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The State of Texas: New Polls Show Trump Bouncing Back In Texas

Plus: The Standing Rock pipeline protest hits home, Ted Cruz still has trouble saying Donald Trump’s name, and the city of El Paso gets scammed out of $3 million.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY


“They all came out at once and they grabbed that drone. They snatched it like it was the ice cream man.”

—Claude Griffin to KRIV. Griffin runs Gotcha Pest Control in Richmond, and he and his crew recently encountered a particularly pesky pest problem in the form of nearly one million African “killer bees.” Griffin didn’t back down, and his team even had the presence of mind to send a drone up into the sky to document the tricky extermination. 


BIG NEWS


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Fort Worth Convention Center on February 26, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Yuge Jump
Texas might not be so purple after all. Following a wild October in which a handful of polls indicated Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s lead in Texas had shrunk to as low as one percentage point ahead of Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, a pair of new polls shows Trump’s lead has bounced back. According to a poll jointly conducted by NBC News, the Wall Street Journal, and Marist College, Trump leads Clinton among likely voters in Texas 49 percent to 40 percent. Among the poll’s larger sample size of registered voters, Trump’s lead is a little smaller, 45 to 41, just a shade above the 3.8 percent margin of error for that polling group. As the Dallas Morning News notes, the “likely voters” poll is typically the one which poll experts regard as being more accurate. Meanwhile, another poll released on Thursday also shows Trump’s lead in the Lone Star State has grown a bit. According to an Emerson College poll release, “Texas is squarely in the hands of Donald Trump.” The Emerson poll has Trump leading by fourteen points, which puts him in striking distance of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s performance when he won the state by sixteen points in 2012. Clinton’s share of voters pretty much stayed the same as the last Emerson poll back in September, but Trump was apparently able to snatch some voters from third party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. With Tuesday’s election looming, it appears things have returned to the Republican-leaning norm here in Texas.


MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS


Pipeline Protest
About one hundred protesters showed up for a fairly routine Texas Parks and Wildlife Department commission meeting in Austin on Thursday calling for commissioner Kelcy Warren to step down, according to the Texas Observer. Warren is the Dallas-based CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, which is behind the controversial plan to plop down the Dakota Access Pipeline to ferry oil from North Dakota to Illinois (he’s also behind the Trans-Pecos Pipeline in West Texas). The project has faced intense resistance from North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and the company’s harsh crackdowns on protesters there has helped the protest movement gain nationwide support. Protesters in Austin claimed Warren should step down because of what they say is a clear conflict of interest on pipeline-related issues. The commission was supposed to vote on whether to approve a petro-chemical pipeline easement planned to run through the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area in East Texas, but the vote was postponed after Warren recused himself, saying he had too many ties to the vote. According to the Observer, Warren also said he’d meet with a representative of the Society of Native Nations to talk.

Say My Name
Senator Ted Cruz seems to have fully jumped aboard the Donald Trump train. On Thursday, Cruz made his first public appearance to stump for Trump, speaking at a rally in Iowa along with Trump’s ticket partner Mike Pence. According to the Texas Tribune, Cruz had nice words for Pence in Iowa, saying he’s “someone who today I call my friend and I very much look forward to calling Mr. Vice President.” As for Trump? Well, Cruz didn’t exactly say much about him at all. In fact, he didn’t even say his name. When reporters pressed Cruz on the no-name-drop, he pushed back on the implications that he still had serious beef with the Donald. Cruz said he had already cast his ballot for Trump this week, adding, “I’ll make a point: I’m getting ready to get on a gigantic airplane that has Donald Trump’s name painted on the side of it.” Later that day, at a rally for the Republican candidate in Michigan, Cruz made sure to finally say “Donald” and “Trump” together.

City Swindle
El Paso officials admitted that the city was swindled to the tune of $3.2 million, according to the El Paso Times. Somehow the city was duped by an email phishing scam. Apparently, someone posing as a vendor was able to rip off money that had been intended for a streetcar project. The city realized what happened in October after a vendor reported that he hadn’t been paid. After a deeper look at the books, the city found that several large payments to “vendors” had been diverted to fraudulent bank accounts. Whoops. The Times got wind of the scam and started sniffing around on Wednesday, which prompted city leaders to hold a terse press conference that same day to announce that, yes, they had given away a few million bucks to the wrong person. The officials weren’t particularly talkative—the presser lasted about eight minutes and they didn’t answer many questions from reporters, including whether they planned to inform the public about the scam had the Times not forced their hand. Federal investigators have so far been able to recoup about $2 million of El Paso’s lost money, and, for now, El Paso has switched to a more analog and less-scammable method of paying its vendors: paper checks.


WHAT WE’RE READING


Houston’s Karbach brewery cashed in/sold out Houston Chronicle

It’s (basically) Christmastime, which means one thing in Texas: controversial nativity displays KFDM

Hail devastated cotton crops near Lubbock Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

There’s a huge demand for apartments in the Rio Grande Valley KRGV

Oprah really likes this East Texas baker’s cakes Tyler Morning Telegraph

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  • José

    Hooray! Time for the traditional War on Happy Holidays!

  • Charlie Primero

    Texans are sick of sending their boys off to die in Banker Wars orchestrated by NeoCon warmongers like Hillary.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6a199515512f6ebcb1b4b976fb9f54dd02c67aa273c003c10c54a5d9c05d4c05.jpg

    • squidpuppy

      But a gop candidate fwding Russian tv propaganda stories.. and suggesting that nuclear winter is not so bad after all, doesn’t understand why we don’t use the nukes more often. . . Would be good?

      http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-vladimir-putin-russia-hillary-clinton-united-states-europe-516895

    • squidpuppy

      Clinton is for diplomatic solutions.
      Trump who is cozy w/putin threatens to end our access to Turkish air bases and threatens our alliance w/ western European nations. So…that wouldn’t be bad at all.

      Why don’t you vote libertarian for the only actual gop candidates who are in the race.

    • Ah…

      Hillary didn’t send anyone to war, you stupid big word user.

    • Asher B. Garber

      Wow. A lot of Jews on your meme. Do you blame Jews for everything? Why wouldn’t you. The Drumpf dog whistle gets your political, and the answer is Global Cabals.

      Anti-Semitism is the opiate of the dumbasses. Thanks, ChucKKK, for proving that yet again.

    • Asher B. Garber

      I’m Charlie Primero. And I’m with Drumpf.

      I’m a Klan lover who blames everything on Jews. Just like David Duke told me to. I take to Twitter and I harass Jews online for shits and giggles. Right here, right now, for example, I found a meme in my meme collection that is a collection of faces. Jew faces. And these Jew faces lead us to war. Like….. Alan Dershowitz. He’s a neo-Con. Everyone knows it. Here’s another….. Dov Zakheim…. Sounds Israeli! And Israel is neo-Con. Everyone knows it.

      Now, never mind the fact that I, Charlie Primero, support child rape for the rich and smoking meth for the poor. You have to ask yourself, Just how did the White Experience turn into his Global Nightmare? You’ve got to look at the size of your cranium, and question, How is it that I flip burgers all day long? Why, if I have a computer, are people looking at me like I’m a Bona Fide Dingdong?

      It’s the Jews! That’s the answer. The Jews. They are an alien race, who have been taking over this planet for over 5000 years! They made those pyramids— Seriously, do you think a bunch of Arabs could do that?– and now they’re in control of EVERYTHING. Clinton. Benghazi. Locker up!!!!!!

      Once again, I’m Charlie Primero, and I’m KKKrazy for Troof, Pusstice, and the Americant Way!

    • TwistedThorne

      Mmmm… it was GB and the GOP boys the pushed for war and for bailing out banks. Not to mention the fact that under GB the House and Senate (under Republican control with the majority) undid or severely weakened the very laws that would have kept the banks and Wall Street from creating such a fiasco. Oh, yes, they then bailed them out with TARP in complete contradiction with the principles of capitalism. Do not get me wrong I hate that Pres. Obama chose to continue the program when he took office. That being said, let’s tell the truth here, the GOP’s only interest is being of service to big business and Wall Street. Hillary is a politician, Trump is a malignant narcissist… I would rather have the former in the WH.

      • Charlie Primero

        The GOP hates Trump because he is for peace. That’s why you should have voted for him over a known War Criminal like Hillary.

  • Jed

    karbach was my latest favorite brewery.

    bleck.

  • Ah…

    “Bouncing back”? As in good? I can only imagine. I am ashamed to be a Texan, today, and have been a proud one for many years. How can anyone vote for a man who has denegrated women, made fun of the disabled, frightened native americans, etc.? You are conservative, that’s no excuse. I will never return to this site, nor will I set foot in Texas, again. SHAME ON YOU!