The election is over ...
The state canvass for the November 3rd, 2020 general election has been conducted and the results certified. ☑️— Texas Secretary of State (@TXsecofstate) November 25, 2020
Visit https://t.co/oENulWhMjS for:
1) Statewide Canvass Report
2) County by County Canvass Report
3) Winner Listing Report #txsos #texas #election2020
... winter has arrived ...
It will be breezy and cold tonight. Windy downwind of the bays. Wind Advisory in effect for the barrier islands including Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston and Matagorda. Gusts to 40 mph possible in the advisory area. SCA for waters. #houwx #glswx pic.twitter.com/eO96aSasLe— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) November 30, 2020
... and my Latinx voter post is still incomplete. In the interim, the TexTrib has a seminar I'll be watching in order to germinate any last thoughts.
.@ceciliaballi's research found that Texas' Latino voters and nonvoters aren't disengaged — they're waiting to be heard, and fully understood. Join us live on Instagram at noon Central Dec. 3 to hear from Ballí and the Tribune's @elvialimon: https://t.co/BVck0k6z1q #ttevents pic.twitter.com/nc0fzKRNWA— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) November 29, 2020
To note the last day of Native American Heritage Month, I introduce the topic of land acknowledgement, via Ali Velshi.
1/12— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) November 29, 2020
I am standing today on the ancestral lands of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, meaning “Seven Council Fires.” That is the proper name for the people referred to as the Sioux. #velshi
Former independent presidential candidate Mark Charles has also spoken about this.
We as Americans must come to terms with our past.— Movement for a People’s Party (@PeoplesParty_US) November 27, 2020
"You can't discover lands already inhabited." @wirelesshogan
Full @TEDx video > https://t.co/Dz03EiLPK2
#MarkCharles #NativeAmericanHeritageDay pic.twitter.com/TSmQMX4xiB
The land that I have lived on previously belonged to (among several others; the following most prominently) the Tāp Pīlam Coahuiltecan, Karankawa, Atakapa-Ishak, and Hasinai peoples. The most significant of these to me are the Hasinai, for which my Order of the Arrow lodge (BSA) is named. They essentially named Texas -- or Tejas, their word for 'friend'.
As with Columbus Day, the Anglo celebration of Thanksgiving just past is a particularly difficult time for Indigenous Americans. And as with Black Americans, the history of the United States is not well- or fully told in our schools or our texts; much of this learning comes from sources outside the mainstream. And a lot of it -- such as the Holocaust, to use one example -- is denied by those who have the capacity to know better, or rejected on account of '(white) American exceptionalism' or related nonsense. I consider the awareness of this knowledge, and its denial and rejection, to be a small part of there being no possibility of returning to 'normal'. Those who don't like -- or resist -- change are going to be very unhappy for the rest of their existence. And their resistance will make an already unpleasant set of new realities even more so for the rest of us.
Probably nothing will bother me more, however, than those who see and understand the new realities, but their investments in the status quo -- not just financial but emotional and political and intellectual -- dictate to them and to us that change can only occur incrementally and slowly.
We're already long past that point. (steps off soapbox)
On to the Wrangle, beginning with a few election post-mortems:
TXElects challenged the conventional wisdom that Tarrant County turned blue this year. Kuff examined recent presidential results in the counties surrounding Travis and Bexar. The Texas Lawbook reviewed appellate court races for the Houston area. Reform Austin looked ahead to 2022 for Texas Democrats, and Patrick Svitek at the TexTrib did the same for the TXGOP.
Suffering is not something Texans can overlook.
Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of staff at Memorial Medical Center in Houston (@HoustonUmmc) has been working for 251 days straight due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thanksgiving Day was no exception. https://t.co/pcmMnrGg5g pic.twitter.com/1yNm1h8rvP— HOUmanitarian (@HOUmanitarian) November 29, 2020
“One in 8 Americans reported they sometimes or often didn’t have enough food to eat in the past week, ... Nowhere has there been a hunger surge worse than in Houston.”— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) November 28, 2020
(via @washingtonpost) #Texas https://t.co/R0X9b3HAJg pic.twitter.com/VjjLlGLZua
Houston Mayor @SylvesterTurner just told he he helped give 20k meals to those in need on #Thanksgiving. But he said the most gut-wrenching part: so many families had to *turn down* the free turkey because they no longer had a kitchen/oven in which to cook it. #cnn— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) November 27, 2020
Many are doing their part to help.
Please consider giving for Greater Houston, and Harris County housing, and mutual aid assistance if you can. I know things are bad for many of us. 100% transparency. Labor values. $3k fundraiser for emergency eviction help. dm inquiries.— Red Eviction and Mutual Aid/Houston (@eviction_aid) November 22, 2020
Venmo/GoButter: https://t.co/BokKTjHpHL pic.twitter.com/qVmhKn5ZFz
Some are not.
Former CIA chief Brennan calls Ted Cruz ‘unworthy' to serve Texas during Twitter fight over killing in Iran https://t.co/lw0iuFucC4— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) November 28, 2020
When a senator is proud of his states bread lines 🤔 https://t.co/K6gqAn1GQL— Michael R. Weinstein, Bookseller #EndTheDuopoly (@fToRrEeEsSt) November 27, 2020
Senator Cornyn voted to confirm Brian Benczkowski to lead the Justice Department's Criminal Division. Here's an excerpt from his financial disclosure report, in which he declined to disclose the names of clients:https://t.co/fgtAsvUYuZ https://t.co/7WFsqADgNo pic.twitter.com/FP8uLahybZ— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 30, 2020
Who thinks Ted Cruz, John Cornyn and Greg Abbott should be the ones working in El Paso's makeshift morgues instead of the Texas National Guard?— W. M. (@Minuteman04) November 23, 2020
Here's the latest developments regarding COVID-19.
Abbott: Texas officials ready to distribute Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine 'in the coming days' https://t.co/PXLmEKSpiN— Bob Garrett (@RobertTGarrett) November 30, 2020
Texas Coronavirus Map: See the latest numbers on our interactive tracker https://t.co/NPY10EXLpP— Laredo Morning Times (@lmtnews) November 30, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought death and sorrow to every Texas community. But the coronavirus has perhaps inflicted one of the deepest wounds on the Hispanic population. https://t.co/SvbQobsfGf pic.twitter.com/36h4oCJzGB— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) November 27, 2020
Catching up on criminal justice tweets and blog posts:
WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO: Arrest footage out of Schertz, Texas, shows police tackling 18-year-old Zekee Rayford on his porch as he calls out for his father. Three officers have been pulled from patrol.https://t.co/dGcxwGYjpe— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) November 29, 2020
Houston Police Officers' Union president Joe Gamaldi fiercely defends those accused of using excessive force—even as repeat offenders erode public support for law enforcement overall. https://t.co/zxu2CZFcPa— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) November 23, 2020
Perhaps because of Gamaldi's influence, the HPD oversight board scores as the "least robust" of all of Texas' major cities. Grits for Breakfast wrote that Texas prison understaffing has reached dangerous levels, and calls for the Lege to close and consolidate some units. Dylan McGinnis at the HouChron investigated the rebidding of a contract for the City of Houston to avoid using unpaid prison (aka slave) labor. And a (legislative) gun fight is likely to break out next year in Austin.
I'll have some environmental news in the next Wrangle at the end of this week. Here's a few items from the lighter side.
Socratic Gadfly had two snarky Thanksgiving-related posts; first, he came up with some suggestions for new names for the Washington Football Team. Second, he gave a smackdown to the cult of Whataburger.
A new @MFAH exhibit of images scavenged from junk shops and flea markets offers a view of the past that anticipates the present.— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) November 23, 2020
View a selection of the images, and the stories behind them, below: https://t.co/pcFmOGhmJC
D Magazine posted the detailed story about the helicopter crash that took the life of guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn, on the 30th anniversary of the tragic event (back in August).
In celebration of 40 years of iconic #Blues venue .@Antones located in downtown #Austin #Texas and 25 years of 'Blues on the Green', #SteveMiller joins #JimmieVaughan for some Texas Flood.https://t.co/BcwALIhLTV🎥 pic.twitter.com/Favzb5QBMg— bluesharp (@bluezharp) November 24, 2020