I'm so happy to know that John is going to keep at it an run hard against Smith. Some of those Hill Country counties were in the district he ran in 4 years ago and I think there are even some local Dems running this time (like a JP race in Kerr) where John can help build the party. At the same time he still has a lot of Bolton and Howard's district and by gosh, the UNIVERITY OF TEXAS.
I will proudly cast my vote for John Courage, Delay and Re-Re-Redistricting be damned!
Thanks man. Also cross-posted it as a MyDD diary just now and then clicked over to one of my other 15 open tabs and saw the crosspost there front paged. pretty insane.
Also, candidates that I can think of that would be on my short list (not having expressed interst of course but there are always early rumors...)
Ciro Rodriguez (of course)
Carlos Uresti (Texas SD-19 nearly matches this)
Pete Gallego (Texas HD-74 covers most of the Western half)
Julian Castro (ran for Mayor of SA and former state rep, rising star with nothing to run for... until now.)
Either way, all of this helps Joe Farrias running in Uresti's old state House seat on the south side of san antonio keep that seat in the D column. That seat used to be Ciro Rodriguez's back in the day as well.
Hey Jonathan, I e-mailed Matt and Chris but forgot to add you into the mix on this one. Got way more than you want map wise covered on our Burnt Orange Report post on this. Should I cross-post a diary?
Yeah, when I run for state rep maybe I'll have to do that. There is a certain level of a new technology being worn out over time, but when you apply it to new levels (i.e. different level of race) I think it gets a new wave of life.
Maybe it's just because I'm a blogger myself, but I totally appreciated this post of yours and I think it's right on the mark. A comment I've made about Burnt Orange Report is that 'our readers are leaders' and that makes a world of difference.
Here in Texas, and this isn't based so much in a congressional race as it is for our statewide efforts.
www.trueblueaction.com Glen Maxey of Austin who is now Chris Bell's Field managers in Texas (for texas gov) is at the head of pushing for TBA. I'm friends with the people developing it (and also the tech person for the Travis County coordinated campaign called www.truebluetravis.com).
Because of the redistricting ruling, the courts have to redraw the map. Granted, that will likely only affect 4-5 districts (all of which have Democrats filed in them now and will have them in them afterwards. The thing is though, TX-11 buts up against TX-23, Bonilla, which was declared unconstitutional. If so much as one precinct changes in the sprawling TX-11, filing reopens because an 'open primary' is created for the Novemebr ballot (to then be officially decided in a December run-off). Basically, for the affected districts we go Lousianna style. If TX-11 is affected, it would open it back up to have a Dem run in it. We'll know in about a month.
You know, I hear Texas will be in that list... Why? =) Because the TexRoots raised over $1000 to put us over our ActBlue target to get it activated in Texas. And yes, we are going to have our own TexRoots endorsed candidates coming out after that. At least I hope it's tomorrow, haha. We're excited here!