May 9, 2014      10:11 AM
Stanford: Texas, Florida headed in opposite directions on Hispanics
We are pleased to announce Jason Stanford will be doing regular Friday columns for QR's R&D Department. We will soon be announcing a regular conservative columnist.
It’s the kind of headline we used
to see in Texas: The Florida Senate just
passed the DREAM Act. Texas used to teach Republicans how to court
Hispanic voters, but things have gotten so far out of control here that Texas
is now making Florida look normal by comparison.
This is not the way Karl Rove drew up the game plan at all.
While Pete Wilson was using an
anti-immigrant ballot initiative to get re-elected California governor in 1994,
George W. Bush was sprinkling
Spanish into his pitch to Hispanic voters that Republican policies on education
and juvenile justice were right for them. As president, he spent years pushing
immigration reform, and when in 2004 he got 44%
of the Hispanic vote.
For a while, Rick Perry followed that script. He signed
a Texas version of the DREAM Act, appointed minorities to big-time offices, and
made sure anti-immigrant bills got lost in forgotten legislative subcommittees.
When it came to the Hispanic vote, Texas Republicans seemed like they had it
The rest of Jason Stanford's can be found in today's R&D Department
By Jason Stanford