This is Part III of the DBC Green's digestion and eructation of the 2018 General Election. Part I covers statewide and legislative races in Texas; Part II, races for Harris County government offices.
This time out, we'll look at Congressional races, governorships in the Lesser 49, ballot measures of interest to Progressives, and a few other topics. I also invite you to spend 15 minutes with Mike Figueredo, who sums things up from his progressive viewpoint in this installment of The Humanist Report. (Content Warning: Much more than usual for him, Figueredo refers to the Democrats as "we." Although he despises corporate Democrats, he has the same inner-Democrat force-of-habit reflex that I have.)
Forgot to Mention This Yesterday: Greens Are So Screwed
There's something that I forgot to address in Part I: Thanks to the gigantic increase in turnout here in Texas, compared to 2014, minor parties other than the Libertarians have a much higher hurdle to surmount than, well, ever. The Libertarian Party secured its ballot line for 2020, thanks to the lack of a Democrat running for Court of Criminal Appeals Position 8.
Unless the law changes in the 2019 legislative session (possible, but unlikely), the Green Party and other parties not currently recognized by the state will need to collect more than 83,000 valid petition signatures in a 75-day period. That's 1% of the total vote in the gubernatorial race. "Valid" means from voters registered in Texas who have not voted in that year's primaries or signed any other party's petition.
I grieve still for my hundreds of friends here in Texas who loudly and fervently supported Beto O'Rourke. He and his team made it a close race, missing a Senate seat by only 2.68% in a state that appears to be on a trajectory toward purpleness. But, even surrounded by Betonians in a county that went 57-43 in his favor, I didn't envision him pulling out a victory, Texas being Texas. I'm so fucking proud of him for limiting Ted Cruz's share of the vote to just a smidgen over 50%.
Though I grieve, I'm hoping that all the talk about Beto's presidential run remains at the just-talk level. A reunion tour with his old band Foss is more likely.
There is so much to examine from OMG THE MOST IMPORTANT MIDTERM ELECTION OF ALL TIME EVERRRRR!!! that even if I leave out all the stuff you've already read about, I fear that I am reduced to a collection of bullet points. Any bullets that I neglect to include, I'll add in Part IV of this series.
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