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A Serious Beating for Dallas County’s Republicans

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    A Serious Beating for Dallas County's Republicans

    Dallas County's Republican Party lost a US Congressman, a State Senator, five State Representatives and the District Attorney in Tuesday's election on top of the dominance Democrats already had in county politics. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018)

    Dallas County’s Republican Party lost a US Congressman, a State Senator, five State Representatives and the District Attorney in Tuesday’s election.

    ”A take you back to the woodshed kind of whooping,” is how Dallas Morning News Political Writer Gromer Jeffers described the defeats.

    “Republican districts, drawn for Republicans, in areas that were not just leaning Republican but solid Republican,” Jeffers said.

    It comes on top of the dominance Democrats already had in other Dallas County positions and along with closer than expected showings for Democrats in Tarrant and Collin County.

    Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    [NATL] Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis climbed to 53 on Tuesday, days after it tore through Japan and left hundreds of thousands of homes wrecked, flooded or out of power. Hagibis caused more than 200 rivers to overflow when it hit the island nation on Saturday.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    “Certainly we would have liked a different outcome but we need to learn from this moment,” Dallas County Republican Party Chairperson Missy Shorey said.

    Democrats outspent Republicans in U. S. Rep. Pete Sessions’ (R-Dallas) loss to challenger Colin Allred.

    U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) raised far more money and won Tarrant County even though he lost narrowly statewide to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) who raised less cash.

    “We need to compete on that level of funds,” Shorey said. “And then of course we need to make sure that we have candidates who are out there with a positive message, representing our values. And that they have charisma that connects with voters. Those are things we can do better and will do better.”

    Shorey also said straight ticket voting will be less of a factor in 2020 with new rules taking effect.

    Republicans insist President Donald Trump is popular in Texas.

    Quadruple Murder Suspect Brings Body to Police Station

    [NATL] Quadruple Murder Suspect Brings Body to Police Station

    A Roseville, California, man is in custody after he turned himself in to police in connection to a quadruple homicide.  The body of one of his victims was in the car he drove to the police station in Mount Shasta, more than 200 miles away from the original Roseville crime scene.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    John Creuzot, the Democrat who ousted Republican District Attorney Faith Johnson Tuesday, said the results demonstrated the opposite in Dallas County.

    “We should not allow one person to foul up 200 plus years of democracy and decency and I think that was the message that was sent today,” Creuzot said.

    Jeffers said a combination of factors are at play in more defeats for Republicans and closer races in many Texas Republican victories, including demographic shifts, population changes and more people coming to Texas from the Northeast and from California.

    He said O’Rourke’s close loss to Cruz is further evidence of improvement for the Democratic Party statewide.

    “And if it continues to increase its share of the statewide vote, look out. We’ll see Texas become a battleground,” Jeffers said.

    Republicans still hold all the major statewide offices and majorities in both the Texas Senate and House. But the Republican majorities in the legislature are not as wide as before.

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    [NATL] Taco Bell Recalls 2.3 Million Pounds of Ground Beef

    Taco Bell has voluntarily recalled 2.3 million pounds of seasoned ground beef that originated at Kenosha Beef International in Columbus, Ohio, because of possible contamination with metal shavings. The USDA says there have been no confirmed reports of any adverse reaction.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

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