With only five days left until the filing deadline, many races are filling up.
There are only FIVE days left until the filing deadline. Below is a list of everyone who has filed so far. I know several people who are still running, who I have personally spoken with, and who have not filed yet. This list will not be complete until next week after the deadline. However, I wanted to get out there who we already have on the ballots and which seats are still empty in case a last-minute candidate decides to throw their hat in the ring.
An asterisk next to a candidates name indicates they are the incumbent. Ive included the websites of the Democratic candidates (hyperlinked). I did not include the websites of Republican candidates because I dont care about them, but Im sure you can find them if youre interested. If a Democrats name isnt hyperlinked, that means I couldnt find a website for them.
If you arent sure who all of your reps are, check here.
The Texas GOP has chosen the path of upholding bigotry and discrimination.
Over the weekend, the Republican Party of Texas SREC (State Republican Executive Committee) had its quarterly meeting in Corpus Christi. Coincidently, the Texas Democratic Partys SDEC (State Democratic Executive Committee) also had quarterly meetings. I watched both, and before I get into what came out of the GOP meeting, I want to highlight the stark differences between these two events.
The SDEC meeting is almost always in person and open to the public. Since Covid, it has rarely been on Zoom. But because of the holidays, the Texas Democratic Party decided to hold the meeting on Zoom this time, and Im glad they did. The participants were white, Black, brown, young, and old. The diversity of that meeting looked like the Texas we all know and love.
The GOPs SREC meeting, which they always post live and online each quarter, was basically a bunch of old white people.
Its incredibly stunning knowing that white people are now a minority in Texas, and it proves that the GOP does not represent the majority of Texans.
This is a win for Texas Progressives.
Only moments ago, the State Democratic Executive Committee passed a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Palestine. This is a huge step for the party, showing them embracing a leftward swing, which is a win for progressives.
Republican legislators in Texas consistently throw up roadblocks to Democratic solutions for poverty issues and deepen hardships for Texans.
Texas isnt a red state. Its a non-voting state. We can talk about why that is or who is at fault, but more importantly, we need to talk about the consequences of it. Earlier this week, the Texas Tribune published an article titled. Food banks are under pressure from Texas high level of food insecurity.
I shared that article on Twitter, and what surprised me was how many people responded that they didnt believe there were high rates of food insecurity in Texas or that so many people in Texas are below the poverty line.
Here is the information (hyperlinks lead to sources):
According to the US Census, the poverty rate is 14% in Texas, which is almost three points higher than the national average.
According to Feeding Texas, 4 million Texans regularly struggle with food insecurity.
Also, according to Feeding Texas, 20% of Texas children experience hunger.
Navigating the TX32 Democratic primary. Who's in the Running?
Colin Allred (TX32) announced he would run for the U.S. Senate, and Democrats flocked to run for his seat. We have a Democratic primary race in March with ten candidates. Its a packed race, but with so many candidates running, its hard to know who they are and what they stand for. So, lets talk about it.
Here are the candidates (in no particular order):
Dr. Brian Williams
Whew. Thats a lot. So, who are all of these people?
🚨🚨🚨 With 20 days left until the filing deadline - we urgently need candidates to run for the SBOE.
Last week, the State Board of Education (SBOE) rejected science books that teach children about climate change. The week before, they sent educational resources to teachers regarding the Israel/Palestine conflict. Many educators and community members testified that these so-called resources were full of factual errors and showed political bias.
In August, extremist, insurrectionist SBOE member Julie Pickren announced to the world that they would be implementing PragerU in the classrooms. Later, the rest of the SBOE members said that wouldnt happen.
Throughout history, fascist regimes have targeted education as a way to expand their ideas and solidify control over societies. What were seeing currently taking place is the consequences of electing fascists to the SBOE.
The GOP intends to indoctrinate Texas children through public schools.
Republicans at the State Board of Education deny climate change and uphold fossil fuel interests.
Last week, at the regular State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting, Republican members rejected most of the science books because of sciences negative portrayals of fossil fuels. Worse, they arent allowing any language regarding climate change.
This is a consequence of 20 years of GOP rule, gerrymandering, and voter oppression.
Heat in Texas kills nearly 300 people per year as it is. That doesnt count the increasingly severe thunderstorms, ice storms, and hurricanes. Completely ignoring climate change and pretending like it doesnt exist will cause the situation to get worse.
Texas has warmed between 0.5°-1°F in the past century. In the coming decades summers are likely to become increasingly hot and dry, creating problems for agriculture and possibly human health, warns the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It predicts that 70 years from now, the state will have three or four times as many days per year above 100°F as it has today.
At this rate, well see a mass exodus in Texas within the next few decades. Yet, Republicans in charge of our school systems want to teach our future generations that the climate crisis isnt real.
Waste, Walls, And Mismanagement: The truth about Texas Republicans' reckless spending.
The legislative budget board just added a fiscal note to the voucher scheme bill, HB1. This scheme is estimated to cost Texas taxpayers $25 billion over the next five years. Its important to note that vouchers will only be available to 1% of Texas 5.5 million children.
Its hard to contextualize how much money $1 billion is, let alone $25 billion. If you were to count one dollar per second, it would take you 32 years to count to $1 billion.
This bill is awful and a wasteful use of our hard earned tax dollars. Over the last decade, weve seen a repeating pattern of wasteful spending by the Texas government on its culture war issues. Yet, all I hear from politicians, right-wing media, and the loudmouths that parrot them is how Democrats are not fiscally responsible.
Thats complete bullshit.
There are 26 days left until the filing deadline. Find out who has already announced their candidacy.
Last week, I listed the open seats. Since then, official filings have opened up with the state, and campaigns are announcing left and right. The filing deadline is December 11, 26 days from now. So, Ill keep yall updated until then on new announcements, as I expect many more.
Lets get into it. (These are not endorsements. Its just a list of everyone running.)
If I didnt mention your favorite elected official, dont worry; it doesnt mean they arent running again. They just havent announced yet. Also, there are more than a dozen Democrats I know who are running for the State House but havent announced yet. Dont worry. Ill keep you updated.
It won't be much longer before the Texas GOP runs out of marginalized groups to target.
Ive lost track of how many times this year Republicans in the legislature have thrown billions of dollars at the border or pushed for a Show Me Your Papers bill. Were on the fourth special session, so its all beginning to run together. They did it again today.
Listen to Representative Gene Wu call out Republicans excessive spending spree:
How much money has gone to Abbotts stunts at the border so far? More than $10 billion. The total number over the last several sessions is $11.5(ish) billion. Today, they greenlit another $1.5 billion.
The GOP continues to throw all of our money at the border, and it hasnt done anything except give them political clout. It doesnt secure our border. This money wont stop mass migration. We might as well be flushing it down the toilet.
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