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Get Involved! Upcoming Republican Events:

March 29, 2015

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OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Sat., April 11 (9:30-11:00):  FWRW Second Saturday Breakfast.  Special GuestSenator Kelly Hancock for a brief Legislative update, followed by Q&A.  Don’t miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow Republicans in a casual atmosphere. Jeans & t-shirts, kid-friendly, no RSVP.  Beginning on April 11 – $6 breakfast taco bar, beverage included – best breakfast deal in town! Enchiladas Ole, 901 N. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth.
  • 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.
  • 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.

We Heart Our BFFs

Brooke Allen

Brown, Dean, Proctor, Hart & Howell, LLP

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Justice Bonnie Sudderth

Second Court of Appeals

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Lisa Vaughn Lumley

Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller

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Justice Lee Gabriel

Second Court of Appeals

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Kathy Conrad

Warren “Jim” Conrad

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Judge Bob McCoy

Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 3

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Pam Bassell

Dabney Bassell

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Julianna & Dennis Roessler

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Helen & Byron Bavousett

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Holly Bishop

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Paula Miller

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Judge Don Cosby

67th District Court

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Fort Worth Republican Women Past Presidents

Sharon Dale, Beryl Dowd, Cyndy McCoy, Kaye Moreno, Sherry Ward

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Senator Kelly Hancock

Texas Senate, District 9

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Judge Jacquelyn Wright

Tarrant County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4

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Congresswoman Kay Granger

U.S. Congress, 12th District of Texas

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Nancy Adler

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Judge Dana Womack

348th District Court, Tarrant County

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Judge Jennifer Rymell

Tarrant County Court at Law No. 2

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Judge Pat Ferchill

Tarrant County Probate Court No. 2

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Judge B. Glen Whitley

Tarrant County Judge

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Lynn Kelly

Lynn Kelly Law Firm PC

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Debra and Retired Judge Daryl Coffey

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Cynthia Terry

Terry Terry Law PPLC

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Justice Jeff Boyd

Texas Supreme Court

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Judge R.H. Wallace, Jr.

96th District Court, Tarrant County

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State Representative Bill Zedler

Texas House, District 96

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Judge Melody Wilkinson

17th District Court, Tarrant County

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Sharen Wilson

Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney

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Judge Ralph Swearingin, Jr.

Tarrant County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1

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Judge Robb Catalano

Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 3

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Tom Wilder

Tarrant County District Clerk

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Senator Jane Nelson

Texas Senate, District 12

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Leza Kerr

Friedman, Suder & Cooke, PC

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Chris Garcia

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Betty Diano

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Barbara Harris

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February 25 Program Announcement – Fracking: Myth vs Truth

February 15, 2015
Dr. Ed Ireland, Executive Director, BSEEC

Dr. Ed Ireland, Executive Director, BSEEC

“Fracking: Myth vs. Truth”

Wednesday, February 25
Social – 11:00am; Lunchon & Program – 11:30am
 
To make a luncheon reservation ($28 with reservation, $30 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, February 23, 2015 to Patty Emerson at 817-478-8713 or events@fwrw.org.
 
NEW FOR 2015 – RSVP ONLINE at http://www.fwrw.org. All major credit cards are accepted!
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.)

About Ed Ireland, PhD: Executive Director of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council, Ireland has executive management experience, operational expertise and 20-year career in the oil and gas industry.  Prior to his corporate work, Ireland served as assistant professor and head of the Economics Department at Clemson University in South Carolina. Ireland holds a B.S. in economics from Midwestern State University, a Ph.D. in economics and statistics from Texas Tech University and did post-doctoral work at the University of Chicago.

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READY, SET … LEAD

Deadline for registration is Monday, February 16. For more information, contact Judy Strzinek at jstrz@att.net or (817) 269-5727.

TFRW Workshop

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Brooke Allen

Brown, Dean, Proctor, Hart & Howell, LLP

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Justice Bonnie Sudderth

Second Court of Appeals

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Lisa Vaughn Lumley

Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller

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Justice Lee Gabriel

Second Court of Appeals

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Kathy Conrad

Warren “Jim” Conrad

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Judge Bob McCoy

Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 3

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Pam Bassell

Dabney Bassell

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Julianna & Dennis Roessler

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Helen & Byron Bavousett

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Holly Bishop

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Paula Miller

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Judge Don Cosby

67th District Court

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Fort Worth Republican Women Past Presidents

Sharon Dale, Beryl Dowd, Cyndy McCoy, Kaye Moreno, Sherry Ward

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Senator Kelly Hancock

Texas Senate, District 9

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Judge Jacquelyn Wright

Tarrant County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4

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Congresswoman Kay Granger

U.S. Congress, 12th District of Texas

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Nancy Adler

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Judge Dana Womack

348th District Court, Tarrant County

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Judge Jennifer Rymell

Tarrant County Court at Law No. 2

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Judge Pat Ferchill

Tarrant County Probate Court No. 2

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Judge B. Glen Whitley

Tarrant County Judge

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Lynn Kelly

Lynn Kelly Law Firm PC

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING REPUBLICAN EVENTS:

Saturday, March 14:  Second Saturday Breakfast at Enchiladas Ole at 10am.  More information to come. 901 N. Sylvania, Fort Worth 76111

Saturday, March 21: Parker County Reagan Day Dinner featuring Keynote Speaker Retired Lieutenant Colonel Allen West. Worthington Hotel.

Saturday, March 21: Denton County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner featuring Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North. DFW Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Thursday, April 16: TFRW Legislative Day & Women’s Summit. Austin. More info to come.

Announcing RPT Chair Candidate Forum & Straw Poll – This Saturday, February 7

February 1, 2015

 

RPT Chair Straw Poll Invitation

Republican Party of Texas State Chairman Steve Munisteri recently informed the State Republican Executive Committee that he will resign as State Chairman effective Saturday, March 7th at 1:00 p.m.

At the last meeting of the SREC, the Chairman proposed a bylaw amendment which would provide a seamless transition from the current Chair to a new Chair without the necessity of the Vice Chair taking over temporarily. The amendment allowed an outgoing Chair to set a future day for resignation on which date the election for a new Chair could be held. This bylaw requires the outgoing Chair to give at least 30 days written and irrevocable notice of a date and time certain.

As a result of this new bylaw, Chairman Munisteri will chair the business portion of the first quarterly meeting of the SREC, scheduled for March 7th in Austin. Other than the election of a new Chair, all business is expected to be concluded by 1:00 p.m. At that time, an election for a new State Chair will be held. Vice Chair Amy Clark will preside over the election which will include as many rounds of voting as necessary until one candidate receives over 50% of the votes of the SREC. Including the Vice Chair, there will be 63 voting members of the SREC, which means that 32 votes will constitute a majority.

Several of our local SREC members have declared that they will guided by the vote at this and other Straw Poll events being held throughout Texas.  Come and make your voices heard.

There are currently four announced candidates running for Chairman:

  • Dr. Robin Armstrong, Republican National Committeeman
  • Wade Emmert, Dallas County GOP Chair
  • Tom Mechler, Treasurer of the Republican Party of Texas
  • Jared Woodfill, former Harris County GOP Chair

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We Heart Our BFFs

Brooke Allen

Brown, Dean, Proctor, Hart & Howell, LLP

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Justice Bonnie Sudderth

Second Court of Appeals

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Lisa Vaughn Lumley

Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller

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Justice Lee Gabriel

Second Court of Appeals

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Kathy Conrad

Warren “Jim” Conrad

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Judge Bob McCoy

Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 3

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Pam Bassell

Dabney Bassell

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Julianna & Dennis Roessler

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Helen & Byron Bavousett

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Holly Bishop

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Paula Miller

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Judge Don Cosby

67th District Court

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Fort Worth Republican Women Past Presidents

Sharon Dale, Beryl Dowd, Cyndy McCoy, Sherry Ward

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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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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.

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!

Red StarRUN-OFF REMINDER! 

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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November News & Committee Reports

November 23, 2012

There will be no November meeting.  Instead, join us for our annual Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 7.  For more details, scroll to the bottom of the page (or click HERE).

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Read President Cyndy McCoy’s

End-of-Year President’s Message:

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

Stacia Burnham

A Special Thanks to Stacia Burnham –
 
… for providing refreshments and sponsoring the last FWRW Board of Directors meeting of 2012!
Stacia has been a member of Fort Worth Republican Women since 2009, during which time she has served our club as a willing volunteer and avid supporter.
Once again, thanks for your support, Stacia!

To reserve your 2012 Capitol Christmas Ornament by email, click here:  ccjack@charter.net.

ANNOUNCING NEW OFFICERS FOR 2013

Newly-elected Fort Worth Republican Women Officers for 2013 will be sworn in at the December 7 Christmas Luncheon.  They are:

President – Cyndy McCoy

1st Vice President (Membership) – Marion Snipes

2nd Vice President (Programs) – Brooke Allen

3rd Vice President (Campaign Activities) – Pam Bassell

4th Vice President (Finance) – Julie Johncox

5th Vice President (Communications) – Judge Bonnie Sudderth

6th Vice President (Events) – Helen Bavousett

Secretary – Melissa Swan

Treasurer – Justice Lee Gabriel

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”

— Thomas Paine

Election Recap:  Texas Holds The Line

By RPT Chairman Steve Munisteri

Obviously, we were all disappointed in the outcome of the Presidential race from last Tuesday’s election. However, here in Texas the preliminary reports indicate that Texas Republicans actually increased our overall number of elected officials—so we have much to be thankful for.

Texas certainly did its part in the Presidential election—in the Lone Star State, Governor Mitt Romney defeated President Obama by nearly 16 percent (57.20% fo 41.36%).  This is an even wider margin than what Texas gave to John McCain in 2008, when he carried the state with 55.45% of the vote.  In addition, every single statewide Republican nominee won their election, including Senator Elect TedCrus, who became the state’s first U.S. Senator of Hispanic descent.  Ted Cruz joins Judge Elsa Alcala as the newest statewide elected Republican official of Hispanic descent, continuing the RPT’s trend of electing more statewide officials of Hispanic descent than the Democratic Party has in their entire history.  The Party also won all of our races for the Texas Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals, and we won the vast majority of our races for the Court of Appeals.

In the Texas House, we elected the second-highest number of Republicans ever with 95 State Representatives.  The previous record of 99 was set in 2010.  In light of the national results, the face that it was a Presidential election year, and the far-reaching effects of redistricting—that number of 95 is an extremely strong showing and in line with what RPT predicted in its pre-election report.  Prior to 2010, the previous record for Republican state legislators was 88 and four years ago in the 2008 Presidential election, Republicans only elected 76 state legislators.  Republicans were also able to hold on to our strong majority in the State Senate, maintaining 19 Republican State Senators.  The RPT increased its Congressional delegation from 23 to 24, the only downside was the loss of Francisco Canseco in a Democrat-leaning district.  However, the Party should be well-positioned to retake that seat in 2014 when it will be an off Presidential year.

State Representative Mark Shelton came within a whisker of upsetting incumbent Democrat State Senator Wendy Davis and if she draws and off-Presidential term year, we should be in a position to take that seat in 2014 as well.  Initial canvassing of counties indicate that we have had a net gain of county offices, including in Harris County where we had a net gain of 8 county-wide seats.  The State Party put an extra special effort into Harris County since it is the State’s largest county, and in 2008 the Democrats won the county by approximately 2% and swept out all of our county-wide judges but four.  This time around, the top of the Texas ticket (Ted Cruz) won Harris County and the top of the national ticket (Mitt Romney) basically tied with only 589 votes separating Governor Romney from President Obama out of approximately 1.185 million (49.38% to 49.33%). Every incumbent Republican civil district judge won as well as every female Republican judicial nominee.  Also, all of our Court of Appeals justices carried Harris County except for one and the one still defeated his opponent district wide.  We won all of our Court of Criminal Appeals Justice races except for one and that one still won statewide.  In Harris County, the super-liberal group Annie’s List made Republican Representative Sarah Davis their #1 target and with help from RPT and Victory—she crushed her opponent by approximately 7,500 votes.

Due to the generosity of our grassroots contributors and major donors, the RPT through its Victory Committee chaired by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett as well as through its regular operations, was able to provide substantial assistance to Republican candidates as well as engage in a significant Get Out the Vote (GOTV) effort.

The Victory Committee under statewide Victory Chair Ed Emmett, expended 1.8 million dollars toward GOTV efforts and candidate assistance. These efforts included operating and funding five Victory Centers around the state and providing logistical support to independent Victory Centers.  All told, the Victory Centers made approximately 875,000 calls…

…Texas remains the most Republican state in the union and arguably the most important, being the largest Republican state and having 38 electoral college votes.  In order for the national party to enjoy continued success, they should take its lead from the Texas GOP which has been emphasizing outreach, candidate recruitment and grassroots involvement.  It would also serve the state party well if Texas would take a greater prominence in the selection of our Presidential nominees.

As I reflect upon this election, first and foremost, I would like to thank the many thousands of volunteers and grassroots activists who knocked on doors, stuffed envelopes and made phone calls on behalf of our ticket.  I would also like to thank all those that have contributed money to the Party over the last two years, which allowed us to provide substantial assistance to individual candidates and our ticket overall.  One of my goals when I ran for State Party Chairman was to increase the role of the State Party in the outcome of elections and specifically, to reintegrate the Victory operations within the overall operations of the RPT.  I believe this was accomplished and proved to be a winning strategy.

The Democrats have made no secret of the fact that they have their sights on Texas in the next election cycle.  We must commit ourselves to ensuring that the Republican Party of Texas continues to enjoy success in the future.  I truly believe that as goes Texas, so goes the rest of America.  It is up to us!

National Federation of Republican Women’s

Election Day Postmortem

 As Republicans, we mourn the loss of the presidency and grieve with the many good Republicans who lost their races seeking office for the first time, or those who were incumbents and lost their races. The following is a quick state-by-state rundown of election day adapted from Ian Lovett’s analysis in the New York Times:

Alabama: Romney won the state with just over 60% of the vote. Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, again become chief justice. He made headlines in 2003 by refusing to remove the Ten Commandments from the courthouse.

Alaska: Romney won the state with 55% of the vote. Republicans took over the state legislature.

Arizona: Romney won with 54.8% of the vote. Jeff Flake won retiring Senator Jon Kyl’s seat. Flake defeated Richard Carmona, the former Bush administration surgeon general. Sheriff Joe Arpaio won a sixth term. Arizonans rejected a ballot measure for a one cent per dollar sales tax for education.

Arkansas: Romney carried the state with 60.5% of the vote. Republicans won a majority in the state legislature for the first time since 1874. Sen. Mark Pryor is the state’s only Democratic representative in Washington. A far cry from the Bill Clinton era.

California: Barack Obama carried the state with 59.1% of the vote. Voters amended the three strike penalty law, and approved Proposition 30, which allows for temporary tax increases.

Colorado: Obama won this swing state with 51.2% of the vote. Voters legalized the possession and retail sale of marijuana in limited quantities.

Connecticut: Obama carried the state with by 58.6%. Republican Linda McMahon lost her race to the Senate for the second time.

Delaware: Obama won the state with 58.6% of the vote. Republicans did not fare well in this state on the whole.

Florida: In a very close race, it looks like Obama won Florida with 49.9% of the vote, just .6% more than Romney. Republican Representative Connie Mack lost to Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. Voters opposed ballot measures to amend the State Constitution to block parts of Obamacare and add restrictions to abortion.

Georgia: Romney won the state with 53.4% of the vote. Voters approved a measure to set up a commission made up of members appointed the governor and lieutenant governor to take charge of charter schools.

Hawaii: Obama carried this state with 70.6% of the vote. Former Governor Republican Linda Lingle lost the Senate race to Democrat Mazie Hirono, but Hawaii has not elected a Republican to the Senate in more than 40 years.

Idaho: Romney won the state with 54.5% of the vote. Voters opposed an initiative to provide every high school student with a laptop.

Illinois: No surprise, Obama won this state with 57.3% of the vote.

Indiana: While Obama won Indiana in 2008 that he lost in 2012. Romney won the state with 54.3% of the vote. Republican Jackie Walorski won a congressional seat, and Republican Mike Pence replaced Mitch Daniels as Governor, who has reached his term limit.

Iowa: Obama won the state with 52.1% of the vote. Republican Steve King was re-elected the the House by a large margin despite being redistricted.

Kansas: Romney carried the state with 60.5% of the vote. Republican Andy Barr beat Democrat incumbent Ben Chandler for a House seat.

Louisiana: Romney won the state with 57.8% of the vote. Republican House incumbents Jeff Landry and Charles Boustany will participate in a runoff in December to determine a winner. Louisiana lost a House seat in the latest census, forcing both Landry and Boustany to share the same district.

Maine: Obama carried the state with 56% of the vote. Independent Angus King won retiring Senator Olympia Snowe’s seat. Despite being endorsed by New York City Mayor Bloomberg, a Democrat, it has not been confirmed whether he will caucus with the Democrats or Republicans. Maine also voted to legalize gay marriage for the second time.

Maryland: Obama won the state with 61.7% of the vote. Like Maine and Washington, Maryland voters legalized gay marriage.

Massachusetts: Obama carried the state with 60.8% of the vote, despite Romney having been Governor there. Democrat Joseph Kennedy III, Robert Kennedy’s grandson, won Democrat Barney Frank’s House seat. Voters approved measures to allow medicine to be prescribed to end a terminally ill patient’s life, and to terminate criminal penalties for the medical use of marijuana.

Michigan: Obama won the state with 52.8% of the vote. Democrat Senator Stabenow won re-election, and Republican Kerry Bentivolio won the House seat recently vacated by Republican Thaddeus McCotter amid scandal alleging signature forgery on petitions.

Minnesota: Obama carried the state with 52.8% of the vote, no surprise since Minnesota has gone blue in that last 10 election cycles. Voters rejected a constitutional amendment to limit marriage between a man and a woman.

Mississippi: Romney won this state with 55.5% of the vote, no surprise since the state has gone red in every presidential election since 1976.

Missouri: Romney won the state with 53.9% of the vote. Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill defeated Republican Todd Akin in contentious race. Women outnumbered men at the polls there 55% to 45% and favored McCaskill.

Montana: Romney won the state with 55.3% of the vote. Democratic Senator Tester was re-elected against Republican Danny Rehberg. Voters approved a measure to require the parents of minors to be notified before an abortion is performed and a measure to deny certain state services to illegal aliens.

Nebraska: Romney carried the state with 60.5% of the vote. In a race to get excited about, Deb Fischer was the only Republican in the country to win a Senate seat previously held by a Democrat. Now no Democrats hold statewide office in Nebraska.

Nevada: Obama won the state with 52.3% of the vote.

New Hampshire: Obama won the state with 52.2% of the vote. New Hampshire has gone blue in 5 out of the last six presidential election cycles. However, the state now boasts the country’s first all-female congressional delegation.

New Jersey: Obama carried the state with 57.9% of the vote. Democratic Senator Robert Menendez was re-elected, which was no surprise considering no Republican has won a Senate seat in New Jersey for 40 years. Voter turnout was lower than usual because of Hurricane Sandy, even though some people were allowed to vote by email and fax.

New Mexico: Obama won the state with 52.9% of the vote. Republican Heather Wilson lost her Senate race to Democrat Martin Heinrich.

New York:  Obama won the state with 62.6% of the vote. Republican House incumbents Nan Hayworth and Ann Marie Buerkle lost their races.

North Carolina: Romney won the state with 50.6% of the vote. Republican Pat McCrory became Governor. Republicans picked up three House seats.

North Dakota: Romney carried the state with 58.7% of the vote. Democrat Heidi Heitkamp won a Senate race against Republican Rick Berg for retiring Democratic Senator Kent Conrad’s seat.

South Dakota: Romney won the state with 57.9% of the vote. Voters defeated measures to institute a sales tax to boost funding for Medicaid and schools.

Tennessee: Romney carried the state with 59.5% of the vote. Republican Senator Corker was re-elected.

Texas: Romney won the state with 57.2% of the vote. Republican Ted Cruz was elected to the senate.

Utah: Romney won the state with 72.8% of the vote. Republican favorite Mia Love lost her congressional race to Jim Matheson, a Democrat. Had she won she would have been the first black female Republican in the House and the first black person to represent Utah in a national office. Senator Hatch was re-elected for a seventh term.

Vermont: Obama won the state with 67% of the vote. There were no ballot measures in Vermont this year.

Virginia: Obama carried the state again, with 50.8% of the vote. Democrat Tim Kaine was elected to the Senate over Republican George Allen.

Washington: Obama carried the state with 55.2% of the vote. Washington voters legalized marijuana for people over 21, for both recreational and medical uses. Voters also passed a measure to legalize gay marriage.

West Virginia: Romney won the state with 62.3% of the vote.

Wisconsin: Obama won the state with 62.8% of the vote. Paul Ryan was re-elected to his House seat.

Wyoming: Romney won the state with 69.3% of the vote. Republican Senator John Barrasso won as did Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis. Voters approved a constitutional amendment to block any government action to force state residents to purchase health insurance.

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Holly Bishop, 3rd Vice President – Campaign Activities

Editorial by Holly Bishop

I’ve  noticed a general attitude of “defeat, guilt and chastisement” coming from the Republicans around the country after this election.  But before everyone throws the baby out with the dirty water, there are a few encouraging things I’d like to share on my last year as Campaign Chair for the FWRW.

Charles Swindoll, born in 1934, is an evangelical Christian pastor, author, educator, and radio preacher who founded  “Insight for Living” in Plano, Texas. Today, Insight for Living is a radio program in Plano that airs on 2,000 stations around the world  in 15 languages. I’d like to share a quote from Charles Swindoll that I think applies to our present Republican situation today:

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

In some ways, politics are played out a lot like playing a game of chess. We have to remember that when the Democrats had lost term after term to the Republicans, rather than just give up in defeat, the Democrats used their control of the House to control, and eventually ruin the economy of this country.

And, likewise, there’s absolutely no reason why the Republicans can’t use our advantage in the House today to “fix” this country’s economy, defense, and healthcare! You can’t unscramble an egg, but you can start today and make a brand new end! So before everyone focuses only on backtracking and trying to figure out where we went wrong, I’d like for Republicans to take advantage of our great opportunities, and also focus of using these opportunities to bring America back to the brilliant country we know America can be!

Best Wishes,

Holly Bishop

P.S.:  Don’t forget to turn in your campaign hours for the last quarter of 2012 to Holly Bishop! Call her at (817) 423 – 8923 or send by email to: mrcesims@charter.net.