TPA Roundup (September 16, 2013)

Note: The opinions of other Texas Progressive Alliance blogs are not necessarily those of Texpatriate or any of its writers.

The Texas Progressive Alliance is happy about the non-developments in the Caribbean tropics this past summer — but is still wondering when that first cool snap is going to get here — as it brings you the best of the left of Texas blogs from last week.

Off the Kuff suggests a way to measure the effect of the voter ID law in the November elections.

Horwitz at Texpatriate discusses the renewed efforts to bring a comprehensive non-discrimination ordinance to the City of Houston.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson points out that the ridiculous has become reality in Texas, thanks to ignorance and lies, in Absurd?

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme notes that the batsh*t crazies on the Texas State Board of Education textbook review board are still pushing creationism in and science out.

Texas is home to two of the top five dirtiest power generation facilities in the United States, and a new report suggests that they are “the elephant in the room” when it comes to climate change. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs thinks he has identified the main culprit, and it’s not what you may have first thought.

Neil at All People Have Value said that with the proper balancing of internal life and external life,  the right calculation exists to make sense of life. All People Have Value is part of

Even with a barrage of annoying mailers, emails and kissing babies, elections are very important. Besides being the way we choose new leaders, they are also important to ensure that our currently elected officials listen to the public, and sometimes the only way to hold them accountable for what they do. For all these reasons, Texas Leftist has decided to “take the plunge” with an official candidate questionnaire and endorsement process.


Here’s some other great posts from around the Texas lefty blogosphere.

Grits for Breakfast observes that there are now Lexus lanes at the airport security checkpoints, and that TSA groping is becoming something that only happens to poor people.

Hal at Half Empty documents the conservative argument that their Fourteenth Amendment rights trump your First Amendment ones.

Prairie Weather thinks that suburban Texas women are finally wising up.

Socratic Gadfly wonders if Wendy Davis might have a Tony Sanchez problem, and updates his extensive post about the prospects of a Blue Texas.

Dos Centavos posts the speaking engagement details of Episcopalian bishop Gene Robinson’s appearance in Houston. Robinson is the first openly gay priest to be consecrated as bishop in a major Christian denomination.

TFN Insider notes that Barbara Cargill, the chair of the Texas SBOE, outed herself again as a creationist, as if the effort to write intelligent design into biology books wasn’t enough of a clue for us.

State Impact Texas reminds that the shale oil boom is a bust for Texas roads.

And finally, Txsharon at BlueDaze points out all the fun they’re having in Colorado that Dallas missed out on when it denied drilling permits in flood plains.

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