It is amazing to me how candidates for the Texas House on the GOP side of things STILL don’t seem to have any meaningful grassroots support flowing into their campaign. Is there a lot of money coming in? Yeah, but it’s coming from the massive donors and PACs, not regular people.

Let’s run through an example. Here is Jeff Leach in House District 67. He took in $1,708,915 from 09/25–10/24. You would think he must be getting lots of love from “the people”. Nope, that all came from 188 donors. 9 of them gave 90+% of his total.

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Look closely at the list of donors to Jeff Leach (HD67). 9 of 10 are PACs, + the gov. …


I need the #txed folks listening intently. If you are a public ed advocate, you need to realize where dollars attempting to privatize education are coming from and who is getting them. This election and this next session are going to be battles, and public education is a focus.

We will start with the American Federation for Children. AFC is a national advocacy organization promoting school choice, with a specific focus on advocating for school vouchers and scholarship tax credit programs.

American Federation for Children was founded by Betsy DeVos, who ran the org until 2016 when she became Secretary of Education. She handed off the reins to William Oberndorf. …


I recently saw someone share a “voter guide” comparing Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It was obvious how the creators of the guide wanted you to vote.

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It immediately brought to mind the “voter guides” published by the Faith & Freedom Coalition, based out of Virginia, for our 2018 Texas elections. These were distributed through churches, and just as obviously made it clear who to vote for.


I live in Texas, so all of what follows will have a markedly United States and Texas lens, so know that going in. All data is pulled from Johns Hopkins and the COVID Tracking Project and re-visualized on my site.

We have reached the end of August, and I NEVER EVER thought I’d still be tracking COVID cases. I figured for sure this would be something we would get a handle on (like most of the rest of the world who ran into as the same time we did) and then life would return to a new normal. Didn’t happen, so here we are. …


It’s been a while. I update the charts every day, but with everything going on in life, sitting down to write takes a back seat. Today’s update will look a little different. I’m going to swing through where each state is on their Case and Death trends, just to illustrate how different we are across the country. I’ll still circle into some Texas focused elements at the end. Promise.

The United States, A to Z

  • Alabama

Daily cases and daily deaths, both headed up

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Alabama
  • Alaska

Daily cases headed up, daily deaths flat


I live in Texas, so all of what follows will have a markedly United States and Texas lens, so know that going in. All data is pulled from Johns Hopkins and the COVID Tracking Project and re-visualized on my site.

We have reached the end of June. A lot happening around us. Let’s see how things are going.

  1. World — 10,475,838 cases, 511,253 deaths. Look at the trend line. It has done nothing but surge upward since the first of May, going from 77,183 cases per day on 05/01 to 173,196 case per day to close June. …


I live in Texas, so all of what follows will have a markedly United States and Texas lens, so know that going in. All data is pulled from Johns Hopkins and the COVID Tracking Project and re-visualized on my site.

It’s once again been a bit. A lot happening around us. But it’s time to revisit and see how things are going.

  1. World — 8,791,804 cases (+128,686 today), 464,465 deaths (+4,454 today). The 7 day daily case average is surging upward. Since May 1, the average has moved from 77,183 to 146,407. The trend is certainly going the wrong way on cases. …


I live in Texas, so all of what follows will have a markedly United States and Texas lens, so know that going in. All data is pulled from Johns Hopkins and the COVID Tracking Project and re-visualized on my site.

It’s been a bit. A lot happening around us. But it’s time to revisit and see how things are going.

  1. World — 7,242,235 cases (+109,406 today), 411,436 deaths (+3,792 today). The 7 day daily case average is pushing up more than a little. Since May 1, the average has moved from 77,183 to 123,428. …


I live in Texas, so all of what follows will have a markedly United States and Texas lens, so know that going in. All data is pulled from Johns Hopkins and the COVID Tracking Project and re-visualized on my site.

  1. World — 5,808,946 cases (+117,156 today), 360,308 deaths (+4,679 today). The 14 day daily case average is pushing up. Since May 1, the average has moved from 78,839 to 97,700. Today was a new daily case high.
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2. Countries per 100k — The US is 16th on Testing per 100k people, testing 4.73% of the population, below the Austria and ahead of Germany. The US has moved into 3rd in Cases per 100k people at 520, with a 11.01% positive rate, just below Iceland and ahead of Spain. And finally, the US is 9th in Deaths per 100k people at 30.7, with a 5.9% …


I live in Texas, so all of what follows will have a markedly United States and Texas lens, so know that going in. All data is pulled from Johns Hopkins and the COVID Tracking Project and re-visualized on my site.

  1. World — 5,589,626 cases (+94,565 today), 350,453 deaths (+4,221 today). The 14 day daily case average is pushing up. Since May 1, the average has moved from 78,839 to 94,893.
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2. Countries per 100k — The US is 16th on Testing per 100k people, testing 4.5% of the population, below the Austria and ahead of Switzerland. The US has moved into 3rd in Cases per 100k people at 507, with a 11.28% positive rate, just below Singapore and ahead of Spain. And finally, the US is 9th in Deaths per 100k people at 29.88, with a 5.88% …

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I chart Texas Politics at christackettnow.com and write about things that matter (to me at least) whenever the muse hits.

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