Monday, April 13, 2015

The Weekly Wrangle

The Texas Progressive Alliance revels in the start of both another presidential election season and baseball season as it brings you this week's roundup of lefty blog posts.

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 of slowly starving Republican wolves that are dressed in sheep's clothing. GOP woos Latino voters while punishing immigrants.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson writes that as the GOP-dominated Texas House passes its budget, taxes take center stage, in The Texas Way - the more you make the less you pay, and 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.

Texas Leftist also posted about Hillary's rollout, declaring "she has no healthy competition" for the Democratic nomination.

Dos Centavos asks if Latino voter turnout is dependent on Latino candidates.  It's an open-ended question.

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 a little word with constitutional consequences for minors who need access to safe, legal abortion services.

The Lewisville Texan Journal confirmed that a conservative group sent questionnaires to local candidates, inquiring about vital issues such as the ACLU and sharia law.

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


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

Spaced City celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Houston Astrodme, along with tens of thousands of others.

Texas Watch blogs about sex, drugs, and plant biology; or why Texas is covered in all of this green, brown, and yellow gunk (and why we're all dosed up on over-the-counter allergy medication).

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

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

Free Press Houston noted that Texas Right to Life bullied Saint Arnold's Brewing after they rented out party space to a pro-choice group.

In lauding the Purple Hearts given to survivors of the 2009 Fort Hood shootings, Ted Cruz glossed over his 'no' vote on the bill authorizing them, writes Trail Blazers.

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.

And finally, Grits for Breakfast penned an ode to Rep. David Simpson (who is sponsoring the legalization of marijuana bills in the Lege) called "treat it like tomatoes".

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