And a bit more from other sources, collated.
You should read everything on Latino voters but particularly those from other Texas-based journalists:— Arelis R. Hernández (@arelisrhdz) November 10, 2020
Dallas Morning News: https://t.co/Ck2oxVhUaA
McAllen Monitor: https://t.co/vAX70t0lpS
WSJ’s @efindell: https://t.co/mAXo0bfjDE
From @ceciliaballi https://t.co/1LBw91V6MH https://t.co/7R2z1ZdBrZ
And before moving on, the snark.
We're Number One Million (and more, by now). Take a bow, Governor.
3/ The pandemic strategy here has mirrored Texas’ individualistic approach to health care: Each person for themselves. Wait for crises to crop up instead of taking steps to prevent them. Cut assistance at the first sign it’s helping.https://t.co/awElajkG1x— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) November 11, 2020
You can read the Tweets before and after that one to get the full picture, but the one person that needs to be held accountable is Greg Abbott.
Considering all of the mistakes of Texas Democrats exposed in the election just concluded, that will be a tall task. Still no reason to leave defining the narrative to the likes of Mark Jones. Twenty twenty-two is going to present a different battlefield, but some things never change: Republicans will run against the status quo (Joe Biden) and Democrats ...? Well, they should as well, obviously (Abbott, Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton, and all of rest of the corrupt and incompetent Republican leadership in Austin).
The scandals swirling around the state's attorney general -- that he has forced out all the whistleblowers in his office, that he sent an armed guard to intimidate them prior to that, that he had an affair with a woman hired by his donor, whose home and office was raided by the FBI, all while he remains under indictment on securities fraud charges -- are enough to turn a mouldering Richard Nixon into a different shade of green (envy). That the likes of George Pee Bush is already angling to take his job tells you exactly what Texas Republicans are.
With the elections mostly settled -- one seat in the state Senate will be resolved in five weeks -- and the Speaker's contest over before it started, and revenue shortfalls projected due to the pandemic, the Lege has enormous issues to address. Monday was the first day for legislators to file bills, and the dais is loaded already.
As pre-filing of bills begins, Texas legislators focus on emergency powers of the governor, police reform, abortion, and more
Lawmakers came out swinging on their first day of pre-filing for the 87th legislative session, filing bills on Medicaid expansion, COVID-19 death benefits for first responders, and shell bills for the state’s redistricting plans.
As of mid-afternoon, #txlege watcher Tanner Long –- who charts these things in detail –- was hinting the 87th legislature was closing in on the all-time high for first-day filings set during the 85th session: 525 bills. Today’s filings already surpassed the first-day record of the 86th session, which was 472 bills.
Looks like we have our first Medicaid expansion bill of the 2021 #TXlege session, via @JudithZaffirini.— Cover Texas Now (@covertexasnow) November 9, 2020
Expect to see a lot more.
With a number of Republicans legislators speaking out in favor of Medicaid expansion during the campaign, we should see more momentum this session. pic.twitter.com/urtmMMlkBl
The 87th #TxLege Session starts Jan. 12, and we have been hard at work researching and developing policy on the biggest issues in public education. Check out our 2021 Legislative Agenda to see our policy recommendations. #TxEd— RaiseYourHandTexas (@RYHTexas) November 10, 2020
During their 2020 campaigns, several GOP TX House candidates in swing districts made promises to protect women's health funding & consider expanding Medicaid. It remains to be seen if those promises will be kept now that the election is over. #txlege https://t.co/YHGAtWq9oi— RA News (@ReformAustin) November 11, 2020
Donks: Hold. Their Feet. To the Fire.
A fascinating #txlege #tx2020 outcome is that the Lt. Gov. no longer has a 3/5 supermajority to bring bills to the floor (Dems having flipped a seat back for a 13-18 split), but no one's calling it a win (Dems) or loss (Rs) bc everyone assumes he'll just change the rules (again)— Jessica🧂🥴 (@jessicashortall) November 11, 2020
Moving on to environmental Tweets:
While its major rivals have invested in renewables or shifted to producing more natural gas, Exxon has insisted on staying the course even as investors and consumers increasingly turn away from dependence on oil.https://t.co/wTJYUFcmqv— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) November 11, 2020
The Texas Railroad Commission already allows industry to influence its decisions. Now, a newly elected commissioner who doesn’t believe in climate science will be one of three people in charge of regulating the state’s oil and gas industry. https://t.co/J9I4ENlPWB— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) November 10, 2020
As the pandemic continues to strain oil and gas companies, some are using it as an opportunity to more aggressively shift toward the development of renewable fuels. https://t.co/RRgC6CQoRm— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) November 9, 2020
And a few social justice stories.
Family separations at the border did not end with an executive order or a federal injunction; the federal government continues to rip families apart to this day via covert operations. We can't ignore it and let these families down. https://t.co/0iswgHODPR— Texas Civil Rights Project (@TXCivilRights) November 9, 2020
Harris County has approved $2M for a taxpayer-funded legal defense program for poor immigrants facing deportation, as well as $500k to assist those who are crime victims secure special visas.— Zach Despart🖊️ (@zachdespart) November 10, 2020
The #Houston area was the largest in US without such a program.https://t.co/neVhx057uh
And to wrap, some Texas music news (of a sort).
Ivan Koop Kuper at The Rag Blog writes about Texas blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins and his ground-breaking appearance on "Austin City Limits" in 1978 (broadcast in '79), how it was facilitated by a member of the Lege, and more about his fame thereafter.