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This looks to be a data entry error either by the Election Administration and Voting Survey administrators, or by the county-level respondents to the EAVS, followed by ABC reporting the erroneous data without error checking. The issue can be seen if we download the data files from which ABC's graphic draws - these can be found here. If we look at the two ...


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Citing Economist.com coverage The state’s deregulated power market is also fiercely competitive. ERCOT oversees the grid, while power generators produce electricity for the wholesale market. Some 300 retail electricity providers buy that fuel and then compete for consumers. For years the benefits of Texas’s deregulated market structure were clear. At 8.6 ...


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As a general rule, regulation transfers costs from consumers to producers, while deregulation transfers costs from producers to consumers. In this specific case, that works out like so: With regulation, energy producers would be required to take precautionary steps to ensure the security and viability of the power grid, and could be held accountable for ...


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Yes, in fact from Wikipedia's article on "United States presidential elections in Texas", we can see that Texas has elected a Democrat for president twenty-two times since 1876, most recently electing Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election. Republican candidates have only been elected fifteen times. The highest percentage vote that a Democratic ...


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The two cases mentioned in the linked podcast are those of Crystal Mason and Rosa Maria Ortega, who were both convicted of voter fraud under different circumstances. I'm going to firstly focus on the case of Crystal Mason, who was convicted after voting in the 2016 presidential election whilst ineligible to vote. She was able to be identified and charged ...


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Why doesn't the Texas legislature nuke the quorum? ... why doesn't the GOP nuke the quorum and now only require a simple majority of members? Any change to the quorum requires an amendment to the Constitution. THE TEXAS CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 3. LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT Sec. 10. QUORUM; ADJOURNMENTS FROM DAY TO DAY; COMPELLING ATTENDANCE. Two-thirds of each ...


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According to the Constitution of Texas, the Senate and House of the Texas legislature can decide how to compel their members to attend and determine what penalties there are for not attending. For both chambers, the current rules allow the present members to send the Sergeant-at-Arms or some other person to arrest absent members who refuse to appear, and set ...


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I'll point out here that the cheaper-than-average electricity prices that TX sees (according to the answer based on the Economist) is actually somewhat of a recent thing. Despite TX avoiding "the feds" for decades, for the 2000-2010 decade their prices mostly tracked the national average. And as a difference graph: (If someone can find ...


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I haven't come across supporters of the bill disclaiming the charge that the private enforcement clause is intended to evade immediate judicial review - the sponsor of the bill, Senator Bryan Hughes, is very open about having worked with attorney Jonathan F. Mitchell to write the bill, saying "I get to be the author of the bill, my name is on it, but we ...


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Yes, Texas has gone to the Democratic party several times. It is important to remember that the US Democratic Party is one of the oldest continuously operating political parties in the world (and the oldest in the US). In fact, over its history, Texas has generally favored the Democratic party from its statehood until the start of the sixth party system some ...


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Yes. According to this article The lawmakers risk arrest in taking flight. Under the Texas Constitution, the Legislature requires a quorum of two-thirds of lawmakers be present to conduct state business in either chamber. Absent lawmakers can be legally compelled to return to the Capitol, and the source said Democrats expect state Republicans to ask the ...


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Religious differences. California has more atheists, and Texas has more Southern Baptists and other "evangelicals". Texas has a bigger oil and gas industry by far. The Democrats' fossil-fuel-hostile climate change platform is unpopular among people who see it as a threat to their (or their family/friends') jobs. In 2000 and 2004, there was a ...


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In short, the answer is 'it depends'. A member of the Texas legislature cannot vote unless they appear for a vote voluntarily, so it all depends on the release conditions for the arrest, and whether or not the member actually wants to vote. To be clear, Greg Abbott didn't say that he will have the politicians arrested, but that they will be arrested when ...


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They don't get arrested and taken to jail but rather get escorted back the the chambers so that business can happen. As they are trying to get a quorum to allow them to vote on bills the goal is to get them back in the building. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/07/13/texas-democrats-walkout-voting-bill-arrest/ Under a call of the House, according to ...


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These results are always difficult to calculate, as presidential votes are not often summed by congressional district. Some states do make this data available, but Texas is not one of them. Thankfully, TX-15 is not as bad as some districts in its definition, so we can calculate this with a bit of effort. TX-15 contains the whole of Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, ...


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I don't think the supporters of the law would necessarily disagree that the purpose was to limit abortions. It also remains to be seen if there's no legal way to challenge the law. To clear a few things up The law allows private citizens to file lawsuits against abortionists who abort a fetus with a heartbeat (~6 weeks of gestation) (laws with direct ...


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In addition to the answer by Rick Smith there is also the very big problem that the majority party doesn't need to work with the minority party at all. If all you needed was a simple majority of members to conduct business what is stopping the majority party from starting sessions without informing the minority party? To me it sounds like they could just ...


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Tax Revenue By not trading on the national market, Texas avoids the cost of federal power regulations, as noted in several other answers. Now, the benefits of participating in the national market might seem like an obvious loss for Texas. They could have purchased power from many other states with excess capacity during this time. However, Texas is ...


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No primary results will be released before polls close on Super Tuesday. Under Chapter 65.015(a) of the Texas Election Code (emphasis mine): Subject to Subsection (b), after the polls close and the last voter has voted, the presiding judge may announce the status of the vote count from time to time.


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Insofar I haven't seen much beyond expert opinion on this, and most of it focused on Trump's win in Florida, where the Trump campaign advertised heavily in Spanish describing Biden as a (Venezuela-like) socialist, but for what that's worth, this was suggested about south Texas: In South Texas, for example, Trump’s “law and order” messaging and opposition to ...


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I'd suggest that although there's no one simple answer, at base it's because politics is not genetically determined, and so the demographic characteristics you seem to think are important are not the only things, and perhaps not even the primary things, affecting the way people vote. At a simplistic level, consider that the populations of the two states are ...


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Basically what does Texas RE do exactly, in practice? As of November 2020, Nothing. The Houston Chronicle reported on 21 February 2021 that Late last year, as winter approached and power companies prepared for cold weather, Gov. Greg Abbott’s hand-picked utility regulators decided they no longer wanted to work with a nonprofit organization they had hired ...


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See below. Sources: 2012 Texas county election results; 2020 Texas county election results; Texas boundaries.


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are there any rules that require SCOTUS to give some sort of response to this lawsuit before December 14? No. Best practices of the court are usually (but not always) to address petitions before they become moot. But there have been times in the currently election cycle when it had already deliberately not taken action until an election related petition is ...


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In Texas, voter registration is done on a paper form and requires a "wet signature" (i.e., the voter must physically sign the piece of paper - there is no online option). The voter registration card includes this information: Qualifications: You must register to vote in the county in which you reside You must be a citizen of the United States ...


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Politico conducted an in depth analysis of this question entitled "Trump Didn't Win The Latino Vote in Texas. He Won The Tejano Vote." According to Wikipedia: Tejanos (Spanish: [teˈhano]; singular: Tejano/a/x; Spanish for "Texan") are the Hispanic residents of the state of Texas who are culturally descended from the original Spanish-...


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In fact, the official exit poll, as well as some post-election analyses of the state seem to indicate that - rather than Latino voters turning out to vote against Trump - he actually performed better with that demographic than Romney. FiveThirtyEight argues: In the lead-up to the election, there was a lot of talk about how Latinos would turn out in record ...


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Before a Bill can become law, it must be passed both by the House of Representatives and the Senate. It can originate in either chamber (except for revenue bills, which must originate from the House), and both chambers have the power to reject a law. After the Bill passes both chambers, the Governor must approve or veto the Bill. If he approves, then it ...


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They don't have to flee the country as the state of Texas can only arrest them in the state of Texas. The quote you have in your question does not apply here as they are not charged with any of those. They are not doing their job which is not a case of treason or is it any sort of crime. A person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, ...


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