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A Texas-Sized Moment Built On Beto O’Rourke’s Massive Rallies

Texas stands at a monumental moment in statewide political history.  Beto has run an all-around impressive campaign that seems the Size of Everything – from its fundraising performance, to the success of its voter contact operation, to its budding romance with our nation, and most importantly – in the thousands of Texans magnetized to his events for the future of Texas.

As a reminder, we launched Poli Pix Co. to offer substantial media support to progressive movers and shakers across the Southwest, and have devoted significant attention toward documenting Beto’s meteoric rise this cycle.  To celebrate our collective standing at the foot of history-in-the-making, we’re taking a look at our final chapter in Beto’s visual storyline to Election Day.

This photo essay begins on the sunset of September, when supporters descended onto Austin’s Auditorium Shores for ‘Turn Out For Texas’ – a historic Beto rally headlined by Texas musical artists Willie Nelson and his Family Band, Leon Bridges, Joe Ely, Tameca Jones, and Carrie Rodriguez.  The following day reports on the attendees varied between 55,000 and 63,000 (campaign organizer estimates), making this rally the largest since a presidential campaign event for Barack Obama that drew 73,000 in 2008.

We hopped back on the trail as Beto pursued a tour of Texas colleges and universities just days ahead of Texas’ voter registration deadline. Defying conventional campaign logic, he engaged first-time voters in a manner that spoke to the issues that really matter to them – action on climate change, protecting women’s rights to their own body autonomy, ensuring equitable access to affordable healthcare, and standing up protections for LGBTQ communities everywhere. The newest leaders in Texas responded in-kind.  As of the close of Early Voting in Texas last Friday, participation from registered voters aged 18-29 had blossomed by over 500% when compared to the Early Voting period of 2014’s midterm elections. Looking back on our event galleries from across the state, it’s easy to see this would come to pass.

Other events are sprinkled in, as well. Enjoy!

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Stephenville Forum Features Great Women Running To Change Texas Political Landscape

As part of our commitment to support strong women who can shake up the political landscape in the age of Trump, we’re highlighting content of two remarkable Democratic candidates running in Texas.

Pictured below from a 9/16 Erath County Candidate Forum held at the courthouse in Stephenville, TX are: retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Kim Olson, who is running for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture; and Julie Oliver, an Austin attorney running on a powerful personal story to serve the TX-25th Congressional District as its Representative.

Back in June, we first met Kim following a barnstorming speech at the Texas Democratic Party’s Convention in Fort Worth.  She’s running against GOP incumbent Ag Commissioner Sid Miller – one of Texas’ most Trumpean elected officials and someone routinely pushing divisive narratives similar to the President’s.  While Olson certainly faces an uphill battle Continue reading “Stephenville Forum Features Great Women Running To Change Texas Political Landscape”

Why The Incredible Turnout Yesterday in Conservative Collin County?

Answer: It’s Beto.

This evening caps yet another stellar day of early voting across the State of Texas, so we’re highlighting some impressive figures and corresponding images coming out Collin County, TX.  We’re not surprised.  Back in mid-September, we observed a remarkable indicator of appeal for Beto at a 9/15 campaign rally hosted at Legacy Hall in Plano.  The crowd numbering around 2,000 shocked our assumption about the kind of Democratic turnout possible for North Texas.

According to a Tuesday (10/23) post on the Community Impact Newspaper‘s website, current total voter turnout in Collin County (McKinney, Plano) represented a more than 400% increase when compared to the 2nd day of the Early Voting in 2014.  Keep in mind Collin County in 2016 went for Trump with final results showing 55.6% to Clinton’s 38.9% – totally eclipsing the TX-03 Congressional District’s Cook PVI score of R+13 in favor of the GOP.  That last figure generally means Republican candidates enjoy a hefty and comfortable double-digit lead against generic Democratic candidates. Continue reading “Why The Incredible Turnout Yesterday in Conservative Collin County?”

Denton, TX for Beto!

We’re frantically working to deliver all of our still outstanding 2 dozen event galleries before Early Voting opens and closes, which starts today and ends on November 2. So here’s one from a sweltering afternoon in Denton, TX on September 15, 2018! This rally for Beto drew at least 1,500 people at the Backyard on Bell – a supremely cool local spot.

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Civil Rights History Made Again At Good Street Baptist Church

Looking back a few weeks from this event, it’s our observation it was in the Southside of Dallas where the sands truly began shifting toward Beto O’Rourke’s effort to oust Ted Cruz from the U.S. Senate.

It was here where the confluence of important discussions about racial injustice and a historic setting clicked together to catapult Beto into the portion of his campaign forever defined as massive rallies happening throughout Texas.  Sure, up until this point, Beto had filled plenty of rooms with above-capacity crowds.  But it was on September 14th at the Good Street Baptist Church in the Dallas suburb of Oak Cliff, where Poli Pix Co. observed Beto drawing crowds consistently numbering over 1,000 people in attendance.

Days before this rally, Beto’s comments on black athletes’ rights as Americans to peacefully protest racial injustices on the field went viral and both drew the focus of national news media and began cultivating national acclaim by Americans close to the issue.  Take that environment and overlay it with an already-tense community affected by the unjust killing of Dallas resident Botham Jean in his own apartment in the weeks prior.  And finally, consider the historical significance of this rally’s venue – the historic Good Street Baptist Church – as being the only church in Texas to welcome a sermon from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. back in 1956.

What you are left with as the product of this calculus is nothing less than a defining moment in this Senate race. Poli Pix was truly humbled to join the community of Good Street for this historic occasion; the exact time and place where the important work of addressing criminal justice reform took center stage for the people of Texas.

Here are a few of our images from the event:

 

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Julie Oliver at Democracy After Dark – Austin, TX

Poli Pix Co. recently ran a contest on its social media channels (@PoliPixCo) to volunteer some event photography to a candidate or party office, continuing our project to enhance Democratic narratives around the Southwest.

Thanks to some tremendous volunteers and supporters, Julie Oliver received the most submissions! Oliver is a tremendous candidate with a compelling personal story and comes equipped with over 20 years of experience in healthcare finance and as an attorney. Poli Pix was thrilled to volunteer a little bit of our time at this event  – Democracy After Dark at Austin’s Kerbey Lane Cafe – and at another a few days later.

Other candidates in attendance pictured are Democratic congressional candidate for TX-21 Joseph Kosper and candidate for Austin City Council, District 9, Danielle Skidmore.

 

El Paso Gets Its Beto Back

At the end of August, Beto O’Rourke concluded a 34-day tour of town halls across Texas with a high-energy event at Downtown El Paso’s 501 Bar & Bistro. Welcoming back their U.S. Representative, El Pasoans joined together for a jovial occasion only fitting of a homecoming! Here are a couple of our images from the event:

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Comanche, TX Welcomes Beto O’Rourke

Beto O’Rourke took his town hall tour through Comanche, TX, a town of 4,000, where he was met by a healthy mix of independents, Democrats, and Republicans interested in hearing what O’Rourke had to say regarding his plans to shift Texas’ representation in the U.S. Senate.

Moving forward, Poli Pix will only publish smaller handfuls of our gallery images here on this website. We simply have too much work on our plates to distribute our content in a timely manner before Election Day. Also included in this gallery are two pieces created with photos from this event through our collaboration project with El Paso-based graphics design group RG Graphics.

Enjoy!

 

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Town Hall w/Beto O’Rourke – Hamilton, TX

Poli Pix is thrilled to share these photos from Hamilton, TX. Set in its colorful community center, the event welcomed Beto O’Rourke, Kim Olson, Julie Oliver, and other candidates for office to speak to the gathered audience of 300+ engaged voters.

We spoke with the town hall’s local organizers, who told us they were excited to see such a high number in attendance, given registered Democrats in their community only make up approximately 100.

A handful of our images from the event:

 

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Deb Haaland’s Busy Saturday in Albuquerque

Back on August 25, we were brought on by the Deb Haaland to provide photography for a busy day of campaign events in Albuquerque, NM. This included: The Bernalillo County Federation of Democratic Women’s Annual Fashion Show, the Bernalillo County Democratic Ward Chairs Picnic, the local Carpenter’s Union Back-to-School Supply Drive, and a campaign meet-and-greet hosted in Corrales, NM.

Here are a few of the shots we provided to her campaign team.

BernCo Federation of Democratic Women Fashion Show at Wyndam Hotel and Conference Center:

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Beto’s Border Swing Through South Texas

Poli Pix joined Beto O’Rourke along a tour of 4 Central and South Texas cities as his promising campaign to unseat Ted Cruz is gaining ground in the polls and has already overshadowed Ted Cruz’s fundraising performance for 5 straight reporting periods.

Between August 17-18, Beto swung through local events hosted in San Antonio, Laredo, McAllen, and Brownsville, Texas, firing up local activists as part of what his campaign is calling the Border Surge – a concerted effort to boost turnout in South Texas’ border communities.

San Antonio (8/17):

Laredo (8/17):

Laredo (8/18):

McAllen (8/18):

Brownsville (8/18):

Deb Haaland & DPNM Labor Caucus in Albuquerque, NM

A little over a week ago, Poli Pix headed to Albuquerque to offer some quality images to the Deb Haaland for Congress campaign.

We are excited by her candidacy because when she’s elected by the people of New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, she’ll be the first Native American woman ever sent to the U.S. House.

Our nation’s Congress has never had a voice like hers, and we were honored to be able to help define that voice through the following photos:

 

Salt Lake City on the #RoadtoChange

All along the #RoadtoChange Tour, Poli Pix has observed audiences sometimes numbering over four, five, or six hundreds people; good folks wishing to learn from the experiences of the Parkland Shooting survivors and other gun safety activists while our nation remains gripped by inaction on gun violence.

At the event hosted at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, Utah, pro-gun control supporters were met by a sizable contingent of some 200 participants of the Utah Gun Exchange – an online firearm retailing platform. Their presence created a tense situation for the event. Only days before its scheduled curtain time, at least one venue backed out of their commitment to host March For Our Lives, citing possible security concerns.

Additionally, we witnessed at least 7 shouting matches between gun activists on either side of the issue, and one poor sod who took it upon himself to decry – in the middle of the event – the panelists for allegedly offering false information on gun deaths. His actions were spurned by a thousand death stares and suggestions he get the f*$k out.

To be fair, Sam Robinson, one of the Utah Gun Exchange’s top brass, surprised at least this observer with what I took as a meaningful, if not PR-based, entree by offering to work with the activists on reducing gun deaths as long as it didn’t infringe on an American’s Second Amendment rights. Given the nature of what the Road to Change is about, we suggest they find ways to come together around tackling red-flag laws, instituting reasonable mandatory waiting periods to purchase a firearm, along with other commonsense reforms without the need to confiscate firearms from law-abiding citizens. That said, he and Bryan Melchior, another of the groups leaders, followed the activists around the nation in it signature armored and branded military style truck, normally outfitted with a replica machine gun which was removed.

Among the attendees were Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Democratic candidate for U.S. House in Utah’s 4th Congressional District, Ben McAdams.

See below for a sample of the event images we provided to the organization (23/127 images).

Related reporting:

https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/education/parkland-survivors-stop-in-utah-as-part-of-tour/article_950dfd43-abfc-55e4-91e8-4a78d182d7c0.html

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/florida-shooting-survivors-hold-town-hall-in-utah-las-vegas-next/

https://fox13now.com/2018/07/14/local-pro-gun-group-brings-contrast-to-parkland-school-shooting-survivors-utah-gun-violence-forum/

http://www.upr.org/post/gun-control-and-second-amendment-advocates-meet-march-our-lives-town-hall-meeting

Updated 09/04/2018: An earlier version of this post stated incorrectly the leaders of the Utah Gun Exchange were driving their company truck for MFOL events with its regular machine gun replica. That was amended to as written above thanks to additional information provided by the group.