September Meeting – Sen. Paul Bettencourt

Paul BettencourtCome hear Sen. Paul Bettencourt show us statistics on exactly how we are voting in recent elections, who is voting for whom, and where do we need to concentrate our efforts on GOTV for the upcoming Midterm Elections.

First elected to the Senate in 2014, Paul Bettencourt represents Senate District 7, which includes portions of Harris County. He previously served 10 years as the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector, where he introduced “Smart Government” at the Harris County Tax Office and developed a customer service-driven organization. His team created the first major online property tax payment system and the first county tax office website with online automotive registration in Texas. (His motto was “Get on-line, not in-line.”)

In his first legislative session, Senator Bettencourt served as the chief Senate sponsor on 25 bills that the Legislature approved, including his amendment to SB 1760 that requires a 60% supermajority within a taxing jurisdiction to increase property taxes and has already prevented Dallas ISD from imposing a $100 million tax increase on its taxpayers. Senator Bettencourt also led the passage of the Andrea Sloan “Right to Try” bill, which allows terminally ill Texas patients access to drugs still in the FDA approval pipeline, and SB 1004, which expanded dual credit opportunities in Harris County.  He built upon this success in the most recent legislative session by passing legislation to stamp out inappropriate student-educator relationships and he reached across the aisle to establish ISD and Charter School Partnerships to give Texas students better access to educational opportunities. Additionally, he worked to pass HB 810, which gets government out of the way and allows adult stem cell treatments to be used for patients facing severe chronic illnesses.

The senator and his wife Susan are active members of Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, where Paul is a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

September 2018 Newsletter

At our CHAT last Wednesday we heard Jim McIngvale, aka ‘Mattress Mack’ as he entertained us and several Candidates speak to kick off our fall GOTV to prepare for the Midterm Elections.  This is a tough Election, folks, and we need to prepare ourselves with as much information as possible in order to make the right choices that will impact our future both locally and nationally.

Have you ever heard so much about Socialism as we have recently,  but I wonder how many of us really know what Socialism is or what it would mean to every person in this country if the current Socialist Candidates were elected to office.  On Wednesday, September 12, we have another CHAT planned at the HCRP Westside HQ office on Katy Freeway at 5:30 pm .  Our speaker is Carmen Montiel, former Candidate for CD 29.  She grew up in Socialist Venezuela and will tell us, first hand, exactly what Socialism will do to this country if the worst happens and what we can expect.  Watch your email for a separate flyer invitation and rsvp to Rajada Fleming now.

As we move forward to the election, we will have Sen Paul Bettencourt speak at our September meeting to address the true picture of voting that is actually happening in Harris County by Republicans and Democrats.  Are they really about to overtake us and turn us Blue.  Sen. Bettencourt has the figures to show us facts proving how things are turning out here in our area.  Don’t miss this meeting!  Is Harris County turning Blue?  It’s up to us to prevent it.

Get involved!!!! If you don’t know what to do, go to the HCRP Westside HQ and volunteer your time to help elect our Republican Candidates.  You can address postcards, make phone calls, block walk and many other things, just get involved or you can’t complain when your candidate doesn’t get elected.  Our wonderful Village RW are staffing and running this office so you will see faces you know and have fun as well.  Let Rajada Fleming know when you can be there and we’ll see you next week.  And when you go, take some supplies like napkins, bottled water, cleaning wipes, etc.

Don’t sit out this election, that’s what Village RW do, we’re involved, we work and elect the best Candidates for the job.  And don’t miss the September meeting!

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August Chat – Mattress Mack – Harvey One Year Later

Mattress Mack

We are having a special Social lunch CHAT and you’re invited to come CHAT with your friends over lunch and enjoy hearing “Mattress Mack” talk about the last year, where we are now, and where we are going in Houston.  Our representative, Jim Murphy, will make a special introduction.   So, come spend your lunch time with us and leave ready to take on the Democrats!

In 1981, Mack and his wife Linda started Gallery Furniture with five thousand dollars and a dream. Mack began television advertising early on and with his motto of “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise”, he quickly became a household name.  Gallery furniture has expanded to 3 locations in Houston.

Mack’s strong work ethic is matched by his philanthropy and exceeded only by the commitment he has to his family. He has given to numerous charities and is the Houston Livestock Rodeo’s largest contributor. Gallery furniture made a memorable mark in Houston after Hurricane Harvey when he offered shelter in his stores for volunteers and cleaning supplies for the flood victims. He was recognized by President Trump for his generosity to the community.

State Representative Jim Murphy  represents HD-133 in west Houston. Murphy was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. He currently serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts and is a member of the Ways & Means Committee. Murphy also serves as Floor Leader for the House Republican Caucus.

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May Meeting – Cindy Ashe RPT Chair Candidate

Cindy AsheCindy Asche, candidate for Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, will be joining Village Republican Women at our next general meeting on May 23rd for a conversation about the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) and her vision for it.

A 5th generation Texan, Cindy Crocker Asche was born in Waco and raised in Austin. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business from Baylor University in 1983 and graduated with a BSN in Nursing from the University of Texas in 1986 after putting herself through school by working in the Emergency Room at St. David’s Hospital.

Since 1986, Cindy has served in a variety of ER and Trauma roles from assistant head nurse, trauma case manager, injury prevention coordinator, ER unit manager, and ultimately ER manager. Through these positions, she managed a 50+ member staff, administered multi-million dollar budgets, and developed best-practices to ensure optimal efficiency in the office.

Cindy actively worked alongside her father, Bill Crocker, during his tenure as RNC National Committeeman for Texas, before she served as a State Convention delegate, Grassroots Club member, and Precinct Chair in Denton County. In 2016, she served as the Dallas-Area Captain for the Mighty Texas Strike Force—a movement credited by many as playing a vital role in the election of President Donald Trump.

She is the current president of the Republican Women of Greater North Texas, Chaplain for Texas Federation of Republican Women (TFRW), and a current member of the RPT Candidate Resource Committee (CRC). Additional information about Cindy can be found on her website at www.cindyasche.com.

RPT Chairman James Dickey was also invited to join us for this conversation but unfortunately had a scheduling conflict. For more information about Chairman Dickey, his website is https://jamesrdickey.com.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

May 2018 Newsletter

Village has been keeping its members busy recently with educational, informational activities and there is more to come.  April 10, we gathered at the Courthouse in downtown Houston for a personal Tour through the Houston Historical Documents section by our good friend Chris Daniel, Harris County Clerk.  He gave us history that dated back to the 1600’s on Harris County and we were fascinated to see very old documents with signatures of our founding fathers.

Also, our last meeting with State Representative James White answered, as well as brought up, so many questions about the Mental Health Issue in Texas’ Criminal Justice System.  He was a great speaker who presented details of our problems in the system.

Keep watch for the Westside HCRP HQ which will be opening soon.  There is so much planned between now and the election there for you to be part of. Village always is the largest presence in the Westside Office, if you have not signed up to volunteer, please contact Rajada at rajadafleming@yahoo.com. There will be signs, t-shirts for sale, candidate forums, and lots more!

Don’t forget the School Board Elections, on May 5 and the all important Run-off election May 22.  Volunteer to help in these elections and make calls at the Westside HQ to bring out voters.

On May 23, our next meeting will be a forum between both of the candidates for Chair of the Republican Party of Texas:  Cindy Asche and James Dickey.   This forum will answer everything you ever wanted to know to help you make a decision when you vote at the Texas State Republican Convention, June 14-16, 2018.

Time to get busy, members!  Don’t let the Democrats take over our wonderful state.

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April Meeting – Mental Health and our Criminal Justice System

Rep James WhitePlease join Village Republican Women at our April 25th meeting to hear Texas House of Representatives Corrections Committee Chairman, State Representative James White (HD-19), speak about “Mental Health and our Criminal Justice System.”

First elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010, Chairman White also sits on the International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs and Opioid & Substance Abuse committees. He previously served on the County Affairs, Agriculture and Livestock, Human Trafficking, Juvenile Justice and Family Issues, Emerging Issues in Law Enforcement, Transportation Planning, and Mental Health committees.

A native Houstonian, Chairman White attended Houston ISD public schools, graduated with honors from Prairie View A&M University and completed his doctorate in political science at the University of Houston.

As a commissioned United States Army Infantry officer, his service included an assignment with the Berlin Brigade from 1987-90 during the demise of the Soviet Union. After leaving the Army with an Honorable Discharge in 1992, Rep. White began a career as a public school educator.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

April 2018 Newsletter

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Easter and the fabulous weather that went along with it.

In the not too distant future, those of us who were elected as Delegates to attend the Texas State Republican Convention at the Senatorial District Conventions in March, will begin receiving our confirmations with information about the convention in June. Make your hotel reservations and register to attend the convention as soon as you receive the paperwork so you won’t miss out on a hotel room close to the Convention Center. This year’s convention will have a lot of issues on the table for discussion and voters necessary so we need every delegate to be present. Make your plans now to attend!

Who knew that Texas has a Bill of Rights and that Number 23 supports the Second Amendment to the Constitution. There are others that may surprise you, look up Texas Bill of Rights and you’ll find it very interesting to learn about your wonderful State and it’s laws, go to https://law.justia.com/constitution/texas/articles/cn000100.html

Hope you were able to attend the Village RW Chat on April 10 with a Tour of Texas History Documents conducted by District Clerk Chris Daniels.

On April 25, we have a fabulous speaker, Rep James White who will educate us in detail about what in the world is taking place with Mental Health in our Prison system. Not something you hear a lot about but explains why there is so much overcrowding and you may gain an opinion about tax dollars being used to build more prisons.

Village RW is busy with so many events in this busy election run-off season. Join us and be part of all that is going on.

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March Meeting – Importance of Republican Women

Join Village Republican Women at our annual membership meeting on March 28. Both State Representative Jim Murphy and former State Representative Patricia Harless will speak about the importance of Republican women, why joining Village Republican Women is important, and how hard the Democrats are fighting to turn Texas blue.

patricia harlessThe Honorable Patricia Harless is a fourth generation Texan and native Houstonian with deep roots in the community as a small business and civic leader. In 2006, Patricia was elected to the Texas House of Representatives (HD-126) and served five terms, retiring in January 2017. She served on the Transportation, Calendar, State Affairs, and Licensing committees, as well as the chair of Environmental Regulations Committee. Harless served as a board member of the Texas Motor Vehicle Board (1998-2005), being appointed by both Governor George W. Bush and Governor Rick Perry.

Jim MurphyState Representative Jim Murphy was raised in and represents HD-133 in west Houston. Along with Representative Harless, Murphy was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. He currently serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts and is a member of the Ways & Means Committee. Murphy also serves as Floor Leader for the House Republican Caucus. He has been recognized for his work by numerous pro-business and pro-taxpayer groups as an effective advocate for reducing burdensome regulations and improving workforce development programs.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

March 2018 Newsletter

VOTING!  VOTING!  VOTING!  We’ve all heard a lot about it and worked hard for the outcome in the last six months and now the long awaited Primary Election is almost over.  If you haven’t voted yet, you have one more chance to vote and that is Tuesday, March 6, 2018.  Please, don’t let it go, it is always important but this year, it is critical that you vote.  The Democrats have had record turnouts in their Primary that could spell disaster for our Party, so get out there and vote Tuesday.

Village RW wants record turnouts in their membership for 2019.  If you haven’t renewed or brought your guests to one of our meetings, you have another chance at our next meeting on March 28 at the Houston Racquet Club.  There you can join and your guests can join and if your guests join, you will get your next month’s meeting lunch FREE.  We have two great speakers, Rep. Jim Murphy, and the Hon. Patricia Harless speaking on ‘What it means to be a Republican Woman’ and ‘Why you want to be a member of Village RW’.  This will be your last chance to join and have your name listed in our 2019 Directory.  A few spaces for Ads are still available until that time.

Sometime in April or May, the Harris County Republican Party will be partnering with Village RW to open the Westside HQ on our ‘side’ of town.  Nancy Scott and Rajada Fleming are in charge of setting up and running the Center which will hold events, special speakers, and have volunteers calling etc.  If you have an interest in being a part of this great effort, please contact Nancy or Rajada.

Stay hard at work and don’t give up….our Party needs us more than ever.

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February 2018 Newsletter

Last week we celebrated the first year anniversary of the Inauguration of our awesome President.  His many accomplishments in his first year in office gave us an idea of the many ways he is truly Making America Great Again.  It makes us excited looking forward to what’s in store the next three years:  THE wall, healthcare reform or maybe even more job growth.  Who knows, but we love it.

Thank you President Trump – Texas Republican Women love you!

February 21, 2018 will be our only remaining meeting on the third Wednesday due to a conflict with the Racquet Club on our usual day. Our March meeting on March 27, 2018 will put us back to our usual fourth Wednesday of the month meeting day. 

Also March 27 is our annual Membership Meeting with speakers  reminding us why it’s good to be a Republican Woman, how to be more active, and why you want to be a member of Village Republican Women.  Keep watching as more details come out about that meeting.  You will want to join or renew your membership by March 31 to be listed in the 2018 Membership directory.  If you are interested in buying an ad in the Directory, please click here or find more information in the attached newsletter.

We have an exciting meeting planned for February 21 with Judge Ed Emmett speaking.  Come early around 10:45a.m. for a special Candidate Meet and Greet allowing you to ask questions one-on-one with each candidate to give you the information you need before early voting begins February 20, 2018.

Our year will certainly be an exciting one and Village RW looks forward to getting to know you, our members, and hearing from you.

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