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A story in honor of the #TexasSenateDebate:

My parents live in #EastTexas, in a district represented by one of the most conservative members of #Congress. However, my mom is one of the most liberal I know.
After 39 years of marriage, my dad finally let my mom put a bumper sticker on the back of his pickup truck (b/c #Texas) that said "I vote for Democrats." @TexasYDs @scyd_texas @texasdemocrats @BGTX @SmithDems
A few months ago, my dad had to take his truck into the shop. While it was there, one of the workers scratched D-E-M-O-C off the sticker so it read "I vote for rats." Understandably, my mom (who is 71 & under 5 ft, but raised 6 daughters & terrifying when need be) was angry.
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#Texas political affiliation, according to 2014 Pew Survey.

Top level: Texas is a preponderance Democrat state run almost entirely by Republicans. In some areas, the only challenger to Republican candidate is a Libertarian.

Let's drill down one level...
A mystery starts to unravel. Texans who are strongly Republican. Latinos are mixed/lean Democrat, and blacks are Democrat.

This makes voting rights and gerrymandering issues extremely important to how a Republican minority dominates elections in a state with equal D & R.
Correction: Texans who are *white are strongly Republican.
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Strap in for some crazy #Texas #history:
"The time they lynched Santa Claus for robbing a bank."

Let me set a scene:
1927: Texas Banker's Assn. responds to rash of bank robberies (3-4/day) by offering $5K reward for shooting a bank robber in the act.
Group of 4 criminals plan December 1927 heist of Cisco, TX bank:
1. Robert Hill
2. Harry Helms
3. Marshall Ratliff
4. Louis Davis
Ratliff was veteran bank robber, Helms and Hill he knew from Huntsville prison.
Davis was a cousin of Helms brought in because safe cracker got flu.
Ratliff borrows a Santa Claus suit from boarding house, dropped off blocks away, followed by children as decoy for entry of the 4 men through alley entrance of bank.
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(1) HW's running thread of info/updates about #Florence and any other Atlantic storms developing at the moment.

My two previous threads:

Landfall at 7.15am 9/14/18 near Wrightsville Beach, NC:

(2) I'm following updates on these Twitter lists:

16 key national info sources for hurricanes & other emergencies:
twitter.com/GodlessNZ/list…

EM agency accounts in 11 Atlantic states from GA to NY and inland:
twitter.com/GodlessNZ/list…
(3) Also finding the Weather Channel coverage valuable. Watching it here:

weather.com/tv/the-weather…
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Immigration & Customs Enforcement—more commonly known as ICE, is a law enforcement agency of the federal government of the U.S. tasked to enforce the immigration laws of the United States & to investigate criminal and terrorist activity of foreign nationals residing in the U.S.
ℹ️ICE has two primary components: Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). It is an agency under the jurisdiction of Homeland Security and was established in 2003 following the 9/11 tragedy.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Immi…
ICE was designed to keep us safe from terrorists—for instance, the terrorists who took over the planes on 9/11 were living undetected in the U.S. for over a year.

Pls read this thoroughly before commenting. The Trump administration has corrupted this agency to do horrific acts.
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@VanTaylorTX @TexasGOP @GregAbbott_TX @candynoble @MattShaheen @Susan_Fletcher @leachfortexas @CollinCtyVotes @CollinGOP @Scott_SanfordTX Let's see, Van ... We're presently #5 in teen birth rate (per @HHSGov), & the state ed #abstinenceonly policy seems tailor-made to make us #1 there. In fact, the stats say almost one-in-five of US births to girls <15 were right here in Texas. #winning 1/
@VanTaylorTX @TexasGOP @GregAbbott_TX @candynoble @MattShaheen @Susan_Fletcher @leachfortexas @CollinCtyVotes @CollinGOP @Scott_SanfordTX @HHSGov In your quest for first, Van, you'll be glad to know we're #1 already for #uninsured people AND #1 when it comes to least #HealthcareAccess (incl. DC!). We do have a little ways to go on cost; we're only 6th #mostexpensive. Keep denying that expansion! 2/

bizjournals.com/sanantonio/new…
@VanTaylorTX @TexasGOP @GregAbbott_TX @candynoble @MattShaheen @Susan_Fletcher @leachfortexas @CollinCtyVotes @CollinGOP @Scott_SanfordTX @HHSGov Wanna be the worst place for #children, Van? Texas is almost there! According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation #KidsCount assessment, we're the 3rd-worst for family and community (#47/50) & 9th-worst for #childhealth. Isn't that exciting? /3

riograndeguardian.com/report-texas-o…
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T👉#Saturday / #Sunday👈
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"With good men in authority, the people rejoice; but with the wicked in power, they groan."

Proverbs 29:2👇😎👇

#realDonTreason:
Russia if you're listening..

Me:
POS👆

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#TXSen network battle! @BetoORourke's band of misfits vs @tedcruz's group of goons! It's neck and neck! #CruzCrew vs #ORourkeRebels.

Lol. What a shit show.
Here's a gif!
I'll keep this running until my computer runs out of memory.
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Selected list of #indictments and #sentencings
Aug 15-22, 2018
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1. Ricky Johnston from Las Vegas admitted to receiving over 600 images of toddlers & children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison.

#childpornography #childsexabuse #RickyJohnston #projectsafechildhood

justice.gov/usao-nv/pr/las…
2. Operation Darkness Falls results in arrest one of the most prolific dark net drug dealers in the world.
Matthew & Holly Roberts used the darknet marketplace to distribute #fentanyl #oxycodone #heroin #meth & other drugs.

#darknet #silkroad #alphabay
justice.gov/usao-ndoh/pr/o…
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Below is a list of candidates that will be on the Nov. 6th ballot. Please follow their social media accounts, promote their tweets and say their names.
Some may not have been your primary favorite. But these candidates might be the only path to take back our democracy. Please support them by making sure everyone knows these names.

If you have more Dems candidates Nov 6 ballot, please post below.
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💥Trump's border wall could run overtime and over budget and perform below expectations: Watchdog report:

cnbc.com/2018/08/06/dhs…
⚡️"Simply put, the White House has not done their homework; they are gambling taxpayer money while operating on incomplete information," Rep. Filemon Vela of TX-34 said in a joint statement with Rep. Bennie Thompson MS-02. #Mississippi #Texas
💸Among other things, Trump's claims about the cost of the wall has evolved from $4 billion to $20 billion.

📣This seems to be a recurring them with the Trump administration.

nytimes.com/2018/01/18/us/…
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#GOPComplicit incumbents represent their donors over constituents.

🇺🇸All states have a moment
🔴All #GOPTraitors have a thread
💵Top donors tagged to rep(s)
📰Negative news in each thread

🔎from:batmanresist ST## / STSEN

Hold them accountable for their actions.
#VoteThemOut
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🗽Great thread by Jesse Lehrich @JesseLehrich! Please follow!

🇺🇸Are these tariffs hurting your state? I might have missed a few, 30+ states are affected!

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Selected list of #indictments for week of June 30, 2018
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1. Luis Rodriguez has been charged with laundering hundreds of thousands in drug proceeds thru Las Vegas real estate and shell corporations to send the proceeds to drug traffickers & money launderers in Mexico.

#drugtrafficking #moneylaundering #mexico

justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/l…
2. Liberian War Criminal Living in Delaware County Convicted of Immigration Fraud and Perjury

#Woewiyu #NPFL #CharlesTaylor #samueldoegovernment #Liberia

justice.gov/usao-edpa/pr/l…
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⚡️So loss of #customaryuse is no big deal in #SouthWalton County?

ℹ️"South Walton currently has over 50 public beach access points, including 8 Regional Public Beach Accesses complete with parking, restroom facilities, and lifeguards."

30a.com/30a-beaches-cu…
🔥EIGHT with parking!

⁉️For an area that is attracting nearly 4 million visitors per year?

🏖️So...probably very difficult to find parking.

🌊And you need to walk BELOW the MEAN HIGH TIDE LINE. Translation: "visitors," i.e. those without beachfront property (or not renting), must walk on wet sand or in the water.

orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives…
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There may be no term in recent history that clearly demonstrates the importance of the Court’s composition more than this term. During the 2017-2018 #SCOTUS term we have seen a rollback in our civil rights:
slate.com/news-and-polit…
✔️Allowing #Ohio to proceed with a process to purge voters for failing to vote. #VotingRights #Husted
✔️Permitting #Texas to use electoral maps that were ruled intentionally racially discriminatory by a federal district court.
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SCANDAL #7
It’s official, FL bill HB 631 is now a law and could affect a beach near you even if you don’t live in Florida. Walton County residents were out in droves yesterday (July 1st) to protest this new law, signed by Governor Rick Scott last month.
wjhg.com/content/news/W…
This new #Florida law invalidates local municipalities' #customaryuse ordinances and effectively locks the general public out of using the best parts of Florida’s beaches—unless they can afford to rent (or buy) beachfront property. Lawsuits are pending. #standyoursand
🚫HB 631 bans local municipalities from adopting ordinances to regulate public access to Florida’s beaches above the mean water line.

⁉️But first, where’s the mean water line?

💥In short, it's where everyone wants to sit when they're at the beach.

orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives…
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Selected list of #indictments for June 27, June 28, and June 29, 2018
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1. First Nationwide Undercover Operation Targeting Darknet Vendors Results in Arrests of More Than 35 Individuals Selling Illicit Goods and the Seizure of Weapons, Drugs and More Than $23.6 Million

#darknet #drugtrafficking #weaponstrafficking

justice.gov/opa/pr/first-n…
2. Multiple convictions in federal sex trafficking cases

#childsextrafficking #indianapolis #indiana

justice.gov/usao-sdin/pr/m…
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For ~10 years, we lived the #Texas country life on 10 acres, surrounded on all sides by ranch lands. It was a brisk walk to the end of the driveway to get the mail.

We had (pet) goats, ducks, chickens that were pretty much "free range". Deer and armadillo were daily sightings.
We even had a terrible backyard garden. Here it is in the off-season. If you look carefully, you can see the problem we had.
This is Bob the Texas Bobcat, and he or she had a taste for chickens, ducks, and fawns. Bob was not afraid of us, but also not aggressive.

Bob was a master of stealth (well, not here).
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A short update from @BetoORourke on Tornillo, post tour.

(Video grabbed from facebook.com/betoorourke - a lot more video is available on Facebook including past town halls.)

#Texas #txlege #KeepFamiliesTogether #BetoForTexas
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From what I’ve seen so far at the #Texas border, there are a lot of young girls and their mothers packed into cement cell blocks. They don’t look like criminals to me, but they are definitely fleeing from criminals in their home countries.
Also saw many who slept in a cell with concrete floor under mylar blanket. Shoes still caked with mud. Doors of cells had signs with identifying characteristics like “male juvi 13 under”
My concerns about the humanitarian crisis at the border have not been alleviated. Read more about our trip here ⬇️

wusa9.com/mobile/article…
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Selected list of #indictments for June 21 and June 22, 2018
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1. Federal Grand Jury Indicts West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice.
Charged with Obstruction of Justice and other federal Crimes

#mailfraud #wirefraud #witnesstampering

justice.gov/usao-sdwv/pr/f…
2. Newly Unsealed Federal Indictment Charges Iranian Businessman with Illegally Exporting Nuclear Nonproliferation-Controlled Materials from Illinois

#InternationalEmergencyEconomicPowersAct
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#Texas the TX Republican Party passed this as their platform at their convention last week. It is 58 pages of the craziest sh*t I’ve ever seen & that is saying something on a day like today! #txlege #Retweet #FightBackTexas #Delusional #VoteBlueNoMatterWho texasgop.org/wp-content/upl…
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