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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.

 

#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?

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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 (www.PatriotInsightRadio.com) 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

Of these two Republican Primary Candidates, which one will get more Hispanic Votes?

There’s been much talk about the Hispanic vote this election. Which of these two Republican Primary Candidates do you think will get more Hispanic votes?

McLennan County Republican Party Chairman Poll

The race for McLennan County Chairman is on.  Please let us know who you support.  Please share.