Back after a week's break! Let's open with a lame joke.
#nicejewishmama 😀😀😀 Man walks into a bar orders a Corona🍺 and two hurricanes... 🍸🍸Bartender says that'll be $20.20🤷😂— ✡️ NiceJewishMama🥣 (@NiceJewishMama) August 24, 2020
Ha. Ha. Ha. But seriously ...
Our fellow Texans in Beaumont and Port Arthur, mostly spared the worst of Laura, evacuated to Austin but still found a reason to fight about something.
Just after midnight on Thursday, police were called to a large fight on Sixth Street and Brazos Street. It turned out to be two groups of evacuees: one from Beaumont another from Port Arthur.— CBS Austin (@cbsaustin) August 28, 2020
Someone fired a gun killing an innocent bystander.https://t.co/aCKrbf7OZB
And our neighbors in Orange and Lake Charles probably aren't feeling the joke or the lessening, so if you're feeling charitable ...
Houston chefs are raising money, collecting supplies to feed Hurricane Laura victims. Here's how you can help https://t.co/RXMrJOaOdC— Eater Houston (@EaterHouston) August 30, 2020
Here’s a thread of families who have expressed a need for direct donations after being impacted by #HurricaneLaura.— Texas Familia (@texas_familia) August 30, 2020
If you have info about others who need help, please drop it below.
There's still 42 days remaining before the start of early voting for the November elections, but Greg Abbott is giving SD-30 a head start on replacing Pat Fallon, who replaced John Ratcliffe in TX4 when he joined the Trump administration as DNI. (You may have heard Ratcliffe's name taken in vain over the weekend.)
Six candidates total filed for the #SD30 special election, per SOS. The deadline was 5 p.m.— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) August 28, 2020
- Craig Carter (R)
- Andy Hopper (R)
- Shelley Luther (R)
- Jacob Minter (D)
- Drew Springer (R)
- Christopher Watts (R) #txlege
Luther is the beauty shop owner who defied Greg Abbott and re-opened her salon while the COVID ban was still in effect, drawing headlines, armed supporters, and a brief stint in the pokey. Springer is the Texas House representative for HD68, and the establishment choice to thwart Luther's bid to join the anti-Abbott Caucus in the Texas Senate. The other Republicans -- Carter, Hopper, and Watts -- and Democrat Minter are mentioned in this TexTrib piece.
Expect a runoff, with the D and one of the Rs advancing. The game to watch is whether Dan Patrick -- or acolytes of his that may want to cause trouble for Abbott -- come out publicly for Luther, work behind the scenes, or stay on the sidelines. Activity like this signals the intensity of GOP primary scuffling in 2022, which the Govnuh is keen to avoid but won't shy away from.
If Springer wins the primary or the runoff, there'll be yet another special election to fill his Texas House seat at some point, in December or January.
Just in time for early voting! https://t.co/RyO5qrOBT8— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) August 28, 2020
Who do the newly homeless plan on voting for? Do you think there will be poll watchers challenging their registrations, who've been keeping an eye on the public eviction records?
The two justices of the peace for Harris County’s Precinct 5, unlike some of their counterparts elsewhere in the county, resumed eviction proceedings as soon as they were allowed to. The precinct is home to thousands of low-income immigrant families. https://t.co/6OLtttCFTU— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) August 29, 2020
We know that they -- and everybody else who gets to vote -- won't be able to vote for many Green candidates, thanks to Texas Democrats.
Not only do both major parties not support #MedicareForAll @AllOnMedicare but when a 3rd Party candidate like myself does the Democrats use lawyers to remove us from the ballot & the debate. Democracy is an illusion @ninaturner @TX21Indivisible @TXGreens @EJinAction https://t.co/EzY0OYxvqa— TX21 Candidate for Congress (@Wakely2020) August 27, 2020
But it's not like the TXGOP is making sure that everyone who wants to vote can do so.
A Texas federal judge has ruled that state Republicans are violating the federal 'motor voter' law by refusing to allow residents to simultaneously register to vote online when they apply for a driver's license, file a change-of-address or renew online. https://t.co/nvaEMuUPa6— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 29, 2020
Project Veritas is working with Texas tea party activist Aaron Harris as part of a sprawling campaign to delegitimize mail-in balloting in the fall—a campaign being led by the White House. From @newrepublic:https://t.co/TYu7eZ20Wn— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) August 26, 2020
This must be that "lesser evil" stuff I keep hearing about. Remind me again which is which? Oh yeah; I remember now.
New: Texas officials want to cut funding from programs that offer low-income residents access to contraceptives and cancer screenings while preserving robust funding for an anti-abortion program. https://t.co/UOqErjnzKJ— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) August 29, 2020
Texas Republicans now aligned with extremist #QAnons? 👉🏽 The #TexasGOP's new slogan echoes a conspiracy group. Its chair says there's no connection, by @PatrickSvitek 📰 https://t.co/iwll4EEkcY via @TexasTribune 😬 #ConspiracyTheory #Texas2020— Joel Mayer 🍁✡🌹 (@LostMapleTX) August 23, 2020
There's cruel, and then there's just plain stupid.
Glenn Melancon at Living Blue in Texas points out that some have wasted their entire summer chasing conservative conspiracy theories. (Not this blogger.)
"Cops Behaving Badly" is still news in Texas.
Yesterday in SA cops killed Sergeant Damian Lamar Daniels in front of his home. His family asked the Red Cross to get him to the VA.— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) August 27, 2020
He had a legal gun on his hip that he never removed. He didn’t want to go and he struggled when they tried to force him.
So they killed him. pic.twitter.com/q6U7OSXb6D
#Bexar County Judge & Sheriff clash over fatal shooting of #DamianLamarDaniels in his home. #SanAntonio Mayor challenges Police over false arrest of a Black jogger. 57th anniversary #MarchOnWashington 📰 @ExpressNews Pg1 Aug 29 ▪ #SATX #PoliceViolence #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/2T55nSlD4n— Joel Mayer 🍁✡🌹 (@LostMapleTX) August 29, 2020
Houston police chief tells frustrated or laid off officers from defunded departments: 'Come to Houston' https://t.co/jrmHHy2etv— Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) August 23, 2020
Perhaps there's going to be some room made for improvement.
The council members are calling for a “complete overhaul” of the Independent Police Oversight Board:— Jen Rice (@jen_rice_) August 31, 2020
“We have no confidence in the current format.”
The 21 civilians on the board review cases of alleged police misconduct. Some background:https://t.co/dJi15uLQqu
Here's some environmental headlines over the past week.
Shingle Mountain is southern Dallas’ most visible environmental justice crisis. It’s far from the only one. https://t.co/ugaZExxsNe— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) August 31, 2020
2011: Exxon is the world's biggest company— Max Abelson (@maxabelson) August 25, 2020
2020: Exxon is kicked out of the Dow https://t.co/egmdqvAAhp
Will Michael Honeycutt’s legacy as an “honest broker” at the EPA be undercut by his efforts to weaken cancer protections in Texas?https://t.co/sLhhzqypzo— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) August 31, 2020
With a couple of educational updates:
Dos Centavos points you to a post by researcher Angela Gutierrez regarding a Latino Decisions survey of Latino parents and the challenges they face as schools reopen.
In the midst of crisis, schools are the hearts & hands of our communities. Now, we must support schools as they have supported us. Because a strong TX recovery requires strong public schools.— RaiseYourHandTexas (@RYHTexas) August 16, 2020
Join us: https://t.co/t6aQkwFkNi#StrongRecovery #TxEd #TxLege pic.twitter.com/Pk5iigsLNv
Should I wrap this Wrangle here? Yes, I should. Let's rock (in remembrance).
Day by day, night after night— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) August 28, 2020
Blinded by the neon light
Hurry here, hustlin' there
No one's got the time to spare
Money's tight, nothin' free
Won't somebody come and rescue me?
I am stranded, caught in the crossfire
Stranded, caught in the crossfirehttps://t.co/rtWB6zwody