The road to the White House, explained in 10 minutes

Back in 1992, I’d go into my neighborhood convenience store regularly, and the guy who ran it was studying to become a U.S. citizen. He somehow knew I was political, and he’d save up civics-related questions to ask me for when I came in. He got totally stuck on the electoral college – how it READ MORE…

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North Carolina redistricting ruling may bode well for plaintiffs in Texas cases

Editor’s note: there was breaking news today in redistricting, and as usual, there’s nobody better to explain it than our favorite redistricting expert Russ Tidwell: By Russ Tidwell  While minority plaintiffs in Texas are awaiting a decision for the Three Judge Federal Panel in San Antonio regarding State House and Congressional redistricting, a new ruling out READ MORE…

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The legislative session of bad ideas and worse outcomes

Today is the final day of the legislative session of 2015 in Texas. With any luck, we won’t see this clown car back for a very long time. For you legislative newbies, the last day of session is called “sine die.” “Sine” is latin, and means “oh my God, if they stay any longer, I’m READ MORE…

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SCOTUS taking Texas redistricting case is potentially bad news for minorities, Democrats

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an obscure redistricting challenge to Texas Senate districts that, frankly, most court watchers have not paid much attention to. The case, Evenwel v. Abbott, had been dismissed at the trial court level. If the Supreme Court revives this case, it has the potential to turn what’s READ MORE…

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How to use hypocrisy to justify bigotry in one easy step, using ingredients you already have at home!

Last November, voters in the City of Denton Texas voted overwhelmingly to ban hydraulic fracturing in their community. Not exactly a liberal bastion, Denton residents had apparently had enough of the environmental issues that go hand-in-hand with oilfield operations. Having worked several years in the oilfield myself in my younger days, I don’t have to READ MORE…

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Texas redistricting analysis: does Alabama SCOTUS ruling seal fate of Texas state House, Congressional maps?

Editor’s note: from time to time, we here at LettersFromTexas Worldwide Headquarters revisit the court action on redistricting on Texas’ legislative and Congressional maps, calling upon redistricting expert Russ Tidwell’s analysis. Here’s his latest, following recent U.S. Supreme Court action.  By Russ Tidwell The three judge federal panel in San Antonio is nearing a final decision READ MORE…

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US Military exercises in Bastrop trigger state Guard movement

(Austin) In response to plans by the US Army conduct training exercises in Bastrop Texas, and citizen concern that it is a sure sign of government over-reach, Texas Governor Greg Abbott prudently called out the Texas Guard to keep an eye on Army movements while they’re in the Bastrop area. Following news of Governor Abbott’s READ MORE…

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Presidential Elections 101, and why right wing conservatives should get over it

Florida Senator Marco Rubio jumped into the race for President yesterday, which, at first glance, is actually kind of surprising since former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is clearly already running. What advantage Rubio might have thought he had is arguably muted by Bush being in the race to compete for the favorite son status. It READ MORE…

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The story of Easter

It’s always on Easter weekend I’m reminded that my friend Ty Fain used to love to ironically cook rabbit stew every Easter. One year, knowing I was in Austin heading toward Big Bend where he and his wife Kate lived, he asked me if I could go to Central Market and pick up a couple READ MORE…

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Yay! It’s House budget day!

Welcome, first time Texas Legislature watchers, to the next significant part of the budget process – the day the budget hits the House floor! The Senate’s budget floor debate is scheduled a few days from now. As a LettersFromTexas tutorial for the benefit of you, the crap-reading public, here’s what you can expect out of the budget process READ MORE…

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