You should have already made arrangements to go see your mother, take her out for lunch or dinner, send her flowers, chocolates, or her favorite something. If you haven't, you had certainly better call her. This would be especially important if she is at the stage of life where her memory is receding. If she is no longer with you, celebrate your memories of her. And if any of that is too difficult or painful to do, then I wish you peace and strength to accept with grace the emotions you may be feeling.
Anyways, if you were still in the #txlege this morning around 3, that sound you heard was millions of amendment layouts and back mic questions suddenly crying out in terror before they were suddenly silenced. #SB7 #HB6— André Treiber (@andrebttx) May 7, 2021
The Texas Legislature closed out a very long yesterday early this morning, passing the contentious voting restrictions legislation in a party-line approval after truculent debate, procedural delays, and more incompetence by the gaffe-prone chair of the statehouse committee in charge.
The 3 a.m. vote followed hours of debate as Democrats, with little means of stopping #HB6 in the GOP-controlled Texas House, deployed technical challenges and hours of questioning that Rep. @BriscoeCain appeared unprepared at times to answer. https://t.co/cB4GqyiOMW #TXLege— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 7, 2021
If you think you are not qualified or intelligent enough to run for office, please tune into the SB7 debate where Briscoe Cain is attempting to explain/defend his voter suppression bill, and go file your candidacy immediately. #txlege pic.twitter.com/2UYcHW3UDb— nikki sumrow (@nikki_sumrow) May 7, 2021
All my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Unlike the Fab Four, I don't believe.
It appears Texas House Public Education Committee, chaired by @RepHaroldDutton will hold a vote on #SB29, the transgender sports bill, at 9 a.m. today https://t.co/sAuYX3bBHs #TXLege pic.twitter.com/qa2I18wdvg— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 7, 2021
Dutton, a Houston Democrat, may be a little PO'ed because -- as the elections bills were being poured over by parliamentarians for hours on a point of order before the chamber moved on -- his bill regarding the takeover of certain (read: majority Black) HISD schools by the state was killed by a p.o.o. from Rep. Alma Allen, also of H-town.
houston rep. alma allen (an educator) ~extremely not pleased~ with houston rep. harold dutton (public ed chair) and his bill HB 3270 on state takeover of school boards pic.twitter.com/oJdOafZ5KO— Jen Rice (@jen_rice_) May 7, 2021
Chair Dutton just said that he doesn't know how many children SB 29 affects but his (unrelated) bill that was killed last night affects many more children. Apparently these two things are connected - his bill dying and him calling this anti-trans bill back up for a vote. #txlege— Jessica Shortall🧂🥴 (@jessicashortall) May 7, 2021
Friends, you don't often get to see a #txlege member speak so plainly about sacrificing children and families out of spite. @RepHaroldDutton: thanks for pulling back the curtain for Texas voters. #SB29 https://t.co/Z6IJkEuB2e— Bee Moorhead (@BeeMoorhead) May 7, 2021
While TXGOP legislators are standing in solidarity, the House Democratic Caucus' fault lines are cracking wide open.
Texas House Dems who voted last night for bill that would ban homeless encampments in public places statewide: Anchia, Guillen, Herrero, J. Turner, Meza, King, Lucio (joint author) and Raymond https://t.co/wOcl45Er1R #HB1925 #txlege— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) May 6, 2021
Most of these Blue Dogs are Latinos representing RGV districts, scared to death of losing to a Republican next year in the rising Red Tide coming to South Texas. This is why TexDonks are in a world of hurt (among many other reasons, mostly of their own doing ... or not-doing).
Texans who will suffer most are those who have the least, as always.
“The chasm between Texans and the #TXLege has never been more stark,” said Patrick Bresette, executive director of @CDFTexas. “The failure to so much as give that bill a hearing shows the dangerous disconnect between state leaders and their constituents." https://t.co/VxMvOiYPNW— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) May 7, 2021
Rural Texans will see their hospitals close, their doctors move away to make a better living, their loved ones get sick and die, and they will still vote a straight Republican ticket in 2022. Even my well-endowed empathy has its limits for that amount of ignorance.
More bad at the Lege:
ICYMI: Yesterday, the Texas House approved a bill to penalize large cities that cut their police budgets.— Jolie McCullough (@jsmccullou) May 7, 2021
It was the state's strongest move against local actions taken after anti police brutality protests rocked the nation last year. https://t.co/buuy9YAHkq #txlege
@DrSchwertner said a gun is a God Given Right 🤔— Carrie Vaccinated 😷🇺🇸💙 (@STEM_Gal) May 6, 2021
Raised So Baptist, I researched via my Bibles (diff studies): NO. NOT Old nor New Testament, NOR Apocrypha.
SO: U ignored God, Faith Leaders, Law Enforcement, Constituents.
Texas & TX Biz wont forget. #txlege #TXDeservesBetter https://t.co/MlCIH37Uld
Pretty sure any random atheist knows there is no mention of guns in the Bible. Not a good idea for a Christian to lie about what his god says.
Enough of this. Moving on.
A billion here, a billion there: pipeline giant Energy Transfer, controlled by billionaire Kelcy Warren, a huge donor to @GregAbbott_TX, scored $2.4 billion off the storm that caused the #Texas blackouts #txlege https://t.co/eUxhdB1N1N via @markets— Jay Root (@byjayroot) May 6, 2021
Something rich richer something poorer something.
And the environmental story of the week comes from Rolling Stone.
Great reporting on Exxon's massive new plastics plant. Otherwise known as Mordor Inc. https://t.co/CShx05nYGJ— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) May 3, 2021
Abuse against female soldiers is not limited to Vanessa Guillen.
EXCLUSIVE: Texas National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Nicole Tinker, a decorated 17-year veteran, reported her captain last fall for sexual harassment. She gave testimony and text messages, and officials reprimanded the senior officer. Days later, the military turned on Tinker. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/hw7Jb2GkOB— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) May 6, 2021
Austin has a homeless problem for a very good reason.
Data confirms the rent is too damn high https://t.co/WeJkCf1YE4— Austinist (@austinist) May 6, 2021
Rent in Austin increased 97% in the last decade. The biggest jump in the country. The Federal and State minimum wage in Texas has remained the same during that time, and state law forbids cities from setting their own— Jordan (@AimIessFriend) May 4, 2021
What percentage of 'close enough' to herd immunity will it take to protect our lives, health, and freedumbs?
Because Texas is far from herd immunity, transmission of more contagious COVID-19 variants will continue to increase, said Bhavna Lall, assistant professor of adult medicine at the University of Houston College of Medicine. https://t.co/YOr7sNByc4— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) May 7, 2021
Bless their hearts, Texas Democrats are fighting back with everything they have. It's just that they don't have very much.
Houston Mayor @SylvesterTurner & Harris County Judge @LinaHidalgoTX no longer plan to hold their annual addresses w/ region's largest chamber of commerce because of its silence on proposed voting restrictions — some targeting Harris County — in #txlege: https://t.co/QPFSfPPeir— Alexa Ura (@alexazura) May 5, 2021
The Lamar County Democratic Party is not accepting the resignation of its chair after he reportedly used the slur "Oreo" to describe U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who is Black, in a now-deleted Facebook post, according to a statement provided to The Texas Tribune. https://t.co/fg3gWx346L— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) May 4, 2021
Poor Q: Gilley's event venue in Dallas says they've pulled the plug on the upcoming QAnon convention featuring GOP chairman Allen West and U.S. Louie Gohmert. https://t.co/Wu1awe2W6y— Dallas Observer (@Dallas_Observer) May 5, 2021
Kinda doubt the Gilley's folks are Democrats, but whatever; take the W where you can. Here's a Mockery Moment.
Paxton has a lazy eye. Ted Cruz has a lazy everything.
Sometimes these guys are funny; most of the time they are not.
Apparently, Texas state reps don't have email. https://t.co/YlQSt7EMTW— Matt Schwartz (@SchwartzChron) May 6, 2021
Closing with the lighter side.
Like #Astros icon Reggie Jackson once said, “Fans don’t boo nobodies.”— Greg Rajan (@GregRajan) May 4, 2021
Can a photo have too much Texas soul? Augie Meyers had his 80th birthday party 2 weeks ago and @raybensonaatw and @BillyFGibbons showed up to play. Legendary journalist Sam Kindrick took this photo and said I could post it. See Sam's great website here: https://t.co/8JqfO56JgJ pic.twitter.com/S9COlt28Q6— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) May 5, 2021