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The Texas Progressive Alliance January 14, 2013

January 14, 2013

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The Texas Progressive Alliance  is digging in for another long legislative session as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff has interviews with SD06 special election candidates Sylvia Garcia and Carol Alvarado.

BossKitty at TruthHugger is just appalled that the whole story isn’t addressed, Of Course It’s Not Just Guns.

Cut taxes, create a structural deficit, cut education and the safety net which results in a surplus. Rinse and repeat. WCNews at Eye on Williamson wants to make sure everyone hasn’t forgotten the past, Do you remember how we got here?

As early voting began, Brains and Eggs had the most comprehensive coverage of the special election to replace the late Mario Gallegos in the Texas Senate. A post on the protest at TransCanada, two posts on Sylvia Garcia’s aggressive campaign against Carol Alvarado, a post on the candidate who boycotted one of the debates, and a post critical of the exceptionally lame media coverage of the election highlighted a busy week.

Over at TexasKaos, lightseeker gives you the skivvy on the educational funding issue including the latest lamebrain schemes from our Republican leaders. Check it out at : Texas Education-The Same Old Fools In Charge Part 2.

Neil at Texas Liberal posted that a grave with a view of traffic would be a fitting end to an urban Houston life.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants you to know that Rick Perry has doubled down on corporate greed and Tea Party crazy.

Texas History for the Week of  January 13 – 19

January 13
Future scalp hunter enlists in army (1847)
“Red Fox of the Big Thicket” arrested for the first time (1939)
Rival cities cooperate to open gigantic airport (1974)
English noble dies in drunken debauch (1885)
January 14
Former governor Alan Shivers dies (1985)
War effort proceeds as huge Texas base is activated (1942)
Governor urges Texans to make sacrifices (1865)
Alianza Hispano-Americana founded (1894)
January 15
Texas Memorial Museum opens (1939)
Governor grasps at federal straw to stay in office (1874)
Company chartered to build road from Houston to Austin (1841)
Confederate veterans create orphanage (1867)
January 16
Prussian mapmaker retires from General Land Office (1899)
Historian Joe B. Frantz born (1917)
Church organized in Swedish community (1897)
A Prussian lens on South Tejas (1860)
January 17
Mexican Federalists declare independence at Laredo convention (1840)
First appearance of Popeye (1929)
Barbara Jordan dies (1996)
A Connecticut Yankee in Texas (1821)
January 18
Texas historian and author born in Cincinnati (1817)
Marshall University chartered (1842)
Populist farmer elected president of Texas Farmers’ Alliance (1887)
Scandal purges body politic (1971)
January 19
German school chartered in Austin (1858)
Huge state park opened to public (1991)
Waterloo approved as nl ofew capita Texas (1839)
Mosqueda robs railroad, becomes hero (1891)

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