Here’s What Happened: Empower Texans, Soros, Twitter, NPR, and AgendaWise

By Weston Hicks Agenda Wise Reports

The Empower Texans/AgendaWise/Twitter saga has a back story.

All Twitter accounts at Empower Texans and AgendaWise were suspended after Daniel Greer, an original Empower Texans employee and current Executive Director of AgendaWise, acquired Twitter handles George Soros likely feels entitled to. The handles were related to StateImpact, a Soros project coming to Texas soon, and already up in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.

With $4 million of George Soros seed money, StateImpact is a tool to move state governments to the left. In Texas, collaborators of NPR and Soros’s Open Society are teaming with the University of Texas, and Austin NPR affiliate KUT.

Daniel acquired these Twitter handles in early July. At the time, Twitter reviewed and approved them.

A few days ago, Twitter suspended every Twitter account on our server, including handles belonging to Empower Texas, Michael Sullivan, Daniel Greer, Weston Hicks, Andrew Kerr, and Dustin Matocha.  Twitter’s about-face was odd, as was their near-radio silence for a few days afterwards.

Last night, the conservative blogosphere went to work. Erick Erickson of posted a story calling attention to the suspensions. Several other posts began popping up on the blogosphere. Finally, the Drudge Report posted a headline around noon, which read, “Is Twitter Silencing Austin Conservatives?”. At almost the same time, Twitter reinstated our accounts.

We appreciate the help. Conservative non-profits are scrappy by nature because we oppose special interests –people like George Soros – people who use government to become richer, more powerful, and more firmly entrenched. We fight with websites and email lists and Twitter handles.

The big activism money is all in helping special interest types, since it’s not hard to use a large sum of money to affect laws that will bring a much larger sum right back.

We’re funded by donations, not investments, so we ‘re resourceful.

AgendaWise intends to keep a close eye on Soros, NPR, and UT’s StateImpact Texas project. StateImpact Texas may be journalists, a label that means less every day, but they’re rooted in a liberal activist agenda.

We thank Erick Erickson and Matt Drudge for their attention. We’re all lucky the new media is picking up the slack on stories like this, stories liberal journalists usually ignore.

Weston Hicks

Weston Hicks researches and writes about associations in the Texas political realm, media choices, and political strategy. Over the past year he has advised on grassroots and voter initiatives. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at El Paso and a J.D. from University of Texas School of Law. He enjoys spending time with wife and three children, reading theology and political theory, and watching FC Barcelona. You can reach him at





About Alice Linahan

Alice Linahan is a Conservative, politically-active Texas Mom who has worked hard in the trenches of the Tea Party movement. As an active Real Estate blogger turned online newspaper owner, Alice launched Resolute Media Group along with two partners. It quickly grew into playing an integral part in holding politicians and the progressive/liberal media accountable by getting real stories out to Americans across the country using social media integration and Resolute Media’s “North Texas Navigator”. Now Alice has launched Voices to Action Consulting. Alice is working hard to train boots on the ground activists using social media techniques to get accurate information out to the passive majority of Americans. In addition she is working on projects at both the state and national level to save our Country from attacks from within our own borders. In addition I am currently on the Advisory Board for a new series of e-books by Harper-Collins entitled "Voices of the Tea Party". I have been published in such publications as Focus on the Family's Citizen Magazine and am board member of Women on the Wall, an organization working on building a safe and prosperous Texas for our children and grandchildren to thrive.
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