Image: Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey has served as one of the strongest unifying forces in the history of the Grand Old Party by making clear that the real method of unifying Republican activists is to stand together on the Republican Party of Texas Platform.
Austin, June 18 – The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) has called upon Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (Republican of Angleton) and Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (Republican of Spring), who is the President of the Texas Senate, to focus on taxpayer-friendly reforms during the 87th Legislative Session which will begin in January, 2021. In a letter from the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC), over which Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey presides, the sixty-two (62) Committee members, along with Dickey and Vice Chair Alma Jackson, thanked the Speaker and Lieutenant Governor for “passing important pieces of legislation that each parts of our Legislative Priorities and Platform.”
At its quarterly meeting in Austin on June 8, the SREC’s membership showed enormous unity behind the Republican Party of Texas Platform. As he had promised when he ran for State Chairman in 2018, Dickey has unified the GOP more than any other leader in history by unifying Republicans behind the strong conservative Republican Party Platform, which Republican Delegates approved at the State Convention in San Antonio last year.
The average Republican score in The Golden Hammer‘s ratings of the 86th Texas Legislature was 8.57 for the Texas Senate. The average democrat score was 2.92. Clearly, there is a stark difference between Republicans and democrats.
The Legislative Priorities were five (5) Priorities, which the Delegates to the 2018 State Republican Convention approved, and included Property Tax Reform, passage of Constitutional Carry, passage of Religious Freedom legislation, Pro-Life legislation, and Ending Taxpayer Funded Lobbying of the Texas Legislature. The 86th Legislative Session passed substantial Property Tax Reform, Religious Freedom legislation, and some important rules to require disclosure of Taxpayer Funded Lobbying. Unfortunately, the Legislature was unable to pass all of the Priorities.
Additionally, according to SREC Committeeman Mark Ramsey of Senator District 7 in Houston, the Texas Legislature passed bills which enacted more than five dozen of the GOP Platform Planks.
In the letter to the Speaker and Lieutenant Governor, the SREC calls for the next legislative session to:
- End Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying;
- Replace the gargantuan Maintenance and Operation school property tax with a consumption (sales) tax;
- Eliminate appraisal board and use purchase price only for taxing property;
- Pass additional Pro-Life legislation, which may end abortion in Texas completely; and
- Recognize the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns without requiring a permit.
The foregoing issues were among the Party’s Legislative Priorities for the 86th Legislative Session.
The Republican Party’s leadership also called upon the Legislature to:
- Strengthen election laws to ensure ballot integrity and fair elections;
- Protect historic monuments including the Alamo and other historic memorials; and
- Closely monitor the implementation of Senate Bill 11, which passed the 86th Legislature and which Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law, to protect individual and parental rights and prevent the over prescribing of pharmaceuticals to children.
State Republican Executive Committeewoman Gail Stanart, a Republican leader of Senatorial District 15 in Houston, on “It’s Hammer Time,” the popular show on MCP.TV on Facebook Live and YouTube, which airs live every Friday at noon with encore productions thereafter, said, “Our Republican legislators got a lot done during the 86th Legislative Session, but we know they can do more, especially if we elect additional Republicans to the Texas House and Texas Senate in the 2020 election.”
The full text of the SREC’s letter follows.