Monday, September 20, 2021

The Beto/redistricting Wrangle

Tex Donks are orgasmic, but the scoop from Axios has them jumping the gun.

According to David Wysong, O’Rourke’s former House chief of staff, no decision has been made yet. “He has been making and receiving calls with people from all over the state,” Wysong said.

“We hope that he’s going to run,” said Gilberto Hinojosa, the state chair of the Democratic Party. “We think he’ll be our strongest candidate. We think he can beat Abbott because he’s vulnerable.”

Polling reveals that Hinojosa is the blind hog who found a truffle.

Also the Texas 2036 poll, showing widespread dissatisfaction with the state's direction.

"Inching closer".  Calves are already cramping across the Lone Star State.  I saw nothing referenced anywhere about Beto's previous condition that voting rights legislation pass the Congress before he jumps in.  And speaking of snark, I saw a lot more than I expected.

This tweet, and the subsequent argument about whether he took O&G money or didn't, illustrates the leftist/liberal divide better than any.

The good news is that this will at least quiet the talk of Joe Straus coming out of retirement.

Redistricting is a bigger topic; the first maps for Senate Districts dropped over the weekend, and Fort Worth's purple SD-10 (held by Beverly Powell) is a goner.  Republicans Donna Campbell (SD-25) and Dawn Buckingham (SD-24) would have to square off, which must be why Buckingham is running for Land Commissioner and not re-election.  Expect more and worse from Joan Huffman's committee.

Katya Ehresman shows us how to get involved in the redistricting fight.

I have a few more posts regarding the abortion law.

Read here at KXAN if the WaPo's paywall is a problem for you.

Obviously not the accomplishment he thinks it is.


Julie Cloud and David Currie at the San Antonio Report underscore that.  I'm not in the habit of posting rebuttals that make sense from Pastor Jeffress; it's been a strange week just passed.  After all, last Monday we were bracing for a hurricane.  Have you forgotten?

Two more environmental things.

The Texas Living Waters Project sees the American Rescue Plan Act as a historic opportunity to invest in our water infrastructure.

And some criminal and social justice posts.

This CBS Sunday Morning piece ...

... and Koppel's discussion with some of the tourists ...

... is the perfect lead-in to Jen Rice's thread about the eviction crisis.

A long read and worth every minute of your time.

Here's some more items to close today.

The Great God Pan Is Dead is looking forward to fall art season.

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