Signs Are Going Up

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Political wrangling begins as we approach the November 6 General Election.

There are a number of races in the November Election that are important to Texans, and our populous will be getting on both sides of them. There is the Governor’s race, the U.S. Senate Race, our U.S. House race and Texas House race and several other matters.

The race that’s getting the most attention in state and national media is the race for Republican Ted Cruz’ U.S. Senate seat. He is being challenged by Democrat Beto O’Rourke of El Paso. The increasingly strong challenge of O’Rourke comes from his positions on the problems with medical care and the enforcement of immigration where parents were separated from their children at the border and many still haven’t been reunited. And, while those subjects are popular with potential voters of both parties, others, such as the imbalance of wealth in the country are more popular with the Democratic base. That Democratic base is getting bigger, with college students joining the ranks, but it’s a long way from overcoming the strong Republican hold on Texas. 

O’Rourke is hoping to counter that Republican hold on Texas voters through debates with Cruz. The two have gone back and forth trying to set debate dates and times for weeks and weeks but now…it is done, and was just announced yesterday.

Ted Cruz and Challenger Beto O’Rourke will have the first of three upcoming debates on Friday, Sept 21st in Dallas. The subject will be Domestic Policy, and it will be moderated. No word yet on what TV channels will air the debate, but you can bet large parts of it will wind up on national TV.

The election is critical to both parties with the Republicans holding a guarded but narrow control over both the U.S. House and Senate, and this could be one of the best opportunities the Democrats have to get back some kind of voice in the governing of America. Republicans obviously want to keep that control.