Happy 2nd Anniversary!

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Happy 2nd Anniversary!

2nd anniversaryOne year ago today the Republican Party of Texas proudly announced a major milestone, the one year anniversary of the party being completely debt-free for the first time in nearly two decades. Today we are deeply grateful and proud to announce that we have officially doubled that milestone by staying out of debt for 2 consecutive years.
It was on November 30, 2010 when State Chairman Steve Munisteri ordered that the party was to pay off all outstanding debts the party had incurred in previous years and to continue paying off all current and future liabilities at the end of each and every month. Two years later under the leadership of Chairman Munisteri, and with the help of thousands of donors and loyal Republicans around the State of Texas, we have not only been able to stay out of debt, but also continue to grow stronger as a party every day which will allow us to help maintain a strong Republican majority in Texas and fight for all Republicans across the nation.
State Party Chairman Steve Munisteri commented, “I would like to extend 12 million Thank Yous to the over 60,000 contributors, large and small, who have donated over 12.3 million dollars to the RPT since I assumed the Chairmanship. The generosity of our donors has allowed us to be completely debt free for over 2 years, always have at least a half million in cash reserves, and most importantly, allowed the RPT to spend millions of dollars supporting our candidates. Their generous contributions have also allowed us to establish youth outreach, minority outreach, build a political department and recruit County Chairs. I am deeply grateful. Happy Anniversary!”

 

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From the RPT Ballot Integrity Task Force

A Note From the RPT Ballot Integrity Task Force Check your Machines Carefully When You Vote!

From the Texas Republican Party Ballot Integrity Task Force

Dear Fellow Texas Voter,

We have verified at least two instances in the state of Texas where an electronic voting machine did not correctly register the vote that the voter marked. In one instance, the person voted for Romney/Ryan, and the voting machine registered Obama/Biden. In another instance, the person voted straight Republican ticket, and the voting machine registered straight Green Party ticket. In both instances, the voter caught the mistake and reported it to the Election Judge, and the voter was able to vote the way they wanted.

We want to emphasize that we do not believe this is a deliberate mistake; instead, it is caused by a miscalibrated voting machine.

We want to emphasize that this is a very rare occurrence. However, even one wrongly registered vote is unacceptable.

Therefore, we are writing to advise voters to check their voting machine carefully before casting their votes.

If you find that your machine has not registered your vote correctly, do this:

  1. Stop voting immediately. DO NOT CAST THE BALLOT.
  2. Get the Election Judge and bring them to your voting machine to show them the problem.
  3. Do not leave the voting location until you are able to vote correctly.

The Election Judge should immediately remove from service the machine that has made the mistake and should not allow any other voters to use it.

We also ask that you report the incidence to our Ballot Integrity Task Force either by email or phone. Tell us exactly what happened, and what the Election Judge did to resolve the situation. If the machine was not taken out of service, then we need to know that, too.

Please contact us about any other voting concerns or questions you might have as well.

The Republican Party of Texas Ballot Integrity Task Force
Melinda Fredricks
, RPT Vice Chairman Eric Opiela, RPT Assistant General Counsel Beth Cubriel, RPT Executive Director Marian Stanko, SREC Organization Committee Chairman
Jean McIver
, SREC Officials Committee Member Toni Anne Dashiell, Kendall County Republican Party Chairman Amy Clark, Immediate Past Chairman SREC Organization Committee Besa Martin, TFRW Vice President Legislation

BALLOT INTEGRITY HOTLINE: 254-300-VOTE(8683)

BALLOT INTEGRITY EMAIL ADDRESS:VoteToday@TexasGOP.org

 

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Teleconference on Tuesday Night Before the Debate

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Join RPT & Special Guest Senator John Cornyn for a Statewide Teleconference on Tuesday Night Before the Debate

RPT Chairman Steve Munisteri will be hosting a live teleconference with Special Guest U.S. Senator John Cornyn on Tuesday, October 16th starting at 7:00 P.M. and you are invited to attend!

Since there is also a scheduled Presidential Debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama that evening, the teleconference will conclude before 8:00pm so that you can tune in and watch. After Romney’s clear victory last week and the strong response from last night’s Vice-Presidential debate, it is clear that the Republican ticket is generating a huge amount of enthusiasm.

Click here to be added to the list of participants for Tuesday’s teleconference with Senator John Cornyn.

Senator Cornyn and Chairman Munisteri want to be sure that you are up-to-date on the most recent news of this critical election and the ways that you can help. They will also take some of your questions and report to you on what the Republican Party of Texas is doing to keep Texas red!

The call will be live and participants will receive instructions from the moderator on how to ask questions throughout the course of the call.

To dial-in and participate in the call, please call 1-877-229-8493, and use access code 18832 to be connected to the event.

orPlease use this link to RSVP by Tuesday afternoon and we will automatically call you for the event.

 

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Contributions are not tax deductible for Federal Income Tax purposes. By law, political committees are required to use their best efforts to obtain and report the name, address, occupation, and employer for each individual whose contributions aggregate in excess of $200 per calendar year. Contributions up to $10,000 from individuals and up to $5,000 from federal PACs will be deposited into the Party’s federal account. All other donations will be deposited into the Party’s state account or as appropriate.
In accordance with Federal Election Law, federal officeholders appearing at this event are not soliciting funds that exceed federal contribution limits or from prohibited entities. All funds solicited in connection with this event are by the Republican Party of Texas, and not by Senator John Cornyn.

 

Chairman’s Update for September 2012

 

Chairman’s Update: September 2012

September marked the beginning of the final stretch towards Election Day. In fact, voters in 30 states including Texas already began voting during the month of September. Therefore, almost all of the staff’s attention was focused daily on monitoring the toss-up races around the state, supporting the Victory 2012 efforts under Judge Ed Emmett, recruiting volunteers for our Texas Trailblazer program, scheduling block walk weekends, and instituting a Call From Home program. We will soon publish a Victory 2012 Update from Judge Emmett but briefly – our call centers are up and running, and we are daily monitoring their output. In addition, the Party mailed out 650,000 early vote by mail ballot applications and over 90,000 Republican voters so far have requested a ballot as a result of this effort.

The staff has also made an assessment that there are 17 toss-up races involving the State House, State Senate and U.S. Congress. In addition to ensuring that we maximize the utilization of the Victory Centers to assist these candidates, the staff has also worked to help arrange direct mail pieces and paid GOTV efforts in critical races. As a result of the generous support of RPT donors and the Party’s improved financial position, the RPT has also made and will continue to make direct cash contributions to candidates in targeted districts. As of the time of the writing of this report, the Republican Party of Texas has directly contributed $196,000 to 85 Republican candidates statewide. The Party anticipates making additional and significant cash contributions to those in targeted races over the next several weeks.

In addition to the campaign work, in the first week of September I was able to speak to the Young Conservatives of Texas Chapter at the University of Texas. The following day I traveled to Houston to attend a noon luncheon sponsored by Hispanic Republican leaders who are supporting Governor Mitt Romney. The featured speaker was Romney National Finance Chairman, Houstonian L.E. Simmons. That evening, I had the privilege of introducing Congressman Jeb Hensarling at a Houston fundraiser. I first met Congressman Hensarling over 30 years ago when we were both conservative student activists and later attended law school at the same time as him at the University of Texas in Austin. He is one of Texas’ brightest conservative stars with a sharp mind and strong commitment to conservative principles. What I admire most about him is that he has not let Congress or Washington D.C. change him – he is the same person today that he was in college.

The following week, I had the opportunity to speak to the College Republicans at Texas State University. I left San Marcos that evening to drive to the Canton area to attend a fundraiser for Representative Dan Flynn the next day. Representative Flynn’s son Josh was a longtime member of the State Republican Executive Committee who was recently term-limited. Representative Flynn himself had also been a member of the SREC. We were also joined by State Representatives Bill Zedler, Phil King, Dennis Bonnen, and Burt Solomons. I then drove from the fundraiser back to Austin, in order to speak to the University of Texas College Republicans that evening. The following day was spent hosting a Hispanic Republican leadership conference at RPT headquarters (please see previous recap), and then a meeting with leadership of the Young Conservatives of Texas.

On that Saturday, I was particularly busy as I drove from Austin to Trinity County where I attended the county party’s campaign rally in Trinity. I was the keynote speaker and the crowd was very impressive with approximately 200 persons in attendance. Senator Robert Nichols and National Committeeman Robin Armstrong also spoke at the event. State Representative James White also spoke as well as Representative-Elect Trent Ashby. I immediately drove from there to Lufkin, TX for the Angelina County GOP Headquarters Grand Opening, where I spoke along with Senator Nichols, Representative White and Trent Ashby. Angelina County also had a large turnout of approximately 200 people. It was very encouraging to see both of these counties have enthusiastic and large crowds in an area which used to be solidly Democrat. From there, it was on to Houston for some meetings the following Monday. After the meetings, I drove to Round Rock to speak to the Heart of Texas Young Republicans club. The rest of the week was spent in preparation for the third quarter meeting of the State Republican Executive Committee, held on September 21-22. (Please see the report below.)

The following week I did some fundraising in Houston which netted the Party $30,000. I also had a chance to attend the Paul Ryan event in Houston, which was held on September 25th. The event was emceed by Houstonian and Romney national finance chairman L.E. Simmons and attracted a sizable crowd at the St. Regis Hotel. I drove back to Austin that evening, but was only able to spend a day in Austin prior to having to leave for Dallas. I had two events in Dallas on the 27th. One was to speak to the Greater Dallas Republicans Club and then attend a meeting of the Dallas Eagle Forum. From there, it was back to Austin for a couple days of work, followed by a trip back to Dallas two days later to attend the funeral of former State Party Chairman Fred Meyer.

Normally, the funerals I attend are a mixture of sadness and fond memories, but I actually found this funeral to be an uplifting and inspiring celebration of Fred’s life. Fred planned the funeral himself and it was able to do justice to his accomplishments and memory. I found the recitation of his accomplishments to be inspiring because many of them came late in life. In addition to being a very successful businessman, including being a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Fred served as State Chairman of the RPT while in his 60’s. He was even a downhill ski racer until his mid-60’s. When he was no longer physically able to downhill ski, he took up car racing in his 70’s. He remained active until the end of his life, raising funds for various causes, promoting numerous organizations, including his church and health organizations. What struck me most was that despite knowing the end was near – Fred continued to actively reach out to people that he had met throughout his life and express to them his gratitude for their friendship and help. I had a chance to visit with Fred multiple times by phone and in person after I assumed the Chairmanship. I originally reached out to him to solicit advice on being State Chairman. Fred was generous in the time he spent and insightful as to what made a successful Chairmanship. When the Party was in financial trouble, he was not only one of the hosts of a fundraiser for us in Dallas, but also personally gave a significant amount of his own money to the RPT in its hour of need. Fred had long since paid his dues to the Republican Party when he went above and beyond the call of duty to help me as a new chairman.

Approximately 1,000 mourners paid their respects to Fred, including in attendance: former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Supreme Court Justices Nathan Hecht, U.S. Congressmen Jeb Hensarling, Joe Barton and Sam Johnson, former Secretary of State Roger Williams and former Congressman and Dallas Mayor Steve Bartlett.

Fred Meyer was 84 when he passed away, but was active in his support of his country and community until his very last days. His life of public service should serve as an example to all of us as we get ready for the November elections. I was told by a longtime friend who helped take care of his business in his last days that one of the final things on his mind was asking about the status of his early vote by mail ballot. Fred thought this election was that important. His attitude and commitment should remind all of us that we need to do everything we possibly can in advance of the November 6th election to ensure Republican victories up and down the ballot.

3rd Quarterly SREC Report

Because SREC committee membership needs to be confirmed by the entire body, the newly proposed SREC committees could only meet informally on Friday, September 21st, with the exception of the CRC Committee which is appointed in the Spring of odd-numbered years. Nevertheless, the SREC members who have been nominated to be on individual committees met on Friday. These included: Party Organization, Volunteerism, Auxiliaries & Coalitions, Resolutions, Rules and the Grassroots Club Committee. The Candidate Resource Committee was able to perform its official duties and voted to distribute approximately $100,000 to 80 candidates statewide. Congratulations to Jane Cansino and all of her committee members: Steve Findley, Jean Killgore, Valoree Swanson, Don Zimmerman, Becky Berger, Ben Zeller, Johnnie B. Rogers, Jan Koehne, Marian Stanko, Rena Peden, Harold Jenkins, Steve Atwell, Paul Bettencourt, Rosemary Edwards, Scott Gailee and Fred Tate.

That evening, Ted Cruz spoke to SREC members and other Republican candidates and elected officials at a local Austin restaurant. He thanked all of the attendees for their support to his campaign in the upcoming election and that he looked forward to working to help elevate the full Republican ticket in November. Cruz also took the time to discuss one of the campaign strategies he employed in his primary race where his team took special effort to reach out to Republican voters who had only begun voting in primary elections in 2010 after witnessing the failures of the Obama administration. He remarked that he and his team found these voters to be highly energized and motivated to become involved and take our country back – something that bodes well for ongoing Republian growth in our state!

Prior to the SREC meeting being called to order on Saturday, September 22, 2012 – a traditional prayer service was held, at which RPT Chaplain Rex Johnson, along with his music minister Randy Davenport, provided an opportunity for prayer and reflection prior to the meeting. Rhonda Lacy kicked off the meeting with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, followed by a speech by Christi Craddick – Republican Nominee for Texas Railroad Commissioner. She spoke at length about her ongoing campaign for the Railroad Commission and her willingness not only to travel around the state on her own behalf, but to work with other candidates and Republican organizations to Get Out The Vote and fundraise for Republicans up and down the ballot.

The SREC then approved the appointments of several county chairs. Two years ago, there were 21 vacancies among county chairs and the RPT was able to fill all of these vacancies last spring so that we had 254 chairs for 254 counties. However, 19 county chairs did not wish to serve another term. Organizational Director Cassie Daniel has recruited 8 new County Chairs to fill the vacancies, but there are still 11 vacancies which she is working hard to fill.

The SREC then heard officer reports. Chairman Munisteri briefly reviewed the goals which the RPT set two years ago for the benefit of the new SREC members who were not present then. 24 of the 62 SREC members are new for 2012. The Chairman outlined that his goals during the first term were to improve the Party’s finances as the RPT had over $700,000 in debt and was insolvent when he took office. He also set the goal two years earlier, of rebuilding the Party’s infrastructure once the finances were stabilized. Specifically, to add a fundraising department, political department, youth outreach and minority outreach to the RPT’s functions. He also noted that it was a goal to fill county chair vacancies, improve relations with elected officials, work for conservative legislation at the State Capitol, provide training seminars, and to initiate a program to increase the percentage of Texans of Hispanic descent who vote Republican.

The Chairman outlined the progress the Party has made in each of these areas and reported that in addition to the Party being totally debt-free for 22 months, that the RPT had approximately $1,000,000 in its general accounts, approximately $200,000 in the Victory account, and other various monies in its dedicated accounts. Chairman Munisteri indicated that because fundraising normally drops off significantly during the last two months of the year that it was important to maintain $500,000 in cash reserves in order to maintain the Party’s longtime financial stability. Nevertheless, the Chairman reported that he thought the Party’s balances were sufficiently high as to justify the Party making significant contributions to the targeted State Representative, State Senate and Congressional races. The Chairman informed the SREC that he was going to ask the new Officials Committee for permission to utilize a significant portion of the Party’s funds currently in the Party’s general accounts to provide financial assistance to Republican candidates during the last few weeks of the election season, in addition to what is being expended by Victory 2012. The Chairman indicated that one of his goals to bring back the Victory operations completely under the RPT’s umbrella had been accomplished and that this move saved duplicating overhead, as Victory was utilizing RPT office space, accounting and other administrative staff. The Chairman outlined his goals for the next two years as: maintaining the Party’s financial stability, assisting counties in bolstering their infrastructure, specifically in helping them recruit new precinct chairmen, increasing the Party’s lobbying efforts at the State Legislature to promote conservative legislation, and increasing the Party’s outreach to numerous voting blocs.

Vice-Chairwoman Melinda Fredricks then provided her report. She gave five words to remember in relation to the role of the SREC and Republican leaders during the Presidential Election: Faith, Focus, Fearless, Finish, and Fight. Vice Chair Fredricks encouraged the members to keep strong in the weeks to come before November 6th and to always stay unwavering in the belief that we will win! She was followed by National Committeeman Robin Armstrong, who detailed his efforts to organize volunteers to travel from Texas to Ohio to assist the Romney campaign in a key battleground state. These efforts will take place from November 2nd through Election Day on November 6th and Dr. Armstrong is working with a full-time staffer in Ohio to set up an agenda, accommodations and a plan of action. National Committeewoman Borah Van Dormolen had a speaking engagement that Saturday, and issued her report in writing to the body. Borah specifically wished to welcome the new members to the SREC and used the report to draw attention to the RNC’s “GOP Social Victory Center”, which allows volunteers to find an online hub for helping to elect Republicans and GOTV for November from home.

Statewide Victory Chairman Judge Ed Emmett detailed the present status of Texas Victory 2012. Specifically, he reviewed the early vote by mail program and reported on the opening an operation of the half-dozen Victory centers around the state. Treasurer Tom Mechler and Assistant Treasurer Tom Washington provided a report on the finances. Included in that report was a breakdown on the State Convention finances which they concluded netted the Party $164,000. (since the date of the report, another $5,000 of convention funds has been received so the total convention profit is $169,000). Treasurer Mechler reported that all FEC and TEC filings were up to date and accurate, that the Party was in excellent financial condition, and that he had been able to raise some additional monies to print push cards outlining the differences between the Republican and Democrat platforms targeting the Hispanic community.

Former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt then provided an update on redistricting and various court actions. He started by briefly addressing the actions being taken to keep the voter rolls up to date, especially the news items that had garnered attention in Harris County around the attempts to remove deceased voters from the rolls. Bettencourt also discussed the late August ruling from the Washington D.C. federal panel regarding the challenge to Texas Redistricting maps under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

After lunch, reports were presented by some of the Party’s auxiliaries, TFRW, TRCCA, TYRF, GOPisForMe, and HSRT. Following the reports a bylaws change proposed by the Chairman to allow the Finance Committee to add Deputy Finance Chairmen was approved. The SREC then voted to confirm the Chairman’s appointments to the Finance Committee, including the appointment of George P. Bush as State Deputy Finance Chairman. The SREC then voted on the Chairman’s committee appointments. You can download a full list of the committees and members by using this link.

The next order of business was the Officials Committee election. Five members of the committee are elected from the SREC at-large. Russ Duerstine, Montie Watkins, Neal Katz, Becky Berger and Tom Washington won election – congratulations to these new members. After the Officials Committee election, there were reports from the informal meetings of the committees who gathered together on Friday.

The bulk of the afternoon was taken up by a minority outreach presentation put on by Chairman Munisteri and Outreach Director David Zapata. The presentation included numerous charts from Census data, polling, and other sources which showed the dramatic demographic changes occurring in Texas and the significant impact these changes could have on the outcome of elections. The data showed that there were dramatic percentage increases in the Hispanic and Asian-American populations of Texas over the last 10 years, and that both of these ethnic groups will become a larger and larger share of the Texas population over the next generation. A copy of the presentation is available from David Zapata upon request.

The last order of business was the presenting of key pins for obtaining SREC fundraising goals. These pins are presented to SREC members who raise at least $1,000. Key pins were awarded to: Jean McIver, Tom Washington, Jane Cansino, Russ Duerstine, Rosemary Roe, Michael Truncale, Clint Moore, Valoree Swanson, Candy Noble, Neal Katz, Jim Borchert, Sheryl Berg, Davida Stike, Becky Berger, Ben Zeller, Jason Moore and Rhonda Lacy.

Upon adjournment of the SREC meeting, the new Officials Committee met for approximately an hour. The Chairman wished for the Committee to decide whether to plan for a three or a two day state convention in 2014. The Committee voted to put on a three-day convention if there were enough hotel rooms available. Tom Washington and Neal Katz were tasked with determining whether or not there would be enough hotel rooms available to make a three-day convention feasible, as well as looking into reserving ballrooms at adjacent hotels for caucus meetings so as to help mitigate the noise problem that occurred when too many caucuses were too close together last convention. The committee also considered Chairman Munisteri’s request for authorization to disperse funds from the Party’s general accounts in addition to what is spent by the Victory Committee to assist candidates. The Officials Committee voted unanimously to let the Chairman and RPT staff determine how to disperse financial assistance to targeted races as needed, as long as the balances of the Party’s general accounts did not fall below $700,000. The SREC’s next meeting is December 1-2, 2012 in Austin.

Steve Munisteri, Chairman, Republican Party of Texas

 

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Victory Center needs volunteers!

 

North Texas Victory Center Open and Needs Volunteers!

Our North Texas Victory Center has been open for two weeks, and we are making great progress!! On Monday September 24th, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst headlined our Grand Opening. Turnout was great: the place was PACKED! Also in attendance were State Senator Brian Birdwell, Dr. Mark Shelton, State Rep. Diane Patrick, Tarrant County Tax Assessor/Collector Ron Wright, and Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen.

On Thursday, September 27th, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson dropped in and helped make phone calls. Dr. Mark Shelton led a very successful block walk out of the North Texas Victory Center on Saturday, September 29th for his campaign for Senate District 10. Join Dr. Shelton’s block walks every Saturday until the election at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from the Victory Center, 2912 West Park Row Dr. Arlington, TX 76013.

Come by the North Texas Victory Center this Monday, October 8th at 1 p.m. to meet and greet George P. Bush as he cheers on our Republican ticket!

Republicans are volunteering to work the phones, but we need more!! Make a few phone calls at the North Texas Victory Center and pick up your Romney/Ryan yard sign or bumper sticker. Please call or email to get on the schedule. We are open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday thru Saturday and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Sunday. Contact North Texas Victory Coordinator Leslie Recine at 817-925-3420 or Leslie@LeslieRecine.com.

Join the North Texas Victory Center on

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Update

Victory 2012

All 5 Victory Centers are up and running.  The Tarrant County Victory Office was the last to come online but already out performing expectations with over 15,000 calls in roughly 3 weeks.  Our San Antonio Victory Center is the top third performing Victory Centers nationally.  We also launched the Victory “Call from Home” program this week.

John McCord, our new Political Director, explained that the Call from Home program helps us get out the vote in the targeted races around the state.  Visit http://www.texasvictory.org/ for more information and to sign up for the program.

You will sign up then log into the account.  The system will then call the phone number you entered (your home or cell number) and ask you if you are ready to start making calls.  Then the system will call the first number.  As you call through the list the system will grab the next number.  You can select a preference of which of the targeted races you would like to call in.  If you have questions about this system please contact John JMcCord@texasgop.org or 512-879-4046.

 

Toss Up Legislative Races

There are several toss up races, 9 – 10 around the state.  There are 14 state representatives seats, 12 are incumbents and two possible pickups that are of concern.  We could have as high as 101 in the House but optimistic not to fall under 86.  Of the 12 incumbents six are still favorable but the other six are in serious trouble.  The State Senate race that is ground zero is the race for Dr. Mark Shelton.  The two Congressional seats are Congressman Canseco and Randy Weber.  We believe that Canseco has a slight advantage at this point but we want to keep working hard to help him in any way we can.  Randy Weber is running in what was part of Congressman Ron Paul’s old seat.  If you can help and travel to the district please do so.

 

Party Money to Candidates

The RPT has given about $80,000 plus the $160,000 from the Candidate Resource Committee to our candidates around the state, up and down the ballot.  RPT has also given $100,000 in direct funds towards local state representatives and hopes to be able to give further donations to be an overall total of $225,000 – $300,000.  Six campaigns have already received funds and we hope to give to the remaining eleven.

 

County Chair Vacancies

Castro, Culberson, Dimmit, Irion, King, La Salle, Rusk, Starr, Sterling, Zapata, and Zavala

 

Ballot Integrity by Amy Clark

Please see the attached handout concerning the Early Voting Ballot Board and the Signature Verification Committee.  These are very important issues that county chairs need to be aware of and address.  This is a great way to curb voter fraud and to ensure that military ballots are counted correctly.  Please contact Amy Clark abacon@the-i.net or State Vice Chairman Melinda Fredricks msdftexan@consolidated.net for more information on this issue and to answer any questions.

 

Push Card Web Links

The platform comparison push cards in English and Spanish are at the following links so that you may use them as you see beneficial.

English http://texasgop.org/national-platform-comparison

Spanish http://texasgop.org/comparicion-de-plataforma-nacional

 

Dates to Remember

October 9th – Last Day to Register to Vote

October 20th –Statewide Blockwalking

October 22nd – First Day of Early Voting

October 27th –Statewide Blockwalking

October 30th – Last day to apply for a ballot by mail

November 3rd – Statewide Blockwalking

November 6th – Election Day

November 30th – December 1st SREC Quarterly Meeting in Austin

 

RPT Staff Updates

We have several new staffers.  John McCord is our new Political Director.  Director of Special Projects John Jackson jjackson@texasgop.org is helping with Victory and will continue on with the Party after the election cycle.  Finally with the savings from the new phone system we were able to hire an assistant to answer phones and assist with other tasks, Lauren Pacek lpacek@texasgop.org