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Trick or Treat: Picking the Next GOP House Speaker

Trick or Treat: Picking the Next GOP House Speaker

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Austin, TX, Release: October 30, 2020. For Immediate Release 

Today GOP Chairman Allen West is calling on Republican members of the House to unite and elect a Speaker from the whole caucus.

“Concerning reports of a fractured effort to coronate the next Speaker have grown in recent days.

Discussions about the next Speaker should be inclusive.  Any candidate who emerges from a guarded smoke-filled room will end in embarrassment.”

The State Republican Executive Committee has a list of 43 members of the Republican caucus who have committed to elect a Speaker from the caucus. 

Click here to see the list

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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 10.26.20

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 10.26.20

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Consequences

I had a fantastic final swing through West Texas, Odessa-El Paso-Lubbock, over the weekend, and then to Waco on Sunday evening. What a humbling honor to travel the Lone Star State from the rolling pine tree hills of East Texas to the wondrous beauty of Hill Country to the waves of the Gulf to the vastness of our agricultural lands of grazing cattle and cotton fields to the open grandeur of the Big Bend and Guadalupe mountains. When you hear the words, “God Bless Texa,s” you just have to respond…yeah, God did, indeed, bless Texas.

Yesterday, I had a nice Sunday morning run of about six miles. The change in the weather just felt great. As I ran, looking out over Lake Ray Hubbard, one word came to me: consequences.

I remember the sage wisdom of former Fox News host, Greta Van Susteren, when she would say, “Washington DC is the city of no consequences.” We must ask why would that be the case? We continue to see and hear stories of corruption on a grand scale, and that brings the current situation with Joe and Hunter Biden to mind.

How is it that we continue to hear of these escapades that are clearly questionable, if not outright abjectly criminal, yet there are never any consequences?

We all are very aware that if any of us — ya know, those not part of the elites — were to commit any semblance of the same, we would immediately be doing the “perp walk.” So, why is it that we become more and more frustrated when we see no consequences for illegal, criminal, behavior from some? It’s simple: we want people to be held accountable and responsible for their actions. We the People do not want anyone to believe they are above the law, above reproach. There are those who speak of social justice. That is nothing more than a leftist attempt at forcible, mandated, equality of outcomes. We just want justice, equally administered to every American.

That leads me to another aspect of the word, consequences; elections have consequences.

Just imagine, if four years ago Hillary Clinton had won the presidential election, what would the consequences have been? First, and most importantly, we would have never come to know about the level of corruption that exists within the highest levels of our Department of Justice. We would have never known of the deep degree of deception, and collusion, that exists between the progressive socialist left and their willing allies in the media. The consequences for our economy, liberty, freedom, and position in the world would have been endangered. But, the progressive socialist left does not see it that way. So, here we are again, on the precipice of making a monumental decision that will have dire consequences for our America, our Texas.

Joe Biden is nothing more than a leftist Trojan horse. The manipulative deceivers of the left want us to accept ol’ Joe within the gates of our Republic. They have cloaked him in the mantle of “likability;” a moderate, and, just like everyone else, ol’ Joe, the kid from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The consequence of allowing Biden to enter into our White House means the return of the progressive socialist left, a Barack Obama part deux.

Joe Biden let all of us know the consequences for us here in Texas. Biden fully admitted that he would “transition” us from oil, meaning that he would end the oil and gas industry that God has blessed Texas to produce in abundance.

Joe Biden let all of us know the consequences for us here in Texas. Biden fully admitted that he would “transition” us from oil, meaning that he would end the oil and gas industry that God has blessed Texas to produce in abundance. The consequences mean that, regardless of our scenic beauty in Texas, we would be driven into economic disaster. The consequences mean that millions would be out of work. Then again, that suits the left just fine as they need victims to be wedded to welfare nanny-state programs.

This election cycle, the progressive socialist left has done a fine job of telling us how much they hate President Donald J. Trump. Sadly, the consequences of that hatred have spilled over into an abject hatred of America itself. They are telling us how horrible our country is, a racist nation. They say America was founded on racist principles, asserting that our beginning came in 1619 when the first slave ship reached these shores . . . not 1776 with our Declaration of Independence. Here in Texas, we have University of Texas band members refusing to play “Eyes of Texas” because it is deemed racist. The same university was rated as one of the worst campuses for conservative students in the country.

That, my fellow Texans, is just one example of the consequences of allowing the delusion of the progressive socialist left to infiltrate the Lone Star State.

Four years ago, some 25 million Christians chose to not vote. The resulting consequences are that churches have been deemed “non-essential;” Supreme Court decisions against churches, and a Christian having to go before the Supreme Court over refusals to bake a cake for same-sex matrimonial ceremonies.

Elections do have consequences, and regardless of these cute little Democrat ads being run on TV, we all know what will happen, and, what they will do. The consequences mean leftists will obtain power, control, and dominance. That they will rule, not govern. I do pray that Republicans realize that the electorate wants to see them govern as constitutional conservatives. Here in Texas, we do not want to see leftists heading committees in our Texas legislature. Nor do we want leftists, Democrats, having a part in selecting the Texas State House Speaker when Republicans retain their majority.

Texas is the Lone Star State, and its star illuminates the other 49 stars on the American flag. We sing in “Texas, Our Texas:”

“O Empire wide and glorious you stand supremely blest.”

One consequence of this election is whether we will be able to sing “Texas, Our Texas,” or will we be mandated to kneel to the tyranny of the progressive socialist left?

Cast your vote for liberty and freedom. Cast your vote to kneel for God and stand for the Pledge to the American and Texas flag. Cast your vote to sing “God Bless America” and “Texas, Our Texas.” Cast your vote and express that you want the consequences of this election to be a resounding victory for constitutional conservatism in Texas, not the failures of progressive socialism.

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Chairman West’s Monday Message for 10.19.20

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If you don’t vote for the Progressive Socialist Left, You Ain’t _____

Yes, early voting has begun, but last week’s big news story was the SCOTUS nomination hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. As I watched the highlights and listened to the absurd line of questioning emanating from the Democrats, it became very apparent that with Judge Barrett, there is no “sisterhood of the traveling pants” when it comes to a non-leftist woman.

Then again, this is a recurring theme with the left. That is why the title of this missive permits you to fill in the blank.

It is obvious that, for the Democrats, you are not a woman if you do not embrace their “dogma.” Judge Barrett is highly qualified, and the fact that she could respond to the insidious inquiries of Democrat senators without notes is evidence of her masterful demeanor and competence. However, that has little to meaning to the left.

If one was to do a side by side analysis of Justice Elena Kagan and Judge Barrett, it is hands down who the superior nominee is. But, the bottom line is that Kagan was nominated by Barack Obama, and therefore she fits the left’s definition of a woman. The left defines a woman as someone who believes that murdering unborn children is a valid means of birth control. And, any woman that does not accept that premise, up to actual birth, is for them, not a woman.

Judge Barrett’s hearing last week was the epitome of leftist identity politics. For the progressive socialist left, your skin color, sex, and any other divisive characteristic defines your ideological thinking. It is the most basic expression of fascism that one could ever comprehend. Being a woman means being leftist, and if you are not a leftist, well, then, fill in the blank.

The same goes for those conservative, Orthodox Jews, who have shed the shackles of leftism. There is no doubt that President Trump has done more for the Jewish community than any other president, certainly more than Barack Obama. However, you ain’t, fill in the blank, if you do not vote for the progressive socialist left. That is the case regardless of the fact that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio — whose real name is Warren Wilhelm, Jr. — is sending officers into Jewish temples to enforce his idiotic, and anti-Semitic, edicts. But, since these are the folks who are not voting for Democrats, then they ain’t really Jewish anyway. Who cares that they support the president who actually did move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to the rightful capital of the Jewish State of Israel. Those who are happy about that ain’t, well, just fill in the blank.

Let’s not forget, that the Democrat nominee for president, Joe Biden, vehemently stated to Blacks, that you ain’t, fill in the blank, if you are confused about who you are voting for. That condescending and offensive bit of word-vomit caused me to respond immediately with a video which you can view below. How utterly racist to assert that my skin color is the basis upon which I am supposed to think. Yet, I have not heard any leftist media outlet ask Joe Biden what he meant with that statement. The answer for this dismissal and oversight is that the Democrats are all in agreement — along with enablers in the Black community, just as with the Jewish community — that they are the ones who define your thoughts.

That is what I refer to as collective subjugation. It is when these socialist, Marxist, progressives eliminate individual thought and replace it with collectivism. You are no longer seen as a person, you are just as Bob Seger once sang, “I Feel Like a Number.” And, it is reflective of the old Star Trek: Next Generation adversary, The Borg. Some of us remember the Borg’s mantra: “resistance is futile, you will assimilate.” To those who refuse to assimilate, such as conservative women, Jews, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians — whoever — you are then targeted for persecution, ridicule, and disparagement.

That is what you saw last week during the hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. It was what you saw also with the SCOTUS hearing of Justice Clarence Thomas, who correctly referred to his inquisition as a “high tech lynching.” And, just who was leading the Senate Judiciary Committee lynching of a highly qualified Black conservative nominee? Yes, none other than Joe Biden, who says, “you ain’t Black if you are confused about who to vote for.”

So why do we allow the party of systemic racism, sexism, and every other -ism, to get away with their abhorrent behavior?

It is my hope and prayer that this election cycle, America — Texas — will awaken and deliver a resounding electoral punishment to these racists and sexists. War on women? Yes, that would be the Democrats. Soft bigotry of low expectations? Yes, the Democrats, again. Heck, the Party of the Jackass has now even gone so far as to deem the traditional nuclear family as a symbol of racism, and White Supremacy. Therefore, you ain’t a family unless you are what the progressive socialist left calls a family. Here I thought my wife Angela and I had done so well, being married for 30 years and having raised two beautiful daughters. According to the Democrats, we are neither Black, nor a family. We are demeaned and denigrated because we do not want to be slaves on the 21st-century economic plantation of the left, and we seek to be an intelligent couple who can think for ourselves.

Texas is known for, defined by, and regarded for its rugged individual determination, will, and drive. It is that which makes that Texas aura, a distinctive character. Why would anyone vote for, support, and embrace the ideal of the fascist progressive socialists who punish you for not embracing group-think, based upon identity?

I am a Texan. I am a Christian constitutional conservative. I am a soldier, husband, and dad. I am an American Black man who proudly thinks for himself, and, I will never surrender to the collective subjugation of the progressive socialist left.

The question is, will you?

Steadfast and Loyal,

LTC Allen B. West (Ret.)
Chairman
Republican Party of Texas

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 10.12.20

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And so it begins…What’s at stake?

Yes, I know, we have all heard it before, “it is the most important election of our lifetime.” I am just 59 years of age and I must admit, never in my lifetime have the stakes for Texas — and America — been higher. I think we would have to go back to the 1864 presidential election, which resulted in the reelection of Abraham Lincoln, and which cost him his life, to find a more critical moment in the history of these United States of America. The philosophical divide is grand, and therefore, the consequences are as well.

The players are the same, Democrats and Republicans. And, in a way, so are the two very divergent ideologies.

President Lincoln articulated it the best in a speech he gave in April of 1864:

“The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name, liberty. And, it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names, liberty and tyranny. The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as a liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty, especially as the sheep was a black one. Plainly the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of the word liberty.”

We are at that moment when we, the sheepdogs, the true guardians of this Republic, must drive the wolves away. When Lincoln was speaking, it was about the physical enslavement of an entire race of people. Today, as I write these words, it is about the economic enslavement, and the collective subjugation of our American population.

We here, in Texas, are on the frontlines of that fight…we are the vanguard, the Praetorian guard who must stand at the gates and protect that coveted American quality called liberty.

Texas has the 10th largest economy in the world. A little over 10 percent of Fortune 500 corporations call Texas home. Elon Musk and Tesla have announced they’re moving to Texas…Why? Because Texas is about economic empowerment. Texas is a place where the indomitable individual entrepreneurial spirit flourishes. It is the place where businesses from failed states such as California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey are fleeing.

Just ask our Republican Party of Texas Finance Chairman Ed Trevis why he moved his company, Corvalent, from California to Texas a little over a decade ago. Ed is originally from Brazil; ask him about the liberty America affords individual investment, ingenuity, and innovation. Ed is passionate about Texas because he understands Lincoln’s delineation between liberty and tyranny.

The rule of law, law and order, is at stake. The wolves advance the rule of the mob, their wolfpack spreading chaos, violence, and mayhem. All one has to do is look at the capital city of Texas, Austin, and see the consequences of leftist rule. They defunded the police in Austin by $150M, and Austin has now seen an over 60 percent increase in violent crime. The homeless situation in Austin is disgusting, and dangerous, to law abiding citizens. Austin, once the live music capital of the world, has seen 90 percent of its live music establishments shut down permanently.

We must defend our police, and we must retain constitutionalist judges. Texas will have four State Supreme Court justices and three Criminal Court of Appeals judges up for reelection. There are countless other important judicial positions on the ballot. Two years ago, Texans lost 56 judicial positions to the wolves of the progressive socialist left, and George Soros funded the flipping of several key District Attorney positions in the Lone Star State. There are some who believe that “We the People” of Texas should not vote for judicial positions, that they should be appointed by some political class, or worse by a commission of cronies. Just last week in Dallas there was a hearing on this folly.

Last week, I wrote about our oil and gas industry, and its importance. A vote for the wolves of leftism means its decimation.

The education of our children is at stake, unless you prefer our little sheep to be indoctrinated by the wolf pack? The University of Texas, Austin, was just rated as one of the worst campuses in America for conservative students. Yes, not UC California-Berkeley, but our University of Texas is rated as the worst place for intellectual discourse for our conservative young people.

The Austin ISD is an example of the perversion of the left when one considers their sex “education” curriculum for 3rd-8th graders. It is insidious and irresponsible — well, actually stuck on stupid — to teach, no indoctrinate, such failed beliefs as socialism, collectivism, and Marxism in our education system to future generations. This is why the school board and our Texas State Board of Education are such vital elected positions.

Our religious liberty is at stake, also. Just look at California where churches are being told to lock their doors under the penalty of arrest. Who wants that ideology, that belief system here in our Texas? Christian business owners are being persecuted for their religions beliefs and faith across America. We must not allow this cancer to ever creep into Texas. It is the purest definition of insanity to depart someplace that is failing — California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey — and bring the same failures to a place that is thriving, Texas. Heck, even God told Lot, as He was destroying Sodom and Gomorrah, “Don’t look back.”

It is rather perplexing that anyone would leave these failed “blue” states, and still retain confidence in the philosophy of governance for which they departed. Can I just ask a simple question, why did you not stay where you were?

What is at stake? The very foundations of our Constitutional Republic are at risk. And as it says in Psalm 11:3, “If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?” The answer is simple, the righteous must vote. Sadly, in 2016, some 25 million Christians did not vote. This is why church doors were shut on Easter Sunday, and deemed non-essential. 

Sir Edmund Burke stated it succinctly, “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Now is that moment when good Texas men and women can make a difference.

Our first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, did define the 2020 election cycle. It is a battle between liberty and tyranny. The stakes are high, and starting this Tuesday, October 13th, you have a decision to make: join me, join us, the guardians, lock shields, and let us defeat the tyranny of the wolves, the progressive socialist left.

Carpe Diem! Let us seize upon this moment in time, in the history of Texas, and send a resounding message to this evil manifested in the leftist socialists, Marxist, who are preying upon our way of life.

We are the storm!

LTC Allen B. West (Ret.)
Chairman
Republican Party of Texas

Chairman West’s Monday Message for 10.5.20

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Black Gold, Texas Tea . . . Energy Independence

Perhaps I am dating myself, but we should all remember the theme song from “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

“Come and listen to the story about a man named Jed, a poor mountaineer who barely kept his family fed. And then one day he was shooting at some food, and up through the ground came a-bubbling crude. Oil, that is, black gold, Texas tea.”

Here in Texas, the bubbling crude came forth from a place fondly referred to as Spindletop, and the rest is history. Texas is now renowned as being the central point of the oil and gas industry of America. From West Texas, the Permian Basin, to East Texas, down to the refineries and export facilities spanning from Houston to Beaumont, Texas is a global leader in the energy industry.

Oil and gas production in Texas has led the U.S. into an era of energy independence. As a matter of fact, the largest exporter of liquified natural gas (LNG) in the world is Port Arthur, Texas.  

The U.S. now produces more than we consume, therefore our country cannot be held hostage by unfriendly nations, including the Middle East, Venezuela, nor Russia. Not only does America’s energy security have a profound effect on our economic security, but it is vital to our national security.  Therefore, any political policy that harms the oil and gas industry puts our national security at risk.

That is exactly what the Kamala Harris-Joe Biden ticket means for Texas, and the United States. Biden may have stated that he does not support the Green New Deal, but his own website begs to differ.

Harris, well, we all know she is an avowed progressive socialist and supports the folly of a delusional bartender from the Bronx named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We should not be surprised, at all, if the young and deranged Ocasio-Cortez were to become our new Secretary of Energy under a Harris-Biden administration. Talk about detrimental to our oil and gas industry! The Green New Deal calls for the decimation of the oil and gas industry in America in 10 years.

Oil and gas production, transportation, refining, and manufacturing are the primary economic drivers in our state.  The oil and gas industry creates wealth and economic benefits to every Texan through good-paying white- and blue-collar jobs, and an increased standard of living.  Texas has no state income tax largely because of the petroleum industry.

Texas has very efficient and affordable power generation systems, mostly due to its use of clean-burning and reliable natural gas.  Texas also produces the greatest amount of wind energy in the nation, as well as significant amounts of solar energy.  The state’s leaders realize that these forms of energy can — and must — coexist to provide reliable and affordable energy sources over many decades to come. However, wind energy cannot be distributed without natural gas pushing it through the system.

Just consider the abject insanity of California, a state that just last week mandated all-electric vehicles by 2035, at a time when the “Golden State” is experiencing rolling electricity blackouts. The great thing about Texas is that we are on our own energy grid! We do not need to take the failed path of California in mandating our citizens’ use of solar panels on their homes. How many middle-to-lower income families will be able to afford the leftist elitist mandates of highly expensive green energy homes and cars?

Oil and gas production supports Texas’ educational system through ad valorem taxes, payroll taxes, severance taxes, and much more.  Oil and gas revenues provide for the Permanent University Fund, which supports the flagship universities of our state. Refineries and chemical plants provide robust tax bases for many of our school districts. In other words, the oil and gas industry in Texas has enabled Texans to have better educational opportunities. Then again, Joe Biden has already stated that is one of the first things he wants to end, charter schools, which we have here in Texas.

The oil and gas industry in Texas consists of 12,000 businesses that provide over 320,000 jobs to Texans. One of the world’s largest corporations is headquartered here in Texas, Exxon-Mobil. The Harris-Biden platform contains initiatives to end the production and use of fossil fuels on federal lands and waters. a return to the failed Obama-Biden policies.  

These two candidates have also indicated a desire to end hydraulic fracturing in the prolific U.S. shale plays, including those in Texas.  These policies would result in the loss of approximately 120,000 jobs in Texas by 2022, as well as a loss of $65 million to Texas state revenues. This is a price too high to pay given that, per the EPA, the U.S. produces only 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The real drivers of “global warming” or “climate change,” — or whatever the progressive socialist left is calling it these days — are China and India, not the United States. That whole Paris Climate Accord? Well, it was just a huge socialist dream of global wealth redistribution.

When we see a Harris-Biden yard sign in Texas, it should make one scratch their head. Who in their right mind would want to see the 10th largest economy in the world — and a leader in the global oil and gas industry — destroyed? Who in their right mind would want to see America no longer energy independent, but return to the days of being dictated to by the OPEC nations? Y’all remember how Saudi Arabia manipulated us during the crisis of the Carter administration. Venezuela was once one of the most prosperous nations in our western hemisphere. They possess greater oil reserves than Saudi Arabia. Now, due to socialist dictators who nationalized their oil and gas industry, Venezuelans are starving and dying, and their economy has been, and is, devastated.

Texans, we cannot afford to have any progressive socialist electoral victories in the Lone Star State. That means the White House, Senate, Congressional, State Senate, and State House cannot be allowed to have any lefitst electoral successes. 

The oil and gas industry in Texas, combined with our impeccable, indomitable entrepreneurial spirit of innovation and ingenuity has made our nation energy independent, a global leader. We are no longer victims to despots and dictators. Why would anyone vote for an ideology, a political philosophy, and policies that would endanger that? It’s simple, really: because you’re “Stuck on Stupid.”

And, nobody likes stupid.

LTC Allen B. West (Ret.)
Chairman
Republican Party of Texas

‘Come and Take It’ in 2020

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185 years ago today in Gonzales, Texas, the Mexican calvary demanded that the Texian rebels surrender their cannon. They were met with a flag saying “Come and Take It” echoing the phrase “Molon Labe” that the Spartan King Leonidas used at the battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC.  

Today we, Texans, should give that same answer to the coastal progressive elites and celebrities who are trying to flip Texas blue. These Hollywood and Manhattenite champagne socialists do not give a darn about Texas and our conservative values. They simply want to implement their radical agenda to enforce secular socialism across America. Texas is the bastion that has stopped them from accomplishing their goal. They know that if they can take Texas, Republicans will have no road to victory for any presidential election. 

This coming election will require all patriotic Texans to stand up and push back against the money that coastal elitists that are dumping into Texas. This election is not for sale and Texas will hold the line against progressive socialism.

As goes Texas, so goes the nation, and we are returning to the values that have made us strong!

Allen B. West
Chairman
Republican Party of Texas

Chairman West’s Statement on Holding Texas

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Below is Chairman West’s statement on holding Texas:

“The quality of our candidates far surpasses that of the collective lemmings of the Democrat Party. And they are out working their leftist opponents on the ground. We are putting more emphasis on our State House races by working with GOP State House leadership, fundraising support, and personal attention from at events in North Texas and other prioritized areas by myself.

Texans don’t want a State House that supports defunding the police, undermining our second amendment right, instituting a state income tax, destroying our oil and gas industry, and politically reshaping the Lone Star State. 

Our Texas GOP State House incumbents and challengers support the rule of law, law and order. The Obama-Holder-Bloomberg backed progressive socialist leftist candidates support the rule of the mob, chaos and violence on our streets. Texans will not allow a leftist ideological agenda in its State House that has been exemplified in the utter disaster that is witnessed in our State Capitol of Austin. The strength of our principles, values, and message far surpasses the millions of dollars from California and other failed states to turn Texas into another leftist disaster.

The Texas Democrat Party needs victims. Republicans running for the Texas State House believe in policies enabling Texans to be economically empowered, to be victors.

Recent news out of Harris County, illegal ballot harvesting, evidences the method, means, by which Democrats are seeking power and control in Texas. Republicans will retain the Texas State House and win back seats lost in 2018 because we believe in governing. The Texas State House stays Red, and will be constitutionally conservative.”

Only by fighting against Democrats’ attempt to undermine election integrity and to win the war of policy ideas will Texas stay Red.