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Senator Leticia Van de Putte Ends Statewide Bus Tour With Rally at UT

by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

On Monday Senator Leticia Van de Putte ended her statewide bus tour at the campus of UT Austin in front of an enthusiastic crowd of students and other supporters. She was welcomed to the podium by State Representative Celia Israel who she had sworn into office herself only a month before.

She appeared with her family flanking her on both sides, whom she said had been with her throughout her tour. It was something of a homecoming for Van de Putte, even though she represents San Antonio, she is also a Longhorn.

She brought with her the stories from every corner of Texas. When she mentioned a different region you could hear sporadic cheers of young voices who who have found, at least their educational home, in Austin.

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She gave a speech that was developed by the road she traveled and the people she talked to. She started her Journey in her hometown of San Antonio before moving South and then West. She said folks in El Paso, which has been named one of America's safest large cities, wondered why border communities were being demonized in the GOP primary.

She then moved North through West Texas and over to DFW. She said people were talking about more tier one research universities, "especially in Lubbock," and wondered when the funding for higher education was going to come.

She spoke with farmers and ranchers who were concerned about their future access to water. And everywhere she said, business was concerned that legislators were not making the critical investments in the infrastructure needed to sustain a strong economy and asking "why the legislature is proud of billion dollar cuts."

Perhaps most telling though, are her conversations with Republicans who feel they are no longer being represented by the the harsh rhetoric being used in the GOP primary. Even with the uncertainty of who her general election opponent will be she says she has met many voters who will be voting for a Democrat for the first time in a long time, or ever.

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