Harris County Republicans are in court trying to undo 21 Democratic wins from the 2022 elections.
Going on right now is the first of the cases. Defeated Republican Erin Lunceford is seeking to commandeer the election from rightful winner Judge Tamika Craft. The case is being heard in a Harris County courtroom.
Here are some basic facts:
The Lunceford/Craft case is first because it was filed first. Each election challenge is seen as a separate case. other 20 cases will be heard likely in early autumn bundled all together or divided into two groups. The various attorneys for the sore-loser Republicans have in some cases different theories as to why the real vote count was not in fact the real vote count.
Re-doing the elections is sought--Not declaring new winner. But a decision to re-do would still involve tossing out every Harris County vote for these 21 2022 elections.
There is no jury. The cases will be decided by Republican retired Judge David Peeples from San Antonio. The Houston Democracy Project has watched the weekly pre-trial hearings for these cases.
All sides say no matter what Judge Peeples decides, the cases will end up before the far-right Texas Supreme Court.
Two investigative reports, one by Jen Rice at the Houston Chronicle and the other by Andrew Schneider at KUHF 88.7 FM, say the lawsuits are bunk.
But the bottom line here for Harris County & Texas Republicans is not truth. The updated yard sign design you see in the picture by super sore-loser Alexandra Mealer tells the real story.
"Hold Harris County, Hold Texas"
Hold Harris County away from who? Voters who choose Democrats time and time again?
Hold Texas away from what? Texas voters who may in the near-future elect Democrats?
Hold Harris County on behalf of who? Mattress Mack? Dan Patrick?
Hold Texas on behalf of what? Authoritarians? White supremacists?
Houston has lost its elected school board in what just 60 years ago was a Jim Crow city. The extremist Texas legislature never misses a chance to attack the political autonomy of diverse Texas cities and counties. Insurrectionist Trump remains the overwhelming choice of Republican primary voters.
The Republican mission from dog catcher on up is to curtail the power multi-racial democracy. It's a coup in progress. We must pay attention and be ready to fight back. We need to accept that we may be fighting this battle for a long time to come and that it won't be settled only at the ballot box.
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I'm Neil Aquino