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Texas Progressive Alliance – Monday, May 4, 2009

May 5, 2009

tpaheader_1It’s Monday — time for another edition of the Texas Progressive Alliance’s weekly blog roundup.

How would Republicans handle a pandemic? CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme knows. They’d hunker down. Get out their guns and shoot anybody with a runny nose.

After a record 3 weeks without a post in his six years of blogging, Easter Lemming has a very brief round-up of the Pasadena elections.

Off the Kuff writes about the resolution to impeach Judge Sharon Keller as submitted by Rep. Lon Burnam, which received a committee hearing last week.

Vince at Capitol Annex tells the sad story of how a fundamentalist “historian” and evangelist who believes that hurricanes are God’s punishment on society for tolerating gay citizens will guide the writing of Texas’ new social studies standards. If you thought Darwin versus Don McLeroy was a train wreck, wait until it is the treatment of American Indians, what labor unions have done for America, Islam, women’s suffrage, 9/11, the free enterprise system, and the civil rights movement versus David Barton. First one who catches one of the new “experts” complaining about too much information about minorities in textbooks wins a prize!

WCNews at Eye On Williamson posted this week on the latest transportation funding scheme the lege came up with, a “transportation bank”, Texas Transportation Revolving Fund?.

I, Neil at Texas Liberal, wrote a helluva post about the inability of the Republican Party to return to it’s pre-1929 Stock Crash numbers in the U.S. Senate. I also wrote about the albino buffalo in Kenya. Texas Liberal passed 600,000 total page views this week and is averaging 1570 a day for 2009. Thanks blog reading public!

Why on earth is the Texas Senate, working with TXDOT, trying to turn the public pensions trusts into another AIG? McBlogger would really like an answer.

Arlen Specter’s political deathbed conversion didn’t strike PDiddie at Brains and Eggs as something wonderful. And Burka’s conflating Kay Bailey into the conversation was greeted with even more derision.

BossKitty at TruthHugger wonders about those poor souls on death row who depend on the passion of protesters and technology for hope. Whether they know they are guilty or innocent, at least they know they’ll get the needle, instead of the chair or the noose. Those death row inmates now have the best chance ever, with revelations about bias and legal system misconduct are front and center, death penalty question marks are getting bolder. Take a look at Killer Texas Laws and Lawmakers Continue To Amaze with many historic reference links to click.

Over at TexasKaos, Boadicea says no to Fake Reform. See what she has to say in her posting:
“Transparency”-I Don’t Think That Word Means What You Think It Means…

After much talk about secession, Perry has found yet another reason to keep the government around. The Texas Blue notes that the guy who wanted American troops to defend the border and asked for money — and then more money — to help the Hurricane Ike cleanup shortly before talking about leaving the Union now wants the Centers for Disease Control to give us 37,000 doses of Tamiflu to help with the swine flu virus.

WhosPlayin is neck-deep in the local mayor’s race, and examined candidate Winston Edmondson’s wacky ideas to increase police morale by giving them more patches, and finding corporate sponsors.

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