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For those of us stuck in Texas, we feel abandoned and forgotten.  It's like the rest of the country has said "Well, you live in Texas.  You deserve what you get."  What we get are lower wages than the rest of the country, harsher working conditions, and no help for the poor and disabled.  We have this terrible heat, drought, and the kicker - we may not have enough water to run the power plants.

So what about Texas?  What about this 50-state strategy that I've heard so much about?  Texas is one of the biggest states in the Union, and we rank last in so many things.  Our education has been raped by the Texas state legislature, and our school budgets cut to the point where districts have to choose between cancelling the school bus program or firing more teachers.  Class sizes are huge, and the teachers are struggling to keep their students under control.  Then there's the woefully underfunded welfare programs.  Texas ranks the worst in the nation for health care coverage.  If you don't have a full time job in Texas with benefits, then you're out of luck.

Now our state is being run by the gas and oil well drilling companies.  Chesapeake can basically do whatever they want - all they have to do is ask the city, and the city gives them what they want.  They're drilling within 600 feet of the Trinity River.  They're pumping water from the Trinity to frack, when we're talking about rolling blackouts because of water shortages.  That's not even covering the minor earthquakes we're having in the area, which are most likely caused by injection of water into the ground.  Or the fact that you can light the water on fire in certain areas with well water, because the gas drilling is too close to an aquifer.

It's not enough for us Texans to fight the system.  We've tried, and failed.  We either get outvoted by the redneck 'libertarian' folks, or the tea party folks, or the state of Texas puts its foot down.

We need a new message for the voters of Texas.  One that helps people understand how Republican policies have hurt our state.  We need to take back the Texas Board of Education.  We need to take back the Texas Legislature.  We need to take back the VOTERS.

The only bright spot is the fight to make sure the redistricting process isn't unfair.  I'm not sure how this is going to play out, but there isn't much hope around here.  I'll take what I can get.

Schools
Health Care
Redistricting, seen from Austin
Redistricting from Fort Worth

Sorry this isn't one of my well-thought out overwritten posts.  Just a quickie, jotting down my thoughts.  

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    That can mean only one thing: Republicans think all the jobs are trapped inside women's uteruses. - BiPM

    by Jensequitur on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 05:00:55 AM PDT

  •  The Back to Basics PAC is doing some great work in (4+ / 0-)
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    TexMex, Floande, pronin2, trumpeter
  •  These are two separate issues. (1+ / 0-)
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    trumpeter

    Should Texas Democrats fight smarter to gain a majority, in a state that ought to offer some possibilities of success?  Yes, absolutely.  Should they rely on resources (apart from best wishes) from elsewhere, as part of some 50-state strategy?  No, not really.  

    Let us resolutely study and implement the resolutions of the 46th Convention of the Democratic Party!

    by Rich in PA on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 06:15:57 AM PDT

  •  Sorry (0+ / 0-)

    Ain't gonna happen. All partisans believe that dissenters are only ignorant sheep who need to be shown the light. But it doesn't work that way.

    If you want to win in Texas, you need to do two things: win over wealthy, extremely conservative suburban whites, and win over extremely religious, extremely conservative whites.

    Religion determines voting patterns more than almost anything else (except partisanship itself, obviously). Texas is very religious. Therefore, the white voters vote solidly Republican.

    And winning wealthy white southerners, good luck with that. They voted Republican before it was cool in the South.

    California is falling apart. Not in the same ways Texas is, but it has some serious problems that are not being fixed. Do you see everyone running over to the Republicans?

    People panic too much on this site.

    by thematt523 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 06:48:17 AM PDT

  •  Speaking from San Antonio (1+ / 0-)
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      The daily paper is writing articles about Perry- and not in a good way!   I do try and respond to the naysayers who are blaming the paper for being a liberal smear campaign against him.  It is funny, they are a whine only group and offer no facts to back-up their whine.
        I haven't a clue as to how many people actually read these responses, but it is better than doing nothing.
        TX Dem groups always seem disorganized and poorly / haphazardly staffed.  I keep hoping to find a group with which to work.   I keep thinking about DCCC saying they are going to follow the 50 state model, but as of yet, I haven't seen it.

        The biggest (or one of the biggest problems in south TX) is that Castro has decided to try unseat Doggett rather than go after Canseco.  

    •  yeah it sucks being in Texas (0+ / 0-)

      I live in the boon docks and we haven't had a Democrat on the ballot for congress since some time in the 90's I think. I just don't think any amount of resources poured in will make much difference.  

      Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear." ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

      by bluestatedem84 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 08:33:13 AM PDT

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  •  Well, I've always referred to it as (0+ / 0-)

    "the 254-county strategy".  From there, when Texas is included, you can build a "50-state strategy".

    Recall the inroads the GOP, especially its Teabag crazies, made in 2010 in the Texas Lege: The House went from 76R-74-D to 101-R and 49-D (there was a defection from D to R by an East Texas Blue Dog, as I recall).  The Senate went unchanged at 19-R and 12-D from the previous session (2009-2010).  

    Thus, the GOP has basically 2/3 supermajority in both houses (given at least one Blue Dog who'll vote with them).  They control the re-districting from the 2010 Census numbers with nearly no opposisition, save their own scruples (!) and whatever the DoJ may impose after they submit their disaster of a map.

    sigh

    Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 09:35:12 AM PDT

  •  This is the wrong place to ask those questions (0+ / 0-)

    You want to help better Texas? Get on the ground with the rest of us. You can play a part where you live, and if you have the opportunity, you can help in other places such as the Rio Grande Valley area that is going to be key to turning Texas purple, and then blue.

    DK is notoriously anti-South, and the 50-State Strategy was obviously something people did not believe in very strongly. The 50-State Strategy necessarily attracts people to the right of DK and that is no longer well tolerated.

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Fri Aug 26, 2011 at 10:56:08 AM PDT

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