Top Stories: Courts, Dems take on self-government
- Federal court issues new political maps for Texas – April Castro, AP
Rule by judicial fiat displaces self-government.
- Federal Judges Propose Maps for Texas Legislative Races – Ross Ramsey and Ryan Murphy, The Texas Tribune
Proposed subheadline: Federal judicial branch usurps power of state legislative branch
- Not Every Texas Race Will Be a Contest — by Design – Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune
For the moment, the federal judges in San Antonio and Washington control how this election cycle will work.
Clearly how the founders of our federal constitutional system intended it (unless one takes seriously their careful placement of that power elsewhere, that is).
- Voter ID law approval hits new snag – Mike Ward, Postcards
Tossing aside majority will and self-government via judicial fiat just can’t be done recklessly, after all!
- Democrats/Journalists fear Perry is embarrassing Texas, pile on – Mario Recio, McClatchy
Our small change to the headline is a big improvement.
- Bad legislation gets passed, ignored and blamed on Gov. Rick Perry – Mark Lisheron, Texas Watchdog
Nestled in all the Blame Perry tissue paper is a finely wrought gift of explanatory journalism revealing how government grinds on while the press and the public barely notice.
In this case, a Brownsville Democrat drove the questionable legislation, as Lisheron explains. Do give the whole thing a read!
- Survey shows big problems from public education cuts – Gary Scharrer, Texas Politics/Chron.com
An early assessment from educators provides a grim reaction to the $5.4 billion that Texas lawmakers have cut from public education, according to a survey of some 3,500 teachers and school employees.”
The lie grows and grows!
- AINN to continue operating Colorado, Florida, Texas Independent websites – Colorado Independent
The lefty faux-news (newsish) organization in Texas lives another day.
- Dewhurst's omissions – Sibyl West, Ramparts 360
- Hutchison presses NASA to keep promises to Houston – Stewart Powell, Houston Chronicle
- Dewhurst grabs gold standard endorsement – David Jennings, Big Jolly Politics