For only the 2nd time in @UTAustin polling going back to 2009 (but the second time in less than a year), a majority of TX voters say that the state is on the wrong track: https://t.co/VfnQVlOnSY #txlege #tx2022 for more results from the just released poll: https://t.co/uHZughKtMy pic.twitter.com/eNm1jVd4Ku— Joshua M. Blank (@JoshuaMBlank) May 4, 2022
Gosh, I wonder if some truth is finally sinking in.
The pandemic slammed Texas working families.— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) May 10, 2022
Instead of using $1 billion meant to lift up COVID-19 victims, @govabbott repurposed (and wasted) the money to prop up his political career.
Shameful. #TxLege #1u https://t.co/4MkKO09N0b
Texas Soldiers Are Unionizing After Facing Attacks by a Right-Wing Governor https://t.co/PEJ2QBhDDj— IDKWhatsNext (@JeanGenevie1) May 12, 2022
So, under Greg Abbott's approach to governing, giving migrant families taxpayer-financed bus trips to DC is good, but giving migrant families baby formula is bad? https://t.co/8uVh5jilHO— Steve Benen (@stevebenen) May 12, 2022
Why does Texas have some of the worst maternal mortality and morbidity rates in the country? (They're even worse for Black women)— Brave New Francis (@socialworkwill) May 10, 2022
Lack of insurance. 1 in 5 Texans has no healthcare. #txlege must expand Medicaid and fund more social support programs.https://t.co/nctItqxH9W
It's a good thing that Texas Democrats are poised to take advantage.
Exactly 💯.— ♿🕊️ 🙌 💉 Love Beats Hate 👨❤️👨 (@LeftwardSwing) May 7, 2022
The perfect illustration is how Pelosi & Clyburn this second endorsed & are campaigning for a anti-abortion Democrat in Texas over his progressive FEMALE pro-choice challenger while Roe v. Wade is about to be overturned. pic.twitter.com/QryiFlpuS0
A key dynamic in the Texas governor's race isn't that hard to understand: Beto is in a box because the liberal base is demoralized and when he spends time trying to excite them about things like transgender rights, he loses independents he cannot win without #txlege— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) May 11, 2022
Uh oh. Well, they've got a bit less than six months to figure it out and get back on track (the right track, or the left track, or even the centrist track, whichever you prefer to call it). Maybe I should emphasize some of the worst-behaving Texas Republicans over the past week or so.
Ken Paxton was "shocked" by Roe leak, calling it a "designed play" by the left to get SCOTUS to back down. This just a few months after he waged pressure campaign on GOP judges in TX to undo decision that weakened his voter fraud prosecution powers #txlege https://t.co/7Q7kub9wsY— Justin Miller (@by_jmiller) May 6, 2022
To be clear, Ted Cruz isn't just rewriting history. He's rewriting his *own* history. Up until just a few months ago, he himself was referring to Jan 6 as a "violent terrorist attack." https://t.co/nECrkKlNbA— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) May 10, 2022
The #climatecrisis is upon us, and the chair of @txrrc which regulates oil and gas DENIES it's happening. He's campaigning with talking points on the science that would gall a fourth-grader. Early voting begins Monday: https://t.co/tQT2khv0d7 @HoustonChron #txlege— ChrisTomlinson (@cltomlinson) May 13, 2022
I guess that's my segue to the latest climate updates.
📣GOOD NEWS!— Mo 💜✊🏽#StopLine3 (@MozFrame) May 10, 2022
Enbridge has HALTED construction of Line 5 in Corpus Christi Texas on the Karankawa Kadla settlement, where thousands of sacred Karankawa artifacts have been found.#EndEnbridge#LandBack pic.twitter.com/SngW8gLlib
Community and environmental advocates in Texas say a new report shows how neighborhoods located near the fenceline of refineries, which are most often communities of color, bear the brunt of cancer-causing emissions from the oil and gas industry. https://t.co/dNCZvM3MVN— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) May 12, 2022
Coterra Energy, a Texas-based firm, had the largest relative windfall of the 28 companies, with a 449% increase in profits on last year, to $818m.https://t.co/apgIy036l1— Chester's dad (@littledoggy4u) May 13, 2022
And here's my hodgepodge of social justice news.
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals — state’s court of last resort for criminal matters — has ruled Crystal Mason’s controversial illegal voting conviction must be reconsidered: https://t.co/vjxZqkXphU #txlege— Alexa Ura (@alexazura) May 11, 2022
It’s not government healthcare. People won’t be asked anything about insurance or income. It’s the first municipality in Texas, and maybe the nation, to figure out a way to help get every resident medical attention at no cost to them. https://t.co/XHsZeOjptE— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) May 11, 2022
For profit businesses tied to the largest church in Galveston County, which uses its non profit radio station to promote the companies, has to pay property taxes after the @HoustonChron made inquiries #txlege https://t.co/dnLGvYh8Ub 1/— Jay Root (@byjayroot) May 6, 2022
This year, I got a tip that a man burned to death in his prison cell. The alarms were broken, and the COs did not respond.— Keri Blakinger (@keribla) May 9, 2022
So I tracked down witnesses - the prisoners who watched him die.
This is what they told me: https://t.co/W0TBTgzFEY
A North Texas teen who went missing from a Dallas Mavericks game was later advertised online and sold for sex in Oklahoma City. An attorney for her family says multiple organizations could've stopped this trafficking from ever taking place -- none did. https://t.co/PPabuTAups— WFAA (@wfaa) May 11, 2022
SpaceX plans to launch rockets near Brownsville, Texas, and send the first person to Mars from there. Seven years after breaking ground, residents say the only thing skyrocketing is housing prices.https://t.co/EmY0whHIIL— NPR (@NPR) May 13, 2022
The Texas Observer has a new editor-in-chief.
The #Librotraficante Movement is a collective. The caravan in 2012 organized by @thepoetmendez, @LianaLisa, @HighTechAztec, Laura Razo, and @Librotraficante, was a collective. The 2022 Austin caravan came from work from the same five, and that of a myriad brilliant others. https://t.co/x2yp4WLTt7— Dr Claire M Massey (@clairemmassey) May 10, 2022
And the rest of my soothers for your weekend perusal.
Will Rhodes shared this April, 1896 photo of the famed Judge Roy Bean in Langtry. Taken when the judge organized a world championship boxing title bout between Bob Fitzsimmons & Peter Maher on an island in the Rio Grande because boxing matches were illegal in Texas and Mexico. pic.twitter.com/e05SMY5T4a— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) May 6, 2022