The Importance of Harris County in Texas Gubernatorial Elections: A Review of the Historical Patterns
When virtually all Harris County’s election gear burned in a mysterious early morning warehouse fire last weekend, that blaze also ignited quite a buzz about how this might affect the 2010 governor election. The conventional wisdom is that Democrat Bill White will need both a big turnout locally and a sizable margin of victory here to unseat the ten-year Republican incumbent, Rick Perry. Any disruption in the normal electoral process in Harris County, if such results in reduced turnout, is expected to benefit Governor Perry at Mr. White’s expense. Before getting into that, I thought it might be useful to look at the role Harris County has placed in Texas governor elections since the Republican Party became a serious statewide threat to the long dominant Democrats in the 1970s.
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Aaron Alon’s music has been performed around the world, by such acclaimed musicians as Leone Buyse, Ian Davidson, Sounds New, and the Vientos Trio. His works have been included on three labels, including a recent release from Capstone Records, and have received numerous national and international composition honors.
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Aaron Alon’s music has been performed around the world, by such acclaimed musicians as Leone Buyse, Ian Davidson, Sounds New, and the Vientos Trio. His works have been included on three labels, including a recent release from Capstone Records, and have received numerous national and international composition honors. Composer, musician and teacher…..he has it all! He is presently teaching American Musical Theatre on Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. For more information about Aaron Alon click aaronalon.com.
Our biblical ancestors “heard” things in ways we no longer do. They sincerely believed that they could discern the words of God.
But how are we today to understand what the Bible means when we read that “God said …” or “God spoke these words …” or “God commanded …”? Obviously, our ancestors were too sophisticated to imagine God as a superhuman possessing vocal chords, yet the Bible intimates that they were nevertheless in direct contact with God. How did they discern God speaking to them? Does the Bible contain concrete clues to this mystery?
Rabbi Seymour Rossel is the author of thirty-three books, including The Storybook Haggadah, The Torah: Portion-by-Portion, Bible Dreams: The Spiritual Quest,, A Child’s Bible, When a Jew Prays, When a Jew Seeks Wisdom, A Thousand and One Chickens, and Managing the Jewish Classroom. In addition, he has edited some 300 books, having worked with nearly every distinguished Jewish author of our times. Rabbi Rossel is presently teaching IN THE BEGINNING: THE “REAL” GENESIS STORIES at The Women’s Institute. You can join this class in progress.