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  •  We REALLY need outside help (7+ / 0-)

    Maybe even a TYPE of Freedom Riders for Hispanics. Guys I am a Party Chair and am beaten down. After years of even representatives in my own party being turn coats, I am totally beaten down. I only had 26 people to vote in my Democratic primary last cycle and the Republicans had over 2,000. The county is over 50% Hispanic.

    There is no county chair in my neighboring county.

    The bankers and farmers own this area. I got a check from the state party for just over three dollars for political activities, that was all I got.

    Hispanics are voting republican in masses. They are recruiting Hispanics for local offices too which makes it very difficult to find an opponent.

    You really need to continue to write off Texas because the expense would be too great and we might lose some of the other states and Texas as well. I really, really wish it would work.

    •  Can you point us in the direction (1+ / 0-)
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      of some data to illustrate what you are saying about Hispanics voting en masse for Republicans in your county or other counties, without exposing yourself here?

      •  Hispanic vote Texas (4+ / 0-)
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        Bailey county Texas

        Demographics

        http://www.city-data.com/...

        White........38.3%
        Hispanic......59.8%
        Black...........09%

        Secretary of States Historic election site

        http://elections.sos.state.tx.us/...

        2012 Republican Primary.....719 voted for president

        2012 Democratic Primary ....20 voted for president

        Now for the General election....

        Romney.....1,339   
        Obama ........466

        Also there is another point but I don't have the data presently available to back it up but I did see it just after the primary's. During Primary voting both parties include opinion questions such as the republicans anti abortion position. They had three very right wing questions and they were approved by 90% of the republican voters which had to include a large number of Hispanics. I see them go in and vote on the republican side since the primary's are held in the same building.

        Many of the Hispanics are small business owners and are at the mercy of the right wing farmers they serve and the same type bankers. It is just safer to be a republican here for the people trying to get ahead.

        I pay a big price for being a Democratic Party chair.

        •  But how does this show Hispanics voting R? (0+ / 0-)

          These are very low numbers anyway. R's can achieve this with zero hispanic votes.

          •  Please look at lower post (3+ / 0-)
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            I want you to use the Secretary of Sates link and look at the voter turn out for the high Hispanic population counties that border NEW MEXICO on the western Texas border.

            Cochran county doesn't even have a county chair and it is high Hispanic population.

            Look at the Democratic Party turn out compared to the Republican Primaries in the SAME COUNTIES. Look up Deaf Smith County which has had a high Hispanic County since.

            Bluntly they are moving to republican and /or not voting but I di know the ones that vote.

            And BTW, these small red counties are republican strong holds and guess what, THEY ARE WINNING so look at those small numbers a little different.

        •  You're right, I feel for you. Had to look up (2+ / 0-)
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          Bailey County. Yeah, Muleshoe, one of my crew commuted from there.
          I can just imagine the extent of the price you might be paying there, most progressives from other places cannot imagine how those attitudes can spill over into day-to-day life situations.

          I've spent time in the Panhandle, wingnut central (except for all the other wingnut centrals around the state). It ain't much better in South Texas either, though.

          We’re Ready, Wendy’s Ready! WTF Are We Waiting For? Bring ‘em on! The revolution has begun! Come and take it!

          by Bluefin on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 01:35:58 PM PDT

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          •  Thanks Bluefin (5+ / 0-)

            I appreciate the understanding. It just gets very hard at times. In the 2002 elections we had organized West Texas Democrats to help unify and improve communications between county Democratic units and the area. We had a Democratic candidates "caravan" going to all the counties with all the down ballot candidates under governor in the area of West Texas Democrats. We had info desk at fairs and 4th of July events.

            Tony Sanchez was running against Bush and didn't bother with our events. (I could have sworn he was working for Bush)

            We went all out and lost our butts. That is when I met Kirk Watson. At our event it was billed as Pete Laney (Speaker of the house from a local area county). I stood next to him and told him I would never forgive him letting Bush make his victory speech from the Texas House Chamber. He looked shocked but he finally realized when it was too late and he and the other Democratic leaders had run away to Oklahoma.

            At one time the local Catholic church would let us us their fellowship center to inform of the candidates. Not so now.

            Glad you know our challenge.

            BTW, Democrat turned Republican former congressman  Kent Hance and chancellor  of Texas Tech and hiring Alberto Gonzales for $100,000 a semester to teach, is retiring. What is even more scary, there is talk of making congressman Randy Neugebauer the new Chancellor. You remember Randy, the congressman that shouted "baby Killer" during Obamas State of the Union Speech and was the one that berated the National Park employee at the WWII Memorial last week.

            We only have one non partisan media TV source that being the local CBS affiliate.

            Thanks again Bluefin!

            •  Oh yeah, Admiral Randy's a real gem, that (1+ / 0-)
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              would really torpedo TT's reputation wouldn't it? Neugebauer isn't exactly a smart intalecshawell feller, is he?
              The 'Juanita Jean' website keeps a close eye on him and the rest of the menagerie.

              Hang in there, there's hope for the state, but I doubt that West Texas will ever change much.

              We’re Ready, Wendy’s Ready! WTF Are We Waiting For? Bring ‘em on! The revolution has begun! Come and take it!

              by Bluefin on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 04:09:02 PM PDT

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            •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

              I had no idea about RN and TT. That would not be good.

              State Dems just don't even bother if they feel the area is a waste of their time. That is a poor strategy.

    •  Hang in there, Jim Beard. (10+ / 0-)

      I live in Harris County (for non-Texans, that's the greater Houston area), and we've been working hard here to register voters. And we're going to continue to do so, and then work harder still to GOTV for Wendy.

      So we're definitely not going to write off Texas. Having said that, I can only imagine how hopeless it must seem to you given the situation you've described.

      I hope that you and some of your Democratic friends can carpool to a Battleground Texas event and/or to a Wendy Davis event soon. The energy and enthusiasm are contagious.

      What I'm hearing over and over is folks expressing surprise at finding that they have so many neighbors who are Democrats. When's the last time you had a party for Democrats? Folks might like to get together to share their excitement regarding Wendy's candidacy, and you might find new people that way. And then stress how important it is to vote in the Democratic primary for her as well as for our other statewide Democratic candidates. Then as potential Democratic candidates see that folks are turning out to support Democrats, they might be more likely to run for office in future.

      For the record, I do know that we are not going to get an overnight miracle. We are going to have to put far more boots on the ground, folks who are willing to do the work that it will take to turn our state into a battleground state that can elect statewide Democratic candidates. And I know that folks are working every single day on that. So what I'm trying to say is that reinforcements will be coming. Just keep on fighting, Jim Beard.

      "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

      by nomandates on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 01:10:08 PM PDT

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      •  What nomandates said. (6+ / 0-)

        That is discouraging. I am very interested in the details, though. If you are interested and willing, please feel free to drop me a kosmail and pass along a little more detail about your county and the races there. I would love to write about small, downballot races where Dems are the deep underdog candidate.

        You should follow our Turning Texas group.

        Write up a dairy and send it along.

      •  We really, really need media (4+ / 0-)
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        Organizing is good but the most important part is election day. You must either call and/or go by their homes. It is a must because many Hispanics are low income and with reason suffer financial repercussions. Not overtly but it does happen.

      •  Hi Nomandates, (2+ / 0-)
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        It must be nice to find out you have Dem neighbors!  I'm in Fort Bend County (adjacent to Harris Co., for those who don't know) and I'm pretty sure I don't have ANY Dem neighbors.  I daringly put an Obama yard sign out the last two elections.  In 2008 it got stolen.  In 2012 at least nobody stole it, but I was about the only one in the neighborhood.  Oh well, at least my house didn't get egged.  Small victories.....

        •  Hi, Freakinout daily! (2+ / 0-)
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          Exactly:

          Small victories.....
          In 2008, mine was the only car with an Obama sticker in the parking lot where I work. During the first couple of years, I occasionally got a note on my car advising me to watch Fox "news," but I haven't gotten one of those in years now.

          I think we have to be visible supporters of Democratic candidates wherever possible. Hope you'll put a Wendy sign in your yard soon!

          "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

          by nomandates on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 07:39:03 PM PDT

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          •  You bet I will! (2+ / 0-)
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            I already sent a donation to Wendy, while she was still in the middle of her filibuster (because I appreciate backbone!). So yeah, there will be more donations, a yard sign, and maybe volunteering.  I admit to being chicken about bumper stickers though.  I'm afraid somebody will key my car.......

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