Archive for August, 2013

August News and Committee Reports

August 22, 2013

August 28th Program Reminder – Zan Prince on Delivering Our Republican Message – A Call to Action! mail

Zan Prince will be our featured speaker in August on the topic of Delivering Our Republican Message.  She will discuss how “Republicans are good at telling the what, but we sometimes forget to finish with the why that explains our positions. ”

 
 
  

KayeThat is not all!  Our August program will also feature Kaye Moreno, Texas Federation of Republican Women, District Director, SD10, who will speak briefly about TFRW and its history, structure and purpose.

  
 
 
  

Extra bonus: The door prize for August is a ticket to our Red, White and Blue Fashion Show on September 25th!  Special thanks to Sharon Dale, former FWRW President, for donating this special prize.

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor.
 
To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, August 26th 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.)
 
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 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – August 2013
Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

  
To read August’s President’s Message, click HERE.
 

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
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DewhurstMany thanks to Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for sponsoring our July 2013 Board meeting.

We appreciate your support!

 
 
 
   
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POLITICAL BRIEFING from the National Federation of Republican Women:

Democrats Plan Voting Law Change 

Last week, the head of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) launched a 50-State initiative to promote changes Democrats claim will make it easier to cast a ballot.

The effort is being run by American Values First, a 501(c)(4) organization headed by the DLCC’s executive director and launched last week  during a meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Democrats intend to push State legislation similar to that of Colorado which now requires all voters to receive mail-in ballots.

Legislators in seven States will also introduce bills that will tweak election laws in other ways and, in States in which Democrats have control, the measures have good chances of passing.  Democratic legislators in Maine intend to push for expanding access to absentee ballots and early voting locations and Democrats in Nevada passed bills to extend the deadline for new voters to register and to add polling places although both were vetoed by Republican Governor Brian Sandoval.

The new push is said to come in response to Republican voter law initiatives in key States.  Republicans in North Carolina and Florida moved to cut the number of early voting days and Arizona and Florida imposed new restrictions on groups that sign up voters for absentee ballots.  Republican-led legislatures from New Hampshire to Michigan to Florida passed legislation requiring voters to show photo ID before they receive a ballot.

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CONDOLEEZA RICE: The Way Forward on Immigration

Posted August 15, 2013 

By CONDOLEEZZA RICE, HENRY CISNEROS, ED RENDELL and HALEY BARBOUR

APTOPIX Immigration March

It’s easy to conclude, with Congress seemingly gridlocked on so many issues, that comprehensive immigration reform will be yet another casualty of today’s divisive politics. But where some may see conflict, we see real progress.

What is most striking to us are not the differences, but the similarities, in many of the views expressed by those on both sides of the reform debate. As co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Immigration Task Force, we have mapped this common ground and believe there is ample room for achieving consensus. Today we are releasing initial recommendations to fix several key areas of the U.S. immigration system.

First, the public deserves to know whether the nation’s borders are secure and how effectively their border-protection tax dollars are being spent. To this end, we believe Congress should authorize the establishment of a set of scientifically valid measures to assess progress on border control. These measures should be audited by an independent commission, provide a comprehensive picture of the flow of unauthorized immigration and be published periodically for public scrutiny. More transparency should lead to greater public accountability.

Controlling the border, however, is only part of the solution. Protecting America’s national security also depends on our ability to enforce our immigration laws within the country. Effectively responding to the problem of individuals overstaying their visas is critical. The new border-control measurement system must therefore also quantify the percentage of individuals who stay in the United States after their visas have expired.

Second, any new system must be fair to those who have followed the rules. No unauthorized immigrant should receive a green card before visas have become available for all who have applied through legal channels and are waiting in line, with the exception of individuals brought here as children. Visas for those currently in line should be made available within a maximum 10-year period.

At the same time, we must appropriately deal with the 11 million individuals residing in the United States without authorization. These individuals are not living up to their economic potential, are open to exploitation and cost us millions of dollars annually in law enforcement and other expenses. No matter how you spin it, what exists today is de facto amnesty, a situation we can no longer afford or tolerate.

It makes little economic and moral sense to allow these unauthorized individuals to remain in the shadows of our society on a permanent basis. Those who pay all penalties, pass a criminal background check and fully comply with other requirements should have the ability to eventually apply for citizenship. This approach is consistent with the American values of fairness and decency.

Third, a steady flow of legal immigrants contributes to sustaining a healthy, productive population. It strengthens the U.S. housing market, increases tax revenues, contributes to the financial stability of our entitlement programs and supports entrepreneurship.

The immense contribution that legal immigrants have made to our nation’s economic development is well documented: American history is full of stories of immigrants who have fully integrated into our society and built businesses from the ground up. Immigrants helped found many corporate giants, and they play a huge role in Silicon Valley and other centers of technology and innovation.

A key element of a successful legal immigration system is a robust worker visa program that matches our nation’s economic needs with workers from abroad, both skilled and unskilled. A reformed legal immigration system that attracts these workers to our shores will expand our economy and create jobs for native-born citizens. It is also the best tool for preventing future unauthorized immigration.

This is particularly true for U.S. small businesses, many of whom currently employ unauthorized immigrants. Allowing small businesses to hire and recruit a limited number of temporary immigrant workers through simplified procedures will cut down on bureaucracy and red tape, increase efficiency, and help these businesses secure the workers they need in a lawful manner.

To protect U.S. workers while nourishing our economy, employment-based immigration levels should fluctuate based on economic needs, with new workers being directed toward occupations where there are labor shortages. With employers enjoying the benefit of having access to more workers in a reformed system, they must be subject to stricter penalties if they choose to exploit and hire unauthorized immigrants. Cheating results in gaining a competitive advantage, and therefore all employers — small and large alike — must abide by the rules of the game.

We have been encouraged by the constructive debate that has occurred around immigration reform. As the debate continues, we must avoid making the perfect the enemy of the good: Our current system is fundamentally flawed and broken. If we can focus on where there is agreement and then work conscientiously to narrow our differences, then real and durable reform is possible.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros, and former Govs. Haley Barbour and Ed Rendell co-chair the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Immigration Task Force.

To find more posts related to this issue, visit http://latinosreadytovote.com/condoleezza-rice-the-way-forward-on-immigration/

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For over twenty-five years, Fort Worth Republican Women have been working at the grass-roots level to make sure Republicans are elected to office.  We have registered hundreds of people to vote, distributed yard signs, worked phones, banks, walked door-to-door in our precincts, contributed thousands of dollars to local and state candidates and charities, provided volunteers at our county headquarters, organized other Republican events and much more. We sincerely thank you for your past support.

Now more than ever we are feeling the threat in our own backyard. We want to remain a strong organization in order to help support Republicans when they most need it. Our biennial Red, White and Blue Style Show will be held at 11:30a.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth.

We invite you to consider supporting us as a Sponsor.  Your name, as a Sponsor, will be listed prominently on the invitation, program, and FWRW newsletter, web site, Twitter and Facebook posts. You will also receive special recognition at the event.

It is important to note that this is the only major fundraising activity that FWRW will organize until 2015. Invitations will be mailed in early September. They will include your name as a Sponsor, individual ticket cost, reservation information and other details about the Style Show.

For sponsorship information, please contact Julie Johncox at 817-229-3121 or email her at julie@jp-solutions.org

All contributions are reinvested in candidates and Republican Party efforts.

We hope to see you at this awesome event.

Sincerely,
Cyndy McCoy
President, Fort Worth Republican Women

FWRW Fundraising Committee:
Julie Johncox, Marion Snipes, Becky Mingle, Charla Brotherton, Susan Rogers, Elizabeth Shields, Gina Harriss
Paid for and authorized by Fort Worth Republican Women

No Corporate Checks Accepted
Paid for and authorized by Fort Worth Republican Women Red, White and Blue, Return to Glamour Fashion Show
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Image of BooksKNOW A DESERVING YOUNG COLLEGE REPUBLICAN WOMAN?

It’s easy to apply! The student may be either an undergraduate or graduate student and should simply email us the following information:

Name, address, phone number, email address and the name of college she is attending.  She should also include a brief statement about her involvement in any Republican activities. 

Applications (or any questions about the application process) should be emailed to:  fwrw5thvp@fwrw.org.

Please encourage all young Republican college women you know to apply! By the end of this year, Fort Worth Republican Women plans to give a $250 scholarship to some deserving young Republican woman currently enrolled in college and in good academic standing. If you know any young woman currently attending college who has been involved in Republican events, please encourage her to apply. Involvement can be as simple as voting in a Republican primary, encouraging friends to vote Republican or attending a Republican event.

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SPECIAL REMINDERS:

  • Please keep former FWRW President Sharon Dale in your thoughts and prayers as she will undergo double knee surgery on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.  Fort Worth Republican Women wish you a speedy recovery, Sharon! 
  • If you are interested in representing FWRW by being a delegate at the Texas Federation of Republican Women convention in San Antonio in October, please contact our President, Cyndy McCoy. 
  • Texas GOP field representative, Rebecca McDavid, is looking for volunteers.  For more information, please contact Pam Bassel at pbassel@basselwilcox.com
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August Program Announcement – Delivering Our Republican Message – A Call to Action

August 15, 2013

August 28th Program Announcement Zan Prince on Delivering Our Republican Message – A Call to Action!

mailZan Prince will be our featured speaker in August on the topic of Delivering Our Republican Message.  She will discuss how “Republicans are good at telling the what, but we sometimes forget to finish with the why that explains our positions. “
 
 
 
 
KayeThat is not all!  Our August program will also feature Kaye Moreno, Texas Federation of Republican Women, District Director, SD10, who will speak briefly about TFRW and its history, structure and purpose.
  
 
 
 
 
Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor.
 
To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, August 26th 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.)