Those of you who know me will know that I am interested in how Latinos vote. I'm not Latino, but my kids will be. So I opened up Jan Jarboe Russell's op-ed with interest. Here's the beginning:
Pardon? Such prognostications with such little support. I mean, hey, I might do that, but it's a blog: there are different standards. (Also, if you have read for a long time, you'd know I have a good record.)
By the end of the new decade, now only three days young, the demographics of the new Texas will look a lot like San Antonio: A significant and powerful number of Texans will be Latino.
But for now, as the lineup for the 2010 statewide ballot proves, Republicans hold sway, and probably will until midway through the decade. And San Antonio's influence on state politics is marginal.
Also, these 2 paragraphs seem to be attempting to conflate as many issues as possible. I could go on about that, but the only thing we don't get more of is time. So I'll move on, just like Russell followed those paragraphs by talking about who has filed for the Democrats.
Annunciation is essentially the same as proclamation, with the root word of announce. I don't know if it works for you, because it doesn't for me. And this paragraph I have to assume was just an editing error.
In some ways, 2010 is an annunciation year for the new generation of Latino leaders in San Antonio — they hear the call but are waiting for the right moment. Many, including state Rep. Mike Villarreal, the Castro twins — particularly state Rep. Joaquin Castro — were lobbied to run but decided to sit tight.
Villarreal briefly considered running for comptroller against Susan Combs but decided to run for re-election instead, help White in his statewide race for governor and look at his own options four years from now.
He made the right choice — Combs is competent and popular. She would be difficult to beat in any year.
For now, San Antonio's largest statewide influence comes from local Republicans, particularly Speaker of the House Joe Straus, who likely will be re-elected and continue to exercise powerful control. (emphasis mine)
San Antonio has 1 of the titular heads of the 3 branches of government. This seems relevant.
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