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Texas Progressive Alliance February 11, 2013

February 11, 2013


The Texas Progressive Alliance sends its best wishes for an early spring to everyone digging out from last week’s blizzard as it brings you this week’s roundup.

The school finance ruling has been handed down, and it could be a game-changer for schools and the Legislature. Off the Kuff explains.

The Democrats in the Texas House are trying to show that the GOP doesn’t care about public education. They should since it’s been the best winning strategy for Texas Democrats in the recent past. WCNews at Eye on Williamson posts on this week’s news from The Lege, Texas House Democrats have a plan.

“Tip your server, save the world”  is a suitable mantra for living in the second decade of the 21st century. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs shares the message of transforming everything you can, within the reach of your own arm, from Will Pitt.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is watching Ted Cruz hissy fit no votes on everything including no the Violence Against Women Act.

Neil at Texas Liberal wrote that President Obama’s policies on the uses of drones will lead to abuses both internationally and at home.

Over at TexasKaos, lightseeker explains how corporate school reform is The Stupid on Steroids. Give it a look.

Texas History for the Week of  February 10 – 16

February 10
French castaway reaches Natchitoches (1721)
“Madam Candelaria” dies at age 113 (1899)
Legislature confirms South Texas land grants (1852)
February 11
Texas marines mutiny in old New Orleans (1842)
First railroad in Texas chartered (1850)
Legislature passes bill to pay for governor’s “chicken salad and punch” (1915)
February 12
Sixty-one die as steamboat burns (1869)
Inventor of the electric typewriter born (1888)
Arctic cold stiffens Tulia (1899)
February 13
“Lone Wolf,” Ranger legend, dies (1977)
Spanish language newspaper debuts in San Antonio (1913)
First class of army aerial navigators arrives in San Marcos (1943)
February 14
Railroad crew founds Valentine, Texas (1882)
Spanish nobleman calls for settlement of Texas (1729)
Philanthropists wed on Valentine’s Day (1904)
February 15
Lumberman predicts big future for El Paso (1880)
Texas rancher murdered by Mexican troops (1914)
Texas adopts constitution (1876)
February 16
Lone survivor of Bonilla expedition found (1599)
First archbishop of San Antonio consecrated (1927)
Longoria given hero’s burial (1949)

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