Texas Young Republican Federation Urges Veto on HB 62, the “Texting Ban”

The Heart of Texas Young Republicans are excited to announce that the Texas Young Republican Federation, our parent organization, has released the following press release regarding the Governor’s veto of HB62, the “Texting Ban”:

AUSTIN, TX May 22, 2017 – For the first time this session, the Texas Young Republican Federation calls upon Governor Abbott to veto a piece of legislation, HB 62, the “Texting Ban.” TYRF agrees with former Governor Rick Perry who called this legislation “a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults” when he previously vetoed this legislation the last time in passed, in 2011.

“Not only is this an attempt to micromanage adult drivers, but this law would be extremely difficult to enforce, as it would be nearly impossible to prove whether a person potentially in violation was actually using their phone in an illegal manner. Our focus instead should be on whether a person is driving safely, and we already have laws on the book which deal with unsafe driving,” Texas Young Republican Federation Policy Director, Jonathan Gaspard said.

There is no statistical evidence linking texting to a significant number of Texas crashes to justify the need or the potential unintended consequences of this law. According to the most recent data from the Texas Department of Transportation, collected by Texas Peace Officers, 3,531 people died as a result of fatal crashes on Texas roads in 2015. Of those, 20 fatal crashes involved at least one driver who was texting on a cellular device, and less than 70 fatal crashes involved any use of a cellular device, including talking, texting, or other/unknown use.1 This number is dwarfed by other contributing factors such as the 502 fatal crashes where a driver failed to maintain a single lane, the 499 crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol, and the 407 crashes where a driver was not maintaining a safe speed.

In 2015, there were a total of 476 fatalities resulting from distracted driving. Of these, texting on a cellular device was a factor in only 20 fatal crashes (4.2%), while driver inattention was a factor in 326 fatal crashes (68.5%). When it comes to non-fatal crashes, texting played an even smaller role, as 40 serious injury crashes out of 13,616 serious injuries (0.3%) involved a driver who was texting, and a total of 205 injury crashes out of 246,335 injuries (0.08%) involved a driver who was texting. While we agree that drivers should not drive while distracted, it is clear from the data that texting while driving is a very small percentage of crashes resulting from distracted driving.

We call on Gov. Abbott to veto this bill the moment it gets to his desk.

The Texas Young Republican Federation encourages personal responsibility and advises drivers in Texas to avoid distracted driving, including sending text messages while driving.

You can see a copy of our official press release here.

For more information please contact: Jonathan Gaspard, TYRF Policy Director

Phone: (972) 375-8117

Email: policy@texasyr.gop

 

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Georgetown City Council Candidate Meet & Greet

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Become a Deputy Voter Registrar

Volunteer Deputy Registrars help register eligible citizens to vote by distributing, reviewing, and accepting completed voter registration applications.​  Deputy Voter Registrars serve terms that end December 31 of even number years.  People wishing to become a  Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar for the 2017 – 2018 term in Williamson County must attend a 30-minute training program at the Williamson County Elections Department in Georgetown. Training classes are offered the first and third Tuesday of each month at 2:00pm and 6:00pm.

**Please contact the Williamson County Elections Office at 512-943-1630 to reserve a seat by 12:00 pm on the day you wish to attend training. Class size is limited, so please be sure to reserve your spot prior to arriving for class.**

Once you have completed your formal training, a staff member will issue you a certificate of appointment and give you a registration packet with instructions and supplies.  Important Note: You may not accept registration applications until you have received the registration packet and the Certificate of Appointment from the Williamson County Election’s Office.

(If you wish to register citizens to vote in other counties, you will need to check requirements in those counties.)

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Williamson County GOP Reagan Dinner Tables/Tickets Available

Every year, the Williamson County GOP Reagan Dinner is the event of the year!
With like minded individuals coming together to celebrate the successes our party has made over the last year, we always have a great time attending!  This year, the Reagan Dinner will be at the Sheraton Georgetown, 1101 Woodlawn Ave, Georgetown, Texas 78628 on Monday February 20th, 2017.
The Reagan Dinner is the Wilco GOPs annual gala fundraiser.  Proceeds fund headquarters operations, voter registration and identification efforts, community engagement, social media operations, and other important activities of the Williamson County Republican Party.

If you are interested in attending, please email the HOT YR President, Kristen Smith for more details.

We hope to see you there!!

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Williamson County Republican Party Inaugural Ceremony Viewing Party

 

Williamson County Republican Party Inaugural Ceremony Viewing Party

Mel’s Lone Star Lanes
1010 N Austin Ave
Georgetown, TX 78626

Howdy YRs!!  The Williamson County Republican Party is holding an event for all Republicans wishing to enjoy watching the inauguration of Donald Trump and Mike Pence as a group!  After all, you wouldn’t want to miss the show, or watch it alone!!  It’s sure to be interesting!!

Seating begins at 10:30am, and the ceremony will begin at 11:00am.  Attendees will be able to order from CJ’s menu.

To RSVP, please send us an email with the number of attendees so they can be prepared for the appropriate number of people.

Hope to see you there!!

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YRNF Reacts to the Obama Administration’s December Surprise

 

Daniel Fry, YRNF Midwest Regional Vice-Chair had this to say regarding the Obama Administration’s December Surprise.

“Today’s events in which the United States abstained from voting in the United Nation Security Council vote is deeply harmful to the future of the state of Israel. This December surprise coming from the Obama Administration today is difficult to swallow but together we can make a difference if we speak out. The actions made today do not aid in the development and the future of peace in the Middle East. It is shameful and reprehensible that the Obama Administration decided to not use our veto on the resolution. The United States and the Jewish people could not be more blessed to have Donald J. Trump and his administration as the next President of the United States.”

“I am proud to have supported Donald J. Trump throughout his election and I look forward to our soon to be President working tirelessly to reverse the suffering that the Jewish people have faced under the Obama administration. Jews both in America and throughout the world will have a friend and an ally in the Trump administration. As UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley will not allow anti-semitic resolutions to come through the United Nations. As Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson will promote a free world friendly to all faiths. And as Attorney General, Jeff Sessions will not allow anti-semitic hate to go unchecked.”

You can read the entire statement made by Daniel Fry by clicking here.

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The Young Republican National Federation, headed by Chairman Dennis Cook and Co-Chairman Chris Carmona, is an official auxiliary organization under the RNC. YRNF represents Republican voters between the ages of 18 and 40 across America. The national youth wing of the GOP includes members of both state and local chapters of the Young Republicans.

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All press and media inquiries and requests for comment can be directed to Communications Director, Matthew Thomas Oberly, at matt.oberly@yrnf.com or (202) 868-3487.

Copyright © 2016 Young Republican National Federation, Inc., All rights reserved.

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Voter Registration Deadline

Voter Registration Deadline is TODAY!!!

The deadline to register to vote, or to make any updates to your registration is Tuesday, October 11.  The Williamson County Elections Department has a great website where you can confirm your registration status/information, and even obtain a sample ballot.
Please take a moment to make sure your registration is up to date, and correct.  Please email the Williamson County GOP at info@williamsoncountygop.org if you need assistance registering to vote, or updating your registration.
#KeepTexasRed
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Texas Young Republicans looking for Political Action Director and four Regional Level Directors

 

Follow us on Twitter @TexasYRs!

Calling Young Republicans!

Dear Friends,

We only have 10 full weeks left before the November election and there is not a moment to waste. We’ve decided to take an aggressive role this year in helping #KeepItRed by focusing our Victory efforts on the 11 closest races in the state. Those races, by region are:

Region 1: North Texas
1. State Representative Kenneth Sheets, HD 107
2. State Representative Cindy Burkett, HD 113
3. State Representative Rodney Anderson, HD 115
4. State Representative Linda Koop, HD 102

Region 2: Central Texas
1. Congressman Will Hurd, CD 23
2. State Representative Rick Galindo, HD 117
3. State Representative John Lujan, HD 118

Region 3: South Texas
1. State Representative J.M. Lozano, HD 43
2. State Representative Hilda Garza De Shazo, HD 41

Region 4: East Texas
1. State Representative Wayne Faircloth, HD 23
2. State Representative Gilbert Pena, HD 144

To that end we’ve decided to take applications for Political Action Director and four Regional level directors we will choose by early next week and have them approved at our first quarterly board meeting. If you feel committed to getting Republicans elected statewide or in your region please follow this link and fill out the application and return it to us via email at chairman@texasyr.gop by this Saturday August 27th.

God Bless Texas,

John Baucum

Chairman, Texas Young Republicans
713.822.8405
chairman@texasyr.gop

Copyright © 2016 Texas Young Republicans, All rights reserved.
Friend or Member of the Texas Young Republican Federation

Our mailing address is:

Texas Young Republicans

PO Box 1222

San Marcos, TX 78667

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Register for Texas YR Convention Today!!

HOST HOTEL

SHERATON AUSTIN HOTEL at the CAPITOL
701 EAST 11TH
AUSTIN, TX 78701
RATE $135 AVAILABLE UNTIL 7/20

BOOK HOTEL
FEE
EARLY ACCESS $85
ENDS 7/10
GENERAL ACCESS $100
ENDS 8/15

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY
4PM
CHECK INTO HOTEL
5:30PM
MEET IN SHERATON LOBBY TO DEPART FOR CRUISE, TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED
6:30-8PM
LAKE AUSTIN CRUISE

SATURDAY
9AM
BREAKFAST
MEMBER’S LOUNGE | CAPITOL EXTENSION
10AM
BREAKOUT I | E2.010
10:30AM
BREAKOUT II | E2.014
11AM
BREAKOUT III | E2.010
11:30AM
BREAKOUT IV | E2.014
12PM
LUNCH | LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE CENTER
1-5PM
TYRF BUSINESS MEETINGS
CAPITOL AUDITORIUM
7PM
GALA | TRINITY HALL | 311 E 5TH ST
10PM
A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN

(ALL EVENTS INCLUDED IN FEE)
REGISTER FOR EVENTS

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SREC and Elector Results from RPT Convention

Congratulations Mike McCloskey and Nita Davidson for being re-elected SREC Committeeman and Committeewoman for SD-5 at the RPT Convention last week! You have done a fantastic job representing our senatorial district and we are excited for what the future will hold! 

 

The HOT YRs would also like to congratulate Jon Jewett for being elected as the Elector for CD-31. Jon will be meeting in Austin in December with other electors as part of the final step in electing the President and Vice President for the 2016 election. 

 

We are very happy for Mike, Nita and Jon!! You help make SD-5 and CD-31 the best places in Texas to be conservative!

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