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Campaign 2014: Republican Referendums

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Tuesday, is the statewide primary elections, which means you have a chance to make your voice heard at many of the polling locations around Texoma.

In addition to the names of the candidates on the ballot, voters will also see the Republican and Democratic referendums.

"The referendum that is on the primary in Texas is an opportunity for the average political party member to let the political party know what they see as important. They’re kind of the major aspects of the party platform they would like to see the party push on their agenda," said Political Science Professor at Midwestern State University, Steve Garrison.

The Republican Party of Texas will have 6 referendums on the ballot for Tuesday's primary election.

·         Texans should be free to express their religious beliefs, including prayer, in public places.

·         Texas should support the Second Amendment liberties by expanding locations where concealed handgun license-holders may legally carry.

·         Texas should abolish the state franchise tax, also known as the margins tax, to encourage business growth.

·         Texas recipients of taxpayer-funded public assistance should be subject to random drug testing as a condition of receiving benefits.

·         All elected officials and their staff should be subject to the same law, rules, regulations and ordinances as their constituents.

·         Affordable Care Act should be repealed.

“The Affordable Care Act is the referendum with the most importance because it is the most timely and it effects our pocketbooks and our relationship with our doctors. We think the president should live up to his promises and if it doesn’t meet those promises, they need to go back to the drawing board,” said Executive Director for the Republican Party of Texas, Beth Cubriel.

The Republican Party of Texas staff members are already anticipating the outcome of Tuesday's race.

“We anticipate that the Republican nominee will become the elected official next year.  These are people who make decisions everyday that directly affect how they spend our tax payer dollars," said Cubriel.

Once the primaries are over, the Republican Party of Texas staff, executive committee and county chairs will go to the next legislative session and lobby on behalf of these policy initiatives.

The 6 referendums have been narrowed down over 30. The specific 6 referendums were chosen because they are impacting Texans now and they were almost passed during the last legislation.

To prepare for the primaries, the Republican Party of Texas is emailing subscribers to let them know where to vote as well as help out county chairs run the elections.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6