- 2,000 lives may help balance state budget – Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Memo to liberal columnists: When you resort to calling the Texas GOP Nazis who favor a “final solution” to kill thousands of Texans, you’ve lost both the argument and your senses.
- Electricity deregulation paying off for Texans – Mitchell Schnurman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
- Job Loss Report Splits Lawmakers, Lobbyists – Thanh Tan, Texas Tribune
Generally, the split is between those who believe government can tax, spend, and borrow us to prosperity — and those who understand economics.
- Texas Voter ID Law's Unlikely Supporter – Ryan Holeywell, Governing
- Pre-filed amendments to budget bills set the stage for culture wars on spending – R.G. Ratcliffe, BurkaBlog
- “Moderate” Republican Supports Texas Social Studies/History Standards, Gail Lowe For SBOE Chair – Texas Legislative Update
- Texas Debates Plastic Bag Recycling – Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune
Obviously, all the state’s problems have been solved and we’ve turned to other matters!
- More boondoggle than bonanza: Southbound checkpoints face Fourth Amendment challenges – Grits for Breakfast
- House Republicans will hold firm on budget – David Jennings, Big Jolly Politics
- Moderate-liberal 2012 primary strategy counter play -Weston Hicks, AgendaWise Reports
- Assessing New Taxes – MQSullivan, Empower Texans
- If UT values basic research, why isn't its news office promoting the hard sciences? – Eric Berger, SciGuy/Chron.com
I wholeheartedly disagree with the notion that academic research is not valuable, and there’s no question of its economic benefits and the importance of training a new generation of researchers. For that reason I’m glad [Rick] O’Donnell is no longer a special adviser to the regents.
There’s nothing here to substantiate the simplistic and draconian view Berger ascribes to O’Donnell, and like too many Texas journalists, Berger apparently didn’t bother to interview O’Donnell for his perspective before attacking him editorially. That’s unfair and unprofessional, but it happens all the time.