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Day 4 News

by Cameron Fisher and Spencer Anderson
Texas Boys State Press Corps





        Yet another fun-filled, exciting day has passed at Texas Boys State. The Statesmen woke promptly at six, and threw on their Boys State t-shirts. They ate a quick breakfast, before heading to the Jester dorm Flag Room to vote in their party's Primary Election. Afterwards, while the House and Senate convened, the other Statesmen rotated between three different activities. The activities included a party politics panel, a presentation on the significance of Lobbyists, and a a panel on the role of the media. In an interesting twist, a representative from the Libertarian party of Texas joined a Democrat and Republican on the party panel. This allowed the Statesmen to be exposed to Libertarian views, and a well-received quote that our reporters collected from this representative was: "I support a strong defense, but nine hundred overseas military bases is not defense -- it is offense." The applause was deafening.

        At eleven, the Parties convened for their State conventions to hear the results of their primary elections, and to hear the speeches of the run-off candidates. They then went to lunch.

        After lunch, the run-off election polls opened in the Flag Room, and statesmen rushed to place their votes on laptops set up in the room. After a morning full of conventions and elections, the boys were eager to take a break, and the recreation period began at one. Once again, the boys had the choice of participating in a variety of sports. Scott City displayed their aptitude for track, and tied with Winter City in the one by four hundred, before going on to win both the one by sixteen hundred, and the one by four relays. In a thrilling final football match between McGee City and Davis City, McGee came out on top, in a slim victory of 13-7. The talent show tryouts continued from the previous day, as statesmen lined up outside the Flag Room to showcase their skills, from piano, to violin, to singing.

       After a short meeting with their cites, the Statesmen made their way again to the Sunken Garden for the daily flag lowering ceremony. With the flag lowered, the band out of breath, and the visiting dignitaries introduced, the boys made their way to dinner. Following dinner, the General Assembly in the LBJ Library began with keynote speaker Tim Dunn, of Empower Texas. Dunn spoke about ensuring all of our representatives in government have the consent of the governed. The statesmen then adjourned to their county, district, and state party conventions. Afterwards, they made their way back to Jester, tired and ready for a good night's sleep.

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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
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     K. Preston  (N)
     G. Allen (F)

Chief Justice, Supreme Court
     D. Thompson (F)

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

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District Attorney
     J. Overcash (F)

District Clerk
     M. Whaley (F)

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