Thursday, December 18, 2014

For Public Schools, What to Watch in Next Session, by Morgan Smith

The Texas Tribune's Morgan Smith points out a few things to watch for in the next legislative session concerning public education in Texas.

For Public Schools, What to Watch in Next Session, by Morgan Smith

How to Earn a Bum Steer Award

A  Bum Steer Award from Texas Monthly is not the greatest honor in the world. Whether Ms. Davis really deserves this dubious distinction is up for debate. Democrats in Texas had one of the best   state -wide tickets in recent memory however they were going against a strong current.



How to Earn a Bum Steer Award

Cuba decision marks a bet by Obama that Cold War politics have turned a corner


Karen Tumulty and Ann Gearan have an excellent piece in The Washington Post today concerning President Obama's corner turning Cuba policy. Younger Cuban Americans will likely split with their elders on this issue and although many Democrats are supportive, many Republicans will be up in arms about loosening some restrictions, after a fifty year embargo, against Cuba. Republicans like to keep old enemies and are adept at making new ones.

Cuba decision marks a bet by Obama that  Cold War politics have turned a corner

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

If anyone has  wondered why there hasn't been regular posting here, Wind Stream  my internet provider for years has had a huge outage.  It's been about a week and a half and for the most part, nearly two weeks since I have had any reliable access to the internet. If  I had wanted to write something about current events I couldn't have done so. I'm writing this with my wireless account as  issues haven't been resolved here. I had planned to take a short break after the November General Election however it was extended much longer due to someone, likely, digging up a fiber optic line. I'll be doing much more posts after the first of the year when the Texas Legislature begins its next session and the new session of Congress begins.  In the down time, I've been reading "My Life," by William Jefferson Clinton. Bill is as humorous of a story teller as anyone I've ever met or known. After reading a good portion of the book, I discovered we were both in the same towns or cities when we were both young however only met once.  If you are someone interested in former President "Bill" Clinton's life, it's worth the read. If you don't have access to a copy of his book, it's worth buying a copy.  I may comment more on this subject at a later time.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Abbott comes out – warily – for business tax break

Texas cut 5.4 billion in education funding. We didn't have the money they said. About 18,000 educators including special teachers and para-professionals lost their jobs. The business franchise tax was a bad idea. It targeted the wrong businesses. From car dealerships which have high investments and actually low profit margins to music stores, it hurt several sectors of Texas businesses. IT was RICK PERRY'S tax plan you can look it up.
Abbott comes out – warily – for business tax break

Climate Accord With China a Very Big Deal

Even China, which has put profit over controlling pollution is beginning to see the light on climate change.

One of the biggest Republican arguments against the U.S. doing anything about carbon emissions and such, and this is from the most reasonable part of the party is that it won't do any good for us to cut emissions if China continues to pollute the air. China seems to be on board. Now we only have to convince skeptics and likely find some Republicans which aren't in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry. Neither of these tasks will be easy.



Climate Accord With China a Very Big Deal

Monday, November 10, 2014

Breitbart Issues Best Correction Since Forever

"Breitbart Issues Best Correction since Forever."
  From Josh Marshall and Talking Points Memo
 The correction was written in a way that it could easily go completely unnoticed.

It reminds me of a Walter Scott quote:

"Oh what a tangled web we weave,
 when first we practice to deceive."

Here's changing the punctuation slightly, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when, first, we practice to deceive."
  Breitbart Issues Best Correction Since Forever

Senate GOP steeling for battle against EPA

Republican control of the U.S. Senate means a big fight over E.P.A. regulations.They might as well chant: "We want more pollution! We want more pollution! We want more pollution!" Or how about this:  "Level the mountain tops, pollute the streams, more profit, more profit, for the supporters of our team!"





Senate GOP steeling for battle against EPA

How Battleground Texas hobbled the Wendy Davis campaign

When there's a big loss, whether in sports or politics people tend to look for someone, somewhere, or something to blame. Was it the hometown referees that called two many fouls on our team? Was it those new star players? Jonathan Tilove and J. David McSwane have written a scathing article about Battleground Texas. In any well researched story, the first order of business is to follow the money. There's also all that information which was collected. Who does it belong to and where does it go, now? This is for informational purposes however I'm curious how other Democrats feel about this year's disappointing showing.







How Battleground Texas hobbled the Wendy Davis campaign

Analysis: The Democratic Voters Who Disappeared, by Ross Ramsey

Ross Ramsey writing for The Texas Tribune: "The Democratic Voters Who Disappeared." I'm predicting an increasing Democratic turnout as voters begin to realize that the current group of Texas elected officials are not taking the state in a direction which is good for the state. How long will it take is the question. For one thing we can't continue to have the lowest or one of the lowest turnout percentages in the nation. 


Analysis: The Democratic Voters Who Disappeared, by Ross Ramsey

Thursday, October 30, 2014

High-Stakes Elections

Van de Putte's Statewide Bus Tour Ventures off Democrats' Beaten Path, by Alexa Ura

Leticia  Van de Putt draws  a lively crown of democrats in East Texas.


Van de Putte's Statewide Bus Tour Ventures off Democrats' Beaten Path, by Alexa Ura

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Before I go do some long overdue work at the farm I want to remind everyone to vote.. Texas Early voting ends tomorrow and election day is November 4th for the 2014 general election.
Here are my endorsements for races I'm eligible to vote in. First, to be clear I believe that Democrats have a better state-wide ticket than Republicans do this election cycle in Texas.
In local / district races, vote for Charles Mitchell.
The most important race for Texas this year to provide some balance in state government is to elect Leticia van de Putte Lieutenant Governor.
Elect  for Texas' Comptroller, Mike Collier
Elect for Texas Attorney General, Sam Houston.

There are of course many other races I could write about. These I deem to be the most important. 

An Unvarnished Interview With T. Boone Pickens, by Jim Malewitz

T. Boone Pivkens and his opinion about oil & gas speaking from 60 years of experience.

An Unvarnished Interview With T. Boone Pickens, by Jim Malewitz  






Texplainer: Do Falling Oil Prices Threaten Budget?, by Jim Malewitz