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Ted Cruz May be in Trouble

We’ve been hearing about the coming Blue Wave. Democrats are still angry after Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss and they’re trying to flip as many seats as they can in the midterm elections.

It looks like in Texas, Ted Cruz may be in for some trouble. Earlier this year, Gallup listed traditionally red Texas as competitive. Then, his Democrat challenger Beto O’Rourke brought in more than 6 millions dollars in the first quarter of 2018 – a record setting figure. According to The Hill, O’Rourke has steadily been out raising Cruz for the past few quarters.

Cruz formally kicked off his re-election bid yesterday, debuting the slogan “Tough as Texas.”

From the Texas Tribune:

When Cruz took the stage, he spent a good chunk of his remarks recognizing a few heroic figures in attendances — people like Stephen Willeford, who sprang into action amid the church massacre last year in Sutherland Springs and helped take down the gunman by opening fire on him with his own gun.

“That’s Texas,” Cruz said after ticking through their acts of bravery. “Texas is strong, Texas is independent, Texas is fearless, Texas is free, Texas loves freedom and Texas is tough.”

“We don’t sit around waiting for some other guy to fix the problem,” Cruz added. “Texans step in and git ‘er done.”

O’Rourke seems pretty confident he can beat Cruz, and is holding numerous town halls across the Lone Star State in the coming weeks.

It’s pretty wild that we’re even considering a Republican might not win Texas but the GOP is in a pretty vulnerable stage – the younger generation is increasingly liberal and as people move out of California and in to more affordable states like Texas, we’re going to see a switch in voting patterns.

This is definitely one race to watch.
-K

 

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New Gallup Poll Shows Some Surprising Results on Party Affiliation by State

In a 2017 U.S. Party Affiliation by State poll, Gallup is showing some really surprising results.

States that have always traditionally been red states, like Texas, Indiana and Kentucky are now categorized as “Competitive.”

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Other traditionally conservative states like Missouri, Mississippi and Arkansas now just “lean Republican.”

Also surprising, as of a Jan. 2018 survey, more people consider themselves to be Independent. Twenty-two percent of voters identified as Republican and thirty-two percent as Democrat. Looking at that data, it would appear that over the past few years, this has been the trend.

If you look at the 2016 voting breakdown for Texas, the more liberal voting areas are the major cities like Dallas, Austin and Houston but the majority of the rural areas are still voting overwhelmingly conservative. There’s also a large blue block down by the Mexico border, which is no shock there as many of those residents are probably immigrants who overwhelmingly voted for Clinton.

 

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And in Indiana, about the only blue spots in the state are Marion County (Indianapolis), Bloomington (home to IU) and a few counties up by Chicago.

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Of course, as we all know, polling data can and is sometimes wrong. Just take a look at the 2016 election – nearly every major poll got the Presidential election wrong. But it’s still interesting to look at for the long term perspective on how things in our country might start to change with the millennial voters.

-K

Politics Have No Place in Helping After Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston, Texas. The images coming from the aftermath are heartbreaking, yet also hopeful to see so many people putting aside their differences to help out our fellow Americans.

But not everyone has a sense of goodwill in their hearts. In an advice column published on Slate yesterday, a woman wrote in saying her girlfriend was refusing to donate to help people affected by the hurricane simply because some of them voted for Trump. Instead, she gave to the Humane Society.

Earlier in the week, Ken Storey, a professor at the University of Tampa, tweeted “I don’t believe in instant Karma but this kind of feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize GOP doesn’t care about them. Those who voted for him here deserve it as well.”

Storey has since deleted the tweet and his Twitter account but Turning Point’s Charlie Kirk took a screenshot and as we all know, everything lives on in the digital world.

And he’s not the only one who has tweeted similar reactions.

Ironically, Houston is one of the few cities in Texas that voted for Hillary.

America may be divided politically right now, but when a tragedy like Harvey strikes, we shouldn’t care about who voted for whom. Instead we should band together as a nation and help out in any way we can. It’s just basic human decency. And if you can look at these images and shrug these people off because of politics, then you need to do some real soul searching.

Texas, our hearts are with you.
-K
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To donate to the Red Cross, text HARVEY to 90999 and $10 will be added to your wireless phone bill.

Donations are also being accepted through Samaritan’s Purse (they are also mobilizing volunteers), Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, Salvation Army and United Way.

NPR has a very extensive list of ways to help that can be found here.

George W. Bush Presidential Library

Sometimes it’s good to take a break from reading about politics! I recently visited the George W. Bush Presidential library on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas. The campus was beautiful and I found the library interesting although not as extensive as Reagan’s library in Simi Valley.

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A large exhibit dedicated to 9/11 features a piece of scrap metal from one of the twin towers and a video timeline on the wall walks you through the events of the day and the aftermath in the days that followed. Names of the victims of the attack are engraved in the wall behind and visitors can enter their own 9/11 memories in to a virtual guestbook when exiting the exhibit.

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A replica of the Oval Office, an exhibit dedicated to literacy (Mrs. Bush was a librarian), Hurricane Katrina and the financial crisis near the end of Bush’s presidency are also featured exhibits in the library.

Probably the most interesting and interactive exhibit though is the Decision Points theater. In the theater, you are given a crisis that the president had to deal with – I chose Hurricane Katrina. You only have a few minutes to hear the problem, listen to opposing viewpoints and advice then make your decision about what to do. After you’ve made your decision, the program will tally everyone’s answers and then the former president will share what decision he made and say why. What I learned: being President is a whole lot harder than you think!

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No matter your politics, it’s always an educational and informative experience to visit any presidential library. If you ever find yourself in Dallas with a few hours to kill, I certainly recommend taking a tour of the Bush library.

-K

Women Dressed as Handmaids Protest Anti-Abortion Laws at Texas Capital

Wendy Davis is at it again. Today in Austin, Texas a group of women dressed as handmaids from the popular Handmaid’s Tale book/TV show staged a protest against anti-abortion bills. The protest was organized by Davis’ group, Deeds Not Words and NARAL of Texas.

During the protest, which was live streamed on Facebook (and can be viewed below), the women are shown holding signs with political protest statements about money being given to “fake health care clinics”, the 24 hr. waiting period for abortions and forced sonograms. The biggest and boldest sign declared “NO MORE ABORTION RESTRICTIONS. NONE!”

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The three young ladies in the middle each read stories of how Planned Parenthood saved lives. One was in high school with two children already and couldn’t “bear to give birth again. I didn’t want to be pregnant. I didn’t want to have another baby.”

Another was raped on a date in high school and when she discovered she was pregnant, her only thought “was to kill myself because I didn’t have any other option. Thankfully, I had a strong, supportive mother who took me to get an abortion. I made a decision to save a life – mine.”

I. Me. Mine.

Abortion is all about the woman and what SHE wants, with no regards to the other human life growing inside her. To the pro-choice movement, innocent babies don’t matter because they aren’t born and therefore aren’t considered people even though science will tell you they share the same DNA as you and I.

Shame on these women and shame on America for continuing to let it happen.

-K