My family is so proud that I am running for governor. It would mean so much to us if you could make a contribution today! https://t.co/YpuNLySnhA— DelilahForTexas💚☮🌻🌎 (@DelilahforTexas) November 25, 2021
No boycotts and no strikes today. Give what you can to those who ask, and to those who need help but are too shy to ask. It's better than involuntarily donating to corporations.
How millions in Texas tax dollars are diverted to huge online retailers like Best Buy, Dell https://t.co/1x7YBSMiSF— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) November 22, 2021
More of the latest state politics.
.@JonesJolanda, former Houston City Council member & HISD trustee, announces she’s running for #HD147, the seat being vacated by @GFColeman. Her initial list of endorsers includes @SenRoyceWest. #txlege pic.twitter.com/3bqxw6u288— Jasper Scherer (@jaspscherer) November 29, 2021
JoJo has been one of my favorites for a very long time. She really gets it, and has the scars from jackasses like Bill White and many other shitlibs to prove it. All power to her.
Does the Pope shit in the woods? Of course he does. I'm not interested in local school board elections, but if that's your jam, now is the time to make your vote, voice, and objections loud to the Q-Crew schoolhouse bullies working hard to Dominionize your kids and grandkids.
Silly, superficial analysis from Mark Jones.— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) November 23, 2021
The vast majority of Texans have no idea who Sen. Hughes is. His perceived niceness blunted pushback from fellow legislators, not the public.
Come visit the Capitol sometime, Mark #txlege https://t.co/0FE7ZDSEoI
I post Dr. Jones' tweets here on the occasions when he manages to keep his red partisanship out of his analysis. Which is about half the time he tweets. When he fails in that he embarrasses himself, as Braddock shows here.
Making the effort to challenge one's thinking -- to break out of the silo, so to speak -- requires rigorous self-inspection. I appreciate when others do the work and create the breakthroughs. Here's an example of that not happening.
Louie Gohmert, a nine-term Republican congressman from Tyler and member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, could potentially siphon votes from Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is seeking a third term. https://t.co/pwUHHtHXPn— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) November 24, 2021
The problem here is the word 'siphon'.
As I have blogged many times in the past, votes are not zero sum. Votes are earned. The confusion arises due to Gohmert's intention for his bid. It was the same as Matt Krause's before he dropped out: capitalize on the scandals of Ken Paxton by offering oneself as the Qonservative alternative to Pee Bush and Eva Guzman. (The sticky point is obviously trying to understand whatever passes for logic in the TXGOP primary voter's mind in choosing between Paxton and Gohmert.) Paxton would make the runoff easily -- polling suggests without a runoff -- if it weren't for Gohmert now in. Bush's chances improve as a runoff entrant. So if I'm laying odds today, about 90 days from the spring election date, I'm favoring K-Pax and Baby Bush as the top two. But a lot is going to happen between now and then, not the least of which is the possibility that Tejano Republicans carry more clout than anybody has been able to measure so far.
Texas Dems are pinning hopes on Beto to save South Texas from flipping to red.— Rebekah Allen (@rebekahallen) November 24, 2021
But Beto also needs South Texas to come through for him in 2022 more so than it did in 2018 and 2020 if he has any chance of beating Greg Abbott for gov.
via @PatrickSvitek https://t.co/7ZGkwqudsC
Yes, Beto needs their counterparts to save him and the rest of Team Donkey down the ballot. So the RGV is ground zero for March and November. I don't think it's going to happen for him, but stranger things have.
Will @RepEBJ be able to anoint her successor? State Rep. @jasminefor100 set to seek Johnson’s Dallas U.S. House seat — with Eddie Bernice Johnson’s support, @EmilyECaldwell and @gromerjeffers report. #txlegehttps://t.co/wPnG9xxr0b pic.twitter.com/KJG2zI7chv— Bob Garrett (@RobertTGarrett) November 24, 2021
Still pisses me off that Ms. Crockett Bigfooted into this primary and has squashed Jessica Mason, the actual progressive. I don't really see the suddenly-presumptive nominee as anything more than another all-talk no-action Squad member. In similar fashion, Donna Imam beat Julie Oliver to the punch, jumping in to face Lloyd Doggett in the TX-37 primary.
Will the Taylor Samsung chip facility attract more Democrats to Williamson County? Could it cause the county to swing from purple to blue? Studies of chipmaker Intel show employees are overwhelmingly Democratic. @evanasmith @HKronberg @bgrumet pic.twitter.com/4esLyD2Y0J— Jim Boyle (@JimGBoyle) November 24, 2021
Moving on to the criminal and social justice links.
Members of Austin’s Jewish community held a menorah lighting this afternoon on the overpass at Far West and MoPac in central Austin.https://t.co/jRsUophghv— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) November 30, 2021
Why isn't Texas media covering this? Kyle Carruth, leader of a gun extremist organization in Lubbock, has faced no consequences from law enforcement since shooting an unarmed man with his AR-15 on Nov 5. His ex-wife happens to be a District Judge appointed by Gov. Abbott. #txlege https://t.co/M52w6UVJZ1— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) November 25, 2021
Just heartbreaking to see Texas staging a military response to a humanitarian crisis. After walking 1,500 miles from Central America these refugee families are unlikely to put up much a fight. Staging ambulances and first aid would seem more appropriate. https://t.co/SyoVGyDueo— Fred Cantu (@fredcantu) November 27, 2021
Even as Abbott has again mobilized Texas Guard troops to the southern border, polls show support for his immigration moves ticking upwards.
Jayla Allen was her family’s third generation to attend Prairie View A&M University.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) November 27, 2021
She inherited a battle for voting rights in Waller County extending before her grandfather’s time at the Southeast Texas college. https://t.co/gEa5Qfrtib
Houston-area hospitals are not fully complying with a federal mandate to post prices — information that could be used to drive down the cost of health care, according to a review by the @HoustonChron. #txlege #txhealthhttps://t.co/9qmxRWvLbs— Texas 2036 (@Texas2036) November 23, 2021
Texas is one of 12 states that have refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, leaving over a million Texans in the coverage gap.— Progress Texas (@ProgressTX) November 29, 2021
A new proposal from the Biden admin could close the gap and provide our state w/ $1.5 billion in funding. https://t.co/Q73Vz3Qw5H
Texas is one of the most uninsured and under insured states in the country.. Vaccines do not equal healthcare. If democrats cared about peoples lives, we would have Medicare for All. https://t.co/frEgSryouq— DelilahForTexas💚☮🌻🌎 (@DelilahforTexas) November 26, 2021
Katy ISD blocks LGBTQ+ resources, suicide prevention websites from students https://t.co/eKmJwiHmhx— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) November 24, 2021
How a Crazy Plan to Rebuild Waco Compound Gave Us Alex Jones https://t.co/7sXnuixtVJ— ⚜️CussinAssCajun⚜️ (@LibCajunFishtit) November 27, 2021
There's your cray-cray read of the day. I'm heading on to the climate news.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reports that opponents to a new quarry to be dug over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone are fighting the company, Vulcan Construction Materials, in court and in the community.
#ClimateChange solutions— Professor Mark Maslin 💙 (@ProfMarkMaslin) November 27, 2021
80% of internal flights in #USA could be replaced by reliable affordable high-speed #trains
Just imagine travelling across country at speeds of 300 mph on American bullet trainshttps://t.co/y1ECLk48EO pic.twitter.com/7SDGLDz7XB
Closing today with some holiday lights and music options.
Add live music to your holiday list!— ACL Live (@acllive) November 29, 2021
12/5 @PATGREENMUSIC @corymorrowband
12/13 Drag Queen XMAS
12/17 Merry-achi XMAS
12/31 @spoontheband pic.twitter.com/MDjVscpFaI
Don’t let the season pass you by without visiting @houstonzoo Lights! 🤩 This is a beautiful holiday experience you won’t want to miss! Tap the link for more info and ticket prices 🎟: https://t.co/baI69BNjP4 pic.twitter.com/jHySypYLIp— Houston (@VisitHouston) November 30, 2021
I produced this segment with the critical expert on Texas metal & hardcore, Andy O’Connor. Plus @dearleahmichele mixed in a ton of great music from @portrayalof, @CreepingDeathtx, @TribalGaze, @GlassingBand, @JudiciaryTX and the gods Iron Age & Power Trip. Check it out! https://t.co/I91w5A8b5J— Wells Dunbar🤦🏻 (@WellsDunbar) November 29, 2021