The Comal County Republican Club always impresses visitors with the scope of involvement of the club members as volunteers in conservative causes and campaigns, on top of what nice people they all are. Sue Piner was sworn in as the club president again, and no one doubts what an incredible asset she is. Treasurer Carolyn Herbert, Vice President of Programs John Hobson and Secretary Sue B. Walker were also sworn in as the club officers by Judge Bruce Boyer.
Monday, November 20 – New Braunfels Republican Women General Meeting featuring James Dickey, Republican Party of Texas Chair. Seekatz Opera House – 5:30pm
ANNUAL THANKSGIVING TURKEY POT LUCK DINNER
Tuesday, November 28 6:30 pm
RCCC will provide the Turkey and dressing
Members are asked to bring favorite dish or dessert
PLEASE RSVP TO SUE PINER 830-914-8751 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
SPEAKER Kyle Biedermann
ELECTION of officers for 2018
District Judge Bruce Boyer will swear in officers elected .
Saturday, December 2 – New Braunfels Republican Women Christmas Tour of Homes
You can purchase tickets using the secure, PayPal link below or at the following New Braunfels locations: The Crossing, Johnson Furniture, and the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Office. Tickets can also be purchased at our November meeting. Ticket price is $15 advance purchase; $20 the day of the Tour (online price includes a convenience fee).
We have secured 6 homes in the New Braunfels area for this year’s Tour and they are fabulous! Take a sneak peek at the homes below. Please direct any questions to: Christmas TOH
Please click on the link below to read Chairman James Dickey’s weekly report to chairmen and SREC members across the state.
Dear SREC Members,
This is the second installment of the updates I will be sending out weekly, and I want to thank all of you for making these past two weeks very successful as we are seeking to grow our Party. Working together toward that goal is what will bring true unity within our ranks. We had another packed schedule this week full of exciting announcements and plans. There was a significant increase in engagement with the press, our social media outlets, our elected officials, and our base. With the special session inching closer, we have made our Platform front and center and are on the march to uphold our Republican principles.
The Legislative Priorities Committee provided input on the letters sent yesterday to the Lt. Governor and the Speaker of the House regarding the special session. I appreciate the committee’s staunch commitment to promoting the Legislative Priorities. See below for more on the letter.
In response to a request made at the SREC meeting, we have located a team of highly qualified ASL translators who have submitted a quote and contract. They will interpret the entire September 23rd SREC meeting and will work with us to spread to the deaf and hard of hearing community that the Republican Party is one in which their participation is desired and appreciated. On the gracious invitation of Committeewoman Vicki Slaton, I will be joining her for a reception honoring Senator Bob Hall in Dallas next Thursday evening. I look forward to visiting with every SD at least once over the next year.
This week I had several positive introductory meetings with large corporate and individual donors, including some who had not previously given to the RPT. Some of those conversations led to commitments for contributions that should arrive before our June 30 reporting deadline. Those that do not should follow shortly thereafter.
The Denton County Lincoln Cabinet, a county fundraising event, was held last night. I was not able to attend, but our very capable Vice Chair Amy Clark and National Committeewoman Toni Anne Dashiell provided an excellent report on the state of RPT for the elite donor circle. The panel discussion, led by County Chair Lisa Hendrickson, included the topics of the special session and improving communication with grassroots.
An RPT fundraising event planned before my election was also held last night and hosted by our Finance Chair, Thomas Gleason. I was not able to attend this event either, but reports are that the funds raised will have exceeded initial estimates by a significant amount. We have been finalizing calls and arrangements for a very special Juneteenth event with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott and Texas State Senator Larry Taylor in Houston for Monday morning which includes multiple fundraising components. We appreciate Senators Scott and Taylor generously sharing their time and the White House political office’s efforts to arrange for this opportunity for the RPT to commemorate this day of liberty and freedom in a meaningful way.
Finally, we opened a brand new RPT merchandise store online. We are working toward really celebrating RPT’s 150th anniversary this year, and an online store with fabulous RPT gear is a great start. You can check it out by clicking here.
Given the events of this week, I could not begin this section in any other way than to ask that your thoughts and prayers be with the Congressmen and staffers who were victims in the horrific attack in Washington, D.C. Our hearts go out to them and their families. You can read my statement here .
Here in Texas, we were able to release on Wednesday a statement on the vetoes issued by the Governor that prevented the enaction of laws contrary to RPT Platform plank items .
Yesterday, our interns hand-delivered my letter to the Lt. Governor and Speaker offering the full support of RPT to pass plank-related items included in the Governor’s call. I asked them to identify which legislators will be taking point on each issue, and requested that they join us in calling on the Governor to add remaining priority items to the call. All the Republican members of the House and Senate were sent a copy of the letter as well.
We have also had in-person and phone conversations with many Texas Republican officeholders and have been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement they have offered.
We met at length with the Governor’s campaign staff and are excited about the opportunities we have to work together with them and the RNC to improve our data and field operations. These efforts will make it possible for us to offer invaluable information to our engagement staff, SREC members, County Chairs, Precinct Chairs and candidates going forward.
With all that happened in the news this week, we were prepared to deliver timely, meaningful statements to the press, including a statement on the horrific shooting of our elected officials and their staffers in Virginia on Wednesday. We were also able to utilize our social media as a place for relevant information on Party platform planks being signed into law, President Trump’s birthday, and promoting our special session webinar.
See the following list for all of our media statements and appearances this week:
– RPT: Governor Abbott’s Vetoes Show Platform Matters
– RPT Chairman James Dickey Statement on the Gunman at Congressional Baseball Practice
– RPT Chairman James Dickey Statement on the Hiring of John Drogin as Senior Political Advisor
– KXDJ (Radio)
– The Chad Hasty Show (Radio)
– Trey Blocker Show (Podcast)
-Vice-Chair Amy Clark- Raging Elephants Radio (Radio)
– Dallas Morning News Article on Texas House Races (Chairman’s Statement at End)
-Inside Texas Politics (WFAA TV Channel 8 – airs Sunday in DFW)
-Gus Bova – Texas Observer (Print)
This week we have worked with the White House political office on planning both our Juneteenth event and our visits to the White House to meet with them next week. While in DC I will also meet with the Republican members of the Texas congressional delegation and their staff.
I am personally looking forward to meeting with our former RPT Chairman, Steve Munisteri, for however long he is able to step away from his official duties. The opportunity to get the input of so many people into how we can best prepare for 2018 and advance the conservative agenda that our country desperately needs is truly incredible.
We are excited to have John Drogin join our staff as Senior Political Advisor. We released a statement on his hire that you can read by clicking here . One of the things John has jumped into helping us with is the structure of the organization. With some staff members moving on, several staff positions are opening up. We’ve been conducting preliminary interviews to find qualified candidates, but we welcome additional resumes. Please pass the word along to those in your districts who may be a good fit for the positions of Political Director and Finance Director. Job descriptions are attached.
Our staff has started to implement a Slack team as a communication and collaboration tool that enables us to leverage the help of dedicated volunteers. We love the increased input and resulting improved output. Our intention is to include the SREC as a part of our Slack team; look for invitations coming soon!
The RNC has already expressed their strong desire to support Texas during this next cycle. We have begun preparing the proposal to present to them by next month and are excited about what this will mean for our operation. The next RNC meeting is in August, and at the advice of RNC Chairwoman McDaniel, we will have several members of our staff join me for that meeting. We are forward to the opportunity to represent Texas to the RNC and bring back much needed resources to Keep Texas Red.
This past Tuesday we held our first special session Webinar, which was chock-full of relevant information for the grassroots’ engagement in the legislative process. Seventy listeners joined in, and many participated in the online Q&A. We appreciate Vice Chair Amy Clark & the legislative committee taking point on this.
We are working on getting the grassroots involved in sharing – and therefore significantly increasing the spread of – our social media messages via our new Message Amplifier team. We are also setting up a Rapid Response team to help us quickly learn about and prepare to address crises and opportunities as they respond. Look for messages from us in the future on ways to get your people involved in helping us with either or both of these teams.
We have had multiple County Chairs reach out to discuss best practices and the applicability of certain rules to specific conditions within their county. I am grateful for the invaluable assistance of our Parliamentarians in the rendering of appropriate rulings in those cases.
I had the opportunity to engage in TRCCA’s Board Meeting call on Monday evening and am very excited about the training and other programs they are doing in partnership with us. To RSVP for upcoming training sessions please click here.
Earlier this week the engagement staff came to RPT HQ to put a focus on how we can reach out to new voters and engage our entire state. As mentioned above, the most high-profile of those activities is the Juneteenth event in Houston on Monday, June 19th.
Asian Engagement Report:
● Engagement team met to discuss metrics, current efforts, and team-wide collaboration
● Outreach to minority faith leaders including planning for a legislative update for Pastors
● Recruited Asian American activists to attend upcoming Republican events in Dallas and
Hispanic Engagement Report:
This week in Hispanic Engagement focus was set on reports, working on events and community projects with coalition members. Met with community leaders to discuss long term projects that will help with new voter registration, more precinct chairs, and community clean-up projects in Hispanic communities. Met with the American Millennials to discuss 4 th of July event and completed all other training needs to help Harris County Millennials be successful in promoting and growing our party. I also traveled to Austin to meet with our new Chairman to discuss the future of engagement! It was a great week in Texas as we work hard to #keeptexasred
#Hispanicscare #hispanicsmatter #hispanicswillshowup because #weaintbackingdown!
South Texas Engagement Report:
● Planning of Joint Trainings with Bianca
● Hispanic & South Texas Follow ups
● Conclude RPT Leadership Update visits
● Cameron County Chairwoman & I spoke about the importance and concern about
continuous support for the RGV this weekend and the uprise of “BLUE” in the area. We
need leadership to continue visiting and supporting the Rio Grande Valley RPT must
show support in Brownsville.
● Fourth of July Flag give away in STX project
Black Engagement Report:
Discussion the RPT & IPEET expansion into Tyler, Texas
Meeting w/ New Recruit
Inspirational meeting to become more involved and serve as a surrogate
Meeting w/ Conservative Millennials
July 4 th Block Party Planning Committee meeting
Black owned non-profit KKA Camps
Discussion w/ Black Yale graduates on mutual policy issues
100 Black Men Inc.
Collaborative Black Engagement efforts
Juneteenth Planning Meeting w/ Generation One
Team meeting on agenda, format and experience
I hope you are as excited as I am about all the progress we’ve made in these first two weeks.
We obviously have much more left to do, and I hope to work with everyone who wants this Party
The number of quality people who want us to succeed and are offering their meaningful
assistance — like John Drogin, the Governor’s top staff, those in the White House Political
Office, the RNC, and so many more — is truly amazing and humbling.
To all of them, and to you, I can only say thank you, and God bless you. I can’t wait to see what
we accomplish together over the coming years.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
My Fellow Texas Republicans,
On behalf of Republicans across Texas, I thank Governor Greg Abbott for calling a special session to provide another opportunity to advance some of the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Platform items left unfinished in the regular session.
Governor Abbott included in his call several items which relate to planks from the 2016 RPT Platform as noted:
- Municipal annexation reform– Plank 37: Property Rights
- Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud– Plank 59: Fair Election Procedures
- Privacy– Plank 87: Gender Identity
- Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers– Plank 91: Funding
- School choice for special needs students– Plank 147: School Choice
- Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders– Plank 100: Patient Protection
- Property tax reform– Plank 175: Tax Burden
- Prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues– Plank 197: Right to Work
- School finance reform commission– Plank 120: Funding
- Caps on state and local spending– Plank 167: Spending Limitations
To view each platform plank in its entirety, click here.
We need your help to make sure these items are passed into law in a manner consistent with our Platform during this very brief special session. We encourage you to call your representatives right now and engage with them on these issues – find their contact info here. Also, plan to attend hearings and testify on bills during the 30-day session that begins on July 18. Check out the Lege Info section of the RPT website to learn how you can make a difference in the legislative process. Finally, stay tuned for updates, including our next webinar, “A Special Session Primer,” scheduled for June 13 at 7 PM.
I am delivering the message of our Platform to our legislators, and I am committed to working with you so your voice is heard. But I need the resources to ensure our victory, and time is short. Can you show us that you’re “all in” by joining the Grassroots Club today?
I will continue to be a strong voice for our Republican Party of Texas Platform and Priorities throughout the special session and encourage you to stay engaged with us for its duration.
Republican Party of Texas
From James Dickey:
Many were surprised by last week’s news that Tom Mechler was stepping down as our Chairman. He was absolutely right that it is a tough, demanding job. We cannot keep the GOP’s position as the guardian of our state’s conservative values without a vigorous and sustained effort.
This is a critical time for the Texas Republican Party, with the LEFT WING being energized and organized in a way we have not seen before. Make no mistake about it, we will need a lifelong conservative to help lead our Party to a brighter future, and someone who has earned the trust of the grassroots and base of our great party, as well as someone who can constructively work with all party leaders and elected officials.
I am honored and humbled by the number of people who have raised my name as a potential candidate to be our next Republican Party of Texas Chairman. Having attended most of the SREC meetings this past cycle as a guest and discussing with several members the qualities needed to lead our Party in the future, it is my pleasure to announce that I am indeed a candidate.
Serving as Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas is a formidable responsibility. In partnership with the Executive Committee, our next chair will have less than six months to prepare for the start of the 2018 election cycle, where it is critical THAT we build on our successes from 2016 and re-engage with our base in the areas where we are still not living up to their expectations. We must hit the ground running.
As a Precinct Chairman, a volunteer on numerous campaigns, a Delegate and Alternate Delegate to numerous state and national Republican conventions, and a County Chairman, I have a long and proven track record of working for the benefit of the Republican Party and successfully promoting our conservative values.
We’ve made tremendous strides in Travis County – one of the most challenging areas of our state. During my time as county chair, we:
- Retained our partisan elected positions,
- Added two conservative members to an infamously liberal city council,
- Raised over $350,000, including $100,000 in just the past few months,
- Added a permanent office and two paid staff members,
- Defeated over $2 billion in wasteful and poorly structured bond issues, and
- Reached tens of thousands of voters with improved data and phone banking systems and strategies.
My success in these areas has been a direct result of my focus on building a collaborative environment where all conservative voices in our Party can voice their opinions and work together to advance our common goals with mutual respect. We may not always agree, but as the Party of the Big Tent it is critical we listen to each other and work together in good faith. It is the only way we can grow, sharpen each other, and build on our success.
The Chairman is responsible for providing the tools and environment necessary for the Party to grow and increase its impact. With the Travis County Republican Party we made the most of the technology and data available through the RPT and others to improve our results. As Chairman I would ensure that those tools are improved, expanded, and along with the necessary training, rolled out to county parties all over Texas.
In addition to the urgent need to recruit, train, and support great campaign staff and candidates, the Party has crucial legal responsibilities for the management of the primary elections and the filing of numerous federal, state, and corporate ethics reports. I have the experience of building a great team that can ensure those are managed properly so that our volunteers can focus on winning and keeping Texas red — and making it even redder!
As the primary spokesperson for the Party, the Chairman is also responsible for representing and championing the positions of the Party as reflected in its platform and candidates. I’ve spoken and debated dozens of times on TV, radio, and in newspapers to champion the Republican cause. I’ve also rallied support and sent thousands of communications during numerous difficult legislative fights, including 2013’s HB2 ban on abortions after 20 weeks and 2017’s SB6 privacy protections.
This year alone I testified in favor of multiple RPT Platform items including Constitutional Carry and Property Tax Reform and recruited others to do so as well. As RPT Chair I would expand training and communications around the platform and legislative priorities so that Texas will continue to be a beacon of freedom, virtue, and growth for the entire country.
One of the critical ways I have demonstrated that I can perform the many complex duties of Party Chairman is by ensuring that each committee member knows that their position is heard in an atmosphere of mutual respect and fair dealing. Doing so builds an environment of trust that earns more commitment and achieves better outcomes.
I’m ready and have the experience to get to work with you to make the Republican Party of Texas as great as America needs it to be. Now more than ever America needs a strong and vibrant Texas Republican Party to paint with bold colors.
I believe I am uniquely qualified to lead us into the future we so eagerly seek, and I ask for your vote for Chairman at the June 3rd SREC meeting.
James R. Dickey