Friday morning brief 11.8.19

Lone Star Agenda

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The Lone Star Agenda is getting a push. Here’s a rundown of the Agenda and what’s happened in the last week.

Following what was widely viewed as a purple legislative session by conservatives, grassroots organizations coalesced behind a platform of 11 items and called for a special session of the legislature to have them addressed.

Last week, several representatives of these organizations held a press conference to publicize the effort.

Yesterday, State Reps. Kyle Biedermann (R–Fredericksburg) and Tony Tinderholt (R–Arlington) publically endorsed the Lone Star Agenda, and Tinderholt backed a call for a special session.

Around the same time Biedermann and Tinderholt’s announcements were reported, the Texas Freedom Caucus released a statement of support for the Lone Star Agenda, stopping short of calling for a special session.

Allen West, challenging current chairman of the Texas GOP James Dickey, is supporting the conservative platform as well.

Killings in Mexico are to be blamed on Donald Trump according to the Dallas Morning News editorial board, not terrorist drug cartels smuggling drugs and trafficking flesh into the U.S. Meanwhile, signs of progress on stopping the flow of fentanyl across the border were seen yesterday as nine were jailed in China. ICYMI, the chance to smuggle fentanyl into the U.S., is what the Mexican cartels are fighting over these days.

Texas Republicans are being encouraged to sign up to register voters en mass ahead of the 2020 election. With Karl Rove acting as frontman, the "Voter Engagement Project” seeks to bumrush voter registration. Democrats have taken a similar approach in recent years to varying effect.

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