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Daniel Ure
Party Republican
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Born 1/20/1977
Education J.D., BYU, 2004, Cum Laude; B.A., BYU, 2000, Honors and summa cum laude, National Merit Scholar..
Occupation Financial Advisor/Attorney
Religion Church of Jesus Christ of LDS
Marital Married
Children 5

Daniel Ure

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I have been involved in Montgomery County politics almost since I moved here in 2010.  I was President of the Federalist Society in Law School and have worked and studied my whole life to advance conservative principles.

 

MCTP Rating of: Recommended Source

Submitted by john wertz on 2020-01-07 14:21:58

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Questionnaire

General

Please describe what you believe are the most significant issues in this race, why and what you'll do to address them?

Pay to play politics and cronyism in Montgomery County seriously threaten to undermine the broader conservative agenda.  Further, lethargic leadership has stifled activism and initiative.  I have worked to oppose corruption in our county, to change the bylaws of the county to encourage initiative and intend to continue to support the rule of law. I have been a delegate to 3 State Conventions, been elected to the State Rules Committee twice and to the Platform committee once.  

Do you promise, if elected, to abide by the RPT platform? And if not, please enumerate what problems you have. 

Yes.  Full stop. 

What differentiates you from your opponents?

Experience and know-how.  My opponent has never worked an election or participated in any of the precinct, senatorial district or state conventions.  He has never attended a CEC meeting. He has also declined invitations to help with elections.  At a critical time in Montgomery County's development, this is no time for a steep learning curve in the CEC.

What best describes your political ideology most(circle only one).   
1.        Republican                     
2.        Grassroots                     
3.        Conservative
4.        Tea Party

Tea Party.

Please list 3 federal agencies that are popular in our culture and should be abolished

Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security, EPA 

Should Texas GOP limit their elected officials to 8 years or less from the same office, even though it will force some good candidates to leave an office?

Yes.  The days of virtue in government officials like George Washington are long gone, and there are plenty of other offices to which a capable person can go.  

When you leave office what accomplishment/s do you want to be your hallmark, your legacy, and why?

I aspire for others to say that my integrity was not for sale, and that I worked for a transparent and efficient local, county and state government.

Taxes

What form of federal tax law do you support (e.g., current, flat tax, fair tax, other) and why?

Flat tax.  If a flat tax is good enough for God, it ought to be for government. 

A couple of years ago, a resolution was put forth by MoCo GOP to institute a 20% Homestead Exemption.  Did you support or oppose this and why?

Support.  The growth of spending in our county has far outpaced demographic growth.  We need to quit supplying fuel to the fire of bureaucracy, bloat and corruption. Too much money always causes the growth of corruption. We have overcommitted our county and our children. 

2nd Amendment - guns

Do you believe the Second Amendment grants an individual right or a militia right?

Individual right.  Full stop.  It is the protection against an overreaching government.

10th Amendment

Please explain your interpretation of the Tenth Amendment and the principle of nullification. Do states have a right of nullification? What should the federal government do if a state attempts nullification?

I wrote a research paper on the 17th Amendment in law school.  Before passage of the 17th Amendment, Senators were tasked with the protections of those States' rights guaranteed by the 10th.  That was the check and balance on this issue written into the original Constitution, because Senators would then have an incentive to protect the states' prerogatives, given their manner of election.  With passage of the 17th Amendment, those political protections for the States were stripped from the political apparatus, and States were left more defenseless against the encroachments of an avaricious federal government.  At the same time, there were no incentives offered to statesmen in the state governments to oppose this overreach.  Ronald Reagan tried to devolve the powers delegated to the States in the Constitution back to the State governments and found politicians on the state level reticent to receive those powers back because of the increased accountability that would occasion.  

The doctrine of nullification is a dangerous one.  I am not in favor of circumstances similar to those that caused the Civil War, including South Carolina's assertion that it could nullify federal decisions in those areas not guaranteed to the states by the Constitution, and nullification at a basic level could lead to the same outcome.  I believe the best defense of the 10th Amendment is a reinvigoration of 10th Amendment jurisprudence in the courts.  Other avenues will culminate in a violent uprising.  The solution to bad speech is not no speech, but more speech.  If we wish to strictly confine the federal government to those powers originally delegated to it in the Constitution, we must restore the checks and balances by working to repeal the 17th Amendment.

Other civil liberty

Do you support or oppose federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other agencies that perform abortions, both in the U.S. and abroad (even if they use money derived from other sources)?

Yes.  Full stop.  This is a private organization. I oppose rent-seeking at the state and federal level by a private organization, particularly one that is so politically charged.  Federal dollars should not be used to pick winners and losers in the culture wars.  

At what point should the "right to life" or "personhood" be granted to new human beings (e.g., at conception, birth, 5 days old, etc)? What action, if any, will you take to reflect this in law?

Except in cases of incest or rape or where the life of the mother is at stake, I oppose abortion categorically. 

There is a saying in the law, however, that bad facts make bad law.  Except in situations similar to where a wife and mother was raped by a criminal with a proven medical condition that would guarantee to lead to both the death of the mother and the baby if carried full-term, abortion is inexcusable. 

Education

Do you support or oppose allowing parents direct the flow of federal education funds (e.g., to their school or home school of choice)? Support? Oppose? Please explain.

I believe federal funds don't belong in education at all.  The DOE should be abolished so that local government could take care of local problems. 

However, I recognize that we don't live in the ideal world, and we must work with where we are.  Parental choice should be paramount, particularly with respect to the hearts and minds of their children.  Until federal involvement in education is completely abolished, parents should be free to walk with all of the education dollars tied to their child to the institution of their choice.  This would have the happy effect of breaking the monopoly on education currently enjoyed by the education apparatus, and it would lead to happy experiments and a private market in education, which would be a blessing to parents and children and to the community as a whole.  

Ethics

Do you agree with precinct chairs involvement in republican primaries? Why or why not?

If the very heart and soul of the party is not involved in primaries, who is going to be?  Do we wish to tie the hands of those most likely to be informed and most likely to be involved?  Of course precinct chairs should be involved.  After the primary is over, we can line up behind our candidate, but up to that time, we must use our best judgment to ensure that the best person is elected as our candidate.

What's your impression of GOP Speaker Dennis Bonnen after he was caught offering a Quid Pro Quo to Empower Texans Michael Quinn Sullivan?  Should Speaker Bonnen resign?  Should he suffer legal ramifications for his action/s?

He should resign and suffer the legal ramifications.  This kind of cronyism and pay-to-play politics is what leads to the disillusionment of the voter and weakens our institutions.  This kind of cynical gamesmanship is a scourge on what should be the light on the hill to the rest of the world in terms of free government.  

Is there anything in your background of an embarrassing nature that should be explained before your election? Arrests/Convictions? Bankruptcys?

No.  None of the above.  

Immigration

What, if anything, should be done to protect our borders from illegal immigration?

We should build a wall and enforce it strictly.  At the same time, we should provide an easier path to legal immigration for hard-working and freedom-loving people from Latin America.  I speak fluent Spanish and lived for years in Latin America.  Most of the people there are hardworking and family-oriented, with values that coincide with American values exceptionally well.  They come seeking a better life.  To make them come legally is a merciful act that prevents them from being exploited once here or used for political gamesmanship.  I read the Spanish newspaper in Houston occasionally, and it is full of Democratic propaganda and tips on how to obtain benefits.  If we end illegal immigration and provide a legal means for good people to come and work and pay taxes as participants, we will be a blessing to those people, and they will be a blessing to our country as well. 

Amnesty comes in many forms.  What's your view as it pertains to Texas?

I don't believe in rewarding bad behavior in any way.  Amnesty encourages law-breaking and bad actors.  It also grants categorical immunity to members of the cartel that are here already.  Let's not reward everyone.  Let's be selective about who gets the privileges of citizenship and residence in this great country.  It is only fair to those who came legally. 

Transportation

Do you support or oppose the referendum passed by both the MoCo GOP Executive Committee and SREC to allow voters, at the statewide level, to decide in the voting booth whether or not they want a particular toll road?  Why or why not?

I oppose toll roads as a tax on the poor and an abrogation of government's role in one of its core functions.  They spur special interest legislation and are a breeding ground for corruption.  Further, they exert an undue influence on politicians, who see them as a generator of revenue for which they are not accountable to voters.  I support capitalism, but I do not support the use of the eminent domain power to enrich specific individuals or corporations at the expense of the broader voter base. 

Did you take a public position on the May 9, 2015 Road Bond, and if so, what was it? And in a few sentences, explain why.

I oppose waste and inefficiency and special-interest legislation.  I saw this bond as an example of the foregoing and sent emails to my friends and political email list opposing this bond.

Other

What does being a conservative mean to you?

Small government.  Fiscal and social conservatism.  A legal system based on Judeo-Christian morality.  

I wrote my Honors Thesis in undergrad on the connection between virtue and freedom.  Only a virtuous people is capable of freedom.  Being a conservative means encouraging those things that help the family and encourage personal and community morality, with a recognition of the principle of federalism: some things that are appropriate on the local level are not appropriate on the state or federal level.  

Do you support the Montgomery County Republican Party By-Laws as adopted by the CEC on 6/26/18?  And if not, why not?

Yes.