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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

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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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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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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March News and Committee Reports

March 22, 2014

Meeting Reminder:  Run-Off Candidate Forum

Carey Walker

Carey Walker

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

Atticus Gill

Atticus Gill

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

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, March 24th to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
 
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Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

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

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

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

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

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

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

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

Brooke Ulrickson Allen

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 MEMBERSHIP FOR 2014

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

2014 FORT WORTH REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEMBERSHIP FORM

*Name:_______________________________ Spouse________________

Birthday:  Month ____ Day____

My information is the same as submitted in 2013____

*Occupation: __________________________

Employer______________________

*Address:_________________________________________________

*City/State:_____________________________*Zip_______________

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

Phone: Home____________Office_____________Cell_____________

E-Mail___________________________________

Voter Precinct No.___________

_____Caring for America Donation (Voluntary)               Amount $__________

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

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

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

____ Active Member – Full Voting Membership                                 $25.00   $________

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

____ Sustaining Active Member -FullVoting Membership             $50.00   $________

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

____ Female Associate Member                                                    $10.00    $________

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

____ Male Associate Member                                                          $10.00   $________

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

Note:  Make checks payable to FWRW.

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

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

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

As a BFF, you will receive the following benefits:

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

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

Sincerely,
Jan Brefczynski
Treasurer, Fort Worth Republican Women

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

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

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.

Our BFFs

Justice Lee Gabriel

Second Court of Appeals

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Brooke Allen

Partner, Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell

http://www.brookeallen.co/about-brooke-allen.html

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Justice Bob McCoy

Second Court of Appeals

http://electbobmccoy.com/

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Helen Bavousett

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Byron J. Bavousett

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Justice Sue Walker

Second Court of Appeals

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

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Atticus Gill

GillforJudge.com  Facebook: Atticus Gill for Judge

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Judge Jennifer Rymell

County Court at Law No. 2

http://www.jenniferrymell.com/

Thanks for your support & friendship!

We Heart Our BFFs

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NOTICE OF REVISION OF FWRW BYLAWS

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

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL REPUBLICANS ELECTED IN THE MARCH PRIMARY!

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

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

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

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

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Save the Date

 New Members Barbecue
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 6:00-9:00 pm
 
Home of Bob & Cyndy McCoy
233 Verna Trail N., Fort Worth 76108
 
New Members, Members, Associate Members, Prospective Members, Spouses, and Guests are welcome!  Look for more information in the April newsletter.
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*Solicitations made by federal candidates and officeholders are limited by federal law. The federal candidates and officeholders are soliciting only donations of up to $2500 from individuals and up to $5000 from multi-candidate political committees. They are not soliciting donations in any amount from corporations, labor organizations, national banks, federal contractors or foreign nationals.

If you would like to place an ad in our newsletter, please contact Cynthia Favila-Terry at c.favila.terry@gmail.com or (810) 444-3206

September News & Committee Reports

September 16, 2013

REMINDER:  In lieu of our regular monthly luncheon we remind all members and guests that we are having our fashion show fundraiser!   Cost is $50 per person.  Please make your check  payable to FWRW and mail by Friday, September 20th to:

FWRW Red, White and Blue Fundraiser
c/o Julie Johncox
6421 Fershaw Place
Fort Worth, Texas  76116

*No corporate checks accepted. 

Fashion Show Invitation

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Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

President’s Message – September

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

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Fort Worth Republican Women would like to thank Tarrant County District ClerkMr__Wilder_2012_008 Tom Wilder for sponsoring this month’s board meeting. We appreciate the support!

 

 

 

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Justice Lee Gabriel, Past FWRW President Sherry Ward, Congresswoman Kay Granger, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst

(Left to right) Justice Lee Gabriel, Past FWRW President Sherry Ward, Congresswoman Kay Granger, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst

Special thanks to Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and Congresswoman Kay Granger for attending our August luncheon meeting!  Congresswoman Granger gave us a Washington D.C. update which reminded us of the importance of Republican unity.  Fort Worth Republican Women appreciate your service!

Photograph courtesy of Leslie Recine, State Republican Executive Committeewoman, Senate District 10.

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FWRW member Teresa M. Palmer, Vice President, Wealth Management – UBS Financial Services, Inc. invites members to Joe T. Garcia’s chapel on September 26th at 6pm for an event featuring speaker John Savercool, Senior Lobbyist and Managing Director – UBS Americas, Inc.  John directs the firm’s lobbying, political, and policy advocacy efforts at the federal level. He manages a small staff in Washington in support of this mission.  John is a veteran of Capitol Hill of 23 years.

Teresa has 7 seats that are first come, first serve.  E-mail Teresa at teresa.palmer@ubs.com

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 The Republican Party of Texas is holding a Keep Texas Red Block Walk to recruit volunteers, identify more Republican voters and register new Republicans!

Saturday, September 21st 
 
10:00a.m. – Meet at Iris Bagel & Coffee
5801 W Interstate 20Arlington, TX 76017
 
2:00p.m. – Re-group at 
UNT Health Science Center, Camp Bowie  

Please RSVP to Rebecca McDavid at (817)565-8022 or email her at rmcdavid@texasgop.org

*Paid for by the Republican Party of Texas and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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 NORTHEAST SENIOR LEADERSHIP FORUM

MEETING REMINDER

 “Legal Issues for Seniors”

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

9:00 am—10:30 am

North Richland Hills Library

9015 Grand Ave.

 J.B. Morgan, of the law firm Handy & Morgan, will be bringing the program.  He will cover the topics of estate planning, trusts and other considerations of end-of-life decisions.

 THIS IS A PUBLIC MEETING OPEN TO ALL

Thank you to Brooke Allen, FWRW Second Vice President – Programs, for the above submission of beneficial information.

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Image of Books KNOW A DESERVING YOUNG COLLEGE REPUBLICAN WOMAN?

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

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

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

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

Please encourage all young Republican college women you know to apply!

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Just as our FWRW President Cyndy McCoy stated in her President’s Message this month, the 2014 Primary races are heating up!  Know who the candidates are so that you may make informed choices!  For a list of 2014 Primary Candidates known to have filed, click here.

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In the September 13th issue of American Thinker, Aaron Kovac puts some perspective on the state of affairs between Russia and the United States as illustrated by recent events.

The 80s are Calling Obama

September 13, 2013

By Aaron Kovac

A war in the Middle East is on the horizon with the United States on one side and the Russian federation on the other, the Security Council is stuck in a stalemate, and Europe is finding itself staunchly divided between East and West. While such a description would certainly be apt for the height of the Cold War, it could just as well describe today’s state of affairs.

Current debate over whether to intervene militarily in Syria is only one of the many issues pitting the United States against her old rival Russia. In August, diplomatic tension between the two countries came to a crux when President Obama cancelled his visit to Moscow where he was supposed to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, rescheduling a visit to Sweden instead. According to official sources, the cancellation is due to Russia’s recent decision to offer asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The 80s are calling

During the final US presidential debate between candidates Obama and Romney, the incumbent President accused Romney of shilling for a foreign policy that had no place in modern times. “The 80s called, they want their foreign policy back, he quipped.” Now, however, it appears that President Obama’s foreign policy is just as fitting for the Cold War period as Mitt Romney’s allegedly would have been.

As the United States now appears poised to intervene militarily in Syria, many parallels can be drawn between this current conflict and the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In the latter case, the USSR militarily supported an autocratic regime, that of the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA), while the United States covertly supplied Afghan rebels, the Mujahideen, with weapons and training. Today, it once again looks as if the United States and Russia will find themselves indirectly at arms, each supporting one side in a Middle Eastern civil war.

Indeed, many fear that the Syrian rebels of today are more similar to the Mujahideen of the 80s than most are letting on. Thirty years ago, the “brave freedom fighters” that the CIA supported against the Soviets included Osama Bin Laden and many others that ended up forming the international Al-Qaeda terrorist network. It has been widely recognized that many Syrian rebels also adhere to a fundamentalist Islamic agenda, with some militants burning Christian churches and terrorizing Shia communities.  In more ways than one, history looks set to repeat itself.

The iron curtain redrawn

Moreover, the Russian Federation is looking increasingly like the empire it once was. In 2010, the Kremlin launched a new customs union with ex-Soviet states Belarus and Kazakhstan. This new union is specifically designed to prohibit member countries from signing similar agreements with the European Union, which is closely allied with American interests. Ukraine is one country that currently finds itself in a tug of war between this new East and West, with Russian President Putin daily pressuring his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych to join the customs union through crippling gas prices. Russia and her allies have also been targeting Ukrainian businesses in order to squeeze Yanukovych into compliance. In August, Russia banned all products of Roshen, a Ukrainian confectionary firm, from entering its territory, with Belarus and Kazakhstan following suit.

In many ways, Russia seems to be using this new trading bloc to recover her former territorial glory. As for Ukraine, a summit with European Union leaders in Vilnius, Lithuania this November will settle whether President Yanukovych brings his country into the Western world or pledges allegiance to Mother Russia. In the meantime, Putin’s customs union, which former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has referred to as a ‘new USSR’, is only one more worrying sign for many that the Cold War is officially back.

 Aaron Kovac is an American expat currently based in Brussels, Belgium working as an EU affairs analyst for a global business advisory firm.

  • October 7th is the last day to register to vote in the November 2013 Constitutional Amendment Election!
  • Early voting begins on Monday, October 21st.
  • Last day to apply for a ballot by mail is Friday, October 25th.  Application must be received by this date (not postmarked).
  • Last day of early voting is Friday, November 1st.  Last day to receive mailed-in ballot is election day, November 5th at 7pm (unless oversees deadline applies).
  • Senator Dan Patrick is holding a Tarrant County Leadership Meeting on Wednesday, September 25th from 5pm – 6pm at Tarrant County GOP Headquarters, 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth  76118.  Please RSVP by Monday, September 23rd to Cylynda Caviness at cylynda@danpatrick.org or (469)487-6892

April News & Committee Reports

April 17, 2013
APRIL PROGRAM REMINDER

Red StarApril 24th Program – Attorney J. Shelby Sharpe, Sharpe & Rector, P.C., will speak about “Sharia Law: A More Sinister Threat Than You Might Think“.  Mr. Sharpe was born and educated in Texas.  He has practiced law in Fort Worth for over 40 years with the main focus of his practice being the defense of religious organizations.

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 22nd 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.)  For more information, click HERE.

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Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Repulican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Read President Cyndy McCoy’s March 2013 Message: Find it by clicking HERE

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A Special Thanks to Justice Lee GabrielLee Gabriel1

. . . for providing refreshments and sponsoring the FWRW Board of Directors meeting in March! Justice Gabriel sits on the Second Court of Appeals and serves the citizens of Tarrant County, as well as 11 other counties in north Texas as a justice on the Court.  She is also an active member of Fort Worth Republican Women, serving in the very important position as our Treasurer!

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KNOW A DESERVING YOUNG COLLEGE REPUBLICAN WOMAN?

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

Name, address, phone number, email address and the name of college she is attending.  She should also include a brief statement about her involvement in any Republican activities. The deadline for applications is: Friday, May 3.

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

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

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Toni Anne Dashiell Elected as Texas National Committeewoman
 
             Toni Anne Dashiell, former Texas Federation of Republican Women President and current Kendall County GOP Chair, has been elected the Texas National Committeewoman to the Republican National Committee. An author and NFRW event presenter, Toni Anne succeeds Borah Van Dormolen, also a former Texas Federation of Republican Women President who passed away recently.
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Use Twitter for the Most Up to the Moment Political News!  If you have not created a Twitter account, click HERE.   Click on the yellow “Sign Up for Twitter” box and it will give you step-by-step instructions on setting up your personal Twitter account.  Of course, the first page you want to follow is @FWRepWomen and once you’ve done that, just look at who the Fort Worth Republican Women page is following for tips on who else to follow!  It’s simple.  In fact, here is a list of local state legislators that you will want to follow:

Please, take a moment now to click on any of the above Twitter names.   On any given page on the left hand side, you will see a yellow “Sign Up” rectangular icon.  Click on that to start your Twitter account!

Looking for more state and national conservatives to follow?  Go to http://www.topconservativesontwitter.net/Default.aspx for the Twitter names of over 7, 000 conservatives using Twitter!  All you have to do is click on their @ and it will link you to their Twitter page.

As of today, the Fort Worth Republican Women have 27 followers on the Twitter page @FWRepWomen and in just one month @FWRepWomen has tweeted 171 tweets for the world to see! Go ahead and join in on this part of the journey for the cause.  You will be glad that you did.

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twitter photoYEARBOOKS ARE IN!  

The 2013 FWRW Yearbook will be available at the April Luncheon. For those who would like the information but do not want a book, electronic copies are available.  What a great way to save space and yet have a memento and information source!  To request your electronic copy, send an email to:  Donna Thompson (donna-t@prodigy.net)
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JOIN THE FORT WORTH REPUBLICAN WOMEN AS WE HONOR JUDGE RUBEN GONZALEZ
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TFRW SealTFRW REGION IV LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
This will be an informative and powerful event!
April 27, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.
      306 West 7th Street, Fort Worth, Texas  76102

(Parking entrance is on 6th Street between Taylor & Lamar; Parking is free)

$30 Registration Fee (includes plated lunch and printed materials)

AGENDA

  • Diane Edmondson, Chair, Denton County GOP, “What You Need to Know About Liberal Efforts to Turn Texas Blue”
  • Jody Rushton, TFRW Vice President, Finance, “Show Me the Money!” – Fundraising Tactics for Local Clubs
  • Judge Sharen Wilson, Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 1, “The Most Powerful Women’s Political Organization in Texas – Who Me?”
  • Featured Luncheon Speaker – Rafael Cruz, Father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz
  • Other topics include Texas’ changing demographics and parliamentary procedures for dynamic meetings

Make checks payable to Kaye Moreno.  RSVP by mailing your check postmarked no later than April 22nd to: 

Kaye Moreno, Leadership
1213 Kelpie Court
Fort Worth, Texas  76111

*Please include your name, address, occupation, email address and phone number.

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caryn-boddieIn the April 16th newsletter of THE AMERICAN THINKER, Caryn Boddie published a profound article, “Ending the Violence”, discussing the gun violence in schools and how quick America is to blame guns or individuals.

As you read through it below, think about what she is saying.  In the push for gun control, her ideas are foreign. The idea of taking real proactive responsibility as individuals and as a country resonates in her basic ideas of paying attention to our sons, helping them and praying for them.

What can we really do to stop shootings in our schools and other public places? I’d like to share two ideas — connected across the years — as we come up to the anniversary of a mass killing that affected my life and my community.

The first idea came to my attention not in the United States of America but in Central America.

It was March 1999, and I had taken a part-time reporter job at The Columbine Community Courier, a weekly paper in Littleton, Colorado. However, before working for the paper on a regular basis, I went off with my family on a long-planned mission trip to Honduras. There we worked on a few projects then did some sightseeing.

In Copan we stopped into a Catholic Church during mass. The church was packed, and we found out why that was so before long. The priest came to speak and he was absolutely furious with his flock. A woman in our party, who was a Spanish speaker, translated for us: Some of the young men of Copan had come into the town square the night before, during a festival, shot it up, and killed a few people.

The priest yelled a question at the congregation, “Why are you people not watching your sons?”

That moment stuck with me as we came back to Colorado, and I wrote the story of our trip for publication. Then, I proceeded to cover small stories in the community, such as the dedication of a new playground at an elementary school.

A week or so later, I was driving home from a dentist appointment when I passed Columbine High School. Just south of the school, I saw two young men, dressed in black dusters, walking toward Columbine. They looked into each other’s faces then strode up the sidewalk with smiles and knowing looks. Little did I know I was watching two of the sons in my community who were about to become murderers. I remember feeling the presence of evil, and I prayed briefly, but I did not know what else to do. (Since that time, I have learned that many other people in the community had similar experiences.)

On April 20, 1999, the two young men I saw murdered 12 students and one teacher then killed themselves at Columbine High School.

I covered the tragedy and its aftermath for the immediate community for about one year. Of course, it was a time of grief and trauma, and we all had to go through that and through the process of healing. In the midst of it, I believe there was a window of time where we could really learn and pass along what could be done to stop such a thing from happening in another community down the line.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media and the politicians came in and hyped the gun issue, just as they’ve done after every one of the tragedies that has followed Columbine. We all got focused on changing the laws that control guns. Family members of victims went to Washington, DC, and were displayed by our president, just as family members of new victims are being displayed by a president now. We had a Million Mom March in Denver. We debated closing the gun show loophole. Laws were changed.

We also focused on fixing Columbine High School and on building a memorial for those we lost. Some of us focused on blaming one person after another for the loss, and trying to make them pay; that went on for months and months.

Our focus on these things did not help other communities avoid similar tragedies.

So what should we tell other communities now?

First: Watch your sons.

Really, think about who is shooting in our schools; think about who it is that is killing innocents in Chicago; think about who it is that walked into a theater in Aurora and murdered people.

How do we watch our sons more carefully? By getting them more of what they need in their community, so that they are connected in their daily lives with more than one adult. The Search Institute of Minnesota has created a program called the 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents, which people in Columbine discovered after the tragedy there. Through it many people touch our son’s lives and watch them as they grow up.

But, it’s not enough to watch our sons, we must then get them help when they need it — and the help must be effective.

To that point, the second idea I want to tell you about came together for me when I was watching television, years after my family’s trip to Honduras.

I was doing some chores with news on in the background. I heard the anchor review who the shooters were in the latest mass killings in our country and what their mental states were, Then in an interview, I heard Dr. Keith Ablow, a forensic psychiatrist, say, “What all this gun legislation, restricting firearms or increasing background checks, fails to address is the real problem, which is untreated mental illness, and a mental health care system that is completely severed from anything like an ability to deliver outpatient services on an as-needed basis, sometimes involuntarily. So, we’ve allowed our mental health care system to become decrepit; people are falling through gaping holes in the system. It really has nothing to do with guns, as we just saw in the mass stabbing in Texas and as we should have learned in 1927 when 38 children were killed with homemade explosives at a school. This whole debate should be filibustered right off the Senate floor; people shouldn’t show up for this debate because it’s just a sideshow.”

So, the second idea comes from another credible source: Fix the mental health system and create an effective pathway by which people in a community can report a person who seems mentally ill and dangerous.

Young people proved this can work after Columbine. Adolescents started watching each other and reporting other adolescents who showed signs of being troubled and/or dangerous and some killings were stopped. This was because they heard that it was good to watch and to tell and a pathway was created for them to do so that was effective.

And finally, this thought: we must pray for our sons.

So, these are two ideas for stopping future mass killings. Let’s get our attention off the gun debate, ignore the politicians, and take them up for the sake of other communities across our nation.

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 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.)

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 GOPUSA.com 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 Creators.com, 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.

2013 TARRANT COUNTY GOP LINCOLN DAY DINNER

GUEST SPEAKER – FORMER U.S. SENATOR RICK SANTORUM

Santorum

Friday, February 15, 2013

Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, Texas

For More Information, contact Tarrant County GOP Headquarters

(817) 595-0303 or www.tcgop.org

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ANNOUNCING FWRW OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS – 2013

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

March News & Committee Reports

March 22, 2012

Don’t forget to RSVP for the March 28 Meeting –

RSVP for lunch to Joy Phelps-Nix, j.phelps@att.net, 817-423-4283 by noon on Monday, March 26. 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 March program, click HERE or scroll to bottom of this page.)

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

 

President’s Message:

 

“We Finally Have a Primary Date”

 

To read President McCoy’s March 2012 Message, look for it under Pages at the top of the column to the right, or click HERE.

 
A Special Thanks to Justice Lee Gabriel –
 

… for providing refreshments and sponsoring the FWRW Board of Directors meeting in March! Justice Gabriel is the newest member of the Second Court of Appeals and serves the citizens of Tarrant County, as well as 11 other counties in north Texas as a justice on the Court.  She is also an active member of Fort Worth Republican Women, serving as Chair of the Legislative Committee.

Pat Brown

Fort Worth Republican Woman Pat Brown Featured on NBC Nightly News Segment – “Welcome Home a Hero”

FWRW member Pat Brown is no longer just a star of Fort Worth Republican Women – she’s a television star as well!  On March 14 at 5:30pm, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams featured the volunteers who have greeted returning troops at the DFW airport for more than half a decade.  Among the group is our own dedicated volunteer Pat Brown. Way to go, Pat – we appreciate all you have done for the troops and what you do on behalf of Republican women.

If you didn’t have a chance to watch it when it originally aired, you can watch the segment now by clicking HERE

Joe Shannon, Tarrant County District Attorney

 

The Perversion of Adverse Possession

By Melody McDonald
Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office

On a Monday morning in November, Tarrant County’s top officials came together at the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office to address an urgent matter: A property scam had surfaced and homeowners were at risk.

In recent months, about 60 affidavits of adverse possession had been filed with the county clerk’s office and some individuals were using the document to try and stake claim to other people’s abandoned or vacant houses. So-called “squatters” were claiming that the law of adverse possession – and the document they filed for $16 at county clerk’s office – gave them the right to change the locks on a vacant house, put up a ‘no trespassing’ sign,  and move in.

In reality, the law of adverse possession was meant to settle land disputes in rural areas, not overtake houses. For example, if your neighbors built a fence on your ranch and put some cows on it and you knew about it and did nothing, then after a certain number of years your neighbors might be able to claim the property as their own. The theory is that by not disputing your neighbors “open” and “visible” use of your property, usually by suing them, then you had abandoned rights to your property.

But that wasn’t what was happening in Tarrant County. People were breaking into homes that had been foreclosed upon or whose owners were away on business or in the hospital.  To county officials it didn’t appear to be adverse possession – it looked like burglary.

During the emergency meeting, county officials – including District Attorney Shannon, County Judge Glen Whitley, County Administrator G.K. Maenius and County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia – acted fast.  Mr. Shannon, whose office provides legal advice to county officials, advised Garcia to stop accepting the documents. A press release was immediately prepared and sent to the public and the media about the scheme.

Garcia reached out to the Tarrant County Bar Association. Multiple real estate attorneys stepped up to provide pro bono work to help property owners who had been victimized. Police chiefs, constables and the Sheriff’s Department were encouraged to pursue criminal cases against these individuals.

In the following months, eight people were arrested and subsequently indicted on charges of theft and burglary in connection with their entry into private homes without the owner’s consent. A ninth person has been charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief stemming from allegations that he damaged and changed the locks on a house in effort to try and take possession. All are awaiting trials.

A video of Mr. Shannon explaining the law of adverse possession has been published on the District Attorney’s website to better inform the public. Mr. Shannon and Assistant District Attorney David Lobingier, who refers to the scam as “adverse burglary,” have been speaking to neighborhood groups about the law – what is legitimate and what is illegal.

“A burglary by any other name is still a burglary,” Shannon said. “An invasion of a person’s home is a serious matter. A goofy scam to excuse criminal behavior will be dealt with by this office, our courts and juries.”

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Speak Out

USCCB Bishops continue to urge not just Catholics, but all Americans, to contact their elected officials to voice their opposition to what they see as a violation of religious liberty mandated by President Obama and his Administration.  While the Bishops expressed their hope to work with the Obama Administration to ensure that the “consciences and religious freedom” of Americans are not harmed by healthcare regulations, they also expressed disappointment that President Obama’s offer of compromise was not “meaningful”. 

In a letter to the Diocese of Fort Worth, Bishop Kevin Vann points out that Obama’s proposal left unchanged the original mandate, which basically will force all Catholic institutions such as schools, hospitals and charities to provide insurance coverage for medical care (such as contraceptives and abortifacients), which violates the tenets of their faith.  “This goes far beyond the issue of contraceptions and is first and foremost an issue of religious freedom.” 

For more information, go to the Diocese of Fort Worth’s website by clicking HERE.  To read the Bishops’ letter in full, click HERE.  Additional reading: Six More Things Everyone Should Know About the HHS Mandate, according to the USCCBlog.

First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.
 
–Attributed to Martin Niemoller
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Campaign Activities Committee Report:  Campaign Chair Holly Bishop, would like to remind all members to please turn in any hours you have accumulated in the last 3 months so that she can report them to the Texas Federation of Republican Women. Contact her at (817) 423 – 8923 or by email at caroe3532@aol.com.  If you have any questions about which volunteer hours count, click HERE to access TFRW’s website guide. 
(Reporting volunteer hours is important so that we can measure the work contributed by women in supporting Republican efforts and candidates.)
 
 
Fort Worth Republican Women’s Straw Poll

Cast Your Vote Today!

Results of last month’s poll – Question: What do you think is the single most important issue facing America today? Answers: The Economy (68%);  Taxes (0%);  Health Care (11%);  Immigration (5%);  National Security/Terrorism (16%);  Other (0%).