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How We Got our 2020 Platform

Here’s what happened to reach the Republican Party of Texas Platform we have today, now that the vote on the planks has concluded:

1. People submitted resolutions at their precinct conventions on March 3rd. 

2. The State Party Chairman appointed Mark Dorazio as the Chairman of the Temporary Platform Committee.

3. County and Senatorial District Conventions formed Resolutions Committees to process the resolutions from precinct conventions and any new resolutions submitted directly to their conventions.

4. Pandemic delayed the May 23rd County/SD Conventions until up to as late as June 27th.

5. The State Convention in Houston was postponed until July 16-18.

6. Almost all resolutions were submitted to the RPT by June 27th.

7. Volunteers and staff diligently entered the thousands of resolutions from the 248 County and SD Conventions which took place into one document for the Platform Committee, either by copying and pasting or retyping them, sorting them into the 9 categories of the Platform while doing so, by the week before convention.

8. State Republican Executive Committee members from the 31 districts each nominated one volunteer to serve on the Temporary Platform Committee. Chairman Mark Dorazio then appointed 9 subcommittee chairmen from among these 31 committee members.

9. Volunteer platform committee secretaries/editors were recruited. These people served every hour of every day that the committee and subcommittees met, and worked long after the meetings concluded.

10. Thursday, July 9th, the mayor of Houston announced he was reneging on the city’s contract to host the RPT Convention at the Houston Convention Center.

11. As scheduled, for the full day of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, July 13, 14 and 15, the Temporary Platform Committee met in Houston, but not at the Convention Center. At the hotel across the street from the Convention Center they met in 9 subcommittees, and then as a committee of the whole. They considered every plank from the previous platform, considered the new submitted resolutions, and heard testimony from delegates who showed up to speak to the committee on particular resolutions or planks. The committee concluded business at 11:54 PM on Wednesday.

12. During the virtual convention general assembly on Sunday, July 19th the delegates approved a motion which included postponing voting on the party Rules and Platform Reports until some other time in the future, by a method to be recommended by a Committee of 10 which was then elected.

13. The Committee of 10 recommended voting on the Platform and Rules via a “Survey Monkey-style” survey to delegates and alternates by electronic mail, with a minimum of three (3) days allowed for them complete the survey. Each Platform plank from the Permanent Platform and Resolutions Committee shall be voted on individually by each delegate, and the Minority Reports from both that Committee and the Rules Committee shall be included for separate votes.
The electronic mail notification on the voting platform shall include a paragraph from the person designated to present the Minority Report, as well as the proposed language from the Committee, pursuant to RPT Rule 24. Sufficient identifying information shall be included to allow for seating of alternates and SD identification for weighted voting purposes. The results of the Survey Monkey-style voting shall be ratified at the next regular SREC meeting but announced as soon as available by RPT staff.

14. Mark Ramsey, chairman of the Legislative Priorities Committee, and Karen Marshall, an editor of the Platform Committees, set about creating a method for delegates to vote which met these criteria and included backup methods to handle the kind of problems encountered during the July virtual convention. An enormous amount of effort went into crafting the ballot so that it met all party rules and parliamentary requirements, as well as be as user-friendly as possible.

15. SREC Members served as their districts’ delegates’ support through the four day voting process, and provided access to the ballot and a unique passcode to any delegate who notified them during that time they had not received their ballot.

16. After Platform and Rules voting concluded after four days, the volunteer team went through and eliminated any duplicate votes, corrected the counties of the voters who answered “Texas” on that question, and sorted the votes by district. Then the votes were weighted according to each district’s delegate strength. After a few sets of eyes double-checked the data and the math, the results were published. Both Minority Reports, Rules and Platform, passed, as well as all proposed planks, by well over 60% each.


Thank you, everyone who participated as delegates in the virtual state convention in July, and who then voted on the recent Platform and Rules ballot.

Now that you know the process by which our Platform develops, even in unprecedented circumstances, I hope you will know how to craft your future resolutions and advocate for them effectively.


Tips:

  • Submit your resolutions by email, so they don’t need to be retyped. (Don’t scan or Xerox copy a document. The text should be selectable, able to be copied and pasted.)
  • Be sure to give each resolution a short title/subject, and identify under which of the 9 Platform categories each belongs.
  • Email a copy of your new resolution(s) to your Senate District’s member of the Temporary Platform Committee before the committee meets. Members are posted on the RPT website before state convention.
  • Show up in person on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of convention week to testify to the Platform Committee on your resolution(s).
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Guadalupe County’s SD 25 Convention 2020

Guadalupe County put on a very good convention on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the Guadalupe County Justice Center. The very effective and friendly team running the convention were Chair Karen Hale, Secretary Kara Latimer, Parliamentarian (and city councilwoman) Allison Hayward, Nominations Chairman Fernando Hayward, and Schertz Mayor Ralph Gutierrez.

Glenn Meeker brought up some very well-considered criminal justice resolutions to the convention, and SREC Committeeman Mark Dorazio, and SREC Committeewoman candidates Kris Coons and Sharon Hall made remarks to the assembly.

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Bexar SD 25 Resolutions Committee Report

Business, Commerce, and Transportation

  • Smart Meters: The Republican Party of Texas supports a no-cost opt-out for all Texas electric utility customers, including electric, water, and gas utilities, and the phaseout of smart meters (aka Advanced Meter Infrastructure), to be replaced with mechanical, non-transmitting analog meters when software upgrades are required or the computer smart meters require replacement due to mechanical failure or model upgrade requirements.
  • Toll collection and decriminalization-We urge the Texas Legislature to end the abuse of taxpayers and pass a uniform toll collection and billing procedure law that prohibits excessive fines and fees along with other pro-taxpayer notification reforms. We further urge the Texas Legislature to decriminalize unpaid tolls and fines and remove the ability of toll agencies to block vehicle registrations or impound vehicles over unpaid tolls. We urge this to be a legislative priority.

 Constitutional Issues

  • Right to Self-Defense: We affirm that lawful gun ownership and carry by the people protects us from those who wish to do harm and guards against tyranny by our own government. We call upon our elected officials to resist the narrative that the solution to every problem is less freedom and more regulation, and instead pursue policies that respect freedom while also increasing safety, such as civil litigation protection for lawfully armed citizens acting in self-defense.
  • LTC review-We request that the Texas Legislature review the requirements to obtain an LTC with a view to eliminating ones not required of out-of-state licenses which Texas gives reciprocal recognition.
  • Dual-Use Facilities-Until such time as legal firearm owners are allowed to carry firearms in schools, that religious institutions which host schools on their property and any other dual-use facilities only be treated as a school on scheduled school days while allowing legally carried firearms on weekends and school holidays.
  • Protecting the constitutional rights regarding age- Be it resolved that the Republican Party opposes all efforts to deny rights and privileges to adult citizens based solely upon their age. We further state that all rights and duties of citizenship which are granted based on age, including, but not limited to: voting, involuntary military service, signing legal contracts, owning or possessing firearms, consenting to medical treatment, being charged as an adult with a crime, using of alcohol or tobacco, getting married and paying income taxes should be conferred when a citizen is an adult, at the same age, whatever that age may be, and that, conferring the duties of citizenship at one age while conferring the privileges of citizenship at another age is an unconstitutional practice in violation of the 14th amendment.

 Criminal and Civil Justice

  • Protection from Arbitrary Stops-We request that the Texas Legislature to enact legislation with such language as to protect Texans from arbitrary stops, detentions or arrests without evidence of actual criminal conduct separate and apart from the fact that they were openly carrying a firearm.
  • Independent grand jury review of civilian deaths resulting from law enforcement-Be it resolved that in every incident involving the death of a citizen which was directly caused by a law enforcement officer the relatives of the deceased should be given the right to have a Grand Jury convened within a reasonable time and that the Grand Jury should be tasked with examining the facts of the incident and determining if the actions of the officer(s) involved were lawful and necessary. Furthermore, relatives of the deceased citizen should be allowed to present evidence to the Grand Jury pertinent to the incident.

 Education

  • School Health Advisory Councils: Until the legislature removes sex education from the curriculum of public schools, the State of Texas should adopt changes to Texas Education Code 28.004 to require every member of the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) to be appointed by the Board of Trustees; require at least 50% of SHAC membership be parents of students within the district; require at least 50% of the attendees of a SHAC meeting be parents of students in the district for business to be conducted; require every school district to post SHAC meeting minutes, full and fair disclosure of the contents of the human sexuality instruction, and proposed changes to health education; close loopholes and prohibit contraception distribution and demonstration; and expand the grievance process to cover the entire section of Texas Education Code 28.004.
  • Healthcare in Public Schools: Legislators shall prohibit reproductive healthcare services, including counseling, referrals, and distribution of condoms and contraception through public schools. We support parents’ right to their prior informed consent to choose, without penalty, which medications and mental health assessments are administered to their minor children. We reaffirm that the age of consent in Texas is 17 years old. We support abolishing the “Texas Child Mental Healthcare Consortium”, “the Trauma-Informed Care policy”, “school-based mental health providers”, “School-based or school-connected mental health interventions”, and other public school programs which serve to expand access to minor children for development and training of 13 university colleges of psychiatry and their residents.
  • Fairness and Integrity in sports according to biological sex-The Republican Party of Texas holds that based on biological sex, males should compete exclusively against other males and females shall compete exclusively against other females in intrastate and interstate athletic competitions at all levels where public and private school institutions participate.
  • Inappropriate content– We request that the Texas Legislature pass legislation that requires Texas schools and libraries to filter inappropriate content, such as pornography, for minors.

 Finance

  • Bailouts and Subsidies: We encourage government to divest its ownership of all businesses that should be run in the private sector, and allow the free market to prevail; this includes all businesses run by school boards and Texas Educational Service Centers. We oppose all bailouts of and subsidies to domestic and foreign government entities, states, and all businesses, public and private.

Government and Foreign Affairs

  • Fair Election Procedures: We support modifications to and the strengthening of election laws to ensure ballot integrity and fair elections. We support the Secretary of State strictly enforcing printing of results tapes for electronic voting for early voting and Election Day at polling locations after the polls close for all counties. We support increased scrutiny and security in balloting by mail; prohibition of internet voting and any electronic voting lacking a verifiable paper trail; prohibition of “rolling polling” for bond and tax rate increase elections; prosecution for election fraud with jail sentences; repeal of the unconstitutional Help America Vote Act; and assurance that each polling place has distinctly marked, where possible, separate locations for Republican and Democrat primary voting. We support all means of protecting the integrity of our elections, including the optional use of paper ballots. We support and call for mandated paper ballot backups and risk-limiting audits. We support only certifying elections that have been run, counted and/or recounted without clear deficiencies. We oppose countywide polling locations due to heightened potential for fraud.
  • Voter Registration: We support restoring integrity to the voter registration rolls and reducing voter fraud. We support repealing all motor voter laws, re-registering voters every four years, requiring photo ID of all registrants, requiring proof of residency and citizenship along with the voter registration application, retaining the 30-day registration deadline, and requiring that a list of certified deaths be provided to the Secretary of State in order that the names of deceased voters be removed from the list of registered voters. We should give the Secretary of State enforcement authority to ensure county registrar compliance with Secretary of State directives. We support and call for immediate enrollment in an interstate cross-check program by the Secretary of State. We also support revising Title 19 funding to avoid incentivizing retention of ineligible voters.
  • Drug Testing of Congress-We support the independent random drug testing of members of Congress to ensure the public confidence and trust of their elected leaders. While Congress is in session, members must be randomly tested at least twice a year. Results of Congressional drug testing will be made public within 30 days of the test.
  • Accountability of Republican Leaders to Pro-Life Values-Elected leaders of the Republican Party of Texas and SREC members should not provide support in any form, including but not limited to contributions, endorsements, fundraising, or advertising for candidates or Republican elected officials who act directly in opposition to the Right-To-Life Planks and Pro-Life Principles of the Platform; When no legislation that directly bans abortion is passed during a regular legislative session, the Chair, SREC members, and other leaders of the Republican Party of Texas shall publicly request the Governor of the State of Texas to call a special session, reconvening the Texas Legislature in order to directly ban abortions.

Health and Human Services

  • Caring for Our Mentally Disabled Citizens: We urge the Legislature to continue funding and operating all state-supported living centers for mentally disabled legal Texas residents, to continually seek common sense improvements to increase efficiency, and to evaluate and consider as the first priority the benefit of medical care over incarceration for criminal offenses and to continually seek common sense improvements partnering with families and private organizations to increase efficiency and provide long term secure and safe housing resources for mentally disabled Texas citizens.
  • Mental Health: We request that the Texas Legislature provide appropriate funding for the improvement of mental health services for children and adolescents. This does not include mental health or behavioral assessments conducted without prior informed-parental consent. This includes funding for training everyone who touches the life of a child in the foster care system in trauma and trauma-informed care.
  • Healthcare Decisions: Healthcare decisions, including routine preventative care such as immunizations, should be between a patient and healthcare professional and should be protected from government intrusion. Texas public schools have a duty to inform parents they can opt out of CDC recommended vaccinations for their children. Abortion is not healthcare. Government has no right to mandate specific medical procedures or methods of healthcare, including mental health or behavioral assessments.
  • Parental Notification and Consent
    We support informed-parental or legal guardian consent for all medical care, counseling, etc., for all minors. No school, public or private or medical practitioners and counselors shall withhold from a parent or legal guardian information that is relevant to the physical or mental health of a minor, including information related to a minor’s perception that his or her gender or sex is inconsistent with his or her biological sex.

  State Affairs

  • 315: Historical Monuments: We believe all historical war memorials, including Confederate monuments and cemeteries, in Texas should be protected from future removal or defacement and that those monuments that have been removed should be restored to their historical locations.
  • Pro-life – Abortion Abolition Strategy: Until the abolition of abortion is achieved, we support laws as legislative priorities that restrict and regulate abortion including, but not limited to:
  1. Parental and informed consent.
  2. Prohibition of abortion for gender selection.
  3. Prohibition of abortion due to the results of genetic diagnosis.
  4. Prohibition of licensing, liability, and malpractice insurance for abortionists and abortion facilities.
  5. Prohibition of financial kickbacks for abortion referrals.
  6. Prohibition of partial-birth, late-term abortions.
  7. Prohibition of abortions after the time an unborn child’s heartbeat is detected.
  8. Prohibition of the manufacturing and sale of abortifacients (e.g., morning after pill).
  9. Elimination of causes of action for “wrongful birth.”
  10. Enactment of any other laws that will advance the right to life for unborn children.
  11. Health insurance coverage for abortion services and abortifacients, which under Texas law should be considered supplemental coverage and billed to the beneficiary.
  12. Prohibition of discriminatory abortions.
  13. Prohibition of dismemberment abortions.
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Bexar SD 25 2020 Convention Agenda

May 23, 2020

  1. 9:00 AM Call to order by the Temporary Convention Chairman, Mark Dorazio
  2. Invocation
  3. Pledges
  4. Address by U.S. Congressman Chip Roy, District 21
  5. Agenda
  6. Roll Call of the Temporary Roll of Delegates—Temporary Secretary Marilyn Jowdy
  7. Report of the Temporary Credentials Committee—Temporary Chairman Judge Rene Diaz
  8. Report of the Temporary Rules Committee—Temporary Chairman Curt Nelson
  9. Report of the Permanent Organization Committee—Chairman Lani Popp
    • Election of Permanent Convention Officers
  1. Appointment of Permanent Nominations, Permanent Resolutions Committees and Appointment of the Parliamentarian
  2. Recess (Precinct Caucuses take place, if applicable)
  3. Report of the Permanent Nominations Committee
  4. Report of the Permanent Resolutions Committee
  5. Other Business and Announcements
  6. Adjournment

**Subject to appointment after election of permanent convention officers

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Bexar SD 25 Committee Members

Arrangements:

Chair — Krissy Coons

Sylvia Gartner

Monica Dorazio

Charlotte Canaday

Charlene Vander Poorten

Susan Solcher

Credentials:

Chairman — Judge O. Rene Diaz

Joe Leatherwood

RJ Cotter

Shirley Cooper

Brenda Slatton

Nancy Palmer

Curt Andrews

Nominations:

Chair — Laura Koerner

Devora Griggs

Cheri Creekmore

Yvonne Clouser

Carol Van De Walle

Ashley Montemayor

Trish Fagan

Gary Fagan

Linda Bulger

Resolutions:

Chairman — Grant Moody

Phil Sevilla

Jennifer Mery

Melynda Gulley Bracken

Charlotte Folson

David Winney

Robert Cantu

Lisa Nilsson

Steven Jordan

Richard Briscoe

Permanent Organization:

Chair — Lani Popp

Nathan Morgan

Julie Ahr

Charlie Bush

Charlotte Williamson Eisenhauer

Suzie Bayne

Rules:

Chairman — Curt Nelson

Vickie Durst

Tracy Hibberd

Chris Rockett

Wade Shelton

Jeff McManus

Sue Beasey

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Bexar County’s SD 25 Convention

Welcome, Delegates, Alternates and Volunteers, to the Bexar County
Senate District 25 2020 Convention!

We are pleased to announce this convention will now take place at

Anne Marie’s Catering & Events
12475 Starcrest Dr, San Antonio, TX  78216

We ask that you arrive by 7:30 AM on

Saturday, May 23rd

to be through the registration line and in your seat in time for the gavel to come down with a quorum in the house at 9:00 AM.

The County Executive Committee members of SD 25 elected Mark Dorazio as our Temporary Convention Chairman.


Upcoming Committee Meetings:

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 6:00 PM – Nominations Committee — Virtual Meeting — https://zoom.us/j/97070666636?pwd=TnZBM2Y4z3loQmpaTkQwa2hQblZwZz09  Meeting ID:  970 7066 6636  Password:  0DSgvU2V54


To volunteer to to serve as much-needed help with registration, as a non-delegate volunteer during the day of convention, by all means, please contact Arrangements Chair Krissy Coons.


Nominations:
Here is the TEXAS STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY CONVENTION DELEGATE APPLICATION to apply to Bexar County’s SD 25 Nominations Committee to be an at-large delegate to the state convention. If you did not attend your Precinct Convention or get nominated there to the SD Convention, you may apply to be nominated to attend the State Convention as an At-Large Delegate by submitting This Form to the Bexar SD 25 Nominations Committee. We strongly recommend you fill it out, scan and send it in before the day of the Senate District Convention. If you cannot do that, then print and fill it out in advance to bring with you.


Resolutions:

If you have a Resolution you would like to submit which you did not already submit at your precinct convention, your best option is to email it to the Resolutions Committee Chairman days before the convention.

While emailing it to the Resolutions Committee is better, if you still intend to submit your Resolution in hard copy in person from the floor of the SD Convention, if you did not submit it at your Precinct Convention, know that you must have three separate copies of it in writing to turn in. It is highly advisable to have copies of such Resolutions ready before arriving at convention, typed and printed, rather than hand writing them at the convention.


Convention Committee Chairmen:

Arrangements – Krissy Coons

Credentials – Judge O. Rene Diaz

Permanent Organization – Lani Popp

Nominations – Laura Koerner

Rules – Curt Nelson

Resolutions – Grant Moody

List of all Committees’ Members


The convention committees have been meeting since March 6th and will do so through the convention to complete the business of the convention, which includes electing delegates from our district to the State Convention and passing Resolutions to send on to the State Convention for consideration to be added to our State Party Platform.

Per Republican Party of Texas Rule 14, 
these meetings are "open to any delegate or alternate to that convention, 
any State or County Republican Party Officer, any elected Republican Public 
Officeholder, or any Republican Candidate" and "These same  people shall have 
the right to appear before any convention committee or subcommittee and make 
recommendations for the committee’s consideration or testify concerning any 
item under purview of the committee. The committee may adopt reasonable rules 
including time limits for such presentations and may establish a reasonable 
limit of time for these presentations".

The Bexar County Senate District 25 Convention will be following the same guidelines as those issued by Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton for houses of worship, found here.

These include:

  • Ensure all attendees sanitize their hands and put on a mask before entering the building
  • Instruct sick employees, volunteers, and guests to stay home
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining appropriate distance between people
  • Maintain good hygiene by washing your hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, using your elbow to cover coughs, and not touching your face
  • Implement environmental cleanliness and sanitization practices
  • Clean and disinfect work areas frequently
  • Encourage all attendees who are 65 and above to stay home and watch the services online, or provide a “senior service” exclusively for attendees 65 and above to attend in person
  • Ask all attendees who have an underlying at-risk health condition to stay home and watch the services online
  • Equip ushers and greeters with gloves and masks
  • Ensure attendees sit with their family unit, use social distancing between each unit…

 

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Volunteer for the Bexar SD 25 Convention

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Members of the Senatorial District 25 Convention Committees will meet several times in the weeks leading up to our District Convention on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., in the auditorium of Alamo Heights High School, 6900 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX, 78209.

We need volunteers to fill temporary committees which make the Senatorial District Convention a success.  Please indicate three preferences of committees on which you would like to serve.  “1” indicates your first choice, “2” your second, and “3” your third.

Temporary Committees 

 The committees which can still use more volunteers are:

 

Arrangements:  This committee sets up and breaks down the signage and decorations, makes the delegate badges and forms, organizes the meeting and registration areas, the dais and seating.  Volunteers help with delegate registration starting at 8:00 a.m. Members of this committee need not be delegates to the convention.

 

Credentials:  This committee hears any disputes concerning contested delegates and recommends the permanent roll of the Convention.

 

Rules:  This committee recommends supplemental rules of running the Convention.

 

Permanent Organization:  This committee recommends the permanent officers of the Convention, and meets for a very short time early on during the convention.

 

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State Convention 2018 Photos

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Convention Roundup

Congratulations to all delegates on a successful, productive convention.

The results of our elections at convention are as follows:

You have elected to have me, Mark Dorazio, represent Senate District 25 on the State Republican Executive Committee, and I humbly thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve you in this capacity.

Our Republican Party of Texas chairman is James Dickey.
Our new Republican Party of Texas Vice Chairwoman is our own Alma Perez Jackson, from right here in SD 25.

Newly Elected Vice Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Texas, Alma Perez-Jackson

Will Robbins, former member of the SREC, is the new SREC secretary.

To view convention committee reports as approved by the convention body, go to:
https://www.texasgop.org/delegates/

To see the Republican Party of Texas Platform as amended by the body of the convention, go to:
https://www.texasgop.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/PLATFORM-for-voting.pdf

Our Legislative Priorities report from the committee:
https://www.texasgop.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/FINAL-REPORT-OF-THE-PERMANENT-LEGISLATIVE-PRIORITIES-COMMITTEE.pdf

The winning posters of the convention’s Texas, Our Texas Art Poster Contest, spearheaded by Monica Dorazio and Susan Narvaiz, are displayed below.

I am very much looking forward to visiting and working with all of you in the coming months as we work toward Republican victories on the ballot in November. Please continue to invite me to your gatherings so that I can stay in touch and represent you well.

Sincerely,
Mark Dorazio
State Republican Executive Committeeman, SD 25

First Place Winner
SD 19
Dr. Alma Arredondo-Lynch

The artist has chosen to sell the painting and split the proceeds, half to a home for unwed mothers and half to Grassroots of America.


Second Place Winner
SD 25
Kayli Reyes

Third Place Winner
SD 8
Dawn Schneider