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Ted Cruz Went to DC To Change it, Instead He Brought Division Back to Texas


by: Joe Deshotel

Fri Jun 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM CDT

Many political observers announced the decline of the Tea Party, but that was just based on a majority of American's unfavorable opinion of the hardline conservative activists -- election results are showing something different.

Eric Cantor the 2nd most powerful GOP member in the US House was ousted in his party's primary earlier this week and the Tea Party got all the credit. Ted Cruz' Chief of Staff tweeted "Is DC Listening yet? #MakeDCListen" just minutes after Cantor's defeat was announced.

That is a line the Senator has been using a lot lately, but his attempt to reshape Washington is inflicting havoc on the sustainability of his party back home in Texas.

See what Cruz said himself below the jump...

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The Latino Vote: What Republicans (And Democrats) Can Learn From George P. Bush.


by: Omar Araiza

Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 04:17 PM CDT

Immigration has been an important issue of discussion lately and a huge headache to socially conservative Republicans. From earlier talks in 2012 about "self-deportation", to President Obama capturing over 70% of the Latino vote in 2012, and to now this year when Congress has finally decided to address immigration reform. All throughout this debate, Republicans have done an amazingly good job at making themselves seem like the party of old, white people.

I don't believe there is much doubt in anyone's mind that the issues against immigration reform have largely been due to ethnicity and race. While not all Republicans act in a racist manner, the party does seem prone to racist tendencies. They also do a bad job (or two) at trying to make themselves seem inclusive of minorities.

Enter George P. Bush (on the right).

Bush is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush, and grandson of former President George H. W. Bush. He is also running for office as Texas Land Commissioner.

Bush, who is part Hispanic, might actually be Republican's future hope of keeping the Latino vote competitive in Texas. Perhaps one day too, nationally.

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PPP Polls: Ted Cruz a Top 6 GOP Contender for 2016


by: Michael Hurta

Fri May 17, 2013 at 08:00 AM CDT

Rick Perry wasn't good enough for their polls, so they inserted another Texan, instead: Ted Cruz. As it turns out, Ted Cruz's many antics have vaulted him into the GOP 2016 conversation in a little bit  more than word only.

From PPP Polls' new survey:

PPP's monthly look at the 2016 Republican field for President finds essentially a 4 way tie at the top- Marco Rubio has 16%, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie 15% each, and Rand Paul 14%. Paul Ryan at 9%, Ted Cruz at 7%, Rick Santorum at 5%, Bobby Jindal at 3%, and Susana Martinez at 1% round out the potential candidates we tested.

So 6th place and 7%. On first glance, that's unimpressive, but Ted Cruz has actually put himself in a fantastic position to run for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016 should he choose to do so. Read on for that analysis.

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George Bush: The Leader of the New Texas GOP?


by: David Feigen

Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:00 PM CST

Texas Republicans have an answer to critics who charge they are ignoring demographic changes and are unwilling to evolve. They have an answer to those who claim that Republicans need a fresh start and a significant re-branding if they hope to survive. They have found the answer of who can be a leader of the Texas Republican Party through this difficult time. Their answer, is George Bush.

No, unfortunately I'm not talking about the "misunderestimated" former President in hiding, but his nephew, George Prescott Bush.

The Washington Post reported last week that George P. Bush had made the necessary campaign filings to run for office in Texas. For a few days speculation of what office that might be circulated around Texas political circles. Unfortunately, it appears, we will not see Bush challenge George Bush impersonator Governor Rick Perry, in what would be an enormously entertaining Republican Civil War. At least not yet.

Reports indicate that Bush is eyeing the job of Texas Land Commissioner, who authorizes exploration and exploitation of public lands. Generally, this includes leasing for gas and oil production, mining, grazing, and monitoring the environmental quality of public lands and waters.

The news was broken by Bush's father, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, in a fundraising letter . Governor Bush writes, "The office that George is considering running for is Land Commissioner which overseas the mineral rights, commercial real estate owned and sovereign submerged lands of the State of Texas as well as veterans affairs and historic archives." He goes on to praise George's accomplishments and record and pleads for a donation to his campaign.

The Bush family's reemergence into Texas politics through George P. Bush was inevitable. Bush has been building his brand through his work as the co-founder of Hispanic Republicans of Texas, a group that seeks to elect Hispanic candidates, and in his outreach to college students.

Even Texas Republicans are smart enough to understand that they have a big problem with the increasingly active and vocal Latino population, and this George Bush will play a pivotal role in their plan to compete. It would be wise to view this move by Bush as the start of much bigger plans. Fox News Latino (Yes this actually exists) even wrote that George P. Bush has begun his "road to the White House." This is premature of course, but Texas Democrats need to understand the potential significance and ramifications of the return of the Bush machine.

I would hope our nation is smart enough not to elect a third George Bush to the Presidency. As a wise President once said, "Fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again."  

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Rhetoric Vs. Relief: How Sandy was Obama's October Surprise


by: Joe Deshotel

Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 09:00 AM CDT

As Hurricane Sandy approached the US East Coast pundits wasted no time in speculating how the storm might affect this year's election. It turns out Hurricane Sandy may be the October surprise that breaks through partisan campaign rhetoric and helps secure Obama's reelection. I'm not surprised that Obama's response to leave the campaign trail and assume a position of leadership has won him praise from outside-the-beltway Republicans. When hurricane Rita hit my hometown of Beaumont just 3 weeks after Katrina it prompted the largest evacuation in US history. It also prompted our local Democratic officials to work in tandem with our Republican state officials to get everyone the help they needed. In September 2008 when we were hit again by Hurricane Ike we were better prepared, but like now, on the heels of a presidential election. For an entire week all the partisanship of the past year's campaign was put aside so neighbors could help neighbors. In either case no one thought FEMA did a perfect job but the logistical support they provided along with temporary housing, food, water and ice served as a great relief to those who in some cases - weren't even sure what day it was. It's ironic that this week in the Texas capitol House members are still debating claims from Ike and how best to manage cost and mitigate risk. It is also ironic that a week before Obama's reelection and at the height of one of the most expensive and negative campaign seasons another storm would so timely remind us of the true value of a responsive federal government and politicians who work together to get things done.

On Thursday New York City's billionaire Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Obama citing his handling of Sandy and climate change as factors. In a written statement titled, "A vote for a President Who Will Lead on Climate Change" the Mayor said, "The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast – in lost lives, lost homes and lost business – brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief." Halfway through his luke warn endorsement he noted that, "The president has achieved some important victories on issues that will help define our future". He also criticized Romney for changing his position on the issue of climate change after supporting cap & trade policies in Massachusetts.

Since the storm's passing presidential poll numbers have steadied. Some on the left were concerned the damage could prevent the President's voters from reaching the polls or give Romney the popular vote by suppressing votes in blue states. But, the rarely anecdotal Nate Silver of the New York Times 538 blog said the effects of the storm on the election would be "hard to predict". After running some numbers he says he is less likely to believe the storm would have much effect on who wins the popular vote even if the turnout was affected by as much as 10% in the storm's path through blue states. However in terms of disrupting the voting process there is some evidence that Ike reduced voting in Galveston after the storm damaged many of the Island's homes beyond repair. Considering most New Endlander's are not used to evacuation or major storm damage, I would presume a fair amount of individual voters will still end up being shut out of the polls. What seems to be having a bigger impact is how each candidate's campaign is handling the unforeseen circumstance. Obama suspended his campaigning in Ohio to tend the the needs of citizens in harms way. Romney was criticized for orchestrating a relief photo-op in Ohio where he encouraged folks to donate canned goods even against the Red Cross' wishes. He is also being attacked in Ohio by local media for his false ad about Jeep manufacturing jobs being sent to China to which GM and Chrysler both chimed in.

As the dust settles and flood waters recede the President has been roundly applauded by Republicans outside of Washington. New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie said of Obama's response, "The president has been all over this and he deserves great credit". While some endlessly partisan hacks have chided the president over his tour of New Jersey even Jeb Bush showed his support for what he described as a largely "symbolic" gesture from the "counselor-in-chief", saying, "having the president on the ground makes all the sense in the world". It should not come as much surprise that local Republican officials would shower praise on a president who not only believes they deserve help but would act swiftly to provide it. Under their own nominee's plan the federal government would shift the entire relief effort onto the states that are devastated. At least thats what he said when he was running in his primary as a Conservative. But right on cue Wednesday as the storm's victims gathered their bearings Romney released a statement saying, "As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission." The truth is no one knows what a President Mitt Romney would do on any issue and its looking less like we will find out. When a perfect storm hits we need a president who's position isn't subject to change with the winds and President Obama has provided that contrast through strong, steady leadership.

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