A lot to catch up on before a weekend full of outdoor activities (Mrs. Diddie and I are doing Dickens, as we always do).
For many of the seven million women of reproductive age in Texas, #Roe already feels meaningless because of #SB8. If #SCOTUS strikes down that law but overrules Roe, Texas is one of 12 states that would bar #abortion care completely. For @TexasObserver:https://t.co/p9kjPz0NcG— Mary Tuma (@TumaTime) December 2, 2021
Texas' ban on mask mandates in public schools is back in place after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals restored Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order prohibiting such mandates. https://t.co/RqoaqaKSUi— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) December 2, 2021
A federal judge in Austin blocked Texas' social media censorship law, which prohibits large social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter from censoring users "based on their political viewpoints."https://t.co/10ZSSu5mXr— Chron (@chron) December 2, 2021
The hard-fought Texas voting bill has officially gone into effect.— Alexa Ura (@alexazura) December 2, 2021
As of today, 24-hour voting & drive-thru voting are officially banned, there are new rules for voting by mail & (missed in this write up) the penalty for illegal voting is lowered: https://t.co/AfkMVSw0uu #txlege pic.twitter.com/70E1X4MIyM
More than half a million who voted by mail in 2020 had their ballots never counted, mostly because of easy-to-fix mistakes. And in most states— including in Texas —voters never knew their ballots were rejected until it was too late to do anything about ithttps://t.co/KWiGN48Nvz— Jeremy Wallace (@JeremySWallace) December 2, 2021
These are among the variety of hurdles and onstacles that I cannot see Texas Democrats overcoming on their way to an electoral breakthrough next year.
Still, t'is the season for optimism, so I'll try to hold that.
“Since the primary last time, the entire district is paying more attention to what the congressman has been doing in Washington, and I do think that’s going to be reflected in the next election,” Cisneros said. #TX28 https://t.co/4Rl7JpbJLC— Jessica Cisneros (@JCisnerosTX) December 2, 2021
We're all hoping Jessica is right.
Tim Mahoney, who got 48% in two-way 2018 Dem primary for comptroller, filed yesterday to run again, according to @TXsecofstate. @Janet4Texas, the 2020 Dem nominee for #HD14, is also looking at comptroller race as Dems fill out statewide ticket ahead of Dec. 13 filing deadline.— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) December 1, 2021
Let's do the criminal and social justice news next.
As of today, TX's new bail law requires people accused of violent crimes to put up cash to get out of jail.— Jolie McCullough (@jsmccullou) December 2, 2021
Before, courts could release more people on no-cost bonds.
(TX bail practices have been found discriminatory against poor people in the past.)https://t.co/jVcXuKjBvi
San Antonio uses code enforcement measures heavily on the near West and East sides and orders homes to be vacated and razed at a much higher rate than other large Texas cities, displacing vulnerable people of color, per report released by @UTexasLaw https://t.co/hZE15zLr0x— madisoniszler (@madisoniszler) December 2, 2021
When Houston's housing chief blew the whistle on what he called a sham housing deal pushed by @SylvesterTurner, it looked bad.@dylmcguinness & @mmorris011 dug deeper and now that deal looks *really* bad. ⬇️https://t.co/cYPRxSM5Gg— Zach Despart (@zachdespart) December 2, 2021
‘Cancer has decimated our community’#EPA @EPAMichaelRegan “Journey to Justice” listening tour included Houston, where Black & Latino residents detailed a litany of community ills including flooding, petroleum-plant pollution & giant garbage dumps https://t.co/iLTguRQ5kj— Anna Núñez (@nunez_anna) December 1, 2021
Let me take that as my cue to segue to the environmental headlines.
Last year, Arlington stopped an energy giant from drilling next to a day care because of racial justice concerns.— Elizabeth Shogren (@ShogrenE) December 1, 2021
But last night it reversed itself, despite impassioned health concerns from the community. https://t.co/dRKvBJfzm9
Texas and 14 other states have threatened to pull $600 billion of public funds from banks that boycott fossil fuel companies. "I am proud to join my fellow fiscal officers in these energy producing states to defend our state economies," said @Glenn_Hegar.https://t.co/kGlT6fA3zL— The Texan (@TheTexanNews) December 2, 2021
TotalEnergies plans to build its first biomethane plant in the Texas Panhandle, which will produce renewable transportation fuel from cow manure. https://t.co/Mnd2Br80ij— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) December 1, 2021
Two COVID updates.
A Houston startup has developed a revolutionary COVID-19 test that can measure immunity levels and determine whether or when people need a new vaccine or booster to protect themselves from the disease. https://t.co/iz0CQdSdZd— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) December 1, 2021
He founded the second biggest Christian network in the world.— David Beard (@dabeard) December 1, 2021
He used it to crusade against #COVID19 vaccines and to spread unfounded lies to millions of people about the life-saving jab.
Now he has died.
Of COVID. https://t.co/jHtAgBpyym
Lamb founded Daystar in late 1997, in Dallas.
And a few items that don't fit easily in the previous categories.
In a statement, a Hulu spokesperson told Variety, “This was an investigative local news special from ABC13/KTRK-TV in Houston that originally aired on November 20th. This was not a Hulu documentary and has since been removed to avoid confusion.” https://t.co/nXTdUudpQx pic.twitter.com/d9WP2bysC0— Variety (@Variety) December 2, 2021
Ending another very weird and bad week with some calm-me-downs.
🍏𝗙𝗢𝗢𝗗 𝗗𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗜𝗕𝗨𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡🍏— Houston Food Bank (@HoustonFoodBank) November 29, 2021
When: Sun, 12/5/21, 9a-2p
Where: Houston Food Bank, 535 Portwall St 77029
📌 Gates open 7a
📌 2 families/car
📌 For safety, no walk-up tents at this location pic.twitter.com/8aafpdWSOg
Frida: Immersive Dream is coming to Houston. Lighthouse Immersive, the creative team behind Immersive Van Gogh, will present the art & life of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), the beloved 20th century artist. Feb. 17 - April 17, 2022 at Lighthouse ArtSpace Houston, 1314 Britmoore.#khou pic.twitter.com/XjLjWrVxA2— The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) November 30, 2021
This is a new painting of mine titled, “Pierce Junction”. It is inspired by the former oilfield that once existed near the Astrodome site. pic.twitter.com/Vyp9qOA6LT— Mike Acosta (@AstrosTalk) December 2, 2021
Nationals beat the Astros in 2019 World Series, followed by a pandemic.— Jake Odorizzi Fan Club Member (@DelRaz09) December 2, 2021
Braves beat the Astros in 2021 World Series, followed by a lockout.
Lesson: Let the Astros win the World Series and stuff like this won't happen.
The wacky and wild Robert Bruno Steel House that looms over Ransom Canyon east of Lubbock was put up for sale earlier this month. https://t.co/zzH7nHlC1N— Texas Highways Magazine (@TexasHighways) December 2, 2021