By: Jared Woodfill – Email
Chairman, Harris County Republican Party
Dear Harris County Republicans,
This month we report on an invitation from the San Jacinto Republican Women where I will be a guest this Monday night, the status of Immigration Reform in the U.S. House, the latest news on the Pro-Life legislation moving forward in Austin, information on the Pct Chair Training and Mentor Program I want everyone to be aware of, an upcoming Candidates Training School being conducted by The Leadership Institute, and a Latino Vote Workshop being conducted by our friends at Republican Hispanic Citizens in Action.
San Jacinto Republican Women
The San Jacinto Republican Women invite you to join them for their regular monthly meeting this coming Monday as they host Chairman Jared Woodfill who will be speaking about the 2014 Victory Plan.
San Jacinto Republican Women Monday, July 15, 2013
6:00 pm – Social
6:30 pm – Meeting
Johnny Tamale Cantina
4647 E Sam Houston Pkwy S (map)
Pasadena, TX 77505
Immigration in the House
Speaker Boehner has continued to stress that the Senate immigration bill is dead on arrival and that the House will not vote on it. There has been strong support for the House not to pursue this bill because it was filled with pork for liberal groups, fails to actually fix immigration, and gave the Obama administration the ability to pick and choose which parts of the law it wanted to follow. The real question for House Republicans is if they should pass many smaller bills with border security as the main focus or just skip the issue for fear of a conference committee with the Senate.
In addition, a Harris County Republican just knocked the Senate Democrats off their feet. Rep. Steve Stockman (R) has pointed out that the Senate bill is unconstitutional. He said, "Any bill that raises revenue must start in the House. By creating their own amnesty taxes Senate Democrats broke the rules. Senate Democrats were so hell-bent on ramming through a gift to radical political activists they didn’t bother to check if it was even legal." The Congressional Budget Office reviewed the bill and determined it raised revenue by $459 billion which makes this an illegal action by the Senate. Therefore, Speaker Boehner has the legal and constitutional authority to kill the Senate bill with a "blue slip", as the procedure is called, without a vote ever having to take place. Clearly it matters who Harris County sends to Washington.
GOP Heavy Hitters in Austin
Austin remains the center of the debate over HB 2 as the Legislature moves forward. We were thrilled to have former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum join other Pro-Lifers in rallies at the capitol. Gov. Huckabee told a Monday night rally with Attorney General Abbott, "The idea that one person can own another person is repulsive. With that, so is the idea that one person can kill another. Every life has value." And then yesterday, Sen. Santorum spoke to supporters and blasted the media for their championing of state Sen. Wendy Davis’ (D) filibuster as heroic. He said, "You in the media need to report the truth. The extreme party is the one saying women don’t need sanitary conditions to have this procedure done. You should be reporting on the dirty little secret of what abortion really is." The Texas House passed HB 2 by a vote 96-49 with 4 Democrats joining the Pro-Life side. The Senate begins debate today. Here is a link to a live stream:
The HCRP has initiated a Precinct Chair Mentor Program which is an important initiative for grassroots development in Harris County. This program will match new and prospective Precinct Chairmen with experienced Precinct Chairs. By having a Mentor assist the new members in learning the ropes more quickly, we expect greater retention and increased productivity.
In addition to the Mentor Program, we will hold a training session for all HCRP volunteers on August 3rd, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at King Street Patriots’ meeting hall: 7232 Wynnwood Lane (just inside the Loop at Hempstead Highway.) With a variety of topics to cover, each issue will be discussed briefly followed by in-depth small group sessions that will take place in the weeks after. August 3rd participants will be able to indicate their interests for the topics of those in-depth sessions. We encourage Mentors and Protégés to attend the August 3rd event together and use the training session as a starting point for discussion.
peggyprecinct1. I want to thank Training & Development Committee Chairman Jim McSpadden and the committee for the work they have put into this project.
Candidates Training School
The HCRP Candidates Committee in partnership with the Houston Young Republicans are offering specialized training on August 24th for those planning to run for office this next election cycle. Please download the form and return it to the HCRP office by August 17th. No walk-ins will be allowed. Cost is $60, which covers the training and lunch at Studio Movie Grill. The training curriculum and presentation will be conducted by the Leadership Institute of Arlington, Virginia.
Candidate Training School Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Studio Movie Grill
805 Town & Country Lane (map)
Houston, TX 77024
Republican Hispanic Citizens in Action Latino Vote Workshop
Workshop training for engaging, approaching and relating to cultural differences that will have a tremendous effect in the RPT, HCRP, and the City of Houston. Techniques and strategies will be discussed. What works, and what needs to happen to sell ideas and win over the hearts and minds of Latino families to our platform.
Republican Hispanic Citizens in Action Latino Vote Workshop Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
1330 Wirt Rd. (map)
Houston, TX 77055
Pre-register and reserve your spot today: hispaniccitizensinaction
Continental Breakfast 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Workshop 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Lunch 11:35 am – 12:30 pm
Cost $30.00 with prior reservation, $35.00 at the door