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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

Start the New Year off by celebrating the November primary Republican victories at the following events:

  • Thursday, January 1:  Oath of Office Ceremony for Sharen Wilson, Tarrant County District Attorney, followed by Oaths of Office for Assistant District Attorneys. 2:00 pm at the Rotunda of the 1895 Courthouse, 100 W. Weatherford Street, Fort Worth. Reception follows the Oath Ceremony.
  • Friday, January 2:  Investiture Ceremony for the Honorable David Cook, Judge of County Criminal Court No. 1. 10:00 am in the Courtroom of County Criminal Court No. 1, Tim Curry Justice Center, 5th Floor, 401 W. Belknap Street, Fort Worth.
  • Friday, January 2:  Investiture Ceremony for the Honorable David C. Hagerman, Judge of the 297th District Court. 2:00 pm in the Central Jury Room, Plaza Level,  Tim Curry Justice Center, 401 W. Belknap Street, Fort Worth.
  • Friday, January 2:  Investiture Ceremony for the Honorable Charles L. “Chuck” Vanover, Judge of County Criminal Court No. 8. 3:00 pm in the Courtroom of County Criminal Court No. 8, Tim Curry Justice Center, 7th Floor, 401 W. Belknap Street, Fort Worth.
  • Friday, January 9:  Investiture Ceremony for the Honorable Timothy A. Menikos, Judge of the 323rd District Court. 1:00 pm in the Lynn W. Ross Detention Center Training Room, Scott D. Moore Juvenile Justice Center, 2701 Kimbo Road, Fort Worth.
  • Friday, January 16: Investiture Ceremony for the Honorable Carey F. Walker, Judge of County Criminal Court No. 2. 2:00 pm in the Central Jury Room, Plaza Level,  Tim Curry Justice Center, 401 W. Belknap Street, Fort Worth.
  • Tuesday, January 20: Oath of Office Ceremony for Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. 11:00 am on the South Steps of the Capitol, Austin, Texas. Followed by an Inauguration Parade at 2:00 pm on Congress Avenue and other celebratory events. For more information, go to: www.2015texasinauguration.com.
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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

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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March to November Registration Form

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BFF July 2014

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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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