The Texas Progressive Alliance celebrates Black History Month and the many Texans to be feted: Bessie Coleman, Barbara Jordan, Hattie Mae White, Juanita Craft, Curtis Graves, Wallace Jefferson, Beyonce', Simone Biles, Dr. Thomas Freeman, S. Lee Merritt, and many, many others.
Today is the start of #BlackHistoryMonth2020. This year's theme as shared by the #ASALH is “African Americans and the Vote.” https://t.co/kKfB577ACl#BHM pic.twitter.com/qQdAPkmLBL— LeagueWomenVotersTX (@LWVTexas) February 1, 2020
We'd also like to congratulate the former Dallas Texans -- and the Hunt family of Dallas -- on their Super Bowl victory yesterday. And with the Iowa caucuses on the calendar this evening, Democrats will "soon" have some actual White House front-runners as opposed to polling ones.
In his regular Update of the Democratic presidential primary, PDiddie at Brains and Eggs tried not to get too excited about the Bernie surge taking place. (FiveThirtyEight.com is currently projecting delegate counts in IA, NH, and NV as winners for the Vermont senator.) Berners have been out in force across the Lone Star State ...
Over 1,500 people have attended barnstorms for @BernieSanders across Texas. From cities like McAllen to Round Rock to Plano to Katy, our volunteers come out in force. The diversity of our supporters reflects this country.— Chris Chu de León (@chrischudeleon) February 2, 2020
Let's keep up the momentum! #TexansForBernie #NotMeUs pic.twitter.com/pG6i4SeIFq
Houston progressives rally for @BernieSanders at @OurRevolution's Texas Summit https://t.co/FOxgV2LYfE w/@Mrtonytig @OurRevTexas @JimHightower @TexasforBernie #HouNews #HTX @SunriseMvmtHTX @Cesar_Espinosa @Sema4Texas #PoliticalRevolution— A Companion Unobtrusive (@PDiddie) February 2, 2020
PDiddie also got a momentary thrill out of the Texas Lyceum poll, but last night's UT-Tyler/Dallas News survey splashed a little cold water on that.
New Texas poll via @dallasnews/@UTTyler:— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) February 2, 2020
Warren, Bloomberg tied at 16
Trump 44, Biden 42 (w/in MOE)
Trump 45, Biden 42 (w/in MOE)
Trump 45, Sanders 39
Trump 46, Warren 37https://t.co/z7MOv5ZT79
Meanwhile Kuff examined that Lyceum poll. SocraticGadfly, having seen the Chomskyites beg Howie Hawkins to run a "safe states" strategy if he's the Green Party nominee, loudly applauded Hawkins for essentially telling them to STFU.
Two weeks prior to the Texas primary, Jolt Action is hosting these presidential candidates in Pasadena (presuming none of them drop out before then, of course):
RSVP to attend our #Movimiento2020 Candidate Forum Feb 15 and prepared to hear from:@AndrewYang @ewarren @JoeBiden @TomSteyer @BernieSanders @amyklobuchar @MikeBloomberg @MichaelBennet @cristinafortx @RubyForTexas @Biggan4Congress— Jolt Action (@JoltAction) January 30, 2020
RSVP: https://t.co/eU8pKlJKL6 pic.twitter.com/4R1klBDfdF
Unfortunately Jolt is not doing the same for John Cornyn's challengers, as they have already endorsed their founder in the US Senate primary.
Yes, @JoltAction isn't really an honest broker in the #TXSen D primary. That's another reason I'm voting for @_SemaHernandez_. https://t.co/tKb9EbbrM7— A Companion Unobtrusive (@PDiddie) January 31, 2020
That would be in concert with their candidate's continued disingenuousness about her surname (something she has apologized for, but continues to say).
She claims to be the only candidate who supports M4A the same way she claims to be the only Latina and bilingual candidate. Also the "mostest Mexican." Which is to say it's bs. pic.twitter.com/eH1ors99S3— Wardin Rosewater🌹 (@cynicsanonymous) February 2, 2020
The TexTrib's Patrick Svitek tweeted some polling about the Senate Ds.
In the wake of the HD-28 Democratic debacle, everybody had a take. Some were hot; some were not. Some were lukewarm.
Beto & co. came up embarrassingly short in Tuesday's special election, but the result probably doesn’t say all that much about November. https://t.co/VjElQeTNTC— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) January 31, 2020
Mustafa Tameez, blogging for the Houston Chronicle, says the road to the majority in the Texas House goes through the middle of the electorate. ('Middle' is the wrong label for independent voters as Tameez describes them. Using his research, a better label would be 'seldom' or 'sporadic' voters; certainly not 'low information' or 'non-voters'.)
In last week's Wrangle, this blogger ranted about misuse of the word 'progressive'. This week, both Gadfly and Jaime Abeytia picked up on that with rants of their own.
Robert Rivard at his Report noted that SBOE member Ken Mercer (who represents a district Hillary Clinton carried in 2016) is big ol' peddler of wingnut dishonesty.
Nonsequiteuse thanked the Houston GLBT political caucus for listening to members who asked them to hold lawmakers credibly accused of sexual harassment to account. The Caucus made several surprise endorsements at their weekend meeting.
GLBT Caucus endorses Audia Jones for DA in rebuke of openly lesbian incumbent Kim Ogg https://t.co/ga5TQjQQLA via @houstonchron— Jasper Scherer (@jaspscherer) February 1, 2020
.@HGLBTCaucus endorses @JerryVDavis over @RepHaroldDutton in #HD142 and @AshtonPWoods over @RepThierry146 in #HD146. #txlege— Jasper Scherer (@jaspscherer) February 1, 2020
As is often the case at these meetings, a few took offense.
.@AnniseParker, on the @HGLBTCaucus backing @AudiaForDA over @kimoggforda, says “the far left, which is what was represented largely in the room today, & the far right, are opposing her because she has chosen over & over again to do what she thinks is right." Parker also said: pic.twitter.com/yzsF5T8FfM— Jasper Scherer (@jaspscherer) February 1, 2020
.@HGLBTCaucus endorses @MenefeeForHC over @BenRoseTX & @HarrisCountyAO Vince Ryan. Rose sniped at Menefee for repping oil & gas companies — “He’s represented, as I see it, the most evil companies on Earth” — and Menefee ignored him/dropped the “when they go low, we go high” line.— Jasper Scherer (@jaspscherer) February 1, 2020
Houston Justice Coalition showed how they're registering voters currently in county jail.
Some developments in recent chemical plant explosions:
I found some air monitoring reports buried on the website of the company that owns the #PortNeches chemical plant that exploded in November. They are... interesting. The story:https://t.co/e1Yf3ENSwr— Kiah Collier (@KiahCollier) January 30, 2020
Judge rules in favor of #HarrisCounty in #Exxon case were state sought to get it dismissed citing jurisdiction issues. The case filed after a chemical fire will be on hold as it goes through the AG’s appeal: https://t.co/W9LiLQ6TuO— Perla Trevizo (@Perla_Trevizo) February 1, 2020
Houston Public Media reported that the Houston and Dallas metro areas both suffered over 100 days of poor air quality in 2018, according to a report from Environment Texas.
Scott Henson at Grits for Breakfast has the police blotter.
35 @DallasPD cops disciplined in just two days: 22 vice officers for improper evidence handling and misusing seized money; 13 for racist/offensive social media posts. https://t.co/Y4K4s8ova3— Grits4Breakfast (@Grits4Breakfast) January 31, 2020
A roadmap to what more needs to be done to improve our criminal justice system. https://t.co/ATSbneAqhL— TXOrganizingProject (@OrganizeTexas) January 23, 2020
And a second helping of Grits.
The Justice Collaborative has launched The Ogg Blog, providing background on various criticisms vs. embattled Harris County DA Kim Ogg as she faces a bevy of opponents in the coming March primary. Grits is grateful; I'd intended to compile a long, greatest-hits post for Ogg as a bookend to this one about Travis County DA Margaret Moore, so they've saved me the trouble.
“You're not trying to help us, you're trying to placate us and silence us and I just want to see some emotion from you,” said one woman at an emotional public meeting at @UTAustin. “I just want you to acknowledge that you are failing us.” https://t.co/qhES3PugCA— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) February 2, 2020
Closing out another week with some Great State items on the lighter side of the news.
The battleship Texas will be relocating from its longtime berth at the San Jacinto State Historic Site following repairs to its hull. Where it is going is still to be determined.
This book review from Justin Miller at the TO regarding El Paso politics is revealing.
The right fearmongers about the border. In reaction, some liberal journalists paint the region as a paradise.— Gus Bova (@gus_bova) January 30, 2020
To my mind, left critiques of power and politcs along the border are both scarce and very valuable, e.g.: https://t.co/DXdTVXvAZQ
While small towns across Texas are struggling to stave off an economic demise, rich benefactors are spending big to revive a few of them. These five handsomely preserved towns can thank their generous patrons—or blame them. https://t.co/w1okJZ37pr pic.twitter.com/imLUjE2iRT— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) January 22, 2020
The rebirth of downtown Abilene started with a beautiful old theater, a generous and anonymous donor and strategic city planning. The result is a charming, mixed-use district that has attracted new life, industry and visitors to the city. https://t.co/aRA2H0i1kj— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) January 31, 2020
This month in weird Texas news:— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) February 2, 2020
- An abundance of invasive ducks is ruffles feathers in a Houston suburb
- Chaos ensues after a university bigwig buys office parakeets for his employees
- Little Man the miniature horse comes home