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RPT State Convention Update

June 23rd, 2020

I want to share some very exciting news with you! You know, we have had a lot of ‘firsts’ together over the last couple of years. We have had the first massive candidate recruitment effort because of work in 2019 before the filing deadline, we have already won about 1300 races – because while we were able to fill 2,118 races, the Democrats only filled 837 – and we have the smallest number of unchallenged Democrat incumbents in Texas history. One of those exciting races where we’re challenging them features the Republican candidate who voters can elect to end the judicial career of the Dallas judge that jailed Shelley Luther. 

We have brought on a Victory Chair earlier than we have before and we have more than 2.4 million dollars dedicated to the Victory accounts for our field team and important get out the vote efforts for this November election!

We have initiated an expanded and more detailed voter defense program for the November election, building upon the trainings we had in 2018 that we led by none other than the current Chairman of the Federal Elections Commission and former RPT Assistant General Counsel Trey Trainor. On that note, if you want to be an election judge or alternate election judge, please text ELECTION to 72000 and we’ll get you signed up! 

This leads me to the exciting news I wanted to share with you! As you know, we began planning for victory in November of 2020, since the very night of the 2018 elections. We have been laser-focused on voter registration. A big piece of the puzzle that was missing in our DNA in the Republican Party was voter registration. We had to crack that nut. We could not cede any more ground to the Democrats on this front. We also wanted to recruit more volunteers than we had in decades. 

I was inspired by Ernie Angelo who told me that when the iconic Reagan Campaign of 1980 came to a close, he sent out over 20,000 thank you cards to the volunteer army across the state who helped President Reagan win in Texas that pivotal year. I was wholly invested in evangelizing the rebirth of voter registration in the Republican Party and in rebuilding the volunteer army at the Republican Party of Texas. I found people who agreed with me and wanted to not just invest energy and human resources, but the necessary capital, too. That began the partnership with Steve Munisteri and Karl Rove who helped build the red Texas we have today and who were there in those early days of the Republican Party of Texas. Karl as a leader in the College Republicans and Steve as the founder of the Young Conservatives of Texas. 

Together, we collaborated to form a first-of-its-kind program for the Republican Party of Texas, our Republican Party of Texas Volunteer Engagement Project, a program completely dedicated to only two things: recruit 10,000 volunteers for the November 2020 election and register 100,000 new likely Republican voters through our 10k for 10R program by October of 2020. The RPT VEP project hired its first staff last July. 

Since then we have recruited over 4,000 volunteers for our November election efforts who have been helping register voters all across Texas. The pandemic did not slow down our voter registration efforts. We were able to stay with it, shifting the way in which we communicated with potential registrants as did all political activities that had to come out of the field in-person. The RPT VEP project let nothing stand in its way. I am excited to announce that the Republican Party of Texas’ Volunteer Engagement Project has just reported today that we have crossed the threshold of registering 100,000 new likely Republican voters – over three months ahead of schedule! We are elated and we are motivated!! We will set a new bar now and keep reaching for success! Our team is well-oiled and the Republican Party of Texas is on the right track and running on all cylinders for victory in November. Please join our 10k for 10R program and be a part of making history with RPT this year! To sign up text 10k to 72000. That’s 10k to 72000.

This coming weekend is our last weekend of our local conventions.  All Senate District and County Conventions that were not able to be held on the original date of March 21 and needed to be rescheduled had to be completed by this Saturday, June 27 in order to submit delegate lists and address other Party business in time for State Convention. 

It has been incredible to experience the Senate District and County Conventions in this manner. Congratulations to all the amazing planning and execution from the County Chairs and the Senate District Convention Chairs. This has not been an easy process, but the dedication to see through our convention process precisely from the very start of the most micro level of grassroots activism at the precinct conventions, through the county and senate district conventions to nominate delegates and alternates to the State Convention, where we will elect our national delegates and alternates and our electors from each Congressional District which sets us up for the National Convention. All of this with the final objective to secure our 38 electoral college votes for President Trump’s reelection this November. 

We have an obligation to execute our convention process precisely and our precinct convention chairs, our county chairs and senate district convention chairs have been amazing partners to make sure it has happened so smoothly. It could have easily come off the rails at any time but together, we wouldn’t let it happen and together we will celebrate delivering our massive 38 electoral votes for President Trump this November!

Our State Convention is well on track for July 16-18 in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Committees will begin on Monday, July 13.  

Registrations are flowing in as weekends of conventions wrap up.  We are excited the plans are coming together.  

I want to address an update on the planning regarding CDC guidelines and local orders. There will be an abundance of hand sanitizer throughout the Convention Center.  Rooms will be cleaned thoroughly after each meeting.  

We are aware of the local county judges current order requiring businesses who have goods and services to require masks. That order expires June 30.  We will have another convention town hall after the 4th of July and will have more clarity what her intentions are after June 30. We have said all along that people are welcome to wear masks if they wish or welcome not to wear a mask. 

We encourage everyone to take the precautions they feel they need to when it comes to masks, just like you do with hand sanitizer and social distancing guidelines. We do not find the current order as it stands to affect our convention business and we do not intend to mandate mask wearing at the Convention.  We will revisit this at our next convention town hall after the 4th of July. We will keep you informed and up-to-date as we have this entire time, as we make the final preparations for our State Convention. 

Thank you to our Executive Director, Kyle Whatley, the RPT staff, our Arrangements Committee led by Deon Starnes. They have all been working tirelessly.. Everything’s coming together so smoothly. Thank you so much for your remarkable work to make sure this Convention comes to full fruition.

Remember our RPT birthday is the fourth of July so light a sparkler for our RPT along with celebrating our country. We will talk with you again after the fourth of July!

Watch the June 23rd State Convention Update Tele Town Hall

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Honoring Juneteenth!

June 19, 2020

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day, is an unofficial American holiday and an official Texas state holiday, celebrated annually on the 19th of June in the United States to commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger’s reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, on 19 June 1865, proclaiming all slaves in Texas were now free. Slavery had legally ended in 1863 but wasn’t announced in Galveston until 1865.

Background of African Americans and Texas Politics

Did you Know?

• The Republican Party was formed in 1854 after the Democrats voted to protect and to extend slavery.

• The 1860 Democrat platform declared its support for the Supreme Court’s infamous Dred Scott decision.

• The 13th Amendment passed without a single Democrat vote in Congress for civil rights for African Americans.

• The Republican Party of Texas emerged in Houston on July 4, 1867 with 150 African Americans and 20 Anglos. The same year, the Ku Klux Klan actively began to attack African Americans and Republicans.

• Two of the first three statewide leaders of the Republican Party of Texas were African Americans.

• The first 42 African Americans elected to the Texas Legislature were all Republicans.

• From 1865-1869, Texas Democrats passed “Black Codes” to prohibit African Americans from voting, holding office, and serving on juries. They also refused to acknowledge Juneteenth and even drafted a new State constitution requiring that State Representatives and Senators only be “of the white race.”

• When the Republicans gained the Texas Legislature in 1869, they established a system of free public schools to educate all the children of the State (something Democrats had refused to do) and started a Texas State Militia and a Texas State police in which African Americans proudly served.

• When Democrats recaptured Texas government in 1872, Democrat Governor Richard Coke’s election was described as “the restoration of white supremacy and Democratic rule.”

• Texas Democrats engaged in bizarre gerrymandering specifically to prevent African American members from being re-elected to the Legislature. When African American Republican legislator Robert L. Smith departed in 1897, no African American was elected in Texas until 1966, when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered Texas Democrats to redraw districts.

• Texas Democrats enacted a poll tax that reduced African American voter turnout in Texas from 100,000 to only 5,000 and passed white-only primary laws as well as Jim Crow segregation laws.

• As victims of Democrat racism and segregation, African Americans were loyal to the Republican Party they started. In fact, Republican President Herbert Hoover received more than three-fourths of the African American vote over his Democratic challenger Franklin D. Roosevelt.

• Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president to appoint an African American to an executive position on the White House staff.

• A higher percentage of Republican Members of Congress voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 than did Democrats.

• African Americans made their most significant political and civil rights progress while affiliated with the Republican Party, and only in recent decades have African Americans become a principal constituency of the Democrat Party.

As Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, I am committed to re-claiming our party’s historical prominence with black voters in Texas. Our party understands the difference between symbolism and substance and between politics and policy. As we move toward the November 2020 Election and continue to engage African American voters in Texas, we will remember our past and find the best, principled path forward to more liberty and equal justice under the law for all.        

Happy Juneteenth!

James R. Dickey
Chairman, RPT

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Update from Chairman Dickey, May 2020

Dear Fellow Texas Republican,

I hope you and your family are doing well during these trying times. The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) has been busy navigating some unprecedented challenges but has continued firing on all cylinders. With your help and the help of many Republican leaders across the state, we are still working diligently towards victory in November!

During May, we resumed the Senate District and County Conventions that had been postponed earlier this year. We encouraged our County Chairs and Temporary Convention Chairs to hold their local conventions in a space with three times the capacity of the expected attendance, to provide hand sanitizer, and to respect the personal space of those who wish to socially distance or wear masks. We are thrilled that so far our local conventions have been held safely and been well attended. If you are unsure of the date, time, or location of your County or Senate District Convention, please visit our website and check with your County Chair to confirm. 

These Senate District and County Conventions will determine the delegates and alternate delegates for our State Convention which we fully intend to hold in-person, in Houston, from July 16th-18th. We have been in constant communication with the relevant staff from the City of Houston, the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston First, and the Visitors Bureau. Our partnership with the local entities has been a solid one, and they have been working very closely with us in moving the convention date and preparing the Convention space to accommodate CDC Guidelines and that of local health officials. They continue to show they are doing all they can to see our Convention through with us. 

All of this work has one objective in mind — delivering Texas’ electoral college votes for President Trump in November and victories for all our candidates from the White House to the courthouses all across Texas. We are focused on winning in November and not allowing any loss of momentum that risks victory. For more information on our State Convention and to register, visit our website.

In May, we concluded our Statewide Elected Official Tele-Town Hall series with Senator John Cornyn. Senator Cornyn gave us an update on the work he is doing in Washington, D.C. and throughout Texas to protect businesses from certain liabilities as they begin to reopen. His work will ensure businesses do not have to battle overzealous attacks as they struggle to reopen. You can listen to highlights from the Town Hall with Senator Cornyn by visiting our YouTube channel.

RPT has temporarily moved from in-person training and voter contact to phone banking and online training sessions, and we are so grateful to all of our volunteers who joined us for the virtual Days of Action, followed by phone banking. I attended several of these virtual Days of Actions via Zoom to share the “Red Alert” presentation, which is the RPT’s plan for victory in November.

We also held a State Convention Update Town Hall to update Texas Republicans on our convention planning. If you missed the Town Hall, visit our YouTube channel to listen. 

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. Listen below!


Episode 16 – Texas Reopening for Summer

Episode 15 – Obama Strikes Back

Episode 14 – Is MJ Hegar a Serious Candidate?

Episode 13 – Summer is here and Texas is Open


Episode 16 – Texas Reopening for Summer

Episode 15 – Obama Strikes Back

Episode 14 – Is MJ Hegar a Serious Candidate?

Episode 13 – Summer is here and Texas is Open

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Our field staff is working tirelessly to hit our milestones as we continue to work towards victory in November. To help us keep Texas red, please text VEP to 72000 now, and we will get you plugged in with our Volunteer Engagement Project. 

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!



James Dickey
Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

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