Patrick for fighting for voter integrity.

    Now they are even attacking the Greater Houston Partnership for NOT taking on this issue! This poll proves the public doesn’t buy it!

    I tweeted this information to the Chronicle and most of the local media, and none of them would report the truth, except for talk radio. Only 6% of ALL my voters in Senate District 7 want corporations and businesses weighing in on voter issues while a whopping 77% say listen to the voters! My Senate District is nearly an average one for the State.

    Share this with family, friends, and co-workers at your place of worship as this is what the public really thinks about the issue...and it's not the leftist progressive narrative they all are pushing.
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    Heres a story the media wont report because it destroys their narrative! My poll, just completed, shows the voting public isnt buying this leftist progressive pitch that corporations and business should oppose Republican led voter Integrity bills in the legislature.

I have filed my Integrity-7 bills to keep the integrity of the voter roll intact for a functioning democracy. Senator Bryan Hughes has an omnibus (Senate Bill 7) along with House Election Chair Briscoe Cains House Bill 6.  Last night, the Texas House voted out Chairman Hughes bill 81-64.

In an act of desperation, Judge Hildago, Mayor Turner, and the Houston Chronicle Editorial Board are pulling out all the stops to attack the three of us along with Governor Abbott and Lt. Governor Patrick for fighting for voter integrity. 

Now they are even attacking the Greater Houston Partnership for NOT taking on this issue! This poll proves the public doesn’t buy it!

I tweeted this information to the Chronicle and most of the local media, and none of them would report the truth, except for talk radio. Only 6% of ALL my voters in Senate District 7 want corporations and businesses weighing in on voter issues while a whopping 77% say listen to the voters! My Senate District is nearly an average one for the State.

Share this with family, friends, and co-workers at your place of worship as this is what the public really thinks about the issue...and its not the leftist progressive narrative they all are pushing.

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    Error on the poll? +/-?

    Corporations do not speak for the people including all of the people within their corporations. If I was working for companies I wouldn’t want them to speak for me as individuals.

    Making voting harder and gun toting easier. Democracy in ruins.

    The constitution says elected officials are to honor the constitution and serve We the People. Period!

    Keep up the fight! The opposition calls it voter suppression when in actuality it is voter integrity! We have to have faith in voting or this Republic is doomed..

    Keep fighting for us Paul. Behind you 100%. What can we do as voters to push back against all this crap they are trying to push through?

    The president of the company I retired from (large Forbes 100 company) threatened retaliation against any manager who didn’t contribute to the company PAC that supported all incumbents regardless of party affiliation. I refused and was able to skate by as I was over 60 and close to retirement.

    Thank you Mr.Bettencourt! You are the best! Didn’t think so! Dems are so dishonest and try to push their agenda!

    The people will ultimately prevail. Some big corporate execs have forgotten that the customer is the most important thing in their business. Big headed CEOs have made a miscalculation that their own opinions are the most important input to their business.

    It makes me so angry to see the socialist deny the general public factual information on how the real public feels. Keep pushing Mr Bettencort.

    Thank you for standing up for free and fair elections in our great state of Texas!

    Listen to the voters, Corporations should focus on their business and not be political.

    The left act like some people can't get out of the rain. Current generation might be the exception. people have had to take care of themselves & their families. They should have family, churches, eta that can take them. And you can still request a mail in ballot. But you have to do a little leg work like walk to your phone or computer!

    Keep fighting the good fight. The Democratic’s want Texas bad only because we have a lot of electrical votes. Don’t let them California our Texas. Keep Texas Red. Keep Texas free.

    If you listened to voters you wouldnt have moved to restrict voting

    Quoting an opinion poll yet the appointed TX Secretary of State testified and stated twice only 16 people voting in the last 5 yrs. have been illegal. Please explain.

    Yesterday, the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office posted about a bailout that had taken place. (They are working one right now, too.). In the photos of the bailout, there is a voter ID card from Nicaragua. That doesn’t fit the left’s narrative.

    You’re doing a great job! Chronicle is a democrat lap dog. I canceled my subscription years ago.

    It's mystifying to me, that the left claims to be all for voting integrity...yet is against having to prove who you are when you vote, and also thinks blanket bulk mailing of ballots is a good idea! Unfortunately, when you attempt to have a logical debate about the issue with a lefty, they just accuse you of being racist. And then as you try to discuss the problems with no ID required and bulk mailing, they say you're racist again, but say it louder. Then within minutes, they're screaming you're a racist. It's really hard to make any progress toward a mutually acceptable solution without serious discussion.

    Unless in your in the public eye frequently I'm pretty sure most banks, medical facilities, credit card apps., and driver's license facilities have no idea whom you are, or whom you say you are by your words alone.

    Proud to have voted for you! Keep pushing!

    I am glad Texas is fixing lack of integrity in our voting system! I feel Houston was full of fraudulent votes and that is why Hidalgo and Turner don’t like it. They are true Democrats and I am sure they cheated. Carry on Texas! We support this decision. We don’t believe that people are going to be deprived from voting after passing the new laws! If they want to vote, they will get there. The old saying: If there is a will, there is a way!

    It has leaked that China is paying corporations and politicians for this.

    The judge in Houston has been telling lies all day!!

    You can't have it both ways...if you want corporations to stay out of politics then repeal Citizens United. If not, then they have every right to comment on any legislation.

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    Not a bad characterization of me in this @nytimes article clip art! Look underneath the TX Capitol for the guy with glasses holding a sign that says “LIBERALISM FIND A CURE” among the crowd of other active TX Republicans.. LOL! Read more: https://nyti.ms/3y3oKwE #txlege @TPPF

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