Welcome to the Conservative Republicans of Texas newsletter! We look forward to bringing you this newsletter to keep you informed and engaged as we gear up for the legislative session in Austin. In addition to breaking news from the Capitol from Dr. Steven Hotze, Jared Woodfill, and other members of the CRT team, we will be bringing you news and commentary from grassroots leaders across Texas as we work together to fight for conservative values in Austin.

No Men in Women’s Bathrooms

Last year, voters in Houston overwhelmingly defeated a “bathroom ordinance” that would have allowed that would have allowed sexual predators to share bathrooms and locker rooms with young girls. The results in Houston showed that keeping men out of women’s bathrooms has broad support across party and ethnic lines.

Despite claims by the Houston business establishment (also known as the “Greater Houston Partnership”), the defeat of the Houston bathroom ordinance has not had a negative economic impact for the City of Houston. It actually appears that the opposite is happening- women and families are free to conduct business in Houston without the fear of being accosted in a bathroom by a sexual deviant. The economy is thriving in Houston.

Thanks to the leadership of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and other conservative leaders in Austin, Texas appears poised to follow in the footsteps of North Carolina and consider a state law that would prevent men from using women’s bathrooms.

Unfortunately, the business lobby has announced a full court press designed to derail any such legislation. The Texas Association of Business, one of the most powerful lobby groups in Austin, has come out in opposition to legislation similar to that passed in North Carolina and is resorting to baseless scare tactics predicting economic doom should such a bill be enacted into law.

Conservative Republicans of Texas is proud to stand with Lt. Governor Patrick and will be dedicating significant resources to seeing that this important legislation is passed in Texas. However, we cannot win this fight by ourselves. We will need the help of ordinary Texans like you to join together and make our voices heard in Austin.

The Texas Association of Business and their allies on the left have deep pockets and well established relationships in Austin. They have already begun a smear campaign designed to discredit supporters of this legislation. We cannot let their lies and attacks go unchallenged.

Thankfully, Lt. Governor Patrick is taking a strong, principled stand against these lobbyists. We must make sure others in Austin know they have the support from the voters to do the same.

Support Judge Roy Moore

Earlier this year, Conservative Republicans of Texas had the pleasure of hosting Judge Roy Moore at our annual dinner and honoring him with an award recognizing his courage in standing up for marriage.

For those of you unfamiliar with Judge Moore, he is the duly elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He is one of the most recognized conservative leaders in Alabama and, over the course of his long career in public life, demonstrated time and again his dedication to upholding the rule of law.

Judge Moore takes his oath to uphold the Constitution seriously, and has defended this oath at great personal cost. He is a model Jurist that sets an example that should be followed by all Judges.

After the United States Supreme Court issued the disastrous ruling in the Obergefell case, Judge Moore issued an order prohibiting officials in Alabama from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Judge Moore issued this ruling based on the longstanding laws of the State of Alabama.

After issuing his ruling, activist Judges in Alabama suspended Judge Moore from the bench for the rest of his term. This outrageous action silenced the voices of the voters that elected him to his office. Thankfully, Judge Moore is appealing his suspension and a special court has recently been appointed to hear the appeal.

We urge you to join us in praying for Judge Moore, along with praying that the Judges assigned to preside over his appeal have the courage and wisdom to do the right thing.

Judge Roy Moore (middle), with Conservative Republicans of Texas President Jared Woodfill (left) and Conservative Republicans of Texas Chairman Dr. Steven Hotze (right)

Judge Roy Moore (middle), with Conservative Republicans of Texas President Jared Woodfill (left) and Conservative Republicans of Texas Chairman Dr. Steven Hotze (right)

Trump Wins!
Harris County Republicans Suffer Biggest Loss in History of the HCRP

Dear Friends,

Last night’s presidential results were historic. For the first time in decades, Republicans will have a uniquely consolidated power base, controlling the White House, Senate, and House, as well as a majority of governorships. As a result, we should be able to appoint conservative justices, eliminate Obamacare, get rid of the Johnson Amendment (which censures the church), cut the national debt, open up the energy markets, protect religious liberties, and so much more. As my friends at AFA stated, “We were about to go over the cliff. The knockout punch was about to be delivered to the America that our Founding Fathers handed to us. We were about to lose the Supreme Court of the United States to the far left for a generation. Persecution against Christians was about to be amped up the likes of which we have never seen before. After all, Hillary Clinton called us an ‘unredeemable basket of deplorables.'” In Donald Trump, we now have a pro-life President-elect, instead of one who supported partial-birth abortion, and believed that the taxpayers should pay for it.

But incredibly, Democrats swept to victory in ALL countywide offices in Harris County. This is the worst defeat for Republicans in the 71-year history of the Republican Party of Harris County.

I wish I could say that Harris County did as well as Donald Trump performed around the country. Unfortunately, under the leadership of Harris County Republican Party Chairman Paul Simpson, we suffered the greatest defeat in our history as a local party, as other Republican counties around the country were experiencing huge victories. Under the leadership of Republican Chairman Paul Simpson, Hillary Clinton swept Harris County by over 150,000 votes even when she lost nationwide to Trump. Republicans lost all Harris County countywide elections. This is an unacceptable result and the product of failed leadership.

What happened? Among other things, the Harris County Republican Party leadership fails to take a stand. They all but ignore social issues. The Harris County Republican Party leadership refuses to speak out for the unborn. The Harris County Republican Party leadership has run from biblical marriage. The Harris County Republican Party leadership has remained silent while a local Republican candidate brags about her Planned Parenthood endorsement. The Harris County Republican Party leadership has failed to take a stand against the radical LGBT political movement. The Harris County Republican Party leadership refused to engage in our efforts to defeat Annise Parker’s “Bathroom Ordinance.” And the Harris County Republican Party leadership refused to unite around the Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump. Their mantra was “Harris County Works. Vote Republican.” This message would not cause anyone watching Wheel of Fortune to jump out of their seat and vote for the Republicans, nor would it motivate anyone watching football to get up and vote for the Republicans. Paul Simpson never addressed the issues that differentiate conservative Republicans from Democrats.

The election results in Harris County prove that ‘Harris County doesn’t work’ when the local Republican party stands for nothing.

If we are going to win in 2018, leadership needs to change immediately. It is incumbent upon conservatives to stand up, speak up and refuse to accept local leadership that refuses to stand for our values. The values found in our Republican Party of Texas Platform.

Donald Trump is not our savior. Jesus Christ is our King. However, Donald Trump has chosen to surround himself with many Godly men and women like Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Mike Pence, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Kellyanne Conway and many more. I ask all reading this email to pray daily for President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence. I pray they will stay true to their promises, return our country to a constitutional republic and may the Lord bring a great spiritual revival to America. It is time to fight the good fight!

Jared Woodfill
Editor in Chief – CRTX News