TPA Roundup (November 4, 2013)

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

The Texas Progressive Alliance falls back once a year but is ever moving forward as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff gives an update on the 2014 Democratic lineup so far.

Horwitz & Sophia at Texpatriate published a featured article that examines Houston Mayoral candidate Ben Hall’s time as City Attorney as well as his messy transition back into the private sector.

As the see-saw court battle over the Texas abortion restrictions law moved through the courts, both sides could claim victory in the past week. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs knows that — besides having the SCOTUS rule in their favor sometime in 2015 — the only way to guarantee women’s reproductive freedom is for Democrats to turn out the 2014 vote.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry at the prospect of la la fantasy man David Barton running against the rapist enabler John Cornyn.

Eye On Williamson is still blogging at our temporary home. Greg Abbott thinks the Lege will cede him more power. He’s either ignorant or naive about how the Lege in Texas actually works, Follow up on Greg Abbott’s “economic” plan.

Neil at All People Have Value said that Houston Mayoral candidate Ben Hall is a lousy guy who does not support the freedom of all people. All People Have Value is part of

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TPA Roundup (September 30, 2013)

Note: The opinions of other Texas Progressive Alliance blogs are not necessarily aligned with Texpatriate or any of its members.

The Texas Progressive Alliance is ready to stand with Wendy as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff is glad to see more people questioning the purpose of Rick Perry’s job-stealing trips, which do little more than spend tax dollars promoting Rick Perry.

This week, McBlogger tells the story of a man with no plan, who’ll get no pay because he caused a delay. While others worked hard, his head was filled with lard. And then he tried to hide, so now we get to chide.

Somebody is going to have to do some dirty work if Wendy Davis is going to get elected governor, and PDiddie at Brains and Eggs nominates the Castro brothers.

Sophia at Texpatriate got a special sneak peak of (Houston mayoral candidate) Ben Hall’s newest television ad.

Ted Cruz doesn’t think waiters and maids deserve health care. CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme doesn’t think Ted Cruz deserves to represent Texas.

Neil at All People Have Value made more posts in All People Have Value. All People Have Value is part of Neil’s website

Lightseeker offers another in his continuing investigation of the Education Wars. Check out Three Telling Articles on The Education Wars. Give it a look, I am sure Rick Perry will. [snark]


John Coby mocks Ted Cruz as only he can.

Jason Stanford, on the other hand, sees Ted Cruz as a great gift for Texas Democrats.

Concerned Citizens stands up for San Antonio City Council member Diego Bernal, author of their new non-discrimination ordinance and much more.

Texas Redistricting reports that True The Vote wants to get involved in the voter ID litigation.

The TSTA Blog asks what “education reform” means to Greg Abbott.

Better Texas Blog points out the mental health care benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

Hall’s second TV ad

This afternoon, I attended a press conference for the release of mayoral candidate Ben Hall’s new campaign television ad. The email inviting Texpatriate to the press conference entertained the idea that the media reporters who attended the press conference would see the ad much earlier than the general public. The campaign walked back the ad’s release date later in the week and decided to publish live soon after our viewing. Hall’s Press Secretary, Julia Smekalina, led the event with a few opening words about the video and closed by answering questions about Hall’s campaign. Questions were raised over some of the controversial statements of the campaign, including the finances of Mayor Parker. Specifically, Hall’s assertion of the Mayor’s “hidden millionaire status acquired while in public office,” which Smekalina failed to support very convincingly. In a handout, the campaign also accused Mayor Parker of mishandling city finances and of multiple Texas Ethics Commission violations, both without any specific citations. The campaign claims to have further evidence on their new website , While it has a catchy name, only time will tell whether it provides enough legitimate evidence to sway voters in favor of Hall.

Moving onto the main attraction itself, the ad focuses solely on a close up of Hall, who in few words describes his upbringing form a poor family, to gaining scholarships and going to college. He compares himself to Mayor Parker, but differentiates himself from her by claiming that, once in office, she “became a millionaire, while getting cited for multiple ethical violations.” This negative campaign ad fails to clearly state the position Hall is running for, except for a small excerpt at the bottom screen in the last few seconds. While only a minor aspect, it was noted by those in attendance. In summary, the ad aimed to explain how Hall encompasses the “American Dream” while Mayor Parker does not. However, can one really qualify the American Dream? Ben Hall surely thinks he can.

The ad can be found here: