Walker: Donnchadha: Because the politics of Austin are highly representative of the whole stateTHIS!Stopped reading after I saw "Austin" in the headline.
scottydoesntknow: Shane Wright and FreedomWorks are in panic mode. They have finally realized that the movement to turn Texas blue is real. They likely realize that the their voter ID suppression tactics and the new voter suppression tactics against women will not be sufficient.That's because they didn't think it would also keep republican women from voting too./Will be voting for Wendy Davis
blue_2501: [lh4.googleusercontent.com image 550x316]As much as I would like for a big permanent swing in politics to happen, let's be realistic here. Better to understand and educate ourselves about what is going to happen than to delude ourselves into thinking Democrats are suddenly going to win supermajorities both sections of Congress and keep a Democratic president.
tallguywithglasseson: Austin vs. the rest of Texas aside (it was the right-wing Freedomworks guy who wrote the bit about the trip to Austin)-700k votes in a state with abysmal turnout isn't the razor-thin margin "out of a population of 26 million" implies. It was almost a 16 point margin of victory-Romney also beat Obama by 16 points-Registering 600k voters, as Freedomworks says, might make Texas a "battleground state", but doesn't make a reliably blue state, nor lose anything for a generation-Being 'on pace' to register 600k voters isn't the same as registering 600k voters-Even if Texas goes back to being more competitive in state-wide elections, that's a far cry from being competitive for a mainstream national Democratic candidate
Kyosuke: If Austin didn't matter as a voting block, the Republicans wouldn't have had to do this gerrymandering to continue to win elections:[a0.vsoh.com image 850x473]
unlikely: That will totally happen. You should totally bank on that.
Donnchadha: Because the politics of Austin are highly representative of the whole state
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