Monday, August 13, 2007

Corraling the Texas blogs

Time again for this week's statewide round up from the Texas Progressive Alliance, the liberal online voices of the Lone Star State. Matt Glazer from Burnt Orange Report is giving Vince a break this week and assembles the best posts from over a dozen progressive blogs ...

Charles Kuffner at Off the Kuff is suffering from a little Kinky fatigue.

McBlogger special correspondent and legal counsel Harry Balczak enjoyed a trip to the AFL-CIO Democratic presidential debate in Chicago... and interviewed the candidates.

North Texas Liberal reports on the rumor that Tarrant County Democratic Party Chairman Art Brender and Ft. Worth city council member Wendy Davis are going to square off for a chance to face unpopular Sen. Kim Brimer, R-District 10, in 2008.

Marc also has more to tell about the Democrats who have set their sights on SD-10, and why Tarrant County Democrats have reason to be optimistic.

Matt Glazer at Burnt Orange Report is working for change. Bloggers and activists across the state have launched TexBlog PAC to usher in a new majority -- a Democratic Majority.

What do Republicans do when whistleblowers reveal their secrets? South Texas Chisme lets us know they go after them, of course. Fixing the problem? Not an option. TYC goes after employees who report to the Texas legislature or to newspapers.

Stace Medellin from Dos Centavos is added to the Texas Kaos family. But never fear, Dos Centavos will still be around for your reading pleasure! Stace begins his association with TK on Monday, August 13.

Speaking of TexasKaos, this week the Presidential candidates sat down and answered questions from the LGBT community on Logo. Texas Kaos' contributor Refinish69 writes just how far the LGBT rights fight has come in his post, GLBT History Was Made Tonight & My Part in That History.

Stop Cornyn highlights John Cornyn’s low lights. Sad thing is just how many bad votes he cast this past week.

"Republicans For Rick Noriega?" Half Empty explores the origins of this movement.

Musings reports on Noriega's visit to the lake -- firedoglake, that is.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson asks What Did Senator Carona Expect? After caving in to Ric Williamson during the legislative session, Sen. John Carona can't believe Williamson isn't showing him any love.

Gary at Easter Lemming Liberal News has a local digest this time: In the event of a WMD attack our librarians will be sent in.

Vince at Capitol Annex brings us news about protesters -- who happened to have been paid operatives hired through a temporary agency -- who tried to make noise at a fundraiser for Texas Supreme Court candidate Susan Criss.

Who's more corrupt, Republicans or Democrats? Find out at Bluedaze, with TXsharon's Corruption in Government: Comprehensive List. Hint: Republicans = 204, Democrats = 3.

John Coby at Bay Area Houston calls the Republican Texas Ethics commissioners simply incompetent after the discovery of millions in undisclosed campaign expenditures.

And Steve at WhosPlayin? takes Congressman Michael Burgess (R - Lewisville) to task for fear-mongering about the trace amounts of mercury in energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs.

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