- Texas Highway Patrol Association officials accused of misleading donors and misspending funds – Tony Plohetski, Austin American-Statesman
- Judge approves probation, fine for state Rep. Joe Driver – Tim Eaton, Austin American-Statesman
- Rash of improper influence over high-dollar contracts at Houston ISD — while teachers are cut and schools are closed – Mike Cronin and Jennifer Peebles, Texas Watchdog
The needs of elites and their crony friends outweigh the needs of “the children.”
- New focus on incendiary words in Paul's newsletters – Jim Rutenberg and Richard Oppel Jr., New York Times
- Will Ron Paul kill the caucuses? – Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, Politico
If Iowans give the crank a plurality, it seems Iowans themselves will have killed the relevance of their caucuses.
- New EPA rules expected to cause at least 32 power plants to shut down but are unlikely to cause blackouts – Dina Cappiello, AP
Much as Dina Cappiello and her headline writer try to slant this story, the fact is the Obama EPA’s war on Texas is going to close plants that wouldn’t otherwise close, drive up the price of electricity, diminish available supply on the margin, hurt our economy, and yes — increase the risk of blackouts. That the two choose to editorialize that blackouts are “unlikely” is simply an editorial assertion removed from the laws of supply and demand (and reality).
- State to buy isle homes – Amanda Casanova, Galveston Daily News
- Slimy James has proved he's ready to be a senator – Mac Engel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
- Federal Judge in Redistricting Battle is Brother in Law of Texas Democrat Senate Caucus Chairman – David Bellow Blog
- Democrat Paul Sadler enters U.S. Senate race – Kate Alexander, Postcards
- Paul Sadler, a Democrat, Files for U.S. Senate – Ross Ramsey, The Texas Tribune
- Perry Revisits Undocumented Students' In-State Tuition – Reeve Hamilton, The Texas Tribune
- Perry still struggling to regain momentum – Dave Montgomery, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A good chunk of voters seem to want a candidate who can discuss a wide range of issues knowledgeably. Perry flunked that test early and probably won’t recover.
- Insanity, Erick Erickson – RedState
- Richard Rhodes: The Texas Tribune Interview – Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune
The Trib goes outside its usual cadre of elite higher ed bureaucrats to talk to… a community college bureaucrat.