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There is a growing backlash to the false attack on Ben Hall by the chairman of the Harris County Republican Party.

Today, Steve Riggle, the founding pastor of Grace Community Church joined other faith leaders in denouncing the blatant lie that Ben Hall ever supported the bathroom ordinance.

“What the Harris County GOP has done to Ben Hall reflects on the integrity of every person in the Republican Party. That is why I am urging every Republican office holder and party member to publicly condemn this outright lie.”

Riggle is one of five pastors whose sermons were subpoenaed by Mayor Parker, part of the city hall campaign against the religious community that Ben Hall has pledged to end on day one.

“Ben Hall has stood with us in fighting HERO from the very beginning,” says Riggle. “I should know. As you are aware I have been helping lead the effort to defeat this ordinance from the beginning.”

Ironically, the chairman of the Republican Party ought to be chastising Bill King and Steve Costello. King doesn’t think it is the voter’s business how he will vote, and Steve Costello supports letting men go into restrooms with teenage girls. Why didn’t he attack
Sylvester Turner, the gay caucus candidate who promises to be a fourth term of Mayor Parker?

“I have promised voters that I will not play politics with the truth,” says Hall. “I will protect their public safety. I will make sure tax money isn’t wasted. And I will stand up to the backroom deals. That is why I am getting attacked.”

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Houston Mayoral Candidate Ben Hall challenged Republican Party Chairman Paul Simpson to face the media and apologize for a blatantly false attack about Ben and the HERO ordinance.

The ad, paid for by the Republican Party is a lie. Every Republican in Houston should be outraged.

At an afternoon news conference, Hall acknowledged the attack is designed to stop his growing momentum, especially among Republican women.

“I am putting together a coalition of faith voters, fiscal conservatives and men and women who want this city to stop the attack on the church. A coalition that wants to stop the career politicians who ignore our streets and safety. A coalition of voters who simply want the Mayor to tell them the truth,” says Hall.

Ben Hall is the ONLY candidate, Democrat or Republican, who has been opposed to the HERO ordinance from the very beginning, long before the campaign began for Houston Mayor, long before the court put it on the November ballot.

Ben Hall has been crystal clear. He is opposed to discrimination, but he believes the proposed Houston ordinance is intentionally dangerous.

“Men are not going to be allowed in restrooms and showers with our wives and daughters in Houston, Period,” says Hall.

“I challenge Mr. Simpson to face me and let us talk about HERO in front of the TV cameras. Let’s talk about Bill “Waffle” King, who told a forum it was none of their damn business how he would vote on the HERO ordinance. Let us talk about the other Republican Steve Costello who favors the bathroom ordinance and raised our taxes.”

Stop hiding.

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Houston Mayoral Candidate Ben Hall will hold a news conference today at 2:30 pm to address the false attack by certain elements of the Harris County Republican party.

Instead of attacking the tax raising HERO supporting Sylvester Turner, Adrian Garcia or Chris Bell, elements of the Republican Party chairman put out a blatantly false attack ad on Hall.

While the attack clearly comes because momentum in this campaign, Bell Hall will not take lies lying down.

Ben Hall is the ONLY candidate, Democrat or Republican, who has been opposed to the HERO ordinance from the very beginning, long before the campaign began for Houston Mayor, long before the court put it on the November ballot.

Ben Hall has been crystal clear. He is opposed to discrimination, but he believes the proposed Houston ordinance is intentionally dangerous. Whoever put this nonsense out knows that.

“Men are not going to be allowed in restrooms and showers with our wives and daughters, Period,” says Hall.

The ad also breaks a long tradition of non-partisan Mayoral elections

It is time for the so called Republicans in the race to say they will vote against HERO and refuse to raise taxes.

Republican voters have a real choice in November, but it is not Bill King or Steve Costello. They will not make the runoff. Only Ben Hall has a chance to form a coalition of faith voters and fiscal conservatives to keep compromised career politicians out of office. That is why this false attack has been launched.

530 Lovett Boulevard is the location of the press conference.

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Every woman in Harris County should be outraged at the attack on Ben Hall by the Harris County Republican party. So should every member of every congregation from Second Baptist to the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. So should every true fiscal conservative.

Instead of attacking the tax raising HERO supporting Sylvester Turner, Adrian Garcia or Chris Bell, they put out a blatantly false attack ad out on Hall.

Ben Hall is the ONLY candidate, Democrat or Republican, who has been opposed to the HERO ordinance from the very beginning, long before the campaign began for Houston Mayor, long before the court put it on the November ballot.

Ben Hall has been crystal clear. He is opposed to discrimination, but he believes the proposed Houston ordinance is intentionally dangerous. Whoever put this nonsense out knows that.

“Men are not going to be allowed in restrooms and showers with our wives and daughters, Period,” says Hall.

The so called Republicans in the race refuse to say they will vote against HERO. They refuse to rule out higher taxes.

Republican voters do have a real choice in November, but it is not Bill King or Steve Costello. They will not make the runoff. Only Ben Hall has a chance to form a coalition of faith voters and fiscal conservatives to keep compromised career politicians out of office.

That is the choice.

READ IT: Hall Flyer

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Ben Hall received more votes than Sylvester Turner and Adrian Garcia put together in a bi-partisan straw poll of Clear Lake voters this week.

The poll was taken at a joint forum of Clear Lake Republican Women and Bay Area Democrats.

The poll clearly spells trouble for other conservatives in the race for Houston Mayor. Half of the voters polled want someone other than former tax collector Bill King and Councilman Steve “rain tax” Costello.

“This poll is important because Clear Lake is important. It exposes the myth that Sylvester Turner and Adrian Garcia are front runners, and it provides evidence that Bill King and Steve Costello cannot make it into a runoff because they can’t even dominate polls in the suburbs,” says Hall. “It is time for those voters who oppose higher taxes, who want to be safe, and who are tired of career politicians and backroom deals to stand up and say enough is enough.”

Ben Hall believes a coalition of faith voters and fiscal conservatives from neighborhoods across Houston can rescue City Hall from wasteful spending practices.

Ben Hall is the only candidate who has vowed to vote against Prop 1, the so called HERO ordinance, because it can make business owners criminals for trying to protect their female customers, and it will jeopardize the safety of our wives and daughters.

Hall has received the endorsement of more than 2050 pastors from churches throughout the City after promising to end the war on churches waged by Mayor Parker and Houston City Hall.

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One month in 2012, Sylvester Turner suddenly dropped his opposition to the HISD bond election and instead helped pass it.

Why?

Now we know that Sylvester Turner’s title company has financially benefited as a result of the HISD bond deal. The bond election allowed HISD to build a new high school for law and justice. That cleared the way for them to sell their current school on Shepherd. The price tag — $60 million. The title company was paid $144,000 in the HISD real estate deal. That title company is American Title, a company Turner says he runs from his downtown offices.

We have all seen the headlines.

HISD is breaking promises to replace a rat-infested high school because $1.9 billion now isn’t enough. The Houston Chronicle reports mismanagement and over payments to contractors. School board members want an audit. The superintendent has now resigned.

“It is time for Sylvester Turner to tell taxpayers how much of their money he’s made in these deals,” says Hall. “Every single penny. He has lined his pockets while in public office and that is why I am calling him out.”

Also for years, the Sylvester Turner law firm has been on the payroll of tax collector Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson. City Hall records show payments totaling $850,000.

HISD records show Linebarger filed public reports that Turner’s law firm was paid $10,000 a month for years, but Turner claims Linebarger filed false reports.
Now Linebarger doesn’t claim they are sharing their HISD contract with any minority firms, but is Turner standing up for firms owned by women, Hispanics and African Americans?

Nope! Not a peep!

It’s a simple question Mr. Turner. Tell the voters why it is fair for you to make millions from public office while the people who put you in office are suffering?

Be careful when answering because we intend to reveal the millions more you have been paid by taxpayers.

READ: HSLECJ closing statement pdf

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Bill King now says un-elected neighborhood bureaucrats should be given more tax money to spend as they wish.

That’s not conservative thinking. That is precisely the kind of logic that is letting Uptown waste $200 million tax on a bus project virtually no Houstonian will use outside the Galleria area.

King has waffled on whether he will stop the Galleria bus project if elected. That’s not leadership.

Houstonians need to elect a Mayor that will tell you the truth about what he will do before they cast their ballots.

Only Ben Hall has committed to stop the bus boondoggle day one, and he’s warning unelected Uptown bosses that he will insist of their repaying any tax dollars they waste once he is Mayor.

“I invite the property owners and residents of Uptown to join my campaign. I will put a stop to this project. And I will break up these neighborhood piggy banks for unelected bosses and to spend the tax dollars for projects that will better serve the needs of the
city,” says Hall.

Another waffle by King occurred at a mayoral debate last week. King finally called the HERO ordinance on the ballot a bad ordinance, yet just one day later he refused to say how he would vote on the “bad ordinance.”

“I oppose HERO because it jeopardizes the public safety of our daughters, wives and mothers,” says Ben Hall. “We will not let men use women’s restrooms. Period! Houstonians don’t need career politician double-speak. They want the truth. ”

Join our growing campaign to move Houston forward at benhallforhouston.com.

Sylvester Turner’s companies have made millions of dollars off Houston taxpayers while he has been in office, and it’s time to start showing Houstonians how.

Last week at the Mayor’s debate, Turner got all defensive about his Linebarger connections. The Channel 13 moderators didn’t challenge him, so let Dolcefino Consulting.

Linebarger Goggan is the controversial tax collection firm that sues Houstonians for property taxes, toll road fees and traffic tickets. It is famous for putting politicians on the payroll to satisfy Affirmative Action pledges.

Sylvester Turner is one of those politicians whose firm gets a piece of the pie.

City of Houston Affirmative Action records show Linebarger has paid Sylvester Turner’s law firm, Barnes and Turner $850,000 on just two city contracts.

That is your money. And it is money that Sylvester Turner could have rejected so disadvantaged firms in the minority community could get work. Of course, if you ever looked at the who’s who on a Linebarger contract you can see a lot of familiar names.

Linebarger Goggan got an $8 million contract from HISD claiming they would share up to 25% of the deal with women and minority owned firms. For years, a managing partner of the firm signed government documents saying Barnes and Turner was one of the firms they used. In 2014, the company affirmed the monthly take for Barnes and Turner was $10,000.

A Houston Chronicle article profiled Turner’s lucrative Linebarger deals. In 2014 Sylvester Turner suddenly claimed those years of records were wrong. Linebarger chalked years of false reporting to a mistake. HISD just said OK in true watchdog fashion. So let’s get this straight.

For years, Linebarger falsified records to HISD, allowing them to play with the affirmative action numbers and what they said they were doing for disadvantaged firms? Who did they share their big contract with? You would think Sylvester Turner would want to know for his constituents.

It’s been more than a year.

HISD records released last week show Linebarger may now be keeping the whole deal for themselves, and no longer sharing a single penny with a minority company. But who knows if these records are any better than the other ones.

Why is Sylvester Turner silent?

We just gave you 850,000 reasons why!

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Seventy million dollars of your tax money was put aside to create affordable housing, part of a political deal that allows a few rich neighborhood power brokers to stash hundreds of millions of tax dollars while the city is in a fiscal mess.

Now we are learning this TIRZ housing fund has never been audited by the mayor. Millions have been spent on empty lots that are still empty six years later. The housing department didn’t even know where much of the money was spent. Millions more were spent on projects that even Washington DC wouldn’t pay for because of mismanagement.

“This slush fund should be audited immediately. It is an outrage to waste millions of dollars that could have been used to create affordable housing for Houstonians,” says Hall.

TIRZ fund 2409 has amassed more than $70 million since 2009, just 30% of all the money generated by the tax windfall certain neighborhoods have been given.

“The career politicians in this mayor’s race want to raise your taxes. I don’t. It is time to expose the politically protected piggy banks,” says Hall.

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It is time for Bill King to come clean.

The Sunday Houston Chronicle says the HISD bond election may have fooled Houstonians. Suddenly $1.9 billion isn’t enough. Historically black schools are being destroyed. A rat infested school where the bathrooms smell like a prison may not be replaced. Broken promises!

Bill king chaired the HISD bond campaign in 2012, but never told voters he was on HISD’s payroll at the same time he was selling the deal. E-mails show King was in the know as HISD contractors curried favor with HISD with campaign money.

Now some of those same contractors are helping fund King’s mayoral campaign.

“This is what a career politician does,” says Ben Hall. “He hides the whole truth from the public, then benefits from the inside deals.”

A CNN money investigation fingers King for all the money he made running a controversial tax collection firm known for paying politicians. One of those politicians is Sylvester Turner. What a small world!

“Houston must reject these shameless political panhandlers,” says Hall. “We must move Houston forward without the backroom political deals. Sure the politicians and their friends make money, but who is taking care of the taxpayers?”

The money article has a picture with Bill King on one of the huge boats CNN says he owns.

Is this the payback when you make your living foreclosing on people’s homes?

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