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Tune in to our #TribFest20 conversation on #highered here:…
.@ChrisGTurner says expanding access to high-speed broadband should be a strategic imperative of the Texas Legislature. #txlege
Q: What can colleges do to encourage voter participation this fall?

Texas Higher Education Commissioner @HKellerEDU says he’s in favor of giving students the day off on Election Day to vote, but it’s a decision that would have to be made on campuses. #TribFest20
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Rep. @ColinAllredTX says as a Black man and a CBC member, AG Barr's comments on police violence "insulting" and "beneath the dignity of the office" of the nation's top law enforcement officer.
Both @RepFletcher and @RepColinAllred are asked about the lack of a COVID-19 relief bill - Fletcher says she's working w/ colleagues to push for a package

(Both are House New Democrat Coalition members and face competitive re-elects)
Allred says he's "extremely frustrated" by the lack of a package. Dems already came down a trillion he said, but they also don't need to have "sacred cows.

He's still confident they'll have a deal by the end of the month.
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Feeling like you should have taken a prereq on Texas school finance for today's #TribFest20 session? We've got you covered.
School finance is the state's biggest expenditure. Here's a primer on Texas public education funding pre-#HB3: & here's a recap on how the 86th #txlege reformed school finance:
Recalling school finance reform challenges from the last #txlege, @DanHuberty said: We knew there was going to be some budget uncertainty. #TribFest20
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1/ Republicans across the nation are increasingly turning the "defund the police" line into a political argument, pitting a fear of rising crime in major cities against calls for racial justice and reforms to police behavior.
2/ But the term "defund the police" doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone calling for police reforms — and not all supporters of police budget cuts want law enforcement agencies to lose all of their money and be disbanded.
3/ The death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly eight minutes in May, revived a nationwide movement calling for reforms to American policing and the criminal justice system.
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Folks we return from hiatus with a couple of bonus episodes from our Converts Edition starting Friday, and then we’re back with a NEW THEME, looking at another aspect of the complicated relationship between Friends Like These. Catch up on what you missed in this thread...
In this edition of WFLT, we’ve tried to answer that trickiest question: what makes someone change their mind? I spoke to a cop-turned-activist, psychologists, science writers, and former elected officials about times they did and didn’t start thinking differently.
In the first episode of this edition, psychologist Carol Tavris shared a sad truth: after we decide what we believe, we ignore evidence that contradicts ourselves and seek out information that affirms our beliefs.…
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Harris County planned to send applications to vote by mail to its more than 2 million registered voters.

The state and the county’s Republican party sued to halt those plans.

Here's what you need to know ⬇️
First: Texas' eligibility requirements for voting by mail are strict.

You can vote by mail if you are 65 or older, will be out of the county during the election period, cite a disability or illness or are confined in jail but still eligible to vote.
The Texas election code defines disability as a “sickness or physical condition” that prevents a voter from appearing in person without personal assistance or the “likelihood of injuring the voter’s health.”
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This conversation with @salkhanacademy on optimal strategies for online learning and the digital divide is really great. There's quite a bit of practical wisdom here, and he offers another reminder that internet/device access aren't luxuries. #TribFest20
THIS. 👇👇👇
"What I'm seeing now is people just transferring traditional curricula into the digital world..." - @salkhanacademy

We're all just not thinking creatively about how to leverage digital spaces - we don't need to replicate an offline experience online.
Part of the reason we're frustrated right now is that we're stacking multiple offline experiences into online spaces (parents' jobs, traditional classroom learning, meetings and worship service) as if it were the content of - not the engagement - that matters.
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Coffee in hand, sitting down to watch the #TribFest20 one-on-one between @SpeakerStraus & @KirkPWatson Image
"I'm concerned about what's going on with my party...the party that we see today is hardly recognizable to me in some ways, at least at the top." - Texas former Speaker Joe Straus. #txlege #TribFest20
"The Senate has not exercised its independence," says Speaker Straus. Notes that the House is "unruly" but the Senate could do with some more "spontaneity" and willingness to debate and discuss issues in a bipartisan manner. #txlege #TribFest20
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1 in 3 children don't have broadband access or a connecting device.

Michelle Williams and Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Larry Irving discussing 'The Digital Divide' and its impact on K-12 education this year.

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via Larry Irving: ABCD plan for addressing the digital divide:
A - teach communities how to use the internet
B - broadband for every school, library, public institution
C - content (incl relevant languages)
D - devices for all (possible government subsidies)

So many of us still look at technology and connectivity as a luxury, or as just something nice to have - it is now (and will continue to be) as much an equity issue as education, housing and transportation. Significant investment in public tech is essential. #TribFest20
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Just now at #TribFest20:

“Everybody who had any consciousness of national security, global health or development understood that a pandemic was inevitable.

The only thing we did not know was when it would happen.” — @AmbassadorRice
2/ Back in 2015, Texas formed a task force after the Ebola outbreak.

But Texas lawmakers took no action. This year, badly needed personal protective equipment was in short supply at the beginning of the pandemic.

Read more from March of this year.
3/3 Reader donations make this kind of rigorous reporting possible.

You can support our nonprofit newsroom’s ability to keep covering important stories by becoming a Texas Tribune member today:
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1/ Heya folks! We’re excited to kick off #TribFest20 today.

Follow this thread for answers to some frequently asked questions. Got more questions? Hit reply and let us know, or shoot us an email to
2/ Do I need a ticket for everything?

No — some of #TribFest20 programming is free, like @DanRather’s interview with @Sulliview. You can view all our free events here:
3/ Other events, like the Tuesday night interview with @AmbassadorRice, are only available to ticket holders.

Get your ticket here:
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As @Sulliview said in the first session of #TribFest20, local journalism is in crisis.

To support our essential reporting, we've set an ambitious Fall Member Drive goal: Rally 500 new members to join our nonprofit newsroom.

Can you help? Donate ➡️ Image
2/ Your donations make it possible for our nonprofit newsroom to provide our essential reporting to you and to news organizations across the state for free.

Here's an example of why that matters:
3/3 Support our essential reporting today:
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1/ NEW: We’re partnering with @drafthouse to bring four documentaries to #TribFest20 next month!

Get your tickets to our virtual festival today. Image
2/ On Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. Central, we'll screen @BoysStateMovie — a political coming-of-age story that examines the health of American democracy through an unusual experiment. #TribFest20
3/ Join us on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. Central to watch @_athousandcuts.

Follow journalist Maria Ressa as she places the tools of the free press — and her freedom — on the line in defense of truth and democracy. #TribFest20

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AND WE’RE LIVE. This morning we released the bulk of the 2020 @TexasTribune Festival program. More than 250 speakers. More than 100 sessions. 30 thought-provoking days. And it’s virtual, so you don’t have to leave your comfiest chair
#txlege #TribFest20
@TexasTribune Back in June — a million years ago in pandemic time — we hinted at the plan: a mix of live and pre-recorded programs, some free and some ticketed, some viewable one-time only and some on demand, mostly video but a good bit of audio
#txlege #TribFest20
@TexasTribune Carefully curated interviews and panels, all streamed on your favorite device, exploring the impact of the year’s crises on the elections, #txlege, public and higher ed, the economy, criminal justice, energy, health care, citeis, rural and more
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.@rossramsey is live with @txcomptroller @Glenn_Hegar to discuss the state’s economic outlook and budget impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tune in: #ttevents…
@rossramsey @txcomptroller @Glenn_Hegar .@Glenn_Hegar: "Our baseline assumption is that this is not a quick recovery. One of the points that we make is that because this pandemic was so fast and so steep, it’s going to take until the end of 2021 to reach pre-pandemic levels on GDP output".
@rossramsey @txcomptroller @Glenn_Hegar .@Glenn_Hegar says a state income tax is highly unlikely to happen in Texas: “An income tax actually can be extremely volatile as well.”

Tune in here:
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.@evanasmith is live with @JulianCastro and @JoaquinCastrotx to discuss the coronavirus crisis and more. Tune in: #ttevents…
.@JoaquinCastrotx says he will do everything he can to help @mjhegar beat @JohnCornyn, and @JulianCastro says he feels good about Hegar’s campaign and what she can accomplish in November. #ttevents
.@JulianCastro on what has gone wrong with the coronavirus response: “There was a slow response at the national level and state level ... we have a president who wanted to pretend like this really wasn’t an issue.”
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With no certain end to the #COVID19 pandemic in sight, #TribFest20 is going virtual.

The conversations we had planned about 2020 elections, the 2021 #txlege session and more are even more important now.

We hope you’ll join us online in September.
2/ For all of us at the Tribune, the Festival perfectly encapsulates our public service mission: to get Texans more informed, more engaged, and better acquainted with ideas and people they disagree with.
3/ Though we won’t gather in person this year, rest assured that #TribFest20 will have the same grand vision and meticulous execution, only digital.
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