April 18, 2019

TX Progressives glad taxes are past,
sad Rethugs and ConservaDems still here

The Texas Progressive Alliance says “Thanks Obama” at income tax time for this member’s having to pay a partial Obamacare penalty, with Tax Day on Monday. Meanwhile, here’s this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff was sadly not surprised to see Ken Paxton brush off the demand for documents relating to the bogus SOS advisory on non-citizen voters.

SocraticGadfly talks about a Texas history event known to relatively few Texans and to very few non-Texans: The Great Hanging at Gainesville.

David Bruce Collins offers an in memoriam to Texas Green Party pioneer Dr. George Reiter.

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

Texas Monthly opposes a state sales tax increase, as does the Texas Trib, yet surprisingly neither mention the backscenes mover on this, Rep. Drew Springer, even though the Texas Observer profiled him and his new day job 18 months ago and explained why he would push this.

Raise Your Hand Texas believes in the power of pre-K.

Christopher Hooks wonders why Dan Patrick would support Presidential actions that would harm the Texas economy.

John Tanner wants alternatives to the STAAR test for school accountability

Juanita finds Louie Gohmert's intellectual twin.

Grits for Breakfast notes Greg Abbott's flipflop on marijuana reform.

Better Texas Blog would prefer to keep kids on health insurance plans, thanks very much.

The Texas Observer explores attempts to revitalize the old Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells. 

The Observer notes that state Democrats are stillpiecemealing the fight to maintain local control over what should be local issues.

Dallas County DA John Creuzot won’t criminally prosecute first time pot offenders, one of a raft of reforms from his office the Dallas Observer notes. Grits has more.

Jim Schutze has a three-year-and-wait update on the unopened Calatrava bridge across the Trinity in Dallas. 

Rep. Brian Babin (R-Woodville) tells Gov. Strangeabbott to butt out of his federal bill bringing more fairness to Indian gaming in Texas. The Fertitta family of Houston Rockets ownership and other things maybe expects its campaign dinero to Abbott to get this type of action.

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