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Chairman Dickey’s Update – 3.19.2018

Chairman Dickey’s Update – 3.19.2018

From left to right: Texas Federation of Republican Outreach (TFRO) Vice Chairman Gene Pack, New Republican Waller County Commissioner Jeron Barnett, Chairman James Dickey, TFRO Chairman Bill Calhoun, and TFRO Executive Director Mona Lisa Chambers

Dear Texas Republicans,

This Saturday, grassroots Republicans all over Texas will gather in their home counties to adopt resolutions for our platform, priorities, and rules and to elect delegates to the State Convention. I hope that you are a part of this process! If you have not yet become involved with the convention process, it’s not too late to get started. Please see the “Party News” section for details.

People & Places

I had the pleasure of meeting with the Texas Federation of Republican Outreach (TFRO) Chairman Bill Calhoun, Vice Chairman Gene Pack and Executive Director Mona Lisa Chambers. Without a doubt the highlight of the meeting was welcoming party switcher and Waller County Commissioner for Precinct 3 Jeron Barnett to the Republican Party of Texas. Commissioner Barnett’s story of coming to realize that being a member of the Republican Party was key to his ability to provide better opportunities and leadership for his community and constituents was encouraging and enlightening. I thank TFRO for all their efforts and accomplishments over the past 25 years and look forward to seeing Commissioner Barnett again soon.

Orange county held their first-ever Reagan Gala this year – an incredible sign of just how far they’ve come and how much their spirit could not be broken in spite of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey just six months ago. I was honored to join Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Robert Nichols, Representative Dade Phelan, SREC Committee members Judy Parada and Terry Holcomb, and numerous current and former county chairs to celebrate their tremendous accomplishments over this time. My congratulations to Orange County Chair David Covey and appreciation to him for the invitation and for his leadership in Southeast Texas.

From left to right: Chairman Dickey, Liberty County Chairman Ryan Daniel, SREC Committeeman and San Jacinto County Vice Chair Terry Holcomb, San Jacinto County Chairman Dwayne Wright, Jefferson County Chairman-elect Judy Nichols, and Orange County Chairman David Covey

Report from the Field

Mark Irey, Harris County Regional Field Director, reports that a brand new group of Republican Leadership Engagement fellows from Pearland have been trained up and are ready to hit the ground for the 2018 general election!

Matt Desguin, a native Houstonian, has joined the field team to work closely with Mark. Matt previously worked for the RPT during the 2016 Victory program. He is a proud graduate of the University of Houston and we are excited to have him on board.

Rommel Lopez, CD-23 Regional Field Director, led at a house party with conservative leaders in Eagle Pass to help grow our conservative base, and conducted an RLI training in Bexar County.

Joel James, DFW Regional Field Director, participated in the County Council of Republican Women and the Irving Republican Women’s Club meetings, updating them on field work in the area and helping them to use the Advantage walk app.

We’ve hired an additional staff member to help Joel in the metroplex. Matt Dunn is finishing up his studies at Dallas Baptist University where he is on the lacrosse team. For the last several months he worked closely with Joel as a Republican Leadership Initiative fellow, focusing on voter contact and recruitment. welcome to the team!

Party News

As always, the RPT headquarters is buzzing with activity as we wrap up primary election results, provide delegate training, walk county chairs through preparation for the county/SD conventions, and prepare for our upcoming SREC meeting! Here are some notes and resources:

  • Our Canvass of Primary Election was held yesterday (Sunday, March 18). This means that the Republican Party primary election results all over the state have now been officially certified.

  • All of the county/SD conventions will be held this Saturday, March 24 at a time and place chosen by the counties. For more information, including a comprehensive 18-minute training video, click here.

  • Some counties have not yet held their precinct conventions (those may be scheduled March 6-24). For extensive training materials on precinct conventions, click here.

  • Our 2nd Quarterly SREC meeting of 2018 will be held April 7, with committee meetings on April 6, at the Wyndham Garden Austin. The official call including agenda and committee meeting schedule will be sent within the next week.

In addition to being a delegate to conventions, another way you can participate is to serve on a committee. The temporary committee members for the county/SD conventions are selected by the temporary convention chair; many have already been selected but you can still reach out and let them know if you’re interested in serving. The temporary committee members for the state convention will be nominated by the SREC members shortly after the March 24th conventions. If you’re interested in serving on temporary committees in San Antonio June 11-13, please reach out to your SREC members and let them know! The State Convention will have temporary committees on Credentials, Organization, Rules, Legislative Priorities, and Platform & Resolutions.

We’ve had many people ask if it’s possible to be a delegate to state convention even if they missed their lower-level conventions. The answer is YES! Here’s the explanation:

There are 3 levels of convention: precinct (meet with your neighborhood), county or SD (meet with your town), and state. To be a delegate at your precinct convention, simply show up (as long as you’re eligible: registered in your precinct and affiliated with the Party by voting or signing an oath of affiliation). To be a delegate at your county or SD convention, you must have been elected by your precinct convention (whether or not you were there). To be a delegate at the state convention, you must be elected by your county or SD convention (whether or not you are there, and regardless of whether or not you are a delegate).

There are several things you can do to help promote yourself to be elected as a State Convention delegate by your county or SD convention.

First, attend the Temporary Nominations Committee meetings and let the committee know that you’d like to serve as a delegate. They may ask you questions and/or ask you to fill out an application form to learn more about you. The committee will meet after the precinct convention but before the county/SD convention starts. Many are holding meetings this week; some will hold meetings Saturday right before the convention. If your county party has a website, the committee meetings must be posted there at least a day in advance. Every delegate to that convention has the right to observe, testify, and record committee meetings.

Second, especially if you missed the Temporary meeting, attend the Permanent Nominations Committee meeting on March 24th during the County/SD convention and let them know you’d like to serve as a State Convention delegate. This committee receives a report from the Temporary committee and then gives the full convention a recommendation of who should represent them at state convention.

Third, if your name doesn’t end up on the report from the Permanent Nominations Committee, any delegate at the county/SD committee can make a motion to add your name to the list (if it’s full, they’ll need to make a motion to strike someone in order to add you). If you’re a delegate at county/SD, you can make this motion yourself. If the delegate list is full, you can be added to the alternate list. Don’t worry if you’re “only an alternate” — most likely, you will still get seated and be able to participate in important votes at State Convention.

In Case You Missed It . . .

News Articles:

Press releases:

Interviews:

Coming Up Next

Now thru March 24: Precinct conventions – see info (also check with your county party for location & time)

  • March 17: Chairman Dickey at Orange County Reagan Dinner – see info
  • March 21: Senate hearing relating to Plank 114 (Healthcare Choice) – see info
  • March 21: Chairman Dickey at Ector County Republican Women
  • March 22: Senate hearing relating to Plank 106 (Dpt. of Family Protective Services) – see info
  • March 22: Chairman Dickey at Harris County Lincoln Dinner
  • March 24: County/SD conventions – see info
  • March 27: House hearing relating to Planks 37 & 191 (property rights, special purpose & municipal management districts) – see info
  • March 27: House hearing relating to Planks 179 & 181 (government postings and accountability) – see info
  • April 4: Senate hearing relating to Plank 147 (school choice ) – see info
  • April 6-7: SREC meeting – see info

Thank you for your participation in our party. You, the grassroots Texas Republicans, are vital to our success.

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Chairman Dickey Update – 3.12.2018

Chairman Dickey Update – 3.12.2018

Dear Texas Republicans,

Thanks to you, Republicans scored a record midterm turnout at the polls last week. Congratulations to all of our primary election winners!

While there are still some races that will be decided during the runoff election, I am asking that all Texas Republicans join me in supporting the Republican Ticket in 2018.  As a party we must foster unity, heal division, and move forward to focus on our goal of electing Republicans in races up and down the ballot.

Our elections are crucial to deciding the future of our state and our nation, and I am proud of the primary election turnout. But our work has just begun. We must bind together and fight for our candidates with our party’s message of limited government and economic prosperity. With your help, we can continue winning in 2018.

People & Places

Recently, I addressed the Montgomery County Eagle Forum via videoconference. We had a great Q&A session and I love that our technology allowed us to interact virtually! It was great to see SREC member Judy Parada (SD-3) in the audience.

Collin County holds its precinct conventions all in the same location, and I was happy to address all the precinct delegates before they began their individual conventions. I thanked them for being a part of the convention process because strong grassroots input is vital to our grassroots-led party.

I’d like to give a shoutout to county chairs who — in addition to all of their primary election and convention responsibilities — have been conducting successful Lincoln/Reagan Dinners all over the state. Special praise goes to those who are holding their counties’ first-ever Reagan Dinner this year — such as Washington County Chair Sandie Kindt (pictured with SREC member Tanya Robertson, SD-11).

Report from the Field

Our field team is thrilled to have a strong slate of candidates to support! They’ve already built up networks of volunteers in their areas and are now utilizing their teams to increase excitement for individual candidates.

Last week regional field directors had the option of holding election watch parties to monitor results as they came in. They also conducted Republican Leadership Initiatives and house parties in Bexar County and Harris County.

In the coming weeks, they’ll focus on reaching voters in unique venues including career and professional development fairs, community events, and local activities.

Special shoutout to our own Kristy Wilkinson who heads up our field program. Kristy was featured in an RNC video promoting the women who lead in politics. You can view it right here!

Party News

More than 1.5 million Texas Republicans let their voice be heard in this primary election.  Thank you to each and every one of you. With the election complete (except for those headed for the runoff election on May 22nd), each county will officially be announcing its results on Thursday — this is called the canvass. Our state canvass will be held Friday at 1pm in Austin.

The convention process is underway! I’m glad so many of you are participating — it’s a great way to give your input on what should be included in the party’s platform. Some counties have already held precinct conventions, but others are yet to come. They can be held March 6-24 at a time and place determined by the county executive committee.  All of the county or SD conventions will be held March 24.

CLICK HERE for precinct convention training materials

CLICK HERE for county/SD convention training materials

Our Second Quarterly SREC meeting is also coming up soon. It will be April 6-7 at the Wyndham Garden Austin. As always, committee meetings are Friday and the full session is Saturday, and all Texas Republicans are welcome to join us in person or via the livestream.

Thank you to our 2018 State Convention Sponsors!

In Case You Missed It . . .

News Articles:

Press releases:

Interviews:

 

Coming Up Next

  • Now thru March 24: Precinct conventions – see info (also check with your county partyfor location & time)
  • March 17: Chairman Dickey at Orange County Reagan Dinner – see info
  • March 21: Chairman Dickey at Ector County Republican Women
  • March 22: Chairman Dickey at Harris County Lincoln Dinner
  • March 24: County/SD conventions – see info
  • April 6-7: SREC meeting – see info

This is an exciting time to be a Republican in Texas, and I’m glad to have you on board!

 

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Chairman Dickey’s Update – 3.5.2018

Chairman Dickey’s Update – 3.5.2018

Dear Texas Republicans,

Last week in 1836, Texas declared its independence from an oppressive government. Texas will forever remember the spirit of the brave Texians who fought for liberty and freedom. We must never take for granted the sacrifice that these brave men and women made so Texas could prosper.

I hope that you and your family were able to celebrate and have a blessed Texas Independence Day.

People & Places

Normally I share about where I’ve been, but today I’d like to focus on YOU, the Republican voters, and the two important places I’d like for you to go.

First: please vote in the Republican primary election. It is critical to our party’s success that you help us turn out the vote right now. We need your voice to select our Republican nominees and we want to hear your opinion on important issues, but just as important, we must together show a strong and engaged force of Republicans who are ready to fight for our Texas way of life. So please vote and bring your friends and neighbors with you.

See when and where you can vote on Election Day — Tuesday, March 6.

Second: please participate in your precinct convention. It’s a short meeting in your neighborhood; depending on your county, it could be Tuesday night March 6, or Saturday morning March 24, or sometime in between. Please take with you at least one resolution — a statement of what you’d like the party to do. This can be a proposed platform plank, legislative priority, or party rule (click here to see a sample resolution — but remember, there’s no required format or wording). Also be sure to elect delegates — perhaps including yourself — to take your ideas on to the next level convention.

Contact your county party to find out when and where your precinct convention will be held.

Learn more about precinct conventions. Questions? Email delegates@texasgop.org

Report from the Field

The field team had another successful week of training volunteers and building neighborhood teams to reach voters. Tomorrow’s primary election means that we will have many Republican candidates selected and ready to support for the general election. Regional Field Directors in CD-23, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, and  Houston are unifying volunteers and leveraging  volunteer networks to support all candidates and campaigns.

The beginning of March means new opportunities to recruit and train volunteers. We have upcoming Republican Leadership Initiative trainings in Baytown, Pearland, Calhoun County, Victoria County, Denton County, and Dallas County. Additionally, the field team is eager to engage university students and young professionals with a variety of internships and volunteer opportunities. Don’t hesitate to connect us with young Republicans looking to be active in 2018.

Stephen Wong has now transitioned to a new role and is the Deputy State Director, a position that will continue his work with the field team and RNC State Director Kristy Wilkinson. He can still be reached at his RPT email (swong@texasgop.org)

Party News

For all of you who are running elections and working the polls tomorrow — thank you! Here are some resources you may find helpful:

In Case You Missed It . . .

Press releases:

Events:

Coming Up Next

March 6: Election day (Click here)
March 6-24: Precinct conventions – see info (also check with your county party for location & time)
March 10: Chairman Dickey in Collin County for precinct conventions
March 17: Chairman Dickey at Orange County Reagan Dinner – see info
March 21: Chairman Dickey at Ector County Republican Women
March 22: Chairman Dickey at Harris County Lincoln Dinner
March 24: County/SD conventions – see info

Thank you for staying up to date with the Republican Party of Texas, and I look forward to visiting with you soon.

Sincerely,

James Dickey

P.S. If you received this weekly update email as a forward, be sure to sign up for your own subscription right here!

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Weekly Chairman’s Report (Nov 27 – Dec 4)

Weekly Chairman’s Report (Nov 27 – Dec 4)

December 4, 2017

Dear Texas Republicans,

This week was a flurry of activity, beginning with Governor Abbott visiting our offices and concluding with our quarterly State Republican Executive Committee meeting on Saturday. A full report on Saturday’s SREC meeting is included below.

People & Places

Governor Greg Abbott used Republican Party of Texas headquarters for a press conference Monday afternoon. Governor Abbott announced Jimmy Blacklock will be nominated to replace Justice Don Willett on the Texas Supreme Court. Justice Willett is nominated to become a member of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and is expected to be confirmed by the Senate in the coming weeks.

On Friday, Governor Abbott hosted RPT staff, SREC, and other RPT leaders at the Governor’s Mansion for the annual Christmas party.

 

Report from the Field

The field team was back for its first full week following the Thanksgiving holiday, and didn’t miss a beat getting back to business. Our Regional Field Directors conducted 41 meetings with new and already active volunteers to expand their team heading into 2018; gathered 200 petition signatures; held 2 house meetings; and knocked on 900 doors. This hard work now will set us up for success when we drastically increase goals in the new year.

Party News

At this past weekend’s quarterly meeting, the State Republican Executive Committee accomplished several critical items of business. Perhaps the most anticipated agenda item was the wording for ballot propositions that will be on your Republican Primary ballot this coming March. State law gives the SREC sole authority to develop these, and we selected a record-breaking 11 items to include this time – view them here. These are non-binding ballot initiatives that gain valuable data on the position of primary voters on high profile issues.

The SREC also considered a resolution to censure State Representative Byron Cook under Rule 44 in the RPT Rules. It received 35 votes in favor and 16 against, falling short of the 43 votes required to meet the “two-thirds of the full SREC membership” threshold and trigger the application of the penalties in the Rule.

The body formally accepted the state convention delegate strength (view the number of delegate slots assigned to your county or Senate District) and set the State Convention start time for 10am on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Mark your calendars today, and plan to be at your precinct convention in March so you can have a shot at one of those state convention delegate slots!

Our treasurer Larry Hicks reported on our financial standing, after which the SREC approved the 2018 Budget that the Officials Committee has been developing. In November we received more large dollar donations than any other month since July of 2016 and we had the highest total donations received since October of 2014. This is an encouraging trend that I look forward to continuing.

I was honored to appoint two new attorneys to the position of Assistant General Counsel: Wade Emmert is a former Dallas County Chairman and Ross Fischer works with General Counsel Chris Gober as a part of the Gober Group. We are extremely blessed to have the volunteer support of these highly qualified individuals and I’m thankful for their willingness to serve.

Very exciting to me was our ability for the first time in SREC history to use electronic voting.  Since a roll call vote is required for each resolution — and roll call votes are often needed or requested other times as well — this saved us an enormous amount of time and allowed us to spend our precious minutes completing actual business.

A final highlight was the SREC’s approval of a standing rule that “Staff and guests may photograph, record, and/or stream the proceedings of any meeting of the SREC or its committees or subcommittees not held in executive session.” As someone who began using facebook live to stream political meetings starting the week it was released, and having counted on many guest livestreams in order to follow important proceedings, I could not be happier with this decision. I highly encourage you to make good use of it!

I’d like to personally thank any of you who attended the meeting as a guest, watched the livestream, or spoke with your SREC members about your preferences. This type of communication with your representatives on the SREC helps ensure that you are well-informed on their decisions as they fulfill their role of running the party between conventions. Remember, this SREC term includes two more meetings (Jan. 26-27, 2018 and April 6-7, 2018), so there is still ample opportunity to get to know your current SREC representation. Find their contact information here.

I’d also like to thank our generous meeting sponsors, Rick Green of Patriot Academy (pictured), Chad Wilbanks, Prestige Oysters, and Calpine Energy. I encourage you to join me in expressing appreciation to them and their companies for their support.

If you missed the meeting, you can review it on our archived livestream on YouTube.

In Case You Missed It . . .

News Articles:

Press releases:

Coming Up Next

December 11: Last day for candidate filing (see filing info)

January 26/27: Q1 2018 SREC meeting

Follow us on Facebook to keep updated on everything we’re working on!

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Weekly Chairman’s Report (Nov 20 – Nov 27)

Weekly Chairman’s Report (Nov 20 – Nov 27)

Dear Texas Republican,

As I reflect on this season of giving thanks, there is much to be grateful for, but I am especially grateful to serve as your Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

As Chairman, I have had the opportunity to meet thousands of hard-working Republicans who dedicate their time and passion to the Republican Party of Texas, and it has been the highlight of serving thus far. County Chairs, Precinct Chairs, State Republican Executive Committee members, and the faithful grassroots are selflessly working to improve the Party and fight for the the ideals we all believe in: expansion of opportunity and protection of freedom. I am thankful to be able to serve alongside our incredible volunteers and staff as we work toward such worthwhile goals.

Immediately after the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey, I had the opportunity to see the generous heart of so many RPT officials, staff, affiliates, and volunteers. Our community rallied to the aid of cities like Rockport, Houston, Rose City, and the surrounding areas that were devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Recovery continues––and will continue for years to come––and I am thankful to know that together we can and will rebuild.

With many of Texas’ Republican economic policies making this state a great friend to businesses in our nation, I have had the opportunity to grow my small business, employ great people, provide for my family, and dedicate a great portion of my time to the Party. I am thankful to see Texas prospering amidst unique challenges and spurring economic growth that causes tens of thousands to move to this state every year.

Here at the Republican Party of Texas, we have an extra reason to be thankful this season. A generous donor has agreed to match every donation dollar-for-dollar until the end of this month. I ask that you take advantage of this opportunity to double your donation as these final weeks of fundraising are crucial. We must be ready to take on the 2018 election cycle.

The Republican Party of Texas would not be as strong as it is without you. We need your support, and we deeply appreciate it. Thank you for allowing me the greatest opportunity– to serve as your Chairman. May God bless you and your family.  

With my sincere gratitude,


 

 

 

James Dickey
Chairman

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Weekly Chairman’s Report (Nov 13-Nov 19)

Weekly Chairman’s Report (Nov 13-Nov 19)

November 19, 2017

Dear Texas Republicans,

 

Last Friday I sent notice for our 4th quarterly SREC meeting, and I hope that you will join us December 1-2 — either online via our livestream or in person at the Wyndham Garden Austin!

 

If you were a delegate to convention, you helped elect 2 members from your district to the SREC — the State Republican Executive Committee — to run the Republican Party of Texas. The SREC holds quarterly meetings to conduct party business. You are invited to observe as a guest or watch the livestream.

 

This is a chance for you to connect with the people you elected, see what decisions are being made, and give input. On Friday you can watch committee meetings, and on Saturday listen to the reports, votes, new business, and more. Join the facebook event page to view the agenda and receive updates.

People & Places

I was in Ft. Worth Sunday night for a dinner put on by local grassroots volunteers. The event was attended by over 60 people and gave me the opportunity to share my vision for the Republican party and give a status update on candidate recruitment and filing. We’ve had over 150 candidates file for a place on the Republican ballot at headquarters, not to mention the hundreds more who have filed at the county party level. I am excited for our party and the impact we will make in the 2018 elections!

Saturday morning, I spoke with Republican Women of Arlington. I gave them an update on what our political team is doing out in the field and our status with candidates who filed to run for office thus far. On Wednesday, I gathered with small group of people who were kind enough to host a fundraiser for the RPT.  I am grateful to those who attended and like what the Party is doing so much that they responded with extremely generous support.

Report from the Field

 

I joined our Deputy Political Director Stephen Wong and Dallas Regional Field Director Joel James at a Dallas County Precinct Chair training on Saturday as we continue our focus on statewide recruitment and training. In Dallas, the RPT trained precinct chairs and prospective precinct chairs with the local party and Texans for Greg Abbott field staff. Over 40 activists learned about the Neighborhood Team model and the tools available to all activists and precinct chairs to reach their neighbors, develop volunteers, understand data and get out the vote.

 

 

Stephen Wong lead a breakout session on the Republican Leadership Initiative –– a national program teaching engaged activists campaign strategies, data analysis, and grassroots volunteer engagement to help win local races. More information about this program can be found here.

 

We continue to invest in reaching young people including high schoolers, college students, and young professionals. Our team is working on a multipronged approach to reaching young Texans including growing our field internship program, partnering with College Republicans and other like-minded organizations, and doing targeted outreach on university campuses. To that end, we collect and maintain a resume bank for internships and paid opportunities on the RPT website https://www.texasgop.org/careers/  Jesse Grady, Corpus Christi Regional Field Director, set up a table at the Saxet Gun Show in Robstown, TX on Saturday and Sunday. Jesse met hundreds of volunteers, gaining 165 petition signatures for tax reform. Jesse engaged supporters, helping them to get more involved in the local party.

Party News

The first week of candidate filing at the RPT has been a very busy week.  We have received well over 100 filings this week alone.  If you would like to see a list of all the candidates who have filed with us, please visit: https://www.texasgop.org/2018-primary-candidate-filings/

 

Candidates wishing to run in the Republican Primary must file for a place on the ballot not later than 6p.m. on Monday December 11th.  Candidates wishing to run for an office which covers more than one county must file with the Republican Party of Texas.  Candidates wishing to file for an office which is fully contained within one county (including county chairs and precinct chairs) must file with their county Republican Party.  A list of the current Republican County Chairs may be found at: https://www.texasgop.org/county_chairs/

 

For more information on running for office, please visit: https://www.texasgop.org/candidate/

In Case You Missed It . . .

News Articles:

 

Press releases:

Coming Up Next

Nov. 21: Officials Committee Meeting call to discuss 2018 budget

Dec. 1: SREC committee meetings, 10am-5:20pm, Wyndham Garden Austin, 3401 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin —  click on picture to view the schedule!

Dec. 1: TYRF 1st Annual Christmas Party

Dec. 2: 4th Quarterly SREC meeting — General Session, 9am (expected to last most of the day) — Wyndham Garden Austin, 3401 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin

 

Don’t forget to join the facebook event page for our SREC meeting! I hope to see you there!

 

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Weekly Chairman’s Report (Nov 7 – Nov 13)

Weekly Chairman’s Report (Nov 7 – Nov 13)

November 13, 2017

Dear Texas Republicans,

Filing season has begun! Saturday was the beginning of the month-long window during which candidates may file for a place on the Republican Primary ballot. RPT headquarters saw a steady stream of officeholders and candidates throughout the day, as did counties across the state of Texas.

I am eager to see as many Republicans as possible file for public office, and I am excited that the Republican Party of Texas is prepared to offer all of our candidates equal access to our first-class resources free of charge. Running for office is never a decision to be taken lightly. I am grateful for those who have considered the personal and financial cost and are willing to make the necessary sacrifices in order to serve.

People & Places

I was honored to address the Austin Republican Club on Tuesday. I spoke to them of the importance of being involved in the process — whether filing as a candidate for office, serving as a delegate to the Republican conventions, or volunteering their time in other ways. While there, I saw Jan Duncan and Fernando Trevino (SREC members from SD 14), Third Court of Appeals Justice David Puryear, and multiple candidates for the open Third Court of Appeals seat.

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen visited Sutherland Springs on Wednesday for a prayer vigil remembering the victims of this tragic mass shooting. I offered him my heartfelt thanks for taking the time to visit our state while we grieve with the Sutherland Springs community.

It was my privilege to join Governor Abbott in honoring veterans on Saturday. Since the founding of our country, our military and their families have sacrificed much, being willing to lay down their lives for the hope of fighting for freedom for all Americans. Veterans’ Day is a yearly reminder of the honor we always want to show to those who have served.

I was also fortunate on Saturday to join the Republican Women of Yoakum Area to participate in recognizing the milestone of their 50th Anniversary. It was a pleasure to present them with a commemorative plaque and to congratulate them on their club’s success.

Report from the Field

Our regional field directors throughout Texas focused on personal visits last week in order to follow up with the many interested individuals they met while blockwalking. It is encouraging to see them expanding their reach by training and mentoring these active and engaged volunteers. The volunteer teams that our field staff are building will block walk, register new voters, and engage with current voters throughout the next year in order to secure Republican wins. The Republican Leadership Initiative trainings continue to remain a focus as we build to capacity for 2018.

Data Director Spencer Davis has been working directly with Republican candidates and is able to offer data access and personalized insight for their ground game. Blockwalking continues to be a critical tool in any campaign, and Spencer works hard to ensure that all of our candidates have access to the necessary data for this. Each candidate who files receives a packet that includes a data center application to be sure all candidates are aware that the GOP Data Center and the Advantage blockwalk app are free services provided to them by the RNC and RPT.

Party News

Our office staff has done an incredible job of preparing for filing season, and I could not have been more pleased with how smoothly our first day of filing ran. I’d like to give Organization Director Brandon Moore a special thank you for all the hours he dedicated to making it a success, along with Assistant Primary Administrator Joanna Kitchen, volunteer and former Tarrant County Chair Jennifer Hall, and the rest of our staff who each participated and filled their roles with excellence.

During the rest of the month, our office will be open M-F, 9am-5pm, with only a few exceptions. See detailed filing information at TexasGOP.org/candidate.

Pictured are some of those who worked at headquarters on Filing Day. See more pictures from the day here.

Our County Chairs across the state also deserve praise for the extraordinary amount of work they are doing during this month of filing. To all of you: thank you for making it possible for voters to elect Republicans.

Speaking of County Chairs – I appointed several highly-recommended individuals to fill vacant county chair spots this past week. Our new county chairs are Joni Clonts (Houston County), Alec Wallace (Crosby County), and Tammy Smith (Upton County).

The Officials Committee of the SREC met by telephone last Friday to begin our budget discussions for 2018. We focused on the core operating expenses. I’m grateful for the expertise we have on the Officials Committee, with small business owners, consultants, accountants, and others with helpful backgrounds. These capable individuals carry out their responsibilities with the effort and seriousness required.

In Case You Missed It . . .

News Articles:

Press releases:

Coming Up Next

Nov. 16: Officials Committee Meeting call to discuss 2018 budget

Nov. 18: Chairman Dickey at Republican Women of Arlington

Nov. 20: Chairman Dickey at New Braunfels Republican Women

Nov. 21: Officials Committee Meeting call to discuss 2018 budget

Dec. 1-2: 4th Quarterly SREC meeting — join the facebook event page here!

It’s not too late to decide to run for office! Filing period is open until December 11 at 6pm. For more information on candidacy and filing requirements, see our Candidate page: www.TexasGOP.org/Candidate

Sincerely,

 

 


James Dickey

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Weekly Chairman’s Report (Nov 6-Nov 13)

Weekly Chairman’s Report (Nov 6-Nov 13)

November 13, 2017

Dear Texas Republicans,

 

Filing season has begun! Saturday was the beginning of the month-long window during which candidates may file for a place on the Republican Primary ballot. RPT headquarters saw a steady stream of officeholders and candidates throughout the day, as did counties across the state of Texas.

 

I am eager to see as many Republicans as possible file for public office, and I am excited that the Republican Party of Texas is prepared to offer all of our candidates equal access to our first-class resources free of charge. Running for office is never a decision to be taken lightly. I am grateful for those who have considered the personal and financial cost and are willing to make the necessary sacrifices in order to serve.

People & Places

I was honored to address the Austin Republican Club on Tuesday. I spoke to them of the importance of being involved in theprocess — whether filing as a candidate for office, serving as a delegate to the Republican conventions, or volunteering their time in other ways. While there, I saw Jan Duncan and Fernando Trevino (SREC members from SD 14), Third Court of Appeals Justice David Puryear, and multiple candidates for the open Third Court of Appeals seat.

 

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen visited Sutherland Springs on Wednesday for a prayer vigil remembering the victims of this tragic mass shooting. I offered him my heartfelt thanks for taking the time to visit our state while we grieve with the Sutherland Springs community.

 

It was my privilege to join Governor Abbott in honoring veterans on Saturday. Since the founding of our country, our military and their families have sacrificed much, being willing to lay down their lives for the hope of fighting for freedom for all Americans. Veterans’ Day is a yearly reminder of the honor we always want to show to those who have served.

 

I was also fortunate on Saturday to join the Republican Women of Yoakum Area to participate in recognizing the milestone of their 50th Anniversary. It was a pleasure to present them with a commemorative plaque and to congratulate them on their club’s success.

Report from the Field

Our regional field directors throughout Texas focused on personal visits last week in order to follow up with the many interested individuals they met while blockwalking. It is encouraging to see them expanding their reach by training and mentoring these active and engaged volunteers. The volunteer teams that our field staff are building will block walk, register new voters, and engage with current voters throughout the next year in order to secure Republican wins. The Republican Leadership Initiative trainings continue to remain a focus as we build to capacity for 2018.

Data Director Spencer Davis has been working directly with Republican candidates and is able to offer data access and personalized insight for their ground game. Blockwalking continues to be a critical tool in any campaign, and Spencer works hard to ensure that all of our candidates have access to the necessary data for this. Each candidate who files receives a packet that includes a data center application to be sure all candidates are aware that the GOP Data Center and the Advantage blockwalk app are free services provided to them by the RNC and RPT.

Party News

Our office staff has done an incredible job of preparing for filing season, and I could not have been more pleased with how smoothly our first day of filing ran. I’d like to give Organization Director Brandon Moore a special thank you for all the hours he dedicated to making it a success, along with Assistant Primary Administrator Joanna Kitchen, volunteer and former Tarrant County Chair Jennifer Hall, and the rest of our staff who each participated and filled their roles with excellence.

 

During the rest of the month, our office will be open M-F, 9am-5pm, with only a few exceptions. See detailed filing information at TexasGOP.org/candidate.

 

Pictured are some of those who worked at headquarters on Filing Day. See more pictures from the day here.

 

Our County Chairs across the state also deserve praise for the extraordinary amount of work they are doing during this month of filing. To all of you: thank you for making it possible for voters to elect Republicans.

 

Speaking of County Chairs – I appointed several highly-recommended individuals to fill vacant county chair spots this past week. Our new county chairs are Joni Clonts (Houston County), Alec Wallace (Crosby County), and Tammy Smith (Upton County).

 

The Officials Committee of the SREC met by telephone last Friday to begin our budget discussions for 2018. We focused on the core operating expenses. I’m grateful for the expertise we have on the Officials Committee, with small business owners, consultants, accountants, and others with helpful backgrounds. These capable individuals carry out their responsibilities with the effort and seriousness required.

In Case You Missed It . . .

News Articles:

 

Press releases:

Coming Up Next

Nov. 16: Officials Committee Meeting call to discuss 2018 budget

Nov. 18: Chairman Dickey at Republican Women of Arlington

Nov. 20: Chairman Dickey at New Braunfels Republican Women

Nov. 21: Officials Committee Meeting call to discuss 2018 budget

Dec. 1-2: 4th Quarterly SREC meeting — join the facebook event page here!

 

It’s not too late to decide to run for office! Filing period is open until December 11 at 6pm. For more information on candidacy and filing requirements, see our Candidate page: www.TexasGOP.org/Candidate

 

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Weekly Chairman’s Report (Oct 30-Nov 6)

Weekly Chairman’s Report (Oct 30-Nov 6)

November 6, 2017

Dear Texas Republicans,

 

Our hearts are broken for the families whose loved ones were so tragically and ruthlessly murdered yesterday while they were in the middle of peaceful worship in the heart of one of Texas’ many wonderful small towns. The RPT has many friends and supporters in Sutherland Springs and Wilson county Chair Ruby Manen has already confirmed that some of those dear friends are facing devastating losses as a result of this senseless act. We have reached out to see what else we can do and while we wait on that we are deep in prayer for all those impacted. We will take time this evening to do so together as our Chaplain, Corey Tabor, leads us in community prayer. To participate in the prayer session,  register here and then join join the call via phone or computer at 6:30 pm Central.

 

There is much else that has happened over the last week and much that we must do moving forward. Nothing is more important than the people closest to us, though. Please take each opportunity this week to tell someone you love how much they mean to you.

 

Two key election-related events take place this week:

 

First, Election Day is tomorrow, November 7. Tuesday is your last chance to vote on seven propositions for constitutional amendments in addition to various local items such as bonds. See your County elections site for your poll locations.

 

Second, Candidate Filing opens this Saturday, November 11, and it is the first day for those who wish to run for office to declare candidacy by filing for a place on the March primary ballot. Read all about that below in Party News.

People & Places


Last week I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to the Greater San Antonio Council Republican Women. It wasexciting to be with them following such a successful TFRW Convention in Dallas. I discussed our plans for next year’s State Convention in the Alamo City and to share with them how they can be an integral part of the platform process as convention delegates. This year is a significant one for San Antonio Republicans: it is our party’s 150th anniversary and San Antonio’s 300th anniversary. At the event, I was fortunate to visit with Texas Representative Kyle Biederman and SREC member Marian Stanko (SD 26), Atascosa County Chair Marian Knowlton, Bexar County Chair Robert Stovall and Wilson County Chair Ruby Manen, in addition to the many wonderful Bexar county area Republican Women’s Club Presidents and representatives in attendance.

 

A fruitful trip to Houston on Friday afternoon combined meeting with Party donors and attending the Texas Right to Life banquet. It was a pleasure at that event to see so many of our supporters and to connect with SREC members Melanie Flowers (SD 13) and Gail Stanart (SD 15), Fort Bend County Chair Jacey Jetton, and RPT National Committeeman Robin Armstrong. I was also able to see and spend time with numerous Texas elected officials including Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Supreme Court Justice John Devine, Senators Don Huffines, Joan Huffman and Bryan Hughes, and Representatives Kyle Biederman, Greg Bonnen, Briscoe Cain, Wayne Faircloth, Cole Hefner, Tom Oliverson, Phil Stephenson and Valoree Swanson.

Saturday morning I joined Harris County Chair Paul Simpson and RPT field staff for the Houston Republican Leadership Initiative training as part of the Republican Party’s National Day of Action. Saturday afternoon I met with Hispanic Engagement Director Bianca Gracia to work on next steps in the evolution of our vision and plan for continued growth in the Hispanic community.

 

An unexpected final bonus was running into SREC member Jan Duncan (SD 14) in Giddings, TX as we were both returning to the Austin area!

Report from the Field

Not only did Houston get in on the Republican Party’s National Day of Action — so did Corpus Christi, San Marcos, and Dallas. Last week, our field team kicked off Republican Leadership Initiative (RLI) training with workshops in all four of these cities. RLI is a project of the RNC to help grassroots volunteers learn to use the latest campaign technology for field organizing, develop strong leadership skills within their communities, and connect with a network of activists in order to build a team of volunteers and organizers. (See more info or to sign up for additional trainings)

 

 

At our RLI events last week, over 50 brand new volunteers who have never before been active in blockwalking received training and then hit the streets. These new grassroots activists knocked on a thousand doors Saturday afternoon! I’m proud of our team’s investment and excited about expanding our reach through even more dedicated volunteers.

 

 

 

This achievement is in addition to our field team reaching the milestone of knocking on 10,000 doors of registered voters in Texas this year already with a simple message: let’s keep Texas prosperous and free. And this is just the beginning. We’re still hiring more field staff to keep engaging with new voters and new volunteers and spreading the Republican message to all communities across the state of Texas. It is not too early to be thinking about 2018 and even 2020, and I feel strongly that having such a strong ground game this early will ensure us victorious election cycles with Republican wins up and down the ballot.

 

Party News

CANDIDATE FILING

***Candidate Filing opens November 11th, making this Saturday the first day for those who wish to declare their candidacy to file for a place on the March 6th, 2018 Republican primary ballot.***

 

  • Candidates whose districts cover more than one county will file at RPT Headquarters in Austin. The office will be open this Saturday, November 11th, from 10am-2pm to receive filings, and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Monday, December 11th, with the following exceptions:
    • Wednesday, November 22nd, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)
    • Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th, closed
    • Monday, December 11th, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Contact Joanna Kitchen, jkitchen@texasgop.org or Brandon Moore, bmoore@texasgop.org, or 512-879-4070 for more info.
  • Candidates whose districts cover all or part of only one county will file with their local county party (see listing of county parties and contact information here). Check with your local office to determine the days and hours they will be open to receive filings, as times may vary.
  • Learn more about running for office on our Candidate page: texasgop.org/candidate.

 

I will be at the office to personally receive first-day filings between 10am and 1pm this Saturday and look forward to the official kickoff of election season!

 

CONVENTION UPDATE

On Tuesday RPT Executive Director Kyle Whatley led a visit to the San Antonio Convention Center located right on the famed Riverwalk – the site of the 2018 State Convention. They continued preparing and solidifying logistics for this mammoth event.

 

UPCOMING SREC MEETINGS

Last week, I announced to the SREC the planned dates for our 2018 quarterly meetings:

 

 

  • 1st Quarterly Meeting: January 26-27
  • 2nd Quarterly Meeting: April 6-7

 

  • 3rd Quarterly Meeting: September (exact dates TBD soon)
  • 4th Quarterly Meeting: December (exact dates TBD soon)

 

These dates avoid conflicts with election and convention dates and allow the SREC substantial meeting time in order to make convention decisions.

 

As a reminder, the final SREC meeting of 2017 is December 1-2. We’re under four weeks away and hope to see you there. Join the facebook event page to stay up-to-date on our planned agenda.

 

All SREC meetings are held in Austin.

In Case You Missed It . . .

News and Articles:

 

Press releases:

Coming Up Next

Nov. 6, 6:30pm: Prayer call (register here)

Nov. 6, 8pm: Advancement Committee telephone meeting (guests are welcome and will be invited to speak at the end; register here)

Nov. 7: Election Day

Nov. 7: Chairman Dickey at Republican Club of Austin

Nov. 10: Officials Committee Meeting call to discuss 2018 budget

Nov. 11: Candidate Filing Period Begins – RPT HQ is open 10am-2pm

Nov. 11: Chairman Dickey at Republican Women of Yoakum Area 50th Anniversary Fundraiser

Nov. 16: Officials Committee Meeting call to discuss 2018 budget

Nov. 18: Chairman Dickey at Republican Women of Arlington

 

So please remember to vote tomorrow, join us in prayer today and on the call tonight, and spend some extra time with those you love. May God bless you and keep you.

 

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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Weekly Chairman’s Report (Oct 23-Oct 30)

Weekly Chairman’s Report (Oct 23-Oct 30)

October 30, 2017

Dear Texas Republicans,

 

The Republican Party of Texas is uniquely grassroots-driven. People just like you all across Texas are the ones who set our framework and shape our policy goals. And it’s also people just like you who help put that policy into action in countless ways. One of the ways you can help implement conservative policy is by becoming an officeholder. If you’re interested in running for office but aren’t sure where to start, check out our new page to give you the deadlines, eligibility requirements, forms, and potential costs associated with candidacy. The filing period is November 11th-December 11th; candidates must file to run for office within that timeframe.

People & Places

Last week included three significant and exciting trips!

 

Monday evening I spoke at the Republicans United for Texas Fall Fest in Caldwell (Burleson County). While there I saw Rep. Leighton Schubert, County Chair Cecil Duke, and many local elected officials. It was inspiring to learn that Burleson County elected their first Republican officeholder only 15 years ago. Now, due to their hard work, every officeholder in the county is a Republican and the party is thriving. I’d like to give a special “thank you” to the fantastic high school Republicans who served our dinner!


On Tuesday, I traveled to Washington, D.C. for a event to raise funds for our party from DC-based supporters. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz were our special guests, and many members of the Texas Congressional Delegation joined us for the evening. It was a privilege to visit with them, and I am grateful for the time they invested to make the fundraiser a success. As we look to grow the party we are particularly fortunate that the event kicked off a relationship for the RPT with multiple first-time donors. I appreciate RPT Executive Director Kyle Whatley joining me for this important effort to broaden the party’s base of support.

 

A personal treat for me at the event was the chance to spend time again with former RPT Chairman Steve Munisteri and Mississippi RNC National Committeeman Henry Barbour. We appreciate them taking the time from their busy schedules to attend.


On Wednesday, I joined President Trump and the RNC for a reception in Dallas. The President spoke about his administration’s work to fight for tax cuts, eliminate regulations, and speed up approvals in order to allow the Texas economy to continue to thrive. While in Dallas, I also visited with several RPT donors and began the process of building new relationships with interested potential supporters.

 

Last week also brought the news of significant changes within the Texas House of Representatives. We will continue to work with Speaker Straus and Lieutenant Governor Patrick on the interim charges throughout the remainder of this term. We will also work with House members who support the process that ensures Texas House leadership is selected by the Republican members. So far every Representative I have spoken with fully supports that goal, and I am glad they are in sync and listening to Texas voters and the RPT Platform on this critical issue.

Report from the Field

November 4th is a National Day of Action for Republicans across the country, as declared by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, and the Texas field team is doing its part to get in on the action! Currently, their focus is on recruiting and training activists to be helpful to every Republican on the ballot next year. To that end, trainings are scheduled in Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, and San Marcos. Field staff have been instrumental in developing Republican partners for trainings, recruiting, and logistics. If you would like to attend or receive more information, please contact RNC State Director Kristy Wilkinson KWilkinson@gop.com

 

We continue work on voter contact and outreach centered around tax reform, which is now at a critical stage in the legislative process after Texas Congressman Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, cleared the way for a tax reform bill to be introduced November 1st. To date, over 1500 Texans have signed their names to a tax reform petition, over 450 have met to discuss tax reform with a Regional Field Director, and our staff has completed around 75 house meetings across the state.

 

 

Pictured, above: Volunteers and young activists from TAMU Corpus Christi before a tax reform meeting at Nueces County GOP. Photo courtesy of Jesse Grady, Regional Field Director in Coastal Texas.

Party News

Our Advancement Committee met by telephone last week and voted to approve an online form so that any Texas Republican who has an idea of how to make our party better can submit that idea for consideration. I strongly believe that collaboration and a wider intake of ideas and advice will lead to better processes for our party, and I’m excited that the Advancement Committee is making it so much easier for us to receive input from Republicans all across Texas. If you’d like to suggest an idea or a better method for us, please do so here.

 

The Officials Committee of the SREC (State Republican Executive Committee) will meet three times in November to discuss the 2018 budget. These meetings will be open (not in executive session), and I am eager to facilitate a structured conversation so the SREC can be confident and well-informed when they approve a budget at our December SREC meeting.  

In Case You Missed It . . .

News Articles:

Press releases:

Coming Up Next

Now thru Nov. 3: Early voting and blockwalking – join the facebook event page!

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)

Nov. 7: Election Day

Nov. 7: Austin — Chairman Dickey speaking at Republican Club of Austin (see more)

Nov. 11: Candidate filing period begins! Learn how you can run for office.

Nov. 11: Yoakum — Chairman Dickey speaking at Republican Women of Yoakum Area 50th Anniversary Celebration (see more)

 

Be sure to vote on the Constitutional Amendments, bonds, and other items in early voting or on Election Day, Nov. 7 — join the facebook event page!

 

Sincerely,

James Dickey

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