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DNC Project Highlights Republicans are the "Same Old Party" who Refuse to Accept Change

by: Katie Singh

Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

Yesterday was one-year anniversary of the Republican Party's "autopsy report" that dissected the party's status after Mitt Romney's overwhelming loss to President Obama in 2012. Among the autopsy report's highlights were that the Republican Party was "driving around in circles on an ideological cul-de-sac" and had to pass immigration reform otherwise "our Party's appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only."

Despite these conclusions, one year later, the GOP's attempts to appeal more to young people, immigrants, women, LGBT individuals, and minorities appear to be minimal at best. Nowhere is this more evident than here in Texas, where it seems that each week brings another instance of the Republican Party proving itself out of touch with Texans on many major issues. Whether it's Greg Abbott calling the Rio Grande Valley a "third-world country" or Texas Republican leaders saying that women are bad negotiators who are "too busy" for equal pay, it's clear that today's Republican party is no better at outreach than it was a year ago.

In honor of the one-year anniversary of the GOP autopsy, the DNC has launched a new project highlighting how Republicans are the "Same Old Party" as they were a year ago.  The site shows how Republicans continue to hold antiquated and exclusionary views toward minorities, women, poor people, and many others. And the section focusing on Texas has some of the most egregious offenses of the bunch.

See examples of how Texas Republicans are the "Same Old Party" after the jump.

Here are some of the worst examples from the "Same Old Party" page's Texas section of Republicans' old-fashioned, exclusionary views:

"I'm going to be real honest with you... The Republican Party doesn't want black people to vote if they are going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats."

-- Dallas Tea Party leader Ken Emanuelson

"Can y'all imagine what it would be like if 'abortion barbie' is the next governor? I don't even want to think about that, so please help us elect whoever our slate Republican is starting at Greg Abbott."

--Denton County Republican Party Chair Dianne Edmondson

"[Immigration reform has] been hijacked in Washington by those who want to give away citizenship like cotton candy at a county fair."

--Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples

"They need some basic plumbing lessons."

--Rep. Louie Gohmert on judges who approve gay marriage

In addition to quotes, the site highlights Republican legislation that has kept Texas stuck in the past.

Texas US Senator Ted Cruz and Utah US Senator Mike Lee introduced the State Marriage Defense Act, which would in effect reverse some of the gains made by gay people after the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act.

Within two hours of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced the immediate implementation of the state's voter ID law that was widely viewed as the country's most restrictive.

All four GOP candidates for Lieutenant Governor of Texas support repealing the state law that allows young non-citizens to pay in-state tuition.

Texas State Representative Jodie Laubenberg opposed exempting rape and incest victims from a bill that restricts abortion and falsely claimed that in "the emergency rooms they have what's called rape kits, that the woman can get cleaned out, basically like a D and C."

By bringing these many examples together in one place, the "Same Old Party" project highlights an important fact: The Republican Party is stuck in the past, and it doesn't seem likely to embrace change anytime soon.

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