The freak right wants outlawing vaccine mandates added to the call. The beleaguered Democrats just want to get out of town and lick their several wounds. And as the redistricting hearings and votes come to a boil ...
📣 Register to give virtual testimony here: https://t.co/6Kn7drUuUa— TexansAgainstGerrymandering (@TexansGerry) October 9, 2021
Submit written comments on SB4 / SB7 until the END OF THE HEARING:https://t.co/Iah4uiOAI0#txlege @FairMapsTexas @TexansGerry pic.twitter.com/AYUya65AS0
The Texas House is considering their own #redistricting map, #HB1, on the floor Tuesday.— RA News (@RANewsTX) October 9, 2021
Watch our recap⬇️of:
📉📈changes in partisanship & control in the last decade
📊partisanship models &
✏️🗺️region-by-region breakdowns of new proposed lines. #txlegehttps://t.co/EiTr2xJ1MT
... the litigation on the voting and abortion rights laws kick into high gear.
“According to Friday’s court order, the Biden Justice Department has until Tuesday to respond to Texas’s emergency motion to stay the district court’s injunction. The Fifth Circuit panel could then decide to extend the stay.” https://t.co/hka7FuiCRJ— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) October 10, 2021
The 5 lawsuits filed against SB 1, the sweeping GOP voting/elections bill that takes effect Dec. 2, have been consolidated in one case before US District Judge Xavier Rodriguez of San Antonio.— Chuck Lindell (@chucklindell) October 8, 2021
Texas has until Oct. 25 to file an answer.
Pretrial conference set for Nov. 16.#txlege
So a lot of "wait and see" to start the week.
Fortunately (or un-) I have many other links, starting with politics.
Trump accuses @DadePhelan of “standing in the way” of SB 47, the 2020 audit bill that was recently passed by the Senate. Trump calls Phelan “another Mitch McConnell” and says “Texans are tired of Phelan’s weak RINO leadership in the State House.” #txlege pic.twitter.com/UtpyEAp0RR— Scott Mortensen (@ares9465) October 9, 2021
Tea Party firebrand Allen West tweets that he has COVID-19, pneumonia, and low oxygen https://t.co/mgE2r10VOD— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) October 10, 2021
I'd like to feel sorry for West, but I can't. I will miss those push-up challenges, though.
Got fundraising mail from @CollierForTexas today.— Becca Moyer DeFelice (@becca4TX121) October 9, 2021
2 double-sided pages with ZERO mention of guns or abortion after a session where Dan Patrick dismantled our rights to bodily autonomy and public safety.
Oversight? Or just not a priority? #Elections2022 #txlege pic.twitter.com/eToU1PfWvM
This after Dowd deleted tens of thousands of Tweets in an effort to whitewash his history. Oh, for the love of long-lost Fleets.
Obviously "stormy" didn't only mean the weather.
Moving on to another Texas corporation (possibly) behaving badly: Southwest Airlines is encountering some turbulence. Somewhere.
Southwest Airlines canceled hundreds of flights over the weekend. It blamed air traffic control issues and "disruptive weather," but no other carrier reported problems. https://t.co/LCcvASFtqU— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 10, 2021
Strange. So is this.
So I suppose we'll have to wait until things *ahem* clear up a bit to find out what's going on. Moving right along to a couple of environmental items.
In 15 years, the number of triple-digit days Texans can expect per year will be nearly double what it is now. That's just one way life in Texas could (let’s be honest) get worse by 2036, according to the state's climatologist. https://t.co/pO47TDRtpr— KUT Austin (@KUT) October 10, 2021
Many were outraged after learning that under the RRC's proposed language, gas companies will be able to pay $150 to opt out of weatherization requirements. Sen. @loiskolkhorst summed it up well by describing this loophole as "the Achilles heel" #txlegehttps://t.co/ihS3NOHf1U— Texas Consumer Association (@TXConsumer) October 7, 2021
Pots and kettles in Austin introducing themselves.
Here's the criminal and social justice round-up.
Allegations of discrimination, disrespect embroil Houston Women's March https://t.co/Vs0rcOEcDy— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) October 11, 2021
SCOOP: For at least six years, a Texas district clerk divided up jurors by race and geography before assigning them to trial panels (venires). The Texas Rangers are investigating and thousands of verdicts could be challenged https://t.co/FHvqdlsCqq— Michael Hardy (@mkerrhardy) October 9, 2021
The incident serves as a reminder that over the past two centuries, hundreds of migrants and Texans of Mexican descent have been murdered.https://t.co/WrRWz9xaCh— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) October 10, 2021
Some good news from down at the border: LareDOS reports that the feds have canceled all border wall construction contracts in that city.
"between 2005 and 2020, at least 233 people in the custody of the sheriff’s office died" 👀 https://t.co/N57UFsMNHk— Jen Rice 🎃🍂🕸 (@jen_rice_) October 10, 2021
With a pair of labor updates:
Amber Briggle makes the economic case for LGBTQ inclusion in the Texas workforce. And the lockout of USW workers at ExxonMobil's Beaumont refinery -- where my father worked for nearly 40 years as a union member, where my brother and I worked during the summer to put ourselves through college -- appears to be succeeding in busting that union out.
While I highly doubt some fast-tracked SCOTUS case that threatens to strike down Roe v Wade will finally be enough impetus to scare women to the polls -- Wendy Davis drew massive crowds to the state capital in 2014 but ultimately failed to defeat Greg Abbott and even lost the women's vote to him -- it's one of the few things that's getting people into the streets. In that vein, the Texas Politics Project takes a long view at our state's attitudes towards abortion and anti-abortion laws. And L'il Kalish speaks to a volunteer driver at the Bridge Collective -- which provides transportation and accommodations to people in central Texas seeking abortions -- about their work.
YES TEXANS- hit the road - and remember that All of your female friends and family members have no rights in this state- BUT BBQ!!! https://t.co/Yb6IbyKPYc— Eileen Dwyer (@EileenDwyer6) October 9, 2021
Just don't, you know, do it with a Republican. Please.
People have lost their damn minds. National madness. https://t.co/bt7xZxxIgd— Carol Morgan (@CounselorCarol1) October 11, 2021
I should have posted these items marking Indigenous Peoples Day a little higher but that shouldn't detract from the importance of the newly-renamed holiday.
In 1492 Native Americans discovered Columbus lost at sea.— Jesus Fucking Christ 🌈 (@SHEsus__Christ) October 11, 2021
Kind of weird that Columbus Day is an American holiday even though the dude has never been to North America. Makes you wonder why the people in the land that he’s visited don’t see him as a hero. Mexico for example, replaced his statue with one of an indigenous woman. pic.twitter.com/AeW0vC7ZBp— ☭ 🇨🇺 jσєуաrecκ'ˢ Ɗуѕтσριαη Ƒυтυяє 🇰🇵 🙃 (@joeywreck) October 11, 2021
Columbus was instrumental in the genocide of millions of Arawak and Taíno people. He fed their infants to his dogs. He sold their children into sexual slavery. He tortured, mutilated, and murdered them for fun. Please don't celebrate Columbus Day. #IndigenousPeoplesDay pic.twitter.com/eTWYxqnIka— KJK 🌱🐝🌏 (@asclepiasyriaca) October 8, 2021
In Plano, Indigenous people came together for a remembrance and vigil for those lost and those that survived Indian boarding schools. https://t.co/Tgn1EARlJs— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) October 7, 2021