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November News and Committee Reports

November 20, 2013

Announcing Keynote Speaker for the Christmas Luncheon:

Republican National Committeeman,  Robin Armstrong

Republican National Committeeman,
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Robin Armstrong, Republican National Committeeman will be the keynote speaker at the Fort Worth Republican Women’s Annual Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 6th.  (The deadline to RSVP is Monday, December 2nd. For more details, refer to the Calendar of Events in the column to the right or see the invitation in this newsletter.)

About our speaker: Robin Armstrong grew up in La Marque and has been involved with politics since he was a young boy. His father served on the school board in the La Marque ISD, and his mother was a teacher in the public school system for over 30 years.

After graduating from La Marque High School, Robin earned a degree in Microbiology at Texas A&M University. He then earned his Doctorate of Medicine at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and now he practices medicine in the hospital and community where he was born and raised.

Robin has worked tirelessly and passionately over the past 15 years to advance our conservative cause in the state of Texas through service to the grass-roots activists throughout this great state.  Prior to serving as National Committeeman, he served as an election judge; a precinct chairman; a city chair; a Senatorial District Convention Chair; a delegate to precinct , senatorial district, and state conventions; and a delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention. He has served as a member of the State Republican Executive Committee from Senate District 11, and served as Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas from 2006 to 2010.

Robin has been married to Dr. Martha Armstrong for 13 years and they have four sons: Daniel, Gabriel, Joshua, and Noah.

Don’t forget to RSVP for this event and join us on Friday, December 6th for our Annual Christmas Luncheon!

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Read President Cyndy McCoy’s End-of-Year President’s Message (Click HERE.)

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Red Star 5952442475_1b5670afa8_sSpecial thanks to Judge Don Cosby, 67th District Court                 . . . for sponsoring and providing refreshments for the last FWRW Board of Directors meeting for 2013!  We appreciate your support!

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2013 Capitol Christmas Ornaments

These beautiful commemorative ornaments will be on sale at the Fort Worth Republican Women’s Annual Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 6th.

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

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CONGRATULATIONS to the 2013 Fort Worth Republican Women Scholarship Winner mail

FWRW awarded a $250 to Ms. Madison Young. Madison is currently in her sophomore year at Baylor University where she is a member of the Baylor College Republicans.  For the past seven years, Madison has been active at the grass-roots level helping with campaign mailings, making phone calls, block walking and more! She served as class vice president for three years during high school and has attended numerous campaign events in the past seven years.  This young active Republican voter is part of the future of the Republican Party of Texas!  Congratulations Madison and keep up the good work!

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hdr_nfrw_logoExcerpt from the November 5, 2013 Political Briefing from the National Federation of Republican Women

Government Waste

On Monday, The Washington Post reported that, in the past few years, Social Security paid $133 million to beneficiaries who were deceased, and the federal employee retirement system paid more than $400 million to retirees who have passed away. One aid program spent $3.9 million in federal money to pay heating and cooling bills for more than 11,000 people who are dead. In total, glitches in the system have paid more than $700 million to the dead according to government audits performed since 2008.

In 2011 alone, auditors found Medicare paid $23 million for services “provided” to dead people.  From 2009 to 2011, it spent $8.2 million on medical equipment “prescribed” by doctors who had been dead for at least a year. Payments to the dead in recent years have totaled more than the annual budget of the Library of Congress.

Since the federal bureaucracy, operating on jury-rigged and outdated systems, can’t seem to determine exactly which Americans are deceased, benefits for those who are deceased continue to be paid out. Critics blame both the inattention of Congress and the inertia of the bureaucracy for the oversight.  But the situation never gets fixed, according to Steve Ellis of Taxpayers for Common Sense, because the cost is spread among all taxpayers–too wide and too thin to make anybody very mad. “In the end,” Ellis said, “it’s not enough of an issue to get people rallied around.”

The problem may be said to begin with the government’s “Death Master File,” which, The Post writes, is kept by the Social Security Administration. But the Social Security Administration official whose division oversees this function explains, “The fact is [these records] were never intended to be 100 percent accurate.”  Thus, the task of maintaining the death records used by agencies across Washington, a task that calls for near-perfection, has fallen to an agency that does not believe perfection is its job.

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Get Involved Now! – Sign Up to Receive Campaign Volunteer Opportunity Notices

The 2014 Elections are just around the corner with Republican primary contests on March 4 and the General Election exactly eight months later – on November 4.  Candidates need volunteers and they often contact Fort Worth Republican Women to find them.  If you would like to get involved working on a campaign, send your email address to Pam Bassel, our Vice President of  Campaign Activities, at p.bassel@fwrw.org. When she receives a request for volunteers, Pam will then send an email to you with the information.  After that, it’s up to you to decide which campaigns you want to work for.

Neither Fort Worth Republican Women, its President nor its Vice President of Campaign Activities endorses any Republican candidate during the Primary Election season.  This service is provided simply to facilitate volunteer opportunities and provide communication to our members regarding Republican candidates who are asking for assistance.  After the Primary Election season is over, however, we WILL be taking sides, and with your help we will Keep Texas Red!

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December Christmas Luncheon and

2014 Officer Installation

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RSVP instructions:  Reply by Monday, December 2nd by sending your check made payable to “Fort Worth Republican Women” ($36 per person) to FWRW Treasurer Lee Gabriel at 3421 Grayson Court, Hurst, Texas 76054.

Questions? (940) 367-0629 or eleegabriel@gmail.com

To comply with federal law, please include the following information for each person who will be attending:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Occupation

Corporate checks cannot be accepted.

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Let’s Keep Texas Red!

Volunteer to Be a Part of the 2014 Republican State Convention

The Republican Party of Texas needs your help to facilitate another great convention in Fort Worth during the first week of June, 2014.  If you would like to volunteer, send an email to stateconvention@texasgop.org with the words “Convention Volunteer” in the subject line.  The Texas GOP will then send you an electronic volunteer form to complete. Volunteers are needed the week of June 1-7, but June 5-7 are the busiest days with the highest number of volunteers needed.

There are many different ways to volunteer:

Convention Ambassador Program – Convention Ambassadors staff information desks in the convention center and at convention hotels, helping guests to find everything from their caucus meetings to local restaurants.  Ambassadors must be welcoming and friendly and should go out of their way to help the guests find their way around the convention facility and downtown Fort Worth.

Sergeant At Arms – The Sergeant at Arms help to maintain order in the convention hall.  These volunteers check credentials in the convention area, direct delegates to their caucus seating, respond to requests for assistance and track down emergency assistance if needed.

Registration Volunteers – These volunteers help check in credentialed alternates and delegates in the convention hall.  In most cases, registration volunteers are the first “face” the guests will encounter upon arrival at the RPT convention.  In addition to distributing credentials, these volunteers must also be willing to answer basic questions from the delegates and alternates about convention logistics.

Do you know a teenager who would like to serve as a Page?  Anyone between the ages of 15-18 as of the start date of the convention can serve as a Page.  The Page program is a great way to get young Republicans active in our political party. They will help staff committee meetings, run errands for convention officers and assist guests as needs arise.  Pages from previous conventions have met lifelong friends through the program, have gone on to become some of the country’s youngest national delegates, served as campaign staff members and have even been elected to office.mail

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The Republican Party of Texas

will hold a Keep Fort Worth RED BLOCKWALK on Saturday, November 23
10am and 2pm
 
For details and to RSVP, Contact Rebecca McDavid:
817-565-8022 or rmcdavid@texasgop.org

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Mark Your Calendars!

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Directions From Downtown Fort Worth:

  • Go west on Interstate 30 and exit at the 820 North exit.
  • Travel north on 820 and exit the freeway at the “Clifford” exit and turn left at the light (Clifford becomes White Settlement Road).
  • Go west on Clifford/White Settlement Road for 1.5 miles and turn right at Verna Trail N.
  • 233 Verna Trail N. is the first house past the pond on your left.

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  • Christmas Luncheon! Don’t forget to RSVP to eleegabriel@gmail.com
  • There are still directories available! To request your electronic copy, send an email to:  Donna Thompson (donna-t@prodigy.net)
  • FWRW has 294 Facebook “likes” and 50 Twitter followers. Keep sharing the Facebook posts and retweet @FWRepWomen tweets!

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“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

Frederick Koenig

Happy Thanksgiving from the

Fort Worth Republican Women

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May News & Committee Reports

May 17, 2013

 May Program Reminder– Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: An Overview

Traffick911May 22nd Program – Colette Copeland Williams, volunteer for Traffick911, will speak about “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: An Overview”.  Traffick911 is a team of passionate people driven to stop the sale of American children into sexual slavery for the profit and pleasure of their perpetrators.  Traffick911 is working to end the plight of these children with a three-pronged, parallel strategy of prevention, rescue and holistic restoration focusing on Texas children under the age of 18.  Traffick911 is currently fundraising to open a 160 acre safehouse which will serve the entire state of Texas.

Colette Copeland Williams has been volunteering with Traffick911 as a speaker, community advocate and facilitator in the Collin County Juvenile Detention facility since 2011 when she relocated from the northeast to Plano.  She is a multimedia artist and cultural critic who teaches art and digital media at UTD, Collin and Richland Colleges, and also writes for various publications.

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, May 20th 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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Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Repulican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

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

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A Note from the Editor:  Please pray for our fellow nearby Texans who were affected by the recent storms.  Several families have lost loved ones and homes.  If you would like to make a donation to assist those in need, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 and a $10 donation will automatically be billed to your cellular service provider bill.  Also, Community Bank in Granbury has set up an account for donations for those affected by the storms.  Any branch in Granbury can accept donations.  For more information call Community Bank (817) 579-4903.  If you would like to volunteer, you should report to the First United Methodist Church, 301 Loop 567 in Granbury. Volunteers should meet on the Loop side and look for the CERT trailer.  Red Star

 

KNOW A DESERVING YOUNG COLLEGE REPUBLICAN WOMAN?

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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.

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 to apply has been extended to September!

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

  
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What’s Your Twitter Update?  Have you set up your Twitter account yet?  Have you looked at our Twitter page by going to https://twitter.com/fwRepWomen ?  With all that is happening in our country as we read this newsletter, you are missing the most up to the moment news if you do not use Twitter.  As mentioned in previous newsletters, Twitter is the source to keep up with the latest developments in the news such as the IRS investigation, the Associated Press scandal and the Benghazi hearings.  The IRS and AP stories are about serious issues that have chilling effects on first amendment rights, among others.  You can read about these stories as they are updated in real-time from sources that you choose to hear them from. 
 
Please, take a moment now to click on the link above.   On the left hand side of the page, you will see a yellow “Sign Up” rectangular icon.  Click on that to start your Twitter account!  As of today, the Fort Worth Republican Women have 33 followers on the Twitter page @FWRepWomen and in just two months @FWRepWomen has tweeted 308 tweets for the world to see! Go ahead and join in on this part of the journey for the cause.
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smiley1 Make Yourself Happier  What is it the first thing that comes to mind when you think of making yourself happier?  For some, it’s buying material things.  For others, it’s visiting a favorite place.  For others, it’s spending time with loved ones.  Notice how we often think of things to DO or places to GO or things to GET?  Maybe some of the things we do contribute to unhappiness.  Perhaps happiness could come from NOT doing something.  Simply eliminating some of our own bad habits could generate happier lives for ourselves.  This is the concept suggested in an article at http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/how-to-be-happier-work-10-things-stop-doing.html?nav=pop Enjoy the article and challenge yourself to implementing these changes today. 
 
 
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imagesCAEFLXZ1LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
 
How Does Texas Support Our Troops?  Take a look at how one of Fort Worth’s own does it.  Earlier this week in Austin, TX, Rep. Matt Krause announced the passage of S.B. 260 out of the Texas House of Representatives. S.B. 260 will allow the children of military service members five days of excused absence from school to spend with their parents when their parents are being deployed or returning from deployment abroad.

“I am extremely honored to have joint-authored this bill with Rep. Jonathan Stickland,” said Rep. Matt Krause. “I believe that the family is the cornerstone of our society and wanted to ensure that members of our military are able to spend necessary quality time with their children before and after an overseas deployment.”

Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-H.E.B.) was the primary House author of S.B. 260. Reps. Kenneth Sheets (R-Dallas).  Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) and Joe Pickett (D-El Paso) were joint House authors.  The bill had strong bipartisan support in both chambers of the state legislature.  What an honor to our Texas military families.

The 1st Amendment is Alive and Well in Texas!  Earlier this week, Rep. Matt Krause also led a fight on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives to protect the 1st Amendment rights of speech and association for college students. Rep. Krause successfully passed an amendment to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s sunset bill that included a provision preventing universities from implementing a policy which requires student organizations to accept for membership any student on campus.

“My amendment secured the rights of all student organizations, holding any beliefs and advocating for any position, hobby, or lifestyle, to assemble peaceably on a college campus and not have their ability to do so undermined by overreaching university policy,” said Rep. Matt Krause. “College campuses should be a place where students are free to come together for a specific, stated purpose and advocate for that purpose without interference from students who have subversive or divisive intent.”

The language of the amendment was adapted from a bill that Rep. Krause worked through the Higher Education committee, but did not see the House floor. The committee heard testimony that a Christian fraternity was hassled by two public universities during the last academic year because of their faith-based requirements for membership. While both issues were eventually settled, it is evidence that the growing trend of interfering with students’ 1st Amendment rights is finding its way to Texas.

“There has been a lot of mis- and dis-information about my amendment,” continued Rep. Krause. “My amendment treats all student organizations neutrally and ensures that we have strong, vibrant groups on our campus advocating a diversity of ideas and competing in the marketplace of ideas.”

Universities would still retain the right to choose which student groups they recognize on campus, but once recognized, the university may not require that organization to accept for membership a student who demonstrates opposition to the organization’s stated beliefs and purposes, or whose membership in the organization would affect in a significant way the organization’s ability to advocate public or private viewpoints, or whose membership is designed for the subversive intent of undermining the organization’s ability to assemble for its stated purposes.

To subscribe to updates from Rep. Matt Krause, click on this link: http://texansformattkrause.com/

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A Note from the National Federation of Republican Women About the IRS Tea Party Inquiry

As the Senate Finance Committee is investigating the IRS Tea Party inquiry, Ranking Member Senator Hatch (R.-UT) has asked groups around the country to report to his office any IRS documents sent to conservative groups that contain the words “tea party” or “patriot” on them. If you have access to such documents, please contact Senator Hatch’s office or the Senate Finance Committee.

September News & Committee Reports

September 20, 2012

SEPTEMBER 26 PROGRAM:  “A Working Lunch.”

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

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

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

President’s Message:

To read President McCoy’s September 2012 Message –

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

* Or click HERE.

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Looking for a Good Book?

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

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

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DON’T FORGET TO PICK UP A COPY OF YOUR 2012 YEARBOOK!

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

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

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

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A Special Thanks to Judge Bonnie Sudderth –

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

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

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

CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE REPORT

A reminder to all members — please turn in any Campaign hours you have accumulated during the past three months (the third quarter of the year) to Holly Bishop, VP Campaign Activities at (817) 423-8923 or email to caroe3532@aol.com.  It is important that all FWRW members provide an accurate count of all hours that we have spent on campaign activities each quarter, so that the information can be forwarded to the Texas Federation of Republican Women to be included in the statewide compilation. Every year, this data provides tangible evidence of the vital importance of Republican women throughout Texas and the strength and value of their volunteer efforts in our grassroots elections process.

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

FWRW ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON – SAVE THE DATE

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

June News & Committee Reports

June 21, 2012

Don’t miss the June 27 Meeting – Runoff Candidate Forum!

RSVP for lunch to Joy Phelps-Nix, j.phelps@att.net, 817-423-4283 by noon on Monday, June 25. 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.)

Valet parking WILL be available on the 27th!

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

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Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

 

President’s Message:

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

 

 A Special Thanks to Stacia Burnham –

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

  YEARBOOK UPDATE

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

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

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YouTube Video Link:  Click HERE.

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FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS PLATFORM

THE “TEXAS SOLUTION” ON IMMIGRATION

The Texas Solution – Because of decades-long failure of the federal government to secure our borders and address the immigration issue, there are now upwards of 11 million undocumented individuals in the United States today, each of whom entered and remain here under different circumstances.  Mass deportation of these individuals would neither be equitable nor practical; while blanket amnesty, as occurred with the Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1986, would only encourage future violations of the law.  We seek common ground to develop and advance a conservative, market- and law-based approach to our nation’s immigration issues by following these principles:

A.  Secure Our Borders – The U.S. Border must be secured immediately.  We demand the applicaiton of effective, practical and reasonable measures to secure our borders and to bring safety and security for all Americans along the border and throughout the nation.

B.  Modernize the United States Social Security Card – We support the improvement of our 1936 Social Security card to use contemporary anti-counterfeit technology.  The social security card will not be considered a National I.D. card for U.S. citizens.

C.  Birthright Citizenship – We call on the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of the United States to clarify Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to limit citizenship by birth to those born to a citizen of the United States with no exceptions.

D.  Create an Effective and Efficient Temporary Worker Program – A National Temporary Worker Program should be implemented to bring skilled and unskilled workers to the United States for temporary periods of time when no U.S. workers are currently available.  The program should also require:

  1. Self-funding through participation fees and fines;
  2. Applicants must pass a full criminal background check;
  3. Applicants with prior immigration violations would only qualify for the program if they paid the appropriate fines;
  4. Applicants and/or Employers must prove that they can afford and/or secure private health insurance;
  5. Applicants must waive any and all rights to apply for financial assistance from any public entitlement programs;
  6. Applicants must show a proficiency in the English language and complete an American civics class;
  7. Temporary Workers would only be able to work for employers that deduct and match payroll taxes;
  8. All participants would be issued an Individual Temporary-Worker Biometric Identification Card that tracks all address changes and both civil and criminal court appearances as a defendant.

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SENATOR JOHN CORNYN’S RESPONSE TO EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE CLAIM 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 20, 2012):  U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after the White House asserted executive privilege over subpoenaed documents in the Congressional investigation into Operation “Fast and Furious”: 

“The Attorney General and now the President have refused to turn over documents to investigators and failed to hold anyone accountable for his department’s mishandling of Fast and Furious, which lead to the death of Brian Terry. 

“Today’s vote could have been avoided, but the Attorney General and President Obama’s insistence on stonewalling left no other option.”

 To read more, including Senator Cornyn’s call for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation, go to Senator Cornyn’s website – www.cornyn.senate.gov or click HERE.

“Americans deserve an Attorney General who will uphold basic standards of honesty, transparency, and accountability. They deserve an attorney general whose loyalty to the justice system will trump his loyalty to the White House. They deserve an attorney general who will treat Congress and the public with respect, not contempt. They deserve someone better than Mr. Holder.”

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (June 12, 2012)

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LEGISLATIVE REPORT:

NFRW News Update (June 21) – Today, House Republicans Passed the Domestic Energy & Jobs Act (From NFRW Political Briefing – Week of June 18, 2012)

The Domestic Energy & Jobs Act (HR 4480):  The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act is a national energy plan focused on reducing the energy burden on hard-working families and small businesses while creating tens of thousands of new jobs. A package of seven bipartisan bills, H.R. 4480 works with domestic energy producers to restore regulatory certainty, spur economic growth and continue on path a towards energy independence:

  1. STRATEGIC ENERGY PRODUCTION ACT OF 2012, (REP. CORY GARDNER, CO-4): The Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012 (H.R. 4480) links tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to increasing energy production on federal lands. If the President releases oil from the SPR, the Administration will be required to develop a plan to lease more federal lands for exploration and production.
  2. PLANNING FOR AMERICAN ENERGY ACT OF 2012, (REP. SCOTT TIPTON, CO-3): The Planning for American Energy Act of 2012 (H.R. 4381) would require the Secretary of the Interior to establish an all-of-the-above energy program for federal lands by reviewing the nation’s energy needs and then establishing goals for federal land energy production to meet those needs from all energy sources, oil, natural gas, coal and renewables.
  3. GASOLINE REGULATIONS ACT OF 2012, (REP. ED WHITFIELD, KY-1):  The Gasoline Regulations Act (H.R. 4471) would require an interagency committee to conduct a cumulative analysis on certain EPA rules and actions that impact the price of gasoline and diesel fuels. It will pause the implementation of the Tier 3 fuel standards, refinery New Source Performance Standards, and ozone standards until six months after the report is submitted to Congress, which should provide for a better understanding of the costs and consequences of these rules.
  4. PROVIDING LEASING CERTAINTY FOR AMERICAN ENERGY ACT OF 2012, (REP. MIKE COFFMAN, CO-6):  The Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act of 2012 (H.R. 4382) would: 1) require a minimum annual acreage leasing plan that makes available at least 25 percent of the lands open for leasing each year for which there is interest in development and 2) set firm timelines for the Secretary of the Interior to issue leases and adjudicate lease protests. It would also prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from withdrawing leases and adding additional lease stipulations after they have been sold.
  5. STREAMLINING PERMITTING OF AMERICAN ENERGY ACT OF 2012, (REP. DOUG LAMBORN, CO-5):  The Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act (H.R. 4383) would ensure a reliable permitting process to increase American energy production. It would remove government roadblocks and bureaucratic red tape that hinder and delay American energy production and American job creation. It streamlines and reforms the process for energy permitting, once a lease is in hand, to encourage the timely development of our federal onshore oil, natural gas, and renewable resources.
  6. NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE ALASKA ACCESS ACT, (REP. “DOC” HASTINGS, WA-4):  The National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act (H.R. 2150) will create new jobs, support current energy jobs in Alaska, expand American energy production and lower energy costs by ensuring that oil and natural gas resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA) are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner.
  7. BLM LIVE INTERNET AUCTIONS ACT, (REP. BILL JOHNSON, OH-6):  The BLM Live Internet Auctions Act (H.R. 2752) gives the Secretary of the Interior the authority to conduct Internet-based auctions for onshore leases to ensure the best return to the Federal taxpayer, reduce fraud, and secure the leasing process.

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and the House GOP have launched a new website about the Republican Energy Plan and Policy.  Check it out by clicking HERE.

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Campaign Activities Committee Report

A reminder to all members — please turn in any Campaign hours you have accumulated during the past three months (the second quarter of the year) to Holly Bishop, VP Campaign Activities at (817) 423-8923 or email to caroe3532@aol.com.  It is important that all FWRW members provide an accurate count of all hours that we have spent on campaign activities each quarter, so that the information can be forwarded to the Texas Federation of Republican Women to be included in the statewide compilation. Every year, this data provides tangible evidence of the vital importance of Republican women throughout Texas and the strength and value of their volunteer efforts in our grassroots elections process.

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