Republican Primary Ballot Propositions
By D. A. Sharpe
The March 6, 2018 Republican Party Primary Election Ballot has at its end portion a list of 11 Propositions on which voters are invited to vote Yes or No.
My document here is to explain the situation to bring understanding for you. First, no legislative decisions will be made resulting from a majority ÒYesÓ votes on any propositions. They merely represent a list of issues on which the State Republican Executive Committee is asking you to contribute opinions to their opinion poll. Supposedly, the Yes or No. The poll could become a basis on which the Executive Committee could advocate before the State Legislature.
Just WHO are the State Republican Executive Committee members? The State of Texas Senate is divided into 31 districts from which one State Senator is elected to 4-year terms. About half of them in Presidential General Election years and the other half in the off year General Elections. The Republican Party of Texas Conventions meet in June of every even numbered years. At those conventions, delegates from each Senatorial District elect one Committeeman and one Committeewoman to form the State Executive Committee. It is this group who are taking a poll from voters in this primary election. Wise County is in Senate District #31. Our two representatives are Paul Braswell and Deon Starnes.
Second, let me say that 11 propositions are TOO MANY choices that are worthy to place on a voter ballot! Voters tend to skip them when the list is more than two or three questions. As far as what should the Executive Committee should advocate to Texas Legislative members, they should resolve these issues among themselves. Too many options on a ballot probably results in too few valid, thoughtful opinions cast.
replace the property tax system with an appropriate consumption tax equivalent
This is asking if voters want to eliminate ad valorem property taxes with raised retail sales taxes. Opposition mainly is among entities supported now by property taxes, such as school districts, city or county governments, guessing that less support would be derived. Would the current 8.25% sales tax rate in Texas be raised to 14.50%? Who knows? Who would be happy for that? I vote NO
entity should ever construct or fund construction of toll
roads without voter approval (Yes/No)
All I can say is that such a requirement would add significant timelines to the creation of toll roads being constructed. I vote NO
the Texas House should select their Speaker nominee by secret in a binding
caucus without Democrat influence (Yes/No)
The Speaker of the House is the moderator to moderate and conduct the meetings of the Texas State House of Representatives in conducting its legislative responsibilities. The Speaker is elected from the legislature of Texas to a 2-year term, by a vote of its fellow members on the first day of each regular session, the members may nominate a fellow member, and a record vote is held to determine who the speaker will be. The Secretary of State calls the House to order, and presides over the chamber until a speaker is elected. The Speaker in office since 2009 has been Texas Representative Joe Straus from San Antonio. Mr. Straus has voluntarily chosen not to run for re-election as a Representative, so he cannot be a candidate for Speaker. So, it is a non-incumbent race for the opening of the Texas State House of Representatives next January. This proposition need has been illuminated now, because the Texas House Republicans agreed on Friday, February 9, 2018 to do just that! There are several Representative who have announced they are candidates for the SpeakerÕs Office. Wise County is represented in House District #61 by veteran office holder, Phil King. I support Phil King for this office! I vote YES
require employers to screen new hires through the free E-Verify
system to protect jobs for legal
This would be another example of government moving more into managing business practices. I think employers should use wisdom in their practices, but I believe this is too much control. I would voter NO
5. Texas families should be empowered to choose from
public, private, charter, or homeschool options for their childrenÕs education,
using tax credits or exemptions without government constraints or intrusion. (Yes/No)
This issue is really a vote for or against the validity of the public school system. Everyone who thinks public schools are falling short, and who prefer private schools or home schooling, will want to vote Yes on this matter. The public school structures will be against this loudly! I vote YES
6. Texas should protect the privacy and safety of women and
children in spaces such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers in all Texas
schools and government buildings. Yes/No
I believe this gender-oriented issue has addressed a ridiculous condition. This proposal asks for protection for the safety of women and children. My thought is what about protection for males? As a man, I want to be protected from having a women in the restroom while IÕm standing at a urinal. I vote YES.
abortion should be abolished in Texas. Yes/No
Certainly I stand for Pro-Life positions, and believe the Supreme CourtÕs Roe Versus Wade 1973 decision to make abortion legitimate. However, the Texas State Legislature making any legislation prohibiting abortion cannot stand as long as the Federal Supreme Court decision stands. I vote YES, but it doesnÕt matter.
Vote fraud should be a felony
in Texas to help ensure fair elections. Yes/No
This proposition is a mystery to me. Already, illegal voting is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Attempted illegal voting drops two levels and is a state jail felony, punishable by up to two years in state jail. A first degree felonymerely has more severe penalties. I vote NO.
Texas demands that Congress
completely repeal Obamacare. Yes/No
Many people would like to see Congress take this action. However, the Texas Legislature has no role in executing such an action. I vote NO, as it is useless.
To slow the growth of
property taxes, yearly revenue increases should be capped at 4%, with increases
in excess of 4% requiring voter approval. Yes/No
This is asking that the Legislature be required to hold a voter approval to increase property taxes more that 4% in any one year. I vote YES
Tax dollars should not be used
to fund the building of stadiums for professional or semi-professional sports
The justification by political leaders to fund these projects is that the surrounding businesses created would yield enough new revenue in taxes to repay the cost of the lending. I think this is up to serious question. I vote YES, they should not be used.
These are my opinions, and I hope the discussions may help you make your decisions in voting.
Dwight Albert (D. A.) Sharpe
805 Derting Road East
Aurora, TX 76078-3712