Tax Day edition — our tax code is a disaster.
- Balanced budget without raising taxes or using up the Rainy Day Fund, says Perry — Joe Holley, San Antonio Express-News
- Julian Castro endorses Obama’s big government spending — Gary Martin, San Antonio Express-News
Castro was one of several U.S. mayors pushed forward by the White House to sell the proposal publicly….
Castro was recently featured as the “next big thing” by the New York Times. And now he’s endorsing Obama’s big government spending, which will add trillions to our national debt.
- Texas governor, California Lt. Gov. tout job creation – Jay Root, AP
Coverage by a pro (contrast with the intern’s work below).
- Two 'Goodhairs' in One Room – Nolan Hicks, Chron Texas Politics
Leading state officials in California have recently begun to ferociously counterattack the notion of the ‘Texas Miracle,’ pointing out with a certain amount of schadenfreude just how bad Texas’ budget problems are. According to a budget analysis done by the Houston Chronicle’s Texas Politics blog Texas’ budget crisis is proportionally as bad as California’s.
Not. Even. Close. Many Texas journos still seem inclined to editorialize in this manner anyway. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story, right?
- Willingham report released – Chuck Lindell, Postcards
- List of theaters playing Atlas Shrugged
Celebrate Tax Day by watching the seminal libertarian work on the big screen
- Proposed Peña District Voted 50.1% for Perry in 2010 – Matt Stiles, Texas Tribune
It appears Rep. Peña is considering running for re-election. Good! We applaud his independence and desire to work for South Texas.
- Perry: We’ll pass a balanced budget without raising taxes or using up the Rainy Day Fund – Christy Hoppe, Dallas Morning News
- Katy ISD plays politics with teachers and students – AFP Texas blog
- WTF 44? Capitol Hill Texan sends message to Obama via controversial license plate – Rick Dunham, Chron Texas On The Potomac
The Houston Chronicle is crowdsourcing stalking and violation of privacy now? To use their words, WTF?
- Rick O'Donnell: The Emails – Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune
There were questions raised about why his job seemed to closely mirror that of Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa. The concern grew as writings he did while a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an Austin-based conservative think tank, were scrutinized.
Quite a lot of passive voice in this piece — probably because Hamilton and Texas Tribune were the ones raising the questions. Self-referential = made up controversy?
- Perry, appointee play down higher education controversy – Ralph Haurwitz, Austin American-Statesman
Re “controversy”, see the previous item.
- Attempt to shutdown the Texas State Board of Education Blocked by Texas Senate – Texas Legislative Update
- Travis County Trumps Texas? – Donna Garner, Ramparts360
A major problem with our Texas system: The Travis County District Attorney (Austin) is not elected statewide, whereas the Texas Attorney General is elected by all Texas voters.
- Former Rep. Terri Hodge released from prison – Gromer Jeffers, Dallas Morning News
Buried deep in the story, we find out she’s a Democrat.
- Leppert continues charge in Senate race – David Jennings, Big Jolly Politics
Can Leppert survive a Republican primary when he donated to a candidate running against George W. Bush’s agenda at the height of W’s popularity?
- GOP Texans in Congress submit a map – Todd Gillman, Dallas Morning News
Look for this today.
- Another Ron Paul offspring to run for Senate? – Anna Tinsley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Ron RandRobert Paul considering running for the Senate