Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New County Comissioner

Congratulations to Richard Watkins on his appointment to fill the office of Precinct 1 County Commissioner until the November General Election. Milam County is thankful for your stepping forward to serve out the remainder of this term.

With the resignation of County Commissioner Balch and the removal of his name from the ballot it has become necessary for the Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Milam County to select a replacement for Mr. Balch on the November General election ballot.

The media outlets that have reported that Mr. Watkins has already been selected as the nominee to represent the GOP on the November ballot have done so in error. As a point of correction, while Mr. Watkins will surely be considered for the vacancy as the Republican nominee for this, the nomination meeting has not yet occurred. Currently a meeting for this purpose has not been set but will be in the near future. At that time the Milam County GOP Executive Committee will set out the guidelines for consideration and will decide who the nominee will be.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Post RPT Convention Notes – Platform Debate

This last weekend I joined the rest of the delegates from Milam County in attending the 2014 Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Convention in Fort Worth. There was much to be excited about and much to discuss, but nothing has drawn as much ire as the debate of and the language included in the RPT Platform.

Initially there was the debate over two Minority Reports pertaining to the use of medical cannabis. First, the addition of a statement that would allow medical cannabis’s use was not approved. Then after another hour of debate, the already included statement to allow for the study of the use of Medical Cannabis was stricken. The stricken statement probably would have been okay except for the fact that it called not only for the state to allow the testing to be done, but also to facilitate (i.e. fund) the study. That is where many folks had an issue with it.

Then the final Minority report which covered the Immigration plank and included several triggers as to what must happen first in the immigration issue such as securing the border and effective E-Verify System to be put into effect. Later in the day the immigration issue again was brought up and carried quite a bit of the discussion on specifics that are too intricate to get into in a one page blog post. Safe to say, immigration was widely discussed.

Now the Platform Committee held hearings and meetings all week and brought forth a fairly well laid out 40 page document. As a general rule the platform is a document that provides a generalized basis for the party to use to define their basic beliefs. It is doubtful that anyone will agree with the entire document. Hopefully most everyone agrees with at least 80% of it. As President Reagan was apt to say, we must fight for the 80% we agree on and not over the 20% we disagree on.

But with all the good that is in this document, the one item that the press has decided to focus on it the inclusion of a plank to ensure the availability of Reparative Therapy in regards to homosexuals. I have heard many complaints on this from solid GOPers who were not there, and of course our liberal brethren have run it up the flagpole as an opportunity to further scare the LGBT community.

So why is it in there? I wondered the same thing.

I questioned two committeemen and this is how it was explained to me. While there is much criticism and theories as to its usefulness, the Platform Committee felt it necessary to include after the 2013 law in which California made the offering of this therapy to teenagers illegal. This plank simply states that Reparative Therapy should be available to an individual who may want to take part in it. Essentially, as stated in the document, the platform looks to protect an individual’s rights to Reparative Therapy in that “No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.”

Of course liberals and the media have taken this allowance and decided to falsely represent it saying the RPT believes that reparative therapy is the only way to handle or cure homosexuality. As is usual, the Democrats fail to use the truth or the spirit of the plank, they simply scream and shout about the racist, homophobes on the conservative side and hope that people are ignorant enough to not seek the truth. That is how they have ruled places like California and have almost completely run it into the ground.

The platform speaks out in typical Christian-Judeo fashion on Homosexuality and while there are still a solid block that hold this as their belief, there are many who see homosexuality in a different light and don’t agree with the platform; however, that is part of their 20% of the platform that they do not favor.

Once the new platform is up and online at the RPT website I suggest you all to take a look at it. Like myself, I doubt you will agree with all of it but like I tweeted as I left the convention, Remember, the platform is a guideline for the party to use as a basis of beliefs, not a set of mandates to override common sense. #rptcon14

I’ll talk later about how the convention works, it’s definitely interesting and everyone should go at least once.



Thursday, June 5, 2014

First Night on the Convention Scene!!

Well Kyle and I got to the hotel around 7 and set out to check out the Stock Yards for a good steak dinner and to enjoy the avenue before the crowds arrive tomorrow night.

By the way…if you haven’t been down to the Stock Yards then you need to check it out. Excellent foor, great music, and lots of places to by some western gear.

Fixing to leave the hotel for the convention center and all the fun!!

More later!!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

First Night at the Convention - 2014!!!

First night in town means a stop at the Fort Worth Stockyards for a little Meal!!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Filing Day is Here!!

Candidates filing for a place on the 2014 GOP Primary Ballet
Andy Isaacs, Rick Gommert, Frank Summer, Dave Barkemeyer, Kyle Deal (Interim Chairman), Sam Berry, Donna Orsag, Jay Beathard, and Chuck "Tank" Balch
Opening day of the filing period for the 2014 Primary Elections was brisk for the Republican Party of Milam County as nine candidates came in to file for seven of the eleven spots on the 2014 GOP Primary Ballet.

Candidates filing are as listed below:

County Judge
David Barkemeyer – incumbent
Frank Summers

County Treasurer
Donna Gilbert Orsag – incumbent

County Commissioner (unexpired term)
Chuck “Tank” Balch – incumbent

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1
Rick Gommert – incumbent

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2
Sam Berry – incumbent

Justice of the Peace, Precinct
Andy Isaacs – incumbent
Kim Stewart

Constable, Precinct 3 (unexpired term)
Jay Beathard

I will be updating the filing information as quickly as possible via email and on our website at www.milamgop.org

Filing for a place on the 2014 GOP Primary Ballet will conclude on December 9th, 2013. Anyone who would like to fill out an application to file in the Republican Primary they can reach me at 254-627-9349 or via email at milamgop@yahoo.com


Kyle Deal
Interim Chairman
Republican Party of Milam County

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Milam County Budget Meetings

Hello Everyone,

I was pleased with what I heard about the attendance at the Republican Women’s Meeting last night. I missed the women’s meeting as I was at the Public Meeting on the County Budget held by Judge Barkemeyer in Milano last night.

I felt I needed to attend these as I have been getting a number of calls about the proposed budget and wanted to make myself as available as possible for these.

If you haven’t had a chance to attend one of the four meetings already held then you still have a chance to attend one of the remaining three. Judge Barkemeyer will be holding three more meetings as follows.

August 22, 2013 – 6:30 pm at the One-Stop Center in Rockdale.
August 26, 2013 – 6:30 pm in Gause at the Fire Department.
August 27, 2013 – 6:30 pm at the Thorndale Chamber of Commerce.

Participation in the governing process is what makes government as effective as it can be. Simply voting is not enough so please come out and be a part of the process and not just a spectator. You won’t regret it.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Positive Campaigning in Milam County

As I look back at the last few years here in Milam County I am very proud of all the work that the folks in both the Republican Party and the Republican Women of Milam County have put in. In just four years we have built a conservative movement here in Milam County that as witnessed not only the first elected Republicans in Milam County, but a majority of Republicans in county office.

To Date, Republicans hold 14 of the 20 elected county offices – OUTSTANDING!

Most of the credit belongs to the candidates and the volunteers who have worked so hard to build the Republican Brand in Milam County. As the County Chairman I owe a great deal of gratitude to all those who have provided their time and money, as well as their active participation that has in turn provided untold motivation for me, for the Milam GOP Leadership, and for the candidates themselves – THANK YOU!

I would also like to thank everyone for what I consider the most important virtue of the Conservative Movement in Milam County – Staying Positive.

Unfortunately, there are many examples of negative campaigning, be it in federal, state, or local elections; however, from the first Milam GOP meeting I attended we have worked hard to conduct ourselves in a classy and positive manner while leaving the negative campaigning to others. As long as I am Chairman, I will continue to insist that candidates looking for the support and affiliation with the Republican Party of Milam County continue to do so.

In the most recent election we had one candidate for a county office who promised to run a positive, issue driven campaign. But when the rubber met the road, he used negative campaigning while claiming that he was simply using the incumbent’s record to demonstrate how his ideas would be better. Unfortunately his attacks (regardless of their accuracy) became more desperate as the campaign went on and he offended many voters as well as those in the party and in the end his negative actions resulted in him being soundly defeated.

While I am happy to report this sort of activity has been a rarity while campaigning at the county level, I am saddened to say that it is not and will not be the case at the state level. Currently we have several GOP candidates at the state level who are already using negative campaigning to attack fellow Republicans in the hopes of gaining votes – UNACCEPTABLE!

In the coming months you will begin to see the shaping of campaigns and feel an ever increasing exposure to those campaigns as we approach the November filing period and the March Primary Election. As always I will hold fast to the Milam GOP policy of supporting all the candidates who run under the GOP label in a fair and equitable manner. To those who chose negative campaign tactics, be advised that such actions will be met with little support from the Milam County GOP Leadership.

It’s not that the Milam GOP doesn’t support a candidate’s right to run their campaign as they see fit, we just want positive campaigning where the issues and ideas are discussed and the politics of personal destruction are a thing of the past. Remember, you can’t explain how you will make things better if you’re badmouthing you opponent.

Good Luck to all,

Bill Whitmire
Republican Party of Milam County