- Texas Supreme Court upholds main state business tax – Kate Alexander, Austin American-Statesman
- Texas asks Supreme Court to block redistricting – April Castro, AP
- Don't underestimate the sway of redistricting – Kiah Collier, San Angelo Standard-Times
It is a strange discussion to have: Which minority population do you want to make stronger (or weaker) in a certain district, at the expense of making it weaker (or stronger) in another district? It seems outdated, like there should be a better way to comply with the stipulations of the Voting Rights Act.
The author gets SO close, before veering off. The more insightful conclusion is that yes, the Voting Rights Act that produces such nonsensical situations (and empowers federal judges increasingly to take on legislative powers and frustrate self-government) is archaic, anti-democratic, and should be abolished. But laws and programs rarely die, no matter whether they’ve outlived their purpose or not.
- Court-ordered lines dramatically reshape congressional representation in Texas – Richard Dunham, Texas on the Potomac/Chron.com
- The 2012 Elections, Off to a Stumbling Start – Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune
“Stumbling” is one way to describe the circumstance of rule by our judicial betters displacing self-government.
- Perry Says He’d Ask Geithner, Bernanke to Resign or He’d Fire Them – Rebecca Kaplan, NationalJournal.com
Someone please tell our governor that the President can’t fire the head of the Federal Reserve, and that the President gets to appoint ALL his own cabinet secretaries!
- Ted Cruz: on a mission to save the country – David Jennings, Big Jolly Politics
- Even if Perry's campaign fails, his hold on state power likely won't – R.G. Ratcliffe, Austin American-Statesman
- Nearly 400 capital murder convicts get life without parole – Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle
- Two-thirds of controversial Montrose Management District board have ties to Houston Mayor Annise Parker – Steve Miller, Texas Watchdog
- Liberal Anita Privitt plays it neutral for the camera – Weston Hicks, AgendaWise Reports
- Using apples and oranges to assess Texas public school funding – Patti Hart, Chron.com
The Texas AFT cites a figure of $5.4 billion in funding cuts — which is the amount of money lawmakers would have spent had they continued existing funding formulas.
The lie gets bigger, and so does the spin!
- Abbott's statement on redistricting – Paul Burka, BurkaBlog
The realization that Abbott is acting on firm legal footing has Texas’ lockstep political media in a tizzy.