Texas?

>We need to keep the oil companies happy

https://www.reddit.com/r/JoeRogan/comments/m1dt10/city_of_austin_will_defy_texas_governor_and_keep/gqewflh/

>You Could Get Prison Time for Protesting a Pipeline in Texas—Even If It’s on Your Land

https://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/bst8fl/you_could_get_prison_time_for_protesting_a/

>Fossil Fuel Exec Brags of ‘Hitting the Jackpot’ as Natural Gas Prices Surge Amid Deadly Crisis in Texas

https://www.reddit.com/r/environment/comments/lo5f4r/fossil_fuel_exec_brags_of_hitting_the_jackpot_as/

>Leaked Audio Shows Oil Lobbyist Bragging About Success in Criminalizing Pipeline Protests

https://www.reddit.com/r/energy/comments/ct71mw/leaked_audio_shows_oil_lobbyist_bragging_about/

>Texas Electric Bills Were $28 Billion Higher Under Deregulation – WSJ

https://www.wsj.com/articles/texas-electric-bills-were-28-billion-higher-under-deregulation-11614162780

>Abbott Appointees Gutted Enforcement of Texas Power Grid Rules

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/Muzzled-and-eviscerated-Critics-say-Abbott-15982421.php

>Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Blames Constituents for Giant Electric Bills: “Read the Fine Print”

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/02/dan-patrick-texas-electricity-bills

>Former Texas Governor Rick Perry says that Texans find massive power outages preferable to having more federal government interference in the state’s energy grid.

https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/rick-perry-says-texans-would-rather-be-without-power-for-days-than-have-more-fed-oversight

>Texas spent more time fighting LGBTQ civil rights than fixing their power grid. How’d that work out?

https://www.reddit.com/r/texas/comments/lma8jj/texas_spent_more_time_fighting_lgbtq_civil_rights/

>A Texas-size failure, followed by a familiar Texas response: Blame California

https://www.reddit.com/r/texas/comments/m87bg4/a_texassize_failure_followed_by_a_familiar_texas/

>could cost Texas more money than any disaster in state history

https://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/ls5dt7/winter_storm_could_cost_texas_more_money_than_any/

>Why on earth would right-wing people with connections to the fossil fuel industry lie about ‘frozen wind turbines’ in Texas?

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/opinion/texas-frozen-wind-turbines-john-cornyn-b1803193.html

>How Much the Oil Industry Paid Texas Republicans Lying About Wind Energy

https://earther.gizmodo.com/how-much-the-oil-and-gas-industry-paid-texas-republican-1846288505

>”Texas shows that when you cannot govern, you lie. A lot.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/02/17/texas-shows-that-when-you-cannot-govern-you-lie-lot/

Texas Republicans *during the power grid failures* focused on:

* Texas regulations to require the national anthem at sports games: https://twitter.com/LSTrip44/status/1361396222028881924

* Fake news trying to blame renewable energy: ”Viral Image Claiming to Show a Helicopter De-Icing Texas Wind Turbines Is From Winter 2014 in Sweden” https://twitter.com/klimatbevakaren/status/1361748269605519360

* Right propaganda accounts pushing the narrative: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1361662183935930370 https://twitter.com/scrowder/status/1361411079989956608 https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1361377490925682690 https://twitter.com/SebGorka/status/1361359742422106115 https://twitter.com/CalebJHull/status/1361351943139057667

Texas’ state leaders and representatives making fun of other states for smaller problems than Texas has:

* https://twitter.com/BFriedmanDC/status/1361693012225650688

* https://twitter.com/_mariocarrillo_/status/1361500392522211328

* https://twitter.com/DanCrenshawTX/status/1303364789603889154

[“Here’s the vote for Hurricane Sandy aid. 179 of the 180 no votes were Republicans… at least 20 Texas Republicans.”](https://twitter.com/MEPFuller/status/901871687532208128) while [U.S. House approves billions more for Harvey relief, measure now heads to Senate](https://www.texastribune.org/2017/12/21/us-house-approves-billions-more-harvey-relief-measure-now-heads-senate/) (this made Texas #1 in receiving federal aid dollars at the time of the Hurricane Sandy aid vote that they voted no against)

Higher taxes in Texas than California:

>Bold is the winner (meaning lowest tax rate)

|Income Bracket|Texas Tax Rate|California Tax Rate|
|:-|:-|:-|
|0-20%|13%|**10.5%**|
|20-40%|10.9%|**9.4%**|
|40-60%|9.7%|**8.3%**|
|60-80%|**8.6%** |9.0% |
|80-95%|**7.4%**|9.4%|
|95-99%|**5.4%**|9.9%|
|99-100%|**3.1%**|12.4%|

Source: https://itep.org/whopays/

More sources: https://www.reddit.com/r/bestof/comments/lw5ddf/ujuzoltami_explains_how_the_effective_tax_rate/

Libertarian paradise  ̄\_(ツ)_/ ̄

>Gov. Abbott, Texas leaders urge prosecutors to keep enforcing pot laws

http://www.fox4news.com/news/texas/gov-abbott-texas-leaders-urge-prosecutors-to-keep-enforcing-pot-laws

>This is how efficiently Republicans have gerrymandered Texas congressional districts

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/This-is-how-badly-Republicans-have-gerrymandered-6246509.php#photo-7107656

>Crystal Mason Thought She Had The Right to Vote. Texas Sentenced Her to Five Years in Prison for Trying.

https://www.aclu.org/issues/voting-rights/fighting-voter-suppression/crystal-mason-thought-she-had-right-vote-texas

>Texas’s Voter-Registration Laws Are Straight Out of the Jim Crow Playbook

https://www.thenation.com/article/texass-voter-registration-laws-are-straight-out-of-the-jim-crow-playbook/

>The Student Vote Is Surging. So Are Efforts to Suppress It. The share of college students casting ballots doubled from 2014 to 2018. But in Texas and elsewhere, Republicans are erecting roadblocks to the polls.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/24/us/voting-college-suppression.html

>Financial Times: The Republicans are elevating voter suppression to an art form

>The senator also cracked: “There’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who maybe we don’t want to vote. Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult, and I think that’s a great idea.”

>The Republicans have lost the popular vote in six of the past seven presidential elections. 1,000 polling places have since closed across the country, with many of them in southern black communities.

https://www.ft.com/content/d613cf8e-ec09-11e8-89c8-d36339d835c0

>Texas Refuses to Use Voting Machines With a Paper Trail

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26856467/texas-voting-machines-paper-trail-states/

>New Texas history textbooks will teach high schoolers that slavery wasn’t all bad

https://splinternews.com/new-texas-history-textbooks-will-teach-high-schoolers-t-1793850439

>Texas textbook “The Atlantic slave trade brought millions of workers”

https://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-texas-textbook-calls-slaves-immigrants-20151005-story.html

>Proposed Texas textbooks are inaccurate, biased and politicized, new report finds

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/09/12/proposed-texas-textbooks-are-inaccurate-biased-and-politicized-new-report-finds/

>There were other doozies, too, such as one proposal to remove Thomas Jefferson from the Enlightenment curriculum

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/09/12/proposed-texas-textbooks-are-inaccurate-biased-and-politicized-new-report-finds/

>Texas Governor May Have Emboldened Russian Disinformation Efforts

>Greg Abbott’s response to the “Jade Helm” conspiracy theory may have encouraged Russian actors to expand their “fake news” strategy in 2016

>“there was an exercise in Texas called Jade Helm 15 that Russian bots and the American alt-right media convinced most, many Texans was an Obama plan to round up political dissidents. At that point, I think they made the decision ‘We’re going to play in the electoral process.”

>The conspiracy theory reached peak hysteria during that same month, when Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to “monitor” the USASOC training exercise, a move which some criticized as legitimizing a baseless and potentially harmful set of rumors:

>“I’ve ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor Jade Helm 15 to safeguard Texans’ constitutional rights, private property & civil liberties” — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 28, 2015

https://www.snopes.com/news/2018/05/03/jade-helm-russia-abbott-hayden/

>[“Guns and gays… That could always get you a couple of dozen likes.”](https://www.yahoo.com/news/russian-trolls-schooled-house-cards-185648522.html)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html

>[Conservatives amplified Russian trolls 30 times more than liberals… **users in Texas** and Tennessee were particularly susceptible](https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/24/17047880/conservatives-amplified-russian-trolls-more-often-than-liberals)

>Texas-based hate group source of 80% of all U.S. racist propaganda tracked in 2020

https://www.reddit.com/r/texas/comments/m7zk8w/texasbased_hate_group_source_of_80_of_all_us/

>Texas Man Arrested for Weed Died After Officers Pepper-Sprayed Him and Put Him in a Spit Hood

https://www.vice.com/en/article/jgq7yb/texas-man-arrested-for-weed-died-after-officers-pepper-sprayed-him-and-put-him-in-a-spit-hood)

>Texas Cop Kills 2 People, Allowed to Resign, Joins New Dept, Shoots Man on 2nd Day

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cop-found-not-guilty-deadly-shootings-joins-new-department/

>Texas officer wins appeal of dismissal over feces sandwich

https://apnews.com/c76f863d591b436cb1b22f4e35718ebe

>Texas officer sexually abuses 14 year old girl, receives no sex offender status

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Former-HISD-officer-admits-to-fondling-middle-11170371.php

>Texas-based hate group source of 80% of all U.S. racist propaganda tracked in 2020

https://www.reddit.com/r/texas/comments/m7zk8w/texasbased_hate_group_source_of_80_of_all_us/