There's a New National Effort to Turn Texas Blue

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It's clear and has been for a while that, barring a wholesale shift in the worldview of both Republicans and Latino voters, demographic shifts will turn Texas into a Democratic state. Eventually. That's what San Antonio's political wonderkinder Joaquin and Julian Castro were talking about on Sunday when they told CBS' Face the Nation that Texas would soon turn blue.

Politico reports this morning that the national Democratic Party would very much like to accelerate that process and is launching a targeted effort to do just that.

First up is an organization dubbed Battleground Texas, which "plans to engage the state's rapidly growing Latino population, as well as African-American voters and other Democratic-leaning constituencies that have been underrepresented at the ballot box in recent cycles," Politico reports.

Papers for the group, being spearheaded by Jeremy Bird, the national field director for President Obama's reelection campaign, were filed this month. Its focus will be on registering more voters and getting more voters to the polls. Bird told Politico that the lan is to "make Texas a battleground state by treating it like one."

Actually doing that will take money, which Politico reports will be rolling into Battleground Texas to the tune of tens of millions of dollars over several years. It will also take a rebirth of the state's Democratic Party, which has withered during its two decades in the wilderness.

Leading the hoped-for renaissance will be the state party's rising stars, like state Sen. Wendy Davis, who is singled out as the strongest Democratic candidate for statewide office in 2014, and the Castro brothers.

It's hard to believe that even the most optimistic Democrats really expect Texas to be competitive as soon as 2014 or 2016. But the shift is all but inevitable, and Republican complacency seems destined to help it along.

Politico quotes Republican strategist Dave Carney, who steered Perry's 2010 reelection, dismissed Battleground Texas as a case of "consultants coming up with a project to get paid."

"The more money they spend on [Battleground Texas], the better it is for Texas and the taxpayers of Texas, because it will basically lead to continued conservative dominance of the state," Carney told Politico. "There's a reason voters are low-propensity voters. They don't vote. It's their message that hurts [Democrats.] It's their inability to articulate a message that the vast majority of Texas voters agree with."

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Debra321
Debra321

Wendy Davis is an idiot that was only seeking her 15 minutes. She got it, now she's done. The battle in Texas should not be between Democrats and Republicans. It should be between Republicans and the Tea Party. We need to get all the Rinos out and more strong Tea Party candidates like Ted Cruz in! Hispanics, women, minorities and poor people need to all wake up and realize that the Democratic party DOES NOT have your best interest in mind! They want to use you like sheep or cattle for votes. They're placating you and using you. Welfare is holding you down, making slaves out of you! And I really hate the argument that because someone disagrees with killing unborn babies, that they want to control a woman's body or her uterus. That is retarded. I don't think people should kill people, period. Unborn babies are people. Take control of your body and use one of the millions of ways to prevent pregnancy rather than murder. If you actually take control of your own reproduction in that way, then you have a lot more control of your body than you do by fixing the problem afterwards. To me, that shows you're f*cking up, not taking control of your body. And if you take precautions and STILL end up pregnant, consider it a miracle. Maybe that baby has a purpose. If you can't take care of it, there are plenty of people that can't have babies that would love one. So if that's the only reason you're a democrat, then get your head out of you ss and pay attention! There are bigger issues out there than just abortion. Our country is going to hell and no, I don't mean that religiously. Our economy is failing. The dollar is failing. The recession that we're just climbing out of will look like a blip compared to what's coming if we keep going down this path! 

joedell.at
joedell.at

there are other places in the world where people enjoy full freedom, they don't have to defend it with an ak47 assault rifle everyday. A place where there're not school shootings.

30 day payed vacation. fair enough!

Universal health care for all.

A democrat would become a republican in just a second..interested?

come to europe

we can help


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loxas1
loxas1

I'm latino and would never vote democrap...  why should Texas turn blue? look how libtards have screwed up California... Texans need to do everything we can to stop these idiots... and to all the folks leaving cali for Texas, take your libtarded a$$es back where you came form we don't need you screwing up our state...

Toasty Ryder
Toasty Ryder

This was concise, eloquently stated and factual.. Texans will never go for it

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

I dare say, I can better articulate sensible liberal policies than any politician I've heard, save perhaps Bernie Sanders.  Until democrats are willing to support liberal policies, and understand them, and how to rebut "conservative" radicalism in economic policies, I think the dems will reap what they sew, AWOL

Hunter Shults
Hunter Shults

Haha not happening. Better off focusing on Florida since no one there can make up their damn mind!

Luis Cruz
Luis Cruz

Great, the backward ideology of the Republican party is ridiculous.

Johnny Horton
Johnny Horton

Why, so they can completely destroy our economy too? Piss off.

Nathan Meyer
Nathan Meyer

I don't lean either way... but yeah, good luck turning Texas blue after all this recent gun-control madness.

Warren Johnson
Warren Johnson

Good Luck with all that! I mean, California is a great example of what Texas can be...................mmpf, mmppf............BWAHAHAHAHAA!

Curtis McLean
Curtis McLean

why not, so the Dems again can take the advantage of how they take minority votes 4 granted

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

A lot of talk and no results. Before Hispanics think they will be the next wave, they might try and win a few elections. They did not come through for Mr. Garcia and now we see Dr. Elba complaining her redrawn city district is ONLY 75%+ Hispanic registered voters. You would think you would see a gradual improvement in Democratic statewide candidates. Can anyone not in his family remember the name of recent Democratic senatorial candidate? Texas is different that Dallas County. Dallas County only went Democratic because the Republicans left for the suburbs taking their income, property taxes and sales activity with them. That will not happen for Texas. I do not see much Democratic bench strength except for a few anointed "stars". Right now that bench looks like the leadership of Dallas County. If you think people like Judge Jenkins and Mr. Watkins are our future, I would advise you to avoid field sobriety tests.

russp
russp

I didn't move to Texas until 1988 and it seems that at that time, Texas was a Democratic state; at least at the state level. That's why it doesn't seem so surprising that it could become one again. Was it always Republican on the federal level?

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

The dirty secret Gimmedats don't want you to know is that after a generation or two, the immigrant Latinos vote Republican because they better respresent hispaanic culture.  Especially on social issues.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Stupid fools that they are, the republicans are not trying to win over Latinos, African-Americans, or any other traditionally Democratic-voting groups.  They think redistricting and voter suppression efforts will win the day for them.

fistofsouth
fistofsouth

@joedell.at You missed the part where Europe has 60% taxes and over 1000 years of shared history; things like that help with issues like violence.  Also please explain Switzerland; one of the least volent places on Earth for hundreds of years and they are armed to the teeth.

Debra321
Debra321

@loxas1 Thanks you for being smart! I came from California because the libtards ruined it! Texas is awesome just the way it is! We need more people like Ted Cruz! The Democrats are just using latinos and minorities for their votes. They don't really care about you. Moving out of California was the best thing I've ever done in my life. Life is very good in Texas! Only been here and year and a half, but everything is so, so, so much better!

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@loxas1 California is rebounding nicely, actually.  The biggest problem California faces is the same problem Greece has, property taxes are limited--so the rich don't pay what they should. 

Debra321
Debra321

National election? Are you forgetting President Bush? Both terms? Plus the GOP run Senate? Hmmm.... Not sure where you're getting your info.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@Hunter Shults once the Castros die, Florida might well turn blue too.

Debra321
Debra321

Don't just be a Democrat because you're hispanic. Look at what is happening. MSNBC and most other broadcast new is so ridiculously skewed and biased that the information you're getting from them is just plain wrong. Talk radio has better info, believe it or not. The ideology of the Republican party is not ridiculous. It's also not racist despite what you've probably heard. The only time race ever comes up is when a liberal brings it up. Watch with more open eyes and you'll see the race-baiting they do on the news. It's disgusting. Everyone in America is guaranteed the right to pursue their happiness. That doesn't mean everyone is entitled to money or housing or food. You have the right to go out and make something of yourself and live your life the way that makes you happy. That seems to be the line that gets confused between the parties. Conservatives think you should be able to go out and pursue your dreams, Liberals think the rich should give what they earn to the poor. But by doing so, they're still giving huge breaks to all their rich buddies and using the welfare system to hold people down, make slaves out of them. Stop being a sheep and actually do some research. What you find might surprise you.

Dave2001
Dave2001

@Luis Cruz What is ridiculous about it? Republicans have many more opportunities for Hispanics than the Democrats. Immigration? Come on...Democrats used that as a voting tool in 2012. Stop listening to MSNBC and believing Republicans are nothing but a bunch of racists and get on the side of the party with more opportunities for you and your family/children/grandchildren, etc.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@Johnny Horton The Dems won't wreck our economy.  We have petro, that is not a partisan issue.  But, if that's what passes for analysis--your input is vastly over-rated

Dave2001
Dave2001

@Charlton McGowan No, it isn't.

Debra321
Debra321

Best thing I ever did was leave California and come to Texas! Life has never been so good! I make more money than I did in SF with a much less stressful job. Plus, I pay $50 less a month on rent.... But my place in Oakland was 400 sqft and here it's 1500 sqft with an acre yard. There's no state income tax, either so I keep more of my money. My last job search in California took around 3 months and about 500+ resumes sent out to receive 1 interview. Of course I got the job because my resume and experience are fabulous. But in Texas, I sent out 9 resumes and got 3 interviews and job offers. Same experience and qualifications as in California, but in the booming economy out here, I have MY choice of jobs rather than having to settle for whatever $hit-hole I could get. My last few jobs in CA were awful.... One stopped paying us regularly for 6 months before I found another job. I do bookkeeping and accounting so it's all about money and no one had any. My last job out there was all about BS-ing people to continue to bring us product while we pushed off paying them for 3-6 months, whatever we could get away with. I hated it! Every job wants you to work harder, faster, take on more responsibilities but get no extra pay. Don't even think about a raise! Here's a promotions, but we can't pay you any more so you just get to work harder. And no chance of getting benefits! Here in Houston, I have great pay, fully paid health & dental insurance, short and long term disability (after only 2 months), 2 weeks paid vacation after only 6 months, and paid holiday right away. All for an easy, low-stress, laid back job. I love it!

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@Warren Johnson You speak, but know nothing.  California is doing well, thank you.  Their industries are humming and things are on the upswing.  Your unwavering ideology is useless in a cyclical economy.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Jenkins is much smarter than he lets on.  But, indeed he sounds like a yokel

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@russp no, remember LBJ?  He's relevant for more than being a Texas product, his civil rights agenda led to the "Southern Strategy" thanks to Nixon, which LBJ predicted.  The South used to be solid Democrat (Dixiecrat) after LBJ they gradually flipped.  The modern GOP is most certainly not the party of Lincoln except in name.

Debra321
Debra321

@roadsidecouch It sure seems like the "non-racist" liberals bring race into everything. The Republicans don't cater their view towards a particular race which is why I think they don't always get minority votes. But do you want the party to treat you different because you're hispanic or do you just want to be treated like a person?

Chuck_Schick
Chuck_Schick

@roadsidecouch New Latino voters (and by "new," I mean 40 and younger) tend to vote much like people in that same age group who are other races. They are becoming more accepting of issues that may not have always represented "Hispanic culture." In other words, the Moral Majority's heyday has ended.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@roadsidecouch Buncha Anglos sitting around discussing what Hispanics will or will not do.

Debra321
Debra321

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz The KKK was started by Democrats. The civil rights movement was started by Republicans. The only reason Democrats seek out minority votes is to use them. 

rubbercow
rubbercow

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz If we are to believe what we see in the news all day everyday, the only way to get "Latino" votes is to promise "Latinos" that their ethnic group (or even anyone that identifies as a member of that group) will be above the law."I will vote for you if you allow anyone of my ethnic group to violate the law without repercussion".Of course, running the nation this way is shameful but our politicians (and gullible cat lovers) are more than happy to do the wrong thing as long as they get those votes.It is absolutely disgusting.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  

Myrna, Republican Presidents have done more for latinos than the democrat administrations.

For example, despite Ronald Reagan's effort on the 1986 illegal immigrant amnesty program, latinos overwhelmingly voted for Michael Dukakis rather than George Bush.

In the 2004 election, despite Bush pushing for not only an amnesty program and immigration reform, latinos once again voted heavily in favor of John Kerry.

The Dream Act, and its various permutations and revisions over the years was largely started in the Bush Administration in 2001 with several prominent Republicans in the Senate, working to craft a bill that would have bipartisan support.

Dave2001
Dave2001

@scottindallas @loxas1 Texas Hispanics want to work and live independently, unlike California Hispanics who want to live off the government. New York and California will turn Red before Texas ever turns Blue.

Debra321
Debra321

@scottindallas The Democrats took a huge, bustling economy in California and flushed it down the tubes. I'm sure they'd do the same thing here in Texas. Businesses are moving out of California and into Texas (along with their tax dollars) because California is so business-unfriendly and Texas is business-friendly. They would come in and unionize everything and raise taxes so we could give more people free rides and it would neuter our economy. No thanks, this is why I moved out of California. I would rather live in a more free state with lower taxes and more like-minded people. Keep Texas Red!!!!!

Dave2001
Dave2001

@scottindallas Scott, the Dems WILL wreck the economy despite the oil if they get control of Texas. To think otherwise is not good "analysis."

Debra321
Debra321

@Dave2001 The Tea Party is growing. Republican ideology isn't conservative enough. The Tea Party and Libertarian movement is growing. More young people are figuring out that being a liberal won't help you. I'd be fine with the Republican party being replaced by Libertarians. Or a new party, the Tea Party becoming a strong third party option. 

Dave2001
Dave2001

@scottindallas And quit saying "California is doing well economically." The figures say you are wrong.

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

Can I have some of the weed you are smoking?

Debra321
Debra321

@scottindallas @russp LBJ took all his civil rights ideas straight from Eisenhower, a Republican. The civil rights movement was started and backed by Republicans up until the Democrats saw a way to use the blacks for votes. 

russp
russp

@scottindallas @russp 

President is elected by the entire country. What about the Texas senate and house positions, were they mostly Democrat at the time? 


scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@rubbercow Stop letting clowns fool you rubbercow.  the GOP likes illegals for their donors labor force.  Of course that suppresses the wages of everyone else.  Then, the jackass commentators you listen to on the radio, will at once stir up anti-latino animosity but will do nothing to address the problem.  Those guys are too dumb or too cowardly to ask their listeners, who are presumably exorcised by the illegals, if the contractors they hire have documented workers.   

The "conservative" hosts, claimed they didn;t get my point.  My point is that in over 20 years, only 2 people have asked if my workers are documented--and both worked for the DOJ.  The "conservatives" would rather have police raid job sites than have their listeners demonstrate that there is a market for documented workers.  

Why would anyone listen to such stupid people?  Why would so many fall for a big gov't solution?  Aren't these "small Gov't conservatives."   No, they're sophists and clowns who think you're stupid. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@rubbercow Wasn't that one of the main beefs with the Republican effort this past election though? Just swap taxes for immigration.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz And Bush letting illegals flood into the country.  No doubt Paul, GOP likes illegals for their donors labor force.  Of course that suppresses the wages of everyone else.  Then, the jackass commentators you listen to on the radio, will at once stir up anti-latino animosity but will do nothing to address the problem.  Those guys are too dumb or too cowardly to ask their listeners, who are presumably exorcised by the illegals, if the contractors they hire have documented workers.   

The "conservative" hosts, claimed they didn;t get my point.  My point is that in over 20 years, only 2 people have asked if my workers are documented--and both worked for the DOJ.  The "conservatives" would rather have police raid job sites than have their listeners demonstrate that there is a market for documented workers.  

Why would anyone listen to such stupid people?  Why would so many fall for a big gov't solution?  Aren't these "small Gov't conservatives."   No, they're sophists and clowns who think you're stupid. 

observist
observist topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz You're leaving out the 2012 Republican primary debates where the candidates clambered over each other trying to be harshest on illegal immigration, and Rick Perry was considered "too soft" because he didn't want to deport kids and young adults who were brought here as babies.   So, Republicans are belying their actual policies playing to the xenophobia of the "base" during elections.

James080
James080 topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  

President Obama's administration deported more Latinos every year of his 1st term then any previous president, ever. But a large majority of Latinos voted for him anyway in large part due to his last minute executive order temporarily exempting young illegals from immigration enforcement (vote pandering 101) and because....Democrats strongly favor vast expansions of entitlement spending which directly benefit a majority of Latinos.

Debra321
Debra321

@Dave2001 @scottindallas @loxas1 California is red everywhere except the coasts. The problem is there are so many people along the coast. It's really not a big leap for them to turn red.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@russp I don';t understand your point.  The presidential policies cause the white southern conservatives to flip from democrat to republican.  This went up and down the ticket.  Remember Lloyd Bentsen?  Jim Hightower?  Bill Clements was the first big Republican Gov. to get reelected in what the early/mid 80's.  The Supreme Court of Texas and all statewide offices were Democrat for about a hundred years.  And that was a reaction to Lincoln and reconstruction--which had the same dynamic throughout the South.  I could be easily argued that the entire Southern vote since Lincoln has been driven by White resentment of Black's emerging equality via the destruction of slavery and Jim Crow.

rubbercow
rubbercow

@scottindallas @rubbercow As usual, you make many assumptions - all of which are wrong.

Don't you ever tire of being a pompous, self-righteous blowhard?

I am an extremely liberal Democrat. I get it, you personally benefit from hiring illegal workers.

No amount of false piety will change the fact that you are as transparent as they come.

rubbercow
rubbercow

@Scruffygeist @rubbercow To each his own, indeed. The difference I see is that, if we are to assume that all rich people are white, the bargaining re taxes did not have the rich (whites) demanding that all other whites be exempt from paying taxes.

rubbercow
rubbercow

@Scruffygeist @rubbercow no. I got your point. It is not a valid comparison.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@rubbercow You're missing the point. Republicans promised what is essentially their (white) ethnic group that the rich will be above the tax law if they vote with them. 

rubbercow
rubbercow

@Scruffygeist I voted for Obama.

Taxpayers tend to be from many different ethnic groups.

Debra321
Debra321

@scottindallas @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Business owners with integrity don't hire illegals. I'm not racist. I know this country was built on immigration. But I think you should come here thru the legal route. Giving people a free pass because they broke the law is wrong. It's insulting to the legal aliens and to the law abiding non-citizens that are trying to come to this country. Disagreeing with amnesty does not make one racist. I just think it's cheating, cutting in line. Plus, since those people won't be required to be covered at work under Obamacare, it makes them more desirable to hire. So we make them legal to hire, cheap to hire, and hiring them means you won't be subject to the Obamacare fines. Looks like a lot of regular citizens will lose their jobs because of amnesty.

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