TCRP celebrates City Council Runoff success

Austin Voters Send Clear Message That They Want City to Change Direction

AUSTIN -- Below is a statement from TCRP chairman Matt Mackowiak on last night's general election runoff. 

"Sanity is making a comeback in Austin. Having even just one pro-police, pro-transparency, pro-taxpayer candidate on the Austin City Council will make a tremendous difference in our efforts to stop the insanity of 2020 and restore full funding for public safety.

"Mackenzie Kelly and her team worked with an impressive team of volunteers eager to make sure the voices of Northwest Austin and District 6 were heard loudly Tuesday night. We are thrilled about her four-point victory over the radical Democrat incumbent and are grateful to all who contributed to her win.

"We also congratulate Jennifer Virden in District 10 on a hard-fought race. She nearly won, ultimately losing by a 51%-49% margin of fewer than 600 votes. Alison Alter voted for defunding the police and refuses to reinstate the camping ban. We hope this close race was a wake-up call for her. District 10 was drawn as a swing district in the original Austin 10-1 plan, which was originally won by a Republican. Virden's momentum will translate to future victories in this critical district.

"We look forward to further victories in 2022."

Travis County GOP Reaches Legal Agreement with Travis County Elections on Pollwatcher Access

Agreement Comes After Pollwatcher Access Was Limited During General Election

AUSTIN – The Travis County GOP has executed a legal agreement with the Travis County elections office that requires improved pollwatcher access for all future elections, starting with the Dec. 15 runoff election.

Travis County election officials had sequestered poll watchers in a separate room with a window to view the activity of the Central Count room.  Poll watchers were unable to hear the activities, their questions had to be asked through the glass window whenever the election workers noticed tapping on the glass.  Poll watchers were unable to see the computer screens where most of the Central Count activity takes place. 

In order to avoid litigation, both parties have agreed to the following: 

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STATEMENT: 'Throw the bums out!' Austin Council makes $150M cut to local police

Despite recent polls that indicate a majority of Austinites support maintaining full funding for law enforcement, multiple sources are reporting the Austin City Council approved $150 million in cuts to the Austin Police Department. 

"Today’s unanimous council decision to cut $150 million from the police budget is unconscionable and will directly make our city less safe, said Matt Mackowiak, Travis GOP Chairman. "As one of the fastest growing cities in America, we should be hiring more police, not cutting their budget by a third. Austin has already witnessed the fastest rate of growth in homicides in the country in recent months.

"Today’s action is the manifestation of a dream held by Greg Casar, the Workers Defense Project, the Democratic Socialists of America, and their radical fellow travelers. It is time for every good and decent Austinite to rise up and throw these bums out. Public safety is the first priority of every elected official and today’s disgraceful vote shows that the Mayor and the Council want a city that is less safe. And that is what we will get."


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Austin Republicans call on party leaders to stand firm against violence, vandalism

AUSTIN -- While still strongly supporting First Amendment freedoms, Republicans nationwide are calling on elected officials to condemn the violent crime that has regrettably become associated with recent racial justice protests.

The Travis County Republican Party approved a resolution at its 2020-21 organizational meeting this week joining a growing number of Republican organizations calling for GOP activists, party officials, and government officials to 1) condemn terrorist-like actions, 2) support the immediate arrest and prosecution of violent protesters, and 3) demand law enforcement be adequately funded despite calls by radical leftists to defund the police.

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Outrageous New City of Austin Order Delaying School Reopening is Unconstitutional, Unjustified Power Grab

Outrageous New City of Austin Order Delaying School Reopening is Unconstitutional, Unjustified Power Grab

Order Threatens Religious and Private School, Predicts Death Rate of 1000x Current Rate

AUSTIN – Not only is the new order prohibiting in-person classes in schools within Austin rife with potential legal hurdles and probable constitutional rights violations, it also goes against the rights of parents and elected school boards, the chairman of the Travis County Republican Party said this morning.

According to a mandate issued by Dr. Mark Escott, interim health authority for the City of Austin, all schools within the city limits that offer any classroom instruction from pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade are prohibited from gathering in person until Sept. 8.

This order includes religious and private schools, not just public schools. Extracurricular activities including summer football practice, band rehearsals, and any number of other activities are also presumed to be prohibited.

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Release: Travis GOP opposes Robert Morrow candidacy for SBOE

Jan. 22, 2020
Media contact: Andy Hogue, Communications
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Travis GOP opposes Robert Morrow's candidacy for State Board of Education

AUSTIN — County political parties typically do not endorse or oppose opponents in contested Republican primary races.

But one race in particular drew the opposition of the Travis County Republican Party Executive Committee Tuesday (Jan. 21). The Executive Committee, consisting of precinct chairmen across the Austin area within Travis County, unanimously approved a resolution to oppose the candidacy of Robert Morrow, a perennial candidate seeking a position of the State Board of Education. 

Also running on the Republican Primary ballot are Inga Cotton and Lani Popp. The Executive Committee did not endorse any of the candidates. Early voting for the March 3 Primary begins Feb. 18.

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RELEASE: 'Godfather of Travis County Republican Party' announces retirement; Travis GOP Chairman calls Commissioner Gerald Daugherty 'living legend'


Dec. 5, 2019
Media contact: Andy Hogue, Communications Director
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'Godfather of Travis County Republican Party' announces retirement
Travis GOP Chairman congratulates Precinct 3 Commissioner Gerald Daugherty on 14 years of service

AUSTIN -- Republican Travis County Precinct 3 Commissioner Gerald Daugherty announced in a press release today he will not seek re-election when his term expires in the new year.

Travis GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak wishes Daugherty well in retirement from the county dais.

"Gerald Daugherty is a living legend. His remarkable service to Travis County has been extraordinary," Mackowiak said. "He is the Godfather of the Travis County Republican Party, which is why we recognized him with our Reagan Courage award last year.

"He has been a consistent advocate for taxpayers and worked to find consensus on the Commissioner’s Court by always focusing on what was possible by working together. His legacy will be the completion of SW 45, which he fought to secure for many years and which will benefit everyone who lives and works in Southwest Austin. I am tremendously grateful for his public service and friendship.”


Austin-area Republicans announce support for November 2019 ballot items


Oct. 17, 2019
Media contact: Andy Hogue, Communications Director
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Austin-area Republicans announce support for county, city ballot items

Travis GOP issues statements in support of state constitutional amendment propositions 3, 4

AUSTIN  With early voting beginning Monday in the Texas Constitutional Amendment and Local elections, the Travis GOP Executive Committee unanimously approved resolutions in support of state Proposition 3 (disaster-damaged property tax exemptions) and Proposition 4 (state income tax ban). The resolutions are included below.

In support of local ballot referenda, precinct chairmen decided by unanimous voice vote to support County Proposition A (expo center improvements) and city of Austin propositions A (voter support for sports facilities) and B (voter approval for convention center improvements and use of hotel tax).

On county Proposition A, Chairman Matt Mackowiak said: "I'm proud to endorse Travis County Prop A because it allocates a new use of an existing hotel occupancy tax, paid for by out of town visitors, to renovate the Expo Center. This will create jobs and allow Rodeo Austin to generate more scholarships for kids in our community."

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RELEASE: Travis GOP makes first hire for 2020 election cycle


Oct. 16, 2019
Media contact: Andy Hogue, Communications Director
[email protected]

Travis GOP makes first hire for 2020 election cycle

Ed Check brings 3 decades of experience to critical election primary election management role  

AUSTIN —A veteran legislative and state government aide with a keen eye for detail joined the Travis County Republican Party staff today.

Ed Check will serve as Primary Administrator for the 2020 election season beginning Nov. 1, 2019.

The Texas election code allows for counties to contract with local political parties to administer open primary elections. As such, Check's duties will include: working with the Travis County Elections Division and the Texas Secretary of State's office to administer the March 3, 2020, Primary Election; recruiting a strong team of volunteers, election judges, and other workers necessary to assuring a smooth-running election; and overseeing the many details assigned to him by Travis GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak to comply with state and federal election regulations.

“I'm pleased that Ed has agreed to serve as primary administrator for the Travis County GOP for the 2020 election cycle,” said Travis GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak. “His experience will be an asset to all Republican primary voters and to the county party. He will make all decisions related to the primary election.”

Check, most recently a contract and grant specialist with the Texas General Land Office, brings to the Travis GOP office over 30 years of experience in state government, Republican party leadership, and health care administration and research.

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TCRP Chairman Condemns Eckhardt’s Disgusting Joke about Gov. Abbott

UPDATE: Judge Eckhardt has reportedly apologized to Gov. Abbott.


Sept. 27, 2019

TCRP Chairman Condemns Eckhardt’s Disgusting Joke about Gov. Abbott
Highest-Ranking Travis County Elected Official Makes Light of Abbott’s Paralysis

AUSTIN – According to a report in The Texas Tribune, at a panel discussion today at the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott “hates trees because one fell on him.”

Gov. Abbott suffered lower body paralysis while jogging in Houston when a tree fell over and hit him.

“I want to condemn in the strongest possible terms this disgusting joke from the highest-ranking Democrat in Travis County,” said Travis County GOP Chairman Matt Mackowiak. “Governor Abbott has displayed inspiring determination in his life, overcoming a tragic accident that paralyzed him at age 26 and rising to serve on the Texas Supreme Court, Attorney General, and now as Governor. Judge Eckhardt apparently believes that his disability is open to ridicule if it helps her make a political argument. This joke represents a profound lack of compassion from Judge Eckhardt. After news reports surfaced about her outrageous joke, she has since offered a weak apology. I hope she takes some time to reflect and reaches out to Governor Abbott and his family to also privately apologize. There is no place for insulting Americans with disabilities and Judge Eckhardt should know better.”