Last August, Hurricane Harvey caused widespread delays at the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester. Winter Storm Inga wrought some havoc with the start of Spring 2018, what with two days of what we call "severe weather." It wasn't so much severe weather as severely messed up highways. The presenters on the Weather Channel were calling our roads "skating rinks" with drinking-game frequency, and the Southwest Freeway definitely fit that description.
Fortunately, my place of work prudently scheduled the beginning of the Spring term for today, as if the committee knew we'd have Houstonians-don't-know-how-to-drive-in-it weather after MLK Day.
Downwinders at Risk chronicles the holiday in the aftermath of the cancellation of the Arlington MLK Day parade (the one Greg Abbott was supposed to be the grand marshal of).
Neil at All People Have Value blogged about the Houston Democratic Socialists of America–endorsed slate for 2018. APHV is part of NeilAquino.com.
PoliTex reminds Texans that we are first in the nation with our primary elections, and that the deadline to register to vote in them is less than two weeks from today.
Socratic Gadfly is still waiting for Lupe Valdez to take a political stance. And in a sidebar, he had snarky pieces about Trump's alleged payoff to Stormy Daniels and what's new on Gorilla Channel viewing, both run with Ken Silverstein's Washington Babylon.
Michael Li outlines the Texas redistricting case SCOTUS has agreed to hear.
Therese Odell at Foolish Watcher reluctantly climbs down into the shithole.
Grits for Breakfast points out a problem with life-without-parole sentences.
Off the Kuff takes a shot at predicting which female candidates for Congress in Texas have the best chance at getting elected, and Lion Star has video of some of the CD-16 candidates (he seems to like Norma Chavez).
Even as larger communities like Houston have welcomed the New Year and largely turned the page on Hurricane Harvey, this is not the case for many other Texas cities and towns. As Texas Leftist shares, Harvey is very much a 2018 reality for coastal towns like Rockport.
In his latest "water is wet" post, jobsanger bar-graphs a poll that shows race relations in the US are still a problem.
Jim Schutze at the Dallas Observer notices that life has gone on in Dallas even after tearing down the statue of Robert E. Lee.
Texas Standard's regular aggregation of state news includes the story at the Statesman that justices of both the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals heard in a symposium from experts on how to better serve defendants with mental health issues.
Leah Binkovitz at the Urban Edge ponders the Houston region's transit future.
Sarah Martinez at the San Antonio Current documents the brief but impactful life of the #DentonTrumpster, and Leif Reigstad at Texas Monthly profiles some Texans, well known and lesser known, that we lost last year.
Somervell County Salon laments the pending reuse of sodium nitrite to control the feral hog population.
DBC Green blog has his mind blown by a conservative host on RT.
Better Texas Blog plans to face 2018 with a fierce sense of optimism about what can be accomplished.
Harry Hamid approaches Ludditia.
And Millard Fillmore's Bathtub reminds you to fly your flag today (i.e., Monday, MLK Day, because this Texoblogosphere was published that day).
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