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Sarah Eckhardt wins bid for Austin-area Texas Senate seat

Former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has won her bid to replace former Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson.

The surprise development comes after Eckhardt’s opponent, state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, announced he would be dropping out of the race to focus on securing a Democratic majority in the lower chamber.

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez
Today I released the following statement on my plans for 2020. I have decided to forego the runoff for Senate and focus my efforts on winning a Democratic majority and promoting an aggressive, progressive agenda in the Texas House.

The announcement makes Eckhardt the de-facto winner of the special election runoff.

Rodriguez and Eckhardt emerged as the top two candidates in a six-way special election race on July 15. Eckhardt received 50 percent of the vote and Rodriguez recieved 34 percent. Eckhardt resigned from her position as Travis County Judge earlier this year to run in the special election.

Sarah Eckhardt
I have deep respect for Representative Rodriguez and the race he ran. I look forward to joining forces with him in the next session to advance our shared progressive values for Bastrop and Travis Counties and for Texas.
11:12 AM · Jul 27, 2020

Read more: https://texassignal.com/sarah-eckhardt-wins-bid-for-austin-area-texas-senate-seat/

Mark Cuban's dunk on Ted Cruz shows why the Right is losing the Cancel Culture Wars

In the absence of NBA action, Mark Cuban found a new sport — dunking on Sen. Ted Cruz. The recent viral Twitter exchange between Cruz and Cuban was more than just another public take down of America’s most sanctimonious senator, it was a colorful illustration of why conservatives are losing the cancel culture wars.

Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks can be described as a maverick himself when it comes to being outspoken. He will pay the fine to speak his mind, on or off the court. So when Twitter conservatives took a break from complaining about cancel culture to call for a boycott of Cuban’s companies he provided a link to the full list.

Cruz, ever seeking new opportunities for self-ownership, voluntarily stepped onto Cuban’s court. But instead of challenging Cuban one on one he pulled the Twitter version of an intentional foul — he shared a screenshot of Cuban’s tweet to call him out without tagging Cuban. In social media this is a sleight to deny a notification or traffic back to the original author.

Cruz used Cuban’s tweet to show his approval of a conservative boycott of the NBA over player protests. Cuban shot back “Have some balls for once @tedcruz. Speak to me. It’s my tweet.” After some virtue signaling from Cruz about China, Cuban tweeted:

“I can say Black Lives Matter. I can say there is systemic racism in this country. I can say there is a Pandemic that you have done little to end…” He followed by questioning why Ted Cruz takes, “such pride in standing up to and speaking truth to the Chinese, but you have no ability to stand up to and speak the truth to @realdonaldtrump ?”

Read more: https://texassignal.com/mark-cubans-dunk-on-ted-cruz-shows-why-the-right-is-losing-the-cancel-culture-wars/

Beto O'Rourke and Texas Democrats unite for largest Black voter outreach effort in state history

Source: Texas Signal

Beto O’Rourke and Texas Democrats are joining forces to reach every single one of Texas’ 1.5 million Black voters by mid-August. The announcement comes amidst a transformative political climate steeped in demands for racial justice and calls to end police brutality against Black people.

The endeavor is the largest outreach effort of Black voters in state history, and may help deliver Texas’ 38 electoral votes to Democrats for the first time since 1976, fundamentally altering the landscape of Texas and presidential politics for generations.

A collaboration between Beto O’Rourke’s Powered by People, the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, and the Texas Democratic Party, the mobilization effort represents an unprecedented investment and powerful demonstration of commitment to reach Black voters, who have long been the backbone of the Democratic base.

In 2018, Black Texans helped power O’Rourke’s run for the U.S. Senate, voting for him by an overwhelming margin of 90 percent. Similarly, large shares of Democratic support from Black voters were seen statewide, for candidates up and down the ballot, despite limited outreach to Black and Brown voters in 2018. An aggressive door-knocking push in communities of color began only a month and a half before election day.

Read more: https://texassignal.com/beto-orourke-and-texas-democrats-unite-for-largest-black-voter-outreach-effort-in-state-history/

Yea Beto!

'We do not have a constitutional right to infect others.' Judge upholds Palm Beach Co.'s mask orders

Palm Beach County’s mask rules are constitutional, a judge said Monday in the first ruling in South Florida over COVID-19 controls at the center of the debate over public safety and personal freedom.

“We do not have a constitutional right to infect others,” Circuit Court Judge John Kastrenakes said in his order.

Requiring a mask in some places is within the county’s rights to protect the general public during a deadly pandemic and people those who challenged the mandate failed to show that their constitutional rights were violated, the judge said.

“The right to be ‘free from governmental intrusion’ does not automatically or completely shield an individual’s conduct from regulation,” Kastrenakes wrote in his order.

Read more: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-palm-beach-county-court-denies-mask-lawsuit-20200727-vewnsi2p3rb35du55zrzjtklie-story.html
(South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Tampa protesters planning a 'Wall of Moms' for Trump's upcoming visit on Friday

Over the past week, a group of Portland mothers banded together to form a line of protection for peaceful protesters, who were gassed, beaten and detained by federal officers in Army-style camouflage with no identification other than a "Police" label on their outfits, and now a similar “Wall of Moms” is coming to Tampa for an upcoming visit by President Donald Trump.

The group Wall of Moms Tampa plans to join a protest planned for July 31, when Trump will be in town for a fundraiser, where guests can spend up to $100,000 for direct access to the president. “@TampaWom will be there, please help us spread the word! #BLM,” said the group in a recent tweet. We reached out to the group and will update this post if they get back to us.

The protest, which is called “No Trump, No KKK, No Racist USA,” is organized by Tampa’s Black Collective Movement. “Let’s make sure this day is unforgettable AND unwelcoming,” says the caption for the flier. As of now, no meeting location, or other details are available.

The upcoming protests will also be joined by another support group, Wall of Vets Tampa. “We support peaceful protests, and people are legally their constitutional and civil rights: we will stand as a shield between them and those who would violate those rights,” reads a statement from Wall of Vets Tampa.

Read more: https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2020/07/27/tampa-protesters-planning-a-wall-of-moms-for-trumps-upcoming-visit-on-friday

Weather looks good for Mars rover launch attempt Thursday

The 45th Space Wing forecasts 80% chance for good weather on Thursday for a launch of the Mars Perseverance rover on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The initial forecast released Sunday predicts favorable conditions for the two-hour launch window that opens at 7:50 a.m.

“For launch day Thursday, overall conditions are favorable. However, an isolated shower just offshore and some mid-level clouds along the coast are likely as a weak front off the coast of the southeast sags southward. Therefore, the primary concerns for launch day are the Cumulus Cloud and Thick Cloud Layer Rules,” the forecast said.

A 24-hour delay to Friday would see a 90% chance for favorable conditions.

Read more: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/space/os-bz-mars-rover-launch-weather-forecast-20200727-bbdmcfa2c5a73g4md74q55tcd4-story.html

Florida's insurer of last resort extends moratorium on cancellations

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's insurer of last resort says it won't cancel any policies for the rest of the year because of the challenges facing policyholders in the middle of a pandemic.

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation said it was extending a moratorium on policy cancellations until the end of the year.

The moratorium had been set to expire in mid-August. It was implemented in March, following an uptick in premiums no being paid, as coronavirus concerns started closing down businesses and putting property owners out of work.

“Our top priority has been and will continue to be our policyholders,” Barry Gilway, Citizens Property’s CEO, said in a news release. “This extension will provide our customers with further assurances that we have their backs during hurricane season and beyond.”

Read more: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/weather/hurricane/os-ne-coronavirus-citizens-insurance-20200727-da6zfutnszaufffzs3htphei54-story.html

Miami-Dade Lawyers Equate Not Wearing a Mask to Pooping on the Street

Your right to swing your arms ends just where the other man's nose begins.

That old saying is at the heart of Miami-Dade County's argument in a heated court case over whether its mandatory mask order violates constitutional rights.

The case was filed by Miami resident Linda Cuadros, who claims her rights to privacy and due process are trampled by the countywide emergency order requiring people to wear facial coverings in public to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Alleging violations of the state constitution, Cuadros says the mask order intrudes on the right of Floridians to make personal healthcare decisions and subjects residents to an "overreach of their local government not seen in the history of Florida."

County attorneys last week asked a judge to toss the lawsuit. They claim Cuadros, who owns a travel agency, is putting her disdain for a minor inconvenience ahead of "other people's rights to protect their own bodies" from the virus.

Lest anyone think the court battle has descended into legal tedium, Miami-Dade's lawyers are comparing breathing in public without a mask to crapping in the middle of the road.

Read more: https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-dade-mask-order-lawsuit-filed-by-anthony-sabatini-11671019

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Update Revealed at Comic-Con 2020

In May, CBS All Access announced Star Trek: Strange New Worlds as one of the new series in development as part of the Star Trek Universe. During Thursday's Star Trek Universe panel for Comic-Con@Home, executive producer Alex Kurtzman offered on update on the Star Trek: Discovery spinoff, which follows the crew of the USS Enterprise introduced in Discovery's second season. Kurtzman reveals he's been keeping the Captain Pike, Spock, and Number One-led show a secret since last year's Comic-Con, but now a writers' room is active, and they've already broken down the first 10 episodes of the show.

"I really wanted to tell everyone about it last Comic-Con," Kurtzman said while introducing the panel. "People were poking around and asking questions, and we couldn't say anything. But we were already having real active conversations at that point.

"The room has started. There are 10 stories broken, which is very exciting. They are just sort of at the beginning. But it was one of those shows that I think everybody came in with such enthusiasm and so much love."

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds stars Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, and Rebecca Romijn later appeared during the Star Trek: Discovery portion of the panel to talk about their characters' roles in Season Two of that series. They also discussed how their experience in that season affects their character's trajectory in Strange New Worlds.

Read more: https://comicbook.com/startrek/news/star-trek-strange-new-worlds-update-comic-con-2020-writers-room-/

Hurricane Douglas gains strength; skirts the state of Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Douglas gained some strength and began to spin away from many of the Hawaiian Islands as it skirted the state late Sunday.

Forecasters said a hurricane warning was canceled for Oahu but remained in effect for Kauai County, including the islands of Kauai and Niihau, which could still be hit by the system with strong wind gusts and rough surf.

“It’s still not out of the realm of possibilities. So we want people to really remain vigilant and stay prepared, at least for tonight,” Eric Lau, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu said Sunday.

Late Sunday, Douglas was 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Honolulu. It had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph), making it a Category 1 hurricane.

Read more: https://www.daily-journal.com/news/nation/hurricane-douglas-gains-strength-skirts-the-state-of-hawaii/article_92ede327-5955-5c49-90f6-0706438dd7d9.html
(Kankakee Daily-Journal)
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