Ah, the first Monday after Labor Day ... the air finally feels a little cooler, the shadows are definitely a little longer, the excitement and sense of urgency associated with the approaching elections -- or maybe that's football season -- is as welcome as the first frost on the pumpkin. Actually here in Houston frost is months off; we'd settle for Ike staying away.
Here's this week's edition of the Texas Progressive Alliance weekly round-up, compiled by Vince from Capitol Annex.
Two Bartonville (or is it Argyle?) Republicans are indicted for voter fraud, a 3rd degree felony. The Texas Cloverleaf follows the story.
Vince at Capitol Annex notes that right-wing Republican, anti-immigrant, 14th Amendment-hating state rep. Leo Berman (R-Tyler) is taking steps to launch a campaign for governor in 2010.
jobsanger points out that McCain may not want to use the "P" word but still wants to privatize Social Security, and tells us the investigation into Palin's ethics is getting messy (and weird).
Harry Balczak has another Reminder to You People over at McBlogger. In this edition: Joementum Loserman, disrespectful Republicans and their hatred of veterans.
Off the Kuff looks at some polling data and suggests there isn't much room for a Palin bounce, especially in Texas.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme sees Republican love/hate over the Hispanic vote. Meanwhile, some Hispanics say a pox on both your houses.
Texas Liberal asks just how is it the government could come and take your gun.
BossKitty at TruthHugger is suspicious, What Is Condeleeza Rice REALLY Doing Over There?, and why the media puts this on the back page.
nytexan at BlueBloggin points out the recent activity with the McCain Palin team in Alaska is the continuation of the Bush administration corruption in McCain-Palin Troopergate Stonewall Is Bush-Cheney 2.0
dembones at Eye On Williamson posts a synopsis of this week's candidate forum in HD-52: Maldonado and Daniel make their case before Hutto EDC.
Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole declares himself a dead man walking, and PDiddie at Brains and Eggs notes his pending exit with a heartfelt "so long, and thanks for all the fish".
refinish69 at Doing My Part For The Left tells everyone who is who's fired up.
North Texas Liberal listens in on Republican commentators Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy as they tell us how they really feel about McCain's VP pick Sarah Palin when they think the cameras are off.