April 20, 2015

The Texas Progressive Alliance honors the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing

Life amidst death: Ducklings at the OKC bombing site.
(Blogger's photo.)
The Texas Progressive Alliance honors the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing on the 20th anniversary of that dark day as it brings you this week's roundup. (And, this TPA member hopes — even if against reality — that we don't have future such instances.)

Let's also not forget today is the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, which might take decades before the ocean floor is clean.

On to the roundup.

Off the Kuff celebrated the city of Houston's victory in court against the petition effort to force a referendum on repealing the city's Equal Rights Ordinance.

Libby Shaw at Texas Kaos and contributing to Daily Kos wonders what a progressive Democratic grassroots activist is to do when her Party's leaders turn tail and side against their constituents. Les Miserables: Texas Political Donors and Voters Bought Lemons.

Nonsequiteuse suspects it would be safer to go to the grocery store and more crowded on election day if Democrats would put down their guns and move slowly to the left.

Socratic Gadfly combines his being a history buff with being an aficionado of classical music and poetry to note how Lincoln's death has been commemorated in the arts, on the sesquicentennial of his assassination.

There's a new "Dirty Thirty" in Austin, and PDiddie at Brains and Eggs pulls back the curtain on the so-called Texas House Democrats who voted with the Republicans to overturn municipal fracking bans.  Surprise: it's all about the money, specifically campaign contributions from oil and gas companies.

From WCNews at Eye on Williamson. It's always funny when the media tries to figure out why the GOP can't come up with a "fantastic scheme for all that cash", When Cutting Is All You Know.

Neil at All People Have Value wrote about the $2000 ticket a San Antonio chef was given for feeding the homeless in violation of a law prohibiting the feeding of the homeless in San Antonio. These laws are evil. Houston has such a law.  APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.

Texas Leftist noted (a few weeks back, but who's counting) on the recent designation of Interstate 69 get I through Houston and Harris County, and the economic impact expected.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme was extremely disappointed to hear Leticia Van de Putte use a fundamental Republican talking point to blow off non-discrimination ordinances. I want my money back from her Lieutenant governor's race.


And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.

Paradise in Hell marvels at the hatefulness of Steven Hotze.

Scott Braddock chides the Legislature for its inaction on the problem of misclassifying employees.

Texas Watch issues a call to action against a bill that would weaken insurance policyholder protections.

Texas Clean Air Matters is on the lookout for the legislators who are seeking to gut local control.

Better Texas Blog explains how the Aycock school finance bill would increase inequity among the highest and lowest wealth districts.

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