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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Crimean Tatars Pressured To Become Russian Citizens

 Crimean Tatars and their history with Russia makes national news in the U.S.



Crimean Tatars Pressured To Become Russian Citizens

How Will A Small Town In Arizona Manage An ICE Facility In Texas?

Just when private for profit prions or toll roads are thought to be heading out the door, new creative ways are used to build another one. this is the unusual story of the groundbreaking for and partnerships involved for another city in another state profiting on a new Texas prison.


How Will A Small Town In Arizona Manage An ICE Facility In Texas?

American Rhetoric: Dwight D. Eisenhower -- Farewell Address

Dwight D. Eisenhower, --- Farewell Address. 

If Americans and the world community had only listened and followed the wise counsel of  Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell Address it possibly could have been a better world today. 



American Rhetoric: Dwight D. Eisenhower -- Farewell Address

Monday, October 27, 2014

Let’s Fix Our Broken Property Tax System

Mike Collier, "Let's Fix Our Broken Tax system."

Let’s Fix Our Broken Property Tax System

Analysis: Short of a Win, Finding Ways to Measure Democrats' Progress, by Ross Ramsey

Republican candidates in state-wide races are placing their bet that a majority of voters check the name with the R. Ross Ramsey's analysis is spot on, on this quote, "Republicans in some top races have all but disappeared in some top races in this general election season." I do have one major disagreement with Mr.Ramsey's analysis. He places his marker on the Wendy Davis v. Greg Abbott race for governor. Does Davis get more votes than Bill White did in 2010 is what he is looking to for his assessment of Democratic progress. That's not what I'm looking at. I'm looking toward some other state-wide races. Will Texans elect a comptroller less qualified, just because he's a Republican? Mike Collier is clearly more qualified than his Republican opponent in the Texas Comptroller's race. The same is true for Sam Houston in the attorney general's race and Leticia Van de Putte in the Texas Lieutenant Governor's race.
 Davis knows more about state government than Abbott by far and would be a good governor. Republicans, though have been able to, and with some success define Davis as too liberal. To me, it's not whether Davis gets more votes than Bill White did in 2010. It's whether voters are looking at the qualifications of the candidates in state-wide races. If Democrats are successful in getting more people to the polls, making progress in vote totals in several races, and win one or more state-wide offices this year, it would be a leap forward. It's not just about vote totals in one race.







Analysis: Short of a Win, Finding Ways to Measure Democrats' Progress, by Ross Ramsey

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Save Safety Net Programs Billions and Help Ensure Businesses Are Doing Their Fair Share

Raising the minimum wage, if it saved billions in safety net programs, and had so many other positive benefits, why would some politicians oppose it? Maybe it's due to where their campaign contributions come from. Is it corporate sponsors, some of whom keep their disclosures secret? Corporations which want to keep low wages and encourage under paid workers to use safety net programs are the problem. Raise the minimum wage. Pay decent wages above that wage floor and we won't be subsiding the greed of corporations.







Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Save Safety Net Programs Billions and Help Ensure Businesses Are Doing Their Fair Share

Grits for Breakfast: Exoneree awarded $2.3 million jury verdict over in...

This observation is from a layman non lawyer perspective.

Sometimes these court decisions are reversed by The Fifth Circuit of Appeals. There though have been other cases where evidence was withheld from lawyers defending clients in Texas. The publicity generated by the unethical and illegal practice (of withholding evidence from lawyers of the defendant) hopefully will lead to improvements in Texas' Criminal Justice practices.


Grits for Breakfast: Exoneree awarded $2.3 million jury verdict over in...: Texas Lawyer brings word (Oct. 23) of the latest example of innocence compensation, this time through a federal courtroom instead of the st...