Tailgating TCRP-style! Conventions set to reconvene May 30, 2020

SD 14 Temporary Chairman Olga Lasher says convention can wait from the 'gate!

In order to comply with city, county, and state orders to contain coronavirus/COVID-19, the temporary chairmen of each Senatorial District convention in Travis County got resourceful.

Utilizing a pickup tailgate in the parking lot of Great Hills Baptist Church, each chairman quickly called their respective conventions to order and reconvened for time certain May 30, 2020. The reason this had to be done: orders to limit public gatherings to 10 persons or less happened within the time-frame required to announce the convention. So the same time and location had to be used. Since Great Hills was closed, Austinites did what we know how to do well during football season and we tailgated it. 

Watch a video of the tailgate convention adjournment here via Facebook.

It's not the first time we've used a tailgate for county convention. In 2012, Senatorial District 14 expended its allotted time in Hyde Park Baptist Church's sanctuary with plenty of business left to cover. Chairman Bill Crocker moved the convention to the church's parking garage, where business took place until late in the evening by use of a megaphone and a tailgate.

Updates on committee meetings and other business before the May 30 county convention will be announced here.

Below are some other photos from Saturday's business:

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Travis GOP and COVID-19

Some important notes regarding upcoming activities and COVID-19 containment

*County/SD conventions to reconvene on May 30, 2020Out of an abundance of caution regarding the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19 and in compliance with local, state, and federal rules and guidelines, we are doing what we can within state party rules to reschedule convention business. As such, Senate Districts 14, 21, 24, 25 met briefly on the originally scheduled date at Great Hills Baptist (3/21/20) and then immediately declared the meeting adjourned to reconvene on May 30. 

As many of you know, our County Convention takes place every two years. The convention is comprised of four Senate Districts conventions -- SDs 14, 21, 24, and 25. Sometimes these conventions meet separately and in other years we meet together for a unified program and separate business. This will be one of the unified convention years despite any setbacks.

Updates on committee meetings, etc: All updates will be posted to our Conventions Site at sites.google.com/site/tcrpcon

Contribute. This is a grassroots organization and we depend on the generous small, one-time contributions of $5, $20, and $50 from delegates and Republican individuals to help us cover the costs of holding conventions. You can contribute safely and easily here: https://secure.anedot.com/travisgop/county

Sponsorship. We are still producing a printed convention program, and advertising/sponsorship opportunities are still available including PowerPoint slides and information tables. See any updates at sites.google.com/site/tcrpcon

* State convention. The Texas Republican Convention has been rescheduled for July pending official approval in an April meeting. The target date is July 13-18, still in Houston. Updates at TexasGOP.org/convention

* Event and meeting cancelations. Many other club events and activities are canceled or postponed. Please check our Events calendar at TravisGOP.com/Events for any updates.

We will keep this page updated with any major developments. Check the Convention site for other details. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.


Updated 9:52 a.m. 3/21/20

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Early voting begins in the 2020 Primary

The 2020 Republican Primary begins Tuesday, Feb. 18, and ends Friday, Feb. 28. There are several early voting locations throughout Travis County (see below). For a map and any special locations/hours please visit https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/polling-locations.html

To learn more about who and what is appearing on your primary ballot, as well as other helpful info, please see TravisGOP.com/candidates.

Railroad Commissioner Craddick to headline first Chairman's Circle of 2020

Last March, Speaker Nancy Pelosi came to Austin and stated that Texas was ground zero for Democrats in 2020. One month later the DCCC opened a brand-new Texas Headquarters office in downtown Austin, with the mission to take out Congressman Chip Roy and Congressman Michael McCaul. The threat we Republicans face in this county could not be more serious. 

We need your help to not only protect these great congressmen, but to expand our footprint in other battleground races in Travis County. We’d like to invite you to join Travis County’s most exclusive Republican donor club, the Travis County GOP Chairman’s Circle. This elite donor organization is ideal for industry leaders, business owners, and the most dedicated activists who want the best networking opportunities where you’ll enjoy one-on-one time with those who advance Republican principles in Travis County and across Texas. 

Here's a great way to help:

Our next Chairman’s Circle event is an evening reception honoring:

Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick 

Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6 - 8 p.m.

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Christmas Party 2019


Come celebrate the Christmas season with your Republican friends as we extend our sincerest appreciation to our supporters -- our precinct chairmen, volunteers, staff, donors, elected officials, candidates, and most importantly voters. If you are in any of these groups, you are welcome to this memorable event.

Join us for our annual Travis GOP Christmas Party hosted at 2401 Westlake Pass. Look for Santa on the balcony. Complimentary drinks and heavy appetizers included thanks to our great hosts.

Online RSVPs close at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. You may still walk up and register onsite the night of.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Street parking is available and complimentary valet will be available for anyone who needs it (thanks to the Grusendorfs). Valet parkers also appreciate your tips!

What is the suggested attire?
Christmas Cocktail or Christmas Casual -- whatever you feel is most suitable.

What should I bring to the event?
Your driver's license. We will have a security officer manning the front door who will check driver's licenses (or state-issued photo identification card) with the RSVP list. Please have yours ready to show him for quick access inside.

The Source (formerly Austin Life Care) will be the beneficiary of this year’s Travis County GOP Christmas Party. As conservatives, we believe that the government should do less and quality charities should do more. To help support that goal, please bring one or more of the following to the event:

  • Wipes

  • Diapers (especially 3, 4, 5, and 6 sizes)

  • NEW Children's Clothes (especially sizes 12mo to 3T)

  • Cash donation of $5 (or more)

Your gifted donations help The Source fulfill its mission of helping pregnant women and new mothers create a solid foundation.

Will there be any entertainment?
Live music and sing-alongs are encouraged. We'll have folks singing and playing piano again!

Stand with Trump, Austin! Supporters rally set for Wednesday, 11/20

Join us for a good old-fashioned demonstration as we cheer on President Trump and show the liberal and anti-Trump protesters in the vicinity that they do NOT speak for Austin!

1 p.m. Wednesday (11/20),

12221 Riata Trace Pkwy., NW Austin.

The sidewalk is public property so please follow any and all instructions given by police and law enforcement. Please be courteous to business owners at the shopping center.

Please provide your own signs, flags, banners, and other (legal) shows of support!

Helpful links:


Schedule of events: 

1 p.m.  Line sidewalk, hold signs, etc.

1:20 p.m.: Air Force One scheduled to arrive at ABIA airport

Approx. 2 p.m. (pending motorcade traffic): Remarks by Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey, Travis GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak, and Republican candidates present.


Important notes: 

President Trump is NOT expected to attend this rally. Hopefully there will be a view of the motorcade. We will post any information to that effect when/if available.

Help us focus on winning with No Overhead November

The Travis GOP wants ALL of our general donations in 2020 going to helping Republican candidates achieve victories.

You read that right.

We don't want a single red cent of general donations made in 2020 going toward headquarters rent, staff paychecks, or phone or internet bills. We want everything we raise, aside from recurring donations from our strongest supporters, devoted to the field operations we have planned for next year as well as financial support for our local candidates, in addition to other forms of candidate assistance.

How will we do that? Glad you asked ...

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Girls and Guns (guys welcome too!)

UPDATE: Next event scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4! RSVP here.

Our inaugural Girls and Guns event on Oct. 30 was a success, and a perfect complement to pro-Second Amendment testimony at the Capitol that day -- even with some media attention! We hope to offer this event on a monthly basis for women who wish to improve their aim. 

Whether this is your first time to hold a gun or you're an experienced pro, there's a place for you among friends.

Your ticket purchase includes the Range lanes, guns, and safety ear and eyewear. Ammunition is extra and can be purchased on site. Bring your own gun(s) or use guns from The Range. After costs from The Range Austin, proceeds will benefit the Travis County Republican Party as it gears up for 2020 Elections.

The first half-hour we will have a gun safety training from a Range safety officer. The next 1.5 hours will be shooting practice. Austin Police Association Vice President Justin Berry, also one of 5+ Republican candidates for State Representative in District 47, has offered to give on-the-spot shooting pointers to us gals!

At 12:30 p.m., we will go back to our event room for an optional lunch if you have the time to stay and chat awhile. To avoid a flow breakup, we will be eating onsite. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch, or you may contact Elise Grusendorf at elisetheone@me.com to arrange a boxed lunch from an external restaurant.

We have a limited 30 number of non-refundable tickets for this first event. If all tickets are sold, email Lauren.atx.tcrp@gmail.com to get on the wait list as well as get priority registration for future events. Depending on interest, we may continue to offer these shooting socials monthly.

Come improve your gun game and leave with great friends and a better aim!

November 2019 election recommendations are here!

Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 5 (Early voting Oct. 21 through Nov. 1)

The Travis County Republican Party recommends voting FOR ...

  • State Proposition 3 (disaster-stricken property tax exemptions)
  • State Proposition 4 (state income tax ban)
  • County Proposition A (expo center improvements)
  • City of Austin Proposition A (sports center on city land voter approval)
  • City of Austin Proposition B (use of hotel tax to pay for convention center expansion)



See our press release on the above recommendations: http://www.travisgop.com/november_2019_ballot_items_release 

More information, endorsements and recommendations from multiple conservative sources (EVERY county race is listed) in this helpful article: http://thetravistracker.blogspot.com/2019/10/november-2019-election-guide.html

Official Sample ballot (PDF)

To find your early voting or election day polling place, your voter registration status, and other important info, visit: https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections/current-election.html

If you need help voting visit www.VoteTravis.com.

Note: Federal and state election law allows you to print off this sheet and other resources to take with you into the polling place.

Missing money, skipped deadlines in Third Court of Appeals Democrat's paperwork

A freshman Democratic appeals court justice may have touted his experience in the courtroom when running against a bench full of experienced and capable incumbent Republican Third Court of Appeals Justices.

But Justice Thomas Baker's experience in running a campaign apparently has much to be desired -- this according to several inconsistencies discovered in his legally required campaign finance paperwork.

Travis County Republican Party Chairman Matt Mackowiak filed a sworn complaint on Tuesday, Aug. 13, noting the numerous errors and miscalculations uncovered.

"When considering the complicated nature of his profession and researching caselaw, how can we expect Justice Baker to issue competent rulings if he cannot file accurate campaign finance reports?" said Matt Mackowiak, Chairman of the Travis County Republican Party. "The problems we discovered are indicative of mismanagement and could foreshadow ethical problems. The voters of Texas demand better out of our elected jurists."

See our full press release here.