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And what they ended up doing is endorsing conservative Republicans against conservative Democrats to try to swing more conservatives out of the Democratic Party. They realized they had to build up a viable competition if they were going to get the conservatives out of the primary and they could control it. The lesson from that of course is be careful what you wish for, because they the liberal democrats were indeed successful in driving the conservatives out of the Democratic primary, getting control of the party, and then as we see from 96 on, losing every election.

Or is it actually the other end of the spectrum if we look back to liberals from the far left of the Democratic Party maybe forcing conservative Democrats out. That there may be some folks that maybe will take conservatism too far and take some more moderate elements out of their party?

Out of the GOP? What do you think? Although I think there are some people who very few people if you look at public opinion surveys and you ask people how do you identify yourself? Not only in Texas, but I think in a lot of this country. Whereas liberal is, people who are running for office who would describe themselves in private as liberals probable are now calling themselves progressives. CC: But I guess again that maybe the lesson in that is that these things are cyclical and a term that maybe may have some negative connotations for some today may have positive connotations tomorrow.

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Do you think Texas has become so gerrymandered that even if there was a shift politically among the electorate in the state, it might be a slower moving shift when it comes to elected office? Which is to say, take a small county like Waller County. So you have those kind of structural limitations on the drawing of districts and then of course you have the third factor, which is obviously the party that is in control attempts to magnify the number of districts they have.

As of the 82 election 88 the were republicans well, you might say that was somewhat of a gerrymander but what happened in time?

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By the time you get down to 3 elections later in what are the numbers? Then comes the election of the last one under that plan and you go from 76 to So you had some major changes from 88 republicans down to 76 up to 99 all under the same districts that were drawn for republican majority back in CC: Here in Houston we have what some refer to as a majority minority population, there many more Latinos and African Americans combined then there are white Houstonians and that diversity is a point of pride for many here in Houston.

But the notion is that as Hispanic, African American, Asian American and other traditionally populations continue to rise, the politics in our state will change with them. WT: Well yes, I think it will but in terms of the makeup of the individuals that who elected to office. The discerption is pretty general.

Its a couple things you need to keep in mind there. Number one, when we talk about census counts we are talking about not only citizens but also non-citizens, not only those who are here perhaps without any papers but those who are here with student visas those who are here with work permits, their counted in that Hispanic element. Second largest group are those who are 18 to All of which factors tend to decrease the interest in voting. And so even though Hispanics maybe a majority of the population in 10 to 20 years they are not going to be a majority of the electorate for various and sundry reasons.

So maybe in time is there will that be a greater factor? WT: Number one is intermarriage.

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Who are the two leading Hispanic candidates running statewide? And, Bush. Take Montgomery County. The Woodlands, Conroe, what have you. And so if the only choice for people in areas like that is within the republican primary, where most of their neighbors are republican, where all the yard signs are for republicans, and in a republican primary.

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I think you can see a decrease in the interest in the democratic voting behavior of even Hispanics who move into suburban areas. Williamson County just north of Austin has one of its state reps Larry Gonzalez, a republican. And more and more. Bastrop County to the south has a republican Hispanic county commissioner.

So as you see these suburbs grow and as you see more and more Hispanics move out there the question becomes are they still going to be a definite identifiable bloc that the democrats can count on? CC: To that end you know that there is a challenge for republicans. WT: A number of things. Number one is elevating more candidates who are Hispanic to show that there are role models; there are individuals within the Republican Party who do represent the kinds of values and interests of that community.

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Certainly I think one in the future is going to be George P. Bush who is running for land commissioner this year and as I mentioned, Larry Gonzalez, Jason Villalba from the Dallas area and representative Alonzo from Kingsville. There are a number of Hispanics who I think are on the way up. The second is to speak more carefully and consciously so that you are not sending off negative vibes with your language and the way you approach different questions.

Certainly I think some of our candidates have not been using the best of language in some instances.

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He starts off on a bicycle tour near San Antonio, with his friend and Virgil-figure, the novelist Steve Harrigan. As people began moving into cities and using more illumination, the sky gradually disappeared. There must be a corresponding loss of wonder without the stars to remind us where we stand in creation. Not to mention more personal subjects: his Dallas childhood, his marriage, his various professional ups and downs, the screenplay by Wright that Oliver Stone almost made, another play that was supposed to premiere in Houston until Hurricane Harvey hit, his life in Austin and the vague sense he has lived with of being stuck in the provinces, on the fringes of the real action — even though the book is an argument that the real action is here.

Wright is a liberal, but his sympathies range across the aisle. She became famous for her hour filibuster of a bill designed to limit access to abortions. It passed anyway in the next session.

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But the rise of the Tea party has put one set of Texas virtues under threat, in defence of what they consider to be others. The centre of that influence, and a city widely resented by the rest of Texas or at least by their political representatives is Austin, my hometown. It was an Austinite, Bill Bishop, who reported on this phenomenon in The Big Sort — about the fact that the US is increasingly arranging itself into homogeneous enclaves.

Liberal politicians figured that zones were a way of keeping people out, so in Houston you can build pretty much anything anywhere. Which is one reason the centre of the US energy industry is going to have to face the problem of climate change. On the whole, Wright is semi-optimistic.

The myths matter, too.