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"Education is Our Focus" Austin, TX May 1, 2011 Inside This Issue
Ø Dates to Remember Ø May Lunch Menu Ø William Lutz to address May meeting Ø Save the Date for the TFRW Biennial State Convention Ø Update from the Republican Party of Texas Ø Letter from the President Ø Recommended Reading
Dates to Remember in May
5/2 - NWARW Regular Monthly Meeting 5/2 - Early Voting Begins 5/8 - Mother's Day 5/10 - Early Voting Ends 5/14 - Election Day 5/30 - Memorial Day 5/30 - Texas Legislature Adjourns Sine Die
April Lunch Menu & RSVP: Our May meeting is on Monday, May 2 at Dave & Buster's, 9333 Research Blvd; check-in is 11:15, meeting at 11:45. Speaker: William Lutz, Managing Editor, Lone Star Report Menu: Parmesan Grilled Chicken Cost: $16 RSVP: Contact Cherri Spradling, 8213696 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by THURSDAY, April 28
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Lone Star Report Editor William Lutz to address May Meeting of NWARW
William Lutz is the Managing Editor for The Lone Star Report, having been a regular contribut or to the publication since May 1998. Lutz has covered many policy issues for LSR, with a particular focus on public education, school finance, insurance, and regulatory issues. He authored LSR's May 2002 special issue on the Texas public school finance system. He regularly appears as a guest on WFAA’s Inside Texas Politics and his opinion columns have appeared in several Texas newspapers. In 1997, Lutz received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Washington where he majored in economics. He also holds a certificate in Global Trade, Transportation, and Logistics Studies. While at UW, Lutz served first as opinion editor -- and later, news editor -- of The Daily of the University of Washington. Lutz is a second-generation Longhorn, earning his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Texas-Austin in 1994. He is a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, where his parents still reside.
Texas Federation of Republican Women Biennial State Convention November 17-20, Omni Hotel in Fort Worth
NWARW is eligible to send 1 delegate and 1 alternate for every 10 members. Save the date and watch for more information coming soon!
Image Credit: Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
From the Republican Party of Texas, Chairman Steve Munisteri
Obama Pits the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Against Texas Jobs
EPA is Threatening Oil & Gas Jobs in West Texas Counties
The Obama Administration is at it again. Not content to destroy our economy through de-valuing our dollar, rampant inflation and profligate entitlement spending through Obamacare - now the Washington D.C. liberal elite are coming after jobs right here in Texas. The issue at hand is the proposal by the Obama Administration to list as federally endangered - the “Dunes Sagebrush Lizard,” or sand dune lizard. Critics believe this proposal is an entirely politically motivated move to hurt the energy industry in America. Regardless, the listing of the sand dune lizard under the federal Endangered Species Act could devastate oil and gas production in the Permian Basin for at least two years. Production in the following counties would be among the worst impacted: Gaines, Andrews, Ward, Winkler and Crane in Texas, and Lea, Chaves, Eddy and Otero in New Mexico. Make no mistake - many businesses and jobs could be threatened by the potential eradication of oil and gas production in the above-named counties! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public information session and public hearing on the matter on Wednesday, April 27, at the Midland Center. The public information session will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and more importantly, the public hearing will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at which time speakers may provide two minutes of public testimony. Similar hearings will be held in New Mexico, the day after. If you can be in attendance at the public hearing, we encourage you to speak up and make your voice heard that the Obama administration should focus on saving American jobs and businesses instead of embarking on another battle in their ongoing assault against the Texas oil and gas industry! Said RPT Chairman Steve Munisteri, "The United States is facing an energy crisis of enormous proportions. Our country unfortunately, is very dependent on foreign sources of oil from areas experiencing increased instability. This is both a national security problem and an economic problem for our country of great magnitude. We are already beginning to see some of the disastrous results of the Obama administration not having a comprehensive energy policy. Gas prices at the pump are approaching $4 a gallon, and could rise higher. More disturbingly, projections are, that by the end of the year, the world will use approximately 90 million barrels of oil per day, despite the fact that the world production capabilities are only approximately 88 million barrels of oil per day. Needless to say, as oil supplies tighten, prices will go up further, jeopardizing what is an anemic economic recovery and possibly causing a double-dip recession. That is why it is imperative for our government to adopt policies which encourage, not discourage, domestic oil and gas exploration as well as the utilization of other domestic sources of energy." Munisteri continued, "Unfortunately, the policies of President Obama have actually worked to make the country more dependent and have deepened our crisis. In his first two years in office, his environmental Protection Agency proposed classifying coal byproduct as a hazardous waste, thereby jeopardizing the economic viability of the utilization of coal, he placed a lengthy moratorium on offshore drilling permits, and now threatens the supply of oil from one of the most productive areas of Texas in order to protect a lizard. These types of policies are why it is imperative that we all work together to defeat President Obama next November, and in the meantime we ask all Republicans to stay engaged by raising opposition to this proposal." Former Midland Mayor Ernie Angelo echoed Munisteri's sentiments, saying "It, frankly, is unbelievable to me that in a time when America is fighting at least two wars in the Middle East, offshore drilling in America has been severely diminished in the wake of the BP oil spill last year, the price of a barrel of WTI hovers at more than $110 and the price of a gallon of gas is close to $4 in some states, and the recession is still in full bloom, the federal government would propose such an act."
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Letter from the President
It has been a very busy time for Republicans in Texas. We are fending off encroachments on our freedoms from the federal government, fighting to maintain a balanced budget without raising taxes in the state legislature, and preparing for local elections across the state. Local elections are yearly elections for school boards, city councils, and other local governing entities. Early voting begins on May 2, and ends on May 10. Election Day is May 14. With members scattered across several entities conducting elections, it was difficult to compile complete information for publication in this newsletter. I encourage you to go to the Travis County Elections website for information on what will be on your ballot. You can view a sample ballot online here: http://www.co.travis.tx.us/county_clerk/election/20110514/sample.asp At our May 2 meeting, we will welcome several local candidates. At the time of this writing, candidates for school board in Round Rock ISD and Leander ISD had confirmed attendance, as had candidates for Austin City Council. Local elections are non-partisan, meaning candidates do not file as Republicans or Democrats, and so our club cannot officially endorse any candidates in these races. I encourage you, however, to research the candidates, and talk to your neighbors and friends about the issues. This level of government affects us more immediately than any other; our involvement is crucial. As Republican Women, we have a particular duty to our fellow taxpayers, because we are in a position to get firsthand information and share it. We are also getting ready for our summer break. NWARW does not have regular meetings in June, July, or August. The executive board is considering options for events and meet-ups over the summer; please watch your email for more information. Just because we aren't meeting over the summer, doesn't mean there won't be opportunities for you to earn volunteer hours with campaigns, the county party, or TFRW! Summer is also a great time to serve our community - consider volunteering time at a local pregnancy resource center or at your local library. Remember to keep track of your hours and get them to Joyce Melugin, our Campaign Activities chairman (email@example.com). When we c ome back in the fall, expect us to hit the ground running as we prepare for the 2012 elections. There are already at least seven announced candidates for U.S. Senate from Texas, and we are looking at a robust presidential primary as well. In fact, the first debate among potential Republican presidential candidates will be held May 5 in South Carolina and air on Fox News. Have a blessed and rejuvenating summer!! Take the time to get to know your neighbors - maybe you'll find a friend or two, and a new Republican Woman to bring to our September meeting!
- Michele Samuelson -
NWARW Officers 2011 Michele Samuelson, President Carolyn Isbell, Vice President Susan Friedrich, 1st VP/Membership Melinda Field, 2nd VP/Programs Pat Dollar, Recording Secretary Tina Wheelock, Corresponding Secretary Cherri Spradling, Treasurer/PAC Treasurer
Interested in joining Northwest Austin Republican Women? Women AND men are welcome!
Dues are: $24 for Active Membership $12 for Associate Membership $36 for Supporting Membership Your dues may be paid at the check-in table at one of our meetings, or by sending a check payable to NWARW PAC to Cherri Spradling, 12501 Phoebe Court, Austin TX 78727-5126.
NWARW Committee Chairmen 2011 Gloria Heyl & Virginia Heyl, Awards Murlene Johnston, By-Laws Joyce Melugin, Campaign Activities Kathie Holliman, Fundraising Billie Jean Zinter, Legislative Carolyn Isbell & Elaine Lehmann, Hospitality Carol Gontko, Telephone
Our next Executive Board Meeting will be on Friday, May 6, at 1:00pm at the home of Joyce Melugin 4205 Bluffridge Dr.
Click here for a map All members are welcome to attend, and this will be our last meeting until August.
"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself ." - Thomas Jefferson -
Recommended Reading for May
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes Democrat or Republican, candidates find themselves addressing the same problem: on the one hand, voters have enormous faith in the private sector; on the other, they expect government to provide them with ever more generous entitlements. In The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes takes us back to show us how the roots of our disillusionment can be found in a single election year, 1936. In that year, Franklin Roosevelt systematically established the modern political constituency, from unions to artists, to senior citizens. Roosevelt's solution was to spend for these groups, so extensively that federal spending that year outpaced state and local spending, for the first time ever in peacetime. The consequence was the Roosevelt landslide of 1936 --but also the modern entitlement trap. Roosevelt often spoke of the Forgotten Man, the man "at the bottom of the economic pyramid." Yet, Miss Shlaes shows, his New Deal created a new forgotten man, the man w h o subsidizes the funding of other constituencies -- and who haunts politics in all developed nations today.