Girls and Guns (guys welcome too!)

Please join Republican women in Central Texas as they practice their shooting skills at The Range Austin Wednesday, October 30th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with an optional lunch afterward.

>>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 waitlist 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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Reagan Gala '19 recap

What a night!

This year's Reagan Gala was a smashing success.

We pulled this event together in one month(!) and did it during the summer, which made our task more difficult and our work more urgent.

With more than 250 people attending, we brought in more than $94,000 and profited well over $50,000 to help elect more Republicans and grow the party!

This is my fifth Reagan Gala. These events are a lot of work.

We could not have pulled this one off without the dedication of so many volunteers who showed up early to help guests arrive and execute the event. Brian Schwaegel, Glen and Julie Hertenberger, Olga Lasher, Mary Heffernan, Leland Freeman, Kevin Waisfield, Matt Maley and Benjamin Larrabee. You efforts made the difference.

Our Travis County Republican Party (TCRP) team is outstanding. I am proud of the effort we all made. ...


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UPDATE: Biggest night of the year for Central Texas conservatives a big success!

UPDATE (7/1/19): See Chairman Matt Mackowiak's recap of the event here.


Our 2019 Reagan Gala was a complete success because of supporters like you! 

We would like to thank our sponsors for helping us fund another year of expanding Republican victories in Travis County: 

Event Chair & Platinum Table Sponsor:

Jay and Sahra Riskind 


Platinum Sponsor:

Rex Gore


Silver Sponsors:

Jay Novick

Jerry Morgan

Senox Corporation

Stuart Shaw


Bronze Sponsors:

Aaron Reitz for Texas (HD-47)

Doug and Rachel Deaton

Supreme Court Justice John Devine & Nubia Devine

The Starley Family



Congressman Bill Flores

Congressman Roger Williams

Michael McCaul for Congress

Richard and Dr. Rosemary Edwards

Shaun Ireland

Texans for Jeff Boyd

The Honorable Kent Grusendorf & Elise Grusendorf

The Honorable Paul Workman and Sherry Workman

Thomas Graphics


Older info: 

Join us for #ReaganGala 2019 Thursday, June 27, at Austin's own Hotel VanZandt.

Speakers include: former presidential contender and union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice and constitutional defender Nathan Hecht, taxpayer champion Congressman Chip Roy, and also Texas Sen. Dawn Buckingham and Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian.

Featuring silent auction, participatory events, great food, and so much more! It promised to be an evening in Austin's unique Rainey Street District you'll never forget.

RSVP and complete details:

Gov. Scott Walker to headline Reagan Gala '19

More info coming soon! Tickets now on sale at