Two House Democrats who broke quorum missing from Washington, D.C., reportedly vacationing in Portugal
Their vacation does not affect the lack of quorum that the House has in Austin that prevents the chamber from passing an elections bill. But it is at odds with Democrats’ insistence that they would use their time away to advocate for federal voting rights legislation in the nation’s capital.
H-E-B recognized as ‘Grocer of the Year’ for adaptability amid coronavirus pandemic
In light of a chaotic year, Texas grocery giant H-E-B is being recognized for its adaptability and emergency preparedness in response to the coronavirus pandemic. H-E-B has been named “Grocer of the Year” by Grocery Dive, an industry publication, KPRC 2′s sister-station KSAT reports. As the pandemic continues and the number of cases across Texas increases, H-E-B continues towards keeping its shelves well-stocked for shoppers. The publication also recognized the Texas-based grocer’s early emergency preparedness beginning in January before the coronavirus became a major issue in the U.S. Click here for the full report from Grocery Dive.
What you need to know about Texas Latino voters and nonvoters
Credit: Jason Garza for The Texas TribuneWill Texas Latinos eventually turn the state from Republican red to Democratic blue? Their research, commissioned and funded by the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund, sought to better understand Latino voters and nonvoters in Texas. Latino voters in Texas have been characterized as a “sleeping giant” that’ll wake up one day and show up at the polls. What are some of the things that Texas Latino voters said they care about? They're seen as one-dimensional voters with one entrance — immigration — and that's the only time Latino voters get engaged.
New Plano business creates online marketplace for Buc-ee’s snacks
If you’ve ever visited Buc-ee’s website, you may have been disappointed to discover an online marketplace for its products doesn’t exist. “As a Texan, it would be my dream to help Buc-ee’s sell their delicious snacks online,” Plano entrepreneur Chris Koerner said. “But the Buc-ee’s founders will not answer my emails, so I took matters into my own hands.”This week Koerner launched TexasSnax.com, an online third-party reseller of Buc-ee’s products. Though Pirate Joe’s shut down in 2017, after a lawsuit from Trader Joe’s, Koerner believes explicitly stating that he’s a reseller, unaffiliated with Buc-ee’s, protects him, Texas Monthly reports. “Selling a new product is protected under first-sale doctrine, but if you imitate them, you can get in trouble,” Koerner told Texas Monthly.
How Texas became known as ‘The Friendly State’
Crossing the state border, travelers are welcomed to Texas by a giant road sign that says “Drive Friendly -The Texas Way,” but how did this come to be? Officially, Texas' nickname is the Lone Star State although it has reputation for its friendliness. According to a study on Texas stereotypes by a real estate company Movoto, native Texans are the most genuine, friendly people one will ever meet. The study goes on to state the kind gestures of residents of the Lone Star State. The ranking curated by Big 7, an international travel blog, went on to state “Texas' enthusiastic locals and greetings of ‘Howdy!’ everywhere you go have surely helped it secure its place among the friendliest states in America.