Archive for June, 2012

June News & Committee Reports

June 21, 2012

Don’t miss the June 27 Meeting – Runoff Candidate Forum!

RSVP for lunch to Joy Phelps-Nix, j.phelps@att.net, 817-423-4283 by noon on Monday, June 25. 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.)

Valet parking WILL be available on the 27th!

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

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Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

 

President’s Message:

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

 

 A Special Thanks to Stacia Burnham –

Stacia Burnham

… for providing refreshments and sponsoring the FWRW Board of Directors meeting in June! Stacia has been a member of Fort Worth Republican Women since 2009, during which time she has served our club as a willing volunteer and avid supporter. Once again, thanks for your support, Stacia!

  YEARBOOK UPDATE

Electronic (pdf) versions of the 2012 Yearbook are available to all members in good standing.  To receive an electronic copy, email your request to Yearbook Chair Donna Thompson at donna-t@prodigy.net.  If you would prefer a hard copy, Yearbooks will be available at the June meeting – RSVP today for the meeting and don’t forget to pick up your copy while you’re there! 

Thanks to our Yearbook Sponsors (for complete listing of our Sponsors, click HERE)! 

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YouTube Video Link:  Click HERE.

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FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS PLATFORM

THE “TEXAS SOLUTION” ON IMMIGRATION

The Texas Solution – Because of decades-long failure of the federal government to secure our borders and address the immigration issue, there are now upwards of 11 million undocumented individuals in the United States today, each of whom entered and remain here under different circumstances.  Mass deportation of these individuals would neither be equitable nor practical; while blanket amnesty, as occurred with the Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1986, would only encourage future violations of the law.  We seek common ground to develop and advance a conservative, market- and law-based approach to our nation’s immigration issues by following these principles:

A.  Secure Our Borders – The U.S. Border must be secured immediately.  We demand the applicaiton of effective, practical and reasonable measures to secure our borders and to bring safety and security for all Americans along the border and throughout the nation.

B.  Modernize the United States Social Security Card – We support the improvement of our 1936 Social Security card to use contemporary anti-counterfeit technology.  The social security card will not be considered a National I.D. card for U.S. citizens.

C.  Birthright Citizenship – We call on the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of the United States to clarify Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to limit citizenship by birth to those born to a citizen of the United States with no exceptions.

D.  Create an Effective and Efficient Temporary Worker Program – A National Temporary Worker Program should be implemented to bring skilled and unskilled workers to the United States for temporary periods of time when no U.S. workers are currently available.  The program should also require:

  1. Self-funding through participation fees and fines;
  2. Applicants must pass a full criminal background check;
  3. Applicants with prior immigration violations would only qualify for the program if they paid the appropriate fines;
  4. Applicants and/or Employers must prove that they can afford and/or secure private health insurance;
  5. Applicants must waive any and all rights to apply for financial assistance from any public entitlement programs;
  6. Applicants must show a proficiency in the English language and complete an American civics class;
  7. Temporary Workers would only be able to work for employers that deduct and match payroll taxes;
  8. All participants would be issued an Individual Temporary-Worker Biometric Identification Card that tracks all address changes and both civil and criminal court appearances as a defendant.

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SENATOR JOHN CORNYN’S RESPONSE TO EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE CLAIM 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 20, 2012):  U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after the White House asserted executive privilege over subpoenaed documents in the Congressional investigation into Operation “Fast and Furious”: 

“The Attorney General and now the President have refused to turn over documents to investigators and failed to hold anyone accountable for his department’s mishandling of Fast and Furious, which lead to the death of Brian Terry. 

“Today’s vote could have been avoided, but the Attorney General and President Obama’s insistence on stonewalling left no other option.”

 To read more, including Senator Cornyn’s call for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation, go to Senator Cornyn’s website – www.cornyn.senate.gov or click HERE.

“Americans deserve an Attorney General who will uphold basic standards of honesty, transparency, and accountability. They deserve an attorney general whose loyalty to the justice system will trump his loyalty to the White House. They deserve an attorney general who will treat Congress and the public with respect, not contempt. They deserve someone better than Mr. Holder.”

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (June 12, 2012)

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LEGISLATIVE REPORT:

NFRW News Update (June 21) – Today, House Republicans Passed the Domestic Energy & Jobs Act (From NFRW Political Briefing – Week of June 18, 2012)

The Domestic Energy & Jobs Act (HR 4480):  The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act is a national energy plan focused on reducing the energy burden on hard-working families and small businesses while creating tens of thousands of new jobs. A package of seven bipartisan bills, H.R. 4480 works with domestic energy producers to restore regulatory certainty, spur economic growth and continue on path a towards energy independence:

  1. STRATEGIC ENERGY PRODUCTION ACT OF 2012, (REP. CORY GARDNER, CO-4): The Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012 (H.R. 4480) links tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to increasing energy production on federal lands. If the President releases oil from the SPR, the Administration will be required to develop a plan to lease more federal lands for exploration and production.
  2. PLANNING FOR AMERICAN ENERGY ACT OF 2012, (REP. SCOTT TIPTON, CO-3): The Planning for American Energy Act of 2012 (H.R. 4381) would require the Secretary of the Interior to establish an all-of-the-above energy program for federal lands by reviewing the nation’s energy needs and then establishing goals for federal land energy production to meet those needs from all energy sources, oil, natural gas, coal and renewables.
  3. GASOLINE REGULATIONS ACT OF 2012, (REP. ED WHITFIELD, KY-1):  The Gasoline Regulations Act (H.R. 4471) would require an interagency committee to conduct a cumulative analysis on certain EPA rules and actions that impact the price of gasoline and diesel fuels. It will pause the implementation of the Tier 3 fuel standards, refinery New Source Performance Standards, and ozone standards until six months after the report is submitted to Congress, which should provide for a better understanding of the costs and consequences of these rules.
  4. PROVIDING LEASING CERTAINTY FOR AMERICAN ENERGY ACT OF 2012, (REP. MIKE COFFMAN, CO-6):  The Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act of 2012 (H.R. 4382) would: 1) require a minimum annual acreage leasing plan that makes available at least 25 percent of the lands open for leasing each year for which there is interest in development and 2) set firm timelines for the Secretary of the Interior to issue leases and adjudicate lease protests. It would also prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from withdrawing leases and adding additional lease stipulations after they have been sold.
  5. STREAMLINING PERMITTING OF AMERICAN ENERGY ACT OF 2012, (REP. DOUG LAMBORN, CO-5):  The Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act (H.R. 4383) would ensure a reliable permitting process to increase American energy production. It would remove government roadblocks and bureaucratic red tape that hinder and delay American energy production and American job creation. It streamlines and reforms the process for energy permitting, once a lease is in hand, to encourage the timely development of our federal onshore oil, natural gas, and renewable resources.
  6. NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE ALASKA ACCESS ACT, (REP. “DOC” HASTINGS, WA-4):  The National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act (H.R. 2150) will create new jobs, support current energy jobs in Alaska, expand American energy production and lower energy costs by ensuring that oil and natural gas resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA) are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner.
  7. BLM LIVE INTERNET AUCTIONS ACT, (REP. BILL JOHNSON, OH-6):  The BLM Live Internet Auctions Act (H.R. 2752) gives the Secretary of the Interior the authority to conduct Internet-based auctions for onshore leases to ensure the best return to the Federal taxpayer, reduce fraud, and secure the leasing process.

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and the House GOP have launched a new website about the Republican Energy Plan and Policy.  Check it out by clicking HERE.

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Campaign Activities Committee Report

A reminder to all members — please turn in any Campaign hours you have accumulated during the past three months (the second quarter of the year) to Holly Bishop, VP Campaign Activities at (817) 423-8923 or email to caroe3532@aol.com.  It is important that all FWRW members provide an accurate count of all hours that we have spent on campaign activities each quarter, so that the information can be forwarded to the Texas Federation of Republican Women to be included in the statewide compilation. Every year, this data provides tangible evidence of the vital importance of Republican women throughout Texas and the strength and value of their volunteer efforts in our grassroots elections process.

If you have any questions about which types of activities qualify as “campaign hours,” contact Holly Bishop or go to the TFRW link, “Policy for Counting Campaign Hours,” by clicking HERE.

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June 27 Program – Runoff Candidate Forum

June 15, 2012

11:00 Social – 11:30 Program

Fort Worth Club, 12th Floor

RSVP for lunch to Joy Phelps-Nix, j.phelps@att.net, 817-423-4283 by noon on Monday, June 25. 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.)

Special Event – New Members Social & Orientation

June 6, 2012

You are Invited to the Fort Worth Republican Women’s New Members Social & Orientation – Wednesday, June 20th, from 5:30-7:00pm. Brix Wine & Pizza, 2747 South Hulen Street, Fort Worth 76109.

To RSVP online, click HERE.