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  •  Democrats Used to Be Successful in 80s and ... (3+ / 0-)
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    ..... early 1990. During that time-the Democrats held virtually every statewide office and held the governor's mansion at the time I left. The Democrats used to have a majority in at least one of the legislative chambers (sometimes both) and when I left Austin in 1991 (used to live in Dallas); we just got Ann Richard elected as governor, Bob Bullock elected as Lieutenant Gov., Dan Morales the Attorney General, etc.

    This is the state that produced a number of progressives; the said Gov. Ann Richards, Congresswoman, Barbara Jordan, Congressman Micky Leland, Congressman Jake Pickle, progressive feminist/ columnists such as Molly Ivins and Liz Carpenter (who also served in LBJ's administration), Austin attorney and former Tx. state legislator, Sarah Weddington who successfully argued Roe vs. Wade before the Supreme Court and former Texas Agricultural Commissioner, Jim Hightower (now a progressive talk show host). There are others but I don't have the time right now to type all of their names.

    Ever since 1994, when a certain person unseated Gov. Ann Richards (George W. Bush) and Karl Rove did to Texas politics what he is now doing on the national political scene; the Texas Democratic Party seemed to have imploded. It has never recovered since and I honestly cannot understand why. The Tx. Democratic Party used to be strong when I lived in the Lone Star State and was highly successful in electing office holders-many of them progressive, to the state legislator, Congress and state-wide. Its been almost 20 now since the Texas Democratic Party imploded and I keep wondering when it will recover. Perhaps there are stirrings that it is.

    If Not Us, Who,..... If Not Now, When?

    by VirginiaBlue on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 02:33:17 PM PDT

    •  I meant to say "20 years" instead of just "20". (0+ / 0-)

      If Not Us, Who,..... If Not Now, When?

      by VirginiaBlue on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 02:35:48 PM PDT

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    •  The bench imploded (2+ / 0-)
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      Jim Hightower retired. Ann was defeated by Bush. In 1993, I think she BEGGED Pres. Clinton not to tap Sen. Bentsen to be Treasury Secretary because she already knew Dems were facing statewide issues. Dan Morales went to prison. Bob Bullock didn't help the party much in his last term.

      All the money flowed in one direction. Remember why DeLay went to jail, the Republicans did some dirty tricks as well.

      All of these things led to a broken statewide Party.

      The Spice must Flow!

      by Texdude50 on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 02:44:54 PM PDT

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