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6 months
Dear @elonmusk @Support , we'd like to know why our reporter, Steven Monacelli @stevanzetti was suspended from this platform.
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WE DID IT! The Texas Observer will remain open! Our board voted to rescind both layoffs and the closure. We'll have more news soon, but we believe this is the start of a very positive transformation—and you were made it possible! #TexasNeedsAnObserver !
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ABBOTT FAILS ON VOUCHERS. AGAIN: He threatened. He baited. But no amount of sticks or carrots helped Texas Governor Greg Abbott pass school vouchers—a means of redirecting public dollars to private institutions. @josephineklee
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1 year
We are asking the board to allow the staff try to save this historic magazine, as well as our livelihoods, and to give us a chance to secure other sources of funding.
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steven monacelli
1 year
UPDATE: the Texas Observer editorial team has sent a formal proposal to the board that oversees the organization. It outlines a number of steps to stave off the impending layoffs and closure of the Observer.
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We're pleased to announce that @stevanzetti will be working with the TXO as our Special Investigative Correspondent, focusing on the far-right and #extremism . His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast and more. See Steven's writing for us:
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2 years
Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell, who had previously tweeted about the bans on ElonJet and Mastodon, has now apparently also been suspended from Twitter??
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On the one-month anniversary of the #Allen shooting, Special Investigative Reporter @stevanzetti reached out to the 15 elected officials who represent constituents in the town. Not one #Republican would condemn the shooter's beliefs:
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1 year
We are, in fact, against fascism.
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lmao
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2 years
“Why did the grid shut down? Why are your property taxes up? Why do we keep having one mass shooting in the state after another? It is Greg Abbott. I’m going to make sure that everyone understands who’s responsible.” #Beto
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“I believe in my heart that using taxpayer dollars to fund an entitlement program is not conservative, and it’s bad public policy.” Rural Republicans team up with Dems to reject vouchers in intra party showdown on the House floor: @josephineklee
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9 months
“The universal school voucher program is unsustainable. Unaccountable school vouchers do not save taxpayer money, and they do not provide a better education for Arizona students."
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2 years
Just gonna leave this here, y'all. #TXGovDebate
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1 year
The 88th session of the Texas Legislature is one of the worst legislative sessions. Lawmakers wasted most of the session on cruel social policy proposals and failed to address truly important things like the electric grid, gun control and school funding.
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9 months
Abbott’s special session on school vouchers is not about kids, parents, or schools. It is about money, politics, and religion.
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2 years
Regardless of whether you identify as an anarchist or anticapitalist, @IGD_News has done important reporting on #extremism and the far-right. It's shameful to see Elon Musk banning outlets and journalists at the whim of bigots. All journos should be considering backup plans.
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9 months
A Fort Worth police report revealed the identities of four neo-Nazis who were issued trespassing warnings outside of Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, where they distributed antisemitic flyers:
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8 months
“It’s just not a good look to keep losing. And particularly to lose at the hands of your own … partisan colleagues with whom you have joined forces many times.” ABBOTT FAILS ON VOUCHERS. AGAIN: @josephineklee #TXlege
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9 months
Thanks, we hate it.
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Just in: @GovAbbott releases special session call #txlege
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6 months
Remember, you can follow us off of this hellsite. Try: Facebook/Instagram: TexasObserver Mastodon: @texasobserver @texasobserver .social Threads: @TexasObserver Bsky: @texasobserver .org
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9 months
From bullying legislators to co-opting church pulpits, the governor and the billionaires behind him are determined to defund public schools.
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1 year
“School choice’ is a deceptive misnomer. [Private schools]will not take the economically disadvantaged, at-risk, special needs, socially and emotionally challenged child because it is too expensive to teach that child.” #Vouchers #EducationCrisis
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5 years
“She was definitely underestimated. She’s young, she’s brown and she’s a she.” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo — a young, progressive, Hispanic immigrant — could very well be the future of Democrats in Texas.
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2 years
“He apparently relied on partial and misleading information he personally collected from officials in interviews—without bothering to review data such as 911 calls and apparently ignored parents at the scene.”
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6 years
The Murder Conviction of Dallas-area Cop Roy Oliver is Nothing Short of Extraordinary by @michaelsbarajas
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2 years
"The Uvalde shooter did not shoot them with estrangement; he did not murder them with malaise; he did not ravage their little bodies with the inchoate rage of his misguided youth. He killed them with a goddamn assault rifle." @gusbova
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5 years
In 2017, there were 4.4 murders per 100,000 people in Hidalgo County — a quarter of the murder rate in Washington, D.C. It’s also lower than the 6.3 murders per 100,000 people in 2017 in Palm Beach County, Florida, where the Mar-a-Lago resort is located.
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6 years
1/ Twelve years ago today, Ann Richards — the feminist and populist former Texas governor who led the state through years of progressive reforms — died at her home in Austin. She was 73 years old. We dug into the archives at the @BriscoeCenter to commemorate. 👇
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#Republicans , wasted most of the 88th session on an assortment of cruel social policy proposals aimed at making points with their far-right supporters, and failed to address truly important things like the electric grid, #gun control, and school funding.
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5 years
Rhonda Hart, a vocal advocate for gun violence prevention, is running for school board in a bright red Texas district. Her 14-year-old daughter, Kimberly, was killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High School last May.
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We were sent these images of banner drops this morning in #AustinTX in support of #trans rights and #drag performers, in response to attacks on #LGBTQIA rights by the Texas legislature and other Republican-led state governments. #TransRightsAreHumanRights and Viva #Texas Drag!
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An 11 yo honors student from @BrownsvilleISD reported being bullied by his principal. Five days later, he was handcuffed and put in solitary for three days.
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1 year
For the millionth time, if you want to turn things around here then Texans needs your support not your scorn.
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8 years
Social media’s most famous judge, SCOTX’s @JusticeWillett , is on Donald Trump’s Supreme Court short list. #txlege
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Beto on @GregAbbott_TX : “It’s just clear now, after seven and a half years in power, that he’s unwilling or incapable of doing the right thing or doesn’t care about the consequences of his decisions.” From @by_jmiller , in our magazine: #Beto
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“Lawmakers know that a voucher scam is going to ultimately take more money out of our schools than it ever puts in. So, no, lawmakers won’t fall for this cheap bribe.” @GovAbbott Fails on Vouchers. Again - For Now, reports @josephineklee : #TXlege
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2 years
We don't like you here either, Elon.
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steven monacelli
2 years
That negative media coverage is national, sir. "Musk says he can't get fair trial in California, wants Texas...he says negative local media coverage has biased potential jurors against him."
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9 months
We revealed the identities of four neo-nazis, members of the so-called 'Goyim Defense League,' who've been far too visible in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
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7 years
ICYMI: 3 A.M. ‘Sanctuary’ Protest at Governor Abbott’s Mansion Blares Mariachi Music #txlege #SB4
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“It was made abundantly clear by the Supreme Court that LGBTQ+ rights are protected by federal statute and employers are not permitted to discriminate. The conservative politicians might not like it ... but they don’t really have a choice.”
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@TexasObserver
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6 years
1/ In Checkpoint Nation, @MelissaLaLinea takes powerful look at what’s come to be known as the “border zone,” where @CBP has been given free reign to trample on constitutional rights in the name of security.
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"It's worth thinking about how we got here. How in 2018, the leaders of the U.S., along with a significant percentage of the citizenry, decided that locking up asylum-seekers while sending their kids to live in tents at military bases was a good idea."
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#Texas lawmakers blew another chance to fix the grid. Instead, the #Republican majority spent the last five months attempting to undermine the renewable energy industry and enrich oil and gas companies at the expense of taxpayers and consumers. #TXlege
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@DitDot @RobertDownen_ @elonmusk @Support @stevanzetti @X It appears to have happened overnight. No explanation has been given to Steven or the other suspended accounts.
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2 years
“We have dozens of workers who have come forward ... with wage theft allegations … and workers report this wasn’t just happening to them but to others building the Tesla Gigafactory—potentially hundreds more.”
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9 years
Issuing licenses: Bexar Brazoria Cameron Dallas El Paso Harris Hildalgo Lamar Limestone Midland McLennan Nueces Tarrant Travis Webb Willacy
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3 years
COVID-19 has provided Governor Greg Abbott the chance to wield more power than anyone in Texas history. He’s not eager to give it back.
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2 years
The John Birch Society, which was prevalent decades ago, is making a comeback in North Texas.
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5 years
In 2017, there were 4.4 murders per 100,000 people in Hidalgo County — a quarter of the murder rate in Washington, D.C. It’s also lower than the 6.3 murders per 100,000 people in 2017 in Palm Beach County, Florida, where the Mar-a-Lago resort is located.
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5 years
“She was definitely underestimated. She’s young, she’s brown and she’s a she.” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo — a young, progressive, Hispanic immigrant — could very well be the future of Democrats in Texas.
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“I think the people of Texas are just worn out. They’re angry and frustrated, and then there’s this narrative that keeps on coming up, this baloney narrative that we don’t really see happening anywhere.”
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“His tirade disrespects the Constitutional impeachment process afforded to us by the founders of this great state.” A hurt dog hollers and, in Texas politics, none hollers louder and longer than Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick:
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3 years
The natural gas industry raked in billions during the winter grid failure and Governor Abbott let them off the hook. He was rewarded with a huge campaign contribution from the grid collapse’s biggest profiteer.
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4 years
1/ Today, we are thrilled to announce a that we’ve received funding from the @GoogleNewsInit #GNIChallenge program for a new Observer engagement program that will be lead by our new Director of Engagement, @DaLyahJ .
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2 years
The @WSJ even issued their own guide to getting started on #Mastodon ! It's easy to see why Elon Musk feels threatened, with Twitter on fire and outlets like this suggesting an exit ramp: #JoinMastodon
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3 years
In the Texas Panhandle, which produces a fifth of the U.S. beef supply, communities are being choked by fecal dust from nearby feedlots. The state’s regulatory agency isn’t doing anything about it—and it’s about to get a whole lot worse. From 2020:
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”This magazine can be saved. Indeed, it must be saved. And the journalists who produce it must be assured the financial security they need to keep speaking truth to power in 2024 and beyond.” #TexasNeedsAnObserver
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NEW: Texas Observer's @stevanzetti , working with @bellingcat , identified the leader of a "white nationalist fight club" in Parker County who distributed antisemitic and racist flyers in Weatherford, Mineral Wells, and Eagle Pass. #Fascism
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$200K! Our campaign to #KeepTXOAlive surpassed our major goal of $200,000. In our editors' letter, we asked them to halt layoffs & closure if we could raise this money. IT TOOK ONLY A DAY! Thank You So Much! (🧵1/?)
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NEW: In non-Twitter Elon Musk news, @workersdefense has filed complaints with the Department of Labor on behalf of workers alleging wage theft and falsified safety training during construction of Texas' Tesla Gigafactory. From @gusbova :
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Texas school children are taught the myth that the Lipan Apaches were wiped out long ago. But they are still here, and telling their stories. With words by @DylanBaddour and photos by @puyinghuang : #Texas #NativeAmerican
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“In the past it was to promote charter expansion. And now it seems like it’s about promoting the destruction of public education.” THESE ARE THE RIGHT-WING IDEOLOGUES TAKING OVER SCHOOL BOARDS:
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“This is how we win statewide races by people like me and turn out the vote for Democrats.” Last week: Two community organizers-turned-candidates see their wins as a progressive blueprint for taking on the establishment.
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4 years
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas have grown more than 500 percent since May 25. In rural Texas, where cases are surging, ICU beds are limited and medical providers are falling sick.
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5 years
A small group of Native American activists and allies say they’ll stand in front of the bulldozers and refuse to move in a last-minute bid to stop the border wall.
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“We will not stand idly by as the bulldozers roll in.” Late Monday evening, attorneys for the National Butterfly Center asked a federal judge to block the Trump administration from building a border wall at the refuge.
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1 year
Gus was about to go on paid maternity leave. Please keep everyone at the Observer in your thoughts tonight and send job leads if you have them.
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Gus Bova 🗒️
1 year
Heard of this minutes before story pub'd b/c Trib asked for comment. I suppose I will be arguing tomorrow for this not to happen. Assuming that's in vain, I will need fairly urgent help from people who have worked with me or liked my work figuring out freelance and a new job.
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8 years
Armed White Supremacists Gather at Capitol After Black History Event #txlege
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5 years
Texas has: - the highest overall uninsured rate in the country - the highest rate of uninsured kids - the highest rate of uninsured women of childbearing age - the highest hospital bills in the country #txlege
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From last week: After 15 years of declining teen birth rates, the trend is beginning to reverse itself ... starting with the end of Roe v Wade. A new study explains what we can expect next. #abortion #RoeVWade
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6 years
1/ Records obtained by the Observer show a few dozen angry young white men, led by a teenager from the Dallas suburbs and emboldened by Trump, have caused an outsized disturbance with racist propaganda campaigns at universities across the state.
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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has a long record of inciting anti-immigrant hatred. Now he's blaming video games, social media, and the paucity of prayer in public schools for mass shootings to deflect attention.
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4 years
When Lina Hidalgo was elected Harris County judge, many scoffed at her unexpected victory. Now she’s gained national fame for her hard stance on the COVID-19 pandemic. Read our 2019 profile of Hidalgo:
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The Era of EBJ Comes to a Close: Our Weekly Newsletter Featuring @JasmineForUS @by_miller @josephineklee @LilianaSegura @chronic_jordan
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6 years
1/ @KenPaxtonTX — the state’s top lawman — faces three felony charges that could put him in prison for the rest of his life. How has Paxton, up for re-election next month, avoided a trial for more than 3 years? The answer lies in Collin County. #txlege
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Texas has: - the highest overall uninsured rate in the country - the highest rate of uninsured kids - the highest rate of uninsured women of childbearing age - the highest hospital bills in the country #txlege
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5 years
“It’s not just an EPA thing. It’s a housing issue, a transportation issue, a public health issue, a jobs issue.” Julián Castro’s climate plan doubles down on environmentalism as a civil rights issue.
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3 years
Recent audits of Austin's cadet training spotlight a warrior-cop culture that pervades policing, even in a so-called progressive city.
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2 years
We will keep tweeting about how Mastodon is great. We are a nonprofit newsroom that's had great success over there, amazing engagement and a very rapidly growing following at . We highly recommend other news orgs try #Mastodon and are happy to offer tips.
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