- Texas works – Unca Darrell
- Ted Cruz hits National Review cover – TedCruz.org
- Redistricting misinformation causes minor panic – Blue Dot Blues
- Plaintiffs pan can ban in New Braunfels – Mark Lisheron, Texas Watchdog
- Rick Perry’s Weasel Words – Rhymes with Right
- Can Rick Perry Regain His Momentum? – Mara Liasson, NPR
Yes. GOP voters are very much up for grabs, hence the wild swings in poll numbers since the Iowa straw poll (remember when Michele Bachmann had the “momentum?” It wasn’t that long ago). Perry can reclaim the “momentum” with one solid debate performance (which may not be true of all the candidates in the race).
- A Texas Smart-Grid Project Advances – Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune
There are about 200 residential participants so far in Pecan Street, which is financed partly by a 2009 federal stimulus award of $10.4 million.
How is this economic stimulus (to anyone but the researchers)? Will there EVER be any sort of payoff to the taxpayers who funded it? These are the sorts of questions never asked or answered at Texas Tribune.
- Perry vs. the EPA: An Epic, Illuminating Clash – Kate Galbraith and John Broder, New York Times
Tensions with the EPA have increased strikingly since the Obama administration appointed a new regional chief, Al Armendariz, an El Paso native. Armendariz, unlike many past regional EPA chiefs, has an engineering background and is a former professor at Southern Methodist University.
“This definitely has been the most confrontational that I’ve seen in the last couple of decades, almost to the point of being personal in terms of Perry lashing out at Armendariz,” said Ken Kramer, director of the Texas chapter of the Sierra Club.
Note the contrast between the prof/engineer public servant and a conservative governor who gets “personal” and lashes out — A neat example of how straight “news” reports can easily editorialize via word choice and shading.
- Perry Condemns Mandatory Insurance, but Texas Faces Crisis in Coverage – Emily Ramshaw, Thanh Tan, Ryan Murphy, Texas Tribune
We can only imagine these “public-interest journalism” hit pieces are exactly the sort of thing Tribune donator and onetime Dem activist John Thornton envisioned when his millions started Texas Tribune.
- DMN aides Democrat PAC – Daniel Greer, AgendaWise Reports