Politics of Texas
The politics of Texas is made up of three levels: Federal, State and Local where both the Federal and State levels are bicameral. The Federal level is comprised of a bicameral Congress of Texas comprised of a lower House of Representatives elected every two years by district and a higher Senate elected every six years with ten senators from each state and the Vice President, Secretary of State and President of Texas also sitting in the Senate, and the executive President of Texas elected every six years for one term.
Political Parties of TexasThe main political parties of Texas are the Republic Party (center-right), Liberal Alliance (centrist, center-left), Conservative-Libertarians (fiscal libertarianism, conservatism), Progressive Party (center-left, progressive). The Native Lands Party also is represented at the Federal level with one congressmen, and is considered more centrist in Texas than it's other NLP members.
The Republic Party has controlled most of the legislatures and seats at the Federal level including a Presidency with Thomas Craddick.
|Party||Spectrum||Leader||Seats in the House of Representatives (200 in total)||Seats in the Senate (43 in total)||Seats in AU Parliament||AU Party||Seats in Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas/Louisiana Lower houses||Seats in Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas/Louisiana Higher houses||Local seats|
|Republic Party||center-right||Thomas Craddick||105||26||32||American People's Party||126/70/49/50||56/33/27/28||3,998|
|Liberal Alliance||centrist, center-left||Mitch Landrieu||66||11||12||Union of Liberals and Democrats||55/35/45/42||33/25/25/28||1,897|
|Conservative-Libertarians||conservatism, libertarianism||Ron Paul||16||3||36||American Conservatives and Reformers||10/5/5/1||4/2/1/4||899|
|Progressive Party||center-left, progressive||Mick Nathem||11||3||0||Social Democrats and Progressives||2/1/1/2||1/0/0/1||342|
|Native Land Party||Native American rights, centrist||Chief Fresca||2||0||0||Native Lands Party||0/1/0/0||0/1/0/0||7|
House of Representative Elections
2006 House of Representative elections
The first elections took place around the country at all levels with this House of Representatives going to set out the future of the nation. The center-right Republic Party ran a good ground campaign and due to the conservative ideology of the country the party gained a lot of support. The center-left Liberal Alliance was only able to capture 60 seats, compared to the 115 seats from the Republic Party. The RP passed a new constitution which contained an outline of powers of the government and contained a lot of devolution to the states. The 2006 to 2008 congress passed two surplus budgets with limited spending, minor progressive taxation, and some financial regulation. The country was one of three which continued the foreign wars in the middle east which was approved 110-90, and 27-16 in the senate. The other two states being Dixie and West America which used talks through the America Union to discuss war plans.
|Party||Seats in the House (200 in total)|
2008 House of Representatives
Through economic hardships the December elections proved to be a hardship for the Republic Party which was able to retain a majority in the House by promising to continue the successes of the first two years. The Liberal Alliance said a more moderate change was needed to address the economic hardships but weren't able to gain any new seats. From 2008 to 2010 the Republic Party passed some minor new regulation, lowered corporate and income taxation and was able to stabilize unemployment rates.
|Party||Seats in the House (200 in total)||Seat change|
|Republic Party||112||- 3|
|Liberal Alliance||66||+ 6|
|Progressive Party||6||- 2|
|Native Lands Party||1||+ 1|
2010 House of Representatives elections
The Republic Party was able to keep a recession from occurring in the nation while economic times were still tough. The Liberal Alliance campaigned that the conservative ideology didn't help the economy and that change was needed in the House. The Conservative-Libertarians were able to gain a seat saying that more privatization was needed to boost the economy, while the opposing argument made by the Progressive Party was able to gain more seats.
|Party||Seats in the House (200 in total)||seat changes|
|Republic Party||105||- 7|
|Progressive Party||11||+ 5|
|Native Lands Party||2||+ 1|
2012 House of Representatives
With the rise of contiscpeticism in 2011, the Conservative-Libertarians were poised to gain many seats during the elections during the middle of December. Though through a weak national ticket, and weak amount of candidates moving more to the right the Conservative-Libertarians brought home the same, 16 seats. The Progressive Party however, lost three seats after a dismal session in Congress for them and a bad showing in the AU elections. The Republic party continued to bleed some seats, losing four, and just maintaining the minimum of seats for a majority. The Liberal Alliance won the seven seats, those two parties lost giving them 73 seats in the House.
|Party||Seats in the House (200 in total)||seat changes|
|Republic Party||101||- 4|
|Liberal Alliance||73||+ 7|
|Progressive Party||8||- 3|
|Native Lands Party||2||-|
2006 Senate Elections
The senate was mostly in step with the House of Representatives as the Republic Party was able to capture an impressive 23 out of 40 election seats. The Party also added on three seats from the executive branch as the Liberal Alliance could only catch 10 seats. The divided senate was able to pass about 95% of the legislation approved by the house. The Senate was able to approve the "President's Question Time" similar to other European and recently constructed countries had done (but in the lower house with a Prime Minister). The PQTs last about half an hour twice a month on second and fourth Tuesdays, the Secretary of State on third Tuesdays, and Vice President on first Tuesdays.
|Party||Elected Senators (40 in total)||Overall Senators (43 in total)|
2012 Senate elections
The 2012 senate elections occurred next to the Presidential and House elections. The Republic Party won the presidential race giving them the three extra seats in the senate. The Party lost two elected senators both being won by the Liberal Alliance. The Republic Party continued their majority in the Senate, with 25 seats out of 43.
|Party||Elected Senators (40 in total)||OverallSenators (43 in total)||Change in seats|
|Republic Party||21||24||- 2|
|Liberal Alliance||13||13||+ 2|
2006 Presidential Elections
The first ever Presidential election was an easily won contest where three of the four mainstream parties were able to host candidates. The Republic Party put forward a well spoken Thomas Craddick as their Presidential candidate through a Primary while Rick Perry was chosen as his running mate. The RP ticket had an advantage due to the demographics of the country and were able to put forward a clear message which won 60% of the vote. The Liberal Alliance put forward Blanche Lincoln and Vic Snyder (a former US representative) to win the state of Arkansas at least. The only other ticket was the Conservative-Libertarians who put forward Ron Paul and a local businessman George Omer.
|Republic Party||Craddick/Perry||60.2%||Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Lousiana|
2012 Presidential election
In the 2012 elections only three tickets ran for president. Rick Perry, Vice President under the first ever administration, was selected as the party nominee after one ballot from the party. His only opponent Bobby Jindal, was chosen as his running mate after the party's voters chose Perry with 69.9% of the vote. The Liberal Alliance put forward a competitive ticket with Blanche Lincoln and Mitch Landrieu running together which allowed for a close race. Ron Paul was running on the Conservative-Libertarians line which he has said will be his last ever political campaign, he chose party executive Harriet Camen as his VP choice. Aggregated opinion polls have showed a close race, 52%-41%-4% with 3% undecided.
|Republic Party||Perry/Jindal||50.8%||Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma|
2006 AU Elections
With the Republic Party (APP) able to win the General elections they were poised to win about 60% of the AU seats. But since the APP's policy is more moderate, to center-left in some areas, the Republic Party had to campaign that they wouldn't send many powers to the AU. Still the Libertarian-Conservatives, a contiscpetic (ACaR) party, was able to make great gains in the elections to 30 seats. The Republic Party won 36 seats, compared to the third place, Liberal Alliance (UoLaD) 13 seats.
|Republic Party||American People's Party||36|
|Conservative-Libertarians||American Conservatives and Reformers||30|
|Liberal Alliance||Union of Liberals and Democrats||13|
|Progressive Party||Social Democrats and Progressives||1|
2011 American Union elections
The rise of contiscepticism lead to the third place ACaR Party in Parliament, the Conservative-Libertarians, to become the leading party at AU elections. With the promise to an end of the Middle eastern wars, an end to the centralized bank and Foreign Fund the C-Ls were able to win 36 out of 80 seats. While some APP, Republic Party members that were centrist lost their seats to more conservative C-Ls. The Liberal Alliance went mostly, untouched while the Progressive Party lost their one seat.
|Party||AU Party||Seats||Seat changes|
|Conservative-Libertarians||American Conservatives and Reformers||36||+ 6|
|Republic Party||American People's Party||32||- 4|
|Liberal Alliance||Union of Liberals and Democrats||12||- 1|