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Tea-Party Activist Burton Challenges Davis for Texas Senate Seat


Long before Wendy Davis became a national target for the pro-life movement, Konni Burton wanted to take her down. Burton, a long-time Texas tea-party activist, decided months ago to challenge Davis for her Senate seat. It will be Burton’s first political campaign. And it might be competitive.





“It’s a marginal district, there’s no question,” says Matt Mackowiak, a Texas Republican consultant. “She won it this last cycle because the candidate we had ran a terrible, terrible race. Talk to any Republican consultant in the state, they’ll tell you that was one of the worst campaigns ran the entire cycle.”





That candidate, Mark Shelton, is running for the Republican nomination again this time. But Burton has also thrown her hat in the ring.





“I think Tarrant County is far more conservative than she’s been representing us,” says State Representative Jonathan Stickland of Davis. “And I was involved in the Mark Shelton campaign against Wendy last time and I thought it was a dismal failure, and I think that we needed a strong conservative to motivate the base to get out and vote, I don’t think that a moderate could do that, and Konni Burton is the clear conservative choice, in my opinion.”[/break1]nationalreview.com/corner/352534/tea-party-activist-burton-challenges-davis-texas-senate-seat-betsy-woodruff]http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/35 ... y-woodruff








Texas does not need another damn Teabagger. Yikes. :evil:








Thanks To The Supreme Court, Wendy Davis Will Probably Lose Her Senate Seat


[/break1]org/justice/2013/06/26/2216721/thanks-to-the-supreme-court-wendy-davis-will-probably-lose-her-senate-seat/]http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/0 ... nate-seat/





However, if the last poll is accurate, Texas may not be all that pro-life anymore?








Bipartisan Poll: Texas Voters Oppose Abortion Legislation


[/break1]org/press/bipartisan-poll-texas-voters-oppose-abortion-legislation]http://progresstexas.org/press/bipartis ... egislation











Does this have a prayer? :-k








Texas Congressman Sues to Block Texas Voter ID Law


A Democratic congressman joined seven others Wednesday in filing a federal lawsuit to keep Texas from enforcing its voter ID law.





U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth filed the papers in Corpus Christi federal court, calling the requirement to show a state-issued photo ID card at the ballot box unconstitutional.





The law “would have the effect of denying thousands of Texas voters the ability to vote in person, a large number of whom would be disenfranchised entirely since absentee voting in Texas is available to only certain specified categories of voters,” according to the lawsuit.





The case comes just one day after the U.S. Supreme Court declared a section of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. That decision overthrew a decision by federal judges in Washington that Texas could not enforce the voter ID law.[/break1]thedailybanter.com/blog-archives/2013/06/texas-congressman-sues-to-block-texas-voter-id-law.html]http://bobcesca.thedailybanter.com/blog ... d-law.html

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Then again, maybe not. :(





Poll suggests filibuster did little for Sen. Wendy Davis


DALLAS –– Two weeks after Sen. Wendy Davis was catapulted to political rockstar status, a poll suggests her new found fame might not mean much if she considers a run for governor like many have urged her to do.





In a survey of 500 Texas voters, Public Policy Polling reported that Gov. Rick Perry, if he chooses to seek a fourth term, would still beat Davis by 14 points, receiving 55 percent of the vote compared to her 39 percent in a hypothetical matchup.





"Wendy Davis made a strong first impression on Texas voters last week," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. "But the chances that the state turns blue in 2014 still look pretty slim."





In fact, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro would come in first among Democrats but still can't beat Perry, PPP found. Former Houston Mayor Bill White, who lost to Perry in the last general election, is the second most popular Democrat. Davis was third favorite and just slightly ahead of current Houston mayor Annise Parker.[/break1]wfaa.com/news/politics/Poll-suggests-filibuster-did-little-for-Wendy-Davis-214422061.html?fb_comment_id=fbc_142738699261466_121781_142749525927050#f1254b8df8397f2]http://www.wfaa.com/news/politics/Poll- ... b8df8397f2





Please tell me Texans aren't really this stupid......... ](*,)








No link to actual poll.

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The moral of the story is that Texas is still blue red.





So far.





But that's why they are doing a bus tour to register voters.





Will it change in 2014? Yeah. But maybe not enough.





Yet.





[/break1]huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/02/texas-democrats-wendy-davis-filibuster_n_3537395.html?utm_hp_ref=politics]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/0 ... f=politics





Edited cuz I made a big oops.

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The moral of the story is that Texas is still blue red.





So far.





But that's why they are doing a bus tour to register voters.





Will it change in 2014? Yeah. But maybe not enough.





Yet.





[/break1]huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/02/texas-democrats-wendy-davis-filibuster_n_3537395.html?utm_hp_ref=politics]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/0 ... f=politics

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#-o :oops: :lol: more coffee!

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How bad does this state have to get before Texans will wake up? Depressing. :dontwanttolook:

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How bad does this state have to get before Texans will wake up? Depressing. :dontwanttolook:Texas has been in a boom cycle for a while. It seems to have bigger booms and busts because everything is bigger in Texas. You know what follows a big boom. :explode: Oil and gas has had a nice long ride. When will it come to an end and what kind of landing will the sector have? When will the glut of natural gas burn off? When will alternative energy supplies start taking a bigger share of the markets?The EU and China were reported yesterday to be near a deal on the proposed tariffs. Will the US follow and reconsider the anti-free trade tariff our government has imposed on Chinese manufacturers of solar panels which has keep the price of solar up in this country?That's what crystal balls are for. I wish there was a model with an accurate calendar.

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Then again, maybe not. :(





Poll suggests filibuster did little for Sen. Wendy Davis


DALLAS –– Two weeks after Sen. Wendy Davis was catapulted to political rockstar status, a poll suggests her new found fame might not mean much if she considers a run for governor like many have urged her to do.





In a survey of 500 Texas voters, Public Policy Polling reported that Gov. Rick Perry, if he chooses to seek a fourth term, would still beat Davis by 14 points, receiving 55 percent of the vote compared to her 39 percent in a hypothetical matchup.





"Wendy Davis made a strong first impression on Texas voters last week," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. "But the chances that the state turns blue in 2014 still look pretty slim."





In fact, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro would come in first among Democrats but still can't beat Perry, PPP found. Former Houston Mayor Bill White, who lost to Perry in the last general election, is the second most popular Democrat. Davis was third favorite and just slightly ahead of current Houston mayor Annise Parker.[/break1]wfaa.com/news/politics/Poll-suggests-filibuster-did-little-for-Wendy-Davis-214422061.html?fb_comment_id=fbc_142738699261466_121781_142749525927050#f1254b8df8397f2]http://www.wfaa.com/news/politics/Poll- ... b8df8397f2





Please tell me Texans aren't really this stupid......... ](*,)





No link to actual poll.This July 2, 2013 PPP article may be it.


[/break1]publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/07/davis-popular-but-gubernatorial-bid-a-long-shot.html#more]http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main ... .html#more

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I'm not surprised that Wendy Davis might have a tough reelection fight if she chooses to run again. She has emerged as a leader of a national movement, but most of her supporters will never have an opportunity to vote for her. She has to keep up with the bread-and-butter stuff like constituent services and funneling state money to her district. One of the big reasons Michele Bachmann had a tough reelection fight last fall was because so many people felt that her teabagging was taking her away from advocating for the interests of her district. The campaign ads that ran here in Minnesota were not about repealing Obamacare or about the scary Muslims infiltrating the US government. They were about her helping disabled veterans get VA benefits, about the $700M she got in federal money for her big bridge project, and about her shaking hands and waving flags with people in the exurbs she represents.

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Yabbut, Wendy's the victim of redistricting.





She won last time cuz she fought it via the Voting Rights Act.





But SCOTUS took care of that. And Texas sez they are redistricting.





MSNBC's Zachary Roth reported earlier this month that Republican leaders in Texas tried to slice up Davis' Fort Worth district in 2011 and move thousands of black and Hispanic voters into neighboring districts. But Davis challenged the move in federal court under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act -- a part of the law rendered inoperable by the Supreme Court decision that struck down the heart of the law.





Section 5 allows the federal government to prevent states with a history of racial discrimination from making election changes that could affect the voting rights of minorities. Davis told MSNBC that under Texas' new districting plan, minority voters “were being separated very purposely from each other -- and therefore from the power to ever express their preference at the ballot box again.”





Davis and the U.S. Justice Department won the case in August 2012, a few months before elections, and Texas was forced to drop its redistricting plan. Davis was narrowly reelected to her state Senate seat in November.“With today’s decision, the state’s voter ID law will take effect immediately," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a statement on Tuesday. "Redistricting maps passed by the Legislature may also take effect without approval from the federal government.”[/break1]huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/wendy-davis-voting-rights-act_n_3500171.html]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/2 ... 00171.html





How Section 5 blocked a GOP power grab in Texas


Zachary Roth, @zackroth


12:01 AM on 06/06/2013








She worked to kick-start economic growth in poor neighborhoods, pushed for increased public-school funding, and cracked down on predatory lending practices targeting the poor. When Fort Worth kids were forced to crawl under idling trains to get to school, Davis won funding to fix the problem.





But Texas Republicans were eager to win back Davis’ seat and increase their Senate majority. And in 2011, they used their control of the redistricting process to improve their chances.





Redistricting requires state and congressional district lines to be modified each decade to reflect the latest Census data. The GOP plan radically changed the demographic makeup of Davis’ district, among others, moving tens of thousands of black and Hispanic voters into neighboring districts. In fact, of the 94 precincts that were over 70% minority, Republicans cut out 48 (see maps of District 10 below). In the new map, blacks and Hispanics were placed in separate districts from each other and were outnumbered by the white conservative majority, which tends to vote Republican.http://msnbctv.files.wordpress.com/2013 ... =843&h=403





Davis and her constituents had one recourse: The Voting Rights Act. Under Section 5 of the landmark civil-rights law, election changes made in certain areas with a history of discrimination—including Texas and most other southern states—can be blocked by the federal government if they might reduce the voting power of minorities.more here. Interesting post.


[/break1]msnbc.com/2013/06/06/how-section-5-blocked-a-gop-power-grab-in-texas/]http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/06/06/how-sect ... -in-texas/








As you can see by the map, she won't win again. Not if the new map stands.

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This is why I keep ranting about gerrymandering as being one of the major obstacles to progress and is what is taking us back to the 1850's as far as representation. Back then, it was 3/5ths of a person for some and none for others who were counted in the census but were not allowed to have representation. With the new gerrymandering, everyone gets counted but still don't have representation proportional to the numbers.It's no coincidence that Junteenth is a commemoration of the events in Texas. However, the emancipation process has not been completion. What's the good of emancipation without representation, eh? That's true not just for the minorities but also for the majority ...that is women. The group that will be most disadvantaged however, will be minority, low income women. :(

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