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Los Blogs de Tejas – TPA Roundup

The Texas Progressive Alliance weekly roundup was as always included in the Oscar nominees’ swag bag.

Off the Kuff notes how the state of Texas fell short of projections in getting only two more Congressional districts from the 2020 apportionment.

SocraticGadfly sees a mix of hypocrisy, unconstitutionality and Pander Bear from Texas Senate Legiscritters.


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

Dr. Peter Hotez argues that anti-vax aggression must be addressed if we’re going to really make progress in vanquishing COVID-19.

Texas Highways gives us 24 hours in the life of Buc-ee’s.

Emily Eby tweets about House Election Committee shenanigans so you don’t have to.

Reform Austin celebrates a rare good bill in the Lege.

The Austin Chronicle reports on an organized legal pushback against the latest wave of anti-abortion bills.

David Beard looks at how the apportionment numbers may affect future Congressional elections.

TPA-Texans of the Year: The Denton Fracktivists

From my pals at the Texas Progressive Alliance:

In one of the organization’s more closely contested votes, the Texas Progressive Alliance — the state’s consortium of liberal blogs and bloggers — named Frack Free Denton and its diverse group of activists 2014’s Texan of the Year.

“The biggest win for progressives in the Lone Star State on Election Night happened in Denton, Texas,” said Charles Kuffner, president of the Alliance.  “The people showed the powerful who is still in charge.  No matter that the Texas Railroad Commission or the state’s Legislature may try to undo the will of Denton’s Republican, Democratic, and independent voters; for one day in November of 2014, those North Texans came together and said, “No more. No more polluting our air and water and poisoning our children for profit without accountability.  The people together spoke, and they were heard.”

There were also three Honorable Mentions for the coveted award.  Finishing a close second: the medical staff of Dallas Presbyterian Hospital, who were at the front lines of the nation’s Ebola crisis, notably Dr. Kent Brantley and nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who all contracted the virus and lived to tell about it.  In addition, two other large groups of Texans on either side of the political spectrum were selected: the 33% of Texans who turned out to vote in last month’s midterm elections, predominantly Caucasian male Republican voters; and the Democratic volunteer army of deputy voter registrars, blockwalkers, and those who spent long hours on their phones calling prospective voters to urge them to cast their ballots.

“To the victors go the spoils, someone famous once said,” noted Kuffner, in reference to the GOP base vote.  “But no one worked any harder than the folks in their precincts, neighborhoods, counties, and across the state to turn back the tide, at least a bit,” he added.

The TPA’s member bloggers salute all the Texans who were nominated this year, which included several candidates, some elected officials, and other activist groups.

For more information please contact Charles Kuffner at 713-825-0013.


TPA Round-Up (Late Sunday Reading)

The thoughts and prayers of the Texas Progressive Alliance are with the families and friends of the Houston Fire Department as we bring you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff discusses why the special session won’t wrap up as quickly as first thought.

We said goodbye to Michele Bachmann and Susan Combs on the same day last week. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs tried hard to hold back the tears (of laughter), but ultimately submitted to the overwhelming schadenfreude in anticipation of a few Texans who might next wear the crown.

Dos Centavos provides a response to HB 5 by a statewide coalition of Latino groups who have much to say about the education assessment bill.

Texas’ plan to finance roads is privatized gains and socialized loses. WCNews at Eye on Williamson the poor performance of corporate toll roads in Texas, But you can drive 85 mph on it.


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

Colin Strother joins the blogging world with a comparison of Battleground Texas today to the Assorted Republicans of Texas 30 years ago.

Concerned Citizens offers its own take on how BGT is perceived by its boosters and detractors.

Texpatriate wonders what the heck is going on in Galveston.

Texas Vox asks how ExxonMobil will adapt to the climate change it is helping to create.

Texas Leftist gives his impression of Houston Mayoral candidate Ben Hall.

Mean Green Cougar Red wants to know how safe our bridges are.

Lone Star Ma is upset about the politically-motivated death of CSCOPE.

Beyond Bones celebrates the sequencing of the coelecanth genome.

TPA Round-Up

The Texas Progressive Alliance has seen what Battleground Texas wants to do and is ready to do its part as it brings you this week’s 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, 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.

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

Texas Vox says that the pipeline spill in Arkansas calls into question the viability of converting other older pipelines for transporting tar sands.

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.

Austin Contrarian publishes a response from Sen. Kirk Watson to an earlier post about one of his bills.

Raise Your Hand Texas outlines an agenda for real school reform.

Texas Leftist talks to the city of Houston about its plans to overhaul its development and density ordinances.

Harold Cook channels William Travis.

And finally, we wish fellow blogger Katy Anders a peaceful but not too lengthy sabbatical.

The TPA Round-Up

The Texas Progressive Alliance has all its brackets ready as it brings you this week’s roundup.

The Republicans, perhaps unwittingly, offer the Democrats a deal on redistricting, which Off the Kuff thinks they ought to give serious consideration to taking.

Dan Patrick wants to pull a Jan Brewer and Dos Centavos tells you what is going on with SB1128 in what might fast become another Republican-created debate on just what kind of History is taught at Texas colleges and universities.

The stock market surge is breaking records, but strangely neither the Republicans nor the Democrats want to talk about it, much less take credit for it. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs has noticed the anamoly.

At TexasKaos, Libby Shaw has a bone to pick with the City of Houston. Check out Houston: It is illegal to feed homeless but country clubs get tax cuts.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants you to know that we’re #1 in minimum wage jobs. Just what the crony capitalists pulling Republican strings ordered.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson says all we ever hear from is the center and the right. It’s long past time for Pushback from the left.

Neil at Texas Liberal was in Los Angeles this past week. When Neil is on the road, he tries to make the time to visit a veteran’s cemetery. Neil posted this week a picture from the main veteran’s cemetery in Los Angeles.


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

Letters from Texas suggests we need to move beyond the usual debates on public education.

News Taco rounds up reaction to the death of former Ambassador and Mayor of El Paso Raymond Telles.

Keep Austin Wonky describes the choice Austin must make on urban rail routes.

Burnt Orange Report was there for the Battleground Texas launch in Austin.

Grits for Breakfast reports on a bill from Rep. Harold Dutton that would reduce the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The Texas State Teachers Association points out that public schools don’t have waiting lists.

Nonsequiteuse documents AG Greg Abbott’s hypocrisy about misleading medicine.

Texpatriate notes that there is in fact a candidate for Governor that would be worse than Rick Perry.

Jason Stanford tells Dan Patrick that keeping public and private school athletics separate is actually not like the civil rights struggle at all.

Texes Leftist reminds us that the Family Research Council really hates the ladies.

Beyond Bones reminds us that now is an excellent time to be looking up at the sky.

And finally, The Bloggess reveals the untold truth about McDonald Land.

TPA Round-Up

Did you miss something last week, well…

The Texas Progressive Alliance is always ready to spring ahead as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff wrapped up his analysis of 2012 election returns versus 2008 returns with a look at the Congressional districts, and a suggestion for where Democrats should look next.

The prognosis for Medicaid expansion in Texas — after a huge rally at the Capitol and many committee meetings and statements from legislators — still appears to be guarded, observes PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson believes there’s no other conclusion to be drawn from Texas Supreme Court Justice Wallace Jefferson’s State of the Judiciary speech this week, The Texas justice system is broken.

From McBlogger’s Please God, Make It Stop! file comes Kinky Friedman 2014.

John Cornyn, one of 22 Republican males in the senate who voted against the Violence Against Women Act, is now claiming credit. Cornyn was one of 30 senate Republican males who voted against the Franken anti-rape amendment in 2010. What a prince, Cornyn is.

Neil at Texas Liberal is in Los Angeles this week. Neil posted a picture of a Los Angeles police helicopter flying over Santa Monica Beach as the sun sets. This type of surveillance is far more picturesque than a drone hovering over you snapping pictures.


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

Better Texas Blog reminds us that Texas’ public pensions are on sound financial footing.

Texas Leftist thinks the “Arkansas option” for Medicaid expansion isn’t a good idea for Texas.

Socratic Gadfly notes that legislators tend to vastly overestimate how conservative their districts are.

The Great God Pan Is Dead reports that small press and independent comics are alive and well in Texas.

Burnt Orange Report says that if the Lege truly did give the people what they wanted, they’d restore funding to public education.

Juanita minces no words about Rick Perry.

Letters From Texas uses the math to remind us that John Cornyn is a fool.

The Rev. Beth Ellen Cooper writes about being lectured on morality by a couple of legislative staffers.

Mean Green Cougar Red has a few thoughts on Dubai becoming a hub for international air travel.

Texas Redistricting maps out what might happen to Texas’ legislative districts after SCOTUS rules on the Voting Rights Act.

When In Session celebrates the bill filing deadline.

Lone Star Ma commemorates International Women’s Day.

And while it doesn’t have anything to do with politics, good beer news is always welcome.


The Texas Progressive Alliance is ever grateful that the word “blizzard” is not part of its usual vernacular as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff looks at how the 2012 election results differed from 2008 in State Senate and SBOE districts.

DosCentavos‘ Fidencio Leija reports on the work of HOPE in the End of Course testing debate.

There is a troll hiding in plain sight on the United States Supreme Court, and PDiddie at Brains and Eggs says it’s going to take a lot of willpower not to feed it.

Over at TexasKaos, Lightseeker reports on the Charter School Money Grab, aided by the usual suspect. Check it out – Charter Schools Make Play for Huge Increase in Public Funding.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants you to know that a couple of our Supreme Court Justices don’t appreciate racism. Lets hope that number rises to at least five for the Voting Rights Act.

The problem for our state’s “leaders” is that they’ve been telling us for so long that we have a spending problem, they have no answer when it becomes obvious that we don’t have a spending problem. That’s why WCNews at Eye on Williamson says, we have a lack of spending problem in Texas.

Neil at Texas Liberal did not post so much this past week. However, Neil remains at work on a new website to be published this April to be called NeilAquino.com. This website will have a photo essay extolling the intellectual virtues of everyday life , a metaphorical history of existence, some poems and a blog about the 2013 City of Houston elections. For the TPA round-up this week, Neil has submitted a popular Texas Liberal post about the famous Dogs Playing Poker paintings.


And here are some more interesting posts from Texas blogs.

See creationism opponent Zack Kopplin on the Bill Moyers show.

Brewed and Never Battered and Open The Taps give an update on the legislative effort to improve the lot of Texas microbreweries and brewpubs.

Texas Watch sets the record straight on lawsuit “reform”.

Texas Vox has an update on litigation against the Keystone XL Southern Segment.

Burnt Orange Report discusses whether we are in the waning period of a short golden age of African American influence over the city of Austin.

Texpatriate discusses the candidate who just won’t go away, whose name rhymes with Stinky Peedman.

Jason Stanford points out what a fraidy cat Bill Hammond is.

Nonsequiteuse examines the criticism of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer.

Lone Star Ma celebrates the fact that the teen birth rate in the US is at an all-time low.

The Lunch Tray asks if the dairy industry is using school kids as a Trojan horse to change artificial sweetener labeling rules.

TPA Round-Up

The Texas Progressive Alliance remains unsequestered as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff talks about what happens after SCOTUS rules on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

As the special election runoff in Senate District 6 lurched into its final days, PDiddie at Brains and Eggs had a couple more posts on the sordid last-minute developments.

How we get Medicaid expanded in Texas makes no difference as long as it eventually gets done. That’s whwy WCNews at Eye on Williamson says this about the Texas GOP, However they want to rationalize it is fine with me.

Neil at Texas Liberal posted a picture of an old VW van with a bunch of Republican bumper stickers. What kind of a lousy counterculture is that! Also–Neil continues at work on his new website that will feature a variety of creative efforts as well as a blog on the 2013 City of Houston elections.

TPA Round-Up

The Texas Progressive Alliance sends its best wishes for an early spring to everyone digging out from last week’s blizzard as it brings you this week’s roundup.

The school finance ruling has been handed down, and it could be a game-changer for schools and the Legislature. Off the Kuff explains.

The Democrats in the Texas House are trying to show that the GOP doesn’t care about public education. They should since it’s been the best winning strategy for Texas Democrats in the recent past. WCNews at Eye on Williamson posts on this week’s news from The Lege, Texas House Democrats have a plan.

“Tip your server, save the world”is a suitable mantra for living in the second decade of the 21st century. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs shares the message of transforming everything you can, within the reach of your own arm, from Will Pitt.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is watching Ted Cruz hissy fit no votes on everything including no the Violence Against Women Act.

Neil at Texas Liberal wrote that President Obama’s policies on the uses of drones will lead to abuses both internationally and at home.

Over at TexasKaos, lightseeker explains how corporate school reform is The Stupid on Steroids. Give it a look.

This Week’s TPA Round-Up

The Texas Progressive Alliance congratulates the Baltimore Ravens on their Super Bowl win as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff reports on yet another study that shows the benefits of expanding Medicaid in Texas that will be ignored by our leaders.

BossKitty at TruthHugger needs a break from writing about neglected matters in Texas, America and the World. Since we elect leaders to represent corporate interests that live on another planet, we must do our best individually and locally. BossKitty Takes A Sabbatical.

The roster of progressive blogs in Texas got a little thinner this past week. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs laments the state of the blogosphere but reminds his friends and enemies that they are not likely to see him go away any time soon.

We can’t fix what’s broke, until we know what’s wrong. WCNews at Eye on Williamson tells us, Here is what’s the matter with Texas.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is just disgusted with Ted Cruz and rapist-enabler John Cornyn.

Neil at Texas Liberal says Martin Luther King would have been sad to see young people marching off as if to war at a parade in his name.

At TexasKaos, Libby Shaw talks about Turning A Vast Crony Capitalist Red Wasteland Blue. Is it possible we can turn Rickland into a modern progressive state? Check it out.