November 4, 2014

IT WAS HER CONNECTION TO THOSE ISSUES THAT DOOMED HER CAMPAIGN:

What happened to Wendy Davis? Texas' once-rising star set to fall. (Bryan Kay,  NOVEMBER 3, 2014, CS Monitor)

 For Tina Shuey, Wendy Davis represented the hope of a new dawn for Texas.

Ms. Shuey, whose partner is a woman, supports same-sex marriage. Though describing herself as pro-life, Shuey supports a woman's right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. And, echoing a Davis talking point, she opposes the so-called "good old boys network" in Texas politics, what she derisively describes as "old money."

"Wendy Davis' campaign has connected with the issues that Texas sweeps under the rug, issues that are being addressed in other states," says the marketing professional from McKinney, a feeder city north of Dallas.

But the day before Texans go to the polls to vote for their next governor, the star that shone so brightly during a marathon filibuster in the Texas Senate last year over a tough new abortion law has faded.


POLL: ECONOMY, HEALTH CARE ECLIPSE SOCIAL ISSUES (NICHOLAS RICCARDI AND JENNIFER AGIESTA , 11/03/14, AP) 

As a season of campaigning enters its intense final weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds.

Social issues are eclipsed by concerns about the economy, health care, the Islamic State group and Ebola, the poll finds. And hovering over each of these individual issues is a broad dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress.

Only 32 percent of likely voters called gay marriage an important issue, compared with 91 percent ranking the economy important, 78 percent with similar concerns about health care and 74 percent naming Ebola important. The issue that some Democrats have emphasized most of all - abortion rights - also has been a relatively low priority, with only 43 percent of likely voters in a September poll ranking it important.

Not that any Democrat was going to do better in this race this year, but if you're going to be a one note Sally, abortion probably wasn't the note to sound.

Posted by at November 4, 2014 3:41 PM
  

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