Time To Vote And To Encourage Others To Vote—Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up
Here is the weekly posting of the Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas.
Election Day is almost here. I’m sure that most folks reading this blog have voted already or intend to vote. What I’d ask you please is that you do what you are able to encourage others you know to get out to the polls.
I mean this for Texas and for all places if you are an out-of-state reader. So many races are so close.
You have more pull with others than you realize. Friends and family will, in many cases at least, listen to someone they know and trust. Have confidence in your ability to make a difference.
We don’t want to live in a Tea Party/Republican nation.
Do what you are able to do in the time left before Election Day. Stay the course. Be hopeful.
You can see the world for what it is, and yet still be hopeful.
Here’s the round-up–
This week at McBlogger, we take a look at the increasingly desperate campaign being run by Todd Staples. Last Friday they attempted to eavesdrop on an internal Gilbert campaign conference call, if that tells you much. You simply won’t believe the rest…
Letters From Texas spent most of the week pointing to Republican efforts to scapegoat and alienate minorities, first pointing out both Parties’ failure to communicate effectively with Hispanic voters, then pointing out Republicans’ blatant attempts to prevent them from voting, and showing that they’d planned to do it in Texas too. Most shocking, however, was the release of a photo of the most disturbing political sign in Texas.
The news of the week in Harris County spread all across the country: well-fed Caucasian conservatives are going places they’ve never gone before — minority early voting polling locations — and doing their damndest to keep as few of ‘those people’ from casting a ballot as possible. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs kept the story up to date.
WCNews at Eye On Williamson shows the choice for governor comes down to this very simple issue: We must end Perry’s unprecedented time as governor – he’s been in office too long.
Public Citizen is getting into the fray over early voting and intimidation activities across the state, with a press release and conference Monday afternoon in Houston with the League of Women Voters and a blog over at TexasVox. Keep watching for more coverage as this story continues to develop.
Len Hart at BlueBloggin looks at A Party of Panic and Depression, the Republican world of economics, death and destruction, K-Street and war. The administration of Ronald Reagan ushered in a depression of some two years, a contraction of the economy, and a transfer of wealth upward to the upper quintile, the nation’s richest 20 percent. A windfall of this nature is not stimulus to invest but rather to transfer the gains offshore.
Lightseeker at TexasKaos reports that according to a recent Gallup poll, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans… basically our non-white/non-black population… are going to vote for the Republicans in this election by a 52%-42% margin. Turns out that polling on this mid-term election has some serious problems. There is more at The Polls are Off and Nobody Knows by How Much!
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