These Sneakers Were Made for Filibustering. And Block Walking.

There is only one way that Wendy Davis will beat Greg Abbott. Just one.

She has to get more votes than he does.

That’s the only way Leticia Van de Putte will beat Dan Patrick, too.

More votes. And you only have one. Yesterday was the deadline for registering to vote in Texas, so we know how many possible votes are out there.

What are you going to do?

Sneakers aren’t just for filibustering, my friends. You need to set aside time each week to knock on doors in your neighborhood asking people to vote for Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte.

One-to-one, face-to-face contact with voters is unquestionably the very best way to increase voter turnout, and in a close election like this one, turnout is everything.

Many people don’t vote simply because no one asked them to vote. No one took the time to come to their door and encourage them. You have the power to change that. How often in life is it so easy to understand how to make a difference?

Here’s what you need to do to get involved, especially if you are in a major city:

  1. Go to WendyDavisTexas.com and click on the EVENTS tab.
  2. Search within a 10-mile radius of your zip code, going into a bigger radius if you don’t find anything close in.
  3. RSVP that you’ll volunteer for a canvass, the sooner, the better.

If the campaign doesn’t have critical mass in your neighborhood, check the Battleground Texas website, or follow up with your county Democratic party.

When you arrive for your shift, you will be trained in what to say, and you’ll get a map, script, and walk list.

Block walking much more strategic than knocking on every door on every street. The list of names you get will be pulled from voting records, so the people you’re visiting are likely Democratic voters. You might only visit one or two houses on a block.

Many people won’t be home, so you will leave a flyer at their house, but NOT in their mailbox, as it is a federal offense for anyone except the US Postal Service to leave things in the mailbox.

Sometimes, although very rarely, you’ll get someone who is decidedly not supporting your candidates. Just say thank you, make a note on the list, and move on. It doesn’t feel as awkward as you might suspect, so trust me, you can take it. The funniest encounters I’ve had have been when I’m using a list that is pulled from past Democratic voters. The husband answers, and assures me the woman of the house does not ever vote for Democrats. Don’t worry, ma’am, your secret is safe with me!

Some tips:

  • Sunscreen and a hat. Hydrate the night before and during the day.
  • Shorts with pockets, or even a small backpack, can be handy.
  • If you have a candidate or issue t-shirt, wear it.
  • The campaign should have stickers or buttons you can wear to ID you.
  • When you knock on a door, step back a bit so that people don’t feel like you are about to rush in if they open it.
  • Be respectful and thank people for their time.
  • Smile like an elementary school kid on picture day.

You might get someone who wants to ask questions about the candidates. You don’t have to have every answer, so don’t skip block walking because you think you don’t know enough. You can simply say that you are supporting Wendy Davis for X reason (you appreciate that she filibustered in 2011 to restore billions in public education funding, for example), give them the flyer from the campaign, and encourage them to check out her website.

You can walk alone or with a partner. I know many people who bring children with them—a family outing for democracy!

The most important thing is to be authentic and ask for the vote.

Tell people it will be a close race and that their vote counts.

That’s how we win.

Don’t forget that we’re building for the long haul. Off the Kuff discusses possible November results that will signal we’ve found the formula to flip this state.

Twenty-nine days until election day, and just two weeks until early voting starts. Be part of this. Get involved. Don’t wait any longer, and don’t wake up on November 5th wishing you had been more involved.

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Breast Cancer, Bras, Republicans, Science, and Lies

A Houston Chronicle article reporting on yesterday’s Komen Race for the Cure™ starts with a quote containing a breast cancer myth:

Joann Goodie and her friends huddled in the early morning by Sam Houston Park in downtown Saturday, waiting for this year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure walk to begin.

“My motivation is to increase awareness,” said Goodie, 66, who lost two aunts to breast cancer and has herself survived cervical and kidney cancer. “If you do things right, if you eat, exercise, wear the right type of bra, you decrease your risk [for breast cancer.]“

There is no “right type of bra” that can reduce your risk for breast cancer, and there is not a wrong type that will increase your risk. You can wear a bra or not wear a bra, and that decision will not affect your breast cancer risk. Period. Scientific fact. Ask the American Cancer Society, or even Komen itself.

The first item on my to do list for the morning: write Houston Chronicle to ask that this scare-mongering myth be removed from this article. There’s a check mark next to it.

The next item on my list is to remind you, yet again, to vote for Wendy Davis for Governor of Texas so that we don’t get saddled with Greg Abbott. If you’re reading this post, you probably agree, so consider this ammo for helping to convince your friends to join you in supporting Senator Davis.

Breast cancer myths came up yesterday:

The State of Texas requires that all people obtaining an abortion in Texas must be given a document that says this:

While there are studies that have found an increased risk of developing breast cancer after an induced abortion, some studies have found no overall risk. There is agreement that this issue needs further study.

The truth? The scientific community does not believe this issue needs further study—that’s the point upon which there is agreement.

The only people who believe it does are those who disregard science and facts in order to impose their beliefs on others.

Those studies that have found an increased risk? They’ve been debunked, and multiple medical authorities have disclaimed any connection:

American Cancer Society: Linking these 2 topics creates a great deal of emotion and debate. But scientific research studies have not found a cause-and-effect relationship between abortion and breast cancer.

National Cancer Institute: Considering the body of literature that has been published since 2003, when NCI held this extensive workshop on early reproductive events and cancer, the evidence overall still does not support early termination of pregnancy as a cause of breast cancer.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: The relationship between induced abortion and the subsequent development of breast cancer has been the subject of a substantial amount of epidemiologic study. Early studies of the relationship between prior induced abortion and breast cancer risk were methodologically flawed. More rigorous recent studies demonstrate no causal relationship between induced abortion and a subsequent increase in breast cancer risk.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has sued tanning salons for misleading people about the cancer risk related to soaking up man-made rays. So he understands that it is dangerous to spread false information about cancer risks.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for him to take a stand against the lie printed in the Texas-mandated materials that spreads false information about cancer risks. I guess one can forgive a newspaper reporter and his editor for getting the facts wrong when the Republican Party, GOP state legislators, and GOP gubernatorial candidates are comfortable getting the facts wrong on purpose for purely political gain.

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Breast Cancer, Wendy Davis, and Greg Abbott

I saw thousands of Houstonians this morning lining up along Allen Parkway and into Sam Houston Park for the Komen Houston Race for the Cure.™ There was plenty of pink, and we all know that’s a pretty powerful color.

If you raced for the cure this morning, there’s another race a month from today that you need to participate in as well. You need to race to the ballot box and vote for Wendy Davis for Governor, and Leticia Van de Putte for Lieutenant Governor. 

What is more cruel than someone’s lack of awareness preventing them from catching breast cancer early enough to be cured?

Giving someone awareness but completely decimating the health care infrastructure so that they cannot get treatment once they discover they have it.

Greg Abbott, Republican candidate for governor, served on the CPRIT board—Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas. Since 2001, he’s received nearly half a million dollars in donations from people affiliated with companies that have received over $42 million in grant funds from CPRIT.

Turns out, Greg Abbott didn’t take his governance and financial oversight of CPRIT too seriously. As the Dallas Morning News reported: 

As Texas’ cancer-fighting agency veered close to collapse in October, its oversight committee huddled behind closed doors, seeking a solution.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has a seat on the committee, which is the governing board of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. But he didn’t show up for this critical meeting.

It’s not that Abbott was unavailable. That same day, he gave an interview to Fox News on the presidential election.

Abbott’s absence from CPRIT’s crucial deliberations was hardly unusual. Though state law grants a seat to the attorney general or one of his staff members, Abbott never has attended any of CPRIT’s 23 meetings. Even as the agency was barreling toward near-death, he sent an aide to fill the chair.

Millions of dollars in grants were made to companies whose cancer research was less important than their campaign connections to Rick Perry, Greg Abbott, and other prominent Republicans.

At the same time, the Republican party in the legislature was busy cutting funds for critical health services. They sliced 2/3rds of family planning funding, closing clinics that were often the front line of cancer screening, breast and cervical, for low-income women. 180,000 women lost access to these services, and not because those clinics weren’t good at providing them, and not because those clinics weren’t cost-effective in their service delivery, but because some of them were affiliated with separate legal clinics that provided abortions.

That’s the party Greg Abbott belongs to, the party of awarding cancer research grants with little regard for scientific promise, and the party of denying women access to early detection and treatment.

Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte will fight to expand health care coverage for all Texans, will find funding to re-open clinics that provide care in all corners of the state, and will move us forward instead of playing politics with our health.

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No Shit, Wayne

My dad says this any time one of us states the obvious in a self-important fashion.

He’s quoting A. R. “Babe” Schwartz, a beloved former state senator and representative in the Texas legislature.

Another senator, Wayne Connally, had stepped up to the mic to share his insight on the issue of the day. As so often happens when members of a legislative body convene, Connally’s point of view had already been adequately, and even thoroughly, represented. But, as so often happens when members of a legislative body convene, this did not stop Sen. Connally from launching into a lengthy explanation that essentially amounted to “me, too.”

“No shit, Wayne,” was Sen. Schwartz’s reply.

Fewer and fewer among us remember the bad old days filled with good old boys running the legislature like a men’s club fueled by bourbon, beef, and blondes.

We’ve exchanged them, it seems, for the bad new days filled with people intent upon dragging us back to that cliché-driven past.

People like Wayne Slater.

Earlier this year, the Dallas Morning News special correspondent for the early 1960s penned a hit piece that amplified what had been, to that point, a scurrilous whisper campaign. Wendy Davis was a bad mother and even her own children say so. She didn’t live in a trailer long enough to say she lived in a trailer, and she might have been separated, but not technically divorced, so was she really, really a single mother? Her second husband helped her pay for law school, after which she dropped him like he was hot. But maybe she was hot, amirite? Plus, claimed a source who opted for anonymity so he/she could give “an honest assessment,” she was ambitious.

A gold-digging, ambitious divorcée?

Andrea Grimes, Jessica Luther, and other journalists took Slater to task for the lazy sexism at work in his article.

We’ve since encountered a steady parade of bedraggled sexist tropes. She looks like a Barbie. Her hair used to be one color, now it is another. Has she had work done? Can Wendy Davis, lady politician, have it all? (No shit, that was pretty much the headline.)

Wayne Slater, at least, had taken a break.

I was awake early Sunday, expecting some real news, when this 6 a.m. tweet came across my feed:

Allow me to summarize for you:

  • Wendy Davis used to serve on Ft. Worth City Council.
  • She asked for guidance to be sure she did not run afoul of ethics laws.
  • There were a few instances that were judgment calls, maybe, in some people’s opinion, as far as being a little uncomfortable, but everyone knew about them, and they’ve never amounted to anything. As in, no one ever filed a complaint or launched an investigation, even when it would have been politically expedient to do so.
  • Repeat: her opponents accused her of using politics to benefit her business affairs, but no one ever sanctioned her for doing so, in a state that isn’t afraid to impose ethics sanctions (cf. Rick Perry and Ken Paxton).
  • Now, she’s running for governor, so we’re “breaking” this story.

The story, being old non-news, did not garner nearly enough clicks.

To make their juice worth the squeeze, they called in the big gun, Wayne Slater, who obliged by stringing together some sentences that still didn’t really amount to much:

  • She questioned the accuracy of the numbers in the report.
  • They stuck by their numbers, although their source said their number might have been too low (i.e., not accurate), and she’s sticking by hers.
  • She got a salary when she worked with the family business she ran with her husband.
  • She worked while she was on city council, as do most politicians who serve in elected office in Texas, since their salaries are not, alone, a living wage.
  • She got a share of the community property when they divorced. As does just about anyone divorcing in Texas.
  • Two employees who did not manage her and were not parties to her business or personal relationship with her then-husband said she sure didn’t come to the office much. Considering her job was largely client cultivation and networking, it is unclear why anyone would have expected her to be in the office much, but Wayne didn’t ask that question.

Why was this even a story?

Let’s call it what it was—another excuse for Wayne Slater to clutch his pearls and remind everyone that she was divorced. To frame her as an unethical gold-digger for having the audacity, and ambition, to accept a salary, avoid being brought up on or sanctioned for ethics violations, and to receive a share of community property when she and her husband divorced.

That’s shit, Wayne. Chickenshit, even.

Senator Wayne Connally is no longer with us.

I’m sure Babe Schwartz would agree that we should not speak ill of the dead when there’s so much ill to speak of the living.

I humbly propose we re-purpose no shit, Wayne, and give it a new meaning for a new era.

Whenever a journalist goes for the lazy, sexist tropes when writing about a female candidate …

Whenever a female politician’s past marriages and divorce decrees are subjected to exegetical examination while those of male candidates go unparsed …

Whenever a woman in office is judged on her  perceived level of womanly attainment instead of her legislative record, while the legislative records of their male counterparts go unchallenged …

… we should answer, in one voice, no shit, Wayne.

No. Shit.

No more. None.

Enough, Wayne. You’ve stepped up to the mic before, and we know what you’re going to say.

Enough with stringing together a bunch of gender-driven slurs and innuendos and calling it journalism, or even commentary.

Enough with trying to revive scandals that weren’t even scandals the first time they came across the news cycle, just because you can’t find a legitimate reason to criticize a candidate’s legislative record or policy.

Because, you see, we know what would happen if you did.

If you spoke about Wendy Davis’s legislative record advocating for reform and regulation of the predatory lending market, you would have to acknowledge that Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott can turn that industry on like a tap when he needs to fund his campaign.

If you spoke about Wendy Davis’s relentless focus on restoring multi-billion dollar cuts to the public education budget, you would have to acknowledge that Republican candidate for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick not only voted for those cuts, but that is campaign is pants-on-fire lying by claiming he lead the fight to restore the funds.

If you spoke about all of the times Wendy Davis played by the rules and didn’t do anything that violated any ethical canons, you would have to acknowledge that Ken Paxton, Republican candidate for attorney general, admitted to the elements of a third degree felony and waived his right to appeal this finding of securities fraud.

The Republican men running for office have essentially given a resounding no comment every time they have been asked to debate, or in many instances, even speak to editorial boards. Dan Patrick is hiking the Appalachian Trail, as far as anyone can tell, because he certainly isn’t showing up anywhere on the campaign trail.

Wendy Davis, meanwhile, has campaign exhaustively, talked with everyone and anyone, knocking on doors and making phone calls and bringing her heart, soul, and policy record to the table.

The next time, Wayne, you are tempted to write about anything other than that, stop.

The next time, Wayne, you get the itch to evaluate her on perceived level of adherence to a scale of womanhood that you got out of a 1962 copy of Ladies Home Journal, remember your new directive before your finger hunts or pecks one single letter.

No shit, Wayne. Texans deserve better.

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Three Ways to Help Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte Win Even if You Don’t Vote in Texas

If you don’t live in Texas, and aren’t alive in Texas, you can’t vote in Texas, despite what you may have assumed from the ballot box 13 incident back in ’48.

To those Texans living outside the state, our Texpatriates and all who love the mystique but can’t stand the mosquitoes, may I offer three suggestions for how you can help Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte win this election?

1. Donate
You knew that would be the first thing on the list, and it may not feel like your $10 or $50 or $100 can help, but it can. Give now so they can plan! Make a monthly gift for the next three months! Your gift will help with the ground game, and it’ll help with media buys.

Most states have one media market. A few have multiple markets, like California, with eleven. Texas has twenty, and our candidates need to place ads on all of them. TV advertising is especially important since the Republican candidates are all refusing to debate, or agreeing to only one debate. If candidates can’t buy ads, they will likely not be seen by voters who need to see them.

Give to Wendy Davis

Give to Leticia Van de Putte

2. Follow Wendy & Leticia on Facebook & Help Boost Posts with Your Likes
Follow them. Subscribe to their feeds. Like everything they post. Re-post their posts. Comment when your Texas friends share their posts.

Wendy Davis

Leticia Van de Putte

The more likes a post gets, the more comments and shares, the more likely the algorithms will put that post into other people’s feeds. As with TV advertising, Facebook posts help keep Wendy and Leticia and the election top of mind.

But don’t stop with those two! Like our lesser-known but equally impressive statewide candidates:

Sam Houston, running for Attorney General. Seriously, that’s his name. Seriously, he’s very qualified for this job. His Republican opponent was disciplined for violating state securities laws. Seriously.

Mike Collier, running for Comptroller. Mike has great business experience, so on point that it would seem his entire career was preparing him for this job. His opponent has prepared by helping his family run their family business, and has been endorsed by the NRA, Eagle Forum, and the Texas Home School Coalition. The only endorsement he’s received from a group that has anything even remotely to do with finances came from Michael Quinn Sullivan, who has also been disciplined by the Texas Ethics Commission this year.

Steve Brown, running for the Texas Railroad Commission. You may wonder why the Railroad Commission matters … it regulates the oil and gas industry. In Texas. In 2014. I’m not even going to google his opponent to see if he’s been indicted, reprimanded, or the like, because honestly, I’ll get depressed if I learn another candidate has been.

John Cook, running for Land Commissioner. You might know some of the relatives of the Republican candidate for this office. His last name is BUSH. Enough is enough as far as that family goes, wouldn’t you say?

You can’t like Jim Hogan’s Facebook page, because this Democratic candidate for Agricultural Commissioner doesn’t have one. Truth be told, he’s not who any of us would have picked. But, he’s running against Sid “Transvaginal Ultrasound” Miller, so …

You can see all of these candidates on the state party’s website and get links to all of their online outlets.

3. Come to Texas
Really, come on down and spend a weekend block-walking or phone-banking. The weather…well, are you really going to let the weather deter you from helping Texans end the reign of mean/stupid we’ve suffered under for so long?

Don’t you want to prepare a path to victory for the Democratic woman running for president in two short years?

You can come during early vote season, which starts October 20th. What about Halloween weekend? Come for the phone-banking and stay for the Tex-Mex.

The turnout model that Battleground Texas, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, and others are using this year have never happened in Texas on this scale and with this supporting technology. Phone banks and neighborhood canvassing that are all focused on GOTV are what will make the difference. You can have an impact here. Every study ever done has proven that person-to-person contact is the best way to get people to show up and vote.

This is how we win.

Come alone. Road-trip with friends. We’ll be glad to help you find couches to crash on, and to pick up the first round of margaritas.

Who’s in?

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Greg Abbott: Arrogant, Dangerous, and a Craven Hypocrite

There it is, in case you were wondering what I think about him. I wouldn’t want you to have to read between the lines.

Did you read the entire Dallas Morning News article I linked to in my last blog post yet? If not, you really should. Here’s the link again. Seriously, read it.

If you did, post a link to it on Facebook & tweet it out, too, so your fellow Texas voters can read it as well.

If you don’t have time to read it, let me pull out the most illuminating facts:

Abbott, who claims his office is concerned about voter fraud, does not keep records or statistics about voter fraud:

In response to requests from The News, the attorney general’s office provided a list of 637 potential violations of the Elections Code referred to Abbott since he took office in late 2002.

Strickland said he could not say how many were investigated or how many involved alleged voter registration fraud. “The office does not ‘compile or keep statistics,’” he said.

How can you say something is a problem if you can’t say why?

Maybe it is because you have a vested interest in destroying the evidence you might have?

When Haver [one of the people interviewed during Abbott's investigation] was interviewed by Abbott’s office in late 2010, her attorney asked if Haver could get some folders returned to her. They’d been taken in the Houston raid and contained research Haver had done on possible irregularities in how GOP officials in Harris County were handling voter registration.

Haver told the attorney general’s office that the research had no relationship to the Houston Votes investigation.

“We kept following up, and they kept giving us the runaround about getting it returned,” she said recently.

In late 2013, Abbott’s office asked judges in Harris and Travis counties for permission to destroy the records seized in the two raids. The request said records contained the names of people who were not suspects, partial Social Security numbers and forged voter registration applications.

When the attorney general’s office received a green light from judges, Haver’s research, which did not contain personal identifying information, was among the materials destroyed.

The research didn’t contain the information Abbott’s office claimed it needed to protect—names, Social Security numbers, or voter registration applications.

It might have contained information about irregularities in voter registration activities of elected officials in Harris County, the very thing that Abbott’s office seemed to be concerned about investigating when they went after Houston Votes.

But there, of course, is the difference. Those elected officials are members of the same party as Greg Abbott.

Time after time, Abbott has demonstrated that the rules apply one way for him, and another way for the rest of us.

He championed tort reform, drastically limiting the amount someone can recover in a personal injury trial after he, himself, recovered a very large settlement in a personal injury trial. Remind yourself of the details here.

He drilled his own well to water his lawn while the city and county he lives in suffered from a drought that continues to this day. Soak up the full story here.

He willfully and recklessly destroyed records and refuses to keep statistics about potential voter fraud while championing a law that nonpartisan experts have shown not only disenfranchises minority voters, women, and students, but also targets only the rarest type, and least effective form of, voter fraud (in person voter impersonation).

Greg Abbott wants to be governor so he can take care of Greg Abbott, as well as a few campaign contributors of his who want to continue running their predatory lending businesses without any oversight, building their dangerous chemical storage facilities next to nursing homes and residential neighborhoods without disclosing what, exactly, is being stored, and pillaging our natural resources without regard for the safety of our citizens or water supply.

Dangerous, arrogant, and a craven hypocrite. Ladies and gentlemen, what are you doing to make sure this man does not become governor?

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Vote If They Let You & Raise Hell If There’s a Problem

I like to talk about politics, not for the sake of talking, but in the hope that enough of us getting involved and voting our values can change things for the better.

Hate reading about teachers having to dip into their own wallets to make sure their students have pencils and notebooks? Sure you do. Breaks your heart a little, doesn’t it?

Do you dry your tears and then vote for Republican politicians who have passed budgets that fail to meet our constitutional requirement to fund public schools adequately in Texas? If you do, then I question whether you really care about those teachers or those kids.

Ahhh, voting. We suck at voting in Texas:

In 2010, Texas ranked 51st in voter turnout, 42nd in voter registration, 49th in the number of citizens who contact public officials and 44th in the number of people who discuss politics a few times a week or more.

51st? But don’t we have 50 states?

Yes, but we’ve got Puerto Rico as well, and their voter turnout, even though they don’t get to vote in federal elections and have citizenship but no voting representation in Congress, was ahead of ours.

Bummer, huh? Well, look at it this way: we were ahead of Guam and the US Virgin Islands.

Some might suggest that when your silver lining is better voter turnout than Guam, you’re really looking at a cloud wrapped in lead. And it is weighing you down while poisoning you.

So, voting. We don’t do it very well, but at least there’s no one stopping us, right?

Wrong.

There are groups so worried that voter fraud is rampant that they have taken it upon themselves to audit the voter registration rolls. This article in that link is from 2012, but this work is still happening in Harris County right now. RIGHT NOW.

Right now, that is, at a time when shifting demographics are on the brink of flipping Texas R to D. Coincidentally, their “citizen audit” seems to disenfranchise minority voters, whose votes tend to the D.

Or, you know, their “citizen purge” of the voter rolls intentionally targets those voters under the misdirect that they are preventing in-person voter fraud:

ufos and voter fraud

An “extremely fact checked” infographic about voter suppression masquerading as concern about voter fraud that isn’t actually happening.

 

Let me be crystal clear: in-person voter fraud is not what True the Vote is trying to prevent. They are trying to prevent certain people, people whose skin color also puts them at risk for things like being shot by the police for no reason, from voting.

That brings me to an article in this morning’s Dallas Morning News that I think every Texan who votes, or who is affected by politics and government, needs to read:

Abbott’s Houston raid didn’t end with arrests,
but shut down voter drive
By James Drew

On an overcast Monday afternoon, officers in bulletproof vests swept into a house on Houston’s north side. The armed deputies and agents served a search warrant. They carted away computers, hard drives and documents.

The raid targeted a voter registration group called Houston Votes, which was accused of election fraud. It was initiated by investigators for Attorney General Greg Abbott. His aides say he is duty-bound to preserve the integrity of the ballot box.

His critics, however, say that what Abbott has really sought to preserve is the power of the Republican Party in Texas. They accuse him of political partisanship, targeting key Democratic voting blocs, especially minorities and the poor, in ways that make it harder for them to vote, or for their votes to count.

A close examination of the Houston Votes case reveals the consequences when an elected official pursues hotly contested allegations of election fraud.

It may seem like old news, but the Republicans play long ball. Bare knuckles, scorched earth long ball. What’s going on now is the legacy of Lee Atwater, and that’s an ugly, ugly legacy. I don’t invoke it lightly.

Get ready. November, 2014 is going to be a rough ride.

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