I would have posted this Texas Progressive blog roundup Monday, but I was sooooo not feelin' it Monday. What I did feel was anxiety, mostly about HCGP's monthly membership meeting scheduled for that evening. It was bad enough that around midday I informed members of the Steering Committee and others that I would not be attending. Tuesday I felt better, but not enough to confront anything Green Party–related.
In some recent posts here, I have written direct references or dropped hints about this anxiety that sometimes borders on existential dread. During the last week, I have endured a generalized angst concerning the fate of our nation and world, as well as a specific angst concerning the direction of the county and state Green organizations.
I have taken on a role at the county level that I may not be able to fulfill, and it hurts me horribly to let down these people I have grown to love over the years. But when the organization continues to give me more stress than joy, I also find it difficult to continue serving it.
Now that that's out of the way:
Off the Kuff introduces the Democratic candidates in SD10 who hope to recapture Wendy Davis' former seat.
In the wake of a fourth consecutive loss for Democrats in Congressional special elections this year, PDiddie at Brains and Eggs assembled some of the pundits who performed Wednesday morning quarterbacking.
SocraticGadfly tells environmentalists to stop buying eXXXon's PR crap about supporting a carbon tax.
Texas Vox reports on the effort to make Austin carbon-free by 2030.
Ted at jobsanger thinks Democrats should stop blaming Nancy Pelosi for their troubles.
The Lewisville Texan Journal has a moving story on the local art contest winner who dramatized and honored victims of some of the nation's mass shootings.
Neil at All People Have Value appreciates all people working to oppose the Bannon/Trump agenda. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.
And Harold Cook provides the press release that at least 20 members of the Legislature could use about now, in response to Texas Monthly's 'Best' and 'Worst' listing.
More news and blog posts from around Texas!
The San Antonio Current summarizes the legal case against the anti-sanctuary cities law, SB4, with opening arguments this morning.
Could Travis County's STAR-vote technology be the answer to election hacking? Isabelle Soto at Burkablog explains.
Greg Abbott appointed two Fort Worth-area legislators to manage the legislation addressing mail-in ballot fraud in the forthcoming special session. Anna Tinsley at PoliTex has the details.
Dan Quinn at Texas Freedom Network reveals the cesspool of extremism and hate at Dr. Steven Hotze's Conservative Republicans of Texas website.
DBC Green Blog has some of Jill Stein's responses to the recent outpouring of vitriol against her and the Green Party, likely prompted by scrutiny of the Democrats' own failings.
Robert Rivard assesses outgoing San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor.
Michael Li describes the sleeper Texas partisan redistricting claim, though it won't be heard by the appeals court at this time. And the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the Associated Press analysis that "nearly four" Texas Congressional districts were won by Republicans because of gerrymandering than otherwise would have been the case.
Better Texas Blog reminds us that the Senate will not make the Trumpcare bill any less mean.
Glissette Santana at the Urban Edge wraps up a week of taking public transit around Houston for the first time.
And Beyond Bones weighs in on the "did T. rex have feathers?" debate.