The Texas Progressive Alliance is packing some extra antihistamines in addition to bringing you the best of the left of Texas from last week. Scroll to the end to see more about the Battle of the Beans.
US Senate candidates Beto O'Rourke and Sema Hernandez met for the first time in the wake of the Democratic primary almost a month ago, and Geoff Campbell interviewed Hernandez afterwards for Progressive Army. The face-to-face seemed more than a little stand-offish, but O'Rourke appears to have won Hernandez's vote—if not her endorsement—in the 2018 general election.
Socratic Gadfly has an update to a previous post on what clearly appears to be a weird triangle in Marlin between Houston real estate "flippers," a former VA hospital building, and the General Land Office and P. Bush.
Ethan Couch—he was the Brains and Eggs' 2015 Texan of the Year for being responsible (a thinly relative term when referring to Couch) for the word "affluenza"—is leaving jail this morning and beginning his ten-year-probationary sentence. Stephen Young at the Dallas Observer has the details. Also blogged here a couple of weeks before Couch's award: a disease associated with affluenza is...gulliblemia.
Talking Points Memo checks in from the federal courthouse in Houston with a report on Steve Stockman's fraud trial, and seems astounded that everything is bigger in Texas, doubly so when it's crimes committed by Texas Republicans. (Meanwhile, Texans thought everyone knew this already.)
The Texas Standard speaks to the Dallas News' Lauren McGaughey (paywall) about the state's Sunset Advisory Commission describing mental health care oversight among the three agencies charged with that task as being in "severe operational dysfunction."
Scott Henson at Grits for Breakfast tips Texas reporters to some news that just might have a Pulitzer hiding in it somewhere.
In the New York Times last week (March 29), former Austin Statesman editor Richard Oppell authored an article that could resonate throughout Texas indigent defense systems, as it describes a practice that's widespread, not remotely limited to the judge or attorney in Galveston at the center of the story. Here's the heart of the allegations ...
The Lewisville Texan Journal took note of a local election where residents were asked to support or oppose giving themselves a $100 check...but nobody bothered to vote. Really: 0% turnout
Voting ended Saturday for a city referendum, which would cut a $100 check for each resident of Lewisville due to a budgeting error at City Hall. Not one person voted in the election though, causing a standstill among city officials.
A Fort Bend County commissioner wants the Lege to consider exempting the Texas Open Meetings Act for emergencies, but Christopher Collins at the Texas Observer asks if that's just another excuse to kill laws that force government to conduct itself transparently.
David Collins attended a recent Socialist Alternative meeting in Houston, where former Greenwatch host and political candidate Brian Harrison spoke about gun violence (not control).
Houston Justice wants to see more African American representation on the Bayou City's commissions and boards, and blogs about how action on that might look.
The Rag Blog's Alice Embree writes about a Chilean student who presented a paper in Paris about protests against Salvador Allende in the '60's and '70's, and used the Austin underground newspaper's digital archives for research.
Another poll bar-graphed by Ted at jobsanger leaves him puzzled as to the conservative political leanings of the Baby Boomer generation.
And both Houston Public Media and Texas Leftist covered the Bean Art War that erupted into a series of putdowns, crackbacks, and other sick burns between Chi-Town and H-Town. (Few seemed to notice that the artist considers them "clouds" and not beans.)
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