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Vote 2020 Newsletter: Bexar sheriff race heats up, NYT endorsement mocked

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A competitive sheriff’s race is shaping up in Bexar County. A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs. And there are still a lot of people running for president.

When it comes to politics, there’s a lot to keep up with this year.

Hi there. And welcome to the first edition of the Vote 2020 Newsletter. I’m Lexi Salazar, the producer of KSAT News at 9 and the author of this brand-new newsletter. Our goal is to cut through the noise and keep you updated through the election cycle. We just want to make this as easy and painless as possible.

Every Tuesday of 2020, we’ll email you hand-picked election coverage aimed at helping you better understand the elections, candidates, issues and the implications of it all. You’re getting this email because we believe you’ll love this newsletter — if so, sit back and enjoy the free content (and maybe forward this email to someone else who’d like to sign up.). If you’d rather not get this news in your inbox, too bad. Just kidding -- You can manage your settings here.

We’d love to hear what information would help prepare you best for the election, or any feedback you have. Get in touch at lsalazar@ksat.com. Happy election year and enjoy the first newsletter below!

-Lexi

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TOP HEADLINES

SA Politicians who accepted donations from business owners linked to San Angelo kickback scheme

Michelle Barrientes Vela raised $1,600 for sheriff campaign, loaned self $61,000

State Rep: Sacrifice tax for Pre-K 4 SA, not aquifer protection, to fund mass transit plan

STORY OF THE WEEK: Ng out-raises Salazar more than $70K

Sheriff Javier Salazar and Republican contender Willie Ng. Jr. have raised the most money so far in the 2020 Bexar County sheriff race
Sheriff Javier Salazar and Republican contender Willie Ng. Jr. have raised the most money so far in the 2020 Bexar County sheriff race (KSAT)

Two front-runners for Bexar sheriff emerge after fundraising numbers made public

Campaign finance records released show that incumbent Javier Salazar and challenger Willie Ng have raised the most money in the Bexar County Sheriff’s race. But Ng has out-raised Salazar by more than $70,000.

Salazar, who is running in the Democratic primary, brought in more than $78,000 in contributions from the start of July through the end of December.

Ng, who is running in the Republican primary, raised more than $152,000 in the same time period. The other Republican and Democratic candidates have much smaller contribution numbers in the past six months.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT

This week, in what’s being called a break from convention, The New York Times’ Editorial Board endorsed two separate Democratic candidates for president. The endorsements went to Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar.

Those endorsements have come under scrutiny. Not just because of the decision to pick two candidates, but also because of how the decision was first announced: at the end of a special episode of the Times’ show, The Weekly.

“Apparently The New York Times has turned their endorsement into a bit of a reality show,” tweeted journalist Dan Rather.

“excited to do a voter fraud because the nyt told me to,” read one tweet sent out by Slate Magazine writer Ashley Feinberg.

Vox.com founder Ezra Klein also chimed in, tweeting: “Warren and Klobuchar are ... very different candidates, running on very different premises.”

It’s important to note that the Times’ Editorial Board is made up of members of their Opinion Department and is an entirely separate entity from the Times’ newsroom.

FROM OUR FRIENDS

Analysis: A seasonal change in Texas politics, as November trumps March | Texas Tribune

Henry Cisneros throws support to Joe Biden | San Antonio Express-News

Texas election results may change a third time after officials find missing ballot box | Newsweek

SOMETHING TO WATCH THIS WEEK

The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins Tuesday afternoon. Senators will debate the structure and rules of the proceedings. Opening arguments are expected to start Wednesday.

You can read more about what to expect here.

ICYMI: From the News at 9

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Proposed QuikTrip to displace Government Hill residents, some worry about property values

QuikTrip wants to rezone two acres of residential property on the East Side to open a convenience store and gas station. But the plan would force renters living in houses on the property to look for new homes. Click here to get the full story.

Image of QuikTrip proposal in Government Hill
Image of QuikTrip proposal in Government Hill (KSAT)

RESOURCES

What you need to know about voting in the Texas Primary Elections on March 3

2020 Democratic March Primary ballot for Bexar County

2020 Republican March Primary ballot for Bexar County

Watch: News at 9′s 2020 primary election preview


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