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Petition Fraud is the New Face of Election Fraud

August 19, 2018 – I was walking home from the King William Parade on the last Saturday in April when I noticed two people stationed in the alley fronting East Arsenal Street just outside the fairgrounds, beckoning Fiesta passersby to stop and sign petitions.

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PAC seeks criminal charges for fire union, others for allegedly violating election law

August 8, 2018 – A day after a political action committee sued the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association over allegations it illegally funded its charter-amendment petition campaign, the group is now recommending to county and state officials that the union’s president and others be charged for allegedly violating election and state law.

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SA’s November Challenge: Defeating Fire Union’s Charter Amendments

August 5, 2018 – For citizens who care about the future of San Antonio and its governance, there should be one issue of paramount importance: the defeat of the firefighters union and the three destructive charter amendments its paid petition peddlers have placed on a crowded November election ballot.

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Fire Union Files Federal Free Speech Lawsuit Against City

July 20, 2018 – The San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association is filing a federal lawsuit against the city over its “free speech areas” at city libraries. The union claims the city violated the First Amendment when it prevented union petitioners from entering the buildings.

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Fire union PAC amends reports, documenting $504,000 spent on petition campaign

July 18, 2018 – The political arm of the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association amended three campaign-finance reports from earlier this year Wednesday, disclosing for the first time it spent $500,000 on its petition campaign to change the City Charter.

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Lack of disclosure puts fire union’s political spending in question

July 17, 2018 – This spring, an army of signature gatherers made its way across San Antonio to persuade tens of thousands of residents to support a push for three proposed charter amendments that will likely appear on November’s ballot.

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San Antonio Last: November Ballot Initiatives an Existential Threat

May 27, 2018 – Now that the runoff elections and an anemic voter turnout are history, it’s time to turn our attention to the November ballot and the most important election in contemporary San Antonio history. This is not about the mood of the nation and how voters feel about the Trump administration or the Republican-controlled congress.

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Nirenberg: If Fire Union Charter Changes Make Ballot, No Others Will

May 11, 2018 – San Antonio City Clerk Leticia Vacek is expected to verify next Thursday that there are at least 20,000 valid signatures for each of the three petitions the fire union submitted one month ago.

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Union’s petitions not well-understood

April 20, 2018 – I called some of the voters who had been persuaded in February and March to sign in support of significant changes to the charter … Of those who answered their phones and spoke candidly, almost none could recall the point of the petitions to which they’d lent their signatures.

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Voters have to get educated on possible charter changes

Mar 29, 2018 – Now that the fire union’s three proposed city charter amendments have qualified for the November ballot, the hard work begins for community and business leaders to educate voters about their consequences.

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City offers salary and benefits package to absent fire union

March 27, 2018 – City officials on Tuesday offered raises and a health care package to the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association at a collective-bargaining session that union officials did not attend.

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An open letter to San Antonio firefighters’ union

March 25, 2018 – Dear members of the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association:

We’ll go straight to the point. We believe your city charter petition drive is bad for the city, bad for taxpayers and bad for your own cause.

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Fire union fails to show at the city’s negotiations meeting

March 13, 2018 – The San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Union failed to show up at a public meeting this morning that city officials had arranged with hopes of negotiating a new contract for municipal firefighters and paramedics.

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Fire union fails to show at city’s negotiations meeting

March 13, 2018 – The San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association refused to show up at City Hall for a public meeting Tuesday that city officials had arranged with hopes of negotiating a new contract for municipal firefighters and paramedics.

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City sends ninth formal request to negotiate with fire union

March 7, 2018 – For the ninth time, the city has sent a certified letter to attorneys representing the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association to request the union meet with city negotiators to come up with a new contract between the parties.

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Firefighter plan would wreck the city

February 27, 2018 – The city’s firefighter union is playing with fire.

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Firefighters’ charter-amendment campaign spells trouble

February 24, 2018 – The firefighters proposed three potential amendments to the City Charter, all of them designed to weaken the power of a city government which has battled the union for years on collective-bargaining issues.

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Union Bosses’ Latest Bad Idea: Setting City Hall on Fire

February 24, 2018 – I don’t know about you, but if my family ever suffers a fire at home or has to call EMS, I really hope Mayor Ron Nirenberg, City Council members, or City Manager Sheryl Sculley do not show up at the front door.

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Fire union re-elects controversial president

December 11, 2015 – The local fire union this week re-elected a controversial leader using a contentious method of counting votes – proving that right now, the only controversy that really matters is the city’s protracted battle with the police and fire unions over their contracts.

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Does Steele really think he is helping cause?

October 26, 2014 – It’s hard to see just how the city’s firefighters are benefiting from Chris Steele’s “leadership”.

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