A big week -- a historic week -- tends to overshadow the Great State's highlights and lowlifes since Monday. I will forge ahead anyway, no mittens required.
Joe Biden's administration has begun. And plenty of the policies he plans to prioritize will affect Texans.https://t.co/swBTsQARMk— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) January 20, 2021
Ken Paxton failed to secure a pardon and John Cornyn is tweeting in a subdued manner. Both were far outdone by Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz, each of whom are eyeing upcoming election prospects. It's clear neither are going to let an opportunity to disgrace themselves get by them.
“Ted Cruz has long had a public reputation as an unctuous asshole.” https://t.co/MSesRxnBHz— Forever in debt to your priceless advice. (@PDiddie) January 18, 2021
Trump may very well never step foot in Texas again, but the specter of Trumpism is not going away. And for now, neither are the Texas politicians who so fervently aided him.https://t.co/1fbGnoPa9p— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) January 21, 2021
When Ted Cruz says "come and take it" I hope he knows 'it' means his senate seat. Expell the traitor now. https://t.co/YiD5o5AFZr— Bluepool (@BadgerStew) January 21, 2021
If we can't force him out, then we can at least cut off his money supply.
New political action committee calls on Sen. Ted Cruz donors to ask for refunds https://t.co/uYODcHdDh9— KVUE News (@KVUE) January 19, 2021
The same does not hold true for Govnuh Helen Wheels. He's a multi-millionaire and an adroit fundraiser. We'll need to be more creative.
Six-figure donor club on @GregAbbott_TX's latest TEC report: pic.twitter.com/mhbhqgJA26— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) January 18, 2021
"The most offensive thing he's ever seen" happened this week.
Because a man in Texas never aimed his gun at a President. 😡— josh tavlin (@anotherjoshua) January 19, 2021
Gov. Greg Abbott Says He’s Offended By Vetting Of Texas National Guard In DC – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth https://t.co/vpmiBc1aYV
Kids in Cages— Russell Foster for Texas (@RussellFosterTX) January 19, 2021
Women being raped by ICE in detention & forced to have hysterectomies
32,000 Texans Dead from a pandemic
Tent cities across Texas
Food Pantry lines miles long daily
But do go on about how making sure we don't have people attack the inauguration is offensive to you. https://t.co/Q4ptIuRfab
Greg Abbott Feigns Outrage Over National Guard Vetting @GregAbbott_TX #VoteThemOut https://t.co/n9nXCfmhQA— Shell_Seas (@LivingBlueTX) January 19, 2021
Abbott may or may not be smarter about pandering to the Trumpist base than Cruz, but he's certainly no less obvious about it.
In 2019 @HuffPost exposed a Texas National Guardsman as a member of the white nationalist group Identity Evropa. He was allowed to remain in the Texas National Guard. https://t.co/XmQL6KNUEg https://t.co/Rt66lrkvIV pic.twitter.com/J5BxEJ8QPK— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) January 19, 2021
Over 60 Texas counties said that they won’t enforce unconstitutional gun laws. Now Governor Abbott says the state as a whole should do the same and become a “Second Amendment sanctuary” state. #txlege https://t.co/vwBCPrv6ed— The Texan (@TheTexanNews) January 18, 2021
Gov. Abbott excludes Sylvester Turner, Lina Hidalgo from Houston briefing on vaccine rollout https://t.co/LnDWHSV81H— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) January 19, 2021
There are more "Texans Behaving Badly" downpost; we'll pause from that to consider the Texas Lege, which doesn't reconvene until next week ... but their bad behavior from last week is still reverberating around the state.
Texas Senate committee chairmanships announced by @DanPatrick show only one Democrat, @whitmire_john, and zero senators of color. 9 of the 31 senators are Black or Hispanic. 4 senators of color are in top 10 of seniority. https://t.co/2lqFQs0d9z— John C. Moritz (@JohnnieMo) January 15, 2021
Sen. Charles Schwertner is the new chair of the Senate Committee on Administration.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) January 15, 2021
In 2019, Schwertner gave up a chair after UT-Austin investigated allegations that he sent lewd messages and a sexually explicit photo to a graduate student. #txlege https://t.co/70vrAg6fn9
Texas GOP Chair Allen West says Republicans in Texas should ignore “fairness” in redistricting and instead see mapdrawing as a “strategic opportunity” to gerrymander to benefit Republicans. #fairmaps #txlege https://t.co/rY7owLXfuK— Michael Li 李之樸 (@mcpli) January 19, 2021
Without @PPTXVotes, Texans on #Medicaid struggle to find health care | @TexasTribune by @ShannonNajma #MedicareForAllhttps://t.co/LtKUPi5dXU— IndependentLeft.news - Updated 2x Daily! (@IndLeftNews) January 20, 2021
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Shaefer Edwards at the Houston Press takes note that the statehouse and Senate disagree on COVID testing -- and media access to legislators in their respective chambers -- as the session gets under way. In spite of the initial difficulties, Texas Democrats resolutely soldier on.
Two Democrats have added a constitutional amendment to the list of proposals meant to curb the governor’s emergency powers. The joint resolution by @NathanForTexas and @RafaelAnchia would allow #txlege to meet in a special session to respond to a disaster.https://t.co/GqyI9dha3p— The Texan (@TheTexanNews) January 17, 2021
Texas bill would make it illegal to display a firearm at a public demonstration https://t.co/7eRxfvVoGd— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) January 19, 2021
Confederate Heroes Day should be eliminated & #txlege can do so with @jarvisjohnsontx’s HB 36. It should be one of the many steps that Texas takes in reckoning with its own history. 2/2 -THhttps://t.co/yB1N2lFQwj— Donna Howard (@DonnaHowardTX) January 19, 2021
Once more: shame will not force the seditionists out, so some good old-fashioned effort to sweep them out in 2022 is required.
Twenty-two Texas Republicans incited the violence at the Capitol on January 6th.— Progress Texas (@ProgressTX) January 19, 2021
Twenty-two Texas Republicans need to resign or be removed from office. No unity without accountability. https://t.co/3h11CoUtsn
The early line is prohibitively against that. And not only because Gilberto Hinojosa is making others take the fall for him.
New: Top two staffers at Texas Democratic Party are leaving https://t.co/GXj2e4syCZ— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) January 21, 2021
A smattering of mostly unrelated bad news and good news:
The Texas Department of State Health Services said in a tweet Friday that the pandemic has never been worse in Texas, and it has never been easier to catch COVID-19 in the state. https://t.co/gh1BD2hIgV— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) January 19, 2021
Owners abruptly forced a Houston hospital to close its doors after it fell behind on rent. Doctors attempted to treat patients in the parking lot but private security and police prevented medical staff from retrieving equipment from inside.https://t.co/V7NdLyhOlk— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) January 19, 2021
Texas... isn’t sending their best https://t.co/ARcEj0Jh4x— Pinkerbell ANTIFA Space Force General 🏴🚩 (@PinkerbellPixie) January 19, 2021
Two East #Texas men have been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol https://t.co/SL5FgI6SSe— KVUE News (@KVUE) January 19, 2021
The Root quotes NBCDFW 5 about the story of a Denton County woman, faced with racial harrassment from a neighbor, who called law enforcement about the threats and was told to "stay away from (your) house until this blows over". The Appeal writes about Austin's dysfunctional crime lab and how it may lead to another wrongful execution.
Closing out this week with the softer side news items.
"On a stretch of highway between Concepcion and Premont, less than a mile from the unremarkable intersection of FM Road 716 and FM Road 1329, a miracle is growing." https://t.co/ae5xcGCGpa— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) January 17, 2021
Allison Crook shared this shot of Sonny and @cher in Vernon, Texas to promote the movie "Good Times" in 1967. Allison remembers that Sonny and Cher were on the stage at the Plaza Theater. Her parents owned a clothing store in town and were involved in the promotion. pic.twitter.com/fDgpE1Nt2w— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) January 16, 2021