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U.S. POSTAL SERVICE STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP. MANAGEMENT AND CIRCULATION I. Title of publication: The Texas Observer 2. Date of filing: Sept. 30. 1977 3. Frequency of issue: biweekly except for a three-week interval between issues twice a year. in Jan. and July 3-a. No. of issues published annually: 25 3-b. Annual subscription price: 512.00 not 600 West 7th. Austin. Texas 78701 6. Names and complete addresses of publisher. editor, and managing editor: Publisher name and name and 7. Owner \(If owned by a corporation, its name and address must be stated and also immediately thereunder the names and addresses of stockholders owning or holding 1 percent or more of total amount of stock. If not owned by a corporation. the names and addresses of the individual owners must be given. If owned by a partnership or other Ronnie Dogger. 600 West 7th. Austin.. Texas 78701 8. 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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS 18209 San :-.4s4ton io TEXAS expected gain in the House, but he emphasizes that the vacancies enhance Republican opportunities. He thinks an addition of two or three Senate seats and 15 to 20 House seats is not unduly optimistic. In short, Republicans could double their representation in both houses of the Legislature in 1978. The state of the party Ray Hutchison’s chairmanship of the Texas Republican Party may prove a milestone in the GOP’s growth as a serious competitor in the Texas political arena. Under Hutchison the state party began to reorder its priorities. There is no hard evidence that the effort was either conscious or deliberate. It may have been little more than a natural result of Hutchison’s personal orientation to state rather than national politics and to the growth of Republican interest in local and legislative races, more and more of which have been made competitive by courtordered redistricting. For whatever reason, the broadening of the Texas party’s focus \(from a primary concern with national politics to an equal concern with and necessary step along the road to genuine two-party competition. Organizationally, the party is better off today than on the eve of the last electionat least on paper. There are more Republican county chairmen, more precinct chairmen, and more auxiliary organizations than at any time in Texas history. For example, 238 of Texas’ 254 counties have Republican chairmen, as do over half of the state’s approximately 5,500 precincts. Only time will tell whether these are real advances or meaningless figures. Still vital to the party’s growth is an improved image. Too many Texans take the Republican Party to be the home of wealth and privilege. Too many Texans feel excluded or unwanted by the party. And too many Texans have been frightened off by internal party bickering and by the high visibility of some local Republican officials whose manner and substance repel rather than attract. Herein lies one of the party’s greatest obstacles to growth. The reality is that the Republican Party in Texas is more the party of the Lion’s Club than the party of the country club. Big wealth and big power in Texas are Democratic, not Republican, and the backbone of support for Republican activities and most Republican candidates has come from small contributions made by middle-class Texans. Those in the party who would take advantage of Republican opportunities in 1978 must work for some resolution of the image problem. The creation of a better image will require aggressive and creative leadership. The selection of Kay Hutchison’s replacement could be critical to the party’s futurein 1978 and beyond. The party, after all, is number two in the political marketplaceand a poor number two at that. Over and again, polls have revealed that the party’s phi losophy is supported by an overwhelming majority of Texans, yet Republican candidates continue to lose, even when they are more able and more attractive than their Democratic opponents. A change in all of this will take time and patience, vigor and daring. It will take shrewd political strategizing, professionalism, and continuity in leadershipor at least successive leaders who share a strategy of growth and development. The elections of 1978 will almost certainly yield significant Republican gains in Texas. And after the ballots have been cast, it will be possible to trot out statistics to trace the improvements and lay the basis for a claim of success. The party can make such headway merely by muddling through as usual. The opportunities offered by 1978, however, are too great for business as usual. Real success will depend upon people and things yet to come: inspired and unified leadership, able and hard-working candidates, and an open door to all the people of Texas who share the party’s responsible conservative philosophy. 0 Douglas Harlan is a scholar in residence at Trinity University and a faculty fellow at the University of Texas at San Antonio. A Republican candidate for Congress in 1972 and 1974, he served the Ford administration as executive secretary of HEW and as co-chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Deregulation. Good books in every field JENKINS PUBLISHING CO. The Pemberton Press John H. Jenkins, Publisher Box 2085 Austin 78768 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 11