RLC TX Roundtable: Being Republican in the Age of Trump

This week the RLC of Texas hosted a panel discussion on the road ahead for Republicans, both for November and beyond.  The panel covered topics from poverty to messaging to GOTV modeling to outreach and relationship building, from the perspectives of leaders of GOP-related organizations across the spectrum.  We’re proud to have started discussions that will continue long after November as we work together to champion our liberty values.

Watch the discussion here:


Learn more about the panel below:

Jeff LeBlanc – Jeff LeBlanc is one of the leading voices in the Liberty Movement in the Republican Party of Texas. He was born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana. He, his wife and his two children moved to Texas in 1999.  He has worked and served in the grassroots of the party in a number of roles.

Currently, Chairman, Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas
Currently, Republican Precinct Chairman, Pct 10, Dayton TX.
Republican Party of Texas Grassroots Member
State Delegate to the Republican convention 2016
Liberty County Republican Delegate, County Convention, 2016
Past Vice Chairman, Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas
Founder and Past Chairman, Republican Liberty Caucus of CD 36
Delegate Liberty County Republican Convention 2014
State Delegate Republican convention 2014
Member of committee to elect Chuck Meyer for Congress CD 36, 2014
Worked with Terry Holcomb for HD 18 campaign, 2014
Candidate for Precinct Chairman pct. 22, 2014
Precinct Chair of Precinct Convention pct. 22, 2014
District coordinator for Ron Paul Delegates 2012, CD 36
County Coordinator for Ron Paul Delegates 2012, Liberty County
State Delegate in 2012, Liberty County
Liberty County Republican Convention Delegate 2012
Guest and attendee of the RNC Convention 2012, Tampa, FL.
State and National Delegate to the Republican Liberty Caucus Conventions, 2012

Matt Nye – Matt Nye is an innovative entrepreneur and political activist with 24 years of diversified experience in technology, telecommunications, finance, marketing and communications. Nye currently works as Regional Director for Verteks Consulting, a leading provider of voice and data networks for enterprise and government clients in Florida. In addition to his work at Verteks Consulting, Nye has taken on a number of leadership roles in local and national political organizations. He is the Founder and Immediate Past Chair of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida (RLC), the Organizer of the Brevard Tea Parties and the National Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus. As the Organizer of the Brevard Tea Party Nye is a frequently sought expert for local media on subjects like taxes, regulation, waste, fraud, abuse and transparency. In his capacity as National Chairman of the RLC he is frequently interviewed on issues pertaining to national party politics and the role the liberty movement plays in today’s political landscape.

John Baucum – John has been married for two years to his beautiful wife Danielle and they are enjoying starting their life together. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Geography. John’s interest in geography began by traveling with his father across the United States. During his youth, John’s family hosted exchange students from Denmark, Brazil, Spain, and Germany.

Professionally, he works in Information Technology and Geographic Information Systems. As a GIS Support Analyst, John has an eye for detail and the creativity to solve problems. His work has also included consulting jobs at major energy companies in the Houston area. In his spare time, John enjoys collecting election data and doing spatial analysis on voting trends. Technology is a very powerful tool to build networks and spread information. GIS helps to identify areas for targeting and identifying new individuals that are ready to get involved as grassroots activists to change bad laws.

He has served as the President of the Houston Young Republicans in 2014 and 2015. Previously, he was the Treasurer of the Houston Young Republicans and a founding member and former Treasurer of the Houston Republican Liberty Caucus. He is also the current Political Director for Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP). John is active with many other clubs in Houston as he continues to build onto the grassroots network in Harris County and beyond. John has a passion for volunteering and works with many organizations and charities in Houston. He is a precinct chair with the Harris County Republican Party and was appointed by the Houston City Council and Mayor to the Houston Public Safety Advisory Committee.

Art Sisneros – In 2008, Art Sisneros was just an average citizen that paid very little attention to politics or politicians. As he became a student of the Bible, he began to realize that it spoke to all areas of life and particularly to politics in a way that most politicians and even pastors did not. This lead him on a journey of self-education that had as it’s destination a realization that a godly government is one that promotes liberty by limiting itself to the Biblical functions and jurisdiction of the state. Since that time, he has organized several conferences that focus on the Biblical case for a liberty-minded political philosophy including Chalcedon’s Law & Liberty Tour twice and an upcoming Governing God’s Way, blogs about liberty politics from a Christian perspective, and is a liberty activist in local and state politics. He has spoken on the several topics around SE Texas including Doctrine of Lesser Magistrate and Electoral College and blogs at The Blessed Path. He was elected as the representative to the Electoral College for CD36. Art is the former Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of CD36 and currently serves as Chairman of the Liberty County Republican Club. He has worked for multiple campaigns and has over 15 yrs experience in the welding industry. He resides in Dayton, TX with his wife Anne and their 5 children.

Janis Holt – Janis is a proud wife & mom, and a prouder grandmother. She is a conservative Republican, and most importantly for her – a Christian.  She also serves as a School Board Trustee at Silsbee Independent School District, and Vice-President of Campaign Activities at Texas Federation of Republican Women, among her many other activities.

Artemio Temo Muniz – Artemio Muniz also known as Temo, has been a conservative activist ever since graduating from college. His first experience in conservative activism was organizing the Texas grassroots for Alan Keyes for President in 2008. With a degree in Political Science, Temo would go on to create a non profit dedicated to highlighting conservative principles to the urban, cosmopolitan Houston area using community service projects as a way to so introduce the power of private sector help versus government bureaucracy.

As a strategist, activist, media contributor and writer, Temo would become part of Newt Gingrich’s Hispanic Advisory Team, Herman Cain’s Immigration policy team, a speaker for the Leadership Institute, and a participant in many other conservative causes throughout Texas and the nation. Artemio Muniz speaks with passion on the future of conservatism and how it will grow as a movement into all communities in America. Artemio “Temo” Muniz currently serves as a strategist for various political campaigns in Texas. Muniz is currently attending South Texas College of Law and serves as the chairman of the Federation of Hispanic Republicans, an auxiliary of the Republican Party of Texas, and is part of of the Young Republican National Federation Outreach Committee

BIO: Artemio Temo Muniz is known in the conservative movement as a grassroots leader and outspoken defender of immigrants. A first generation American, Muniz has experienced the pursuit of the American dream. As a child, Temo lived in poverty in Houston’s rough Mexican immigrant community, surrounded by gangs and crime. His father worked two jobs to overcome poverty and leave welfare behind for good. Temo did whatever it took, from dumpster diving to find resale items, or selling chips at the park, to unloading cotton bales at the family factory. Temo learned how to pursue the American dream. 

Felicia Cravens, moderator – Felicia has been working in Republican Party politics in Houston and Texas since 1998. She founded the Houston Tea Party Society in 2009, and has been a speaker and trainer for years on the convention process and parliamentary procedure, as well as improving the messaging of Republicans and Liberty Advocates. She blogs at Free Radical Network  and tweets as @somethingfishie.

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Felicia Cravens has been working in Republican Party Politics in Houston and Texas since 1998. She founded the Houston Tea Party Society, and has been a speaker and trainer for years on the convention process and parliamentary procedure, as well as improving the messaging of Republicans and Liberty Advocates. She blogs at Free Radical Network http://freeradicalnetwork.com/ and tweets as @somethingfishie.

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