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2017 Texas Boys State General Election Results

Statewide Elected Office
Governor
     G. Smith  (N)

Lieutenant Governor
     J. Cascino (N)

Attorney General
     J. Delgado (F)

Commissioner of Land Office
     C. McKay (F)

Comptroller of Public Accounts
     S. Saxe (N)

Commissioner of Agriculture
     C. Bradford (F)

Railroad Commissioner
     H. Longcrier  (F)
     K. Preston  (N)
     G. Allen (F)

Chief Justice, Supreme Court
     D. Thompson (F)

Associate Justice, Supreme Court
     R. Madden Jr. (F)
     S. Sinak (N)
     J. Dixon Jr. (N)
     J. Collins (N)
     D. Imhoff (F)
     R. Landsaw (F)
     B. Owen (F)
     N. Gates (F)

Pres. Judge, Ct. of Criminal Appeals
     M. Mayo (N)

Assoc. Justice, Ct. of Criminal Appeals
     Z. Smalt (F)
     V. Torres (F)
     D. Mayes (F)
     D. Forestier (F)
     J. Miller (N)
     E. Gonzalez (F)
     J. Palacios (N)
     D. Childress Jr.  (N)
District LevelBrown DistrictDistrict Judge      C. Post (F)

District Attorney
     J. Overcash (F)

District Clerk
     M. Whaley (F)

Chief Justice, Court of A…
Recent posts

Thursday: A Woman at Boys State

Among the group of American Legion representatives that we encounter at Boys State stands a strong woman with ever deserved right to be here. I'm sure many delegates have already approached her to buy a t-shirt or a graduation cord during lunch hours. Wednesday afternoon I had the honor of interviewing this marvelous woman and getting to know her on a personal level. This is Mrs. Gerry Hince

As I began my interview with Mrs. Hince we wasted no time getting right into personal questions such as why she would rather help at Boys State instead of Girls State. Considering that she is a woman at a camp for young men, I was more that excited to hear her reasoning on the topic. She began with informing me of how she had been associated with the organization for five years in Virginia because of her sons and then moving to Texas and being involved for about another great five years. “Tough love” is the phrase she used when speaking out on the issue of how the young mean learn by doing her…

Thursday: March to Secession

Today the Statesmen of Texas Boys State marched to capital to visit the various offices of elected officials and to tour the facility. The day began with the Statesmen lining up to march together with the band in the lead playing different music pieces. The capitol building of Texas is an amazing feat of architecture. Many people were able to see the march and many were impressed by the uniformity of the Statesmen. The House and Senate members reported to their respective chambers and began debating and passing laws.  One bill in particular was highly favored by both chambers, the bill for secession. The senators and representatives of the Texas Boys State government passed the bill and created a constitution and a declaration of independence. This is the first time in Texas Boys State history that the government body decided to secede from the United States.

The gallery of each chamber were cheering and celebrating because they have now made history by becoming a nation. After the ann…

Wednesday: Why Speedball and Not Football?

What do you get, when you have a bunch of American teenage boys on a grassy field in the middle of a beautiful sunny day? Well, first you'll get some major joking and messing around. But after that, you'll usually see and hear the boys begin fulfilling the traditional desire to play America’s favorite sport: football. But here at Texas Boys State 2017, we didn't see or hear a football game, but rather from the game of Speedball. Why? Well because we “Learn By Doing.” Let me explain: 
On Wednesday evening, Texas Statesmen were on their 3rd day of Texas Boys State's annual Olympiad tournament, ranging from sports such as dodgeball, basketball, and track. But suprisingly, not football. Instead it was replaced with Speedball: a free-flowing game where players can use both hands and feet to enhance teamwork and include all physical strengths. This is a sport of sports as a combination of ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, soccer, and even football. It's the flexibility of ath…

Wednesday: The Beginning of Match Play

Today marked the first day of match tournament play. This means that every city has a chance to win the tournament for their respective sports unless they get eliminated. The City Olympiad directors build a schedule and some argue that the their tournament bracket is not the best it can be. I talked to Kris Brolin, a Federalist from the city of Goens, who said that the “[City Olympiad Directors] should make each tournament double elimination, because if [they] don’t, then some cities will have no activities during rec time.” What will happen to a city if they lose every sport? What will happen to a city if they have nothing to do during rec time? These are questions that the Olympiad directors can hopefully answer this week.

As of Wednesday, it seems that basketball is the most popular sport because each of the four basketball courts were packed leaving no room for pedestrians or players to pass by. This got so out of hand that some counselors, who were the referees for the games, cal…

Wednesday: Texas Secession

This morning Ty Fuselier was interviewed at the State Capital over the heavy issue of Texas Secession. This has always been an exciting topic here at Boys State because so many strive to see Texas as its own nation. Ty began his interview by speaking about the principles of secession and how it is essentially the Republic of Texas being reformed. He supported his statements by speaking about the history of Texas and how we came to be. Key notes from past State Conventions were brought up for overall reasoning on why the Federalist Party would like to see Texas as its own Nation once again. Ty has gained the reputation of being the leader of this whole secession movement. His strong personality and devotion for a change has really brought him to the top and given him a chance to represent his party as a whole through this interview.

Pride and patriotism have always been descriptive dictions when speaking on the topic of Texans or even the date of Texas in general. This was highly emphas…

Wednesday: Statesmen Life

The day immediately began with corrections to the runoff election and the Statesmen divided into their respective parties, with many heading to the capitol to commence the House and Senate sessions.  Meanwhile, the platform committees for each party made their stances on different current topics concerning not only the state of Texas, but also the United States. Ideas about a secession, ways to revitalize the economy, and a more strict immigration system were all mentioned during the committee sessions. By witnessing both party committee sessions, there are clear different stances, but some are quite similar.

Later that afternoon visiting dignitaries from the House of Representatives and the Senate gave speeches and encouragements to the Texas Boys State government body which raised the morale in the already intense capital chambers. The other statesmen listened to different keynote speakers assigned to their district. The runoff election polls opened today and the Statesmen made sur…