Sunday Morning Tabs

Brazil’s former Justice Minister Anderson Torres, who was in charge of public security in Brasilia during the invasion of government buildings a week ago, was arrested in Brasilia on Saturday on suspicion of “omission” and “connivance”.

Torres was arrested after returning to Brazil on Saturday. He had been on vacation in Florida, the same U.S. state his ex-boss, former right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, had traveled to after losing last year’s election.


Brazilian police found a draft decree in the home of Torres on Thursday which they said appeared to be a proposal to interfere in the result of the October election that Bolsonaro lost to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

According to Anderson Torres, the document was “leaked out of context” after being seized when he was not at his residence, and was probably part of a pile of papers for disposal.

A few from yesterday that I didn’t have time to comment upon:

Vox leader Santiago Abascal, the only party leader to attend, told the crowd the government had “trampled the constitution by locking up Spaniards,” in a reference to COVID lockdowns.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. wr says:

    Hey Dr. T — Just wanted to assure you that these tabs are welcome and interesting, even if they’re not sparking conversation!

  2. @wr: I appreciate you saying so!

  3. Slugger says:

    I would guess that areas near drought stricken places are likely to have little excess water. Which cities near this district have abundant water? Water rich areas area likely to be far away. A photo in the CNN article shows an orange grove. Are the oranges getting water at a favorable rate? What are the priorities for water allocation there, or does everybody pay the same per gallon price?

  4. dazedandconfused says:


    Those orchards are watered by private wells, and being commercial enterprises they can afford to wisely drill very deep wells.

  5. Flat Earth Luddite says:
  6. Michael Cain says:


    California has done a poor job of regulating ground water. Private agricultural wells in the Central Valley have, in some areas, resulted in ground subsidence in excess of thirty feet. This is true across the West. Arizona has let outside interests draw groundwater to irrigate cotton and alfalfa to the detriment of Arizonans. Colorado’s state legislature has been ducking the issue of large numbers of deep wells on the eastern plains stealing surface water rights.

    That said, I am always surprised that the Democrats have not made even more gains in the West versus Republicans just on the issues of fire and water and climate change.