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Breaking Down Trump’s Border Wall

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In DallasDonald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, is en route to Texas today for fundraisers in Fort Worth and Austin, as well as a rally and a town hall in the latter. The rally in Austin has puzzled the local community, since the state’s most famously blue bubble is hardly a hotbed of radical Trumpism. Personally, though, I’m more intrigued by the town hall scheduled for this evening. The event will be hosted by one of Trump’s greatest admirers, longtime Fox News host Sean Hannity, and should therefore be a safe space for Trump to at long last reveal his plans to address illegal immigration and border security—two issues of great interest and importance to Texans. Trump’s enigmatic ideas about illegal immigration have received a lot…View Original Post

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Is Donald Trump Turning Texas Purple?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on June 16, 2016 at Gilley's in Dallas.This morning, a new survey from Public Policy Polling startled national observers with an update on the state of play here in Texas, the most notorious red state in the union. With less than three months to go until the general election, Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by just six points, 44-38. It’s just one poll, of course, and with a 3.2 percent margin of error, the spread may actually be larger. But still the poll confirms some ominous trends for the GOP. Readers may remember that I wrote, back in May, that Clinton had a chance of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes this year. My reasoning was as follows. First, I thought it was a safe bet that Trump would underperform Mitt Romney, who…View Original Post

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George P. Bush Faces the Trump Dilemma

George P. Bush speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Over the weekend, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush created a bit of a kerfuffle in national political circles by breaking with most of his family on the human hot-button issue known as Donald Trump. In P.’s remarks at a gathering of state party activists—which were captured on video, then obtained by the Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek—Bush said Republicans should support their party’s presidential nominee: “From Team Bush, it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but you know what? You get back up and you help the man that won, and you make sure that we stop Hillary Clinton.” It’s debatable whether those comments technically qualify as an “endorsement,” but they were clearly a departure from the standard Bush family party line on the subject. George P.’s…View Original Post

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The Integrity of Our Elections

voter IDYesterday, Texas and the Justice Department announced an agreement concerning the 2011 voter ID law that requires anyone voting in person to show one of seven forms of government-issued photo identification. The measure has been fiercely contested since its passage on the basis that it has a discriminatory impact on black and Hispanic Texans, who are disproportionately likely to lack any of the identification in question. In July, after several years of appellate-court wrangling, the Fifth Circuit ordered the state to fix it, yielding the proposal announced yesterday. Assuming the agreement is approved by a district court judge, Texas voters will have to show photo ID at the polls in November, unless they don’t actually have a driver’s license, passport, concealed handgun license or so…View Original Post

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Rick Perry and Black Lives Matter

Republican National Convention: Day OneAfter all these years in public life, Rick Perry retains the capacity to surprise people, and last week, he did so once again. Conservatives who attended the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), in Indianapolis, probably weren’t expecting the former governor of Texas to give a speech focused on racial injustice, much less to explicitly challenge his fellow Republicans to accept responsibility for the party’s failure to earn the confidence of African-American voters. Perry invoked Texas’s 2014 gubernatorial race as an example of the problem. “My good friend Greg Abbott crushed Wendy Davis,” he said. “But Wendy Davis won the black vote, 93 to 7.” That kind of margin, he continued, gives the lie to the rationalizations Republicans offer when confronted with…View Original Post

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