TCRP Chairman Mackowiak: Dukes Prosecution Fiasco Proves Travis County DA’s Office Has Badly Failed Taxpayers


AUSTIN – Travis County GOP chairman Matt Mackowiak released a statement today following the news that Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore has dropped 13 felony tampering with a governmental record charges and two misdemeanor abuse of official capacity charges against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin):

“Today’s news that District Attorney Moore is letting Rep. Dukes walk free without even going to trial after indictment for 15 very serious corruption charges is an embarrassment to Travis County and a monumental waste of taxpayer funds by two Democratic District Attorneys. Even with substantial evidence against Rep. Dukes, much of it dutifully generated by news media investigation, the Travis County District attorney's office couldn't even bring a single viable case to court after two years of costly legal maneuvering.

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Travis GOP joins diverse coalition opposing school bonds


AUSTIN -- On the heels of a press conference (pictured) opposing an unnecessary, billion-dollar Austin ISD bond package, the Travis County Executive Committee voted at its October meeting to not only oppose the AISD debt but also two other local school district tax hikes.

Travis County GOP Steering Committee member Don Zimmerman, Outreach Director Mike Lee, and Precinct Chairmen Tori Moreland and James Ritter stood with a diverse coalition with a united mission to expose the AISD bond's flaws. Representatives from the Gray Panthers and LULAC were also present, as well as former Austin City Council and GOP Texas House candidate Michael Cargill.

Below is the pertinent text of each resolution as approved.

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Willett, Ho inspired choices for 5th Circuit


AUSTIN — Travis County GOP chairman Matt Mackowiak released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump nominating Justice Don Willett and James Ho to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals:

"Don Willett and James Ho are inspired choices for federal judicial vacancies and President Trump should be commended for making these appointments. Both of these individuals are proven conservatives. Don Willett has been a sterling Supreme Court Justice, and is well-known to Austin-area Republicans. James Ho was an excellent Solicitor General for our state and is widely respected.

"Conservatives were promised by then-candidate Trump that he would make conservative judicial appointments and President Trump deserves credit for delivering on that promise."


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Sheriff's office admits ICE did communicate on criminal background of Mexican gang member

AUSTIN – The Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) released confirmation this afternoon that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did provide to TCSO the criminal history of Julio Cesar Mendoza-Caballero, a “Sureños 13” gang member who Sheriff Sally Hernandez released from jail despite a detainer request issued by ICE.

A statement released by the TCSO office said the following:

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'Sanctuary Sally' recklessly releases Mexican gang member


AUSTIN – The Austin American-Statesman reported late yesterday that Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez released from Travis County jail a known Mexican gang member who had been deported four times already and has been convicted of stealing a firearm in Hopkins County in 2008. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Travis County denied their June 16 detainer request and did not notify ICE before the release of Julio Cesar Mendoza-Caballero, a member of the “Sureños 13” gang.

Mendoza-Caballero was arrested for “assault causing bodily injury,” a charge which Sheriff Hernandez believes does not merit honoring an ICE detainer.


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Travis GOP elects new chairman; Mackowiak calls for unity

AUSTIN -- The Travis County Republican Party Executive Committee elected a new county chairman Tuesday night.

Matt Mackowiak, a political consultant and executive vice chairman of the Travis GOP, receive 46 votes of the precinct chairmen voting on Tuesday's meeting. Don Zimmerman, former Austin City Councilman, radio show host, and Travis County GOP Steering Committee member, received 38 votes. The meeting was held at the Austin Public Library Cepeda Branch in East Austin.
The county chairman vacancy occurred when James Dickey won his bid to become chairman of the Republican Party of Texas on June 3. The position of executive vice chairman will remain vacant at least until the next scheduled meeting of the Travis GOP Executive Committee on Sept. 12.

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