Political And Other Miscellany From A Stout Democrat In Dallas Texas.
"Politics is the only game for adults." --from Robert A. Heinlein's Double Star

Monday, January 27, 2014

Texas Progressive Alliance Weekly Blog Roundup 140127

(Yes, it's been three weeks since I posted the weekly collection. Shows how busy you can get with helping put on primaries.)

Here's the best from the Texas lefty blogs from last week.

Off the Kuff presents interviews with Reps. Alma Allen and Carol Alvarado, as well as with challenger Azuwuike Okorafor.

Horwitz at Texpatriate discusses the least crazy Republican lieutenant governor candidate, Jerry Patterson.

Eye On Williamson has an update on the race for Congress in TX-31. Tea party Congressman John Carter has some serious competition in 2014: Get To Know Louie Minor -- Democrat For Congress in District 31.

It's a new year for everyone and everything, including the Affordable Care Act. Despite endless, Republicans were unable to stop its arrival in Texas. Though as Texas Leftist found out, they were able to weaken the law, and endanger Texas hospitals in the process.

PDiddie at Brains and Eggs summarizes a blistering week in Texas politics.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme says watch out for the energized young, Democratic voters emerging in the Valley.

Neil at All People Have Value wrote about how the government in Ukraine has used people's cell phones to track down and send messages to individuals taking part in anti-government protests. Neil says folks are mistaken if they think our own government won't do the same to intimidate people taking part in lawful protests in the U.S.


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

Juanita Jean offers some advice to Dan Patrick and Jared Woodfill.

Texas Vox reports on the opening of the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Lunch Tray continues its advocacy against chicken that has been processed in China being served in school lunchrooms.

Grits rounds up some coverage of Court of Criminal Appeals races.

The Texas Green Report checks in on the earthquakes in Azle and Reno.

Mean Green Cougar Red attended a presentation on the proposed high speed rail line between Houston and Dallas.

Nonsequiteuse thinks Greg Abbott is applying for the wrong job.

Progress Texas and Unfair Park gather some of the more colorful reactions to recent stories about Wendy Davis.

Finally, Ileen Haddad tells you everything you need to know about surviving the winter in Austin.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Who Has Endorsed Who In The 2014 Primary?

(I suppose I don't need to add that this is only for the Democratic Primary? Who cares what the theocratic corporatists are doing?)

Dallas County State Committee member James White has put up a Google Doc with a spreadsheet of who has endorsed who in this year's Primary. It lists clubs and organizations, and elected officials and party officers who have made endorsements, and also shows the candidate's websites, facebooks, twitter feeds, phone numbers, and emails. (For example, he includes Wendy Davis's endorsement of Alameel for US Senate.) This is a great resource, which will be updated as more endorsements come in. Find it at

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Texas Progressive Alliance Weekly Blog Roundup 140106

Off the Kuff ponders the potential political future of Houston mayor Annise Parker.

A Green candidate's long-distance bid for Congress got picked up by the mainstream media, just a week after PDiddie at Brains and Eggs blogged about it. The story raises the larger issue of whether Texas might benefit from a jungle primary for Congressional seats, as occurs in California, Louisiana, and Washington state. And that's an open question.

Texpatriate published a brief summation of 2013's major political events.

Eye On Williamson posts on the three Texas Republican money men who passed away last year: Texas GOP lost three sugar daddies.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme hopes that the La Villa school district and the city end their water dispute. The kids suffer enough under Republican rule; why add to their misery?

Neil at All People Have Value started off the New Year with the message that the work of freedom is up to each of us.


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

Jason Stanford tells Texas Democrats to embrace their underdog status.

The Texas Living Waters Project reviewed the year in water news, and Texas Clean Air Matters did the same for Texas air quality news.

Lone Star Ma explains what "bubble kids" are and what they have to do with the classroom instruction other kids get.

New Media Texas gives four reasons why blacks should support immigration reform.

Nancy Sims looks ahead to November.

SciGuy lists the top five stargazing events for 2014.

Juanita Jean wonders if David Dewhurst knows what day of the week it is.