The Texas Progressive Alliance is Zooming the TDP convention.
In creating an event for nearly 12,000 delegates that heads into full public swing from Monday to Saturday of next week, Texas Democrats believe they have created a template for a national party that might have to make some or all of its August nominating convention, now scheduled for Milwaukee, virtual.
“We really believe that we are designing something that is going to make our party stronger, make our party more accessible, allowing more people to participate in the convention and learn about who Texas Democrats are, what we’re fighting for and using the technology that we have to pave that way for the future,” said Brittany Switzer, the party’s senior brand director who led the effort with Hannah Roe Beck, the party’s convention director.
Our morning events were AMAZING 🎉 Don't forget to tune in for our evening events!https://t.co/qFyh0uQZhH #tdp20 pic.twitter.com/Kt7Yq6GSkn— Texas Democrats (@texasdemocrats) June 3, 2020
This link should let you jump the Statesman's paywall. Lone Star Republicans will be convening in Houston in person next month.
“We have been developing plans to safely move forward with a spaced-out convention,” Texas Republican Party Chairman James Dickey told the American-Statesman on Tuesday, referring to a gathering of about 7,500 now planned for July 13-18 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
He said the event will observe appropriate social distancing and respect for face masks even though they won’t be mandated, something anathema to party activists.
“We are confident we will continue to lead the way in showing how we can safely reopen Texas,” said Dickey, also expressing confidence that Gov. Greg Abbott will give the OK for a convention that may serve as trial run for the GOP National Convention Aug. 24-27 in Charlotte, N.C.
More from the TexTrib via Progrexas.
The timing of the convention also comes as the country continues to be gripped by protests over the death of George Floyd, the black Minnesota man who died after he was pinned to the ground by a white police officer using his knee. The party made a number of last-minute changes to its convention as a result, scheduling a moment of silence for Floyd during the Monday kickoff, giving more prominent speaking time to those who can speak to racial justice and adding a panel discussion Monday that features several black leaders. Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, is set to participate in a separate panel two days later.
.@TexasDemocrats meet this week, but it’s all online: ‘At least the drinks are cheaper’ https://t.co/V49kVtDDmp #TDP20— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) June 1, 2020
With just a bit more on the NeoAmerican Revolution manifesting here in Deep-In-The-Hearta ...
"In Texas Cities, Protests Over Police Violence Lead To Clashes”https://t.co/MWjY8tBBUD pic.twitter.com/jYNn9amPz8— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) May 31, 2020
Milton "Big Pokey" Powell, a friend of George Floyd's, called for police to be held truly accountable when they commit violence against civilians. DosCentavos implored local leaders to change law enforcement culture after the murder of Floyd, and others killed in recent weeks. Grits for Breakfast despaired at the lack of progress in police reform. And blogging in the abstract, Socratic Gadfly explained how issues of the duopoly and lesser evilism extend to the Supreme Court, when one looks outside the lens of reproductive choice and sexual choice rights, and especially when one looks through the lens of criminal justice issues and minorities.
The Texas Supreme Court’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to absentee balloting will leave voters vulnerable to intimidation and prosecution. https://t.co/kFS5PsFXxc #TXLege— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 28, 2020
Chris Chu de Leon writes for the Texas Signal about how Bernie Sanders changed Texas.
Everybody except @BernieSanders, who has more delegates than all but one of these. Not feeling the #Unity, @texasdemocrats. #TX2020 #TDP20 https://t.co/YdDmvJdhxD— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 28, 2020
Dan Solomon at Texas Monthly illustrated how the Electoral College diminishes the Lone Star State's political power. (There's actually an easy fix.)
Texas gets screwed over by the Electoral College more than any other state https://t.co/FVEahwUmgW So stop blaming 3rd parties and pass #RCV, #TXLege— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 28, 2020
And for some election-related developments ...
A balance between campaigning and coronavirus for #TX10 Congressional District candidates https://t.co/rW39OZhZfh #TX2020— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 27, 2020
Living Blue in Texas blogged about the most important November elections that nobody is talking about: the four Texas Supreme Court races.
The Center for Public Policy Priorities, Austin's liberal think tank, has repurposed.
Allow us to reintroduce ourselves! The Center for Public Policy Priorities is excited to announce our new name and brand. At Every Texan, we focus on our state's greatest resource — our people. #txlege pic.twitter.com/yaPmFvyafl— Every Texan (@EveryTxn) May 27, 2020
Testing is a key part of reopening, but an investigation into Texas reveals more than just one of the lowest testing rates — it found that four out of six of the largest cities in Texas had testing sites disproportionately located in whiter neighborhoods. https://t.co/y35okYHqoN— NPR (@NPR) May 27, 2020
The Southeast Texas Record provides us two legal updates.
After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Food Management Partners -- based in San Antonio, Texas – has paid $1.3 million to 3,000 employees for violations of the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). WHD found the restaurant management company -- which does business as Hometown Buffet, Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, and other brands in the U.S. -- missed payroll in March 2020, and by doing so, failed to pay required minimum wage and overtime wages to 3,000 employees at more than 75 locations.
Hollins says he’s ‘pausing’ his legal services to Harris County while serving as county clerk https://t.co/xK4WznYWIm— SE Texas Record (@SETexasRecord) May 27, 2020
Last week, the Harris County Commissioners Court appointed attorney Christopher Hollins as interim county clerk -- a move that seemingly created a conflict of interest for both the county and its new employee.
In July, the commissioners court voted to hire the Hollins Law Group, as well as three other firms, on a contingent-fee basis to represent the county in a lawsuit alleging it overpaid for insulin due to a price-fixing scheme.
And while municipalities hiring outside counsel is nothing new, the Texas Local Government Code, however, does prohibit counties from paying salaried officers fees for work performed outside of their regular duties.
Houston attorney Mark McCaig unearthed the contract Hollins signed with Harris County, posting the details on a blog at Big Jolly Times.
This Wrangle, indeed this blog, relies heavily on Tweets, as regular readers know. So while there are plenty of complaints being lodged against social media these days, the junior senator from our Great State does not have a valid one.
2020 Absurdity Continues: Sen. Ted Cruz Wants To Criminally Investigate Twitter https://t.co/hPDib5g0K0 via @DiggingforTrut1— Community Independent Journal (@DiggingforTrut1) May 29, 2020
But Stephen Young at the Dallas Observer does.
Just trying to help out here, Twitter.https://t.co/oEnOKpy1TA— Dallas Observer (@Dallas_Observer) June 1, 2020
One environmental news update.
"If you take all the cars off the road and it doesn't put a dent in your emissions inventory, then probably cars are not making up a lot of that," especially in industrial Houston, EnvDefenseFund’s Elena Craft tells @NPR. #txlege #txenergy https://t.co/RX4eqetsQ5— Public Citizen Texas (@PublicCitizenTX) May 28, 2020
And one notable passing.
Former TX US Rep Sam Johnson dies at 89; Vietnam POW retired from House in 2018— ChickenFriedPolitics (@ChkFriPolitics) May 28, 2020
--ChickenFriedPolitics.com is The Place for Southern Politics--https://t.co/xdkiy6FsRg
Lost in the avalanche of police brutality against police brutality protests, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic meltdown is the occasional bright spot: bipartisan cooperation to celebrate the beginning of PRIDE Month.
We're applauding this bi-partisan effort 👏👏👏 Thank you @jessicafortexas @SarahforHD134 @toddahunter & others!— ACLU of Texas (@ACLUTx) May 28, 2020
All Texans should be able to live freely, without fear of discrimination based on sexual orientation & gender identity. #YallMeansAll #TXLege https://t.co/8BusasqkXv
Let's wrap this Wrangle with another happy thing you and your family can do: Have a fun day of picking fruits, vegetables and flowers at this Houston-area farm