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Subject: Texas is changing fast Date: 11/13/2012 12:46 AM
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according to an interesting analysis just published in The New Yorker. Changing, but not necessarily in the way we think. The state is scarcely the caricature that appears in too many media outlets. Here is a snippet from near the end of the article:

Demography is not necessarily destiny, however. The Democratic Party in Texas is leaderless and disorganized, ill-equipped to capitalize on the Republicans’ fear of their own extinction. Hispanic turnout is much lower in Texas than in other states with large Hispanic populations, such as California, and nobody seems to be moving aggressively to change the situation. “You don’t have one person trying to unify the collective energies of the Democratic Party with a goal toward putting a Democrat on the map statewide,” said Trey Martinez Fischer, a Democratic state representative who chairs the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.

“There’s groundwork that needs to be done in Texas that simply hasn’t been done,” Julián Castro, a Democrat and the mayor of San Antonio, told me during an interview on CNN. He noted that whereas in California Hispanics vote at rates that are ten per cent lower than those of the rest of the electorate, in Texas Hispanics are twenty-five per cent less likely to vote. But he insisted that change was coming. “Within the next six to eight years,” he said, “I believe Texas will be at least a purple state, if not a blue state.”

Last Tuesday, the Democrats showed some signs of life...


www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/11/19/121119fa_fact_lizza?c...

Loren
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Subject: Re: Texas is changing fast Date: 11/13/2012 9:40 AM
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Julián Castro, a Democrat and the mayor of San Antonio

Julian, San Antonio mayor, and his twin brother Joaquin, new U.S. Rep., I predict, will be the new faces of the Democratic Party. Julian's name is already being bandied about as the Democratic candidate for governor in the next election.

They are both intelligent, well-spoken, charming, young men with degrees from Stanford and Harvard Law. Julian drew national attention with a great speech at the Democratic Convention.

The Democratic Party would be wise to court both of them, IMO. Texas Democrats are already well aware of their potential.

Chili

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Subject: Re: Texas is changing fast Date: 11/13/2012 11:05 AM
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“There’s groundwork that needs to be done in Texas that simply hasn’t been done,” Julián Castro, a Democrat and the mayor of San Antonio, told me during an interview on CNN. He noted that whereas in California Hispanics vote at rates that are ten per cent lower than those of the rest of the electorate, in Texas Hispanics are twenty-five per cent less likely to vote. But he insisted that change was coming. “Within the next six to eight years,” he said, “I believe Texas will be at least a purple state, if not a blue state.”

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Wouldn't it be great if someone started a silent revolution in Texas amongst the Hispanic population such that they began, individually, and quietly, to register to vote all across the state. Living room to living room the revolution could spread until the next election when they would vote the rednecks out of office - forever changing Texas for the better.

AM
....daydreaming....

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Subject: Re: Texas is changing fast Date: 11/13/2012 11:26 AM
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“Within the next six to eight years,” he said, “I believe Texas will be at least a purple state, if not a blue state.”


There are only a very few things out there that I would enjoy more than seeing Texas turn blue, it would be an extremely satisfying spectacle. As nice as it would be to have all those electoral college votes, even more entertaining would be the popping sound of heads exploding as the far right goober coalition melts from the seething heat of it's own caustic hatred.

FWIW I think it is inevitable, 10 years tops.

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Author: karenlj Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 413015 of 445561
Subject: Re: Texas is changing fast Date: 11/14/2012 4:17 PM
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Wouldn't it be great if someone started a silent revolution in Texas amongst the Hispanic population such that they began, individually, and quietly, to register to vote all across the state. Living room to living room the revolution could spread until the next election when they would vote the rednecks out of office - forever changing Texas for the better.

AM
....daydreaming....


It can't come soon enough for me!

Karen
non-hispanic Texas Democrat

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