Tarrant County still in spotlight after GOP vote on whether to oust Muslim from post

The spotlight this year has been on the Republican Party of Tarrant County.

A proposal to remove a vice chairman of the party — Shahid Shafi, a Muslim — drew nationwide attention as Tarrant County Republicans lined up on both sides of the issue.

Those pushing the vote to reconsider Shafi’s appointment said this was not about religion but whether Shafi is loyal to Islam and Islamic law or connected to “Islamic terror groups.”

Those supporting Shafi say this was about religion and a person’s faith.

The Tarrant County GOP executive committee, which is made up of precinct chairmen, voted on the issue, rejecting it, Jan. 10.

The Star-Telegram has been covering the issue since the beginning.

Here’s a look at how it started and what has happened since then.

‘It is time we took our party back.’ Some Tarrant Republicans want Muslim leader out

‘Bigotry has no place in our party.’ Republicans disgusted by Tarrant Muslim controversy

Some Tarrant Republicans renew push to oust Muslim from top party post

‘We’re patriots’: Tarrant Republicans met to discuss ousting Muslim from party post

‘This is not all of us.’ Call to remove Muslim from post divides Tarrant Republicans

Tarrant Republicans who want to remove Muslim are targeting others in party

Republican official tells Tarrant GOP to reject bigotry and leave Muslim leader alone

Texas leaders denounce Tarrant GOP effort to remove Muslim from Republican post

Texas Republican on Tarrant push to remove Muslim: ‘We are not the party of bigots’

Tarrant Republicans invited to train with anti-Islam ex-FBI agent before vote on Muslim

Tarrant Republican leaders speak out for religious freedom, keeping Muslim in party post

Tarrant GOP leader facing ouster because he’s Muslim: I’m proud to be a Republican

Plan to vote Muslim out of Tarrant GOP post is scheduled. But will it happen?

Plan to oust Muslim from Tarrant Republican post could cost the party big bucks

Texas governor weighs in on push to remove Muslim from Tarrant GOP post

Unfinished business: Tarrant GOP begins discussing removal of Muslim from party post

Tarrant Republicans stand ‘against bigotry of all kinds’ as Muslim keeps party post

$500 offered for ‘Tarrant 49ers’ list of Republicans who voted to remove Muslim man

One of ‘the most hated’ Tarrant Republicans now works to recruit leaders to the party

Tarrant GOP’s effort to ‘heal’ after Muslim vote claims first victim: a whole committee

Bumbling Tarrant GOP found yet another way to fail after debacle over Muslim leader

Tarrant Muslim who survived party ouster urges Republicans to unite, ‘move forward’

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Anna M. Tinsley grew up in a journalism family and has been a reporter for the Star-Telegram since 2001. She has covered the Texas Legislature and politics for more than two decades and has won multiple awards for political reporting, most recently a third place from APME for deadline writing. She is a Baylor University graduate.