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Friday, December 9, 2022

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Texas is not ready for a Democratic governor


The Texas heartbeat bill is a violation of human rights

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Texas is not ready for a Democratic governor. 

Residents will have difficulty adjusting to a new Democratic governor after years of a Republican majority. There has not been a Democratic governor since 1995 when former Gov. Ann Richards was in office. 

The conflict for a majority pro-gun state like Texas will be Beto O’Rourke, who is running for governor.

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15,” said O’Rourke. 

The issue this will create in the Texas Legislature will be big. Republicans mostly support conservative laws. This is possible because of the amount of Republicans in Texas.

A major change to happen in Texas is not realistic with a democratic governor. The House of Representatives and the Senate are controlled by Republicans. 

However, O’Rourke has the power to jumpstart a domino effect of Democratic officials filling Republican seats. 

In 2018, O’Rourke was able to help Texas Democrats gain two U.S. House seats, two state Senate seats and a dozen state House seats. 

The issue that arises with this plan is that many Texas are not aware of political races that increase the chances of turning Texas blue. 

The common voter knows about the presidential, Senate and gubernatorial elections.  They will vote for a governor but not pay attention to smaller elections that are just as important as Gubernatorial elections. 

To add, it takes time to inform people of these elections.

Time that Texas does not have.  

Recently, Texas has challenged several laws including how much a politician can pay himself back using his campaign funds and when the viability line sits for abortion. Greg Abbott has even signed a bill that changes how and when citizens can vote in Texas.   

Liberal views are not welcome in Texas. It is evident through the strict abortion laws, money wars by politicians and voter suppression laws.

There is a split view in Texas except Republicans have the upper hand with the overrepresentation in government. 

A Democratic governor needs to have their party be a majority in the Senate and the House to gain enough support to pass their laws. 

It is a long way toward election day. Texas’ success will be determined by how many democratic seats represent Texas in the bigger courts.

Jason Perez is a journalism and political science senior who can be reached at [email protected]

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