I have never seen a mass shooting disappear so quickly from the headlines.
At least 1 person is dead and 4 are critically wounded after a gunman opened fire with an assault weapon at a Bryan, Texas, business where he worked.— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) April 9, 2021
It’s the 4th mass shooting in 3 weeks, coming just hours after Pres. Biden called U.S. gun violence an “epidemic." pic.twitter.com/ACMDOxT4cS
A sliver of 1 week in TX gun violence:— Texas Jamie Ford 🌻 (@ThisIsItYall) April 12, 2021
🤯2 kids shot & killed by sibs
🤯mass shooting in a workplace
🤯mass murder suicide
🤯2 moms killed in separate road rage incidents, in front of kids
🤯6 wounded in a “shoot-out”
TX needs solutions, not pandering to extremists #txlege pic.twitter.com/pkWOLh4D26
Governor Second Amendment Sanctuary set a new land speed record for looking asinine.
Abbott is only capable of hearing what's screamed into his right ear. Polling us on this topic reveals a gaping partisan chasm.
Would the U.S. Be Safer or Less Safe with More Guns? Texas response in February 2020 @UTAustin / @TexasTribune Poll— Jim Henson (@jamesrhenson) April 9, 2021
More safe: 67%
Less safe: 9%
More safe: 7%
Less: 72%https://t.co/pGYX3CMIVj via @TxPolProject #txlege pic.twitter.com/hk5JRLaP2a
But Texans are united with respect to legislation pending in Austin.
.@DadePhelan— gunsensibility (@gunsensibility) April 12, 2021
DMN/UT Tyler poll from March-- The majority of Texans, Republicans, Dems and GUN OWNERS in Texas do NOT want Permitless Carry! Do the will of the people (your constituents)! #StopPermitlessCarry @MomsDemand pic.twitter.com/gIwZaeDvrw
Let's cut our legislators a little slack; they have some really important bills to get to.
Welcome to monday, when the #txlege gets back to work with very, very important topics, such as "the designation of Dr Pepper as the state soft drink," which is before the house Culture, Recreation & Tourism committee https://t.co/o1m291d0n8— Michael Board (@MikeBoard1200) April 12, 2021
Moving on to less trivial matters, the Lege's actions to curtail voting were a hot topic among Texas bloggers -- and newshounds -- this past week.
A Texas House committee on Thursday advanced an elections bill that would make it a state jail felony for local election officials to distribute an application to vote by mail to a voter who didn’t request one. #TXlege https://t.co/EXT3pGm2MQ— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) April 9, 2021
"Faith-based opposition to HB 6 and SB 7 has escalated in recent weeks. After the news conference, clergy entered the Capitol to strategize with lobbyists working to defeat both bills." @BeeMoorhead @RNS #txlege #texasfaithvoteshttps://t.co/mdJEW8m0ZE— Texas Impact (@TXImpact) April 12, 2021
Okay, both Dade Phelan and Dan Patrick invited us to point to places in #HB6/#SB7 where there is voter suppression.— Emily Eby (@emilyebytx) April 8, 2021
So here's a thread of me doing that in SB7.
First, the restriction on 24-hour voting: pic.twitter.com/HcFL4aw5WD
Progress Texas highlighted the efforts to put pressure on the Rethugs under the Pink Dome to reject voting restrictions. Kuff posted his take on the Senate and House bills. Jef Rouner for Reform Austin makes a good point; don't count on the courts, SCOTX or SCOTUS, to bail us out here. And the Texas Civil Rights Project reminds that there's other malicious voter suppression legislation to watch for.
The delay in processing data from the decennial Census so that lawmakers can perform their redistricting function will -- very probably -- lead to putting off the Lone Star State's 2022 primary elections. TXElects details the latest.
The Senate approved legislation that would move this year’s filing period and next year’s primary and runoff elections based on when a redistricting plan becomes law. Senate Bill 1822 by Joan Huffman would establish temporary provisions in the Election Code that would be triggered depending on when redistricting plans can be created by the Legislature.
-- The primary would remain on March 1, and the runoff on May 24, if a redistricting plan becomes law on or before November 22, 2021. A truncated filing period would run from November 29 through December 13.
-- The primary would (move to) April 5, and the runoff on June 21, if a redistricting plan becomes law between November 23 and on or before January 3. The filing period would run January 10-24.
-- The primary would be (delayed until) May 24, and the runoff on July 26, if a redistricting plan becomes law between January 4 and February 14. The filing period would run from February 21 through March 7.
And weed is on the agenda.
We are at the #Texas Capitol with our final educational display about #Veterans and medical #cannabis!— Texas NORML (@TexasNORML) April 12, 2021
Review the graphics, take a tour of the exhibit and watch a video from Texas Veterans: https://t.co/E82O51jTLM#Txlege #InformedTX #TXMJPolicy #TexasNORML #NORML pic.twitter.com/JekmvFuDGo
Socratic Gadfly says that with new legislation on the table in Oklahoma and passed in New Mexico, Texas faces new pressure to liberalize its marijuana laws. And Jacob Vaughn at the Dallas Observer wonders if we will at least normalize medical cannabis rights.
More Lege, more Abbott and Republicans acting like fools, more environmental, criminal and social justice updates will all appear in the next Wrangle to keep this one from extending too far. Here's some art projects going on around the state.
Glasstire brings word of brewer Pabst Blue Ribbon and San Antonio’s Aztec Theatre hosting a free immersive pop-up, "In Living Pixels", in the Alamo City this week. The Houston International Film Festival kicks off on April 22. And LareDOS announces that Rachel Louise Snyder, author of No Visible Bruises, will headline Casa de Misericordia’s April 22 virtual fundraiser.
The award-winning journalist will share her exploration of the domestic violence epidemic via Zoom link. Her book is the recipient of the Book of the Year Awards of both Esquire Magazine and The New York Times.
Casa de Misericordia, directed by Sister of Mercy Rosemary Welsh, empowers survivors of domestic violence and their children to move forward with their lives by receiving holistic, comprehensive, long-term services that support abuse victims as they reclaim their lives.
Deep Ellum mural art by Tristan Eaton, Dallas, TX (2021) pic.twitter.com/C7UQ8lhLpN— Revolutionary Art Collective (@R3volution_Art) April 5, 2021
And here's a couple of my favorite soothers to close.
Bees keep wildflowers blooming, but other B’s also help. Bats, butterflies, birds and beetles all keep flowers growing. And TxDOT is doing our part by creating gardens and planting habitats every year. All that work pays off seeing the beauty along Texas highways. #BeyondTheRoad pic.twitter.com/QdvcViyyO3— TxDOT (@TxDOT) April 9, 2021
On this day in 1965, the Astros played the Yankees in the first game ever held inside the Astrodome. President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, attended the game. In these photos you can see the scoreboard lit up with LBJ's face, and Mickey Mantle up to bat. pic.twitter.com/bGop4DMaJd— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) April 9, 2021
That's real grass the teams were playing on. It died within days because the Dome's roof wouldn't let in enough sunlight, and the cost to re-sod the field was prohibitive. This led to the invention of something called Astroturf.
Much more in the next Wrangle.