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What's on The Ballot?: 2014 Republican Primary Referendums


by: Katie Singh

Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 04:00 PM CST


The 2014 primary election is fast approaching. Early voting will begin on February 18, and Election Day is March 4. In addition to selecting which candidates will appear on the November general election ballot, the primary is also time for members of each party help shape this year's party platform.

Both the Democratic and Republican primary ballots will have several referendums at the bottom asking voters to weigh in on which issues should guide the 2014 party platform. People vote on whether they are for or against each of the non-binding issue referendums at the bottom of their primary ballot.

Issue referendums provide an important look at each party's priorities. These are the issues that will guide each party platform, and they provide insight into what voters think are important. The six referendums on the GOP primary ballot are nothing new--they reflect the increasingly conservative policy positions the Texas Republican Party has been taking of late. Issues on the ballot include support for public prayer, requiring drug testing for welfare recipients, and a reiteration of the party's desire to repeal all of the Affordable Care Act.

See the 2014 Republican primary issue referendums after the jump.

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Republican referendums:

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

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

SECOND AMENDMENT

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

FRANCHISE TAX

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

WELFARE REFORM

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

NO LAWMAKER EXCEPTIONS

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

OBAMACARE

The Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," should be repealed.

You can see how the referendums will look on a sample Travis County ballot here.



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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM section (0.00 / 0)
...sounds so innocuous doesn't it.  I mean, who could disagree with that stance?  But that's the sort of thing that is used to provide the basis for the types of legislation that recently passed the Kansas House, an attempt to create a religious license for discrimination.

There are no laws that prevent Republicans from praying.  What they want, though, is to establish laws that enforce praying on others.

This plank is not designed for support religious freedom, but force those religious practices on others, while claiming their own rights as "freedom" to do it.


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Please cite one example where someone has ever been forced to pray in the US.

Bearing witness to prayer is not being forced to pray - you have freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion.


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