Monday, April 12, 2021

The Weekly Wrangle from Far Left Texas, Midday Edition

Too much to corral into one pen.  More on the way, hopefully later today.

I have never seen a mass shooting disappear so quickly from the headlines.

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.

But Texans are united with respect to legislation pending in Austin.

Let's cut our legislators a little slack; they have some really important bills to get to.

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.

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.

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.

And here's a couple of my favorite soothers to close.

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.

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