From Wise County Messenger, By D.A. Sharpe, May 14, 2016
This 2016 presidential election year has been among the most unusual in memory, both for Democrats and for Republicans.
Let’s examine some of the reactions being heard from the frustrated or confused.
The Democratic Party primary election has had up to eight presidential candidates this season, but the thrust boils down to two candidates – Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton represents the stability of the Democratic Party, and Sanders represents the taking over from those who follow the status quo.
The Generation Y voters, those born generally 1980 and after, have influenced greatly the Democratic Party race, being attracted to political solutions providing the most for seemingly the most people.
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From Amac.us, By Jedediah Bila, 9/12/2012 – Gallup released an interesting poll today with respect to the appetite of American voters for a third major party. According to the poll, 45% of Americans believe “the Republican and Democratic parties do an adequate job of representing the American people” (a number that has increased from 38% in September of 2011), while 46% believe that “they do such a poor job that a third major party is needed” (a number that has declined from 55% since September of 2011.)
40% of Democrats, 36% of Republicans, and 58% of Independents currently support the concept of a third party. It is important to note that the “58% support level among independents…is the second lowest on record.”
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As a result of Election Night 2010, the Texas House now has a truly conservative Republican majority for the first time in its history! And while liberal Republican House Speaker Joe Straus is working hard to retain his control over the new House, thanks to your efforts, the tide is beginning to turn! Not only are there now two conservative House Members running for Speaker against Joe Straus but numerous House Members have pulled their pledge cards from Straus and have now pledged to one of the conservatives.
The remaining Republican House Members are hearing from their constituents that they, too, should pull their pledge cards and support a conservative Speaker, but many of them have stiffened their necks and declared that they believe they can outlast the grassroots pressure. We encourage you to hang in there and keep the calls coming! They are making a difference, so please don’t let up. And if you have already called, then please call again – call another five times, or however many times it takes until your Representative changes his or her stand! We the people must win this fight!
We have included the newest piece on the Battle for the Texas House. It is a short YouTube clip that you can circulate to your friends, updating them on what is currently happening, and urging them to weigh in with their State Representative. Let’s make sure that what began on Election Night continues with a new conservative Speaker so that we can have the conservative economic and social policies that we need to keep Texas strong!