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Pre-filing for the 86th regular session of the Texas Legislature began yesterday with a new, improved mix of the good, the bad and the ugly. 

Brothers and Sisters:

Short and sweet: Today we can build worker power at the voting booths. 

Physicists will tell you time travel - at least the variety that is popular in science fiction - is a physical impossibility. Time-jumps in politics, however, may be a different story.

The infamous Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that killed 11 Jewish worshipers celebrating the Sabbath and the formal naming of a baby was an attack on all of us. The shooting took place literally in Mr. Rogers's neighborhood, aimed in pure hate at a community observing the Sabbath and engaged in prayer.
 
Like the mass murders at the First Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the gunman sought to undermine the freedom of religion that defines our nation.

Cruz tried to associate himself with "bonuses and pay raises" at "American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, AT&T" following passage of an atrocious tax bill. This rightly inflamed union members who noted the unionized status of all three of the companies cited by Cruz. Labor unions led the way in insisting that those companies share a piece of their bounty from the tax bill with working families.

The Texas AFL-CIO had the honor of meeting with four superb union delegates from Australia who are getting out the word about their nearly year-long strike against Esso (ExxonMobil).

Activists for paid sick leave in San Antonio, including representatives of organized labor, have filed more than twice the number of signatures needed to place the measure on the November ballot, the Texas Observer reports.

The Guardian obtained an anti-union toolkit already being used by the billionaire-backed anti-union apparatus ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court's looming decision in the Janus case, which could lead to so-called "right to work" for public-sector workers across the U.S. 

The Trump Labor Department wants to let under-age teenagers work with dangerous equipment for hours at a time as part of their apprenticeship training, upsetting decades of established safety rules.

Lest there be any doubt about the real impetus for paycheck deception legislation, look no further than Oklahoma.

The Sooner State recently saw an unlikely but successful teacher strike stemming from that state's neglect of public schools.

Think Progress reports some lawmakers are trying to take revenge on the union behind the strike, looking to convert a bill that started as an effort to fight child abuse into a vehicle for taking away the freedom of public school employees to choose to steer a portion of their own paycheck to labor association dues.