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Announcing August 26 Program – Turning Point USA

August 9, 2015

August Meeting Announcement

NOTE THE NEW MEETING TIME:

Lunch & Program begin at NOON

(Social time begins at 11:30)

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Senator Konni Burton Town Hall Event:

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(For those who cannot make the Konni Burton Town Hall in Arlington on Wednesday night, her next Town Hall will be in Southwest Fort Worth on Tuesday, August 18th. Stay tuned for more information.)

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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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September News & Committee Reports

September 21, 2014
Konni Burton, Republican Candidate for Senate District 10

Konni Burton, Republican Candidate for Senate District 10

On Wednesday, September 24th, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker, Konni Burton, Republican candidate for Senate District 10.  Konni is a Texas native born in the small town of Kerrville.  She earned a BBA in Marketing from North Texas University, and met her husband Phil while completing her degree.  After working for Olmstead-Kirk Paper Co., she became a small business owner and then later chose to stay home to raise the Burtons’ children.  She has been actively involved in her church community as well as grass-roots politics, helping to make Tarrant County a better place to live.  Come and hear about her plans to address issues such as the Texas budget and economy, immigration, education, Obamacare, and more so you can spread the word to take back Senate District 10!

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor. Valet parking is available for a $5 charge.

Paul Ryan's Book CoverMake your luncheon reservation NOW and DOUBLE your chances to receive a fabulous door prize! FWRW Past President and Member Services Chair, Sharon Dale has graciously donated an autographed copy of Paul Ryan’s latest book, “The Way Forward” as a door prize at our September meeting. What a fabulous door prize for yourself, or as a gift for a special someone in your life!  In order to receive TWO TICKETS for a chance to receive this autographed book, you must make your reservation before noon on Monday, September 22! Why wait? Make your reservation NOW!  (Must be present to win.)

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, September 22, 2014 to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
  
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – SEPTEMBER
Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

 

On September 11, 2014, one of America’s most precious and fundamental rights came under attack. The threat did not come from foreign enemies or outside forces. Instead, it came from inside a chamber of our own federal government – the Senate of the United States.

On September 11, 2014, fifty-four Democrats voted in favor of considering SJR 19, a proposed Constitutional Amendment which, if passed, would give Congress the right to determine who among us is permitted to exercise free speech and who is not.

Yes, you heard me correctly.  Last week, 54 U.S. Senate Democrats voted to take away our First Amendment rights to free speech and to give our national government – Congress, in particular – the power to regulate and suppress political speech as they see fit.

The most frightening aspect of this was just how close the Senate came to passing this resolution. After all, 54 votes does constitute a majority of the 100-person Senate body. Fortunately, despite the fact that the Democrat majority supported the proposal, our precious freedom of speech was preserved because the proposal fell short of receiving the 60 votes necessary to end debate. In other words, our fundamental, 225-year old First Amendment right to free speech was protected, not by a majority of the elected Senators (all of whom took an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution), but by a procedural device known as “cloture.”

On September 11, 2014, not one single Republican voted to give the government the power to silence its citizens. Words cannot express how thankful I am for the Republicans in the U.S. Senate who thwarted this attack on our Bill of Rights.

I am a Republican because Republicans support freedom of speech.

Bonnie Sudderth

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Fort Worth Republican Women Proudly Support: 

Greg Abbott, Candidate for Governor of Texas

Dan Patrick, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas

Ken Paxton, Candidate for Texas Attorney General

Glenn Hegar, Candidate for State Comptroller

Sid Miller, Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

George P. Bush, Candidate for Texas Land Commissioner

Ryan Sitton, Candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner

Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Texas Supreme Court

Justice Jeff Brown, Texas Supreme Court, Place 6

Justice Jeff Boyd, Texas Supreme Court, Place 7

Judge Bert Richardson, Candidate for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3

District 11 State Board of Education Member Patricia “Pat” Hardy

District 9 State Senator Kelly Hancock

Konni Burton, Candidate for Senate District 10

District 91 State Representative Stephanie Klick

District 92 State Representative Jonathan Stickland

Tony Tinderholt, Candidate for State Representative District 94

Albert McDaniel, Candidate for State Representative District 95

David Hagerman, Candidate for 297th District Court Judge

Carey Walker, Candidate for Judge of County Criminal Court No. 2

Tarrant County District Clerk Tom Wilder

Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Tarrant County Commissioner J.D. Johnson

Justice of the Peace Ralph Swearingin

Justice of the Peace Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt

Cheryl Surber, Candidate for Justice of the Peace

Justice of the Peace Matt Hayes

Election Day – November 4

Early Voting Begins on October 20

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AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month the Fort Worth Republican Women share what we believe.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a Republican, we hope that you will reflect upon our statement below with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that Republican issues are women’s issues.  Perhaps you are more of a Republican than you realize!

For Americans to succeed, American businesses must succeed.

Government should not waste our taxpayer money.

Government should protect our rights, not limit or violate them.

We shouldn’t pass on a national debt to our children to pay.

The federal government should have a budget and live within it.

Citizens should be accountable for choices they make.

Likewise, government should be accountable to its citizens.

To become a member of the Fort Worth Republican Women, please visit our website HERE.

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MARCH TO NOVEMBER: THE WAR IS ON!

On Saturday, September 6, Dr. Tim Daughtry provided our local Republican women’s clubs with practical strategies to get off the defensive when dealing with liberal strategy and tactics and to restore the Judeo-Christian foundation of our culture.  Attendees gained valuable tactics to help persuade undecided voters and to help KEEP TEXAS RED!

Fort Worth Republican Women had the following members in attendance and a great experience was had by all!

Brooke Allen

Pam Bassel

Helen Bavousett

Debra Coffey

Betty Diano

Cynthia Favila-Terry

Barbara Harris

Traci Hutton

Leza Kerr

Judy Laing

Debbie McDaniels

Paula Miller

Kaye Moreno

 Bonnie Sudderth

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SAVE THE DATE for Senator Jane Nelson’s Annual 40th Birthday Party!

On Thursday, October 9, from 6pm to 8pm, the annual celebration of Jane Nelson’s birthday will take place at

Circle R Ranch
5901 Cross Timbers Road
Flower Mound 75022  

For more information, click HERE.

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This year, Judge Daryl Coffey, of Tarrant County Criminal Court 8, will retire.  The Fort Worth Republican Women thank him for 24 years of service to the bench and to the Republican Party.  Through his service, Judge Coffey has helped make Texas a better place, and for that, we are thankful.

Daryl  headshot courthouse articleJudge Daryl Coffey was born and raised in southeastern Kentucky. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1978 from Western Kentucky University.  In 1981, he graduated from the University of Louisville with his Juris Doctorate. Raised in the 6th Congressional District of Kentucky, Judge Coffey brought his conservative Republican values with him when he moved to Texas in 1982.  He wasted no time finding a way to contribute his talents.

Judge Coffey is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Kentucky Bar Association. Prior to being elected a judge, he served as a private practice attorney (civil and criminal), an Assistant District Attorney, and Special Prosecutor for the 8th Administrative Judicial Region. Judge Coffey was elected to the Bench of Tarrant County Criminal Court 8 in 1990.

Since taking the bench, he has disposed of more than 75,000 A/B misdemeanors and has participated in more than 700 jury trials to conclusion. Ninety percent (90%) of these cases involved allegations of DWI.  Judge Coffey is one of the few active judicial members of the International Association of Chemical Testing and the American Academy of Forensic Science and has twice been selected to be the guest jurist at the Masters of Scientific Evidence DWI Seminar.  His actions on and off the bench express his strong conservative attitude.

Judge Coffey has been an active associate member of Fort Worth Republican Women for over 20 years, and he has enjoyed memberships in other Tarrant County Republican Clubs such as the Lincoln Council and the Tarrant Republican Party. He has worked for and assisted with numerous local, state and national campaigns, walking neighborhoods, writing letters, donating money and making phone calls, as well as hosting numerous events and candidates in his home.  Judge Coffey has been a frequent Republican Club speaker on conservation conservatism and Republican Values.

Judge Daryl Coffey and Wife, Debra Coffey

Judge Daryl Coffey and Wife, Debra Coffey

When he is not serving the Republican Party or the people of Tarrant County, he enjoys hobbies reflecting his love for the outdoors and trees, such as tree farming, forestry management, land management and construction.  He has a unique ability to name the genre and species of trees on sight.  He has won numerous awards nationally for forestry, conservation and wildlife management.

Judge Coffey will miss the bench, and appreciates all the support Republican Women have provided him through the many years he has had the honor and pleasure to serve.  His retirement plans include sitting as a visiting, spending days at his Ranch “The Coffey Grounds”, in Central Texas, welding and killing Rattlesnakes, or timbering in the cooler temperatures in Colorado.

Judge Coffey’s wife is Debra Coffey, former Board Member of the Fort Worth Republican Women, and current First Vice-President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women.  The Coffeys have two Republican grown children, Amanda and Grant, who reside in Austin.

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VOTER REGISTRATION REPORT and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Debra McDaniels represented the club at the Ft. Worth Gun Show August 23rd.  She also handed out 35 voter registration packets to members at the August luncheon.  These packets included mail in registration forms, application to vote by mail forms, photo ID flyer and club membership cards to be distributed to friends and family as needed.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Pantego Fest – Sept 26-28th.  The Republican Party of Texas has secured a booth and we are partnering with them to woman it and assist with voter registration.  We need volunteers to help during the hours of the festival as follows:

Friday, September 26th 6 – 10pm

Saturday, September 27th 9am – 10pm

Sunday, September 28th 12pm – 6pm

This will be fun and you will have an opportunity to meet area candidates!!

  • Elephants in the Park – FWRW Family Park Day and Voter Registration Drive!  This is a great opportunity to have a day out with the families of the Fort Worth Republican Women and is sure to be a great time!
Date:  October 5, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Oakmont Park Trailhead – Trinity Trails
Bellaire Drive S. (Castle Creek Dr.) Fort Worth, Texas 76132
(Look for the signs)
 
Snacks and Drinks will be provided on a first come basis.  Special thanks to Brooke Allen for leading this family-oriented event and for involving FWRW members and mothers Patricia Cole, Anna Gill, Dinah Rowland, and Cynthia Terry.  
 
Please contact Debbie McDaniels for more information! debbiemcdaniels@gmail.com

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NOVEMBER IS COMING!

Election day is fast approaching and all eyes are on Texas.  Help send the entire nation a message that Wendy does not speak for us!  Please take advantage of the following opportunities to do your part to help Keep Texas Red:

  • PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS – Every Tuesday and Wednesday night, there is a phone banking opportunity at party headquarters at 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The center needs to place 3500 calls a week so everyone’s help is needed.  For questions, please call the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 817-595-0303
  • REPUBLICAN WOMEN PHONE BANKING FRIDAY – Friday, August 29, 10am – 2pm.  Tarrant County Victory and TCGOP invite the Republican ladies of Tarrant County for lunch, tea, and phone banking.
Report to Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters for each of these opportunities!
2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, 76118

For more information or to RSVP for any of these events above, please contact Ann-Marie Craig at 817-372-7761 or amcraig@texasgop.org

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THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR BFFs!

38 BFFs Host Board

Welcome to our latest BFFs:

PATRICIA COLE

pcole@deckerjones.com

CYNTHIA FAVILA TERRY

Terry Terry Law, PLLC

cterry@terryterrylaw.com

For information on how you can become a BFF to the Fort Worth Republican Women, contact Jan Brefczynski at janbtennis@sbcglobal.net

July News & Committee Reports

July 19, 2012

Christi Craddick

SPECIAL UPDATE TO JULY 25 MEETING – TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION RUNOFF CANDIDATES CHRISTI CRADDICK AND WARREN CHISUM WILL ALSO ATTEND AND EACH WILL PROVIDE A BRIEF INTRODUCTION AND PRESENTATION ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT RACE

FEATURED SPEAKER – Mary Louise Garcia, Tarrant County Clerk

Tarrant County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia

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

Valet parking WILL be available on the 25th!

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

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

President’s Message:

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

Susan McCoy

A Special Thanks to Susan McCoy –

… for providing refreshments and sponsoring the FWRW Board of Directors meeting in July!  Susan lives in Colleyville, but practices law in Fort Worth. Although her home club is in the mid-cities, she is also an associate member of Fort Worth Republican Women.  Mother of two children, wife of a Lockheed Martin engineer, Susan is also a skilled private airplane pilot.  Thank you for your support, Susan!  

Congratulations to Mary Mayo!

Last week, the National Federation of Republican Women announced the appointment of FWRW Associate Member Mary Mayo as the NFRW Fundraising Committee Chairman. Previously the Vice-Chairman, Mary assumed the position of Chairman when called upon by the NFRW Executive Committee to serve after the former Chairman resigned due to family needs.   Way to go, Mary!

To take the NFRW survey, click HERE.

To download the promotional flyer, click HERE.

MID-YEAR MEMBERSHIP REPORT

First Vice-President Marion Snipes reports that as of June 30, Fort Worth Republican Women has 51 new members for this year, bringing the club’s total membership tally to 226 (174 regular members and 52 associate members).  But the year isn’t over yet – invite your friends and neighbors to join us as we work to make a difference in November.

FROM THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

The following are excerpts from National Federation of Independent Businesses, et al vs. Kathleen Sebelius (aka the “Obamacare Decision”). 

Chief Justice John Roberts, a 2005 President Bush appointee, considered by most as a conservative member of the Court,  wrote the opinion of the court, holding that: 

  1. the Individual Mandate provision of the Act is constitutional under the narrow authority given to Congress in the Constitution’s “Tax and Spend” clause, but 
  2. the Act’s Medicaid Expansion penalty is unconstitutionally coercive and unenforceable against the States.  

Chief Justice Roberts was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kegan in upholding the Individual Mandate as a tax. Chief Justice Roberts was joined by all members of the court (except Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor) in striking down the Medicaid Expansion penalty.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a 1993 President Clinton appointee, considered by most as the most liberal member of the Court, wrote a concurring and dissenting opinion, expressing the opinion that all challenged aspects of the Act were constitutional under all theories urged by the Government.  She was joined in part by Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kegan, who agreed that the Individual Mandate is also constitutional under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause and the Necessary & Proper Clause.  Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the only justice who joined with Justice Ginsburg in expressing the view that the Medicaid Expansion penalty was also a permissible exercise of Congressional authority.

Justice Antonin Scalia, a 1986 President Reagan appointee, considered by most as one of the most conservative members of the Court, wrote a dissent, expressing the opinion that the Act is unconstitutional and should be stricken in its entirety.  He was joined with Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

These excerpts provide a small glimpse into the minds and ideologies of the three justices who wrote on Obamacare and the other six justices who joined them, either in whole or in part.

From Chief Justice John Roberts:

Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments.  Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with then.  It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.

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It is well-established that if a statute has two possible meanings, one of which violates the Constitution, courts should adopt the meaning that does not do so… The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax. Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.

From Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 

States cannot resolve the problem of the uninsured on their own… The crisis created by the large number of U.S. residents who lack health insurance is one of national dimension that States are separately incompetent to handle.  Far from trampling on States’ sovereignty, (Obamacare) attempts a federal solution for the very reason that the States, acting separately, cannot meet the need.

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Why should the Chief Justice strive so mightily to hem in Congress’ capacity to meet the new problems arising constantly in our ever-developing modern economy?  I find no satisfying response to that question in his opinion.

From Justice Antonin Scalia:

What is absolutely clear, affirmed by the text of the 1789 Constitution, by the Tenth Amendment ratified in 1791, and by innumerable cases of ours in the 220 years since, is that there are structural limits upon federal power – upon what it can prescribe with respect to private conduct, and upon what it can impose upon the sovereign States.

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The Government was invited, at oral argument, to suggest what federal controls over private conduct could not be justified as necessary and proper for the carrying out of a general regulatory scheme. It was unable to name any.  If we were to accept the Government’s arguments, we are hard-pressed to (name) any activity by the individual that Congress is without the power to regulate.

From Chief Justice John Roberts:

The Framers created a Federal Government of limited powers, and assigned to this Court the duty of enforcing those limits.  The Court does so today.  But the Court does not express any opinion on the wisdom of the Affordable Care Act.  Under the Constitution, that judgment is reserved to the people.

— Chief Justice John Roberts

State Representative Dr. Mark Shelton Speaks Out on Obamacare and How Texas Should Respond to Its Provision for Medicaid Expansion

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(Joined by State Senator Dr. Bob Deuell, State Representative Dr. Charles Schwertner and State Representative Dr. John Zerwas)

As the four physicians currently serving in the Texas Legislature, each of us brings firsthand experience to the challenges facing our health care system, as well as a unique perspective on the profoundly detrimental effect Obamacare will have on the citizens of Texas. That is why we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Governor Perry and support his decision not to expand the state Medicaid program or implement a federally controlled health insurance exchange in Texas.

Medicaid is a jointly-funded state and federal program intended to provide health care to some of our most vulnerable citizens: pregnant women, children, the disabled, and the truly indigent. Over the years, this broken but well-intentioned program has drifted progressively further from its intended purpose and further still from those it was designed to assist. The unprecedented expansion of Medicaid proposed under Obamacare will not fundamentally improve patient access to care, and as a greater number of physicians withdraw from the system entirely, will only make it more difficult for these individuals to seek the medical help they need.

In 1987, Medicaid accounted for roughly 11% of the state budget. Today, this entitlement consumes over 22% of our state budget – diverting funds that could otherwise be used to support public safety, build new roads, or educate our children. State spending on Medicaid has grown two and a half times faster than the rest of the budget, and will balloon even more rapidly under the Obama Administration’s proposed eligibility standards, which would place one out of every five Texans on the rolls of Medicaid by 2014. Our present course is clearly unsustainable, and expanding Medicaid coverage to over a million new able-bodied adults does nothing to repair a broken system that’s already groaning under the weight of those it serves.

While the federal government will claim to pick up the tab for this expansion, their share of funding is designed to diminish progressively over time, creating an ever-greater burden on our own state budget. Eventually, this situation will create a substantial budgetary crisis for Texas, forcing us choose between raising taxes and diverting increased resources from other areas of government just to keep Medicaid afloat. Funding an expanded Medicaid program under even the best of circumstances will mean higher taxes, increased federal debt, and reduced government services for the citizens of Texas.

The Obama Administration has also asked Texas to implement a new health insurance exchange controlled entirely by federal rules and regulations, many of which have yet to be written. Even those among us who have supported similar proposals in the past realize that instituting a health care exchange at this point would yield little or no benefit to the state of Texas. Washington has essentially presented us with a false choice – either we can do it their way, or they will do it their way – but ultimately, they are the ones calling the shots. Any input or control on behalf of Texans is negligible and largely illusory.

The best solution to ensure the long-term viability of our state’s ailing Medicaid program is to seek a federal block grant which would allocate funding to the state directly, thereby providing Texas with the freedom to design its own Medicaid system without burdensome federal regulations and one-size-fits-all mandates. Such a grant would provide us with the independence and flexibility to devise the best and most cost-effective solutions to the specific health care needs of Texas, while preserving the critical doctor-patient relationship and ensuring continued access to care.

The health care solutions proposed under Obamacare are simply wrong for Texas, and Governor Perry is right to reject them. As physicians, each of us has taken an oath which states that, first, we will do no harm. That is why we cannot in good conscience support these measures which threaten to reduce quality of care, place further barriers between doctors and patients, and do irreparable harm to the people of Texas.

OTHER REACTIONS TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT “OBAMACARE” DECISION

From the National Federation of Republican Women

The National Federation of Republican Women is extremely disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s healthcare law, particularly the individual mandate provision.  The only way to reverse course and repeal this overreaching, unprecedented, burdensome law is to elected a Republican present, and Republicans to the U.S. Congress this November.  Presumptive Republican presidential nominess Mitt Romney has  pledged that, if elected, he will immediately work to repeal Obamacare and to enact real healthcare reform.  Americans don’t want a one-size-fits-all big government system dictated by government bureaucrats.  They want common sense reform based on the free market – reform that increases choices and access, while keeping costs low.  The final chapter on Obamacare has yet to be written.  Voters have the opportunity to send a clear message to Washington  this fall, and NFRW and its members will be working between now and Election Day to ensure that (the ruling) is just a footnote and not the grand finale.

From State Senator Jane Nelson (Chair of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee)  –

(Responding to the Individual Mandate ruling): This ruling underscores what is at stake in November.  Taxpayers cannot afford the astronomic price tag of this ill-conceived plan, which will hurt employers and weaken our economy.  The health care system is nowhere near ready for the massive influx of patients who will be forced to buy coverage, especially given our existing health care workforce shortages.  The future of this law is now in the hands of voters.  

(Responding to the Medicaid Expansion ruling):  The Medicaid expansion is projected to cost Texas billions in state dollars. This provision represents the number one budget driver in the Act, and we will schedule hearings soon to digest how this and other aspects of the ruling will impact our state.  We will continue to advance Texas solutions to our health care challenges.

From U.S. Senator John Cornyn –

The Supreme Court made clear that the American people will be the ultimate judge of ObamaCare. As Republicans, we will redouble our efforts to repeal this job-killing law.  We must replace it with reforms that expand access and enhance care without adding trillions of dollars to the national debt and inserting Washington bureaucrats between Americans and their doctors.  While I am disappointed in the outcome, there will be plenty of time to debate the Court’s decision; now we must focus on electing Republicans in November who will end ObamaCare and put Americans back to work.

 IT’S UP TO US – LET’S WORK TOGETHER FOR REAL CHANGE IN NOVEMBER!