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December 6, 2023

Who Is On The 2024 Ballot In Texas (So Far)?

With only five days left until the filing deadline, many races are filling up.

https://www.lonestarleft.com/p/who-is-on-the-2024-ballot-in-texas


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 candidate’s name indicates they are the incumbent. I’ve included the websites of the Democratic candidates (hyperlinked). I did not include the websites of Republican candidates because I don’t care about them, but I’m sure you can find them if you’re interested. If a Democrat’s name isn’t hyperlinked, that means I couldn’t find a website for them.

If you aren’t sure who all of your reps are, check here.

December 4, 2023

The Republican Party Of Texas' Unabashed Embrace Of Nazism And White Supremacy

The Texas GOP has chosen the path of upholding bigotry and discrimination.

https://www.lonestarleft.com/p/the-republican-party-of-texas-unabashed


Over the weekend, the Republican Party of Texas’ SREC (State Republican Executive Committee) had its quarterly meeting in Corpus Christi. Coincidently, the Texas Democratic Party’s 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 I’m 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 GOP’s SREC meeting, which they always post live and online each quarter, was basically a bunch of old white people.

It’s 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.

December 2, 2023

Texas Democratic Party Becomes First State Party To Call For A Ceasefire

This is a win for Texas Progressives.

https://www.lonestarleft.com/p/texas-democratic-party-becomes-first



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.

November 30, 2023

How Republican Policies Have Led To High Poverty Rates In Texas

Republican legislators in Texas consistently throw up roadblocks to Democratic solutions for poverty issues and deepen hardships for Texans.

https://www.lonestarleft.com/p/how-republican-policies-have-led


Texas isn’t a red state. It’s 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 didn’t 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.

November 28, 2023

The Very Crowded Democratic Primary Race For TX32

Navigating the TX32 Democratic primary. Who's in the Running?

https://www.lonestarleft.com/p/the-very-crowded-democratic-primary



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. It’s a packed race, but with so many candidates running, it’s hard to know who they are and what they stand for. So, let’s talk about it.

Here are the candidates (in no particular order):

Julie Johnson

Jan McDowell

Dr. Brian Williams

Justin Moore

Kevin Felder

Alex Cornwallis

Zachariah Manning

Chris Panayiotou

Raja Chaudhry

Callie Butcher

Whew. That’s a lot. So, who are all of these people?

November 21, 2023

The Most Important Texas Elections No One Is Talking About

🚨🚨🚨 With 20 days left until the filing deadline - we urgently need candidates to run for the SBOE.

https://www.lonestarleft.com/p/the-most-important-elections-no-one



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 wouldn’t happen.

Throughout history, fascist regimes have targeted education as a way to expand their ideas and solidify control over societies. What we’re seeing currently taking place is the consequences of electing fascists to the SBOE.

The GOP intends to indoctrinate Texas children through public schools.

November 20, 2023

The GOP's Rejection Of Science And The Urgency For Environmental Action

Republicans at the State Board of Education deny climate change and uphold fossil fuel interests.

https://www.lonestarleft.com/p/the-gops-rejection-of-science-and


Last week, at the regular State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting, Republican members rejected most of the science books because of science’s “negative portrayals of fossil fuels.” Worse, they aren’t 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 doesn’t count the increasingly severe thunderstorms, ice storms, and hurricanes. Completely ignoring climate change and pretending like it doesn’t 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, we’ll 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 isn’t real.

November 16, 2023

The Fiscal Irresponsibility Of Texas Republicans

Waste, Walls, And Mismanagement: The truth about Texas Republicans' reckless spending.

https://www.lonestarleft.com/p/the-fiscal-irresponsibility-of-texas



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. It’s important to note that vouchers will only be available to 1% of Texas’ 5.5 million children.

It’s 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, we’ve 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.

That’s complete bullshit.

November 15, 2023

Which Democratic Campaigns Have Announced Their Run In The 2024 Texas Election?

There are 26 days left until the filing deadline. Find out who has already announced their candidacy.

https://www.lonestarleft.com/p/which-democratic-campaigns-have-announced



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, I’ll keep y’all updated until then on new announcements, as I expect many more.

Let’s get into it. (These are not endorsements. It’s just a list of everyone running.)

If I didn’t mention your favorite elected official, don’t worry; it doesn’t mean they aren’t running again. They just haven’t announced yet. Also, there are more than a dozen Democrats I know who are running for the State House but haven’t announced yet. Don’t worry. I’ll keep you updated.

November 15, 2023

Texas House Republicans Advance Racist Border Bills... Again

It won't be much longer before the Texas GOP runs out of marginalized groups to target.

https://www.lonestarleft.com/p/house-republicans-advance-racist


I’ve 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. We’re on the fourth special session, so it’s all beginning to run together. They did it again today.

Listen to Representative Gene Wu call out Republican’s excessive spending spree:


How much money has gone to Abbott’s 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 hasn’t done anything except give them political clout. It doesn’t “secure our border.” This money won’t stop mass migration. We might as well be flushing it down the toilet.

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