FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ANTI-CAIN FLIERS REPREHENSIBLE
Texas 128th House District Race
We at the Log Cabin Republicans of Houston are greatly dismayed by the reports of reprehensible pro-Wayne Smith fliers that attempt to appeal to anti-gay prejudices the authors must assume are prevalent within the 128th House District. These fliers not only appear to falsely characterize Smith’s opponent's sexual orientation, but they also promote the notion that any association or contact with the citizens of Montrose is somehow harmful. This flyer is an insult to the fair-minded people who comprise the 128th district. We urge Wayne Smith’s campaign to condemn this approach in no uncertain terms, and to make clear that the voters should decide the contest with Briscoe Cain on the issues, not based on personal attacks.
BILL KING TO KEYNOTE LCR H 2016 LINCOLN DINNER
Log Cabin Republicans are proud to announce the engagement of recent Houston mayoral candidate Bill King as their keynote speaker for their annual fundraising dinner. Bill King came within 1% of winning the December 2015 runoff election in a city that usually votes Democratic. This speaks to the fact that King is one of the most well-informed individuals on public policies and issues that govern and affect our city. When it comes to the city tax cap, Rebuild Houston and our roads, the coming tax increases, the city pension obligations, and infrastructures related to flooding, few, if any, can match his depth of knowledge.
The fundraiser will be held on FRIDAY, MAY 6. For more information, please visit our website at:http://www.logcabinhouston.org/
Winning the War of Ideas
In its March 8, 2016, edition, the Montrose Star, published an op-ed authored by D'Anne Witkowski naming Log Cabin Republicans as the "Creep of the Week.” The Star published a response from the president of the Log Cabin Republicans of Houston in its April 6 issue.
The Log Cabin Republicans of Houston are proud to announce that on Sunday it made its endorsements for the municipal election runoff races of the 2015 cycle. As with the initial endorsement process, the membership of the Log Cabin Republicans met personally with the candidates that sought its endorsements, and undertook a full and careful review of the core issues facing our city, including pension reform, TIRZ, economic development, fair and equal treatment under the law for all, infrastructure and transportation, and general issues of liberty and limited, accountable government. No single issue served as a litmus test and we pulled from the broad spectrum of views within our group to find consensus on the best candidates to lead our city for the next term. We extend our appreciation and respect to all candidates who sought our endorsement as we prepare to effectively support and campaign for our endorsed candidates whom we believe will offer Houston the most promising future possible. Beyond that, we look forward to working with all the leaders ultimately elected by the citizens of our great city to help solve and address challenges facing Houston, and which are of concern to all.
Mayor – Bill King
Controller – Bill Frazer
At Large 1 – Mike Knox
At Large 2 – David Robinson
At Large 5 – Jack Christie
District F – Steve Duc Le
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Log Cabin Republicans of Houston Full Endorsement List
The Log Cabin Republicans of Houston is proud to announce that it has finalized its endorsements for the 2015 Houston municipal cycle. The Log Cabin Republican organization has weighed a lot of issues and many candidates who have sought our endorsements. The process involved the full membership of the organization and carefully considered the looming issues before our city. Issues we considered included the fiscal deficit that our city faces, pension reform, TIRZ, economic development, social inclusivity, HERO, infrastructure, and issues of liberty. No one issue served as a litmus test and we pulled from the broad spectrum of views within our group to find consensus on the best candidates to lead our city for the next term. We are grateful to all candidates who sought our endorsement and look forward to working with whoever ultimately wins to help solve our cities looming issues.
Mayor- Stephen Costello
Controller- Bill Frazer
At Large 1- Jenifer Pool
At Large 2- David Robinson
At Large 3- Michael Kubosh
At Large 5- Jack Christie
District A- Brenda Stardig
District F- Steve Duc Le
District G- Greg Travis
WHO WILL BE HOUSTON’s NEXT MAYOR and CITY CONTROLLER? Recently the Log Cabin Republicans of Houston organized and hosted endorsement sessions with leading mayoral and city controller candidates with the aim to help all fiscally conservative fellow Houstonians make that decision. How will our future leaders handle the serious financial challenges facing our city, and defend taxpayers’ pockets from wasteful spending? How will they protect the city’s international image as a place of open commerce and social tolerance? What will they do to safeguard the security and civil rights of all its citizens? The answers to these and other questions will lead LCR Houston members to issue endorsements in the coming LCR meetings (stay tuned).
Talking about LCR meetings, at the June meeting last Wednesday, Daniel Williams with Equality Texas delivered a riveting account of the victories that the coalitions between equality-minded groups, conservatives, business groups, progressives, and people of faith, played in killing bad legislation. It was a true guided tour through the Byzantine political halls of Texas’ law-making process.
Half way thru, 2015 has been a busy and exciting year for LCR Houston, and it promises to only ramp up. We started the year as part of a broad, forceful effort at the Texas State Capitol with messaging on issues of concern to LCR members and supporters, GLBT and not. Then LCR Houston’s annual fundraising dinner was keynoted by the top GOP officeholder in Harris County, raised a record amount, and was attended by many GOP officeholders and candidates for Houston’s highest political offices. And now LCR Houston is deep into the candidate review process that is critically important for anyone concerned with the future of our great metropolis.
Do you want to have a say in the future of your city? You can.
The last 30 days have been full of exciting and pivotal developments for Republicans in general, and Log Cabin Republicans in particular.
First, a swat team of members of the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas visited over 50 offices of state representatives and senators, blanketing the Texas State Capitol for a day with messaging aimed at raising awareness of issues of concern to LCR members and supporters, GLBT and not. A recent poll revealed that two-thirds of self-identified Republicans and Republican-leaning voters under 30 support same-sex marriage rights. This could explain why all the young staffers that support our state Republican legislators welcomed the LCR members warmly and with expressed interest in their concerns.
Then, On February 23 we received the announcement that the national organization of Log Cabin Republicans was given an invitation to speak at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) as part of the panel “Putin’s Russia: A New Cold War?” This was a highly visible step forward by the GOP leadership towards a more public acceptance of those advocating GLBT issues and concerns.This was followed on February 27, with LCR Houston’s own fundraising dinner keynoted by the top GOP officeholder in Harris County, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, who delivered an energetic, yet intellectually nuanced speech that charmed and energized all those present. The event was attended by many GOP officeholders and candidates, including several running for city-wide offices, from mayor, to comptroller, to city council; and brought in several thousand dollars into the LCR coffers, easily breaking last year’s record haul while raising LCR Houston’s profile in local policy circles.
These developments were capped by last week’s announcement that, in an historic vote, the California Republican Party voted to charter Log Cabin Republicans of California. The landslide 861-293 vote in favor of the gay-led Republican group recognized Log Cabin Republicans of California as an official affiliate of the state GOP.
A new era of inclusion is dawning at the GOP, with all kinds of possibilities for new ideas and initiatives to address the challenges and concerns of Americans of all walks of life, including those in the GLBT communities. If you have been waiting for the right time to make your voice heard; to become part of the governing process of the governing party of Texas; to influence the party that is poised to set the course of the country in 2016, what better time can you imagine?
It’s time. Come and join the party.