Category Archives: Political Ethics

If You Drive Padre Island Drive You Might See A New Billboard With A Recognizable Face

Last month former Nueces Country Sheriff and current Republican Party Chairman Jim Kaelin stirred up a firestorm when he shared a post that many people felt was blatantly racist. Even Gov. Greg Abbott took notice and called for Kaelin to resign. He survived a ”confidence vote” from his party and then rushed to hold a press conference where he maintained

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Are We Making A Big Mistake By Keeping The Beaches Open? Locals Will Go Regardless and Out-of-Towners Are Coming

Matt Pierce Briscoe It was pretty much made clear at a joint city of Corpus Christi/Nueces Country press conference on Monday that Nueces Country beaches would remain open for the upcoming holiday weekend despite the ongoing and increasingly concerning rise in COVID-19 cases. Meanwhile, not far to our south, Cameron County announced Monday that effective at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June

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Abbott Sends Message To County Judges In Just A Few Words

Texas governor Greg Abbott sent a message to County Judges around the state that he was going to begin the process of giving mayors some equal footing in Texas. In a proclamation filed on June 23, 2020 Governor Abbott gave authority to limit the size of public gatherings to 100 people or less. The proclamation was made to amend section

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While hospitalizations and positive cases rise, the concern is growing over available ICU beds in certain regions

The number of COVID-19 cases are continuing to increase at an alarming rate across Texas. Officials at the county and hospital district level have continue to be hit by public scrutiny as trust in both has long since faded due in part to private clinics complaining that testing numbers are being improperly reported, unverified counts, conflicting data, and misrepresentation that

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Basically they say for you to do your own contact tracing if you test positive

Annette Rodriguez, Director of the Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health Director said on Tuesday that residents who test positive must notify others whom they came in contact with so they quarantine for the required 14 days. Rodriguez, who is also quarantined said that those who test positive should also notify their employer. In similar fashion to Gov. Abbott,

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H-E-B To Make Bonuses Permanent

Back in April, employees of Texas base grocer H-E-B were rewarded with temporary hourly pay increases for their hard work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the company says that they have made the bonuses permanent. “This pay increase will be the largest pay increase in the history of H-E-B. Additionally, we will continue our ongoing investments in

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Nueces County Issues Face Covering Order Amid Political Waffling

Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales has officially signed an order requiring face coverings. The order is set to go into effect on Friday, June 26. However, the order has not officially been filed. The order, as it is written says that so-identified “commercial entities” including the Texas State Aquarium, grocery stores, pharmacies, big box stores (e.g., Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy,

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Judge Canales waiting to announce the “perfect” mask order for Nueces County; Nueces County personal activity is back to near normal as cases rise

Officials at today’s City/County coronavirus press briefing maintained a more somber than normal tone as they laid out the case for where Nueces County is heading. On Friday, the number daily number of confirmed positive cases rose to 548 cumulative cases. That number officials said is concerning and will continue to rise. Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales, who is still

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Analysis: The Politics Behind The Masks

Matt Pierce Briscoe Texas is setting records when it comes to COVID-19 and it seems like Texas is starting to finally feel the impacts that the rest of the world has been feeling for months. But then there is Governor Abbott and the face mask controversy. As confirmed cases continue to go up in the weeks following Gov. Abbott’s decision

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On Point With MPB: Why Was Shelly Luther A Hero?

Shelly Luther was and is American hero—to some. She stood up against the government, bucked the system, ostensibly put people’s lives at risk and by her actions encouraged others to do the same. Shelly Luther raised money, took to the streets and demanded justice for herself and for business owners across the state. Shelly Luther fought for equality, justice and

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