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Fair Convention Goals
* A Fair Convention Chair
* Fair Debate & Fair Votes

* Timeline & Current Status
* Credentials Challenges

RPT in Trouble
* 2008 Biennial Report

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The 2008 State Convention of the Republican Party of Texas is over, but the struggle for the "soul of the party" continues. While the established , the delegates themselves became increasingly frustrated that they were not being allowed to hear the details of what had happened or discuss and vote on party business themselves. Fairconvenetion.org will continue to document the struggle of the grassroots to assert their rights under the law to freely deliberate and vote on the direction of the party and to hold their leadership accountable.


DONATION INSTRUCTIONS

If you wish to donate to the legal fund for the 174.094 case and judgement where Debra Medina is a plaintiff, mail contributions to Wharton Co. Republican Party PO Box 831 Wharton, Tx 77488. If you wish to donate to the Nueces County lawsuit where Vanessa Cahill is a plaintiff, see the chipin on the lower left of this page.


Latest Updates:

  • 174.094 Lawsuit Update -- Judge Roberta Lloyd of the Harris County Court has amended her ruling on the 174.094 case to award the RPT $14,500 in attorneys' fees. Despite finding that her court had no jurisdication to hear or rule on the facts of the case, and although the matter had already moved on to the appellate , but this was entirely the work of the RPT, not the grassroots.

    No court has yet heard or ruled on the facts or merits of the case.

    Read Debra Medina's statement on the ruling.

  • Nueces Civil Suit Status -- Work on the civil suit over what happened in Nueces County has been ongoing since the State Convention ended, and the case is now ready to be filed. However, the needed funds are not yet there. Currently we have around $5,000 of the $17,500 needed to get this off the ground with Gary Polland, the attorney of our choice. Himself a grassroots Republican activist, Gary has a deep understanding of the relevant election code and party history and we believe he brings a lot to the case. The case must move forward regardless. The Nueces delegates have therefore set a fundraising deadline of August 6th to raise the needed funds to file with Gary as lead counsel. If the needed funds are not raised by tomorrow, they will move forward with a cheaper local attorney and hope for the best. Please help us with one last push. Donate $10 or $20 yourself and promote the chipin to your friends and anyone else who is tired of abuses and power plays. If we do not fight this now we may not have a voice to fight it in the future.

    Donate:

    If you wish to donate by check instead, please make them out to: Vanessa Cahill & Kay Fisher

    Mail to:
    Vanessa Cahill
    6050 Rio Vista
    Corpus Christi, Tx 78412

    Please let us know if you mail a check so we can add it to the total ahead of the deadline.

  • Post Convention Analyses -- As grassroots coordinators and volunteers reflect on the results of the 2008 State Convention, several have taken the time to distribute summaries of what they experienced and where they think we go from here. Links to a selection of these are below. If you know of other discussions, or have your own to contribute, please feel free to send us your thoughts.

More history...


We must do the business of the Republican Party of Texas, and we must demand fairness and respect for the Republican Form of Government. If we do not, we will have allowed activism and relativism to replace the Rule of Law in the one place where it should be the most protected, and we will have no means left to determine how best to continue to promote and defend our lives, our liberty, our values, and our families.

When in the course of human events...

The Founders of this country understood clearly the need for proper Forms of Government and the Rule of Law in protecting all they held dear, from individual "life, liberty, and property," to the family, to the nation's defense and economic prosperity.

...we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...

They made plain what was significant to them as they advanced the cause of independence. They argued for "no taxation without representation" -- a protest against the lack of a fair government at least as much as against the taxes themselves. They asserted Lex Rex over Rex Lex, and pledged their "lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" to the defense of the notion that a King who will not follow the Law is not worthy of the name. A full fourteen of the eighteen grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence address directly the King's transgressions against the Rule of Law. As concerned as the Founders were with personal liberty, the national defense, a free economy, and a virtuous and moral society - still the core principles of the Republican Party - they recognized that none of these were achievable or sustainable without the creation and enforcement of proper Republican Forms of Government.

...that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness...

We live again in an era where the Forms of Government themselves are under attack. Not only do we battle against special-interest legislation, activist judges, and executive orders, we now have begun to battle the forces of relativism and totalitarianism taking root in our own Party. The basic principles of debate and Republican government are under assault.

...to prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world:

These realities have once again led some to call for the current Forms to be "altered or abolished." We in the Republican Party, however, know there is no need to abolish these Forms, only to return to them. By the grace of God, the Founders and Custodians of both our Country and our Party provided us with Forms adequate to "establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." Our Constitution, the laws of the State of Texas, and the Rules of the Republican Party of Texas provide more than adequate protection for the people's ability to demand accountability from their officials. This is true from the First Amendment's guarantee of "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances," to the Republican Party of Texas' recognition that "it is we who defend the embattled traditions that made our nation the greatest in all recorded history." All that is required is that We the People take hold of our responsibilities and assert ourselves as heirs to the Constitutional Federal Republic that so many others fought and died to create and sustain.

Why a Fair Convention? Because the State Convention of the Republican Party of Texas is the largest political convention in the United States, and it provides opportunity like no other for Texas Republicans to step up and set a course the rest of the country can follow. This opportunity should not be squandered on political posturing and power plays. Our Party and our Nation face serious threats, and these threats demand that all of us, as those honored enough to be duly elected representatives of the Republican Party of Texas, treat them with the respect and seriousness they deserve. We must not bow to fear or intimidation or the siren song of power -- we must instead maintain the freedom to assemble and act as a deliberative body, "to determine, in full and free discussion, courses of action to be taken in the name of the entire group." We must do the business of the Republican Party of Texas, and we must demand fairness and respect for the Republican Form of Government. If we do not, we will have allowed activism and relativism to replace the Rule of Law in the one place where it should be the most protected, and we will have no means left to determine how best to continue to promote and defend our lives, our liberty, our values, and our families.