By Wendy Davis
Wendy Davis has had her proportion of difficult fights. Raised via a unmarried mom with a ninth-grade schooling, Davis begun operating after institution at age fourteen to give a contribution to the relatives funds. by the point she used to be nineteen, she used to be dwelling in a trailer park with a child daughter and maintaining down jobs. yet instead of succumb to the cycle of poverty that threatened to weigh down her, Davis controlled to wait group university and Texas Christian collage, graduate from Harvard legislations college, and cross directly to serve 9 years at the citadel worthy urban Council. She set her attractions at the Texas country senate—and in 2008 defeated an established GOP incumbent in a race broadly certainly one of the most important fresh upsets in Texas politics.
But it wasn’t till June 2013 that the remainder of the US used to be conversant in the lively Texas nation senator. Davis turned an in a single day political sensation and a hero to women’s rights supporters around the kingdom whilst she single-handedly filibustered Governor Rick Perry’s sweeping invoice that aimed to shut all yet 5 abortion clinics in her nation. in the course of her ancient approximately 13 hours at the flooring of the kingdom legislature, Davis wasn’t allowed to devour, drink, take a seat, use the lavatory, communicate off subject, or lean opposed to any furnishings. while it used to be over, President Obama tweeted aid to his hundreds of thousands of Twitter fans, and Wendy Davis—with her purple sneakers—was without warning a family name.
She is now the 1st Democrat to make a significant run for governor of Texas in twenty years, and her own tale is a testomony to the iconic energy of the yank dream and an concept to numerous ladies trying to find a manner out of determined conditions. advised in her personal refreshingly forthright voice, Forgetting to be Afraid is the exhilarating and deeply relocating tale in the back of one of many nation’s brightest younger political stars.
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5 It has notably been shown that political parties take the results of previous elections as a cue of citizens’ preferences and adapt their own policy positioning accordingly (see Somer-Topcu 2009). As a result of these various effects of participation in elections which influence the composition of representative bodies, the electoral strategy of the political parties and candidates, and the information they have about the public mood, one could imagine that if policy preferences of voters and non-voters differ systematically, representatives will better reflect the opinions of those citizens who turn out.
These findings at least partly support the established Meltzer/Richard model (Meltzer and Richard 1981), which assumes that relatively poor citizens favour redistributive policies up to the point where the benefit for them is outweighed by the efficiency costs of taxation Yet the existence of a link between economic status and political preferences is not obvious. While it is clear that the self-interests of various income groups are not always the same, their manifestation in electoral politics is more problematic.
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