August 2017

Montgomery County Republican Party

E-Newsletter 

In This Issue

County Executive Committee Meeting August 15
Munch & Mingle at Headquarters Prior to Meeting
Refreshments Provided by Liberty Belles Republican Women
  
Dr. Wally Wilkerson,
Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman
3rd QUARTERLY COUNTY EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE MEETING SET FOR AUG 15 th
 

The 2017 third quarterly meeting of the Montgomery County, Texas, Republican Party Executive Committee (CEC) will be held on Tuesday evening, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 402 of the Alan B. Sadler Commissioners Court Building at 501 North Thompson Street in Conroe 77301. A Munch & Mingle Social will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the County Republican Headquarters at 310 Metcalf (formerly Collins) Street in Conroe 77301-2856 prior to the CEC meeting. Light refreshments provided by Liberty Belles Republican Women will be served at the Social. The public is invited and encouraged to attend both events where they can meet and greet officeholders, Party officials, volunteers and Party activists.

The CEC, which consists of all current Precinct Chairman, will hear reports from Senatorial District #3 & #4 State Executive Committee member(s), a report from the Community Engagement Committee, a Young Republicans (YRS) State Convention recap, a 65th Birthday Celebration status, a Treasurers report and a Vacancy Committee report. The Vacancy Committee will fill vacancies in Precincts #33 and #58 where two dedicated and longtime Chairmen, Ronald Page and Lori Riley, have resigned. Elections Administrator Suzie Harvey has indicate she will recommend the addition of two (2) new Voting Precincts for 2018, created by altering the boundaries of ten (10) current precincts. This will bring the total number of the County's Voting Precincts to ninety-two (92). The County Chairman will discuss important 2018 election dates, preparations for the 2018 Republican Primary election and summary of election law changes that will govern the elections and the status of the Voting Centers project.
 



Montgomery County Young Republicans
Hosting Statewide Convention, August 11-12!
THIS WEEKEND!

Below is the invitation to their Gala! The Gala tomorrow night, August 12, 6pm. Come support our local Young Republicans!
 
Tickets can be purchases at this link. Then, scroll down near the bottom of the page to find the Gala ticket purchase link.
 
WHY WE CELEBRATE JULY 4TH
 
Most Americans knew that July 4 th was a holiday, but fewer were aware why or what we celebrated. Even those who know we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, many cannot name more than one or two of the fifty-six signers of this historic document. "They Signed for Us", a booklet authored by Merle Sinclair and Annabel Douglas McArthur, answers many questions about the signers and acknowledges the debt we Americans owe "the sturdy heroes of 1776". The signers were mostly "a young, vigorous and hardy lot" and most lived to a remarkable age. Three lived to be over ninety, ten to their eighties, both quite remarkable for those times. Several signers were childless but the remaining produced nearly 325 children. Signers Carlton Braxton of Virginia fathered 18 children, William Ellerey of Rhode Island 17 and Roger Sherman of Connecticut 15. "The Signers were men devoted to their belief in a Creator who had fashioned them in his image and likeness", Sinclair and McArthur wrote. They believed they were meant to be "free rather than enslaved". Over a half of the Signers were Episcopalians, one was a Roman Catholic and others were Congregational, Presbyterian, Quaker or Baptist. Ten were sons of preachers. Many of them served their state and nation for years after the signing. John Adams served as the Nation's first vice-president under President George Washington and followed Washington as the second president of the U. S. Thomas Jefferson served as vice-president under John Adams and then succeeded him as our third president.
 
Fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, in 1826, only Charles Carroll and two stalwarts, Adams and Jefferson, remained alive. On that Fourth of July of 1826, "festivities marking fifty years of freedom were planned the length and breadth of the U.S.A. The three living Signers were invited to be present at a significant gathering in Washington D.C.". But Adams was "too feeble" to attend at nearly 91 years-old and Jefferson, who was eight years younger, was lying on his deathbed. "In a dramatic climax that even agile minds would not have contemplated, these two principals in the struggle for Independence left the nation awestricken by dying hours apart on the Fourth of July", Sinclair and McArthur reported. Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, penned his final letter on June 24, 1826, addressed to the Mayor of Washington D.C. who had sent him an invitation to attend the celebration. Jefferson wrote: "I should, indeed, with peculiar delight, have met....with the small band, the remnant of that host of worthies, who joined us on that day, in the bold and doubtful election we were to make for our country, between submission or the sword; and to have enjoyed with them the consolatory fact, that our fellow-citizens, after a half century of experience and prosperity, continue to approve of the choice we made...All eyes are opened to the rights of man....let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollection of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them". On the 241 st birthday of the nation, each of us should be forever grateful that we live in the greatest nation on the earth and refresh "our undiminished devotion" to it!
 
CALIFORNIA'S TRAVEL BAN
     
California's Attorney General recently announced that the State would no longer fund travel to States deemed "discriminatory" to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) people. Apparently California has turned to creating its own "travel ban" aimed at punishing States who are not in agreement with their views on the LGBT issue. The eight States included in this "travel ban" are Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kansas and North Carolina. The Texas law considered to be discriminatory was one that allows private adoption agencies to make their own decision as to whether or not they will place children with same-sex parents. Tennessee was targeted because it allows family therapists to make their own decision without penalty as to whether or not they will work with same-sex parents. The other state laws California determined to be unacceptable were similar. The ban could have consequences, particular to college sports.

Tennessee's response included this: "California's attempt to influence public policy in our state is akin to Tennessee expressing its disapproval of California's exo rbitant taxes, spiraling budget deficits, runaway social welfare programs and rampant illegal immigration". Texas Governor Abbott lambasted the ban: "California might be able to stop their State employees, but they can't stop all the businesses that are fleeing over taxation and regulation, and relocating to Texas". California was one of the States that opposed Trump's "travel ban" that restricted travel to the U.S .from terrorist dominated countries like Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. These countries are not "in line" with the LGBT California agenda. But California seems to find "red" States to be larger problems than these known terrorist countries.


MEDICAID & HEALTHCARE
     
Medicaid and the health-care system are inseparable. They have dominated the news for months. What is Medicaid? According to the Health Insurance Association of America it is "the government insurance program for persons of all ages whose income and resources are insufficient to pay for healthcare." It is a means-tested program (income & resources) jointly funded 50% each by the states and federal governments since its inception in 1965, and managed by the states who determine benefit eligibility. However, President Obama expanded Medicaid by increasing the federal government's share of the cost to 90% and reducing the State's share to 10%. This enticed many states to expand eligibility, thus increasing the number of recipients. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that under current law nearly $5.2 trillion will be spent over the next ten years on an enrollment of over 70 million people. 43% of Ohio's budget goes to Medicaid compared to only 14% for K-12 education. The State average Medicaid budget is 28%. For a nation currently with a $500 billion budget deficit and a $20 trillion debt, these should be sobering numbers. It certainly explains the difficulty in writing laws that protect all current Medicaid recipients especially in those states who accepted expansion, while preserving the nation's financial solvency. To ignore these facts places the nation in peril of repeating the catastrophe now taking place in many countries and especially in the S. American country of Venezuela whose people are experiencing runaway inflation, food and medicine shortages and riots .


TRUMP-INSPIRED!
     
IT IS TRUE! Even after President Trump dared to enforce current immigration laws, Houston Chronicle columnist, Esther J. Cepeda, on July 3 rd wrote this: "Thank you, thank you, thank you, President Trump. I offer my gratitude because after years of being the last of my immigrant family members to undertake the naturalization process, my mother just took the oath to become a U. S. citizen...My mom was hardly alone in hesitating to make the leap. Though Mexicans represent the largest group of legal permanent residents, their rate of naturalization is only about half that of green card holders from all other countries combined, according to the most recent tally by Pew Research Center. Cepeda continued: "In Chicago my mother and 114 other men and women from 33 countries spanning Armenia to the United Kingdom closed their journeys as immigrants and took the oath to be upstanding and honorable citizens.... Hopefully, President Trump will inspire an unprecedented number of immigrants to become new Americans." Trump has almost single-handedly increased the number of new citizens by enforcing the laws.
Immigrants who qualify to become citizens may contact Republican Headquarters at 936-441-5621 or info@mcrp.org for information about the citizenship process.


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Calendar of Events


 

Many fun and important activities are on the horizon! Republican Womens' clubs are having great speakers at their monthly meetings. Young Republicans and High School Republican groups are making plans. And more!