1. With heightened attention after her 11-hour abortion law filibuster in the Texas state legislature, Wendy Davis is on the cover of Texas Monthly along with San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and his twin brother Rep. Joaquin Castro.
The trio represent a growing Democratic initiative to make Texas a competitive state in presidential elections and are buoyed by Battleground Texas, a post-2012 election organization that has raised $1 million to help make the Lone Star state competitive by 2020. All hope to use changing demographics and a burgeoning Latino community to do the trick.
2. From the Texas Monthly feature:
Today, according to GOP pollster Mike Baselice, fully 59 percent of the state’s general-election voters are concentrated in just 13 of Texas’s 254 counties. Those counties are largely urban and suburban and less reliably conservative than the state’s rural areas. Dallas County, now mainly composed of minorities, went from red to blue in 2006 and has remained a Democratic stronghold ever since. Nearly 15 percent of the state’s general-election voters reside in Harris County, and a majority of them supported Obama in both 2008 and 2012. And the trend is spreading. Houston’s melting pot has spilled over into adjacent Fort Bend County, which, according to another Republican strategist, Ted Delisi, will be “the first truly competitive suburban area.”
3. Both brothers shared the Texas Monthly cover on Facebook and Twitter to a cascade of likes and positive comments, but Julian Castro also responded to a racist comment from a fellow Texan.
Mayor Julie1n Castro
Grow up RT Èc@nicklesizehail: @TexasMonthly @WendyDavisTexas @JoaquinCastrotx @JulianCastro Two wetbacks and a vegan! Blue as the Texas sky!”
4. The article highlighted a tweet by Julian Castro, who a poll spotlighted as a top Dem contender to be the 2016 VP nominee, the night of Davis’ marathon filibuster.
Mayor Julie1n Castro
When Texas turns Blue, tonight may well be looked upon as the beginning. #standwithwendy #sb5 #gopextremism
But Texas is nowhere near battleground status at the moment. The Republican-led state Senate passed the sweeping new abortion restrictions that Davis fought in June on Friday, sending them to Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law.