1/ The question of whether to wear a face mask has become a way to pick sides in what’s quickly becoming a coronavirus culture war.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) May 23, 2020
For some, forgoing masks in public during the pandemic has become a political statement. https://t.co/fKiYL9P9JQ
“There is no reason -- capital N, capital O -- no reason that anyone under 65 should be able to say I am afraid to go vote,” Patrick, a Republican, said in an interview with Fox News. “Have they been to a grocery store? Have they been to Walmart? Have they been to Lowe’s? Have they been to Home Depot? Have they been anywhere? Have they been afraid to go out of their house? This is a scam by the Democrats to steal the election.”
Roughly half of the Twitter accounts pushing to 'reopen America' are bots, researchers found https://t.co/hjTqh8N28W— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) May 22, 2020
Sanford Nowlin at the San Antonio Current also found Greg Abbott fibbing about how Texas handles COVID testing data. And the governor released a PSA urging Texans to wear a mask -- without showing him wearing one.
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With Moratorium Lifted, Houston Becomes Largest U.S. City Where Evictions Can Resume
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A rental assistance program there ran out of funding in just 90 minutes.https://t.co/Cu2xS1tvFx
The Senate on (May 19) confirmed a conservative Texas lawyer nominated by President Trump to the Federal Election Commission, restoring a voting quorum on the agency for the first time since August amid a mounting backlog of complaints and requests for guidance in an election year.
James E. “Trey” Trainor III, an Austin-based election law attorney, has pushed for less regulation of money in politics and opposed efforts to require politically active nonprofit organizations to disclose their donors. He previously advised the Republican National Committee and Trump during the 2016 election.
The party-line confirmation of Trainor ends the longest period in the agency’s history without a quorum, giving the panel the four votes necessary to regulate and enforce federal campaign finance laws.
With Trainor, the commission is again equally divided ideologically, which could resume the FEC’s practice of often deadlocking on alleged elections violations. Two vacancies remain on the panel, and it is unclear when the Senate will take action to fill them.
BREAKING: The U.S. Senate has confirmed John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence. The Texas Republican congressman was opposed by most Democrats in a 49-44 vote. https://t.co/CSVMEZSIGZ— The Associated Press (@AP) May 21, 2020
Sir, would you be okay with giving the head football coach job at @UTAustin to someone who’s never played or coached football? Barely watched a game? Why are you okay giving the stewardship of our massive national intelligence enterprise to someone with no qualifications? Sir? https://t.co/Pi74WXVPvj— John Sipher (@john_sipher) May 22, 2020
(Ratcliffe's) eventual resignation will leave the CD4 seat vacant until at least January because Gov. Greg Abbott is not expected to order a special election. Ratcliffe is the Republican Party’s nominee for the general election ballot. An August 8 meeting of the CD4 Congressional District Executive Committee has been scheduled to select a replacement Republican nominee for the general election ballot, if they can.
Jason Ross, Ratcliffe’s former district director, and Rockwall council member Trace Johannesen are actively seeking the seat. Former congressional candidates Floyd McLendon, who lost the CD32 primary to Genevieve Collins, and T.C. Manning, who unsuccessfully sought the party’s nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston), are believed to be considering the “race.” Any replacement nominee is highly likely to serve in the next Congress. CD4 was 22 points redder than the state as a whole in 2018 and is trending redder.
Unless there is no replacement nominee, in which case Ratcliffe’s name must either remain on the ballot or, if he withdraws, no Republican would be on the ballot except as a write-in candidate, as happened in CD22 in 2006. If Ratcliffe won the general election, a special election would be needed to fill his vacant seat.
Section 145.036, Election Code provides that a political party may make a replacement nomination “only if” any of three circumstances apply.
Big update to this thread: The Congressional Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, and Progressive Caucus have all teamed up to demand the DCCC intervene on behalf of the progressive the way they have often done on behalf of centrists. Never seen this before: https://t.co/9yu5mWPfbN https://t.co/ZQ8ovdoL3n— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) May 21, 2020
In a stunning deathbed confession, the woman who made Roe v. Wade possible tried to erase years of anti-abortion activism. But the damage has already been done. https://t.co/ZJBStSO6WF— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) May 26, 2020
FULL SPEED AHEAD: TX GOP will go ahead with in-person convention in Houston in July expected to be nation's largest— ChickenFriedPolitics (@ChkFriPolitics) May 21, 2020
--ChickenFriedPolitics.com is The Place for Southern Politics--https://t.co/eVjHjVuV4F
New: Commissioners Court appoints Christopher Hollins (@CGHollins) as interim Harris County clerk. He'll replace @dtrautman, who is resigning due to health concerns. Hollins a Houston attorney and Texas Democratic Party official. https://t.co/1UZ12ynIOA— Zach Despart🖊️ (@zachdespart) May 20, 2020
NEW: The @txrrc has rolled back rules that once prohibited producers from storing oil and liquefied gas in geological formations. Watchdogs warn the rollback could lead to polluted water across the state.— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) May 20, 2020
Union nurses in Texas are fired up✊🏾✊🏿✊🏼— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) May 22, 2020
More than twenty NNU RNs held actions yesterday outside two Corpus Christi Medical Center facilities to demand #SafeStaffing.
When nurses are outside, something is wrong inside! pic.twitter.com/QFk3469y3r
Rep. Lloyd Criss, D-Galveston, a longtime and former state lawmaker who helped champion the labor movement including helping secure rights for farmworkers, addresses a joint session of the Texas Legislature in this image taken in the mid-1980s on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives. Also in this photograph, seated from left, are Texas Speaker of the House Gib Lewis, D-Ft. Worth; U.S. Speaker of the House Jim Wright, D-Ft. Worth; Gov. Bill Clements and his wife Rita.
.@ConorDougherty's new book, "Golden Gates," is a stunning, deeply reported investigation into the housing crisis. Join Dougherty and @megankimble on May 26 for a virtual discussion of the book, hosted by @BookPeople.— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) May 24, 2020
Tickets here: https://t.co/ZtIoT6Vaxe
Julie and Bruce Webb opened Webb Gallery in historic downtown Waxahachie to showcase eclectic artwork and antiques.— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) May 23, 2020
But the playfulness of the gallery has moved into their upstairs abode. Fortunately, we have photos: https://t.co/hTvd9wax85
U.S. President William Mckinley greets people from the back of a train in Del Rio, 1901. Such details! The hats, parasols and ESPECIALLY the girl in the foreground who is dressed up to see the President in her hat and dress and ribbons in her hair but no shoes ... too great! pic.twitter.com/lRwOiWXfFH— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) May 23, 2020