Monday, May 11, 2015

The Weekly Wrangle

The Texas Progressive Alliance is busy designing its own TexMoji -- and it involves tinfoil -- as it brings you this week's roundup of the best lefty blog posts from last week.

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.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson says it's 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 the city council prepares a new cultural plan for the Bayou City, artists came together 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 monitored Operation Jade Helm 15 operations in Houston. All People Have Value is part of

Fracking earthquakes are the new normal in North Texas, according to TXSharon at Bluedaze.

Egberto Willies writes about the developing spat between President Obama and Elizabeth Warren over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

And jobsanger has the numbers disclosing that the United States is a paltry 27th among developed nations in terms of median income.


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, and Texas Watch, about HB 3787, notes that proposed legislation severely limits the filing deadlines for home and commercial insurance policies.

Newsdesk puts on its tinfoil hat for a look at Operation Jade Helm 15.

Paradise in Hell is amused by the effort to video-stalk members of the Legislature.

The San Antonio 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.

The Texas Observer reports on the San Antonio mayor's race, which saw former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and incumbent Ivy Taylor advance to a June runoff, while  Robert Rivard recalls the legacy of William Velasquez and wonders what he'd make of today's voter turnout rates.

Lawflog wants to know if Texas DPS director Steven McCraw has a persecution complex.

Prairie Weather took note of the plethora of  "Carson '16" bumper stickers that are suddenly popping up on Texas pickups and cars.

Trail Blazers caught up with freshman state Sen. Don Huffines, busily jabbing back at Dallas-area mayors who dared questions his efforts to erode local control.

Not of It compares and contrasts Houston mayoral candidates and their campaign website photography of the Bayou City.

And Bayou City History's 'This Forgotten Day' features the re-opening of the oldest pharmacy in Texas, Star Drug Store in Galveston.

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