On the first day of the quarterly meeting of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC), the Resolution Committee sent shockwaves across the state when they passed out of committee a resolution to place a non-binding referendum on Texas independence on the March 1, 2016 GOP primary ballot.
The vote in the SREC Resolutions Committee was 7-4.
The SREC Resolutions Committee members that voted in favor of advancing the resolution were:
Bonnie Lugo (SD-13 Houston)
Marvin Clede (SD-17 Houston)
Henry Childs (SD-19 Universal City)
Karl Voigtsberger (SD-8 Richardson)
TerrI Dubose (SD-19 Leaky)
John Beckmeyer (SD-28 Loraine)
Naomi Narvaiz (SD-21 San Marcos)
The SREC Resolutions Committee members that voted to block the resolution were:
Mark Ramsey (SD-7 Spring)
Sam Dalton (SD-20 Corpus Christi)
Davita Stike (SD-14 Pflugerville)
David Halvorson (SD-12 Grapevine)
Two resolutions are driving the fever of this quarterly meeting. An effort led by rumored Texas GOP Chair candidate, Jared Woodfill, to move the RPT convention in May from Dallas to Houston, and the Texas non-binding referendum on independence.
Earlier in the day, the convention resolution went down to defeat, although not entirely dead. But, it was believed that of the two resolutions, the convention resolution had the momentum to advance to the general assembly of the SREC for vote. But that wasn’t the case.
Instead, the meeting was rocked when the Texas non-binding referendum defied the odds and was advanced.
The resolution, submitted and carried by SREC Committee Woman Tanya Robertson (SD-11 Taylor Lake Village), now goes to the entire SREC delegation for debate and vote on Saturday, December 5, 2015. If it passes the SREC, the non-binding resolution will be placed on the March 1, 2016 GOP primary ballot.
The story behind the resolution first being submitted begins with a liberty-driven activists like Robertson being elected to the SREC, in the first place. SREC members are elected by the delegates to the state conventions. The SREC is essentially the board of directors for the state party.
For two election cycles, the Texas Nationalist Movement has unsuccessfully attempted to collect 75,000 signatures on a petition that would compel the GOP to place the non-binding referendum on the ballot. Robertson, began digging in the authority of the SREC and discovered a process by which measures could be placed on the primary ballot.
Presented with her intention of submitting a resolution to the SREC Resolutions Committee to put a non-binding referendum on the GOP primary ballot, and that it could realistically be done for 2016, Daniel Miller, president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, put the weight of the TNM behind the effort and it picked up “sneaky” momentum.
RagingElephantsRadio.com conducted a poll through our Facebook page from Tuesday, December 2, 2015 through Friday, December 4, 2015. 89% of respondents were in favor of the measure being on the ballot. 7% were opposed. 4% were undecided. The survey had 530 responses.
RER broadcast activists, “Mighty Heidi” Hansing, and Dale Huls were in attendance. They reported the news live and gave full reports from the SREC meeting.
You may hear their entire report HERE!