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Evicting people in the midst of a pandemic is not the answer. Homes now act as both offices and schools. Losing a home puts a child out of school and places an undue burden on those already struggling to make ends meet. houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-tโ€ฆ
In these unprecedented times empathy and common decency are key to protecting all Americans. Such despicable actions from a public servant simply serve to show the lack of compassion exhibited for everyday Texans.
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New: State health officials have walked back their plan to cut $15 million in funding from health and safety net programs, including services that offer low-income Texans access to birth control and cancer screenings. bit.ly/35CXs4h
The previous plan proposed to cut nearly $3.8 million in funding from programs that offer low-income residents access to contraceptives and cancer screenings while leaving intact a robustly funded program that discourages women from having abortions. bit.ly/3hxJD9L
A revised proposal came after lawmakers and advocates protested the previous plan would hurt vulnerable Texans, and criticized top state officials for propelling the process without formal input from the #txlege. bit.ly/35CXs4h
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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: bit.ly/35yV2Uk & here's a recap on how the 86th #txlege reformed school finance: bit.ly/3hBc0UE
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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Get set to exercise your right: Here's how to vote in Texas. ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ #sharon4tx #txlege #turntexasblue
Make sure you're registered to vote by October 5th. Want to vote by mail this year? Your absentee ballot request must be received by October 23rd.
Remember: Early voting starts extra early this year and runs October 13th to the 30th. Election Day is November 3rd. When you vote, don't stop at the top! Your ballot is FULL of qualified Democrats.
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This year, we can build a more reflective democracy by electing candidates who have been through similar experiences and struggles as Planned Parenthood patients and everyday Texans.

PPTV PAC is proud to endorse the following candidates. #TXLege
Former Planned Parenthood patients and leaders in the fight against sexual assault, like @BrandyforTexas. #HD112 Graphic announcing Brandy C...
Former foster care children and public school teachers who have also used Planned Parenthood health services, like @JoannaCattanach #HD108 Graphic announcing PPTV PAC...
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1/ The Austin City Council voted to reduce police funding, largely through moving offices out from under the department.

Days later, @GovAbbott and other top officials said they want to freeze property tax revenues for cities that cut police budgets. bit.ly/3j0sw1v
2/ This proposal sets up what is expected to be a fight in the 2021 #txlege session over what police reform should look like after the killing of George Floyd reignited a national movement against police brutality and racial injustice.
3/ Many advocates want cities to reallocate substantial portions of police funding to areas like housing, social services and public spaces as part of an effort to end a history of discrimination, inequality and overpolicing of Black and brown communities. bit.ly/3hebts2
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AND WEโ€™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 itโ€™s virtual, so you donโ€™t have to leave your comfiest chair texastribune.org/festival
#txlege #TribFest20
@TexasTribune Back in June โ€” a million years ago in pandemic time โ€” 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
texastribune.org/festival
#txlege #TribFest20
@TexasTribune Carefully curated interviews and panels, all streamed on your favorite device, exploring the impact of the yearโ€™s crises on the elections, #txlege, public and higher ed, the economy, criminal justice, energy, health care, citeis, rural and more
texastribune.org/festival
#TribFest20
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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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The ongoing @TexasGOP virtual convention is turning out to be a disaster. Weโ€™ve recently discovered that in certain circumstances unauthenticated users CAN cast ballots โ€” multiple ballots!!! #txlege

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Until there is a complete audit and a full accounting, Iโ€™m calling upon Chairman @jamesdickey and the State Republican Executive Committee to suspend voting โ€” if not the entire virtual convention.
I understand that certain office holders who didnโ€™t want to face the grassroots for their leadership failures were the ones pushing to have this be a virtual convention โ€” but now is the time to do the responsible thing. #txlege
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The polls are closed in Texas, folks.

Bookmark our results page to follow along: bit.ly/2CByPZe

#tx2020 #txsen #txlege
Reminder: Results from the Secretary of State tonight will not include mail-in ballots accepted after Election Day.
Note: *Polls in El Paso and Hudspeth Counties are still open until 7 p.m. MT.*

Watch here as results begin to roll in: bit.ly/2CByPZe
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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.

Hereโ€™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 trooperโ€™s stated reason for arresting her โ€” assault on a public servant โ€” 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 (Texasโ€™ 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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1/ Today is the last day for early voting in Texas.

Hereโ€™s what you need to know about early voting. #txlege
bit.ly/38LlI3Q
2/ People who voted in the March 3 primary are only able to vote in that same party's runoff election.

But those who did not participate in the March primary are able to vote in either primary runoff election now.

bit.ly/38LlI3Q
3/ If youโ€™re looking for whoโ€™s on the ballot, weโ€™ve got you covered.

Type in your address here to see whoโ€™s on your ballot.
apps.texastribune.org/features/2020/โ€ฆ
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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/โ€ฆ
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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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 donโ€™t wear a mask, you will be punished. This is absurd. Governor Abbott threatened that if Texans donโ€™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
๐Ÿ”ด Don Zimmerman for #SD14 #VoteTexas #VoteRed
๐Ÿ”ด June 29-July 10 (except July 3 & 4)
๐Ÿ”ด LOCATIONS countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/polling-locatiโ€ฆ
๐Ÿ”ด SAMPLE BALLOT
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๐Ÿ“ข ATTN #Patriots ๐Ÿ›๏ธโ›ช๏ธ #Austin #Travis #Bastrop Lets keep it ๐Ÿ’ฏ & elect a proven leader for ALL #Texans (inc the unborn) Representing our SILENT MAJORITY PROTEST this ๐ˆ๐๐ƒ๐„๐๐„๐๐ƒ๐„๐๐‚๐„ ๐ƒ๐€๐˜ to ๐“๐”๐‘๐ ๐Ž๐”๐“ & ๐•๐Ž๐“๐„ ๐Ÿ“ฅ in DROVES #LeadRight w/ DON! July 4th ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โญ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ—ฝ
#Texas SENATE DISTRICT 14 SPECIAL ELECTION
Don Zimmerman for TX #SD14 has gotten personally involved with Uncle Garyโ€™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
โœ… Don Zimmerman for #SD14 #VoteTexas #VoteRed
โœ… June 29-July 10 (except July 3 & 4)
โœ… LOCATIONS countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/polling-locatiโ€ฆ
โœ… SAMPLE BALLOT
countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/images/pdfs/saโ€ฆ
#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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While the @TXMedCenter, @MethodistHosp, & others saying โ€œwe have capacityโ€ yesterday in public, internal email shows 600 staffers have tested positive for #covid19, theyโ€™re hiring travel nurses, & admins are asked to pick up shifts. ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ
And since weโ€™re here, Iโ€™d like to point out local doctors I have spoken with would like to see @texmed, @TXMedCenter, & other med groups take a more aggressive #covid19 stance. Tell #txlege & electeds whatโ€™s really up, compel them to act.
I have some other stuff related to all this, but itโ€™s late, so Iโ€™ll send it out on another day. But, a reminder that a hospital bed means nothing if you donโ€™t have a human to take care of you. So #MaskUp friends!
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If your leadership had been worth a single goddamn, @GovAbbott, you wouldnโ€™t need to bankrupt our hospitals to save lives! Suspending elective surgeries without closing bars and restaurants!?! Iโ€™m LIVID. abc13.com/health/gov-greโ€ฆ
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 donโ€™t require an overnight stay? This will be devastating.
And for a governor who pushes local control over all else, why donโ€™t you get out of the way and let our local leaders make our choices. You have failed. Miserably. Step aside. Houstonโ€™s got this. @LinaHidalgoTX @HarrisCoJudge @SylvesterTurner @houmayor @AbbieKamin @RodneyEllis
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