Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Turning Texas Blue: What It Will Take to Break the GOP Grip on America's Reddest State” as Want to Read:
Turning Texas Blue: What It Will Take to Break the GOP Grip on America's Reddest State
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Turning Texas Blue: What It Will Take to Break the GOP Grip on America's Reddest State

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In the 2014 midterm election, Democrats in Texas did not receive even 40 percent of the statewide vote; Republicans swept the tables both in Texas and nationally. But even after two decades of democratic losses, there is a path to turn Texas blue, argues Mary Beth Rogers - if Democrats are smart enough to see and follow it.

Rogers is the last person to successfully campaign
...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 19th 2016 by St. Martin's Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Turning Texas Blue, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Turning Texas Blue

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.84  · 
Rating details
 ·  49 ratings  ·  13 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Turning Texas Blue: What It Will Take to Break the GOP Grip on America's Reddest State
Michelle
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
TEXAS POLITICS
Mary Beth Rogers
Turning Texas Blue: What It Will Take to Break the GOP Grip on America’s Reddest State
St. Martin’s Press
Hardcover, 978-1250079084 (ebook also available), 256 pgs., $26.99
January 19, 2016

Mary Beth Rogers ran the last campaign that put a Democrat in the Texas governor’s mansion, the late Ann Richards. That was 1990. Since then Rogers, retired from the campaign trail, has watched aghast as “ordinary, business-oriented, conservative Republicans morph into crackpots and
...more
Stephen
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
We got this book at our local bookstore following Mary Beth's lecture. The book was interesting and gives a historical context as to why TX is turning out wackos and crazies like Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, and our current governor Greg Abbott. It also gave an insider's explanation of why Wendy Davis' gubernatorial run was a disaster. It's a good read. ...more
Damon Glassmoyer
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Insider's look at Texas politics from a Democratic point of view. I appreciated the political history of the Democratic party in Texas. Best chapter is the last one. ...more
Anthony Jones
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Well-written but a little out of date now. Also, the suggestions for how to turn Texas blue are only in the last chapter. It's more of a history of Texas politics. ...more
Adam
Jan 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
I pretty much never give one-star reviews - at least not to books I actually finished - but geeeeeez. The title and subtitle of this book are aggressively misleading. I'm still wondering "what it will take" because the author sure didn't have any ideas.

A huge percentage of this book consists of Texas political history, which would be interesting if it did a better job of connecting the lessons learned from history to the future. But frankly the author seems more interested in talking about the
...more
Katie Bell-Moore
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a Democrat living in Texas, I'm always interested when someone promises they have the plan to Turn Texas Blue. I was only 10 when Ann Richards won her last election but have fond memories of that time. To read her campaign managers ideas was a no-brainier for me.

Mary Beth Rogers provides an historical bent to the story that is lacking in just about every other book, thesis, article or blog post about fixing Texas. She frequently suggests learning from the GOP's rise from obscurity to control
...more
Monty Mitra
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good summary of the rise of the GOP in Texas and a quick review of the GOP's movement to its extremist far right. As a Texas native (who plans to return one day), I followed Wendy Davis's race with some excited attachment and was surprised by her astounding loss. After reading this, I'm surprised she even entered the race (not surprised she was heavily encouraged to do so). I'm surprised that the Democrat party's strategies haven't changed at all in the face of continual loss. I'm surprised that ...more
Bill Cryer
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great analysis from one of the finest political minds in Texas

Mary Beth Rogers, who spent decades in the trenches of Texas Democratic politics presents us with a thoughtful look at the fault lines that run through the Texas Republican Party and how a re-energized Democratic Party can --should--exploit those chasms. She also provides a delightful synopsis of Texas political history of the past 75 years. It's a history worth remembering: Texans remain central to national political debates, and
...more
Ian yarington
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting. I live in a solid blue state and places down south are somewhat of a mystery to me. One thing that I don't understand is the Latin vote and it was good to read a little bit about the Latin vote and what it will mean in the coming elections. I take for granted sometimes the fact that I live in a place that mirrors my political views, I feel sorry for anyone that leans left that has to be in a place that can't get 40% of the vote! ...more
Richard Edwards
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: geopolitical
It was an interesting read. The author is clearly a Democrat operative. Her recounting of how Texas went from a Democrat stronghold to Republican stronghold is accurate and insightful. As a conservative Texan like Kay Bailey Hutchison, I am distressed at the current state of both political parties. The only way for good government to return is BOTH parties to silence their extremists. I am unsure that Texas Democrats can follow her advice. For that all Texans are impoverished.
Brent
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
This is a sordid tale of a history of bigotry, racism, and xenophobia in Texas. Although at various times and places this history was overcome, at least for the rest of the decade this prevailing attitude seems to overwhelming in Texas politics with the tea party still showing strength in the state political system.
Hubert
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rather quick, enjoyable read, succinctly outlining the history of Democratic electoral politics, focusing on the period post 1970s. The author worked for the venerable Ann Richards and reveals her vast experience as a Democratic operative. Her writing comes off as sincere, real, and tempered, and confirms how political action is made effective - through local, grass-roots, hard-nosed, ambitious, fiscally disciplined, and not overly Utopian, organizing. Starting off the book with an insider persp ...more
Michael
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Merely ok, I thought. Some interesting personal narratives about how Texas went from solidly conservative Democratic government to a deep Republican dominance with one major exception- the governorship of Ann Richards, for whom the author served as campaign strategist. The political prognostications are actually less interesting and involve usual analyses of demographics, political messaging, GOTV strategy, etc.
Bryan Stone
rated it really liked it
Dec 19, 2019
Tom Fornoff
rated it liked it
Oct 26, 2019
Susan Ennis
rated it really liked it
Feb 06, 2016
Misty Irby
rated it liked it
Jun 12, 2017
Logan Kline
rated it did not like it
May 19, 2016
Julie Lowenberg
rated it it was ok
Jan 03, 2018
Fatima
rated it really liked it
Feb 29, 2016
Jeremy
rated it it was amazing
Nov 27, 2016
Joni
rated it liked it
Aug 02, 2016
Lauren Petterson
rated it it was amazing
Jun 17, 2020
Tiffany Smith
rated it really liked it
Mar 30, 2016
Bryan
rated it really liked it
Aug 03, 2016
Damian Murray
rated it really liked it
Nov 29, 2019
Laura
rated it it was amazing
Dec 30, 2016
Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez
rated it it was amazing
Oct 26, 2015
Nicole
rated it liked it
Oct 02, 2017
John
rated it really liked it
Mar 05, 2016
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Art of Communicating
  • Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
  • A Gentleman in Moscow
  • Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
  • Fantastic Four: Heroes Return - The Complete Collection Vol. 1
  • The Sandman Omnibus, Vol. 1
  • Jericho Season 4 (Jericho Graphic Novels #2)
  • Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania
  • Law of Success
  • Total Focus: Make Better Decisions Under Pressure
  • The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
  • Devil Bones (Temperance Brennan, #11)
  • Me
  • Searching for God Knows What
  • Trump: Think Like a Billionaire: Everything You Need to Know About Success, Real Estate, and Life
  • Brain Hacks: 200+ Ways to Boost Your Brain Power
  • The City We Became (Great Cities, #1)
  • Spider Bones (Temperance Brennan, #13)
See similar books…

Related Articles

What will you do when it's your turn to pick your book club's next read? Well, this is what you won't do: panic. Why not? Because we've dug...
90 likes · 19 comments