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@UnlivableATX @chrisharris101 END OF POLICING CONSULTANT/LOBBYIST @chrisharris101 of JUST LIBERTY has been very busy w/ his heavy lobbying activities for the goal of THE END OF POLICING movement for #Texas repping #Austin . He's already been reporting to the NY SCHOOL OF LAW POLICING PROJECT leaders. #txlege
@UnlivableATX @chrisharris101 @GregAbbott_TX @KenPaxtonTX @TXAG @PoliceOne @NewsRadioKLBJ @OANN @BreibartNews @ToddJeffries @ToddandDon @FoxNews What's the POLICING PROJECT of the NYU SCHOOL OF LAW? They tasked the NGO activists/consultants/lobbyists w/ using "President Obama's 21st Century Principles of Policing" & the Police Executive Research Forum's "Guiding Principles on the Use of Force."
@UnlivableATX @chrisharris101 @GregAbbott_TX @KenPaxtonTX @TXAG @PoliceOne @NewsRadioKLBJ @OANN @BreibartNews @ToddJeffries @ToddandDon @FoxNews @BreitbartNews Furthermore, THE NYU SCHOOL OF LAW POLICING PROJECT vetted x ACLU NJ has d goal of getting (8) key metrics met x 25 of the largest CITY POLICE DEPARTMENTS in d U.S. The only 2 CITY PDs that have met all 8 metrics are Camden NJ & San Francisco PDs. #txlege policingproject.org/news-main/2020…
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Cc: @GregAbbott_TX @chiproytx @KenPaxtonTX @TXAG @DanPatrick @RepDanCrenshaw @RepChipRoy @replouiegohmert @RepRatcliffe @RepKevinBrady @SenTedCruz @JohnCornyn

Cont 2 see d same lobbyists/NGOs/NPOs involved in changing d complete identity of #Austin at d City, County, & State lvl
@GregAbbott_TX @chiproytx @KenPaxtonTX @TXAG @DanPatrick @RepDanCrenshaw @RepChipRoy @replouiegohmert @RepRatcliffe @RepKevinBrady @SenTedCruz @JohnCornyn Chris Harris of Grassroots Leadership/Homes Not Handcuffs/Just Liberty/COA Public Safety Commissioner/Travis County Public Defender’s Office; Why do d People of #Austin have no voice when they're out working/taking care of family while these ppl lobby?

austinchronicle.com/news/2019-05-2…
@GregAbbott_TX @chiproytx @KenPaxtonTX @TXAG @DanPatrick @RepDanCrenshaw @RepChipRoy @replouiegohmert @RepRatcliffe @RepKevinBrady @SenTedCruz @JohnCornyn Activist Jennifer Pumphrey played d woe is me, typical "Austinite" who testified at the COA ending arrests & fines for low-level marijuana possession press conf about how a pot charge when she was younger changed her life. Paul Quinzi, Chris Harris, Chas Moore was there, too.
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THREAD: Today, we're joining with @DeedsActionFund, @naraltx, @PPTXVotes, and @texrising to take a stand and oppose state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. in the March Democratic Primary.

It's time for #SucioLucio to retire.
#txlege #RGV
@DeedsActionFund @naraltx @PPTXVotes @texrising 2/ #SucioLucio has a well-known record of supporting discrimination against LGBTQ+ Texans, opposing women’s right to make their own reproductive health care decisions, and scheming to take money away from public schools. #txlege #RGV
3/ #SucioLucio was the only Democrat to support Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s transphobic “bathroom bill” and other legislation to justify discrimination against LGBTQ+ Texans. #txlege #RGV

texastribune.org/2017/03/06/luc…
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TRAGIC: Two people are dead and a third person is wounded after a shooting in a Texas A&M University-Commerce residence hall.

Thanks to @GovAbbott and @NRA lobbyists, knives, swords and pellet guns not allowed in Texas dorms, but real guns are. #txlege edition.cnn.com/2020/02/03/us/…
@GovAbbott @NRA I'm sure @GovAbbott will offer his thoughts and prayers to the families now ripped apart by gun violence, yet he and other Texas lawmakers forced guns onto college campuses in 2015 despite overwhelming opposition from faculty, students, parents and police. #txlege
Gun violence is the 2nd-leading cause of death for Texas children/teens. Each year, about 3,000 people in Texas killed with guns, and thousands more are wounded.

#TXlege rolled back public safety laws during the 2019 legislative session, despite numerous high-profile shootings.
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It’s the last day to register to vote in Texas before the March primary, folks ‼️

Here’s everything you need to know to get registered in time. #txlege #tx2020 bit.ly/36P7AUK
2/ You can find a voter registration application at places like county voter registrar’s offices, post offices, government offices or high schools.

You can also print one out and mail it to your local voter registrar by TODAY (with a postmark). bit.ly/36P7AUK
3/ You’ll need to re-register to vote If you recently moved to a different county in Texas.

And if you’ve moved within your county or changed your name, you’ll need to update your registration. bit.ly/3b6fNXH
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🚨 TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN TEXAS BEFORE THE MARCH PRIMARY 🚨

Here’s everything you need to know to get registered in time for the 2020 primaries. #txlege #tx2020

bit.ly/36P7AUK
2/ You can find a voter registration application at places like county voter registrar’s offices, post offices, government offices or high schools.

You can also print out an application and mail it to your local voter registrar by Feb. 3.
bit.ly/36P7AUK
3/ If you recently moved to a different county in Texas, you’ll need to re-register to vote.

And if you’ve moved within your county or changed your name, you’ll need to update your registration.
bit.ly/36P7AUK
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As the results from HD-28 in Texas come in, it’s worth remembering that HD-28 is competitive mainly because of a gerrymander of HD-26 (which is also a GOP seat). #txlege 1/
That gerrymander split apart Asian communities in Fort Bend County. The initial court-drawn interim map undid the gerrymandering and left HD-26 as a D leaning seat. #txlege 2/
But SCOTUS undid the interim map in 2012 and restored the original (gerrymandered) configurations of HD-26 & HD-28 - which, if tonight’s early results bear out, mean two GOP districts. #txlege 3/
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1/ Today is the special election runoff for Texas House District 28, a battleground race that's gotten lots of attention (and money) from national Democrats.

Here's what you need to know about it. bit.ly/2O7A2ut
2/ This is a special election to fill the seat of former Republican Rep. John Zerwas, who won reelection in 2018 by 8 percentage points while @betoorourke lost the suburban Houston district by 3. bit.ly/2O7A2ut
@BetoORourke 3/ Why does this matter?

In addition to holding on to the 12 seats Democrats flipped in 2018, the party only needs to pick up nine in 2020 to win control of the Texas House. #tx2020 #txlege bit.ly/2vvxsbd
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This is a profound speech by @DonHuffines . He tells grassroots Republicans what we've always suspected- that elected Republicans couldn't care less about them. At our meeting, Senator Don Huffines tells you some uncomfortable truths here...

#TXLEGE

@DonHuffines "Republicans in Austin like to be held accountable...to the liberal media, to lobbyists, to big donors, to leadership and they like being accountable to Democrats. They don't want to be held accountable to you. They don't like you...as a matter of fact, they hate you...
@DonHuffines They belittle you, they laugh at you when the doors are shut. They ridicule our State Party Platform...have you ever seen our Governor talk about our State Party Platform? Have you ever seen any state-wide leaders talk about it...or our Lt. Governor? They don't believe in it.
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1/ Three towns in Texas recently voted in favor of becoming "sanctuary cities for the unborn.”

Six other Texas towns have also recently passed similar versions of an ordinance aiming to outlaw abortion. But what exactly do these ordinances mean?

texastribune.org/2020/01/15/thr…
2/ These anti-abortion ordinances:

+ outlaw abortion and Plan B if the U.S. Supreme Court makes it possible
+ allows family members of women who have abortions to sue the provider for emotional distress.
+ criminalizes reproductive rights groups

texastribune.org/2019/10/01/ant…
3/ None of the nine towns — most with populations under 3,000 — have abortion clinics.

The goals of the ordinances are to prevent clinics from moving in to these towns and provoke a legal challenge that could further curtail abortion rights.

texastribune.org/2019/10/01/ant…
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As we enter the full on crazy primary season, endorsements from various groups will start popping up in your social media feed, in your local papers, and overloading your mailbox. It's important to understand who the money is behind these groups, who is conducting the orchestra.
One of the groups rolling out endorsements is Texans for Lawsuit Reform, who have been big players in Texas politics for a bunch of years. Since 1/1/2011, this group has contributed $24,678,603 to 375 different campaigns at all levels. #txlege
According to Drew Darby, who received his endorsement on January 8, Texans for Lawsuit Reform is pushing to make sure our legal system "remains efficient, effective, and fair for all Texans", which is parroting what TLR said in their endorsement. Is TLR pushing for all Texans?
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I'm very lucky to get to be a small part of two organizations that are real supporters of public education, @Texans4E and @projecteduco. Both groups rate legislators (T4PE via group vote, Educo via scoring key #txlege votes) to help voters know who really supports pub ed. #txed
.@Texans4E recently locked the ratings for incumbents, and I took it upon myself to lay out their ratings and combine it with @projecteduco grades from the past two sessions. Images explain how ratings / grades are earned. Next are the results.
Here are the combined ratings for @Texans4E and @projecteduco for the Texas House incumbents. T4PE rates as Friendly, Neutral, and Unfriendly. Project Educo grades from A - F. Results are illuminating, with lots of good things happening from members of both parties #txlege #txed
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1/ Ozona is in the middle of a devastating health care crisis.

The town is at the center of a swath of West Texas where people can’t obtain birth control, can’t deliver a baby, and can’t get an abortion.
texasobserver.org/labor-away-wom…
2/ Ozona lost its hospital in 1996.

Today, people seeking basic reproductive health services face a 170-mile round trip drive to San Angelo.

The closest abortion clinic is in San Antonio—400 miles round trip.
texasobserver.org/labor-away-wom…
3/ The reproductive health care void in Ozona is especially bad, but millions of rural Texans lack access to these services.
texasobserver.org/labor-away-wom…
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As multiple #TXLege politicians try to jump in front of the parade to take credit for the changing the law back in 2017, let's make sure we are honest about what ACTUALLY occurred with SB2065 in 2017.

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Back in 2017's 85th Legislature, there were 3 bills filed in the Texas House with language similar to what was eventually passed. ALL 3 were DOA under then Speaker Straus' leadership. One died in his Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, the other two died in Calendars 2/
If it wasn't for @MattRinaldiTX's tireless efforts working behind the scenes (& against House leadership), the legislation (added as an amendment to a Senate Bill) would not have passed.
It is not an exaggeration to say his work in #TXLege literally saved lives. Thanks Matt!
3/
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BREAKING: Shocking no one, the man who killed the gunman in White Settlement was not an average parishioner: He’s a former reserve deputy sheriff, a firearms instructor and gun range owner: cnn.com/2019/12/30/us/…
For average Texans to get concealed carry permits, all that’s required is a four hour class, a background check, and a basic marksmanship test.

There are also “CHL mills” in Texas that allow residents to get permits from other states with looser requirements. #txlege
This is why the @NRA’s “good guy with a gun” myth is a lie: “Unless you’re very well trained, you usually add more to the body count than you subtract.”

And, of course, the NRA works to strip permit training requirements from state laws. time.com/5644578/good-g…
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#txlege #txpol Thread: On first glance, the 2010 and 2014 #TXGov races were uninteresting; Republicans won in landslides and carried a significant majority of State House seats. However... (1/6)
The shift in relative margin (a district's lean compared to the state) revealed an early precursor to the suburban trend we saw more clearly in 2016/2018 - every major metropolitan area shifted toward Davis, even Houston, where Bill White was mayor prior to his 2010 run. (2/6)
And, that 2010-2014 trend correlated to the 2018 house results. All but 2 districts that were within 10% in the 2018 Senate race trended toward Davis. (3/6)
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As I’ve previously said, @TXAG @KenPaxtonTX and the Travis County DA still have jurisdiction over Bonnen’s obvious violation of the Texas constitution’s bribery prohibitions. Either one could — and both should — proceed. 1/

#txlege won’t police itself
But this “analysis” that the #TXLege House General Investigating & Ethics Committee’s lawyer’s produced has some glaring flaws:

First, they waive off the Constitution’s bribery prohibitions by misrepresenting Mutscher: 2/
The (false) notion that because the #TXLege didn’t enact explicit statutes to outlaw something merely “authorized” to be outlawed by the Texas Constitution means the conduct outlawed by the Texas Constitution isn’t illegal would have far reaching consequences — IF it were true 3/
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1/ Vaping is the newest public health epidemic sweeping the nation’s youth. Reports of vaping-related injuries and deaths have piled up.

In some Texas school districts, students have gone to jail for having a vape pen in their backpack. bit.ly/2Z2R2pR
2/ Caught by surprise over the past two years as vaping flipped from trendy to deadly, terrified Texas school officials are unsure whether the best approach is to discipline students or treat them. bit.ly/2Z2R2pR
3/ Alarmingly, school officials are often unable to know whether vape pens contain nicotine or harder drugs, a distinction which could mean the difference between minor discipline or a felony charge that follows a student for the rest of their life. bit.ly/2Z2R2pR
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1/ Democrats could gain control of the Texas House in 2020.

That would mark the state’s biggest political shakeup since the chamber last flipped nearly two decades ago. #tx2020 #txlege bit.ly/2EiTYF6
2/ As recently as 2017, House Republicans relished in a 95-member majority.

But now, Democrats, bolstered by their 12-seat pick-up last year, are effectively only nine seats away from gaining the majority. bit.ly/2EiTYF6
3/ Let’s take a closer look at the seats that are in play.

In the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats won 12 districts previously held by Republicans. Now, Republicans want those seats back. bit.ly/2EiTYF6
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I’m at the hearing today for Tinslee Lewis, a baby ok life support at @CookChildrens.
The family & hospital have been in a legal battle over her care -physicians wants to end her treatment, saying it is futile and causing suffering. Her family disagrees. amp.star-telegram.com/news/local/for…
Today’s hearing should decide if Cooks can take Tinslee off life support or not.
Here’s more about the law, the Texas Advance Dircetive, that Cooks is acting under to move to end her care #txlege #tinsleelewis Via @Tessa_Weinberg amp.star-telegram.com/news/politics-…
So far, we’ve heard from Tinslee’s mom, 20-year-old Trinity Lewis.
She described Tinslee’s personality - she’s sassy, likes having her nails painted and loves the movie Trolls.
Also learned that Trinity is pregnant with a second child, due in February. #tinsleelewis
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I do not revel in Rep. Rick Miller's retirement today.

His statement about Asian Americans were divisive, insulting, and hurtful to the growing Asian American community in Texas.

Unfortunately, his statement reflect a common mindset about minority communities.

#txlege
It is common gossip in the legislature that Rick Miller's seat was specifically drawn, in 2011, to prevent an Asian American from winning in the Republican Primary.

This exact situation played itself out in the 2012 primaries.

Over time this protection has been eroded.
My predecessor, Scott Hochberg, testified under oath during the 2011 Re-districting lawsuit, that Pct. 311 in my area was specifically cut out to prevent an Asian challenger from rising.

He didn't request this.

But, he was told that they were "helping" him stay in office.
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“Her son was aware of a firearm kept by the mother.”

Police believe the unsupervised children found the gun and passed it around. The 14-year-old then unintentionally shot himself in the head.

This is gun owner negligence. #besmart #notanaccident #txlege kron4.com/news/national/…
In the wake of this shooting tragedy caused by the negligence of an adult gun owner, @jm4tactical, a Texas firearms training company, is capitalizing on the death by offering free training FOR KIDS. The onus should always be on ADULTS to protect kids. ktxs.com/news/local/abi…
A 2017 study by the GAO reviewed four peer-reviewed academic research studies and found firearms training is not effective for children. In fact, 90% boys ages 8 to 12 are likely to handle a gun, even if they’ve had safety training. usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/20…
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THREAD: We're keeping track of the Democrats and progressives who have filed to be on the ballot for the 2020 primary! Here's our list so far ⬇️

#txlege #txsen #2020Election

progresstexas.org/blog/building-…
2/ TX has been trending Democratic for years, and it’s because of the work of organizers & advocates. Because of them, 2020 is a possible tipping point!

We can turn TX blue, but it won’t happen without even more work from even more progressives. #txlege #txsen #2020Election
3/ Up first, those who have filed for U.S. Congress:

TX-10 (#ATX): @MikeSiegelTX
TX-23 (#Helotes): Efrain V. Valdez
TX-31 (#RoundRock): @donnaimamTX

#txlege #txsen #2020Election
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BREAKING: Board of Pardons and Paroles votes unanimously to recommend that Gov. Abbott GRANT a 120-day reprieve DELAYING Rodney Reed's execution, set for Wednesday.
Abbott can accept or reject the recommendation
#txlege
#RodneyReed
Board rejects Reed's request to commute death sentence to life in prison.
#RodneyReed
#txlege
Here's some helpful background on the Texas clemency process and Reed's request: statesman.com/news/20191114/…
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