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One of the meetings he's having is

with the partners of the Texas Central Railway (the bullet train from Houston to Dallas).


This helped me a lot


The case for Feldman's impeachment was made in 1010

The BRAD BLOG's legal analyst and attorney Ernie Canning offered a damning case for Feldman's impeachment in 2010, after he struck down the federal moratorium on off-shore drilling instituted in the Gulf of Mexico following the deadly 2010 BP oil disaster there.

As Canning detailed at the time, despite financial holdings in the oil industry that would have been directly affected by his own ruling, Feldman failed to properly disclose those conflicts of interest and recuse himself from the case.

"Despite having served as a federal judge for 27 years, Judge Feldman is unfit to sit in judgment of others," Canning wrote in response to the evidence in June of that year. "The only appropriate recourse is for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, who takes his or her oath of office seriously, to introduce articles of impeachment against Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman."


It's certainly possible

But to be clear, if these charges are as Perry and others have cried "politically motivated", then it's also clear that Perry's threats of veto -- and then following through on them -- were as well.

MY own humble O of those who see a weak case -- most of whom are outside Texas -- overlook the prior legal precedent of a state jail felony indictment, coercion of a public official, by the governor of Texas.

The indictment is the first of its kind since 1917, when James "Pa" Ferguson was indicted on charges stemming from his veto of state funding to the University of Texas in an effort to unseat faculty and staff members he objected to. Ferguson was eventually impeached, then resigned before being convicted, allowing his wife, Miriam "Ma" Ferguson, to take over the governorship.


Almost a hundred years ago, almost precisely the same crime.

I'll represent the minority vote here

and say that I think the poll comes pretty close to reflecting the will of Texans who get polled, answer truthfully, and how they vote -- which would predominantly be older, whiter, Christian conservatives in the suburbs, exurbs, and rural parts of the state. Those folks are the vast minority of Texas residents... but a comfortable majority of those who vote regularly.

These stats are so old (2006) that they are nearly irrelevant, yet they show city dwellers outnumbering country folk by more than a 5-1 margin. It's safe to say that ratio has expanded over the past eight years.


75% of the population of Texas lives within the DFW-Houston-San Antonio triangle. (Granted, there's plenty of boondocks in between.) These cities are among the fastest-growing ones in the nation. Yet Texas electorally remains as red as a baboon's ass.

(You didn't need reminding that Texas is a non-voting state, did you?)

Anecdotally, the second failure of Kinky Friedman, who ran in 2014 strictly on a pro-pot agenda, to win a contested Democratic primary -- running against a Junior-Samples look-alike, no-name-no-campaign contestant -- is indicative of something. I'm afraid to hazard a guess as to what, though.

Dem running against Harris County Judge quits race

Democrat Ahmad Hassan has ended his campaign for Harris County judge, saying incumbent Republican Ed Emmett should be given another four-year term to finish projects vital to the community.

Hassan, owner of the Katy-based Alexandria Realty and Mortgage, said he decided to withdraw after a recent meeting with Emmett, the county's top administrator since 2007.


Not a big surprise, considering...

Hassan unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee as a Republican in 2006; unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for county judge in 2008 and 2010; and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for Precinct 3 county commissioner in 2012.

Honestly, about as much of a Democrat as Junior Samples doppelganger and ag commissioner candidate Jim Hogan.

Like everywhere else in Texas, Houston not only needs more Democrats, we need better Democrats.

Latest YouGov poll: Abbott 54 Davis 37

Before the TexTrib has their story up, you can look at the poll tabs.


DK says the poll is crap, which we knew already.


Alameel trails Cornyn 51-35, and generic D Congressional candidate is behind the R 50-31.

7% of respondents in these results say they are NOT voting. Not sure and other make up the remaining small percentages to total 100. There were no third parties or candidates named in the polls.

The spin is going to be the same as it ever was.


Austin, mind you

Meanwhile, a Politix poll (for those unfamiliar, Politix is an "opt-in" national polling outfit that over-represents the very, very conservative POV) has 62% of respondents saying they would vote for an atheist for president. Texas is in the minority on that one as well.


No survey question about whether Politixers would vote for an LBGTQ person as president. (Everybody already knows the answer to that one.)

TXGOP's anti-Latino redistricting scheme exposed in emails


On Nov. 17, 2010, Eric Opiela sent an email to Gerard Interiano. A Texas Republican Party associate general counsel, Opiela served at that time as a campaign adviser to the state’s speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio; he was about to become the man who state lawmakers understood spoke “on behalf of the Republican Congressmen from Texas,” according to minority voting-rights plaintiffs, who have sued Texas for discriminating against them.

A few weeks before receiving Opiela’s email, Interiano had started as counsel to Straus’ office. He was preparing to assume top responsibility for redrawing the state’s political maps; he would become the “one person” on whom the state’s redistricting “credibility rests,” according to Texas’ brief in voting-rights litigation.

In the Nov. 17, 2010, email, Opelia asked Interiano to look for specific data about Hispanic populations and voting patterns.

“These metrics would be useful to identify the ‘nudge factor’ by which one can analyze which census blocks, when added to a particular district help pull the district’s Total Hispanic pop … to majority status, but leave the Spanish surname RV and TO the lowest,” Opiela writes to the mapmaker.


Two years and seven months after that email exchange — and one year ago on June 25, 2013 — the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder,which struck down a provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that had allowed the federal government to “pre-clear” redistricting maps proposed by Texas and other states with a history of discriminating against minority voters.

In a follow-up email on Nov. 19, 2010, Opiela explained to Interiano that he called his proposed strategy: “OHRVS” or “Optimal Hispanic Republican Voting Strength.” Opiela defined the acronym-friendly term as, “a measure of how Hispanic, and at the same time Republican we can make a particular census block.”

Lawyers for the African-American and Hispanic voting-rights plaintiffs consider Opiela emails “a smoking gun.” The correspondence will play a starring role at a trial scheduled to start today in a San Antonio federal court in a redistricting case, Perez v. Perry. The litigation pits the plaintiffs, who have been joined by the Obama administration, against Texas and its Republican state leaders, including Gov. Rick Perry in his official capacity.

And more from me:


I read 'The Book' as a teenager

It is subtitled: 'On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are'. It was seminal.

Later on when I did est in my thirties (it wasn't called 'the Forum' then) I better understood how accurate Watts was.
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