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Side note:
The Ports to Plains Alliance, comprised of much of West Texas, has been trying for about 20 years to get I-27 (currently only from Amarillo to Lubbock) extended north to Denver and south to San Angelo and then down on to the border. This has been a sincere, longterm, and very traditional lobbying effort.

By contrast, the bizarre notion of an I-14 connecting Jasper to Huntsville to Killeen to San Angelo to Midland/Odessa appeared over night a couple years ago and was passed by Congress.

I'm sure the PtoP people are really all kinds of like WTF?

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11 hours ago, used2b said:

Beto has been to Georgetown twice in the last few weeks.

WilCo is going to be interesting to watch the next few cycles. Tons of growth on the Ronald Regan corridor and along 29. Lots of young families and new Texans.

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21 hours ago, Hugo Stiglitz said:

 

Is this supposed to be a bad thing? That groups mission is pretty important for the Texas economy.

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3 hours ago, Pescado_Rojo said:

WilCo is going to be interesting to watch the next few cycles. Tons of growth on the Ronald Regan corridor and along 29. Lots of young families and new Texans.

So many new Texans. My wife has expressed an interest in moving to Georgetown. Is it becoming another Austin satellite full of commuters?

 

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15 minutes ago, F250 said:

So many new Texans. My wife has expressed an interest in moving to Georgetown. Is it becoming another Austin satellite full of commuters?

 

Yep

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the campaign is certainly unconventional. but it just might work. beto's townhall strategy may pull a few voters across the line who previously held their nose and voted for ted because of the (R) next to his name. meeting people and listening to them can go a long way, especially in rural texas.

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17 minutes ago, hayden_horn said:

the campaign is certainly unconventional. but it just might work. beto's townhall strategy may pull a few voters across the line who previously held their nose and voted for ted because of the (R) next to his name. meeting people and listening to them can go a long way, especially in rural texas.

There may well be something to this.  It creates a pretty clean narrative.  Ted Cruz represents himself (show Ted for president stuff), and special interests (show huge campaign contributions from various interests, and big out of state donors).  Beto will represent people (show multiple town hall scenes)...the people of Texas.

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28 minutes ago, SubliminalHorn said:

Yep

That's what I figured. People are spreading like a plague.

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ruh roh

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The closely watched U.S. Senate race in Texas is too close to call, with 47 percent for Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz and 44 percent for U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, his Democratic challenger, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. 

Sen. Cruz gets lackluster grades, including a 47 - 45 percent job approval rating and a 46 - 44 percent favorability rating. O'Rourke gets a 30 - 16 percent favorability rating, but 53 percent of Texas voters don't know enough about him to form an opinion of him.

https://poll.qu.edu/texas/release-detail?ReleaseID=2536

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Being up only 3% when you have that big of an ID advantage over your competitor while also getting killed in favorability seems bad.  

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A part of me still thinks Beto should just run ads showing video clips and tweets where Trump trashed Cruz.  Would love to see how Cruz addresses that.

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Given Trump's favorability in Texas, may be better to broadcast that photo of Teddy phone banking for dangerous Donald.

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Beto will get his clock cleaned on election day, I don't care if the current polls had him 60-40 over Cruz. Cruz had over 700,000 more people vote for him in the primary than Beto did. 

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5 minutes ago, Helobious said:

Beto will get his clock cleaned on election day, I don't care if the current polls had him 60-40 over Cruz. Cruz had over 700,000 more people vote for him in the primary than Beto did. 

Will be interesting since I lean Dem, but voted in the R primary since there was virtually no reason to vote in the Dem primary.  Beto will get my vote in the general.

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1 hour ago, atomheartbevo said:

A part of me still thinks Beto should just run ads showing video clips and tweets where Trump trashed Cruz.  Would love to see how Cruz addresses that.

Same way he addressed it in 2016. By shoving Trump's cock and balls in his mouth and humming God Bless America.

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20 minutes ago, Helobious said:

Beto will get his clock cleaned on election day, I don't care if the current polls had him 60-40 over Cruz. Cruz had over 700,000 more people vote for him in the primary than Beto did. 

Unfortunately, this is where I am, too.  The numbers just don't add up.  And when the negative adds based on the oppo research start coming out in October in force on Beto, that will do more harm than it should.  I am from Mizzou on any statewide dem until proven otherwise.  Hopefully Beto can pull it off.  

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36 minutes ago, TedStriker said:

Will be interesting since I lean Dem, but voted in the R primary since there was virtually no reason to vote in the Dem primary.  Beto will get my vote in the general.

 

I did the same and then was complained to by someone in a tight dem race  that they heard a lot of people were taking this action. 

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3 hours ago, Fozzz said:

Wow.  I’ve been down on the the GOP holding the Senate in November and skeptical that Trump would win Texas in 2020, but even I didn’t think Cruz would be in trouble this year.

Heh.  The Trumpkin GOP and its enablers are going to have to eat an epic serving of humble pie in the coming election cycles.  Hope it was worth it!  Especially for you, Ted.  At least you’ll have your dignity knowing you may have lost, but it only happened because you sucked up to the guy who called your wife ugly, your dad a murderer, arranged for the National Enquirer to run hit pieces on your marriage, branded you Lyin Ted ... ok, so maybe dignity wasn’t the right word.  At least you’ll have your career as a hack contributor on Fox News, then.

Edited by longhornmatt

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6 minutes ago, Anastasis said:

haha. f ted cruz. this will be fucking great theater. 

Two good things can come of this, to go with a football metaphor:

1 - WR Beto can take it to the house, and win the game.

2 -at the very least, the GOP defense is going to have to send the safety over to put Beto in double coverage.  Expending the resource here means that the resource won't be available to defend against other plays on other parts of the field.

Making the GOP spend real money on a senate race in Texas (where they SHOULD be safe, and can save their money for other competitive states) is a win, because it might help the Dems win another close race or two somewhere else.

And it might be a big win, because....hey, he's got a shot.  It's a slim shot.  But....

 

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Oh it's a long shot for sure. If you look at the primaries and gave Beto every single D vote, and all the R votes that went against Cruz, Cruz would have still won by 5 figs. But November is a long way away, and if the R's keep shitting in their own hands and smearing it all over themselves anything could happen.

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Despite my earlier  schadenfreude about Cruz getting his comeuppance for being an especially pathetic lapdog to Trump, yes, he probably does still eek out a win.  But it’s going to come down to how many ex-Republicans are now identifying as independents.

All the points about Cruz getting massively more primary votes than Beto are true.  So how could it be close?  If you look at the details of the poll, Beto is wrecking Cruz with independents.  Perhaps the people who didn’t vote in either primary swing big for him.

Also, some comments I’ve seen on the poll mention the sample seems overweight with independents compared to past years.  In poll watching the last few cycles, I tend to think this is often a false assumption when people question the weighting.  People who planned to vote for Obama in 2008 and 2012 said they were Democrats, and GOP people talked about how there have never been so many Democrats in those places so the polls must be wrong. Well, there didn’t used to be so many Democrats ... until there were.  Then in 2016 people refused to believe the blue midwestern states were really in play for Trump because of what voters did in those places before.  Well, they changed.

It is possible there are a lot of people in Texas who used to be Republican but now identify as independent, and who aren’t particularly keen on supporting this whole Trump rebrand of the GOP fiasco.  

And that’s where we get to the other result in the poll:  Trump is about 10 points underwater on his approval rating in Texas in that poll.  Texas is about the national average when it comes to approval of Trump, not a deep red state in the tank for Trump.  We aren’t really onboard with the current direction of the GOP, and the GOP is screwed without Texas.

Edited by longhornmatt

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I wished they had polled voters on interest since the latest national figures are 66% for Democrats and 49% for Republicans. We need that information to gauge potential turnout. If 10% more Democrats vote then normal it could put Beto over the top.

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I did the same and then was complained to by someone in a tight dem race  that they heard a lot of people were taking this action. 

I did the same

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10 hours ago, F250 said:

So many new Texans. My wife has expressed an interest in moving to Georgetown. Is it becoming another Austin satellite full of commuters?

 

You serious Clark?

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Lifelong Republican voter here. Voted Libertarian in last presidential election. Voted in the Republican primary this year because not really any point to voting in the Democratic primary in Midland. I will be supporting and voting for Beto in the Fall. In fact, I will likely vote a Democratic slate because I am so sick of the Republicans for whoring themselves out to Trump. They’ve shown their true colors, and have likely lost me for life. 

Edited by MidTexHorn

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11 hours ago, F250 said:

Is this supposed to be a bad thing? That groups mission is pretty important for the Texas economy.

I was just trying to give Cruz some airplay. His social media game is pathetic so when he does tweet something halfway decent I’ll post it here to keep it fair, in a way.

At least so others can see how Cruz is campaigning.

 

Edited by Hugo Stiglitz

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If this election is Cruz Vs Beto, I give Beto a chance to win but it’s really Cruz/GOP straight ticket vs Beto/Dem straight ticket.  Cruz wins by 5.  It won’t be that some hold their nose while voting for Cruz, they will just pick the straight party vote for the gop, and it’s over.

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3 hours ago, Nice Guy Eddie said:

If this election is Cruz Vs Beto, I give Beto a chance to win but it’s really Cruz/GOP straight ticket vs Beto/Dem straight ticket.  Cruz wins by 5.  It won’t be that some hold their nose while voting for Cruz, they will just pick the straight party vote for the gop, and it’s over.

But Cruz is not the only reason to break from straight ticket voting with Patrick and Miller be two other reasons at the state level. There are plenty of other US and state congressional races and local races that should also get more people to split their ticket.

The more people who do the worse for Cruz.

 

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Well Cruz or his campaign has no clue about robo calling. Got one yesterday except I moved back to Alabama last year and the phone does not have an Austin area code anymore. No idea how they decided I could be a targeted voter.

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That Time essay is pathetic.

Beto is a punk rocker, gun grabbing, liberal from El Paso, and I could see Cruz losing grizzled old rancher votes to him just on account of Cruz being such an unbelievable groveling pussy. 

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President Trump is a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of America. The fact that his first year as Commander in Chief disoriented and distressed members of the media and political establishment is not a bug but a feature.

The same cultural safe spaces that blinkered coastal elites to candidate Trump’s popularity have rendered them blind to President Trump’s achievements on behalf of ordinary Americans. While pundits obsessed over tweets, he worked with Congress to cut taxes for struggling families. While wealthy celebrities announced that they would flee the country, he fought to bring back jobs and industries to our shores. While talking heads predicted Armageddon, President Trump’s strong stand against North Korea put Kim Jong Un back on his heels.

President Trump is doing what he was elected to do: disrupt the status quo. That scares the heck out of those who have controlled Washington for decades, but for millions of Americans, their confusion is great fun to watch.

Cruz is a U.S. Senator from Texas

holy shit, that is somehow worse than i thought it would be

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I’m stealing this observation from various commentators today, but it’s also funny that in praising Trump’s supposed accomplishments, he doesn’t even really praise them for being good.  He praises how all those things supposedly really stick it to the coastal elites and produce libtard tears.  Because that would be the valuable thing about (allegedly) bringing jobs back, dealing with the North Korea threat, and anything else in life, really.

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This sums up my view: 

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Almost everything about politics under Trump sucks, but one of the few rays of golden light from heaven: Ted Cruz, who has always considered himself a man of towering intellect destined for greatness, humiliating himself over and over again for the moronic reality show star who beat him to the presidency.

https://splinternews.com/ted-cruz-debases-himself-for-daddy-trump-once-more-in-a-1825384478

 

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1 hour ago, David Dennison said:

Ted Cruz: Super Cuck

I actually hate that the pathetic alt-right crowd co-opted this term, because every once in a while, it's actually perfect and apropos.

A supposed intellectual getting his ass kicked by a functional moron in an election, in which that moron shamefully insulted both his wife AND his father, and his response is...fall to his knees in complete supplication, asking for forgiveness for ever opposing said functional moron, working the phones for him, and fellating him with absurd praise at every turn, THAT'S when you need to use the term "cuck."

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2 hours ago, Fozzz said:

Honestly, we're lucky Trump is president and not Teddy. 

Cruz yes. Roosevelt no.

I'm also factoring into the equation present day Teddy Roosevelt who is just a skeleton in a coffin. It's still a massive improvement. 

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