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So far her journey has taken her from a single mother in a Texas trailer park to one of the leaders in the Texas Senate. She is now on a journey to the highest office in Texas. She will be governor of Texas in 2014.

Texas Senator Wendy Davis made it official on Thursday October 3rd, 2013. She will be the Democratic Candidate likely challenging Texas Attorney General Republican Greg Abbott.

Texas is ready for a change. Governance by the good old boy network has made the state a low tax panacea for business even as the masses are left wanting. Texas is a state with one of the largest subsidies/tax giveaways to business even as it refuses to fund public K-12 at appropriate levels. Texas is the state with the highest percentage of uninsured citizens even as its governor refuses to accept the Medicaid expansion of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Texas is a state in the middle of an oil boom that refuses to keep its roads paved.

The good old boys have done to Texas what Right Wing Republicans have done to the nation as whole. They have effected policies that pilfered the middle class. Higher education costs continue to rise faster than inflation and the state continues to put less than required into the system.

Wendy Davis will face a tough race as Gregg Abbott has already amassed a sizeable war chest. The dirty tactics have already begun. The good old boys better remember that Wendy Davis’ life story makes her a fighter more so than them all. She knows what it was to be poor. She knows what it was to need and not have. Most importantly she remembers a long gone Texas where irrespective of having been born poor, there were state resources to give her not a handout, but access to success. It is that which she wants to give back to Texas.

It will likely be a close race.  However with Texas’ changing demographics, a population decimated by a Republican Party that lives in an ideological bubble, a Republican Party that continues to trample women’s rights, and a Republican Party that refuses to adopt programs to aid its most needy, Wendy Davis stands a chance. Wendy will prove the pundits wrong as she personalizes the race. She will win by leading the debate and not falling into the trap that Republicans are starting to attempt, discussions on issues irrelevant to the well-being of Texans.

Below is the Wendy For Governor watch party by the Kingwood Area Democrats in conjunction with Battleground Texas.

There were dozens of these in the Houston area and hundreds throughout Texas. This roll-out occurred at 4:30PM on a workday and was still well attended. With this type of enthusiasm and with an acknowledged need for change, Wendy Davis will be a winner.

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Originally posted to ProgressiveLiberal on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 04:11 AM PDT.

Also republished by Houston Area Kossacks.

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  •  won't it be great to have not only a popular (8+ / 0-)

    democratic leader, but a woman with national office potential, strengthening the credibility and bench depth of the dem's?

    I confess to never having been a Hillary fan (centrist, neo-liberal, DLC, AUMF, etc), but with people like Liz Warren and Wendy Davis riling up the masses, things can only get better instead of just worse and worse.

    Let's keep fighting to take back what's been stolen from our national hope and direction.

    Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

    by p gorden lippy on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 04:38:25 AM PDT

  •  Battleground Texas is working. (11+ / 0-)

    We need to support southern Democrats. That's where our strategic focus needs to go.

    Because if we can push things towards the D column in the south, we can take the House.

    That is the only place where we'll see movement.

    Forcing the GOP to play defense will help us everywhere else, as well.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 05:05:36 AM PDT

  •  yep, Scholz's was packed - (7+ / 0-)

    like almost impossible to move around packed, at 4 on a Thursday afternoon, just to watch it on a big screen. Imagine the enthusiasm when she actually comes to town!

  •  Is there.. (3+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, sebastianguy99, texasmom

    a video of her speech? I really want to see it, but I can't seem to find it.

    Boehner: "Shut down Obamacare or the budget gets it!" Reid: "Don't think so." B: "But.. but.. shut down Obamacare!" R: "No." B: "... Please?" R: "Fuck off."

    by evilcommunist on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 05:58:36 AM PDT

  •  She has a strong presence on FB. (6+ / 0-)

    The Pragmatic Progressive page, Liberals Unite, Feminist Justice League, Planned Parenthood Texas, and Stand With Texas Women are just a few places to visit for Wendy news.  My feed is all Wendy Davis, and I love it.

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 06:11:03 AM PDT

  •  Just as I'm reading this... (4+ / 0-)

    ...another email arrived from her campaign.  I'll have to make another donation later on.  

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 06:12:45 AM PDT

  •  people are overlooking (5+ / 0-)

    Abbott's many weaknesses despite all his money. He has never had to face a primary challenge and he has never had a truly competitive race. The biggest challenge is that he is a truly unlikeable person, even Republicans don't like him. If he has to run on his record as A G he'll be in a lot of trouble because he has paid millions to a Chicago law firm only to see them lose in every case they handled. His office is responsible for the fact that the state is paying Wendy Davis's attorney fees for defending her district in the redistricting mess last year. So far I haven't seen anyone bringing this up but it is his record and I'll just bet Wendy Davis will be hammering this home.

    "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." Lewis Carroll

    by Wordsinthewind on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 06:25:49 AM PDT

  •  Houston Wendy Watch Party was well attended. (4+ / 0-)

    We had to move from the original location (Mr Peebles)because the air conditioner broke to a bar called Black Finn across the street that had at least 7 big screens.  It was a packed, excited, loud, and hope filled crowd.  Battleground Texas was well represented, Sen John Whitmire was there.  Lots of phone cameras out during the speech recording crowd reaction, etc.  Hope to see some of those.  If you've got 'em, post 'em.  Thanks!

    We are all in this together.

    by htowngenie on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 06:48:05 AM PDT

  •  Abbott has become vile. He used to come across as (4+ / 0-)

    ...somewhat moderate but has changed.

    I think she has an opportunity to run a more inspiring campaign than the one Mayor White ran last time. She will need help from the national party and donor base. Texas is huge and it takes time and money to go town to town efforting to get people registered and ready.

    I also expect that she will need some leeway in some of the positions she is going to have to take. It is near impossible for a statewide candidate in Texas to be anti-oil and win. I would not expect her to be an activist for gun control. She will probably have to be more cozy with developers than most of us here at DK would like.That said, I would expect that she will offer a clear and unambiguous choice when it comes to issues such as immigration,education and health care.

    The Republican candidate has aligned himself so far to the right that it has opened up more room for her to maneuver and compete for some of those rural votes while winning the suburbs in the large metroplexes.

    If she runs a good campaign it will be a tight race and quite interesting. If she runs a great campaign she will win, though probably not in a landslide.

    The politicians may be bought, and the system corrupt, but it is our duty to fix these things.

    by sebastianguy99 on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 07:16:12 AM PDT

    •  very good points (4+ / 0-)

      it is suicidal to run as anti-gun in this state and besides a large number of Democrats here are gun owners. Most of us grew up around them and know the difference between responsible gun owners and gang bangers. She's too smart to get caught in that mire, any successful Democrat in this state knows how to step around the landmines. Bill White conceded the the race before it got started, I was so disappointed but understood that he never wanted to be governor. His interest was in the Senate. Paul Sadler did an admirable job in 2012 and came much closer than people give him credit for. He visited all 254 counties and did it all largely on his own. His performance in the debates put an end to the idea that Cruz is a master debater becuase he got his clock cleaned. Problem was no one watched and Texans by and large don't want to vote for anyone except a "winner". I've been rubbing that in for the Rs I know locally, especially the one who is a school board member. I've been asking him how he would spend his share of the money the state is paying Wendy Davis.

      "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." Lewis Carroll

      by Wordsinthewind on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 07:26:41 AM PDT

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      •  If Williams wins then those Senate seats will not (1+ / 0-)
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        Wordsinthewind thought of as safe. Either way, I cannot help but think that Cruz will only serve one term.

        I think the legislative races will be even more competitive next time as well. The national party and donors are going to have to commit to taking Texas as well.

        The politicians may be bought, and the system corrupt, but it is our duty to fix these things.

        by sebastianguy99 on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 01:33:37 PM PDT

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