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Congressional District 4 Nomination Process

Congressional District 4 Nomination Process

Dear Republican County Chairs and Precinct Chairs in CD 4,

President Donald Trump has nominated Texas Congressional District (CD) 4 Congressman John Ratcliffe to be the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). The hearing process began this week and, if confirmed, Congressman Ratcliffe will vacate his Congressional seat and be ineligible to be our nominee for CD-4 in November (per the Ineligibility Clause, Art. 1, Sec. 6, Clause 2 of the US Constitution).

Should that occur, a replacement nominee would be elected by the CD-4 Congressional District Executive Committee (CDEC) composed of the precinct and county chairs who reside in that CD-4. TEC § 171.054. The election of a replacement nominee may not occur prior to the beginning of the term of office for the new executive committee members. TEC § 145.036(e). When the new nominee is elected, the Certificate of Replacement Nominee must be delivered to the Secretary of State by 5:00 p.m.on August 24, 2020. TEC § 145.037 

Because the primary runoff has been delayed until mid-July due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the new County Executive Committee terms begin August 3, 2020, which means the window to conduct the CDEC meeting and elect the replacement nominee is just three weeks.

The State Chair has the responsibility to call the CDEC to meet either as a whole in one location or separately in each county in the district after the Precinct Chairs take office. TEC § 171.054(b). If the meeting occurs in one location, the members of the committee will elect a chair at the committee’s first meeting from among the committee’s membership. TEC § 171.054(d)

The required quorum for the election of the nominee is a majority of the CDEC membership. To become our nominee for the November general election, an individual must receive a favorable vote of a majority of the members present and voting. TEC §145.036 (d). Proxies and proxy voting are not allowed in a CDEC meeting. RPT Rule 6.

The qualifications for running for the Congressional Nomination in the CDEC process are the same as for candidates who file to run for congressional office in the Primary, except no application forms, filing fees, or petitions are required.  

Here are the key points to know:

  • The CDEC meeting will be held beginning at 1pm Central Time on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at The Hopkins County Regional Center, 1200 Houston Street, Sulphur Springs, 75482.
  • All that is required for someone to be a candidate is for a CDEC member to put their name in nomination during the CDEC meeting. A candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast by the CDEC members present in order to become the Party’s Congressional Nominee.
  • The Temporary CDEC Meeting Chair will be Donnie Wisenbaker, the County Chairman for Hopkins County.
  • The agenda of the meeting will be:
    • Call to Order, Prayer and Pledges
    • Report of Temporary Credentials Committee Chair
    • Vote to accept or modify Credentials Committee Report
    • Nominations for Permanent CDEC Chair
    • Election of Permanent CDEC Chair
    • Report of Temporary Rules Committee Chair
    • Vote to accept or modify Rules Committee Report
    • Nominations for candidates for Congressional Nominee for CD-4
    • Speeches by candidates for Congressional Nominee (and/or their representatives)
    • Election of Congressional Nominee
    • Vote on Motion to Adjourn

We face an historic moment in Congressional District 4 with the potential election by the CDEC of our Party’s nominee for the November election. I hope this letter helps everyone better prepare for that election and therefore helps ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. 

Sincerely,

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James Dickey
Chairman
Republican Party of Texas

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Update from Chairman Dickey, April 2020

Update from Chairman Dickey, April 2020

Friends, 

I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times. It has been a busy month at the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) as we navigate these unprecedented times and find solutions to continue our necessary business while protecting the health and safety of all Texans. 

On Saturday, April 4 the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) met electronically to address two key issues that directly affect our grassroots – the State Convention and National Convention delegate allocation. During the online meeting, the SREC approved moving the State Convention in Houston from May 14-16 to July 16-18 and to allocate our 44 at-large delegates using the statewide allocation method under RPT Rules, so as not to jeopardize our delegation strength to the National Convention. With this change, all Texas delegates were secured for President Trump. Both of these votes will be ratified at an in-person meeting that will be held Saturday, May 2nd, 2020. It is no small feat to move the dates of our Convention and I am thrilled to share that our State Convention dates were changed with no loss of space and with no additional cost to delegates or the RPT! 

Last month, I shared that the RPT reignited #RPTServes to help our fellow Texans during this challenging time. During the last week of April we held #RPTServes Volunteer Week. Thank you to everyone that participated in the effort to help our neighbors. You can still get involved with #RPTServes by joining our Facebook Group or find ideas on our website.
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The RPT held Tele-Town Halls with several of our Statewide Elected Officials to provide critical updates on their Coronavirus response. Thank you to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian for joining us! If you missed the Town Hall meetings, you can listen to the highlights below. We will continue to host these important Tele-Town Halls to be sure you are informed about the greatest challenges facing Texas and how our Republican representatives are rising to meet these challenges.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick 
Attorney General Ken Paxton 
Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian 

While my travels around the state to visit with Republican clubs and groups have come to a halt, I have been excited to spend time and share updates with Texas Republicans through Virtual Town Hall meetings. We are still working tirelessly to prepare for victories from the White House to the Courthouse in November.    In April, I also joined the Texas Federation of College Republicans for a Virtual Town Hall. The RPT is executing on our plan to ensure victory and to keep Texas red. Keep an eye out to RPT’s social media channels and emails for information on future Virtual Town Hall meetings.

On Saturday, April 25th, I was fortunate to attend and speak at the “Line in the Sand” rally hosted by This Is Texas Freedom Force at the hallowed ground of Texas Independence – the Alamo. We had a great crowd in attendance who showed their support for the protection of our beloved Alamo and Alamo Cenotaph. In attendance with me was RPT Vice-Chairwoman Alma Jackson to show our support!
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The RPT continues to publish our weekly podcast, Let’s Talk Texas. If you’ve missed an episode, listen to them below on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. This month, we were joined by Congressman Michael McCaul to talk about holding China accountable. Listen below!

iTunes:
Episode 12 – Is the DNC machine trying to boot Biden?
Episode 11 – What is China Hiding?
Episode 10 – The Bern is toast and other news
Episode 9 – How do campaigns stay engaged?

Spotify:
Episode 12 – Is the DNC machine trying to boot Biden?
Episode 11 – What is China Hiding?
Episode 10 – The Bern is toast and other news
Episode 9 – How do campaigns stay engaged?  

News Articles:

04.01 
San Marcos Record
Dallas Morning News
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Dallas Morning News
04.04
Houston Chronicle
San Antonio Express-News
Vox
04.07
CBS News
USA News Hub
04.10
Spectrum News San Antonio
04.13
Austin American-Statesman
04.14
Austin American-Statesman
04.15
NBC DFW
04.17
Austin American-Statesman
USA Today
04.20
Newsmax
04.21
Liquid Lunch
Mark Davis Show
04.29
El Conservador Show
04.30
The Hill

Press Releases:
Republican Party of Texas Launches #RPTServes Week to Meet Needs of Those Impacted by the Current Crisis 
Senator John Cornyn Supports Feeding Texas to Help Texans in Need During #RPTServes Week 

We have made the necessary adjustment from in-person training to phone banking and online training sessions for our field staff. We will continue to work tirelessly to hit our milestones as we continue to work towards victory in November. Our field staff and volunteers have made over 100,000 calls this month alone. To help us keep Texas red, please text VEP to 72000 now and we’ll get you plugged in. 

Also, if you want to be in the loop on news about your Texas Republican Party and elected officials, text TXNEWS to 72000 and you’ll get a weekday morning email with the latest stories that mention our Texas and U.S. House and Senate members plus our statewide elected officials.
The stakes could not be higher this year, but we have proven that our plan is working and as long as everyone does their part, we will continue to win in Texas and leave an even brighter future than the one we inherited. We are not tired of winning yet!
Sincerely,
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James Dickey
Chairman
Republican Party of Texas

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#RPTServes Volunteer Week

The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) wrapped up our #RPTServes Volunteer Week and we wanted to share the various efforts Republicans across the state stepped up to serve their communities. Thank you to everyone who joined us in #RPTServes Volunteer Week. We are grateful to see the Lone Star State coming together during the most trying times. 

Here are just a few examples of the incredible efforts by Texas Republicans who are working to help their communities overcome the challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic:

Senator John Cornyn kicked off the week with a video encouraging fellow Texans to get involved. He followed that up by making a $25,000 donation to Feeding Texas – a system of food banks that reaches families and individuals in each of Texas’ 254 counties. His generous donation along with his leadership in the Senate is vital for helping Texas families overcome the Coronavirus pandemic. We are thankful for his continued for and dedication to helping Texans!

RPT’s State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) members donated much-needed baby items to the Grace House—a pregnancy center in Weatherford, TX. This ministry strives to promote hope, life, and knowledge in the community through The Options Clinic, Grace House Pregnancy Center, and their Pure Truth in-school training program. Items collected at the May 2 SREC meeting will go to help mothers and babies in need in the Parker County area. We appreciate all of our SREC members who stepped up to help organizations as well as young mothers and children in need. 

State Representative Gary Gates distributed free care packages to those in need in House District 28. Over 5,000 families throughout the district were provided with essential and preventative supplies. Representative Gates set aside his campaign to focus on his community recovering because of his deep love and dedication to his community. We are thankful for all that Representative Gates has and continues to help during this difficult time!

Pharmacist Will Douglas, candidate for Texas House District 113, wasted no time and started producing much needed hand sanitizer and delivering it to home health organizations, the Seagoville Police Department, the Rowlett Fire Department, and the Rowlett Police Department. His support for the community and the first responders who serve it is incredible to see! This is the type of initiative and leadership Texans need in the Texas House.

Jacey Jetton, candidate for House District 26 stepped up in a big way by volunteering with the Ismaili Jamatkhana Center food bank for several days. He showed the desperate need for food when they ran out of food after serving 800 people in under one hour. We appreciate his dedication to his community during this difficult time!

Martha Fierro, candidate for House District 145, is working for her community and reaching out to her neighbors. It is only by working together as one that we will be able to not just overcome Coronavirus but become stronger. Thank you Martha Fierro for working hard for HD 145!

Texas Young Republican Policy Director Jason Vaughn helped pregnancy centers receive vital needs through their Amazon Wishlist. Even if it seems small, it can have an enormous impact on the lives of those who are struggling right now. Thank you Jason for your work!

Denton County Republicans and SREC members Jill Glover and David Halvorson supported two local food banks and Mission Moms who feed hungry children who are not able to get food they rely on from school. There are so many in need during the Coronavirus pandemic and these acts of service make a huge difference! In nearby Tarrant County, GOP precinct chair Jesse Taylor worked with Gerald Kern of the Community Food Bank in Ft. Worth to distribute food to more than 500 area families daily.

Republicans have undoubtedly united to set an example of service for their communities. Thank you to all who participated in helping others overcome this difficult time. We will overcome the Coronavirus pandemic by working together and helping our neighbors. While #RPTServes Volunteer Week has concluded, the efforts to help our fellow Texans during this difficult time has not. If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, click here to join or visit our website for more ideas. 

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RNC Approves RPT Plan to Protect Texas Delegates

I am very pleased to report to you this afternoon the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) Executive Committee has approved our plan to move the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) state convention date while protecting all of Texas’ delegates for President Trump.

On Saturday, our State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) voted to move our state convention to July 16-18 and to change RPT Rules to allow all our at-large delegates to be bound by our statewide primary results. While this was required for us to overcome the challenges of the current coronavirus pandemic, it also meant changes to both the date of election of our delegates (which happens on the last day of convention) and the method of allocation of our delegates.

RNC Rules do not allow material changes to national delegate election or allocation during an election year. So avoiding a catastrophic penalty to our delegation size in spite of these changes required a waiver from the Executive Committee of the RNC, on which our National Committeeman, Dr. Robin Armstrong, serves.

Our delegate protection plan was approved IN FULL today by the RNC. This means that the new Convention date and our new delegate allocation method for the 2020 election cycle will not trigger any penalties and all our delegates will be secured for President Trump. Texas’ complete delegate strength – the second largest delegation to the Republican National Convention – remains fully intact while we proceed with the necessary changes in our process and date.  

This is excellent news!  

I thank our RPT General Counsel Wade Emmert who has brilliantly led this process for us, and RPT Executive Director Kyle Whatley, RNC National Committeewoman Toni Anne Dashiell, and RNC National Committeeman Dr. Robin Armstrong for their assistance in making sure the RPT successfully navigated this crucial process.

Stay safe and stay healthy! We will be in contact again soon with more important updates for you.

For Victory in November,

James Dickey

Chairman

Republican Party of Texas

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Status  Report 4-4-20

Status Report 4-4-20

Good afternoon,

I hope this update finds you and your family in continued good health.

There are three matters about which I wanted to update you today:

  • Today’s Emergency SREC Meeting
  • Waiver Requests to the Republican National Committee
  • New Working Group to Study Potential Alternatives, if Necessary, for Senate and County Conventions

This morning the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) met electronically to address two key issues that directly affect our grassroots – the State Convention and National Convention delegate allocation:

  • The SREC voted this morning to move the State Convention in Houston from May 14-16 to July 16-18.
  • The SREC voted to allocate our 44 at-large delegates using the statewide allocation method under RPT Rules, so as not to jeopardize our delegation strength to the National Convention. With this change, all Texas delegates were secured for President Trump. 

Both of these votes will need to be ratified at an in-person meeting of the SREC as soon as it is feasible, but the SREC took the necessary steps to keep the business of the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) moving forward during this pandemic.  

It is an incredible feat that we have been able to move the dates of our State Convention – plans which began over three years ago – with no loss of space to hold our Convention and with no additional cost to RPT or the delegates. This is a major accomplishment and I applaud RPT Executive Director Kyle Whatley for his deft handling of the move with the George R. Brown Convention Center and our Convention hotels. They have proven to be good partners as RPT does our part to #stopthespread and flatten the curve of this virus.

Both the vote of the move of our Convention date and the vote for delegate allocation now puts the Republican Party of Texas in the position to request the necessary waivers from the Republican National Committee (RNC), so that our delegation to National Convention – the second largest delegation in the country – is not penalized because of the impact of Coronavirus on our Convention process.  

RPT General Counsel Wade Emmert has been working closely with the RNC legal team and is preparing the necessary waiver requests for submission early next week. We expect the waivers to be considered at the next RNC Executive Committee meeting.

But our work is not complete. I have appointed a working group to evaluate options and alternatives for our Senate District and County Conventions, with focus on suggested systems to use in place of in-person meetings – if that becomes necessary – and how those systems might scale to our State Convention as well. This group will be led by SREC Member for Senate District 30 and Chair of RPT Convention Arrangements Deon Starnes. Members include RPT Executive Director Kyle Whatley, RPT Parliamentarian Chris Howe, SREC Member for Senate District 7 Mark Ramsey and software developer Dave Gephart. We will keep you apprised of the group’s progress.

I close this update reflecting on another very productive day at RPT. My thanks to the SREC for a successful and historic electronic meeting today and for their leadership in this moment. My thanks to the wonderful team at RPT who never stop working for you, keeping our Party running smoothly as we navigate this challenging time. 

I will keep you updated as other important developments occur.

God bless you and your family and may God continue to richly bless our great state of Texas.

Sincerely,

James Dickey

Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

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Status  Update 4-4-20

Status Update 4-4-20

Good afternoon,

I hope this update finds you and your family in continued good health.

There are three matters about which I wanted to update you today:

  • Today’s Emergency SREC Meeting
  • Waiver Requests to the Republican National Committee
  • New Working Group to Study Potential Alternatives, if Necessary, for Senate and County Conventions

This morning the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) met electronically to address two key issues that directly affect our grassroots – the State Convention and National Convention delegate allocation:

  • The SREC voted this morning to move the State Convention in Houston from May 14-16 to July 16-18.
  • The SREC voted to allocate our 44 at-large delegates using the statewide allocation method under RPT Rules, so as not to jeopardize our delegation strength to the National Convention. With this change, all Texas delegates were secured for President Trump. 

Both of these votes will need to be ratified at an in-person meeting of the SREC as soon as it is feasible, but the SREC took the necessary steps to keep the business of the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) moving forward during this pandemic.  

It is an incredible feat that we have been able to move the dates of our State Convention – plans which began over three years ago – with no loss of space to hold our Convention and with no additional cost to RPT or the delegates. This is a major accomplishment and I applaud RPT Executive Director Kyle Whatley for his deft handling of the move with the George R. Brown Convention Center and our Convention hotels. They have proven to be good partners as RPT does our part to #stopthespread and flatten the curve of this virus.

Both the vote of the move of our Convention date and the vote for delegate allocation now puts the Republican Party of Texas in the position to request the necessary waivers from the Republican National Committee (RNC), so that our delegation to National Convention – the second largest delegation in the country – is not penalized because of the impact of Coronavirus on our Convention process.  

RPT General Counsel Wade Emmert has been working closely with the RNC legal team and is preparing the necessary waiver requests for submission early next week. We expect the waivers to be considered at the next RNC Executive Committee meeting.

But our work is not complete. I have appointed a working group to evaluate options and alternatives for our Senate District and County Conventions, with focus on suggested systems to use in place of in-person meetings – if that becomes necessary – and how those systems might scale to our State Convention as well. This group will be led by SREC Member for Senate District 30 and Chair of RPT Convention Arrangements Deon Starnes. Members include RPT Executive Director Kyle Whatley, RPT Parliamentarian Chris Howe, SREC Member for Senate District 7 Mark Ramsey and software developer Dave Gephart. We will keep you apprised of the group’s progress.

I close this update reflecting on another very productive day at RPT. My thanks to the SREC for a successful and historic electronic meeting today and for their leadership in this moment. My thanks to the wonderful team at RPT who never stop working for you, keeping our Party running smoothly as we navigate this challenging time. 

I will keep you updated as other important developments occur.

God bless you and your family and may God continue to richly bless our great state of Texas.

Sincerely,

James Dickey

Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

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Important RPT Update

Important RPT Update

My Fellow Texas Republican,

Throughout the coming weeks, I will remain in direct contact with important status reports to keep you connected with the latest information during this pandemic and its impact on the strategic operations and business of the Republican Party of Texas.

The main thing I want you to take away from this email and to know every day is this: we are working incredibly hard to keep our plans on track for Victory in November. The business of the Republican Party of Texas is working to elect and re-elect our Republicans from the White House to the courthouse. We are prepared and excited to continue to execute on the winning plan we mapped out and set in place over the last 18 months to deliver all of our electoral votes for President Trump and win big for Republicans across Texas on November 3. We will stay on course for Victory in November and we ask you to join us in that mission! 

A BRIEF RECAP

Last week, I shared my gratitude to Republican Leadership across our great state as they complied with their local emergency declarations and either held their Senate District or County Conventions safely because they were under the 10-person threshold, or adjourned their meetings for a later date so that they would take place after May 15 – outside the 8-week CDC suspension window. Leaders of nearly three hundred conventions ensured that an effort that could have come off the rails very easily instead worked smoothly and efficiently. Thank you all, very much, again.

This Saturday, April 4, the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) will meet electronically. This is our next step to finalize the details to officially move our State Convention from May 14-16 to July 16-18 in Houston.

CORONAVIRUS SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES EXTENDED TO APRIL 30

In his Sunday news conference, President Donald Trump extended his Coronavirus social distancing guidelines to April 30. Today, at his press conference, Governor Greg Abbott joined the President in extending those guidelines out to April 30 for the state of Texas. This specific extension does not affect the postponements of our Senate District and County Conventions, as RPT had already recommended moving those local Conventions well past May 15, and made provisions for them to be held as late as June 27. 

The Republican Party of Texas is 100% committed to the Coronavirus response plans that continue to be communicated by President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Governor Greg Abbott. We have a duty to the safety and the health of those who work at the Party and those who wish to become delegates to the State Convention. The President, Vice President and the Governor have given us the information we need to make the decisions we must in a time when we need it most. 

The Republican Party of Texas remains committed to doing all we can to flatten the curve and #slowthespread of Coronavirus. Please continue to stay up-to-date on the latest executive orders of President Trump and Governor Greg Abbott. We will continue to stay in touch with you about how news from our leaders affects the strategic operations and business of the Republican Party of Texas.

I echo the President’s message and that of our Governor – please stay safe and heed the guidelines that have been announced. Your health is of the utmost importance. RPT has gone to great lengths to do our part to keep you healthy and stop the spread of this awful illness. This virus is very contagious and not worth the risk of a careless outing. Let’s continue to pray for each other and keep up communication and visits online while we cannot be together in person.

RPT SERVES DURING THE PANDEMIC

RPT has reignited #RPTServes to connect those Texans who need help with those who can help. 

#RPTServes is once again calling for “all hands on deck”. Though we all must practice social distancing and take every precaution to prevent the spread of this virus, there is much that we as individuals and as a community can do to assist and affirm the most vulnerable during this pandemic. I kicked off #RPTServes by donating blood. You can catch the video here if you missed it.

We are asking all Texas Republicans to help out. Some of the ways you can do so include: checking in on your neighbors to see how they are doing, giving blood at a blood bank to support those at the hospitals and keep up the inventory, donating to a local food bank to help families in need, calling first responders or health care workers to see if you can support them with coffee or breakfast or offer to cover the cost for those items, or by creating a Facebook group to keep those in your neighborhood connected.

Today is Great American Takeout Tuesday! #RPTServes encourages support for our local restaurants by ordering takeout meals throughout the week or purchasing gift cards to celebrate special occasions or to support our first responders and healthcare workers.

We have posted these and other ideas at our RPT Serves Facebook group. Join that group today by clicking here!

NEWS ON STATE CONVENTION & CONVENTION HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS

The SREC will meet electronically this Saturday, April 4 to vote on the move of our State Convention from May 14-16 to July 16-18 in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The RPT Officials Committee recently cleared the path for RPT Executive Director, Kyle Whatley, to negotiate details of contract revisions with the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Marriott Marquis (our Convention hotel) and with other Convention vendors in preparation for the April 4 SREC Meeting.

RPT will be opening Convention registration and the first hotel room block after the Easter Holiday on April 15. Out of consideration for those who will be holding their County/SD conventions in May or even June, we will not be releasing the full block of rooms at the Marriott Marquis Hotel when registration opens on April 15. Instead we will be releasing the first block on April 15, when registration opens, then again in May and again in June. All the dates and times for releasing rooms will be posted well in advance. 

Grassroots Club members who sign up with an annual membership or monthly membership at $25 per month have first advance access to book convention hotel rooms ahead of each new room-block release! If you are not already a member, sign up for the Grassroots Club today

Because of pre-existing commitments at the Marriott Marquis for the new convention dates we will not have as large a room block as we had for May. We will, though, also have room blocks available at several hotels that are a short walk to the Convention Center and on a shuttle route that runs continuously between those hotels and the convention center Monday – Friday.

NOVEMBER IS COMING

I am grateful for the vision and foresight to begin our march to victory in 2020 immediately following the 2018 election. Had we not spent every day since that election preparing for victory this November, we would be in a very difficult position right now. But because we went to work immediately in November 2018 to prepare for November 2020, we are right on track to execute our plans despite the worst pandemic in a century. Because of the vision and foresight we had and the hard work we put in, the Republican Party of Texas ended 2019 with a record $4.4M on hand and we head into this second quarter of 2020 with a never-before-reached $4.7M on hand to defeat Democrats this November. 

We are making the necessary adjustments from in-person to phones and digital efforts for our field staff. Training is continuing online. We will continue to work tirelessly to hit our milestones as we continue to move forward to Victory in November. 

The Republican Party of Texas is going to stay on the right track to win in November for President Trump and our Republicans up and down the ballot!

Join us on this critical mission to see Victory in November! One way you can help keep up our momentum and do so at a safe distance — sign up for our 10K for 10R program to help register voters. We have our RPT VEP team on the phones now and they are getting new voters registered in Texas! You can be a part of it, too! Volunteers like you are the lifeblood that will keep our momentum strong! Sign up today and an RPT VEP staff member will call you to get you going!

This is an unprecedented time, and we face unprecedented challenges. But this is a time – and these are challenges – that we will conquer as long as we are united. I will continue to be in communication with you as we navigate this unique time for our Party.

As President Trump says, we are all in this together. Let’s keep working together to WIN TOGETHER in November 2020!

For Victory,

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James Dickey
Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

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#RPTServes Reignites to Help Texans During Coronavirus Emergency

#RPTServes Reignites to Help Texans During Coronavirus Emergency

Dear Fellow Texas Republican,
It is in times like these that our Texas spirit of community soars in helping Texans pull through a challenging moment.

The Republican Party of Texas is doing its part to keep Texans safe, and we will do our part to help our fellow Texans through this trying time.

To do just that, we are excited to announce that the Republican Party of Texas has reignited #RPTServes.

Chairman James Dickey Kicks Off #RPTServes by Donating Blood!

You may recall in August of 2017 – when thousands of our fellow Texans faced utter devastation in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. All of us watched friends and neighbors lose their homes, loved ones, and property. We were heartbroken, but we weren’t helpless. Determined not to let Texans lose hope, we felt the call to stand up and serve in any way that we could. The very next day, we activated our #RPTServes initiative to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the storm. 

Who would have thought that less than three years later, Texas and our nation would find themselves in the unprecedented situation we are in today? Once again, we feel the tug on our hearts to “do the something” that we can do.

#RPTServes is once again calling for “all hands on deck” — this time to come to the assistance of Texans in need and those who are most at risk from the COVID-19 virus. For those who are unable to venture out for needed food and supplies, the days and weeks ahead are full of uncertainty and worry.

Though we all must practice social distancing and take every precaution to prevent the spread of this virus, there is much that we as a community can do to assist and affirm the most vulnerable during this pandemic. 

#RPTServes is announcing four key strategic initiatives as follow to once again come to the aid of our neighbors in this difficult time:

  1. Bridge the gap between the needs of our most vulnerable Texans and the resources they need by utilizing our RPT grassroots network to garner and deliver aid where it is needed most to include recommendations of food to local food banks.
  2. Support our community medical professionals and first responders by working with local groups and organizations to offer both tangible and moral support to those on the front lines of this battle. 
  3. Foster the support of local small businesses who are struggling during this unprecedented time.
  4. Improve life for Texas seniors during this difficult time by inspiring a movement of people of all ages to communicate and connect with those who are isolated and alone. 

Thankfully, there are many ways you can practice social distancing but still help your community RIGHT NOW:

Support those in the frontlines of fighting the virus

Call ahead to your local first responder stations/clinics/hospitals and ask them about donating food or coffee. Coordinate with them about best drop-off locations and times. 

Donate Blood

There is a rising need for blood and plasma donations during these next few weeks. A blood donation right now is critical. If you are a healthy and eligible blood donor, you can go to http://www.aabb.org/tm/donation/Pages/Blood-Bank-Locator.aspx to find a blood bank in your community, or visit https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html to find blood drives scheduled in your area. It’s easy, can be done at a safe distance from others and can save a life!

Adopt a Food Bank

Encourage your local County Party to adopt a food bank! There are thousands of Texans depending on food distribution centers to meet the needs of their families in this difficult time. You can help. If each of our County Parties adopts a local food bank, together we could help replenish the shelves and meet one of the most critical needs in Texas. You can also make your own individual contribution.

Become a Senior Sidekick

There’s no better way to make a difference for the most vulnerable in your neighborhood than to extend them a visit at a safe distance or, at minimum, make a phone call to check in. Call ahead for the best times, then offer to take them regular meals or to do a grocery run for them. Remind them to check the supply of critical items and needed medications—it can take much longer to refill and restock these items than they are used to. 

Porch Visits

Schedule time with those homebound in your community and visit them through their front door or a window. Bring photos or music to brighten their day. Even if you have to stay on the sidewalk or porch steps, your smile will go a long way to making a day!

Help support small businesses in your community

Purchase gift cards or certificates now that can be used at a later time. Our local businesses need our help today. Support local restaurants by purchasing take-out meals and delivering them to seniors or others in need/clinics/first responders, etc. (Always call first.) Some restaurants are now offering to sell their food in bulk thanks to a recent executive order from Governor Abbott. Consider purchasing that food and then donating it to a local food bank – a win-win!

Get young people involved

Have your kids write letters or draw pictures for quarantined residents of nursing homes or veterans homes. Bring them along to your “porch visits” or have them work with nursing homes to set up Zoom or FaceTime calls with residents. Ask them if they would be willing to contact their teachers and offer their help as online tutors for kids who are struggling. 

Yesterday we shared the relaunch of #RPTServes with our Republican Leadership across the state, and some folks have already sent photos of how they are coming together to help fellow Texans! Please send us your photos at rptserves@texasgop.org and we will share them on RPT’s online platforms! 

These are just a few ways that you can help those who need it today. Please invite others to get involved and join our Facebook group – RPT Serves – where we will be posting daily tips and information. Additionally, you can contact us directly at rptserves@texasgop.org if you know of a group/church/business with specific needs. We can broadcast the information and the ways to help those who have joined the Facebook group – RPT Serves.

Finally, I want to ask you to join me in fervent prayer today and in the coming days for our state and our nation during this pandemic. Please pray for the medical professionals, first responders, and all those putting themselves daily in harm’s way to prevent the spread of the disease and care for those infected. Pray for all those impacted by this virus, and those who are caring for them.


As the weeks go by, you will see more information filter through the RPT social media and through the new Facebook group – RPT Serves. We are calling on you to like and share these vital ways to help with others in your network. Working together, we can help connect those of us who have the ability to help with those who are in most need of assistance… and of hope. Thank you for your willingness to “do the something” that you can do for our fellow Texans in need.

Sincerely,

James Dickey

Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

Follow-Up Information from Last Night’s Town Hall Call

Follow-Up Information from Last Night’s Town Hall Call

My Fellow Texas Republicans,

We are facing unprecedented challenges in our country, our state, and our communities as we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Last night, after connecting with our SREC Members, Republican County Chairs, and Senate District Convention Chairs yesterday afternoon for a leadership briefing, I held a statewide conference call to update Texas Republicans on the continuing threat of Coronavirus and its impact on our Senate and District Conventions scheduled for March 21 and our biennial State Convention. 

Thank you to Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick for updating us last night on President Trump’s work to combat Coronavirus nationally and the steps he and Governor Greg Abbott are taking to protect Texas communities. We are keeping them, and all Texans, in our thoughts and prayers.

I want to share a recap of last night’s call and reiterate our plan of action and offer guidance.

There are three immediate ways to receive critical updates going forward about your local Conventions and about our State Convention:
1. You can receive text message updates by texting the word “CONVENTION” right now to 72000;
2. You can receive email updates by emailing convention@texasgop.org; or,
3. You can visit our website at texasgop.org and submit your information on the home page.

As a refresher, the purpose of our biennial State Convention is to elect delegates to our National Convention, elect national and state officers, and adopt our platform, priorities, and rules.  The senate district and county conventions play a key role in that process, proposing platform planks and selecting delegates to represent them at the state convention. Obviously, their work must be completed prior to the state convention. 

In other words, there is a logical order to our local and state convention process — a process that has been made more difficult given the rapidly escalating restrictions on public gatherings.

The situation has been evolving quickly, as you are well aware, and we have been working hard to provide you with real-time information and communicate a plan of action that will allow us to fulfill our duties and obligations to our party, our delegates, our President, and ultimately, our nation. Especially at moments like these, communication is critical.

The Republican Party of Texas faces an unprecedented challenge in simultaneously accomplishing two conflicting missions:

1. Do our best to protect the health and safety of our people, their families and friends, and our communities.
2. Comply with Texas Election Code, RPT Rules, and the Rules of the Republican National Committee while safeguarding our delegates’ rights to be fully represented within our Party and at the Republican National Convention.

RPT respects and appreciates that our convention process exists to protect the four basic rights of delegates, which are as follows:

1. Every delegate has the right to attend the convention;
2. Every delegate has the right to make motions;
3. Every delegate has the right to speak in debate; 
4. Every delegate has the right to cast votes.

Sunday evening, the Centers for Disease Control issued an official recommendation to postpone or cancel meetings with 50 people or more for the next 8 weeks. Assuming it is not extended, this 8-week period ends during the timeframe of our biennial State Convention scheduled for May 11th – 16th. 

We took immediate action Sunday night, spoke with President Trump’s team in Texas, our statewide elected officials’ team, our RNC leaders in Texas and Washington and began the process in earnest to move the RPT Convention from May to July.

We are pleased to announce that we have confirmed the George R. Brown Convention Center will host our State Convention from July 13th – 18th. Hotel accommodations will also be available in much the same capacity as they were for May. 

It is important to understand the Republican Party of Texas and its rules are intentionally designed to be bottom-up. We are a Party of the grassroots — not a party of top-down authority.  While it is our intent to hold the State Convention July 13th -18th in Houston, a vote on these revised dates must take place at the April 4th State Republican Executive Committee Meeting. We anticipate being able to follow that meeting with official communications about hotel bookings and other logistical details. 

I know that Coronavirus is affecting different areas of Texas differently. Our urban areas seem to be more affected than some of our rural areas. Nevertheless, the recommendation from the CDC on Sunday and the advice from President Trump yesterday afternoon to limit groups to 10 or less for the next 15 days, directly impact the execution of the Senate District Conventions and County Conventions for March 21st. As a result, we gave our strongest recommendation to our Republican leaders yesterday to adjourn March 21st meetings to convene at another time and place outside the 8-week suspension period. We know some Senate Districts and Counties have been looking at dates in April, which is now within the 8-week suspension period. We strongly encouraged our leaders to look for dates outside the 8-week window.

If you are in an area that is holding a Senate District Convention, please contact your Senate District Convention Chairman for an update on your Convention. If you attend a County Convention, please contact your County Chair. If you live in a large urban area such as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Harris County, or Bexar County, you can contact your County Party Chair for information about your Senate District Convention. 

Contact information for your County Chair can be found at this link on the RPT website: https://www.texasgop.org/county_chairs/

You can also email convention@texasgop.org or text the word “CONVENTION” to 72000 to request information about the contact for your county or Senate District Convention and to receive convention update notices.

The RPT and I will continue to provide updates as current events and these historic circumstances demand.

To recap key pieces of information:

  • The Republican Party of Texas has a clear plan to handle unprecedented challenges to our Convention process and is working extremely hard to ensure as smooth of a path forward as possible amidst a quickly evolving landscape.
  • It is our intent to move the State Convention from May 11th-16th to July 13th-18th in Houston, with the approval from the SREC on April 4th.
  • We strongly recommend to County Chairs and Temporary Senate District Convention Chairs that they adjourn the March 21st meetings to a date outside the 8-week CDC suspension window.
  • Please text ‘CONVENTION’ TO 72000 to stay up-to-date via text, email convention@texasgop.org to be added to our convention update email list or visit texasgop.org to submit your information for updates.
  • We will continue communicating with you as details emerge and circumstances require.  

I want to thank RPT Staff, our RPT Parliamentarian, Chris Howe, and our RPT General Counsel, Wade Emmert, who have been working around-the-clock to provide solutions for our Republican grassroots leaders throughout Texas and to ensure our Conventions at all levels are held with as much engagement and transparency as possible for our delegates. 

I want to thank our Republican leaders – our RNC National Committeeman Dr. Robin Armstrong, our RNC National Committeewoman Toni Anne Dashiell, RPT Vice Chair Alma Jackson, our county chairs, Temporary Senate District Convention Chairs, precinct chairs, and the many dedicated volunteers across our great state – who are working tirelessly to see your rights as delegates come to full fruition at the state and national level with transparency, with adherence to our RPT and RNC rules and, most importantly, in the safest manner possible.

In this time of challenge, we cannot afford to give anything less than the best of ourselves. As President Trump often says, we are in this together. And, as Texans, we know we will persevere together. So let us encourage one another, pray for each other, and take care of each other. Let’s faithfully exercise our rights and execute the business and obligations of our Republican Party. Let us continue to prepare for victory in November. Let us pray for God to grant our leaders wisdom, and us patience and fortitude during this historic time.

God bless you, and may God continue to bless our great state of Texas. 

Sincerely,

James Dickey, Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

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Follow-Up Information from Last Night’s Town Hall Call

My Fellow Texas Republicans,

We are facing unprecedented challenges in our country, our state, and our communities as we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Last night, after connecting with our SREC Members, Republican County Chairs, and Senate District Convention Chairs yesterday afternoon for a leadership briefing, I held a statewide conference call to update Texas Republicans on the continuing threat of Coronavirus and its impact on our Senate and District Conventions scheduled for March 21 and our biennial State Convention. 

Thank you to Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick for updating us last night on President Trump’s work to combat Coronavirus nationally and the steps he and Governor Greg Abbott are taking to protect Texas communities. We are keeping them, and all Texans, in our thoughts and prayers.

I want to share a recap of last night’s call and reiterate our plan of action and offer guidance.

There are three immediate ways to receive critical updates going forward about your local Conventions and about our State Convention:
1. You can receive text message updates by texting the word “CONVENTION” right now to 72000;
2. You can receive email updates by emailing convention@texasgop.org; or,
3. You can visit our website at texasgop.org and submit your information on the home page.

As a refresher, the purpose of our biennial State Convention is to elect delegates to our National Convention, elect national and state officers, and adopt our platform, priorities, and rules.  The senate district and county conventions play a key role in that process, proposing platform planks and selecting delegates to represent them at the state convention. Obviously, their work must be completed prior to the state convention. 

In other words, there is a logical order to our local and state convention process — a process that has been made more difficult given the rapidly escalating restrictions on public gatherings.

The situation has been evolving quickly, as you are well aware, and we have been working hard to provide you with real-time information and communicate a plan of action that will allow us to fulfill our duties and obligations to our party, our delegates, our President, and ultimately, our nation. Especially at moments like these, communication is critical.

The Republican Party of Texas faces an unprecedented challenge in simultaneously accomplishing two conflicting missions:

1. Do our best to protect the health and safety of our people, their families and friends, and our communities.
2. Comply with Texas Election Code, RPT Rules, and the Rules of the Republican National Committee while safeguarding our delegates’ rights to be fully represented within our Party and at the Republican National Convention.

RPT respects and appreciates that our convention process exists to protect the four basic rights of delegates, which are as follows:

1. Every delegate has the right to attend the convention;
2. Every delegate has the right to make motions;
3. Every delegate has the right to speak in debate; 
4. Every delegate has the right to cast votes.

Sunday evening, the Centers for Disease Control issued an official recommendation to postpone or cancel meetings with 50 people or more for the next 8 weeks. Assuming it is not extended, this 8-week period ends during the timeframe of our biennial State Convention scheduled for May 11th – 16th. 

We took immediate action Sunday night, spoke with President Trump’s team in Texas, our statewide elected officials’ team, our RNC leaders in Texas and Washington and began the process in earnest to move the RPT Convention from May to July.

We are pleased to announce that we have confirmed the George R. Brown Convention Center will host our State Convention from July 13th – 18th. Hotel accommodations will also be available in much the same capacity as they were for May. 

It is important to understand the Republican Party of Texas and its rules are intentionally designed to be bottom-up. We are a Party of the grassroots — not a party of top-down authority.  While it is our intent to hold the State Convention July 13th -18th in Houston, a vote on these revised dates must take place at the April 4th State Republican Executive Committee Meeting. We anticipate being able to follow that meeting with official communications about hotel bookings and other logistical details. 

I know that Coronavirus is affecting different areas of Texas differently. Our urban areas seem to be more affected than some of our rural areas. Nevertheless, the recommendation from the CDC on Sunday and the advice from President Trump yesterday afternoon to limit groups to 10 or less for the next 15 days, directly impact the execution of the Senate District Conventions and County Conventions for March 21st. As a result, we gave our strongest recommendation to our Republican leaders yesterday to adjourn March 21st meetings to convene at another time and place outside the 8-week suspension period. We know some Senate Districts and Counties have been looking at dates in April, which is now within the 8-week suspension period. We strongly encouraged our leaders to look for dates outside the 8-week window.

If you are in an area that is holding a Senate District Convention, please contact your Senate District Convention Chairman for an update on your Convention. If you attend a County Convention, please contact your County Chair. If you live in a large urban area such as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Harris County, or Bexar County, you can contact your County Party Chair for information about your Senate District Convention. 

Contact information for your County Chair can be found at this link on the RPT website: https://www.texasgop.org/county_chairs/

You can also email convention@texasgop.org or text the word “CONVENTION” to 72000 to request information about the contact for your county or Senate District Convention and to receive convention update notices.

The RPT and I will continue to provide updates as current events and these historic circumstances demand.

To recap key pieces of information:

  • The Republican Party of Texas has a clear plan to handle unprecedented challenges to our Convention process and is working extremely hard to ensure as smooth of a path forward as possible amidst a quickly evolving landscape.
  • It is our intent to move the State Convention from May 11th-16th to July 13th-18th in Houston, with the approval from the SREC on April 4th.
  • We strongly recommend to County Chairs and Temporary Senate District Convention Chairs that they adjourn the March 21st meetings to a date outside the 8-week CDC suspension window.
  • Please text ‘CONVENTION’ TO 72000 to stay up-to-date via text, email convention@texasgop.org to be added to our convention update email list or visit texasgop.org to submit your information for updates.
  • We will continue communicating with you as details emerge and circumstances require.  

I want to thank RPT Staff, our RPT Parliamentarian, Chris Howe, and our RPT General Counsel, Wade Emmert, who have been working around-the-clock to provide solutions for our Republican grassroots leaders throughout Texas and to ensure our Conventions at all levels are held with as much engagement and transparency as possible for our delegates. 

I want to thank our Republican leaders – our RNC National Committeeman Dr. Robin Armstrong, our RNC National Committeewoman Toni Anne Dashiell, RPT Vice Chair Alma Jackson, our county chairs, Temporary Senate District Convention Chairs, precinct chairs, and the many dedicated volunteers across our great state – who are working tirelessly to see your rights as delegates come to full fruition at the state and national level with transparency, with adherence to our RPT and RNC rules and, most importantly, in the safest manner possible.

In this time of challenge, we cannot afford to give anything less than the best of ourselves. As President Trump often says, we are in this together. And, as Texans, we know we will persevere together. So let us encourage one another, pray for each other, and take care of each other. Let’s faithfully exercise our rights and execute the business and obligations of our Republican Party. Let us continue to prepare for victory in November. Let us pray for God to grant our leaders wisdom, and us patience and fortitude during this historic time.

God bless you, and may God continue to bless our great state of Texas. 

Sincerely,

James Dickey, Chairman, Republican Party of Texas