One of the King Cakes was completely consumed on Epiphany at a gumbo gathering of some fellow Progressive types. The name Beto O'Rourke (see below) came up in conversation that evening. Since the Green Party will have no dog in the Senatorial fight, someone asked, would we Greens vote for O'Rourke to try to evict Ted Cruz from his seat, or would we grouse about how Democrats are just Republicans in donkeys' clothing and not vote at all. I was pleased to inform the other guests that O'Rourke is not the only Democrat in the primary—and, if they are inclined to vote in March, they can vote for Sema Hernandez instead.
The Rivard Report covered the opening of Dream Week 2018 in San Antonio.
Socratic Gadfly blogged about Beto O'Rourke's visit to Northeast Texas.
RH Ratcliffe at Burkablog got reactions from some Texas mayors regarding US ICE director Thomas Homan's threat to lock up elected officials in "sanctuary" cities.
Dos Centavos wonders if Latin@s will roll with Trump on the basis of him actually doing something--no matter how terrible it might be--on DACA. (Senate Democrats who folded on a fix at the end of last year left the DREAMer activist community outraged.)
PoliTex saw and heard the backlash in Fort Worth to that city's selection of Governor Greg Abbott as the grand marshal of the MLK parade next week. And the Houston Press is still wondering why there are two different MLK Day parades in the Bayou City.
The Lewisville Texan Journal has a profile of Willie Hudspeth, the civil rights activist and Vietnam vet running for Denton County Judge. And from the Texas Observer: Austin community organizer and self-described "democratic socialist" Lewis Conway Jr. wants to find out if a convicted felon can get elected to, and then serve on, city council.
The Lion Star blog sees a state district court judge in El Paso who wants off the 2018 ballot, and DBC Green blog links to Kuff regarding all the Democrats who have filled the primary that are gunning for a seat in the US House. And Elliott Morris at Decision Desk HQ also has five numbers that frame where the 2018 Congressional elections stand.
With so many candidates on the primary ballot, Texas Leftist has his candidate questionnaire, TLCQ 2018, up and ready to go, so check it out and look for responses to come in soon.
The TSTA Blog urges teachers to be the voting bloc some state legislators fear they can be.
A Trump social media guru previously based in San Antonio (having relocated to Florida in preparation for the 2020 re-election campaign) has been called to testify before Congress in the ongoing investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, reports the Current.
Neil at All People Have Value noted that Trump was making a case for street protests against corrupt government in his tweets about demonstrations in Iran. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.
The Texas Tribune takes a look at the furniture rental outfits across the state who threaten their customers with jail time, and follow through on it, if they miss a payment.
Mike Snyder at the Chron wants to consider the question of how Houston should grow post-Harvey.
The Texas Living Waters Project talks to Dr. Andrew Sansom about his freshwater environmental activism.
And Harry Hamid reported some issues with an arson investigation in his 'hood.