Bosque County Republican Party

Janet Jackson, County Chairman

Welcome to the Bosque County Republican Website. We hope to keep you informed of relevant information and events concerning our Party & County. This is a time of  political change in Bosque, Texas and the Nation. It is incumbent upon all conservatives to roll up their sleeves and preserve the fabric of our society that has made the USA so great. I love America and my adopted state of Texas of 30 years. Join me at the BCRP and our very successful Club in our efforts to "KEEP TEXAS RED".

Janet Jackson

County Chairman


July, 2015 Meeting

Please join us for a very special dinner meeting on Tuesday July 21 at the

Clifton Civic Center. Doors open at 6:30, dinner at 7:00. Please make your reservations by Friday July 17.

 Cost of dinner is  $12. for a chicken strip and fried catfish meal with all the Fixins !

Mark Brown has arranged an informative program with two compassionate Organizations who serve our Veterans. As we are all aware, our Federal government has all but turned its back on the care and medical attention of the men and women who serve this nation and return home to find little help or comfort in dealing with their post combat needs. I ask you to take a few hours of your time this summer to learn how we can give back to those who have given so much for their country.

Veterans Empowerment through Salvation

Speaker – David Bowden

Combat Marine Outdoors

Speaker – Rusty Hicks 



There will NOT be a meeting in June of the Club

We will be at the Valley Mills 4th of July Parade and have the Party tent set up in the square, come on by, the candidates are starting to emerge !

Stay tuned for information on a JULY 21 meeting & dinner

and an AUGUST 18 Town Hall with elected officials.


May 9 Election results

Available as Votes are reported

County Unit Road System  Loses

County ESD  Passes

Clifton School Board   Bill Murdoch

Clifton School Board    Greg Gloff

Clifton ISD Bond     FAILED

Valley Mills Mayor  Ray Bickerstaff

Valley Mills City Council  Bill McCain

Valley Mills City Council  Larry Turner




Change is hard, especially for those who benefit from keeping things the way they have always been. However, progress can not be made without change and innovation. It is time for both progress and innovation in Bosque County. Drive through any of our small rural towns and see that 1/3 to 1/2 of all the commercial businesses are empty. Look at the drop in school population and realize that our tax base is shrinking. Without change, we continue to spiral down, to the detriment of everyone who lives here or seeks employment here. Do not sit back and let others make decisions that gravely effect the future growth of Bosque County. Support change and innovation. Support the UNIT ROAD SYSTEM with your vote.

Bosque County Republican Party

505 W. 5th Street Suite 240 Clifton, TX 76634

Janet Jackson, Chairman 254 709 1187

April, 2015 Newsletter

Greetings to All,

Unit Road System Campaign

Instead of our regular April Club Dinner meeting, County Judge Dewey Ratliff, Dan Ahart and team will be hosting seven Town Forums to explain and promote the May 9, ballot initiative: Proposition 2, County Unit Road System. The complete Town Forum schedule is below. We encourage you to bring your friends and family to one or more of these Forums as this is a positive move for the county to bring efficiency and professionalism to the system. For further information, please go to the website:

Town Forum Schedule

Thursday   April 2 7 pm Laguna Park, West Shore VFD

Tuesday    April 7 6:30 Lakeside Village VFD

Thursday   April 9 7 pm Valley Mills ‘Old City Hall”

Tuesday    April 14 7 pm Meridian Civic Center

Thursday   April 16 7 pm Walnut Springs, Museum Annex on Hwy 927

Tuesday    April 21 7 pm Clifton Civic Center

Thursday   April 23 7 pm Cranfills Gap Community Center

Poll watching for local elections

Have you ever questioned the manner in which a local election was conducted?  Many times, questions are asked about proper Secretary of State procedures. Every registered voter has the legal right to observe Early and Election Day voting processes. To do so, you must fill out a “Certificate of Appointment for Poll Watchers” which will be presented to the Election Administrator of either the City, ISD or County. Have a copy of this appointment to present to the election judge where you plan to observe. There are strict rules that apply to this process, so I will be conducting “Poll Watching Classes” over the next 2 weeks as requested. My contacts are on the heading of this letter if you would like instruction on this.

Local Elections, Polling Places and Dates

Early voting for the May elections will be held from April 27 through May 5 with the General election on Saturday May 9. This happens to be Mother’s Day week end, so if you plan to leave town or have visitors in, PLEASE VOTE EARLY 

The Bosque County ballot initiatives’ Early voting will be at the Courthouse from 8 am to 5 pm. Election day, all 11 polling locations will be open from 7am to 7pm.

Check with your City Administrator and ISD Secretaries for times and locations of City, School Board  and ISD Bond elections, which are on a separate ballot from the County, with early voting at separate locations. These elections are very important, do not forget to VOTE VOTE VOTE.

New Commentary Page

I have added a new Commentary page to our website for the occasional letter or discourse that I believe would be of interest to our readers. The first one is from a presentation that Ricky Richards gave to the March meeting of the Bosque County Republican Club.  I hope you will take the time to read this and realize that it is a Mighty Call to Action.


March 2015 Newsletter


Please join us for our Tuesday March 17 dinner meeting at the Clifton Civic Center. The doors will open at 6:30, dinner at 7:00 and program at 7:30. We will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day so come and enjoy a delicious Wiethorns roast beef and scalloped potato dinner. Festive desserts will be served to celebrate the special day. Please make your reservations to: by Friday March 13 so we can coordinate with the caterer. Your timely response will be greatly appreciated.

Past Club President Ricky Richards will be speaking about the effect the Obama administration has had on the military and Judge Dewey Ratliff will give us a preview of the Unit Road System Campaign.

We are in need of volunteers to step forward and help our small core group with some of the duties and projects that keep this Bosque Republican mojo going. I will have volunteer sheets and explanation of what and who we need to help. Please realize, we did not turn this county red without a great deal of effort. It is time to share the fun.

County Unit Road System goes on May Ballot

The Bosque County Commissioner's Court has approved the petition to place the optional Unit Road System on the May 9 ballot for the citizens of the County to vote on. Judge Dewey Ratliff read the approval from the County Clerk and Tax Assessor that the petition drive led by Dan Ahart supplied a large margin of necessary signatures to place this on the ballot. 

Commissioner Sammy Leach moved to have the petition request placed on the ballot with a second from Commissioner Ronny Liardon. Commissioners Doug Day and Durwood Koonsman voted against letting the voters make the decision by public vote. The deciding vote was cast by Judge Dewey Ratliff to approve the ballot initiative and place it on the May ballot.

The Commissioner's Court in this action were not approving or instituting the new system, they were approving the right of the County voters to make the decision. We are very appreciative of this action by Commissioners Leach and Liardon along with Judge Ratliff which gives the citizens of Bosque County a say in our local government.

We would like to thank the many people who were instrumental in the petition drive for their time and efforts. Starting in mid March a series of information articles will be published in the local papers. Throughout April, seven publicized Town Halls throughout the County will be held for the purpose of explaining the system and addressing any possible opposition to the system. These Town Halls led by Judge Ratliff will give everyone on both sides of the issue an opportunity to address their concerns and viewpoints, so please plan to attend the one in your community. A schedule will be published in the next few weeks.

On March 9  the website will go live with reports and information from state agencies along with counties who have adopted and either kept or reversed their use of the system, with explanations on why or why it did not work. I suggest  you use these and other official sites rather than undocumented sources such as facebook postings that are often more emotional than factual. 

Stay tuned 

Please note, the Bosque Republican Club will NOT meet in February. The scheduled Club dinner meetings for 2015 will be March, April, May, September, October and November. However there will be a great deal of activity throughout the year with the Party as we work on the UNIT ROAD SYSTEM initiative which will be on the May ballot. Throughout April there will be at least 6 Town Hall meetings to explain and discuss this move toward a more efficient County Government, lead by Judge Dewey Ratliff. Stay tuned for dates and places.

50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War

On behalf of the Kopperl Independent School District, Kopperl, Texas, we would like to announce our “Second Annual Valentines for Veterans” event, scheduled for Friday, February 13, 2015, at 12:30 in our new gym.  Kopperl I.S.D. is the first total school district in our nation to be an official “Commemorative Partner” for the “50thCommemoration of the Vietnam War” program, which is under the direction of the Department of Defense. 

We would like to invite as many Veterans of Vietnam and their families as possible to attend, as well as any interested Americans who would like to show honor to our Veterans of Vietnam and their families (including our POW and MIA Veterans and their families).

We are extremely honored to have as our guest-speaker Ambassador Sichan Siv, a native of Cambodia, who escaped the killing fields of Cambodia in 1976 by making his first literal jump to begin his journey to freedom on Friday the 13th (an anniversary we are noting this year on another Friday the 13th).  Ambassador Siv, now an American citizen, plans a presentation of approximately 40 minutes and a book signing to follow for his book about his life, Golden Bones (available for adults to purchase, paperback for $17.00 and hardback for $27.00).

tentative schedule follows:

12:30 – 12:40      Students (grades 5 – 12) arrive in gym

12:40 – 1:00        Welcome and Introductions (may need more time due to possible number of guests attending)

  1:00 – 1:40         Presentation by Ambassador Siv

  1:40 – 1:50         Question and Answer Time

  1:50 – 2:00         Battlefield Cross Explanation by Major Gary Urban, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

  2:00 – 2:15         Student Greetings of Veterans and Ambassador Siv

  2:15 – 3:00         Book Signing

  3:00 – 4:00         Veterans’ Visitation time with Ambassador Siv in the school library

Season’s Greetings to all,

Although there are no Club meetings in December and January, we have many Party activities which we hope you will enjoy and participate in.

Headquarters Open House

Join us Monday December 15 from 12:00 to 2:00 for a Republican Party HQ Open House.

505 W. 5th Street in Clifton, second floor of the Citizens Bank Building. Enjoy light lunch snacks and as a special treat the Clifton High School Jazz Band will be presenting a swing band era concert on the first floor. We have started our petition drive for the Unit Road System to be on the May ballot, so come by, have a snack, hear some great music, sign the petition and visit with friends.

County Office Swearing In

On Friday January 2 at 10:00 the first ever All Republican County slate of elected officials will be sworn in at the County Courthouse in Meridian. The Bosque Republican Club and Party will host a reception following the ceremonies. Please join us and celebrate this new era in Bosque County administration.

State Office Swearing In

On Tuesday January 13 our new District 58 House Representative will be sworn in at the State House in Austin at 12:00 noon. We are planning a caravan to go down and support our State Rep DeWayne Burns who won with a whopping 80% of the vote. Mr. Burns will be serving us for the next 2 years in this position which entails a great deal of sacrifice to his time and family. Let’s show him our support on this special day.

Bosque Republican Club Fundraiser

Save the Date Saturday January 17

I think it goes without saying, the Bosque Republican Club and Party have been hard at work this year resulting in our first ever total Republican slate in County Office. The campaign activities have been in high gear all year with many volunteers giving their time and resources to the effort. Without the permanent Headquarters this would be a very difficult job. The HQ is a hub of activity, coordination and execution of campaigns and initiatives. We have another full year ahead of us and then this time next year filing will open for the next cycle. Please help us sustain this important office by joining us for our Party Fundraiser at the Bosque Arts Center at 6 pm. It will be an entertaining evening with dinner, great entertainment and fun auction items. Bill and Sue Watson have donated a Creole Dinner with wine for 12 at their beautiful home in Meridian. Rowland Jackson is offering a round of golf for 4 with dinner and drinks at Ridgewood Country Club in Waco. If you would like to donate something for the auction, please contact me.

Thank you for all your support this year, your participation has been greatly appreciated. Please contact me with any concerns, questions or if you are ready to volunteer some time with us this year.

Janet Jackson

Appeals Court Reinstates Texas Voter ID Law
AUSTIN, Texas — Oct 14, 2014, 5:29 PM ET
By JIM VERTUNO Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated Texas' tough voter ID law for the November election, which the U.S. Justice Department had condemned as the state's latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout.

The ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocks last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi, who determined the law unconstitutional and similar to a poll tax designed to dissuade minorities from voting.

The 5th Circuit did not rule on the merits of the law; instead, it determined it's too late to change the rules for the upcoming election. Early voting starts Oct. 20.


Bosque County Republican Club Meeting

Tuesday October 21  Clifton Civic Center

doors open 6:30  Bunkhouse BBQ at 7:00

It's a Pep Rally for November 4 !

Contact Dan Ahart for dinner reservations

254 644 1412

Early voting at the Meridian Courthouse October 20 - 31   8 am to 5 pm

Election Day Tuesday November 4 at the following locations 7 am to 7pm


            Voter Precinct #1 – Iredell | Iredell City Hall

            Voter Precinct #2 – Walnut Springs | Walnut Springs City Hall

            Voter Precinct #3 – Meridian Civic Center

            Voter Precinct #4 – Meridian Civic Center

            Voter Precinct #5 – Lakeside Community Center

            Voter Precinct #6 – Laguna Park | West Shore Community Center

            Voter Precinct #7 – Cranfills Gap | Cranfills Gap Community Center

            Voter Precinct #8 – Clifton Civic Center

            Voter Precinct #9 – Clifton Civic Center

            Voter Precinct #10 – Valley Mills| Valley Mills Old City Hall

            Voter Precinct #11 – Cayote | Cayote Community Center

Tuesday September 16 BCRC meeting was very special with Senator Brian Birdwell and Pastor Rafael Cruz who were join onstage with our Bosque County Republican candidates. Front row: Jeff Hightower JP1, Ronny Liardon Commissioner 4, Tab Ferguson County Clerk, Juanita Miller District Clerk, Pastor Cruz, Senator Birdwell, Jaimie Zander JP 2,Back row: Janet Jackson, Dewey Ratliff County Judge, Phil Robertson District Judge and Cheryl Neiemier County Treasurer. And of course Chad the Party mascot.

Join the Bosque County Republican Club for an evening with Senator Brian Birdwell and Pastor Rafael Cruz. The event will be held on Tuesday September 16 at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton. Doors open at 6:30, dinner at 7:00. Reservations for the $12.00 dinner fee may be made with Dan Ahart at 254 644 1412 or  A portion of the dinner proceeds will go to the Jeff Hightower for JP Campaign. If you would like to attend without dinner, please call for a reservation so we will have seating available.

Rafael Cruz is a powerful example of the American Dream. Born in Cuba, Rafael lived and suffered under a cruel, oppressive dictator. He began fighting Batista’s regime as a teenager and was imprisoned and tortured simply because he wanted to be free. Rafael arrived in Texas in 1957 with nothing but the clothes on his back and one hundred dollars sewn into his underwear. He got a job as a dishwasher, making 50 cents an hour, and worked his way through the University of Texas, while learning English. Rafael Cruz became active in conservative politics as a grassroots activist during the 1980 Presidential Campaign of Ronald Reagan. His son, Ted Cruz, is the newly elected U.S. Senator from Texas


Successful Celebration and Fundraiser

 very special THANK YOU goes out to Jack and Nancy Harvard for hosting our celebration for Judge Dewey Ratliff and fundraiser for Commissioner Candidate Ronny Liardon. The event was held at their beautiful Texas Safari Ranch in the Old West Town Saloon. The venue was terrific and is available for anyone to rent for a special occasion or party, see the website at I would also like to thank our many volunteers, especially Kathy Dellert who helped organize and host the event. We had asked folks to bring pies to auction for the fundraiser and boy howdy did we get a bumper crop. Thank you to all who brought the pies and designer cupcakes by Linda Liardon and to those generous folks who bought them and then shared them with the nearly 90 guests. We have aA terrific community of activists here in Bosque and I am very proud to be a part of this organization.


Town Hall with Congressman Roger Williams

Tuesday August 19th at 7pm Meridian Civic Center

Congressman Williams' 2011 TV campaign known as the "Donkey Whisperer" went viral nationally that summer and was rated as one of the top 5 political campaigns in the country. Since then our District 25 U.S. Congressman has served us well with a strong Conservative voice in Washington. Williams is seeking a second term  in office which the Bosque County Republican Party fully endorses and is proud to have him as our candidate. Join us for a Town Hall in lieu of our regular monthly dinner. Light refreshments and drinks will be served by the Bosque Republican Club. Come one come all, he is everyone's Congressman !

Texas Safari Ranch Celebration
       Saturday July 26        from 6 to 9 pm

We are celebrating the nomination and appointment of the first Republican County Judge in Bosque County.... Judge Dewey Ratliff.

We need to give him a strong conservative Commissioners Court, so help us

raise campaign funds for Commissioner 4 candidate  Ronny Liardon.

This is a covered dish supper and we will supply the fried chicken and iced tea.

Bring a side dish to share with the crowd. There will be a PIE AUCTION to raise money for the Liardon campaign so bring a pie or be ready to buy one and we will share all the pies for dessert. Please contact Dan Ahart to let us know you are coming at 254 644 1412 or

Primary Run off Results

Lt. Governor             Dan Patrick

Attorney General    Ken Paxton

Ag Commissioner  Sid Miller

RR Commissioner  Ryon Sitton

HD 58 Rep               DeWayne Burns


Tuesday May 27, 2014     7am - 7pm

Bosque Precincts 1 - 6 vote at the Meridian Civic Center

Bosque Precincts 7 - 11 vote at the Clifton Civic Center

For Lt. Governor  -  David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick

Attorney General - Dan Branch and Ken Paxton

Commissioner of Agriculture - Sid Miller and Tommy Merritt

Railroad Commissioner - Ryon Sitton and Wayne Christian

HouseDistrict58  -Philip Eby and DeWayne Burns

Rob Orr Appreciation Dinner

Tuesday April 15   Clifton Civic Center   6:30

Rep. Orr has been recognized by the Texas Association of Business with both its Champion and Fighter for Free Enterprise Awards for his pro-business and pro-Texas voting record, by Texas Right to Life with its 2011 Defender of Life Recognition, the Texas Nurse Practitioners with its 2010 Texas Nurse Practitioner Advocate Award, the Heritage Alliance with its Conservative Leader Award, the Texas Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies with its Hero of Affordable Housing Award, the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association and by the Texas Association of Realtors for his support of property rights.

Join us on our regular meeting night for a special tribute to our 5 term State Representative before his retirement at the end of this year. Rob Orr has been a friend and advocate for Bosque County for over a decade and it has been our privilege to have him represent us in Austin.

Dan has arranged a special steak dinner for the evening at our regular $12. price.  Please be diligent in making your reservations by Friday April 11 by emailing Dan Ahart at or call 254 644 1412.

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County Convention & Resolutions

The Bosque Republican County Convention was held on Saturday March 22 at the Courthouse in Meridian.  Delegates were elected to attend the State Convention in Ft Worth June 5-7. The following resolutions from the Precinct conventions were adopted and have been sent to the State committee for consideration of adoption to the RPT Platform.


Be it resolved by the BCRP of Texas, that the General Land Office respect the ‘hallowed ground of the Alamo’ and what it means to the people of Texas by withdrawing its support for the designation of the Alamo and its associated Franciscan missions as a ‘Work Heritage Site’ and give due diligence to always maintaining control of these historical sites in Texas hands.



Be it resolved that the BCRP of Texas, calls upon the U.S. Congress to oppose and vote against any and all ‘Trade Promotion Authority’ measures and to fulfill its obligation to preserve our national independence and our American jobs and prosperity by opposing and voting against the TPP and the TTIP, and any future pacts of the ilk.



BE IT RESOLVED by the Bosque County Republican Party of Texas that the next legislature of the State of Texas debate on the merits and dangers of a called Article V Constitutional Convention, State Nullification and any other rightful remedies to be exercised by the legislature for any and all unconstitutional usurpations by the federal government.  



BE IT RESOLVED, that the Bosque County Republican Party of Texas reaffirms the right of the individual United States citizens to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution, and opposes any and all legislation which would restrict that right, including international treaties.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that all federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders , court orders, rules, and regulations, whether past, present or future, which infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and by Article 1, Section 23 of the Texas Constitution, shall be invalid in Texas, shall not be recognized by Texas, shall be specifically rejected by Texas, and shall be null and void and of no effect in Texas.



BE IT RESOLVED by the Bosque County Republican Party of Texas that restitution should be instituted so that the victims of crime are compensated by those who perpetrate crimes against them for injuries and losses to their person and private property.


BE IT RESOLVED, that the Bosque County Republican Party of Texas maintains its Right-To-Work Law. 




BE IT RESOLVED, that the Bosque County Republican Party of Texas opposes a state income tax and the imposition of any new kinds of taxes or additional tax increases on the State or local levels. 


BE IT RESOLVED, that the Bosque County Republican Party of Texas calls upon Congress to repeal ObamaCare allowing the free enterprise system to operate effectively


Vote in May 27th Runoff Election

I know it seems like we just voted, and we did. But, there is another important election on May 27 to select the Republican candidate for our Texas House of Representatives. In the run off are Philip Eby and DeWayne Burns. Also in the run off, please do your homework and investigate the following:

For Lt. Governor  -  David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick
Attorney General - Dan Branch and Ken Paxton
Commissioner of Agriculture - Sid Miller and Tommy Merritt
Railroad Commissioner - Ryon Sitton and Wayne Christian

If you are not already registered to vote, please take care of that immediately. The deadline to register to vote in the May 27 Primary Election Runoff is Monday, April 28! You may vote in the runoff unless you voted in the Democratic Primary. Contact your County Elections office for assistance. Remember, you are not registered to vote until you have completed an application and it is received by your County Voter Registrar.
If you have questions about your voter registration status, contact your county Elections Office
Following are important election dates.
April 28 Last Day to Register to Vote in Primary Runoff
May 16 Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
May 19-23 Early Voting
May 27 Primary Election Runoff Day & last day to receive Ballot by Mail

First Republican Bosque County Judge

Congratulations to Dewey Ratliff, appointed as the first Republican Bosque County Judge. Dewey won the Republican Primary with no Democrat on the November ballot. With the resignation of Judge Cole Word on Friday March 7th, it fell to the Commissioner's Court to vote and appoint an interim Judge to serve the remainder of Judge Word's term. The Court met in regular session on Monday March 10 and made the appointment. District Judge Phil Robertson had the honor of swearing in the new Judge.