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Sophie Novack
Covering public health . Writing , , etc. Say hi/send tips: novack@texasobserver.org
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Michael Barajas 14h
Harris County prosecutors have agreed to spare the life of death row inmate Bobby Moore due to his intellectual disability. Texas’ highest criminal court and top legal official want to execute him anyway.
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Sophie Novack Nov 13
Replying to @PeterHotez
Leading vaccine scientist on consequences of anti-vaxx movement: "Here in Texas, only 39 percent [of teens] are getting the cervical cancer vaccine. We’re condemning a whole generation of girls and women to cervical cancer. Over what? Over crap."
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"Our silence as scientists has allowed the rise of the anti-vaccine movement, climate denial, fear of GMO anything." My interview with , the scientist & autism dad who's fighting the growing anti-vaccine movement:
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Chuck Lindell Nov 12
Replying to @chucklindell
Here's a 2nd attempt to end abortion: Sen. Bob Hall, R, proposes Texans vote on a state constitutional amendment to prohibit abortions in the state if the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade. SJR 3.
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Madlin Mekelburg Nov 12
More than 300 bills have already been filed today, the first day of filing for next year's legislative session (which starts Jan. 8):
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Marshall Cohen Nov 12
This isn’t how elections work in the US. It takes weeks to tally all the votes — this was true for Trump’s victory too. “Must go with Election Night” = “must not count all the votes.” It’s as simple as that. This is unprecedented language from a sitting US president.
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Michael Luo Nov 8
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chris hooks Nov 8
so happy CNN polled this, which i expect will surprise a lot of people
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Texas Monthly Nov 7
New: Experts have long concluded that building a border wall in flood-prone Starr County could be catastrophic, even deadly. But federal officials are now planning to build it anyway. Read ’s investigation, in partnership with :
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David Beard Nov 8
She’s had to move 4 times. She can’t return to her job. She has had to hire private security. The threats against Christine Blasey Ford continue because she spoke out against the new Supreme Court justice
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Jim Sciutto Nov 7
Day after the election, Pentagon announces no longer calling US military mission on southern border ‘Operation Faithful Patriot’. Now calling it ‘border support.” No reason given for the change.
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Sophie Novack Nov 7
Replying to @SophieNovack
51 year old Sandra Cantu, from Matamoros, Mexico, has lived in Brownsville, TX for 30 years. She became a US citizen this spring, motivated by Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. Yesterday morning, she voted for the first time in her life.
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Sophie Novack Nov 7
Replying to @SophieNovack
A nonprofit on the TX/MX border has offered US citizenship classes for years. After Trump’s election, enrollment ballooned, from 5 classes to 10 this year. In prior elections, 20% of the new “graduates” voted. That doubled just in early voting this year.
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Sophie Novack Nov 7
I spent yesterday with brand new US citizens in the Rio Grande Valley who are turning out to vote for the first time. Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric is motivating some to apply for citizenship, and cast their ballots. My dispatch from Brownsville:
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Sharmeen Aly Nov 7
Read this and immediately thought of my mom 😭😭😭 “She hasn’t worn her “I voted sticker” yet; she says she put it away in the white envelope that holds her naturalization certificate, for safekeeping.”
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Sarah Kliff Nov 7
Hard to overstate how strongly Medicaid won last night, mostly in red states —3 states (ID, NE, UT) passed ballots to expand Medicaid —2 states (ME, KS) elected governors likely to expand, too Works out to about 500k people gaining coverage.
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Michael Li Nov 7
How Texans voted - or didn't - in 2018.
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Wells Dunbar Nov 7
"The theme of the night for Texas Democrats, if there is one, might be frustration at the top of the ballot while making great strides at the bottom.” on :
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Naveena Sadasivam Nov 7
For years the House Science Committee has been led by Rep. Lamar Smith, who once accused NOAA scientists of fabricating climate change data. With the Dems in control of the House, the committee will now be chaired by Texan Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson.
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chris hooks Nov 7
Replying to @cd_hooks
abbott won by ~14 points. Patrick's margin looks to be around 5, Miller's around 5, Paxton's under 4. That's a lot of defecting Rs
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