- Continuing fight to undo Texas Open Meetings Act is nonsensical – Fort Worth Star-Telegram
- Fiscal expert says LBB jobs analysis 'not a valid comparison' – Jason Embry, First Reading
- Perry aides explore privatizing prisoner health care – Mike Ward, Austin American-Statesman
- Bills to curb mail-in ballot fraud get hearing; absentee ballot fraud 'largest growing fraud' in Texas: Rep. Aaron Peña – Steve Miller, Texas Watchdog
- Grand jury issues indictment in Dallas voter fraud case – Brett Shipp, WFAA.com
- Voter fraud indictment: Mesquite woman lied about address to cast ballot for her uncle, JP Carlos Medrano – Steve Miller, Watchdog
- Chairman: The Trans-Texas Corridor Isn't Back – Nolan Hicks, Chron Texas Politics
- Zerwas: Texas Health Insurance Exchange May Be Dead – Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune
- Rep seeking to raise taxes on smokes – Garry Scharrer, San Antonio Express-News
The headline should have said, “Democratic rep…”
- Tax Break for Natural Gas Producers Under Fire – Greg Groogan, KRIV-26 News
Between 2004 and 2009 this tax break cost the state $7.5 billion all of which, incidentally, would have gone into the Rainy day fund,” [Democrat Bill] Hobby said in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee.
So now we have moved from questioning the wisdom of the permanence of a tax incentive to promote difficult natural gas exploration to boost our energy security to typical Dem punitive taxation policies for spending purposes? Interesting.
- Republican leaders soften tone on state budget proposal – Peggy Fikac, Houston Chronicle
GOP going wobbly or state’s political media trying to drive the agenda? Sometimes hard to tell.
- You saw this coming right? – Harris County Almanac
- Study Ranks Texas Counties by Health – Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune
- Doctor sanctioned for unnecessary procedures practicing in South Texas – Mark Lisheron, Texas Watchdog
- House committee comes under fire for voting to ease new student tests – Terrence Stutz, Dallas Morning News
How did that get past the paywall?
- Anti-abortion Obama billboard in Chicago, for now – Sofia Resnick, Texas Independent
The group has gotten away with such billboards in Jacksonville, Fla., and cities in Texas, but when a Life Always billboard popped up in New York City last month… incessant protesting cause the billboard to come down after less than 24 hours….
Liberal Colorado-model “newsish”/political group laments that pro-life group has “gotten away with” exercising its free speech rights via billboard advertising? Seriously?
- Fateful decision for kids in 1995 – Lisa Falkenberg, Houston Chronicle
In a better world, somebody would have checked up on Jessica Tata’s West Houston child care operation at least a couple times a quarter, instead of once every two years, like state inspectors do now.
In an even BETTER world, columnists writing about politics would have some understanding that it is unrealistic for government to be a 24-hour nanny for all people in all places. Having kids is a BIG responsibility. A columnist who once lamented the difficulties of Houston government even getting the traffic signals timed correctly downtown ought to realize that government probably isn’t an adequate substitute for parents in vetting their daycare arrangements.
- Conservatives Being Played? – Daniel Greer, AgendaWise Reports