Friday, October 29, 2021
When you’ve had a rough year but you’re trying hard to enjoy Halloween. pic.twitter.com/JzqBCDaedx— Saffron Ann (@GeekEnby) October 26, 2021
Early voting concludes Friday for the November 2 constitutional amendment, general, and special elections. Through Wednesday, 455K Texans have voted early in-person or by mail statewide, representing 2.7% of registered voters.
In HD-118, just over 5K people have voted in person in the special runoff election, representing 5.2% of registered voters. Early turnout in the district is on pace to double that of the September 28 special election.
Now y'all get out there and keep not voting.
If you tell the “Democratic” party that you will vote for it no matter what then don’t act surprised when the party takes your vote for granted and does less than the bare minimum with its majority during a moment of historic inequality.— Ryan Knight ☭ (@ProudSocialist) October 25, 2021
"The inaction by corporate Democrats in the U.S. Senate encourages this behavior." https://t.co/bVVcFFMHXb— Common Dreams (@commondreams) October 26, 2021
Then again, it's scary season. So if fear works on you, pay attention.
The new political maps drawn by the Texas Senate don't just favor Republicans, @rossramsey writes.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) October 27, 2021
The maps help Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick pick which Republicans he wants in the Senate. https://t.co/65Cy3SYnmZ
Judge Jerry Smith was part of the 3-judge panel for litigation over the Texas House and Congressional maps (Perez v. Perry & Perez v. Abbott) from the last #redistricting cycle. #txlege https://t.co/SOrZwl6gAm— RA News (@RANewsTX) October 25, 2021
Newly uncovered emails capture the ridicule and disbelief of top lawyers at the Florida attorney general’s office as Texas AG Ken Paxton sued in December to overturn Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election. https://t.co/crhvuLf5VU— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) October 28, 2021
Ted Cruz just casually defending Nazis in a congressional hearing 🤦🏽♀️ https://t.co/MaAVIcnIhC— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 27, 2021
How about anger? Will some righteous outrage spur turnout?
.@ArmyTimes: The TX National Guard is activating "thousands" more troops for @GovAbbott's border initiative, while slashing tuition benefits due to state-required $ cuts.— Jasper Scherer (@jaspscherer) October 26, 2021
Soldier who pulled out of fall courses after being activated: "Fuck this." https://t.co/WaMIQIY6pV #txlege pic.twitter.com/hoE8Dw8tTO
U.S. Border Patrol officials belonged to a private Facebook group that contained racist and other offensive posts. But even though 60 employees were found to have violated the agency’s code of conduct, only two lost their job, a House report found. https://t.co/FPSo5hFLyM— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 25, 2021
At least a quarter of Texas’ gas, coal and other thermal plants dropped offline this week. Texas is facing electricity shortages because gas plants aren't showing up — again. #txlege #txenergy https://t.co/e30x1C7JwZ— TXEnergyBiz (@TxEnergyBiz) October 25, 2021
Texas energy expert: “I do not have confidence we are ready for this winter”— KarinaKling (@KarinaKling) October 26, 2021
“Obviously that was a wild storm and hopefully we won’t have another storm like that. But hope is not a strategy. We need to harden our system,” @douglewinenergy said. #txlege https://t.co/TNggrD9cUE
In an Oct. 25 letter, @RepMattKrause, a Republican state lawmaker and candidate for state attorney general, asked schools to confirm whether the book titles are on shelves at public school libraries or classrooms.https://t.co/ct7nvxxgOh— Chron (@chron) October 27, 2021
It seems to work for the Right.
How prepared are Texans to give up oil and beef to slow the #climatecrisis? Not at all, based on today's email. Here's the column that is setting off my Stetson-wearing friends. https://t.co/zRWA82DQLB @HoustonChron #txlege— ChrisTomlinson (@cltomlinson) October 25, 2021
I try to keep it light in order to maintain my sanity. That doesn't do anything to GOTV, but I've decided that's not really my job any longer.
And advancing some action items beyond voting, because the system is quite obviously dysfunctional, and voting for Coke or Pepsi isn't going to fix it.
“Demand that Texas owners invest in your rights and protect your investments. Texas is not safe for you, your spouse, or your children. Until the legislation is overturned, Texas isn’t safe for anyone." https://t.co/0TURInb8N2— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) October 28, 2021
For months I have been told by news outlets to wait until @RepLloydDoggett decided what he wanted to do.— Claudia Zapata for TX35 (@PoderConClaudia) October 27, 2021
Then @GregCasar, @EddieforTexas, and @TMFtx jumped in, and I guess they are more headline worthy than a queer, working class Latina. https://t.co/KdU6IMB5Bb
It's a shame that people have to keep learning the same lesson over and over again.
More climate and criminal social justice news in the Wrangle on Monday. It's a great weekend for baseball and trick-or-treating and Dia de Los Muertos and lots of other things.
KUTX is once again proud to support the #AltercationComedyFestival, feat. over 80 national comedians including, @thebrianposehn @eddiepepitone @samlymatters @MoAlexander & more starting Tues. 10/27-30 at @KickButtCoffee— KUTX 98.9 (@KUTX) October 25, 2021
Jorge Silvera saw this photo taken during the filming of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" on Tumblr and shared it. I saw this movie at a drive-in in Temple. I was 13 years old and, as I sat petrified on our car, somebody started a chain saw on the back row. I jumped out of my skin! pic.twitter.com/Yllm7CMyyo— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) October 25, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
Wherein we attempt to explain why rodeo raffles, church services, and homestead tax exemptions for a handful of folks are on the ballot this fall. https://t.co/KhZrH9cd8O— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) October 23, 2021
Dan Solomon's excuses are as good as any for me to skip this fall's elections in favor of more trivial pursuits. And since I don't have children or grandchildren, the Houston school board races are a non-starter for me. YMMV, of course.
Elsewhere, frying bigger fish:
The Texas abortion ban will remain in effect as SCOTUS prepares to hear challenges on Nov. 1, and will continue to force Texans to travel out of state to get care. Justice Sotomayor makes it clear: “the impact is catastrophic.” https://t.co/JPZqQFCDty— All* Above All (@AllAboveAll) October 22, 2021
We're left to our own devices as to why the other so-called liberals, Kagan and Breyer, declined to join Sotomayor in dissenting. That's enough to project a more ominous fate for Roe once the Supremes collectively pass judgment.
There were some reactions to Governor Strangelove's latest chat with Breitbart, which happened at the 50-yard line of Darrell K. Royal Stadium.
The burnt orange backdrop for the Republican leader's interview with an alt-right news outlet puzzled and upset some University of Texas alumni.— Ariana Garcia 🇵🇷 (@Ariana_noGrande) October 21, 2021
.@GregAbbott_TX leaned on @UTAustin to pull our spot last month. Now, he uses Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium for a @BreitbartNews interview. How does that work, @JChartzell?@statesman @TexasTribune @gromerjeffers @EricaGrieder #txlege https://t.co/aCS5C9l24l— Reed Galen (@reedgalen) October 22, 2021
And to think that all this time I thought it was the Aggies who were the conservative darlings of higher education in Texas. Silly me.
Alas, on the state's corruption scale, this barely registers.
Some sharp observers note that two thirds of senators would not confirm such a controversial pick, but @GregAbbott_TX doesn't have to worry about that as long as the Texas Senate is not in session #TxLege https://t.co/2uIlxTozJf— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) October 21, 2021
Until yesterday, Abbott's new secretary of state was a registered lobbyist for Medicaid managed-care firms, a big renewable energy developer (gasp!), & Griddy, the electricity retailer that recently reached settlement w/ Texas AG for exorbitant bills during winter storm. #txlege pic.twitter.com/KL8hHjiRF9— Justin Miller (@by_jmiller) October 21, 2021
$139,679,397 dropped into Texas state level politics by 25 individuals from January 2015 to June 2021.— Christopher Tackett (@cjtackett) October 24, 2021
Who are they and who did they give to?
Is there really a “both sides” to the money? (Hint: Nope)
All the details are here👇https://t.co/0D8X8DOHZm
Interviewed an out-of-state campaign finance expert who was *floored* Texas does not require politicians to list the occupations of their donors. "It defeats the whole purpose of disclosure! There's no accountability!" I was like lol welcome to Texas bud.— Zach Despart (@zachdespart) October 22, 2021
Walmart donated to Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick after they restricted abortion and voting, raising questions about corporate responsibility for rightwing politics. My latest: https://t.co/Kajg6iDkWS @HoustonChron #txlege— ChrisTomlinson (@cltomlinson) October 22, 2021
Good look here at how we do bidness in #Texas. Notable that a representative of Energy Transfer, which made a stunning $2.4B in profits off the snowpocalypse, was tapped to help TX respond to the next storm. #txlege https://t.co/HPvuaazGj6— Jay Root (@byjayroot) October 21, 2021
Still anxiously anticipating a long break from having to report this shit.
Rep. James White, a Republican running for agriculture commissioner, has asked AG Ken Paxton whether private citizens in Texas need to recognize gay marriages.— Lauren Mc-Ghoul-hy 👻 (@lmcgaughy) October 22, 2021
Legislators here never removed a state law from the books defining marriage as between a man and a woman. #txlege pic.twitter.com/hTr8bsHrIS
Last month, I heard about a TX woman with an ectopic pregnancy who was turned away by her doctor, then her ER. Ectopics must be terminated immediately or the patient can die.— Caroline Kitchener (@CAKitchener) October 23, 2021
She drove 12+ hours to New Mexico.
I wanted to understand how that happened 🧵https://t.co/poOykCNPxK
Dan Patrick, Texas' lieutenant governor, supported a vaccine mandate for college students as a state legislator in 2009. https://t.co/IjMxKiPwzS— HuffPost (@HuffPost) October 22, 2021
Texas rent relief is helping... landlords.— Zach Despart (@zachdespart) October 21, 2021
Sometimes they take the money and evict tenants anyway, and there's nothing preventing them from doing so.
Great story here from @RASchuetz ⬇️https://t.co/QMfhr7XNLL
I'll take that as my segue to the criminal and social justice updates.
The Texas Third Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former employees of the Office of the Attorney General, who were fired after blowing the whistle on Attorney General Ken Paxton for alleged corruption. https://t.co/yQOjt7NX6p— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) October 21, 2021
The Harris County DA spent 7 months trying to prosecute a woman - on a felony assault charge - for throwing bananas at a security guard. pic.twitter.com/Yo5UGKHMlr— Keri Blakinger (@keribla) October 21, 2021
The #ACLU of Texas has filed a lawsuit claiming the school district's gender-based hair policy "imposed immense and irreparable harm" on students. #hounews @TexasTribune— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) October 21, 2021
This is a story @JMilesKHOU is following for #KHOU11 News. https://t.co/8yXb1977os
A Lefty Gamer has been relentless in Tweeting about the MAGAts running the Magnolia ISD.
Literal Nazis came into Austin today, and I guess APD stopped by to show them love and respect? pic.twitter.com/7VDy1XNTEs— Christine (@ChristineTX34) October 24, 2021
That gets me to the environmental headlines.
The vapor recovery system at this site is routed to the flare which I have documented malfunctioning since November 2020. One of many vapor recovery failures documented lately.— Methane Hunter (@TXsharon) October 23, 2021
The only way to contain methane gas is to #KeepItInTheGround. Control technologies fail. https://t.co/XLqpvr52OK
Decades after the Wichita County town saved its stadium from an oilman's plan to drill at midfield, the structure has been condemned—after pipes once donated by oil companies rusted out. https://t.co/LmSWRJ84jS+— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) October 22, 2021
And the soothers. There was MuertosFest in San Antonio over the weekend ...
50 Dedicated Alters this year as we remember our loved ones and visit with them, we honor them with photos, pan dúlce, and their favorite things on the ofrenda. #muertosfest pic.twitter.com/7TtZQUvInB— Dia de los Muertos (@muertosfest) October 24, 2021
... and another festival just like it this weekend.
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with great food, shopping and entertainment at Historic Market Square October 30 & 31! pic.twitter.com/gdqJrlgYKc— City of San Antonio 💪+💉= 💯 (@COSAGOV) October 23, 2021
How Dusty Baker, Brent Strom and Martín Maldonado Seized the ALCS From the Red Sox https://t.co/ZzAorx17Ok— Dave Weinberg (@DaveWeinberg19) October 23, 2021
With a 5–0 statement in Game 5 Friday, Houston is returning to the World Series for the third time in five years because over the final 26 innings, it outscored Boston, 22–1. That was after the Red Sox had become the first team in postseason history to run off six straight games with 10 hits or more. A gullywasher became a drought. It ... just ... stopped.
Asked to explain the whiplash-inducing turn to the series, Boston manager Alex Cora said, “Brent Strom and Martín Maldonado. Two of the smartest people in baseball. They completely changed their strategy against us midway through Game 4.”
It was during that game that Strom, the chief navigator of pitching, decided to tack to the starboard side. The change Cora referenced was a decision by Strom to have his pitchers attack the Red Sox with fastballs.
“Yeah, very much so,” Strom said. [...] "I basically told the group, ‘If you’re going to get beat, throw your best stuff over the plate, then you can sleep at night. Rather than dancing around the strike zone.’ Young pitchers start dancing, and you can’t do that.”
Confession: I was among the Debbie Downers lamenting the collapse of the starting pitching, especially after Luis Garcia came up lame.
Garcia lasted only eight batters in Game 2, departing with a sore knee and a 91-mph fastball after getting only three outs. The knee injury forced Strom to study Garcia’s delivery to see if something was causing the pain. The old pitcher whisperer found it and put Garcia on the mound the next day for a bullpen session. He showed Garcia that he was creating stress on his knee by having his right foot (the plant foot by the rubber for the righthander) slightly angled, with the ball of his foot a bit closer to the plate than his heel. That caused his knee to be turned slightly inward as he lifted his front leg in the load phase.
Strom told Garcia to place his right foot directly parallel with the rubber. With a straight plant foot, Garcia would keep his knee (and thus his weight upon leg lift) over the foot.
Voila! Garcia hit 97 mph seven times in the first three innings after throwing one pitch that hard the entire season out of 1,118 four-seamers.
“I was surprised,” Strom said. “The funny thing about it, outside of that injury, if he had not hurt his knee, we might not have made that tweak. So, the tweak was made not to increase velocity but to take stress off his knee. We did it the very next day after he threw one inning and he seemed to like it. And quite frankly we probably should have done it sooner, but he was having a good year and you hate to mess with somebody who’s having a good year. It’s the dicey thing about messing with a good thing. The injury probably helped him.”
Then there was this, the backbreaker for the Sox.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
The executive summary, in case you've been taking some time off from the creepshow that the Texas Lege has been for the past ten months.
The Texas Legislature has adjourned from its third special session after a final flurry of activity, including approving new political maps. But lawmakers didn’t pass bills about vaccine mandates or the criminal penalty for illegal voting. #txlege https://t.co/UocIPIdl02— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) October 19, 2021
Lt. Dan has decided he wants a fourth special, but Governor Fish Lips says "not now, asshole". Maybe later. We have a few wieners and loosers ranked.
Republicans and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are among the winners, and Democrats and Hispanics among the losers, as the Texas Legislature wraps its third special session of the year. The jury's still out on Gov. Greg Abbott and Speaker Dade Phelan.#txlege https://t.co/V70rdr9VjW— Bob Garrett (@RobertTGarrett) October 19, 2021
And sightless gerrymandering being the hottest topic ...
Republicans say Texas’ new political maps are “race blind.” To some voters of color, that translates as political invisibility. https://t.co/iEegJrEfY8— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) October 20, 2021
It wouldn't be the silly boundary season without some litigation.
Before they’ve even been signed into law, Texas’ new maps for Congress and the statehouse are being challenged in court for allegedly discriminating against Latino voters. | via @TexasTribune https://t.co/nFtQzOGMAT— KUT Austin (@KUT) October 18, 2021
Attention finally turns to 2022.
The controversial issues you’ve heard Texas lawmakers debate for most of the year aren’t going away, @rossramsey writes. Many of them will be argued all over again during the 2022 elections. https://t.co/qACRSavLid— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) October 20, 2021
Kuffner has all the Donkey shuffling covered, and TXElects -- and his Tweet feed of the usual suspects, appearing to the right on his blog's landing page -- covers the Pachyderm dances. I'll wait until after the filing deadline in December to muse about primary challenges. I will say that I like the idea of Julie Oliver taking on Lloyd Doggett, whose reputation far exceeds his current value.
I'm looking forward to blogging on the regular about some things besides our state lawmaker goons, so praise the Lawd for small blessings. First: some housing news, broken out from the criminal and social justice headlines.
Everything that's happened since Mayor Turner was accused of corruption over a housing deal: https://t.co/d2KOg2JcxU— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) October 21, 2021
Here's Kuff's catchup. I note he still hasn't mentioned anything about it.
The Harris County District Attorney confirms a "pending criminal investigation" connected to Houston City Hall. In a letter obtained by 13 Investigates, the DA denies access to documents related to the probe, because in their words, "this investigation has yet to be resolved" and is "in the course of preparing for criminal litigation."
13 Investigates requested documents from the city weeks ago when the City of Houston's now-former Housing Director shocked City Hall with allegations of a "charade of a competitive process" to award millions in housing subsidies. According to sources and documents at that point, the DA was asking about specific payments made to specific individuals starting in 2018.
Landlords filed 1,453 eviction cases last week in Houston, easily the most since the start of the pandemic. (2/6) pic.twitter.com/FRULM5vdcT— Peter Hepburn (@ps_hepburn) October 19, 2021
In 1940, Black families, displaced by the Dallas Housing Authority housing project in the Hall/Thomas area, began purchasing homes in predominantly White sections of southern Dallas. pic.twitter.com/92xjgu5nGP— Nathaniel Barrett (@ncoxbarrett) October 19, 2021
It's not all bad news.
Here's more criminal and social justice and injustice news from around the state.
"...while [SB6] was called bail reform, it did little to nothing to reform Texas’ unfair use of cash bail to decide who must stay behind bars until their day in court... this new law will do next to nothing to improve community safety." #txlege https://t.co/3lx5UiucVk— Nick Hudson (@NickCHudson) October 18, 2021
"What I didn’t know was that prisons treat books as restricted commodities, a privilege—not a right—less essential than the right to bear arms, but in the eyes of the state, somehow just as dangerous." https://t.co/Pr0lEQHFrk— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) October 17, 2021
WalletHub's 'best small city' in Texas is same problematic town making headlines last week https://t.co/Cy9nw7rTXw— Laredo Morning Times (@lmtnews) October 19, 2021
#CorpusChristi I still want the @TxHistComm to remove this plaque, supposed "historical" marker, that disparages the #Karankawa people and says,— Adán Medrano (@AdanMMedrano) October 19, 2021
wrongly,--"1858 marked the disappearance of the Karankawa Indians." @TexasTribune @erinmdouglas23 pic.twitter.com/EY8QSV9ITb
Can adding four lanes to a downtown interstate solve a city's traffic congestion? https://t.co/9nadG289AZ— Slate (@Slate) October 21, 2021
And here are a few items specific to the border region of Texas.
(content warning: verbal discussion of racially motivated violence)— Texas Civil Rights Project (@TXCivilRights) October 17, 2021
Our REJ director Laura Peña laid out the real-life consequences of Trump's hateful rhetoric for the people of the Rio Grande Valley. Watch this clip with @mmckinnon for @SHO_TheCircus. pic.twitter.com/rN6I7i8h4w
I'm starting to wake up to the fact that Republican Latino/as in the RGV (and elsewhere) don't consider themselves Hispanic. They call themselves Tejanos; they praise themselves for their good fortune based on hard work and Jeebus and not on luck or cronyism, just like whites; and they hate immigrants, 'gobermint handouts', and worship the flag and the military. Sounds like any other MAGAt to me.
Since 2017, advocacy orgs have filed dozens of complaints with U.S. Customs and Border Protection on behalf of hundreds of migrants whose medical needs have gone unaddressed.— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) October 14, 2021
From @pubhealthwatch: https://t.co/RX5f5nmdOj
A few environmental updates.
It is "impossible for @txrrc & @TCEQ to argue that they have a handle on flaring or that they have taken reasonable steps to reduce it," pens former TCEQ air quality regulator for @statesman.— EDF Texas (@EDFtx) October 18, 2021
TX urgently needs @EPA to do the job regulators won't. #txlege https://t.co/vTADcpNf2P
NEW: LyondellBasell has agreed to pay $3.4 million in civil penalties after the EPA accused its subsidiaries of operating flares with too much steam and releasing thousands of tons of air pollution.— Emily Foxhall (@emfoxhall) October 14, 2021
This includes flares at four Harris County facilities.https://t.co/PYpMf0qhS6
Arsonist who is burning down your house:— Rebecca Parson for Congress, WA-06 (@RebeccaforWA) October 19, 2021
“I can help you reach your goal of being flame-neutral by 2050. Excited to announce my interest in advancing flame capture & storage in your area. In a year, my technology captures 0.00001290323% of annual flame emissions.” pic.twitter.com/w7JUxHo2EP
Texas natural gas industry showing limited progress in winter storm prep, experts say https://t.co/XtiLRbWSVX— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) October 19, 2021
A canal system designed more than a century ago for agriculture still delivers water to the Rio Grande Valley's fast-growing towns and cities. Experts say it could contribute to steep water shortages in coming decades. #txlege #txwater #RGVhttps://t.co/GdSpArlDQR— Texas 2036 (@Texas2036) October 19, 2021
And the soothers.
The South Texas Music Festival is this Saturday, October 23, in San Benito.
T'is the spooky season, so get out there and get scared of something beside the Texas GOP.
Driskill Hotel named most haunted spot in Texas according to Yelp's list of Top 20 Most Haunted Spots in Texas.— CBS Austin (@cbsaustin) October 19, 2021
Austin-based Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Clay Pit, 1886 Cafe & Bakery, and The Tavern, follow close behind.https://t.co/qBUWiTQH8h
Texan Steve Martin (center) with the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (right) and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen jamming at a bluegrass festival in 1974. Many Texans don't realize that Steve Martin was born in Waco. Really cool shot. pic.twitter.com/MvN7UeAfAQ— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) October 19, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
ICYMI: It was a busy weekend for the #txlege. The Texas House approved a Senate amendment to #HB25, a bill that restricts transgender athletes participation in school sports. The bill is now headed for governor approval https://t.co/QOK87EwDGG— Allyson Waller (@allyson_renee7) October 18, 2021
Social workers warn Texas' abortion ban is causing psychological harm to sexual assault survivors.— Rebecca Marques (@_RebeccaMarques) October 18, 2021
Thinking about this and the fact that #hb25 also passed this session. All the harm that lawmakers in #txlege knowingly inflicted on folks this year. https://t.co/538Q9RDWis
“Shortly before Texas' new abortion law went into effect, the SAFE Alliance, a nonprofit that supports survivors of sexual abuse, was counseling a 12-year-old girl who had been repeatedly raped by her father.”
Any minute now, Governor Strangelove is going to eliminate all rape in Texas. He told us so. And he always speaks the truth.
Current Status of #txlege bills.— Mark P. Jones (@MarkPJonesTX) October 18, 2021
39 hours until the end of the 3rd Special Session.
Passed H & S#HB25 Transgender UIL Athletes
In Conf. Comm.#SB1 Property Tax Relief#SB8 Federal COVID $ Distribution
Passed by H w/Amends, Now In S#SB5 Dog Tethering#SB52 Higher Ed Rev Bonds
After taking a General Strike break at the end of last week, I have more than enough for a very long post. I'd rather not subject either you or me to that, so let's just hit the highlights. Or lowlights and lowlifes, if you prefer.
Early voting begins today in #Texas for eight constitutional amendments, multiple local elections, and a special runoff in #HD118. Check out ATPE's @TeachTheVote guide to the constitutional amendments: https://t.co/5OjcAU2JUR #txed #txlege #txedvote pic.twitter.com/UXaMawx1yL— ATPE (@OfficialATPE) October 18, 2021
Conference cmte report for the proposed map for Texas' 38 Congressional Districts, #SB6, is out. It was signed by all 9 Rs on the cmte & wasn't signed by the 1 D on it, @Senfronia4Texas.— RA News (@RANewsTX) October 18, 2021
Here's an interactive viewer of the map: https://t.co/c0iSNsCZre #txlege (h/t @by_jmiller) pic.twitter.com/GZOwe9gg5b
Conference committee report for congressional map keeps @RepAlGreen and @JacksonLeeTX18 unpaired, also keeps @RepGonzalez in #TX34 (open Vela seat) instead of his current #TX15 https://t.co/5yCLmGpCEo #SB6 #txlege— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) October 18, 2021
Yes. Well, Texas Democrats in the Lege could have honored the general strike, or perhaps thrown some other wrench in the gears, but I feel certain they did not have the stomach for a fourth special session. They all -- mostly -- want you to re-elect them next year anyway. To keep fighting. Something.
My personal general strike extends to voting in this current election. I see no point in weighing in on constitutional amendments. Similarly, I won't be voting n next spring's Democratic primary. They can choose who they like and I'll choose whether to vote for any of them in the fall.
There is -- as I have come to understand -- a messsage being sent to government's leaders in not voting. And that message ranges from "FU" to "IDGAF".
Ted Cruz pitches Rockets job to Kyrie Irving over vaccines; Twitter responds with ridicule https://t.co/fHYjOo1jof— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) October 16, 2021
I'll move on while I still have the will, or the interest, to provide these news updates. Documenting the atrocities is hard.
NEW: Texas Republicans want to use billions in federal pandemic relief to send checks to homeowners just ahead of next year’s November elections.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) October 15, 2021
Not all households would benefit. Excluded from that relief are millions of renters. https://t.co/5gEw2AN3FQ #TXlege
To Address The City’s Wildfire Risk, Austin Firefighters Look To California https://t.co/7ZJ1FgV5rZ 8/8— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) October 16, 2021
In the Rio Grande Valley, a century-old, leaky canal system delivers water to a $500 million farm industry and low-slung, growing cities.— Suman Naishadham (@SumanNaishadham) October 16, 2021
Texas water planners expect the losses to worsen shortages expected in coming decades. My dispatch from McAllen: https://t.co/1NvZGgglYP
Must read #txwater reading for today. @H2OWonk makes the case on why state policymakers need to focus on water infrastructure. The key equation: population growth + infrastructure decay + extreme weather = need for infrastructure investment. #txlegehttps://t.co/DGhJYfU94f— Jeremy B. Mazur (@jeremybmazur) October 18, 2021
Texans want to reduce methane pollution: 72% support requiring oil and gas companies to slow methane leaks, and 59% are more likely to back a candidate who supports stronger methane regulations. —@ClimateNexus @YaleClimateComm @mason4c #txlege #txenergy https://t.co/p0oFoPQ7Uk— Public Citizen Texas (@PublicCitizenTX) October 18, 2021
The Axios Dallas newsletter (subscribe here) says that illegal emissions were lower across the state in 2020. But...
... but North Texas saw an increase in unauthorized pollutants, according to a report from the Environmental Integrity Project and Environment Texas.
Why it matters: 2020's pollutant decline was mostly due to pandemic shutdowns of manufacturing and oil and gas production and not due to increased enforcement of environmental protections, the report says.
The Dallas Observer's Jacob Vaughn writes about a west Dallas neighborhood's concerns about yet another concrete plant's pollution. HPM says that Galveston Bay researchers are literally fishing for data on chemical runoff. And the Statesman's op-ed board says that the EPA must save Texas from itself. In more newspaper news, D Magazine says that the DMN should retire its editorial board, and El Paso Matters reports that the El Paso News is now printing the paper in Cuidad Juarez.
A few too many criminal and social injustice updates.
Days ago a migrant was found hanging from a tree in Brooks County. Many have died on the border, but this heinous incident is now a homicide investigation. I spoke with Sheriff Martinez for @TPRNews for an update. https://t.co/YrOePALTFe— Pablo De La Rosa (@pblodlr) October 9, 2021
Think it's rare that sexual abuse of children results in pregnancy? Seven pregnant 12-year-olds and their caregivers sought help in a recent month at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, which handles the county's most serious criminal sexual abuse cases. https://t.co/k7tzp8Hbne— Sharon Grigsby (@SharonFGrigsby) October 15, 2021
What would you do if your ancestors were murdered, buried in the courthouse lawn, and then a confederate statue was built over their bodies? (Thread) /1 @TonyCra13323593 #txlege #BlackLivesMatter #Justice4Weatherford4 #ScarsOfAmerica #DoTheRightThing pic.twitter.com/rPCCLYzW7q— Shell_Seas (@LivingBlueTX) October 16, 2021
Court schedules sentencing for December 9 in US Capitol case of former Houston police officer Tam Pham.— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) October 17, 2021
Background here: https://t.co/kydztac0NH
BREAKING: Border groups, including RAICES attorneys, just walked out of a meeting with the Biden administration in protest of their recent plans to resume the inhumane #MPP program.— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) October 16, 2021
We will not work with the administration to resume this cruelty against migrants.#EndMPP
A Century Ago, 1 Lawmaker Went After the Most Powerful Cops in #Texas Then They Went After Him https://t.co/xm0um1PsIC #txlege #BLM #BrownLivesMatter #TxEd @esntx2 @AztecMuse @MotherJones #TexasRangers @TXlege #RazaStudies @EthnicStudiesCA @utexascoe @UT_DDCE @LatinoUSA @TxTLEEC pic.twitter.com/wHf34qjQiU— Angela Valenzuela (@vlnzl) October 16, 2021
One spot of good news here.
Yesterday, a bad bail bill died. SJR 1 would have allowed judges to deny bail in more cases, forcing people to stay in jail for weeks or months before their day in court. Read this statement from Liyah Brown, our Director of Law and Policy for the Criminal Injustice Program. pic.twitter.com/7Nm2k7D9Tm— Texas Civil Rights Project (@TXCivilRights) October 15, 2021
And a few calm-me-downs.
Houston's Billy Preston is the answer to a cool trivia question: who is the only non-Beatle to be credited on a Beatles record? The ‘Get Back’ single was credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston”, as was its b-side, ‘Don’t Let Me Down’. He later became a star in his own right. pic.twitter.com/wFa3G4Usdu— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) October 17, 2021