LatinoTalk Texas is news, issues and interviews important to Latinos in America. On today's show, I discuss the new legislative season and how the politics of the election season and the legislative season greatly differ both in Austin, Texas and Washington DC. It is my opinion and I have articles to support my position that now that the elections have past that the real fighting begins here in Texas and Washington. The real fighting, my opinion is, the Tea party radicals who are anti-Latino at their very core, will struggle to overtake the Republican leadership and the re-write the Republican Party platform in their own pseudo-libertarian platform. I worked for many years to expose that but what I didn't realize was that Republicans who were previously so interested in the Latino vote under the leadership of the Bush family are now and have been since then willing to sacrifice the Latino vote in favor of obtaining the Tea party vote in an effort to placate those same radicals. Unfortunately, it seems that the Tea party radicals cannot be so easily placated either in Washington or Austin and it seems to me that Immigration issues are the very crux or fulcrum upon which these struggles balance. In Washington, Boehner who favors immigration reform continues to pander to the very few radicals in his party from the anti-immigration camp while they continue to have a metaphorical knife aimed at his back. While in Austin, the Tea party types again fostered an effort to oust Joe Straus as Speaker of the House but failed...miserably. In other words, during the legislative session, Republicans behave like Republicans but during the election season Republicans, like Dan Patrick in Texas, try very hard to sound like Tea party radicals. Dan Patrick has been elected to the Lt. Governor seat in Texas and I am VERY worried about what he will do to Latinos along the border and elsewhere in Texas with his plan to address immigration at the state level.
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