How Will the Democrats' Failed "Blue Wave" Affect the Upcoming Texas Legislative Session?




How Will the Democrats' Failed "Blue Wave" Affect the Upcoming Texas Legislature?

Texas Lawyer spoke recently with Ken W. Good, an attorney who has argued cases before the Supreme Court of Texas and currently sits on the Board of Directors for The Professional Bondsmen of Texas.

 The highly anticipated Democrat “blue wave” that was supposed to sweep across the United States in the 2020 presidential election never crested. Moreover, Democrat control of the House narrowed to it’s lowest margin in the past 20 years, record numbers of African Americans and Latinos voted for Trump, and the President’s support increased beyond expectations in some quarters (like Florida). None of this was supposed to happen.

Most disappointing of all for Democrats, though, was their long-held dream of turning deep-red Texas blue failed again despite their having poured enormous sums of money into the Lone Star State.

Texas Lawyer spoke recently with Ken W. Good, an attorney who has argued cases before the Supreme Court of Texas and currently sits on the Board of Directors for The Professional Bondsmen of Texas. Besides the failed attempt by Democrats to turn the Lone Star State blue, he spoke about what this means for the upcoming Texas legislature and one of the nation’s most contentious issues: criminal justice reform.

Why has the oft-talked about Democrat “blue wave” never reached the shores of Texas, washing away everything Republican in its path?

Ken W. Good: Texas has historically been a conservative state, whether it was controlled by Democrats or Republicans. The strategy that has been utilized in Texas the last couple of cycles has been from an extreme left perspective which is contrary to Texas’ history. For example, one of this year’s issues was a push to defund the police, which would not gain much traction in Texas except in a couple of cities. A center right strategy would resonate more with Texans, but would not garner the donations needed from the party faithful.

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