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January 14, 1983 A Journal of Free Voices 75 New Politics In Texas: COPS Comes to Austin In This Issue: Mexican American Voting Austin STNP Debate Remembering the Alamo By Geoffrey Rips Austin 0 N DECEMBER 21 the message of the 1982 election was delivered to the Capitol. The messenger was a coalition of community-based groups, led by Comtonio. In case anyone had forgotten during the seven weeks since the November election, it was the votes of lowerand middle-income Texans that had swept Clements out of office and the populist-tinged Democratic slate in. The Mexican American vote alone was responsible for carrying county after