Archive for March, 2012

March News & Committee Reports

March 22, 2012

Don’t forget to RSVP for the March 28 Meeting –

RSVP for lunch to Joy Phelps-Nix, j.phelps@att.net, 817-423-4283 by noon on Monday, March 26. Lunch is $23 with a reservation ($25 without reservation). If you’re not having lunch, no RVSP is necessary. (Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost.)

(For more information about the March program, click HERE or scroll to bottom of this page.)

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

 

President’s Message:

 

“We Finally Have a Primary Date”

 

To read President McCoy’s March 2012 Message, look for it under Pages at the top of the column to the right, or click HERE.

 
A Special Thanks to Justice Lee Gabriel –
 

… for providing refreshments and sponsoring the FWRW Board of Directors meeting in March! Justice Gabriel is the newest member of the Second Court of Appeals and serves the citizens of Tarrant County, as well as 11 other counties in north Texas as a justice on the Court.  She is also an active member of Fort Worth Republican Women, serving as Chair of the Legislative Committee.

Pat Brown

Fort Worth Republican Woman Pat Brown Featured on NBC Nightly News Segment – “Welcome Home a Hero”

FWRW member Pat Brown is no longer just a star of Fort Worth Republican Women – she’s a television star as well!  On March 14 at 5:30pm, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams featured the volunteers who have greeted returning troops at the DFW airport for more than half a decade.  Among the group is our own dedicated volunteer Pat Brown. Way to go, Pat – we appreciate all you have done for the troops and what you do on behalf of Republican women.

If you didn’t have a chance to watch it when it originally aired, you can watch the segment now by clicking HERE

Joe Shannon, Tarrant County District Attorney

 

The Perversion of Adverse Possession

By Melody McDonald
Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office

On a Monday morning in November, Tarrant County’s top officials came together at the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office to address an urgent matter: A property scam had surfaced and homeowners were at risk.

In recent months, about 60 affidavits of adverse possession had been filed with the county clerk’s office and some individuals were using the document to try and stake claim to other people’s abandoned or vacant houses. So-called “squatters” were claiming that the law of adverse possession – and the document they filed for $16 at county clerk’s office – gave them the right to change the locks on a vacant house, put up a ‘no trespassing’ sign,  and move in.

In reality, the law of adverse possession was meant to settle land disputes in rural areas, not overtake houses. For example, if your neighbors built a fence on your ranch and put some cows on it and you knew about it and did nothing, then after a certain number of years your neighbors might be able to claim the property as their own. The theory is that by not disputing your neighbors “open” and “visible” use of your property, usually by suing them, then you had abandoned rights to your property.

But that wasn’t what was happening in Tarrant County. People were breaking into homes that had been foreclosed upon or whose owners were away on business or in the hospital.  To county officials it didn’t appear to be adverse possession – it looked like burglary.

During the emergency meeting, county officials – including District Attorney Shannon, County Judge Glen Whitley, County Administrator G.K. Maenius and County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia – acted fast.  Mr. Shannon, whose office provides legal advice to county officials, advised Garcia to stop accepting the documents. A press release was immediately prepared and sent to the public and the media about the scheme.

Garcia reached out to the Tarrant County Bar Association. Multiple real estate attorneys stepped up to provide pro bono work to help property owners who had been victimized. Police chiefs, constables and the Sheriff’s Department were encouraged to pursue criminal cases against these individuals.

In the following months, eight people were arrested and subsequently indicted on charges of theft and burglary in connection with their entry into private homes without the owner’s consent. A ninth person has been charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief stemming from allegations that he damaged and changed the locks on a house in effort to try and take possession. All are awaiting trials.

A video of Mr. Shannon explaining the law of adverse possession has been published on the District Attorney’s website to better inform the public. Mr. Shannon and Assistant District Attorney David Lobingier, who refers to the scam as “adverse burglary,” have been speaking to neighborhood groups about the law – what is legitimate and what is illegal.

“A burglary by any other name is still a burglary,” Shannon said. “An invasion of a person’s home is a serious matter. A goofy scam to excuse criminal behavior will be dealt with by this office, our courts and juries.”

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Speak Out

USCCB Bishops continue to urge not just Catholics, but all Americans, to contact their elected officials to voice their opposition to what they see as a violation of religious liberty mandated by President Obama and his Administration.  While the Bishops expressed their hope to work with the Obama Administration to ensure that the “consciences and religious freedom” of Americans are not harmed by healthcare regulations, they also expressed disappointment that President Obama’s offer of compromise was not “meaningful”. 

In a letter to the Diocese of Fort Worth, Bishop Kevin Vann points out that Obama’s proposal left unchanged the original mandate, which basically will force all Catholic institutions such as schools, hospitals and charities to provide insurance coverage for medical care (such as contraceptives and abortifacients), which violates the tenets of their faith.  “This goes far beyond the issue of contraceptions and is first and foremost an issue of religious freedom.” 

For more information, go to the Diocese of Fort Worth’s website by clicking HERE.  To read the Bishops’ letter in full, click HERE.  Additional reading: Six More Things Everyone Should Know About the HHS Mandate, according to the USCCBlog.

First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.
 
–Attributed to Martin Niemoller
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Campaign Activities Committee Report:  Campaign Chair Holly Bishop, would like to remind all members to please turn in any hours you have accumulated in the last 3 months so that she can report them to the Texas Federation of Republican Women. Contact her at (817) 423 – 8923 or by email at caroe3532@aol.com.  If you have any questions about which volunteer hours count, click HERE to access TFRW’s website guide. 
(Reporting volunteer hours is important so that we can measure the work contributed by women in supporting Republican efforts and candidates.)
 
 
Fort Worth Republican Women’s Straw Poll

Cast Your Vote Today!

Results of last month’s poll – Question: What do you think is the single most important issue facing America today? Answers: The Economy (68%);  Taxes (0%);  Health Care (11%);  Immigration (5%);  National Security/Terrorism (16%);  Other (0%).
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March 28, 2012 Program – Texas GOP Rule Changes

March 14, 2012

Special Notice: On Wednesday, March 14, the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams featured FWRW member Pat Brown in a segment entitled “Welcome Home a Hero”, which highlighted the volunteer efforts of Pat, along with other volunteers, in greeting the troops returning from overseas deployment each day at DFW airport. To see the segment, click HERE.

MARCH PROGRAM:

Look for Valet Parking at The Fort Worth Club (available only on “high-volume” days)

RSVP Information:

Not Having Lunch? No RSVP is necessary.

Having Lunch? Lunch is $23 with a reservation ($25 w/o reservation).  (Make checks payable to “FWRW” – having checks already filled out speeds up the check-in process.)  RSVP for lunch to Joy Phelps-Nix, j.phelps@att.net, 817-423-4283 by noon on Monday, March 26.  Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost.  (Please do not RSVP using the Reply/Comment section below.)

Link to Location, Directions, Parking Info:

http://www.fortworthclub.com/default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=315213&ssid=205616&vnf=1