The Trump administration's own Bay of Pigs fiasco in Venezuela, reported last evening, featured two Texans in leadership roles.
Venezuela captured private military invaders sponsored by the US. https://t.co/RR3c8bdrkH— Maria ⏳ (@ml_1maria) May 5, 2020
Omfg. These barney fife soldiers brought their company identification card and army id card to a coup. Admitting a direct connection to trump. MSM silent as usual. https://t.co/UFKJdy7BsJ— By-Tor🌹 (@BrianArizona) May 5, 2020
Here are a couple of citizen action items for today.
Mark your calendars! Tuesday, May 5th is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Uniting (in isolation) for MMIW awareness. Wear your red in support! Let's paint social media RED!! Chi-Miigwetch ♥ #MMIWG #JusticeForAll #NoMoreStolenSisters pic.twitter.com/P72EgAhZmK— Winterlady (@Pochohantas1957) May 2, 2020
Join TOP & allies for a virtual rally May 5 on Facebook Live as we raise our voices to urge @GovAbbott to use his power to expand Medicaid & address the health of Texans who need our help most in this crisis!— Texas Organizing Project (@OrganizeTexas) April 30, 2020
RSVP: https://t.co/OKDwwZu5cX#txlege #ExpandMedicaid #SickOfItTX pic.twitter.com/uDcJPTC4sm
Some additional accounts of the lawsuits against limitations to early voting by mail (aka absentee voting, mail ballots, and a few other names):
TX, (& 6 Other States) Said Violating 26th Amend w/ Absentee Ballot Restrictions: Latest #BradCast— Brad Friedman (@TheBradBlog) May 1, 2020
Guest: @Slate legal journalist @mjs_DC; Also: U.S. economy plummeting at staggering rate; One Fox 'News' host pushes back (a bit)...
FULL STORY, LISTEN: https://t.co/WDbkMe52IT pic.twitter.com/bSMI9Lrsva
Anyone 65 or older can get a mail-in ballot, most of the rest can't, because the GOP fears fraud. We know a lot of sneaky old people, though.https://t.co/DtJriyTWf0— Dallas Observer (@Dallas_Observer) May 4, 2020
And other litigation updates.
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decided Monday that a case challenging the Texas prohibition of government entities from contracting with companies who boycott Israel is moot.
The court vacated the preliminary injunction and remanded the case to the district court to dismiss the complaints. The order did not address the constitutionality of Texas’s law.
Judge (E. Grady) Jolly wrote that the case was moot because all of the plaintiffs are sole proprietors, and Texas enacted legislation that exempts sole proprietors from the “No Boycott of Israel” certification. The plaintiffs claim that the law violates their First Amendment speech rights.
.@rossramsey: The goal of blanket liability protection for businesses that reopen during the pandemic is to protect them from whatever might go wrong as the economy comes out of its deep freeze.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) May 5, 2020
The logic around that is twisted. https://t.co/CF4WrhYnAb
Rather than go long on the plethora of coronavirus updates from around the state, this piece from Rich Shumate of Chicken Fried Politics provides insight to the travails of governors, senators, and state legislators across the South in dealing with the competing interests of capitalism and public health and safety. What troubles Greg Abbott is not different from what concerns the governor in Florida or the Senate Majority Leader from Kentucky; their respective reactions -- and whether they are up for re-election this year -- certainly is.
Still, we must acknowledge the shortcomings of our leaders.
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. pic.twitter.com/nSF2YvTKpc— The Truth Is Out There (@drmom247) May 5, 2020
Man blocked from @JohnCornyn's Twitter feed gets unblocked after filing lawsuit— ChickenFriedPolitics (@ChkFriPolitics) May 2, 2020
--ChickenFriedPolitics.com is The Place for Southern Politics--https://t.co/IFOJZY3Sqr
Folks in rural Texas that still support Trump and Gov. Abbott should watch this @60Minutes report because they are leaving them exposed to the ravages of #CoronaVirus. These people don't care about you. #60Minutes #Texas https://t.co/REVV1KTTzv— franklin Brown (@franklin19788) May 3, 2020
In a follow-up to an item in last week's Wrangle ...
After drawing ire from smaller businesses and some lawmakers, the network of hotels run by prominent Texas Republican donor Monty Bennett will be returning all of the $76 million it received in coronavirus disaster funds. https://t.co/SaRtSN9Vch— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) May 3, 2020
All together now: "Okay, Alex; EAT. MY. ASS."
being eaten by alex jones is number one with a bullet on my new chart of “ways i least want to die” https://t.co/BHASuQx2iD— dan solomon (@dansolomon) May 1, 2020
As difficult as it is to top that, one salon owner tried her best.
Armed Supporters Show Up To Guard Dallas Salon Defying COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order https://t.co/Sg2mv8v5kH— Jeff Moore🌾🌹🌾 (@JMooreBoston) April 29, 2020
The tornado that ripped through Polk County in East Texas last week produced debris that will be a long time cleaning up. Elsewhere on the environmental front ...
What a pity https://t.co/Qll3BTzZaY— Mary Annaïse Heglar (@MaryHeglar) May 1, 2020
Wrapping another Wrangle with some of the lighter items, such as they are.
Why did Asleep At The Wheel frontman Ray Benson go public about his COVID-19 diagnosis? "Because I couldn’t get a test,” he says. “But the outpouring of love and concern was incredible.” https://t.co/Vpc7eotbYt— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) May 3, 2020
In a pair of stories from the Valley, Jose Antonio Lopez writes at the Rio Grande Guardian about Alonso de León, another of the Spanish explorers and settlers of Texas. And Dan Clouse at LareDOS has a tale from Uncle Billy about a map to buried treasure at Lake Falcon.
The annual SXSW festivals and conferences were among the first major economic casualties of the coronavirus.— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) May 3, 2020
Now, fans around the world will be able to watch films that would have been featured at SXSW through a virtual venue – no badge required. https://t.co/BqCqJzpi2t
You may not know the name, but you definitely know the face. Caleb Landry Jones, the 'weirdo' actor in projects like "Get Out" and "Twin Peaks: The Return," has a new—weird—album, out tomorrow. https://t.co/3mhUxJafAC— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) April 30, 2020