Twenty-twenty two is warming up as summer approaches and dreams of electoral sugarplums dance in a few heads. Greg Abbott draws his first -- far from the last -- far-right primary challenger.
If the MAGAts don't split their vote among other freak-right foes with delusions of grandeur, then their strike at the king might not miss. On the other hand, Scott Braddock observes that it will likely come down to a runoff.
For anyone dismissing the Huffines candidacy against Gov. Abbott, remember: A delayed, crowded primary in 2012 is how a little-known solicitor general beat the sitting Lt. Gov. for a US Senate seat. Expect a delayed primary in '22 & more announcements for governor #TxLege— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) May 10, 2021
I'll repeat my assertion that Governor Wheels only loses in 2022 to a Trumpist. I doubt whether that will be Huffines, but there are plenty of other loonies in the bin with better bonafides and fewer marbles. Maybe even somebody with more money than Huffines, for that matter.
Which is also the reason why I encouraged Progress Texas to stand up for their principles instead of being a flack for the Donkey nominee again.
If @ProgressTexas were actually about progressive Texas politics, they'd get behind @DelilahforTexas for governor in #TX2022 instead of whatever corporate, centrist, Democratic sacrificial lamb runs. Who's with Her? https://t.co/hji3wAP3DL https://t.co/4TbWV78x80— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 11, 2021
Fat chance, I know.
The other candidate taking a leap yesterday is a centrist Democrat who wants to replace Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson in Congress.
Hamilton joins one of the best progressive Democrats in the country, already declared for this race but as usual not getting the free corporate media coverage. I wonder why (not really; I know why, and have for a while now).
Wow. PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS! I know you’ll agree with me that @JessicaMasonTX belongs in Congress. This is the time, right now, to help her get there. https://t.co/GhTTd2cZzu #CandidateSummit pic.twitter.com/tH02q9ef0A— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) May 4, 2021
And Jacob Vaughn at the Dallas Observer has the Big D city council races you might want to know about. It was kinda nice to lead off this post with something besides shitty Lege conduct, although they did not absolve themselves yesterday.
The Texas House OK’d a bill this morning that prevents critical race theory from being part of mandated curriculum in public schools. The bill’s Republican author said it is about “teaching racial harmony.” Democrats blasted it as uninformed. https://t.co/xZXR2U54m8— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) May 11, 2021
One big victory.
HUGE NEWS: HB 1556 just effectively killed at the #txlege. This is a huge win for Texans! 🎉— Every Texan (@EveryTxn) May 10, 2021
Read more about why Chapter 313 giveaways are ineffective at best and harmful at worst: https://t.co/v6fm39kSRu
Progrexas links to the TexTrib's story about an alliance of state oil and environmental interests that blocked a bill that would've given a West Texas nuclear waste company a break on their fees. And Luke Metzger for Environment Texas is counting down the days (25) left in the regular session with an update on where his organization's priorities lie.
I haven't posted anything about COVID in a long time, and all the links I've been saving have gone stale. This story, below, is of concern for the most obvious of reasons: it's one thing to decide not to wear a mask or not get a shot; it's quite something else to attack the doctors who are safe-guarding the rest of us.
Talked to Dr. @PeterHotez about vicious hate mail he's been getting. He says they're from anti-science and anti-vaccine groups. Listen to why he says its doing a lot of damage.#khou11 pic.twitter.com/npUDsEtmmm— Stephanie Whitfield (@KHOUStephanie) May 10, 2021
A spot of good news:
Texas gets $15.8B bonanza in pandemic aid, far more than it lost in revenue https://t.co/wR17WOrgct— Todd J. Gillman (@toddgillman) May 10, 2021
Topic de jour in The Big Greasy yesterday was the large Bengal on the loose in west Houston. The story quickly got much weirder.
I’m on the tiger beat today, and it’s going to be grrreat!! https://t.co/7JyYJl6IQz— Miya Shay (@miyashay) May 10, 2021
Just go read Miya Shay's other tweets.
That big cat seen roaming a Houston neighborhood this week is just the latest in a string of Texas tigers to cut loose. https://t.co/geRAbPdaZp— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) May 11, 2021
Topical, in light of what is happening in Gaza.
Leftist and labor activists have been busy.
And the Screwston Anti-Fascist Committee kept George Floyd's crypt safe from potential vandals over the weekend.
Reid Hopkins, one of Jim Henley's former students, wrote a touching remembrance of his former teacher for the Houston Press.
Closing out today with one art and one lit tweet, courtesy Texas Monthly.
A lively, intricate narrative of America's early-twentieth-century conflicts with Mexico, Jeff Guinn's 'War on the Border' details a complex power struggle and punctures the myth of the Texas Rangers as frontier heroes.https://t.co/3Yqv06TF3P— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) May 8, 2021
Fine art meets fine dining at the @MFAH's stunning new Nancy and Rich Kinder Building.— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) May 8, 2021
Plus, a nine-year-old Texan steals the show in 'Godzilla vs. Kong' and a podcast revisits the 2003 backlash against the Chicks. https://t.co/vWEGt4Rmh2