“Limited government” sounds great until you’re shivering in the dark and flushing your toilet with snow. #txlege
This disaster is rooted in one big lie.

A lie first uttered by Ronald Reagan in 1981: “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem."
Session after session, we see a pattern.

When the economy is good, the #txlege cuts taxes for wealthy people.

When the economy is bad, the #txlege cuts services for working people.

When the economy recovers, the #txlege doesn’t replace the lost revenue or the lost services.
It’s a vicious cycle that is deliberately designed to “starve the beast.” Deliberately designed to weaken government.

And we saw the results last week.
A weak government doesn’t build critical infrastructure.

A weak government doesn’t regulate power plants.

A weak government doesn’t tackle climate change.

A weak government doesn’t keep you safe.
In a democracy, government is how we solve problems that we can’t solve as individuals.

We should be suspicious of government overreach like mass incarceration and endless war.

But over the last 10 days, government wasn’t the problem, government was the solution we didn’t have.

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19 Feb
In the span of two months, @tedcruz put his own self-interest over the interests of his country, his state, his daughters, and his poodle. (1/6)
@tedcruz and I are both Christians. In our faith tradition, we follow a barefoot rabbi who taught us that being a leader means being a servant. It means putting others before yourself. It means prioritizing “the least of these.” (2/6)
@tedcruz forgot those teachings when he boarded that plane.

But selfishness isn’t just a flaw in Ted Cruz; it’s a flaw in our system. (3/6)
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17 Feb
Texas is experiencing a humanitarian crisis.

People are burning furniture to heat their homes, melting snow to flush their toilets, risking carbon monoxide poisoning to protect their children.

If Texas was a country, we would call it a “failed state.” #txlege
ERCOT must be held accountable. But that’s not where the blame lies.

Politicians will try to throw ERCOT under the bus to deflect attention from our state’s failed polices of deregulation and privatization.

Texans must ask their *elected leaders* these 4 questions:
1. Why is our grid not winterized?

Texas fossil fuel plants aren’t equipped to withstand winter storms, and no one requires them to be.

It’ll cost extra, but other states have done it (see map).

This disaster is costing money and lives. We didn’t pay then, so we’re paying now.
Read 9 tweets
2 Feb
I’m proud to be the youngest member of the Texas Legislature.

But if we want truly representative government, we need *way* more young people in office at every level.

If you’re ready to run, DM me.
And of course we need way more women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ folks, and people with disabilities in office too!

The @TexasTribune breaks down the demographics of the Legislature here: apps.texastribune.org/features/2020/…
Older policy-makers at the local, state, & federal level bring invaluable experience and wisdom to the work.

We just want young folks at the table too. The biggest problems we face—from educational inequity to economic inequality to climate change—uniquely impact our generation.
Read 4 tweets
11 Nov 20
I’m going viral in Brazil right now...

Apparently “talarico” is Brazilian slang for “wife-stealer.” 😂

Olá, Brazil! 🇧🇷 I’m just making good public policy here in Texas — I promise I won’t steal your girl.
I’m also being compared to this Brazilian pop singer who has a reputation as a “talarico” 😬😬😬
Shout out to my new Brazilian friends who started this: @Felippe_Hermes @Pirulla25

Thank you for alarming my staff with thousands of @ mentions from Brazil. 😂
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12 Oct 20

With 24 hours before voting starts, my opponent put up these signs at voting sites across our district.

This is what our politics has become under Donald Trump. Division, lies, and fear. The goal is to make us so afraid that we can’t see or hear each other.
After the murders of George Floyd and Javier Ambler, our campaign proudly donated to a well-respected civil rights organization in our community that champions educational equity, economic opportunity, and police reform.
We did it publicly, and asked our supporters to match our donation. Because we believe #BlackLivesMatter
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