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Candidate for Republican Party of Texas Chairman, Rick Figueroa, is credited with being an ambassador for the Greater Houston Partnership.

RERresearch has discovered that the Texas State Directory has two entries for both a Rick Figueroa, and a Richard Figueroa.  The personal information for both entries are almost identical.  Backed up with housing records we were able to locate, there really is no question that Richard and Rick are the same.

Entry number one, under the name of Richard Figueroa, was last modified on December 28, 2015. It is most likely the result of Figueroa’s appointment to the Texas Judicial Council by Rick Perry in 2008.  No position is listed.  Yet, the personal information remains posted.

The second sentence of the 2015 entry states:

“He is an ambassador for the Greater Houston Partnership,…”

Entry number two is under the name of Rick Figueroa with the appointed position listed, as on his campaign website, “In 2016, Rick was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve as a commissioner on the board for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation”.  The entry was last modified on May 16, 2016 and lists him as still sitting on the Texas Judicial Council.

Unlike entry number one that lists Richard’s hometown as Houston, entry number two lists Rick’s hometown as Brenham.  Figueroa’s campaign website, under the name Rick Figueroa, has both appointments published on his bio page.

The third sentence of entry number two from 2016 states:

“He is an ambassador for the Greater Houston Partnership…”

The Greater Houston Partnership has Rick S. Figueroa listed as a life member.

Established in 1840, here’s the self-description of the Greater Houston Partnership: “The Partnership is a place for community-minded business leaders who want to be involved in Houston’s positive growth and influence the direction in which Houston is going”, says the first sentence of their website.  A relied-on way GHP attempts to influence is by being a long-established major political financial player.

In 2015, the Greater Houston Partnership was active in the campaign that supported the transgendered bathroom bill, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.  The focus of national media attention, along with massive financial backing from outside the city and state (heavily from the Hollywood folks), HERO would have required Houston businesses to allow men to use women’s restrooms, showers, and locker rooms. This type ordinance has become the hottest trend for the homosexual movement to advance their neo-morality ideals, and fights over such ordinances have broken out in several Texas cities.  So much so, the heightened activity led to Senate Bill 6, the “bathroom bill”, of the 2017 Texas Legislature to ban such ordinances, statewide.

On October 6, 2015, the Human Rights Campaign, the most aggressive and visible pro-homosexual movement organization in the country, posted an article entitled, “Business Leaders Announce Support for Houston Equal Rights Ordinance; Place Ad in Houston Chronicle” to their website.

The first logo on the pro-HERO ad is the Greater Houston Partnership’s and is posted on the GHP website.  The President and CEO of GHP, Bob Harvey, is listed as a HERO supporter in the ad.

The Greater Houston Partnership has a page on their website dedicated to the support of the HERO ordinance.  Harvey has a published statement in support of HERO on the page.

In addition to publicly supporting the ordinance, the Greater Houston Partnership contributed $71,760 to the unsuccessful campaign to pass the ordinance.  It was crushed in the November, 2015 Houston city elections by a margin of 61%-39%.

Entry number one in Texas State Directory is dated post the HERO election defeat. Therefore, Figueroa was an ambassador for the Greater Houston Partnership during the HERO battle, or became one after the public acknowledgement of the Greater Houston Partnership that they support the homosexual movement, which is in contradiction to the RPT Platform of 2016, plank #87.  We have no indication that he’s closed his lifetime membership to the GHP.


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The hectic race for Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas is forcing fast moves by every faction and interest in the state since RER first broke the story, Thursday, May 18.

Daniel Miller is President of the Texas Nationalist Movement, the largest and most influential organization working towards Texas independence on the globe.  Appearing on Thursday, May 25, Miller stated that interest in the chairman’s race from the TNM membership is through the roof.

“Here’s where we’re at with this.  I cannot deny that a substantial number of people in the organization, that are members of the Republican Party, have come to us and ask the question, ‘Where should we throw our support? I’m going to call our SREC reps.  Who should I say we are for?’ So, on their behalf I had to make these calls, and we’ll come out, and we’ll make public who we’re behind.”

Miller states in the RERhotclip that he had spoken to one of the two declared candidates, at the time.  He was giving the other candidate 24 hours to return his phone calls.  Nevertheless, a decision on official endorsement is scheduled by the TNM to be made this weekend.

During his appearance on RER, Miller committed to announcing the TNM’s endorsement for GOP state party chair on RER on Memorial Day, shortly after noon.

Within the RERhotclip Miller shares his reaction to the conversation he had with one of the candidates he chose to keep concealed, and the candidate’s receptiveness to the idea of a Texas independence referendum.


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Texas Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, has been the prime nemesis of the LM (liberty movement) since his election in 2009 with the tally of 11 Republicans and 65 Democrats.  He has held firm to power since then, thrashing any opposition to his office.  When authentic conservative challengers emerged in 2011, 2013, and 2015 Straus, with the unbending support of the Establishment plutocrats, left them in the condition of mincemeat.

Currently, a whole lot of whispering is going on in the Houston area that those who once were staunch supporters of Straus may be losing some of their enthusiasm for his continued reign.

Ed Hubbard is the general counsel for the Harris County Republican Party.  Being a lifetime GOP activist, Hubbard’s political associates and circles blend from distinct faction to distinct faction. His profession as a top appellate court lawyer gives him access to the highest echelon of Texas business, law, and politics.  His grassroots approach to political activism has earned him allies in the LM.

Appearing on, Hubbard stated, “I’m sensing that there may finally be some groundswell to do something about the House leadership after this session is over.”

Hubbard is not sure that Gov. Abbott would call a special session to push the issue of weak House leadership.  However, he went on to report, “For the first time I’m hearing a number of people complain about the leadership of the House from more Establishment people.  I’m beginning to hear it from other factions of the party to where when you start hearing those rumblings, together with what you all in the liberty movement have been talking about, there may finally be some action to change the leadership the next time around.”

In the RERhotclip, Hubbard goes on to discuss the primary reasons for the discontentment among the well-to-do donors of the party with a surprising emphasis on school finance and reform.

The 2017 Texas Legislative Session is already getting failing grades with the prospect of a special session being called looming for next week.  Perhaps more so than any of the previous Straus-led sessions, the Texas House is being shown for what it is – a collection of center-left Republicans in Name Only (RINOs).  In previous sessions, the reality was that the Texas Senate was even more leftist than the House.  However, with RINOs being sent to the election rubbish bin in recent-past primaries, the Senate is now decidedly more conservative with a more aggressive, and more conservative Lt. Governor.  The curtains have been entirely pulled back for all to see how the House is the true place of residence for bottom feeders.

This past March The Texas Pastors Council delivered the Toilet Seat Awards to Texas senators that opposed and voted against Senate Bill 6 the “bathroom bill” on its way to passage by the upper chamber.  In their presentation video, the only Republican to receive an award at the time was Speaker Joe Straus for his mere public statements of opposition to the bill.  The pastors literally called out Straus by name, and award him the toilet seat, with full knowledge of who he is and how he governs. This marks a dramatic change in the church’s political posture and gravitas.

If the Establishment is indeed losing their enchantment with Straus, coupled with the new zeal from church leaders to bring Straus down, LM activists and voters may have a real chance to see their long-uttered prayers answered and the end of the Straus reign of tyrannical terror under the Pink Dome.


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RERresearch has discovered that candidate for Republican Party of Texas Chairman, Rick Figueroa, has an interesting history of political contributions.

Figueroa, a political no-name, was the first to declare as a candidate for the suddenly-vacated chairman’s position by former chairman Tom Mechler.  Liberty movement influencers were not amused by the fact that Figueroa is Mechler’s choice to succeed him, and apparently the recipient of special grooming for the position over the last year from behind the scene’s – so says a source within the party.

Although Figueroa has been following Mechler around the state like a nine-week-old puppy, the record of his campaign donations introduce the first questions about his dedication to the ideals of the Texas GOP.

For those that have initially believed that Figueroa somehow jumped to the head of the line for this plum position because he’s some sort of major donor to the Republican Party, you’ll be disappointed. A modest financial political contributor would be an appropriate description.

Of Figueroa’s entire donation history, two stand out among the few.  Two to Democrats.

In 2006, Democrats targeted Texas House District 133 as a pickup opportunity. This was an open seat which was vacated by Republican State Representative Joe Nixon. The general election saw Republican nominee Jim Murphy and Democratic nominee Kristi Thibaut face off in a bruising battle.

Thibaut’s campaign finance reports on file with the Texas Ethics Commission indicates she received a $200 contribution from Figueroa on June 5, 2006.

Thibaut was the expected Democratic Party candidate with support and money from Planned Parenthood and numerous union interests.

The Democrats’ attempts to turn District 133 blue in 2006 were unsuccessful. Murphy defeated Thibaut and held the seat for Republicans. Thibaut still managed to find work at the State Capitol during the 2007 legislative session- as a paided lobbyist for ACORN.

Thibaut’s paid work for ACORN was highlighted by the Republican Party of Texas during one of Thibaut’s subsequent campaigns for the Texas House.

(Note: Per state law, campaign finance records posted on the Texas Ethics Commission’s website do not include a contributor’s full street address, just the contributor’s city and ZIP code. The entry on the campaign finance report showing Figueroa’s contribution to the Thibaut campaign indicates a Sugar Land, Texas ZIP code where Figueroa and his wife resided at the time the contribution was made.)

In the open race for Mayor of Houston in 2009, many grassroots Republicans supported the candidacy of Roy Morales. While technically a non-partisan election, Morales was the only candidate with a Republican history, and was serving at the time as a Republican member of the Harris County Department of Education board.

Morales faced three major Democratic opponents- city councilman Peter Brown, city controller Annise Parker, and former city attorney Gene Locke. Many prominent Democratic elected officials in the Houston area, including State Senators John Whitmire, Mario Gallegos, and Rodney Ellis, were prominent supporters of Locke’s mayoral campaign.

Locke’s campaign finance records on file with the City of Houston indicate he received a $250 contribution from Figueroa on July 22, 2009.

The political contributions from Rick Figueroa that RERresearch located:

  • 6/5/06 $200 to Kristi Thibaut (Democrat)
  • 3/15/08 $500 to John McCain
  • 8/23/08 $500 to John McCain
  • 7/22/09 $250 to Gene Locke (Democrat)
  • 4/10/13 $250 to John Cornyn
  • 10/2/13 $350 to Spirit of Freedom Republican Women
  • 10/9/13 $250 to Hispanic Republicans of Texas
  • 11/18/13 $20 to Fort Bend Republican Women’s Club PAC
  • 12/23/13 $300 to Fort Bend Republican Party
  • 11/21/14 $250 to Lois Kolkhorst
  • 5/9/16 $375 to Republican Women of Greater North Texas PAC
  • 4/12/17 $500 to Republican Women of Greater North Texas PAC


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Upon the announced resignation of Republican Party of Texas Chair Tom Mechler on Saturday, May 20, first reported here by, the suspected handpicked successor of Mechler, Rick Figueroa, was the first to announce his candidacy for the vacated post via social media.

Figueroa is little-known with a scant record of GOP activism.  RERresearch has started compiling what information we can about Mr. Figueroa that we feel is pertinent to the fast-approaching election for interim state party chairman.

Mr. Figueroa reportedly has served in an advisory role for Hispanic engagement for the RPT.  The video shows Figueroa giving a featured speech at one of the Hispanic engagement listening tour events being promoted by the RPT.  This event was held in San Antonio just days before Mechler announced he was quitting.

Some interesting things to watch for in the video would be when Figueroa goes to the Bible before the largely Hispanic audience (you have to show Biblical knowledge, don’t ya know?) and continually misspeaks while attempting to tell the story of Jonathan and his armor-bearer defeating the Philistines found in 1 Samuel 14.  Although the audio is very poor, it seems Figueroa is repeatedly saying “the Pharisees”.

Figueroa claims to have been at the White House recently where Vice President Pence informed and assured him that Dodd-Frank will be repealed.  And, he says he had the opportunity to brief President Trump’s chief of staff on the progress of Hispanic engagement by the Texas GOP.


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James Dickey, Travis County Republican Party Chairman, is officially a candidate for the vacant state party chair post.

After sending a letter of his intentions to the members of the State Republican Executive Committee, Dickey agreed to make his first media announcement and have his first interview on  It’s a 40-minute probe into what led to his decision to run, and his vision for the party if he should win and be installed as the interim chair as the result of the June 3 election.

Spirits dropped around Texas win SREC Committeeman Mark Ramsey (SD7) decided not to run for the office.  At the sneak-attack announcement of ex-Chair Tom Mechler last week, Ramsey was the first name to gain the most steam on social media.  Liberty movement endorsements were flying free.


“Mighty Heidi” Hansing co-hosted the interview with Apostle Claver T. Kamau-Imani.  On social media, prior to the interview, she was quick to point out the controversy over Ramsey’s perceived support of the Texas Solution during the bloodletting fight over its removal from the platform at the 2014 state convention.  Ramsey denies he supported the Texas solution.

Regardless, Ramsey had rehabilitated his profile since summer 2014 by being a force as the SREC Resolutions Committee Chair.  His finest moment came during the fourth quarter meeting of the SREC in 2015. Despite enormous pressure from Mechler and Establishment forces, Ramsey was able to allow a fair hearing in committee on the Texas Independence Non-binding Vote Resolution of SREC Tanya Robertson (SD11).  The result was an actual floor debate of the SREC to allow the measure to be placed on the 2016 Texas GOP primary ballot.

With an extremely short election cycle, Dickey pounced saying he consulted all his political associates, his family, and had discussions with SREC members and decided running was the move to make.  Dickey stated that those he consulted felt he could make a difference as the party chairman.

Of course, the basic question is why is James Dickey running?

“For several months now, I’ve been thinking on how the RPT could play a better role. And, be more influential.  It’s important. We are the biggest Republican state.  And, yet, when I spoke to donors they were disappointed with the fact that the RPT did not have the kind of influence within the Capitol that it could and should.

“I talked to legislators that were disappointed that they weren’t getting the kind of reinforcement, encouragement, and support that they felt like they should.

“As someone that worked here in the county (Travis) that recruited candidates and helped those candidates as much as we could, those candidates were frustrated with the lack of support.

“So, all that had me talking to people about what might be done and what might go on.”

Dickey said that the things went into very fast motion when the story broke last Thursday on that Mechler was stepping down in just two days.

A virtual unknown to party activists is Rick Figueroa.  He has also announced as a candidate via social media.


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Mainstream entertainment and news depicts the homosexual lifestyle as the “good life” and the homosexual movement as a force of justice.  One day in American history, the White House was illuminated as a rainbow, the adopted symbol of the neo-morality left.

However, it is difficult to find the stories to the contrary.  The stories of pain and destruction.  The real stories of homes and lives where there is no glamour, but multitudes of tears and the trying of faith.

For RERcontributor Tracy Shannon, a contradiction to the Hollywood narrative is her real life.  One day in the history of her life, her husband and father of her children walked in and announced he was to become a woman.

In preparation for an upcoming book, Shannon has spoken to over 200 ladies that had the identical experience of their husbands becoming transgendered.  She discovered several common threads amongst their stories.  One was the impact on the children and their mental health.

“…any of the day-to-day impacts for a child who’s basically grieving the death of a parent, that has basically committed suicide in the flesh.  And, so that’s what they’re actually living.  The child has to go through a grieving processes while their parent is still living.”

In her initial appearance as a RERcontributor, Shannon spoke a lot of the tragedy the children must survive. “The child is being denied their birthright of a mother and a father.”

Although Shannon’s political activism began to standout at the inception of the Tea Party and focused on the principles that birthed the movement, it was at this time that she was going through the transgendered-drama at home.  While staying committed to principles of liberty, Shannon has nailed on the nom de guerre of opponent to transgenderism.


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“Constitutional Carry is dead.  It’s not going to come back. And, I can tell you why.”

That’s the opening quote in this RERhotclip from Pastor Terry Holcomb of, a leading activist for the restoration of 2nd Amendment rights in Texas.

“And, the first place I’m not going to point is Joe Straus.  The first place I’m going to point is the RPT Chairman of Texas (Tom Mechler).  He was absent on the legislative priorities, except the one or two that mattered to him. And, that’s just the reality of it.

“We didn’t get the support of the Republican Party of Texas that we needed to get,” said Holcomb on

Holcomb goes on the state why he thinks a major blame should also go to Gov. Greg Abbott, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.  And, he wasn’t finished there.

Holcomb reveals why he thinks the Texas House GOP Caucus deserves huge blame.  However, the fault of the caucus reveals a critical governing methodology of Texas Speaker Joe Straus that hasn’t been revealed before.

Holcomb unloads a bombshell.  He states that Texas Speaker Joe Straus gave the constitutional carry lobby a fair chance to prove their legislation could get House support.  But, when it didn’t…

On April 26, the best and last hope to get the number legislative priority of the 2016 Texas GOP Platform to floor of a vote was passed on the Texas House Calendars Committee.  There, it is the job of State Rep. Todd “The Executioner” Hunter to kill any undesirable bills.


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Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom Mechler emailed a “goodbye” letter to the officials of the party on Saturday, May 20, that listed his reasons for resigning.

Last Thursday, May 18, was the first media outlet to report that Mechler would announce his resignation on yesterday.

The letter emphasized that Mechler’s oil and gas business has suffered since his election with the need to sell off assets to stay afloat.  Additionally, he said the pressures and duties of the chairman’s job had put a strain on his family life.  “The job’s just too tough” seemed to be the letter’s theme and general takeaway.

Mechler’s surprising resignation has thrown drama and an immediate power struggle within the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) and its next quarterly meeting scheduled for June 2 and 3 in Austin when his successor will be elected.  Mechler’s resignation comes just over a year from his election to a full term as chairman at the 2016 RPT State Convention in Dallas. That same convention saw a dramatic shift in SREC seats now held by veteran liberty movement activists as a result of elections by convention delegates in their respective senatorial district caucuses.

It’s the SREC that will elect the interim chairman with what is considered to be a 50/50 split between the SREC liberty caucus, and the “old guard” that the Mechler-supporting wing of the party are relying on to continue the party status quo.


Dear Friends,

Over the past two years, we’ve accomplished so much together. We successfully orchestrated one of the largest, most financially successful state conventions in recent history. We oversaw the largest primary election in Texas history, and then played a monumental role in helping elect Donald Trump as our new president. We shepherded in more Republican elected officials than we’ve ever had before in Texas, and we’ve developed our most aggressive and targeted engagement program in party history. These past two years have been some of the most rewarding of my life. I cannot tell you what a privilege it is to work alongside each of you and to fight daily for something that matters so much to people across our great state.

But these past two years have also been tough. With the fluctuations in the oil industry, my family struggled to financially stay afloat. At one point, I even had to sell off equipment just to keep my business in the black. While the financial struggles were significant, I knew that the work we were doing at the RPT was just as important. So we persisted. The work we were doing- the things we were accomplishing- made it all worth it.

However, my finances were not the only thing that took a hit. Over the past two years, I’ve spent over 80% of my time away from home. Whether in Austin or speaking to Republicans across Texas, serving as State Chairman took a considerable amount of time away from home. While we were making great strides in our party, my family was suffering. These past two years have been a whirlwind of activity and success, but they’ve also been a series of absences. A few weeks ago, my daughter called to tell me that my grandchildren missed their grandpa. And it broke my heart. I may have sacrificed time, money, and business for this position, but the people making the biggest sacrifice are my 6 children, 16 grandchildren, and my beautiful wife Becky.

Two weeks ago, my wife and I took a week-long cruise. What was intended to be a quick week away to rest and relax turned into an opportunity to have a real conversation about where our life was at.

Friends, this job is hard. The time commitment, financial commitment, stress, and overwhelming responsibility takes its toll. After a lot of prayer and reflection, I’ve decided that it is time for me to focus on my family. A few minutes ago, I submitted my resignation, effectively immediately, to our RPT secretary.

Please know this is not a decision I make lightly. It is after long conversations with my family and lots of prayer that I’ve come to the conclusion that this is the best decision for me and my family. I wanted you to be the first to know. Two years ago, the SREC elected me to serve in this important role. We’ve grown together. Though we may not always agree, I’ve come to view each of you as my “political family.” I am so grateful for the confidence you’ve placed in me, the sacrifices you’ve all made to help lead this party, and the successes we’ve had together. I am confident that each of you will continue to lead this party with conviction and intention.

When I first took on this role, it was my vision that our Party would be more united. After one of the most divisive primary elections and heated legislative sessions in recent history, our Party needs to work harder than ever to come together. A party that is fractured by anger and backbiting is a party that will not succeed. It is no secret that our party is divided into factions. It is also no secret that those factions frequently throw rocks at each other. As I prepare to leave this role, my hope is that every faction of this party will treat each other with kindness and respect. Though we may disagree on certain issues, we are all part of the same Republican, conservative family. When we work together and treat each other with respect, we are stronger. 

My second goal was for our party to look more like Texas. We live in a diverse state. As the demographics continue to change, our state will soon have a majority-minority voting age population. If we do not continue to make efforts to engage in the diverse communities across Texas, our state will turn blue. This is no longer just a possibility, it is an inevitable reality if we fail to act. Over the past two years, engagement has been my biggest passion. We’ve taken unprecedented strides, and we’ve generated remarkable results.  As the SREC selects who will serve as your next state chairman, I encourage them to find someone with this same passion. If we do not engage in the diverse communities across Texas, we will lose the state, then the nation, and there may be no coming back.

Serving as your State Chairman has been one of the greatest honors of my life. As we prepare for this transition, please know that I will always be here to support the great work you are doing.  What makes our party special is an unwavering commitment to family values. For every true Republican, the order is God, family, politics. Today, I’m choosing to be there for my family.

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions. 




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Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom Mechler has abruptly resigned his position.

As was first reported by on Thursday, our sources were telling RER that Mechler would make the announcement today.

This is the official statement posted to the RPT website:

Texas GOP Statement on the Resignation of

Chairman Tom Mechler

“Effective this Saturday, May 17, 2017, Chairman Tom Mechler will be resigning from the Republican Party of Texas for personal reasons. The State Republican Executive Committee will hold an election at our upcoming quarterly meeting on June 3rd in Austin to find an interim Chairman to fulfill the remainder of Chairman Mechler’s term.”


The names being circulated to replace Mechler are State Republican Executive Committeeman Mark Ramsey of Senatorial District 7 in Harris County, Travis County GOP Chair James Dickey, and an absolute unknown, Rick Figueroa.  Figueroa is reportedly filling the role of Mechler’s choice for his successor.

Mechler’s resignation is a strange twist in Texas politics in the midst of a contentious legislative session.  He was elected to a full term as chairman at the 2016 state convention – just over one year ago to the day of his announced resignation.


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