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TropicalCoke
Feb 14, 2012


Also an appropriations issue. TCEQ had its funding cut hardcore in 2008 and a lot of its programs arent funded and the fees are used to certify the general budget. So they survive on charging for permits

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zoux
Apr 28, 2006



Good rebuttal to the brain geniouses in other states who smirk about "Beto couldn't even beat Ted Cruz"

https://twitter.com/lmcgaughy/statu...121733062287360

Of course that only highlights the need for a charismatic, exciting 2020 statewide candidate to boost turnout instead of chasing ridiculous WH dreams but HEY

Sab0921
Aug 2, 2004

This for my justices slingin' thangs, rib breakin' kings / Truck, necklace, robe, gavel and things / For the solicitors seein' them dissents spin and grin / That robe with the lace trim that win.


The fire is back!

corn in the bible
Jun 5, 2004

Oh no oh god it's all true!


zoux posted:

Good rebuttal to the brain geniouses in other states who smirk about "Beto couldn't even beat Ted Cruz"

https://twitter.com/lmcgaughy/statu...121733062287360

Of course that only highlights the need for a charismatic, exciting 2020 statewide candidate to boost turnout instead of chasing ridiculous WH dreams but HEY

lack of a beto will lead to massive gop gains in 2020 and they'll gerrymander everything all over again. give up on hope

mastajake
Oct 3, 2005

My blade is unBENDING!


I don't know anything about Castro (the one running for Senate). Is it generally agreed he won't be as charismatic or smart about campaigning as Beto was?

isk
Oct 3, 2007

You don't want me owing you

Less charismatic, definitely. He won't have a thirst following.

Might be fine on an organizational level, really depends on how hard in the paint he goes. He's super cautious, so expectations aren't high.

That tweet about Cornyn not returning calls is real good tho

Dameius
Apr 3, 2006


If Pelosi actually follows through on making Texas a battleground state, it might give Castro the false sense of security he needs to actually do something, instead of playing ultra defensively. Pelosi isn't going to follow through though and Castro will do just enough to not be Valdez 2: Electric Poopaloo and declare victory.

Abandon all hope; make sure you arrive an hour early to the circular firibg squad to ensure that you get the spot you want.

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



I think Beto is a very charismatic speaker, I don't know if Joaquin can replicate that but my sense is no. Beyond that, the reason Beto did so well (aside from Cruz/GOP backlash) is because

1. He worked really hard and did really good retail politics in his crisscrossing of the state
2. He had a couple of good viral videos
3. He's got a great image, like he's just good-looking, which counts a lot

As for 1, Joaquin can replicate that if he has the will to. For 2, that's a function of one and luck, so maybe. 3? He's not ugly but he's kind of awkward, he certainly doesn't have Beto's effortless coolness. Ultimately I don't think he has the natural tools that served Beto so well, so I think his best bet is to replicate the model, but not the style of the Beto campaign.

What he has going for him is that it's a presidential cycle and turnout is going to be higher, he's Latino, and Cornyn has worse approval numbers than Cruz. I know people around here think that's just wrong because the natural reaction is to recoil in horror at anything Ted Cruz related. On the other side though, Cruz has hardcore partisan supporters. People don't really feel that strongly about Cornyn, he's just Generic Republican Mk. 1. So, Cruz's turnout may have been higher than it otherwise would be because he turned out the Christian dominionists in a way that Cornyn might not be able to replicate.

Or not, I thought Hillary was a lock and Bernie was a disaster so I've learned that I don't know as much about how things work as I thought. But I think those are reasonable arguments given what we know.

What concerns me about Joaquin are two things. He's neck deep in the Bexar Co. Democratic party, and that party has been fractious, orthodox, and at times more concerned with intraparty politics than political outcome. That's believed to be a big contributor to the loss in SD 19, but maybe they learned their lesson because they turned it around and held HD 125. Not exactly analogous as SD 19 has a massive rural component while the HD is entirely within the city, but maybe it's a good sign. Party unity is going to be a huge factor in Democratic performance. The other relates to his brother running for President. If he flames out with 1% in Iowa then fine, but if he hangs around or if he even gets on the ticket as VP, then Joaquin's fate will mirror the success or failure of his brother. Even I had to keep checking to make sure one did the thing I thought, which one was the mayor, stuff like that. So, people will conflate the actions and baggage of one with the other, and two identical twins running for different offices at different levels of government makes me nervous. If people feel confused about it, can't remember which one ran for president and said that thing they liked/hated, or was it his brother? maybe they don't vote for him.

Drone Jett
Feb 21, 2017




College Slice

isk posted:

Less charismatic, definitely. He won't have a thirst following.

Depends on if there are illegal alien (like the kind from outer space) voters hidden among us. Although heís not as weird looking as his brother.

TropicalCoke
Feb 14, 2012


I wanna see Castro run so we can witness the knife fight in Bexar over his seat and related vacancies.

Ezzer
Aug 5, 2011



https://twitter.com/MICHAELfilm94/s...211267452440576

isk
Oct 3, 2007

You don't want me owing you

zoux posted:

Good rear end effortpost

Thank you for this, enjoyed reading it


i say swears online
Mar 4, 2005

medio de fonte leporum surgo amariter








lmfao lucy's

does this happen to him all the time or what

https://www.reddit.com/r/PublicFrea...AQO&sh=b57b1b8c

i say swears online fucked around with this message at Mar 24, 2019 around 13:21

TropicalCoke
Feb 14, 2012


Budget amendments for HB 1 are out.

I have it on good authority that Briscoe Cain turned his in in flip flops.

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



307 this year, down 100 from last year. Incidentally, by tradition, the Senate doesn't permit amendments on its budget bill


https://twitter.com/scottbraddock/s...175888832954373

This is really a show bill that doesn't do anything but rather addresses a problem that hardcore pro-lifers think exists but doesn't (because the pro-life movement is full of liars)


https://twitter.com/alexazura/statu...193194917158912

lol

zoux fucked around with this message at Mar 25, 2019 around 14:58

corn in the bible
Jun 5, 2004

Oh no oh god it's all true!


They'll probably do it, too. The explicit stated reason for no more straight ticket votes is that Democrats use them more these days than Republicans do

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



That wasn't on any of the bills before the committee that's just Steve "Goatse" Hotze bitching.

https://twitter.com/DMNPolitics/sta...203990518779904

IMO this is going to depend on the final House vote. Because of the Senate's supermajority rule and the "tradition" of suspending it during special sessions so they can pass whatever the D's blocked during the regular, there is a difference in what the Senate can pass in regular and in special sessions. If the House rejects whatever number ends up being in HB 2, they can call all the specials they want, it won't change anything. My feeling is they'll pass one of those bills that costs the state six billion dollars in revenue but saves the average homeowner like 200 bucks (and commercial property holders much much more ) and say they passed meaningful relief.

zoux fucked around with this message at Mar 25, 2019 around 15:49

Badger of Basra
Jul 25, 2007



https://twitter.com/evanasmith/stat...2630134786?s=21

Just lol if an anti vaxxer visitor got someone sick

Zil
Jun 4, 2011



College Slice

Badger of Basra posted:

https://twitter.com/evanasmith/stat...2630134786?s=21

Just lol if an anti vaxxer visitor got someone sick

Lol, just lol.

Though wife has been there recently so checking that she is up to date with her shots.

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



Badger of Basra posted:

https://twitter.com/evanasmith/stat...2630134786?s=21

Just lol if an anti vaxxer visitor got someone sick

I was allergic to pertussis vaccines as a kid (I'm over it now as I found out when I got a T-DAP when I thought I was just getting a tetanus booster a few years ago) so you don't have to have anti-vax parents to not be vaccinated. Which, of course, only highlights how important everyone who can get vaccinated does.

TropicalCoke
Feb 14, 2012


It was an honorary page so anyone could be infected at this point

Badger of Basra
Jul 25, 2007



https://twitter.com/alexazura/statu...193194917158912

Good stuff from our honorable representatives

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



Scroll up bitch

TropicalCoke
Feb 14, 2012


Briscoe cain also got into it with Lyle Larson on the floor about a bill about motor boat emergency switches that accounted for 114 deaths. Wheres my freedom to choose whether I hook up my emergency switch and not kill my family and friends

Sab0921
Aug 2, 2004

This for my justices slingin' thangs, rib breakin' kings / Truck, necklace, robe, gavel and things / For the solicitors seein' them dissents spin and grin / That robe with the lace trim that win.


TropicalCoke posted:

Briscoe cain also got into it with Lyle Larson on the floor about a bill about motor boat emergency switches that accounted for 114 deaths. Wheres my freedom to choose whether I hook up my emergency switch and not kill my family and friends

Burdensome regulation is going to destroy the outboard motor industry in the State. The wrap-around Oakley market will collapse soon after and that's an economic death spiral friend.

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



TropicalCoke posted:

Briscoe cain also got into it with Lyle Larson on the floor about a bill about motor boat emergency switches that accounted for 114 deaths. Wheres my freedom to choose whether I hook up my emergency switch and not kill my family and friends

1:57:00 is the time stamp and Larson loving clowns Briscoe

Lemniscate Blue
Apr 21, 2006

Here we go again.

Fun Shoe

zoux posted:

1:57:00 is the time stamp and Larson loving clowns Briscoe

Did I miss a video link somewhere? I'd like to see that smug gently caress get verbally bodied.

Comrayn
Jul 22, 2008


Is there a single interaction with Briscoe Cain that cannot accurately be described as him getting clowned?

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



Lemniscate Blue posted:

Did I miss a video link somewhere? I'd like to see that smug gently caress get verbally bodied.

https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/chamber/

3/25

Also for your pleasure, a freshman Brisk Cocaine getting destroyed by Appropriations Chair Zerwas during the budget debate last year

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKiQUpXWizY

zoux fucked around with this message at Mar 26, 2019 around 14:06

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



https://twitter.com/MoseBuchele/sta...553289408606208

Torn here because I hate Airbnb but also anti-boycott rules.

No Safe Word
Feb 26, 2005



Yeah if anything I thought it would be banned because it'd be too easy for boosters and such to basically donate on the sly that way, but yeah this s way dumber.

Keeshhound
Jan 14, 2010

Mad Duck Swagger


Since when does Airbnb boycott anything?

Badger of Basra
Jul 25, 2007



Isnít their thing just like you canít list properties in Israeli settlements or something?

Nissin Cup Nudist
Sep 3, 2011

Sleep with one eye open

We're off to Gritty Gritty land






zoux posted:

https://twitter.com/MoseBuchele/sta...553289408606208

Torn here because I hate Airbnb but also anti-boycott rules.

I'm a grad student at UNT, and Airbnb came up during a discussion on student travel. Bunch of admins told us off from using Airbnb instead of hotels as it will be more difficult to reimburse us after.

I guess this solves that problem

Doom Rooster
Sep 3, 2008


Pillbug

Keeshhound posted:

Since when does Airbnb boycott anything?

I'm betting they don't actually boycott Israel, they just haven't signed the pledge to NOT boycott Israel. It's dumb AF.

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



One of my pet peeves is state legislators trying to act like big boy Congressmen and trying to get their grubby fingers in federal issues and the anti-BDS stuff is like the platonic ideal of that. The gently caress does the state of Texas have an opinion on foreign policy as relates to Israel? Go run for Congress if you want to propose laws based on Fox News whining.

https://twitter.com/emmaplatoff/sta...577977644015619

Good lord stop trying to make everything the "next bathroom bill"

zoux fucked around with this message at Mar 26, 2019 around 16:24

duz
Jul 11, 2005

Excellent. The Arkham Asylum shower cam is operational once more.


Keeshhound posted:

Since when does Airbnb boycott anything?

They boycott hotel and residency laws.

No Safe Word
Feb 26, 2005



#txlege good?

https://twitter.com/chucklindell/st...584649762385920

zoux
Apr 28, 2006



https://twitter.com/lmcgaughy/statu...608581253099526

lol

quote:

He has written 12 spy novels, all featuring the same protagonist, CIA agent John Wells. His first novel, The Faithful Spy, was released in April 2006 and won an Edgar Award for best first novel by an American author. In February 2008, The Faithful Spy rose to #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List for paperbacks.

The same month, Berenson released his second thriller, The Ghost War. His third novel, The Silent Man, followed in February 2009. His fourth, The Midnight House, was released on February 9, 2010 and debuted at #9 on The New York Times bestseller list. The fifth, The Secret Soldier, was released on February 8, 2011 and debuted at #6 on the bestseller list. The sixth, The Shadow Patrol, was released on February 21, 2012, and debuted at #8. In July 2012, The Shadow Patrol was named a finalist for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, given by Britain's Crime Writers Association.

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isk
Oct 3, 2007

You don't want me owing you

Shame. I like spy thrillers. Ah well, lots of other books to read.

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