Posts Tagged ‘Judge Bonnie Sudderth’

October Program & Other Important Events

October 8, 2014

Mark your calendar for these three events:

Friday, October 10 – Phone Bank Friday. Judges Bonnie Sudderth, Melody Wilkinson & Dana Womack will be providing lunch for volunteers! Make time to participate in this worthwhile effort to elect Republicans and Keep Texas Red! (9am-6pm, come and go – see more details below.)

Tuesday, October 14 – U.S. Congressional District 12 Candidate Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. Attend this event to show support for your candidate! Want to carpool? (See details below.)

Wednesday, October 22 – Ag Commissioner Candidate Sid Miller will be speaking at FWRW Membership Meeting.

State Representative Sid Miller, Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

State Representative Sid Miller, Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker State Representative Sid Miller, Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner.  Sid Miller is recognized as one of the state’s most dynamic and effective conservative leaders.

As a 6 term veteran of the Texas House, Sid worked to put his real world experience as a small businessman, community leader, agriculturist, former schoolteacher, and former school board member to use on behalf of the people of Texas. Sid Miller emerged as the definitive pro-life, pro-family, pro-business, pro-jobs leader during his tenure in the Texas Legislature.

Sid Miller is also an avid rodeo and horseshow participant and lays claim to 9 World Championships. He is an honors graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville where he received a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Agriculture Education Degree in 1978.  Representative Miller and his wife of 36 years, Debra, live in Stephenville where Sid owns and operates his nursery business of 31 years and where Debra founded two charter schools. Sid and Debra Miller have two sons and two grandchildren.

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  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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Phone Bank Friday Announcement


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12th District Candidate Forum


January News & Committee Reports

January 17, 2013

January 23 Meeting Announcement:

January Program Announcement

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

Valet parking WILL be available on the 23rd!

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

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Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Repulican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Repulican Women

Read President Cyndy McCoy’s January 2013 Message:

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

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Membership Dues are Now Due!

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

NFRW LogoNews from the National Federation of Republican Women

This year, NFRW celebrates its 75th diamond anniversary.

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

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

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

Judge Susan McCoy

Judge Susan McCoy

Tarrant County Welcomes Its Newest Member of the Judiciary

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

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

What’s a Trillion, Anyway?marklevy

by Mark Levy

Reprinted with permission from 1/14/13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kaye Moreno, 2012 Electoral College Member

Kaye Moreno, 2012 Electoral College Member

Is the Electoral College Still the Best Way to Choose?

Editorial by Kaye Moreno

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

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

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

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

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

Kaye Moreno, December 17, 2012

Kaye Moreno, December 17, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Electoral College 101

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

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

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

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

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

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

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




Friday, February 15, 2013

Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, Texas

For More Information, contact Tarrant County GOP Headquarters

(817) 595-0303 or

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President – Cyndy McCoy

1st Vice President, Membership – Marion Snipes

2nd Vice President, Programs – Brooke Allen

3rd Vice President, Campaign Activities – Pam Bassel

4th Vice President, Finance – Julie Johncox

5th Vice President, Communications – Judge Bonnie Sudderth

            Courtesy Committee Chair – Linda Vautrain

            Facebook Administrator –  Judge Bonnie Sudderth

            Newsletter Editor – Cynthia Favila-Terry

            Publicity Chair – Kaye Moreno

            Telephone/CAP Alert Chair – Mary Mae McDonald

            Webmaster – Julieanne Leighty

            Yearbook Editor – Donna Thompson

6th Vice President, Events – Helen Bavousett

Secretary – Melissa Swan

Treasurer – Justice Lee Gabriel

Historian – Kathy Conrad

Parliamentarian – Kaye Moreno

Americanism Committee Chair – Pat Miranda

Caring for America Committee Chair – Holly Bishop

Hospitality Committee Chair –  Marilyn Van Hoozer

Legislation Committee Chair – Patty Emerson

Literacy Committee Chair – Faye Coughran

PAC Treasurer – Sydney Leonard

Scholarship Committee Chair – Mary Ann Shelton

September News & Committee Reports

September 20, 2012

SEPTEMBER 26 PROGRAM:  “A Working Lunch.”

RSVP for lunch to Joy Phelps-Nix,, 817-423-4283 by noon on Monday, September 24. Lunch is $23 with a reservation ($25 without reservation).  (Please do not RSVP using the Reply/Comment section below.)

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

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

President’s Message:

To read President McCoy’s September 2012 Message –

* Look for it under Pages at the top of the column to the right

* Or click HERE.



Looking for a Good Book?

Check out the NFRW’s Mamie Eisenhower Library Project Books of the Week (just below the Calendar of Events on the column to the right).  Have you read a good book from the list?  Give us a Book Review (or just feedback) by commenting on a book from this collection. 

Featured book for this week is Hard Measures: How Agressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives, written by Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr., the man who, in the wake of September 11, led all U.S. counterterrorism operations and oversaw the use of those procedures—procedures that obtained vital and timely intelligence and helped safeguard the nation from future attacks.




Yearbooks will be available at the September meeting – RSVP today for the meeting and don’t forget to pick up your copy while you’re there!  If you would prefer, electronic (pdf) versions of the 2012 Yearbook are also available to all members in good standing.  To receive an electronic copy, email your request to Yearbook Chair Donna Thompson at

Thanks to our Yearbook Sponsors (for complete listing of our Sponsors, click HERE)!

Editor’s Note:  Thanks to Sharon Dale for sharing her experience at the Republican National Convention with us!


A Special Thanks to Judge Bonnie Sudderth –

… for providing refreshments and sponsoring the FWRW Board of Directors meeting in September!
Judge Sudderth has been a member of Fort Worth Republican Women for almost 20 years, during which time she has served in various leadership positions.  Currently she serves as the FWRW 5th Vice President for Communications. In 2010, Judge Sudderth received FWRW’s Betty Andujar Award for her service to the club.  Last year, she was honored by the Texas Federation of Republican Women as one of the “Ten Outstanding Republican Women in Texas.”  
Looking for a Volunteer Opportunity?

Want to work to help elect one (or more) of our Republican candidates this November?  Contact Fort Worth Republican Women’s Special Chair for Election 2012, Diane Criswell at  or (817) 738-4974.

It’s not too late to attend TFRW’s GOTV Workshop:


A reminder to all members — please turn in any Campaign hours you have accumulated during the past three months (the third quarter of the year) to Holly Bishop, VP Campaign Activities at (817) 423-8923 or email to  It is important that all FWRW members provide an accurate count of all hours that we have spent on campaign activities each quarter, so that the information can be forwarded to the Texas Federation of Republican Women to be included in the statewide compilation. Every year, this data provides tangible evidence of the vital importance of Republican women throughout Texas and the strength and value of their volunteer efforts in our grassroots elections process.

If you have any questions about which types of activities qualify as “campaign hours,” contact Holly Bishop or go to the TFRW link, “Policy for Counting Campaign Hours,” by clicking HERE.


The Fort Worth Republican Women’s annual Christmas luncheon is scheduled for Friday, December 7.  This event is one of the highlights of our club each year, and we hope to have much to celebrate at our 2012 event!  Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

February News & Committee Reports

February 16, 2012

Don’t forget to RSVP for the February 22 Meeting –

RSVP for lunch to Joy Phelps-Nix,, 817-423-4283 by noon on Monday, February 20. Lunch is $23 with a reservation ($25 without reservation). If you’re not having lunch, no RVSP is necessary. (Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost.)

(For more information about the February program, click here or scroll to bottom of this page.)

Cyndy McCoy, FWRW President


President’s Message:

“Let’s Wear Red in February”

To read President Cyndy McCoy’s February 2012 Message,

look for it under Pages in the margin to the right, or click here.


Justice Lee Ann Dauphinot, Second Court of Appeals

A Special Thanks to Justice Lee Ann Dauphinot –

… for providing refreshments and sponsoring the FWRW Board of Directors meeting in February! Justice Dauphinot serves the citizens of Tarrant County, as well as 11 other counties in north Texas, as a Justice on the Second Court of Appeals.


Salvato: There’s a Difference Between Vetting and Smearing


Frank Salvato is the Managing Editor and Publisher for New Media Journal, a division of

Call it wishful thinking. Call it expecting the campaigns to honor what the American people have been demanding for several election cycles. Call it what you will, but I admit, I am one of the life-long Conservatives and Republicans who finds the attack ad blitz being perpetrated by our GOP presidential candidates against one another over-the-top and, quite frankly, embarrassing. It is one thing to illuminate an opponent’s past record, even his past behavior where it applies to his ability to execute elected office, but it is quite another to engage in the slash-and-burn, win-at-all-cost political tactics of the Progressive Left. We, as Conservatives and as Republicans are better than that…we have to be…

You may say that I’m a dreamer,
But I’m not the only one,
I hope today you will all join us,
Then the election can be won.

Excerpt from GOPUSA (January 27, 2012).  To read the entire editorial, click here.  Also click to see Mr. Salvato’s follow-up article: Another Reason Why Going Negative is a Bad Thing.


Mary Louise Garcia, Tarrant County Clerk

 What the County Clerk Does For You

Editorial by Mary Louise Garcia

Few of Tarrant County’s 1.8 million citizens go through life without calling on the County Clerk for copies of birth certificates and marriage licenses, deeds to homes and other property as well as oil and gas lease records, death certificates, powers of attorney and a multitude of other personal and business documents.

In short, my job is to preserve and protect millions of documents vital to every citizen and business in 44 cities. We are also the office of record for the proceedings of 16 courts and serve citizens at offices in the downtown Courthouse and six sub-courthouses across the county. 

With Tarrant County’s rapidly rising population and its flourishing business community, the County Clerk’s 140 employees: 

  • Record almost half a million new land and business documents every year.
  • Oversee the collection of more than $24 million in fines and fees, making it the county’s second largest generator of fees.
  • Manage over $17 million in funds for minors, guardianships and cash bonds.

Twenty-six cities, including Fort Worth, have turned over their record-keeping to our office for greater efficiency and less money. 

To step up efficiency since I took office New Year’s Day 2011, we have:  

  • Cut our operational budget 3.5%, helping keep our county government one of the few anywhere living within its means: no debts, no deficits 
  • Extended office hours to 5 p.m. for greater customer convenience.
  • Reduced the number of positions in our operations.
  • Introduced technology that reduced waiting time for returning original documents to customers from two weeks to handing them back in a matter of minutes.
  • Set up a feedback system on my Web site to encourage taxpayers to let us know how we can improve service.
  • Completed (under budget) a project that, as of December 31, 2010, added over one million land records to the Web for public access.
  • Kicked off a project to convert over five million film and microfiche files to digital images for simpler public access, reducing equipment and increasing efficiency.
  • Established a backup emergency site in the Northwest Sub-Courthouse to serve the public during natural or man-made disasters.
  • Stepped up promotion of our Property Fraud Alert program to help protect customers from property and mortgage fraud.

Click HERE to sign up for Property Fraud Alert.

  • Expanded the availability of vital records at our sub-courthouses.

More innovations are under way, including a program to make more vital documents available to customers over the Internet—saving them time and gasoline.     

My recent appointments include Chair of the Tarrant County Business Disaster Recovery Committee, Co-Chair of the Tarrant County EGov Committee and Co-Chair of the Property Recording Industry Association (PRIA). 

We have plans to make more progress to deliver better, more efficient service for fewer taxpayer dollars.  I would be happy to hear from you at any time.  


Navigating Our New Format…

Looking for regular featured information in our new online format?  It’s all still here!  Many of our regularly-featured items can be found in the margin to the right.  Just scroll around and you’ll find them, along with other new items as well, including helpful links and comments from FWRW members.  Some favorites can be found as follows:

Calendar of Events – Look below Pages in margin to the right.

President’s Column – Look under Pages in margin to the right.  Click & read!

NFRW Mamie Eisenhower Books of the Week – Look below Prior Posts in margin to the right (goodreads).  Click on each book cover for more information.

Officer and Committee Chair Contact Information – Look under Pages in margin to the right.  Click & read!  (Click on email address listed to send a message.)

Membership Form – Look under Pages in margin to the right. Click on Membership in FWRW and follow the link.  Complete the form online or print a pdf version of the form and mail your dues in today!

Feel free to leave a comment along the way. 

Mamie Eisenhower Library Project Book of the Week

Write Your Own Review!

Have you read one of the NFRW Mamie Eisenhower Books of the Week (featured in goodreads box in margin to the right)?  If so, send us a review and we’ll include it for all our Fort Worth Republican Women subscribers to read!  You can send your review by leaving a comment below or by emailing your review to Judge Bonnie Sudderth, FWRW Newsletter Editor –   




On Wednesday afternoon, February 15, the three-judge panel in San Antonio announced that the April 3 primary will be moved once more.  The likely primary date will be May 29, but don’t write that date on your calendar just yet.  In the meantime, one interim map has been agreed upon by all of the parties – the Texas Senate District map.  State House district interim maps and Congressional district interim maps remain to be drawn. 

Because of the nearness of a May 29 primary date to the Texas GOP convention, which begins the first week in June, special rules are likely to be implemented to govern the delegate selection process for the convention.  Unfortunately, this later primary date will also likely further marginalize Texas’ voice in selecting the 2012 Republican candidate for President.



January News & Committee Reports

January 14, 2012

Don’t forget to RSVP for the January 25 Meeting –

RSVP for lunch to Joy Phelps-Nix,, 817-423-4283 by noon on Monday, January 23. Lunch is $23 with a reservation ($25 without reservation). If you’re not having lunch, no RVSP is necessary. (Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost.)

(For more information about the January program, see January Program announcement below.)


Judge Louis Sturns, 213th District Court, Tarrant County, Texas

A Special Thanks to Judge Louis Sturns –

… for providing refreshments and sponsoring the FWRW Board of Directors meeting in January! Judge Sturns serves the citizens of Tarrant County as Judge of 213th District Court.



It’s Membership Renewal Time!


2012 is here, and it’s time to renew your membership for next year. If you agree that 2012 will be one of the most important election years in our nation’s history, join other like-minded Republican women and renew your membership today. Working together, we can make a difference for the sake of our country and our community.  (Click here and mail in today!)



Government ID Needed to Buy Drain Cleaner in Illinois, But Not to Vote

Black Conservative Sees Hypocrisy in Legislative Opposition to Similar Safeguards for Electoral Process

Washington, D.C. – Project 21 spokesman Stacy Swimp is criticizing Illinois lawmakers for requiring people who purchase caustic substances such as drain cleaner to present government-issued ID after previously rejecting a similar ID requirement for polling places and allowing newly-proposed voter ID legislation to languish.

“The new law in Illinois tracking the sale of Drano was motivated by concern over a single incident. There are many instances of documented voter fraud all over the nation in just the past few years — and voter fraud in Illinois in 1960 may have thrown the presidential election,” said Project 21′s Swimp. “If people must provide a government-issued ID to unclog their drains, they certainly should do the same for the very important task of selecting their elected leaders”

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“America Deserves Better”

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills… Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. America deserves better.”  — Senator Barack Obama (March 16, 2006)


Judge Bonnie Sudderth, 352nd District Court, Tarrant County, Texas


When Will I Get to Vote???  The Basics of Where We Are with Redistricting and How We Got Here

Editorial by: Judge Bonnie Sudderth, FWRW 5th VP – Communications


I suppose it’s old news now that there’s no reason to show up at your neighborhood polling location on March 6. And most of us have heard that the new April 3 primary date should probably be written in our calendars only in pencil, and very lightly at that. While I certainly don’t understand all of the ins and outs of the byzantine mess we’ve found ourselves in (I’m not sure anyone does), here are the basic facts, in case you find yourself wondering “When will I get to vote this year?”

As a result of the Census of 2010, Texas gained four new congressional districts.  In January of 2011, the 82nd Texas Legislature went to work drawing up new congressional district boundaries to accommodate the four additional seats. After 140 days had passed, the regular session had ended, and the Legislature still hadn’t accomplished the task, a Special Session was called and Governor Perry added redistricting to the “to-do” list. About a month later, the Texas Legislature approved a new congressional map, as well as maps for state legislative districts. Under the Congressional map, the Republican party would have most likely gained three of the four new Congressional seats.

Unfortunately, pursuant to the Voting Rights Act, Texas doesn’t enjoy the unfettered power to draw its own Congressional maps that 35 other states in the Union enjoy. (This provision of the Voting Rights Act applies to only 16 states, and some only partially.) Instead, the Voting Rights Act requires federal oversight –  or “preclearance” – of our redistricting decisions. 

In the preclearance process, Texas must seek approval of its boundaries in one of two ways: (A) from the U.S. Justice Department, or (B) from a three-judge panel of federal judges in the District of Columbia. Because Texas leadership believed that the Justice Department, under the current administration, would likely be hostile to Texas, Texas chose Option B.

As anticipated, the Justice Department was hostile to Texas’ new maps, lodging an objection with the D.C. court, arguing that the map didn’t create enough minority districts. This objection turned the preclearance process into a full-fledged lawsuit, with all the inherent delays that litigation brings. Knowing that the lawsuit could potentially delay the scheduled 2012 primaries in Texas, the D.C. court then asked a three-judge panel in San Antonio to draw an interim map to be used for the 2012 election.

The map which was drawn by the San Antonio panel apportioned the four new seats equally between Republicans and Democrats – two seats for each. Attorney General Greg Abbott then appealed the new map to the U.S. Supreme Court, which scheduled argument in the case for January 9. Because of the delay that this appeal to the Supreme Court would cause, the Supreme Court went ahead and moved the Texas primary election from March 6 to April 3. 

The one-month delay was of little help, however, because without a final map in place, candidates couldn’t make decisions about which seat, if any, they would seek. The crux of the problem is the stubborn fact that the primary can’t occur until candidates know which map will be used and have an opportunity to make informed decisions based on it.

And few were surprised when, at the January 9 hearing, the U.S. Supreme Court acknowledged that the April 3 would likely need to be moved again. However, to the alarm of many Republicans, possible dates as late as July and August for the Texas primaries were tossed about, which if embraced by the high court would mean primary run-off elections in September or October (to be followed by a November general election).

In the meantime, the D.C. judges scheduled a final hearing in the preclearance lawsuit to begin on January 17 and be possibly concluded by January 26. Some expect the Supreme Court to wait for the preclearance ruling from the D.C. panel before announcing its decision in the San Antonio panel map appeal. If such a delay occurs, then the April 3 primary date will most certainly have to be moved to allow time for the reopening of a filing period and preparation for the election to occur within the time-frames mandated by state and federal election laws.

What appears clear, though, is that the D.C. panel is dissatisfied with the Legislatively-drawn maps; otherwise, it wouldn’t have scheduled a trial in the lawsuit. Likewise, it appears clear that the U.S. Supreme Court is dissatisfied with the judicially-drawn maps; otherwise, it wouldn’t have allowed the appeal to be heard. As there is no time for the Legislature to redraw the maps, it also seems clear that whatever map Texas ends up with in the 2012 election will be judicially drawn under the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the meantime, the Republican Party of Texas, who under the stewardship of Steve Munisteri, is finally out of debt, has been preparing for a State Convention which is scheduled to convene in Fort Worth on June 7. A summer primary would most certainly result in cancellation of that Convention, with associated cancellation penalties in addition to the forfeiture of monies already expended (more than half a million dollars to date). A summer primary would also result in a more expensive primary, since many polling locations in schools would not be available for free. Finding election workers during the summer months, as well as voter apathy, poses additional problems.

On January 12, Chairman Munisteri sent a letter to the Supreme Court on behalf of the Republican Party of Texas, pointing out the “legal, logistical and practical” problems that would “wreak havoc with the state’s electoral process and present insurmountable difficulties” if the primary election is moved beyond April 2012. Whether the court will take these factors into consideration in rendering its decision is unknown.

So, when will you get to vote this year???  Consult your Magic 8-ball and it may say “Cannot predict now. Ask again later.”