The Texas Progressive Alliance could barely stay awake last night until just after midnight, then was too excited to sleep for a couple of hours.
With the Fall Classic just days away, the round-up of the best blog posts, Tweets, and lefty news from around and about our beloved Lone Star State keeps the baseball theme with Socratic Gadfly, who took note of the centennial of the Chicago Black Sox scandal and asked: did Shoeless Joe Jackson do it, along with his teammates?
(This is part 1 of a 3-part series. Part 2 will look at whether other World Series were thrown, and Part 3 will examine the possibility of this happening today.)
The blood of Joshua Brown, the witness whose testimony helped convict Dallas police officer Amber Guyger in the murder of her neighbor, Botham Jean, was barely dry on the ground when a Fort Worth cop shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson in her home.
This is Atatiana Jefferson. She was 28 yrs old, a graduate of Xavier Univ. and lived w/ her nephew.— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) October 13, 2019
A Fort Worth, TX cop shot and killed her thru her window as she stood peacefully and unarmed in her own home.
Black people are subject to deadly force even when they stay home. pic.twitter.com/09dA2nl3v5
What is the appropriate response to these killings at this point?
The killing of #AtatianaJefferson marks the SEVENTH time since JUNE that a #FortWorth, Texas police officer has shot a civilian.— Race Forward (@RaceForward) October 13, 2019
Six of those people died.
Community leaders are demanding answers and accountability. https://t.co/YsIVSpXaFE
Is there even an appropriate response at this point?
The Dallas PD want you to believe 3 ppl traveled over 4 hrs to kill Joshua Brown over weed though he had no history of drug dealing, that they then *left* the weed behind, AND that this all coincidentally happened right after the trial in which he was a witness.— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) October 8, 2019
The debate over how many cops are really needed on Dallas’ streets comes at a strained time between police and the communities they patrol. https://t.co/i7tNuliBqQ— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) October 13, 2019
What would be -- would have been -- the response if all of these violently slain, innocent people had been white and wealthy?
This year, 18 transgender people have been murdered.— Leftward Swing 🌹🌻 (@LeftwardSwing) October 10, 2019
The majority of those murdered are African American.
The majority of those murders happened in Texas. #Bernie2020 #NotMeUs #FeelTheBern
Criminal justice, or a lack thereof, has been on the minds of others also.
This week, @zachdespart & I looked at a new idea for indigent defense in Harris County, motivated in part by high atty caseloads and pay to play allegations. Here’s a look at who the most overloaded attys are (via @DrewWilley) & which judges are assigning them cases: pic.twitter.com/RSlJ7QK1i8— Keri Blakinger (@keribla) October 9, 2019
NEW: In an 11th hour email plea, District Attorney Kim Ogg summons police chiefs to show up in big numbers to oppose historic bail settlement https://t.co/IqvWsvhRIV— Gabrielle Banks (@GabMoBanks) October 13, 2019
Rodney Reed's Lawyers Request Withdrawal of November Execution Date: Two new witnesses have come forward with additional information - News - The Austin Chronicle. Stop the Texas Killing Machine! #FreeRodneyReed #truthtellers #unconstitutional #corruption https://t.co/tSGKnEwSlU— Rodney Reed (@FreeRodneyReed) October 7, 2019
And social justice as well.
Historic black neighborhoods are in the crosshairs of Texas' $7 billion plan to remake Houston highways. https://t.co/mHA98M3Glm— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) October 11, 2019
‘The state of Texas lost this case,’ judge in foster care lawsuit says, warns further delays will bring fines. Abbott & Co.? No comment. https://t.co/lGTZZhbfbS #txlege #CPS @TexasDFPS— Bob Garrett (@RobertTGarrett) October 8, 2019
750 polling places in Texas have been shuttered since Shelby v. Holder, the Supreme Court decision that released the state from federal oversight in changing its voter laws and practices. https://t.co/hqSP8y8p7u #txlege— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) October 8, 2019
As Neil Aquino would say, "Everything is connected", and the intersection of social and climate justice was readily apparent in a couple of Houston community hearings this past week.
This morning, Texas' environmental health agency granted a request for a contested case hearing to residents fighting the placement of a concrete batch plant in Acres Homes.— Erin Douglas (@erinmdouglas23) October 9, 2019
That's a lot of jargon. Here's what it means: https://t.co/3P3io5VFrQ
“In #Houston, our communities have never breathed clean air in accordance with federal standards set by the Clean Air Act. We have shouldered the real-life impacts for far too long,” said Juan Parras of @tejasbarrios. #OurSharedHouhttps://t.co/Db6yfGmEr0— One Breath Partnership (@OneBreathHOU) October 8, 2019
"It's time for Houston to work for everyone - every color, every income, every faith, every child, every family, every community - and that starts with actions that protect our shared home," our ED Bakeyah Nelson writes in @ChronOpinion. #OurSharedHOU https://t.co/EEJzrCRM5H— Air Alliance Houston (@airallianceHOU) October 7, 2019
And in more Texas climate news, LareDOS blogged about the amicus brief the Laredo city council filed in support of the lawsuit by Earthjustice and the Rio Grande International Study Center against Trump's emergency declaration in order to facilitate construction of his border wall. Downwinders at Risk reports that the only public hearing in the entire country on Trump's rollback of EPA guidelines on methane emissions is scheduled to be held in Dallas this Thursday. The last day to pre-register to speak is today. Michaela Morris at Environment Texas watched a video (warning: graphic) of a sea turtle having a straw extracted from its nose, and became a recruit in the war on single-use plastics.
Texas has more than 1,180 methane-emitting sites, and 350 of those can be found in Houston. https://t.co/pJK1fIaPAG— One Breath Partnership (@OneBreathHOU) October 11, 2019
And we DO have some politics news for this edition of the Wrangle.
Sullivan will release secret recording of Bonnen meeting Tuesday morning https://t.co/aimHp51ijy— Virtual Capitol (@VirtualCapitol) October 14, 2019
Hope you enjoyed your weekend, because this week is going to be especially dumb for #TXpolitics https://t.co/iwmcUBbA44 #TrumpRally #Bonnengate #TXLege #DFW— Generic Old White Guy (@PDiddie) October 14, 2019
The Texas Signal reports that Brad Parscale, Trump's campaign manager, will visit San Antonio (which just happens to be his home town) tomorrow, ahead of the Dallas rally. Texas Monthly had a profile of the Mohawked, bearded Parscale a few weeks ago that makes for an interesting read.
Texas is first state to ban political 'deepfake' videos, but how will it enforce it?https://t.co/aRQT8M5b6M #hounews— Matt Schwartz (@SchwartzChron) October 9, 2019
Stephen Young at the Dallas Observer explained the unholy trinity of Pete Sessions, Rudy Giuliani, and Ukraine. Texas Standard took note that the Ukrainian scandal has caught two Texans, Sessions and Rick Perry, in its ever-broadeing web. Kuff reviewed the 30-day finance reports from the two Houston-area legislative special elections. Scott Henson at Grits for Breakfast was unimpressed by Greg Abbott's tough talk about homelessness in Austin.
We hope you can join us for the Signal’s first Democratic candidate forum on Oct. 23 w/ @mjhegar @BellForSenate @cristinafortx @AmandaForTexas @_SemaHernandez_ More here: https://t.co/PzcNMEuJ1m— Texas Signal (@TexasSignal) October 9, 2019
#TeamSema @_SemaHernandez_ we drove 25 hours 31 minutes 1,373 miles to visit voters all over the state of Texas. In a busted car after an accident because women are strong as hell! I ain’t no #BasicBecky campaign operative this is a revolution pic.twitter.com/Rjffavwmpg— Christine Kramar (@ChristineKramar) October 14, 2019
PDiddie at Brains and Eggs had his double edition of the Democratic presidential developments, with the latest on Bernie Sanders and his heart, and then the #EqualityTownHall. Therese Odell at Foolish Watcher wrapped up another week of impeachment blogging.
And for some updates on Houston's local elections ...
In case you missed it:
At least six candidates for Houston city council may not live in the district they want to represent. At least four more have felony records that would seem to bar them from running.— Dylan McGuinness (@dylmcguinness) October 10, 2019
Here's why the rules are rarely enforced, from me and @mmorris011: https://t.co/x3kdp5tyi6
Nearly every Houston-area swing district saw its white population go down since 2016. @taygoldenstein on new 2018 census data that shows some of the most competitive congressional districts in Texas continuing to become more diverse: https://t.co/cXgdOx9yAZ— Ben Wermund (@BenjaminEW) October 10, 2019
One of the state's foremost election law and redistricting authorities, UT professor Steve Bickerstaff, passed away.
Friends & colleagues remember Austin attorney Steve Bickerstaff, who died Oct. 4, as one of Texas' preeminent redistricting & election law experts.https://t.co/GUaigFaoeg— Texas Lawyer (@TexasLawyer) October 10, 2019
Thanks for reading this far. I've a few light news Tweets to complete this lengthy Wrangle.
Texas Latinos are building change for generations to come!— Progress Texas (@ProgressTX) October 8, 2019
As #HispanicHeritageMonth comes to a close, we’re taking a look at the impact Latinos have had on our state, and how they will impact the future.https://t.co/6Tg7wBSysz
Désiré Nizigiyimana at the Rivard Report reminded that refugees from all countries are a big part of the Texas success story.
The religiously unaffiliated now account for nearly one in five Texans—and they’re becoming more politically active. https://t.co/44B3HCgCfv— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) October 13, 2019
After a man from Plano drove to El Paso and murdered 22 people, a football matchup between distant high schools became a contest between two communities linked by an act of horrific violence.— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) October 9, 2019
It ended up being a chance for both sides to heal. https://t.co/R3xeUwQ4un pic.twitter.com/2d4Vs7AQpa
For all its faults, Twitter had a hand in connecting an unknown artist from Garland and a middle-school teacher in Houston and making them 'New York Times' best-sellers and brothers for life. @arturodraws @sheaserrano https://t.co/2rJkxHiKpj— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) October 13, 2019