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Chairman James Dickey’s Update – 2.26.2018

Chairman James Dickey’s Update – 2.26.2018

Dear Texas Republicans,

Have you voted yet? Early voting ends this Friday – click here to find your early voting location. It’s important to vote in the Republican Primary so you can help select our nominees for November and register your opinion on important issues.

Voting in the primary also qualifies you as a delegate for your precinct convention, which will occur between March 6-24. I hope that each one of you will attend your convention because I need your input. Find more information here.

 

People & Places

The Alamo City Republican Women are a strong force in San Antonio and I’m happy to be able to count on their support to make our convention a success. It was a pleasure to speak to them recently.

As you probably heard, Vice President Mike Pence visited Texas. I joined him for a luncheon in San Antonio and then for the Dallas GOP Reagan Day Dinner.

Also last week, it was great to share Party updates and meet members at two Republican clubs. Lake Travis Republican Club in the Austin area is my home club, while Arlington Republican Club in the DFW area was a new one for me. As always though, Republicans feel like old friends even when I meet them for the first time.

Report from the Field

Reaching out to all communities is something about which I am very passionate. So I’m thrilled that we have two brand new teams along the border who are comprised of native Spanish speakers. By participating in the Republican Leadership Initiative program, they are gaining the skills and mentorship to reach their communities. I’m confident that these new leaders in Eagle Pass and Maverick County will communicate our shared values with voters in this important region.

Recently, RNC Political Director / RPT State Director Kristy Wilkinson met with African American leaders in Dallas in a roundtable discussion. This is another critical aspect of reaching out to all communities and I’m grateful for the input of many as we refine and implement strategic initiatives.

As Texans continue to celebrate a lowered tax burden resulting in keeping more of their hard-earned income, I’m grateful for our field team’s work to promote that issue. Just on tax reform they conducted 1,182 one-on-one meetings, gathered 3,043 petition signatures in person, led 128 house meetings, made 23,857 door to door contacts, and organized 30 small business house meetings.

This week we have Republican Leadership Initiatives scheduled in Corpus Christi, Victoria, and Del Rio.

Party News

Last week we unveiled the 2018 Convention Website – www.texasgop.org/2018-convention. Please take some time to explore it — you’ll find training videos, delegate packets, scripts, and more for precinct & county/SD conventions. There’s also a comprehensive page about State Convention with our basic schedule, sponsorship packet, and more.

All of our county chairs are in the midst of elections and so far they have been very smooth. I’m proud that there are Republican primaries in 253 counties and I’m thankful for the extra effort our staff has put in even to the point of personally driving down to counties in South Texas to ensure that Republicans had a chance to cast a primary ballot.

Other notable items:

  • The Officials Committee met to review the budget and found that we are holding steady and doing a good job of meeting our monthly fundraising goals. While we are above where free cash on hand was two years ago, we are working hard to improve that even more.
  • The Party presented testimony on religious liberties and election security. Thank you to Chaplain Corey Tabor, Jennifer Hall (Member of the Election Integrity Committee), and Marian Stanko (SREC SD26, Chair of Election Integrity Committee).

In Case You Missed It . . .

Governor Abbott sets May 5 as date for HD 13 special election

Press releases:

Coming Up Next

Mar. 2: Last day of Early Voting – Find your polling location here.
Mar. 6: Republican Primary Election Day (more info)
Mar. 6: Precinct Conventions (more info)

Thank you for staying up to date with the Republican Party of Texas, and I look forward to visiting with you soon.

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Chairman James Dickey’s Update – 2.19.2018

Chairman James Dickey’s Update – 2.19.2018

Fellow Republicans,

Chairman James Dickey just made his Quarterly Video Report to the SREC and I wanted to make certain you saw it.  You can watch the video by clicking here or the image below.

(Click here to watch Chairman Dickey’s report)

Chairman Dickey reports on the work taking place at the Republican Party of Texas, gives an update on our team accomplishments, and lays out plans for moving forward by giving a highlight of each department.

I also wanted to make certain your were aware of early bird registration opportunities for the 2018 Republican Party of Texas Convention. Grassroots Club members will have early access to hotel rooms and other special events at convention.  

If you are not already a member, join the grassroots club right away.

Thank you for your support and for keeping up to date with the Republican Party of Texas!

Rachel Malone
Republican Party of Texas

P.S. You can watch Chairman Dickey’s video here, and become a member of the grassroots club here.

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Chairman James Dickey’s Update – 2.12.2018

Chairman James Dickey’s Update – 2.12.2018

Dear Texas Republicans,

The Berlin Wall stood 10,316 days. Last Tuesday marked 10,317 days since its fall. It is particularly poetic that day was February 6 — on what would have been Ronald Reagan’s 106th birthday. Few of us will have the chance to change the world as he did, but thankfully in the Republican Party we all can have a meaningful impact on Texas and its future.

Our Primary election is less than a month from now and by voting in it you can:

  • Help select which Republican candidates will face off against the Democrats in the General election,
  • ​Provide your input on the 11 issues that our Party has placed on the ballot, and
  • Become eligible to participate in your precinct convention!

Learn more about the convention process in the “Party news” section below.

People & Places

Last week I was able to visit with more of the people who help keep our great Party winning. I attended the Williamson County Reagan Dinner on Monday night and saw County Chair Bill Fairbrother as well as Burnet County Chair Donna Wilcox and SD 5 SREC members Nita Davidson and Mike McCloskey. Vice Chairman Amy Clark did a wonderful job as master of ceremonies. The next day I drove to Houston to visit with some folks who are interested in supporting the RPT and being more involved in promoting our policies. And on Friday I was honored to join National Committeeman Robin Armstrong in Dallas for a luncheon event.

I’d like to take a moment of personal privilege to tell you about the most beautiful woman in the world – who, 29 years ago yesterday, committed to being my wife. I cannot begin to list the ways the love, encouragement, support, and accountability Lynda has provided over the years have enriched my life. My greatest honor and privilege has been to be her husband and to build our future and family together. I cannot wait to see what the next 29 years brings!

Report from the Field

Our amazing field team conducted a whopping five Republican Leadership Initiative trainings last weekend! I’m so pleased with their efforts to connect with potential voters and leaders in Matagorda county, Eagle Pass, Laredo, Plano, and South Houston. They also continue to meet personally with volunteers and work alongside precinct chairs to bring in the best voter turnout results. They held a record 121 one-on-one meetings last week!

And they’ve already begun blockwalking for the candidates that do not have primary opponents. One team last Saturday walked in a new area and were told by the residents that their doors had never been knocked before. They were very excited to hear from Republicans, and we were glad to connect with them! Shoutout to Coastal Bend Regional Field Director Jesse Grady for leading that team and relaying the story for us.

Party News

Many of you have asked for a Voter’s Guide for the Primary Election covering the 11 ballot propositions. Our staff has prepared this for you and it is available at https://www.texasgop.org/march-republican-primary-ballot-propositions/. Please share it with your districts, club, and communities to raise awareness and help our voters be fully informed!

The SREC recently amended the bylaws to allow all committees to meet by telephone and requiring that a 5-day notice be posted on our website. Several committees are taking advantage of this option to conduct business. The notices are posted on the calendar page of our website: https://www.texasgop.org/txgop-calendar/

Coming Up Next

Feb. 12: Party Org Committee Meeting @ 8:30pm (see calendar)
Feb. 13: Alamo City Republican Women – Chairman Dickey will be speaking (more info)
Feb. 17: Advancement Committee Meeting @ 9am (see calendar)
Feb. 17: RLI training in Wharton County (more info)
Feb. 20: Lake Travis Republican Club @ 11:30am (Chairman Dickey will be speaking) (more info)
Feb. 21: Senate State Affairs hearing on Religious Liberties @ 10am (more info)
Feb. 22: Senate Election Security hearing @ 10am (more info)
Feb. 24: RLI training in Katy @ 10am (more info) and RLI training in Denton @ 11am (more info)

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Chairman James Dickey’s Update – 2.5.2018

Chairman James Dickey’s Update – 2.5.2018

Dear Texas Republicans,

I have so much to share with you! I just returned from a week in D.C. where National Committeeman Robin Armstrong, National Committeewoman Toni Anne Dashiell and I represented Texas at the Republican National Committee. The previous weekend, our State Republican Executive Committee met and accomplished a significant amount of business.  Check out the “Party News” section for a full report on the SREC and RNC meetings. And don’t miss the “Report from the Field” which details what our field staff are doing day in and day out to keep Texas winning in 2018.

People & Places

It’s always a pleasure to visit with our hard-working county chairs and SREC members. I’m pictured here with Susan Wright (SD-10) and Steve Atwell (SD-9),  Cat Parks (Hamilton) and Marian Knowlton (Atascosa), and David Luther (Waller).

Our Republican elected officials are the ones on which we count to keep winning policies in place for all Texans. This week provided the opportunity to speak personally with many of those individuals, including State Senator Kelly Hancock, Congressman Pete Sessions, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Vice President Pence, and — last but certainly not least — President Trump. Special thanks goes to Congressman Sessions for graciously hosting my family and me to watch the State of the Union address in D.C. inside of the United States Capitol building. What an experience!

I am so grateful for TFRW President Karen Newton including me in the TFRW board events last weekend. It was a pleasure to speak to them and have a conversation about how we can proactively work together in our shared mission. You can see the new board members on our website here. While in D.C. I was pleased to visit with NFRW President Jody Rushton. On my way back from D.C. I addressed the crowd at beautiful Tarrant County Lincoln Day Dinner.

Report from the Field

During President Trump’s first State of the Union address, the political field team hosted 7 watch parties across Texas. Our Regional Field Directors engaged over 200 future volunteers in a social setting that also generated great social media content. To see photos and clips of real Texans thanking the President for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, search #TeamTX on Twitter.

In February we will host at least 8 training opportunities for volunteers, campaigns, and aspiring political operatives. All Republicans who want to be effective in 2018 are invited to participate – keep an eye on the TXGOP calendar for details! This is especially important as national Democrats continue to target Texas. In recent weeks Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren were both in Texas rallying the far left. Let’s work together to Keep Texas Red!

Party News

SREC First Quarterly Meeting

Our State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) meets quarterly to conduct business. Our first quarter meeting was Jan. 26-27. Here are the highlights, along with links to YouTube so you can hear the actual reports:

  • Two county chair appointments were confirmed: Alan Haley (Loving County) and Cody Mateo Marquez (Hudspeth County)
  • The Election Integrity Committee membership was ratified: Marian Stanko (Chair – SD-26), Steve Atwell (SD-9), Susan Wright (SD-10), Edee Sinclair (SD-18), Morgan Graham (SD-27), Vice Chairman Amy Clark, and Jennifer Hall (former Tarrant County chair)
  • SREC Bylaws were amended: (1) electronic voting at SREC meetings, (2) committee meetings by conference calls (5-day notice required to SREC members and on our website), (3) update on auxiliaries and coalitions definitions including amendments requested by TFRW to facilitate their participation, and (4) cleanups regarding resolutions. The Rules Committee will be looking at additional Bylaws clean-ups and suggestions for Rules amendments in the next few months. (CLICK HERE for the Rules committee report)
  • Three resolutions were adopted: reporting on legislative priorities from the 85th Legislaturecensuring Speaker Straus, and acknowledging parental freedom and homeschool liberty. (CLICK HERE)
  • The Candidate Resource Committee reported on generous donations from elected officials to support Republican Candidates and ways to promote CRC (CLICK HERE)
  • Party Organization Committee reported that final edits and formatting are being made on the 3 manuals (Candidate, County Chair, and Precinct Chair). They also presented a one-pager to help recruit precinct chairs (CLICK HERE for report, CLICK HERE to view the one-pager.)
  • The Convention Arrangements Committee presented a booth policy, which the body amended and approved. (CLICK HERE)
  • Our Vice-Chairman Amy Clark presented a unifying report including plans for an RPTServes week of service on the week of April 16 including Harvey rebuilding, veteran cemetery cleanup, and pro-life collections. She also announced that she will not be seeking re-election for Vice Chairman, but will be continuing work on projects such as Right2Speak and RPTServes.   (CLICK HERE)

I cannot tell you how much I appreciate Amy’s heart for service and for the Party and what a blessing it is to serve with her in Party leadership. I know that she will continue to make historical leaps forward for the Party in her remaining months as Vice-Chairman and that her passion and dedication will bless Texas in each capacity she chooses to serve moving forward.

Many thanks to our meeting sponsors: Trey Blocker – Candidate for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture; Sid Miller – Texas Commissioner of Agriculture; and Bruce Jacobson, Jr. – Candidate for United States Senator. View their speeches here!

RNC Report

The Republican National Committee (RNC) Winter Meeting was held last week in Washington, D.C. Each state is represented on the RNC by the State Chair, National Committeeman, and National Committeewoman. Robin Armstrong, Toni Anne Dashiell, and I are your Texas representatives. We were joined in D.C. by SREC member Mike McCloskey (SD-5), staff member Rachel Malone, and quite a few guests from Texas.

Some highlights:

  • I’d like to congratulate Robin on being unanimously elected as Vice-Chairman of the Southern Region!
  • It was a pleasure to sit in on the Presidential Nominating Process committee which includes Toni Anne as they begin to make important decisions.
  • The body passed 5 resolutions, including: supporting several of President Trump’s decisions, supporting the timely passage of budgets and forfeiture of Congressional pay if they fail to do so, and honoring a long-time RNC member who recently passed away.
  • President Trump hosted all of us for dinner at the Trump Hotel and then opened the mic for an off-the-record Q&A session.

Pictured: dinner with Robin Armstrong and Steve Munisteri; meetings at the White House with Operations Director Rachel Malone and Jessica Colon; President Trump addressing the RNC at the Trump Hotel

In Case You Missed It . . .

News:

Republican Primary Election Ballot Initiatives:

Posts:

Coming Up Next

March 6, 2018 
Republican Primary – Election Day

March 6, 2018
Precinct Conventions

March 24, 2018
Senate District Conventions

April 6, 2018
SREC Meeting – Second Quarter

Thank you for keeping up to date with the Republican Party of Texas!

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Chairman James Dickey Update – 1.23.2018

Chairman James Dickey Update – 1.23.2018

Dear Texas Republicans,

I hope you’re ready for a year of hard work to keep Texas winning, because I certainly am! I have unshakable confidence that our Republican policies of limited government, personal responsibility, and freedom make Texas a better place for all. This is why our team is already hard at work to be sure Republicans score victories in November’s elections. It’s going to take all of us to keep Texas red, and I hope we can count on your help.

People & Places

I’ve already had the pleasure of visiting with some wonderful people in 2018. Here are a few highlights:

I addressed the Bexar County Young Republicans and enjoyed a wonderful evening at their post-Christmas Holiday party.

I attended the highly successful Collin County Lincoln Day Dinner and delivered a proclamation congratulating them on their county party’s 50th anniversary.

I participated in the Dallas MLK Day parade and greeted the bystanders along the way.

I spoke at the Texas Asian Republican Assembly’s New Year Celebration and gala dinner and had the honor of swearing in their new board.

Report from the Field

Last Saturday, January 20, was designated a National Day of Action in honor of the Anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. Our team participated by leading five Republican Leadership Trainings across the state, in Harris County, Tarrant County, Dallas County, Nueces County, and Maverick County.

If you missed those, be sure to take advantage of the next RLI training that comes your way!

Party News

Our State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) quarterly meeting is this weekend, Jan. 26-27. All Texas Republicans are welcome to attend as guests! You can find the agenda here.

You may be particularly interested in the special events being held on location and in conjunction with the SREC meeting. All three are geared toward candidates’ needs but open to all of you who are interested in joining us in Austin.

Friday, January 26 – Wyndham Garden Austin, 3401 S IH 35 Frontage Road, Austin, 78741

  • 9am-12pm – Leadership Institute training (campaign plan, digital fundraising, and crisis communication – see agenda)
  • 12-2pm – Republican Leadership Initiative training (voter engagement for volunteers and team members – see more info)
  • 7-8:30pm – Reception hosted by Leadership Institute — SREC, candidates, Republican grassroots

For more info and to RSVP, join the facebook event page.

If you join us, you may get to meet some of our wonderful new class of interns!

Left to right: Brea, Zach, Joshua, Carter, Brandon, Michael, Courtland, and Giselle

In Case You Missed It . . .

Press releases:

Posts:

Coming Up Next

January 26, 2018 
1st Quarter SREC Meeting

January 26, 2018
Candidate and Volunteer Special Events

January 31, 2018

Next week is the Republican National Committee’s Winter Meeting in Washington DC. All Texas Republicans are welcome to join. The links to registration and ticketing and to the form that must be submitted for attendance approval are all available on the Facebook event page.

I look forward to seeing some of you there and representing all of you during the meeting.

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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RPT Chairman James Dickey Supports March For Life

AUSTIN, TX – Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey released the following statement about the upcoming anniversary of the Roe V Wade decision:

“Today we solemnly mark the upcoming anniversary of the Roe V Wade Supreme Court decision which removed all state limitations on abortion. Since then millions of unborn babies have unnecessarily perished and millions of men and women’s lives have been irrevocably harmed. It is for all of those affected and ended lives that tens of thousands are marching today in the Washington, DC March for Life. The Republican Party of Texas thanks President Trump for being the first sitting President to address the March. We stand in solidarity with everyone at the March for Life, and with all those who march, struggle and pray to end abortion.”

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RPT Chairman James Dickey Applauds Progress on Property Tax Relief

AUSTIN, TX – Governor Abbott announced his plan to rein in Texans’ property taxes. Chairman James Dickey released the following statement regarding Governor Abbott’s Property Tax plan:

“I thank Governor Abbott for committing to this serious issue that all Texas homeowners must face. Reversing the trend of escalating tax burdens is an integral part of RPT’s platform, and we appreciate this first step in helping Texans. I look forward to participating with the Texas Legislature to help ensure that the Republican delegates’ voices are heard, and that Texans get property tax relief once and for all as we move to a more equitable consumption-based system.”

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Update from Chairman Dickey — Dec. 18 – Dec. 22, 2017

Update from Chairman Dickey — Dec. 18 – Dec. 22, 2017

December 22, 2017

Dear Texas Republicans,

What a wonderful week this has been, bringing 2017 to a triumphal conclusion as we move into Christmas celebrations! I’m thankful for an early Christmas gift of several victories secured for the freedoms that we as Republicans hold dear.

People & Places

This week was the deadline for county parties to officially draw ballots for the March Republican primary election. Several exercised creativity to make this into a fun event, as you can see below!

Report from the Field

Our political team finished this year strong, outpacing engagement goals across the state and sowing early investments for the 2018 elections. The Regional Field Directors and Engagement staff held 723 “one on one” meetings this year, building a network of Republican activists that can multiply the efforts of one field staff member. Together with volunteers, our team knocked on over 22,000 voter’s doors, establishing face-to-face connections with Texas voters.

Party News

We unveiled our 85th Legislature Interim Charges tracker this week. Interim charges include many important topics that relate to the Party’s planks or priorities: health care reform, reducing the tax burden, school choice, Second Amendment rights, and religious freedoms. Most of these hearings include time for public testimony, and we need your help to make an impact. Sign up for our Strategic Texas Action Team (STAT) and see all the information about hearings HERE.

We celebrated the nationwide gift of tax relief and are thankful for President Trump and Congressional members making good on their promise to fight for tax reform.

We were successful in courtroom battles this week. When Congressman Blake Farenthold requested to be removed from the Republican Primary ballot, we sought to grant that request. But the Democratic Party filed a lawsuit against us claiming they did not think it was “fair” that we were exercising our rights as a Party. After they lost in their first hearing, they realized that they were boxed into a position where they might be forced to show us all their battle plans AND pay our legal fees, so they dropped the lawsuit. I’m thankful that the Party has excellent legal representation who were ready and able to successfully defend our freedom of association.

In Case You Missed It . . .

News Articles:

Press releases:

Coming Up Next

January 26/27: 2018 Q1 SREC meeting
January 31–February 3: RNC Winter Meeting in Washington, DC
March 6–24: Precinct Conventions
April 6/7: 2018 Q2 SREC meeting

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Sincerely,
James Dickey

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Update from Chairman Dickey — Dec. 10-17

Update from Chairman Dickey — Dec. 10-17

Update from Chairman Dickey — Dec. 10-17


December 18, 2017

Dear Texas Republicans,

Filing period for the primary election has ended, and now we’re able to get a more accurate picture of which candidates will be on the primary ballot in March! Here at RPT Headquarters, we received 322 filings. Many candidate were able to file with their local county party, bringing the total number of Republican candidates to more than 3,600. If you’d like to see all the candidates who have filed, the Secretary of State website listing is your best resource.

As required, I will certify our list of candidates to be on the ballot no later than tomorrow, which enables the individual counties to hold their ballot draw on either Wednesday or Thursday. Ballot Draw is when the candidates or their surrogates gather in each county and draw to determine which order the names will be placed within each race on the ballot.

People & Places

I’m thankful to our wonderful Vice-Chairman Amy Clark, National Committeeman Robin Armstrong, and National Committeewoman Toni Anne Dashiell for representing Texas in Washington, D.C. last week.

They attended a reception with Vice President Pence and his wife on Tuesday evening. On Thursday, they were guests of President Trump and the First Lady at the White House.

Our hardworking headquarters staff took some time Thursday afternoon for a Christmas party. It was my pleasure to join them and thank them for their diligent efforts that are allowing us to close the year so successfully.

 

Report from the Field

This past weekend saw a flurry of activity in South Texas for our Rally in the Valley! Members of our Political Department — State / Political Director Kristy Wilkinson, Hispanic Engagement Director Bianca Gracia, and South Texas Engagement Director Cassie Luevano — were joined by several members of the RNC Hispanic Engagement team.

The team led a Republican Leadership Initiative class, focused on school choice. The training was given in both English and Spanish, with well over 50 individuals in attendance. Our political department will be following up with those who attended to set up 1:1s and further engage them in the political process.

The rest of our field team also stayed busy engaging voters, as you can see from these photo highlights:

Party News

Interns Needed!

We’re looking for capable college-age individuals who’d like to join our team as interns. Our interns are a vital part of our work at our Austin headquarters and at regional centers in Dallas, Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio, and remotely. Do you know someone who might be interested?

Interns work with staff on projects such as engagement, communications, fundraising, data, polling, policy implementation, event planning, and community outreach. Many receive college credit for their work. Our interns consistently comment on how much value they receive in their time with us. Please pass this link along to young people in your network: https://txgop.us/RPTinterns  

Legislative Hearings

As you know, our legislature isn’t in session again until 2019. However, right now, the House and Senate are beginning to hold hearings on specific items — called “interim charges.” They’re studying major issues such as health care reform, reducing the tax burden, school choice, Second Amendment rights, and religious freedoms. CLICK HERE to see the full list.

Although bills cannot be passed since we’re not within an actual legislative session, these interim hearings are the Legislature’s way of reaching out for public input so they can be better prepared to pass legislation in 2019. If you’d like to stay updated on the interim hearings and learn how you can participate in the issues you care about most, please join our STAT team CLICK HERE.

Lawsuit Filed

My final piece of news is that last Friday, RPT filed a lawsuit. Congressman Farenthold has formally requested to withdraw from the race, and the Party believes it’s in our best interest to accommodate his request and remove him from the ballot. Unfortunately, there are some incongruous deadlines under Texas law that prevent this from happening. With this filing we are asking a federal court to resolve this issue and achieve the common-sense result that all parties want and that respects our right of freedom of association. It’s our expectation that this matter will be resolved quickly. Regardless of the result we are prepared to quickly move on to electing more Republicans throughout the great state of Texas.

In Case You Missed It . . .

News Articles:

Press releases:

Coming Up Next

December 11: Last day for candidate filing (see filing info)

December 20/21 Ballot Draws (each county determines its own time and location)

January 26/27: 2018 Q1 SREC meeting

January 31–February 3: RNC Winter Meeting in Washington, DC

March 6–24: Precinct Conventions

April 6/7: 2018 Q2 SREC meeting

I’m happy to let you know that we have confirmed the location for the 2018 SREC meetings. We’ll be staying at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin.

May your Christmas be blessed and filled with joy as you celebrate the birth of a child, the appearance of a King, and the hope of a Redeemer. Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

Sincerely,

James Dickey

 

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Update from Chairman Dickey — Dec. 4 – Dec. 11

Update from Chairman Dickey — Dec. 4 – Dec. 11

December 11, 2017

Dear Texas Republicans,

Today marks the official end of the candidate filing period. The Republican Party of Texas state headquarters has seen almost 300 candidates come through to file for a place on the ballot for campaigns including legislative, judicial, and Congressional races––not to mention the hundreds of additional candidates who filed with their respective county party. This is an exciting time at the Republican Party of Texas as we kick off the 2018 election process.

People & Places

It was a pleasure to visit with incoming TFRW president Karen Newton (pictured right) on her way through town last week! Republican women play a critical role in Texas and I’m excited about plans for TFRW and RPT to work closely together in the coming months.

Recently I was honored to address the Texas Medical Association in a conversation with the Democrat chair. I shared my vision for our party and discussed why Republican principles implemented in public policy are a win for all Texans. Several members of TMA are Republican Senators and Representatives; it’s good to see a strong delegation of medical professionals in the legislature representing Republican values.

Due to time constraints at our most recent SREC meeting, I was unable to deliver my Chairman’s report in person at the meeting. You can read it below, or view the video presentation of it that I recorded at our headquarters.

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The text of the report:

It has been an honor to meet so many great, principled Republicans doing great work for our Party all over the state, and it has been a pleasure to see the advancements we have made in many areas — including in fundraising, in voter engagement, and in our party organization. I have great news to share with you on each of these topics.

As we all know, the summer months are always difficult for connecting with donors. However, it has been very interesting to me to see specifically what donors care about, and what inspires them to give. It is very clear that when donors began to see our work on issues they cared about, then they became much more eager to donate and to introduce us to their friends and other potential donors. Due to these exciting factors, it appears that we have had our first month with an income over $200,000 in over 3 years. I am absolutely expecting that trend to continue as we keep working on issues and striving to become more relevant in the arena of ideas.

One of the most interesting arenas in which we have engaged came from the SREC’s approval of a resolution in the last quarterly meeting in September. The resolution states that the Republican Party of Texas expects Republican House candidates in 2018 to indicate to Republican Primary voters whether they will support the Republican Speaker candidate who wins the majority of the votes in the Republican Caucus. Included in the resolution was a directive for us to deliver the resolution to every candidate for the Texas House of Representatives who files for a position on the ballot as candidates in the 2018 Republican Primary.

We developed a form which we distributed with our candidate packets and sent out to the county parties to include in theirs. So far, we have received over 50 of those forms from filed candidates and have received very positive feedback on this effort from the grassroots and from new major donors.

On voter engagement I’m proud of our amazing RNC State Director and RPT Political Director Kristy Wilkinson and the exciting work our field team is doing under her direction. Our entire political department is already hard at work to prepare earlier and prepare well, in order to reach as many voters as possible. We have established Regional Field Directors all over Texas. Jesse Grady serves as Coastal Bend Regional Field Director in Corpus Christi. Joel James is the Dallas Regional Field Director in the entire DFW area. Mark Irey is the Harris County Regional Field Director. In addition, we’ve just hired Rommel Lopez to join the team as a Regional Field Director in the Big Bend region. These field team members are each building their own volunteer network that will engage voters in increasing numbers throughout the entire 2018 election cycle.

In addition to expanding our staff in the field, we continue to expand our team of engaged volunteers. I know how important it is to have wide expertise, and I have seen how critical our legal team’s input has been and will continue to be, it was my great honor to introduce you to two additional legal experts who have agreed to serve the Party. Since you accepted their appointments, I am pleased that Ross Fischer and Wade Emmert have joined our legal team as Assistant Legal Counsel.

These advances and more are a result of all the work our staff and volunteers have dedicated over the past few months. I am excited for the progress we’ve made and the potential we have ahead. A big thanks to you for reading and supporting this work.

Report from the Field

Mark Irey, the Regional Field Director based in Houston, TX, hosted a training with Brazoria County Republicans (pictured) to learn grassroots organizing and other campaign strategies. Sessions like this are regularly held by our Regional Field Directors and are an essential part of our political effort as they multiply the work our field staff can do.

Today we welcomed our newest team member: Rommel Lopez joins us as Big Bend area Regional Field Director. Rommel serves the CD-23 area and will be based out of San Antonio.  

Party News

This Thursday, we will be hosting an exclusive 2018 strategy call our Victory Chair, Senator Dawn Buckingham with members of the Grassroots Club this Thursday evening. If you are already member of the Grassroots Club, you should receive relevant information sometime today.  If you would like to join the Grassroots Club and participate in this call, click here.

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Coming Up Next

December 11: Last day for candidate filing (see filing info)

January 26/27: 2018 Q1 SREC meeting

January 31-February 3: RNC Winter Meeting in Washington, DC

April 6/7: 2018 Q2 SREC meeting

Thanks to all of the candidates from across the state who have stepped forward to offer a wide range of options for Texas voters to choose from in the primary. We will grow the party through our continued field efforts and healthy competition of ideas and candidates. Then we’ll be best prepared for the challenge that awaits us in the general election next November.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
James Dickey

 

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