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Archive for June 26th, 2020

5,996 new infections in Texas yesterday.  A new record. Sigh.

The H-Town skyline shot from Allen Parkway led off the “Today” show this morning.  The “Today” lead story was about H-Town and Texas in a pandemic crisis.

Texas GOP leaders love to brag and take credit on Texas stuff when things are going great.  Ask Gov. Greg Abbott or any other Texas GOP bigwig or GOP leader if the Texas Governor should take responsibility for what is going wrong with Texas today.

We are circling the drain.  Mandate masks.  Scale back the reopening.

Gov. Abbott has certainly botched this.  He and only he is to blame.

Sheldon ISD is in Harris County.  Parents were surveyed about kids returning to campuses this Fall.  Half of the parents said they weren’t having their children return right now.

From today’s Chron:

Editorial: We recommend Anna Eastman in the Democratic runoff in state House District 148

In the few months since Anna Eastman was elected to represent House District 148 as a state representative in a special runoff election in January, she has quickly gotten her feet wet.

Despite opposition from some nearby residents, she wrote a crucial letter in support of tax credits for two mixed-income housing developments in the Heights area. Without this type of leadership, affordable housing will remain concentrated in a few neighborhoods. On the more mundane but no less important end of bureaucracy, she says her office has helped constituents navigate unemployment claims with the Texas Workforce Commission.

We can also look at her record of eight years on the Houston ISD board of trustees, where she proved herself smart and committed to progressive policies. That record of accomplishment earned our endorsement in the special election to replace longtime State Rep. Jessica Farrar, a Democrat who stepped down after 25 years. In fact, voters in this district will have seen Eastman on the ballot four times since November.

Eastman, whose HISD district included 75 percent of District 148, told the editorial board that education would be one of her priorities.

“My big three issues — education, common sense gun legislation and health care — haven’t changed,” she said while noting that in light of COVID-19, mass unemployment and protests against racial injustice “the priorities around them become more urgent. With the budget shortfalls we are sure to have, doing everything we can to maintain the education funding investments we made last session will be difficult but an urgent priority.”

She also stresses the need to accept Medicaid expansion dollars from the federal government while making sure reproductive health and abortions are not categorized as elective, and restricted as they were at the start of the pandemic.

Nice.

Early Voting in Person for the primary runoffs begins on Monday, June 29.  There will be 57 Early Voting locations.

On Election Day, Tuesday, July 14, there will be 109 voting locations.

The Astros told the Chron yesterday that refunds to season ticket holders would be available if asked.

Got it?

Have a safe weekend and wear a mask.

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