Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Can Y'all Stop Using Texas As A Political ATM?
There is enthusiasm in the Texas Democratic Party ranks and among liberal progressive Texans for the first time in a while. Many Republican held legislative seats that went unopposed in 2014 and 2016 have now drawn Democratic challengers. There's a competitive Democratic primary in CD 7, currently held by Rep.John Culberson (R) that drew seven quality candidates.
we flipped the most populous county in the state blue, and are eagerly looking to continue the process in this cycle.
The significance of this news is that Harris County provides 25% of the vote total in a statewide race, so if we can get turnout up here, it helps Democrats across the state.
But what that is going to take to make a Blue Texas a reality is money.
One of the things that has pissed Texas Democrats off for a long time is that Democratic candidates from the rest of the country come to Texas to fundraise and taking money out of our state to spend in other races around the country .
Texas is also the linchpin of the Republican Party efforts to cling to power on a national level. It's why the Texas GOP has spent millions to voter suppress and gerrymander this state so they keep control of it. According to an AP analysis, in 2016 the Republicans picked up four additional US House seats in Texas they wouldn't have if not for the gerrymandering.
to suppress African American and Latinx political power
If that happens, the Republicans will be hard pressed to win a presidential contest, much less keep control of the US House of Representatives because they would have to fight for Texas' 38 electoral votes instead of relying on adding the Lone Star State's EV's in their total.
We also need to have liberal progressive Texans running for statewide and countywide offices, school boards and judicial benches. It's a win win for us in Texas and for you nationally if Ted Cruz is no longer patrolling the US Senate and Beto O'Rourke is.
We need money for our races, too. Y'all could also send more money here as well to help us flip Texas in 2018 and 2020 as well.
We'll do the rest of the work necessary to make it happen.