Natasha Chen has just completed a video feature on Texas state politics for the fellowship program News 21. It’s called, Texas Two-Step: No Longer a One-Party State. It’s about the changing politics in Texas and focuses on Williamson County. The HD-52 race in particular between Democrat Diana Maldonado and Republican Bryan Daniel. Also in the documentary are some local voters, As well as Jake Bernstein and Wayne Slater. It’s a little more than 12 minutes long, is a great piece of journalism, and is full of excellent information.
Pay special attention to the part where Democratic County Attorney candidate Jaime Lynn is interviewed. He’s referred to as a “new Democrat” in the documentary, and tells why he became a Democrat, flipping the Ronald Reagan quote, “I didn’t leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me”. Also stating that, “He couldn’t stand by and watch the incumbent Republican [Jana Duty] continue with such incompetence”. But the part that brings ties it all together is how he says he was welcomed in by the Democrats, “The Democrats made a concerted effort to draw in more moderates, more disenfranchised Republicans, more Independents”. And that’s a big reason why there’s a better chance then there’s been in 14 years for the Democrats to win in Williamson County.