Monday, October 8, 2012

Where is he now?

On March 9, 2012 there was an article in the Bastrop Advertiser titled “McDonald chooses Congress”. It has been dormant for several months until this comment was posted on September 27:

Can we have an update on Ronnie McDonald? I cannot find anything current on the web. Thanks.

Stop CTA responded with a comment similar to the following on September 28 but once again it remains “awaiting moderation”:

When StopCTA was checking out Ronnie McDonald’s campaign contributions filed with the Federal Election Committee (FEC), we discovered where he landed after resigning.

On page 7 (of 25) of the JULY QUARTERLY report filed on 07/15/2012, there are two entries where McDonald contributed funds to his campaign totaling just over $53,000. On that form, his employer is listed as McCreary, Vaselka, Bragg and Allen, PC (MBVA) and his occupation as Government Liaison. If MBVA sounds familiar it’s because the firm handles the tax sales for Bastrop as well as other counties in Texas. McDonald’s campaign contribution reports can be accessed from here.

What’s with the Advertiser deciding what facts get out to the community . . . AGAIN?!

Happy to report that the comment was FINALLY released from moderation. However, it is so buried it’s unlikely that anyone will find it.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Developer misses deadline

Developer misses deadline
By Cyndi Wright
Bastrop Advertiser
July 6, 2012

With the dawning of July 1, a collective sigh of relief may have been heard from the area in Cedar Creek where Austin developer Jim Carpenter has plans to build an airport.

But it’s not really clear whether vocal and organized opponents of the project can let down their guard yet.

The firm of Carpenter & Associates plans to build Central Texas Airport on approximately 1,000 acres located off FM 969, across the Colorado River from Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and a few miles north of Cedar Creek High School.

However, in his Section 381 economic development agreement with Bastrop County, which, according to Carpenter, gives much-needed tax rollbacks to the project, a June 30, 2012, deadline date to commence “turning dirt” on Phase 1 of the project has passed with nary a clod being moved.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012


A passenger on a flight taking off from JFK last Thursday recorded a birdstrike event that destroyed one engine as it happened. This plane made it back to safety. But a smaller plane might not have been so lucky. Build that 26 acre ‘duck pond’ 900′ from the runway at the proposed CTA and this could be happening right here in Bastrop County over McKinney Roughs, the Hyatt and the Cedar Creek High School. And we might not be as lucky.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Travis County caves

Will the Bastrop County Commissioners be asked to do the same if the proposed Central Texas Airport moves forward? Please see ‘Highway to the sky’.

County agrees to help cover F1 road improvements
By John Maher
April 17, 2012

Travis County commissioners Tuesday agreed to pay for at least part of two key
road expansions near the Circuit of the Americas, the track in southeastern Travis
County scheduled to host its first Formula One Grand Prix in November. The decision
represents a significant shift from some officials’ earlier insistence that organizers
pick up the full tab for the work.

Read the article

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Silenced . . . again

Update: These comments have now been deleted from the ‘awating moderation’ queue at the Advertiser. So much for balanced journalism. Cheerleaders only allowed.

Ronnie McDonald’s decision to resign his duties as Bastrop County Judge will be discussed separately. The purpose of this post is to publish comments that are once again languishing in the Bastrop Advertiser’s ‘awaiting moderation’ queue.

Posted on March 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm on ‘County judge eyeing run for Congress ‘

Bastrop county’s disaster = a politician’s career opportunity. Isn’t politics wonderful?!

Here’s a thought for a future project in DC . . .

Pave over the reflecting pool to make way for an airstrip! It would be very convenient for politico junkets and undoubtedly benefit the local economy.

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm on ‘McDonald chooses Congress’

Perhaps the developer of the proposed Central Texas Airport and his associates could assist with campaign funding as they did in the fall of 2009 a few months BEFORE the 381 Agreement was approved by the Commissioners Court and officially signed by Judge McDonald.

Please see:

McDonald contributions

381 Agreement

Airport Opponents Lobb [sic] Questions

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