TX GOP Chair: James Dickey on Special Session


Yesterday, to the joy of grassroots conservatives and tea party groups across Texas, Governor Greg Abbott announced a Special Session.

Governor Greg Abbott’s robust list of nineteen special session items he says should pass in a legislative special session, which will convene on July 18; however, he also stated that the Medical Board Sunset Bill must pass the Senate before he issues the official call on the nineteen priorities.

The Governor’s list of Special Session legislative priorities:

  1. Teacher pay increase of $1,000 paid for by the State
  2. Administrative flexibility in teacher hiring and retention practices
  3. School Finance Reform Commission
  4. School Choice (Educational Freedom) for special needs students
  5. Property tax reform; passage of SB 2 or “better”
  6. Caps on state and local spending
  7. Preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land
  8. Preventing local governments from changing rules midway through construction projects
  9. Speeding up local government permitting process
  10. Municipal annexation reform – private property rights
  11. Talking/Texting while driving local government preemption
  12. Privacy Act
  13. Prohibition of the use of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues
  14. Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers
  15. Pro-life insurance reform
  16. Strengthening abortion reporting requirements when health complications arise
  17. Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders
  18. Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud
  19. Extending maternal mortality task force

I am looking forward to witnessing our Texas Legislators go on the record on important issues set forth in the Republican Party Platform and in the hearts and minds of Texas voters.

Texas Republican Party Chair James Dickey sent the statement below yesterday after, to the joy of conservative and tea party groups across Texas, Governor Greg Abbott announced a Special Session.

My Fellow Texas Republicans,

On behalf of Republicans across Texas, I thank Governor Greg Abbott for calling a special session to provide another opportunity to advance some of the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Platform items left unfinished in the regular session.

Governor Abbott included in his call several items which relate to planks from the 2016 RPT Platform as noted:

  • Municipal annexation reform– Plank 37: Property Rights

  • Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud– Plank 59: Fair Election Procedures

  • Privacy– Plank 87: Gender Identity

  • Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providers– Plank 91: Funding

  • School choice for special needs students– Plank 147: School Choice

  • Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders– Plank 100: Patient Protection

  • Property tax reform– Plank 175: Tax Burden

  • Prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues– Plank 197: Right to Work

  • School finance reform commission– Plank 120: Funding

  • Caps on state and local spending– Plank 167: Spending Limitations

To view each platform plank in its entirety, click here.

We need your help to make sure these items are passed into law in a manner consistent with our Platform during this very brief special session. We encourage you to call your representatives right now and engage with them on these issues – find their contact info here. Also, plan to attend hearings and testify on bills during the 30-day session that begins on July 18. Check out the Lege Info section of the RPT website to learn how you can make a difference in the legislative process. Finally, stay tuned for updates, including our next webinar, “A Special Session Primer,” scheduled for June 13 at 7 PM.

I am delivering the message of our Platform to our legislators, and I am committed to working with you so your voice is heard. But I need the resources to ensure our victory, and time is short. Can you show us that you’re “all in” by joining the Grassroots Club today?

I will continue to be a strong voice for our Republican Party of Texas Platform and Priorities throughout the special session and encourage you to stay engaged with us for its duration.


James Dickey
Republican Party of Texas


Call Alert – Tell Congress to Support the CHOICE Act


The following is a message from Heritage Action the Financial CHOICE ACT (HB 10):

“Congressional Republicans consistently campaign on the principles of free markets and limited government, and now they have an opportunity to follow through with meaningful legislation.

Later this week, the House will vote on the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10). This bill, introduced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling and based on the ideas of The Heritage Foundation, takes major steps toward repealing some of the most harmful parts of the Dodd-Frank financial overall.

>>> Call your Member of Congress today and urge them to support H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act.

President Obama and huge Democrat majorities in Congress forced Dodd-Frank on the American people in response to the housing collapse and financial crisis of 2007-08. This burdensome new regulatory regime imposed 3,500-plus pages of new rules and regulations on the financial industry, codified “too big to fail” policies, and put taxpayers on the hook for failed banks.

Dodd-Frank not only hurts community banks, small business and consumers, it also created one of the most powerful and unaccountable federal agencies — the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Passing CHOICE would protect taxpayers, provide regulatory relief, help restore economic growth, rein in the unaccountable CFPB, and push the government out of the business of enacting price controls.

Tell your Member of Congress to stand for free markets and limited government by calling them and voicing your support for the Financial CHOICE Act.”

RPT Chair James Dickey: A pledge to the RPT

Fellow Texas Republican,
This weekend, following the resignation of RPT Chair Tom Mechler on May 20, I was honored to be elected by the State Republican Executive Committee to serve as Chair to fill his unexpired term. I am deeply humbled and I look forward to visiting all corners of our great state to help elect more Republicans up and down the ballot!
Please join me in giving sincere thanks to Tom Mechler for his service to our state Party both as Chair and as Treasurer under former Chair Steve Munisteri. We wish Tom and his family the very best and eagerly welcome their future participation in Party efforts.
I want to thank Rick Figueroa who also ran for this position. Thank you, Rick, for the spirited campaign and I do hope you remain engaged with our Texas GOP.
Now is the time to unite our Party like never before around the conservative principles we hold dear. The Democrats are determined to tear down President Trump and every Republican in Texas.  We cannot miss a step or concede any neighborhood.
The vision on which I campaigned — and my pledge to you — is that I will work with the staff, officials and grassroots of the Republican Party of Texas to do the following:
  1. Advance our grassroots Platform in the Texas Legislature.
  2. Present clearly our core beliefs and win elections with candidates that champion our Party principles.
  3. Empower and grow the Party with strong outreach to all Texas communities.
  4. Partner with all 254 county chairs & 62 SREC to maximize our local ground game across the state and leave no county behind.
  5. Build relationships with new donors while maintaining those with our current supporters.
  6. Appoint the best leaders from all wings of the Republican Party to positions of responsibility so that we can better work together.
  7. Maintain a high standard of transparency, accountability, and collaboration with all Party members.
  8. Manage efficient and focused Party operations.
Thank you to Governor Greg Abbott, statewide officials and members of our Republican Congressional delegation and our Texas Legislature who have contacted me, not only with their congratulations, but, more importantly their concrete assistance in helping the Party raise the funds needed to ensure a successful outcome for the 2018 primary.
None of this is going to work without you and I ask for your support to unite our Republican Party, as we move rapidly toward the 2018 midterm elections.
Together, we can KEEP TEXAS RED, build an even better Republican Party, and preserve the shared Republican principles in the great state we all love.
Thank You and God Bless Texas,
James Dickey
Republican Party of Texas

Truth Matters #JamesDickey

Dear Friend,

One of the reasons I am running for Chairman is that I want to ensure we have total transparency with our grassroots Party activists and that they are always told the truth.

Recently, an email was sent from an unknown group with no information about who they are, except that the author was Mike Gibson. In this email, this unknown group uses tactics that purposefully mislead you as to my positions during the 2016 election.

I think it is important for me to personally and directly respond to this misleading email with the best defense possible–the truth.

The truth is:

  • I supported Ted Cruz for President and make no apologies for doing so, as I think Ted Cruz is a solid conservative,

  • As part of my support for Senator Cruz, I ran to become a National Delegate and carry the vote of Texas Republicans to Cleveland,

  • Our Party does not have a nominee until the National Convention votes,

  • Once the Convention did vote and President Trump was the nominee, I supported him wholeheartedly and still do, and

  • I went on television to defend him as nominee and since then as President many times in the most liberal area of the state–Travis County. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHIOW4-U5M0

Even more proof exists from my election as Travis County Chair last year, when I was asked directly whether I would support President Trump, then our nominee, in the general election:


 Here’s a recap of how that very public statement of mine went:

 “Dickey… said that, while Trump was not his original candidate and while he had been an advocate at the Republican National Convention for the right of delegates to vote their conscience, he was never a ‘never Trump’ person and felt a party chairman really had to support the whole ticket from top to bottom.”

This is the advantage of always trying to do what is right and not changing based on political winds–the record shows the truth.

The fact that I supported a different candidate in the primary yet wholeheartedly supported the nominee in the general shows you what kind of Chair I will be–one that brings all factions of the Party together and vigorously supports our Republican nominees up and down the ballot.

 The fact that I fought for delegates to have their right to vote also shows you what kind of Chair I will be–one that will fight for the voices of those I represent, whether that’s the voices of the delegates at a Convention or the voices of our grassroots Republicans in the Legislature.

 I will not back down from promoting our candidates, platform, and values, regardless of the pressure and deceptive tactics our opponents may bring against us. I have been a fighter alongside you in the trenches and I will be a fighter with you as your State Chairman.

As your RPT Chair, I will give you honesty, transparency, a complete commitment to our conservative principles that unite us, and a passion to elect more Republicans throughout Texas.

If you have any questions you would like to ask, simply call me. No need for “fake news”–you can get the truth straight from the source. My number is 512-623-0276.

For the Truth and for Texas,

James Dickey

Republican Party of Texas Senate District 1 Volunteer of the Year


I am exceptionally grateful to Senate District 1’s SREC’s Sue Evenwel & Dennis Cable for their continued support and faith in me. And the East Texans for Liberty Executive Board & the whole ET4L Team, for their recognition and support.  It is an honor to be selected for the Republican Party of Texas’ Senate District 1 Volunteer of the Year.   ~ Stacy

Stacy McMahan
Republican Party of Texas
Senate District 1 Volunteer of the Year

Please join me in congratulating one of my dearest friends, a great patriot and President of our group, East Texans for Liberty (ET4L), Stacy McMahan, in being named the Republican Party of Texas Senate District 1 Volunteer of the Year!!

Stacy puts in countless hours promoting conservative principles and helping candidates and elected officials on local, state and national levels who share those same ideals. She’s good at holding them accountable too!

We are so proud of her, and so fortunate to have her energy and knowledge as the driving force of our group! No one deserves this great recognition more!

Stacy will be recognized, along with other Senate District Volunteers throughout Texas, at the Governor’s Mansion on Friday, September 22, 2017.

Stacy McMahan BIO:

Stacy McMahan is a lifelong Republican.  Because of professional and family obligations, Stacy watched from the sidelines for many years.  In 2009, that changed and she jumped into the public policy world with a full court press.

Early on, Stacy used her writing and research skills to vet and report on local and statewide issues.  Many followers came to know “StaceinTexas” as a no-nonsense, conservative Republican on her ‘blog’, and a trusted source of information for the grassroots.

As opportunities to work for Republican candidates arose, Stacy embraced them.  Working as part of Ted Cruz’s “Kitchen Cabinet”, and the East Texas liaison for Governor Perry in 2012, along with volunteering on campaigns for Ken Paxton, Matt Rinaldi, Matt Schaefer, and Bob Hall from 2010 to present.

In 2012, Stacy was named Director of the GOTV for the Gregg County Republican Party.  She was honored to be nominated, by the Republican Women of Gregg County, for the Texas Federation of Republican Women Tribute to Women Award in 2014.  She is a member of Republican Women of Gregg County, and an associate member of Republican Women of Northeast Texas and Upshur County Republican Women.  She is a member of the Republican Party of Gregg County and associated with the Republican Party of Upshur County.  She is also President of East Texans for Liberty, a conservative grassroots coalition in Upshur County.

Stacy is a retired paralegal who enjoys raising Nubian goats, with her husband, in Upshur.  They have 3 children.

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Jim Graham: You cannot stay silent


Friend —

Why are you and I uncomfortable talking about dismemberment abortion?

Maybe because we are uncomfortable with what a dismemberment abortion does to an innocent unborn baby.

Nothing is more barbaric than killing an innocent preborn baby by removing each one of her limbs and causing her to bleed to death in the very womb that was designed by God to protect her. Additionally, this is the procedure that abortionists use to obtain baby body parts to sell for profit.

We cannot avoid the gruesome reality by simply not talking about this.

The fact that dismemberment abortions are legal in Texas is an abomination that cries to God.

We must talk about this. The same way that many Holocaust survivors want the world to look at pictures exposing the graphic reality of the Holocaust, dismemberment abortion must be exposed to the world in order to eradicate this inhuman procedure.

We must pass a bill to ban dismemberment abortion in Texas.

There are only 39 days left in the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature.

The Texas Senate has passed a ban that would prohibit an abortionist from killing a baby by removing her limbs while she is still in the womb. Not only would banning this monstrous procedure save countless innocent lives, the measure would also dramatically help end the vile trafficking of baby body parts.

However, the Texas House has been sitting on this bill refusing to act. Their stall tactics will cause the deaths of over 1,000 innocent lives over the next two years.

With the clock running out, we are diverting all of our resources to Austin for these remaining weeks until the Texas Legislature adjourns on May 29.

Please give $25, $50, $75, $100, $200, $500, $1,000, or more towards our goal of $40,000 to help our legislative efforts during these last crucial weeks.

YOU will help us save lives as we spend every single day at the Texas Capitol fighting anti-Life forces and do-nothing legislators.

Together, you and I will put an end to the barbarism of dismemberment abortion and soon all abortion once and for all.

You and I have only 39 days to act.

Yours for Life,

Jim Graham

House Raids Rainy Day Fund, Passes Bloated Budget

Special thanks to these Representatives for standing strong for Texas: Briscoe Cain; Davis, Y.; Patrick Fallon; Cole Hefner; Matthew Krause; Mike Lang; Jeff Leach; Matt Rinaldi; Scott Sanford; Matt Schaefer; Matt Shaheen; Jonathan Stickland; Valoree Swanson for Texas; State Representative Tony Tinderholt; Bill Zedler.

H/T Teresa Beckmeyer with LoneStarVoiceOnline:

The Texas House passed its amended version of the Senate’s budget Thursday night (Friday morning) right around 1:30am. Though there were 402 pre-filed amendments on the bill, only 198 were actually laid out before the body.

As is usually the case in the House, the fireworks would not result from fights between Republicans and Democrats, but by those between liberal Republicans and conservative Republicans.

 Conservatives had several big objectives going into the debate including protecting the “Rainy Day Fund,” ending tax-payer funded lobbying, eliminating subsidies to the film and music industry, eliminating the Texas Enterprise Fund, repealing the so-called “Texas DREAM Act” which grants in-state tuition rates to children of illegal immigrants, and many others.

 In the end, two of those proposals were successful.

 Rep. Matt Shaheen’s amendment to cut film subsidies passed.

 The Governor’s Texas Enterprise Fund was defunded with no expended conservative effort. A Democrat beat them to the punch. However, the amendment simply moved the funds over to the Department of Health and Human Services, rather than apply them to the budget shortfall.

Rep. Valoree Swanson did not lay out her amendment to ban taxpayer dollars from going to lobbyists.

 Rep. Mike Lang did not lay out his amendment to protect the Rainy Day Fund.

Rep. Jonathan Stickland attempted to lay out an amendment to end the Feral Hog Abatement Program which he believes is an inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars. He was thwarted when Rep. Drew Springer tacked on language to cut $900,000 in road funding from Stickland’s home city of Bedford. Stickland was forced to withdraw the now-tainted amendment.

We do not yet know the full fiscal impact of the House’s new budget, but the un-amended version was set at $218 Billion.

The conservative Texas Freedom Caucus members kept their promise to vote against it because of its withdrawal from the Rainy Day Fund.

The budget passed 131-16.

 Yeas – Allen; Alonzo; Alvarado; Anchia; Anderson, C.; Anderson, R.; Arévalo; Ashby; Bailes; Bell; Bernal; Blanco; Bohac; Bonnen, D.; Bonnen, G.; Burkett; Burns; Burrows; Button; Canales; Capriglione; Clardy; Coleman; Collier; Cook; Cortez; Cosper; Craddick; Cyrier; Dale; Darby; Davis, S.; Dean; Deshotel; Dukes; Dutton; Elkins; Faircloth; Farrar; Flynn; Frank; Frullo; Geren; Gervin-Hawkins; Giddings; Goldman; Gonzales; González; Gooden; Guerra; Guillen; Gutierrez; Hernandez; Herrero; Hinojosa; Holland; Howard; Huberty; Hunter; Isaac; Israel; Johnson, E.; Johnson, J.; Kacal; King, K.; King, T.; Klick; Koop; Kuempel; Lambert; Landgraf; Larson; Laubenberg; Longoria; Lozano; Lucio; Martinez; Metcalf; Meyer; Miller; Minjarez; Moody; Morrison; Mr. Speaker(C); Muñoz; Murphy; Murr; Neave; Nevárez; Oliveira; Oliverson; Ortega; Paddie; Parker; Paul; Perez; Phelan; Phillips; Pickett; Price; Raney; Raymond; Reynolds; Roberts; Rodriguez, E.; Rodriguez, J.; Romero; Rose; Schofield; Schubert; Sheffield; Shine; Simmons; Smithee; Springer; Stephenson; Stucky; Thierry; Thompson, E.; Turner; Uresti; VanDeaver; Villalba; Vo; Walle; White; Wilson; Workman; Wray; Wu; Zerwas

Nays – Biedermann; Cain; Davis, Y.; Fallon; Hefner; Krause; Lang; Leach; Rinaldi; Sanford; Schaefer; Shaheen; Stickland; Swanson; Tinderholt; Zedler

Absent, Excused – Keough; King, P.; Thompson, S.

BREAKING!!! President Trump Accuses OBAMA Of WIRE TAPPING Trump Towers Before The Election!

Saturday morning President Trump has come out with a series of tweets accusing former President Obama of wire tapping his offices at Trump Towers. President Trump has recently suggested that Obama and left over loyalists within the White House and other branches of government have been trying to undermine the peaceful transfer of power.

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

Trump wrote, in another he said: “Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”

But he didn’t stop there he went on to say: “I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!”

Then, there’s the Russian connection. For some time now, the Obama administration and others on the extreme far left have been pushing this idea that the Russians were influencing our elections. Recently, even accusing Trump administration officials and campaign workers of meeting with the Russians.

Most recently in the news is Attorney General Sessions, who testified in front of Congress that as a member of the Trump campaign he never met with Russian officials. However, we later found out he did have a meeting with the Russian Ambassador as part of his official role as a sitting US Senator.

In one of Trump’s tweets he suggests that the meeting that the left is now accusing AG Sessions of having was actually set up by the Obama administration. He wrote: “The first meeting Jeff Sessions had with the Russian Amb was set up by the Obama Administration under education program for 100 Ambs.”

President Trump then turns the tables on Obama and points out that Obama himself had met with the Russians 22 times. Let’s not forget that meeting with the Russian president, with the “hot mic” moment, where Obama tells the Russian President to let Vlad know that after his election he will have more flexibility.

For sometime now there’s been talk of the “Deep State,” or possibly even an Obama shadow government being set up. With the recent revelations that Valerie Jarrett will be operating the nerve center of this out of Obama’s Washington DC mansion, it’s beginning to look a lot more like a reality.

This story is developing with new information and tweets coming in. We will keep you updated.


Congratulations to Representative Cole Hefner!

Representative Cole Hefner (District 5) was seated on two committees:  Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and Pensions.  See below for a description of the committee work involved.

    Sec. 7.  CRIMINAL JURISPRUDENCE. The committee shall have
seven  members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:
             (1)  criminal law, prohibitions, standards, and
             (2)  probation and parole;
             (3)  criminal procedure in the courts of Texas;
             (4)  revision or amendment of the Penal Code; and
             (5)  the following state agencies:  the Office of State
Prosecuting Attorney and the Texas State Council for Interstate
Adult Offender Supervision.


 Sec. 29.  PENSIONS. The committee shall have seven  members,
with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:
             (1)  benefits or participation in benefits of a public
retirement system and the financial obligations of a public
retirement system; and
             (2)  the following state agencies: the Texas Emergency
Services Retirement System, the Board of Trustees of the Teacher
Retirement System of Texas, the Board of Trustees of the Employees
Retirement System of Texas, the Board of Trustees of the Texas
County and District Retirement System, the Board of Trustees of the
Texas Municipal Retirement System, and the State Pension Review

Sen. Burton’s Press Conference on Civil Asset Forfeiture #txlege


Yesterday,  Senator Konni Burton and others came together for a quick press conference on her bill concerning Civil Asset Forfeiture.  SB 380 has bipartisan support.

Mansfield’s Police Chief Tracy Aaron needs to speak to our Sheriff Chief David Hazel.  There are many members of law enforcement that believe CAF needs reform, and do not view Burton’s and others actions as anti-law enforcement.

Watch the video HERE.