Monday, June 10, 2013

The Weekly Wrangle

The Texas Progressive Alliance thinks that we should have tried to get redistricting done right the first time -- instead of waiting until now to involve the public -- as it brings you this week's roundup.

Off the Kuff gave an updated look at the state of the 2013 elections in Houston.

Over at TexasKaos, Libby Shaw explains that Texas ranks 51st in voter turnout. Another dubious achievement for Governor Oops...Check it out.

Which news item was false but with a ring of truth, and which was true but everyone wishes was false? PDiddie at Brains and Eggs reports... you decide.

Stace at Dos Centavos is a proponent of using Mexican American culture as a means of capturing that demographic's vote. He provides a follow-up to a recent KHOU report by Vicente Arenas on the resurgence of Tejano music. It's a good opportunity for non-Tejano fans to learn a little cultural history about the music genre whose live concerts still attract thousands of eligible voters.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson explains why the Lege putting money back into public education is unlikely to end the school finance court case.

Judge Edith Jones of the Fifth Circuit has the racist Republican vibe down pat. CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wonders why she hasn't been impeached yet.


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

Texas Clean Air Matters advocates for stronger ozone standards for a healthier Texas.

Greg Wythe liveblogs the Senate redistricting hearing from Houston.

Texas Redistricting explains what "candidate of choice" means.

The Texas Green Report gives Austin the advantage over San Antonio on green building codes... for now.

Texas Vox has a guest post from the granddaughter of the founder of the oil company that is now ExxonMobil. She asks an uncomfortable question: "How will ExxonMobil adapt to the climate change crisis it helped create?"

Colin Strother points out that campus carry is a conundrum for cops.

BOR cannot believe that a Texas jury acquitted a man for killing an escort that wouldn't have sex with him.

Texpatriate offers its list of Best and Worst legislators.

Texas Leftist makes the connection between the war on drugs and racial profiling.

A hearty "Welcome Back" to blogging to John Coby, who tells us about the trouble (sorry, "twouble") with TWIA.

And finally, Lemon Sweetie asked Sir Patrick Stewart a question about his advocacy against domestic violence when he appeared at Comicpalooza in Houston, and got an amazing answer. Be sure to watch the video as well.

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