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Submitted by ub on Tue, 03/06/2018 - 08:27

The phrase says don't mess with Texas and everything is bigger in the Longhorn State as its fixing to hold the nation’s first primary election of 2018.

Early voting turnout has GOP weary and worried. Democratic turnout for the 2018 midterm primaries in the state's 15 largest counties was twice as high as the totals in 2014, outstripping the Republicans in urban counties in the GOP stronghold.

There have been disappointments for grassroots liberal groups who accuse the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee of attacking Democratic candidates.These primaries are an early test for both parties ahead of November’s elections. Senator Ted Cruz is up for re-election this year as are all 36 of Texas’ Congressional Representatives.

Gerrymandered into six districts, liberal Austin voters could erode Republican margins in 2018. How Texas Republicans’ gerrymandering could backfire in 2018 https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/3/5/17067544/texas-republi…

A new survey shows millennials are energized by the 2018 midterms and don't like Trump. Millenials are ready to vote https://www.salon.com/2018/03/01/millennials-hate-trump-eager-to-vote-i…

Texas-sized primaries mark the official start to crucial midterm elections https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/texas-sized-primaries-mark-o…

U.S. primaries start with Democratic push in Texas https://reut.rs/2I5L0vN

Meanwhile, the trial over Kansas' voter registration requirements is about to start. A conservative GOP member must prove his state has a problem with voter fraud to win a legal challenge to registration requirements.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is running for governor and was part of @POTUS now-disbanded voter fraud commission has championed a Kansas requirement to present proof of citizenship when they register to vote.

No other state has been as aggressive imposing proof-of-citizenship requirements, with critics contending that disenfranchised minorities and college students may not have such documentation readily available. The case heads to trial today.

An important voting rights case in Kansas is about to put Republican claims about widespread voter fraud on trial. http://huffp.st/SWVZDaw

Kansas voting rights trial has national implications https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Kansas-voting-rights-trial…

Kris Kobach, Kansas' secretary of state and President Trump's chosen election fraud expert, will defend his claims of widespread election fraud in a major voting rights case that could put the president's unsubstantiated assertions on trial, too. http://nbcnews.to/2FiHrAs

The Battle for Voting Rights Is Never Over https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a19130874/kris-kobach-vo…