Waller County, Texas – Cindy Schmid and her friend Gail Mikeshka come to eat, drink and all every Thursday. Meet to talk: family, country music, tough changes in Texas politics.


“We think very differently politically,” said Mickeska, a conservative who has more than one gun and is generally happy with the way the country is developing.

“I’m a democrat,” said Ms. Schmidt, whose only weapon is an inactive antique material from the civil war. “I think Texas is losing its mind.”

Within months, the country’s second-most populous state was followed by what was probably the most conservative legislative period in the country’s history with a special session with more right-wing privileges, a clear political shift that surprised even many conservatives.

Legislators will hold another special session on Monday to discuss additional legislation on cultural issues such as transgender athletes and redistributing the state, possibly supporting Republicans.

The new law, which has been passed with astonishing speed, limits abortion, the right to vote, and racial education in schools. They also expanded gun ownership rights, funded a border wall with Mexico, and banned social media for political views. The move displeased conservatives, worried liberals, and forced Texans to address their state identity as the tip of the iceberg for conservatives in the country’s most controversial social conflict.

Coupled with a surge in coronavirus cases and the ongoing relationship between Republicans and Democrats in downtown areas that has emerged in response to the pandemic, sentiment has deteriorated in much of Texas. For the first time in more than a decade, most residents told University of Texas inspectors last month that the state was headed in the wrong direction.

San Antonio Republican Joe Strauss said, “Texas see their state government engaged in guerrilla debate about abortion and electoral reform, but they live in a state where schools don’t have clear safety guidelines about COVID.” He was chairman of the Texas House until 2019. “The concern is that the Conservatives have gone too far and damaged the reputation of our country.”

None of this has slowed the momentum among the Conservatives, led by Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who oversee the far-right Texas Senate. Both are more focused on attracting their own primary electorate than on demographic changes in the country’s thriving democratic cities.

For the new chamber-only session starting next week, the governor added a bill at the end of the session focused on redistribution that would limit the participation of transgender athletes in school sports.

The Republican-controlled legislature will redraw the line for the first time since the Supreme Court granted federal oversight to provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Texas has been found violating the Relocation Act in the past, and Democrats fear Republicans will take the opportunity to redesign the county to lessen the impact of the state’s growing black and Hispanic population. Will give, keep control in the capital. Rural white MPs in an increasingly diverse country. The process could extend the Republican blockade of the state for at least another decade, at a time when the race for the state and presidential candidate in Texas becomes increasingly competitive.

“Republicans need to be very optimistic about Cycle 22,” said Ray Sullivan, a Republican political adviser who served in the administrations of the two youngest governors, George W. Bush and Rick Perry. “The proud blue wave of 2020 never happened and P.S. The Democrats don’t even have a gubernatorial candidate.”

Although the Conservatives had controlled Texas Capitol politics since the early 2000s, Austin’s laws were particularly divided that year, targeting Republicans based on voters, lawmakers left and right, and political party. According to the advisor.

Many associate Lurch with the ultra-conservative leader candidate Abbott is challenging. Some complain that the Capitol has lost its tradition of camaraderie and compromise, but except in Austin – where Democratic and Republican lawmakers still mingle without parting – it is none other than the Washington guerrillas.

Patrick, who heads the state Senate with no interest in his party leadership, changed the panel’s rules for the 2021 session to propose a bill that would make 18 Senators vote “yes” – the number of Republicans in the Senate. With just the right number – instead of 19 – Republicans lost their seats one after another. The reason for the change, he said in a statement last year outlining his plan, was to put the bill in parliament “without blocking Democrats”. He crossed the party-political line.

Others on the right believe that the balance of conservative legislation is the expected result of the Republican Party’s strong performance in 2020 as Democrats scramble to seize the House of Representatives and fail to secure a single seat.

Republicans then presented their Democratic allies, who fled dramatically to Washington in protest against the new restrictive electoral law failed.

On September 1, exactly 666 new laws came into effect, including a ban on abortion after a broken heart or about six weeks after pregnancy, an act that outlaws nearly all abortions in Texas and represents the largest number of abortions in the country. is restrictive.

Matt McCoviac, a Conservative political adviser and Republican leader in Travis County, said Abbott’s main challenge was “biting the ankle, breathing through the mouth – basically serious people who don’t campaign.” The original Larch had nothing to do with it. With the governor’s own policy. “Greg Abbott is a conservative point,” he said.

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