- Sanchez Senate candidacy derided – Bob Cox, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Now this is how you pick a political winner: Find a guy who let a war go off the rails and presided over a torture regime and get him to run for Senate,” [defense writer] Ackerman writes on the Wired’s Danger Room blog.
Perhaps this is why Evan thought Sanchez was about as equally likely to underperform Obama as overperform.
- Calif. ‘Disinvestment Events’ Reach New High; Texas remains top destination for departing companies – Business Relocation Coach
- Texas Soars – Mark Arend, Site Selection
A couple of links you probably won’t find in some MSM roundups.
- How to bridge the Texas budget gap – Bill Hammond, Texas Tribune
TAB Chair Hammond’s main proposals: $3B in Rainy Day Fund, $1.5B in deferred payments, $500M from taking tobacco settlement money upfront, $1B in legalizing slot machines and $500M in prison reforms, as well as having Comptroller Combs raise her revenue estimate by $1.5-3B. See more Budget links below.
- Steve Ogden’s Sweet Spot – R.G. Ratcliffe, BurkaBlog
- Texas College Republicans Target Ogden – Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune
- House budget writers OK higher lobbyist fees, suspending sales tax holiday – Robert Garrett, Trail Blazers Blog
- House budget-writers back billions in extra revenue – Peggy Fikac, Chron Texas Politics
- Straus throws cold water on PSF raid – William Lutz, Lone Star Report
- Soda Tax Could Raise $1 Billion Per Biennium – Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune
- A Texas-Sized Budget Problem Deferred – to Now – Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune
- School funding system attacked – Gary Scharrer, San Antonio Express-News
- Commitment to Fiscal Responsibility Will Keep Texas the Envy of the Nation – Gov. Rick Perry
- The war on truth and women – Patricia Kilday Hart, Houston Chronicle
“In the culture wars, truth – and women – are often collateral damage. And that’s no laughing matter.”
One of the Houston Chronicle’s main political reporters opines that Republicans have declared “war on truth and women.”
- TribLive: Cornyn on Planned Parenthood "Facts" – Evan Smith, Texas Tribune
At this morning’s TribLive conversation, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was unwilling to distance himself from controversial remarks about Planned Parenthood by his colleague, U.S. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona.
Tim Carney adds useful perspective to the numbers Planned Parenthood has provided. The numbers debate is a bit of a diversion from the pro-life argument that there’s no reason for the state to fund the abortion industry directly or indirectly.
- Will Texas Supreme Court revise Open Beaches decision? – Lisa Falkenberg, Houston Chronicle
- Perry asks for federal help in wildfire fight – AP
- More than 1,000 firefighters from 35 states helping battle Texas blazes
- The Sheepish Revolutionary – Daniel Setiawan, Texas Observer
Is this how lefty newsish organizations will try to help Dems pick off Tea Party freshmen?