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A Citizen’s First Campaign with Leslie Eastman & Karen Beseth

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October 28, 2014 at 11:30 pm

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I just voted for Mr Abbott for governor!

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As I have done since 1988, when I stood in a long line for hours to vote for VP Bush for president, I cast my ballot early. 

I voted for AG Abbott for governor and the GOP ticket.   Frankly, the Texas Democrat party has become way too liberal for me.   Once upon a time, you could vote for a centrist Democrat, like the late Senator Bentsen.   Frankly, those were the days as the song goes.    

According to news reports, early voting is going well for the GOP but please vote!  

Don’t take anything for granted and vote! 

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October 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Texas Update: Abbott Up 20 in a New Poll

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As I suspected, AG Abbott is opening up a big lead against Sen. Davis, the Democrat candidate: 57-37%, or 20 points!

The poll is fascinating when you look at the internals:

AG Abbott leads among women (52-40%) and whites (70-25%) and is doing very well with Hispanics (43% to Davis 49%).    

He leads in “other ethnic” groups by 52-37%.  I’m not sure what that is or what percentage of the voting bloc they represent.    

I would argue that Miss Davis is underperforming with blacks at only 80%.  Her position on abortion could be hurting her with blacks in Texas.

This poll shows the biggest lead but is in line with others recently published: the RCP average is Abbott plus 14%.

As I’ve been saying, AG Abbott will win by about 15 points – a nice solid victory that reflects the state’s conservative values.  Furthermore, it also points out what a weak opponent Senator Davis is.  It’s hard to believe that Texas Democrats could not find a more centrist candidate who could appeal to suburban voters.

Last, but not least, a friend working in the “early election” stations told me that the GOP traffic has been very heavy so far.  It’s unscientific but has been reliable in the past about voter intensity.

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October 28, 2014 at 6:30 am

1886 and the dedication of The Statute of Liberty

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It’s one of our most important landmarks.   It was dedicated on this day in 1886:

“On this day in 1886, President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.

The statue’s full name was Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World. It had been a gift from French citizens to their American friends in recognition of the two countries’ commitment to liberty and democracy and their alliance during the American Revolutionary War, which had begun 110 years earlier.

The 151-foot copper statue was built in France and shipped to New York in 350 separate parts.

It arrived in the city on June 17, 1886, and over the next several months was reassembled while electricians worked to wire the torch to light up at night.

As President Cleveland accepted the statue on behalf of American citizens, he declared “we will not forget that liberty here made her home; nor shall her chosen altar be neglected.

” The statue quickly became a symbol of America’s humanitarianism and willingness to take in the world’s “tired, poor and huddled masses”—in the words of the poem by Emma Lazarus inscribed on the monument’s pedestal—who yearned for freedom and a better life.”

Every year, thousands visit the statute and enjoy this great landmark of US history.

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October 28, 2014 at 5:00 am

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