In the fall of 2010, the party combed through data to identify 23,452 households where residents were registered, and likely to be Democrats, but rarely voted. A team of 41 volunteers and paid staff then spent five weeks calling and visiting those homes, urging them to vote. The project cost a little over $40,000.
The results were startling: a 54% jump in straight-ticket Democratic voting, and a turnout rate nearly 20% higher than the rest of Travis County.
The conclusion, according to county Democratic chairman Andy Brown, who ran the drive: “People respond if you ask for their vote. And in Texas, millions of people have never been asked.
WSJ: Deep in the Red of Texas, Republicans Fight the Blues (via kileyrae)
That is a very clever tag line.
Also, I bet with a little luck we can take Texas, especially with a widening Latin@ base in the state. Imagine a blue Texas.
I usually ignore such nonsense, but since this misleading claim can be so easily and quickly debunked:
- King had no strong allegiance to either party, believing that “the Negro should be more of an independent voter…this would give him more bargaining power” and stating “I’m not inextricably bound to either party.”
- In 1956, he wrote in a letter to Miss Viva O. Sloan, “I haven’t fully decided which candidate I will vote for. In the past I have always voted the Democratic ticket.”
- He also supported John F. Kennedy for President but, despite urgings from friends, decided not to publicly endorse either candidate. “I felt that Kennedy would make the best president. I never came out with an endorsement.”
- He strongly opposed the Vietnam War, in part because he felt money used to finance the war should instead be devoted to anti-poverty programs: ”A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
- Later in life, he was a self-identified democratic socialist: ”There must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.”
In the future, let’s try not to rewrite history.
Reblogging this for the references. I have had this argument five times in the last month alone.
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If your blog posts anything like the above, please reblog this so I can follow you! I really want to build up a big network of progressive bloggers to help inspire my own vision and get more involved in activism in general.
Please and thank you, comrades!
Oh hi mostly my entire blog.
Well, except cat pictures. I post those often.
This is all fine and dandy, believe me when I say that I follow a LOT of… non-conservative types? I’m not sure how to phrase it; I follow people of everything on the left half of the political compass. But! Don’t forget to pay attention to the other side once in a while, too.
That being said, I focus on current events, political stories - usually within the US, and other nifty and enlightening things - all with left-leanings. I have been slacking due to my being overworked, but soon this blog will be working at full capacity again.