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

November 2018 Newsletter

It’s here, it’s here! The Midterms are finally here. Like it or not we are heavy into this election and voters are turning out in masses. If you pay attention to the exit polls, we might be able to say the Republicans are slightly ahead, we hope that turns out to be the case. Don’t miss this chance to help your candidates and vote for your choices. See you at the Polls, that is if the crowds aren’t too bad! Don’t forget how bleak it will be if the left is put in charge.

Westside HQ has been a huge success this year for this election and has played a very important part for our candidates. Thank you to the many volunteers who worked many hours phoning voters, handwriting postcards, block walking and so much more. We’re not to the finish line for a few more days and both our State and Federal Elections are very important. Let’s cover the ‘blue wave’ for our state and country and let them know we won’t let them take over.

Our next meeting will be November 28, 2018 when we will honor our Veterans with a fabulous program presented by Debra Coffey with a heart wrenching story of her personal experience. At this meeting, we will bring gently used mystery books to be given to Veterans to read. Also we will bring gift cards in any amount from anyplace that will be given to the Veterans at Camp Hope. Let’s support our Veterans and bring your Veteran to our meeting.

Then we end our year with our annual Village RW Christmas Party at Cantina Laredo. It will be held Sunday, December 2 from 5:30 to 8:00 when we will gather for fun, food, and great conversation as we celebrate the Republican win in the midterm election. Invitations will be going out this week, so make your plans now to attend this great evening.

Friends, stay focused on this election for a few more days and do everything you can to push Republicans to a win holding or increasing our seats in the House and Senate, then sit back and watch our President go to work again.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, then the week after come to our Veterans Day Celebration for a great speaker.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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October Meeting – Don Carlson

Don CarlsonDon Carlson, whose wide range of legislative, international and political experience spans a 34-year Capitol Hill career. At the October meeting, he’ll be sharing with us his unique perspective on the current election cycle and goings on in Washington, D.C.

For 30 years, he worked for Congressman Bill Archer, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, representing Houston’s 7th Congressional District.  Mr. Carlson served as his Chief of Staff from 1988 to 2001. He was the Chairman’s prime liaison with the Members and staff of the Ways and Means Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation. 

Prior to assuming that position, he was Chairman Archer’s Legislative Director, with responsibility for all of his legislative/Committee work.  His areas of concentration included taxation, trade, Social Security and budget matters.  In addition, he was Chairman Archer’s chief political advisor and liaison to Republican Party groups at the local, state and national levels.

He currently serves as Managing Director in the Washington National Tax Service office of PwC providing strategic advice as well as legislative, executive branch and regulatory representation for domestic and international clients of PricewaterhouseCoopers on a broad spectrum of issues including tax, international trade, Social Security, budget and appropriations.

Mr. Carlson also serves on the boards of several non-profits.  He is Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Archer Center, the Washington D.C. campus of the University of Texas.  He is Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.

Mr. Carlson earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the School of International Service at the American University, Washington, D.C. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1970 to 1976.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

October 2018 Newsletter

We’re almost there… only 22 more days until early voting begins for the Midterm Elections with the Election to follow on November 6.  How important this election has become with everything that hinges on Republicans maintaining and gaining seats in Congress to support our U.S. President Trump.  It is so important that each of us work hard to register voters, work the phones for our candidates, block walk, address post cards.  If you can’t think of how to help and have some free time, please come to the HCRP Westside HQ and fill in there.   Don’t forget our statewide elections and the candidates who are facing tough Democrat opponents who are well funded by outside sources… Texas is under attack as well!

Village’s longtime friend and supporter, Don Carlson will be speaking at our regular meeting October 24.  Over the years, Don has supported our fundraisers with donations, arranged extras for our members who visit D.C. and always answers questions for us personally on various political topics.  Don has extensive knowledge and insight into ‘Swamp’ politics and will help us understand and sort out the truth in D. C. as he gives us the ‘Dynamics of the Midterms’.

November 28 is our annual celebration of Veterans Day with a fabulous speaker, Debra Coffey, to tell her experience.  You won’t want to miss this moving talk and bring Kleenex for use during her presentation.  Please invite the Veterans you know to attend with you.  Also bring your gently used hard back or paperback books to be given to the Veterans Center for Veterans to enjoy reading. They especially enjoy mysteries. In addition, our club is a supporter of Camp Hope PTSD Foundation right outside of Houston and we ask everyone who attends to please bring a gift card in any amount from any place to be given to the Veterans at Camp Hope.

Don’t give up hope, WE CAN PULL THIS OUT!!!!  Just continue working and staying plugged in to Village and HCRP Westside HQ… support each other through this process.

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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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