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Day 5: The Big Debate, The Big Election, and The Big Show

Statesmen are settling into their daily routines nicely. But, given the fast-paced nature of the program, once a statesman feels comfortable with his daily Texas Boys State routine, the program is almost over! But, it is the whirlwind nature of Texas Boys State that tends to burnish positive memories in these young men’s minds for the rest of their lives.

After breakfast on Thursday, all statesmen are headed to the LBJ auditorium for the first of two general assemblies today. The morning assembly features final speeches from the Federalist and Nationalist candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and governor. Both parties met last night and agreed upon the rules for the morning assembly. Speech time for each candidate was determined, as well as the rules for debate, candidate cross examination, and questions from the Boys State press corps. The assembly moderator is the current Boys State editor-in-chief, a position elected from within the press corps.
 
The morning assembly is the final time statesmen will hear from their parties respective candidates. Polls for the general election open immediately following the assembly, allowing statesmen to cast their ballots for the top three elected positions at 2014 Texas Boys State. The results for the general election will be revealed at the evening assembly.
 
Unique activities for Thursday include the 2014 Texas Boys State College Fair. Representatives from a number of colleges and universities will be on hand to share information about their respective institutions with statesmen. The colleges and universities are from across the United States.
 
Following an early dinner Thursday, statesmen will travel with their cities to mall in front of the historic University of Texas tower for the retiring of the colors. This evening's ceremony will not feature visiting dignitaries, but will offer statesmen a unique opportunity to enjoy a flag ceremony in a picturesque location.
 
After the colors are retired on the UT mall, statesmen will go to the final general assembly at the LBJ auditorium. There, statesmen will learn the results of the general election and observe the swearing-in of the respective winners. The final act is one of the most entertaining events of Texas Boys State: the talent show. To say that there will be a wide variety of "talent" on display would be a gross understatement. Statesmen, counselors, and staff are in for a treat.

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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…

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.

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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.

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