FRI brief 7.31.20

Reflexive reactions drive attention

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THE NOVEMBER ELECTION was never going to be delayed; folks just got played.

Yesterday, Trump did what he's been doing his entire life and to great effect since 2016, arresting the attention of the nation and media cycle with one tweet.

Virtue-signaling pansies hopped up to shadow box with this non-serious suggestion (???) meant to drive attention to potential/likely cheating in November.

It's a well-worn pattern. The left offers up a fear, says Trump is going to do something, he teases that he might, there’s a blow-up, he collects energy off the reaction, then he doesn't do follow through.

Since 2016 there have been claims that Trump would declare himself king, that he was a Russian puppet, that he would fire Mueller and Fauci to name a few. None of it ever happens, but the goading continues.

There's a method to the madness.

KEN PAXTON told the mayor of an Austin suburb that he could not further delay a local election to next year. Since Trump isn't on the city council, nobody can be bothered by this actual usurpation of constitutionally afforded rights.

GOVERNMENT EDUCATION GOONS are threatening to sue the state of Texas if they aren't paid to stay at home this fall.

Some school districts are extending the summer to September and then starting the school year virtually. Remember, virtual learning in the spring saw over 20% of students' ghost classes.

Related: Don’t miss Chris Putnam talking education at 11 AM

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Parker County Commissioners vote to keep Confederate monument.

Abbott approval ratings get hit drop from 60+ to 38

Laredo City Manager closing in on $1 million annual salary

Herman Cain dies at 74 after a battle with cancer and catching COVID.

FBI investigating possible Chinese spying on UT's COVID-19 research

Tesla Gigafactory Texas shows its crazy potential in size comparison

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THU brief 7.30.20

Weinstein rocks

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TED CRUZ hosted Eric Weinstein on the latest episode of his podcast, Verdict. It was a third of the length that it should have been, and while rushing Weinstein was a mistake, the pair covered some important ground.

If you've listened to Weinstein ever, you'll know he's not a fan of immigration laws that impact the ability of Americans to enter academia and economically thrive.

Weinstein points out; there's nothing xenophobic about this position, nor in fact is there with the popularly held belief that blue-collar American workers exist to fill jobs in manufacturing, agriculture, construction, or any other sector.

The immigration system has been effectively rigged to maintain and transfer wealth (beginning in 1971, according to Weinstein) at the expense of Americans, stagnating growth.

Cruz and Weinstein discussed the polarizing-cede-no-ground style of politics we currently entertain, not to the detriment of either party but the health of our Republic.

These tactics can be traced back to before the 1960s but become more prevalent during the reign of LBJ, whose administration saw the first hostile vetting of a Supreme Court justice. Fortas was Borked before Bork.

The talk between Cruz and Weinstein is a welcome affront to what Weinstein calls the Gated Institutional Narrative.

Speaking of institutional narratives.

MAINSTREAM MEDIA's narrative and big brother's shut down of all things hydroxychloroquine is disturbing.

This week a group of doctors held a press conference to tout the new use of hydroxychloroquine with a handful of other widely available (read cheap) drugs to slow the progression of COVID19 and allow for the immune system to fight the disease.

Predictably, these doctors are personally attacked for odd individual beliefs that do not detract from their medical opinions or observations. Also, big tech bros are censoring content, a practice that's been blatant during the pandemic.

Both of these behaviors are unsettling and show no signs of abating.

To wit, yesterday, Congress hosted the overlords of the internet in a virtual professional wrestling match unlikely to lead to any meaningful curtailment of their monopolistic power being used to suppress speech.

Related: Herd immunity in India, not from shutdowns 

But the findings from Mumbai’s slums, where the population is young and less predisposed to severe cases of Covid-19, may support public health strategies more focused on protecting the vulnerable without trying to suppress the virus completely.

ALLEN WEST is elevating the office of Chairman of the Texas GOP.

This week West traveled to see President Trump in Midland with former Governor Rick Perry and a handful of Congressional candidates and invited Joe Rogan to talk about how Texas is better than California.

West is ascendant; current high-profile elected officials in Texas are descendant and nearer the exit.

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Turning Point USA co-founder dies of coronavirus-related complications

Gohmert gets COVID diagnosis

Benefits of the Swedish strategy now appear to be confirmed

Biden allies move to stop Kamala pick

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Migration for the benefit of all: Towards a new paradigm for economic immigration

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WED brief 7.29.20

Who's heartless?

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TEXAS DEMOCRATS and their lackeys in the media are hoping they can spin long and hard enough to distract from the harm they are advocating for inflicting on Texans, mostly women, and minorities.

  • Democrats are insistent on businesses staying closed. This disproportionately harms women and minorities, according to FEE, Bloomberg, and NPR ( 1 | 2 | 3).

  • Democrats and their gov-ed allied unions are insisting schools remain closed. This disproportionately harms women and minorities, according to the CDC.

  • Democrats are pushing to defund the police. This will disproportionately harm minorities.

Not to mention the increases in substance abuse, domestic violence, and suicide. Who's heartless?

Related: Over 229,000 Estimated Recoveries in TX

KEN PAXTON issued an opinion nixing the notion that schools will maintain current funding if an inferior product is offered to taxpayers. Yesterday's notice from the Attorney General is the latest in a string of wrangling over what shape the 2020-2021 school year will take.

Related: AISD couldn't find 50% of its kids when TX went virtual

REDISTRICTING is coming.

We're at the end of a cycle, tightening election margins are a staple of this season. At this same point ten years ago, two seats separated Republicans from Democrats in the Texas House. Today that gap is 16.

While it seems ages ago, the Democrat litmus test for this election cycle was the special election for HD 28, which they bombed after mobilizing Beto, Biden, Bloomberg, and Warren.

A recent USA TODAY article highlights the improbable path to a majority in the House based on forecasting by Rice University’s Mark Jones. 

  • Win six seats rated as tossup or lean Democrat.

  • Win four seats rated as lean Republican.

  • Hold two-three competitive Democrat-held seats. 

Should be no problem, my dudes.

Related: Democrats dropping the ball in Florida?

POLLING

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El Paso City Council votes to keep property tax rate at same level

GOP Congress set to give virtual overlords a pass

Trump visits West Texas today

Ramos Video shows unfortunate failure to comply before death

Nichols cautions local governments against raising property taxes

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TUE brief 7.28.20

Gun control don't hunt

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TEXAS BORDER WALL is not falling.

Over the weekend, Democrats and some of their cheerleaders in the Capital media inaccurately claimed that a section of privately built border wall in Texas had collapsed. It hadn't.

GUN CONTROL advocates, backed by Bloomberg billions, are a significant part of the Democrat push to win enough House seats in November to have a say in redistricting come 2021. Their timing couldn't be worse.

Curtailing gun rights is a tough to impossible sell during a pandemic, front run by increased nationalism globally (see: Brexit | Le Pen | Germany | Russia), in a state and country beset by a Maoist insurrection masquerading as a peaceful protest.

Then there's the car swarming fad.

Everyone at this point is well-conditioned. Rioters, surround cars driving downtown (or sometimes on highways), batter them, then pull out the drivers and administer a beating.

Self-defense early in this sequence appears the logical decision going forward, and if you're in Texas, your car is part of your kingdom.

Related: DCCC reserves $3M worth of ads in N.Y. + TX

GREG ABBOTT did some things yesterday.

Education in the age of COVID is a fascinating thing to witness; this is just the latest twist. Does testing matter?

As for expanding early voting, it should ease the strain on voting locations in a November election that is expected to have massive turnout, but most folks will procrastinate, making election day pure pandemonium.

COVID19 should not have been as deadly in the U.S. as it has been. In large part, this is down to not keeping folks at nursing and assisted living facilities protected.

This should have been doable without destroying the psyche of residents, but this crisis isn't being handled intelligently or humanely, it's being handled authoritatively.

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Ken Paxton case still on hold 

Eddie Rodriguez drops out of Texas Senate race

Hotze to Paxton: You're siding with Hidalgo and Abbott, trampling rights

China's consulates do a lot more than spy

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MON brief 7.27.20

Bonnen, Abbott's menace

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DENNIS BONNEN should not be a thing in 2020, and to the extent that he is going forward, Greg Abbott will be kicking himself for not purging the scoundrel when he had the chance.

Since COVID19 hit, Bonnen has been a fixture next to Governor Abbott at press conferences and been made available to the media for comment.

Now, less than 100 days out from the election, the lame-duck Speaker is ineffectively lashing out at Democrats. This weekend Bonnen took shots at Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton), an exotic bird shop keeper, amateur erosion enthusiast, and member of the Texas House.

Luckily for the Texas GOP, the Democrats appear hapless when it comes to weaponizing GOP weaknesses and, like the GOP, fail to cut deadweight (see: Poncho Nevarez).

MIND THE GAP, the enthusiasm gap.

In November 2016, 53% of Trump voters and 45% of Clinton voters were very enthusiastic about their respective candidates.

Compare this to 2020.

A USA TODAY/ Suffolk Poll released on June 30 showed 50% of Trump voters to 27% of Biden voters as enthusiastic.

YouGov in June had this gap at 68% to 31%.

And a newly released Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey, pegged 42% of Trump supporters as excited heading into the election, while 31% of Biden supporters said the same.

Differences in these figures, especially more recent polls with narrowing margins, are down to question phrasing and sample, but there's a consistent theme, Trump voters in 2020 are resiliently enthusiastic.

After three years of media distortions and derision directed at both Trump and by the transitive property, voters who elected him it's startling that enthusiasm remains this high and the disparity between the major party contenders so great.

The other part of this equation is how bad enthusiasm is for the Democrats. Hillary, a dislikable candidate in her own right, outperforms Biden. Like the GOP in 2012, the 2020 Democrats may have chosen a uniquely disqualified individual to challenge Trump.

Liberals say Republicans are self-soothing by highlighting this enthusiasm deficit. Maybe.

But, these same liberals, without the benefit of comparing Biden to Clinton, claim the national polling margins mean the enthusiasm gap is irrelevant. Nope.

Also, an unserious take, mashing up the two metrics (enthusiasm for and disapproval of) to come up with a win for Biden in the enthusiasm race seems greedy and nervous if, as was the case in 2016, the election was a foregone conclusion.

Related: Michigan swing voters question Biden's ability to lead

ALLEN WEST, the new Texas GOP chairman, doesn't agree with the statewide mask mandate. Instead, he believes the focus should be on protecting vulnerable populations.

Related: Coronavirus numbers in Texas improving

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North Texas judge killed by a wrong-way drunk driver

Biden campaign 'suppressing the Hispanic vote' in Florida

Councilman Calls for 'Thorough Investigation' Into Marxist Documents

The homicide rate in Austin up 70% this year

Bexar Co. GOP chair refuses to certify election

Hundreds clash over the removal of Confederate statue in Parker County

Conservatives blast Supreme Court ruling: Roberts' abandoned his oath.'

Marijuana licensing woes dog Missouri's governor

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