Secular Coalition for Texas Monthly Conference Call

Location

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 15:00 - 15:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America - Texas Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Tuesday, November 27 at 2pm CT

 

Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at Texas chapter page at secular.org
  • Explanation of conference call style and recording
    • No one is required to speak up, but there will be opportunities to do so.
  • Thank you for joining us for the Secular Coalition for Texas monthly conference call!
  • The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c)(4) representing secular and nontheistic Americans.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is working to make sure that we are heard on Capitol Hill. We fight in Washington DC against religious privileging on a federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state level.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country to bring together secular and nontheistic Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.

 

State Government Update - November Elections Wrap Up
  • U.S. Senate
    • Ted Cruz (R) won the seat formerly held by Kay Bailey Hutchinson 
  • U.S. House
    • Texas gained 4 seats after the 2010 census
    • All 36 Texas seats in the U.S. House were up for election
    • Republican Party gained 1 seat and now hold 24 of the 36
    • Democratic Party gained 3 seats and now hold 12 of the 36
  • State Senate
    • All 31 seats were up for election
    • Republican Party maintained a 19-12 majority
  • State House of Representatives
    • All 150 seats were up for election
    • Republican Party lost 5 seats, but still holds a 95-55 majority
  • Texas State Board of Education
    • 9 candidates who felt textbooks that do not teach the "weaknesses" of evolution should be rejected by the board
      • DEFEATED:
        • District 1 Charlie Garza, El Paso (incumbent) DEFEATED
        • District 3 David Williams, San Antonio DEFEATED
      • WON: (watch out for)
        • District 5 Ken Mercer, San Antonio (incumbent)
        • District 6 Donna Bahorich, Houston 
        • District 7 David Bradley, Beaumont Buna (incumbent) 
        • District 8 Barbara Cargill, The Woodlands, (incumbent, SBOE chair) 
        • District 10 Tom Maynard, Florence 
        • District 12 Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, Dallas 
        • District 15 Marty Rowley, Amarillo
      • Candidates who WON who agree with teaching evolution: (work with)
        • District 4 Dorothy Olmos, Houston 
        • District 13 S.T. Russell, Dallas
    • 11 candidates that strongly agree or agree that the Ten Commandments should be displayed in public school buildings:
      • DEAFEATED:
        • District 1 Charlie Garza, El Paso (incumbent) 
        • District 2 Laurie Turner, Corpus Christi 
        • District 3 David Williams, San Antonio 
        • District 4 Dorothy Olmos, Houston 
      • WON: (watch out for)
        • District 5 Ken Mercer, San Antonio (incumbent) 
        • District 6 Donna Bahorich, Houston 
        • District 7 David Bradley, Beaumont Buna (incumbent) 
        • District 8 Barbara Cargill, The Woodlands, (incumbent, SBOE chair)
        • District 10 Tom Maynard, 
        • District 12 Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, Dallas 
        • District 15 Marty Rowley, Amarillo 
      • Candidates who WON who disagree with posting commandments (work with)
        • District 13 S.T. Russell, Dallas

Issues/Events

  • American Atheists 2013 National Covention
    • Austin, TX
    • March 28-31, 2013
    • Executive Director Edwina Rogers speaking Friday March 29th
  • Any issues or events happening in Texas?

Chapter Development Status
  • Leadership
    • Executive Committee 
Position First Name Last Name
Co-chair Brian Walker
Co-chair Steve Bratteng
Legislative chair Terry McDonald
Co-media Donna Swafford
Co-media Kevin Butler
General EC member Sam Elliott
General EC member Drew Convery
General EC member Olfa Hamdi
General EC member Michael  Van Strien
General EC member Brian Stacey
General EC member Paul  Elliott
Media back up Matt Dillahunty
General EC member Nick Lee
Wrap Up
  • What the SCA is doing until the next call:
    • Getting resources in place
    • Researching technologies to assist in chapter coordination
  • What you can do:
    • Email Brian or Steve if interested in leadership or volunteering
    • Sign up on our website to receive info and updates
    • Check out the Texas chapter page for updates
    • Like the Secular Coalition for Texas Facebook page
    • Spread the word!
Contact Information Thank You!
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