Besides the SOTU, yesterday was probably more notable as being the first primary of 2022, and that means Texas (America’s Lab for Bad Policy).
Axios’ morning email thingie:
In the first midterm contests, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) was forced into a May primary runoff with Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, who is the nephew of one president and grandson of another, AP reports.
- Why it matters: Paxton was endorsed by former President Trump. While Paxton won more votes than Bush, his failure to win outright could raise questions about the power of Trump’s endorsement.
Oddly, no one is mentioning blog favorite candidate for Texas AG, Screwie Louie Gohmert, who came in an astounding 4th place behind the crook, Pee (¡JEB’s! son), and someone named Eva Guzman. Texas is gonna miss out on some fine comedy. Oh, well!
Zoom out: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) will face Democrat Beto O’Rourke in November.
- Abbott is in a commanding position as he seeks a third term: He begins his run with more than $50 million, with a strongly conservative agenda in America’s largest Republican state.
- O’Rourke faces an uphill effort to recapture the magic of his 2018 Senate campaign, when he nearly ousted Sen. Ted Cruz.
And as long as we are talking ’bout Abbott:
[Texas officials] have begun investigating parents of transgender adolescents for possible child abuse, after Gov. Greg Abbott directed them last week to handle certain medical treatments as possible crimes.
Among the first to be investigated was an employee of the state protective services agency who has a 16-year-old transgender child. On Tuesday, the ACLU of Texas and Lambda Legal went to state court in Austin to try to stop the inquiry.
I believe Texans generally love their kids (good for Beto), I worry that they love their guns more (bad for Beto). Nonetheless, Abbott has given Beto a wedge issue —prosecuting parents of trans kids— that cuts both ways. I know this is crass, but I hope for all the right reasons Beto uses this.
It’s shameful of Abbott.