The controversy surrounding the 78th Texas Legislature between the Democratic and Republican Party state representations and senators was that there was an attempt to redistrict the recently redrawn congressional districts. This issue of, “redistricting” was indorsed by the Republican Party. The endorsement of “redistricting,” wasn’t surprising considering that the Republican Party had just won the Texas state legislature for the first time since Reconstruction. The Republican Party’s position on the issue was clear through the statements of Tom DeLay, “Texans deserve representation that reflects their values and believes.” Knowing that the redistricting would result in catastrophic losses for the party, the Democrats apposed the idea of, “redistricting.” The Democrats were so opposed to the idea of, “redistricting,” that they fled to Ardmore, Oklahoma. The justification for the party fleeing was said best in the words of state Representative Jim Dunnam, “We're here in Ardmore, Oklahoma, because the real problems of Texas are budget problems, are school finance problems, are health ...
An issue in Texas today is whether the public have sufficient control over the executive branch of Texas government. Texas has a plural executive, which mean the public not only elects the Lieutenant Governor, but also the Attorney General, Comptroller, Land Commissioner, and Agricultural Commissioner (Benson, Clinkscale, and Giardino 216). These elections add significantly to the “long ballet” that the public can vote for. Some argue that because there are so many to vote for, people cannot adequately vote for the positions. The research and attention needed to stay up to date on the elections can steer people away from voting. Many people vote for the governor and the lieutenant governor because of the title and how high the positions are.
A Democratic Party long ruled by moderates and conservatives succeeded in stunting what seemed like the natural growth of a successful Republican Party until the 1990s. Since then, various forces have contributed to the growth of the Republicans, and in the end, to an altering of the core membership of each party. Most recently, the state has seen the development of a dominant Republican Party that doesn't yet hold quite the dominion the Democrats enjoyed through most of the twentieth century. The Republican Party has certainly benefited from the defection of former Democrats, the arrival of Republicans and independents from out of state, and organizational difficulties in the Democratic Party. Thus, Republican officials dominate state government, and Democrats find themselves reduced, for the present, to the status of an embattled minority party seeking to recreate themselves among their voting and financial constituencies. This is showing that the newfound Republican dominance can be the beginning of a new strong party system, or if we are in a state of transition in which the terms of political competition are still in change. If it is a new party system, I don’t think it will be very durable or last too long for that matter. Now, it seems that Republican dominance of state government will
In the Reading “Cowboy Conservatism” Cunningham spoke on how the Democratic Party left Texas because of the change in what it stood for. The Democratic Party went from being very conservative to becoming liberal. In order for a party to win you have to appeal to the people who will be voting for your party, therefore depending on the views a certain state has can have a huge effect on the outcome. The Republican Party in the 20th century is the major political party of Texas but as we read and discussed in class, that can very well change this election. There are more minority’s in Texas than there has ever been in the past years. The Hispanic population is continuously growing and it was shown that and good amount of them voted for the Democratic Party. If Republican are not able to appeal to the Minority voters in Texas, it will be the end of the Republican Party as a whole. The Republican Party needs to make sure that they know what they stand for and what they will offer to Americans especially
The political future of Texas has been widely debated since the 2012 election of Pres. Barack Obama, since the state has always played a significant role in impacting national elections. Nationally, there was uneven support among minority voters in favor of the president and Democrats, and as a result there has been an increasing interest in the Hispanic population growth in Texas (Lawrence.) The speculation regards how the changing complexion of Texas voters will influence the political process, with political pundits broadly predicting that since the Latino population typically votes for Democr...
Every citizen, as incumbent citizens within the State of Texas, has certain responsibilities and undertakings to consider. Included in such considerations are the roles we are slated with when selecting an elected official for our Congressional District. This Congressional District representative is a person elected by “the people”, such as those in a city or county, in hopes that they will have a voice to represent the decisions designed to impact their areas, respectfully. One such Congressional District representative is Lamar Seeligson Smith.
The topic I have chosen is gerrymandering. Before getting too deep into this paper, I’d like to take this time to explain what gerrymandering is. To gerrymander is to redraw and resize electoral voting districts across a state. This is done to ensure that the political party that has control of the state can keep control by distributing voters in a manner that alters the people’s representation.
Animal Farm illustrates the Russian Revolution through the tale of animals obtaining their freedom. Ironically, one of the leaders of the farm, Napoleon, turns the animals into his slaves. Thus, the animals merely obtain a new master. Through this twist of symbolism and irony, Orwell presents the theme about how power will corrupt the mind. Napoleon essentially represents the the corruption of power. In this way, Orwell conveys his theme by showing the adverse effects of Napoleon’s growing power, so that the reader can see the stages of corruption that follow.
Newell, Charldean. "Inflexibility, Traditionalism, and Partisanship: The Texas Response to New Federalism." Review. Annual Review of American Federalism 12 (1981 (1983): 185-95. Publius. Oxford University Press. Web. 23 Mar. 2011.
In this essay, I will explain why Texas should retain the partisan election of judges. Texas is one of the few states that elect their judges using a Partisan voting method. Partisan elections can be unfair and can misinform the voter. A high legal position such as a judge should never be chosen in such a manner. Partisan elections often cost more than nonpartisan elections in campaigning. Partisan elections are also more likely to lead to straight ticket voting or mindless voting. Partisan elections also lead to more campaign contributions and can increase the power of constituencies. Lastly partisan elections can cause an imbalance in equal represent the population. Therefore, Partisanship voting does not belong in the courts of Texas and
Gerrymandering by definition refers to “district line-drawing that purposefully maximizes seats for one party or voting bloc” (Davidson et al., 47). Two commons forms of gerrymandering are cracking and packing districts. Cracking refers to splitting a group of people up (often into two separate districts) to weaken party strength or group strength. Likewise, packing refers to placing a group of people into one district to strengthen the weight of a given groups (party/demographics) votes (Davidson et al., 47). Gerrymandering is an important concept to understand because it is often used by one party or another to dramatically affect the results of elections. Currently according to the authors of our text, the most common form is partisan gerrymandering. Here, congressional members of a state where one party controls uses that power to gerrymander and ensure safe seats for members of that same party. It’s extremely manipulative and squashes any chance of the minority party rising to power and becoming elected in that state. Even with laws put in place to punish those who engage in this practice, the act of gerrymandering continues. Gerrymandering is not overstated and needs addressed by all states regardless of party control. Such an act is prevalent in Ohio given that the GOP
The setting in the novel ‘One Flew Over the cuckoo’s Nest’ written by Ken Kesey in 1962 and the novella ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ penned by charlotte Perkins Gilman in the 1890 show similarities as both texts take place in sick rooms though they are set one hundred years apart. The setting of the texts lead readers to define sanity and insanity by looking at the characters influence on setting showing who is and who isn’t in power.
The Congressional Election of 1794 was a very important and influential one in the evolution of the American political party system. Although Federalists dominated the early political world of the newly constructed union, the Democratic-Republican candidate, Swanwick, was victorious. There were many factors that contributed to Swanwick’s victory that can’t be ignored when analyzing how the Democratic-Republicans procured the victory in the election of 1794. All the evidence available needs to be investigated in order to understand the influences of the candidate, their position on the various controversial issues of the time period, and the voters themselves on the outcome of the election of 1794.