Christian nationalism is a term that has been utilized broadly, especially since January 6th, 2021. How do you define Christian nationalism? And how do you know if someone is Christian nationalist?

Lucky for all of us, there are experts out there doing the analysis and creating the path for the rest of us to follow. I’m not one of those experts, but I do what I can to share what I’ve found from two of the best: Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry. They’ve written a book called Taking America Back For God and I can’t recommend it highly enough. …


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.

Look closely…


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…


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.

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…


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.

  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.

2. Countries per 100k — The US is 16th on Testing per 100k people, testing 4.73% of the population, below the Austria and…


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 — 3,193,812 cases (+77,488 today), 227,630 deaths (+10,485 today). It was a worldwide high for deaths. The 14 day average is so flat. Just about 80k cases every day for the past several weeks.

2. Countries per 1M — The US moved up one spot on testing. We are now 17th on Testing per 1M people, testing 1.825% of…


On March 16, 2020, the White House issued their Coronavirus Guidelines’ for next 15 days to slow pandemic.

On March 16, 2020, the United States had 4,632 overall #COVID19 cases, and 85 deaths from the virus. On March 16th, we had 1,133 daily cases and 22 people died.

15 days later, on March 31st, the United States had 188,172 overall cases and 3,873 deaths. On March 31st, the US had 26,335 daily cases and 895 people died.

April 3rd is when the US hit 30,000 daily cases. We have hovered right around that mark EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. SINCE. …


This proposed ban on “taxpayer-funded lobbying” is such a sham and just another attempt to erode local control by some in the Texas legislature. Here’s why:

Local communities elect regular citizens to serve on their city councils as county commissioners and as School Board trustees. They are not experts on the legislative process, but were elected by their communities because they had a vision for that community. You see these locally elected leaders in your grocery stores, at school events, and a multitude of activities around your town every single day. …

Chris Tackett

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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