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Fake news falters; relying on left further burns media credibility

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Recent misreporting by several outlets in Texas and around the country suggested Governor Greg Abbott “spearheaded” an effort to remove non-citizens from voter rolls. This “reporting” cited emails from the Governor’s office sent in August to suggest he kicked off the effort.

This “reporting” was a copy paste job and another example of an already discredited media machine taking and running with a left-wing group’s narrative.

If this were just laziness, it wouldn’t be worth examining. But, it’s not laziness, it’s a conscious decision to advance a false narrative, mislead the public and cause confusion to sew discord.

Back to the story at hand. The “gotcha” writing was that Abbott launched the effort in August, In fact, the effort was launched in the spring of 2018 following a hearing of a Senate select committee meeting.

Further, the emails cited as evidence to back this claim speak to the actual timeline of events but since this does not fit the color by numbers narrative, slavishly adhered to when it comes to reporting on election administration, it’s obfuscated.

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86th Session Election Integrity Legislative Review

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This session lawmakers had an opportunity to substantially move the ball on the issue of election integrity. Unfortunately, this did not happen and our analysis suggests the fault for this inaction rests largely with the House.

The Senate moved major bills during the session and with time to spare. Bills removing non-citizens from voter rolls, providing verifiable paper ballot backups, increasing the ability of law enforcement to pursue fraud and measures aimed at curbing in person manipulation of voters passed the Senate. The House is where these bills went to die.

In fact, cutting against the narrative that House leadership allowed bills from across the political spectrum to be heard in committee and receive floor votes, all meaningful election integrity bills were effectively blocked from public debate by all members of the House. Bills that got close to the floor were procedurally bull guarded, redirected to a conference committee where they were either gutted of needed reforms or killed.

During the session, after key reforms were procedurally nixed in the House after missing deadlines and lesser bills were similar being killed we wrote, it’s not acceptable for bills crucial to accurate administration of elections to languish. Action in governing is transparency, and this session has been short on this on the topic of election integrity.

There were hundreds of bills filed related to election law and Direct Action Texas tracked all of them. Our review of the session will detail the most impactful of these measures and some of the antics surrounding their voyage through the legislative process.

While we tracked hundreds of bills, 47 pieces of priority legislation were identified from the House and the Senate. Of these bills, 4.7% were passed out of both bodies and have become law or are waiting to be signed by the governor.

Though the movement on election integrity was paltry, there was movement in the process, a good benchmark of interest in the issue overall and something on which to build during the interim and next legislative session. Bad bills were universally stymied in the Senate and the few that were oddly prioritized by Chairman Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) died before becoming law.

The following review is broken into three sections. Major bills are covered first with a brief play by play followed by groupings of House and Senate bills respectively. With the exception of the first section, bill numbering dictates the order in which bills are presented.

Major Bills

SB 9 – Arguably the most important and comprehensive election integrity bill of the session was SB 9. Passed by the Senate but killed by the House, SB 9 was an omnibus election bill authored by Senator Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) that would have accomplished several things including:

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Tactical Roundup No. 1

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Staying on top of the tactics used to steal elections is an important task. In this series, cases from Texas and around the country are briefly highlighted to expose methods used to manipulate elections.

This week, a Hoboken, New Jersey man pleaded guilty to participating in a voter bribery scheme, that included paying for votes. He’s the third of five to plead guilty in this case which is interesting for a couple of reasons.

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Left Protecting, Promoting Illegal Voting in Texas

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During the Texas legislative session and more recently, the petulance of the left has brought into sharp contrast an electoral edge that needs to end, non-citizens voting. Currently, Texas is not actively removing non-citizens from voter rolls, and these non-citizens are voting.

A key figure pushing to undermine accurate elections in Texas and nationally is Stacey Abrams.

Last month, Abrams was in Texas, speaking at a fundraiser for the liberal political committee, Annie’s List. During the stop, Abrams accused Republicans of “erasing Democracy.” Actually, it’s Abrams and other progressive radicals eroding Democracy.

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Rabid Left Coming for Texas

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In case you’ve been hiding under a rock since January, the left is serious about winning in Texas. This thirst to win includes a fight to allow non-citizens to vote in 2020.

There’s little else that can explain the continued obsession with Governor Greg Abbott and his appointee to Secretary of State, David Whitley. Continued attacks on Abbott are meant to send a message, we will protect non-citizens voting and we’ll destroy anyone who gets in our way.

The chosen method of destruction, a mass public relations campaign and threats of litigation. Both can be defeated. The media has been neutered by President Trump time and again on the national/international stage. The level of amplification is certainly smaller given the venue (Texas) and the case that Abbott needs to make is not an overly burdensome one, non-citizens shouldn’t be voting in Texas elections.

News of “shocking” emails interpreted to show Abbott kickstarting an effort to remove non-citizens from voter rolls broke yesterday after our article, Democrats Don’t Play Ball. The timing could not have been better.

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