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SREC Letter to Governor Abbott Regarding Special Session

I sent the following letter to Governor Abbott on behalf of the SREC, thanking him for signing legislation improving border security, calling for a limited Article V convention of states, and withholding funds from sanctuary cities. We also requested that should he call a special session that he include the following legislative priorities set by the delegates to the 2016…

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President Trump’s Inauguration Speech

President Trump’s Inauguration Speech

Trump’s inauguration speech, like so many things in life – and especially non-specific political pronouncements, is a Rorsach test. People’s reactions to it are much less about what was actually said than they are about us, our ideological positions, and the subtext we read into the words because of what we’ve seen and heard from Trump and others in the…

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It’s Legislature Time in Texas!

It’s Legislature Time in Texas!

Today was the first day to file bills for the next session of the Texas legislature. With session only going for 140 days every other year it’s always a rush. Fortunately our founding fathers put in a system that makes it very difficult to pass a bill and very easy to kill one. When we want reform that’s annoying, but…

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Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election

Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election

As I reflect on Tuesday’s election results, I am both proud and humbled. Proud of: The gracious and thoughtful words of both the President and the President-Elect the day after the election as they discussed the result and next steps in the transition. Susan Narvaiz, Gabriel Nila, Ceasar Ruiz, Maura Phelan, Joe Martinez, Pat McCord, and Deke Pierce – who…

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Moving Forward in Travis County

Moving Forward in Travis County

My Fellow Travis County Republicans, After prayerful consideration and much encouragement, I have decided to seek election to serve the remainder of the term of the Chairman of the Travis County Republican Party. I was honored to serve as your Chairman for two years. During those years we made great progress on several fronts. Between June 2014 and June 2016…

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What Makes a Great County Chair?

What Makes a Great County Chair?

The first step in evaluating any candidate for any position is deciding what’s needed in the role, regardless of who fills the position. After discussions with other County Chairs, thoughts on my term as Chair in Travis County, and input from activists, volunteers, candidates and Precinct Chairs from around the state, here’s the list of qualifications that I recommend: Raising…

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