The Signal’s morning headlines 7.29.19

by | Jul 29, 2019 | Morning headlines

Democratic presidential debates 

The debates are Tuesday and Wednesday night on CNN. ICYMI, our preview is here, focusing on Texans O’Rourke and Castro. Both are hiring like they’re in it for the long haul. One timely issue that’s now more likely come up in the debates: gun violence. There was a shooting at a garlic festival yesterday in California. Kamala Harris tweeted, “Simply horrific. I’m grateful to the first responders who are on the scene in Gilroy, and my thoughts are with that community tonight. Our country has a gun violence epidemic that we cannot tolerate.”

Why Republican politics under Trump is so gross

Sen. John Cornyn never said a word about one of his constituents in Texas — the 18-year old — being detained by ICE for 23 days. Francisco Galicia had three forms of ID to show he’s an American citizen but was still rounded up and locked up for three weeks. Following the Dallas Morning News breaking this story, he was released. Major applause for the DMN – and disgust for Cornyn. If Francisco Galicia were named Fran Smith, a white Christian Republican who was detained by a Democratic administration, you better believe Cornyn would have piped up. 

Not shocked at these two headlines 

One, a confederate group is pissed about the confederate plaque coming down from inside the capitol building in Austin. And two, Obamacare is more popular than Trump, per a FOX News poll:

Good news for a Texas congressional seat 

A Republican in a flippable Texas congressional district is retiring. The viciously anti-LGBT Rep. Pete Olson barely won his seat last year. Why good news? Because it’s easier for Dems to win a seat without a Republican incumbent. Attorney Nyanza Moore, Pearland City Councilman Derrick Reed, and Sri Kulkarni, Olson’s opponent in 2018, are the Dems running for this seat. 

Cornyn Tuesdays

Indivisible Houston has been holding these protests at Sen. Cornyn’s Houston office for 128 weeks. The next one, on schedule, is tomorrow during lunch time. We spoke to Daniel Cohen, the head of Indivisible Houston, on our podcast about their Tuesday special. 

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