The Texas Progressive Alliance is busy designing its own TexMoji as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Off the Kuff is busy popping popcorn so as to fully enjoy the Jonathan Stickland soap opera.
Letters from Texas guest blogger Russ Tidwell explains what the SCOTUS ruling that invalidated Alabama’s Congressional redistricting means for Texas.
Lightseeker at Texas Kaos examines the Texas founders’ vision for public education. As a teacher and scholar Lightseeker laments how far we have strayed from this noble goal. Why Texas Puts the Stupid into Educational Reform.
From WCNews at Eye on Williamson. It impossible to lower taxes in a way most Texans will actually notice without raising taxes on the wealthy and big business. That is The Texas GOP’s Tax Trap.
There’s a message from the last socialist mayor of a major American city to the various Republican and Democratic socialists running (in a so-called non-partisan race for) mayor of Houston. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs wants everybody to understand that we are all socialists of a form or fashion. And that’s not a bad thing.
Socratic Gadfly talks about how the New Democratic Party win in Alberta might have lessons for American Democrats, even in Texas.
Texas Leftist attended the first ever Houston Artist Town Hall— a meeting of nearly 200 artists from across the region. As Council prepare a new Cultural Plan for the Bayou City, artists themselves met to make sure they contribute to those plans.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is appalled that Texas Republicans are using our taxpayer dollars to publicly bash gay people.
Neil at All People Have Value observed Jade Helm operations in Houston. All People Have Value is part of NeilAquino.com.
And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.
Better Texas Blog reads a headline from the future about the short-sighted tax cuts of today.
Texas Vox mourns the passing of the anti-fracking ban bill.
Newsdesk puts on its tinfoil hat for a look at Jade Helm 15.
Paradise in Hell is amused by the effort to video stalk members of the Legislature.
The Current reports on Scouting for Equality and their crowdfunded work to get the Boy Scouts of America to repeal its ban on gay parents and adults.
David Ortez complains about Harris County’s role in killing the online voter registration bill.
Robert Rivard recalls the legacy of William Velasquez and wonders what he’d make of today’s turnout rates.
As the tax cut debate continues in Texas we must remember that this is a fight for the heart and soul of the GOP Primary base, aka, the semi-sane GOP vs. the wing nuts.
Efforts by legislative leaders to find common ground on cutting Texans’ taxes is complicated by political considerations much bigger than the financial impact to individual pocketbooks.
Each side is making overtures that appear aimed at resolving the impasse between the Senate’s plan to give a break to homeowners from school property taxes and the House’s plan to instead cut the state sales tax rate.
But there’s little evidence that the Senate is willing to budge from its position – despite Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s designation of five senators to informally negotiate with the House on the issue.
House leaders also tout the overwhelming support of their chamber for their own plan.
The disagreement could set up the potential for a special session that carries a new risk: the possibility of less money for tax cuts if the economic forecast dims.
The only folks that care about the issues being debated is a narrow slice of Texans that vote in the GOP Primary, Bonnen says Patrick holding border security bill “hostage” to get his way on tax cuts.
House Speaker Pro Tem Dennis Bonnen said late Wednesday that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has held up passage of border security legislation in an attempt to force the House to accept the Senate’s tax-cut proposals.
Bonnen, R-Angleton, said in an interview that Patrick has inappropriately linked the two matters.
Spokesmen for Patrick did not immediately comment.
Bonnen spoke just hours after the two chambers finished a two-day process of making token gestures of good will. Their GOP presiding officers referred the other chamber’s tax-cut bills to committees, amid pledges by committee chiefs that they’ll be heard. Patrick appointed a sort of shadow team of Senate negotiators to talk tax cuts.
Bonnen, who heads the House’s tax-writing panel and has emerged this session as Speaker Joe Straus’ pit bull in dealings with the Senate, was unimpressed.
While Bonnen thinks border security is the number one issue in the state, most Texans would likely disagree. I’m sure education, a good paying job, health care and transportation are more important to most Texans. Also the current tax cut schemes that have been proposed – where most of the cuts go to business and the wealthy – will make little difference in most Texans lives.
Here’s the tax trap the GOP is in. Texas is a low tax state for the wealthy and big business. That makes it impossible to lower taxes in a way most Texans will actually notice without raising taxes on the wealthy and big business. Since that’s not going to happen, the GOP is stuck in a trap.
So far there’s only one thing the House, Senate and Gov. Abbott agree on, and that’s a tax cut for the constituency they all share. And Abbott’s only veto threat so far.
He has said he will reject a state budget unless lawmakers also approve business-tax relief. That appears a near-certainty.
That should inform us all as to who and what is most important to them. And that’s not going to do anything for the vast majority of Texans.
It’s still a shame that the Democrats did not try and distinguish the party from the GOP on this issue. They showed some life yesterday when the other Bonnen tried to pass a tax break for yachts, House Rejects Tax Break for Pricey Boats.
Several House Democrats decried the measure as a giveaway for rich people, though many Republicans also voted against it.
“A pig is still a pig no matter how you dress it up, and this is a big fat pig for wealthy people,” state Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, said. “The mere notion that we’re doing this to save jobs is a joke.”
As has been said here repeatedly, little will change for most Texans when it comes to taxes until the wealthy and big business pay their fair share. And that won’t happen until we have a state income tax.
GOP Precinct 1 County Commissioner Lisa Birkman has announce she will not run for reselection in 2016. Via the local Chamber of Commerce news, Birkman announces decision not to seek re-election to WilCo Commissioners Court.
Williamson County Commissioner Lisa Birkman announced April 28 she would not seek a fourth term as Precinct 1 commissioner in 2016.
Birkman, who was first elected in 2004, said she has achieved the goals she established when she was elected with the help of the community. Precinct 1 includes portions of Round Rock and Northwest Austin.
My hope is that Democrats in Williamson County put all their efforts over the next 16 months into winning this race. An open seat, in the most Democratic friendly precinct in the county. It’ll likely be 12 years before they get a shot like this again.
Getting someone on the Commissioner’s Court in Williamson County that’s not a part of the GOP establishment in this county would make a tremendous difference for accountability and transparency.
Governor’s don’t have too much power in Texas. One they do have is spokesperson for the state. And current Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has made clear in that role that he will react, and take seriously, any “tinfoil hat” theory the tea party adherents in Texas may have.
So much for those who still held out hope for him, Abbott’s Letter Elevates Jade Helm 15 Concerns.
Abbott’s letter came the day after Bastrop County residents reportedly packed an information session on Jade Helm 15, quizzing a military spokesman about it while clutching signs with ominous messages such as, “No Gestapo in Bastropo.” Among the concerned citizens who turned out: Kathie Glass, a long-shot candidate for governor last year who campaigned against an “increasingly tyrannical federal government.”
“I don’t buy into some of the more extravagant claims, but I think it is not routine and it needs to be addressed, and the people need to be comforted,” Glass said of Jade Helm 15. She applauded Abbott for shining a spotlight on the issue, saying that before he weighed in, most “people had never heard about it.”
Outside the Lone Star State, though, Abbott’s move has drawn more skepticism and fueled a perception — an incorrect one, his office would say — that he is lending more credibility than deserved to a cause mostly driven by internet rumors. Asked Wednesday about Abbott’s involvement, White House press secretary Josh Earnest responded over fits of laughter from reporters in the room.
“I have no idea what he’s thinking,” Earnest said of Abbott, adding that the operation will “in no way” affect the civil liberties or constitutional rights of Americans.
The best that can be said of this decision is that he’s only doing it to protect his right flank from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. But that’s an indictment as well, because it means he’s using the Texas National Guard for his political gain.
Abbott and the GOP have no one but themselves to blame. They’ve been going along with these folks as they head further and further off the deep end.
To show just how far this has gone, check out who else in Texas supports this, Conservatives Keep Pouring Fuel On The Texas Takeover Fire.
Rick Perry tried to tamp this down yesterday by saying that no one should ever question the military.
“It’s OK to question your government. I do it on a regular basis. But the military is something else,” said Perry, an Air Force veteran, as he prepared to speak to the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. “Our military is quite trustworthy. The civilian leadership, you can always question that, but not the men and women in uniform.”
That is wrong too, of course, no one is above being questioned.
Of course it was not this way when George W. Bush was president. This is just, unfortunately, what has become the “Texas-way” since Barack Obama was elected President. Anything the federal government does, as long as Obama is President, they will try and use to scare people. It is, after all, why the tea party was started.
The Texas Progressive Alliance wishes everyone a Happy Star Wars Day as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Off the Kuff rounded up coverage of the voter ID appellate hearing at the Fifth circuit last week.
Libby Shaw at Texas Kaos and contributing to Daily Kos weighs in on the overall disgust for the TX Governor’s cowardice. The C.T Freaks Win: TX GOV Panders to Paranoia.
Socratic Gadfly wonders if, given this was not the first outbreak, having other information about the Food and Drug Administration from whistleblower Ken Kendrick and more, if we can really trust the FDA that much when it claims Blue Bell and other ice creams are safe.
Nonsequiteuse calls on Rep. Todd Smith and any other reasonable Republicans left in Texas to come collect their party.
Bernie Sanders declared for the Democratic nomination for president, and not even the events of Baltimore could keep him from extending his news cycle through the weekend. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs reports on the money part of the equation in the opening days of his campaign, and wonders if the stark differences between he and Hillary Clinton might actually produce a meaningful primary contest.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wonders why so many Texas Republicans act to enable rapists.
From WCNews at Eye on Williamson. Hooray, Obamacare is working, The Good News About Healthcare In Texas For Everyone But Republicans.
Neil at All People Have Value said as shameful as Governor Abbott is to pander to the Jade Helm paranoia, there are in fact serious reasons people believe crazy things. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.
And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.
HISD Trustee Anna Eastman explains her standardized testing philosophy.
Susan Criss asks if anyone can call us a “Christian nation” if it is a crime to help people or pets.
The Texas Election Law Blog previews the arguments in the voter ID appeal.
Quoting the 2015 Teacher of the Year, the TSTA Blog says we do not separate people into groups that are more deserving than others.
Unfair Park and Paradise in Hell both wonder why Greg Abbott is giving comfort to the tinfoil hat crowd. Harold Cook may have the best explanation for it, and RG Ratcliffe joins the fun.
Texas Watch excoriates the Senate for choosing insurance company profits over families and businesses.
Mean Green Cougar Red gives his thoughts on the proposed I-45 rebuild in Houston.
Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez demonstrates some of the tools and technologies that a modern campaign can use.
Texas Vox documents the vote on the latest assault on the environment and local control.
Fascist Dyke Motors recaps her story so far.
How far we’ve fallen. But first the good news. Uninsured rates plunge across Texas.
While Texas continues to lead the nation in the number of uninsured residents, the percentage lacking coverage has fallen significantly since the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace began enrollments a year and a half ago, a study released Thursday shows.
The decline, to 16.9 percent from 24.6 percent, represents a reduction of nearly a third between September 2013 and March 2015, according to findings by the Episcopal Health Foundation and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
“This is a dramatic drop that’s unprecedented in Texas,” said Elena Marks, president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation and a health policy scholar at the Baker Institute. “It shouldn’t surprise me because this is what was supposed to happen. But considering the weak performance of the rollout of Healthcare.gov and the persistent drumbeat against the Affordable Care Act, I am pleasantly surprised.”
Certainly that’s good news, but let’s remember it could be better.
Some of the findings in Thursday’s report remain troubling.
As of March, Texans earning the lowest incomes remain almost four times more likely to be to be uninsured than higher-income residents.
This coverage gap has grown since 2013 because, under the Affordable Care Act, households above an established threshold can buy health insurance using subsidies and those below it were supposed to be picked up by an expansion of the Medicaid program, said Vivian Ho, chair in health economics at the Baker Institute and a Rice professor of economics. She co-authored the report.
Texas is one of 21 states whose leaders chose not to expand Medicaid coverage.
“Texas’ decision not to expand Medicaid leaves those at the lowest income levels with few coverage options,” the report said. The study further concluded that unless the state reverses its decision or finds another way to get coverage for the poor, they “are likely to remain uninsured.”
The 31 percent decrease in the rate of the uninsured in Texas is similar to drops in other states that did not expand Medicaid coverage, the report said. But it remains lower than the nation, which as a whole saw a 41 decrease, and “well below the rate of change for states that expanded Medicaid,” the report said. Those states had a 53 percent average reduction in the number of uninsured.
Remember how bad Obamacare was going to be? Paul Krugman wrote about it last week, Nobody Said That.
Go back to 2013, before reform went fully into effect, or early 2014, before the numbers on first-year enrollment came in. What were Obamacare’s opponents predicting?The answer is, utter disaster. Americans, declared a May 2013 report from a House committee, were about to face a devastating “rate shock,” with premiums almost doubling on average.
And it would only get worse: At the beginning of 2014 the right’s favored experts — or maybe that should be “experts” — were warning about a “death spiral” in which only the sickest citizens would sign up, causing premiums to soar even higher and many people to drop out of the program.
What about the overall effect on insurance coverage? Several months into 2014 many leading Republicans — including John Boehner, the speaker of the House — were predicting that more people would lose coverage than gain it. And everyone on the right was predicting that the law would cost far more than projected, adding hundreds of billions if not trillions to budget deficits.
What actually happened? There was no rate shock: average premiums in 2014 were about 16 percent lower than projected. There is no death spiral: On average, premiums for 2015 are between 2 and 4 percent higher than in 2014, which is a much slower rate of increase than the historical norm. The number of Americans without health insurance has fallen by around 15 million, and would have fallen substantially more if so many Republican-controlled states weren’t blocking the expansion of Medicaid. And the overall cost of the program is coming in well below expectations.
One more thing: You sometimes hear complaints about the alleged poor quality of the policies offered to newly insured families. But a new survey by J. D. Power, the market research company, finds that the newly enrolled are very satisfied with their coverage — more satisfied than the average person with conventional, non-Obamacare insurance.
This is what policy success looks like, and it should have the critics engaged in soul-searching about why they got it so wrong. But no.
Notice the sky did not fall. Quite the opposite actually, things have turned out pretty well. And as Krugman says there’s been no accountability for all the bad prognosticating.
You see, in a polarized political environment, policy debates always involve more than just the specific issue on the table. They are also clashes of world views. Predictions of debt disaster, a debased dollar, and Obama death spirals reflect the same ideology, and the utter failure of these predictions should inspire major doubts about that ideology.
And there’s also a moral issue involved. Refusing to accept responsibility for past errors is a serious character flaw in one’s private life. It rises to the level of real wrongdoing when policies that affect millions of lives are at stake.
In that vein I give you state Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown).
Since its passage in 2009, Americans from every walk of life have come face-to-face with the stark realities of Obamacare: millions of health insurance policies cancelled, skyrocketing premiums, rising deductibles, and the frustration felt by anyone attempting to purchase coverage through HealthCare.gov. Obamacare’s top-down, Washington-first mentality has been an unmitigated disaster for the American healthcare system. You deserve the right to make your own healthcare choices, and no government has the right to interject itself between you and your doctor.
Now that we know most of that is now wrong, why would we trust what he’s saying about Medicaid expansion? Elected official’s like Schwertner can no longer be trusted on this issue. For them it’s only about ideological purity. There is no longer a valid argument against expanding Medicaid in Texas. Failing to do so just perpetuates unnecessary cruelty.
The CPPP has just released a report on the state of Medicaid expansion in Texas, Closing The Coverage Gap, and how the Lege is, again, ignoring it.
As we’ve seen again recently the GOP in Texas is now run by the wing nuts, and the semi-sane Republicans are no longer able to do anything about it, aka, pandering to idiots.
Hello Democrats, opportunity is knocking.
In case you haven’t heard the economic numbers in Texas are starting to turn sour. The so-called “Texas Miracle” is starting to look like it was just another oil boom/bust cycle. Texas manufacturing slips again as oil and gas orders disappear.
Texas manufacturing slipped again in April as the oil bust continues to wreak havoc on factories that supply machinery and equipment to the energy industry, according to responses to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’s monthly survey.
The production index, a key measure of the manufacturing conditions, remained in negative territory for the second month in a row, with three out of 10 executives reporting seeing production fall between March and April, according to a survey of 108 Texas manufacturers in mid-April. Executives were asked to say whether employment, orders, prices and other business activity had changed in the past month.
Manufacturers continued to be pessimistic about future business conditions, with the company outlook index tumbling to its lowest reading in nearly 2.5 years, according to results. Fabricated metal factories appear hardest hit, with executives complaining about a total slowdown in business from the industry.
“Our oil and gas customers have come to a complete stop,” one fabricated metal manufacturing executive wrote. The comments are kept anonymous to foster candid responses. “It looks like everyone in the industry is digging in for a long-term trough.”
Gone are the expectations for a rapid rebound, which analysts sometimes refer to as a “V-shaped” recovery because of the way it appears on a chart. Predicting a prolonged period of distress, one executive wrote that recovery now looks like “a bathtub with a large drain at one end that will take some suppliers down.” [Emphasis added]
R.G. Ratcliffe puts in context just how irresponsible the tax cuts being discussed in The Lege are, An Unstable Economy Is Not the Time for Tax Cuts.
Property tax appraisals going out around Texas right now likely will give a boost to the Senate’s property tax cut proposals over the House plan for sales tax cuts. But a look at some of the appraisals show the Senate plan is too little to make a real difference to homeowners in fast growth areas. And an honest look at the state of the state’s economy finds the House plan borders on fiscal irresponsibility rather than fiscal conservatism.
The Texas economy is poised for a contraction, and, with that, comes a major decline in state government revenues. This may not be the time for tax cuts..
In the post he goes through how invisible a property tax cut would be for most homeowners. How most of the benefits of these cuts will go to those who already pay too little, big business and the wealthy, and how as all signs point to Texas heading into a recession tax cuts are irresponsible. He ends with this.
The real bottom line here is that tax cuts will not stimulate major new economic growth, only an increase in oil prices will do that. A property tax cut may taste good, but, for the homeowners who need a break the most, the Senate plan will just be empty calories. And with the short-term future of the Texas economy so uncertain, the House sales tax cuts look irresponsible. A good argument can be made against raising taxes during a recession to avoid budget cuts because the increase doesn’t go away when the economy rebounds. The same argument can be made against cutting taxes when times are flush, because the rate will not automatically increase when the money becomes short.
The truly responsible thing is for the Legislature to spend what it has in the best way possible for the state and put off any tax cuts until we know more about what the economy is doing.
We must understand the consequences in the future if taxes are cut now, Texas go into a recession, and we have a massive budget deficit in two years from now. Our current political leadership is only able to cut taxes and make cruel and immoral budget cuts. They’re unlikely to advocate for tax cuts when there is a budget deficit. Which only leaves cruel and immoral budget cuts.
Not sure what more there is to say.
The House voted 141-0 for House Bill 31 by Ways and Means Chairman Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, which would cut the state sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 5.95 percent. If the bill reaches the governor’s desk, it would be the first cut in the state’s sales tax in Texas history.
Via Texas Forward:
In addition to a 25 percent cut to the franchise tax paid by businesses (HB 32), the House tax cut package includes a sales tax reduction of 0.3 percent (HB 31) – 40 percent of which would also benefit businesses.
But what about regular Texans? The sales tax cut would save the average Texan just $3.37 a month – not even enough for two gallons of gas.
Most families and businesses won’t notice a little extra pocket change each month, but together these proposals will cost Texas nearly $5 billion every two years in perpetuity – funding that could go a long way towards strengthening our public schools and colleges, or making other needed investments.
It’s hard to see, at this point, what Democrats will be able to run on in 2016 to show they’re different then Republicans on economic issues.
Bernie Sanders will give them some ideas.
What makes this so funny is that from the beginning the so-called grassroots tea party movement was bankrolled by billionaires. Via Bloomberg, Billionaire Auditions Spook Conservatives.
Not all conservatives are thrilled to watch the growing influence of conservative billionaires in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
“There’s no doubt there is a schism in the Republican Party today,” said Craig Shirley, a Reagan biographer and consultant whose clients include the Tea Party Patriots. “It’s a Mars versus Venus thing now.”
Last weekend, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Governor Rick Perry and other presidential contenders appeared before the Republican Jewish Coalition at billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s glitzy Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. In January, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky were in Palm Springs hoping to charm billionaires David and Charles Koch along with about 400 other wealthy suitors. When not “auditioning” at billionaire cattle calls, the contenders are soliciting wealthy donors by phone and in private meetings.
Concern about a “billionaires’ primary” extends beyond the party’s grassroots base. Former Republican Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana told me that the repeated pairings of candidates and billionaires is “not optimal.”
Likewise, former Representative Tom Davis of Virginia said, “It’s probably not a great image” for the potential presidential nominees to be seen “marching up to a bunch of billionaires.” But rather than curtail the billionaire primary Davis said Republicans should neutralize it by criticizing Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s connection to mega-donors to her family’s foundation. “The antidote is not to disarm,” he said. “It’s to tag Hillary with the same thing.”
The Supreme Court in 2010 paved the way for individuals, corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts on politics. Adelson and his wife gave more than $90 million to candidates and committees in the 2012 race. Aides to the Kochs have indicated that they may spend $900 million in the 2016 election supporting Republican candidates and conservative causes. In effect, Adelson, the Kochs and other big spenders can keep a preferred candidate in the race as long as they want, regardless of other political factors.
It’s certainly interesting that Davis thinks the best remedy is not to fix a bad law but to blame the other party for doing it too.
Of course the GOP was not concerned about the Citizens United decision – the 2012 Supreme Court decision – which caused all of this. Now we have what Lawrence Lessig termed Lesterland.
As Lessig describes, the key to the system of corruption that has now wrecked our government is the way candidates for Congress raise money to fund their campaigns. Members of Congress and candidates for Congress spend anywhere between 30% and 70% of their time raising money to get themselves elected or their party back in power. But they raise that money not from all of us. Instead, they raise that money from the tiniest fraction of the 1%. Less than 1/20th of 1% of America are the “relevant funders” of congressional campaigns. That means about 150,000 Americans, or about the same number who are named “Lester,” wield enormous power over this government. These “Lesters” determine this critical first election in every election cycle—the money election. Without them, few believe they have any chance to win. And certainly, neither party believes it can achieve a majority without answering the special demands these “funders” make. Our Congress has thus become dependent upon these funders. In this sense, we are now “Lesterland.”
This dependency, Lessig argues, is a “corruption” of the system our framers designed. Our Congress was to be “dependent on the People alone.” “Alone” and by “the People,” the framers meant, as Madison described, “the rich, nor more than the poor.” But instead of this exclusive dependence upon all of us, we have allowed our Congress to develop a different and conflicting dependence upon “the funders” of their campaigns. That conflicting dependence corrupts the framers’ design.
This corruption is not partisan. Both parties are responsible for allowing it to evolve. Yet neither principled Democrats nor principled Republicans gain from this corruption. The only interests who gain are the special interests which exploit this new funding dependency to bend our government away from the public interest and towards their own.
Selling our government to the highest bidders is not, and has never been, a good idea.
The Texas Progressive Alliance hopes that Blue Bell can get its act together before it’s too late as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Off the Kuff cheered on the latest effort by the federal government to force the state of Texas to expand Medicaid already.
Libby Shaw at Texas Kaos and contributing to Daily Kos wants voters to know that voting for mean and stupid people, or not voting at all, has consequences. TX Refusal to Expand Medicaid May Result in Higher Premiums for the Insured.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme noticed a few cases of Texas law officers allegedly acting inappropriately here and here. These cases should be rare, not a daily occurrence.
From WCNews at Eye on Williamson. The “big three” had a breakfast brouhaha this week and Dan Patrick got his feelings’ hurt, Hurt Feelings and Thin Skin – Session’s Getting Good.
Socratic Gadfly listed three numbers to remember ? 67, 3, $10 ? in 2016 elections.
Even the lawyer who argued — and won — the Citizens United case at the Supreme Court five years ago thinks our political system is broken. But his solutions for it involve removing even more of what remains of the tattered restrictions on financial contributions, and if you want to know the specifics, “you’ll have to pay him for that”. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs knows that this kind of mercenary political adviser is as large a part of the problem as the money itself.
Neil at All People Have Value says it seems there are more reasons than ever for people and corporations to break and ignore our laws. All People Have Value is part of NeilAquino.com.
Nonsequiteuse wants you to watch the video, or read the transcript, of Rep. Jessica Farrar’s declaration that she will not yield while Republicans deny Texans human rights and dignity.
And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.
Randy Bear, recently relocated to Arkansas, explains how that state managed to avoid Indiana-ing itself.
The Texas Election Law Blog calls for executive action to mitigate the damage being done to voting rights by the Supreme Court.
Lone Star Q knocks Sen. Donna Campbell for an amazingly hypocritical Facebook status update.
The TSTA Blog says a voucher bill is a voucher bill no matter what its proponents want to call it.
Raise Your Hand Texas presented its testimony against said voucher bill.
Paradise In Hell wonders if the “Texas Miracle” was based on anything other than high oil prices.
Better Texas Blog explains just what the federal government’s threat to discontinue the uncompensated care waiver unless Texas expands Medicaid is all about.
Equality Texas urges the city of San Antonio to take seriously the task of enforcing its non-discrimination ordinance.
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