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...................... ,r=,. =..u.., ~ ,~.~ .~p. ,j I ~ ~ nllllql= J + + SOPHOMORE NIGHT Rebel sophs help send seniors out on top in final home game. - Page 1B HALLOWEEN FUN Festivals feature costumes, fun and food in Kyle and Boo-dah. - Page 1C r... i i N u~ r*,,, Barton Publications, Inc. ======l===mlm .... ....... Vol. 108 No. 30 Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 Jason Isaac Bert Cobb Gary Cutler Bill Henry Robert Updegrove Mark Jones Ray Whisenant, Jr. State Rep., Dist. 46 Hays County Judge Hays County Sheriff 428th District Judge Court at Law, No. 1 Commissioner, Pct. 2 Commissioner, Pct. 4 Liz Gonzalez Beverly Crumley County Clerk District Clerk BY JENNIFER BIUNDO the Hays County ballot, every one of them saw a resounding Republican victory Tuesday night. A couple hours before the Almost 42 percent of Hays polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday County's 95,000 registered vet- night, Hays County GOP Party ers turned out to the polls this Chair Bud Wymore was feel- year. Nearly half of them took ing optimistic. America looked the straight ticket option, with poised to ride a wave of Re- 58.85 percent of single-party publican sentiment all the way votes going to Republicans to a congressional majority, and 39.03 for Democrats. pulling the races down-ballot There was no fighting a na- along for the ride. tionwide zeitgeist, said Dem- "Of course, national politics ocrat Party Chair Katie Bell and statewide politics are nev- Moore er an exact indicator of what's "The wave went through going to happen locally, but I Texas and it went through think there is enough Republi- Hays County," Moore said. can enthusiasm nationally and "It's not really about any of our statewide that we're going to candidates but it's about the see some of that spill over into sentiment of the country.... Hays County,"Wymore said. unfortunately we just have to That may have been the un- go with the wave." derstatement of the century: Just after 7 p.m., the first bythefimeelectionnightdrew round of early voting returns to a close, the famously purple brought exuberant cheers from county had turned solid red. the Republican Party stalwarts Of the 28 contested races on .gathered in Driftwood at the "People were saying, 'what oe're doing isn't working, so let's try something differ- ent.'But if the ?eo?le oho've been elected tonight don't use fiscal disci?line, in four years, we'll be on the choM)ing block." - Bert Cobb, Hays County Judge-Elect Creekside Pavillion. Though "I feel like I'm at a wake," they walked in the door smell- said Democrat Patrick Cox ing victory, even the most In one of the biggest upsets faithful hadn't anticipated of the state, challenger Jason than many of their candidates Isaac knocked four-term in- would lead by a 20 point land- cumbent Democrat Patrick slide. The precinct boxes that Rose out of his seat in the Tex- rolled in throughout the night as House. Incumbent Tommy only solidified the GOP lead Ratliff lost his sheriff's badge and the festive mood. to GOP challenger Gary Cut- Meanwhile, the Democrats ler, and the Republicans swept gathered around the square in other county-wide seats for San Marcos mourned the loss district clerk, county clerk and of their tenuous hold on the county. REPUBLICAN SWEEP, pg. 4A PHOTO BY JENNIFER BIUNOU San Marcos physician Bert Cobb (right) accepts congratulations from Bill Huddleston in his victory in the county judge's race over Democrat Jeff Barton. Cobb was one of 28 Republicans to defeat challengers in Re Democrat shutrout in Hays County Tuesday night. saac upsets BY JENNIFER BIUNDO percent of the 51,000 ballots cast in the three-county dis- trict, beating the four-term incumbent with a 4,000-vote In 2002, a 24-year-old margin. Ca]dwell County Princeton graduate named gave Rose as]im90-votelead Patrick Rose made an au- out of more than 8,200 ba]- dacious run for the Texas lots cast, but both Blanco House of Representatives, and Hays firmly threw their stealing the District 45 seat weight behind Isaac. away from GOP incumbent "I don't think the three RickGreen by a spare margin counties are as surprised as of less than one percent, all the special interests and Eight years later, Rose was lobbyists are outside of the the seasoned veteran, and district," Isaac said. his challenger Jason Isaac Mirroring the national was widely viewed the long- sentiriaent that brought the shot. But Isaac defied the Republican Party a congres- initial odds Tuesday night, sional majority, election rolling to a decisive victory night in Hays County saw in one of the biggest upsets sweeping victories for the in the state. GOP across the board. Not "I'm an optimist," Isaac a single Democrat in Hays said, surrounded by jubilant County survived a contested supporters at the GOPwatch race. party in Driftwood Tuesday Statewide, the GOP wid- night. "I knew it was going to ened their 77-75 majority in be a challenge, but I thought the Texas House into a 98-50 I had a shot from the get- block, with two seats unde- go." cided as of press time. Texas Isaac took more than 54 also lost three Democrat state representative PHOTO BY JENNIFER BIUNDO State Representative-Elect Jason Isaac has a light moment with friends and family after a grueling - but victorious - campaign. congressmen. "We've just been working While acknowledging that our tail off," Isaac said. "I re- the red wave played a role in ally think I marketed myself his victory, Isaac also said he right by getting out front and played his cards right, with visiting with people and let- the help of numerous sup- porters and volunteers. ISAAC NEW STATE REP, pg. 4A BY BRAD ROLLINS "I'm kind of punch drunk, quite frankly," Cobb said. "It's been a long year." The county judge's race was Four years ago as Democrats one of the most spirited on surged nationally, Hays Coun- the ballot with the contenders ty voters switched ovemight exchanging jabs over water, from a Commissioners Court planning and the authorship with four Republicans and one of thousands of e-mails criti- Democrat to a court with four cal of Barton. Cobb, who broke Democrats and one Republi- a vertebrae in his back playing can. racquetball, had limited mobil- On Tuesday, they switched ity for much of the campaign's back as a COP headwind blew final stretch. through the nation, state and Cobb said restoring govem- county, ment to its rightful role would San Marcos physician Bert guide his administration. Cobb, the Republican nominee "We need to get back to what for county judge, comfortably county govemments were in- beat Pct. 2 Commissioner ]eft stituted for-law enforcement, Barton while Kyle Republican transportation and preserving Mark Jones overwhelmed Kyle the quality of life of its citizens," Democrat Ray Bryant to suc- Cobb said. "I set a goal when I ceed Barton. Pct. 4 Commis- startedmycampaigningoftry- sioner Karen Ford, a Democrat, ing to get the people involved lost by an even larger margin to RayWhisenant. COUNTY COLOR CHANGE, pg. 2A + Subscdb~ addmss FILE PHOTO Veterans Day Parade 10 a.m. Veterans groups, military organizations, civic clubs, bands, drill teams, politicians, horses and clas- sic vehicles wind through downtown San Marcos Tri-County Summit Marcos 1001 E. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Chamber event providing small business training and tools to make busi- ness grow and prosper. Embassy Suites San Hotel & Conference Center, McCarty Ln. PAWS Dinner by the Bite 6:30-9 p.m. Fundrais- ing dinner by local chefs featuring Bell Springs wine and Thirsty Planet beer. Wilson Ap- pliance, 4205 E. Hwy 290, Dripping Springs COURTESY PHOTO Family Fun Ride 9 a.m.Ten-mile course for the over enthusiastic and a 3.5 mile course for Saturday strollers. City Square Park, downtown Kyle Find more local events in the Bulletin, page 4C. Complete listings at CLUB 21 Texas longest, continuously running dance hall succumbs to fire. - Page 1C Opinions ..................... 3A Bulletin Boards ............ 4C Sports ........................ I&2B Business News ........... I&4D Education ................... 3&4B Service Directory ......... 2-3D Community .................... 1-2C Classifieds ..................... 2D Obituaries .................. 2C Public Notices ............ 2D +