Please join us in congratulating Erin Lunceford who was appointed Judge of the 61st District Court by Governor Greg Abbott. We know Judge Lunceford will continue to use conservative principles on the bench as she has in her career as an attorney and in her position as HCRP Precinct Chair. Congratulations Judge Lunceford!
Washington Examiner, July 20, 2015 - When the Republican Party crowns a presidential nominee one year from now, he (or she) will be handed a campaign organization that is fully staffed and operational in every electoral battleground. That might be the most important component of the top-to-bottom overhaul of the Republican National Committee's voter turnout program undertaken since the 2012 presidential election, as detailed in an interview with the Washington Examiner.
Four years ago, GOP nominee Mitt Romney was outgunned and outclassed by President Obama in the trenches of door-to-door combat for votes in swing states. Obama's advantage was multifold — better data, better manipulation of that data, a better candidate. But the RNC concluded that Obama's advantage stemmed, as well, from fielding a more competent organization that never packed up and went home after he won the presidency in 2008.
The president's campaign stayed in the field and prepared for his 2012 re-election almost from the minute his first race ended, deepening ties to the community. Romney, meanwhile, secured the nomination after a protracted primary fight, and was forced to rush a team with varying experience into the competitive states with barely months to go before voting started — as had every non-incumbent GOP nominee before him.
The party determined not to get caught flat-footed again. So, the RNC took a page from Obama for America's playbook and decided to build an operation that would be permanently deployed and available for the Republican presidential nominee to lease every four years.
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Press Release: Harris County Republican Party announces date for 2016 Lincoln-Reagan Dinner
The 2016 Harris County Republican Party Lincoln-Reagan Dinner will be February 25, 2016, one night before the Presidential Debate scheduled to be held in Houston. Each Republican Presidential Candidate participating will be invited to attend and speak to the attendees. The 2015 Dinner had over 1,200 Republicans attend.
“We are excited to build on the tremendous success of our 2015 Dinner”, said HCRP Chairman Paul Simpson. He added, “To have all the Presidential Candidates right here in Houston should only add to the excitement all Republicans feel toward the 2016 election. We will extend an invitation for each of them to come and speak. The timing could not be more advantageous for us.”
More details will be posted on the website soon with instructions on how individuals can secure a seat to the dinner.
Chris A. Beavers
Beavers Media & Communications
Statement on Supreme Court Rulings
In the last few days, Americans witnessed how judicial activism can erode the democratic principles on which our nation was founded.
As Chair of the Harris County Republican Party, I understand elections and their consequences. But U.S Supreme Courtdecisions last week imposed judges' personal views in place of the will of the people and silenced the voice of voters in Harris County and all of Texas. That’s wrong.Read more
The Texas Tribune - A rush to pass an anti-union bill that languished in the Legislature until last week triggered an angry exchange in a committee hearing Thursday morning that might foreshadow a floor fight in the House next week.
Senate Bill 1968 would end automatic payroll deductions of dues for union and non-union public employee organizations — except for those involving certain police, fire and emergency medical workers. It split Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and promises the same in the House. And it pits business against labor groups, which have been lobbying fiercely to pass (the business groups) or kill (the labor groups) the bill.
Texas Observer - For weeks, the Senate and House have been in a schoolyard scrap over which body has the best approach to decriminalizing truancy, raising the prospect of yet another legislative session ending without reform. Though both the Senate and House have passed bills that would treat truancy as a civil matter, Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston) and Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston)—the authors of the competing proposals—are bottling up each other’s bills in the committees they oversee. Still, a last-minute third-way compromise may save the prospects of truancy reform, which has gained broad bipartisan support.
...The compromise, House Bill 1490 by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Kingwood), takes a slightly different approach to ending criminal truancy than the Whitmire and Dutton bills.
HB 1490 would shift truancy enforcement’s focus from courts to schools, requiring school districts to adopt a three-tiered system of interventions for truant students with escalating consequences, including community service or restorative-justice programs within schools. Whitmire is sponsoring HB 1490 in the Senate, which has a hearing in Senate Criminal Justice Committee Thursday afternoon.
Watchdog.org - Residential requirements for voting in Texas are murky at best — an official at the secretary of state’s office once said an address could be determined “by the voter.” Living “behind a tree” would be a little harder to use as an address for voting purposes under a bill authored by state Rep. Jim Murphy, R-Houston.
The bill, which cleared the House with a 94-49 vote earlier this month, only applies in rare cases in which the residency of a voter is challenged. Murphy said his intention is to address just one of the many issues around voting residency. “There are others left for another time,” he said.
The Pasadena Citizen - Following close collaboration with Lee College, State Representative Wayne Smith (R-Baytown) authored and co-authored legislation that would increase access for high school students seeking to enroll in dual-credit courses at public colleges and universities. House Bill 505 passed both the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate and is now at the Governor's desk awaiting his signature.
Austin American-Statesman - Texas public school campuses would receive A-through-F letter grades based on a new performance rating system under a widely supported-turned-divisive bill the Texas House is expected to approve Friday.
The lower chamber preliminarily approved House Bill 2804 late Thursday on a 98-44 party-line vote following vocal objections from Democrats and one Republican who argued the A-F provision would stigmatize struggling schools and make it difficult to attract good teachers.
...State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, who filed the A-F bill in the Senate, argued in March that an “F” grade under the proposed rating system wouldn’t stigmatize schools any more than being labeled “unacceptable” would under a 2013 law.
That year, the Legislature approved an A-F ranking system for school districts only, which is set to take effect next year. Under that law, individual campuses will be designated as exemplary, recognized, acceptable or unacceptable.
Cleveland Advocate - Members of the House and Senate continue to try to find a compromise between each chamber’s preferred method of delivering billions in tax relief to Texans. The Senate has made property taxes a priority, passing a bill to provide more than $2 billion in tax cuts by raising the homestead exemption.
...Though many of the bills relating to the session’s top issues have already passed the Senate, lawmakers continued this week to work on passage of other key pieces of legislation. Monday, the Senate approved a bill that would protect the identities of pharmacies that supply drugs used by the state to execute prisoners.
Senator Joan Huffman of Southside Place says that such pharmacies have faced harassment from anti-death penalty advocates, which could make obtaining the necessary drugs harder and harder.
“I think it had a chilling effect on reputable pharmacies wanting to provide these compounds to the state of Texas and it’s been very difficult for the state to procure these compounds,” she said.