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CCRMC October Meeting

By Richard Dodson Posted in Hot News, Meetings on 2019-10-03

THE THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT FEATURING JUSTICE BILL WHITEHILL

 

Our October meeting will feature Justice Bill Whitehill presiding Justice of the Fifth District Court of Appeals, which is the largest Court of Appeals in Texas serving Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Hunt and Rockwall counties.  This court with the Chief Justice consists of 12 Justices and 34 staff attorneys, working to correctly decide cases with written opinions stating the court rulings and explaining the court reasoning.  These decisions set precedents that lower courts must follow which affect citizens potentially throughout the state.

 

Justice Whitehill will discuss the judiciary which is often referred to as the Third Branch of Government.  The Judicial Branch is independent of the Executive and Congressional Branches of government. The purpose for the Third Branch of Government is Judicial Review which is the authority to define what law is.  Further, the Judicial Branch is the only branch of Federal Government with the responsibility of interpreting the U.S. Constitution.  Justice Whitehill will identify and discuss the actions of this unique branch of government.

 

Plan to attend this educational meeting.  Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 17.  Meet and greet at 6:30 pm with the meeting beginning at 7:00 pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

 

Richard Dodson, President

214-733-8203

dodsonre@yahoo.com

 

 

CCRMC Meeting September 19

By admin Posted in Hot News on 2019-08-26

Mark your calendar for a very special CCRMC meeting on September 19 with the introduction of a special guest, Chase T. Brooke, our Collin County Agent with the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service.

 

This is a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the services available to the residents of Collin County concerning the research-based information provided by the Texas A&M Extension Service.

 

From an historical perspective there were two important officials in each county: the Road Commissioner and the County Agent.  The Road Commissioner (known in Collin County as County Commissioner) maintained all of the dirt and gravel roads which were affected by erosion.  The County Agent informed all the farmers and ranchers on the matters concerning “liquid fertilizer” to latest “boll weevil” infestation or the “improved grasses” for your cattle pastures.

 

How is the County Agent relevant today?  Is Collin County a major agriculture producer of corn, maze, wheat and cotton?  Need assistance with the fish management in your local pond?  Do you have a question concerning your backyard gardening?  Should we grow roses today?  Are your knockout roses infected with rosette disease?  

 

Solution:  Call your county extension agent.  Chase Brooke, our speaker, with an M.S in Ecosystem Science and Management, will provide guidance for inquiries and concerns.  You will be informed as to the multiple services available by the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service.

 

This is a very special educational event.  Mark your calendar for September 19.  You do not want to miss.

 

We meet at Collin County Republican Headquarters, 2963 W. 15th St, Plano.  Meet and greet begins at 6:30 pm with meeting at 7:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be available.

 

Richard Dodson, CCRMC President

214-215-3838

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CCRMC Meeting (Revised)

By admin Posted in Hot News on 2019-07-26

Attached is the revised information regarding the August 8 meeting with this link to register for the event.

Thank you
Richard Dodson, CCRMC President

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CCRMC Meeting Newsletter for August

By admin Posted in Hot News on 2019-07-19

 

 

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Our CCRMC meeting will be August 8, the second Thursday rather than the 3rd Thursday.  The meeting will be held at Collin College Higher Education Facility to accommodate the anticipated attendance.  Our outstanding guest speaker will be Joshua Reinstein, Director of Knesset Christian Alliance Caucus. 

 

 

Collin County Republicans Men's Club

Sponsors
A Unique Educational Event


Josh Reinstein
Director of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus
President of the Israel Allies Foundation
Founder and Producer of the hit TV show Israel Now News
Named one of the "50 most influential Jews in the world" by the Jerusalem Post

 

 

 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Meet and Greet 6:30 PM

Program 7:00 PM

 

Additional information contact
Richard Dodson, President CCRMC
214-215-3838

 

 

 

The mission of the Christian Alliance Caucus is to build direct lines of communication, cooperation, and coordination
between the Knesset and Christian leaders around the world:
            To recognize 
the contribution that Christians in America, Europe, and around the world are making to the security of the   State of Israel and to the welfare of the Jewish people.

            To bring to the attention of the population of Israel the unqualified support Christians have given, and continue to give, to Jewish aspirations in the Holy Land.

            To provide Christians in Israel with assistance in dealing with the red tape and bureaucratic issues that may arise.

            To reach out to all Christians in order to mobilize political support for Israel

Collin Higher Education Center


Collin Higher Education Center

3452 Spur 399 McKinney, TX 75069

Northeast intersection of Highway 75 at 121

This event is co-hosted by

African American Republican Club
Golden Corridor Republican Women
Allen Area Patriots
Plano Republican Women

 

Conner Harrington
Republican Women
Heritage Ranch Republican Club
Collin Strong
Republican Women North Texas

 

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June 20 meeting

By admin Posted in Hot News on 2019-06-04

Special Guest for Collin County Republican Men's Club

Newly elected Collin County GOP Chairman, Mark Reid, will be our special guest attending the June 20th meeting.  Chairman Reid will identify his plans for CCGOP.  Plan to come and meet our new Chairman.  Mark will address his plans prior to Speaker, Dr. John Goodman.

4th of July Parade Volunteers

 

It is time to plan for the 2019 4th of July Parade.  The Lion’s Club has requested that we distribute US Flags along Independence as we have done for the past 19 years.  The theme for this year’s parade is “Spirit of America”.  Put on your thinking caps and let’s discover an appropriate display for our float.  Second, consider volunteering for the decorating committee as well as walking to distribute the flags.  We have the required pick-up truck and trailer.  Donations for purchasing flags is appreciated.

Please share your ideas. 

 

Richard

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Fwd: 4th of July Parade

By admin Posted in Hot News on 2019-06-03

Corrected message 

Donations requested for purchase of flags in addition for volunteers. 

Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:

From: Richard Dodson <dodsonre@yahoo.com>
Date: June 3, 2019 at 11:22:00 AM CDT
To: "ccrmcwebpost@ccrmc.org" <ccrmcwebpost@ccrmc.org>
Subject: 4th of July Parade

4th of July Parade Volunteers

 

It is time to plan for the 2019 4th of July Parade.  The Lion’s Club has requested that we distribute US Flags along Independence as we have done for the past 19 years.  The theme for this year’s parade is “Spirit of America”.  Put on your thinking caps and let’s discover an appropriate display for our float.  Second, consider volunteering for the decorating committee as well as walking to distribute the flags.  We have the required pick-up truck and trailer.

Please share your ideas. 

 

Richard

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4th of July Parade

By admin Posted in Hot News on 2019-06-03

4th of July Parade Volunteers

 

It is time to plan for the 2019 4th of July Parade.  The Lion’s Club has requested that we distribute US Flags along Independence as we have done for the past 19 years.  The theme for this year’s parade is “Spirit of America”.  Put on your thinking caps and let’s discover an appropriate display for our float.  Second, consider volunteering for the decorating committee as well as walking to distribute the flags.  We have the required pick-up truck and trailer.

Please share your ideas. 

 

Richard

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Call for Volunteers

By Dalayr Hight Posted in Hot News, Uncategorized on 2019-05-18

In Conjunction with Grass Roots America the CCRMC is seeking Volunteers for an NITOC event

Help Promote the next generation Statesmen

Debate Judges Needed!

Requirements: be over 18 years of age & have good hearing!
 

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, the National High School Speech and Debate Final Tournament (NITOC - National Invitational Tournament of Champions) will be held at Dallas Baptist University May 20-25. Approximately 500 of the top high school speech and debate competitors from all over the country who have qualified for NITOC will be descending on Dallas. FUN!

In order to make this happen, they will need approximately 1600 volunteer judges over the course of the week. Yes, 1600!

There are events that typically start at 8 AM and go all the way to 9 PM at night, but you can sign up for smaller blocks of time!

If you have approximately a 2.5 hour time block anywhere from May 20-25 (Monday- Saturday), in the 8 AM to 9 PM timeframe, please text Melissa Lux at 940-597-8750 the day and time you're available, your email address, your cell number, and how you would like your name to appear on your nametag.

Melissa will get you registered
and set up for all additional information
to come directly to you!

It really is that easy! In addition, they will have an orientation to tell you exactly how to serve as a debate tourney judge. They will even feed you – so show up hungry!

These kids cannot have a tournament without judges! Please volunteer – and then – prepare to be amazed! Past judges come away saying the talented and competitive debaters gave them a hope for the future! They didn't realize how much they would love judging! Many volunteer judges come back year after year!

Here is a link to the debate details – click here

Please text Melissa Lux at 940-597-8750, or call her with your available day and time, your name, cell number, and email address for more information.

You’ll be glad you did!

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April Newsletter

By Richard Dodson Posted in Hot News on 2019-04-11

April Educational Event

 

Big News

 

How the new USMCA trade agreement enhances our nation in trade with Canada and Mexico.  Of vital importance, our speaker, Tom Giovanetti, President for the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI), he will identify the benefits of this new trade agreement.  Some aspects of USMCA are:

            Expansion of American food and Agriculture products

            Fair treatment for wheat and other agriculture products

            Enhanced rules for science based sanitary measures

            New protections for proprietary formulas

 

Mr. Giovanetti will review what President Trump has done on trade, will be doing on trade and should be doing on trade.

 

Please join CCRMC on Thursday April 18 at Collin County Republican Headquarters, 2963 W. 15 St, Plano TX 75075.   Meet and greet begins at 6:30 pm with meeting at 7:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.

 

Richard Dodson, President

dodsonre@yahoo.com

214-733-8203

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HB2

By Richard Dodson Posted in Hot News on 2019-03-29

HB2/SB2

 

One of the biggest support arguments for this bill is to let the voters decide apart from the previous election of the officials.  The basic bill calls for an election if the overall tax proceeds exceed a 2.5% increase.    The 2.5% seems to be a random, sounds good number without little thought for the differences in city operations.

Arguments against the bill would be to limit state inference in local control of taxes and expenses.  These items are controlled by a locally elected government that can be changed at each election cycle.

Republicans believe in local control.  For example, the State does not want inference from the Federal government and the local governments do not want inference by the State government.  

The randomly chosen 2.5% can burden a city with a costly election and fails to identify the differences in city revenues and growth factors.  For example, some cities have a very high sales tax revenue and fee revenue generating up to, and over, 50% of the city revenue.  That means that approximately 50% of the revenue is property tax.   In other cities, sales tax may only be 10-20% of the revenue and the remainder property tax.  The one size fits all 2.5% state mandated rate does not work.

One of the biggest arguments against is the raw cost of special elections.   In the early version of the bill, the election was expected to be the November election.   That process is easy in even numbered years but in odd numbered years, there may not be a scheduled election which can be very costly.  This has been amended to the regular May elections but many cities have and unopposed slate that would not require and election. Additionally, there is a city cost to be on the ballot with the elections office so scheduling it with a routine election has an inherent cost, often polling places in the city that are required.

While the Legislature pretends to be “reducing” property taxes with this bill, it really would have little effect.  School taxes are already capped at .67 / per 0 so this bill is primarily focused on city elections.  What the Legislature does not want to admit is that THEY are stealing the money from the property taxes to balance the State budget.

First, the schools began a downward spiral in State financing after the tax act of 2007 dictated a cap on the school tax with assurances that the State would fund the schools.  In the first budget after than in 2009, the State realized that the budget could be billion to billion short if they were to fund the schools.  Their solution was to take some of the shortage out of the “rainy day” savings account, a bad choice for a recurring expense.  Second, they continued the “Robin Hood” plan that had been put in place in the 1990s where the State took money from “property rich” school districts (recapture was the nice word) and therefore the State was requiring local districts to use their property tax revenue (the only source of revenue except for State funding) to support underfunded districts in a bizarre formula. 

In 2019, Plano ISD will send 0 million of the residents of Plano property tax to the State to fund districts that the State will not fund properly.

Under the radar, the State also takes revenue from the cities under the caption of “fees.”  Merchants collect the city’s 1% sales tax and submit that to the Comptroller’s department along with the State’s 6.25% and the other 1% which can be a transit tax or economic development tax.   When the State returns the city’s 1%, they only return .98% maintaining a fee of 2% of the 1% as the handling charge.  These accumulated fees are more than the State Comptroller’s budget allowing the State to collect their 6.25% for free.  The difference is made up in property taxes.

Also, cities are expected to provide law enforcement for the safety and protection of their citizens.  A part of that is traffic enforcement.  The city provides vehicles, equipment, officers, courts, and overhead to collect traffic fines.  The State requires the city to pay the State approximately of the fine collected.  The balance of the city budget is funded by property taxes.

The 2.5% cap is the State pandering to the populist vote that they are “helping” with property tax relief.  The real solution is for the State to properly fund public education, let the cities operate with the revenue they deserve without hidden fees and property taxes would reflect that on a local budget.

The State has already failed to fund roads and have deferred that to toll road system in the major cities.  If your car gets 25 mpg, a toll tax of $.18 per mile is a .50 per gallon “tax” for underfunding road construction.

How does the State balance their budget without stealing from the school districts or cities?  Their only choice is to reduce spending or increase revenue.  Probably the best choice would be an increase in the fuel tax so that non-residents and heavy trucks that travel the Texas roads contribute to the welfare of the State.  In the end, this tax would provide real relief in the excessive property taxes caused by the State’s unofficial use of local property tax and allow road construction in the State without toll roads. 

Additionally, the State could develop a strategy to buy back the toll roads with bonds paid by fuel taxes and get rid of the excessive gas tax in those targeted cities with toll roads.

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