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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

RPT Chairman Tina Benkiser to speak at the Fort Bend Republican Club, Wed Sept 13th

The Fort Bend Republican Club proudly announces the...

Texas Fall Election Kickoff Briefing & Buffet
Featuring Tina Benkiser, Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Sugar Creek Country Club
6:00 pm - Dinner Buffet
7:00 pm - Program

Program & Meal
Sponsored Table of 8 - $200
Individual Tickets - $12
At the door - $15

For reservations e-mail or call 281-240-2424

You are invited to the Republican Party of Galveston County's Fall BBQ in Friendswood

Come by and kickoff the election season and hear our good friend, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson at the Republican Party of Galveston County’s Fall Gathering BBQ in Friendswood

Special Guest: Texas Land Commissioner, Jerry Patterson

Saturday, September 16, 2006
At the home of
Matt & Kathy Hoeg
707 Pine Hollow
Friendswood, Texas 77546
4-7 pm
$20 Donation Requested

Come meet our Special Guest, as well as numerous elected officials and the

Republican Candidates for Galveston County

Please Join our Host Committee in welcoming Commissioner Patterson who will discuss his upcoming trip to Visit the Troops in Iraq!

Underwriter $500
Patron $250
Host $100

Paid Political Advertising by
Republican Party of Galveston County
PO Box 135
League City, Texas 77574

If you need further information, please contact the Republican Party of Galveston County at (281) 554-6787, County Chairman Kevin Corcoran at (713) 705-5392, send an email to, or visit the party website at

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Gov. Perry calls Special Election for CD 22 on the same day as the General Election on Nov 7th

So now the plot thickens....

Earlier today Governor Perry called for a Special election in CD 22, so there will be two elections on the ballot. One will be a special election for the two months of the expired term of Tom Delay and the second will be for the full term starting in Jan 2007.

Democrat Nick Lampson has indicated that he will run, and be on the ballot in both. The Republican write in candidate, Shelley Sekula-Gibbs will probably run in the special (where she'll be on the ballot) as well as the general (where her name will have to be written in). Libertarian Bob Smither will be on the general election ballot, but no word on the special election.

The deadline for placing your name on the ballot for the special election is 5p Friday, so we should know all the players by then.

BUT, if no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote in the special, there will be a special runoff in December for the last month of the unexpired term.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Republican Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson urges Republicans to vote for Libertarian Smithers in CD 22 race if no GOP consensus on write -in

The latest update on the CD 22 saga is as follows:

There is an unofficial "gathering" in Pearland tonight among Republican party leaders, party activists, and the county chairs in CD 22. The Ft. Bend County Chair is urging people to boycott the event because it is closed to the public.

Sugarland Mayor David Wallace has declared that he is running for the seat as a write-in, Houston City Councilwoman Shelly Sekula-Gibbs has said she is interested in being the Republican consensus candidate, and Harris County Tax Assessor Paul Bettancourt has said he'll consider running if he is drafted.

Because the only two candidates on the ballot are D-Lampson, and L-Smithers, many Republicans, including myself, are saying the write-in strategy has a small chance of success with one consensus candidate and no chance of success if there are two or more Republican candidates.

As a result, there is a support Smithers movement among a growing number of Republicans because he is a fiscal conservative, has pledged to caucus with Republicans and has indicated that he will not vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.

Today, Jerry Patterson weighed in with the following statement, as reported by Guidry News:

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson addressed the decision facing the Republicans, concluding that backing Smither is the best alternative if a write-in campaign is unlikely to succeed:

"Republicans must focus solely on one issue. Does a write in campaign have a chance of success? If the consensus is it does not, we should seriously consider supporting Bob Smither. Nick Lampson could be the one vote that elects Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives. Bob Smither will vote for a Republican Speaker."

Friday, August 11, 2006

Karl Rove back in Austin for one night only!!

The Associated Republicans of Texas are kicking off the election season with a dinner with Presidential Advisor Karl Rove as the keynote speaker.

The dinner will be in Austin on Saturday August 19th. For more information, click here.

Senator Kyle Janek to lead 2 Interim Committees

Senator Janek (R-Houston), a physician, whose 17th District covers parts of Galveston Island has been tapped to lead two critical committees during the interim until the 80th Legislature meets in January.

One committee will study the power of eminent domain in Texas which is a key issue for conservatives who believe that the power of eminent domain should only be used for the public interest and not for economic development. The other committee will study the medical peer review process.

For the full story, click here.

Let's get ready to rumble in November!!!

After a well deserved but all too brief vacation, I am back and will start posting all the news that Galveston County conservatives need to activate and advance our conservative agenda.

I will also post the events of Republican candidates as they send them to me.

It's less than 90 days until Election Day and the '06 election in CD 22 may well be a battle for the heart and soul of the conservative agenda. I think we will continue to make strides in Galveston County as well.

Let's go!!!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Tom Delay says he'll serve if he is forced to stay on the ballot and wins

Many of you may not know that a small part of League City is in Tom Delay's district, so the CD 22 saga has direct bearing on us.

The following article from the Dallas Morning News confirms the worst fears of the Dems. As I have stated on the show before, if Tom Delay is forced to stay on the ballot, then he runs. And if he runs he wins.

Now, according to Tom, if he wins, he'll stay and serve out his term.

CD 22 Dems - Be careful what you wish for....

Mr. DeLay now says that if he's forced to remain the nominee against Democrat Nick Lampson, and manages to win, he'll return to Congress.

The former House majority leader, under indictment on state campaign money laundering charges in Austin, resigned his suburban Houston seat after winning re-nomination in the March GOP primary.

He then declared himself a Virginia resident and cast a Virginia ballot to cement the move, which, if acknowledged by the courts, would make him ineligible to remain on the Texas congressional ballot. That, in turn, would let Texas GOP leaders pick a replacement with less political and legal baggage.

Texas Republicans expect Mr. DeLay to mount an aggressive campaign if the appeals court forces him to stay on the ballot. And there's irony in the fact that Democrats, who fought so hard to rout him from Congress, are fighting so hard to keep him on the ballot.

"I could be the only man in America that is forced to run when I don't want to run," Mr. DeLay said last week on Fox News.

And if he is forced to stay on the ballot, and manages to collect more votes than Mr. Lampson?

"I guess I'll have to serve," he said.

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