Member of Texas GOP's Executive Committee to Back Secession Resolution


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Now a story from the “This Won’t Happen” file: Tanya Robertson, a member of the Texas State Republican Executive Committee, will push for a non-binding measure on Texas’ secession to appear on the state’s Republican primary ballot in March, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The measure would present an up-or-down choice for Republican primary voters in 2016.

"There's been a big groundswell of Texans that are getting into the Texas independence issue," Robertson said, according to the Chronicle. "I believe conservatives in Texas should have a choice to voice their opinion."

Since the embers of revolution were first stoked in the early 1800s, there’s always been some level of support for Texas independence. And throughout the state's history, those who back the movement have sometimes been fringier and more vocal than others.

These days, Texas’ most organized pro-secession faction is the Texas Nationalist Movement, a group that's currently gathering signatures to put Texas independence to a statewide vote. The group must gather 75,000 signatures by tomorrow in order to do so. A blog on its website posted last week estimated that it had gathered about 56,000.

For Robertson’s proposal to succeed, she’ll have to get approval from the GOP’s 12-person resolutions committee, and then the nod from the full 60-member executive committee.

That’s not going to happen. But even if it did — or the Texas Nationalist Movement scrounged up enough signatures — the resolution would still be non-binding. So there'd be no legal propellant to revitalize the Lone Star Republic. But it's worth knowing that, even in 2015, there are some folks still trying to make that happen.

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