Thoughts on your standard run-of-the-mill Rick Perry indictment

Well, Rick Perry getting himself indicted is certainly a game-changer, in a state which is famous for its lack of political game-changers. It’s mostly pure-D government grade-A inspected entertainment, from the view in the peanut gallery. But there are some serious issues here beyond the hysterically funny memes bound to result from mug shot photoshops READ MORE…

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Oh, news media, sometimes you wear my ass out.

Used to be, it seemed like when there was serious international breaking news to be covered, that’s when the big broadcast news organizations shined. Now? Not so much. The unfolding tragedy of Robin Williams is a case in point-in-progress. From a statement released yesterday by Mr. Williams’ wife: On behalf of Robin’s family we are READ MORE…

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Guest post: Texas legislative redistricting now – does it still matter?

A similar guest post by Russ Tidwell on the Congressional redistricting trial may be found here. Editor’s note: while the Texas redistricting wars have, sadly, been largely out of public view lately, they currently rage on. The trial before a 3 judge federal court in San Antonio on the state House of Representatives map recently READ MORE…

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What passes for respect, admiration, and trust among the members of the Penis Compensation Caucus

Remember the piece published here a few days ago about the nutty open carry activists in Texas who are so whacked out that even the NRA wants nothing to do with them? Funny we should run off at the mouth and admit that we finally agree with the NRA on something, because no sooner had READ MORE…

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Amazing Grace – KUT’s audio version of the tribute to Grace Garcia

KUT Radio, NPR’s Austin affiliate, was kind enough to ask me in to come in and record a two-minute audio version of my longer tribute to Grace Garcia, as part of their upcoming Texas Standard show, which will air on NPR affiliate stations across Texas. I was honored to do so, and offer it here: READ MORE…

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A love letter to Texas women in politics, for Grace Garcia

Let’s set aside for a moment all the women in Texas politics who already reaped the fame that came with the office. They already have their walls full of photos, shelves packed with awards, and reams of newspaper clippings documenting countless achievements. Governor Richards. Congresswoman Jordan. Comptrollers Strayhorn and Combs. Senator Hutchison. Mayors Whitmire, Miller, Strauss, Parker, and READ MORE…

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The day that I actually wholeheartedly agreed with the NRA – the Penis Compensation Caucus is un-Texan

It may come as some surprise to regular readers of these pages (are there any regular readers of these pages?) that I am not necessarily against open carry of handguns as a public policy. I’m absolutely certain that position will come as a surprise to the number of my NRA fans (that number may well READ MORE…

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“Log Cabin Republicans didn’t choose to be gay. But they did choose to be Republicans”

I know, I know – it’s been a while since I posted. I started to get complaints. I haven’t updated Letters From Texas in way too long, and for that I am deeply sorry. By “deeply sorry” I mean “I’m not very sorry at all – things came up.” But your cries have been heard. READ MORE…

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