The Texas Progressive Alliance marched in solidarity with women over the weekend, and stands shoulder to shoulder with them as the second year of the quest for equal rights, decent treatment, and fair consideration is a clear demonstration that they are twice as pissed off as last year.
DBC missed the march due to taking care of domestic business, but is happy that some Harris County Greens turned out for it, complete with a banner and green t-shirts. DBC also agrees with Dr. Margaret Flowers, who reminded us on Twitter and Facebook that, unless marching for women's issues includes vociferous opposition the US's lethal foreign policies, killing women and children through bombing and hunger, irrespective of which corporate party is in power, then that march is not worth the wear & tear on our shoes.
Here's the lefty blog post and news round-up from last week.
Michael Li interprets the latest SCOTUS action on Texas redistricting.
G. Elliott Morris gives a short course in poll tracking.
Two weeks after Houston native Nathan Neblett became Tarrant County's elections administrator...he's out, via PoliTex. Commissioners will address the vacancy in their meeting this week, but don't expect to tap a replacement before the March 6 primary.
DBC Green blog praised a couple of the Democratic candidates who spoke at Our Revolution Gulf Coast's quarterly meeting.
EgbertoWillies.com said that many Democrats seemed to have believed that because Trump is unpopular they would coast to a blue wave. Those who warned were attacked as pessimists; not reading the data objectively. The double-digit Democratic generic polling lead has evaporated. There is work to be done.
The Lion Star videotaped interviews with Gina Ortiz Jones and Judy Canales, two of the Democrats running in TX-23, and the Lewisville Texan Journal covered the debate between Will Fisher and Linsey Fagan, contending to challenge incumbent Republican Michael Burgess in TX-26. Here's an excerpt:
Probably the most interesting moment of the debate came much later when they were asked about the other side of the 2016 ticket. Both candidates strongly supported Bernie Sanders in a Democratic primary race that has been called into question by Sanders supporters and some party officials. The issue remained contentious among Democrats nationally right up until the general election. (Ed. note: The issue remains contentious; legally so.)
jobsanger finds merit-based immigration to be a bad idea, hurting workers by depressing wages, thereby helping corporations.
Texas Standard--linking to the Statesman--asks if the state ought to be insuring its $7.4 billion (guesstimated worth) of property, rather than self-insuring it as is currently done.
Michael Barajas of the Texas Observer reports on a lawsuit questioning the conduct of Port Arthur police and the staff of a hospital there after a mentally ill patient wound up dead for refusing to take off his underwear. And in an ongoing examination of the challenges facing rural Texans, Christopher Collins finds that if they want decent health care, they'd be best off self-deporting to New Hampshire.
Texas and other Southern states are home to small-town doctor shortages, skyrocketing rates of preventable disease among rural residents and some of the highest uninsured rates in the nation, according to a new report that places Texas’ rural health care failings in a national context for the first time.
Better Texas blog has an update on the Lege's efforts to stabilize the individual health insurance market (better known as the Affordable Care Act).
Socratic Gadfly has some thoughts on the nuances of universal healthcare, Medicare for All, co-pays, and the positions on all of those of Beto O'Rourke and Tom Wakely.
Stuart Williams urges Texas Democrats to compete in rural areas.
Neil at All People Have Value shared a picture from the weekly John Cornyn Houston office protest, held each Tuesday at 11:30 am to 1 pm, at 5300 Memorial Drive.
And Harry Hamid has been ill long enough as to be hallucinating.
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