Friday morning brief 12.13.19

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MIDLAND ISDs bond election administration has gone from bad to worse. Yesterday, the county began an unofficial manual recount after an 820 variance was discovered between the initial election and the official recount in late November. That margin has increased to 840.

Whatsmore, while moving ballot boxes, a county employee stumbled across a sealed box containing ballots. It’s unclear if these ballots are from the 2019 bond election or 2018, but a court order has been requested to find out.

Regardless, one PAC involved in the election has seen enough and announced it would file suit to have the election invalidated. Several issues have undermined trust in the highly contentious tight margin race.

DONALD TRUMP on Thursday tweeted that two Texas Democrats, Reps. Veronica Escobar and Sheila Jackson Lee had misquoted his call during impeachment proceedings. Even CNN had to agree he was right.

While Trump needled Democrats, Speaker Pelosi denied she is whipping them. Still, many are bracing for defections when the vote comes.

TEXAS ALLIANCE FOR LIFE testified yesterday to have an infant pulled from life support. It’s just the latest example of the alleged pro-life group working against pro-life advocates. As for the infant, Tinslee Lewis, a judge will decide by January 2 what should be done in the case.

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Harris Co. GOP still considering removing Flynn from the ballot

The Concerning Standard of Texas Republicans

Legislator tests compliance with taxpayer-funded lobbying law

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Thursday morning brief 12.13.19

Dan Patrick | Bush | Fusion Centers

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DAN PATRICK circulated an email yesterday suggesting causation between the lack of primary challenges to incumbent senators and the work accomplished during the session. Though the Senate passed may noteworthy measures, the correlation between results and the lack of primary challengers does not exist.

The reason no primary challenges emerged is GOP leadership is obsessed with the 2020 general election, there was a full-court press to chase challenges. It’s hard to mount a challenge when there is no money and big money dedicated to your defeat.

GEORGE P. BUSH lost it yesterday over what appeared to be satire, suggesting he was going to put a statue of Mexican general Santa Anna outside the Alamo. Bush has become a villain to many in the Alamo redevelopment. 

Meanwhile, Rep. Biedermann called on Gov Abbott to defend the Alamo Cenotaph. In recent days, plans to move the monument have stalled due to public backlash.

And, San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg stated the Alamo redevelopment is meant to honor Mexico.

PIERCE BUSH, GOP Congressional Candidate, and George H.W. Bush’s grandson marched in an anti-Trump protest in 2017, according to the Daily Caller.

FBI agents arrested Sylvia P. Atkinson, the Vice President of the Brownsville Independent School District Board, on Wednesday. Atkinson was indicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, and six counts of travel act-state law bribery.

FUSION CENTERS are hitting the mainstream radar. Following 9/11, Texas moved to create information gathering hubs, nine of them span the state. These massive outposts shrouded in secrecy, are about to get an infusion of cash from Governor Abbott.

Watchdog columnist for the DMN, Dave Lieber says there has been little focus on safeguarding Texans’ privacy.

IMPEACHMENT is moving forward in Congress, but at least three Texas Democrats are noncommittal: Reps. Cuellar, Allred, and Fletcher.

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Alamo redevelopment to honor Mexico

Perry: Ted's claims about Ukraine will soon be corroborated

Huffines: Taxpayers still paying fine for Dallas County Schools

Turner Leads Buzbee By More Than 20 Points

Mayor Ramsey English Cantu ruled ineligible for HD 74 run

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Wednesday morning brief 12.11.19

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BILL ZEDLER, like Mike Lang before him, made the last-minute call not to seek election in 2020. He did so the day after the filing deadline had passed and the day after getting a primary opponent, Mansfield Mayor David Cook.

This will open up an extended filing period for the position. Fort Bend County GOP announced yesterday that there would be a bonus time to file for the seat Rick Miller abandoned last week after running into a cancel culture buzzsaw.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT yesterday endorsed Rep. Sarah Davis in her bid for reelection. This was going to happen despite Abbott saying of Davis in 2018, “She’s not really a Republican.”

Abbott made it a point shortly after the session to say he was going to endorse all GOP members of the Texas House. Except for Rick Miller’s rescinded endorsement, everyone has an endorsement. If everyone gets one, is there any value?

MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS were getting a free pass from the man tasked with cracking down on them according to an indictment unsealed Monday.

PENTAGON funding can’t be used to build the border wall after a Texas judge ruled on Tuesday. An appeal is expected.

DEMOCRATS in competitive congressional districts on Monday floated the idea of censuring Trump instead of moving ahead with impeachment. This didn’t happen, but as was noted last week, the fear of impeachment's adverse effects has broken out of the backrooms.

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Buttigieg Slips, While Biden And Sanders Gain

City Council Postpones Plan To Buy Another Hotel To House Homeless

New Judge To Decide On Removing Life Support For Tinslee Lewis

700,000 people moved out of California last year; Texas most popular destination

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Tuesday morning brief 12.10.19

Art Acevedo | Filing Deadline | Bush Fam

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TEXAS REP. AL GREEN stated Democrats should impeach President Trump for the "original" sin of slavery.

Articles of impeachment were filed this morning. Abandoned is the much-ballyhooed quid-pro-quo/bribery charge, replaced with abuse of power and obstruction.

POLICE CHIEF ART ACEVEDO lashed out yesterday at Senators Cornyn and Cruz after the death of an HPD officer. Acevedo, conflating issues, suggested the NRA was standing in the way of the Violence Against Women Act.

Cornyn was quick to point out that impeachment mania has stalled meaningful policymaking. Acevedo's remarks were called offensive and inappropriate by the Houston Police Officers' Union.

FILING DEADLINE yesterday was the last (in theory) day to file for a spot on the 2020 ballot. There were some last-minute surprises.

Rep. Mike Lang bailed, for the second time running for his seat in the Texas House, causing a rare five day overtime for other candidates to file in for his seat, and Bryan Slaton is challenging Rep. Dan Flynn after nearly beating the incumbent in 2018.

GENE WU, a backbench Democrat in the Texas House, attacked the Huckabee family over the weekend. Democrats in Texas have become increasingly belligerent on social media ahead of 2020.

REPUBLICANS are once again eating their own. Over the weekend, reports emerged that the Galveston County GOP Chairwoman texted what appeared to be a racial slur. According to reports, she’s both Hispanic and African American.

The band from last week’s Rick Miller episode (Abbott, Dickey, et al.) got back together for chastisement time and George P. Bush got in on the action. Speaking of the Bush fam, Pierce Bush, grandson of George H.W. Bush, filed to run for Congress yesterday.

TWITTER banned or threatened to ban several public figures over the weekend for posting screenshots of the manifesto published by the Saudi terrorist who killed three at a Naval base in Florida.

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Texas Local Governments Increase Debt to $365 Billion in 2019 ($)

Flynn’s eligibility for battleground House District 138 race questioned ($)

Moving the Alamo Cenotaph Risks Damage to a Priceless Memorial

Fort Worth’s ‘Panther Island’ Project Running Out of Money

If she said it was equitable, she might not have a job

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Monday morning brief 12.9.19

Impeachment | Retirements | Links

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IMPEACHMENT is helping Trump

REPUBLICAN retirements have less to do with electoral prospects than other factors, including terming out of committee leadership positions. Messaging from the left suggesting retirements, are a sign Democrats will fare well in 2020 aren’t accurate.

DALLAS MAYOR ERIC JOHNSON is suing Texas to hide his calendar. Requests for official schedules are routinely released, Johnson is fighting to keep his hidden with a “vague assertions of risk.”

MIDLAND ISD’s bond election is a saga that refuses to quit. Over the weekend, the election administrator announced that the recount conducted over Thanksgiving was inaccurate, once again undermining trust in the election.

CAMPAIGN FUND use by former State Rep. Jason Isaac is being questioned, which may have less to do with Jason and more to do with his wife. Jason Isaac left the legislature after four sessions to run for congress. His wife Carrie Isaac is running for the state representative seat Jason held now occupied by Democrat Erin Zwiener.

DEMOCRATS are shrinking their tent. There is no place for pro-life Dems anymore. Is the same soon to be true of guns?

Gone are the days when Democrats pretended to be gun-toting Second Amendment enthusiasts, in the hopes of making inroads in purple states such as Virginia or regions such as the Rocky Mountain West.

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Teen arrested after carving name into girlfriend's forehead

Granger’s Panther Island Running Out of Money

Bloomberg to employees: 'With your paycheck comes some restrictions'

Google tracks everywhere you go, here’s how to delete the data

Progressives plotting to stop Pete

Bexar County deputy arrested for conducting strip searches

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