July 17, 2007

Texas Blogger Round-Up for July 16

(McBlogger notes... Vince at Capitol Annex wrote this up and I copied and pasted it because I'm, you know, LAZY. I was going to post it yesterday but got delayed because of work. Deal.With.It.)

Last week, member blogs in the Texas Progressive Alliance premiered a new feature, the Texas Blog Round Up, modeled after the 50 State Blog Round Up. We plan to bring this to our readers every week. So, without further ado, here is this week's installment, brought to you
by Vince from Capitol Annex.

Lady Bird Was Ours

Among many Texas blogs authoring poignant posts about the passing of Lady Bird Johnson was Muse from Fort Bend-based Musings. In Lady Bird Was Ours, Muse offers personal reflections about the former First Lady and reminds us that, though Lady Bird now belongs to the ages, she still belongs to us.

Deja Vu All Over Again

Can you see any progress in Iraq? Chances are you can't, but Texas Senator John Cornyn can (evidently through rose colored glasses). In Cornyn Sees Progress In Iraq, Texas Toad of Denton County-based North Texas Liberal explores how Rubberstamping Republican Cornyn's recent votes fail to support our troops.

Who Is For Whom?

Though we're months away from the Democratic Primary, the race to determine what Democrat will take on John Cornyn is already heating up on the blogs. In Watts v. Noriega In The Blogosphere, Hal at Fort Bend-based Half Empty explores the various blogs to determine what blogs are supporting State Rep. Rick Noriega's exploration and which blogs are
in support of attorney Mikal Watts. And, he asks the important question, "where are all the pro-Watts bloggers?"

Need Birth Control? Better Have Cash.

Could Be True at South Texas Chisme explores difficulties Houston-area female college students (and others around the state) may be having when it comes to obtaining birth control pills from their college health services department, thanks to changes in Meidcaid reimbursement policies in Stupid, Stupid, Stupid. College Health Centers To Charge More For Birth Control.

Craddick Stands By His Man

McBlogger at Austin-based McBlogger tells us that House Speaker Tom Craddick is standing by his man and keeping former State Rep. Terry Keel (R-Austin) on as House Parliamentarian...all the while
trying to find a challenger for Travis County Constable Richard McCain, who defeated Keel's brother for that post in 2004. Check it all out in Speaking of People We Don't Like.

Even Right Wingers Know When To Pull Out

John C. at Bay Area Houston explores the fact that, according to a recent poll, even the listeners of one of the most right-wing radio stations in Houston are in favor of pulling out from war-torn Iraq in Right Wing Radio Listeners Want Out Of Iraq.

What Can You Buy With $900 Million?

Though Harris County is proposing a $900 million bond package for various
courthouse and jail projects, Charles Kuffner at Houston-based Off The Kuff tells us that he has serious concerns whether or not the bond package will do anything to alleviate a serious guard shortage at the Harris County Jail. Though it is now being discussed in the media, Charles says he's still not satisfied the issue is being addressed in County Bonds and Staffing Issues.

A Closer Look At Terry Keel

Matt Glazer at Burnt Orange Report takes a closer look at some ethical issues facing new House Parliamentarian Terry Keel, such as potential conflicts of interest concerning Keel's future rulings, his continuing to maintain his
private law practice while working for the state, and ponders exactly when Keel began working for Speaker Craddick as a result of a close examination of when Keel was issued a Capitol identification card in Keel's Conflict Of Interest.

Rick Perry v. Community Colleges

Few of Governor Perry's recent vetoes has garnered more attention than his veto of community college
employee health insurance appropriations. Marc G. at Marc's Miscellany explores the issue further, and takes issue with Perry's accusation that community colleges have essentially
falsified their appropriations requests in More On Perry's Battle With Community Colleges.

Perry's Defiant Response To Congress

WCNews at Eye On Williamson takes a closer look at a defiant response letter Texas Governor Rick Perry recently sent to Congressional leaders who criticized public-private partnerships to build transportation projects such as the Trans Texas Corridor in Governor Perry Uses Fuzzy Math In Letter To Congress.

Sunday Funnies

For your weekly dose of some of the best political cartoons from around the state and nation, be sure to check out Perry Dorrell's Sunday Funnies (Late Edition) at Brains And Eggs.

TYC Still Plagued With Difficulties

Vince Leibowitz at Capitol Annex
takes a look at the fact that the Texas Youth Commission remains plagued with difficulties concerning a recent incident in which violent juveniles were set for release with little or no review in Texas Youth Commission Can't Seem To Get Its Act Together.

'I Couldn't Make It' Is No Excuse

Matt Glazer at Stop
explores Senator John Cornyn's evident shunning of the funeral of former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson in Cornyn Refuses To Honor Lady Bird

Attacking Women's Health

"Women's health services are under perennial assault here in Texas-but it's not just Dan Patrick, Warren Chisum, and the odd mad bomber who want to control women's health choices.

Texas Kaos' Moiv is keeping an eye on them, and in Operation Rescue's Back-Not a Secret Anymore she covers just how wide spread this now open conspiracy against women-involving politicians, fringe religious figures, and Ricky Skaggs so far."

Posted by mcblogger at July 17, 2007 06:35 AM

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