Texas and Environmental Justice

Brooke Ashfield ’23

Brooke Ashfield '23
Brooke Ashfield ’23

In the aftermath of violent winter storms across Texas, the articles, conversations, and social media representations have stalled out. With temperatures rising and power grids functioning once again, the nation turns its head with satisfaction for the end of the storm. Yet, as we all look away, the story is far from over for the disproportionately impacted minority and low-income communities trudging through the remains of a debilitating week.

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Decision 2020: Chip Roy vs. Wendy Davis (TX-21)

Clayton Brosend ’24

Chip Roy, official portrait, 116th Congress
Chip Roy. United States Congress, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Texas District 21 race for U.S. House is considered to be one of the biggest toss-ups heading into the 2020 election. This contest between Republican incumbent Chip Roy and Democratic challenger Wendy Davis will speak to the larger, more gradual political movements in the district. The longtime red district, having seen diminishing Republican victories since 2012, is widely described as a toss-up, with only one report defining it as Republican-leaning.[1]

Texas House District 21 lies north of San Antonio and covers a significant portion of Austin. The district has been represented by Republicans since 1979, but has seen a gradual change as voter demographics have shifted. In the 2012 Presidential election, Mitt Romney carried the district by 22 points. This margin decreased in 2016 to only ten points. In the 2018 Senatorial election between Senator Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke, the candidates tied in District 21.[2]

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