In a time when social media fuels the growth of increasingly toxic debates based in tribalism instead of reason, The Texan Independent is devoted to discussing the politics of the Lone Star State and the U.S. without the partisan spin.
- What Happened in Texas?Democrats winning statewide in Texas seems to remain like the football that is continually pulled away from Charlie Brown just as he is about to kick it. While Vice President Biden improved upon Hillary Clinton’s 2016 performance in the state, he also unperformed many people’s expectations and fell short of Beto O’Rourke’s high water markContinue reading “What Happened in Texas?”
- It is Time for the Electoral College to Graduate.When the framers created the Constitution of the United States, they were wise in making it difficult to amend, but not impossible. Without tossing out the entire document, when enough support in Congress and the various states is there, change is possible. It is well past time for a new change, the abolition of theContinue reading “It is Time for the Electoral College to Graduate.”
- Texas Redistricting: Part 1, GerrymanderingIn 1812 the Governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry (pronounced Garry) approved of a State Senate redistricting plan that would clearly favor his own Democratic-Republican Party over the rival Federalists. One State Senate district drawn from that plan was mocked in Massachusetts news papers where they noted the district resembled a salamander, labeling it “The Gerry-Mander” (some how becoming pronounced Jerry) and giving birth the modern term gerrymandering.
- Is Texas Turning Blue?People tend to broadly categorize states as being red states or blue states based generally off of how the state in question votes in presidential elections. If they go back and forth or are won by relatively thin margins the term purple state or swing state may apply. So how then should we label Texas?Continue reading “Is Texas Turning Blue?”
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