Just not sure where to begin with today's round-up of the best of the left of Texas from the past few days, so I suppose I'll start with what pisses me off most. As usual that's Governor Strangelove.
CHRIS WALLACE: Is it reasonable to say to a rape victim who might not know they're pregnant until 6 weeks, 'don't worry about it, because we're going to eliminate rape'?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 26, 2021
GREG ABBOTT: The goal is to protect the lives of every child with a heartbeat pic.twitter.com/o7rJ5G6JZF
Two days ago Texas announced a "forensic audit" of '20 results was underway in 4 of the largest counties (3 which Biden carried) and we still don't know who authorized this, what it entails & how much it will cost because @GovAbbott & the sec of state's office won't answer. https://t.co/Xo3nblOoGG— Zach Despart (@zachdespart) September 25, 2021
Here are his full remarks, in which he also claims "these audits ... actually began months ago": pic.twitter.com/zlKwEzkqw9— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) September 26, 2021
The election audits "actually began months ago". That is new news, as you can tell from these two reporters and this account. The public needs answers.
Aside: This quote in the piece by Texas ‘audit’ bill sponsor Steve Toth is something else:— Michael Li 李之樸 (@mcpli) September 26, 2021
“At the Austin dinner, Toth said that until Texas elects ‘body-of-Christ Christian conservatives, we’re not going to have a really hardcore red state.’l” https://t.co/DMWS0pUPYM
SCOTUS rejected the idea states can implement their own immigration laws that conflict with fed'l policy. Arizona v. US 2012, Alabama cert denied to revisit the issue the following year. Abbott was Texas' AG then, so he understands the law, he's just pandering to Trump's base. https://t.co/PppzkDH2Cz— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 26, 2021
Gov. Greg Abbott to Border Patrol agents who charged at Haitian migrants from horseback: “I will hire you to help Texas secure our border.” https://t.co/0QSsK9RNqg— Axios (@axios) September 26, 2021
Ben Sargent, The Texas Observer (2016) pic.twitter.com/wLz6ss0B51— Editorial & Political Cartoons (@EandPCartoons) September 26, 2021
Not enough in the state, as John Whitmire would say.
A few random fails by our Lege.
A Texas Republican urged people to 'read the bill' to prove voter suppression — so John Oliver did ithttps://t.co/DogzkRtNbB— Raw Story (@RawStory) September 27, 2021
Micheal Li, with @BrennanCenter, encouraged @joanhuffman to waive her attorney client privilege with the AG's office, who is advising her on the drawing of maps. #txlege #FairMaps @FairMapsTexas @TexansGerry pic.twitter.com/F6ytUszmg8— TexansAgainstGerrymandering (@TexansGerry) September 24, 2021
Li's thread below is one of two must-reads in this post (not a "must-read" like Evan Smith sells it six times a day; a real, actual must-read).
At today’s redistricting, Senator @joanhuffman told me emphatically that minority coalition districts are not permitted under the Voting Rights Act, citing Bartlett v. Strickland. But as I and Nina Perales of @MALDEF told her, that’s just wrong. #txlege 1/— Michael Li 李之樸 (@mcpli) September 24, 2021
As this post was published, the new Congressional maps were released; I'm Tweeting the reactions (top right). More on that subsequently.
Without having yet conducted an election, the main impact of #txlege focus on "election integrity" has been to decrease trust in Texas elections...among Republicans. As seen in February and August 2021 polling: https://t.co/D5c23MqmI6 #AuditTexas pic.twitter.com/OwCS4YK4Pr— Joshua M. Blank (@JoshuaMBlank) September 24, 2021
Still planning on going long regarding last week's border catastrophe, but need to keep up on the most recent developments.
"In allowing our national conscience to fall to this level, we’ve shown that our country has been overrun by something far more diabolical than desperate migrants." https://t.co/1ZHfOycfio— Common Dreams (@commondreams) September 25, 2021
John Oliver also excoriated WH press secretary Jen Psaki for avoiding blame for the MAGA Mounties in Del Rio.
"(S)aying ‘this is not who we are’ about White people chasing Black people on horses is a bit of a stretch. Historically, we’ve been yes-and-ing that idea since 1619,” Oliver said. “If you listed the top three things that make America America, it’d be regional sandwich differences, flyovers at halftime, and White people chasing Black people while on horseback. I’m not saying that’s what made America great. Just what made America America."
Haitians deported from Texas have landed in an archipelago of gang-controlled islands in a sea of despair. Snapshots from Port-au-Prince. https://t.co/DX5oDaj9cz— The Associated Press (@AP) September 26, 2021
Here's the other thread you should read.
🧵Here’s what happened with the Miami Haitian American delegation invited by @SecMayorkas to Del Rio, TX to see how refugees were being treated under the bridge at the port of entry. For reference, Haitian American attorneys stated they have had clients who were held under this— Jenn Budd (@BuddJenn) September 25, 2021
KTSM reports that an El Paso shelter began caring for Haitian migrant families flown from Del Rio. Single adults were being returned to their country. And Stace at Dos Centavos reminds us of what is really happening on the border: a human rights crisis.
Why is it always the least among us who help the most?
Mexican community members have been feeding and aiding Haitian refugees. pic.twitter.com/SWABKYNlL1— Both Parties Work Against Us! (@Winslow19Don) September 25, 2021
Let's talk about water.
The Texas Legislature convened a special session in part to decide how to allocate funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. Water should be a top priority. Here’s why, via @groundwater and Sarah Rountree Schlessinger of the @TexasWaterFND. https://t.co/noImeq1KxW #ARPA #txlege— Bayou City Waterkeeper (@BayouCityWK) September 27, 2021
The Texas Railroad Commission will cease issuing saltwater disposal permits in the Midland area after a rash of earthquakes there. And El Paso Matters discusses the fight between New Mexico and Texas over the Pecos River, and the implications of that in the battle for the Rio Grande.
Texas Democrats are ticking me -- and each other -- off again.
The 22 Democrats who joined Republicans to block an amendment that would have prevented transfers of grenade launchers and armed drones to local police. pic.twitter.com/IFyMF5xTzo— Jonathan "Boo and Vote" Cohn (@JonathanCohn) September 24, 2021
By contrast, Beto nails Alrightx3 for his popularity.
Beto O’Rourke on Matthew McConaughey: “I don’t know how he feels about any of the issues” https://t.co/UxzEhYgSXL— KVUE News (@KVUE) September 24, 2021
There is simply no logical reason -- desperation to remove Governor Fish Lips doesn't count -- to support Matt Mac for public office. For openers, he'd like to keep being an actor while governor. Hard pass on any part-timers.
Criminal justice latest:
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has vacated the death sentence of Clinton Young. https://t.co/oTI5iqA1tf— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) September 25, 2021
Seven human being have died in the jail in downtown Houston in 90 days. These monstrous, preventable deaths will not be reported to you by local tv stations as a "crime wave," even though they are the result of intentional violations of basic constitutional law. https://t.co/CO13VGk0kH— Alec Karakatsanis (@equalityAlec) September 26, 2021
“The reason he couldn’t stop is because he was accelerating to blow more diesel fuel on these cyclists.” https://t.co/RCY788Iu9N— Joe Cutrufo (@JoeCutrufo) September 26, 2021
A few weeks ago I told you about Tesla's Giga factory coming together just outside of Austin. This account says that the annual shareholders meeting for the company will be held there on October 7; it's virtual, and the public has access.
I've got more but I should stop here, as the latest redistricting will prompt an extra post this week, and I'm long enough here as it is. The calm-me-downs ...
Houstonia welcomes Top Chef to Space City.
‘Top Chef’ host Padma Lakshmi is raising money for Texas abortion funds in protest of the state’s "hateful" new law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy https://t.co/pNtw2oUSCc pic.twitter.com/qqUqzydxVi— Eater Houston (@EaterHouston) September 24, 2021
And congratulations to Lisa Gray on her move to CityCast and the forthcoming debut of CityCast Houston.
“I am working for the time when unqualified Blacks, Browns and women join the unqualified men in running our government.”— HOUmanitarian (@HOUmanitarian) September 27, 2021
RIP Frances “Sissy” Farentholdhttps://t.co/PKaXRo9Foq #txlege #texas pic.twitter.com/qQ4PKbEuFX
#ACLFest begins NEXT WEEK! 🙌 Check out The Official 2021 Map to plan out your route from stage to stage. See you in Zilker next Friday. 🎉— ACL Festival (@aclfestival) September 24, 2021
PRO TIP: Save the map to your phone for easy reference while at the festival. pic.twitter.com/2iny4b60rY