So, Wendy Davis went on a local Dallas radio station and said she was a Cowboys fan. The Abbott campaign then reminded everyone that Davis apparently cheers for the Patriots (Source).
A few things:
- Anyone continuing to cheer for the Cowboys at this point is merely supporting the mediocrity that Jerry Jones has profited from for several years. Of course, this doesn’t bother me because I’m a proud Cowboys hater (Luv Ya Blue for life).
- The Pats? Really?
It’s football season, and Davis’ campaign really hasn’t gone that well, so this is where we are with two months to go.
Perhaps the next governor can secure the Raiders move to San Antonio; I think this question should be asked. It’d be nice to have a team that close to Austin - sort of a hometown team to root for; I like the Texans, but they’re not the Oilers (and neither is that team in Tennessee).
Two more months… two long months.
Using UT/Texas Tribune polling data, Mark Jones has ranked the 20 most populous Texas counties by ideology:
The scale ranges from 1 (extremely liberal) to 7 (extremely conservative), based on the Tribune’s poll question asking respondents to rank their ideology based on a 7 point scale, so this is based on the respondents’ answers. Not surprisingly, Travis County was the most liberal with a score of 3.63, while Brazoria County is the most conservative a 5.13 score.
Obviously, most Texans don’t consider themselves to be very extreme (one way or the other), even if this is not the impression of outsiders.
(h/t: Texas Politics Project)
I guess I didn’t even bother with an overview last year (at least I couldn’t find it in my archives), but I’m pretty pumped this season:
Charlie Strong has brought some absolutely necessary changes to the culture of the program, especially after what we’ve seen the last 4 years. I’m especially looking forward to the changes on defense now that Manny Diaz is gone after spending all of last season getting paid to do nothing (which technically he did in the couple of preceding years as well).
Texas finished the 2013 season 8-5, including a loss to Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. I’m optimistic and expecting a better record this season lead by better defensive play. I think there will definitely be wins against North Texas, Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas Tech, West Virginia and TCU.
BYU will set the tone for the season, as it did last year (mainly because last year Manny Diaz’s defense was completely exposed by a QB with a bum knee). I expect the Longhorns to come out and punch BYU in the mouth. That should put the number of wins at 8.
That leaves Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and UCLA. I think Texas wins at least 2 of these games, though I’m not sure which ones, because honestly, I didn’t expect a team lead by Case McCoy to beat Oklahoma last year. That puts the total number of wins at 10.
Maybe I’m being overoptimistic, but I’ve been impressed by what’s going on with the football team this year. Can’t wait for August 30.
This may not be the best time blog about elections, but I can’t offer any commentary on the issues in Ferguson, MO that hasn’t already been said, so I’ll stick with commenting on elections.
Fair Vote has conducted a study comparing voter error in California’s top-two primary to voter error in California’s ranked choice voting elections. The results of the study show a higher rate of voter error in top-two primary races. Specifically, Fair Vote found that California voters chose more candidates than they could vote for in top-two primaries, also known as overvoting:
They also found a higher number of undervotes, i.e., when voters skip a race, in top-two primaries than in ranked choice elections - suggesting voters are more engaged in ranked choice elections.
Bottom line: of the two systems, ranked choice voting is better.
In other news, two consultants (one Democrat and one Republican) discussed their efforts to aid an independent candidate with the Sacramento Bee.