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Texas GOP Seeking Spring Interns

Below find a cut and paste of a recent email seeking candidates for internships with the Texas GOP.

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Dear Texas Republican,

We all know that if we fail to reach the next generation with Republican principles, we lose the Texas we love. That’s why I’m reaching out to you for help.

One way that I connect with young people is through the RPT internship program. Our interns are a vital part of our work at our Austin headquarters and at regional centers in Dallas, Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio, and remotely. The Party thrives on the assistance of college students who volunteer their time in exchange for learning Party process, honing office skills, and gaining valuable political experience.

I’m looking for capable college-age individuals who’d like to join our team as interns. Do you know someone who might be interested?

Interns work with staff on projects such as engagement, communications, fundraising, data, polling, policy implementation, event planning, and community outreach. Many receive college credit for their work. Our interns consistently comment on how much value they receive in their time with us.

Will you forward this email to anyone who needs to know about this opportunity?

Here’s what previous interns have to say:

“Interning at the Republican Party of Texas was one of the most rewarding things that could have happened to me this summer.” (Mason, Texas State University)

“The Republican Party of Texas allowed me to gain more experience in communications, event planning, and relationship building.” (Josh, University of Texas)

“[The Republican Party] welcomed and helped me to incorporate to this united team. I have worked in a healthy, political environment analyzing and planning events, as well as learning and discussing legislative and statewide issues to promote a better Texas for your future.” (Leonardo)

“Most importantly, I discovered that young people like myself can not only find their place in politics, but also create change within it.” (Marco)

Help us keep Republican values strong in Texas for the generations to come!

For Texas,

Rachel Malone
Operations Director
Republican Party of Texas

Government Magazine's Women In Government Webinar
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I love Governing Magazine. I have geeked out over this magazine since 2007 when I started working for a City Council Member in Houston, and I just learned that they have a very unique Women in Government program that was worth a share!

This program is aimed toward existing female policy-makers and local officials and focuses on giving these women the tools necessary to recruit and mentor other women to run for office. It's pretty interesting, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker is an alum and Harris County DA Kim Ogg has been named to the 2018 class.

If you'd like to learn more, watch the latest webinar here. Of course their webpage is incredible as well if you're really into women working it at the state and local level.

UPDATED: Texas vs. OU Political Fundraisers
Look at these amazingly cute coolers from  Bethany's site.

Look at these amazingly cute coolers from Bethany's site.

Now that special session is over and candidates are filing for office - fundraising for the 2018 election is in full swing in Texas. The annual Texas vs. OU Football Game is a BIG fundraising weekend in Dallas. This year is no different.

Even if you care very little for the game (who is that really though?), it's a fun weekend to venture north and spend time with members and fellow government affairs folks. Plus - the state fair is a fun option for those without a ticket to the game or interest in the game. Last year I flew up, attended a handful of events on my own, and then my husband drove up and accompanied me to the game and the fair (he's the Longhorn) so you may be able to squeeze in some personal fun too!

On a side note - I know some folks that have used this bus service there and back and love it. I'm not sure that they'll allow you to bring a cooler on board though...

On my events page I typically only list fundraisers for female candidates. This is because I only have so much time in a day and this blog is all about the ladies! So if you look there, you'll only see the Texas vs. OU events for women. However here is a more comprehensive listing of events for the weekend and who you can contact if you'd like to attend.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12TH

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Rep. Roberto Alonzo fundraiser at JD's BBQ on 311 Jefferson in Dallas. RSVP to campaign@robertoalonzo.com or Monica at 214-207-6762.

6:00 PM

Senator Jane Nelson's Annual 40th Birthday Party.  Thursday, October 12th at 6 PM at Delaney Vineyards in Grapevine. Visit www.janenelson.org to buy tickets or learn more about sponsorship.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13TH

9:30 AM

Representative Cindy Burkett is campaigning for Texas Senate and is hosting a breakfast fundraiser at Mattito's Oak Lawn. RSVP to suzanna@lillyandcompany.com. (Running against Senator Bob Hall)

9:30 AM

MUFFINS & MIMOSAS! Please join us in honoring State Representative Helen Giddings Location: Mastermind Studios 3858 Oak Lawn Avenue #410 Dallas, Texas 75219 Time: 9:30am-11:30am to RSVP call 214-943-4120 or email tamarasadler109@gmail.com

11:30 AM

Reception for Representative Eric Johnson at Mattito's 3102 Oak Lawn Ave Dallas TX
Event URL: https://ericjohnson.ngpvanhost.com/form/ 

11:30 AM

Reception for Representative Angie Chen Button at 10005 Meadowbrook Dr., Dallas, TX 75229. RSVP please call 512-796-9252 or email angiechenbutton112@gmail.com.

12:30 PM

State Representative Toni Rose is holding a reception at Clutch in Dallas.  For more Information call (214)280-1869.

1:00 PM

Angela Paxton Meet and Greet (candidate for Texas Senate and wife of Texas AG Ken Paxton) on Friday, Oct. 13th at 1 PM at Ocean Prime in Dallas. RSVP to: RSVP@txconsulting.net or visit www.angelapaxton.com.

2:00 PM

Senator Bob Hall is hosting a reception on October 13th at 2 PM at Scardello's in Dallas. To RSVP and ask questions contact Glonda Mooney at glonda@bunnipoundsassoc.com or visit www.senatorbobhall.com. (Challenged by State Rep. Cindy Burkett)

2:00 PM

Join us for a Reception for State Representative Ron Simmons District 65 Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm Location: The Melrose Hotel: The Library 3015 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas Texa.

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Join Lt. Governor Dan Patrick for a mid-afternoon "pick me up" and visit and enjoy fair food, refreshments and valet parking at the Pavilion at Old Parkland.  For more information contact Marco Nieto at (214)749-4792 or email marco@fundraisingsol.com.

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Senator Konni Burton is hosting a fundraiser at Mattito's Tex Mex in the Rosa Room. To RSVP or for more information please contact Tina Aviles @ (972)271-7788 or email @ tina@bunnipoudsassoc.com.

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Please Join us for a reception honoring Senator Borris Miles District 13 at Mattito's Tex-Mex: The Fuente Room 3102 Oak Lawn Ave. Dallas.  Please RSVP @ 512-431-0843 or rob.a.borja@gmail.com

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Chairman John Zerwas is holding a reception at the Warwick Melrose Hotel in Dallas. Visit www.JohnZerwas.com and email info@johnzerwas.com for more information.

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Reception featuring Speaker Joe Strauss at the home of Debbie and Jim Frances, 3904 Miramar Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75205. Valet parking, Drinks & hors d'oeuvres will be provided RSVP to Shelby Whitson @ 970-314-8999 or shelby@morganmeyerfortexas.com.

16 House Republicans have been named on this invitation, however it is unclear if these members are receiving funds raised or are sponsors of the event too. The list includes: Rodney Anderson, Dennis Bonnen, Dr. Greg Bonnen, DeWayne Burns, John Cyrier, Craig Goldman, Justin Holland, Brooks Landgraf, Andrew Murr, Tan Parker, Dade Phelan, Leighton Schubert, Ron Simmons, Lynn Stucky, and John Wray.

WeWork Test Run
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After the mouse incident last month, I decided to take the plunge and join WeWork this week. I should immediately note that WeWork hasn't paid or perked me to write this post, I'm just sharing. HOWEVER, the links that I'm using for WeWork will earn me a referral bonus which they offer to all members that refer new customers. 

It's for real my first day - so I'll post an update toward the end of the month to let you know how it has gone. But so far, they've prorated my first month which was great and I trolled this website and found a 20% discount code that actually worked. So far so good. I got in for my first month at $230. I have what they call the "hot desk" plan - meaning you just come in every day and pick a spot to work.

I'm working from the University Park location, which is near UT Campus right off of the dreaded I-35. But there's also an HEB right here and I'm very close to downtown if I need to go in for a meeting or lunch. There is a Congress Avenue location if you'd like to be right in the middle of the action. It's $75 less per month but you'll pay just over $200 more for parking so I opted to stay just out of downtown. There's also a location at the Domain if you're in North Austin.

SO - again I'm new here but here's the lowdown I've collected:

  • Community kitchen, fridge and microwaves for bringing your own lunch. Important because it keeps me from attacking my refrigerator on an hourly basis. Plus you can prep your lunches, label them and bring them for the week. The fridge gets emptied every Friday afternoon.
  • There is an endless flow of coffee, tea and even beer for F-R-E-E. But there's also a little spot to buy drinks and snacks if you need to.
  • You have free parking in a garage and 24/7 access. I don't know what the rules are, but you could seriously park here and walk to football games too - just sayin'.
  • Copies, professional shredding services, printing, scanning, etc. is all available and included.
  • You can use a conference room for an additional charge when needed and they have lots of options. There are also little phone booths to work in, that aren't great if you're claustrophobic but are good options for private phone calls and they are plentiful.
  • The place is very quiet and professional, no one steals your mice and you can get up to go to the restroom without having to ask someone to watch your things. I can't tell you how long I've held it in a busy Starbucks before just to avoid having to pack up all my junk or fear losing a company laptop.
  • Dog friendly! This may be a con to you - but if it is we probably aren't friends. Plus, it doesn't seem abused. It's a Friday and there is only one dog here and he's very well behaved.
  • Just my 2 cents but it's also light and bright with big windows which I enjoy and need for a productive work session.

I'll report back, who knows in three week I may hate it or revert back to my yoga pants, but for now - WeWork University Park is where I'll be parking it Monday - Friday. Come by and say hi.