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Today is the Day~ Do Your Part & Vote in the Texas Primary!

Date posted: May 29, 2012

Today is the day to Let Your Voice Be Heard Loud and Clear!

Tuesday, May 29th is Election Day! This is your last opportunity to join Texans from across the state who have answered the call to do their civic duty and vote. Remind your Solid Conservative friends and family to also go Vote as well.

2012 Republican Primary Election Voices Empower Endorsements

United States President ~ Rick Santorum

United States Senate ~ Ted Cruz

United States Congress ~

Louie Gohmert, District 1

Jeb Hensarling, District 5

Itamar Gelbman District 6

Wes Riddle District 25

Randy Weber District 14

Richard Morgan District 25

Justice Supreme Court, Place 2 – Don Willett

Justice Supreme Court, Place 4 – John Devine

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 – Nathan Hecht

Texas Senate

Donna Campbell (challenger SD25)

Brian Birdwell (incumbent SD-22)

Kelly Hancock (open seat SD-9)

Jim Herblin (challenger SD-30)

Ken Paxton (open seat SD-8)

Tammy Blair (challenger SD-3)


your vote countsTexas House

Matt Beebe (challenger HD-121)

Mike Brucia (challenger HD-64)

John Alaniz (challenger HD-55)

Matt Schaefer (challenger HD-6)

Dwayne Bohac (incumbent HD-138)

Troy Bonin (open seat HD-3)

Heidi Thiess (open seat HD-24)

Cindy Burkett (incumbent HD-113)

Bill Callegari (incumbent HD-132)

Giovanni Capriglione (challenger HD-98)

Wayne Christian (incumbent HD-9)

Travis Clardy (challenger HD-11)

Brandon Creighton (incumbent HD-16)

Tony Dale (open seat HD-136)

Rachel Delgado (challenger HD-23)

Patrick Fallon (open seat HD-106)

Allen Fletcher (incumbent HD-130)

Dan Flynn (incumbent HD-2)

Craig Goldman (open seat HD-97)

Bryan Hughes (incumbent HD-5)

Jason Isaac (incumbent HD-45)

Bill Keffer (open seat HD-114)

Phil King (incumbent HD-61)

Stephanie Klick (open seat HD-91)

Matt Krause (challenger HD-93)

Jim Landtroop (incumbent HD-88)

Jeff Leach (open seat HD-67)

Jim Murphy (incumbent HD-133)

Tan Parker (incumbent HD-63)

Charles Perry (incumbent HD-83)

Matt Rinaldi (open seat HD-115)

Scott Sanford (open seat HD-70)

Kenneth Sheets (incumbent HD-107)

Ron Simmons (open-seat HD-65)

David Simpson (incumbent HD-7)

Stuart Spitzer (challenger HD-4)

Jonathan Stickland (challenger HD-92)

Van Taylor (incumbent HD-66)

Steve Toth (challenger HD-15)

Scott Turner (open seat HD-33)

Bobby Vickery (challenger HD-8)

James White (incumbent HD-19)

Paul Workman (incumbent HD-47)

Bill Zedler (incumbent HD-96)


Charlie Garza – District 1 – El Paso

Ken Mercer – District 5 – San Antonio

Donna Bahorich – District 6 – Houston

David Bradley – District 7 – Beaumont

Barbara Cargill – District 8 – The Woodlands

Randy Stevenson – District 9 – Tyler

Jeff Fleece – District 10 – Liberty Hill

Gail Spurlock – District 12 – Richardson

Gail Lowe  — District 14 – Lampasas

Marty Rowley – District 15 — Amarillo






Sec. 302.032.  LEGISLATIVE BRIBERY:  PROMISES OR THREATS.  A person commits an offense if, with the intent to influence a member of or candidate for the house of representatives in casting a vote for speaker of the house of representatives, the person:(1)  promises or agrees to cause:(A)  the appointment of a person to a chairmanship or vice-chairmanship of a house committee or subcommittee;(B)  the appointment of a person to a particular house committee or subcommittee, the Legislative Budget Board, the Texas Legislative Council, the Legislative Library Board, the Legislative Audit Committee, or any other position the speaker appoints;(C)  preferential treatment on any legislation or appropriation;(D)  the employment of a person;  or(E)  economic benefit to a person;  or(2)  threatens to cause:(A)  the failure to appoint a person to a chairmanship or vice-chairmanship of a house committee or subcommittee;(B)  the failure to appoint a person to a particular house committee or subcommittee, the Legislative Budget Board, the Texas Legislative Council, the Legislative Library Board, the Legislative Audit Committee, or any other position the speaker appoints;(C)  unfavorable treatment on any legislation or appropriation;(D)  the refusal of or removal from employment of a person;  or(E)  the withholding of economic benefit from a person.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 479, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985.

As we enter this important election year, our voices must unite in defense of preborn American citizens who cannot defend themselves.

Please join the movement, sign the petition, and Rise Up for Life.



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It is time for Texas to be “Relevant” in the Presidential Primary

Date posted: April 9, 2012

Call for Conservative Information Pushers! 

It is Time To Make Texas Relevant in the
Presidential Primary!

Inside Texas Politics

Click Photo to watch video of Texas Republican Chairman Munisteri

Could the Texas Republican presidential primary switch from the proportional awarding of delegates to “winner take all”? And will Mitt Romney join a Texas televised debate?

As Chairman Munisteri states this is not about Santorum there are many who have been for “Winner Take All” from the beginning.




Here is your call to Action: Call your SREC rep today and ask them to vote to make Texas a winner-take-all in the Presidential election:  

Here is a link to find out who your SREC Rep. is.  Republican Party of Texas

State Republican Executive Committee

Why should I take time to answer this call to action:   

“It appears that other states are breaking the RNC rules but may not be facing consequences for their actions. At least two Romney states have been allowed late in the game to change to Winner Take All.  This leads us to believe that Texas has the right to apply to the RNC for Winner Take All rule changes.”~ Donna Garner

4.6.12 — “Critics Say RNC Was in Tank for Mitt Romney

3.8.12 – “Not So Fast, Romney

3.5.12 – “Mitt’s Nomination Manipulation

From David Barton

Texas’ Role in Choosing the President

We in Texas know that we are a significant force in national conservative politics. After all, we have the largest Republican congressional delegation of any state, and ours is a conservative delegation!

We also have 155 delegates at stake in the presidential primary – that’s more than the famous first five primary states combined (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, and Nevada). Those five states are considered to have set the tone for the entire presidential race, but Texas has not spoken yet – and we can speak with a louder voice and with more impact than all of those states!

Under our winner-take-all system, our 155 delegates have a significant impact on any presidential race. But this year, the Republican National Committee was poised to penalize Texas for holding our primary in March (as we always do) by imposing on us a proportional delegate count, so the Republican Party of Texas moved away from our normal presidential procedure. But then the federal courts got involved and delayed the Texas primary until May. So Texas now has an opportunity to regain its unified voice by going back to a winner-take-all primary.

Contrary to what you may have heard from the national media, the race for the Republican presidential nominee is far from over. After all, only 37% of delegates have been assigned so far; and the media has been completely wrong on the number of delegates that separate Romney from the others (particularly the oft-repeated Associated Press count) – the actual count shows the gap to be much narrower than claimed.

Texas can therefore have a clear and powerful voice in selecting a conservative Republican nominee for president by moving back to a winner-take-all system. All it takes is for the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) to call a meeting and make the rule change before the Texas primary vote. Please contact your SREC member and ask them to convene and make that change; and also contact the Republican Party of Texas and let them know that you want to see Texas regain its national voice.

Please act on this as quickly as possible – Texas, as the biggest conservative state in the country, should be allowed to speak with the loudest voice!! Thanks for all you do to keep Texas a conservative state!

God bless!

David Barton (former Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, 1997-2006; National Delegate 2008, 2004, 2000, 1996)

Kelly Shackelford (National Attorney; National Platform Committee member 2008, 2004, 2000)

Michael Quinn Sullivan (President, Empower Texans*)

Please take the time to read this article by Weston Martinez: Why Texas Should be “Winner Take All”
“Yesterday I sent an email to Steve Munisteri and all my colleagues on the SREC requesting an emergency meeting where we would consider changing the delegate allocation in the Texas GOP primary to a winner-take-all for the Presidential election.”     


Heidi Thiess for State Rep. Voices Empower Proudly endorses Heidi Thiess for Texas State Rep.

The Texas Republican convention process is now underway. Please do not let this opportunity pass you by. Some counties are holding precinct conventions and others are not.  Attending the precinct convention is the first step in the convention process so it is important for you to attend.

Most counties are bypassing the precinct conventions and holding either the Senatorial District Convention (larger urban areas) or County Convention either on Saturday, April 14 or Saturday, April 21.

It is important that many of you become delegates to the Republican Party of Texas Convention in Fort Worth, June 7-9, 2012, so you must participate in the earlier processes in order to qualify to become a delegate.

Bring a neighbor or friend and GET INVOLVED!! 
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Bill Zedler 

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Republican Party of Texas Redistricting Update VI: New Maps Proposed

Date posted: February 7, 2012

Unified April Primary Still Possible

By Donna Garner

AUSTIN – On Monday afternoon (2.6.12), Attorney General Greg Abbott announced an agreement with some of the plaintiffs to the Texas redistricting lawsuit.

In a released statement on Monday, the Attorney General indicated support from a significant number of plaintiffs’ groups, including: Texas LULAC, MALDEF, GI Forum, The Mexican American Bar Association of Texas, La Fe Policy Research and Education Center, Hispanics Organized for Political Education (HOPE), the National Organization for Mexican American Rights, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, the William C. Velasquez Institute, Southwest Workers’ Union, and other plaintiffs collectively known as the “Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force.”

With respect to the U.S. Congress, the Attorney General was also able to reach an agreement with Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar.

The Attorney General has posted the proposed maps online which are agreed to by these plaintiffs.

The Republican Party of Texas has been closely analyzing these proposed lines. If the court agrees to enact these interim maps, the proposal should enable the Republican Party to have an excellent chance at preserving all of the Congressional seats we won in 2010, and would also provide a very strong chance at picking up an additional couple of Congressional seats from the four Texas has gained through reapportionment.

This is an improvement over the maps originally issued by the San Antonio three-judge panel. Under those maps, there was a possibility that the Republican Party would not win any of the new four seats, and Republicans also faced a possibility of losing one or two of our existing incumbents.

In regards to proposed maps for the Texas House of Representatives, the proposal preserves the ability of the Republican Party to achieve a solid majority in that body.

RPT staff has analyzed the maps over the past few hours and believe that there will be 96 State House districts with an average GOP vote of 50% or better (using vote totals for the 2008 Presidential Election.)

Thus, the new proposed maps represent an improvement over the court-issued maps, with fewer Republican seats at risk than the lines drawn by the San Antonio three-judge panel last year.

On the State Senate side, there is really only one district in dispute – that being SD 10 with Democratic Senator Wendy Davis. A trial is already scheduled this week on that district, so hopefully the court will be in a position to issue a ruling early next week and issue a new State Senate map in time for there to be a single unified primary in April.

While these are only proposed maps at the present time, the filing of them greatly increases the chances that there will still be a single unified primary in mid-April.

It is the Republican Party of Texas’ position that even if maps are not agreed to by all parties, that the Court now has sufficient information as to the  respective positions of all parties so as to allow the Court to issue final maps in time for a single unified primary in mid-April.

The RPT filed an advisory this morning to this effect, a copy of which is linked here.

Photo Courtesy of the Texas Tribune

Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri issued the following statement, relative to these developments:

“I believe these lines are a substantial improvement overall when compared to the maps initially released by the San Antonio three-judge panel overseeing redistricting. These proposed maps do have some substantial differences from the originally drawn legislative maps.  

The unanimous Supreme Court ruling in January stated that the legislative maps (prior to preclearance) and the San Antonio three-judge panel maps were both unable to be used in the 2012 Texas primary, but the Supreme Court also said that the legislative maps needed to be a starting point.  

As the Attorney General announced today, this agreement complies with the Supreme Court’s criteria, while at the same time preserving the opportunity for Republicans to make gains in the Congressional delegation and to preserve our solid majority in the State Legislature.”  

Munisteri continued:

I am hopeful that the San Antonio three-judge panel will rule in a timely fashion on these new proposed maps, so that our candidates can have certainty and so that we can move forward with a unified primary.  

I am particularly hopeful that we can still have a Presidential primary prior to any candidates obtaining a majority of delegates necessary for nomination, and that Texas can still have a significant voice in the Republican Presidential primary process.

Advisory to all Republican county chairmen, precinct chairmen, and party activists:  

It appears as though today’s developments make it unlikely that there will be an April 3rd Primary.

However, it is increasingly likely that there will be a single unified primary in mid-April.

If the three-judge panel acts swiftly on these new proposed maps, it is still possible for an April unified primary to occur.

Therefore, we recommend you still make preliminary preparations for a primary sometime in the second or third week of April.

We still cannot definitively tell you when the primary will occur, but we expect there to be additional announcements within the next week, so please be on the lookout for additional emails and leadership advisories.


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