ELECTION BLOG: Dallas Democrats Take In the Loss

November 3, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Emily Kogan
ekogan@smu.edu

The tone at the Democratic watch party was much different than it was in 2008. There was no hype. They were just hoping to hang on to their majorities in the House and the Senate.

The mood of the night could have been from the heavy rain in Dallas or it could have reflected the results of the midterm elections for the Democratic Party as a whole.

The race for Texas’ Governor had been tight between Rick Perry and Bill White until the very end. Perry’s anti-Washington message was an appeal to voters. Even after the early votes came in, Registered Democrat Jim White still thought anything could happen.

“I think everyone has a chance until it’s over,” White said. And when asked for his reaction after Perry was declared the winner White said, “If there wasn’t so much slander I think he would have stood a better chance.”

A young Democrat with the ironic name of Rick Perry was not excited when Perry was voted in for another term.

“I think it was time for him to go,” Perry said. “I think it was time for new leadership. Im sad, I’m disappointed.”

Edgar Negron, a member of the Dallas Association of Young Immigrants, was passionate about getting his vote in on November 2nd. He had a feeling White would not be the winner of last night’s election but still moved his scheduled flight home from New York up a day to go out and vote.

“It’s a matter of getting our point across,” said Negron.

The Daily Update: Wednesday, Nov. 3

November 3, 2010 by · Comments Off 

The Daily Update: Wednesday, Nov. 3 from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Join us for details about Republicans taking back to U.S. House, the two SMU students’ names in the car accident names have been released, and we’ll tell you how long will the cold rainy weather be around in Dallas.

The Daily Update: Monday, Nov. 1

November 1, 2010 by · Comments Off 

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Find out about a worship service that was interrupted by lethal visitors, the Rangers lost and now it is down to the wire, and many people didn’t want to wait to cast their vote in midterm election.

Gov. Perry Snags the Republican Primary

March 3, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Allison Donnelly
adonnell@smu.edu

Gov. Rick Perry held onto his seat by defeating his rival, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for the Republican nomination in Tuesday’s primary elections.

Perry, known for his anti-Washington views and thoughts of Texas secession, received 51.1 percent of the votes while Sen. Hutchison received only 30.3 percent. Debra Medina, the Tea Party candidate, received 18.6 percent.

Former Houston Mayor Bill White will represent the Democratic Party. He overwhelmingly won the nomination with 76 percent of the total votes.

Gov. Perry and White will challenge each other in November for the gubernatorial seat. If Gov. Perry wins, this will be his third consecutive term as governor.

Hutchison, Perry and White Address Issues Important to College Students

March 2, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Brooks Powell
blpowell@smu.edu

The bid for Texas governor jumps into a new gear Tuesday as Texas voters head to the polls for the 2010 gubernatorial primary. This election is significant because many college students will cast ballots for the first time in a state-wide election for governor. (Rick Perry has served as the state’s chief executive since 2000 when he took over for George W. Bush.)

Candidates of all stripes have criss-crossed the state for months garnering votes and attention. Some of their trips have included stops on the Hilltop.

Students saw Libertarian gubernatorial candidates duke it out at their only Dallas debate in February.

Kay Bailey Hutchison spoke with Daily Mustang editor Sarah Acosta last semester and Governor Rick Perry visited SMU, both to talk about what they will do for college students.

Students also heard from Bill White, former Houston mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

White sat down for an on-camera interview to address issues important to college students. Click on the video below to watch Bill White and SMU-TV reporter Brooks Powell in an excerpt from the Tuesday, Feb. 16 edition of The Daily Update.

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Opinion Blog: Deep in the Heart of Texas Politics

February 25, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Elizabeth Siebman

In Texas, Tea Party activists and Democratic Party candidates are sounding anti-incumbent messages. With a particularly vicious Republican primary election this year, the Texas GOP will need to quickly reunite after March 2, to maintain its prominence within the state.

Texas’ political landscape is predominately Republican Party red. The party controls both seats in the U.S. Senate, 20 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and over 130 seats statewide. After GOP wins in New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts this past year, the Republican Party is positioning itself for numerous wins during the 2010 midterm elections nationally.

In a New York Times article from August 2009, the incumbent governor, Rick Perry, likened the election to a “civil war, brother against brother.” Perry wants to gain the votes of Tea Party activists by questioning the policies in Washington, at the executive and legislative level. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina, a newcomer to statewide politics and a Tea Party activist, are taking on the current governor for the nomination. Hutchison is campaigning against current Austin policies and politics and is hoping to gain momentum from independents and the anti-incumbent movement. However, Medina is winning support among Tea Party activists. Recently, polls show Medina holding around 20 percent of the vote. Republican debates have demonstrated this “brother against brother” mentality. Candidates point fingers regarding causes of problems but maintain that they can solve Texas’ issues.

However, while the Republicans fight against each other for nomination, Democrat candidates, Bill White, former major of Houston, and Farouk Shami, owner of the hair care organization Farouk Systems, are advocating for a change in Austin. They point to corruption at the executive level, a weakening education system, and problems that have not been solved within the current administration. The anti-incumbency fervor that has risen could prove useful for Democrats.

The civil war that has erupted over the governor’s position must come to an end and the sides must unite behind one candidate in order to reunify the Republican Party. The GOP needs to show voters that they represent Texas’ interests and they want to further those interests and produce results. If the sides do not reunite, then Texas might add a bit of blue to the political mixture in the November election.