Friday morning brief 1.17.20

Liberal hedge ahead of HD 28 runoff

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LIBERALS are already hedging ahead of next week’s special election in Fort Bend County. A good sign for Republicans.

Scott Braddock, an Austin based blogger, tweeted about the HD28 runoff between Eliz Markowitz and Garry Gates that win or lose the election, it’s all upside for Democrats. Inaccurate.

Since November, this race has been held out by Democrats as a litmus test for 2020. More accurately, a win by Markowitz will not alter the course set since 2018. Projecting gains as a foregone conclusion, money is already pouring into the state, and if the impeachment gambit is any indicator, Democrats lack the awareness to change course.

Should Markowitz lose, robust support of her bid will have been a waste of time and resources akin to the Wendy Davis campaign in 2014.

FUNDRAISING reports for state races were due Wednesday, kicking off the bone reading.

TAXPAYER FUNDED lobbying is going to be protected by educators and parents according to one Austin lobbyist, this as states consider ending the practice.

The overlords in Austin view teachers and their bosses as lackeys for special interests who’ve become fabulously wealthy on the backs of educators.

THE TEXAS TRIBUNE has hired Manny Garcia to head up its new investigative team. Garcia’s hire was praised by another Manny Garcia, Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party. 

The investigative unit is underwritten by a $5.75 million gift from Houston-based Arnold Ventures (Laura and John Arnold). The Arnolds just dumped $20,000 into Eliz Markowitz’ HD 28 campaign

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Left and Right See Media Manipulations

Austin Ranks Among Highest STD Rates in the U.S.

Eligibility Dispute in House Primary Roils Harris Co. GOP

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Thursday morning brief 1.16.20

DISD bond includes non-eduction outlay

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DISD’s Racial Equity Office is suggesting the distinct spend $50 million according to one outlet and up to $100 million according to another on public services outside of education (preemption alert). The plan is part of a DISD bond that could be the largest in state history, topping $2.5 billion.

THE TROLL attack on Republican Gary Gates in the HD 28 special election using stale opposition research appears to be backfiring. Gates went up on T.V. countering attacks based on decades-old, dismissed accusations, Democrats sued to have his ads removed, but a judge rebuffed their effort.

Gates says polling shows he has at least 12 points on Markowitz, a believable margin after the sole Democrat pulled less than 40% of the vote in November.

DEMOCRATS are working on rewriting history as they tout a $50 million plan to flip state legislatures ahead of redistricting in 2021. Politico reporting on the effort doesn’t make it past the first sentence before misleading readers by claiming Democrats were flatfooted a decade ago headed into 2010.

In reality, Democrats spent the decade from 2000 to 2010 working to flip state legislatures and control redistricting. A book detailed such efforts in Colorado and in Texas Matt Angle’s vendetta to avenge his mentor flamed out after narrowing the margin in the House to two seats.

Barack Obama’s forced lunge toward socialized healthcare aborted these attempts in 2010. Similarly, the undermining of a duly elected president might forestall any hopes of clawing back power by Democrats in 2020.

GREG ABBOTT last week availed himself of a Trump policy allowing states to opt-out of refugee resettlement. Yesterday, a Bill Clinton appointee temporarily halted the executive order, for the time being, voiding Abbott’s move.

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Sylvia Garcia 1 of 7 Impeachment Prosecution Team

Bizzaro: Five-Point Margin in 2018 Earns CD 22 Tossup Status

Suspect Accused Of Killing, Burning Man is Daughter Of DISD Trustee

Texas Freedom Caucus Announces Leadership Shuffle

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Wednesday morning brief 1.15.20

Americans aren't liberal

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AMERICANS by and large are not liberal. According to a recent Gallop poll, 37% of Americans identified as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 24% as liberal.

In November, Bill Maher wondered why Democrats were tripping over each other to out liberal the next candidate. Maher makes the point that most Americans aren’t liberal. [Warning for language and subject matter].

Around the same time as Maher’s comments, Barack Obama warned Democrats about kowtowing to the far left.

Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans, are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, left-leaning Twitter feeds or the activist wing of our party. 

DEMOCRATS lacking a majority in Texas are trying to upend election rules with lawfare. Another in a string of strategic suits was filed yesterday to force Texas to implement online voter registration.

Yesterday’s brief noted the Democrats plan to gum up the system ahead of 2020 by mass registering voters and filing as many lawsuits as possible to stress the system. These suits will not be decided in time to impact the 2020 election. Still, they will provide talking points for candidates and divide the attention of state agencies tasked with accurately administering the election.

What’s ironic about the Democrats push to take all things online is this is where they claim scary Russians are waiting in the digital shadows to steal elections. As for Texans, there appears to be skepticism about the need to move to electronic voting. Less than 45% of Texans polled in late 2019 want voting online.

TODD STAPLES on a conference call with reporters said he believed in climate change, and the oil and gas industry was to blame. Awkwardly, Staples is a full-time cheerleader for the Texas Oil and Gas Association.

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Two Arrests in Connection with Bellaire HS Shooting

Manor School District Loses $2.3 Million After Falling for Phishing Scam

Housing Market Robust in Texas

Trump Plans Additional $7.2 billion for Border Wall

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Tuesday morning brief 1.14.20

Democrat plan

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DEMOCRATS have a dual-pronged plan to win Texas in 2020.

Part one is the “largest voter registration program in the state's history.” A numbers game, the registration effort is a retread of 2014 when operatives from the vaunted Obama regime dropped into the state to elect Wendy Davis. The effort failed.

In part two, Democrats plan an “expansive voter protection effort,” including legal battles aimed at ridding the state of measures meant to curb fraud. For instance, Democrats are suing to stop wet signatures on voter applications. Expect additional lawsuits and misinformation campaigns from Democrats who have tapped failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

Motivating this effort is Beto's competitive 2018 run and demographic dreaming. Typically absent from reporting on both of these items is countervailing information, including Greg Abbott, won by seven points in 2018, Ted Cruz is an uncompelling candidate, and the GOP has been gaining power in the state as the Hispanic population has boomed.

There is hedging in reporting on this moonshot, suggesting once again this is an attempt by Democrats to bluff their way to a win. What’s nice is we don’t have to wait till November to test this hypothesis. In 14 days, the House District 28 special election will take place. Democrats have bet the farm on this race.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT over the weekend pardoned human trafficking survivor Robbie Ann Hamilton. Like many caught up in trafficking, Hamilton eventually ended up committing petty crimes that landed her in jail.

BORDER WALL built by a private company is moving forward after a judge rules it can proceed.

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Trump Headed to Austin for Farm Bureau Convention

White Settlement Hero Receives Medal of Courage

Booker Ends “Low Impact Candidacy”

Disclose Tax-Funded Lobbying Contracts

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Monday morning brief 1.13.20

Chick-Fil-A | Weed | Goaticorn sighting

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CHICK-FIl-A CEO Dan Cathy admitted the fast-food chain “inadvertently discredited" Christian groups after changing its giving strategy.

Notably, criticism of the restaurant chain by the far left didn't relent after a donation policy announcement cut off Christian organizations, including the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. If only there were a way to make it right.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit against the City of San Antonio is proceeding after the city failed to get it thrown out of court last week.

MARIJUANA possession could be greenlit in Austin, thanks to the legalization of hemp during the last legislative session. Lawmakers in Austin, wary of many things, ignored warnings that HB 1325 could be the thin end of the wedge to defacto legalized weed in Texas.

Of course, the hazy opening created by the passage of this bill was (among many others) quickly recognized as an issue in need of a special session. Gov. Abbott has ignored these calls and instead issued letters and directives pushing and possibly exceeding the limits of his office’s powers.

The big winners here are Mexican cartels and their stateside pushers.

DIFFERENTIATION is elusive in most GOP primaries, especially when there aren’t voting records to compare. In the case of five Republicans running in House District 47, distinctive positions have emerged.

Justin Berry (police officer) - pro-police

Jennifer Fleck (attorney) - opposes liberalization of sex education

Jenny Forgey (attorney) - fiscally conservative and socially moderate

Aaron Reitz (attorney) - restricting city authority

Don Zimmerman - reining in city ordinances, pro-life

Sidenote: Forgey is playing unicorn, there’s no such thing as a conservative liberal.

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Texas is the crown jewel of redistricting

Businesses and individuals voting with their feet

Abbott: TX won’t resettle refugees in 2020

Rusk City Council Approves Sanctuary for the Unborn Ordinance

Secretary of State falls for bait and switch?

Pelosi to Trump: I am rubber you are glue

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