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  •  On TX and Wendy Davis (4+ / 0-)

    I had to think about this for a while.

    A bid for governor is suicide. Abbott will be the GOP nominee and his COH will obliterate her and everyone else. Perry has a national network of cash and a loyal following of grassroots activists. We are not there yet to take them on.

    Running for re-election for her leans GOP senate seat is the smart thing to do.

    However, if she chooses to go statewide, there is one option where she could win.

    Lieutenant Governor. Of the 4 GOPers in the race she could take either incumbent Dewhurst or challenger Dan Patrick. Dew on the Platform of how he's abused the rules, and has been a soft leader and Patrick ... he WILL say rape: Often. Patrick also has said he wants to get rid of 2/3 rule, you got a platform of turning the Texas lege into Washington, right there. If Patterson or Staples gets it, we got nothing. But Dew is so desperate and Patrick is so crazy, the chance for an upset exists.

    Whatever she does, she should make no commitments until November.

    SSP alumni, 28, Male, Democrat, TX-22 ('10); TX-14 ('12)

    by trowaman on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 03:01:06 PM PDT

    •  If she runs, we likely lose her Senate seat (0+ / 0-)

      Which then gives the Republicans a two-thirds majority.

      She should absolutely run in the future. But 2014 isn't it.

      25, Practical Progressive Democrat (-9.38, -8.51), Gay, IN-02 - Defeat Wacky Jackie for 2014!

      by HoosierD42 on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 12:21:57 AM PDT

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      •  No .... (1+ / 0-)
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        We are at 11 Ds then, meaning we can lose 0, as seen with this bill, we lost 1 but could block cause we had 11 others. Before Wendy, Sen Gallegos had to have his hospital bed on the floor of the senate to block bills, cause we could afford 0 spares, but block we could.

        I'm not sold that FW Councilman Joel Burns (it gets better fame) couldn't win it. And there's no guarantee Wendy could hold in a gov year either, she has only run in POTUS years before and drew the wrong straw this cycle. The thing about Tarrant County Dems: every one of them is an A+ rock star and they work together, from school board to Wendy and Marc Veasey.

        SSP alumni, 28, Male, Democrat, TX-22 ('10); TX-14 ('12)

        by trowaman on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 02:13:15 AM PDT

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      •  I thought her Senate seat wasn't up (0+ / 0-)

          until 2016. She won it in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012. Did redistricting put her into a seat that is up in '14?

           Sometimes weird stuff happens in redistricting. For a couple of years in the early '90s I had two state Senators. Now I have none until after the 2014 election (at least that I had any vote on. )

        Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 54, new CA-30

        by Zack from the SFV on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 11:29:37 AM PDT

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        •  Nah, she lost the lottery (3+ / 0-)

          on who gets election in 2014 or 2016.

          "Didn't anyone ever tell you? There's one thing you never put in a trap—if you're smart, if you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow—there's one thing you never—ever, put in a trap. …Me." -The Eleventh Doctor

          by KingofSpades on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 11:47:43 AM PDT

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