My point is that as independent media comes full circle in terms of its importance to and influence on the dialogue in the public square, I'm looking for more Texas voices to include here: vlogs, podcasts, tweeting, writings on Medium and Substack, what have you. All I ask is that they be intelligent, consistent in producing content, and original (promoting Democrats and Democratic campaigns is overtilled acreage, y'all. They also have to have an RSS feed that Blogger can detect so that they show up in the right-hand column, of course.) Keep sending me your tips, but please also send your favorite sources so I can add them to the blogroll and include them in this biweekly round-up.
Opening today with the optimism brimming among the Donkey herd. Patrick Svitek and Abby Livingston for the TexTrib compile snapshots of the state of play for a few of the spotlight dances.
Democrats are optimistic they’ll flip as many as seven congressional seats in Texas in November. Republicans, though, have resisted fueling a narrative that they're playing defense in the traditionally red state. https://t.co/CWsmd6Rgxi— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) August 7, 2020
#TX24 GE:— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) August 6, 2020
Candace Valenzuela (D) 47% (+6)
Beth Van Duyne (R) 41%
Biden 49% (+5)
Victoria Research/@HouseMajPAC (D) 7/31-8/2https://t.co/9YvOyzNuoL
As House Democrats expand the map, Texas is ‘ground zero’ - the @nationaljournal looks at #TX22 & #TX24 https://t.co/CrA5OhWFtD via @kirk_bado #tx2020 #tx2020— Jim Henson (@jamesrhenson) August 3, 2020
-- TX21: The incumbent, former Ted Cruz flack Chip Roy, squares off with Democratic darling Wendy Davis, and recent polling shows a tight race. The progressive alternative in this contest is also a former gubernatorial candidate, Tom Wakely, who's running under the Green banner.
Join us next week #TX21 voters for a discussion on #MedicareForAll from a political, religious and healthcare perspective @EJinAction @AllOnMedicare @TXGreens pic.twitter.com/29ugyAOQns— Tom Wakely For Congress - TX21 (@Wakely2020) August 7, 2020
TX22: After Troy Nehls emerged from the muddy, bloody GOP runoff with Kathaleen Wall, he scraped his website of references to Trump. That's because he's up against the Democrat who nearly defeated the retiring Congressman (Ted Olson) two years ago, Sri Preston Kulkarni. Few places in America reflect the changing demographics and politics of America's suburbs better than this Sugar Land district, which was represented by Tom DeLay just a few years ago.
TX10: Mike Seigel is back for another shot at Michael McCaul. He's the most progressive Democrat in this class, and as you might have guessed, the DCCC is staying away again. Texas' electeds are treating him better, though, and he came close enough in '18 -- five points in a district Beto O'Rourke won by .1 of a percentage point -- that a presidential turnout might get him over the hump.
TX2: Dems think they have a shot at knocking off Dan Crenshaw, the media favorite who lives to scratch on "libruls" and "Communists" and other so-called ee-vils. Sima Ladjevardian is a solid establishment candidate but Crenshaw has a national following and the fundraising to back it up. This district was surgically gerrymandered to cancel Montrose and other inner Houston Democrats with bumfuck East Texas Republicans, and IMO the only thing that will excise Crenshaw is a redraw in 2022 by a Democratic statehouse at the Lege. I'd like to be wrong.
TX31: After MJ Hegar chose to challenge John Cornyn instead of taking a rematch with John Carter, Christine Mann, the runner-up in 2018, stepped up again. But she lost the runoff to Donna Imam, another progressive whiz kid whom the DCCC has avoided. With a small war chest and some bruised intraparty feelings locally, Imam has a tall hill to climb.
TX7: Lizzie Fletcher's challenger Wesley Hunt was diagnosed with COVID-19 as tried to board Air Force One last week, alongside Louie Gohmert and Donald Trump. Fletcher is the neoliberal poster child: Pelosi sycophant, loves fossil fuels and war toys, hates Medicare for All. I didn't vote for her in 2018 and I won't vote for her again this November. She should still win.
TX32: Colin Allred is Lizzie Fletcher's brain in the body of a Dallas Cowboys linebacker. They vote exactly the same way. This is classic old school, Martin Frost/Matt Angle Texas Democrat machine politics. It's also the reason why Joe Biden is the at the top of the ticket.
Hey, it might win one more time, if the polls are right. Later today, in Sulphur Springs ...
Local GOP officials poised to select Texas’ newest member of Congress replacing John Ratcliffe in atypical election https://t.co/1aOzWJlK9A via @Progrexas #TX04— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) August 7, 2020
Hegar underperforms Biden in the Lone Star State by 9 points, with 38% support.— Morning Consult (@MorningConsult) August 4, 2020
That's 6 points behind Cornyn, who roughly matches Trump's vote share in the state with 44% support. #TXSenhttps://t.co/Nbbr9f824y pic.twitter.com/zoCVaFyEAT
The D Team could have a had a truly popular, widely respected, eloquent, innovative nominee with the youth, the future of the party, behind him. But corporate contributions speak louder than Bernie & his $27 donors.— David B. Collins for Senate 🌻☮ (@dbcgreentx) August 2, 2020
Nobody ever runs on the Dem ballot for state offices in east [email protected] and I are trying to turn that around. We're running for Texas House in our respective districts in Tyler and Lufkin.— Jason Rogers (@Rogers4Texas) August 5, 2020
Give Julie a follow, and help flip Texas blue!#txlege
Five GOP #TXLege members sue @GovAbbott over $295M contact tracing deal https://t.co/jsMGfK1pvt via @CourthouseNews— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) August 4, 2020
NEW: I went to a Black Voices for Trump event. The only Black people there were the speaker & myself.— Alexandra Samuels (@AlexSamuelsx5) August 6, 2020
Trump’s campaign has tried to make inroads w/ Black voters, but party leaders have struggled to make progress during a national moment of racial strife.https://t.co/fTvd75gAyp
Not sure but Teen Vogue routinely owns Ted Cruz https://t.co/CwYtdjQBnk— Austin Tyler Rogers (@austintylerro) August 7, 2020
'May karma find you all' | East Texas man's obituary goes viral on social media https://t.co/VeRAw63wUm pic.twitter.com/SDHcQtRdIa— 🍀Pearl Jolly of the Feral Left🍀⏳ (@PearlJolly) August 4, 2020
'We are no less American': Deaths pile up on Texas border https://t.co/GrDMTE442B— Laredo Morning Times (@lmtnews) August 5, 2020
1/ This Missouri City, Texas nursing home has a COVID outbreak that killed 17 residents. There are currently 24 infected staff and 11 residents, who are in stable condition. @mvenk82 and @carla_astudi reporthttps://t.co/Xrjz9VUNjf— Rebekah Allen (@rebekahallen) August 7, 2020
Over the past four months, coronavirus data errors have plagued several important metrics that the state reports, mistakes that have the potential to mislead decision-makers about the virus’ true course, and to feed dangerous misinformation narratives. https://t.co/vAHMYUwZFe— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) August 6, 2020
There's a point at which Republicans' efforts to demonstrate that government doesn't work becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy just isn't funny. We reached that point many years ago.
Federal agents are expelling asylum seekers as young as 8 months from the border, citing COVID-19 risks.— Manny García (@manny_garcia1) August 4, 2020
You read this right: babies, children are being expelled. Important reporting from @lomikriel https://t.co/LaiboLxZFK via @TexasTribune
Study finds uneven distribution of air pollution in Houston https://t.co/ZshApcxJgK #HouNews— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) August 5, 2020
In a far-flung corner of West Texas, just off a lonely oilfield highway on the state’s dusty border with New Mexico, a small facility that the @nytimes dubbed “America’s most valuable hole in the ground” has drawn the ire of environmentalists for years. https://t.co/PDRyQJX0JW— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) August 7, 2020
New El Paso gas plant: JP Morgan locking in #climate destruction for the next 20 years #Permian #fracking https://t.co/DQIexHKHAL— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) August 6, 2020
The Census Bureau on Monday lopped a month off the time people have to respond to the 2020 count. Texas is already lagging behind the country in response rates, with low-income and Hispanic Texans at higher risk of being missed: https://t.co/JrtXojQKJQ #txlege— Alexa Ura (@alexazura) August 4, 2020
There’s a new billboard in Houston that serves as reminder to protect Black trans women. This is a demand. Not a suggestion. Black trans women deserve our very best! pic.twitter.com/cohXt5dEVq— RustinBrother (@HarrisonGuy) August 6, 2020
Texas opens hemp program applications while making it tougher to sell ‘smokable’ products https://t.co/x73yVhFe5p #TXLege— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) August 6, 2020
In February, Texas restaurants employed 1.2 million people.— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) August 1, 2020
By late April, 700,000 had already lost their jobs.
But Texas stands to lose so much more than jobs, writes @paulaforbes. If the small restaurants go under, what will be left for Texas cuisine?https://t.co/FhXVbaTlq3
Just incase your timeline went “back to normal.” Here are some Black Owned restaurants in Texas. pic.twitter.com/sXrUswHTuA— Jimmyyyy from Linkedinnnnnn (@albizthere) July 31, 2020
I told you I had a lot to get to. We're almost at the end.
The Texas Renaissance Festival won't require masks.— Lisa Gray (@LisaGray_HouTX) July 31, 2020
For many of Houston’s zydeco dancers, musical gatherings are just one aspect of a lifestyle rooted in their Creole heritage: trail riding by day, zydeco dancing by night.https://t.co/qgjM0zIsEp— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) August 8, 2020
TEXAS HISTORY: I should never have trusted Peewee's Big Adventure as history. Turns out, there is a basement at the Alamo. pic.twitter.com/Zo0D45pVfl— Michael Barnes (@outandabout) August 3, 2020