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April 4-5, 2014
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The first event of the 2014 Challenge Cup season is coming up! This year, the TEXO Challenge Cup, presented by Acton, will once again start off on the water. Don't miss your chance to get a great start to the season! To learn more and register your team and find sponsorships opportunities, click here
Safety / Superintedent Forum
Topic: Practical Accident Investigation
Wednesday, March 5
11:30am - 1:00pm
Cost: FREE!

No organization has the resources to do a comprehensive investigation on every near miss and accident. Yet history shows if we don't learn from our mistakes, we will repeat them, often with disastrous results. James Sanders will use his experience investigating Occupational Accidents in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and the United States to convey a 
practical approach to investigating incidents to reduce or eliminate the chance of reoccurrence. Register Now!

Latino Safety / Superintedent Forum
Topic: OSHA Up-Dates, Focus on 2014
Thursday, March 6
11:30am - 1:00pm
Cost: FREE!

You are invited to join us for the March Latino Safety Forum. This month Elias Vela from the Dallas Area OSHA office will present Up-Dates and OSHA’s focus for 2014, followed by questions and answers. Register Now!

TEXO is encouraging members and their staff to vote on March 4th. Individuals wishing to cast their vote now may do so in the early voting process between February 18th – 28th. TEXO is working in conjunction with the Texas Building Branch AGC and the ABC of Texas, providing support to several candidates seeking elected office. The candidates receiving support are below and on our website www.texoassociation.org

TEXO, ABC of Texas and the TBB-AGC support principled, independent thinking candidates who understand the free enterprise system and the role the construction industry plays in creating a strong Texas economy.


Governor – Greg Abbott

Comptroller – Glenn Hegar

Supreme Court Chief Justice – Nathan Hecht

Supreme Court Place 6 – Jeff Brown

Supreme Court Place 8 – Phil Johnson

Senate District 2 – Bob Deuell, Greenville

Senate District 3 – Robert Nichols, Jacksonville

Senate District 9 – Kelly Hancock, Richland Hills

Senate District 10 – Tony Pompa Arlington

Senate District 16 – John Carona, Dallas

Senate District 30 – Craig Estes, Wichita Falls

House District 4 – Lance Gooden, Terrell

House District 8 – Byron Cook, Corsicana

House District 9 – Chris Paddie, Marshall

House District 11 – Travis Clardy, Nacogdoches

House District 57 – Trent Ashby, Lufkin

House District 59 – J.D. Sheffield, Gatesville

House District 60 – Jim Keffer, Eastland

House District 62 – Myra Crownover, Lake Dallas

House District 66 – Glenn Callison, Plano

House District 67 – Jeff Leach, Plano

House District 92 – Andy Cargile, Hurst

House District 94 – Diane Patrick, Arlington

House District 99 – Charlie Geren, Fort Worth

House District 105 – Linda Harper-Brown, Irving

House District 107 – Kenneth Sheets, Dallas

House District 114 – Jason Villalba, Dallas

House District 115 – Bennett Ratliff, Coppell


Senate District 23 – Royce West, Dallas

House District 100 – Eric Johnson, Dallas

House District 103 – Rafael Anchia, Dallas

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ABC of Texas Update

By the time you receive this update, the primary elections will be underway, or at least the end will be underway.  Actually, the election began on February 18 and the initial stage (early voting) ended on Friday, February 28.  In the last Republican Primary, about 55% of the votes were cast early.  We’ll know soon if that is the case again.

And, tonight or early tomorrow morning, we will know who the nominees of the respective parties are, or at least who they may be because several statewide races are likely to have runoffs (as will a good number of primary races for open legislative seats).  

What that means for ABC of Texas (and TEXO) is that Jack Baxley, Mike Toomey and your ABC of Texas President will be scrambling to identify those opportunities for our groups to engage in races where there is either a clear philosophical or performance difference or an opportunity.  There will be some surprises from the primary—there always are.  We just have to react and try to add some more pieces to this jigsaw puzzle we face together every 2 years.

And, at ABC of Texas meetings there are sometimes questions about why ABC of Texas spends more PAC money in one area than another.  Frequently, some of this is because the local chapters make significant local effort above and beyond their state PAC allocation and geographic areas are not uniform in the number of contested races.  ABC PAC gives in statewide races, legislative races outside chapter areas, and races in chapter areas where supplemental help is needed for the benefit of ABC of Texas.  

It does cause some questions among some of the ABC-only chapters who do not consider the unique nature of TEXO.  Being both an AGC-TBB chapter and an ABC of Texas chapter means TEXO is exhausting its PAC contributions making allocations to both groups’ state PACs.   Since ABC of Texas staff prioritizes races statewide when making recommendations, and some chapters have the ability to supplement with local effort, it can look like (and may very well be the case that) ABC of Texas is giving disproportionately to races in the TEXO area.   But, ABC of Texas has at least two other chapters that cannot raise enough money to make either their allocation or any local effort, so it really is not unique, just on a larger scale due to geography and frequently the high number of contested races.

Thus, when the dust settles, ABC of Texas may end up giving anywhere from 150% to as much as 300% of the TEXO allocation back in the TEXO geographic area.  Remember, ABC of Texas staff recommendations are based on a statewide look at needs, not geographical balancing (which would defeat our overall goals).  That is because, even though from a TEXO perspective delivering an AGC-TBB PAC check or an ABC PAC check means money is being contributed by TEXO, without the ABC PAC name on a candidate’s campaign finance report, ABC would appear not to be participating in elections in that area.

This is not the perfect circumstance, but life seldom finds perfection.  It is a workable circumstance until we can find a better way to manage ABC of Texas’ participation in elections.

Before this bi-monthly columns ends, it is important to thank those TEXO Board members—Russ Garrison, Paul Lembke and GPaul Holliman (our ABC of Texas Treasurer)—for all their help in keeping ABC of Texas moving forward.  It is not always without a bump or two.  Of course, nothing worthwhile is easy.

And, we need to thank the TEXO staff, specifically Brad Brown and Jack Baxley for their help in our efforts to move ABC of Texas forward.  Brad has been very communicative and helpful when called upon and has recently offered a way to seek more cooperation and communication between AGC-TBB and ABC of Texas.  That is much appreciated.  Of course, Jack Baxley is the only government affairs person who is on the front lines with us during legislative sessions.  And, he is the point person on coordinating our PAC expenditures in the TEXO area.

Thanks, TEXO!

March 6 - 4pm
Location: 5201 C.A. Roberson Blvd, Ft. Worth 76119

Take time next week to join Fort Worth ISD and learn more about vendor opportunities on the Fort Worth ISD 2013 Capital Improvement Program. To learn more about the Capital Improvement Program, click here. To RSVP, contact Lynda Mack by email or by phone (817.815.9775).

2014 Safety Training and Evaluation Process—STEP!

Participating in STEP provides you with the opportunity to measure your safety program’s progress from year-to-year and determine how it compares to the programs of other ABC members. There are different levels of participation and all TEXO members are encouraged to participate. Before completing the application, please read the STEP Application Book carefully. Click here to view and complete application. The application is also available electronically at www.abc.org/step.

DEADLINE – March 7, 2014

Rental One
March 10
8am - 12pm
Location: 11111 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas 75229
TEXO Contractor/Industry Member - $65
Subscriber - $125
Non-Member - $185
March 10-13
TEXO will be hosting an OSHA 30hr training in March. Don't miss your chance to get your 30 hour card by attending this four day training. To learn more and to register, click here.
Starts March 11
All Sessions (9) - 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: TEXO Conference Center
Cost: $150 tuition (includes all 9 sessions)

This program is designed to assist small or minority-owned contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in understanding the basic elements of running a commercial construction business. The program focuses on both technical and administrative skills. To learn more, click here, to register, click here.

Baker Triangle
March 19
Time: 9am - 1pm
Location: 777 Main St, Ft. Worth 76102

Join SMPS Fort Worth on March 19 for a presentation on how to hold an audiences attention for more than 5 minutes in this frenetic, technology driven culture. You won't want to miss Libby Spears sharing her experiences and lessons learned from years of speaking. To learn more and register at a discounted TEXO price, click here.
Classes Opening Now!
TEXO Safety First is the revolutionary training initiative that TEXO began in 2013. Not only does TEXO Safety First give you actual hands on training that you need, but it also provides you one of the Metroplex's most cost effective ways to get your OSHA 10-hr card. Learn more today by visiting texosafetyfirst.com. You can see the available class schedule by clicking here
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