April Meeting – Redistricting

Former President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder are galvanizing liberals around redistricting.  They are focusing on redistricting efforts as a way to get more movement on the New Green Deal, gun control, Obamacare, and other progressive initiatives.  They intend to move state legislatures and House districts to elect members who are more in line with their political views.  Adam Kincaid and Dale Oldham are leading the national charge to stop them.  You won’t want to miss Village Republican Women’s April 24th general meeting for an update from Mr. Kincaid and Mr. Oldham.

Adam KincaidAdam Kincaid is the Executive Director of the National Republican Redistricting Trust (NRRT) and Fair Lines America.  During his career in conservative politics he has worked with committees, campaigns, and state parties across all 50 states at the federal, state, and local levels.  Prior to coming to NRRT, Adam worked as the Special Projects Director at the Republican National Committee; as the Redistricting Coordinator, Southeastern Political Director, and National Data Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee; and as the Deputy Political Director and Director of Policy and Research for the Republican Governors Association.  His first job in politics was as the Voter Programs Director for the Georgia Republican Party.

 

Dale OldhamDale Oldham is a legal adviser to NRRT and is currently the Redistricting Counsel for the Republican National Committee, as he was for the 2000 redistricting cycle.  Dale was Associate Counsel during the 1990 redistricting cycle.  Mr. Oldham was Counsel to FEC Commissioner Don McGahn and was the former Counsel for the Congressionally appointed Members of the Census Monitoring Board.  He has been involved in nearly all of the critical redistricting cases of the last three redistricting cycles.  Mr. Oldham has spoken at numerous seminars and symposiums on redistricting, the census, free speech, campaign finance and election law, and school choice issues.

 

 

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

April 2019 Newsletter

ONE WEEK!!!!   That’s all the time you have left to RSVP for VRW’s Spring Fundraiser and Fashion Show.   There are a few seats left so go to your computer for the invitation and to RSVP. What do you think of when you hear the word Spring?  Flowers, Sunshine, Delicious sandwiches with Sweets, Gorgeous new clothes, fun with friends?  Our British Luncheon promises all that and more.  Don’t miss this fun day….see the invite in this NL.

October 3-5, 2019, Moody Gardens will be hosting TFRW’s Bi-annual Convention.  Mark your calendar early to participate in everything TFRW will be bringing to us.  It is not often we have TFRW’s convention in our backyard making it easy to attend.  As co- chair of the Finance Committee, I will be sending out information soon on how you can help Village achieve their part for the Convention.

With the good News our Country has received in the last few weeks and the exoneration of President Trump, it’s easy to feel like winners, but do not become complacent and believe our problems are over.  We still have a lot of work ahead of us for the 2020 elections and the work starts now if we want to win the Presidency.  Become a Precinct Chair, identify your candidate and work in their campaign, keep yourself informed on current issues and decide your plan of action from here.

If you would like to go to Legislative Day on April 25, we have a couple of seats left on our bus.  RSVP to Rajada  for your seat.  See you then!

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British Luncheon & Fashion Show

VRW thanks all our supporters for making this event a huge success.

Support our 2019/2020 Republican candidates and The Children’s Assessment Center by sponsoring, attending or contributing to the VRW April 2019 British Luncheon & Fashion Show fundraiser.

The CAC provides a safe haven to sexually abused children and their families – a place where they can receive the kind of care and treatment they so richly deserve.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX

March Meeting – Besa Martin

Elizabeth "Besa" Martin

Can The Electoral College Be Abolished Without a Constitutional Amendment?

YES – States with 63% of the Electoral Votes Have Already Voted in Favor of National Popular Vote.

Join Village Republican Women at our March 27th meeting to hear Elizabeth “Besa” Martin discuss this critical issue. Besa is an attorney and owner of E.R. Martin L.L.C. with a focus on legal representation and strategic consulting for clients in various areas including oil and gas business, real estate, business operations and estate planning. Her legal experience includes work at Bexar County, Texas, the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals and internship at the United States Fifth Circuit of Appeals.

Over the past years, she has served Kendall County Republican Women as Legislative Chair, Bylaws Chair, Vice President, and President; Kendall County Republican Party as Rules Chair, Convention Secretary, State Convention Alternate and Delegate; Texas Federation of Republican Women as Candidate Development Chair, V.P. Legislation. V.P. Programs, and Greater San Antonio Council President; National Federation of Republican Women, Asst. Chair Campaign Activities, Chair Election Integrity.

While working under the inspiring leadership of Chair Carolyn Hodges, the NFRW Campaign Activities Committee targeted national Senate races in 2014 and celebrated the return of the U.S. Senate to Republican leadership in January 2015. During the 2010 Election cycle, Besa lead the TFRW “10 in 2010” project to elect more Republicans to the Texas House. Through the wide spread work of TFRW members, the Republican majority moved from 76 to a super majority of 101.

An avid outdoors enthusiast, she enjoys golfing and hunting with her husband as well as dancing. The Martins are passing on their love of this Texas lifestyle to their children.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

March 2019 Newsletter

TO ALL OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS:  ENGAGE, ENGAGE, ENGAGE… everywhere you go; Grocery, Pharmacy, Church, anywhere you are around people, talk to them about their values, family goals, personal wants etc. and let them know that Republicans have their backs – we want the same things for ourselves as well as them and we are willing to work at the grassroots level to achieve it for all of us.  Try to bring them to our meetings so they can see what it’s like for other like minded Republicans… we want them, we need to let them know what the truth really is!!!

Our Harris County Chair, Paul Simpson has invited us to join him and our Governor, Greg Abbott, who is the Guest Speaker for the 2019 Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner, March 27, 2019.  This year it is being held at the Omni Houston Hotel, 2 Riverway, Houston.   See newsletter for RSVP instructions.

April 25, 2019 brings us TFRW Legislative Day in Austin when all Republican Women in Texas, dressed in Red, are recognized in both sessions of the Legislature.  It is very exciting to see all of us in the Gallery as we are noticed by the entire audience.  VRW has reserved a ‘free’ bus to take all who are interested in going for the day, and attend the TFRW Luncheon.  See the newsletter for RSVP instructions.  This year the featured luncheon speaker is Ronna Romney McDaniel, Chair of the RNC.  All in all, a very fun day!!!!

Our Membership Meeting is March 27, this is also the last day to join VRW and have your name printed in the 2019 directory.  Also our speaker is Besa Martin, an active participant of TFRW for many years.  She will be speaking on THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE  and why it is so important to keep it for our elections.  Come find out what it means to our Republic.

So, go to the Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner, join VRW on Membership Day or before and join us for Legislative Day.  There is a lot for you to be involved in.

We WANT you to join if you have not already renewed or joined and we are hoping to see you March 27.

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February Meeting – Judge Ted Poe

Congressman Ted PoeA Congressman, A Judge, A Pioneer in his Own Time

Please join Village Republican Women on Wednesday, February 27 as we welcome former United States Congressman, Judge Ted Poe.

Poe most recently spent the last 14 years advocating for Texas’ 2nd District in United States Congress. He created the first Victims’ Rights Caucus to advocate for victims of crime and was instrumental in passing legislation that protects our communities and restores victims including the Adam Walsh Child Predator Act, the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act, the SAFER Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.  Poe proudly served on the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees and as Chairman of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee.

Before leaving the bench in 2003, Judge Poe was well-known for his innovative punishments – dubbed “Poetic Justice” — that included ordering thieves to carry signs in public places proclaiming their crimes, requiring abusive spouses to publicly apologize on the courthouse steps, sentencing offenders to clean the Houston Police Department horse stables, and ordering murderers to place a photo of their victims on their prison cell wall.  Poe believes that individuals convicted of crime are served best by a sentence that teaches the consequences of their actions. 

At 32, he was one of the youngest judges ever appointed in Texas.  When re-elected, Poe was one of the first Republicans elected to a Texas judicial bench since Reconstruction.  He spent over 20 years in the Harris County courthouse, moving more than 20,000 felony criminal cases.

Judge Poe is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and the University of Houston Law Center.  He enlisted in the Air Force and also taught at the University of Houston.  In his retirement, Poe looks forward to spending time with his wife Carol, his four children and their spouses, and his 13 grandchildren.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

February 2019 Newsletter

At our January meeting last week, our speakers, Kevin Shuvalov and Alan Vera gave us insight into the Midterm Election with the demographics of the voters who exceeded our expectations in this election. We also learned about the tremendous voter fraud sweeping through our state causing problems for every election. I hope we all learned that we ‘have’ to hang in there but change how we are working in the campaigns and put first on our agenda to REGISTER MORE VOTERS in diverse areas just like the Democrats are doing. Another activity we need to be doing is looking for our best people to run for offices and put us back in the majority in Texas. If we don’t, I hate to think what we have to look forward to in our country; Venezuela comes to mind.

On Wednesday evening, February 6, at 6:00p.m. at Trini Mendenhall Center there is a meeting that Alan Vera told us about. This is just one of many of these Community Meetings held by the new District Clerk, Diane Trautman on how she plans to change Harris County to a Countywide Voting Center. All you Election Judges can use your imagination to see how this would go, not to mention the fraud that would be prevalent. Please attend with me to voice our disagreement with this process. Republicans are not turning out for these meetings and that is hurting us. She has an active agenda and is pushing this through if we don’t stop it. Think ahead to 2020’s election and how it would affect our presidential election if we don’t.

Human Trafficking is a topic everyone tries to avoid but folks it is here with us in huge numbers. Our next meeting features Retired Congressman Ted Poe who will be speaking on this subject. We may not know it but probably there are a number of people we see everyday who are swept up in this tragedy. Let’s ask him what we can each do to expose it and wipe it out.

Nuts N’ Bolts is coming up February 19 at Trini Mendenhall Center. Every year Greater Houston Council presents this workshop for every member of the Republican Women’s Clubs. The cost is only $20 to cover lunch, just rsvp on the form in this NL and come learn from others who have been ‘there’.

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January Meeting – Alan Vera & Kevin Shuvalov

Mark Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at the Houston Racquet Club on your calendar!  You won’t want to miss this analytical overview of the 2018 election cycle. 

All politics is local, and Village Republican Women is pleased to welcome election integrity expert, Alan Vera, and well-respected campaign consultant, Kevin Shuvalov, to give overviews of the local political landscape from their perspectives, followed by a discussion where they will be joined by Village’s very own, Kathaleen Wall, Chair of the Election Integrity Working Group for Republican Party of Texas.

Kevin ShuvalovKevin Shuvalov has over two decades of experience in campaign strategy, public affairs, issue advocacy, and fundraising.  In 2014, Kevin opened MMG’s Houston office.  MMG is a full-service political consulting and public affairs firm with political and corporate networks in every state in the country.  He quickly established MMG as one of the go-to public affairs and political strategy firms in the Houston metropolitan area.  MMG and Kevin advise a number of influential pro-business organizations in local, state, and federal politics.  Kevin has been an integral part of five presidential campaigns, numerous national conservative issue advocacy groups, and non-profit organizations.  He has helped guide many Republican candidates to victory all across the country.

Alan VeraAlan Vera has been President & CEO of The Quest Business Agency, Inc. since 1984.  In 2001, he was named “Marketer of the Year” by the American Marketing Association.  He has served as the Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party Ballot Security Committee since June of 2014.

 In 2017, he was named “Volunteer of the Year for SD 7” by the State Republican Executive Committee for his work on election integrity.  This year he was selected to serve on the SREC Election Integrity Committee. The SREC and the RPT staff soon replaced their election worker training materials and curriculum with those developed by Alan for the HCRP Ballot Security Committee.  Alan was one of the original founders of True the Vote and served as the Director of Training and Curriculum for 4 years.  For his service he was honored with the True the Vote Bayonet Award in 2012.  On December 1 of this past year Alan and his wife, Colleen, were honored by Empower Texans with the Conservative Leader award.  Alan served as a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger from 1970 through 1974, receiving numerous individual awards and unit citations.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

January 2019 Newsletter

We are right in the middle of the Christmas Holidays and the end of the year 2018.  It seems as if it suddenly appeared and that yesterday was June, but come to think of it, I feel that way every year as they come faster and faster.  And what a year we have had with the election results that shocked all Republicans, especially in Texas….. don’t forget, though, this year was a vote by Democrats against Trump  and they rallied their constituents in huge numbers.  We don’t want to have this happen again and in 2020 so what do we do?  Work harder you say, but we did work extremely hard this year… maybe we need to change our method of working to doing what the Democrats did:  hold neighborhood meetings and talk about our beliefs and hold these often in homes in key areas, promote our values without calling them Republican values, sign up more folks to vote, be more visible and meet more folks outside our circle of friends.  Stay involved!  Couldn’t hurt, could it?

I especially want to thank everyone of you for your kind generosity to our Veterans and the Children’s Assessment Center.  VRW asked a lot of all of you and you came through.  Kathaleen Wall delivered the huge numbers of books to the Veterans at the USO, (read about in the January newsletter),  our Teddy Bear drive at our Christmas Party was wildly successful and we donated a large number of Teddy Bears to the Children’s Assessment Center (see photo in the January newsletter) and your dollars added up to a nice sum in credit cards which Cheryl Dalton delivered to Camp Hope PTSD Foundation (see photo in the January newsletter).  Camp Hope was so surprised and delighted to receive all the wonderful credit cards for them to pass out to their Veterans.  Thank you!!!!

Be sure to get your 2019 membership renewals in before January 15 and encourage others you know to join our very active organization and meet others who think like you do.  What better way to learn what is going on, what to do, and how to do it.  We have a lot planned already for 2019 and will need your help.

I accepted the challenge for VRW to co-chair the Finance Committee for the TFRW bi-annual convention coming up later this year on October 3-5 in OUR area, which will make it easier for all of us to attend.  It is at Moody Gardens, near Galveston.  You will hear more about what is needed from you as plans proceed.

Have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to a prosperous New Year ahead!

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November Meeting – Debra Coffey – Honoring Veterans

Debra CoffeyPlease join Village Republican Women for a very special Veteran’s Day tribute, “An American Hero is Home at Last.” Debra Coffey, long-time Texas Republican treasure, will share the compelling story of her 50-year journey to give her father, Captain Robert Russell “Bear” Barnett, USAF, an American Hero, a coming home and proper burial after he was killed in 1966 during the Vietnam War. You will not want to miss her story.

Debra has served on the TFRW Board since 2006 in numerous positions and is currently serving as Patron Co-Chair. Prior to this position, she served as First Vice President, for four years. She often participates in Republican Leadership events, as a facilitator, presenter and event organizer encouraging Republican women to run for office.

She is a member of numerous Republican Women clubs in the DFW area, where she has served in many positions.

Debra Coffey has worked as a dedicated volunteer in Texas Republican politics for over 20 years. She has chaired precinct conventions and served as a delegate to Republican county and state conventions.

She has worked and assisted with numerous local, state and national campaigns, walking neighborhoods, writing letters, donating money, making phone calls, as well as hosting numerous events and candidates in her home.

In December 2016, Debra represented Congressional District 12 as an Elector, for President Trump and Vice-President Pence.

Debra lives in Ft. Worth, Texas, married to Retired Republican Judge Daryl Coffey, who served on the bench for 24 years.; now serving in the Texas State Guard in the Judge Advocate General Corps. They have two grown children.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

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