THE Red County
Kenny Marchant From Humble Beginnings to Humility in High Office
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Whatâ€™s Right with Texas? Jobs and Taxes! Yes, thanks to our conservative Republican leadership in Austin, thereâ€™s a whole lot that right with Texas! â€˘ Texas is ranked #1 in the nation for favorable business climate. â€˘ Home to more Fortune 500 companies than any other state, including New York or California. â€˘ 245,000 new jobs in the past 12 months as a result of Republican pro-business legislation. â€˘ Half of all new USA jobs and lowest unemployment in USA. â€˘ More than 7,000 new physicians in the past 3 years as a result of tort reform legislation passed in 2003. â€˘ One of only 7 states with no State Income Tax. â€˘ 2nd lowest individual tax burden of all 50 states.
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EDITOR’S NOTE First, an Obama victory is not a foregone conclusion and I am still not convinced he has closed the deal with the American public. However, as this election season draws to a close, it is time for us to ponder what it all meant. Where did we go wrong? Where did we go right? Is our nation better oﬀ than it was before? What have we learned? As we sit on the precipice of a major American milestone with the election of a black president, I can only imagine the giddiness of those on the political left, not because of something as irrelevant as the color of Obama’s skin, but because of the ease with which they will further weave their failed far left values into the fabric of this great country. Make no mistake. If Americans fail to derail this runaway freight train, the center-left rhetoric of the campaign season will give way to the far left socialist tendencies of post election euphoria. I am convinced Team Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader Reid are poised to lead this country down a path it doesn’t actually want and doesn’t really deserve. As we each begin to absorb the idea of a major realignment in America’s political landscape and take stock of our values and our Party, resist the urge to embrace talking point explanations and recognize our healing will be a process. For my part, I am starting this process by exploring the basics: 1. NEW OPPORTUNITIES: This election aﬀords us the opportunity to review and redefine what it means to be Republican, Libertarian, conservative, center-right, or whatever label best embodies our political philosophies and personal value systems. If there is a silver lining to a bad situation, this is it. 2. REPUBLICAN FAILURES: Republican leaders utterly failed in their stewardship of the Republican brand. It is a failure best reflected in their support of bigger government and outrageous spending, their inability to enact meaningful government reform, their lack of urgency in finding solutions for illegal immigration, social security, and energy independence, and their complacency with respect to the deterioration of the link between the Republican brand and traditional American values. 3. ACCEPT OUR PUNISHMENT: Republicans deserved to be punished. Collectively, we compromised at every opportunity and it is our turn to wonder the vast political wilderness. The Democrats were out there earlier this decade and have returned better and stronger. Our own return will be incumbent upon four things: 1.) acknowledge the blown opportunities of the Republican Revolution, 2.) Identify real solutions for the real problems facing America, 3.) identify a new generation of leaders, and 4.) learn how to use the tools of organization, social networking, and new media to communicate at the grassroots level in a manner that resonates with mainstream Americans. I am told ‘tis the season for hope and change. Well, I still have hope and for better or worse, we will change.
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DENTON COUNT Y GOP
WILL DENTON COUNTY R EMAIN THE R ED COUNTY?
Down ballot races could be in trouble. By Dianne Edmondson
HERE AND THERE IN DENTON COUNTY A Photo Essay
6/4% 2008 SCHOLARSHIP R ECIPIENTS
DENNIS PR AGER
COV E R S TO RY
SARAH PALIN AND JANE NELSON HAVE MUCH IN COMMON
K ENNY M ARCHANT
From Humble Beginnings to Humility in High Oﬃce
HATE IN THE NAME OF LOVE
Opposition to California Proposition 8: By Dennis Prager
WINDING YOUR WAY HOME By James Lileks
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Denton County General Election Information By Rudy Cajka
DENTON COUNTY DELEGATES AT THE RNC A Photo Essay
Denton County Victory Team
P U N D I T RY
Interview with Ann Coulter By Jonathan C. Movroydis
W H AT T H E . . .
A QUANTUM LEAP TOWARDS SOCIALISM By Michael Pento
VOLUNTEER R ECOGNITION DINNER THE FIRST DENTON COUNTY R EPUBLICAN VICTORY STAMPEDE A Photo Essay
SHE’S A TOP HAND
DRILL LIKE TEXAS
Denton County Judge Mary Horn By Myra Crownover
ON THE COVER
Congressman Kenny Marchant (24th CD).
Will Denton County Remain
THE Red County?
Down ballot races could be in trouble. The Denton County Republican ticket from top to bottom is filled with individuals committed to the Party’s conservative principles. Our nominee for President, Arizona Sen. John McCain, is a war hero of unquestioned courage and an experienced legislator with over 20 years of service to his country. And aren’t we all just proud as we can be of our Vice Presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin! You betcha! What a boost she has been to our morale and our election hopes! But let’s also not lose sight of the other excellent elected oﬃcials in our lineup from right in our own Denton County backyard, because many – if not all – of our candidates in contested races are vulnerable to defeat!
WHICH RACES ARE LIKELY TO BE CLOSE? Denton County is blessed with two strong conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Kenny Marchant represents southern Denton County and Congressman Dr. Michael Burgess represents the majority of Denton County. Each shares his Congressional district with other counties where the GOP vote is not as strong, so it’s Denton County’s job to keep these Congressional seats Republican. But in the recent primary, each of our Congressmen polled fewer votes than his Democrat opponent did in the Democrat primary! Moreover, each of these Congressmen faces not only a Democrat challenger, but also a Libertarian opponent. Libertarians take votes from the GOP, not from the Democrats, so in a tight race, that third party “spoiler” could actually send a Democrat to represent part of Denton County in Washington – not a pleasant prospect! Denton County’s state Republican legislators also face the “three way race” challenge with a possibility of being unseated by a Democrat thanks to Libertarian “spoiler” votes. We have a powerful advocate in the State Senate with Sen. Chris Harris, but even this veteran legislator is being challenged by both Democrat and Libertarian candidates, as is freshman State Representative Tan Parker, ranked among the most conservative legislators in the state. State Rep. Myra Crownover, a principled conservative, also is facing a Democrat who is waging an aggressive campaign for her seat, plus a Libertarian. Disturbingly, both Sen. Harris and Rep. Crownover received fewer votes districtwide than their Democrat opponents, while Rep. Parker outpolled his challenger by only a razor thin number!
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COULD “SPOILER” CANDIDATES CAUSE DEMS TO BE ELECTED? Such a “spoilage” is not without recent precedent here in Texas. Indeed, in 2006, that Libertarian “bleed oﬀ ” of Republican votes cost five Republican legislative seats, due to small Democrat margins (1% - 4%) which probably would have gone Republican had not the Libertarian candidate pulled a slightly larger percentage of votes than the margin. And consider this troubling fact: a loss of only FIVE state legislative House seats throughout Texas will give the Democrats control of the state House. That would mean an abrupt halt to our conservative agenda which has met with a great deal of success in the recent legislative sessions controlled by Republicans. Two of those five losses could come from right here in Denton County unless we turn out the maximum Republican vote. In truth, NO contested seat is safe in Texas today, including Denton County. We have Democrats challenging both our County Commissioner candidate Hugh Coleman and Constable Ken Jannereth, as well as District Judge Carmen Rivera-Worley, who runs county-wide.
DEMOCRATS ARE ENERGIZED! No one can deny that the Democrats are energized and smell blood – their Primary turnout was a 3000% (yes, that is three thousand percent!) increase over the normal Democrat numbers, and we know that they will be voting in record numbers again in November. It is our responsibility not only to vote ourselves (and vote straight Republican!), but also to be sure that our neighbors, friends and relatives also understand the importance of this election and how important their votes will be. To keep Denton County THE Red County, we all must take part in the Victory eﬀorts right here locally. To find out how you can help, contact us at email@example.com or phone 940/321-2671. Winning elections is a team sport, and we need YOU on the team!
Dianne Edmondson DCRP County Chair
2008 Scholarship Recipients Beauty and brains can go hand in hand, as Gov. Sarah Palin proves. But you donâ€™t have to go â€œnorth to Alaskaâ€? to find that combination. Just look right here in Denton County! Two outstanding young Denton County residents were selected to receive a $500 scholarship each from the Denton County Republican Party. This yearâ€™s winners are Haley Marshall from Corinth and Sarah Starnes from Denton. Haley graduated from Denton Calvary Academy in May 2008 where she was the graduating class valedictorian and a member of the National Honor Society. She has been actively involved in various GOP political activities and campaigns, and has been the recipient of numerHaley Marshal ous youth awards in recognition for her leadership, academics and volunteerism. She founded and served as President of the Denton area Abe Lincoln Teen Age Republicans Club, was selected as a member of Congressmen Michael Burgessâ€™ Congressional Youth
DENTON COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY 1400 N. Corinth St â€“ Ste. 106 Corinth, TX 76210 940/321-2671 www.dentongop.org Chairman â€“ DIANNE EDMONDSON 1st Vice Chair (Political Aff airs) â€“ TOM WASHINGTON 2nd Vice Chair (Finance) â€“ NANCY DILLARD 3rd Vice Chair (Prct. Chair Development) â€“ RICHARD BOYER 4th Vice Chair (Outreach) â€“ CARLOS GALLARDO Treasurer â€“ BOB McCOMBS Recording Secretary â€“ MARC MOFFITT Corresponding Secretary â€“ CONNIE HUDSON Parliamentarian â€“ MARGARET BARNES Sgt. At Arms â€“ JEFF ANDONIAN Technology Chair â€“ELLIOTT WOOD Long Range Planning Chair â€“ BILL LAWRENCE Program Chair â€“ AVIE RABURN Prct. Chair Selection Chair â€“ SUSAN ROMERO Development Director â€“ ROY MAGNO Headquarters Administrator â€“ MARCENE SEEBER
Advisory Council during her junior and senior years in high school, and is currently a mentor with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. A volunteer for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Haley was a featured speaker at the 2008 Grand Prairie press conference giving her presentation entitled, â€œThose who Host Lose the Most.â€? An avid writer, she was selected as a finalist in the Red Steagall Cowboy Poetry contest. Haley is attending Dallas Baptist University, majoring in psychology. Sarah Starnes graduated from Anna St. Christian Academy at the age of 16, and subsequently enrolled at North Central Texas College. She was a member of the International Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and was selected to the Presidentâ€™s list with a GPA Sarah Starnes of 4.0. Sarah, now 17, is a sophomore at NCTC with a 4.0 GPA. In the fall of 2009, she plans to transfer to the University of North Texas to complete her B.A. in English with a minor in Foreign Languages. When school allows, Sarah attends the Denton Republican Womenâ€™s Club. She has been actively involved in various GOP political activities and campaigns for several years. She was a volunteer at the following events: 2006 GOP State Convention, 2008 Senatorial Convention (Dist 9, 12, 30), Denton County Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinners (2007 & 2008), and several political campaigns. As a junior in high school she was selected as a Delegate to Texas Girls State and was subsequently elected to oďŹƒce. Sarah also enjoys reading, hiking, and working on her strip built kayak with her Dad. We have selected two outstanding and exemplary young Texans that represent the epitome and the future of the Denton County Republican Party. Each is a tremendous and an invaluable asset to their community and to Denton County. Out future is bright with energetic and talented young Americans such as our 2008 Scholarship Recipients. n
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From Humble Beginnings to Humility in High Office If you didn’t know it, you’d never think he was a United States Congressman when you meet Kenny Marchant for the first time. His unassuming manner, born of northeast Texas hardship, hasn’t changed through his successes in both business and politics. Kenny was born in the small town of Bonham, TX, home of the legendary Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Sam Rayburn. From an early age, Kenny’s parents, Helen, a stay-at-home mom, and Hobart , a barber and proud World War II veteran, instilled in Kenny the values of hard work, discipline, service to a cause greater than self-interest, and a patriotic love of country. His parents’ marriage, 58 years strong to this day, serves as an example of devotion that carries over into Kenny’s own marriage, family life, and friendships. Reflecting back many years ago to when Kenny was just a child, Hobart recalls the story of a customer at the barber ship observing Kenny shining shoes after a long day of school. Impressed by the hard-working young boy, the customer looked to Hobart and said, “That kid is going to amount to something someday.” Given Kenny’s humble beginnings, no one could have guessed how true that comment would turn out to be. At the age of eight, Kenny began his own newspaper route. During the holiday season, he sold Christmas cards door-to-door as well as mistletoe he picked from trees. At a local golf course that still serves the community, he collected loose golf balls, cleaned them up and sold them. During these Appointees to the U.S. Service academies and their families received a send-off from Congressman Marchant.
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formative years, Kenny learned the values of hard work and entrepreneurship that would serve him both in his private pursuits and public service. A graduate of R. L. Turner High School in Farmers Branch, Kenny attended Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK and worked to pay his way through school by roofing houses. Although he moved to Kansas City, MO after graduation to attend Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kenny returned home a year later and started a roofing business. Relying on his natural business instincts and entrepreneurial spirit, Kenny soon expanded his roofing business into home construction and property development. Though he found success in this endeavor, Kenny encountered many regulatory hurdles he believed led many people to forego opening their own small business.
In 1980, while wrestling with the burdensome obstacles ment rights and to stop illegal that confront many small business owners, he decided to immigration. Recently, he run for a seat on the Carrollton City Council to push for has championed a comprechange to stimulate the local economy. Kenny won that hensive approach to solving election and served as a councilman from 1980 to 1984. In the energy crisis that includes 1984, Kenny was elected Mayor of Carrollton, an oﬃce he increased domestic energy held until being elected to the Texas House of Representaexploration and production, tives in 1987. as well as incentives for conservation and research into As a state representative, Kenny earned his reputation as alternative and renewable a savvy, behind-the-scenes legislator and consensus-builder, energy technologies. and was known for working across party lines to pass legisFamily man Kenny Marchant and his grandchild. lation. In the process, he was named “Top Ten Legislator” When not immersed in and “Peacemaker” by Texas Monthly and “Legislator of the the details of legislation, you Year” by the Texas Municipal League. Kenny’s even-handed probably will find Kenny tending to his ranch or reading a ability to bridge the partisan divide eventually led him book—most likely mystery or non-fiction. A self-described to being named Chairman of the House Committee on history buﬀ, he has read nearly every book published about Banking and Investments, where he authored legislation Texans Speaker Sam Rayburn, who represented Bonham strengthening oversight of credit unions, allowing interstate in Congress when Marchant was born, and LBJ, who was a branch banking, enforcing state laws relating to corporate skilled legislator and tactician in his days as a Congressman, fraud, securing public investments, and allowing access to Senator, and President of the United States. Kenny also home equity. In 1999, his colleagues elected him Chair of loves to travel and has done so extensively. His interest in the House Republican Caucus, a position he held for four other cultures and his desire to meet people from all parts years. In the 2002 elections, led by their Caucus Leader of the world have led him to travel to nearly every region Marchant, Texas Republicans held their first majority in of the globe. the Texas House of Representatives since Reconstruction. Perhaps one of Kenny’s most treasured projects has been Kenny was selected to serve as Chairman of the powerful his involvement in providing humanitarian aid through State Aﬀairs Committee. the Ken Marchant Foundation. Established in 1989, the In 2004, after mid-term reFoundation has funded church districting, Kenny decided to loans, mission projects and run for a seat in the U.S. House scholarships. Over the years, the of Representatives. Elected with Foundation has delivered cloth65% of the vote, Kenny repreing, medicine, and equipment sents the 24th Congressional to orphanages and hospitals District which includes parts throughout the world, including of Bedford, Carrollton, Cedar Russia, Bulgaria, and Mexico. Hill, Colleyville, Coppell, DalThe Foundation has also aslas, Duncanville, Euless, Fort sisted with the rebuilding of a Worth, Grand Prairie, Grapechurch in Russia destroyed by vine, Hurst, Lewisville, Plano, the former Soviet regime. The Southlake, and Irving. eﬀort included sponsoring the Congressman Marchant presents military medals to (l-r) Mack church’s choir to travel to the As a member of the Financial Stewart, Washington McClain on behalf of his father Hart, and U.S. to raise funds to rebuild Services, Education & Labor, Robert Harrison. their church. Kenny has utilized his personal resources to and Oversight & Government Reform Committees, Kenny support many church causes and to help those in need with has consistently supported tax cuts and opposed tax inlittle to no fanfare—often doing so anonymously. creases, while opposing wasteful government spending and advocating for greater transparency and accountability in An intensely private man and devoted husband, father, the earmark process—stances which led Americans for and grandfather, Kenny enjoys nothing more than spending Tax Reform to hail him as a “Hero of the Taxpayer.” His free time at home in Texas with his family, Donna, his pro-family record includes voting for legislation supportwife of 33 year, their four children and two grandchildren. ing a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a A respected family man and statesman, Kenny certainly union between one man and one woman and supporting has—as predicted many years ago in his dad’s barber legislation that protects the rights of the unborn. Kenny shop—“amounted to something.” n also has co-sponsored legislation to protect Second AmendRED COUNTY
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General Election Information
BY RUDY CAJKA Republican voters in Denton County need to know when, where and how they can vote in this critically important election. The Denton County Republican Party encourages all eligible Republicans to be certain to vote in this critical November 4 election and, of course, to cast their votes for the entire Republican ticket. We also are urging our voters to use the paper ballots that are electronically scanned (E-Scan machines) which are the only way that those votes can be re-counted if necessary in a close race. (If you vote straight Republican, don’t forget to go to the end of the ballot in order to vote on the County’s Bond Proposal.) VOTING EARLY Texas enables residents to vote in the days and weeks before each Election Day to make the voting process more convenient and accessible. In Denton County, nearly half of the voters cast their ballots during early voting. It’s a wise way to insure that you won’t miss the election due to illness, accident, or other impediment on Election Day itself.
Plus, the lines for Early Voting (if any) are normally shorter than on Election Day. Additionally, voters can choose any Early Voting location convenient to them, as opposed to the mandated location on Election Day. There are two ways to vote early: showing up in person during the prescribed early voting period or voting by mail.
The voting process
VOTING EARLY IN PERSON Early voting in person in Denton County is easy and convenient. Before Election Day, YOU MAY VOTE AT ANY ONE OF A NUMBER OF CONVENIENT DENTON COUNTY LOCATIONS. On Election Day, however, you must vote at the location to which your precinct is assigned. Early voting in Denton County will take place from Monday, October 20, 2008 until Friday, October 31, 2008 at most early voting locations. (Some locations have limited dates and times). Some previous locations have been eliminated and new ones have been added. The Denton County Elections website clearly shows the new locations. You can access the website shown below to obtain all of the early voting election locations and times for Denton County voters: http://elections.dentoncounty.com/go.asp?Dept=82&Link=1013
VOTING EARLY BY MAIL You may vote early by mail if: 1. You will be away from Denton County on Election Day and during early voting (such as on an extended vacation, job assignment or even attending college); 2.You are sick or disabled; 3.You are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or 4.You are confined in jail, but eligible to vote. If you wish to vote by mail in the November 4, 2008 General Election, you must submit an application for a ballot by mail to the Early Voting Clerk at the Denton County Elections Administration. Applications for Ballots for mail may be received by the Elections oﬃce up to October 28, 2008. The ballot must be mailed to an out-of-county address if the reason for voting is absence from the county. College students in other states or counties who will not be home to vote during Early Voting may request absentee ballots to be sure they can cast their votes. To receive an application for a ballot by mail in Denton County, go to the following website: http://elections.dentoncounty.com/go.asp?Dept=82&Link=77
VOTING IN PERSON ON ELECTION DAY If you choose to vote on Election Day, November 4, 2008, you must vote at the location to which your voter precinct is assigned. Your voter precinct number is located on the voter registration card that you received from the Denton County Elections oﬃce. You may call the Elections Oﬃce in Denton County at 940/349-3200 or Republican Headquarters at 940/321-2671 if you do not know your precinct number. But those phones are often busy. It’s easy to find your voting precinct at the following website: https://elections.dentoncounty.com/goVR.asp?Dept=82&Link=292
VOTI N G C H O I C E S Remember, there will be two kinds of machines available for you at the voting sites, electronic and optical scan. Here is the diﬀerence: The E-Scan uses a voter verifiable contemporaneous, re-countable paper ballot which is electronically scanned and counted. These ballots can be recounted by hand should a close race call for that procedure. The E-Slate, which is provided under a federal mandate for disabled voters, is an electronic machine which will record your vote but does not provide a contemporaneous, voter-verifiable paper trail. Those votes are not re-countable in the same manner that the paper trail ballots are. You have the right to select whichever machine you would prefer to cast your ballot. If one requests a ballot by mail (example, 65 years of age or older, or out of the county during the October 20 through November 4 period), that ballot will be a paper ballot which can be scanned by a “super scanner” at the Elections Administration oﬃce.
To find the voting site assigned to your precinct, use the following link: http://elections.dentoncounty.com/go.asp?Parent=1013&Link=1015 Remember, to vote in the General Election in Denton County you must be registered to vote. When you vote in person, whether during Early Voting or on Election Day, you must bring your voter registration card or other acceptable form of identification. These acceptable forms of identification include a driver’s license, a Texas ID, a passport, a utility bill or correspondence from a government agency. This election promises to be another nail-biter – both nationally and perhaps even here in some Denton County races. YOUR vote is vital to a Republican victory, so please be sure you know when and where to vote. And, of course, to insure continued conservative government here in Denton County as well as within Texas, do it the easy way and vote straight Republican. You’ll be glad you did! n RED COUNTY
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Denton County Delegates a David Barton, former RPT Vice Chair and founder of Wallbuilders, spoke to a Texas delegation breakfast.
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Congressman Dr. Michael Burgess (CD 26) is all smiles – of course! He’s with the Texas delegation!
Alternate delegate (CD 26) James Dickey was interviewed by a Swedish journalist.
National Delegate at Large Adryana Boyne’s photo made papers all over the country! 12
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(Background image) What fun as the convention winds down and it’s snowing beach balls!
Denton County’s own Mark Davis of WBAP radio found lots of good information for his talk show.
Phyllis Sch head of E ag laﬂy, founder and le Forum, Kimble, C and Dale D 26 at the Life national delegate of Par ty” re hosted by ception E agle life deleg at Forum for pro es and alte rnates.
at the RNC Who knew that TX Victory Chair Roger Williams could carry a tune?!
The official RNC banner!
A cuddly GOP mascot greeted delegates.
TX Lt . Gov. D avid and N ational de Dewhurst legate (CD 24) Paul Kr am er.
Libby Goins enjoyed attending with her father, CD 26 Alternate Myron Goins. Note the mighty Mississippi River in the background. Hello, my name is Tom Higgins and I am a Police Ofﬁcer with the Oakdale Police Department in MN. I was working at the RNC in St. Paul on Thursday September 4, 2008. I was assigned to a bus that transported delegates to and from the Excel Center. I was fortunate enough to be assigned at the Crown Plaza Hotel where the Texas Delegates were staying. I wanted to tell you that I have never met a group of people that were as nice and considerate as the Texans. It was not just me either, I spoke to several Ofﬁcers that had that route and heard the same from them about the Texans. It was an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to meet the people that I did. I was amazed at the generosity of the woman (I wish I would have gotten her name) that gave me her Cowboy hat. That meant a lot to me, not to mention the jealousy from the other Ofﬁcers. I just wanted to say thank you to the entire Texas delegation for making a very long day, a very good, long day. Thank you, Tom Higgins
National convention delegates Bill Lawrence and Adryana Boyne await the next convention session.
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Denton County Victory Team
Help Needed for Final Phase
Once again, the Denton County team of Victory volunteers has been recognized by the Texas Victory organization as one of the top performing Victory groups in the state. Led by Vice Chair Tom Washington and 11 area leaders, the team sprang into action in the 10 days following the Republican National Convention to capitalize on the excitement generated by the nomination of Gov. Sarah Palin to be our VP candidate. Gov. Rick Perry dropped by DCRP HQ and gave the Victory volunteers a hand.
Our charge? To register as many new Republican voters as possible during that 10 day period. Spurred on by an additional incentive to register “Eight in ‘08” from our two Congressmen, Kenny Marchant and Dr. Michael Burgess, our dozens of deputy registrars scoured the county, setting up voter registration booths at community festivals and homeowner events plus dozens of churches. “We feel confident that we These eﬀorts resulted will reach the final goal of in approximately 650 more than 4800 new voters new voters registered that timeframe, by the October 6 deadline”. during and once again, Denton County was the top producer in the tier of second-largest counties in the state. We feel confident that we will reach the final goal of more than 4800 new voters by the October 6 deadline. (Our first award was for our 5000-piece literature drop on May 17, which represented fully ten percent of all the literature dropped throughout the entire state!) n
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Start ‘em young! Johnny Magno (l) and Trevor Mangrum did their fair share on this project at GOP HQ.
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Bill Lawrence (r) welcomes Texas Victor y Chair Roger Williams, who energized the Denton Count y Victor y team.
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Volunteers Needed! It’s now time to begin the final stage of our campaign and we need more volunteers to help in the following projects: 1) Assemble yard signs 2) Work with sign teams to put out large candidate signs 3) Work with sign teams to put out candidate signs at Early Voting and Election Day sites. 4) Phone calls to remind Republican voters of the Early and Election Day polling sites and times. If you can help with one or more of these projects, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 940/321-2671
We need YOU on our Victory team!
Volunteer Recognition Dinner
With more Republican volunteers than ever before, the Denton County Republican Party – in conjunction with Congressmen Kenny Marchant and Michael Burgess -- will hold our largest-ever dinner to honor our volunteers on Thursday evening, November 20.. Always an entertaining evening, this 10th Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner will take place at Sneaky Pete’s in Lewisville. Social DCRP Executive Director hour will start at 6:00 with dinner Roy Magno honors long-time GOP Headquarters volunteer at 7:00. Earl Collins. “This year we are looking forward to a time of giving honor to those who have tirelessly given of their time, talent, and resources to make the Denton County GOP Sen. Chris Harris (r) congratulates the University the dynamic organization that it is of North Texas College today,” notes Nancy Dillard, chair Republicans 2007 Member of the Year Karis Durant. of the event. “We are proud of our county party and the leadership that your local GOP provides in electing solid conservatives to public oﬃce, and we are only able to do this because of YOU, the volunteer grass roots activist. We will be honoring you and showing appreciation for all you contribute to the party’s success.” Annually at this dinner, each GOP club in the county recognizes an Outstanding Member, and other awards also are
given, including the Outstanding Precinct Chairman, plus the prestigious Outstanding Republican Volunteer for 2008 and the Chairman’s Award. Frequent Headquarters and Victory volunteers also will be honored. Musical entertainment will add to the enjoyment of those attending. But a new twist will be the “Eight in ‘08” voter registration contest winners from Congressmen Burgess’ and Marchant’s districts. The Legacy Republican Club Congressmen each are donating a president Connie Hudson (l) hugs their 2007 honoree grand prize of a trip to Washington Rene Caldwell. DC which will be given to one person from Congressional District 24 and one person from Congressional District 26. The winners’ names will be drawn from among those who participated in the contest by Lewisville Area Republican Club president Avie Raburn registering new voters in Denton (l) and their 2007 Member County. Those registering at least 8 of the Year Gaynelle Gray. new voters get a ticket to the event, and for each additional 8 voters registered, that volunteer gets a chance in the drawing. (Deputy Registrars need to contact GOP HQ to get details on being entered in the drawing.) The event is open to any Republican, and reservations may be made by calling headquarters at 940.321.2671 or email to email@example.com. no later than November 12th. Cost of the dinner is $25. n
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Ranch host Reagan Lancaster was one of the champions showing off the sport of cutting.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (r) with DCRP Chairman Dianne Edmondson and Jeff Hooper, Executive Director of the National Cutting Horse Association. Senator Craig Estes visited with the crowd during the barbecue dinner at the Stampede.
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The First Denton County Republican Victory Stampede was a huge success! Held at the beautiful Lancaster Ranch in Pilot Point, the event showcased both Republican elected officials and candidates as well as the sport of cutting horses.
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State Rep. Tan Parker and his family enjoyed the Stampede.
The VIP reception was well attended.
Congressman Michael Burgess visits with Jo Ellard, of EE Ranches, one of the exhibition riders.
Former State Rep. Jim Horn (center) and his wife, County Judge Mary Horn, share a joke with State Rep. Burt Solomons (l) and Jeannie Deal (in pink).
Rita and Bruce Burleson (l) and Justice of the Peace Joe Holland with his wife, Brenda.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (l) with Roy Magno, DCRP Executive Director, and our youngest volunteer (and one of our best ones as well!), Johnny Magno. RED COUNTY
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Denton County Judge Mary Horn isnâ€™t one to toot her own â€œhornâ€? (pardon the pun!), so she was genuinely surprised when she was named a Top Hand by the Texas Department of Transportation earlier this year. The award, which was created in 1973, is the highest given by the commission, and recognizes people whom TxDOT considers to be â€œtransportation crusadersâ€?, individuals who recognize and advance the benefits of improved transportation corridors in their communities. Only 212 people have been so designated, and Judge Horn says she is thrilled to be among them. Included in her endeavors in the transportation arena are improvements to Loop 288 around Denton, as well as State Highways 121 and 161, as she diligently works to help ease transportation bottlenecks and problem areas in North Texas.
Denton County Judge Mary Horn
Denton County is among the fastest growing counties in the nation, she explains, noting that it is the 3rd fastest growing among counties over 500,000 in population and 29th fastest growing overall. â€œThat growth presents many challenges, including multiple transportation issues,â€? Judge Horn explains. â€œAnd we will continue to face these kinds of challenges as our county continues to grow.â€? Judge Horn is actively promoting a bond issue that will be voted on by Denton County citizens in the November general election. â€œWe need to keep up with this growth in both infrastructure and services,â€? she says, â€œand this bond package, which will cost, at the most, only one cent per hundred dollars of taxable value will ease these problems.â€? Should our growth continue as it has in the last 15 years, she adds, the impact will be even less. For more information on the proposed projects in the bond issue, visit www.dentoncounty. com and look for Trip -08 and More. n