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Texas Secretary of State David Whitley resigns

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  1. dubteedub
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    There is a great piece on Salon today that actually credits the Beto O'Rourke Senate campaign in 2018 for this accomplishment. How Betomania just beat Texas' voter suppression chief: Secretary of...

    There is a great piece on Salon today that actually credits the Beto O'Rourke Senate campaign in 2018 for this accomplishment.

    The argument is that while his Senate campaign ended unsuccessfully, the surge in voter turnout actually helped enough down ballot races to turn the tide and win enough seats in the State Senate that Democrat legislators were able to block the Secretary of State's confirmation and force his resignation.

    Republicans lost more than a dozen state legislative seats in Texas in the 2018 midterms, including 12 House seats and 2 Senate seats. They also flipped two U.S. House seats in suburban areas, that had held by Republicans for 18 and 22 years respectively. Even though he fell about 2.6 percentage points short of defeating Ted Cruz, O’Rourke increased Democratic voter turnout last fall by 153% and the youth vote by 412%. If Democrats can flip nine more State House seats in 2020 — which some observers think is conceivable — they will take control of that chamber for the first time since 2001.

    David Whitley's resignation isn’t simply his failure, or Abbott’s defeat. It's a big win for Texas Democrats, and a victory in defeat for Beto O'Rourke.

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  2. Deimos
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    As a bit more background if you missed it, I thought this was a pretty good article at the time by a reporter for a Texas news org who was wrongfully put on that list of "non-citizen voters":...

    As a bit more background if you missed it, I thought this was a pretty good article at the time by a reporter for a Texas news org who was wrongfully put on that list of "non-citizen voters": https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2019/02/02/americans-like-dont-belong-texas-botched-list-possible-noncitizen-voters-am

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