Ted Cruz offers new formula for Republican Party – The Dallas Morning News

By TODD J. GILLMAN
The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau
tgillman@dallasnews.com
Published: 30 November 2012 10:04 PM

WASHINGTON — As Republicans regroup from their drubbing on Election Day, Texas’ Sen.-elect Ted Cruz is offering a prescription to rebuild: The party must be less timid toward Democrats, less hostile toward Hispanics, and more focused on upward mobility than on protecting big business.

“It’s easy to be demoralized, to look at these elections and throw up your hands in despair,” he told conservative activists at a fundraising dinner Thursday, but history teaches that “things can change very, very quickly.”

Republican hand-wringing and finger-pointing have been in full swing over the president’s victory and Democratic gains in the Senate. Cruz, a 41-year-old who takes office in six weeks, is already a heavy hitter among conservatives.

via Ted Cruz offers new formula for Republican Party | National Politics and Election News – News for Dallas, Texas – The Dallas Morning News.

Mercedes Olivera: Latino voters show political clout nationally, but Texas may take longer | Mercedes Olivera Columns – News for Dallas, Texas – The Dallas Morning News

To many Latino political veterans, President Barack Obama’s heavy support among Latino voters in Tuesday’s presidential election came as no surprise.“I saw a lot of husbands and wives — a lot of new citizens — who were voting for the first time,” Dallas City Council member Pauline Medrano said Friday. “And a lot of them feared Romney. Latino seniors were also very afraid of what he would do their programs, such as Social Security and Medicare.”Nationally, Latinos voted for Obama over Mitt Romney 71 percent to 27 percent this week, with more than 11 million Latinos — a record number — turning out at the polls.Equally important was the increase in the number of Latino elected officials. Latinos made historic gains in Congress and in statehouses across the country, according to data compiled by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

via Mercedes Olivera: Latino voters show political clout nationally, but Texas may take longer | Mercedes Olivera Columns – News for Dallas, Texas – The Dallas Morning News.

Why the Tea Party Failed. – Slate

The day after the election, FreedomWorks and its key state-to-state organizers dialed into a one-of-a-kind conference call. For the first time ever, they would be discussing a crushing defeat. Their “Take the Senate” campaign had ended with Democrats in greater control of the upper house. Their turnout game, powered by a new web-based canvassing app, was swatted aside by labor and the Democrats. Richard Mourdock, the Indiana politician who’d been with Tea Partiers since the 2009 Taxpayer March on Washington, had lost one of the party’s safest seats.

And now John Boehner was selling them out. The speaker of the House had just jimmied open the door to “new revenue,” which conservatives hear—correctly, typically—as “new taxes.”

“People were upset,” remembers Brendan Steinhauser, FreedomWorks’ director of state campaigns. “Does Boehner cave in to what Obama and Reid want%

via The Tea Party lost big on election night and must now work with GOP to bounce back. – Slate Magazine.