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I track State level campaign finance in Texas. Over the past three years, I've captured pretty much all of it, in every race (right from the TEC site). There is definitely something going on in 17 Texas House districts. #txlege
HD26
2018 - 1 Dem candidate with 176 contributors, raising $10,210

2020- 4 Dem candidates with 489 contributors, raising $367,874 (Sarah Demerchant is the November candidate @sarah_dem26)
HD28
2018 - 1 Dem candidate with 103 contributors, raising $18,970

2020 - (special and primary) 1 Dem candidate with 9,907 contributors, raising $1,014,028 (Eliz Markowitz is the November candidate @ElizMarkowitz )
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1/ Five years ago today, #SandraBland was found dead in a rural Texas jail cell. Legislation sparked by the outrage over her death was mostly stripped of racial profiling and police reform measures before the #txlege passed it.

Here’s where things stand.
2/ Bland, a 28-year-old Black woman, was found dead in an apparent suicide at the Waller County Jail three days after she was arrested during a routine traffic stop.
3/ Dashboard camera footage disproved the state trooper’s stated reason for arresting her — assault on a public servant — and showed him threatening to drag her out of her car and use a Taser on her after she refused to put out a cigarette.
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Whatever can be said of Texas politics in 2020, the state is about to undergo an accelerating demographic shift that will see it add a net 630k non-white voters by 2022 and a net 1.3 million non-white voters by 2024. #txlege
By contrast, Texas will add only 142k additional white voters between now & 2022 and only 286k between now & 2024 (Texas’ white pop is growing too but older Texans are disproportionately white meaning that deaths offset much of white pop growth). #txlege 2/
Obviously, the potential ramifications are huge. Not only for Texas but the nation. For one thing, it would be *really* hard (and maybe impossible) for Republicans to put together a map to the White House without Texas. #txlege 3/
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Why is @RoyceWestTX best person to challenge @JohnCornyn in November?
West says ability to bring people together. Points to his record & endorsements.
#txlege #TXSEN
"Gotta have person who can bring people together," @RoyceWestTX says, pointing to diverse endorsements, which include (nearly?) all of the other candidates who ran for Senate but lost in the primary.

#txlege #TXSEN
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Gov @GregAbbott_TX doing round of noon TV interviews... first up he's live in East Texas where he's asked what keeps him up at night. Says it's that COVID-19 spreading more rapidly..main thing I need is to make sure people wear masks. "COVID is real, it hasn't gone away"
#txlege
On law enf saying they won't enforce order- Abbott calls that "disappointing" as a Longview native... He understands it's "not top priority" compared to murders, rapists, criminals... But last thing any govt wants is for area to shut down...
#txlege #coronavirus #COVID19
"The pretend game has to end," Abbott says. #COVID19 cases & hospitalizations doubled in Smith County alone, he says.
#txlege #coronavirus
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Having read the #TEA #texas Return to school guidelines, I have a few questions. #txlege @antraasa

Students will wash their hands while supervised, twice a day. How is that going to happen TEA?

tea.texas.gov/sites/default/…
If a teacher is exposed to a sick child, that teacher must go into 14 day quarantine.

Is that paid leave? Will the teacher still work while at home? Does that cost sick days?

If the teacher returns and is soon exposed to another child, 14 days of quarantine again?
Staff is responsible for self-testing temperature each day.

Who will monitor that activity to ensure compliance?
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In live TV interview, Gov @GregAbbott_TX tells San Antonio station his restrictions are "best practices" to slow spread. Data should be an "alarm bell" for anyone who is a "disbeliever" in the "rapid spread of #COVID19" in Texas.

#txlege #coronavirus #COVID19
On biz finding loopholes for Abbott's orders re" rafting etc, he says it's more the buses transporting ppl, not so much the actual acts of rafting. Says state will learn more about how casual raft use impacts cases based on his halting tubing for now
#txlege #coronavirus #COVID19
Key word for #txed this year is "flexibility" Abbott says. Working with TEA on mask usage, and says if his orders change by the time school starts, school districts will need to adapt.

#txlege #coronavirus #COVID19
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If @austintexasgov #atxcouncil refuses to DENOUNCE, then it is certain that they ENDORSE.
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For 4 years, I've steadfastly avoided politics on this page. If I am annoying some of you by starting in on #maskmandates today, I am truly sorry. But this is bigger than the #masks vs. no masks or lockdown vs. no lockdown questions. This is about WHO GETS TO DECIDE. /1 #COVID19
Will "We the People" govern ourselves? Or do we now live in a world where one person can declare an emergency that gives the same individual authority over every last aspect of our lives for an indefinite period of time? /2 #COVID19
Will "We the People" hold honest debates through our state legislatures, allowing us to hear BOTH sides of any given issue? Or does one person get to choose the expert that we are "allowed" to believe? /3 #COVID19
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Just two weeks ago, Governor Abbott said it was wrong to mandate citizens to wear masks. Today, he decreed all persons must wear masks or be punished with a $250 fine per occurrence. (1/3) #txlege
If you are driving with anyone not in your household in a vehicle, and you don’t wear a mask, you will be punished. This is absurd. Governor Abbott threatened that if Texans don’t comply he might shut down more businesses. (2/3)
Unless the Governor is willing to call a special session, as I and other legislators have requested, he bears the responsibility for all outcomes. Please know that I am and have been fighting to stop this madness. (3/3)
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Austin-Travis County
Austin-Bastrop County
#earlyvoting NOW for Primary Runoff-Special Election
🔴 Don Zimmerman for #SD14 #VoteTexas #VoteRed
🔴 June 29-July 10 (except July 3 & 4)
🔴 LOCATIONS countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/polling-locati…
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📢 ATTN #Patriots 🏛️⛪️ #Austin #Travis #Bastrop Lets keep it 💯 & elect a proven leader for ALL #Texans (inc the unborn) Representing our SILENT MAJORITY PROTEST this 𝐈𝐍𝐃𝐄𝐏𝐄𝐍𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐄 𝐃𝐀𝐘 to 𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐍 𝐎𝐔𝐓 & 𝐕𝐎𝐓𝐄 📥 in DROVES #LeadRight w/ DON! July 4th 🇺🇸 ⭐️💥🗽
#Texas SENATE DISTRICT 14 SPECIAL ELECTION
Don Zimmerman for TX #SD14 has gotten personally involved with Uncle Gary’s Bar efforts to reopen, because such small businesses have a right to operate under his #KEEPTEXASOPEN campaign policy. #DefundSocialists
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Austin-Travis County
Austin-Bastrop County
#earlyvoting going on NOW Primary Runoff and Special Election
✅ Don Zimmerman for #SD14 #VoteTexas #VoteRed
✅ June 29-July 10 (except July 3 & 4)
✅ LOCATIONS countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/polling-locati…
✅ SAMPLE BALLOT
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#Texans need people to #LeadRight
#Democrats are known to, & will destroy the #txlege w/ frivolous, big spending of the budget & wrought w/ unnecessary funding for wasteful spending of projects that do not serve hardworking, tax-paying citizens! We need LEADERS not FOLLOWERS!
Note how Don Zimmerman's opponents characters are unfit for #Texas! #txlege We need LEADERS not FOLLOWERS! Everyone knows who has ANY dealings with @MayorAdler are an EPIC FAILURE! Law-breaking Ex-Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt can't even maintain lawful campaign finances!
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If your leadership had been worth a single goddamn, @GovAbbott, you wouldn’t need to bankrupt our hospitals to save lives! Suspending elective surgeries without closing bars and restaurants!?! I’m LIVID. abc13.com/health/gov-gre…
Elective surgeries are the only moneymakers. Take them away, and hospitals operate in the red. #Texas medical professionals have already lost their jobs or had their pay cut. Why not allow elective surgeries that don’t require an overnight stay? This will be devastating.
And for a governor who pushes local control over all else, why don’t you get out of the way and let our local leaders make our choices. You have failed. Miserably. Step aside. Houston’s got this. @LinaHidalgoTX @HarrisCoJudge @SylvesterTurner @houmayor @AbbieKamin @RodneyEllis
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Tell full picture.

@SETRAC_TX shows Harris County, includes #Houston, has had increased #COVID19 patients in ICU beds

BUT ICU beds in use remain essentially same with continued availability.

Capacity isn't static. Patients can be transported like after Harvey. @SquawkCNBC
Here's what's going on with plenty of availability of general beds, too.

#Texas has 2nd most recoveries in nation & 2nd lowest case fatality rate. @DavidBalatHC

#Texas is responsibly phasing out shutdown, but some are spreading fear & wanting people locked down. #txlege
What about in the Southeast #Texas Region? @SETRAC_TX setrac.org

Charts show #COVID cases are up & COVID hospital bed uses are up.

BUT plenty of bed availability & deaths remain subdued--key metrics.

For sake of Texans' lives & livelihoods, consider full picture.
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@Austin_Police arrested 20-y/o Julian Roldan Gawel 4 taking down d #UnitedStates/#Texas flags Fri night Juneteenth in front of #Austin Police Dept HQ where a #protest was happening. @TheJusticeDept @DHSgov @FBI #WeSeeYou @tedcruz @chiproytx @DNI_Ratcliffe
The protesters gathered outside APD HQ chanting hateful slogans, carrying hateful signs, calling OUR police officers derogatory names, & attempted to enter the building. Once they failed, they turned to the American & Texas flags flying from city-owned poles nearby.
Rioters lowered both flags, put them in a pile on the pavement & after several failed attempts, set them on fire. Julian was CHARGED WITH THEFT, EVADING ARREST, & RESISTING ARREST. Julian CROSSED STATE LINES in order to incite a riot, his case was referred to the @FBI.
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Police reform roundtable involving Cornyn, Cruz, Turner and a bunch of others getting underway just now at City Hall #txlege
Cornyn says there's about "70 percent" overlap between the House and Senate police reform bills, and everyone seems to want immediate action. (Major differences involve qualified immunity, chokeholds and no-knock warrants)
Acevedo sitting right by Cruz and Cornyn, who he’s had harsh words for in the past re: gun laws
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Thread: @govabbott labeled George Floyd's killing a “horrific act of police brutality."

He's said Texas can't let such a tragedy happen here.

But he has been noticeably silent on Texas' own examples of police killings. bit.ly/37hcjQK
2/ Here is a string of high-profile fatal police shootings and in-custody deaths of black Texans from 2018 to now that have sparked protests and widespread calls for police reform and racial justice:
3/ In 2018, former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver was convicted of murder in the shooting death of Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old passenger in a car that was driving away from police.

Via @texasmonthly: bit.ly/3dRUJp5
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1/ Important reminder: After an unemployment claim is approved, Texans must request payment every two weeks on their assigned day to receive benefits.

About 250,000 Texans with approved unemployment claims have yet to request payment. #txlege

bit.ly/2XGmWrN
2/ How do you request payment?

More info via the @TXWorkforce here: bit.ly/36FvCCR
3/ When should you request payment?

You can find the exact date by logging on TWC’s Unemployment Benefits Services or by calling Tele-Serv at 800-558-8321.
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I’d like to talk about voting by mail in Texas (a thread). As someone who crunches election numbers and maintains a file of all voters in the state, I have some issues with sending everyone a ballot like some other states do (or are suggesting). (1/x) #txlege
While the registration rolls are pretty accurate, there are still issues with multiple records and records with bad information.

Example #1: Until last year, I had a friend who was registered in both Travis and Dallas Counties. Would he have receive two ballots? (2/x)
Example #2: I purchased my house in May 2016. Since then, I have received voter registration cards (twice) for the previous owner. As of today, he is still listed as an active voter at my address. Would I receive his ballot? (3/x)
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.@cassi_pollock is live with former Travis County Judge @sarah_eckhardt to discuss her campaign for the Texas Senate and what an election might look like during a pandemic.

Tune in here: #ttevents #txlege twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
@cassi_pollock @sarah_eckhardt If elected, @sarah_eckhardt would be the first woman to represent #SD14.

Will that resonate with voters? She says “Bastrop and Travis Counties are no strangers to women in leadership.” #txlege
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@cassi_pollock @sarah_eckhardt .@sarah_eckhardt says expanded vote-by-mail is absolutely necessary right now, but she was concerned with a “growing movement to disenfranchise people” even before the #COVID19 pandemic. bit.ly/3cMk5Ek
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1/ We're tracking rolling 7-day averages for coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations here. bit.ly/2WwQ71r #txlege
2/ The average number of cases reported over the past seven days shows how the situation has changed over time by deemphasizing daily swings.

The number of new cases reported drops on weekends, when labs are less likely to report new data to the state. bit.ly/2WwQ71r
3/ As he makes decisions about how quickly to restart the economy, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he is watching the number of hospitalizations and the hospitalization rate — the proportion of infected Texans who require hospitalization. bit.ly/2WwQ71r
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.@cassi_pollock is live with state Rep. @EddieforTexas to discuss Rep. Rodriguez’s campaign for a Texas Senate seat and what an election might look like during a pandemic.

Tune in here: #txlege #ttevents twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
@cassi_pollock @EddieforTexas .@EddieforTexas on why he wants to trade his spot in the Texas House for a spot in the Texas Senate: “I believe I have the best experience, judgment and vision to guide us through this current crisis and to lead us through this long recovery.” #txlege
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.@EddieforTexas says he’s not asking grassroots supporters for monetary support during the pandemic, but is talking to them to see how they’re doing. #txlege
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1/ During the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of teachers have quickly transitioned to providing a virtual education.

In honor of #TeacherAppreciationWeek, here’s a look at how Texas educators are still helping students. #txlege #txed
2/ Karen Sams, a 2020 Texas Teacher of the Year, used to build community through a colorful classroom and hugs.

But #COVID19 has forced her to motivate her third graders to complete assignments through video chat.

bit.ly/2ymrcnm
3/ Michelle Sandoval, another 2020 Texas Teacher of the Year, used to advise students on what lipstick to wear to their quinceañeras or how to wear a tie.

Now, she has been using video conferencing to check in on her students’ health and safety.

bit.ly/2ymrcnm
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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. bit.ly/2z1KkHA
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. bit.ly/2z1KkHA
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. bit.ly/2z1KkHA
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