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  1. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    This is great news!  I saw Alabama is now going back to full stadium attendance this year . . .

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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    This could be the start of something big!! Yahoo!

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  3. DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone Coolidge
    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone
    @DrewInWisconsin

    From what I understand, even if Wisconsin were to drop its statewide mask mandate, our county health department may still enforce one. Because when you give power to little tyrants, they are reluctant to give it up.

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  4. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
    ToryWarWriter
    @ToryWarWriter

    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone (View Comment):
    ago

    Well Abbots executive order prevents that from happening in Texas.

    And as more states and countries move away the petty tyrants wont be able to hold out for long.

    I am so happy and sad at the same time.  

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  5. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    The only thing I don’t like is that a county judge can reimpose restrictions based on need.  All COVID-related decisions should be by elected state and local leaders.  Even if the judges are elected, COVID responses should be under executive branch control . . .

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  6. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
    9thDistrictNeighbor
    @9thDistrictNeighbor

     

     

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  7. Headedwest Coolidge
    Headedwest
    @Headedwest


    Stad (View Comment)
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    The only thing I don’t like is that a county judge can reimpose restrictions based on need. All COVID-related decisions should be by elected state and local leaders. Even if the judges are elected, COVID responses should be under executive branch control . . .

    “County Judge” in Texas is an elected executive branch position. It’s the job title for the chief executive  in county government.

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  8. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Headedwest (View Comment):


    Stad (View Comment)
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    The only thing I don’t like is that a county judge can reimpose restrictions based on need. All COVID-related decisions should be by elected state and local leaders. Even if the judges are elected, COVID responses should be under executive branch control . . .

    “County Judge” in Texas is an elected executive branch position. It’s the job title for the chief executive in county government.

    I guess I’m having a hard time with a judgeship being an executive branch position, but I ain’t gonna mess with Texas!

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  9. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49
    @RushBabe49

    Never happen in my dictatorship. We will be wearing masks at Christmas. Absolute power, once gained, is rarely yielded. And the sheep will never revolt. 

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  10. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
    9thDistrictNeighbor
    @9thDistrictNeighbor

    Headedwest (View Comment):


    Stad (View Comment)
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    The only thing I don’t like is that a county judge can reimpose restrictions based on need. All COVID-related decisions should be by elected state and local leaders. Even if the judges are elected, COVID responses should be under executive branch control . . .

    “County Judge” in Texas is an elected executive branch position. It’s the chief executive in county government.

    I think this is the important point in the order:

    …County Judges may not impose jail time for not following COVID-19 orders nor may any penalties be imposed for failing to wear a face mask. 

    I wonder, however, how this will work on things like busses.  I saw a bus the other day that had a message on the route thing above the driver detailing that it’s a federal requirement to wear a mask on a public bus.  This was in Illinois, not in Texas.

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  11. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
    ToryWarWriter
    @ToryWarWriter

    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):

    Headedwest (View Comment):


    Stad (View Comment)
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    The only thing I don’t like is that a county judge can reimpose restrictions based on need. All COVID-related decisions should be by elected state and local leaders. Even if the judges are elected, COVID responses should be under executive branch control . . .

    “County Judge” in Texas is an elected executive branch position. It’s the chief executive in county government.

    I think this is the important point in the order:

    …County Judges may not impose jail time for not following COVID-19 orders nor may any penalties be imposed for failing to wear a face mask.

    I wonder, however, how this will work on things like busses. I saw a bus the other day that had a message on the route thing above the driver detailing that it’s a federal requirement to wear a mask on a public bus. This was in Illinois, not in Texas.

    My guess is Texas will just have sanctuary busses.  

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  12. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
    ToryWarWriter
    @ToryWarWriter

    A couple of my leftie Texans are already accusing Abbot of terrible things on twitter.

    My own response.

    ‘Lets face it Abbott were a Democrat and not a Republican, all these people I know calling him a monster, would be praising him. Like they did for Killer Cuomo.’

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  13. Jim George Member
    Jim George
    @JimGeorge

    Here is what I wrote friends on my blog moments ago:

    Texas! Florida! South Dakota! Maybe………….a tiny glimmer of hope ……….. The mask Nazis seem to be losing, big time! Glory!

    If, as the doctor said in the WSJ I quoted from in my post recently, we will attain herd immunity by the end of April and petty tyrants like Cuomo (assuming he is still in office by the end of April), Whitmer, Wolf, Murphy, Walz, Newsom, and the list seems endless, have still not followed the lead of these great states, they will have, as Ricky said to Lucy, “some splainin’ to do!” 

    How long their residents are going to continue suffering their foolishness is a whole other–and maybe potentially explosive — question.

    Great news!

     

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  14. Headedwest Coolidge
    Headedwest
    @Headedwest

    Headedwest (View Comment):


    Stad (View Comment)
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    The only thing I don’t like is that a county judge can reimpose restrictions based on need. All COVID-related decisions should be by elected state and local leaders. Even if the judges are elected, COVID responses should be under executive branch control . . .

    “County Judge” in Texas is an elected executive branch position. It’s the job title for the chief executive in county government.

    Stad (View Comment):

    Headedwest (View Comment):


    Stad (View Comment)
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    The only thing I don’t like is that a county judge can reimpose restrictions based on need. All COVID-related decisions should be by elected state and local leaders. Even if the judges are elected, COVID responses should be under executive branch control . . .

    “County Judge” in Texas is an elected executive branch position. It’s the job title for the chief executive in county government.

    I guess I’m having a hard time with a judgeship being an executive branch position, but I ain’t gonna mess with Texas!

    It’s not like they wear robes and sit behind a big desk. It’s just a quirky name; I think Louisiana has something similar.

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  15. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
    9thDistrictNeighbor
    @9thDistrictNeighbor

    Jim George (View Comment):
    Texas! Florida! South Dakota! Maybe………….a tiny glimmer of hope ……….. The mask Nazis seem to be losing, big time! Glory!

    We were in Idaho last month and whatever local mask mandates existed…well you wouldn’t know it because people were not wearing masks.  Just today a group of legislators introduced a bill to prohibit mask mandates in Idaho.

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  16. GLDIII Temporarily Essential Reagan
    GLDIII Temporarily Essential
    @GLDIII

    I was just there in Texas a bit west of Austin last week, and I think he is just following the people, you know as their leader…

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  17. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
    ToryWarWriter
    @ToryWarWriter

    And the Bee explains the real reason.

    ““The last thing we need is a bunch of sissies from California moving to our beautiful state of Texas and screwing everything up and turning the state blue!” said Governor Abbott during a Lubbock Chamber of Commerce event. “Too many Californians have entered our state. Too many ridiculous liberal ideas have already been proposed. This must end. It’s time to open Texas 100%.””

     

    https://babylonbee.com/news/in-an-effort-to-scare-all-the-californians-back-texas-removes-mask-mandate

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  18. The Scarecrow Thatcher
    The Scarecrow
    @TheScarecrow

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Never happen in my dictatorship. We will be wearing masks at Christmas. Absolute power, once gained, is rarely yielded. And the sheep will never revolt.

    RushBabe . . . Ithaca! Move here, I know you guys liked it. Get the hell out of there.

    (Maybe I am hasty, because we still have Cuomo, and all that is NY liberalism, and all that is Ithaca liberalism, but it doesn’t sound as bad as that sorry place.)

    Plus, sailboats!

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  19. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49
    @RushBabe49

    Move to New York taxes, from a place with no income tax?  We are not that masochistic, thanks. But we will visit again if we can. 

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  20. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil Fawlty
    @BasilFawlty

    GLDIII Temporarily Essential (View Comment):

    I was just there in Texas a bit west of Austin last week, and I think he is just following the people, you know as their leader…

    Follow the leader?

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  21. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator
    @Instugator

    Those of us who work for the federal government, however will be wearing masks until Biden departs the presidency.

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  22. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil Fawlty
    @BasilFawlty

    Instugator (View Comment):

    Those of us who work for the federal government, however will be wearing masks until Biden departs the presidency.

    The mask of the fed death.

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  23. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller
    @AaronMiller

    Stad (View Comment):

    The only thing I don’t like is that a county judge can reimpose restrictions based on need. All COVID-related decisions should be by elected state and local leaders. Even if the judges are elected, COVID responses should be under executive branch control . . .

    Emergency decisions should be under executive authority. COVID stopped being an emergency by July or August 2020. An emergency isn’t just a serious threat but an imminent and unusual one. There has long been time for deliberation and the normal process of government. 

    Abbott is on the right side of many issues. But I’m sick of reading about executive orders at any level of government. 

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  24. JamesSalerno Coolidge
    JamesSalerno
    @JamesSalerno

    Whoo-hoo!

    I’ll be in Texas for a wedding at the end of April so this is amazing news. Let the dominos fall!

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  25. Captain French Moderator
    Captain French
    @AlFrench

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Never happen in my dictatorship. We will be wearing masks at Christmas. Absolute power, once gained, is rarely yielded. And the sheep will never revolt.

    Probably also in your neighboring dictatorship to the south.

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  26. Foghorn Coolidge
    Foghorn
    @Dave Rogers

    Meanwhile here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania we will be voting in May on limiting our Governor to 21 days of lockdowns in the future without legislative approval.

    Too late to stop this current clown but maybe pin the ears back on the next one who thinks he is king. 

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  27. Captain French Moderator
    Captain French
    @AlFrench

    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):

    Headedwest (View Comment):


    Stad (View Comment)
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    The only thing I don’t like is that a county judge can reimpose restrictions based on need. All COVID-related decisions should be by elected state and local leaders. Even if the judges are elected, COVID responses should be under executive branch control . . .

    “County Judge” in Texas is an elected executive branch position. It’s the chief executive in county government.

    I think this is the important point in the order:

    …County Judges may not impose jail time for not following COVID-19 orders nor may any penalties be imposed for failing to wear a face mask.

    I wonder, however, how this will work on things like busses. I saw a bus the other day that had a message on the route thing above the driver detailing that it’s a federal requirement to wear a mask on a public bus. This was in Illinois, not in Texas.

    Let the FBI and the federal courts enforce it.

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  28. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill
    @CarolJoy

    Instugator (View Comment):

    Those of us who work for the federal government, however will be wearing masks until Biden departs the presidency.

    Bank employees in Calif will wear masks at least 2 and a half more years.

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  29. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
    ToryWarWriter
    @ToryWarWriter

    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill (View Comment):

    Instugator (View Comment):

    Those of us who work for the federal government, however will be wearing masks until Biden departs the presidency.

    Bank employees in Calif will wear masks at least 2 and a half more years.

    Maybe Governor Corolla can fix that.

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  30. Chris Member
    Chris
    @Chris

    So my Northeastern relatives reached out with “what is your governor thinking, what about the science?” texts after this hit the MSM.  

    Abbot had 13 minutes of comments (from about 4:20) to explain his thinking.  Some sources have “helpfully” edited his comments down, but I suggest the whole speech.  Although it felt a little weak in parts, it was not “we don’t want yer science” but instead was a rational response to what we actually see rather than what we fear.  Hospitalizations are the metric, not “cases”.  You know, protect the healthcare system.   

     

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