Chief Political Writer. Austin American-Statesman
MJ Hegar discounts calling the primary as bitter. "It was friendly," she said. "We need to be able to come together because John Cornyn is the person standing in the way of reform - I have no doubt that we are going to continue to work to make sure we don't let them divide us." https://t.co/ue1MyEBWuB
MJ Hegar: "I should have been the underdog. I'm just a combat veteran and a working mom." https://t.co/Tsvd4ZNgyE
MJ Hegar not quite declaring victory in Senate runoff but confident, says Cornyn will "have hard time sleeping tonight" "We're kicking this career politician to the curb ... Pack it up buttercup." https://t.co/ZcW1BhgBk5
Tossup country. According to NYT map, MJ Hegar vs.Royce West Texas Senate race is tied in nine counties: 46-46 in Hockley, 22-22 in Stephens, 10-10 in Floyd, 8-8 in Cottle, 4-4 in Hansford, 3-3 in Loving, 2-2 in McMullen, 1-1 in King and 0-0 in Tyler.
Texas GOP moves convention on-line after virtually ejecting member who insulted GOP lawyers for "ushering in virtual on-line voting .. exactly what the Democrats would use against us when the time comes in Nov. or whenever they want another COVID-19 fix." statesman.com/news/20200713/…
Despite his virtual ejection from ZOOM meeting for insulting members of the Texas Republican Party legal team, SREC member Walter West's proxy continues to be able to vote at meeting because @jamesdickey says West was tossed for "decorum, that doesn't cost him his rights."
Texas State Republican Executive Committee votes 53 to 4 to switch from in-person convention to on-line convention after setbacks in court. https://t.co/Q6zN0OWJNW
"Don't drink the Kool-Aid." Parting words of Walter West. https://t.co/XjYkqrMBCy
It appears that @jamesdickey has just ejected Walter West of SD4 from SREC meeting for insulting TXGOP legal team (and Dickey seems to have virtually smelled alcohol on West's breath) for having led to virtual convention that Dems will use to sell virtual voting down the road. https://t.co/KglopNO6jl
As TXGOP moves to virtual convention, TX Dem chair judges: “Running a virtual convention takes hard work & technical competence. The TDP encourages every reporter to visit our Facebook pg, rewatch our convention & compare it to the abomination the TxRepubs are about to display.”
RT @kherman: SREC member asks for 24-hour delay to consider other in-person locations for TX GOP State Convention, instead of going online.
TX GOP counsel Wade Emmert on Hotze lawsuit: “Opinions I've seen on that lawsuit have not been favorable, and especially in terms of standing... their lawsuit does not change the fact that I don't think there's a viable legal remedy.”
RT @kherman: GOP Natl Committeeman Dr. Robin Armstrong tells State Repub Exec Committee: "I would also add that that in-person convention…
"And I think that we could have done it successfully," Armstrong said. But what's most important now is electing delegates and electors by the deadline of July 20 and that requires a virtual convention."It's something that none of us wanted but it's the position we're in now."
Robin Armstong, medical Dr. who is on the SREC and Rep. Nat't Committee, said of COVID, "It's pretty serious right now here in Houston." Said the SREC wanted it but some GOP electeds didn't. "Having a convention at this time in one of the national hotspots was certainly a risk." https://t.co/zOnH4omQmU
"Yelling out in the middle of the meeting is not tenable," James Dickey, Republican Party Chairman James Dickey (really nothing has happened yet.) SREC is meeting tonight to move to a virtual convention after the Texas Supreme Court, and then the district court, let them down. https://t.co/3OTgoJDShh
RT @kherman: One of the Really Good Guys. In journalism and life.
RT @JohnBridges: Quarantining Austin from the rest of Texas ... and other great ideas proposed for Texas GOP platform, as reviewed by @kher…
RT @jenmercieca: What Trump Wants From Roger Stone: nytimes.com/2020/07/12/opi…
RT @RobertTGarrett: 'Work to do,' no matter who wins Tues #TxSen runoff- @MJHegar or @RoyceWestTX, @gromerjeffers writes. Dem nominee vs @…
RT @JinATX: Well, this has been an interesting morning. @Perla_Trevizo with a story coming soon on @propublica and @TexasTribune about this…
RT @emquig: Just when you think 2020 couldn’t get any more surreal, the president retweets someone you used to work with. https://t.co/zyP3…
RT @kherman: Emmert says Texas Supreme Court ruling expected Monday, he hopes.
RT @nicolecobler: “We are the forgotten. They put us here, and they forgot us, or they chose to not remember us.” Great work by @PhilJank…
RT @jamesrhenson: For the first time, with Abbott at the helm, the Texas GOP has to make hard, proactive policy decisions that will have de…
RT @rickdunham: Excellent analysis from @rossramsey, a journalist respected by both parties for his nonpartisan perspective: Texas Gov. Gre…
I especially like this one. Roger Stone at the Russia House. May 30, 2017. https://t.co/XLMqr1CHVg
Roger Stone at the Russian House in Austin, May 30, 2017. https://t.co/eRwHVPFYdL
If Roger Stone were in Austin tonight, he'd be at the Russian House (open till 9) celebrating. twitter.com/JTiloveTX/stat…
RT @jamesrhenson: "President Trump and I are fighting for the America we love, but can hardly recognize amidst all of the division, treache…
RT @nicolecobler: Dr. Mark McClellan, one of Abbott's medical advisers: “Unless things really change, you’re going to see continued increas…
Putting the wild in wild card, @AmyHedtke and her knee-high red, white and blue boots have stepped into the race for Texas GOP chair. Says @AllenWest is "all hat, no cattle," her friend, @jamesdickey "best chair we've had," but not good enough. facebook.com/10000351481024…
RT @kherman: Dickey: "Both the convention hall and our main hotel, the Marriott Marquis, allow both concealed and open carry, and we look f…
RT @kherman: Dickey: "There's been several questions ... about Mayor Turner's demands. We just got that letter late this morning. Our legal…
Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey: "We have greatly reduced the pageantry of our convention to stick to as much business as possible." https://t.co/OfBb0GAl0Z
RT @MattMackowiak: A must read from @RonBrownstein cnn.com/2020/07/07/pol…
@mjhegar has been the front-runner since her endorsement by the DSCC, but the killing of George Floyd and its repercussions have upset politics in ways that give @RoyceWestTX a glimmer of hope. statesman.com/news/20200705/…
RT @MLKStreet: Community gathers to paint Black Lives Matter street mural in East Knoxville on 2800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue…
OK. So whose move is it? Patrick says in-person GOP convention in Houston is a bad idea, and he'll be there. statesman.com/news/20200702/…
@DanPatrick throws his weight behind the 20 SREC members who voted vs. holding an in-person state convention b/c so many delegates won't be able to attend and it risks exposure of those who do. "But I respect the will of the forty people who voted (for) and I will be there.”
A first take on the three-hour debate that led the Texas State Republican Executive Committee to vote to go ahead with their in-person state convention July 16 to 18 in Houston. Virtual conventions, they decided, are for Democrats. statesman.com/news/20200702/…
Texas State Republican Executive Committee votes 40-20 to go ahead with the in-person Republican State Convention the week after next in Houston
for all of you in the history of your SREC career, past or future."
SREC Member Mark Ramsey: "This vote is very, very remarkable, the first in my eight years, perhaps a unique situation, where we do have the possibility of changing the outcome of the state, of the nation, the world... I submit that this is the best vote we can possibly take... https://t.co/aALEMZhU9x
"I think we'll be safe. I think many of us are Christians. We'll put on the armor of God and we'll go do our duty, and the set the tone for the rest of the states and we'll set the tone for the national convention. I think we need to stay strong."
SREC member Leslie Thomas: "This is a convention that Trump wants. Like it or not, Texas is the Republican State. we bear that. So, we need to stand our ground. Our forefathers were called on to do much more than wear a mask and go to Houston, and take some votes... https://t.co/XLE3ZtcQFl
SD10's Susan Wright. "I get all the arguments for liberty" by having in-person convention, but she said too many people would not attend and she would prefer a convention "with as many voices as possible than as few voices as dare to go." https://t.co/XnJcSprC70
"I myself just got over having a respiratory infection w/ pneumonia & if I got it it would plant me...it's a real disease & a lot of of people would be put at risk by holding this convention. we need to plan right now to have as effective a virtual convention as we possibly can." https://t.co/ps2ivkCzA8
Someone doesn't have their mute button on. After member of the SREC offers motion to require delegates to test negative for COVID-19 to be at the convention, a voice exclaims, "What a load of horseshit." Chairman James Dickey rules the motion out of order.
certainly the RNCis going to be watching to see how things go because it's going to be a model for how they're going to do it in Jacksonville, FL, in August, and so I think we can be a great example of how we can successfully get this thing done but it's going to take all of our.
Dr. Robin Armstrong, Republican National Committeeman from Texas. "This convention is either going to be a model of how to do it or it's going to be a model for how not to do it. And the entire world is going to be watching this convention and literally the entire world... https://t.co/iXO4KE97Y3
Most Republican answer for why he wouldn't be able to provide a doctor's note for not being able to wear a mask at the Republican State Convention comes from Walter West: "Obamacare killed my doctor." Others offered such weak sauce as, "My doctor won't see me.."
The winner for outstanding achievement in partisan background for Texas State Republican Executive Committee Zoom meeting is Jan Duncan. https://t.co/hVGdJroUwS
Covey also said that a virtual convention disfavors rural Republicans who often have Wifi that can scarcely sustain a two-hour Clint Eastwood movie, let alone a three-day convention.
David Covey/SD 3 in favor of sticking with in-person convention. "There is a special energy and cooperation that occurs when Republicans are together in person, the kind of collaboration that fuels the grassroots and pushes our party toward victory in Nov. and keeping Texas red." https://t.co/1k510Pobsz
Fourth of July, Texas 2020 @GovAbbott on KIII Corpus Christi: "We can wear masks. We can go to the beach. We can have fun. We can go to work. All while containing the coronavirus." News anchor: "Of course, most of our beaches are closed for the Fourth of July holiday." https://t.co/2RZftYQWJu
On each interview this evening, @GovAbbott sidesteps questions about @DanPatrick attack on @DrAnthonyF. "It's Dr. Birx that the governors work with on a week-to-week basis and that is the doctor that we interact with and we have a great relationship." https://t.co/nlJT1txZQG
@GovAbbott is asked on Abilene TV how his new order on gatherings will affect July 4 weekend activities. 1 - Doesn't apply to indoor activities. 2 - Limits on outdoor activities up to local officials who have got to make sure they're under control. 3 - Churches are exempt. https://t.co/rkRu9TO8uW
@GovAbbott Violations of his mask order can lead to a warning, then a fine, not to exceed $250, but "no one can be put in jail for violating this safe practice." https://t.co/fcWpohngjN
@GovAbbott "COVID-19 is not going away. In fact it's getting worse." https://t.co/WuGblFjo52
RT @nicolecobler: New: @Castro4Congress endorses @RoyceWestTX for U.S. Senate. “Senator West’s experience, and his long list of accomplishm…
@GovAbbott on shutting bars. "It brings people together, sometimes even strangers together, & you typically would not wear a face mask in a bar, yer sipping on alcoholic beverage typically, and when yer sipping on the alcoholic beverage, yer losing some of your self discipline." https://t.co/qtlWtvnInW
A blow-by-blow-by-blow-by-blow account of a debate that woke a pandemic-induced snoozer w/ lines of attack that will be hard to forget, as West suggested Hegar was a Dem of convenience & she portrayed him as encrusted w/ the corruption of politics-as-usual statesman.com/news/20200629/…
@ChrisGTurner on @GovAbbott’s pandemic leadership “He's pretty much got it wrong at every turn. When the governor needed to be bold and decisive, he vacillated. When the crisis demanded caution he was recklessly rushing ahead.”
@JudgeClayJ on @GovAbbott's pandemic mismanagement: "At the beginning of May our governor said,`Hold my beer and let me take this over,'" with disastrous results. "He's now being forced to do the things that we've been demanding that we do for the last month-and-a-half." https://t.co/kN02KtN8x7
RT @WagsPhoto: Kai Kai’s first shelf cloud! #MNWX https://t.co/zAXgo0ECGd
Morning primp. Mueller Lake Park, ATX. https://t.co/OmheylO2Bn
On the eve of the 1968 presidential election, John Cornyn, then a 16-year-old senior at the American School in Japan, made the case for George Wallace for president on the pages of Hanabi, the student newspaper whose name means “fireworks” in Japanese. statesman.com/opinion/202006…
On KRIS, @GovAbbott say Texas will hit an all-time high of over 5,000 people testing positive for COVID-19 today. "Some people ... seem to think that COVID-19 is not a challenge. People need to recognize this is a very swift- spreading virus for which there is no treatment. https://t.co/oV1Q23HX3z
@GovAbbott's pandemic tone of the day on KBTX: "There's never a reason for you to have to leave your home unless you do need to go out. The safest place for you is at your home." https://t.co/PFWraZKxEg
RT @JohnBridges: As Texas moves forward with plans to open schools in August, some teachers are facing a difficult choice between their cal…
Sitting ducks. Mueller Lake. Austin. https://t.co/aMcqOfkHhL
RT @brandigrissom: The two biggest police reality TV shows canceled amid protests calling for systemic change amid brutality against people…
RT @tplohetski: For the record, we can’t see the videos because Williamson County sheriff’s officials won’t release them. We have asked sin…
RT @tplohetski: Thank you Maurice. Subscribe, watch, follow. All the things. :)
@GovAbbott is endorsing Austin police officer and brewer @realJustinBerry over Jennifer Fleck in the GOP runoff to seek to retake the western Travis County state House seat that Democrat Vikki Goodwin claimed from Paul Workman in 2018.
RT @JohnBridges: Cancellation comes two days after @statesman and @KVUE first reported on the death of #JavierAmbler, who had failed to sto…
Top TX R's denounced GOP chairs for Floyd conspiracy mongering, but couldn't follow this trail "to a president who with a single tweet, can transform the wildest, most objectionable conjecture into what, for Republicans, must be treated as a fact of life." statesman.com/opinion/202006… twitter.com/therecount/sta…
RT @tplohetski: JUST IN: The A&E Network, which airs 'Live PD,' and the company that produces the show says they never got a request for vi…
Al Sharpton: “When the last TV truck is gone, we'll still be here.”
RT @tplohetski: There are so many aspects to this story. We will be aggressively pursing multiple angles in the days to come. #JavierAmbler
RT @JohnBridges: The death of #JavierAmbler dominates today's @statesman front page. The case, first reported by @tplohetski Monday afterno…
Candlelight vigil for George Floyd at Jack Yates High School in Houston, followed by moment of silence until 8:46. https://t.co/qo9MZt8AER
First in line for viewing of George Floyd are Jessica & Ricardo Mondragon, who left Austin at 5, w/ son Lionel. “We have not really told him what’s going on ... We’re telling him it’s somebody who started a movement. Maybe when he gets older we can tell him what really happened.” https://t.co/hFq1WOqHLc
Flowers arrive at The Fountain of Praise in Houston for George Floyd viewing. https://t.co/1eeLOcVPO4
George Floyd’s body arrives at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston. https://t.co/MhfuNivIfd
RT @photo_Brazziell: More than 5 thousand protesters gathered and marched peacefully from Huston-Tillotson University to the Texas State Ca…
RT @WagsPhoto: The front of today’s group marching for racial equality arrived at the Capitol about 20 minutes ago... the caboose is still…
RT @LuzMorenoLozano: Scenes from today’s rally. https://t.co/99WfH5D31c
RT @JulieChang1: RIGHT NOW: The Austin Justice Coalition and Robert Ginyard get their chance to have their black-led protest. #austinprotes…
RT @VirtualCapitol: Hegar and West agree that time's up for Cornyn statesman.com/news/20200606/…
RT @pamelacolloff: Never ever thought I’d see this in Texas’ most infamous sundown town.
RT @WagsPhoto: Signs of the times. #GeorgeFloyd #BLM #COVID #Texas https://t.co/TeI2DTBV7w
 
 
 
 
 
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