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SREC Spring 2019 Quarterly Meeting

The State Republican Executive Committee will be meeting on Saturday, March 30th.

If you would like to observe the proceedings, it is an open meeting, and all Republicans are welcome to observe. Committee and Work Group meetings will take place from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM on Friday, March 29th, and unless in executive session, may be observed. The general assembly meeting will be Saturday from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, and also may be observed except during the occasion of going into executive session. Committees and work groups of the SREC include: Party Organization, Legislative Affairs, Resolutions, Rules, Campaign Resources, Auxiliaries and Coalitions, Convention Arrangements, Advancement, Engagement, Election Integrity, and Officials. (Mark Dorazio is on the Legislative Affairs, Convention Arrangements, and Officials committees. Linda Kinney is on the Resolutions and Convention Arrangements committees.) This is where the business of the party is decided, and the statewide agenda is set.

You can watch the entire meeting live on the Republican Party of Texas YouTube channel.

Meeting location: 

Wyndham Hotel & Conference Center

3401 South Interstate 35 Frontage Road Austin, TX 78741

For more details, contact the Republican Party of Texas office at: 512.477.9821 or email info@texasgop.org

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Quarterly SREC Meeting Report


SREC Quarterly Meeting Friday, November 30-Saturday, December 1, 2018
Pledge to the Texas Flag at the opening of the SREC General Assembly

The fourth quarterly meeting of the State Republican Executive Committee took place in Austin beginning Friday, November 30 and concluding of Sat. December 1st. The first meeting held was of the Officials Committee, where the chairman compensation and a 5.1 million dollar budget were debated.  Kathaleen Wall (SREC SD 17) and her husband came forward offering to pay the chairman’s full compensation up through the 2020 State RPT Convention.  It will be at that time the convention delegates will be able to vote on the possibility of permanent chair compensation. The Officials Committee is now consulting with legal counsel and deciding on the administration of the compensation package.  An Oversight Committee was approved to evaluate the Chairman’s job on a quarterly basis. The budget was passed out of committee for a vote by the whole SREC body, and was approved Friday night. It is aggressive. It includes hiring 14 additional full-time staff members for the RPT, increasing engagement and efforts in the field, and 2.5 million dollars for media to get our message out via television, social media and radio. We need to get properly ready for the 2020 elections and do a better job of getting our Republican message out.

In this last election cycle a total of ½ billion dollars was spent on Texas races, with a lot of that money coming from California and New York.  We expect the number of voters to increase to 10 million by the 2020 election. There is a lot at stake. The 2020 election will determine how the district lines are redrawn for the next ten years. It will also determine the electoral votes for Texas. Texas, with 38, is now second only to California’s 55 electoral votes. This is crucial in determining who the next president of the United States will be. The 2020 election will also determine if Texas will remain a Red State or go blue. We have to get ready now with our strategy and boots on the ground.

Viewing the results of a vote taken using the new remotes.
  • Marian Knowlton was appointed by the State Chairman as the Chairman of Party Organization Committee. One of her major undertakings is reviving and compiling training resources to assist County Chairmen. She presented an outline of the proposed training manual and recruited volunteers to chair working groups. She hopes to have a completed manual by June of 2019. Our County Chairmen do the heavy lifting of the Party and are responsible for conducting the primary elections in their counties. To read the rest of the recommendations made by the Party Organization Committee in their report, see the second to last item at the bottom of this page.
  • Be on the lookout for Voter Registration initiatives and more poll watcher recruitment and training as Kathleen Wall and her Election Integrity working group move forward on these very important issues.
  • During the Legislative Priorities Committee meeting, committee chairman Mark Ramsey allowed me to demonstrate the storyboard method of planning, to apply it to planning our legislative advocacy efforts, and Rachel Malone did training on “How to Advocate Effectively at the Legislature.”
  • Just before the general session closed on Friday night, Vice Chairman Alma Perez Jackson had everyone open up papers they had drawn. Any SREC members who drew the names of Republican office holders were winners, and unwrapped an array of hilarious to patriotic to delicious gifts she provided.
SREC member Britton Brooks and others admire his new “Redneck Plunger” he won in the raffle.
  • On Saturday morning, when the general session resumed, a moving resolution of tribute to President George H. W. Bush, who passed away during this quarterly meeting, was read by Resolutions Committee Chairman Vergel Cruz and passed unanimously. Another resolution brought to the floor by Chairman Cruz was the “Resolution in Support of Non-Discrimination.” It passed with no “nays” and one abstention. To read the text of this resolution, go to the bottom of this page.
  • The Auxiliaries and Coalitions Committee, led by JT Edwards, recommended approving the following organizations as RPT auxiliaries with ex-officio standing: High School Republicans of Texas, Texas Asian Republican Assembly, National Federation of Pachyderms – Texas, Texas Federation of College Republicans, Texas Liberty Caucus, Gun Owners of America, and the Texas Young Republican Federation, and the SREC body voted to do so.
  • Representatives from Ft. Worth, Dallas, and Houston each made a presentation to the SREC body in hopes of being selected as the site for our 2022 convention.  In the meantime, our 2020 RPT convention will be held in Houston.
Vice Chair Alma Perez Jackson gives her Engagement Committee report.
  • Alma Jackson, our RPT Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Engagement Committee, gave a report regarding the importance of engagement efforts during the next two years. As part of her report, she invited the Young Republicans’ SREC Liaison, Jon Williams, to speak. He emphasized that to recruit young people we need to be catching up on new social media, rebranding the party, and “Making Republicans Cool Again.”

To view more photos from the SREC meeting, follow this link:

https://txsd25.com/2018/12/06/srec-meeting-nov-30-dec-1-2018/

Party Organization Committee Report

 

We believe that the RPT handbook, as written, covers the employee/employer relationship except for the matter of clarifying participation as a delegate at a political convention, be it Precinct, County, Senatorial, or State level. We therefore recommend that the RPT handbook be amended to include a clause, prepared by legal counsel, that RPT employees may choose to participate in Republican political conventions as delegates or advocates provided they utilize personal vacation time to do so. Vacation time will be allowed following availability outlined on pages 17 and 18 of the RPT Employee Handbook. Working the convention as an RPT employee, they are subject to the RPT employment agreement and are not allowed to participate as a delegate.

 

The Committee also recommends the Chairman establish an Election Code Review working group, the purpose of which is to review the election code and make recommendations for eliminating state laws that interfere with the party organization. Bill Fairbrother, County Chairman for Williamson County and former Legislative Liaison for the TRCCA, will chair the working group. Others who have agreed to serve are JT Edwards, Brandon Moore and Trey Trainor.


Resolution in Support of Non-Discrimination

WHEREAS, The Republican Party of Texas affirms its commitment to Republican Party of Texas Rule Number 3, which states,

Discrimination Prohibited

Participation in any Republican convention or meeting including, but not limited to, any primary caucus, any meeting or convention held for the purposes of selecting delegates to a County, District, State, or National Convention shall in no way be abridged for reason of sex, age, race, religion, color, or national origin; and

WHEREAS, the Republican Party of Texas affirms and supports all Americans’ right to practice their religion (RPT Legislative Priority “Religious Freedom and Privacy”, RPT Platform Planks 84, 305, 306) and recognizes the contributions of Republicans of every faith who advance conservative policies and ideals; now

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the State Republican Executive Committee encourages all Republican county executive committees to follow the Rules of the Republican Party of Texas related to participation in meetings and conventions; and reaffirm our core values of religious liberty and the freedom to practice all faiths.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to all Republican county chairs in Texas.

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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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Salary for the RPT Chairman

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At the SREC meeting this coming weekend, the Officials Committee and then the entire SREC body will vote on the matter of whether to provide the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas with a salary.

To provide you with more information, here is some of the feedback we have received For and Against a salary:

For:

  • The job of state chairman requires overseeing the operations as a whole and simultaneously requires that they raise the funds to facilitate those operations. We currently ask the chairman to dedicate a fulltime job’s worth of attention and more for free.

 

  • Our current system leads our chairman to financial and familial stress and hardships, as past chairmen have cited upon resignation. Pay will give them the opportunity to more fully dedicate themselves to the job and opens the job to more grassroots candidates. I find it appalling that the chairman position has gone this long unpaid.

 

  • In the interest of fairness and equity, it is not right to expect one individual to underwrite 100% of the cost of being a state chairman. In the interest of fairness and equity, compensation needs to be given.

 

  • As with all budget items, a salary for the chairman will be managed by the SREC.  The SREC will vote on measures to provide oversight, conditions and regular reviews going forward, and these will be applied regardless of whomever is elected to the position.

 

  • The Party should move forward to a professional structure at the chairman level or we limit the position to only the wealthy and retired.

 

  • We need full time attention. We cannot expect a volunteer to do that.

 

  • Texas has 254 counties.  That is 254 county parties, 254 primaries, 254 simultaneous elections, and multiple times more candidates, conventions, events, volunteers, and a whole a lot of fundraising to manage.

 

  • It currently costs any chairman a lot of money to serve our party; money that he or she would otherwise be making in the private sector.

 

  • There is precedence for chairman compensation– county chairmen are “paid” by the Secretary of State for their roles in running the primary. Eleven other states pay their Republican Party Chairmen, including California.

 

  • Some have suggested that this issue should be decided by the delegates at the next State Convention. If you attended the past convention, you probably see how that might turn out – as a business decision being politicized.

 

  • We need more from the chairman in order to win in 2020. Therefore we need the chairman fulltime. So we need him or her not to have another job. We need the chairman to have time to build relationships with legislators to get our legislative priorities passed.

 

  • $140,000 is very low-risk for the party of Texas. We can expect 4 to 5 times that in returns in regards to fundraising.

 

  • If the SREC votes not to pay the chairman, they are voting for us to lose elections in 2020. Because we will have more of the same.  We can’t afford to go on doing the same, because the margins we won by this election are too slim. And we lost two Texas senators. We lost 12 Congress seats. We lost the judges in urban counties.

 

  • If we wait to decide this at the next convention, we will lose in 2020.

Against:

  • Not one of the 45+ members at a meeting in Wimberley area is in favor. We spend our own money to support GOP candidates across the state and the country.  We expect the same from our RPT Chairman

 

  • Mr. Dickey’s pledge made at RPT Convention was that he had the time and ability to serve our Party as a volunteer! That was Mr. Dickey’s promise.

 

  • The Chairman should not begin receiving compensation until AFTER a convention where the delegates can weigh in.

 

  • The current chairman ran under the presumption of no compensation. It is not fair to change within a few months of being elected.

 

  • This proposal was once turned down and should not be reconsidered until the next state convention.

 

  • With a critical midterm days away, this is not the time. Greed can be his only motivation. This could be destruction of the Republican Party.

 

  • Chairmen have always known it is a non-paid position, and to be financially prepared. In spite of it cutting out some qualified people, I believe it should remain unpaid.

 

  • I do not feel it is appropriate that the chairman should receive a salary plus benefits. This is a voluntary position and always has been.  Expenses should be covered … period!

 

  • Alternative proposal: the Party Chair should not be a salaried position but instead should be compensated based upon a percentage of funds raised. This would allow for compensation strictly based upon how much revenue the Chair generates for the party.

 

  • We should do a more detailed benchmarking of other states to learn best practices in organization structure and compensation.

Committeeman Mark Dorazio would like to hear from SD 25 Republicans before he votes on this issue.  Please submit your input to him below:

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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

2017 4th Quarter SREC Meeting

December 1 – December 2
Dec 1 at 9:30 AM to Dec 2 at 4:00 PM CST
Wyndham Garden Austin (3401 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78741)
Texas Republicans, please join us — in person or online — for the 4th quarterly SREC meeting!
This will be the first meeting where a new electronic voting system will be in use by SREC members.

If you were a delegate to convention, you helped elect 2 members from your district to the SREC — the State Republican Executive Committee — to run the Republican Party of Texas. The SREC holds quarterly meetings to conduct party business. You are invited to observe as a guest or watch the livestream.

This is a chance for you to connect with the people you elected, see what decisions are being made, and give input. On Friday you can watch committee meetings, and on Saturday listen to the reports, votes, new business, and more.

Full agenda below!

7:45 a.m. — Intercessory Prayer (Executive Learning Center)
8:00 a.m. — Registration (Foyer)
8:15 a.m. — Worship Service (Executive Learning Center)
9:00 a.m. — General Session
Call to order (ballroom)
Invocation – Corey Tabor, Chaplain
United States Pledge of Allegiance
National Anthem – Jack Barcroft (SD 24)
Texas Pledge of Allegiance
Texas, Our Texas – Rhonda Lacy (SD 31)

9:15 a.m. — Proxy Committee Appointed – James Dickey, Chairman
Roll Call – Jim Wiggins, Party Secretary
Review of SREC Packets – Brandon Moore, RPT Organization Director
Proxy Report – Proxy Committee Chair
Reading and Approval of Previous Meetings’ Minutes – James Dickey, Chairman

9:30 a.m. — *Acceptance of SREC member resignations & elections to fill SREC vacancies
SD 27 Committeewoman
SD 27 Committeeman
10:00 a.m. — *Report from Rules subcommittee
10:30 a.m. — *Officials Committee Report
2018 Budget
Report on Approved and Pending Contracts & Proposals
11:00 a.m. — *Resolutions Committee Report
Primary ballot propositions
Other resolutions

12:00 p.m. — Lunch (Guadalupe/Barton Creek)
12:15 p.m. — Meeting Sponsors
12:45 p.m. — Auxiliary Reports
1:00 p.m. — *Rules Committee Report

1:45 p.m. — Officer Reports
Treasurer – 10 min.
Gen. Counsel & Asst. Gen. Counsel – 10 min.
RNC National Committeeman – 10 min.
RNC National Committeewoman – 10 min.
Vice Chair – 10 min.
State Chair – 15 min.
Ratification of County Chair Appointments
Garza County — Diann Windham
Live Oak County — Ann Cansino
Crosby County — Alec Wallace
Houston County — Joni Clonts
Upton County — Tammie Smith
Kennedy County — Jill Brown
Starr County — Rosbell Barrera
San Saba County — Jerry Blankenship
Committee assignments for newly elected SREC members
Discussion on Rulings

2:50 p.m. — Remaining Standing Committees Reports
Legislative Affairs – 10 min.
Candidate Resource Committee – 10 min.*Keypins for SREC CRC Fundraising Goals (pictures at end of meeting)
Party Organization – 10 min.
Auxiliaries & Coalitions – 10 min.

3:30 p.m. — Special Committee Reports
New Leaders on the Rise – 5 min.
Grassroots Club – 5 min.
Volunteerism – 5 min.
Convention Arrangements – 10 min.
Advancement – 5 min.
Convention Site Selection – 5 min.

4:05 p.m. — Unfinished Business & General Orders

4:15 p.m. — New Business
Topics that have been proposed for discussion:
Election Integrity committee proposal
Bylaws amendments included in the call
4:40 p.m. — Announcements
4:45 p.m. — Group photo
5:00 p.m. — Adjourn
*Order subject to approval by the body. Without specific approval to modify the order, the following order is prescribed by RONR: 1) Reading and approval of Minutes, 2) Reports of Officers, Boards, and Standing Committees, 3) Reports of Special (Select or Ad Hoc) Committees, 4) Special Orders, 5) Unfinished Business and General Orders, 6) New Business

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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