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RPT Chairman Candidates Forum

Texas National Committeewoman Toni Anne Dashiell hosted a forum by Zoom on Friday, June 25th featuring all four of the candidates running to be the new chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

These candidates are Matt Rinaldi, David Covey, Chad Wilbanks and Bill Burch. One of these four will be elected by the members of the State Republican Executive Committee on July 11th at the special meeting in Lewisville, Texas.

This election meeting will be livestreamed on the TXSD25 facebook page, and is scheduled to start at 2:00 PM CST.

If you have a strong preference for which candidate you would like to see elected, you should contact your SREC Committeeman and Committeewoman to let them know who you would like them to vote for. If you live in Senate District 25 (Donna Campbell’s district), then Mark Dorazio and Krissy Coons are your SRECs.

The new chairman will serve until the next state convention, in 2022.

Here is the link to watch the one-hour forum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAFgsF04Kb8

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Chairman Dickey’s Responses Regarding Pay

Chairman James Dickey was given these responses to the survey from SD 25 constituents and asked to answer their concerns. His answers are provided under each numbered question/comment:

ARGUMENTS AGAINST

 “I favor a salary for the RPT chairman but I believe that it should be set and accepted at the state convention by the delegates or at least be touched in the campaign for chair. In my opinion, the Chairman shouldn’t run for a volunteer position and then request a salary.”

RESPONSE: The Chairman isn’t “requesting a salary”. The Chair ran stating he could do the job on a volunteer basis, and indeed his fundraising results have been better than they have been in the past few years. The question before the board is whether or not the RPT needs dramatic change in results and plans based on what we have seen developing, and whether we can wait until just a few months before the next general election before doing anything about that.

  1. There is a paid executive director.   So we don’t need paid Chairman”

RESPONSE: The two positions are not the same. The Executive Director manages staff and operations. 

 The expectations of the State Party Chair are the following:

Grow the party—particularly in areas where we do not already have a strong base

Oversee the running of the primary statewide and support management of the primary in 254 counties

Oversee the operation of the biennial state convention

Supplement Republican candidates’ and county party general election efforts

Preside over SREC meetings

Maintain relationships in support of these endeavors

Fundraise in support of these endeavors

Help establish and lead strategic objectives for RPT

Represent RPT across Texas and nationally

Help ensure the Platform and Legislative Priorities are advanced by State and Federal officials

Saying we don’t need an ED if the Chair is paid is like saying we don’t need an accountant if the Chair is paid. The two decisions aren’t related.

  1. “In business, success is measured by profits. Question becomes: how did we profit in this election to consider a salary? I can only measure what happened here locally. Therefore, question is: How did Chairman Dickey help Bexar County re-elect candidates? If the outcome was good, consider payment. If the outcome was not good (and we know it wasn’t), there’s your answer. Additionally, let’s just say that Bexar County was an anomaly because Republicans did well state-wide.Don’t think so. Failed miserably there also. Why stop there with payment for him; no mention of vice chair salary. She’s full time & travels extensively. Vote is NO.”

RESPONSE: There is no mention of a Vice Chair salary because we should be and are evaluating what the Party needs going forward, not what any volunteer, including the Chair, invests as a volunteer. There are lots of great volunteers in the Party all over Texas in all sorts of roles. But the RPT should only spend money when and if it is necessary to get a better result for the RPT. That’s what we do when we use paid vs. volunteer block walkers, or paid vs. volunteer phone callers. It’s the same here. Can the RPT get more from a paid Chair or not, and if so, is it enough extra to be worth the cost? That’s the decision the SREC must make, knowing the challenges we will face in 2020 even if we do everything right between now and then.

 As for whether or not current performance builds confidence and has built profits:

 Every single statewide race was won in spite of over $130 million poured in by Democrats from across the country to keep that from happening. 

 The easiest measurement of a Chair’s performance is in funds raised, and with only 10 months of 2018 results in the books so far he’s already produced 35% more than the average funds raised in the entire year for the last 5 years. This year’s Victory effort, with over $4 million, was the biggest Victory effort in many years as well. Those funds went to help dozens of campaigns across the state. Most of those we won and some of those we lost, but in all cases we did better with them than we would have with less successful Victory and RPT efforts.

  1. “I oppose this until we quantify what we are getting for $140,000.  What is the measure of Mr. Dickey’s success?  A job description must be established and goals set, so we know if he did a good job.  Once the description and goals are set, then compensation, but how much compensation is appropriate?  This also needs to be quantified.  We need to win, but just throwing money at the problem as requested by Mr. Dickey is not the way to go.  Define the job, price the job, and establish goals for the job, then compensate the Chairman!”

RESPONSE: We agree. The Chair Duties / Job Requirements have already been defined. They are:

Grow the party particularly in areas where we do not already have a strong base

Oversee the running of the primary statewide and support management of the primary in 254 counties

Supplement Republican candidates and county party general election efforts

Preside over SREC meetings

Maintain relationships in support of these endeavors

Fundraise in support of these endeavors

Help establish and lead strategic objectives for RPT

Represent RPT across Texas and nationally

Help ensure the Platform and Legislative Priorities are advanced by State and Federal officials

 The biggest single goal – if we convert this to a paid position – is to raise an additional $3 million in funds during 2019. Even if he fell short of that goal by 80% – the payback would be 3x the investment. More importantly, those excess funds raised would have funded field staff efforts that all our candidates will need for 2020, including the President.

 There are multiple other goals that have been defined and will be discussed at this weekend’s meeting.

ARGUMENTS FOR:
  1. “Texas is the last bulwark of traditional conservatism. America without a conservative Texas would not exist as we know it today. It is imperative the RPT Chairman’s job should be a full time, 100% commitment. I fully endorse a fair salary for a full time Chairman. However I would advise salary/benefits should be overseen by an appointed committee not by the whole, political SREC body. The SREC members cannot, should not use inappropriate political influence over the chairman using his compensation as a political lever.”

RESPONSE: There is currently a proposal up for consideration at this meeting to require oversight of any Chair compensation by the Officials Committee, which is a mix of the 5 elected and 2 appointed members of the SREC, plus the Vice Chair and Chair (who’d of course recuse himself from vote on his own compensation). There are recommendations being considered to have a differently structured committee to do the evaluation. Each of them comes with pros and cons, and we’ll discuss those I’m sure.

  1. “Why would you cheap out on a position as critical as the state chairmanship? James Dickey is a great representative for the Republican Party and has proven he can perform. Find the money and pay the guy so he can go to bed at night feeling confident in his personal financial situation, thus allowing him to devote his full-time efforts to saving the Republican Party in Texas. And, by the way, find some more money and pay some top quality people to help him. In a high-stakes game, volunteer labor is worth exactly what you pay for it.”

RESPONSE: The decision here for the SREC is what’s in the RPT’s best interest. If we move forward with Chair compensation it’d be because of what the Party gets out of it, not what the Chair gets out of it. One of the big things we are considering is that if we do this we will do so because we believe it will lead to raising the funds to let us hire 15 field and engagement staff across the state to give us the best chance to help all our candidates in 2020, including the President. So we agree with you that hiring more help is a great idea, and changing the Chair position to a full time employee position is a major step that we believe would be necessary to make that happen. 

There are many great volunteers who have a fantastic impact on the Party. There are times, though, when being able to demand specific performance along specific goals is what the RPT needs instead. 

  1. “Texas is without dispute a pivotal state for the country and the advancement of conservative principles (for the sake of argument, I will assume all Republicans not only know but endorse the same).

As such, Texas should at all costs flex every ounce of muscle critical to not only retaining those principles but advancing or enlarging the tent pegs.  Thus, the job as done in the past is frankly only a portion of the job that should be done in the future or must be done to preserve liberty as defined both scripturally and constitutionally and not by a conqueror or other manipulator of truth.

 As responsible constituents of the conservative cause and its principles, it is not responsible to sit back and watch or expect someone (or a chairman in this case) to prepare the table so others (or ourselves) can be fed.

 The spirit of the question goes back to a well-founded principle of the covenant stipulation noted by Paul in 1 Cor. 9.9 and 1 Tim. 5:18 that works against the selfish motive for a man to take advantage of another man’s property.  

 In the interest of fairness and equity (to which we as conservatives subscribe) it is only right that compensation not only be given but unselfishly so or hilariously as in the spirit of cheerfulness in fair recognition that our chairman (whomever may they be) would be otherwise using their own property (time, toil, enterprise, ingenuity, effort, future prospects) to our benefit, namely liberty as we know it.

 To put it another way, it simply is not right to expect a chairman leading Texas with the stakes as high as they are to underwrite 100% of the cost of doing so on their own.   Frankly, no amount of compensation that I would expect to be given, or approved, would adequately compensate the cost. 

 We must look further to what is needed in the future and not to simply maintain status quo.  We must look to advancement and I see no prospect for expecting advancement without a total all out warlike effort to win if we don’t recognize we are in a war and wars cost money.

 I happily endorse the notion of the chair position being a paid position and not a stipend but that of which motivates Generals.”

RESPONSE: You are absolutely correct that we must look to what is needed in the future. The SREC must make our decision on the basis of what the RPT needs and making sure we choose the most responsible path towards those ends. We face significant challenges moving forward and have to decide if the approach we’ve had over the past decades is sufficient for the needs now and into the future.

 

ALTERNATIVE PROPOSAL:
  1. “Incentive based compensation based on fund raising not to exceed $200,000 per annum.”
    “The Chairman’s salary must be attached to money/donations brought in”
     “I want the alternative proposal of the salary being based on their fund raising efforts and not just a blanket salary.”
    “I like the alternate proposal of expenses plus a percentage of the funds rose to start, and then let delegates vote to amend at the state convention.”

RESPONSE: Expenses are and have been a given. The RPT has paid fundraisers a percentage of funds raised (usually 8-10%). That works out to between double and triple what has been proposed for the Chairman. 

 None of the other states that pay their Chairs do so as a percentage of funds raised out of concern for potential conflicts of interest. The bigger concern about any pay structured around fundraising is that it diminishes the focus on and importance of the other work the Chair needs to do well including leading the staff, building relationships with elected officials, and advocating Platform positions with the legislature.

 As for the approach of having the delegates at the state convention work out details: It took 3 hours of convention votes to recount a clear 70% victory this last convention. How many days more should we allocate for debate and votes to have the convention handle details on compensation for a single employee of the RPT? What budget items do the county / SD conventions handle for the county parties? This is precisely the kind of thing the EC is elected to handle. 

  1. “It should be based on some measurable goals plus a base amount.”

RESPONSE: Agreed. We are fleshing out the measurable goals in the Officials committee meeting on Friday.

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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
Events

July 4th RPT Sesquicentennial Celebration

This July 4th is the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Republican Party of Texas!

If you are or can be in the Williamson/Travis county area on July 4, Chairman Dickey personally
invites you all to RPT’s 150th Anniversary event at Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd, Cedar Park, TX, from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM for hot dogs and hamburgers, cake, and some fun presentations. The RPT interns have been hard at work planning a fun-filled sesquicentennial celebration. More details will be on the facebook event page. https://m.facebook.com/events/1832231950438461

Come celebrate the Republican Party of Texas’s 150th Anniversary and the 4th of July with great food, fun and music!

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RPT Hiring Finance Director and Political Director

From Chairman James Dickey:

We are excited to have John Drogin join our staff as Senior Political Advisor.
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.

Finance Director RPT

Political Director RPT

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Weekly RPT Chairman’s Report – June 10-16, 2017

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.

SREC:
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.

Donors:

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.

Officeholders:

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.

Press:

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:

Statements:
– 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
Interviews:
– 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)

Upcoming Interviews:
-Inside Texas Politics (WFAA TV Channel 8 – airs Sunday in DFW)
-Gus Bova – Texas Observer (Print)

White House:

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.

Staff:

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!

RNC:

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.

Grassroots:

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.

County Chairs:

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.

Engagement:

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
Houston

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:

6.12.17
Meeting
Pastor Darden
Discussion the RPT & IPEET expansion into Tyler, Texas
6.13.17
Meeting
Meeting w/ New Recruit
Inspirational meeting to become more involved and serve as a surrogate
6.14.17
Meeting
Meeting w/ Conservative Millennials
July 4 th Block Party Planning Committee meeting
6.12.17
Conference
Stakeholder Meeting
Black owned non-profit KKA Camps
5.8.17
Conference
Stakeholder Meeting
Discussion w/ Black Yale graduates on mutual policy issues
5.9.17
Event
100 Black Men Inc.
Collaborative Black Engagement efforts
6.15.17
Event
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
to succeed.

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.

Sincerely,
James Dickey