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Turning Texas Blue: Breaking the GOP Grip on America’s Reddest State

For more than 20 years now, Republicans have held every statewide elected office in Texas. How did the Lone Star State come to be so dominated by the GOP? And what would it take for Democrats to break that grip? We explore these questions with Mary Beth Rogers. She ran Democrat Ann Richards‘ successful 1990 […]

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Turning Texas Blue Mary Beth Rogers Book CoverFor more than 20 years now, Republicans have held every statewide elected office in Texas. How did the Lone Star State come to be so dominated by the GOP? And what would it take for Democrats to break that grip? We explore these questions with Mary Beth Rogers. She ran Democrat Ann Richards‘ successful 1990 campaign for governor, and she later served as Gov. Richards’ chief of staff.

Rogers is the author of a new book called Turning Texas Blue: What It Will Take to Break the GOP Grip on America’s Reddest State.

MORE: Red State: The Story of How Republicans Seized Control of Texas (Houston Matters: Oct. 13, 2014).

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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