- Terri Hodge could return to Texas House in 2013 – Gromer Jeffers Jr., Trail Blazers Blog
- Supreme Court asked to dismiss Open Beaches challenge – Chuck Lindell, Postcards
Good. A California troublemaker and a Republican (!) Supreme Court should not team up to undo by fiat a longstanding approach to beach access and property rights that has endured for many generations, and continues to enjoy solid support from voters and elected officials. If activists want to change the Texas approach to open beaches, the proper approach is through elections and the policymaking process.
- CD numbers you will want to refer to – Off the Kuff
- TX Senate wannabes visit Houston, King Street Patriots – David Jennings, Big Jolly Politics
- San Antonio legislator Joaquin Castro says he's running against Lloyd Doggett – Jason Embry, Austin American-Statesman
- Rep. Castro slams "non-Texans" – Ruben Navarrette, CNN.com
- Straus Calls TSA Bill "Publicity Stunt" – Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune
- Perry's Rainy Day Fund? Used Up, Say Some Republicans – Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune
All the more reason not to try to spend more money from it.
- Groups Positioning For Prolonged Higher Ed Debate – Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune
- Fact and faction – Ben Smith, POLITICO.com
I’ve never been a big fan of the new class of professional fact checkers, because their formal-sounding titles conceal that what they do is, at best, no different from what any good reporter does: They try to figure out what’s true by deadline, print it, and are usually but not always right — and certainly not, as their capital “F” titles presume, inarguable.
We take exception, at least in Texas. What PolitiFactTX does IS different from what a good reporter does, in that it’s all too often much-too-lengthy editorializing. The notion that the end product is objective “fact” is why some of us refer to it as PolitiFarceTX. The mainstream media needs to accept the idea that it no longer fully controls the editorial narrative, get past the need to editorialize/sermonize, and do much more old-fashioned reporting.