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. Janet Jackson,  Bosque County Chairman

    Let's Get Busy & KEEP TEXAS RED


Ok .... It's Wednesday the 23rd ....
              so run your flags back up to full mast ...

                                   May 19, 2018

                    FLAG                                                ALERT

Presidential proclamation 

   honoring the victims of the tragedy 

   in Santa Fe, Texas:

Our Nation grieves with those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.  May God heal the injured and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims’ families.  As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on May 18, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, May 22, 2018.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.



HEY everyone ....
Take a look at the next tab over ... The State Convention and Our State Republican Platform. 

Putting this out there for you to think about and voice your opinion about our Future ....

               DON'T BE SILENT


Clifton ISD Board Candidate Forum

Tuesday April 17,  7 pm

Clifton Civic Center

With BCRC President, Ricky Richards and Newspaper editor, 
Brett Voss moderating, this is your opportunity to meet and listen to the 
Clifton ISD candidates, 2 of which will be elected and instrumental in the 
direction of the Clifton ISD. With typical single digit turnout for an ISD election 
and so much at stake, it is time to engage and actually learn who is best suited
for these positions. Please join us, no reservations needed, light refreshments. 


Micki Evans

Sandra Talbert

Jay Sparkman



Low turnout and large Democrat crossover vote in Bosque

         for the March 6, 2018 Primary follows state trend.  

In Bosque, excluding results from Precinct 6, voters using the Republican Ballot totaled 3,482 and those using the Democratic ballot were 490. Roughly a 29%

total turnout with traditional Republicans lagging far behind. 

Local Primary results:

District Judge:Shaun Carpenter  *  County Judge: Don Pool  

County Court at Law: Luke Giesecke  * Districk Clerk: Juanita Miller

County Clerk: Tab Ferguson * County Treasurer: Carla Sigler

Commissioner Pct.2: Terry Townley * Commissioner Pct. 4 : Ronny Liardon

JP Pct 1: Jeff Hightower * JP Pct 2: Jaime Zander

For State Results go to: 


Senator Brian Birdwell

to speak at BCRC Club Meeting.

Tuesday February 20, Clifton Civic Center.

Dinner will be catered by China Wok restaurant. Reservations can be made by emailing: or

you may leave a message at 254 326 1170.

You must make reservations for the meal which will be $12, paid at the door.

Club memberships are also due which may be taken care of at the meeting. If you would like to be on our email list, send a note to


We had to reschedule because it almost snowed !

Candidate Filing for the 2018 Republican Primary is over

 and verified. Check out our candidates on our "Candidate"

  page. Come and meet the candidates at our Tuesday 

 January  23, BCRC meeting at the Meridian Civic Center.

  Doors will open at 6:30. Dinner reservations can be made

 by leaving a message at the HQ 254 326 1170.

Dinner will be $12 at the door with reservations.


Bosque Republican Club

Dinner meeting and program with

Senator Brian Birdwell

Rep. DeWayne Burns

Tuesday September 19

Clifton Civic Center

call 254 326 1170

for reservations


Come show your support for the

Ground Breaking Ceremony for the

Bosque County Law Enforcement Center

June 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

266 FM 2840  Meridian


  Bosque Republican Club 
Meeting & Dinner

Tuesday May 16, 2017   

Clifton Civic Center

Islam, a Clash of Civilizations

Guest speaker Chuck Wilson

State Republican Executive Committeeman

Chuck is currently a businessman living in Waco, where he was born and raised. After graduating with a Masters Degree in Business from Baylor University, he entered the Central Intelligence Agency working his way up from case officer to deputy chief of station in Sudan. He and his unit won a presidential citation and Human Intelligence Collector of the Year for their role in the 1994 capture of international terrorist Carlos the Jackal. Carlos the Jackal became famous following the 1975 raid on OPEC headquarters in Vienna, where he held 11 OPEC ministers hostage. Carlos masterminded several fatal bomb attacks, kidnappings and assassinations. Chuck and his unit also won a Meritorious Unit Citation for work in support of the first Gulf War. His final assignment was as Deputy Chief in the CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Center dealing with Islamic Extremist issues. Drawing on his first hand experiences, Chuck speaks with a mastery of Islamic history, cultural norms, geopolitical nuance and current events about America’s relationship with the Islamic world, which he describes as a Clash of Civilizations.
                                 Make Reservations here:  Eventbrite reservation and payment
or call the BCRP HQ at 254 326 1170 and leave a message with names of each person attending
Cancellations need to be made at the HQ message center by Sunday May 14
or remit $12 per person not attending to cover our cost o the Caterer.

BCRC Dinner Meeting : Tuesday May 16, 2017
Clifton Civic Center    Doors open at 6:30
Dinner at 7:00 with program at 7:30
Weithorns will be catering with Taco Salad bowls,
all the fixings, cobbler & Ice tea.  $12.


The Texas Legislature is in session. 

To keep up with current and pending legislation, go to:

The Bosque Republican Club will kick off the new year with a very important program for the Tuesday March 21 meeting and dinner. Sheriff Anthony Malott and District Attorney Adam Sibley  will be discussing "The State of Bosque Safety". Area Police Chiefs have also been invited to be on hand for specific questions.

Because this is a topic of concern for everyone, the Club will be offering child care for up to 10 children with complimentary dinner, play time and or homework help for the children. The program is over by 8:00 so as not to interfere with bedtime. For childcare reservations, just respond to this email with number of children and ages. We have a capacity for 10 (we even change diapers) so reserve early. We encourage our young families to take advantage of this and come hear this important program. 

Dinner is $12 per person, payable at the door, with a catfish and chicken strip dinner catered by Onsite Catering. The Doors open at 6:00 and dinner will be at 6:30 to accommodate our younger families this month. Join us at the newly renovated Clifton Civic Center on Tuesday March 21 and even if it rains, it will be dry inside ! We need your reservations for the Catering count so please register by Friday March 17.

then go to the green register tab on the right

The 3 Rs  for Scholarship

Ricky Richards, Ronny Liardon and Randy Benfer have created the Bosque Republican Club Scholarship Committee. They are distributing applications to all  Bosque High Schools and Home School Networks for an essay contest titled "What I would do to, Make America Great Again". Graduating Seniors may submit an essay by April 28  for consideration. The essays should be on topic and between 200 to 300 words. The 3 Rs will be on hand at the March meeting for contributions or you may mail a check to: Bosque Republican Club  / 505 W. 5th St. Suite 240 / Clifton 76634. Mark your check: Scholarship.


Thank you, to all our Patrons and Attendees for making the Deplorable's Ball a success​!
We are all set to begin our new year at the Bosque Republican Party Headquarters, getting
ready for the next round of elections which begin this Fall with candidate filing. If you or someone 
you know is interested in running for Public or Party office , please give me a call or email.

Next Bosque Republican Club Dinner meeting will be Tuesday March 21,
Clifton Civic Center at 6:00 with a program on the State of Bosque Safety
with Sheriff Anthony Malott, D.A. Adam Sibley and local Police Chiefs.

To facilitate our younger adults  attending, we will be offering child care,
complete with complimentary "Kid's dinner" games and or homework help.
Details will be sent out the first of March for reservations.

The Tuesday May 16 Bosque Republican Club Meeting will also be held
at the Clifton Civic Center at 7:00 with a very important program,
Islamism: Americas Next Challenge
Presented by Former CIA Agent and 
State Republican Executive Committeeman, Chuck Wilson


Dear Friends,

Here we are in the final stretch of the elections. Please promote a Straight Party Ticket and Early Voting to all your friends and neighbors.

Instead of an October meeting for the Bosque Republican Club, we are asking everyone to visit us on Saturday October 15 in Downtown Clifton at Fall Fest. There will be a Candidate's Booth with campaign signs, literature, shirts and hats available. Come by and say hello to our candidates. Remember our 2 local contested candidates are: 
                                   County Judge Don Pool and County Treasurer Carla Sigler.

Help us  honor the late County Judge Dewey Ratliff,  by  supporting  the Ratliff Family Education Trust at Fall Fest


Do you want to help TRUMP from Home ?  Here is how:

The Trump campaign is rolling out an exciting new online phone from home tool called Trump Talk. 

Texas volunteers will be able to call voters in battleground states and help Trump win. 

Volunteers can sign up at

Once volunteers create an account, they should get an email to verify their information.

After clicking the link, they should also receive another email with their log in info. 

Volunteers can then log in and get started calling after reviewing a brief tutorial. 


Congressman Roger Williams

Tuesday August 16,  7:00 pm

Meridian Civic Center

No reservations needed as this is a Town Hall open to everyone.

Dinner will not be served

Now more than ever, you will want a first hand accounting of the business in Washington D.C.


   In Remembrance

Bosque County Judge Dewey Ratliff

I am so deeply saddened by the loss of Dewey as a friend and as a Community leader. As a political Party Chairman, you hope that someone will step forward to run for, and take office with the spirit of selfless dedication and the charge of doing what is best and prudent for the community. As I told Simone Voss with the newspaper, Dewey first visited me in 2013 to discuss filing for office as County Judge. He made it very clear that he was not a politician and had no interest in being a politician. Dewey was a Public Servant in the truest sense of those words. Throughout his professional life, he served as a volunteer fireman and EMS and for 10 years was the Bosque Emergency Management Coordinator.

Dewey came to office with a strong background in Business administration, bolstered by an MBA from Note Dame and an extensive history in business management. That is what he brought to his position professionally. But above all else that impressed me and so many others, Dewey came to the table with a spiritual faith and dedication to living his life with committed and strong Christian values.

During the latter part of his illness, I would visit Dewey and take him a chocolate milkshake that he favored so much. On one of these visits he told me with a sweet smile that he regretted so deeply not being able to live longer to be with his cherished wife Julie and to be able to teach his children how to live, but he intended to teach them how to die. Dewey gave us a master class in death with grace and God. He never pitied himself, he was grateful for each day and above all he looked forward to meeting his heavenly Host.

I am grateful for knowing Dewey as a friend and having had the opportunity to work with someone of his true and sterling character. I know he is at peace now and so well deserved.

           Janet Jackson


 Daniel Yguerabide was elected as a Delegate to the National Convention !

Let's help fund his trip as he represents Texas in Cleveland !

Bosque County Primary Election Results


Primary Election Day Tuesday March 1

Bosque Polling locations

#1 – Iredell – Iredell City Hall, 218 South Eastland Street 

#2 – Walnut Springs City Hall, 4126 Third Street 

#3 – Meridian – Meridian Civic Center, 309 West River Street 

#4 – Meridian – Meridian Civic Center, 309 West River Street

#5 – Lakeside – Lakeside Community Center, 136 CR 1275

#6 – Laguna Park – Community Center, 560 FM 3118 

#7– Cranfills Gap – Community Center, 312 North 3rd Street 

#8 – Clifton –Civic Center, 403 West 3rd Street 

#9 – Clifton –Civic Center, 403 West 3rd Street 

#10 – Valley Mills – Old City Hall, 107 South 4th Street 

#11 – Cayote – Cayote Community Center, 3339 FM 56 

Precinct Conventions will be held on Tuesday March 15 in conjunction with the Bosque Republican Club monthly meeting. Doors open at 6:00,

Precinct Conventions at 6:30 with dinner to follow. Please make your 

reservations at:

Clifton Civic Center


Last night at the Meridian Civic Center, the two candidates for House Rep. Dist. 58 participated in a Candidate Forum moderated by local Newspaper editor, Brett Voss. We are very grateful to Mr. Voss for lending his time and expertise in forums and debates for the event. Bosque Club President Dan Ahart and Club Secretary Jackie Dukes Strey were instrumental in organizing the event. A special thank you to Matt and Miriam Wallace for bringing in the great sound system and music and the wonderful treat of hearing Miriam sing the National Anthem. We are blessed with so many talented and generous people in our community. Many County Contested Candidates were on hand for an introduction and an opportunity to say hello to the Bosque voters. Thank you to all who were able to attend.

Our dear friend and Bosque Party Secretary, Ginny Svach is currently in Houston at MD Anderson undergoing treatment for Leukemia, you can send her your well wishes and prayers to her facebook page: Virginia Rang Svach. Ginny and her husband Lou have been a cornerstone of our Party operation as well as the sweet side of the office for many years. Our prayers are with her and Lou as she undergoes treatment. 

Tuesday February 16, Clifton Civic Center

Bosque Republican Club

County Contested Candidate Showcase 

We have moved our previously announced February 9  Bosque Republican Club meeting to the 16th to accommodate the Candidate Forum in Laguna Park on the 9th.  You will receive a  reservation notice the week before. Dinner will be catered by Weithorns of Valley Mills and arranged by our new Hospitality Chairman, Scott Layne.

Election dates

Early Voting begins February 16  - 26 at the Courthouse

Primary -   March 1st at all Bosque Polling locations


Congressman Roger Williams

Thursday January 21 at 2:00

Bosque Courthouse in Meridian
Lets take this opportunity to thank Roger for
his "NAY" vote on the  recent Omnibus Bill and hear about important upcoming legislation. We have a Representative who actually listens to his constituents so don't miss this visit !



Republican Ballot 

Placement Drawing

for the March Primary

will be held at the Bosque Courthouse

Tuesday December 22 at 4:00

Candidates do not need to be present 

but are encouraged to attend.

Ballot placement results will be immediately posted on this website.



Thank you to all who supported the November Event with Senator Birdwell & Allen West.

To download photos go to:   

To see our Veterans' photos go to the Photo Gallery on this site.



Thank you to State Representative DeWayne Burns for an informative October BCRC meeting program on upcoming Constitutional Amendment elections and the latest on the 84th Legislation regarding Texas water rights.

Representative Burns announced his bid for re election to the State House in 2016.



Republican Party of Texas State Chairman

Tom Mechler

to visit Bosque County at September 15 BCRC 

monthly dinner & meeting in Clifton

September News & Club Meeting


Campaigns are heating up as we launch into the 2016 election cycle. We are very fortunate to have the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Tom Mechler, join us as keynote speaker for our Tuesday September 15 Club meeting and dinner. Details are at the bottom of the page. Chairman Mechler has been traveling the State and attending RNC meetings across the country in preparation for this very important election year. We think his insights will be of special interest to our attendees and encourage you to attend.

We are pleased to have the first Bosque County State Representative’s office here in Clifton in decades, at the Chamber of Commerce office. The ribbon cutting was well attended on August 18, followed by a Town Hall in Meridian with Congressman Roger Williams and State Representative DeWayne Burns. We are grateful for the time each of these elected officials spend in our little county visiting City Council, EDC, Farm Bureau and a host of other meetings.

Let’s kick this election cycle off with a great meeting on the 15th.

Be sure to register to come and bring a friend or two with you !

                                                                 RPT State Chairman Tom Mechler to speak

Tuesday September 15, Clifton Civic Center, 403 W. 3rd St.

Doors open at 6:30, dinner at 7:00, program 7:30

Catering by China Wok, $12 at the door, RSVP required

Leave a message at 254 326 1170 with number & names of guests or send reply to:

Your response by Friday September 11 will be greatly appreciated.



In lieu of a Bosque Club meeting in August, please join us for the following events:

Town Hall with Congressman Williams, 

Senator Birdwell & Representative Burns

Congressman Roger Williams, Senator Brian Birdwell and State Representative DeWayne Burns will host a Bosque County Town Hall on Tuesday August 18 at the Meridian Civic Center, 309 W. River Road in Meridian at 7:00. No reservations are necessary, the public is invited.

Congressman Roger Williams stated "I look forward to returning to Bosque County to give an update on what has been happening in Washington D.C. and the U.S. House of Representatives". The Congressman was recently awarded a 100% conservative rating by the American Conservative Union and will be discussing his legislation to reform the tax code,preserve our military and protect the sanctity of life.

Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell Chaired the Senate sub committee on Border Security and was a  member of the Veterans Affairs and Installations Committee.

In his three legislative sessions since being elected in 2010, Birdwell has been consistently heralded as a top conservative leader as a result of his proactive efforts and firm stances on the issues of life, limited government, individual liberties, low taxes, and economic policies which promote jobs, growth and opportunity for the citizens he serves.

State Representative DeWayne Burns just completed his first legislative session where he sat on the Natural Resources, Homeland Security & Public Safety and Natural Resources/ Special Water Districts Committees. Representative Burns was heralded as one of the top 25 conservatives in the House of Representatives by the watchdog group, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.

Ribbon Cutting slated for first Texas House Representative's office in Bosque County

Prior to the Town Hall in Meridian on Tuesday August 18, State Representative DeWayne Burns will host a Ribbon Cutting for the first ever House Representaive's office in Bosque County, it will be located in the Clifton Chamber of Commerce building at 115 N. Avenue D. The Open house will be from 4:00 to 6:00 with the Ribbon Cutting at 5:15.


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.


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