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I have been following closely the efforts of the Republican Legislature to further restrict voting options in Texas, and have recently been pouring over the bill passed by the Senate. While I oppose this bill, as well as the House version, and admire the tenacity of the Democrats who broke quorum, realistically I have to acknowledge the eventual inevitability that something close to SB 1 will pass. They can’t stay away forever.

These bills are obviously targeted at the large predominately Democratic metropolitan areas, in particular Harris County, and leave rural areas relatively untouched. No one is doing 24 hour…


So far, few candidates have jumped into the Democratic primary field for 2022 — not surprising given the current disarray of the Texas Democratic Party. I have been a critic of the party’s approach to winning statewide elections for years and, judging by the recent response to my attempts at constructive criticism, it does not look like I will be relinquishing that role anytime soon. Maybe my more progressive friends will be proven right, and I will be proven wrong. I hope so. Maybe in November 2022 I will have to eat crow. I hope I will be proven to…


One of my favorite characters in westerns is the snake oil salesman riding across the prairie selling his wares. He is usually the comic relief, and is often exposed as the fraud he is, but eventually aides the hero in some way revealing his heart of gold. Still, the man does sell snake oil. There are interesting parallels between the snake oil the salesman pushes and our decades long obsession with voter registration among Texas Democrats.

Voter registration is the snake oil medicine the TDP and numerous Democratic groups keep hocking. Y’all do what you want but personally, I’m not…


One of the mistakes I frequently make is getting caught up in the latest outrage of the GOP in Texas, or nationally. The echo chamber of Twitter makes this easy to do. We like to yell a lot.

Democrats have been out of power so long in Texas we have forgotten how to set an agenda or engage the debate in a proactive, positive way. We are predominately reactive and that reaction is often negative. By negative I mean defining ourselves as being against what the Republicans are for, rather than focused on what we are for and our own…


Jon Mark Hogg

Democrats sometimes like to look back at their 130 plus years of one party rule as some sort of golden age we want to get back to. Don’t. It wasn’t

The more you study the history of the Texas Democratic Party and the Texas Republican Party during this era the more you realize the complete reversal of roles that have taken place between the two parties. It is sort of the Freaky Friday of politics — you remember, the old Disney movie about the mother and daughter who change bodies. Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis were the daughter and…


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There is nothing Democrats like more than calling their party A Big Tent — meaning we are a coalition of various groups with various sets of values, beliefs and interests, but who come together in the party to work for their common interest. Democrats are a coalition, not a monolithic, unitary party. I love that about the party. But if we are going to continue being that Big Tent we have to be ready to expand the tent and include even more partners in our great coalition.

I am referring to the disaffected moderate and liberal Republicans who will be…


Do you have what it takes to run as a rural Texas Democrat?

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The greatest obstacle to electing Democrats in rural Texas is getting people to run as Democrats in the first place. Yet, nothing is more important. Democratic candidates energize Democrats. If you are reading this, then I suppose you have at least thought about running for office as a Democrat. You have also probably been told some version of “you should run as a Republican,” or, “you can’t win as a Democrat.” Depending on where you live, and the office you seek, I am not going to tell you they are wrong. …


When I decided to run for Congress one of the best pieces of advice I received was from my friend the late J.B. Hall, long time Democrat and fierce advocate for his community. When I told him I was running for Congress he looked up at me, set his firm jaw and said “Be bold.” I hope that I lived up to that advice. It is advice we as rural Democrats desperately need to hear.

Notice that he said nothing about contacting the party in Austin, nothing about fundraising, nothing about organization, nothing about voter registration and nothing about GOTV…


Saturn Devouring His Son by Goya ca. 1823

Saturn was one of the Titans who overthrew his father Uranus in order to rule the heavens. He so feared one of his children doing the same to him that he devoured five of his children as soon as they were born. When Zeus was born, to save him his mother gave Saturn a rock wrapped in cloth to swallow instead. Zeus ultimately became King of the Olympian Gods. After fighting a ten year war, he overthrew the Titans, including Saturn, and imprisoned them in Tartarus.

The moral of this story — don’t be like Saturn.

That is easier said…


I have heard lots of rumors over the past several weeks of people that are planning to run for Texas Democratic Party Chair. There seems to be a growing call for radical change and new leadership at the state party. I am a vocal critic of the party, particularly its failure to rise to the challenge of being a state wide party for a diverse state — politically, ethnically, culturally, economically. You would think I would be jumping up and down clamoring for new leadership and radical change. But I am no radical and no revolutionary. …

Jon Mark Hogg

West Texas Lawyer and former Democratic Candidate for Congress

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