May Meeting – Child Protective Services & Minor Sex Trafficking

VRW welcomes Ashley Davis-Nelson and Toni Macfarlan to our May 2017 meeting. These ladies will talk about Child Protective Services, sex-trafficking and Texas legislation around these critical problems.

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How CPS Led Me to Conservative Activism

Ashley was in and out of foster care until she was 12 years-old.  As she grew older, she decided to pay it forward and help vulnerable children in CPS.  She served as University of Houston’s College Republican President and as a Senator in Student Government Association.  After graduation, she worked with Blakemore and Associates, Ted Cruz’s Presidential Campaign and now Empower Texans.  She has been involved with CPS bills for the 85th Texas Legislative Session.

 

 

 

America’s Hidden Epidemic toni-macfarlan

Toni has been volunteering with Traffick911 to free youth from sex trafficking since college.  Traffick911 combats domestic minor sex-trafficking with prevention, identification and empowerment of survivors.  She’s currently the Fort Bend County Juvenile Detention Coordinator with Traffick911, a Field Representative for Congressman Pete Olson and a mom.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

May 2017 Newsletter

I can’t believe it is May already!  One more meeting, then we break for the summer.  I am thrilled with the President’s first 100 days! On April 26, President Trump rolled out the first details of his tax plan, which will reform the complicated tax code, slash rates, and empower companies and workers to create jobs and keep more of their money in their own pockets.

 Personal Tax Reform

  • Provide Tax Relief for Middle Income Families
  • Simplify the Tax Code by Moving from 7 to 3 Brackets: 0, 10, 25, 35
  • Modernize Tax Code to Help Families Struggling with Child & Dependent Care Costs
  • Repeal 3.8% Obamacare Tax on Investment Income
  • End Alternative Minimum Tax
  • Eliminate Itemized Deductions Except Mortgage Interest & Charitable Contributions
  • End the Death Tax

Business Tax Reform

  • 15% Corporate Rate
  • Small Business Owner/Operators Eligible for Business Rate
  • Territorial Tax System to End Penalty on Companies Headquartered in the U.S.
  • Onetime Tax for Repatriation to Bring Back Trillions of Dollars from Overseas
  • Eliminate Tax Breaks for Special Interest

The Texas Legislators will be burning the midnight oil and they should be, they have accomplished very little at getting conservative bills passed by both houses. At the time I wrote this, only 3 bills out of 4,000 submitted have passed. I would like to give you an update on the Houston pensions issue, but it changes from minute to minute… stay tuned!

HB 2815 by Tom Oliverson is referred to as the “nursing home voting bill.”  It could help prevent the single source of voting fraud that is the topic of the highest number of complaints received by the Secretary of State after every election. 

HB 2139 by Mike Schofield brings organized election fraud under the state’s racketeering laws and makes it a felony to engage in organized election fraud activity like ballot harvesting. 

HB 3643 by Valoree Swanson increases penalties for illegally assisting voters and particularly for voter ambush. That’s were organized groups wait in the parking lots of polling places, lock arms with unsuspecting voters and proceed into the polling place to act as the “assistants” for voters with whom they have no prior relationship.

HB 3435 by Valoree Swanson gives the Signature Verification Committee of the election Ballot Board more flexibility in disallowing mail ballots for which the signatures displayed are clearly not the signatures of the voter.

Call or email your representative today to let them know this is important to you.  On the last page of this newsletter you can click on to find your representative.

What to say:  
Tell your representative there are 4 election bills that we need to improve election integrity in Harris County. Ask them to please do whatever they can to pull these 4 bills to votes by the House and Senate.  Your voices can make a real difference.

We have some exciting events and speakers planned for you next fall.  Have a happy, healthy fun summer and we will see you in August!

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Run for the Fallen 2018

Run for the Fallen 2018Honor and Remember Inc will kick off its Run for the Fallen in April 2018. The Run will specifically honor the men and women who have died during the War on Terror which began with the USS Cole bombing on October 12, 2000.

The Run will cover 19 states and 6100 miles to honor every fallen service member numbering nearly 20,000. Each mile of the route will be dedicated to an individual hero and their family.

Each relay team will stop at one mile intervals where they will place a “Hero Marker” and deliver a short tribute to waiting Gold Star family members, friends and patriots. They will cover 50 miles per day and conclude with an ending ceremony at planned stopping points in local towns.

Links of Interest:

Run Information

Route Map

Volunteer Information

Become a Virtual Runner

Honor and Remember

April 2017 Newsletter

April is a busy month, so hold on….here we go!

Thursday, April 6: 32 members will be going to the Capitol for TFRW Legislative Day.  Tell you all about it at the next VRW meeting.

Friday April 7: Republican Women Protest Hillary !

I hope you will all join me for the Hillary Protest!  The opposition is well organized, and very active, we need to show we are not going to let them turn our state blue! (details below)

April 26: VRW General meeting…details above, make your reservation now!

April 28: HCRP Lincoln/Reagan Fundraiser

This is the biggest fundraiser for the county party.  They have a great lineup of speakers, a chance to talk to many elected officials, have some fun and get dressed up….all while supporting our conservative cause.

GET INVOLVED…SHOW UP…WE NEED YOU… AND IT IS FUN!

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April Meeting – Glen Hager

Glen HagerVRW welcomes Texas Comptroller, Glenn Hager, to give us a legislative budget update. Elected in November 2014, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hagar serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator.

Hagar is a sixth-generation Texan, who grew up farming land that has been in his family since the mid-1800s. Before becoming Comptroller, Hagar served in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, and also served as chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which works to eliminate inefficiency in government agencies.

Hagar attended Texas A&M as an undergraduate, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. He then attended St. Mary’s University, earning a Master of Arts and his law degree. At the University of Arkansas, he earned a Master of Laws degree.

Glenn and his wife Dara have three young children — Julia, Jonah and Claire.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

March Meeting – Nina Hendee

Nina HendeeVRW will celebrate Texas Independence Day and the Battle of San Jacinto at our March meeting. Mrs. Nina Hendee, commissioned Admiral in the historical Texas Navy will share stories about the heroes of Texas liberty and the spirit and sacrifices made to free Texas from tyranny.

Nina and her husband, Edd, own and operate the Taste of Texas Restaurant, one of the top 100 restaurants in the U.S. Mrs. Hendee started her speaking career with area school children, sharing her love of Texas and its rich history. Approximately 13,000 Houston area students look forward to the Taste of Texas field trip each school year where they hear great tales of our Texas forefathers, tour the restaurant, and enjoy a lunch, compliments of the owners.

An active member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Speakers Committee, Nina has won the coveted “Mega-Mouth” and was named Speaker of the Year 2015. She has been involved with HLSR for over 25 years.

While staying very active in politics, the restaurant business, numerous charities and Second Baptist Church of Houston, Nina and her husband Edd find their greatest joy in their children and grandchildren.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

March 2017 Newsletter

If you are like me, you thought things might calm down once we got past the elections last November. I never dreamed they would turn out so Fantastic State and Nationally and so dismal Locally.  Things have done anything but calm down!

For those of you who may have been out of the country, or haven’t been out of the house, read the paper or listened to the news, Village RW were in the news again!  We had a very exciting monthly meeting, and had Congressman Culberson update us on Capitol Hill. 

Thank you to all the volunteers who made this meeting such a great success!  We had about 135 attending (inside), with many more who would have liked to attend… friendly and not so friendly!  Registration, security, membership, greeters, Eleanor as gatekeeper, Marri and her husband Roy taking the professional photos of the members with the Congressman, each one of you played a role in the success of this meeting.

We must stay vigilant and work at making sure our elected representatives are responsible in carrying out the principles that got them elected! We only have about 60 days to get proposals on the floor of the Capitol that we feel strongly about!  I hope you will join me for TFRW Legislative Day, April 6.  We will have a bus to take us to Austin early in the morning and return the same day after our day at the Capitol.  There are only 15 seats left on the bus, so please send me your RSVP if you would like to go.  VRW is an Elite Patrons Club and the TFRW President is one of our members, so we will have front row seats!  TFRW also has a fundraising party the night before Leg Day, called Boots and Belles. The Registration forms are in this newsletter.

March is membership month, VRW is off to a healthy start with over 173 members before the March meeting!  Remember the incentive to get 2 friends, or strangers, to join before the end of March, and your lunch will be free in April!

Kathaleen Wall, VRW First VP, will be hosting the meeting in my place as I will be out of the country.  It is going to be one you do not want to miss!  Wear your Texas C&W clothes and come hear Nina Hendee, the best Texas History storyteller I have ever heard!  We will also be highlighting VRW members who have ancestors that played a role in starting our great Texas Republic.  There will be door prizes and more!  RSVP today!

See you on Legislative Day… It is an exciting time to be a Republican Woman!

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February 2017 Newsletter

The first 100 days, and we are off to a great start!  It is crazy trying to keep up with the new President!   I am just plain giddy!

  • The process of defunding Sanctuary Cities and securing our borders has begun.
  • Took the necessary steps to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
  • Stood up for Israel and passed the necessary resolution that calls for the repeal of the U.N.’s anti-Israel resolution.
  • Temporary Immigration block from certain countries the last Administration declared dangerous to the US, until vetting can be improved.

Trump’s election rallied the market to all-time highs, including the Dow climbing over 20,000 for the first time in history. 

But Beware of FAKE NEWS  examples…

The latest Media narrative suggest that Trump had excluded the CIA from the National Security Council.

Only one problem, The CIA has not been part of the national security forum since 2005. http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/trump-adding-cia-back-to-national-security-council-white-house/

George Soros is financing the protests at the airports but the Media would have you believe all this is spontaneous. This man is an enemy of our Republic and way of life.

Billionaire liberal activist George Soros is helping fund the airport protests against President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban refugees from war-torn Syria indefinitely and suspend visas from seven countries for at least 30 days, as PJ Media reported Sunday. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/liberal-activist-soros-funding/2017/01/29/id/770919/

Soros, a Hungarian-American, reportedly lost $1 billion after President Trump’s election, having backed Democrat Hillary Clinton against him this past fall, and plotting a stock market hedge. He also put hundreds of thousands of dollars into defeating a number of our local Republican Candidates.  They have made it no secret, The Democrats and Soros want to turn Houston BLUE.

Now this,

“The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, announced Monday morning that the party intends to target… John Culberson of Houston.”              
            Texas Tribune, 1/30/2017

I hope you will join me for the February VRW meeting, featuring our own Congressman Culberson.  You will have an opportunity for a professional photograph to be taken with the Congressman and get the inside scoop on what is happening in DC!  Exciting Times!

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February Meeting – John Culberson

John CulbersonVillage Republican Women are pleased to welcome to our February meeting, U.S. Representative, 7th District, John Culberson. Congressman Culberson will be discussing The Inside Story on DC 2017.

John will share highlights of what to anticipate from DC now that we have renewed opportunity with our Republican led government. This is a pivotal moment in our American history.

Congressman Culberson is one of the most senior members of the House Appropriations Committee where he leads the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Subcommittee. He is charged with providing the federal law enforcement officers with the resources to protect our lives and property and his authority also allows him to advocate for national investment in medical and scientific research. Congressman Culberson is also on the Homeland Security Subcommittee and the Transportation Housing & Urban Development Subcommittee.

John and his wife, Belinda, have been married over 25 years and have a twenty year old daughter, Caroline. They are members of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

January Meeting – Paul Simpson & Alan Vera

Village Republican Women are pleased to welcome to our first meeting of 2017, Paul Simpson, Harris County Republican Party Chair and Alan Vera, Chairman of the Ballot Security Committee, Harris County Republican Party. Paul will be discussing Winning in 2018 and Alan’s topic is Insuring Election Integrity.

Paul SimpsonPaul Simpson is serving his second term as Harris County Republican Party Chair.  His activities in Harris County Republican politics for over thirty years have included campaigning, recruiting, mobilizing, organizing, poll watching, election judging, conventioneering and fundraising.  Paul also served for twenty years as a Republican precinct chair, during which he was also district chair, legal counsel, and treasurer. Paul is a lifelong Republican.  He was State Chairman of the Louisiana Teenage Republicans and mobilized young people for Conservative Republican campaigns in college.  He is a partner with the law firm of McGinnis Lochridge, a practice centered on oil and gas matters.

 

 

Alan VeraAlan Vera has been elected Chairman of the Ballot Security Committee, Harris County Republican Party since 2014.  He is one of the original founders of True the Vote, a grassroots effort to restore integrity to U.S. elections.  He has written many state specific election observer curriculum, trained many thousands of observers and supervised in over twenty states.   He wrote the election observer curriculum for Wisconsin in 2012 and trained over 1,000 observers for the recall election of Governor Scott Walker – in person, online, and via video conference. Alan is President of Quest Business Agency with responsibility for all marketing strategies and clients.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs