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commented 2018-12-13 07:30:55 -0800
I’m writing to express my concern regarding the multiple felonious and anticipated forfeitures around the recent viral case involving Tenaha Police Department, notorious for their corruption and racism.
commented 2018-12-06 10:55:48 -0800
Senator Whitmire,

As a parent, I have a question regarding the bill S.B.ANo.A106 that you sponsored, regarding truancy. Could you please clarify what you meant by “parts of days” in the text of the bill. Since it’s written to deter from missing school, please explain what would and want would not be considered “parts of days” from the point of view of this bill. Thank you.
commented 2018-12-04 17:45:14 -0800
December 2, 2018

Carla Kneipp

Vice President & Treasurer

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

1111 Louisiana Street, 39th Floor

Houston, TX 77002

Dear Carla Kneipp:

On November 12, 2018, my gas was disconnected because I owed $56.00. Coincidentally and abnormally, Houston weather on this November night was very cold, in the low 30’s with a freeze warning. I am upset because there was an oversight on my part that I missed two payments, but I did not receive any disconnect notice. In fact, when the heat did not come on, I believed my heater was broken. I did not discover that the gas was off until my husband came home and checked the meter. Later that night, I looked and discovered a disconnect notice left behind a bush near my front door. By the time I learned my gas was off, it was past seven ‘o clock, and I could not address the issue until the next day. I was furious! My four years old daughter, my husband and I froze all night.

My concern is that Centerpoint is swindling customers by failing to provide appropriate disconnect notices in order to increase profit by charging outrageous penalties and reconnect fees. My past due balance was $56. I currently owed $79. Yet, to get my gas reconnected, I had to pay $160 which does not include the $65 they are billing me on the next bill for a deposit. I called to complain to customer service that I don’t get paper bills, and nowhere in my e-bill was I given notice. I was told then that the only way I would have known was to login to my account. I never login to my account because the e-bill has the amount owed and due date, and I pay my bill through online banking. I also did not understand why the disconnect notice information did not appear in the subject line of my November 1st e-bill or anywhere in the e-bill for that matter.

Furthermore, to my surprise once I did pay the outrageous fees, I received multiple emails with updates that contained needed information in the subject lines. I will include screenshots of them to prove a point that if Centerpoint Energy can include notifications in the subject line about payment received and reconnect scheduled, surely in the subject line of a disconnect notice it can say in big red letters, “DISCONNECT NOTICE.” Therefore, I ask for policy change at Centerpoint to include at minimum this change and possible other changes that does not penalize customers with years of excellent payment history who get behind for various reasons. I believe I should have also received a phone call notice which could even have come via a robocalling service because for many families it’s like climbing an impossible mountain to come up with the penalty and reconnect fees and much easier to pay the actual bill for service, so Centerpoint should do all it can to accommodate the economically disadvantaged.

As the circumstances surrounding my unfortunate disconnect were so traumatizing, I have resolved to send this letter to not just Centerpoint, but to my elected representatives in State and Federal Congress, the American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, NAACP, the Texas Attorney General’s Office, and the Consumer Protection Division of the Public Utility Commission. I decided against sending a copy to Fox News Consumer Reports because I believe it can be resolved without their help. Nonetheless, I thank God that I did have the money to get my gas reconnected as soon as possible, but my heart was breaking at the same time thinking of people whom may have been in similar circumstances and were unable to pull together the money. People whom are elderly, single mothers or fathers with young children, college students, or just people working for minimum wage struggling to make ends meet. I want this letter not to just be a voice for me, but a voice for them as well.

Please address.


Candace Fraser

2850 Packard Elm Street

Houston, Texas 77038




Texas Office of the Attorney General

Congressional District 18—Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Texas State Senate District 15—Senator John Whitmire

Texas State House District 140—Representative Armando Walle

American Civil Liberties Union

Southern Poverty Law Center


Consumer Protection Division of the Public Utility Commission

David Mordy, Director, Centerpoint Energy

Bo Murphy, Manager, Centerpoint Energy

Brandi Summersill, Investor Relations Coordinator, Centerpoint Energy
commented 2018-11-17 22:02:31 -0800
I am now a director of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association. Please add me to all your future mailings and emails or events that we can help you with.

Texas Podiatric Medical Association

918 Congress Ave, Suite 200

Austin, TX 78701
commented 2018-11-17 22:01:23 -0800
I am now a director of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association. Please add me to all your future mailings and emails or events that we can help you with.

Texas Podiatric Medical Association

918 Congress Ave, Suite 200

Austin, TX 78701
commented 2018-11-17 15:29:21 -0800
The family of Talmadge Sharp, Sr. mourn his passing & request your presence to speak on behalf of Talmadge Sr. on 11/26 @ 11 am at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church located at 8775 Flagship Dr, Houston, Tx 77029.
commented 2018-11-17 10:13:57 -0800
I am unhappy with my brother’s experience with the parole office in Houston. Working with Justin Wood to no avail.

Going to the news station now.
followed this page 2018-11-08 12:47:59 -0800
commented 2018-10-17 11:41:50 -0700
A Tdcj oig agent Terri Gardner went to Wyoming and threaten me with sexual assault and nearly assaulted a developmental disabled person in Lander Wyoming. Then last week she threaten my dad and got him worked up. Her bosses number is 936-437-5103
commented 2018-10-06 15:54:11 -0700
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commented 2018-10-02 12:19:08 -0700
I am writing this in regards to my brother Albert Jackson #1260848 at Robertson Unit. His blood pressure medicine has been taken from him. His last reading was 180/102. He has even been taken to medical by his boss, but medical will not do anything. This is a case of deliberate indifference – which is illegal. There is a PA Deer at the unit who taken different medications away from him. However, this is endangering his life. One of the wardens told me that there is nothing they can do in medical. Please help me. I do not want to lose my brother. I am not a suing person, but I have retained an attorney because I am at that point. Please intervene and help my brother get his medicine back. Please let me know if you need anything else from me.
commented 2018-09-26 22:07:35 -0700
Senator Whitmire,

Where do you stand on the Second Look bill?

Parole reform for juvenile offenders?
commented 2018-09-25 16:19:56 -0700
Senator Whitmire,

I just read an article in the Texas Tribune about Ken Paxton supporting a law that requires students to stand for the pledge of allegiance, which has caused a student to be expelled from her Houston area school (reference:

Besides the fact that this law is trash, how in the world can we say we live in a place that values freedom, especially in a state that’s known to hem and haw at every perceived slight to personal liberty? This student is an exemplar of what we should ask all of our youth, which is to think for yourself and take a stand, not just be indoctrinated. This law is even worse than the “No Boycott of Israel” one, another affront to personal liberties, but that’s an issue for another time.

My question is what can we do to make sure that this student doesn’t get her life thrown completely off track for exercising her rights, and how do we get this stupid law scrubbed from my home state? I know it probably seems like political suicide to do anything concerning the pledge, but this is ridiculous and embarrassing. I’m open to all suggestions up to and including launching Ken Paxton into the sun if it helps. Thank you for your service, I hope to be able to help you in any way I can on this, other issues, and any impending re-elections.


Brian DonCarlos
commented 2018-09-23 16:41:19 -0700
I need Answers on Men In Civil Commitment,Why is this Secret Prison of Littlfield so Far,and why are they not being Released from therapy? Why is CORRECTION CARE SOLUTIONS killing these Men? Why do we have them under their care,as they have pending investigations due to negligence with their People. How many people have been released for this year alone? I want Answers,I will send these questions until I get answers.Thank you.
commented 2018-09-23 16:34:58 -0700
I would like to know ,Why are there men in Civil Commitment being sent to Littlefield? Meanwhile there are Men whom are dying there with the care of Correction Care Solutions. Why are these men being Killed? Why are they still being held in this therapy,when are they being Released? Senator Whitmire,You explained to the Families that these men were going to complete therapy,but not Forever! This needs to be corrected. Littlefield is far for Families to Visit and these men are not in prison anymore,I want Answers.This will be sent further.Thank you,I hope for a Response.
commented 2018-09-18 05:10:25 -0700
Mr Whitmire

Our Texas Prisons need so much attention from Correctional Officers doing what they want and not following policies and procedures yet they expect the inmates to, Contaminated water, over abundant amounts of roaches and no cold air or Ice provided so not only are the inmates suffering so are the workers prisons are not supposed to be cake walks yet why is it Federal Prison are resorts and Luxury compared to State Prisons
commented 2018-09-12 19:47:39 -0700
Your Honorable John Whitmire,

I am writing in behalf of Miguel Angel Martinez #1096142. He is currently serving time in the Hughes Unit at the Gatesville facility. He has been incarcerated for 28 years for a crime that his only wrongdoing was in the wrong place with the wrong person. I am sure ou are familiar with his case as he was the youngest person ever to receive the death penalty in the state of Texas. His sentenced was dropped to life in prison. He has since his incarceration achieved his bachelors degree and is working on his masters. He was a child when he was sentenced, He comes from a single family home and his mother has also suffered for 28 years along with him.

I have recently sent the Board of Parole and Pardons letters in his behalf asking for mercy and his release. I have assured them that I can offer him and his mother shelter, food, clothing and transportation if need be should he be allowed to transfer to another state. I live in Pennsylvania. Should the state of Texas and/or the city of Laredo wish for him to live elsewhere, I have offered this as an option. I believe he has more than paid his debt to society and is not a threat to any community should he be released. I feel it is long past due that his mother has the opportunity to hug him and spend whatever time she has left in this world with her son. I understand the crime was heinous but I am also aware that he did not kill anyone but in fact the person he was with openly admits that he did the killing. I know that what I am asking of you may not be an easy task, but then again all should be taken into consideration what this child went thru because he was with the wrong person and feared for his own life while he was in his presence.

I hope you can open your heart and your mind should you have any influence on helping him obtain parole. I am so adamant about this because this could have been my son. He hung with the wrong crowd and could have easily been a victim of circumstance for a serious crime had he continued to do so. I can only imagine how I would have died a little for each day he would have been incarcerated. That’s another reason why my heart goes out to his family. They have lost precious years with him because of a child not being able to think straight and remove himself from a horrid situation. That would’ve been my son. He was not a leader when he was younger, but a follower. I went to bed waiting for a phone call telling me that he was either dead or in dire straits. Believe me, being a single parent myself that is your worst fear. You love your children with all your heart but out of your site they do not always make the right decisions.

I hope you will take into consideration the time he has served and help to reunite him with his family.

I appreciate your time in reading my letter. He is currently preparing for a review with the parole board. I pray that he is shown mercy and allowed to go home.

Thank you again….sincerely

Sharon L Herr
followed this page 2018-09-12 05:23:26 -0700
commented 2018-09-11 20:26:28 -0700
Sen Whitmire correction the fight occurred August 4th I did contact Lori Davis Regional Director Barber and the Ombudsman’s still haven’t received any responses from any of them thank you for your time
commented 2018-09-11 13:13:59 -0700
Did you know that one Texas state agency will not accept another state agency’s I.D. card ? I was released from tdcj in July, but when I went to the DPS office they refused to accept my I.D . Card, that tdcj has been using for eleven and a half years!

Why won’t DPS accept my tdcj I.D. card to prove my date of birth? Oh by the way I had a Texas driver’s license at one time also.

Can you please help me?
commented 2018-08-23 08:30:50 -0700
Hi, my name is George Ganak i’m a volunteer with the non-profit Bike Houston, I’m calling to ask who we should be in contact with to send Senator Whitmire a questionnaire we have developed for our membership. Who’s the best person I can get an email address for?
commented 2018-08-21 15:28:01 -0700

U.S. Institute of Science

Adequacy Assurance-Collegiate (Constitutional) Research Group


Dear Honorable Law Enforcement Officers/ US Citizens,
I would like to bring your attention to the “Juryless Process Abuse Epidemic”, that is currently plaguing our country, and unlawfully stripping away assets from some of our most vulnerable citizens/seniors/parents/divorcees/property-owners…a situation that we have become aware of—-and seen the evidence. Too often “juryless” courts are being used as a tool to racketeer/steal assets from American hard working citizens & families, and intentionally wrongly award them to probate networks including “attorneys“, “guardians”, “fiduciaries”, etc., via cooperating “probate/juryless judges”, acting in contravention to law. These racketeering uses of our court facilities, “federally and state defined felonies” (of the corruption, obstruction, grand theft/embezzlement, jury, witness, & evidence tampering, etc. varieties), are immensely adding-to/creating the civil unrest, chaos, crime & debt rates on the streets….which in turn is endangering, harming, and KILLING POLICE OFFICERS and the general citizenry alike, this very day. Just recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reported a 61% increase in police officers killed this very year…NOW IS THE TIME TO PROSECUTE!

I am of the great hope that you, from your position and dedication to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and your personal stake herein, will take the necessary steps to ensure that these abuses are stopped and due process is in fact being provided and protected, including minimally:

1.Identify courts operating without juries in your area & jurisdiction, detailing those sitting without a jury in the courtroom, as well as those without sufficient jury review and oversight of “proposed findings” and litigant objections, etc.

2.Ensure that in your department, as well as on a state/federal level, that there is an adequate task force apprised and charged with identifying and prosecuting any/all illegal exploitation of juryless court facilities/functions, which would include the wrongful removals of proper grand/trial jury function and the facilitation/enabling of organized crime/wrongdoing, “court”/“attorney”/“bar” exploitation of litigants, assets, etc.; and personally ensuring that those findings are presented to the district grand jury for process, minimally

It has long been proven that Juryless Governance is a breeding ground for organized crime, racketeering, and crime in general—-preventing the same being one of the main reason for the establishment of this country. As these are urgent matters that expand and exaggerate unnecessarily the crime and debt rates on our streets this very day, they are well within your authority and best interest to investigate and bring to justice. I look forward to your efforts in stopping these CRIMES & UNCONSTITUTIONAL activities, RESTORING PROPER GRAND/TRIAL JURY FUNCTION. As always, my staff and I are available to assist you in any way possible. Please stay safe as you protect our communities, and may God Bless you and the United States of America.


U.S. Institute of Science

A Government/Law Studies Research Science Group

Adequacy Assurance-Collegiate (Constitutional) Research Group

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commented 2018-08-20 18:47:18 -0700
Hi, Senator Whitmire: I need your help in dealing with an insurance company. As an HISD teacher (including Waltrip), I invested in a health fund in a company now called Continental General Insurance Company. They’re supposed to pay out upon the first cancer diagnosis.

I was both diagnosed with lung cancer and treated with radiation at M.D. Anderson Hospital during this year. The insurance company denied my claim solely because the pathology report noted abnormalities but did not state that I have cancer. The doctors at Anderson did.

I am appealing the denial, but as a retired teacher, I don’t have much clout. Senator Whitmire, Will you help me? Thanks for your time and consideration. Dave Sherron
commented 2018-08-16 01:49:10 -0700
Mr. Whitmire/campaign:

Greetings and thanks for serving Senate Dist 15. I’m a constituent and member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL).

I’m writing to extend an invitation to an event THIS SATURDAY (sorry for the late notice). CCL is not hosting this event, but it will feature Judge Emmett and local scientists discussing flooding and other climate change impacts to and solutions for Houston and TX.

This would be a great opportunity to meet with local concerned voters.

Please let me know if you or someone from the campaign is able/interested to attend so I can put you in touch with the event organizer to make sure the campaign is recognized at the event.

Event invite:

Thanks much,

commented 2018-08-10 15:04:24 -0700
Long lines at dps in humble. Solve this problem.
commented 2018-08-10 15:04:22 -0700
Long lines at dps in humble. Solve this problem.
commented 2018-08-07 23:56:10 -0700
School Safety / Security / Violence

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Thank you

Julia Samaniego
commented 2018-08-05 16:46:05 -0700
I am a high school student writing in hopes you will be willing to have a 15-minute phone call with me regarding a free program to help you build a student internship program that will help you win your election.

My student founded and run organization, Move The Future, will:

-Work with you to recruit and onboard your first 10 interns

-Provide an intern rights agreement including a harassment hotline that mitigates your risk while employing minors

-Do a press release and press outreach about our partnership and your support of youth activism

-Conduct a weekly coaching call with the leader of your internship program to provide guidance and accountability

-Deliver a weekly write up of the best practices collected from all of the campaigns we are coaching

-Provide written resources and sample documentation for running every phase of your internship

We would love to help you win your upcoming election.

Would you be open to having a 15-minute call with me to discuss?


Sophie Blumenthal


Turning young political energy into informed effective action.

P.S. If you are wondering why we are doing this, here’s a bit of our story.

Last summer I was one of 100 student interns knocking on over 10,000 doors, phone banking, writing letters and more on a County Legislator campaign in NY. The interns played a key role in winning a twelve point victory in a primarily conservative district against a Republican incumbent.

Based on that experience I created a step-by-step guide to enable any progressive campaign to create a similar student program, which can be found under the “campaigners” tab at Our organization provides this guide along with ongoing coaching free of charge.
commented 2018-08-01 13:07:43 -0700
Daemon Baizan

2555 Fairoaks

Decatur GA 30033


July 1, 2018

Senator John Whitmire

803 Yale

Houston, TX 77007

Senator Whitmire:

I am writing on behalf of David Alan Van Houten. Mr. Van Houten was given four 13-year sentences which were stacked twice in July, 2007.

When David entered the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system, the TDCJ Records Department recorded his sentence as concurrent. When he discovered this, he contacted the Head of Classification on his unit. He was told that he was mistaken, the sentence was actually concurrent. David’s family contacted TDCJ Records in Huntsville and asked them to double-check this. TDCJ Records checked and reported that the family was mistaken because the sentence was in fact concurrent. His maximum sentence date was set at July 20, 2020.

David Van Houten made parole on April 11, 2017 and was tentatively scheduled for release in November. However, as he prepared for release, TDCJ suddenly discovered their mistake and took away his parole. He has now made parole for the “first time” four years later than he should on his first sentence. The Parole Division has offered their apologies for this mistake, as it should have been discovered by their officers when he came up for parole.

This has caused undue hardship on David and his family since they expected him home, but it was suddenly ripped away from them. They have inadvertently received pain and suffering, which is unfair because they did their best to make sure everything was handled correctly.

(I) now write to you in the interest of fairness and mercy. When polled, the jury only wanted David to serve 6-1/2 years which is why they gave him the 13 year sentence, assuming he would serve half. This hardship is due to a mistake on TDCJ’s part and we ask for your help in getting Midland County to unstack his sentence, providing relief for his beleaguered family since you are over the Criminal Justice Committee and have shown yourself to be a fair man with your decisions.


Daemon Baizan
commented 2018-07-23 07:39:54 -0700
I know that you are aware of the sweltering heat that our loved ones have to endure at the TDCJ units in Texas. Why you are not doing anything to prioritize amending this situation really surprises me. These inmates are entrusted to the TDCJ to take care of however, they have to be contained in temperatures exceeding 139 degrees. This is violating the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. It does not matter why they are incarcerated, what does matter is that is that they should not have to endure this heat because TDCJ will not retain temperatures no warmer than 89 degrees in the hot summer months. Since we taxpayers are paying the bills to house these inmates, I think the taxpayers need to be heard regarding unhealthy conditions in the prisons regarding the temperatures (both summer and winter). In winter, it is extremely cold which ups the chances of illnesses as well.

Please authorize TDCJ to do something immediately to correct this situation before another loved one dies.
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