May 25, 2022
Good morning, Wednesday. Hold close the people you love.
🌤 Today's weather: Cooler, with a high of 74.
🎵 Sounds like: Warriors head coach Steve Kerr on Uvalde
🏀 Situational awareness: The Mavs avoided elimination, winning Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Warriors 119-109.
- There was a brief rain delay while crews fixed a leak at the American Airlines Center and used towels to soak up water on the court. It was the second leak delay of the season.
Today's newsletter is a heavy 882 words — a 3.5-minute read.
1 big thing: 19 children, 2 adults dead in elementary school shooting
Nineteen students and two adults are dead after a gunman opened fire at an elementary school yesterday in southern Texas.
What happened: The shooter crashed his car near the school and got out wearing body armor and carrying a rifle and a backpack, writes Axios' Herb Scribner.
- The 18-year-old gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde after engaging with police.
The big picture: The massacre comes four years after the Santa Fe High School shooting that killed 10 outside Houston.
- There have been 212 mass shootings this year in the U.S., according to the Gun Violence Archive, including 18 in Texas.
Details: Just 16,000 people live in Uvalde, roughly 80 miles west of San Antonio.
What they're saying: Abbott said the Texas Division of Emergency Management will work with Uvalde officials "to ensure the community has what it needs to heal."
- "As a nation, we have to ask: When in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?" President Biden said in an address last night.
Flashback: Remington Arms agreed in a February settlement to pay $73 million to nine families of Sandy Hook shooting victims. It was the first time in the U.S. a gun manufacturer was held responsible for a mass shooting.
Of note: Texas' open carry law went into effect in September, which allows people to display a gun in public without a permit.
2. Paxton defeats Bush in win for Trump
Last night, embattled Attorney General Ken Paxton easily rebuffed a challenge from George P. Bush in the race for the Republican nomination for attorney general.
Why it matters: By proxy, Paxton's victory is another win for former President Trump, who returned the attorney general's loyalty with a much-coveted endorsement.
- Paxton remains under indictment for securities fraud and is facing a federal corruption investigation.
- Paxton cemented Trump's patronage after filing a lawsuit in 2020 challenging the election results — and appearing at the Jan. 6, 2021, "Stop the Steal" rally.
Bush's defeat shows how much the family's potency has diminished in today's GOP.
- Trump handily defeated George P. Bush's father, Jeb, in the 2016 Republican primary, insulting him — remember "Low Energy Jeb"? — along the way.
- Even so, George P., the land commissioner of Texas, had unsuccessfully courted Trump's endorsement heading into the attorney general race.
Between the lines: Even with his considerable baggage, Paxton is the odds-on favorite to win re-election in November.
- No Democrat has won statewide office in Texas since 1994.
Yes, but: If that FBI investigation leads to further charges against Paxton in coming months, all bets are off.
3. 🗳 Hand-picked successor wins Congressional primary runoff
Outgoing U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson's hand-picked successor won the runoff to replace the 30-year incumbent.
Driving the news: Freshman state Rep. Jasmine Crockett won Johnson's endorsement to represent U.S. House District 30 and received almost 61% of the runoff votes against Jane Hope Hamilton, who has a 20-year political career.
The intrigue: The district, which has only been represented by Johnson, includes parts of Dallas and Duncanville and all of DeSoto and Lancaster. It's considered a lock for Democrats.
Between the lines: Crockett's campaign was boosted by $2 million from cryptocurrency traders' super PACs — the second-highest amount of special interest money spent on any House candidate.
Trump-backed police officer, Frederick Frazier, leads the race for the new state House District 61, which includes several of the fastest-growing towns in Collin County: McKinney, Frisco, Celina and Anna.
Former Dallas City Council member Sandra Crenshaw lost to real estate agent Venton Jones in a runoff for House District 100.
- Crenshaw took a surprise lead in the March primary despite reporting just $500 in raised funds, but lost support from the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas for comments she made about her opponent, who is gay and HIV-positive.
- Jones had about 70% of the runoff votes late yesterday.
Trump-backed Phil Sorrells leads the Republican nomination for Tarrant County District Attorney against state Rep. Matt Krause.
- In the fall, Krause compiled a list of 850 books that might make students feel "discomfort" if found in school libraries.
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4. 🗞 Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits
🔎 An Iraqi man linked to ISIS was plotting to kill George W. Bush and traveled to Dallas in November to take video of the former president’s house. (Forbes)
🚷 A city audit found Dallas lacks a plan to prevent pedestrian deaths and needs to improve crosswalks. (KERA)
💧 A $2.3 billion pipeline linking lakes in East Texas to North Texas is now operational to keep up with growing demand for water. (Fort Worth Report)
💊 Lake Worth police seized nearly $2.3 million worth of methamphetamine and fentanyl in the department's largest drug bust. (NBC5)
5. 🍪 Concluding the quest for Texas snacks
- And Tampa Bay won hearts with cigars and other Floridian booty.
Yes, but: Your Axios Dallas correspondents rebounded at a beer garden happy hour where chocolate-covered Beaver Nuggets were shared.
- Even Tampa acknowledged the chocolate-coated treat was yummy… sort of.
- Thank you again for all your suggestions.
🦫 Mike is recovering from eating too many Beaver Nuggets.
🎶 Tasha is listening to Sigur Rós in preparation for their Dallas show.
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