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July 20, 2024

What happens next to Sheila Jackson Lee's seat in Congress?

The party can replace Sheila for the upcoming general election. The issue will be if Greg schedules a special election to cover the balance of Sheila's term ending January 3, 2025.
https://x.com/HoustonChron/status/1814677079746613617
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/houston/article/sheila-jackson-lee-congress-seat-19585390.php

Under state law, the Harris County Democratic Party’s executive committee will have until Aug. 26 to nominate a candidate to run in the Nov. 5 general election.

If the committee does not choose a candidate in time, then the Texas Democratic Party would have two days, or until Aug. 28, to make the choice.

Chad Dunn, a lawyer for the Texas Democratic Party, said state party rules advise that, if possible, there should be at least 10 days from the creation of the vacancy before a meeting is called.

County executive committees will sometimes create an informal filing period, or they may create a survey for candidates to fill out, or they may notice the meeting and ask the candidates to show up in person and make their pitch in front of the committee, Dunn said.

Gov. Greg Abbott has the authority to call a special election to fill the vacancy through the remainder of Jackson Lee’s two-year term, which is up in January. His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Once Abbott calls a special election, the law requires him to schedule it within about two months if it will be held as an emergency election. State law does not set a deadline for Abbott to make the initial announcement.....

The last time a situation like this arose was in 1968 when Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe R. Pool died in July, also about six months before his term ended. In that case, the governor did call a special election for about a month later.

I am betting that Greg will not call a special election
July 20, 2024

What happens next to Sheila Jackson Lee's seat in Congress?

The party can replace Sheila for the upcoming general election. The issue will be if Greg schedules a special election to cover the balance of Sheila's term ending January 3, 2025.
https://x.com/HoustonChron/status/1814677079746613617
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/houston/article/sheila-jackson-lee-congress-seat-19585390.php

Under state law, the Harris County Democratic Party’s executive committee will have until Aug. 26 to nominate a candidate to run in the Nov. 5 general election.

If the committee does not choose a candidate in time, then the Texas Democratic Party would have two days, or until Aug. 28, to make the choice.

Chad Dunn, a lawyer for the Texas Democratic Party, said state party rules advise that, if possible, there should be at least 10 days from the creation of the vacancy before a meeting is called.

County executive committees will sometimes create an informal filing period, or they may create a survey for candidates to fill out, or they may notice the meeting and ask the candidates to show up in person and make their pitch in front of the committee, Dunn said.

Gov. Greg Abbott has the authority to call a special election to fill the vacancy through the remainder of Jackson Lee’s two-year term, which is up in January. His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Once Abbott calls a special election, the law requires him to schedule it within about two months if it will be held as an emergency election. State law does not set a deadline for Abbott to make the initial announcement.....

The last time a situation like this arose was in 1968 when Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe R. Pool died in July, also about six months before his term ended. In that case, the governor did call a special election for about a month later.

I am betting that Greg will not call a special election
July 20, 2024

The Republican National Convention offered Russia a lot to like

As Russia eyes a “whole of government” effort to help Republicans in 2024, it stands to reason that Vladimir Putin was pleased with the party’s convention.
https://x.com/BverInFL/status/1814374751361486926
https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/maddowblog/republican-national-convention-offered-russia-lot-rcna162728

Shortly before last month’s presidential debate, NBC News reported on a network of pro-Kremlin social media accounts that were “attempting to spread false narratives” to help Donald Trump. The Wall Street Journal added soon after that Vladimir Putin’s government has launched a “whole of government” effort to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election and return the Republican to power.

As recently as last weekend, as my MSNBC colleague Ja’han Jones noted, the Kremlin rushed to echo far-right talking points in the wake of Saturday’s assassination attempt, suggesting that Democrats bore responsibility for the gunman......

As the convention neared its end, attendees heard from far-right media personality Tucker Carlson, who also took the opportunity to push a message that was likely well received in Moscow. As NBC News reported:

Carlson railed in his convention speech against the U.S. providing aid to Ukraine, a viewpoint seemingly shared by Vance and one to which Trump appears to be receptive. Carlson said it was “insulting” that funds are going toward supporting Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s invasion when other problems persist at home.


“We know where the drugs are coming from. We know the supply routes,” Carlson declared from the stage. “You don’t see our commander in chief suggesting that we use our military to protect our country or the lives of its citizens? No, that’s for Ukraine. And it’s too much. Actually, it’s too insulting. It’s too insulting. It’s a middle finger in the face of every American. It’s a very clear statement which is unmistakable, and that is ‘we don’t care about you.’”

Soon after, Trump, a benefactor of Russia’s earlier electoral assistance, accepted his party’s presidential nomination.

It stands to reason that Putin was pleased with how things went in Milwaukee this week.

Putin needs TFG to win. The Russian military has sustained heavy losses and cannot defeat Ukraine so long as Ukraine is getting support from NATO and the US. We will see Russia do everything that it can to help TFG
July 19, 2024

Update on President Biden's medical condition

Compare these disclosures to what TFG is not telling us
https://x.com/stevebenen/status/1814377357970681964

July 19, 2024

After shooting, Team Trump keeps medical care info under wraps

It's weird that Donald Trump's team hasn’t provided the public with information about his medical care in the wake of Saturday’s shooting.
https://x.com/O19928734/status/1814340561907994876
https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/maddowblog/shooting-team-trump-keeps-medical-care-info-wraps-rcna162705

When the White House announced on Wednesday that President Joe Biden had tested positive for Covid, his team issued a written statement noting his symptoms and self-isolation plans. It was accompanied by a message from the Democrat’s physician describing Biden’s condition in more detail, including information about the president’s respiratory rate, temperature and pulse oximetry.....

It also stands in contrast to Biden’s Republican rival. The Associated Press reported:

Four days after a gunman’s attempt to assassinate former President Donald Trump at a Pennsylvania rally, the public is still in the dark over the extent of his injuries, what treatment the Republican presidential nominee received in the hospital, and whether there may be any long-term effects on his health. Trump’s campaign has refused to discuss his condition, release a medical report or records, or make the doctors who treated him available, leaving information to dribble out from Trump, his friends and family.


The AP’s report quoted Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine and surgery at The George Washington University, saying, “It’s an understatement to say that it’s bizarre that a presidential candidate has sustained an injury from an attempted assassination and no medical report is issued to describe his evaluation and the extent of his injury.”.....

Indeed, it started before he took office. As regular readers may recall, in late 2015, during the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Team Trump released an unintentionally hilarious, four-paragraph letter from the late Dr. Harold Bornstein, asserting that Trump’s “physical strength and stamina are extraordinary” and his lab tests results were “astonishingly excellent.” The doctor added at the time, “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

We learned several months later that Bornstein wrote the letter in five minutes while a limo, dispatched by Trump, waited for the document.

In the years that followed, disclosures did not improve.

Last fall, Trump released the first updated report on his health in more than three years, but it came by way of a statement issued by one of his golf club customers, and it omitted basic details such as his blood pressure and medications.

It’s against this backdrop that Team Trump also hasn’t provided the public with information about the Republican nominee’s medical care in the wake of Saturday’s shooting. There might be a benign explanation for this lack of transparency, but for now, I have no idea what it is.
July 19, 2024

Meet the new Donald Trump; he's the same as the old Donald Trump

By some measures, the former president's long, dishonest and ridiculous convention speech was the best news Democrats have received in weeks.
https://x.com/stevebenen/status/1814284493945008528
https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/maddowblog/meet-new-donald-trump-convention-speech-2024-election-rcna162677

As the week got underway, Axios reported that Americans should expect to see a different kind of Trump going forward. “Almost dying rocks perspectives — and people,” the report read.....

And then Trump ripped off the mask, abandoned the pretense and reverted to form. As a Washington Post analysis summarized:

The rest of the more than 90-minute-long speech was thoroughly confusing. It meandered between points, often going off-script with ad-libs that left a standard-issue Trump campaign speech without the kind of coherent, lofty theme that defines traditional presidential convention fare. And Trump’s initially subdued manner and calls for unity didn’t match the content of an often-divisive speech.


I’ve seen a great many convention speeches from presidential nominees, and I think it’s fair to say Trump’s was the worst. At times, it seemed as if he were trying to make himself even less popular with an American electorate that already holds him in low regard, reminding voters of all the things they don't like about him......

CNN’s Daniel Dale noted overnight that fact-checking the former president’s convention speech was surprisingly easy “because he’s told almost all of those lies before.” He added, “Trump is hardest to fact check because of the extreme volume of false claims but easiest to fact check because he does the same false claims dozens of times over years.”

This was partly a convention speech and partly a greatest hits package, filled with petty lies, conspiracy theories, cheap shots, juvenile taunts ("Crazy Nancy"? Seriously?), borderline incoherent asides about Trump’s overwhelming sense of grievance, praise for the authoritarian leaders he admires, and the latest in a series of weird references to “the late, great Hannibal Lecter.

Meet the new Trump; he’s the same as the old Trump.

By some measures, this was the best news Democrats have received in weeks. If the former president had demonstrated real leadership on the Republicans’ convention stage, his opponents would have new reason to worry. Instead, in a rather literal sense, Trump simply couldn’t help himself.

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