June 26, 2017
Media Release - For Immediate Release
On the Heels of Legislative Success, with an Eye on the Special Session, Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition Leadership Surges by 78% Over First Quarter
Temple, Texas – On Saturday, June 24, the Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition Leadership Summit convened its Second Summit for 2017 with 121 leaders, representing 59 distinct organizations. Conservative opinion leaders from Texas TEA parties, community groups, local GOP clubs, statewide conservative organizations, the Republican State Executive Committee and the Texas House Freedom Caucus traveled from across the state to attend the 85th Legislative Session Wrap-Up Summit to prepare for the special session and the 2018 Primary Elections.
The Summit included legislative session analyses by Dana Hodges, State Director for Concerned Women for America-Texas; Trayce Bradford, President, Texas Eagle Forum; Terri Hall, Director, Texans for Toll Free Highways; Dr. Laura Pressley, Director, Save Our Texas Vote; and Teresa Beckmeyer, Founder of Lone Star Voice. Coalition successes were revisited as well as special session legislative priorities. The day also included training by JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director, Grassroots America; Ken Emanuelson, Founder, Grassroots Texans; Dale Huls, Executive Committee Member, Clear Lake TEA Party, and Robert Shulter, Operations Director, Grassroots Public Relations, on the topics of coalition-building, leadership skills, social media, and office holder accountability based on the Republican Party of Texas censure rule.
Stacy McMahan, President of East Texans for Liberty said, “As President of an active conservative group, I am exceptionally grateful for the Coalition Summit. Not only was it great to catch up with over one hundred of my conservative friends across Texas, but each speaker presented new information concerning important issues to our members. Activists work very hard behind the scenes before, during, and after a Texas legislative term. There is no doubt we are increasingly effective as a conservative coalition of activist leaders.”
JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director of Grassroots America and an organizer of the Summit, emphasized, “The Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition has seen a 78% increase just since January.Successful coalition projects during the legislative session that helped pass good reform bills and kill bad bills got the attention of other activists and elected officials. We’re just getting started. This is no longer solely a “TEA Party” effort. I’m thrilled to see so many conservative Republican County Chairs and State Executive Committee members participating. We don’t need to agree on every issue in order to work together. We are united around conservative principles and freedom, and that’s a winning combination.”