Well over two–thirds of the Texas Progressive Alliance thinks this legislative session is off to an inauspicious start as we bring you this week’s roundup.
Off the Kuff reviewed the state of play in the mayor’s races in Houston and San Antonio.
light seeker at Texas Kaos writes a thought-provoking article about how we can create a more inclusive prosperity and save democracy at the same time. The Great Progressivism Debate, Part 2.
The latest developments in the Houston mayoral contest posted by by PDiddie at Brains and Eggshad Adrian Garcia dropping hints and Chris Bell throwing his hat in.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is tired of Henry Cuellar acting like a crony capitalist Republican. Why can’t Cuellar represent his constituents?
WCNews at Eye on Williamson notes the demise of the 2/3rds rule in the Texas Senate. That’s what happens when 60 percent of 30 percent “govern” our state.
Guess who’s offering middle class tax hikes, asks and answers Egberto Willies.
Neil at All People Have Value got inspired by some concrete at Houston’s Intercontinental Airport.
Bluedaze has more on fracking and Texas earthquakes.
Dos Centavos wants to know if Sheriff Adrian Garcia is going to give up that post and run for mayor of Houston, and had some thoughts about the fallout if he does.
Texpate opined about Dan Patrick’s Senate committee assignments, and John Coby at Bay Area Houston repeated the prayer that opened the 84th legislative session last week.
jobsanger graphed a poll that showed 26% of Americans believe God picks the winners of football (and baseball and basketball) games.
And here’s a few more great blog posts from around Texas.
Prairie Weather observes that, for progressives, there’s just not a lot to like about Hillary Clinton.
Speaking of taxes, Socratic Gadfly proposes a Texas goods and services tax.
Grits for Breakfast interviews Jeff Blackburn of the Innocence Project of Texas.
Texas Vox warns about the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) that Congress recently passed.
Trail Blazers reported on the immigration protestors that interrupted Rick Perry’s speech in Iowa over the weekend.
Political Animals observed that the new first lady of Texas, Cecilia Abbott, headlined the anti-choice rally over the weekend in Austin. Because of course.
Dwight Silverman documents a year of living without cable.
Concerned Citizens contemplates the meaning of the MLK Day march and the #ReclaimMLKmovement.
SciGuy has five can’t-miss space events for 2015.
The Lunch Tray concludes that new ag commissioner Sid Miller is being deliberately dishonest in his “cupcake amnesty” proclamations.
Minding Houston explains the current state of mental health funding in Texas.
Lisa Falkenberg pens the second-worst poem ever about the end of Rick Perry’s reign as governor.
(thanks to PDiddie for added reads)