Primary Elections

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Travis County Republican Party has done and is doing everything possible to maintain a neutral position in ALL primary races.

We take this position because we believe it is the best way for us to go about accomplishing our core mission, which is building a party organization that will serve voters interests in Travis County through a strong and revitalized Republican Party.

Voters and candidate organizers are welcome to advise us of situations that are occurring in primary races, especially if there is anything potentially unethical that is involved. However, we will seek to maintain our neutrality policy unless it legally or morally incumbent upon us to do otherwise.

No matter what happens in the primaries, it is my personal position that after the election all rival factions should have the professionalism and concern for our party’s chances in November to quickly come back together and focus our attention on winning the general election. Our opponents like nothing better to see a divided Republican Party as it helps their chances for victory. Please work with me to heal wounds as quickly as possible so that we can focus our efforts on winning in November!


Thanks to our First Responders Today

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Austin Texas was in the news all day today. We witnessed up close the terrifying sight of a building flaming and billowing with gusts of smoke. As news developed about the two fires that were somehow related, we were on edge in anticipation as the facts were revealed. Firefighters and police officers responded with adrenaline pumping, not knowing what they would be called upon to do, but go they did on duty to save lives, secure property and calm fears of the frightened.

We owe gratitude to these brave men and women who were on the site immediately, working to bring the fire under control and to investigate the situation. One man who never imagined being a hero this morning certainly was as he assisted five people out of a window from the burning building. He happened to be at the Echelon Building this morning with the ladder he uses to install glass, but he went to bed tonight a hero. Robin DeHaven managed to act quickly to secure his ladder in a way that he could help frightened people out of the building and to safety. His training in the Army and his sense of duty to his fellow citizens kicked into gear and he moved quickly and efficiently to respond.

Thanks to his actions and those of the first responders on duty, there were fewer casualties and injuries than would have been expected in a building in which over 200 people work. My heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation to all who acted with selflessness and compassion today. Many are home safely with their loved ones tonight because of your courage today. God bless you, all.


Early Vote

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

It is so easy to vote early in lines, no wait. MANY Early Voting locations clearly marked with VOTE HERE signs. Do your homework (on researching your candidate of choice)early and VOTE EARLY. Then on Tuesday, March 2 you can be standing at the polls handing out material for your favorite candidate or driving people to the polls to vote or working the elections...much to do and getting your vote cast is the FIRST thing to do. Do it TODAY!! (until Feb. 26).


Tebow Super Bowl Ad

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This was written before the Super Bowl, but upon reflection, I appreciate the approach used in the ad. I have to admit that after all the hype, I was a little disappointed...too short and a little vague in message? But re-reading this pre-bowl article by Star Parker, I appreciate the ad more now...

Monday, February 01, 2010by Star Parker

Why are pro-abortion groups so up in arms about the Tim Tebow ad that CBS will run during the Super Bowl?

According to the press release of Focus on the Family, the Christian organization sponsoring the ad, the former University of Florida Heisman Trophy winner Tebow and his mother, Pam, "will share a personal story centered on the theme of 'Celebrate Family, Celebrate Life.'''

The Tebows are devout Christians, and Pam gave birth to Tim despite advice from her doctor to abort because of illness during her pregnancy. Since the script is not publicly available, all we know is the family story and knowledge that the ad passed muster with CBS.

We spoke with Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger and asked if the ad in any way speaks to the politics of abortion. The answer was an emphatic "no."

According to Schneeberger, it's "not selling, it is celebrating" and is about the "love between a mother and a son."

So what's provoking the letter writing campaign of feminist groups to CBS to pull the ad? Why would the National Organization of Women call this "offensive to women" or would the Women's Media Center call it "divisive"?

Sure, there's no question that Focus on the Family is pro-life and opposes legal and readily accessible abortion. But CBS wouldn't be running this ad if its focus was political advocacy.

So what's bothering these women?

Two things.

First, the enabler of human brutality is de-humanization. Pro-abortionists know that our existing legalized abortion regime can only continue as long as we keep the human face off abortion.

It's why ultrasound has revolutionized this world. When young women who have doubts about taking their pregnancy to term see the live child within them, they overwhelming decide to give birth. You don't have to preach. They see that this is life and they know what to do.

I have written in the past that if the personal ultrasound experience could be conveyed to public consciousness, the abortion holocaust would stop.

The Tebow story will put this human face on abortion for the 100 million or so who will watch the Super Bowl. Nothing could be scarier for the culture of death.

When Harriet Beecher Stowe published Uncle Tom's Cabin, she put a human face on slavery. When the American public understood that slaves were human beings, the capacity to tolerate slavery was punctured.

Abraham Lincoln supposedly said to Stowe when he met her in 1862, "So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war."

Last week Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at Auschwitz, the former Nazi death camp in Poland. It marked the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the camp, where over one million, mostly Jews, were murdered.

The six million who were slaughtered in the holocaust in Europe challenges comprehension. But the meaning of this changed when Anne Frank's diary was published in English in 1952. When the public at large read the thoughts and feelings of this young girl, recorded in hiding before she went to her death with her family, the human face of the holocaust emerged.

The second aspect of the Tebow ad that scares abortionists is that it shows that love arises from personal responsibility. This beautiful story of a mother and son shows that love is not about political claims but about individuals taking responsibility for their life and knowing that life is about more than self. It is caring for others and knowing that you are part of something bigger than just you.

At a time of great spiritual unrest in our country, I believe this courageous initiative taken by the Tebows and Focus on the Family will be well received.
Star Parker is president of the Coalition for Urban Renewal & Education and author of the new book White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay.


Thanks to Bill Crocker

Monday, February 8, 2010

for representing Texas as the National Committeeman so faithfully and clearly focused on conservative prinicples.

Here is the Resolution (printed in the Politico) that was adopted at the RNC meeting recently:

WHEREAS, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have recently supported primary or special election candidates who professed allegiance to the Republican Party but who, as their circumstances changed and to serve their own interests, turned against the Republican Party and became or supported a candidate of another party; and

WHEREAS, many Republican leaders and Republican organizations were undermined and lost credibility as a result of the actions of such candidates; and

WHEREAS, there will be many more decisions regarding the support of candidates, and many more opportunities to enhance or diminish the credibility of Republicans and Republican organizations, in the coming election cycle; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee urges its leadership and the leadership of all Republican organizations to carefully screen the record and statements of all candidates who profess to be Republicans and who desire the support of Republican leaders and Republicans organizations, and determine that they wholeheartedly support the core principles and positions of the Republican Party as expressed in the Platform of the Republican Party adopted at the 2008 National Convention; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee urges that no support, financial or otherwise, be given to candidates who clearly do not support the core principles and positions of the Republican Party as expressed in the Platform of the Republican Party adopted in the 2008 National Convention.

As approved by the Committee on Resolutions, January 28, 2010

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