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Electing Democrats Is The Only Way To Moderate The Texas GOP

Several recent articles point out the power of the extreme right wing in Texas, while highlighting the futility of everyone else.  Patricia Kilday Hart at the HChron broke it down this way, GOP primary voters rule Texas simply by showing up.

With only 1.4 million voters participating in the GOP primary, that means as few as half the participants – some roughly 700,000 voters – have selected all statewide officials serving Texas’ 26 million residents in recent years.

“It is a tiny fraction of the population who sets the agenda,” says Steve Munisteri, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. “It is amazing how much influence you can have if you get involved in politics.”

While it’s extremely troubling for Texas that a measly 700K wing nuts decide our fate, there’s an even more troubling part for Democrats.

Democrats also have to show up on the ballot: This year, no Democrat has filed for election to a county government position in 86 of Texas’ 254 counties. In 168 Texas counties, no Democrat is running for the office of county judge.

Hence the importance of the Republican Primary voter. While 6 million to 8 million Texans vote in November elections, Republicans have dominated that contest for two decades. Put bluntly, the only real competition in Texas politics occurs in the Republican Primary.

“How many Texans really understand how many elections are determined in the primaries?” asked University of Texas professor Regina Lawrence, co-author of a study on civic participation in Texas. “When two-thirds of Texans are sitting on the sidelines, it raises the question of how representative our elections end up being.”


Democrats have fielded candidates in only 12 of 15 statewide offices this year, and things get worse down the ballot. For the 150-member Texas House, only 40 percent of the seats have Democratic candidates. Fifteen of the Texas Senate’s 31 seats are up for re-election this year, but only about 40 percent of those races have Democratic candidates.

Granted some of those counties are small and may not matter much, many are not. And having no Democratic presence (or choice) at all, means many Texans in these counties see little or no reason to vote.  Having candidates in these places would get voters used to seeing and hopefully voting for Democrats on a regular basis.  No easy task, but one that’s needed.

And that’s what the recent report shows is that in Texas “civic duty” is being bred out of citizens, Texas Ranks Among Lowest in Nation for Political Participation and Civic Involvement.

“This report should be a wake-up call for all Texans who care about the future of our state,” said Annette Strauss Institute Director and Journalism Professor Regina Lawrence. “By not being civically engaged, too many Texans are ceding control over the direction of our state to an active few. We hope the findings in the Texas Civic Health Index will spur conversation and debate, and inspire people to become more actively engaged.”


The report also includes suggestions for reshaping the state’s civic environment. Large-scale recommendations include improving civic literacy through schools, increasing access to higher education, increasing the supply of and demand for public affairs information and engaging citizens through digital and social media platforms. Ideas for individuals include creatively engaging legislators and reaching out to friends and neighbors to join in election-related activities.

So the next time politicians attack public and higher education, we know why. Those currently in power see them as a threat to their political survival.

Another article was by Mark Jones a political professor, who seems to be trying to goad all Texans to vote in the GOP primary this year. He sees that as the way to bring back some sanity to GOP politics in Texas, GOP primary deserves more attention from voters. He does frame the issue in much starker terms.

The direction and scope of public policy in Texas for the remainder of this decade will be profoundly affected by the outcome of this spring’s Republican primaries. In all 15 statewide contests and in three-fifths of the state legislative races, the November general election will, barring an egregious misstep by a Republican candidate, merely ratify the decision made by GOP primary voters in March and May.

And yet, if recent history is any guide, only between 5 percent and 7 percent of voting age Texans will turn out to vote in the March 4 Republican primary. Those who participate will, however, enjoy a privileged influence on the direction of state policy in the critical areas of education, health care, infrastructure, moral values issues and taxes. In contrast, many Texans who opt not to cast a ballot in the GOP primary may find themselves regretting their choice this time next year when the Republicans elected this spring are running the show in Austin.

If all goes as he’s predicting, 2021 is the earliest date things will start to change.  But the lack of participation led to this statement from Texas Democratic Party spokesman Manny Garcia, “Texas isn’t a red state. Texas is a nonvoting state”.  And that is what must change.  Jones goes on in his article to try and make the case that there are sane Republicans in Texas, “..trying to pull the party back to the center-right”.  But Kuff shreds that argument and many more that Jones is trying to make, Pay no attention to Mark Jones.

1. To say that “some Texas Republicans are now trying to pull the party back to the center-right” is a giant copout. Who are they, what are they doing, and what influence do they have? The fact that Jones doesn’t cite even a single name or organization is telling. Sure, there is some pushback going on in some local races – see, for example, the primary challenge to first term teabagger extraordinaire Rep. Jonathan Stickland in HD92, or the fight for Harris County GOP Chair – but if there’s something like this happening at the statewide level, it’s not apparent to me.

2. I’ll stipulate that there are candidates for Lite Guv and Attorney General – one in each race – that have a track record of mostly pragmatic, non-crazy governance. Both of them are running as fast as they can away from those records, since they correctly recognize that their records are obstacles to overcome in their current races. Note also that Jones did not name the candidates he had in mind. I’ll venture a guess that one reason he didn’t name names is because he knows what would happen if he did: Every other candidate in those races would pounce on his proclamation that so-and-so is secretly a moderate and would govern as one if elected, and the candidates themselves would then be forced to respond by making statements along the lines of “I am not a moderate! I eat moderates for breakfast and gnaw on their bones for a late night snack!” As for the Comptroller’s race, I have no idea who he thinks the undercover moderate is. The three main contenders are a Senator best known for sponsoring the draconian anti-abortion bill HB2, a member of the House that Jones’ own metrics identified as one of the more conservative members last session, and a gadfly whose main claim to fame is running to the right of Rick Perry in the 2010 GOP primary for Governor. Boy, I can just feel the center-right goodness emanating from these races.

He’s got five points so be sure and check out the rest of them.

What’s become clears to anyone with a brain, regarding November 2014 and the Democrats chances in Texas, is that if good things happen it won’t be because a bunch of regular GOP voters come to their senses. The only way Democrats win is if enough of the nonvoters in Texas finally get sick and tired of the crappy government the GOP is running in Texas.

Burka even wrote a decent post on this, Primary Experience.

The evolution of the Republican primary into a race to the far right is a sad moment in Texas politics. There is nothing left of the party of George W. Bush, or even the party of Rick Perry. The press has done little to hold up its side of the equation; they can’t get away from the Wendy Davis saga. We should be talking about how Republicans have allowed creationism to creep into the schools, about the myopia of the media when it comes to setting the agenda for a political race, about the failure of the business community to shoulder its share of responsibility for educating Texans about the things our citizens need: better schools, better roads, better health care.

The lieutenant governor debates ought to embarrass ordinary Texans, so far have they strayed from addressing the real problems facing the state. Each of the four candidates took the hardest of hard-right positions at every opportunity. They couldn’t risk even the slightest hint of moderation. What is missing is mainstream Republicans, local business and education leaders who care about their communities instead of ideological crusades. How did this happen? The simple answer is: Ted Cruz. He has remade the state GOP in the image of the tea party.

Texas politics has fallen into a situation where 1 million or so people completely control the politics of a state of 26 million folks, and I don’t see any escape. Until mainstream Republican voters figure out that the only way to return Texas politics to sanity is to find a middle ground, that they need to make their voices heard in the primaries because that is where major races are settled, nothing is going to change. Even if we had a few candidates who wanted to change the direction of the state, I don’t think it is possible. We have gone too far over the cliff to look back over our shoulders. It’s pretty obvious that the electorate is interested only in issues that are created to drum up a controversy with the federal government: immigration, guns, and anything involving Barack Obama. Until the antipathy for Obama loses some of its force, I don’t see any change in sight regarding Texas politics. I do think that the primary will, in due course, feature a war between the mainstream and establishment factions of the Republican party. [Emphasis added]

He’s right. And that’s why the electorate must change, before anything in Texas can change.  Texas has the feel of a state that’s run by our crazy right wing uncle for a reason, it’s not a coincidence.  The Texas GOP is so far off the cliff, the only way to bring them back is to elect Democrats.

Further Reading:
McBlogger has more media criticism, Wendy Davis… THE DISASTER!
PDiddie hits many different issues, Reconnoitering.
Jason Stanford on what’s changing, behind the scenes, in Texas politics, Yes, there is good news for the Democrats in 2014.


What’s Been Happening- Lt. Gov Debate, Davis Fights Back, SOTU

On Monday night the four GOP candidates for Lt. Gov of Texas got together for a debate.  The topics were – end of life issues, border security, Dan Patrick’s bankruptcy, Dewhurst’s phone call, double-dipping, abortion, marijuana, creationism, and term limits.  I guess that’s what the GOP base cares about?

PDiddie sums it up here, Four boobs on the tube.

All four want to force a woman to give birth to a child that is the product of rape or incest.  All four said that the judge who compelled the hospital to end life support for a brain-dead pregnant woman carrying a deformed fetus was wrong, and would support a bill in the next session to prevent another judge from doing so.

All four support the teaching of creationism in public schools.  All four are opposed to the decriminalization of marijuana.  (Only Patterson among them favors the use of medical pot.)  All except Patterson want a fifty-foot-high wall at the Rio Grande border armed with machine gun turrets and high voltage current running through the concertina wire at the top.  (That’s barely an exaggeration.)

Dan Patrick wouldn’t pay back the debts he went bankrupt on, even now that he has the money.  Jerry Patterson can say “tetrahydrocannabinol”, several times, without mangling it.  Todd Staples’ head is still too large for his body.  And Dewhurst is so confident of victory that he didn’t bother to work in any time for debate practice.

No questions about infrastructure, or water, or the environment, or the Texas economy, or education, or Medicaid expansion, or predatory payday lenders, or anything of substance to anyone outside the Tea Party base of the Texas Republican Party.

That’s why Texas Democrats declared Democratic candidate for Lt. Gov. Leticia Van de Putte the winner of the debate.

“Tonight the four candidates performed like they serve: Lt Governor Dewhurst deflected the blame to others, Sen. Patrick lacked reasonable solutions, Commissioner Staples blamed President Obama, and Commissioner Patterson talked down to voters.  Tea party extremists showed us once again that Republicans simply do not represent mainstream Texan values. Texas voters deserve better from their elected officials. Tonight’s clear winner was State Senator Leticia Van de Putte. She is the only candidate in the Lt. Governor race with the record, vision, and everyday Texan values to lead our state.”

Wendy Davis’ daughters cleared the air about the lies that have been told about their mother and their family.

Davis and Democratic candidate for Lt. Gov. Van De Putte each gave a speech in Austin last night. Watch them here.

President Obama gave his SOTU speech last night. It was good, but likely won’t change much, if anything. The President’s main issue is the one it’s been from the beginning of his presidency. He still won’t do what needs to be done, Rules of Liberal Political Success.  He’s never told the American people who is responsible for the economic mess, and held those who caused it responsible.  It’s just not something he’s capable of doing, for whatever reason, and it doesn’t make me mad anymore.

Lies & The Lying Liars That Tell Them

The only thing worse then the media created “scandal” that Wayne Slater started this week is the fact that anyone, much less people who consider themselves journalists, would take a convicted criminal and serial liar‘s obviously edited video seriously.  And it’s sad that Wendy Davis has had to respond to the after the insults and death threats she’s been getting.

Slater’s old buddy James Moore debunked his whole original argument earlier in the week, Wendy Davis and the Amazing Media Mobile Home Mystery.

There is nothing untrue in the Wendy Davis narrative. But there is something unfair. Consider that she got loans and assistance and got into Harvard Law. Her husband helped. He knew her potential. He said as much in Slater’s article. He introduced her to people. Wendy took her children with her to Boston but, undoubtedly, discovered it is hard to do Harvard Law and raise kids. They went home to their dad. She commuted as often as affordable to be with them. She got a by-god Harvard Law degree.

Quite a tale, eh? Reframe it around a man. And here’s the interpretation: Can you believe the sacrifices he made for his family, to get his degree, and lift them out of their situation? Lived in a mobile home a few months, lived with his mother, lived in a small, cheap apartment, went into debt, paid off his loans, endured long weekends to make sure he was involved in the raising of his children while reading the law, and managed to eventually become a Texas State Senator and run for governor. The marriage didn’t survive but the couple separated amicably and continued to raise their children together and still have mutual respect. Who is this great man?

He’s a woman. Name of Wendy Davis. Democrat of Fort Worth.


The Davis Campaign should have come up with something considerably better for a response than having an articulate candidate say she needed to use “tighter language” because it suggests there is a marketing team at work and not a basic truth: A single mother endured difficulty to raise her family and succeed. That’s it. It’s a hell of a story.

As far as the video goes, I was hopeful that the Shirley Sherrod fiasco had taught the media a lesson about these highly edited “scandal” videos. But that’s not the case.  The draw of these videos, which contrive scandal, is just to strong for the media, it’s like crack for them and they just can’t put give it up.

PDiddie, has a great post on this, A furiously busy week to be a political pundit.

*Of course the title of this post is a nod to Al Franken’s 2003 book*

Get To Know Louie Minor – Democrat For Congress in District 31

The more I see and hear about Louie Minor the more I like his candidacy. Here’s a recent article on his candidacy from the Killeen Daily Herald, Belton native hopes to unseat incumbent representative.

A fresh face is hitting the Central Texas campaign circuit this year.

Louie Minor, a Belton native and Iraq War veteran, is hoping to unseat six-time elected Rep. John Carter in District 31 to represent the people of Central Texas. The district encompasses much of Bell and Williamson counties with a large population of veterans who should be represented by a veteran, Minor said.

The 34-year-old spent a total of 10 years in the armed forces, first in the Texas Army National Guard, then switching to the Army Reserve when he moved to Washington, D.C., in 2012 to work for the Department of Homeland Security.

During that time, Minor spent 14 months in Iraq and spent another two years as an executive officer for the Warrior Transition Unit at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Now a captain in the Reserve, Minor said living in D.C. during the political gridlock of the past year made him want to get involved in politics.

“(Gridlock) affects everything,” he said. “It affects every aspect of our way of life because they’re unwilling to work. To keep electing the same people to do the same thing is not going to make it stop.”

Then a friend in elected office advised Minor to go for it while he was young.

So he quit his job in July and moved back to Belton, where his 15-year-old daughter is attending Belton High School.

“I wanted to improve lives here in my hometown,” Minor said. “I think this area deserves a veteran representing it. Unless you’ve been there, you can’t relate.”


When it comes to political parties, Minor said he isn’t so much concerned about being a democrat in Texas, but the lack of voter turnout.

“I’m going to work very hard to turn out the vote,” Minor said. “Texas is not a red state like some people would like to tell you. Texas is a nonvoting state. If all the minorities turned out to vote — they tend to vote democrat — that would turn Texas purple at the least. I think people are going to be surprised at what we’re able to do here at the district.”

Voter contact is at the top of Minor’s list to reach out to people, something he personally feels he hasn’t seen from Carter.

“I have concerns and I know a lot of constituents have concerns on the representation we’re getting by electing him,” Minor said. “I think the people of the district deserve a debate. He’s never debated. He may think he doesn’t have to but he has to answer a lot of questions to the military, to retirees, to veterans on how he’s been voting. … I know I will hold him accountable and I hope the voters hold him accountable as well.” [Emphasis added]

Carter’s office declined to comment on the possibility of a debate.

The Bell County Democrats support Minor, said Marianne Miller, county chair of the organization, citing his record of public service.

“(This year) is the year where people across Texas and the U.S. are looking for a change and want leaders with records of dedicated public service,” she said. “Mr. Minor fits that bill and will be a voice for everyone regardless of who they are or political affiliation.”

It’s not surprising Carter doesn’t want to debate. All entrenched incumbents like Carter see no advantage, only a potential disaster for their candidacy, by actually participating in the democratic process. That’s a conversation for later, if a debate was to happen it would likely occur in the fall.

Minor is a great candidate and the first LGBT candidate to run for District 31.  Here’s an interview he had with the Dallas Voice in December, Shaking it up: Texas politics gay style.

Louie Minor has a lot of titles: veteran, father, Democratic candidate, and he hopes to add Texas’ first openly gay congressman to the list next fall.

Minor, 34, is challenging Republican incumbent John Carter in the Republican-leaning Congressional District 31. The suburban Austin district includes all of Williamson County and most of Bell County, from a portion of north Austin to Temple. It also includes Fort Hood.

Carter, first elected in 2002, has received a zero each session on the Human Rights Campaign Congressional Scorecard, which rates members of Congress on their support for LGBT issues.

A native of CD 31, Minor grew up in Belton. He’s a veteran and a captain in the Army Reserves, and has spent a decade in the military, even serving 14 months with the Texas National Guard in 2008–09.


Minor is the first openly gay candidate to run for a Texas congressional seat in 15 years. James Partsch-Galvan ran as a Libertarian in 1998 against Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee in Houston’s District 18.

Before that, Barbara Jordan held that district seat from 1973–79. While she never acknowledged her sexual orientation publicly, the Houston Chronicle mentioned her longtime partner in her obit in 1996.

If elected, Minor would be the first openly gay Congressman from Texas, as well as the first openly gay member of Congress who is a veteran and who’s Latino. On Dec. 3, Minor wrote on his Twitter account: “It’s official. We’re on the ballot.”

Read the whole interview here. He’s also dinged Carter for co-sponsoring what’s being called DOMA 2.0 (H.R. 3829).

“I was disappointed that they filed it, but it doesn’t surprise me,” Minor told Dallas Voice this week. “For over a decade, John Carter has continually voted against the LGBT community, and he’s received a zero on the HRC scorecard. So now I think it’s time for us to elect a congressman that will represent LGBT Texans and be our voice in Washington.”

Minor will certainly make protecting the basic civil and human rights of all people a focal point of his candidacy. But he’s also made clear that this race is about many issues, and finally having a someone that represents the whole district, and not just a thin slice on the far right of the GOP.

Game On

Elections are too often about issues that matter little to most people.  I will certainly vote for Wendy Davis over Greg Abbott, if those are the choices, in November. That will be because of a perception that Davis will be less likely to favor big business and corporations over the people of Texas, unlike Abbott.

The BS that started this weekend has little significance to the millions of Texans that are struggling to make it day-to-day.  It won’t raise the minimum wage, provide health care, an education,  or increase anyone’s pursuit of happiness.  It’s the Rovian tactic of attacking your opponents perceived greatest strength.  In other words Davis’ “up by her bootstraps” story really scares the Abbott campaign and the Texas GOP. So they’re going to try and swift boat her.

The more they muddy up Davis’ strength the more likely it is, they believe, that those initially inspired by her will become cynical and loose their enthusiasm to work and vote for her.  This story will do nothing to sway the hard partisans.  It’s an attempt to try and keep the electorate the way it has been for the last 20 years, small and right wing.

This election comes down to one thing.  If the electorate expands significantly Wendy Davis and the Democrats will have a great 2014.  If it doesn’t, we’ll have more of the same.

PDiddie at Brains and Eggs has more including plenty of link.

Not to mention this is taking away from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s ignorant and out of touch comment, “At the end of the day, we’re paying our school teachers – when you count in cost of living – a very fair salary.”

Wendy Davis Has Money & More

As far as the money race goes Wendy Davis’ campaign has done what it needed to do.  Post a number that shows her campaign can be competitive.  And raising $12.2 million over the last half of 2013 does that.  What’s a more impressive number is this one, via the Texas Tribune.

Besides unveiling the combined $12.2 million haul, Team Davis also said that the Fort Worth senator had collected donations from 71,000 contributors from Texas and around the United States.

While Davis is going to need tens of millions of dollars to beat Abbott, what she needs more is an army of donors, volunteers, and activists to win this race. Which is why the 71,000 number is so important.

Kuff has more, Davis outraises Abbott.

The truly impressive stat to me is the one about Team Wendy getting a contribution from all 254 counties in Texas. That would include King County, in which President Obama received five – yes, I said “five” – votes in 2012, and Loving County, in which he received nine. Eighty-five percent of the donations were for $50 or less. And yes, that is some fine whining from the Abbott campaign. He has more cash overall, of course, since he’s had years to hoard many millions, but the game is officially on.


Yes, I know, money is not determinative. But let’s be honest, it’s expensive to run a statewide campaign in Texas. You can’t raise the kind of money you’re going to need to run that campaign if people don’t believe in you. This is a great first step, but it’s a long way from over. Davis will need to repeat this kind of performance for July and for the 30 day, and again she’s going to need her ballotmates to do well, too. We all have our work cut out for us.

Here’s the text the Davis campaign’s press release, (Via BOR, Wendy Davis Raises Unprecedented Amount Of Money; Beats Greg Abbott Across All Committees).

Davis Reports Record Strength in Campaign for Texas Governor

More Than $12.2 Million Raised, Showing Unprecedented Support for Candidacy

FORT WORTH, TX – Senator Wendy Davis reported that she has raised over $12.2 million in her bid for Governor of Texas, the result of contributions from 71,843 individual contributors. Davis’ first fundraising report since announcing her campaign on October 3, 2013 includes contributions made to Wendy R. Davis for Governor, Inc., Wendy R. Davis Candidate/Officeholder, and the Texas Victory Committee, Inc. between July 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

84,704 contributions of $50 or less accounted for 85% of all donations made during this period. Davis’ fundraising numbers exceeded expectations and demonstrate the overwhelming support for her candidacy and campaign to be Texas’ next Governor. Texans from all 254 counties in the Lone Star State contributed to her campaign, further proof that Texans across the state believe she can win.

Total Contributions:
Wendy R. Davis for Governor, Inc.: $4,172,778
Wendy R. Davis Candidate/Officeholder: $4,555,228
Texas Victory Committee, Inc.: $3,501,513

Additionally, Battleground Texas is expected to report contributions totaling $1.8 million in this reporting period. Since Davis announced her candidacy in October, Battleground Texas has been working closely with the Wendy Davis campaign to register and engage voters across Texas. Battleground Texas began operating in early 2013 and strongly supported Senator Davis’ entry into the Governor’s race.

The Texas Victory Committee is a joint effort between the Wendy R. Davis for Governor campaign and Battleground Texas created to support electing Wendy Davis as Texas’ next governor, particularly Senator Davis’ specific commitment to running an historic grassroots campaign across Texas.

Harold Cook has more, Wendy Davis’ loot.

But the real news is on Wendy Davis’ side: Not only did she slightly out-fundraise Abbott during the reporting period ($12.2 million for Davis vs. $11.5 for Abbott), but she raised it from almost 72,000 individual donors. That donor number is at a level I cannot even comprehend, and is very good news for the Davis effort. She’ll be able to return time after time to those small dollar donors and they’ll keep giving – which is something one cannot often say about the mega-donors.

He also debunks the GOP’s attempts to discredit the Davis campaigns fundraising numbers. Obviously these numbers have scared the GOP, as this tweet shows.

John Carter & The GOP’s Misplaced Priorities

Congressman John Carter (R-Round Rock) has his priorities misplaced. In an interview with Roll Call Carter tells what the GOP’s strategy will be in 2014, GOP Negotiator: No Immigration Overhaul This Year.

Boehner told the conference and the press last week that leaders and committee chairmen will produce a blueprint outlining agreed-upon principles for overhauling the nation’s immigration system, leading many to speculate that votes on the issue could be held later this year.

“I’m opposed to voting on a bill this year,” said Carter, who was a member of GOP leadership last Congress. “I was in conference when John announced that. It was a surprise to me as much as it was a surprise to anybody else.”


Carter added that the votes could leave Republicans vulnerable to primary attacks from the right, especially if, as is expected, the changes take on the question of the legal status of some 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

“I personally think this is the wrong time from our standpoint to go forward on immigration,” he said. “It’s an election year. I mean Texas is in the middle of primaries right now.”

That said, Carter would contribute to policy change efforts if he is asked, he said. His views on timing do not necessarily mean he will oppose bills if they come to the floor.

At the end of the conversation, (from the audio), Carter was pressed on why he thought it was a mistake.

Top of the bill being that it’s not good politically for the country?
Carter: Top of the bill being that it changes the subject.
From Obamacare?
Carter: There you go.

It’s an election year now and Carter the GOP, and the tea party want no part of immigration reform. They don’t want the base of the party to stay home in November, and they believe passing immigration reform would do that.  They also believe that what worked n 2010, will work again in 2014. 2010 Redux. Why Not?

They need to turn out white senior citizens who hate Obama. They figure if it ain’t broke, they’re not going to fix it. We’ll see if they’re right.

Carter last year said this about immigration reform in the local Chamber of Commerce news.

“Economically for the state of Texas, there is probably no bigger issue right now in Washington D.C.,” Carter said, explaining that Texas has the largest influx of immigrants of any state.

The only thing that’s different from when Carter made that statement is the calendar.  It’s now an election year and immigration cannot be allowed to, “capture the media cycle”.  Economics aside, the immigration issue, is about people, families and most important human dignity. Keeping immigrants in the shadows, because it’s not good politics for the GOP in an election year, shows exactly what the GOP’s priorities are.

Just as keeping their cruel, and failed plan of trying to take away health insurance from the millions that are now insured, front and center in 2014 does. Obamacare enrollment has been growing faster in Texas since December.  Also over 200,000 more Texans would have health insurance had Perry and the GOP allowed Medicaid to be expanded. We can only imagine how many tens of thousands more Texans would have health insurance had the Texas GOP not been fighting against Obamacare from the beginning.

But what Carter and the GOP’s cynical political ploy shows is that they’re not concerned about working to solve problems.  They’re only concerned about keeping things the same as they are now.  We cannot move past these two issues, and many more, if we keep electing the same people to office.  If again, too many of us who don’t vote and don’t get to the polls in November then nothing will change.  The sad truth is that the only way they can repeat their success of 2010, is if we allow them to do it again in 2014.

Here are several ways to combat that, 9 Ways to Channel Your Inner Activist in 2014.

And be sure and check our Carter’s opponent in 2014, Democrat Louie Minor.