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August 2010 GRIT Do you have Board of Directors GRIT? and Committee Meeting The purpose of GRIT is Sheraton Hotel to build a coalition of 701 E. 11th Street, Austin, Texas conservative groups whose mission is to August 28 develop leadership and rebuild the Everyone is invited to attend. conservative infrastructure so as to get Hotel Discounts - $ 79.00 a night plus tax our message out to the voters and Free parking for overnight guests - $ 5.00 for all others volunteers and expand the number of Free lunch for first 100 - All others $ 40.00 per person conservative public office holders. Make Reservations at: http://www.starwoodmeeting.com In This Issue Framing the Debate: Naturalization vs. Naturalization vs. Immigration Immigration Legislators Face by Jason Moore Budget Challenge From the Webster 1828 Dictionary: Your State Republican NATURALIZATION, n. [See Naturalize] The act Executive Committee of investing an alien with the rights and privileges of a native subject or citizen. Naturalize (date The History of 1559) 1. To confer on an alien the rights and GRIT privileges of a native subject or citizen; to adopt foreigners into a nation or state, and place them in Quick Links the condition of natural born subjects. 2. To make natural; to render easy and familiar by custom and Grass Roots Institute of Texas habit; as, custom naturalizes labor or study. Texas Insider IMMIGRATION, (date 1623)n. The passing or removing into a country for the purpose of permanent residence. EMIGRATE, (date 1766) v.i. [L. emigro; e and migro, to migrate.] To quit one country, state or region and settle in another; to remove from one country or state to another for the purpose of residence. It has occurred to me recently that as we all begin to reintroduce ourselves to the Founders, that the language has changed over the centuries. I provided a few examples from the Webster’s dictionary of 1828 because it is important that when talking about the Founders' ideas we define the terms according to their definitions. I believe conservatives must work together to change the discussion from “immigration” to “naturalization” because the Founders had a clear understanding of the preservation of the exceptional form of American government. Read more. Legislators Face Budget Challenge How about Zero-Based Budgeting? With Texas lawmakers facing an estimated $15 to $19 billion budget deficit in the upcoming legislative session, it seems that the Legislative Budget Board (LLB) has its work cut out for it. Exactly what is the Legislative Budget Board? According to its web site, “The Legislative Budget Board (LLB) is a permanent joint committee of the Texas Legislature that develops budget and policy recommendations for legislative appropriations for all agencies of state government, as well as completes fiscal analyses for proposed legislation. The LBB also conducts evaluations and reviews for the purpose of identifying and recommending changes that improve the efficiency and performance of state and local operations and finances.” Read more. Your Texas State Republican Executive Committee by James Barnes, GRIT Director As I travel around the state and in my district I always ask the folks if they have heard of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC). Inevitably most have never heard of the SREC. In a crowd of 50 maybe one or two hands go up. This is obviously not good especially when we are seeing a major resurgence of people interested in the political process. The GRIT newsletter presents a perfect opportunity to introduce the SREC and its role in the Texas Republican Party. Read more. The History of the Grass Roots Institute of Texas by Bill Burch, Chairman and President of GRIT - Texas November of 2008 proved to be the election from hell. Bill Burch had just lost an election for state representative and Obama was elected President. What began as a conversation between Suzanne Bellsnyder and Bill Burch over where to go from there blossomed into the organization now known as the Grass Roots Institute of Texas. They quickly followed up their phone call with a meeting in Austin where they invited several of their friends to discuss what to do to help Texas. The talent and influence at the table was amazing: Royal Masset, the former Republican Party of Texas Executive Director under Tom Pauken; Jim Cardle, owner of the Texas Insider; Bobby Eberle, owner of GOPUSA and former President of the Texas Young Republicans; Nancy Fisher, former chief of staff for Tom Craddick; Suzanne Bellsnyder, former Chief of Staff for Florence Shapiro and former President of the Texas College Republicans; and Bill Burch, award winning author who has been honored by the Texas Legislature, the Republican Party of Texas, and the State Bar of Texas (not a lawyer) (past Public Director). Read more.
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