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GOP: Criminal Fundraising is OK, But Annie's List is "Corrupt"

One thing the Texas GOP never seem to run short of are hypocrites.

One of the many Texas State House races to watch this year is House District 52 in Williamson County (also home to the best brisket in the world at Louie Mueller's BBQ in Taylor). The Democratic candidate for HD52 is Diana Maldonado, a rock star of a candidate who has received the endorsement of and funding from the progressive Texas PAC Annie's List.

"A Time Bomb Headed For A Banana Peel"

With Representative Diane Delisi's (R-Belton) decision to retire from the Texas State House on July 31, Speaker of the House Tom Craddick (R-Midland) has appointed Representative Jodie Laubenberg (R-Rockwall) to chair the House Committee on Public Health.

On HB 710, Texas Students Lose

As with many things related to our State Board of Education, a very important and very disappointing development quietly took place yesterday, this time in the Lege. HB 710, a bill that would make the SBOE subject to Sunset review, went down 71-73 after being read for the third time this session.

Municipal Elections and Swine Flu

Across the state of Texas, we're in the final week of municipal campaigns. Sadly, here in North Texas we're also in a period of ramping up the public sector response to the spread of H1N1 flu (swine flu). The Fort Worth ISD announced earlier this week that they will be closed this week. On Friday, the Lewisville ISD announced that they will be closed this week. Yesterday, the Denton ISD announced that they will be closed this week. All three districts are targeting being open on May 11th.

Voter ID Compromise In The House

Emily Ramshaw blogs at the Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers blog that there is a voter ID compromise floating around the Texas House today. The compromise bill is sponsored by Rep. Todd Smith (R-Euless), the chair of the House Elections Committee.

Paul Burka's "Dear Kay" Post

Paul Burka has quite the evocative post up over at his Texas Monthly blog. The post takes the form of a friendly letter to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) raising the merits of a Specter-esque party switch in her potential quest for the Governor's Mansion in 2010.

Senator Arlen Specter Switches Parties

Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has announced that he is switching parties and will run as a Democrat in the 2010 Democratic primary. Once Senator elect Al Franken (D-Minnesota) is seated, this will give the Senate Democrats a 60 seat majority.

Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), chairman of the NRSC, last week:

Rick Perry Finds the Federal Government Useful...Again

A couple of weeks ago in the run-up to the Tea Parties, we discussed the difference between what Governor Rick Perry says about the Federal government versus what he asks of the Federal government. It turns out that in addition to asking for FEMA's help with wildfires, asking for American soldiers to be sent to the Mexican border and asking for an extension of Federal aid for Hurricane Ike-related cleanup, Governor Perry found another non-intrusive, non-oppressive and non-interfering way for the Federal government to help Texans today.

Some Early Polling On TX-SEN and TX-GOV

Research 2000 for Daily Kos, April 20-April 22, 2009
Margin of Error +/- 4%

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