Archive for January 18th, 2022

Campaign Money 

Campaign contribution and expenditure reports are due today for state and local races.  Beto just announced that he has raised $7.2 million in just six weeks. Not bad at all. 

Here is what Commentary will be interested in seeing over the next day or so. Locally, what does Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo show and what does her opponent Erica David have in cash on hand.  Same for the Democratic candidates running in the newly redrawn Harris County Commissioner Precinct 4. 

I will be looking at how the Democratic candidates fare in State House District 147. 

On the statewide level, I want to know how Democrats running for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General are doing. 

On the GOP side we know that arsehole Gov. Greg Abbott will raise a ton of money. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will also likely announce a nice haul. It will be interesting to see how much AG Ken Paxton’s challengers announce they have in the bank. 

As I kind of mentioned yesterday, GOP elected officials who also support voter suppression put out tweets on MLK yesterday and got rightly dunked on. What did they expect? 

I don’t know what to say about this from Austin’s NPR station: 

The Texas Secretary of State’s office is having more trouble than usual getting enough voter registration cards to groups who help Texans register to vote. 

Sam Taylor, assistant secretary of state for communications, said supply chain issues have made it harder and more expensive to get paper, which means the Secretary of State’s office will be giving out fewer voter registration forms to groups ahead of elections this year. 

“We are limited in what we can supply this year, because of the paper shortage and the cost constraints due to the price of paper and the supply of paper,” he said. 

Grace Chimene, the president of the League of Women Voters of Texas, said it is not unusual for the Secretary of State to not have enough forms to fill all the requests it gets from groups like hers ahead of elections. This particular shortage, however, is affecting an important part of her group’s work: registering thousands of newly naturalized citizens. 

Chimene said in previous years, her group, which has chapters across the state, has been able to get enough forms to pass out at naturalization ceremonies. Often, she said, the group partners with the state to give out several thousand forms at each ceremony. 

“The League in Houston registers about 30,000 new citizens every year through these ceremonies in the past,” Chimene said. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a mix of in-person and remote ceremonies. Chimene said her group has either been handing out voter registration materials at in-person events or they’ve been sending out packets they put together ahead of time to those new citizens. 

Here is the entire read: Texas says supply chain issues have limited the number of voter registration forms it can give out | KUT Radio, Austin’s NPR Station. 

Supply chain issues and the inflation thing. It all boils down to the dumbarses who refuse to get vaccinated. Get the GD shot you morons! 

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