Monday, April 08, 2013

The Weekly Wrangle

The Texas Progressive Alliance celebrates bluebonnets, mudbugs, and the first week of the baseball season in bringing you this week's blog post roundup.

Off the Kuff takes a look back at the Democrats in the Legislature who voted for the anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment of 2005 and follows up to see where they stand on it now.  

WCNews at Eye on Williamson posts on the budget debate in the House this week, and the fact that there was little discussion of what Texans really need, in Still trying to find a way in...the budget version.

At TexasKaos, Libby Shaw explains why Senator Cruz Brings Plenty of Spite But No Bacon. Check it out.

The Republicans in the Texas House passed an amendment that kinda sorta endorsed the spirit of Medicaid expansion, but within a few hours got 'corrected' by their lobbyists and rescinded it. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs kind sorta expected that.  

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme notes that Rick Perry implies Mexicans shot the Texas DAs. Didn't Perry get the Reince Priebus memo about gratuitous racist eruptions?


And here are some blog posts of interest from elsewhere in Texas.

The Lunch Tray is a food blogger against hunger.

Bob Cavnar explains some lesser known dangers of fracking.  And Texas Vox says that the pipeline spill in Arkansas calls into question the viability of converting other older pipelines for transporting tar sands, while the Tar Sands Blockade posted a dispatch from ExxonMobil's spill zone, including a WTF picture of a pipeline repair.

Juanita Jean has a question for the queen of True The Vote.

Equality Texas reminds us that it's always a good idea to get to know your legislator.

Jason Stanford has a strategy for coping with the STAAR tests, while Raise Your Hand Texas outlines an agenda for real school reform. 

Austin Contrarian publishes a response from Sen. Kirk Watson to an earlier post about one of his bills.
Texas Leftist talks to the city of Houston about plans to overhaul its development and density ordinances.

Harold Cook channels William Travis.

And finally, we wish fellow blogger Katy Anders a peaceful and short sabbatical.

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