Early voting for the Texas primaries begins next Tuesday, February 16. I hope you will vote in the Democratic Primary and join me in voting for Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.
I’m supporting Hillary because she is a proven leader with the experience, judgement and values I want to see in our next president.
Hillary has the most experience of anyone running for President on either side of aisle. As First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has proven to be unmatched in dealing with the challenges that the president must face.
This week and next, I will be joining many of our neighbors at events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
During these celebrations of Dr. King’s life, we will often be reminded of his work fighting each and every day for equality and justice for all. I hope you will join me in honoring his legacy and his work not just this week or next, but each and every day of the year.
It’s easy to be distracted by the divisive rhetoric we hear in our state and country sometimes, especially in the midst of a presidential election. But as Dr. King understood so well, our diversity is a strength, not a weakness, and the differences we have pale in comparison to our shared goals and values. It’s up to us to remind others – and ourselves– of this and speak out against those who would divide us. We must be vocal advocates for our communities, our nation and our world. In Dr. King’s words, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
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Last month, the Speaker of the House announced the creation of the House Select Committee on Mental Health, appointing thirteen lawmakers to address a complex issue that touches every Texan in one way or another. As the only Tarrant County legislator on this committee, I look forward to the opportunity to better understand our community’s concerns on this topic and share them with my colleagues in the Legislature.
Beginning early next year, the Committee will start to take a serious look at current mental health and substance abuse services and how state agencies, in partnership with local governments and other entities, can collaborate to address critical needs across our state.
My staff and I have recently spent a great deal of time learning about what state agencies, local governments, first responders, school districts, non-profits, and others are doing to address mental health care. We’ve learned a lot already but know that we’ve just scratched the surface of this very complicated issue.
There’s a few things I am already certain of, though – mental health issues do not discriminate, every Texan is impacted and there are not enough resources to offer adequate support to those in need.
Interest and fees trap low-income families in a cycle of debt | 850 vehicles a week repossessed by auto-title lenders | Legislature must act
BY CHRIS TURNER
Special to the Star-Telegram
Can you imagine taking out a $500 loan and it costing more than $1,100 to pay it back?
Every day in the Fort Worth-Arlington metro area, many of our neighbors are doing just that and paying up to 484 percent in interest and fees on small, short-term “payday” and auto-title loans.
These absurd interest rates are completely legal in Texas, due to the inaction of the Legislature, which refuses to pass meaningful reforms to rein in what is largely an unregulated industry.
As a result, payday and auto-title lenders are allowed to charge unlimited interest and fees, effectively trapping low-income families in a cycle of debt.
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude.”
– President Harry S. Truman
Today we honor the men and women whose bravery and commitment to defend our freedom has made our nation great. In the words of President Truman, the service of these incredible men and women can never be repaid and they have indeed earned our undying gratitude. Today and every day, we should celebrate our nation’s heroes.
As we pause today to thank our veterans, we must not forget their families and the countless sacrifices they have made.
Please join me in paying tribute to those who have served our nation and fought to protect our freedom. They have truly earned our lasting respect and gratitude.
AUSTIN — Earlier today, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus named Representative Chris Turner (HD 101-Grand Prairie) to the House Select Committee on Mental Health. The committee is charged with examining the current status of mental health care in Texas, as well as identifying what areas need to be addressed.
In response to his appointment, Turner released the following statement:
“Mental health care is a critical issue that impacts every person in our state. I am honored to serve on this important committee and grateful that Speaker Straus has made this issue a top priority.
“Over the next year, I look forward to learning more about what programs and initiatives have worked in addressing our state’s mental health needs, as well as exploring gaps which exist.
“With the second largest population of veterans in the nation, we must delve deeply into how veterans’ mental health is being addressed and what more can be done to prevent military and veteran suicide and homelessness.”
Two weeks ago at the Arlington Republican Club, a Tea Party Republican announced that he will run against me in 2016. This will be the first time I have faced a Republican opponent in District 101, and I need your help.
I’m not surprised that they’re going after me. After all, I have taken on the Tea Party and their dangerous ideas for our state over and over again. While they seek to grow their power by dividing Texans, I have worked to make Texas a state where every family can succeed.
Since I was first elected in 2008, I have made SH 360 one of my top priorities.
In 2009 and 2011, I organized a stakeholders group that brought community leaders, officials from the NTTA, TxDOT, NCTCOG, as well as officials from Arlington, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, and Tarrant County together in an effort to improve SH 360.
After several years of work, on October 21st, I had the honor of helping to break ground on the SH 360 expansion project. I am honored to have be part of this effort and look forward to the positive impact the expansion will have on our community and House District 101.
Can you imagine taking out a $500 loan and it costing more than $1100 to pay back?
FACT: Every day in our area, many of our neighbors are doing just that and paying up to 484% in interest and fees on small, short-term “payday” loans. payday lending
This is completely legal in our state, and as a result, payday and auto-title lenders are making billions of dollars while preying upon people in dire need of financial help to pay their rent, to feed their children, and to fix their car so that they can get to work.
Since it’s Child Passenger Safety Week, Chris let me commandeer his email to help spread the word about one of my passions, keeping kids safe in cars.
If you’re not the parent or grandparent of a young child, you’re probably saying to yourself, “this doesn’t apply to me. I don’t need to read this. I can skip this one.” Before you move on to your next email, I ask that you please read on. You never know, this information could come in handy one day and even save a life.
Arlington, TX — State Representative Chris Turner (HD 101 – Grand Prairie) released the following statement in response to today’s Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing:
“Today’s sham hearing is just the latest sad example of Texas Republicans attacking women’s basic right to make their own healthcare decisions. In a hearing in which even the most biased and virulent critics of Planned Parenthood are forced to admit that they have no knowledge of a single law being broken and the Attorney General testifies but can’t even answer basic legal questions, it’s clear that these investigations are nothing more than witch hunts intended to ultimately deny women basic healthcare services.”
What a week!
After what can only be described as a rough legislative session for common sense and sound policy, recent Supreme Court decisions have brought some much-needed good news to Texas.
Thanks to our nation’s highest court, more than 1 million of our neighbors are no longer in danger of losing their health insurance, all men and women across our state finally have the right to marry the person they love and the draconian abortion law of two years ago has been put on hold.
I want to continue to be an advocate for those priorities and for the people of House District 101, which is why I will seek re-election in 2016.
As we prepare for the 2016 campaign, I need your help. Today is a very important deadline and to show early support, I hope I can count on you to be one of the very first contributors to the 2016 campaign. Help me get a strong start and make a contribution today.