- Combs adds $1.2 billion to revenue estimate – Jason Embry, Postcards
Nice to find a few coins in the couch cushions.
- Statement on the Comptroller’s Revised Revenue Estimate – Office of Gov. Rick Perry
- Rick Perry Presidential Push Quietly Gains Steam – Erin McPike and Scott Conroy, RCP
Or, it’s just quiet because there’s no “Rick Perry presidential push.” And from now on, any story that asserts otherwise really needs to start by explaining why his campaign staffers went to work for others.
- Ogden, Pitts betting Perry will go back on budget veto promise – Weston Hicks, AgendaWise Reports
- Senate passes redistricting map for new Senate lines – Mike Ward, Statesman
The vote was 29-2 — apparently Wendy Davis isn’t a terribly effective advocate for the constituents that she thinks need her.
- Another dismal legislative session for cleaner-energy advocates nears an end – Bill Dawson, Texas Climate News
In April, the San Angelo Standard-Times had quoted a policy analyst for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank in Austin, explaining its opposition to Darby’s bill:
“This should all be about the consumer and giving the consumer the best price available, the best choices available, the best access to the market available and if we are passing bills that raise fees and raise the price on the consumer in order to come back and charge them for inefficient energy, that doesn’t even pass the sniff test with us.”
It didn’t pass the smell test. Kudos to TPPF.
- Another dismal legislative session for clean energy in Texas – SciGuy
Among the bills that failed this session was legislation that would use fees paid by utility customers to jump-start the solar industry with rebates for solar installations at homes and businesses.
It was effectively a wealth transfer to special interests and the affluent (who would benefit from the proposal), from poor-to-average utility customers (who would not). That it died is not “dismal” in our view.
- UT regent(s) seek more detail about faculty teaching – Ralph Haurwitz, Statesman
- Obama takes baby steps towards American oil and gas production – Karen Townsend, Pondering Penguin
- The Texas Tribune: Online Insiders – Bill Minutaglio, The Texas Observer
Short version: the Observer doesn’t think the Tribune is ideological enough, so it needs to let its reporters roam free. In other words, it wants a second Observer.
- Ghost Rider – Nate Blakeslee, BurkaBlog
- Republicans discover a new way to go after Doggett – Scott Stroud, San Antonio Express-News
- Willie Nelson endorses Gary Johnson for President – Karin Tanabe, Politico
It surely doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that Johnson is pro-pot.
- Guest Column: My Texas Legislature in a Box – Jim Henson, Texas Tribune
- Wade Emmert elected Dallas County GOP Chair – Gromer Jeffers, DMN
- Video shows Tom Leppert stumping at ACORN office; signing ACORN pledge – Matt Dowling, MattSDowling.com
Things keep trickling out.
- King Street Patriots Grand Opening Celebration – Alvin Walker, Big Jolly Politics
Gov. Perry showed up, yet Ted Cruz was the only Senate candidate to make an appearance?