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Today, the @TXSBOE will hear public testimony on eliminating Helen Keller, Hillary Clinton and dozens of other people from the state's history curriculum.

Follow me for live tweets from the debate and read this for background:… #txlege #txed
@TXSBOE And we're off!

The @TXSBOE has gaveled in. Chair Bahorich says live stream is down, so I'm glad I'm here in person!

First up today is public testimony on the changes to the social studies curriculum. 35 people have signed up to speak. #txlege #txed
@TXSBOE Some curriculum changes have gotten more attention than others.

Yes, Helen Keller and Hillary Clinton (both recommended, not required, to be taught) are on the chopping block.

But there are DOZENS of other proposed changes too.… #txlege
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Midterms are done, at least as far as contribution to campaigns are concerned. There have been several looks at spending by the far right groups, specifically Empower Texans. I think they are seeing part of the picture, but not the whole enchilada. This will be the enchilada.
When I define ET World, it's three categories of donors to Texas elections
The first category of donor in ET World is
(ET) = Empower Texans PAC, Texans For Fiscal Responsibility PAC, and Texas Right To Life PAC
Continuing the levels of ET World
The second category of donor is
(ET9) = The 9 largest donors to the Empower Texans PAC.
These 9 donors make up 97% of the ET PAC, 96% of the TFFR PAC, and 78% of TRL. This overwhelming funding to the 3 PACs is why all three are flagged as ET
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1/ Gerrymandering has backfired for Republicans in Dallas County.

Republicans had hoped to keep a majority of Texas House seats there when they redrew district boundaries.

Now, they hold onto only two of 14.

#Midterms2018 #Election2018 #txlege
2/ In 2010 amid a red wave, Republicans picked up several Dallas County seats just before the next round of redistricting.

#Midterms2018 #Election2018 #tx2018 #txlege
3/ Democrats allege Republicans packed and cracked Latino voters across the county to diminish their voting strength overall and ensure a GOP majority.

#Midterms2018 #Election2018 #tx2018 #txlege
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How did ET World do last night? Here are the pie charts for the TX House and Senate, with all contributions going to ET backed candidates from those in the Empower Texans orbit from 05/23 - 10/27/18. Green are winners.
Some big plays that didn't get winners in the TX Senate. Who were the ET World backers for Konni Burton in SD10 from 5/23 - 10/27/18? Who were the backers for Don Huffines in SD16?
Some big plays didn't get winners in the TX House either. Who were the ET World backers for Matt Rinaldi in HD115 from 5/23 - 10/27/18? Who were the backers for Deanna Metzger in HD107? And what about Jonathan Boos in HD113? And let's include Lisa Luby Ryan in HD114 too.
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AP (and NYT) had previously called this for the Republican incumbent.

Democrat @GinaOrtizJones has flipped #TX23.
Now #TX23 has reversed BACK to GOP control.

Not sure if there are any provisional or other ballots out there, but this race is close enough to merit counting every ballot.

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Final EV (through D12 Friday) stats are in for the 30 largest counties in TX.

2018 - 39.86% of registered voters have cast a ballot (4.47% on Thursday). That's 4,884,528 votes.
2016 - 46.08% (5.07% on the 12th day)
2014 - 19.11% (2.08% on the 12th day)
#txlege #Midterms2018
If we look at the total Early Vote count in just the 15 biggest counties:
2018 - 4,114,335
2016 - 4,497,431
2014 - 1,715,731

2018 is so impressive!
The top 5 counties getting out the vote on Friday were:
1. Hays County - 5.68%
2. Fort Bend County - 5.54%
3. Collin County - 5.53%
4. Ellis - 5.31%
5. Travis - 5.30%

Full charts for all 30 counties at

#txlege #Midterms2018 #txed
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My closing #Midterm2018 THREAD: Let's look at how Ted Cruz has knowingly worked to divide and mislead Texans. #txlege
Please RT
#VoteBlueToSaveAmerica #GOPVotingBlue
Ted Cruz FACT: He's invested millions of dollars in digital influence campaigns.
Maliciously targeting you, your family & friends.

Operating largely in the shadows, using firm that harvested data on stolen from millions of unwitting FB users. #TXSen #txlege #TX14 #Psywar #Psyop
Ted Cruz FACT: Files reveal that AggregateIQ—also known as “AIQ”—is the developer behind campaign apps created for Ted Cruz and Greg Abbott, as well as a Ukrainian steel magnate named Serhiy Taruta.
#txlege #TXSen #BetoForTexas #Midterm2018 #CruzCrew…
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Day 11 (through Thursday) EV stats are in for the 30 largest counties in TX.

2018 - 35.39% of registered voters have cast a ballot (2.83% on Thursday). That's 4,337,435 votes.
2016 - 41.01% (3.51% on the 11th day)
2014 - 16.31% (1.92% on the 11th day)
#txlege #Midterms2018
Total turnout for these counties in 2014, including Election Day, was 33.7%. We officially have more turnout in 11 Early Voting days!!!!

Last day of EV is happening now. It looks to be closing strong!

Full charts for all 30 counties at
Early Vote kudos to these top 5 counties for really getting out the vote on Day 11. Amounts are % of registered voters casting on ballot on Thursday.
1. Hays County - 4.21%
2. Travis County - 3.91%
3. Denton County - 3.50%
4. Fort Bend County - 3.40%
5. Collin County - 3.34%
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Will be listening to Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath and others on a panel in Fort Worth, at event hosted by Fort Worth Chanber of Commerce. #txlege
Sponsors of the FW Chamber event on public education in Texas #txlege:
Program and panelists:
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There are moments when my brain starts swimming with Early Voting and the top 30 TX counties. I needed a visual to help me keep locations on all of them straight. 12.3 of the 15.7 million registered Texas voters live in these 30 counties (78%). The map helped me, so I’m sharing
Building on the map above, because rabbit holes seem to be my specialty, here is a pie chart comparing Counties 1 - 30. What 1% of voter turnout gets you in Harris County (1) is very different than what 1% gets you in Randall County (30)
#txlege #VoteTexas
When you say it's the Top 30 Counties and it's 78% of the TX registered voters, your brain knows that's a lot. But again, I think the pie chart drives that home. Here are all 30 counties labeled individually, and the 224 others as a group.
#txlege #VoteTexas
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I've started pulling the 8 Day Report data into the site (just starting, so don't get crazy on me yet), but I had to share 4 pie charts from the DFW area. The 8 Day Report is from 09/28/18 - 10/27/18.
#txlege #txed
Here are the 8 Day Report pie charts for Stickland (HD92), Rinaldi (HD115), Metzger (HD107) and Boos (HD113).

And so people know, Violet Verbena LLC is Monty Bennett, one of the Empower Texans top 9 donors
#txlege #txed #HD92 #HD115 #HD107 #HD113
And if Boos did get the $250,000 from Empower Texans they reported instead of the $25,000 he reported (yeah, that's a pretty big difference), the Boos chart looks like this instead.
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1/ You may be seeing reports of Texas voting machines changing the selections of some straight-ticket voters.

But the voting machines are not at fault. Here’s what is happening, and how to avoid it.

#earlyvoting #txlege #tx2018 #txsen
2/ Voters have reported voting for straight-ticket, but when they reviewed their final list of selected candidates, someone from an opposing party was picked instead.
3/ Here’s the deal: The problems reported are the result of “voters hitting a button or using the selection wheel before the screen is finished rendering,” which de-selects the pre-filled candidate selection.
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Day 4 EV Totals for the 15 biggest TX counties have been posted with the TX Secretary Of State. Here are the stats after 4 days of EV (% is of registered voters who have cast a ballot). Individual counties will follow.
2018 - 16.3%
2016 - 18.27%
2014 - 6.69%
#txlege #VoteTexas
Day 4 EV Totals for Harris county has been posted with the TX Secretary Of State. Here are the stats after 4 days of EV (% is of registered voters who have cast a ballot).
2018 - 13.22%
2016 - 16.4%
2014 - 6.42%
#txlege #VoteTexas
Day 4 EV Totals for Dallas county has been posted with the TX Secretary Of State. Here are the stats after 4 days of EV (% is of registered voters who have cast a ballot).
2018 - 16.89%
2016 - 18.09%
2014 - 5.93%
#txlege #VoteTexas
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🚨 ALERT: We have received multiple reports from voters who voted straight-ticket, then saw on a later screen that their votes were changed to that of the opposite party. You must check your ballot before casting to ensure it’s correct, and you can ask a poll worker for help.
As a @TXsecofstate advisory explains, the issue arises because of the confusing and antiquated way the voting machine operates—not a conspiracy to change votes. More details here:…
The eHart voting machines were brought into use at the turn of the century. Texas is in desperate need to modernize our election systems. In the meantime:
- Check your ballot
- Ask a poll worker for help
- Call us at 866-OUR-VOTE if you have questions

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“Non-citizen registration & voting is a problem, largely bc the TX registration process is an honor system. No one verifies applicants’ citizenship; applicants simply check a box on the form—except, in these cases, the Democrats checked the box for them." @TrueTexasTea #txlege
The @texasdemocrats could face “serious consequences” for mailing voter registration forms to ineligible non-citizens in South Texas that were pre-filled to indicate the applicants are U.S. citizens. Article:… #txlege
Gov. @GregAbbott_TX tweeted Thursday:

“A complaint says the Texas Democratic Party asked noncitizens to register to vote, sending applications with citizenship box pre-checked. This is being investigated. If true there will be serious consequences.”
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THREAD: On the first day of early voting in Texas, a few civic-minded goodies from your friends at @texastribune👇
#txlege #txsen #txgov #tx2018
@TexasTribune From @AlexSamuelsx5 @rdmurphy: Everything you need to know about casting a ballot in Texas in the 2018 midterms…
#txlege #txsen #txgov #tx2018
@TexasTribune @AlexSamuelsx5 @rdmurphy From @rdmurphy: Every single candidate on the ballot in Texas in statewide, congressional, legislative and State Board of Education races…
#txlege #txsen #txgov #tx2018
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With all of the Senate races in (still working up the House stuff as it's been a busy two weeks), a few observations about the 30 Day Before reports (07/01/18 - 09/27/18)
The top donor to TX Senate races (7/1/18-9/27/18):
1. Texans For Lawsuit Reform - $466,719
--Konni Burton (SD10) $332,900
--Joan Huffman (SD17) $103,250
--Don Huffines (SD16) $25k
--Pat Fallon (SD30) $5k
--Charles Schwertner (SD5) $319.92
--Kelly Hancock (SD9) $250
#txlege #txed
Texans For Lawsuit Reform gave a total of $466,719 to Senate races from 7/1/18-9/27/18. Konni Burton in SD10 got 71% of those dollars, $332,900. That is a very large play into one Senate race.
#txlege #txed
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1/ To fact-check .@BetoORourke’s bevy of lies here’s a list of acts he has voted AGAINST:

2/ He supports Abortion & wants taxpayers to fund it. He’s also not keen on healthcare and women’s safety.

He’s voted AGAINST:
- No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, 1/24/17, HR 7
- Pain capable unborn child protection act, 10/3/17, HR 36

#Txlege #TexasSenateDebate
3/ .@BetoORourke has voted AGAINST:

-Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protections Act, 9/18/15, HR 3504 & against it again on 1/19/18, HR 4715

- Women’s Public Health & Safety Act, 9/30/15, HR 3495

- Restoring Americans Healthcare Act, 2/2/16, HR 3762
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I’ve done a little digesting on the 30 Day Reports and wanted to share some observations
Empower Texans looks to be back to being primarily a one person show. They took in $1.1 million from 07/01 - 09/27 from 50 donations. Tim Dunn gave $1, 050,000. It makes for a very monochromatic pie. #txlege #txed
When you look at the donors in total, you realize the 50 donations really only translates to 27 different people (some people gave more than once). This also illustrates just how astroturfed this PAC is. #txlege #txed
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The root causes of our property tax and school funding crisis are three consequential decisions that blew huge holes in state and school funding. First, in 1991, we froze the motor fuel tax at $0.20 per gallon. The resulting annual structural deficit is $4 billion today...
Second, in 1997, we opened a massive loophole in the property tax law allowing owners of large commercial and industrial properties to cheat the system by $5 billion per year...
Third, in 2006, we designed a new business margin tax that caused a $6 billion structural deficit (per then Texas Comptroller Strayhorn). In all, we’ve created $15 billion per year in structural deficits...
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30 Day reports are due to the Texas Ethics Commission today (10/09). I’ll drop screenshots of updated charts into this thread as I get them added to $ posted here will just be those since 06/30 (SemiJul filing). #txlege #txed
And away we go. First up will be the Statewide races, candidates sorted alphabetically. I am going to skip Greg Abbott. He raised $5.7 million from a whole bunch of donations. Enough said.
George P Bush - Land Commish
07/01/18 - 09/27/18
$181,416 from 151 donations
$1,201 average donation
145 unique donors
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Ever wonder who the Texas governor and other statewide elected officials are talking to and meeting with in Washington? We did.

Come look at what @tombenning and @stephanierlamm found out:

"Hello, Washington? It’s Texas"

The vast majority of those interactions happen outside the public’s view. So we used open records requests to get the official schedules for Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton and others.
While not all meeting details or activities are recorded, even an incomplete look makes clear that these Texans are enjoying easy access in President Donald Trump’s Washington.
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CONGRATULATIONS to Republican @PeteFlores_TX winner of the special election for Texas Senate.

Pete managed to flip this seat held once by Democrats for 139 years!!!

🚨♥️Keep Texas Red! ♥️🚨

#txlege #TXSen #tcot @realDonaldTrump @DonaldJTrumpJr
Super excited! Sorry for the grammatical error.

...once held by Democrats...

Wooooo wooooo! #TrumpTrain
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To help make sure individuals, and especially candidates for public office, are quoting the correct funding levels as it relates to public schools, I downloaded the TEA PEIMS finance overview for 2000-2017 and dropped it into a dashboard. #txed #txlege
You can access the Texas School Funding Trend page at Just like with my campaign finance dashboards, this has a drop down where you can pick which district you want to see. Then you will see the trends in Local, State and Federal funding #txlege #txed
I've also added the Texas Overall funding level as a choice. You can use the "Only" button in the drop down to see one district. Or, you can "Only" the first one and then go through and select with the check boxes to create comparisons. #txed #txlege
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