BREAKING: Judge Ricardo Samaniego says El Paso will have to move to 10 mobile morgues as COVID-19 deaths continue to spike.— Keenan Willard (@KeenanKFOX_CBS) November 9, 2020
El Paso set up its 4th mobile morgue just a week ago. Six more are now needed.
Judge says he’s now leaning toward extending the county’s shutdown order. pic.twitter.com/YfcA8VpNDb
One week in an America riven by politics and the plague https://t.co/cVnsHfopCJ— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) November 9, 2020
Houston ranks third on the list of US cities with the most people who are suffering financially as a result of the impacts of COVID-19. And SocraticGadfly provided updates on coronavirus-related store boycotts and semi-boycotts.
By now you must be familiar with the outcome, most of the results and backstories, and probably several of the opinions about what happened in Texas last Tuesday. A lot of people got it very wrong, but none more so than the little old lady at the beauty shop. She's really slipping, y'all.
I have been sitting on some secret internal data of the people who have voted early and I will tell you that it will be close in Texas but nationally, it’s gonna be a landslide. No reason to take a nap today – James Carville and I say we’ll know by 10:30. And, this “Trump movement” will last about as long as the Tea Party did.
I am not so sure that Trumpism is going away.
(A contrarian sidebar to Nick's toon: 'Sanity' I guess I can roll with, as long as they keep him dosed on Aricept; 'Decency'? Not so much given Tara Reade, all of his votes for wars, the '94 crime bill, palling around with Strom Thurmond and the other segregationists in the Senate, etc.)
There was lots of celebrating and dancing in the streets after Biden was declared the victor on Saturday, but the opposition forces rallied as well. In North Texas and in Lumberton, to name two.
Hundreds of supporters of President Trump rallied in Lumberton Sunday for a "voter integrity rally" organized by Texas Representative Brian Babin to voice support for Trump, who lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden.— KENS 5 (@KENS5) November 9, 2020
Rick Casey observed that Texans of both major party persuasions turned out to the polls in droves to keep the status quo, and that fact glaringly exposed our divisions. Bonddad posted his postmortem; David Collins wryly -- or perhaps ruefully -- blogged that his campaign lost again to the undervote; Kuff had his same old same old, and Peter Holley at Texas Monthly met a few of the people who voted after midnight in Harris County.
Here's a few maps.
For those intrigued by these things: Fun map of changes in Harris County prez voting preference vs. 2016. More good maps, especially with regard to turnout in the Houston Chronicle also: https://t.co/qu3cSCAHp4 https://t.co/DI3IYZoaWF— Matt Lanza (@mattlanza) November 8, 2020
Similar to @JMilesColeman's map, here's the Dallas Metroplex. Biden surged in whiter suburbs, winning Plano, Allen, and Tarrant County among others, places not carried by a Presidential Democrat since at least LBJ. #txlege #Election2020 #ElectionResults2020 #ElectionTwitter pic.twitter.com/TfZme2FDnN— OryxMaps (@OryxMaps) November 8, 2020
As promised, a few words about the brown vote in Tejas. As a lead-in, one of the things I will attempt to do in my forthcoming post is break down the unhelpful usage of 'Hispanic', 'Latino/a' 'Latinx' (as I have been employing) to describe a group of people that are far too diverse to be lumped together. Here are some observations about that.
Latinx People in the US Are Never Going to Fit Into One Demographic - VICE https://t.co/bM0EkIoqIz— Tony Diaz (@Librotraficante) November 6, 2020
If you're a gringo like me and follow Diaz or listen to his KPFT radio program, you understand this. If you identify as one in the list below, you know this.
MY LESSON:— Krystal 🌺 (@ATXKrystal) November 4, 2020
...should not be treated as one.
It's not like all of us white people vote the same, after all. In fact, Black people are the only racial demo that bloc-votes, and that is because of a shared experience.
Harris County voting from Asian Americans doubles but don't assume everyone in that group agrees who should be president. https://t.co/28acvfiK4d— Houston Press (@HoustonPress) November 2, 2020
Much more on this topic to come in this space. A bit more for today:
In Texas, more Latinos voted for President Trump in the 2020 election than in 2016. Now experts from both parties are trying to distinguish why. https://t.co/2Soo8CsuQq— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) November 6, 2020
DosCentavos gives us his take on the Texas Latino vote and how Dems missed an important issue in South Texas.
Surprised that you didn't mention the one and done nature of the Trump vote in Starr County. Yes, there was a surge of first-time Trump voters, but they didn't vote for Cornyn or anyone else. Hegar only got 134 fewer votes than Beto and results aren't complete... pic.twitter.com/QybS1x3hhG— Aziz Gilani (@TexasVC) November 8, 2020
As I'm running long here again, I'll save the Texas Lege news -- including Speaker-to-be Dade Phelan and AG Ken Paxton's latest flare-up -- and move toward the finish line with a few CJ, social justice, and environmental pieces, closing on the light side.
Grits for Breakfast evaluated the state of criminal justice reform after the election. The Austin Chronicle reported that the state's first hemp harvest in 80 years is in, describing the outlook for farmers in terms of both regulation and the market.
Lew Moorman for the San Antonio Report worries about the cost side of inequality. (I am not sure that Moorman's "how are we going pay for all this" premise is the proper question, and if the GOP maintains control of the US Senate after the Georgia runoffs in December, then any deficit spending the Biden administration may have hoped to do will be moot anyway.)
The version of Texas history taught in school is often anglicized and sanitized. In part three of our examination of a state textbook, we look at the period just after the revolution, when Texas stood as its own nation for nine years. https://t.co/98zmBzzalu— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) November 6, 2020
Another coal-fired electricity plant closed in East Texas, and residents of Williamson County take action against the state's rock mining industry as the deleterious environmental effects become apparent. And the Laredo Morning Times says the Texas oil and gas industry is very pleased with the outcome in the Texas Railroad Commissioner's race.
The world, by way of Texas, lost two of its most iconoclastic, mythologized artists this past month – Jerry Jeff Walker and Billy Joe Shaver.— NPR (@NPR) November 9, 2020
Critic Charles Aaron breaks down the impact of their work on the wider sound of American music:https://t.co/VhfOQT3eKS
In honor of my cover article on this month's Texas Highways magazine, Texas Highways is offering a great subscription deal for those who read my Twitter feed. Great way to send a bit of Texas for Christmas. You have to use this exact link, though: https://t.co/fDFy26FuOJ. pic.twitter.com/2kGYfIJzdw— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) November 7, 2020