Monday, March 12, 2012

Republican Primary ballot order drawing gleeful

Clifton - Bosque GOP members met at the Republican Party headquarters to draw for ballot positions in the belated May 29 Primary election.

In true and time-honored tradition, volunteers representing each candidate drew numbered Titleist 90-compression wound golf balls from a battered milk bucket proferred by Bosque County Chairman Tom Bratcher, following a word of prayer to God Almighty.

A festive and playful mood ensued for the ceremonies, which were followed by oatmeal cookies, brownies, ham salad sandwiches and Dr. Pepper, socializing and the occasional joke.

Said one silver-haired party stalwart as the golf ball-laden bucket began to make the rounds, "I can remember when there weren't this many Republicans in Bosque County."

Voter registration ends on April 30; early voting extends from May 14 to 25; May 22 is the last day to apply for a ballot by mail.

The results:

Bosque County Republican Primary Local

Commissioner Pct. 1 1 Lenny McCain
Commissioner Pct. 1 2 Douglas Day
Commissioner Pct. 3 Sammy Leach
Constable Pct. 1 Scott Ferguson
Constable Pct. 2 1 Al Flores
Constable Pct. 2 2 Mike Sibila
County Attorney Natalie Cobb Koehler
Party Chairman Tom L Bratcher
Sheriff 1 Randy Threlkeld
Sheriff 2 Anthony Malott
Tax Assessor/Collector 1 Pamela K Benfer
Tax Assessor/Collector 2 Arlene Swiney

Statewide races by drawing order

President/Vice-President 1 Santorum Rick
President/Vice-President 2 Bachmann Michele
President/Vice-President 3 Gingrich Newt
President/Vice-President 4 Paul Ron
President/Vice-President 5 Davis John
President/Vice-President 6 Romney Mitt
President/Vice-President 7 Roemer Charles "Buddy"
President/Vice-President 8 Huntsman Jon
U. S. Senator 1 Gambini Ben
U. S. Senator 2 Cleaver Curt
U. S. Senator 3 James Craig
U. S. Senator 4 Addison Glenn
U. S. Senator 5 Dewhurst David
U. S. Senator 6 Cruz Ted
U. S. Senator 7 Pittenger Lela
U. S. Senator 8 Agris Joe
U. S. Senator 9 Leppert Tom
U. S. Representative District 25 1 Dillon James "Patriot"
U. S. Representative District 25 2 Burch Bill
U. S. Representative District 25 3 Wilbanks Chad
U. S. Representative District 25 4 Garrison Dave
U. S. Representative District 25 5 Williams Roger
U. S. Representative District 25 6 Williams Michael
U. S. Representative District 25 7 Hewlett Justin
U. S. Representative District 25 8 Holcomb Charlie
U. S. Representative District 25 9 Beltz, Jr. Ernie
U. S. Representative District 25 10 Riddle Wes
U. S. Representative District 25 11 Costa Dianne
U. S. Representative District 25 12 Matthews Brian
Railroad Commissioner 1 N Sledge Roland
Railroad Commissioner 2 N Cotten Joe
Railroad Commissioner 3 N Berger Becky
Railroad Commissioner 4 N Chisum Warren
Railroad Commissioner 5 N Burgess Beryl
Railroad Commissioner 6 N Craddick Christi
Railroad Commissioner 1 Y Smitherman Barry
Railroad Commissioner 2 Y Lee Al
Railroad Commissioner 3 Y Murray-Kolb Elizabeth
Railroad Commissioner 4 Y Parker Greg
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2 1 Willett Don
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2 2 Smith Steve
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4 1 Pool, Jr. Joe
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4 2 Devine John
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4 3 Medina David
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 Hecht Nathan
Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Keller Sharon
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7 Hervey Barbara Parker
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8 Alcala Elsa
Member, State Board of Education, District 14 Melton Sue
Member, State Board of Education, District 14 Lowe Gail
State Senator, District 22 Birdwell Brian
State Representative District 58 Orr Rob
Chief Justice, 10th Court of Appeals District Gray Tom
Chief Justice, 10th Court of Appeals District Smith Steve
District Attorney, 220th Judicial District Bryan Rickey L.
District Attorney, 220th Judicial District Shepherd B.J.

Ballot propositions adopted at the December 3 SREC meeting

The state should fund education by allowing dollars to follow the child instead of the
bureaucracy, through a program which allows parents the freedom to choose their child's school, public or private, while also saving significant taxpayer dollars. Yes or No.

Congress should immediately repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise
known as Obamacare) and reject the rationing of healthcare by government or the intrusion by
government into the doctor - patient relationship. Yes or No.

Government should be prohibited from restricting the content of public prayer. Yes or No.

Out of control spending should be stopped at all levels of federal and state government through
constitutional amendments limiting any increase in government spending to the combined
increase of population and inflation without voter approval. Yes or No.

The Texas Legislature should redraw the court-imposed lines for Congress and State legislative
districts in its upcoming session in order to remedy inequities. Yes or No.

Iniciativas de Votación

Opción Escolar

El Estado debe proveer fondos para la educación permitiendo que estos ayuden directamente al
estudiante, sin ser desviados a mantener burocracias, a través de un programa que permita a los padresla libertad de elegir la escuela de sus hijos, sea esta escuela publica o privada, ahorrandole así dinero a los contribuyentes. Si o No.

Derogar Obamacare

El Congreso inmediatamente debera derogar la Ley de Protección al Paciente y Cuidado Asequible (conocida como Obamacare) y rechasar el racionamiento de servicios de salud hechos por el gobierno o la intrusion del gobierno en la relación entre el paciente y su doctor. Si o No.

Oraciones en Publico

El gobierno debe ser prohibido de restringir el contenido de oraciones hechas en publico. Si o No.

Presupuesto Equilibrado/Controlar el Crecimiento del Gobierno

Gastos gubernamentales fuera de control deben ser detenidos a todo nivel del gobierno federal y estatal a través de una enmienda constitucional que limite cualquier incremento en gastos gubernamentales haciendo que estos sean basados en el aumento de población, tomando en cuenta la inflación, y requirendo la aprobación de los votantes. Si o No.

Redistribución de Distritos

La Legislatura de Texas debe redibujar las líneas impuestas por la corte que aplican al Congreso y distritos legislativos estatales durante la proxima sesión para remediar desigualdades. Si o No.

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