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John Dillard Elected Chairman of the Denton County Republican Party


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John Dillard Elected Chairman of the Denton County Republican Party

John Dillard of The Colony was elected Chairman of the Denton County Republican Party recently at a specially called meeting of the Denton County Republican Party Executive Committee.  Following the resignation of Chairman Lisa Hendrickson ten days before, the meeting was held to elect a Chairman to serve until the 2018 Primary Election cycle was complete.

“I am honored to be elected to serve as Chairman,” Chairman John Dillard stated, “I look forward to working alongside my fellow Republicans in the months ahead.”

John Dillard has been a Republican activist in Denton County for over thirty years.  He served as the 2016 Presidential Elector for Congressional District 26 and a delegate to the Republican State Conventions since 1990.  He is active in local Republican clubs, and has worked as alternate judge, clerk, or election official for Primary or General Elections since 1996.

For sixteen years, John was as an elected official in the City of The Colony. serving as Mayor from 2003 to 2009 and on The Colony City Council from 1992 to 2002.  A founding member of The Colony Economic Development Corporation, John also worked on the Hwy 121 Task Force and the FM 423 Task Force.  He has served on numerous City of The Colony committees and civic organizations and been Co-Chair of the Support the Troops Parade and Rally.

Mr. Dillard spent twenty-five years with the Army National Guard in the 49th Armored Division and the Texas Army Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College as well as the United States Army Armor School.

John worked as a District Manager for Siplast Inc until his recent retirement and was listed on the Cambridge Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals.  He graduated from Amber University (formerly Abilene Christian /Dallas) with a degree in Business Administration.

John has been married for 37 years to his wife, Nancy.  He is a proud father of three children and very proud grandfather of two granddaughters.


Denton County GOP Pours Out Massive Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort


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Denton County GOP Pours Out Massive Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

When Hurricane Harvey bore down on the Texas coast and left enormous havoc in its wake, it was not nearly as strong as the people across Texas and the country who are responding with an outpouring of support in countless ways.  The darker the crisis, the brighter the American spirit shines.  The Denton County Republican Party is no exception, rallying to pour out support and serve all those affected by this disaster.

All four Denton County state representatives (Representatives Fallon, Simmons, Stucky and Parker) along with Denton County Sheriff Murphree, banded together to collect donations at each of their offices over a period of four days. In that small window of time, residents all across Denton County provided vast amounts for some of the most crucial needs of such items as bottled water, new clothing, blankets and toiletries. The outpouring from the community was absolutely incredible.  Their offices were filled with items as the collection effort quickly expanded within their respective House districts. Approximately 160,000 pounds of supplies were collected.  In addition to the collections efforts, many individuals stepped up in other ways and offered to help with the sorting, boxing, and transporting of all of the donations to the 18-wheelers that Peterbilt generously donated.

Representative Parker stated, “On behalf of my Denton County House colleagues and Sheriff Murphree and the people who made our relief effort such a success, I am so very grateful. I had the privilege of accompanying the drivers from Peterbilt to and from the Beaumont area on Tuesday, September 5th.  Although we had been kept apprised of Hurricane Harvey recovery operations through state emergency management officials, our impacted legislative colleagues, and family and friends plus watching the video feeds on news stations, nothing could have quite prepared me personally for seeing the devastation and the challenges so many of our fellow Texans now face.

During the visit, I had the honor of joining Governor Greg Abbott, my fellow legislators from the Beaumont region, the Jefferson County Judge, the Mayor of Beaumont, the Sheriff and first responders as well as Beaumont ISD to understand firsthand what they need to get Jefferson County and Beaumont back on the road to recovery.

Let us continue to remember and pray for all who have been impacted by this catastrophic storm and never cease in our efforts to provide assistance in any way possible. This recovery will be a very long process, but the people of Southeast Texas have unwavering resolve and will rebuild the region even stronger than it was before. God bless Texas.”

Representative Ron Simmons agreed, stating, “I was proud to join my Denton County colleagues in collecting supplies for relief of our brothers and sisters in Southeast Texas and was amazed by the generosity of Denton County residents.”

Local Texas Republican Executive Committeewoman, Debbie Terry, also worked tirelessly alongside local businesswoman Veronica Birkenstock and many others throughout the North Texas area to gather and coordinate the delivery of supplies to those in need. Responding to urgent pleas from Republican Party of Texas Vice Chair Amy Clark and the #RPTServes initiative, they worked with local officials, GOP affiliates, businesses, and churches in storm-devastated areas to organize deliveries. Truckloads of water and relief supplies were quickly dispatched to places with dire needs like Bolivar, Beaumont, and Cuero, where a distribution center was established in a local church to serve small coastal communities near Rockport. Additionally, Veronica’s friends in South Carolina donated an 18-wheeler to drive across country and serve Texans in crisis, making it possible to send multiple loads of critically-needed supplies to our fellow Texans from Christians and Republicans in North Texas.

Denton County Republican Party Assistant Vice Chair of Outreach, Joseph Kane, a veteran who serves in the National Guard, spent almost two weeks in the afflicted areas with his unit working on relief efforts. He said, “I have been humbled and amazed by these people and their resolve.”

U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess stated, “Each person’s efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma — whether first responders, our military, neighbors, volunteers, or donors – are much needed and helpful. It’s the Texas way!  Since Harvey made landfall, I have worked with personnel on the front lines to ensure they have the resources they need to assist Texans.  From meeting with the men and women at FEMA Headquarters in Denton, to the medical team and volunteers at the Dallas mega-shelter, to discussing housing with HUD Secretary Ben Carson, to hosting a bi-partisan working lunch with Texas Members of the US House and Senate – my goal is to ensure that victims of Harvey and Irma have access to needed supplies and resources.  Like so many people across the country, I also felt compelled to contribute to several charities offering direct relief to hurricane victims. The days of recovery and rebuilding will be long, but I am encouraged by the outpouring of kindness and compassion and the resilience of the American people.”

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson said, “As Senate Finance chair, I am working to ensure that we meet our responsibilities to those who have been devastated by this natural disaster.  The full force of state government has been brought to bear during this crisis. I continue to receive daily updates on the efforts of our state agencies, and I have personally donated to relief efforts.”

“Whenever there is a crisis and things look dark, the American spirit shines bright.” stated Denton County Republican Party Chairman Lisa Hendrickson, “We have such incredible people in this county, in this state, and in this nation.  When one of us is hurt, we all are. It will take a long time to for our South Texas neighbors to heal and rebuild.  We will be there with them in all the days ahead.  We are family. We are Americans.”


Denton County Republican Executive Committee Passes Resolution of No Confidence in Texas House Speaker Joe Straus


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Denton County Republican Executive Committee Passes Resolution of No Confidence in Texas House Speaker Joe Straus

The Denton County Republican Party Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution of no confidence in Texas House Speaker Joe Straus last Thursday at its monthly meeting.  The resolution was presented by Sylvia Acuff, Denton County Republican Party Precinct Chairman of Precinct #1025 and reads as follows:

“Whereas, even though many pieces of legislation have been put forward that are in line with the Republican Party of Texas platform, Speaker Straus has failed to get them through the Texas House of Representatives; and

Whereas, We have no confidence going forward that he will adequately support the direction outlined by the platform; and

Whereas, We believe that it is time for new leadership in the house in order to effectively represent the will of Texas voters;

Therefore Be it Resolved, We the Republican committee of Denton County, do hereby demand our elected officials in the Texas House withdraw support for the current Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Joe Straus; and,

Be it Further Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent to all of the Republican State Representatives.”

A copy of the resolution is being sent to all of the Texas Republican State Representatives.   The Republicans representing Denton County are: Tan Parker, Pat Fallon, Ron Simmons, and Lynn Stucky.


Congressman Michael Burgess to Address Denton County Republicans August 17th at New Meeting Location


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Congressman Michael Burgess to Address Denton County Republicans August 17th at New Meeting Location

Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D., will address the monthly meeting of the Denton County Republican Party at its new meeting location, the Denton County Elections Administration office located at 701 Kimberly Drive, Suite A101, Denton, TX 76208 on Thursday, August 17, 2017. The Congressman is expected to give an update on the latest legislative news from Washington, D.C.

The DCRP meeting will be called to order by Chairman Lisa Hendrickson promptly at 7:00 p.m. Immediately prior to the meeting at 6:00 p.m., there will be a social hour for meeting attendees hosted by Congressman Burgess.  Both the social hour and the meeting are open to all interested Republicans.

First elected to Congress in 2002, Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D., represents the 26th district of Texas on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee where he serves as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.  He also sits on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.  In addition, Dr. Burgess is a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission.

As of the 115th Congress, Congressman Burgess is the most senior medical doctor, on both sides of the aisle, serving in the House of Representatives.  Throughout his years in Congress, he has been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans.

During his time on Capitol Hill, Dr. Burgess has received several awards, including the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); the Spirit of Enterprise award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the Taxpayer Hero award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; among others. In 2013, he was named to Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders.

Before heading to Congress, Burgess practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Lewisville, Texas.  He delivered more than 3,000 babies during his nearly 30 years in private practice. He received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and completed his residency programs at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.  Dr. Burgess also received a Masters degree in Medical Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and in May of 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Burgess has been married to his wife, Laura, for over 40 years, and they have three children and two grandsons.


Denton GOP to Host Veteran Event Featuring Allen West May 12th


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Denton GOP to Host Veteran Event Featuring Allen West May 12th

The Denton County Republican Party will host a special veteran-focused event in support of the 22KILL organization on Friday, May 12, 2017.  LTC (US Army Ret.) and Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis, Allen West, will attend and lead attendees in a ceremony to honor veterans and to earn their own 22KILL Honor Rings. The event will begin at 5:30p.m. and be held at the Denton County Republican Headquarters located at 2921 Country Club Rd. Suite 102, Denton, TX 76210.

The 22KILL movement started in 2013 under Honor Courage Commitment, Inc., after the VA released the staggering statistic that an average of 22 veterans are killed by suicide every day.  It is a global movement bridging the gap between veterans and civilians to build a community of support.  22KILL, the name referencing the statistic above, works to raise awareness of the suicide epidemic that is plaguing our country and to educate the public on mental health issues such as PTS. It also serves as a resource for veterans, and continues to build on its network of like-minded organizations to be able to connect veterans with programs and services in their local area.

The Honor Ring™ is a black band worn on the index finger as a “silent salute” to all veterans, past and present. This ring is a symbol of respect and simply says that you support those who have served our country.  Also, the ring reminds veterans and veteran supporters alike that we are never alone; that we are all family.

“The Denton County Republican Party is always seeking ways to support our heroes,” stated Denton County Republican Party Vice Chairman of Veterans Mark Roy, “We are honored to welcome LTC (US Army Ret.) Allen West to Denton County for this special event we are hosting.  Come out and bring your family, earn your Honor Ring, and join us for a barbecue after the program. To register visit”

State Senator Jane Nelson Leadership Award Presented at Denton Lincoln Reagan Dinner


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State Senator Jane Nelson Leadership Award Presented at Denton Lincoln Reagan Dinner

The Denton County Republican Party held its annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner last Saturday at the D/FW Hyatt Regency Hotel. During the gala banquet a special new award was launched. The Senator Jane Nelson Leadership Award, created to honor a Denton County resident who has demonstrated leadership in promoting conservative principles on the local, state or national level was presented by Senator Nelson to longtime local party activist Lynn Yeargain of Hickory Creek.

In presenting the award, Senator Nelson stated, “I cannot think of a more fitting choice for this award.  Lynn works tirelessly on our behalf. She truly represents our conservative principles and is a strong grassroots leader. I am eternally grateful for her commitment to our party.”

Denton County Republican Party Chairman Lisa Hendrickson agreed, stating, “Lynn’s faithful service is well known around the county and the state. She is a force in our Party and well deserving of this honor. I look forward to working with her for many years to come.”

Over 950 people attended the gala banquet which was emceed by Senator Jane Nelson and featured keynote speaker former Senator Rick Santorum, celebrity guests Chuck Norris and his wife Gena Norris, and Diamond and Silk. Statewide officials Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller delighted attendees as well as local officials including, Congressman Dr. Michael Burgess, Texas House Caucus Chair Representative Tan Parker, and Representatives Ron Simmons, Pat Fallon and Lynn Stucky.


10 Best Mountain Bikes Under $500 – List of Branded Bikes

Nowadays, Mountain bikes are gaining lots of popularity. So, first of all, you need to select and check the brands along with the features of that particular mountain bike. What kind of riding you have planned that’s the most important thing. So, it’s helpful to choose the perfect one as your requirement.

Mountain bikes are well designed and it comes with the latest and innovative technology. There are so much mountain bikes available in the market but you just need to fix a sufficient budget of yours. One of the best things you can do is, just go for a long ride and make yourself satisfy.

Here, I have listed some name of reputed brands of 10 best mountain bikes

List of Branded Mountain Bikes:

  1. Scott:

    Scott is a well-designed mountain bike and if preferred for its light weight and efficient functioning. This company’s mountain bikes won the World cups for several times worldwide, and Scott had broken the world record for the lightest mountain bike frame.

  2. Yeti:

    Yeti is not overpriced cooler and also based on creativity and passion. Yeti is the well-known image now that focuses on making the rider comfortable and also enjoyable rides. Even Yeti has a simple philosophy, and that is the reason they build such a quality bikes.

  3. Santa Cruz:

    Santa Cruz is the top popular brand in the industry, and it only offers the mountain bikes. So you can be sure with their product. Now they are offering 16 different mountain bikes and most of the peoples like it the most.

  4. Giant:

    Being the largest size of mountain bike on the planet makes their name Giant, and it is absolutely fitted. And it can be found anywhere in the world, and their sheer size makes them more popular and also. However, Yeti is hopefully going to be the biggest mountain bike brands in the world.

  5. Felt:

    Felt is a company that invents more innovating designs, and it gives a signature of their company.Their main target is to create a fast, durable mountain bikes and to make it more active in performance.

  6. Ninner:

    Ninner is the newly build company compared to some bigger brands. But the Ninner has created an efficient image that has not stop them from creating one of the best mountain bikes in the world. Ninner is focused on the mountain bike line and also one of the most recognizable bikes among the other mountain bike brands.

  7. Trek:

    Trek has the most collections to choose, and it also provides variety models. And it offers one of the biggest women’s specific lines. If you are looking for a ride to expand your ride in a particular environment, look no further. Trek provide all kind of facility with their high-technology, and it has most elegant machines for making your ride fun and comfortable.

So, these are the excellent and, magnificent mountain bikes which are most effective. You can feel the rides more comfortable and more fun.

Best Wireless Routers to Buy – Top 3 Netgear Routers

Netgear is one of the leading and popular names when it comes to wireless routers. Netgear is making and satisfying its users since a long time. If you are looking for to buy best wireless routers, then let me show you the most popular Netgear routers from which you can pick one.

1: NETGEAR AC1200 Dual Band

This is one of the best routers of Netgear which you will get at an affordable price. With this router, you can upgrade your wifi to 11 AC. It comes with AC 1200 300+867 Mbps. For better connections, you will get dual band wifi. This router is compatible with 802.11 a/b/g/n devices. Installing this router is also very easy. If you are staying in a big house and have many wifi devices to connect, then you can buy this router.

2: NETGEAR AC1200 Smart Wi-Fi Router

This is another awesome router which comes in mid range budget. This router comes with wifi 300+867 speed. The external antennas increase the coverage area of the router. If you are planning to buy this router for home, you can add 8 devices via wifi for an awesome performance. This router comes with an 880 MHz processor which gives high-performance connectivity. If you have a USB hard drive, you can connect and access your hard drive wirelessly. With this router, you can connect dual band wifi devices too. Means if you own an iOS, you can connect them too.

3: NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900

If you are looking for an extraordinary wireless router with some unique features, then this is the best router for you. This router comes with 1GHz dual core processor with 600+1300 Mbps speed. This router will allow you to play online games without lagging. You can stream videos in high definition without buffering. The 3 antennas give this router a huge range. With ready CLOUD USB and ready SHARE accessing any USB drive became so much easier. With your mobile device, you can control the device remotely. It takes automatic backup on your PC.

These three Netgear routers are best in their category. You can choose one depending upon your budget and need. All these Netgear routers have some awesome features and come with a limited period of warranty.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Full Specifications, Price and Release Date

Samsung has finally decided to launch another series of Galaxy Note. In the previous year, Note 7 has got some failures in the battery and this time, the company instituted to take part of a revised testing measure to overcome the mistakes.

Samsung is going to launch Galaxy Note 8 within this year that will use the advanced technology to compete with other Smartphones and it is expected to release within the month of August 2017.

Samsung has apparently revealed some details about the specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note 8. In this post, I will share with you about Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date, specifications etc.

Full Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note 8

There have a leaked about the specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 so far. So, let’s have a look at the full phone specifications.

  • Display

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to come with super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a 5.7-inch display. It is also projected to have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that will provide full protection to display.

  • Memory

The Note 8 will be available in two variants internal storage: 64 GB with 6 GB RAM & 128 GB with 8 GB RAM. It will also have a micro SD card slot that can be extended up to 256 GB external storage.

  • Body

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes in inbuilt Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and it comes with two SIM slot. The information has also been leaked that Note 8 will come with IP68 certified dust/waterproof that can protect over 1.5 meters.

  • Camera

The Note 8 is expected to come with 12 MP primary camera and 8 MP secondary camera along with f/1.6, dual LED flash, phase detection autofocus and more. With Note 8, you will be able to record 4K video simultaneously with 9MP image recording.

  • Other features

Note 8 also includes advanced sensors that include iris scanner, accelerometer, compass, proximity, barometer, SpO2 and more. It also has a Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.

Here I have mentioned the full specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but the phone specs which I have mentioned above are just an expected feature. If you want to get the latest information of Note 8, then do visit our page.