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Second Saturday Breakfast is This Saturday – April 11

April 5, 2015

April Second Saturday Announcement

*Please bring new or gently worn jewelry to donate to the Ladder Alliance.

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Justice Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Justice Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

To view April’s President’s Message, click HERE.

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OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Tues., April 14 (7:00pm): Challenge of Tarrant County Awards Dinner featuring First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott, Ridglea Country Club, 3700 Bernie Anderson Ave., Fort Worth.  FWRW will have at least one table at the dinner that evening. Won’t you join us?  Contact Brooke Allen, FWRW VP Finance at:  finance@fwrw.org to sign up.
  • Thurs., April 16 (all day): Texas Federation of Republican Women’s Summit (Legislative Day) in Austin. FWRW will have a table at the luncheon that day, and we will be joined by State Senator Konni Burton and State Representative Craig Goldman. To sign up go to http://www.tfrw.org.
  • Wed., April 22 (11am-social; 11:30-program & meeting): FWRW Membership meeting. Speaker – George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum representative.  Please bring new or gently worn jewelry to donate to the Ladder Alliance.
  • Fri., April 24 (10:30am-1:30pm): The Ladder Alliance It’s in the Bag! Luncheon & Fundraiser, Ridglea Country Club. For more information, contact Kate Snow at ksnow@ladderalliance.org or at 817-502-7185
  • Thurs., May 14 (time TBA):  Meet the Judges – Annual FWRW Event, Blue Mesa Grill, 1600 S. University Drive, Fort Worth.
  • Wed., May 27 (11am-social; 11:30-program & meeting):  FWRW Membership meeting. Speaker – Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice, Nathan Hecht.
  • Thurs., June 4 (3:30-6:30pm):  Tarrant County Republican Judges Petition-Signing Party at Chateau on Forest Park.  Volunteers needed – Contact Justice Bonnie Sudderth at president@fwrw.org.
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October News & Committee Reports

October 20, 2014
Dr. Mark Shelton

Dr. Mark Shelton

EBOLA

TOP 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

What about a travel ban?

Should we close our schools?

How is this different from Swine Flu?

Is the CDC lying to us?

How worried should we be?

Bring Your Questions

Dr. Mark Shelton will Provide the Answers

Board Certified in Pediatrics & Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Dr. Mark Shelton has been in the practice of medicine since 1983 and has served most of his professional career at Cook Children’s’ Medical Center. As Director of Hospital Infection Control and Director of Infectious Diseases at Cook’s, Dr. Shelton led the Infectious Diseases and Hospital Infection Control Program at Cook’s from its beginning until 2008, when he gave up these leadership roles to serve in the Texas Legislature.  Dr. Shelton continues to see children with infectious diseases on a daily basis, and he will bring us useful, factual information about Ebola and what it means for our community.

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor. Valet parking is available for a $5 charge.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, October 20, 2014 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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October President’s Message:

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

Since January, I have been sharing with you the reasons why I am Republican. Each month I’ve highlighted a different reason which is important to me. Among them were fiscal restraint, work ethic, support for women in elected offices, limited government, respect for the Constitution and Constitutional rights, principled stances and generosity. There are hundreds of good reasons to vote Republican, and I could continue listing them month after month for years to come, but…

Since the election is now underway, it’s time to sum it up. So, this month, I will share with you a dozen reasons why all Texans should vote Republican this November:

A Dozen Reasons to Vote Republican on November 4

  1. Freedom and Free Enterprise. Under Republican leadership during the past two decades, Texas has become the #1 state in the nation for creating jobs.  Re-electing Republicans who champion the entrepreneurial spirit will keep it that way.
  2. Liberty. Texas Republicans will continue to fight for our liberty against an overreaching federal government, including fighting the expansion of Obamacare and other massive federal programs that are bankrupting our nation.
  3. Our Children. Texas Republicans are committed to supporting our children. As Attorney General, Greg Abbott elevated our Texas child support system to #1 in the nation.  We need to keep it that way.
  4. Important and Essential Needs. Republicans are committed to devoting taxpayer funds for essential infrastructure necessary to keep Texas growing, such as roads and water projects,
  5. Safety. Republicans work hard to keep our communities safe and Republicans understand that securing our border is a vital step in that effort.
  6. Loyalty. Texas Republicans are loyal to Texas, not Washington DC or other out-of-state liberal interests. Republicans are not beholden to Barack Obama, Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi. They are beholden to us.
  7. Values. Republicans value the traditions which have made our state and our nation strong – family, life, religious liberty and hard work. Republican values are our values.
  8. Respect for Women. Republicans respect women by not stereotyping them. Republicans do not segregate issues into women’s vs. men’s issues because they understand that ALL issues are women’s issues.
  9. American Dream for All. Likewise, Republicans do not stereotype or segregate any issues or typecast anyone when it comes to the American dream. Black, Hispanic, Asian, elderly, disabled… Republicans are the party of inclusion because they believe that all Americans have the right to pursue the American dream, notwithstanding skin color, ethnicity, background or any challenge they may face in life.
  10. Education and Choices. Republicans are committed to an education system that puts tax dollars where they need to be – in the classrooms and giving parents a real voice when it comes to their children, including providing all students, especially at-risk students, the opportunity to attend the public school of their choice.
  11. Prosperity. Republicans understand that dependence upon government is not a path to prosperity. The American people, not the federal government, built this nation, and if we are going to get our country back on the pathway to prosperity, we need to look to the people, not Washington DC, to make that happen.
  12. Accountability. Republicans understand that the government answers to the people, not the other way around.
  13. Solutions. Republicans offer solutions, not just sound bites.

So, there it is – a baker’s dozen of good reasons to vote Republican.

When you cast your ballot, vote Republican – from the TOP of the ballot, all the way to the BOTTOM.

Bonnie Sudderth

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Editorial: What Happened the Last Time

Republicans Didn’t Show Up to Vote?

The Democrats have declared war on us and Battleground Texas – Election Day 2014 – is looming on the horizon. And the news from the battlefront is both good and bad.

The good news? All of the polls say Texas will remain Republican, that Texas will stay red.

The bad news? All of the polls say Texas will remain Republican, that Texas will stay red.

While it may look like good news, don’t be fooled. This message could be the worst news of all. Because come November 4, Republicans, lulled into a false sense of security, may just be tempted to stay home.

So let’s take a lesson from history.

What happened the last time Republicans didn’t show up to vote?

In a word, Obamacare. Obamacare is what happened the last time the Republicans didn’t show up at the polls.

Obamacare didn’t become law because the public demanded it. They didn’t. Obamacare became law because too many Republicans didn’t bother to vote in 2006 and 2008.

In 2006, Democrats gained seats in the House and Senate. Then in 2008, for just the briefest moment in time, Republicans, through complacency, handed over control of the White House AND both Houses of Congress to the Democrats. And that’s all the time the Democrats needed to cram Obamacare down our throats. They lost no time in doing so – they didn’t even stop to read it, they were in such a hurry to get it passed while they were in control.

Yes, we can blame the Democrats for Obamacare. Yes, it was the Democrats who foisted it upon us. But maybe – just maybe – the Obamacare disaster could have been averted if only we had done a better job of getting out the Republican vote.

So, remember the lesson from Obamacare.  It DOES matter who’s in charge, and every vote DOES make a difference

So Vote. Vote Early. Vote Republican.

BUT DON’T STOP THERE.

Set a goal for yourself. Identify 5 or 10 conservatives among your circle of friends. Make it your personal mission to ensure that they vote. Don’t allow them to be complacent, even if this means making a pest of yourself.

When they say “Abbott is way ahead in the polls. The Republicans are going to win,” you need to say “Not without your vote!”

Call these people every day, reminding them to vote until they’ve done it. Drive them to the polls yourself, if necessary.

Remind them what happened the last time the Republicans didn’t show up to vote.

They say hell is full of good intentions, but heaven is full of good works.

The Republican Party has given us a ballot full of excellent candidates.

It’s up to YOU to make sure they are elected.

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month, Senator Jane Nelson shares why she is a Republican.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a Republican, we hope that you will read through each contribution this year and reflect upon them an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that Republican issues are women’s issues.  Thank you, Senator Nelson, for your contribution!

Jane NelsonLong before I was a businesswoman, a teacher, a mother, or a Senator, I was a Republican. However, all of those experiences have had an enormous impact on my political beliefs, and have provided countless reasons for why I am a conservative.

After graduating college — which I paid for through my first experience as an entrepreneur by teaching baton twirling lessons throughout high school and college — I was a teacher while my husband completed his degree. Teaching sixth graders, I saw first-hand that our education problems go beyond dollars spent. Even back then, teachers dealt with a lack of parental involvement and discipline in the classroom, as well as government overreach into our curriculum.  My experience not only taught me how important teachers can be in the life of a child, but also that Republican beliefs regarding local control, family values and personal responsibility are needed more than ever.

My husband, upon graduation, joined his father in our family-owned business that grew from a garage to over 300 employees. As we began to grow our business, I learned how damaging liberal policies — harsh regulations and over-taxation — can stifle growth.  Back then, the state was run by Democrats, and my family yearned for the environment that encourages growth and development that has become our reality today.  It is not a coincidence that, since pro-business Republicans have been in the majority we have seen Texas ranked the #1 state in which to do business for the last decade.

In Texas, we hold conservative values. Our principles of  life, families, faith, and freedom are the bedrock of our beliefs.  While Democrats think more government is the solution to every problem, Republicans believe in the power of people and personal responsibility.  As a mother and grandmother, I have tried to instill those values in my children and grandchild, and am continually frustrated by state and federal policies that completely contradict those principles.

All of these experiences not only made me a Republican, but eventually led me to run for public office. Republicans know that education is about more than how much money we spend.  We know that businesses grow and succeed when government gets out of the way.  We know that families and individuals will prosper when given the freedom to live their lives in the way they feel is best.  As a State Senator, I will continue to fight for Republican principles and beliefs because my life has shown me that they work.

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Republican Ticket Nov 2014

 

*Because FWRW is a state PAC, rather than a federal PAC, we do not endorse federal candidates. But VOTE REPUBLICAN in the federal races! We must retake the Senate and keep Congress Republican.

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PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Election day is fast approaching and all eyes are on Texas.  Help send the entire nation a message that Wendy does not speak for us!  Please take advantage of the following opportunities to do your part to help Keep Texas Red:

  • PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS – Every Tuesday and Wednesday night, there is a phone banking opportunity at party headquarters at 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The center needs to place 3500 calls a week so everyone’s help is needed.  For questions, please call the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 817-595-0303
  • REPUBLICAN WOMEN PHONE BANKING FRIDAYS – 10am – 2pm.  Tarrant County Victory and TCGOP invite the Republican ladies of Tarrant County for lunch, tea, and phone banking. Only two Fridays left before the November election.
Report to Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters for each of these opportunities!
2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, 76118

For more information or to RSVP for any of these events above, please contact Ann-Marie Craig at 817-372-7761 or amcraig@texasgop.org

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 2014 Capitol Christmas Ornaments

These beautiful commemorative ornaments will be on sale at the Fort Worth Republican Women’s Annual Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 5th.

2014 Ornament

They come beautifully boxed!  $20 each.  Supplies are limited, so reserve yours in advance today!  Contact Julie Johncox via email at
julie@jp-solutions.org or call (817) 229-3121

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Price Increase Notice for 2015

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 MEET GREG ABBOTT!

greg abbottCome meet and visit with Greg Abbott in Fort Worth!

Wednesday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m.

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
128 East Exchange Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76164

Be sure to RSVP to let Greg Abbott know that you’ll be there!

Please contact Andy Forbes at 202-253-7288 with any questions!

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2015 Fort Worth Republican Women Board Slate

The nominating committee, consisting of Cyndy McCoy (Chair), Judy Laing,  Sharon Dale, Sherry Ward, and Cynthia Favila Terry, has met and has slated the following members for the Fort Worth Republican Women 2015 Board:

Open Positions to be filled:

1st Vice President, Membership
Debbie McDaniels
 
2nd Vice President, Programs
Kaye Moreno
 
3rd Vice President, Campaign
Helen Bavousett
 
4th Vice President, Finance
Brooke Allen
 
6th Vice President, Events
Patty Emerson
 
Secretary
Pam Bassel

Will fill out second year of two year term:

President
Bonnie Sudderth
 
5th Vice President, Communications
Cynthia Favila Terry
 
Treasurer
Jan Brefczynski

The slate will be voted on by membership at the October 22nd meeting.  Nominations may be taken from the floor.

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 FWRW Member in the Spotlight

Holly BishopHolly Bishop
Fort Worth Republican Women Member Holly Bishop deserves special recognition this month! On October 8, Holly donated $500 to FWRW, which Holly and the FWRW Executive Board have earmarked for outreach efforts in conjunction with the November election.
Holly’s $500 has been donated to the Hispanic Republicans of Texas, an organization which has been working hard in 2014 to bring the conservative Republican message to the Hispanic communities throughout Texas and to help get conservative Hispanic Republicans elected to office.
Thank you Holly for your support and your dedication to helping keep Texas red!
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WANT TO EARN SOME MONEY ON ELECTION DAY?

Work as an Election Clerk on Tuesday, Nov 4th!  Please contact Brooke Allen who needs clerks for a half or full day at Bethel United Methodist at 5000 Southwest Blvd, FW 76116. It pays $9 an hour! Call or email Brooke at 817.820.1140 orballen@browndean.com

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BFF October

 

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HOW CAN YOU HELP KEEP TEXAS RED?

Supporting a candidate or a movement is more than a saying and it is more than wearing a t-shirt or a pin.  Thank you to Beryl Dowd and Vicki Hodges for these tips on how you can truly prepare yourself to represent your support for Republicans.

Before you put on that pin:

Pins are great conversation starters.  That’s why we wear them, right?  We want someone to ask us why we support a particular candidate or cause.

Here’s the thing:  when we do get that question, we have about 15 seconds to influence the person who asked!  Every word matters.

So, since I know questions are coming.  I can prepare my response ahead of time.

Try these tips:

  •  Make responses personal.  Why do I support this candidate or cause?  What is important to me about this campaign?  What are the  stakes for me and my family?  Be specific.
  •  Make responses positive.  Talk about the good that this candidate will accomplish or the benefits of supporting this cause.  Save criticism  of the opposition for another time.
  •  Use inclusive words like “our,” “us,” and “we” whenever possible.  These words create common ground.
  •  Speak in a calm and friendly voice.

One example:

I’m in the grocery store and see a friend.  I’m wearing my “Let’s Keep Texas Red” pin.

Friend:  “Vicki, what’s your pin?  What do you mean Keep Texas Red?”

Vicki:    “Keeping Texas Red is about how we can hold onto the values that make our state prosperous … like lower taxes and being a right to work state.  My brother’s company doubled in size because it moved operations from other states here.  I want us to keep that momentum going.”

So, before you put on that pin, think through and prepare your own personal, positive response to the questions it will generate.  Have those words ready to roll off your tongue.

Our candidates and causes matter.  If we care enough to put on the pin, let’s care enough to make the most of those precious 15 seconds.

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SAVE THE DATE – CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON

The Fort Worth Republican Women Christmas Luncheon
Friday, December 5, 2014
Petroleum Club
 
Guest Speaker will be Dr. Robin Armstrong

Republican National Committeeman,  Robin Armstrong

Republican National Committeeman,
Robin Armstrong

This is an annual event that you do not want to miss!  More information to come.

September News & Committee Reports

September 21, 2014
Konni Burton, Republican Candidate for Senate District 10

Konni Burton, Republican Candidate for Senate District 10

On Wednesday, September 24th, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker, Konni Burton, Republican candidate for Senate District 10.  Konni is a Texas native born in the small town of Kerrville.  She earned a BBA in Marketing from North Texas University, and met her husband Phil while completing her degree.  After working for Olmstead-Kirk Paper Co., she became a small business owner and then later chose to stay home to raise the Burtons’ children.  She has been actively involved in her church community as well as grass-roots politics, helping to make Tarrant County a better place to live.  Come and hear about her plans to address issues such as the Texas budget and economy, immigration, education, Obamacare, and more so you can spread the word to take back Senate District 10!

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor. Valet parking is available for a $5 charge.

Paul Ryan's Book CoverMake your luncheon reservation NOW and DOUBLE your chances to receive a fabulous door prize! FWRW Past President and Member Services Chair, Sharon Dale has graciously donated an autographed copy of Paul Ryan’s latest book, “The Way Forward” as a door prize at our September meeting. What a fabulous door prize for yourself, or as a gift for a special someone in your life!  In order to receive TWO TICKETS for a chance to receive this autographed book, you must make your reservation before noon on Monday, September 22! Why wait? Make your reservation NOW!  (Must be present to win.)

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, September 22, 2014 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 – SEPTEMBER
Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

 

On September 11, 2014, one of America’s most precious and fundamental rights came under attack. The threat did not come from foreign enemies or outside forces. Instead, it came from inside a chamber of our own federal government – the Senate of the United States.

On September 11, 2014, fifty-four Democrats voted in favor of considering SJR 19, a proposed Constitutional Amendment which, if passed, would give Congress the right to determine who among us is permitted to exercise free speech and who is not.

Yes, you heard me correctly.  Last week, 54 U.S. Senate Democrats voted to take away our First Amendment rights to free speech and to give our national government – Congress, in particular – the power to regulate and suppress political speech as they see fit.

The most frightening aspect of this was just how close the Senate came to passing this resolution. After all, 54 votes does constitute a majority of the 100-person Senate body. Fortunately, despite the fact that the Democrat majority supported the proposal, our precious freedom of speech was preserved because the proposal fell short of receiving the 60 votes necessary to end debate. In other words, our fundamental, 225-year old First Amendment right to free speech was protected, not by a majority of the elected Senators (all of whom took an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution), but by a procedural device known as “cloture.”

On September 11, 2014, not one single Republican voted to give the government the power to silence its citizens. Words cannot express how thankful I am for the Republicans in the U.S. Senate who thwarted this attack on our Bill of Rights.

I am a Republican because Republicans support freedom of speech.

Bonnie Sudderth

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Fort Worth Republican Women Proudly Support: 

Greg Abbott, Candidate for Governor of Texas

Dan Patrick, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas

Ken Paxton, Candidate for Texas Attorney General

Glenn Hegar, Candidate for State Comptroller

Sid Miller, Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

George P. Bush, Candidate for Texas Land Commissioner

Ryan Sitton, Candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner

Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Texas Supreme Court

Justice Jeff Brown, Texas Supreme Court, Place 6

Justice Jeff Boyd, Texas Supreme Court, Place 7

Judge Bert Richardson, Candidate for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3

District 11 State Board of Education Member Patricia “Pat” Hardy

District 9 State Senator Kelly Hancock

Konni Burton, Candidate for Senate District 10

District 91 State Representative Stephanie Klick

District 92 State Representative Jonathan Stickland

Tony Tinderholt, Candidate for State Representative District 94

Albert McDaniel, Candidate for State Representative District 95

David Hagerman, Candidate for 297th District Court Judge

Carey Walker, Candidate for Judge of County Criminal Court No. 2

Tarrant County District Clerk Tom Wilder

Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Tarrant County Commissioner J.D. Johnson

Justice of the Peace Ralph Swearingin

Justice of the Peace Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt

Cheryl Surber, Candidate for Justice of the Peace

Justice of the Peace Matt Hayes

Election Day – November 4

Early Voting Begins on October 20

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AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month the Fort Worth Republican Women share what we believe.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a Republican, we hope that you will reflect upon our statement below with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that Republican issues are women’s issues.  Perhaps you are more of a Republican than you realize!

For Americans to succeed, American businesses must succeed.

Government should not waste our taxpayer money.

Government should protect our rights, not limit or violate them.

We shouldn’t pass on a national debt to our children to pay.

The federal government should have a budget and live within it.

Citizens should be accountable for choices they make.

Likewise, government should be accountable to its citizens.

To become a member of the Fort Worth Republican Women, please visit our website HERE.

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MARCH TO NOVEMBER: THE WAR IS ON!

On Saturday, September 6, Dr. Tim Daughtry provided our local Republican women’s clubs with practical strategies to get off the defensive when dealing with liberal strategy and tactics and to restore the Judeo-Christian foundation of our culture.  Attendees gained valuable tactics to help persuade undecided voters and to help KEEP TEXAS RED!

Fort Worth Republican Women had the following members in attendance and a great experience was had by all!

Brooke Allen

Pam Bassel

Helen Bavousett

Debra Coffey

Betty Diano

Cynthia Favila-Terry

Barbara Harris

Traci Hutton

Leza Kerr

Judy Laing

Debbie McDaniels

Paula Miller

Kaye Moreno

 Bonnie Sudderth

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SAVE THE DATE for Senator Jane Nelson’s Annual 40th Birthday Party!

On Thursday, October 9, from 6pm to 8pm, the annual celebration of Jane Nelson’s birthday will take place at

Circle R Ranch
5901 Cross Timbers Road
Flower Mound 75022  

For more information, click HERE.

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This year, Judge Daryl Coffey, of Tarrant County Criminal Court 8, will retire.  The Fort Worth Republican Women thank him for 24 years of service to the bench and to the Republican Party.  Through his service, Judge Coffey has helped make Texas a better place, and for that, we are thankful.

Daryl  headshot courthouse articleJudge Daryl Coffey was born and raised in southeastern Kentucky. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1978 from Western Kentucky University.  In 1981, he graduated from the University of Louisville with his Juris Doctorate. Raised in the 6th Congressional District of Kentucky, Judge Coffey brought his conservative Republican values with him when he moved to Texas in 1982.  He wasted no time finding a way to contribute his talents.

Judge Coffey is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Kentucky Bar Association. Prior to being elected a judge, he served as a private practice attorney (civil and criminal), an Assistant District Attorney, and Special Prosecutor for the 8th Administrative Judicial Region. Judge Coffey was elected to the Bench of Tarrant County Criminal Court 8 in 1990.

Since taking the bench, he has disposed of more than 75,000 A/B misdemeanors and has participated in more than 700 jury trials to conclusion. Ninety percent (90%) of these cases involved allegations of DWI.  Judge Coffey is one of the few active judicial members of the International Association of Chemical Testing and the American Academy of Forensic Science and has twice been selected to be the guest jurist at the Masters of Scientific Evidence DWI Seminar.  His actions on and off the bench express his strong conservative attitude.

Judge Coffey has been an active associate member of Fort Worth Republican Women for over 20 years, and he has enjoyed memberships in other Tarrant County Republican Clubs such as the Lincoln Council and the Tarrant Republican Party. He has worked for and assisted with numerous local, state and national campaigns, walking neighborhoods, writing letters, donating money and making phone calls, as well as hosting numerous events and candidates in his home.  Judge Coffey has been a frequent Republican Club speaker on conservation conservatism and Republican Values.

Judge Daryl Coffey and Wife, Debra Coffey

Judge Daryl Coffey and Wife, Debra Coffey

When he is not serving the Republican Party or the people of Tarrant County, he enjoys hobbies reflecting his love for the outdoors and trees, such as tree farming, forestry management, land management and construction.  He has a unique ability to name the genre and species of trees on sight.  He has won numerous awards nationally for forestry, conservation and wildlife management.

Judge Coffey will miss the bench, and appreciates all the support Republican Women have provided him through the many years he has had the honor and pleasure to serve.  His retirement plans include sitting as a visiting, spending days at his Ranch “The Coffey Grounds”, in Central Texas, welding and killing Rattlesnakes, or timbering in the cooler temperatures in Colorado.

Judge Coffey’s wife is Debra Coffey, former Board Member of the Fort Worth Republican Women, and current First Vice-President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women.  The Coffeys have two Republican grown children, Amanda and Grant, who reside in Austin.

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VOTER REGISTRATION REPORT and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Debra McDaniels represented the club at the Ft. Worth Gun Show August 23rd.  She also handed out 35 voter registration packets to members at the August luncheon.  These packets included mail in registration forms, application to vote by mail forms, photo ID flyer and club membership cards to be distributed to friends and family as needed.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Pantego Fest – Sept 26-28th.  The Republican Party of Texas has secured a booth and we are partnering with them to woman it and assist with voter registration.  We need volunteers to help during the hours of the festival as follows:

Friday, September 26th 6 – 10pm

Saturday, September 27th 9am – 10pm

Sunday, September 28th 12pm – 6pm

This will be fun and you will have an opportunity to meet area candidates!!

  • Elephants in the Park – FWRW Family Park Day and Voter Registration Drive!  This is a great opportunity to have a day out with the families of the Fort Worth Republican Women and is sure to be a great time!
Date:  October 5, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Oakmont Park Trailhead – Trinity Trails
Bellaire Drive S. (Castle Creek Dr.) Fort Worth, Texas 76132
(Look for the signs)
 
Snacks and Drinks will be provided on a first come basis.  Special thanks to Brooke Allen for leading this family-oriented event and for involving FWRW members and mothers Patricia Cole, Anna Gill, Dinah Rowland, and Cynthia Terry.  
 
Please contact Debbie McDaniels for more information! debbiemcdaniels@gmail.com

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NOVEMBER IS COMING!

Election day is fast approaching and all eyes are on Texas.  Help send the entire nation a message that Wendy does not speak for us!  Please take advantage of the following opportunities to do your part to help Keep Texas Red:

  • PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS – Every Tuesday and Wednesday night, there is a phone banking opportunity at party headquarters at 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The center needs to place 3500 calls a week so everyone’s help is needed.  For questions, please call the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 817-595-0303
  • REPUBLICAN WOMEN PHONE BANKING FRIDAY – Friday, August 29, 10am – 2pm.  Tarrant County Victory and TCGOP invite the Republican ladies of Tarrant County for lunch, tea, and phone banking.
Report to Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters for each of these opportunities!
2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, 76118

For more information or to RSVP for any of these events above, please contact Ann-Marie Craig at 817-372-7761 or amcraig@texasgop.org

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THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR BFFs!

38 BFFs Host Board

Welcome to our latest BFFs:

PATRICIA COLE

pcole@deckerjones.com

CYNTHIA FAVILA TERRY

Terry Terry Law, PLLC

cterry@terryterrylaw.com

For information on how you can become a BFF to the Fort Worth Republican Women, contact Jan Brefczynski at janbtennis@sbcglobal.net

August News and Committee Reports

August 21, 2014

August Meeting Reminder:

Pat HardyOn Wednesday, August 27, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker, Patricia Hardy, who is up for re-election for District 11 State Board of Education. Pat earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Howard Payne University and her master’s degree in secondary education and history from the University of North Texas.  She is a lifelong accomplished educator and leader who was first elected to the State Board of Education in 2002 and is endorsed for re-election by several of her board peers.  During her tenure on the board, Hardy has served on all three of the board’s committees.

She currently serves as chair of the board’s Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund.  She previously served as vice chair of the board’s Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund.  She has also been a member of the Committee on Instruction and Committee on School Initiatives.  Pat Hardy will also tell us about Common Core and there will be a short question and answer session afterwards, so come and take the opportunity to learn what is going on in your State Board of Education!

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor. Valet parking is available for a $5 charge.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, August 25, 2014 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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 AUGUST PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

I am a Republican because Republicans know what generosity is, and they know what it isn’t. And Republicans are the most generous people on the planet.

It will come as no surprise to most of us that, according to the 2013 World Giving Index, which looks at three measures – monetary giving, volunteering and helping strangers – the United States ranks #1. It’s official – America is the most generous nation in the world.

So, if Americans are the most generous people on the planet, who are the most generous of Americans? Despite media suggestions and liberal claims to the contrary, studies and surveys consistently show that conservatives are far more generous than liberals.  In fact, conservatives give as much as 50% more to charity than liberals.

If the U.S. is the most generous nation in the world, and conservatives are the most generous Americans, then there can be no other conclusion but that conservative Republicans are the most generous people on the planet.

As we say in Texas – no brag, just fact. Nevertheless, faced with these findings, you will hear liberals try to defend their hypocrisy by arguing that the only reason Republicans give more is because they have more to give.

First of all, we all know that it’s a myth that Republicans are all just rich folks.[1] But even if Republicans do give more money because they have more to give, how do you explain all of the sweat and blood? Because, according to a Syracuse University study, Republicans not only give more money, but they also give more of their time to charitable causes than liberals do, and, if that’s not enough, conservatives even donate more blood than liberals!

If conservatives are – without a doubt – the most generous people on the planet, why is it that liberals are widely believed to be more compassionate than conservatives? The answer to that question brings me to my next point – what does it mean to be generous?

As Nicholas D. Kristof, Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times, put it “liberals may speak passionately about the hungry and the homeless,” but they “personally fork over less money to charity than Republicans.” In short, when it comes to their own money “liberals are cheapskates.” They may appear to be more compassionate, but what they advocate is not generosity, but rather increased government spending. In other words, liberal Democrats are only generous when it comes to spending someone else’s money.

And Republicans understand that spending someone else’s money does not equate to generosity.

Generosity occurs when someone voluntarily gives up money or something of value for the benefit of another person.  Confiscating someone else’s earnings or valuables in order to give them to someone else is not generosity. It does have other names. Without a government to sanctify the process, it’s called theft. But, within the context of politics and government, it goes by another name – socialism.

In short, liberal Democrats may talk the talk, but conservative Republicans walk the walk.

Democrats may call themselves – or with the help of the liberal media, may be portrayed as – generous, but in reality, they are simply socialists, advocating the redistribution of wealth in the name of social justice and public good. Numerous studies over the years have proven that they aren’t particularly generous at all, at least when it comes to putting their own money where their mouths are.

Republicans, on the other hand, don’t point to someone else or to government when it comes to supporting charitable causes. Instead, Republicans dig deep into their own wallets, make time in their schedules – even open up their veins! – demonstrating through actions, not just words, true compassion and generosity.

Republicans know what generosity is and what it isn’t. They know the difference between generosity and socialism.

And Republicans are the most generous people on the face of our planet.

That’s one more reason why I’m proud to be a Republican.

Bonnie Sudderth

[1] It’s also a myth that the rich give more to charitable causes than the poor. According to another national survey reported by ABC News, people at the lower end of the income scale give almost 30% more of their income to charity than those at the top end.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!! 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2014
9:00am – 4:30pm
Hurst Convention Center
 
 Dr. Tim Daughtry will provide our local Republican women’s clubs with practical strategies to get off the defensive when dealing with liberal strategy and tactics and to restore the Judeo-Christian foundation of our culture.  This is a great opportunity to gain valuable tactics to help persuade undecided voters and to do your part to KEEP TEXAS RED!
Get registered today!

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VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES

Speaking of keeping Texas RED, please consider giving your time to help  at one of the following upcoming voter registration drives:

  • Gun Show in Tarrant County Aug 23rd, Will Rogers Amon Carter Exhibit Hall, 9am – 5pm;
  • Pantego Fest Sept 26-28th. More information to come!

We need volunteers and for members to become deputized to register voters and come to these events.  Please contact Debbie McDaniels for more information! debbiemcdaniels@gmail.com

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month we feature Lynn Kelly, Fort Worth Attorney, to share why she is a Republican.  We hope that you have been following this series of contributions this year. If not, take a look back and you will certainly be renewed in your beliefs.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a Republican, we hope that you will follow these posts with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that republican issues are women’s issues.  Thank you, Lynn, for your articulate contribution!

Lynn_with_Flag_0001I largely credit my family and my teachers for my being a Republican woman.   I am a fourth generation Texan and those generations who came before me demonstrated through their hard work and dignified lives their true values:  serving God, loving family, participating in community, and sacrificing for country.  We went to church 3 times a week, honored our elders,  respected authority, and loved to hear stories about Dad’s service in the Korean Conflict, Uncle Johnny’s adventures as a young American soldier in Europe who survived the Battle of the Bulge and took great pride in being personally cursed at by General Patton.   There were also stories from my Aunt Jan of how terrified she was as a young newlywed left way up in New Jersey as Uncle Ken served in our Army in Vietnam.  I believe that these values and my heritage are most accurately reflected in today’s Republican Party.  It’s not perfect — but comes closer than any current alternative.

I grew up in the refinery town of Deer Park, Texas, in the shadow of the San Jacinto Battleground, where my parents were schoolteachers in the largely blue-collar, yet affluent Deer Park ISD.  At election time, I remember my parents sitting down at the kitchen table to compare notes on written election guides and carefully debate the pros and cons of the candidates until they hashed out who they would vote for in each race.  I loved going with them to the polling place, pushing aside the long gray curtains in the voting booth, and watching them pull the levers.  My parents explained to me why they chose candidates such as John Tower, Bill Clements, and every Republican presidential candidate.

In high school, I was selected to attend Texas Girls State and that’s when I decided to be an attorney.  I had wonderful teachers in public school who encouraged debate and used the Socratic method.  In college, I majored in government and greatly benefited from small classes with professors who really challenged us.  As a Congressional intern for my local representative, who was a Democrat, I admired his work ethic but realized many of his stances on issues did not match mine.  This is when I moved from being a Republican by “affiliation” or “inheritance” and progressed to being a Republican by informed choice.

Looking back, I see that my parents, my teachers, my college and law school professors all taught me that the best way to make an informed decision on an issue is to gather all the evidence you can, engage in healthy debate with others and then decide for yourself.  One of my more liberal friends said once I was “the most compassionate conservative she knows.”  I appreciated the compliment, but it also reinforced my belief that we as Republicans need to continue to show through our words and actions that we support conservative principles and limited government precisely because we DO care about others.  We believe that true compassion involves thoughtfully setting the stage for people to be successful on their own rather than enabling dependency which has proved throughout history to be harmful in the long run and vulnerable to corruption.  I am proud to be a Republican woman.

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NOVEMBER IS COMING!

Election day is fast approaching and all eyes are on Texas.  Help send the entire nation a message that Wendy does not speak for us!  Please take advantage of the following opportunities to do your part to help Keep Texas Red:

  • PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS – Every Tuesday and Wednesday night, there is a phone banking opportunity at party headquarters at 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The center needs to place 3500 calls a week so everyone’s help is needed.  For questions, please call the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 817-595-0303
  • TEJANOS UNIDOS: PROMOVIENDO NUESTROS VALORES.  Join the Republican Party of Texas and the Republican National Hispanic Assembly for a weekend out outreach and action.  RPT Minority Outreach Director, David Zapata, will come from Austin to talk about messaging, outreach opportunities, and the importance of getting involved.  RPT Vice Chairman, Amy Clark, and National Committeewoman, Toni Anne Dashiel, will also attend.  Come and learn how you can reach out to the Hispanic voters of Tarrant County!
              Tomorrow! Friday, August 22
5:30pm – Networking and dinner
6:00pm – Training on messaging and objectives
7:30pm – Questions
 
Saturday, August 23
9:30am – Instructions and light breakfast
10:00am – Membership drive for RHNA and block walk
12:00pm – Lunch
  • REPUBLICAN WOMEN PHONE BANKING FRIDAY – Friday, August 29, 10am – 2pm.  Tarrant County Victory and TCGOP invite the Republican ladies of Tarrant County for lunch, tea, and phone banking.
Report to Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters for each of these opportunities!
2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, 76118

For more information or to RSVP for any of these events above, please contact Ann-Marie Craig at 817-372-7761 or amcraig@texasgop.org

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SAVE THE DATES!

  • Congressman Paul Ryan will be coming to Texas on August 25th-26th to sign copies of his book The Way ForwardRenewing the American Idea.

In The Way Forward, Ryan challenges conventional thinking and outlines his political vision for 2014 and beyond, and shows how essential conservatism is for the future of our nation. Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election—along with a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics—Ryan examines the state of the Republican Party and dissects its challenges going forward.

Ryan also includes his personal story—from his childhood in Janesville, Wisconsin, the youngest of four children and a fifth-generation Wisconsinite, through his tenure in Congress and battling for his ideas in Washington.

The Way Forward also offers a detailed critique of not only President Obama but of the Progressive movement as a whole—its genesis, its underlying beliefs and philosophies, and how its policies are steering the country to certain ruin.

Culminating in a plan for the future, Ryan argues that the Republican Party is and must remain a conservative party, emphasizing conservatism in a way that demonstrates how it can modernize and appeal to both our deepest concerns and highest ideals.

The Fort Worth Republican Women ask that members plan to attend the Fort Worth stop, bring your name tags, business cards, and wear your Let’s Keep Texas Red t-shirts so that we can use this opportunity to recruit new members! 

Tuesday, August 26th
4:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
4801 Overton Ridge Blvd., Ft. Worth 76132
(817) 346-2368
Other stops in Texas are:
 
Dallas, TX
August 26th
7:00 pm
George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum
IN CONVERSATION with DANA PERINO
2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas 75205
Tickets required: www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu
 
WACO, TX
August 26th
Hastings
12:00 PM
5526 Bosque Blvd., Waco 76710
(254) 772-5888
 
WICHITA FALLS, TX
August 25th
7:30 pm
Hastings
2801 Southwest Parkway, Wichita Falls 76308
940-696-8029
 
  • Monday evening , September 15, 2014 .  Cecilia Abbott, Greg Abbott’s wife, will be speaking locally at the Northeast Tarrant County Republican Club.  The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting is held at Brookside Convention Center, 1244 Brookside Dr, Hurst, TX 76053.  Anyone who would like to attend is welcome.

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BFF July 2014

 

For information on how you can become a BFF to the Fort Worth Republican Women, contact Jan Brefczynski at janbtennis@sbcglobal.net

July News & Committee Reports

July 17, 2014

JULY MEETING REMINDER!

116962292On Wednesday, July 23rd, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker, George P. Bush, Republican candidate for Texas Land Commissioner.  George P. will speak on why he is running for Land Commissioner.  Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he earned his undergraduate degree at Rice University and later earned his Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law.  While you might know him as the grandson of George H.W. Bush, son of Jeb Bush, and nephew of George W. Bush, George P. Bush is an accomplished businessman, civic leader, philanthropist, and veteran.   He lives in Fort Worth with his wife, Amanda, and their son, Prescott.  Come and hear part of the next generation of Texas leadership!

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor. Valet parking is available for a $5 charge.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, July 21, 2014 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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July President’s Message

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

I am a Republican because Republicans understand that while it’s okay to split a loaf a bread, you shouldn’t split a baby. Republicans understand that while some compromise may be essential in order to maintain a civilized society, if someone suggests that you walk down a dangerous path, it’s not prudent to compromise by just going part of the way.

When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated last month, I was struck by comments from liberal political analysts, lamenting his defeat as a tragedy, because, they said, he was one of the few Republican members of Congress who was “willing to compromise in order to get things done.” While I take no position as to the outcome of that particular election, it did occur to me when I was listening to the pundits the next morning that to tout “compromise in order to get things done” is a very Democrat thing to say these days. And it completely ignores what any intelligent person knows to be true – that while compromise can sometimes be a virtue, compromise can also be a vice.

And, especially today, when the very foundations upon which this nation was built are being challenged, touting the willingness to “compromise in order to get things done” as a virtue presupposes two fallacies: (1) that compromise is a virtue, and (2) “getting things done” at the federal level is desirable.

Is compromise always a virtue? 

We are all familiar with the lesson of King Solomon found in the Old Testament (Kings 3:5-14), regarding the dispute between two women over who was the mother of a baby. After listening to both women, King Solomon announced that he would solve the problem through compromise – he would cut the baby in half – so that both mothers would have a share. One woman agreed to the compromise, while the other not only refused to accept it, she begged King Solomon to allow the other woman to raise her child, rather than to cause the baby to die. (Thus revealing who the real mother was…)

We apply this principle – that compromise is not always correct answer – every day. As parents, we teach our children that when a peer pressures them to do something wrong, such as smoke cigarettes, the correct answer is “no,” not a compromise to smoke only half a pack.  When a co-worker suggests to a fellow employee that they steal from their employer, the correct answer is “no,” not a compromise to steal only items from inventory and not cash from the till.

Perhaps one of the worst examples of compromise in American history occurred at the very birth of our nation. The 3/5ths Compromise, a clause which remains in our U.S. Constitution even today, resulted in the counting of black slaves as 3/5ths of a person for the purpose of apportioning Congressional representation. Rather than resolve – once and for all – the question of whether a nation founded upon principles of liberty and freedom should allow the reprehensible practice of human slavery, our leaders chose compromise.[1] I know of no one today who would suggest that compromise on the subject of slavery was the right thing to do.[2]

Is “Getting Things Done” in Congress Desirable?

In our society today, where our federal government is encroaching into personal liberties and privacy at an alarming pace, whether it is a good thing for the federal government to “get things done” depends on what kind of “things” the federal government wants to “get done.” Take, for example, the area of public education.

Except with regard to schools in the District of Columbia, nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government given the right to exercise authority with regard to public education. Nevertheless, for the past 50 years, the federal government has been meddling in our local schools to the absolute delight of liberals who believe that government involvement, especially federal government involvement, is the answer to every problem we face.

And now, through grant incentives, the federal government is pushing a content-based agenda, the Common Core national education standards. Constitutionally speaking, the federal government has no place in public school curriculum content. Pragmatically speaking, there is no evidence that federal involvement improves education outcomes. In fact, the contrary is shown. Despite ever-increasing federal involvement and funding, our children today are no more proficient in reading and mathematics than they were before President Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed in 1965 or before President Carter created the Department of Education in 1979.

So, if the question is whether it is desirable for Congress to “get things done” with regard to education, the answer is an emphatic “no.”  When it comes to public education, there is no “thing” that Congress should “get done.” And if the lack of compromise by our Republican representatives is providing a roadblock to Congress “getting things done” with regard to public education, that is good, not bad.

And that is why I say this is a very Democrat thing to say these days. “Getting things done” is part of the liberal agenda, because “getting things done” really means passing more laws, engaging in more oversight and authorizing more regulation – in essence, getting the federal government more involved in our lives. What most Republicans find refreshing are leaders who are committed to “getting things undone,” i.e., getting the federal government out of our lives and our businesses.

I am a Republican because Republicans understand that there are times when compromise is not the right answer.  I am a Republican because Republicans appreciate that just because Congress wants to “get something done,” doesn’t mean Congress has any business doing it in the first place.  I support Republicans because whether they compromise to get something done usually depends upon whether the something to be done is the growing of government, the whittling away at the rights of the citizens or the unnecessary expenditure of taxpayer money.

I’m not thoroughly familiar with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s propensity toward compromise and whether, on the whole, it was laudable or lamentable. I don’t know whether his loss at the polls was a victory or a tragedy, if indeed he was he was one of the few Republican members of Congress who was “willing to compromise in order to get things done.”

What I do know is that Cantor apparently got so wrapped up in the inner workings of Washington that he lost touch with the needs and expectations of his local constituency. And that is a tragedy.

So perhaps the lesson learned for all members of Congress is to spend less time trying to work out compromises in the name of “getting things done” and spend more time trying to understand what your constituency wants you to get done – or undone – while you’re there.

I am a Republican because Republicans understand that sometimes compromise is necessary to get something done, but that compromise is not the be-all and end-all, in and of itself. Republicans understand that on some matters, compromise is not the answer. And in those circumstances, I can count on Republicans to take a firm and principled stance.

Bonnie Sudderth

[1] Interestingly, the debate leading up to the 3/5ths compromise made for very strange bedfellows. The northern abolitionists did not want black slaves counted at all, not because they thought blacks didn’t count as persons, but because they wanted to weaken the power of southern states in Congress. The southern slaveholding states, on the other hand, wanted black slaves counted equally with whites, not because they considered black slaves equal to whites, but because they wanted to strengthen their pro-slavery voice in Congress.

[2] In fact it took more than seven decades and more than half a million lives lost in war before slavery finally ended in our country.

 

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CARING FOR AMERICA – LADDER ALLIANCE

The Ladder Alliance empowers at-risk women who are often victims of domestic violence to become self-sufficient.  They are empowered by learning marketable job skills while building their self-esteem and self-confidence.  On Monday, July 21, the Fort Worth Republican Women will be delivering a meal to the Ladder Alliance.

We are still in need of casseroles or cash donations.  Please contact Marilyn Vanhoozer at 817-292-1011.  We also need two (2) volunteers to stay and help serve food.  We will be feeding 10-15 adults and 20-22 children, so “kid food” is welcomed!  Food should be delivered to the Ladder Alliance (inside Riverside Christian Church) by 6pm at 1000 Bonnie Brae St., Fort Worth 76111

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month we feature Dr. Jaye Janiak, a Fort Worth small business owner and member of the Fort Worth Republican Women, to share why she is a Republican.  We hope that you have been following this series of contributions this year.  If not, take a look back and you will certainly be renewed in your beliefs.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a Republican, we hope that you will follow these posts with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that republican issues are women’s issues.  Thanks to “Dr. J” for your honest contribution!

Dr. Jaye JaniakWhy am I a Republican? It’s more than just I think Democrats are wrong.  My personal core beliefs align best with the Republican Party.  Ever since getting my bachelor degree in business, I have realized that government needs to be small to be effective.  Too much government does nobody any good.  It is not the government’s job to take care of me like an infant.  I believe that you reap what you sow, and that you should keep what you earn.

I do not work every day for other people to sit at home and do nothing.  Of course, I’m not saying we shouldn’t help those who are in need, but 99 weeks of unemployment is ridiculous.  After 2 weeks, you get a job that may not be good enough while you continue to look for a job in your field.  I do not believe in spreading the wealth or income equality. We all have different skills, desires and abilities.  Not everyone can be a CEO.  I believe people get ahead by working hard.

I believe in personal responsibility, not government mandate.  I believe that I’m responsible to keep the environment clean and the government shouldn’t have to tell me recycle my glass.  At the same time, I expect my recycled glass gets recycled and not put into a landfill next to my other trash.  I believe in taking care of the poor and less fortunate.  But I don’t want the government to take my money to do that, if I choose to help.  I should be able to choose the amount I help with.

I believe all men are created in God’s image with different skills and abilities.  It is our responsibility to use those skills and abilities to provide for ourselves and our families.

This is why I am a Republican.  It is doing what’s right because it’s right, not because the government told me to.

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WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU CAN KEEP TEXAS RED?

Keeping Texas Red is more than a saying.  It’s a job and we have our work cut out for us.  Below are a few hands-on things that you can plan on doing in the immediate future.

  • PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS – Every Wednesday night, there is a phone banking opportunity at party headquarters at 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The center needs to place 3500 calls a week so everyone’s help is needed.  For questions, please call the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 817-595-0303
  • CALL TO ACTION BLOCK WALK this Saturday, July 19th with Senator Ken Paxton.  Report to the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and your block walk assignment.  Remember to charge you smart phones too!  You can choose to download an app to report your block walk contact results, or you can use a pen, paper and clipboard.  These block walks are critical in identifying our voters and potential voters!

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SAVE THE DATES!

SAVE THE DATE for Monday evening , September 15, 2014 .  Cecilia Abbott, Greg Abbott’s wife, will be speaking locally at the Northeast Tarrant County Republican Club.  The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting is held at First United Methodist Church, 1245 Bedford Road, Bedford, Texas 76021.  Anyone who would like to attend is welcome.

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SAVE THE DATE  for the following Voter Registration Drives:

  •  Gun Show in Tarrant County Aug 23-24;
  • Operation Backpack Aug 23rd;
  • Pantego Fest Sept 26-28th

More information to come!  We need volunteers and for members to become deputized to register voters and come to these events. Please contact Debbie McDaniels for more information! debbiemcdaniels@gmail.com

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June News & Committee Reports

June 18, 2014

glen whitleyMeeting Reminder:  Judge B. Glen Whitley – Tarrant County Transportation Issues

On Wednesday, June 25th, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker, Judge B. Glen Whitley, who currently serves as County Judge of the Tarrant County Commissioners Court.  Judge Whitley will be speaking on transportation issues in Tarrant County.  He will speak about all the construction and give us information about when projects will be completed.

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor. Valet parking is available for a $5 charge.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, June 23, 2014 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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 June President’s Message
 
Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

 As the Fourth of July approaches, I am reminded that I am a Republican because I believe in independence and the principles that our Founding Fathers set forth in their Declaration of Independence.Most of us could recite from memory Thomas Jefferson’s famous phrase, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Perhaps less familiar, however, are the 27 grievances also set forth in the document, lodged against England and its monarch. Sadly, many of those grievances could be lodged today against our own federal government.

Below are but four examples. After considering them perhaps you will agree that it’s time to declare independence again – this time from King Obama and the Democrats who coronated him.

  • “He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.” The colonist’s complaint here was that the king would not allow the colonies to get done the important things that needed to be done in their communities. Sound familiar? For the past five years, the executive branch of our federal government has stood in the way of countless opportunities for jobs and economic prosperity for many Americans. None is so glaring as the Keystone Pipeline project, which, along with jobs and economic growth, would also provide long-term energy independence for our country. Just like King George III’s utter neglect and suspension of matters of “immediate and pressing importance,” King Obama has willfully neglected and suspended the Keystone Pipeline project from the day he took office, and there can be little doubt that he will continue to do so until the day he leaves office.
  • “He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.” Here our Founding Fathers complained that King George III would require meetings of colonial representatives to occur in far away places in order to wear the representatives down into submission to his will. Now fast forward to three years ago when members of Congress were provided less than three days to read the proposed Affordable Care Act before they were called upon to vote on the 900+ page document. None of Obamacare’s provisions would take immediate effect, so no one could argue that an emergency vote was necessary. Certainly, now that so many of its provisions have been delayed and extended over and over again, no one would suggest that time was of the essence in considering the bill back in March of 2010. So, why were our representatives given less than 72 hours to read and consider it before the vote was taken? To fatigue them into compliance with the measure. Whether by King George III’s obstacle of unusual, uncomfortable, distant locations or by King Obama’s obstacle of time, the stratagem is the same. In order to get Obamacare passed, King Obama subjected our representatives to the very tactic that our Founding Fathers found so reprehensible in 1776 that they were willing to engage in a rebellion to bring an end to it.
  • “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.” The Founding Fathers complained here that King George III had created new offices whose purpose was to enforce his will upon the colonists through harassment. There can be no doubt that King Obama has created a multitude of new offices. They go by many different official names, but we know them simply as “czars.” Under King Obama’s reign, the executive branch of the federal government has at least 32 “czars” and probably more, because since the word “czar” is not used in their job title, the exact number is difficult to ascertain. What is known about these “czars,” however, is that they have sometimes unknown but broad power over national policy.  As for sending swarms of officers to harass our people, the IRS’s campaign of targeting conservative groups couldn’t have been described more aptly. Unfortunately, to what extent King Obama dirtied his hands in this scandal may never be known, now that Lois Lerner’s emails during this critical time period have conveniently disappeared off government computers.
  • “He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.” Back in 1776, the only way King George III could keep an eye on his colonial subjects was to dispatch soldiers – and lots of them – to our shores to keep watch and to report back. Understandably, the colonists took issue with this. Today, the king doesn’t need to send soldiers to watch over our activities. In this new electronic era, King Obama could surreptitiously expand domestic spying operations through the NSA, effectively placing millions of Americans under permanent surveillance. Or he could authorize armed surveillance drones to begin flying over the U.S. mainland. Or he could do both. And that’s exactly what King Obama has done.

So, two weeks from now, as we wave our flags, watch the parades and enjoy the evening fireworks, let’s also remember that we are Republicans because we believe in the principles upon which this country was founded. For us, the Fourth of July means more than just hot dogs and ice cream. Independence Day is a day when we honor those patriots who dared to resist the heavy hand of tyranny. Each year on the Fourth of July we remember men and women who sacrificed their lives and livelihoods to take a stand for independence, boldly declaring that the purpose of government is to secure our liberties, not to take them away from us.

This year let’s not forget that many of the abuses that our Founding Fathers complained of 238 years ago are happening all around us today. And, according to our Declaration of Independence, “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” In other words, when our government turns its back on the principles upon which this country was founded, it is not only the right, but the responsibility, of the citizens to either repair it or replace it.

The power to make this happen is in our hands.

And when it comes to restoring our government to the principles upon which it was founded, Republicans are America’s best hope. And that is why I am a Republican.

Happy Fourth of July!

Bonnie Sudderth

 

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It’s That Time of Year!

I pledge allegiance to the Flag

of the United States of America,

and to the republic for which it stands,

one Nation under God, indivisible,

with liberty and justice for all.

As summer draws near, and so does Independence Day, we see an increased presence of our Flag being displayed.  What a lovely sight it is!  With that in mind, it never hurts to brush up on our Flag display etiquette and share with others.

Here are some basic reminders:

  • It is customary to fly it only from sunrise to sunset. When flown at night, it should be properly illuminated.
  • It should not be flown during inclement weather days, unless it is an all-weather flag.
  • It should not be draped over the hood, top or side of a vehicle, train or boat.  When affixed to a motor vehicle, it should be affixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.
  • When displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from a window sill, balcony or front of a building, the union (or blue) part should be placed at the peak of the staff, unless flown at half-staff.
  • When displayed either horizontally or vertically on a wall, the union should be upright and to the observer’s left.
  • It should not be used for decoration, but bunting may be used for decoration with the blue side up.
  • It should never touch anything beneath it such as the ground, water, the floor or merchandise.
  • It should be stored in a manner which will not contribute to its deterioration.

For a more details on the Flag Code, click HERE.  Another nice synopsis of flag etiquette can be found HERE.

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WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU CAN KEEP TEXAS RED?

Keeping Texas Red is more than a saying.  It’s a job and we have our work cut out for us.  Below are a few hands-on things that you can plan on doing in the immediate future.

  • PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS – Every Wednesday night, there is a phone banking opportunity at party headquarters at 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 from 6:00 to 9:00.  The center needs to place 3500 calls a week so everyone’s help is needed.  For questions, please call the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 817-595-0303
  • The FWRW will hold a special event at the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters on July 11, 2014 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.  Our club will be phone banking for our Republican candidates.
  •  CALL TO ACTION BLOCK WALK this Saturday, June 21st.  Report to the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 9am for your block walk assignment.  Remember to charge you smart phones too!  You can choose to download an app to report your block walk contact results, or you can use a pen, paper and clipboard.  These block walks are critical in identifying our voters and potential voters!

Thank you to Pam Bassell, FWRW Third Vice President – Campaign Activities, for assisting in compiling this important information.

Grand Opening of the Tarrant County Victory Center – If you have not been to the new Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters, do a dry run Thursday, June 19 (tomorrow) and have fun at the Grand Opening of the Tarrant County Victory Center at the TCGOP Headquarters!  Commissioner Christi Craddick will be there to celebrate with a family cookout, games, and fellowship!  Bring the family from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

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There is a phone scam taking place in Tarrant County, which involves calling Tarrant County residents stating that there is a warrant out for the person’s arrest for failing to appear for jury duty.  The caller gives the option to the person to pay a fee over the phone in order to avoid going to jail.  While a warrant for your arrest may issue for failing to appear for jury duty, a phone call collecting fees over the phone is never the way it is resolved.  For more information on this scam, please visit the Tarrant County news release by clicking HERE.

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CARING FOR AMERICA – LADDER ALLIANCE

The Ladder Alliance empowers at-risk women who are often victims of domestic violence to become self-sufficient.  They are empowered by learning marketable job skills while building their self-esteem and self-confidence.  On Monday, July 21, the Fort Worth Republican Women will be delivering a meal to the Ladder Alliance.  If you are interested in contributing a warm casserole, salad, bread, or a dessert, please contact Marilyn Vanhoozer at 817-292-1011.  We also need volunteers to stay and help serve food.  We will be feeding 10-15 adults and 20-22 children, so “kid food” is welcomed!  Food should be delivered to the Ladder Alliance (inside Riverside Christian Church) by 6pm at 1000 Bonnie Brae St., Fort Worth 76111

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month we feature Sharon Dale, Member Services Chair for the Fort Worth Republican Women, to share why she is a republican.  We hope that in following this series of contributions throughout the year, you will be renewed in your beliefs.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a republican, we hope that you will follow these posts with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that republican issues are women’s issues.  Thank you, Sharon Dale, for an inspiring contribution!

sharon dale“Limited government and free enterprise are the essential elements of a successful democracy.” Before I was old enough to vote, a college professor convinced me of this simple, yet glorious concept. At that time in Texas, we could not vote until we were 21 years old. There were relatively few Republicans in Texas, and my family members were all Democrats. So, moving my future vote to the Republican column was a really big step for me. But, that step was made only after a great deal of research and many questions to my professor and family members. Now, having experienced the presidential administrations of four Democrats and five Republicans, I am proud to say the Republican Party is a much better guarantor of that very perfect concept.

As an alternate delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, I sat among fellow Republicans from all over the United States and listened to New Mexico Governor, Susana Martinez, tell her story about growing up as a Democrat in a family of Democrats. She shared, “Before I ran for District Attorney, two Republicans invited my husband and me to lunch. And I knew a party-switch was exactly what they wanted. So, I told my husband, Chuck, we’ll be polite, enjoy a free lunch and then say goodbye. But, we talked about issues–they never used the words Republican, or Democrat, conservative or liberal. We talked about many issues, like welfare — is it a way of life, or a hand-up? Talked about the size of government — how much should it tax families and small businesses? And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said, “I’ll be damned, we’re Republicans.” This was an exhilarating moment for me because of the sheer joy of hearing her statement spoken at the National Convention, and knowing fifty years earlier, I had flipped that very same switch in my life.

My reasons for being a Republican have grown stronger over these many years, as I have observed that more government means more bureaucracy, and more bureaucracy means less accountability. Less accountability means more waste, and more waste means more taxes. More taxes means less free enterprise, and less free enterprise means more government.

Believing that limited government and free enterprise are the essential elements of a successful democracy, I have become more concerned recently because there has been a dramatic shift away from that simple concept. Government has expanded exponentially. Obamacare (HHS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare are three good examples. Regardless if one thinks these agencies were expanded for good reasons, can anyone honestly think they are now efficient uses of taxpayer money? I honestly do believe that both Democrats and Republicans want a safe and prosperous America. We simply disagree how we, as a nation, must go about achieving that goal. To me, the general philosophy of the Democratic Party seems to be that government can fix all of our problems. The recent difficulties at V.A., the unsolvable problems with Obamacare and the harm inflicted by E.P.A. have shown us this “centralized government” philosophy simply does not work.

Keeping the focus on our basic principle of limited government and free enterprise, we can use our votes to hold our elected officials accountable. I have tremendous admiration of those who bravely place their names on the ballot to run for office. I will never be that brave, and I know that merely being a Republican is not enough. But, I can precinct walk for my Republican candidate of choice, volunteer to stuff envelopes for candidates, participate in campaign phone banks and VOTE. Plus, I will always be ready and happy to share my personal reasons for why I am a Republican.

Sharon Dale

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Our BFFs

Justice Lee Gabriel, Second Court of Appeals

http://www.2ndcoa.courts.state.tx.us/court/justice_lGabriel.asp

Brooke Allen, Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell

www.brookeallen.co

Justice Bob McCoy, Second Court of Appeals, Candidate for County Criminal Court #3

www.electbobmccoy.com

Helen Bavousett

Byron J. Bavousett

Justice Sue Walker, Second Court of Appeals

www.2ndcoa.courts.state.tx.us/court/justice_swalker.asp

Atticus Gill, Candidate for County Criminal Court #2

www.GillforJudge.com

Paula Miller

Judge Jennifer Rymell, County Court at Law #2

www.jenniferrymell.com

 Tom Wilder, Tarrant County District Clerk

www.wildercampaign.com

 Judge Bonnie Sudderth, 352nd District Court

www.judgebonnie.com

Mary Louise Garcia, Tarrant County Clerk

www.tarrantcounty.com/eCountyClerk

 Holly Bishop

 Blanch Tyler

 Pam Bassel, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee

http://www.13network.com/trustees/fww/fwwhome.asp

 Dabney Bassel, Law Office of Dabney Bassel

Patty Emerson

Delane Angelini

Debra Coffey, 1st Vice President, TFRW

http://www.smartstartinc.com

Judge Daryl Coffey, County Criminal Court #8

http://www.tarrantcounty.com/eCCC8/site/default.asp

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, U.S. Congress, 12th District of Texas

http://www.kaygranger.com/

Judge Susan McCoy, 153rd District Court

http://mccoyforjudge.com/

FWRW Past Presidents: Sharon Dale, Beryl Dowd, Martha Durham, Cyndy McCoy, Kaye Moreno, Sherry Ward

Shirley K. Bain

Sharen Wilson, District Attorney-Elect

http://sharenwilson.com/

Jim & Kathy Conrad

Judge Tom Lowe, 236th District Court

www.tarrantcounty.com/eD236

Rep. Charlie Geren, State Rep. District 99

www.charliegeren.com

Dr. Mark Shelton, Candidate for Texas Senate, Dist. 10

www.drmarkshelton.com

Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth Mayor

www.betsypriceformayor.com

Judge Melody Wilkinson, 17th District Court

Judge David Evans, 48th District Court, Presiding Regional Judge, Region 8

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, U.S. Congress, 25th District of Texas

www.rogerforcongress.com

Ludie Heineman

Nancy Adler

Judy Laing

Thank you for your support and friendship!

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Republican Party of Texas Convention 2014

A little goofing off playing a Let's Keep Texas Red game before the program!  Brooke Allen, Cynthia Favila-Terry, and Sarah Nguyen

A little goofing off playing a Let’s Keep Texas Red game before the program! Brooke Allen, Cynthia Favila-Terry, and Sarah Nguyen

 

On June 5, 6, and 7, the Republican Party of Texas convened at the Fort Worth Convention Center with several members of the Fort Worth Republican Women attending as delegates, alternate delegates, and/or volunteers.  Special thanks to FWRW members Kay Moreno and Beryl Dowd, who were on the convention planning committee.  You always represent the FWRW and the Republican Party of Texas well!

You have probably heard or read the news reports about the platform adopted at the convention.  Please take some time to read the actual Republican Party of Texas Report of Permanent Committee on Platform and Resolutions as Amended and Adopted by the 2014 State Convention of the Republican Party of Texas.  Click HERE to read it.  Thank you Brooke Allen for sharing this newly published information!

 

 

 

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TEXAS FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN

TRIBUTE TO WOMEN

Honoree Helen Bavousette with new member Annie Wiseman Young

Honoree Helen Bavousette with new member Annie Wiseman Young at the Tribute to Women

 

Once again, one of the most highly attended events of the RPT Convention was the Texas Federation of Republican Women’s Tribute to Women Luncheon honoring TFRW members from clubs throughout Texas!  Attendees heard from several speakers including Senator Ted Cruz and Cecilia Abbott.  Congratulations again to this year’s honorees from the FWRW: Nancy Adler, Helen Bavousette, and Ludie Heineman.

 

 

 

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MEET THE JUDGES 2014

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Judge Catalano, John Dotson, Judge Sharen Wilson, Judge Berger, Judge R.H. Wallace

 

The FWRW held our annual Meet the Judges event at Blue Mesa on Thursday, June 12th.  This is a wonderful event that is open to members and guests to come and meet with your republican judges in Tarrant County.  They appreciate the opportunity to meet with constituents and the people appreciate the opportunity to meet their judges!  Thank you to Jennifer Willingham for organizing a successful event!  To view more photos from this event, visit our Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Brooke Allen holding the next generation, Miss Cami

Brooke Allen holding the next generation, Miss Cami

May News & Committee Reports

May 26, 2014

Meeting Reminder:

Michele Samuelson

Michele Samuelson

On Wednesday, May  28th FWRW will have Michele Samuelson, Texas Federation of Republican Women District 14 Director, speak about social media and politics.  Social media is here to stay in every way, politics included.  This is a great opportunity for more learning about issues affecting in this crucial campaign season.

Michele Samuelson has been active in Texas politics since she could vote, working on campaigns across the state and up and down the ballot.  In college, she served Young Conservatives of Texas as Senior Vice Chairman for Media and Publicity, working in every major media market in Texas.  In 2006, she moved to Austin to begin her career in professional politics.  While on staff with the Americans for Prosperity, she helped organize the first RightOnline conference in 2008, to directly counter efforts by the left to control online messaging in politics.  Michele has worked with several candidates across Texas on social media strategy and implementation for their campaigns, and is on the TFRW board as Online Media Chairman.  Michele is currently working as Outreach Coordinator for Senator John Cornyn’s campaign.  Michele and her husband Randy and their daughter Annalise live in Northwest Austin.

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor. Valet parking is available for a $5 charge.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, May 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 – MAY

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

With all of the hoopla surrounding Toyota’s recent announcement that they will soon be moving their corporate headquarters to North Texas, I am reminded of yet another reason why I am a Republican – Republicans understand that in order for people to succeed, businesses must succeed.

Toyota has now joined a long list of companies that have abandoned California (and other liberal states), including Occidental Petroleum Corp. who recently announced its plan to move from Los Angeles to Houston, Calpine Corp., a power company, who once knew the way to San Jose, but now also calls Houston home, and engineering firm Fluor Corp. who fled Orange County for North Texas.

And if the trend continues, San Antonio may eventually call itself home to the Huy Fong Foods plant, maker of the famous Sriracha hot sauce. This will undoubtedly occur if the Irwindale California City Council doesn’t declare a ceasefire in its economic warfare against the business.

Why shouldn’t the Sriracha plant leave? California, and the Los Angeles area in particular, with its high taxes and burdensome regulations, is downright hostile to businesses. Rather than working to save a job-producing enterprise, California has enjoined the factory from operating during the three month period of time when the hot peppers are harvested and ground into sauce. The City Council has declared it a public nuisance (although city officials are currently re-thinking that moniker ever since a Texas flag was observed flying over the factory last week). And all of this – the attempt to effectively shut down a $40 million plant that employs hundreds of local workers – came about because four citizens complained about the smell.

Just as California has been the poster child for liberal policies that drive businesses away, Texas, with its conservative policies favoring lower taxes, limited government and less regulation, continues to lead the nation in attracting businesses – and the jobs that come with it.  Chief Executive magazine recently voted California as the worst business climate in the nation – ranked 50th in the nation – while it ranked Texas #1.

It’s nice to be #1, but we didn’t get there by accident. And, although it is often referred to as the “Texas Miracle,” this so-called miracle is no miracle at all. The success in Texas is the direct result of conservative Republican leadership who put conservative Republican principles to work in our state government. Toyota’s North America CEO summed it up quite nicely when he acknowledged that due to California’s hostile business environment,  his company never even considered staying in California. After being wooed by Texas, Toyota didn’t even solicit a counter-offer from the state they had called home since 1957. Instead, Toyota chose Texas for its “overall business climate…from affordable housing and shorter commutes to the absence … of a personal income tax.”

And although we enjoy the bragging rights, the Texas Republican phenomenon is not an anomaly.  The fact is that, according to a recent CNBC report,  13 of the top 14 best states for business and economic success are led by both Republican governors and Republican-majority state legislatures. The CNBC study credits the tax cuts following the 2010 statewide Republican sweep for the economic success in South Dakota, which received the study’s top score. (Texas came in a close second, followed by North Dakota, Nebraska, Utah and Virginia.) Ranking #7 in the study, Colorado was the only state under blue leadership which made the top 14. (Notably, the other 13 states achieved their successes without becoming America’s Marijuana Mecca.)

And among those lagging, sagging state economies under blue leadership, who pays the price for their anti-business policies? The people. The workers. Particularly the youth and minorities, who tend to fare significantly worse than the national averages when it comes to unemployment statistics. Sadly, with Toyota’s recent defection, the City of Torrance has lost its third-highest property taxpayer and the city’s single largest employer.

Throughout the last decade, Texas’ job-creation rate has doubled the national average.  Even during the worst Recession since the Great Depression, Texas’ unemployment rate stubbornly remained well below the national average. South Dakota notwithstanding, the Texas economy is stronger than any other state in our nation. Consequently, our citizens are better off financially than the citizens of the other 49.

So, when you are discussing politics with friends, colleagues and neighbors, ask them if they were grateful to have a job during the Great Recession. If they say “yes,” then don’t neglect to point out that they have Republicans to thank for it. Citizens of those states under Democrat leadership didn’t fare so well.

I will vote Republican in November because under Republican leadership, Texas has become an economic model to the nation. Under leadership that favors conservative policies of lower taxes, limited government and less regulation, a government who understands the important role that businesses play in our economy has emerged. Consequently, Texans prospered at a time when other Americans suffered.

Republicans understand that when businesses succeed, people succeed. And that’s another reason why I am a Republican and I will proudly vote Republican in November.

Bonnie Sudderth

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TEXAS FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN

TRIBUTE TO WOMEN – June 6, 2014

FORT WORTH REPUBLICAN WOMEN HONOREES

Nancy Adler Photo

It would be difficult to imagine having any Fort Worth Republican Women event without Nancy Adler there. For years, she and her late-husband Jack served as those “familiar faces in the crowd” so key to successful club functions, as they mixed and mingled, shook hands, smiled at and greeted everyone in the room. Nancy was not born a Texan or a Republican, but she became both as soon as she could! In 1982, having recently left Virginia for Houston, Nancy married Jack Adler, she quickly converted to his beloved GOP and she never looked back. When they moved to Fort Worth in 1990, she immediately joined Fort Worth Republican Women. She still remembers her trepidation at attending her very first meeting at FWRW and how quickly she felt at ease as a young woman led her inside and introduced her to everyone. This young woman later became a judge, and Nancy has enjoyed supporting her, along with many other Republican women candidates, with contributions of time and money since that day. Nancy is one of those members who can always been counted on to help out with club events, from decorating to last-minute registration desk duties. When she reflects back, Nancy says, “I look around now and see how much our club has grown and all of the beautiful and talented women, many attorneys and judges, it makes me proud to have been part of this great Republican Club for almost twenty-five years!” Thank you and congratulations, Nancy!

Helen Bavousett Photo

Helen Bavousett may be a “newcomer” to the Fort Worth Republican Women’s club, but when she joined in 2009, she hit the ground running! Within a year, Helen was volunteering her time at the 2010 TFRW Convention in Fort Worth, helping out with hospitality. Two years later, she volunteered as a greeter at the Texas Republican Party State Convention. The next year, she travelled to the TFRW Convention in San Antonio to serve as a Delegate from Fort Worth Republican Women. And it comes as no surprise that Helen is again serving as a volunteer greeter for the 2014 Texas Republican Party State Convention! Helen and her husband Byron are great benefactors to Fort Worth Republican Women, giving generously of both their time and money over the years. Helen is currently in her second term, serving the club as the 6th Vice President for Events, no easy task, as she is not only responsible for the luncheons provided in conjunction with our monthly meetings, but she also coordinates no less than three other major events offered by Fort Worth Republican Women each year – the New Members BBQ event, the Meet-the-Judges Reception and the club’s Annual Christmas Luncheon. Prior to serving in her “official” capacity as Events Chair, Helen volunteered at events on a regular basis. Fort Worth Republican Women often wonder how we got along without Helen for all these years, but we’re certainly glad she’s a part of our club now! Thank you and congratulations, Helen!

Ludie Heineman Photo

Ludie Heineman is a self-described, “rabid Republican housewife who has not done that much except devote my heart to the cause.” Her service to Fort Worth Republican Women shows the devotion of her heart, but also of her efforts, to advance Republican causes.  From the time Ludie joined Fort Worth Republican Women in 2005, Ludie has hit the ground running, serving the club in many capacities – two years as Chair of the Caring for America Committee, two years as Chair of the Americanism Committee, and two years in taking charge of the USO Book Project. For the USO Book Project, Ludie collected new, donated children’s books and delivered them to the USO at the DFW Airport. The USO then videotaped men and women serving our country overseas as they read these books, and then the videotape and the book were delivered to the service member’s children. Using FWRW guidelines, Ludie expanded this program to involve her Fort Worth Women’s Club as well. Over the years, Ludie has volunteered at the Tarrant County GOP headquarters, where, among other tasks, she answered phones, accepted donations, distributed yard signs, and addressed and stuffed political mailings. Ludie has also been active in the Fort Worth Republican Women’s GOTV and voter registration efforts.  One of Ludie’s greatest contributions to Fort Worth Republican Women is her bright and friendly smile and her “can-do” attitude. Ludie has demonstrated that when one woman devotes her heart to the cause, much can be accomplished. Thank you and congratulations, Ludie!

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Our BFFs

Justice Lee Gabriel, Second Court of Appeals

http://www.2ndcoa.courts.state.tx.us/court/justice_lGabriel.asp

Brooke Allen, Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell

www.brookeallen.co

Justice Bob McCoy, Second Court of Appeals, Candidate for County Criminal Court #3

www.electbobmccoy.com

Helen Bavousett

Byron J. Bavousett

Justice Sue Walker, Second Court of Appeals

www.2ndcoa.courts.state.tx.us/court/justice_swalker.asp

Atticus Gill, Candidate for County Criminal Court #2

www.GillforJudge.com

Paula Miller

Judge Jennifer Rymell, County Court at Law #2

www.jenniferrymell.com

 Tom Wilder, Tarrant County District Clerk

www.wildercampaign.com

 Judge Bonnie Sudderth, 352nd District Court

www.judgebonnie.com

Mary Louise Garcia, Tarrant County Clerk

www.tarrantcounty.com/eCountyClerk

 Holly Bishop

 Blanch Tyler

 Pam Bassel, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee

http://www.13network.com/trustees/fww/fwwhome.asp

 Dabney Bassel, Law Office of Dabney Bassel

Patty Emerson

Delane Angelini

Debra Coffey, 1st Vice President, TFRW

http://www.smartstartinc.com

Judge Daryl Coffey, County Criminal Court #8

http://www.tarrantcounty.com/eCCC8/site/default.asp

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, U.S. Congress, 12th District of Texas

http://www.kaygranger.com/

Judge Susan McCoy, 153rd District Court

http://mccoyforjudge.com/

FWRW Past Presidents: Sharon Dale, Beryl Dowd, Martha Durham, Cyndy McCoy, Kaye Moreno, Sherry Ward

Shirley K. Bain

Sharen Wilson, District Attorney-Elect

http://sharenwilson.com/

Jim & Kathy Conrad

Judge Tom Lowe, 236th District Court

www.tarrantcounty.com/eD236

Rep. Charlie Geren, State Rep. District 99

www.charliegeren.com

Dr. Mark Shelton, Candidate for Texas Senate, Dist. 10

www.drmarkshelton.com

Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth Mayor

www.betsypriceformayor.com

Judge Melody Wilkinson, 17th District Court

Judge David Evans, 48th District Court, Presiding Regional Judge, Region 8

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, U.S. Congress, 25th District of Texas

www.rogerforcongress.com

Ludie Heineman

Nancy Adler

 Thanks for your support & friendship!

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month we feature Tarrant County’s next District Attorney, who happens to be a republican woman, to share why she is a republican.  We hope that in following this series of contributions throughout the year, you will be renewed in your beliefs.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a republican, we hope that you will follow these posts with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that republican issues are women’s issues.  Thank you, Sharen Wilson, for your continued service! 

Judge Sharen WilsonI am a Republican woman because of the values taught me by my parents: hard work, self-reliance, personal responsibility and belief in God.  These were the values that they lived and the same ones that made our country free and strong.  These are the same values that my conservative Republican party holds dear.  We work hard because that is what it takes to be successful.  We are self-reliant believing that government can provide a safety net, but not a lifestyle.  I am personally responsible to support my family and seek help from others only as a last resort.  Most importantly, I believe God has a plan for my life, my family and my country and I trust Him.

I am a Republican woman because Republicans support women for elected office.  We recognize that it’s not the gender but the character that matters.  We know that Margaret Thatcher was right when she said “…if you want something done, ask a woman.”  Today, I would only add ‘ask a Republican Woman’.

Sharen Wilson
Republican Woman and Republican nominee for Tarrant County District Attorney 
 
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NOTICE OF VOTE ON FWRW BYLAWS REVISIONS:

At our May 28th Business Meeting, the Fort Worth Republican Women will vote on proposed revisions to our Bylaws.  Copies of the proposed revisions were distributed at the March meeting. To view the substance of the revisions, please click HERE.

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CARING FOR AMERICA

On Wednesday, June 11, the Fort Worth Republican Women will be delivering a meal to the Ladder Alliance.  If you are interested in contributing a warm casserole, salad, bread, or a dessert, please contact Marilyn Vanhoozer at 817-292-1011.  We also need volunteers to stay and help serve food.  We will be feeding 10-15 adults and 20-22 children, so “kid food” is welcomed!  Food should be delivered to the Ladder Alliance by 6pm at 1000 Bonnie Brae St., Fort Worth 76111

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  FWRW have another must-go-to event!

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April News & Committee Reports

April 19, 2014

Meeting Reminder:

Konni Burton, Senate District 10 Candidate

Konni Burton, Senate District 10 Candidate

On Wednesday, April 23rd FWRW will have another great program!  These candidate forums have been a great way to help voters decide who they will support this highly critical Texas election year.

Dr. Mark Shelton, Senate District 10 Candidate

Dr. Mark Shelton, Senate District 10 Candidate

Bring your  friends and come meet your candidates who will be on the May 27th Primary Run-Off ballot:

Senate District 10 – Konni Burton and Dr. Mark Shelton
State Board of Education – Patricia Hardy (Eric Mahroum was invited but had a schedule conflict.)
Railroad Commissioner – We await Ryan Sitton’s confirmation.  (Wayne Christian was invited but had a schedule conflict.)

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, April 21st 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.)

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – APRIL  

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Why am I a Republican? Because Republicans respect women.

As the media continues to carry the water for Democrats,  hyping up the myth that Republicans are hostile to women, let’s look for the truth that the media will never report. We can start by examining Tarrant County politics under Republican leadership. What do we find? A lot of women in public office today, that’s what. And the truth is – Republicans, not Democrats – brought them there.

When the Republican party became the dominant party in Tarrant County in the 1990’s, it appears that the first order of business was electing women to office. After decades of political dominance, the Democrats could boast only three women in the judiciary at any given time. Whereas, within four short years of becoming the majority party in Tarrant County, Republicans had tripled that number. And Republicans didn’t stop there.

Today almost 50% of the Tarrant County judges are women, and they are all Republicans. Notably, five of the seven justices who serve on Tarrant County’s Second Court of Appeals are women. In fact, in 2010, Republicans gave us the first female Chief Justice in the history of the Second Court of Appeals – Chief Justice Terrie Livingston. A few months later, Republicans elected the first Justice to the Texas Supreme Court from Tarrant County in more than half a century, also a woman, Justice Debra Lehrmann. This November will mark another first – we will elect Sharen Wilson as the first woman to serve as Tarrant County District Attorney.

But this phenomenon doesn’t stop at the courthouse. Republican women leaders surround us – from U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger, to State Representative Stephanie Klick, to Tax-Assessor-turned-Mayor Betsy Price, to Tarrant County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia, and at all points in between, Republicans show commitment to electing women to positions of leadership in our communities. Media propaganda notwithstanding, the Republican Party is second-to-none in promoting women as leaders.

This serves to highlight a fundamental difference between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to women. Republicans respect us. Republicans know that we aren’t stupid, and they don’t treat us as if we were. Republicans recognize the strength of women. Contrary to liberal rhetoric, we are not the victims of society who need the heavy hand of Big Brother interfering in our lives in order to succeed. We have strong backs, strong minds and strong hearts. Republicans understand this, and through conservative Republican philosophy and policies, we are empowered to take chances, take charge and take control over our own lives.

Republicans respect the fact that women come in all shapes, sizes, colors and demographics. Republicans don’t put us in a box, define the issues for us, or pander to us by offering one-size-fits-all “solutions” to “our problems.”

The fact of the matter is that we really don’t hear a lot of talk about women’s issues in Republican circles. But that doesn’t mean that Republicans don’t care about women. Far from it. Republicans don’t talk much about women’s issues because Republicans understand that ALL issues are women’s issues.

As we in Fort Worth Republican Women say, “we are mothers, wives, daughters and sisters…” But looking deeper, we see embedded into these roles our strong relationships with men. We are mothers to sons, wives to husbands, daughters to fathers and sisters to brothers. And those men in our lives – our sons, husbands, fathers and brothers – are important to us, too.

What draws us to the Republican party is the very fact that Republicans don’t frame the issues in terms of us versus them. Good policies transcend lines of gender, ethnicity, race and culture. And that’s why, from a Republican perspective, women’s issues look a lot like men’s issues. Republican women want:

  • A prosperous economy so that every man, woman and child has an opportunity to achieve their dreams.
  • Personal liberty, an inalienable right, as set forth in our Constitution, that is protected, not violated, by our government.
  • A government that is separate from, but not hostile to, religious beliefs.
  • A federal government that recognizes and abides by the limits imposed upon it by the Constitution.
  • …and the list goes on, all without any references to gender.

And when it comes to equality, of course we care about equal treatment under the law! After all, which party freed the slaves? The Republicans. Which party gave women the right to vote? Republicans. Which party led the civil rights movement? The Republicans.

So let there be no doubt about it – Republicans have historically, and do to this day, support equality. And that includes equal pay for equal work.

Could there be any doubt? Even Democrats must concede that Republicans value hard work. Some may say we speak of little else, often overheard lamenting the decline of the work ethic in America, as Republicans are wont to do. We are the party who espouses the quest to earn a living through honest work as one of the highest of human virtues. Our most sincere desire is for everyone to have the opportunity to achieve prosperity, a goal which cannot be achieved without equal pay for equal work.

But what Republicans won’t do is blindly accept that another layer of bureaucracy is necessary to enforce rights already on the books. The Equal Pay Act passed by Congress in 1963 (with the only votes against it being cast by Democrats, by the way) already prohibits sex-based discrimination in the workplace. Wage discrimination based on gender is already illegal, women already have the right to sue their employers when it occurs, and women are already protected from retaliatory measures being used by employers against women who dare to assert their rights. The so-called Paycheck Fairness Act that the Democrats so eagerly promote confers no new substantive rights for women, but instead increases government regulation of private business and encourages more lawsuits in our court systems.

Armed with laws already on the books, women are perfectly capable of asserting and defending our rights in society. And try though the Democrats may to cast women as society’s victims, we are not victims. And it is disrespectful for Democrats to stereotype us in that manner.

Republicans respect the fact that women aren’t just employees, but we are also employers. And women who own small business (or run multi-million dollar companies, for that matter) understand that a strong, prosperous economy is the surest path toward independence and self-sufficiency for everyone, including women. And strong, prosperous economies don’t emerge from the red tape of government or oppressive regulations that stifle the growth of business.

Republicans respect women. They respect us enough to acknowledge that ALL issues are women’s issues. And that’s why I am a Republican woman.

Bonnie Sudderth

 

 

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Our BFFs

 

Justice Lee Gabriel, Second Court of Appeals

http://www.2ndcoa.courts.state.tx.us/court/justice_lGabriel.asp

Brooke Allen, Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell

www.brookeallen.co

Justice Bob McCoy, Second Court of Appeals, Candidate for County Criminal Court #3

www.electbobmccoy.com

Helen Bavousett

Byron J. Bavousett

Justice Sue Walker, Second Court of Appeals

www.2ndcoa.courts.state.tx.us/court/justice_swalker.asp

Atticus Gill, Candidate for County Criminal Court #2

www.GillforJudge.com

Paula Miller

Judge Jennifer Rymell, County Court at Law #2

www.jenniferrymell.com

 Tom Wilder, Tarrant County District Clerk

www.wildercampaign.com

 Judge Bonnie Sudderth, 352nd District Court

www.judgebonnie.com

Mary Louise Garcia, Tarrant County Clerk

www.tarrantcounty.com/eCountyClerk

 Holly Bishop

 Blanch Tyler

 Pam Bassel, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee

http://www.13network.com/trustees/fww/fwwhome.asp

 Dabney Bassel, Law Office of Dabney Bassel

Patty Emerson

Delane Angelini

Debra Coffey, 1st Vice President, TFRW

http://www.smartstartinc.com

Judge Daryl Coffey, County Criminal Court #8

http://www.tarrantcounty.com/eCCC8/site/default.asp

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, U.S. Congress, 12th District of Texas

http://www.kaygranger.com/

Judge Susan McCoy, 153rd District Court

http://mccoyforjudge.com/

FWRW Past Presidents: Sharon Dale, Beryl Dowd, Martha Durham, Cyndy McCoy, Kaye Moreno, Sherry Ward

Shirley K. Bain

Sharen Wilson, District Attorney-Elect

http://sharenwilson.com/

Jim & Kathy Conrad

Judge Tom Lowe, 236th District Court

www.tarrantcounty.com/eD236

Rep. Charlie Geren, State Rep. District 99

www.charliegeren.com

Dr. Mark Shelton, Candidate for Texas Senate, Dist. 10

www.drmarkshelton.com

Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth Mayor

www.betsypriceformayor.com

Judge Melody Wilkinson, 17th District Court

Judge David Evans, 48th District Court, Presiding Regional Judge, Region 8

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, U.S. Congress, 25th District of Texas

www.rogerforcongress.com

 Thanks for your support & friendship!

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Do you know your candidates?  Below is a list of those in the May run-off election.  Let’s put our best out there for November!

  • Lieutenant Governor – David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick
  • Attorney General – Dan Branch and Ken Paxton
  • Agriculture Commissioner – Tommy Merritt and Sid Miller
  • Railroad Commissioner – Wayne Christian and Ryan Sitton
  • State Board of Education – Pat Hardy and Eric Mahroum
  • State Senator – Mark Shelton and Konni Burton
  • County Criminal Court No. 2 – Atticus Gill and Carey Walker
  • County Criminal Court No. 3 – Bob McCoy and Alexander Kim
  • Justice of the Peace No. 3 – Russ Casey and Lenny Lopez

Mark your calendars for early voting in the run-off election from May 19 through 23, 2014.  Run-off Election day is May 27, 2014!

 

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Tribute to Women

Fort Worth Republican Women will honor three of our members at the 2014 TFRW Tribute to Women Luncheon at noon on Friday, June 6. (Next month’s newsletter will feature all three of our honorees.)

This luncheon provides a special opportunity for us to pay tribute to women who deserve recognition from our club and from other federated clubs throughout Texas.

It’s always a wonderful and inspiring event, and we hope you will join us at the Fort Worth Republican Women’s table. We want a good crowd from our club this year, especially since the event will be held in our own hometown, at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth (across from the Convention Center)!

In order to secure your seat at the table, bring a check with you to our meeting on Wednesday, April 23. After the meeting, we will send all the checks in one envelope to TFRW, so that they will seat us together. (Fort Worth Republican Women’s table(s) are always filled with the most fun, enlightened and beautiful women in the room, so don’t miss your chance to be a part of it!)

If you cannot attend our meeting on April 23, then get your check in the mail today to: FWRW, P.O. Box 101613, Fort Worth, 76185-1613 so that it is received no later than Friday, April 25.

Reservations are $59 (yes, that’s fifty-nine dollars) per person. Checks should be made payable to TFRW-PAC.

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

For this month’s contribution to this year’s series of “Why am I a Republican,”  a note from our editor.  Cynthia is the daughter of a mother, who is first generation born in the United States, and a father who immigrated from Mexico City, Mexico.  We hope that in following this series of contributions throughout the year, you will be renewed in your beliefs.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a republican, we hope that you will follow these posts with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that republican issues are women’s issues.  May you all be inspired to action to KEEP TEXAS RED!
FWRW 5th Vice President - Communications and Newsletter Editor, Cynthia Favila-Terry

FWRW 5th Vice President – Communications and Newsletter Editor, Cynthia Favila-Terry

 

My Republican beliefs undoubtedly stem from being raised by morally and fiscally conservative humble parents and grandparents.  I was taught not only the value of a dollar, but the value of earning a dollar – character.  We took care of our family and helped others in need.  These beliefs were reinforced through thirteen years of parochial school education.  Some may view this type of upbringing as a bubble.  I view it as an honor and a blessing for having benefited from the hard efforts of my family and teachers set forth so that I and others could become productive responsible citizens.

In my elementary school, privileges such as extra-credit academic points and classroom “free time” from work were earned by contributing to the betterment of the school whether it was by coming in on a Saturday in the fall to plant tulip bulbs or by running errands around the school for administrators or teachers (once your work was done, of course).  Classroom chores, such as washing the chalkboards, wiping desks, sweeping floors, and cleaning erasers, were required daily.  Whether a member of the school family was sick or celebrating, we were taught to acknowledge it by making a giant card using classroom supplies.  Children would ask to do this job, without being made to do it, because it was an honor to do this job for which there was no academic or material reward.  There is no doubt in my mind that the school had the children perform these tasks for the following reasons:  1) it was run on a tight budget, so having the school community contribute to maintaining landscaping and janitorial duties was a fiscally responsible thing to do; 2) it taught the children to be responsible to their community by working to receive the benefits of it; 3) it taught the children to care for those in need; and 4) these things build the character necessary to be a responsible and productive member of our society.  These are Republican principles.

At home, I grew up watching my parents earn honest livings while giving back to the community by donating their time and money.  On top of his full-time office job, my father owned various small businesses through the years with partners who I now label as “takers” as opposed to “producers.”  I know for a fact that these partners were not Republicans!  You see, they wanted to use other people’s money and efforts but they expected equal payouts.  My father finally realized his own dream of being a full-time small business owner.  So you can imagine that the words “taxes” and “government” were thrown around the house in a disgruntled tone!  Yet, he made sure that I understood that government and taxes are necessary, but in limited form.  My mother was always quiet and reserved, but her example was always her hard work, fiscal responsibility, and giving to and caring for others.  My grandparents stressed education and hard work.  They always had very limited means, but I vividly recall watching them pay taxes.  Although he had little, if there was someone in need, my grandfather would give them what he could to help, BUT he would also offer them household work and help direct them to someone who could help find them a job.  These are all Republican principles.  Let us work, earn, pay our necessary taxes, and care for our fellow citizens so that we may all be productive members of society!

To be quite frank, during my late college and graduate studies years, I did explore the possibility that maybe, just maybe, there was a better approach.  I saw the value of some certain other ideas.  However, I quickly learned that they are just that.  Ideas.  Ideas do not always become the best reality.  Nor did I like the rest of the belief system that came along with those ideas.  The idea that a government must grow in order to create a better society and economy is counter-intuitive.  The idea that if people are in need, you send them away to the government is against every moral and fiscal fiber of my being.  Most importantly this year especially, the idea of trading in the strongest economy in this nation for a set of ideology is reckless and offensive, and it makes me fear for my children’s future in this great State of Texas!  I came here for family and to experience the culture and opportunity.  I also came here to be a producer as opposed to a taker of all that Texas has to offer.  Therefore, I intend to do all I can to help Keep Texas Red.   Like all wise Texas natives and transplants say, “There is no other Texas to move to.”

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THE 2014 REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION WILL BE HELD AT THE

FORT WORTH CONVENTION CENTER JUNE 5-7

If you would like to volunteer to assist in this great production, please click HERE.

If you are a delegate and have not yet registered, please click HERE.  This is a great time!  A mini festival for republicans!  A great time will be had while getting work done.

If you are a FWRW member and a delegate, please email c.favila.terry@gmail.com and enter “RSC Delegate” in the subject line.  Please include your name and senate district.  The Fort Worth Republican Women would like to recognize your efforts in our May newsletter.

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The 2014 Republican State Convention will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center from June 5-7, 2014 – See more at: http://www.texasgop.org/convention/#sthash.QMrxTBUx.dpuf
The 2014 Republican State Convention will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center from June 5-7, 2014 – See more at: http://www.texasgop.org/convention/#sthash.QMrxTBUx.dpuf

NOTICE OF VOTE ON FWRW BYLAWS REVISIONS:

At our May 28th Business Meeting, the Fort Worth Republican Women will vote on proposed revisions to our Bylaws.  Copies of the proposed revisions were distributed at the March meeting. To view the substance of the revisions, please click HERE.

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Debra McDaniels - Voter Registration Chair

Debbie McDaniels – Voter Registration Chair

A MESSAGE FROM OUR VOTER REGISTRATION CHAIR, DEBBIE MCDANIELS:

It is time to gear up to register voters (hoping for many that will become REPUBLICAN voters!) before the General Election in November.  I would like to compile a list of everyone as follows:

1.           Please email me if yYou are currently certified as a Deputy Registrar (you would have had to take the training IN PERSON at the Election Board 2013 or 2014).

OR

2.            Please email me if you would LIKE TO BECOME CERTIFIED as a Deputy Registrar which means you are willing to go to the Election Board and take the IN PERSON training at your convenience.  This only takes 20 minutes!

If I get a group of names, we could possibly go at the same time.  Please email me and I will be in touch with you to coordinate this effort.

 

Thanks for your support – LET’S KEEP TEXAS RED!!!!!!!

 Debbie McDaniels
817-291-5300
debbiemcdaniels@gmail.com

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Save the Date!

 
Meet & Greet
New Members Barbeque
 
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Saturday, May 3, 2014, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
Home of Bob & Cyndy McCoy
233 Verna Trail N., Fort Worth 76108
 
For New Members, Members, Associate Members
Prospective Members, Spouses, and Guests
Political Advertising Paid for By Fort Worth Republican Women, Sydney Leonard, PAC Treasurer, P.O. Box 101613, Fort Worth, Texas 76185-1613.
Contributions are not federal tax-deductible as charitable contributions.
Corporate Contributions Are Not Permitted.

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March News and Committee Reports

March 22, 2014

Meeting Reminder:  Run-Off Candidate Forum

Carey Walker

Carey Walker

On Wednesday, March 26th FWRW will have another great program!  Bring your friends and come meet your candidates who will be on the May 27th Primary Run-Off ballot:

Atticus Gill

Atticus Gill

County Criminal Court #2 – Atticus Gill and Carey Walker
County Criminal Court #3 – Justice Bob McCoy and Alexander Kim
Attorney General of Texas – Dan Branch  and Senator Ken Paxton
Bonus: Ann-Marie Craig a field representative from the Republican Party of Texas who is going to speak on grassroots efforts, which will be critical in keeping Texas RED.

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, March 24th 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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Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

 
 
To read the President’s Message for March, click HERE.  It is an excellent message! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month we feature yet another dynamic republican woman to share why she is a republican.  We hope that in following this series of contributions throughout the year, you will be renewed in your beliefs.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a republican, we hope that you will follow these posts with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that republican issues are women’s issues.  Thank you, Brooke Allen, for your contribution to this  series and to Keep Texas Red! 

brooke allenI’ve been a Republican for as long as I remember and assumed I was influenced early by my parents, Joe Ulrickson, a small business owner, and Jan Brefczynski, a retired computer programmer and Treasurer of the Fort Worth Republican Women. In college, I clerked in Washington, D.C. for the Honorable Kay Granger, retired Congressman Sonny Callahan and retired Congressman Bob Riley (and former governor of Alabama). It was through my work in D.C. (during the Clinton Administration and Monica Lewinsky scandal) when I really learned the difference between Red and Blue! These differences became more apparent as I entered the work force and saw the amount of money I sent to Uncle Sam each month. I continue to be reminded even now as a small business owner myself.

I am first and foremost a fiscal conservative. I absolutely hate seeing the waste in Washington and closer to home. I work hard for the money I earn and for the money I send to Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam should work equally as hard when determining where my money goes and to whom. This brings another up another core belief – personal responsibility. Everyone, not only our elected officials, should be accountable for their own choices and actions. While I believe our government has a role in assisting those in need, the role should be to provide a hand-up, not a hand-out and certainly not an “income” or a way of life. Unfortunately, I see too many government “programs” which require little or no accountability from the person receiving the benefit or fail to consider all the other “programs” the person is benefiting from. One of my favorite programs was “The Federal Safety Net” where these issues were exposed. (www.federalsafetynet.com) Because Republicans are geared towards personal responsibility and accountability, I continue to support our party.

It is also important to me that Republicans believe in rewarding hard work and entrepreneurship, because I believe is the basis of a free market and society. Within the free society, Republicans believe government should be limited. In addition, I am very happy with the more recent movements of the Party to keep certain decisions and control locally because we all know our local needs much better than Washington!

For these reasons and so many more, I am a Republican and I hope through my work and the work of FWRW, we can Keep Texas Red!

Brooke Ulrickson Allen

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 MEMBERSHIP FOR 2014

Membership in FWRW is easy.  Simply print the section below and return the completed form with payment to Brook Allen as instructed below.

2014 FORT WORTH REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEMBERSHIP FORM

*Name:_______________________________ Spouse________________

Birthday:  Month ____ Day____

My information is the same as submitted in 2013____

*Occupation: __________________________

Employer______________________

*Address:_________________________________________________

*City/State:_____________________________*Zip_______________

*Note:  Texas election law requires this information to be submitted with application.

Phone: Home____________Office_____________Cell_____________

E-Mail___________________________________

Voter Precinct No.___________

_____Caring for America Donation (Voluntary)               Amount $__________

*Note:  TFRW requires this information be recorded with donation.

_____ I am including the additional fee of $20.00 in order to receive my Newsletter via U.S. mail. (Fee covers printing and mailing.) FWRW members may access the FWRW Newsletter online for free, either directly or through our free email subscription.

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

____ Active Member – Full Voting Membership                                 $25.00   $________

An Active membership includes memberships in Texas Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women including receipt of Newsletters from both organizations.  An Active   member will actively participate in FWRW events, political and legislative activities, including serving on committees.

____ Sustaining Active Member -FullVoting Membership             $50.00   $________

Sustaining Active member provides financial support to FWRW but is unable to actively participate in club events and activities.

____ Female Associate Member                                                    $10.00    $________

For women whose primary TFRW/FWRW membership is in another club, may join  FWRW as an Associate  Member, and will receive FWRW Newsletters, may attend all events, but are ineligible to serve as officers or to vote.

____ Male Associate Member                                                          $10.00   $________

MEN ONLY. Men may join FWRW as Associate Members, and will receive FWRW Newsletters, are welcome to attend FWRW meetings and events, but are ineligible to serve as officers or to vote.

Note:  Make checks payable to FWRW.

Send payments to: Brooke Allen, Membership VP, 306 West 7th Street, No. 200, Ft Worth TX 76102    
Phone: ( 817) 874.0043 or Email: ballen@browndean.com
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BENEFACTORS & FUNDRAISING FRIENDS

FWRW have a brand new fundraising program for 2014.  In the past, you may have received multiple requests for support during a single year. Combined with all of the other Republican clubs in Tarrant County, you may not have been able to open your mailbox without getting a request from someone for money!

This year we’re doing things differently. We have formed a group (Benefactors & Fundraising Friends), which we
affectionately refer to as our BFFs. For an annual donation of $100, you can become one of our BFFs, and, if you do, we promise that we will not ask you for any additional donations or underwriting for the remainder of 2014.

As a BFF, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Prominent Recognition as our BFF and Website Hyperlink on our Official Website
  • Prominent Recognition as our BFF and Website Hyperlink in our online Newsletter
  • Prominent Recognition as our BFF and Website Hyperlink in our Annual Yearbook*
  • Prominent Recognition as our BFF at all monthly Meetings
  • Prominent Recognition as our BFF at all of our Special Events
  • Personal Thank-You Post as a FWRW BFF on our Facebook Page
  • Personal Thank-You Tweet as a FWRW BFF on our Twitter Feed
  • Plus, all of the bragging rights of being one of FWRW’s official BFFs—priceless!
Please become our BFF today by sending us your $100 check, payable to Fort Worth Republican Women, to:
P.O. Box 101613, Fort Worth, Texas 76185-1613 (Don’t forget to include your Website Hyperlink information!)

With your help, we can continue our grassroots efforts to Keep Tarrant County and Texas Red. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,
Jan Brefczynski
Treasurer, Fort Worth Republican Women

*PS: Hurry and write your check today – due to our publication deadline, checks must be received no later than Tuesday, April 1 for your name to be included in our Yearbook. (Yearbooks will be distributed to members on April 23.)

FWRW Fundraising Committee: Julie Johncox, 4th VP, Finance
Jan Brefczynski, Treasurer Brooke Allen, 1st VP, Membership

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Second Court of Appeals

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Second Court of Appeals

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NOTICE OF REVISION OF FWRW BYLAWS

At our May 28th Business Meeting, the Fort Worth Republican Women will vote on proposed revisions to our Bylaws.  To view the substance of the revisions, please click HERE.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL REPUBLICANS ELECTED IN THE MARCH PRIMARY!

We appreciate your efforts!  For a complete listing of results, please click HERE.

The Primary Election resulted in the following run-off races:

  • Lieutenant Governor – David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick
  • Attorney General – Dan Branch and Ken Paxton
  • Agriculture Commissioner – Tommy Merritt and Sid Miller
  • Railroad Commissioner – Wayne Christian and Ryan Sitton
  • State Board of Education – Pat Hardy and Eric Mahroum
  • State Senator – Mark Shelton and Konni Burton
  • County Criminal Court No. 2 – Atticus Gill and Carey Walker
  • County Criminal Court No. 3 – Bob McCoy and Alexander Kim
  • Justice of the Peace No. 3 – Russ Casey and Lenny Lopez

Mark your calendars for early voting in the run-off election from May 19 through 23, 2014.  Run-off Election day is May 27, 2014!

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Save the Date

 New Members Barbecue
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 6:00-9:00 pm
 
Home of Bob & Cyndy McCoy
233 Verna Trail N., Fort Worth 76108
 
New Members, Members, Associate Members, Prospective Members, Spouses, and Guests are welcome!  Look for more information in the April newsletter.
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February News and Committee Reports

February 23, 2014

February Program Reminder:

Todd StaplesSenator Dan PatrickLieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was our speaker at last month’s candidate forum luncheon.  Come and meet your other candidates for Lieutenant Governor on February 26th!  Senator Dan Patrick of Houston and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples will join us at the February 26th candidate forum luncheon. (Land Commissioner Jerry Paterson has also been invited to attend our February luncheon.)

432nd District Court candidates Judge Ruben Gonzales and Steve Gebhardt will also be in attendance as well as the candidates for 231st District Court, Judge Jesse Nevarez and John Clark. The primaries are upon us, so come and get to know your candidates!

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, February 24th 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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Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To view February’s President’s Message, click HERE.
 
 
 
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Why am I a Republican?

In case you missed it last month, in 2014 our monthly newsletter will feature a guest post from a Republican woman who would like to spread her message as to why she is a Republican. We hope that in reading these posts, you will be renewed in your beliefs.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a Republican, we hope that you will follow these posts with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that Republican issues are women’s issues.   Meet Susie Tonymon, who has been a member of FWRW since 1990!  Enjoy!

Susie Tonymon

Susie Tonymon

Let me tell you in very simple terms why I am a Republican and how I arrived at this determination in my life.

My parents emigrated from China in the early 1900s and settled in southeast Arkansas leaving behind poverty, warlords, bandits, political upheavals, and lack of opportunities for a better life. But upon reaching these shores, they discovered they were denied an opportunity to become citizens because of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Therefore, they could not vote and because of that, I was not exposed to party affiliation in general and voting in particular. It was not until 1943 when that restriction was lifted because China was an ally during World War II. There was not much enthusiasm in my family about the electoral process until my father applied and received his citizenship shortly thereafter.

So, what to do? You work hard to achieve your goals; you assimilate where you are planted; you take care of your own; you live within your means; you guide and inspire your children to do their best; you show by example your care and compassion; you stress the value of an education. That’s what my parents did amid the circumstances of a segregated south where the Democratic party held reign until Winthrop Rockefeller became the first Republican governor of Arkansas in 1966.

As I look back over the years, I can see where my political philosophy began to take hold. Here are a few insights.

Governmental programs were instituted that were supposed to help its citizens. Instead they created a society of people who became dependent on government to take care of them. Payment for these programs created a tax burden for us and for generations to come.  I could see that government was not living within its means. This was entirely contrary to my vision of how the government should operate. Republicans want people to fend for themselves as much as possible.

Education standards were compromised to the point where students were graduating from high school without knowing how to read. Parental involvement became almost non-existent. Textbooks often contained fallacies or omitted segments of our great American history. The changing role of a teacher who is saddled with “paper work” often marked a decrease in his/her effectiveness in the classroom. Republicans seek to provide remedies.

To work hard to build a business and then to have government place so many taxes and regulations on it stifles the enthusiasm with which this country was built. Yes, some regulations regarding health and safety are necessary, but to place undue burdens on small business thwarts economic development and leads to unemployment and the closing of companies. Republicans fight to preserve small businesses.

Justice within the legal system means interpreting the law as written and not legislating from the bench. Republicans elect officials to uphold this judicial philosophy.

Social issues can be divisive with Republicans on both ends of the spectrum, but overall Republicans agree that disagreements can be civil.

Aside from a strong belief in the Constitution of the United States, you can see the basic values that I live by and the reason why the Republican party fits me. While I may not agree on every issue, for the most part the Republican party fits me, and I am pleased to proclaim, “I am a Republican.”

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EARLY VOTING IS UNDER WAY!

You have until February 28 to vote early in the Primary Election. The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, March 4.  Remember that photo ID is now required to vote.  For more information, visit http://www.votetexas.gov/  or download the VoteTexas app to your smart phone!

BEFORE YOU VOTE . . . 

Every vote counts, which is another reason we must be responsible with the privilege of voting.  Please take some time to educate yourself about the candidates.  Thanks to Beryl Dowd who has passed along a great tool to use as a start to making your voting decisions.  Visit https://ivoterguide.com/ConsiderMyself.aspx to get started.

A list of Republican Party Primary Election candidates can be viewed at http://www.texasgop.org/elections/ 

You should also view the sample ballot at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/2014-sample-republican-party-primary-ballot.pdf

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MEET THE 2014 OFFICERS FOR THE
FORT WORTH REPUBLICAN WOMEN
 
President:  Judge Bonnie Sudderth
president@fwrw.org
 
First Vice-President, Membership:  Brooke Ulrickson Allen
ballen@browndean.com
 
Second Vice-President, Programs:  Justice Lee Gabriel
l.gabriel@fwrw.org
 
Third Vice-President, Campaign Activities:  Pam Bassel
pam.bassel@fwch13.com
 
Fourth Vice-President, Finance:  Julie Johncox
j.johncox@fwrw.org
 
Fifth Vice-President, Communications:  Cynthia Favila-Terry
c.favila.terry@fwrw.org
 
Sixth Vice-President, Events:  Helen Bavousett
h.bavousett@fwrw.org
 
Secretary:  Melissa Swan
m.swan@fwrw.org
 
Treasurer:  Jan Brefczynski
janbtennis@sbcglobal.net
 
Parliamentarian/Immediate Past President:  Cyndy McCoy
c.mccoy@fwrw.org
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 MARCH 4 PRECINCT CONVENTION INFORMATION 

If you are interested in becoming a delegate (or alternate delegate) to the Republican Party of Texas State Convention held June 5-7 in Fort Worth, you must first attend your precinct convention and be named a delegate to your Senate District convention.  The Precinct Convention is the same night as the Primary Election, beginning a half hour after polls close.  Ask the Election Judge where your precinct convention is and he or she will direct you.

The Senate District 10 Convention will be held on March 22. The main purpose of this convention is to collect resolutions to send to the state convention and to elect the delegates and alternates to the state convention.  The SD10 Convention will be held at the Mansfield AISD Center for the Performing Arts located at 1115 Debbie Lane, Mansfield.

If you have questions about this process, please contact:

David Wylie
817-247-2237
Senate District 10 Chair
Pct Chair 2305, Arlington
DavidWWylie@gmail.com
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 BOOT CAMP FOR REPUBLICAN WOMEN?

That’s right!  Some of our FWRW attended the Texas Federation for Republican Women Leadership Boot Camp held on Saturday, January 25.  They spent quality hours sharing ideas and learning innovative strategies to strengthen the club and its effectiveness in assisting Republican candidates and voters.  We thank them for their time and dedication and look forward to implementing the ideas they brought back here to Fort Worth!   

FWRW President - Judge Bonnie Sudderth, TFRW District Director SD 10 - Kaye Moreno, Voter Registration Chair - Debra McDaniels

FWRW President – Judge Bonnie Sudderth, TFRW District Director SD 10 – Kaye Moreno, Voter Registration Chair – Debra McDaniels

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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

FWRW 5th Vice President - Communications and Newsletter Editor, Cynthia Favila-Terry

FWRW 5th Vice President – Communications and Newsletter Editor, Cynthia Favila-Terry

The strength of conservative values and the Republican Party in Texas is being tested this year.   In fact, it is being challenged.  And for what?  The great state of Texas has seen growth in economic times when the rest of the country has either seen little growth or has seen job and population loss in record volumes.  It seems that all of this talk of blue and pink is about simply taking political power.  Perhaps these power-seeking Democrats should be reminded of something Thomas Bertram Lance once said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  Texas isn’t broken, and we must continue to make it stronger as opposed to letting them try and “fix” it.  This primary is another battle in the war we are in this election season.  It’s up to us to show them what a battleground is.

Start by voting in this primary.  Volunteer in one campaign or several.  Republican candidates need you!  If you want to volunteer to assist a Republican candidate’s campaign, but you’re just not sure how to get started, please contact FWRW Third Vice President – Campaign Activites, Pam Bassel. pam.bassel@fwch13.com.

If volunteering is not something you are able to do, then here are some other suggestions:

  • Send a donation to help the candidates get their message out;
  • “Like” the Republican candidates on Facebook;
  • “Follow” them on Twitter and retweet their tweets to help them get their message out;
  • Contact Brooke Allen at ballen@browndean.com to order your “Let’s Keep Texas Red” gear (I get lots of attention when I wear mine and it’s a great conversation starter!);
  • Invite your friends, who may be on the fence, to come to a luncheon or attend a candidate forum; and
  • If you have not done it yet, follow @FWRepWomen on Twitter!  Social media is a powerful and free avenue to get the message out.

There is so much happening this election season and the FWRW want to help spread the information, but we need your help!  Do not hesitate to share information by emailing it to c.favila.terry@fwrw.org  We will get your events and messages out to our members so that together we can KEEP TEXAS RED!