- Sanchez Debut Fizzles – Jim Geraghty, National Review Online
- Boy’s Life—Rick Perry – Jake Silverstein, Texas Monthly
- Romney narrow leads unannounced candidates Perry, Palin, Giuliani – Gallup
- Rick Perry's Bet on Federalism – Conor Friedersdorf, Atlantic
- Romney and Perry: Dual Front-Runners? – Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
- Five Truly Amazing Facts About The Texas Economy — Will Franklin, Willisms
- Texas bucks national unemployment trend – Paul Davidson, USA Today
- Texas is in the news – Texas is number One in job creation! – Peggy Venable, AFP Texas Blog
- Texas headlines: Texas, apparently, is a fine place for jobs – Patrick Michels, Texas Independent
The story doesn’t mention the $4 billion in cuts to Texas’ public schools the State Legislature passed this year….
Perhaps because the budget actually contained a small net increase in public education spending? The state’s mainstream news media mostly misreported that fact, so it’s not surprising to see the lie repeated in ideological news/opinion outlets.
- Perry: Obama's speech on debt was condescending – AP
- Sheila Jackson Lee accused of bias? Astonishing – Lisa Falkenberg, Houston Chronicle
In which the Houston Chronicle‘s junior columnist laughably insists that much criticism of Sheila Jackson Lee is unfair, racist, and sexist (her own belated effort excepted, of course), and that the Congresswoman has a reputation for “getting things done” (the main “things” that come to mind for us are needless press conferences and other efforts to game local media).
- Guest Column: Immigration, Perry and a Divided GOP – Jim Henson, Texas Tribune
In which Jim Henson wrongly characterizes those who favor policies to deal with the problem of illegal immigration as “anti-immigrant.” Many conservatives recognize the value of immigration and immigrants. Illegal immigration is a different creature altogether.
- Texas' progress on higher education goals mixed, officials say – Ralph Haurwitz, Austin American-Statesman
Related food for thought here and here.
- Another Victim of Budget Cuts: State Education Agencies – Sean Cavanagh, Education Week
The [Texas Education Agency] began the year with more than 1,000 employees, but after two rounds of layoffs—including one last week that put 178 people out of work—it is now down to 717, TEA spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe said.
Can anyone explain what 1,000 education bureaucrats actually do at TEA? Seriously, please leave a comment.
- Leppert claims 3 to 1 lead in cash on hand vs Cruz – David Jennings, Big Jolly Politics
- Interactive map of 200+ Texas post offices being considered for closure – Jennifer Peebles, Texas Watchdog