The Back MicThe Back Mic: Tarrant Trump Staffers Back Challenger, Caucus Calls for Severed Ties with School Board Group, Texas’ Unemployment Rate Drops

This week — Trump campaign workers ask the former president to endorse a GOP challenger, a conservative group calls for an exodus from a school board association, and the state’s unemployment numbers continue to decline.
November 26, 2021

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Tarrant County Trump Campaign Workers Ask Former President to Endorse Putnam

A 30-person group, comprised of Tarrant County Trump 2020 Victory employees, sent a letter to the former president asking him to endorse Chris Putnam in next year’s 12th Congressional District primary.

Putnam is again challenging incumbent Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX-12). The two squared off last year during which Trump endorsed Granger, much to the chagrin of Putnam who fashioned himself the Trump candidate.

Granger staved off Putnam last year but ultimately won with nearly 60 percent of the vote.

“We’ve had ENOUGH of Ms. Granger, who’s been in Congress since 1997, was never on board with you or the America First agenda, exploited your endorsement then stabbed you in the back,” the letter reads. It further points to Granger’s November 2020 call for Trump to concede in the race which, at that point, was disputed by the president. She was among the first congressional members to call for the concession.

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Putnam announced his second consecutive challenge against Granger back in September.

“We are writing to you asking for your formal support of the REAL Trump/MAGA candidate for the Texas 12th Congressional District, Chris Putnam,” the letter adds.

Freedom Caucus Calls on Texans to Disassociate from TASB

The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has found itself under the microscope after its national affiliate, the National School Board Association (NSBA), likened parental discord to domestic terrorism.

TASB distanced itself from the NSBA’s language and the national organization eventually apologized.

But a Freedom of Information Act request yielded documents that show TASB did know of the NSBA letter. This week, the Texas Freedom Caucus (TFC), a group of conservative state representatives, called on parents, teachers, and school boards to disassociate themselves from TASB.

“The September 29th letter was an outright attack on parents and an attempt to use the Patriot Act and other nearly unlimited powers of the federal government to silence them,” the TFC letter read.

“Since the Texas Association of School Boards refuses to do the right thing to sever ties with the clearly un-American organization called the National School Boards Association, it’s time for our local ISDs to leave TASB.”

The TFC also began circulating a petition on this call to action.

TASB is an organization that loosely represents school board members, lobbying the legislature on their behalf and providing guidance.

Texas Continues Improvement in Unemployment Numbers

Last week, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) reported October’s unemployment rate had fallen to 5.4 percent, adding 56,600 non-agriculture jobs during the month. Texas is ranked 37th out of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

October’s rate is still a substantial improvement from the pandemic and shut down caused spike from April last year. Its unemployment rate has consistently declined since March of this year.

Since October 2020, the state has added 661,300 jobs. Since September this year, the Mining and Logging, Construction, and Manufacturing sectors each added between 2,500 and 2,800 jobs.

The Professional and Business Services sector added close to 22,000 jobs and the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector added 15,000.

“Our labor market numbers continue to signal that Texas has jobs for those looking to take the next step in their career,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. The only sector to see a job decline was the Government.

The Amarillo region continues to post the lowest unemployment rate while the Beaumont-Port Arthur and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission regions are tied for the highest.

According to the TWC’s, there are currently 671,540 job openings in the Lone Star State.


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Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.