Issues

As Lieutenant Governor, I will work to repeal laws that infringe upon our liberties and to introduce new laws that ensure the rights of all individuals. Each change in the current laws should always maximize freedom and move liberty forward – and never give the government more power.

 

1. Elimination of Property Taxes
2. Industrial Hemp, Medical Cannabis, and Recreational Cannabis — and other Treatments
3. Right to Self-Defense — Including, But Not Limited to, Open Carry
4. Oil, Gas, Mineral and Water Rights
5. Judicial Reform and the Death Penalty
6. Education Reform
7. Prison Reform
8. Reforming Police
9. Protection of the Current Electrical Grid and Parts of Texas Not on That Grid
10. Decriminalization of Sex Work
11. Immigration Reform
12. Reforming/Eliminating Child Protective Services
13. Legalize Gambling
14. Repeal Blue Laws

 

1. Elimination of Property Taxes

If you have to pay taxes on property that you own, then you really do not truly own this property: you’re really just paying rent to the government. Sharply rising property taxes have decreased Texans’ quality of life, and are increasingly assessed unfairly and by arbitrary standards. Money that goes to the State in the form of property taxes is money that the Texas economy, as a whole, loses. I advocate dramatic property tax reform in the State of Texas. #PropertyTaxIsRent

 

2. Industrial Hemp, Medical Cannabis, and Recreational Cannabis – and Other Treatments

No one should ever go to jail or be sentenced to prison over a plant. Those already incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses should be released immediately. Individuals have the right to voluntarily self-medicate as they see fit. The modern consensus is out for cannabis and I believe the data now speaks for itself. Legal cannabis will soon be one of the best tools we have in order to deal with the looming opioid crisis. It is time for Texas to bring back a crop that was once freely allowed without issue. Archaic restrictions on cannabis in Texas amount to the willing theft of an economic boom that other states (like Colorado and Washington) have enjoyed. Opening the market for hemp will allow new technologies to flourish: one example is biodegradable plastics, which have the potential to solve the single-use plastic issue.

 

3. Right to Self Defense – Including, But Not Limited to, Open Carry

Individuals must be able to defend themselves by any means they deem necessary for survival. My mantra is, “If you can afford it, you have the right to buy it.” Self-defense is one of the most basic of all human rights, predating humanity itself, and I take it very seriously. Current laws on firearms and weapons only fail the people when not implemented properly. It is time we move from a licensed open carry model to a guaranteed constitutional carry model. #OpenKerry #ConstitutionalKerry

 

4. Oil, Gas, Mineral and Water Rights

Landowners must always have the option to recapture any water, mineral, oil, or gas rights associated with their land that they may have lost due to previous transactions at present market value.

 

5. Judicial Reform and the Death Penalty

The death penalty is a savage punishment and it has no place in a civilized society. Due to the appeals process required by the Constitution, it costs taxpayers more money to put someone to death than it does to incarcerate them for the remainder of their life. Let’s end the practice of the death penalty in Texas. I advocate for fully-informed juries and I support jury nullification of any laws that a jury deems to be unethical or unconstitutional.

 

6. Education Reform

Teachers and parents have the best grasp of what our students need. I plan on working statewide with educators and the Texas PTA to address many issues, such as the role of standardized testing within our education system. I will address modern educational concerns, such as funding by looking at private initiatives, and school safety by emphasizing teacher defense.

 

7. Prison Reform

The current drive to increase our prison population is contradictory to the nature of a free society. It’s not a reason to brag that the United States incarcerates a larger percentage of its own people than any other nation. Instead, we should be reducing our prison populations to alleviate funding and personnel stresses on prison managers and constables. The quickest and easiest way to do this is to pardon non-violent drug offenders. Just that act alone will alleviate many problems related to finance and space, leaving prison exclusively and rightfully to the violent criminal.

 

8. Reforming Police

We should foster a new admiration for our police officers by encouraging an environment in which every honorable person can respect the police and their commitment to protect life, liberty, and property. Texas police should not be pursuing non-violent users of drugs, whether the intended purpose of a drug is medicinal or recreational. Police officers should also not spend large amounts of time pursuing traffic offenses or moving violations which are effectively money-making schemes for the state of Texas and have little to do with public safety. Better situational training of officers can help prevent police abuses and violence against people or animals. Finally, private insurance programs can be used to help alleviate officers’ worry against any lawsuits involving accused malpractice.

 

9. Protection of the Current Electrical Grid and Parts of Texas Not on That Grid

 

10. Decriminalization of Sex Work

Sex work is work. We cannot possibly hope to legislate what someone does with their own body – even if we disagree with their choices – nor should we wish to. The present illegality of sex work has created an underground market that only propagates human trafficking and other hazards for sex workers. It is time to end prohibition on the world’s oldest profession in Texas. Let’s put power back in the hands of workers because they are the ones most likely to be victimized.

 

11. Immigration Reform

As a border state, Texas has the right to decide how it interacts with its neighbors and this certainly includes Mexico. In my view, Texas should have a healthy relationship with its neighbor. We are overdue for vital reforms between ourselves and Mexico. In terms of policy, it should be easier for Mexican citizens to come to Texas as workers. Those who are already here should be respected and allowed to live and work in peace.

 

12. Reforming/Eliminating Child Protective Services

Child Protective Services (CPS) oversteps its bounds far too often. We should be not be so overzealous to protect children according to our own personal standards that we rob them of a parent or guardian, or of the life experiences which a parent/guardian intends. I believe that parents and guardians are the ones who are best suited to determine how their child is raised.

 

13. Legalize Gambling

Drive a mile outside of the Texas border (within the U.S.) and you are almost certain to find a gambling facility. The State of Texas is losing millions in potential tax revenue and stifling a more prosperous economy in general by disallowing gambling on our territory. I believe there is plenty of room in Texas to allow horse racing, casinos, sports betting, and other peaceful games and activities.

 

14. Repeal Blue Laws

Blue laws restrict commerce by disallowing transactions to proceed during certain days of the week. In particular, alcohol is available for sale six out of seven days of the week in some areas of the state – yet many patrons wish to purchase beer, wine, or spirits on one of their two weekend days off. We should repeal blue laws wherever we can to aid our weekend economy and encourage more freedom for Texans.