Next Meeting:

Tuesday, August 26th from Noon to 1pm at Edison’s

Guest Speaker: Matt Rinaldi

About Matt Rinaldi:

Republican Candidate for Texas House District 115


Corley and Matt RinaldiAbout Matt Rinaldi:

Texas House District 115 Map

Candidate Profile


Matt Rinaldi is the Repulican candidate for House District 115 in Northwest Dallas County. House District 115 is composed of parts of Addison, Carrollton, Coppell, Farmers Branch, Irving, and a very small part of Lewisville. The seat has been formerly held by Kenny Marchant, Jim Jackson, and Bennett Ratliff.

Rinaldi attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics. He continued his studies at Boston University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2001. Upon receiving his law degree, Matt accepted a position as a litigation associate with the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is currently a commercial litigation attorney with the law firm of Miller, Egan, Molter & Nelson, LLP. He was selected as a Texas Monthly Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2006 and 2007.

Matt was among the first organizers of the Dallas Tea Party and is a coordinator for the Northwest Dallas County Tea Party Coalition. He has also served as Vice President of Programs for the Greater Irving Republican Club, and a member of the Metrocrest and Coppell Republican Clubs.

Matt challenged Republican Incumbent Bennett Ratliff and won by a margin of less than 100 votes in an extremely competitive race. In November he will take on Democrat candidate Paul Stafford and Libertarian Candidate Kim Kelly.


Thanks to Ken Paxton for Speaking to the GDPC

The Greater Dallas Pachyderm Club very much appreciates Ken Paxton for speaking to the club at our July meeting. Ken traveled back from Minot, ND on his way back home to address the club on the critical issues facing Texas. Ken Spoke on many subjects including: Voter ID, Medicaid Expansion and the Health Exchanges, and the Crisis on the Texas Border. We had a wonderful meeting thanks to Ken taking time from his campaign schedule to be with the club.

To learn more about Ken Paxton and to support his campaign for Attorney General of Texas, please visit:


The Honorable Ken Paxton, Republican Candidate for Texas Attorney General Addresses the Greater Dallas Pachyderm Club on July 22, 2014.


The Honorable Ken Paxton

The Pachyderm Club also wishes to thank all the Elected Officials, Candidates and guests who came to today’s meeting.


Elected Officials, Candidates, and Representatives:


  • Debbie Hinkle
  • Juliana Martinez
  • Bonnie Dupre
  • Ron Hinds
  • Chris Wilson
  • Kay Copeland
  • Carolyn Kobey

Next Meeting is August 26, 2014 from Noon to 1 PM at Edison’s. See y’all then, and don’t forget to bring a friend!


Reminder: Ken Paxton at GDPC Tomorrow, 7/22 at Edison’s

The Honorable Ken Paxton

The Honorable Ken Paxton

Tuesday, July 22 from Noon to 1 PM
The Honorable Ken Paxton
Republican Candidate for Texas Attorney General


Near South Side on Lamar and the Dallas Convention Center
1724 Cockrell Ave, Dallas, TX 75215
BBQ Buffet lunch served by Eddie Dean – $15 optional. No Reservation Required.

GDPC Hosts Ken Paxton, Republican Candidate for TX AG

Tuesday, July 22nd, from Noon to 1 pm at Edison’s (1724 Cockrell Ave, Dallas, TX 75215)

Senator Ken Paxton, 

Republican Candidate for Texas Attorney General

Visit Senator Ken Paxton’s campaign website at for more information.

State Senator Ken Paxton Republican Candidate for Texas Attorney General

State Senator Ken Paxton
Republican Candidate for Texas Attorney General

The Greater Dallas Pachyderm welcomes State Senator Ken Paxton, Republican candidate for Texas Attorney General. Ken is taking on Democrat candidate Sam Houston in the November 2014 general election to succeed Attorney General Greg Abbott as leader of this important state office.

The Texas Attorney General is the lawyer for the State of Texas and is charged by the Texas Constitution to:

  • defend the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas
  • represent the State in litigation
  • approve public bond issues

To fulfill these responsibilities, the Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government, issues legal opinions when requested by the Governor, heads of state agencies and other officials and agencies as provided by Texas statutes, sits as an ex-officio member of state committees and commissions, and defends challenges to state laws and suits against both state agencies and individual employees of the State.

Senator Paxton announced his candidacy for Attorney General stating, “Washington has a bull’s-eye on Texas, and we need bold leadership to hold the line against our out-of-control federal government as it continually encroaches on our rights and liberties. Senator Paxton has a number of issues he believes are the key to accomplishing his goals:

  • Preserving the Constitution
  • Fighting Obamacare
  • Preserving Second Second Amendment rights
  • Defending Voter ID
  • Ensuring State Sovereignty
  • Guarding religious freedom

Join the Greater Dallas Pachyderm Club and Senator Paxton as he discusses these issues, his campaign, and his vision of the important challenges facing the State of Texas and the Office of Attorney General.

Edison’s is located just minutes South of the Dallas Convention Center off Lamar street. (Click here for directions).

BBQ Lunch served by Eddie Dean. $15.00 – cash or check – optional. No reservation required.


CIS: Central American Immigrants in the U.S.

Fact Sheet: Central American Immigrants in the U.S.

Central AmericaWASHINGTON, DC (July 8, 2014) — To aid in the current debate on the surge of Central American illegal immigrants crossing the U.S. southern border and being settled by the government throughout the country, the Center for Immigration Studies has published a fact sheet on Central American immigrants. Based on Census Bureau data, it lists basic socio-demographic statistics on individuals, both legal and illegal, from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, the three primary sending countries.

View the full publication at:

  • Population totals: In 2012 there were 2.7 million immigrants from El Salvador (1.3 million), Guatemala (880,000), and Honduras (536,000) in the United States.  Combined the immigrant population from these three countries has grown 234% since 1990.


  • The Top 10 states of settlement: California, Texas, New York, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Georgia.


  • Illegal Immigrants: Department of Homeland Security estimates indicate that about 60% of immigrants from these three countries (1.6 million) are in the United States illegally.


  • Language:  Of immigrants from El Salvador, 70% report they speak English less than very well, of immigrants from Guatemala it is 72%, and 69% of immigrants from Honduras.


  • Homeownership: Of households headed by Salvadoran immigrants, 41% are owner occupied, as are 28% of Guatemalan households, and 29% of Honduran immigrant households. The corresponding figure for natives is 66%.


  • Educational Attainment: 54% of Guatemalan immigrants (ages 25 to 65) have not graduated high school. For those from El Salvador it is 53%, and 44% for those from Honduras.  The corresponding figure for native-born Americans is 7%.


  • Welfare use: 57% of households headed by immigrants from El Salvador use at least one major welfare program, as do 54% of Honduran households, and 49% of Guatemalan immigrant households.  Among native households it is 24%.


  • In or near Poverty: 65% of Honduran immigrants and their young children (under 18) live in or near poverty (under 200% of the poverty threshold).  For Guatemalan and Salvadoran immigrants and their children, it is 61%.  The corresponding figure for natives and their children is 31%.


  • Health Insurance:  47% of Guatemalan immigrants and their young children (under 18) do not have health insurance; for both Salvadoran and Honduran immigrants and their young children it is 41%.  The corresponding figure for natives and their children is 13%.


  • Share Working: 77% of immigrants from El Salvador (ages 25 to 54) have a job, as do 74% of Guatemalan immigrants and 73% of Honduran immigrants.  The corresponding figure for natives is 76%.
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The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization founded in 1985. It is the nation’s only think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States.

Contact: Marguerite Telford

GDPC Meeting Tuesday, June 24 – noon to 1 pm at Edison’s

Brandon Darby, Managing Director of Breitbart Texas

Brandon Darby

Brandon Darby @brandondarby

Join the Greater Dallas Pachyderm Club on Tuesday, June 24th to hear from Brandon Darby of Breitbart Texas. 

Edison’s, 1724 Cockrell Ave, 75215 – located off Lamar St and just South of Downtown Dallas.
Lunch is $15 Optional – No Reservation Required

We are excited to have Brandon Darby join us and discuss the latest news, including a status of the Texas border, which he is visiting this week; the state of Texas Politics; and how Breitbart Texas is affecting the political landscape in Texas.

Breitbart Texas’ team of contributors cover immigration, crony capitalism, education, business, and the the impact the Tea Party is having in Texas politics. “We look at London and Texas as two fronts in our current cultural and political war,” Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon said. “There is a growing global anti-establishment revolt against the permanent political class at home, and the global elites that influence them, which impacts everyone from Lubbock to London.”

Follow Brandon on Twitter: @brandondarby and @breitbarttexas

To read his columns, visit:

Darby’s latest report from June19, 2014 on the Texas Border


About Brandon Darby and Breitbart Texas

Brandon Darby is a native Texas. While he is currently a conservative columnist for Breitbart Texas, he began his activism as a progressive community organizer. He co-founded Common Core Relief a non-profit relief organization that provided supplies and assistance to New Orleanians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Darby soon became disillusioned with the movement due to the violent rhetoric of his fellow community activists. He later became an informant for the FBI, and in 2008 he infiltrated a plot by two protesters to use Molotov Cocktails to bomb and disrupt the Republican National Convention. His undercover work helped convict the two plotters for their crimes. The two were later sentenced to Federal Prison.

Darby’s conversion to conservative causes has generated national publicity and made Darby a target of left wing media criticism and vitriol. He was a subject of a documentary by Jamie Meltzer’s in the 2012 documentary film, Informat. Darby continued his work to expose left wing violence and appeared in Occupy Unmasked, a documentary film that presented evidence that the Occupy Wall Street movement was violent, and was organized with the purpose of destroying the American government.

Andrew Breitbart gave Darby a platform on to defend himself from attacks by liberal activists. In short order he became a columnist for the site. When the network decided to add to its group of websites, Darby was chosen to lead the Breitbart Texas as its first managing director. In February 2014, launched Breitbart Texas and Breitbart London. The Breitbart Network has recently launched Breitbart California.

To read more on Brandon Darby and his conversion to Conservative Activist read: Brandon Darby, Leftwing Anarchist To Conservative Activist By Kathleen McKinley, which includes an interview with Darby.

October Meeting: The Youth Vote and the Republican Party

October 22, 2013 12:00PM at Edison’s

Richard Morgan

Chairman of the Texas Young Republican Federation

Richard Morgan

Richard Morgan

Richard Morgan


1724 Cockrell Ave, Dallas, TX 75215


BBQ lunch served by Eddie Dean’s Ranch; $15 optional

No reservation required

About Richard Morgan

Richard Morgan is Chairman of the Texas Young Republican Federation, the only official Republican Party of Texas auxiliary with a primary focus on the 18-40 age demographic. The Texas YR’s have over 500 paid, active members across nearly 20 chapters, with thousands more on their email lists. He also serves as Technology Director for the Dallas County Republican Party and as an occasional guest blogger for Texas GOP Vote.

As a software engineer, Richard has consulted for some of the top brands in the county, including two major cloud computing providers, a cloud virtualization provider, the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer, and the Romney-Ryan 2012 Presidential Campaign. He is currently consulting for a tech startup seeking to lower costs in the healthcare industry.

Prior to joining the Romney-Ryan campaign, Richard was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the TX-21 Republican Primary. Despite being outspent 300-1 by two opponents with nationwide name ID, he received nearly 6,000 votes.

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