Before Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton and their associated players get started on this week's bullshit, it might be useful to remember some -- there aren't enough pixels to document all -- of that which they stirred, threw, and wiped all over themselves from last week.
If ever litigated, the Texas Supreme Court would fold like a cheap suit as it did when he vetoed the Legislature's budget--Editorial: Abbott’s abuse of emergency powers is at odds with Texas Constitution #txlege https://t.co/jxjOCP6xuh via @houstonchron— harvey kronberg (@HKronberg) April 23, 2022
Before hiring Iesha Greene, The Refuge never requested her public personnel file from her employment at a TX juvenile facility. We did. It showed she was fired for having inappropriate relationships with children — the same behavior she's how accused of at The Refuge. https://t.co/3Ppo88odT2— Zach Despart (@zachdespart) April 22, 2022
Sued by the government for allowing kids to die in foster care- then having children literally sex trafficked in foster care - then attempting to send trans kids to foster care… feels like a never ending effort to abuse children, not prevent it. #txlege https://t.co/Zp0hnOdmqf— Dr. Annaliese Cothron she/her (@AECothron) April 25, 2022
Legal experts who have been critical of Paxton say he purposely files in courts that are likely to land before a Trump-appointed judge, a practice known as “judge shopping.” https://t.co/VioZaemmoS— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) April 22, 2022
Every time I see a picture of the attorney general like this, I feel an intense urge to apply a Will Smith-style slap upside his head... but only to see if it might straighten out his eye.
21 of Paxton's 26 suits have been filed in Texas district courts:— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) April 22, 2022
5 in Victoria;
5 in Amarillo;
3 in Fort Worth;
2 in Galveston;
2 in McAllen;
2 in Tyler;
1 in Lubbock; and
1 in Waco.
0 in Austin (where the AG's Office is located);
0 in Houston;
0 in Dallas; and
0 in El Paso.
Let me wrap this segment as it began: with shit.
Unfortunately, there may be more human waste in the Gulf than previously thought. A&M researchers say more robust testing is required to understand just how much feces ends up in the water. https://t.co/SGQjPZxMcD— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) April 24, 2022
Should that be my segue to a few environmental tweets?
The percentage of Americans who think climate change needs to be addressed right now has dipped some since one year ago 🌍 https://t.co/GRgTiRDHP9— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) April 22, 2022
Texas went from about 0 renewables before deregulation to over 21% renewables now. TX is not a top performer, but neither is near the bottom. In this regard, deregulation has been somewhat successful. But I am sure the Rs are not happy about this. https://t.co/F5SeZswgNF— More Housing Choices; NH=neighborhood (@bnjd1837) April 24, 2022
Our 3-part docuseries “The Power of Big Oil” charts when the fossil fuel industry began researching climate change & investigates the lengths to which it went to cast doubt on the science & influence public perception. Part 2 premieres on @PBS 4/26. https://t.co/iQx5uFBGiN pic.twitter.com/n2Ads2Ux2D— FRONTLINE (@frontlinepbs) April 20, 2022
Great day at the Indigenous Peoples of the Coastal Bend protest to stop Enbridge yesterday. Find out more about IPCB's fight @ https://t.co/xqV8ndLDC2.#Karankawa #StopEnbridge #WaterIsLife #EarthDayEveryDay #StopExports #PeopleOverProfits pic.twitter.com/M62Dg4eAM5— e (@elidaic) April 24, 2022
The legal and criminal justice tweets begin with a round-up of the Crimestoppers corruption scandal, the breaking story at the end of last week.
NEW: In Houston, a beloved Crime Stoppers nonprofit has made a startling leap into politics --blasting Dem judges and lauding the GOP governor.— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) April 21, 2022
Behind the scenes, those positions mirrored changes in its funding. https://t.co/mE0OTdQfIB
The leader of Crime Stoppers of Houston supervises more than a dozen employees and is paid $280,000.— John Tedesco (@John_Tedesco) April 21, 2022
That's nearly as much as Houston's chief of police, who oversees a force of 5,000 officers.https://t.co/DysLV6Hy5g #hounews
The organization also enjoys close relations with Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, who donated $500,000 to the non-profit— which has a room in its headquarters named for the DA’s Office.
Keep pulling Ogg's thread, keep finding more crap. I'm especially not one for people who smirk and gloat over capital punishment.
Carl Wayne Buntion is scheduled to be executed at any moment for killing Officer James Irby in 1990. HPD Chief @TroyFinner, Harris County DA Kim Ogg, Officer Irby's widow, Maura Irby, and many officers are in Huntsville for it. @GraceWhiteKHOU @xmanwalton https://t.co/WHRcL9ZMD2 pic.twitter.com/YCabOJDNNH— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) April 21, 2022
"They (CrimeStoppers) disputed any contention that this had any sort of partisan motive," said Houston Chronicle Public Safety Reporter. https://t.co/kiM00sYlWd— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) April 23, 2022
That would be "Houston Chronicle public safety reporter" -- I despise inappropriate capitalization -- St. John Barned-Smith. (I thought I'd do a little of Matt Bramanti's pedantry for him here.)
Moving on, but staying here ...
After being told he would be charged more for extra buttermilk ranch, a Texas man opened fire on a drive-thru employee at a Jack in the Box. Exactly what the Founders intended. #txlege https://t.co/mu0g9Gul3w— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 24, 2022
👀 #txlege— Luis Soberon (@LuisSantosTX) April 21, 2022
2 quick thoughts:
1) Dallas funded a backlog court back in Nov. 2021.
2) OCA data show from Oct. 2021-Mar. 2022, Dallas's criminal docket has had a clearance rate (disposals÷filings) below 100%, meaning the backlog has in fact gotten bigger.https://t.co/lWkinGW2it
Texas National Guard soldier drowns during attempted migrant rescue in Eagle Pass, Tex. https://t.co/qrHMqTrDq3— Arelis R. Hernández (@arelisrhdz) April 22, 2022
Our teachers are still getting the short end of the stick. Maybe Abbott's task force is going to come up with something besides more persecution.
For Context:— Houston Teachers United (@TeachersHouston) April 18, 2022
$300 MILLION Surplus (per recent Audit)
$1 Billion+ in Federal #ESSER received by #HISD
How about @HoustonChron/@serrano_alej Writes an Exposé Article on Houston's LOWEST PAID TEACHERS
& how HISD Charges $4.7Million for TRANSPARENCY @KHOU @KPRC2 @AP @FBIHouston pic.twitter.com/rjvRZQUBdg
I think he's right. Things have gotten bad. It's not just teachers, either. Millions of essential workers are leaving their jobs because things are not susutainable. Wages are too low, workers are being exploited and pushed to their limits. @UnionmanTXhttps://t.co/1OUK3G49Qm https://t.co/ILC6oRYqYY— DelilahForTexas💚☮🌻🌎 (@DelilahforTexas) April 24, 2022
Here's some housing news that doesn't mention evictions.
Report: Homeownership is now unaffordable in Travis, Williamson Countyhttps://t.co/bndjCimCZE— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) April 17, 2022
Texas among worst in nation for affordable housing https://t.co/oHEXcfizZQ— Laredo Morning Times (@lmtnews) April 22, 2022
And a few more social justice pieces at random.
Speaking against proposed widening of I-45 North, Melissa Beeler with Air Alliance Houston tells @TxDOTCommission that a focus on congestion leads to worse air quality and more fatalities. People are also speaking out against widening projects in San Antonio and El Paso #hounews pic.twitter.com/cXGvQXNzIb— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) April 20, 2022
In Texas, legislation passed last session to allow alternative therapies for veterans. UT Austin's Dell Medical School opened a Psychedelic Research Therapy Center. https://t.co/Zaf0nVVQHV— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) April 22, 2022
Oh yeah, there's early voting for some elections going on now.
Most municipalities and other local governments in Texas have races on the ballot, although municipalities may cancel elections in cases where no position is contested. Voters will choose mayors in dozens of Texas municipalities including Denton, Galveston, Harlingen, Lubbock, Port Arthur, Victoria and Waco.
Special elections in HD147 (Safe D) and CD34 (Lean R) will fill the unexpired terms of former Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) and former U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville), respectively. Both elections will be held in those districts as they were configured for the 2020 election cycle. This creates a pickup opportunity for Republicans in CD34 because the Democratic nominee for the general election, U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzales (D-McAllen), could not run in the special election. Republican nominee Mayra Flores is a candidate in the special election, which could result in her challenging Gonzales in November as an incumbent.
What’s On The Ballot? Two Texas Constitutional Amendments For 2022, Explained— RA News (@RANewsTX) April 18, 2022
Read more at RA News👇🏼https://t.co/0Zy8fVeQOs
Even though there are two questions, you get only one vote; the marijuana and the warrant items are combined in Proposition A. So, you’re either for decriminalizing weed and banning no-knock warrants or you’re against both. https://t.co/nPCjddN0gP— KUT Austin (@KUT) April 24, 2022
And a couple of eye-roll items.
Want to know what I called “the height of billionaire arrogance,” and why I railed against “self-described venture philanthropists." I had some thoughts about the future of journalism in Houston when I spoke to @RickEdmonds https://t.co/eGAHqy1i4t @poynter @HoustonChron #txlege— ChrisTomlinson (@cltomlinson) April 21, 2022
Concluding this extended Wrangle with two soothers.
Nine years after the Wright brothers’ groundbreaking flight, John Valentine Pliska’s plane became the first-ever built and flown in Texas. https://t.co/Ad5QRXKprw— Texas Highways Magazine (@TexasHighways) April 21, 2022
Do Nothing For One Minute— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) April 21, 2022
Take a minute, turn up the volume as we take you to a field of spring flowers near Llano, Texas. Videographer: Scot Miller pic.twitter.com/R8Jyb0IAJl