Archive for January, 2013

January News & Committee Reports

January 17, 2013

January 23 Meeting Announcement:

January Program Announcement

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, January 21 to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)

Valet parking WILL be available on the 23rd!

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

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Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Repulican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Repulican Women

Read President Cyndy McCoy’s January 2013 Message:

Look for it under Pages in the column to the right (or click HERE).

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Membership Dues are Now Due!

If you haven’t paid your 2013 dues yet, don’t delay.  For information about the benefits of membership, click on the Membership in FWRW Page in the column to the left, or click HERE.  You can print out a 2013 Membership Form by clicking on the link provided, or click HERE.

NFRW LogoNews from the National Federation of Republican Women

This year, NFRW celebrates its 75th diamond anniversary.

When Marion Martin called a meeting at the Palmer House in Chicago in 1938, three states had not even ratified the 19th amendment allowing women to vote, and Republicans were only represented by 89 Republicans in the House of Representatives, 16 Republicans in the Senate, and 6 Republican Governors in the age of the New Deal.

Today, Republicans do not hold the presidency or a majority in the Senate, but there are 30 Republican Governors and a Republican majority in the House of Representatives.  Much has changed since NFRW formed, and we still have far to go.

To celebrate 75 years, NFRW is debuting a new logo, seen above.

Judge Susan McCoy

Judge Susan McCoy

Tarrant County Welcomes Its Newest Member of the Judiciary

Judge Susan H. McCoy, a member of Fort Worth Republican Women, was sworn into office on Tuesday, January 2, 2013 in the Courtroom of the 153rd Judicial District.  Elected to the position of 153rd District Court Judge of Tarrant County, Judge McCoy replaces Judge Ken Curry, who retired after a 20-year career as judge of that court.

Fort Worth Republican Women congratulate Judge Susan McCoy and welcome her as Tarrant County’s newest elected Republican official!

What’s a Trillion, Anyway?marklevy

by Mark Levy

Reprinted with permission from GOPUSA.com 1/14/13

Today in Washington, President Obama and Congress are on a collision course over how to reduce the national debt, which just blew by a staggering $16.4 trillion. Or to better illustrate that figure, $16,400,000,000,000 — almost as many zeros as my college transcript.

I could bore you by talking about the national debt in terms of a percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) or the ratio of discretionary versus nondiscretionary spending. We could get into the actuary tables of Social Security and Medicare and when those programs will bankrupt our country. Besides, who wants that kind of heavy thinking with their morning coffee?

But when politicians go through billions of dollars faster than Lady Gaga goes through pointy lingerie, how can we expect the average citizen to appreciate the magnitude of what a trillion dollars actually represents? Heck, the only numbers most Americans understand involve football scores and lottery tickets. Most citizens even dismiss the fact that the national debt represents over $52,000 for each man, woman and child in America.

Sometimes the best way to look at something is to show what it is not. For instance, 1 trillion is not the cans of hairspray Donald Trump uses in a year. Nor is it the number of magazines Kim Kardashian has appeared on. It’s also not the number of plastic surgeries Joan Rivers has undergone, although the jury is still out on the vials of Botox.

In order to have more Americans pay attention to what is happening in Washington, we need to put trillions into terms the average person can understand. I could tell you that 1 trillion equals 1 million million but even that number is hard to comprehend. Let’s try this, McDonald’s serves about 1.2 billion burgers a year, but in order to reach a trillion, every person in the United States would have to eat over 3,000 burgers apiece. That’s fine if you’re Ronald McDonald or an NFL lineman, but not so good if you’re watching your cholesterol.

Since we’re talking about money, at 6 foot 4, 1 trillion Abe Lincolns would stretch 1.14 billion miles, which is a long way from Gettysburg — and that doesn’t include his stovepipe hat. By contrast, if the Abe Lincoln statue were standing up in the Lincoln Memorial, it would only take 215 billion of the statues to reach that same distance.

NFL great Brett Favre threw for over 71,000 yards during his career. At that pace, we would only need 14 million more Brett Favres to equal 1 trillion yards. That’s a lot of cleats, jerseys and burned defensive backs.

Elvis has sold over a billion records and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down — pretty good for a guy who’s supposed to be dead. At this pace, the world would need 1,000 Elvises and a lot of peanut butter and banana sandwiches to reach 1 trillion records. That’s plausible because there are at least that many Elvises on the Vegas strip alone.

You’ve heard that if all the economists were laid end to end they would never reach a conclusion. Well, 1 trillion economists end to end would rocket past Saturn.

Most know that trillions follow billions, but what’s next? I could act like I have a big brain and casually mention that quadrillion comes after trillion followed by quintillion, but without Google I wouldn’t have had a clue. However, during my research I did learn that Brazilian, cotillion and gazillion are not actual numbers.

With another debt ceiling battle looming, let’s just hope that Congress doesn’t log on to the Internet and discover that there are numbers actually larger than trillions.

Mark Levy is a syndicated columnist with Creators.com, A Syndicate of Talent.  His “Dear Mark” political advice column is full of hot opinions that answers questions presented by the readers themselves. Levy uses just enough irreverent humor to take the edge off typical partisan political discussions while explaining his conservative point of view. His responses are well researched, and he uses terms that speak to the reader, not above the reader. In addition to his columns, Levy appears weekly on local television debating liberal activists in a point-counterpoint format. He has also appeared numerous times as a political analyst during election coverage. Mark Levy is originally from New Orleans, but has spent most of his life in Texas.  He currently resides in Wichita Falls with his wife and two daughters.

Kaye Moreno, 2012 Electoral College Member

Kaye Moreno, 2012 Electoral College Member

Is the Electoral College Still the Best Way to Choose?

Editorial by Kaye Moreno

I was honored, back in June of this year, to be chosen as elector for Texas Congressional District 12 during the RPT convention in Fort Worth. Even though our Republican presidential ticket did not win this election, I remain honored to serve—even though I was hoping to do so for President-Elect Romney and Vice President-Elect Ryan.

I’m sure that many of you along with me have been considering the consequences of this presidential election. Since November 6, I have had days during which I have been more determined than ever to stand firm and prevent members of either party from forcing things upon me that I don’t want—or taking things from me that I earned. And I have had days when I felt as if no amount of effort could get our country headed back in the right direction—to a place where our individual freedoms were valued above all and each American pursued success with hard work and a value system that prioritizes faith and family.

Our mothers and fathers didn’t pursue these these noble goals solely for their own benefit—nor did they begrudge them to others—but they passed down that dedication and work ethic, the love of country and respect of others for the well-being their children and grandchildren. I think we all would simply wish that the values of the America in which we were raised are the same ones that remain the core belief system of the country in which our children and grandchildren will grow and thrive.

As this relates to being an elector in 2012, I hold in high regard those who came before me, who lived through hard times and fought wars and passed along their wisdom to make life easier for me. I was born the seventh child of older parents who already had grandchildren, and I benefitted from their profound experience of having lived through the Great Depression—I inherited a thankful spirit and a positive attitude above all.

In the same way, I respect our founding fathers, who in their wisdom foresaw the many pitfalls that future rash young Americans might stumble upon and go astray. One of the things they created and put into place was the recently much-maligned electoral college.

Kaye Moreno, December 17, 2012

Kaye Moreno, December 17, 2012

As so many have wondered through the years, could the founding fathers really have foreseen the huge cities and heavily populated areas in states like New York with 29 electoral votes, California with 55, and Florida with 29 that hold such power in electing our president? Could these men who gave their reputations, their fortunes and their very lives to sign the Constitution, be so terribly wrong about about the electoral college? Perhaps, but I choose to continue to afford them—and our Constitution—the benefit of the doubt.

You have likely heard the often unkind comments from the left that Republicans are out of touch and archaic. I find nothing more arrogant and condescending than for a liberal to tell me I need to be more modern and open-minded. What I am certain of is that Republicans are quite capable of holding fast to our conservative ideals without compromising our values, and of communicating them to our family and friends and neighbors here and now—even more so in the age of technology that changes by the millisecond.

Did you dream when you got your first car phone—you remember, the one so big you practically had to move it in a wheelbarrow—that just a few years later we would be using something the size of an iPhone to make phone calls, use the internet, get our news, check the baseball scores, map a road trip or listen to music? Every day I get closer to being an empty nester—which is how I define becoming totally independent of requiring one of my children to talk me through some technology crisis or deficit in my electronic education.

Communicating effectively has always been my passion, since I began writing and editing for a newspaper in South Alabama in my early twenties. It is the reason I live in Texas today, because someone noticed and gave me an even better job. Any of you who know me well have probably suffered through my standard lecture that Republicans must catch up in the area of communication if they are to continue to win elections. In my opinion, that is the only strategic advantage the liberals have over us—they certainly don’t have any new ideas.

We must get better at communicating our conservatism in a way that accurately bares our hearts and souls to an American spectrum that includes fast-growing ethnic groups and young people. One of my favorite time-worn admonitions is, “Words have meaning. Be careful how you use them.” Perhaps we should consider another old adage and realize that sticks and stones can break our bones, and words can hurt us. We must learn to win the war of words being waged in this country.

I want to encourage each one of you to begin now to find new ways to communicate within your circle of influence, ways that build new roads and bridges to the time-honored ideals of our mothers and fathers and our founding fathers. If we all begin to do that today, four years from now another set of electors can be preparing to cast their official votes for a newly-elected conservative Republican president who loves our country and its still-relevant foundations in the same way that Republican women do.

Kaye Moreno (second from left) with other Texas Federation of Republican Women Electors

Kaye Moreno (second from left) with other Texas Federation of Republican Women Electors

Kaye Moreno is the Immediate Past President of Fort Worth Republican Women, the FWRW Parliamentarian and Publicity Committee Chair.  She also currently serves as a District Director of the Texas Federation of Republican Women.

Electoral College 101

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

by Judge Bonnie Sudderth, FWRW 5th V.P. of Communications

The Electoral College is not a place, but a process. Established by the U.S. Constitution, this process has its roots in a compromise between the proposal of electing the U.S. President by Congressional vote as opposed to electing the U.S. President by a purely popular vote.

538 Electors comprise the Electoral College, and each state is entitled to the number of Electors which equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation, including House Members and Senators (the District of Columbia is included and allocated 3 Electors). In 2012, Texas had 38 Electoral votes.  A majority of 270 Electoral votes is needed to elect the President.

The Electoral College process is a three-stage process:  (1) the process of selecting the Electors, (2) the meeting of the Electors in their respective states to cast their vote for U.S. President, and (3) the counting of the Electoral votes by Congress.  In 2012, the proposed Electors for the State of Texas were selected during the Texas GOP and Democrat Conventions.  Since the Republican ticket won the popular vote in Texas at the November election, the Electors chosen at the Texas GOP Convention were ultimately elected to the Electoral College and given the authority to cast their votes for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  They cast their votes at the Texas State Capitol on December 17, 2012, as did all other Electors in every state (as well as the District of Columbia) did in their respective jurisdictions.  On January 4, 2013, the U.S. Congress met in joint session to count the Electoral votes.  The Vice-President, as President of the Senate, presided over the count and announced the results of the Electoral College vote.

What many citizens don’t realize is that when the presidential election is held, the voters are not casting votes directly for the candidate of their choice, but are actually casting votes to determine who their state’s Electors will be.  The popular vote in each state is important because it determines which Electors will participate in the Electoral College.  However, the total popular vote of all states combined does not determine the outcome of the election.  It is entirely possible that a Presidential candidate may win the total combined popular vote but lose the election through the Electoral College process.  This is because most states (including Texas) have a “winner-take-all” system that awards all Electors to the winning Presidential candidate.   (Only Maine and Nebraska provide for proportional representation among their Electors.)

So, swing states and narrow popular vote victories can create a disparity between the total popular vote and the ultimate outcome of the Presidential election.  When this occurred in the 2000 Presidential election, many Americans were surprised to learn that despite the fact that Al Gore received 50,999,897 votes to George W. Bush’s 50,456,002, George W. Bush would be sworn into office on January 20, 2001.

2013 TARRANT COUNTY GOP LINCOLN DAY DINNER

GUEST SPEAKER – FORMER U.S. SENATOR RICK SANTORUM

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, Texas

For More Information, contact Tarrant County GOP Headquarters

(817) 595-0303 or www.tcgop.org

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ANNOUNCING FWRW OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS – 2013

President – Cyndy McCoy

1st Vice President, Membership – Marion Snipes

2nd Vice President, Programs – Brooke Allen

3rd Vice President, Campaign Activities – Pam Bassel

4th Vice President, Finance – Julie Johncox

5th Vice President, Communications – Judge Bonnie Sudderth

            Courtesy Committee Chair – Linda Vautrain

            Facebook Administrator –  Judge Bonnie Sudderth

            Newsletter Editor – Cynthia Favila-Terry

            Publicity Chair – Kaye Moreno

            Telephone/CAP Alert Chair – Mary Mae McDonald

            Webmaster – Julieanne Leighty

            Yearbook Editor – Donna Thompson

6th Vice President, Events – Helen Bavousett

Secretary – Melissa Swan

Treasurer – Justice Lee Gabriel

Historian – Kathy Conrad

Parliamentarian – Kaye Moreno

Americanism Committee Chair – Pat Miranda

Caring for America Committee Chair – Holly Bishop

Hospitality Committee Chair –  Marilyn Van Hoozer

Legislation Committee Chair – Patty Emerson

Literacy Committee Chair – Faye Coughran

PAC Treasurer – Sydney Leonard

Scholarship Committee Chair – Mary Ann Shelton

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January Program – The Fiscal Cliff

January 10, 2013

January Program Announcement

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, January 21 to:

Helen Bavousett – 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.

If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost.