THU brief 7.22.21

Take the L Rick

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THE TEXAS HOUSE GOP CAUCUS conducted a poll on the Democrats quorum break, and the results appear negative for Democrats.

Respondents were asked if they supported re-election for Democrats who fled the state; 35.4% said they would re-elect the fugitives, and 57% said they wouldn’t. Hispanics and Independents approved and disapproved at similar margins to these overall figures.

Democrats (a handful at least) likely know their stunt isn’t popular, see that they’ve burned through their celebrity status, and are either trickling back or making plans to return to Texas.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden, during a bizarre town hall last night, put another nail in the coffin of Democrats wishing for a ditched filibuster. Biden stated folks would turn out to vote regardless of the state of election law, something he said in defense of current filibuster rules.

BRISCOE CAIN took heat yesterday on social media for calling the League of Women Voters “nothing more than a fake non-partisan organization carrying water for the socialist wing of the Democrat party.”

He’s right.

GREG ABBOTT has ruled out another mask mandate, saying the time has come for individual responsibility. Yes, but how does his position jive with new laws on pandemics and Texans keeping to CDC guidelines?

His position on this comes when several high-profile Republicans and some typically conservative-aligned voices have vocally called for folks to get vaccinated. Mitch McConnell in the former category and Sean Hannity and Ron DeSantis in the latter are included.

While the calls are from trusted voices, the energy is off, and timing suspect with will harm the persuasive power of the pleas.

RICK PERRY claims President Trump was sold a “false bill of goods” before endorsing Susan Wright, the widow of former Congressman Ron Wright, in a special election for his vacated seat.

According to the DMN, Perry contends that Club for Growth seeking the endorsement of Wright, told President Trump that Jake Ellzey is a never-Trump RINO.

Perry is backing Ellzey, who in his freshman session in the Texas House scored a miserable 52 on the Fiscal Responsibility Index.

It seems like the President got a sound bill of goods and made the right decision. Take the L Rick.

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Border security forum highlights ‘massive invasion.’

UT petitions to join SEC

Texas Hospitals Ducking Federal Price Transparency Rule

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WED brief 7.21.21

Democrats abandon their families to spread COVID

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DEMOCRATS yesterday continued weakening their already poor position after abandoning their families and duties two weeks ago.

In the morning, the group was accused of endangering their comrades in D.C. with COVID, including the Speaker of the House, after a Pelosi staffer tested positive for the bug.

The continued spread of COVID in the delegation is being used as a scapegoat to scuttle a potential meeting with Joe Biden, not that a face-to-face would help their cause.

Still, the crew has vowed not to return to Texas until after the end of this first special session. We’ll see.

Then, yesterday evening Vicki Goodwin took to Twitter to provide reasons for opposing election reforms. She made bad arguments for illegal drive-thru voting.

Just 127,000 Harris County voters stayed in their cars to cast votes in the 2020 election. Of those only, 53% were minority voters. The total number may seem significant, but it isn’t, and it’s inflated.

In total, 1,633,557 votes were cast in Harris County, so less than 8% were drive-thru. According to multiple reports, voters at the largest voting center in Houston were diverted from voting in-person to vote drive-thru, spiking an already paltry figure.

As for the racial component, Harris County is less than 30% white non-Hispanic, but this demographic accounted for nearly 50% of the drive-thru votes.

Meanwhile, at least one Democrat returned to Austin yesterday. Harrold Dutton was back on the House floor, returning to Texas to be with this sister undergoing chemotherapy. Prayers for her treatment and Godspeed in her recovery.

INCUMBENTS are being pushed to the right and defeated in some down-ballot races.

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FBI thwarts FBI’s plan to kidnap a governor

China is buying up American farms. Washington wants to crackdown

Birdshop owner running for Congress

Bezos burns massive amounts of fuel, vows to fight climate change.

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TUE brief 7.20.21

Richard Kimbles but less quaffed

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DEMOCRAT FUGITIVES (so labeled by the DMN) from Texas are still getting ill with COVID, further derailing their publicity stunt.

Get well, folks. Also, your 15 minutes is over.

How do we know this shtick has run its course besides the fact that Americans have attention spans rivaling a mayfly’s life? The Tribune jumped the shark.

There were never going to be any arrests, certainly not of a member who just had his leg amputated. Democrats, despite their suggestions, aren’t winning the PR battle. They will come back on their own and, as they did in 2003, lose.

What’s worse (for them), the longer they are in the limelight, the more damage they do to their cause. Take Rep. Nicole Collier’s talking points being highlighted by NPR this morning.

Collier suggests long lines are voter suppression, not the result of procrastination. Texas has a long early voting period featuring no lines. If you’re standing in a line, it’s only after not taking the opportunity to vote for two weeks with no wait.

Elections in major counties, including Collier’s, are run by outright or Democrat sympathetic administrators. Polling location and resource distribution isn’t a product of suppression by the GOP.

Poll watchers from both parties should be allowed to observe the voting and vote-counting process. No one (except Democrats) is suggesting voters be subjected to voting conditions in which the secrecy of the ballot is violated. Drive-thru voting (which isn’t allowed in Texas) would break this and not allow for poll watching.

How about moving polling locations? Collier is a hypocrite or ignorant on this point. Democrats are currently suing to force poll locations after a bill passed in 2019 disallowed rolling polling.

Finally, on the topic of changing voting hours, again Collier is misinformed or spreading false information. For decades, voting hours have been set between 7 AM and 7 PM. Election reforms proposed during the special session expand the available times for voting beyond this standard.

During the 2020 cycle, Democrats injected chaos into election administration, keeping polls open to all hours of the night and even overnight. Voting during these timeframes was sparse and potentially artificially inflated.

STEVE TOTH has filed legislation that would force an audit of the 2020 election in Texas’ largest counties. Examining what took place in 2020 needs to occur due to distrust in how the election was run.

Texas should do a review with or without legislation. This can happen via any number of mechanisms, including hearings (with compelled testimony and documentation) by committees in the Senate or the House.

SPYWARE revelations have many worked up. It’s early in the cycle, having just been announced yesterday, so it will be interesting to watch the fallout.

The handwringing over journalists being monitored is of early note. As for U.S. journalists, there aren’t many in the mainstream who aren’t entirely sourced by state actors, leakers, and the like.

Are these folks worried they’ll lose their ability to make a living (be taken seriously) if they’re outed as being tools of the government? Maybe.

It’s safe to assume all consumer electronics are being used to track and surveil and that state actors collect this information. Adjust accordingly or carry on.

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Anti-Trump Evangelicals Are Now Silent On Biden’s Cuba Policy

Oil drops under $70

Pollsters still in denial

Troy Nehls selected for 1.6 panel

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MON brief 7.19.21

Democrats are sick

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DEMOCRAT members of the Texas House who fled the state in an attention-seeking gambit are coming down with COVID. Five of the runners in total have come down with the bug.

Get well soon, guys.

Chris Turner and his colleagues either haven’t received the memo or are too dense to understand that Democrats are overplaying their hand generally and aren’t in a position to force the nationalization of elections.

Sen. Manchin tried to clue them in last week, telling them to stop it with the “end the filibuster” nonsense.

Sen. Klobuchar has already signaled Democrats are pivoting to plan B, doing election funding in a reconciliation bill. That “high-stakes gambit has no guarantee of success,” and the bill would be doing far from normal heavy lifting if it’s trying to do amnesty, infrastructure, and elections.

Related: Which Texas Democrats are in D.C.?

Meanwhile, attention is already turning to redistricting, a task delayed thanks to COVID19 and a census that was potentially fortified against population surges in Republican states.

When it comes to the once-in-a-decade task of line drawing, Democrats being absent doesn’t help their cause. If they aren’t around, it’s difficult to claim they did everything they could to draw maps they’ll claim aren’t fair.

GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS, it turns out, have been acting in bad faith.

Not convinced by Unions keeping schools shuttered and the teaching of CRT despite saying they aren’t? Here’s another example.

A lawsuit has been filed in Washington to prevent schools from vaccinating children without parental consent. What’s worse, schools want to be able to withhold information from vaccination records.

This past year has done tremendous damage to trust in government education monopoly, good.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham threatens (but won’t) quorum break

Abbott catches flack from dirty donation & being hypocritical

Alleged serial killer headed to trial

Judge rules DACA is unlawful

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MON brief 7.12.21

Conservative streak at GOP continues

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MATT RINALDI is the new chairman of the Texas GOP.

A former State Representative from Dallas, Rinaldi has spent much of the last year advocating against state-backed lockdowns via Twitter and at rallies around the state.

The top spot of the Texas GOP has with greater frequency been filled by conservatives after decades of establishment-aligned leadership.

VACCINATION RATES are an unwitting witness to the intended effect of election “fortification” (rigging).

ELECTION INTEGRITY bills passed out of both House (HB3) and Senate (SB1) committees over the weekend.

Lauding the quick passage of the House’s measure, Rep. Matt Shaheen undermined the lamest talking point lawmakers use to excuse inaction on priority measures, “we ran out of time.”

HB3, a solid election integrity bill, was filed, posted, referred, and voted out of committee in less than 120 hours. During the session, the Senate suspended rules to move a bill through the entire process in just one day.

Inaction in Austin is on purpose. Your elected officials are lying to you if they say otherwise.

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Baylor won’t be allowed to have its cake and eat it as well

Donald Trump wins CPAC straw poll walking away

Julian Castro joins NBC and MSNBC as a political analyst

Lumber prices regulating from pandemic heights

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