Monday, July 23, 2012

Early voting begins

Early Voting July 23  -27

Dear Patriots,


I have kept the 4th of July Theme to remind you of your patriotic DUTY to VOTE. Runoff Election Day is Tuesday, July 31, 2012.  Please forward this information to any of your neighbors or friends in Titus County.


You MUST vote in the Same Primary Party that you voted in on the May 29 Election....BUT if you did not vote in May, you can still cast a ballot in the Party of your choice in the Run Off.


This election may come down to very few votes per polling place so you can make the difference in the winner of the election.   Think about this...only 50% of our whole population who are eligible to vote are even Registered to vote.  Only 50% of those who registered are considered regular voters, and usually an election will be decided by 8% to 13% of the population!  In addition, so many people are on vacation right now, thinking about other things, tired of voting or just NOT VOTING!  Therefore, YOUR VOTE will make an impact on the final results.


I have attached a sample ballot for you to see. The first ballot on the PDF is for everyone except those who live in Commissioner Precinct 1.  The second ballot is for all voters who do live in Commissioner Precinct 1


For voting location information on Election day, please go to our Titus GOP web site


See you at the Polls!


Sue Evenwel, Chairman

Titus County Republican Party


Early Voting runs from Monday, July 23, 2012 through Friday, July 27, 2012 


at the Election Administration Office across from the Post Office


on Alabama Street. 


The time each day is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm







Thursday, July 19, 2012

Northeast Texas regional GOP Meeting on Saturday


A meeting of the NETGOPCC, Northeast Texas Republican County Chairmen's group, will meet this Saturday, July 21, at the Mt. Pleasant County Club.  The meeting will be from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Come early and join the Meet and Greet time at 8:30 am with coffee and doughnuts.

There will be a short business meeting to appoint new officers.  The greater part of the meeting will focus on the upcoming 83rd Legislative Session

Confirmed Texas Representatives coming to the meeting are Bryan Hughes, David Simpson, Wayne Christian and George Lavender.  There may be a few more there on Saturday.

At the conclusion of the meeting a Dutch Treat lunch will be served. Cost is $19.24 including tax & gratuity. Lunch includes the choice of two entrees, salad, vegetable, drink, and dessert. While the Coalition will provide lunch for the Representatives your donations to offset the costs will be appreciated. Tuesday, July 17th, was the deadline for reservations, but please let me know today if you are coming and we will add a seat.

I already have reservations for David Bird and Angie Criss.  Anyone else from the Titus GOP Executive Board, or Republicans in the area are certainly welcome to join the event.  Let me hear from you!



Yard signs for TED CRUZ

We have yard signs available for Ted Cruz, candidate for U.S. Senate, and would be happy to make a delivery to your yard. 
Please email me a reply if you would like one. Or call the office: (903) 563-1106

Friday, July 13, 2012

Press Release: Rep. Hughes - Texas Should Not Implement Federal Health Care Law


JULY 11, 2012



Rep. Bryan Hughes: Texas Should Not Implement

Harmful Federal Healthcare Law


AUSTIN - Representative Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) released the following statement regarding implementation of the federal health care law in Texas:


I am encouraged that Governor Perry and a growing list of Governors are taking a firm stand against Washington's health care intrusion. In America we still have a constitutional system of dual sovereignty, and that means the national government can't force the states to comply with its every whim.


The health care law tries to bully states into setting up health care exchanges. Texas should refuse. Washington says it will set up an exchange for us if we don't, but we know from the experience of other states that D.C. will have control of any exchange set up under the health care law - whether we set it up or they do. So there is really no advantage to Texas establishing a health care exchange. And if enough states refuse to set up exchanges, the federal government could have a very difficult time doing it on its own. We should not help them implement this law, which we so strongly oppose.


The law also attempts to make us dramatically expand the Medicaid program. Thankfully, even the Supreme Court's ruling (flawed as it was) acknowledged that the national government cannot compel the states to expand their Medicaid rolls. Medicaid is a horribly broken system. Patients don't want to be in it, fewer and fewer doctors will accept it, and the costs are increasing astronomically (nationwide approaching $500 billion annually). Forcing millions more Texans into this system would be wrong.


By boldly saying no to the exchanges and no to expanded Medicaid, Texas and other states can force Washington to consider real health care reform. There are free market solutions that will bring down the cost of health care and expand access. And as for Medicaid, the national government should give the states their Medicaid funding in the form of block grants, so that each state can come up with the best solution for its unique population. We did this in the 1990's with welfare reform, and the results exceeded everyone's expectations: better outcomes for folks receiving benefits and dramatically lower costs for the taxpayers.


I am optimistic that November will give us a new President and a new Congress that will repeal this misnamed Affordable Care Act. But we don't have to wait until then to decide what Texas should do.


Texans have always stood for liberty and for personal responsibility, and once again we are called on to lead the way. By drawing this line we can help to reestablish limited constitutional government, and move our country toward a true reform for our health care system.

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Explanation of Obamacare Decision--MUST Reading

Food for thought....
To all my friends, particularly those conservatives who are despondent over the searing betrayal by Chief Justice John Roberts and the pending demise of our beloved country, I offer this perspective to convey some profound hope and evidence of the Almighty's hand in the affairs of men in relation to the Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare. 
                I initially thought we had cause for despondency when I only heard the results of the decision and not the reason or the make-up of the sides.  I have now read a large portion of the decision and I believe that it was precisely the result that Scalia, Alito, Thomas, Roberts and even Kennedy wanted and not a defeat for conservatism or the rule of law.  I believe the conservatives on the court have run circles around the liberals and demonstrated that the libs are patently unqualified to be on the Supreme Court.  Let me explain.
                First let me assure you that John Roberts is a conservative and he is not dumb, mentally unstable, diabolical, a turncoat, a Souter or even just trying to be too nice.  He is a genius along with the members of the Court in the dissent.  The more of the decision I read the more remarkable it became.  It is not obvious and it requires a passable understanding of Constitutional law but if it is explained anyone can see the beauty of it.
                The decision was going to be a 5-4 decision no matter what, so the allegation that the decision was a partisan political decision was going to be made by the losing side and their supporters.  If the bill was struck down completely with Roberts on the other side there would have been a national and media backlash against conservatives and probably strong motivation for Obama supporters to come out and vote in November.  With today's decision that dynamic is reversed and there is a groundswell of support for Romney and Republicans, even for people who were formerly lukewarm toward Romney before today, additionally Romney raised more than 3 million dollars today.
                Next, merely striking the law without the support of Democrats and libs would have left the fight over the commerce clause and the "necessary and proper " clause and the federal government's role in general festering and heading the wrong way as it has since 1942.  As a result of the decision the libs are saying great things about Roberts; how wise, fair and reasonable he is.  They would never have said that without this decision even after the Arizona immigration decision on Monday.  In the future when Roberts rules conservatively it will be harder for the left and the media to complain about the Robert's Court's fairness.  That's why he as Chief Justice went to the other side for this decision not Scalia, Alito, Thomas or Kennedy, all of whom I believe would have been willing to do it.
                Next let's look at the decision itself.  Thankfully Roberts got to write it as Chief Justice and it is a masterpiece.  (As I write this the libs don't even know what has happened they just think Roberts is great and that they won and we are all going to have free, unlimited healthcare services and we are all going to live happily ever after.)  He first emphatically states that Obamacare is unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause saying you cannot make people buy stuff. Then he emphatically states that it is unconstitutional under the "necessary and proper" clause which only applies to "enumerated powers" in the US Constitution.   Justices Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan all went along with these statements.  They never would have gone along with that sentiment if that was the basis for striking the law in total.  This is huge because this means that the Court ruled 9-0 that Obamacare was unconstitutional under the Commerce clause which was Obama's whole defense of the bill.  They also ruled 9-0 on the "necessary and proper" clause.  Even better both of these rulings were unnecessary to the decision so it is gravy that we got the libs to concede this and it will make it easier to pare away at both theories in the future, which we must do.  Well done.
                Roberts, through very tortured reasoning, goes on to find that the taxing law provides the Constitutionality for the law.  Virtually everyone agrees that the Federal government has the power to do this as it does with the mortgage deduction for federal income taxes.  This too is huge because Obama assiduously avoided using the term "tax" and now he has to admit this law is a tax and it is on everyone even the poor.  That will hurt him hugely in the polls and will help Romney.  More importantly though is the fact that this makes this a budgetary issue that can be voted on in the Senate by a mere majority instead of 60 votes needed to stop a filibuster.  That means that if the Republicans can gain a majority in the Senate, it can vote to repeal Obamacare in total.
                Finally the Court voted 7-2 to strike down the punitive rules that take away money from states that do not expand Medicare as required in Obamacare.  This too is huge because we got Kagan and Breyer to join this decision and it can easily be applied to many other cases of extortion the Federal government uses to force states to do things they don't want to.  This is also amazing because Obamacare has no severability clause so by striking the Medicaid mandate portion as unconstitutional the whole bill should have been struck.  If that happened none of these other benefits would have been accomplished. I haven't read far enough to know how he did it but I am sure it is brilliant.
                So to recap the Roberts court through a brilliant tactical maneuver has: strengthened the limitations of the commerce clause and the necessary and proper clause by a unanimous decision, made Obama raise taxes on the poor and middle classes, converted Obamacare into a tax program repealable with 51 votes in the Senate, enhanced Romney's and Republican's fundraising and likelihood of being elected in November, weakened federal extortion and got the left to love Roberts and sing his praises all without anyone even noticing.  Even Obama is now espousing the rule of law just 2 weeks after violating it with his deportation executive order. 
That is why I have decided this was a genius decision and that I did in fact get a great birthday present today not to mention U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder being held in contempt.  What a day. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Titus GOP Runoff news

1.  Many people have asked about Romney yard signs.  These are not available right now.  The Titus County GOP will have to purchase them some time after the National Convention.  We will plan on having some on hand at the Titus County Fair and would appreciate a small donation to cover the cost of buying them.
2.  Ted Cruz was the guest speaker for the Titus County GOP Reagan Day Dinner in April 2011.  You can catch his remarks that night on our website,   A limited supply of Ted Cruz yard signs are available.  Please call me if you want one, 903-572-0653.
3.  This is an important Runoff election.  Please encourage all your conservative friends to get to the polls.  Early voting is only for one week beginning Monday, July 23, at the Election Administrators Office.  Election Day is Tuesday, July 31.
The ballot has four races plus the Titus Commissioner, Pct 1 race, if you live in that precinct.
U.S. Senate  -  Ted Cruz  and David Dewhurst
Texas Supreme Court  -  John Devine and David Medina
Railroad Commissioner (expired)  Warren Chism and Christir Craddock
Railroad Commissioner (unexpired)  Barry Smitherman and Greg Parker
Titus Commissioner, Pct. 1  Al Riddle and David Shumate.
See you at the polls!