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Update from Chairman Dickey, August 2019

Update from Chairman Dickey, August 2019

Dear Fellow Texas Republicans,

A lot of wonderful things happened in August. Sadly, though, Texans were faced with tragedy at the month’s beginning and end. On August 3rd in El Paso we were heartbroken by the heinous actions of an individual who took the lives of 22 and injured 24 others. On August 31st in Midland and Odessa 7 innocents were killed and 25 injured in another evil onslaught.

We all wish that there were a simple solution to such situations. There is not. Some things can be done on the margins, and some steps will undoubtedly be taken. We must be cautious to ensure that in our desire to take those steps we do not inadvertently make it harder, not easier, for innocent people to be protected. 

May God comfort all those touched by these senseless acts – and the far too many each month harmed by other much less sensational acts of violence.

On the things within our control at the Republican Party of Texas (RPT), a lot of great positive things happened during the month of August. We travelled around the state, held our first Volunteer Engagement Project (VEP) board meeting, hired new staff, and much more!

Early in the month we announced that the RPT had over $1 million cash-on-hand for the first time in five years! We have been working hard to maintain healthy cash balances to build out our field and messaging operations for the 2020 election cycle. I am thankful to every donor who has invested with the Republican Party of Texas to help us reach this threshold once again. 

Thanks to continued support and conservative management we were able to report that as of the last business day of the month we had over $1.25 million cash-on-hand for the first time on record! Of course the Party has simultaneously remained fully debt-free, as it has since all debt was paid off 9 years ago.

This solid financial base is vital as we head into a challenging 2020 cycle where Democrat supporters from around the country are clearly targeting Texas Republicans. While we are excited about our financial position, we know there is much work to do to defend Texas. 

During the month of August, we held our first meeting of the Republican Party of Texas Volunteer Engagement Project (RPTVEP) working group I appointed to act as the Board of Directors for this crucial project. We were pleased to have Mitch Carney, Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Political Director, Steve Munisteri, former RPT Chairman, Karen Newton, President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women (TFRW), Jack Barcroft, Chairman of the Texas Republican County Chairmen’s Association (TRCCA), Kathaleen Wall, Chairwoman of the RPT Voter Registration group, Sarah Saiz, Political Director for Texans for Greg Abbott (TGA), Trey Trainor, RPT Assistant General Counsel, and myself in attendance. The Project also benefits from the pro-bono strategic advice of Karl Rove.

This project has become a model for other states around the nation to follow – as evidenced by the Republican National Committee (RNC)  asking us to give a presentation on it during their quarterly meeting the last week of July in Charlotte, NC. Starting this project nearly 16 months ahead of the 2020 general election was absolutely critical for us to meet the challenges we face this election. There is still an incredible amount of work that must be done. We are committed to doing so and committed to supporting all of our candidates up and down the ballot.

National Committeeman from Texas, Dr. Robin Armstrong, held several engagement events in both Dallas and Houston. They focused on convention training as well as a 2020 campaign update!

I was honored to share our record-breaking progress at the Republican Party of Texas with those at Congressman Pete Olson’s Pastor Lunch which was led by Christian Collins, well known Houston businessman and Hurricane Harvey hero Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, and Pastor Rafael Cruz. It is always inspiring to be with our faith leaders and we are always grateful for their prayers!

I met with several members in Collin County leadership. Pictured left to right are Collin County Republican Party Vice Chair Karl Voigtsberger, State Representative Jeff Leach, Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey, State Representative Matt Shaheen, State Representative Candy Noble, and SREC Committeeman Chuck Branch.

You may have heard already, but we’re excited to announce a new calendar mapping feature on our website! We can now keep Republican events throughout the state of Texas in one easy place. Republican club, auxiliary, county party, or any and all officeholders not involved in a primary, are strongly encouraged to submit events for us to add to the calendar. That can be done by filling out the form found here!

Did you know that over 870,000 new Texas voters have been registered since the November 2018 general election? For years Democrats have been working to intentionally grow their registered base. Republicans in Texas had not. That all changed this year, and we’re spreading the message to every Republican club and county. As part of the work to promote our need to do that I became a Deputy Voter Registrar in 18 counties! 

  • Bexar
  • Zapata
  • Hidalgo
  • Cameron
  • Willacy
  • Frio
  • Tarrant
  • Collin
  • Dallas
  • Williamson
  • Harris
  • Travis
  • Bell
  • Hays
  • Comal
  • McLennan
  • Denton
  • Burnet

I encourage you to get involved with the Volunteer Engagement Project to find out how you can help us register and engage Republican across the state of Texas.

During my trip to South Texas, I made a stop by the Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras International Bridge to discuss the importance of securing our border to keep Texans safe as well as the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement which will ensure fairer deals for Texans, and all Americans. As has become the norm, Democrats have opted for obstruction on both accounts because they have put their dislike for the President ahead of the good of the country. Check out the video on this now and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube page!

Other pictures from the month of August:

Chairman James Dickey with the Maverick County Republican Executive Committee Members

Chairman James Dickey with the Reagan Legacy Republican Women’s Club
Chairman James Dickey with Team Abbott volunteers in Dallas for a Day of Action
Chairman James Dickey met with Hidalgo County Young Republicans in McAllen
Some Lighthearted Fun in San Antonio with Chairman James Dickey and Vice Chair Alma Jackson
Chairman James Dickey with Senator John Cornyn, State Representative Angie Chen Button, State Republican Executive Committeewoman Susan Fountain, and more at TFRW Fundraiser in Dallas
Highland Village Balloon Festival with Republican Volunteers

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Sincerely,

James Dickey
Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

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Chairman James Dickey’s Monthly Update, July 2019

Chairman James Dickey’s Monthly Update, July 2019

Dear Fellow Republican,

It’s the dog days of summer but RPT has been moving full steam ahead!

Before we discuss our progress and activity this month, we celebrate the life of one of our own whom we were devastated to lose too soon – Debbie Terry. A significant ally and leader, SD12 State Republican Executive Committeewoman, Debbie Terry, was elected to the SREC in 2016 and was an impactful and dynamic part of our RPT family. In addition to her leadership on the SREC, Debbie volunteered countless hours for the Republican Party and for the candidates she supported, was a Denton County Republican Party Precinct Chair and was the first President of Golden Corridor Republican Women where she was a founding member. Her loss will be felt greatly but her contributions to advancing our Party left an indelible impact. We continue to pray for Debbie’s family.

Candidate trainings have been happening all over the state with more than 1300 paying participants attending the Leadership Institute-led programs. Many thanks to Cat Parks for running point on making these trainings a success! 

In addition, over 25 candidates, activists and potential campaign managers attended the sold-out biennial RPT campaign management school. For 20 plus years, the RPT has hosted these schools to pass on information from GOP experts to emerging campaign leaders and candidates. Over the two-and-a-half day school, participants were presented with information on multiple facets of running a successful campaign. Some of the foremost experts in the country presented on topics from time management, media, budgeting, data utilization and much more.

We continue to expand the RPT’s efforts to win in 2020. Chief among those efforts is RPT’s special Volunteer Engagement Project (VEP). The initial funds necessary have been raised to start the Project. The working group has retained the strategic consulting firm FP1 Strategies to assist in the development of the overall strategic plan, strategies for implementation and organization. FP1 Partner Steve Munisteri is handling the account on behalf of FP1. Munisteri serves as Senior Advisor to the project. In addition, the Project is receiving the pro-bono help of Karl Rove. Staff hiring, infrastructure and technology preparations all came together as planned for an on-time launch of the project.

The Executive Director of the VEP is Mitch Carney, who has managed and worked on some of the most competitive Republican campaigns across the country, including Congressman Will Hurd’s extensive voter contact and turnout effort in his successful re-election effort in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in 2016. Carney also served as Deputy Political Director for Carly for America and Regional Political Director for The Republican Party of Texas’ southern region.

We’re thrilled to welcome Leslie Recine to the RPT team as our Special Projects Coordinator. Leslie has been active with the Republican Party since 1992 when she attended her Precinct Convention and presented a pro-life resolution. Since then, Leslie’s effort in support of the Party has included work as a State Representative’s District Director, experience in professional fundraising for a host of local, legislative and statewide candidates, years of volunteering with Texas Federation of Republican Women and serving as Senate District 10’s State Republican Executive Committeewoman from 2006-2014. She was elected as a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention and has received the honor of being recognized as a TFRW Tribute to Women Honoree. ​

To help fund our 2020 efforts Senator John Cornyn headlined a fundraiser for the RPT in Washington, DC. Senator Cornyn was joined by Senator Ted Cruz and members of the Texas delegation to the US House. This strong visible signal by our elected officials in support of the RPT underscores the urgency we all share to come together for an election fight next year the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades in Texas. We are all in sync when it comes to the commitment we have to not just retaining, but growing our majorities in Texas in 2020.

While in our nation’s capitol I also took the opportunity to meet with White House political staff to discuss the challenges in Texas and the ways that we can work together to meet those challenges. 

I closed out the month in Charlotte, NC to attend the 3rd Quarterly meeting of the Republican National Committee (RNC). State Chairs, National Committeemen, and National Committeewomen from around the nation gathered to discuss how we will win in 2020. A crucial part of that winning strategy is voter registration. The RPT’s voter registration efforts have been recognized as a model for the rest of the country, so the RNC asked that Kyle Whatley, RPT Executive Director, share our Volunteer Engagement Project plans and preparations. RNC Political Director Chris Carr later reported, “The Texas delegation presented on some of the great voter registration efforts they are doing in the Lone Star State. Really appreciate them and their hard work.

As usual, we are ahead of the rest of the nation. We have an incredible amount of work to do to defend the Lone Star State!

Those were just a few of the biggest things to happen in July. Here are some pictures from just a few of our many other activities:

Chairman James Dickey joined Jason Whitely and Bud Kennedy on Inside Texas Politics!

Piney Woods Republican Women’s club social in Cass county

Mason County Republican Women

Candidate Training in Bexar County with Sen Pete Flores

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Sincerely,

James Dickey
Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

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Update from Chairman Dickey, June 2019

Update from Chairman Dickey, June 2019

Dear Fellow Republican,

The month of June started to steal the fireworks from July with some serious momentum! We announced exciting new initiatives to deliver Republican victories in 2020, saw Texas leading the nation (as usual) in support for the President, tallied up legislative victories, and so much more. We are wasting no time in picking up steam to defend Texas in 2020.

June 3, 2019 marked my two year anniversary leading RPT. I am truly blessed to serve as your Chairman and will continue to fight for a brighter future for all Texans. Our booming economy shows just how well the Republican principles we advance have worked. The Party’s solid financial results over the last two years – increased total fundraising, increased Victory spending, and increased cash on hand – has placed us in a position to do what we must in 2020 to defend Texas.

One of the best parts of being Chairman is travelling across our beautiful state to visit with y’all and share RPT plans, activities, and how we can work together to win in 2020! In June I was hosted by the Pflugerville Republican Club, Ellis County GOP, the Hill Country Republican Women’s Club, the Prayer Luncheon in Sugar Land, and more. In addition, I had the honor of speaking at the annual Texas Boys State in Austin. Seeing so many brilliant, driven young people with passion for public service fills me with immense pride and optimism for the next generation of Texans.

The second quarter State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) meeting occurred the first weekend of June. I reported the good news that RPT had a cash balance of over $800,000 in the bank – and as of my two-year anniversary as Chairman the RPT had grown our bank account balances by well over $200,000 during my tenure – in comparison to a drop in available cash of over $400,000 during the prior two years. We have new initiatives and partnerships that promise continued growing financial strength for 2020 and I am committed to making that growth happen. We set big goals for this year and continue to reach for them every month. They are paying off in that we are exceeding operating expenses and maintaining an excellent cash balance. Our team and I have been working with major donors, refining our telemarketing and direct mail programs and enhancing our digital marketing.  So we continue to prepare for 2020, bring on field staff, raise money, and build new partnerships for victory up and down the ballot next year.

At a special reception that same weekend, the new Volunteer Engagement Project (VEP) was announced. The initial resources to fund the effort have been raised and the effort is officially launched! The project focuses on volunteer recruitment, revitalizing Republican organizations, and engaging in nuts-and-bolts party building for the 2020 election cycle, such as voter registration. We must work harder to grow exponentially for success in 2020 and this committee is a big part of making big things happen to win in Texas in 2020.

Karl Rove has graciously donated his time to provide strategic advice to this project. The working group for the VEP will include Karen Newton, President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, Jack Barcroft, President of the Texas Republican County Chairmen’s Association, Kathaleen Wall, Chair of the RPT Voter Registration working group, Karl Rove, and me. Going forward it is anticipated to include several additional prominent Republicans. Mitch Carney serves as VEP Executive Director and we have also brought him on as RPT Political Director. Steve Munisteri serves as Senior Adviser to the project and is the partner handling the account on behalf of FP1 Strategies to assist in the development of the overall strategic plan, strategies for implementation, and organization. We are very happy to have Chairman Munisteri involved again with the RPT and are excited to work with these esteemed Republicans to recruit volunteers and build an infrastructure to win victories in 2020.

The 86th Legislative Session saw a lot of positive activity for the Republican Party Platform. At least 61 bills passed that were related to Republican Party of Texas’ platform planks, plus nine bills passed related to the RPT Legislative Priorities as identified by State Convention Delegates in 2018: ending taxpayer funded lobbying, abolishing abortion, ensuring the right to unlicensed self-defense (commonly referred to as Constitutional Carry), swapping the maintenance and operation school property tax with a consumption tax, and prohibiting the violation of the rights and freedoms of individuals, organizations, and businesses to exercise their sincerely held religious beliefs. 

The Governor signed into law numerous important bills from the 86th Legislative Session such as Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 3 that bring greater property tax relief and reform than Texans have seen in the last 38 years. In addition to $5 billion in property tax relief allocated to the first biennium to ease the maintenance and operation property tax burden, these bills work in conjunction to establish a 3.5% cap on property tax growth and a 2.5% cap on property tax growth for school districts. This will make a tremendous, palpable impact on property taxes – and family budgets – over time. Senate Bill 2 also automatically requires voter approval should taxing units seek to increase taxes more than those caps. Also included is a major reduction in Recapture, the long despised “robin hood”, which has hurt school districts throughout the state. Other Legislative Priority progress includes the great news that no longer can state and local taxpayer money be used to support the abortion industry, you can now carry a handgun without a license for a short period of time after a declared emergency, your religious liberty as a business owner is further protected, and there is mandatory transparency and disclosure when tax collecting entities spend taxpayer money on lobbying. There were many more victories – and details about them are available here!

We know our priorities are significant goals and recognize that change takes either large majorities or an incremental approach. That is why we must look to 2020 to do everything we can to win back the seats we lost in 2018 and win new seats to increase our majorities and accomplish more during the 87th Legislative Session.

And winning in 2020 is exactly what we are focused on now. We’ve begun to lay the groundwork for electoral success across Texas. Our partnership with the Republican National Committee is back in full swing with the hiring of Taylor Mattox as RNC State Director for Texas. The RPT was the first in the country to hire ground staff for the upcoming campaign season which has already yielded great results. For example, President Trump’s re-election announcement occurred during the National Week of Action in mid-June and Texas was number one in turnout for MAGA Meetups and Watch Party attendance!

The Democrat candidates for the presidency are all racing to the extreme left and proving every day how out of touch they are with America. They are putting forward ridiculous proposals such as free healthcare for illegal immigrants, the Green New Deal, forcing Americans off their healthcare (over 200 million would lose their insurance), and decriminalizing illegal border crossings. This is the extreme platform that they are running on and exactly why it is so important that we win Texas in 2020!

Whether you can volunteer every day or for just a few hours on one weekend, we need you this election. The Republican Party of Texas is the party of the Grassroots! Without your enthusiasm and help, we won’t be able to accomplish the goals we have to defend our great state from another Democrat onslaught! Please sign up today to volunteer – we need your help to secure a Republican victory from the bottom of the ballot all the way to the top! Thank YOU!

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Sincerely,

James Dickey
Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

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P.P.S. Donate today to help us on the road to 2020 so we can protect Texas’ 38 electoral votes and win the White House again!

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Update from Chairman Dickey, May 2019

Update from Chairman Dickey, May 2019

Dear Fellow Republican,

May brought with it the end of Session, productive meetings, and an emphasis on building and strengthening relationships with many who have an interest in defending Texas in 2020. I met with the Republican National Committee, Texas’ Republican Congressional delegation, Republican state legislators, donors, grassroots activists, clubs, and many more.

At the beginning of the month, I traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with the Republican National Committee and discuss the importance of delivering Texas’ crucial 38 electoral votes in the presidential election next year. While there, I had the opportunity to meet with our Republican Congressional delegation to determine how we could best work together after the Primary to win important races in Texas. We had a great discussion and came to one overwhelming conclusion – we must all work together to win in 2020. We cannot underestimate the drive of Texas and national Democrats to turn our great state blue. If we do not defend Texas in 2020 we might not see a Republican in the White House for years to come. That is why we are working hard now to engage Republicans and to prepare for the battles to come.

As you know, May marked the end of the 86th Legislative Session. Due to this, I spent countless hours at the Capitol meeting with Republican legislators and testifying on bills. Thank you to Senators Charles Perry, Larry Taylor, and Dawn Buckingham as well as Representatives Bill Zedler, Stan Lambert, Terry Wilson, and Chris Paddie for taking the time to meet with me in the final month of Session when each and every minute counts.

Special thanks to the State Republican Executive Committee members who continued to work hard on all of our Legislative Priorities right until the end of the session. As a result, record-setting reduction in property taxes, protection of religious liberty for businesses and their owners, an end to state and local taxes being used to fund Planned Parenthood, critical reporting on taxpayer-funded lobbying efforts and costs, and the passage of the ability to carry a firearm during a declared emergency were just a few of the highlights to come from this Session. We will have more on this at our SREC meeting this coming weekend in Austin where we welcome House Republican Caucus Chairman, Dustin Burrows.

We look forward to working hard to hold our majorities and elect Republicans in 2020 with an eye toward redistricting and making greater strides toward our goals in 2021!

I had the good fortune to be able to meet and speak with numerous Republican clubs across Texas during the month – from the Robson Ranch Republican Club, Hood County Republican Club, North East Tarrant Tea Party, Greater Katy Area Republicans, Fort Bend Republican Women’s Club, and more! These meetings were an incredible reminder to me of the importance of engaging ALL Republicans across the entire state – which is exactly what we intend to do in 2020! Counties like Collin are already practicing doing so during the city council and school board elections. I had the pleasure of joining in on their block walking effort and look forward to seeing their victories in those important runoff races on June 8. ​

I had the good fortune to be able to meet and speak with numerous Republican clubs across Texas during the month – from the Robson Ranch Republican Club, Hood County Republican Club, North East Tarrant Tea Party, Greater Katy Area Republicans, Fort Bend Republican Women’s Club, and more! These meetings were an incredible reminder to me of the importance of engaging ALL Republicans across the entire state – which is exactly what we intend to do in 2020! Counties like Collin are already practicing doing so during the city council and school board elections. I had the pleasure of joining in on their block walking effort and look forward to seeing their victories in those important runoff races on June 8. ​

May also, of course, holds Memorial Day – a day when we remember those who have paid the ultimate price on behalf of each and every American. May these men and women forever be remembered for their sacrifice in defense of our liberty. Their debt can never truly be repaid, but we can work to ensure every Texan, and American, has the best opportunity to pursue a brighter future. That is what we will continue to fight for each and every day.

May ended as it had begun, with meetings in Washington D.C., where I participated in an in-depth Republican National Committee training in preparation for the 2020 election. We covered critical communications, data, organization, staffing, and fundraising activities and best practices.

Throughout this month’s efforts I focused on building and strengthening relationships to ensure the cooperation and teamwork necessary to accomplish what we must in 2020. I look forward to working with each and every one of you as we march toward victory!

Today marks the two-year anniversary of my election as the Chairman of the Republican Party. During these past two years the Party has made meaningful improvements in both financial position and policy goals. There remains much more still to do, but I know that together Texas Republicans can accomplish what we must to continue to build on the successes we have had and keep Texas the beacon of freedom we know it must remain.

To reach our shared goals, we need your help! Join in on a block walk, phone bank, donation drive, or anything else you can do to help us spread the word of Republican values and to win in 2020!

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Sincerely

James Dickey
Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

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P.P.S. Join the Grassroots Club today to help us on the road to 2020 so we can protect Texas’ 38 electoral votes and win the White House again!

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Chairman Dickey’s Monthly Update, April 2019

Chairman Dickey’s Monthly Update, April 2019

Dear Fellow Texas Republican,

During the month of April, we welcomed important guests back to Texas – President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, and Republican National Committee Vice-Chairman Tommy Hicks. We are always happy to have them here – especially as both the Chair and Vice-Chair are native Texans! Additionally their visits to Texas make clear the importance the campaign and national party place on our great state as we prepare for the 2020 election. In Texas we know an important fact – as goes Texas, so goes the nation.

Without Texas’ 38 electoral votes, there is no path to Republican victory in the White House – even with wins in every other state won by President Trump in 2016. That is why we launched our national victory effort, WhiteHouseVictory.com. This endeavor will expand our fundraising targets nationally and allow us to bring money back to Texas to help us defend this most important stronghold in the country.

We are working hard for our Republican leaders who have delivered unprecedented prosperity and a booming economy for all. WhiteHouseVictory.com brings us one step closer to delivering a Republican victory in 2020!

In early April we held the highest grossing Spring Dinner since the event was restarted! We had Republican leaders like Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Dan Patrick, Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen, and nearly every other Republican statewide, State Senator, and State House member. It was great for Republican leadership to come together to support the Party, especially in the middle of a busy Legislative Session. A special thank you to our Finance Director Marissa Vredeveld for her hard work in making this dinner a tremendous success!

(Front Row) Republican Party of Texas staff with Governor Greg Abbott, (Middle Row Left to Right) Justice Jeff Boyd, Judge Kevin Yeary, Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Comptroller Glenn Hegar, Judge Michelle Slaughter, Judge David Newell, (Back Row Left to Right) Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian, Justice Brett Busby, Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey, Justice John Devine, and Judge Bert Richardson.

During President Trump’s visit to Texas, he stopped in Crosby, a small town in Harris County. While in Crosby, he signed two executive orders – one which would change the rules on how liquefied natural gas can be shipped and another which would take power to approve cross-border energy pipelines from the Secretary of State and give it to the President.

A week after the President’s visit to Texas, the Vice President came to Texas to speak at a Trump Victory luncheon. Many of our strongest Dallas area supporters attended to show their support for both the President and the Vice President. Texas’ own and RNC Vice Chairman Tommy Hicks was there as well.

We were fortunate to have Senator Ted Cruz headline a fundraiser for the Republican Party of Texas in Dallas. While it was a tremendous success, it was bittersweet because it was the day we heard of the passing of Dallas County Republican Party Chairwoman Missy Shorey. Thank you to Senator Ted Cruz for joining us for this event and joining us in remembering a special member of our Republican family. We look forward to having similar events with great Texas Republican officials throughout the 2020 cycle.

Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel made a trip to Texas to join the Texas Federation of Republican Women during their Legislative Day Luncheon. This was a great chance to meet supporters from all over the state of Texas and to reiterate the importance of winning our state in 2020. We look forward to helping grow TFRW moving forward and to keeping them involved and a crucial part of our re-election efforts!

During April, I was fortunate to travel across Texas to visit with Republicans throughout the state. I joined the Kingwood Tea Party, the Galveston County Republican Party Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner, the Young Republicans Dinner, the Freedom Rally in Corpus Christi, the Lake Travis Republican Club, the Gillespie County Republican Club, and the El Paso Republican Party Lincoln Reagan Dinner, to name a few. I will continue to travel around the state to meet Republicans new and old and to remind them of the importance of getting involved in order to win in 2020! ​

As you know, the 86th Legislative Session is in full swing. I’ve represented the Party and spoke on or dropped cards on numerous topics. I’ve also met with numerous state legislators – Senator Hall, Senator Seliger, Representative Lang, Representative Sheffield, Representative Tinderholt, Representative Ashby, Representative Krause, Representative Smith, and Representative Stucky. The overall goal is to accomplish our Legislative Priorities and to ensure our Legislators can attain major policy victories for the people of Texas. We will then take those victories across the state in 2020 to help our legislators win! ​

Top Left to right: Representative DeWayne Burns, Representative Matt Krause, Representative Lynn Stucky, Representative Reggie Smith, Senator Bob Hall, Representative Trent Ashby, and Representative Mike Lang

The overall goal is to accomplish our Legislative Priorities and to ensure our Legislators can attain major policy victories for the people of Texas. We will then take those victories across the state in 2020 to help our legislators win! ​

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Sincerely,

James Dickey
Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

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P.P.S. Join the Grassroots Club today to help us on the road to 2020 so we can protect Texas’ 38 electoral votes and win the White House again!

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Update from Chairman Dickey, March 2019

Update from Chairman Dickey, March 2019

Dear Fellow Texas Republican,

March seems to have flown by just as quickly as February – which reminds us that 2020 will be here in no time. Our major focus for the month of March was finishing the first quarter of 2019 well. Built new foundations and reinforced old ones in preparation for the 2020 election. We continued spreading our Red Alert Texas message and continued to test and set up new processes which will help us improve our ability to turnout Republicans next year. We’re eight months from 2020, but we’re already working at full speed.

I was fortunate to be able to attend several Reagan Day Dinners for county parties around the state. These events are key to the financial health of our county parties and a great opportunity for Republicans to come together. If you weren’t able to make it to a Reagan Day Dinner this year, be sure to keep an eye out and attend one next year!

Coryell County Reagan Day Dinner

Fort Bend County Reagan Day Dinner

While touring the state, I had the opportunity to spread our Red Alert Texas message to organizations who are interested in Republicans success. From Collin Strong, to the Texas Asian Republican Association we had insightful discussions about the future of our state and what must be done to win in 2020. While there is immeasurable work that must be done, I’m confident that donors and volunteers will continue to step up and help us elect Republicans who will lead the way toward a bright future for all. ​

Chairman James Dickey with Texas Federation of Republican Women members Grace Aguilar Handley and Kelly Aimone

Chairman James Dickey with Vice Chairman Alma Jackson and Dist. 17 SREC Member, Kathaleen Wall

Chairman James Dickey Speaking at the Collin Strong event in Collin County

The excitement of Republicans ahead of the 2020 election was clearly evident during a special event in Houston with Senator Ted Cruz. Multiple Congressman spoke at the celebration of Senator Cruz’ father Rafael’s 80th birthday. Some potential candidates were also present and excited about the chance to challenge incumbent Democrats. Everyone expressed their desire to take back lost ground and to earn new Republican seats! ​

Event in Houston with Senator Ted Cruz in honor of his father, Rafael’s 80th Birthday

The Republican National Hispanic Assembly and Bienvenido, a non-partisan organization which shares many Republican principles, also hosted a fantastic event in Houston. They highlighted the importance of the Hispanic community within the Conservative movement and featured a lot of individuals who had not previously been involved in politics! Congressman Dan Crenshaw spoke at the event about the many things our Republican elected officials are accomplishing in Washington.

Chairman James Dickey with some young, active members of Bienvenido!

Chairman James Dickey with Betty Cardenas and Carmen Crenshaw at the Bienvenido Event

In anticipation of a challenging 2020 election we have begun an early roll out of our systems to ensure they are effectively tested well in advance. We have rolled out the Advantage block walking system and are encouraging city council and school board candidates across the state who share our values to use the systems. Testing the systems and processes and training volunteers and staff now will ensure we are as prepared as possible for Victory in 2020!

We are already at work recruiting candidates to ensure every incumbent Democrat in Texas has a challenger. The Candidate Recruiting Task Force, led by Hamilton County Chair Cat Parks and her team of Regional Directors are ensuring potential candidates have exceptional training and support available. If you are interested in running or recommending a potential candidate, please complete the prospective candidate form.

Our voter registration effort is also in full swing – led by State Republican Executive Committee District 17 member, Kathaleen Wall. We are starting earlier to ensure we not only achieve our voter registration goals, but exceed them to put us in a place to win! If you or someone you know is not yet registered to vote, visit our website or text TXVOTE to 72000 so that we can help you get registered.

Legislative Update:

The Republican Party of Texas has advocated in support of bills in both the House and Senate that align with our Party Platform and five Legislative Priorities. Some of these topics include

  • Pro-life,
  • Property tax relief,
  • Religious freedom,
  • Election integrity,
  • Ending frivolous lawsuits,
  • The right to self defense,
  • Welfare reform,
  • Property annexation,
  • Bond elections, and
  • Special taxing districts

While these are only a few of the issues upon which we have voiced our support, there are numerous others which were laid out at Convention by the Grassroots as key issues. We will continue to work toward meaningful legislation which benefits all Texans.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many of our Legislators to discuss the challenges we face in 2020 and to encourage them to rack up as many wins for Texans as possible. Thank you to each and every Legislator who has taken the time to meet with me and to discuss what must be done ahead of 2020.

Chairman James Dickey testifying in front of the Senate State Affairs Committee

News Articles:

Press releases:

Coming Up:

This Friday, April 12th at 3:00pm CST marks the first of our weekly training, tutorial, and Q&A session covering the data-related tools, like Advantage and GOP Data Center, individuals can utilize.

This week we will be going over some of the basic features of Advantage. Some things that will be discussed are: What Advantage can be used for, how to get access, logging in, creating other users/volunteers, cutting and assigning walk books, utilizing the walk app, and any other questions that come up.

Training will start promptly at 3:00pm CST. Be sure to join the meeting a few minutes early to ensure you can join (some downloading of the Zoom application is required)

What: Advantage Training and Q&A
When: Friday, April 12th 2019 at 3:00pm CST

If you want to be in the loop on news about your Texas Republican Party and elected officials, text TXNEWS to 72000 now! 

Sincerely,
 

James Dickey
Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

P.S. If you received this monthly update email as a forward, be sure to sign up here to receive your own!

P.P.S. Join the Grassroots Club today to help us on the road to 2020 so we can protect Texas’ 38 electoral votes and win the White House again!

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Update from Chairman Dickey, February 2019

Update from Chairman Dickey, February 2019

Dear Fellow Republican,

The month of February is a short one, but it certainly wasn’t a quiet one for the Republican Party of Texas. During February we rolled out our Red Alert Texas message which focuses on what we learned from the Election in 2018 and what we must do to win in 2020.

We started this month off with a great event in Dallas – the Black History Month Celebration which featured RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. The event brought together Black Republicans from around the state who all discussed the most effective ways to engage African-American communities and spread our message of lower taxes, quality education, and continuing our booming economy. Thank you to Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel for attending and discussing what the RNC is doing to win in 2020 and thank you to RNC National Committeeman Dr. Robin Armstrong, Lieutenant Colonel Allen West, DCRP Chairwoman Missy Shorey, DCRP Vice Chair Karen Watson, State Republican Executive Committeeman JT Edwards, Pastor Stephen Broden, and everyone else who attended this fantastic event.

Left to right: National Committeeman Dr. Robin Armstrong, RPT Chairman James Dickey, Christopher Harvey

Left to right: RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, RPT Chairman James Dickey, DCRP Chairwoman Missy Shorey

I was honored to attend numerous events and meetings in February like the Liberty County Republican Party Executive Committee, the Tarrant County Republican Party Reagan Day Dinner, Denton County Legislative Day, the National Rifle Association Legislative Day, the Texas Republican County Chairmen’s Association Legislative Day, and many more where I was able to deliver our Red Alert Texas message. During these, and many more, meetings, we talked about what we must do to win in 2020. We must execute our plan to add over a million Republican voters in Texas and turn out these and many more for the 2020 Election. Democrats have already singled out Texas as “ground zero” for their efforts, so Texas in on RED ALERT! We are confident that the exceptional Texas results caused by Republican policies will ensure the support and cooperation we need to ensure we not only successfully defend Texas in 2020 but also win back some of the seats flipped in 2018.

Left to Right – Chairman James Dickey, Representative Keith Bell, Brandon Simon, Representative Mayes Middleton

Young Republicans from Texas State University

Coryell County Reagan Day Dinner

Texas Republican County Chairman’s Association Legislative Day

Since the 86th Legislative Session is in full swing, I have been able to discuss the RPT Platform, Legislative Priorities, 2018 Results and the 2018 Red Alert plan with dozens of our elected officials. During these meetings we consistently talk about the issues they are advancing, how the RPT can help them accomplish big legislative wins for the people of Texas, and how we can work together to win in 2020.

During the February Prayer Breakfast, Speaker of the Texas House Dennis Bonnen talked about the challenges they face in the Texas House this Legislative Session. I am happy to work to help produce as productive a Session as possible with our elected officials as they work toward property tax relief, school finance reform, protecting born and unborn children, and much more.

During the month of February, there was a Special Election in Texas House District 125. Republican Fred Rangel and one of four Democrats advanced to the runoff. Fred did that well in a heavily Democrat area because he showed that he shares the same values as the district. RPT assisted by reaching out to voters through multiple methods to ensure they voted for Republican leadership!

I was privileged to attend an event hosted by Helping a Hero and Perry Homes in San Antonio. Perry Homes built a beautiful home for Army veteran, CPL Matt Deatherage who served with honor to defend our rights. Thank you to all who have and continue to serve our nation in our armed forces.

That’s not all we’ve been up to – take a look below at what we’ve done in the news for the month of February.

News Articles:

Press releases:

While we have been active throughout the state, there are still so many more places to go and so many great Texas Republicans to see as we prepare for 2020. The most important message I can share is what can you do in 2020 to help us win – right now: 1. Help recruit great candidates, 2. Be active in supporting Republican candidates in city council and school board races, 3. Help register voters, and of course 4. Become a member of the Grassroots Club if you aren’t already.

If you want to be in the loop on news about your Texas Republican Party and elected officials, text TXNEWS to 72000 now!

Sincerely,

James Dickey
Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

P.S. If you received this monthly update email as a forward, be sure to sign up here to receive your own!

P.P.S. Join the Grassroots Club today to help us on the road to 2020 so we can protect Texas’ 38 electoral votes and win the White House again!

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Chairman’s Update – January 2019

Chairman’s Update – January 2019

Dear Fellow Texas Republican,

The month of January brought with it a lot of news, including the opening of the 86th Legislative Session, several special elections, a new Speaker of the Texas House, and much more. We have continued to prepare for the battles ahead and 2020 by looking into new strategies and processes to engage more Republicans than ever before. I spent much of my time meeting with Republican elected officials to hear their concerns and to find out how the Republican Party of Texas can help them both during the 86th Legislature and in future elections. We also had the opportunity to attend the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting where we re-elected Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to another term. It has been a full and productive month.

Shortly after the new year, Texas’ 86th Legislative Session was called to order. Several Republicans were sworn in for the first time to represent the districts which elected them. The Texas House also elected a new Speaker – Representative Dennis Bonnen of Angleton. He has already shown he will be an effective Speaker and is willing to tackle issues like property tax and school finance head on.

Following the opening of Session, Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick were inaugurated. They hosted several events including the Abbott Grassroots Reception and the Inaugural Ball – headlined by the King of Country, George Strait! This gave me a good opportunity to speak with grassroots activists, donors, and elected officials about the Republican Party of Texas’ plans during this Session and for 2020.

During the month of January, we also hosted a new member orientation at the Republican Party of Texas headquarters with our new elected officials. We discussed what they would like to see from the RPT and how we can help them. Thank you to Rep. Steve Allison, Rep. Keith Bell, Rep. Brad Buckley, Rep. Cody Harris, Rep. Ben Leman, Rep. Mayes Middleton, Rep. Reggie Smith, and Rep. Steve Toth for attending or sending a representative on your behalf. We look forward to working with all of our elected officials to accomplish the policy goals that Texans need!

On January 18th, we sat down with the Texas Secretary of State’s team and the Texas Democrats to discuss the upcoming elections. We discussed many items, especially the wait times at polling locations in 2018 and what we might do to expedite the process in the future. While we are happy that 2020 marks the elimination of straight ticket voting in Texas, the consequence – in conjunction with an enormous anticipated turnout – will likely be long lines at polling locations. We discussed potential solutions for this while still ensuring that all election laws are followed. We look forward to working with the Texas Secretary of State to ensure that citizens registered to vote in Texas are able to do so in the most efficient way that still ensures ballot integrity.

I had my first opportunity to meet with the House Caucus as a group and with the Speaker and several other members. These meetings were an important first step towards the kind of productive partnership needed this cycle between the party and all of our elected officials.

I was fortunate to have to the opportunity to travel to Tomball to meet with the Yellow Rose of Texas Republican Women. It was great to see current and former SREC members as well as many active and engaged Republicans who are ready to work toward electing Republicans throughout the Tomball area.

It was a pleasure to attend the training on January 19th in Uvalde which was organized by Marian Knowlton, both our Atascosa County Chair and our SREC SD 19 Committeewoman. Uvalde County Chairman Jeff Santleben and the Uvalde County Republican Party were excellent hosts for this event and we particularly enjoyed hearing from State Senator Peter Flores.  Our Organization Director Brandon Moore, San Jacinto County Chairman and TRCCA Vice-President Dwayne Wright, and Jon Williams with Cool Conservatives PAC all had excellent presentations.

The RNC Winter Meeting took place January 23rd-25th in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During the meeting we elected Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to another term leading the RNC and elected Texan Tommy Hicks as Co-Chairman. I’ve had the privilege of knowing Tommy for years and I look forward to working with him as we fight to defend Texas in 2020!

We also had the opportunity to present the case for a significant increase in the RNC’s investment in Texas. We can no longer take Texas’ 38 electoral votes for granted and must vigorously fight to defend them! There is no path to winning the White House in 2020 without Texas. If you would like to join the fight, text TXNEWS to 72000 right now to keep up with what the RPT is doing to defend our values!

While in New Mexico, we spent time meeting with current and potential digital and technology firms that are offering innovative voter engagement and grassroots tools that will improve our efforts to build the volunteer army we need to engage voters in the coming elections.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of former Webb County Chairman Randy Blair who passed away in January. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his service and dedication to our party and to our shared values. We also owe him our thanks for finding a qualified individual to take over, Chairman Bill Young. Chairman Young kicked things off in a powerful way by putting together this incredible event. We had both SREC members for SD 21, numerous Young Republicans, and dozens of potential precinct chairs. It’s incredibly exciting to see that kind of energy in what has traditionally been a blue county!

We would like to extend our thanks to Senator John Cornyn for joining our montly County Chair conference call and updating our County Chairs on what he is seeing in D.C. He also discussed the challenges he knows we face in Texas in 2020. We look forward to working with Senator Cornyn to ensure we elect qualified Republican leaders across the state of Texas.

During the month of January there were two Special Elections: Texas House District 79 in El Paso and Texas House District 145 in Houston. We had Republican candidates in both races. In HD 79, Hans Sassenfeld stepped up to run in a heavily blue district and showed the importance of challenging Democrats for every seat. In HD 145, Martha Fierro ran a hard campaign in yet another heavily blue area and did an excellent job of exemplifying Republican values. Thank you to them both for their service.

As we approach 2020, we know that we must prioritize candidate recruitment so that we can challenge every incumbent Democrat in Texas. We cannot allow any Democrat to coast through the General Election. Our message of quality education, property tax reform, and maintaining our booming economy is one that will resonate with all who hear it and we owe it to all Texans to make sure it is presented in every race in every district. That is why we have created the Candidate Recruitment Task Force to be led by Hamilton County Chair Cat Parks. Chair Parks has been a strong advocate for representative government and Republican values. She is passionate about identifying and recruiting quality candidates that we need to win in 2020. I am confident she will do an exceptional job as Chair of our Candidate Recruitment Task Force.

January was a busy time for Texas Republicans. This is just the beginning, and the months ahead will only get busier as we fight for our shared values and to elect Republicans in 2020.

If you want to stay in the loop with what we’re doing, text TXNEWS to 72000 now!

Sincerely,

James R. Dickey
Chairman
Republican Party of Texas

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Chairman’s Update – January 2019

Dear Fellow Texas Republican,

The month of January brought with it a lot of news, including the opening of the 86th Legislative Session, several special elections, a new Speaker of the Texas House, and much more. We have continued to prepare for the battles ahead and 2020 by looking into new strategies and processes to engage more Republicans than ever before. I spent much of my time meeting with Republican elected officials to hear their concerns and to find out how the Republican Party of Texas can help them both during the 86th Legislature and in future elections. We also had the opportunity to attend the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting where we re-elected Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to another term. It has been a full and productive month.

Shortly after the new year, Texas’ 86th Legislative Session was called to order. Several Republicans were sworn in for the first time to represent the districts which elected them. The Texas House also elected a new Speaker – Representative Dennis Bonnen of Angleton. He has already shown he will be an effective Speaker and is willing to tackle issues like property tax and school finance head on.

Following the opening of Session, Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick were inaugurated. They hosted several events including the Abbott Grassroots Reception and the Inaugural Ball – headlined by the King of Country, George Strait! This gave me a good opportunity to speak with grassroots activists, donors, and elected officials about the Republican Party of Texas’ plans during this Session and for 2020.

During the month of January, we also hosted a new member orientation at the Republican Party of Texas headquarters with our new elected officials. We discussed what they would like to see from the RPT and how we can help them. Thank you to Rep. Steve Allison, Rep. Keith Bell, Rep. Brad Buckley, Rep. Cody Harris, Rep. Ben Leman, Rep. Mayes Middleton, Rep. Reggie Smith, and Rep. Steve Toth for attending or sending a representative on your behalf. We look forward to working with all of our elected officials to accomplish the policy goals that Texans need!

On January 18th, we sat down with the Texas Secretary of State’s team and the Texas Democrats to discuss the upcoming elections. We discussed many items, especially the wait times at polling locations in 2018 and what we might do to expedite the process in the future. While we are happy that 2020 marks the elimination of straight ticket voting in Texas, the consequence – in conjunction with an enormous anticipated turnout – will likely be long lines at polling locations. We discussed potential solutions for this while still ensuring that all election laws are followed. We look forward to working with the Texas Secretary of State to ensure that citizens registered to vote in Texas are able to do so in the most efficient way that still ensures ballot integrity.

I had my first opportunity to meet with the House Caucus as a group and with the Speaker and several other members. These meetings were an important first step towards the kind of productive partnership needed this cycle between the party and all of our elected officials.

I was fortunate to have to the opportunity to travel to Tomball to meet with the Yellow Rose of Texas Republican Women. It was great to see current and former SREC members as well as many active and engaged Republicans who are ready to work toward electing Republicans throughout the Tomball area.

It was a pleasure to attend the training on January 19th in Uvalde which was organized by Marian Knowlton, both our Atascosa County Chair and our SREC SD 19 Committeewoman. Uvalde County Chairman Jeff Santleben and the Uvalde County Republican Party were excellent hosts for this event and we particularly enjoyed hearing from State Senator Peter Flores.  Our Organization Director Brandon Moore, San Jacinto County Chairman and TRCCA Vice-President Dwayne Wright, and Jon Williams with Cool Conservatives PAC all had excellent presentations.

The RNC Winter Meeting took place January 23rd-25th in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During the meeting we elected Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to another term leading the RNC and elected Texan Tommy Hicks as Co-Chairman. I’ve had the privilege of knowing Tommy for years and I look forward to working with him as we fight to defend Texas in 2020!

We also had the opportunity to present the case for a significant increase in the RNC’s investment in Texas. We can no longer take Texas’ 38 electoral votes for granted and must vigorously fight to defend them! There is no path to winning the White House in 2020 without Texas. If you would like to join the fight, text TXNEWS to 72000 right now to keep up with what the RPT is doing to defend our values!

While in New Mexico, we spent time meeting with current and potential digital and technology firms that are offering innovative voter engagement and grassroots tools that will improve our efforts to build the volunteer army we need to engage voters in the coming elections.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of former Webb County Chairman Randy Blair who passed away in January. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his service and dedication to our party and to our shared values. We also owe him our thanks for finding a qualified individual to take over, Chairman Bill Young. Chairman Young kicked things off in a powerful way by putting together this incredible event. We had both SREC members for SD 21, numerous Young Republicans, and dozens of potential precinct chairs. It’s incredibly exciting to see that kind of energy in what has traditionally been a blue county!

We would like to extend our thanks to Senator John Cornyn for joining our montly County Chair conference call and updating our County Chairs on what he is seeing in D.C. He also discussed the challenges he knows we face in Texas in 2020. We look forward to working with Senator Cornyn to ensure we elect qualified Republican leaders across the state of Texas.

During the month of January there were two Special Elections: Texas House District 79 in El Paso and Texas House District 145 in Houston. We had Republican candidates in both races. In HD 79, Hans Sassenfeld stepped up to run in a heavily blue district and showed the importance of challenging Democrats for every seat. In HD 145, Martha Fierro ran a hard campaign in yet another heavily blue area and did an excellent job of exemplifying Republican values. Thank you to them both for their service.

As we approach 2020, we know that we must prioritize candidate recruitment so that we can challenge every incumbent Democrat in Texas. We cannot allow any Democrat to coast through the General Election. Our message of quality education, property tax reform, and maintaining our booming economy is one that will resonate with all who hear it and we owe it to all Texans to make sure it is presented in every race in every district. That is why we have created the Candidate Recruitment Task Force to be led by Hamilton County Chair Cat Parks. Chair Parks has been a strong advocate for representative government and Republican values. She is passionate about identifying and recruiting quality candidates that we need to win in 2020. I am confident she will do an exceptional job as Chair of our Candidate Recruitment Task Force.

January was a busy time for Texas Republicans. This is just the beginning, and the months ahead will only get busier as we fight for our shared values and to elect Republicans in 2020.

If you want to stay in the loop with what we’re doing, text TXNEWS to 72000 now!

Sincerely,

James R. Dickey
Chairman
Republican Party of Texas

The Republican Party–Advancing for All Texans Without Exception

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, December 7, 2018

CONTACT:
Sam Pohl, press@TexasGOP.org

 

AUSTIN, TX – Today, Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey submitted an op-ed to media outlets around the state on the subject of the Republican Party of Texas standing firm against racism and bigotry.

The op-ed is titled The Republican Party–Advancing for All Texans Without Exception and reads:

The Republican Party of Texas firmly opposes all racism and religious bigotry. Recent news stories have focused on damaging exceptions within our midst. We strongly

and unequivocally denounce all racist and bigoted statements and actions.

This week, press reported on racist statements made from an individual who was inaccurately identified as a Texas GOP official. We denounce them and we want nothing to do with them. That is not our Party.

In Tarrant County, a few individuals have sought to remove Dr. Shahid Shafi from his position as Vice Chair of the county Party because of his religion – because he is a Muslim. That is not our Party.

On December 2, the governing board of the Republican Party of Texas – the State Republican Executive Committee – unanimously passed a resolution stating support of all Americans’ constitutional right to freely practice their religion and recognizing the contributions of Republicans of every faith who advance conservative policies and ideals. We reinforced our core value of religious liberty and that religious liberty should be preserved for all Americans.

Upon passage, Dr. Shafi stated his faith in the Republican Party had been “reaffirmed” and that “…This is and remains and should always be the party of Lincoln and Reagan.”

The Republican Party has a long history of fighting for our God-given rights, for freedom and against bigotry in all forms. We explicitly open our party’s platform with the following words:

“Affirming our belief in God, we still hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

We stand firmly against any attempts to divide America into conflicting factions and work every day empowering individuals and fighting for all to achieve the American Dream and their highest potential in life.

At our inception 150 years ago, the founding mission of the Republican Party of Texas was the abolition of slavery. Throughout our history, we have stood true to our foundation and continued to advance freedom and opportunity for all.

This is the Republican Party. We stand behind those who wish to join us in supporting the founding principles of our nation and the right for everyone to pursue their own version of the American Dream.

All are welcome in the Republican Party of Texas – all, that is, except those who refuse to join in our mission to fight equally for the protection of and opportunity for those of all races, religions and creeds.”

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