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August 12, 2019

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‘A Perfect Storm’ — online hate and political winds whip up white supremacy
Houston Chronicle 

Last year, right-wing extremists — the majority of them white supremacists — were linked to more murders in the United States than in any other year since 1995, when the bombing of an Oklahoma City federal building left 168 people dead, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Workers Defense Project Founder Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez Is the Latest Democrat to Take on John Cornyn
Texas Monthly 

Following last year’s near-defeat of Senator Ted Cruz by Democrat Beto O’Rourke, Cornyn is viewed as vulnerable in next year’s race. Cornyn served as majority whip in the U.S. Senate until he was term-limited out of the role in December. In that position, he frequently defended the Trump administration, giving his opponents plenty of opportunities to link him to the president.
House Democrats’ offensive strategy in 2020 runs through Texas
Vox

But Democrats don’t just want to keep their House majority — they are looking at expanding it in more than 30 districts across the US. They’re playing aggressively in Texas after flipping two House seats there in 2018, and with a rash of Republican retirements — including the only black House Republican who narrowly hung on to his seat in 2018, Rep. Will Hurd — Democrats may finally have an opportunity to realize their dream of a blue Texas, or at least a bluer one.

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