05.19.15

Two Weeks To Go

Posted in 84th Legislature, Around The State, Commentary at 10:58 am by wcnews

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While the GOP Lege continues to work on tax cuts for business and scraps for the rest of us, let’s see what else they’re working on in the last two weeks of the session.  This is a short list and there is likely to be some surprises.

The budget is the only thing that must be passed, if not a special session will be required.  If the GOP needs a special session to get their more controversial, social issues passed, don’t be surprised if they use stalled budget negotiations to get that done.

So much for local control, especially as it pertains to oil and gas corporations, Texas Governor signs HB40 into law, guts community rights.

Today Texas Governor Abbott signed HB 40 into law. Written by former ExxonMobil lawyer Shannon Ratliff, the statute forces every Texas municipality wanting common sense limits on oil and gas development to demonstrate its rules are “commercially reasonable”. It effectively overturns a Denton ballot initiative banning fracking that passed last November.

“HB 40 was written by the oil and gas industry, for the oil and gas industry, to prevent voters from holding the oil and gas industry accountable for its impacts,” said Earthworks’ Texas organizer Sharon Wilson. Wilson, who played a key role in the Denton ballot initiative, continued, “It was the oil and gas industry’s contempt for impacted residents that pushed Denton voters to ban fracking in the first place. And now the oil and gas industry, through state lawmakers, has doubled down by showing every city in Texas that same contempt.”

By a 59-41% vote, including 70% of straight ticket Republican voters, the residents of Denton banned hydraulic fracturing within city limits. The ban was a last resort after more than five years of fruitlessly petitioning oil and gas companies, the city, and the state for help.

The wild, wild, west could be coming to a shopping center near you, After Waco Shootout, Lawmakers Continue Open Carry Push.

The day after a deadly confrontation between rival biker gangs in Waco, top Texas lawmakers defended a proposal to loosen the state’s handgun laws.

“This bill does not have anything to do with what went on yesterday,” said state Sen. Joan Huffman, a Houston Republican who leads the Senate State Affairs Committee, during a previously scheduled hearing on gun legislation.

Some critics told the panel Monday that a proposal to allow concealed handgun license holders to openly carry the firearms would have made the Waco shooting worse. But the panel approved the bill and sent it to the full Senate, where it is likely to have enough votes to pass.

GOP Lege continues their assault on voting rights, Texas lawmakers are busy making it harder to vote.

Another legislative session, another unfortunate attempt by Texas politicians to make it harder to vote. While other states move their registration systems into the 21st century — by putting the onus on the government to add eligible voters to the rolls, or letting citizens sign up online, for example — Texas maintains its sad tradition of disenfranchisement.

One measure (HB 1096) that would make it more difficult for voters to confirm their residency recently cleared the House. Another bill approved by the Senate (SB 1934) would eliminate nonexpiring photo identification cards for the state’s senior citizens. Because unexpired photo IDs or IDs that have been expired no more than 60 days are required to vote, this change would make it even harder for Texas seniors to get their ballots counted. Do we really need to wonder why lawmakers are making these changes?

PDiddie discusses several more issues, Final two weeks of the Texas Lege.

[UPDATE]:  This from Christopher Hooks at the Texas Observer is damn good, The Legislature’s Never-Ending Primary.

And this from a former member of The Lege Ted Lyon, Pulling the covers back in Austin.

05.18.15

TPA Blog Round Up (May 18, 2015)

Posted in Around The State, Commentary at 8:06 am by wcnews

The Texas Progressive Alliance doesn’t need hindsight to know that invading Iraq was a tragically stupid decision as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff is pleasantly surprised to hear that the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority and US Rep. John Culberson have reached an accord in their longstanding feud over funding for light rail in Houston.

Letters from Texas provides a step-by-step guide to using your hypocrisy to justify your bigotry.

Libby Shaw at Texas Kaos and contributing to Daily Kos calls it as she sees it when the U.S. Congress cut Amtrak’s budget within hours of the train wreck outside of Philadelphia last week. Republican Austerity Kills. Literally.

Nonsequiteuse asks you to consider the long game for progressives in Texas, and explains why she’s building progressive infrastructure and working the next generation of leaders through New Leaders Council.

From WCNews at Eye on Williamson. The GOP’s end of session plan for tax cuts is getting near completion, Give It All To Business – The GOP Tax Compromise.

In a roundup of events, Socratic Gadfly says this week in Texas politics was probably even nuttier than normal ? a high bar to clear.

Julian Castro is Hllary Clinton’s pick for running mate, according to Henry Cisneros. That suggests a Latino will also be the vice-presidential nominee of the Republicans. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs thinks that might be the most interesting thing that could liven up an otherwise completely predictable 2016 presidential season.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is surprised that a Republican was so honest about tax cuts being just for the business cronies. Who needs roads, schools, or safety inspections. The rich can buy their own. But, the shrinking middle class and the poor must pay for what’s left.

Neil at All People Have Value posted about 11 pictures he keeps in his phone that involve death. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.

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And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.

Texas Clean Air Matters examines what Tesla’s Powerwall home energy storage battery means for Texas.

Better Texas Blog names the least worst way to under-invest in schools, college access and health care systems.

Stephanie Wittels Wachs documents her efforts to get the Legislature to require insurance companies to cover the cost of hearing aids for children under 18.

The Lunch Tray calls self-regulation of kids’ food advertising a “doomed effort”.

Paradise in Hell warns us that the anti-gay crowd isn’t going anywhere.

BEYONDBones explains why you should care about endangered species.

The Texas Election Law Blog tracks what has happened to election law-related legislation so far this session.

05.11.15

TPA Blog Round Up (May 11, 2015)

Posted in Around The State, Commentary at 8:00 am by wcnews

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.

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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.

05.04.15

TPA Blog Round Up (May 4, 2015)

Posted in Around The State, Commentary at 9:02 am by wcnews

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.

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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.

04.27.15

TPA Blog Round Up (April 27, 2015)

Posted in Around The State, Commentary at 7:43 am by wcnews

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.

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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.

04.23.15

Hurt Feelings and Thin Skin – Session’s Getting Good

Posted in 84th Legislature, Around The State, Commentary at 11:41 am by wcnews

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This report from R.G. Ratcliffe reads like something straight out of a bad reality show, The Big Three Breakfast Blows Up.

The weekly kumbaya breakfast between the big three Texas lawmakers broke down today into a round-robin of recriminations that concluded with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick declaring he was tired of Governor Greg Abbott and Speaker Joe Straus “picking on me.”

The blow-up, confirmed by multiple sources, represents the boiling point of long-simmering disputes. The House has been upset that Patrick declared his inauguration marked a “New Day” in Texas and that he pushed a conservative agenda quickly through the Senate with expectations that the House would just pass his legislation. But, instead, most of the Senate’s bills on tax cuts, licensed open carry of handguns and moving the Public Integrity Unit have languished in the House without even being referred to committee by Straus.

The House instead has passed its own version of the same legislation, putting the Senate in a take-it-or-leave-it position. To pass the Senate bills now, the House would have to have an entirely new debate on controversial measures it already has approved.

So the Senate, in what looked like retaliation on Tuesday, ignored a House-approved border security bill to vote on its own measure, putting the House into a take-it-or-leave-it position on border security – a measure that House Ways and Means Chair Dennis Bonnen had crafted to win support of border Democrats.

This may be Patrick’s New Day, but Straus’ Old Guard still runs the House.

Topping off that battle, Patrick’s grassroots advisory council sent out a letter Tuesday on its own letterhead attacking the House bill on pre-kindergarten education that was passed after a bitter fight. The legislation is part of Abbott’s signature set of legislation, but the Patrick advisory board of tea party activists claimed the bill would take children out of religious pre-schools and force them into “a Godless environment.” Patrick immediately put out a statement disowning the letter as “unsolicited and expresses the individual viewpoints of Texas citizens.”

Everyone’s pointing fingers and no one appears to be leading. Sooner or later they’ll realize they can’t get anything done without each other. Until then the sniping between the semi-sane members of the GOP and the wing nuts will continue, and for those of us on the left we’ll just get the popcorn.

Certainly there’s quite a bit of bad blood between these two factions of the GOP.  The same folks that bankroll the tea party candidates, and the tea party candidates themselves, are with Patrick and against Straus.  And vice versa, of course.  It’s on display most days on the House floor when Stickland takes the back mike to questions Speaker Joe Straus or Rep. Dennis Bonnen.  It’s been on display in the media recently when Bonnen took on Lt. Gov. Patrick.

There are a couple of parts in the Trib article that make clearer what’s going on.

Before the breakfast, Patrick crossed paths at the Capitol with Geren. In the brief encounter, the Fort Worth Republican said he ribbed Patrick about the lieutenant governor’s advisory board coming out against the pre-K plan pushed by Abbott and approved by the House.

“I said, ‘That was a pretty good ambush you put on the governor the other day,’” Geren recalled late Wednesday. Patrick replied that he had no idea what Geren was talking about, according to Geren’s account.

Geren said the exchange was not a confrontation: “I would never do that. I have too much respect for the office.”

“If he got his feelings hurt,” Geren added, “then maybe his skin’s a little too thin.”

Straus’ folks are pickin’ on Patrick. But Straus is being picked on by Patrick’s people.

Also at the breakfast, Straus complained of outside groups hectoring his members with mailers and phone calls and internet posts whenever the House disagrees with the Senate, and promoting Senate legislation over House legislation. When Patrick said he had no control over those groups, Straus apparently noted that Patrick had not complained about them or tried to stop them.

And Patrick trying to deny responsibility for his wing nut advisory board is not believable. It’s a group that didn’t exist until he created it.

On Tuesday, a group of grassroots advisers organized by Patrick blasted pre-K legislation passed earlier this month by the House, calling it “Godless” and comparing it to practices in “socialistic countries.”

Patrick responded in an email Tuesday that he had not seen the letter before it went out, didn’t solicit it and was working on an education package that includes pre-K. “I look forward to working with the senators, the House and the governor in the coming weeks to create a comprehensive package that includes A-F, parent trigger, opportunity districts, online learning, school choice and a pre-K program that’s good for Texas. Together, these bills will have a positive impact on education in Texas,” he said in that written statement.

His grassroots group was unapologetic after the letter went out. Just before midnight on Tuesday, Julie McCarty, a Tea Party activist from Tarrant County, posted on Facebook about the letter: “Well, somebody had to say it because 128 of our electeds sure weren’t standing up to the governor! … This pre-K bill is bad for Texas, bad for the budget, bad for kids and bad for families.”

Whether Straus and the House want to admit it or not, it is a new day with Patrick as Lt. Gov.   And Patrick’s group has certainly made Abbott mad.  There’s still time but it’s likely this will take a special session or two to bring before these guys are ready to compromise.

Here’s Kuff’s take:

Who knew that inviting a bunch of nihilistic prevaricators into your inner circle would be such an ill-advised move? No one could have seen that coming. As the Observer notes, there’s no love lost between the House (read: Joe Straus) and the Senate (Danno, of course) over the border surge bills, among other things. Some of this is just the way things are at this point in the session. It’s like going on a long road trip with your family – no matter how much you may love them, after enough time together without a break, tensions can get a little high. Some of it is ego and the kind of inside baseball that no one outside of the Capitol hothouse cares about. And some of it is genuine differences, not all of which will get resolved. How big a mess it becomes, and how much gets salvaged and smoothed over, remains to be seen.

Popcorn please.

04.20.15

TPA Blog Round Up (April 20, 2015)

Posted in Around The State, Commentary at 10:16 am by wcnews

The Texas Progressive Alliance honors the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing on the 20th anniversary of that dark day as it brings you this week’s roudup.

Off the Kuff celebrated the city of Houston’s victory in court against the petition effort to force a referendum on repealing the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance.

Libby Shaw at Texas Kaos and contributing to Daily Kos wonders what a progressive Democratic grassroots activist is to do when her Party’s leaders turn tail and side against their constituents. Les Miserables: Texas Political Donors and Voters Bought Lemons.

Nonsequiteuse suspects it would be safer to go to the grocery store and more crowded on election day if Democrats would put down their guns and move slowly to the left.

Socratic Gadfly combines his being a history buff with being an aficionado of classical music and poetry to note how Lincoln’s death has been commemorated in the arts, on the sesquicentennial of his assassination.

There’s a new “Dirty Thirty” in Austin, and PDiddie at Brains and Eggs pulls back the curtain on the so-called Texas House Democrats who voted with the Republicans to overturn municipal fracking bans. Surprise: it’s all about the money, specifically campaign contributions from oil and gas companies.

From WCNews at Eye on Williamson. It’s always funny when the media tries to figure out why the GOP can’t come up with a “fantastic scheme for all that cash”, When Cutting Is All You Know.

Neil at All People Have Value wrote about the $2000 ticket a San Antonio chef was given for feeding the homeless in violation of a law prohibiting the feeding of the homeless in San Antonio. These laws are evil. Houston has such a law. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.

Texas Leftist noted (a few weeks back, but who’s counting) on the recent designation of Interstate 69 get I through Houston and Harris County, and the economic impact expected.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme was extremely disappointed to hear Leticia Van de Putte use a fundamental Republican talking point to blow off non-discrimination ordinances. I want my money back from her Lieutenant governor’s race.

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And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.

Paradise in Hell marvels at the hatefulness of Steven Hotze.

Scott Braddock chides the Legislature for its inaction on the problem of misclassifying employees.

Texas Watch issues a call to action against a bill that would weaken insurance policyholder protections.

Texas Clean Air Matters is on the lookout for the legislators who are seeking to gut local control.

Better Texas Blog explains how the Aycock school finance bill would increase inequity among the highest and lowest wealth districts.

04.13.15

Ken Paxton, Texas AG, An Admitted Criminal That Hasn’t Been Prosecuted

Posted in Around The State, Commentary, Corruption at 10:04 am by wcnews

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I didn’t vote for Ken Paxton, and won’t vote for him in the future. Mainly because he’s a clone of Greg Abbott and only cares about suing the federal government. But the fact that he’s an admitted criminal, who hasn’t be prosecuted for his crime, just adds to the reasons not to vote for him.

The question seems to be, is he being let off the hook because he’s the Attorney General? Via the DMN, The big stall in Collin County on criminal probe of Attorney General Paxton.

Amazingly, Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office insists that the state’s top law enforcer broke no laws when he solicited investment clients without being registered to do so in 2004, 2005 and 2012 for a McKinney business. What’s amazing is that Paxton admitted in a signed statement on May 2 that he violated state securities law. The Texas State Securities Board assessed him a $1,000 fee for the administrative portion of this violation. The criminal portion was never addressed — and certainly never resolved.

How do you admit to violating the law, then have your spokesman tell the news media repeatedly that no laws were broken? Here is the full text of Paxton’s admission, which is posted on Ty Clevenger’s Lawflog.com blog. Paxton’s notarized signature appears at the bottom. Under the section title CONCLUSIONS OF LAW, Paxton acknowledges three paragraphs that explicitly state, repeatedly, that he violated state law.

Nothing in this document states or implies that the criminal aspects of his violation were resolved simply because he paid the $1,000 administrative fine. State securities law is very clear that failure to properly register while soliciting investment clients and collecting commissions fees is a third-degree felony, punishable by fines of up to $10,000 and 10 years’ imprisonment. You can read the language yourself by clicking here.

There’s an important section of the law that outlines a statute of limitations: three years from the last violation. Paxton decided to abide by the law in 2013 and register properly. The statute of limitations for his 2012 violations expires this year, which means every ticking minute brings him closer to getting off without criminal punishment for what he admits was a violation of the law.

This might help explain why his good friend and former business partner, Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis, appears to be in no hurry to launch a criminal investigation of Paxton. Prosecution of this case falls squarely under Willis’ jurisdiction since Paxton maintained his office and performed his securities business in Collin County at the time the violations occurred.

At the time of the violations, Paxton was an attorney and a Republican state representative. Perhaps he just goofed and simply didn’t know that he was supposed register. Those things happen. But would our now-attorney general and his friend, the Colllin County district attorney, dare to suggest that ignorance of the law is a valid excuse for breaking the law? If so, Texas could find itself at the frontier of a new breakthrough legal doctrine: the Homer Simpson D’oh legal defense to prosecution.

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The best way for our attorney general to uphold the duties of his office is to stop having his spokesman deny that the law was violated or that this matter was somehow resolved. Paxton should acknowledge publicly what he did in writing: that he violated the law. The attorney general should call for a special prosecutor to handle the criminal side of his violations.

The Collin County district attorney, also being conflicted, also should defer to a special prosecutor in this case. But by stalling and talking about bringing in the Texas Rangers, Willis only adds the stink of protectionism, power and influence to these proceedings.

Please, as sworn officers of the court and professionals duty-bound to uphold the law, stop standing in the way of justice.

Everything that’s being done looks like Paxton and his buddy Willis are trying to run out the clock on this one.

It says something about the GOP Primary process in Texas that Paxton was the best candidate they could nominate.  And it says something about the state of the political process in Texas that Democrats couldn’t beat an admitted criminal.  But if he’s able to get away with committing a crime without punishment it says something about all of us.

TPA Blog Round Up (April 13, 2015)

Posted in Around The State, Commentary at 7:43 am by wcnews

The Texas Progressive Alliance revels in the start of another baseball season as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff looks at the case to pass a state law that would enable “rideshare” services like Uber and Lyft to operate in Texas cities.

Libby Shaw writing for Texas Kaos and contributing to Daily Kos cautions Latino voters to beware slowly starving Republican wolves that are dressed in sheep’s clothing. GOP Woos Latino Voters While Punishing Immigrants.

From WCNews at Eye on Williamson. As GOP Texas House passes it’s budget, taxes take center stage, The Texas Way – The More You Make The Less You Pay, The Less You Make The More You Pay.

SocraticGadfly thinks that creating a national Appomattox Day could be part of dealing with all the political problems that unreconstructed Southerners have caused for America.

To quote Emperor Palpatine: “It is inevitable.” To quote the Borg: “Resistance is futile.” And to quote Yogi Berra: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” PDiddie at Brains and Eggs dissects the ‘inexorable’ meme that surrounds Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid.

Nonsequiteuse says it is time to wear orange and head to Austin (or the internet) to rally against HB 723 as the Texas House of Representatives Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence committee considers little word with constitutional consequences for minors who need access to safe, legal abortion services.

Neil at All People Have Value said that the Houston/Galveston National Weather Service offers useful instruction about life. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.

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And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.

Juanita coins a new word for our culture war-infused times.

Dwight Silverman answers your burning questions about cable cord-cutting.

The Lunch Tray explores the ethics of sneaking vegetables into school food.

Better Texas Blog calls for raising the minimum wage.

Texas Clean Air Matters points out that promoting the use of clean energy is a great strategy for conserving water.

The Texas Election Law Blog decries “indignities and tyrannies” in local elections.

04.06.15

TPA Blog Round Up (April 6, 2015)

Posted in Around The State, Commentary, Uncategorized at 8:37 am by wcnews

The Texas Progressive Alliance hopes that our state can learn the lesson of the Indiana debacle as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff compared Greg Abbott’s performance in heavily Latino districts to that of Rick Perry in 2010.

Libby Shaw writing for Texas Kaos and contributing to Daily Kos is absolutely stunned to learn Texas elected a crook as its top cop. Not. Texas Attorney General an “admitted law breaker”.

Socratic Gadfly wrote about the DPS’ stupid disciplining of Trooper Billy Spears.

Nonsequiteuse explains to Rep. Stuart Spitzer, the Kaufman Republican who bragged about his sexual history on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives during debate on a budget amendment, that virginity and abstinence aren’t the same thing, and neither will protect a person from all methods of HIV transmission.

A conversation between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and JPMorganChase CEO Jamie Dimon from 2013 provides a clue as to what’s wrong with everything, according to PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.

Neil at All People Have Value said look at things you see in everyday life because they are interesting & use as few words as you can. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.

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And here are some posts of interest from other Texas bloggers.

Grits for Breakfast rounds up news stories about the failure of the latest “border surge”.

Better Texas Blog explains how lower oil prices would affect the state’s finances.

Texas Vox calls for strengthening the Texas state senate bill aimed at combating government corruption.

Joe Cutbirth wants Texas to stand tall for equality.

Elizabeth Rose saw the signs of discrimination in the Deep South as a child, and she sees them today in Indiana.

RG Ratcliffe rounds up a week of Texas political scandal.

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