It is Monday, November 3, 2008. In less than 24 hours, the United States will have elected a new President and Texas will -- hopefully -- send Rick Noriega to the U.S. Senate as well as a host of new Texas legislators to Austin.
While we pause between the weekend's activities and tomorrow festivities, here is your Election Eve edition of the Texas Progressive Alliance's weekly roundup.
Bradley from North Texas Liberal lets us know that you should be careful not to lose your vote if you have to use an electronic voting machine, like TV personality Oprah Winfrey almost did.
jobsanger believes an avalanche of new voters could produce some surprises on Election Day, including the possibility that Georgia will turn blue, and even though an amazing 23% of Texans think Obama is muslim, a huge turnout in the urban areas and South Texas could produce some surprises in Texas. Early voting totals show this is happening.
Justin at AAA-Fund Blog is glad that 60% of Asian Americans polled in Harris County support the Democrats. He also is glad that voting this year was not a chore as it often feels. Justin urges everyone to support AAA-Fund's five Texas endorsees: Rick Noriega, Al Green, Nick Lampson, Hubert Vo, and Sandra VuLe.
It's been an exciting week for Democrats as chronicled by McBlogger; first up was Hank Gilbert asking a Cornyn staffer to take a walk from a Rick Noriega event. Then there was Texas Blogger (and current TPA Chair) Vince Leibowitz spanking the Mike McCaul campaign for their amateurish content theft. Finally, we at McBlogger received word that Dr. Dobson had traveled to the future and didn't like what he saw. Which is something you'll probably love.
Vince at Capitol Annex tells us how John Davis (R-Clear Lake) is sending out his wife to attack Netroots-backed candidate Sherrie Matula (D-Houston). In return, he opens Davis' own personal Pandora's Box and discloses Davis' shoddy record.
The Texas Cloverleaf notes that Barack Obama leads John McCain in fundraising in Denton County of all places! In nonpartisan news, while Obama is raising money, Ron Natinsky is spending it. The Dallas city councilman is spending your tax dollars on trinkets bearing his name. In shocking news, a 9 year old is electrocuted by a McCain-Palin yard sign. No, we couldn't make this stuff up if we wanted to.
After record breaking early voting in Williamson County, Eye On Williamson is ready for the general election. The HD-52 race has been the focus of attention this election cycle. The issues concerning the district's voters include the Trans-Texas Corridor, insurance reform, and the economy. No matter the issue, Diana Maldonado is the best choice in HD-52.
WhosPlayin looks at the early voting turnout in Texas' 26th congressional district, and thinks Ken Leach just might be able to upset incumbent Michael Burgess. And guess whether this incident of political suppression happened in Liberia or Texas. (Hint: it was Harris County, Texas.) Most of all, WhosPlayin wants Denton County residents to get to the polls and VOTE!
Off the Kuff takes his last looks at early voting, and makes fun of some whining by Republican enablers Texans for Lawsuit Reform.
El Paso is going Democratic in a big way. As El Paso goes so should South Texas. CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is looking for a blue, blue Thanksgiving!
BossKitty at TruthHugger is laments pre-election jitters, Oh The Stress Of It All -- Op Ed, and how many years will it take to recover because, Divided We Fall.
Neil at Texas Liberal says to think about the future when you vote. Don't be like Galveston voters who in 1886, 14 years before the 1900 hurricane, voted no on building a seawall. Texas Liberal also offers up a post on how Texans have voted for President since 1948, and, finally, submits for your review some election predictions.
Over at TexasKaos, TxSharon tells us that somebody is finally looking at the Barnett Shale Gas Wells . It's called accountability and it's about time. And boadicea provides some excellent resources/talking points on the ACORN non-story. Give a look. Lastly, Txsharon kicks off a lively debate on the the training of 4000 troops in the use of non-lethal weapons for possible domestic use.
Texas politics is screwed up for at least two obvious reasons this week: because Tom Craddick has his debates sponsored by AT&T -- complete with a lobbyist on the panel, and because 23% of all Texans think Barack Obama is a Muslim. The sad details at Brains and Eggs.
Nat-Wu at Three Wise Men discusses the long tradition in the Republican of crying wolf about voter fraud in an effort to minorities from legitimately exercising their right to vote, and Xanthippas rips into anti-woman bloggers for brewing up a faux controversy over their DART bus ads.