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originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: 727Sky
Especially when you compare to it to countries like Switzerland or Iceland. While they may not have direct democracies (although parts of Switzerland do employ that model) they're much closer to it than the US. They've had their forms of government for centuries longer than the US with relatively little internal strife.
originally posted by: kanakaris
a reply to: Agree2Disagree
Again : who got most of the votes ?
Texas's 23rd Congressional District is a swing district that includes Pecos. Pecos is in the middle of an oil boom that seems to be changing the politics of this once slow, sleepy city.
originally posted by: DanDanDat
Heard this NPR report driving into work this morning;
MARTIN: Alva Alvarez is the county attorney. She's a lifelong Democrat as are most people here, but the oil boom seems to be changing that.
ALVAREZ: Here we are, Reyes.
(SOUNDBITE OF KNOCKING)
MARTIN: Alva has been going door to door.
ALVAREZ: Hi, how are you, sir? We are trying to get the vote out for Beto O'Rourke.
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: See you.
ALVAREZ: OK (laughter). Thanks. Bye-bye.
UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: Bye.
MARTIN: Beto O'Rourke has given Republican incumbent Senator Ted Cruz a run for his money. And Alva never expected that O'Rourke would have an uphill battle here.
ALVAREZ: People I knew who had been Democrats for years have now just decided that, I guess, the Republican way is better.
MARTIN: Better because even if they themselves aren't making money hand over fist, people around them are. And that has to be good in the long run so the thinking goes. Maybe they'll finally get that grocery store. There's also talk of a new hospital. Maybe the city will have enough money to fix up the run-down cemetery in the middle of town.
So what happened to the blue wave? I mean, the reason Beto O'Rourke has gotten so much national media attention is because he's come further than any other Democratic candidate in recent history. But you're not feeling it.
ALVAREZ: I'm not feeling it here.