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Meeting the VP

Happy Birthday today to my sister Sylvia Lafuente!  She is a great sis. She raised three super duper kids that I love. And her kids have gone with me to games at The Yard on multiple occasions. She has a cool grandson named Jackson. She is a huge Astros fan.  She is special for sure.  I hope she has a nice BD. 

State Sen. Carol Alvarado will be one of the ten Texas Democratic State Legislators who will be meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House next Wednesday.  Sen. Alvarado serves as Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus.  The meeting will be about fighting the GOP’s racist voter suppression legislation at the Texas State Capitol. 

Here is the list of the other nine Democratic legislators who will be attending the meeting with the Vice President:  

Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus 

Rep. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth, Chair of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus 

Rep. Rafael Anchía, D-Dallas, Chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus 

Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston 

Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas 

Sen. Beverly Powell, D-Burleson 

Rep. Jessica González, D-Dallas 

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio 

Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin 

Hope they have a productive meeting. 

You have to figure Gov. Greg Abbott is worried about his upcoming primary race.  He announced yesterday that Texas would be building a border wall.  Huh?  I tried to pay attention to the state budget that just passed.  I don’t recall there being any funding for a border wall.  Does the state even have the authority to build a wall? 

Abbott also wants DPS troopers to arrest migrants that cross the border.  What are they going to do with the folks who are picked up? Drop them off at border city and county jails?  Are border city and county jails equipped to keep these folks detained? 

Don’t be surprised if this fool Abbott adds border wall funding to the call of the Special Session 

Have I mentioned that Abbott is the lousiest governor of all the Texas governors I have observed? 

GOP Texas State Sen. Drew Springer tweeted yesterday that the Texas Democratic legislators should meet with Vice President Harris at the border.  You know, a twofer.  Well heck! Might as well make it a threefer and they can all attend a ribbon cutting for the Abbott wall. 

Donald Trump put out a statement yesterday to remind folks that his arse is still owned by Putin.  I am betting Putin doesn’t give one rat’s arse what Trump thinks these days. 

Sigh.  GOP Texas state legislators are dumbsh_ts.  They didn’t even know what was in their racist voter suppression bill.  From the Chron: 

In a sweeping overhaul of Texas elections law that Republicans rushed toward approval in the waning hours of the legislative session, one provision stood out to critics as particularly alarming. 

The hastily-added clause would have made it easy for a judge to overturn an election, even if there were only thin evidence of fraud. With former President Donald Trump’s historic efforts to nullify his November loss still fresh in their minds, Democrats singled out the measure as irresponsible. 

Just think about that — your election, YOUR election could be overturned without the other side being required to prove actual voter fraud,” said state Rep. Julie Johnson, R-Carrolton, in an impassioned speech on the floor of the Texas House. “The implications of this are unthinkable. To make matters worse, the provision was not in either the Senate or the House version of the bill.” 

The bill never passed, dying at midnight on May 31 after the Democrats blocked a vote on it by walking out. Yet policy debates have given way to an even more basic question: Who added the “Overturning Elections” section to it? 

One of the members of the conference committee that crafted the final version of the bill, state Rep. Travis Clardy, R-Nagodoches, says he doesn’t know. Other top Republicans who worked on the final draft of the legislation say they don’t know either. 

What’s more, Clardy now denounces the measures related to overturning elections and says Republicans don’t plan to revive them in a future bill. 

“There was zero appetite or intent or willingness to create some low bar where a single judge can overturn the results of an election,” Clardy said in an interview with Hearst Newspapers. “That would be horrendous policy, and it would never be healthy for the democracy.” 

Here is the entire article: Texas Republicans say lowering the bar for overturning elections is bad policy. So why did they try? (houstonchronicle.com) 

Don’t forget the 1 pm Sunday early vote time was supposed to be 11 am moronic crap.  These guys are arseholes for sure and don’t even argue with me. 

We were on the short end of a slugfest last night.  We start a weekend series in Minneapolis this evening. 

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