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2022 Texas GOP Platform Released

Posted 7.06.2022 – by James Wesolek

Austin, TX, Release: July 6, 2022 — For Immediate Release

The Republican Party of Texas released its 2022 platform today. The final platform is the culmination of work by grassroots delegates who are the lifeblood of the Texas Republican Party. The 2022 platform adopted all planks presented in the Committee Report at the statewide convention, plus 2 planks presented on the floor of the convention.

Republican Party of Texas Chairman Matt Rinaldi said “Our platform, taken as a whole, shows that the GOP is, above all, a party of parents, families, and working Americans dedicated to preserving the American dream for our children. I would like to thank the delegates and platform committee members who have put in countless hours to produce this platform.

The 2022 Platform contains 274 planks, which was streamlined from 337 planks in 2020. The platform process begins at the precinct level where grassroots delegates introduce resolutions and planks which are passed to the Senate or County District Convention. They are again voted on by that body, and if passed, continue up the chain to the platform committee at the state convention. The platform committee reviews every passed plank, hears public testimony, and further amends the platform. Members of the Platform Committee are chosen at their Senate or County District Convention. Finally, the platform committee presents a draft document to the entire State

Convention, and delegates are given the opportunity to vote yes or no on each individual plank.


Legislative Priorities for 2023-2024

Posted 6.22.2022 – by James Wesolek

Austin, TX, Release: June 22, 2022 — For Immediate Release

The Republican Party of Texas released their Legislative Priorities for the 88th Session (2023-2024) of the Texas Legislature.

Chairman Matt Rinaldi said, “We are proud to be a grassroots led party and look forward to supporting these priorities next legislative session. These priorities indicate that Republican delegates want our legislature to prioritize protecting our rights, our borders, and our children.”

The Legislative Priorities for the 88th Session (2023-2024) of the Texas Legislature are:

  • Protect our Elections: Restore felony penalties and enact civil penalties for Election Code violations, which shall be enforceable by any Texas jurisdiction, including the Texas Attorney General. Require citizenship verification of each voter. Restrict the distribution of mail-in ballots to only disabled, military, and citizens that are out of county. Reduce the time allowed for early voting, and eliminate the three-day gap between early voting and election day. Establish closed primaries in Texas.  As technology evolves, we encourage the passage of legislation that ensures the security of our elections.
  • Ban Democrat Chairs: To ensure all legislative Republican priorities are given a fair opportunity to become law, the Republican-controlled Texas legislature shall adopt a rule that would end the practice of awarding committee chairmanships to Democrats. 
  • Abolish Abortion in Texas: Abolish abortion by ensuring the right to life and equal protection of the laws to all preborn children from the moment of fertilization, including adopting effective tools to ensure the enforcement of our laws to protect life when district attorneys fail to do so.
  • Stop Sexualizing Texas Kids: Repeal Texas Penal Code “Obscenity Exemption” 43.24(c), which allows children access to harmful, explicit, or pornographic materials and 43.25(f)(2 3), which allows sexual performance by a child. In addition, prohibit teaching, exposure, and/or discussion of sexual matters (mechanics, feelings, orientation, or “gender identity” issues), and prohibit use or provision of related books and other materials using criminal, civil or other enforcement measures.
  • Ban Gender Modification of Children: Texas must ban chemical castration, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, genital mutilation, bodily alteration surgery, psychological/social transitioning, and any other methods applied to or performed on children.
  • Secure the Border and Protect Texans: Texas shall immediately deny all taxpayer funded services and subsidies to illegal aliens. We call upon the Governor to assert his duty under Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3 of the US Constitution to declare an invasion on our Texas border and do everything in his power to protect Texans from this invasion. The legislature shall direct the Governor to enter into an Interstate Compact with one or more states for Border Security.
  • Parental Rights and Educational Freedom: Parents are the primary decision makers for their children in all matters. This authority shall be protected as an inalienable right. This shall include the choice of schooling where the money follows the child without strings attached, and enforcement and penalty mechanisms when parents’ rights are violated.  The right to education shall be free from any social theories.
  • Defend Our Gun Rights: Protect our gun rights against threats, such as red flag laws, federal, state or other restrictions, by strengthening and preserving our inalienable rights under the second amendment to protect our life, liberty and property. The Texas Legislature should eliminate gun-free zones.

These priorities were chosen by over 5,000 voting delegates at the state convention, June 13-18 in Houston Texas. Delegates were presented with a list of 15 topics selected by the Legislative Priorities Committee after a comprehensive review of resolutions passed at the precinct and senate district levels of the convention process. Delegates were allowed to vote on 8 topics, which became the official Legislative Priorities of the Republican Party of Texas.


Roe v Wade Overturned

Republican Party of Texas Lauds Dobbs Opinion

Posted 6.24.2022 – by James Wesolek

Austin, TX, Release: June 24, 2022 — For Immediate Release

The United States Supreme Court issued their final opinion today in Dobbs v. Jackson, which reversed Roe v Wade and Casey v Planned Parenthood and will allow the voters of each state to decide whether to give legal protection to their unborn children. The Texas Legislature has already passed HB1280, commonly known as the trigger bill, which will outlaw all abortion in Texas in 30 days.

Republican Party of Texas Chairman Matt Rinaldi said, “Today is a historic day which Republicans and Pro-Life advocates have waited for a generation. It will be remembered in history as the day the United States of America reversed one of the most unjust, damaging and plainly incorrect judicial decisions in it’s history. Thankfully, the left’s egregious attack on our government institutions failed, and justice was done. We also are grateful for the work of Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, Sen. Angela Paxton, and the Republican and Democrat legislators who passed the law which will now protect the lives of all unborn children in Texas.

“The Republican Party of Texas continues to support facilitating adoptions and providing assistance to mothers in need both during and after their pregnancies. During the 87th Texas Legislature funding was greatly increased for the Alternatives to Abortion program, which received a total of $100 million for the biennium. This program gives mothers access to needed resources during and after their pregnancy. The program assists new mothers and their children by providing items like diapers, formula, car seats, and classes on pregnancy and parenting. Additionally, private nonprofit crisis pregnancy centers like Birth Choice in Dallas, the Trotter House in Austin, and Houston Pregnancy Help Center in Houston provide services to assist mothers both during and after pregnancy.”

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Additional reading: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2022/june/as-pro-lifers-cheer-end-of-roe-democrats-lament-scotus-overturning-lsquo-right-rsquo-to-kill-the-unborn-lsquo-one-of-the-darkest-days-our-country-has-ever-seen-rsquo


June 8, 2022 meet & greet hosted by the Hays County Republicans

Chris Byrd speaking at the candidate meet & greet in Hays County

Republican Party of Texas Convention 2022

The 2022 Texas State Republican Convention will be held June 16 – 18, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Thursday June 16th starts at 10 a.m.

Get information on Delegate & Alternate registration; See the Draft Convention Schedule, Lists of committees & members; Get your convention questions answered! https://texasgop.org/2022-state-convention/


SENATE DISTRICT 25

Redistricting took place in Texas during the 87th Legislative Session. The map below shows Senate District 25 before and after redistricting.


WATCH SREC MEETINGS

If you want to watch what actually happened, what issues were voted on, what debates entailed, and who said what as the SREC considered party business at the quarterly meetings, you can find videos of the committee meetings and general sessions here:

Republican Party of Texas YouTube Channel