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Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:21 PM

The GOP's existential threat: Texas Democrats fired up and organizing on a level like never before

I just got back from a tri- county meeting where we signed up activists where we haven't had precinct chairs in 20 years. We are getting our data together and our asses in gear. As Paul Begala said texas is not a red state. It is a non voting state. We are changing that precinct by precinct. And when Texas Turns blue you will not see a Republican president for a generation.

Viva Wendy

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Reply The GOP's existential threat: Texas Democrats fired up and organizing on a level like never before (Original post)
arely staircase Sep 2013 OP
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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:24 PM

1. Good work, good luck and here's hoping for some major change!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:25 PM

2. Outstanding!

It really does start at the local precinct level.

Thanks for all of your hard work. When you turn Texas, it will be a great day for America.



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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:31 PM

7. that is right. the precinct level

Personal door to door neighbor to neighbor contact. Community organizing, if you will.



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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:29 PM

3. Viva Wendy

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:30 PM

4. YES!!!!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:30 PM

5. I love your enthusiasm. Go get 'em, arely!!!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:30 PM

6. these folks need our help

Because if texas turns blue, the GOP can kiss the white house goodbye!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:34 PM

8. R#8 & K for, from your lips to Zeus's ear!!!!!!1

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:34 PM

10. Highly recommend this post....perfect. n/t

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:36 PM

11. game on indeed nt

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Response to UTUSN (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 07:23 PM

38. Wow. Just wow.

"Plus: What we'll miss about Rick Perry"

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:34 PM

9. Excellent! n/t

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:38 PM

12. From your mouth to God's ears!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 04:59 PM

13. That sounds beautiful to this lady who remembers the Democrat party when JFK was elected. I

wish you all the success in the world.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #13)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 01:09 PM

81. Please, it's the DemocratIC Party.

"Democrat Party" is what the right-wingers call us.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democrat_Party_(epithet)

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Response to kath (Reply #81)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 01:52 PM

82. Yes, of course it's official name is Democratic but until recently we older Democrats were the ones

calling it Democrat. At least since I started following political news in the 50s. Recently is the first I have heard of the arguement over which we should call ourselves. I refuse to let the rw dictate what I call myself. I suspect that what I am saying here can be varified in our own writings going back further than the 50s since my parents who love FDR called themselves Democrats. Don't give the rethugs any more power over us than they already have.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 05:01 PM

14. Has the demographic shift we've been waiting for

already happened in Texas?...assuming the Hispanics get out and vote? Just curious.

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Response to truebluegreen (Reply #14)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 05:18 PM

18. if we do nothing demographics will take care of themselves in 20 years

If wendy can win or get within danger distance, Texas becomes a swing state in the 2016 presidential cycle.that is why we are registering hispanic voters like crazy and creating the databases and GOTV infastructure (pricinct up.)

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Response to truebluegreen (Reply #14)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:22 PM

47. From what I understand

the demographics are here, PEOPLE JUST DONT VOTE!!!

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Response to kalli007 (Reply #47)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 08:14 AM

70. Yes, that was my impression too...

but as the battle lines become clearer, maybe they will begin to.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 05:03 PM

15. Great news, indeed!

Thanks for all of your work!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 05:06 PM

16. I have always said it's important to educate the voters on key issues.

 

Especially on heavily gerrymandered areas, and explain why the Rethuglicans won't do shit for them.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 05:07 PM

17. I'll be spending some of my limited political contribution cash in Texas and Kentucky this year. nt

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Response to Snotcicles (Reply #17)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 05:24 PM

19. thank you

We need your help.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 05:30 PM

20. If the DEMs can elect a Gov to Texas, it would be a huge victory

We need to get the BEST candidate and work it at the local as well as national level.

Texas is the key to putting a big hurt on the GOP, especially with the increase in Latino voters over the next decade.

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Response to DontTreadOnMe (Reply #20)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 04:44 PM

84. Lt. Governor has more power in Texas compared to the Governor

The party is also recruiting for Lt. Governor and all of the other races. It has been a while since the Democrats have fielded a full slate of candidates. In Texas the Lt. Governor is actually more powerful than the Governor because the Lt. Governor controls the Texas Senate. Right now, David Dewhurst is the Lt. Governor but he is probably going to lose to a rightwing nut case name Dan Patrick. Dewhurst has honored Senate tradition and enforced the rule that it takes two thirds of the Senate to adopt most measures. The Democrats have used this to block many GOP priorities. Dan Patrick wants to abolish this tradition and eliminate filibusters by Democrats.

I understand that we have a couple of good candidates who may run if Senator Davis runs for Governor. This could be a fun election cycle

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 05:36 PM

21. That's how you do it!!

We are getting busy in Florida too...
Thank you for volunteering

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 05:38 PM

22. I don't want to see a republican President ever again. The policies of that party are anti-human. nt

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #22)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 06:59 PM

32. +1

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 05:39 PM

23. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

I have been doing my best in Dallas County for years, so glad to see the tide is finally turning.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 05:57 PM

24. EXCUSE ME!...but I must say this

Go arely .. go arely.. go arely..

that is awesome!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 06:25 PM

25. Im dreaming of a Blue Texas!!!!!

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Response to Cryptoad (Reply #25)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 07:18 PM

35. yes yes yes

But hard work makes thr difference between 8 and 20 year s.

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Response to Cryptoad (Reply #25)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 07:23 PM

37. Texas is the only majority-minority red state

Eventually it will go blue just like its neighbor, New Mexico.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #37)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 07:29 PM

41. AZ is not that far behind TX nt

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Response to Cryptoad (Reply #41)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 10:32 PM

55. God I hope so. I think it already would be blue if there weren't

so damn many Fox news tuning snowbirds flocking there to vote in November.

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Response to nightscanner59 (Reply #55)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 11:27 PM

59. A little effort in the right place might help with the snowbirds

My Depression-born aunts, uncles, and friends are starting to warn their friends off Fox News "It's all a big put-up, to sell more soap!" They seem to love the word "bankster", too.......

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 06:31 PM

26. Love the Castro twins and their exceptional mother...lifetime, Left Democrats...they have a long

and important future in Texas.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #26)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 05:17 PM

85. the Castros rock and so does Davis

We are gonna get up in their grill this year with leaders like those three.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 06:36 PM

27. Glad to hear it!

Ohio needs a Wendy to get people off their asses. Glad Texas is motivated!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 06:49 PM

28. Thank you arely!

And thank you Texas, you can do it!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 06:54 PM

29. Thank you for your service to your country, arely staircase!

Getting Dems in control of Texas government will save lives, especially Texan women's lives. Keep up the good work!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 06:54 PM

30. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, arely staircase.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 06:58 PM

31. Its better than you think. I am one of a lot of Republicans who haven't voted ....

for the GOP candidate for office above the county level in years.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 07:07 PM

33. Thank you!

I wish I could have stayed there to be a part of it, but Missouri is in need of sane government and representation so we have our work cut out for us. But, boy will it be worth it.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 07:10 PM

34. Texas going blue means

Game. Set. Match!

And I believe we will see it happen.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 07:21 PM

36. When Texas goes blue (and not "if") the GOP will go the way of the Whigs

With a blue Texas there is no way the GOP can make the electoral college math work ever again. The GOP will never survive as a regional party and will factionalize into obscurity.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 07:23 PM

39. K&R

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 07:24 PM

40. K & R

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 07:52 PM

42. THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!! Go Dems!!!!!!

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #42)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 07:54 PM

44. Only this: I don't want to see GOP Senators or Congresspeople either for generations. nt

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 07:54 PM

43. Excellent!

I've been harassing my slightly younger family members to start participating. We've started voting as a family affair. No one in our family is the only person in their district, so we carpool to vote early. GOTV!!!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:02 PM

45. Si, se puede.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:19 PM

46. HELL YES WE ARE FIRED UP!!!!!!!!

Sorry for the all caps but I got excited there!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 08:43 PM

48. I'd really like to see Wendy Davis as the next governor of Texas

Go for it! And if you want to solicit party-building donations, please do.

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Response to eridani (Reply #48)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 09:11 PM

51. Her as Gov and one of the Castro Bros as senator, hell why not both.

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Response to eridani (Reply #48)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 04:42 AM

67. A LOT of us would like to see that

My housemates back in Dallas are holding a fundraiser for her later this fall, and they expect to see some serious money contributed to her coffers. Bill White is a good guy, but he didn't fire people up. Wendy does that.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 09:04 PM

49. Thats exciting!

Register those voters!

Registrar a los votantes


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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 09:10 PM

50. Didn't almost every major city go blue this past election?

Last edited Mon Sep 23, 2013, 06:39 AM - Edit history (1)

And not to mention the entire southern border area? I think one of the problems we face is the that we have so many rural areas. Its why winning on the urban areas hurt the Dems.

We have to be very proactive, because the GoP has already started attacking the Castros and Wendy of course. The GoP has to be terrified of them.

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Response to Lobo27 (Reply #50)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 09:49 PM

54. Rural area people have been lied to by Cruz. Wendy Davis can get the truth to them. And when they

see the truth about the ACA and a lot of other issues, they will push R-Cornyn over for a Democratic Senator. Cornyn is up for reelection and R-Cruz will not support Cornyn! Both are out of touch with the Republican Party, each other, and with the people of Texas.

Will Cornyn get the blame for Cruz's lies? Democrats can make sure ever Texan knows the truth.

Texans should be encouraged to vote, therefore voting in their own best interest.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 09:27 PM

52. I am on board

I am with Wendy - those misogynist fools overplayed their hand as usual and I intend to help hand them their ASS

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 09:29 PM

53. Yes.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 10:35 PM

56. I remember Austin in the 1970's

When the Mo-Pac was being built, was being called the freeway to nowhere! Now that Austin has grown up it's become a force rather than the liberal island in a sea of conservatism like we used to call her.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 10:51 PM

57. good luck

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 10:53 PM

58. Go, Texas!! nt

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 11:30 PM

60. From your keyboard to God's computer screen!

It'll take a generation of Democratic presidents just to rehabilitate the Supreme Court.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 11:33 PM

61. good for you!!!!!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 11:45 PM

62. Awesome news Arely!! But you have to plan for the long haul (see NC!!)

Tell everyone to dig in their heels so your successes in '14 and '16 will not be temporary!! Good luck to you guys!! Please come back often and share what you guys need; I've found that many DUers will kick, rec, and donate to help as they can!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2013, 11:51 PM

63. Ho - Lee - Shit We're watching it happen! I'm sending money to Texas

I've already been contributing to Wendy.

Go!

Go!

Go!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 12:33 AM

64. K & R

I hope she runs.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 02:29 AM

65. Good for you guys

Considering the vast number of Republican whack-a-doodles from Texas in the news lately it's hard not to get to fired up.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 02:53 AM

66. Thank you!


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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 06:22 AM

68. Bravo!

Go Texas Dems! Nice to read of some lefties being productive, pro-active and effective!

Julie

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 06:30 AM

69. Thank you for fighting the good fight.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 09:13 AM

71. I'm not sure there actually are ANY red states

Maybe Utah. Maybe a couple in the great plains. But other than that, they are ALL "non voting states" as Begala puts it.

In all the key issues, Americans favor what is ostensibly the Democratic position by huge margins -- usually something like 65-35 or 70-30. The problem we have is that too few Democrats actually stand up for those policies, so why should anybody vote?

The argument is always "lesser of evils". You must vote to avoid having a Republican in control. Well, we need better than that. We need a generation of people to vote FOR.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 09:34 AM

72. I hope so. Do it Texas!

Get them fired up and turned out to vote.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 10:28 AM

73. Precinct-level organizing makes all the difference

Knowing/contacting every voter and getting them to the polls, no precincts forgotten!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 10:39 AM

74. Texas was long a dem stronghold -

it has only been the past 30 years that we've had to deal with this nonsense. Rick Perry started out as a dem, so did Ann Richards.

Demographics will be perfect in 20 years, even better if we can bring it back sooner.

Edited to add the link for those who want to know more about the history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_of_Texas

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 11:19 AM

75. Fingers crossed! n/t

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 11:50 AM

76. very sweet

What can I do to help?

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 11:53 AM

77. And that's exactly what's needed everywhere.

Go, Texas Democrats! Show the rest of the country the way!

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 11:54 AM

78. K&R. Thanks, arely. (nt)

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 12:43 PM

79. I have seen a great deal of excitement in Texas

I am active with the Fort Bend Democrats and I have also seen a great deal of excitement. We had two training sessions in which we had more than 150 participants in Feb. and March of 2013. The Silver Democrats (the over 50 democrats) had a roast of Juanita Jean and we raised over $18,000 (the most ever for a Democratic political fundraiser in Fort Bend County). I attend a standing room only in Waller county.

In Fort Bend County, we are busy recruiting candidates and have a good candidate for County Judge.

This will be a very exciting election in 2014.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 12:46 PM

80. my favorite 3 words in the English language

GOP Existential Threat

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Response to grantcart (Reply #80)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 08:45 PM

86. but in this case

to the

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 03:13 PM

83. Keep up the great work

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Tue Sep 24, 2013, 11:57 AM

87. Fort Bend County had a great CEC meeting last night

The Fort Bend Democratic Party had a great meeting last night where we had more than a quorum of precinct chairs present to elect an interim party chair and to make plans for 2014. We had over 50 precinct chairs present at this meeting and a large number of other Democrats including some candidates for office. Last night we filed out the forms for all of the precinct chairs to run for the 2014 primary.

There was a great deal of enthusiasm at this meeting. The major cities are already turning blue and we think that Fort Bend County will be the first suburban county to go blue.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Tue Sep 24, 2013, 12:04 PM

88. Outstanding. That would be a crushing blow.

Don't forget to take the state house with you, btw...

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