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The 2021 Redistricting Process Will Impact Texas Politics for the Next 10 Years. Here’s How It’ll Work.

The Texas Legislature is expected to go through the redistricting process during the 2021 legislative session. Credit: Austin Price/The Texas Tribune

The 2021 Redistricting Process Will Impact Texas Politics for the Next 10 Years. Here’s How It’ll Work.

When the Texas Legislature meets in 2021, lawmakers are expected to take on the complicated and contentious process of redistricting — the decennial redrawing of maps for the state’s congressional, legislative and State Board of Education boundaries.

Could This Happen to the United States?
Could This Happen to the United States?

Could This Happen to the United States?

I was scanning the news articles on the Internet the past few days while waiting for it to warm up outside, and something “caught my eye.” It seems that a certain Bosnian city, MOSTAR (Balkans area), which is in the southern part and famous for “differences of opinions along ethnic lines,” but also for fine architectural accomplishments (Bosnia-Herzegovina), made headlines for something we take for granted.

Prescribed Burn of Dormant Vegetation at NTMWD Wetland
Prescribed Burn of Dormant Vegetation at NTMWD Wetland

Prescribed Burn of Dormant Vegetation at NTMWD Wetland

The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) will be performing prescribed burns to address brush and excessive vegetative thatch at the East Fork Water Reuse Project (Wetland) in Kaufman County. The prescribed burns will be conducted over multiple days beginning in December 2020 through February 2021. The timing and conclusion of the prescribed burns will depend on local weather conditions.

I Think I Might Move to NEW ZEALAND!
I Think I Might Move to NEW ZEALAND!
I Think I Might Move to NEW ZEALAND!

I Think I Might Move to NEW ZEALAND!

According to KRON-4 on January 3, 2021, NEW ZEALAND’S large crowds gathered “MASKLESS” to “ring in the New Year.” Supposedly, this was made possible by action beginning last February, when the country set forth a strict COVID-19 plan to combat the pandemic, helping them to achieve a result of only 25 deaths in total from the virus since that time. (Ministry of Health)

Start the New Year with $5 Admission to the Dallas Arboretum

It’s time to leave 2020 behind and look forward to a new year! To kick off 2021 and encourage people to enjoy the gardens and the outdoors, the Dallas Arboretum offers $5 general admission beginning January 2 for the entire month. Tickets must be purchased online. Parking is $15 or $10 if purchased online in advance. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is closed for preventative maintenance January 2nd to February 19th.

Moments or Miracles?

Moments or Miracles?

As one goes through the day, there are events that appear that make you pause and think - moment or miracle? Turning down a parking lot row and finding a close parking space, getting out of your vehicle and finding a $10 bill on the ground when you have no money in your pocket, running late and the elevator opens just as you arrive enabling you to be on time. Depending on your personal outlook, these are just a moment of luck --or-- a miracle.

From the Desk of HD 4 State Representative Keith Bell Monthly Update - December 2020

Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club Associate Members

From the Desk of HD 4 State Representative Keith Bell Monthly Update - December 2020

In Henderson County with the Lone Star Republican Club

From the Desk of HD 4 State Representative Keith Bell Monthly Update - December 2020
From the Desk of HD 4 State Representative Keith Bell Monthly Update - December 2020

Placing the House District 4 Christmas Ornament on the House Christmas Tree

From the Desk of HD 4 State Representative Keith Bell Monthly Update - December 2020

Oak Wood Place Senior Living at the Ground-Breaking in Athens

From the Desk of HD 4 State Representative Keith Bell Monthly Update - December 2020

From the Desk of HD 4 State Representative Keith Bell Monthly Update - December 2020

With the 87th Session approaching, democrats have been filing anti-gun bills like House Bill 196 that aim to amend a section of the Texas Penal Code known as the “Castle Doctrine” by reducing the rights of Texans to defend themselves and their property.

Mesquite Earns Employer of the Year Award

Mesquite Earns Employer of the Year Award

With the loss of jobs in the community due to the pandemic, the City of Mesquite stepped forward last year to help the public gain employment opportunities, skills training and hope through a series of public outreach efforts. The Mesquite Chamber of Commerce recognized this and presented the City with the 2020 Mesquite Business Retention and Expansion Employer of the Year Award.

Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs Reaches All-Time High

Unmet Demand for Afterschool Programs Reaches All-Time High

Parents of children enrolled in afterschool programs are happier with their participation than ever before, according to a new study. At the same time, there aren’t nearly enough programs available, and students from low-income families are the most likely to lack access. For every child in an afterschool program today, three more are waiting to get in.

Eligible Texans Can’t Get Answers About the COVID-19 Vaccine. It’s Not Clear Who — If Anyone — Has Them.

On Dec. 22, Gov. Greg Abbott sat in a conference room at the Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin and rolled up his sleeve for the cameras. A nurse pricked a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine into his left arm and state officials and hospital staff in the room applauded.

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