This page contains a brief description of each of the contributing editors to this blog.
Rudy Cajka is the creator of this blog. He is a political activist and historian currently residing in Denton, Texas. He is an active member of the Denton County Republican Party and has written numerous articles on political and conservative topics for many years. He is a free market conservative and he devotes considerable time analyzing elections and current events.
Rudy Cajka has been a delegate to six Texas Republican Conventions since the year 2000. He is currently the Treasurer of the Denton County Republican Party in Texas, Vice President of the Texas Republican Assembly, PAC Treasurer for the Denton County Republican Assembly and a former President of the Republican Club in Robson Ranch, Denton, Texas.
Rudy Cajka also has many other interests including financial analysis, investing and world travel among others and ocassionally the posts on this blog will reflect those interests.
Shirley is a native Texan, a Christian and a Conservative political activist since her high school days in Waco, Texas. She has also spent many years in Florida, returning to Texas in 1979 following former husband’s retirement from PanAm.
Shirley has a long career working for conservative causes, including:
- Radio Talkhost on “Speak Out Miami” in FL 1974-1979
- Co-hostess with liberal feminist on WCIX-TV, Miami—“To the Point”—1977-1979
- Charter member of Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum 1972
- As president of the Florida Federation of Women for Responsible Legislation she led the successful fight to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment
- Active in Texas Republican politics beginning in 1980
- She led the 1996 GOP state convention floor fight to remove from the platform support for statewide Initiative and Referendum and substitute “Preservation of our republican form of government
- She was elected to the Texas State Republican Executive Committee (SREC ) in 1998 and served till term-limited out in 2006
- She served on the state GOP Platform committee 1998 to 2006 and 2010.
- She currently holds leadership positions in Denton Republican Women’s Club and Denton County Republican Assembly and is a Denton County Republican Precinct Chair
Dianne Edmondson is a native Texan who has lived in Denton County, TX for over 25 years. She is currently the longest-serving Denton County Republican Party Chair and she also is the Executive Director of the Republican National Coalition for life.
Dianne has a long history as an active member of the Denton County Republican Party. Included among her many activities and accomplishments are many local Club offices, Outstanding Volunteer for the DCRP, Tribute to Women Honoree and two-time RNC Women’s Leadership designee. She has managed or volunteered in dozens of GOP campaigns for nearly two decades. Dianne also has served as a delegate to dozens of Republican state conventions and was elected as a National Convention delegate in 2000.
Dianne also has a long history with the Eagle Forum, a national organization founded by Phyllis Schafly which has been leading the pro-family movement since 1972. She has been an Eagle Forum member since 1970’s; a TX Eagle Forum Board member; a Founder of the Tulsa, OK chapter, and has won 2 national Eagle Forum awards (one for OK, one for TX). As a result of her long association with the Eagle Forum and her political experience, Dianne was appointed in 2010 to be the Executive Director of the Republican National Coalition for Life (RNC for Life), an organization dedicated to protect and defend the Republican Party’s principled commitment to legal protection for all innocent human beings, from conception until natural death and to electing conservative pro-life candidates.
Dianne also has been very active in her community of Denton County, Texas. Among her many accomplishments and positions in the community are serving as a past Board member of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, former Chair of the North Central Texas College Technical Advisory Council, and Leadership Denton 1995 Alumni of the Year.
Dianne is a talented writer, an accomplished leader and a leading conservative voice and supporter of pro-life causes and organizations. Founder of (and now retired from) a successful high tech recruiting firm, Dianne also has been a newspaper editor and reporter for various Oklahoma papers. She has three children and six grandchildren, and currently lives with her husband Bob in Corinth, Texas.
Sharron Angle was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Her father worked in the family business, a potato farm in Tulelake, California, until he enlisted in the Navy and fought in WWII. After WWII, her father was called up a second time for the Korean conflict. When Sharron was three, the family moved to Reno, Nevada where they owned and operated a small motel for over 20 years.
Sharron was first elected in 1992 to the Nye County School Board of Trustees. The family moved back to Reno in 1995 and in 1998 she was elected to the Nevada State Assembly where she faithfully served until 2006 fighting for smaller government, lower taxes, and a better Nevada for future generations. She is the past Chair of We the People Nevada PAC that sponsored the Property Tax Restraint Initiative.
A true protector of the Nevada Constitution, Sharron has fought and won judicial battles to protect Nevadan’s constitutional rights. In 2003 while serving as the Minority Whip in the Nevada State Assembly, Sharron challenged the Governor’s proposed massive $800 million tax hike. Supported by Nevada’s constitutional requirement that all tax increases be approved by a two-thirds super majority, battle lines were drawn between the Republicans in the Assembly and the Governor. Sharron and fourteen other courageous Republicans consistently voted against the tax measure through the end of the regular session of the legislature and on through two special sessions. The Governor then sued the legislature in Angle v Guinn to force a decision by the Nevada Supreme Court. The Court over-ruled the two-thirds requirement which meant the taxes were to be imposed through a simple majority rather than by two-thirds vote. Using her own funds, Sharron hired Dr. John Eastman of the Claremont Institute to defend the Nevada’s Constitution against this injury. Angle and Eastman took this case to Federal District Court in Nevada, which ended up referring the case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, then finally to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The attention from Angle v Guinn resulted in the members of the Nevada Supreme Court which made that ruling either retired or were replaced through election defeat. Subsequently the new Court reversed the decision in 2007 reinstating the two-thirds requirement in the Constitution. In recognition of her fight to protect the Constitution, Sharron received the prestigious Claremont Institute Ronald Reagan Freedom Medallion for Courageous Client in 2004.
In 2010, Sharron ran for the United States Senate in Nevada and defeated two other well funded Republicans for the right to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the 2010 General Election. Sharron was defeated in that election by a very close vote but achieved national recognition for her hard fought campaign based on conservative principles, against a well funded opponent with a strong political machine.
Sharron is very active in Republican politics and has been a strong supporter of the Tea Party. Sharron is also a member of the Gun Owners of America, National Right to Life Committee, Concerned Women for America, Washoe County Republican Party, and Fellowship Community Church.
Sharron is married to Ted Angle and they have two children and ten grandchildren.
William T. Lawson
Bill Lawson is a conservative member of the Denton County Republican Party of Texas and has written numerous “letters to the editor” to his local newspapers. He has strong conservative views on many subjects and is now starting his blogging career at Real Clear Conservatives.
Bill Lawson has been a resident of Denton , Texas for 10 1/2 years, having graduated from Seacrest H. S. in Delray Beach , FL in 1964.
He attended Broward Community College Ft Lauderdale , FL – 1964- 1966 and graduated from Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton , FL with a BS in 1968
Bill has been married to his wife Joanne for 41 years and they have 3 Children and 6 grandchildren