Top Stories: A Perry Revival?
- Perry steps up his profile in fifth GOP debate – Jason Embry and Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman
- Perry recaptures some of his swagger at GOP debate – Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
- Has Gov. Perry Found his Swing? (Audio) – Scott Braddock
- A New Rick Perry Shows Up to GOP Debate – Emily Ramshaw and Jay Root, Texas Tribune
A new Rick Perry showed up at Tuesday night’s GOP presidential debate. But whether he was effective — or likeable — is, well, debatable.
Really sloppy, well, editorializing in a news lede. But we suppose the Trib just can’t help itself at times.
- The CNN Debate: Where Has This Perry Been? – Erick Erickson, Red State
- In fifth debate, Perry finally shows up – Byron York, Washington Examiner
- Rick Perry revives by rattling Mitt Romney in Las Vegas debate – Reid J. Epstein and Maggie Haberman, Politico
- Texas last among states on return-per-dollar from federal gas tax – Mark Lisheron, Texas Watchdog
- Does Texas Higher Education Have a Morale Problem? – Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune
There has been much hand-wringing across Texas about changes being considered at the state’s flagship four-year institutions in response to a public perception that college and university faculty need to be more productive. Tuition at public institutions around the state has risen, and students are amassing significant debt. Yet graduation rates in the state remain low, causing some students, parents and the politicians who represent them — and control the state’s higher ed funding — to wonder if they’re getting their money’s worth from the faculty.
Just a few months ago, Texas Tribune was leading the charge in defense of the higher ed status quo, so the appearance of this graf, cautious though it is, represents real progress. Baby steps!
Substantively, it might also be worth noting that of all the issues raised by the OWS crowd, the complaints about graduating with $100,000 in debt and a useless [Fill-in-the-Esoteric-Academic-Genre] Studies degree might actually have some bearing on the broader higher ed debate.
- Texas receives 'incomplete' on health insurance exchange report card – Robert T. Garrett,Trail Blazers Blog
- The Eternal Adolescence of Beavis and Butt-Head – Karen Olsson, NYTimes.com
Judge spends half his time in Los Angeles and half in Austin, where I also live….
Okay, so the Texas angle is a little weak in this one… but it’s an interesting article.