“Defund Police, open borders, socialism – it’s killing us. I had to fight to explain all that.”— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) November 15, 2020
@RepGonzalez, a South Texas Dem won by nearly 60% in 2018
This month he barely cracked 50%
Wild. As someone who does direct voter outreach, I could have sworn it was economic stress where there’s ~30% poverty rate & ~25% uninsured rate and the limited jobs are oil & LEO.— Jessica Cisneros (@JCisnerosTX) November 15, 2020
Real talk: not advocating for investment, universal healthcare & livable wages is a disservice. https://t.co/yo4GxHnZ01
Muchisimas Gracias, Senorita Cisneros. I was hoping someone would remind dos Congressmanos that Bernie Sanders swept both the RGV and the borderlands in the March primary (and did not support defunding police, by the way).
DosCentavos also reminded Democrats that the election is over and that continued fighting with the "radical left" only damages the 2020 Biden coalition, held together by dollar store scotch tape.
Moving on to the coronavirus:
A state appeals court has put on hold El Paso County’s shutdown of nonessential businesses that was scheduled to last until December 1.https://t.co/IIlVhFHnwp— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) November 13, 2020
📍NEW: Chilling video of El Paso jail inmates hired to move bodies of #COVID19 deceased patients into mobile overflow morgues. Inmates wear full PPEs & paid $2/hour. They’ve been doing this tough work since Monday, before El Paso increased to 10 mobile morgues. I cry for El Paso. pic.twitter.com/KgQBpzD1mZ— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) November 15, 2020
As horrifying images come out of El Paso about overwhelmed hospitals and reefer trailer morgues, remember this: There are several military bases in Texas with mobile field hospitals that could be set up within 24 hours. But someone in the fed govt has to give the order.— Jack'sHouseOfPancakes (@RegimeChangeInc) November 15, 2020
Looks to me El Paso TX has the highest #COVID19 rate in the nation for any large metro area, not sure what the levers are tonight, social distancing mandates, can we look at some biotechnologies, I think we’re reaching a desperate humanitarian situation https://t.co/5yRjRRvG3v— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) November 15, 2020
Don't expect any leadership from Greg Abbott or Dan Patrick (as usual).
Little Guv in particular is busy pursuing his fever dream.
Texas Lt. Gov. @DanPatrick on Fox: "There's less than 30,000 votes in Georgia and Arizona dividing Biden and Trump. And if those two states turn, if they do, then the Supreme Court could make the decision on Pennsylvania. And then Trump is president."— Will Saletan (@saletan) November 14, 2020
All while Texans are hurting badly.
Ken Paxton has an excuse; he's been preoccupied, though leading -- except in criminal charges and mafia-styled corruption, that is -- has never been his forte', either.
The lawsuit painted a picture of an attorney general so determined to help Nate Paul that he repeatedly defied and eventually denigrated his own hand picked staff.— Lauren McGaughy 🌟 (@lmcgaughy) November 13, 2020
It also includes more details about their ties. Paxton allegedly ducks his detail and uses burner phones. #txlege https://t.co/9gGGsrnAKl
Twenty twenty-two, Democrats. And don't be so scared about what happened two weeks ago that you choose to sit out a challenge against these lousy fucks (I'm looking at you, Joaquin/Julian).
With respect to 2020 turnout, Texas had more voters than at any time in nearly 30 years, but that was still good for just 44th out of 50 states (plus DC). So is Texas still a non-voting state? Could it go blue if the Democrats focused on those who do not turn out, as opposed to trying to peel off disillusioned Republicans and conservatives? And what of the mostly abandoned, always demonized leftists? Would there be enough of those scattered around the Lone Star State to forge a viable alternative? These are questions I'll try to answer in my "Latinx vote" post.
With a few other takes: the removal of the straight-party voting option probably cost TexDems a couple of seats in the Lege. Can't blame that on 'soshulizm'.
Judging from Donald Trump’s unpopularity in Dallas County, Morgan Meyer and Angie Chen Button should have been doomed this November. https://t.co/3Vymc8niZE— KSAT 12 (@ksatnews) November 16, 2020
Snatching state House majority defeat from the jaws of poll-predicted victory was the ugliest loss in their column. With no control over redistricting and its decade-long impacts amplified by the SCOTUS' gutting of the Voting Rights Act, the gerrymandering will be brutal. And among several other catastrophes, women's reproductive rights are further endangered. They've been routed in previous sessions by Republicans.
3 anti-abortion bills filed this past week in Texas give us an idea of what we’ll be up against in the 2021 legislative session and in the fight to protect reproductive rights.— Progress Texas (@ProgressTX) November 15, 2020
We have to be proactive and prepared. #txlege https://t.co/MmRB6cgSg9
Graciela Blandon writes for El Paso Matters about the Democratic Party there, suffering from more than than the average-sized post-election divisions. Kuff had his first look at some election data. Jef Rouner for Reform Austin wants to know if HPD chief Art Acevedo is running for something. (TexDonks just ran a Latina metro police chief for governor two years ago, so I can't imagine they'll make the same mistake twice -- LOL). Schaefer Edwards for the Houston Press profiled Harris County's first elections administrator, Isabel Longoria, who's not down for any drama. And in Laredo, a city council runoff between a detached incumbent and an aggressive progressive demonstrates the value of what many have been saying: to get Latino/as to vote for you, you have to go where they live and speak to them on the issues they are concerned about.
The work of political newcomer Alyssa Cigarroa, who waged a door-to-door write-in campaign in the City Council race for District VIII, produced a stunning return of 2,122 votes, which represents 42.62 % of the vote in the district.
She will face incumbent Roberto Balli, a six-year veteran of City Council service, in a runoff race on December 12.
I have some environmental updates, and then will close with the human interest stories, focusing on Native American Heritage Month.
What can Texas learn from other states to reduce oil and gas flaring and methane emissions?— EDF Texas (@EDFtx) November 16, 2020
Tune in to this conversation with @ColinLeyden, @Jon_RosenthalTX, @TexasSierraClub and @EnvironmentTex Nov. 19 at 6 pm CST to find out. #txenergy #txlege https://t.co/3Nze8KqKZL pic.twitter.com/Rq6j6QEPhy
The Port Arthur Community Action Network, Lone Star Legal Aid, and the Lone Star chapter of the Sierra Club have joined with the Environmental Integrity Project to request that the EPA deny emission permits to Oxbow Calcining LLC, Jefferson County’s largest emitter of sulfur dioxide. The groups want the company to meet certain air quality standards that it has already been punished for violating by the TCEQ, which has declined their petition.
Which parks have Native American affiliations? All of them. Our latest podcast explores how Native American heritage is being recognized + preserved in #TxStateParks. Listen at https://t.co/PBLMzEe4dH or your favorite #podcast platform.#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth pic.twitter.com/Ecgcyba9Nc— TX Parks & Wildlife (@TPWDnews) November 12, 2020
George Hass ‘22, a descendant of the Creek and Nez Perce tribes, paid homage to his Native American heritage by assembling his own traditional regalia by hand! #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth@AggieCorps: https://t.co/0DomaJs5hx pic.twitter.com/AeVnRMBwAd— Texas A&M University (@TAMU) November 16, 2020
Jonathan Tilove takes a buyout from the Austin Statesman to return to his family in what sounds like semi-retirement. Here's to hoping we read him again.
After exactly eight years in Texas Dec. 1, I am leaving the Statesman and returning to DC to tell tall tales to my two-month-old grandson, William Thomas Tilove, and figure out what I learned. Enjoyed it beginning to end. Interesting state you’ve got here. Be nice to each other. pic.twitter.com/jDrXptj5X7— jonathantilove (@JTiloveTX) November 10, 2020
More than 20,000 meals will be distributed to Houstonians in need every week for the rest of the year. https://t.co/tHgs5vHZkE— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) November 15, 2020
A man in Houston shows off his 1952 Pontiac, 1972. There's been a long tradition of "art cars" in Houston and we see evidence of that here almost 50 years ago. pic.twitter.com/tiCIZRitxa— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) November 13, 2020