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From the Trib on the latest poll:

Almost half of Texas voters (49%) approve of President Joe Biden’s handling of the coronavirus, while 35% disapprove. For Gov. Greg Abbott, 43% approve of his work and 48% disapprove; a year ago, 56% thought the governor was doing a good job with the coronavirus.

Tomorrow we will be heading into the 15th month of the pandemic. Thanks to fools like Donald Trump and Abbott, it didn’t have to be this bad.

Folks got it wrong on the lobbyist who allegedly drugged a Texas state capitol female staffer.  Here is from the Trib:

The Texas Department of Public Safety and Travis County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday “that there is not enough evidence to support” an allegation that a lobbyist used a date rape drug on a Capitol staffer and that “no crime occurred in this instance.”

“DPS has conducted a thorough investigation following allegations of drugging of a Capitol staffer by a lobbyist,” the joint statement said. “Together, we have concluded that … criminal charges are not appropriate.”

The statement did not name the lobbyist, and officials have not offered further details — including the names of anyone allegedly involved — since DPS confirmed it was investigating the allegation, as first reported by the Austin American-Statesman.

Here is the entire Trib piece: Authorities won’t charge Texas lobbyist accused of drugging Capitol staffer | The Texas Tribune.

Here is from Kuffer:

See here and here for the background. You can see the full statement here. Saying there’s not enough evidence to support the allegations is not the same as saying that nothing bad happened – to say “no crime occurred” is a tautology, since that is exactly what it means to not bring charges. We have due process for a reason, and this is the result. Maybe nothing did happen, or at least nothing that was ill-intentioned. Maybe it was too late for a drug test to render a judgment, since rohypnol metabolizes quickly. Maybe this was just another powerful guy getting away with it. We’ll never know for sure. If the lobbyist in question, whose name has been released by one right wing website, is innocent then this really sucks for him, since this incident will always follow him around. It’s going to suck even more for the woman who made the allegation, especially if it was true.

Here is all of today’s Kuffer: No charges files in Capitol date rape drug incident – Off the Kuff.

Here is what Commentary said a few days ago on this:

Is the Capitol media heeding the advice of the lawyers and proceeding “with due caution” by not naming the accused? All the insiders know who he is. Is this normal?  What am I missing?

He wasn’t named by the media, but a lot of folks know who it was.   I hope someone gets to the bottom of this. Talk about one big oops.

Tomorrow is election day for folks in Baytown, Humble, Kingwood, Pasadena, West U. and other political jurisdictions in Harris County.  Commentary tweeted yesterday that there would not be drive thru voting.  It turns out the Texas Election Code doesn’t allow drive thru voting on election day.  It only allow drive thru voting during early voting. Go figure.

On the H-Town Mayor’s police reforms announcement, here is from the Chron:

Brennan Griffin, deputy director of social justice nonprofit Texas Appleseed, said the expansion of the mobile crisis teams was a welcome investment, but it pales in comparison to the police department’s $1 billion budget.

He later called the reform announcement “pretty weak sauce” on Twitter.

We are 13-12, in Tampa for the weekend, and two and a half out.

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