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Texas Progressive Alliance – May 9, 2011

May 10, 2011
The Texas Progressive Alliance hopes everyone had a good Mother’s Day as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff takes a look at the new House districts to see what opportunities exist for Democrats.

Nat-Wu of Three Wise Men has a post about local elections in Irving.

BossKitty at TruthHugger sees a divided America as easy pickings for anyone who is really organized. If the Tea Party succeeds, America becomes a loose federation of independent states, with all social programs and responsibility for regulation falling into individual state hands. Everyone in each state will foot the bill for services previously funded by the federal government. The Tea Party would replace big government with corporate governance … they don’t want funding for anything because their corporate buddies will be in charge. Federal Government in the crosshairs REDUX — OpEd.

This week the GOP majority in the Texas Senate rammed through a partisan budget. Why did they do that? WCNews at Eye On Williamson tells why in Seed Corn & Koch money.

sccs over at TexasKaos notes with some sadness how few women we have in prominent offices here in Texas. Check it out: Women in Texas Politics.

For years now, South Texas Chisme has been watching the battles between the racist republicans and the greedy corporate republicans over immigration. Symbolic hate that allows workers to be exploited still appears to be the winning solution.

Planned Parenthood of South Texas’ annual luncheon in Houston — attended by PDiddie at Brains and Eggs — featured pollster Celinda Lake and some revealing statistics regarding the birth of the death of Republican overreach.

Neil at Texas Liberal wrote this week about the forced sonogram bill that will soon be law in Texas. If the state of Texas can compel one type of unwanted medical procedure, what stops Texas from mandating other unwanted medical procedures?

At WhosPlayin, BCooper addresses the frequent and erroneous usage of the term “sanctuary city” to describe Lewisville by radical right-wing city council candidates running on anti-immigration platforms.

Class actions? Not so much any more, according to the United States Supreme Court. Harry Balczak takes a look at yet another decision from the Great Red Justices on the SCOTUS that weakens consumers and strengthens corporations.

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2 Comments
  1. May 15, 2011 12:52 pm

    Thank you Elizabeth, could not have said that better. I have been banging my head against the dusty rhetoric for so long, that your words bring a a glimmer of hope that my headache is worthwhile.
    The Ds and Rs and Ts are only trying to put bad paint over a rotten system, no matter what they say. The Ts will be happy with nothing less than another Civil War … why did they call it Civil? The tops of each party have their so high in the clouds and up contributor’s asses that they forget there are human beings out here suffering the consequences of their actions. The Rs want to dumb America down even more so they can pull even more wool over their eyes by duping the Christian leadership into even more imaginary POWER over their flocks. The Dems have just lost their political balls. They are great to deal with international issues, but fail to dance with the date that ‘brung ’em’. The parties we have to choose from have tunnel vision and can only sing one political song, as written by their handlers … those handlers are the marketing groups bought and paid for by the big corporations who charge the rest of us extra for the privilege of screwing ourselves. Talk to me some more Elizabeth!

  2. May 15, 2011 11:49 am

    Boss Kitty is right on in her assessment. It may not be “easy” pickings, but 2012 does offer hope for a viable third part to rise up and while that’s news that will scare ‘fraidy cats, many of us are hopeful–those us who who realize that a millionaire Democrat is not that different from a millionaire Republican. The Democrat will still throw crumbs and the Republican will take the entire cake. But what’s the difference if you can’t live off the crumbs?

    The American people are fed up with BOTH parties. But that does not necessarily mean that Americans will be running to jump in the teapot because I’m guessing that at least half of that them are as disappointed in that fake bunch of grassroots plutocrats as are unhappy with the Demos and Repukes. I think they may have gotten their first clue back in the summer of 2010 when the leadership of the Tea Party was charging $1,000 a plate to attend this “party of the people” who in turn were going to use part of that money to pay $100,000 for a 20 minute blather from Sarah Palin.

    Yes we might have not third party in 2012, but a third, a fourth and a fifth.

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