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  •  Democrats need to start picking off seats (25+ / 0-)

    in the Texas legislature to blunt the Republicans power plays, as well as build the Democratic bench for future statewide runs.

    As long as they have the power, the GOP will keep trying to blunt the demographic wave they are facing by thinning out Democratic voters by way of voter ID laws, banning felons from voting, etc.

    NC-4 (soon to be NC-6) Obama/Biden 2012

    by bear83 on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 08:04:43 AM PDT

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    •  So close until ... (4+ / 0-)
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      fuzzyguy, Odysseus, oceanview, YucatanMan

      The Democrats got to about 76:74 in the Texas House, iirc, and influenced the selection of the Repub Speaker of the House (got a new and less ideologically crazy one).

      But that was before redistricting. It will be years before we have another shot at it.

    •  The cities have Democratic governments, (3+ / 0-)
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      generally speaking.  Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso are blue and bluish places.

      One demographic trend not covered by the diary is how cities are increasing in population and voting Democratic.

      Redistricting will make it harder - perhaps take longer than the diary predicts - but eventually, the trend is Democratic.

      However, there is a huge caveat:  We're talking one or two decades here.  Democrats need to stand up and fight for policies which continue to attract these various constituencies.  

      Trying to be "Republican-lite" is not a winning strategy.  If Democrats cannot or will not stand up and fight for traditionally-held Democratic principles, then they can just watch the whole demographic trend benefitfade away to nothing as disaffected voters stay home or even convert to the uninformed but "catch-phrasey" Republican line.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 10:05:39 PM PDT

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      •  amen and wish i had 1K recs for this: (1+ / 0-)
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        Trying to be "Republican-lite" is not a winning strategy.  If Democrats cannot or will not stand up and fight for traditionally-held Democratic principles, then they can just watch the whole demographic trend benefitfade away to nothing as disaffected voters stay home or even convert to the uninformed but "catch-phrasey" Republican line.
        ...at least boyd richie is gone...now to clean house in the SDEC. that is where some of the biggest problems lie (i can name names). if ever there were a shady, bloated body within the TDP crying out for term limits, it's the SDEC.

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