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Harris County Commissioner on who to blame for the Texas power failure, how residents are still digging out from the crisis, and how Houston could break free from the state grid

Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia. Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia told Insider what residents need after the Texas freeze. Garcia pointed the finger at Gov. Abbott and said, "Abbott owned it in 2011. He owns it today." Storm Uri, alongside power grid failures and decades-long mismanagement, left millions powerless. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. On Monday morning, Harris County Precinct...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Washington Post, US, Trends, Getty Images, Houston, Department Of Energy, Q&a, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Afp, Garcia, Houston Chronicle, East Texas, WFAA


'Abbott owned it in 2011. He owns it today': Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia wants justice and energy solutions after Texas freeze

Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia. Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia Insider spoke with Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia about what residents need after the Texas freeze. Garcia pointed the finger at Gov. Abbott and said, "Abbott owned it in 2011. He owns it today." Storm Uri, alongside power grid failures and decades-long mismanagement, left millions powerless. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. On Monday morning, Harris Cou...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Washington Post, US, Trends, Getty Images, Houston, Department Of Energy, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Afp, Garcia, Houston Chronicle, East Texas, WFAA, Houston Texas


Texas Gov. Abbott says he's opening the state '100%' and lifting the mask mandate a day after the CDC warned states not to relax COVID-19 restrictions

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas. Bob Daemmrich/Pool Photo via AP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he'd lift a mask mandate and allow businesses to open "100%." There's been an uptick in cases in Texas after the winter storm, and it has numerous hot spots. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky warned this week that states shouldn't let their guard down. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas to allow the state's businesses to open "100%" and to lift the state's ma...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Science, News, Mississippi, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Houston, Times, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Houston Chronicle, TX


Texas Gov. Abbott opening state '100%' and lifting mask mandate a day after CDC warned states not to relax COVID restrictions

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott prepares to deliver his State of the State speech at Visionary Fiber Technologies, for the first time outside the Capitol, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Lockhart, Texas Bob Daemmrich/Pool Photo via AP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is allowing businesses to open "100% and lifting the mask mandate. Texas is seeking an uptick in cases after the winter storm and has numerous hotspot counties. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky warned this week that states shouldn't let their guards down...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Houston, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Houston Chronicle, Patrick Svitek, ERCOT, Texas Democratic Party


Is Sandra Lee sending "peace and loving healing" to Andrew Cuomo?

I'm reading "Andrew Cuomo ex Sandra Lee wishes ‘peace, healing’ after 2nd accuser steps forward" (NY Post):“Sending everyone peace and loving healing regards from Malibu! The best sunsets ever thank God for the Ocean!” Lee posted on Instagram Saturday night, alongside a photo of a beach. The post was made hours after The New York Times revealed [accusations from] Cuomo’s 25-year-old former aide, Charlotte Bennet, is accusing the 63-year-old governor of asking her inappropriate personal questions...
Tags: Food, Cake, Instagram, Law, Wikipedia, New York City, Food Network, New York Times, Ice Cream, Kwanzaa, Potatoes, Andrew Cuomo, Malibu, Cuomo, Anthony Bourdain, Lee


John McClain calls for the Texans to trade Deshaun Watson

The Houston Texans seem to think they'll win a standoff with quarterback Deshaun Watson. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle knows that the team won't. McClain, who has covered the Texans since their debut in 2002 and the Houston Oilers
Tags: News, Houston Texans, Houston Chronicle, Houston Oilers, Deshaun Watson, McClain, John McClain, Deshaun Watson John McClain


Morning Docket: 02.24.21

* A Texas electricity utility is being sued over alleged price gouging. Guess it's not normal to get an electric bill for nearly $10,000... [Houston Chronicle] * Immigration lawyers in Massachusetts are asking to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. [Boston.com] * Check out this article about the best options for term limits at the Supreme Court. [Bloomberg Law] * Mitch McConnell is backing Merrick Garland's nomination to be Attorney General. [CBS News] * A Pennsylvania lawyer plea...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Cbs News, Boston, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, Pennsylvania, Mitch McConnell, Philadelphia Inquirer, Houston Chronicle, ERCOT, Morning Docket, Merrick Garland, Bloomberg Law


Texas AG Ken Paxton and wife, Texas state Sen. Angela Paxton, left for Utah during Texas freeze to have meetings about antitrust lawsuits

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies in front of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, just a few days before a grand jury indicts him on three felonies. Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images Texas AG Ken Paxton and his wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, left for Utah last week as Texas froze, according to the Houston Chronicle. Paxton is one of several Texas public officials to have left in the middle of the crisis. Visit the Business section of Insider...
Tags: Google, Utah, Politics, Texas, News, US, Trends, Ted Cruz, Salt Lake City, Dallas Morning News, Cancun, Houston Chronicle, Paxton, Ken Paxton, Texas AG, Sean Reyes


‘Cry Us A Mai Tai’: Editors At The Houston Chronicle Heckle Cruz, Call For His Resignation

The Houston Chronicle on Thursday night published an editorial calling on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to resign for skipping town in favor of a Cancun getaway as millions of Texans suffered through power outages and a loss of running water amid unrelenting winter storm damage. [Author: Zoe Richards]
Tags: News, Ted Cruz, Houston, Cancun, Houston Chronicle, Sen Ted Cruz R TX, Mai Tai, Zoë Richards


ICYMI: Your TPM Weekend News Roundup

Flyin' Ted Buckle up. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) found himself in a polar vortex of outrage after photos surfaced overnight Wednesday showing the senator and his family traveling to Cancun as his home state reeled from power outages and a lack of running water. The backlash was so swift that Cruz found himself on a flight back to Houston a day after he left. Texas GOP Chair Allen West left Cruz hanging, telling the AP that the senator will have to answer for his actions. After hours of s...
Tags: Florida, Texas, News, Obama, Congress, Ap, Pennsylvania, Gop, New York Times, Cbs, Fox News, Houston, Republican Party, North Carolina, Cruz, Trump


Texans’ reporter: Broncos won’t acquire Deshaun Watson

Despite with the odds say, the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain guarantees no Watson in Denver.
Tags: Watson, Broncos, Houston Chronicle, Deshaun Watson, John McClain


Icy blast of anti-Ted Cruz outrage shows little sign of abating

Constituents, late-night hosts and politicians have lined up to lambast the Texas senator’s tropical trip while constituents frozeWintry conditions eased in Texas on Friday, but a storm of outrage continued to build over Senator Ted Cruz’s quick trip to Cancún, Mexico, at a time when millions of his constituents were still stranded without heat, food and water.“Texans’ anger with Ted Cruz right now could power an entire electrical grid,” a Houston Chronicle editorial blasted. “He plopped himself...
Tags: Texas, US news, Ted Cruz, Houston Chronicle, CANCUN Mexico


‘Resign’: Houston Chronicle Editorial Torches Cruz

“Texans’ anger with Ted Cruz right now could power an entire electrical grid."
Tags: News, Ted Cruz, Houston Chronicle


10 Things in Politics: Cruz facing backlash after Cancun trip

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at the Cancun International Airport. Stringer/Reuters Good morning! Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. I'm Brent Griffiths. Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox each day.Send your tips and thoughts to [email protected] or tweet me @BrentGriffiths.Here's what you need to know:Heidi Cruz's texts appear to undercut Sen. Ted Cruz's explanation for going to Cancun.There's a bigger purpose to Joe Biden's ice cream tweets.Australia's Prime...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Politics, Chris Christie, Texas, Congress, Australia, Washington Post, Washington, White House, Disney, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Nasa


10 Things in Politics: Cruz in for a bruisin'

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at the Cancun International Airport. Stringer/Reuters Good morning! Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. I'm Brent Griffiths. Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox each day.Send your tips and thoughts to [email protected] or tweet me @BrentGriffiths.Here's what you need to know:Heidi Cruz's texts appear to undercut Sen. Ted Cruz's explanation for going to Cancun.There's a bigger purpose to Joe Biden's ice cream tweets.Australia's Prime...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Politics, Chris Christie, Texas, Congress, Australia, Washington Post, Washington, White House, Disney, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Nasa


Texas blackouts explained: Arctic weather shut down power plants as demand for heat surged, and the state's grid is on its own

Pike Electric service trucks line up after a snow storm on February 16, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas as storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. Ron Jenkins/Getty Images Millions of Texans are without heat and power Wednesday as Arctic weather pummels the state.  The cold weather caused energy sources including natural gas plants to go offline, just as demand for ele...
Tags: Energy, Weather, Texas, News, Climate Change, California, US, Trends, Austin, Iowa, Arctic, Blackouts, Miller, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Reuters


An old Ted Cruz tweet mocking California's 'failed energy policies' resurfaces as storm leaves millions of Texans without power

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, on the fifth day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Alex Brandon/AP In 2020, Sen. Ted Cruz mocked California's "failed energy policies" on Twitter. His post has resurfaced as over 4 million Texans are without electricity amid a rare winter storm. Texas' state-run power grid failed due to the weather-related strains on its resources.  Visit the Business sectio...
Tags: Politics, Texas, California, Washington, US, Trends, Cnn, Power, United States, Ted Cruz, Capitol Hill, University Of Houston, Winter Storm, Cruz, Duolingo, El Paso


An old Ted Cruz tweet mocking California's 'failed energy policies' resurfaces as a storm leaves millions of Texans without power

Sen. Ted Cruz. Alex Brandon/AP In August, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas mocked California's "failed energy policies" on Twitter. His post resurfaced on Tuesday as over 3 million Texans were without electricity during a winter storm. Texas' state-run power grid failed because of the weather-related strains on its resources. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. An August tweet in which Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas mocked California's "failed energy policies" recirculated on social medi...
Tags: Politics, Texas, California, US, Trends, Cnn, Power, Ted Cruz, University Of Houston, Winter Storm, Cruz, Duolingo, El Paso, Power Outage, Soviet Union, Houston Chronicle


Crime, Bail, and the Media: A century-old recipe for error and injustice

Grits readers have seen me complain about sensationalist, de-contextualized media coverage of crime and punishment nearly since this humble blog's inception. Turns out, if your correspondent had been transported in a time machine to the early 1920s, the problem would be even worse and Grits may well have gone clean out of my mind.Recently, I ran across what appears to be the earliest quantitative analysis of media crime coverage in America in a massive, 700+-page document titled, "Criminal Justi...
Tags: Google, Law, America, Houston, Cleveland, Criminal Justice, Greg Abbott, Clyde, Houston Chronicle, CLEVELAND Ohio, Bonnie, John Dillinger, Chaney, Tuff, Acevedo, Harris County Jail


'You almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago': AOC rejects Ted Cruz's support for her criticism of Robinhood

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images/Pool AOC rejected Ted Cruz's support for her criticism of the stock trading app Robinhood. Cruz said he "fully [agreed]" with AOC's opposition to the app blocking users from buying some stocks. "You almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago so you can sit this one out," AOC replied. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turned down Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's support for h...
Tags: Politics, New York, Texas, News, Congress, Senate, White House, Nokia, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, House, Ted Cruz, Reddit, Donald Trump, Robinhood


A former Houston cop charged with storming the US Capitol changed his story in an interview with the feds. Now he says he was there to see 'historical art'

Riots at the US Capitol Building. Michael Nigro/Pacific Press:LightRocket/Getty Ex-Houston officer Tam Pham allegedly told federal investigators he didn't enter the US Capitol.  When pressed, he changed his story and said he joined rioters on January 6 to view 'historical art.' Insider created a searchable database of those individuals charged for their participation in the riot. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tam Pham, the ex-Houston police officer charged in the Janu...
Tags: Politics, Police, US, Trends, Fbi, Washington Dc, Houston, Donald Trump, Trump, Houston Chronicle, Capitol, Houston Police, Pham, Gerald Ford, Houston Police Department, Acevedo


Tua Tagovailoa is not a player the Texans are high on per report

The Miami Dolphins may or may not have interest in Deshaun Watson but it now appears that maybe, the Texans don't have interest in Tua Tagovailoa. At least that is what one Houston Chronicle reporter is saying. Aaron Wilson is one of the to
Tags: News, Miami Dolphins, Houston Chronicle, Aaron Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Tua Tagovailoa


Recordings of Houston agents by rival brokerage reveal commission steering

REX CEO Jack Ryan said he believed the recordings contributed to getting the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against the National Association of Realtors off the ground.
Tags: Radio, Agent, Houston, Industry News, Houston Chronicle, U S Justice Department, National Association of Realtors, Jack Ryan, Select, News Brief, U.S. Department of Justice, Lockboxes, Rex Real Estate, Agent Commissions, National Association of Realtors (NAR, Houston Association of Realtors (HAR


Houston Chronicle calls on Cruz to resign

The Houston Chronicle's editorial board is calling for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to resign after he helped lead the effort to challenge...
Tags: Cruz, Houston Chronicle, Sen Ted Cruz R Texas


Keeping Tabs: Trump Pardon List Fueled By Rec Letters From‌ ‌High-Powered ‌Loyalists‌

“You scratch my back,” the saying goes, “and I’ll scratch yours… and yours… and yours…”  The latest  list of presidential pardons and commutations Tuesday night not only featured a long list of the President’s political allies, but also an even longer list of people who recommended those allies for the greatest gift a president can give.  The prime example was Steve Stockman, the Tea Partying former Texas congressman convicted of 23 felonies — what prosecutors called a “white-coll...
Tags: Utah, Texas, News, Education, Congress, Washington, White House, Gop, Egypt, Hud, Medicare, George W Bush, Border Patrol, Louie Gohmert, Ben Carson, Trump


Five random thoughts and a minor boast

Apropos of nothing, here are five random thoughts and a minor boast.1. Say what you will about the "defund" message, but there's more activity going on around the state regarding police reform, not to mention more bills filed on the topic at the Texas Legislature, than at any time this century. None of it would be happening if it weren't for the protests this summer. It's easy to forget that this time two years ago, the reform movement was more or less dead in the water.2. On top of COVID and ev...
Tags: Texas, Law, New York City, Karen, Gop, Willie Nelson, Texas Rangers, Houston Chronicle, Nieman Labs, Brown County, Austin Chronicle, Texas Legislature, DALHART, Shaver, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas Observer


Beyond the Bait and Switch: What we really need from police training reform

Grits has often been critical when reform demands aimed at police are rebuffed by calls for additional training. In the political arena, new training is often proposed (usually by the police unions) as a substitute for policy changes that would actually transform IRL practices. So, for example, advocates called for eliminating arrests for Class C misdemeanors following Sandra Bland's death, and instead got implicit-bias trainings that don't work. I get frustrated, admittedly, with the bait and s...
Tags: Texas, Law, Germany, Time, US, Austin, City Council, Council, Bureau Of Justice Statistics, Sunset, Sandra Bland, Houston Chronicle, Legislature, Houston Police Department, Gritsforbreakfast, Mike Ramos


Policing protests, K-9 units barking up wrong tree, the 'toothless' agency regulating Texas cops, and other stories

I've been working on a larger project and ignoring the blog a bit this week, but here are a few odds and ends that deserve Grits readers' attention:TCOLE Sunset coverage. The Houston Chronicle published a nice story on the scathing Sunset report on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, the agency that licenses and regulates Texas police officers, jailers, and 911 operators. "[I]n Texas," declared sunset commission staff, "the regulation of law enforcement is 'by and large, toothless.'” See re...
Tags: Texas, Law, Washington Post, Austin, Houston Chronicle, Texas Legislature, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas Observer, Fort Bend County, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, Michael Barajas, TCOLE Sunset, Occupy Movement Ferguson


Badcopping, pretrial diversion for profit, getting around Miranda, and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention:Corruption, thy name is 'pretrial diversion'. A Texas DA in the Panhandle charged illegal pretrial diversion fees to criminal defendants then gave huge donations to local charities, the Houston Chronicle's Eric Dexheimer reported recently. He also maxxed out charges to defendants who won't play ball. E.g., they charged drivers coming back from Colorado with a few marijuana gummies with first degree felony charges, comparable to if ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Colorado, US, Austin, Houston, Miranda, Fort Worth, Jones, New Braunfels, Houston Chronicle, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Schertz, KXAN, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ