Press release from the Republican Party of Texas
RPT Chairman Applauds New Texas House Republican Caucus Speaker Selection Rules
POSTED 12.04.2017 - by Jamie Bennett
On Friday, the Texas House Republican Caucus voted to approve new bylaws by which the Caucus will select a candidate for Speaker of the Texas House. Under the new rules, the Republican candidate for Speaker will not have to rely on any votes from Democratic members of the Texas House, as long as Republicans hold the majority in the chamber.
On November 8, 2017, the Republican Party of Texas released a Republican Caucus Speaker Selection Commitment Form asking all Republican candidates for the Texas House to commit to supporting the choice of the Texas House Republican Caucus.
To see the full list of candidates who signed the Speaker Commitment Form, please visit: https://txgop.us/HouseUnited
Republican Party of Texas Chair James Dickey issued the following statement:
“These new bylaws are a significant step forward in the direction of unity for our Party and help pave the way for our Republican House members to form a consensus on the race for Speaker. Unity does not mean uniformity. The result is hopefully one which builds more bridges on issues where we do agree and burns fewer bridges on issues where we can’t agree. This is positive news for Republicans across Texas.
“Thank you to the Republican House members who voted for the bylaws change and to Republican Caucus Chair Tan Parker for facilitating these meetings. Thanks also goes to all the candidates who have completed our RPT Republican Caucus Speaker Selection form. Their commitments to transparency and unity are greatly appreciated.”
It has been almost a week since the Tom Green County Republican Party Convention and I am still bewildered. This whole Convention was a HUGE embarrassment to anyone who considers themselves a conservative. From the way the committees were selected in secrecy, to the horrible resolutions passed, which will be sent to the Texas State GOP Convention. For those who did not attend, you should know these horrid resolutions were ALL submitted by YOUR County Commissioners, two of whom served on the Platform Committee. ALL these resolutions dealt with raising your taxes. They want to raise YOUR gasoline tax, raise YOUR vehicle registration tax, all while removing any cap on how much they can spend and how much they can raise your property tax. I shudder to imagine the conversation in the State Platform Committee meeting when they read these resolutions. I’m sure they will wonder, as I did, if they were submitted by Democrats and I pray all are defeated at the State level. If the goal of the County Chair and those delegates who voted for these resolutions was to make the Tom Green County Republican Party the laughing stock of the State Party, they are successful.
Submitted by Deborah Bailey
Local Government Meetings
San Angelo City Council Meetings
The City Council meets twice a month, meetings are open to the public and are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.
Tom Green County Commissioners
The Commissioners meet every Tuesday, 8:30 am, 113 West Beauregard Blvd., 2nd floor of the Edd B. Keyes Building
Pre-agenda work sessions are normally held on the second Monday of each month, and regular meetings are normally held on the third Monday of each month. All meetings normally begin at 5:30 p.m in the Administrative Building Boardroom, 1621 University Avenue.
Regular School Board Meetings are held the second Tuesday or Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 pm, in the Wall ISD Administration Building, 8065 Loop 570, Wall.
Grape Creek ISD
Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the community room at the Administration Building, 8207 U.S. Hwy. 87 North.
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West Texans for Constitutionally-Limited Government
KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor, fired after teaching the Constitution to TEA Party groups – she would not sacrifice liberty for a paycheck. She is a disabled veteran of the US Army, a Russian linguist, a mother, pastor’s wife and a patriot. She now travels the country and teaches the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents. KrisAnne Hall does not just teach the Constitution, she lays the foundations that show how reliable and relevant our founding documents are today. She presents the “genealogy” of the Constitution – the 700 year history and five foundational documents that are the very roots of American Liberty.
"ALL POLITICAL POWER IS INHERENT IN THE PEOPLE, AND ALL FREE GOVERNMENTS ARE FOUNDED ON THEIR AUTHORITY, AND INSTITUTED FOR THEIR BENEFIT."
(Texas Constitution Article 1, Section 2)
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY INDEX
The Fiscal Responsibility Index is a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues. Texans for Fiscal Responsibility uses exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators’ governing philosophy.
The public — including lawmakers — are notified in advance of TFR’s position on the issues to be rated, and prior to votes taken on the floor.
See how your representatives scored: https://index.empowertexans.com/
Please join us. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at 6:30 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the West Texas Training Center (Howard College), 3501 N. US Highway 67, San Angelo 76905
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Help Us Commemorate Memorial Day
We could use your help putting flags on the graves of our military at Lawnhaven Cemetery Saturday, May 26th, then picking up the flags Tuesday, May 29th. We'll get started at 8:00am. Your help for both mornings or even just one will be greatly appreciated. Also, make plans to attend the beautiful ceremony hosted by Lawnhaven on Memorial Day, May 28th, 10:00am-Noon.
Anatomy of a Surrender
March 29, 2018 by Michael Quinn Sullivan
CATEGORY: TEXANS IN DC
Despite being the senior senator from Texas, John Cornyn has been unwilling to stand tough for Republican priorities in the face of opposition from the Democrats. That was on full display in the recent spending bill debacle. Just as bad, he has been unwilling to enforce Senate rules to gain confirmation of President Trump’s nominees for important executive branch offices.
Sadly, most Republicans talk conservative, govern to the left, and fold when holding four aces. That’s been as true on spending bills as presidential nominees.
Envisioned as a bulwark of liberty in our constitutional republic, the US Senate has devolved into a comfortable club for the risk-averse. Most Senate Republicans are little more than the gilded relics of a bygone era. They are at best unwilling to fight the Democrats, and at worst actively colluding with them in opposition to the Trump Administration.
For example, despite Republican control of the House, Senate, and White House, NY’s liberal Sen. Chuck Schumer enacted more of Obama’s policy in the recent Omnibus Appropriations Act than Obama did in his last term. Upon final passage, Schumer said, “We feel good. We produced a darn good bill.”
2018 Texas Primary Results
Toward its goal of educating, motivating and inspiring our fellow citizens to participate at all levels of government, the San Angelo TEA Party for its May 8th meeting will host Third Court of Appeals, Place 6 runoff candidates Donna Garcia Davidson and Mike Toth. In this era of rogue judges and judicial activism it is extremely important who sits on these benches. Come hear first-hand their judicial philosophies. Early voting begins May 14th and election day is May 22nd.
Congratulations to Anna Bartosh! The new Tom Green County Republican Precinct 230 Chair
Hillsdale College Online Courses
As Thomas Jefferson said, “Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to, convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.”
That’s why Hillsdale has become a national leader in free online courses. In fact, we average more than 1,000 enrollments per day across all our courses. And our most popular course—“Constitution 101”—now has more than 800,000 students around the world.
You’ll study with the same Hillsdale faculty who teach on our campus. It’s a great way to experience aspects of Hillsdale’s Core Curriculum, as well as learn from some of today’s best teacher-scholars in the fields of politics, history, economics, and English.
This may not sound like a large number, but remember many local elections are won or lost on less than 50 votes. From Empower Texans:
NON-CITIZEN VOTING IS A “SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM” IN TEXAS, AG REPORTS
February 6, 2018 by Erin Anderson
Texas has a “significant problem” with non-citizens illegally voting in our elections, according to the office of Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Just-released information from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) confirms that non-citizens are registering to vote and voting in Texas elections. Worse, procedures for removing ineligible voters from voter rolls aren’t being followed correctly “or even at all” in some Texas counties.
It’s a violation of both state and federal law for non-citizens to vote or register to vote.
In a letter to State Sen. Bryan Hughes (R–Mineola), who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Election Integrity, the OAG said “the threat to election integrity in Texas is real, and the need to provide additional safeguards is increasing.”
Last year’s successful prosecution of Mexican national Rosa Ortega, who illegally voted in Texas for over 10 years, “highlighted the lack of safeguards in the system to detect ineligible voters, like non-citizens,” the OAG wrote to Hughes.
In response, the OAG conducted a “brief investigative survey” of four counties’ voter registration records. They found that in just the past two years, 165 unlawfully registered non-citizen voters were removed from those counties’ voter rolls – but only after they self-identified as non-citizens in the process of recusing themselves from jury duty:
“More concerning, this group of 165 non-citizens had cast 100 illegal votes in Texas elections prior to identifying themselves as non-citizens at jury duty and being removed from the voter rolls.
The OAG is unable to determine the scope of noncitizen voting across Texas, from the non-citizen jury duty numbers alone, but it appears to be a significant problem, nonetheless. The OAG has also found that the process for removing ineligible voters who self-report as non-citizens at jury duty is not being followed correctly, or even at all, in various counties. Investigations into the scope of ineligible voting across the State are ongoing.”