"Because the Dallas Morning News needs to sell papers/generate clicks for their website" is the answer to Charles' question.
In a poll conducted by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler, McConaughey has a commanding lead over Abbot with 45% of those polled saying they would cast their vote for him versus 33% who would stick with Abbott https://t.co/D6sSKqOjdd— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) April 19, 2021
The DMN Opinion writers have me blocked on Twitter because I've excoriated them so many times that their blisters have blisters. They're the most conservative bunch in the state, but it appears they have finally become as revolted as everybody else at the extremism of the TXGOP. And we all know the real problem: the TXDonks are unable to offer anything of substance to counter them. (This affirms my premise that the the reason Texas has the worst Republicans in the world is because Texas Democrats are completely inept.)
“We’ve got to get rid of the suit and ties and quinoa salad crowd and get operatives who are on the street, who know how to connect with voters,” Democrat strategist says as poll shows GOP holding steady with #Texas voters, @gromerjeffers reports. #txlege https://t.co/lkjpapWJNT— John Gravois (@Grav1) April 19, 2021
And like everyone else in state media -- and most everybody else in the blogosphere -- the DMN is a bunch of blinkered duopolists. (With Earth Day this week, I'm going to suggest the best alternative. Stay tuned for that.)
There's a paucity of Tex Dems willing to take shot at somebody next year, and so far they're mostly rich white men: Mike Collier, Joe Jaworski. Judge Lina Hidalgo (probably) won't be running; Beto just isn't sure what he wants to do next year, and that's as honest an answer as you'll get from him. The Castro brothers are stale masa; they've been sitting out too long. Waiting for the Latin@ vote to show up for Democrats has resulted in south Texas Latin@s turning into Republicans, as they got tired of waiting for the Dems to listen to their concerns. And all the other secondary solar systems have recently burned out; Wendy Davis, MJ Hegar, Christine Ramirez, etc.
So the Snooze, bored to tears and with a bit of Confederate controversy at the moment, throws out a poll with Alrightx3 against Abbott, never mind polling's accuracy being at an all-time low, never mind messy complications like party affiliation or contrast in Matt Mac's policies (?!) or any other thing that citizens might actually consider when they vote.
And while it is certainly true that the citizenry gives a far smaller shit about policies these days than ever, what the Dallas News is executing here says far more about our democracy -- or our Republic, if you're picking nits -- than anyone would like to admit.
When we started writing our blogs 15 years ago, this parlor game of speculating on who might run in the next election was about the most interesting thing we did. Today we do the spreadsheets and the investigating and the corporate media does the prognosticating and the simping.
In an effort to retain relevance in a world where they are increasing irrelevant, the stuffed shirts sitting around a conference room table in Big D are almost the last people I want selecting our politicians. We don't need any W.R. Hearsts or Roger Aileses, Lone Star version. End of rant.
Greg Abbott's gun buddy Ted Nugent caught COVID-19 (although I'm surprised he didn't catch 14, 15, 16, or 17.) Matt Angle is being nicer than me.
Well this reminds me that Ted Nugent and @GregAbbott_TX are old friends and mutual admirers.— Matt Angle (@LSPmatt) April 20, 2021
#TXlege@lsptex report: https://t.co/h7jtOPSauc
Direct link to video: https://t.co/byG33WOIWZ https://t.co/qvheN4WgsP
John Cornyn stepped in his own shit again
To which Officer Clarence replied "That's a big asshole." https://t.co/4YYWKF4tyU— paul elledge (@microbear1) April 14, 2021
Ted Cruz should just delete his account.
Catching up with more Lege business: the Biden administration says that the state can't use the waiver for Medicaid that the Trump admin gave them, so the choice now is to either expand the program under the original (read: Obama) guidelines or do nothing. Guess which one Abbott/Patrick/Phelan will likely choose?
🚨 BREAKING: The Biden administration rescinded Texas' Medicaid expansion waiver, which TX Republicans have abused while never intending to expand the program.— Progress Texas (@ProgressTX) April 16, 2021
It’s time the #txlege do what’s right for Texans and finally expand Medicaid. #TXDeservesBetterhttps://t.co/tU7JCSuHqf
I have to rant again.
It is Dade Phelan who does not want to expand Medicaid. And it is Dade Phelan who appointed Briscoe Cain to to head the committee to sheperd these voter suppression bills through the lower chamber. Dade Phelan is the guy with gavel standing by and watching as the House jams through these bills outlawing abortion, legalizing permitless carry, and making trans kids the object of scorn and hate. And it will be Dade Phelan who will make sure that gerrymandering the Republicans in power for another decade happens.
If there are any Democrats in the Texas House who thought they were going to get a fair shake from this Speaker, wake TF up and start fighting back. He's as bad as the other two of the Big 3.
Maya Stanton and her mother, Lisa, say the slate of anti-trans bills under consideration at the #TXlege could force them to move out of state, including one measure that could deem Lisa a child abuser for affirming her daughter’s gender identity. https://t.co/LzCVphxS6h— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) April 19, 2021
Let me update 'cops behaving badly', or in this first case, "Fire chief caught with his pants down".
I'm sure he hopes the Politifact Texas crew doesn't score this 'pants on fire'.
This video below is graphic. Use your discretion.
Latino killed execution style by Police in Cypress Texas— ✨Sk Boz✨ (@skkboz) April 19, 2021
TMZ has released a video from a police arrest from March 17th, 3 police attempting to arrest a man, back off at 0:27 shot him 5 times in the back.https://t.co/0M3Cmg43Bu pic.twitter.com/S0OU4c8ny1
I have a lot more on this topic but I'll move on to the social justice headlines after posting Alexandra Samuels, late of the TexTrib, now for 538.
My latest @FiveThirtyEight article explores why police reform remains hard even after #GeorgeFloyd and #DaunteWright.— Alexandra Samuels (@AlexSamuelsx5) April 13, 2021
Not only does public opinion tend to be fleeting, there’s no consensus on what type of reforms the public wants. https://t.co/w6GowuqWrB
Foster was fatally shot while participating in a protest in Austin in July 2020. The grand jury will consider if criminal charges will be filed. https://t.co/ZuzK6n7cEi— FOX 7 Austin (@fox7austin) April 17, 2021
“Many of these neighborhoods literally had no voice in the construction of this highway,” says @christofspieler. When I-45 was completed in 1958, many “residents were not even able to vote for the government that was putting these projects in place.” https://t.co/TD791Xc1io— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) April 15, 2021
Okay, let me wrap this with a few things that will make me -- and hopefully you -- feel calmer.
What's the latest news from far-flung Texas? An abandoned refrigerator full of weed, a stolen cat, and more. https://t.co/FMBkQzcIGU— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) April 18, 2021
The East End, Houston’s oldest neighborhood, is home to one of the largest collections of outdoor murals in the city. Those striking, vivid works of public art do more than just beautify buildings and street corners. https://t.co/nQXTUivJMi— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) April 18, 2021
“In El Paso, Texas or Chuco, Tejas, the Lowrider is more than a weekend hobby. Lowriding is a way of life. It is not a subculture to the Mexican American experience but part of a complex form of lived history and visual culture.” https://t.co/gKIYFDGK6l— Texas Highways Magazine (@TexasHighways) April 17, 2021
More local election news, the environmental and COVID updates I left out of here, and some other stuff tomorrow. Earth Day, and the Greens, on Thursday.