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Some Early Polling On TX-SEN and TX-GOV

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

Destroying America's Soul in Science

According to the Texas Freedom Network's live blogging of the confirmation hearing for Dr. Don McLeroy, chairman of the Texas State Board of Education, Dr. McElroy seems to think that the teaching of evolution is destroying America's soul in science. Dr. McLeroy, a dentist from Bryan, Texas, didn't elaborate on how our country's soul is being destroyed by teaching accepted, consensus science.

From Litigious Grandparents to Litigious Creationists

Last week we discussed a bill that is in committee in the Texas House that addresses the odd-sounding issue of "litigious grandparents".

Texas Young Democrats Convention This Weekend

The Democratic youth vote in Texas went up over 300% in 2008. Want to know what this surging demographic is up to next? Catch the movers and shakers of the Texas youth movement at the Texas Young Democrats Convention in Austin this weekend.

If Liberals Moved to Canada, Will Conservatives Move to Albania?

And has Governor Perry bought himself some land there yet?

Charles Kuffner nails this one on the head. Remember those guys who threatened to move to Canada if Bush won a second term in '04? And how they got railed on by the Right, and were told that they should? Implication: "We don't want you here. If you're not proud to be a part of the country, you should leave."

Well, now that Governor Perry wants to secede (which, of course, he can't), it would seem like the same argument should apply.

Seceding from Reality, Not from the Union

Apparently Governor Perry's warm up act of cynically embracing the 10th Amendment was just the beginning of his contrived pandering. Yesterday at the Austin Tea Party, the Governor brought his A-game and took the nuttiness to a whole new level. From the Huffington Post:

After the Tea Parties, A Little Perspective

Today is Tax Day in America. This year, it's also Tea Party Day. The Tea Parties are a grassroots movement (wherein "grassroots" means "pumped up by FOX News and Dick Armey") full of people who are six degrees of fed up with all of this big government spending. And the stimulus. And public assistance. And socialism. And...and...oh, it's not even worth making fun of it any more, folks.

Rick Perry In His Own Words

In what I can only guess was a warm up act to his hitting the Tea Party social circuit later today, Governor Rick Perry tilted at the biggest windmill of his political career yesterday. Salon's War Room quotes Governor Perry:

The 10th Amendment was enacted by folks who remembered what it was like to have a very oppressive government, to be under the thumb of tyrants in an all-powerful government. Unfortunately, the protections it guarantees have melted away over the course of the years... I believe the federal government has become oppressive. I believe it's become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of its citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state.

Phil King and Litigious Grandparents

Last week, State Representative Phil King (R-Waco) filed an ominously-titled bill called the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act (HB 2084) in the House Human Services Committee. The casual observer might infer that all manner of calamity is happening to Texas parents by the title of this bill. Are the liberals making parents schedule multicultural playdates? If so, I didn't get the memo.