Join us for our Abbott University Training on Sunday, October 29th!
This comprehensive free training will cover four important topics every grassroots activist should know:
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The Republican Party of Brazos County is once again offering internship opportunities for Texas A&M and Blinn students. Internships may last a semester (Fall, Spring, Summer), two semesters, or for a full year.
Our internships are designed for more than “résumé building.” Interns learn how a local Republican party works, who the key players in our area are, and how Republican activists and party leaders advance Republican goals and objectives. This internship is a “hands on” opportunity, from staffing our headquarters to working under Brazos County Republican Chairman Paul Rieger as he leads our local party. Interns assist with general Republican campaign efforts, grassroots Republican voter/membership recruitment efforts, event planning/execution and daily party business. This is a perfect opportunity for political science students or for students who simply want to get active in local Republican politics.
We prefer students commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week, but not more than 20 hours a week, depending on the intern’s course load and class schedule. We are flexible and work schedules/hours can be arranged with the Party Chairman or office coordinator.
To Apply for an RPBC internship, please submit an RPBC internship application to firstname.lastname@example.org OR to the Republican Party of Brazos County, 1640 Briarcrest Drive, Ste. 122, Bryan, Texas 77802.
Donations: $2/ea. for bumper stickers and $5/ea. for yard signs
Remarks as prepared for delivery according to a draft obtained by POLITICO Thursday afternoon.
Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.
Together, we will lead our party back to the White House, and we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity, and peace. We will be a country of generosity and warmth. But we will also be a country of law and order.
Our Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.
Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities. Many have witnessed this violence personally, some have even been its victims.
I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored.
The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead. [Read more…]
The CANDIDATE RESOURCE COMMITTEE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS is ready to help you elect Republicans in your County! We provide financial resources and other support to lower ballot candidates, including those running for County Judge, County Commissioner, District Attorney (single and multi-county), Sheriff, County Court at Law, County Attorney, Tax Assessor-Collector, Justice of the Peace, Constable, and other partisan local elections. Typical grants range from $500 to $2000.
We have an application vetting process that begins with your candidate filling out the documents and forms found on the exclusive content page labeled Candidate Resource Committee or accessed directly at www.texasgop.org/crc (click on “CRC Forms”). You will need to download the forms and provide them to your candidates. Among the documents, the candidate will want to read the full instructions at “Letter from Candidate Resource Chair” first. Please note that a confidential written recommendation is required from the County Chair and/or an SREC member. The completed forms can be mailed to the following address:
Republican Party of Texas – CRC
7524 Mosier View Court, Suite 230
Fort Worth, TX 76118
Scanned form packages will be also accepted by email at email@example.com or by fax at 817.595.2690.
WE HAVE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE for all applications, including recommendation letters, to August 1, 2016. The main distribution of funds is scheduled for early August.
If you need assistance with the forms or have any questions, please email us at the above address.
To Speak or Not to Speak
The elegant cursive handwriting initially catches his attention. The student moves around his classmates to get a better look. Gazing at the slightly shriveled document, he wonders how a single paper could establish an entire nation. This is the Constitution, America’s guide for government. After skimming the Articles, he spies the Bill of Rights. Only last week his government class studied the First Amendment’s clause about freedom of speech. Just then, a classmate complains saying, “This field trip is so boring. I can’t wait until lunch.” Immediately after, he hears a protesting mob, outside the National Archives, chanting passionately against a new law. Ironically, both the classmate and the mob have exercised their freedom of speech. Whether a petty private complaint or fierce public protest, the First Amendment protects every American’s right to express himself. Second only to freedom of worship, freedom of speech remains the most fundamental freedom of this nation. Ever since our forefathers instituted it to protect other freedoms, freedom of speech permeates American life in current events and my own life.
America prides herself as perhaps the freest nation on this earth. She guards her freedoms so closely because of a legacy established a little over two hundred years ago. In 1791, the Framers of the Constitution decided to add to the Constitution a profound list of rules called the Bill of Rights. The first rule is the most important; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…” (US Const., Amendment 1). Interestingly, past experience of religious intolerance prompted our Founding Fathers to raise freedom of worship above all other freedoms by listing it first. Yet, our forefathers brilliantly added freedom of speech immediately after because, as Professor of History David J. Bodenhamer asserts in his book, Our Rights, “it is how we protect all of our other rights and liberties” (57). Our forefathers knew that to ensure religious freedom meant upholding people’s right to express their beliefs. This includes various forms of verbal and symbolic speech. Not to mention, should the government violate religious freedom, people can legally speak out against this injustice. If freedom of religion is the king of rights, then freedom of speech is its queen.
Our forefathers also included freedom of speech in the First Amendment for another reason. Namely, they recognized that each man has free will. As radio talk show host Mark Levin points out in his book Liberty and Tyranny, “the Natural Law [of free will is what]… the Founding Fathers adopted as the principle around which civilized American society would be organized” (25). Indeed, Americans cherish their ability to choose for themselves. One way choice is manifested is through freedom of speech. Free will is inextricably exercised each time a person voices his opinion in a public or private sphere. This freedom is so crucial to the heart of what it means to be human. In fact, English poet John Milton succinctly affirms this when he writes, “Give me liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties” (Bodenhamer 60). We, as Americans, are so dedicated to “the right to decide for ourselves and to pursue our own destiny” because the Framers included freedom of speech in the First Amendment (Bodenhamer 60). Thus, freedom of speech has given people the ability to choose between speaking the truth and opposing it. Without freedom of speech, individualism fades and humanity succumbs to monotonous slavery under the government’s demands.
Every day millions of Americans exercise their freedom of speech. Various forms of speech have marked America’s history in positive and negative ways. For one, freedom of speech is used to create a culture of compassion and life. In fact, last school year in Washington state, high school senior Konner Sauve created an anonymous Instagram account, using it to send uplifting messages to his classmates (Pelletiere). Through evolving social media, Sauve used his freedom of speech to bring light into the lives of others. However, unlike Sauve, some people abuse their freedom of speech. For instance, members of the Westboro Baptist Church “frequently [demonstrate] at military funerals, claiming that the deaths of the soldiers were a sign that God disapproved of the acceptance of homosexuality in the United States” (Ginsberg et al. 130-131). Thus, these protesters bring only pain and more grief to families who have lost their loved ones. Despite the hate caused by these protests, kindhearted Americans like Konner Sauve continue to show this nation how to build up a better world through freedom of speech.
Personally, my own life involves freedom of speech on a daily basis through formation as an individual. An often unconsidered aspect of free speech is how it affects others. When I witness other people exercising their freedom of speech, I am not only exposed to their audible words but also to the ideas and motivations behind those words. Over time, I amass a variety of opinions and perspectives from which I develop my own understanding of the world. In other words, freedom to speak is freedom to think. Mass media is a prime source of free speech and thought. For example, newspapers, broadcast stations, and social media networks feed a vast array of viewpoints into the public ear. I am affected because I hear what they say. Every day, whether I realize it or not, I am ideologically influenced by the secular and the religious, the conservative and the liberal, the optimistic and the pessimistic. In turn, I must strive to form the best version of myself with those ideas.
Freedom of speech defines America well. What began with a few educated men, visionaries who desired to establish a nation of people free from tyranny, culminated with the birth of free speech. It lives on in public events and private lives. Yet, this freedom is still a preserved privilege. President Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction…. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on” (Levin 205). We must relentlessly combat any attack on our freedom to speak the truth, such as political correctness. United under one Constitution, we must always fulfill our duty to speak the truth, no matter the cost.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is the keynote speaker for our Reagan Day Dinner. For more information, please click here.
Last Tuesday we lost our very special former County Chair David Kent. David was a role model for everyone who knew him. He made anyone who worked around him want to be a better person. Like most great leaders, he was never far from his Bible as he reserved time to read scripture every day. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t ask myself, “What would David do?” I miss him.:
To honor David, Republican Party of Brazos County’s office will be closed Friday November 13th. Thank you to Jug, Debbie, Kevin and Eric Capps for providing the commemorative wreath that will grace Headquarters Friday in David’s memory. If you haven’t had a chance to read about David Kent’s remarkable life, his obituary follows.
Marla Calvin, Vice-Chair
Republican Party of Brazos County
David Alvin Kent, a career teacher and tennis coach who shaped the lives of thousands of young people, died on November 3rd in Cedar Park, Texas, he was 80 years old. He was born on October 30, 1935, in Perryton, Texas to Charley and Juanita Kent. David graduated from Amarillo High School where he was a standout multi-sport athlete. Following high school, he attended Texas Tech on the first tennis scholarship ever awarded there. In 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Eileen Jacobson.
David was best known as “Coach” to the many, many people he inspired throughout his career as a tennis coach. He taught and coached at Amarillo High School from 1958-60 and Midland High School from 1960-69 prior to joining the collegiate ranks. During a long and illustrious career, Kent became one of the most successful tennis coaches in NCAA Division I history. Over 27 seasons split between West Texas A&M and Texas A&M, Kent compiled a 516-223 record, which was the 11th best in Division I history at the time of his retirement. Kent led the Buffaloes to six Missouri Valley Conference titles and helped the Aggies to a Southwest Conference championship in 1994 and a pair of Sweet 16 NCAA berths (1985, 1994).
Kent won his 500th dual match on Feb. 25, 1996, becoming only the ninth NCAA Division I coach to achieve that feat at the time. He was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998. At the induction, he reflected on his career saying, “Coaching is fun. I really enjoyed it all my life, and it was a challenge. I didn’t look at it as a job. I . . . loved to get up early in the morning and practice and go to tournaments. It just never seemed like a job to me.” In addition to the ITA Hall of Fame, Kent is a member of the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, Texas Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame, the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame, and the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame.
Coach Kent is nationally known as a “builder of champions,” evidenced by his win–loss records and numerous championships. But those who knew him realize his greatest accomplishment and joy was in his role as a “builder of character.” As a coach for 38 years, Kent influenced the lives of hundreds of high school and college athletes. He also directed summer tennis camps for 24 years where he shaped the lives of the thousands of young people who attended or worked at the camps.
Kent loved politics and the Bryan–College Station community. After retiring from coaching, Kent was Chairman of the Brazos County Republican Party for 12 years. In 2000, David and Eileen served as delegates to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. He volunteered in the community as a Gideon and as a member of the Blinn College Brazos County Advisory Committee.
Faith also played an important role in his life. David and his wife Eileen were actively involved at Grace Bible Church in College Station and members of Northwest Fellowship in Austin. Often volunteering as a greeter at Northwest Fellowship, David enjoyed making every attendee feel welcomed and special. He was also a board member of the Brazos County Child Evangelism Fellowship and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
A man of character in every facet of his life, David never hesitated to shower those around him with generosity and words of encouragement. He gave freely of his time and money. As a coach, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, David truly loved to build others up and encourage them in every endeavor. This encouragement and support has left a lasting mark on everyone who knew and loved him.
David is survived by his children, Tanya Grona and her husband Fred of Tomball, Todd Kent and his wife Brenda of Berkeley, Ca., and Trey Kent and his wife Mary Anne of Austin. He is also survived by his sister, Diane Drew of Pensacola, Fla. Affectionately known as “Poopa,” he was adored by his seven grandchildren, Ashley Grona Frey and her husband Luke, Tyson Grona and his wife Alicia, Elisabeth Kent, Emily Kent, Abigail Kent, Lindsay Kent, and Christina Kent Gamez and her husband Nick. He also leaves a strong legacy for his four great-grandchildren, Halle, Lucas, and Benjamin Frey, and Beckham Grona.
A memorial service celebrating David’s life will be held on Friday, November 13, 2015, at 11am at Northwest Fellowship, 13427 Pond Springs Road in Austin, TX, where Pastor Trey Kent will officiate. A private interment will follow at the “Aggie Field of Honor,” 3800 Raymond Stotzer Parkway in College Station, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a gift to the David Kent Emerging Leaders Fund that supports Northwest Fellowship’s leadership development efforts among low-income communities. Donations can be sent to Northwest Fellowship, 13427 Pond Springs Road, Austin, TX 78729 (Kent Emerging Leaders Fund on memo line).
The Republican Party of Brazos County is always looking for interested Republican students or recent graduates willing to serve as interns at our Party Headquarters located at 1640 Briarcrest Drive, Suite 122, Bryan, Texas 77802.
Application deadlines this year are: September 15, 2015 for Fall and Year-round internships, and January 4, 2016 for Spring 2016 internships and May 1, 2016 for Summer 2016 internships.
Our internships are designed for more than “résumé building.” Interns learn how a local Republican party works, who the key players in our area are, and how Republican activists and party leaders advance Republican goals and objectives. This internship is a “hands on” opportunity, from staffing our headquarters to working under Brazos County Republican Chairman Paul Rieger as he leads our local party. As we approach the 2016 presidential election year, interns will assist with general Republican campaign efforts, grassroots Republican voter/membership recruitment efforts, event planning/execution and daily party business. This is a perfect opportunity for political science students or for students who simply want to get active in local Republican politics.
Internships require a minimum of 12 hours per week, but no more than 20 hours a week, depending on the intern’s course load and class schedule. Work schedules/hours are arranged with the Party Chairman.
To Apply for an RPBC internship, please submit the following:
Note: You may submit an additional personal résumé to reflect your own personality, goals and aspirations, but a personal résumé is not required.
Please submit your application, two letters of recommendation and two essays to:
OR mail your application to
b) Republican Party of Brazos County, 1640 Briarcrest Drive, Ste. 122, Bryan, Texas 77802
Finalists may be asked to interview. Questions? Email or call us at (979) 268-2308.