Image: The Republican Party of Texas State Republican Executive Committee held a virtual emergency meeting on Saturday, April 4, 2020.
Mark Ramsey, Guest Reporter to The Golden Hammer
Austin, April 4 – The Republican Party of Texas (RPT) State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) just completed its historic first emergency meeting remotely. It was just under two hours, had about 70 on the call (including not just SREC members, but Republican National Committee members Robin L. Armstrong and Toni Anne Dashiell, Chairma James Dickey, Vice Chair Alma Jackson, RPT attorneys and RPT staff. There have been literally thousands of volunteer hours that have gone into convention related preparations, just in the past few weeks given the corona situation. Bylaws and Rules had to be researched and changed. Election code had to be followed. Republican National Committee (RNC) rules have to be followed or waived.
And everyone had to be able to discuss everything freely and openly and transparently as we always do in face-to-face meetings. A livestream through YouTube was set up so ANYONE could see and comment on what the SREC was doing and chatting online. There was a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth on the myriad of decisions that had to be made and how it was all going to work. Some amendments were proposed, debated and voted on, some via digital voice vote, some via record votes. All will be in the minutes online soon. Some things remain to be done. But it is hard to imagine how the online meeting could have gone any smoother!
What was accomplished, in spite of the mazes to go through and hurdles to clear, was that:
–RPT finances were reviewed. They are in spectacular shape–literally better than ever.
— Bylaws were adjusted to permit SREC meetings electronically.
–The RPT state convention was moved to July 16-18. (An enormous task given the vendors, convention center details, hotels, etc. that have been in planning stages for over two years!)
–Rule changes were made to protect Texas delegate strength to the national convention.
It cannot be overstated the Herculean tasks that have been done and will be done by volunteers from across the state, and all of our gratefulness to all who have pitched in to assist, both in and out of the SREC and RPT.
The grassroots RPT under Chair James Dickey’s leadership is in a stronger financial position than ever in history, and has never operated as smoothly as it has in the past three years–proven by what has happened in the past few weeks.
Final approval for all of these changes will be ratified at the next face-to-face meeting.
RTP Chairman challenger Allen West is nowhere to be found.