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 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 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: 

More information, endorsements and recommendations from multiple conservative sources (EVERY county race is listed) in this helpful article:

Official Sample ballot (PDF)

To find your early voting or election day polling place, your voter registration status, and other important info, visit:

If you need help voting visit

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.

Congressman Michael McCaul our next big name guest for the Chairman's Circle

In March of this year, 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 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, elected officials, 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.

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


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Petition: rescind dangerous homeless camping ordinance!

A few months ago, the City of Austin passed an ordinance that allows homeless people to camp in public spaces (excluding private property, parks and City Hall).

The result has been chaos.

Homeless people are camping on sidewalks downtown (in front of businesses), there have been several violent attacks, and they continue to camp in parks and on private property, believing that they either won’t be reported to police or police won’t remove them.

It is time to rescind this policy which is bad for tourism, the Austin economy, public safety and public health.

Sign the petiton by Travis GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak here.

Travis GOP investigates: More violations found in Austin Council member's campaign filings

Following local headlines, two new violations have been discovered following a careful investigation of District 1 City Council member Natasha Harper-Madison's campaign finance paperwork.

"The Austin City Council is elected for few other purposes than to safeguard the trust given to them by the taxpayers and to carefully scrutinize the complex details of running a rapidly growing city," said TCRP Chairman Matt Mackowiak. "When a representative of the people on the Council dais cannot keep up with Austin campaign finance rules, it casts doubt on her ability to understand the ins-and-outs of city policy. It also does not speak well of her understanding of ethics and what the taxpayers expect of their elected officials."

Read our full press release and supporting documents here. 

Chairman Mackowiak supports Gov. Abbott in opposing Austin homeless camp ordinance

A recent change to city ordinance allowing homeless camps along private property, business frontage, and even public sidewalks has ignited a firestorm from both sides of the political spectrum.

It has now become legal in the City of Austin for homeless persons to camp on the front of one's private property or on public rights-of-way in the Capital of Texas. Even the Austin Police Association is expressing discomfort with the idea, which allows camping "on sidewalks, alleyways, and other public places (except parks and City Hall), which includes in front of your house, provided the people camping are not making the sidewalk unreasonably inconvenient or hazardous." 

"This ill-advised homeless camping policy is the latest example of our all-Democrat City Council continuing its war on private enterprise and taxpayers," said Matt Mackowiak, Travis GOP Chairman. "There are better ways to incentivize businesses and homeowners to help alleviate homelessness in Austin, but chiseling away at our rights and public safety is not the answer."
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