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September 22, 2004

Sweep Travis County

By Byron LaMasters

I'm confident Democrats will carry Travis County for John Kerry and sweep the countywides. Right now our state house delegation is 3-3. It can be 5-1 Democratic. Travis County is a Democratic county and a fair balance of Dem vs. GOP representation in the state house would be 4-2 Democratic (it was 4-1 Democratic before the 2001 redistricting). But instead of creating a new Republican seat (the fair thing to do), Republican redistricters destroyed one Democratic seat, and created two new marginal Republican seats. Well, they overreached, and in order to create three Republican state rep seats in Travis county, they had to overstretch their Republican voters. Thus, both Republican state reps elected in 2002 are susceptible to strong Democratic challengers. And that's what both Jack Stick and Todd Baxter got.

So, check out the profiles of both races in the Austin American Statesman today:

Stick vs. Strama.
Baxter vs. White.

Show Tom DeLay's corrupt puppets the door:

Give to Mark Strama
Give to Kelly White.

Via Off the Kuff.

Update: Here's the latest on Todd Baxter Follies from a reader following the race:

Todd Baxter has lost his mind. He's going around saying that more Texas children have health insurance now than ever before. We have no idea where he's getting this information from, particularly as every responsible authority (i.e. Children's Defense Fund, Center for Public Policy Priorities) is saying the exact opposite. From what we can see, he's just pulling it right out of thin air- it's a blatant lie.

Todd Baxter has flip-flopped on just about every issue facing Travis County. Local political observers will tell you that when he was on the Travis County Commissioners Court, he voted "present" more than anyone else. I guess when you can't flip-flop, it's best to just not take a position.

Posted by Byron LaMasters at September 22, 2004 01:51 PM | TrackBack


Perhaps he means in absolute terms there are more kids with health insurance than there were in the past. I am willing to bet real money that the total number of kids with health insurance is greater now than it was in say 1845, or perhaps even 1945. The problem for Mr. Baxter is this little thing called population growth. As a percentage the number of kids with health insurance is abysmally low, even if looking at numbers of kids there seem to be a lot who are insured. And I'm sure it looks like there are a lot of kids who are insured, so long as you ignore all the ones who aren't insured. What an idiot. Small consolation that I am in Stick's district instead, though hopefully not for long.

Posted by: utlaw guy at September 22, 2004 09:40 PM

In terms of percentages, Texas ranks 50th out of the 50 states for children without health insurance.

Posted by: Monk of Miletus at September 23, 2004 12:58 AM
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