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Dynamic D’Souza Duo Have Strong Message for 3rd Party Voters

Debbie Show SunDebbie D’Souza joins as Special Guest on The Duke Machado Show to discuss life on the road while promoting their new documentary, Hillary’s America, now showing in 400 theaters across the country.

It has been a whirlwind for Debbie these past few months, with red carpet photo shoots and movie openings, she’s had a front-row seat to one of the hottest stories of our time, the awakening of the American people.

This interview with Debbie is a real conversation, unscripted, with no advanced warning on the topics.  She shared her thoughts on Immigration, Donald Trump, the American Dream, Prosperity, and had a special message for Latina Teenagers.  But most importantly, her perspective on 3rd Party voters and the consequences of a Hillary Clinton administration gives a dose of reality as she encouraged Unity.

“I would love to see some Unity in our Party.  For the most part, I see a lot of division, and it really, really is disheartening because we cannot afford to lose this election,” says Debbie, as she emphasized the significance of this election.

Then, after we’re about 45 minutes into the interview, she gets her husband Dinesh D’Souza to hop on the phone and visit for a few minutes about the current situation we’re facing in this election.

I asked, “And what about those who say they want to vote 3rd Party?  What do you say to them to get them to understand that a vote for someone else is helping to elect Hillary Clinton?”  He responded, “Well, it’s surprising that it has to be done at all because one would think that those of us who are grown-ups and weren’t born yesterday, and didn’t just get here from Mars, know that in American politics, there are two choices.  You either get Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, or Donald Trump and the Republicans.”

Here is his portion of our interview:

It is my hope that people (Conservatives, Republicans) understand the gravity of our situation.  We must Unite to defeat Hillary Clinton.

Special Thanks to Debbie and Dinesh D’Souza for sharing their time with us.

Here is the Full Interview:

As one Chapter ends, a New One Begins

13221683_10207611621186181_16379420127409626_nIn Texas Politics, you have to be tough.  You need “thick skin,” as they say.  If anyone expects to enter the realm of the political world, you can rest assured, you will be stung a few times.  Sometimes, it comes from those nearest you, other times, from those you expect.

To endure as a volunteer, let alone, a Republican Party activist, requires a commitment to serve, regardless of cost.  Whether it’s sacrificing time away from family, or the investment of personal funds to advance or promote a cause, true Patriots never complain.

It is the price paid for freedom.

At our recent Senate District Caucus at the Texas GOP Convention, Janet Jackson was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from Senator Brian Birdwell, for her service as SREC for Senate District 22.  She received a standing ovation.

Yes, our troops defend our borders and interests around the world, but back home, we’ve got a country to run and a Congress to manage.  How does it all get done?  Who teaches the Republican Process?  Who trains elections volunteers?  Who promotes candidates, hosts fundraisers, makes calls, organizes the citizens into action?

Our Republican Party process is a beautiful thing, if utilized.  Our strength comes from the State Republican Executive Committeemen and Women  (SREC).  They assist County Chairmen, train Precinct Chairmen, and work with them to effectively turn out the Republican vote.

It’s a job that would probably pay 100K-150K per year, if it actually paid.  But there is no compensation for SREC.  Their reward is knowing they contributed in keeping our country on the right track.  They do it for love of country.

13265972_1312670712094636_3465114531667206855_nI’ve known Janet Jackson, SREC for Texas Senate District 22, for several years.  She helped me develop my understanding of politics and the value of working within the GOP.  We’ve traveled the state spreading the message of Hispanic Inclusion, the need to reach into the Hispanic Community to find the Conservatives.

She’s worked with Republican Women’s groups and the Texas Federation of Republican Women to advance unity and demonstrate what everyone in Texas Politics already knows…Republican Women make things happen!

The Gala Event she coordinated was an incredible evening of powerful speakers including Cecilia Abbott, Sen. Scott Walker and Dinesh D’Souza.  The environment was electric as everyone talked and enjoyed a wonderful dinner , while listening to live music from Jesse Garza’s, Acoustic Dream, from San Antonio.

It was a great way to close one chapter and open another.  Couldn’t have scripted it any better.

12418046_10206804426806826_663526307494331934_nWhat’s next for Janet?  Get ready to see her in her new role as the Chairman of the Texas Republican County Chairman’s Association (TRCCA).  If you’ve ever met Janet, you know she means business, and I can only imagine what she has in store for Texas Republicans.  Congratulations for all your work as our SREC and on your new role with the TRCCA.


RNC launched

Good morning–

There’s information floating around about convention, the rules, and delegates, but not all of it is accurate.  To cut through the noise the RNC launched  The new site helps with frequently asked questions about the rules, delegates, and what happens at a national party convention.
For 160 years, Republican delegates from across the country have gathered to adopt our platform, determine the rules that will govern the party, and nominate candidates for President and Vice President. will serve as an educational tool to help explain exactly how this process works.
Please do what you can to share and promote this effort.  Here are three easy ways you can help:
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  •→ the answer to all of your @GOPconvention questions, including how a nominee is chosen
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  • What’s the purpose of the Republican National Convention? Get that answer + more here:
  • How does a candidate become the Republican nominee for President? —>
  • New site to help answer FAQs about the rules, delegates, & exactly what happens at a national party convention:
Republican National Convention FAQs:
What is the purpose of the Republican National Convention?
The Republican National Convention has met every four years since 1856 with the purpose of conduct party business.  The Republican National Convention convenes to adopt a party platform, the rules to govern the party, and, of course to nominate a presidential and vice presidential candidate.
Before each convention begins, delegates must meet to adopt rules by which it will operate.  This is the procedure the RNC has operated under for 160 years to ensure the process is consistent and orderly and is the way nearly any organization from a local PTA to the U.S. Congress conducts their business.
How does a candidate become the Republican presidential nominee?
The presidential nominee is selected by the delegates, elected by their respective states, to the Republican National Convention.  It takes a simple majority vote by the delegates to win the nomination.  There will be 2,472 delegates to the 2016 convention, which means that a candidate must receive the votes of 1,237 delegates to win the nomination.
How are convention delegates selected? 
It depends on state party rule or state law. Typically delegates are selected at district or state conventions or on the primary ballot.
What is the difference between bound and unbound delegates?
Most delegates will be required to vote for certain candidates at the convention, generally based on the primary or caucus vote in their state.  These delegates are called bound delegates.  A minority of delegates will be unbound delegates – they may vote for any candidate they wish.
Why are some delegates unbound? 
Most delegates are bound according to the results of a state’s presidential preference vote (primary, caucus, convention).  There are only six states/territories that do not have a presidential preference vote (ND, WY, CO, Guam, American Samoa and US Virgin Islands) and whose delegates will, in large part, remain unbound.   How long (how many ballots) a delegate is bound is based on state party rule or state law.
What is an open convention? 
If a candidate for president does not get to a majority of bound delegates during the primary and caucus process, the delegates—selected and empowered by the grassroots—will elect the nominee for our party. It is a democratic process in which the candidate supported by the majority will win. Republicans will leave Cleveland united and ready to win in November.
What role does the RNC play during the actual convention? 
The RNC plays a facilitating role focused on ensuring an open and transparent convention. The RNC’s role is administrative – it does not influence the selection of a nominee.
Why do the convention delegates select a presidential nominee? 
Delegates are elected at the grassroots level by their peers to represent their state at the Convention. Under Rules that have existed throughout the history of the Republican Party, national convention delegates select the Republican nominee by a majority vote.
Can states change rules for how delegates are allocated before the national convention?
No. State parties were required to file their plans for selecting and allocating with the RNC on or before October 1, 2015.
What is the difference between RNC Members and the Democrats’ superdelegates? 
The Republican Party does not have superdelegates. The three RNC members from each state (State Chairman, National Committeeman & National Committeewoman) are elected by the grassroots in their state.  They are automatic national convention delegates who are bound based on of their statewide presidential preference poll. The Democrat superdelegates, on the other hand, are elected officials and party elites who are not bound.
What is the role of state conventions in selecting delegates? 
The majority of states select their delegates at state conventions, which are typically in April and May this year. The exact procedure varies by state, but state convention delegates are given an opportunity to vote on delegate candidates to represent their state at the national convention.
If a delegate is unable to attend the national convention, how is a replacement or alternate selected? 
Alternate delegates are selected at the same time and in the same manner as delegates. If a delegate cannot attend the convention, the alternate will take his or her place. If both the delegate and alternate cannot attend, then the vacancy is filled under state party rule.
Is each delegate limited to one vote, or, in other words, can one individual vote on behalf of several delegates? 
Every delegate has one vote, and there are no proxy votes.
What restrictions are placed on campaigns and other organizations with respect to influencing the opinions or votes of delegates?  
If a state has a presidential preference vote, delegates are bound according to the results of that vote and the state’s allocation method. In the case of unbound delegates, presidential campaigns (and other political organizations) may reach out to them and try to win their support for a candidate.
How is the Convention Rules Committee formed? 
The Convention Rules Committee and the three other convention committees (Credentials, Platform, and Permanent Organization) are all elected in the same manner.   The delegates to the National Convention for each state vote for two delegates (1 man, 1 woman) from their state delegation to represent the delegation on each committee.
Why is a new set of convention rules adopted every four years?
Convention rules are established by the delegates at convention.  After the convention, the rules governing the proceedings of that convention act as placeholder rules until the next convention. The current rules were established by 2012 delegates for the 2012 convention.  The 2016 delegates will adopt a new set of rules for the 2016 convention and new rules to govern the Republican Party until the 2020 convention meets and adopts the rules that will govern the 2020 convention
Who picks the chairman of the Convention Rules committee? 
Under The Rules of the Republican Party, the RNC Chairman is responsible for appointing the Convention Rules Committee chairman.
Are RNC members on the Convention Rules committee? 
Only if they are elected by their delegation to be on the Convention Rules Committee. They are not automatically on the Convention Rules Committee.
What is the RNC’s role in the rules process? 
Neither Chairman Priebus nor any RNC staff play a role in amending the Rules. The RNC Standing Rules Committee is composed of one RNC member from every state and territory, and is a responsible for suggesting changes to the Rules. The power to change the rules, however, rests with the Convention Rules Committee and ultimately the Delegates to the National Convention.
When do rule changes go into effect? 
Rule changes go into effect when the Rules are adopted at the beginning of the convention.
Do all of the delegates have a vote on any changes that come out of the Convention Rules Committee? 
Yes. The package of Rules that come out of the Convention Rules Committee is voted on as a whole by all of the delegates elected to the Convention.
Do rule changes require a simple majority to pass? 
Yes, at Convention Rules Committee, rule changes require a majority vote to pass. (57 votes, if all members are present and vote).  Similarly, the adoption of the final rules report requires a majority vote of the convention delegates.
When a candidate drops out of the race, do delegates who are bound to that candidate become unbound and free to choose another candidate? 
Every state is different in how they handle this situation. Some states’ delegates become unbound; others’ do not.
Last, please let me know if you appear in media to talk about the Convention—I can send over points to help you share the message about our fair, transparent, and open process.
Thanks for your help,
Alex Stroman
Director of Surrogates and Media Training
Republican National Committee

#Rubio Supporters welcome #Carson Supporters, Common Ground

With so much respect and admiration, I am grateful for the wisdom of Dr. Carson. I know he is a man of deep conviction and faith, and this must have been a difficult decision.

To his supporters, we welcome you with open arms.

Also, shared my thoughts on the direction of the Texas GOP with regard to our immigration policy. Will it be good or bad for growing the GOP with conservative, rational Hispanics?

You can find me on Facebook: The Duke Machado Show or follow me on Twitter @DukeMachado1

NEW VIDEO : Never Before Seen Full Interview with Ted Cruz in 2011

You never know what role, if any, you’ll play in the world of politics. As a Republican Activist in Texas, things can get interesting if you’re willing to get out and meet the people trying to shape our world.

In 2011, when then Candidate Ted Cruz participated in a Tea Party Senate Forum in Waco, I really didn’t know much about him, much less about his policies regarding immigration. I was especially concerned with this issue because it was the one no one was talking about. It was the 800lb Gorilla in the room.

Back then, Republicans didn’t want to deal with solving the immigration issue we have, and instead, continued to look the other way, sweeping it under the rug.

Because I didn’t know him well, and because I had already visited once with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst about immigration, I was curious to know Cruz’ position on what to do with those living among us. After the Forum ended I asked my right hand man, Tony Abad, a Cruz supporter at the time, if he could get him to swing by and do a short interview.

We sat for 21 minutes and discussed border security, Hispanics in the GOP, Immigration, the American Dream, National Security and the 14th Amendment.

As we began the interview, I was hopeful to get the answers I was looking for, but instead, on many occasions, he evaded my questions and shifted to a different topic. I was getting frustrated with his non-answers, and at times, the interview became a bit awkward.

When it was over, I felt as if he knew what he wanted to do, but didn’t think I needed to know his true plans. In the end, I never knew what his intentions were for those here illegally, so I published the only segment that seemed to be somewhat non-challenging, the 2 minute video of Ted Cruz talking about the 14th Amendment.

The rest of the video, I left on my laptop, for no one to ever see. Why? Because it would have seemed like an attack on Cruz, and I didn’t want to be perceived as an attacker. But today, especially after seeing how they operated in Iowa, I feel it is my duty to release the full interview so Americans can learn more about Ted Cruz.

Oh, by the way. One of the first acts of business Ted Cruz handled, was to submit an amendment to the Immigration Bill which stated that any person living in the U.S. illegally, can never become a U.S. citizen. I always wondered if he held that same position a few months earlier, when I was interviewing him and asking those questions. Or, did he just come up with that amendment overnight?

In Texas, there was a movement by many to resolve the issue at the Texas GOP Convention in 2012. There was a hard fought battle on the floor, into the late hours of the night. In the end, Texas Republicans adopted the Texas Solution, as a platform position. It was essentially, a documentation plan, with certain requirements, fees, and creation of new ID cards, with better security features. It was a plan that supporters of Ted Cruz despised.

At the 2014 Texas GOP Convention, the immigration plank was reversed and the Texas Solution dissolved.

Rick Perry Comeback? Tune in tonight @ 10pm CT for more Details

Tonight on The Duke Machado Show, 10pm CT ( Call-in# 951-777-0558: Guest Becky Dean Boyer, Conservative Christian Political Activist and member of the Bring Leadership Back PAC. Talking about #RickPerryComeback, #Trump,#Cruz,#Rubio, #Carson, #Christianity #Islam