Sunday, January 31, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021
Anyone else worn out from these "Hold my beer" challenges between our Lone Star Coupks?
United States Senator holds actor more accountable for swear words than he will ever hold the previous president for insurrection and sedition. https://t.co/5uVmW4bFbW— Rob Trishman Jr. (@RobTmanJr) January 24, 2021
Deciphering Ted Cruz' mask - Senator Cruz is furiously unsatisfied with the black dildo he recently purchased. He has given it a one-star review and left instructions for his Amazon driver to "come and take it." pic.twitter.com/IMapfFl5qw— Thomas M. Atkinson (@thomasmatkinson) January 21, 2021
Abbott tweeted in part "Contrary to what Austin leaders think no one has a right to urinate & defecate wherever they want. Homelessness promoted by Austin has also endangered public safety." https://t.co/ZgrKypjvcu— CBS Austin (@cbsaustin) January 20, 2021
“I’m tired of people pushing me around and talking behind my back.”— Queef Cyclone©️ (@QueefCyclone) January 19, 2021
~ People in wheelchairs, Greg Abbott
NEW: Two months ago, Texas Lt Gov @DanPatrick put out a big cash bounty for proof of voter fraud.— Lauren McGaughy 🌟 (@lmcgaughy) January 22, 2021
Now, one tipster said he can't figure out how to get the reward.
We've repeatedly asked Patrick why. His spokesman called our questions "stupid."https://t.co/YcqXqnEghy #txlege
Paxton is leaving state government in less than two years. One way or another.
Ken Paxton won’t resign, and the Texas House won’t impeach, but TEXAS VOTERS and Joe Jaworski can exit Paxton permanently. The Joe Jaws 2021 Texas Tour is underway. Texas Democratic Clubs: book a date with Joe at joe@JaworskiForTexas.com https://t.co/fDLtBI8s0M— Joe Jaworski (@JaworskiForTX) January 24, 2021
Maybe Texas Republicans will police themselves, but I won't hold my breath. I'd rather see the GOP, here and everywhere, cleave itself in two.
On the lower rungs of Lone Star deplorables:
JUST IN: Texas man who tweeted about assassinating Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Jan. 6 faces charges in Capitol riot, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. https://t.co/YgD7XI6Tp5— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 23, 2021
Garret Miller of Richardson posted along with his selfies that he "just wanted to incriminate himself a little LOL". Mission accomplished.
The yeoman's work of identifying the Texas insurrectionists came not from police but from local progressive activists, who've been dealing with these knobs in their communities for a long time.
NEW: Court records show Dr. Hasan Gokal took vial from public #COVID19Vaccine site, gave 9 doses to friends and family, including his wife. @KPRC2Joel has latest, @KPRC2 at 4. https://t.co/fka9PpnY2B #hounews pic.twitter.com/yZsTWiIo64— Aaron Fernandez-Wische (@KPRC2Aaron) January 22, 2021
👀👀— Zach Despart🖊️ (@zachdespart) January 25, 2021
“In the number of words usually taken to describe an allegation of retail shoplifting, the State attempts, for the first time, to criminalize a doctor’s documented administration of vaccine doses during a public health emergency,” the judge wrote.https://t.co/mkYxqJ7gxx
"What is it about the pandemic that’s made people toss common sense in exchange for legalism?"
"They’re more focused on the profits than on how to prevent infections and deaths."https://t.co/wIOIhsagT9— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) January 23, 2021
NO NO NO! New tent facilities to be built in South Texas to house migrants | KTSM 9 News https://t.co/7y25C9bq5E— Jenn Budd ✊🏻 (@BuddJenn) January 22, 2021
Bud Kennedy at the StartleGram reports on the Oathkeepers' ties to Fort Worth-area LEO. Jenna Ryan, the Frisco realtor who demanded a pardon from Trump after her insurrection antics were well-documented on social media, said she rode on that private plane to DC "because of a cute guy". Who got with another girl. Sami Sparber for the San Antone Current wrote about the Texas-based anti-vax org that collected over $100,000 in PPP money last year.
Informed Consent Action Network was among five anti-vaccine groups that collectively received more than $850,000 in federal loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, the Washington Post reported ... The organization received $166,000 in May, according to founder Del Bigtree. [...] The Austin-based nonprofit has more than 43,000 followers on Facebook and regularly posts information questioning the safety of the coronavirus vaccines. Facebook and YouTube penalized Bigtree’s online anti-vaccine talk show last year for violating misinformation policies and downplaying the severity of the pandemic.
Lauren Drewes Daniels for the Observer blogged that Dallas County had sought an equitable vaccine distribution plan, and the state said 'nope'. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and BLM activists continue negotiations on a civilian police accountability board (why these discussions are moving so slowly I leave to your imagination.)
“My thought process is that we’re stagnated,” said Ashton P. Woods of Black Lives Matter Houston.
Woods, along with other community activists, have said they’ve worked for years to see some of the reform policies come into fruition and argues change can begin now.
“Many of the recommendations from this advisory council, much like others, looks like it’s collecting dust on the shelf,” Woods said.
There are positive developments.
Austin's brand new DA, Jose Garza, is bringing charges against police officers who assaulted a black man, via grand juries, after reviewing a case that had been cleared by the police department 2 years ago & ignored by the prior DA. https://t.co/MuA9rJLqKE— Taniel (@Taniel) January 23, 2021
Tricia Cortez at LareDOS took note of Trump's border wall ... hitting the wall.
There was an election over the weekend, and as expected two Republicans go to a runoff for the vacancy in the statehouse. One is a wealthy business owner and one meets the governor's seal of approval. TXElects:
Jacksboro attorney and Jacksboro ISD trustee David Spiller will face Nocona boot manufacturer Craig Carter in a runoff election to fill the unexpired House term of Sen. Drew Springer (R-Muenster).
The Texas Signal talks about a preliminary effort to create a pipeline of candidates for US attorneys and federal court judges. Better late than never, I suppose. This is a microcosm of the Donkey Party's ineptitude in one glance: a total failure to understand or wield power. Why did DC Senate Democrats go into hibernation when Obama was president, failing to force a single judicial confirmation until Harry Reid finally sucked it up and eliminated the filibuster for those? Why couldn't they figure out a way to stop Moscow Mitch from confirming a third of the Supreme Court and a fourth of the entire federal judiciary -- nominated by an impeached president -- over the past four years? And for the past week, McConnell has again taught a master class in obstructionism even as Majority Leader Schumer extends his hand of cooperation and draws back a bloody stump?
To bring this point back home: how does the Texas Democratic Party have a Latino chairman for the past 8 years and lose counties in the RGV to Trump?!?
Something is deeply wrong, and it can't all be the fault of the worst Republicans in the country. Maybe TexDems can just wait until, you know, demographics turn the tide for them.
Less than 10% of Texas voters are now rural. Over half are suburban and 40%+ are urban. https://t.co/pLR6Eg6aR3— Donny Ferguson (@DonnyFerguson) January 20, 2021
See, by the time this saves their hides, the Gulf will be lapping at the state Capitol's south steps.
Here's a business news update.
This would be another mega-factory for Austin — 10 times more expensive than what Tesla is touting. https://t.co/pdw5l4DnJQ— AustinBizJournal (@MyABJ) January 22, 2021
As alternative fuels rise, carbon-based energy sources fall.
"Hollub had followed the oil patch rules—looked on the bright side, bet on the come—and entangled herself in one of the biggest, boldest, no-good, very-bad oil field dramas in decades.— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) January 24, 2021
Even worse, she was the star." https://t.co/UtdfqiJZTf
That doesn't stop Mr. Tesla from fighting for the right to drill for natgas near his launching pads in Boca Chica.
More snark, in keeping with this blog's motto (at the top, in case you forgot):
I'll call this next segment "end of an era".
Jeff Balke for the Houston Press sadly (at least for this blogger) detailed four things we will miss with the departure of George Springer to the Toronto Blue Jays. And former Rockets owner and automobile titan Charlie Thomas passed away from COVID.
I have a handful of Texas music links.
How do you get from San Antonio's Chicano soul groups of the 60s to Selena, La Mafia, Shelly Lares and the 90s Tejano boom? Manny Guerra is one answer.— Cat Cardenas (@catrcardenas) January 22, 2021
Learn about the legendary producer in my latest for @TexasMonthly's Texans You Should Know series. https://t.co/2HEIVavIeA
Socratic Gadfly has Janis Joplin singing a Mercedes-based river for Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences in Lubbock
And I'll wrap it today with these.
Lauren Hough tears apart an essay from a Californian who moved to "Austin" with absolutely no sense of geography, reality, or self-awareness.
Here’s what you can see at Houston’s Sundance Film Fest https://t.co/sirjB6u75q— Matt Schwartz (@SchwartzChron) January 21, 2021
On Jan. 23, 1971, a Houston disc jockey climbed the Astroneedle at Astroworld and stayed there for ten days to bring POWs home from Vietnam. https://t.co/yLacnQJEJQ— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) January 24, 2021
A view of the San Jacinto Monument from above. This is a still image from a pretty neat video of the Battleship Texas and the monument. You can really get a sense for how the ship and the monument are oriented etc... View the video here:https://t.co/PY0fmm3hFi pic.twitter.com/QnoK2GlRmo— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) January 25, 2021
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Joe Biden's administration has begun. And plenty of the policies he plans to prioritize will affect Texans.https://t.co/swBTsQARMk— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) January 20, 2021
(Like me, David Collins is hopeful but not optimistic about the next four years. Pages of Victory seems to feel the same -- perhaps somewhat less so -- as well.)
Ken Paxton failed to secure a pardon and John Cornyn is tweeting in a subdued manner. Both were far outdone by Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz, each of whom eyes future election prospects. Update: Johnny felt left out; tried to make up lost ground.
Sean Hannity : What can I tweet to make me sound dumber?— Aʟᴀɴ F. Sᴄᴏᴛᴛ (@CapeCodTweetaah) January 21, 2021
John Cornyn: Hold my beer. pic.twitter.com/PE7rEFzE5k
It's clear neither Abbott nor Cruz is going to let an opportunity to disgrace himself get past him.
“Ted Cruz has long had a public reputation as an unctuous asshole.” https://t.co/MSesRxnBHz— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) January 18, 2021
Trump may very well never step foot in Texas again, but the specter of Trumpism is not going away. And for now, neither are the Texas politicians who so fervently aided him.https://t.co/1fbGnoPa9p— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) January 21, 2021
When Ted Cruz says "come and take it" I hope he knows 'it' means his senate seat. Expell the traitor now. https://t.co/YiD5o5AFZr— Bluepool (@BadgerStew) January 21, 2021
If we can't force him out, then we can at least cut off his money supply.
New political action committee calls on Sen. Ted Cruz donors to ask for refunds https://t.co/uYODcHdDh9— KVUE News (@KVUE) January 19, 2021
The same does not hold true for Govnuh Helen Wheels. He's a multi-millionaire and an adroit fundraiser. We'll need to be more creative.
"The most offensive thing he's ever heard" happened this week.
Because a man in Texas never aimed his gun at a President. 😡— josh tavlin (@anotherjoshua) January 19, 2021
Gov. Greg Abbott Says He’s Offended By Vetting Of Texas National Guard In DC – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth https://t.co/vpmiBc1aYV
Kids in Cages— Russell Foster for Texas (@RussellFosterTX) January 19, 2021
Women being raped by ICE in detention & forced to have hysterectomies
32,000 Texans Dead from a pandemic
Tent cities across Texas
Food Pantry lines miles long daily
But do go on about how making sure we don't have people attack the inauguration is offensive to you. https://t.co/Q4ptIuRfab
Abbott may or may not be smarter about pandering to the Trumpist base than Cruz, but he's certainly no less obvious about it.
In 2019 @HuffPost exposed a Texas National Guardsman as a member of the white nationalist group Identity Evropa. He was allowed to remain in the Texas National Guard. https://t.co/XmQL6KNUEg https://t.co/Rt66lrkvIV pic.twitter.com/J5BxEJ8QPK— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) January 19, 2021
Over 60 Texas counties said that they won’t enforce unconstitutional gun laws. Now Governor Abbott says the state as a whole should do the same and become a “Second Amendment sanctuary” state. #txlege https://t.co/vwBCPrv6ed— The Texan (@TheTexanNews) January 18, 2021
Gov. Abbott excludes Sylvester Turner, Lina Hidalgo from Houston briefing on vaccine rollout https://t.co/LnDWHSV81H— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) January 19, 2021
There are more "Texans Behaving Badly" downpost; we'll pause from that to consider the Texas Lege, which doesn't reconvene until next week ... but their bad behavior from last week is still reverberating around the state.
Texas Senate committee chairmanships announced by @DanPatrick show only one Democrat, @whitmire_john, and zero senators of color. 9 of the 31 senators are Black or Hispanic. 4 senators of color are in top 10 of seniority. https://t.co/2lqFQs0d9z— John C. Moritz (@JohnnieMo) January 15, 2021
Sen. Charles Schwertner is the new chair of the Senate Committee on Administration.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) January 15, 2021
In 2019, Schwertner gave up a chair after UT-Austin investigated allegations that he sent lewd messages and a sexually explicit photo to a graduate student. #txlege https://t.co/70vrAg6fn9
Texas GOP Chair Allen West says Republicans in Texas should ignore “fairness” in redistricting and instead see mapdrawing as a “strategic opportunity” to gerrymander to benefit Republicans. #fairmaps #txlege https://t.co/rY7owLXfuK— Michael Li 李之樸 (@mcpli) January 19, 2021
Without @PPTXVotes, Texans on #Medicaid struggle to find health care | @TexasTribune by @ShannonNajma #MedicareForAllhttps://t.co/LtKUPi5dXU— IndependentLeft.news - Updated 2x Daily! (@IndLeftNews) January 20, 2021
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Shaefer Edwards at the Houston Press takes note that the statehouse and Senate disagree on COVID testing -- and media access to legislators in their respective chambers -- as the session gets under way. In spite of the initial difficulties, Texas Democrats resolutely soldier on.
Two Democrats have added a constitutional amendment to the list of proposals meant to curb the governor’s emergency powers. The joint resolution by @NathanForTexas and @RafaelAnchia would allow #txlege to meet in a special session to respond to a disaster.https://t.co/GqyI9dha3p— The Texan (@TheTexanNews) January 17, 2021
Texas bill would make it illegal to display a firearm at a public demonstration https://t.co/7eRxfvVoGd— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) January 19, 2021
Confederate Heroes Day should be eliminated & #txlege can do so with @jarvisjohnsontx’s HB 36. It should be one of the many steps that Texas takes in reckoning with its own history. 2/2 -THhttps://t.co/yB1N2lFQwj— Donna Howard (@DonnaHowardTX) January 19, 2021
Once more: shame will not force the seditionists out, so some good old-fashioned effort to sweep them out in 2022 is required.
Twenty-two Texas Republicans incited the violence at the Capitol on January 6th.— Progress Texas (@ProgressTX) January 19, 2021
Twenty-two Texas Republicans need to resign or be removed from office. No unity without accountability. https://t.co/3h11CoUtsn
The early line is prohibitively against that. And not only because Gilberto Hinojosa is making others take the fall for him.
New: Top two staffers at Texas Democratic Party are leaving https://t.co/GXj2e4syCZ— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) January 21, 2021
A smattering of mostly unrelated bad news and good news:
The Texas Department of State Health Services said in a tweet Friday that the pandemic has never been worse in Texas, and it has never been easier to catch COVID-19 in the state. https://t.co/gh1BD2hIgV— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) January 19, 2021
Owners abruptly forced a Houston hospital to close its doors after it fell behind on rent. Doctors attempted to treat patients in the parking lot but private security and police prevented medical staff from retrieving equipment from inside.https://t.co/V7NdLyhOlk— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) January 19, 2021
Texas... isn’t sending their best https://t.co/ARcEj0Jh4x— Pinkerbell ANTIFA Space Force General 🏴🚩 (@PinkerbellPixie) January 19, 2021
The Chicks raised $18,000 to put toward the removal of Confederate monuments in Bastrop during a virtual concert Monday https://t.co/PFVRk1aX1T— Austin 360 (@austin360) January 19, 2021
This Houston group will turn BP's land into a nature trail https://t.co/MWExYrOIX9— Laredo Morning Times (@lmtnews) January 19, 2021
The Root quotes NBCDFW 5 about the story of a Denton County woman, faced with racial harrassment from a neighbor, who called law enforcement about the threats and was told to "stay away from (your) house until this blows over". The Appeal writes about Austin's dysfunctional crime lab and how it may lead to another wrongful execution.
Closing out this week with the softer side news items.
"On a stretch of highway between Concepcion and Premont, less than a mile from the unremarkable intersection of FM Road 716 and FM Road 1329, a miracle is growing." https://t.co/ae5xcGCGpa— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) January 17, 2021
Allison Crook shared this shot of Sonny and @cher in Vernon, Texas to promote the movie "Good Times" in 1967. Allison remembers that Sonny and Cher were on the stage at the Plaza Theater. Her parents owned a clothing store in town and were involved in the promotion. pic.twitter.com/fDgpE1Nt2w— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) January 16, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021
And at the end of the first week, they adjourned until January 26.
#Txlege week 1 recap:— Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (@PPTXVotes) January 15, 2021
Day 1: Welcomed by armed Militia groups
Day 2: Dan Patrick changes Senate rules to shut out the minority party
Day 3: Attempt to prioritize unconstitutional abortion bans
Day 4: Reps have gone into quarantine after COVID-19 exposure on the House Floor. pic.twitter.com/CfLnKOEAGJ
At least one member caught COVID.
State Rep. Michelle Beckley (@ForHD65) skipped opening day of #txlege out of fear of contracting COVID-19. But she had to come in on the following days to vote on House rules for the session.— Taylor Goldenstein (@taygoldenstein) January 15, 2021
On Thursday, her seat mate tested positive (W/ @jblackmanChron)https://t.co/sBnPwAsovO
Before moving on, let's note for the occasion of MLK Day that while casino gambling and relaxed cannabis legislation may be on life support, hopes for passing a symbolic bill striking a blow for social justice remain high.
After a year of racial reckoning, Black lawmakers believe they can finally eliminate Confederate Heroes Day in Texas https://t.co/jBcWuLF2ub— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) January 18, 2021
The state Capitol was locked down through the Inauguration on Wednesday in order to limit the opportunities for mischief and misadventure. Some Fa protestors showed up anyway.
STATE CAPITOL THIS WEEKEND: These are some of the images of protesters who gathered outside of closed, guarded Texas Capitol this weekend in support of First and Second Amendment rights.— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) January 17, 2021
Read more: https://t.co/tITKsZWiJv pic.twitter.com/e5riwqAvf7
A small group of people wearing “Trump 2020” and “Make America Great Again” hats are gathered at the Texas State Capitol Saturday. One of the men has a large knife and zip ties attached to his belts trap. @statesman #texasstatecapitol pic.twitter.com/QQ3q5E72ef— Heather Osbourne (@Ozzy_Statesman) January 16, 2021
Those who chose to mark their disapproval with the Pro-Fas in our federal government also rallied.
Small protest outside @TXRandy14’s office in League City calling for him to resign. Weber, and a majority of House Republicans, voted to reject electoral votes from Arizona and Pennsylvania #galvnews pic.twitter.com/1ghPtZzZLu— John Wayne Ferguson (@JohnWFerguson) January 16, 2021
Part 2 of the #RGV community organizers' demonstration: a projection on the border wall itself that reads, "Mr. Biden, tear down this wall. #NotAnotherFoot." The incoming president must keep his word, and we will hold him to it. pic.twitter.com/UMetBOfgwp— Texas Civil Rights Project (@TXCivilRights) January 16, 2021
The group gathered Saturday outside the Senator's Houston office and called him out over his opposition to Joe Biden's electoral win. https://t.co/ocNZrc6cFL— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) January 16, 2021
And some action items for those who didn't want to leave the house, too.
Our Houston representatives @JacksonLeeTX18 @RepAlGreen @RepFletcher and @RepSylviaGarcia haven't *yet* cosponsored @RepCori's resolution to hold fellow reps accountable.— Houston DSA (@HoustonDSA) January 14, 2021
Time to call and let them know they should!
☎️ Script and numbers in our pinned tweet ☎️ https://t.co/HEazEZy4Bk
The NRA wants to come to Texas to escape some of their many problems.
Bankruptcy experts say @NRA's plan to re-incorporate in Texas is less of a relocation and more of a legal play to avoid a potentially disastrous lawsuit in New York. That state’s attorney general alleges executives fraudulently used organization funds. https://t.co/ShUk4hvpgl— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) January 16, 2021
Maybe they could stop buying so much avocado toast ...?
COVID remains the state's worst problem despite all the others.
Jacob Vaughn at the Dallas Observer documents the communication breakdowns at all levels of government for the vaccine chaos. Socratic Gadfly, in his weekly roundup of coronavirus news, led off with COVIDIOTS in a Love Field baggage carousel and went on to note the airport's and Southwest Airlines' lack of responsiveness.
Texas made it harder to get a COVID vaccine through poor planning and execution | Commentary https://t.co/ZD15i5QDRD— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) January 14, 2021
Criminal and social justice headlines:
"These families are not criminal suspects, the Austin police officers who killed members of our community are... I am not willing to subject Mr. and Mrs. Gonzales to APD's empty lip service about transparency." - Gonzales family attorney, Rebecca Webber— Pay People To Stay Home #PPTSH (@chrisharris101) January 14, 2021
And some climate updates.
Texas' oil and gas industry is urging state lawmakers not to put any new obstacles in its path as it continues to recover from economic fallout brought by the pandemic https://t.co/vvSmucut6x— Austin Statesman (@statesman) January 14, 2021
Obstacles? What obstacles?
In Texas, oil & gas sites like these pollute for months on end because of systemic failures at @TCEQ.— Earthworks (@Earthworks) January 14, 2021
In a two-part blog series, we're breaking down how TCEQ's permitting and enforcement systems are effectively designed to fail: https://t.co/kFIQXWhAKm pic.twitter.com/aJ95tbSaUn
The city will lease the 240 acres of land to the company for $1 per year. The company will construct a 50-megawatt solar project that will generate enough energy to power 5,000 homes. https://t.co/QwrvPF1sol #khou— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) January 15, 2021
And wrapping today's Wrangle, a tip of the Stetson to Willie Lusk, Jr.
"My boots add inches to a man's height but yards to his morale."— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) January 17, 2021
---- Lubbock bootmaker Willie Lusk. Willie, an African American in a trade dominated by Anglos and Hispanics, was famed for the quality of his boots. Ronald Reagan, Audie Murphy etc... were customers. Here's a pair pic.twitter.com/MMq6GqdvzA
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
When I saw the #Texas flag in this 📸 I feared this complex state would be unfairly judged.— Zach Despart🖊️ (@zachdespart) January 13, 2021
- Only our AG *hasn't* condemned the riot https://t.co/UI7ByggO9w
- A Houston cop joined the mob https://t.co/uvn475Yp9x
- A Grapevine man was Zip Tie Guy https://t.co/l2EG88e5bP pic.twitter.com/1nPwNeRFnJ
Not as small a Round-up as I wished, given that the topic of shithole state insurrectionists is ... worn thin with me.
AG Ken Paxton declines to join 50 attorneys general in condemning Capitol riot https://t.co/aXT6nN5maQ— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) January 13, 2021
Texas’ solicitor general who did not join embattled Attorney General Ken Paxton’s failed efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election is resigning, a person with knowledge of the move told @AP.— Jake Bleiberg (@JZBleiberg) January 13, 2021
W/ @pauljweber https://t.co/GqhLZpUO2s
They gathered outside his office on West 15th Street, demanding that if Paxton doesn’t resign, he should be impeached under Article 15 of the Texas Constitution.https://t.co/mxoH7ztwye— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) January 12, 2021
FWIW Texas AG Ken Paxton blocks journalists and constituents on Twitter.— Lauren McGaughy 🌟 (@lmcgaughy) January 10, 2021
His former spox (while still working for the state) publicly joked about withholding public records from individuals he didn’t like.
His comms office hasn’t answered my questions for months. https://t.co/9CwFvx8X34
Ted Coupz, briefly.
Trump in South Texas. As updated in the Monday Wrangle ...
Trump visited Texas today, but none of our state’s top Republican leadership—Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Ted Cruz—made a single mention of it on Twitter.— Pamela Colloff (@pamelacolloff) January 12, 2021
Abbott’s last three tweets are about snow. https://t.co/dAoEQwUlwx
"We can't let the next administration even think about taking it down," Trump says about his border wall. Also makes rare direct acknowledgement of Biden's win, saying 25th Amendment "is of zero risk to me, but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration" pic.twitter.com/1DootBW2JQ— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 12, 2021
Meanwhile back in DC:
It is fitting that Louie Gohmert voted AGAINST making lynching a federal crime in February and then proceeded to help incite an attempted lynching of elected officials at the US Capitol. 1/https://t.co/Wzp3LG0AbL— Jennifer Cohn ✍🏻 📢 (@jennycohn1) January 13, 2021
Was perusing Politwoops and noticed...— Jacob Rubashkin (@JacobRubashkin) January 11, 2021
On Jan. 3, GOP Rep. Pete Sessions tweeted that he had a great meeting with "folks from 'Stop the Steal'" and that he "encouraged them to keep fighting."
Tweet was deleted 4 days later, on Jan. 7, after insurrectionists stormed the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/HeZgyXHjQU
U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw writes a letter with fellow Texan US Rep. Chip Roy and Mace of SC and Curtis of Utah that condemns the president's "words and actions" but ultimately votes against impeachment.— Abby Livingston (@TexasTribAbby) January 13, 2021
Rep. Chip Roy, who vowed not to comply with new metal detectors, just walked onto House floor— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) January 13, 2021
Machine beeped and flashed red. He kept walking
And at the Lege ...
The Texas Senate has changed its rules so Republicans can continue deciding which bills are brought up for consideration without input from Democrats.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) January 14, 2021
This is the second time the Senate has changed its rules this way under Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. #txlege https://t.co/j6S4BWjfHb
And here is a Facebook video of state Sen. @DrBuckinghamTX NOT wearing a face mask today at the Texas Capitol despite telling visitors they MUST “at all times.” #txlege #tcot https://t.co/EA4XtiqgXw 2/2 https://t.co/7KQZqfIKTY pic.twitter.com/QOkkEQv9rU— Jay Root (@byjayroot) January 12, 2021
Aspiring warlord aligns with local militia https://t.co/sdXBABgUZS— Evan (@evan7257) January 12, 2021
Outside the Texas Capitol, members of a group called the Southern Patriot Council said they believe Joe Biden's election as president was illegal. One member, who would only identify himself to Texas Public Radio as "General E" predicted states would pass laws to stop protests like theirs.
"You won't be able to assemble anymore," he said. "So the bottom line is, assemble now while you can, because they are attempting to make it illegal for us to do that."
Last session, amid a measles outbreak in Texas, Republican state lawmakers wanted to make it even easier to opt out of vaccinations https://t.co/a4X8PYRAPG— Sophie Novack (@SophieNovack) January 12, 2021
This session, 10+ months into the COVID-19 pandemic: https://t.co/DLfd7X69xU
Houstonians didn't want to be left out.
Cities actively oppose #transprency. Houston asked the TX OAG to deny a request in the Harding St. raid because disclosure would damage their legal position. Can’t make this shit up folks. https://t.co/oUp5qYDtFz— Kevin Buckler (@kevin_buckler) January 11, 2021
I'm throwing James Harden under this bus also. So is Judge Hidalgo and his former Rockets teammates. That's no way to open a restaurant, Mr. Beard.
DeMarcus Cousins: “Me personally,I don’t feel betrayed at all. My interest was playing with John Wall, to be brutally honest..The disrespect (from James Harden) started way before any interview.Just the approach to training camp.Showing up the way he did.The antics off the court” pic.twitter.com/3XjqnqiLGN— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 13, 2021
Criminal and social justice news, first from (the real) Alamo City.
In September, San Antonio police officers shot and killed Darrell Zemault Sr. Bystander videos show that officers waited a full minute before administering care. https://t.co/u4NDsGm5xd— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) January 13, 2021
The San Antonio Current finds numerous "alternative facts" on the Texas police union's anti-reform website. KXAN reports on a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the City of Austin regarding a teenager’s suicide in the back of an APD patrol car. Grits for Breakfast rounds up more like these stories from a week ago and today. It's almost like a virus that's out of control.
A couple of environmental updates.
Four of the state's environmental groups -- the Environmental Integrity Project, Sierra Club, Environment Texas, and the Port Arthur Community Action Network -- sued the EPA last week, alleging that the agency stood by while Texas failed to enforce the nation’s federal environmental laws and adequately control air pollution in the state. DeSmogBlog reports, with the assistance of some of Texas' foremost environmental activists: Sharon Wilson, Bryan Parras, and Hilton Kelley.
Texas Standard brings the news that an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board revealed that a gas leak from a pipeline damaged during replacement work performed over 20 years ago likely caused an explosion that killed a 12 year-old girl in Northwest Dallas in 2018.
Finally, we'll roll into the weekend with Comrade Fidel's Bayou City barbecue tasting event, over 60 years ago.
Of all the curiosities and historical incongruities in Texas history --- and there are many ---- there are perhaps none more curious, in light of subsequent events. than Fidel Castro coming to Houston in 1959, eating BBQ, being given a cowboy hat and being treated like a prince. pic.twitter.com/9JqNrgTfV8— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) January 5, 2021
Monday, January 11, 2021
This snow in Texas is incredible!!! pic.twitter.com/gLuNB8mQbJ— Katya (@EhresmanKatya) January 10, 2021
I am going to make an effort to keep the focus forward, as the Lege gavels in tomorrow and the Traitor-in-Chief visits South Texas to celebrate something.
Trump wants to chant, "Remember the Alamo!"— Anna Núñez (@nunez_anna) January 11, 2021
Trump plans to visit Alamo, Texas — the small border town in #HidalgoCounty, not historical site — Tuesday "to mark the completion of more than 400 miles of border wall ... broken #immigration system”#TXlegehttps://t.co/w0oQU2gLGM
Something tells me our junior senator will be greeting him. Update:
Trump visited Texas today, but none of our state’s top Republican leadership—Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Ted Cruz—made a single mention of it on Twitter.— Pamela Colloff (@pamelacolloff) January 12, 2021
Abbott’s last three tweets are about snow. https://t.co/dAoEQwUlwx
So we’ve established walls don’t work, right? pic.twitter.com/rWklmvfwNN— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) January 6, 2021
More about last week's sedition in an extended version of "Texans Behaving Badly", downpost. Returning to the Lege, one seat needs to be filled in the first election of 2021; TXElects.
HD68 special: Early voting begins (Monday) for the January 23 special election to fill the unexpired House term of Sen. Drew Springer (R-Muenster). Five candidates are on the ballot:
- John Berry (R), Jacksboro financial planner and former Jack County Commissioner
- Jason Brinkley (R), Gainesville attorney and Cooke County Judge
- Craig Carter (R), Nocona boot manufacturer who has twice unsuccessfully run for SD30
- Charles Gregory (D), Childress retired postal employee; and
- David Spiller (R), Jacksboro attorney and Jacksboro ISD board member.
The Texas Legislature begins in two days, and this session is going to be one of the most important legislative sessions in history.— Progress Texas (@ProgressTX) January 10, 2021
Take a look at the good, bad, and ugly bills we’re watching for you this year ⬇️ #txlegehttps://t.co/WDd38WXbMM
Later this morning, Comptroller Glenn Hegar will release his estimate of the state's revenue for the next two years. Raise Your Hand Texas, advocates for public education, runs it down from their "Across the Lawn" newsletter.
The state’s current budget is already facing a $4.6 billion shortfall due to the recession caused by the pandemic and downturn in oil prices. Legislators will likely use a mix of the Rainy Day Fund, which has $8.8 billion on hand, and federal stimulus dollars to fill that hole ... What worries most budget writers, legislative members, and advocates is the estimate may be similar to 2011, when the state faced a $27 billion shortfall and cut $5.4 billion from public education.
Read on at that link about the $900 billion stimulus Congress just passed, the $5.2 billion it contains for Texas schools, and the chances that the state's teachers and children won't see any of that money invested in education because of the games the Lege is likely to play.
Texas will end biennium facing ~$1 billion shortfall. Significantly less than forecast this summer.— Mark Wiggins (@MarkWigginsTX) January 11, 2021
$112.53 billion available for 2022-23 biennium, slight decrease from past session. #txlege #bre #txed pic.twitter.com/OdZRTGAC0k
Glad to see TX leaders plan to keep the commitment they made to education funding last #TXlege session.— Texans Care for Children (@putkids1st) January 11, 2021
"But Phelan said he does not expect the House to shortchange public schools, which since last year have been making accommodations for remote learning" https://t.co/jnOGjRmfiB
A big "thanks" to those who caught our FB Live event for your great Qs - keep 'em coming. Bonus content I was trying to provide, below.#txlege has options to deal with General Revenue shortfall:— 🧮 Eva DeLuna 📊 (@DeLunaEva) January 11, 2021
1) Economic Stabilization Fund
2) Federal aid to states
3) "smoke & mirrors" pic.twitter.com/COqwgsIqWb
Speaker-to-be Phelan is already pouring cold water on the possibility of casino gambling becoming a tax revenue stream for the state.
Update: The death of GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson -- announced Tuesday morning; he was investing heavily in a lobbying effort for casinos in the Lone Star State -- further clouds the possibility of that legislation being approved. Let's look at the state's worsening COVID crisis next.
1 in 5 hospital beds in Texas are occupied by COVID-19 patients. https://t.co/OZsU54r0DE— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) January 11, 2021
3. How to get a #COVID19 vaccine in #Texas the week of Jan. 11.— Texas DSHS (@TexasDSHS) January 10, 2021
Find, contact or sign up online with a vaccination hub: https://t.co/JNuCjQ2CZE
Use #COVID19TX vaccine provider map: https://t.co/j9iRd1YAkn
More #COVID19TX vaccine info: https://t.co/9V7Jj46PZW
Joe Deshotel for The Texas Signal does not want COVID-19 to be used as an excuse to shut the public out of the legislative process. And RG Ratcliffe, writing at Texas Monthly, puts the blame for the state's vaccine rollout chaos on Greg Abbott.
So will things get better or worse before they improve? Magic 8 Ball says, "Ask again later/Better not tell you now/Don't count on it/Outlook not so good".
As much of a selection of "Texans Behaving Badly" as I could tolerate.
"Senators who voted to certify the facts delivered the truth — something Americans haven’t been getting from a political climber whose own insatiable hunger for power led him to ride Trump’s bus to Crazy Town," the Editorial Board writes. https://t.co/jIXpouLRux— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) January 9, 2021
ICYMI: Sen @tedcruz backs way the hell up after his self-serving stunt at the Capitol this week, though he accepts no responsibility for the natural consequence of his actions https://t.co/WmbYQX3Y05 #TxLege— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) January 8, 2021
Ken Paxton, like other Republicans in Texas and across the nation, whipped up thousands of Trump supporters into a frenzy, claiming falsely that the election had been stolen from them. When the frenzy reached its violent conclusion, he blamed someone else. https://t.co/bIwsO47vCJ— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) January 10, 2021
From Texas AG Paxton, who spoke at Trump rally that led to Capitol riot: pic.twitter.com/FOLYp5IDtD— Ken Herman (@kherman) January 7, 2021
“Paxton’s actions would be shameful for any elected official, but are especially so for the top law enforcement officer of the state.”https://t.co/tZFcF4WTY1— Dallas Observer (@Dallas_Observer) January 11, 2021
Kuff demands swift prosecution and punishment of everyone involved in the violent assault on the Capitol, and points to Cruz and Paxton as the top two priorities for those who value democracy.
A retired Air Force officer who lives in Dallas breached the Senate and Nancy Pelosi’s office, wearing a helmet, body armor and carrying zip-tie handcuffs.— Kolten Parker (@KoltenParker) January 9, 2021
He tells @NewYorker he found them on the ground. https://t.co/tyk8C0OQJU
Larry R. Brock is from Grapevine, actually. His 'uniform' had a vinyl sticker of the Texas flag overlaid on the skull of The Punisher, the Marvel comic book character. His ex-wife recognized him from the photos and turned him in.
NEW: FBI has interviewed Midland, TX residents about Jenny Cudd — a florist who claims to have broken down Nancy Pelosi’s door during the Capitol riot. One woman told me she called Midland police weeks ago to report Cudd’s erratic & threatening behavior. https://t.co/YWbzgUW9dD— Amy Brittain (@AmyJBrittain) January 11, 2021
Cudd ran for mayor of Midland last year.
.@FBI Texas real estate broker, JENNA RYAN flew to coup via private jet, posted photos & videos of her next to shattered windows at the Capitol & tweeted— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) January 8, 2021
'We the people are pissed off. God wanted us here today. We just stormed the capital. It was one of the best days of my life" pic.twitter.com/dgxycn5z6G
1/ Jan 5, five domestic terrorists chartered a private jet from Denton, TX to DC to participate in a failed coup and overthrow of democracy in the U.S. 2 of those terrorists have already FAFO, lets help another.— Antifascist Trash Panda ↙️↙️↙️🦝 (@trashpandaAFA) January 8, 2021
Meet Ty Basye, 32, of Lubbock/Sweetwater, TX. pic.twitter.com/kO9GqkHVBs
Hood County, Texas, has sworn in new Peace Justice Dub Gillum, a retired @TXDPS deputy who promoted QAnon on Facebook and called for a military coup to overturn the election (his pic) pic.twitter.com/rgO2j720mB— Bud Kennedy / #ReadLocal (@BudKennedy) January 8, 2021
Tea Party founder Julie McCarty wrote: "I’m ok with our Congressmen feeling a little fear of the people!”’ https://t.co/6JYO1xIt3A— Bud Kennedy / #ReadLocal (@BudKennedy) January 8, 2021
That's all I can manage.