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Chairman Dickey’s Update – 6.5.2018

Chairman Dickey’s Update – 6.5.2018

Fellow Texas Republicans,

Next Monday, convention committees will begin meeting in San Antonio. Next week on Thursday, thousands of hardworking grassroots Republicans will gather in a single room to conduct the business of the Party. I look forward to a week of thoughtful discussion, debate, and deliberations, resulting in final decisions on our Party’s platform, rules, priorities, and leadership.

And then as soon as convention is over, it is imperative that all of our attention be on electing Republicans in November. We must all join together to ensure strong victories for our Republican candidates. I hope that the Republican Party of Texas can count on you to pitch in and do your part to show the entire country that Texas is as bright red as ever, and we’re not backing down from the fight.

People & Places

Topping last week’s list of highlights was seeing President Trump and RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel in Dallas. Both were very kind and complimentary of the work we are doing in Texas. It was especially gratifying to be personally recognized by President Trump in the middle of his keynote speech at dinner. I’m also grateful that the White House allowed us to extend an invitation to our Grassroots Club members yesterday to hear a personal update from the President on their grassroots briefing call.

I was honored to help with Rick Seeburger’s campaign kickoff event last week. He is our Republican nominee for Congress in CD-16 (El Paso) last week. Although I couldn’t join him at the event in person, I sent a video greeting and message of support for his event. El Paso is fortunate to have strong Republican candidates running who can represent the values that El Pasoans hold dear.

Last Saturday I was able to visit with many SREC members: Sue Evenwel (SD-1), Vicki Slaton (SD-2), Nita Davidson and Mike McCloskey (SD-5), Terri DuBose (SD-19), Naomi Narvaiz (SD-21), Pastor Stephen Broden (SD-23), Mark Dorazio (SD-25), and Marian Stanko and Fred Rangel (SD-26). Senator Ted Cruz also addressed the crowd as a part of his Day of Action (more on that later). State Senator Bob Hall was also present.

Special recognition goes to the High School Republicans of Texas who are holding their state convention today in Houston. I’ve had the pleasure of participating in events with the HSRT and Chairman Adam Hoffman and I’m proud of the leadership they show in promoting conservative principles of government.

Report from the Field

Our field team participated in the Statewide Day of Action to promote Senator Ted Cruz last Saturday! His leadership in Washington, D.C. is critical to be sure our values are represented, and I’m so glad to see Texans cheering him on as he travels throughout Texas.

In addition to helping provide ground support for Senator Cruz, our team is heavily involved in targeted Congressional races to be sure that we keep strong Republican representation in our Texas delegation. We have a great team, and I know they’d love for you to join them. Please contact Kristy Wilkinson (kwilkinson@gop.com) and Stephen Wong (swong@texasgop.org) to get plugged in to help keep Texas redder than ever!

I’d like to give a special shout out to the whole field team! They are leading, mentoring, and training a full house of fellows who will help with voter outreach, community engagement, and team building  this summer and on through election day. With the team’s hard work and your investment I know they are going to make a huge difference in voter turnout this November, and republican engagement for years to come.

Party News

Here are some updates on State Convention:

  • If you haven’t yet pre-registered, do so now (CLICK HERE).
  • Both the Congressional Luncheon and NIOSITA are now sold out. Good news – we still have tickets left to the Gala Banquet with Dr. Ben Carson. Grab yours now! (Purchase tickets when you pre-register — or add them to an existing registration by clicking the link that was in your confirmation email.)
  • Your best source for information on convention business will be www.texasgop.org/delegates. Check it out during convention for links to livestreams, working Google docs, committee reports, testimony times, and more.
  • Learn how to be an effective delegate by watching our training videos

Coming Up Next

June 4: Convention training in Austin (more info: delegates@texasgop.org)
June 5: Chairman Dickey speaking in Llano (more info: rmalone@texasgop.org)
June 6: State Canvass of Runoff Primary Election — 9am at RPT headquarters
June 6: Convention training in Kerrville (more info: delegates@texasgop.org)
June 7: Chairman Dickey & convention training with Young Republicans in Austin (more info: delegates@texasgop.org)
June 9: convention training in Beeville (more info: delegates@texasgop.org)

And of course – our RPT 2018 State Convention – join our facebook event page!

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Chairman Dickey’s Update – 5.29.2018

Chairman Dickey’s Update – 5.29.2018

Fellow Texas Republicans,

This past weekend we have spent time remembering the men and women who laid down their lives for the goal of preserving liberty to us and our posterity. How blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth — one that strives to preserve the freedom given to us by God, implemented by our Founding Fathers, and embodied in the Constitution. God bless and keep the military families who have suffered the loss of their loved ones.

People & Places

It’s been another wonderful week for meeting with great Texans! This week my travels were focused on South Texas.

What a pleasure it was to meet delegates and alternates from SD-19 for a convention training in Pleasanton last week — some of whom drove for hours to be there. Many will be first-time delegates and I’m glad to see them taking their responsibility seriously. I enjoyed seeing SREC members Terri DuBose (SD-19) and Naomi Narvaiz (SD-21), and five county chairs: Marian Knowlton (Atascosa), Rita Jordan (Karnes) Jack DuBose (Real), Jeff Santleben (Uvalde), and Ruby Manen (Wilson).

Wednesday I spoke at the San Antonio Republican Club along with Bexar County Chair Mark Dorazio (also SREC from SD-25). I appreciate the invitation from Marian Stanko and Fred Rangel (SREC from SD-26). Many club members will be volunteering at convention to help your experience to be better. A couple hundred miles away I was able to see Fort Bend and Harris County Chairs Jacey Jetton and Paul Simpson later that day.

Over the weekend I went further south to Hidalgo and Webb counties. I’m thankful for the hard work of Republicans in the Rio Grande Valley who talk about our Republican principles in ways that bring in those who share the values but had never before considered themselves Republican. I visited with many of those at a meet and greet in McAllen hosted by the leadership of the newly reconstituted Rio Grande Valley Republican Women’s Club where I met some of the great candidates, delegates and precinct chairs as well as Janie Melendez (SREC, SD-20) and Hidalgo County Chair Sergio Sanchez. I also traveled to Laredo where I visited with Webb County Chair Randy Blair and Naomi Narvaiz (SREC, SD-21) and a great group of candidates, precinct chairs, delegates and other active Republicans.

I’m thrilled to have visited all 31 State Senate Districts during my first year in office – exactly as I’d promised. It’s such a joy to meet and get to know so many hardworking Republicans across our state, listen to their ideas, and make sure they know that they have our encouragement and support.

Report from the Field

Last week we collaborated with the Dallas GOP in some significant engagement efforts. Adryana Aldeen, who serves as Special Advisor to the Chair on Hispanic Engagement, led in some private meetings and roundtable discussions in Dallas along with Congressman Pete Sessions and Dallas County Chair Missy Shorey. Again and again we’re hearing how critical it is for urban areas to engage with minorities — and how important it is to use issue-based advocacy to share our values as a means of bringing all communities on board as conservative voters. I’m glad we’re able to provide resources and expertise toward this end.

Our team will be participating in Cruz Crew’s Day of Action this Saturday, June 2. You can get in on the action, too! Please contact Kristy (KWilkinson@gop.com) who can connect you to the team in your area.

We welcomed a new team member as we continue to expand our field outreach even more. Stephen Chavez (SChavez@texasgop.org) joined us as a Field Organizer in the Greater Houston area. Stephen, a new graduate from Ole Miss, is working with Mark Irey, our Regional Field Organizer in Houston. Together they are engaging with those from all communities to share the Republican message and grow excitement for our Republican candidates.

The entire team continues engagement efforts through blockwalking, volunteer trainings, one-on-one meetings, attending events, and plugging into their communities with the help of great interns. If you know anyone looking for a summer opportunity don’t hesitate to reach out to Stephen Wong (Swong@texasgop.org). Their hard work will help give us the best possible results in November.

Party News

Last week, Republican Primary voters made their final picks on the Republican nominees for the General Election, and I’d like to congratulate our final slate of nominees on their Primary and Runoff victories.

It is now more important than ever that Republicans across the state come together in unity to fight to elect our great slate of nominees. I look forward to working with all of them to making certain Texas remains free, prosperous, and strong!

Last week was also the start of our summer internship semester. We’re blessed to have five amazing interns on board for the next few months: Josh, Lorelei, Max, Nick, and Sean. They’re already hard at work answering phones, walking people through convention registration, helping us prepare for convention, and more. If you’re interested in an RPT internship, it’s not too early to apply for this fall! See more information here.

Here’s the latest on our State Convention — which is only two weeks out!

  • You may pre-register online (CLICK HERE) through June 10th. Please be sure you’ve pre-registered to avoid long lines! If you miss the deadline, you can still register on-site as a delegate, alternate, or guest.
  • Dr. Ben Carson will be our keynote speaker at the Gala banquet! Tickets are still available — add one to your registration before we sell out!
  • The Grassroots Club breakfast is open exclusively to current GRC members (no additional spouses or family members unless they are also GRC members). Please join the GRC by June 10th to be included, or you can sign up at the door.
  • Be prepared to be the best delegate possible! Watch our basic convention training video here.
  • Questions? Email delegates@texasgop.org for the best response.

We will hold a leadership webinar on how to run your SD Caucus on Tuesday June 5th at 7:00 p.m. If you are a caucus chair, secretary, or other assistant in your SD caucus, please plan to listen in. Join us online at http://join.freeconferencecall.com/rptcalls or via phone at 712-770-5246 using access code 206161#. Contact Brandon Moore or Joanna Kitchen for details (bmoore@texasgop.orgjkitchen@texasgop.org).

In Case You Missed It . . .

Press: 

Coming Up Next

June 4: Convention training in Austin (more info: delegates@texasgop.org)
June 5: Chairman Dickey speaking in Llano (more info: rmalone@texasgop.org)
June 6: Convention training in Kerrville (more info: delegates@texasgop.org)
June 7: Chairman Dickey & convention training with Young Republicans in Austin (more info: delegates@texasgop.org)
June 9: convention training in Beeville (more info: delegates@texasgop.org)

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Chairman Dickey’s Update – 5.21.2018

Chairman Dickey’s Update – 5.21.2018

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Chairman Dickey’s Update – 5.14.2018

Chairman Dickey’s Update – 5.14.2018

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Chairman Dickey’s Update – 5.8.2018

Chairman Dickey’s Update – 5.8.2018

Fellow Texas Republicans,

I’d like to extend my warmest thanks and appreciation to all of you who worked hard over the past several weeks to help Republicans and Republican issues win at the ballot box in the municipal elections held last Saturday across Texas. Congratulations to all of our Republicans candidates who won seats on city councils and school boards! You, our local candidates, are the key to building our bench and keeping conservative principles implemented in government in every corner of Texas.

People & Places

This past week has been full travels and of meeting wonderful people from all over Texas and beyond!

Last weekend I was pleased to attend the NRA Annual Meeting with other proud NRA members. I am not at all surprised that our great state set a new record of 87,154 attendees, and I was honored to welcome NRA to Texas when I spoke during their grassroots panel presentation. Our Operations Director Rachel Malone was one of the panelists and provided insight to the attendees on engaging more effectively with millennials and Gen Z — including through promoting constitutional carry in Texas.

Many Texas Republicans were in attendance, including SREC Committeeman Randy Dunning (SD-16) and several precinct chairs. I’d like to thank President Trump and Vice-President Pence and our great Texas Republican leadership for their presence over the weekend — including Governor Greg Abbott, US Senator Ted Cruz, US Representative Pete Sessions, and State Senator Konni Burton. I especially appreciated our President’s speech about the importance of standing up for the inalienable right of all people to defend themselves and their property.

Prior to the NRA Annual Meeting, I traveled to Miami, FL for the Republican National Committee spring meeting. Texas is represented by three Members: myself, National Committeewoman Toni Anne Dashiell, and National Committeeman Robin Armstrong. On the final day, Robin and I were joined by National Federation of Republican Women President Jody Rushton who carried Toni Anne’s proxy.

The members adopted 6 resolutions – including one which I co-sponsored regarding the federal government not using taxpayer dollars from successful states to bail out states who have ruined their own economies:

“Resolved, Congress should pass, and the President sign, a bill providing that no debt of any Municipality or State shall ever be paid for by Federal Taxes or become the obligation of Federal Taxpayers resulting from the default, restructuring or transfer of those obligations made by them. This law should allow for, should Congress so elect to do so, the use of funds for local police, fire and other emergency personnel and equipment (to exclude pension funding) necessary to provide for the immediate security, health and safety of local citizens.”

We also amended the RNC rules in two areas: allowing the convention arrangements committee chair to be appointed earlier in the convention planning process, and doing away with the standing committee on convention debates (but still allowing for an ad hoc debate committee to be appointed).

In addition to the business, I was honored to attend special events with Lara Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. And of course, I spent my spare minutes making calls our Party’s supporters to let them know about the wonderful opportunities we still have for convention sponsorships and booths!

The next RNC meeting will be held in Austin, July 18-21. See more information, including how you can attend as a guest, on our facebook event pageI hope to see many of you there!

Report from the Field

Last Saturday, May 5, our field team joined with Governor Abbott’s team and many volunteers for an outreach initiative called “These Boots Are Made For Walking.” All told, over 300 volunteers knocked on over 15,000 doors in 25 cities on that one day alone.

Our Republican leadership invested personal time and energy in the effort as well — including Harris County Chair Paul Simpson (pictured) who kicked off a Houston event, and Governor Greg Abbott, who worked with a team to knock doors and visit with voters (pictured in Dallas). Many thanks to those who joined in the gatherings across the state and the many volunteers who helped us reach this amazing goal!

This week we welcome Assistant Data Director Julian Bost (jbost@texasgop.org). Julian, a Corpus Christi native, who will work closely with Spencer Davis to better serve the data needs of our county parties and candidates. As you may have heard, our data program has grown exponentially since last summer, with users growing from the hundreds to the thousands. Please join us in welcoming Julian — and stay tuned for more information to come!

Party News

Five weeks from today our convention committees will be in full swing, taking testimony from delegates and alternates and preparing their reports for the State Convention. I certainly hope you will be a part of that important decision process! Find more information about our state convention atwww.texasgop.org/state-convention-2018/.

Here are some helpful items related to convention and upcoming elections:

  • If you’re a delegate, alternate, or guest planning on joining us in San Antonio and haven’t registered for the convention yet, please do so at:https://events.american-tradeshow.com/TXGOPfed

  • If you’ve already registered for convention and are trying to login to your account to add tickets to events, etc. and are receiving a message that says incorrect email or password, please make sure you are using the link you received in your confirmation email and the most recent password for the account.

  • If there are Primary Runoffs in your county, early voting is next week (May 14th-18th) and Election Day is the following Tuesday (May 22nd)

  • You can look up your voter registration status, polling location, etc. at:https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/voterDetails.do (Please note: it may redirect you to your county’s voter registration site)

In Case You Missed It . . .

Press Release: 

Coming Up Next

May 9: Chairman Dickey speaking to Woodlands Republican Women (more info)
May 11: Last day to apply for ballot by mail.
May 12: Chairman Dickey at SD-26 pre-convention barbecue
May 14: Early voting begins for the May 22nd runoff
May 22: Runoff election (various counties)
May 23: Chairman Dickey at the San Antonio Republican Club luncheon

Also, please join our facebook group for the RPT State convention if you will be attending! CLICK HERE.

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Chairman Dickey Update – 4.25.2018

Chairman Dickey Update – 4.25.2018

Fellow Texas Republicans,

In the past week, we’ve held a statewide RPTServes Day of Action, celebrated San Jacinto Day, and begun early voting for local elections. We’ve also opened registration for our State Convention in San Antonio June 11-16 (click here if you haven’t already registered!) It’s an exciting time to be a Republican in Texas.

People & Places

Last week, I traveled to Houston to speak at the San Jacinto Republican Women meeting; it was a great chance to see SREC members Tammie Nielsen (SD-6) and Tanya Robertson (SD-11). While in the area, I stopped by the Kingwood Tea Party where Governor Abbott was speaking and visited with more dedicated Republican grassroots.

I also visited the McClennan County Republican Club in Waco, where I addressed delegates from the area who will be at our State Convention, and those who are interested in knowing more about the process and how important it is.

I had the pleasure of visiting with two county chairs — Eastland County Chair Sean Schaefer in Cisco, and Taylor County Chair Winston Ohlhausen in Abilene — along with their respective county executive committees. On the same trip I met with Hamilton County Chair Cat Parks to hear her input. It’s always energizing to be able to meet with our hardworking county chairs and precinct chairs to get their feedback, be sure their concerns are addressed, and discuss my vision for the party.

In Arlington, I was able to catch up with Rep. Zedler and some of his enthusiastic supporters while in his district

As we all know, during midterm elections it’s crucial that we are all working hard to beat the Democrats and let them know that not on our watch will we allow any intrusion into our state. With that in mind, I joined one of Governor Abbott’s field organizers in blockwalking in Arlington in support of Senator Konni Burton. Konni won her seat from Wendy Davis, and it’s critical that we help her keep it this cycle.

I also blockwalked with the Heart of Texas Young Republicans in support of Cedar Park City Council candidates Mel Kirkland, Dorian Chavez, and Mike Guevara — all of whom are strong Republicans being opposed by Democrats. I joined Reps. Tony Dale and Terry Wilson, County Chair Bill Fairbrother, and former Councilman Lyle Grimes. I’m glad to see all of these individuals realizing the seriousness of local elections, I’m proud of their investment of time and resources into helping these candidates, and I’m glad I was personally able to offer my support.

I encourage all of you to reach out to campaigns for Republicans running for school board and city council in your areas and do all you can to help them win. We need to build our bench with conservatives in every corner of Texas, and that will take all of us working together, each doing our part.

RPTServes special report

Our Vice Chair Amy Clark led the efforts to put on an RPT Serves Week last week and facilitated RPT affiliates in organizing projects in which Republicans in every area of Texas could take part. Special thank you to First Lady Cecilia Abbott for supporting RPTServes Week and spreading awareness about our cause to put our principles in action!

I could not agree with Amy more in her statement: “When we serve one another, we are practicing what we preach: that limited government and personal responsibility is the key to unlimited opportunity and freedom in our society.”

Thank you to the volunteers who participated in RPTServes projects including these:

  • In Floresville, serving at the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home,
  • In El Paso, blessing the fire fighters and the Rescue Mission,
  • In Corpus Christi, cleaning up the beach with the General Land Office’s Adopt-a-Beach Program,
  • In Dallas, cleaning up for Earth X and helping at the North Texas Food Bank,
  • In Eastland County, collecting items for the Open Door Pregnancy Resource Center,
  • In Houston, being “Recycling Ambassadors” for Earth Day Houston, and In San Antonio, helping at the San Antonio Food Bank.

Report from the Field

In addition to leading RPTServes efforts in their regions, our field team were also busy with standard field work, voter contact, and volunteer recruitment. In Dallas, Joel James and his team manned a booth at the EarthX conference to promote the Party and recruit volunteers. In Wills, TX, Mark Irey led an RLI for another group of eager volunteers. In Corpus Christi, Jesse Grady presented to the Nueces County Republican Club.

Party News

Early voting is in progress for the May 5 Municipal Election. Please see these two guides that we’ve prepared to help you effectively promote Republican candidates and issues:

See www.votetexas.gov for information on when and where you can vote.

The Republican Party of Texas is happy to be able to provide staff support for local candidates who are identifiable Republicans. More information and an application form can be found here. Please note that requests should come through county parties or include affirmations of support from county chairs.

Registration for the State Convention is now open to all delegates, alternates, and guests! Please click here to register.

Last but not least, we’ve posted complete information on temporary caucus chairs and temporary committee chairs and membership — including names, email addresses, and phone numbers. See that in the “Committees and Caucuses” section of our State Convention page (click here to view).

In Case You Missed It . . .

News Articles:

Coming Up Next

April 30: Officials Committee telephone meeting
April 30: Leadership Webinar for county chairs & county party staff
May 2-5: RNC Spring Meeting in Miami (more info)
May 9: Chairman Dickey speaking to Woodlands Republican Women (more info)

Also, please join our facebook group for the RPT State convention if you will be attending! CLICK HERE.

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Chairman Dickey Update – 4.16.2018

Chairman Dickey Update – 4.16.2018

Dear Texas Republicans,

It’s been a week full of action, as you’ll see below. I’ve visited with Republicans from Austin to El Paso, our field team participated in a national day of action and logged over 12,000 door knocks, and we are preparing to open convention registration to all delegates, alternates, and guests this Wednesday.

This coming week is also one that I hope will be full of action — actions of service and care in our communities. Today kicks off the RPTServes week of action and I encourage you to participate. Look through our list of events to see what you can join in your area. If there’s nothing yet listed, you can volunteer to lead a project. Let’s all be particularly mindful of ways we can give back to our communities and serve the hurting this week!

People & Places

Since last week’s update focused on the SREC meeting, I have a lot to report regarding my activities in the past couple of weeks!

As I hope you’ve seen, our Senator Ted Cruz has been kicking off his re-election campaign with a series of events all across Texas! I was glad to join him in Austin for one of these events and am am thrilled at the great response he’s receiving. I, too, am eager to send him back to DC to represent us because of the strong stands he’s made for our principles of limited government and personal responsibility. I was fortunate at his event to see him and also both Rep. Tony Dale and Jan Duncan SD-14 (pictured).

Our annual Spring Legislative Dinner was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of many!  I appreciate all of our statewide elected officials who were able to attend and address the crowd — Governor Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Commissioners Wayne Christian, Christi Craddick, Sid Miller, and Ryan Sitton. I especially appreciate the kind remarks of Governor Abbott in praising the great work that the Party has done in raising money, advancing conservative policy, and electing Republicans.

Last week I spent a couple of days in El Paso, where County Chair Adolpho Telles graciously hosted a well-attended event along with SREC members Lisa Sprinkle and Mark Dunham (SD-29) that included the El Paso County Executive Committee, the West El Paso Republican Women’s Group, the Greater El Paso Women’s Group, and the UTEP College Republicans. We also held a press conference where I was joined by Adryana Aldeen to communicate particularly to the Hispanic community the value of Republican principles. I’ve visited Juarez, Laredo, Nogales and Tijuana many times over the last 40 years and I’m heartbroken at the shocking difference I see between Texas’ and Mexico’s border areas today. It is crystal clear how much better life is for everyone on this side of the border thanks to the implementation of our conservative principles.

Last weekend provided the opportunity to join several of our close partners at their events. I attended the Travis County GOP Reagan Dinner, where I saw Congressman Lamar Smith, Governor Greg Abbott, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, Supreme Court Justices Jimmy Blacklock, John Devine and Phil Johnson, Senators Dawn Buckingham and Donna Campbell, Representative Paul Workman, Jack Barcroft SD-24, County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, County Chair Matt Mackowiak and Jan Duncan SD-14 (pictured).

On Saturday I spoke at the Texas Federation of College Republicans’ Convention and had lunch with the board of the Texas Federation of Republican Women at their quarterly meeting in Austin. I’d like to give a special shoutout to our hard working college students who fight back against the liberal worldview so prevalent in higher education. They’re an important part of our present as well as the future of our Party; let’s do all we can to encourage them.

Report from the Field

Last Saturday, April 14, was declared a National Day of Action by the Republican National Committee toward efforts for Victory 2018, and our field team delivered. Working in tandem with Governor Abbott’s field team, on that one day alone they knocked on 12,087 doors statewide and trained over 288 new volunteers. I’m so grateful for their long hours of preparation in order to achieve these results.

I hope you’re as proud as I am of the field team’s heroic efforts and I’m confident there will be a huge return on their investment. The volunteers that they brought in and the exposure that their work is gaining — all of that will most certainly pay off to help us accomplish even more in the months to come.

Join me in giving them a hand for everything they do to make the Republican Party of Texas a success and to ensure that we win our all-important general election victories this November! Follow them on Twitter so you can see their work:

Major announcement: we are opening registration for the state convention this Wednesday, April 18! Watch your inbox for an email announcement and instructions. When you complete the online registration, you’ll be able to purchase your tickets for our special events and to reserve a hotel room (on a first-come, first-served basis). Grassroots Club members have a head start — if you’re a current GRC member you should have already received your registration link today.

If you have questions regarding convention registration, hotels, or special events, please contact 512-477-9821 (DO NOT reply to this email). Please be aware that staff is receiving an extremely high volume of requests and is working overtime to respond to all of them in a timely manner.

Today, we announced and posted on our website the names and contact info of those who will be serving on temporary committees and as temporary caucus chairs in San Antonio. You can view those here.

If you wish to obtain State convention delegate lists, RPT Rule 32 provides several options:

  1. You may obtain records from a single county or SD convention by contacting the permanent convention chair. The Permanent Chair is required to make those lists available for inspection and copying during office hours, at a charge not to exceed $1.00 per page, or by electronic means when such method is available at a charge not to exceed $10.00. Click here to view a partial listing of permanent SD or county convention chairs.

  2. All Republican Party of Texas party officeholders, candidates for party office, State Convention Caucus Chairs, Committee Chairs, and State Convention temporary caucus chairs may obtain from RPT a list of delegates and alternates including phone numbers. Send an email tolists@texasgop.org with your request.

  3. Any current delegate or alternate to State convention or any Republican officeholder or candidate for Party or public office or Party County Chairman may obtain from RPT a list of delegates and alternates including phone numbers for a fee of $25 per $1,000.  Fill out this form and return it to lists@texasgop.org

In Case You Missed It . . .

Press releases:

Coming Up Next

April 16- 21: RPT Serves Week of Action – join here!
April 16: 
Chairman Dickey speaking at San Jacinto Republican Women, Houston TX (see info)
April 17: 
Party Organization Committee meeting (see info)
April 19: 
Chairman Dickey speaking at Eastland County GOP event, Cisco TX(see info)
April 23: 
first day of early voting for municipal elections
April 24: Cherokee Rose Republican Women luncheon, Upshur County
April 24: Nacogdoches County GOP meeting (see info)
May 2-5: 
RNC Spring meeting, Miami, FL (see info)

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Chairman Dickey’s Update – 4.10.2018

Chairman Dickey’s Update – 4.10.2018

Dear Texas Republicans,

Last weekend, your State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) gathered in Austin for the final time this term. The SREC consists of two members (male and female) from each of the 31 Senatorial Districts, plus the State Chair (myself) and Vice Chair (Amy Clark). This group is responsible for conducting the business of the Party in between conventions, and Saturday’s decisions included adoption of 3 resolutions, passage of a rules amendment relating to county chair elections, and denial of a convention booth.

Since I believe it is important for you to know the business of the Party, this update is a report on last weekend’s SREC meeting. You can also view the archived stream (Part 1Part 2Part 3) or see the agenda.

Items Voted On

Several actionable items originated from committee reports. You can view the results of the six roll call votes here.

The Resolutions Committee recommended 3 resolutions to the body; all were adopted. Those three were a resolution on the right to keep and bear arms(vote of 57-0), a resolution supporting the electoral college (vote of 59-0), and a resolution calling on recently convicted Democrat Senator Carlos Uresti to resign (adopted by unanimous consent).

The Rules Committee recommended a standing rule and an amendment to Rule 8A, both of which were adopted after debate and an amendment. The standing rule, which affirms that RPT staff and resources can be used to support identifiable Republicans running against Democrats in municipal elections, states:

The staff and resources of the Republican Party of Texas may be made available to support the campaign efforts of Republican nominees in any way that is not in conflict with RPT Rules or SREC Bylaws. These resources may be made available in the same way to support the campaigns of Republican candidates in non-contested primaries and identifiable Republican candidates in non-partisan races where authorized by resolution of the SREC.

Rule 8A was amended to include smaller counties as follows:

Special Items

I was thrilled that former State Chair Steve Munisteri was able to visit on Saturday. He has been working hard in D.C. in his role with the White House but it was great to see him here in Texas. He spoke of his excitement about what we’re doing, and I was able to talk about the Steve Munisteri Award instituted by Governor Abbott in 2014. Munisteri himself was the first recipient; it took us 4 years to find another worthy recipient, but we finally found her, and last Thursday Governor Abbott presented the 2018 Steve Munisteri Award to our outgoing Vice Chairman Amy Clark.

Vice Chairman Clark was also presented with a couple of special gifts on Saturday.  Jason Vaughn, liaison for our auxiliary organization the Texas Young Republican Federation, honored her with a glass-etched white rose and the inscription: “I will cling to the rope God has thrown me in Jesus Christ, even when my numb hands can no longer feel it.” Tanya Robertson (SD-11) gave her a collection of notes from all the SREC members recollecting their best memories and recording their appreciation.

Emma McIlheran, liaison for our auxiliary organization the College Republicans, presented a report on the Texas Federation of College Republicans State Convention that will be held in Austin this weekend. We’re proud of these young people’s hard work and excitement for advancing Republican principles. We also heard an update from our Auxiliaries & Coalitions committee chair on our coalition organization the Republican Liberty Caucus; at their recent convention they passed strong conservative planks including ones on pro-life stances.

The Candidate Resource Committee auctioned off two pieces of art (brought by Sue Evenwel, SD-1) and a pan of Vice-Chair Clark’s famous brownies to raise funds that will be passed on to our candidates. I was proud to secure the brownies at a steal for $500. The portrait of Reagan received a winning bid of $1,000 by our National Committeewoman Toni Anne Dashiell. And the remaining painting, “Those Damn Boots,” was won by Mark Ramsey (SD-7) for $375.

Field Team Report

It was wonderful to have all of our Regional Field Directors in town to present in person for the SREC members!

Kristy Wilkinson, RNC State Director / RPT Political Director gave a presentation about the data-driven work being carried out by our field team every day. She showed the members the back-end of our tracking system where we can follow our team’s progress as they knock on doors, hold 1-on-1 meetings, present RLI trainings, and more. She also reiterated the importance of our Party leaders, starting with SREC members, in helping the field team to make connections in the community and asked them to devote some of their own time and energy to blockwalking in their own areas.

Then each Regional Field Director was introduced and had a chance to speak about their work. Jesse Grady drove up from Corpus Christi; Joel James came down from DFW; Mark Irey joined us from Houston; and Rommel Lopez came from the southwest Texas region that includes Bexar, Uvalde, and Val Verde counties. Huge thank you to the team for making the effort to come and share about the blood, sweat, and tears that they are already investing in the field to help Texas win in 2018!

Officers’ Reports

Our Treasurer Larry Hicks reported on the financial status of the Party. As of last Thursday, our cash on hand was over $548,000 – 12% higher than it was at this time two years ago. We also heard a report from the audit committee: the normal yearly audit is complete, and it was a clean audit with no issues. Many thanks to our accountants (Jennifer Stoner and John Alvey) for their hard work to ensure this result.

Our Legal Counsel Chris Gober reported that the Party is not engaged in any lawsuits or ongoing legal activity at this time. He gave insight on the challenges presented by the surprise resignation of Rep. Farenthold and noted that we have been and will continue to work closely with the Governor’s office on the details as decisions are made.

National Committeewoman Toni Anne Dashiell also spoke of RNC fundraising and reported on her work with the Presidential Nominating Process committee, which is currently discussing RNC rules and will report to the Rules committee. She is eager to ensure that NY and CA, with their huge population centers and heavily Democratic strongholds, don’t end up deciding our 2024 Presidential election. She also announced that the next RNC meetings will be in Miami, FL (May 2-5) and then right here in Austin, TX (July 17-21). If you want to be a guest, just ask Toni Anne, Robin, or me and we’ll be happy to sign your guest form, which will be available on our Facebook event pages for each meeting.

National Committeeman Robin Armstrong reported on the Democrats’ efforts to gain control of Congress; they need 24 seats to do so and have targeted 101 seats. He stated that this midterm election will be the most expensive midterm in US history, but thankfully RNC Chairwoman McDaniel has already set fundraising records and is using those funds on field operations, communications, research supporting the White House, and digital operations.

Vice Chair Amy Clark gave her final presentation as our Vice Chair and shared about the exciting projects planned across Texas for RPTServes week of action, with service events currently planned in Corpus, Dallas, El Paso, Floresville, Houston, McAllen, San Antonio, and Tyler. If you’d like to participate in those or if you’d like to volunteer to coordinate a project in your own area, please CLICK HERE for more info! Amy also shared from her heart her desire and request that we would all exercise mutual respect for each other as we discuss the things about which we are so passionate.

My report as State Chair focused on some important numbers. Those included 1,543,725 — the record-breaking Republican primary turnout; $1.1 million — the amount we’ve raised for operating expenses in the past 10 months; 150 — we’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of RPT and we have so much to be proud of; 14 — the number of paid, full-time RPT staff who run our operations and work in the field throughout Texas; and 1 — the most important number: you, each of our hard-working volunteers who make the Party a success.

Additional Committee Reports

In addition to the committees who originated actionable items (see above), the following committees also brought reports of their activity:

  • Officials Committee: they voted on Friday against approving the booth application from the Log Cabin Republicans for the State Convention. In accordance with the booth policy passed by the SREC in December, that issue was brought before the entire body on Saturday. After considerable debate, the SREC voted (via voice) against approving the booth, allow staff’s decision to deny it to stand.

  • Candidate Resource Committee: they’re putting together online application forms for candidates to request funds to help with their campaigns. When ready, the links will be posted at www.texasgop.org/crc

  • Party Organization: they’re wrapping up work on manuals for candidates, precinct chairs, and county chairs, and are beginning work on an info sheet to help people start their own Republican Clubs

  • Legislative Affairs: they visited with Chairman Phil King to discuss improvements for moving priorities in upcoming sessions; they also heard a report from the Convention of the States group who successfully implemented volunteer efforts to pass their legislative priority.

  • Election Integrity: they’re working on a manual to help county chairs ensure election integrity in the elections they run

  • New Leaders on the Rise: they’ve worked this term on reaching out in rural counties and providing support to new county chairs who want to engage in their communities

  • Grassroots Club: GRC membership is currently over 1200 as we head into convention

  • Convention Arrangements: they’re working very hard on convention preparation, including on getting ready for the release of the registration link including hotel reservations for convention. They encouraged everyone not to worry about hotel rooms; we have the largest blocks we’ve ever had at 3 hotels, with additional deals made with another 6 area hotels who will provide discounts. The registration link HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED YET, so don’t worry, you haven’t missed it!

  • Advancement: they are putting together an application for speakers to join a Speakers’ Bureau and talk about Republican principles in various areas of Texas. They also successfully completed the Delegate Packet for convention-goers.

  • Site Selection: they are waiting to be able to receive information from prospective host cities for the 2022 convention.

Special thanks to Chairman Todd Hunter for being our Bronze Level Sponsor for this meeting! Chairman Hunter, we appreciate your generosity to help defray our meeting expenses and hold a successful and productive meeting.

I hope you found this SREC update helpful. We have one more meeting with this SREC at the State Convention. After that, the next SREC will be elected by the State Convention delegates and will hold their organizational meeting after the convention adjourns.

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Chairman Dickey’s Update – 4.3.2018

Chairman Dickey’s Update – 4.3.2018

Dear Texas Republicans,

Last weekend many celebrated Passover — a giving of thanks for freedom from slavery and years of bondage in Egypt. Many celebrated Easter — a special day to celebrate Christ’s resurrection and our hope for man’s salvation. I hope that you enjoyed a blessed time with your loved ones as I did with my wife and children. And I pray that we take an attitude of thanksgiving with us as a lifestyle, as RPT Chaplain Corey Tabor encouraged in his Easter message.

People & Places

I was so happy to be a guest at the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute’s policy lunch last week, where I visited with the guest of honor, our Senator John Cornyn. In his address, Senator Cornyn spoke of the recently-passed Congressional tax reform bill and how it helps Texans. We also heard from Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Commissioner Christi Craddick, State Senators Lois Kolkhorst, Kelly Hancock, and Larry Taylor, and State Representatives James Frank and Ron Simmons. Special congratulations to new TCCRI president Rep. Jason Isaac!

I’ve had the opportunity to interact with many of our elected officials and their staff recently in preparation for our convention. I’m delighted to see their participation in many important ways and look forward to all of our delegates hearing from them in San Antonio this June.

Our Grassroots Club members had the opportunity to hear a private conversation with Lt. Governor Dan Patrick last night. Special thanks to him for giving his time to share his thoughts and answer our questions. I could not agree with him more that, although Texas had a very strong showing in the primary election, we are seeing the other side mobilize in ways like never before and we all need to be working now in order to ensure that Republicans have an even stronger turnout in November.

Report from the Field

Harris County Regional Field Director Mark Irey joined Ted Cruz and his team for a campaign kickoff event in Houston. To stay up to date on Senator Cruz’s reelection campaign, download the Cruz Crew app.

Data Director Spencer Davis joined Regional Field Director Rommel Lopez in the field in Uvalde County for an event along with County Chairman Jeff Santleben. Rommel also held another RLI in South Bexar County and engaged with the community of Sabinal during the Wild Hog Festival. He’s working hard to promote shared conservative values on topics such as the 2nd amendment and pro-life issues.

Party News

Our State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) will meet this weekend, and all Texas Republicans are invited to join either in person or via livestream! Join us in Austin at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 3401 S, N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78741. Or, tune in to the livestream on the RPT YouTube channel.

Friday, April 6 — committee meetings:

  • 10-11:45am – Officials
  • 11:30am-1:45pm – Convention Arrangements
  • 12-1:45pm – Rules, Advancement, Election Integrity
  • 2-3:45pm – Resolutions, Party Organization, Auxiliaries & Coalitions
  • 3-3:45pm – Site Selection
  • 4-5:45pm – Legislative Affairs, Candidate Resource Committee, New Leaders on the Rise, Grassroots Club

Friday, April 6 — evening reception:

  • We’re grateful that the Texas Public Policy Foundation is hosting a reception for our members and guests. If you’re interested in joining us, RSVP here.

Saturday, April 7 — general session:

  • Officer reports (treasurer, legal counsel, RNC Committeewoman, RNC Committeeman, Vice Chair, State Chair)
  • Committee reports (see committee list above)

Please see the agenda here and join the facebook event page here.

Here are a few quick updates on State Convention:

  • Registration: We are still receiving and compiling lists of delegates and alternates.  Within the next week or two, all delegates and alternates for whom we have valid email addresses should receive an email with a link for registration that will include an option to reserve a hotel room in our block. GRC members will receive this 48 hours in advance.
  • Committees: If you’re interested in serving on a committee June 11-13 in San Antonio, contact your SREC members and ask them to recommend you. Each committee will include one member from each Senatorial District.
  • Schedule: You can see the schedule of committee meetings, general sessions, SD caucuses, and special events on our state convention page.

In Case You Missed It . . .

News:

Press Releases:

Posts:

Coming Up Next

  • April 4: Senate hearing relating to Plank 147 (school choice ) – see info
  • April 6-7: SREC meeting – see info

I hope to see many of you in Austin this weekend!

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Chairman Dickey’s Update – 3.27.2018

Chairman Dickey’s Update – 3.27.2018

Dear Texas Republicans,

Thank you to everyone who attended a county/SD convention, and congratulations to all who were elected as delegates to the State Convention! I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio June 11-16. It is your collective voice that sets our Party’s vision for the next two years, and I am grateful for your dedication in walking through the convention process so your input is heard.

People & Places

Last week afforded the opportunity to see many Republicans from various areas of Texas, and I was excited and energized to visit with many groups.

I spent a couple of days in the Permian Basin. In Midland I spoke to a group at the Haley Memorial Library, which was built to house the original Alamo bell. In Odessa I addressed the Ector County Republican Women’s Club, one of the largest Republican Women’s clubs in Texas. I was also able to meet with Representatives Craddick and Landgraf and some of our Party’s great supporters while in the region.

My next stop was Houston. While there, I attended the fabulous Harris County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner and saw an incredible number of our Republican elected officials from the Houston area and beyond. The following day I hit the sidewalk to do some blockwalking with our Regional Field Director Mark Irey and new Field Organizer Matt Desguin. Finding out where voters stand and the issues most important to them is always a pleasure.

On Saturday, I had the privilege of visiting many County/SD conventions in the greater Harris County area. It was a wonderful reminder of the strength we gain from being one of the only truly grassroots-run state parties in the nation, and I was proud to meet so many wonderful Texans who care enough to dedicate their time toward shaping and growing the party. I saw many of our hard-working SREC members and county chairs, including Chris McDonald (SD-6), Mark Ramsey (SD-7), Gail Stanart (SD-15), Marvin Clede (SD-17), Fort Bend County Chairman Jacey Jetton, Harris County Chairman Paul Simpson, and others. At the SD7 convention, I presented the Candidate Resource Committee award to Senator Paul Bettencourt for his participation as a Platinum Sponsor for CRC. Thank you, Senator Bettencourt!

Sunday brought the unique privilege of participation in a Day of Unity with the High School Republicans in conjunction with the High School Democrats. The project was a brainchild of Adam Hoffman, President of the High School Republicans — which is one of our auxiliary organizations — and I was extremely proud of his hard work in orchestrating such a well-run event. While there I got to meet RPT field intern Ashish Dave and had many other great young conservatives express a strong desire in becoming more involved with the Party.

Senator Ted Cruz delivered the opening presentation, and then I spoke during two sessions. I’m grateful that our principles provided such a compelling message that even some of the High School Democrats approached me afterward with favorable remarks toward what I showed them of the Republican Party.

Report from the Field

Rommel Lopez and his team continue to grow and reach new voters in Maverick County. Because of his ties to the community, Rommel was invited to participate in the 3-day Noches Mexicanas festival in Eagle Pass. The event allowed Rommel to meet voters and talk about issues important to them including life. Way to go Rommel!

Mark Irey and new field organizer Matt Desguin were thrilled to have Chairman James Dickey to help canvas and discuss the importance of the November election with Houstonians.

A number of our field staffers participated at the local party conventions. Joel James, Jesse Grady, and Cassie Luevano were all able to pitch the training and volunteer opportunities available for all activists and activists-to-be.

Would you like to get trained on Advantage Mobile? Or meet voters while door knocking? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our field team!

Party News

Last week’s major event was the county/SD conventions held throughout Texas on Saturday. These conventions are the second tier of our convention process in which Republican voters decide on the Party’s platform, rules, priorities, and leadership for the following two years. Now that the county/SD conventions are over, the delegates to state convention have been elected and we can begin preparing for the third and final tier: the State Convention in San Antonio June 11-16!

You can find a great deal of information about the convention on our website, including the basic schedule, the line-up of special events, how to volunteer, how to apply for an exhibit booth or become a sponsor, and more. See all of that right here.

VERY IMPORTANT: If you are a delegate or an alternate, you will receive several emails over the next month with important information about convention,  including hotel reservations. The convention hotels will be released to all delegates, alternates and guests after we receive all the necessary information from the County and a senate district conventions — look for that email in mid April. Grassroots Club members get a head start — rooms will be released to GRC members 48 hrs in advance. You can join the Grassroots Club at www.grassrootsclub.com.

If you were the permanent chair of your convention, please be sure to submit all of your convention documents no later than Thursday, March 29. You can find sample forms on our County/SD convention page. Please email them to forms@texasgop.org

The next major Party event will be the 2nd Quarterly State Republican Executive Committee meeting April 6-7. The call has been sent out to SREC members along with an agenda and schedule of committee meetings. You may view that here. We welcome all Texas Republicans to join us in person or via our livestream.

In Case You Missed It . . .

News:

Interviews:

Coming Up Next

  • March 27: House hearing relating to Planks 37 & 191 (property rights, special purpose & municipal management districts) – see info
  • March 27: House hearing relating to Planks 179 & 181 (government postings and accountability) – see info
  • April 4: Senate hearing relating to Plank 147 (school choice ) – see info
  • April 6-7: SREC meeting – see info

Thank you for the work you do each week to promote our candidates and our principles. We truly couldn’t do it without you.

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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