Communications

Weekly Chairman’s Report (Oct 16-23)

October 23, 2017

Dear Texas Republicans,

A Republican form of government depends on citizens making their voices heard in order to shape policy and process. Starting today, you have the chance make your voice heard at the ballot box during early voting for the November 7th General Election. Seven Constitutional Amendments are on the ballot, and we’ve put together a voting guide so you can see how they line up with the RPT platform. Check your county election website for local polling locations.

Last week, I traveled to Dallas along with several team members for the Texas Federation of Republican Women biennial convention. It is well-known that they are the backbone of the party, and we should all give a Texas-sized “thank you” to the talented and hardworking Republican Women of the Lone Star State! It was a delight to visit with club members and convention delegates from all across Texas who imbue our party with strength and vibrance.

We were glad that two of our RPT Field Team members – Cassie Luevano and Bianca Gracia – attended as convention delegates. RNC State Director and RPT Political Director Kristy Wilkinson attended the Dallas convention as a sign of support for all the work that Republican women do to keep Texas red.

Congratulations to TFRW president-elect Karen Newton and to all the incoming members of the Board of Directors. I celebrate with TFRW on their successful convention and look forward to working with them to #LeadRight for a better Texas.

Here are a few snapshots from the Convention:

In addition to these, I also visited with Jan Duncan (SREC, SD 14) and 10 elected officials who were honored at the iVoterGuide awards banquet: Congressman Louie Gohmert, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Senator Bob Hall, Senator Donna Campbell, and State Representatives Briscoe Cain, Matt Krause, Matt Rinaldi, Matt Shaheen, Tony Tinderholt, and Bill Zedler.

The RPT field team had a series of important and impactful events in Houston and the Rio Grande Valley. Bianca Gracia planned roundtables discussing Hispanic engagement, which included pastors and clergy, community leaders, small business owners, and concerned citizens, including (pictured left) Rick Figueroa and Chris Carmona. Several meetings were held entirely in Spanish.

Other field team members — Jesse Grady, Joel James, and Mark Irey — finalized plans to hold important trainings across the state on university campuses in addition to their regular goals. Stephen Wong was in Dallas to meet with College Republicans where he emphasized that there is no better time to be a Texas College Republican!

The Republican Party of Texas is blessed to benefit from the dedicated volunteer service of incredible people from across this great state. One of these areas of service is RPT Chaplain.

Jeremy Story was appointed Chaplain in June and provided much-needed spiritual leadership for the RPT through the trials of Hurricane Harvey. Jeremy offered to resign once he felt led to run for the Texas House of Representatives. We thank him for the grace, humility, and compassion with which he served.

Corey Tabor, the Founder and Lead Pastor of Full Life Community Church in Pflugerville, TX, has been appointed to succeed Jeremy in this crucial role. He is also the Program Director of Austin LifeGuard, the sexual risk avoidance education program of Austin LifeCare Pregnancy Resource Center, as well as a member of the Board of Texas Alliance for Life. He and his wife April have one daughter.

I am delighted that Corey has agreed to serve and lead as our Chaplain.

Several of our SREC committees meet by telephone in between our quarterly meetings. The Officials Committee did so on Wednesday and approved contracts for a broker to research relocation options for Headquarters and for vendors related to the state convention in June 2018. The Advancement Committee will meet this Friday evening to continue a discussion on gathering ideas from the grassroots and in creating a more efficient convention process and communicating it to the delegates. Guests are welcome to join and offer comment — please register here.

In anticipation of primary candidate filing beginning November 11, we made a webpage outlining all the steps potential candidates need to take to officially run for office.

News Articles:

Press releases:

Interviews:

Posts:

Oct. 23-Nov. 3: Early voting and blockwalking – join the facebook event page!

Oct 23: Caldwell — Chairman Dickey at Fall Festival

Oct 24: Washington, D.C. — Reception with Senator John Cornyn benefiting RPT

Oct. 27: Advancement Committee telephone meeting — guests welcome; register here

Oct. 30: Leadership call for SREC members and county chairs

Nov. 1: San Antonio — Chairman Dickey at Greater San Antonio Council of Republican Women (to attend contact Cheri Creekmore, rccreekmore@sbcglobal.net)

Also, remember our next SREC meeting is Dec. 1-2 — join the facebook event page!

Sincerely,

James Dickey

Not the time to politicize gun deaths

This originally ran in San Antonio Express-News on Monday, October 16, 2017.

A nation’s response to a tragedy is a telling sign of the heart of its people.

Our nation is reeling from recent events. On Oct. 1, innocent concert-goers in Las Vegas became victims of one of the most heinous, senseless acts of violence our nation has ever seen. More recently, violence struck in our own state when a 19-year-old Texas Tech University student fatally shot a police officer.

Texas leadership immediately offered their heartfelt condolences and prayers. Gov. Greg Abbott stated, “Texas mourns and prays for the victims of this tragedy, and the entire Las Vegas community, in this time of unimaginable pain.”

I also reached out to the Nevada Republican Party leadership to see how Texans could offer assistance to their hurting people.

As the victims in Vegas were still being counted, I was disappointed to see Democrats attacking Republicans who believe in the constitutionally protected right to own and bear arms. A CBS executive made the heartless statement that the concert-goers did not deserve sympathy, as they were likely Republicans, and was promptly fired.

Following the shooting at Texas Tech, the Democratic Party of Texas sent out a tweet blaming concealed carry on college campuses, ignoring the fact that the murderer was already ineligible for a concealed carry license, and forcing it to send a correction with an apology.

When tragedies strike, such as what we saw in Las Vegas and Texas Tech University, this is not the time for divisiveness. We should grieve with our fellow man and never become callous to the loss of life by any means. We should desire to comfort the hurting and to serve them.

Tragedies should never be politicized by our leaders. That only increases the pain and hinders the healing.

It is equally important in times like these to not allow heightened emotions to dictate policy when it could have lasting negative effects on our rights. The most basic, God-given right is the right to life, and the right to defend life must be protected.

As Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, himself a victim of a mass shooting, said recently, “The problem is not that there are too many guns. It’s that there are people that will go out and break the law, whether it’s a gun or some other weapon or a bomb.”

Scalise continued, “The only thing that gets reported are the tragedies. But it rarely gets reported when somebody actually uses their Second Amendment right with a gun to protect themselves against a criminal.”

What we experienced as a nation these past few weeks was terrible and tragic. At this time, motives for the two senseless acts of violence remain unknown. What is known is that the loss of life is always a tragedy, with real, grieving families affected.

We can and will respond with compassion by reaching out in any way we can to help heal the hurting. We extend our heartfelt condolences to those affected by these horrific acts.

We will also respond with truth by honoring the constitutionally protected right of the people to keep and bear arms, which serves a necessary purpose. Not only is it the right by which all other rights are protected, it also makes us more secure in a world where people would do harm to others.

James Dickey is chairman of the Republican Party of Texas and former chairman of the Travis County Republican Party.

Weekly Chairman’s Report (Oct 9-16)

October 16, 2017

Dear SREC Members & County Chairs,

The Republican Party of Texas is already preparing for victory in 2018, and my activities this past week are a reflection of that preparation. From kicking off the Campaign Management School in order to train new candidates, to meeting with an RNC Field Finance Director for coaching on fundraising techniques, to visiting with several of you regarding our minority outreach strategy, there has not been a dull moment. I’m honored to lead the largest solidly Republican state in the nation and am committed to keeping our great state on track for victorious elections.

SREC:

It was a pleasure to speak with JT Edwards and Tanya Robertson of SD 11 regarding minority engagement. They shared with me some great ideas and I will be following up with on those to be sure our engagement strategy is strong and well-implemented.

I saw Vergel Cruz (SD 15) in Houston when I spoke at the Northwest Houston Pachyderm Club, of which he is president. Many of the club’s members are precinct chairs or are active as grassroots volunteers within their local party structure. I’m pictured below with Vergel and club officers.

I saw Terri DuBose (SD 19) in Austin at the Campaign Management School, and Naomi Narvaiz (SD 21) and Linda Kinney (SD 25) in Hays County Thursday evening — more on that later.

Tomorrow evening, the Officials Committee will meet by telephone to discuss and vote on several convention-related contracts as well as a brokerage contract. The purpose of the brokerage contract is to obtain specific information on the options for relocating RPT headquarters in order for us to be able to make an informed decision about the potential savings and tradeoffs around that.

Donors:

I met with prospective new donors this week in both Houston and Austin. Several specifically commented on the increased efforts to communicate the platform and expressed a desire to support that work.  Others are enthusiastic over our close-working relationship with Governor Abbott’s campaign team.  

I am preparing for two major fundraising events next week. Tuesday, Oct. 24, I’ll be in Washington, D.C. for a reception with Senator John Cornyn benefitting the RPT. On Friday, Oct. 27, Congressmen Pete Sessions and Jeb Hensarling will be honored guests at a luncheon in Dallas also benefitting the Party. I’m grateful that our elected officials are showing their support for the Party by attending these events that are important to our success.

Officeholders:

On Wednesday, the Campaign Management School participants were treated to a special appearance by State Senator Dawn Buckingham. Not only did they get to hear from someone who has successfully done what they all aspire to do — win campaigns — but they also were able to see her excitement for maintaining and gaining Republican seats in the midterm elections through her role as Victory Chair. I’m grateful for her efforts that are allowing us to invest early in Republican election work. The Campaign Management School participants are pictured below with Senator Buckingham.

In Houston, I was able to meet Rep. Jim Murphy and hear about the challenges his district in particular faces as a result of Harvey flood destruction and displacement. I  also met Rep. Phil King, who shared some of his priorities in preparation for the next session.

Most encouraging was the numerous county, district and appeals court judges, city council members, school board members, county commissioners, county judges I have been able to meet in all these travels who are already working hard to earn the support of their voters. It is a privilege to help provide organizational support for officeholders and candidates of the caliber that the Republican Party of Texas and our county parties are able to attract.

Press:

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Staff:

Last week, I shared with you an update on staff work in several of our departments. This week I’d like to highlight a few more.

Jennifer Stoner, Accounting Director, and John Alvey, Accountant work very hard to keep all of our finances in order and to be sure we are complying with all applicable laws. They process expense reports, ensure that our bills are paid, and send reports to our Treasurer, Larry Hicks, for accountability and oversight. They also work with Marissa Vredeveld so that she has the information she needs for fundraising work. Jennifer also bears the responsibility for the Human Resources functions for the RPT. It is a relief to know these critical areas are under the watchful eye of such diligent, experienced and talented people.

Rachel Malone, Operations Director, organized the Campaign Management School last week in which 31 of Texas’ finest campaign staff and consultants volunteered their time to teach new candidates and campaign managers how to run successful campaigns. RPT hosts this 3-day school every other year in Austin and many successful officeholders began their careers by attending CMS. Rachel also oversees scheduling, manages events and appointments, and is coordinating a project to be able to thank legislators for their support of platform items during 85th Regular session. Rachel is pictured, left, with our Vice-Chairman Amy Clark.

RNC:

Again this week, we were reminded of how positive it is to have the RNC’s continued help and support. Lauren Bosler, RNC Regional Field Finance Director, flew to Austin for 2 days to work with our team on best practices for fundraising. Her advice was immensely helpful to Marissa Vredeveld, our Finance Coordinator, whose role is to drive fundraising efforts, as well as to Rachel Malone and Kyle Whatley as they also provide support for fundraising. She also met with me and provided valuable insight on making the most of the time that I spend connecting with those who are interested in financially supporting the party. Lauren will continue to work with us to refine our finance plan and help us be as efficient and effective as possible.

Grassroots:

It’s always a wonderful day when I get to meet with the grassroots of Texas, and last week provided many opportunities!

On Monday morning, I addressed the Campaign Management School participants. As they began their intense 3-day training, I provided the framework of what it means to be a Republican candidate — someone who shares Republican principles, stands for them, and serves their constituents.

On Monday evening, I spoke at the Hispanic Republicans of Texas monthly meeting in Sugar Land and was excited to hear from them firsthand about their dedication to working with RPT and their local county parties to grow Hispanic participation in the Republican Party. They appreciated the things the party has been doing and are excited about our commitment to increase and improve our efforts.

On Tuesday, I spoke to two Pachyderm clubs in Houston — Vergel’s club mentioned above, and the Greater Houston Pachyderm Club. These clubs have made themselves helpful venues for candidates needing the required petition signatures and it was positive to see and meet some of the many strong judicial candidates that Harris County will be fielding in the 2018 elections.

Tuesday evening, I joined the United Republicans of Harris County as their guest speaker. I was pleased to have time with Texas Federation of Republican Women President Theresa Kosmoski, Harris County Chair Paul Simpson andRepresentative Jim Murphy at that meeting, as well as to address the group’s questions about our operations in general and the impact of the Harvey flooding on RPT initiatives in Harris County in particular.

Thursday evening, I gave the main address at the Kyle Buda Republican Group in Hays County. I enjoyed our candid discussion of the issues that are currently on their minds and was happy to talk about party process and how the grassroots can make a difference.

On Saturday, I drove to Fredericksburg for two events. First, the Fredericksburg Tea Party hosted a special meet-and-greet reception in my honor (pictured below). This group has been especially active during this past legislative session, traveling to Austin frequently to testify at committee hearings. They had many questions about my vision for the party and how we are working to advance the platform.

Later that evening, I was the keynote speaker at a reunion of those who were part of a Young Republican group in the 1960’s at UT-Austin (pictured below). When they became involved in the party, there was just one lone Republican in the Texas House. Every other seat in the House, all the State Senate, and all the Congressional delegation, was held by a Democrat. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come since that time, and I know we’re indebted to the people in this group for their work. Many of them continued in the Republican Party and the group included those who have served as mayor of Dallas, congressman, ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and federal judge.

Also on Saturday, several team members produced a candidate training school in Beeville. This is the final session of 17 regional one-day trainings held all over Texas as a joint project between TRCCA and RPT. Pictured below are Vice-Chairman Amy Clark, who has spoken at many of these regional trainings, Regional Field Director Jesse Grady, South Texas YR President Amanda Adamez, SREC Members Mike Goldman and Naomi Narvaiz (SD 21), and Bee County Chair Patty Johnson.

County Chairs:

It was my pleasure to again spend time with both Fort Bend County Chair Jacey Jetton and Harris County Chair Paul Simpson in my travels to their counties on Monday and Tuesday. Thursday evening, I was also able to have a few moments with Hays County Chair Russell Hayter.

It was great to see two county chairs at the Fredericksburg Tea Party event. I’m pictured below, with Kendall County Chair Scott Kramer and also with Gillespie County Chair Dalton Fromme and his wife, Joy. They discussed with staff and me what the state party is doing that is proving helpful, and how we can continue to assist them in their roles.

**Please note – the RPT Organization Department is having a Special Edition Leadership Webinar this evening at 6:30 p.m.  If you haven’t registered yet, you can register at THIS LINK and you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the webinar. The webinar is designed to help County Chairs understand election-related responsibilities with upcoming deadlines. I hope you can join Brandon Moore and Joanna Kitchen as they discuss Party Switchers, County Chair Petitions, Rejected Applications (Precinct Chairs), Candidate Packets, and GOP Data Center. **

Engagement:

I was able to meet with Bill Calhoun (pictured below) on Monday morning at the Campaign Management School. Bill is the president of Texas Federation for Republican Outreach and is passionate about engaging with African-Americans on our shared values.  Bill has been tireless in engagement efforts for years and I was glad to learn from him about ways RPT can be more effective in this capacity.

Update from the Field:

The Field team had a record-setting week of voter contact and relationship building across the state on tax reform and other issues. In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Bianca Gracia held a variety of roundtables to engage the faith and business communities. Cassie Luevano worked closely with Republican Clubs and county parties to bring the President’s tax reform message to Texans. Jesse Grady was involved with the Campaign Management School in Beeville (Bee County), while Spencer Davis, Kristy Wilkinson, and Stephen Wong led sessions at the RPT’s Austin Campaign Management School. Joel James recruited new interns and volunteers in the greater Dallas area and Mark Irey developed volunteer leads in Houston. Finally, the RPT was invited to participate in the College Republicans’ Fall meeting where over 150 students from around the state participated in trainings. The key message, relevant to us all: there is no better time to be a Texas Republican!

Conclusion:

As always, I encourage you to forward this email to those in your districts, or feel free to share information from it on social media. I’d love for all Republicans in Texas to see the great work that our Republican leadership across the state and our team at RPT HQ are doing in order to prepare for victory!

Sincerely,

James Dickey

RPT Chairman James Dickey Statement on the Hiring of John Drogin as Senior Political Advisor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Austin- “We could not be more excited to welcome John Drogin to the RPT as our Senior Political Advisor. Drogin offers insight and wisdom after years of working with both of our sitting Texas Senators. His expertise in strategic organization will be invaluable as the RPT seeks to provide support to our candidates in the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections.

Drogin’s experience serving in the roles of campaign manager, state director, and strategic consultant for Senators Cornyn and Cruz, combined with countless years of other political experience, provides him with a well-seasoned perspective. The Party will benefit from his wealth of knowledge as we work toward further advancing the Platform, principles, and vision entrusted to us by Republicans across Texas.”

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RPT Chairman James Dickey Statement on the Gunman at Congressional Baseball Practice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

“Texas Republicans join all Americans in prayer for Congressman Scalise, Congressional staff and family, and everyone who was affected by the horrific shooting this morning. As Texans, we pray especially for the quick recovery of the staffer of Rep. Roger Williams who was wounded. We give thanks that the immediate response of brave law enforcement officers prevented a greater tragedy.

Today our members of Congress will get back to what we sent them to Washington to do: work out the differences that divide us, and make America a better place. It is their work — not violence against fellow Americans we may disagree with — that will move our nation forward.”

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County Chairs: Weekly Chairman’s Report (June 3-9)

Dear County Chairs,

It is an honor to be entrusted with the important work of our Party, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve you. This week we hit the ground running and are off to a great start.

It has become obvious in just this first week that the key to success for the RPT is for the Chair and the Party to maintain strong relationships with each of the constituents who are critical to our success: the SREC, donors, officeholders, press, the White House (since we have a Republican President), staff, the RNC, grassroots Republicans all across the state, and Texas’ Republican County Chairs. It was a pleasure to be able to connect with some in each of those groups this past week, and I’d like to share some updates on those interactions with you.

SREC:

As promised, on Monday we emailed to all SREC members the presentations from our 2nd Quarter SREC meeting last weekend. We also involved relevant SREC members in events that had been arranged before my election so that we could receive their vital input and ensure that those events be successful. I’ve also had calls with many of you, and am very excited about what we will be able to accomplish together over the next year.

We are also preparing materials for our first Officials Committee meeting call. Our plan at this time is to hold the meeting on June 26. Per the bylaws, of course, any member of the SREC is welcome to participate. A second, muted line will be made available to guests who wish to listen to the call.

Donors:

I am very excited to report that the increased clarity and visibility of the Republican Party of Texas has been rewarded with a warm reception from donors who have not previously given to the RPT. I have met personally and had calls with many of those donors to ensure our Party is equipped to fully support the Platform that has been entrusted to us. Donors have pledged roughly $100K so far, and we have already received this first week many times more in large non-event-related donations than was collected in the prior 5 months.

We are hard at work planning and preparing for more events and donor visits and calls, which will help us make up the $500,000 drop in RPT balances over the last three years.

On another encouraging note, we have also had 37 new signups for the Grassroots Club – an increase of 4% – in just this week. It is imperative that we continue encouraging would-be donors of every size to give to our Party as we continue to prove that we are the Party of the big tent. If you are not already a member of the Grassroots club, please join now.

The three-tiered Grassroots Club functionality we all heard about on Saturday is not ready for production with our current vendor. We are working on alternative approaches so that we can release such functionality as quickly as possible.

Officeholders:

On Monday we sent the Governor the SREC’s letter on the Legislative Priorities. His office’s response was positive. Less than 20 hours later he released his call for a Special Session which included 10 items from our platform. We’ll be reaching out to the Lt. Governor, the Speaker, and all elected Republican members of the Texas legislature to do our part to make sure those items are passed successfully during this Special Session.

The number of elected Texas Republicans who have either reached out or taken my calls due to the potential value they see in the RPT is overwhelming. Each one I have spoken with has pledged to help us raise the funds necessary to get the RPT back at least to where we were three years ago, and to enable us to beat back the onslaught that will undoubtedly face us in next year’s midterm primaries.

More on elected official contact in the White House section below…

Press:

In the six days since becoming RPT Chairman, I have conducted three TV interviews, four radio interviews, and one podcast audio interview. The topics of discussion included becoming the new RPT Chairman, my trip to Houston with Vice President Pence, unifying the Party, the Comey testimony, controversial regular and special session bills, Texas politics, and looking ahead to 2018. You can see and hear some of these appearances by visiting our Facebook page here.

We will continue to get our message out across every media market in the state in an effort to showcase our values and welcome more voters into our Party.

White House:

Vice President Pence traveled to Houston to visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center where the new astronaut class of 2017 was introduced. I had the privilege of greeting him at the airport and was able to discuss some fundraising opportunities for the Party. He is a very gracious man and offered his support for our Party’s success.

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Staff:

You may have heard that we received a couple of staff resignations this week. We wish the absolute best for both Ann-Marie Birdwell and Mikenley Heller in their new opportunities.

Our first hire this week was Rachel Malone, a stellar grassroots activist with countless hours of grassroots training and volunteering for the Party. She is our new Director of Operations and can be reached at (512) 937-3006 or rmalone@texasgop.org for anything you might need.

We also took a staff photo today, and folks, we have a happy and motivated team here at the RPT HQ!

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(from left to right: Mike Joyce, Communications Director, Stephen Wong, Asian Engagement Director, Rachel Malone, Director of Operations, RPT Chairman James Dickey, Jennifer Stoner, Accounting Director, Mason McKie, Intern, Kyle Whatley, Executive Director, John Alvey, Accountant)

RNC:

Today I spoke to RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel about how the state and national Party can work together to Keep Texas Red. As we already know, the Democrats are putting a bullseye on Texas once again in 2018, and have already begun fielding multiple candidates in races where Republicans currently hold office across the state. Together, we will continue to build the necessary infrastructure to win up-and-down the ballot in a pivotal midterm election year.

Grassroots:

I pledged to you that I would strongly support the Texas GOP platform, and I look forward to working with both the legislature and our grassroots volunteers to advance our platform and priorities during this special session.

In order to empower the grassroots with the necessary tools to make a difference, we have scheduled a webinar, “A Special Session Primer,” to be held Tuesday, June 13.

County Chairs:

We are hard at work on hiring a new Election and Training Manager who will provide County Chair training and support. As a former County Chair, I take that responsibility very seriously so we have recruited some former County Chairs to assist us in recruiting and evaluating candidates.

I’ve also had numerous positive calls with County Chairs and am excited about learning more about the best practices that we can work to spread across the state. While during those calls I have unfortunately already had to disappoint more than one County Chair by not being able to personally attend all of the many events being held, I have been able to confirm attendance by either me or another strong team member at almost every one.

Engagement:

Some of you have requested information on the Engagement and Outreach activities taking place, so we thought we’d share with you the reports we receive each week from those team members:

Asian Engagement:

What Events/Meetings did you attend this week?

Provide details on what happened at the meeting, who was there, and what you accomplished by attending.

Date of Event

Name of Event

Description

6/6/2017

TARA Austin

Gave training on RPT structure/SREC and Chairman election/GRC to 20+ TARA members and guests; will follow up with VDR training in Travis County

6/7/2017

TPPF Liberty Leadership Council

Talked up engagement program to conservative millennials at reception; ~50 in attendance; raised profile of RPT work among like-minded folks

Political Update: What is happening in your department?

List any updates, problems, or upcoming events in your region.

·         VDR Trainings in development for Austin, Houston, Dallas area

·         Exploring a training in Plano, Tarrant County and/or mid-cities area in June/July

·         Reached out to Representative Tony Dale’s office to do something around a resolution he entered honoring the Chinese Society of Austin

·         Trying to get letters from Senators Cornyn and Cruz for the 18th; Chairman Dickey has been invited (he has a breakfast in Houston on the 19th)

Upcoming events:

List upcoming events you will be hosting or attending

·         Austin Taiwanese American Professionals event June 15

·         June 17: SD 17 meeting; interns helping call Asian activist list; Chinese American Professional Assn Conference

·         June 18: South Vietnam Memorial Service, Chairman Dickey is invited

Hispanic Engagement:

Week of June 3-9

This week Hispanic Engagement focused on closing out the Quarterly Listening DIME Tours.  There will be more focus on data entry, reports, and creating newsletters for all cities.  Efforts will be made in catching up on all reports, tracker, returning emails, phone calls and all other pertinent paperwork required by RPT from the past 3 weeks due to heavy travel and DIME events.  Conference calls were held with several stakeholders as well as District Director of LULAC to discuss future relations.

This week’s top goals was to attend a BNI meeting to network with small business leaders in our area as well as serve as a guest speaker.  Hosted an important meeting with a local Pastor and 2 committee members to discuss future initiatives with him and others in 3 target cities.  Also, worked on planning out future trainings with Staff across Texas.  The focus on the next couple of weeks is 4th of July event with Millennials, scheduling and promoting RPT training with coalitions built from the past DIME tour cities, attend SD 17 Meeting & Training, and Senator Cruz Bar B Que!

As we are gearing up for the Primary season, my pledge to you is that the RPT will be the best resource for candidates and campaigns. We will roll out the training, tools, and accessible resources needed for a successful Primary. If you have any ideas or questions, please reach out to Rachel Malone, 512-937-3006 or rmalone@texasgop.org.

The special session begins in just a few weeks, and the Primary begins soon afterwards. I look forward to working with everyone as we come together to make this next year an amazing one for the Republican Party of Texas.

Sincerely,

James Dickey

Chairman

Republican Party of Texas

P.S. I will be sending these emails weekly, but please feel free to reach out at any time if you have any questions.

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RPT Chairman James Dickey Statement on the Comey Hearings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Austin- “Today’s hearings proved to the American people that the investigation into the President’s staff have been full of misinformation. The fact that Mr. Comey willingly leaked part of a memo to a friend in hopes of getting a special counsel appointed is telling of how political Mr. Comey has truly become.”

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Email: Donors Are Getting Excited

Dear Fellow Texas Republican,

I was in Houston yesterday, where I had the privilege of meeting with Vice President Mike Pence. Let me tell you, there is excitement about the direction of our Party. We are not waiting to make moves to ensure the conservative future of Texas and you shouldn’t either. In fact, one donor contacted me and graciously offered to match all contributions from the grassroots between now and Friday up to $10,000! They want to know the excitement is really there and I need your help to prove it.

Let’s show the donors and the Vice President that we are working hard to keep Texas in the Republican column!  The Democrats aren’t taking any breaks and neither should we!  Every contribution made for the rest of the week will be doubled and that means double the work we are able to do to preserve conservative Texas values.

Please consider contributing today no matter how much! Anything you can chip in will be doubled and everything helps us in the fight for conservatism!

Thank You and God Bless Texas,

James Dickey
Chairman
Republican Party of Texas

P.S. Please click here to contribute whatever you might be able to afford. Every amount helps us in our efforts to preserve conservative values in Texas!

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Chairman Dickey Statement on Becoming the Texas GOP Chairman

Austin- “I am truly honored to have been elected by the State Republican Executive Committee today as your new Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. Now that the election is over, I am asking SREC Members and Texas Republicans to join me in unifying our Party and rally behind our conservative principles. I thank everyone who supported me throughout this campaign. I thank Rick Figueroa for his efforts to help the party and I look forward to working with him to unify and grow the party. The work continues immediately to Keep Texas Red and prepare for a successful midterm election in 2018.”

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