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    •  I've lived in Texas since 1982 and (12+ / 0-)

      very much appreciate all your recent diaries.  I am excited about Wendy's candidacy!

      I hear you about helping other states, too, though. As a Kansas native, all my non-Wendy time and money are going to phone-banking and donating to Paul Davis against Sam Brownback and to other local candidates. Normally, a little money goes a long way in those races, but I fear the Kochs will be papering even small communities trying to ensure they stay red. Which, Kansas probably will, but damn, Sam needs to go!

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

      by scarlet slipper on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 12:24:52 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for your support. (7+ / 0-)

        Local is where it's at. We need to go back to the local focus, everywhere, and shore it up. It's how teabaggers did it and it worked. Dems often neglect this. That needs to change.

        •  local (10+ / 0-)

          My Texas village, 79842, Obama won 51-49. Yes we have only 100 voters because kids and many Hispanics never vote.
          Our good congressman Pete Gallego got targeted heavily by Teaheads, and a Hispanic rightist repugnican managed to get elected in 2010. District 23.
          If the national Democratic party's vast fundraising apparatus could give us just one thing, I'd ask for Spanish language TV ads and mailings.
          Texas bashing is just a fact of life that I live with, I don't waste too much breath worrying about it. But it does worry me that the national Democratic electoral team has  written us off. That would be a mistake. Another error is the national assumption that the big Texas cities can be counted on to vote Dem, (even with gerrymandering) but that the vast rural lands of Texas are write-offs. That idea worries me.
          We have a potential national figure in Ms Davis now, and I hope that our 'star system' political leaders will back her with big media and big money.
          Yeah I just put a bumper sticker on my hay truck for the first time- "I stand with Wendy". I will stand alone here for her, but only if the rest of the country don't back us rural people up.

          I buy and sell well trained riding mules and American Mammoth Jack Stock.

          by old mule on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 02:19:32 PM PDT

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          •  Jesus, when I was a boy my dad and I (4+ / 0-)

            took a trip out to Big Bend. This was 1982 I think. We misjudged the distances or something and thought we would be able to find a motel but none ever appeared, driving up along the rode that follow the river.

            We saw the lights up ahead and rolled in to Presidio and thought we had found out spot. Pulling into a convenience store we thought we could ask for directions but never got out of the car. The parking lot was occupied by 30 or so feral dogs who surrounded the car.

            We continued on along the road through town, then turned around when town ended. There were only pickups cruising up and down the drag, again and again.

            One of those pickups decided to follow us out of town. My dad was driving pretty fast and when I turned around I could see the headlights racing to catch up with us.

            "Load that .38 in the glove." My dad told me. So I did, and being a proficient shooter by that time I had the pistol loaded and handed it over.

            Dad stuck it between his legs and said "Hold on" and did executed a flawless 180 at a slight widening in the road at about. The drop on the other side I could not see but knew was a drop to the death.

            We had lost the pick over a ridge and were now heading towards it. My dad stuck the pistol out the window and slowed down, training the gun on the driver as he passed. We never saw them again.

            Two weeks later Alpine had their big explosion. I will never forget that part of Texas.

          •  You are so right about the national party (5+ / 0-)

            not doing enough. I wish they would, too.

            Spanish language ads in local races. This would certainly drive up turnout.

            Thanks for your comments. Please write and contribute something to Turning Texas. We need to hear your voice.

            •  Can we really get past the whole (2+ / 0-)
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              "national party is not doing enough" meme?  It is that attitude that has led to a 19 year losing streak statewide, the longest winless streak currently for any state.

              We have enough resources to make things happen here.  We are not a small state.  We are Texas.  And we should act like it.

              Barack Obama for President '12

              by v2aggie2 on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 05:45:30 PM PDT

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              •  It's not just money (2+ / 0-)
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                it is other support as well. Sharing databases, call lists, people on the ground to coordinate. That hasn't been happening.

                I'm not going to get away from that. It is important. There is no reason to go it alone. It's not a dependency issue.

              •  well... (2+ / 0-)
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                Our nearest TV station is at Midland, over 200 miles away, and we don't really get broadcast TV because of the mountains here. So elections ads are problematical.
                We get mailing from the candidates during election season, a few from the national Dems but mostly from the congressional candidates' funds.
                Radio ads? The only Big Bend-wide station is NPR (bless them), and the Mexican stations in Coahuilla and Chihuahua don't accept US political ads.
                Further there are several local offices like judges and county commisioners who run and get elected as Democrats but actually vote and act as Republicans- they're the "power structure" here, huge landowners with gas and oil connections in the model of the infamous swine Clayton Williams.
                So...we only have a few thousand votes. It might not be worth it for the nation party to spend money here, but believe me, it would be worth it to me.
                If only Hispanics and young people voted here!

                I buy and sell well trained riding mules and American Mammoth Jack Stock.

                by old mule on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 03:36:05 PM PDT

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                •  It would be worth it and they should do it. (0+ / 0-)

                  If national or some coalition of Dem orgs dumped money into small regional markets like yours, at the very least it would force the Republicans to earn their supper and even more so it may pressure those Dems who protect their assets and positions by voting with R's just to maintain their position to do the right thing, because they would feel people are watching.

                  WOuld you be willing to write up a diary about what is happening with elections in your area as we move forward?

                  If not, what about sending me some details and filling me on on the nature of the local politics and I will write it up.

                  Let me know what you think via Kosmail?

          •  Gallego got a lot of money from the DCCC in 2012 (1+ / 0-)
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            and likely will this cycle as well

            Barack Obama for President '12

            by v2aggie2 on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 05:46:23 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, it was a long-range plan for the (3+ / 0-)
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          Republicans, before the Tea Party was really conceived.  They tried to run uber-conservatives in federal and state elections 20+ years ago and got trounced, so they regrouped and found folks willing to run for city and county school boards,councils, tax boards, judges, constables, sheriffs, etc. and were very successful. Then they moved to state senator/congressional seats, treasurer, state school boards, etc., and were successful there. Then, a horrible coalescence around Obama's election and they reaped what they had been sowing in those lower tier elections.

          We have to do better in this regard.

          The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

          by scarlet slipper on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 06:49:35 PM PDT

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