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  •  Look at the differences in Texas vs California (5+ / 0-)

    to see that it isn't only about demographics, both states have large percentages of Latino/Hispanics and yet one is dominated by Democrats but the other (TX) is dominated by Republicans. What's the difference? Turnout. If we Democrats don't learn how to engage voters and get them out to elections we will continue to fail to take advantage of the demographic shift. The Democratic Party has to engage with voters all year long, year after year, not just for six months leading up to elections. Here in Guadalupe County, TX we've finally figure that out now we're trying to figure out how to do it.

    "I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it!" ~ FDR

    by JC Dufresne on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 11:16:57 AM PST

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    •  the difference is more than turnout (3+ / 0-)
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      california hit majority-minority a lot earlier than texas did, has always had a more democratic-tilting latino population than texas, has a much larger proportion of liberal white voters, has district lines that aren't drawn to minimize democratic and minority representation, and has a state economy more reliant on education and less reliant on energy extraction and the military (although once upon a time, CA was a lot more like TX in that regard). finally, both states tend to get in-migrations of left and right-wing ideologically-minded white voters, respectively, which reinforce their political trends.

      CA:
      non-hispanic white: 40%
      latino: 38%
      asian: 14%
      black:7%
      multiracial: 4%
      native american: 2%

      TX:
      non-hispanic white: 45%
      latino: 38%
      asian: 4%
      black: 12%
      multiracial: 2%
      native american: 1%

      •  And CA had Prop. 187 (4+ / 0-)

        ... which I suspect galvanized Latino elegtoral participation to a much greater degree than Texas has yet seen.  

        Interesting that while both states show the same proportion of Latinos in the population, California's Asian population more than makes up for its lower proportion of African-Americans.  Wonder when Republicans will start paying more attention to the fast growing Asian populations?

        Citizens United defeated by citizens, united.

        by Dallasdoc on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 11:51:30 AM PST

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    •  May Ceiling Cat and FSM bless your efforts and (1+ / 0-)
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      inspire  others to do the same.  I hope I'm around to see Karl Rove's reaction when Texas turns blue.

      We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

      by Observerinvancouver on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:09:35 PM PST

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