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Texas Democrats Are Surprisingly Successful In Austin
Hardhatters ^ | 10/11/13 | Hal Hawkins

Posted on 10/12/2013 7:53:13 PM PDT by ziravan

On the surface, Texas is one of the reddest of red, Republican states. Republicans control every statewide office. In fact, no Democrat has won a statewide office in nearly 20 years nor has Texas voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1976. Republicans also control both houses by large majorities. The tradition of Texas being a Republican state seems secure enough that outgoing Governor Rick Perry bragged that “the University of Texas will change its colors to maroon and white before Texas goes purple, much less blue.” So, with all of this power locked up in Republican hands, does this mean that Texas Democrats have very little opportunity to accomplish anything?

The answer would be quite the opposite, and no, I am not talking about Wendy Davis’ filibuster. While it did accomplish one thing, showing how a yelling, screaming, heckling audience could paralyze Republican Senators and the Lt. Governor, it did not stop the law in question (HB 2) from being passed. However, Democrats in both the Texas House and Senate are very successful at getting laws passed and enacted.

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"One explanation would be Democrat-friendly leadership within the House. As shown in the graph, only 39% of the bills coming out of the Senate were Democrat-written or co-written, but 51% of the laws sent to the governor’s desk from the House were Democrat-written or co-written. This means the MINORITY party in the House, outnumbered by nearly 2-1, was the MAJORITY when it came to laws passed. How can this be? There is one probable answer: Speaker of the House Joe Straus. He was elected as House Speaker in 2009 by every Democrat and 11 Republicans and has remained in power ever since. How? You see, to become Speaker of the Texas House, you only need 76 votes. So, with 55 Democrats, Straus only needs 21 out of the 95 Republicans to side with him. In order to keep Democrat support, he has appointed many of them to chair and vice chair committees."

1 posted on 10/12/2013 7:53:13 PM PDT by ziravan
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To: ziravan

The Ann Arbor of Texas LOL


2 posted on 10/12/2013 8:01:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ziravan

Most of the people who live in Austin used to live in California.


3 posted on 10/12/2013 8:01:39 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: ziravan; GeronL; Windflier

4 posted on 10/12/2013 8:02:32 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: ziravan

Doesn’t surprise me one bit. It’s the one, unwashable stain on a nice red carpet.


5 posted on 10/12/2013 8:06:10 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: ziravan

Not surprising.

Just another instance of keeping Austin Weird.

The “word” “CalifAustin” springs to mind.


6 posted on 10/12/2013 8:07:10 PM PDT by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture)
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To: ziravan

I have read that there is a concerted effort to ‘recolonize’ Texas with Democrats. The Dems have been pretty successful at getting their ‘’own’ to move to previously Red states and turn them. Colorado, etc. Stay strong, Texas!


7 posted on 10/12/2013 8:10:24 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: ziravan

Keep in mind a lot of Texas Republicans used to be Texas Democrats. Rick Perry for instance.


8 posted on 10/12/2013 8:11:37 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: originalbuckeye

Colorado was a left wing Democratic state not too long ago. Gary Hart and Pat Schroeder were Colorado Senators.


9 posted on 10/12/2013 8:14:05 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: SeeSharp

And Phil Gramm.


10 posted on 10/12/2013 8:16:56 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Impeach We Much!)
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To: ziravan

Here’s my answer: PRIMARY THE MAN (Strauss)! Go!


11 posted on 10/12/2013 8:20:50 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: originalbuckeye
I have read that there is a concerted effort to ‘recolonize’ Texas with Democrats.

I haven't read that, and it would be pretty unusual to pick the second most populated state to try to talk people into moving there just to change the voter numbers, especially a state that liberals nationally, consider a hellhole.

12 posted on 10/12/2013 8:23:58 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: ziravan

If mass immigration continues, Texas is eventually bound to go blue, because Mexican-Americans vote overwhelmingly Democratic.


13 posted on 10/12/2013 8:24:24 PM PDT by River Hawk
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To: JSDude1

A wealthy businessman in his district spent millions trying to defeat him in 2012, to no avail. Straus’ seat is a suburb of San Antonio.

I believe Straus’ family owns the Retama racetrack on I-35 just north of San Antonio.


14 posted on 10/12/2013 8:26:54 PM PDT by ziravan (Choose Sides.)
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To: ziravan

Good observation. There is absolutely no question that THE problem in the Texas House is RINO Joe Straus. You correctly state how he gained power. Basically, his support base in the House is Democrats.

One standard by which to measure how weak Texas is with respect to enacting laws that truly further liberty: Texas still does not permit open carry (of hand guns, that is), and — as far as I know — it still does not allow CHL holders to carry on college campuses.

For that matter, why do we require a CHL, with all its red-tape and nonsense: It is a closed door for many without the money to both register and attend a class which forces firearms instructors to teach phoney psychology lessons as part of the regimen. How about “Constitutional Carry,” as Vermont, Alaska, and some other states have.

Joe Straus is, unfortunately, a McCain-type Republican, and a very wiley political tactician to boot..


15 posted on 10/12/2013 8:34:00 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Blowback (Faithfully farting twowards Mecca five times daily).)
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To: JSDude1

He was primaried, by a good man, but Straus is powerful and has the media and money behind him.

Maybe next round.


16 posted on 10/12/2013 8:35:33 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Blowback (Faithfully farting twowards Mecca five times daily).)
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To: man_in_tx

The cheap labor lobby is very powerful in Texas. A few years ago they were trying to pass a sort of weak version of the Arizona law and a couple of cheap labor magnates shot it down.


17 posted on 10/12/2013 8:44:41 PM PDT by River Hawk
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To: ziravan
It's a college town. Austin in the Ithaca of Texas. And Ithaca is the City of Evil.


18 posted on 10/12/2013 8:44:49 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: KC_Lion

EL Bumpo


19 posted on 10/12/2013 8:47:06 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Bump!

They are always bragging about “keeping Austin Weird”.

In Texas it sure is weird in Austin.


20 posted on 10/12/2013 8:48:25 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: ziravan

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is a Democrat in all but name, he was only made speaker by Democrat votes.


21 posted on 10/12/2013 8:48:31 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SeeSharp

I have always been a Republican.

My family were Dems, but NEVER Lefties.

When the ComDems took over the Dem Party in the late 1960’s the shift began. The entire Deep South and Texas are solidly Republican. There are places where low information voters have control in some of the states & especially in the cities.

Rick Perry WAS NEVER a leftie. FACT. I grew up 14 miles from his family, have never met him, he was a few years younger. I know both of his parents. The Perry’s came to this county about 3 years before mine. My family settle here in 1889.


22 posted on 10/12/2013 8:56:15 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: ziravan

Red states are Democrat / progressive / communist / socialist states.

Blue states are Reagan / conservative / democratic-republican states -— see either election map for 1980 or 1984.

Austin, TX is messed up, and leftists have been messing with Texas for 100 years, contrary to protests.


23 posted on 10/12/2013 8:57:57 PM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: River Hawk

Nope, will not happen.

There are many fine Hispanics who are Republicans. The State chairman is an excellent example of that. He is doing a great job and is a party unifier, not a divider.

Before TX turns Blue (ComDem) there will be a hot war.


24 posted on 10/12/2013 8:58:58 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

Yep. There was a time when the Texas Democratic party was somewhere to the right of the national Republican party.


25 posted on 10/12/2013 9:01:53 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Yes it is, I think Austin should secede and be walled off


26 posted on 10/12/2013 9:02:05 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SeeSharp

“somewhere to the right of the national Republican Party”

Yes, and that is not saying much. It was a great deal to the right of the National Republican Party. Those guys left the Dem Party as it became the ComDem Party. Never to return.


27 posted on 10/12/2013 9:05:55 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: man_in_tx; ziravan

Then why not do what we do in Washington, we put pressure on them the legislators that support him Tea Style?


28 posted on 10/12/2013 9:12:20 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: SeeSharp

Colorado was a left wing Democratic state not too long ago. Gary Hart and Pat Schroeder were Colorado Senators.


Colorado is still a blue state and it’s legislature is dominated by Democrats. It’s governor is a Dem.

Gary Hart was a senator. Pat Schroeder was a US Representative.

They were both moderate compared to the Dems. of today in Colo.


29 posted on 10/12/2013 9:16:33 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: ziravan

I have never understood why the Reds are considered blue.


30 posted on 10/12/2013 9:17:24 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Texas Fossil

But if they moved to Seattle or Portland they’d be considered “not weird enough” by the locals.


31 posted on 10/12/2013 9:20:50 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: ziravan

Weak GOP leadership!


32 posted on 10/12/2013 9:36:32 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Fine, let them all move from Austin. Remove that stain on our state.


33 posted on 10/12/2013 9:49:39 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: man_in_tx

Universities may have concealed carry if they so choose now.


34 posted on 10/12/2013 9:49:40 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: man_in_tx

Hours required in concealed carry classes were cut back this legislative session.


35 posted on 10/12/2013 9:51:34 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Because the media chose the opposite color to hide the fact that the ComDem Party is Commie Red.


36 posted on 10/12/2013 9:51:41 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: originalbuckeye

New York moved to California and now California is infecting Texas. I love my state but definitely not all it’s people.


37 posted on 10/12/2013 10:13:14 PM PDT by Rick_Michael (We are becoming a Mediocracy: By and For the mediocre.)
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To: Marcella

Universities could allow concealed carry on campus before the recent law.
Read the old statute and you will see that carry by CHL holders is permitted pursuant to written authorization or policies enacted by the the administration.
The universities always opposed.
This law made some people think something was done, but essentially nothing changed.
Sorry to disappoint.


38 posted on 10/12/2013 10:31:57 PM PDT by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: ziravan

How about this?
Please don’t recommend a ZOT for me here.
What if (assuming we can’t primary him out) we hold our noses and convince all the anti Strauss people in his district to vote for the Dem?
That single Dem can’t do near the amount of damage that this ass hat has done to our state.
Once he is gone the conservatives in the house won’t have to worry about being put in an impossible spot by having to vote for a sure loser as Spaeker (and subsequent assignment to the most meaningless committees in the House).
He has to go! I don’t care what it takes.


39 posted on 10/12/2013 10:39:26 PM PDT by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Rick_Michael

When I moved to Houston in 1969, as a Democrat from Chicago, there was only one Republican that held a state wide office, and he was a drunk.. LBJ presidency changed all that, and changed the state to solid Republican within 6 years to solid red, from then on..

I was still a holdout until I served as Chief of Protocol for a Democrat Governor in 1972, and was an insider behind the scenes, and saw too much to ever vote for them again..

I quit that cushy post within the first year because I could not stand the things that I saw and was asked to participate.. They were and still are despicable people indeed..


40 posted on 10/12/2013 10:51:08 PM PDT by carlo3b (RUFFLE FEATHERS, and destroy their FEATHER NEST!)
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To: Clump

“The universities always opposed.”

A new law was indeed passed and some universities have changed their policy. In some, students may have their handguns in their car on campus.


41 posted on 10/12/2013 10:55:11 PM PDT by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: ziravan

Like cancer cells spreading to other organs, these highly motivated libturds will relocate to targeted blue states until they have sufficient numbers to shift it to purple then red.

You conservative/libertarians or just those who have read the Constitution in Texas and the other red states had better think about that.


42 posted on 10/12/2013 11:03:51 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Texas Fossil; River Hawk

I’m sure there are many fine Hispanics who are Republican, but they are greatly outnumbered by Hispanics who vote Democrat, both nationally and in Texas.

It’s great that the party’s state chairman (???) is Hispanic, but most Hispanic votes in Texas go to Democrats. Bush was a shameless, nauseating panderer, yet the best he ever did in his four statewide races was maybe break even. Obama easily carried the Lone Star Latino vote twice. And correct me if I’m wrong, but Democrats have won the Hispanic vote in Texas in pretty much every important statewide race over the last 20 years.

The GOP dominates Texas because it has consistently won over 70% of the white vote since the mid 90s. However, thanks to unending mass immigration, the day will soon come when this dominating share of the white vote will no longer guarantee victory. I don’t see Texas going the way of California so long as the white population remains conservative, but it’s not hard at all to imagine Texas becoming a battleground state.

River Hawk is right, mass immigration is bringing in ever more future Democrat votes. Most Hispanics hold liberal views on the issues that really matter, and therefore most are natural Democrats. There is no reason to think this can change while mass immigration continues. Either the GOP will end mass immigration, or mass immigration will end the GOP. Unfortunately, I think it is rapidly approaching the point of no return.


43 posted on 10/12/2013 11:54:18 PM PDT by Aetius
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To: carlo3b
LBJ presidency changed all that, and changed the state to solid Republican within 6 years to solid red, from then on..

It wasn't quite that neat and sudden, for instance in 1976 Texas voted democrat for president. In 1968 after Johnson, Texas voted democrat for president.

Other offices took a long time to become republican, for instance in 1993 when the GOP took the other senate seat. Rick Perry himself worked on the Gore campaign and didn't switch parties until late 1989.

44 posted on 10/13/2013 12:17:11 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

They used to live in Mexico. That’s why TX will turn Dem. California was once Republican ... Ronald Reagan. Now, it’s all Mexican.

You seem to have a thing about CA. But it should be a thing about Mexico. Mexico is changing the trajectory of the world by invading this great country.


45 posted on 10/13/2013 12:24:36 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: originalbuckeye

How the heck can any state remain strong while being invaded by Mexico!


46 posted on 10/13/2013 12:26:11 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: ziravan

The bills will still have to be signed by Gov Rick Perry....and that dude is no conservative.

NAFTA Superhighway....In State Tuition for Illegal Aliens...Forced STD vaccination of little girls....Perry is no conservative.


47 posted on 10/13/2013 5:50:25 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Fact Is: GOPe want ObamaCare.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Orwellian newspeak from 2000 election night. Our side is stupid enough to use willfully incorrect terminology instead of repudiating it. I’m constantly criticizing FReepers for calling Conservative/GOP states “Red.” Democrats are the RED party.


48 posted on 10/13/2013 7:02:13 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SeeSharp

And that POS Timothy Wirth too.


49 posted on 10/13/2013 8:27:15 AM PDT by 03A3 (The reset is gonna be epic.)
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To: Texas Fossil
Fine, let them all move from Austin. Remove that stain on our state.

The reason Austin is so blue, is that the city council is elected by the entire city. The new single member districts will change the makeup for the future. All the gray hairs and hippies in west Austin vote in every election. Same with the "where is my free stuff" voters east of IH 35.

The mayor will be the only member elected "at large" in the future. Most conservative voters have stayed home in past elections, since they knew their votes meant little or nothing. Last city election had just over 10% turnout.

50 posted on 10/13/2013 10:50:07 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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