- Border violence threatens Texas agriculture, trade – Todd Staples, Houston Chronicle
- State set to grapple again with question: How to encourage more private-sector power generation? – Laylan Copelin, Austin American-Statesman
If only all those Enron folks who helped devise the current scheme were still around to help… Oh, never mind!
- What's plaguing the Perry campaign? Perry – Jason Embry, Austin American-Statesman
- Austin Energy customers chip in $65K for solar garden – named 4th most bizarre public art display in country – Mark Lisheron, Texas Watchdog
- We Got Lapped – Michael Quinn Sullivan, Empower Texans
- McCaul will not seek U.S. Senate seat – Kate Alexander, Postcards
- Oil and gas drilling boom brings rowdy boys and crime – Marc Levy, AP
- Rick Perry’s Tax and Spending Reform Plan: Solid on Taxes, Timid and Unserious on Spending – Lawrence Person's BattleSwarm Blog
- Shorter Jennifer Rubin: It’s All About Me! – John Nolte, Big Journalism
An interesting followup to yesterday’s Rubin/”Nightmare” link. American Spectator founder/editor Bob Tyrrell refers to “Davidians” (Frum and Brooks) who have made nice careers for themselves as the sorts of “conservatives” who have gained approval of the mainstream set because of their frequent attacks on movement conservatives and conservative ideas. Rubin seems Davidian in spirit, if not name.
- Occupying Austin peaceably takes work, organizers say – Andrea Ball, Austin American-Statesman
Such a beautiful bit of cheerleading — it almost makes you want to leave your job and go hang out with the disaffected nihilists, hmm? Yeah, not really.
- Some Texas GOP Candidates to Make Education a Priority – Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune
When Republican lawmakers talk about the cuts to public education made in the last session, a common refrain emerges: it could have been worse. The $4 billion reduction the House and Senate finally agreed on….
Perpetuate the “$4 billion cut” lie, THEN use your “public-interest journalism” outfit to boost the sorts of candidates that donors John Thornton or Steve Mostyn might find less objectionable than the current officeholders. Neat how that works!
- Why the flat tax is flat wrong – Loren Steffy, Houston Chronicle
In which the Houston Chronicle’s top biz columnist demonstrates that he apparently has no understanding of the technical meaning of the term “regressive” (which cannot describe a truly flat tax structure, since words mean things).