What is the deal with Justin Hicks and Christine Parizo?

February 16, 2023
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What is it with these two?

Justin Hicks is the newly elected city councilman of League City and has made a mark with his book banning campaign. Christine Parizo is the former candidate for CCISD who lost by 25 points (points, not votes) and demanded multiple recounts and requested action by the Texas Attorney General. They declined and have considered the issue culllllllosed.

So what are these two up to? Hicks recently aired League City’s dirty laundry in a Facebook post against a fellow councilman, Tom Crews, concerning the American Legion who was requesting help obtaining approval to put up signs. This request was approved. Hicks then wanted League City to pay for the signs which the American Legion did not request.

So how does Parizo fit into this? Recently Parizo has filed an open records request for all emails of Councilman Tom Crews. It’s almost like these two are coordinating with each other. Or maybe it has to do with the book banning resolution that Hicks sponsored. Either way these two look to be in cahoots with each other.

Now how Scott Bowen, CCISD Trustee, fits between these two might be another question to ask. Hicks recently butted into the CCISD election lawsuit filed by Misty Dawson against Trustee Cejka claiming election fraud. Hicks claimed the funding of the defense of the Trustee by CCISD was illegal. The funding was eventually approved, something even Bowen voted for. The suit was then dropped by Dawson. Hicks was left with egg on his face.

I’m not sure what exactly these two or three are doing but it is creating chaos in the League City family.

CCISD Trustee, Scott Bowen, recruits a candidate to run for the board

February 13, 2023

We knew Scott Bowen was going to recruit an extreme far right member of the Republican Party to run for the CCISD Board and he has.

Peter Lauzon is just that candidate. Lauzon has no educational experience that I could find. He was a member of the Senate Republican Executive Committee (SREC) after being appointed to the position when David Apley (a COVID denier) died of COVID. He was then voted off in the next election. As an SREC member Lauzon motioned for the Party to endorse Scott Bowen. (Video is here) He bragged about Bowen’s attack on the nonexistent CRT, his mask ban, and his recruitment efforts to get extreme right wing candidates to run for school boards across the county.

He ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Clear Lake Water Authority being soundly defeated by a near 3-1 margin. If elected Lauzon will be the vote Bowen needs to take over the Board and send the district into chaos. Lauzon, like most republicans, is an election denier and will probably file suit like Misty Dawson did if he loses. This is who they are. This is who he is.

Lauzon is running against Arturo Sanchez who has served the district well and was elected to the position of Vice-President. Expect to see tens of thousands of dollars to be spent supporting this UFO (Unfit For Office) candidate by the Republican Party and Senator Money Mayes Middleton.

Who is running for CCISD Trustee in 2023?

January 23, 2023

You can check who is running for CCISD Trustee by visiting the Elections page on the CCISD website. This site includes campaign finance reports and other required documentation.

In 2023 two seats are up for election, District 2 held by Trustee Michelle Davis, and District 3 held by Trustee Arturo Sanchez. Both have filed for reelection.

I do not know much about Michelle Davis except for the fact that she nominated Scott Bowen for President, Vice President, and Secretary after the election of 2021. He lost all three. I think that speaks volumes. Arturo Sanchez is one of those elected officials who does the work of the district for the parents, teachers, and students without a lot of fanfare. He is a good choice.

I am waiting for the Qanon candidate to surface. This person will be heavily financed by the Republican Party with tens of thousands of dollars in advertisements, signs, and mailers. Look for the title of “Conservative” in their literature. That is a telltale sign of being part of the Scot Bowen Klan. I expect our State Senator Money Mayes Middleton to put some of his own money into this race. Over the last few elections we had two unqualified candidates run for CCISD, Christine Parizo who lost by 25 points, and Misty Dawson who lost by just 40 votes. That race required a recount which she lost and then sued the winner in a frivolous lawsuit that was eventually withdrawn.

Until then check the CCISD website to see who is running!

Why campaign finance reform is needed in CCISD

August 11, 2022

There are two real good reasons for campaign finance reform in CCISD. Misty Dawson and Scott Bowen.

In Texas there are no limits on donations and it’s pretty obvious here in the CCISD area. State Representative Money Mayes Middleton spent $2.5 Million of his own money to win a state house seat here in Galveston County and CNN aired a segment called “Deep in the Pockets of Texas” highlighting 2 billionaires donations to candidates.

And now that money is coming to CCISD. It is unlimited. It is unstoppable. These billionaires can donate unlimited amounts of money to put unqualified, extreme white wing, candidates on our ballot for CCISD. They could finance legal challenges after these candidates lose causing chaos and discouraging qualified candidates from running. This is happening right now in CCISD.

Bowen spent over $20,000 on his latest at-large campaign, five times more than his opponent. This does not include the donation by the Harris County Republican Party in the form of a mailer. Dawson spent about $8000 on her campaign in her district only. Most candidates spend a couple of thousand dollars for a school district campaign.

For those who do not know here is what Bowen and his extreme white wing candidates can do in CCISD in the next upcoming election:

  • Candidates can accept unlimited amounts of donations
  • Candidates can accept donations from outside of the district, even out of state
  • Candidates can accept donations from political parties (Bowen and Dawson)
  • Candidates can accept PAC money from billionaires like the ones in the CNN report
  • Wealthy Candidates can loan themselves unlimited amounts of donations

CCISD is not alone in this problem. For decades school boards across Texas did not have the problem of unlimited donations. Unlimited money started to affect our schools about 6 years ago. For the sake of all qualified candidates CCISD needs to do something to curb this abuse for instance:

  • Limit donations from inside the district only
  • Ban PAC donations
  • Curb the amount of personal loans
  • Limit donation amounts to $500

August 6, 2022

CNN recently aired a show, Deep in the Pockets of Texas, which highlighted the unlimited money donated to republican causes by just two billionaires. I’m wondering if that money is coming to influence CCISD elections.

Misty Dawson, who is “Morally Minded and Not Politically Divided” and who lost the CCISD school board election and has sued her opponent has closed out her campaign account after filing her last campaign finance report in June. In July she amended the report to keep it open. Her report did not disclose any payments for legal services to Eric Opiela, her attorney. According to the Texas Ethics Commission no payment from any organization has been made to Opiela for these services. Even if Opiela is providing the services free of charge Dawson must record the fair market value as an “in-kind” donation. As of today she has not.So, who is paying for Dawson’s attorney? It could be a number of people including State Representative Money Mayes Middleton the oligarch of Galveston County, or the Texas Republican Party or Harris County Republican Party although neither have reported this expenditure on their latest reports. It could also be Kathleen Wall who spent $6 Million of her own money in a losing Congressional effort. It could be State Representative Little Baby Briscoe Cain.

Or it could be Farris Wilks or Timothy Dunn the two billionaires in the CNN show. No matter who is paying for Dawson’s attorney it must eventually reported. My bet is on Wilks and Dunn.

League City Councilman butting into CCISD lawsuit

August 6, 2022

I do not know Justin Hicks, Councilman for League City, but he is meddling in the legal issues of CCISD and leading the crazies with false information.

After losing the election for School Board, Misty Dawson filed suit claiming (wait for it…..) election fraud, not against CCISD, but against her opponent, Jessica Cejka, demanding a new election and $100,000. At first the CCISD School Board could not agree on whether to fund the defense of Jessica Cejka. At the regular meeting a motion to fund failed by a tied vote with Trustee Scott Bowen leading the “no” votes and Jessica Cejka recusing herself.

At a special meeting this week the board voted to fund the defense of the School District since the lawsuit referenced the election that was conducted by CCISD personnel. Hicks, in a recent Facebook post, claims this funding is illegal. Hicks is an engineer and might have obtained his law degree from Facebook University. His post includes:

This is a violation of Texas Penal code Chapter 39.02, and it is likely a felony on

the school’s part as well as for Jessica Cejka to accept the funds and help.

What I need you to do: Email the entire board and tell them to NOT use taxpayer

funds to defend a personal civil suit (felony). And also remind Jessica Cejka to

recuse herself from this vote as it is a HUGE conflict of interest…. Please do this

before Monday 7/25 and let the board know we don’t appreciate this illegal and

unethical abuse of taxpayer funds.

After consulting with REAL legal counsel, the CCISD Board voted, unanimously, to fund the defense of CCISD with some restrictions. Even Hicks’ buddy Scott Bowen voted in favor of the resolution. Hicks makes not mention of the grievance filed against Bowen for….wait for it…..conflict of interest in this legal situation. 

So Hicks needs to either go back and take a refresher course on Facebook U, or just shut the f*uck up.

The entire Facebook thread can be viewed here.

Grievance filed against CCISD Trustee

August 6, 2022

This is what happens when CCISD is flooded with outside, unlimited, partisan money.

An official grievance has been filed against CCISD Trustee Scott Bowen for his conflict of interest in the past election resulting in a lawsuit by the loser against the winner, Jessica Cejka. For background:

After the election for CCISD the loser, Misty Dawson, filed a lawsuit against Jessica Cejka demanding that she voids the election, conduct a new one, and give her $100,000. The suit was NOT against CCISD who actually conducted the election. Since the suit has been filed Scott Bowen has been running point on behalf of Dawson. Based upon his comments during the last Board meeting it is clear Bowen is compromised and should recuse himself from all further discussion concerning the issue.

Bowen should recuse himself for a number of reasons including:

  1. Based upon his comments during the last CCISD board meeting it is clear he is coordinating with the attorney for Misty Dawson and should never be involved in closed door discussions concerning this lawsuit
  2. This attorney for Dawson was the former general counsel of the Texas Republican Party
  3. The TRP endorsed Bowen
  4. Bowen is the lead for candidate recruitment for the Harris County Republican Party
  5. Bowen recruited Dawson
  6. Bowen campaigned for Dawson
  7. The HCRP listed on their campaign finance report that they supported both Dawson and Bowen
  8. The HCRP paid for a mailer for the campaign
  9. Bowen has a clear interest in this case in order to have a 4th vote for him to become the President of the board, a vote he lost by one vote
  10. Just the appearance of a conflict of interest should be enough for Bowen to recuse himself from participating in any discussion, vote, or decision concerning Dawson v Cejka

Below is the email sent to the legal office of CCISD concerning the grievance. 

CCISD Trustee Scott Bowen should recuse himself from the CCISD lawsuit

July 27, 2022

After the election for CCISD the loser, Misty Dawson, filed a lawsuit against Jessica Cejka demanding that she voids the election, conduct a new one, and give her $100,000. The suit was NOT against CCISD who actually conducted the election. Since the suit has been filed Scott Bowen has been running point on behalf of Dawson. Based upon his comments during the last Board meeting it is clear Bowen is compromised and should recuse himself from all further discussion concerning the issue.

Bowen was also on the ballot during the time that Dawson claimed election fraud. If a new election is required his position must be on the ballot which creates one of many conflicts of interest. Bowen recruited Dawson. He is the lead of school board candidate recruitment for the Harris County Republican Party. Dawson’s attorney was the general counsel of the Texas Republican Party. The Republican Party endorsed Bowen. The Republican Party donated to Bowen and Dawson. Bowen campaigned for Dawson. If Dawson, who is one of the worst candidates ever to apply for the position, would win it would give Bowen the necessary votes to become President of the Board. 

Based upon his “legal” comments during the meeting it is clear he is working with the Dawson legal team. Bowen has been in closed door session discussing legal issues concerning this situation and I would bet he  is conspiring with the Dawson legal team and providing confidential information. This cannot stand.

Bowen must recuse himself from all discussions and votes concerning these matters.

CCISD Trustee Scott Bowen's legal coordinated assault against CCISD

July 26, 2022

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Scott Bowen is a dick and he is coordinating the lawsuit against Jessica Cejka.

Misty Dawson lost a very close election to Jessica Cejka. So instead of asking for a recount, like most losers do, she ran to Scott Bowen and filed a lawsuit demanding $100,000, to void the election, and to have another one. To muddle this situation, on purpose, they filed the suit against Jessica, NOT the school district.

So now Bowen, who seems to have gained his law degree over the last week or so, is defending Dawson’s decision to file the suit against Jessica therefore the school district cannot, by law, pay for Jessica’s defense. This is a setup. I bet Bowen, Davis, and Larson are all working with Dawson’s attorney. They have organized people to talk at the meeting in support of the lawsuit. Bowen even referenced their comments. This is all a setup up.

I have to agree with Cottrell’s comment about being bullied by those with money. Scott Bowen has money from the Republican Party to challenge these elections by filing against individuals. Bowen spent over $20,000 an obscene amount of money for a school district. All overs spent a couple of thousand. 

This is a coordinated setup against the district, against the taxpayers, and against anyone who runs for office against Scott Bowen’s supported candidate. Dawson went straight to a lawsuit with the help of the former attorney of the Republican Party. They have deep pockets. They have unlimited resources with millionaires and billionaires firmly behind them. 

It is sad. Jessica is probably one of the best to ever run for the school district and Bowen is supporting the loser who is the absolute worst candidate to ever run for office.

You can watch Bowen kiss the republican party’s ass here. It is about 30 minutes long.

How much did Christine Parizo's recount cost CCISD taxpayers

July 9, 2022

Glad you asked…. Parizo lost by 25 percentage points in 2021 to Jay Cunningham. It was clearly a no contest. After her epic defeat she demanded a recount, complained to the Texas Attorney General’s office, and forced CCISD to spend resources to respond. The cost to tax payers? $44,590. 

Now Misty Dawson, another loser in the CCISD elections, has filed suit asking the courts to declare the 2022 election void and to require another election. She also asked for $100,000 cash money. Parizo never filed suit. Dawson’s suit will now require the district to spend taxpayers money on legal fees. 

Here is the information request concerning Parizo:

1) Cost of the recount(s) requested by Christina Parizo in her epic loss to Jay Cunningham

2) Cost to CCISD to provide information concerning the multiple open records requests submitted by Christina Parizo in reference to her epic loss to Jay Cunningham.

3) Cost of responding to the Texas Attorney General’s investigation/ complaint filed by

And the response from CCISD:

1) Clear Creek ISD paid $2,690 in May of 2021 for the recount and $2,690 for HART to return in September 2021 to retrieve internal memory data from the eSlates. Total cost for the recount would be $5,380. Ms. Parizo paid $335 which covered the pay to the recount committee and a service fee. CCISD only paid for HART’s services.

2) Clear Creek ISD employees have spent approximately 28 hours gathering responsive information and redacting protected information.

 3) Clear Creek ISD paid $30,830.34 on investigations/complaints filed by Ms. Parizo.

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