Texas Cruzer, RPT 2018 Convention Update, Gun Safety Letter


Senator Ted Cruz's Texas Cruz in Gilmer  


Be sure to not miss Senator Cruz's father Rafael Cruz and Bibi Marino at the
La Finca Mexican Restaurant, 12:00 pm, Thursday in Gilmer. 

East Texans for Liberty has been asked to provide an update on the
Republican Party of Texas 2018 Convention.

RPT Chair and Vice Chair Results: 
  • James Dickey was overwhelmingly re-elected as RPT Chairman. 
  • Alma Jackson was overwhelmingly elected as RPT Vice-Chair. 
For Senate District 1 SREC's: 
  • Sue Evenwel, Titus County, was re-elected as the female SREC. 
  • Robert "Bob" Kecseg, Wood County, was elected as the male SREC. Kecseg replaces SREC Dennis Cable.
Convention Committees: 
  • Tracy Vincent, Gregg County, was appointed for the Platform Committee.
  • Sue Evenwel, Titus County, was appointed for the Credentials Committee. 
  • Gary Nice, Gregg County, was elected for the Rules Committee. 
  • Vernon Eastepp, Red River County, was appointed on the Organizational Committee. 
  • Sharon Guthrie, Smith County, was appointed on the Legislative Priorities Committee. (New Committee.)  
  • Stacy McMahan, Upshur County, was elected as the State Nominee Committee Member. 
  • Chris Dux, Lamar County, was elected as the Senate District Caucus Chairman. 
From Chairman Dickey: 

The RULES that will govern our party for the next two years:


The PLATFORM that we will abide by and defend:


The PRIORITIES that we will promote:



Senate District 1's State Senator Bryan Hughes, House Representative Matt Schaefer (HD6), House Representative Cole Hefner (HD5), House Representative Jay Dean (HD7), and House Representative Chris Paddie (HD9) all made an appearance with Hughes, Schaefer, Hefner, and Paddie addressing the SD Caucus.

Looking forward, the November 2018 general election is coming up quickly, after which the 2019 legislative session will begin.  The next election-cycle where we will have another Republican Party of Texas convention is in 2020:  if you want to attend, or help send good people to attend, there are a series of steps.  First is the precinct conventions in March 2020, held immediately after the Republican primary voting is finished, followed by the county convention.  Any legal resident who is a registered voter can be a delegate to precinct conventions -- and that is where you elect folks that become delegates to county, who in turn choose delegates that will attend the RPT 2020 convention in Houston and pick the national delegates that will help nominate the 2020 Republican nominee for president (as well as set the national party rules that govern how presidential elections are held). 

Check out Senate District 1 SREC Bob Kecseg's article entitled
"Regarding Gov. Abbott's Proposal to Address Gun Violence." 

With Much Appreciation

Upshur County Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner - 2018


With Much Appreciation!



Appreciation Dinner Slated for Upshur's Law Enforcement

Gilmer, TX:   A dinner is organized in appreciation of Upshur County’s Law Enforcement on Monday, May 14, 2018, at 6:30 pm. The dinner will be held at the Lantana Activity Center located at 80 Lantana Road, in Gilmer, and is free, open to the public, and child-friendly.

The scheduled speakers are Upshur County’s Sheriff Larry Webb and Combat Warriors – Texas’ President, Richard Rhea.  

Sheriff Webb has been a resident of Upshur County since 1995. After attending Gilmer Junior High and finishing his freshman year at Gilmer High School, his family moved to Longview.  Webb graduated from Longview High School in 1988 and joined the Army as a Military Policeman. While in the Army, Webb served in Germany and ended his military career in 1993 at Fort McClellan, Alabama as a Sergeant for the Military Police Company.

Webb retired from the Longview Police Department in June 2016 after nearly 21 years of service. During those years, Webb worked on many different assignments which include patrol officer, Street Crimes unit investigator, K-9 Officer, Field Training Officer and Bike patrol officer. In 1996, Webb was selected as a member of the Longview Police Department’s SWAT team and ended his Swat career as a supervisor for the team. 

Webb was a sergeant at the Longview Police Department for 10 years. He worked in many different assignments as a supervisor.  Those assignments included Patrol Supervisor, Administrative Supervisor, Field Training Officer Supervisor, Bike Patrol Supervisor, K-9 Training Coordinator, SWAT Team Supervisor and Community Policing Supervisor.

On January 1, 2017, Webb was sworn in as the newly elected Sheriff of Upshur County and currently serves the county’s fine citizens.

Webb is married to his lovely wife, Tracy and they have two beautiful daughters. Tracy Webb is a special education teacher at Union Grove Elementary School.

Richard Rhea is the President of Combat Warriors – Texas.  Combat Warriors – Texas, a branch of Combat Warriors Inc., provides Combat Wounded Service Members (regardless of physical limitations) the opportunity to "Hunt East Texas." This is a grassroots campaign focused on community involvement and local support, but also ensures above all that the privacy, safety and operational security of our nation’s Elite Warriors are not compromised. CWI (ETB) provides these deserving individuals an opportunity to experience these animals in their natural environment while also providing a "Hunting Camp Atmosphere," which allows each service member to relax and reconnect with one another as well as a grateful community.

Combat Warriors’ mission is to honor and support, emotionally and financially, the commitment and courage of our combat veterans.  Combat Warriors is made up of 100% volunteers who organize and promote dozens of events annually where groups are gathered of active duty soldiers for hunting and fishing trips at locales offered by the organization’s sponsors. 

Local men and women in Law Enforcement are seated on the organization’s board, as well as volunteer and participate in the Combat Warrior’s community events and fundraisers.

Richard and his family moved to Longview in 1985. He studied at U.T. Tyler and is a graduate of Longview High School.

Richard married his lovely wife, Heather in 2010, and is employed at Pipeline Integrity Resource. The couple’s adorable daughter is Avery Rhea.

Reservations are a must for the free dinner. The dinner begins at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7:00.  To reserve, call (903) 500-2292 or register at EventBrite.com under the Upshur County Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner event.  

“This is our small way of acknowledging and thanking the men and women in Law Enforcement that lay their lives on the line each and every day to protect us in Upshur,” said ET4L President Stacy McMahan.  

“If you are interested in showing your appreciation by contributing to and being recognized as a Law Enforcement Superstar Sponsor, please visit our website at www.easttexansforliberty.com or call us at (903) 500-2292.  All sponsorships received will go to one of the eight Upshur County Law Enforcement Departments,” McMahan said further.

Upshur County’s East Texans for Liberty, a duly registered cooperation in their fourth year of operation, is sponsoring the appreciation dinner.  The organization’s Caring for Texas Chair, Jennifer Audit is scheduled to emcee.

2018 Primary Election Information


Special thanks to Upshur County's Election Administrator Lory Hill Harle! Check out the following link for Polling and Early Voting locations, sample ballots, training, and much more! See Upshur County Election Administrator Info.

Here is the full list of ballot propositions submitted by the SREC for inclusion on the 2018 Republican General Primary Election ballot:

  1. Texas should replace the property tax system with an appropriate consumption tax equivalent. Yes/No
  2. No governmental entity should ever construct or fund construction of toll roads without voter approval. Yes/No
  3. Republicans in the Texas House should select their Speaker nominee by secret ballot in a binding caucus without Democrat influence. Yes/No
  4. Texas should require employers to screen new hires through the free E-Verify system to protect jobs for legal workers. Yes/No
  5. Texas families should be empowered to choose from public, private, charter, or homeschool options for their children’s education, using tax credits or exemptions without government constraints or intrusion. Yes/No
  6. Texas should protect the privacy and safety of women and children in spaces such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers in all Texas schools and government buildings. Yes/No
  7. I believe abortion should be abolished in Texas. Yes/No
  8. Vote fraud should be a felony in Texas to help ensure fair elections. Yes/No
  9. Texas demands that Congress completely repeal Obamacare. Yes/No
  10. To slow the growth of property taxes, yearly revenue increases should be capped at 4%, with increases in excess of 4% requiring voter approval. Yes/No
  11. Tax dollars should not be used to fund the building of stadiums for professional or semi-professional sports teams. Yes/No

Early Voting

Location: Upshur County Courthouse
100 W. Tyler
Gilmer, TX 75644

Dates and Times

February 20, 2018 - February 23, 2018      8:00 am - 5:00 pm
February 26, 2018 - March 2, 2018      7:00 am - 7:00 pm


Primary:  March 6, 2018

Runoff:  May 22, 2018

Election:  November 6, 2018 



ET4L: Save the Alamo and Straw Poll

GILMER, TEXAS:  Upshur’s conservative organization, East Texans for Liberty’s monthly meeting will be on Monday, February 12, 2018.  The evening’s program will be a presentation on “Save the Alamo” with Weston Martinez.

Martinez is a fourth generation Texas conservative grassroots leader with a history of service to the Republican Party and proven results. Martinez has served as a conservative grassroots leader in Texas for over twenty years, served on the State Republican Executive Committee, and as a Governor Perry appointee to the Texas Real Estate Commission, where he finished his term under Governor Greg Abbott.

Martinez, a resident of San Antonio, is well versed in the “reimage plan” of the Texas General Land Office (GLO) concerning the Texas Alamo.

Four years ago, the Texas Legislators promoted and passed a plan involving the rebuilding and improvement of Texas' most iconic shrine — the Alamo. The plan would have rebuilt certain historic structures present at the time of the 1836 battle, as well as give visitors a better and more complete understanding of the physical environment existing at the time of the conflict.

Land Commissioner George P. Bush's plan is far and removed from the Legislators focus. Martinez will cover the GLO’s plan to rename the Alamo, focus on world history, diminishing the focus on the 1836 battle for which the Alamo is famously known, and much more!  

February 12th’s meeting will be held at the Disabled American Veterans Building located at 1924 Hwy 271 North in Gilmer (across from Walmart).  A light complimentary dinner of chili will begin at 6:30 pm and the program will begin at 7:00 pm.  This event is open to the public, free, and kid-friendly.

Republican candidates for elected office will speak also briefly about their campaigns.

“February 12th’s meeting will include a Straw Poll conducted by East Texans for Liberty,” said East Texans for Liberty’s President, Stacy McMahan.  

Powerhouse Constitutional Attorney, KrisAnne Hall, who resides in Florida with her husband and their adopted son, will join East Texans for Liberty on Monday, March 12, 2018.  KrisAnne Hall is a constitutional attorney, author, and radio host.  March’s program will be held at the Disabled American Veterans Building, across from Walmart, off of Hwy 271 North. 

“Considering KrisAnne Hall will present two seminars on March 12th, the program will begin at 6:30 pm. This is earlier than our regular public meeting.  So, mark your calendars for March’s meeting with powerhouse Constitutional Attorney KrisAnne Hall for 6:30 pm.  A light complimentary dinner will begin at 6:00 pm,” said McMahan.





ET4L Serves Area Voters in Upcoming Primary


ET4L kicks off 2018 with a Candidates Introduction. The meeting will be held on Monday, January 8 at the Disabled American Veterans Building located at 1924 Hwy 271 North, across from Walmart, in Gilmer. The doors will open at 6:30 pm for a lite dinner and the program will begin at 7:00.

Voters can expect to meet a host of candidates seeking elected office in Upshur County, Senate District 1, and Texas.

This will be an excellent opportunity for the voters to hear directly from the primary candidates and incumbents who seek to serve YOU, the voter, in Upshur County, Senate District 1, and Texas.

The primary is very important. Voters focused on choosing a candidate that fits their conservative principles make a tremendous difference by voting in the primary.

A complimentary lite dinner will be available.  The event is free, open to the public, and children friendly. 


ET4L is also announcing their 2018 Candidates for Elected Office resource on our website at www.easttexansforliberty.com.  The 2018 Candidates for Elected Office resource is a list, from the Texas Secretary of State, of the candidates and incumbents in the Republican primary. On the resource, voters in the area will find the races of those seeking election or re-election, and a campaign statement and website addresses. Campaign statements are provided by the candidates and incumbents. 

We are excited about the launching of the 2018 Candidates for Elected Office Resource. It is a great resource for voters who wish to obtain unbiased information on candidates that seek to serve Upshur County, Senate District 1, and Texas.


Join us January 8th.





Primary:  March 6, 2018

Runoff:  May 22, 2018

Election:  November 6, 2018





Urgent TX House Speaker Project

On Monday 11/27/17, our latest Coalition Project made clear our
strong stand on the Texas House Speaker Selection Process.
102 individuals signed our Coalition statement, with
81 leaders of unique groups and voting districts.

These leaders stand in support of
TX State GOP Chairman Dickey’s 
line in the sand and
issued its own message to the

Read, download, and share the Coalition statement with your group to let them know what you are doing to hold the Texas House Republican Caucus accountable. 

House Rep. Dist Y/N Dec 1 Yes/No on Bylaws Yes/No on Candidate
Charles "Doc" Anderson (R) 56      
Rodney Anderson (R) 105 Yes Unknown Unknown
Trent Ashby (R) 57 Yes Unknown Unknown
Ernest Bailes (R) 18      
Cecil Bell (R) 3      
Kyle Biedermann (R) 73 Yes Yes Yes
Dwayne Bohac (R) 138      
Dennis H. Bonnen (R) 25      
Greg Bonnen (R) 24      
Cindy Burkett (R) 113      
DeWayne Burns (R) 58      
Dustin Burrows (R) 83 Yes  Yes  Yes
Angie Chen Button (R) 112      
Briscoe Cain (R) 128 Yes Yes Yes
Giovanni Capriglione (R) 98      
Travis Clardy (R) 11 Yes Yes Yes
Byron C. Cook (R) 8      
Scott Cosper (R) 54      
Tom Craddick (R) 82 Yes Yes Yes
John Cyrier (R) 17      
Tony Dale (R) 136      
Drew Darby (R) 72      
Sarah Davis (R) 134      
Jay Dean (R) 7 No Unknown Unknown
Gary Elkins (R) 135      
Wayne Faircloth (R) 23      
Pat Fallon (R) 106 Yes Yes Running for Senate
Dan Flynn (R) 2 Yes Yes Yes
James Frank (R) 69 Yes Yes Yes
John Frullo (R) 84      
Charlie L. Geren (R) 99      
Craig Goldman (R) 97      
Larry Gonzales (R) 52      
Lance Gooden (R) 4      
Cole Hefner (R) 5 Yes Yes Yes
Justin Holland (R) 33      
Dan Huberty (R) 127      
Todd Hunter (R) 32 Yes  Yes Yes 
Jason A. Isaac (R) 45 Yes Yes Yes
Kyle J. Kacal (R) 12      
Mark Keough (R) 15 Yes Yes Yes
Ken King (R) 88      
Phil S. King (R) 61 Yes Yes Yes
Stephanie Klick (R) 91 Yes Yes Yes
Linda Koop (R) 102      
Matt Krause (R) 93 Yes Yes Yes
John Kuempel (R) 44      
Stan Lambert (R) 71      
Brooks Landgraf (R) 81      
Mike Lang (R) 60 Yes Yes Yes
Lyle Larson (R) 122      
Jodie Laubenberg (R) 89      
Jeff Leach (R) 67 Yes Yes Yes
J.M. Lozano (R) 43      
Will Metcalf (R) 16      
Morgan Meyer (R) 108      
Rick Miller (R) 26      
Geanie W. Morrison (R) 30      
Jim Murphy (R) 133      
Andrew Murr (R) 53      
Tom Oliverson (R) 130      
Chris Paddie (R) 9 Yes Unknown Unknown
Tan Parker (R) 63 Yes    
Dennis Paul (R) 129      
Dade Phelan (R) 21      
Larry Phillips (R) 62      
Four Price (R) 87      
John Raney (R) 14      
Matt Rinaldi (R) 115 Yes Yes Yes
Kevin Roberts (R) 126      
Scott Sanford (R) 70      
Matt Schaefer (R) 6 Yes Yes Yes
Mike Schofield (R) 132      
Leighton Schubert (R) 13      
Matt Shaheen (R) 66 Yes Yes Yes
J. D. Sheffield (R) 59 Yes Yes Yes
Hugh D. Shine (R) 55 Yes Yes Yes
Ron Simmons (R) 65 Yes Yes Yes
John T. Smithee (R) 86      
Drew Springer (R) 68      
Phil Stephenson (R) 85      
Jonathan Stickland (R) 92 Yes Yes Yes
Joe Straus (R) 121      
Lynn Stucky (R) 64      
Valoree Swanson (R) 150 Yes Yes Yes
Ed Thompson (R) 29      
Tony Tinderholt (R) 94 Yes Yes Yes
Gary VanDeaver (R) 1      
Jason Villalba (R) 114      
James White (R) 19 Yes Yes Yes
Terry Wilson (R) 20      
Paul D. Workman (R) 47 Yes Yes Yes
John Wray (R) 10      
William "Bill" Zedler (R) 96 Yes Yes Yes
John Zerwas (R) 28      


  Has YOUR Representative responded? If not, see below.


List of Texas House Representatives and contact information may be accessed here.

Your Urgent Call to Action:

  1. If your State Representative is a Republican, call him/her and let them know you expect them to show up at the House Republican Caucus meeting on December 1st to vote on the bylaw changes that support our position!
  2. Please email mcmahan147@gmail.com whether YOUR Republican Representative will be attending the THRC meeting this Friday and will vote on the bylaw changes that support our position!

Don’t leave this to chance.  Call, Email, Tweet, and Facebook message

your State Rep. now!


ET4L Honors Veterans with Dinner

Honoring our Veterans Dinner.  Photo is courtesy of David Watts

GILMER, TX: Upshur County’s East Texans for Liberty (ET4L) held the organizations first Honoring our Veterans Dinner at the Disabled American Veterans building last Monday, November 13, 2017.  Dinner of smoked pulled pork, chicken spaghetti with a wealth of scrumptious side dishes and desserts were served to the seventy-three in attendance.

The first speaker was ET4L’s Founding Father’s Series with Gilmer Historian James Still.  Still covered the Newburgh Veterans of 1783.

“During the Revolutionary War, Washington often wrote Congress requesting funds.  Congress, however, had no authority to tax and was at the mercy of the states to send money when or if they could.  Since Congress was mostly broke, it sent the army what it could -- mostly promises,” said Still.  However, with the assistance of George Washington and his aid General David Cobb, within days, Congress reached a settlement with the army.

  Mark Vogl by David Watts 

The keynote speaker was retired Army Capitan, Mark Vogl.  Vogl is a U.S. Army designated Distinguished Military Graduate of THE CITADEL, THE MILITARY COLLEGE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. He served as an infantry officer from 1977 to 1986, commanding two companies in the Third Armored Division and serving as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Fordham University.

 “The glory of an American soldier is found in the eternal battle of good versus evil, defending home, and helping others.  The glory is not in conquest, but in freedom preserved, sustaining the light of Christ.  The glory of the American soldier is best revealed in the histories of scores of nations that saw an American soldier with hope, not fear, in their hearts, and hungry children around the world who tasted a Hershey chocolate bar,” said Vogl.

“People who regained their nation because we came when called.”

Vogl covered all veterans and the wars fought to protect our freedoms in America, while highlighting World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Confederate States of America.

“As we celebrate our Veterans, I pray it is a time when we consider the world as it is, and that we realize radical Islam is as much a threat to the world as communism was at the height of the Cold War,” said Vogl.

Vogl closed with a national prayer for peace given by President Thomas Jefferson on March 4, 1808.

“Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners.

Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.  Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.

Endow with Thy spirit of Wisdom those to whom in Thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth.

In the time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail, all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”


Veteran Jimmy Sanders by David Watts

ET4L’s President, Stacy McMahan reminded all that the organization does not meet in the month of December, and briefly covered informational and educational programs in next year’s line-up. McMahan highlighted a “Candidate Introduction” to be held on Monday, January 8, 2018, and Constitutional Attorney, Veteran, Author, Radio Host, and powerhouse KrisAnne Hall on Monday, March 12, 2018.

ET4L’s Caring for Texas Director, Jennifer Audet, was the evenings master of ceremonies. “It has been such an honor to recognize the talent, sacrifice, and courage of our veterans,” said Audet.

Several elected officials and potential candidates were in attendance. 

When asked if candidates would address the filled to capacity room, McMahan said, “Tonight is to honor our men and women in the military. Beginning on January 8 through the election on November 6, 2018, all candidates will have many opportunities to reach the voters during ET4L’s monthly meetings.” For more information, McMahan asked all interested parties to call ET4L at (903) 500-2292 and watch ET4L's events tab, on the website, at www.easttexansforliberty.com.


ET4L's Desiree Watts by David Watts


East Texans for Liberty services Upshur & Senate District 1

Senate District 1 Scorecards for 85th Legislative Session


Gary VanDeaver

HD 1

Cole Hefner

HD 5

Matt Schaefer

HD 6

Jay Dean

HD 7

Chris Paddie

HD 9

Travis Clardy

HD 11

Bryan Hughes

SD 1

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PUBLIC HEARING: Countywide Polling Place Program


Notice of Public Hearing on Application for Successful Status of a “Countywide Polling Place Program” for Upshur County

Upshur County successfully utilized the Countywide Polling Place Program during the November 7, 2017, Constitutional Amendment Election. This program allowed eligible voters to vote at any designated polling location on Election Day instead of being required to vote only at his or her home precinct polling location.

The Upshur County Commissioners Court will conduct a public hearing to provide additional information and solicit comments for the public concerning Upshur County’s possible application to the Texas Secretary of State to be designated as “successful” for purposes of continuing participation in the “Countywide Polling Place Program” as allowed by Texas Election Code 43.007 (k). If the application were granted, Upshur County would be authorized to use the “Countywide Polling Place Program” when approved by Commissioner Court.

The hearing will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 9:00 am in the Upshur County Courtroom, 3rd floor, 100 W. Tyler St., Gilmer, TX 75644.

Please pass this on to any contacts you have that might be interested in attending the public hearing.

Lory Harle
Elections Administrator
Upshur County
100 W. Tyler, 2nd floor
Gilmer, Texas 75644